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, September 24, 2014

Classic Sunflower Notepad - Heartfelt Creations

Happy Wednesday!

It's inspiration time from Heartfelt Creations!  Today we are doing a blog hop with Creative Embellishments so you will see lots of inspiration from designers using their beautiful products.  To see the beautiful inspiration from Creative Embellishments, click here.

My project today is a covered junior notepad.

(You can click on the photo for a better view.)

Here's a look at the inside.

Here's a little close up of the beautiful flowers and butterfly on the cover.

I love making these notepads, they make beautiful gifts with a matching card.  I used the Junior Legal Pad Wish List tutorial from Split Coast Stampers here, adjusting the measurements for a full size pad.  I've included the adjusted measurements in the instructions at the bottom of my post.

I used the Classic Sunflower designer papers to embellish the pad cover and pad topper.  The frame on the cover is from Creative Embellishments' Mini Ornate Frames set that I painted with black acrylic paint and added a piece of designer paper to the back of it.  I embellished the cover with flowers, leaves and a butterfly from the Classic Sunflower Collection.  The flowers and butterfly were colored with pencils and mineral spirits and the leaves were inked with Forest Moss Distress Ink.

Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see the beautiful creations by the designers this week!  Emma Lou also has a new video showing you a fun coloring technique and a sneak peek of the All Geared Up Collection being released October 8th!

I'm submitting this to the following challenge:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #151 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by to visit!



Classic Sunflower Notepad

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3630 - Summer's Day PreCut Set
HCPC 3626 - Classic Sunflower PreCut Set
HCPC 3545 - Open Leaf PreCut Set
HCD 753 - Classic Sunflower Die
HCD 736 - Classic Leaf Die
HCDP1 - 247 - Classic Sunflower Paper Collection
452255 - Grand Calibur
368770 - Scor-Pal
459222 - McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
SMP001 - Stamp Mat Pad
Metal Glue Tip

Other Products:

Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Black (Recollections), More Mustard (SU)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Forest Moss, Vintage Photo Distress (Ranger)
Accessories: Black acrylic paint dauber (Ranger), Mini Ornate Frames (Creative Embellishments), Dark Brown Jute String (Really Reasonable Ribbon), Scor-tape, sponges, bow maker tool, craft knife, cutting mat, pop dots, Fast Grab Tacky Glue (Aleenes), Junior Size Writing Pad (office supply store), mineral spirits, Prismacolor pencils: Black, Yellow Ochre, Goldenrod, Burnt Ochre, Chocolate, Ginger Root, Sandbar Brown.

Instructions: Use tutorial from Split Coast Stampers for Junior Notepad found here using adjusted measurements as noted. Base: Cut More Mustard 10 1/2” x 8 1/4”, score at 5 1/8” and 5 3/8”.  Pad Topper: Cut designer paper 4 7/8” x 2 1/8” and score at 7/8” and 1 1/8”.  Add to pad top with double-sided tape following the tutorial.  Add pad to inside of base with double-sided tape following the tutorial.  Mat for inside: Cut designer paper 8” x 4 7/8”, ink edges with Forest Moss, and glue to base.  Mat for front: Cut Black mat 4 15/16" x 8 1/16" and glue to base.  Cut designer paper piece shown for front cover measuring 4 3/4" x 7 7/8", ink edges with Black Ink, glue to black mat and glue both to front cover.

Paint Mini Ornate Frame with black acrylic paint and let dry. Select image from designer paper tag assortment sheet, trim to fit behind frame, glue with Art Institute Glue and Metal Glue Tip. Trim any excess with craft knife and cutting mat. Add to notepad cover as pictured using pop dots.

On Solar White with Onyx Black, stamp Classic Sunflower, butterfly from Summers Day Set, 2 of 3-leaf stems, 1 of 9-leaf stems from Open Leaf Set. Color flowers and butterfly with pencils and mineral spirits. Fussy cut butterfly and shape as desired. Die cut flowers with Classic Sunflower Die, shape with mat and tool kit, glue together to form a small flower and a larger one. Die cut leaves with Classic Leaf Die, ink with Forest Moss Ink using sponge and shape with mat and tool kit. Make large 3-loop bow with Jute String and add to cover using Fast-Grab Glue. Arrange flowers, leaves (small leaves are cut into pieces) and butterfly as shown and glue all down.


  1. This is one gorgeous master piece, and the flower and butterfly are amazing!!!!

  2. What a gorgeous gift this would make, Kathy! Beautiful papers and the layered elements are a work of art!

  3. I just love the way you framed the sentiment on this beautiful notepad!

  4. Kathy, This is beautiful. It would make a perfect gift to someone. hint hint hint

  5. Stunning is what comes to mind! I absolutely LOVE everything about this gorgeous notepad:)

  6. such a feminine project, your colouring is wonderful and so delicate, love this.

  7. How lovely! Your art is always such a blessing to me, and I enjoy seeing your creativity SO much. Thanks for sharing.
    Word Art Wednesday

  8. Beautiful, anyone would be honored to have this gorgeous creation! Love your dimension of flowers on top of the flowers on the paper, gives great depth and that frame for the sentiment is just lovely!!

  9. So lovely Kathy, This is a gift that would be so appreciated...Anything with your special touch is a gift!

  10. WOW! This sure is stunning, inside and out. Love the rich colors, everything looks so beautiful!


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