Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Christmas Flower

A blessed Third Sunday in Advent to you! Can you believe there are only 12 more days until Christmas? Yikes! I'm telling myself it's okay... nothing dire will happen if I don't get to everything on my list. The most important thing is to concentrate on the Reason for the Season, and that is to ponder on the wondrous birth of Jesus and what that means to each and every one of us.

Today's hostess for the challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ is my BFF and co-founder Kristine Breach. Kris chose as the inspiration scripture Matthew 6:19-21 "Do not store up for yourself treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

What comes to my mind when reading this scripture is the concept of "paying it forward." I think it's imperative for us to give a portion of our treasures to others, but not just the monetary kind. I'm not suggesting that we not tithe or give to charity... of course we should...but I think this verse is reminding us that if we share our treasures (i.e., our time, talents, love and bounty) with others, we experience Heaven on earth. These treasures cannot be stolen from us or destroyed. They are everlasting!

The challenge is to get out your crafting *treasures* and use them on your cards or other projects this week, in other words BLING IT UP (i.e., charms, gems, pearls, dazzling diamonds, flowers, etc). Simon Says Stamp is once again our sponsor and has donated the CUTEST stamp set for a prize. Please do pop by the SSCC blog to check it out and see all the lovely creations by the rest of the SSCC Design Team. I love those girls!

Bling? Did someone say "bling"? You don't need to ask me twice to add bling...I love bling!

I've had this Layers of Color stamp set for awhile and hadn't yet had a chance to ink it up. It came to mind immediately when I read the challenge. Flowering Gems was designed to add gems and pearls...and for layering. I stamped my flowers on Prism Blush Red Dark cardstock (and the leaves on PTI's Spring Moss) and embossed with white. I used Kaisercraft rhinestones and pearls to decorate the flower. Love it!

That gorgeous paper is by Nina Brackett for GinaK Designs... Simple Elegance. It's digital paper, so instant gratification! The green pairs perfectly with Papertrey Ink's Spring Moss (including the ribbon). I used my Bow Easy to make the double bow. I'm entering this card in the Mojo Monday 116 Contest. Wish me luck!

Thanks so much for dropping by today. Today is the last day to enter to win some of my blog candy! I want to thank each of you who have left me such nice comments and birthday wishes. It means the world to me! I wish I could send each of you something for Christmas.


Anonymous said...

This card is WONDERFUL i love everything about it!! a sure winner I think! Thanks also for your reply I just found it a couple of days ago in the junk mail box I am glad I check that now and then!! Sorry I have not been to your blog much I have had a difficult time over the last few days! happy advent! :0) Samantha

Kristine said...

Lisa, your card is absolutely STUNNING!! I didn't know they made digital paper packs, that is sooo neat. This one in particular is so elegant and you combined them with just the right sketch too. LOVE what you did with this LOC set!! Have a blessed Sunday my friend.

Eleftheria said...

wow!! really nice card!! i like the contrast between green-red!!
good luck on your challenge!!
kisses from Greece!!!

Moni said...

Gorgeous card, great take on the sketch! Fab papers! Husg,moni

peggysue said...

Good luck mojoing . . . a new word, we made up a new word! I think the bling it just the right level and how true, never any need to encourage use of bling, it comes out naturally on the cards! :) I like the dragonfly on the post below, that would have qualified as well. You're a naturally blingy gal I think.

Stamp and Smile said...

What a beautiful card Lisa! You sure have the talent to "BLING" us and I "SO" LOVE IT!! You go girl and rock on, I tell you... when I grown up I want to be like you!! :)

LOVE ♥ the Mojo Monday sketch layout and you BETTER WIN! Ha... :) This color green is a FAV of mine and with the red it really pops and the fussy cutting is perfect too!

Enjoy your day and it's the big day for your blog candy!! We just came home from church and breakfast. YUMMY! Now I'm off to write more cards out and I have to make a few more... Some stamping time!! :) Got'a love it...!!!

gila said...

hallo Lisa,

die karte ist total schön, deine karten sehen alle sehr edel und elegant aus, wunderschön

lg gila

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

This is simply splendid Lisa! The colors and stamps you used are perfect...this is really GORGEOUS!!!

Anki said...

Stunning! Love the layout and the design. Also - needed to check your blog - since I saw that your last name is Swedish - just like me ;-) I wish you a wonderful week and soon it's X-mas time and you know - Jul = X-mas in Swedish!
And it's almoust sounds like Hjul as well...hihi....Kram - Anki

Tanya Rudd said...

Stunning, your colour combo is simply wonderful.

Loz (Aus) said...

This is gorgeous! Love the colour combo and those papers are divine!

Leah the Orange said...

GORGEOUS, Lisa! i love your red and green combo... so bright and bold!

iluvmybugs said...

Lisa this is such a beautiful the bling and your bow is fantastic!!! TFS

Happy Holidays!

Laura - Layers of Color said...

Wonderful, Lisa!!

Such appropriate timing for me with this verse and subject as I've spent the last few days reorganizing my studio and giving it a thorough cleaning. So much stuff is a blessing, and it took me awhile, but now I'm in the tossing mode. Time to share the stash with friends!

It's great to see you enjoying your new stamp sets! Great job!

Merry Christ's Birthday!

Alice Wertz said...

this is so beautiful and elegant, Lisa! love how you put all those different patterns together so beautifully! i love this!

Lynn Mercurio said...

This is stunning Lisa...such a great variety of patterned and textures. Awesome job with this sketch challenge.

NinaB said...

Lisa, this is simply stunning. Thank you for the shout out for the digi papers. They really match the CS. You always make me look good on your blog :-).

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card, Lisa!!! I love the colors together as it evokes a wonderful christmas feel...Plus the charm is darling.

Have a great week!

Davi said...

This card is beautiful! I love the colors and the circles creative such a feeling ov movement!!

Helen said...

Gorgeous card! I love the colors & dp and that bow is the most perfect bow I've ever seen! Love it!

Pamela said...

I love this card! It's amazing!