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Friday, March 20, 2015

Believing and Trusting...with Great Hope

Hello, sweet friends, and happy first day of spring!

I started this card on Monday for the Clean and Simple Card Challenge called "No Patterned Paper," and then I saw Thursday's Ways to Use It Challenge called "Triple Play" using combinations of threes. So I decided to combine the challenges. I used a layered decorative die for my CAS challenge and used three colors for my image and three layers on my card. It's been far too long since I've played a challenge on Splitcoaststampers, and I hope to play again soon.

Old Tea Rose, Anemones, Flourishes, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens, CherylQuilts

I colored my rose and added a little blue to soften it, and then I added this encouraging sentiment. I used Labels 28 for my focal image and layered it on the coordinating A2 Devine Eloquence die on top of the pink card stock. I added gold with my Krylon pen to dress it up and then pierced around the top layer.

As I worked on this card Monday, I thought about my dear dad whose birthday it was...he would have been 91. And I have to say, it was a hard day. I still miss him very much after 15 years (it sure doesn't feel like that long ago). He was dearly loved -- he loved people and had a smile that would make anyone smile back! But most of all, he loved the Lord and had great faith, which gives me the true hope of seeing him again one day. A dear friend recently lost her mom, and I am praying that she too is comforted by this precious Scripture passage.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
-- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and sharing a comment, thought or question, and I hope you have a wonderful week! And warm hugs to all...spring is here!

Blessings,

Stamps:  Old Tea Rose, Anemones (Flourishes) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White (PTI), Pretty in Pink (SU)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Labels 28 and Devine Eloquence dies (Spellbinders), Glue n' Seal adhesive, piercing tool
Techniques: Paper-piercing
Card Size:  A-2
Copics used: BG000, RV00, RV02, RV11, RV21, RV14, YG13, G24, G94


24 comments:

Leslie Miller said...

My heart swells as I read these beautiful words and feast on the gorgeousness of your card, Cheryl. Oh, how lovely with your coloring and the very mailable design. I know your friend will be comforted by the love in this thoughtfully crafted work of heart. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us.

Becky said...

Good Morning my dear sister in Christ.. What a beautiful card you have created. Love that die and that flower is stunning.

Conniecrafter said...

Your card is absolutely Gorgeous, such great dimension in your coloring, lovely framing, like your gold accenting too!
The verse gives such encouragement, I too miss both my parents so much, it is hard when you wish you could share with them all that is happening.

Susie said...

Amen, and amen! Your style is beautiful, Cheryl. And coupled with the truth of God's word I pray this card will touch those who see it and hear His word.

Misti said...

This is gorgeous, Cheryl!

Lisa Lara said...

Your creations are always so stunning Cheryl. This is so beautiful. I just love the die you used and that little bit of gold. Beautiful passage. Hugs.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wowzer my friend!! Absolutely stunning!! Your coloring of the flower is so realistic and deep!! The framing is perfect!! You are so talented my friend!! I know how hard it is to lose someone you love. It was 16 years in November since my mother in law passed away. There is never a day I don't think about her and miss her. Hugs to you!! I pray this card brings comfort to your friend!! What a comforting scripture!!!

hugs,
Chris

Stephanie said...

My sweet friend, your card is elegant and beautiful! I love seeing your creations and I always appreciate the words that you share from the Bible.

I am sorry to hear yesterday was a hard day for you as you thought of your precious dad.... our loved ones will always remain in our hearts. Love and hugs to you!

Karen D. said...

I LOVE!! this gorgeous beauty mf. I feel your pain about your dad. I lost mine 14 yrs ago and the pain in your heart never goes away. I think we can take great comfort in knowing they are looking down over us from Heaven.
You are so talented and so special to me.
hugs, love and prayers,
Karen

Robin Clendenning said...

Oh so beautiful Cheryl!! I love that rose and the sentiment is perfect for many a time! I lost my dad 22 years ago and my mom 13 years ago. You always miss them, always wish you could tell them something...you will see him again though!! We DO have that hope, don't we my sister!!
Love your card!

Barbara said...

I just adore this beautiful card. The single rose with the dies cut is gorgeous.

Jennipher said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Cheryl! I'm blown away by the beauty of this design. The coloring and the intricately diecut panel...it all just flows together so well. I'm WOW'd!

Tracy said...

I am just drooling over the way that you have framed that gorgeous rose. You and Katie tempt me so badly with those fancy background dies but I don't have your vision for how to put them to use. One of our church ladies lost her brother last week. She and I were talking about it. There were 14 kids in her family and only 4 or 5 left. She said she had that wonderful hope of being reunited with them all in heaven. What a blessing to have God's promise of that. Hope you have a blessed week in every way! Hugs!

laughingstamper said...

How pretty this is Cheryl!!! I enjoyed reading about your Dad!!! Thanks for sharing!

Benzi said...

Cheryl, this is so beautiful and is sure to be a comfort to your friend. I know you miss your Dad terribly, but how wonderful to know you'll see him again.

I love your rose and that beautiful die cut, too.

So glad you were able to play in the challenges.

Cards By Jan said...

Hi Cheryl...What a GORGEOUS flower, and so elegantly framed!!

JD/ Jill said...

So beautiful...wonderful coloring...(I love PINK!) and the sentiment is wonderful! I was missing my MIL so much last week. We were neighbors for 30 yrs, So she was not just my Mother-in-law, Mother, Neighbor, but also a best friend. We would craft together, shop together, vacation together, and go to church together. An anniversary of her passing and her birthday would have been last week, She was so strong in her faith and a real inspiration to me.

Susan (rainy) said...

Your coloring is absolutely beautiful, Cheryl. Such a gorgeous card and sweet sentiment.

Katie Sims said...

What a beautiful post, Cheryl and certainly a comfort. Your card is absolutely stunning and the sentiment so fitting. Oh, I wish I could just hug you through the computer right now. It doesn't matter when it happens, when you lose a parent you feel like a child again and that emptiness in your heart never completely goes away, does it? Loved reading your post, Cheryl and love that precious heart of yours....

Kelly-Anne said...

Dearest Cheryl...how beautiful your card is and what encouraging and inspiring words! The Scriptures truly comfort the soul and bring joy to the heart!
May your day be richly blessed by the Lord!
Hugs and dear love,
Kelly-Anne

Irish Cherokee said...

I dropped down and took a peek at the other cards and I love them all. The coloring and flowers are just gorgeous. I somehow keep missing your posts. Have to look harder. - Jim

Traci M said...

This is a beautiful card, Cheryl! Elegantly framed and a softness which goes so well with the thoughtful sentiment. Truly a card to bring comfort. I agree, losing a parent, no matter how long ago...you always miss them. Thank you for sharing.

Graciellie Ch said...

What a gorgeous card dear friend. That is a gorgeous stamp! I wish it wasn't discontinued! Your design is definetely inspiring... Hugs, Gracie.

Christina said...

WOW! My first visit to your blog Cheryl and I am so move by your words that almost put me in tears. Your card is very gorgeous. Hugs, Christina