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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Hello, Friends!! It is hard to believe Christmas is over!! It seems like just yesterday that we were anticipating Christmas and now it is over and is almost the new year!!  I love this time of year, though, where we can travel and spend time with family and friends from back in NY!! It is definitely a time to treasure!!

Today I am popping in to share a card I created for the Anything goes with ODBD stamps challenge.  I challenged myself to make a masculine card.  I just love this tractor image!!

Our Daily Bread Designs, Plough the Fields, Ovals, Stitched Ovals, designed by Chris Olsen

ODBD Stamps Used: Plough the Fields
ODBD Dies Used: Ovals, Stitched Ovals

For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters: Paula, Robin and Diana!  You have until January 2 to join the challenge and link your creation here for a chance to be spotlighted or to win a $15 gift certificate toward stamps!

Happy 2016!!  May God bless you in the coming year!!

blessings,
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Hello, Friends!!  I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!! What a joyful time as remember the Christmas story and the gift bestowed upon all who believe!!  

Today I am popping in to share a card I created for Christmas!! It is actually my last Christmas card of the year...I think...!  

Our Daily Bread Designs, Christmas Pennant Swag, Living Water, pennant swag dies, double stitched circles dies, circle dies, matting christmas paper collection 2013, designed by Chris Olsen

I had so much fun coloring up the Living Water image and adding all the snow and sparkle!!  It has been a while since I did a different fold, so I went with a center step design!

Merry Christmas!!!  May you have a blessed day as you celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!!
blessings,
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Hello Friends!! I pray this post finds you all well!!  I don't know about you but I feel like I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off as I prepare for Christmas.  It is such a joyous time of year but so busy also!

Today I am popping in to share a gift basket I made for my husband for Christmas.  Since Scott is never online, I know it is safe to post here.

Our Daily Bread Designs,  Plough the fields, Elegant Embellishments, Antique Labels, Vintage Labels, Elegant Ovals, Christmas Collection 2013 Paper collection, designed by Chris Olsen

Our Daily Bread Designs,  Plough the fields, Elegant Embellishments, Antique Labels, Vintage Labels, Elegant Ovals, Christmas Collection 2013 Paper collection, designed by Chris Olsen

ODBD Stamps Used: Plough the fields, Elegant Embellishments
ODBD Dies Used: Antique Labels, Vintage Labels, Elegant Ovals
ODBD Paper Used: Christmas Collection 2013

The image is the perfect masculine image.  My hubby worked on a farm when he was a teenager.  His favorite tractor was always the John Deere.  I had fun coloring it up!! The sentiment is from Elegant Embellishments and it is framed with an Elegant Ovals die in gold mirror cardstock.  The image is first cut out with the Antique Labels die and then mounted on two layers of cardstock cut with a Vintage Labels die.

The basket/ box design is created with this tutorial By Beate Johns

Thanks for looking!! Have a blessed day!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Hello, Friends!!  I hope all is well!! I am sure many of you are scurrying around preparing for Christmas as am I.  I can't believe Christmas is in just a few days.  Where does the time go?!!!!

I just love this time of year with all the beautiful Christmas decorations within our house and seeing all the lights as you drive along the road.  So festive.  The lights just make you feel so warm, comforted, and happy.

Today I am popping in to share a card I created for the Shining the Light Winter Inspiration at ODBD.  It is such a beautiful photo and it was such fun to create.  I tried to look at something others may have missed such as the snowy branches and the blue flourished Merry Christmas.

Our Daily Bread Designs, Snowflake Background,Merry Mosaic dies, Merry Christmas dies,  Small Bow dies, Lovely Leaves dies, Vintage Labels dies, Pinecones dies, Vintage Flourished Pattern dies, Fancy Foliage Dies, designed by Chris Olsen
ODBD Stamps Used: Snowflake Background

I decided to use the theme of the snow and blue as seen in the Merry Christmas sentiment and in the corner of the inspiration. The background is created with the Snowflake Background.  The foliage is created with a variety of green cardstocks and the Fancy FoliageMerry MosaicsPinecones, and Lovely Leaves.  The sentiment is cut in blue using the Merry Christmas die and is framed with the Vintage Labels and Vintage Flourished Pattern (inside oval).  The card itself shimmers with the outside glittered cardstock, glittered poinsettia and foliage.  It is, unfortunately, not as noticeable in the photo.

Here is the Inspiration photo:
For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:  Robin, Paula and Diana.

We would love to have you join us!!  For more details or add to creation, please click here to the ODDB blog.  You have until December 27 to join us!!

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!! They are so appreciated!!  If I do not post between now and Christmas, I want to wish you all a very merry Christmas!!

blessings,

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Hello Friends!! Today, the Bread Basket at ODBD is celebrating Christmas with a special Deck the Halls event.  Some of the team will be sharing ornaments, gift packaging, tags and etc. for Christmas!! You won't want to miss it!!  There will not only be lots of inspiration but also a $15 gift certificate toward stamps that can be won by one random winner.  Some of the team are also offering an ornament or special gift to a random winner (you won't know who or where it is).  You have until December 18 at 8pm EST to leave a comment on each of the participants blogs and on the ODBD post here.
Our Daily Bread Designs,Peaceful deer, Christmas Pattern Ornaments, Circle ornament dies, Double stitched circle dies, Doily dies, designed by Chris Olsen

Our Daily Bread Designs,Peaceful deer, Christmas Pattern Ornaments, Circle ornament dies, Double stitched circle dies, Doily dies, designed by Chris Olsen

Our Daily Bread Designs,Peaceful deer, Christmas Pattern Ornaments, Circle ornament dies, Double stitched circle dies, Doily dies, designed by Chris Olsen

Our Daily Bread Designs,Peaceful deer, Christmas Pattern Ornaments, Circle ornament dies, Double stitched circle dies, Doily dies, designed by Chris Olsen



To make this ornament, I first colored the Peaceful Deer ornament and cut it out with the Double stitched Circles die.  I created a frame with the Double Stitched Circles die and Circle Ornaments die with a blue layer and a glittered white card stock.  Behind this frame is acetate cut in a circle layered on dimensional adhesive foam tape (sealed without holes) over top of the deer image.  Beads are on the inside to make it a shaker.  I then layered the image over a silver cardstock cut with the Double Stitched Circle dies and the Doily (cut out of navy).  

The back of the ornament was created using this 3d Circle Christmas Ornament tutorial on SC that I wrote up.  I only made half of the ornament and adhered it to the framed and layered deer image.

For more inspiration or for a chance to win, please visit my dt sisters:

Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Hello, Friends!! I hope this post finds you all well.  Christmas is just around the corner.  I can't believe how fast time is going.  It sure does not feel like that time of year here in Virginia.  The temperature is in the 70's during the day.  I sure hope that these mild temperatures now don't mean a harder or longer winter in the end.

Well on to my card for the day....

 Have you lacked imagination for a masculine card?  I sure do...I just love adding the details and to me masculine seems blah.  This is a card I created for one of our customers at Etsy using the sketch at Our Daily Bread Designs for the Shining the Light challenge.

Our Daily Bread Designs, Safe Travels, Beautiful Borders, Double Stitched Rectangles, Double Stitched Circles, Rectangles, Bogo Background dies, Christmas 2015 Paper Collection, designed by Chris Olsen

ODBD Stamps Used: Covered Bridge
ODBD Dies Used: Double Stitched Rectangles, Beautiful Borders, Double stitched circles, Circle Ornaments, Rectangle 
ODBD Paper Used: Christmas Collection 2015
Embossing folder: Darice Snow swirled

What do you think?  Does it look masculine enough or does the border added create a more feminine twist?  I really love the added glitter for the snow more in real life in this photo.  It looks like shimmering snow that has and icy crust.

For more inspiration for the challenge, please visit my dt sisters:

We would love to see you join us for the challenge!!  To see more details or add your creation to the linky, please click here.  You have until December 20 to join us.

Here is the sketch:


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1
As I look at the nature around me, I see His hand.....the snow, the flowers, the trees, the animals...it all speaks of His magnificence!!  

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!!
blessings,

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Hello, Friends!! I hope this post finds you all well!!  The time just seems to be flying by and Christmas is now only a few weeks away!!  ...and yes I am still working on getting all my Christmas cards sent out.  It always seems like such a momentous task!

Today I would like to share a Christmas card I created using the new Living Water stamp set at ODBD and the colors from the ODBDSLC265 Color Challenge.

I had so much fun coloring this image up and adding lots of sparkle with my glamor dust.  After coloring the image, I cut my image out with the new Double Stitched Circles matted on a black circle from the Circle Ornaments dies.  The image is then layered on an embossed snowflake kraft panel die cut with the Vintage Labels die.  It is a little more simplistic than a lot of my cards, but I really felt the image did not need a lot of added detail.  The embossed Snowflake layer was perfect to add a more wintery feel. The panel along the bottom is cut with a Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace punch.

Our Daily Bread Designs, designed by Chris Olsen, Living Water, Circle Ornament dies, Double Stitched Circle dies, Vintage Labels

ODBD Stamps Used: Living Water
ODBD Dies Used: Vintage Labels, Double Stitched Circles, Circle Ornaments
Other: Darice Snowflake Swirl Embossing Folder, Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace (Around the page punch)

For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters: Paula, Robin, and Diana!!  To join the challenge, you can find more details here and can hook your creation to the linky at the bottom of the page.  You have until Dec. 13 at 8 pm EST to link your creation.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments!! They are so appreciated!!

blessings,

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Hello, Friends!! It is now December and the Our Daily Bread Designs Bread Basket is sharing inspiration for the latest release at Our Daily Bread Designs!!  Today Kelley has several beautiful stamp sets and dies that she has released today!!!  How many of us struggle to make masculine cards...well struggle no more.  These stamp sets are perfect for the men in your life!!

You won't want to miss the opportunity to win the fun prizes or the wonderful inspiration from my talented dt sisters!!


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 "ODBD stamps column" of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until December 2, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. ESTto 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 first creation using the new stamp set Living Water as well as the new Double Stitched Rectangles dies, Rectangles Dies, and Double Stitched Circle Dies.  I had so much fun coloring the image with copics.  I then sponged the sky with Bashful Blue and Baja Breeze ink and added Liquid Applique and white sparkling crystal glitter for dimension and sparkle to make the image look more wintery.


Our Daily Bread Designs, Living Water, Double Stitched Ornaments, Circle Ornament dies, Fancy Ornaments dies, Elegant Ovals dies, Double Stitched Rectangle Dies, Rectangles dies, Patriotic Paper Collection, designed by Chris Olsen

In addition to the new releases, I used the Patriotic Paper Collection, Circle Ornaments dies (which coordinates beautifully with the new Double Stitched Circle dies), elegant oval dies and the Fancy Ornaments dies.

My second creation uses the Safe Travels image and verse as well as the Rectangles dies, Double Stitched Rectangles dies, Vintage Flourish Pattern dies, Ovals dies, and Stitched Ovals dies.  After coloring the image and cutting it out using the rectangular dies, I added crystal effects to make the scene more wintery.

Our Daily Bread Designs, Safe Travels, Ovals dies, Stitched Ovals dies, Double Stitched Rectangle Dies, Rectangles dies, Vintage Flourish Pattern Dies, designed by Chris Olsen

Here is a photo of the new sets and dies used on my creations:







For more inspiration please visit my dt sisters!! Just click on the links below!!

Julie * Dawn * Amy * Cathy * Lori * Sandee * Robin * America * Angie * Lisa * Grace *
 Sabrina * Chris * Silke or the ODBD blog

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments!! I hope you were in some way inspired by my creations!!  Your visits and comments are deeply appreciated and make my day!!

blessings,

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