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 22, 2014

Happy Anniversary - CottageCutz

Happy Thursday everyone!

Today I have an easel card I made for The Scrapping Cottage using the Swans Die from the CottageCutz Wedding Release, along with the Starburst Flower, Happy, Anniversary, Fancy Lace Border and Greenery Dies.

It's hard to show just one picture of an easel card, so I have a bunch for you!  Here's a view from the front.

Here are views from the side.

Here's the inside.

And finally, a close up of the front.

To make my card, I used cream card stock to create a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" easel card.  (If you're not familiar with easel cards, there is a tutorial on Split Coast Stampers here that you can refer to as a guide.)  I added a black mat to part of the front that is embossed with a polka dot embossing folder and popped it on the base.  I cut the Fancy Lace Border Die twice, once with black and again with LeCreme Designer Paper and added them to the bottom of the mat.  The Swans Die was cut with the cream and added with pop dots. The 2 small flowers from the Starburst Flower Die with also cut with LeCreme DP and added the the Swan.  Two leaves were added to either side of the flowers cut from the Greenery Die using black card stock.

For the inside of the card, I cut the sentiments using black card stock and added them by running them through my Xyron Create-a-sticker Machine.  I then added a piece of black trim and one of the Greenery Dies cut using black card stock.

To finish my card, I added a bow made with Cream Seam Binding and a couple of black pearls.

These are the dies I used on my card.

Card Recipe:

Paper: Cream, LeCreme (DCWV), Black (Recollections)
Accessories: McGill Mat and Tool Kit, Bow-Easy, Cream Seam Binding (Really Reasonable Ribbon), adhesive pearl, Xyron Create-a-sticker Machine, trim (Jo-Anns).

I'm submitting this to the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #133 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps & More #96 - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by today!




  1. wow Kathy, this is gorgeous! I love the dies, especially the swans..

  2. Wow, Kathy, this is absolutely drop dead gorgeous! All the dies are beautiful, and you have done such a great job exhibiting them! Thank you so much for sharing this masterpiece! Joleen

  3. great design and lovely subtle colours. Thanks for joining us at ATSM

  4. hi Kathy, this is a beautiful anniversary card, love the swans, lace border and flower, lovely colour combo.
    hugs pam..

  5. Kathy, The fancy lace border is very showy on a sweetheart card. Word Art Wednesday loves to showcase your wonderful art, share our free gift of God’s word with you each week and see that at least two of you get a very sweet prize. Thank you and God Bless, Carole

  6. This is so lovely. I make many anniversary you know that these dies MUST go on my wish list!

  7. This is striking! Love the black and white color palette! Your work is always such an inspiration!

  8. Oh gosh - this is fabulous. So, so elegant! Love the pretty die cut ribbon as well as those fab swans! Thanks so much for playing along with Addicted to Stamps and More!


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