Sunday, July 15, 2012


My Stampin' Sister in Christ, Miejse picked the following verse for this week.

Matthew 5: 13 - "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot."  

After reading this scripture this week, I googled uses for salt. I was amazed at how useful salt can be.
 Did you know you can clean your coffee pot with salt and icecubes?
Did you know you can sprinkle salt on spills on the inside of your oven
 and when cooled makes cleaning the spills up easier?
Did you know you can kill the pain from a bee sting by making a paste
 of salt and water and putting it on the sting? 
 I can tell you that I didn't know these things. The sad thing about when salt looses its saltiness it is worthless.
This verse paraphrased is that it isn't good for anything, pour it out on the gound.
This scripture comes from Jesus's teachings from the sermon on the mount. He was using salt and light as an example of how our lives should be witnesses to the world around us. 
 Matthew 5:16 says "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.." 
 I  know that there are some people who believe that their good deeds will "save them" But the bible says that
no matter how many good deeds I do, that won't save me. Only my faith in Jesus will save me. So the question is why do we strive to do the good deeds if it isn't for salvation? If we do good deeds then people will see and give God the glory. I want to live my  life so that when judgement day comes, God will say to me "Well, done good and faithful servant."

You may have noticed a trend with my card making lately. I have a lot of pounded flower cards
I was talking last week with my sister about the smashed flower cards I have been making. I told her
 I would be making her a card so that she could see how it looked. I'll have to admit that I am falling in love with the chicory flowers. I have been learning all I can about them. I have a friend who is a wild edibles expert. So I asked him how you can eat the chicory plant. He told me you can eat the flowers,
 leaves and the root. The root, he told me can be dried and roasted and ground up. It has been added to coffee for many years.I told him how well it pounded, and the best part was that it was 

I actually started this card on Friday, inspired by the free for all challenge at SCS, to make a pocket card.
I thought I would make a simple pocket card and that would be that, but this card kinda took on a mind
f it's own. The fact that I was going to be sending it to my sister made all the time that I put into it not seem to matter. I would estimate that it took me about 4 hours to make this card. 
Miesje's challenge this week is  to add sparkle to our card. 
I hope the pocket part of my card still counts as part of the card.
This is how the card looks inside the pocket.

This is how it looks with the inside card pulled out of the pocket.  The scripture on the card was a preprinted scripture on vellum that I stitched to the front. I love this scripture about there being a time for every purpose. The little charm hanging from the ribbon, was done melting "#6" plastic. I thought that the sentiment 
"Oh , the joy of spending time with friends!"  (even though it is a sentence fragment) goes well with the scripture on the card. It also reflected how I felt about visiting with my sister, even if we can only communicate through texts, phone calls and facebook.

 Close up of the sparkle on the pocket of the card. I added glamour dust to the butterfly's wings and added want2scrap rhinestones for a trail.

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I love this song. It is such an encouragement to me to know that I'm never alone.


  1. Oh MariLynn this is beautiful - love all the pounded flowers, and I must say I admire you ever so even stitching!!
    The sparkle on the butterfly is fabulous, and I love the wee charm.

  2. wow..This is just stunning MariLynn! Gorgeous design and gorgeous design paper and that butterfly is awesome.
    Hugs :)

  3. Your card is so beautiful. Amazing! I love this song too!

  4. MariLynn - This is beautiful! I love all the stitching and glitter! The paper is so so pretty! I'm sure your sister will love it! Have a blessed week!

  5. Once again, you amaze me with your "pounding" talent, girlfriend!! This is a beautiful ensemble. Love the pocket portion and oh, that butterfly is just gorgeous. Love your thoughts and your heart. Have a glorious week.

  6. This is a beautiful card! Your stitching is perfect and the sparkle is awesome! I really loved your explanation of the verse - I did not know that salt did all of those things. Have a super terrific week!

  7. This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the stitching and the butterfly!!

  8. Hi Marilynn! Lovely card, as always! Love your specially "printed" paper, and your stitching AND the pocket! Wow! No wonder it took you 4 hours to make! That butterfly is so gorgeous, it looks real! Hope you've had a blessed week!

  9. I wonder if it will work with sweet peas, I WILL try your technique one day, I think you need to make it a challenge! Although it will ahve to be in the summertime and then what would Linda do in her winter? :) Lovely as always!