Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Salt: God's astounding grace

Heartfelt greetings to all our visitors! We continue to be encouraged by those that visit, leave comments, and join with us in using the gifts that God has so graciously bestowed upon us to create projects focused on His goodness and attributes! It has been a blessing to join with you in this endeavor!

This week it's my (Kim) turn to set the challenge and since I've had a song running through my head, "Grace by which I Stand", for the past few weeks, I chose:

God's grace

God provides us with a measure of grace each and every day, to face hardships, to grant us patience and forgiveness, to strengthen us in a time of temptation....but most importantly God's grace delivers us from the bondage of our sins by enabling us to trust in Christ as Savior. I am encouraged by this description of grace from D. Scott Meadows' booklet, "God's Astounding Grace" and pray that it might be a blessing to you as well:

"The word grace is a kind of shorthand for the whole sum of unmerited blessings, which come to men through Jesus Christ. Primarily, it describes what we, for want of a better expression, have to call a "disposition" in the Divine nature; and it means the unconditioned, undeserved, spontaneous, eternal, stooping, pardoning love of God."

Amen and Amen! Surely, God's free gift of grace can cause us to sing His praises each and every day!

We pray that our challenges are a blessing to you and ask that if you'd like to create a "Grace" themed project to leave a comment, with a link back to your gallery or blog, so that we might share and rejoice with you! Please enjoy the work below that our team has created based on this week's theme.

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I decided to do a LO based on Ephesians 1:7 and a well-known acrostic of the word GRACE. I used a papermania vertical strips background paper. The lettering is from a jumbo pack of DCWV that I bought ages ago (they come out of storage now and again) - I backed the GRACE letters and mounted with silicone so that they are raised, although they don't look it in the photo. The crosses are a See-D Easter stamp and the chipboard pieces are part of a box bought last week from QVC: 30 Sheets of Chipboard Punch Out, Alphabets, Words, Icons & Shapes (will keep me going for a while!):

Some ATCs

I thought it was a good idea when I signed up to take part in the CBC and Tanda monthly ATC swaps - plenty of time to get them done - ha ha - here I am at the end of the month and having to get them done on the last day.

The swap on CBC this month is 'numbers' so I went with the 'vital statistics' and produced these:

The Tanda swap is 'A question of Sport', so I chose golf and football. The golf stamps are See-Ds and the football boots are Tanda:

I'm more pleased with the top two than the others. For the background of the golf one I sprayed the card with Adirondac Color Wash lettuce (first time I've used it - need more practice!!)

Must now get on with my contribution for the new Salt challenge which will be launched tomorrow morning.

At least I've done a bit more crafting.

I've been neglecting HS:MS photos for a while - did a catch up recently and resolved that I'd get back into the swing of it, but ...