Sunday, October 30, 2011

SSIC 113~Christmas Tree

Another week has flown by so quickly...and it's time for a new Stampin' Sisters in Christ card challenge!
This week our hostess is the wonderfully talented Lisa from The Craft's Meow.  You can view the devotional on the SSIC blog and read along with the rest of the design team. It's always exciting to see each week's thoughts  and applications.
Well, we had a "sneak peek" of winter here a couple of days ago as overnight the snow caught us by surprise, leaving a scene of winter wonderland along with many damaged trees in our town and neighborhoods. The beauty of the fist snowfall of the year sparked the creativity in today's card. This week's challenge was to use "fall colors like crimson, orange or golds."
Crimson it is...and this Christmas striped ribbon reminds me of today's verse:
Isaiah 1:18" Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
I stamped the tree and gave it a gold halo with Tim Holtz antique linen and tea dye inks...(my touch of gold) and added a bit more gold with stickles along the branches. The crimson was added with the back panel and the red and white striped ribbon tied in a big fat bow. These oversized bows seem to be my trademark!

I see this verse as such a "gift" from God...the one we as Christians can celebrate any day...and that is the complete wiping out of our sins by a completely Holy God. Some may ask, "What is sin? " Sin as used in scripture means to "miss the mark." God has set a perfect and holy standard in the Bible. Just reading the Ten Commandments, none of us has to go far to realize that we don't meet any of them perfectly. God is holy, which means he is completely without sin. In order to enter in to his presence and enjoy fellowship with him...we also need to have that holiness imparted to us. Thankfully, we don't have to wait until some distant day far off into the future. God provided a way...and that is by believing in His son, Jesus Christ and repenting (turning away from) our sin. If any of this is confusing or you would like to know more about how to have your sins completely removed (past , present, and future) now and forever...please leave me a comment and we can reason together through the scriptures.
This week's prize sponsors are a 10 pound gift card from Lily of the Valley. I just received an order from them yesterday, and can't wait to make a card with one of these adorable images!
 I hope you can join in our challenge this week...and be reminded of the weight that has been lifted as we rejoice over the promise of this scripture when we confess our sins and turn away from them...putting our trust in God's son as the perfect sacrifice for all of our sins.
Today's card is also being submitted for this week's Flourishes
card challenge to use a tree or leaves on your card!
And one more submission for this month's Flourishes Christmas Card Challenge FLLCNOEL18!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

First Snow

Yesterday I woke up to an enchanted winter scene. Overnight, the snow had fallen, draping the trees still heavy laden with golden amber leaves. It was beautiful, and magical...and then a little night-marish. My husband warned me not to look, but outside our kitchen bay window over-looking our two story deck were two of our most beautiful and mature Purple Ash trees. One had a side that had been torn from it's trunk and lay stretched out covering the entire expanse of our lawn. The other tree, though not as severe, had lost about a fourth of it's branches. I was heartbroken. Of course, we did call the tree trimmers, but the entire town had been shrouded in the early wet snow, and apparently we will be on a long wait list.  So we will have to wait and see what the plan is, the estimate for removal, and if at least one can be salvaged.
However, I still do love snow, and last night as I walked out our front door, the snow sparkled and glistened against the street lights.
 This morning as I drove around, I marveled at the beauty of the aspen leaves peeking through the heavy snow. This is our first snow of the year, and because of the warm temperatures, it came down heavy and wet. In a few days, it will all be melted and I wouldn't be surprised if we have many more temperate days before winter arrives once more.
I made this card with Flourishes stamps, using the Basic Grey Jovial paper to mimic the starry night sky. The snowy panel was just drawn and cut out, then lots and lots of sparkly glitter added for the snow. I hope it brings you a smile!!
Thanks so much for your visit...I may take a picture and add it later when I am feeling less stunned by the scene of our fallen tree.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Stampin' Sisters in Christ~Seasonal Birds

Good Sunday morning to you!! As you can see by my photo above...Colorado is gorgeous right now with all the leaves putting on their showy display!! You can see a peek of the gorgeous leaves in golden hues right behind my card. We have three huge trees that line that back of our deck, so our yard, our deck, the neighbors covered with them!

Today's challenge hostess at Stampin' Sisters in Christ is the wonderfully talented MariLynn. You can read her devotional on the SSIC blog.
The verse:
Ecclesiastes 3:1
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven."

The challenge: Use something that shows the passing of time in your card, exs: a calendar, a sun, a creative!!
My card today uses a set that is one of my favorites and yet I have only used one or two of these separately on a card. But combined, you can see spring, summer, and fall on the front of my card. I tried hard to fit all four seasons but the card was going to end up being over 6 inches square and they still wouldn't fit this shape fit the images...and you get the idea of the seasons changing, I hope. I made a 3x7 inch card and used the SU! Seasonal Bird for my stamp set, SU! Brushed copper paper, and a flourished embellishment also cut in the copper paper. The pretty designer paper is one I have had for a long time, it has shades of copper, browns, greens, creams and has a glittery shimmer to it.

This week's prize sponsors are three free Digital Images by Louby Lou!! Such cute designs!!
As always, thank you so much for taking the time to visit here. I sure hope you will be inspired by this week's devotional and accompanying challenge. I look forward to seeing your creations! Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Stampin' Sisters in Christ~Doves and Holly

Good morning my stamping friends! Today's challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ is a really unique one based on such an encouraging scripture selection. Miesje from Creative Craft Room with a View has chosen our verse and challenge this week. You can read her devotional on the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog or here.  I hope you can join in the fun this week!!
The verse:  Matthew 11: 28 – 30  "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
The challenge: Sharing. Use two of everything on your card. 2 Designer papers, 2 flowers, 2 stamps...etc...whatever you choose, double it!
The Prize Sponsors: This week's wonderful sponsors are Designed 2 Delight~a 10.00 gift certificate!

I don't have a devotional to add to this week's scripture, but am always so blessed reading this week's devotional along with you!

I purchased this stamp last Christmas, and it was still uninked! So I was happy to bring it out and use it for today's card challenge. As you can see, there are two doves on the image, two sizes of the same Labels 18 nestability, and two sets of three pearls. I also used two designer papers.
I am also submitting this for this month's Flourishes Christmas challenge to make your card shine! I used gold embossing powder for my stamped images, stickles for the holly berrys, and glimmer mist for the entire image.
Here are the card details:
Stamps: Doves and Holly, Christmas Classics (Flourishes)
Paper:  PTI white, SU! Brushed Gold, Basic Grey Jovial
Ink: Tim Holtz Spun Sugar and Antique Linen, Memento Black
Accessories: Spellbinders Labels 18, Copic markers, Pearls, Red twill ribbon and white crochet ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder, Diamond Stickles

Thanks so much for visiting today and hope you can join in on the challenge!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Amazing Grace

Today's card was made for Stampin' Sisters in Christ Sunday challenge! Today's verse and devotions were chosen by the beautifully talented Lovely Linda. You can visit the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog for the devotional , or Linda's blog here.
The verse:
Mark 10:27
"And Jesus looking upon them saith, with men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."
The challenge from Linda :  Anything Goes!!
This week's sponsor is Simon Says Stamp, and the winner will receive a special stamp set!!

I just received this stamp in the mail from Rubbernecker...and wanted to use it for today's card challenge. I love the words in this old hymn combined with this beautiful font! I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch to design the layout. You can barely see the sheer ribbon, but it is wrapped along the corner with the bow secured on top. The card looks like it is wrapped like a gift, which is what Grace is: unmerited favor from God!
Thanks so much for your visit today, now let's enjoy the Lord's day and I look forward to seeing your creation later this week!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Stampin' Sisters in Christ ~Challenge #109

It's another Sunday and another scripture verse challenge on Stampin' Sisters in Christ!! This week's challenge is brought to us by the fun and talented Kris Breach of "Ink Something." You can visit the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog and see the devotional as well as the design team's samples for your inspiration.
This week's Scripture:
Galatians 5:22
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."
The challenge:
Include FRUIT in your creation. (could be designer paper, digi paper, stamped image, charm, etc...)
*By definition, a pumpkin is a fruit, and so are other "harvest" produce such as gourds.*

I received a crate of peaches from a friend a couple of weeks ago; just before we were to leave on a trip. Not wanting to waste any, I went to work peeling, slicing , and freezing. So when I viewed this week's challenge, I was excited to bring out this Magnolia stamp featuring Tilda holding a peach! Isn't she sweet? I have long admired these stamps that have been water colored with distress inks, so this week, I challenged myself to try this technique. It is a different look than coloring with copics, and I like the softness the water coloring medium lends to this sweet image!

This verse is one I have not visited in awhile...and it was such a good reminder that when we have Christ in us; he enables us to live by the fruits of the Spirit.  I did a little inventory of the fruits...not peaches, strawberries, and kiwis...but those fruits that Christ alone can accomplish in us. I know when I am short a fruit (or two or three) means I am not walking by the Spirit, but I am relying on my own strength.
This week I am concentrating on one of the fruits of the spirit listed in this verse, "peace." What I learned is that "our peace is an inner calm that is promised to those who believe who have a thankful attitude based on an unwavering confidence that God is able and willing to do what is best for his children." That perspective has really helped me this week...knowing that I can be thankful even in light of difficult circumstances...because I can know that God is doing what is best for me.
This past week I was given the "peace that passes all understanding..." that is promised in Philippians 4:6-8. " The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus." There was a situation that would send any mother into a tailspin of worry and anxiety...and yet I experienced so much peace. I prayed a lot during the day, and slept really well at night.  I was talking it over with my husband today and what was different? The situation remained, nothing changed on the outside...but I felt different on the inside. Could it have been the prayers of others, my own prayers...and then I realized...the difference was I could see a tiny window of God at work. It was as if  the heavens were parted just enough to see something minuscule on a universal scale, yet so large in my life from a heavenly perspective. So then, the question I asked myself, So did that mean that God wasn't at work before? just meant that God was really gracious in allowing me to see a speck of what he was doing in the grand scheme of things. And so I can only thank Him.
I hope you are encouraged by this week's verse and I look forward to see what you do for today's challenge.
Have a blessed Sunday!