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, May 11, 2016

Peach Tropical Hibiscus

Happy Wednesday!

It's time for the new release for May from Heartfelt Creations, the Under the Sea Collection! Here is a little more about this new collection!

Take a walk along the edge of the deep blue sea, feel the warm sand between your toes and breathe in the salty air.  Balmy breezes tousle your hair and toy with the exotic hibiscus flower behind your ear as you stoop to snatch a lustrous seashell that has been swept onto the beach with the incoming tide. Cares and worries melt away because life really is better at the seaside.  The cool, crystal clear water lapping at the shoreline beckons you and you cannot resist the sudden urge to dive right in.  Before you know it you have been submerged into a magical underwater world where you find yourself settling on a jagged reef surrounded with burnished coral, glassy seashells and mystical sea creatures more beautiful than your imagination could ever conjure.  A peek behind the coral and waltzing seaweed finds you nose to nose with a school of fish gliding every so gently with their long, graceful flowing tails and glistening scales decorated with an abundance of shimmering and alluring colors.  Delicate sea horses and magnificent jelly fish dart and flit among the dancing aquatic plant life as to entertain you with a glorious underwater show being performed just for you.  Welcome to “Under the Sea”, the newest collection by Heartfelt Creations.  This water themed assembling of magnificent papers, stamps and dies will have you creating ravishing underwater scenes perfect for documenting your seaside vacations, ocean themed altered art pieces or salt water card creations.   The tranquil color palette of calming blues, greens and teals, paired with golden yellows, subtle shades of pinks, purples, corals and reds are sure to soothe your soul.  Creating projects with a tropical flair that will “make a splash” has been made simple with decorative papers boasting mesmerizing patterns of sea shells, florals, delicate swirls and alluring hibiscus blossoms.  The intricate, detailed stamp illustrations of underwater sea creatures, glistening seashells, and exotic hibiscus flowers are sublime for shaping and creating dimensional elements adding a realistic touch to any underwater themed paper craft design.  We invite you to take the plunge and come along with us on an underwater adventure as we explore Under the Sea!

For my card this week, I decided to create peach hibiscus flowers using the Tropical Hibiscus stamp and matching die.

The flowers were done using a technique I did a tutorial on here on the Heartfelt Creations Blog.  It's a quick and easy technique and I love the softness of the color and how the cream lines of the stamp image show through. These were stamped on Natural White cardstock using VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Aged Ivory Embossing Powder. I then colored these with chalk inks using make-up applicators.

The beautiful background die is from the Regal Borders & Pockets Die that I cut on Natural White on each side. I then place a piece of the designer paper over it like a mat. I just love this die, so elegant!

Be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations' Blog to see all the beautiful creations by the designers this week! Emma Lou has a new video for you also showing you how to quickly color and shape the hibiscus flower and a great view of the new collection.

I'm submitting this to the following Challenge:

Word Art Wednesday #230-#231 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Peach Tropical Hibiscus

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3736 - Tropical Hibiscus Cling
HCPC 3740 - Heartfelt Wishes Cling
HCD1-796 - Tropical Hibiscus Die
HCD1-779 - Regal Borders & Pockets Die
HCDP1-266 - Under the Sea Paper Collection
368770 - Scor-Pal
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
159723 - Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear
Other products: Paper: Natural White (Neenah); Inks: VersaMark, Pink Grapefruit, Red Brick, Oasis Green ( VersaMagic); Accessories: Fibers, Bow-Easy Tool, Bisque Liquid Pearls, distressing tool, make-up applicators, water spritzer, Scotch Mounting Tape, glue dots

Instructions: Card measures 5 1/4" x 6". Cut Natural White 6" x 10 1/2", score at 5 1/4" and fold to make card base. Cut green designer paper 5 1/8" x 5 7/8", distress edges, ink with Oasis Green and add to base with Scotch Mounting Tape   Cut Natural White 5 1/8" x 6", die cut each side with Regal Borders and Pockets Die, trim excess on each end and add to card with Scotch Mounting Tape  Cut green designer paper 5 3/8" x 1 7/8", stamp sentiment with black ink as pictured, distress edges, ink edges with Oasis Green and glue over border die cut as shown.

Stamp Tropical Hibiscus flowers and leaves on Solar White with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with Aged Ivory Embossing Powder from underneath. Color Flowers with Pink Grapefruit and Red Brick and leaves with Oasis Green using make-up applicators. Die cut with matching Tropical Hibiscus Die, spritz backs of flowers and leaves with water and shape with Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit and fingers. Refer to video here for a tutorial on this technique.

Add Minnie Pearl Prills to flower centers using Art Institute Glue  Make a multi-loop bow with fibers and Bow-Easy Tool. Add bow, leaves and flowers as shown using Art Institute Glue  Add dots of Bisque Liquid Pearls to stamens and other areas as desired.


  1. So gorgeous. Love the soft colors and that border die. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Another stunning card, Kathy. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful art with us again, and thanks also for stopping by my blog to say hello. It means so much to me, and I'm so grateful for your support of our challenges and for your freindship.
    Word Art Wednesday

  3. Stunning! Thank you for linking up at WAW this week - where you can enter 5 challenges the first week then starting May 18 you can link up 5 more~ best wishes on the win! Gail Scott WAW DT

  4. Another divine creation, Kathy! You always bring such elegance to your projects...beautiful flowers and die cut work!

  5. Kathy, this is a gorgeous card, I love your color combination!

  6. Kathy, I just love your super elegant card! Lovely.
    Hugs, Marie

  7. Lovely design! Thanks for sharing it at Word Art Wednesday Challenge. - Princess May Guest Designer


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