Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Halleluiah! Christ is born!

She will give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus; 
for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
 

Halleluiah! Christ is born!



Angels from the realms of glory
Wing your flight o'er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation's story
Now proclaim Messiah's birth:

Come and worship, 

come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King
.

Shepherds, in the fields abiding,
Watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant light:

Come and worship, 

come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King.


Sages, leave your contemplations
Brighter visions beam afar,
Seek the great Desire of nations,
Ye have seen his natal star:

Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King.


Though an infant now we view him,
He shall fill his Father's throne,
Gather all the nations to him,
Every knee shall then bow down:

Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King.


All creation, join in praising
God the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising,
To eternal Three in One:

Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King.


Angels from the Realms of Glory 
by Scottish Poet James Montgomery,  1816

Project Details

Stamps: Layers of Color Reindeer Waltz and Glad Tidings (LOC is no longer releasing stamps, but keep your eye on Penny Black!)
Ink: Versamark
Paper: SU Night of Navy, Silver, Shimmer White
Accessories: Mesh Ribbon, vintage button, rhinestones, white embossing powder; Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles dies.

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

 

 

 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Glory to the King!!



For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6-7


 He is no longer a newborn king. . .
He is the reigning king and His kingdom endures forever!! Halleluiah!

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth
Our full homage to demand.

ODBD Shining the Light Challenge #136

This week and next week, the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge Team is issuing an "Anything Goes With Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps" Challenge!

To make the challenge even more rewarding, we will be giving out a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! And, if you use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing a few lovely projects to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. Because of the holidays, this a TWO-WEEK challenge. All submissions must be added to Mr. Linky by Sunday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. EST. Complete details are available on the ODBD blog.
Please take a bit of time to visit  my fellow challenge team members blogs, you'll be blessed!

Project Details 

My project this week starts with a mini-wreath made by wrapping a canning jar ring lid with twine.  Instructions and inspiration can be found at Chipping with Charm.

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Christmas Flourished Verses; Sparking Snowflakes
Ink: Kraft and Brown
Paper: Ivory
Accessories: Canning jar lid, twine, seam binding, Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel, pearl
Notes:  Sprinkled Embossing technique.

May you have a blessed CHRISTmas, rejoicing and worshiping our Lord and King: Jesus!  

jme ~ SDG!

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Glory to God. . .

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men. Luke 2:14

ODBD Shining the Light Challenge #135

This week, the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge Team challenges is Snowflakes. You can use use designer paper, embellishments, images, or sentiments that include, or use the word, snowflake(s).
To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! And, if you use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing one to two creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. All submissions must be added to Mr. Linky by Sunday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. EST. Complete details are available on the ODBD blog.
Please take a bit of time to visit  my fellow challenge team members blogs, you'll be blessed!

Project Details

This is a simple, easy to reproduce card and I liked it so well, I reworked it to fit into a frame for use with my home decor (and maybe even a gift!)

 Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Christmas Verses and Sparkling Snowflakes  (12/12 New Release)
Ink: Kraft
Paper: Kraft, gold metallic, ivory
Accessories: Antique gold glitter
Notes: Sprinkled embossing technique: sprinkle on embossing powder and heat set FROM BENEATH the panel (or your EP will dust your craft area!)

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Randi's Song. . .

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7

 This card is dedicated to our sweet sister-stick, Randi Barrett, whom the Lord called home on Saturday. The background image panel uses the set "Randi's Song", which was released in honor of Randi a few years ago. Gentle, encouraging, a great sense of humor, incredible patience and a steadfast love for the Lord were evident in Randi's life.

When the set was first released in October 2010, Randi was quoted as saying,

"This set is so meaningful to me. My first cancer was 26 years ago and the song that always bubbled up from my heart is this song." (The song Randi is referring to is "Great is Thy Faithfulness".) " Here I am again....same cancer same song.....there are no mistakes in God's handiwork. I get blessed just thinking about it. Sorry guys but I am claiming these stamps as ones sent from heaven just for me."
 You can read the full post here . On the second anniversary of the release, it was the feature of Angie Crockett's Flashback Friday post.

 So many of us have memorized the 1 Peter 5 scripture, but how many of us only focus on the last portion and not the first? The line forms behind me! Randi, however, didn't just quote this scripture, she lived it. . .all of it! When Randi's cancer returned in 2010 and she prepared for surgery, she was quoted as saying,
"I told my pastor that I just don't know where to go in my mind yet. Am I preparing for meeting Jesus or preparing to teach a bible study. We decided until we know something I need to prepare to teach....and continue living.  I may not know what the future is for me BUT I do know that I am determined to serve my Savior with all my heart."
Humble, gracious, beloved: Randi will be greatly missed.  Please keep her family and friends in prayer as they mourn the loss of their dear loved one, though they rejoice knowing that she is with the Lord and full of joy, peace, love and thankfulness! We know that she is singing with all she has, "Great is thy faithfulness, mercy and love!"

ODBD Shining the Light Challenge #134

This week, the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge Team challenges YOU to use the letters in NOEL as the recipe for your card! 
 
To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! And, if you use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing one to two creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. All submissions must be added to Mr. Linky by Sunday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. EST. Complete details are available on the ODBD blog.
Please take a bit of time to visit  my fellow challenge team members blogs, you'll be blessed!

Project Details 

I know,  I know. . .you're looking at this card and thinking: "NOEL? She's blonde, but I didn't know she was crazy, too? To put your mind at ease, here's the recipe I followed:

N = NOT! a Christmas Card (maybe I am crazy?)
O = Orange
E = Embossing (dry)
L = Layers and Leaves

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Series 3; Randi's Song
Ink: Memento Basic Black, Craft White
Paper: Orange, Black, Kraft, Ivory
Designer Paper: None
Accessories: Twine, Vintage Button, Embossing folders
Notes: Challenges: Body

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Lord is my Shield. . .

The Lord is my shield in whom I trust. Psalm 144:2

 Fortress

ODBD Shining the Light Challenge #133


This week, the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge Team challenges YOU to use a sketch!
To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! And, if you use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing one to two creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. All submissions must be added to Mr. Linky by Sunday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. EST. Complete details are available on the ODBD blog.
Please take a bit of time to visit  my fellow challenge team members blogs, you'll be blessed!

Project Details

This stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs is such a masculine set, but it's also an elegant set, so with a bit of pink, pearls and lace. . .it is perfect for a feminine card. . .and that's a good thing, because us girls are just as much in need of the Lord as are the guys!

I am so thankful that He is my Shield, even on those days when my sinful heart and distracted mind look everywhere else for comfort and protection. He is faithful and has promised to be with His children, always. . .even to the end of the age.  If we who are, by His grace, trusting in the only Savior for mankind, Jesus Christ, then we have nothing whatsoever to fear. NOTHING shall EVER separate us from the love of Christ. . .but don't just take my word for it!  It's what God says in His Word. You can read it for yourself, right here!
 

 DETAILS
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Fortress
Ink: Versa Mark, Ranger Distress Tea Stain, Spun Sugar
Paper: SU Early Espresso
Designer Paper: My Mind's Eye Lost and Found
Accessories: Spellbinders Lattice Pendant and Romantic Ovals dies, Hallmark (vintage) doily; SU crochet lace and pearls, paper piercing tool.

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sweet N' Sassy Turns Five

  My soul, wait thou only upon God for my expectation is from him. Psalm 62:5

  Happy Birthday, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps is celebrating its fifth birthday, and I'm honored to be joining in the Birthday Blog Hop! And, you have a chance to win a $15 store credit!
~There will be 4 random blog hop participants from whom one commenter will be selected to receive a $15 store credit. (Is this one of the four?)
~To be included in the drawings, your comment must be left by midnight EST Friday, Nov. 30
~The winners will be announced on the SNSS Blog on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8am EST.

Project Details

   I love Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps because owners Dan and Korin Sutherland have set as their primary objective, honoring and serving the Lord Jesus Christ through the use of the gifts and talents He has given.
   I love the scripture stamp sets and lovely images that accompany many of the sets.  And if you like darling images that you can color, Korin is a gifited artist and has the most precious images which I know for certain you will see on the other stops on the hop. And, many of the images come in a digital format as well!
    The set I am using is called “Seasons of Change” and it is a beautiful and versatile set. It is one I have used over and over as our life as Christians is all about change( . . .and being transformed!). I’ve also used a scripture stamp from the “Wait on the Lord” set in the card’s interior.  (if  the “Season of Change” set is not available in the store, please be patient: it will be soon!) The set also has a coordinating die which I’ve used on the interior of this card as well. 

Stamps: Sweet' 'n Sassy Stamps Seasons of Change (Dinah Kowal) and Wait on the Lord
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip craft; Ranger Distress Tea Stain, Dusty Durango
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Kraft
Designer Paper: Bo Bunny Forever Fall
Accessories: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Seasons of Change dies; leaf accents; Memory Box Orchard Tree and Debutante Frame dies, SU lattice embossing folder, Spellbinders Lattice Rectangle Die.


Be sure to stop in and visit the blogs below and leave your comment for a chance to win an SNSS store credit. Thanks for stopping in!



Blessings! jme ~ SDG

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

And the angel said. . .

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy 
that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Savior, who is Christ the Lo
rd." Luke 2:10-11


ODBD Shining the Light Challenge #132

Deck the Halls! This week, the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge Team challenges YOU to include an ornament or something that hangs on your project!
To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! And, if you use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing one to two creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. All submissions must be added to Mr. Linky by Sunday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. EST. Complete details are available on the ODBD blog.
Please take a bit of time to visit  my fellow challenge team members blogs, you'll be blessed!
Rosemary Dennis  * Jan Keen 
 Kathy Roney and. . 
November Guest Design Team Member Barbara Pace

Project Details

The challenge is to include an ornament or something that hangs on your project! My project hangs and is the ornament! It was fun and easy to make. 

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Christmas Flourished Verses; It is Well With My Soul Background Stamp
Ink: VersaMark, Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Tea Stain, VersaFine Onxy
Paper: Ivory
Designer Paper: Repurposed wrapping paper
Accessories: Assorted pearls and beads, Stampendous PearlLustre Champagne Embossing Powder, Spellbinders Scallop Circle, Standard Circle and Labels 14 Dies; Ribbon
Notes: There are four layers in the sandwich that makes up the gold ring; two gold layers, and two lightweight cardboard pieces for stability. Using a magnetic sheet to hold the dies in place is the key to ensuring all pieces are the same size.

 Challenges:
  • Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge 132

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Praise His Glorious Name. . .

"Our God, we give you thanks and praise your glorious name." 1 Chronicles 29:13


ODBD Shining the Light Challenge #131

This week, the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge Team challenges YOU to craft a holiday project: Thanksgiving or Christmas, your choice!
To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! And, if you use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing one to two creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. All submissions must be added to Mr. Linky by Sunday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. EST. Complete details are available on the ODBD blog.
Please take a bit of time to visit  my fellow challenge team members blogs, you'll be blessed!
Rosemary Dennis  * Jan Keen * Kathy Roney  
and. . November Guest Design Team Member Barbara Pace

Project Details

This year, for the first time in many, many years, Thanksgiving dinner will be at our home. I'm so excited (and a little bit nervous, too as this is the first time we've had "company" in our new home!) In preparation, I've made a few place cards for my guests. I wanted to have a bit of fun, but also properly acknowledge the source of all blessings: our sovereign Lord!
 
Before the Lord gave me a new heart and a new purpose in life, Thanksgiving was my least favorite holiday. It was always cold and dreary, the days were short, turkey was on the menu, and I'd eat too much and feel miserable.

So what's changed? Me, by the grace of God. The scales are removed from eyes; my deaf ears are opened; the heart of stone replaced with a heart of flesh: in short, I have been transformed and am a new creature!! Now I LOVE Thanksgiving, even though it should be our way of life as Christians and not reserved for a single day of the year, especially since there is no way to get through the list of things for which we are thankful in a single day!
There is certainly not room in this blog post to even begin my list, so I will include only that for which I am most thankful. I am thankful to the Lord for purposing to save a people unto Himself for all eternity, through Jesus Christ, the only mediator, the only Savior, the only way of reconciliation!! I am thankful for His amazing grace!! 

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving Day as you reflect upon the manifold goodness of the Lord!

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs: Randi's Song and Thank You
Ink: SU Dusty Durango, Early Espresso; Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Paper: Kraft, Old Olive, Dusty Durango, Naturals Ivory
Designer Paper:  None
Accessories: Spellbinder Labels 17 and Memory Box Tender Leaves dies, Cuttlebug owl embossing folder; computer

Blessings! jme ~ SDG