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!


Saturday, April 14, 2012


Happy Saturday!!!   It's time for a new Shining the Light Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs!

This week's challenge:
Use three of the letters in the word “Spring” for your embellishments, materials, or your image. Example- s=stitching, p=pink, r=ribbon, i=ink, n=nestabilities, g=green Please let us know the letters and items you used.

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Friday, April 20th at 8 a.m. EST. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday.

While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them. As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing three or more of our participants for the Shining the Light Award . In order to qualify for this award or join the challenge, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by Friday, April 20th at 8 a.m. EST. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC104. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

Here's my take on the challenge this week, a center step card.  I used the tutorial from Split Coast Stampers which you can find here

I used this beautiful new stamp called "Prayer of St. Francis".    I love the words to this and the pretty font that's used.  You really don't need to add much to this to make a card.  I think this would be really nice to put in a decorated frame for a gift...which I think I may do!

Here's a close-up of the bow with that gorgeous silk ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I'm already almost out of this and will definitely need to get more and maybe check some other colors.  Under the bow is black lace that I cut two sections apart and placed together to look like a butterfly.  I thought it looked pretty neat and only used a tiny bit of the lace!

Here's a picture of the inside, I cut out one of the butterflies on the designer paper, curled it a little, and glued it down to just add a little something.

For my SPRING ingredients, I used: 

S-Silk, P-Prayer, R-Rhinestones, I-Ink, N-New Stamp, G-Green

For all ingredients used:

Stamps: Prayer of St. Francis (ODBD)
Paper: Gabrielle Collection (Bo Bunny), Black (Stampin' Up), Natural White (Neenah), gold (DCWV Stack)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Turquoise Gem (VersaMagic), Midnight Confession (Powder Puffs)
Accessories: Silk ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon), lace (Jo-Ann's), flower (RAK from Sabrina), Fanciful Flourish Die (Cheery Lynn Designs), rhinestone swirls (Recollections), sponge, adhesive pearls (Recollections).

For more inspiration, please visit the other ladies on the design team and see their beautiful creations!

I'm also entering this into two other challenges, the latest challenge at Word Art Wednesday Challenge #23 which you can find here.  This is the verse given for you to use if you choose.  What a beautiful verse and message this is.

Also, the latest challenge at Stampin' Sister's in Christ,  Challenge #134, which you can find here.  The challenge is to make a joy-ful card, something celebratory! This is the verse given to us.

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrews 12:2-3

I'd also like to thank all of you that voted for me at Heartfelt Creations for their Design Team Contest.  Yesterday was the last day to vote, and I submitted my projects to them.  Now I just need to wait and see!  Thank you for supporting me!

That's it for today! Hope to see you join in on the SPRING Challenge!




  1. Stunning Kathy!!! Just love the center step design with this prayer and your aqua and brown color combo. The details just pop!! Sheer elegance and beauty!! Have a great weekend my friend!!

  2. Oh, Kathy, girl, this is so very beautiful!!! I have yet to try one of these step cards....I know I have been living under a rock, LOL! Have a blessed and creative weekend! Hugs, Sabrina

  3. Oh, Kathy - this is SO pretty. I just love the soft sweet elements on this. You really blessed my heart with this, and I'm SO grateful to have you playing along in this week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Have a blessed week, and please join us again next week. I love to see your beautiful art.
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  4. What a beauty of a card...and the inside too, I love this new verse, and how you did it up on your gorgeous DSP, and center-step card!! just so very pretty in the blues!!

  5. This is beautiful Kathy! Love the step card... I'm always so hesitant to try one but you may have just pushed me into it... lol... So very beautiful, elegant and a work of heart... Blessings...

  6. Love this card, Kathy!! The blues and the browns and then the added bonus of a stairstep card. . .love that seam binding bow with the creamy rose center sitting atop the black wings of lace, looking a bit like the butterfly on the inside of the card!! Brilliant, my dear! Hugs and blessings, sweet sister!

  7. I just love this card! I have to get this stamp, I love this prayer. Good luck with Heartfelt Creations! Hugs and blessings!

  8. oh kahty!! your card is absolutely STUNNING!! i love how you finished off the inside of the card, as well!!

  9. I just love the background you've given your stamp! Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday!

  10. Beautiful card, Kathy, this is one of my favorite Techniques now, I always like the way the cards turn out with it. Great Color combo.

  11. Wonderful work! Your creative butterfly is fabulous!


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