Monday, March 21, 2016

"Give us this day..."

Hi Blog Friends!

Thought I'd play along with
 ODB's Anniversary Challenge.
Did you know they are EIGHT years old now?
My how time FLIES when you're having fun! ;)
The challenge is:
"Scripture & Lace." 
The deadline to play along is by Sunday, April 3rd, at 8 p.m.
You can see all the details here:

Here is my creation:
I chose to use the image Barn from ODB's sister company, North Coast Creations. 
I stamped it on ODB's Designer Paper- Rustic Beauty Collection. 
For the Scripture part of the challenge, I chose the Scripture from the set Living Water from ODB.
Stamping it on a Spellbinders Classic Circle & mounting it on the ODB Doily Die.
 For the Lace part of the challenge, I deem the Doily Die as part lace & I added a strip of lace on top of the plaid strip from the ODB Rustic Beauty Collection.
I used a sketch from SCS:
And adjusted it for my card...

Country living reminds us of where our "daily bread" comes from.
I HOPE you like!
Country Blessings to you!


****This card was chosen "FAVORITES" on SCS for the week ending March 27****
*****This card was chosen as Customer Card of the Day at ODB*****

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
*Memento Ink
*Distress Ink
*Copic & Prisma Markers
*MS- Lace
*IO- Rooster Die
*IO-Photo Corner Die
*Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape

Friday, March 18, 2016

"ALLELUIA!" & more!

Hi Blog Friends!

Are you ready for Easter?
I have been working away here......
I'm bringing you something "old" by many eyes,
 but when I first saw these I was
It took me a bit, but I finally got them & have been holding on to them,
 till this Easter to use. ;)
 First, my card:
I used the following PTI sets for my card:
*Basic Backer Die
*Scene It: Everyday
*Scene It: Sky Scapes
*Chapel Die
*Petite Places: Church Stamps
* Easter Alleluias
There are additional things I used & I'll list them below.
I tried to create a colorful Sunrise.
 I gave the clouds a little pink from the sunrise too.
The inside:
Other supplies used on my cards:
*Paper- SU, Echo Park- Everyday Eclectic.
*Ink- SU, Versamark & Distress Inks
*Glitter- Oriental Trading
*Ranger- Sticky Embossing Powder
*IO- Tiny Flowers Die
*Liquid Pearls
*Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive
*Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape


Well, I HAD TO try out the little Petite Places under a dome....... ;)
Take a look:
This little Chapel is made with Echo Park-Everyday Eclectic papers. 

This chapel was made with: My Mind's Eye- Collectable Papers & Paper Reflections Paper.

Lastly, I made a little brown chapel.
This chapel was made with: Teresa Collin-Fabrications Paper, Paper Reflections, My Minds Eye- Collectible, & Kraft Card Stock.

A few little things I did:
* Stamp both sides of the little bridge & the walk way--found in the 
PTI- Walk In The Park.
* I also added Diamond Glaze to the little river/stream-also a die from the 
PTI- Walk In The Park.
* I used JTT Scenery Products-Found at Hobby Lobby for the greenery.
(I just pulled it apart in little bunches & glued it where I wanted it. I also found since it is a "fiber" product, I had to trim little hairs. No big deal.)
* I used Sharpies for the acetate windows. I traced the little squares to the sides of the building while it was flat--laying acetate over the building, & marked it with a black sharpie, cut them out, glued them in place & then colored them with Sharpies.  If you look closely, you'll see each one has stained glass windows. (Takes me back to a time we went to a beautiful old church when I was a child....
it even had a pipe organ.)
* I also found that if you make sure the corners of the little building are completely free of the punched/scored lines; the roof is the easiest place to see this, it will let the light in enough for the little windows.)  
* I used MS- Lace
* Mason Jars
* Easter M&M's or buttons
*Diamond Glaze to seal the dome in place & attach the ribbon & lace.
***Make sure all of  your details are done before you seal the dome.***
I can't wait to send these off in the mail to friends!
"I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today; I know that He is living, whatever men may say;
 I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, And just the time I need Him He's always near. 
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me & talks with me along life's narrow way. 
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart."
(Hymn- HE LIVES, by Alfred H. Ackley)

Monday, March 7, 2016

SSS- Touchy Feely once again! ;)

Hi Blog Friends!
 Back again, with another project for the
 Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!
The challenge?
"Touchy Feely"
(Add texture to you creation/card.)
You can find more information here:

So, I pulled out another one of the dies I received & this time I pulled out the 
I couldn't find any "inspiration" on how to use this die, so just maybe I can offer you some?
Here's what I did:
I die cut two of these daisies & embroidered one here, following the holes that were provided. You can see the difference between one embroidered & one that isn't embroidered yet here.
Both are embroidered here. I found that the stitching gave these little felt flowers more body.
 I also used Craft Embroidery Thread as it is a little thicker.
Remember to not pull your threads too tight.
 Here I stacked the daisy petals & added the yellow center & stuffed a little cotton batting behind it for dimension. I also stitched French Knots all over it in two different colors of yellow for added depth & added interest. 

Next, I cut one of the daisies in green for leaves & embroidered half of the leaves in a different direction than I did the flower petals & cut the piece in half, leaving a little point to help adhere this to the back of the Daisy.

I cut an extra yellow circle from the set to cover all the stitching on the back of the daisy & to give my pin a base.
(They say you can tell a good embroiderer when you flip the piece over & the stitching on the back is a nice as the front. Well, as you can see, I'm not an expert! LOL I just do my best!) ;)

Using a hot glue gun, I attached the green leaves & then the yellow circle & then the pin  backing.

Here's what we have now. 

Next, I created a card for my pin to be attached to.
I wanted to keep it fairly simple since the pin is the highlight of the card.

The center piece is 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" popped up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape, 
so you can pin on the flower more easily.
 This is mounted on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" base card.

Here I lined up the 1/8" holes I made with a Fiskars Hole Punch. 
Don't make these holes too far apart or you'll have trouble pinning the flower to it. 
I usually make marks with a pencil to line up the holes. 
(You can slightly see my marks if you look close.)

Here is the finished card. 

So, what do you think?
This card has LOADS OF TEXTURE!!! 
And LOADS of Sunshine to make the recipient SMILE!

I thought this flower would look lovely on a Spring sweater. 
Take a look:
There's just something about a white & yellow daisy on a blue sweater, don't you think?
The blue sweater just seems to bring out all the little stitches!
You could put this on a hat or on a purse, or tote bag....the possibilities are endless!
I think if you die cut material & added Therm O Web HeatnBond Iron On Adhesive, you could add flowers to a pillow or whatever your heart desires! 

Dreaming of Spring flowers here & enjoying the NEW Plush Dies at SSS!
"Thank you Simon!!!!"

Additional Supplies used not mentioned above:
*IO- Instant Photo Frame #DIE175-W ("Smile")
*Paper- Paper Studio & DCWV
*Multi-Medium Matte
*Fiskars- 1/8" Hole Punch
*Fiskars- Self Healing Mat

SIMON SAYS: Touchy Feely!

Hi Blog Friends!

I'm here today playing along in
 Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!
Simon Says:
"Touchy Feely"
Add texture to you creations!
You can find out more about this challenge here:
Well, I am working on Easter things here, & I received a package in the mail on Saturday of my win from Simon Says Stamp! 
That little package included THREE DIES! 
Well, the one that stole my heart is the little 
Plush Carrot Bunny!
Take a peek at the dies for this little guy:
I can tell you now, this little bunny is going to be used A LOT by me!
The dies come on a little magnet, so you don't loose the little pieces. 
(I think I need to buy some magnets for my other dies now!)
So, I went about playing.....I decided to make little pins with this little bunny!
Here is the first bunny I made:
I used a craft embroidery thread; it is a little thicker & I wasn't sure I liked the outcome of using it--not bad, but just not sure....
I made a little ATC to attach the pin to.
So of course, I tried again with regular embroidery floss.....
 I liked how this little bunny came out with the regular embroidery floss. 
So of course, I made some MORE!
This time I changed it up a bit & made a little girl bunny! ;)
I used IO- Tiny Flowers Die & did French Knots for the centers
 & just whip stitched the bow on her ear.
NOTICE: I used a Guava Gelato for the pink cheeks on all of my bunnies! 
(Rub a little on, knocking or blowing away the chunks you might get, & smear it in with the back of your thumb nail.)

I was HOOKED, so OF COURSE, I made more!


I showed my husband the dies that had come in the mail & he gave me an idea.....
(Have to give credit where credit is due!) LOL
This is what he came up with:
(I just did the making of this cutie!)
Just leave off the ears..... & of course, do this little Gingerbread Man in the right color felt,
 & add the right accents----
French Knots for the eyes & buttons, & a straight stitch for the mouth & Baby Rick Rack.

Now all of these little cuties together:
Here these little guys look like they want to eat the Gingerbread Man! LOL
I mean a pack of bunnies can do a lot of damage...
It makes me think of the year we TRIED to plant a lettuce bed...
we woke up & we had a HERD of bunnies having a party!
So much for the lettuce bed! LOL

HOPE you like these soft little bunnies!
I think you might even be able to come up with even more ideas for using this SWEET little die!

Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail.....

Supplies not mentioned above:
* Liquid Stitch
* 100% Cotton Batting-Shredded
(I couldn't find my Poly-Fiber Fill!)
* Pin jewelry back
* Hot Glue Gun
* Papers- SU, Paper Studio Country Road, 
DCWV- Spring Fling & Summer Days & Paper Studio- Old World Winter. 
* Kelly Purkey- (Simon Exclusive) "Joy" Stamps
* SSS- Heartfelt Notes-SSS101495 Stamps
* Fiskars Hole Punch-1/8"
* Fiskars Self Healing Craft Mat
* SU- Corner Punch