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!


Friday, July 24, 2015

Sparkling Poinsettia Step by Step Coloring and Shaping Tutorial

Happy Friday!

I'm so excited today to have a tutorial I've written featured on the  Heartfelt Creations Blog.

This is the project I created for the tutorial.

I've been using this coloring technique for a while now and love the soft look it gives and how easy it is to do!

For my tutorial I'm using the Sparkling Poinsettia, but you can use almost any flower for this technique. Here's a little close-up of the beautiful poinsettia flower.

Now, for the tutorial!

Sparkling Poinsettia Step by Step Coloring and Shaping Tutorial

Step 1) Stamp flowers and leaves on Natural White Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel. Apply heat from underneath so that the little gold specks don’t blow away.

Note: Click on the photos to see a closer view.

Step 2) Using make-up applicators and chalk inks, color the flowers. Start with a light application of color from the center of the flower petal and fading to the outside of the petal. Depending on how “juicy” my ink pad is, I usually dab off a lot of the color on paper towel first so I can get a light application. You can always add more color, but you can't take it away. I'll then go back and add a little more color to create more of a shadow. You can see here how one petal is a little darker than the others.

Step 3) For the leaves, I apply the color down the center and fade to the outside. For the berry clusters, I apply a little bit of both colors.

Step 4) Die cut the flowers and leaves with the matching dies.

Step 5) Clip between the flower petals with scissors.

Step 6) Spritz lightly on backs of flowers, leaves and center clusters with water before shaping. (Note: do this process of spritzing and shaping one piece at a time.)

Step 7) Shape flower petals with curler tool by pressing the tool down the center of each petal on the embossing mat.

Step 8) Shape leaves down the center using your fingernail. (Or a stylus tool if you don’t have any!)

Step 9) Shape flower center cluster by cupping each on the back with a stylus tool, then turn over and press stylus tool in the center so the cluster pops up.

Step 10) This is how your flowers, leaves and clusters should look when done.

Step 11) Using Art Institute Glue Dries Clear, glue flower together offsetting petals. Glue leaves to back of flower.

Step 12) Cut Natural White cardstock 4 1/2” x 6”. Stamp sentiment on lower right using VersaMark Ink and heat embossing with Brown Sugar Embossing Powder.

Step 13) Die cut Decorative Lace Border with Natural White and glue to mat. It’s best to used the Metal Glue Tip with the glue although it’s not in the picture here.

Step 14) Add Jute Ribbon over die cut using Scor-Tape. Make a multi-loop bow with fibers using a bow making tool and add to mat using Aleenes Tacky Glue. Add mat to a 4 3/4” x 6 1/4” blue card base using Scotch Mounting tape.

(You can find a basic tutorial here on using the Bow-Easy Tool like did here if you need it. My bow was made wrapping it 9 times...I usually always make it an odd number. The thinner the ribbon/fiber is, the more times I will wrap it.)

Step 15) Add flower to card using Aleene's Tacky Glue.

Step 16) To decorate the inside of the card, cut a 4 1/2” x 6” mat with Natural White. Stamp the sentiment with VersaMark and heat emboss with Brown Sugar Embossing Powder. Using the Sparkling Poinsettia Swirl Set, stamp the poinsettia swirl on the top left with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss from underneath with Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel. Color image with chalk inks using same method as you did with the flowers, leaves and clusters. Add mat to inside of card.

I'm submitting this to the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #193 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! I love coloring with pencils, but it's a lot of work sometimes. This technique to so easy to do and I love how it comes out! Hope you like it too!



Heartfelt Creation Products:

HCPC 3679 - Large Sparkling Poinsettia Cling
HCPC 3680 - Sparkling Poinsettia Cling
HCPC 3681 - Sparkling Poinsettia Candle Cling
HCPC 3682 - Sparkling Poinsettia Swirl Cling
HCD1 765 - Large Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCD1 766 - Sparkling Poinsettia Die
HCD 713 - Decorative Lace Border Die
368770 - Scor-Pal
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
159723 - Art Institute Glue - Dries Clear

Other Products: Neenah Natural White cardstock, Coredinations Waterspout cardstock, VersaMark Watermark Pad, VersaMagic Aegean Blue and Tea Leaves, Spanish Olive Inks, Bow-Easy Tool, Ivory Jute 1.5” ribbon, ivory cotton fibers, Brown Sugar Zing Embossing Powder, Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel, heat gun tool, scor-tape, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Scotch Mounting Tape, make-up applicators, Embossing Buddy, water spritzer.


  1. Wonderful tutorial Kathy! This is the next flower I will be buying to start my Christmas Cards.

  2. Hello used this HFC set very very well...the poinsettia is wonderful in her blu color...thanks for tutorial...hugs Ada

  3. Hi Kathy, another one of your stunning creations and a tutorial too.
    Beautiful soft colours on this gorgeous flower, looks amazing with the burlap and border detail..
    Hugs Pam x

  4. Love, Love, Love your card! It is absolutely gorgeous! the flowers is so pretty and I love the color you chose for it! I also love the use of the burlap! Awesome creation! Thank you for playing along in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge! Have a blessed day!

    Charity - DT Member - Word Art Wednesday (my personal blog)

  5. Great tutorial, Kathy! I especially love your use of burlap and how you created your bow!

  6. beautiful card Kathy, i have always loved your colouring techniques and this tutorial is fab.

  7. So beautiful!! Great job with the tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Oh wow! Thanks so much for showing us how you did this! I love chalk inks!!! But wasn't quite sure how you got the dimension, thanks so much for sharing!!!

  9. What a stunning card! Thank you for the step by step pictures, what a lot of extra work on your part, but I sure do appreciate it.

  10. Thank you for sharing the technique. Beautiful cards. And.. I have this set so I can recreate!!


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