Sunday, February 7, 2010

Stampin' Sisters in Christ . . . two shall become as one


Happy Sunday stampers! It is time for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ. This week's hostess is the ever thankful and upbeat Randi, who selected this verse from Mark 10: 7-8 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." (NASB)

The challenge is to follow this simple formula . . . whatever you use, you should use two of that item, so two different pieces of patterned paper, two brads, two pieces of ribbon . . . going by twos. As you can see on my card I have one stamp but it has two stems for two buttons. Two pieces of different designer paper, two colored scallops beneath the central image, two decorative pins on the upper right and two words in the sentiment. (I only have one strip of ribbon but I was fuzzy from cold medicine and didn't notice until after I had glued it all together)

Our sponsor this week is the Digi-Ink Company and the winner receives three images of their choice. Please check out the home page to view Randi's thoughts on the verse she selected and also to enter your card or project using Mr. Linky. Hope you can play along this week.

My thoughts . . . two shall become one . . . this isn't always easy. Valentine's Day is coming up and it is all about hearts and flowers and romance, all the things celebrated in popular songs. That swoop! feeling you get in your insides when you first fall in love. If you're not feeling swoopy or romantic in your marriage right now, you might think something is wrong.

But what really makes a marriage is the little every day moments in those 364 days inbetween major romantic holidays. Hundreds or perhaps even thousands of daily choices we make after those swoop! feelings have faded. What are our actions or reactions? What is our tone of voice when we're tired or cranky? Do we choose to forgive, accept, move on? Do we choose to love? Because as you grow older you realize more and more that love is not an emotional gut response but a daily choice. Sometimes it does feel like hearts and flowers and sometimes it feels like you're slogging through the mud, but hang in there or enjoy the moment as the romantic moments come. Thanks for looking.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Every Day Button Bits, Through the Trees (sentiment)
Paper: white, PTI patterned paper (hearts), random gingham pink, PTI New Leaf and Hibiscus Burst
Ink: black, PTI New Leaf
Other: pins, petite scalloped nestabilities, paper ribbon, PTI hibiscus burst buttons

P.S. I have a new post on the Women to Women Sharing Jesus blog site as well that Diane was gracious enough to put up, have a look if you get the time.

29 comments:

Candace said...

Cute card! I love the bright colors. I hope you have a great, blessed week!!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

This is SO CUTE! I love the colors and how happy it looks.

Kristine said...

Oh, I'll definately go take a look over there at WTWSJ!! You write beautifully Peggysue. Your card is adorable--LOVE the pretty bright colors and those 2 li'l pins are so adorable! Great job with the "TWO" challenge!!

joey said...

Hi PeggySue

fabulous card I love those colours!

Joey.x

Heather P. said...

You have such a way with words, Peggysue! :)

This card is so FUN, it makes me smile every time I look at it! :)

Sharron said...

Peggysue, your card is so pretty! Wonderful bright colors and such a fun take on the 'two' challenge. And I enjoyed your thoughts for today--hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.

Kathy Winter said...

Love this card! Great colors and layout:)

Michelle /Eliotstamps said...

Just adorable, PS! I love the stick pins.

Belinda said...

What fun colors! Such a happy card with bright colors and those 2 stick pins are just the perfect touch!

Traci M said...

I've got polka dots...on a cloudy snowy day...thanks for this bright bit of sunshine today, Peggysue! You know I love these colors, and what a great use of the buttons, too!
Enjoy your day and the game if you get a chance. Hugs to you~

ashjoy said...

You are such a smart woman! Thanks for the reminder;)

Cute card!

Grace said...

You really did a great job with this challenge and I love that you shared your wise thoughts on love and marriage! It IS a choice we make every day, every moment. What's amazing is how much easier it is not to sweat the little stuff the older we get.... things turn around and we start to appreciate the little stuff more than we used to... and we are not as bugged by the little stuff that used to bug us! I think making the choice day after day yields a special kind of love that goes way way deeper than that swoopy feeling every thought of! Great card and thoughts!

Karen Lynn said...

Nice bright colors! Very cheery!!

BethieJ said...

I LOVE this Peggysue!! Such bright cheery colors!!!

Judy said...

Hi Peggy,

Judy here from Digital-Ink Co., and just wanted to stop by and say hello. Your card is just lovely. I'm a Christain, and am now a follower of your blog. I do hope you'll stop by some time.

Judy aka M&M Designz

Terri said...

Nice job. Love the colors. What you said about marriage is so true. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

Diane Jaquay said...

Such a pretty, bright, happy card!!

Liz said...

What an awesome card! I love that you did the patterned paper on a diagonal!

Rhonda said...

Very cute! Love the color choices. The "pins" are a great finishing touch.

Gina said...

Very nice card. I like the "two of everything" challenge. I like your thoughts on the other 364 days of the year. We celebrate Valentine's Day, but it's not a huge day for us. I think it's good to remember and celebrate your love as often as possible!

¤*¤Marinette¤*¤ said...

Comme elle est belle, j'adore les couleurs
bravo

JazzyH said...

Very pretty!

Lori said...

Wonderful card Peggysue!!! So fun and happy!! :)

Cammie said...

Such a bright cheery card! Your take on the challenge is fantastic. Great thoughts on love.

Helen said...

I completely agree about marriage and I love your card! Your lo is awesome! I wonder where you got the inspiration... :) I do love this card, everything about it! It's wonderful!
Blessings!
~H

Stephanie said...

fabulous card, Peggysue!! and the photo looks terrific - so bright and crisp....I'm always trying to improve my photos & I'm about to break down and buy a better camera (I hate how that will cut into my stamping budget)

love those pins!

theneon said...

I think "joyful" when I see this and it certainly shows love! My daily choice is to love -- (50 years of marriage this fall).

Laurie said...

Love those button cherries....hearts are my favorite & your layout is wonderful!

Randi said...

Beautiful card, Peggysue. I love your words, so thoughtful. Your pins really caught my eye.