Our Daily Bread Designs - Guest Designer Week 1

     I am so excited to tell you that Our Daily Bread Designs has asked me to be a guest designer for the month of November. Each Wednesday during November, I will create and share a card on their blog and mine.

     I have never cried over a card before, but this one brought tears.  I'll get to that later, but first I have to tell you how I made the flowers on my card. I so love how they turned out!

     I began by making a 5.5 x 5.5 card base. I cut a same-size panel and adhered it. Then, I matted a matching panel with black. The rebel in me made me scoot it off to one side. I kind of like my cards being a little different from others. I cut and matted a tag shape and stamped the sentiment in black. I used foam tape to adhere the tag.
    Now for the flowers! Again, the rebel rises up in me. I used the Fancy Foliage leaf die to make my flower petals. I love making my dies / stamps / embellishments work differently than for that which they were intended. I die-cut but did not emboss seven large leaves in purple and seven more in black. In the same manner, I die-cut seven small purple leaves and seven more in black. To give shape to the petals, I rolled them gently around a pencil. I glued one black petal to the back of each purple petal allowing the black to show just a little on one side to create shadow and depth. Then, I overlapped the petals and glued them in place. I found it was easier to first glue all the petals to a piece of scrap and then adhere it to my tag. I added a blue gem to the center of each flower and tucked a Fancy Foliage vine which I cut in half around the flowers. Now, for the tears.
     As I was looking through the papers in the ODBD Christian Faith Collection, I found a sheet that had stakes like those used to nail our Savior to the cross. I was so moved by the image of the stakes lashed together and the sentiment I chose to use with it. I made a point to cut each petal with an image of the stakes showing. I've been a Christian my whole life, and to be reminded of the sacrifice of our Lord just hit me in an unexpected way. I love our Lord so much. I tear up again as I write about it now. I will be keeping this card. I'll frame it and hang it over my desk so I am reminded every day of the sacrifice made on my behalf.
     Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. You can see more about my cards each Wednesday in November at http://ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/.
     Our Daily Bread Design supplies used:
          Papers - Christian Faith Collection
          Stamps - Earth Verses #F494
          Die - Fancy Foliage CSBD33


CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Pamela! This is a gorgeous card, and I loved reading how you made it! I really love the ODBD paper you've used and how you matted it with the black and "scooted" it over. And your flower - well, I totally love it and especially love how you added the black for dimension. And, yes, I can imagine the tears you shed when God gave you that thought as you looked at that paper! Yes, what a blessing as we remember what Christ has done for us! I know you will cherish this card for years to come, and I just love your giftedness and your tender heart for Him! Hugs, my precious friend and sister in Christ! Looking forward to next week to see what you will have for us!

JoAnn said...

Gorgeous card. Love how you made the flowers and reading your post about the image of the nails. We need to be reminded more of the sacrifice our Lord made for us. God Bless You.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Very pretty. Love those flowers.

Kelly Sas said...

Your card is beautiful, your words and love for our Lord even more beautiful. Thank you for using your God given gifts sharing your love of crafting and love for Him.

Jean Bullock said...

Loved reading your post about this beautiful card and your feelings about the Lord. Very moving.

Great idea to use the leaf die like that. You are so creative.

Marianne B in AZ said...

You did such a wonderful job, Pam! Good had really given your a talent and it is wonderful toy are using it, as that pleases Him!

Linda Carson said...

Beautiful card Pam! Love the design and your creative flowers using a leaf die! Really clever! Glad you were invited to share your work at ODBD!