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, October 31, 2014

SNSS November Sweet Perks Club Release

Hello friends!

It's time again for round three of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps 
Sweet Perks Club and you won't want to miss all the SWEET deals we have for you this month!  There are three new bundles for you to choose from that are not only wonderful for creating Christmas gifts and cards, but can also be used all year long making them very versatile! Please note however, that two of the stamp sets included with the new bundles are NOT new, so please check your stamp collection to be sure you do not already have the stamp set before ordering the bundle!

Here are the bundles being offered this month 
at a 20% savings:

You'll need to hurry though, because these SWEET deals will only be available for two weeks.  On November 13th you will only be able to order these products separately at the regular price.

Here's a peek at several cards that were made with two of the new bundles:

Creative Nugget:  The apron in the Baked For You Bundle can be used on a card, but it can also be used to make an apron shaped card as you can see here.  The front of the apron was stamped repeatedly with the little cherry image and colored with Copic Markers.  This was then over-stamped with the Delightfully Delicate Background using Pistachio Pudding ink.  Pockets were made by rounding the corners of card stock and DP and attaching only three sides to the apron card.  A lacy trim was made using one of the Doily Border Dies.  The utensils were stamped, colored and cut with images and dies from the Baked For You Bundle. Ribbon and Baker's twine were added to finish the card.  

Creative Nugget:  This Thinking of You card was made with the God's Purpose Bundle.  The Deconstructed Sketch #175 was used for the design of the card.   The chickadee image was colored with Copic Markers and cut with the die from the God's Purpose Bundle.  An Action Wobble Spring was added to the back of the die cut which makes it wobble when touched…FUN!!  Burlap and twine give the card a rustic look making it appropriate for a man or a woman.

You can check out all the SWEET deals for the Sweet Perks Club and see more fabulous samples by clicking the logo below!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a Sweet Day!


Friday, October 24, 2014

SNSS Special DT Christmas Blog Hop

Hello sweet friends!  Welcome to Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Special DT Christmas Blog Hop!  Today the very talented Design Divas are featuring their favorite SNSS Christmas stamp sets just in time to give you plenty of inspiration for your holiday stamping.  We hope you will join the fun and leave some love behind as you visit each blog.  

I'm sure you have your own favorite Christmas stamp set, so we're inviting you to create your own Christmas greeting and add it to the gallery by clicking the Linky Tool below!  Of course there will be a PRIZE for those who decide to join us.  You have until Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at midnight EST to upload your creation.  We will randomly select one lucky participant to receive a $10 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store!  The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog on Friday, October 31st.

I have such a hard time choosing a favorite stamp set…I love them all!  LOL!   Here are several Christmas cards made for the hop and for your inspiration:

Creative Nugget:  I grabbed some festive papers from a Bo Bunny paper pad and stitched them to True Black card stock and mounted the panel to a Neenah Solar Crest card base.  The circle Nestie was lightly sponged with Tumbled Glass distress ink and matted.  The Christmas wreath from the Seasonal Wreaths stamp set was colored with Copic Markers, cut with the matching Wreath Die, and popped onto the card.  A dotted swiss organdy bow was added with a Mini Tag die cut sentiment from the Born This Day stamp set.  Finally, a few black pearls were added to finish the card.  

Next is a card made with the adorable Christmas Penguins stamp set and Christmas Penguins Dies:

Creative Nugget:  Some fun DP from my stash and pink burlap were stitched to a green mat and mounted to a Neenah Solar Crest card base with a Scalloped Border separating the layers.  Swiss dots were embossed on three smaller panels that were also mounted on a green mat.  The three gift giving penguins were colored with Copic Markers, cut with the matching Christmas Penguins Die, and popped up onto the embossed panels.  The sentiment was stamped on a hand cut banner which was folded for dimension.  Little bows were made with fibers from the burlap and attached to the packages to complete the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the fabulous cards made by the other super talented design team members by clicking on the Linky Tool below.  Can't wait to see what you create with your favorite Christmas set…if you can choose just one favorite!  LOL! 


Taking a Look Back at the ODBD October 2014 Release

Welcome, my friends!  Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs October 2014 Release.  The stamps and dies released earlier this month are helping me chip away at the many Christmas cards needed this year! Here is one project I created using some of the beautiful new products!  

Creative Nugget:  Papers from the new Christmas Collection 2014 Paper Pad were stitched to Smokey Shadow card stock and mounted to a Neenah Solar Crest card base to create the front of the card.  The Poinsettia Ornament was embossed on watercolor paper with Liquid Platinum embossing powder, cut with a Matting Circle Die, and watercolored with a variety of refill inks.  A Circle Ornament Die was used to cut a mat for the ornament which was also embossed with Liquid Platinum.  A second poinsettia was painted the same way and the center fussy cut to layer on top of the ornament for dimension.  Some metallic platinum embroidery floss and seam binding were used to hang the poinsettia ornament from the top of the card.  LOVE the new Peaceful Poinsettias Dies!  One of the poinsettias was made from the Christmas Collection 2014 paper while the second one was cut from card stock embossed with Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel. The little holly leaves cut with the leaf in the Circle Ornament Die Set were embossed with Liquid Platinum as well as the vellum sentiment from the God's Timing stamp set. The poinsettias were mounted on loops of embroidery floss and a few faux brads added to finish the card.

Here are the supplies available from the Our Daily Bread Designs Store that were used to make this Christmas card:

For more inspiration using the October 2014 Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog.  To see the details for each of the DT projects just click the links listed below!

Grace * Paula * Chris * Lori * Julie * Sandee 
 Cathy (me) * Dawn * Stacy * Wanda * Audrey

Thanks so much for stopping by…hope you've been inspired by your visit!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wise Men Seek Him Still

Hello friends!  Crafty Julia is the Featured Stamper over at Splitcoaststampers today, so I thought I'd play along!  I found this Best Fishes card in her fun and colorful gallery, and since I am in Christmas mode, decided to change her card into a Christmas one.

Creative Nugget:  I kept the card pretty simple, following the same basic layout and colors that Julia used on her card.  This pretty Wisemen Ornament was just released by Our Daily Bread Designs earlier this month and looks very elegant embossed in gold.  The ornament was cut with ODBD Custom Circle Ornament Dies and Matting Circle Dies.  The edge of the larger circled was embossed in gold.  A frame was dry embossed using the Spellbinders Matting Basics Dies, and piercing was added around the frame.  The hand cut banner was also embossed in gold as well as the sentiment from the Away in a Manger stamp set.  Gold embroidery thread was used to hang the ornament.  

This card will be submitted to the Word Art Wednesday Challenge as they are featuring Our Daily Bread Designs this week, as well as to the Shining the Light Challenge over on the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog.

Word Art Wednesday #154 - Anything Goes
ODBDSLC215 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for visiting today…hope you were inspired!
Have a wonderful Sunday!  Remember to seek Him!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Season of Wonder

Hello friends!  This past weekend I had the pleasure of teaching a class and working the "Make and Take" table for Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps at the Heirloom Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival in York, PA.  People were in awe of the beautiful card created by Korin Sutherland that we did for the "Make and Take."  Korin's card can be found HERE on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog.  When I saw that the Ways to Use It Challenge on Splitcoaststampers yesterday was to use denim in some way…including using the color of denim…I immediately thought of Korin's card.  The card I have to share today is a CASE of her card.  I changed the stamp sets and used the design from Wednesday's Sketch Challenge at Splitcoaststampers to modify my card.

Creative Nugget:  Light of Christmas was lightly stamped on the background with Tumbled Glass Distress ink, and the tree from the Christmas Silhouettes stamp set was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.  Modeling paste snow was added to this panel but was mostly covered by the top two layers.  The moon and snowdrifts on the backgrounds were masked and a combination of Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans, and Seedless Preserves distress inks were sponged on the night sky and the drifts.  The tree was again stamped on both layers, while the houses from the Happy Home stamp set and a sentiment from Christmas Innies were stamped on the smaller panel.  (It was quite by accident that the tree image lined up on the two panels…love when things like that happen!)  The deer was stamped, cut with the matching Christmas Silhouettes Die, and popped onto the top of the card.  A white Sharpie paint pen and Wink of Stella were used to add shimmer and accents to the card.  Thanks for the inspiration, Korin, as I really like how this card turned out...

…and I hope you like it, too!
Enjoy your day and be blessed by the wonder and beauty that surrounds you.


Monday, October 13, 2014

What's the Hurry!

Hello friends!  Have you noticed how fast-paced life has become?  We are always in a hurry to get some where or get something done.  We expect instant coffee, instant messaging, and instant solutions to our problems! Fortunately…God is always right on time!  Here is a perfect example...on the way to the York Paper Craft Festival this past weekend,  I was involved in a little fender bender accident that had me unscathed but a little bit rattled.  In the process of exchanging insurance information, I hear someone calling my name.  The chances of having a dear friend come up right behind me at just that time in the area where I was driving was slim, but there she was, just in time to offer the encouragement I needed!  God is so good!

So with this in mind, here is my card created for the 
Technique Lovers Challenge at Splitcoaststampers 
and the Word Art Wednesday Challenge for this week:

Creative Nugget:  The front of the card was made by stitching papers from the Rustic Beauty Collection by ODBD to Early Espresso card stock.  The clock was stamped in Early Espresso ink and sponged with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  A Pencil eraser and the end cap of a sponge dauber were used to add some distress marks to the DP and to the clock face from the new God's Timing stamp set.  The clock and the gold embossed hands were cut with an ODBD Custom Circle Ornament Die and an ODBD Custom Matting Circle Die.  Angel Wings painted with a clear Wink of Stella marker was cut with the ODBD Custom Angel Wings Die. The sentiment panel was modified from an ODBD Custom Ornate Borders & Flower Die cut.  A bow made from seam binding and gold thread finish the card.

This card will be submitted to the following challenges:
Technique Lovers Challenge 503 - Use a pencil eraser
Word Art Wednesday #153 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with me today…I leave you with this thought,

"But those who wait on the Lord 
Shall renew their strength; 
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint."
(Isaiah 40:31) NKJV

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Happy Birthday, Kelley!

Today a few of the "Breadsticks" have gotten together to celebrate the birthday of Kelley Holland, owner and mastermind of Our Daily Bread Designs, by surprising her with this Birthday Blog Hop!  (At least we hope it is a surprise…it's hard to keep a secret from this lady!)  We hope you will hop along with us and share your own birthday wishes for Kelley!  If you've arrived here from Angie's gorgeous blog, you are in the right place…if not you may want to return to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog and start at the beginning so you don't miss any of the beauty and birthday cheer!

Have a wonderful and blessed birthday, Kelley!
RELAX and allow your family to pamper you on your special day!
We hope you enjoy these projects created just for you!

Here is the card I created for Kelley using 
Our Daily Bread Designs stamps and dies:
Creative Nugget:  The main panel was created on mixed media paper.  Modeling Paste was used to make the chevron stripes and a little Mowed Lawn distress ink was sponged on them.  Splatters of gray watercolor and Spun Sugar distress ink were added next. The layered flower was cut from Solar Crest paper using the Asters and Leaves Dies.  Spun Sugar was sponged on the petals and Picked Raspberry was used on the tips.  Solar Crest paper was sponged with Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint distress inks before being cut with the leaves, also from the Asters and Leaves die set.  The flower center was sponged and covered with Glossy Accents and micro beads.  The leafy flourish was cut from Smokey Shadow card stock using the Fancy Foliage Dies.  A birthday greeting from the All Occasion Sentiments stamp set was embossed using Liquid Platinum embossing powder on a piece of vellum.  A few scattered pearls finish the card!

Now off you go to the talented Silke
but just in case you've lost the way, here is the whole line up of blogs celebrating Kelley's birthday today:

Our Daily Bread Designs Blog

  Cathy (That's me)


Thanks so much for stopping by…hope you enjoy the hop!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Anchor of Hope

Good morning everyone!
My card today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It Challenge, Word Art Wednesday # 152 Challenge, and for the Mojo Monday 365 Sketch, but I'll also be sending it to a friend at church with health issues!

As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I had to add a little pink to my card!

Creative Nugget:  I've never made a card this size before…it's 3 1/2" x 5 1/2 ", but it makes a really cute tall and skinny card!  The anchor is from the Anchor stamp set by Our Daily Bread Designs and was stamped in Blushing Bride ink on Vintage Cream card stock.  It was cut with the new Matting Circle Dies and the Circle Ornament Dies also by ODBD.  Soft Suede ink was used for the sentiment and piercing was added around the edge of the panel. The beautiful KaiserCraft papers were  stitched to Soft Suede card stock and mounted to a Blushing Bride card base.  A Baker's Twine bow was added in lieu of the banners on the sketch.

The lyrics to this song by Hillsong says it all to me…Jesus, my anchor, will hold in the storm!

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus' name

Christ alone, Cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Savior's love
Through the storm
He is Lord
Lord of all

When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil

My anchor holds within the veil
Christ alone, Cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Savior's love
Through the storm
He is Lord
Lord of all

He is Lord
Lord of all

When he shall come with trumpet sound
Oh may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless, stand before the throne
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

My card will be entered in the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #152 (Anything Goes)
Ways To Use It - WT 499 Symbols of Hope

Thanks so much for stopping by…Hope you've been inspired!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ODBD October 2014 Release

Hello friends!  Welcome to Our Daily Bread Designs October Release!  Autumn is upon us and that means Christmas is not far behind.  Did I really just say the word "Christmas!"  It's not too early to start on those Christmas cards if you've not begun already, and this Fall and Winter Release by Our Daily Bread Designs will help you do just that with these beautifully designed stamp sets! 

Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the designers blogs to receive a $15 Gift Certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website. You have until October 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on October 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

This first card was made with the pretty fall scene from the Autumn Tree stamp set.
Creative Nugget:  I put my Copics aside for this one and tried the old, but neglected technique of coloring directly on the stamp with water based markers to color the scene from the Autumn Tree stamp set.  A cloud template was used to lightly sponge clouds behind the tree.  Fall colors were added to a piece of mixed media paper using the No Wrinkle Distress technique, and the Leaves Background was stamped over this with Potting Soil Archival ink. The little heart was cut with one of the Ornate Hearts Dies from a little scrap left over from a previous project…yes, I tend to keep a lot of scraps as you never know when something will come in handy! LOL!  The Pennant Die cut the burlap framing the sentiment like butter.  A border of burlap was also added behind the main panel. The sentiment from the Autumn Tree set was stamped on a Pennant die cut and a little bow made with a fiber from the burlap was added to finish the card.

The second card was made with the new God's Timing stamp set.
Creative Nugget:  The background panels and the Vintage Label tag were made using the clock image from the God's Timing stamp set, a variety of stencils, distress inks, and even a little modeling paste.  The clock was cut with the Matting Circles Die, given several coats of utee, and then was cracked in several places to give it an aged look.  Stitching, a Beautiful Border, and some seam binding tie the elements on the card together.

Here are the new release products from the Our Daily Bread Designs Store that were used to make these samples...
...along with some old favorites:

You can see all of the gorgeous creations made by the talented Breadsticks on the ODBD Blog.  To see the details of each project be sure to visit each of the DT Blogs by clicking on the links below!  Leave a little love behind to qualify for one of the prizes!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!