Monday, 29 August 2011

Perfect Peace!

Isaiah chapter 26 verse 3: "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee".  In this troublesome, turbulent world that we live in, at times our minds can be overloaded to capacity; we can feel frayed around the edges and feel far from 'at peace'.  However, the Christian can have perfect peace no matter what is going on around him or her when he or she keeps their thoughts on the Lord God of Heaven.  Not always easy to do, I know, but when we take a few moments out of our busy schedules to reflect on the Saviour and what He has already done and will do for us, our hearts and minds can find a peace that only He can give.  I love this verse, so much so, that I have it coming on as a reminder on my mobile every morning at 10.00 am, just in case I have let myself get overwhelmed by the things of life.  (This is also why I called my blog 'Stampin' Perfect Peace').  Then last week I received my new Clear Dollar Stamps, which include this lovely verse.  I remembered that I had a few little wooden frames I bought last summer and a few minutes later I have this to set on my desk at work!  I have already entered a card for the Papertake Weekly Challenge but this frame will also do nicely as we have to use a die.
The lovely papers are from My Mind's Eye Lime Twist and the die is a Magnolia Doo Hickey Lovely Fence die from here.
If you have the peace of God that passeth all understanding, then thank the Lord for it.  There are people who would pay handsomely for such peace.  And if you don't and would like to have perfect peace, then simply put your trust in Christ the Saviour and He will forgive your sins and bless you more abundantly than you could ever imagine!

Sticker, Still and Sew Special!

Today I have a few cards for you, quite similar but for different challenges.
My first one is for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge, which is to use a sticker, something I hardly ever do as I prefer to stamp.  But I had a look at some stickers I bought when I first started cardmaking and I found this cute sticker from Me and My Big Ideas.  I thought it matched my paper (My Mind's Eye) perfectly.

This was a really quick and easy card to make!

Then at the same time, I made this one for the Clearly I Stamp Challenge #34, which was pretty simple - use Scripture on your card.  As you know by now, I'm a Christian and Scripture is important to me so I was able to use my lovely new Clear Dollar Stamps for this one.  Same paper with a few stamped flowers and the Scripture verse.

Then this card for the Papertake Weekly Challenge which is to use dies. 

I love these gorgeous papers from October Afternoon and thought they would be just right for this card.  The stamps and die are My Favorite Things which I bought here and here.  The saying for this card is "I'm not biased...(and on the inside) You're Sew Special", perfect for that person in your life who means 'sew' much to you!  Go ahead, tell them how special they are...people need to know they are loved!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Beautiful clear stamps!

I love these Clear Dollar Stamps.  It is a friendly, helpful company with Christian values.  Here is a couple of quick cards I made using their stamps.Cute, don't you think?

How exciting!

Wow!  I got word today that I have won a prize for participating in the Clear Dollar Stamps Blog Hop!

 This is a Stamp Company based in USA that I have only recently found out about.  They sell all kinds of beautiful stamps, but the main reason I love them is that a lot of them are based on verses from the Bible.  The added bonus is that the shipping prices are VERY reasonable so why not check them out here?  These stamps are of a very impressive quality too. 
Today, I needed to make a card for a friend who had some surgery yesterday so I decided to try and combine a colour challenge from Colour Throwdown and a sketch from Inspirational Card Sketches.  I have to say I'm pretty pleased with the result.

For the Colour Throwdown, we had to use Perfect Plum, So Saffron and Crumb Cake (SU), a lovely combination and I combined those colours with this sketch:
The stamps are Teeny Trees from Waltzingmouse Stamps and I also used Text It from Papertrey Ink as the background on the So Saffron.
Have a lovely weekend! 

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Perfect hostess

We were invited up to visit life-long friends last week and I made this card for my friend, Rachael, who made us a fabulous dinner.  We don't get to see these friends very often but hubby and I were only just saying that they are good friends because they are always there for us.  Each time we meet up, we just pick up where we left off.  I used this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge to help me with this one.  Here's the sketch:

And here's my card:

The top picture is, obviously, the front of the card and the next one is the inside.  Again I used October Afternoon papers, this time 'The Thrift Shop', along with Waltzingmouse Stamps (Join Us and Teeny Trees).  The buttons are Stampin' Up! as is the ink (Real Red and Old Olive).  The olive ribbon was a freebie from Quixotic Paperie when I bought some things from them.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Laughter is music for your heart to dance to

Edited to add:  Ooops! It would help if I put in the card I made!!

This little card was made for the challenge found over at The Paper Players.  It is quite simple and will help give you the kick start you need to get creative!

I have adapted mine slightly, but hope it is still acceptable.  Background paper is, once again, October Afternoon's 'Fly a Kite' which I really like.  Ric rac was made using Papertrey Ink's large ric rac die and the stamp is from PTI too.  The scalloped rectangle is a PTI die too and I just used a small circle punch to cut out the three shapes from the same background paper.  It was all placed onto Crumb Cake (SU) cardstock. 

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Manhatten wedding

No, unfortunately, I'm not going to a wedding in the USA!  This is a card I made for a couple of challenges - CAS-ual Fridays (incorporate some embossing) and Cute Card Thursday (theme - weddings).
It is clean, simple and easy to make.  I used the SU Manhatten Flower embossing folder and simply stamped the sentiment (PTI - Wishing you...) in Pretty in Pink (SU) which is also the base card colour.  I think the pink writing may be slightly too light to see but it'll hopefully be OK.  Then I sponged around the edges using Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Distressing Ink.

Thanks for looking!  (I had to post this second post today because the challenge is over tomorrow and I won't have time to do it then).

Shades of Sunshine Thank you

I needed a quick card today for someone who did something kind for me.  I have used the challenge from Paperlane using a Molly Blooms stamp which is to use Shades of Sunshine.  Hope it spreads some sunshine your way!

As well as the Molly Blooms stamp, I used papers from October Afternoon's 'Fly a Kite'.  The Thank You stamp is from Papertrey Ink and it was coloured in using Copic Markers.  I finished it off by inking around the edges with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distressing Ink.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Pretty Cupcakes!

So, last time I told you my mum had a little present for me!  Well, here they are!  Did you ever see such gorgeously sweet and calorie-free cupcakes?  She also bought me the pretty cake stand to go with them.  I'm really pleased with them!  If anyone is interested, she got them here.

Beautiful, aren't they?  They are just sooo sweet!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Happy 21st!

Happy Saturday, friends!  Today has been one of those days with lots of housework, some shopping and ironing!  Now, it's craft time.  Hubby is away for the day with the young people from church; mum is coming for dinner tomorrow and I'm looking forward to seeing her.  She is bringing me a special pressie - I know what it is and can't wait to see it.  I'll show you on my next blog post!

This little card was made for one of my son's friends - it's her 21st birthday today and I pleaded with him to let me make her a card!  Thankfully, she loved it, but he wasn't bothered!

I used papers from October Afternoon's Thrift Shop.  The small squares are all 1" each, cut with my square nestabilities bought from 'Homespun from the Heart' (an ebay store).  The numbers were die cut from the new 'My Favourite Things' Die-namics 'By the Numbers' (bought from here).  There is a stamp set and a set of numbers - perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, etc!  Happy 21st, Barbara!

Thought for the Week - Genesis 40:1 - 41:13.  Remember last time, we were looking at Joseph and the qualities he had inherited from family members.  In this passage today, here is another list of some of his qualities - the last one is the one I think can be a problem for many of us.  In these verses we see Joseph and his:
  • humility - verse 4
  • perception - verse 6
  • thoughtfulness and care - verse 7
  • closeness to God - verse 8
  • honesty - verse 19
  • lack of bitterness - verse 23 and ch 41 verse 16
Bitterness is a terrible, destructive thing; and the problem with it is, it can destroy the person with the bitterness rather than the person it is aimed at.  In fact, very often, the person who is the object of the bitterness isn't even aware of it and it is the bitter person who does themselves more harm.  Joseph had many reasons for feeling bitter against his family, his co-workers and even against God.  But being the very godly and sincere young man that he was, the Bible never once gives us an example of Joseph being bitter.  He was gracious, patient and loving - even when things were really not going well for him.  What helped Joseph to cope with his unfair circumstances in life was the fact that he remained close to God and knew that God had a very special plan for his life.  He never allowed himself to get 'under the circumstances'.  He prayed and sought God's will and also patience for his life.  In the end God rewarded Joseph far more than he could ever have imagined.
My prayer is that I would be more like Joseph...when times are tough, to be able to stay close to God and see His all-wise guiding hand, and especially not to become bitter at circumstances or people because, really, it would be me who would suffer and lose out the most.

Thanks for reading, and may the Lord bless you much this week.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Musical birthday!

Hello!  Today I have a card to show you that I made for a combination of three challenges:

It has been quite a while since I have actually been pleased with my cards but I am pleased with this one.  It is for a special lady (sorry, mum, I've spoiled your surprise!! but it looks better in real life!).


Monday, 15 August 2011

Here is my offering for the following two challenges:

I didn't have exactly the right colours, but I used the nearest I had.

  • Stamps - SU A Tree for all seasons; WMS Say It Loud
  • CS - SU Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
  • Ink - SU Chocolate chip, Brilliant Blue, Craft White
  • Extras - SU Markers, SU Window Punch, Nestabilities Large Scallop Square, PTI Large scallop edge
Thought for the Week - Following on from last week's thought, I want to look at Joseph, the godly character found in the book of Genesis.  In chapter 39, we are allowed a glimpse of some of the wonderful qualities that Joseph exemplifies and has inherited from some of his ancestors:
  1. He has the faith and faithfulness of Abraham, his great-grandfather.  The Lord was always with Joseph as He was with Abraham (whom God called His 'friend').
  2. He has the meekness of his grandfather Isaac, seen by the way he serves his masters sincerely and humbly.
  3. He has the energy and ability of his father Jacob, seen in the fact that every task he did, he did it as unto God and by being trustworthy.
  4. He has obviously inherited the outward beauty of his mother, Rachel; even when Potiphar's wife desired to be with Joseph, he didn't want to let God down and sin against him.
I think it is interesting to look back over the lives of our own relatives and ask ourselves, is there anybody in my family with godly characteristics that I would like to inherit?  Hopefully, you can honestly say that someone has been a good influence in your life and they have inspired you by their example.  I would have to say that someone is my mum - she is patient, gentle and never complains, even though she suffers a lot of pain.  I would hope that I would be able to display similar qualities in my life to those my mum shows.  Of course, the greatest example for us all is the Lord Jesus Christ.  When we get saved, we are born again of the Holy Spirit and we will, with God's grace, become more and more like our Saviour every day!

God bless and thanks for reading xx

Friday, 5 August 2011

Froggy hops!

Isn't the weather pretty good at the minute?  Apart from the occasional rain, it hasn't been too bad here in Northern Ireland.  I love the summertime, but it always seems to go by far too quickly!
Anyway, the challenge over at A Passion for Papertrey at the minute is to use anything that you might find in the sky!!  I think it's OK to be imaginative ; )
I made this little card.  It didn't take too long and was quite simple to do.

Thought for the Week - Recently I have been doing an in-depth study of the life and circumstances of the wonderful character of Joseph.  Most people have heard of Joseph, but there is more to him than his colourful coat!  There are some amazing lessons we can learn from his life (which is what we're supposed to do with what we read in the Bible - learn from it 2 Timothy 3:16).
In Genesis ch 37 Joseph's own brothers turned against him and conspired all manner of terrible things against him - and for what reason?  Plain old jealousy.  Now, admittedly, Joseph's father, Jacob, had a lot to do with this, because he showed favouritism among his children by giving Joseph the special coat and making it known that he loved Joseph more than the rest of his sons.  It is never right to have favourites among our children.  They are all special blessings from the Lord and they are all different in their own way, but we should love each one of them with totally the same depth and intensity.  So, yes, Jacob was in the wrong.  However, that is no excuse for how Joseph's brothers treated him.  Their anger should have been vented at Jacob, not at Joseph, because it wasn't his fault.  Anyway, his brothers couldn't even speak in a civil way to Joseph and they told lies about him.  Sometimes, this can happen among families and people can be very hurt, all because of jealousy.  It is more hurtful when we are on the receiving end of mistreatment from someone in our family, because these are the people we expect to love us most.  Jealousy is a dreadful thing and it can cause terrible harm to the people who are the victims of it.  When someone is jealous of us and tries to do what they can, somtimes subtly, to harm us, how should we react?  Or if we feel jealous about another person, how should we deal with it?  Check in again on my next post and we'll look at what Joseph did and how he reacted.
Thanks for reading!