Sunday, April 3, 2011

For a Child


Hello everyone! Happy Sunday!
With Sunday comes another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge! Our hostess this week is the sweet Miesje! She has chosen the following Scripture for this week's challenge:

Luke 18:17
"Amen I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it."

Miesje's challenge is to make a card for a child.

Why would Jesus say this? I believe it's because children accept with complete faith. They don't question every little detail, doubting that which they cannot understand. If a parent or trusted person tells them something is true... they simply believe and accept it with all their heart. God wants us to accept Him this same way. It's strange but sometimes as people grow up.... they let the things of this world, and confidence in their own abilities and understanding become the things they trust, and it's harder for them to accept the truth of God's love for them and the so simple way they can come to Him. They want to complicate it... turn it into something it's not. It's so simple... even a child can understand it! God loves you. He provided the way for your sins to be forgiven and for you to enter His Heavenly kingdom. Simply believe and receive Him like a child.

My card today is made with a Sugar Nellie digi! Her name is Joy. Isn't she sweet? I colored her with Copics and used this week's sketch from Bearly Mine. The dp is Prima Annalee (thanks to a so sweet friend) and Prima Fairy Flora. The image is printed on Gina K Pure Luxury White. The lacy punched work is Martha Stewart, and I wove some sheer pink ribbon through it. I used the Floral Doily Accents (Spellbinders) for the flowers and the hand made crocheted flower is also a gift from my dear friend... one I treasure!

Our Sponsor this week is Clear Dollar Stamps
They are giving a $15.00 Gift Certificate to the CDS Store!
We want to thank Lori for her continued support and generosity!
Please visit her store today!

For more inspiration on today's challenge, please visit my DT Sisters:
Chris, Linda, Peggysue (away today), Miesje, Rebecca, Lisa , Kris, Sabrina, & MariLynn
Randi (is on leave)

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge - must use a digi, Card Makin' Mamas - embellish it, Digi's With Attitude! - Anything Goes, Fabulous Friday - Use Bling, Fairy Fun Fridays - Spring-themed, Fairy Knoll - 'whatever', AiFactory - Bright as Day, Delightful Challenges -Flowers, Pals Paper Arts - Punches, Paper Romance - Bling, The Rubber Cafe - Spring Flowers, Amber's Crafts and Stuff -use flowers, Paper Pretties - -bling, Anything Goes Challenge - Make Your Own Embellishments, Clear It Out! -Flowers, Flowers & more Flowers, Digital Tuesday - include a digital element - For the Kids , Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - Handmade Flowers, Partytime Tuesdays - Anything Goes + A handmade Flower, The Stamping Boutique - Hand Made Flowers, Tuesday Throwdown - Florals, Creative Craft Friends - Spring, Stamps R Us - Spring, By the Cute & Girly - cute and girly My Grafico - anything goes., Allsorts - Blooming Blossoms Crafty Calendar - April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers Colour Create - Pastels + optional Craft Us Crazy - Easter/ Spring Delightful Challenges - Flowers Paper Romance - Bling.


Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Good morning girl!! Well I got the floor last night and did not sleep a wink so now I have the opportunity to sneak on my laptop since everyone else is OUT!

This is just the sweetest Grace! Your coloring is just gorgeous and your layout, design and colors are perfect. Perfectly darling my friend!!

Love reading your words on today's scripture as well.



Larisa said...

Grace, it is fantastic!!! Very nice papers!! lOve this image too))))

Linda Wescott said...

Beautiful card, love the papers. Such a pretty image isn't it, you've coloured her beautifully too. I've coloured mine in peaches - but not put her on a card yet...I must, mustn't I lol. Thanks for joining us at Amber's Crafts and Stuff's Flowers challenge this week, hope you see you back again. Hugs lin

Judy Rozema said...

Oh what a beautiful card! LOVE the bright colors in the papers and the image is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it at Paper Romance!

Miesje said...

Such beautiful colors! The image is adorable with ever perfect coloring! Love you sharing - you are always so right on! Have a wonderful week!

Lisa Jane said...

what a gorgeous spring colours and a cute little image

Thanks for joining is at LCI this week
Lisa x

Becky said...

Grace, this just just stunning girl! Love this design paper and how you cut out this image that is so beautifully colored..
Have a blessed week my sister :).

Crystal said...

Oh my GRACE she is soooo beautiful, I LOVE your papers and colors hun!!!Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

JanR said...

Just gorgeous. I love the colours. Thanks for joining us at AiFactory!

JanR - AiF dt

Riet said...

What a beautiful card Grace,I love the image and the colours.
So gorgeous papers.

Hugs Riet.xx

Debra said...

Oh this is just precious, wonderful Sugar Nellie image and great crocheted flower!

Thank you for joining us at the Digi's With Attitude! Anything Goes Challenge. Good luck and hope to see you again next challenge!

Digi's With Attitude! Design Team

Wendy @ E-1-A said...

Stunning card... and your message is so simply staight to the point and true.

Wonderful on both counts.

Cards by Gina said...

Pretty colors and details on your card! Thanks for playing along with us at PPA this week!

Made by Mandy said...

Love that you combined this image with brighter colours. She s currently on my desk waiting to be coloured but all the examples I have seen are in much more muted colours.

Many thanks for joining in with our Bright As Day challenge at AI Factory.

Mandy (DT member for AI Factory Challenge)

P.s Love the image you look out over, you are truly blessed xxx

bsgstamps4fun: Barb Gault said...

Beautiful card as always! The little girl's image is precious & you colored it beautifully! You inspire me with your creativity!

Maria Matter said...

so lovely Grace! beautiful stamp & papers!!

GrannieR said...

So sweet!

MariLynn said...

Grace, what a gorgeous card. I love the papers that you used. Isn't wonderful that God didn't make us have to defend our faith with lengthy disertations to be saved, but He made it simple enough to understand. Thanks for your insight on the scripture. Hugs and blessings!!

Claire said...

Wow what beautiful card! gorgoeus colours and I love that image. Thanks for playing along with us at Digi's With Attitude! and good luck
Claire xx

Elizabeth said...

Grace, this is beautiful! The card ... and your words of encouragement. It is a sad fact, but a fact none-the-less, that we all sometimes need to be reminded to keep our faith as simple as a child's.

kiwimeskreations said...

This is so sweet Grace - any young girl would love it!!
I enjoyed your thoughts too :-), thank you for sharing.

Joan Fricker said...

Grace your card is adorable. What a cute little girl. Great job and thanks for sharing with us. you are so right...God is so good - all the time!

seamom said...

What a beautiful little girl image! And she is wonderfully colored! The entire card with the piercing, the croched and punched flowers, the border punch, the layout, the papers, the ribbon.... fabulous!

Unknown said...

Its beautiful Grace! She is colored wonderfully and your words as usual are so true! The flowers are lovely, as is the layout and the ribbon.

somethingcraftybydottie said...

just a Beautiful card I love the new card but I always enjoy visiting and seeing all of your beautiful cards.
~ God Bless ~
Hugs :o)
PS: I have a Little candy posted on my blog come visit.

Kristine said...

Good evening Grace =) Your card is fabulous!! Really love those papers and colors and the white flowers just POP off the card. Such a sweet li'l girl too. Beautiful work of heart! And I agree with your interpretation... kids just accept things we tell them so easily and as we get older, we have see too much of the world and doubts creep in making us suspicious of everything we're told. Oh to be a kid again! LOL. Have a wonderful week!

Chris said...

what a beautiful card, I love that crocheted flower.
thanks for playing with us at Paper Pretties.

Geri said...

Hello, Grace! You visited my blog with a question and I'm so happy you did! I have so enjoyed my visit here! Your creations are all so lovely! And your posts so uplifting and encouraging! I appreciated your sweet comment on my Shabby Tea Room card. Papertrey Ink has a new line of Edger dies and this one I used was the first I think--they only have two or three so far, so I don't think you'll have trouble recognizing it if you shop there (but let me know if you do!). It really dresses up the card doesn't it?! Thanks again for your visit!!

Tenia Nelson said...


Dawn B. said...

This is beautiful Grace.. I love the soft pinks you chose. I have a hard time with softer colors. I loved your write up too. It scares me sometimes how children are so trusting. I read your comment on Friday and have no idea where it went.. :( sorry. I am exhausted from all my visitors but as soon as I catch up we need to do DD...Hugs.

Anniebee said...

Hi, Grace! Your card is gorgeous, as always. I love that background paper! Can you tell me what it is, please? The colors are so vibrant and pretty and that large daisy looks great behind the image. You did a wonderful job and I am such a big fan. Thanks for playing in the flower challenge at Amber's Crafts and Stuff this week.


Lydia said...

What a beautiful card! I love the colors and your flowers. Great use of the bling too. Thanks for joinng us at Frosted Designs!

CraftinGranny said...

Oh Grace, this is absolutely beautiful!!! Your coloring is fantastic, the DP is gorgeous and all the embellies and the crochet flower really make this a very special card. It's always a great inspiration to visit here. Good luck in all those challenges. "Hugs" Carol

Lori m said...

Grace, I don't know how you do this, each card is prettier then the one before, your so amazing! :)

Tamara Morton said...

Hi Grace, gorgeous card I love that fresh crisp white crochet flower thank you for joining us at Anything goes

Bella´s Bastelecke said...

such a fab take on the sketch, and I love the image you have used…..
Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine.....


Wendy M said...

Hi Grace

Just a quick note to say "thank you" for your lovely post. No I don't teach IRL (used to teach children's club before I got married and loved that). Nowadays, I simply seek to encourage others with the same encouragement which I have received in the Lord online. I get so excited when God teaches me something new and can't wait to pass it on :D

Used to have another blog called "In Step with the Lord" as well as a couple of crafting blogs but was finding it difficult maintaining them and keeping them up-to-date as I work 4 full days per week also and I was really starting to feel driven rather than led! I didn't want to give up crafting (although I was willing to if I had to) and so I prayed about it. Very quickly I felt led to combine both a paper crafing site and one in which I shared the Lord's goodness into one blog and hence "Each Cared Tells a Story" was born! I do also believe SSIC had a part to play in the process also as it was here I realised that we can use our talents as well as our giftings in the Lord to share with others.

Miranda said...

adorable card and the colours make you feel happy, gorgeous flower too
thanks for joining the TSB challenge this week

Beverly Montez said...

Beautiful spring colors, adorable image and wonderful embellishments! Thanks for joining us at Fairy Fun Fridays!

Unknown said...

Your flowers is really pretty! Love the card!

Thank you for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays! Hope to see you back this week!


uksharon said...

Beautiful card.
Thanks for joining us at DT this week.
Best wishes, Sharon

Anne said...

Hello, Grace. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving the information I asked for concerning the paper you used on your latest card. Thanks also for your very kind comments. I have been browsing through many of your cards and each one seems to be more beautiful than the last, if that's possible. Your designs are truly awe-inspiring.

Kindest regards,

The Crazy Crafting Lady said...


Thanks for playing along with our Flower Challenge at Amber's Crafts and Stuff! I hope you will come back next Wednesday for Challenge #4!


Anonymous said...

This is so lovely! Your border and flowers are such a nice touch. Thanks so much for sharing your project and joining us at Frosted Designs.

gina g said...

Hi Grace this is simply adorable i love the pretty papers and gorgeous image. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine for our challenge this time. luv gina xx

The Mama Monkey said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Grace! You colored that image so beautifully!

Mary J said...

Oh Grace, what a beautiful card!
Thx for sharing with us at Ladybug Crafts Ink!

Mary J xxx

Whimsey said...

Beautifully done Grace; love the colors and your flowers are fab!!!

Thanks for joining us at LCI this week!


velta said...

Hi Grace! Another stunner!!! Your art work is always fabulous....but I am really loving your verse and thought sharing...I sent the last one to my daughter and I am making a copy of this one to send to her as well. I am pretty sure she sends these to her hubby look how many people you are touching!!! Thank you for sharing :)

Shirley said...


Unknown said...

This is truly beautiful!
So glad you shared that special treasure flower!
Thank you for joining us for The Stamping Boutique Challenge #3.

Lori said...

I love these images and your vibrant papers are perfect, thanks for joining us at our Spring theme at the Fairy Fun Friday blog.

Basslady said...

a very delighful card with wonderful colours!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Payne Holler Cards said...

so beautiful!

Sabrina Jackson said...

Grace, my sweet friend....sorry I am so late this week leaving you some love, but I was not up to blogging so much this week. Please forgive me ! Your card is so very beautiful and this cute image is so perfectly colored. Everything on your card shouts happy!!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Heide said...

This is just lovely. Great coloring and super flowers. Thanks for joining us at TSB.
Hugs, Heide

Erin Reed said...

great project!! thanks for joining us at frosted designs!!

nnalorac said...

Your card is just so gorgeous,perfect for our cute and girly challenge this month love the colour combo.Thanks for joining us, BTC&G Carolxx

Kate said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for entering it at By The Cute And Girly this month.

** Kate **

April said... that crocheted flower!! Stunning! Thanks for joining TSB challenge

Traci S. said...

Grace this is stunning! At first I thought this may have been a photo that you printed on paper and painted. It is amazing. I love the colors and the coloring. And the layout and your use of embellishments as incredible!

I remember us having an email discussion about this very Scripture. Do you? You always are so clear about what to write. What the God-given Truth is...and you explain it so clearly. Thank you, my dear, dear friend.

BTW,Those papers are exquisite!

He IS Able,
Traci S.