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, April 15, 2017

Something Fishy

Hello friends!  Something fishy is going on over at Splitcoaststampers this week...it's the Ways to Use It Challenge.  Carla challenged us to make an aquarium card with a dessert option to use something shiny.  My great-niece will be celebrating her 4th birthday soon, so I decided to make a fishy birthday card for her.
Creative Nugget:  Oxide inks were sponged through a wave stencil and then spritzed with water to create a background for the card.  My something shiny was a piece of acetate used to make this shaker card.  The sea grass was made with a stamp from the Scribble Flowers stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and the cute fish are from the Happy Ocean Friends set.  The sentiment was white embossed on black card stock to create the base for the little aquarium.  Seed beads were used to fill the shaker and dew drops and Bitty Sparkles were added to finish the card.

This card will also be submitted to the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #237 - Make Your Mark
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog #177 - Birthday Party
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #154 - Anything Goes
Pile It On! #129 - Interactive Card
Tuesday Throwdown #338 - Something Clear

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

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, April 14, 2017

Looking Back at the ODBD April 2017 Release

Hello friends!  Today we are looking back at the Our Daily Bread Designs April 2017 Release.  The Bread Stick Designers have created more beautiful samples using the fabulous new dies and flower stamp sets for your inspiration.


I've created another Lantern and card gift set for my sample.
Here is a closer look at the lantern...
Creative Nugget:  Five panels were cut with the Luminous Lantern Die, one with the inserts which was used for the front panel.  Paper from the Chalkboard Collection was cut with a Lavish Layers Die and triangles were traced from the Luminous Lantern Die and fussy cut to layer onto four sides of the lantern. The lantern was assembled with the flaps at the top folded in and tied with ribbon.  The new Rose Dies and Rose Leaves Dies were used to make the flower on the front and a little LED votive was placed inside the lantern.
...and the card:
Creative Nugget: The Lattice Background Die was used to cut some black card stock which was adhered to paper from the Chalkboard Collection.  A section of this panel was cut away and the two remaining sections were stitched to another layer of black card stock cut with the largest Pierced Rectangle Die.  The sentiment from the Lovely Flower stamp set was white embossed.  The Rose Dies and Rose Leaves Dies were again used to make the flower and buds which were mounted to a Fancy Foliage die cut.  Some sheer ribbon and a bow were added to finish the card.

Here are the new products from the 
Our Daily Bread Designs Store 
used to make these projects…
…as well as these old favorites previously released:

To see all of the wonderful projects created with the April Release, hop on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. Then click the links below to see the details for each project. 

Dawn * Cathy (Here)Lori * Helen * Kathy * Lisa 

Thanks so much for stopping by…have a wonderful day.  Hope you are inspired by the hop!  

Hugs,
Cathymac

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dandelion Tag

Hello friends!  It's beginning to feel a lot like spring here so spring colors were used for my sketch card today on Splitcoaststampers which includes a tag.


Creative Nugget:  The tag is actually a panel cut from the Luminous Lantern Die just released this month by Our Daily Bread Designs.  A combination of Oxide inks and Distress inks were used to create the backgrounds for the card and the tag. The Lattice Background Die was not only used to create a panel for the card, but it was also used as a stencil to add some texture to the backgrounds.  The dandelions from the To My Friend stamp set were stamped in Jet Black Archival ink and accents were added with a white paint pen.  The sentiment was stamped on a Circle die cut layered onto a Pierced Circle.  The tag was tied onto the card with dyed seam binding.  The little hearts were cut with Layering Hearts Dies and bling was added to the card and dandelion centers.
This card will be submitted for the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #278 - Anything Goes
Try It on Tuesday - Add a Quote
Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #94 - Tic-Tac-Toe (flower, ribbon, light blue)











Love to Craft Challenge Blog #9 - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge Blog Week 410 - Bring on the Bling

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs,
Cathymac


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Happy Birthday, Korin!

My sweet friend Korin, owner of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, celebrated her birthday yesterday.  This card was created for her!


Creative Nugget:  Diluted Oxide inks were used to add a wash of color to the corner of the card.  This was over stamped with Leafy Flourish and Typewriter Text backgrounds and splattered with some black acrylic paint.  Strips of Washi tape were adhered to the card front off center.  The Majestic Monarch butterfly was embossed over strips of the same Washi tape and cut with the coordinating Monarch Die.  The sentiment from the Keep in Touch, Too set was stamped on a banner and added to the card. Tiny Sparkles, metallic threads and twine were added to finish the card.  All of the stamps used are available at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Looks like a crafty day today...rain, rain, rain!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Oxide Ink Addiction

Good morning, friends!  I have a confession...I am totally addicted to my new Oxide Inks.  Can't stop using them...they are so beautiful and so much fun!


Creative Nugget:  The same Oxide inks were used for all the panels, but were very watered down for the side panel.  The inks were even sponged through the new Lattice Background Die by ODBD which was used as a stencil, then spritzed with more water.  Love how the Wilted Violet Oxide ink even shows up when the dandelions from the To My Friend set was stamped on the dark background. Splatters of acrylic paint, white paint pen, and ribbon tinted with the ink were added to finish the card.  ODBD Custom dies that were used include Pierced Rectangles, Pierced Squares, Squares, and Layered Lacey Squares.


Creative Nugget:  A Combination of Oxide inks and regular Distress inks were used to color the paper used for the rose, for the light panel, and for the sentiment which is from the new Lovely Flower stamp set.  The patterned paper is from the Cozy Quilt Collection.  I'm still working on getting my roses shaped better, but the new Rose and Rose Leaves dies by ODBD are fun to use!  Other dies used include Pierced Rectangles, Double Stitched Rectangles, Pennant Flags, Lavish Layers, and Fancy Fan.  The design for this card comes from my sketch today on Splitcoaststampers, SC639.


These cards will also be submitted for the following challenges:


We are having a beautiful spring day today...hope you get to enjoy it!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Saturday, April 1, 2017

It's Time for the ODBD April 2017 Release

Hello friends!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs April 2017 Release!  You are in for a real treat!  The stamp sets and dies being released today are so gorgeous...whether you need an adorable lantern gift box or a card to send a friend, this release is for you.  Take some time to join the hop and feast your eyes on all the gorgeous samples created by the Bread Stick designers 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 April 2, 2017 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 April 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!


My first sample was made using the new To My Friend stamp set (**LOVE**) and the Lattice Die.
Creative Nugget:  The dandelions from the To My Friend stamp set were randomly white embossed on a piece of kraft card stock.  Neenah card stock cut with the Lattice Background Die was adhered to the kraft panel.  Double Stitched Rectangles and Rectangles Dies were used to cut a frame from another piece of kraft card stock.  The sentiment was white embossed at the bottom of this panel.  The dandelions were then white embossed on a piece of vellum and sandwiched between the lattice panel and the Kraft frame.  Beautiful Borders were stitched to the edges of the craft panel.  Ribbon, twine and some glittery enamel dots were added to finish the card.

My second sample is a matching lantern gift box made with the Luminous Lantern Dies.
Creative Nugget:  After using the Luminous Lantern Die to cut a piece of Kraft card stock, Rectangles were cut from each side. The dandelions from the To My Friend stamp set were white embossed on four pieces of vellum and attached to the inside panels of the lantern.  White frames cut with Rectangles and Double Stitched Rectangles Dies were attached around each of the vellum panels.  A Little LED votive was placed inside the lantern and the top was gathered and tied from the inside.

Here is the matching gift set:

Here are the fabulous 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 wonderful projects created with the April Release, hop on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. Then click the links below to see the details for each project. While at each blog, be sure to leave a comment to be eligible to win one of the three fabulous prizes!


Dawn * Cathy * Grace * Lisa * Angie * Kathy 
 Sandee * Robin * Sabrina * Julie 
 Diana * Chris * Lori * Helen

Thanks so much for stopping by…have a wonderful day.  Hope you are inspired by the hop!  

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, March 31, 2017

Looking Back at the ODBD Anniversary Release

Hello friends!  Today we are looking back at the Our Daily Bread Designs Ninth Anniversary Celebration Release.  The Bread Stick Designers have created more beautiful ways to celebrate your favorite special occasions.


How many of you are getting ready to celebrate your 29th birthday.....again?

Creative Nugget:   Distress Oxide inks were used to create panels of color on mixed media paper and Kraft card stock.  The Wildflower Silhouette Background was white embossed on the mixed media panel and was cut using a Pierced Rectangle Die. Double Stitched Rectangle and Square dies were used to make the large banner.  29  was cut from the kraft panel using the Large Number Dies, and the Butterfly & Bugs stamp and coordinating Butterfly & Bugs Dies were used to make the small butterflies.  A sentiment from the Celebration stamp set was stamped on a Double Stitched Rectangle and framed with card stock cut with a Filigree Frames Die.  Some twine was used to tie it all together.

Here are the new products from the 
Our Daily Bread Designs Store 
used to make these projects…

…as well as some old favorites previously released:

To see all of the wonderful projects created with the Anniversary Release, hop on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. Then click the links below to see the details for each project. 


Cathy (that's me) * Dawn * Lisa * Angie * Lori Sandee
Robin * Kathy * Diana * Julie * Helen

Thanks so much for stopping by…have a wonderful day.  Hope you are inspired by the hop!  

Hugs,
Cathymac

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Get Well Chickie

Hello friends!  I have a couple of cards to share with you today.  Anyone feeling under the weather?  This card is for you!


Creative Nugget:  Almost all of the sentiments from the Get Well Critters stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps were arranged on my Misti Tool and white embossed on a panel of mixed media paper.  Distress inks were applied to a craft mat, spritzed with water and the panel of paper was dabbed onto the colors.  A little more sponging and some more spritzing were used to finish the background.  The panel was cut with a Pierced Rectangle Die and a turquoise border added.  The sentiment panel was adhered to Neenah card stock on which the band-aids had been randomly stamped in different colors.  The little hearts were watercolored and painted with Wink of Stella..  The chick was colored with Copics, cut with a Circle Die and mounted to a Pierced Circle. One of the sentiments from the background was white embossed on a turquoise banner and a heated bow added to finish the card.


My second card used the Mojo Sketch for this week and the Good News stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  The stamp set released this month was perfect for getting an Easter card finished.


Creative Nugget:  Distress Oxide inks were smeared on the back of a sunburst stencil, spritzed with water and pressed onto pieces of mixed media paper.  One piece was then embossed with a sunburst embossing folder and used for the background.  Sponging was added around the border of a Neenah card stock panel and was stitched to the background.  The second Oxide ink panel was cut down for the top panel.  The cross and crown from the Good News set were stamped, fussy cut and popped onto the panel between the stamped sentiment.  An Easter greeting from the He Lives stamp set was stamped on a die cut banner.  The big seam binding bow ties everything together.

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by...have a feel good day!

Hugs,
Cathymac


Thursday, March 23, 2017

National Puppy Day!

Hello friends!  Today is special for all dog lovers out there...it's National Puppy Day!  Of course I've been trying to convince my DH that we need a new puppy, but he insists that one golden retriever at a time is enough.  Now, I ask you...is one golden retriever greeting you at the door or snuggling at your feet really ever enough?  Since I'll not be getting a new puppy today, at least I can stamp one!

Creative nugget:  Doggie paw prints were randomly stamped over the card base.  Regular distress inks were sponged on mixed media paper, then the same colors of Oxide inks were sponged through the a stencil and spritzed with a little water to create the background for the doggie image.  My Misti Tool and Versafine Black Onyx ink were used to stamp the golden retriever image and the sentiment from the Puppy Love stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  Grass was drawn with a Copic Marker and some hearts with bling were added to finish the card. The layout for my card was inspired by the Fusion Challenge.
The sentiments and images from the Puppy Love stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps are perfect for creating a card for National Puppy Day.


Of course nothing beats the real thing...

From this...
...to this!

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:
Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge - Puppy Love
Fusion - Paris Rain
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #234 - Clean and Simple
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog #176 - Any Sentiment Except Birthday 
Pile It On #128 - Humor and/or Plaid

Thanks so much for stopping by on National Puppy Day...be sure to hug a dog today!

Hugs, 
Cathymac

Monday, March 20, 2017

Just Because It's Spring!

Hello everyone!  Happy Spring!  Even though we have had a pretty mild winter, I'm still glad Spring has arrived!  To celebrate, I have a couple of tulip cards to share.
Creative Nugget:  These Tulips from Our Daily Bread Designs are so much fun to color.  They were randomly stamped on the background and red stripes sponged through a stencil.  Texture Paste stripes were also added to finish the background.  The Copic colored tulips were cut with the coordinating Tulip Die and mounted on panels cut with Pierced Rectangle and Circle Scalloped Rectangle Dies.  A Mini Label Die was used to cut out the sentiment and some gingham ribbon was added to finish the card.

Creative Nugget:  The background was created with Distress Oxide inks (**FUN**) and the Happy Birthday song was lightly handwritten with a gray marker.  The sentiment was also handwritten with a Fude journaling pen.  The Copic colored Tulips were again cut with the matching Tulip Die and the Pierced Rectangle Dies were used to cut each of the layered panels.   A few rhinestones and some ribbon were added to finish the card.

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a beautiful spring day!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, March 17, 2017

ODBD Anniversary Celebration

Hello friends!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs Ninth Anniversary Celebration Release.  What better way to celebrate than to release a fabulous new Celebration stamp set and Large Number Dies that are perfect for creating cards, scrapbook pages, and projects for every celebration!  The samples created by the Bread Stick designers are just beautiful and are sure to provide plenty of celebration 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 March 18, 2017 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 March 19th, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!


How ironic that I needed two birthday cards for people both turning 70 this week, so the new Celebration stamp set and Large Number Dies were perfect!  This card will be sent to my sister-in-law's brother who loves all things beachy.


Creative Nugget:  The base was cut with the Side Step Card Die and each panel lined with blue card stock and papers from the By the Shore Paper Collection cut with a Leafy Edged Border Die to create the sand dunes.  The sentiments from the Celebration set were embossed right on the designer papers and cut with Pierced Circles Dies, Circles Dies and Layered Lacey Squares Dies.  I love the new Large Number Dies which were used to cut "70" from white card stock and sponged with distress ink while still in the die.  I found a gelli print in my stash that was used for the sea grass cut with the Grass Border Die and the fence was cut with the Fence Die.  

I can't believe that my hubby and I will be married 31 years this year!  Where has the time gone?

Creative Nugget:  Pink and green distress inks were used to color sheets of mixed media paper from which were cut the Circle Scalloped Rectangle panel, the Pennant Flags, and the embossed small Layered Heart.  Pierced Rectangle Dies were used to cut panels from papers from the Shabby Rose Collection, my very favorite!  These were stitched and layered onto the card.  Thirty-one was cut with the new pierced Large Numbers Dies and the sentiments from the Celebration stamp set were embossed. Bitty Blossoms die cuts and small pearls were added to finish the card. 

Here are the fabulous 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 wonderful projects created with the Anniversary Release, hop on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. Then click the links below to see the details for each project. While at each blog, be sure to leave a comment to be eligible to win one of the three fabulous prizes!


Sandee * Cathy * Angie * Lisa * Robin * Julie 

Kathy * Dawn * Grace * Lori * Chris * Helen

Thanks so much for stopping by…have a wonderful day.  Hope you are inspired by the hop!  

Hugs,
Cathymac