Sunday, October 10, 2010
Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge 60 . . . thankful
Happy Sunday stampers! It is time for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ! This week's hostess is Patti, who selected this verse from 1 Timothy 4:4 "For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving." Her challenge is for you to create a thank you card.
This week's sponsor is a new one, Doodle Pantry. They have the cutest images . . . I would have used one but we had a house deal fall through and are scrambling to figure out a new solution. This has consumed much of my time, so stamping is fit in when I can. You can visit her site here to see the images and if you participate in our challenge this week you could win $10 worth of images from her shop.
I am thankful for Patti's verse selection this week because a thankful spirit is something I am working on cultivating. It helps to keep our minds focused on what we have, not what we do not have and that is in terms of everything that encompasses our earthly existence.
Thankful for the relationships and people God has brought into our lives--and that's on both sides of the coin, the people who are easy to love and those that are more difficult. How different would our attitude be if we thanked God even for those difficult relationships as through them we can learn much about exhibiting the right spirit and attitude and grow in our faith?
Thankful for our housing--I am reminded of this constantly this weekend as we search for a new place to live and I find my eyes longingly looking towards homes that are out of our price range but ooooh so attractive! Stop it! Be thankful that we CAN buy a home at all and provide shelter for our family. The National Coalition for the Homeless reports that each year at least 3.5 million Americans experience some form of homelessness and the trend is worse given today's economic climate.
Thankful for our possessions--I'm packing up an entire house, need I say more? I'm astounded at all that we own and thankful for warm flannel bedsheets, clothes, family albums, furniture, rugs . . . have you stopped to be thankful lately for those things?
And the sentiment I chose, Forever Thankful, for not the temporal but the eternal. I am forever thankful for the forever of eternity that I get to experience through the love of Jesus Christ. All of my children will be there too as well as my husband and this thought makes my heart overflow with gratitude and joy.
Lastly, here is a closeup of the mum on my card. When I decided to cut it out in a circul it looked a little plan and I didn't want to use my standard spellbinders petite scallops around it, so I covered the image with crystal effects and while it was still wet, sprinkled a bit of glitter over the entire image. I also was in a hurry as we were going out of town to look at homes, so you can tell my vellum warped a bit when I was embossing the sentiment, I did it too fast.
Thanks for looking, hope you can play along this week!
Stamps: Mark's Finest Papers
Ink: black, white craft
Paper: blues, vellum, white
Other: copics, crystal effects, glitter, velvet ribbon in light blue, fine detail white EP