Friday, July 6, 2012

Clearly Inspired Challenge #55 - Some Like It Hot!

The temperatures outside today will be 104 degrees, so this new challenge is very appropriate. The local news keeps mentioning people in our area have died from the heat, which prompts me to pray for my daughter's husband and so many others who work outside with no shade for relief. 

Personally, I can't take the heat. However, I'm babysitting four grandchildren a couple of days each week and need to take them outside or on little "field trips" so that the three boys can burn up some of that aggressive energy. I've been praying for God's grace to help me adjust and I've considered these 102 degree days "training" for the trip we're about to take to Texas, where I know the heat will be even worse. 

It's amazing that Psalm 54:11 talks about God being our sun and shield, giving us grace and glory. The analogy makes me think of Him as one who warms our spirit, gives light to our paths and yet shields us from the negative things in life -  or perhaps even the extreme heat!

I used a rainbow of hot colors and a sun from the Clear Dollar Stamps digital image "Light of His Love" to illustrate this challenge.

I used this week's sketch from Mojo Monday Challenge #248 for this card.  I punched a 1.5" circle from the same orange designer paper, placed it over the sun image because the pattern in the paper reminded me of close up photos of the sun.  Then I dotted around it with red stickles for emphasis and contrast.

Whether you like the heat or not, may God bless you as you experience the warmth of His love and see His light working in your life today.

Additional Challenges for this card:
Catered Crop - rainbows or colors of the rainbow
Oozak Challenge #4 - bright colors
Mojo Monday 248 - sketch
Shopping Our Stash #58 - at least three from list. I used: ribbon, flowers, punch, die cut, rhinestones

5" x 6.5" Encouragement Card Recipe:
Images - Clear Dollar Stamps digis "Light of His Love"
Paper - Basic Grey "Life of the Party;" Close To My Heart Sunny Yellow, Dutch Blue, Cranberry, White Daisy cardstock
Copic Markers - Y13 Lemon Yellow, YR68 Orange, B24 Sky
Accents and tools - Prima flowers, red stickles, Making Memories Navy Blue ribbon, Close To My Heart Bitty Sparkles, Spellbinders Wizard Scalloped Ovals Nestabilities, Martha Stewart border punch, 1.5" circle punch, printer


Lisa Lara said...

Gorgeous use of the HOT colors Vickie.

Diane said...

LOVE your card, Vickie! The colors are perfect for the image and verse. Your interpretation of the layout is wonderful too...great choice of patterned papers. GREAT card...

Linda Anderson said...

Vickie, your card is stunning!! Beautiful papers, awesome image and perfect sentiment. Gorgeous!!


Jen said...

LOVE this, Vickie!! I love the sketch that you've chosen to use too! Infact, I used it, but used it on my July RELEASE card, only to find out that I can't post it til' later. Bleh! :)

Barb said...

Beautiful!! THe HOT colors make this such a great card!!

Cassie said...

Gorgeous card, Vickie! The colors are perfect :D

Carla said...

fabuous card- love the color theme you used! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Shopping Our Stash!

Deena said...

what a gorgeous and appropriately "hot" card...Thanks for joining in the Triple Threat Challenge at Shopping our Stash this week!

Debbie said...

This is beautiful!! I love the colors you chose and that is a wonderful verse!! I'm going to have to check out that digi set!!

Mel said...

Beautiful card, love your layout and colors. Thank you for joining us at Oozak challenges :)