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!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Heartfelt Creations - Weekend Market

Hi there!

I'm back with another card I made for Heartfelt Creations.  This is my second project I created for my submission to their Design Team, a center-step card.  I love the rich vibrant colors of these Weekend Market Papers.  It was fun coordinating the project around them!

I've got lots of pictures.  Here's the front straight on...

The side...

Another side view...

A close-up...

Here's the inside...

These are the ingredients and instructions I gave to Heartfelt Creations. You can also find these and lots of other gorgeous creations from the design team members here on the HC Blog. 

Products Used on This Project
HCPC 3452 Pristine Lilies PreCut Set
HCPC 3455 Butterflies and Lilies PreCut Set
HCD 718 Decorative Chateau Gate Die
McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
McGill Paper Blossoms Molding Mat

Other Products Used. Paper: Not Quite Navy, Black, and Old Olive (Stampin’ Up), Natural White (Neenah) cardstock, Weekend Market Collection designer paper (Bo Bunny) Inks: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Amaretto, Banana Bliss (Powder Puffs). Accessories: Scissors, exacto knife, cutting pad, stylus, scoreboard and tool, sponge, pop dots, Gold Stickles (Ranger), Copper mini beads (Martha Stewart), Aleene’s Paper Glaze, mineral spirits, tortillons, Prismacolor Pencils (Cream, Sand, Goldenrod, Yellow Ochre, Chocolate, Light Umber, Dark Umber, Dark Brown, Ginger Root, Indigo Blue, Kelp Green, Black), and black adhesive pearls (Recollections).

Instructions: Card measures 6” x 5 1/2”. Used “Center Step Card” instructions from Split Coast Stampers adjusting center measurement to increase by 1”. Cut Not Quite Navy Cardstock 6” x 11”, line up edge of 11” side on cutter at 1” mark and cut at 1” to 6 1/2” marks, flip cardstock over and repeat on other side. Using a scoreboard and score tool, score along the long side of the cardstock from the edge to the cut line at 1”, 2”, 6 1/2”. Repeat on opposite edge of cardstock. Score between cut lines at 5 1/2”. Fold at the score lines and make crisp folds. Fold the first, third, and center fold lines mountain folds, and the second fold valley fold. This is the card base. For center section of card, cut dark gold designer pattern paper 4” x 6” format, cut light gold pattern paper 3 7/8” x 4 3/8” and ink all edges with Banana Bliss and Amaretto using sponge, and glue to card. Die cut 2 large gates and 1 small gate with Black cardstock. Cut and remove doors from large gates dies. Layer 2 large gates together with pop dots. Cut small gate in half down the middle between the windows. Overlap windows on top of each other and glue to form the flower box. Trim the little curl that extends on the sides. Use pop dots to adhere the window box to the bottom of the large gate. Stamp candle/scroll image on Natural White cardstock and color with pencils and mineral spirits, add micro beads with Aleene’s Paper Glaze to flower centers. Trim image to fit in gate window and adhere. Stamp flower box image on Natural White cardstock, color with pencils, and fussy cut. Stamp another flower image, color and cut 2 of the flowers. Add micro beads to flower centers, use pop dots to add the 2 flowers. Use pop dots to adhere the flowers to the flower box. Stamp butterfly on Natural White cardstock, color with pencils, fussy cut, and add copper micro beads as shown. For bottom front of card, cut mat with light gold designer paper 1” x 6”. For top layer, using striped pattern paper, cut 7/8” x 5 7/8” piece. Ink all edges with Banana Bliss and Amaretto. Glue to bottom of card. Add 3 black adhesive pearls on bottom right. Adhere gate and window box to center front of card with pop dots. Add butterfly to top right with pop dots. Stamp 1 second smallest and 1 third smallest flower from Pristine Lilies Precut Set onto Natural White cardstock. Color with pencils and puff up the petals using the McGill Paper Tool Kit and molding mat. Glue micro beads to centers and use gold stickles to dot stamens. Adhere to bottom left of card with pop dots. For front sides of card, cut 2 – 1” x 4 3/8” from light gold designer paper and 2 – 7/8” x 4 3/16” from blue designer paper. Ink edges of gold paper with Banana Bliss and Amaretto, and ink blue paper with Amaretto. Glue to sides of card. For inside of card, cut 1 – 4 3/8” x 5 7/8” from blue designer paper, ink edges with Amaretto, and adhere to inside of card. Cut 1 – 1” x 5 7/8” from striped designer paper and glue to bottom of card. Die cut one each of the leave branch from the Decorative Chateau Gate Die Set from Old Olive cardstock, and glue to center bottom of card inside using a glue dot. Stamp 1 large flower on light gold designer paper and 1 second smallest flower onto Natural White cardstock from the Pristine Lilies PreCut Set. Color with pencils, and cut out with scissors (or the matching die set if you have it). Cut between petals of large flower and ink edges with Banana Bliss ink. Puff up the petals using the McGill Paper Tool Kit and molding mat. Glue micro beads to both flower centers and use gold stickles to dot stamens. Add flowers with pop dots as shown.  

I think I'm a little too detailed, lol!  Well, I hope this gives you a little inspiration today!




  1. Kathy this is so stunning! So many neat details! I think the center step cards are my very favorite way to make a card. And you certainly know how to make amazing cards using this technique!

  2. Kathy, this card is so beautiful! The attention to detail and color is above and beyond. Many blessings!


Thank you for blessing me with your sweet comments!