This year we have something very special to share. You may have read when I posted a Prayer Request for our former Design Team Coordinator and current DT member, Grace Nywening, that she is undergoing a very powerful chemotherapy treatment course for Breast Cancer. Since Grace's cancer is very aggressive she has had to endure the strongest medications available. Recently I saw a beautiful picture of Grace on Facebook and I told her how awesome it was that she was smiling and looked so happy and this was her response to me:
"I am smiling because I know God is in control... but it doesn't mean I'm happy going through this. It's the hardest thing I've ever had to do by far! But He has given me a special peace about it all and I'm just trusting Him to do what's best and to answer prayers! That's totally a God thing... not in my own strength but in His!"
Grace has been with ODBD for a very long time, since May 2009! Along the way Grace has contributed to many ODBD stamp set with verses, ideas and suggestions. As Grace has been battling cancer there have been many special verses that have really touched her heart in how they relate for people having a serious illness. They speak of peace, comfort, grace and hope and Grace has found them very comforting. These verses and sentiments are wonderful for not only cancer patients but for anyone facing serious healthy issues or terminal illnesses. I think you will love all the verses and sayings that Grace has chosen to send to me.
I found it most fitting to honor Grace by dedicating to her the Special Edition Anniversary stamp sets for 2016! I love Grace and I ask for your prayers of healing so she may continue to shine and show that beautiful smile for many, many more years to come!
Grace's Hope contains Grace's favorite verses on Hope, and in putting your hope in the Lord!
Strength is something we always seem to be praying for, and Grace's Strength has verses that show how by putting your faith and trust in God you will receive His strength!
Grace's concept for Faith Card Sentiments was to have a sentiment for the front of the card and a coordinating sentiment for the inside of the card. Sometimes you just don't know the words to say to a friend or family member and so this set will help put your thoughts on paper!
Grace did such an awesome job on the verses she chose so we wanted to showcase them beautifully as well! Both our Filigree Frames and Lavish Layers were designed specifically to coordinate with all the stamp sets. They even coordinate with the Rectangles dies! I am sure you are going to love all the gorgeous details in these custom die sets!!
Be sure to watch our 2016 Anniversary Release Video for tips on using the stamps and Custom Dies in this release.
Eight randomly selected winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate to the ODBD Store just for commenting on the Design Team cards! You have until March 19, 2016 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 March 24th, so be sure to check back to see if you won!
Melissa (Guest Designer)
Thank you for joining us today, our most special day of the year for our company! We appreciate all our customers so very much! Please check back tomorrow for day 5 of our 8 Days of Anniversary Celebration!!