Category Archives: Divine Design

Divine Design: Let your light shine…

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You are the light of the world. Let your light shine out for all to see! ~ Matthew 5:14-16

Every month on the 9th, I try to share a project inspired by Scripture for a challenge at Splitcoaststampers called Divine Design.  All are welcome to participate. The only requirement is that your project contain a Bible verse. Most often I choose 6×6 cards that I display on a wooden stand in my stamp room.

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I picked up a new Bible study book the other day called Annointed, Transformed, Redeemed, a Study of David.  It will be the fall women’s study at my church. As I leafed through the early pages, this verse jumped out from Matthew. “Let your light shine out for all to see!”

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This lamp that hangs in my kitchen was an inspiration piece for the layout of the project. I can see this lamp from my workdesk, and I love to look at it even though it might not necessarily fit in with the rest of my kitchen. You know what? Even when it doesn’t fit, it’s light still shines. It lights meals and laughter, homework and bill paying, magazine browsing and Bible studying, friendship gatherings and long, lost sock matching. My family sits under this lamp in sad times and good times and all those in between. I pray we’re like this lamp, even with it’s off-center glass chimney. No matter the circumstance, I hope we still shine for Him.

If you missed my post last night, here’s a reminder to check out the Scripture Chicks Angel Wilde, Jami Bova, Nancy Morgan and Taylor VanBruggen. I {adore} these girls.

  • Stamps: Light of the World – Our Daily Bread Designs & Everything Extraordinary – Unity Stamp Company 
  • Cardstock: Kraft & Cherry Hill October Afternoon 
  • Ink: Brown Memento 
  • Accs: twine, Prima flowers, glassy accents, Copic Marker, Star Dust Stickles, brads – CTMH, rik rak and buttons 

Divine Design

Just checking in to let you know my Divine Design girlfriends posted their Scripture based projects today. Mine is almost complete, but a little extra work-work and little shorter work-week have me running behind. I promise to share tomorrow.

I wanted to give a quick shout out to the Scripture Chicks. So many of you share comments and emails with me about how much these Scripture projects mean to you.  They are just as special to us as we reflect, create and journal. I know you’ll be inspired by Angel Wilde, Jami Bova, Nancy Morgan and Taylor VanBruggen.  Beautiful women. Beautiful hearts. Beautiful projects.

I’ll see you tomorrow with my own Divine Design.

Divine Design: grounded, steadfast hope

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But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless and blameless before Him – if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel you heard. ~ Colossians 1:22-23

Divine Design was a project that I felt led to start in January, 2008. I wanted my paper crafting (and my life, too) to be a reflection of who I was in my walk with the LORD.  I’m working with Colossians 1:22-23 this month as a reminder that I want to stay grounded, steadfast in faith and not get shifted away from the hope of the gospel.   I might share some more on this next week…

The master thread for Divine Design is here at Splitcoast. You can see several other Divine Design projects by stopping by to visit my friends Nancy Morgan, Angel Wilde and the newest little dirty girl on the block, Jami Bova. And, if you’re looking for extra pages to browse, stop by Taylor‘s and leave her some love. She’s been mid-move for a month or so, and just getting back on her design feet. I don’t think she’s sharing a sample today, but I know she’s antsy to get things lined out and into a routine to craft regularly. I’ve missed her projects, so I’m saying a little prayer that it all falls together soon.

Have a wonderful day!

  • Stamps: none
  • Paper: October Afternoon – Ducks in a Row, Smooth Natural – Taylored Expressions
  • Accs: Prima flower and ribbon, Kaiser pearls, buttons, sewing machine

Divine Design: God Bless the USA

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He has made everything beautiful in it’s time. ~ Ecc. 3:11

 It’s Divine Design time, and I’m finally ahead of the game. Long time coming, I know. :) I planned my verse and 6×6 page this month as a celebration of the country I love and my family’s favorite summer holiday, here in Midwest USA, the Fourth of July.You can see other Divine Design (scripture inspired projects) by visiting Angel Wilde, Jami Bova, Nancy Morgan and my moving-back-to-the-midwest friend, Taylor VanBruggen.  😉 I always look forward to seeing their beautiful work.

I have relocated every 3-5 years of my life, all my life. I’ve lived in the north, the midwest, Texas and the deep south.  I’ve never lived in an ugly part of our country, and actually, I’m not sure an ugly part exists. I love the Flint Hills of Kansas, the lakes of Minnesota, the tall pines of Georgia and the Caprock in Texas.  I love it all. Do I sound like Lee Greenwood? Does anyone even know who he is? At any rate, I’m grateful to live here in the beautiful United States of America.

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 The scripture is from one of the anniversary sets at Our Daily Bread Designs.  All of the die-cut images are Sizzix (Decorative Label Set, Hello Kitty Flower Bouquet and Hello Kitty Ribbons). I ran the smaller die-cut pieces thru my Xyron and then dipped into glitter. Patterned paper is WeRMemory Keepers. Rhinestone bling is from KaiserCraft, available at eP.

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Divine Design

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To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

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When I pray you answer me, YOU encourage me by giving me the strength I need.  ~ Psalm 138:3

I was really proud of Our Daily Bread for asking their amazing design team submit favorite verses for 2 special Scripture sets.  I ordered both sets, and I chose to use Psalm 138:3 this month for Divine Design. This beautiful scripture had been submitted by my friend Angel, Divine Design co-hostess this year. Isn’t that a beautiful promise to meditate on? Angel, thank you for sharing that.

I remember when my oldest daughter was 4 years old, and learned one of her first memory verses for her Sunday School classes. The teacher didn’t attach the reference to their memory work, but the verse was ‘Jesus gives us what we need’. I see this as the grown up rendition of that promise. Pray to Him. He will answer. He will give me the strength I need.

I received this beautiful Memory Box paper from the Butterfield line as a gift, and I knew it would be perfect to add to my hanging album of Scriptures. I had to be careful because I didn’t want to cover up the flight of the butterflies. I enhanced it with Martha Stewart butterfly punches and rhinestones. The verse is stamped on Pink Pirouette cardstock and layered on Willow Dark Prism, cut with Nestabilities Lables 3. One of the swirls from my Unity Kit of the Month is tucked behind the Scripture panel on the upper left.

Thanks for stopping by. Please take minute to look at what other Divine Designers Angel, Jami Bova, and Taylor VanBruggen have shared today. I know you will be blessed by their artwork and their sharing. I think Nancy will be sharing tomorrow.  If you would like to post your creations and share and Splitcoast, please use keyword BVC09. I’ll see you tomorrow with the Weekend Sketch.

Divine Design: He’s got plans!

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

It’s time for Divine Design. I loved having a lot of time to work on this Saturday afternoon, and I’m excited to see what Angel Wilde, Jami Bova, Nancy Morgan and Taylor VanBruggen have to show this month. I learn a lot about the person I want to be thru these women. I hope you’ll check them out.

I chose a verse from a recent Verve purchase to work with this month. It seemed fitting. With all the issues in our country right now, I just tune a lot out because I know that He’s got plans for me. It’s that simple really. I’m gonna cling to that promise…I hope you’ll take a few minutes to consider the plans He has for you, plans for a hope and a future.

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I loved this Pink Flamingo paper in the Stampin’ Up!  catalo. It was so bright and cheerful! Of course, I really loved that it was laced with Chocolate Chip. I’m enjoying my BigShot. The TopNote Die is great and easy to layer. I also have been using this little Wingo Zingo alphabet from Sizzix – AND I LOVE IT! See ‘HOPE’ in the corner? This size is perfect for cards or scrapbook pages or tags. And you get the whole entire, complete alpha (upper and lower case) for 19.99!!! The flowers are Prima, buttons foof-a-la, brads from American Crafts.

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Divine Design: Patience

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The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:8-9

My Divine Design post is late this month, but the beauty of this challenge is that you can play along any time. There is plenty of inspiration if you check out Jami Bova, Nancy Morgan, Taylor VanBruggen and Angel Wilde. You can read the details on this thread at Splitcoast and join us. I do plan to be more timely next month, but please jump in when you can.

I have several different Bibles that I have used or will use from time to time depending on what I’m studying, where I’m at in the house or which one I have left in my car for the car-rider line at the schools. Of all the copies we have in our home, it always warms my heart to thumb through my husband’s Bible.  He has 2.  One is a Study Bible and the other is a smaller pocket Bible that he carries on trips. When I bought the smaller one, I traced my hand and both of the girls hands into the front cover with a very short love note.

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Several days ago, I had Wes’s Bible on my desk, and I was searching for an answer to a question that’s troubled me for months. It’s not an overwhelming, major issue and I know that it will work out, but over time I’ve found myself reacting in various ways, mainly rooted in pride because I can’t seem to fix it all on my own right this minute. I landed in Ecclesiastes. These 2 verses spoke to me and that situation – I can hear the Lord saying, “I know the end of this road, Lori.  Stay on course. Your patience and faith in my timing is far better than anything you could force here. Let go of your pride. I know you desire to see answers quickly, but I see the big picture here.” I’m committing this one to memory.

As for your husband’s Bible, if he doesn’t have one, even if he’s not a regular reader yet, don’t give up on him – there’s a perfect day this week to present one. <wink> I can’t think of a better way to say, ‘I Love You – you are precious to me.’

Hope you have a wonderful day!

  •  Stamps: Branch Out – Stampin’ Up!
  • Cardstock: Light Frost Blue (Prism), Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Olive and Patterned Paper (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin’ Up!) Watermelon and Lettuce (Adirondack by Ranger)
  • Accs: button, Copic air-brush, filigree brads & scalloped edge punch (Stampin’ Up!)

Racing the Clock

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I’m racing the clock to CHA at the end of the week, and trying to balance that mixture of excitement and anxiety! LOL! Really looking forward to seeing so many people who have become dear friends through this whole internet, blogging and sharing at Splitcoast during the last FIVE years. I cannot believe it’s been that long.

I finished my His Holy Name card on Sunday afternoon and posted at Splitcoast, but didn’t take the time to conjur up a blog post.  I was pretty busy looking at all of the uploads and sharing by members of Splitcoast for the Featured Stamper Challenge on Sunday afternoon. Beth, who hosts the challenge, selected me as this week’s Featured Stamper. What an honor to be chosen. But, honestly, I was feeling a little ‘exposed‘ to have that many people pilfering through my 4 year old gallery over there. My how the styles have changed! I won’t delete any of the old stuff, I think it’s important to remember your roots and where you’ve been.  Thank you to all of my friends and SCS Members who participated. I’m slowly leaving comments on all of the uploads in the gallery and enjoying everyone’s take on my work…beautiful, beautiful projects shared by many this week.

The His Holy Name WORD this month is Sovereign.

sov⋅er⋅eign: supreme rank, power, or authority,

If you enjoy studies by Beth Moore, this is a word you hear frequently…the spirit of the Sovereign Lord. Beth Moore used the scripture used here as a basis for her talk at a Living Proof Live event that I attended in 2006. I love that feeling that I can stand firm and resolute in any situation, if I’m walking with Him. Patter has shared some wonderful insight to Sovereign and what that promise means to each of us on her blog, Triple the Scraps.

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Apologies for being brief. There are lots of  things to attend to today, but I didn’t want to delay my scripture share any longer.

  • Stamps: Fiery Floral (Cornish Heritage Farms)
  • Cardstock: Kraft, Real Red, Baja Breeze, Black (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Ink: Baja Breeze (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Accs: ribbon (Stampin’ Up!), flowers (Prima),  stick pin (Darice), buttons (fo0f-a-la), dew drops (Robin’s Nest), label one dies (Spellbinders)

Divine Design 2009 & Coffee Giveaway

It’s time for Divine Design 2009. My beautiful friends, Angel Wilde,  Nancy Morgan and Taylor Van Bruggen will be posting again this year, and the talented Jami Bova will be joining us, as well.  It’s my hope that so many of you might join us this year. We’ve tried a little organization, but the challenge itself is a personal thing. Each month, we’ll be sharing scripture that has touched us that month for some reason or another.  We’ll be sharing a verse that we’d like to focus on memorizing and keeping close to heart. There are very few rules with this challenge:

  1. 1. Must have a Bible verse printed, stamped, hand-written or computer generated as a focus of your project.
  2. Upload with the scripture reference as your project title (i.e. John 1:14)
  3. Use the Bible Verse Challenge keyword: BVC09 (same keyword all year) when sharing at Splitcoast.  – While all kinds of inspirational messages, poems and quotes are appreciated, for the purpose of this challenge, please respect the scripture reference guideline. Do not use this keyword if you have not used a Biblical scripture on your project.
  4. No vendor restrictions.
  5. The goal will be to post our projects on the 9th of each month but you can post anytime that’s convenient for you.

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