Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Butterflies, Lambs and Llamas…

Our Daily Bread designs, MISTI, Copics

I have several cards to share with you from the May release from Our Daily Bread designs and then some pics of what’s keeping me so busy!

This first card was for the Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast this week.

I started by choosing which piece of the beautiful Blushing Rose Collection I wanted for my main panel and to emboss Belles Vignes onto. I inked up the beautiful corner image with  Versamark, then Ranger Distress Shabby Shutters and took Forest Moss to the edges  and a little of the corner. (although Distress inks usually stay wet long enough to emboss on their own, since this was a large image and I was applying the 2 inks, I gave them some help with the embossing ink!). I also used my MISTI so I’d be sure to get a good image.

Our Daily Bread designs, MISTI, Copics

I stamped Trois Jolis Papillons and Butterfly and Bugs in Memento Rich Cocoa, colored with Copics and cut with Trois Papillons and Butterfly and Bugs die. I separated the gate from Gilded Gate die and put the fence in the middle.
I wasn’t exactly sure where I wanted my sentiment, played around with different options and finally settled on using the smallest Vintage Labels die , and again using my MISTI, stamped a sentiment from Mini Tag Sentiments.


This next card I wanted to make a scene from part of the 23rd Psalm.

Our Daily Bread designs, MISTI, Copics

I stamped and embossed Psalm 23 Script on a piece from Rustic Beauty Collection and trimmed it to fit the panel on the Side Step card from Fun and Fancy Folds.
I stamped The Shepherd and colored with Copics, then hand cut the lamb/daffodils and the shepherd’s hook.

Our Daily Bread designs, MISTI, Copics

For my “green pastures” I used Grass Border, Birds and Nest, Peaceful Poinsettias, Ornamental Crosses, and Fancy Foliage dies.


May is a busy month for me because I start shearing the critters before it gets too hot. People always ask about “how and what” etc. so I took a couple of pictures as I went along.

This is Dapple, my very first baby born here. I love Appys (Appaloosa, just like in the horse world), and was so excited that my first baby was one!! Funny thing… his mama was pure white and his papa was black with a white tuxedo!

He’ll be 16 on the 25th of this month!

Llama, Shearing

I start by using a real strong blower to get all the dust and vegetation out of the fiber. It really makes them FLUFFY!! Then I use electric clippers (hanging there). That 3-4 inch growth you see is what’s grown from last year! Sometimes if an animal isn’t being used for 4H or show, I’ll take them all the way down with a ‘nudie’ cut….they look so funny! I wasn’t quite ready to take all his neck fiber off just yet, maybe next year.

Llama, Shearing

I did take a lot off his hind quarters though! It looked like he had a shaggy animal hanging from his hip!

He’s such a good boy…. he just stood there, probably saying Ahhhhhh… that feels so good!

Then…………………I let him out in the pasture with everyone else! Every time it’s the same.

Oh, who’s the NEW llama?”, says Nyla.

Llama, Shearing

Ooooh, I don’t know”, says Chocolate… “I’m going to go check him out!”

Llama, Shearing

“Stop it…. STOP IT!!!!! It’s ME, Dapple!!!”

Llama, Shearing

Just a couple of minutes and the excitement was over…. no new faces, just old Dapple, LOL!

The dark one with the white neck, Chocolate was next, but I didn’t take pics of her afterward. She’s one of my 4H animals so you’ll be seeing lots of her! The fiber on her neck is easily 10 inches long!

Tomorrow is a 4H meeting so with the help of several of the kids I’ll get a couple more done!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Looking Back at May….ODBD

Our Daily Bread designs

Hello! Today we are taking a look back at the May release from Our Daily Bread designs. I also have a new fun fold to share with you!!

Our Daily Bread designs

Just added to the awesome selection is this Cascade Fold! The 2 pieces (for one card) come precut and scored, all you have to do is embellish each panel how you want (and slide together….each piece has a center slit where they interlock).


Our Daily Bread designs

I used the beautiful Blushing Rose Collection which now also comes in 12x12!  I lined up each set of panels, traced the angle and cut accordingly.

It’s a flurry of Trois Jolis Papillons and Butterfly and Bugs, colored with Copics and cut with Trois Papillons and Butterfly and Bugs die!  I wanted the bee and ladybug to look like they were flying, so they are attached to a wire which is tucked inside the fold and attached.

The belly band has a sentiment from Spread Your Wings  on  the smallest die from Vintage Flourish Pattern.

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In case you didn’t see the other new fold I shared on Splitcoast,
here it is… the
Napkin Fold!

Our Daily Bread designs

Shabby Rose Collection, How Sweet the Sound, Layered Lacey Squares, and Fancy Fritillary.

Our Daily Bread designs

Our Daily Bread designs

Now, for more awesome inspiration, please visit my sister Breadsticks. 
Be sure to visit the ODBD blog too. 

Lori * Julie * Sandee * Cathy  
Amy * America * Wanda

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Geese and Butterflies and Ducks….oh my!

Dawn Lusk Photos

Late yesterday afternoon we took the kayaks out to the lake. What a gorgeous time on the water, the Redbuds peeking out as the rest of the woods unfolds its greenery!

I tried a little fishing…. which is just what it was, fishing… NOT catching!! So I turned my energy toward taking some pictures!

Before I get to the pictures, let me share the ‘butterfly’ part of this post!

The sketch today on Splitcoast.

Our Daily Bread designs, Splitcoast

For some reason it was really hard to get a picture that showed the true pink color, this is about the best I could do!

I just love Fancy Fritillary, here colored with a Copic and Shell Pink ink. The verse from Belles Vignes is with the same ink as are the butterflies from Trois Jolies Papillons. The circles are from Matting Circles and Circle Ornaments dies.  

Ah, but what about the embossing folder you ask!

That, I made! I had this idea in the middle of the night…you know the times when your mind just won’t settle and let you fall asleep!!

Our Daily Bread designs

I used some thin cardboard to start, like from a cereal box, gluing 2 of each together onto the base. I added another layer from thick cardstock. I think I need maybe one or two more layers as I needed to shim this as it went through for a deeper impression. But I love the end result!

Our Daily Bread designs


Too fun, right?!


Now, back to geese and ducks!

Thank you to the lone goose that swam by, just about the only wildlife I saw while out. There are swans on the lake but we were at the wrong area to see them, maybe next time!

The Redbuds are full and beautiful now, I love the purple hues with the greens just starting to fill in the landscape!

{remember, right clicking on a picture can bring it up larger in another window for easier viewing}

Dawn Lusk Photos

Dawn Lusk Photos

This next one I added a Dry Brush filter through PSE13.

Dawn Lusk Photos

Who knew I could paint!! Lol!

I also took a pic with my phone…just because I could! I did a little editing with an app and although not as clear, still kinda cool.

Dawn Lusk Photos

And, as we were getting out boat out of the water, these two came by.

Dawn Lusk Photos

Ahhh…. so relaxing to get out! The season is just starting and the adventures are limitless!!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, May 1, 2015

May Release from ODBD!

Welcome to the May release from
Our Daily Bread designs!
You’re in for a real treat with all the samples
the team has in store for you….a beautiful release!!

Prize Information: -
Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store, to be used toward the purchase of ODBD Stamps found in the "stamps column" of the website just for commenting on the Design Team cards! You have until May 2, 2015 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 3rd, so be sure to check back there to see if you won!

Here are the May items I used




















So many ideas were running through my head when I saw this month’s things!! I need way more hours in a day!!!

I decided to use two Fun and Fancy Folds, these are so handy as they come cut and scored, ready for use! The first one is the Diamond Fold.

I love that there are dies to match the cute nest and birds, and YIPPEE….more flowers and leaves!!

I used Shabby Rose Collection added to the base.

I think you’re going to see lots of Bluebirds with this set as most of us had the same bird in mind! LOL! 

I used Layered Lacey Squares and Fancy Foliage on the front and inside.


My next sample uses the Z Fold

Expect to see LOTS of butterflies!!! I LOVE these and their matching dies! And the adorable little Butterfly and Bugs set with matching dies….too FUN!

I didn’t have just the right shade of ‘rose’ for my base layer, so I just took one of my Copics to the Z Fold!


I stamped Belles Vignes and embossed…I need a true white ep, but I LOVE how it embossed! Such a gorgeous design by Michelle, and notice how it matches the Shabby Rose paper, and so do the butterflies!!! Awesome!!!

I did a piece of Polished Stone technique using my Copic refills in colors matching the DP before stamping and die cutting the butterflies.

I also used my MISTI to stamp all the images, no going wrong and wasting paper!


Spread Your Wings, Belles Vignes, Lord’s Prayer Script, Trois Jolles Papillons, Butterfly and Bugs


Shabby Rose Collection, Fun and Fancy Folds


Trois Papillons, Butterfly and Bugs die, Birds and Nest, Grass Border, Layered Lacey Squares

For lots more awesome inspiration,
please stop by my sister Breadsticks!!
Also, all the May information can be found
on the ODBD blog.

Lori * Julie * Sandee * Amy * Cathy * America  
Chris * Angie * Audrey * Sabrina  
Grace * Silke * Loretta * Lisa * Wanda

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Get Well and a Hike!

Our Daily Bread designs

Wind advisory yesterday, frost in the forecast this week… we must be in Ohio!!! Ugh!

I enjoyed a 1.5 hour massage yesterday at Harmony Farms which just happens to be minutes from Charleston Falls. I thought the Redbuds would be in full bloom and hoped to get some good pictures. So, along with a friend who was also getting a massage, we hiked down to the Redbud valley. Somewhat of a disappointment! Although blooming, there weren’t very many….not one picture!

The falls were roaring again after all the rain we’ve had, so I stopped for another shot…………..I could stay there for hours (on a nice, warm day! and no appointment in minutes!)

Charlestons Falls, Dawn Lusk


I needed a masculine get well card and the sketch challenge on Splitcoast was perfect for it.

Our Daily Bread designs

I used Our Daily Bread designs The Waves on the Sea, colored with Copics and sponged the sky with Distress inks and used Layered Lacey Squares. The background is Fishing Net stamped in Old Paper on Kraft. The sentiment is from April Showers, leaving off inking up the umbrella, clouds from Clouds and Raindrops dies.

I love doing a fisherman knot with this type of card.

Our Daily Bread designs

Enjoy YOUR day, friends!

Thanks for stopping by!