Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Savior is Born!

This week's scripture challenge is brought to us by Miesje from Room with a View. Her beautiful scripture choice is so appropriate for this time of year:

"Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14)

The challenge this week is :
A Christmas card or project that is Christian, image and/or sentiment must have the TRUE meaning of Christmas.
And our prize sponsor is Our Daily Bread Designs gift certificate for 15.00!!

So, my card is "simple," except when you consider the discard inked images of trees and all in my trash can! I attempted first on watercolor paper, but could not get a good impression. After a few trial and errors, I decided to cut out one of my discard trees and used that to add the inked verse in "Fired Brick" distress inks. The nestability shape was outlined in gold krylon pen, and popped up onto the main card image. I wanted to make the verse be the star for this card!
I will be back this week with a Christmas message, but at the time of this writing I'm at our winter condo putting back and finishing up the basement bedroom and bath after flooding; just in time for our daughters and all their friends to use it during Christmas break.
Hope to get more crafting and pictures to share this week!! Hope you are enjoying the beauty of this season and may this verse give you much comfort and joy!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

SSIC~Christmas Angel

Hi and welcome to a new week of stamping inspired by scripture by the Stampin' Sisters in Christ!! We are so glad you are here and sure hope you can join in this week's scripture challenge!
This week's scripture chosen by the talented Lisa of The Craft's Meow:

Matthew 1:20-22

"But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.' All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him 'Immanuel," which means "God with us.'"

Lisa's challenge: make a card or project with an angel on it...designer paper, stamp, charm, etc.
The prize this week is a 15.00 gift certificate from Clear Dollar Stamps!!
This angel is nothing like the angels we read of in Biblical accounts. Gabriel, a male angel, was the one God appointed as messenger for pronouncing the coming Messiah. Gabriel was said to be the strongest of the angels.
This is a sweet angel image from a PSX stamp, one of the first ones I purchased. I used her with a new to me product , a platinum colored metallic paint. I lightly sponged the paint on top of the embossed vanilla paper and sponged it around the edges of the framed images. The angel was silver embossed and colored in with copics. Her coloring is more on the pastel side, but due to lighting, I needed to add a bit more color contrast.
I am enjoying the last few days of delving in once again to the Christmas story. One of my favorite books I read daily beginning in December is "God's Gift of Christmas," by John MacArthur. To share an excerpt from his book:
"The name Immanuel is the heart of the Christmas story. It is a Hebrew name that means, literally, "God with us." It is a promise of incarnate deity, a promise that God Himself would appear as a human infant...If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words these would be the words. "God with us." We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ, but the greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!
Immanuel, infinitely rich, became poor. He assumed our nature, entered our sin-polluted world, took our guilt on Himself although He was sinless, bore our griefs, carried our sorrows, was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities. (Isaiah 53:5.) All of that is wrapped up in "God with us."

Join in the challenge with us and be blessed as you visit each of the design team member's card and other creations this week!! You can find the design team blogs on my side bar or by visiting the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog.
Thank you so much for your visit...enjoy this Sunday of Advent.