Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sending Love at Easter

I had to post one more Easter card. I started my card by cutting the egg shape and stamping the Our Daily Bread Design cross. I then stamped a second cross on a separate piece of paper and die cut it out. I popped it on the egg over the first stamp. The background was made by stamping those wonderful flowers from SweetStamps over the entire panel. I used distress markers as my coloring/stamping medium. Okay, I admit it...I had some extra grass left over from my Tim Holtz tag, so I used it on the bottom of my card. The sentiment is also from ODBD.
This card was created for the Our Daily Bread Design challenge, "He is Risen" and the SweetStamp challenge of Easter.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend.

Friday, March 29, 2013


It's the end of the month, and of course, I have to catch up on all of my favorite monthly challenges so here I am again. This card qualifies for the Artistic Outpost monthly referral challenge. I used Stamps from Artistic Outpost Quotes and Quotables and Blue Bird.  I followed the square challenge sketch from Mojo Monday. Inspiration Journal had the challenge of pop-ups. I used my pop-up star from the Tim Holtz collection. Both Simon Says Stamp and Show and Mark's Finest Papers Simple Salutation challenge want to see a quotation on  the card.

12 Tags of 2013 - March

I really enjoy working on Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013. I usually learn a new technique and most often I get to use some stamp or die I haven't seen in ages.This is the March tag and the sparkly bunny is so adorable. I love the grass die cut too. Everything about this tag says Easter and spring. The metal flower stickpins painted with distress paints are so cool.
I will also be entering this tag into several other challenges. Hels at Ink on my Fingers Sunday Challenge wants to see something shiny. The monthly challenge at Artistic Stamper is tags. Creative Belli is looking for something Easter. Simon Says Stamp has an anything goes challenge. The Marks Finest Papers Friends of Speedy challenge is Easter.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Sending Love at Easter

Today's Blogger Challenge is Easter. Here was my chance to use my favorite Easter bunny stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms.  She is colored with Tombow markers. The base card is a piece of design paper from Club Scrap. I thought it was a perfect background for my Easter card. The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs. I'm also entering this card into the challenge at Simon Says Stamp which is Easter/spring.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


This was a great card to make for me. I got to use a stamp that has never seen the black of ink and a texture fade that I have had for months. Tsk. Tsk. What is with me!? I also used a part of a tag that I have been using to pick up leftover distress paints and stains. This card meets the theme of three challenges. At Simon Says Stamp and Show the challenge is it's chic to be shabby. At Simon Says Stamp the challenge is to choose one of two sketches. The one I chose is at the left. The Ink on my Fingers Sunday challenge is you make me feel brand new -- use something new (or never used) in your stash.


This week Cheery Lynn challenged us to create an Easter card. I decided to use the Mojo Monday challenge sketch as the basis of my card. To make my card I used several Cheery Lynn dies. The background panel is cut from the Reflections Celtic Chain Mega Doily and the circle is from the Mini Pearl circle. I used Lace Egg 4 for the Easter egg. The little chicks were stamped using Club Scrap stamps. I was so happy to finally use these cute little critters. It's a rare card done by me that features a ribbon bow.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Erin Go Bragh

It's St. Patrick's Day weekend which means spring is just around the corner. Hooray!

Hi to my Bloggers Challenge friends. I'm a little late in posting, but I missed last week, so I had to participate this week. The challenge at Bloggers Challenge this week is think spring...and I am! I'm on the watch for robins and early flowers. I went to the Chicago Flower Show this week and saw all of the crocuses, tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. Oh, it was wonderful!

My card is all stamped this week, except for the base background design paper from Webster's Pages. I did add the shamrocks (Kitchen Sink Stamps). I thought, what announces spring more than St. Patrick's Day, flowers, and the color green. I love the simple silhouette flowers (Club Scrap) against the background. The sentiment says it all.

I'm also entering this card in several other challenges. Creative Belli and Take a Word have  the challenge of green. Sweet Stamps, Friends of Speedy, and Simple Salutations have St. Patrick's Day as the challenge.

Sunday, March 10, 2013


March is an exciting month for Our Daily Bread Designs as it celebrates it's fifth year anniversary!! Kelley so appreciates the customers of Our Daily Bread Designs and is excited for the opportunity to celebrate with them today with the ODBD Anniversary Linky Party celebration!!! Below are the links of several fans and customers that have created cards or projects using stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs.
1. Brigita -- GDT 6. Sarah Nelson GDT 11. Lisa Somerville
2. Mary Marsh - GDT 7. Barbara Washington GDT 12. Gerrie Johnnic GDT
3. Karen Wallace GDT 8. Chris Olsen 13. Sandee
4. Lee Ann Barrett- GDT 9. Grace N 14. Sabrina Jackson
5. Connie Griffin GDT 10. Angie Crockett 15. Jennipher GDT

Congratulations to ODBD and Kelley on five great years of stamps. I love ODBD stamps so, of course, I had to participate.

The background panel of my card is watercolor paper. I splashed distress stains on my non-stick surface, spritzed with a little water, and laid the panel in the stains. The stains and watercolor paper make a wonderful background for these beautiful flower corners and sentiment (all ODBD stamps of course).
I am also sharing this card at a few other challenge spots. SweetStamps wants to see green. Simon Says Stamp wants a bit of green. Great Impressions is going green (either use green or recycle). Don't tell anyone, but my watercolor panel is recycled. I had made a mistake on the other side and couldn't use the image, so I turned the panel over and a new card front could be made.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Pretty Flowers

Today's card was influenced by the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday and the inspiration challenge at  Mark's Finest Papers Friends of Speedy. My card also meets the challenge at SweetStamps which is embossing folder + die(s) + stamp [use all three] and the Ink on My Fingers Sunday challenge which is pretty things. I love the color palette  on the inspiration piece. I focused on the teal and white and added the orange flowers which are in the background. The flower stamp is from SweetStamps. The sentiment is from Club Scrap. The die is from Spellbinders as is the M-bossibilities embossing folder. The flower die is from Cheery Lynn. I love it when challenges work together so well.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Simple Things

This week's challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs is black and white. I love the look of a black and white card. For this card I chose the dahlia stamp from ODBD for the background. The sentiment, also ODBD, seemed perfect for the look of the card


Thank you Simon Says Stamp and Show for this weeks challenge. We are to use a stamp we love but never use. I probably could have created 100 cards that fit the theme. However, I went to my collection of wood mounted Club Scrap stamps and finally decided on this stamp. I love the happy, but distressed look of the stamp. It's the kind of card you can use for any celebration.
I'm also entering this card into the Creative Belli challenge which is red, white, and black and into the Mark's Finest Paper Simple Salutations challenge which is  anything goes (with a sentiment).

Saturday, March 2, 2013

CHAPTER 25: Mad as a March Hare

The Hatter was the first to break the silence. `What day of the month is it?' he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear. Alice considered a little, and then said `The fourth.' `Two days wrong!' sighed the Hatter. `I told you butter wouldn't suit the works!' he added looking angrily at the March Hare. `It was the BEST butter,' the March Hare meekly replied. `Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,' the Hatter grumbled: `you shouldn't have put it in with the bread-knife.' The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped it into his cup of tea, and looked at it again: but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, `It was the BEST butter, you know.' -- Chapter 7,  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The term "Mad as a hare’ which was common during Carroll's time, alludes to the crazy capers of the male hare during March, its rutting season, and the straw on his head in the original Tenniel illustrations was also a symbol of madness. (from Lenny's Alice in Wonderland siteAs March is the month we celebrate the mad March Hare, ANYTHING GOES is the challenge at The Altered Alice

You have until Friday, March 29 to enter your creations. As always, multiple entries are allowed but each must be on a separate post. All entries are welcome, but those that feature Wonderland will have two chances at the prize instead of one. And what a prize it is! A $30 gift certificate for digital images from the fabulous, fantastical world of The Octopode Factory!

The talented Lily Chilvers started The Octopode Factory when she was only seventeen and they were an instant hit. Originally available only in digital form, they are now also available in rubber stamps, and she has a wealth of amazing Alice in Wonderland images. Be sure to check out these wacky images through the links above!

My inspiration today was a lot of fun to make and even more fun to play with. It's a Jacob's Ladder which features lots of  digital images from Octopode.  (You can find a tutorial on YouTube by Tricia Morris of Club Scrap for the Jacob's ladder.)
Grandson Joshua playing with Jacob's ladder.
Here are the various panels in the project.

I hope you will add your art to the challenge. It's always fun to see what everyone creates. Remember, the challenge is anything goes.

Thinking of You with Spring Flowers

The last challenge of the month at Mojo Monday is always a sketch choice of round or square. Obviously I went square. I combined the sketch with several other challenges. At Cheery Lynn Designs the challenge is die cut flowers. (Dies used are Build a flower 2 and embellishments along with mesh border.) At the Kraft Journal, the challenge is to use any sketch. Tuesday Throwdown wants a thinking of you card. and Three Muses has rustle of spring as the theme.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Little Diva in flowers

This project took off in a totally different direction than I had originally planned. The challenge at Blogger's Challenge is alter it. I had planned to cut apart a Coke Zero can and go from there. But then I saw an old pair of my grandson's jeans which he didn't fit in anymore and with non-existent knees. I also found this old wooden frame from Michaels. Combine that with the fact that I just received the last part of my distress paints order and this is where I ended up. Of course, my adorable granddaughter's photo brought the whole project together.
I started with the wooden frame and painted it with bundled sage distress paint. When the paint dried, I sponged on some chipped sapphire distress paint. The flowers are based on Tim Holtz's recent tattered florals tutorial. The various layers are made from grungepaper covered with tissue paper and smooshed in distress paints, from linen, from burlap, and of course, from the blue jean denim. The flower centers are custom fasteners from Tim's Idea-ology line. (These are so cool.)
Since I really love how the flowers turned out and I'm so happy with the finished frame, I'm also entering this project into the Tattered Floral challenge on Tim Holtz's blog.
Happy Friday everyone.