Sunday, January 23, 2011

SSIC LOC Everlasting Love

It is my pleasure to be hosting the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge this week - it has been wonderful seeing all of your projects already this year - we love to visit your blogs and be so inspired by you!

This week I have chosen the scripture

The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3

My challenge to you this week is to create a card or a project in a Vintage style - not hard is it!?

As you can see I have created a layout for this challenge.  I am working my way through a box of framed photographs that we have sitting there as we have changed things around - you know how it is - and these have been gathering dust 'so to speak'....so I have dusted them off and this is what I have come up with 

I have used the divine Fleur Heart art stamp set from Layers of Color, I have just inked this - I usually like to colour it in but felt that this was a case of 'less is more' - if it can be that way with vintage!  LOL!

I used these fabulous new sentiments from the Layers of Color new release Sent with Love art stamp set

and added the Floweret cling art stamp - it is amazing what a difference one image can make on a project.

Those gorgeous Hydrangeas are from my dear friend Pam aka pam124, I have saved from from a RAK Pam so kindly sent me last year!  The gorgeous bling swirl was won at a Party over at CDAC by Priscilla - thanks Priscilla - I am loving using these!

and if you hadn't already guessed - the photos are of my DH and I - awwww!!!  LOL!

The whole concept of being loved with an everlasting love is one that reaches far beyond our comprehension - everlasting - to me that implies that it always was and never ends - that would make sense wouldn't it!? Can you image being loved that way and for that long! as much as we love people, especially our families, there is no way that our love can compare with the love of God

I love how the Message says it
'GOD told them, "I've never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!  Jer 31:3

'I will never quit loving you' - what a balm for our hearts - many people have experienced relationships at some level, whether it be Mother, Father, brother sister, friend or partner, and have heard those crushing works 'I don't love you anymore' at some point!  Oh how the heart breaks.  What a relief that Gods love is not limited by the boundaries of human love - it is exempt from conditions and loves unconditionally.  Even more than this, God's love is a LONG TERM commitment!!

In God's Love there is no fear, there is a new tomorrow waiting for us, just beyond today. God's love is eternal,  His steadfast love never ceases and His mercies never come to an end.  The Love of God is a place where we can all find love and acceptance, it is a place where we can come and hide away from all those things that overwhelm our hearts - we can be safe in the knowledge that God is Love and in Him there is no darkness at all!

Many of us find this kind of love so hard to comprehend and can be cautious, even suspicious -
wondering what the catch is!  That is the wonderful thing - there is no catch - Gods word clearly tells us
that God's love is there for us - because He first loved us, it is not a matter of us deciding to love God, but He has drawn us with His everlasting kindness!!  It amazes me each time I think of it - God, reached down to me and first loved me - that is indeed AWESOME!!

I pray that you will know His everlasting Love not just in word but as a reality on your life!!

I am linking this to the following Challenges:
Southern Girls - Totally Loved Up
Craft Your Days Away - love
Crafty Catz - use a forgotten stamp - Fleur Hearts has not seen ink for a while
Phindy’s Place - lace & pearls
Totally Papercrafts - add a heart
Crafty Sentiments - vintage
Stamp Insanity - use your favourite colour and go monochrome
Crafts and Me - monochrome
Creative Belli - anything beginning with "P" (peachy pink)
Freshly Brewed - love or Valentine's themed
Tuesday Throwdown - Valentine
Corrosive Challenges - Lace and Pearls
Aud's Sentimental - Love Theme
 Make sure you stop by the Design Team Blogs and see that gorgeous 'works of the heart' they have created for you!!

*Lisa Chris Grace * Patti J * Peggysue * Randi  (on break)* Miejse * Rebekka *

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I have some insider information for you!  Laura from Layers of Color has generously donated a prize for the

and I am excited to be giving the Art Stamp Set here on my Blog - so make sure you come back and play on the day!

and there is more

You’re invited to a

Layers of Color – Join our Cake Decorating Party on February 23rd!

The excitement is building as MANY Designers are cooking up something DELICIOUS and inspiring - you are not going to want to miss this 'feat for the eyes' - keep your eyes peeled for some Sneak Peeks while you are waiting for the BIG EVENT

There will be YUMBLY stamped and stenciled cakes - no calorie counting here - they are SUGAR FREE and SWEET as SWEET can be!!  Lot’s of tasty ideas!
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 support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!!  Your encouragement is such a blessing for me  - it makes my day!  God bless you!



  1. This is gorgeous Linda! Beautiful layout, very vintage. :)
    Wonderful Word this morning, God's love for us is something we will never fully comprehend. But
    grateful that He does.

  2. Oh my word Linda you are the vintage queen:) This is one gorgeous layout, beautiful embellishments and the little photos are just the cutest of you and your hubby:) What a keepsake! Thanks for sharing with Crafty Sentiments this week.

  3. Beautiful layout Linda and beautiful verse to focus our minds on too! Love those old photos! What a treasure you have made here!

  4. Your creations always take my breath away! You are amazing! Everlasting love is powerful stuff - so thankful that it is what He freely gives to us! Have a great week Linda!

  5. This is so stunning! Just a beautiful layout to highlight those sweet pictures. Thank you for joining us at Fresh Brewed Challenges.

  6. WOW this is GORGEOUS,a perfect vintage LO and the photos are just beautiful!!!
    Hugs xx

  7. Gorgeous! Love the colors and the photos are great! Thanks for playing along with Stamp Insanity and the Groovy Gurls!

  8. Hi Linda, I love your layout this week and especially your chosen message at SSIC. Thank you for always being so sweet and making me smile all the time. Have a wonderful day. :) Michelle

  9. Wowzer...beautiful beautiful. Love the colors and all the embellies to make this wonderful vintage LO!! Thanks for sharing it with us at TT this week. blessings :)

  10. Hon, did you get the stylish blogger award I sent to you? xox Samara

  11. Great card - love the bling swirls
    Thanks for joining in at TPC this week - Good Luck
    Sarah - Stressed Stamper x

  12. What a beautiful vintage layout Linda!! love all your embellishing and your design!! What a great challenge. I am so sorry I was unable to play along this week. Maybe I will be able to post it another day. Have a great week!

  13. AMAZING!!! Glad you got loved up with us at Southern Girls! Have a great week,Julie.x

  14. Linda that is a really sweet page - love the way you let the photos take centre stage, but there is still so much detail in your page.
    Yes, I am still amazed over 40 years later to know that God first loved me, and pursued me, and wooed me so that I would accept His love and He could heal and restore me!!


  15. Gorgeous page i love the detail on it. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me for our challenge. luv gina xx

  16. Great layout. I love the details. I like to invite you to my blog to enter a custom made apron by me. Enter at lenascraftsblogspot.com

  17. This is absolutely stunning, Linda!! WOW girl, you never fail to amaze me!

    Thank you for playing along with us this week at Phindy's Place and hope to see you again!! :)

  18. Wow!! It's SO lovely, Linda!! Every detail is beautifully placed and it's full of love and joy! Gorgeous!

  19. Hi Linda
    A gorgeous layout,thankyou for joining us at CraftyCatz for this week's challenge,
    Hugs Dianne xx

  20. Oh this is beautiful Linda...so many lovely vintage touches and makes for a wonderful page.

  21. Goodness gracious, this is beautiful. I love the papers you used. Thank you for playing along in the Belli blog challenge.



  22. Stunning project, what a wonderful keepsake
    Thank you for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week

    mandi xx

  23. Awww how beautiful... and sweet... and elegant !! Yes all these, love it :) Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week and good luck. Hugs xx

  24. Your vintage layout is gorgeous, Linda. Love that beautiful heart and what a special and wonderful way to use those photos. Such a treasure!

  25. Wow! Simply stunning! Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments

  26. Stunning creation Linda, thank you for sharing at Aud Sentiments.

    Hugs Ali x

  27. Gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz x

  28. Sweet friend of mine, I think it was all God's timing that I didn't have a chance to do the individual blogs u ntil this evening. This was one of those weeks where I felt the lack of love from family, the ones who are supposed to care about you no matter what, and had to remind myself over and over that God's love alone should sustain me. Loved yoru words and your creation.

  29. Wow its a lovely layout Thank you so much for joining our LOVE challenge at CYDA

    Liz x

  30. Such a stunning page, It took my breath away!

  31. Hi Linda, what a gorgeous layout, I love the colours and all the details. Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Days Away for our love challenge, good luck xxx

  32. What a beautiful layout - there is so much to look at!

    Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments this week



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