Prayer for Peace

 

I have had these antique chandelier Crystals for several years.  In a world that is filled with war and violence I decided to create a Christmas ornament that would be a visual reminder of my prayer for this Christmas.

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I started with Sandra Evertsons Dresden wings and Relics and artifact Milagros.  Tim Holtz bottle brush wreath cut in half and reformed and peace from Tim Holtz sizzix handwritten holidays.

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I covered the wings with glossy accents and then sprinkled them with Diamond Dust and let the wings dry.

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I then covered the praying angle with Pebeo glitter medium and let it dry.

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I assembled the ornament by using E6000 to attach wings, praying child, crystal, peace word and wreath .   After they dried I hung it on the tree.

Here is how it looks on the tree with and without lights.

I hope that the peace of Christmas will invade your life this year.

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015

The Valentines Dance

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As the father of 3 daughters every year since they were in middle school they would start preparing for the Valentines dance.    I always loved those times.  I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughters.  I remember we would start looking for those special dresses as soon as Christmas was over.  I would stand for hours holding dresses and handbags as they all congregated in the dressing room and would one by one come out and model each dress.

Every time they came out I was reminded of them  being little girls and playing dress up!  They would always ask me if I thought they  looked pretty?..  They are such beautiful young women now and I don’t get to go shopping with them much any more.   While Valentines is always associated with romantic love and I am still madly in love with my wife of 25 years, I am also caught up in the nostalgia of 3 other young ladies who captured my heart from the moment I laid eyes on them.

When I saw Tims inspiration I knew what I wanted to do.  I had just purchased the model stamps from Tims new collection because they were funky and different.   I was interested in how could those fit in to Tims normal grunge aesthetic and this is what I came up with.

Tim Holtz Feb 2015 tag pu closeMichelle and I have always stressed to our daughters that they are not defined by a Boy (while a significant others can make life special) and your attire is only an accessory to the natural beauty that is found from being a strong confident woman.   You must believe in yourself and dream big because you only live once so make what you do count for something that makes this world and those around you better…

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My WISH is that their life will be filled with beautiful memories just like the ones I have!

ps.  If you look real hard you may see cracked Pistachio!.  (thanks to My Hearts Fancy in OKC)

This past summer I had the opportunity to walk one of my twins down the aisle as I presented her to a wonder young man who I think is almost as crazy about her as I am…  I was excited that she included me in helping purchase that special dress…  She was beautiful and so were my other two daughters in the dresses that I got to help them pick out!  I thought I would include a couple of pictures so you could see why I am a proud Dad!

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The wonderful pictures were done by Oh My dear photography.   They are the best if you are in need of a photographer in the OKC area.   http://www.ohmydearphotography.com/

Character Construction Stamps

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I have been having fun experimenting with Kathryn Moore Character Construction Stamps.   They are so fun because you can deconstruct them and mix and match different body parts and have a completely different look.

I have been constructing some valentines to family and friends over the past couple of weeks I hope you like them

Both of these gentleman are part of the series Adventures in Tea.  The Dog and hat are from Cirque series.

Mr. Love Letter looks like a world traveler and enjoys keeping in touch and spending time together.

The card on the right reminds me of a Royal Canine who loves to travel to exotic countries and spending time in Grand Hotels.  He is always ready to lavish you with his money and presence.

Hope you have a great valentines week…

2015 Tim Holtz Tag Challenge January

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This year I have decided that I would participate in the Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015.  Here is a link to the Tag that Tim created.  http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2015-january/

Above is the tag that I created using some of the techniques that Tim featured in his blog.  I always love the Idea of starting the new year with goals and inspiration.  This year I am imagining where my life could go this next year.  As I was searching through some of my Tim Holtz products I came upon this image of the biker and It inspired me.  Life is a journey and we have the opportunity to choose the direction every day.

This year I choose to focus on being creative and more positive.  While I may not always be able to choose the things life sends my way I can choose how I respond and that will always take creativity.

The arrow is pointing up and it will be a reminder to me that I am always thankful to my creator for the strength to continue this journey called life.

Behind the tag is a notebook that I created to hold my 12 tags of 2015.  Tim is so creative I want to thank him for encouraging us all to be bold and creative.

Journey through Advent day 5

Advent day 5

Romans 5:12The Message (MSG)

The Death-Dealing Sin, the Life-Giving Gift

12-14 You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in—first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses. Even those who didn’t sin precisely as Adam did by disobeying a specific command of God still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it.

It is hard to believe that one little bite of fruit could cause such damage!  However that is how SIN works.  Humans didn’t understand what Adam had gotten us into until God gave Moses the law.  The law gives us instruction on what it means to be in a proper relationship with our Creator and our neighbors.   God points out through Moses that relationship is paramount to Him and if there is broken relationship there is SIN.

God had a plan and that is what advent is all about.  Walking through the darkness waiting on Gods perfect plan.   Just as the world waited for Jesus to be born and begin the revolution that will ultimately be culminated with the return of Jesus and his reign.  Until that day we wait and we HOPE because all because of a baby born in a manger……

Are there any broken relationships in your life?    I can’t think of a more perfect time to work on reconciliation than this Advent season.  I encourage to reach out and start bridging those gaps today. I couldn’t think of a better gift for God this Christmas than a mended relationship.

Journey through Advent Day 4

Advent Journey day 4

Genesis 3:4-6New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,[a]knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.

WHY DO WE NEED A SAVIOR…

Adam and Eve and entered into an agreement with God.   They could have the whole garden except for the fruit of one tree…   It wasn’t just hunger that lead Adam and Eve to the point of being disobedient.  Adam and Eve just couldn’t stop themselves from taking a bite of the fruit that looked so good.    Temptation makes us feel starved.

Temptation in my mind is really more about placing trust in self over what I know to be true.  (God as truth)   An example..  I know that the lack of exercise will cause me to have more health problems.  However I knowing choose not to exercise thinking that somehow because I am Kent I will not suffer the consequences. Now I know I am wrong, but I justify it in my mind that way until I come face to face with the consequences of my decision.

It is the same thing for Adam and Eve. They made the decision to take matters in their own hands, thinking that somehow if they had what they wanted (the fruit) they would not suffer the consequences of their decision.  But as we see the story unfold we know that is incorrect.  They quickly discover what happens to people when they break trust with God. They become slaves to their own desires and it leads to exile from the garden and ultimately it leads to death.

NT Write says it this way: “In Genesis, and indeed for much of the Old Testament, the controlling image for death is exile. Adam and Eve were told that they would die on the day they ate the fruit; what actually happened was that they were exiled from the garden.”

N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope

To be freed from exile we needed a SAVIOR!

I am not sure what temptations are causing you to live in exile this Advent season?   I pray that you will seek out the one who came to save!.