Friday, February 20, 2015

Challenge Hero Arts - Nature theme

Couldn't be more pleased with a theme like this, using my favorite stamp brand - Hero Arts. The sentiment on my card is one from the latest  2015 Catalog.

I used a tag stamp on a distressed background and stamped the Rose over the top. The designblock Lace stamp served as a background in Antique distress. The butterfly is a die-cut that somebody sent me.

Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Some card shares and a Biblical share

Hello everyone!
I am sharing a couple of cards that I have made in the past couple of weeks. First up is a Valentine's day card. I have never liked working with hearts, I don't know why, but I have one heart stamp I like, so I used it.

 Stamped the Lace Frame from hero Arts on a piece of pink cardstock and white embossed. Stamped the heart stamp on a background of mixed colors and patterns, sent to me by Ellie in Holland. Dimensioned the heart on the frame to finish.

 Using the Post Card Stamp from Hero Arts and a Hydrangea stamp from Stampin Up. A huge thank you to Kim, a lady in the United States who just sent me a parcel of stamps and paper! What amazing generosity these American ladies have!!

This last one is for the Hero Arts Challenge Blog and the theme is 'Nature' this month. I love Nature as its all about God's amazing Creations!

I want to encourage somebody today with a Word that is hanging above my computer at work. It is something I am going through, maybe therefore less posts than before. Everything must have its own priority in our lives.
Please be blessed by it:

If your goal is to be used by God, don’t be surprised when He permits seasons of adversity and brokenness. Jesus experienced it, and He said, ‘A servant is not greater than his master’ (John 15:20 NKJV). One Bible teacher points out: ‘God’s intent isn’t to hurt us, but to expand our capacity to carry His love to a world in need of compassion…Sorrow clarifies our thinking. In the school of Christ, brokenness is a good thing. It’s impossible to become intimate with God unless we’re broken of independence, pride and our insistence that our way is better than God’s. Brokenness is the last stop before we finally confess, ‘‘I can’t; God can.’’ It’s Paul confessing, ‘‘What a wretched man I am. Who will rescue me from this body of death?’’ (Romans 7:24 NIV). It’s the Prodigal fighting with the pigs over food (Luke 15:11-32). It’s Joseph, still in prison, forgotten by the cupbearer (Genesis 40:23). It’s Jonah in the whale’s belly confessing the consequences of running from God (Jonah 2:1-9). It’s Peter weeping bitterly outside Jesus’ trial (Luke 22:62). It’s Jesus abandoning everything to God, praying, ‘‘Father…not My will, but Yours be done’’ (Luke 22:42 NIV)…God in His ruthless, loving pursuit will break us of pride, sin, folly and independence (Matthew 21:44). Like Jesus serving bread at the Last Supper, God takes us, breaks us, blesses us and uses us.’ Are you going through a season of brokenness? Be encouraged; in God’s kingdom brokenness is the path to blessing. Watchman Nee put it this way: ‘To have God do His own work through us, even once, is better than a lifetime of human striving.’