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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Sunday All!! I hope you are all enjoying the weekend!!  It has really changed a lot in a week's time from a Fall weekend to SNOW!!! Yuck! The poor trees have not even lost their leaves and now the snow is on them.  The branches are sagging from the weight. 

*Edited to include*-  Well we just got our power back after losing it last night.  It really is incredible the amount of snow we got....over 13 inches!!! Yikes!! So Pretty but yet so destructive.  So many trees have broken branches.  With all the snow, we will never know the amount of destruction.


Today it is time for another Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge.  This week's hostess is the sweet and talented Lisa!!

Lisa has chose the verse:

Isaiah 1:18 "'Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

As winter approaches and the holidays creep closer, I often wonder how many realize that this verse is the crux of the Christmas season.  If you think about the colors, red, green and white, what do they mean?  The red stands for our sins that is paid with Christ's blood.  While our sins leave a stain, Christ's blood washes them away like pure snow.  What a gift of Grace!!!!  We don't earn Grace but although unworthy, He has given us the gift of GRACE!  The green stands for everlasting life.  If you believe in Christ as Savior and what He has done for you on the cross, dying for you and taking all your sins away, then you shall have everlasting life.  What joy!!  Is there a greater gift?  We have no fear of tomorrow as a Christian.  Yes, our lives will have our ups and downs and maybe more downs than ups but Christ made it possible for us to have Eternal life (yes we will die from our earthly lives but we have the opportunity to live forever in our heavenly home with Jesus who loves us even more than we love ourselves).  Through the ups and downs, God promises to stay with us!  Is there any greater comfort?

Lisa's challenge:
Use fall colors in your creation: crimson, orange and gold (or similar)  

Here is my take on the challenge using a sneak peek from Our Daily Bread Designs: Winter Wishes.  While this set is primarily Christmas with an adorable snowman, this set has this beautiful verse which I felt is appropriate for this verse, Thanksgiving, Christmas or anytime of year. The lace is from my stash, and I used Spellbinder's Ornate Artisian Tags & Accents for my sentiment panel layered on Fleur De Lis Rectangles.  The flowers are punched from a small and large hydrangea punch from Martha Stewart. I created the flowers using a tutorial from my dear friend Pat Smethers.  You can find her tutorial here.  The Neenah White paper is embossed with a Cuttlebug Leaf folder and then sewn.

I hope you enjoyed my creation.

Be sure to check out  Linda's devotional on the SSIC Blog, as I know you'll be blessed!

For more inspiration please visit my DT Sisters:
 Grace,  LindaLisa, MiesjeRebecca,PeggysueKris,  Marilynn,  and

Challenges I am entering my creation in:
Craft Your Days Away  - #32 AutumnSweet Stampin - must Stamp - Anything goesCard Makin' Mamas cards only - die cutsInspire Me Fridays - always anything goes Lily Pad - textureDigi Doodle Shop's Best  - Anything GoesShelly's Images - Tic Tac Toe* (leaves, fall colors, bling)Crafty Ribbons -  BINGO* (lace, embossing gems)Crafty Creations - #141 leaves, fall palettePaper Shelter Challenge -  #37 Anything goesScrapbook Sisters - #58 Anything Goes365 Cards - white spaceCelebrate the Occasion - #36 FallCrafty Sentiments  No Designer PaperCrafty Boots -  Autumn or Halloween Get Hippity with Ippity -  Fall ColorsKaboodle Doodles - Halloween/FallNettie G's Digital Gems  Anything BUT a RectangleStamps & FunlL = Creativity - Autumn
Raise The Bar - sew what theme

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments!! They are greatly appreciated!!

Have a great day!!



Becky said...

This is just stunning Chris (as usual) :) Beautiful colors.

Miesje said...

Oh Chris, this is so very pretty! I just love the pretty white background. Can't believe that there is snow - I am still running the AC! Have a great week!

Sandra said...

Oh Chris i can only agree with the above your card is just amazing the background is outstanding and the flowers are just beautiful and snow already!! thank you for your lovely comments :) Sandra H

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

So glad you are safe and warm after that storm. Winter can be beautiful but very destructive.
What a fitting verse this week
Your card is beautiful and I love those flowers.
Beautiful job- stay warm

Tracey T said...

My word, that's a lot of snow! Hopefully you are safe and cosy now. A very lovely card, Chris and the flowers are beautiful. Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin' this week. Tracey x

Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

OMG, simply elegant and I love the colors. Stay warm and safe. Aloha!

coldwaters2 said...

Chris this is outstanding what a beauty it is, the sentiment and colours are sumptuous. the flower really stand out, I cannot believe all that snow, wow, thank you for joining our challenge at Digi Doodles this week.
Lorraine x

Riet said...

What a gorgeous card Chris.

Hugs Riet.xx

Angela said...

What a stunning creation Chris! Love the flowers you made. Truly beautiful!

Yikes! You got more snow than I did. I'm not ready for this weather yet! lol! Glad you got your power back. ;) hugs, Angela

xGemmax said...

Wow what a stunning card...just simply love everything about it!!
hugs and xxx

Laurie said...

Very pretty card!! Thanks for playing with us at CTO!

Dilsaver Designs said...

Really beautiful card, I love how the orange pops against the white! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO :)

Traci M said...

I love your card, beautiful with those hand-made flowers...Pat is a good friend of mine, too, so thankful to have stamping friends!
We were hit this week by our first early snow, and lost at least one of our mature trees. Today our daughter commented that our backyard looked like a tornado hit, and she is right...the snow is melted and you can see all the damage. I hope your damage is less!!
I agree with you that this verse is the crux of Christmas!! Wonderful words and a beautiful card!!

Stampalicious said...

your card is stunning! Love everything about it! thank you for joining our challenge at Digi Doodle Shop's best challenges, hugs, martina

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun,just love your work,really stunning,and so so beautiful hugs cherylxx

Only By His Grace said...

I love your card Chris. the flowers are lovely.
The verse is the best. I was never really into the traditional Christmas colors of red, green and white colors but after reading your message it now has new meaning. thank you for that.
Hugs and blessings Maz

Bunny said...

What a lovely card, Thank you for joining us at Digistamps4joy and good luck..


KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so elegant Chris I love it. Thank you for joining us at DDSC this week and good luck.


Ciska said...

Lovely flowers, great card :) Thanks for joining our Die Cut Challenge at Card Makin' Mamas!

Nannieflash said...

Fabulous card love your image and colour choice. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxx

salma said...

As usual Dt shares a great sentiments with us the above card collections looks precious but i suggested you that you can use the ribbon with the soft color in each layouts............
Discount cards
Pvc cards

Scrappy Scatty said...

What a lovely card
thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week
Love Jan

Cheryl said...

Wowza Chris! Your details are just amazing here, it's gorgeous! And look at that SNOW!!! Yikes! We've had some cooler mornings here, but highs still in the high-70's! xoxo

Pamela said...

Stunning card Chris, your stitching is beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. I hope that snow is not heading our way.

Pam x

Riet said...

What a wonderful card Chris.

Hugs Riet.xx

girlia said...

Adorable card.

Melissa said...

Gorgeous, thanks for joining CTO!

Grace said...

Gorgeous card Chris! I tried the link to Pat's tutorial and it didn't take me there but you certainly rocked the hydrangeas! Your snow looks beautiful and I hope the damage isn't tooo great! Wonderful words of wisdom today too! TFS!

Linda said...

Beautiful card. Glad your power is back on. Hope you won't find too much destruction after the snow melts. Thanks for joining us at the Digi Doodle Shop Best Challenges this week.

DIANA L. said...

This is such a beautiful and elegant card.
CTO DT Member
Thanks for joining us at Celebrate the occasion

Charlotte said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!
I cannot believe all that snow. It is beautiful,but sorry you lost your lights for a good whie. I'm glad they are back on.

Esther said...

Beautiful card!!
Your flowers are gorgeous!
Thanks for joining us at CTO!

Dazie said...

Gorgeous flower details stunning card

Thanks for joining us this fortnight over at Craft Your Days Away!

Linda said...

As always simply stunning.. Thanks for joining us at TPS.. Hugs, Linda

carol said...

super gorgeous card, thanks for joining us at CRAFTY RIBBONS, x carol

Starla B. said...

This is just so gorgeous! Absolutely fabulous. Too bad about the huge dumping of snow....but I'm glad you got your power back now!

Thanks for playing with us at Digistamps 4 Joy!

xx Star

Crystal said...

Such an elegant card Chris, WOW I SOOOO LOVE all the white and those flowers you did look AMAZING!!!! You are sooo uber talented sweetie!!! LOVE THIS!

Oh my word look at the snow, ewwww so not ready for that evil four letter word LOL!!! Stay warm babe!

Janneke said...

What a beautiful card ;o)
I love your pics of the snow!
Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week ...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!!! Love the colors,and details!! Beautiful Job!! Gorgeous coloring!!!:)
Love you!!

Sarahshandmadecardsx said...

A very elegant card using gorgeous orange/gold colours.

Thank you for joining us this fortnight at Craft Your Days Away in our autumnal/fall challenge.


paperfun said...

Gorgeous card. Love you flowers.

Thanks for joining in our Autumn Challenge at Craft Your Days Away.


glassgraffitix2 said...

This card is a glowing BEAUTY!

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Chris - a late visit from me due to computer issues, but I am glad to be here! What a gorgeous card Chris - I love the white and the vibrant colours - they are divine! Thanks for sharing Chris! {{{hugs}}}

gina g said...

Absolutely stunning. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons for our challenge this time. luv gina xx


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