Sunday, July 1, 2012

SSiC Challenge #146

Hello and welcome.  Grab a comfy seat, a cuppa and stay a while.  I'm so glad you are here.

I have a card for our challenge over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ this week.  Linda is our lovely hostess this week.  She chose our verse and our challenge.
 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another."  John 13:34-35

That is such a great verse.  And as a Christian I like to think I love.  And I do.  My husband, my children, my family, my friends...the people that are easy to love.  But what about those who are hard to love?  Those who get under my skin?  Those who have wronged me or my family?  Those who "mess" with my children?  (You know that mama bear syndrome, right?)  Do I love those people?  The Lord has been speaking to my heart lately that even when people are rude or mean to me or my family I still need to love them.  Not just say I love them, but act out that love.  Be kind to them.  Watch my tongue. Bless them when possible.  That's what really shows love.  "A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger."  Proverbs 15:1  Do I really love?  I want to.  And I'm working on it.  There are times I get very cranky since my accident (just ask my family), but I'm working on it.  I'm praying more and asking the Lord to help me truly show the love of Christ to everyone and not use my injuries as an excuse.  Because our Savior didn't use excuses when He was on the cross.  "Then Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."  Luke 23:34.  That's my prayer today.  To love like Jesus.  To be a light for Him, no matter what.
Linda gave us the challenge this time to use something new on our easy is that?  She left it up to our interpretation.  New supplies, new technique, you decide!  For me I used new paper (which I love!!) and I stepped out of my comfort zone with my stitching and DID NOT sew in a straight line!  As a quilter for many years I have worked very hard to sew in very straight lines with a very specific seam allowance.  (You can't piece a lone star or feathered star with sloppy sewing!)  I neither sewed straight, nor did I even try...and it was HARD!  lol  
Here's the inside.  That beautiful paper is so amazing it needed no further embellishment.  Its from MME and I got it at Hobby Lobby the other day.  I went in for 2 sheets of paper...  That's not what I got.  It was more like 50 sheets!  lol  They must have received a new shipment or something.  They had a ton of MME and they were so inspiring!  I'm finding it hard to get out of my studio right now!  I wanted to do something different with the writing panel so I stamped the edge with some old vintage looking stamps from SU and ripped the corner to see the DP underneath.  See the crazy stitching??  AAAHHHH!  Hopefully my sewing for the quilt shop this afternoon isn't affected  :)  hehe
Here's the back.  You can see that great DP and my stamps again!

Our fabulous sponsor this week is Digital Delights by Louby Loo.  They are offering one random winner 3 digital images of their choice!  So, please consider joining us this week.  We love to see what you create!

I think that's about it.  Thanks for taking a peek!

Blessings & Hugs,



  1. Well first of all, that's the craziest coolest looking handmade frame EVER. I love that the verse lays under a torn circle!!! So much tearing and's gorgeous. Secondly, your post was so well written and from the heart. Very inspiring words and thoughts you've shared. Blogs like this are fantastic when you really understand the inspiration of the card. Thirdly, LOL...your stitching is WONDERFUL!! That IS my straight sewing so yeah you for being able to do both!!
    Beautiful and inspring card Michelle..just LOVE it.
    Also, thank you for your visit to my blog today. Your comment was very kind.
    Lisa xx

  2. Hi Michelle! Great thoughts on the Bible verses this week! Thanks! Your card is wonderful...very differnt type for you, but I really like it! Love the DP's, torn corners and the not-straight stitching!! So very creative!
    Have a blessed week!

  3. Incredible! I love this card - the colors and the layout and the sewing. Great card!

  4. just keep outdoing yourself, girlfriend. I LOVE this card. It's stunning. The torn elements are wonderful, especially to stage the that effect. Just pretty placement of the banners inside and out. Very, very striking. Perfect for the challenge. BTW...I received my Whimsy stamp for my card backs this week. Love it. Thanks again for the link. Have a wonderful, full-of-blessings kind of week.

  5. Gorgeous!!! You did an amazing job on this card. I love the tulle, flowers, sparkle, everything is awesome! Wonderful card! Have a blessed night! ~H

  6. Beautifully done! Stunning card with all the lovely red glitter embellishments. But rest assured, the lovely scentiment is not lost!! Hugs, Wends xxxx