Saturday, April 14, 2012

Joy Springs Forth

The joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

ODBD Shining the Light Challenge #104 ~ S.P.R.I.N.G

This week the ODBD Challenge team invites you to celebrate SPRING with a word challenge. Use three of the letters in the word “Spring” for your embellishments, materials, or image. Example- s=stitching, p=pink, r=ribbon, i=ink, n=nestabilities, g=green
To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Friday, April 20  at 8 a.m. EST. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes.
While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them. As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing one to tworeations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by Friday, April 20 at 8 a.m. EST.  If you upload your creations to ODBD, Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword ODBDSLC104.  If linking to one of your blog posts, please include a link back to the challenge.
 If you upload your creations to ODBD, Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword ODBDSLC104. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge. 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!

The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength!

And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.” And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them. Nehemiah 8:6-12

This is such a marvelous time in the life of God's people! The Lord was restoring them to the land and to himself after years of captivity and estrangement. . if you haven't read Nehemiah recently consider adding it to your reading list. You will be blessed and encouraged!  After the building of the wall, Nehemiah asked Ezra to read God's Word to the people who had been called to assemble in the square. They stood and listened from morning to mid-day and when they heard and understood, and as God's Word was explained by Levites, they began to weep and mourn as they realized their sins against the Lord. Yet they were exhorted to not be grieved, but to rejoice.They were calmed and encouraged. When we are brought to our senses by the powerful sword of God's Word; when our hearts break as we realize how grievously we have sinned against our loving and holy God, then we are to rejoice for He has provided for us everything that we need in the Lord Jesus Christ: forgiveness, reconciliation, righteousness, the strength to obey by His Spirit!  The joy of the Lord is our strength!

Project Details

Gold glitter and gems

Ink: Versa Fine Onyx
Card Stock: Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Whisper White
Designer Paper: Basic Grey Curio
Accessories: ODBD Vintage Borders Embossing Plate and Crochet Circle Die, Spellbinders Petals Edgeabilities & Labels 20, EK Success Border Punch, Baker’s String, gold ribbon, Stampendous Chunky Gold Glitter, Champagne Pearl Embossing Powder, Zva Creative Gems, Prisma color and Bic markers.
Notes: The postmark medallion was crafted by covering a small piece of paper with Versamark ink, sprinkling with embossing powder, heat until melted and while still hot, sprinkle with more embossing powder heat and repeat. While the mixture is still soft, stamp image and allow to cool. Tip: Heat from underside to keep embossing powder in place.

Blessings! jme ~ SDG



  1. oh how creative and beautiful, Jan Marie! I love all you textures and details with your colors. The poppies pop! This is one of my fave stamp sets. Have a great weekend!! Thinking and praying for you.

  2. Wow Jan I love this card and I love the message you shared with us. What a wonderful way for us to share our love for Christ through our love of paper crafting.

  3. Wow Jan Marie! This is such a piece of art...I love your poppies(coloured so beautifully) Awesome Verse, and the little post mark adds just the right touch!!

  4. Absolutely AMAZING card, Jan Marie! The colors are so warm and beautiful and your poppies are colored so perfectly!! What a great idea to stamp the sentiment directly on the DP, I don't do that often looks awesome!! Have a blessed weekend! Hugs, Sabrina

  5. Wow Jan! Your card is beautiful. Love all the textures and layering! He fills us to overflowing with His joy, it can't help but pour out on others. Thanks for pouring out on me!! {{Hugs!}}

  6. This is so pretty Jan Marie! I love the touches of gold with black... so rich!!! And the coloring is superb! Beautifully done! Blessings...

  7. Amen and is the stark realization of sin that can cause our hearts to soar at the reality of the measure of forgiveness granted by our merciful Lord. JOY for now and for ever because of grace, repentance and faith! :0)SDG

  8. oops and your card is quite lovely too!! The black and gold paired with the delicate colors/images of spring is a wonderful representation of fragility and strength beautiful!

  9. Beautiful coloring of the poppies, Jan Marie! I love how you did the verse on the DP and I LOVE that verse! Have a wonderful weekend! Blessings! Kathy

  10. Hi JanMarie! This card is SO pretty. I love this verse from Nehemiah - it's a wondeerful stamp set. Thanks for sharing your lovely art with us in this week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday. We're SO blessed to have you join us and share your lovely work. Hope to see you again in next week's challenge.
    God bless your week!
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  11. JanMarie, this is stunning. Your cards always show the love you have for the Lord. Beautiful colors and I love the textures.

    Have a great day!

  12. VERY PRETTY!!!!!!! LOOK at all the color! VERY NICE!!!!!! :)

  13. Jan, this card is sure a beauty. There is so much detail in it, and your elements and colors reflect the STRENGTH of this verse. Thanks for the nudge about reading Nehemiah, a book of the Bible we don't commonly go to. You are appreciated!! Thanks for linking to Scripture Thursday. ~ Abby

  14. This is the color combo that looks so elegant! :)

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  15. your card is just stunning, jan marie... love the rich color combo you used and the beautiful verse!! hugs!

  16. Your layers and colours combine so wonderfully! Thank you so much for joining us at Word Art Wednesday!

  17. WOW, your colors are AMAZING together! I adore the orange of the poppies near the aqua! Fabulous card--stunning! :)

  18. Beautiful card, and Beautifully colored image. That image is now on my wish list.

  19. Really gorgeous work! Love the knotted twine & the petal Spellbinder edge.


Thanks for your encouraging words! Have a blessed day!