Sunday, November 15, 2009

No More Darkness Only Light

Happy Sunday stampers! This week it is my turn to play hostess for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge.

You can travel back to the Stampin' Sisters in Christ main blog here to see all the wonderful creations by the talented design team.

The verse I chose is 1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV) "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. "

Years ago I worked in downtown Chicago, commuting in from the suburbs on the elevated train, or the El as it is called locally. During my commute, we started above ground, progressed to level with the ground and then traveled underground, through tunnels. As the light source changed, so did the view of my fellow passengers. When you're outside, in the sunlight, the large train windows give you a grand view of the outdoors. In a tunnel, with no outside light source, the interior train lights cause you to see a reflection in the opposite window of yourself and the people around you. It is as though you're looking in a mirror but one with a the dark train walls as background, resulting in fuzzy images and muted colors.

I would often think of the verse from Corinthians, "For now we see through a glass darkly" while I watched the shifting shapes caused by the train's passage through tunnels and sunlight. Obviously I could see the person next to me in full color, 3-D, if I turned my head. That dim reflection in the trains' windows did not diminish their reality, it was simply my view at the time.

Our view of God in this life is veiled; we can't see Him clearly. But just because our view is dim, 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. We will know Him and He will truly know us, as no being knows us here on the earth. We will see God's glory revealed in all of its indescribable splendor and majesty. How wonderful! I don't know about you, but I am really looking forward to that.

My stamping challenge related to that verse then, involves one of my favorite techniques or layouts, the shadowbox card. No more shadows, no more dim reflections when we get to heaven!

For your card you can use any theme, any colors, any images you like. I chose a saying from Sweet and Sassy stamps paired up with a Christmas set from Papertrey Ink.
First I stamped the Night of Navy cardstock in navy with the Belle Toile background, then used the star and swirl from PTI's Silent Night set in gold craft with gold tinsel EP. I cut out a few stars from gold moire DP. The sentiment is stamped on a piece of Graphic 45 DP in chocolate ink from PTI. I sponged around the edges of the sentiment so the words would pop a bit more and traced around the word 'light' with gold stickles.

I really enjoy making shadowbox cards, hope you get a chance to play this week too. For a good tutorial on their construction, check out this link to the resource section on SCS.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week, Layers of Color. They are offering a gorgeous set of butterfly stamps to one lucky winner, have a look on the SSCC blog home page.

I am also participating in two blog hops this weekend. The first is one post down, contributions for Operation Write Home and the second is for a faith challenge blog hop, two posts down. Thanks for looking and have a blessed week!

31 comments:

Davi said...

WOW, Peggysue I think that your card is stunning. I love the dark navy with the beautiful gold. The scripture, the flourish, star all of is so perfect and such a regal display worthy of our Savior! I love it!!!

thinker said...

peggysue, this is a beautiful card... with so much thought & meaning in every detail.

Kristine said...

Peggysue, I got goosebumps reading your post today. I felt like I was there and then to read your interpretation of this verse was so awesome. It will certainly be wonderful to be face to face with our Savior and see everything so clearly!! You came up with a TERIFIC challenge... I actually had so much fun with these that I made 4 this week!! LOL =) THANK YOU!!

YOur card is sooo unique and GORGEOUS!! I just love that gold tinsel embossing--it stands out so well against the navy. Beautiful verse and color on the inside as well. This is an amazing piece of art Peggysue. Hugs!!

Laura - Layers of Color said...

Oh, Peggysue this is a glorious way to represent this beautiful verse!! What a heartfelt truth you've spoken today. Praise the Lord for giving us such hope in the privilege of knowing heaven awaits us and one day seeing Him face to face! Beautifully done! Thank you for sharing this and blessing us today!

May your Sunday be full of worship and praise to God!

Belinda said...

So stunning!

Jessica said...

Just gorgeous! The navy and gold is so classic and stunning.

Leah said...

This is stunning, just lovely with the gold embossing and I love that verse too:)

Diane Jaquay said...

Wow, gorgeous!! I love the look of the gold embossed on the dark blue, just lovely!

Monica said...

Wow!! Beautiful shadowbox card. Really impressive!!

Dell said...

What an elegant card Peggysue! The colors are just stunning.

Joanne (jojot) said...

absolutely stunning.....you are one creative lady

Melissa said...

Wow, Gorgeous! Great job!

Candace said...

This is so gorgeous! I love the contrast of the gold on the dark blue...jus beautiful!

Randi said...

Your words speak volumes and so nicely said. The card is just stunning. Thanks for getting me into this shadow card challenge. I am forever changed as it is now one of my favorites.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful, beautiful card. I also love your story and how you've likened that scripture to your own life.

Karen Lynn said...

OHHH, that is so pretty!

IamDerby said...

WOW! This is stunning! Perfection.

Traci M said...

Peggysue,I really enjoyed your devotional...this is one of those verses that I have contemplated the meaning often...I adore the card you made to reflect the verse. Thank you as always for sharing!!

Traci M said...

Peggysue,I really enjoyed your devotional...this is one of those verses that I have contemplated the meaning often...I adore the card you made to reflect the verse. Thank you as always for sharing!!

theneon said...

This is so goregous and a great example for all of us to enjoy. Thanks for the challenge -- great back story too!

Phindy said...

Hi PeggySue,
I just wanted to stop by and thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog,"Phindy's Place" during the OWH bloghop. I took a look around while I was here and you are doing some gorgeous work.
I hope you'll stop by again!
All the best,
Phindy

Carla Gade said...

Peggysue,
What a beautiful post - the card and what you wrote about the verse in Corinthians. I love that verse and won't it be wonderful one day when the shadows all dissapear!

You won the giveaway for the OWH at Writing to Distraction. If you'll just email me your mailing address I'll send out your prize. contact me at carlagade [at] gmail [dot] com

Be blessed!

Helen said...

That is GORGEOUS! I love the gold embossing with that dark blue and the gold inside with the sentiment. Awesome!
Blessings!
~H

Val said...

Peggysue, your card is beyond beautiful. The detail is wonderful. So pretty.

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Absolutely gorgeous Peggysue! I was struck by the beauty of your card when I first saw it to upload into the post. Awesome. And so is your post and challenge. Thanks for getting me to try something new!

Now on to see what else I've missed while I've been busy doing who knows what. I'm utterly floored by how fast time passes.

Hugs my friend,
Lisa

Stephanie said...

love the gold atop the navy - just so stunning!!

BethieJ said...

Peggysue your card is BEAUTIFUL!!!
Have a GREAT day!

Gina said...

Your card is beautiful, love the blue with the gold. What an interesting read too, I love your explanation of "through a glass darkly" great example.

Diane said...

Beyond beautiful. It's fantastic. Love the verse challenge and your thoughts on the verse are so thought provoking. Amazing grace, that He would reach down and pluck us out of our darkness and place us into His wonderful light. Definitely...extra bling on "light" is good!!! Wonderful, as always.

Rach said...

such a stunning card Peggy
Hugs Rachxx

Mina said...

stunning card Peggysue, the details are beautiful...thanks so much for visiting my blog
Mina xxx