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 13, 2016

Berry Sweet - Berry Cafe Collection

Happy Wednesday!

It's time for the new release of the Berry Cafe Collection!

Warm breezes blow, busy bees buzz from blossom to blossom, and perfectly shaped, ripe berries beckon you as you catch a glimpse of them through the vines winding their way up the rickety old picket fence in the picture perfect garden patch. Bring back fond memories of strawberry picking while the early morning dew still lingered on the vines with the new release by Heartfelt Creations. The Berry Cafe Collection will have you reminiscing of filling pails until overflowing while playing the game of "two for me" and "one for the pail", which always led to the task taking a tad longer. Travel back in time to the days of your childhood where you shared your first strawberry milkshake, or float at the local ice cream parlor with that special someone you so adored. Filled with sweet illustrations of vining strawberries, adorable children, elegant blossoms, old fashioned strawberry stands as well as delicately patterned papers featuring eyelet prints, soft checks, ornate borders and delicious clusters of strawberries nestled among flowers, you are certain to find yourself warming in the berry patch and hankering for a cold strawberry treat. Happy hues of pinks, reds, yellows, blues and greens create a cheerful color palette that is sure to make your heart sing the songs of summer. Five extraordinary cling stamp sets allow you to recreate all of the memories of strawberry picking and enjoying the fruit from the vine. Color and shape your way to a lush and productive garden plot where blossoms and fruit abound, being careful to avoid the ever busy bees. After all of the toiling and care, reap your rewards, head on over to the fruit stand where anxious passerby’s will be ready to invest in your delicious crop...and once the day is done, grab a friend and treat yourselves to that special strawberry flavored treat with a generous helping of whipped topping! We present to you the ideal collection to welcome summer!

I just love this sweet collection! Some adorable images of little girls and boy, ice cream, strawberries - perfect collection for summer!

Here is my card for today!

I used the Berry Cafe Paper Collection and one of the Cut Mat Create Dies to create the "frame" for the card. The images are from 3 different stamps sets that I colored with pencils and mineral spirits. I love this combination of red, pink and light aqua, so cheery looking!

The flowers, strawberry swirls, sentiment ticket and the cute little girl are all cut with matching dies...makes things so much easier and fun to create with! The little flower spray on the top right corner was fussy cut and added...I didn't have the right color embellishments so I decided to do this instead!

Be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see all the beautiful work by the designers this week! Also, Emma Lou has a wonderful video for you using this collection showing you a quick and easy coloring technique using inks, sponge daubers and the Dove Blender Pen.

I'm submitting this to the following challenge:

Word Art Wednesday #226 - 227 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!



Berry Sweet

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3731 - Berry Blossoms Cling
HCPC 3732 - Blooming Berries Cling
HCPC 3734 - Berry Cafe Cling
HCD1-793 - Berry Blossoms Die
HCD1-794 - Berry Cafe Die
HCD1-745 - Luggage & Tags Die
HCD1-751 - Cut Mat Create 2A Die
HCDP1 265 - Berry Cafe Paper Collection
368770 - Scor-Pal
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
159723 - Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear
Other products: Papers: Neenah Solar White, Stampin Up Real Red; Inks: VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMagic Turquoise Gem; Accessories: Scotch Mounting Tape, Scor-Tape 1/8", scissors, make-up applicators, Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Diamond Stickles, paper stumps, mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Deco Aqua, Light Aqua, Prussian Green, Dark Green, Crimson Red, Scarlet Red, Poppy Red, Tuscan Red, Black, Cream, Light Peach, Pink Rose, Beige Sienna, Deco Pink, Blush Pink, Light Umber, Espresso, Sepia, White, Cool Grey 10%, Chocolate

Instructions: Card measures 5 5/8" x 5 5/8". Cut Real Red Card Stock twice at 5 5/8" x 5 5/8". Score on one side of one piece at 1/4", add Scor-Tape above score line and adhere two pieces together to create card base. Cut card panel pictured from designer paper, trim off green edges and die cut center using Cut Mat Create Large Rounded Square Die. Ink all edges with Turquoise Gem and place aside.

Stamp the following images with Onyx Black Ink on Solar White: girl and strawberry stand (Berry Cafe Cling), strawberries (Blooming Berries Cling), flowers and small corner flowers (Berry Blossoms Cling). Color all images with pencils using paper stumps and mineral spirits. Die cut girl, strawberries and flowers with matching dies. Fussy cut small corner flowers. Trim down strawberry stand image so that it fits in "window" created with card panel and adhere together with Scotch Mounting Tape. Add to card base with Scotch Mounting Tape. Add girl, strawberries and corner flowers to card as pictured using Art Institute Glue. Shape 5 of the flowers with Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit and glue to strawberries as pictured using Art Institute Glue. Add Lemon Chiffon Prills to all flower centers using Art Institute Glue. Die cut ticket sentiment from designer paper using Luggage & Tags Die. Ink edges with Turquoise Gem Ink. Shape slightly with fingers and add to card as pictured using doubled Scotch Mounting Tape in center and Art Institute Glue on the ends. Embellish with Diamond Stickles as desired.


  1. Thank you for linking up at WAW this week - Your card is so Sweet indeed! It is a blessing to have you join us - have a God-filled week! Gail WAW DT

  2. Your coloring is just superb!! Love how you coordinated all the images, just a stand-out card!!

  3. Hello my friend! This card is so pretty. Love it! Hugs and blessings!

  4. that is so adorable, love the scene, terrific coloring!

  5. Oh my Word, this is gorgeous!!!!!

  6. Oh I want to visit that sweet shoppe!! Your card is delightful with so much amazing detail!


  7. Pretty card. I was looking at your card and then thinking, "boy that's a lot of cutting!" but then I read that there is matching dies...Very nice...Must put on my wish list!

  8. This is filled with a lot of awesomeness. Love the scene and all that fussy cutting. So delighted you linked your creation with us at Word Art Wednesday. I hope you join us again in our ongoing Challenge. I would love to encourage you with God's Word from 1 John 2:17 which says, "The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever." Have a wonderful week and God bless!

    JO ANN


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