And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness
and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Just Tape It!

Hello friends…happy Friday!  

Is there a day that goes by that you don't use some kind of tape…packing tape, scotch tape, duct tape, masking tape…oh, and don't forget that washi tape?  I have two cards using two different kinds of tape to share with you today.

Creative Nugget:  Where's the tape on this card?  The distress inks (Fossilized Amber, Orange Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, and Tumbled Glass) were applied with masking tape.  Water was dropped on the horizon so the blues would blend and drip down the card front. The image and the sentiment come from one of my favorite stamp sets by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps…The Sea.

Now for a little bit of washi tape!
Creative Nugget:  Washi tape was applied on the diagonal for the side panel.  The hearts from the Grunge Elements 2 stamp set were clear embossed and Color Burst powders were spritzed with water to create the background.  There's Cocoa popping out to send a little love from the Cocoa Sends Love digital stamp set.


These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by…have an inspiring Friday!

Hugs,
Cathymac


Monday, February 1, 2016

Welcome to the ODBD February 2016 Release

Hello friends!  Happy Monday…here we are in February already and time for the Our Daily Bread Designs February 2016 Release!  Our Daily Bread Designs is releasing several stamp sets and dies perfect for your Easter creations as well as creating thank you cards which are perfect for any time of the year.  The talented Breadstick Designers have been busy making gorgeous samples for your inspiration.

Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until February 2, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers' Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on February 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!


Both of my samples were made with several of the new products being released this month!


Creative Nugget:  The background panel was made by white embossing the Easter Egg Background on Neenah card stock and randomly sponging distress inks to cover the whole panel.  The center was cut out with a Double Stitched Rectangle Die, embossed with the Boho Background Die, stitched to white card stock, and mounted back in place.  The Flourished Happy Easter was clear embossed with VersaMark and Milled Lavender Distress ink, cut with a Double Stitched Rectangle Die, and stitched to a piece of paper from the Pastel Paper Pack.  Two of the Ornamental Crosses Dies were used to create the layered cross.  White ribbon ties everything together.

My next sample was made with the new Easter Basket Dies and Easter Eggs Dies.
Creative Nugget:   The Easter Egg Background was white embossed on a piece of paper from the Easter Card Collection 2016.  The Leafy Edged Border Die and the Grass Border Die were used to create the foreground from Pastel and Blushing Rose papers.  The basket from the Basket of Blessing stamp set was colored with Copic Markers and cut with the Easter Basket Die.   Easter Eggs Dies and papers from both of the new paper collections were used to fill the basket with Easter eggs and flowers. Double Stitched Circle Dies were used to cut the little tag which was embossed with one of the sentiments from the Basket of Blessings stamp set.  A bow and some pearls were added to finish the card.

Here are the beautiful new products being released by 
Our Daily Bread Designs this month that were used to make these projects…

…and some old favorites previously released:

To see all of the breathtaking projects created with the February Release, hop on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog.  Then click the links below to see the details for each project.  You are sure to be inspired by what you see!  While at each blog, be sure to leave a comment to be eligible to win one of the three fabulous prizes!

Cathy * Robin C. * Sandee * Julie * Dawn * Lori 
 Robin T. * Chris * Angie * Silke * Lisa * Diana * Sabrina


Thanks so much for stopping by…enjoy the rest of the hop!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, January 29, 2016

Welcome to the SNSS January 2016 Creative Worship Release

Hello, sweet friends…happy Friday!  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is releasing a new Lovin' God's Word Kit today which will be available for a limited time.  


The bundle includes two brand new Bible Journaling stamp sets designed by Krista Hamrick, a book mark designed by Rebecca Rios, and a few other crafty goodies.  This bundle will be available at a discount for only two weeks until Thursday February 11th.  After that, the stamp sets will be sold separately at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store at the regular price.

The Design Divas have been busy making fabulous samples with the products in the Lovin' God's Word Kit to inspire you, AND you will see that these stamps can be used for so much more than Bible Journaling!  Just think of all the ways you can use those adorable banners!


Here are two bookmarks using the His Word and Decorative Banners stamp sets in the Lovin' God's Word Kit...

…and the same stamp sets used on a Bible Journaling page:
Creative Nugget: The bookmarks were watercolored using SU! markers.  The Bible journal page was prepped with TriArt clear gesso and watercolored with Kuretake watercolors.  Markers and a white paint pen were used to add details.


These are the two stamp sets in the Lovin' God's Word Kit:

In addition to the two stamp sets in the kit, these stamp sets in the Creative Worship line were used to create the projects above:

Be sure to click on the thumbnails below to see more fabulous ideas for this amazing Lovin' God's Word Kit!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Believe

Hello everyone!  Hope you are having a great week.  The roads are finally getting cleared off and kids will be heading back to school today which means DH will be heading back to work as well.  I've been enjoying my "Snowed-In" days!  I have two Splitcoast Challenge card to share…first up is Believe using Sketch #577 for today.

Creative Nugget:  I haven't used this watercolor technique in ages…simply color directly on the stamp with markers, give a quick spritz of water and stamp.  Colors were chosen to match the Penny Black designer paper.   SU! markers were used on the pretty flower images in the Nature Silhouettes stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  The popped up sentiment comes from the Words of Faith Collection 1 stamp set which is part of the Creative Worship brand of stamps being launched by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps this Friday!  Bible Journaling stamps are also perfect for card making!  Love that pop of pink!

My second card was done for the Technique Challenge on Monday using a stencil for embossing.  (The link above includes a video tutorial on how to do this.)

Creative Nugget:  A stencil was used to emboss the fun design on the background.  While the stencil was still in place, colorful distress inks were sponged onto the design.  Don't you love those pops of color!  The candies and gumball machine are part of the Sweet as Candy Digital Stamp Set and the sentiment is from Candy Sentiments 2.  A few colorful sequins finish off the card.

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:
DoubleClickSkittles Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #121 - Anything Goes with a Twist (Add Flowers)
Crazy 4 Challenge C4C320 - Add some POP (Pops of Color, Popped up images)

Thanks so much for stopping by…Believe in the one who made this day for you to enjoy!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Silver Birthday

Hello friends!  Hope you are staying warm and safe where you are.  I'm taking advantage of being snowed in to finish a few challenge projects.


Creative Nugget:  Today's Featured Stamper on Splitcoaststampers is Michele Greenwood.  I was intrigued by the layout on her Gold Hello card, so used it to inspire this birthday card which will be given to my SIL.  Old papers and dies as well as new stamps and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs were used on my card.  Strips of Shabby Rose papers were stitched to a piece of TH Craft Core Metallic card stock to form the base of the card.  Double Stitched Circle Dies were used for the circle elements.  A sentiment from the Wishing Words stamp set was white embossed on a vellum circle and layered on top of the DP.  The Wishing Die was used to cut "Wishing" out of silver card stock.  Flowers and foliage were cut with the Pretty Posies Dies and the Fancy Foliage Die.  A ribbon and a few pearls were added as finishing touches.

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by…have a blessed Sunday!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, January 22, 2016

Here Comes the Snow!

Hello friends…happy Friday!  If you live on the east coast, you are probably anxiously awaiting the arrival of the first BIG snow storm of the year.  You've probably already been to the grocery store and are planning on being stranded inside for a while.  I plan on getting some stamping done in the next day or two…how about you?  Some people really love the snow…I can honestly say I love the look of freshly fallen snow…so peaceful and serene.  But, that's as far as it goes.  In fact, this is how I really feel…


Creative Nugget:  The background for this card was made by sprinkling Color Burst pigments through a stencil and spritzing them with water…what a splash of color.  More splatters were added to fill in some of the white space.  The curvy edges were cut with one of the Hillside Edges Dies.  Winnie was colored with Copics and is from a cute stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Winter With Winnie.  The fun sentiment was cut with one of the Decorative Plaques Dies.  A past sketch by CAS(E) This Sketch was used for the design.

Whether you love snow or not, have a wonderful weekend.  Be safe and stay warm!

Hugs,
Cathymac  
  

Friday, January 15, 2016

Sending Sweet Love

Hello dear friends!  It's been a long time since Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps has released a new Digi, but today, 21 new digi stamps have been added to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store…and are they ever fun to work with and soooo adorable!  I am thrilled that one of the new images is Cocoa!  That's right...a new Cocoa Digi just in time to send love to a special someone, not only on Valentine's Day but all throughout the year.

Creative Nugget:  The Cocoa image was printed on Neenah Solar Crest card stock and colored with Copic markers.  Some hearts were embossed on the frame and the little red hearts sprinkled on the card are from the Hearts Scallop Border Die.  The sentiment was cut with a Mini Tags Die and tied onto the card with a bit of metallic thread and some gingham.

Who doesn't LOVE candy?  These candy images are sure to brighten up your day, bring a smile to your face, and give you a craving for a sweet treat!

Creative Nugget:  The advantage of digi images is that they can be sized and moved however you want.  These sweet pieces of candy were sized and moved to cascade down the card front, colored with Copic Markers, and given some sparkle with a Wink of Stella marker.  Some of the pieces were popped up for a bit of dimension and a sentiment was stitched on to finish the card.  Now isn't that SWEET?

To see all of the new images, just pop on over to the "see what's new" section of the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  For more samples made with some of the other new Digis being released, hop on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog.

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #176 - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - W for Window
Pile It On #99 - Your First Initial ("C" for candy)

Thanks so much for joining me…hope your day is as sweet as candy!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Looking Back at the ODBD January 2016 Release

Welcome, my friends!  Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs January 2016 Release.  The new Wishing Well stamp set with the coordinating Wishing Words set and Wishing Die are so versatile and perfect for many occasions throughout the year.


My sample today could be used for a wedding or anniversary.


Creative Nugget: The design for my card was inspired by the Mojo Monday Sketch for this week.  The Wishing Well was colored with Copic Markers, cut with one of the Layered Lacey Square Dies, and sponged while still in the die.  A craft knife was used to cut a slit in the top of the hearts on the Heart and Soul Paper so the Wishing Well panel could be tucked behind the hearts.  The Boho Background Die was used to emboss the Double Stitched Circle die cut that was also tucked behind the image panel.  A sentiment from the Wishing Words set was combined with the Wishing Die to send happy wishes for a special couple.  A little stitching and a metallic thread bow were added to finish the card.

Here are the new products from the 
Our Daily Bread Designs Store used to make this card…
…and some old favorites:
To see more beautiful scenes, hop on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog.  Be sure to visit each of the designers' blogs to see the details for each card and leave a little love behind!


Sandee * Cathy * Julie * Lori 
 Robin T. * Dawn * Robin C.

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:

Hugs,
Cathymac