Sunday, October 17, 2010

You're In my Prayers

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday! Sunday's bring another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge and I'm happy to share this one with you. Today's hostess is the lovely Lisa. She has chosen the following Scripture for today's challenge theme:

Matthew 6: 9-13 "This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'

Lisa's challenge is to make a card/project that features prayer; either someone praying, or a verse about prayer, or a greeting that lets someone know you are praying for them.

This is my favorite kind of card to send! There's something so special about receiving a card telling you someone is praying for you! You just know it's not just empty words if they took the time to send you a little note letting you know you are in their prayers. So this was a challenge I loved doing!

I used the one of the brand new releases from Layers of Color cling art stamps. The stamp I used is the Starflower Frame cling art stamp. I'm excited to announce that Layers of Color is a Spellbinder's Preferred Stamp Company! This stamp was specially created to coordinate with the Spellbinder's Label sixteen. You will be able to order this Spellbinder's Label set from the Layers of Color Store. I colored the image with chalks and added copper Stickles to the centers of the starflowers. The sentiment (Rubber Stamp Tapestry) is stamped in the center of the label sixteen and I sponged all around the design with chalk. I mounted this focal image onto a Spellbinders Label twelve. The larger frame behind it all is a Spellbinder's Leaf Frame cut from Papertrey Dark Chocolate. My card base is Bazzill and the designer paper is Deja Views Timeless Collection. Now I wanted to use some of the butterflies from the Layers of Color Flutterescent clear art stamp set because:
Layers of Color is this week's Sponsor, and the Flutterescent clear art stamp set is what Laura will be giving away!

So to show a little something different to do with these wonderful butterflies, I stamped two of them onto acetate with Stazon ink, then colored on the back with Copics. I cut them out, bent the wings a little bit, and then added copper stickles to the spots. The photo doesn't do this technique justice, but if you try it I know you will love the look!

I love today's passage of Scripture for many reasons.... one of the things that stands out the most is how it's not just a list of "please do this" items.... it hallows God's name, it asks for His will to be done on earth.... just as it is in heaven... have you ever pondered that? Prayer is a lot less about our wish list and a whole lot more about glorifying the God of the ages, and often involves bringing our will into line with His! Does this mean we don't bring our intercessions to Him? No! I truly believe intercession for others is a ministry in itself and an important one! Many places in Scripture tell us that God does hear and answer our prayers! I'm just saying... while we are asking God to answer our requests... lets be sure we are honoring Him first and foremost... and are praying for His will even if it is not what we are wanting at the moment, because we know that He has promised to work all things together for good to those who love Him and are called to His purpose (will). Sometimes His ways are not our ways, but as we pray the way Jesus taught in this prayer, we are learning to yield our wills to His perfect will. When we are in His perfect will, we know that He will work all things together for good! It's so simple, yet so difficult to do sometimes! Ultimately, prayer is all about relationship.... our relationship with our Father in heaven... Abba Father. What a priviledge it is to be able to enter into the holy of holies with our worship, our praise, our confession and our requests!

We'd love to have you play along! If you do, please leave a direct link to your card on the SSIC Blog and please link the challenge in your post!
Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team for more inspiration for this week's challenge!
Randi (0n break this month)

For Fun - Something I've never used before (LOC Starflower cling art stamp)
Corrosive - Clean up the Dust (this copper beaded cording)
Wild Orchid-Stitching

My Sheri Craft - In Stitches

The Pixie Cottage- stitching
Little Red Wagon - Something Old and Something New (old cording and new stamp)
Sisterhood of Crafters - Bling
Sweet Stampin - Ribbon

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Have a blessed week and I hope you are able to spend some special time in prayer today!


Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is stunning Grace!! I so love your colors and all the sparkle!! Gorgeous layout and butterfly!! So elegant and exquisite my friend. I hope you rid yourself of the headache and had a good time with Al!

Miesje said...

WOW - your cards never cease to amaze me! They are always beautiful! Love your words of wisdom too!

Susan.... said...

Hi Jenny,
l have just become a follower of your very inspirational and beautiful blog. l have signed your guest book too and l will be back for another visit soon !
The card is stunning and l love what you done with the butterfly !
susan xxx

Kim said...

Grace this is amazing! What a beautiful card hun! All of your elements are so gorgeous...especially those beautiful butterflies! WOW truly stunning! Thanks for joining us at WOC!
Hugs~ Kim

Dawn B. said...

Grace this is so pretty. I love the way you used the acetate. It is perfect for those butterflies.. Looks wonderful..Hope you have a great Sunday.

Becky said...

Grace this is stunning , love how you did the butterfly on acetate. Wonderful gleaming from the verse today. Have a fabulous day.

Helen Dooley said...

Thanks so much for sharing another great card for us at For Fun. I really love the butterfly's you did an awesome job on them.

Patti J said...

Lovin' those acetate butterflies!!! Beautiful card, my friend! Thanks for a wonderful post today, as always. I enjoy reading your words of wisdom each week! Hope your headache gets better!

Crystal said...

STUNNING GRACE, WOW those colors and butterflies are soooo beautiful!!! LOVE THIS!!!

Riet said...

What a wonderful card Grace.

Hugs Riet.x

CraftyC said...

Its a gorgeous card Grace, beautifully embellished. Thanks for taking part in this weeks Sweet Stampin Challenge!

Mina said...

beautiful Grace and your butterflies are stunning...thanks for joining in with the Sweet Stampin challenge
Mina xxx
Guest DT

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Grace, oh sweet Grace, you have outdone yourself once again, my friend!! This is so beautful and those butterflies....oh my goodness, you've made this one for me, didn't you? ;D I am truly speechless over this BEAUTY!! I hope that this nasty headache you've had all week finally left you. Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Kristine said...

Grace, this is absolutely GORGEOUS!! Love the new sets by LOC and love the way you colored and glitzed up those butterflies. What a marvelous and exquisite piece of art! =) Miss ya my friend.

Laura - Layers of Color said...

Your card is SO gorgeous, Grace! I love your unique technique with the butterflies! Beautiful creations! But your spiritual insight makes this post beautiful, not just a beauty to be seen by the eye. God is so glorified through you, my friend!

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

Hi grace! *waves* What a gorgeous card! so elegant and I just adore all the special details. So beautiful!

velta said...

Amen Grace on your words of wisdom! God does work in His own way and it may take us time to see it, but I have learned to lean on Him and know that He knows best! Your card is spectacular in all of the details you have added...Thank you for sharing, not only your words, but your art work as well :)

Jennie said...

This is gorgeous the way you did the butterflies and the colors are so pretty. Stunning design and encouraging post my friend! He certainly answers our prayers in His perfect time, whether it is yes, no or wait!

Gina said...

Wow, this is just beautiful. I love all the flowers around your sentiment and the butterflies are just great.

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOW Grace ... this is just stunning!! Thanks for joining us at The Sisterhood! Hope to see you again next challenge!

Grenouille Greetings said...

A lovely card with beautiful flowers and butterflies and a great deal of thought! Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week! Warmest wishes, Lesley