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

Tuesday, 18 November 2014


This fortnight Our Daily Bread Designs' challenge, ODBDSLC218, is a word recipe. Use 4 (or more) letters from the word BLESSINGS.

 From the front of my card you can see that I've used.... 
B-Banner, L-Layers, S-Stamping, S-Sentiment, I-Ink, N-Nightscene and G-Gold
but if you include the rest of my card...

B - Banner (Joy to the World)
L - Layers, Love
E - Embossing (on inside on the O Little Town of Bethlehem stamp)
S - Stamping
S - Sentiment, Scripture (on inside)
I - Ink (copic ink - used a lot on the front cover!)
N - Nightscene
G - Gold (used a Krylon gold leafing pen around the edges of my layers)
S - Sheep (on inside)

Here are a few pictures of the inside of my card:

For my card front I've stamped the Wisemen image from the Our Daily Bread Designs' set We Three Kings onto X-Press It blending paper using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I've then coloured them using Copic markers. And added some white gel pen dots for stars.

Copic colours used:
Ground: N3, N5, E43, E44, E47, Y23, W3,
Sky: BV23, BV25, B95, B97, B99
Camels: E42 and E44
Rugs/rope etc.: E11, E15, E33
Wisemen: YR02, YR07; V22, V25, V28; R22, R27; Faces - E00

My card base is Bazzill and I've used ODBD Christian Faith Paper Collection for my DP and I've inked all the edges with a Krylon gold leafing pen.

For the banner (pennant) I've used the Joy to the World stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs' Christmas Pennant Swag. Before stamping I got the coordinating die (ODBD Pennant Swag Die), and lay it cutting side up on my table. I then took the clear stamp and placed it on the die (stamping side down) and lined up the stamp with the die. I then got my acrylic stamping block and pushed it down on top of the stamp and die to pick up the stamp. This will ensure that the stamp will line up with the die when you go to cut it, and works because the die is symmetrical. Alternatively you could diecut first and then line up the stamp with the diecut, but I found using the die was easier. Once I stamped the Christmas Pennant Swag I diecut it with the ODBD Pennant Swag Die and adhered to my card using foam tape. 

On the inside left panel of my card I've stamped the word Love from Our Daily Bread Designs Bookmarks - Faith, Hope and Love stamp set. And then stamped Our Daily Bread Designs' O Little Town of Bethlehem background in black ink and clear embossed.

For the sheep and babe panel I have stamped Our Daily Bread Designs' The Babe, masked and then stamped the sheep from Our Daily Bread Designs The Shepherd overlapping the babe slightly. I've coloured both of these with Copic markers.

Copic colours used:
Manger: E42, E44, E47 and E49
Blanket: E70, E71 and E74
Babe face: E00, E11
Halo: Y00
Sheep: W1, W3, Y21, Y23 and colourless blender
Grass/straw: YG91, YG93, YG97, Y23, YR31
Shadow: W5

The verse that is stamped in the top left corner is from ODBD The Babe.

For the last panel, inside right, I've stamped Our Daily Bread Designs' It is Well with My Soul Hymn and the word Faith from Our Daily Bread Designs' Bookmarks - Faith, Hope and Love.

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

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC218 or to join the challenge click here. You have until 8 pm Sunday, 30 November 2014 EST to join us (or 9 am Monday, 1 December 2014 AWST). By participating in the challenge, you have a chance 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 our next challenge post.

I hope you can see that I tried to tell a story with my card. On the front I have the wisemen on their way to see the Saviour. Opening up the card you see baby Jesus in the manger and on the left you have O Little Town of Bethlehem (Bethlehem being where He was born). The word "Love" is to represent the enormous amount of love that God has for us "that He sent His one and only Son" (John 3:16) to earth to die on the cross for our sins. And then when you open the card right up you see the hymn It is Well with My Soul (my favourite hymn!) and the word Faith. For those of us who have faith in the Lord Jesus, and believe that He did indeed die for our sins and was raised to life - we know that we will have eternal life with Him in heaven and It is Well with Our Souls!

I love the last verse of the hymn:
 And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight;
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul!

 My favourite singer of this hymn is Steve Grace but you can also listen to many different versions (by others) of the hymn on you tube.

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
This is the inspiration for this challenge:
When I look at this picture I think of Christmas - and Christmas reminds me of the birth of Jesus. 

Thanks for Looking!


  1. So elegant! I love the beautiful banner and the inside decoration. Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenges.

  2. Oh, Elizabeth, what a beautiful card! I love the entire card with the various panels, each one so beautiful with such great meaning! I love the wise men and your beautiful night scene and wonderful desert sand (wow!) and the banner declaring that truly Joy to the world has come! Stunning creation, my friend, and I love this hymn, It Is Well With My Soul! How very encouraging to me today! Hugs, sweet friend!

  3. Wow! Elizabeth, this is a gorgeous card!! I love your design with the folds, and the stamping and layout inside and out!! Great coloring and design my friend!! I love how it show the true meaning of the Christmas season. It is Well is one of my fave hymns as well!!

  4. Oh, what a lovely card!! I would love to receive something like this for Christmas!! Wow! Love the inside as much as the outside! Fantastic job making this glorious card!!!What a delight to whoever will receive it!

  5. Wow! What a stunning card with all those detailed panels! Awesome job using all the letters in the challenge!

  6. Wow, what a beautiful card!! So much detail and I love the story you' ve told!!

  7. The inside is as beautiful as the outside, what a fantastic card Alshandra! So glad you could join us at Scrapbook Boutique!

  8. WOW Elizabeth! This is one amazing Christmas card inside and out! It's a masterpiece portraying the message of the season! I hope it goes to someone who truly loves the work of a handmade card! My address is 3205.....!!

  9. Beautiful - love all the details you've added.

    Thanks for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge.

    Helen x

  10. How lovely to see a card depicting the true meaning of Christmas Alshandra.

    Many thanks for joining our Christmas theme at Stamping Sensation challenge.

    B x

  11. A truly beautiful card showing the true Christmas story, lovely stamps and beautifully put together

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations thus month


  12. Wow a stunning work of art from the heart. Totally special with the true meaning of Christmas. Great job!

  13. Wow! Your card is splendid front and center. I like your cupcakes too. They are so cheerful.

  14. That is such a beautiful card and I love the way you have paid so much attention to the inside of the card as well as the front. Thanks for joining in with us at Stamping Sensations this month. Maddy x

  15. What an amazing card. I love the great images and the special mnessage.


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