Be Joyful

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the PEACE OF GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

These are verses I memorized years ago and they are written on my heart. There are times when I still need to remember not to be anxious, but I eventually listen to my heart saying these verses. I didn't really understand what the "peace of God" was until I experienced it. It's having peace inside you, even when you're going through heartbreaking situations and trials. It does "surpass ALL understanding" and you know it comes from GOD alone. Praise the Lord for His wonderful promises!


I love, love, love what I do. I am passionate about the things I create and the talents God has placed in me. I SO appreciate the time you take to look at my things and the comments you all leave me!

Blessings to you!

Kathy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sunflower Bouquet - Heartfelt Creations


Happy Wednesday!

It's time for a little inspiration from Heartfelt Creations!  This week I have another card using the Classic Sunflower Collection!




This collection is just gorgeous, I love working with it for sure!  Beautiful images for coloring and the colors on the designer papers are so pretty!

I colored the images with pencils and mineral spirits, fussy cut the sunflower bouquet and butterfly and die cut the sunflowers with the matching die.  Here's a little close up of the image for you.




Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designer this week!

I'm submitting this to the following challenge:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #150 - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by today!

Blessings!

Kathy


Sunflower Bouquet

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3628 - Sunflower Bouquet PreCut Set
HCPC 3627 - Sunflower Stem PreCut Set
HCPC 3626 - Classic Sunflower PreCut Set
HCD 753 - Classic Sunflower Die
HCDP1 - 247 - Classic Sunflower Paper Collection
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
459222 - McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat



Other Products:

Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Recollections)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo Distress (Ranger)
Accessories: Chestnut Flocking Powder (Martha Stewart), Flower Soft Glue, Havana Brown Seam Binding, Burgundy Jute String, Bow-Easy Tool (Really Reasonable Ribbon), flower button, glue dots, pop dots, orange stick or pencil, mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Kelp Green, Marine Green, Black, Yellow Ochre, Goldenrod, Burnt Ochre, Chocolate, Dark Purple, Black Cherry, Black Raspberry.

Instructions: Make 5" square card base with Black. Cut mat with green designer paper measuring 4 13/16" square, ink edges with Vintage Photo and glue to card base. Cut 9/16" x 4 13/16" with Black and cut gold designer paper 1/2" x 4 13/16". Ink edges of gold with Vintage Photo and glue 2 pieces together as shown. Glue to card as shown. Cut card front from designer paper (pictured) measuring 3 7/8" square, ink edges with Vintage Photo. Cut Black mat measuring 4 1/16" square and glue 2 pieces together. Add to card with pop dots.

Stamp main image from Sunflower Bouquet and butterfly image from Sunflower Stem on Solar White with Onyx Black. Color with pencils and mineral spirits and fussy cut. Add bouquet image to card front with pop dots. Ink butterfly with black ink, shape with orange stick or pencil and add to card as pictured by gluing body only with Art Institute Glue (AIG). Stamp Classic Sunflower image on Solar White with Onyx Black and cut with Classic Sunflower Die. Color 2 small flowers and 1 ladybug with pencils and mineral spirits. Shape with mat and tools. Ink edges of flowers with Vintage Photo and ladybug with black. Add ladybug with pop dot as pictured. Add 1 flower as pictured using AIG. Make 3 loop bow with Havana Brown and make 5 loop bow with Burgundy Jute String using Bow-Easy Tool. Add bows as shown using glue dots. Add second flower to bow center. Add flower button to top right using glue dots. Add Pot of Gold Prills to butterfly and flower centers. Add flocking to flower centers on main image using Flower Soft glue.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sunflower Patch - Heartfelt Creations


Happy Wednesday!

It's time for the release of the new Classic Sunflower Collection from Heartfelt Creations!  I absolutely LOVE this collection!!!  What a beautiful combination of fall images, flowers and designer papers!  The colors on the papers are stunning!  You can read more about the new collection here on the Heartfelt Creations website.

Here is my first creation with this gorgeous collection!




For my card, I used the Sunflower Patch image and added an extra flower using the Classic Sunflower Set and matching die.  The images were colored with pencils and mineral spirits and the main image was die cut with Labels 22.  The blue die cut mat behind the image is designer paper from the collection.

Here's a close up of the image for you.




Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see the gorgeous creations by the designers this week!

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday #149 - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #102 - Autumn Colors & Ribbon or Trim

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Blessings!

Kathy


Sunflower Patch

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3629 - Sunflower Patch PreCut Set
HCPC 3626 - Classic Sunflower PreCut Set
HCD 753 - Classic Sunflower Die
HCDP1 - 247 - Classic Sunflower Paper Collection
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
DDOTS - Double Dots
459222 - McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat


Other Products:
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), French Roast, Fudgesicle (Coredinations), Typhoon (Bazzills)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Nautical Blue (Memento), Vintage Photo Distress (Ranger)
Accessories: Square Lattice Embossing Folder (SU), Cocoa Jute String, Bow-Easy Tool (Really Reasonable Ribbon), Labels 22 Die (Spellbinders), button, distressing tool, water mister, adhesive pearls, pop dots, glue dots, mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Yellow Ochre, Goldenrod, Burnt Ochre, Chocolate, Black, Kelp Green, Marine Green, Blue Lake, China Blue, Black, Steel.

Instructions: For card base, cut French Roast 4 5/8" x 9 3/4" and score and fold at 4 7/8" to make a 4 5/8" x 4 7/8" top fold card. Cut mat with Typhoon measuring 4 7/16" x 4 11/16" and glue to base. Cut mat with Fudgesicle 4 1/4" x 4 1/2", emboss with folder, distress edges lightly and glue to base/mat. Stamp Sunflower Patch and Classic Sunflower images on Solar White with Onyx Black. Color Sunflower Patch image and one of the smaller sunflowers from the Classic Sunflower Set with pencils and mineral spirits. Die cut the Sunflower Patch image with Labels 22 second largest die. Die cut the flowers with the matching die. Ink the edges of the one flower with Vintage Photo Ink, mist with water on the back and gently shape with mat and tool kit as desired. Add the flower to the Sunflower Patch image as shown using Art Institute Glue. Die cut the blue (jeans) designer paper with the largest Labels 22 die and ink edges with Nautical Blue. Add image to die cut with pop dots and add blue die cut to card base with Double Dots. Make a multi-loop (I did 7 loops) bow with Cocoa Jute String and Bow-Easy Tool and add as shown with glue dots. Add button threaded with string to the bow center using glue dots. Add adhesive pearls to top right corner.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Majestic Blooms Box - Heartfelt Creations


Happy Wednesday!

It's time for a little inspiration from Heartfelt Creations!  Today I have a pre-made gift box I bought at Michaels that I decorated with designer papers from the Raindrops on Roses Collection, Majestic Morning flowers and Burst of Spender leaves!




Here's a better view of the top with the beautiful flowers!




Here's a peek at the inside which I also covered with the designer papers.




Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designers this week!  There is also a sneak peek of the new Sunflower Collection coming out September 10th!  Heartfelt Creations has also announced the list of Semifinalists for the design team!!!  Congratulations to all the Semifinalists!  Make sure to vote for your favorite top 5 and be eligible to win a gift certificate!

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #148 - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting today!

Blessings!

Kathy


Majestic Blooms Box

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3578 - Majestic Morning Background PreCut Set
HCPC 3546 - Classic Leaf PreCut Set
HCD 742 - Majestic Blooms Die
HCD 736 - Classic Leaf Die
HCD 743 - Raindrops on Roses Die
HCDP1 240 - Raindrops on Roses Paper Collection
452255 - Grand Calibur
459222 - McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Other Products:

Paper: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Peeled Paint Distress (Ranger)
Accessories: Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Tsukineko), glue gun, splat mat (Darice), Mod Podge, White 1/4" Silk Ribbon (May Arts), Bow-Easy Tool, 1/5" White Netting, String Beads Pearlized (Really Reasonable Ribbon), adhesive pearls, Diamond Stickles (Ranger), 3.75" White Gift Box (Michaels), mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Clay Rose, Rosy Beige, Black Cherry.

Instructions: Measure your pre-made box and trim the designer papers to fit each side of the box and lid both inside and out. For my box, I used the 12" x 12" sheet with roses in each of the 4 corners. I trimmed each corner, inked the edges with Peeled Paint Ink and glued to the box using Mod Podge. Use coordinating papers for the box inside, lid inside and sides using same process. For the top of the lid, I used the card front in the designer paper that matches the 12" x 12" image in a smaller version (3 5/8" square) and added it using same process. Die cut the Raindrops on Roses Die lattice piece with white card stock and glue to the lid top.

Stamp the Majestic Morning Background on Solar White with Onyx Black and color with pencils and mineral spirits. I used 9 of the 12 flowers for mine (2 of the smallest and 1 each of the next 7 sizes) to create 3 separate flowers in different sizes. Use the mat and tool kit to shape the flowers and glue them together using a glue gun for extra hold. Stamp 2 of the Classic Leaf open stems on Solar White using Onyx Black, die cut with Class Leaf Die and ink with Peeled Paint. Shape and pinch leaves with your fingers. Add stems and flowers to lid as pictured using glue gun. Add string beads, netting piece (tie across middle with string to form a fake bow) and a multi-loop bow using glue gun. Add adhesive pearls, stickles as desired. Spray with Sparkle Shimmer Spritz as desired.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Featured Stamper!!!


Happy Monday everyone!!!

I have some VERY happy news!  I'm so excited to be chosen as the “Featured Stamper” this week at Split Coast Stampers!!!  What an honor it is to be selected!  If you're not familiar with it, each week they select someone to honor their work in their gallery of creations.  People can then go through the featured stamper's gallery and chose a creation to copy and change two things on it.  Then they post their creation to the gallery using a special code for the challenge.  (There's also no time limit to participate!)  You can read about it here and view the gallery here.

Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday weekend!

Blessings!

Kathy

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Festive Candlelight - Heartfelt Creations


Happy Wednesday!

It's time for a little Heartfelt Creations inspiration!  I have another Christmas card for you this week, this time using the Festive Candlelight Set!




I stamped the image on white card stock and colored it with pencils and mineral spirits.  I stamped an extra image, colored only the flower and fussy cut it to add a little depth to the image.  I die cut the image using Labels 28 and die cut a mat from the designer papers using Decorative Labels 28. Here's a little close up of the image for you.




For the background mat, I used the beautiful Festive Christmas papers making sure to have the flowers on the papers in 2 of the corners.  To finish the card I used ribbons and adhesive pearls.

Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see the beautiful creations by the designers this week!

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #147 - Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Blessings!

Kathy


Festive Candlelight

HCPC 3623 - Festive Candlelight PreCut Set
HCPC 3551 - Holly Berry PreCut Set
HCDP1 245 - Festive Christmas Paper Collection
088605 - Decorative Labels 28
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
DDOTS - Double Dots
Other Products:

Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Rain Forest (Bazzills)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Wheat (VersaMagic), Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Ranger), Soft Suede (SU)
Accessories: Labels 28 (Spellbinders), Jute Ribbon Natural, Havana Brown Seam Binding, Bow-Easy Tool (Really Reasonable Ribbon), button, burgundy fiber, adhesive pearls, glue dots, pop dots, mineral spirits, Prismacolor pencils: Mahogany Red, Black Raspberry, Henna, Tuscan Red, Prussian Green, Dark Green, Black, Sand, Cream, Jasmine, Goldenrod, Chocolate, Cool Grey 90%.

Instructions: Make card base with Rain Forest measuring 4 11/16" x 6 1/4". Cut designer paper (pictured) down to 4 1/2" x 6 1/16", stamp sentiment (Holly Berry Set) with Soft Suede on lower left and ink edges with Frayed Burlap Ink. Add Natural Ribbon Jute across mat as shown and secure in place. Add mat to card base using pop dots. Stamp Festive Candlelight image on Solar White with Onyx Black twice. Using pencils and mineral spirits, color one entire image and color the flower only on the other. Die cut the full image with Labels 28 and ink edges with Wheat Ink. Fussy cut the flower only from the second image. Add flower to full image as pictured using pop dot and glue dot. Add “Heart of Gold” Prills to flower center using Art Institute Glue Dries Clear. Add adhesive pearls to top right corner. Thread burgundy fiber in green button and secure. Make 3 loop bow with Havana Brown Seam Binding using Bow-Easy Tool. Add as shown with glue dots and button in center. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ornate Poinsettia - CottageCutz


Hi everyone!

I'm sorry to say that today is my last project for The Scrapping Cottage as I have decided to step down from the design team.  I have been working part time (paid work!) from home doing administrative work the past few months and need to reduce my DT commitments for now.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with these beautiful CottageCutz Dies and these awesome ladies the past couple of years!

For my last project, I have a  Christmas card using the Ornate Poinsettia CottageCutz Die from The Scrapping Cottage.




This is a fairly simple card to put together!  I used a red card base with a white mat that I partially embossed and added a little sentiment and some ribbon.  I cut the Ornate Poinsettia with the red and green card stock, trimmed the flowers from the red and glued them on top of the green.  I then just added some Buttercup Liquid Pearls, snowflake button and a bow with a button on top.

I hope this gives you a little inspiration for Christmas cards this year!

This is the die I used:





Card Recipe:

Stamp: Short & Sweet (SU)
Paper: White (Recollections), Cherry Cobbler (SU), Rain Forest (Bazzills)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Accessories: Snowflakes #8 Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Bow-Easy Tool, ribbon, button, floss (Michaels), Buttercup Liquid Pearls (Ranger)

I'm submitting this to the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #146 - Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by!

Blessings!

Kathy


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Merry Christmas - Heartfelt Creations


Happy Wednesday!

It's time for a little inspiration from Heartfelt Creations!  This week I have another Christmas card for you using the Festive Christmas Collection released last week!




For my card, I used this pretty poinsettia border image from the Festive Candlelight Set and colored it with pencils and mineral spirits.  The flower centers are dotted with Buttercup Liquid Pearls.  I then trimmed down the image and matted it with Cherry Cobbler card stock.  The background mat is one of the beautiful designer papers from the collection that I matted with white and then added it to a Cherry Cobbler card base.  The “Merry Christmas” ticket is also from the designer paper that I cut using the Luggage and Tags Die.

Make sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designers this week!

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday #146 - Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Blessings!

Kathy


Merry Christmas

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3623 - Festive Candlelight PreCut Set
HCD 745 - Luggage & Tags Die
HCDP1 245 - Festive Christmas Paper Collection
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
DDOTS - Double Dots

Other Products:

Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (Recollections), Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Green With Envy (PowderPuffs - Quick Quotes)
Accessories: Bow-Easy, White Seam Binding (Really Reasonable Ribbon), brads (Recollections), red ribbon (Michaels), Buttercup Liquid Pearls (Ranger), glue dots, cutters, mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Sand, Goldenrod, Prussian Green, Dark Green, Black, Mahogany Red, Black Raspberry.

Instructions: Make 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base with Cherry Cobbler. Cut white mat measuring 4 1/16" x 5 5/16". Cut green script designer paper (6" x 6" block) down to 3 7/8" x 5 1/8", ink edges with Green With Envy and glue to white mat. Wrap red ribbon across mats as pictured and secure in back. Glue mats to card base.

Stamp poinsettia border (Festive Candlelight Set) on Solar White with Onyx Black and color with pencils and mineral spirits. Trim image to 1 3/4" x 4 13/16". Cut Cherry Cobbler mat 1 15/16" x 5" and glue to back of image. Add image to base as shown using Double Dots. Add Buttercup Liquid Pearls to flower centers. Cut “Merry Christmas” ticket from designer paper using Luggage and Tags Die and ink edges with Green With Envy. Add as pictured using Double Dots. Make triple loop bow with Bow-Easy and White Seam Binding and add as pictured. Trim prongs from back of brads with cutters. Add larger brad to bow center and 2 smaller ones to top right of card.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rugged Baby Boy Clothes - CottageCutz


Happy Thursday!

Today I have a cute little boy card for you using the Rugged Baby Boy Clothes CottageCutz Die from The Scrapping Cottage!




I cut the jeans part of the die using a dark blue card stock and used a bright green plaid designer paper for the shirts.  I also cute the pocket and belt of the jeans with the green plaid, trimmed them and glued them to the jeans.  I love these two colors together against the white.  It's so cheery looking and cute for a boy!

The card base is the same dark blue as the jeans with a bright green mat and then a white mat that I embossed and stamped with a sentiment.  I embellished the card with some blue ribbon, baby rick rack, jute twine and heart buttons all in matching colors.

This is the CottageCutz Die I used:




Card Recipe:

Stamp: Warm Words (SU)
Paper: White (Recollections), Nana's Nursery Baby Boy - DCWV), Chipped Saphire Distressed, BM Wizard (Coredinations)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Green with Envy, Blue Moon (PowderPuffs - Quick Quotes)
Accessories: Square Lattice Embossing Folder (SU), blue ribbon (Offray), green Baby Rick Rack (Wrights), Bow-Easy Tool, Royal Blue Jute String (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #145 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings!

Kathy

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Festive Christmas Collection - Heartfelt Creations


Happy Wednesday!

It's time for the new release for August, the Festive Christmas Collection!

The 2014 Festive Christmas Collection has JUST RELEASED. Warm shining candles, cozy bethlehem scenes, script ornaments and doves as elegant and peaceful as a snowy Christmas evening capture the elegance, festivity and real meaning that Christmas is about. But the best thing of it all is that there’s something for everyone in this collection. There are limited quantities available!! Get the Festive Christmas Collection here: http://www.heartfeltcreations.us/product-list?secondary=158.

Christmas is a couple of months away, but now is the time to start preparing for the festive seasons! Sometimes the best thing to do for someone to show them how much you care is simply create something beautiful for them.

The designer papers for the collection are the traditional red and green, but I decided on something a little different for this week...pink and green!




I used Natural White paper and heat embossed the images with Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel.  I then colored the images with inks and make up applicators.  This is the same look I've done a few times lately with blues and greens.  I love how it comes out and it's a lot faster to color than pencils.  Here's another angle of the card to help you see it a little better.  You can also click on the photo for a closer look.




Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designers this week using the new collection!  Emma Lou also has a new video for you showing you a couple of fun techniques.  

In case you missed my last post, HC is also doing a Design Team Call for new designers and voting for the current designers that you would like to continue till August 29th.  (Read more about it here.)  As I had said in my post, I'm not included in the voting this time as I'm now considered a Contributing Designer.  For the past few months I have been working for HC behind the scenes, in addition to designing, and will continue to design for them and be excluded from the voting.  I'm so thrilled and relieved!!!  The voting can be a little bit stressful for sure!

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:


Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Blessings!

Kathy


Festive Ornaments

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3620 - Festive Ornaments PreCut Set

Other Products:

Paper: Natural White (Neenah)
Ink: VersaMark Watermark, Wheat, Perfect Plumeria (VersaMagic), Antique Linen Distress (Ranger), Green Tea, Creamy Cocoa (PowderPuffs-Quick Quotes)
Accessories: Bisque Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel (Stampendous), heat tool, distressing tool, make-up applicators, pop dots.

Instructions: Make card base with Natural White measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Stamp Festive Ornaments image with VersaMark on Natural White and heat emboss with Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel applying heat from underneath. Color with inks and make-up applicators as desired. Trim image down to 4 1/16" x 5 5/16", distress edges with tool and add to base with pop dots.

Stamp 1 leaf spray and 1 small swirl from Holly Berry Set, die cut with matching dies, color in same manner as Festive Ornaments and shape with mat and tool kit. Stamp Christmas Poinsettia Set using same method as Festive Ornaments and die cut with matching die. Select 4 smallest flowers and the third and fifth largest flowers. Color with inks and shape with mat and tool kit. Arrange leaves and flowers as pictured and glue down. Add Bisque Liquid Pearls to flower centers.





Sunday, August 10, 2014

Heartfelt Creations - Design Team Call & Voting


Hi there everyone!

Over at Heartfelt Creations they are having a Design Team Call for the upcoming term!  If you are interested in trying out, be sure to check out all the information here and here on their blog!  So much fun to work with these gorgeous stamps, dies and designer papers!  They are also a wonderful company to work for!

Heartfelt Creations is also having everyone vote for their favorite top 5 designers that you would like to see continue to design for them the next term!  You can see more about it on their blog here or see here to vote!

You will notice that I'm not listed in the designers to vote for, but that's a good thing!!!  I have been a designer for HC for 2 1/2 years and LOVE what I do!  Since this past January, I have been contributing in other areas for them behind the scenes.  I am now considered a Contributing Designer and will not be part of the voting process!  So wonderful for me not to go through the voting!  I would love it though if you would all take a few minutes to vote for the ladies and pick your top 5!  They are an amazingly talented group of ladies and would appreciate your votes!

Have a wonderful day!

Blessings!

Kathy