Wednesday, February 22, 2012

SIWS36 -- Abundant Grace

This week's challenge verse at the Say It With Scripture Challenge at The Sweet 'n Sassy Connection is 2 Corinthians 4:15, "For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God."

If we look at 1 Corinthians 4 as a whole, we will find that it's talking about how the Christian should live and specifically, how the Christian should live when faced with hardship and trials.  The first part of our focus verse, "for all things are for your sakes" is pretty easily understand and something we've talked about before.  The Lord uses trials in our lives for our benefit.  But if we look further into the verse, we will find that not only do our trials benefit us, but they can benefit the church as a whole.  As others see us go through trials, and see the Lord's grace at work in our lives, it will bring encouragement and thanksgiving to them.  Thanksgiving?  Yes, in the sense that they are thankful for how the Lord is working and helping us thru the trial.

I looked up the word "redound" at It defines redound as to have an advantageous or disadvantageous effect (on): brave deeds redound to your credit. Using this definition we can see that when we go thru trials and allow the Lord's grace to help us thru them, not only does it encourage other Christians but it brings (redounds) glory to the Lord. Doesn't that put a whole different light on trials? 

When I made my original card, I goofed and put the main panel on the card base so that the card opened backwards.  I cut off the card front and turned the card into an easel card.  As one person has said about making cards, there are no mistakes, just opportunities for creativity.  :)

For my card this week, I used this week's Sweet Stop Sketch (SSS146) for the main panel of the card. This week it's a sketch with a spin - which means there's a prize.  The spin is to use dies or punches.  I used several spellbinders on this card.

I colored the bird and flower image with copics and fussy cut them.  I colored an extra set of flowers to use as accents.  What type of bird is this?  I don't know...I just thought she looked pretty colored this way.  :)  Pearls, ribbon and stickles added my finishing touches.

Cardstock:  Georgia Pacific (white), Bazzill (kraft), Misc from scrap bin (blue)
Pattern Paper:  BG (Out of Print)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy (Amazing Grace, New Creature, Bluebird digi stamps)
Embellishments/Tools:  Ribbon (Michael's), Pearls (Oriental Trading), Stickles (yellow), Copic markers, Spellbinders (Circles Lg & sm, Lacey Circles, Petite Ovals Small, Petite Scalloped Ovals Large, Big Scalloped Border Petites), Bow Easy

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ #127 - Image must be or include a flower 
Shelly's Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #86 - Use blue in your project
Papertake Weekly - Getting Krafty
Wordart Wednesday #16 - Use Scripture on your project 
Scripture Thursday #17 - Use Scripture 
Paper Pretties Wed. Challenge (PWC194) - Use dies or punches

I hope you'll play along with us this week for the Say It With Scripture Challenge.  Don't forget to stop by and get your free digi.

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you'll come back soon.


Darlene said...

OH WOW ... this is SO PRETTY! Your coloring is fantastic and I love how the bird is inset on the sentiment panel ... looks fabulous! Great job! Thanks so much for joining our "ANYTHING GOES" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
Shelly's Images DT

Shannon White said...

Goodness this is just Beautiful! Love the Pretty image and the Wonderful verse! Your coloring and Lovely dp's are just Fabulous too! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Sweet Stop! 8-)

krcmasterpiece said...

So good came out of a boo-boo. Isn't it interesting how that happens?
I like it! The scripture is awesome. Thanks for playing with us @ WAW

Monika/Buzsy said...

Gorgeous card Stephanie. Lovely images. Especially like that you cut them out. The colors are so pretty. Thank you for playing along with us at the Sweet stop!

Min said...

What an absolutely beautiful card!

Thanks so much for playin' along with us for the Shelly's Images "Show Us What You Got Challenge”.
We hope you'll join us again soon! Hugs & Happy Days! ~Min
Kaymin Kreations

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Stephanie! What a beautiful card, it's just lovely. Thanks so much for playing along this week at both Shelly's Images AND Word Art Wednesday. We are so blessed to have your gorgeous work in both of these fun challenges. Here's to wishing you a wonderful week filled with God's richest blessings.
Karen L

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Your card is beautiful Stephanie. Thank you for elaborating on this verse. My post that you linked to for Scripture Thursday is an example of someone in a trial and how they act. My friend has been a strong example for many with her strong faith. Thanks so much for adding this to this week's Scripture Thursday. ~ Abby

Connie Mercer said...

you do the best cards!!! sooo beautiful!!!

Carol said...

Beautiful card. Love the birdy and flowers.

NanaConnie said...

Beautiful, Stephanie! Love your posting -- what an inspiration. Great scripture you chose. I'm so glad you are sharing it with us at Tuesday Throwdown this week. It's wonderful !
NanaConnie DT

Shelby Goolsby said...

This is beautiful!! I love the way you colored the bird, so pretty!!Thank you for joining us at The Sweet Stop.

Unknown said...

Wow! What a gorgeous card! Thanks for joining in on the Tuesday Throwdown this week.

Gwen said...

Your card is so beautiful and I really appreciate your post. God is glorified in our troubles as well as our victories!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful, Stephanie. Stopping by via Abby's Scripture Thursday. You ladies are so talented. Loved this.
Much love!

NanaConnie said...

Stephanie, I knew this was a winner the first time I saw it. Congratulations on taking Top 3 honors at Tuesday Throwdown this week!
NanaConnie DT

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi again Stephanie. I know I already commented here, but I wanted to say CONGRATS on having your beautiful card selected as a winner at Stampin' Sisters in Christ. You really did a great job, and it shows God's beauty through your card.
Have a wonderful week!

Jan Marie said...

Congratulations on having your beautiful card picked this week at Stampin' Sisters!! It is most lovely, as is your post. . .so thankful for you and for your steadfast love of the Lord! Hugs and blessings, dear sister!!


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