Sunday, January 24, 2010

Imperishable Seed . . . SSIC #23


Happy Sunday stampers! Its time for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ. This week it is my turn to play hostess and I selected this verse from 1 Peter 1:23 (NIV) "For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable , through the living and enduring word of God." For this challenge, since most seeds come up as tiny green shoots, use the color green somewhere in your creation, not all over green, monochrome, but some green somewhere.

I selected this verse a while ago and my thoughts about its impact keep shifting, especially in light of recent world events. I like the image of the seed. A seed is like a promise in a wrapper, a hope that given a bit of sunlight, earth and water will burst forth into new life. The seed itself has to die before it can become a plant or a tree, and in the same way, we have to die to ourselves before we can find new life in Christ. But when we do, that new life can be as green and abundant as the most lush forest or verdant grassland you've ever pictured.

This earth though, contains nothing but perishable seed. Living in an area with all four seasons, my family can see the plants start from tiny seeds, flourish, blossom and then wither and die when winter comes. But on a larger scale, plants are not the only created thing that withers and dies. Buildings can crumble, governments topple and thousands of lives can change in an instant, or be lost entirely, in the blink of an eye.

What can we hold onto when our foundations are shaken? I can think of only one thing--Jesus Christ. He is the imperishable seed. Through faith in Jesus Christ we have a hope beyond this world, we have the promise of eternal life through Him. Find and take hold of that imperishable seed and don't let it go.

This card uses a Northwoods stamp and the glitter technique again. I cannot seem to put my glitter down. I stamped the image on acetate with black memento ink, let it dry and then used four shades of green, a yellow, orange and brown for the image. I did paint the background behind it with a light blue, although you can't really see it once the acetate covers it. Next time I'll use a more intense shade.

I stamped the image also on PTI spring moss in Stazon Timber brown and the used just a portion of the glittered panel in a variation of the spotlight technique. I used images from PTI's guidelines one set on the blue background and a sentiment from Everyday Button Bits. This card is for my son's friend, who has been in and out of the hospital with a serious condition for months. Thanks for looking.

31 comments:

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Pretty card! I love how the image is popped out with all that glitter. Glitter just puts the 'wow' factor into any card.

Hanneke van der Linde said...

Great card, Peggysue!

xoxo

Aimes said...

Oooh you're tempting me more and more to get covered in the sparkly stuff! Such a clever glitter window!
x

Belinda said...

Wow, what an awesome glitter window card!!

Sharron said...

Very pretty! Love your glittery bright window!

Terri said...

This came out great! Love it!

Heather P. said...

You are so right, Peggysue! :) And I love that window glitter card, it's fantastic!

Leah said...

I love this! I love the scripture and love the technique you used. Thank you for the reminder:)

Becky said...

Very pretty card, love the glitter.

Gina said...

I love it when you use the glitter, it is so pretty. Gorgeous stamp and card!

Diane said...

Stunning! I bought some stamps specifically for this technique. Now...where are they? Ooooh...love yours!

Nerina said...

Wow Peggysue! Everything about this card is inspiring - the inspiration and the execution! I really love how you have spotlighted the one section of the image (so eyecatching!) and appreciate your explanation of what was on your heart while you were creating! Hugs!

¤*¤Marinette¤*¤ said...

ta carte est vraiment superbe peggy,bravo

JazzyH said...

Great card!

Kristine said...

Hi Peggysue! Great Scripture and Challenge this week. LOVE the sunflower image and all the sparklies you used on it! Reading your thoughts on Scripture are so insightful... thank you, you did a Great job *Ü*

Dell said...

Love this window card and oh the glitter is fantastic!

Grace said...

PeggySue this is stuning! When I saw it on Sun. I dropped my jaw! You really popped that image and it jumps right off the page!!! Love it!!!

Helen said...

Those sunflowers inside the frame are gorgeous! Amazing work! Love it!
Blessings!
~H

Randi said...

I just love the contrast of the two looks. Bare and glittery. Great challenge this week and wonderfully spoken words.

Davi said...

Wonderful Scripture and I love the glittered image and how its framed. Such great dimension it adds!!

Traci M said...

There you go with all that glitter again...your tonal greens are gorgeous, and a very creative use of this stamp, Peggysue!! I always enjoy so much reading your thoughts too...wonderful words of wisdom!

Annette said...

Stunning card, so love your glittered flowers, love how you have made it look like you are looking out of a window, take careX:)

Anesha said...

Wonderful card, love the window. Anesha :-)

Mary Lou said...

Hi Peggy Sue~~ lovely card, great hostess and I really enjoyed reading your blog. I hope your son's friend is getting better. Will lift him in my prayers. Thank you for the sweet comments on my blog :) Back to your card~~I really like glitter with cards--only done a few lately--need to get it out again.
God is GOOD!!!
Mary Lou

The Mama Monkey said...

There you go with the glitter again!! AMAZING! Just stunning!

BethH said...

That is so cute! I love the glittery window!!!!

Karen Lynn said...

Fantastic card, PS. I really like your glitter.

Stephanie said...

great verse & great card! the glittered panel is fabulous :)

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