Sunday, January 23, 2011
Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge 73 . . . vintage
Happy Sunday stampers!! It is time for another challenge from Stampin' Sisters in Christ. Our hostess this week is the lovely Linda from down under who selected this verse from Jeremiah 31:3 "The Lord hath appeared of old unto me saying Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee." Her challenge is to make a vintage card or project. You can read her devotional on the main blog as well as the other design team member's creations. Our sponsor this week is Designed2Delight @ http://firstname.lastname@example.org. One random winner from the main SSIC blog posting will receive two free digitals from her store.
In this verse I am keying in on one word, 'everlasting.' How often do people discount God, try to ignore his existence, deny his deity? Sometimes it isn't really a deliberate turning, life gets hard or troubles mount up faster than solutions and you might feel like you are lost and alone, that God has forgotten you. But He hasn't.
God exists outside of time, He created time itself. Everlasting--there is no beginning nor any end to God and His promises are always true. Therefore when He promised Israel that His love for them was everlasting, in the verse from Jeremiah, they knew they could trust in that promise, even though the Israelites themselves turned their backs on God many times.
That same promise is true today. We all have sinned and in that sin have turned away from God, yet if we accept the gift of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for our sins on the cross, that sin can be erased and we can experience eternity in God's love; experience it for everlasting. He does love you and that love is printed on every page of the bible in every promise He ever made. The stories among our design team ladies all are different, but all of us have experienced the saving grace of God's love and you can ask any one of us how to find that for yourself.
I was inspired by the current VSN mini challenge to create a luminaria.
I also was inspired by the current Shabby Tea room blog challenge 'White and Bright' to use either white or cream only, plus one other color. I consider the gold a neutral, like black. The tough part actually was finding a vertical sentiment in a small enough typeset to fit my luminaria opening--I realized a lot of them are horizontal, but I found one among my PTI sentiments. Thanks for looking! Hope you can play along with our SSIC challenge this week!
Stamps: Rubber Stamp Tapestry 'Antique Garden,' PTI sentiment
Ink: gold kraft, pink pirouette
CS: PTI cream, pink DS scrap
Other: cuttlebug embossing folder, Spellbinders nestabilities labels 14 and ovals, prima roses, leaves, gold EP, MS edge punch