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 March ” Honeymoon Time”

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I am obsessed with these birds.

The Bird Crazy Stamps are so fun. II look at them and they have such fun personalities you can make them into almost anything.  We are quickly approaching the wedding season so I thought it would be fun to make a bride and groom bird.

I used all the techniques that Tim used in the demo.  I ment to take pictures but well got so busy I forgot.  The tag is # 8 ranger tag lared some tissue tape on the back ground.  Then used 4 colors (peacock feathers, worn lipstick, dusty concord and silver.     The Suite cases stamp with black ink and clear embossing powder  is great for backgrounds.  The rose stencil works great  with embossing powders because the background really pops.

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I colored the birds using distress markers and water brush on water color paper.  I embellished the bride with some tool and sequins.  The groom got a cool bow tie from some Tim Holtz damask paper.  The birds are adhered to the tag with Ranger foam tape so that the tag has some dimension to it.

The tag is embellished with a Tim Holtz ideology word band, with white crinkle ribbon, loop pin, pear baubles and heart charms.  I hope you enjoy this tag…

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. There is a copy of Tims Inspiration tag for March…..

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http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2015-march/

Valentine Card Fun Day 2

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Love is in the Air

I have really enjoyed making valentines this year.  I can’t think of a better way to say I love you than with a homemade card.   This little guy looked so cute and seems almost so angelic you just expect him to do the right thing and show up with flowers to say I love you.

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Always and Forever

This little Guy is one of my favorites.  He is so cute and ornery looking.   I am sure he will have all the girls attention.   The smile on his face says You can trust me…

The pictures I used for both of these valentines were purchased from the Paper Crown in OKC.  They are Pion Paper and come from Sweden.   Their picture papers are always cool and vintage looking.

Only 4 more days till Valentines Day.

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!.

Journey through Advent Day 3…

Advent journey day 3 

John 1:9-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.[a]

10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own,[b] and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God

Today I am reminded that I am only a traveler here on earth.   We all begin our journey in darkness and don’t truly know who our creator.is or that He wants to have a relationship with us.  I remember the first time I experienced the LIGHT of Jesus.  I was ten years old,  It was an overwhelming experience to embrace Christs unconditional love and become aware that I am a “Child of God”.

If during this advent season we say we retelling or reliving the story of how dark the world was before Christ.   It should also should remind us what our lives were like when we too were living in darkness.

When I was young I couldn’t begin to understand what verse 12 ment. ” But to all who have received Him, who have believed in His name, He gave POWER to become children of God.”  My favorite Spider man quote “With great power comes great responsibility”.  I am reminded that because I am a Child Of God I too have a responsibility to be a light to the darkness that surrounds our world: To bring hope not despair, generosity instead of stinginess, offer forgiveness instead of hate, and peace instead of violence! 

I hope as you travel through this advent season that you will truly embrace what it means to be called a Child of God…