Sunday, May 20, 2018

Poinsettia Peace and Joy

We live in a world in desperate need of peace as well as joy. This Christmas card sentiment has a much deeper meaning than a trite or overused expression during the holidays. I saw another school shooting this week that was violent and senseless. When I was in school, one of our teachers taught us The Golden Rule at the beginning of the year and had it posted in front of the room all year: 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. (NRSV) Luke 6:31. In high school a student would always read a scripture and another would lead in prayer before assemblies. Both schools were public schools.

Teachers and schools can't do that now. Taking the influence of the Bible and prayer out of school may have kept some from being offended, but it also removed the positive influence of Christian values that had been present in our society for generations.  Now we must pray for the Prince of Peace to heal troubled minds and hearts in the parts of our world where violence has destroyed peace and joy.

I made two versions of this Christmas card. Hubby likes the first and I like the second. They were made from DCWV paper, a gold embossed sentiment, gold sequins, and a ribbed gold ribbon.

To make these cards I played with the Power Poppy digital image in Photoshop to change it from a black and gray to an rgb image so I could change the color balance to red and magenta instead of black.

For the inside I changed the hue/saturation of the poinsettias adjusting the light/darkness bar to more light.

Thank you for visiting! May you be blessed as you share the message of Christ's love and peace with a hurting world.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

ABC Christmas - J for Joy and K for Keep it Simple (I chose J)
A Snowflake's Promise Challenge #51 - Christmas anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' May- Christmas anything goes
Christmas Crafts All Year 'Round - Christmas anything goes
Crimbo Crackers Challenge #158 - Christmas anything goes
Jingle Belles - Holiday ribbon
The Holly and the Ivy Challenge #29 - anything Christmas goes

365 Promises - Promise #140: All My blessings will overtake those who obey Me.


SmilynStef said...

Your ribbon adds such wonderful texture and elegance to your design ... thanks so much for helping us *tie one on* at Jingle Belles.

Dorte said...

Beautiful Christmas card. Thank you for playing along with our J and K challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge. We would love to see you again.
Dorte x

Blossom Cards said...

lovely card thanks for sharing with Snowflakes Promise Rachel DT

Inkyfingers said...

That is such a lovely image and the mix of papers and ribbon in the background is gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Christmas Challenges.

lauren bergold said...

wow, what gorgeous cards and such a cool way to use that beautiful digi image.. i especially love the "watermark" effect inside the card! awesome addition to our ribbon gallery at JINGLE BELLES!

Deanne Saunders said...

Beautiful!!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ‘ROUND challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Tracey T said...

Beautiful cards and a lovely sentiment. Thank you for playing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'. Tracey