Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wednesday's Wonderment

Good Morning Everyone!

Today's Scripture comes from Luke.  Luke 13:1-5, "There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

 I think sometimes people get the wrong idea about living the Christian life.  They think that if they have repented, and accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, life will be perfect.  They sometimes think that nothing bad will happen to them or loved ones.  --  Then when something horrible happens, like a death in the family, a divorce, financial or health problems arise; they think to themselves, 'What did I do to deserve this?'  'I must have sinned terribly to have this done to me!'  

Today's passages tell us differently.  Jesus was talking to his disciples here, asking them, 'Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?'   --  Again He asked them, 'Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? What was Jesus' answer to these two questions?  It was "No".  Plus He gave us instructions on how to live our lives.  We are to repent (that means to change, to believe differently accordingly to God's Word; to 'die' to the old nature, and live with the 'new nature' of Christ Jesus in us).  Jesus went on to say, we will perish likewise if we do not repent.  Did you noticed the word, 'likewise'?  Just like the unbeliever will die, so will the believer; but unlike the unbeliever we will not perish and go to hell, but live eternally in heaven with our Heavenly Father.  

So when bad things happen to you ... don't think it is because you have done something terribly wrong, or did a worse sin than another.  The rain falls on the righteous as well as the unrighteous.  Give your burdens to the Lord; He will help you stand.  

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I have a couple of cards I have to show you today.

The Tea Potter's group challenge this week was a plunge into summer!  I came up with a beach theme as you can see.  I started with a bluish turquoise card stock, lined it with tan cs from Heritage.  Taking my white Card Stock I inked on some clouds with Memento Ink: Bahama Blue.  I then added DP that looked like water.  For the sand I tore two pieces of the tan card stock, and popped it up to put the umbrella 'into the sand'.  The umbrella, bucket and shovel; plus the sun were images that I fussy cut and used popped up to make them appear 3-D.  My sentiment stamp - is from Verve.  

My second card today is:

The batteries in my camera died on me yesterday.  And I had not realized how crooked my oval was on my card.  Rest assured, I did fix it on the original and it is centered now, but I cannot take a picture of it today, till I get more batteries.  This card was for a color challenge.  The three colors we were to use:  Light Aqua, Golden yellow, and Light gray. I usually do not use these colors together, so had a hard time coming up with a card for this challenge.  But here it is!  The oval is die cut from Spellbinders, the flowers are paper punched from Paper Studios punches.  I ran a digi image from DragonFly Laser, and then colored it with markers and color pencils.  I also placed a black gem on the bird's eye.  Then added a bow from a silver satin ribbon.  The inside of the flowers, I placed diamond gems to give it a bit of sparkle.

I hope you enjoyed this post today.  As always, love to hear from you.
God bless you this week!  Jan

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Musings

Good Morning Everyone!

I have a question for you.  Are you planting, watering or giving increase in your life?  This morning's passage is 1 Corinthians 3:6, 'I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.'  This passage really spoke to me this morning; and for those of us who make Christian cards and sell them (or give them out to someone).  We can take this Bible verse to heart.
1.  When we created our cards with Scriptures; we are planting.
2.  Those who buy our cards; and then gives them out to someone else: Waters.
3.  And finally; whether this person is encouraged, uplifted, or made happy simply for receving this card:  is the result of God's increase.

So again I ask you.  Are you planting, watering or giving increase with the gift God has given you?  

I do have a couple of cards I can share with you this morning.

This card was the made for the 'Inspirational' challenge on Splitcoaststampers (SCS).  The inspiration I used was from this photo (pillow below):

For this challenge as you can see (above picture) I used my butterfly stamp from Sweet n Sassy, colored in the butterflies to reflect this pillow.  This was an easy card to make and I know you can do it, if you put your mind to it.  Take the challenge, stamp on some butterflies and color them orange!

 
This card was a challenge where one person on SCS has been chosen to be the 'Featured Stamper'.  The challenge then is for us to go to this person's gallery, choose one card to case (copy).  Your case must have at least 2 things different from the original card.  I started off with a beautiful red CS, from Heritage Pack, layered it in two different DP.  One from Authentique, and the other was from a private seller.  I die cut the fancy oval with Spellbinder.  Popped up the die cut coffee cup, added the blue flowers and pearls and twine bow.  The sentiment I generated from my computer which reads, 'I put instant coffee in the microwave and almost went back in time.'  Is that cute or what?

Well as always, I value your comments.  Thanks for stopping by. May God bless you this week!  Jan

Friday, June 21, 2013

Thank Goodness For Fridays!

I have several things I would like to say this morning.  One, is to share the Word of God with you.  The other are cards I made. 

The Lord has laid on my heart this morning three verses from the Bible - oddly enough, they're all in the Book of Matthew. 

The first one is Matthew 7:13-14, '“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate  broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.'
 It seems to me that no matter who I talk to, or listen to, every Christian knows of someone close to them that is an unbeliever.  Many of us pray in earnest to God for the salvation of those whom we love and are concerned about.  The above verse tells us that the narrow gate is difficult, and very few find it - whereas those who are lost are on the wide road to destruction.  Does this mean that our loved ones are going to be lost forever?  That we should stop praying for them?  No!  Absolutely not!  I urge you to keep on praying for those lost ones --- for who knows, maybe someday they will come to believe in the Lord; and accept Jesus for their salvation.

The second bible verse is Matthew 10:35-37, 'Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
 This verse is like the first, we find there is division in each household, between believers and non-believers.  This is not a 'new' thing in this world.  Jesus taught this hundreds of years ago!  Although I believe we see it more today than ever before - we must continue to pray, for those who are lost.  Moving on to one more verse in Matthew.

The third verse is Matthew 24:40-42, 'Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.  Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.'
 This I believe speaks of the 'Rapture' while the word, Rapture is not in the Bible, it means 'Caught up' which is what this verse speaks about.  Folks - the time is nearer now than it ever has been!  I feel that we are certainly living in the last days:  We are told to watch.  That means to keep serving the Lord, keep the faith, keep doing all that we can to win our loved ones to Christ.  God is a long-suffering God;  He is patience, and He is loving -- but there is going to come a day, an hour when he is going to say, 'Enough!'  He will then sound the trumpet and those who are believers will meet Christ in the air and so shall be with him forevermore.  (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).  

So - continue to pray for those lost loved ones.  Continue to run your race with all you have.  i know we grow weary, we get tired - The Lord will reward you, bless you, and keep you in His loving care.  Shine on!  God bless! And Amen (Let it be so!)

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I hope you are ready to see some cards!  I have several to share with you today.  My first two, are 'Baby Cards'.  I used my new stamp set by Sweet n Sassy.  



I used the same stamps and layout - one for boy and one for girl.  This stamp set comes with many different stamps for 'Welcoming a Little One', I chose these this time.  As you can see I used beautiful DP, (Blue is from Hobby Lobby - single sheet); and the pink is from Judi Lee Design: Divine.  Precious little flowers, I got from a sweet lady who makes these and sells them.   I placed diamonds on the blue flowers and pink gems on the pink one.  Those gorgeous die cut ovals are from Spellbinders, as well as the regular white ovals.  My choice for ink was taught to me by a dear friend, Emily -- Memento Ink (is a fabulous ink to use on cards!).  I used Bahama Blue and Rose Bud.  Ribbons were turned into bows and attached.  

This next card was for a Color Challenge, which you can participate in on SCS.  The colors this week was green, purple and blue.  Astonishing how well they look together isn't it?  I bordered each rectangle with ivory CS, cut my beautiful oval with the same CS.  If you saw my last blog, you can see the flowers that I have learned to make.  The stamped sentiment is from, who else? But Sweet n Sassy!

This is a personal favorite of mine.  It was the first time I attempted to do a whole page by ink.  I have to say it didn't turn out bad.  What do you think?  I used Memento Ink:  Summer Sky to make the clouds; Bamboo Leaves on the trees and part of the ground, then I mixed Rich Cocoa into the ground as well.  Black for the birds.  I also used a brown color pencil to color in the trunks of the trees.  The stamps I used:  Birds and sentiment:  Sweet n Sassy.  The trees: Rubber Stampede.  

Well I hope you enjoyed today's blog, as you well know, I love hearing from all of you.  If you know of someone who would enjoy this, please invite them and ask them to join me!  The more the merrier!  God bless each one of you!  Keep the faith!  Jan

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday Afternoon

Hello everyone!  Sundays are made for lazy days ... so I have taken today off from making cards - and using the time to stock up on things I use quite often.  Today I made several roses for my cards - I love these because they are easy to make, not as bulky on a card which makes it easier to mail out ---  and they turn out beautiful!


Here they are as a group ... I will show you some up close pictures of them.


I chalked the edges with red chalk (came out pink) for a soft look.
The second one I did in yellow ink (Memento) around the edges and petals.

I used DP for this one / Light and Dark polka dot DP.  
I also used solid color CS for the next couple:


I hope you like these ....  if you are interested in learning how to make these here is the video that will teach you.


I hope you enjoyed these -- and good luck in making your own!
God Bless You This Week!
Jan

Friday, June 14, 2013

Good Morning!

Hi Everyone!  Each day I receive a devotional by Adrian Rogers ~ I believe he is one of the greatest preachers I have ever heard.  Today's devotional hit home with me, as I was debating how to explain the drastic changes our society has adapted to.  How did so many sins get out of whack in this world?  It is because they no longer considered sins.  Here is the devotional - I hope you take the time to read.  Thank you;  Jan

Sin is the Cause; Christ is the Cure!

BIBLE MEDITATION:
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Romans 5:12

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Some would say that man is but the sum total of his environment and his body chemistry. If he does wrong, it's because he's like a computer that has been programmed wrongly. If he was raised in a bad neighborhood, he shouldn’t be blamed for breaking into stores or smoking dope. Or if he has a vile temper, perhaps he had an overbearing mother.

According to behavioral psychologists, these people may be pitied but not blamed. They may be sick, but they’re not sinful. They may be weak but not wicked. They need some sort of a psychological adjustment rather than salvation.

ACTION POINT:
If we don't make a proper diagnosis, we'll certainly never come up with the right cure. The thing wrong with our society today is we're spending too much time sweeping down cobwebs when we need to be killing spiders. The spider is sin; the cobwebs are the result that we see in society around about us.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Where has the time gone???

I have not posted a card in such a long time - so sorry about the delay!  So much has been happening lately.  I got an order to make 20 thank you cards, and that turned out fabulous!  Then I sold a bunch of cards through a lady's Bible Study Group ... so I needed to get busy making more cards.  Especially Birthday ones. 

We also had a horrible storm tearing through here.  It was the aftermath of that horrible tornado that tore through Oklahoma City.  Please keep them in your prayers so many homes destroyed and lives lost.  The aftermath tore a couple of shingles off my roof and so I was blessed to have a guy from church come out and fix it for me.  Another guy from church supplied me with the shingles.  I was very blessed.  I made a couple of Thank You cards myself to send to them and their families.


Here I used tan CS, the DP came from Linen Closet Mat-stock.  I die cut the window from Spellbinders, and backed it up with yellow CS.  The outside of the window, I used chalk to form white clouds and placed a die cut pine tree out there.  Inside I placed my black kitty.  What is a window without a kitty looking out of it?  The sentiment reads, 'His mercies are new Every Morning'.  This stamp is from Sweet n Sassy.  If you are interested in buying this set here is a link to it:  The Set is, 'Be Encouraged' There are 13 stamps in this set.
http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/be-encouraged-clear-stamp-set/


This card I did for my Tea Potter's challenge.  It called for a 'Victorian' themed card. My favorite ones to do!  And I have to say I really like the way this one turned out.  I started with a Purple CS, and striped DP.  I added lace that I bought from a flea market.  My die cut oval is Spellbinders, which is laced in pearls adhesives.  I then ran off my digi stamp and die cut the oval around it.  Colored it with color pencils (Watercolor) and Make up!  I pieced the white band into her hat, added fuzzy thread and a white rose.  

This is another favorite of mine.  I found this fantastic video on how to make a rose!  It was so easy and turned out so pretty!  This one, I made out of red CS the same CS as I used for the card itself, adding black ink to the tips.  The DP is from Hobby Lobby (single sheet).  The scallop black oval was a gift from my friend Emily.  Who also has so many beautiful cards - and some for sale on her blog.  If you are interested in seeing it here is her link: 
http://emsmanythoughts.blogspot.com/

Then I have the die cut label which I bought from a private seller.  My sentiment is from Sweet n Sassy (can you tell I love her stamps?)  Which reads, 'Your kindness was such a blessing.'

http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/kindness-clear-stamp-set/
 
 This set also comes with flower stamps which comes with a die cut (sold separately) here is the link to that:
http://www.sweetnsassystamps.com/kindness-flower-die-set/

I will show you a card with those flowers next.  

Here are the die cut with the stamps on them from the mentioned Kindness set, from Sweet n Sassy.  I took these flowers and added centers to them and a pearl.  I die cut the oval from Spellbinder and stamped the sentiment: by Verve.   Another wonderful sight for stamps, I especially love their 'Plain Janes' is what they call their stamps that have Scripture on them.  

Well that is about it for today.  I pray that each one of you are well and doing good this week.  The Lord has taught me a wonderful lesson this week.  I call it 'Let Go and Let God' - yes I know that is a famous clique, however it came to life for me this week.  There are times when you cannot do anything about a situation, and when you have done everything you know in your power to restore peace, and can't.  Then God says, Let go and let Me handle it.  This brings a well known verses to mind, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me'. 

And one more Scripture comes to mind: 'Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you.  He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.'  Psalm 55:22  ~ I hope your burden are light this week as you lay them down before our Lord Jesus Christ.  He is ready and able to take care of what we can't.

God bless!
Jan