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

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Vines & Blooms Thank You - Heartfelt Creations


Happy Wednesday everyone!

It's that time of the week where I get to share some Heartfelt Creations with you!  This week I have a card made using the new Mat Cut Create Collection!




Even though this collection was designed for scrapbooking, it works really well for cards and altered art too!

The flower image is from the Vines and Blooms Set which I colored with pencils and mineral spirits. I didn't like the way they looked with just purple on the petals, so I added a little white gel pen to them.  I added adhesive pearls, some Diamond Stickles, and White Opal Liquid Pearls to the flower centers.

The sentiment is from the Summer Glory Set that I stamped with the image.  I then used the Cut Mat Create Dies to die cut the image and then I mat for it with the purple designer paper from the collection.

I created a narrow mat under the image to go across the card using more of the designer paper and green card stock.  A bow and more pearls were added to complete the card.

Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the talented designers!

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday #144- Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting today!

Blessings!

Kathy


Vines & Blooms Thank You

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3616 - Vines and Blooms PreCut Set
HCPC 3614 - Summer Glory PreCut Set
HCDP1 - 245 - Cut Mat Create Paper Collection
HCD 751 - Cut Mat Create Set 2A
HCD 752 - Cut Mat Create Set 2B
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
Other Products:

Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White, Green Linen (Recollections)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Purple Passion (PowderPuffs)
Accessories: Diamond Stickles (Ranger), adhesive pearls, Olive Wrinkled Ribbon, Bow-Easy Tool (Really Reasonable Ribbon), mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Parma Violet, Dioxazine Purple Hue, Kelp Green, Marine Green, Black.

Instructions: Make a white card base measuring 4 1/4" x 6". Use the 6" x 6" block of purple designer paper using the bottom stripe portion and trim it to measure 1 9/16" x 5 13/16". Ink edges with Purple Passion. Cut Green Linen 1 3/4" x 5 13/16". Glue 2 pieces together as shown and glue to card base across center. Stamp flower image (Vines and Blooms) on Solar White with Onyx Black and stamp sentiment (Summer Glory) on upper right as pictured. Color image with pencils and mineral spirits. Die cut image with large rounded rectangle (HCD 752) that measures 3 1/2" x 4 1/2". Die cut dark purple designer paper with large rounded rectangle (HCD 751) that measures 3 3/4" x 4 3/4" and ink edges with Purple Passion. Add image to mat with pop dots and add both to card base with pop dots. Add adhesive pearls and Stickles to flower centers. Make triple-loop bow with ribbon and Bow-Easy Tool and add as pictured with glue dots. Add adhesive pearls to top right of card and to bow center using glue dots. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Baby Hippo - CottageCutz


Happy Saturday!

It's time for me to share a little inspiration using a couple of the fun CottageCutz Dies from The Scrapping Cottage!  This time I'm using Baby Hippo from the new Baby Release and Round Mini Balloons Dies!





Isn't this little guy too cute?  I love the little teeth sticking out!  Here's a little close up for you!




The card base is made with Going Gray card stock.  The white mat was stamped with the sentiment, I then added the blue designer paper that was embossed with a folder to the top portion and then some repurposed ribbon across.  The Baby Hippo and balloons were cut using white, plum, and Going Gray card stocks and assembled together inking the edges of the hippo with Gray Flannel Ink.  I used a black marker and white gel pen for the eyes.  All the pieces were added using pop dots. I then added buttons and fiber bows.

These are the dies I used:






Card Recipe:

Stamps: Pun Fun (SU)
Paper: White, Fashionably Chic (Recollections), Going Gray (SU), plum (DCWV Stack)
Ink:  Onyx Black (VersaFine), Gray Flannel (Memento)
Accessories: Fibers, buttons, recycled twill ribbon, Bow-Easy, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (SU), black marker, white gel pen, pop dots, glue dots.

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday #143 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings!

Kathy

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pink Arianna Blooms - Heartfelt Creations


Happy Wednesday!

It's time for a little inspiration from Heartfelt Creations!  Today's card has lots of white and pink!




I used the Arianna Blooms Collection for the flower and sentiment.  The flower was made with the Arianna Blooms Set and matching die using 3 of the flowers that were stamped and inked on white card stock using Victorian Velvet Ink with a pretty center of Tu-Tu Pink Prills that matched perfectly!  I layered a white and pink die cut from the Arianna Lace Die underneath the flower instead of using leaves.  I love how it came out and it's so pretty with the white background and touch of pink.  The elegant sentiment is from the Arianna Blooms Bouquet Set that I stamped directly on the Decorative Labels One die cut...I love doing that!  Here's a little close up of the flower for you.




Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations for you today by the designers!  Emma Lou also has a sneak peek of the new Christmas Collection being released on August 13th!

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #143 - Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps & More #106 - Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting today!

Blessings!

Kathy


Pink Arianna Blooms

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3608 - Arianna Blooms PreCut Set
HCPC 3609 - Arianna Blooms Bouquet PreCut Set
HCD 747 - Arianna Lace Die
HCD 748 - Arianna Blooms Die
253731 - Decorative Labels One
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
459222 - McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Spring Bling Prills

Other Products:

Paper: White (Recollections), Sugar-N-Spice (Cordinations)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Victorian Velvet Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Bead spacer, adhesive pearls, trim (Jo-Ann's), White Seam Binding, Bow-Easy Tool (Really Reasonable Ribbon), Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Imagine Crafts), pop dots, glue dots. Aleene's Paper Glaze, 1/8" Scor-Tape.

Instructions: Make a 4 1/8" square, top fold card base with white. Cut mat with Sugar-N-Spice measuring 3 15/16" square. Add mat to base with pop dots. Cut largest Decorative Labels One Die with white and stamp sentiment on lower right with Onyx Black. Glue die cut to mat and adhere trim across as shown using Scor-tape.

For flower, die cut largest lace flower with white and smaller lace flower with Sugar-N-Spice. Glue together offsetting as shown and glue to mat. Stamp Arianna Blooms flowers on white with Victorian Velvet and die cut with matching die. Using 3 largest blooms to make flower, ink edges with Victorian Velvet, spray with Sparkle Shimmer Spritz, shape with mat and tool kit and glue together as shown offsetting petals. Glue to lace flower as pictured. Add Pink Tu-Tu Prills to flower center using Art Institute Glue Dries Clear and let dry. Make 3 loop bow with White Seam Binding using Bow-Easy Tool and add to trim with glue dots. Glue mini adhesive pearl to spacer bead using Aleene's Paper Glaze and let dry. Add this to bow center using glue dots. Add adhesive pearls to top right as shown.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Friends Frame - Heartfelt Creations


Happy Wednesday!

It's time for a little inspiration from Heartfelt Creations!  This week I have a little frame I bought at Michaels that I decorated and inserted with a sentiment and flowers.




For the inside, I stamped the flowers and “friends” sentiment together so they would fit nicely inside the frame.  I then colored the flowers with pencils and mineral spirits and dotted them with White Opal Liquid Pearls.

For the outside, I stamped some Posy Patch Flowers, colored them the same way, shaped them and added them to the frame with some of the beautiful new leaf and vines from the Cut Mat Create Dies.  I used a glue gun to adhere everything to make sure it stayed well.  I then added some Prills to the flower centers, a fiber bow and a button.

I think this makes a really sweet gift for a friend!  I've been collecting these frames from Michaels and have finally found a great use for them!  These would be cute gifts for Christmas or teacher gifts with a different sentiment!

Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designers this week!  So much beautiful work there!

I'm submitting this to the following challenge:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #142 - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by today!

Blessings!

Kathy


Friends Frame

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3618 - Everyday Blooms PreCut Set
HCPC 3616 - Vines and Blooms PreCut Set
HCPC 3303 - Posy Patch Flowers PreCut Set
HCD 750 - Cut Mat Create Set 1 B
HCD 751 - Cut Mat Create Set 2 A
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
SMP001 - Stamp Mat Pad
Spring Bling Prills
159723 - Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear
Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
Paper Blossoms Molding Mat

Other Products:
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Green Linen (Recollections)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Accessories: Bow-Easy Tool (Really Reasonable Ribbon), Ivory Burlap String (May Arts), button, glue gun, White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), 2.2" x 2.2" Photo Frame (Michaels), mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Periwinkle, Blue Violet Lake, Kelp Green, Marine Green, Black.

Instructions: Stamp flower image and sentiment together on Solar White with Onyx Black placing so as to fit inside your frame opening. Color image with pencils and add White Opal Liquid Pearls to flower centers. Trim image to fit inside frame. Stamp Posy Patch Flowers (3 - smallest, 1 each next two sizes up) on Solar White with Onyx Black. Color with pencils and cut with matching dies. Lightly mist with water on back and shape with mat and tool kit. With Green Linen Cardstock, cut 1 small leaf (HCD 751) and 1 small vine (HCD 750). Pinch leaves together slightly with fingers. Add leaves/vines and flowers as shown to frame using glue gun. Make multi-loop bow with string and tool, add to frame as pictured using glue gun. Add button with string to bow with glue dot.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Welcome Baby - CottageCutz


Happy Tuesday!

Today I have a “Welcome Baby” card for you using 2 new CottageCutz Dies from The Scrapping Cottage, Baby Lion and Baby Giraffe.




Aren't these little guys cute?  Here's a little close up of them.




I used various scraps of yellow, tan, gold and cream card stock to cut these and inked the edges with Creamy Cocoa Chalk Ink (PowderPuffs - Quick Quotes).  The eyes were colored with a black marker and dotted with a white gel pen.

To make my card, I started with a white card base.  I cut a yellow mat and stamped the sentiment on the bottom right corner, cut a smaller mat to fit the top using a plaid designer paper that I embossed with an embossing folder, then glued the mats together.  The baby animals were added using glue and pop dots under their heads.  I wrapped some trim across the mats and added it to the card base with pop dots.  I finished this off with adhesive pearls and a bow with a button.

These are the dies I used:






Card recipe:

Stamps: Short & Sweet (SU)
Paper: White (Recollections),  yellow (DCWV Stack), Itsy Bitsy Baby Boy Designer Paper (K & Co.), scraps of yellow, tan, gold, cream.
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Creamy Cocoa (PowderPuffs - Quick Quotes)
Accessories: Black marker, white gel pen, pop dots, glue dots, button (Jo-Ann's), White Seam Binding, White Trim, Bow-Easy (Really Reasonable Ribbon), white embroidery floss, adhesive pearls, Square Lattice Embossing Folder (SU).

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #141 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings!

Kathy