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Inspired by North Coast Creations

First of all, I hope your family is enjoying and celebrating a blessed Father’s Day today! If your dad is now enjoying his day in Heaven, like mine, then I hope you are taking time to remember him and celebrate his memory. Today’s card is a little tribute to today’s celebration, to fathers in general, since I thought this was a great male card with bright, Summer colors and stamps.

I was inspired by a wonderful new stamp set by North Coast Creations, Our Daily Bread Designs sister company, an thought I would use bright colors to create a clean and simple card. This new stamp set is called Sail Away. I colored the image with alcohol markers, using various tones of aquamarine blue for the sea and light browns and red for the striped sail. The contrast is lovely and very suitable for Summer. I like this sentiment too and what I did is die cut it with a Mini Tag die (that I find so versatile) and add some linen thread. I also cut the front panel vertically to leave a gap and reveal the red layer beneath it. 
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. For more inspiration by NCC’s designers, please click here. Thanks for visiting and see you again soon!

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Weekly Inspiration with ODBD

What are you inspired by? I love delicate patterns and pastel colors… I love to add layers and dimension to a project. I love to inspire others too! All of this things inspire me to create and motivate me to keep on doing what I do. Today I am sharing a card I made with beautiful papers, stamps and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs, using one of the new dies in an unconventional way.

I wanted to create a decorative column for the background using various layers. I had been wanting to use the new Pegboard die from ODBD in an unexpected way and what I did is die cut two pegboards and cut about 1/4″ from them and then cut one of them in half. The pegboard column adds a so much detail and interest to the card.

Another interesting touch I added was the vellum frame. I die cut one Lacey Square from ODBD, cut it in thirds and adhere the two remainding corners under the sentiment label. This is the last thing I added to the card, and I actually had to come back and add that finishing touch to be completely satisfied. It does make a difference and it softens the design nicely.

I hope I’ve inspired you today. Thanks so much for your visit! Before I go, tell me… What inspires you?

Have a great weekend!

I’m sharing this with: 
Word Art Wednesday – AG / Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps – AG / Sweet Stamps – AG / Through The Craft Room Door W, 2E – Always AG / Cards in Envy – Girls, Girls, Girls Challenge / Card and Scrap – AG

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Beautiful Stamps + Dies

Cardmaking has become more elegant and interesting thanks to the new supplies and machines being created from a few years back until now. I’m sure more and more new and improved supplies will continue to be released, but I still remember that one time when I made a heart shaped card for Valentine’s when I was in Preschool. Or that other time when I made a small card with a Little Mermaid’s sticker to send it to my oldest cousin in Brazil when I was 10. Cardmaking should be inspirational in any case and that is why I enjoy meaningful and versatile products that I can use over and over to share my creativity with others. This is the case with the beautiful stamps and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs that I used for today’s card.

ODBD just released a couple of the products being featured today: Amazing Grace background stamp and Layered Lacey Square Dies. Love these! I used dye ink to stamp the background and the sentiment on subtle patterned papers. This is a great technique that adds texture and depth to your stamping.

I layered various dies but I did alter the largest lacey square to make it larger, by cutting it in half and adhering the halves slightly apart from each other, vertically. The next layer is actually made with the same die cut used for the previous square, cut at 1/3 and adhered to create the illusion of a full square. Altered dies sometimes need to be finished with a piece of ribbon or paper and that is just what I did on this card.

Finally I added the central label (sponged with green ink) that I think frames this inspiring sentiment beautifully, and I also added a few rhinestones.

I truly hope you feel inspired to try out some of the techniques I’ve shared with you today! I invite you to visit ODBD’s website to check out the new release, that I think you’ll absolutely love!

Thanks so much for your kind visit today! Hope you stop by again soon!

I’d like to share my card with:
Word Art Wednesday – Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room – Any Holiday
Craft Hoarders Anonymous – Go Green

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Watercolored Roses

My favorite watercolor technique is actually watercolor resist… It is such an easy technique that gives you gorgeous results every time!

I used the new God Verses stamp set released for ODBD’s Anniversary Celebration. It is full of inspiring verses! The roses  were stamped and heat embossed in gold and then watercolored. For the layering I altered the Vintage Flourish Pattern filigree frame to create a small rectangular frame for the sentiment’s label. I also covered the front of the card with a gorgeous distress wood pattern from the Rustic Beauty Paper Collection and finished the card with ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! I hope you try out this watercolor technique too! It’s an easy way to color stamped flowers and it’s a very quick process too! Since Spring is coming, I invite you to check out the beautiful flower stamps available at the ODBD website… You’ll love them!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

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Spring Birthday Card

Today I’d like to share a card I created using papers, dies and stamps from ODBD. I particularly enjoyed using the new word die together with a birthday ticket stamp, and I loved using these beautiful papers too!

I actually cut a tag from the patterned paper and added a pretty shabby bow on top, embellished with a vintage gold button. I added different layers using label die cuts, a hand cut banner and lace. The word die was cut twice to make it sturdy, and I used a pretty metallic cardstock for it.

Once the tag was done I adhered it to a delicate patterned layer, added a pretty border and some pearls. Finally I adhered the finished layer to a pink card base.

For more inspiration make sure you visit ODBD blog! Thanks so much for stopping by today.

I’d like to share my card with:
Love to Scrap – Buttons & Bows
Dream it Up – Marching into Spring
Cute Card Thursday – Die Cuts and Punches
In the Pink – For a Special Lady

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