Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

Happy Mother's Day. I would like to take this time to thank my mother, Lois, for all she has done for me. She is an amazing Christian woman. You are my best friend Mom! I would also like to honor my Mother in Law Cris. She is another wonderful Christian woman. I am honored to have you as my friend. I would also like to say thank you to my 4 wonderful children. You are a blessing to me!

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.

This is the scripture that Sabrina picked for this week's devotion. There are so many beautiful things . A few that came to my mind were flowers and music and cards.

Flowers: They are so pretty when they are getting ready to bloom, but wait on God's timing and they get even prettier. Have you ever taken a bud and forced it to open before it was ready? I have. The result is a smooshed, ugly mess, and the flower dies before it can really live up to it's potential.

Music: If I were to write a song, and you listened to it before it was completely finished, you might hear a phrase or two that you liked, but you couldn't appreciate as much as when you hear it finished.

Cards: I can take pretty embellishments, and dp, and lay them all out on my desk and they are pretty by themselves, but can't compare to how my card looks when it is done and all the elments come together.

To me this is how our lives are. If we look at eachother, we can see glimpses of what the Creator is doing in our lives, but that can't compare to how we will be when He finishes the work on us.

I love this verse:
Philippians 1:6
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Sabrina's challenge was to make a card that uses beautiful things on it. I used designer paper that I thought was really beautiful. I added pearls, flowers and a butterfly (Butterfly is from Mark's Finest Papers set called Daffodil and Anise). I got the idea of adding the white circles as baby's breath from this tutorial by Kittie Caracciolo.

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge with sponsor this week : Simon Says Stamps

Check out what my Stampin' Sisters in Christ have created.

I hope you can come join us at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge.


  1. Marilynn this is beautiful - love your colour palette, and the white circles are an amazing touch.

  2. Hello MariLynn - Happy Mother's Day to you Sistah! What a beautiful card - I love the colours and your gorgeous flowers, butterfly and bling!! you are so creative, your works of art and from the heart and divine my friend - thank you for the inspiration! {{{hugs}}}

  3. Thank you for sharing such wise thoughts... also - this is indeed a beautiful card xx

  4. Beautiful doesn't even begin to describe this card, Marilynn! WOW!!

  5. Beautiful card..Love your take on the flower before it blooms.
    Have a Happy Mothers Day.

  6. Piękna. Stonowana, ale ciepła

  7. "If we look at each other, we can see glimpses of what the Creator is doing in our lives, but that can't compare to how we will be when He finishes the work on us." Love that!

    When I first saw your card it made me smile...I'm loving the colors, so cheerful, so beautiful... in its time.


  8. Beautiful, beautiful card! I just love the colors and those flowers and stitching are amazing! You certainly did put the "beautiful" into every aspect of this card. Have a wonderful day and week!

  9. Hi MariLynn!!! Oh what a gorgeous card! Your flowers are absolutely amazing! I love the butterfly and the "baby's breath".... all things beautiful for sure!!! Love reading your thoughts each week MariLynn! You are so right and I love the verse from Philippians!!! Thanks for your concise and dead on explanations!!! God is using you in beautiful ways!!!
    Happy Mother's Day!!!

  10. ♥Happy Mother's Day♥ Marilynn! Your card is absolutely gorgeous--I am loving those colors together. ANd your roses are so so pretty. Everything is lovely.

  11. I love butterflies and my eye was really struck by the color of this gorgeous card! I really love this beauty - goes well with the devo over at Stampin Sisters in Christ, where I found your link.

  12. Happy Mother's Day MariLynn! This is a beauty of a card, each one you make I like better than the last! :) What a wonderful thing to have godly women in your life as an influence as we know you are to your children! Thanks for your thoughts and wishing you a blessed week!

  13. OH Marilynn I really do enjoy reading your takes on the scriptures each week. What a wonderful analogy! We do need to see God's work finished in us! Your card is stunning!! I just love the colors you used, your paper, layout and the dimensional flowers you created. Happy Mother's Day!