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!


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.



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.


  1. This is just gorgeous ! hugs xx

  2. Gorgeous, I love how you framed the sentiment!

  3. Kathy, this is such a pretty color combination. I love the way you've combined the elements, too. It's a great masculine card!

  4. Beautiful card Kathy!! Hugs and blessings!!

  5. I'm with you, Kathy, I have such a difficult time with masculine cards. I think you are so right this card would be perfect given to a man or's so well designed!

  6. Stunning. I love the colors and your coloring.

  7. You always knock it outta the park! Love your color combinations and lovely layering! xx

  8. It is lovely to see a man card because as you know we need them often enough. The layout looks like a real life scene. Thank you for joining us this week and for posting your beautiful project in our Word Art Wednesday challenge.

  9. I find it hard to believe you have a hard time with masculine cards. This could be used for either but it is an excellent masculine card Kathy. I wouldn't know about that though. LOL. Positively GORGEOUS card.


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