Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Seed of Friendship!

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Hello friends!  It's Sunday and time for another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge!    I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend! Today is a sad day for those of us in the US, as we remember the devastating events of 9/11.  It's a day we all remember... a day our lives were forever changed, and a day that much of our sense of safety was taken away.  All week we have been seeing stories of the lives affected by the events of that fateful day... and our hearts are wrenched for each one.  However... it is also a day to remember that there is much beyond this life.  This life is but a vapor!  No matter our age, we can't be sure we have any number of days!  That's why I am so thankful that our hostess this week, the sweet Rebbecka, has chosen the Scripture she did.

Mt. 7:7-8 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.


If you have been seeking.... if you are looking for answers.... for real meaning to this life and for real purpose for your own life.... I urge you to seek HIM!  This is an absolute promise.... that if you do, He will open the door for you!  How do we do this?  We have to seek Him through prayer and studying His Word!  He has left us His Word... and it gives us EVERYTHING we need to know Him in a personal way, as our Savior and our Lord!  Just as 9/11 marks a date that forever changed the United States, the day you meet Jesus will forever change your life!  Instead of a sad day, it will be a day when the weight of sin will be lifted and forever removed from you, and a day when you will realize how dearly He loves you, and has given you this life as a gift, and He has a purpose and plan for your life! You will have a hope and a sure future with Him in heaven!  You will have joy that fills your soul, even when you go through deep trials and pain.  It's so sad to think of all the people who die every day without Him!  It's so simple... but so many miss it!  Simply come to Him in faith and ask Him to forgive your sins and to be your Savior.... seek to know Him in His Word.... and He will open the door for you!  Jesus willingly gave up His life for ALL who would believe in Him!  There is no greater love!

Becky's challenge this week is to have a door or window on our project.

There are many ways this can be achieved, even if you don't have a door stamp or image.  You could make a door that opens, perhaps even like a gate fold card. You also could go to your home improvement store and look for brochures on doors and use one of the images in the brochure (I have done this before!)... or you could use designer paper such as I did here.  This is a new pack from BoBunny called Welcome Home.  This particular sheet has a house with beautiful glass doors on the first floor and also on the second floor.  It is faint, but it's very visible in person.  I created my card around that image, leaving that part of the paper completely uncovered.  It reminds me of a neighborhood where good friends live and welcome us in.  That led me to use this seed of friendship sentiment from a new Our Daily Bread designs set called Seeds.  I stamped the image with Versafine Ink and cut with SB Fancy Tags 2.  I cut a second fancy tag and cut part of the oval out, then laced it behind the top one forming a diamond frame.  I added an MS punched strip through which I laced sheer ribbon to qualify for this week's Shining the Light Challenge over on the ODBD Blog.  I made a little bouquet of flowers which are part Prima and part ZVA Creative, added some MS punched boughs and some Fanciful Flourishes from Cheery Lynn.  A little sewing, which qualifies it for Stamping in Time (Our Daily Bread Designs)- faux or real stitching and some pearls and I was done.

Be sure to stop by the SSIC blog for all the details of the challenge and to read Becky's Devotional!  I know it will bless  you!!!

Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp!  
They are giving away a great set!  See it on the SSIC Blog!  
We thank SSS for their continued support!

Be sure to stop by my DT sisters to see their take on this week's challenge!
  Linda Miesje, Rebecca Kris, PeggysueMariLynn, Chris,  and Traci

I am entering this in the following challengs:
Creative Inspirations Paint -  Ribbons,  Did It Creations - Anything Goes, One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes, Allsorts - #120 Flowers and Swirls, Catch The Bug -  Punches or Dies, Our Daily Bread Designs Lacing, A Gem of a Challenge - Colour*, Alphabet Challenge -  P is for Pretty Pastels, Clearly Inspired - patterned papers, Crafty Catz -  ribbons, Fun with Shapes & More - must include die cut/punch - what you want (anything goes), Delightful Challenges -  Bling It

Have a blessed week!

39 comments:

Frea said...

Hi Grace, such a wonderful card, and I just love the sentiment!! Have a blessed Sunday, hugs Frea

Miesje said...

I love the door on the DP, perfect. The colors of this card are so soft and comforting. Great card. Have a great week!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh Grace, this is absolutely stunning!! I just love the use of dies to frame the sentiment and the dp with the door on it. Very clever!! Gorgeous! Hope you have a great day!! TTYS!
hugs,
Chris

Joanne (jojot) said...

Grace, this is so beautiful...every last detail is gorgeous

Lori said...

Beautiful, Grace. So delicate and peaceful. Well written post, thank you for sharing it.

Traci M said...

Wow, Grace, this is stunning!! Your card design so beautifully frames your sentiment and the details are wonderful!! I love reading your devotional words, also...and the comparison to 9/11...I hope others that are truly seeking will be helped by this as well!
Hugs and have a blessed week!!

Hellma said...

Gorgeous card with such beautiful colors.

Becky said...

This is gorgeous Grace, wonderful colors and love all those swirls.

rudlis said...

Grace, this is so beautiful.
Fabulous card, thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge!

Bobbi Miller said...

Grace, this card is so beautiful....just like the music on your blog! Amazing Grace....my favorite! Thanks once again for making me feel loved... and thanks for such a gorgeous card, as always. Hugs and love..

Karen W said...

This is so pretty, I love all of it!

velta said...

How stunning Grace! You could never have done another more beautfiul project! So sorry I have not been by more often...I have gotten myself into 3 different DT's and it is taking a toll on me...might have to quit at least one...working full time and trying to keep up with these schedules....well, thanks for your shoulder...too much talk from me...so, I quit for your sake...LOL

Leslie Miller said...

It's been too long since I visited your beautiful blog, but my visit is all that much more enjoyable for the wait. Thoroughly incredible and gorgeous designs. Oh, you have such a gift! Your flowers and flourishes are so pretty on this one. Beautiful paper and die cuts. So lovely!

* Shaz * said...

Beautiful card, thank you for joining us at Alphabet challenges, hope you will join us again. x

MaxineD said...

Grace this is a wonderful card - love the colours and the dp is so fitting.
Blessings
Maxine

Janette said...

Hi Grace, What a stunning and beautiful card you have created, really gorgeous,thanks for sharing it with us CraftyCatz this week.xx

Carla S. said...

This is absolutely stunning, Grace! The paper is gorgeous and so are your flowers and die cuts! Brilliant idea for the SB tags! Hugs!

CRAZYCRAFTSHED said...

Hi Grace
A gorgeous and beautiful card thankyou for sharing this with us this week at CraftyCatz
Hugs Dianne xx

Laila said...

Wow, what a cute and beautiful card. Love the sentiment, and the papers are lovely too.
Hugs Laila

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Christine said...

Stunning creation thanks for sharing at A Gem of a chall this time

smiles Christine x

sallysbitz said...

Your card is beautiful Grace x
Thanks for joining us this week @ Delightful Challenges & Good Luck x

hugs sally x
sallysbitz.blogspot.com

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Woo hoo!! I get to comment again on this gorgeous creation again. Jaw dropping my friend!! Thanks for supporting the Shining the Light challenge with your awesome talent!!
hugs,
Chris

Jill said...

What a beautiful card. I love it!
Thanks for joining in at Allsorts this week for my Flowers and swirls challenge!
Good luck and I hope to see you again
Hugs, Jill

Peggysuez said...

Grace, what beautiful words you shared of hte best open door and best invitation ever presented. The gentle words of encouragement and your heart for the Lord just shine through everything you do. And lastly, what a lovely card! :)

Kristine said...

Beautiful... everything!

Fran, said...

Oh Grace, what are beautiful blog. And your cards are so wonderful. Who ever receive one are sure to be bless and enjoy them.
Thank you for checking out my blog and wanting some of my little flowers. I need your snail address,only 4 signed up so am sending 4 sets. Thanks again dear sister in Christ.
Cheer
f.lehigh@gmail.com

Elizabeth said...

Very gorgeous card! I love the paper, die cut with the sentiment, and the border punch!

Nikki Byrne said...

Beautiful card, love the flowers and that amazing swirl! Thanks for joining us at OSAAT. Good Luck. Hugs

NIKKI DT

madebyKarla said...

Just beautiful! (as always)
I posted a blog award for you. Come visit me to claim it :)

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

This is a fantastic card loving the way you have used the die for the centre piece!

Thanks for playing at Allsorts this week and good luck in the draw!

Emma xxx

Kianel said...

Beautiful card!
Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations paints challenge this week!
Love from France, Kianel.

sgc said...

Great card! I love the dies/punches that you used. Thanks for planing in our Bugaboo Challenge.

Love crafts forever said...

This card is amazingly gorgeous! Thanks for playing with us at OSAAT.
Hugs Nataliya.

Mummylade said...

What a brilliant project Grace, so elegant. Thank you so much for entering the Allsorts challenge with it and good luck!

Rebekah said...

Grace this is just beautiful work Thanks for playing at a gem of a challenge hugs Rebekah xx

Kathy D. said...

Your post is so true. What a wonderful way to witness to people. Your card is beautiful.

Thanks for playing in Clearly Inspired Challenge. The new challenge was posted today so I hope you come over and play again with us.

Min said...

This is just amazing! WOW! Beautiful! Thanks so much for playin' along with us this week for the Catch The Bug "Let's Get Punchy" Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps! Hugs & Happy Days! ~Min
Kaymin Kreations

Betty Wright said...

Gorgeous, Grace! Your design, colors, and details are all so stunning! Beautifully done! Thanks so much for supporting ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge!

Elizabeth, The Shepherdess said...

Oh my! This card is classic 'Grace" elegance! A beautiful use of the DP, and very lovely job of embellishing with the dies and the flowers. And the quote, it so aptly describes the heart of the card maker!
Have a lovely week, Grace! =)