Friday, March 26, 2010

LOC SSCC It Nearly Killed me....

...to do a CAS card for this week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge - CAS is so NOT ME and although I have added an extra layer, which I have done under the banner of 'artistic licence' I did keep to the CAs rules of the white background, even though it is embossed - but if you know me, you know this is about as CAS as I get! LOL!

This card is also for Faith Art Friday over at Layers of Color, I love combining these two faith based posts - they go hand in hand for me!  I used this gorgeous heart from the Fleur Hearts art stamp set, nothing CAS about this ornate heart, it is a delight to work with and a favourite of mine.  This has been coloured with SU Chalks and a Blender Pen.  I would normally cut it out and pop it up on dimensionals, but for the sake of the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge I abided by the rules (SIGH!)

I was about to leave it at that, but I could not so it and be true to myself so had the idea that I would keep the background white and add to the heart, thus controlling my 'rule breaking' LOL!  I used the cross from the Layers of Color Gothic Crosses art stamp set, stamping to light brown card and chalking with red - (this is...shhh...popped on on foam tape!)  I finished off white three black brads - I always like to add three brads, symbolic of the Trinity!!

As I was making this card and battling with the simplicity of a CAS card, I couldn't help but think about how we can battle with the simplicity of the Love of God.  We tend to over think and get lost in trying to explain and reason with the theology, to look for deeper meaning while all the time the gospel message is so simple and so clear

I love the symbolism of the Fleur Heart on this card, it speaks to me of the depth of God's love and beauty within, I added the cross to symbolise the message of the salvation that conveys the heart of God so very well!  I have heard many a sermon on the Love of God but nothing explained it to clearly as my dear friend Lyn, who befriended me at school and loved her God enough to dare to live her faith and share with me, she told me that inspite of everything I do, that God still loves me with an unconditional love - I said in my heart 'if there's love like that in this world, then I want it!!  I am so grateful for my friend Lyn, who 35 years ago showed me the Love of God by living it!! I accepted His love that day and have lived in the knowledge and security of it ever since!

Thank you for taking the time to come and visit, I am always so encouraged by your comments and love knowing that you have visted.  We would love to see you pop in for a visit at Layers of Color for Faith Art Friday, where the goal is not to show you product and talk 'sales' but to share from the heart and encourage us all in the faith - Faith Art Friday comes from the HEART!  God bless you!


  1. Oh, here, just lay down you poor thing! Bwahahahaha! Remember when you did the TSC challenge where I had to do all that lace and stuff??? Well HA! Your day has come!

    Pssst... I don't know about the above challenge, but white space in NOT a requirement in the regular CAS challenge. I'm just sayin' if that eases your mind any!


  2. Beautiful card Linda! You did CAS well!

  3. wow hun this is totally outstanding love love it hugs cheryl xx

  4. Linda, this is beautiful. I struggle with CAS too.

  5. You made a wonderful CAS card! It's very pretty! Good job and thanks for playing with us at SSCC!

  6. You did a good job of restraining yourself, Linda! When I first glance at this card's thumbnail, the heart reminds me of folded wings. The cross looks like it is stamped on wood. Great job! You testimony really made me smile, thanks!

  7. Wow what a card.. It speaks volumes.. I think this is so beautiful. I love the way you used your heart and the cross. That cross has amazing coloring.. Really nice job.. Have a super weekend..

  8. Linda, even though you were REALLY RESTRAINING yourself, your card turned out beautiful! I love how the heart and cross stand out against the white background coz then you see all the fabby colouring you've done! Well done on your CAS card...now you can go crazy and embellish the heck out of the next one!!! Go get a cup of tea and relax! TFS,

  9. Being restrained is not much fun but you did well, my friend. Love those LOC stamps. Thanks for sharing your art with us at SSCC.

  10. Beautiful card, my friend :-), and for you, VERY CAS!! Well done


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