Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April 23, 2013

Hi Everyone!

I normally do not post during the week, or more than once a week -- but thought I would today as I have some things to share with you. As you already know, Mother's Day is just around the corner (2 more weeks).  I just made a bunch of Mother's Day cards (pretty much using the same layout) .. and I thought I would share it with you. 

I made 17 cards in all and placed them at two locations to be sold.  The biggest thing about these cards was the label for 'Mother's' Stamp.  I did not have this shape, so I die cut this with a scallop die and then cut three edges off, and it worked out really nicely I think.   You will all have to comment and tell me what you think.  The rest is pretty simple: CS, DP, paper punched flowers and leaves, placed a gem or pearl in center.  

Next I want to share something I read this morning, I found to be very interesting.  The Scripture for this nugget (is what I like to call them), little bits of wisdom fallen down from the Father to his children.  Paints a nice picture doesn't it?  Anyway ... today's Scripture comes from Mark 10:25, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

Here in America, one might get the picture of an actual needle, the eye being the hole in which we thread through.  Granted trying to push a camel through that, would be impossible.  Actually Jesus was talking about a door to the city which was called, 'The Eye of the Needle'.  I looked it up and found a picture of one such door:  Here it is:

You can see how tall the camel is compared to the door.  To finish this, I am going to cut and paste a devotional from, 'Love Worth Finding' by Adrian Rogers, a well known and loved pastor who has since gone on to be with the Lord.  These are his words:

Around the walls of Jerusalem and other Bible-era cities, they had little low gates to keep people from riding through the streets of the city at night. A man could get through, but the animals couldn’t. These little gates were called “The Eye of a Needle.”

Now, a camel could possibly have gotten through one of these gates, but it would have been next to impossible. He would have had to get down on his knees and have his entire load taken off his back.

The reason it’s so difficult for a rich man to get to heaven is that he, along with us all, has to get down low (humble himself) like that camel and get that burden off his back. Trusting in Christ alone is the only way. 

So as you can see; Jesus was not saying a rich man could not get into heaven.  No.  He was saying only if he humbled himself.  In order to do this, he would have to be humble and place God and others first, before himself.  Just as the poor, and the middle class people do.  

Thought this was a neat thing to share.
I pray each one of you are having a wonderful week!
God bless!

Friday, April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013

Thought I would get a head start this week and post a day early.  I have another card to show you from our Sketch Challenge taking place on SCS.  If you are interested in participating on this challenge here is the link:

This past week we were on SC432. 

I found this wonderful image online and printed it off; then colored it with color pencils.  Isn't she adorable?  I used bg paper from 'Faith' pack by Paper Studios.  The verse came from Word Art Wednesday blog site.  (If you are interested in their challenges here is the link)


My butterfly was die cut and pearls were added for the body.  I hope you like what I did on this card.  Any comments are greatly appreciated.  Now for my next card ...

This was a fun card to make.  I wanted to use my new framelits dies, and loved the way it turned out.  I stamped the tree branch onto the framelit and colored it with markers and color pencils.  I then placed pink diamonds on each blossom.  The bg page is from a stash I bought from a private seller on EBay.  I then added ribbon and a bow to a piece of white cs that I edged with MS edger.  Stamped sentiment is by Kaiser Craft.  I really like the way this turned out and hope you do too!

Don't go away yet, as today I have a 'golden nugget' to share with you on my devotional page.  It actually is more of a question to get your motors running!  See you there.  God bless!  Jan

Saturday, April 13, 2013

April 13, 2013

Good Morning!

I can't believe another week has gone by!  Today I have two cards to show you, that were made from the same layout.  It is from the challenge, 'Sketch Challenge'.  They give you a sketch and you make a card from that sketch.  This week the sketch looked like this:

Doesn't this challenge look like fun?  I enjoyed this one so much I made two cards!  My first one:

In this card you cannot see the base, but it matches the DP neutral here.  I used DP from Paper Studio: The Classics, and red from Heritage Pack.  I added a silver ribbon across and a silver bow.  The silver square I rounded off the corners, this DP paper has glitter on it.  Die cut the oval and added the sentiment is by Verve which states the Bible verse, Psalm 37:4.  

For my second card on the same sketch:

This one I did a bit differently.  I used Paper Studio CS.  The daisy ribbon - are you ready for this?  I bought for $1.00 at the Goodwill store!  I fell in love with it and knew I had to take it home.  The daisy flower, I bought on E-Bay and used pop ups to give it a 3-D look.  The woman who makes these is so talented!  I then added a twine bow and a Stamp by Verve. 

I hope you enjoyed looking at these.  Please leave a comment, as I love to hear from each person who leaves one.  If you haven't joined my blog - I hope you will do that as well.  Before you go ... take a moment to read one of my devotionals.  You can get there by clicking on my devotional badge on the left.

God bless! I hope you have a wonderful week!  Jan

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Good Morning!

This past week, I have made cards for challenges that I participate in.  One of the cards I made this week is a 'Sketch' challenge through SNS.

I called this one, 'Old Fashion Horse'.  It was a challenge for me, but I just love the way this turned out.  I started with Black CS, layered with black and tan checkered DP, layered again with black CS and Tan CS.  This challenge called for triangles, which I cut from an old fashion paper bag, layered that also with black CS.  In the center I had a die cut fancy oval, and die cut plan oval.  Which I stamped (By PSX) the rocking horse on.  Then added antique old and black gems to the card.

For my second card today, is 'Guardian Angel'.  This challenge came from 'Word Art Wednesday'.

I wish the picture had turned out better - it was cloudy all week long and my pictures just do not do justice on cloudy days.  I started off with hunter green CS, layered with green DP by 7gypies, layered then with tan CS, which I ran through the printer for the sentiment.  The sentiment is what Word Art Wednesday chose for this week.  However, I had to type it myself in a different font to make it work for my card.  I also found the image on my PrintMaster program.  I ran the image again and cut it out and used pop ups to give it a 3-D look.  

Now as usual I love to hear from each one of you ... please join my blog site if you have not done that already.  And I pray that each one of you have a blessed week!