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, July 20, 2017

You Are My Sunshine

Aloha, everyone!  Since the weather has been hot and steamy lately, it's off to the tropics with a card using this week's sketch on Splitcoaststampers and some of this month's stamps and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.

Creative nugget:  Papers from the Boho Bolds and Cozy Quilt Collections were used on the card front.  Wild Honey Oxide Ink was sponged on the Sunburst Background and on the Double Stitched Circle panel.  Real stitching was added to the diagonal strip to carry through on the stitched element from the cut panels.  The Bird of Paradise from the Aloha stamp set from ODBD was colored with Copic Markers and cut with the coordinating Bird of Paradise Die.  A few Tropical Leaves and sequins were added to finish the card.

This card will be submitted for the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #251 - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge 360 - Use a patterned Paper
Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge 108 - Fabulous Flowers
Try It on Tuesday...18th July- Let It Shine
Time Out Challenge #88 - Roald Dahl Quote
Tuesday Throwdown #352 - Tic-Tac-Toe (Flower, Bling/Sparkle, Embossing)

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

Hugs,
Cathymac

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sweet Words

Hello friends!  Today I am sharing two cards on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog and thought I'd post here as well.  The same two stamp sets from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps were used for both cards, Sweet as Honey and Scribble Flowers.  I recently watched a demonstration using a two-step stamp set that resulted in a pretty watercolored look and wanted to achieve the same look using a stamp set not designed for two-step stamping.

Creative Nugget:  To create the watercolored frame, attach a flower stamp upside down on an acrylic block and paint color burst on the back of the stamp.  Give it a little spritz of water and stamp onto heavy card stock.   Bristol board was used here but water color paper or mixed media paper would also work.  If you do not have Color Burst, use any water based marker like Tombows to color on the back of the stamp and give it a spritz of water.  Clean the stamp and continue to randomly stamp flowers around the panel.  It might look a little messy, but just wait until the next step!  When completely dry, turn the stamp right side up on the block and emboss the flower outline over the watercolored flowers.  Now it's lookin' good!  A little swirly flower was used to fill in the gaps and a little messy stitching was added to the frame.  Color Burst was painted on the honeycomb stamp from the Sweet as Honey set, stamped on a separate panel, and spritzed with water to lighten.  The frame was popped up onto this panel using foam tape.  The sentiments, bees and sequins were added to finish the card.  The design for this card came from the Freshly Made Sketch for this week.

The second card uses the same two stamp sets but with a different look.

Creative Nugget:  Distress Oxide inks were sponged onto white Neenah card stock and over stamped with the honeycomb.  The Honeycomb was also stamped on a plain white panel and spritzed with watered down oxide ink.  The panels were cut with curvy edges and stitched together to make the base for the card.  The bees and flower were colored with Copic Markers and popped onto the card.  The sentiment was stamped twice, once on the card and once on scrap card stock in a different color so parts could be cut apart and added for contrast.  A few sequins were added to finish the card!

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by...hope you were inspired!

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, July 14, 2017

Looking Back at the ODBD July 2017 Release

Hello friends!  Today we are taking another look at the Our Daily Bread Designs July 2017 Release!  For my sample I decided to create a tropical paradise.


Creative Nugget:  I recently purchased some of the new Color Burst colors which are beautiful and used them to watercolor a background for the island image in the Bon Voyage stamp set. The watercolored and stamped panels were cut to fit two parts of the Double Z card base.  Paper from the Boho Bolds Paper Pad was used for the third panel.  The Bird of Paradise flower from the Aloha stamp set was stamped three times, colored with Copic Markers and cut with the coordinating Bird of Paradise Die.  These flowers along with cut outs using the Frangipani Dies, Fern Dies, and Tropical Leaves Dies were used to create the border along the bottom of the card.

Sentiments from the Aloha stamp set were added to two of the panels and cut with a Mini Labels Die and a Pennant Flag Die. Pearls were used in the centers of the Frangipani flowers to finish the card.  Now...don't you wish you were there right now?

Here are the fabulous products from the July Release by
Our Daily Bread Designs used to make this card…

…and some old favorites previously released:

To see all of the wonderful projects created with the July Release, hop on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. Click the links below for the beautiful details!
Thanks so much for stopping by…Hope you are inspired!
Have a wonderful Friday!    

Hugs,
Cathymac

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Welcome to the ODBD July 2017 Release

Hello friends!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs July 2017 Release!  Please join us as we take a voyage to tropical isles.  The release this month is full of beautiful tropical images and dies.  You won't want to miss what the Bread Stick Designers have created for your inspiration...in fact, I'm sure you will want to catch the nearest cruise and take off for the Pacific!


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


My first sample was made using the adorable new Ticked Pink stamp set and papers from the Boho Bolds Paper Pad.


Creative Nugget:  Papers from the Boho Bolds Paper Pad were stitched to black card stock for the background.  Flamingos from the Tickled Pink stamp set were randomly stamped in pink ink on the second panel and then embossed with the Boho Backgrounds Die.  The flamingos on the circle panel were colored with Copic Markers and the sentiment was stamped on a vellum banner.  The ODBD Custom dies used to cut the different layers include the Pierced Rectangles, Pierced Circles, Circles, and Pennant Flags.  Black pearls and Bakers Twine were added to finish the card. 

My second sample uses the beautiful new Bon Voyage stamp set.

Creative Nugget:  The background scene was masked and sponged with Distress Inks before stamping the island silhouettes from the Bon Voyage set with Jet Black Archival ink. Paper from the Boho Bolds Paper Pad was used to mat the sponged panel.  An aperture was cut from the white panel and popped up with foam tape.  The new Frangipani Dies and Fern Dies were used to make the flowers framing the image.  Part of the sentiment was white embossed and part was stamped with black ink directly on the card front.  Other ODBD Custom Dies used include the Pierced Rectangles, Double Stitched Circles, and Circles.  Pearls were added to the centers of the frangipani flowers and to accent the image.

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 July 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 * Sandee * Lisa * Dawn * Angie 
 Grace * Lori * Chris * Diana

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

Hugs,
Cathymac

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wedding Inspiration

Hello again, friends!  Today I have two wedding cards to share made with some of the new stamps and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs released this month.
Creative Nugget:  First is this beautiful cake from the Long Lasting Love stamp set.  One of the elegant papers from the Wedding Wishes Collection was stitched to the card base. The Scalloped Chain die cut was cut to fit behind a frame made with Rectangle and Pierced Rectangle Dies.  The cake was stamped and colored with Copic Markers on a Pierced Oval and matted to a Layered Lacey Oval.  The sentiment was white embossed on a banner cut with a Pennant Flag Die.  A few pearls were added to finish the card.


Creative Nugget:  The heart topiary from the Happy Wedding Day stamp set was white embossed on linen, the sentiment white embossed on a vellum banner, and the floral embellishment added to this white and linen card.  One of the sentiments was lightly and randomly stamped on the background and prills were used on the center of the flower and to scatter around the card. The dies used include Rectangle and Pierced Rectangle Dies, a Pennant Flag Die, the Rose Dies, Rose Leaves, and a Fancy Foliage Die.

These cards will be submitted for the following challenges:




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

Hugs,
Cathymac

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