Sunday, June 5, 2011

SSIC Something New

It is my privilege to be sharing the devotional over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge this week.  I have chosen a scripture that has always been special to me.

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
John 13:34-35
My challenge this week is to use something new on your project - it can be a new product, technique, embellishment - even a colour combo that is new for you - show us what you got!! 
I am using my new Stamp set  'Butterfly Kisses' illustrated by Nina Bracket for The Craft's Meow Store

How adorable is this image - that curl is way too cute!  I have stamped the image with TsukinekoVersafine Sepia

A second set of wings has been cut out, lightly coloured with SU Chalks and had SU Dazzling Diamonds added, I also added some to the Dandelion.

The punched flower has been scrunched and the layers split, this has been attached to a material bow with a button and come pink embroidery thread, a Tim Holtz Flourish has been embossed and tucked in behind.  The braid is from my stash.

Here is another card I created using  the same set - I will be using it a lot!!

I have added flowers to the base of the wings for something different - and of course wings just have to have that added sparkle - this time with Kindy Glitz!

These cards are for the following challenges:
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Flower Power
Use It Tuesday - Flowers and Stamp Not Previously Inked
Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes
2 Sisters - Silhouttes
Creations by Gilli- Green and Pink plus Flowers
Sweet Stampin - Playng in the Summer Sun
Fairy Fun Fridays - Summer Fun
Floweret - Spring and Green

I have always loved this scripture in John 16 - even before I became a Christian I loved to listen to the chorus that is based on this song.  I would beg my older brother to sing it whenever he got out his guitar - neither of us knew at that time what an impact it would have on my life.
When you introduce something new - does that mean that the old is replaced - this is something I have heard asked a lot regarding Jesus words - does that mean we are able to stop living by the Ten commandments.  The new commandment actually captures the ten commandments in itself.
We can see this when Jesus was questioned by the religious leaders
Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
 Matthew 22:36-41
The first five commandments are about loving God and not having any other God's before Him, the second five are pertaining to loving one another.  We can see that if we live by the new commandment we are infact keeping all ten commandments...perhaps with a new understanding and insight.  It would stand to reason that if we love one another like Christ has loved us, then we would not murder, lie, covet, cheat be jealous......

Therefore, we are not exempt from the commands, and principles to base our lives on, that are given to us in the Old Testament, but we are empowered by the love of Christ to live them daily.  This is no longer a task, but a lifestyle.  Will we have lapses - yes - this is inevitable, but what peace in knowing that as Christians we are not perfect, but are committed to the process of being perfected - this understanding alleviates guilt and condemnation.
  It is in this action of loving one another, (and it is an action 'if ye have love one to another') as He has loved us that people will see that we are His disciples.  People can hear our words but they see our actions and these can carry the greatest impact....sometimes I share the FULL gospel better without opening my mouth - after all, we may be the only Bible people may get to read!

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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! I am keeping my computer time shorter these days - the glare plays havoc on my eyes - I have my other surgery on June 9 and after recovery time, I am hoping to come and spend some QUALITY time with you!  God bless you!


  1. Hi Linda

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. I love to visit you on Sunday and check out your card / project as I love the vintage designs which you have such a flair producing. Your other cards are special too but the vintage ones are a particular favourite of mine.

    Thank you for your message this am. I have had a very strange week this week and had to openly rebuke another (in love) who was not practicing what she was preaching. Not pleasant but necessary. Not easy either because she is not part of a church and I cannot take steps further if she refuses to repent as she has removed herself from church authority.

    Hope you have a good week.
    Wendy xx

  2. Beautiful devotional this morning Linda.
    Your card's are gorgeous, love how you did one with the pearls and the other with flowers.
    Hugs :).

  3. Hi Linda! What a wonderful message this week! Thanks for all your wisdom and insight! You are so right! Love both your samples with this fun fun set!!! Love the cut out wings and all the glittery fun! Hope you have a wonderful week my friend!!!

  4. Beautiful Linda! Your words - your cards - your heart! This has always been one of my favorite verses also. I love the look of the cards - so very pretty! Have a wonderful week!

  5. Beautiful devotional Linda!! How true and inspirational!! I love your card as well!! Your colors and the silhouette with the vintage details is stunning. Have a great day!!

  6. Gorgeous card- love the devotional too. Thanks for the inspiration today! {HUGS}

  7. Linda, I am so glad that God place this scripture on your heart to share. It really touched me this week. Loved reading your words and insight to this wonderful scripture. Your card is so pretty. I love this image. On my wish list for sure. I love the pearls on the wings.

  8. This is amazing. Thanks for joining in this weeks One Stop Craft Challenge. Hugs Shelley xx

  9. Oh what a sweet card! I love her 3-D butterfly wings and the pearls! Just beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge this week!

  10. Linda both these cards are so beautiful and whimsical :-) I can see you will be getting a lot of use from this stamp set :-))
    Thank you too for your thoughts, especially the reminder that we may be the only gospel some folk read!!

  11. Linda I love that image and I love how you did her wings! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

  12. Beautiful message and beautiful cards! This is my first visit to your blog, but I will definitely continue visiting. My prayers will be with you as you go to surgery later in the week.

  13. Such pretty shimmer and sparkle on that fairy child! THanks for sharing your beautiful creation with Speedy's Friends this week, Linda. I love that crochet trim!

  14. wow linda both these cards are fantastic - i love your style. thanks for playing along in my challenge this week and hope to see you back again soon

  15. I just love those pearls and sparkles! The whole card is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Penny's!

  16. So sweet! Thanks for joining us at Delicious Doodles with your great work! Good luck!

    Greetings, Saskia :)

  17. This cards are gorgeous your images is lovely love the colour combo you have used, thank you for playing at OSCC. Janet

  18. Linda, sweet friend, what a fabulous challenge and even more fabulous scripture! Your cards are amazing...love them both! I hope all went well and you are on the road of recovery. Sending you hugs and blessings across the big ocean, Sabrina

  19. Hi Linda-I am enjoying your work once again!!! Have missed you and hope you and your family are being blessed daily. Your cards are just gorgeous as always. Thanks so much for playing along in Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge. Good luck in the drawing for the stamp set. Hope to see you again in our next challenge.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :O}
    Mark's Finest Papers DT

  20. Grat work, LInda! Greetings Stempelperle

  21. lovely card...great layout. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.


  22. I love you new stamp. Wish I cold buybit in Denmark. Wonderful card you've made. Congrats being on the top 3 in one of the challenges I saw yesterday. Hugs LindaS/"priscillastyles"DT

  23. Lovely card. Thank you for joining our Summer Fun challenge at FFF.
    hugs Dorte


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