Sunday, April 29, 2012

Daffodils for Mom!

Today is our Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge...this week MariLynn is our lovely hostess!
The scripture reference is:

Jeremiah 17:8

"Those who trust in the Lord shall be like a tree planted by water sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green. In the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit."
The challenge: Use our green thumbs, either use green on a card/project or use an image of something planted.

This week's sponsor: DRS Designs gave each of the DT a choice of stamp for our cards today.
A $10.00 gift certificate is this week's prize for one fortunate winner!

For my card, I chose this DRS framed Daffodil stamp is a growing thing and my Mom likes them as much as I do! I paired it with some pretty green solid paper and designer paper, Flourishes custom die (keyhole), Basic Grey designer rhinestones, PTI mixed messages for the sentiment, and two embossing folders.
Make a trip over to the Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog to read this week's devotional and be inspired and encouraged by the DT cards!
This is not a verse I am familiar with...but isn't it amazing how God's word comes alive when we meditate on it? I feel I have been in a bit of a spiritual drought in the last year or a period of feeling dry, a little out of my element as a mother and wife, unsure of my place in this world as my daughter is graduating college and moving on to a career in the big corporate world.... will I be able to impart anything of value to her, and if I do, will she listen?) I admit to feeling a little anxiety with a lot of unknowns...and yet this verse says to not cease to bear fruit. I think I need a bit of fertilizer if I'm going to keep producing...maybe sinking my roots a little deeper ...soaking up some of that fresh rain of His word, and looking upward to the sun of His face illuminating my days.  The "empty nest" is a transition for me...although our daughters have not lived at home for four years, they have been nearby...and now another stretch for me as my arms grow ever longer to reach across the threshold of change and find new ways to "bear fruit" as I am called to do! Lord, help me to be willing and please equip me for what is ahead and not be anxious.
Thanks so much for coming by...wishing you a blessed week!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge

Today's verse for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge is chosen by the Lovely Linda!
The scripture:

Psalm 119:105

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

The challenge: Make a card/project using a soft color palette.
The sponsor: Inspired Stamps~thank you!

The verse on my card is actually a digital image from Inspired Stamps...along with that pretty vine border~! I don't dabble in digital at all; so needed some help from my husband with isn't exactly what I had planned in my head! How often does that happen? The silhouettes are from another stamp company, I embossed those to dress up the other panel. These colors are Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder from SU!, and three silver pearls and some silver swirls were added.
I know Linda will have a wonderful devotions to accompany this week's challenge, so I encourage you to visit the SSiC blog to read and view the rest of teh DT's creations!
Thanks so much for stopping in and wishing you a wonderful, restful, worship-ful Sunday!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Country Charm

It's another beautiful Sunday here, and another stamping challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ! This week's scripture and challenge is hosted by the talented and lovely Kristine Breach. Why don't you visit the blog and see all she has to share in her devotional today as well as visit the DT's cards? You won't be disappointed, I'm sure!
So today's scripture is:

Colossians 1:27b "...Christ in you, the hope of glory"

The challenge: Create a card using vellum or acetate

Today's generous sponsor: Serendipity Stamps $25.00 gift certificate (Love their stamps!)

Thanks to Serendipity stamps, each of the DT members were given a choice of stamps and I chose this Adirondak Chair. The detail is quite amazing, and I knew this would make up into a cute country card with the embossed vellum and red gingham, a red button tied with twine to adorn one corner.
I love the look of vellum on kraft paper with gingham, don't you?
We hope you will take the time to play along with this week's challenge and also make a stop to Serendipity Stamps to thank them for their sponsorship this week.Can't wait to see what you will create!
Thanks so much for popping in today...I wish you a day of relaxation in your favorite chair!! :)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Jonquil Bookmark! FLLCAPRRW2

So today I told a friend that I did not own any daffodil stamps. Then I decided to enter this challenge at Flourishes for making a "bookworm" card or project, and the closest stamp I could find to fit in this embossing oval from SU! was called "jonquils." I think they must be the same as daffodils, but not sure. Either way, I used two embosslits and thought it jazzed up this bookmark, then added a green satin ribbon at the top. Thanks again for stopping in, we have lots of these yellow flowers poppin' up all over our neighborhood right now!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Motherly Love Challenge FLLCAPR12

There is a new Flourishes release at the Flourishes Blog this week! That means a new challenge and opportunity to win all of the release sets! The challenge was to make a birthday or Mother's day or any kind of card honoring  your Mother. Yesterday was my Mom's birthday and this is one of the cards I made.  I hope to make a Mother's Day card later this week also!
I used my Designer paper and had some fun pairing up two different kind of ribbons for this challenge. The sentiment is from Flourishes and I just used the box already on the beautiful paper. The ribbon is Flourishes' pink silk by May Arts and also some pink striped ticking I found here locally. The two shades of pink pair well with the two-tone pink flowers found on the paper also. I used three prima flowers and some twine treatment on top of the ribbon for added embellishment.

My mom is such a special woman in my life and I am happy to report that she is home from the nursing home now. As some of you may remember, it was very traumatic for all of us when she admitted herself after the home health care dropped her suddenly last May. After seven months, she is home again and of course, our hope and prayer is she will be able to stay as long as they can arrange to have daily help. I can only attribute my Mom being home to my Dad's diligent persistence and even more so, every one's prayers to this effect. God has been so very gracious to allow her this time home once again. I am in awe of all He has done for them! Living so far away; the stress of her and my Dad's well-being has been overwhelming at times this past year or I am so thankful for this respite for all of us!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee!



"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12: 2-3

Happy Easter! This week I have the honor of sharing a devotional thought on the significance of Easter and what this day means to me. I chose this verse from Hebrews because it tells me where Christ is now. One of the best things about the cross is that He is not there~nor is He in a tomb!! Christ has risen!! As believers we can know that Christ is seated at the right hand of God. The right hand of God signifies Christ’s authority, dominion, and rule over all. All the Earth, all the peoples, tribes, and nations, the governments, and yes, He rules over my heart.

This Easter message given by Billy Graham is one I wanted to share with you this morning. I hope it gives you much to think and meditate on and brings you the hope and joy that is found in Christ’s resurrection.

“What relevance has Easter and the Resurrection of Christ for us? Everything! The risen Christ, being alive forevermore, can do today what He did for those who received and believed Him in days gone by.

The Resurrection Redeems Us

First, the power of the Resurrection saves and redeems us. Christ said, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. (John 5:25)

I have seen hundreds, yes, thousands of men and women who were among the living dead. They groveled in misery and loneliness and were bored and fed up. Life to them was a hollow mockery and sham, without purpose and meaning.

Then with simple, trusting faith, they step into the presence of the living Christ. There they put their trembling hands into the strong hands of the Crucified. In the glow of the living Christ they step out of a casket of broken hopes and dreams to become useful, integrated human beings, filled with purpose and power.

Have you been raised to new life in Christ? You who are beset by sin and temptation? You who lie at death’s door? You who are discouraged and despondent today? You who experience gnawing fear and insecurity? I tell you, on the authority of the Bible, that the risen Christ can raise you out of your spiritual lifelessness and transform you, as the coming of spring transforms a dead cocoon into a beautiful butterfly.

The Resurrection Empowers Us

Second, the Resurrection empowers us to live victoriously in this life. The living Christ is able to bring all your energies and powers into focus and to help you to be a conqueror over the world, the flesh and the devil. …I have exciting news for all those who are staggering under the burden of life’s load. After the Resurrection, Jesus promised, ‘Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.’ (Matthew 28:20). It is a promise that is yours for the taking.

The same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to you today. The moment you receive Him as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes into your heart and takes up residence. He gives you the power to overcome temptation, to smile through tears, to have lightness of heart in the midst of life’s burdens.

When you come to the cross of Christ for forgiveness of sin, the Holy Spirit raises you from the mundane and the monotonous and the hopeless to new and adventuresome life filled with dynamic power.

The Resurrection Gives Us Hope

Is there hope? That is the constant cry of humanity, and Easter is the answer to that cry. That word occurs again and again (in the Bible) after Christ was risen from the dead. It was the Resurrection of Christ that set off a chain reaction of hope around the world. And Christian hope is the one lone ray of light on the foreboding clouds of despair that canopy our world.

On a purely human level, there is little hope in the world. International tensions become more complex and increasingly insoluble with each passing day. Crime, immorality and lawlessness seem to be worsening daily. In the battle for the minds and hearts of the world’s peoples, wrong seems to be winning, and right seems to be losing. But Scripture says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)

But there is hope in the Easter message today. There is hope for all in Christ today. There is hope beyond the grave, because the same power that raised Christ from the dead will also raise those who confess Him. Death becomes only a veil, only a river to cross. On the other side is heaven, home and Christ.

Today humanity is facing a decision. Each person individually is faced with a decision. Easter, with its message of Resurrection power brings you face to face with the living Christ. You have to make a choice. Will you choose to accept Christ and the life that He alone can give you? Or will you choose to reject Him and be lost for all eternity?” ~excerpt from Billy Graham’s Easter message)

My challenge this week is to make a Joy-full card, a card that shows celebration of some type. (Does not have to be an Easter card!)
Please visit our Stampin' Sisters in Christ blog to view all the beautiful samples the DT has to share today!

I had an idea in mind when crafting this card...I knew I wanted it to have flowers showing the new life that the resurrection represents. I surrounded this verse and lily from Our Daily Bread Designs with lily flowers in lavendars, creams and yellows. The diecuts are by SU! as is the paper, Wisteria Wonder.
Thanks so much for your visit, and have a Happy Easter!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Scripture Tags

In preparation for Easter, I wanted to quickly show you a simple, though a bit time consuming project I made to go in Easter baskets. I first cut out a whole bunch of tags from PTI white cardstock, then stamped various scripture verses on each one from the Our Daily Bread Designs scripture collections. I used a simple striped designer paper for the tag fronts and backs, then added a tiny prima and stamp from PTI on the front. Rings were added along with some pastel polka dot ribbons. I made eight of these, some for the mothers in my Mom's group at church, and for our daughters. I really like using scripture promises for Easter. Here are just a few of them, I used pinks, aquas, and lavenders.

I'll be back with this week's Easter devotional and stamp challenge on Easter Sunday!
Thanks for stopping in...I'm about to put the eggs on to boil! No big dinner this year, which is nice as I usually cook for a huge crowd. But I can not pass on the deviled eggs...what is your favorite part of the Easter dinner?
Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spring Bunnies Shaker Card

My first shaker card!

Good morning! Today is Sunday and the beginning of a new week and new challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ! You may visit our blog to read today's devotional written by my friend, Peggysue, and view the wonderful and creative DT submissions for this week's challenge.
Today's verse is:
Luke 15:20 
 So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

Today's challenge: Make a card with motion, or an interactive card; spinner, viewmaster, pop up, slider, gel, etc.

This week's prize sponsors is a  10.00 valued gift package from Pizzazz Aplenty!!

Can you believe I have never made a shaker card? Since it is spring, and I have had this adorable stamp for a long time and not used it, I decided this might be the best time to try it out. The oval frame was an aha! moment when I realized it made into the shape of an egg, so this is great for an Easter card as well. I added pink seed beads because that is what I had, and I didn't want to go buy anything. They look so pretty in real life, all springy and remind me of that pink Easter grass found in Easter baskets now.
I still like to give our daughters an Easter card and some type of Easter basket, even though they are grown up. Sometimes I think they are embarrassed because they are too "old" for that, and it is always a challenge due to the forever dieting. But some friends have recently encouraged me not to I need to get to making one soon!!
Do any of you do Easter baskets and if so, what do you like to put in them?
I have a little project that I finished up today of something I am going to add to their stay tuned!
I am looking forward to reading today's devotional and worship at church tomorrow.
This week is very full in anticipation and celebration of Easter Sunday! I wish all of you a blessed week as you consider the sacrifice Christ made on our behalf on the cross. It is the pivotal point of history that separates Christianity from every other religion.