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Friday, December 19, 2014
Hello Friends!!

Today the Our Daily Bread Designs team is sharing cards made with our most recent release from December 1.  Here is my creation using The Gate.  The Beautiful Border dies, Elegant Ovals dies and Winter Collection 2014 paper are also from Our Daily Bread designs.


Here is the stamp set used from this release:


Other releases:


I hope you enjoyed my creation.  For more inspiration, please see my dt sisters:
Julie * Chris * Lori * Dawn * Sandee * Paula * Cathy * Wanda 
Stacy * Sabrina * Gracie (Guest Designer)

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments.  They are so appreciated! Have a great weekend!

blessings,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Hello Friends!!

Today I am popping in to share yet another Christmas card!!  Christmas is almost here...9 days!  Where does the time go!!

For my creation, I incorporated the Shining the Light challenge which is a sketch using the newest releases: Mini Tag Sentiments, Let It Snow, Mini Tag dies as well as the previously released Holly Wreath and coordinating Holly wreath die.


Our Daily Bread Designs, Let it Snow, Mini Tag Sentiments, Mini Tag dies, Holly wreath die, designer-Chris Olsen


Card Recipe:
Paper-K&Co from stash





John 3:16 For God so love the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.


Romans 6:23






For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

There is much controversy over Christmas originated.  Many believe it began with the pagans...it very may well have.  Today, Christmas for the Christian, however, means the celebration of Christ's birth as the Savior of the world and it symbolizes new hope and new life to all those who believe.  The wreath for example, symbolizes unending love and everlasting life as shown with the circular shape and the evergreen.  Christmas is not just in the heart of a Christian on December 24 but all year long.  May the hope, joy, love and peace be with you this season as you remember how Jesus came to earth as a humble baby to save our sins.  We could not save ourselves, we needed a Savior.  He paid the penalties of our sins that so someday all those who believe can have eternal life.  


I hope you have enjoyed my take on the inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you enjoy my creation!! For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters: Cheryl ScrivensDJ RantsDiana NyugenRobin ClendenningLinda Carson, and Elizabeth Whisson.

Blessings,



Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Hello Friends!! I find this post finds you all well.  It is hard to believe it is December and Christmas is just a couple of weeks away!!  I don't know about you all but I sure am not ready. I am still working on cards.  I so love this time of year, it is filled with so much joy.  Our church has so many services celebrating the Savior's Birth and the true meaning of Christmas.  

With the true meaning of Christmas in mind, I decided to make a Christmas card with a poinsettia for this week's Shining the Light challenge:


Our Daily Bread Designs, Poinsettia Ornament, Let it Snow, Mini Tag Sentiments, Mini Tag Dies, Circle Ornament Dies, Matting Circles, Beautiful Borders, Fancy Ornaments, Designer-Chris Olsen

ODBD Card Recipe: 
ODBD Stamps Used: Poinsettia Ornament, Let it Snow, Mini Tag Sentiments
ODBD Dies Used: Beautiful Borders, Matting Circles, Circle Ornaments, Fancy Ornaments, Mini Tag dies
While the origin of the Christmas poinsettia is red or white, I decided to make mine gold and white to show the royalty, purity, and priceless gift or the Savior.

 There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettia's and Christmas come together, it goes like this:
There was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked to the chapel, sadly, her cousin Pedro tried to cheer her up.

'Pepita', he said "I'm sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus Happy."
Pepita didn't know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only give this small present to Jesus. As she walked through the chapel to the altar, she remembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the 'Flores de Noche Buena', or 'Flowers of the Holy Night'.
The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.

To me this legend goes with one of my favorite children's hymns:

What can I give Him
What can I give Him, poor as I am? 
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; 
if I were a wise man, I would do my part. 
Yet what I can I give Him--give my heart.


I hope you have enjoyed my take on the inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you enjoy my creation!! For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters: Cheryl ScrivensDJ RantsDiana NyugenRobin ClendenningLinda Carson, and Elizabeth Whisson.

Blessings,


Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Hello Friends!!  It is December!! Can you believe it!! Christmas is less than 4 weeks away!  Yikes!!

Today I am popping in to share a card I made for this week's Shining the Light challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs which is to create a Christmas card with ODBD stamps!!  Easy peasy right?

For my creation I created a die cut scene with the new Gilded Gate dies, Mini Tags dies, Fancy Foliage Die (prior release), and the Let It Snow  and Mini tag sentiment stamps.



May we share the good news and joy of the true meaning of Christmas not only with our joyful spirit but our love for those God puts in our path.


A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”



I hope you have enjoyed my take on the inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you enjoy my creation!! For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters: Cheryl ScrivensDJ RantsDiana NyugenRobin ClendenningLinda Carson, and Elizabeth Whisson.

To see all the challenge in one place, click here.  You have until December 14 to  join in. We would love to see your creations!!



Blessings,

Chris

Monday, December 1, 2014
 Hello Friends!! Welcome to the December ODBD Release!!  Today the team has lots of inspiration for you using stamps at Our Daily Bread Designs that are being released today!! You won't want to miss the creations by my dt sisters or a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.

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 December 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EST to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on December 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Here is my 1st creation using Let it Snow!!  The image is so beautiful and fun to color!!! I framed it with Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles and added lots of sparkle.  Click on the photo to see a close up and all the sparkle.



My second creation uses the Admit Three, The Gate, Mini Tag Dies and Gilded Gate dies released today as well as the Fancy foliage dies from a previous release. The gate is so intricate and beautiful and matches the scripture of The Gate or creates a beautiful scene.  



The designer paper is from the Bo Bunny Home paper pack.  The sentiment is framed with the Labels Four and Decorative Labels 4 dies from Spellbinders.

Here are photos of the sets used from this release:







 I hope you enjoyed my creations!!  Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments.  I so enjoy your thoughts. 

For more inspiration please visit my dt sisters or the ODBD Blog:
Julie * Chris * Cathy * Lori * Dawn * Sandee * Paula * Angie * Lisa * Audrey 
Silke * Wanda * Grace * Gracie 

blessings,







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