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!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

ODBDSLC116 - Clouds or Sunshine

Hi there!

Time for a new Shining the Light Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs!

This week's challenge:
We would like to see clouds or sunshine on your creation. These can be on your designer paper, be cut or sponged or be part of your coloring or stamping.

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Sunday, July 22nd at 8 p.m. EST. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday.

While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them. As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing three or more of our participants for the Shining the Light Award . In order to qualify for this award or join the challenge, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by Sunday, July 22nd at 8 p.m. EST. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC116. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.
Now for my take on the Challenge this week...

This cute little chickadee is from an older set called  You Will Find Refuge.  I've always loved chickadees, probably because they're cute like plump babies even when they're adults.  This image has the branch with it and ODBD also has a custom die to cut it out with, the Chickadee Die...I love that!  Here's what the set and die look like to give you a better idea of what I'm talking about.

For the Challange, I decided to do clouds.  I've never done this before so I was a little aprehensive, but I liked the way it came out.  To make them, I taped three 1" circles together and sponged with Ballet Blue Ink above the top of it randomly on white paper.

For all ingredients used:

Stamps: You Will Find Refuge (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Whisper White (Stampin Up), Watercolor Bouquet (K&Co)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Amaretto (Powder Puffs), Ballet Blue (Stampin Up)
Accessories: Bow-Easy, Golden Maple Silk Ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon), sponge, adhesive pearls (Want-2-Scrap), Grand Labels 23, Classic Scalloped Ovals Large (Spellbinders), Chickadee Die (ODBD), Flower (Prima), mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Violet Blue, Blue Violet Lake, Black, Cool Greys, Eggshell, Cream, Sand, White, Chocolate

For more inspiration, please visit the other members of the Challenge Team and see their beautiful creations!

Sherry Kushibab - Guest Designer

That's it for today!  Hope this gives you a little inspiration and you're able to join in the challenge this week!




  1. This is absolutely gorgeous Kathy!! I just love your placement of the chickadee and your choice of dp!! That dp is gorgeous with colors and patterns!! Breathtaking!! You really have been doing an awesome job despite your time crunch before your trip this weekend!! Have a great day!!'

  2. Your chickadee and clouds are gorgeous! This is such a great stamp set and your card is amazing.

  3. Kathy!!
    You did such a lovely job stamping and coloring your image---it looks as if it were part of your designer paper colection:) youare very gifted and I hope to learn lots form you!! be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure

  4. WOW, wow, wow, Kathy! My frend you have outdone yourself on this card! Form your choice of papers, to the stamp set and matching die...absolutely gorgeousness! Hope all is well! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

  5. This is STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUl Kathy!! My Favorite bird...and love your layout with the Nesties!! Gorgeous colours too.

  6. What a sweet little chickadee! He just looks like he stopped by to pick up a sunflower seed! Beautiful coloring and composition!

  7. I think it is just brilliant how you have used those two dies to create such a lovely frame for this Psalm....and the chickadee is just perfectly perched over it. Finished with an oh so lovely bow, your card is just fabulous.....truly love this one.

  8. I love your card Kathi, the paper is beautiful and cheery, and your clouds are really beautiful. I love chickadees too, they're such friendly little birds. I have them in my feeder all year long, and they sit right there next to me and watch me while I am filling it! That stamp and die are on my wish list. (I have a very long wish list) :-) I love the stamps with the matching dies, they are so easy to use!

  9. Oh Kathy... this just takes my breath away! It's beautiful!! This is one of my favorite stamps as I just love chickadees... and I love the cut out in your SB with the clouds behind.... so clever and gorgeous!!!

  10. aahhh... this is just gorgeous, kathy!! love the colors you used and the chickadee is so sweet! (i almost used this set for my card!) hugs!!

  11. What a cute card Kathy! Great design and coloring! I love the cute bird stamp and the matching die!!


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