Our daughter Britt had been feeling badly for about a week. She sent me a pitiful e-mail the other day that said, "If you need an idea, I'd love an 'I wish you didn't feel yucky... ps I love you' card." So — here it is. (Also, for Susan's One Layer Wednesday challenge for this week, to use some form of watercolor on a card.)
For the umbrella, I colored the stamp with a red watercolor crayon, spritzed and stamped. Then I diluted some Cool Caribbean ink and spattered it across the card front with by tapping the handle of a small paintbrush loaded with ink on the side of my hand. Before mailing the card, I wrote her exact words from the e-mail inside and stuck in a gift card to Panera Bread — chicken soup & whole grain baguette, by order of Dr. Mom. :) Glad you're feeling better now, Sweet Girl!
AND TELL: stamps are from Papertrey Ink (Scattered Showers); cardstock is PTI (Rustic White); ink is Stampin' Up (Cool Caribbean) and PTI (Summer Sunrise); also used SU's Watercolor Wonders crayon (Real Red from Bold Brights set) and Martha Stewart's baker's twine.
Edited to add: I completely forgot that I was playing catch-up with the One Layer Wednesday challenges. But — lucky me — the challenge I was on was to add ribbon. I think baker's twine will work. OLW4, checked off the catch-up list. :)
And, to further prove that I'm good at pampering myself, too (as I mentioned in an earlier post)...
Changing the subject, today at church our pastor started a series on Faith-Building. Part of his sermon was from James 1:2-8 — and he said something that really struck me: to build faith — for our faith to grow — it must be stretched (exercised) and tested; that testing produces maturity in us. Whew — I'm glad to know that my trials have a purpose! :)
One thing that has become a bit of a routine for me, is to download a few songs from iTunes on Sunday afternoons. Often I include a song that we sang in church that day. Here is a video of one of today's songs — The Stand, by Hillsong United. This is a l-o-n-g video that is filled with images of worship occuring at Hillsong concerts. It takes a few minutes for the song to really get going (and 4 minutes to get to the chorus...), so if you choose to watch it — hang in there. And, if straggly, stringy hair on guys really bugs you, you may want to close your eyes for awhile — but, then, closing your eyes during worship isn't an altogether bad idea as it allows you to focus more on WHO you're worshiping rather than on what's going on around you... :)
During his sermon, Kelvin also warned us that Satan's goal is to get us to doubt our faith — that it's OK to have questions, but that we can't take that to the point where we doubt who God is or what He wants to accomplish in us... that we need to stand firm in our faith. Always good to be reminded, isn't it?
So — as we begin a new week — Stand, my friend.
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6
Thanks for stopping by today. See you again soon.
(If you're interested in hearing Kelvin's July 18th sermon on faith-building, it should be ready to listen to here in a day or two.)