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, September 18, 2012

ODBDSLC123 - Stamp Your Own Background

Happy Tuesday!

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

This week's challenge:

Stamp your own background on a card or project. 

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, September 23rd 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, September 23rd at 8 p.m. EST. If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC123. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

Here's my take on the challenge this week...

Since I don't have any background stamps, I created my own using 3 different stamp sets!  Silly me decided I would color the images on white!  This is only 1/2 of what I actually stamped and colored, lol!  What was I thinking?  After I was done, I then embossed it with a snowflake folder.

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Dreams, Holiday Ornaments, Luke 2:11 (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Red Devil, Capers (Bazzills)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), VersaMark
Accessories: Fleur de Lis Squares (Spellbinders), Snowflakes #8 Embossing Folder (Sizzix), ribbon, snowflake button (Michaels), distressing tool, adhesive pearls (Want2Scrap), mineral spirits,  heat tool, Old Fashioned Olive Embossing Powder (SU), Prismacolor Pencils: Cool Greys 10%, 70%, Bronze, Kelp Green, Crimson Red, Tuscan Red

Please visit the other designers to see their fabulous creations this week!

  • Katherine Lawson - Guest Designer
    I'm also submitting this to the latest Word Art Wednesday Challenge #45.
    Hope you can join in the challenge this week!


    1. Your background might have been a lot of work, but it paid off, it's gorgeous! I love the embossing over it. The beautiful bow and the sentiment look so beautiful mounted on it.

    2. This is beautiful Kathy! I know what you mean about coloring and tossing! It takes a great deal of time to get just the right image! But I must say you did hit this one out of the park... from the colorful background to your choice to emboss... EVERYTHING works together to create a festive card that celebrates our Savior's birth! Wonderfully done... hugs and blessings...

    3. Wowzer Kathy!! Sheer elegance!! I just love your white embossed background with the stamped and colored images in the background. Your layout and design are stunning.

    4. You've made a gorgeous background here. Too bad the extra was probably useless pieces that you cut off and couldn't be made into a second card. Live and learn, right? It turned out so beautifully! I have lost my "mojo" and hope to get it back soon. Thanks for inspiring me and for sharing this amazing creation with is at Word Art Wednesday. You always have something to bless me!!
      Karen L
      Word Art Wednesday

    5. Oh my this is gorgeous Kathy!! Such a beautiful stamp!! HUGS

    6. Kathy...this is AWESOME!! What a wonderful, pretty BG, I often wonder why we buy the stuff, when such pretty BG's can be made!!
      Love you card....

    7. Wow ...what a pretty card...I just love your bright and cheery Christmas BG, BEAUTIFUL!!

    8. what a beautiful christmas card, kathy!! love that background you created, so pretty!! hugs!

    9. Awesome! Love how you did your background...

    10. Wow! Kathy this is so beautiful!!! I thought that was designer paper when I first saw it!!!

    11. What a pretty card! Love how you also colored the background! Blessings!!

    12. Stunning, Kathy! Love how you uesd the ornaments and colored them along with the texture. Wonderful Christmas card!

    13. Silly you? I think not! Clever you is more like it! Love the custom DP background you've so beautifully crafted between your expert coloring and the embossing!! Nice job!!!


    Thank you for blessing me with your sweet comments!