Thursday, September 24, 2020

Creative Card-iology Team Blog Hop - Blossoms In Bloom

 


This month’s blog hop is a color challenge based on the colors of a shirt which you’ll see pictured above.  You can check out my teammates’ blogs by clicking on the links toward the bottom of my post. 

Finding inspiration for cards or other projects can sometimes be a bit intimidating.  But I have been learning to look around me for inspiration – I may find it in a scenic view at home or in the mountains of Colorado or a combination of colors in a piece of clothing or other fabric pattern!

One of the things I love best about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is the inspiration shared so willingly in the creative community of demonstrators and stampers. I drew inspiration for my card project today from Bruno Bertucci’s video featuring the Joseph’s Coat technique.



My card project features the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set.  I used Night of Navy for my card base and adhered a layer of Cajun Craze embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder to the card base.

I used sponge daubers to lightly daub splotches of ink on a 5.25” x 4” piece of Whisper White cardstock in Petal Pink, Terracotta Tile, Cajun Craze, Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight, and Mossy Meadow, leaving a few small spaces of the Whisper White showing.


I stamped the floral image from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set onto the inked cardstock using Versamark Ink and then poured clear embossing powder over the stamped image.  After shaking off the excess powder, I heated up the remaining powder that adhered to the stamped image with the heat gun.  I then inked up a sponge brayer with Night of Navy ink and rolled it over the whole piece of cardstock.  The embossed image resisted the Night of Navy ink, leaving the colored cardstock showing through.  I rubbed a tissue over the embossed image, which made the colored and embossed image pop.

I cut out the image with Paper Snips and adhered it to the textured Cajun Craze layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Then I stamped the Thank You sentiment onto a strip of Whisper White, adhered it to the bottom of the textured layer, and added a couple of blue rhinestones from the Holiday Basic Jewels.

Using the Joseph’s Coat technique for the color challenge allowed me to use multiple colors in one layer.  I hope you try this technique and that you share your projects when you do!  

I love being part of a creative community that inspires me in so many ways, and I would love to have you join my team if you’d like to be a part of a great community of stampers and crafters!  Stampin’ Up! has a Get & Go Starter Kit promotion going on through the end of September.  If you take advantage of this awesome promotion, in addition to the already great value you receive with the normal Starter Kit you will receive enough cardstock pieces to make 16 cards, a pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels and the So Much Love and Queen Anne’s Lace stamp sets.  Click here for more info

Thanks for hopping with us today!  Don’t forget to follow the links below to check out the other projects!

Bonnie's Blog

Diana's Blog

Jessica's Blog

Products used:

Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set #152684

Subtle 3D Embossing Folder #151775

Night of Navy Cardstock #100867

Cajun Craze Cardstock #119684

Whisper White Cardstock #100730

Sponge Daubers #133773

Sponge Brayer #141714

Petal Pink Ink Pad #147108

Cajun Craze Ink Pad #147085

Terracotta Tile Ink Pad #150086

Balmy Blue Ink Pad #147105

Misty Moonlight Ink Pad #153118

Mossy Meadow Ink Pad #147111

Night of Navy Ink Pad #147110

VersaMark Pad #102283

Stampin’ Emboss Powder Clear #109130

Heat Tool #129053

Paper Snips #103579

Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels #150457

Stampin’ Seal #152813

Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Creative Card-iology Team Blog Hop - You're Someone's Blessing Fun Fold

 


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I am participating in a blog hop with a few of my friends from the Creative Card-iology Team, so once you've checked out my blog post you can hop on over to their blogs by clicking on the links toward the bottom of the post!

This month we were challenged to make “fun fold” cards.  I haven’t made a lot of folded cards, so this was stepping a little out of my normal routine!  I decided to try a layered accordion fold for my card project, using several of my favorite stamp sets and papers.

One of the things that has really hit home to me over the last few months is how much we all need to be encouraged right now.  The words we write or speak have the ability to lift up or tear down, and it is so important to speak kind and graceful words to others and to ourselves.  

I love being able to make and send cards that help me convey encouraging messages to others.  My card today is going to be sent to someone who has recently been an encouragement and blessing to me.


I love all of the new 2020-2022 In Colors, but I think Misty Moonlight is my favorite!  I cut a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock to 5 ½” x 11” and scored it along the 11” side at 4 ¼”, 6 5/8”, 9”, and 10”.  I used coordinating patterned papers from the In Good Taste, Flowers for Every Season, and 2020-2022 In Color 6x6 Designer Series Paper collections for my matted layers.

I stamped the lighthouse image from the Sailing Home stamp set onto the blue canvas patterned paper from the In Good Taste DSP collection with Misty Moonlight ink and colored the lighthouse with Stampin’ Blends from the Seaside Spray and Balmy Blue Combo packs.  The stamped sentiment on that layer is from the High Tide stamp set.


The lone girl image and “You’re someone’s blessing” sentiment are from the Beautiful Moments stamp set, and this set is just so gorgeous!  The image and sentiment were stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Misty Moonlight ink, and the girl is colored with blends from the Seaside Spray and Night of Navy combo packs (I couldn’t find my Light Misty Moonlight Blend or I would have used that instead of Night of Navy).  I die cut the girl and a larger scalloped oval with dies from the Layering Oval Dies collection.   The sentiment and accompanying card stock layer were punched with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.

I finished off my card with a 1” wide band to hold it closed when mailing and layered another punched sentiment on the band.


I hope you enjoyed stopping by my blog today!  Don’t forget to check out the projects on my friends’ blogs by clicking on the links below, and we always appreciate hearing your thoughts so feel free to leave a comment!

Bonnie's Blog

Diana's Blog

Jessica's Blog


Here are the products I used for today's card:

Misty Moonlight Cardstock #153081

Whisper White Cardstock #100730

In Good Taste DSP #152494

Flowers for Every Season DSP #152486

2020-2022 In Color 6x6 DSP #153070

Misty Moonlight Ink Pad #153118

Beautiful Moments Stamp Set #151677

Sailing Home Stamp Set #149457

High Tide Stamp Set #143006

Seaside Spray Stampin’ Blends #154901

Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends #154830

Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends #154891

      (or Misty Moonlight #153108)

Layering Ovals Dies #151771

Lovely Labels Pick a Punch #152883

Paper Trimmer #152392

Stampin’ Seal #152813Diana's Blog

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Creative Cardiology Team Blog Hop - Sketch Challenge



Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I am participating in a blog hop with a few of my friends from the Creative Card-iology Team, so once you've checked out my blog post you can hop on over to their blogs by clicking on the links toward the bottom of the post!

This month's theme was a Sketch Challenge, which means that we were given a sketch  (or card layout) to use for our project, and we could use any stamp set, papers, or color scheme to make our card.  


I used the Tasteful Touches stamp set and the coordinating Designer Series Paper and Elements from the In Good Taste suite of products to make my card.  My Thick Very Vanilla card base has a mat of Early Espresso cardstock and 3 different wood grain prints from the In Good Taste paper collection.  

I trimmed the wood grain pieces to fit on my mat with an approximate 1/8" border all the way around and stamped my sentiment in Early Espresso ink on the bottom piece of wood grain paper. These patterned pieces were then adhered to the Early Espresso mat along with a length of Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon, which added a touch of color and more texture to my card.

I cut a circle of Early Espresso and a slightly larger scalloped circle of Very Vanilla using the Layering Circle dies and layered these together and then adhered the circle to my card base with Mini Glue Dots.

The flower image was stamped in Early Espresso ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  I used Dark and Light Petal Pink, Light Calypso Coral and Dark Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends to color the flower, cut it out with Paper Snips, and then adhered it with Stampin' Dimensionals to the circle.  

Finally, I colored some of the leaf elements with the Dark Soft Suede Stampin' Blend and adhered the elements with Mini Glue Dots underneath the stamped flower.

Someone asked me this week where I find inspiration for my cards and projects, and there are so many places!  I often find inspiration in seeing the layouts, or sketches, used by other card makers.  There are so many possibilities that can result from a simple sketch!  

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I love hearing your thoughts on my projects, so please leave a comment below!  Don't forget to hop along with us by clicking on the links below and checking out my friends' projects!


Supplies used in my card project include:

Tasteful Touches Stamp Set (152562)
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad (147114)
Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (144237)
Early Espresso Cardstock (119686)
Very Vanilla Cardstock (101650)
In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (152494)
In Good Taste Elements (152476)
Petal Pink 5/8" Organdy Striped Ribbon (149441)
Layering Circle Dies (151770)
Petal Pink Stampin' Blend Combo Pack (154893)
Calypso Coral Stampin' Blend Combo Pack (154881)
Crumb Cake Stampin' Blend Combo Pack (154882)
Soft Suede Stampin' Blend Combo Pack (154906)
Stampin' Seal (152813)
Mini Glue Dots (103683)
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Paper Snips (103579)f

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Let's Talk Masking!


My post today is part of a blog hop with some of my fabulous Creative "Card-iology" teammates.  Its our first one ever, and I'm so excited to be a part of it!  After checking out my blog, you can hop on over to the other blogs for more creative inspiration!

In the middle of preparing my blog post for this hop, I was reminded that my parents will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary next week.  And that changed what I was planning to post here.  But I still wanted to share a little of how I've been using the masking technique in my card, and masks really are a hot topic these days!  

I've found it somewhat difficult to carry on conversations and really connect with people wearing a mask, but in reality we often figuratively wear masks.  As I worked on my anniversary card for my parents, I thought how important it is for any lasting relationship to be intentional about caring for each other and connecting in meaningful ways.  And that requires shedding our figurative masks and being honest, kind and forgiving with each other.  That can be very hard to do, but the dimension and depth to those kinds of relationships are so worth the risk.


So what is the masking technique?  Well, as best as I can explain it as it relates to stamping, it is covering up a stamped image so that you can stamp another image over top of it.  The second image then appears to be coming out from behind the previously stamped image creating a beautiful new image with more dimension to it. 

I used the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set for my anniversary card because I just love the detail in it, and the masking technique allows my leaves to peak out from behind the sunflower.

I used Whisper White Thick Cardstock for my card base and folded it in half.  I embossed a piece of  Whisper White cardstock with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder and adhered the layer to my card base using the new Stampin' Seal adhesive.

My sentiment was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock where I had already printed "65 years together."  I used the Just Jade marker from the 2020-2022 Stampin' Write Marker Assortment to ink up just the "Congratulations ON REACHING" portion of the sentiment and stamped it above the "65 years together."  I used the Label Me Fancy punch to punch out the sentiment and punched another piece of Just Jade cardstock using the same punch.  The Just Jade piece was then cut in half and adhered to the back of my sentiment in such a way that the Just Jade pieces framed the Whisper White sentiment on either side.  I used the long hole punch on the Label Me Fancy punch to make a hole to slide a piece of Just Jade ribbon through and tie a bow.  Stampin' Dimensionals were then added to the back of the sentiment, which was then set aside to be adhered later.



I then stamped the sunflower image in the new InColor Bumblebee ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Stamparatus as I knew I wanted to restamp my image several times to get a nice dark impression.  I love using Classic Stampin' Spots to ink up my stamps when I use the Stamparatus as I find that I have more control over where the ink ends up and don't get ink on the edge of my stamps as much.  Since there is not currently a Bumblebee Classic Stampin' Spot available, I inked up an Uninked Stampin' Spot with the Bumblebee ink refill to then stamp my image.



The next step was creating the mask to cover up my sunflower image so that I could stamp the leaves in Just Jade ink.  I stamped the sunflower on a 4x6 sticky note, making sure to stamp on the end backed by the sticky stuff (very technical description, right?).  Then I cut the sticky note right along the edge of the stamped image.

I placed my cut out sticky note image just inside the outline of the image already stamped on Whisper White.  It was important to place it just inside the outline so that my stamped leaf images would line up right next to the sunflower.  If I had lined up the edges of my mask with those of the already stamped image, there would have been a space left between the flower and the leaf.


Once I stamped my leaves where I wanted them, I cut out the whole image and put Stampin' Dimensionals on the back and adhered it and my prepared sentiment to the embossed layer on my card base to finish my card front.


I hope you've enjoyed visiting my blog today, and I am so grateful you stopped by!  I love reading and replying to responses on my posts, so feel free to leave a comment!  And don't forget to follow the links below to check out my fellow bloggers' posts!



Supplies used in my card today:
Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set (152517 - also available in bundle with dies 154065)
Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder (149643)
Whisper White Thick Cardstock (140272)
Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
Just Jade Cardstock (153079 or 153074 for InColor Assortment)
2020-2022 InColor Stampin' Write Marker Assortment (153125)
Just Jade ink pad (153115)
Uninked Stampin' Spots (141822)
Bumblebee ink refill (153122)
Just Jade 1/4" Ribbon (153621)
Stamparatus (146276)
Stampin' Seal (152813)
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Monday, June 8, 2020

Who doesn't love sunflowers?

It pays to be careful what others in my family hear me say or see me do repeatedly during the year.  We have had a history of making Christmas a unique opportunity to highlight some of those things through gifting.  One year we all noticed my brother was never without his sunglasses, so each one of us wrapped up one or more pairs of sunglasses to give to him at our family gathering.  My mom never passed up a coin on the ground, so one year we all saved up our pennies and wrapped them up in different ways.   Which brings me to the year of the sunflowers.

One of my sisters wasn't fond of sunflowers and wasn't afraid to say so.  Now, really, who doesn't like sunflowers?  So we all decided to gift her with sunflowers in as many different forms as we could think of - if I remember rightly I gave her cheap foam sunflower placemats.

Well, the next year the joke was on us.  Each of us received our gift repurposed in some way, in a much nicer form than what was given - the sunflower placemats ended up as the padded bottom in a trinket box.  I don't remember what all my sister received or how she repurposed it, but we still laugh at how she turned the tables on us.  

So when I saw the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, it brought back some fond memories and I knew I had to try it out.  The Celebrate Sunflowers bundle includes the stamp set and dies and is part of the larger suite of products called Flowers for Every Season.  I used one of the new In Color ink pads, Cinnamon Cider, to stamp the outline of my sunflower, the leaves and my sentiment and colored my sunflower and leaves with several colors of the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.  I used the coordinating Sunflowers Dies to die cut  my sunflower and leaves.



My card base is Cinnamon Cider cardstock, with a matted layer of Whisper White cardstock embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder.  I stamped the sentiment "wildly grateful" (from the Lovely You stamp set) onto a piece of the new In Color Bumblebee cardstock and punched out my card front greeting with the Label Me Fancy punch.  I'm loving the new Stampin' Seal adhesive, which I used to first attach my ribbon to my embossed mat and then adhere that layer to my card base.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere my sunflower and punched sentiment to the card base and create a bit of dimension to my design.  I then adhered my leaves with Mini Glue Dots.  My final touch was the addition of a couple of the Flowers for Every Season Gems using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

The Flowers for Every Season suite of products has so many beautiful products in it.  I'm sure you're going to want to use every part of it, especially the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle.  I mean, really, who doesn't love sunflowers!

Here is a list of products used in this card.  I love that Stampin' Up! now has a number that you can use to purchase an entire suite of products, and that's what I'm listing here for the stamp set, dies, ribbon and gemstones.  All of these products are available individually as well, and you can find them all at my web site here: my store.

Flowers for Every Season Suite (154132)
Cinnamon Cider Cardstock (153078)
Bumblebee Cardstock (153077)
Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
Cinnamon Cider Classic Stampin' Pad (153114)
Cinnamon Cider Ribbon (152482)
Lovely You Stamp Set (152525, also available as a bundle with a great new punch-154070)
Label Me Fancy Punch (151297)
Brick and Mortar 3D Embossing Folder (149643)
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Combo (154883)
So Saffron Stampin' Blends Combo (154905)
Soft Suede Stampin' Blends Combo (154906)
Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Combo (154893)
Soft Sea Foam Stampin' Blends Combo (154902)
Mint Macaron Stampin' Blends Combo (154889)
Stampin' Seal (152813)
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (144108)
Fine Tip Glue Pen (138309)
Mini Glue Dots (103683)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Would love to connect with you, so don't forget to comment, like or follow my blog.  If you're new to stamping or don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator you're working with, I would love to assist you with products to get you started or help you in any way I can!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Maintaining Perspective

I will be the first to admit that it has sometimes been hard to stay positive over the last few weeks.  Every day life has changed drastically, plans I had put in place for the future have been disrupted, finances have been stretched way beyond what I had planned, loved ones and friends have gotten sick or faced tremendous losses, and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.  And so much of what is in the news or on social media can be very disheartening.  It's so easy to lose perspective.

As I was thinking about how the words I write or speak have an influence on others - positive or negative, I remembered a session from a leadership conference I attended last summer, the Global Leadership Summit.  The speaker, Ben Sherwood (former Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks; former President, Disney ABC Television; and a best-selling author), spoke on how to lead during times of rapid change and disruption.

Here are a few of the thoughts I jotted down as he spoke about leading others to safety in crisis situations that have been helping me as I think about how what I say or do influences those around me:

1.  Maintain point of reference - where am I and where am I trying to go - There are so many people speaking right now and often what I hear is conflicting information that it is so easy to get distracted and discouraged.
2.  Wait for violent and sudden motion to stop - things will settle and I can take action - It's important to be patient and get a clear view of things before making decisions.
3.  Practice realistic optimism - those who emerge as leaders in a crisis situation keep an unflinching sense of their surroundings, maintain optimism about the future, and retain hope and faith.  Those who have faith in God have a powerful tool for survival.  - This one brings me right back to number 1 as God is my point of reference.  "I lift up my eyes to the hills.  From where does my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth."  Psalm 121:1-2

One of the things that has been very helpful to me to keep perspective on God and the hope I have in Him is to focus on all I have to be thankful for.  I've been keeping a gratitude journal, and I try to write down at least 3 things each day that I am grateful for.  One of the entries in it recently was that I was able to get my hair cut just a couple of days before all of the hair salons were ordered to close.  I'd be ready to pull my hair out right now if I hadn't gotten it cut then!

The early released Ornate Garden Suite products are so suited to the theme of gratitude.  I used products from this suite for to make this Thank You card.  The Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) from this suite has a beautiful springtime floral them, with one side having beautiful foiled designs.  I cut one sheet that was white with gold foil to 4"x6" and used the soon-to-be retired 2018-2020 In Color Stampin' Write Markers to color in the flowers.



Once I had my piece of paper all colored in, I used two dies from the Ornate Layer Dies to cut a frame from my paper.  I then cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to about 5.25"x 3, and I used one of the dies from the Ornate Border collection of dies to make a beautiful scalloped edge.  I stamped the THANK YOU sentiment from the Ornate Thanks stamp set onto the center of my Whisper White piece and then adhered my colored frame around the stamped image.





I adhered the Whisper White cardstock to a cardstock base of Blueberry Bushel, one of the 2018-2020 colors that will be retiring soon, and place some pearl embellishments in the bottom right corner using my Take Your Pick tool.



I participated in a tutorial project with a number of demonstrators around the world and had such a great time collaborating with them.  Together we created 90 project tutorials using the Ornate Garden Suite, and I am privileged to be able to offer a bundle of all the tutorials to you, free with a $50 purchase at my online store here my store or you can purchase it here for $21.  If you purchase the complete Ornate Garden Suite of products, you'll also receive a kit of coordinating products and tutorials to make 4 more cards using this of coordinating products and tutorials for 4 more cards using this suite.  When you place an order through my website here my store, use the April Host Code VHRQVRFQ. 



Here is a list of products used in this card:

Blueberry Bushel Cardstock (146968)
Blueberry Bushel Classic Ink Pad (147138)
2018-2020 Stampin' Write Markers (147159)
From the Ornate Garden Suite (154153 - whole collection)
    Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper (152488)
    Ornate Thanks Bundle (154115 - includes Ornate Thanks stamp set and Ornate Border Dies)
    Ornate Layers Dies (152726 - also comes in Ornate Style Bundle-154119- with the Ornate Style stamp set)
Pearl Basic Jewels (144219)
Snail Adhesive (104332)
Block I (118488)
Take Your Pick (144107)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you are staying safe and healthy right now!  Would love to hear how you are doing!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Sharing in Sorrow

I'm a bit sad today.  My friend Susan's husband, John, passed away yesterday.  I've known Susan for going on almost two years now from a church ministry group, but only met her husband a couple months ago when I had the opportunity to eat dinner with them.  I enjoyed my time getting to know both of them in a different setting, especially now with social distancing and quarantine regulations in place.

While I can't give a hug in person, I still have the option of supporting and encouraging my friend by sending a card.  Susan is an avid gardener and loves flowers, so I decided to use the Flowering Floral Specialty Designer Series paper, available as a Free with $50 Sale-A-Bration item through the end of today, for my card.

I used soon-to-be retired colors, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch, from the 2018-2020 cardstock and In Color Stampin' Write Markers collections to make my card.  I cut a strip of the Flowering Floral DSP and colored the flowers using the fine tip end of the Lovely Lipstick marker and the brush end of the Pineapple Punch Marker.




I adhered the colored DSP to another strip 1/4" wider than the floral piece.  I made 3 cards, the first of which was simply stamped with a sympathy sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set.  I punched out the sentiment for the second card, popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals, and added ribbon and also Gilded Gem embellishments from the Ornate Garden Suite, which will be released tomorrow.  And on the 3rd card I used a border die from the Ornate Border Dies (also from the Ornate Garden Suite) and added a scalloped die cut circle behind my punched sentiment.




There's still a few more hours to take advantage of all that Sale-A-Bration offers - Free items with $50 or more purchases, a special host stamp set, and the very special Join offer, which includes a free stamp set of your choice, a sample pack of papers from the current Mini Catalog and the Mini Trimmer, beyond the normal $125 of product for only $99 plus tax.

The Ornate Garden Suite releases to customers tomorrow, and it is a beautiful suite of products!  I participated with a group of demonstrators around the world to create a bundle of tutorials featuring this suite of products - 90 tutorials in the bundle!  You'll be hearing more from me about how you can purchase this bundle of tutorials or get it free!

Here is a list of products used in the creation of my cards.  If you'd like to check them out further or find out more about the Join offer that ends tonight, visit my online store here:My store

Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper (152313 - free with $50 Sale-A-Bration item available only through 3/31)
Lovely Lipstick Classic Ink Pad (147140)
2018-2020 In Color 8.5" x 11" Cardstock (146973)
2018-2020 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (147159)
Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
Peaceful Moments Stamp Set (151595)
Pretty Label Punch (143715)
3/8" Metallic Ribbon - Silver (144213)
Gilded Gems (152478 - Available 4/1)
Layering Circle Dies (141705)
Ornate Border Dies (152724 - Available 4/1)
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Snail Adhesive (104332)
Paper Trimmer (152392)
Block D (118485)

Even though there is much sadness and sorrow right now, I also have hope because of the relationship I have with God.  He has revealed himself in His Word, and it says in Psalm 34:18 "The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in Spirit," and in Psalm 119:50 "This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life."  I am so glad that in the swiftly changing and often sorrowful events happening right now, that I can cling to God's promises and the hope I have in Him.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Stop by again soon!