Friday, May 9, 2014

COF Blog Hop and Candy Give away

I was asked to be a Guest Designer for the Carriers of Faith group on 

Kelly is the hostess this month, and this is the brief we received

Scripture: "Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe..." ~ Psalm 107:2

This is one of my favourite times of year, celebrating this time of Christ's resurrection! On Easter morning when the tomb was empty, the gift to all of us was the assurance that we will live again and be given eternally glory. As Christians, of course, we come to know Christ and accept him as our Saviour and share the gospel with friends, family, those we fellowship with. Truly when God died on that cross for you, for me, for all of us, he paid the price for us to worship at his feet and redeem ourselves by accepting His Lordship of our lives. On this hop today, we all unite to share our creations with you as well as a letter on each stop of the way. Please remember the letter on your host's blog and at the end (Kelly) will ask you to write the word from all the letters in order! What's more fun, there is a prize for one lucky winner which will be given at random from all those leaving the Guess the Word comment!
 ♥ Blessings to each of you! ♥

Challenge: This month, create a card/project/scrapbook page/picture based on the scripture above and what the meaning you pull from that is. Tell us your story! What speaks to your heart? What gifts do you have that you give to others as part of a fellowship - do you read, pray, write, create, walk, sing? There are so many parts in each of us ~ what part of your story are you sharing with others? As an added bonus but not required!! Please use the colour GREEN {my VERY favourite colour!}somewhere on your card to represent newness, growth, the blossoming of nature around us and the blooming friendships we have!

 Here is the hop order:
Guest Designer - Maxine (you are here)
Jeanette (MIA, her letter is M)

For my card I chose a garden theme - the garden always speaks to me of redemption - once the dry, dark seed is planted, it is watered, and the the life within it springs forth as a new plant.  

I was once in a dry, dark state with my world crumbling around me - and God got hold of me, redeemed my life through faith in Jesus' death on the cross, (and that faith was a free gift from God too - how loving is that!!) 
then 'watered' me with his Holy Spirit and made me into a new person, 
now blessed to be a wife, mother and grandmother, and blessed too with gifts of being able to do many handicrafts, and to pray for folks, something I love to do.

I started with a digi image from a file I have named Glitter Babe's Art Shop - It was a freebie I picked up several years ago, and I could not find a link when I 'googled' it.

I cut the image and coloured it with chalks before removing the die, then mounted it over a dark green scalloped rectangle.
The image panel was mounted over a pale lemon panel embossed with the square lattice folder.

Next was a  gingham ribbon and a wee sentiment tag I made. I attached the tag with gold thread (from my embroidery days) and  a few sequins finished the card after mounting it on a green base.

The letter I have been given to share is
If you have arrived here from Carol's blog you are in the right track - from here you hop to  Shelly's blog.
If you want to join in the fun from the beginning, go back to Barb's blog.

Thank you for visiting - may your day be blessed


Dawn T said...

delightful post Maxine. As is your card. Beautifully done.

MiamiKel said...

OH Maxine!!! You are a GEM! I love your post today, sharing so much of your Godly heart and being our GDT extraordinaire! I know that God has given many challenges to you these days and you embrace them all with a passion of spirit and generous heart - it's a blessing to call you a sister in Christ :)

Your card is spectacular! I wish I had your green thumb talent, alas, I can at least admire your card :) Beauitufl work, I love your attention to detail!

Thank you for being a guest with us this month and creating this masterpiece! Blessings! ♥

Barb said...

Maxine--I love your card. Gardens sure are fun, right?! I am glad you are with us in this hop today!

JD/ Jill said...

I so agree with what Dawn said in a comment above mine..."delightful post"! And a beautiful card! Your post is the first one I have read today...and you've started my day off so nicely!

Cynthia said...

Lovely card and post, Maxine. Such a sweet garden image.

jimlynn said...

Maxine, congrats on the guest designer spot! Wonderful.
Love your card and coloring with those chalks. The ribbon is the perfect touch! Beautiful.

Zella said...

Maxine - such a beautiful card....and a beautiful person!!!! I love that one of the things you said you enjoyed doing is praying for people. That is truly a gift!!!!! So glad you're part of our group this month!!!!

Unknown said...

What a pretty image and the thread/sequin is wonderful! Thanks so much for playing along with us! It was a pleasure meeting a new friend!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

What a wonderful card Maxine! I love the scene in the image too- love your chalking, and LOVE the sequins you added- even the wee bow with the tag- gotta get some sequins : ) So glad you have joined in this hop with us my friend!

Irish Cherokee said...

Wonderful card Maxine. I'm sure we could all give some amazing testimonies.

Karen Letchworth said...

Oh, I just LOVE this, Maxine. It's beautiful. Congrats on this Guest Design spot. You did a fabulous job.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great image, nice scalloped edges!

Becky said...

Well congratulations girl!!! Love your card, such a beautiful image.

Carol W said...

Oh my goodness Maxine. What a wonderful card and a beautiful post. Thanks so much for joining us...this post really touched me....thanks for sharing.

:: BlueInks :: said...

All of the textures and embellishments make this card a great one!

Lovely Linda said...

Congratulations Maxine on your Guest Designer Spot - and such an inspiring post - you are a blessing! {{{hugs}}}