Sunday, May 27, 2012

Designerpaperphobia - Do not fear

This week, my stampin' sister in Christ, Candace chose this scripture for our contemplation.

"The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?" Psalm 118:6 

This scripture made me think of the sermons my pastor has preached the last two Sundays. Two Sundays ago Pastor Kevin was preaching about Peter when he got out of the boat and started to walk to Jesus on the water, but started to sink because he lost his focus on Christ, and started to look at the waves around him. Even as he was sinking Jesus reached out his hand and saved Peter. But how cool was it that Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus in the first place. I think by nature, I tend to stay in the "boat" because I think it will be safer there. That brings me to what Pastor Kevin preached about last week. He preached about when the disciples were with Jesus in the boat when a storm came up. They feared for their lives. These were for the most part experienced fishermen. If they were fearful of drowning, what a storm that must have been. I've not been out on a boat in a storm, but I have experienced some pretty strong storms living in the midwest.  
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. Luke 8:24
They were safe because they had Jesus with them.

The verse Candace choose is such a great verse to personalize when we start to be fearful...

"The Lord is on MariLynn's side. She will not fear. What can man do to her? "

The really great news is that He can be on your side too!!

Candace's challenge is to: Do something on your card that you're "afraid" of! For example, CAS style, stitching, a vintage look, etc. Just do something you wouldn't normally do!

I had to really think on this challenge. I really am not afraid to try anything on my cards. I'm always up to trying new things, as long as I have the supplies available. So I went with something I wouldn't normally do. I don't normally use designer paper and if I do I only use one pattern at  a time. I was inspired last week looking at several of my Stampin' Sisters' cards.

So for my projects I used dp from DCWV "Fun in the sun - summer stack" that was given to me a couple of years ago by my secret sister at church. I made a CAS card, also something I don't normally do. (I like all the layers, because if you make a mistake it is easier to hide) I also made a fantasy box. I used a flower on the lid that came from the store.(something I don't normally do because I usually make my own flowers. But this flower really matched with the dp.)

If you would like the directions on how to make a fantasy box check it out here at Stubby Stampers.

Our gracious sponsor this week is: Sweet and Sassy Stamps.

Check out what my Stampin’ Sisters in Christ have created to share with you.

I know I shared the Chris Tomlin version of this song just a couple of weeks ago, but this is such a powerful song to remind us that
"if our God is with us then who could ever stop us and if our God is with us then what can stand against..."

I hope you like this version by Shane and Shane.


  1. Fab post and projects Marilynn.

    Please consider linking this up with Scripture Sunday this week. It would be a joy to host a link to this post. As you know, I love to read your thoughts regarding what the Lord has laid on your heart.


  2. MariLynn...your projects are both so cute. I love the dp you chose and the CAS styling with the different dps is so sweet. What a great interpretation of the challenge! Thanks for sharing it and your pastor's sermon material. What a blessing to be here this morning!

  3. Hi MariLynn!
    This is sooo cute, love your use of the dp and all the mix and match of patterns. That is not a style I attempt very often, maybe I will this week!
    Your box is amazing, too...that looks like a lot of work...but such a great return on your investment! Praying you have a blessed week!

  4. Marilynn, these are great! You've done a fantastic job of going outside your scrappin' comfort zone.
    And thanks so much for sharing from your heart. God has NOT given us the spirit of fear, it is a powerful tool of the enemy, But...Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world.

  5. Awww - your projects are adorable MariLynn - I am hearing you with the layers - I love the dimension they add! You are very brave using a flower you have not made - it is pretty, but yours are divine! Great take on this weeks challenge MariLynn! {{{hugs}}}

  6. Hi Marilynn! Both projects are jsut lovely! That DP is a great choice and you've combined them perfectly on your card! Great job! That box is amazing! You ARE brave!
    Have a good week, Sister!

  7. MariLynn this is a delightful project, I love what you did with the different strips of paper, and yes, your thoughts are always spot on. This is a great verse to carry with us through the week. Wishing you a restful Memorial Day weekend!

  8. Marilynn, you did an awesome job on your projects, in fact... it definitely fit the challenge because this totally doesn't look like it was made by "Marilynn" so it's obviously not your "norm". :) But it's still really neato! Love the cute li'l baskets inside your box! Neat, neat! Hope you have a wonderful week and a cooler week or at least less humidity. :)

  9. Gulp - this is amazing! Your DP is so well done and looks perfect. I loved reading your post today, as always! You have such a gift of sharing yourself - thank you. Have a great week.

  10. Love your card and the box - and the challenges you set yourself. Stunning projects MariLynn :-), and thank you once again for sharing your thoughts - I love hearing what you share, and I would visit for those words alone if you should stop making cards.

  11. Your card is beautiful and that box is amazing!!! I love the paper you chose and the flowers are beautiful, too! You did a wonderful job!!! ~H

  12. I love the dp you chose as well as the pretty fantasy box. Great job, and lovely story to go with it. thanks for sharing with us, Marilynn! :) Hugs, Kelly

  13. Hi Marilyn

    I have left a wee something for you over on Each Card Tells a Story as a way of saying "Thank you" for all the support and encouragement you have given to me over the past year.

    I appreciate you :D

    Wendy @ ECTaS