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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Hello Friends!!  I hope this week finds you all well.  For many--it is the week when we celebrate Christmas, at least here in the USA.

Today I am  popping to to share I created for the Our Daily Bread Designs challenge as well as to wish my viewers are very merry and blessed Christmas!!!  May the joy, hope, love, and peace of the Savior's birth be with you at Christmas and throughout the year.

Here is the card I created with the ODBD sketch.  It may be one of my last Christmas cards for the year...it depends on what time allows.  This week seems so busy!!


Our Daily Bread Designs, Admit Three, Mini tag sentiments, God's Timing, Peaceful Poinsettia die, Quatrefoil Pattern die, Quatrefoil Design die, Fancy Foliage die, Mini Tag dies, designer-Chris Olsen


 ODBD Paper Used: Patriotic collection

Here is the sketch:




Have you thought about that great Christmas gift from long ago that is still our gift today.  What a blessing that God would come to us by sending His Son.  He came as a baby that would eventually save the world from our sins!!  Only He could save us!!

This is one of my fave songs which really makes me think.
It is by Joy Williams and is called Here with us. Here is a Youtube link or click on the arrow below. If you have a moment, you will be blessed to listen and watch the video.


It's still a mystery to me 

That the hands of God could be so small, 

How tiny fingers reaching in the night 
Were the very hands that measured the sky 

Chorus 
Hallelujah, hallelujah 
Heaven's love reaching down to save the world 
Hallelujah, hallelujah 
Son of God, Servant King, 
You're here with us 
You're here with us 

Verse 2 
It's still a mystery to me, oh, 
How His infant eyes have seen the dawn of time 
How His ears have heard an angel's symphony, 
But still Mary had to rock her Savior to sleep 

Chorus 
Hallelujah, hallelujah 
Heaven's love reaching down to save the world 
Hallelujah, hallelujah 
Son of God, Servant King 
Here with us 
You're here with us 
(Ohh, mmm, here with us) 

Bridge 
Jesus the Christ, born in Bethlehem 
A baby born to save, to save the souls of man 

Chorus (2x) 
Hallelujah, hallelujah 
Heaven's love reaching down to save the world 
Hallelujah, hallelujah 
Son of God, Servant King 
You're here with us 
You're here with us


Have a blessed Christmas my friends!!

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.

It is with deep sadness that I remember that today is Cheryl and Linda's last time joining us as a Challenge team at ODBD!! These ladies have been such a gift to me and I will sincerely miss them.  I am so blessed that God allowed us to cross paths with you ladies and that we could build a strong friendship (sisters in Christ).  This is not a goodbye but rather a TTYS!! You are both in my prayers!  Thanks for your kindness, help and constant support!! It is deeply appreciated.
HUGS!

Blessings,

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,







challenges I am entering: Word Art Wednesday- free scripture offered weekly 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Hello Friends!! I hope all is well and that you are all staying warm.  It is unbelievable to me how quickly the winter weather has come upon us.  My prayers go out to those who have undergone the terrible storms and the families who have lost loved ones.  My heart goes out to them.  Today marks the anniversary of my mother in laws death.  After 15 years, she still lives on in our hearts and will always be a special part of our lives.  It seems her faith and love for the Lord as well as her love for our family is a constant reminder to us. I hope I can be as positive an influence on the lives of others as she has.  Even during her battle with cancer, she was a remarkable woman with such faith and testimony to everyone she met! 

Today I am popping in to share  a card made for the Shining the Light challenge at ODBD which is to use 4 of the letters in BLESSINGS for a recipe on your creation.

I used an older set from Our Daily Bread Designs called Christmas Blessings and created my own poinsettias with the ODBD Peaceful Poinsettia dies.  I wanted to achieve a simple elegance.

My recipe from the word recipe included: B-Beads, L-Lace, E-Embossing, S-Square, S-snowflake, I-ink, Ivy embossing folder, N-nine pearls, nestabilities, G-Gold, S-Sentiment.


Card Recipe:
Stamps: ODBD Christmas Blessings
Dies: ODBD Peaceful Poinsettia dies, ODBD Circle Ornaments die, Spellbinders Ornate Squares
Accessories: Sizzix Holly and Ivy embossing folder, lace, beads, pearls, gold embossing powder

To me Christmas is a time of giving, not of gifts but of ourselves, being Christlike as we remember the gift of God's Son.  Is there someone who's life you can touch with a gift of love this Christmas?

So many times we want to give more to those that need help. We might think that giving only comes in the form of cash donations. This is not true; you can give by helping others. Everyone can give something whether it is time, money or some other way of helping others. Helping others includes the times when you visit the sick, run errands for someone who is unable or even when you just offer your umbrella to someone on a rainy day.


Matthew 10:5 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.
Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Give the gift of love this Christmas!!


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 November 30 to  join in. We would love to see your creations!!


One more thing. ODBD is having a BIG sale through Sunday, and I do mean big. You won't want to miss it.
http://ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/our-daily-bread-designs-20-off-sale-and.html

I hope everyone in the USA has a Blessed Thanksgiving!!
Blessings,

Chris

I am entering my card in Word Art Wednesday Challenge #159 - Anything Goes.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Happy Tuesday Friends!!  I hope everyone is nice and warm, especially in those areas that have become more like winter.  Boy did the temperature drop over the weekend!! I am so not ready for the cold...nor for all the preparations of Christmas!! With my injury this past spring and my recuperation, I am so behind!!  This is probably a great year to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and to put less on all the busyness we seem to put on ourselves.

Today I am popping in to share another Christmas card I made with the Our Daily Bread Designs His Birth, Cardinal Ornament, Sparkling Stars dies, Circle Ornament dies and Winter Collection 2014  as well as the Spellbinders Scalloped Circles and Labels 4 die.

I made this card incorporating the Shining the Light challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs which is to use four letters from the word "Blessings" for your recipe.  I was able to use all nine!!

B-Birds, Black, L-Layers, E-embossing, S-Stitching, S-Stars, I-ink, N-Noel, G-Gold, S-Silver, sparkle, sentiment 

Our Daily Bread Designs, Cardinal Ornament, His Birth, Sparkling Star Dies, Circle Ornaments dies, designer-Chris Olsen

As I was creating this card, the Song Joy to the World:

Verse 1
Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.
Verse 2
Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
Verse 3
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.
Verse 4
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.
What a joy and a gift that all nature should sing the glories of His birth!!!  God's gift of His Son and GRACE is the greatest gift ever!!  I pray that we all remember the true meaning of Christmas as we celebrate this season!

 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 November 30 to  join in. We would love to see your creations!!


Blessings,

Chris
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Hi All!! I wanted to share a project I remade recently for a tutorial in the Holiday Blitz Gallery on Splitcoast.  I was honored to be asked by Dina and to be part of this fun event! The Tutorial went live today here if you are interested.


Materials:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Christmas Pattern Ornament
Dies: ODBD Circle Ornaments die
Accessories: 2 stickpins, crystal bead, twine or cording, silk ribbon
Ink: Navy Craft ink with holographic embossing powder

Have a blessed weekend!!

blessings,


Friday, November 14, 2014
Hello friends!!  The team at Our Daily Bread Designs is kicking off the weekend with samples from this months release.  You won't want to miss the inspiration from my talented DT sisters.

 I am sharing a card made with this months release at ODBD using Sparkling Star Dies, Sparkling Star dies, Flourished Star pattern dies and  the Winter Collection 2014 Paper.  The bottom curvy edge is made with the Spellbinders Curvy Border dies.  The background on the top is scored and embossed with the Provocraft Swirls embossing folder.


Here are the stamps, dies and paper I used from Our Daily Bread Designs:








For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters or the ODBD blog:
Julie * Chris (you are here)* Lori * Paula * Cathy * Dawn * Sandee * Stacy 
Wanda * Silke * Gracie

I hope you are inspired by my creation!  Have a blessed day!! Thanks so much for stopping by.



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