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Sunday, November 6, 2011
Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you all are having a great weekend.  After running around in different directions yesterday, it is going to be so nice to have the day to go to church and then spend together as a family.

Today I have a creation for the new Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge to share with you.

This week's host is Peggysue.  Peggysue has chosen the verse:
Genesis 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.  

Not too long ago a friend of mine challenged me with the question:  "If God is a Loving God and He loves His people, why did He put a tree which was a temptation in the garden and allow Eve to eat from the tree of Good and Evil when He knew she would eat from it.  Doesn't God know all that is going to happen before it happens.  If a mother has a child she adores, does she put a marble on the floor that her child will grab and swallow or does she leave a burner on the stove on?"  That is a very difficult question and it took much thought to answer her.  Yes, God is a loving God and no he does want to harm us.  (I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans not to harm you but to give you hope and a future.) But....He has created us in His own image, above all others on His creation, He gave us a soul and a mind to make choices and think with.  If He did not allow us to make choices would we not be robots.  God gave Eve the choice then just as He gives us the choice now to trust in Him and believe in His promises even when temptation is in front of us.  God warned Eve about the tree and not to eat from it just as He talks to us through His word, the Bible.  I often wonder what life would be like if there was no sin or if Eve had not eaten from that tree.  ....How many of us would eat from that tree?  Are you listening to God's warnings and Word today or are you like Eve giving it to the temptations of life?

Peggysue's Challenge:
Dig in your stash and use one of your oldest stamp sets, one that hasn't seen any use for a long while.

This was a difficult challenge for me since I have packed almost all my stamps away.  I had to go through and unpack some of my boxes in order to participate this week.  I chose the light house from the oldest stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs- Light of the World as my older set and combined it with the sentiment from Warm Wishes.  The window die is also from Our Daily Bread Designs.  The card is distressed and sewn.  The image is colored with copics and the sky is sponged.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs: Warm Wishes, Light of the World
Dies: ODBD Window die
Paper: My Mind's Eye Holiday Damask, bitter chocolate, kraft,
Accessories: Twill from Stampin Up, lace from stash

I hope you enjoyed my creation.

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

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

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

Have a great day!!



Pinkllilac said...

Beautiful card Chris and love the colours and images.
Hugs Linda

KarenC Inspired said...

Chris-that is a wonderful explanation for a difficult question.
Love your card. The detail of the curtain is one of kind!

Marilyn Webb said...

Stunning Chris! A beautiful design, that curtain is amazing. Thanks for joining us this week at Catch The Bug.

Grace said...

Well my dear.... just so you know.... THIS is NOT a "so so" card!!!! It's stunning and was a great idea for the window! Love every detail about it and I loved reading your thoughts today. Great answer!!! Have a great week!

Karen W said...

This is so pretty and I love that new window die!

Sandra said...

Hi Chris, Your card is just so stunning love the new window die:) Sandra H

Dodici said...

Very special card,Chris!Really beautiful.
Thanks for joining us at Totally PaperCraft this week.

Sassy Cheryl said...

I agree. Great explanation! But he did create us with a free will! And yet, even when we make bad decisions, he still loves us! Praise God for that!
This is a gorgeous card and I LOVE the verse!
Thanks for sharing in the Sassy Cheryl's SMThursday fun this week!

Агрум said...

очень красиво

Riet said...

So gorgeous card Chris.

Hugs Riet.xx

Peggysuez said...

This is gorgeous, so glad you made the time to participate this week. That window scene is just delightful, imagine having that scene out your window every day! Wishing you a blessed week!

Shirley said...

Chris, what a great explanation you've given to your friend. Your Light of the World lighthouse through the window is a beautiful creation. Glad you posted to the SMT challenge so I could see this beautiful card and read your inspired words.

Sue from Oregon said...

Gorgeous...I so love that window die!

Shelly Schmidt said...

WHat a gorgeous card- love the scene you creates- I would love to go there! Love your curtains too! A beautiful explanation of your point of view as well. All of that digging in the boxes really turned out to be fruitful!

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

Beautiful design and details.Glad you went to dig this set out.
Thanks for sharing

Posh Cat Crafts said...

Hi Chris, OMGoodness this is just delicious!! I love the curtains fabulous!!
Thank you for joining us at Anything Goes Challenge blog this time. If you are interested I have some blog candy up for grabs Posh Cat Crafts
Anything goes DT

Becky said...

Chris this is just stunning. I just love this new die from ODB. And you are so right about God's love for us, He gave us freedom to choose to love and obey, but how would we know what to choose if there were not something to choose from.

carol said...

oh my this looks fantastic, thanks for playing along with CRAFTY CATZ x carol

coldwaters2 said...

This is so beautiful Chris that window scene is something I would love to be able to wake up to each day, the colours, sentiment and design are perfect.
Lorraine x

Lynne in NI said...

Oh wow, what a beautiful view through your window! LOVE those little curtains!

Aunty Sue said...

Such a lovely card and thanks for joining us at CRAFTY CATZ this week. xxx

Julie said...

Fabulous card, Chris! Such a wonderul scene looking through the window! Hugs, Juliexx

Miesje said...

WOW Chris, this is beautiful! I love that image and the window look is perfect! You are too wonderful for opening one of your boxes - the result is stunning though! Have a wonderful week dear friend! God Bless!

Sheryl said...

Hi Chris, This is a gorgeous card! I love that window die cut!
Thank you for joining us at Freshly Brewed Challenges for our, "Anything Goes with Blog Candy" challenge.
Warm Hugs,

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

It's been a while since I dropped by your blog and I don't know why it took so long but boy oh glad I did. I absolutely love your card project...almost what you would call a "work of art". Wow!!! Thank you for sharing with us this week in the Catch the Bug challenge.

Joanie said...

What a great card. Such a good idea using the window frame. Thank you for joining us at Anything Goes

June Nelson said...

Such a beautiful card and love the sentiment xxxx

Cheryl First said...

Gorgeous card! Love the "view"! Thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug's Anything Goes Challenge this week!
-Cheryl First
Guest Designer
Nov/Dec 2011

Barb Gault said...

Wonderful card Chris! Thank you for your message. Sometimes people ask us questions about the Bible and our faith that need thought before answering. I am glad you shared this with us.

Anonymous said...

Wow Mom!!I love the red and the curtains are awesome!! Your coloring is stunning!!Amazing job!!
I love you!!

Stressed Stamper said...

Fab curtains - love it hun
Sarah x

Lori said...

Beautiful! Love the view and the 'inside' as well!!!

Carissa said...

Oh, this is beautiful. Love how you have set it up like a window scene. It is like you are looking right into the card. Thanks for playing at Papertake Weekly. Carissa :)

Marlene said...

This is gorgeous, Chris. I don't know how you keep doing it - making each and every card look so fabulous and so filled with love.

Cindy Haffner said...

BEAUTIFUL work Chris!!~

Jo said...

Fabulous window design *claps*
Thank you for joining in the fun at Stamps R Us
Jo xx

Kristine said...

Beautiful card Chris. I was just checking out the ODBD new stuff and love this window... just put the curtains on the front of window to look outside and put them behind the frame to be looking inside a home! Love it!

Very though-provoking indeed. It's very different than putting a marble on the floor for our babies and toddlers though. Though we are considered "children of God" we aren't babies. He gives mercy of course to all babies and toddlers who aren't old enough to make their own choices, but those who are old enough to make choices between right/wrong, those are the ones who will be accountable (as Adam and Eve). The way I think of it is... do you force your children to love you? Do we tell our husbands to tell us how lovely we are? No, we want them to say it/show it on their own out of their love for us. It wouldn't mean nearly as much if we have to tell our children, "Tell me you love me... give me hugs". I'd much rather have my kids and husband hug me and/or tell me they love me on their own. I think God feels the same.

Sorry this is such a long comment. I tend to ramble when I'm up in the middle of the night. ;) Woke up at 3:30 and couldn't sleep. Have a great day Chris. ((Hugs))

Lori said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous card :) Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week!

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous scene you have created Chris!! I just love the lighthouse and your rich colors. Beautiful design!

Anonymous said...

Wowzer! Is this for me Chris!! Love everything about it!
blessings and hugs,

Paper Bagley said...

WEll expressed...

Kimberly said...

What a beautiful card Chris! :) hugs, Kimberly

Catherine said...

Love the way you have layered up the window. Thanks for joining us this week at Crafting for all Seasons...

Penny said...

wow, this is just lovely and elegant, thank you for sharing with our challenge at card makin mamas!

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

our sunday school class this past month was on REASON FOR GOD by Tim Keller and that question came up in his discussion. it was 6 weeks of very interesting questions from non-believers. the sad part is after the 6 wks they are STILL non-believers!

your card is absolutely stunning!

hope the weather is holding up by you. really fall here - rainy & cold - at least no "S" word yet.

hugs :)

Angela said...

Oh I'm loving this window die cut! I have to check out this die at the store and add it to my collection. You have created another stunning card and wish when I looked out my window I can see that beautiful lighthouse! hugs, Angela

Denise Marzec said...

Another stunning creation, girlie. Everything you post is simply breath taking.

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Chris ,, beautiful and the details are all perfect :-)

thanks for joining us on the Totally Papercrafts Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Curlybear said...

OMGosh this is a wonderful creation, beautiful colour theme and image , its just perfect for our challenge this week,

thank you so much for joining us at the Crafty Catz Challenge
Anything goes and we hope you stop by next week and join in with the fun,

Good Luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget :0) x

Crafty Catz DT

Traci M said...

I love your card, Chris...that window is so captivating and what perseverance to go through old boxes to find a scene for your stamp! Beautiful scene, wonderful card!! And your words were well chosen!


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