Tuesday, November 30, 2010

LOC Friends Forever

Today's post is a special post and one that we at Layers of Color have mixed feelings about - the theme of Forever Friends and we are honouring our dear friend and sistah - Grace

I know Grace is no stranger to many of you, she blesses you with her works of art and of the heart and touches many lives each day with her love and faith, that is so very much part of who she is!

Grace is a talented, hardworking and devoted designer, on so many Design Teams and is moving into a new season - Grace is stepping down from the official Design Team due to her physical limitations, however she doesn't plan on going far.... as of today, Grace will be a Retired Layers of Color Designer. 

 Although no longer a member of the Design  Team, Grace will be an official "Friend of LOC". Grace has a connection with LOC that goes beyond Team commitments - the heart connections that have grown so strong mean that we are not saying "Goodbye" but, "See you around my friend". We have all grown close and will always be Friends Forever!

I have had the pleasure of getting to know Grace as a very dear friend, who holds a special place in my heart - we have had the pleasure of being Twisted Sistah's together and working on both Stampin' Sisters in Christ and Layers of Color  Design Teams. 

Grace you know I love you Sistah and it is always so hard to put into words what the heart wants to say - but this song by Michael W Smith and Amy Grant expresses it so well - Friends are Friends Forever!

 Grace, we  love and admire you - in honor of you, your Layers of Color friends and sisters have each created a special post for you.  If you are hopping along from the Layers of Color Blog, you will have been inspired by Nina's Crafting in Croatia

* LauraMelisaNinaLinda (me)  *  Jennie Janice *

I know that wherever the Lord leads Grace, she will find much success and fulfillment. We wish her all the best  and I hope you will be sure to stop by  Grace;s inspiring Blog 'Th-INK-ing of you' today and give her some of that 'loving' you are so good at!!   I know I am not alone in saying that I will not be a stranger on her blog and continue to always leave inspired.

God be with you and keep your body and soul well, our precious friend!

From here please visit Jennie's Stampin' Away the Day and see her tribute to Grace!!

This is for the following challenges:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Encouragement
Just us Girls - 3D - flowers and tag
Tip Top Tuesday - Layer Upon Layer
Artful Inkables - Die Cuts and Punch
Paper Romance - Add a Tag
Paper Cutz - Anything Goes
Little Paper Shop - Lets get Funky - Distressed and sponged edges
Papertake Weekly - Cut it Out

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, we are thrilled that Layers of Color is a Spellbinders Preferred Stamp Company

Layers of Color Art Stamps has a FACEBOOK GROUP where you can connect with many more LOC friends - You're invited to join the fun!... and... Layers of Color Art Stamps has a new FLICKR GROUP where you can upload your LOC artwork and be inspired by hundreds of fabulous LOC creations! You are going to LOVE it!!

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 Thank you for stopping by today, be sure to visit with the Layers of Color Design Team and see their tributes to Grace, you can find Grace's Layers of Color gallery here
God bless you!


  1. Your card is made with such love, Linda. It's so beautiful, likewise of your sweet words honoring Grace! I'm so thankful that God has blessed this team with her friendship! That's a gift we'll always treasure!

  2. Wow, Linda, this is so so beautiful! I simply love the LOC stamps = have them on my Christmas list! And what incredibly sweet words for Grace. She is such a caring person. Thank you for playing in our Paper Romance Challenge.

  3. Hi Linda! Oh your card is soooo pretty! I love it's softness and feminine feel with that touch of shabby chic that I love so much! I read your words through teary eyes... didn't realize how difficult this was going to be! But I so have enjoyed my time on teh LOC DT! You and Laura and the entire team are such a joy to know and love! I love the song you linked!!! That brought tears to me eyes as I remember leaving our Church many years ago when we were moving away and the youth group that we had been leaders of sang this for us our last week. Talk about water works!!! The words are precious and I'm so glad that as sisters in Christ there are no real goodbyes... we are eternally linked!!! Thank you for all your support and love Linda and I'm so glad I won't be far away! I can't wait to see all God is going to do through LOC.... and I'll be the one pulling up the rear... running along with you all but just a a little slower pace!!! I love you Linda and treasure the person you are! God bless you richly my friend!

  4. The card is gorgeous Linda and how blessed Grace is to have you all as friends.
    hugs&smooches :)

  5. Oh this is just beautiful and love the way you colored the flowers. Your easel card design is just a work of art and love the way you layered the Nesties!! Grace is one special lady and will be missed by the LOC DT, but so thankful she will still be a "Friend of LOC!"

  6. Linda, I can so see Grace when looking at your card. What a lovely tribute. I love that Michael W. Smith song. I just had to write another verse to it.
    "Friends are friends forever.
    Though they've not met face to face.
    And Friends have come together.
    Sisters because of GRACE.
    They like to spend their days
    crafting and giving praise
    To the one true God above,
    who showers them with love.
    No a lifetimes not too long to live as friends."

    I love all the cut out layers. The amount of sponging you did is fantastic. I love the trim and ribbon!
    Have a blessed day my FRIEND.

  7. What a sweet post to honor a dear friend! Your easel card is beautiful!

  8. What an elegant easel Linda!! I just love the layering of the lacey circles and the images you used. Just gorgeous! Thanks for joining the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge this week! What sweet words for Grace...she is indeed a treasure!!

  9. OMG, Linda, this is such a beautiful design and wonderful tribute to Grace!!! Every little detail is soooo elegant and charming....perfect for such a sweet friend!!!

  10. Just beautiful, your card and your words/tribute to Grace!

  11. This is just beautiful and what a fantastic testimony to Grace! Friends - so important - so precious. I am so lucky to count you both as friends!

  12. oh Linda, this is just stunning hun! such a beautiful post too!
    hugs & blessings!

  13. This is beautiful Linda. I can tell she will be missed greatly. You are a bunch of very special ladies. :)

  14. Howdy Ms. Linda! (my new Yaya friend "down under")

    First, thanks for joining me at our 12 Days of Christmas Give-a-Ways at Yaya Chique! Hope you keep playin' because there is a lot more to come!

    What a beautiful and loving message to your friend...it is such a blessing to have women friends like yourself that loves and honors her female friends! A pretty rare thing now-a-days!


  15. Linda this is drop-dead gaw-juss and a fitting tribute to Grace. Love the way you layered those nesties and sponged them - the flowers are so beautiful and the ribbon and pearls add such finesse, my friend.

  16. So beautifull thanks for sharing :)thanks for joining the Paper Romance Challenge.
    hugs Ria

  17. What a beautifully written tribute to your friend. She sounds like a lovely woman! You really made the most beautiful card for her! I was trying to figure out how you did this and I think I figured it out! Very clever technique! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

  18. Gorgeous easel card Linda. I know Grace just loved stopping by and seeing this card for her. Did you just use one sheet of paper and run all of the nesties through at the same time?? Wonderful idea!

    I have a cold again and would certainly appreciate you prayers!

  19. Fabby layers! Absolutely stunning card for your friend! She sounds like an amazing person! Thanks so much for playing along with JUGS this week!

  20. Linda, You have made a truly beautiful card in Grace's honor... And your words are very touching. Thank you for sharing both !


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