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!


Friday, May 2, 2014

Thinking of You - CottageCutz

Happy Friday!

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!  I'm so happy to finally have some nice weather here in NC.  I have my craft room windows open and I'm totally enjoying listening and watching the cardinals outside at the bird feeders!

Today I have a “Thinking of You” card using the Thinking of You Expressions, Strawberry Delight and Flower Vine CottageCutz Dies from The Scrapping Cottage.

(Sorry for the funky green bow...I'm having some issues right now with my photo editing!)

To make my card, I started with a white card base, added light blue gingham paper with a piece of red gingham ribbon over the bottom of it.  The Flower Vine, leaves and strawberry tops were cut with green designer paper. The sentiment, strawberries and flowers were cut with Real Red card stock.  The bowl for the strawberries was cut with flowered and blue designer papers and I cut the rim a second time with Real Red to go under the blue rim.  The designer papers are all from Nana's Kitchen by DCWV.

For the bowl of strawberries, I cut an extra single strawberry and popped the two singles behind the trio of strawberries.  The little flower in the top right corner is part of the Strawberry Delight Die that you can also place on the bowl.  I decorated the flowers a little with some liquid pearls and a white gel pen after shaping them.

I finished the card with a triple loop bow using Moss Seam Binding and added a red button threaded with blue twine making a bow in the back of it.

These are the dies I used:

Card Recipe:

Paper: White (Recollections), Real Red (SU), Nana's Kitchen (DCWV)
Accessories: Baby Blue Liquid Pearls, Diamond Stickles (Ranger), McGill Tool Kit and Mat, Xyron Create-a-sticker, Red Gingham 3/8", Moss Seam Binding Ribbons, Bow-Easy Tool (Really Reasonable Ribbon), twine, button, White Gel Pen.

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #130 - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #94 - Bright Summer Colors & Ribbon

Thank you so much for stopping by!




  1. Being an old farm boy< love the country kitchen feel of your card. The red and blue check brings back many memories. I just love strawberries. The green bow is not a problem for me. Looks just fine. Can you tell that I like your card a lot?


  2. This is so cute! I love the design of your card.

  3. The X on the button, along with gingham ribbon, DP and that fun summery strawberry image are really down home goodness. Thank you for sharing your wonderful art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday. Blessings, Carole

  4. ohhhhh this is adorable!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it! Thanks for playing with us at RRR! Cherry

  5. I also think the bow looks just fine, so pretty, I think all the colors work so well together. I am a big fan of gingham so I especially like the background paper that you used...

  6. Awwww LOVE your card hun, and LOVE the colors you used!! Beautiful as always!! Thank you for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbons challenge!!!!


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