Sunday, July 4, 2010

Stampin' Sister in Christ challenge 46 . . . red or blue


Happy Sunday stampers! It is time for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ. This week's hostess is the talented Chris Olsen, who has selected this verse:

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Her challenge this week is to use either red or blue, or both, but you do not have to create a patriotic card. Our sponsor this week is Whimsy Haven. You can see the other design team members' cards on our home blog page and read more about our sponsor this week.

I am looking forward to reading Chris' thoughts on her chosen verse this week. I know that as proud as I am of my country, even on this day of celebrating being an American, there are many things in this country that could use healing. I firmly believe that if people turned to Jesus Christ and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior and tried their best to follow his ways and his teaching, there is a lot we could heal.

It isn't easy to humble yourself! It can be hard to say, "I was wrong. Please accept my apology and forgive me." But think what happens to relationships when we do that. Some people are willing to forgive and move on, what a blessing! Others have a hard time and then the relationship is lost, which is so very sad. All you can do is your part to reach halfway.

But when we humble ourselves before the Lord, He is always waiting with open arms to forgive and to love us. That's a wonderful thought! No strings, no restrictions, no making us pay for a wrong over and over and over, He forgives and our sin is then cast away as far as the east is from the west. But it begins with examining your own heart.

On to my card. We had our town parade today. I loved taking my older kids to parades when they were little and I loved dressing them up in patriotic colors! I was reminded this morning of the dresses I would get for my older girls. Do you remember when you were little it always made a dress more special when it had ricrac at the bottom? Smocking and ricrac, those were big time when I was a little girl. That, and Swiss dots. So I combined them in this card reminiscent of a dress I had when I myself was a little girl. (Yes, there are rumors that dinosaurs still roamed the earth then, but prove it!) Its got the sparkly ricrac, swiss dot cuttlebug folder, another row of embossed flowers, and an arrangement of flower buttons. I stitched around the floral bit to help define the white on white a bit better and to give it more the flavor of a decorative patch sewn on a dress. Hope you like it and find time to play along with the challenge this week.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Everyday Button Bits
Paper: White, red, blue
Ink: Garden green
Other: ricrac die, glitter, swiss dot folder, cuttlebug floral edge folder, MS scoring pad, buttons!, red marker

I found the Cuttlebug Spot recently and I think this card qualifies for using cuttlebug folders (two of them) and patriotic colors.
The Oh Alice! blog has a red, white and blue color challenge this week too!
Also on Stamp Something their challenge is to use the colors of your flag.

30 comments:

Lovely Linda said...

Hi Peggysue - you made me long to be at a Parade!! I love this card, it is so crisp and such a lovely look with those fabulous buttons! I love the texture you have added!! You are amazing, you have so much happening and still produce such a gorgeous card! Love it! {{{hugs}}}

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

OH Peggysue i loved reading your well written post and seeing your gorgeous card!! The words are so true and food for thought. I love the stamps and the addition of the buttons!! Gorgeous take on the sketch!! Happy July 4th.
hugs,
Chris

Cindy Coutts said...

Beautiful card that has so many looks to it of vintage, contemporary, it's just a great card. Your spoken words are so true. God bless you and have a happy 4th!

Ted said...

Peggy Sue, I love this card! The swiss dots combined with the ric rac is perfect. I'd never think to use the EBB stamp set for patriotic but you so made it work! :) I agree about our nation's standing with Christ. :) This is why I'm joining in on 140 days of prayer. God bless you for your post... beautifully worded. :)

Becky said...

Wonderful words of wisdom and wonderful card. love the swiss dots

Miesje said...

I just LOVE the button and ribbon treatment - too cute! Have a great holiday weekend!

Grace said...

Oh wow Peggysue this card is stunning! I love the crispness and all that texture!!!! I need to work on more white cards because I love them!!! Thanks for sharing your heart as well!!! So true my fried!!!
Hugs,
Grace

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Super card! I love the red and bule buttons for the flowers and all the embossing with the glittered ric rac rows is fabulous! Very pretty!

Lori said...

Peggy Sue, this card is stunning. Love everything about it. thank also for your inspiration this morning and speaking God's word.

Michelle /Eliotstamps said...

What a darling card, PS! I love how you captured the dress in your card. That sparkly ric rac is fabulous! Have a great holiday.

Wendy M said...

Stunning card...love the embossing xx

Laurie said...

Peggy Sue this is a great card! I love the sparkley ric rack! Cute!

Jill said...

Amen, sister! Thank you for speaking the Truth this morning!

Peggysue, this is spectacular! I mean, it--just perfection of crispness and prettiness and texture and color and pattern and . . . I am saving this one to CASE, no question! Beautiful!

Traci M said...

I saw a lot of little girls in patriotic colors today and it made my heart sing, but not as much as this sweet card!! I do see a dress in here, and your ric rac is adorable, and of course, a summer dress could not be prettier than when made with swiss dotted fabric!!
I agree with your words, our land is in desperate need of healing, and repentance is the key.
Happy 4th of July!!

Kristine said...

Love your crisp clean patriotic-colored card Peggysue!! Very cute with those buttons for flowers. We enjoyed a wonderful community worship service in the park this morning and the parade after... the kids running out to get candy in the street, LOL! Fun day.

Thank you for speaking your thoughts about healing too! Very true indeed. Some people have such a hard time forgiving others and receiving forgiveness from God or they just can't forgive themselves. But just like you said, when we ask God for forgiveness it's as far as the east is from the west. Wouldn't it be wonderful if people could do the same?

Happy 4th... hope you enjoy the rest of it with your family =) I hear a pie calling my name, LOL!

Earline said...

What a difference twist but I like it Happy Fourth of July to you and your family

Andrea said...

So cool! I really like the embossing! Thanks for joining the Stamp Somthing Challenge this week!

Heather P. said...

This is SO pretty, Peggysue!! :)

Sharron said...

LOVE this card--everything about it is just perfect! There is always something so special about white cards--so crisp and clean looking. The embossing and rickrack make great details and would make the sweetest summer dress too!

BonnieRose said...

such a great card, thks for playing along with us at STAMP SOMETHING! HUGS XO

Terri said...

Great way to used those colors. I especially like the glittered ric rac and the swiss dots background too.

Cammie said...

Great card! I'm right there with you with special dresses with smocking and ricrac. One of my favorite dresses was reversable and yes it had black ricrac trim.

Diane said...

this is fabulous! Love the buttons...great post too. I always look forward to seeing and reading what you have created. Bless you.

Tasha said...

Wow stunning card, love the white embossed background. Such a clever idea to use buttons on the image
Thank you for joining us at Oh Alice!
love tasha xx

Diane Jaquay said...

Oh MY, I just ADORE this card Peggysue!!! Love that you used nontraditional colors for the flowers, the red white and blue color scheme here is just FABULOUS!!!

Andrea said...

This is absolutley stunning!! Thanks for joining the Stamp Something Challenge!

Nerina said...

This is beautiful Peggysue! I love the flower colours and the way you've incorporated the rick rack! This really works as a non traditional patriotic card! The embossing is beautiful - and you've captured it so well in your photograph!

Annika said...

So wonderfully beautiful! Love the colour combo, especially the abundance of white and that cute image with buttons!
Thanks for playing at Stamp Something, hope to see you back next week!
Hugs
Annika

Helen said...

I absolutely love this card! It's so adorable! Miss you!!!

Lynne Phelps said...

Oh, I remember a dotted swiss dress from my girlhood - what memories you've evoked! I LOVE your card, with the buttons and ric-rac the only color against all that white-on-white texture. Thanks for playing along with Oh, Alice!