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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Happy Hump Day Everyone!! I hope you all have been having a good week!!

Today I have  a couple projects to share with you for a few different challenges.
First, is this week's Whiff of Joy Challenge... This week the team is challenging you to create a shaped card or project that is not square or rectangle! Here is my take on this week's challenge:
  • For my creation I used the WOJ Willow with Hot cocoa image and the grab a cup template from Lauren Meader's My Time Made Easy store.  The designer paper is from Prima's Sparkling Spring collection.  I colored the image with copics and framed it in the classic circles and Lacey circles dies from Spellbinders.  The white background is embossed with Cuttlebug's Spots folder.  The ribbon is May Arts and it tied with the Bow Easy.  The butterflies are punched with a Martha Stewart Classic Butterfly punch.  The button is from Recollections and the flowers are from ZVA Creative.
    For more inspiration for the Whiff of Joy Challenge with the "Buttons and blooms" theme, please visit my dt sisters:
    Anne Chelsea,  Gio, Jane, KathrinKylie, Louise, Manuela.  Michele To join our challenge, please link your creation here.

    challenges I am entering this creation in:
    Amber's Crafts and Stuff - use flowersStampavie and More -  gift bagClear It Out! -  Flowers, Flowers & more FlowersKB Cute monday - Food & BeveragesOoh La La Creations - Mother's Day/Special FriendGingerloft -  Die Cuts or PunchesLet's Ink It Up - no digis allowed -  Die Cuts or PunchesScrappy Frogs -  Flowers and LaceA Gem of a Challenge - Anything But SquareAllsorts - For A Special LadyCrafty Emma - Die Cut Crazy
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    My next creation is for both the Creative Belli and the Your Next Stamp Challenge since both challenges involved stitching!!
    This week's Your Next Stamp challenge  hostess is my sweet and talented dt sister, Beth, and she has challenged us to use faux or real stitching on our creations.
    This week's Creative Belli Challenge is to think like a seamstress.  Use things a seamstress would use....stitching, buttons, seam binding, ribbon, zippers, velcro.....
    Here is my creation for this challenge using the Easter Egg Tree image from Your Next Stamp.  The image is colored in copics.  The shape of the card uses the Labels 10 Spellbinders die.  The background is embossed with the Spots folder from Provocraft.  The button is from Recollections. The ribbbon is May Arts Silk ribbon tied with the bow easy.  I added sparkle to the frame which is hard to see in this photo, but if you click on it, you can see it much better.
    For more inspiration for the YNS "Stitching" challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
      Karen, Crystal , Kerri ,   Simonne, Beth, Maureen, Jenny, Dana, Diana

      and Wendy 

    We've decided to change the way we do prizes.  From now Karen will be giving away a stamp set to a random winner!  The prize for this challenge is Bad Hair Day Fhiona:



    Isn't she so darling?  So why not join us for a chance to win!!

    If you join the "Stitching" challenge please leave a direct link to Mr. Linky here. If you upload your creation to Paper craft planet or Splitcoast Stampers, please use the keyword YNSC39.
    For more inspiration for the Creative Belli "Think like a seamstress"  Challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
    Anne Harmon, Ceal PritchettChris Dickinson Darsie BrunoHolly Brown,  Jessica Stockmeyer, Joan Ervin , Joy Hadden , Maria Matter , Robin Kirkpatrick Robin ParkerShelly Schmidt, Karen Walsh ,Mary Marsh . Beth Norman,Tamara Morgan 

    challenges I am entering my creation in:
    Creative Craft World -  EasterCreative Cottage - white/blank spacePaper Pretties - blingA Spoonful Of Sugar - EasterSweet Stamps - EasterCreative Craft Friends - SpringHouse of Gilli - Ribbon and PearlsIncy Wincy Designs - Sparkle and ShineKaboodle Doodles Spring has SprungCreative Craft Friends SpringAly's Sunday Challenge - SpringCreative Cowgirls  - Spring or EasterSparkles Forum - SpringtimeLittle Claire's  - Pink & Green

     Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you enjoyed my creations!!
    Have a great day!!


    blessings,
    Chris
    Monday, March 28, 2011
    Happy Monday Everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend!!  It was a great weekend spending time with my girls, hubby and inlaws!! It is such a blessing to see my step mother in law recovering so well from her recent surgery...almost back to her usual self..just tires more easily.

    Anywho...I am popping in to share this week's Stamp and Create Product Spotlight.  This week's spotlight is Sports Theme.  That means any stamps in the store with the Sports Theme are up to 25% off!!

    Here is my creation:

    I made this card for my neighbor's son who just turned 12.  He is very big into sports, especially basketball.

     I used Slam Dunk from Wags n Whiskers for  my creation. I also used the Whimsy Birthday Wish List stamp for the front of the card. The papers are from Basic Grey Marakech and from my scrap bin.  The image is colored with copics.  I used leather for embellishing to give it a more masculine feel.  The border on the bottom is using a Stampin Up Scallops punch.
     

    For the inside, I used the Whimsy Balloon sentiments designed by Raindrop Echo Designs and the Balloon Shapeology die.

    For more inspiration using Sports Themed stamps available at Stamp and Create, please visit my dt sisters:
     Joy, Lacey, Heidi, Vicky and  Jeanette.

    challenges I am entering my creation in:
    Floweret play/kids birthdayCrafty Cardmakers  -  Special birthdayCheerful Stamp Pad - Be a SportCrafty Emma - Die Cut CrazyLet's Ink It Up -  no digis allowed -  Die Cuts or PunchesGingerloft -  Die Cuts or PunchesMeljens Designs -  PunchesDutch Dare Card Challenge -  CelebrationsStamp Insanity  Punch It OutStampin' B's - Masculine CardCrafts and Me - anything goesCrafty Creations -  in stitchesSisterhood of Crafters -  masculineStampavie and More -  masculineFreshly Brewed - 2 or more embellishments
    Thanks for stopping by!!  Your visits and comments are appreciated!  Have a great day!!
    blessings and hugs,
    Chris
    Sunday, March 27, 2011
    Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are all having a great weekend!!  It has been chilly but at least sunny here.This weekend I have not done much in the way of crafting but rather having some family time.  It has been nice to spend time together.  I do hope to do some crafting this p.m. though.

    Today is another Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge and this week's host is the sweet and talented Lisa!!
    Lisa chose the verse:
    Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

    This is one of my fave verses because I think I tend  to worry a lot.  What a comfort to know that He is there when I pray to carry me through both the difficult and good times!!

    When I think of this verse, I think of my fave poem, Footprints.  This was also one of my mother in laws favorites and it brought her great comfort when she was dying from cancer.  To me it is such a comforting poem, so I would like to share it with you today.

    Footprints
    One night a man had a dream. He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from His life. For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD.

    When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life.

    This really bothered Him and He questioned the LORD about it. LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

    The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.

    Carolyn Carty, 1963

    Lisa has challenged us to use
    A different kind of peace... piece... as in paper piecing. Use paper piecing in the main image of your card/project. 

    Here is my creation for this challenge using the adorable Valerie Spring Rain (illustrated by Crissy Armstrong) and Spring Seals (designed by Ann Vento) available at Whimsy Stamps. 



     I paper pieced and colored the image with copics.  The dp is from Prima Sparkling Spring.  The punched border is Martha Stewart Shells border. I added rhinestones and pearls to the inside of each shell.  The seal is framed with a classic and scalloped circle from Spellbinders. The image also is framed with the classic circles but it also is framed with the lacey circles from Spellbinders.  The bow is made with May Arts Wrinkled White ribbon and the bow easy.

    Our Sponsor this week is Technique Junkies Newsletter! WooHoo!
    The prize is a one year subscription to the newsletter!
    We want to thank them for their generosity!

    Lisa, our dt sister has also opened up a new store called the Craft's Meow with some very cute stamps!!!  She has decided to offer a second prize this week.....a set of the three Little Frieda stamps to one of our players!!! 


     For more inspiration for the Stampin in Christ Challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
    Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi (on leave), Meisje, Kristine, Sabrina, Marilynn and  Rebecca.


    For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.

    challenges I am entering my creation in: 


    Pals Paper Arts- Embossing, The Rubber Cafe-embossing, Crafty Creations- in stitches, Delightful Challenges- Pastels and ribbons, Colour Create- Pastels, Digi Doodle Shops Best- Ribbons and bows, Little Miss Muffet- Brads, Gems or Pearls, Ambers Crafts and stuff- use diecuts. Crafts and Me- Anything Goes, Creative Cottage- Spring, Little Claires-pink and green Card Makin Mamas- animals
    Mami Doodles- Celebrate Spring, Let's Ink it up- die cuts/punches, Paper Cutz- your choice, Wild Orchid- Dies or punches, Crafty Emma- die cut crazy, Shannon's Sentiments- Spring Colors, Sugar Creek Hollow- stitching, Freshly Brewed 2 or more embellies, Paper Pretties- Spring, Scrapbook Sisters- anything goes, Simon Says Stamp- Mother's Day or girlie, Claudia and Co.- use atleast three- butter, rose, lavender, green, Clear it out Buttons, Cuttlebug Spot- embossing (dry) and buttons, Paper Time Weekly- girly, Fairy Fun Friday- Spring Themed, Sew Many Cards- Spring Fling, Stamp Something- Something Spring, Stampin With the Dragon- bring on Spring, Sweet Stampin- The weather, Phindy's Place- all about animals, Southern Girls add an animal, Stamp Insanity- Punch it Out, Fuzzy Wuzzy- sketch by Inge and animals


    Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!! I so appreciate you all!


    hugs and blessings,
    Chris




    Saturday, March 26, 2011
    Happy Saturday Everyone!!  The weekend is here and I hope you are all enjoying it!!  It is not too warm but at least there is no more white stuff coming down here. Woo hoo!!

    Today I am popping in to share this week's Shining the Light challenge at ODBD.
    This weeks challenge: "Frame It" Create a Frame or stamp a frame for your image or sentiment .  A frame does not mean just an extra layer but a real frame whether it be stamped, flowers or a different type of die.

    To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $ 15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, March 31. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes.

    While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them.As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by March 31 at 8 p.m. EST.If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC54. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.
    Here is my creation for the challenge:


    For my creation I used the ODBD sets: Scripture Collection 5 and Fancy Labels.  
    The frame was embossed in gold on Sparkling Spring paper (Prima).  The background dp is also Sparkly Spring.  The scrolls on the bottom and top of my sentiment panel are using the Spellbinders Fancy tags die.  The Fancy Labels stamp from ODBD coordinates with Spellbinders Labels 17 die.  The oval in the middle of the fancy frames stamp is gold glitter paper cut out with my Spellbinders Petite ovals die (large and small).   The roses are Wild Orchids.  If you click on the photo, you can see the dry embossing.

    I also made this card to fit the Stamping in Time challenge which is "New".  I used a new product which is my new hat pin from my dear friend Sabrina and the pearls which are new Recollections flourishes available at Michaels.

    I plan to send this card to  a dear friend who has cancer and is receiving chemo right now.

    Card recipe:
    stamps: ODBD sets: Scripture Collection 5 and Fancy Labels
    Paper: Prima Sparkling Spring embossed with Soft Swirls from Provocraft, black, Blushing Bride
    Accessories: Labels 17 spellbinders, Petite ovals (lg and sm) from Spellbinders, Soft Swirls embossing folder, Wild Orchids Flowers, May Arts White Wrinkled ribbon, Recollection Pearl Flourishes, crystal gems, tear drop lace from Stamp and Create, hat pin from my friend Sabrina 


    For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
    Lori- guest designer
    To join the challenge, please link your creation here.

    challenges I am entering my creation in:
    Crafts and Me - Anything GoesDie Cut Dreams - Mother´s Day or Special Friend (thinking of you card for a dear friend)Let´s Ink It Up - Die Cuts/PunchesPaper Cutz - Your ChoiceWild Orchid - Dieing to Punch It OutCrafty Emma - Die Cut CrazyShannon's Sentiments  - Spring ColorsSugar Creek Hollow  -  Stitching Crafty Catz pearls & swirlsColour Create  PastelsDelightful Challenges Pastels and Ribbons Digi Doodle Shop's Best Ribbons & Bows Do You Stack Up? Sparkles and bling Pals Paper Arts - EmbossingThe Rubber Cafe - Embossing
    Crafty Creations -  in stitchesFor Fun Challenges -flowers plus sentimentFreshly Brewed - 2 or more embellishments
     
     
    Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great weekend!!
    blessings,
    CHRIS

    Thursday, March 24, 2011
    Hi All!!  Sorry I have been missing for the last few days.  I have so busy trying to catch up from last week when I had such a busy crafting week and also take a brief break.  I have been feeling a little stressed lately.  The respite was indeed good for me.  Still lots of spring  cleaning to go...Only problem is, that it really is not spring here yet. LOL!  Snow, snow and more snow.....Please stop and go away.

    I made this card when looking out the wintery weather on the outside....One can dream, right?  Yes, it would be nice to be watering my flowers.

    I just love the bright and fun colors of the My Mind's Eye Tickled Pink pad which my dear friend Crystal sent to me in a RAK.  Isn't she the sweetest?!

    The layout of my card uses the Sweet Stop sketch for this week.  The image is Ellie Loves to Garden from Your Next Stamp.  I colored the image with copics and sponged the clouds with a scalloped circle and my SU Baja Breeze ink. 

    challenges: Sweet Stop - Sketch *Crafts and Me - anything goesCrafty Creations -  in stitchesCreative Cottage -  SpringFreshly Brewed - 2 or more embellishmentsPaper Pretties -SpringThe Paper Variety - tic tac toe (choices- card, scallops, stamped image and sentiment)Truly Scrumptious - tagsGoing Grey With Scrap-Creations - Spring Has SprungTop Tip Tuesday - ButtonsHappily Scrappin - Spring Has SprungHouse of Gilli - Pastel Colours with BlingMy Partner in Crafting Crime 3 or more buttonsSquigglefly - ButtonsStamps R Us - SpringStamp with Fun - SpringCard Cupids - Spring InspiredCheerful Stamp Pad - SpringCorrosive Challenges -  Recipe: 3 papers, 2 ribbons and 1 image Gingerloft  - Die Cuts or PunchesI Did It Creations - Welcome SpringStamp, Scrap and Doodle - Spring Has SprungCrafty Ann's -  SKETCH* and/or SpringMami Doodles – celebrate SpringStampin With The Dragon - bring on SpringTotally Papercrafts - buttons 


    I hope you enjoyed my creation today!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! I so enjoy reading all your comments.  

    Have a great day!

    hugs,
    Chris

    Monday, March 21, 2011
    Happy Monday Everyone!!  I hope you all had a great weekend!!  It just goes so fast.  Our spring did too....it is snowing here. LOL!  Nice 60 to 70 degree weather and then snow...Go figure...

    Anywho...I am not and warm in my home homeschooling the girls again today and then it is time to do some more CLEANING, and then hopefully some more crafting and blogging!!

    Today I wanted to share another creation made with some fun images from Stamp and Create.  Lacey is still in the process of moving.  The poor girl...what a lot of unpacking and settling in as well as orders to send out! Thinking of you Lacey.  While she is doing this, however, the dt is still busy creating.

    For today I wanted to share a Thinking of you card I made for someone in need.

    I used Say a Prayer from Wags n Whiskers and the new Whimsy Postage Stamp Sentiments. The sentiment is cut out with the Whimsy Shapeology Postage Stamp Die.  The bow is tied with the Bow Easy.  
    The paper is one of my fave retired papers from Stampin up, Parisian Breeze.  And...yes ... there is a handmade crocheted flower on there too.  I made them in white so I could dye them to the colors I want or layer it with a colored flower over top.

    It has been a while since I water colored so I took out my water colors for this one.  The wings are sparkly but it is hard to see in this photo.  If I were to color her again, I would make her cheeks a little less rosie....oh well.

    For more inspiration using stamps from Stamp and Create, please visit my dt sisters:
     Joy, Heidi, Vicky and  Jeanette.

    challenges:
    Creative Craft Challenges LaceClear It Out! -  ButtonsTuesday Throwdown - LaceFreshly Brewed  - Spots and dotsThe Rubber Cafe -  Monochromatic Colour AiFactory - Things with WingsCharisma Cardz Use Die Cuts Totally Papercrafts - buttonsRes-Q-Challenge - be like a SURGEON - fancy tied ribbons, sewing, and stitchingSimply Create -  monochromaticFashionista Friday - aquamarineLet's Ink It Up -  no digis allowed -  Die Cuts or PunchesGingerloft - Die Cuts or PunchesGingerloft - Die Cuts or PunchesStamping Scrapping Central - PastelsSquigglefly - ButtonsShabby Tea Room Bingo* (die cuts/ punches, flowers and gems)Cupcake Craft - MonochromaticHouse of Gilli -pastel colors with blingMake it Monday - Anything goesDaring Cardmakers - C5 - going postal; use postal stamps (real, faux, die cut) 

     
    Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great day!!
    blessings,
    Chris

    Sunday, March 20, 2011
    Hi All!! If you are here for the Whimsy Hop click here.

    Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you all have been having a great weekend.  I have been a little down for some unknown reason and definitely lacking mojo...I also have been in a cleaning frenzy.  My poor husband said if he did not get out of the way quick, I may throw him out too.  Yes...I filled up our HUGE garbage can with all the...."may need this sometime so I will save it..."  Felt good to get rid of some of the clutter.

    Anywho...today is another Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge.  This week's challenge is hosted by my dear sweet friend, Grace!!

    Grace chose the verse:

    Matt. 6:6 "But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you."

    God does not want us to pray or talk with Him so others can see but He wants our one on one time.  He wants to befriend us and spend quality time with Him.   Do you have quiet time with your Saviour?  A relationship is built on communication.  Are you strengthening your relationship with your Saviour by speaking with Him on a daily basis.

    Grace challenges us to:
    Create a card or project that has something hidden from first view. It could be many things... an envelope, a pull out, doors that open to reveal something, a Joy Fold, Flip Flop, Magic, Slider...anything that you don't see at first glance. 

    This week's sponsor is Our Daily Bread Designs!!  They are offering a $15 Gift certificate to one lucky challenge participant!!

    When I made my creation for this challenge, I had totally forgotten that ODBD was the sponsor and neglected to use some of my beloved ODBD stamps!  Sorry!  Most weeks I do....

    For my creation I used some of the new fun releases from Whimsy stamps.  I created a Joy Fold card which has a hidden opening on it.  The stamps I used are the new Spring Seals as well as Fragrant Rose.
    The designer paper is from Prima Botanical!!

    The Spring Seal is cut out and then framed with a Spellbinders Scalloped Circle.



    The punch I used on the edge is a Martha Stewart Shells Border punch.



     For more inspiration for the Stampin in Christ Challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
    Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi (on leave), Meisje, Kristine, Sabrina, Marilynn and  Rebecca.


    For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.

    challenges I am entering this creation in:
    Shannon's Sentiments  -  Unusual fold Totally Gorjuss - Button It Res-Q-Challenge - be like a SURGEON - fancy tied ribbons, sewing, and stitchingTotally Papercrafts - buttonsAiFactory Things with WingsCharisma Cardz Use Die CutsLittle Miss Muffet Challenges -Brads, gems or pearlsStamp Insanity - Gold or Metalic


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    My next creation is just for fun and for the Whoopsi Daisy Challenge!!  This week's challenge is to make something for Easter.  I just adored Linnie's rabbit on sheet 226 so I had to create an Easter Basket with her.  Since these were digis, I could make two different sizes like a mom and her copycat daughter...
    I colored them with copics.  The basket is created with a template from Leigh Ann Baird at Perfect Presentations called Spring Basket.  They are so fun to make!!






    The grass was created with a Martha Stewart Scissor specially made for fringes or grass.  I dry embossed each picket with a distressed stripes embossing folder. The handle is also punched with a MS punch.  Each flower has a rhinestone or gem in the center.  The ribbon is SU Bermuda Bay (on the handle strip).  The sheer dotted ribbon is from Celebrate (available at Michaels).  The candy is Reeses Pieces in a carrot bag.

    We hope you are able to join our challenge this week!! To view the other dt's fabulous creations or to link your creation, click here.  

    challenges I am entering my creation in: 
    Allsorts - Make a Gift Box2 Sisters - Furry Friends One Stop Craft - Plenty of Bling Secret Crafter - Anything But a Card Wee memories -  Cute & Cuddly Annabelle Stamps Challenge -  say it with a tagCard Makin' Mamas -  animalsCrafty Ann's -  SKETCH* and/or SpringDelicious Doodles dimensional projectMami Doodles – celebrate SpringPaper Cutz - your choiceStampin With The Dragon - bring on SpringStamp Something - something sweet (sweet treat and sweet image)Crafty Sentiments -  Animals Digi Doodle Shop's Best Anything Goes Do You Stack Up? - Add a BowDelightful Challenges Show us some GreenMeljens Designs - Use Dot's in your projectCreative Cottage -  SpringFreshly Brewed -  Spots and dotsGoing Grey With Scrap-Creations Anything Goes 

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    Karen, owner of YNS is holding a 4-day giveaway at the YNS blog.  Hop on over to the THIS POST and leave a comment by midnight (EST) on Wednesday 23 March to be entered into the draw to win Glittered Skittles embellies and a Rainy Day Fhiona rubber stamp:



    Thanks for stopping by!!  I so appreciate your visits and comments.  Have a great day!!

    blessings,
    Chris 

    Saturday, March 19, 2011
    Happy Saturday Everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying the weekend.  The weather is like Spring here. Woo hoo!!
    With spring on its way for so many in the USA, we thought that it would be fun to have an ODBD Challenge which would go along with that....


    This weeks challenge: New Life- Since it is the first day of spring during this week in the USA, we want to see creations symbolizing New Life...this can be Easter, or flowers.....etc.  
    This week's challenge is a challenge using Our Daily Bread Designs stamps only.  You must use at least one image or sentiment or image to qualify for the challenge, 

    To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $ 15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, March 24. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. 

    We will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by March 24 at 8 p.m. EST.If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC53. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.
    Here is my creation:

    For my creation, I used the Daffodil Corners, Eternity, and Scripture collection 5 sets from Our Daily Bread Designs.  The Eternity frame has a matching die called Labels 1 which is only available at ODBD (it was customized for ODBD by Spellbinders. ) The paper is from Prima Botanical.  The butterfly is one I purchased from Michaels.  The ribbon is ivory silk from May Arts which I created with the bow easy.   The daffodils are colored with copics.

    For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
    Lori- guest designer
    To join the challenge, please link your creation here.
    Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great weekend!!
    blessings,
    CHRIS
    Thursday, March 17, 2011
     If you are here for the Wags n Whiskers challenge you are in the right place...
    If you are here for the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog hop click here.
    If you are here for the Whimsy Hop click here.
    If you are here for the Whiff of Joy Challenge Hop, click here.


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    Happy Friday Everyone!! The weekend is here!! Woo hoo!!  Today is going to be a beautiful warm spring...tomorrow is rain, rain and more rain and cold.  I hope to enjoy the sunshine today.

    Today I would like to share the new challenge at Wags n Whiskers hosted by the sweet and talented Angelique!!  Angelique challenges us to create a card or project that is inspired by spring (it can be colors, flowers, outdoor animals...). We hope you can all join in!!

    Wags n Whiskers challenges are every other week.

    This will give you more time to be able to participate with our challenges.

    One random participant will win a Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber stamp of your choice.
    You can still use any stamp you would like, but if you use a Wags 'n Whiskers image, you will also be entered into a separate drawing for a free Wags 'n Whiskers Digital Stamp.
    For my creation.....
    I used Easter Blessings from Wags n Whiskers ( this is available as rubber or digi) illustrated by Crissy Armstrong which I  colored with copics. Rather than make a card, I decided to make an Easter gift.  The image is framed with a sparkly glittered circle punched with the Lacey Circles Spellbinders die.  The image is mounted on a piece of Die Cuts with a View- Home stack paper.  The bow is made with the bow easy and May Arts ribbon.  The flowers are from ZVA Creative (I just love this blue!!!).  Between the flowers is a Recollections Button.



    For more inspiration for the challenge at Wags n Whiskers, please visit my dt sisters:

    Should you join the Wags N Whiskers challenge, please link your creation at the Wags n Whiskers blog here


    challenges I am entering my creation in:
    Art Impressions Stamps Challenge -- Punches or Die CutsCharisma Cardz Use Die Cuts Crafty Sentiments Animals CCEE Stampers -  Use and image coloured or wearing green  Digi Doodle Shop's Best Anything Goes  Do You Stack Up? - Add a BowStamp Insanity Gold or MetalicStamping Vacation NestabilitiesCooking It Up With Katie - Cute, green, EasterCreative Cottage -  SpringStampavie and More - Spring/EasterTruly Scrumptious -  tagsPink Elephant  Buttons, lace and ribbonTuesday Throwdown - LacePaper Take Weekly - 3 of Something  (3 types of trim-ribbon, lace, cording, 3 pearls under sentiment, 3 layers)House of Gilli Pastel Colours with BlingCheerful Stamp Pad - SpringCrafty Pad (SIO) - Use ButtonsOne Stitch At A Time - Glitter & GemsGingerloft  Use flowersDesert Island Crafters -  choose 3 or more from the list; I chose buttons, unusual sentiment, and not a card 
    Copic Creations #46 - Blues

    I hope you enjoyed my creation today!!  Have a great weekend!!  


    Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

    ~Chris
     Hello everyone!!  If you are here for the ODBD blog hop, you are in the right place. 
    If you are here for the Whimsy Hop click here.
    If you are here for the Whiff of Joy Challenge Hop, click here.

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    Welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs Third Anniversary Release Blog Hop!  Yes!! Three years since ODBD opened its doors and today the team is celebrating with a hop!! 

    The Hop will run from 8am EST Mar.17 until 8pm EST. Mar.18. There is lots of inspiration and prizes so you will want to make sure and start at the beginning and leave comments along the way. 

    If you came here from Betty's blog you are in the right place, if not you may want to go back to the ODBD Blog, the start of the hop.
    For this special anniversary, there will be SIX PRIZES of One Free Set,
    and ONE GRAND PRIZE of the Bread Basket Bundle (which is all three Anniversary sets!!)  How exciting is that?!!!
    The winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog on Saturday, Mar 19 along with the Shining the Light winners and challenge.

    Here is what you need to do to be entered in the drawing:
    • Leave comments for each designer on each blog
    • Return to the ODBD Blog and leave a comment, telling us you completed the hop and noting any blogs you were unable to comment on.
    • Answer the question on the ODBD Blog
    We Do have One more exciting way you can win during this Special Anniversary Celebration!
    ODBD will be taking submissions of favorite verses for a card until Mar. 31, 11:59pm est. There is a special post on the ODBD Blog and a special link to it in the right side bar so you can easily find it through the rest of this month. Simply read and follow the rules, and submit the verse you'd most like to see on a card in the comment section of that post. If your verse is selected you will receive the set free and you will be invited to be a guest designer for the release of these new stamps when they are ready, by sending a photo of your card to Kelley to post on the ODBD blog. Please see THIS POST for all the details.


     Here is the order for today's hop just in case you have gotten lost along the way or if a link is broken.
    Lorelie
    Connie
    Grace
    Becca
    Angie
    Debi
    Sabrina
    Dawn
    Julie
    Sandee
    Silke
    Patter
    Fran
    Chrissy D

    Betty
    Chris

    And now for my creation....

    The verse I chose is Lamentations 3:24 from the Scripture 5 Collection.  I framed it with the new Fancy Labels stamp set which coordinates with the Labels 17 die from Spellbinders!  The gorgeous dp is from the Susan Winget -K and Co. Collection.  I just love hydrangeas and these colors!!  The verse is cut out with the Petite Ovals nestabilities.  The butterflies are a recent find from Michaels.  The stick pin and lace is from Wild Orchids.


    card recipe:
    stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs: Scripture 5 collection, Fancy Labels stamp set
    Paper: K and Co., gold glitter paper, black, blue
    Tools: Grand Caliber machine, piercer, sewing machine, Labels 17 die from Spellbinders, Spellbinders Petite ovals (large and small)
    Accessories: Wild Orchid lace and stick pin, May Arts Ribbon, butterflies, blue rhinestones

    Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you enjoyed my creation!!  This is the last stop....please hop on over to the ODDB blog and let us know you completed the hop and answer the question there.

    Have a great day!!

    blessings,
    Chris
    Wednesday, March 16, 2011
    Happy Hump Day again all!! If you are here for the Whimsy Hop, you are in the right place, 

    -If you are here for the 100th Challenge Day Celebration hop for Whiff of Joy, click here
    -  For the Creative Belli or YNS Challenge post for today, click here.



    Hello and welcome to the Whimsy Stamps March new rubber release BLOG HOP!

    We have 13 fabulous new Whimsy Stamps plus 2 new wonderful dies to show you today! These new goodies are available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites. We also have our wonderful special guests joining us for this hop - Beate Johns, Deb Routledge, Jacque Beddingfield  and Elaine Hughes!

    The Whimsy Stamps DT have been sneak peeking these fabulous stamps for the past 4 days, so if you missed them be sure to hop on over to the Whimsy Inspirations Blog for some more inspiration!

    Here is a full list of the wonderful new rubber stamps and dies being released today:

    4 stamps from Crissy Armstrong
    Benny & Joon Have Cake ~ Celebrate Big! ~ Tippy By The Tail ~Valerie & Kitty sitting pretty

    2 stamps from Meljen's Designs
    Rainy Day Duckling ~ Little Puddle Duck

    4 stamps from Kenny K
    Brooklyn Babe ~ Club Kid ~ Strong Island ~ Let’s Party

    3 stamps/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
    Treasured Moments Tickets ~ Time Flies ~ Spring Letter Seals

    2 dies/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
    Banner Pennants Die Set ~ Double Scallop Border Die

    If you would like to participate in the hop and you didn't arrive here from Vicki's blog, please CLICK HERE to return to the beginning of the hop at Crystal’s blog.

    The hop starts today (Wednesday March 16th at noon EST) and ends on Wednesday March 23rd at noon EST.

    For this hop we have 6 different prize draws! We have not one but TWO grand prize draws, so two lucky hoppers will win a large selection of new release stamps. Grand Prize 1 will be for those who help us advertise the hop, and Grand Prize 2 will be for those who hop along with us. Also, we have 4 mini candy stops throughout the hop where you can enter to win a new release stamp! I'm not going to tell you where they are, so if you haven't found them you'll just have go back to the beginning and start hopping! *wink*

    For my blog hop creation I used ...... Valerie and Kittie Sitting to create an easel card gift box. The sentiment is from the newly released Spring Seals collection which I framed in the Fancy tags label die (It says friends are flowers that never fade.)The image is colored with copics.  The designer paper is from my most treasured Prima pack- Madeline except for the drawer lining which is Stampin Up retired paper. The bow is tied with the bow easy and uses Rose Silk Ribbon. Since this project has so many sides and details, I am including a few different pictures.









    I hope you enjoyed my creation today and are inspired in some way.
    To continue the hop, hop on over to Marley's blog.

    Here is a complete blog hop list in hopping order:

    Debbie Eastman

    challenges I am entering my creation in:
    Pink Elephant- Buttons, lace and ribbon, Squigglefly - Spring Theme, Crafty Pad - Use Buttons, Crafty Ann's - SKETCH* and/or Spring,  Clear It Out! -Buttons/brads/flowers, Creative Craft Challenges - Lace, Paper Take Weekly - 3 of Something - teal pearls, buttons, designer papers Tuesday Throwdown - LaceCreative Inspirations   easel cardsLittle Claire's  - FlowersStamp, Scrap and Doodle -Spring has SprungTotally Gorjuss - Pearls and LaceCreative Craft Friends -  laceKarens Doodles  SpringNettie G's Digital Gems - 2W, SIO - use 5 papers (at least 3 patterned, 1 solid)Woodware USA - Spring is coming!Claudia & Co - Real/Faux Stitching, 2DP, buttons, sentiment, circle, scallops.By the Cute & Girly - SpringtimeDesert Island Crafters -  choose 3 or more from the list; I chose buttons, unusual sentiment, and fancy foldMy Grafico - anything goesCheerful Stamp Pad - SpringCreative Inspirations Paint - AnimalsGingerloft - Use flowers Kenny K Krafty Girlz -  Lace, Ribbons, BowsRaise The Bar - create your own G.R.E.E.N. acrostic (gold buttons, r-ribbon, e- easel, e-embellishments, n-nesties)Charisma Cardz Easel CardsRainbow Lady's  Best FriendsThe Rubber Cafe - Favourite Die
     
    Thank you so much for hopping with us today and I hope you enjoy the new releases!

    Hugs,
    Chris

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