Monday, February 22, 2010

Triple the Scraps: Home

Home can be many things to many people. In the stages of our the David Cook family, it’s been a honeymoon hideaway, a nursery, a zoo, a boy-scouts headquarters, a newspaper office, a departure point, a ministry headquarters and personal business office, and now it’s also our church. But years ago, we made the commitment that “for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.” We meant it then and we mean it now. The top scripture from 1 Timothy reminds us of the importance of family ministry. Our children know they can come home if they need to; home will always be open. How can we expect our heavenly home to be opened when we turn our backs on family?

This is our fourth Triple the Scraps challenge. Again, I used all Close to My Heart products: I built the project on White Daisy cardstock using the November 2009 Stamp of the Month – D1377 “Around the Block. I added a touch of desert sand paper to the door and then framed the windows with a Desert Sand marker (Z2318). I also used Vineyard Berry and Heavenly Blue ink pads and markers. I used our Z282 Hemp to hang the first scripture and a Stubble Tool which is part of our Z1298 Texture Tool set to stipple the signage. I chalked the edges of the house with Vineyard Berry using the foam tool which is also part of the texture set and chalked the signs with Z2105 Black ink.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Triple the Scraps, Abide

Abide was a much more difficult theme for me to present, but, after two attempts, this simple scene conveyed my first thoughts. My scripture is John 15:7, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.” The delight our silhouetted young girl conveys as she receives flowers from her friend reminds me of our relationship with Christ. This is a tender moment, an idyllic setting that takes us to a place of peace and contentment. How much more so is the gift we receive as our faith stands firm in difficult times? Abiding, patiently waiting for the Holy Spirit’s direction and instruction and then walking ahead with full possession of His gift gives rise to that special peace that passes all understanding. How great is our God indeed.

With the exception of Smooch Spritz, Gold Glow, all my products are from CTMH. I used Vanilla Cream pigment ink to stamp the images on our Cocoa Cardstock. The cross comes from our B1326 He Is Risen clear stamps, while the scene is from D1373 Childhood Portrait and the lettering comes from D1195 The Works Acrylix Clear Stamp set. I typed the scripture in a 2-inch column and then sprayed it with Smooch Spritz Gold Glow spray which gave the typed page and air-brushed, glittery effect. I also stamped the cross using CTMH Cocoa ink pad onto White Daisy Cardstock that I sprayed with the Smooch Spritz.