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!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

ODBDSLC117 - Sketch - Two Week Challenge

Happy Tuesday!

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

This week's challenge will last for two weeks and ....
It's a sketch.....

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 Sunday, August 5th at 8 p.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 Sunday, August 5th at 8 p.m. EST. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC117. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.
Now for my take on the sketch challenge this week...

I decided to make a Christmas card using Holiday Ornaments Stamp Set and Holiday Tags Shapeabilities Dies.  The ornament is detachable and the recepient can hang it on their tree!  Here's a couple of more pictures, one closeup...

and the other showing it detached.

To make the ornament, I die cut a piece of recycled packaging and another piece of desginer paper (the striped one) and glued them together with the image die cut.  Then I just added some gold string I got from the flower section at Michaels, a little bell, a bow, and a pearl.
The Sentiment is three different die cuts glued together.  I stamped each one with the sentiment and then couldn't decide which one to use, soooo I used all three!  The bird is a project "leftover" from last year that I decided to include.  I love being able to used up those "leftovers" I keep on hand!

For all ingredients used:

Stamps: Holiday Ornaments (ODBD)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Glad Tidings Designer Paper (K&Co.), Capers, Palo Verde (Bazzills)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Wheat (VersaMagic), Amaretto (Powder Puffs)
Accessories: Holday Tags, Fancy Tags Shapeabilities (Spellbinders), 2-step Bird Punch (SU), Triad Leaves Embossing Folder (Sizzix), ribbons, velvet trim, 9mm Jingle Bell, gold string (Michaels), adhesive pearls (Want2Scrap), burgundy felt (Jo-Ann's), recycled packaging (cereal box), button (Basic Grey), Bow-Easy, Detailed Clear Embossing Powder (Stampendous), mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Crimson Red, Tuscan Red, Marine Green, Bronze, Yellow Ochre, Light Umber, Chocolate, Black

For more inspiration, please visit the super talented ladies on the team!  This month we have a new guest designer, Linda Lucas aka Lovely Linda in Blogland!  Make sure to visit her blog and give her some love!

  • Hope you can join in the challenge the next 2 weeks!




    1. What a creative and elegant take on the sketch, Kathy!! I just love the rich colors and papers as well as the elegance of the detachable ornament. Beautiful in every way!!

    2. Kathy, Your card is lovely. Sketch challenges are always a real "challenge" for me, but you have definitely inspired me to give it a try...

    3. Simply GORGEOUS Kathy...So elegant, striking, and love the little ornament that can be hung on the tree!! Beautifully coloured too!!

    4. I just love this Kathy! It almost has a rustic Country Christmas feel! Your coloring is perfect! Now I have discovered another exquisite set I MUST have... lol! Have a wonderful week!

    5. How smart you are to use this sketch for a Christmas card - Brilliant! Love those papers and your use of the EF for one side. What a sweet and wonderful little ornament - Just love it!!! I may find myself humming 'Its beginning to feel a lot like Christmas" all night now......

    6. Kathy this is soooo gorgeous!!! I love the detachable ornament and the elegant, rich feel of the card! The papers and ribbon are just fabulous!!! The die cut gives more elegance.... I'm just in love!

    7. your card is absolutely GORGEOUS kathy!! every single thing about this card is sheer perfection!! hugs!!

    8. How clever are you!?! Great idea and beautiful execution! Love that darling ornament and score on the sketch challenge! Love your coloring!! Amazing work! Blessings and hugs!

    9. Very pretty card & ornament. Love the colors, the mix of papers, embossing, textures. Cool layered tag!

    10. Kathy, this card is so awesome! Love the ornament! Hugs

    11. WOW, wow, wow, Kathy, girl, so elegant and beautiful! I am blown away by your coloring and those papers...awesome! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

    12. Kathy I am lovin' this! That little felt bird is adorable!!!


    Thank you for blessing me with your sweet comments!