Monday, April 27, 2009

God Bless America! ODBD Sneak peek!

Isn't this eagle the most regal creature?? It's from one of the upcoming May releases at Our Daily Bread Designs. The set is called In God We Trust and it has this handsome eagle and several sentiments. The sentiment I chose to use is from another May release called God Bless America! I am really liking the Versafine Onyx Black ink that Kelley sells in her store. It stamps such crisp, clean images. I'm reaching for it more than I am other blacks I have. But I'm not ruling out the other blacks. They all have their purpose.

For instance, I used Brilliance Graphite Black for the eagle because I wanted to heat emboss the image and then bleach it out and color it. I used Judikins Detail Black ep. Then I bleached out the image and colored it with many different mediums. I used Prismacolors, chalks, and even oil pastels. I just kept adding things to build up the colors. I used Prismacolor pencils to color the eye. Then I went over it with Mustard Green Twinkling H2Os. Then I put some Diamond Glaze over the eye for shine.

One of the last touches to the bird was some Glimmer Mist Pearl. I sprayed a pool on the table and brushed it over the white feathers to give them a sheen. It's like Pearl-Ex in liquid form. So pretty! And a little goes a long way!

The flower is actually an all white Prima from the Daisy Dreams Snow collection. I colored it with markers. If you buy white the options are endless! They're so easy to color!

After coloring it using SU Close to Cocoa and SU Summer Sun markers, I spritzed it ever-so-lightly with Glimmer Mist Pearl to match the eagle's feathers. Before attaching it to the black organdy ribbon I heated the ends of the ribbon with my heat gun to crimp them. Haven't done that in awhile!

The bird is cut out using the Nestabilities Labels One set. I paper pierced around 2 of the corners.

The striped paper is from the Basic Grey Archaic 6 x 6 pad. I thought it went perfectly with the patriotic theme and the eagle. Stripes just seem patriotic to me. I used the Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template in the corners. The eagle piece and the striped paper are all popped up with 3D-Dots (my fave!).

Thanks for looking! Please check out the other designers for Our Daily Bread Designs in my sidebar to see what others are creating!

Stamps: In God We Trust and God Bless America! by Our Daily Bread Designs

CS: Black, Basic Grey Archaic dp, Chocolate Chip

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Brilliance Graphite Black

Other: Nestabilities Labels One dies, Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template, paper piercing tool, sponge mat, Judikins Detail Black ep, Prima Daisy Dreams Snow flower, SU Close to Cocoa and Summer Sun markers, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Pearl, Prismacolor pencils, chalks, oil pastels, Diamond Glaze, 3D-Dots, Stamp-a-ma-jig, black organdy ribbon, heat gun, bleach, water brush, Mustard Green Twinkling H2Os

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sneak Peek: ODBD God Bless America

**Edited to add: I had the wrong name for the flag stamp set. It's called God Bless America. Sorry for any confusion!

It's sneak peek time for Our Daily Bread Designs' May releases! Kelley has come up with some gorgeous images and sentiment stamps for your 4th of July cards! They have a real 1776 feel about them!

I used stamps from 2 of the sets that will be available on May 1st. The flag is from God Bless America and the sentiment is from In God We Trust. The beautiful thing about these sets is that they are interchangeable, so there are even more options!

For this card I cut the flag image into an oval. I colored it with Stampin' Pastels and Prismacolor pencils. I really like combining these two media for bolder results.

I used my Inkssentials opaque white pen to do a Markie's Mom sort of look (white-dotted edges). And then if that doesn't add enough movement to my already busy scene, I added Cuttlebug Spots and Dots embossing to the striped paper! Stars, stripes and dots, dots, dots!

For more peeks into what's coming up in May check out the blogs in my sidebar under Our Daily Bread Designs Design Team. Tosh, Angella and Dina are already posting their beauties (Angella has a pic of the In God We Trust set). There is plenty more to come so take a tour soon and see what everyone's up to!


Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs God Bless America and In God We Trust

CS: Black; Moxxie The Red, White and Blue Collection "With a Bang" dp, white

Ink: Versafine Black Onyx

Other: Cuttlebug Spots and Dots embossing folder, Nestabilities Classic Oval Large and Classic Oval Scallops Large, Stampin' Pastels, alligator clip, tiny pompoms, Prismacolor pencils, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Polka dot ribbon, red gingham ribbon, Inkssentials opaque white pen

Friday, April 24, 2009

Sporty birthday

I've got SO many cards I need to make! This card is for my teenage nephew whose birthday is already past. Oops. Wish there were more stamping hours in my day!

I felt the need to simplify again. Mind, this isn't 'simple' in some people's eyes, but it is in mine. It's hard to go backwards once you're used to flinging the bling!

The base is one layer thick (excluding the inside) with a minimum of bling (for me). But the bling I did use works well enough, I think.

It's always hard trying to come up with a card for a teenage young man. Men's cards are difficult, in general, but a teenage version is the hardest. And thinking about it now I should've used the Nestabilities Labels One set (forgot I had it! Can you beLIEVE it?) rather than the scallop for the car image (which btw is from Stampin' Up! Classic Convertibles - retired). It would've been less foo-foo-y. Oh well, he'll never know. My 16 yo son loved it and thought my nephew would like it, so that's enough for me.

The base is Taken with Teal, but I couldn't get that color to look right in the photograph to save my life. It looks more like Tempting Turquoise, doesn't it? Some colors are just like that when you photograph them indoors. I used the Cuttlebug Traffic Jam embossing folder to add some visual interest.

I used 2 black jumbo eyelets that I think are by Making Memories. I wove black hemp through and around and pulled one end back through again, tying it on the inside.

I used the small and large oval punches for the birthday greeting, which I stamped in VersaMark ink and embossed with white ep. The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up! Amazing to Zany set.

The car scene is popped out with 3D-Dots as is the sentiment piece. I used black and Chocolate Chip cs for the sentiment piece.

When coloring the car I used the CTMH Breeze marker and Prismacolor pencils. I added highlights here and there with my Inkssentials opaque white pen. To finish it off I added Diamond Glaze (aka Crystal effects) to the windshield, side panel, hub caps and headlights. I had colored it before running the image through the Cuttlebug. I added the Diamond Glaze afterward.

Don't you just love my new watermark? I had it made by Dina Kowal. Here's her digi-sig site. She's very reasonable and ever so nice to work with. I got 4 watermarks for $11. Very reasonable, indeed!

Thanks for looking!


Stamps: Stampin' Up! Classic Convertibles, Stampin' Up! Amazing to Zany

CS: Taken with Teal, black, white, Chocolate Chip

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMark

Other: Cuttlebug Traffic Jam and Tiny Bubbles embossing folders, Nestabilities Classic Oval Large and Classic Oval Scallops Large, large and small oval punches, 3D-Dots, white embossing powder, Making Memories jumbo black eyelets, black hemp, Croc-a-dile (for making holes and setting eyelets), Diamond Glaze, CTMH Ocean marker, Prismacolor pencils, Inkssentials opaque white pen

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Welcome Little Baby! ODBD

I had intended this card to be for a recent Mojo Monday challenge and an SCS color challenge. But I ended up combining 2 MMs, sorta, and goofing on one of the colors (mentioned below). So, hmm. Such is life for me lately. Does it count? I don't know. My perfectionism says no, but my laid-back side says yes. Who should I listen to?

No babies being born in our family right now, but I wanted to make a baby card anyway. This card is made with stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs' Children of God set.

For the Jesus image I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on white cs and colored with Prismacolor pencils.

I used 2 Nestabilities Classic Oval dies to set it off, kind of like a cameo. I tied a black gingham ribbon on the side and embellished it with a large clear gem. I had a really hard time trying to decide how to decorate this card. I tried so many things, colored gems, pearls, punched cs. But the clear gems struck me as being just right.

The designer paper is Basic Grey Stella Ruby (Tea with Jane). It's so lovely! I bought a single sheet of it, but looking at the whole collection, I think I need to buy it! Wow! Gorgeous with a capital G!

I stamped the outside word phrase using Brilliance Graphite Black ink and then cuttlebugged the paper using the Script embossing folder. I mounted it on black cs which was punched using the 'Diamond' border punch by Fiskars.

For the Rose Red area I stamped the SU Print Pattern background stamp in Rose Red ink. Then I cuttlebugged it using the Textile embossing folder.

On the green area I stamped the SU Canvas background stamp in Old Olive ink on what I thought was Always Artichoke cs, because that's the cs folder I found it in. But when I went to get some for the inside I suddenly realized that I had put the wrong cs in my AA folder at some point when tidying up! In fact, I think it's a CTMH cs because it looks white along the edges (their paper has a white core). So I can't say technically, that this is Always Artichoke, but it's AA-like.

For the inside I used more of the Stella Ruby paper. I added a few clear gems and the black stitching to keep the theme going from the outside, in.

Well, thanks for looking! Have a lovely day!

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Children of God, SU Print Pattern, SU Canvas

CS: Black, white, CTMH Olive, SU Rose Red, Basic Grey Stella Ruby (Tea with Jane)

Inks: Brilliance Graphite Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Rose Red, Old Olive

Other: Cuttlebug Textile and Script embossing folders, Fiskars Diamond border punch, Nestabilities Classic Ovals, ticket corner punch, clear gems, black gingham ribbon, 3D-Dots, sewing machine, Prismacolor pencils

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sushi Bowl Friends

This is a huge departure for me. I was getting tired of over-embellishing and decided to go to the other extreme for balance. This is a one-layer card with the fish popped out with 3D-Dots. Very simple.

I stamped the fish bowl from the Stampendous' Sushi Bowl Party set (SSC194) on watercolor cardstock from Archiver's with Versafine Onyx Black ink. The hard part with the fish bowl is that it is a clear stamp and is very flexible. So imagine trying to make it symmetrical! Oye!

I colored the fish bowl with chalks and Prismacolor pencils (the darker parts of the sand). I used SU markers for the fish. Then I went over their fins and tails with Stickles to oomph them up a bit.

Well, not much else to say other than that I used the ticket corner punch on the corners and used one of the sayings from Stampin' Up! Life Cycles with the bicycle blocked off with a Post-It note. I thought it was a perfect saying for this scene.


Stamps: Stampendous Sushi Bowl Party (SSC194), Stampin' Up! Life Cycles

CS: Archiver's white watercolor cardstock

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black

Other: Stampin' Pastels, Alligator clip, tiny pompoms (for applying chalks), Prismacolor pencils, SU Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie and Cameo Coral markers. Inkssentials white opaque pen (for whites of eyes), Orange Peel and Yellow Stickles, Stamp-a-ma-jig (for aligning saying), Post-It note (for blocking), 3D-Dots, ticket corner punch

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Happy Anniversary - ODBD

Here is a card using the Love and Love One Another sets by Our Daily Bread Designs.

I had a certain card in mind when I was designing this one. I made that card many years ago, and thought the design would work well for what I wanted to do with the twined hearts image from the Love One Another set. In the past, I loved making cards with images dancing around on a white background as the central theme of the card. Recently I started doing it again, the most recent being this froggie card. Now that I have my Cuttlebug I can take this design idea up a notch.

For the card base I chose Almost Amethyst and used the Scor-Pal to score 1/2" lines diagonally, going from one corner to the other with the card base open. Then I reversed it. I did direct-to-paper with Almost Amethyst ink which makes the scoring stand out.

Doesn't the Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch work perfectly with the theme of this card? It has 'anniversary' written all over it!

Doesn't the Swiss Dots folder say 'anniversary' also? I had to use it.

For the twined hearts scene I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored in with Prismacolor pencils. The Tuxedo Black is great as it is quick-drying, but it looks a bit faded after it's dry. That's why I often use the Brilliance Graphite Black for its 'brilliant' and lasting color. I used the BGB on the word stamps inside and out, btw. Every ink has its positives and negatives.

I'm so sorry that I have this obsession with black polka dot ribbon. It is THE most versatile ribbon I've ever used. But I really do try to use other things. Really, I do! I have a big collection of ribbons and fibers, but I seem to gravitate toward the black polka dot ribbon the most.

I carried the doily lace theme inside, only using black cardstock instead. It's a bit hard to see, but I used 3D-Dots to pop out the lace inside.

Here's a closer view of the stamp I used inside. It's from the Love set, a companion to Love One Another.


Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Love One Another and the Love companion set

CS: Almost Amethyst, white, black

Inks: Almost Amethyst, Memento Tuxedo Black, Brilliance Graphite Black

Other: Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles and Swiss Dots embossing folders, Scor-Pal, Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch, corner punch, silver mini-brads, Prismacolor pencils, black polka dot ribbon, 3D-Dots

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Faith, Hope and Love

Got to play today! I have been wanting to try dyeing Primas (actually, Bazzill paper flowers and Hero Arts Art Flowers white and cream) ever since I saw Faith Hofrichter's Prima Painting tutorial. It's so much more economical to buy cream/white ones and dye them yourself than buying pre-colored ones, some of which you may never use. The possibilities are endless!

This card is approx. 5.5" x 5.5". The base is Pretty in Pink.

I started with the designer papers as my guide. I used two papers from the Basic Grey Sugared Collection. I wanted to go soft this time. And NO BLACK on this card! Can you believe it? So rare for me! I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder on top and the CB Floral Screen on the bottom. I stitched with white thread around the edges.

I used SCS Sketch Challenge 222 (SC222) for this one. Simple design. It allowed for a big word stamp, which is what I needed. I chose the I Corinthians 13:13 Scripture from Our Daily Bread Designs' Love set as my centerpiece and stamped it in True Thyme (a past SU "In Color" ink) on cream cardstock, then cuttlebugged it using the largest oval from the Nestabilities Classic Oval Small set.

Below it is True Thyme cardstock that has designs taken from the Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template. I used a thread cutter to distress the edges, much like Tim Holtz's Paper Distresser. I mounted it on cream cardstock that was cut and embossed from the largest rectangle in the Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Rectangle Small set.

The ribbon is twill tape (SU). I used the Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch on vellum to accent under the main piece. I used 3D-Dots to glue it down under the ribbon so it would stick out a bit.

For the flowers I used re-inkers and a water brush to dye them. I found that the ink-to-water ratio affects the outcome. So if you want a really light color, use lots of water and little ink. Reverse it if you want to go darker. The bigger flower (by Bazzill) is inked with Pretty in Pink. The smallest one (Hero Arts) is with True Thyme. The middle one (Hero Arts) is not dyed. For the center I used a Making Memories jumbo antique pewter brad. I glued a large pink gem in the center. Kind of makes me think of passion flowers.

I remember when I was 10 or 11 and my family had recently been transferred to Alabama from California. My parents were clearing some woods on the side of our yard and I saw one in the woods! What an exotic flower it was! I was totally taken with it. There it was, growing in my backyard not far from the copperheads and the water moccasins, lol (we lived on a lake). Of course, I had no idea what it was, and there was no easy Internet access to google it, so it was many years later that I found out what it was.

I used 2 very thick Sticky Doos stacked on top of each other to put the flower into place and have it stand tall on the card. I added 3 pink gems to the bottom for balance.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful evening!

Stamp: Our Daily Bread Designs Love

CS: Pretty in Pink, DP from Basic Grey Sugared Collection, cream, True Thyme

Inks: True Thyme (pad and re-inker), Pretty in Pink (re-inker)

Other: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Floral Screen embossing folders, Nestabilities Classic Oval Small and Classic Scalloped Rectangle Small and Classic Rectangle Small, Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template, Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch, Bazzill cream paper flowers, Hero Arts Art Flowers white and cream, pink gems, Making Memories jumbo antique pewter brad, 3D-Dots, Sticky Doos, piercing tool, sponge mat, sewing machine, twill tape (ribbon), water brush

Monday, April 13, 2009

Love One Another Deeply

How can it be that someone with so much stuff to play with can feel so mojo-less? It's a mystery.

I am happy with this card, but oh, the work it was to create! Lots of goof-ups that had to be tossed. Such is the mojo-less experience. I've noticed a similar theme on other stamping blogs I visit. We ain't gettin' that mojo. Let's call it Stamper's Slump. I've had Stamper's Slump for awhile now, and no sweet goodies are pulling me out of it.

Maybe it's just visual overload. You know how it is when you've overeaten? It's kind of like that for me thanks to all the design challenges and color challenges and bling fests everywhere you look. Too much. I need to go on a visual diet or something. Then those goodies I have sitting around will become more appealing again. It's so easy to get tired of the stuff I already have when there is always something new to try, but the budget quickly gets out of kilter when I do that. It doesn't take long for a stamper to rack up a pricey pile, does it? Not a cheap hobby, noooooo.

Anywho, this card is one I'm finally pleased with even though I was afraid it would all be for naught. I originally had the Basic Grey Granola dp piece going horizontally along the top with the oval piece over it. But that did nothing for me. So I started flipping things around. Do you do that? I liked the feel of it lying vertically, so there it stayed, which got me to moving everything else around.

The corners of the Granola dp are pierced using the Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template. You know me and piercing. I had a blast poking all those holes! This is paper piercing for grown-ups!

For the Rose Romance card base I used the Scor-Pal to run 1/2" lines down the whole length of the card from back to front after scoring it in half to fold. Then I did direct-to-paper with Rose Romance ink (I think that's a retired color now? Yes, Regal Rose is its replacement, I see.)

I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder to emboss the white oval. But first, I stamped a scripture from Love One Another in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I really like that ink! Gives a very clean lined image. It's easy to clean off the stamps, as well. Then I cuttlebugged the image with a Nestabilities Classic Oval Small die. I tried embossing around the edge to add a beveled look, but you can't do that and use an embossing folder, as well. One will flatten out the other.

I used an Inkssentials Opaque White pen to dot around the Old Olive scallop.

For the hearts I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Archiver's white watercolor cs. Then I colored it with SU markers (see colors in recipe). I made an extra image and cut out the flowers and colored them to match. Then I put them on with 3D-Dots, but doubled up on one to make it stand higher than the other. I finished it off with Fruit Punch and Lime Green Stickles. I popped it out on the card with variously thick pop dot thingies.

And look! No polka dot ribbon! Yes, I was tempted, but I yielded not! No, I pulled out ye olde organdy ribbon, something I used to reach for often. It's a wide olive green.

And of course, a card by me wouldn't be complete without the ticket corner punch being used somewhere on it, right? But I'll let you in on a little secret. I didn't actually use the ticket corner punch. No, the card was otherwise finished and that punch wouldn't fit on the corners, so I used the 1/2" circle punch and it was easy as a wink.

See the 4 quadrants on the metal part that punches through?

There are line guides to make a 1/4 circle cut and a 1/2 circle cut. I don't know if that's intentional, but it works!

Here's an example of what I did. A lot less of this punch covered the cardstock than the ticket corner punch would, which was why I ended up using it on my finished card. I did have to remove a pearl, though. But that was easy.

So if you're in a pinch or just want the ticket corner punch, but only have the 1/2" circle punch, you can do your own and save some money. Wish I had known this sooner!

Thanks for looking! Have a lovely Monday!

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Love One Another

CS: Rose Romance, Black, Basic Grey Granola designer paper, Archiver's white watercolor, Old Olive, White

Inks: Rose Romance, Versafine Onyx Black

Markers: Rose Romance, Cameo Coral, Pixie Pink (blended for the ribbon on the hearts), Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Basic Black (for darkening edges of hearts image)

Other: Scor-Pal, Ornare Decorative Corners piercing template, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Nestabilities Classic Oval Small, Classic Oval Scallops Large and Small, piercing tool, sponge mat, 3D-Dots, other dimensional pieces, various pearls, olive organdy ribbon, Stickles Fruit Punch and Lime Green, Inkssentials opaque white pen, 1/2" circle punch

Great Love - ODBD

I just love the look of the word stamps in the new ODBD sets. The way the fonts change in the phrases is very pleasing to the eye, don't you think? I used the set Children of God for this card.

I chose paper from Basic Grey Cupcake Collection to complement the fancier fonts in this particular word stamp. The paper's black curly-q's made me immediately think these would perfectlyl together.

I needed something big to balance out the Jesus image on the right and chose the biggest flower from Stampin' Up's Doodle This set because of its open, fine-lined design. I stamped it twice in Brilliance Graphite Black ink on a different paper from the Basic Grey Cupcake Collection and let it dry. Then I cut the flowers out and pressed them in VersaMark ink and heat embossed them using Ultra Thick embossing powder. Then I stuck them together with 3D-Dots and added the gold gem on top using Mono Multi glue.

I wanted to add more visual interest by using some Nestabilities shapes behind the flower. For the blue scallop I did direct-to-paper with Bordering Blue ink on Brocade Blue cardstock. Then I cut it out using a Nestabilities Scalloped Oval. By doing direct-to-paper I was seeking to match the blue in the Basic Grey paper. For the yellow oval I did direct-to-paper with Barely Banana ink on Barely Banana cardstock, let it dry, and then ran it through the Cuttlebug with an oval die. Then I ran the oval through using the Distressed Stripes embossing folder. I used 3D-Dots to pop this all out behind the flower. Btw, I also did direct-to-paper on the card base - Barely Banana on Barely Banana.

For the Jesus image I stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black and heat set it so I could use markers to color it in. I used various Stampin' Up! markers to color it. I cut it out and pressed it into the VersaMark pad and heat-embossed it twice with Ultra Thick EP so it would have a smooth finish. The sparkles are actually not intentional. Just a hazard from using glitter too near EP. :-P Sometimes it gets mixed in and it's very hard to see until it melts. I'm too frugal to toss it and buy new!

The inside of the card is nothing special. I just used the same Brocade Blue cardstock that was inked with Bordering Blue and ran the pieces through the Cuttlebug with the Distressed Stripes EF. Stitched around with black thread and added some black rick-rack to bring the outside elements in.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Children of God, Stampin' Up! Doodle This

CS: Barely Banana, Black, Brocade Blue, designer papers from the Basic Grey Cupcake Collection, White

Inks: Brilliance Graphite Black, Barely Banana, Bordering Blue, VersaMark

Other: Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder, Nestabilities Scalloped Ovals & Classic Oval, various Stampin' Up! markers, Ultra Thick EP, heat gun, gold gem, sewing machine, 3D-Dots, black rick-rack, Mono Multi glue

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A Blessed Easter!

He is risen!! Hope you're having a wonderful Easter Sunday! I am sitting at home with a cough. Do not want to be coughing and hacking at church or in the church foyer, thankyouverymuch.

I was over at SCS looking around in the gallery and found something I wanted to share with you that I thought was soooo adorable. Laurie aka virgo5 at SCS made a bunch of the cutest Easter baskets I've seen. She posted them on her blog, so I'll direct you there. Just too cute!!

Happy Easter!

Friday, April 3, 2009

ODBD Children of God new release

This card was so much fun to make. Originally, I had planned on just using the "sun" element and the Jesus image from Our Daily Bread Design's Children of God set (one of their new April sets). But it needed more. So I dug through my sets (including the ones I need to put on eBay!) and came up with a couple of nice additions to the scene. The flowers come from the Stampin' Up! set Paris in the Spring (retired) and the sheep came from another SU set called Udderly Moovelous (also retired).

As you can see, I went a little nuts with the Cuttlebug folders. Thinking about it now, I might've done it slightly different had I made this card again. Next time I would leave the top green section un-cuttlebugged and would cuttlebug the sun's front. I think that would add greater dimension and would be more pleasing to the eye. What do you think? I used the Tiny Bubbles, Swiss Dots, and D'Vine Swirls folders.

I enjoyed coloring the Jesus image using Prismacolor pencils after heat-embossing with Brilliance Graphite Black ink and detail black ep from Judikins. I started with lighter colors and layered darker ones over them.

After coloring the flowers and trimming them down, I cut the image in half and glued the halves behind the "hills" with a little Diamond Glaze. They are also heat-embossed in the same way as is described above.

For the sun, I wanted it to look a bit whimsical, so I didn't try to make the stitching perfect. It's meant to be off. I paper-pierced the scalloped circle just a bit for visual interest. Yes, there's lots of activity on this card! lol

For the inside I carried the "hills" theme using the Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder and threw in a couple of sheep to add authenticity. My favorite series EVER is All Creatures Great and Small, and there are lots of sheep to behold on that show (you can see a sweet video clip from the very first episode if you go through the link). I don't recall that there were any brown sheep, but I couldn't figure out a way to make them more white-ish without making them look washed out. So brown it is. Plus, it looks good against the green.

You'll notice that one of the sheep faces the other way. I achieved that by stamping the sheep onto a large shadow stamp, huffing on it, and then stamping it (on white cs).

My inspiration for this card came from Jenn Biederman and her amazing stitched cards and from Angella Brockett and her amazing pottery card (second one in post). Angella's inspiration was a tall card with hills. It's funny, the things that will spark one's creativity. Her card is so awesome, it HAS to inspire. It can't help itself. :)

The inside sentiment also comes from the Children of God set. I slightly goofed when stamping it and was not going to redo the whole inside just for a slight flaw. So the flaw stays. See? I'm getting better about my perfectionism. Or am I just too tired to care? lol Yeah, probably that.


Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Children of God, SU Paris in the Spring (retired), SU Udderly Moovelous (retired)

CS: Black, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal, White

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black

Other: Prismacolor pencils, Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles, Swiss Dots, and D'Vine Swirls embossing folders, Nestabilities Classic Scallop Circle Small, Nestabilities Standard Circle Small, sewing machine, paper piercing tool, sponge mat, X-Acto knife (for trimming flowers), 3D-Dots, Diamond Glaze, corner punch, Detail Black ep

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Release Day! Our Daily Bread Designs April sets - I Corinthians Love

Today is release day for Our Daily Bread Designs' April sets!! Check out the ODBD website for details on how to order.

Here's a card using Our Daily Bread Design's I Corinthians stamp. This single stamp is compatible with the Love One Another and the Love sets. They're all so nice! So many possibilities! Then there's the Children of God set. They've got you covered from courtship to marriage to babies to anniversaries! And all using the precious Word of God!

Do you ever run out of something at the worst possible time? I think we all do. So we learn to adjust, yes? I ran out of red cardstock before making this card and I SO wanted to use red! So I started digging into my older cardstock folders where I hadn't dug in a loooong time - those ones with the odd pieces of cardstock I bought before I got into buying whole packs of each color. And I found some nice, heavy cardstock with red on one side and black on the other. See, Doris? Black is never far away from me! lol

The red wasn't as bright as I needed it to be so I did direct-to-paper with an orange ink that helped brighten it up without making it look orange, believe it or not. Worked a treat!

The designer paper I used is from the K&Company Hannah 6 x 6 pad. I sewed a black edge around it and then cuttlebugged it with the Script embossing folder which is more visible in the picture above. The flowers were punched out of Basic Grey's Blitzen collection. I don't know if they still offer that collection. It complements the Hannah paper nicely, with some blues and reds in it to add visual interest.

I did a little paper piercing around the flowers on the 3/4" black circles I punched out, which is also more visible in the top picture. I added the gems to bring out the red in the ribbon and cardstock. I used 3D-Dots under them to pop them out. I LOVE 3D-Dots, I tell ya! I think they're the nicest dots I've ever used. They come in 1/16" and 1/8". I use the 1/16" strips (more economical than dots) and it's just the perfect thickness, IMO. You can really build up a card's 3D effect using a thinner dimensional.

For the main stamp I used Brilliance Graphite Black ink. It's a much better black, IMO, than (SU) Basic Black, but it must be heat-set if you want to color an image stamped with it. SU's black has a bluer tint to it while Graphite Black has more of a brown tint; a truer black, it is. The downside is that it's messy to work with because it's a pigment ink, albeit, a quick-drying one.

I finished things off with some red polka dot ribbon. That ribbon just zings, doesn't it?

Stamp: Our Daily Bread Designs I Corinthians

CS: Black/red duo, K&Company Hannah 6 x 6 pad, Basic Grey Blitzen Collection, white

Inks: Brilliance Graphite Black, Pumpkin Pie (for direct-to-paper on black cs)

Other: Cuttlebug Script embossing folder, flower punch, 3/4" circle punch, red gems, piercing tool, sponge mat, sewing machine, 3D-Dots strips, red polka dot ribbon, corner punch