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)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Relax!

Hello friends!  I needed a retirement card for my sister-in-law and the "Ways to Use It Challenge" on Splitcoaststampers today to include something sea worthy on your creation was the perfect place to start.  I can think of no better place to relax than at the ocean!

Creative Nugget:  The inspiration for my card design came from last week's CAS(E) This Sketch.  The waves from the Master of the Sea stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps were white embossed on a piece of Neenah Solar Crest card stock.  Oxide inks were sponged on and spritzed with water for the background.  The Ocean Paradise scene was colored with Copic Markers and a few nautical images also from the Master of the Sea were added.  The sentiment was white embossed on a vellum banner to finish the card.

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More #247 - Make Your Mark
CAS(E) this Sketch - CTS #226
Simply Create Too Challenge #128 - Summer Fun
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Let's Take a Vacation
Mod Squad Challenge - Colorful Creations

Thanks so much for stopping by...hope you've been inspired!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Spotlight on Fantastic Flowers

Hello friends!  Today is my day to share on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog and thought I'd share here as well.
Creative Nugget:  My card was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketch for this week and I ended up with quite a different look...quite clean and bold.  Since the flowers in the Fantastic Flowers stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps are so large, the three concentric circles from the sketch were cut from one of the flower images.  Two of the layers were then colored to spotlight only portions of the flower.  The sentiment was stamped using the new Grunge Type Alpha.  A few splatters were added to finish the card.
This card will be submitted for the following challenges:

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

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, June 16, 2017

Looking Back at the ODBD June 2017 Release

Hello friends!  Today we are taking another look at the beautiful Our Daily Bread Designs June 2017 Release! Love is in the air this month and the images, dies, and papers are perfect for crafting cards and projects for wedding, anniversary, or just to say, "I love you!."


My sample was made using one of the wonderful sentiments from the Happily Ever After stamp set. 


Creative Nugget:  Papers from the Wedding Wishes Collection were cut with a Pierced Rectangle Die, and a scalloped edge cut with a Beautiful Borders Die was stitched between the two after white embossing the sentiment.  Hearts cut with the Layering Hearts Dies were linked together and embellished with flowers cut with the Bitty Blossoms Dies and a Leaves and Branches Die. A heart charm was hung from the larger heart and silver pearls were added to the center of the flowers to finish the card.

Here are the fabulous products released by 
Our Daily Bread Designs this month that were used to make my card.
…and some old favorites previously released:

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


Sandee * Lisa * Cathy (you are here)Diana * Julie 

 Kathy * Robin * Lori * Helen * Dawn * Sabrina

Hugs,
Cathymac

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A Fishy Hello

Hello friends!  The card I'm sharing today was made for several challenges, one of which was the Technique Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.

Creative Nugget:  A piece of wax paper was embossed and ironed between two pieces of Neenah card stock.  Distress Oxide inks were sponged on both...one was used for the background of my card and the Tim Holtz Scribble die was used to cut three scribble circles from the other.  The cute fish and sentiment are from the Happy Ocean Friends stamp set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.  The design for this card was inspired by CAS(E) this Sketch #224.

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:
CAS(E) this Sketch #224
Just Us Girls Word Week #396 - Die-Cuts
Crafting From the Heart Challenge 162 - Anything Goes

As always...thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, June 2, 2017

Kindness Matters

Hello friends!  Happy Friday!  Today I am sharing a card on the SNSS Blog using two of the new stamp sets from the SNSS June release and thought I'd share here as well. 

Creative Nugget:   Flowers and leaves from the new Fantastic Flowers stamp set were randomly white embossed on a Neenah panel.  Watered down Distress and Oxide inks were dabbed onto the card front.  Some white Gesso was painted over the flowers throughout a Tim Holtz stripes stencil.  A circle aperture was cut from the panel.  The sentiment from the Kindness Matters stamp set was centered on my Misti and stamped on another panel so it would show through the aperture.  Acetate covers the window and sequins were sandwiched between the two layers.  One of the large flowers and leaves from the Fantastic Flowers set were stamped and cut with my new Scan 'n Cut (**love**). These were colored with Copic Markers and popped onto the card to frame the sentiment.

Kindness Matters and Fantastic Flowers are available now at the 

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:













Inspired By All the Little Things #58












Mod Squad Challenge - Background Stash
Simon Monday Challenge - We're Going Around in Circles
Simon Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Spread some kindness today!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Welcome to the ODBD June 2017 Release

Hello friends!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs June 2017 Release!  Since June is one of the most popular months for weddings, ODBD is releasing several gorgeous stamp sets, dies and papers this month perfect for making wedding/anniversary cards and favors!  Of course the Bread Stick Designers have outdone themselves again this month so you won't want to miss a single stop on the hop!


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 June 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 June 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!


My first sample was made using the new Happy Wedding Day stamp set and papers from the beautiful Wedding Wishes Collection. 
Creative Nugget:  A piece of Tulle was wrapped around paper from the Wedding Wishes Collection and the Scalloped Chain die cut was adhered over top to form the base of the card.  Two other pieces of paper from the same collection were cut with the Leafy Edged Border Die.  The topiary from the Happy Wedding Day stamp set was colored with Copic Markers and cut with the matching Heart Topiary Die and mounted to a frame cut with an Ovals Die and a Layered Lacey Ovals Die.  The sentiment was embossed on the Pennant Flag die cut and the two little love birds were mounted on each end of the sentiment.  A silver bow and some bitty sparkles were added to finish the card.

My second sample uses the new Happily Ever After stamp set.
Creative Nugget:  Papers from the Wedding Wishes Collection were cut with the Pierced Rectangles Die and stitched together for the first layer of the card.  The wonderful new Scalloped Chain Die was used to cut Linen card stock for the second layer. The third layer is a banner cut on one end with a Layering Heart Die.  A Layered Lacey Oval Die, an Ovals Die, and a Pierced Ovals die were used to make a frame for the gold embossed sentiment from the Happily Ever After stamp set.  A Pennant Flag Die and the Small Bow Dies were used to create a bow accent to finish the card.

A matching Surprise Box was created with the Surprise Box Die, the new Mr. & Mrs. Word Die, a sentiment from the Long Lasting Love stamp set, and other previously released dies listed below.

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 June 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!


Cathy (you are here)Grace * Angie * Dawn * Chris 
Sandee * Helen * Julie * Robin * Lori
Lisa * Diana * Kathy * Sabrina

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

Hugs,
Cathymac

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Follow Your Heart

Hello friends!  All of this rain and cloudy weather is perfect for getting in some stamping time.  Today I have a sneak peek of some new stamps and dies being released tomorrow by Our Daily Bread designs using the sketch today on Splitcoaststampers.

Creative Nugget:  A piece of mixed media paper was watercolored with distress and oxide inks and cut with the new Scalloped Chain Die.  The same die was used to cut a white panel which was adhered to a gray piece of card stock.  The watercolored pieces were then randomly popped back into the die to create the background.  The images from the Happy Wedding Day set were colored with Copic Markers and cut with matching dies before popping them onto paper from the Wedding Wishes Collection.  The sentiment was white embossed on a vellum Pennant Flag die cut.


This card will also be submitted for the following challenges:

Just Us Girls #395 - Photo Week


Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to stop back tomorrow to see more details and samples using the new ODBD June Release.

Have a wonderful day!
Hugs,
Cathymac

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

All About YOU

Hello friends!   I hope you are having a good week.  It was time to let a few friends know just how much they are loved and appreciated and since we are in the midst of spring, there's no better way to do this than to send flowers.  My first card was designed using the unique SC646 sketch over at Splitcoaststampers today.

Creative Nugget:  Distress Oxide inks were applied to the Floral Pattern Background stamp, spritzed with water, and stamped onto one of the triangular panels.  Another panel was stamped with the Typewriter Text Background and the third stamped with a Pretty Potted Floral and colored with Copic Markers.  The flower was stamped a second time so the flower could be fussy cut and popped up.  The sentiment is from a new SNSS stamp set not released yet called All About You.  The panels were stitched together and a Majestic Monarch and ribbon were added.


My second card was watercolored with Kuretake water colors.

Creative Nugget:  The single flower from the Mason Jar Bouquet was randomly stamped, embossed with Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder and watercolored on water color paper. Skinny Caps Alpha by SNSS was used to spell and white emboss the word you on a watercolored circular panel.  A sentiment from the Treasured stamp set was embossed on a vellum banner and a frame added to finish the card.

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by...have a wonderful spring day!

Hugs,
Cathymac