Saturday, June 4, 2011

I Love This Stamp!!!

Hello friends!  It's Saturday afternoon here in (un)sunny California.  Rain rain rain... the forecast doesn't look any sunnier for the next couple of days.  It's OK with me though.  I have so much that I need to get caught up with.  I haven't had time to visit any of you this week :(

Last night, I gave my testimony at Celebrate Recovery.  It was so amazing as God spoke through me.  I was totally transparent (meaning that I hid nothing).  I spoke of things I haven't thought about in YEARS!  I truly believe that as we are honest with one another, taking off the masks that we wear to look good, people begin to trust us and relationships are formed.  That's what this life is about...developing relationships with one another, hopefully shining through 'cracked pots.'

I've been a 'cracked pot' for so many years, it's amazing that I'm still in one piece.  I know that it's Jesus, the Master Potter who has taken the broken pieces of my life and molded me into the vessel He desires.  Can you picture this?  Think of an upside down clay pot which has been broken and glued back together, but all of the pieces don't match exactly because some of the pieces have been worn away or chipped.  Now put a brightly shining candle inside.  Where does the light shine through?  The cracks!  In the same way, as Jesus heals the brokenness of our hearts, the scars (or cracks) are still there, but His light shines BEST through those cracks!  Oh blessed be His glorious Name!!!

God has taken the ashes of my life and turned them into beauty (if you read the Bible, I'm referring to Isaiah 61 - beauty for ashes!).  This image truly is a beauty!!!  I am totally in love with it ♥  It's one of the beauties from the Natural Beauty Collection by Carmen Medlin for SCACD, Naturally Styled.

Don't you just love it?  Carmen has created so many 'winners' in this collection, 
it is next to impossible to choose only one lol!
Copics used:  Dress - BG18 BG15 BG13 BG11 BG10 BG000 B14 B01 B00 B000; Wood Stand - E35 E34 E33 E31 E30; Leaves - B00 YG63; Flowers RV66 RV63 RV34 RV11 RV10; Background B01 B00 B000 BG0000 E31 E30.

I've also used my white gel pen to add highlights, dot the dress and faux stitching.  The image was die cut with Large Classic Oval and Large Classic Scalloped Oval Nestabilities.  Although it's a little hard to see much of the detail on this dp, it's from BoBunny Gabrielle Collection.  I adore these beautiful papers!

Here are the challenges I've entered:
Delicious Doodles - #28 Texture
Divas by Design - Florals
Wags 'n Whiskers - #55 Stitches
Make It Monday #39
A Spoon Full of Sugar - #154 Flower Power
Whoopsi Daisy - Lace and Ribbon
ABC - V is for Variety
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Favorite Stamp (this one... for the mo!)

I decided that this image needed the look of flowers, pearls and lace... um... LOVE it!!!  When are flowers, pearls and lace not appropriate... duh!  OK, well, obviously the guys won't appreciate it, but honestly, I don't do many guy cards.

I've used both 'real' and faux pearls on this card.  As you can see, I placed two strings of pearls along the edge of the ribbon lace.  All other pearls are from my fave Viva Decor Pearl PensTurquoise in two of the corners and Cream as accents around the beautiful roses.  These happen to be Wild Orchid roses, but Susana has similar roses Here.  The leaf punch is by MS...

Do you love this stamp as much as I do?

SCACD New Product Alert

Now... me thinks I want to go shopping!!!

If you haven't already done so, you might want to take a peek at my Magnolia Lace and Pearls Blog Candy Here.

Thanks for stopping by.  I love you ♥

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~


Mandy said...

Oh wow hun, stunning card, your colouring is amazing as always, I'm so pleased you have listed the colours I'm attempting to learn how to use them and if I ever grow up I want to be able to colour like you do :)
love n hugs Mandy xx


Hi Lori
A beautiful card,love the colour's,
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Queenie Jeannie said...

What a magnificent card!!! I just got this set too and I love them!

Linda said...

Hi Lori, This is simply gorgeous.. Love that image..Very lovely work as always..Hey I had to start a new blog and would love for you to come visit.. I have candy too.. Hugs, Linda

Anne said...

This card is so georgeus. The image is perfecly colored, and so cute, and I love the way it stands out yet with in with the rest.

Hugs, Anne.

Lorraine said...

Wow, this is stunning! I love the colors you used, your gorgeous coloring & detailing of that image and those glittery roses!

Terry said...

Hey there Lori, I think your card is AMAZING wowzersss thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge blog. hug terry xxxx

Kasey said...

Hi Lori, I saw your card posted on Make it Monday and came over to have a closer look. You're right that image is lovely and you've coloured it beautifully.

Kasey ~ in Oz

kurlygirl said...

Lori, I came by to say that this is an absolutely gorgeous card. But after I read your post, I had to let you know how wonderful it is! I have not heard the cracked pot story - I love it! What a wonderful way to look at our scars. Thanks so much for sharing!

Becky said...

This is beautiful Lori..Gorgeous colors and coloring.

Dawn♥ said...

Beautiful job well done using the Stitch challenge over at Wags 'n Whiskers. Thanks for joining in. Dawn♥

HandmadebyTLC said...

This is EXCEPTIONAL work, and I'm glad you found the glue for the pot!hehe good luck in the Challenge at Wags N'Whiskers
Tammy Louise

Mary Lou said...

Hi Lori~~WOW this is STUNNING!!! Love the color choices and your card is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!
I agree whole heartedly with you that this CM set is AMAZING!!!!!!!
Thanks for your potter story~~love it and God Is Soooo Good!!!!
God bless

Sheri said...

WOW! AWESOME coloring! Cute image! Thanks for sharing with us at Whoopsi Daisy ;-)

Vicky said...

Just so beautiful Lori...!

thanks for joining us at Divas...and good luck...!

hugs Vicky xx

Beth said...

Wow Lori how gorgeous the color on your dress just lights up that card,thanks for sharing it with us at Whoopsi Daisy Challenge.

Hippieaud (aka Audrey) said...

Fantastic work on this Lori, I just love everything about it - the coloring of the dress is stunning! Thanks so much for playing at WHOOPSI DAISY this time:)

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