ODBD April Release Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs April Release Blog Hop! We have some beautiful images & fabulous dies for you this month, no fooling!

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For both of my cards today, I’m featuring the beautiful new Star Quilt stamp & the Star Quilt die. Now technically, they don’t fit together, but on this first card, I did use the die to emboss only on top of the stamped image. I stamped the Star Quilt image on heavy white c/s..once using the seaglass ink, twice using the celadon ink & once using the whisper gray ink. Please note, since I used pigment ink on these, I made sure to heat set it w/ my heat gun so it wouldn’t rub off.

Here’s the part where I embossed the Quilt die on top of the stamped image.  I die cut one of the celadon stamped images using the next to largest Square die to use as my base quilt image.Star Quilt die 1 08788
As I mentioned, the die & image don’t fit together for die cutting, but I noticed they do line up pretty well for embossing & I wanted that stitched fabric look. In order to line them up, I used a piercing tool to poke a small hole in the center of the image. 
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Then I lined it up w/ the center hole in the die w/ the image face down on the cutting side of the die. In this position, I lined up the edges of the image so they would be square on the die. I placed it like this on the magnetic sheet & placed the rubber embossing mat on top & embossed it.
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I repeated this embossing on the seaglass & other celadon stamped quilts. I fussy cut parts of the whisper gray version (the squares & triangles around the borders) then positioned them inside a Double Stitched Square die to get the stitching cuts. I know it seems like a lot of work, but that’s the look I wanted. The angled star quilt center was fussy cut & attached offset from the base star. I also die cut the Star & Double Stitched Star & buttons out of leftover quilt image parts. 
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The polka dot paper was die cut first w/ the Flourished Star Pattern & that piece was repeatedly cut down using smaller Double Stitched Rectangles & Rectangles with one white layer inserted between them.

Here’s a look at the inside using another fussy cut Star Quilt centerpiece. 
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Time to Mend, Star Quilt  (inside –Sewn with Love )
Paper: Staples 110# white, Recollections heavy white, dp (ODBD – Christmas Collection 2014)
Ink: Colorbox whisper gray, celadon & seaglass pigment inks, Versafine deep lagoon
Accessories: ODBD Flourished Star Pattern, Star Quilt, Double Stitched StarsDouble Stitched RectanglesSparkling Stars, Double Stitched Stars, Squares, Double Stitched Squares, Rectangles, Matting Circles dies, Misti

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For this quilt card, I went with a more dramatic color combo & I used the Star Quilt die and not the image this time. I die cut the Star Quilt in black (twice), and one each in 3 solid shades of tan/brown & 3 polka dot shades of tan/brown (all from the Ephemera Essentials paper). 

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I also die cut one Star Quilt out of ivory to use as my base so I would have something to attach them all to. Sort of like doing a 100 piece puzzle, lol. After I arranged the pieces like I wanted & attached them, I attached one of the black grids of the quilt on top of the pieces. The other black grid fell on top at an angle, & I thought…hmmm..that looks pretty good! So just for fun, behind some of the pieces (the black ones & the one directly next to them) I added other tan colors to make a complicated paper piecing even more intricate! Then I attached this black grid on top, turned at about a 20 degree angle then trimmed off the corners that stuck out.

Here’s what the angle at which the two were attached looks like. The polka dot would be the squared frame & the solid is the angled one. The corners that stuck out were trimmed off.
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I added a Double Stitched Square frame on top to have a little bit heftier border then added it to my card. the tan sun shape & one of the polka dot centers were attached in place.
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The greeting was rearranged a bit & I replaced the Q w/ a Flourished Alphabet Q. In order to die cut the greeting, I had to do a little resizing using a Double Stitched Square die.

Here’s a look at the inside. 
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Stamps: Our Daily Bread designs – Time to Mend (retired), Flourished Alphabet (inside –Star Quilt, Sew Special )
Paper: Staples 110# white, black, dp (ODBD – Ephemera Essentials
Ink: Versafine onyx (inside -Memento desert sand)
Accessories: ODBD Flourished Star Pattern, Star Quilt, Double Stitched Rectangles, Sunburst, Rectangles, Squares, Double Stitched Squares, Vintage Flourish Pattern dies

Please be sure to comment on all the DT Blogs! It is so appreciated & will also increase your chances of winning! 
Cathy * Dawn * Lori * Robin * Julie * Sandee 

Chris * Grace * Lisa * Sabrina 

Diana * Angie * Melissa (Guest Designer)

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
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45 Responses to ODBD April Release Blog Hop!

  1. Avatar JoAnn Burnham
    JoAnn Burnham says:

    Beautiful cards. Love the colors and your designs.

  2. Julie, your cards are so gorgeous. The last one is my favorite. I love the colors.

  3. Avatar Sheri D
    Sheri D says:

    Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!!

  4. Really creative ideas with your stars! I love all the ideas and how you finished off the inside of the card.

  5. Avatar Teresa Doyle
    Teresa Doyle says:

    OMGoodness Julie, I can hardly find words for your cards. Beautiful just doesn’t seem enough! TFS!

  6. I love the way you used the dies.

  7. Avatar Bonita Brock
    Bonita Brock says:

    Beautiful cards. At first I wasn’t a fan of the quilting look cards, but now you’ve all changed my mind. I love the subtle colors you used and just love the way they look.

  8. Avatar Ruth Manor
    Ruth Manor says:

    Oh my,your star quilt cards are gorgeous! I’m sure it took quite a lot of time to make them, but it’s well worth it. Love the layers and colors you used for each card.

  9. Love both cards, the more dramatic color card could be sent to the man in your life! Love it!

  10. Stunning is the word for your cards Julie – Oh my goodness I so fell in love with card number 1 monochromatic – all the layering and it is very eye catching! Your second card is just as lovely – TFS your beautiful art on this hop! Have a blessed day!

  11. Wow Julie! Your imagination never ceases to amaze me!! I love the 1st one with the dimension, wow!! The second one is also amazing, wow, love the cross over lines from your two frames!! That is such a cool idea!! It looks amazing in the browns and black!

  12. Avatar Melissa Teeling
    Melissa Teeling says:

    A 1000 piece puzzle indeed! Your card with the double black frame extending the design is amazing, and I am thinking I would have had those little pieces all over the place. Wonderful cards! 🙂

  13. I love both of these. You did a super job!

  14. Avatar Amy Marshall
    Amy Marshall says:

    Gorgeous cards. I especially like the second one’s color combo. Love the new release.

  15. Avatar Leanne S
    Leanne S says:

    Wow! Great card & I love what you did here

  16. Avatar Earlene Bost
    Earlene Bost says:

    Julie, Your cards are gorgeous. Love your palette, the layering, and the fussy cutting. The star card could easily be mistaken for stained glass. Marvelous design.

  17. Wow! You are so creative! Just beautiful!

  18. Avatar Gilda (McStamper)
    Gilda (McStamper) says:

    Great cards.

  19. Anne Said: Love this quilt die set and the soft blue colors on one card and the various brown tones on the other. Just beautiful.

    Praying for Grace.

  20. Anne said; No April Fools joke…..

    YOUR CARDS ARE AWESOME AND I LOVE YOUR WORK. Especially liked the soft blue colors and the quilt die set.

    Praying for Grace.

  21. I always love your unique approaches Julie! Love them both… great idea to combine the stars and your design on the second one is amazing!

  22. Julie, you never cease to amaze me with your wonderful cards! I LOVE how you created the two cards featured today, and am grateful for the demonstration you provided. That will help a lot!! My friend, you are a top-notch artist!! I love your work! Julie, have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

  23. Both of your creations are so creative and beautiful, Julie!! I just love how you doubled the star with all the neutrals on the second and the dimension of the first. Love the colors and design!

  24. Avatar Regena Waldner
    Regena Waldner says:

    ur cards are amazing!!

  25. Wow! So many gorgeous details! Your cards are beautiful!

  26. Beautiful quilt cards. I like the dimension on the first one and the neutral colors on the second.

  27. Avatar Diane Lynne Clemen
    Diane Lynne Clemen says:

    Anyone would be eager to receive either of these delightful cards. (I know I would be Hint Hint) Thanks for such beautiful colors, too.

  28. Avatar Cathymac
    Cathymac says:

    Oh my stars! The way you used these dies is astounding, Julie…sew much creativity! WOW…I am always amazed by your color combinations and your unique designs…very inspiring, my friend!

  29. OHMYWORD, Julie!!! I love how your brain works!!! (makes me tired, but I love it!!)
    Two GORGEOUS samples!! WoW! I love all the layers, your genius tips, everything!! Outstanding!

  30. Avatar Jo Anna
    Jo Anna says:

    ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!! LOVE both of your cards and the creativity is amazing. Definitely pinning these to “try” to duplicate. Thanks so much for sharing

  31. Wow both cards are just amazing, such pretty layering on the first and the creativity and colors in the second card is awesome!

  32. A work of art

  33. These are so beautiful. I sew wish my Sunday School teacher was still alive to see how beautiful these dies are and what you could do with them. Love them.

  34. Absolutely Gorgeous card you have created using the new stamps and dies!!! LOVE the colors you chose on each of these and the stamps and dies you used! Beautiful job!!!

  35. Two gorgeous cards. You’re right about the second one being dramatic. Your work is always so beautiful.

  36. Avatar Evie D Shambley
    Evie D Shambley says:

    I love the cards–absolutely beautiful, does look complicated. You have a great talent.

  37. Avatar Denise Bryant
    Denise Bryant says:

    Gorgeous cards! Love the color and dimension on your first card especially… scrumptious color!

  38. Oh, Julie, these are gorgeous, and I so appreciate your sharing the steps of how you made these cards. As you know, being a former quilter, I love this new release! Beautifully done, as always, my friend, and I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite between the two – love them both! Hugs!

  39. Amazing! I love your color choices.

  40. Avatar Karen Letchworth
    Karen Letchworth says:

    Hi Julie!
    What fabulous art work, and you’ve really done a great job inspiring us all with the awesome new ODBD products. Thanks for sharing your talents in this fun blog hop.
    Karen Letchworth

  41. Avatar Lori Ulrich
    Lori Ulrich says:

    Beautiful Julie! I love the soft embossing on your first card and the layout on the second… WOW!

  42. omg girlfriend, how in the world do you come up with these ideas??!!! I am so amazed at your creations and ingenuity!!! WOW!!! Really, you are totally amazing and awesome!!

  43. P.S. Thanks so much for the great tutorials!!!

  44. You know, I don’t know of anyone out there who puts in so much planning and does extra tedious techniques to achieve the right look as you do. Soooooooo worth it, because your projects are always a work of art!! Love both of them! You are a ROCK STAR in my book! HUGS!!

  45. Julie you amaze me! Goodness these designs are beyond awesome!!! I can’t stop staring at them! So much to take in! LOVE!!!