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!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Homemade Christmas Gift Set Release!

Hello everyone, and Happy Sunday to you all!
It's Release DAY here at The Scrapping Cottage!
"Homemade Christmas Gift Set" 

All the photo's on the front are all CottageCutz dies and the stamps mixed in. all the stamps are posted along the bottom of the back flap, so you can see them better there. We are super excited about this darling Gift Set that The Scrapping Cottage has come out with. You can find more about this super DARLING set HERE at The Scrapping Cottage!

CottageCutz Homemade Christmas Gift Set PRE-ORDER
Shipping End of September. Order today to reserve your Gift Set. Limited Quantities are being produced.


Here are the full views of my projects with this gorgeous set!  First, is the adorable bear die! 

I think he is just so cute and I love the way it's "sitting" on the ribbon! I cut his body, hat rim and pompom with white cardstock and colored them with inks. I used red, green and black cardstock for the remaining parts. The sentiment "Merry Christmas" is also one of the dies that I added using my Xyron Machine. The round sentiment is one of the 7 stamps in the set that I punched out with a circle punch and added a red punch out behind it.

My second project is a banner!  This is my first attempt at making a banner and boy did I have fun making it!  I may have to do these for Christmas Gifts this year!

Click on the photo for a closer view

I had trouble photoing the banner all together so I did closer ones of each side too.

All the little dies inbetween the banners would be super cute as individual ornaments or little decorations for Christmas gift packages!

To make my banner, I used O' Christmas Tree Designer Paper by Recollections, white, Robin and Basil Cardstock by Coredinations.  For the banners, I cut 5" x 4" pieces, marked with pencil 2" on the 4" side and cut corner to 2" mark on each side.  I scored the top of the banner at 1/2" and folded down which would then be the "pocket" for the jute to go through.  (Hope I'm making sense!)

So I could coordinate all the colors and patterns together nicely, I decided to make a second layer for the banners by cutting smaller ones 4" x 3", mark at 1-1/2" and cut corner to mark in the same manner as the larger one.  I glued the banners pieces together and had lots of fun with the different die shapes to decorate all the pieces and for the little pieces inbetween!  Before I assembled everything onto the jute string, I layed everything out to see what looked best where.  Once I had it the way I wanted it, I put the jute through the banner and glued the scored piece down with scor-tape making sure the banner could still be moved along the jute.  Then I just added the little pieces inbetween with twine tied in a bow.

Make sure to visit the Scrapping Cottage Blog to see all the designer's projects together and leave a comment for a chance to win a Gift Certificate at the Scrapping Cottage Store!

You can also visit the designer's Blogs and see more about their creations.

Carol -

I'm submitting my Christmas Bear Card to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #96 - Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge #52 - Cute Christmas in September
Crafty Cardmakers #99 - Snow or Ice

I'm submitting my Christmas Gift Banner to the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps & More #61 - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime #18 - Use 3 Different Papers

Thanks for stopping by!



Project recipes:

Christmas Bear

CottageCutz: Homemade Christmas Gift Set
Paper: Ruby Slipper, Rain Forest (Bazzills), Solar White (Neenah), black (Recollections)
Ink: Iced Blue (ColorBox), Vintage Photo, Antique Linen Distress (Ranger), Blue Moon (Powder Puffs)
Accessories: Tool Kit & Mat (McGill), ribbon, Bow-Easy, snowflake button, round punches 1-3/8", 1-1/2", Perfect Polka Dots (SU), Triad Leaves (Sizzix) Embossing Folders.

Christmas Gift Banner

CottageCutz: Homemade Christmas Gift Set
Paper: O' Christmas Tree (Recollections), white (DCWV), Robin, Basil (Coredinations)
Ink: Wheat (VersaMagic), Aqua Mist (Palette), Rhubarb Stalk (Momento)
Accessories: Bay Leaf Seam Binding, White Jute String (Really Reasonable Ribbon), White Twine (May Arts), Bow-Easy, 1/8" Scor-tape


  1. All this are very beautifu! Good job :-))
    Hugs, Andreja

  2. Kathy that banner is just darling. Your sweet card is super terrific too. You did a beautiful job with the dies. I love it all.
    Bear Hugs,

  3. I love your beautiful card and the banner showcasing all the different dies and stamps from the new release Homemade Christmas Gift Set. That teddy bear is so cute!

  4. I love your card with that adorable bear and the banner with the different diecuts is so pretty.

  5. Love how your little bear is peeking out over the top of the ribbon, and he is just so cute.

    Your banner is gorgeous!!

    Thanks for sharing with us

    Lin xx
    Crafty Cardmakers

  6. WOW!!! Just gorgeous!!!! I love all details in a project! Great job! Olena

  7. Awwww Kathy I LOVE LOVE LOVE how you colored your Christmas teddy bear! Love the banner too hun!! Beautiful job and thank you so very much!!!

  8. gorgeous card, love the sweet bear

    thank you for joining in with the cutie pies xx

  9. Hi Kathy. Love your banner, such amazing detail. Thanks for joining the fun at ATS&M. Good Luck! Monika

  10. What a gorgeous bear, and I love the embossing detail, Kathy. That bow is gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at the Cutie Pie Challenge. Jane xx

  11. Oh, this is so sweet - love the bear!

    Thanks for joining my 'Christmas Snow and Ice' challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.

  12. Fab card, I love your embossed backgrounds.
    Thanks for sharing with us at CCM. Jules DT :)

  13. Super cute the bear is really nice, thanks for entering into the Cutie Pie Challenge. Gem DT xx

  14. Fabulous...thanks for playing along with us at Paper Playtime!!

  15. What a cute bear, thanks for joining us at crafty cardmakers this week, Rebecca x

  16. You are on some really fun DTs and your projects always knock my socks off. God gave you an extra helping of talent. Thanks so much for sharing! You are such a blessing.

  17. I like your banner quite a lot. I haven't made one yet either - someday I'll give it a go. Love your darling Christmas card. Thanks so much for joining us this week at ATS&M.

  18. Evеrything is lovely. Thanks for joining Crafty Cardmakers' challenge.


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