Monday, December 15, 2014

A child is born. . .

For unto us a child is born.  . .and His name shall be called wonderful, counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9.6 
  

CHACB Challenge #22:

Gloria Designs ChallengeIt's time for our final challenge of 2014 at Craft Hoarders Anonymous. Many of us travel around the holidays, so let's celebrate our adventures! So dig into your hoard and find some items that are vacation or travel themed. Do you have a hoard of cruise ship ephemera? Do you have a box of transportation stamps? Do you have a stash of camping themed papers? Or piles of Disney embellishments? Show them off! Create a vacation or travel themed project for us!
 
We will again be selecting favorites and one talented participant will receive a fantastic prize for their work from our fabulous sponsor for this last challenge of 2014, Spellbinders Paper Arts! You have until Sunday, Dec. 28 at midnight PST to prepare, submit and link up your project to the CHAC Blog. Please visit the blog for complete rules and the prize package AND information on our wonderful sponsors! 
This is also my final challenge as a member of the most wonderful design team in the world! (Thank you, Gloria for the opportunity. This past year has been so amazing, but other adventures await a little closer to home.) 

Project description  

When I saw the challenge and looked through my hoard, I noticed the Layers of Color postcard stamp and knew I had to use it. At this time of year, we celebrate the incarnation of our Savior, Jesus, fully God and fully man. Jesus traveled further (and most likely farther, as well) than anyone has or ever will. That is something that I'll never fully comprehend, but for which I am eternally grateful.
 
"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:1-13

I used one of my favorite hymns that so clearly expresses in the previous post but here is another dating from the fourth century. And, if you'll click on the hymn title, it will take you to one of my favorite versions.
 
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
 Liturgy of St. James, 4th Century

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.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.

At His feet the six wing├Ęd seraph,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Alleluia
Alleluia, Lord Most High!
 


This card uses dies from our sponsor, Spellbinders and Layers of Colors Vintage Postcard and Christmas Verses stamps. The paper is Prima Printery. Ink is Versafine Onyx and Ranger Distress in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. The black twine is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, the tan from the hardward store and the gold thread, a thrift store find. The key is Graphic 45. I love that the key and the paper both have a crown on them as Jesus is our king, risen victorious from the grave, and even now ruling and reigning at the right hand of the Father.
 
 If you really want to see some really AMAZING projects, follow the links below. . . 

Blessings! jme ~ SDG

Monday, December 1, 2014

Glory to God. . .

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

CHACB Challenge #21: Celebrate the Season

Raise your hands if you hoard Christmas or other winter holiday items! Who has a drawer full of  "retired" holiday papers and embellishments? Who goes crazy over the candy cane ribbons or the sparkly embellishments? Share a winter or seasonal holiday project with us. We would love to see your Christmas projects, but you may also enter Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year's, other holiday celebration projects, or any winter-themed projects. Celebrate the season with us!

  
We will again be selecting favorites and one talented participant will receive a fantastic prize for their work from our fabulous sponsor for December, Spellbinders Paper Arts!  P You have until Sunday, Dec. 14  at midnight PST to prepare, submit and link up your project to the CHAC Blog. Please visit the blog for complete rules and the prize package AND information on our wonderful sponsors!  

Christmas Blessings 

     Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendor
     by Frank Houghton
     Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
    All for love’s sake becamest poor;
    Thrones for a manger didst surrender,
    Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.
    Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
    All for love’s sake becamest poor.

    Thou who art God beyond all praising,
    All for love’s sake becamest man;
    Stooping so low, but sinners raising
    Heavenward by thine eternal plan.
    Thou who art God beyond all praising,
    All for love’s sake becamest man.

    Thou who art love beyond all telling,
    Saviour and King, we worship thee.
    Emmanuel, within us dwelling,
    Make us what thou wouldst have us be.
    Thou who art love beyond all telling,
    Saviour and King, we worship thee.
 
Click here or here for a beautiful rendition of this hymn and here for its rich history and back story.

Project Description

The base of this altered frame is from the Dollar Store. I've had it forever (a hoarded treasure!). I thought it would be perfect for a Christmas wall hanging. Also from my hoard, I pulled these lovely Layers of Color Stamps which I colored using Prismacolor markers and then topped with some Stickles. I also used gold glitter glass from Stampendous to edge the center panel which I mounted atop the frame. The poinsettia and leaves are from my hoard and the brads (whose wings have been snipped) are Graphic45. The background paper came in a thank you packet after a project I made was published a couple of  years ago.

 If you really want to see some really AMAZING projects, follow the links below. . . 

Blessings! jme ~ SDG