Sunday, December 18, 2011

Merry Christmas!


Hello friends!  It's time for another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.... and it's the last one for the year! Our hostess this week is the talented and sweet Miesje. She has chosen the following Scripture:

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

Her challenge is:
A Christmas card or project that is Christian, image and/or sentiment must have the TRUE meaning of Christmas.

I used some of my favorite Our Daily Bread designs sets to create this simple card.  The image is from Blessed Christmas, along with it's custom die that does all that fussy cutting in a snap!  The verse is from Christmas Blessings. I cut the verse with a Spellbinders Label 14.  I stamped with Archival Sepia, and matted with brushed copper.  I added copper seam binding and some little pearls.  I needed this to be quick as I was running last minute ... and the custom die did the trick for me! 

At the very heart of the Christmas story is a miracle.  The miracle is the birth of a baby, not conceived through a physical union, but by the Holy Spirit.  This baby was the very Son of God, who stepped down into space and time from His lofty position in the heavens.... to eventually die for the sins of the world.  God became flesh and dwelt among us!  Why would He do that?  Because He loved us!  Plain and simple!  He knew that there was no other way for us as sinners to be reconciled to a Holy God, so He paid the price for our sins.... and the culmination of the Christmas message is in the Easter message! Yes... He gave His life... suffered.... bled.... died.... was buried.... but praise be to God... He did not stay in that grave!  He arose, victorious over death and with that miracle came the promise of eternal life to all who would believe in Him as their Savior!  He asks nothing in return!  It's His free gift to us! He simply asks us to receive Him as our Savior! We try to complicate it... we try to make it something we can earn or work for, but the fact is we never could earn it!  ONLY He could pay that price, because He was without sin!  So this Christmas... I hope you will take the time to thank Him for this indescribable gift He gave so many years ago!  He loves you and wants to have a relationship with you!  Will you have room for Him in your heart?  Here is a video I think will bless your heart as you celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this year.... be blessed:

Our Sponsor this week is Our Daily Bread designs!  
The prize is a $15.00 Gift Card to the ODBD Store!
Thank you ODBD for your continued support!!!

 While I'm talking about Our Daily Bread designs... they are having a BIG SALE!  Many sets are 30% off and they are giving "Daily Dough Dollars"!  Customers can  order daily and for every $50 you spend you will receive a coupon code for  $10 in Daily Dough Dollars, redeemable from January 1 - March 15.  The sale runs through December 25th!


Please see the Stampin Sisters in Christ Blog for the devotional and the details of the challenge.  Be sure to drop by my DT sisters to see what they created for you as well!
Chris, Linda, Kris, Lisa, MariLynn, Miesje, Peggysue, Rebekah, Traci

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Anything goes for Christmas
Marks Finest Papers - Make a Christmas card
One Stop Craft - Christmas Sparkle
Card Crafters Circle – Celebration
Card Makin' Mamas - Christmas
Glitter Geeks - Anything Goes
Raise The Bar – Christmas
Artistic Stampers - Christmas
Bling It On - Christmas
Heidi's Hobbystuggu - Christmas
Scrappin Chic Challenge - Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas themed

I wish you all a most blessed Christmas!!!


Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh how absolutely stunning Grace!! I just love it!! The brown with the white is over the top. Great framing!!!
Hope you have a great day!!

Becky said...

Good morning my dear sister..This is gorgeous Grace, love how you used this set. Praying for you and your family..Have a Merry Christmas. Jesus is the best gift anyone could ever receive.

Lori said...

Gorgeous Grace! I love the color with the white. Beautiful bow and pearls.

Angella D. Crockett said...

Oh Grace, your card is absolutely stunning! The colors are amazing! You, my friend, are a creative genius...I drool over everything you make! The Lord has blessed with you with many gifts! Love and hugs, Angie

Wendy M said...

Beautiful Grace... simply beautiful. Please could you pray for my hubby and I as we received some difficult news this week and difficult times are ahead. Appreciated. Wendy xx

Riet said...

What a wonderful card Grace.

Hugs Riet.xx

Shirley N said...

Another beautiful card Grace! Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays!!!

Linda Carson said...

Jaw dropping gorgeous!

Patti J said...

Wow, Grace - this is just divine! Thank you for sharing! Hugs...

Barbara Colbert said...

Such a beauty!!!! Love the brown with white..gorgeous gorgeous! You do such a nice job! Thanks for sharing with Mark's Speedy the Cat's Challenge! Happy Holidays!

Miesje said...

This is beautiful Grace! I love the elegance of the white with gold. So stunning. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a New Year filled with Blessings!

MaxineD said...
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MaxineD said...

Oh Grace this is beautiful - I do love how you have kept the colours so simple so the scripture speaks loudly.
Christmas Blessings

Pauline said...

Hi Grace: Not considering the scripture, this is a breathtaking creation. Being touched by the scripture, it is truly awesome! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Card Crafter's Circle. I hope you will join us again!
hugs and blessings from Australia,

Jennifer said...

Wonderful scripture! Love the subtle touch of colour and the embossed background! Thanks for joining us over at Card Crafter's Circle! Hugs.

Hels Sheridan said...

What a beautiful card, it really captures the essence of Christmas... thanks for playing along with The Artistic Stamper challenge... Merry Christmas x

Anne-Marie said...

A truly beautiful creation! I love the subtleness of the whole thing...and the embossing really adds something special.
Merry Christmas, and thank you so much for joining us at Card Crafter's Circle...please join us again!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cards, each one just so very pretty, the colors, verses and embossing, gorgeous.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Blessings and hugs, Lori m

MariLynn said...

Grace, This is gorgeous. What a blessing it must be to have all that fussy cutting done in an easy way. I loved listening to the Chris Tomlin song. Such a blessing! I pray that you and A. are doing well. HUGS!

Nelly's Crafty Card Attack! said...

Simply beautiful!...thanks for joining us at Glitter Geeks this week...Nelly X

sioux said...

Truely stunning, with the true meaning of Christmas, thanks for joining us at Bling it on and good luck
Sue x

Trish and Treasure said...

Hi Grace,
Beautiful and elegant card design, I love how you have cut out this detailed image and kept to a simple colour scheme. Beautiful triple bow with amazing ribbon!! Thanks for sharing at Card Crafter's Circle Celebration Challenge.
Merry Christmas to you and your family at this special time of year.
Trish Munro
Card Crafter's Circle Design Team

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous!! I love the red!! The verse is so amazing!! With the point sett-as!! Stunning!!

Jenée said...

Absolutely STUNNING card. It truly captures the spirit and meaning of Christmas. Thank you for entering it at Card Crafter's Circle. Merry Christmas and a blessed new year!

Debbie said...

This card is gorgeous with your cs, ink, and ribbon all matching perfectly, but I really love CHRISTmas cards with Scripture!!

Kristine said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS GRACE!! This is such a beautiful card... love all the "fussy cutting", oh I mean the die it comes with! That's so awesome!! Hope you are having a wonderful and blessed day today.

Shirley said...

Hope your Christmas was Merry!!! Very very elegant for a perfectly elegant occasion! TFS

HeidisHobbystuggu said...

Wonderful card! Thanks for joyning the challenge at HeidisHobbystuggu.

Merlyn said...

Gorgeous card with lovely flowers:) How r u? How was the Christmas Celebration ?..I was busy for few days with continuous celebrations and didnt have time to blog. Now only got time to visit mother blogs and post :) Advance New Year Wishes:)

Sheryl said...

Oh Grace! This card is simply STUNNING! I never would have thought to team brown with white, but it's absolutely gorgeous and elegant!
Thank you for joining us at Freshly Brewed Challenges for our month long, "Christmas" prize challenge!
Wishing you a very healthy and Happy New Year!
Warm Hugs, Sheryl