Sunday, May 23, 2010

LOC SSCC Just for You

Hello!  I am glad you are here, I have this weeks card for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ - doesn't Sunday come around so quickly!  It has been a pleasure to visit those of you who played along with last week's challenge, you are all so gifted and your work is inspiring!  This week our hostess is the gorgeous Peggysue Turner and she has chosen the scripture

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." Isaiah 64:6 KJV


Peggysue has challenged us to use distressing or sponge the edges of your project, any chosen technique to give it a vintage or distressed look. This is easy for me as you would know I LOVE distressing!!  As I created this card I contemplated the verse that Peggysue chose and my mind went everywhere....

At first it seems to be heavy hitting, although it is, in reality so very true.  I think this side of things is never easy to think about, we tend to think more of the promises of God and those things that make us feel good....but the truth is we are just as the Scripture says - I am so relieved to know that it does not finish there - take a deep breath - there is hope for you and me!


The more I have thought about it the more the words of this chorus keep coming to me and I cannot get past it, I have talked with my DH about it, as I do with all of the SSIC challenges and he said to me this morning that if this is what I have, then that is what I should be putting - so here are the words to that chorus..'

'I am covered over with the Robes of Righteousness
that Jesus gives to me
When He looks at me He sees not what I used to be
But He sees JESUS!!'


I like to ponder the Word as I work on my SSIC cards and while I was busy creating with the Layers of Color Nature Walk art stamp set, on this hymnal page, I was reminded of the past few weeks challenges and how God's Word is life changing for us - infact in the Word tells us it is 'health to our flesh and life to our bones'...I for one, am so grateful that the Creator has left us a 'Manual' - why then, is it that we can battle so much reading it!!

As I have looked at this scripture that PeggySue has brought us, I am grateful that God isn't 'gushy' and isn't about what makes us feel good - although that would be lovely, but it also doesn't build character either and after all, isn't that our desire to be more like Jesus.  I for one am totally aware that I am not perfect, infact as a Christian I definitely have no doubt, that I am not perfect, but  I am certainly committed to the process.  I am so aware, as the scripture in Isaiah 64 tells us, that all our righteousness sis as 'filthy rags' - that is pretty heavy hitting isn't it...but what a relief to know that as the words of that chorus reminds us - when God looks at us, He doesn't see what we used to be, but He sees Jesus!  The Robes of Righteousness are far more desirable than any Designer gown, which may be beautiful and sort after FOR a TIME, but as for me - I choose my gown - The Robes of Righteousness - by the ultimate Designer - made to fit, personally tailored, covers every unsightly area and clothes me in beauty - the beauty of Jesus!!  Praise the Lord for that!!

Revelation 22:11 - tells us even though God acknowledges that it is all filthy rags before Him, but because of the Robes of Righteousness and Salvation He is saying at the end, He is going to bringing both judgement and reward...let us all get fitted with our robes - the benefits are eternal! 

A big THANK YOU  to this weeks sponsor - Unity Stamp Co.



who have donated this fabulous set as this weeks prize for one random winner.

We can't wait to see all of YOUR creations! You may enter as many times as you'd like!** Please link us to your actual card/project post(s), not just to your blog or gallery, by 11:59 pm PDT (GMT -8) on Saturday, May 29th.

*Lisa * Kristine * Kathy * Chris * Candace * Grace * PeggySue * Randi * Miejse*

My cards for all of the Stampin' Sisyers in Christ Challenges can be found in the Layers of Color Gallery,  the other Design Team galleries are full of inspiration as well - you might want to make youself comfortable as there is so much to see!

I am linking this to:
Papertake Weekly - Say it with Flowers
C.R.A.F.T #51 - Celebration/Birthday
Your Next Stamp - Cut It Out and Pop It Up

Practical Scrappers - Patterned Paper
Pollycraft - Summer Blooms'
Charisma Cardz - 3D
Stamp Something - 2 of Anything - 2 Flourishes
Sew Many Challenges - Anything Goes
Doodle Palace - Pop It Up
Pixie Dust Studio Challenge - Cut it Out

Thank you for looking and for your encouraging comments, you make my day!  My Stampin' Sisters in Christ post next week will be prescheduled as I will be in New Zealand with my eldest daughter, we are visiting family there....infact as my post goes live I will just be arriving back at my Mum's after a family gathering - I can't wait to see everyone - my Mum's family is very close and we all grew up together -so it is very special to me - any only 4 sleeps until I go.  So please know that I may not be able to visit you while I am away as Mum is on dial up (painfully slow) but I will do my best to get across and see you as soon as I come back - I will look forward to seeing you!  God bless you!
{{{hugs}}}

23 comments:

  1. Fantastic card!! Love it all! Thanks for playing at Practical Scrappers! / DT Pia

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  2. LInda....this is beautiful...I love the music paper that you used....and the stamping is fabulous. thanks for playing at practical scrappers

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  3. This is a beautiful creation Linda!! I just love the vintage and distressed feel to it with the sheet music background, beautifully colored flowers and design!! Very pretty!! Thanks for inspiring me in so many ways my friend!
    hugs,
    Chris

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  4. Oh this is so pretty Linda! You KNOW I love this one with these wonderful LOC images and your distressing is perfect!!! Love the music bg with the stamping on it!Have a wonderful and blessed week my friend!
    Hugs
    Grace

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  5. This is gorgeous, love how you stamped the flowers on music. Love your comment on the ultimate designer.

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  6. Good morning Linda - this is such a beautiful card. Beautiful paper and I love the the 3D of the two flowers. Thanks so much for playing at Practical Scrappers.

    Deanne :)

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  7. Robes of Righteousness indeed!!! Linda, this is gorgeous. I love those LOC stamps and they look so good in this challenge! Have a great week and a wonderful time with your family.

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  8. Gorgeous creation! Love the music paper and the flowers are stunning! Thanks for joining us at Pollycraft this week!
    Hugs, Marit.

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  9. Thanks for joining us this week at Sew Many Challenges with this amazing card!

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  10. Beautiful card and words! I look forward to reading what you have to write on "SSIC Sunday"!!! Safe trip.

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  11. Absolutely beautiful!!! Love the distressing and the colors you worked with! Amazing and stunning work as always!!

    Thanks for joining us this week at Sew Many Challenges!

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  12. beautiful....thanks for playing along with SMC x carol

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  13. wow linda this is simply gorjus,hugs cheryl xxxxxxx

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  14. Hi there - first glance and your card looked quite CAS - until I took a close up view and the detail is amazing - once again you inspire me with your art and your meditation!!
    blessings, and safe travel
    M

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  15. What a lovely card! And such great thoughts to add to that scripture too, how true that while we won't reach the end goal until we are in heaven, we are committed to that process of transformation, keeping hands and hearts open longing for change. Have a GREAT trip! Enjoy! Safe travels.

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  16. Your card is sooo wonderful and I loved reading your insights. It will give me something to think about today. :)

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  17. Great card for our blogaversary at CRAFT Challenge, thank you for joining us and good luck!

    Jo and Tigerlover.

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  18. I love this, how elegant. Thanks for playing along with us at Sew Many Challenges. Hugs, Anita

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  19. OMG Linda this is really something special a wonderful design the stamping and images are gorgeous thank you so much for joining us at SMC this week.
    Hugs
    Lorraine x

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  20. great card! love the torn edges! :)

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  21. Absolutley wonderful card. The verse from the SSCC is a great one (well, they all are great) but it is good to be reminded.

    Thank you for comming over and joining us this week at the SMC challenge.

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  22. Thanks for playing along at C.R.A.F.T. in our special Birthday/Celebration challenge! Lovely project - Good luck in the draw....Cheers Claire x

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  23. thankyou for joining us at c.r.a.f.t. for our birthday
    andrea

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Thank you for your comment, I read and appreciate each one - you make my day! {{hugs}}}