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

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

ODBDSLC211 - Sketch (Week 1)

It's time for a new challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs! The ODBD Shining the Light challenge this fortnight is a Sketch challenge! Here is my card:

And this is the Sketch:

I've kept my card pretty simple and pretty much adhered to the sketch :-) and as you can see I've started making my Christmas cards! I usually end up rushing at the last minute, so thought I'd start a bit earlier this year.

I've stamped the flower image from Our Daily Bread Designs Christmas Rose onto X-Press It blending card and coloured with Copics*. The image is then diecut with Spellbinders lacey ovals and I've sponged some Distress Ink Bundled Sage before removing from the die.

The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs Christmas Verses and the DP is from the ODBD Christmas Paper Collection 2013. I've layered the DP with Bazzill textured Pomegrante and also used it as my card base.

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

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC211 or to join the challenge click here. You have until 8 pm Sunday, 17 August 2014 EDT to join us (or 8 am Monday, 18 August 2014 AWST). By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to be placed in a monthly draw to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate that can be used towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” in the ODBD store; or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge! The random prize winner will be posted on the first challenge of each month.

*Copics used: R81, R83, R85, R89, G40, G82, G85, YG99, YR24 and YR27

We enjoyed an awesome holiday away to Exmouth (about a 16 hour drive north) and did some bush camping on a station near Shark Bay (a few hours south of Exmouth) (both in Western Australia). I mentioned in my post last week that we had already seen God's hand over us on our first day! One of our batteries in the toolbox on our camper trailer decided to "melt" and could've caught fire if we hadn't stopped when we did - and the events that took place, that seemed "random" at the time, looking back now I can see that God was watching over us. It could've been much worse than just losing a battery and my husband having to rewire a few wires! I thought I'd share just a couple of photos from our trip (there were some nice sized fish - but they were all caught at night - and I didn't get any photos!)

This is the Sturt's Desert Pea (Swainsona sp.). This gorgeous flower grows pretty close to the ground and I had to practically lie on the ground to get this photo! It usually has a more distinct black "centre", but the centre can also be red.

Exmouth lighthouse. This photo looks SW.
We are on a peninsula and there is ocean on the W, E and N sides of us.

The beach were we stayed near Shark Bay. Had an awesome "sand bar" that you could walk out on at low tide.

This is the view from the end of the "sand bar" looking back at the mainland.
That's my husband in the distance :-)

Tried my hand at some evening, long exposure photography :-)
Loved seeing all the canola fields on the way home
Thanks for looking!


  1. What a special Christmas card! It's so lovely and your coloring is stunning as always. Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures of your trip. Glad you were safe!

  2. Gorgeous Christmas card, beautiful shading. Love the beautiful photos too.

  3. Stunning Christmas card Elizabeth!! I just love your take on the sketch and your gorgeous coloring!!! So elegant!

    It looks like you saw some wonderful sites!! Gorgeous photos!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Elizabeth, your Christmas card is beautiful! I LOVE the Christmas Rose image, and you've colored it so beautifully! A really wonderful sketch card! Thanks of sharing the beautiful photos of your trip! God has truly blessed us with such beauty to see Him in it all! And, yes, He is always watching over us. Hugs, sweet friend!

  5. Wow, awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your pictures with us!! I would love to see more since I've never had the opportunity to travel in Australia!!!
    Your card is beautiful as well! I love those Christmas flowers and your papers are perfect with it!! Wonderful job of coloring too!

  6. What a beautiful card!! Wonderful coloring with beautiful colors!! Thank you so much for sharing your photos with us, they're glorious and I'm so glad that God protected you on your trip, He always has a way of letting us know He's with us!!

  7. Such a beautiful card! Love the colors & that it's for Christmas.

  8. Gorgeous card and beautiful pictures!Praise God for His protection!It's a joy to visit you for the first time :)

  9. Your Christmas Rose is stunning Elizabeth! Beautiful coloring and beautiful depth of your shading! Love the vacation pics! Those flowers are so unique and lovely! So glad you had a good time and was blessed with God's protection not only with the wires, etc but from sharks at Sharks Bay! :). I love night fishing! PS. Your comments on my card was something I needed and a real blessing! Thanks you Elizabeth!


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