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Sunday, September 19, 2010
Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope your weekend it going well!! Before I go on with my post, I would like to  let everyone know that the Whimsy Stamps store is now up and running!!  Woo hoo!! After all the technological glitches, Denise has it fixed and is open for business!!

Today is the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge this week and I am the host.  I chose one of my fave verses for this week which relates so well today the First day of fall here in the USA!!  Happy Fall!!

The verse I chose is:
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.

If you are interested in seeing the whole devotional I wrote, please stop by the Stampin in Sisters challenge blog here. I will give you just a piece of my thoughts  here on this post.

When many read of this verse they think the seasons of the earth...I truly believe it means the seasons of life...those times of joy, sickness, health, sorrow...and etc.  I sometimes don't understand why some people have to go through such pain and suffering, especially those who live their entire lives for Him.  There really is no explanation for it other than this verse.  God has planned a time for everything to further His kingdom.  He uses the situations in our lives not only to shape us but to shape the lives of others as well.  We will never know why my dear friend Ruby or Randi is suffering with cancer and what good God plans to make out of this horrific disease but we do know that God is there with them as we pray to Him. Being a Christian does not mean a life without suffering or pain but it does mean you are never alone with out God's guiding and comforting hand. God's plans are not always ours.  I would much rather travel the road of life with God than without, wouldn't you?

The challenge this week at Stampin Sisters in Christ is:
May a card or project using fall colors (mambo melon, red, orange, yellow, green, brown) and or leaves.

Here is my take on the challenge:

 For my creation I used a sentiment (Scripture Collection 1) and border stamp (Brocade Borders) from Our Daily Bread Designs. This week's sponsor!  You can have a chance to win a gift certificate to stamps for $15 if you participate in this week's challenge!

This creation uses the sketch from Midnight Madness this week.

card recipe:
Paper: SU Urban Garden
Accessories: Felt stick on leaves, green silk ribbon, Lacey squares Spellbinders, flourished pearls
For more inspiration, please visit my dt sisters: 

Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, Patti  and Cindy 

Midnight Madness: sketch 
Spoonful of Sugar- Autumn colors
Incy Wincy
- Fall Colors
- Autumn colors
 Creative Card Crew - Autumn
Creative Belli- B themed embellishments- bow
Stampin' Royalty - Stitching
Shabby Tea Room: Green or inspired by nature
Theme Thursday- 3 things( 3 different types of embellishments-pearls, leaves and ribbon)
Stempel Magie- Fall Colors
Corrosive Challenges- Clean up the dust- my Urban Garden Paper and the pearls have not been used not because I don't know it is there but because I am afraid to use it all up!!
The Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes- Fall Colors 

  I hope you enjoyed my creation!! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They are greatly appreciated.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!




Becky said...

Beautiful card Chris. Those leaves are darling and wonderful devotional this morning.

Annette Bowes said...

Gorgeous card Chris, lovely leaves and layout. Just perfect. Loved reading your thoughts on the verse you chose. Take CareX:)

Lil Daffodil said...

Hi Chris,
Beautifully card. I love the papers, colours and embellishments. Your stiching is perfect as usual.
You are truly an inspiration not only in crafting terms but your view of God's plan and purpose and dependence on Him is clear for all to see.
I love reading your thoughts.
Fiona x

Mary Lou said...

Chris this is BEYOND BEAUTIFUL and the message you extend is BEAUTIFUL!!!
God is Good and guides us thru good and not so good!!!
It always amazes me how God brings us to those who CARE!!!!

Mary said...

Beautiful card - love the leaves! Thanks for playing along with Corrosive Challenges!

Grace said...

Gorgeous card Chris! Great take on the MMS too! Loved your thoughts today... so true! I lost half my post when I added a second pic I think so spent the am fixing it! Yikes! TTYT!

Jan said...

Love this verse and your card is gorgeous..great colors and pearls and the little leaves are too sweet!

Holly said...

This is one of my favorite verses and I just love the card you have made. Beautiful colors and embellishments!

Miesje said...

This card is so incredible! The colors and the felt leaves are beautiful. I really like the reflection you shared - something that I do think we can all relate to!

Cassie said...

This is simply gorgeous, Chris. It's a wonderful reminder of God's love and how He does work it all out in His time. ;D

Lisa said...

Beautiful card and I love the pearl flourish. Nice sentiment too. Thanks for playing in TSTR!

Carol said...

Hi Chris: How you doing girl!!! Been missing ya! This is just darling. I really love your fall themed composition here. The leaves are just magnificent and the pearls are the perfect addition to gussie this beautiful card up!!! Great job with the sketch this week. Thank you so much for playing along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

Bear Hugs,
Midnight Madness Design Team

Audrey Pettit said...

Beautiful! Love the colors and the design. Gorgeous stitching and scallops, too. I adore the swirl and the felt leaves. Thanks for sharing with us at TSTR.

Leigh Ann Baird said...

I love the colors on this one and the whole card is beautiful!

Bianca said...

Very pritty! Thanks for playing with us at Stempel Magie! xx Bianca

Kim said...

This is one of my all time favorite scriptures! I love the comfort that this one brings. YOu did such a beautiful job with the sketch, and your colors along with the fall leaves is just stunning!
Kim xXx

LINDA said...

This card is simply stunning.. I absolutely love everything about it!!!Very lovely work as always!!
Hugs, Linda

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

This is GORGEOUS Chris! I LOVE this verse and all the bling is SO perfect!!

chris said...

Chris this is so stunning really really stunning. hugs chris xx

Rachel said...

Amazing :)

Curlybear said...

Hi Chris
lovely design and colours and a very classy card, thanks for joining us at SCSC101: Anything goes, Good luck, Hugs Bridget x. SCSC DT

Denise @ kc242 said...

Wow Chris, your fall card is wonderful!. I simply love all of the beautiful details! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Midnight Madness.

Chrissie said...

Absolutely beautiful Chris. This is a truly stunning creation. Thanks for joining the Creative Card Crew this time!

Elena said...

What a gorgeous card! Love the beautiful colors of it!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment!

Connie M. said...

Oh my, Chris! This is just sooo beautiful! A wonderful fall creation...lovin those leaves and the brown pearls!! Thanks so much for playing this week in the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge! Hugs!!


Kelly said...


Nicole said...

Beautiful! Love the layout, the verse, the leaves and that yummy ribbon! Thanks for playing along with us at TSTR! :)

Dawn B. said...

This is such a great devotional Chris.. I have to say that I too have the same questions.. Why do so many have to go through the last stages of their lives like this.. What a comforting verse you chose.. It is from the heart. Beautiful card..

Chris (catt871) said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Great verse, great colours, great layout!!! THANKS for joining us at Incy Wincy Designs this week!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Chris, this is such an amazing card, my friend!! I just LOVE it! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Cheryl said...

WOW so very it!!!
Hugs xx

Holly said...

Absolutely beautiful ribbons and sentiment. I love the fall feel. Thanks for joining us at Midnight Madness this week. I hope you play along again soon.


Mel X said...

What a wonderful creation. Love the colours.

Thanks for joining us this week at the Secret Crafter and good luck in the draw.

Mel X

Basslady said...

a wonderful autumn card!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Tina said...

Oh Chris, this is just gorgeous!

fi's cards and crafts said...

stunning card Chris...great colour combo and I love the stitching...I am going to try some real stitching although I'm not veru good at ti. Thanks for joining us at Paper sundaes this week.


pam124 said...

Chris, your colors, scripture, leaves, swirls and BOW are GORGEOUS. Not to mention that wonderful stitching. I just LOVE this. Too bad my vote doesn't count any more cuz you were always on my list. Beautiful work!! I've been behind on commenting. Just taking a little breather, but glad I saw your card!! Hugs - pam

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Chris - what a perfect card for this weeks SSIC and MMSC challenge! I love the way you have used the sketch and the perfect embellishing! You are so gifted my friend! Thanks for joining us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - you know we love to see you! {{{hugs}}}
Linda MMSC and SSIC Design Teams!

Helen said...

Gorgeous card!
Thanks for joining us at the SCSC!
Helen x

Christine aka blankiefinder said...

Such a beautiful card, that ribbon is just gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!

Hobby Paleis said...

This is beautiful. Love the big bow and the sentiment.

Thanks for joining in the Secret Crafter challenge.

Hugs Renate


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