Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Peace montage

Greeting to all my cyber visitors - yes two posts in two days again this week!!  

I made this card, as my contribution to the Stamping Sisters In Christ Challenge #47, and then decided that it is for me, and I am going to frame it and hang it in my craft area!!

The challenge was this : 
Make a card that symbolizes what brings you rest or peace. For example, it could be flowers, an ocean, music, mountains, sitting with a friend, or just reading a book., and is based on the Scripture - Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest."

This is way off my 'normal' style - (actually I am not sure what my 'normal' style is anymore!!)  When I thought about what brings me peace, and in many instances that peace is found in God's presence, quite a few things came to mind, hence why this is a montage type of creation.

Firstly music has always played a large part in my life - not that I can sing, as I find that the tune in my head does not always come out of my mouth sounding as it ought - just ask my family!!  But I did learn the piano for years and there was always music in my home when growing up, and even now the radio is tuned to the local Christian station, and going a lot of the day.
The music is from a hymnal, a purchase from a local secondhand shop, and I sponged the edges with Tea Stain distressing Ink, and pleated it onto the corner of the card.

Secondly I find peace in reading my Bible.  The Bible scrap is actually from a second hand New Testament I picked up in an "opp shop" locally. Again the edges were sponged and some of the ink was smeared across the words. Thirdly I often find peace in my crafting, be it lace making, knitting, card making, sewing.....  

                                                Fourthly, I garden a lot and often find                  myself meditating on God while in the garden - we have a lot of birds in our area, and they are always there when I am gardening - the bird in the stamp also, to me, represents the Holy Spirit, the giver of Peace, the gold (Kindyglitz) representing God's Sovereignty.

I mounted all the elements on the white card and sponged and pierced the edges - The corners are a small element from the Layers of Colors Architectural Blocks set of stamps, stamped in Adirondack espresso ink on plain white card and then cut in half. I sponged the edge of the base card with the same ink before mounting everything on it.

As mentioned, I am entering this is the 
       Stamping Sisters In Christ challenge #47 - Peace

I trust you have enjoyed my meditations and ruminations on this card.

Thank you for calling and your comments give me much pleasure.

May your day be blessed.


Miesje said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your meditations and I totally love your card with the explanations of each aspect of it! Thank you for sharing with us at Stampin' Sisters in Christ! Have a "peaceful" week!

MariLynn said...

I agree this isn't your normal style, but it should be. This is gorgeous Maxine. I would frame it too. I loved all the elements that you included to your collage. I think the pleated hymnal page is really a stunning addition.

JaniceAileen said...

Maxine--I love all the elements in this card/ piece of art! And they have meaning, too! Just awesome!

Becky said...

Wonderful card, very creative..Thanks for playing with us at Stampin Sisters in Christ. Can not wait to see what you will come up with next week.

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

Beautiful depth and warmth, Maxine! This is what faith art is all about, expressing a deeper meaning through your artwork. Such a special card! I love it!

God bless your day!

Cindy Coutts Designs said...

Beautiful card. Love how you pleated the music paper. Thank you so much for playing with us at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges and we would love to see you back next week. God bless!

Lovely Linda said...

Hello Maxine - I love this gorgeous collage you have created! The different elements you have used are perfect and have brought about a gorgeus piece of Faith Art. Love it! Sorry I am so slow to comment this week - we have been offline due to storms here - arghhh! Thanks for joining us at the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge this week, we love to have you with us! {{{hugs}}}
Linda SSIC & LOC Design Team