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Friday, July 2, 2010

LOC Faith Art Friday - At the Cross

How has your week been - doesn't it fly by!  It is already Friday and time for Faith Art Friday over at Layers of Color.  I usually work ahead and find it so easy to create a card, especially a Faith Art card, but this week I have been working on it in the last hours before the post!


I don't know about you, but when the week has been busy and had it's challenges, I am not as focused on things as I should be, especially when it comes to faith - ironically, it is the very thing I should be focused on

As I sat down with my Layers of Color Clear Art Stamps, I waited for 'inspiration to hit me - which is not so easy when you have over 30 stamp sets sitting before you and you love them all - I just wasn't getting any inspiration - so I decided to go back to basics and start with the cross - how symbolic is that!


I stamped this fabulous cross from the Gothic Crosses Clear Art Stamps and sponged it with Vintage Photo Distressing Ink, popping it up with foam tape onto the smaller wings from the Beloved Wings Clear Art Stamps.  I added a butterfly from the Butterfly Collector Clear Art Stamps to the front of the cross popped up its wings!  This seemed so fitting as the butterfly symbolises new life!


Using the Vintage Photo Distressing Ink, I sponged the Bella Brocade Art Stencil, just using one row of the Art Stencil as a lacy effect!  Now, you know how I love a bit of shimmer with my Layers of Color work, so I have added Kindy Glitz to the wings, cross and butterfly, along with a drop as a gem to the stencilling!


I then added some beautiful sheer ribbon, that has been recycled from a gift.  It has been knotted in the middle and attached it using double sided tape, adding three gold brads either side of the knot.  As a final touch a took a leftover strip from a page in an old Hymnal I was given and roughly pleated it, adding sponging to age it even more and attached it adding a double row of paper piercing - now, I have to say, I am loving the effect this has.

Once I finished this card, I realised that as I created I was inspired, without even realising it - so often we think that inspiration hits and a  'light goes on' but for me  it doesn't happen that way - although I wouldn't be opposed to it - LOL!  But as I worked through the creative process and used symbolism with this Faith Art, I was brought back to the cross and all that it holds.

A very dear family friend of ours, Nana Helen, shared in Church one day and something she said has stayed with me for many years - 'inspite of how we feel, God is worthy to be praised!'  That is the truth and the inspiration I am leaving with you today - back to the basis of our faith, and that alone is enough for me to shift my focus - from me to HIM!!

I am linking this to the following Challenges:
Quirky Crafts - Ribbons
Lexi's Creations - 3D Decoupage

You can see more of my projects in my Layers of Color Gallery, while you are there make sure you check out the other Design Team galleries there is so much inspiration waiting to be discovered.  You are invited to join us on our SNR Group where there is lots of fun and chatter (No surprises there I know! LOL)  There are also discounts and previews that are exclusive for the Group Members - come and join us!!

Before I finish I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our Guest Deigner for July
 - the lovely Melisa Waldorf.

  I am thrilled that Melisa is joining us this month, I have been a follower of Melisa's Blog for sometime now and love her work.  Mnay of you will know Melisa for the sweet stampin sister that she is.  Each Wednesday her work will be featured at Layers of Color and you can see it on her Blog - Art from my Heart!
 
Thank you for visiting with me today, and for the lovely comments you leave me - I love knowing you have been - you make my day!  God bless you!
{{{hugs}}}

14 comments:

  1. Linda this is just so gentle and peaceful - the background paper you used compliments the whole beautifully. Love that butterfly it just jumps off the page and accents the cross, and it's meaning, so appropriately.
    And yes, God truly is worthy of praise, no matter how we feel.
    Blessings
    M

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  2. oh linda hun this really is so beautiful the whole design,and layout image just perfection,hugs cheryl xx

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  3. Ohhh this is STUNNING!!! Love the soothing colors and all of the added details!

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  4. Beautiful card, Linda! i love the softness and feminine qualities blended with creative touches, like the pleated hymnal. And adding the decorative edge from Belle Brocade is gorgeous!
    God is glorified through your heartfelt artwork!

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  5. What a GORGEOUS creation my dear!! And thank you so much for the announcement. You are so sweet!

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  6. Beatutiful! I love the ribbon and the brads at the bottom! It looks very, very cool!

    I know what you are talking about with the inspiration thing. I rarely experience that I get some suddenly inspiration. I have to start doing something - find a paper that I like or an image and slovely start to work with it, and then (sometimes) ispiration comes sneaking upon me as I go ;o) Aaah it's a hard job, but somebody's got to do it *LOL*

    Hugs
    Gunn

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  7. Lovve your card, especially the back ground and the ribbon is beautiful. Thank you for joining Quirky craft's Ribbon challenge this fortnight, hope to see you next time too!
    (Lyn)

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  8. Stunning creation. What an inspiration, Linda. Beautiful details. And I adore your ribbon treatment!

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  9. Oh Linda, this is beautiful and love the butterfly with the cross is such a symbolic picture of what we have through Christ. Love the stencil you used too!

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  10. This is beautiful Linda...love the symbolism with the cross and the butterfly. Nice stenciling as well, I think that is the next one I will be ordering. Thank you for the inspiration :o) (I commented before but it disappeared due to laptop malfunction, lol...so if it is a double post sorry) :o)

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  11. How beautiful all the details you have added to your card. Love the leaves and brads and all the fine chalking too. As usual you are amazing me. Hugs my sweets, Peggyxo

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  12. Such a beautiful work of heart Linda!! Love the butterfly on the cross and your ribbon treatment with the brads... they compliment this stencil work very nicely. =)

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  13. This is beautiful! What a way to uplift God with this gorgeous creation! Thanks for joining us at Lexi's!

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  14. This is gorgeous, Linda!! The colors are so soothing, the pleated page a wonderful accent, and the centrality of the cross and added butterfly are crowning touches!! A beautiful way to inspire others is sharing your own way of gaining inspiration...that is hard to do at times!!

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