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

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

ODBDSLC225 - Colour

Wow - it's February already! Where did January go??!

The Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light challenge this week, ODBDSLC225, is a colour challenge.

It's sad that DJ won't be joining us this week as she has left the ODBD CT (will miss you DJ!) but welcome to Paula! Paula was part of the ODBD DT but has moved across to the CT. I encourage you to check out her blog if you haven't before - she has some gorgeous cards and projects!

Here is my card for this week's ODBD challenge:
Our Daily Bread Designs, Bicycle, Ornate Border Sentiments, ODBD Fence Die, ODBD Mini Tag Dies, ODBD Ornamental Crosses Dies, ODBD Fancy Foliage Dies, Designed by Elizabeth Whisson, Copics, happy birthday, handmade card,

Here is the colour palette:
I've used the dark brown, dark pink, green and tan colours from the colour palette.

I've stamped the image from Our Daily Bread Designs Bicycle stamp set onto X-Press It blending card and coloured with Copic markers.

Copic Colours Used
Bicycle and Flowers: R12, R14, R17 (+ Y11 for flower centres)
Bicycle wheels: C1, C3, C5, C7
Basket and Fence: E42, E44, E47, E49
Greenery: G40, G43, G46
Background: E30

I've cut it in a rectangle and matted with dark pink Bazzill textured cardstock.

I've used dark brown Bazzill textured cardstock for the fence - ODBD fence die. The leaves are diecut using ODBD Fancy Foliage dies (from KaiserCraft Precious Moments DP) and the flowers are diecut using one of the dies from ODBD Ornamental Crosses dies. I've used a foam pad and a stylus to shape the flowers and added a dark brown sprinkle to the middle.

The sentiment is stamped using Our Daily Bread Designs Ornate Border Sentiments and diecut using ODBD Mini Tags dies. I've coloured it with Copic marker E30 to match the background of the image. The edges of most layers have been inked with Distress Ink Shabby Shutters.

Lastly I've added some dark brown twine to finish off the card.

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

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC225 or to join the challenge click here. You have until 8 pm Sunday, 8 February 2015 EDT to join us (or 9 am Monday , 9 February 2015 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.

Not really anything to do with bicycle riding or birthdays but I wanted to share a passage with you that has made its way into my life a few times in the last few days. Firstly, I heard it in a sermon on Sunday and then when I picked up one of my kids' devotional bedtime books the next night - the passage was there too. So I thought I'd share it with you.

The passage is from Luke 10:30-35
" In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have."

In the sermon we started from a few verses earlier that gives a bit of context to this passage. Verses 25 - 29 say:
" On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbour as yourself.' " "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbour?"

Before I go on, as our pastor said on sunday, and I whole heartedly agree, we do not need to do anything to have eternal life other than believe that Jesus is our Saviour (died for our sins and rose again). However, when we do believe in Jesus we will want to "do" things that please God.

So the 'expert in the law' has identified two important tasks that we, as Christians, should be "doing". They are:
1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and
2. Love your neighbour as yourself.

But now the expert in the law questions Jesus on "who is my neighbour?" And Jesus goes on to reply in verses 30 - 35 with the story about the Good Samaritan.

In the story a priest comes along first and passes on the other side of the road. He probably had reasons along the lines that if he touches blood or anybody dead etc. this would make him 'unclean' and then unable to perform his duties when he got to his destination. The Levite is the second person to pass by - he too probably had reasons such as he may have thought it was a "trap" (like someone pretending to be hurt and then he himself would be robbed and/or beaten) as this stretch of road was known for sometimes not having very nice outcomes for travellers. Then the Samaritan comes and he has compassion for the man and helps him. Of the three people that passes the hurt man, the Samaritan is the one who does not think of himself, but of the hurt man and does everything he can to help him.

In this story Jesus is illustrating who our neighbours are. Luke 10:36-37 goes on to say:
""Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise.""

So, our neighbours are not only those people who we are friends with, or live next to, but everyone that we meet. People that we may not know but meet in the street and need help, people who may not like us and even people that we find very hard to like! We are to love them all!

I hope this encourages you, as the sermon did me on Sunday, to act on this command from God and "love your neighbour as yourself".

 I am entering my card in Word Art Wednesday Challenge #168 - Anything Goes.

Thanks for looking!


  1. What a gorgeous card, Elizabeth!! Your coloring of the bike is just beautiful as are the addition of the flowers, fence and foliage!! Stunning design my friend and the colors are gorgeous!!

    Thanks for sharing the scripture and your pastor's take on it. I have been down on my own life recently, just frustrated, but scripture and circumstances have pointed me in the direction of serving others in need, my neighbors, who may have it worse. Beautiful post!!


  2. Beautifully done, Elizabeth! I really love this image, and your coloring is exquisite. And what a perfect way to use these great colors, along with the great layout with embellishments! Stunning! Hugs!

  3. Love that parable Jesus taught us about loving our neighbors!
    Your card is so pretty! Love the bike, it is colored so beautifully!! The flower and leaf dies are so perfect for the image and your fence die goes perfectly with the image as well!!! Wonderful card!

  4. Lovely card, and versatile too - could be adapted for many occasions.

  5. I really like your flowers and leaves. The bike is done so beautifully. it looks so real. Thank you so much for entering our Anything Goes challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday.
    Blessings, Carole

  6. This is one of my favorite stamps Elizabeth and I love how you have used it here with the flowers and the ODBD Gilded Gate Dies!!!! This is so pretty!!

  7. Such a sweet card!!! I love how the pink dogwoods match those in the basket. You have such a way with colors and coloring!

  8. Very pretty copic technique! It looks like water color! So pretty!

  9. This is beautiful Elizabeth.. Beautiful colors and beautiful design.


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