Saturday, August 30, 2014

Let’s Peek into September!

Not going to say too much because all you quilters, knitters, seamstresses and anyone that does handwork will find out soon enough, but you’re going to LOVE this September release!!

Kinda gave it away didn’t I…or did I?!

This card was done for the Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoast, and this was my inspiration.

The dress stamp is called Elizabeth, embossed and watercolored with reinkers. The quote is from Stitches, and is also embossed. That beautiful lacy doily is from the Doily Die and it’s cut from Soulful Stitches Collection paper! I also added Beautiful Borders from another piece of the paper collection.

The base is Spellbinders Grand Labels 1, watercolor paper is Marvelous Squares.

Be sure to check in on the 1st to see more!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Old Guys…and my Brother


These guys just crack me up! The one in yellow reminds me of Mr. Magoo!

I was excited to find Art Impressions at Stampaway this year! I love their images, they’re so fun and a lot of the sentiments are on the ‘sarcastic’ side which makes me love them even more! LOL! Of course they’re also fun to color!!


This is Old Guys Rule

I stamped then masked them to create the background. I sponged the wall first with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen , then used a stencil and sponged with Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo. The stencil is by The Crafter’s Workshop which I purchased at Our Daily Bread designs.

Of course they’re colored with Copics.

Inside it says (also AI),
You’re not old…
You’re just chronologically gifted!

Old Guys Rule… and my brother, what do they have in common?


This is the birthday card I sent to my dear brother, older than I but ever so young at heart! He doesn’t look near as grumpy as these guys either!

Hope your day is a blast, brudder dear!
Love and Hugs!


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thinking of You….

Our Daily Bread designs

I love it when everything just falls into place when making a card! Today’s Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast was just perfect for this embossing folder I have but don’t use very often!


I also combined yesterday’s Color Challenge, pink, brown and yellow!

This is ODBD Anchor the Soul, colored with Copics and a little white gel pen. I also used Elegant Ovals to cut the sentiment from the same set. Blushing Rose is my base.

The ‘Polaroid’ embossing folder is by Darice, which I cut out and popped up. The swirls ef is by Provo Craft.

Pretty quick and simple and that’s certainly what I need today!!


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Friday, August 15, 2014

We’re Looking Back at the ODBD August Release


Our Daily Bread designs

Today we’re taking a look back at the ODBD August release, and I’m still wishing I was at the beach!!! Sigh….

Here is what I used for my card today along with an older set, Happy Retirement.

Our Daily Bread designs






Flip Flop Border Die






I stamped the beach scene in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics, waves are white gel pen, cut with Labels 21, and added some twine.

The sand dollar from Ocean Treasures, flip flops from Life is Better are both stamped in Ranger Brushed Corduroy and clear embossed. The sand dollar is hand cut. I used that fun Flip Flop Border die for the flip flops.

The base is a Sizzix embossing folder sponged with Brushed Corduroy. The sentiment is stamped in Ranger Jet Black and clear embossed, cut with Fancy Framed Tags II, and sponged.


If YOU happen to be close enough to the beach… think of me! Stick your toes in the sand, walk in the surf, gather some shells….. Enjoy!

And for more August creations, visit the ODBD blog and my sister sticks!

Julie * Cathy * Paula * Grace * Chris * Lori * Sandee * Wanda * Stacy

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Just Relax….a Variety Post!

Our Daily Bread designs

A week of county fair, working a two day stamp show and now at mid-week I’m getting back into the old grind!

I thought for today I’d just post a medley rather than all separate posts. So… if you’re only into stamping, you’ll have to endure some fair pics and vice-versa!

Today’s technique spotlight on Splitcoast was a Quarter Fold Card. Here is what I did.

Our Daily Bread designs

I used a variety from the Our Daily Bread designs August release… Flip Flop Fun, Ocean Treasures, Anchor the Soul, My Lifeguard, and Life is Better. All of them colored with Copics with a little white gel pen accents.

Then, it unfolds to this…

Our Daily Bread designs



The day after we’re done at fair is always Stampaway, a 2 day show just north of Cincinnati. I love working that show! The pre-show on Friday night is always fun because it’s a silly theme. This year it was Crazy Hats!
Last minute throw together…. I used my visor, had a Wisteria garland, a bird and bird nest. Amber and Josh helped wrap my head and I was set! LOL!!

Since Amber makes lots of cupcakes, she made this adorable hat!



Rick’s glasses even had the flag on them!



I caught this cute little Goldfinch out my dining room window the other day, feasting on a volunteer from the winter birdseed!




Fair week! Always exhausting…but fun! We had great weather and a great show! The llamas and alpacas, as always, a hit with everyone!



Wednesday is “Kid’s Day”, fun activities and freebies. One vendor had sunglasses, so all the kids had to go get a pair. Of course there had to be some clowning around! And, then of course, I had to play around with the picture!

Leah with Argento (Little Man), the alpaca.


LittleManLeah BW Pink

One of our obstacles was to stop and the kids were to wave a bubble wand while the animal had to stand still. Some of the kids had great bubbles, some none and some a few…..Leah, I think would have stood there ALL DAY making bubbles!! LOL!









Gabriel and Lady, 1st place Showmanship!


Trevor and Little Man, 1st place Obstacle!


The End!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Summertime! ODBD August Release

Our Daily Bread designs, Mudd Puddles, Copics

Ahh, summer! I love the beach…just too bad it’s so FAR away! This month’s release helps my ocean envy with lots of fun seaside themes!

You can see all the info on the ODBD blog.

Prize Information:

Three winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on the designers blogs to receive a $15 Gift Certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website. You have until August 2, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments! The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on August 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Here’s what I used today to make my samples

Life is Better GCS30

Anchor the Soul





Flip Flop Border Die

Our Daily Bread designs, Mudd Puddles, Copics

Is this FUN or what!! I love that the flip flop border stamp has a matching die!!! I stamped Life is Better in Momento Black Tuxedo, used the Flip Flop Border die and colored with Copics.

Just some sponging with distress inks and some Mudd Puddles sand added!

I think I need all those colors of flip flops!

Our Daily Bread designs, Mudd Puddles, Copics

I stamped Anchor the Soul in Tuxedo Black, colored with Copics, sponging and a little white acrylic paint for the clouds. You also might recognize Pennants die with the sentiment. 

Our Daily Bread designs

Our Daily Bread designs

The bread sticks have been super busy creating for you! You can almost feel the ocean breeze and smell the salty air!

Enjoy your ocean journey as you click on each one!

Julie * Cathy * Paula * Grace * Chris * Lori * Sandee * Lisa * Angie* Sabrina * Wanda * Audrey * Silke

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Saying Goodbye is Never Easy…

He entered our lives in the Fall of 1997, a reddish furball of Collie and Australian Shepherd mix. We had just lost our 12 year old Beagle not long before. “No, let’s wait a while I said…it’s too soon.” But hubby had other ideas! And….who could say no to that face! That’s when Dodge entered our home.

Carmen, our first grandchild, was just over 18 months in this picture. It started Dodge on a long road to LOVING kids! He lived through 9 grandkids tugging on him…#10, almost 6mos old, won’t remember the big dog…but Dodge knows he’s another family member!

Dodge grew into a big dog, the size of a Collie, and to some probably looked like he’d take your arm off at the elbow! But he was as gentle as they came. Everybody was a friend and came to visit him not us! He had a way of talking when people came in the house, not barking, but talking. I guess letting us and them know someone was here and how happy he was to see them. Some people even talked back in “Dodge talk”!

I’m going to miss that… as he got older and started losing his hearing, he did that less and less…. one day he stopped doing it altogether.

March 98

Fall of 99

If you were outside, so was he! He loved the outdoors and sometimes it was hard to get him inside!  

Our road was his road, the neighbors his neighbors and he’d visit often. He’d even escort walkers and joggers for a short distance down his road.

He lived through being hit once, chasing a rabbit across the road.

Funny thing with him…I don’t know that I remember him ever killing a rabbit. But always in the summer, he’d find a bunny nest, bring a baby or two up in the yard…. put them down in front of him and wait.

Have you ever heard a rabbit squeal? Well, they do! Kind of like a squeaker toy.

He’d paw at them to make them ‘squeak’! When they’d stop he’d paw again!! As long as they kept squeaking he stayed there! Usually someone rescued the poor thing or it died from the trauma. Silly dog!

The mail carrier, UPS, Fed-ex drivers all knew him and he knew they had treats! It was always funny if we had a sub and to watch Dodge greet them! They were sure they were his next meal!

From 2012…with his buds, Bandit and Jack

He started slowing down the last year or so, his jaunts not lasting quite so long, not wanting to stay outside as long and finally his hearing. CLAP CLAP to get his attention, often startling him. Poor guy.

It was hard for him to get down and up the back steps, something he'd done for almost 17 years. So, we started letting him out the front door, only 2 steps. Let me tell you, old dogs DO NOT learn new tricks. He’d come to the back door every time to be let in! One of us would have to go out, CLAP CLAP, C’MON DODGE… and slowly he’d amble to the front door where he’d need a little help getting up those 2 steps.

He had no strength in his legs and on the vinyl flooring it was like walking on ice! We put scatter rugs down to help him make it through the house.

Sleeping more and more… it was time to have “the talk”… we knew it needed to be done, but it’s so hard!

One of his favorite places… by the front door, sound asleep.

Saying goodbye… his pals were with him until the end. He even got to say goodbye to the littlest one, Daniel.

It was a beautiful evening when the vet came, even then he was happy somebody came to see him! He enjoyed some last scratches…

No more suffering now, he’s at rest. Probably running chasing those baby bunnies so he can make them SQUEAK!

Goodbye, Dodge… till we see you again.