Sunday, May 8, 2011

Butterfly Beauty: Ecclesiastes 3:11

Happy Mother's Day on this wonderful Sunday. I am so glad that you could join us for another challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ.

This week  Sabrina chose the verse for this week's challenge. The verse she chose is Ecclesiastes 3:11 .
"He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without men's ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done." NAB - St. Joseph Ed.
I just had to sit down to read this entire chapter. Really good! It starts off with there is a time for everything - this was made into a song by the Byrds called, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" perhaps some of you remember it. Then it talks about everyday life. Going to work and enjoying the results of that work. How wonderful then to appreciate the beauty of God's work! The beauty of the butterfly and the flowers in a meadow. The love of a child and that love for a child. The simple beauty of enjoying the moment.

I think we often look at the result of work as just being a paycheck and then paying the bills. A lot of us hope for a little extra to be able to "purchase" some fun and beauty in our lives. Perhaps we overlook the rewards that are around us every minute of every day; we just have to recognize it and acknowledge that all are gifts from God.  

The challenge this week is to make a card and put all things "beautiful" on it (flowers, pearls, bling, butterflies, birds, lace, etc.)

I made this card as soon as I received my order from TCM! I just had to make this card. I did struggle with it though. You see all those butterflies? Well there was just 1 until my finger got some ink on it and I smeared it in 2 different places. I could not start over so - - 2 more butterflies! I colored the flowers in the meadow with pen nubs and Distress inks. I just love that technique! I stamped the wings on the little girl on some vellum and popped it up and added bling here and there and everywhere. The sentiment is from a set that I purchased at Simon Says Stamp called Good News which has some great Christian Symbols and Sentiments on it. 

Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamp with this wonderful stamp set, gee I think I should enter this challenge!

Be sure to stop by my SSIC design sisters to see what they have to share this week:

Grace Nywening: Th-INK-ing of You
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow 
Peggysue Turner: Roses By My Window
Rebekka Reed: Diamond in the Rough
Kristine Breach: Ink Something
MariLynn DeGroot - Mississippi McGyver
Sabrina Jackson - SJ Butterfly Dreams
Randi Barret: A New Creation (On break)

It is always great to see you, thanks for the comments and enjoy your "gifts"!

Stamps: Butterfly Kisses and LaBlanche Two Meadows from TCM & Sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp called Good News
Paper: LaBlanche white from TCM and SU Yellow and Black
Designer Paper: none
Other: Distress Inks for coloring, ribbon, bling, bling and more bling!

Flutter By Wednesday: Open Challenge
Paper Crafting Journey - 2W, 1E - 2nd wk - Challenge #9: Bling
Allsorts - 1E - Use at least 3 Different Stamps
Crazy 4 Challenges - #C4C86 - Lots of Flowers 
Send a Smile for Kids - 2W 2E - May Flowers
Sweet Stampin - 2E, must Stamp - Childhood Memories 
Claudia & company#81: butterflies 
Fab n Funky Challenges - No DP
Top Tip Tuesday - Open challenge - anything Goes

Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes 


Becky said...

I love how you used this image. Wonderful idea about the wings and love the bling in the flowers.
Happy Mothers Day.

Wendy said...

Love the way you have added the pearls to the butterfly... this is a beautiful card xx

Lisa Hjulberg said...

I was so excited when I saw your card, Miesje! Thanks for turning those beautiful images into beautiful cards, and for the shout-out for TCM! You're the BEST!

I could not, for the life of me, remember the name of that song, but I do remember it well. ;) Great devotional.


Renee said...

I love how you added the wings and metal to shadow digi's. Such a great idea.

Kristine said...

That is so adorable! Love your butterflies!! Very creative card Miesje. ♥HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY♥

Lori said...

I absolutely L-O-V-E this card! I did order this set from Lisa, but am not a huge fan of solid stamps. Your card gives me wonderful ideas, thanks so much!

Fiona said...

this is so pretty, love how you have added the wings!! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.


Grace said...

Hi Miesje! Oh my goodness I just love your card!!! This is such an adorable set and I love what you did with the vellum on the wings!!! Your coloring of the meadow is nothing short of amazing!!! I'd like to be there right now! Loved your thoughts today too... wonderful inspiration Miesje! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful and happy and beautiful Mother's Day!!!

xxxtglxxx said...

This is such a beautiful card :)

I love your gingham bow too!

Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week,



Peggysuez said...

Beautiful card Miesje, what a lovely use of that new set from Nina at the Craft's Meow! I smudge and smear ink too, sometimes I have embellishments in odd places because of it! When I'm too hurried to start anew! But this is wonderful, no smudges detectable to my eyes. Have a wonderful week!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is gorgeous Miesje!! I just love your colors and that silhouette you used. So much dimension!! Beautiful! Happy Mother's Day!

Mummylade said...

This is a wonderful creation, so clever. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Allsorts challenge this week and good luck!

Wendy said...

This is so very pretty! Your design is very well planned! Thanks for joining us over at PCJ.


MariLynn said...

Awesome job. This is just gorgeous. I love how you added the little pearls to the wings. Great use of this set. Have a blessed week!

Karen Hasheck said...

Wow- this is just gorgeous! The butterflies and silhouette stamp are just awesome! Thanks for joining us at Send a Smile 4 Kids!

Debby said...

Lovely, lovely. I really love silhouette stamps, love the way you did the wings. Thanks for playing at Send A Smile 4 Kids. Hugs and Good Luck.

Carol Johnston said...

Lovely card thanks for joining us at Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge

Maria Matter said...

this is absolutely gorgeous Miesje!!
Thank you for sharing @ Inspire Me Fridays!

You've been featured!

lynn said...

congrats on your inspire me friday feature, this adorable card so deserves it! love your vellum wings, miesje:)

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Miesje, what a beautiful card - I just love that set and adore what you have done with it! Your devotionals are always so timely and from the heart my friend - thank you - you are a blessing!!{{{hugs}}}