Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Building Up Others with Kind Words

One of my goals in making cards is to encourage or build up others. When I hear of a prayer request they have, I've always tried to pray for them, but I've become even more concerned that the individual, not just God, hears my words to build them up. This morning my son called before work with a request for prayer about a job that their new company needed that seemed to be in limbo. I shared Jeremiah 29:11 with him that God knows the plans He has for them, plans to prosper them, not to harm them. I told him to go in to work today, look up the scripture on his computer and share it with the other young guys in his company. He called later to thank me that the job came through and that he had shared it with two other young men. God's Word is so powerful for building up others!

For my card I used the Colour Create Challenge #96 to use green, brown, white, and a touch of lavendar and purple. When I read that I envisioned flowering trees that recently bloomed in our area. The challenge this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ used this verse with a wonderful devotional:

Ephesians 4:29 "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

The card challenge was to build up our card using layers, paper tole,  paper piecing, or stacking flowers, etc.  I made a get well card by using an embossing folder to make branches, embossing it again on brown and green to cut out branches and a few of the leaves to stack for even more dimension. I even overlapped two of those leaves over the ribbon. I stacked brown velvet ric rac on top of brown gingham ribbon. I stacked flowers putting white punched flowers on top of a lavendar ones and putting a lavendar brad in the middle. My verse from Jeremiah 30:17 was stamped with pansy purple ink and double matted with brown and lavendar. With the embossing, paper piecing, stacking and pop dots, my card also fits the challenge at Creative Card Crew for using Dimension, one of my favorite things to do.

 May God build you up and bless your heart each time you hear or read His word and may He use you to encourage others the same way!

Colour Create Challenge Blog: #96 Green, brown, white and a touch of lavendar or purple
Creative Card Crew #11 - use Dimension
Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #140: build up our card using layers, paper tole, paper piecing, or stacking flowers, etc

5" x 6.5" Get Well card recipe:
Paper - Bazzill brown cardstock; Close To My Heart Sweet Leaf, Amethyst, and White Daisy cardstock
Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs "Get Well"
Ink - CTMH Pansy Purple
Accents - Cuttlebug embossing folder; CTMH Petal brads; flower punch; Offray gingham ribbon; velvet ric rac unknown from my stash


Peggysuez said...

Truly a lovely picture and work of art, what a gift that card will be to someone. Thanks for coming alongside Stampin' Sisters in Christ this week! And we can always encourage people by praying for them, what a great reminder.

ScrappySandie said...

Hi Vickie! Lovely design! Love the embossing and layering of the branches and leaves! I like that intersting color combination too! Very pretty!
Thanks for joining our challenge this week at SSiC!

Traci M said...

Such a lovely card with lots of dimension and very clever layering! I appreciate your added comments to this week's devotional and so glad you could encourage others with scripture! Thank you for joining us at SSiC!

Romantyczka said...

urocza, dopracowana karteczka..

Glimpses of My Heart said...

What a great card! I love all the details! And the time you took to cut all the leaves and branches. You did an amaing job! Thanks for joining us this week at SSiC!