Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nature themed Christmas Card

Hello everybody, hope you are all well.
I have not been creating very much these last weeks, just a few Christmas cards for those people that support our Missionary work in France, otherwise the energy has just not been there.
Our son Rodney who is 26 years old, who recently had his complete colon removed unfortunately had complications. Apparently he either had a collapsed muscle in his leg because he was left on the operation table in one position for six hours or the epidural injection was not done correctly, leaving a damaged nerve which has caused a lot of pain in his left foot which makes it difficult to walk. It has been very stressful and created a lot of work having him in our home and caring for him. It has not been easy sailing with his digestive system either. I can see that he is going down too in his spirit. We have been constantly praying for a miracle for him. God is Good because that is his character and we will never doubt that.
I have been missing my granddaughter too! But thats another subject. I am very thankful for every day that God gives. His sun still shines on the just and the unjust - His Ways are so different to ours!
I am thankful that He was willing to come to earth to search for us who had strayed because He knew we would never make it on our own. I was reminded lately of the Bible Story about the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (in the New Testament: Mathew 22) where everybody present had clothed themselves with the Righteousness of Christ. There was one guest who was still wearing his own clothes and had to be removed from the table. Unfortunately he could not share with the others. I have wondered why this was - this person was sitting at the table, surely he should be shown grace. But the real issue is that this guest thought that his own clothing, his own righteousness, his own good works, were good enough for a place on the Kings table. We don't realize how much we have strayed from our Father in Heaven and think we are good enough in ourselves to be accepted. If that was so, then Jesus would not have had to pay a high price on the Cross, giving his life, to bring us back to God! We don't realize how much grace God is extending to us!!!
Jesus did not die for the righteous but the unrighteous. Now that is good news!

Now to my little card. Trying to create some atmosphere as a last burst of sunlight recedes to make way for the dusk....



A diecut with reindeer against a distressed ink background using a Hero Arts solid silhouette tree stamp. And a Christmas definition stamp for sentiment.

I am entering this into Virginia's View Challenge which asks for 'all things distressed, which can be found here.

If I'm not back before Christmas then I wish you all a wonderful Christmas holiday with joy and peace!
Jacqueline



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My card was spotted on the Penny Black Blog

Just to share my excitement at having a card spotted yesterday. I just needed something to lift my spirits! If you want to see the link and see the other fresh Spring cards that were published, here is the link.





It just made my day!
Thank you Penny Black!

Jacqueline

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Celebrate the Season

Hello everybody. When I can I love to share a card. I have been out of inspiration for a long time. It still is not flowing but life is just too busy with other things at the moment.  Our son, Rodney has been home now for a week. I am looking after him and slowly but surely he is recovering from his second operation which was quite an ordeal, with complications.



So this is my card share today. I used the Hero Arts fern stamp to make snow covered trees and popped up a die cut deer as focal point.

I will not be making too many Christmas cards this year, just too stressful!!
Jacqueline

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Simple little Christmas card

I was too late for the white on white Christmas card challenge on Hero Arts, but it was great to find just a bit of inspiration again.



Using the new Holiday Petals and Leaves set CL787 from Hero Arts.

Have a lovely week!
Jacqueline

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge #9

I don't usually post so quick but my last card gave me an idea for the current challenge at Virginia's View, which is 'All Things Metallic' and can be found here.




The butterfly is gold embossed. This is a little close up.


I used a diecut which I stamped with a flower stamp from Anna Griffin in Fall colors after spraying with water to get a watercolor effect. Attached the butterfly and some sequins. A CAS card.

Thanks Virginia for all your consistent effort to get these challenges out there.

Jacqueline

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Blessings

... to you all.
Hope you are all well. I haven't felt like posting on this Blog due to so many things that I have been dealing with, not the least being our son, Rodney who had his second operation a week ago. It was and has been very difficult with complications. He so wants to come home. We remain strong in prayer, with many other precious people who are praying so he is surrounded with a chain of prayer, but it is hard.

So, I just want to say a simple 'blessings' with this very simple card. Stamped on a diecut butterfly and attached it to another diecut which is speckled textured paper. The sentiment is from Clearly besotted stamps.
Thank you all for your support. I am amazed at the kindness of people!



And a photo of my grand daughter, Seréna. I will have to miss her though, because Joël and Vivian are leaving France and going to live in Holland in December!

Jacqueline
 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Scramble on the Hero Arts Flickr group

Hello to all. Yesterday morning it was raining and I was looking forward to a 'colder, refreshing day', but the sun came out again and even today the weather is rather summery.
Hubby has been in Orlando, Florida for a week for a Missions Trip and because traveling in six planes to and fro is too tiring for me, unfortunately I had to stay at home.

And so on to my card which I made for the Scramble over on the Flickr gallery of the Hero Arts group on Sunday morning and the theme was Fall.



 I have a little share which so blessed me. A lady at work gave me a birthday gift a while ago and I never shared it, so here it is. It might give you some inspiring ideas with your creativity!


She probably guessed I love chickens! I love the felt wing and crown and the red fabric for the body.

 Then I was out and about in my garden this morning. Collecting the eggs, and yes there were three again (one of them is plastic..) and time to plant violets for the winter to give color to the garden. Those tomatoes, will they ever go red? And who let the chickens out onto my veranda! So thankful for living close by Nature!


 


And of course I still have to share a photo of me and my son as I had the honor of leading him to the alter before he met his bride! I mean, I am tall, but he is the tallest in the family!


 And this picture looks like a fairy-tale!
That's all from my side of the world! Blessings to you all!
Jacqueline