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, August 14, 2012

ODBDSLC119 - Sponging

Hi there!

Hope you are all having a wonderful Tuesday!  It's time for a new Shining the Light Challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs...

This week's challenge:
is to use sponging on your creation.

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 19th 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 19th at 8 p.m. EST. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC119. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

Here is my take on the challenge this week...

My sponging is a little subtle, but I actually used it in a couple of places.  I used it on the edges of the flower petals to give them more depth and also on the edges of the mat.  It's hard to see in the picture, but the flower is fussy cut and layered.  You can click on the picture for a better view if you would like.

I've been wanting this Luke 2:11 set for a while now and finally got pretty!  I love images that fit into a corner that you can use with sentiments.  Here's a picture of the set so you can see how I put 2 of the stamps together.

There's also 2 other sentiments you can use with the flower image.  Really pretty fonts on this set too!

For all ingredients used:

Stamps: Luke 2:11 (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Real Red (SU)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Midnight Confession (Powder Puffs), Real Red (SU)
Accessories:  Labels 23 Grand (Spellbinders), adhesive pearls (Recollections & Kaiser Craft), sponge, Triad Leave Embossing Folder (Sizzix), mineral spirits, Prismacolor Pencils: Kelp Green, Crimson Red, Black

Please visit the other designers' blogs to see their gorgeous creations for this week's challenge.

  • I'm also submitting this to Word Art Wednesday's Challenge #40 to use their free word Scripture (Psalm 33:1), or encouraging/uplifting sentiment.

    I hope you enjoyed my creation this week and that you'll be able to join in the challenge!





    1. What a stunning Christmas card Kathy!! Love your subtle sponging and coloring of the poinsettia and the simple elegance. Gorgeous work as always my friend.

    2. Just so simply elegant, Kathy! This is a perfect Christmas card, and so glorifying to our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks for sharing this with us at Word Art Wednesday. You are such a blessing to us. I appreciate having you share your beautiful cards with us.
      Have a blessed week,
      Karen L
      Word Art Wednesday

    3. It may be subtle sponging. But the card is gorgeous and elegant.

    4. Kathy...this is STUNNING!! I love your card...what an inspiration to get started on the Christmas cards needed...Yours is breath taking, and I have this set on my wish list now!!

    5. New follower! Wow this stamp set is beautiful! Love the sentiment & poinsettia! Your water coloring & shading are very nice!

    6. stunning christmas card, kathy!! i love the subtle sponging around the edge of the die cut! hugs! :)

    7. This is so, so pretty, Kathy and helps it to feel not so hot in this part of the world. LOVE your coloring and the simple, yet elegant design! Blessings!

    8. What a beauty Kathy! I love the rich tones to this gem! So very elegant! So sorry it has taken a bit for me to comment! I miss chatting with ya!


    9. Another stunning card! May have to case this one one day!!!


    Thank you for blessing me with your sweet comments!