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Sunday, November 29, 2009

SSCC #15 & Birthday Blog Hop Surprise!

Good morning, Friends. Our challenge this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges comes from Randi Barrett with LaLa Land Crafts as our sponsor.

Randi chose the following verses:

Matthew 2:11 - On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

Matthew 7:7-11 - Ask & it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know who to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

This time of year, it's all about gifts, isn't it? I love choosing an item for a particular person. It's fun to find something the other one will value or (my favorite reaction) love. What a gloriously loving God to give us good gifts...ones we can love! And we can give Him the gift of our love, honor & worship.
My card this week show cases gift packages for a birthday celebration. And it happens to be for our very own Lisa Hjulberg! The SSCC ladies are giving her a virtual birthday party today....Join us by heading on over to her blog to give her good wishes for a wonderful birthday. I've brought her a special gift: A Royal Albert Flower of the Month teacup to add to her collection. Go to Pamela's blog next to see what else we've got for our birthday celebration.

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday, Dear Lisa. Happy Birthday to you!
I almost forgot to invite you to share your sample with us at the SSCC blog. Click HERE to find Mr. Linky waiting for you. : )

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanksgiving - SSCC #14

It's time for another Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge! This week we are talking turkey....well, kind of. I know you'll want to share your creation with us after you here the challenge. Head HERE to use Mr. Linky. Our verse is found in Galations 6:9 - "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

Homeschooling my kids gave me the opportunity to do elementary school over again. I loved it! History has always been a favorite subject of mine because I like to see how God has moved in mankind's history from the beginning up to today. One of my favorite times in history, the Pilgrims, is also one of the saddest. I don't have the exact nubmers, but did you remember that most of the people who came to the New World by ship never made it? They died on the way over. If they did make it, they didn't fare much better. Many of them died during the long, bitter winter.

Can you imagine what it must have been like when there actually was a harvest to be thankful for? It must have given them the best feeling in their lives. I'm sure it went a long way in erasing any doubts that God had truly meant for them to leave their homeland. Although they didn't have it at the era of their lives, I have a feeling they'll be singing "Amazing Grace" right along with the rest of us when we get to heaven.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving. I hope you get to be with your loved ones and enjoy your time counting the good gifts that God has given you. Many hugs, Laurie

Monday, November 16, 2009

I Corinthians 13:12 - Stampin Sisters in Christ #13

Good morning, Friends. This week's challenge is from I Corinthians 13:12: "For now, we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."
Peggysue writes: "Our view of God in this life is veiled; we can't see Him clearly. But just because our view is dim, it doesn't diminish His reality or His glory. When we get to heaven, we won't be looking through a dark glass or catching a brief glimpse in a mirror. We will see Jesus face to face."
Her challenge is for us to make a shadowbox card. Afterall, when we get to heaven, there won't be any shadows in our vision of Jesus - We'll see Him as He really is.
I have to tell you that I was doubtful of my ability to make this one. I thought it would be complicated and intricate. Wrong! You have got to try it....Peggysue provides a link to a great tutorial. I made mine in about ten minutes!
And speaking of mine.....the paper is from the Classic Design Mat Pad by K & Co, the stamp is a very old one by Uptown Rubber Stamps, and the ribbon is a fuzzy ric-rac from Hobby Lobby. I used a Labels 9 Nestie to make the window and one of the Fancy Tags for my sentiment. The 'inside' sentiment is by Sonlight and the tag sentiment is from SU! The image is colored with Copics: RV10, W1, W2, W3, R00, R20, R22, YG95.
Check out the DT cards at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challege and add yours. Blessings, Laurie
P.S. Sorry for the crazy font size in this post. I can't figure out how to fix it!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Who's Your Hero? SSCC #12

It's time for another Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge, Friends. This week Candace is challenging us to make a patriotic card to send to a soldier expressing gratitude for their service to the citizens of our country. Our Scripture is John 15:13:

"Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

My card is straightforward and simple. The sentiment is computer generated. The base card is made using the direct to paper technique. Using a turguoise ink pad, I lightly ran over the top of the star impressions which were made with a new CB folder. I added the ribbon and brads to finish it off.

The card isn't red, white, and blue because I didn't automatically think of soldiers this time when I thought of making a hero card. I've been impressed lately with the people in everyday life who are living that same definition. For example, my cancer-fighting friend's husband and children, the wife of an Alzheimers patient, a son caring for his elderly parents, or a teacher in an area devastated by economic decline who encourages children to hope in their futures may not be facing death, but they are offering up their lives to love others.

If you'd like to join us in thanking an American soldier, please go to the Stampin' Sisters In Christ Challenge blog to add your card to our sample list and to receive more information on encouraging the troops. Thanks so much for your interest in my blog and the challenge. Enjoy your week......Hugs, Laurie

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fight Like a Girl! - SSCC style

Good Sunday morning to all of you. I hope you've had an enjoyable weekend so far. Are you ready for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ?
Our verse for this week is Deuteronomy 31:8 "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." The challenge is to create something about when God is 'unseen.' It could be a scrapbook page, card, or wall-hanging that reminds us that God is with us always.

My card is made with a dear friend in mind, who started her battle against breast cancer within the past few months. I wanted to send her a card that encouraged her with the fact that God is there to give her strength and whatever she needs to go through this experience. He will not leave her to fight alone!

I've seen some terrific cancer awareness/encouragement stamps, but knew this one would be perfect when I came across it. I just love 'Fight Like a Girl!!' The folks at Whimsie Doodles did a great job on this digi set. I've used Basic Grey Bittersweet dp and two different Nesties for my layers. The verse image is from on old SU! set. I've colored this little fighter with Copics and added Smooch to give her some shine. Her scarf is colored, cut out, and attached with popdots to give it a little dimension.

If you'd like to show us what you make, click HERE. We'd love to see your samples, and one randomly drawn entry will win a wonderful prize from our sponsor this week - Cornish Heritage Farms. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week. Blessings, Laurie