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Howdy Star Shaker cu 09670
A big congrats to Donna, the newest Featured Stamper (FS498) on Splitcoast! I didn’t have to go far to find THIS card to case (copy & share everything). I kept the shaker card & most of the colors & layout, but I used different images, a star shaped shaker instead of a round one, & used a cowboy/southwest theme on mine.
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For my star shaker, I started by stamping the cowboy/cowgirl accessories image, coloring w/ Copics, then I did a little into the window to keep from cutting off the top of the boots when I die cut the stitched star opening. I made a larger star shaped pouch out of a page protector, sealed the edges but leaving one edge open, filled it w/ sequins, stars & little punched cowboy boots, then sealed the remaining edge. After attaching the shaker pouch behind the opening, I added foam tape all behind the panel & attached it to another white back panel. A couple of narrow frames (one brown, one turquoise) were added behind it before attaching to the card. The Howdy was die cut & I used some of the same Copics to color it to match.

Here’s the inside & below it are the Copics I used. Howdy Star Shaker inside 09672
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Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamps: DRS Designs –Cowboy Garb,  (Saddle Up Greeting, Starry Bg , Interlocking Stars Bg– inside)
Paper: Staples 110# white, X-Press It white, brown, turquoise
Ink: Memento tuxedo black (Distress ink vintage photo & tumbled glass – inside)
Accessories:  Copic markers, Paper Shapers cowboy boot punch, ODBD Double Stitched Stars dies, Lil’Inker stitched rectangles dies, Serendipity Howdy die, page protector, sequins


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Howdy Cowboy cu 09160
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A big HOWDY to you & welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs May Mid Month Release! I tell you, this release is exactly what a Texas girl loves! And since that describes me to a T, I LOVE these! Not to mention how much you can do w/ a fabulous silhouette image.

Prize Information: – Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 Gift Code to the ODBD Website  just for commenting on the Design Team cards!  You have until May 18, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. EDT to leave your comments on the Designers Blogs for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the ODBD Blog on May 19th, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

To start my first card, I knew I wanted a brightly sponged background, so I dug out a few Kaleidacolor ink pads. They have the most vibrant colors and that’s what I wanted.

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 I used a a torn mask for the ground & sponged on the greens, reversed the mask & sponged on some yellow for the sky. Then I added a big circle mask & sponged on more yellow, some orange & a little red. I used the edge of the sponge to add the streaks coming from the sun, then highlighted them a bit w/ a white Prismacolor pencil. I put the bg into my Misti then stamped the silhouette cowboy, lg cactus & the eagle from the Bookmark Trees set. The small cactus & little cloud are punches. I die cut the scene w/ a Double Stitched Rectangle, doing a little out of the box for the eagle. The black background was done w/ a small border punch. I made a corner template out of copy paper & used it to help punch all around the edges and have it be as symmetrical as possible.

Here’s a look at the inside.
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Howdy, Bookmark Trees
Paper: Staples 110# white, black
Ink:  Kaliedacolor inks Desert Heat, Melon Melody, Fresh Greens,  Versafine onyx, (habanero -inside)
Accessories: ODBD  Double Stitched Rectangles diesMisti, cactus punch, SW border punch, cloud punch, white Prismacolor pencil

My second cowboy card started w/ pieces of a leftover watercolor bg. I liked the bright sunset colors w/ flecks of metallic gold & thought it might be fun to use them in a split background configuration.

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Having them separated like this was very challenging to say the least. I placed them on top of the die cut turquoise bg w/ temporary adhesive & stamped the silhouette on top. Leaving the turquoise mat in place, I removed the orange w/c layer & stamped the silhouette again.
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I liked the look the textured turq c/s gave to the ground area, but not so much on the cowboy. So I stamped him again on a separate piece & fussy cut him. Yikes! That was some fancy cutting, let me tell you! Then I had to go over all the cut edges w/ a black marker to keep them from showing. I added the greeting & big star frame to finish. 

Here’s a look at the inside.
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs –  Ride ‘Em Cowboy
Paper: Staples 110# white, black, textured turquoise, water color
Ink:   Versafine onyx
Accessories: ODBD  Pierced Rectangles, Pierced Circles, Circles, Sparkling Stars, Double Stitched Stars diesMisti, Brushos water color crystals, gold acrylic paint

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Please be sure to visit & comment on all the DT Blogs! It will be so appreciated & also increase your chances of winning!

Melissa * Julie * Sandee * Cathy * Dawn * 

Lori * Robin * Chris * Angie


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NCC Merry Cactus cu 07740
Welcome to the North Coast Creations November Release! And wow, do we have some fabulously cute images for your Christmas card making this year! You’re going to LOVE these!
How can you not love a Christmas Cactus all decked out w/ shiny lights? It just screams Southwest! As a native Texan, I adore SW themed images and this one is right up my alley.

NCC Merry Cactus 07736 After I stamped, colored, over stamped & fussy cut the Cactus Lights image, I kept picturing a little window scene so that’s what I tried to recreate. ODBD has several window dies, but I just felt like it needed to be round on top & not too big. (Please note: the ODBD site is having technical difficulties so the pictures & links may not be working for a day or two). I used a resizing trick I came up with a long time ago, but instead of making it bigger, I made the window smaller by cutting just the top part down to the middle of the first set of square panes, turning the die around & moving the bottom up. Then I cut the bottom part only & there you go..a window that is shorter by one set of square panes. I added 4 die cut shutters (for blinds) from the Welcoming Window die & a piece of dp behind it that is Christmasy but still has a SW look to it. On the white layer, I stamped the greeting at the bottom & used a SW border folder to emboss just under the dp. I used the O from the Joy image as a wreath for the window.

Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
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Stamps: North Coast Creations –Cactus Lights, Joy
Paper:  X-Press It white, Neenah white, kraft, dp (DCWV -The Christmas matstack)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx (to overstamp after coloring), (Distress ink twisted citron on inside)
Accessories:  ODBD Flourished Star PatternWelcoming Window, Window diesCopic markers, Misti, Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A & B dies, Cuttlebug embossing folder (Southwest borders set)

NCC Buford Santa cu 07733
On my second card, I used the super cute Santa Buford. After stamping w/ Memento, I colored him using a combination of Copics & Prismacolor pencils. His jacket & bag are mostly pencils & Buford is mostly Copics w/ a white pencil highlight. I just love the way Prismacolors look when used on this lt kraft c/s. And since he was still in my Misti, I stamped over him w/ Versafine after I was finished coloring. This really brings back the lines you tend to lose when using Prismacolor pencils. He was die cut w/ a Circle Ornament & I did my out of the box tech to keep from cutting off his tail.

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I put together the 3 pieces of dp to get my background then added the die cut Merry w/ a few stockings fussy cut from the dp. The Medium Bow was die cut from red & I used a small letter J punch to make the candy canes on the bow. The cut glass button was clear & I used a red copic to color it. 

Here’s a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
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Stamps: North Coast Creations –Santa Buford (Holly Jolly Christmas -inside greeting)
Paper: lt kraft, red, white, dp (Pebbles – Welcome Christmas)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx (to overstamp after coloring)
Accessories:  ODBD Flourished Star PatternCircle Ornaments, Matting Circles, Medium Bow, Merry Christmas diesCopic markers, Misti, Prismacolor pencils, glass gem, small letter J punch (used for candy canes on bow)

Please be sure to visit & comment on all the DT Blogs! This is so much appreciated!

Julie * Sandee * Amy * Dawn * 

Lori*  Sabrina

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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These are the sets & dies I used:

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