Sunday, August 19, 2012

SSiC #153

Hello again lovelies and thanks for stopping by.  It's still summer where I am and I hope today finds you having fair weather.

Today starts a new challenge over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ.  Candace is our very beautiful hostess this week.  She chose our challenge and our verse this time.

"Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him."  Proverbs 30:5

I am a firm believer in reading through the entire Bible.  It is rich with wisdom and instruction.  Whatever we may be going through God has covered in His word.  As believers it should be our first resource we head to when we are struggling with something.  When we are rejoicing we can head to the Psalms to praise the Lord with King David.  When we need "meat and potatoes" we can head to the letters from Paul which offer so much practical advice.  When we want to know Jesus on a very personal level we can go to the gospels to read about His entire life on earth.  Words are powerful.  They can build up or destroy.  I choose to use my words to build up as often as I can.  Even when I need to correct my children I try to do it in a gentle, loving way (though sometimes I fail) and take them to the scriptures to show them what God has to say on a certain subject.  And if I weren't a student of the Word I wouldn't be able to effectively teach them.  We need to choose our words wisely so they are a blessing to the hearers.  I hope my speech (including this blog) is a blessing to those that hear me speak.  It can be hard but when I choose to fill up on God's Word, that is what comes out of my mouth...His Words, not mine.  Will you choose to be a blessing to someone today with your words?

Candace has challenged us to remember how powerful words are by using only words on the front of our card, no images.  (Yes, I shrieked somewhat when I first saw that!  Then realized the card I had just made had no image so I figured I could probably do this!!  :)  lol)

Our fabulous sponsor this week is Our Daily Bread Designs and they are generously offering one winner a $15 gift certificate to their store.  I hop you play along with us this week!

Earlier this week I made a card with this same sketch.  As I said then, I really want to use up some of my paper scraps while still making beautiful cards.  I had some strips of Christmas paper from a MME stack called Oh Christmas Tree!  The strips were zigzagged to a foundation paper then inked.
 In the process of some organizing I found this wide lace and decided it would look very nice on this card.  I made the sentiment on my computer and cut it out with Spellbinders Labels 4.  Before I removed the die I inked around the inside with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain ink.  I added some pearls to the tag and the card corners.
 The inside is rather plain but the DP is so pretty I felt it was fine on its own.
The back is the same.  You can better see the lovely DP I used with the same technique.

Be sure to drop by the blogs of all my Sisters and see what lovely creations that have cooked up for you today.

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

Blessings & Hugs,



  1. Oh so pretty! Love the use of the pretty papers. Great sentiment too, just what I need right now! Have a great week!

  2. Just beautiful as is your reflection on the verse!

  3. Beautiful! Love the way you did the paper strips on here too. So pretty.

  4. Hi Michelle! I LOVE your "striped quilt" card! Love the colors, stitching and that lovely old lace! And you are right, the DP on the inside is very pretty! Lovely card, inside and out!
    Have a great week!

  5. This is beautiful Michelle!! I love the way your used your scraps to piece together a background (and your stitching is a great finishing touch too!) The lace and sentiment are perfect. This actually fits perfectly with my challenge coming up next month (I had picked it a couple weeks ago while at the beach). Hope you have a lovely week!! hugs, kris

  6. Michelle, this is so pretty. Love the lace and the pearls. Enjoyed reading your thoughts on this week's scripture. I hope you have a blessed week.

  7. You are just a class act in every way, Michelle. LOVE your "quilty" cards. This one is sooo pretty. And as always your devotional thoughts are so God exalting. I so totally agree with your description of what His Word is. Love your heart for it, sister. You bless me.

  8. What a sweet design! Stopping by to say Hi and to sign up to follow your blog. Looking forward to working with you on the Dream Team.

  9. Michelle, your card is lovely with that quilted background, and your devotional thoughts so true!! Wishing you a wonderfully blessed week!

  10. Love it! Your "scraps" are so beautiful all woven together like that! Kind of like Christ takes us and our "scraps" and weaves us togehter. Your thoughts on being a blessing with our words are so important! I realized just now how we do that with our comments on everyone's blogs and that is something I greatly appreciate about our team! Have a blessed evening! ~H

  11. Every detail on your card is just perfect. Love the sewing!

  12. Wow Michelle - your work is always so detailed and perfect! Thank you for sharing your gift with us - you are always a blessing! {{{hugs}}}