Sunday, January 16, 2011

Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge 72 . . .Its new!



Welcome, welcome to the second Sunday challenge of the year and challenge 72 for Stampin' Sisters in Christ! This week's hostess is dear Grace, who selected this verse from 2 Cor 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Her challenge is to use the theme of "NEW" and interpret it as you want: new year, new life, new birth, new supplies, new house, etc. Please tell us what you use to fit the challenge. Our sponsor this week is Clear Dollar Stamps, do they have the stamp sets on their site, and supplies too! Check out our main blog to see the creations by my other design team sisters as well as for your chance to win $15 in stamps from Clear Dollar Stamps.

My card uses a new sets of stamps I received from Mark's Finest Papers and pansies make me happy, they are new. This card also serves as the first new challenge of the year for the Papertrey Peeps blog, a thank you to Terri (such a sweetie) for organizing our group and getting the challenges going.

Too many things are new in my life to represent them on one card or piece of artwork. We moved to a new state, we have a house new to us. My oldest children ALL are away and I've entered a 3/4 empty nest phase which is very new and I'm still adjusting. My oldest daughter is getting married and I will have a new son-in-law, whom we love already. All this newness represents big changes in our lives.

But that is what life is all about really. Life means change. Each day is new, each breath we take is a new breath, each moment a new opportunity to think about our blessings and our purpose here on earth. Each morning we wake with a fresh, new opportunity before us to make the most of this life we've been given! God's mercies are new every morning. Think about what a gift that is!!! Once you accept Jesus and become a new creation through his sacrifice to you on the cross, the slate is wiped clean, everything is new! Except the Lord's promises, those are as old as the first page of Genesis and with each 'new' phase we enter in life, we can hold those promises close to our hearts. That just fills my soul with such joy!!!

Whatever newness you are facing this year, I pray you embrace it in the love of Jesus Christ. We hope you have a chance to join us in our challenge this week and throughout the year, we enjoy seeing your lovely creations fill the gallery each week. Thanks for looking and have a great day.

The colors of my challenge were inspired by a challenge blog I found this week, I think the letters stand for Create For Fun, it is called CR84FN. Their new challenges post on Sundays as well, so my card doesn't technically 'count' CR84FN10 but they had selected lavendar, aqua, yellow and green, which immediately put the pansies into my mind.

The sketch I found on the Shabby Tea Room blog site, it is their 44th challenge this week, thanks for the sketch inspiration. Lots of great art to be seen there.

For the Stampin' Bs challenge, you were to use a die cut on your card! I used the deckled rectangle nestability and Labels 14 (and three edge punches too, those ought to count extra!)

Crazy For Challenges C4C70 issued a challenge to incorporate a thank you in your card . . . well, my card is all about thank you to Terri!

I stamped the image on white cardstock, cut it out with a deckled rectangle nestability and then painted the images with watercolor crayons. I edged the cardstock with a gold marker and then coated the surface of the image with Tim Holtz Rock Candy . . . stuff. What is that stuff called? The rest is pretty self explanatory. I had a lot of fun making my card, hope you can play along with Stampin' Sisters in Christ this week!

25 comments:

Grace said...

Hi Peggysue! I just love your pansies... that new image is gorgeous! Loved even more reading all your thoughts as always! I hope you are adjusting to all the newness in your life!!! Have a wonderful week!!!
hugs,
Grace

Benzi said...

Your card is just beautiful. Pansies always are so beautiful in the Spring and seem to add such wonderful freshness to life. Can hardly wait for that time. Your write-up was wonderful and I understand the empty nest. No fun.
Thank you for joining the Stampin B's this week with your lovely creation.

Miesje said...

I love pansies and yours are wonderful! Great card Peggsue. My goodness you are going through a lot of new right now. I remember our "new" year too. It was a very good year and I pray yours will be too. How nice that you already love you new son-in-law! Have a wonderful week!

Patti J said...

Lovin' those beautiful pansies, Peggysue! Goodness, dear friend, you are going through so much 'newness'. I will continue to keep you in my prayers! Best wishes to you and yours during this new phase in your lives! Hugs and blessings...

Becky said...

Good morning my Dear Sister!
What a gorgeous card. You colored those pansies beautifully.
Hugs. :)

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Gorgeous card Peggysue! You did an amazing job coloring those gorgeous Pansies! Like a breath of fresh air! Sorry you missed the deadline for the CR84FN challenge but I sure do hope you join us again :)

Aimes said...

Such a pretty card, Peggysue! Love those colours and those pansies are just delightful!
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Lagene said...

WOW!! This is Awesome!!! I love your coloring, layering, boarder punches, embossing colors.....all of it!

Traci M said...

Love those colors and your pansies are beautiful...as well as your words meaningful! Thanks for directing me to all those challenges too, my stamping needs a jumpstart!!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is beautiful Peggysue!I love your pansies,colors,and all the details!
Hugs,
Chris

Silli said...

So pretty, love the wonderful colors...

Cammie said...

This is simply a breath of spring! Beautiful!

ashjoy said...

Beautiful PS! You have been going through tons. Love your positive and uplifting attitude. Hope you are all settled in and enjoying your new home.

Nerina said...

What a refreshing post - your comments were so uplifting, your card is full of brightness and cheer and focusing on thanks and appreciation is also such a joy. I'm blessed - HUGS!

Terri said...

What a pretty card. I love it! How sweet of you to dedicate it to me. Change is never easy for me either. I hope in time things will get easier for you.

Sharron said...

Peggysue, I just love your beautiful card! The pansies are so lovely and you did a wonderful job with the coloring. I really enjoyed your thoughts on all that is new in our lives. Wishing a year full of positive 'newness'.

Angy said...

Loved your thoughts! So so true... I know I am standing on the promises of my Savior! Pretty job of coloring. Thanks for sharing PeggySue!

Dell said...

Phenomenal card! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on life. It is about constant change. I think that is what keeps us all going. That and the grace of God.

The Mama Monkey said...

So pretty! Pansies remind me of spring and rebirth. I am so glad you are settling in...I understand the move thing!

Rhonda said...

Pansies - are a favorite!!! Great card Peggy Sue.

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Peegysue - it is always so inspirational to come here and see your works of the heart my friend! I love the way you were inspired and all of your details! Gorgeous! You are in my prayers Peggysue, with all that you ahve going on at the moment! God bless you! {{{hugs}}}

Gina said...

This is so pretty, I love the coloring on the pansies. Love your encouraging words too.

Scrapcollectr said...

Yoour card is beautiful! I love all the patterns and the flower image combined....
*smile*

Susan Hogan said...

A very pretty card using lovely colours. New is what life is all about, really. You will adjust - after all, you are a woman! Thanks for your funny comments on my blog.

Janeen said...

http://janeen-alittlebitofthisandthat.blogspot.com/2011/01/all-things-new.html

Hi Peggysue, You asked a question about this card. THe flower is stamped with water color crayons. I haven't used them much but they worked really well for this particular stamp. Thanks for your comments. ..I liked all the thoughts on your blog about New.