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, July 13, 2011

Elphine House First Challenge!

Hi there!

Today Elphine House Australia is having their very first challenge on their blog!! All you need to do is make a card using ANY Elisabeth Bell's stamp or digital image, not just EHA's stamps. The challenges will be done every other Wednesday at 9:00 am Australia time and end 2 weeks later Tuesday at 9:00 pm their time. Their blog has a clock on it that shows the current time there so you have it. Just post your card on your blog and link it to Elphine House Australia's blog here, then add it to their blog. The winner will be chosen using

You'll also want to visit the DT blogs and leave some "love" for each of them!! One of these comments from one of the blogs will be chosen by to win a EHA stamp!

The first challenge starting today is call "Lace It Up", use any sort of lace on your creation. There are samples from the fabulous Design Team (that includes me :-)) for you to get ideas from. The winner of this very first challenge will receive 2 EHA stamps of their choice!

This is my sample for the Challenge which can see on their blog. This is one of their new stamps called "Nursing Boo Boo", another one of Elisabeth Bell's adorable images!

Here's the front:

And here's inside:

I tried a few new techniques on this which made it really fun. I did "outside the box die cutting" so I could fit the image how I wanted it. You can see a little how the tips of her wings and hair extend over the circle. I also stamped, colored and popped another set of wings. I used diamond stickles on the wings which I thought looked cute. The flowers were made from cardstock using boho blossoms punch (SU), 1" scallop circle punch (EKS), and a paper flower tutorial I found on on Dawn's Stamping Thoughts here. I did the white border on the front and the border strip inside using a new punch I just got by Martha Stewart. It's the deco fan punch around the page punch that is one of my favorite new toys!

There are LOTS of details to list on this one, so I'm going to list the rest in my Split Coast Stampers Gallery which you can find here!

Thanks for stopping by to visit me! I love receiving your comments and encouragement!

Hop on over to EHA's blog to check out the challenge and be inspired!




  1. I love all the lacy details you used. Way to go on this challenge, you nailed it. I love how your images subtly extends outside the circle frame - beautiful. The flower charm on the bow is gorg! must find some.

  2. Such a pretty pink and blue card. Love the image, your coloring, the lace and all those fantastic details. "Hugs" Carol

  3. SO pretty! I love the softness in your color combination. Very comforting! You did a great job!

  4. This is such a sweet card!!! Lovethe colours and your colouring is amazing!! hugs xx

  5. Kathy, this is such a sweet image, and you did a beautiful job coloring her. So many great details on your card...the beautifully punched border, the pretty flowers...TFS the link. I love the soft colors you used, especially the thank you for the nice comments on my blog.


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