Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sweet Fragrance of a Friend

Our Daily Bread Designs, Apothecary Bottles, Lavender, ODBD Custom Apothecary Bottles Dies, CherylQuilts, Shining the Light Challenge

Proverbs 27:9 says, "Perfume brings joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice."  While our greatest gift from God is Jesus, He also gave us friends.  And precious friends in Christ are those whom God has placed in our lives to pray for us, encourage us, and help us to be more like Christ…and to help us along the way especially during challenging times. I am blessed to have a number of Christian friends who bring great joy to my heart!  

This week's Shining the Light challenge is a Sketch Challenge.

I took a bit of liberty in the sketch and used one of the new Apothecary Bottles and matching Apothecary Bottles die as my main image and stamped the bottle "label" with a stamp from Lavender.  I found some papers with a French theme that seemed to work well with my bottle of Eau de Toilette Lavender and used Spellbinder dies for the shape and paper-pierced (I love piercing…LOL!). I added some dimension to the bottle, added some pearls and some ribbon that I love, and added a sprig from ODBD's Fancy Foliage dies. The sentiment inside the front of the card is from the Lavender stamp set, Proverbs 27:9.  

Our Daily Bread Designs, Apothecary Bottles, Lavender, ODBD Custom Apothecary Bottles Dies, CherylQuilts, Shining the Light Challenge

To see all the creations in one place or join the challenge, please visit Our Daily Bread Designs Blog.  You have until January 19 to join us. You may use any stamps to enter, but if you have any Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we would love to see you use them. If you participate, you have an opportunity to win a $15 certificate toward ODBD stamps or to be "spotlighted" for the Shining the Light Award (the SLC award is only for those who use ODBD stamps). We would so love to see your creations!

For more absolutely gorgeous inspiration for this challenge, please visit my precious design team sisters:

This week may I encourage you to reach out to a friend and encourage and pray for her or him, as Paul reminds us in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."  

I have also entered this card for the Word Art Wednesday challenge this week.

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and leaving a comment or sharing a thought.  Have a wonderful week, and I hope you will think of someone special to whom you can bring the sweet fragrance of friendship and joy!

For His glory,

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Apothecary Bottles and Lavender (ODBD)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (PTI), Pear Pizzazz (SU), Bonjour Collection (KaiserCraft)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black (Versafine), Old Paper Distress Ink (Ranger)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, ODBD Custom Apothecary Bottles dies and ODBD Custom Fancy Foliage dies, Labels 8 and Decorative Labels 8 dies (Spellbinders), ribbon (May Arts), Pewter pearls (KaiserCraft), paper-piercing tool, empressor tool, 3M dimensional tape
Card Size:  A-2
Technique:  Paper-piercing and sponging


Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What a stunning card sweet friend!! I just love your framing with the green, your soft coloring of the perfume bottle and your gorgeous take on the sketch!! The little spring of leaves and your gorgeous bow are the perfect finishing touch to your beautiful card!! Love it!!

I see great minds think alike. I like the verses you shared and your thoughts to remind us that God wants us to encourage and lift each other up. You are such a wonderful example of a friend that God would like us to be...always there to encourage!! Thanks for being such a sweet friend!!


Grace said...

Cheryl this is just soooo gorgeous! You have chosen the most beautiful color combo and I loved reading your thoughts on this verse! YOU are one of those friends who encourages and prays all the time, and I just want you to know how much I appreciate YOU!!! Your card is sooo beautiful! Love the shaped die cut base and the beautiful bow! Breathtaking!!!

Sabrina Jackson said...

Oh my word, Cheryl, your card is beyond words gorgeous! I would so frame it! You put so much thought into your cards and love.......amazing! Sending big {{{HUGS}}} and many blessings your way........Sabrina

Diana Nguyen said...

Wow! What a beautifully shaped cards and I LOVE the colors you used. It's so soothing and just beautiful. And this verse is so apt for you - you are definitely blessed with the gift of encouragement. You leave the kindest comments!

Marlena M. said...

This is stunning Cheryl~I love your take of this sketch! You have been blessed with the gift of encouragement, friend, and I thank God for your sweet spirit that you share. ;)

DJ Rants said...

Oh Cheryl, how lovely!! Love the warm olive with the scrumptious lavender!! Wonderful bow and coloring too!! Blessings!!

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Cheryl! What a beautiful card. I absolutely adore how your love for our Lord, Jesus Christ, comes through in each piece of art you create. I feel blessed to have you share your talents with us, and appreciate it SO very much. God bless you for sharing with us!
Word Art Wednesday

Katie Sims said...

Saw this on SCS and wanted to pop over here to give a little blog love too....this is lovely Cheryl! What beautiful coloring on your vintage bottle and that bow is gorgeous!! :)

Robin Clendenning said...

Love your beautiful Lavender perfume bottle!! and I think the sweet fragrance of friendship must be like that!! Love the colors you used and that ribbon is out of this world gorgeous!!! Love you dear sweet friend!

Greta said...

What a lovely card, Cheryl! The pp was the perfect choice & I love the gorgeous ribbon! Hope you're having a great week!

Linda Carson said...

Quite lovely! It reminds me of you.....beautiful both inside and out! It's been a cherished blessing getting to know you and your heart for our Lord! Praying for you and your family's health. Considered yourself hugged!!

Alshandra said...

Cheryl I LOVE this card! Love the colours and love how you coloured the bottle! That ribbon is gorgeous!

Sandee Shanabrough said...

Oh Cheryl! You have taken my breath away with this beauty! It is so very beautiful! Thank YOU for being such a sweet friend! You bless me!

Susie said...

Cheryl, this card is as lovely inside as it is outside. And more importantly, it reflects the character of Christ within you my friend. A beautiful card and meaningful post.

Susie ~

Karen Dunbrook said...

This is so beautiful the softness around the outside of the bottle. Your cards always look so well done mf.
Hope you have a great wknd.

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my goodness, this is pretty! So glad I popped over today and got to see this feminine beauty. Lovely words and thoughts, too.

Kelley said...

I love the inside and the outside!! Totally gorgeous all over!!

Katherine said...

What a beautiful card! I want to feature it next week on Trendy Tuesday for Paper Crafter's Library blog (fyi, we're featuring paper piercing). The post will credit you with your project & link back to your blog. You can ck out the blog at If you do not wish to be featured just let me know.