Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Blessed Beyond Measure

Later this month we will celebrate Thanksgiving. Many of us will feast with relatives on turkey, cranberries, and pumpkin pie, to mention only a few of the traditional foods. I used this pumpkin stamp for a Thanksgiving card. Personally, I think giving thanks should be a daily practice. If we think about this, most of us can acknowledge many daily blessings for which we should give thanks to one another and to God, even during difficult times. 

I hope that the sentiment on this CTMH pumpkin, Blessed beyond measure, is one you can identify with. I made two versions of it using a similar design and color palette. I used the rock and roll technique to add a darker color around the edges when I inked the stamp.

This first one is for the Color Dare, Orange plus neutrals and one accent color, olive. I used Goldrush and Autumn Terracotta.

The old hymn we used to sing in church, "Count Your Blessings," says so much about the benefit of being thankful and counting our blessings:

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—*money cannot buy [*wealth can never buy]
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

This week at Word Art Wednesday the beautiful free-to-download crafted verse is from 1 Thesalonians 5:18:  "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

Blogger's Challenge - Give Thanks
Color My Heart Color Dare #117 - choose your orange (first card)
Eureka Stamps - Count Your Blessings
Fussy and Fancy #126 - Thankful
Path of Positivity - Gratitude
Wags n Whiskers #141 - Let's be thankful
Word Art Wednesday #157 - anything uplifting


Unknown said...

So beautiful and the stamp on the pumpkin is do delicate. I like the layout and DP's. Thank you for stopping by. This is our157th Anything Goes Art Challenge here at Word Art Wednesday. We appreciate your faithful participation.
Carole Robb Bisson

Lynn said...
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Lynn said...

Beautiful cards! I was linking my card up today and saw yours and gasped. They are suprisingly similiar! I just love that stamp, don't you?

kReN said...

This is one of my favorite sentiments. We ARE so blessed! TFS!


Pat said...

Beautiful se=t of cards today! Love that stamp with the sentiment. I agree, we should practice gratitude every day! Thanks for playing in the Path of Positivity challenge this month.

Donna said...

Beautiful cards. Love all the textures. Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

Unknown said...

Just gorgeous!!

Thanks for joining our challenge at Eureka Stamps this week.

Cat Nowak said...

Beautiful cards! I love the combination of papers. Thank you for playing along with us this week on Color My Heart.

G Eileen Studios said...

Lovely cards, Vickie! I love all the layers of banners in different shapes. They look great in combination. Thanks for taking the Color Dare!

Inkypinkydelights said...

What a lovely creation! So pleased to see you sharing at Fussy and Fancy Friday and good luck with the Challenge. Have you entered the Special Wednesday Treat yet? It can be found here. Judy x DT

karalschuknecht said...

Both cards are beautiful, thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week for Count Your Blessings.
Karal DT

Stefi said...

Prety card! Thanks for playing the Eureka Stamps Challenge!
Stefi DT

Karen Letchworth said...

This is beautiful Vickie! I love the wonderful textures. Thanks for sharing with us,
Word Art Wednesday

Desire Fourie said...

Just adore the autumn hues and how you used the twine. This is so perfect for our GRATITUDE theme this month. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
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