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, April 16, 2014

Embrace Life - Heartfelt Creations

Happy Wednesday everyone!

It's time for some Heartfelt Creations inspiration!  Today I have a card that could be used for a man or  a woman.  I think it especially makes a nice masculine card which I find hard to do!




I used one of the card fronts (the one with the balloon image) from the designer papers.  These really make card making easier!  I matted it with Mist card stock and popped it on a dark brown card base.  I added one of the tickets form the designer paper, a balloon image I colored with pencils and mineral spirits, and a sentiment and medallion from the Celebrate the Journey Sentiments Set using tan card stock.  (You can see complete instructions at the bottom of my post.)

Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designers this week!  Also, see who the blog comment winner is for the new collection!

I'm submitting this to the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #128 - Anything Goes.

Blessings!

Kathy


Embrace Life

HC Products:

HCPC 3599 - Balloon and Bicycle PreCut Set
HCPC 3596 - Celebrate the Journey Sentiments PreCut Set
HCD 745 - Luggage & Tags Die
HCD 744 - Once Upon a Time Die
HCDP1 - 242 - Celebrate the Journey Paper Collection
452255 - Grand Calibur
159723 - Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear
SMP001 - Stamp Mat Pad
368770 - Scor-Pal
DDOTS - Double Dots

Other Products:

Paper: Tan (Recollections), Mist (WorldWin), dark brown card stocks
Inks: Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia (VersaFine), Java (PowderPuffs) Inks
Accessories: Bow-Easy Tool, Dark Brown Jute String (Really Reasonable Ribbon), 1 1/2" circle punch, pop dots, glue dots, mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Peach Beige, Espresso, Black, Jade Green, Celadon Green, Muted Turquoise, Slate Grey

Instructions: Make 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" top-fold card base with dark brown cs. Cut mat with Mist cs 4 1/6" x 5 5/16", cut balloon image card front from designer paper, ink edges with Java, glue mats together, wrap twine around 3 times as shown and adhere in place. Add mat to base with Double Dots. Stamp ballon image on Solar White with Onyx Black, color with pencils and ink edges with black. Cut Embrace Life ticket form dp and ink edges with Java. Adhere to card as pictured using Double Dot in center and glueing 2 sides down. Add balloon image to card using pop dots. Stamp Celebrate the Journey Sentiments on tan cs with Vintage Sepia and die cut with matching die. Select the 2 pieces shown (Life circle and medallion circle), ink edges with Java. Punch 1 1/2" circle with dark brown cs. Glue Life and dark brown circle together, add to medallion with pop dots, add to card with double dots. Make triple loop bow with twine and Bow-Easy Tool and add to card using glue dots.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Gift Card Holder

Happy Monday!

I'm back with another Easter project for The Scrapping Cottage, this time a gift card holder which can also be used as a small note card envelope.




I used the Fancy Envelope and Spring Embellishment CottageCutz Dies.  Here's a picture of it open.




All the die pieces were cut with white card stock and colored with chalk inks.  I used Thatched Straw, Aloe Vera, Spring Pansy (VersaMagic), and Pink Cheeks (PowderPuffs - Quick Quotes) Inks.

These are the dies I used:





Card recipe:

Stamps: Well Scripted (SU)
Paper: White (Recollections)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Thatched Straw, Aloe Vera, Spring Pansy (VersaMagic), Pink Cheeks (PowderPuffs - Quick Quotes)
Accessories: Diamond Stickles (Ranger), McGill Paper Shaping Tools and Mat

I'm submitting this to the Word Art Wednesday Challenge # 127 - Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings!

Kathy

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lil' Spring Chicks

Happy Saturday!

Today I have cute Easter card for you using CottageCutz's Lil' Spring Chicks and Oval Doily & Frame.





Aren't these little guys too cute?  I love the yellow, white and black color combination.  So bright and cheery looking!

Here's a little closeup of the chicks.




I cut the dies out with white card stock and colored them with Thatched Straw (VersaMagic), Banana Bliss, Rusty Nail and Orange Slice (PowderPuffs) chalk inks using makeup applicators.  I then added them to the center piece of the Oval Doily & Frame using pop dots.

These are the dies I used:







Card recipe:

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU)
Paper: Black, White (Recollections), Travel Light (We R Memory Keepers)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Thatched Straw (VersaMagic), Banana Bliss, Rusty Nail, Orange Slice (PowderPuffs - Quick Quotes)
Accessories: Lace, trim (Jo-Ann's), Bow-Easy, Gingham Black 3/8" Ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon), adhesive pearls (Recollections), floss, button.

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #127 - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #92 - Flowers or Buttons and Bows

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings!

Kathy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Heartfelt Creations - Floral Dress Collage


Happy Wednesday!

It's time for Heartfelt Creations' new release for April!

Heartfelt Creations invites you to “Celebrate the Journey” with this classic travel-themed collection.  Whether you are traveling around the world or around the block, you will find papers, stamps and dies to document your life’s adventures.  The coordinating stamps and papers feature maps, compass roses, bicycles, hot air balloons, vintage suitcases, boarding passes and postcards. The clever Luggage and Tag die even creates a delightful 3-D suitcase! Soft hues of light green, deep teal, pink and rose merge with subtle, neutral backgrounds that are richly layered with beautiful fonts, flourishes and focal images.  “Celebrate the Journey” is just the ticket for both masculine and feminine projects, the perfect traveling companion for all of life’s journeys great and small.

Leave a comment on the Heartfelt Creation blog by April 15th and you will be entered to win the entire collection valued at $180.00.

For my first project using this new collection, I used the Floral Dress Collage PreCut Set to create a feminine card.




I stamped this beautiful image on pink and aqua designer papers from the collection and colored them with pencils.  Portions of the pink image were fussy cut and pieced on to the aqua image with pop dots.  I added some Sage Advice Mini Prills to the flower centers and an extra flower on the center of the lace bow.  (Complete supplies and instructions are at the end of this post.)

Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see the beautiful creations by the designers this week and leave a comment for a chance to win the entire collection.

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #127 - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #92 - Flowers or Buttons & Bows

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings!

Kathy


Floral Dress Collage

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3601 - Floral Dress Collage PreCut Set
HCPC 3577 - Vintage Morning Background PreCut Set
HCD 742 - Majestic Morning Blooms Die
HCDP1 242 - Celebrate the Journey Paper Collection
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
159723 - Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear
459222 - McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
031473 - Elegant Labels 4
ANC850 - Spring Bling Prills
SMP001 - Stamp Mat Pad

Other Products:

Paper: Victorian Velvet Distressed Paper (Coordinations)
Inks: Onyx Black Ink (VersaFine), Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo Distress Inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Sparkle & Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Imagine Crafts), Songs of Spring lace (Michaels), glue gun, bow making tool, Prismacolor Pencils: Chestnut, Black Raspberry, Marine Green, Chocolate.

Instructions:  Make card base with Victorian Velvet measuring 4 13/16" x 6 13/16".  Die cut pink designer paper with largest die from Elegant Labels 4.  Cut aqua designer paper 4 9/16" x 6 9/16" and glue behind die cut.  Ink edges with Vintage Photo Ink.  Wrap lace across center and secure in place.  Stamp collage image with Onyx Black Ink once on pink designer paper and again on aqua dp.  Fussy cut clock, dress, boots and flowers from pink image and ink edges with Victorian Velvet.  Cut flower petals to separate and curl slightly upwards with fingers.  On aqua image, color portions of collage image that will show with pencils.  Place second die from Elegant Labels 4 over image and trace around outside of die and the clock.  Trim traced area and around clock with scissors.  Add flowers to image by glueing down at the center and add remaining pieces with pop dots.  Ink edges with Vintage Photo Ink.  Add to base with Double Dots.  Make triple loop bow with lace and add as shown with glue gun.  On pink dp with black ink, stamp Vintage Morning Background and cut with matching die.  Use 2 of the smallest flowers.  Cut between petals, ink with Victorian Velvet and shape with mat and tool kit.  Glue together with glue gun.  Add flower to bow with glue gun.  Add Sage Advice Prills to all flower centers using Art Institute Glue.  Spray with Spritz Spray.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Coloring Samples Binder


Happy Sunday everyone!

I hope you are all having a wonderful day!  The weather here in North Carolina is finally getting nice out!  I had been really spoiled living in Southern California the past 10 years with their gorgeous weather and I sure do miss it!  Of course, we moved here to NC 6 months ago and have had the worse winter in ages!  Not an ideal way to start out here, but it's finally spring now!

Today I thought I would share with you a binder I put together to keep track of pencil coloring samples I use.  I really love to color with my pencils and having just the “right” colors for a project is important to me.  I started this binder a few months ago so I would have these combinations of colors at my finger tips instead of having to search for them in previous projects or reinvent them again.

I use the small binders, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", with the sheet protectors the same as my samples binder you may have seen me use here.  I cut card stock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and stamped flowers on each page (I did 3 on each).   The flower I have used here is from Heartfelt Creation's Posy Patch Flowers Set, but basically I just picked a flower that had good size petals that I could work with.

Here's a view of some of the purple color combinations I have put together in my binder.  (You can click on the photo to see it better.)




What I do is number the flower petals that correspond with a specific color that I list out.  Starting with 1, I add the color and blend on each petal, then 2 added to petal 2 and up and blended, then 3 added to 3 and up and blended, etc.  So I end up with a sample of different color shades on each petal that I can match up to and use.

Here's a close up of one of the combinations I did so you can see it better and in case I'm not making sense.




So on the sample above, petal 1 has only Rosy Beige, petal 2 has Rosy Beige, then Clay Rose, petal 3 has Rosy Beige, then Clay Rose, then Black Cherry, petal 4 has all four colors.

You can see a little note I added on this combination that I used the steps 1-3 color combination for the Raindrops on Roses samples I made.  Here's a card I made with this color combination.  (I do believe I also added a little black on a couple of spots on this one too and burnished with Black Cherry.)





Some of the combinations in my color samples have dates written on them which is the date of the project I did with that color combination.  Most of the samples are done by using minerals spirits to blend the colors.  Sometimes I will burnish the colors, especially when I'm adding black, and I'll usually note that on the sample.  I often use a tiny amount of black at the last step of coloring to intensify the shading a bit in some places.  Usually, I will burnish the black with the color I used before it so that it retains the color and doesn't just turn to black.

I'm by no means an expert on coloring, but I thought I would share some of what I do when I color and what has helped me to be more organized with color combinations I have used.  I've found it really helpful when I'm trying to match colors to designer papers I'm working with.  Hope someone else will find this useful too!

Thank for stopping by to visit!

Blessings!

Kathy


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Heartfelt Creations - Floral With Cream



(This is my second post for today, if you are looking for my CottageCutz post, please see post below this.)

Happy Wednesday!

It's time for some Heartfelt Creations inspiration!  This week I'm using the Floral Clocks PreCut Set!




This is such a pretty image!  I colored it with pencils and mineral spirits using the same colors from the designer papers.  I added Champagne Microbeads to the flower centers and the flowered button center that's on the bow.  (You can find full instructions at the bottom of this post.)

Here's a closeup of the image.




The beautiful medallion behind the image is cut with peach colored designer paper from the Once Upon a Time Paper Collection using the Raindrops on Roses Die.  I love the way it looks against the cream embossed background and card base.

Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations this week!  Emma Lou also has a sneak peak of the new collection being released next week!

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #126 - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #92 - Flowers or Buttons & Bows

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings!

Kathy


Floral with Cream

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3595 - Floral Clock PreCut Set
HCD 743 - Raindrops on Roses Die
HCDP1 241 - Once Upon a Time Paper Collection
354806 - Standard Circles Large
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
159723 - Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear
DDOTS - Double Dots

Other Products:

Paper: Natural White (Neenah), green (DCWV - Neutrals)
Ink: Onyx black (VersaFine)
Accessories: Champange Microbeads (Recollections), Cream Seam Binding (Really Reasonable Ribbon), Bow-Easy, button, Rebecca Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Small Petite Scallops (Spellbinders), mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Light Peach, Nectar, Henna, Chestnut, Dark Green, Black, Pale Sage, Olive Green, Ginger Root, Light Umber, Dark Brown.

Instructions: Make card base with Natural White measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Cut mat with Natural White measuring 4 1/16" x 5 5/16" and emboss with folder.  Wrap ribbon around card and secure.  Add mat to card with pop dots.  Die cut circle medallion with peach colored designer paper and glue to card as shown.  Cut Scallop Circle with light green card stock and add to medallion with pop dots.  Stamp flower image on Natural White with Onyx Black Ink and color with pencils.  Cut with circles die and add to scalloped circle die cut.  Add microbeads to flower centers with glue.  Add to button center also and let dry.  Add bow and button as shown.

CottageCutz - Floral Thank You


Happy Wednesday!

Today I have a decorated gift bag with a matching mini notecard and envelope to show you using lots of beautiful CottageCutz Dies!  Here's the complete set!



I found these little White Paper Sacks (1 lb. - 3.5"x 2" x 6.75") at Michaels that I thought would be cute decorated for a gift!  All I did was add the Springtime Floral Die cut in white and colored with chalk inks, a piece of Fancy Floral Lace Border cut in white and a bow with a pearl.  Here's a close up of the die cut on the bag.




I made a little notecard with white card stock that measures 2 3/8" square so it would fit in the Elegant Envelope.  I decorated the notecard with the Spring Label Die cut with white card stock and colored the same way as the bag.  I then added the Thank You Die cut with white card stock to the label.  Here's a close up of the notecard.




For the envelope, I cut the Elegant Envelope Die with white card stock and decorated it with the Flower w/Cutouts (flower) and Plumeria & Leaves (leaves) all colored with chalk inks.  I added some pearls and a little Diamond Stickles around the pearl in the flower center.  On the back flap of the envelope, I add a small piece cut from the Springtime Floral Die that I colored to match the other pieces.  Here's a little close up for you!




I LOVE this little envelope!  It's perfect for little notecards to go with gifts!

These are the dies I used on my project.










Project Recipe:

Paper: White (Recollections)
Ink: Caribbean Blue (PowderPuffs - QuickQuotes), Aloe Vera, Thatched Straw (VersaMagic)
Accessories: White Paper Sacks (Celebrate It - Michaels), White Seam Binding, Bow-Easy (Really Reasonable Ribbon), fatback pearl, Diamond Stickles (Ranger), adhesive pearls.

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #126 - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #92 - Flowers or Buttons & Bows

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings!

Kathy



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Heartfelt Creations - Floral Clock


Happy Wednesday!

It's time some Heartfelt Creations inspiration!  This week I have a card made with the Floral Clocks and Timeless Clock Sets.



The main image on this is from the Floral Clock Set.  I added a second clock face popped over the image from the Timeless Clock Set.  The images were colored with pencils and mineral spirits to match the colors in the designer papers on the mat.  This mat is one of the beautiful card fronts in the pack.

The lacy medallion matting the image is the Raindrops on Roses Die.  I love this die cut and have found lots of uses for it!

Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful projects by the designers this week!  You will also see a sneak peak of the next collection coming out April 9th along with a new video from Emma Lou on creating shimmery mix media backgrounds with your stamps.

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #125 - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #91 - Welcome Spring & Ribbon or Trim

Thank you for visiting today!

Blessings!

Kathy


Floral Clock

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3595 - Floral Clocks PreCut Set
HCPC 3592 - Timeless Clock PreCut Set
HCD 744 - Once Upon a Time Die
HCD 743 - Raindrops on Roses Die
HCDP1 241 - Once Upon a Time Paper Collection
354802 - Classic Ovals Large Die
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal

Other Products:

Paper: Natural White (Neenah), Rain Forest (Bazzills), Neutrals Stack (DCWV) card stocks
Inks: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Green with Envy (Powder Puffs), Wheat, Red Brick (VersaMagic)
Accessories: Fibers, Bow-Easy, twine, button, black marker, Aleene's Paper Glaze, mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Page Sage, Olive Green, Ginger Root, Light Umber, Dark Brown, Light Peach, Nectar, Henna, Chestnut, Dark Green, Black.

Instructions: Make 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base with Rain Forest.  Mat with peach card stock measuring 5 5/16" x 4 1/16".  Trim card front from designer paper and ink edges with green.  Glue mats together.  Die cut oval with Rain Forest and glue over oval on card front image to cover.  Add trim as shown across card mat and add mat with pop dots.  Die cut circle medallion from Raindrops on Rose Die with peach card stock  ink edges slightly with Red Brick Ink, and add to card with pop dots.  Stamp flower image on Natural White card stock with Onyx Black and color with pencils.  Stamp and color clock face image in same manner.  Die cut flower image with ovals die, sponge image while in die with Wheat Ink, and again outside of die on edges.  Add to circle medallion with glue.  Die cut clock face and add over image with pop dots.  Cover clock face with Aleene's Paper Glaze.  Add bow and button with twine. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

CottageCutz - Happy Together

Happy Saturday!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  Today I have a side-step card to show you using a bunch of CottageCutz Dies!




The last time I did a side-step card it was with crows, this time it's deer!  This is a fun card shape when you want to create a scene.  As soon as I saw these dies, I thought it would be fun to put them all together!  Here's a bit of a side view for you.  You can also click on the photos for a closer view.





The back fold has the pine trees from the Woodland Cabin and the Woodland Pine Trees Dies.  The middle fold has the rest of the Woodland Cabin Dies.  The front has the Woodland Fawns, Garden Birdhouse Tree, and the grass from the Canadian Goose Die.

I used brown, yellow, and salmon pink card stock for the cabin and white card stock, colored with chalk inks, for the rest.  The brown card stock is Brownie from Coredinations which I also used to make the card base.  To create the base, I used the Side Step Card tutorial on Split Coast Stampers that you can find here.

The sentiment is from Happy Together by Stampin Up, stamped on the salmon pink colored card stock with Rich Cocoa by Memento.  I then punched it with the Word Window punch and added it over the grass with pop dots.

The ribbon embellishment is made with Salmon Pink Seam Binding, Cocoa Jute String (both from Really Reasonable Ribbon), fibers from my stash and a button.  I did separate triple loop bows, glued them together with glue dots, then add the button with a fiber bow in it on top.

These are the dies I used:







I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #124 - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #91 - Welcome Spring & Ribbon or Trim

Card Recipe:

Stamp: Happy Together (SU)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Brownie (Coredinations), "Pink Salmon" (DCWV Stack), yellow (scraps)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Pink Grapefruit (VersaMagic), Green Tea, Mocha Mama, Amaretto, Creamy Cocoa, Feathered Gray (PowderPuffs)
Accessories: Bow-Easy Tool, Pink Salmon Seam Binding, Cocoa Jute String (Really Reasonable Ribbon), fibers, button, pop dots, make-up applicators, Word Window Punch (SU)

Thank you for stopping by today!

Blessings!

Kathy


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Heartfelt Creations - Celebrate


Happy Wednesday!

It's time for a little Heartfelt Creations inspiration!  This week I have another card using the Once Upon a Time Collection released last week.  This time I used the Alarm and Watch, Time Sentiments, and Timeless Clock Sets.





I love this little alarm clock, I have one just like it on my craft desk only it doesn't look this nice...it's orange with "Cars" movie pictures on it!  I definitely need to alter it!  Here's a little close up for you!



The background mat is designer paper from the collection.  The images were colored with pencils and mineral spirits to match the colors in the collection.  The alarm clock was fussy cut and the other pieces (including the clock face) were cut with the matching die.  You can see complete instructions at the end of my post.

Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designers this week and see who the lucky comment winner is for the new release!

I'm submitting this to the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #124 - Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Blessings!

Kathy


Celebrate

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3591 - Alarm and Watch PreCut Set
HCPC 3594 - Time Sentiments PreCut Set
HCPC 3592 - Timeless Clock PreCut Set
HCD 744 - Once Upon a Time Die
HCDP1 241 - Once Upon a Time 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: Natural White (Neenah), Early Espresso (SU), green (DCWV Neutrals)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Dark Chocolate (Palette)
Accessories: Trim, lace, button, fibers, Bow-Easy, adhesive pearls, brad, mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Dark Green, Black, Sepia, Espresso

Instructions: Make 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base with Early Espresso.  Cut mat with green card stock measuring 4 1/16" x 5 5/16".  Cut second mat with designer paper measuring 3 7/8" x 5 3/16", ink edges with Dark Chocolate, and glue to green mat.  Wrap lace and trim around mats and secure in back.  Add mats to base with double dots.  On Natural White with Onyx Black Ink, stamp alarm clock, Timeless Clock, and Time Sentiments.  Color images with pencils and inks.  Fussy cut clock and die cut remainder with Once Upon a Time Die.  Add brad to center of clock face and add to alarm clock image using pop dots.  Add all to card arranging as shown using pop dots and glue dots.  Stamp "Celebrate" from Time Sentiments on designer paper, fussy cut, and add over sentiment circle as shown with pop dots.  Add adhesive pearls, bow, and button.