Sunday, November 28, 2010

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge 67 . . . encouragement


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Happy Sunday stampers! It is time for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ!

This week's hostess is our very own Lisa Hjulberg, who I pray is having a blessed time visiting with family. She has selected this verse for the week from Phillippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." {NJKV}

Her challenge is to make a card of encouragement. And our sponsor this week is Scor Pal! For a chance to win a Scor Pal all you need to do is play along this week and enter your card or project on the home page at http://stampinsistersinchrist.blogspot.com.

Most of my stamping supplies are packed away yet, but I dug through the boxes at the top of the heap so I could play along this week. We don't have internet yet, but I found if I park in the lot near the local library I can get onto their system.

This has been a very stressful season of life, we've had job loss, loss of a loved one and changed locations--and the transition was anything but smooth. If God is collecting all of our tears in a bottle, I think I'm up to a large jug. That's why the verse for this week is so encouraging; it doesn't say that we can do all things with the help of our friends, or do all things through our own strength and willpower, or even say that we can do all things while smiling broadly the entire time and skipping through the daisies. This verse can be applied every day, but particularly encourages us during the hard times. It tells us when we lean on Jesus, we can do all things through His strength.

That has been especially important as we haven't had phone or internet and I've been cut off from all of my friends, who are always a huge source of encouragement for me. They support me and cheer me on and give me a good place to go when I need a shoulder to cry upon. Even when we think we're relying on Jesus it isn't until we're cut off from other forms of support that we discover maybe we haven't been leaning on Him as much as we thought. I've spent a lot of time on my knees this week and it is a good place to be.

Thanks for looking and have a great week, we hope you can play along.

The stamp set I chose gives you a sneak peek of a set being introduced by Mark's Finest Papers in December called Hearts, Hearts, Hearts. I embossed the paper first, then embossed the heart wreath in white. I painted lightly with watercolor crayons, sponged a bit of chalk around the outside to help emphasize the image, and cut out the center for a view of the sentiment inside.

18 comments:

Grace said...

Peggysue I am amazed that you JUST moved and already found the supplies and time to create a card! And a BEAUTIFUL one at that!!! This is so pretty! Love this new image and the pretty detailing you did to the bg! Wowzers! Good to hear gf! Keeping you in prayer and trusting things will settle for you all now and the roller coaster ride you've been on slows down! Your post is wonderful! So true!!!
hugs,
Grace

Becky said...

Good morning Peggysue. This is gorgeous, love the design of the card and love that heart. And I am amazed how you could go through all of this and find time to create such a beautiful card. Know I am praying with you Peggysue.
love ya
hugs :)

Miesje said...

If these supplies were at the top of the box and you created this incredible card I would love to see what is on the bottom of that magical box! Gee - I would even come help you unpack! :-) Loved reading your post too! hope you get settled soon - you remain in my prayers!

Traci M said...

Hi Peggysue,
Your card is so pretty, love those pearl accents!! I have been thinking of you daily and picturing you in your new place, but I had to giggle at you being parked in a car at a certain angle to receive those internet currents to get this up and running. Your fortitude is inspiring...and I'm glad that you have Christ, that we have Christ through all of life's turmoils. I miss you, can't wait for when you have internet and phone again!!

Michelle /Eliotstamps said...

(((HUGS))) PS! Your card is beautiful - I hope you get settled and into a routine again soon.

The Mama Monkey said...

Stunning! Love the pearl accents for the quilt pattern! OK, when I moved I was out of it for a good 6 weeks. You are amazing!

Markie's Mom said...

Wow! This is GORGEOUS! I just love how you did this!

And, I do understand that feeling of being cut off....

Hugs!
Faith

Terri said...

What a pretty card. I am sorry to hear you are so cut off from everything right now. I am sure that has to be very hard for you. I hope things get better for you soon.

Maureen (Moe) Buck said...

Peggy Sue- What a blessing I have found. I'm so glad for the chance to meet you through the MI Minglers... and for Michelle to point out your blog - a true gift.
I've read back some of your posts and I love what I'm reading. You have encouraged me tonight, and I even shared a little quote of something you wrote (a friend is having a hard time, and I think your quote will remind her of Her Savior) THANKS... keep up the AWESOME blog/sharing

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Peggysue - what an elegant and gorheous card you have created! I love the white and the scoring - so elegant! Your words today ring so true - thank you for always sharing from the heart! Lopve you Sistah! {{{hugs}}}

Carol's Ink Spot said...

A very lovely and elegant card. The embossing with the touch of pearls plus the soft coloring are exquisite.

Sharron said...

This is such a pretty card, Peggysue! I love how soft and delicate it looks. The heart is so lovely! Hope things start to go more smoothly for you soon. I remember a time when I was cut off from friends and support and the terrible way I felt. Try to keep thinking of the positive and look forward to more settled times ahead. HUGS!

Dell said...

What an elegant card! Love it!

Karen Lynn said...

Wow! I love the embossing and the stamped image together. Great combo!

ButterflyEars said...

Peggysue, beautiful work on these gorgeous cards.
I love the white one with the wonderful scoring, the beautiful cut out wreath and the peekaboo sentiment.

Carol Dee said...

Great cards. card two is STUNNING!

Gina said...

Your card is just beautiful and perfect to encourage a friend. I hope things start smoothing out for you. You are such an encouragement to me and I wanted to say thanks.

Lisa Lynne said...

Lovely touch with the pearl accents - thanks!