Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Secret Admirer? It's no secret...

Our Daily Bread Designs, Sentiments Collection 2, Sing to the Lord, ODBD Custom Decorative Corners dies, ODBD Custom Fancy Foliage dies, CherylQuilts, Shining the Light Challenge, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

This week's Shining the Light challenge is to be a Secret Admirer.  Since we celebrate both Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day in February, we want you to be a Secret Admirer. CASE a card by someone you admire or a card you always wanted to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit...for those who don't know the acronym).

It's no secret that I admire so many stampers, and for this challenge I chose my sweet friend and our Challenge Team Coordinator, Chris Olsen. Not only do I admire her amazing creative talent, but I delight in how she reflects the love of Christ in her life. And it shows in her stamping. Here's the card I chose to CASE. (Note: I've added a photo of Chris's card, since the card I chose is in the SCS Dirty Dozen gallery. You have to be a SCS Fan Club Member to view this gallery. Thanks, Linda, for letting me know why you couldn't see it!)

Our Daily Bread Designs, Thank You, ODBD Custom Fancy Foliage dies, Designed by Chris Olsen, SCS Dirty Dozen Gallery

Chris has a wonderful ability to layer and add such rich texture to her beautiful cards, and I decided to try it myself. I used Sentiments Collection 2 for the Scripture verse and added the flowers from Sing to the Lord (with lots of fussy cutting, which I enjoy). I used the beautiful Decorative Corners dies and Fancy Foliage dies layered on top of an embossed background, and I changed the orientation and used a different die for the Scripture verse.

I wonder whether there is someone you secretly admire or who could be encouraged by you today. What might you do or say to encourage him or her? I'm reminded of a Scripture verse that reminds us to encourage each other both in words and deeds. Paul wrote:

...and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's fellow worker
 in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you
 in your faith,
1 Thessalonians 3:2

And then at the end of 1 Thessalonians 3, Paul shares Timothy's good report of his visit about their faith and love and encourages them with these words:

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow
 for each other and for everyone else,
just as ours does for you. 
1 Thessalonians 3:12

My desire is to be more like Christ and reflect His love to others by encouraging and lifting others up...for His glory. And in so doing, I believe it helps me to be less self-focused and more Christ-focused.

To see all the creations in one place or join the challenge, please visit Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. You have until February 23 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 love to see your creations!

For more beautiful inspiration ideas for this challenge, please visit my precious design team sisters:

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

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and leaving a comment or sharing a thought. Have a wonderful week and be encouraged that God loves you dearly!

For His glory,

Card Recipe:
Paper: White (PTI), Cool Caribbean and Wild Wasabi (SU)
Ink: Black (Versafine)
Tools/Accessories: ODBD Custom Decorative Corners diesODBD Custom Fancy Foliage dies, Copic markers, Floral Ovals (Spellbinders), Fence embossing folder (Darice), Empressor tool (EK Success), Glue n' Seal adhesive, Diamond Glaze adhesive, red tape, 3M dimensional tape
Card Size:  A-2


Alshandra said...

Absolutely stunning card Cheryl! You've CASE'd Chris beautifully! I love the texture and layering and those flowers are so beautiful - love the colour!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh my sweet friend, I am truly honored by your kind words!!! You are too sweet!! I adore your case!! I love the blue and white (one of my very favorite combos) with all the layering of dies and those beautifully colored flowers from Sing to the Lord. The framing of that sentiment is stunning!! So clean and crisp!!!

Thanks for casing me a putting a smile on my face (as did DJ!) Each and every week I am in awe of the talent of you and your beautiful creations as I am with the rest of the team!!


Grace said...

Ooooooh Cheryl, what a beatiful case of Chris' card! I love the crisp white bg with the embossing, and the texture of the decorative corner! The fussy cut flowers are just the prettiest... and in her favorite colors too!!! Love reading your encouraging words, and I have been praying for you and Walt this am!!!

hugs sweet friend,

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh...I forgot to say...thanks for sharing those verses. I have them displayed as this is a personal goal of mine this year is to reach out and encourage others. Thanks for sharing scripture and your words of wisdom sweet friend!

Robin Clendenning said...

Oh Cheryl!! This is so beautiful and I remember Chris's card, you did a wonderful job casing her! LOVE the tiny little blue flowers and I simple adore that corner die and the embossing folder as well! It is over all, one wholly gorgeous card my sweet friend!! The blue oval frame die is so elegant! Oh and BTW, thank you for sharing the meaning of CASE. I think that was a very good idea!! and as Chris said above, thank you for sharing the scriptures because I want to work on that more this year as well! YOU, my friend, already have that quality in the bag! I'm going back to edit my post and add a scripture cause I have to admit...I forgot!

Diane Noble said...

This is a gorgeous card. The dimension is fabulous and I love the intricate detail and sweet embellies. Just beautiful! We appreciate your support and talent so much. Thanks for participating in our challenge at Word Art Wednesday!
Diane Noble (DT-WAW)

Unknown said...

What a beauty, crisp die cuts and lovely fussy cuts, super sentiment and the colors seem to like each other. Thank you for sharing this lovely art with us. Please come back soon.
Blessings, Carole Word Art Wednesday DT

Nancy said...

Another beautiful card, Cheryl! Such a pretty color combination! Thank you for sharing those beautiful Scripture verses! :o)

DJ Rants said...

How beautiful!! Such brilliant cutting of these intricate flowers and I love your case too!! Hugs!!

Linda Carson said...

Stunning card my dear sister in Christ! I don't have access to Chris' card but you've CASE'd one of the best! Love the colors, the textures, dies and fabulous sentiment! Beautifully done!

Greta said...

I admire Chris's work, too, but couldn't case her. You, on the other hand, did a gorgeous job! Love seeing your creations, Cheryl!

TLady said...

LOVELY CASE CHERYL!!!!!!!!!!:) LOVELY COLORS, LAYOUT & it can be EASILY MAILED!!!! :) (THAT is what I shoot for---easy to be mailed!!!) I am STILL thinking on a CASE!!!!!!!!!!:) (Sounds like I'm a detective!!! LOL)

Robyn said...

Beautifully CASED!

Becky said...

wow Cheryl...This is stunning..stunning.. gorgeous colors.

wendy2512 said...

Cheryl...Stunning and super case. Chris DOES have Beautiful work too. I have admired tonnes of hers as well. Elegant and pretty with beautiful colors...well done..TFS..:0)

Dorothy S said...

BOTH cards are just gorgeous. The wonderful die cuts and lovely colors make this ever so lovely. I also like the verse you showcased.
Thank you so much for your encouraging words in your comments. Have a blessed week.

Diana Nguyen said...

Whoops! I missed this card last week! Beautiful! Love the soft blue and white - so crisp and elegant yet soft at the same time.