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!


Sunday, December 22, 2013

All About Christmas

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today I have a couple of Christmas projects to show you!  The first is a very simple card I made for MY Christmas Cards this year!  I wanted something elegant and simple...this is what I came up with!

I just love the white and red combination on this showing the beautiful Elegant Flurry Snowflake Die cut.  Very easy card to put together!  I used a red card base and a white mat partially embossed with a snowflake die.  I stamped a sentiment on the bottom, wrapped some red ribbon around the mat, then added the snowflake and a bow!

My second project is a gift card holder I made using the Fancy Envelope Die, my new FAVORITE die!  It's perfect as a gift card holder, I love it!  I know I'll be using this one a lot!

To make the holder, I cut the envelope with white cardstock and again with some Christmas designer paper (Botanical Noel by Recollections).  I trimmed the designer paper piece to cover the flap and another piece for the back (taken from the inside of the pocket). 

The Poinsettia Spray was cut with various cardstock scraps that were shaped and slightly inked.  I also cut a bow with red cardstock using the Homemade Christmas Gift Set and added a button with a twine bow.   I also cut an additional poinsettia flower to decorate the flap with a couple of leaves.

These are the dies I used:

(Note: I don't have a picture of the Fancy Envelope Die.)
I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #111 - Anything Goes.
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #76 - Anything Goes

Project recipes:

CottageCutz Dies: Elegant Flurry Snowflake, Poinsettia Spray, Fancy Envelope, Homemade Christmas Gift Set, Fancy Envelope
Stamp: Christmas Candles (Flourishes)
Paper: White, Cream, Botanical Noel (Recollections), Real Red, So Saffron (SU), Ruby Red, Rain Forest (Bazzills)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine), Real Red (SU), Forest Moss Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Snowflake #8 Embossing Folder (Sizzix), button, twine, Bow-Easy, Ombre Red Stitched Sheer Satin Ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

I hope you enjoyed by projects today and I have you a little inspiration!  Thank you for stopping by!





  1. This is a gorgeous card! I don't have the dies but I love the elegance of this and it definitely has a WOW impact!! The gift holder is beautiful also.

  2. I LOOOOOVE the white and red. What a classic and elegant combination. Your bow is so beautiful. Thanks for joining us at ATSM. :)

  3. Elegant is surely is. The red and white tell the whole story. As usual you bow takes first prize and that airy snowflake is surely a must for everyone. Thank you for joining us today at Word Art Wednesday with your fabulous art.
    Advent Blessings of Hope, Peace and Joy,
    Carole Robb Bisson

  4. How beautiful this is, Kathy! Even the envelope is lovely. The people on your Christmas card list are VERY blessed people in deed. Your cards are always such a joy to view, and it's a blessing to have them shared in our challenges. I can't even tell you how much I appreciate it. I really hope that your Christmas is wonderful, and that the Lord pours out His blessings on you and your family. Because you bless me and others so much with your art, I pray that it will be given back to you in ways that you can't even imagine. God is SO GOOD, and I thank Him for you!
    Merry Christmas my friend.
    Word Art Wednesday

  5. 2 elegant, stylish projects! You have a great eye for detail. Thanks for joining us at ATSM and Merry Christmas!

  6. These are simple and sweet, perfect Christmas cards this year.


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