Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Twist of Faith #70 - New Beginnings, Anything Goes

It's hard to believe that this is the last day of 2013! When I was a child time seemed to crawl, but now as an adult, time seems to race by faster each year! I only wish the winter cold seemed to disappear as quickly. We enjoyed a white Christmas here this year. My husband and I keep reassuring ourselves that we've passed the winter solstice and the days will keep getting longer again.

Today at Twist of Faith we are switching things up a bit.  Usually we have a sponsor and offer a prize for a random winner from that sponsor.  But this week with our "anything goes" challenge, I will send a new acrylic stamp set to the winner. The prize is a Close To My Heart stamp set called "It's Your Day." I had purchased several of these to use as prizes for different events. I think this stamp set has lots of possibilities for cards and/or scrapbook pages.

Today's challenge, "New Beginnings, Anything Goes," was a perfect time for me to use a vintage digital image and make a New Year's card. I loved the image from Catnip Studio Collage, "Winter Bluebird" postcard. There was plenty of space on the top of the image for me to add a verse about our new life in Christ. The verse had been going through my mind all day. A new year is the perfect time to be reminded that when we believe and receive Christ as our Savior from sin, we truly begin a new life that will never end. We begin life with the sin nature that we're all born with. At salvation, we are re-born in the spirit, giving us a new nature and new desires, a new Helper who helps us reach new goals, as well as a new eternal destination.

I added the Scripture to the image using Photoshop. I printed the image twice so that I could cut out the bird and pop dot it.  The Happy New Year Sentiment is from a Close To My Heart retired stamp set, "In the Month of January," using Twilight ink. The aqua blue strip was embossed with Cuttlebug "Snow Dots" embossing folder then inked with Twilight ink. I mounted the image on metallic copper cardstock that was die cut with a Spellbinders Nestabilities "Romantic Rectangles." CTMH mocha pearls were added to match the copper. Here's a shiny close up:

Here is the verse I typed in case it would help you make a card. I saved the blue verse as a png file so that you can copy and paste it over an image like I did, resizing it to fit yours, or as a jpg if that's the only type of file you can use.

Thank you for visiting. I pray that 2014 will be a new year of blessings for you!
I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Allsorts #238 - brown with blue, aqua or turquoise
Blogger's Challenge - Celebrations
Cut It Up #35 - New Year's Celebrations (with die cuts)
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #9 - Vintage Sparkle (metallic copper cs)
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #112 - anything goes with scripture or uplifting/encouraging verse




Karen Letchworth said...

What a gorgeous card, Vickie. I love the scriptures too. Thanks for sharing this with us. Your art is always such a blessing and encouragement to me.
Word Art Wednesday

Carole Robb Bisson said...

This is such a great verse to use on a card for new Years. The card is a beauty, I like when the embossing folders are inked. The bird looks like Spring.Thank you for sharing this beautiful creation with us at Word Art Wednesday. I want to extend Multiplied Blessings including Peace, Prosperity and Health to your whole household in 2014.
Carole Robb Bisson

Katie Ann Brooks said...

Stunning! I love the dimension! Happy New Year and thanks for playing at CIU!

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

What a beautiful card. I love how you popped the bird up a little.

Thanks for entering our New Year's Celebration at Cut it Up!

Tracey Fehr said...

Beautiful card Vickie! And, your post is so lovely as well! I hope that you and your family will have a wonderful 2014.

brenda said...

A delightful image Vickie and wonderful attention to detail.

Thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts challenge.

B x

rachel taylor said...

what a lovely card thanks for sharing with hand made harbour this week
Rachel DT

Hazel said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely card for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 9: vintage glitter & sparkle - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

Craftnut said...

Great card, thanks for joining us at allsorts x

Sarah said...

Beautiful card Vickie, I love the image. Thank you for joining us at Allsorts for our colour challenge. Wishing you a very Happy New Year x

Shelly said...

Beautiful card!

Cindy said...

Beautiful card! Love the metallic copper die-cut layer! Thanks for playing along with us at the Cut It Up Challenge blog!

SarahGeorge said...

Lovely card! with a perfect verse to start a New Year!. So sweet of you for the beautiful prize you've offered for the winner :).

Sue Bridesmith said...

What a gorgeous Design, thank you for joining us over at Suzy Bee Bloomin Challenge hope to see you again soon...
Suzy B

Nadja said...

Gorgeous card! Love the bird and that you cut him out to pop dot him! The colors are also just perfect. Thank you for playing along with us at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards.

Nadja DT

Monica Taylor said...

Beautiful Card. Thanks for sharing over at Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge. Monica, DT

Lexie said...

Simply beautiful.

Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

Stacey Schofield said...

beautiful card, thanks for joining in at That Craft Place

Creative M said...

Beautiful! Stunning! Amazing!
Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges.
Have a wonderful day,
♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥

June Houck said...

Clearly you are a photoshop expert! Your card is gorgeous. I am so glad you joined us this fortnight at Cut It Up!

Samantha K said...

What a beautiful card, The embossed layer really helps it all pop x Thank you for joining us over at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge x
Little Pear Tree