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)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A CASE of Angela

Hello friends…it's a snowy day here in the northeast which gave me a chance to stay in and do some stamping.  I have two quick cards to share…both challenges on Splitcoaststampers and both made with stamps and dies from the Our Daily Bread Designs January release.

Creative Nugget:  Today's Inspiration Challenge was to use something from Angela Maine's Blog, From the Tool Shed, to inspire us…not hard to do since I love everything Angela creates.  I chose her Give Thanks card for the design and the popped up elements.  The Piano Background was used for the bottom of the card.  After stamping the piano keys, the Flourished Star Pattern Die was used to cut the panel which puts small pierced dots around the border.  A Spellbinders Border Die was used to make the scalloped edge on the top part of the card.  The treble clef note from the Just a Note stamp set was stamped and colored with Copic Markers...the panel cut again with the Flourished Star Pattern Die and debossed with the Faithful Fish Pattern Die.  The note was stamped and colored again, fussy cut and popped onto the first one. 
The sentiment is from the Mini Tag Sentiments stamp set and the tags were cut with the Mini Tags Dies.

Creative Nugget:  The Triple Stamping Technique was used to make the second card.  The Piano Background was stamped and embossed and three rectangles using the Spellbinders Matting Basics Dies were cut from the panel.  The three rectangles were matted with black and pink card stocks.  Seam binding was wrapped around two of the panels before popping them all back on top of each other matching the piano design on each panel.  The sentiment is from the Music Speaks stamp set.  The Two Step Butterfly was cut with the coordinating Grunge Butterfly Die and the butterfly trail was cut using the Fancy Foliage Die.  Pearls were added to finish the card.  This card will also be submitted to the Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge # 167 

Thanks so much for stopping by…keep safe and warm if you are in the northeast!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Monday, January 19, 2015

Out With the Old, In With the New

I just love the new Sweet Sarah and Sassy Cindy stamp sets by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!  Sassy Cindy is especially relevant for me since I have a sister-in-law named Cindy...she's very sweet and not very sassy…most of the time!  LOL!  However, I did use the Sassy Cindy set to make her a card for her upcoming birthday.

Creative Nugget:  Some festive Doodlebug papers were used to create the different layers from last week's sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  The square layer was turned into a shaker with multi-colored sequins inside.  Sassy Cindy was colored with Copic Markers, fussy cut, and popped on top of the acetate.  One of the new Speech Bubble Dies was used to cut out the fun sentiment, which is very appropriate for my SIL because she works at the post office.   I hope she gets a kick out of this card!

Here are the supplies from the Sweet 'n Sassy Store that 
were used to make this card:

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps must make room for all the new releases planned for 2015, so it's time to say good by to over 40 old favorites.  That's good news for you because you get to pick up some of these much loved sets at a great price!  Be sure to check out the sale items by clicking the banner below…you might just find a set or two that's been on your wish list.


Thanks so much for stopping by…hope you've been inspired! Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Cathy

Friday, January 16, 2015

Taking another look at the ODBD January 2015 Release

Welcome, my friends!  Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs January 2015 Release.  Get ready to view some gorgeous musical creations made with the stamps and dies released this month.  These projects will put a song in your heart and leave you singing!

Creative nugget:  The Mojo Monday sketch was used for the design of this card.  The colors are from the ODBD Shining the Light Color Challenge.  A piece of Neenah Solar crest card stock was sponged with yellow, lavender, and a soft blush color, then cut and debossed with the new Faithful Fish Pattern Die to make the background for this card.  A panel of DP from the Christian Faith Paper Collection and a portion of the Piano Background were added next.  The image from Music Speaks was colored with Copic Markers, the panel pierced, and a Beautiful Border die cut was attached to the bottom edge.  The sentiment from the Just a Note stamp set was masked and stamped to fit on a Mini Tag. Several pearl and rhinestone flourishes and a little bow were added to finish the card.  

Supplies that were used to make this card can be found at 


Be sure to check out the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog for more musical delights created by the talented Breadstick Designers.  Then use the links below to see the details for each beautiful creation!

Paula * Sandee * Lori * Cathy (me) Dawn * Wanda

This card will be entered in the following challenges:
Mojo Monday - MOJO Monday 380
Shining the Light - ODBDSLC222 Color Challenge

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

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, January 9, 2015

Look What's New at SNSS


Hello friends!  Welcome to the first new release by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for the new year!  There's something for everyone...something sweet, something sassy, and something elegant as well as a die set you will reach for over and over again!

First, let me tell you about our 
Something New Challenge.  
Just make a card or project using something new…a new stamp set, a new tool, a new paper pad…anything as long as it is new.  Be sure to tell us in your description what you used that was new.  Link up your project using the Linky Tool at the bottom of this post.  Of course there will be a PRIZE…one lucky participant will be randomly selected to receive a $10 Gift Code to be used toward any item at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store!  Make sure your project is uploaded by Thursday, January 15th.  The winner will be announced on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, January 16th.  

Now…Let's see what's new!
My first two projects were made using the new Parisian Postcard stamp set designed by Graciellie Designs.

Creative Nugget:  A background was created using several of the images from Parisian Postcard and the Typewriter Text Background.  Gathered Twigs and Victorian Velvet distress inks were sponged, dabbed, and stenciled on for a vintage finish. Copic Markers were used to add a little more color to the rose on the postcard and the stamp was popped up for dimension.  The postcard was all tied up with twine and the sentiment on a Mini Tag die cut was tied on as well to finish the card.

Creative Nugget:  The rose and the butterfly images from the Parisian Postcard stamp set were perfect for making this get well card.  The rose was randomly stamped on a piece of Neenah Solar Crest card stock and sponging added for a aged look.  A piece of mixed media paper was smooshed onto watered down Worn Lipstick distress ink to create a very light background.  Next, the sentiment from Flower Blocks 3 was stamped, and the roses were stamped around the sentiment.  The Worn Lipstick distress ink was watercolored on and around the roses in layers to add more color.  The butterfly was also watercolored, fussy cut, and popped onto the card.  A wrinkled seam binding bow and pearls were added to finish the card.

The gorgeous stamp set that was used to create both of these cards is 
Parisian Postcard:

  • Stamp set includes 11 images and 2 sentiments
  • Stamp set measures 4" x 6"
  • Eiffel Tower measures approximately 1 7/8" x 3 7/8"
  • Designed by Graciellie Designs
  • $15
My next project is a little bit SWEET and a little bit SASSY!
Creative Nugget:  I enjoyed using both the Sweet Sarah and Sassy Cindy stamp sets to create this card…Sarah and Cindy are Besties after all!  The images were colored with Copic Markers and paper pieced.  Of course they are wearing their best jewelry! Bright colors and a scattering of pearls and rhinestones make this a fun card.  The sentiment on the inside says, "That's because the BEST ones are already mine!

  • Stamp set includes 1 image and 13 sentiments
  • Stamp set measures 4" x 6"
  • Sarah image measures approximately 1 1/2" x 2 1/8"
  • Designed by Diane Zechman
  • $15

  • Stamp set includes 1 image and 11 sentiments
  • Stamp set measures 4" x 6"
  • Cindy image measures approximately 1 3/8" x 2 1/8"
  • Designed by Diane Zechman
  • $15
To see the whole release, be sure to stop by the 
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog.  The Design Divas have created 
some gorgeous cards for your inspiration, so be 
sure to hop on over to each blog in the link up to see all the details!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Enjoy the the hop and don't forget 
about our "Use Something New" challenge…We can't wait to see 
your creations in the gallery!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Music Speaks

Hi all!  I'm hosting the first Sketch Challenge of 2015 on Splitcoaststampers today so come join the fun!
Here's my sample:

Creative Nugget:  The background is made with one of the pretty patterns in the Blushing Rose Paper Collection by Our Daily Bread Designs.  It was die cut and debossed with the new Faithful Fish Pattern Die for a nice subtle texture.  The treble clef from the Just a Note stamp set was colored with Copic Markers, and both it and the sentiment from the Music Speaks stamp set were cut with a Spellbinders Matting Basics Die.  One of the Beautiful Borders Dies was used to make a bit of trim for under the treble clef, and a ribbon and pearls were added to finish the card.

Here is SC522, the sketch that was followed for the design:


This card will also be entered for the Word Art Wednesday Challenge # 165 - Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by…have a wonderful Wednesday!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, January 2, 2015

You & Me

Hello friends…back for my second post of the new year!  I have two quick cards to share with you which were made with two of the stamp and die bundles that are available from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for the January Sweet Perks Club.

Creative Nugget:  The Mojo Monday 378 sketch was used for the design of this tall & skinny Valentine card for my honey!  The sentiments and image are from the cute You & Me Bundle.  Liquid Pearls and micro beads make the icing on the donut look good enough to eat.  The funny thing about this card is that I do not like coffee, and my DH does not eat donuts…we complement each other perfectly…he can drink my coffee and I will eat his donut! LOL!

Creative Nugget:  This little scene was so much fun to make and so easy using stamps and dies from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  The hills were cut with the new Hillside Edges Dies and stitched to a piece of mixed media paper which had been lightly watercolored with blue reinker.   The sheep are from the Cute Critters Bundle and the Mini Critters stamp set and were colored with Copic Markers.  The clouds, fence, and little heart are all from SNSS die sets.

Here are the supplies used to make both cards:
Here is the Mojo Monday 378 sketch:
If you haven't had a chance to check out the Seasons Givings Blog Hop yet, be sure you do.  All of the participants are giving away free prizes and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps has a fabulous prize package for one lucky commenter!  You can enter the hop by clicking on THIS POST.

Thanks so much for stopping by…have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Thursday, January 1, 2015

ODBD January 2015 Release

Hello friends!  Happy New Year's!  I can't believe I'm writing 2015…where did 2014 go?  Our Daily Bread Designs has a very musical release for you this month with both beautifully delicate and grunge elements in the stamp sets.  There's even an embossable  pattern die perfect for creating backgrounds for all of your card making creations. As always, the Design Team has some awe inspiring samples to share, so be sure to visit all of their blogs!

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 January 2, 2014 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 January 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!


Here is my first project made with the new products:

Creative Nugget:  This music score image from the Music Speaks stamp set is so pretty and fun to color!  The bird was stamped in a different color, fussy cut, and popped up for dimension.  Pink, yellow, and green reinkers were used to create a watercolor background on mixed media paper.  This panel was then cut and embossed with the new Faithful Fish Pattern Die***SWOON***! The same colors were lightly sponged on a Neenah Solar Crest panel and cut with the Vintage Flourish Pattern Die.   The Vintage Label Dies were used to create a frame for the image.  A Mini Tag Die was used to make a little tag for the sentiment.  Some ribbon, metallic thread, and pearls were added to finish the card.

The new stamp sets and pattern die were perfect for creating a set of note cards.

Creative Nugget:  This Card Purse tutorial on Splitcoaststampers was modified to make a box to hold the note cards.  The Beautiful Border die was used to make some trim across the top of the box. The Vintage Label Dies, Matting Circle Dies,  Circle Ornament Dies, and Mini Tag Dies were used to make a label for the belly band that wraps around the box.

Four note cards in different colors were made using the new Just a Note stamp set.  The Faithful Fish Pattern Die was used to emboss the fish pattern on all four cards.

An envelope for each note card was made by stamping the music score image from the Music Speaks stamp set in the same color used on the card.

The four note cards and matching envelopes fit perfectly inside the gift box!

Here are the new release products available at the 
Our Daily Bread Designs Store used on my projects...

…and some old favorites as well:

To see all of the fabulous Design Team projects head on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog.  The links below will take you to each of the Breadsticks' Blogs for a close up of all the details.

 Cathy (me) * Sandee * Lori * Dawn * Julie 
Angie * Chris * Grace * Audrey Silke 
 Wanda * Sabrina * Lisa

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Birthday Collage

Hello friends!  Hope you all had a very merry Christmas!  It is my wish that the spirit of Christmas lives on throughout the new year.  After all…once we know the Savior, He changes our lives and leads us each and every day.

One of the first celebrations of the new year for my family is the birthday of my DH and his twin brother the day after New Year's.  I found inspiration for my brother-in-law's birthday card in the gallery of Nancy Stislow (Stiz2003), who always encourages me with her sweet comments on Splitcoaststampers.  So my card for today is a CASE of THIS ONE made by Nancy.

Creative Nugget:  Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress inks were smeared on a craft sheet and spritzed with water.  These colors were smeared on a piece of mixed media paper and spritzed some more to create the background for my collage card.   Out came lots of Our Daily Bread Designs stamp sets to add to the collage…Admit Three, one of the new sets released in December, God's Timing, Time, Faithful Friend (Retired), Ornate Borders and Flowers, Bee Happy, Lattice Chalkboard Background, and Grunge Butterfly.  The dragonfly image was stamped again, coated with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents, and popped up for dimension.  This panel was stitched to True Black card stock and adhered to a black mat and a Neenah Solar Crest card base.  Some black metallic thread was strung through the eyelets from which two charms cut with the new Mini Tags Dies were hung.  The sentiment was stamped along the side and a few splatters of acrylic paint finish the card.  Hope my BIL likes his card!

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Splitcoaststampers Free 4 All - F4A253
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes Challenge # 163

Thanks so much for stopping by…have a wonderful Lord's Day!

Hugs,
Cathymac