Sunday, July 1, 2012

Something new

Hostess this week for Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge: My talented friend Linda
Her Scripture that she choose is:
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34-35

I don't know about you but I think that this commandment of Jesus is one of the hardest things to do. Impossible without the Spirit's help.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.1Corinthians 13:4-7
For the most part, I would say that I love the people around me. I love my family and friends and church family. but there was one person this last week that I really struggled with loving. I'll admit got me really angry. He said things that hurt my feelings and I'll admit I could read off the list of this man's wrongs. The last thing I wanted to do was to LOVE this difficult person.We all have those people that are difficult to love.I was convicted that I had not kept this commandment when I sat down to read the scripture that Linda choose. I had to ask God to forgive me and to fill me with love for this person. When I did that my anger subsided and I was able to forgive that man. Is there someone that you are struggling to love? I pray that you let the Holy Spirit love that person through you, because what is impossible to do on your own can be done with God's help.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Linda's Challenge: Use something NEW on your project

I really struggled with Linda's Challenge because I didn't think that I had anything NEW. But as I contemplated her challenge I found Newish things to do.
I have done the pounded flowers before, so how could that be NEW? Well, I researched the names of the actual weeds that I used and learned something NEW.

The little yellow flowers are called BIRDSFOOT TREFOIL.
The little blue flowers are called CHICORY.
The leaves are from the plant called QUEEN ANNE'S LACE.

This is how they looked before I smashed them.

How the paper looked after they were smashed.

For my card I also used a new Sketch. I found this sketch here: The House that Stamps Built. I am going to enter this card in their sketch challenge. (Repeat Impressions Sketch J2712)

It is hard to see the sketch unless you look at it close up. The diagonal panel of the sketch was done with a strip of paper lace.

The paper lace was the only product that I could think of that was sort of new. My daughter's friend gave it to her in May and I was drooling over it so my daughter Johanna gave it to me in May for my birthday.
It kinda feels the weight and consistency of a dryer fabric softener sheet.

The other NEW thing on my card was inspired by my Stampin' Sister Michelle. She always finishes her cards so nicely. She does the insides as well as the outsides. Something I rarely do, so to do that on this card was NEW to me. I put another sheet of pounded flowers on the inside as well as Philippians 1:3 for the sentiment.
I really liked how the first card turned out that I made a second one.

If you look really closely you can see the scalloped and zig zag stitching. I'm entering these cards in The Card Caravan Challenge : THCCC22 which is a stitching challenge.

The recipient of the second one was my friend Chantel. Chantel has directed the local children's theatre productions that my kids have been in. Every year I have made her a card to thank her for the time she volunteers to give the theatre experience to kids. She has a shelf at her house that she has my cards displayed. I'll admit when someone tells me that they keep my cards, I tend to put a little extra effort, time and care into those cards.

This is a photo of my son Joshua and Chantel after today's performance of BUGSY MALONE JR.
Joshua was stage manager and also helped with set building, lights, and sound. He loves working with Chantel.

Here is a photo of Chantel and my son Kaleb, who had the role of FAT SAM in the play. (Funny because he is very tall and skinny)

Fat Sam and his gang of bad guys.
The whole cast. That is a lot of kids to teach and direct. My friend Chantel did an amazing job with these kids.

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  1. MariLynn I always love reading your thoughts on the week's Scripture! So true that it is in the power of the Holy Spirit that we can do anything!!! Love your smashed flower technique! Love how that came out and your gorgeous gift from your DD is so pretty I don't know if I could have not hoarded that!!! Beautiful card, inside and out!

  2. Love your cards MariLynn - you make such a beautiful job of them.
    I know what you mean about loving the 'character builders'in our lives, and forgiveness is such an important part of that.

  3. WOW!!! What a gorgeous card. Those smashed flowers make a stunning focal image. We are so glad you joined the sketch challenge at The House That Stamps Built.

  4. I love how you did these flowers and then made a fabulous card out of them, so creative you are :).
    great insight on the verse!

  5. Lovely decorative card Marilynn. I know what you mean re: your post! It's been one of those days here too!

  6. Hi MariLynn! Both cards are really nice! That smashed flower technique is amazing! Last time you showed it I was going to try it right away...but forgot! Now I will! Thanks for the reminder! I love your stitching and "lace" too!
    Blessings to you!

  7. Love them both - I still have to try that technique - i love the outcome! I also loved the Bugsy Malone - loved that movie.

  8. Beautiful MariLynn...your soft yellow and blues is done up so elegantly in this lovely card creation! Blessings on your week, friend!

  9. MariLynn...sorry I didn't get by earlier to tell you how much I enjoyed your creation for this week. It's so do that technique better than anyone I know! They always turn out not looking smashed but pressed. Mine looked smashed, obliterated! Such a nice post too, and how delightful to catch more pics of the performance. What wonderful experience for your children. Blessings on your week.

  10. Marilynn - Beautiful cards! I love the smashing technique, it is beautiful! And I like how you finished the inside of your card ;) Nice job! Have a great weekend!

  11. Your pressed flowers are the most beautiful creations! I love the way they turn out! I love that lace paper, too! GOREGOUS CARDS!!! Have a blessed night! ~H

  12. What a beautiful card! Love those flowers!!! Your take on the sketch is creative and wonderful! Thanks for taking part in our sketch challenge at The House That Stamps Built!