Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Thankfulness…

Good evening, friends.  Today’s post is a card I created for a group that has really been there for me when I needed them to pray for me, encourage me, rejoice with me in the good times and cry with me in the sad times.  Crafters of Faith is a group of Christian bloggers that met and bonded on SplitCoast Stampers.   Every month, on the last day of the month, we post a card with a theme chosen by a member of our group.  This month’s theme was chosen by none other than me.  Here is what I challenged them with ….

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Wow, it's hard to believe that there is only 3 more months left of 2012...where has the time gone?? Some of you may know from reading my blog this week that Autumn is my favorite season of the year. In Southern Ontario it is quickly making its appearance and where I'm from the colour of the changing leaves can be quite spectacular. It's so inspiring--I just love it! Autumn also includes my most favourite holiday celebration--THANKSGIVING!! It's hard not to love a holiday that calls on us to give thanks for our blessings. I realize not everyone around the world celebrates this holiday, and our friends in the U.S. don't celebrate until November, so for this challenge you can choose to make either a card for thanksgiving OR a thank you card for someone who has been a blessing to you. Please use at least 2 designer papers and 1 embellishment, and most importantly, have fun! I can't wait to see what you've created!

 
Although my card is very simple and I’m a day early with my post, I am especially proud of it because it’s the FIRST card I’ve made using my new Silhouette.  The Cameo Silhouette is a machine that is jam packed with the possibilities of so many amazing ways to create.  I’m only just beginning to learn of all the magic it has in store for me.
 
With Hurricane Sandy looming, I whipped this card up just in time to beat the storm’s arrival in my town. Although we didn’t experience anything like our friends in the Eastern U.S., we did have some very high winds and bucket loads of rain.  I’m thankful that the only damage we sustained was a felled fence in our backyard. 
 
This card was made by taking one of the label shapes and welding it together to create the base for the card.  I added a couple of designer papers and an image that I found online and colored with my copics.  The label in the middle was created on the Silhouette as well.  Both the label and the pumpkin image were created with a feature called “print and cut”.  I printed the images on my home printer first and then the Cameo magically cut around it with a slight offset to give it the white border.  Pretty cool, eh.  I tied on a bow and called it a day. 
 
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I’m thankful for so many things.  First and foremost, I am thankful for my Lord and Savior, sweet Jesus. I am grateful He makes all things new!! I am thankful for His presence in my Life and that He calls me into partnership with Him. I am thankful I am His beloved and He is mine!

I am thankful for my sweet husband and beautiful daughters.  I am thankful that God has bound our hearts together in love and that we can share our faith with each other as we all pursue God's universal purpose but also our individual destiny in Christ.

I am thankful that God has brought together women who have the same heart to minister to other women through this group!

I am so very thankful that there is always enough of whatever it is I need in Jesus.

And of course, I'm thankful for my online friends ~  I ♥ you!  May we all live each day with a heart of gratitude. 

My thoughts and prayers are with all who have experienced devastating losses, whether it be a family member or a personal possession, due to Sandy.

PS: If you want to view the cards from the other Crafters of Faith ladies, you can find them listed on the right side of my blog.

23 comments :

  1. Your card is BEAUTIFUL Sharon! Congrats on your new toy! :) Thank you for such a special theme that really speaks to the heart of each of us in the group. Lots of love and hugs, kadie

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    1. Awww, thanks Kadie. Have a good night, hun.

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  2. Sharon, thank you so much for your lovely post and for this great challenge. I really enjoyed it. Your card is beautiful. I love that shapped card, the image is so cute as well. God bless you!!!

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    1. Thanks, Carolina. I had so much fun playing with my new toy :-)

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    1. Thanks, Desire. Come back again soon.

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  4. Sharon, this card is really, really great! I love the unique shape and your layout is super! I love how the Silhouette cut around the image, very impressive!! Your coloring is great too. Thanks for making such a fun challenge for us this month. I love the verse you chose and thank you for reminding us to count our blessings!

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    1. Darlene, I really appreciate your kind comments. So glad you had fun with the challenge.

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  5. Sharon, I love your card! Very good use of your Silhouette! I especially like how you used the ribbon on the shaped piece! And the colors. Perfect!

    I'm so thankful for you - your sweet (and forgiving) spirit is such a blessing to me! Thank you!

    I loved your theme this month. I'm glad we're Crafters of Faith together!

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    1. Jeanette, thanks for your kind comments. So glad we are Crafting Sisters of Faith :-)

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  6. Beautiful card, Sharon! I especially loved the coloring on the harvest scene! It's so fun playing with new toys, isn't it? And a beautiful post, too. So thankful to have you in our group!

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    1. Hi Mary Rose. I had so much fun with my new toy, lol. Thanks for your kind comments. Glad that we are part of COF together.

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  7. Sharon--your card is beautiful. Awesome colors and I like all of the added elements. Thanks for a great challenge!

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    1. Thanks, Barb. So glad you enjoyed the challenge.

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  8. Aaaahhhh Sharon....you got the Silhouette! Yay!!! Congratulations.

    This card is so pretty. I love that your new machine takes 'fussy cutting' (an April term) to a new level, like not having to do it! LOL

    I am thankful for being a part of the COF and getting to e-meet you!

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    1. Haha, I love April's 'fussy cutting' term and the Silhouette certainly does a great job of that. Glad that we got to e-meet as well.

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  9. Wow, wow wow Sharon...this card is outstanding. I love how you have shaped it and I love the mounted image..You had a great theme and I am grateful to be getting to know you through this awesome group...hugs...

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    1. Carol, thanks so much for your kind comments. I am so grateful we have had this opportunity to get to know each other.

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  10. Carol, your thankful card is just gorgeous! I love the shape and your vibrant colors. I'm thankful for your warm welcome and I'm looking forward to getting to know you and all my sisters at COF!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Marsha

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  11. Eek! Sharon, so sorry about the mistake on your name!

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    1. Haha, no worries. Thanks for your kind comments. So glad you stopped by. Looking forward to getting to know you better as well.

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  12. What a wonderful challenge! I had fun with it!

    Your card is just super! I adore that shape! I am always hesitant to differ from the rectangular or square card!

    This is just perfect!

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  13. AMEN!!! I finally made it here to the blogs and yours literally dropped my jaw! Thank you for putting for a challenge that really made us post the most wonderful messages of hope and faith. Your card is just as beautiful as can be, just as you are to all of us! I'm so blessed you found us in the COF group and bring such a joy 'to the table' - thank you for this beautiful challenge this month and for all the things you do!!

    Blessings to you, my friend!
    xoxo

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