Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Do You Have Music in Your Heart?!

Pop guitar

Growing up there was always music! My dad had a country western band and when he wasn’t playing his guitar for a dance, he was playing for pleasure, OR teaching someone to play, OR singing, OR whistling a tune! Always, ALWAYS there was music!

He’s been gone many years now, but every now and then I’ll think of an old song he sang and many happy memories!

Here’s a card from the Sketch Challenge today on Splitcoast.

This is ODBD Music Speaks on Ornate Hearts die. I stamped the bird again (not inking it up so it would be lighter) and colored with Copics, hand cut and popped it up. The quote is embossed on Blushing Rose dp. I cut the dp down to fit inside the dotted border of Faithful Fish Pattern die, and couldn’t get away with not using my favorite vine from Fancy Foliage.

Music makes you happy… you should always have a tune in your heart!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, January 16, 2015

Looking Back at ODBD January

Hello and welcome as the ODBD breadsticks take a look back at the January release!

Here is what I used from the Jan. release






I also used Vintage Flourish Pattern, embossing only, To The Lovebirds, Birdcage and Banner die, and  Ornate Hearts die.

I stamped Music Speaks in Memento Rich Cocoa, colored with Copics and added Liquid Pearls to the flower centers. Faithful Fish Pattern is on a yellow cardstock but also sponged with Ranger Wild Honey. I also sponged over the embossed Vintage Flourish Pattern, the edges of the Heart and the Birdcage. Liquid Pearls is also on the birdcage.

The brown base is actually plain white cardstock that I took a Copic marker, close to the brown ink color, and edged it!

For more inspiration using the January Release be sure to visit the ODBD blog 
and be sure to visit my sister sticks!

Paula * Sandee * Lori * Cathy * Wanda

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

On a Snowy Day….What’s Your Comfort?


Winter has finally come to Ohio! Snow on the ground and temps well below ZERO with the windchill! Brrrrrr!

I have several bird feeders out my dining room window and love watching the variety that come to eat, all fluffed up, trying to stay warm!

I have several pairs of Mr & Mrs Cardinal, Blue Jays, various wood peckers, the darling little Chickadees, Junkos, Nuthatches, House Finches, Mourning Doves….and I love to try to get some good pics!


Mrs. Cardinal with a snowflake on her back and melting snow on her beak and feathers! MrsCardinal-feeder


Back in the summer my phlox just went crazy! I had plans of cleaning up the dead stems, yeah right! That never happened! And now I’m glad I didn’t! It gives lots of cover for the birds around the feeders!

Need more comfort? Snowy days call for stamping too! I was asked to be a part of the sketch team again on Splitcoast, always my favorite challenge!

So, here’s my card! I decided to make a pocket on the front for one of the layers.

A nice simple sketch, perfect for ODBD Grunge Piano Background and Just a Note. I ran the pocket through the Cuttlebug with a music embossing folder. This could be a ‘get well’, ‘thinking of you’, or I think it could even be ‘birthday’. I have a friend that teaches piano with a birthday soon… I think this will be perfect for her!

I hope you’re staying warm wherever you are. Now I better go feed those birds before they start knocking on the window!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Looking Back at December…North Coast Creations

To see my real looking back project…
keep reading!
We started the New Year with the Ohio State Buckeyes crushing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, now we have one game left to determine the National Champion! On January 12 they’ll play the Oregon Ducks.

I just had to use Birthday Dump Truck and play a bit! 
I stamped the image, coloring with Copics in OSU colors, scarlet and grey, then hand cut the image.

Now for the magic… I took a picture of the truck as usual and opened in my editing program, PSE13. Here, I could add the OU mascot and copy it enough times to fill the back of the truck, erasing and arranging bodies as needed. I also added the OSU logo to the door. With a little drop shadow added to the load of ducks, they look like they’re all one with the truck photo!

I thought “Dump the Ducks” was perfect!


Now, here is my real project for looking back at the NCC December release!

While trying to think of something for this post, my mind was searching for a ‘non’ card way to use the images. Party cups! Why not!

I stamped the truck twice, coloring each as close to each other as I could, then I hand cut each one. I stamped and cut apart the greeting, outlining with a marker then attaching to the clock hands, yes….clock hands from ODBD Matting Circles die. Perfect flag poles!

Of course I had to color the trucks in scarlet and grey!!

I fashioned a little box from cardstock and glued to each truck.

Wouldn’t these be cute little party favors for each person!

All the info about this NCC release can be found on the blog here.

For lots more December inspiration, please visit my sister coasters!

Julie * Lisa * Sandee * Lori
  Amber * Angie

Let’s go Buckeyes!!

Dump the Ducks!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

A New Year and A New Release…ODBD!

Welcome and Happy New Year! Wow….2015, where did last year go?! Now comes the remembering to write the correct year! I wonder how long it will take me to get used to that!!

I’m sharing with you today several of the January releases from Our Daily Bread designs, here is what I used.


This card also uses several items previously released, Gilded Gate die , Vintage Flourish Pattern die, Ornate Hearts die and Rustic Beauty Paper Collection.

I stamped Music Speaks twice so I’d have one to die cut and one to color and hand cut the flowers and bird.

I carefully inked up the quote from Music Speaks for this one. Also for both of my cards I used the Faithful Fish Pattern die and debossing plate as a border. I used Patriotic Collection for the Ornate Hearts.

Prize Information: -
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 January 2, 2015 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 January 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

You can also see all the info on the ODBD blog.
Also, be sure to watch Lisa’s video on using the Faithful Fish Pattern die and debossing plate.

For lots more January inspiration,
please visit the
rest of my sister sticks!

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


Thanks for stopping by and
blessings for the new year!


Friday, December 19, 2014

Taking a Look Back…December ODBD

Hello, and welcome! Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to visit!

Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread designs December release.

For my samples today, here are the December sets I used from this great release!

You can also visit the ODBD blog for
more on this release.

I made this peppermint sugar scrub for gifts. The label is computer generated, but those darling tags are all from Mini Tag Sentiments and Mini Tags dies! A super easy and quick way to add those little sentiments for special people! I also added the darling hearts and heart charms, cutting them from silver and gold mirror paper.

Another set I made but didn’t blog. I just LOVE the heart and cross dies!

The recipe I used came from here.

Earlier this month on Splitcoast, several of the challenges inspired this sample…make a tag and to use ink sprays and some sparkle!

I started by spraying several colors of Glimmer Mist on a craft sheet, then drug the tag through it. After it was totally dry, I stamped The Gate, and added my sentiment from Carried To Heaven on the Mini Tags die, and Angel Wings from silver paper. The entire tag is layered on a piece of black and distressed.


For oodles more inspiration, please take a moment to visit my sister breadsticks!

Julie * Chris * Lori * Sandee 
Paula * Cathy * Wanda * Stacy 
Sabrina * Gracie (Guest Designer)

Thanks for stopping


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Knitting on Your Arm…Say What??!

Still searching for that unique gift for Aunt Sally or that gift exchange at work? Or maybe you’re looking for the perfect accessory for an outfit. Why not try knitting up a scarf!

A while back I was asked to review and blog about this new book, Arm Knitting by Mary Beth Temple. It was back at the beginning of summer and quite frankly I couldn’t bring myself to think about messing with yarn in warm temps!

Now that the weather has turned cooler, and the thoughts of cozy clothing and layering is here, it’s the perfect time to share this!

I asked some family members to help out and knit some samples too!

No joking…some of these projects will take you about 30 minutes to complete! Don’t worry if you’ve never knitted a stitch in your life!

The book is complete with step by step pictures from start to finish for each of the 15 projects!

You actually use your arms to knit these projects! No worries though if you can’t finish it and need to start dinner!! Just slip your work onto a broom handle, yardstick or something comparable…then just come back, slip it back on your arms and pick up where you left off!

This is the Button-Up Cowl with several types of yarn. It was lightly snowing on this picture day, even caught some of the flakes!

The book gives you yarn suggestions, but you can also play around with weights for different looks.

You can see how the Angora changed the look of scarf.

This is the Simple Infinity Scarf

You always have your arms with you,
so you can do this anywhere!

Look in your local department store or craft store for the book. *And a tip on yarn… I found a treasure trove of yarn at a local thrift store yesterday!

I can’t wait to hear what Aunt Sally says about her homemade, ‘arm’ knitted scarf!!

While you’re at it…. make yourself one or two also!!

I hope I’ve inspired you to try something different!


Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, December 15, 2014

North Coast Creations December Release!

Hi and welcome to the December release
North Coast Creations!

Two fun sets this month, perfect for those little guys and big guys alike!

Dump Truck Birthday with one of the sentiments stamped repeatedly on SEI dp, ODBD Circle Ornaments and Matting Circles dies for the truck.

I Dig You just had to have some dirt! Mudd Puddles sand along the bottom. ODBD Pennants dies for the sentiments.

Prize Information:
Just for commenting on the Design Team Blog Posts, you have a chance to win a $10 NCC Gift Certificate, good towards the purchase of NCC Stamps.  You have until December 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM EST to leave a comments on the participating designers blogs for a chance to win! Two random winners will be selected from the comments left on the designers blogs, the winners will be announced on the NCC Blog on December 18, 2014, be sure to check back there to see if you have won!

All the information can also be found on the
NCC blog.

Also, North Coast Creations is running a Gift Certificate Special through December 20, 2014.
With every $50 worth of GC's purchased the customer will receive a $5.00 Gift Certificate.
See the blog for all the info!

For lots more December inspiration, see what the rest of the coasters created just for you!

Lori * Julie * Lisa 
Amber * Sandee * Angie

Thanks for stopping by!