Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Gift of God and a sneak peek!


Happy Sunday everyone!  With Sunday comes another Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge, and today our challenge hostess is Lisa!  For this week's Scripture, Lisa has chosen Isaiah 1:18 "'Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’” 

The challenge is to use Fall Colors ( like crimson, orange, gold or similar).   

I have created a quilt card  using a fabulous soon to be released set from Our Daily Bread designs called Gift of God.  It is "technically" a Christmas set, but I have shown here how it can be used for any occasion.  I decided to make a more masculine card using earthy materials like burlap and twine, along with fall colored plaids and checks.  I used a Papertrey Dark Chocolate base and all the squares of dp are from The Paper Studio Mirabella pad.  I stamped the image onto dp with Versafine ink and colored with a combination of Copics and Prisma Pencils.  I happen to LOVE pinecones and I pick them up when we travel and I see really different ones.  I have a big basket of them in front of my fireplace and even my grandkids save them for me if they see a really special one.  So needless to say, I was excited to see this and the other sets that are coming out.  This Nov. 1 release is going to be sooooo fun!!!  Anyway.... I got carried away there for a minute in my excitemen! LOL!

My hubby and I are away this weekend enjoying our family.   Saturday we watched our daughter run a half marathon, and today we will enjoy their church services, and watch the kids perform in a play tonight.   We have had a strenuous 2 weeks sorting through all the paperwork and questions involved with a sudden layoff, taking unplanned social security, deciding on insurance, financial planning, etc.  We needed the break from it all, so we came to spend time with family.   Grandkids have a way of lifting our spirits any time, right?

Reflecting on today's Scripture, I was reminded of what happened as I was fixing dinner Thursday night. I managed to splatter my  favorite fall shirt in several spots.  I immediately took it off and pretreated it with a variety of products that promise to remove stains.  I soaked, scrubbed, and washed the shirt as soon as I saw the spots, but although some of the color of the stains came out, the underlying grease spots remained.  I love that shirt and just hated that it was permanently stained, and I couldn't do anything more about it!  None of the products that promised to remove the stains completely removed them!  

The picture painted for us in this verse is one of the filthiest  rags you can imagine...not just a few spots, but entirely and completely rotten with filthy sin.  Yet, God in His omnipotence is able to completely cleanse them to the purest possible white just like the snow!  Unlike my shirt...there will be no little grease spots left.  Those rags are us!  We were filthy in our sins, but God has provided the way for those sins to be completely removed and forgiven!  

Do you ever struggle with not feeling worthy?  Perhaps you struggle with guilt over some things in your past that you can't forgive yourself for.... or perhaps you think your sin is so bad that He couldn't possibly forgive you for all of it, but I assure you that the Creator of the universe, the author and sustainer of all things is more than able to do that which He has promised!    If He would give His own sinless Son for you, be assured that He loves you and wants you to love Him too!  He wants to have a relationship with you!!!   Sin separates us from Holy God... but He has provided the way for our forgiveness through the gift of His Son who paid the price for our sin with His own perfect sinless blood.  When we accept Him as our only means for salvation, our sins are forgiven and removed as far as the east is from the west!  If you are burdened with the load of sin,  give it to God and let Him take it away forever! Then bask in His presence knowing the slate is cleaned and He calls YOU friend!!!

Our sponsor this week is Lili of the Valley!  Oh how I wish I could qualify!!! 
The prize is a 10 pound gift certificate to the LOV store!

For the full details of the challenge, prize and devotional, please visit the SSIC Blog.

Be sure to check out the rest of the design team for more inspiration:
Chris, Linda Miesje, Rebecca Kris, PeggysueMariLynnLisa, and Traci

Hugs & Blessings, and so appreciative of your prayers as well!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My LOC Blog Hop Winner

Hello everyone!
Today I am announcing the winner of the $20.00 prize that was on my blog yesterday!

DH said...

beautiful! thanks for the inspiration & the chance to win.
my friend isaacheckman liked LOC FB

Congrats to you DH!

I don't see an email for you on your profile so please contact me at or post here how we can reach you by email!  You have until tomorrow night, 8pm eastern to contact me!
October 26, 2011 12:08 PM

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

LOC Ornament Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Layers of Color Ornament Blog Hop!
The beginning of the blog hop is at the Layers of Color blog. If you came here from Gini Cagle's  blog, you are  in the right place! 

This is the place to discover the newest creative paper ornament ideas, be inspired by talented designers, and get showered with gifts! Layers of Color is giving away:

FREE Ornament Templates!,
FREE Vintage Roses Ornament Tutorial!, and
5 drawings for a $20 Layers of Color Gift Certificate!

First, let me share my ornaments with you!
Here is my first ornament:


I used Layers of Color Christmas Blessings Clear Art Stamp Set for this ornament, stamping the postage mark from the "City of David", and other elements from the set directly on my linen sewn star with Stazon Ink, and lightly colored the holly with Copics.  I used a recycled Starbucks corrugated wrapper that I dabbed on some white acrylic paint for my next layer, and then  I stamped the image from Christmas Blessings onto Papertrey Vintage Cream and  lightly colored with Prisma Pencils on the holly.  I painted the dove with Shimmerz Angel's Wings.  I used my Grand Calibur to cut the two largest Spellbinders Labels Eighteen out.  My red layer is a scrap of Cordination that I stamped the largest image from this set on, and then sanded and sponged it.  I added a big bronze grommet and some twine as a hanger.  I love how this one came out!


My second ornament:


This was a super easy ornament, because I started with a chipboard ornament and just decorated it with designer paper.  I used scraps of musical score for the bottome and some red Provocraft that I've had forever on the top.  Then I stamped with white craft ink an element from LOC Touch of Elegance Clear Art Stamp Set that reminds me of a snowflake on each of the 4 sides.  I heat embossed each one with white embossing powder, then I used my VersaMark Pen to add dots of white glittery embossing all around on the red.  I hung the ornament on a hanger and applied Snow-Tex, which gives the dimension to the top.  A little more glitter and the top was done.  On the lower parts, I used LOC Royal Birds Clear Art Stamp Set which I cut out and added one sprig of holly to each from the Christmas Blessings Clear Art Stamp set. 

My third ornament:


I did something a little different for this one and used my tried and true acrylic inside of glass ornament technique, but I first used Sharpies to hand draw some bare branch trees, and then used a white Sharpie Paint Pen to add snow to the tops of the branches and drew a few hills in the background.  Then I stamped a reindeer from the LOC Reindeer Waltz set and heat embossed with glitter ep, and adhered.  I punched a hole in the top of the acrylic circle I had cut, added thin silver thread to hang it by, and rolled it up to tuck inside.  Once I had it where I wanted it I tied the thread to the topper.  I also added some snow from Martha Stewart for the bottom of the ornament.  A little smoky seam binding bow finishes it off.

I hope you enjoyed my ornaments!

Now, we have FREE GIFTS FOR YOU!...
Come get a FREE Vintage Roses Ornament Tutorial tomorrow, October 27th 

My gift to you: Chances to win a $20 Layers of Color Gift Certificate! 
To enter the drawing:
  • You and at least one friend “LIKE” Layers of Color Facebook page, then comment here on my blog that you did this.
  • When your friends "LIKE" LOC, ask them to comment on LOC Facebook that you sent them. 
  • Refer more friends for more entriesLeave me a comment mentioning which friends participated. No limit on entries!
  • Winner will be announced here tomorrow.

There are still MORE GIFTS for YOU!

With every online purchase from Layers of Color boutique you will get an exclusive FREE Vintage Ornament Template designed by Laura Campbell! She made this sample using Glad Tidings art stamp set and Feather Twine. Your gift will be printed on cardstock ready for you to add your creative ideas with stamps and ink! Limited time only!

Now I'll send you along the hop to discover lots of gorgeous ornament projects to add sparkle to your Christmas preparations!  From here, hop to Holly Simoni's Blog for more inspiration!

There are drawings for $20 Layers of Color Gift Certificates as surprise gifts for you along the way, so be sure to visit each designer's blog!
Thanks for stopping, for your sweet comments, and I hope you enjoy the hop!