Sunday, June 5, 2011

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge for 6-5-11

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. John 13:34-35

This is the scripture that Linda choose for this week.
The first thing I noticed about this passage was the word "commandment". Not just a good idea, not just a suggestion, not something you do if you feel like it... No it is a commandment. Something we MUST do. Especially if we are followers of Christ.
This isn't always easy. God places people in our lives that we just don't "FEEL" like loving. This was very evident to me this last week. Sunday night, a group of teenagers vandelized our house with toilet paper, chocolate syrup and peanut butter. It was such a mess. It was made even more serious with the fact that my daughter is extremely allergic to peanut butter. I can tell you that I didn't "FEEL" like loving them. I was angry and upset and I didn't "FEEL" like praying for them or forgiving them. I had to ask God to give me the strength to do it. Is there someone that you need to pray for, or forgive? You can ask God to give you strength through his holy spirit. He doesn't command us to do the impossible without giving us the strength to do it.

Matthew 19:26
And looking at them Jesus said to them, “ With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

The challenge this week was to use something new on our cards. I used a new stamp set called Poppies, Poppies, Poppies. It will be released this week by Mark's Finest Papers. I hope you like the sneak peek at this set. I used an old technique in a NEW way on the center of the flowers. Many years ago Aleene used Aleene's tacky glue and burned it with a candle to make the glue bubble and harden like leather. Instead of using a candle, I used my heat gun. I put a drop of Aleene's tacky glue to the centers of my flowers and I heated it right away before it dried. The glue bubbles up and then goes back down and it gives a lot of texture.


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


  1. Marilynn... I love the way you teach from experience - you are so honest. I am sorry however that such a horrid experience happened to you and your family (especially as you are going through difficult times). Hope your daughter is okay. Hugs and prayers, Wendy M

    P.S. Love your card. It's beautiful xx

  2. Wow - those poppies are stunning MariLynn with the bubbled centre.
    So good to hear that you have worked/are working through that hurt.

  3. Gorgeous card, what a great idea with the glue, I just try that.
    Hugs :).

  4. Hi MariLynn! Oh my goodness your poppies are stunning!!! I LOVE the new/old technique you used on the centers! I think that makes the centers just pop! Gorgeous coloring my friend! Loved reading your words today! Spot on and God will bless you for loving these kids in spite of all the pain they caused you!
    hugs and love,

  5. Wow great technique! I love those poppies. Great devotion too, it is difficult to love those who hurt you, even more so when they hurt your children! Beautiful card MariLynn, have a great week!

  6. WOWZERS! Gorgeous card & thank you for the burnt glue technique info! Thats amazing!

  7. This is stunning Marilynn!I love the colors and
    the coloring and details of that beautiful flower image!

  8. You always share such NEAT Techniques Marilynn!! YOur poppy centers look so awesome. I know you had a rough week... only the good Lord can give you peace and love in such circumstances. Hope you will be showered with many blessings this week ♥ Hugs!

  9. I am sorry that HAPPENED to you. On the other hand, I am glad that it happened to YOU and not someone else...because if it had been someone one would be praying for those kids. ...Hope I remember that when it is my turn! ;) Sin is so ugly, but thank God He makes things beautiful and has Victory! Thank you for sharing this. ;)

  10. MariLynn, oh my word, your poppies are looking so real..amazing! Sending you hugs and blessings, Sabrina