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Today we are taking another look at the Our Daily Bread designs Mid-October Release! The sets & dies are simply fabulous for Christmas & a must have for your collection! All is Calm 07657
My card today features the gorgeous Merry Mosaics dies & the original Peaceful Poinsettia dies. I just love the lacy, airy look of these new dies & they fit perfectly w/ the solid dies. I die cut them all out of white & the centers & leaves out of a combo of brushed gold metallic & the Winter collection paper

For the top white panel, I used a lot of masking to stamp the All is Calm greeting. I inked the first line only, wiped off the A & replaced it w/ the Flourished Alphabet letter A. I did the same to the second line using the flourished B. I find it easiest when stamping only 1 line, to ink the line, wipe off the ink of the parts I don’t want to stamp, then cover the wiped off letter & second line w/ a piece of scotch tape because no matter how well I think I remove the ink, some always remains. This just makes sure it doesn’t ruin my project. The words were all gold embossed (one at a time, as they were stamped).  All is Calm xcu07665
After the greeting was finished, I placed the panel into a dot embossing folder then put an embossing frame on top. The embossing frame has an oval opening that keeps the dots from embossing on top of the greeting. I’ve also done this by die cutting an oval out of a couple of card board frames and using the frames on top of the embossing folder. Either way works! 

Here’s a look at the inside. I only had this one corner of the dp left over so I used it to frame the greeting which was die cut using the  Vintage Label die. 

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Stamps: ODBD –Flourished Alphabet, Peaceful Deer,   (inside- Christmas Tunes)
Paper: Neenah white, brushed gold metallic,  dp (ODBD – Winter collection 2014)
Ink:  Encore Ulitmate metallic gold pigment
Accessories: ODBD  Flourished Star PatternMerry MosaicsPeaceful PoinsettiasChristmas Candles dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, detail gold embossing powder, Swiss dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Darice embossing frames

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Please be sure to stop by & visit all of the DT blogs for some more gorgeous inspiration!

Sandee * Julie * Cathy * Grace * 

Robin * Amy * Dawn * Diana * Lori

These are the sets, dies & papers I used.

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Today we’re taking another look at the Our Daily Bread designs Oct. 1 release! Aren’t the ornaments & sentiments beautiful? And the Flourished Alphabet can be used all year round! This is also for the Inspiration Challenge (IC516) & I chose THIS as my inspiration. 
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My card today features the Elegant Embellishments ornaments dies. This card is so sparkly with all the green glitter card stock & green glitter heat embossed greeting! I die cut the white layer w/ a matting basics die & the green glitter layer w/ the largest Flourished Star Pattern die. After determining the placement for the ornaments, I die cut the top left one in the white layer using the solid ornament die. I used this white backing for the ornament on the lower right. A snowflake ornament topper was die cut out of another piece of white & attached on top of the negative ornament on the left. The lower right ornament has a die cut topper out of the green glitter c/s.  I also die cut a leafy border to drape across the top so my ornaments would have something to attach to & not appear as if they are floating in mid air. 

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After I inked the Joyeux Noel, I wiped off the ink on the letter J before heat embossing it w/ green glitter powder. I used a stamp positioner to stamp the Flourished letter J in its place.  The Small Bow die was used to cut the 2 green glitter bows & I attached them on top of the ornaments.

Here’s a look at the inside using some leftover strips of the green glitter c/s. The greeting was heat embossed w/ with green glitter powder & the 2 side flourishes are cut outs from the Leafy Edged Border die cut on the front.

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Stamps: ODBD –Christmas TunesFlourished Alphabet
Paper: Neenah white, green glitter c/s (Paper Studio Christmas glitter pad)
Ink:  Encore evergreen pigment
Accessories: ODBD Elegant EmbellishmentsFlourished Star PatternLeafy Edged Border, Vintage Label, Small Bow dies, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, green glitter embossing powder

Please be sure to visit all the DT blogs…they all have some wonderful inspirations using the Oct. 1 Release! 

Sandee * Cathy * Julie * Robin * 

Amy * Dawn * Lori * America

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Welcome to the October Challenge for Serendipity StampsThis month the challenge is What’s New (use your newest products)! You can get all the details over on the Serendipity Challenge Blog.  We have something new…a “Stamp of the Month”. Each month a different image will be 50% off. This month- it’s the Wheel in SnowBe sure to check out the great deals on the Clearance Stamps & sale stamps!And as always, we have a  have a gift certificate up for grabs to a random player.
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One of my somethings new is the image that happens to be 50% off this month! This is such a wonderful little winter/Christmas image…you don’t really even need to color it. Since I stamped it on textured paper, I used my Misti & Versafine & I stamped it twice to make sure it got into the crevices of the paper. With Versafine, I couldn’t use my Copics, so I used a couple of very pale blue/green Tombow (water based) markers. The greeting was stamped w/ barn door Distress ink before I added some dp layers & snowflake border die cut. I added stickles here & there on the snow & I used a red marker & red stickles to add some berries to the twigs. 

Here’s a look at the inside.
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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Wheel in Snow, Season’s Greetings
Paper: white textured, dp (red & aqua -Pebbles- Home for Christmas) dp (white wood -Glitz)
Ink:  Versafine onyx, Distress ink barn door
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, Misti, Tombow markers to shade snow, snowflake border die (Darice). stickles, crystals

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This lovely Maple Leaf  is also new to me. I tried stamping it in a number of inks & colors, but still didn’t get the look I wanted until I white embossed it and sponged the colors onto the background. I die cut a white frame out of textured white, elevated it a bit & attached it to a layer of dp. A second maple leaf was fussy cut and added along w/ the greeting stamped underneath.

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Stamps: Serendipity Stamps  –Japanese Maple, Autumn Leaves
Paper: Neenah white, white textured, dp (Basic Grey – Indian summer)
Ink:  Versafine onyx, Distress inks barn door, dried marigold, spiced marmalade, Colorbox frost white pigment
Accessories:  Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies, Misti, white embossing powder

Please be sure to stop by & comment on all the DT will be much appreciated & definitely increase your chance of winning!

Pam Simpson (guest designer)

Miriam Napier

Vickie Zimmer

Jeanne Jachna 

Jenny Gropp

Julie Warner (you are here!)

Karen Amidon

Marybeth Lopez

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