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!


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New Monkeying Around Collection

Happy Wednesday!

It's the second Wednesday of the month which means it's time for the new release from Heartfelt Creations!!! This month we have the Monkeying Around Collection! Here is a little write up for it.

Are you ready for an adventure?  Grab your water bottle, sunscreen, and safari hat and join us as we explore exotic jungles taking in the lively and entertaining antics of the new Monkeying Around Collection by Heartfelt Creations!  Filled with amusing illustrations of ever so charming monkeys, this newest collection is sure to have you “going bananas” with excitement!  Four entertaining cling stamp sets supply you with an assortment of fun filled, mix and match monkey images to create just the right amount of monkey mayhem for any of your paper crafting project needs, while various sized palm tree fronds, floral accents, bananas, coconuts along with lush palm tree die cuts add a dimensional tropical feeling to your projects with ease!  Trek through a paper collection filled with deep jungle greens, sunlit yellows and ocean like blues, accented with balmy breeze teals, pretty floral pinks and a hint of sunset reds creating just the right tropical color palette to showcase these adorable apes on cards, scrapbook layouts or altered art pieces.  So, come along with us as we join in with the monkey chatter, swing from vine to vine and take part in the shenanigans of the new Monkeying Around Collection!

For my first project with this collection I used the Relaxin' Monkeys Set for the main image. I also added a palm tree and flowers from the Palm Tree & Monkeys Set and branches from the Monkeying Around Set. The images were colored with pencils and mineral spirits and, except for the main image, were cut with the matching dies. The mat and sentiment were cut from the designer papers. The "window" in the mat was created by using the Cut Mat Create Die.

Be sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog to see what the designers have for you using this collection! Emma Lou also has a video showing you how to create a pop up scene using this new collection!

I'm submitting this to the following challenge:

Word Art Wednesday #272-273 - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #159 - Show Me the Green & Ribbon/Trim
Crafty Cardmakers #183 - Go Green
Addicted to Stamps & More #232 - Make Your Mark

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!



Relaxing Monkey

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

HCPC 3777 - Palm Tree & Monkeys Cling
HCPC 3778 - Monkeying Around Cling
HCPC 3780 - Relaxin' Monkeys Cling
HCD1 7132 - Palm Tree & Monkey Die
HCD1 7133 - Monkeying Around Die
HCD1 751 - Cut Mat Create 2A Die
HCDP 276 - Monkeying Around Paper Collection
368770 - Scor-Pal
159723 - Designer Dries Clear

Other Products: Paper: Neenah Solar White, White 12" x 12" (Recollections), Early Espresso (Stampin Up); Inks: VersaFine Onyx Black, Peeled Paint Distress; Accessories: Pink Shimmers Chalk, Clear Wink of Stella, mineral spirits, paper stumps, Prismacolor Pencils: Sepia, Espresso, Black, Putty Beige, Pink Rose, Nectar, Olive Green, Jasmine, Goldenrod, Yellow Ochre, Chocolate, Cool Greys 20%, 70%, 90%, Scotch Mounting Tape, glue dots, die cutting machine, button, Ivory Burlap String (May Arts)

Instructions: Card measures 6" x 6". Cut white cardstock 6" x 12", score at 6" and fold to make card base. Cut Early Espresso 6" x 6" and glue to card base. Cut 6" x 6" card panel from Monkeying Around Paper Collection, trim 1/8" off all 4 sides and die cut center with large rounded square die from Cut Mat Create 2A Set. Ink all edges with Peeled Paint Ink. Set aside.

On Solar White with Onyx Black Ink stamp relaxing monkey from Relaxin' Monkey Set. Color with pencils and mineral spirits. Add pink chalk to monkey's "cheeks". Trim image down to fit behind card panel window and tape to back so image appears as pictured. Add card panel/image to card base with Scotch Mounting Tape.

On Solar White with Onyx Black Ink stamp palm tree, flowers (Palm Tree & Monkey Set) and palm branches (Monkeying Around Set). Color with pencils and mineral spirits and die cut with matching dies. Add tree and flowers as shown with Scotch Mounting Tape and glue branches behind flowers. Trim sentiment from paper collection, ink edges with Peeled Paint Ink, curl using a pencil and add as pictured with glue. Add Fuzzy Navel Prills to flower centers using Designer Dries Clear Glue. Once dry, paint flowers and prills with Clear Wink of Stella.

 Thread twine in button, tie bow on back and add to top right of card using glue dots.


  1. What a cute card, Kathy. I want to be a relaxing monkey...soon! We're going to take a cruise, and I can't wait to chill out just like that!! Thanks so much for stopping by to play along in our challenge. I hope you're doing fantastic, and that you have an awesome and creative week.
    Word Art Wednesday

  2. Hi Kathy

    Cute card and the monkey has a cheeky grin too

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers


  3. Love the monkey and design. Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Cardmakers.

  4. Great colouring! Love the monkey...
    Thank you for sharing with Addicted to Stamps and More!
    Addicted to Stamps and More
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

  5. Hi again, Kathy. Thanks for sharing your awesome and adorable card in our Green Challenge. It's always SO nice to have you play along.
    Really Reasonable Ribbon

  6. A stunning card. I love the monkey image and the scene you have created. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers. Sally.x.

  7. Awesome card. You always create a masterpiece!

  8. That is fabulous card! LOVE that monkey. Thanks for playing along with Addicted To Stamps and More!


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