Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Birthday Roses

Our Daily Bread Designs, ODBDSLC208, Rose, Rose Bouquet, Ornate Hearts Dies, Beautiful Borders Dies, ODBD Blushing Rose Paper Collection, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

This week's Shining the Light challenge is Birthday with ODBD. Make a card or project to celebrate a birthday using ODBD products. (And you have two weeks to work on your card.)

I love this cluster of roses from the Rose stamp set and decided to color and fussy cut it. Yes, it took patience, but it's something we all need to work on, right? I used Ornate Hearts dies to add under my roses (sponging and popping the filigree heart die), used some of the beautiful Blushing Rose Collection paper pad (my favorite), and added the edge of one of the Beautiful Borders dies. I added the sponged "happy birthday" sentiment from Rose Bouquet, paper-pierced around the border and bottom corner, and I think it has a vintage feel to it. 

Roses are so beautiful, and yet, their thorns can pierce our skin. In life's journey, "thorns" can and do hurt us. Yet, we know that God is in complete control and allows the hurts and hard times to make us more and more into the image of Christ. He alone provides the comfort and encouragement we need in our trials. I'm reminded of an old hymn, "O To Be Like Him." But to be more like Him, we must endure trials and hardship. James 1:2-4 is a great passage that reminds me that all suffering I endure will continue to draw me closer to Him and prayerfully make me realize that I can do all things through Him Who strengthens me. Here are some thoughts about our suffering and trials from John Piper: They are not a surprise but a plan, they give evidence of our union with Christ, and God is glorified when we rejoice in our sufferings. Trust God alone.

Count it all joy, my brothers [and sisters], 
when you meet trials of various kinds,
for you know that testing of your faith
produces steadfastness.
And let steadfastness have its full effect,
that you may be perfect and complete,
lacking in nothing.
James 1:2-4

To see all the designs in one place or join the challenge, please visit Our Daily Bread Designs Blog. You have until July 6 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. By participating in the challenge, you have an opportunity to win a $15 ODBD gift certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the "stamps column" on the ODBD website or to be "spotlighted" for the Shining the Light Award. We would love to see your designs!

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 sharing a comment, thought, or prayer request, and I hope you have a wonderful week!

For His glory,

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  RoseRose Bouquet (ODBD)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Vintage Cream (PTI), Primrose Petals (SU), Blushing Rose Collection paper pad (ODBD)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black (Versafine), Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Ornate Hearts dies (ODBD), Beautiful Borders dies (ODBD), Petite Ovals dies (Spellbinders), piercing tool, 3M dimensional tape, red tape
Techniques: Fussy cutting, sponging, and paper-piercing
Card Size:  5 1/4"


Becky said...

Good morning Cheryl;
Your card is just stunning. Love the roses and heart. Wonderful post this morning too, all so true. It reminds me of a song "Be grateful" a little rain mixed with God's sunshine..
hugs :)

DJ Rants said...

Thanks for your inspirational thoughts today Cheryl, it's important to rejoice right where we are, although that may seem hard sometimes! Love your roses, they pop right out of the card! And I love how you've combined them with the heart die, it makes for the perfect b day card!!

Robin Clendenning said...

Such a pretty card Cheryl!!! Love your beautiful roses!!!They go perfectly with the heart dies!! What a lovely devotional this morning as well! Sometimes we forget as Christians that we will suffer in this life and He uses our suffering for our good and as a testimony when people see how we still trust our God no matter what life throws at us! He brings us through the storms!!

Susan Lankford said...

Cheryl, you are so precious to encourage me on SCS! Thank you! Your cards are so beautiful and so are your words..may God mightily bless you!

Grace said...

Cheryl your card is just gorgeous! Took my breath away!!! I love your roses and the lacy insert of the heart really looks like real lace in that ecru color! Such a soft and pleasing color combo... and what a beautiful post as well! So true my friend!!!

Jerri Jimenez said...

Cheryl, your card is absolutely stunning! I love the fussy cutting, it is a lot of work, but so worth it on the finished creation . . . . and those dies are so beautiful, so perfect for this design. A beautiful, and oh so true, message in your post, thank you so much for sharing your gift! Hugs!!!

Unknown said...

Yes , one of my favorite verses and I have found myself crying jumping up and down saying , 'joy one, joy two". Your roses are magnificent as is the whole card. We appreciate that you have taken time to share with us at Word Art Wednesday this week.
Carole Robb Bisson

Alshandra said...

Beautiful card Cheryl. The roses are perfect with the hearts :-) And beautiful colouring and fussy cutting!

Linda Carson said...

Quite lovely Cheryl! Love the roses gently lying on the heart! Makes it extra special! Truly beautiful!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

wonderful card and great post to share, Cheryl.. thanks ! love roses too Shaz in Oz.x

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my goodness, this is one of those jaw droppers, for sure! Your roses are so beautifully colored and cut, and the gorgeous heart die cut makes the perfect setting for them. All that on those fabulous papers... my heart flutters!

DebR said...

This is so beautiful Cheryl...very elegant looking. Beautifully colored and put together.

Stephanie said...

Hello sweet friend! Your words today were simply beautiful! I love roses and the way you used them to share encouragement about trials was a sweet blessing, thank you!

Your card is gorgeous! I love the vintage look to it and of course the roses are a winner for me.

Graciellie Design said...

Hi dear friend, I thought I'd visit you today and to my surprise you too stopped by my blog, thanks so much. This collection is so pretty, I have to say. Your card looks very elegant and has a vintage feel to it that I love.

Greta said...

Boy will someone smile when they open this beauty! Love how you used the heart behind the roses & that paper is gorgeous!

Robyn said...

One of the most encouraging words in Scripture to remind us to focus on the positives in our lives. My but your card is a beautiful work of art. Love the colors and love you have put into the card. I am blessed with your encouragement.

ChristineCreations said...

This is so rich and romantic feeling Cheryl! The die beneath the roses is amazing!

Stacy Morgan said...

Gorgeous Cheryl! The heart with the roses is so classy and elegant. I like the warm soothing colors too.

Karen Dunbrook said...

Wow! This is the look! You are amazing and so super sweet. That really comes out in your wonderful cards.
I am so happy and grateful to have a friend like you!

Dawn B. said...

I love roses. I have dozens of bushes of knock out roses and yes the thorns are brutal but their beauty shines through. Your write up is beautiful. You have such a gift.