"The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8

Tuesday, 4 February 2014


This week the Our Daily Bread Design Shining the Light Challenge (#189) is a L-O-V-E recipe challenge. Use the letters in LOVE as a recipe to make your card i.e. L for layers, lemon etc., O for oval, octagon, orange etc., V for vellum, verse, violet etc. and E for embossing, envelope, eagle etc.
My card recipe is L - layers, O - orange, V - verse and E - embossing. 
I used the Our Daily Bread Designs Chickadee and Clean heart stamps and the ODBD Fence Die, Ornate Hearts and Ornate Borders and Flower dies.

Elizabeth Whisson, Our Daily Bread Designs, Chickadee, Clean Heart, ODBD Fence die, ODBD Ornate Hearts dies, ODBD Ornate Borders and Flowers dies

The Clean Heart stamp set and ODBD Custom Ornate hearts dies are brand new - only just been released and they are gorgeous! Check out all the February released sets here.

For more inspiration for this challenge please visit my talented design team sisters:

To see all the creations from the designers in one place or to join the challenge, click here. You have until 8 pm Sunday, 9 February EST (or 9 am Monday, 10 February AWST) to join us. For this challenge you may use any stamps but if you have any Our Daily Bread Designs stamps we would love to see you use them! If you participate you have the chance to win a $15 gift certificate toward ODBD stamps at their store or to be "spotlighted" for the Shining the Light Award (the Shining the Light Award is only for those who use ODBD stamps).
We would love to see your creations!!

Some more photos of my card:
Elizabeth Whisson, Our Daily Bread Designs, Chickadee, Clean Heart, ODBD Fence die, ODBD Ornate Hearts dies, ODBD Ornate Borders and Flowers dies
 This gorgeous little chickadee is coloured with Copic markers. I did the marbleised background technique I learnt from Color Me Creative Classroom. I then partially die cut the chickadee with one of the hearts from the ODBD Custom Ornate hearts dies and fussy cut around the tail and branches. Then backed the bird with some orange DP also cut with the same die set.
Elizabeth Whisson, Our Daily Bread Designs, Chickadee, Clean Heart, ODBD Fence die, ODBD Ornate Hearts dies, ODBD Ornate Borders and Flowers dies
These two hearts are also from the same set - ODBD Custom Ornate Hearts dies. The large heart has a smaller heart that embosses in the middle - I inked this with Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade while still in the die. The small heart has little "dots" that emboss on the top - I added some glossy accents over these. The fence die that you can see behind the hearts I also love!

Elizabeth Whisson, Our Daily Bread Designs, Chickadee, Clean Heart, ODBD Fence die, ODBD Ornate Hearts dies, ODBD Ornate Borders and Flowers dies
Here you can see that I added a small stamped heart from the ODBD Clean Heart set on the inside of my card. I also stamped this same heart quite a few times on the dark purple cardstock with clear embossing ink and then added some clear embossing powder.
The "border" at the bottom of the dark purple card was created by diecutting half of one of the dies from the Ornate borders and flower set numerous times. If I had the Antique Labels and Border dies (on my "to get" list) - would've been easier to use a border die. But I still really like how it turned out.

The verse I used on my card is Pslam 51:10 which says "Create in me a clean heart, O God , and renew a right spirit within me". I love this verse and it reminds me of a song by Keith Green - Create in Me a Clean Heart. I hum the tune every time I read this verse :-) 
Pslam 51 was written by David and is a humble prayer for forgiveness and cleansing. We are to search our hearts (Psalm 51:1-3) - when we look at our heart what do we see? Are we aware of our sin? To soften our heart we need to openly confess our sins and ask for God's forgiveness (Pslam 51:4-7). We are then to seek after God with all our heart (Psalm 51:10) and we must continually listen to God's voice with an obedient heart (Psalm 51:11-12). When we acknowledge that we are sinners and give our lives to God, our whole person changes. We cast off our old sinful nature (Ephesians 4:22) and put on a new self (Ephesians 4:24) - a new way of life.

"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me"
Pslam 51:10

I also love how this verse ties in with our challenge theme of LOVE. The whole Psalm points to God's love for us that He was willing to allow His Son to die on the cross for our sins - so that we can be forgiven and have "new hearts" - a new life in Christ.

These are the new sets from Our Daily Bread Designs that I used:

I am entering this card in the Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #117 - Anything Goes.

Materials Used:
   Chickadee - E30, E33, E35, E37, E39
   Branch - E70, E30, E33, E37
   Berries - YR12, YR15, YR18
   Background - RV00, RV91, V000, RV93, YR0000, YR00 and colourless blender.
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Chickadee, Clean Heart
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade, Embossing ink
Cardstock / DP: X-Press It blending paper, Creativ textured, BoBunny Autumn Song collection
Other: glossy accents, Starburst "Yellow Rose of Texas", pearls (coloured with YR15), decorative ribbon, double sided tape, foam tape.


  1. Your card is absolutely gorgeous Elizabeth!! I just love the different take you used with the color scheme and the use of the beautifully colored bird!! What a gorgeous, bright, and well designed creation!! Love it! Great job with the L-O-V-E recipe! Have a great day my friend!

  2. I love that Chickadee!! It is so cute!!! Your colors are way fun, like how you used the ornge for the O part of your card!
    My favorite part is the bird! Love little birds!

  3. How wonderful! Your use of the bird in the heart is so beautiful and original, as well as the color orange!!

  4. Elisabeth this is so pretty and really I love it's uniqueness! The ornage tones for the letter O was a great idea and I love the added lacey heart... your layout is just beautiful and full of fun thing to look at!!! Beautifully done!!!

  5. Love that chickadee and what you've done with him. That marble background is gorgeous and so neat! Great job on the LOVE challenge!

  6. Quite a creative take on this challenge Elizabeth! Love seeing the hearts used beyond Valentines! Your border turned out great! Beautifully done!

  7. BEAUTIFUL card, and verse Elizabeth! Oh, I needed to read this verse today...my pride needs chipped off and my heart softened. Thank you sister in Christ!


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