Friday, May 29, 2009

Scripture Verse Ocean's 11 challenge

Grace from our Ocean's 11 blogger group put out a challenge a while ago to use a favorite scripture verse or quotation on a card. I thought about this one for a long time . . . choosing a favorite scripture verse is like asking me which of my children I love best. All of them all the time and for different reasons! 
So I thought back on the reasons why I started this blog and why I stamp. I stamp because I like to create pretty things, I like to make people happy by giving those things away. I also do it because to me any form of creative expression is a way of giving back to the Creator.  Sure, everyone likes comments, everyone likes praise for their work but if at my core I am doing all these things for myself, then I'm doing it for the wrong reasons. I also am striving constantly to improve on what I create, because to me that too, brings praise to our Creator when we hone the skills He so generously gave us to begin with. 
I started my blog because it seemed like a way to have fun, a way to get to know people and a way to share my creations. But I blog also as a way to share what is most important in my life, my faith, my love for God. 
So this isn't a card, but something to hang in my kitchen. I think I'll get it framed, or put it on a stand, maybe make a few other key verses in the same size and rotate them. How often am I grumbling inside when I have to do the dishes, or another load of laundry, or pick up a gallon of milk at 11 o'clock at night! Everything we do, everything I do, if it is one of my responsibilities -- done for the glory of God is a worthy task and should be done cheerfully. This verse just seemed to encompass so many things that have been on my mind lately and could serve as a good reminder of WHY I do what I do.  Thanks for the challenge Grace and thanks for looking. 
Stamps: self generated verse, Harrington font 24 pt type, Autumn Leaves 'On the Edge,' Crafty Secrets 'Cherish' (flourish)
Paper: Vanilla, white, tangerine, green, yellow, Berry Sorbet, polished stone using Yoyo Yellow, Marigold, Rose, Pink Pirouette, Tangerine, alcohol, gold craft
Other: cuttlebug vintage folder, pearls, Summer Sunrise ribbon (PTI), gold organdy (PTI), gold EP, PTI New Leaf button, Spellbinders nestabilities oval 

25 comments:

Joanne (jojot) said...

It is gorgeous and sooo elegant. I think framing it is a great idea...therefore you and others will be able to get joy from it daily. Hope all is well with you and yours, gf!

cadnileb said...

Wow, this is sooo pretty and elegant! :D Definitely need to frame it and serve as a great reminder!

Traci M said...

Peggysue, I love what you said, it is a good reminder of why we do what we do. I was thinking this would also be a good graduation verse, (I used one like this for DD's graduation card last year.)
What a good idea to frame it and use it as a daily reminder!
Oh, and I know you didn't make this for man's accolades, but it is truly beautiful!!

laos348 said...

This is such a gorgeous and elegant project - well done!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful, beautiful card! I love what you have written, also, and I feel the same way. In fact, I posted a little video clip on my blog a couple of months ago that discusses using our talents to create something. I think you'd really like it. Here's the entry:
http://insteadoflaundry.blogspot.com/2009/03/dieter-f-uchtdorf-create.html Enjoy! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card.

The Mama Monkey said...

This is just so pretty! It will look fabulous on your wall! Worth the wait!

Grace said...

PeggySue this is just gorgeous! I'm soooo glad you played along and framing this is a fantastic idea!!! I love the verse you chose... soooo true!

Tracey Cuccia said...

Beautiful PeggySue-- just BEAUTIFUL! pure elegance...

Stephanie said...

So beautiful!! The ribbon is absolutely gorgeous!! Can't wait to get back to our challenges :)

Mara... said...

Oh wow, this card is gorgeous!! I love that gold ribbon tumbling down, such a beautiful detail!!

Gina said...

This is so beautiful, the creation is very pretty and your works and reminder and the verse are simply beautiful. The ribbon is so pretty! glad you are keeping this one for yourself! I am hoping to make some home decor things in the near future.

BethieJ said...

Peggysue that is BEAUTIFUL! I love your going to put it out.. far to pretty to be tucked away!!!

Have a GREAT day!

IamDerby said...

This is such a beautiful card!

Serendipity said...

That is so pretty - definitely frame it! Nice job!

Kay said...

That is a beautiful card and what a great story. Thanks so much for sharing

Val said...

Beautiful Card. Simply stunning.

Melissa said...

This is so pretty! I love all the warm colors!

Mary said...

This is very pretty and elegant! Beautiful card!

I just started a new Yahoo Group called Stamping Bloggers - hope you'll join!

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stampingbloggers/

Lee said...

This is so beautiful. The colours are lovely.

JazzyH said...

Very pretty!

kat9 said...

Wonderful card. great colors and wonderful inspirational message.

Holly said...

I think your creation is both beautiful and inspiring. I loved reading about your thoughts for why you choose the verse and how it is applied in your life. It is so true, that our attitude towards what we do each day is really reflective of our gratitude for what we have in our lives. Thank you, for your beautiful reminder - and I love the idea of putting your creation up where you can enjoy it and be reminded of its message every day. I haven't done this challenge, but I think it would be good for me to do!

Leah said...

This is stunning! Love it:)

katiesniche said...

What a beautiful card. I love how it really has meaning to you. I agree with you when it comes to choosing one. I really need to get a better/bigger supply of verse stamps. I have a list, lol.
Anyway, love the colors with the gold, very pretty.
And nice that it's something to display and not just pack away.

Toni said...

oh peggy sue...this card is gorgeous...maybe stunning is a better word. I think this is one of those beauties that need to be framed. I love your work...you are very talented, in many ways.