Challenge over at SAS4KIDS is calling for cards for mom that would be coming from the child. Between the two hospitals that I ship for there are about 210 kids, and our faithful card makers never let us down. I had this peel off sticker purse (Elizabeth Crafts), that I had already colored using SAKURA glaze and glitter pens. The sentiment is from Just Rite stamps and the papers are from Stamps of Life.
I am continuing making cards for a local church for the Pastor to send Mother’s Day cards to single moms of the congregation. The inside of the card is stamped Thinking of You, Happy Mother’s Day.
Using Versamark the background was stamped using Lacy Background from MFT and heat embossed using white fine detail embossing powder. Tim Holtz Distress inks were used to sponge creating a watercolor effect. Using an oval die the shape was cut into the center of the background panel (saved the cut piece for another project). Then using the Psalm 19:14 from Verve Stamps I stamped it onto heavy weight vellum, again using Versamark – this time heat embossed using silver fine detail powder. I cut the stamped vellum piece using the next oval size up (so I could adhere it onto the panel). I then spritzed the panel using ink sprays. Using watercolor cardstock, the butterflies were created with a Hero Arts stamp and die set (which I have had forever, but is one of my very favorites) and water colored with Distress Inks. The next one I make I will turn that bottom butterfly in the other direction. No foam was used to elevate the butterflies, but because the vellum sits behind the panel it makes the butterflies appear to be lifted.
I am linking this up at Live Love Cards for the April Challenge (butterflies).
A local church sends Mother’s Day cards to single mothers. This is my third year making cards. You have to incorporate a bible verse either on the front of the card or inside. I love Our Daily Bread Designs stamps to help achieve this requirement.
This is the lavender version.
And this is the pink version
First I started by embossing the white background piece using a damask folder from Darice. The pink layer I used a lacy background stamp from MFT (it was a little much so I placed a vellum layer over it to soften a bit. I stamped the John 14:27 verse and cut out using a SB circle die and then used a Scalloped die embossing it with the same damask folder. The flowers are from Michael’s and the washi tape is from Stamps of Life. Around the corners of the sentiment layer I used Dazzles – another requirement is not too bulky for mailing purposes. I really like how this turned out.
I am working on producing 20 cards for Mother’s Day for my church. The pastor sends them to single mothers in our congregation. The requirements are that they have to have a biblical verse either on the inside or the outside of the card, and they are not overly embellished so that they can be mailed with one stamp. I am making 5 of this card:
I used purple in my last card and everything was out on my desk. This image is from Imagine That digis by Kris. The background stamp, flourish and oval dies are from MFT. The inside is stamped Thinking of You, Happy Mother’s Day.
Well onto the next five cards. Thanks for stopping by.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
Here are ways I don’t do things in the name of the Lord Jesus. I can be mean, I drive too fast and people are always getting in my way, I am impatient in stores if I have to wait too long, I am an impatient person, I am a perfectionist, not doing things because I don’t feel like it, and being too busy with my own life to take time for others. I don’t want to act out of anger or crankiness or impatience. That just leads me to more turmoil in my day and a lack of God’s blessings.
Here are deeds that I can do that don’t cost me a thing. Be kind to others, smile when I don’t feel like it, sincerely compliment someone, recycle, make a homeless person a homemade sandwich with a cup of coffee, let someone go ahead of you in line (that includes traffic), hold the door for the next person, make facebook postings about others not myself, give a little love to the unlovable.
God always blesses me when I am kind to others (do you get that same good feeling inside I get – I’m sure you do – that is God’s blessing). When I make a conscious effort to do these little things daily they become habits – good habits. Therefore enabling me to honor and praise God.
I chose this verse for single moms Mother’s Day cards because life can be tough as a single parent raising a family. My prayer for the single mom opening the card: Father, thank you for this single mom and the life she has in Christ Jesus. Thank you that she can live in the light, enjoying love, peace and harmony. May she let every detail of her life, words and actions be done in the name of Jesus as she thanks you every step of the way. Amen Gina K Designs paper, Spellbinders Card Creator Floral Ribbon Threader and Fancy Ribbon Threader. Computer generated sentiment.
Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her! Luke 1:45
I used this verse on Mother’s Day cards for single moms at our church to encourage these single moms to have faith. The whole story of Elizabeth and Mary shows us the need for relationships within our families to help us out. It also shows what the dwelling of the Holy Spirit can do – Elizabeth had unexpected insight into Mary’s faith. This was a very joyous moment for Elizabeth and Mary. Knowing the rest of the story Mary and Elizabeth were to experience much sorrow years later. This also shows the joy the Holy Spirit gives us, as well as grace to bear sorrow or pain.
The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to us to enable us to know and experience the presence of God residing in us. We can live everyday joyfully knowing God’s indwelling presence is always with us through His Holy Spirit?
Prayer for the single mom as she opens this card: “Lord, fill this mom with your Holy Spirit and give her joy in seeking you more closely. Increase her faith in all your promises, her hope in the joys of heaven, and her love for You as her everything.”
Here are the cards I created using Luke 1:45 as the verse.
Spellbinders Card Creator, Labels 4; MFT Woodgrain Background Stamp, Music Background Stamp, Peaceful Wildflowers stamps and Die cuts. Computer generated greeting.
Stamps used: Penny Black Tweet Tweet, Power Poppy Short Stacks.
When punches are thrown in my life I recall and pray one of the most quoted verses in the bible “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, Philippians 4:13.
Examples of when he strengthened me:
Father’s death when I was 14 – He gave me the strength to carry on as a young teenage girl.
Troubles in my 36 year marriage – He gave me the strength to hang in there, pray, decide what was best, to forgive.
Financial ruin in 2009 – when blindsided He gave me the strength to figure out how to proceed with my life. He gave me the strength to forgive.
Family betrayal – turmoil, resentment, silence, betrayal by an aging mother and siblings. Still working on this one but “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
Just by these few personal examples you can see that God hasn’t given me favorable circumstances to claim His strength. What it means is that I am not the one who is strong – it is Christ who is strong in me that I can bear the punches, the blind sides, the betrayals.
What tougher job is there than raising children on your own? Our church has a card ministry for single moms for Mother’s Day. Here are some of the cards I made using this verse.
The geraniums are a digital image from Power Poppy, colored with Copic Markers. Inside says Thinking of You Happy Mother’s Day.
This card I used the rose outline sticker from Starform and colored with Copics. I used a lighter background cardstock stamped with the Gingham Background Stamp from My Favorite Things and embossed it. The sentiment was created on my computer and Spellbinders Back to Basics Tags.