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Sunday, July 24, 2011
Happy Sunday Everyone!! I sure hope wherever you are is not as hot as here.  It has been over 100 degrees and 100% humidity.  Boy you can cut the air with a knife.  Brutal!! This is when I am so thankful for my air conditioning!!! Unfortunately we are at my mom and dads for the weekend and they have no air. UGH!!!

Anywho....enough venting....Yes I am just a spoiled New Yorker.... it is time for another Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge.  This is the last challenge I may be participating in for a while.  My family and are going through some life changes and crafting needs to be cut to a minimum.  I will post from time to time but less frequently since I am on hiatus from most of my teams.

This week's challenge host is my amazing, sweet, beautiful..... and exceptionally talented friend, Grace!!!

Grace chose the verse:

Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

This verse really hits home for me as we are trying to sell our home and we feel God is calling us to Virginia 500 miles away!!  Anyone who attempts to sell their house particularly in a very BAD economy knows it is frustrating to say the least.  At one point we thought we had it sold but it fell through....As a human, you say...Why Lord?!!  but He knows the plans He has for you...plans to prosper you and not to harm you...Plans to give you hope and a future. Recently the house I had my heart set on in the location we plan to move to....sold to another buyer....the third house I liked and it is gone....but as one of my dear friends said....God has better plans for you.  I was devestated and upset but she is right...I can't rush God....He has the perfect timing!!!  He is good and when trials and problems of life come our way, we must remember He is in control.  I needed this verse and I thank God for friends like Grace, who are there to remind me of God's promises and love!!!

Grace's challenge is:
Create a card or project that depicts the sharp contrast of black & white or ivory. There should not be any other colors on your creation!!

My take on the challenge:

Serve the Lord- SSCC- Black and white
 For my creation I used the Serve the Lord stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I colored in the floral image with black to make a silhouette.  The circle was cut out with the Crocheted Circle die.  The lace is from my dear friend Sabrina (Thanks Sabrina!!!).  The corners are cut with a cuttlebug vintage corner die.  The middle border is also stamped using the Serve the Lord set and cut out with a Crocheted border die at ODBD.

For more inspiration for the Stampin in Christ Challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi (on leave), Miesje, Kristine, Sabrina, Marilynn and  Becky.

This week's sponsor is Layers of color who generously donated the newly released Encouragement Art  stamp set as a prize. Thank you!!!

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!!

Have a great day!!


Dina Kowal Creative said...

Love this, Chris!

cheryl said...

oh wow this is stunning hun,just love it hugs cheryl x

Riet said...

What a wonderful card Chris.

Hugs Riet.xx

Chrissy said...

Beautiful colour combo Chris, black/white so striking, and the bow is beautiful.

Donna said...

A beautiful black and white combo Chris, love all the texture on your card. hugs Donna x

Becky said...

This is so beautiful Chris! And you are so right, God does know everything we are going through and He has a plan. "Many are the plans of man but it is God who directs his footsteps."

Grace said...

Absolutely stunning Chris! I would never have thought of doing this image in silhouette and it's gorgeous!!! Loved reading your thoughts :) and love knowing God is leading you step by step down this road, and you are just seeking His will!!!
hugs and blessings,

Miesje said...

Love, love, love it Chris! Those images in B & W are really lovely! You have it showcased so beautifully. Your words always move me! Have a good week dear friend!

Danielle said...

This is beautiful Chris! The B&W is so elegant and stunning. I truly feel for you right now and what you're going through ... my family and I went through the same thing this Spring. We had the house up for sale ready to move to Alberta and the house didn't sell ... I knew it just wasn't meant to be and that God had other plans ... and how right I was! My husband is not enjoying the new job and cannot fit in with the way they work. Needless to say he is close to tying in a job back here in Ontario but it has been a struggle with him on the other side of Canada for the last couple of months. Hang in there Chris ... it truly will all work out for the best. Trust & Faith in the Lord works wonders & miracles!
Hugs, Danielle x

Sandra H said...

This is gorgeous!! love the black and white theme, embossed paper is gorgeous, butterfly and bow sensational:) Sandra H

Chris Franco said...

eeck?! No air? Stay cool. This card is gorgeous and elegant. I don't know how you do it, day after day - you are totally amazing! :)

Unknown said...

This came out beautifully!

Debbie Dolphin said...

so gorgeous xx
Thankyou so much for joining in with our Challenge at Deep Ocean. Hope to see you again xxx
Debbie xxx

Danni said...

Stunning and so elegant!!

Come visit me, we have gorgeous not so hot weather here in Washington!! Hugs!

Unknown said...

This is beautiful Chris! Love the lace on it. And it is hard to see a house that you like sell while yours sits . . . the house we bought was our third house, one and two fell through and I hardly remembered any details of this one! It was not even in the town I wanted to live in . . .but God knew better. He will guide your path! Hugs!

Nicki Olsen said...

Hi mom!This card is stunning!SO elegant and pretty,the black and white is stunning!Love the butterfly and that bow is gorgeous!Beautiful lace and corners too!I love it all!
I love you!

Stressed Stamper said...

Totally stunning - love it - never done just a b&w card before...100 degree - blimey - its about minus that here freezing for July...Good old UK
Sarah x

Linda . J said...

Love your card Chris,the image is beautiful and the papers are delish.
Hugs Linda

Unknown said...

This is so striking and beautiful Chris!

Thanks for entering our challenge at Ooh La La this week! :)
Lizy x DT

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous black and white card Chris!! So elegant!! Love the image as a silhouette!!

Basslady said...

i love your noble and elegant card with that wonderful shapes and texture!

GREAT job!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Tammy said...

WOW this is stunning Chris!! I love that image and your fabulous design!

Pat (mspfd) said...

What a phenomenal creation, Chris. Such a classy and elegant design. Love all the beautiful elements you combined into one gorgeous card.

Crystal said...

OOOOO SOOOO BEAUTIFUL, LOVE LOVE your black and white!!1 so elegant Chris!

Lovely Linda said...

Awww Chris - this is just gorgeous! I love all of your details - they always add so much to your card! Love the lace too! One elegant card my friend! I hope your computer behaves for you this week! Thanks for inspiring me alway Chris - on so many levels! {{{hugs}}}

Rushd Lady said...

I loved your card! It's beautiful and inspired me for this weeks SSC challenge! :)


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