Thursday 1 April 2010

Sorry to hear you're under the weather

I bought the Funstamps Puddle Duck stamp last week and have been itching to use it. I've based the card on Friday Sketchers 95:

When I saw the Get Funky challenge for this month: 'April showers' I knew I was going to use the Puddle duck stamp. I've used a couple of the freebie download papers from Funky Hand, as well as some bright pink DCWV textured card and a couple of fabric flowers.

It's also for:

Pile it on 12: 'Animal-riffic!'
Charisma cardz 13: 'animal magic'
Sunday stamper 97: 'and your bird can sing'
Alphabet: 'U is for umbrella' (I'm behind with these challenges, but still want to cover the whole alphabet)
Alota rubber 32: 'recipe: 3 of something (papers), 2 of something (flowers) and 1 of something (stamped image)
Sophisticat 28: 'raining cats and dogs' - no cats and dogs, but there's rain!
Cricut cardz 19: 'anyhing goes' - the circles were cut on my cricut using 'Make the cut' software
The colours are right for Stamping 411 colour inspiration 117:

This is the weekend for chocolate

Having made all my Easter cards now, I'm concentrating on 'chocolate' - no, not the calorific kind, although that would be most welcome, but the colour.

This card is for sketch FTL84 on Clean & simple (I love their sketches):

It's also for:

Daring cardmakers: 'how egg-citing!' - we were asked to use egg shapes or chocolate, so I chose the latter
I think this colour could also count as 'coffee' for Saturday Spotlight 24 inspirational challenge
And my favourite drink for Creatalicious 8 would have to be cocoa (particularly Green & Black'ss - lovely and rich and dark)
Crafty angels 28: 'Easter' - I went with a chocolate theme
Cupcake 84: 'lot of chocolate'
Another for Fiskarettes Monday challenge: chocolate/brown
Squigglefly 42: 'flower power'
Crafty creations 61: 'anything goes'
Cooking it up with Katie 14: 'something new' (the papers - got them today), 'something old' (the birthday sentiment), 'something sweet' (chocolate)
Simon says: 'it's so distressing' - edges were inked with chestnut chalk ink
Handfull of stamps 21: 'you're a sweet one' (chocolate)
Artful inkables (think ink Tuesday) 17: 'use any book or CD cover for inspiration' - the marvellous story 'Chocolat' (if you haven't read it or seen the film, you must - a good one to watch over Easter):

I used Daisy bucket papers - Newbury Court brownstone square and cut the flowers and scallops (3 x half of a flower) with nestabilities. In the centre of the flower is a prima 'say it in studs'.

Lovely prizes

I've received these lovely stamps today as prizes for a couple of challenges on Sunflowers & Dragonflies challenge blog - aren't they super - I am so fortunate:

BF March inchies and ATCs

Yesterday, both the BF ATC swaps and the inchies swaps arrived and they are wonderful - thanks to the ladies who took part and those who hosted the swaps.

The theme for the inchies was 'spring':

and for the ATCs we were given a sketch to work from:

Salt: Gethsemane

It was Pauline's turn to choose the topic for today's Salt challenge - you can read what she wrote here.

When I pepared my LO, I hadn't seen Pauline's and only discovered when I uploaded to Salt that we had both used the same picture of Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane - I got the picture from here. It's interesting too to read the reflections of Linda who used the picture on her blog.

I based my LO on the worship song 'the Servant King' by Graham Kendrick:
From heaven you came
Helpless babe
Entered our world
Your glory veiled
Not to be served
But to serve
And give Your life
That we might live

This is our God
The Servant King
He calls us now
To follow Him
To bring our lives
As a daily offering
Of worship to
The Servant King

There in the garden
Of tears
My heavy load
He chose to bear
His heart with sorrow
Was torn
'Yet not My will
But Yours,' He said

Come see His hands
And His feet
The scars that speak
Of sacrifice
Hands that flung stars
Into space
To cruel nails

So let us learn
How to serve
And in our lives
Enthrone Him
Each other's needs
To prefer
For it is Christ
We're serving
For me, this song sums up the surrendering of Jesus to His Father's will and also reminds me of the earlier time on the same evening as he prayed in the garden, when he washed the disciples feet. As we approach Good Friday tomorrow, let's remember the tremendous sacrifice made by Jesus, the Servant King.

I used BG periphery papers and elements for my LO and thickers chipboard letters.