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, January 14, 2015

Birds and Blooms Inspirational Frame

Happy Wednesday!

It's time for the release of the Birds and Blooms Collection!!!

Does Old Man Winter have you firmly in his grip?  Chase the winter blues away with a breath of springtime!  Heartfelt Creations is pleased to present the "Birds and Blooms" collection:  a virtual spring garden that's lovely as a song! Shades of cherry blossom pink, robin's egg blue, and soft leafy green fill sunny garden scenes featuring bluebirds, blooming branches, picket fences, bird baths, bird houses, butterflies and frilly hydrangeas.  Dozens of stunning card fronts, pre-designed layouts, borders, sentiments and artwork are the perfect remedy for mid-winter doldrums. Six hand-drawn stamp sets feature blossom laden branches, nesting birds, garden scenes and an elegant collage.  Two sets of dies coordinate with papers and stamps allowing you to add realistic blossoms, branches and birds to your artwork.  Take a well-deserved break from the bleak landscape of winter and escape to a colorful springtime garden where birds chirp, flowers bloom, and soft breezes lift your spirit and inspire your creativity!

For my project this week, I embellished a chipboard decor frame.

(Click on photo for a closer view)

Here are some close ups of the flowers, birds and butterfly.

Be sure to visit the HC Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designers this week!  Lots of beautiful projects there to inspire you!

I'm submitting this to the following challenge:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #166 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today!



Birds and Blooms Inspirational Frame

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3644 - Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3645 - Leafy Branch Cling Stamp Set
HCPC 3649 - Birds and Blooms Collage Cling Stamp Set
HCDP1 - 250 - Birds and Blooms Paper Collection
HCD 756 - Birds and Blooms Die
HCD 757 - Leafy Branch Die
HCD 750 - Cut Mat Create 1B Die
368770 - Scor-Pal
459222 - McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 - McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Memento Rich Cocoa Ink

Other Products:

Paper: Recollections White, Kraft, Neenah Solar White
Ink: VersaMark, Ranger Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Victorian Velvet Distress, Quick Quotes Java, Razz-Berry
Accessories: Chip Decor Frame 4" x 6" opening (The Paper Studio), Pink Jute String, Bow-Easy Tool (Really Reasonable Ribbon), fibers (stash), green twine, 1/8" green ribbon (Michaels), pink trim (Jo-Anns), Bird Cage, Flourish Set 15 9 (Creative Embellishments), printer for text, cutting mat, craft knife, glue gun, splat mat (Bazzills), Scor-Tape, Detailed Clear Embossing Powder (Stampendous), Clear Bark Embossing Powder (Recollections), heat tool, Mod Podge, foam brush, sand paper, sponge, makeup applicators, mini mister with water, Buttercup Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Grand Calibur, mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Sand, Jasmine, Goldenrod, Espresso, Pink Rose, Magenta, Mahogany Red, Blue Slate, Blue Lake, Blue Violet Lake, Periwinkle, Black.

Instructions: Project measures 9" x 11" with a 4" x 6" opening. Prepare frame by covering with designer paper using Mod Podge and brush. (I used the paper with the flowers on top and stripes on the bottom cutting away the strip of flowers going across.) Once dry, used cutting mat and craft knife to trim off excess paper from opening and outside of frame. Trim the small 1/2" floral strip from the designer paper and trim to fit where to the two papers meet to cover the seam. Glue down and trim any excess from the edges. Lightly sand all edges and ink with Victorian Velvet Ink using sponge. Adhere 1/8" green ribbon to inside opening edge using Scor-tape. Adhere pink trim to outside edge of frame using Scor-tape. Add flourish and bird cage pieces to frame as shown using Art Institute Glue trimming pieces to fit if needed.

Stamp flowers from Birds and Blooms Set on Solar White with Victorian Velvet. (I used a total of 32 flowers.) Clip between petals with scissors and ink edges with Razz-Berry Chalk Ink using makeup applicators. Lightly spritz back of flowers with water and shape using mat and tool kit by rolling/pressing each petal on back, then turn flower over and press down the center to lift petals. Let flowers dry.

Stamp leaves from Leafy Branch Set on Solar White with Peeled Paint Ink. I used 4 (5-leaf), 6 (3-leaf), and 6 (2-leaf). Ink edges with Peeled Paint and little Forest Moss Ink. Shape leaves by slightly pinching with fingers. Stamp leaf and floral branch from Birds and Blooms Set on Solar White with Peeled Paint and color leaves only in same manner as other leaves. On kraft paper using VersaMark Ink, stamp 2 long branches, 1 shorter branch from Leafy Branch Set and leaf and floral branch from Birds and Blooms Set, then heat emboss with Clear Bark Embossing Powder. Color branches with Rich Cocoa and Java Inks using sponges. To assemble the leaf and floral branch, I trimmed off the flowers and leaves from the kraft paper branch, then glued the Peeled Paint leaves (done with the same image) onto the branch. Add the flowers to the branch. Add leaves and flowers to the other 3 branches. Add Lemon Chiffon Prills to the flower centers using Art Institute Glue.

Add branches to frame using glue gun. The leaf and floral branch is on the right side over the flourish and bird cage. On the left side of the frame, the shorter branch is on top of the flourish (above the bow) and the other 2 branches are arranged on the bottom corner towards the center. Glue down branches with glue gun. Make large bow with Bow-Easy Tool using multiple fibers together (I used 4 different ones) and glue in place with glue gun.

Stamp birds from Birds and Blooms Set on Solar White with Onyx Black Ink and die cut with matching Birds and Blooms Die. Color 2 birds with pencils and mineral spirits. Stamp butterfly only from Birds and Blooms Collage Set on Solar White with Onyx Black Ink, color with pencils and mineral spirits, then fussy cut. Add Buttercup Liquid Pearls to dots on the butterfly and let dry. Add birds as shown using pop dots. Add butterfly using Art Institute Glue.

For the inside of the frame, I created text on a computer, printed it on white card stock, then trimmed it to fit inside the frame. (This would work well with a photo also.) Create a mat/frame for the text by cutting the blank card front from the designer paper and die cutting the center using the large rounded rectangle die from the Cut Mat Create 1B Die. Ink edges with Peeled Paint, glue this over the text and add to the frame.


  1. Kathy, this is such a work of art! I love all the delicate colors and patterns, and your flowers are stunning. The little bird cage you added is such a lovely touch. Always refreshing to visit your lovely blog! Hugs!

  2. such a gorgeous card with so many beautiful flowers!!!!

  3. Oh my, your frame is absolutely gorgeous Kathy! WOW, and the scripture is, of course, so lovely in it. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely creation with us. I'm so grateful to have you play along, and I hope all is well with you.
    God bless,
    Word Art Wednesday

  4. OMW Kathy, stunning project you have designed here.
    Gorgeous pretty flower arrangements with birds and butterfly, love your papers and bird cage..
    Hugs Pam.

  5. Beautiful fame Kathy. It's so delicate and feminine, I adore it! Hugs, M

  6. beautiful frame and the way you have used the blooms is just fabulous.

  7. This is so gorgeous and so springy, I love it!

  8. This is a very beautiful card. This stamp set is awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Gorgeous frame Kathy! I love your flowers and the arrangement and all of the beautiful details you've incorporated. Stunning!

  10. Great frame Kathy! Love all the flowers!

  11. So beautiful, Kathy! Love your flower clusters!

  12. What a beautiful frame Kathy!! Love all the pretty details and colors! I missed seeing you at CHA too. I hope you can make it next year. Hugs!

  13. Absolutely lovely Kathy, the wood veneer pieces go perfectly on your altered frame! Love all the blooms with the birds and butterflies settling in!

  14. Your frame is really lovely. You make the prettiest flowers!

  15. Kathy, my friend, I have not been here to visit in a while, but oh my goodness, your card is beyond words gorgeous! You are such an amazing artist and your creations are absolutely breathtaking! Hope all is well! Wishing you all God's blessings my friend! Hugs, Sabrina


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