Sunday, January 29, 2012

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge 124

Sunday and another wonderful scripture picked by one of my wonderful friends and sister in Christ, Linda. The scripture she choose is: Phillipians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

What a wonderful challenge. I know that I am not alone in struggling with my thought life.The following scripture is what came to my mind when I read the other one.
2 Corinthians 10:5 casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

Lord, help me to take my thoughts and make them obedient to Christ, and to what you would will in my life. So that you will get the glory and I will be blessed. In Jesus's name amen!

Linda's challenge for us was to: Create a card/project true to your style - show us who you really are!

That was a challenge in and of itself. How would I describe my style? At first I thought I could describe my style as "Romantic, shabby, elegant, vintage, and a little off the wall". But that didn't seem to work, so I would describe my style as "Complicated Creative" But how to make a card that shows that? I choose to make my card with blues and greens my favorite color. It started out as white and I ink spray smashed the blues and greens and sprayed with with antique gold paint spray (My favorite technique). The I embossed it using my music embossing folder, because music is a big part of my life. I play piano and keyboard and sing on the worship team at my church. I added the lace because I love the vintage look. I love flowers, so I had to add the flowers. I added the 3-d paper tole rose because, I am going to share a tutorial on how I do paper tole. My friend Mary asked me about it this week and I thought showing her would help. I am also sharing because I am a teacher at heart. That is what my college degree is in, Elementary Education. So much description for one little card. Thanks for reading through it all. :)

My tutorial:

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  1. Wow MariLynn - you sure outdid yourself on this Challenge - I love this card - there is so much to look at and it is all beautiful - yes I would describe your style as beautiful! Thank you for all of the lovely encouragement you bring to us all - you are a blessing my friend! {{{hugs}}}

  2. Love that gorgeous "smashes" metallic background!

  3. Loved the soft soothing music you chose for you tutorial! Someday I may make one! Great job and I love the rose! So pretty! I always look forward to reading your devotion and it is never disappointing. Today's was no exception. Have a fantastic week dear friend.

  4. Marilynn, you are a "MASTER" of that spray and smoosh technique--LOVELY outcome! I wish I could join you for a few creative sessions and have you walk me through it :) Your card is just gorgeous and never wouldda guessed that bg started out white! Ok, yes I would knowing it was YOU! *Ü* And yes, I would say your style is "complicated creative" ... very much so as you love to cut out things... like these flowers and it gives such a big punch to your creations!! LOVE IT! Oh, and last week's cutting of the floral wreath--wowzers. But the time you put into your works of heART are so worth it... especially to the person receiving it. Have a wonderful week *Ü*

  5. What a beautiful flower! Well done my friend!! And a tutorial too - you have been busy!

  6. This is stunning.. Gorgeous colors and wonderful tutorial on the flower.

  7. MariLynn I love the way you teach - about your life,faith and art - you are truly gifted there. Your card is once again a delight to the eyes. Bless you.

  8. Hi MariLynn! Oh goodness I knew in an instant this was your card! It's so beautiful and yes, you ARE the master of that spray and smoosh technique!!! I love the details you added and the explanation of each, as it helps us all get to know you better! LOVE your toled flowers and how great to add a tutorial!!! Loved most of all reading your verse and prayer today! Love your heart my friend!!!

  9. Gosh this is the most beautiful card!! I love the colors and wonderful flower! II Corn is certainly a great scripture to go along with Phil 4:8 :)

  10. MariLynn, this is truly beautiful!! I think we must have opposite sytles, as the times I have tried the spray and smash it ended up mostly on me and I ended up with warped paper that was mostly unusable. And I have tried it several times, too!! Your paper tole and color scheme is gorgeous!! I am a teacher at heart, degree is in human development with an emphasis in preschool education and later in gerontology. Interesting to read more about you! Praying for you today, too!! :) Hugs and blessings!

  11. Love all the techniques you have used on this card. I agree with Traci, I never have successfully done the smash technique, it ends up looking like a squashed bug. Love job with the tole and praying for you this week!