Sunday, November 14, 2010

LOC SSIC It's On the Wall!

This week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge is brought to us by our very own Grace and she has chosen

"He must increase, but I must decrease"
 John 3:30

For the Challenge this week Grace has given three options:
1. Make a CAS card, (representing "you" needing to decrease); or
2. Make a More is More card, (representing that He must INCREASE) or
3. Show us a simple version of a card and then show us the "More is More" version

This card started off as a CAS card but I FAILED greatly so decided to go with the
'More is More' card - LOL!  I could not help myself one thing led to another.  I started the Layers of Color Brick Wall cling art stamp - I love this stamp and will be using it so much more!! 

I also used the Fruitful Harvest and Flowering Gems art stamp sets to complete my card.  I have coloured with an Aqua Pen and Distressing Inks - I do love the effect with this technique.   

This verse has so few words but means so much!!  In today's society this scripture would not be in the '10 Most Popular Scripture' List.  Sadly the Church has not been exempt from the mind set that it is all about making us feel good.  More often than not we can attend Church and hear an amazing message from the pulpit and when we stand back and look it has been all about how we can benefit from God, the songs we sing are all about us and how God has blessed us  - there was a day that we used to sing about God and His Greatness, not about what He can do for us about about WHO He is....."He must increase, but I must decrease"

Now, I am sure I am not talking about your Church - but the Church as a whole - sadly even during worship we can raise your hands (for those who do) sometimes it may not be in total surrender to God. but going with the crowd, something that we automatically do - not that our hearts are wrong at all but it is not an act of worship that is done with our whole heart - the flesh just loves to be involved and can sometimes distract us from the actual act of worship!!  "He must increase, but I must decrease"

I am in no way exempt from this, my heart longs for the things of God and to have Him first, for me to decrease and Him to increase, some days I walk in this better than others.  I am thankful for the knowledge that I am not perfect but am committed to the process of being perfected - this for me will be an ongoing process until the day I 'graduate'!!! 
I was inspired by the palette from The Color Room - I did not use grey too much on my cards until now, but I am really loving it - something else you will see more of!   This Weeks Trigger Tuesday over at Moxie Fab World also inspired me with these colours - this is another Blog I love - the challenges are always a bit different and the inspiration so inspiring!!  Don't you love this journey of discovery we are on every time we look at all of the inspiration that surrounds us in Blogville!!
This is also for the following challenges:
Kaboodle Doodles - Make it Vintage
Crafty Cardmakers - Dry Embossing
Fairy Tale Challenge - Anything Goes
For Fun Challenge - Embossing
Tip Top Tuesday - Use an Image
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Ai Factory - Use a DieCut or Punch

For more inspiration make sure you visit each of the Design Team:

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

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Thank you for your comments and all of the encouragement you leave me here, it is appreciated!!!  I love seeing that you have visited - it makes my day!  God bless you!


  1. wonderful

    thanks a lot for playing with us at our very first Fairytale challenge



  2. delicious card!

    love the combination of the image and the flowers and all the lovely details on your card!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  3. What a beautiful post and card Linda. So true...I strive to perfect each day although I am long way from perfect. Your card is so beautifully designed with the colors and textures.

  4. Gorgeous card Linda... love the rich tones and all the various elements just make me want to stop and study it a while!!! I loved reading your thoughts today! We are so on the same wavelength my friend.... and no, this is NOT one of today's top 10 favorite verses! LOL! But what we all need to be striving for! Have a wonderful week!

  5. I love the "more"! I so agree with what you said in your post! You certainly have a gift of sharing! Have a great week!

  6. Beautiful post Linda and so true. When I started out in this Christian journey - holiness - beating your flesh into submission to the things of God was preached and taught. Today the gospel is so watered down if we did not study the Word of God for ourselves we might get lost.

    This is one gorgeous card, beautiful details - as always :) love you my sister (hugs) :)

  7. Beautiful!

    Thanks for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge
    Hugs Karla

  8. Gorgeous card Linda and your image is coloured beautifully. I love the embossed background and inking which lend themselves so much to the vintage look.
    Thank you for entering the Kaboodledoodles challenge this week and we hope you will join us next time.


  9. What a joyful card, it's vibrant and lovely!

  10. beautiful card, many thanks for joining in the CCT challenge, hugs Debx

  11. Another beautiful card Linda!! The colours are lovely and the whole thing is so bold and stunning!
    Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles and good luck!!

  12. What a lovely card! The color you used is pretty! All the details are perfect!
    Thanks for you join our 1st challenge at Fairy Tale Challenge.
    ~~darling Ho~~ FTC DT

  13. What great words Linda, how true! Grace did select a scripture that would not fit in the top ten of popular culture, for sure. And what lovely colors you used, they just glow! I am longing for the day when I do graduate! :}

  14. Linda this is just gaw-juss!! Love the colours you have used, and the composition is wonderful - and it is a case of the more I look the more I see. Eye candy to the max.

  15. This is very pritty! Thanks for playing with us at our very first Challenge of Fairy Tale. xx Bianca

  16. Fabulous detail, Linda. This would have taken me all day(or two)to get this card put together. I agree with Maxine, the more one looks, the more one sees. Wowwww

  17. Fantastic work. I like your image and your style.
    Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.

  18. great embossing thanks for joining us at anything goes x sue x

  19. Linda did you color that brick wall or is that DP? It looks amazing! I love your paper ruffles at the bottom too. Very pretty.

  20. Linda, your heart is Lovely...it is clearly for the Lord. It is so evident in your beautiful card. As soon as I saw the fruit, I knew where you were going. I also worry about the "Happy ALL of the Time Churches." Sometimes they never get to the "darker" side of things.

    Your sharing said it so beautifully...just like Grace. God Bless you, and thank you for everything you do to build the Kingdom of God.

    BE well.

    He IS Able,
    Traci S.

  21. Hi Linda.... such a beautiful creation... the colours are really alive! Thank you for explaining the SIS challenge as well... so much truth in your words! Thank you for joining in at For Fun Challenges this week.... I hope you'll join us again!
    hugs and blessings,

  22. this is so beautiful. I decided to follow your blog. such great message. TFS with us at FOr Fun.

  23. What a beautiful card!
    Thanks for playing along at Top Tip Tuesday

  24. Such a lovely card. Thanks so much for sharing it with us this week at FFC!

  25. Very beautiful card and your coloring is just awesome. Thanks so much for joining us at For Fun this week. Hope to see you back next week. "Hugs" Carol


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