Saturday, April 16, 2011

Shades of purple

Hello this week's Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge is to use shades of purple and/or wood.
The scripture:  
MAIN VERSE: Mark 15:17 "They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him." CONTEXT PASSAGE: Mark 15: 16-20

This passage in Mark is telling us about the crucifixion of Christ. The soldiers mocked Christ and jeered that if He was "the King of the Jews" he should have a purple robe and forced him to wear a crown of thorns. When we read about all the pain that Christ endured, it would be easy to wonder why Christ who was fully God and fully man would endure such torture. I know from personal experience what constant physical pain can do to your body and mindset. When the pain gets bad enough for long enough, you would do almost anything to make it stop. So why would Christ willingly agree to suffer pain? After all, He had the power to put an end to it or even avoid it all together. Isaiah chapter 53 tells us that he was despised and rejected for us. He bore our sorrows and our griefs. He was wounded for our transgressions and was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we were healed.
So why did He do this for us?
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:6
At some point in life we have all sinned and sought our own will above God's will. That creates a separation between us and God. The ONLY way to restore our relationship with God was for Christ who knew no sin to sacrifice himself to pay for our sins. We don't even have to do anything to earn this salvation. It is a free gift. Just because God loves us so much.

This Easter when you see pictures of Christ hanging on a cross, know that He did it all for YOU. Also realize that the story did not end with His death. He conquered sin and death and rose again. So that everyone that receives Him can have eternal life.

May your sorrows be eclipsed by His glory.

Back to the card:
I used alcohol inks to color my pain patch paper and  used a stamp resist technique with my pain patches like the card I described here for the focus panel.
Next I added handmade flowers. I used my "pretty flowers" cut file on white paper and sprayed them with Glimmer Mist. I added rhinestones to the centers.  I also cut 2 of the larger flowers from my "tattered flowers" file, inked the edges with silver ink, shaped the petals, and added silver seed beads to the center.

Stamps used: Inkadinkado script, TPC Studios Secret Garden, and TPC Studios Classic Border.
TH Adirondack alcohol inks: Stream, Purple Twilight, Eggplant, Cranberry.

Cut Files
Tattered flowers: SVG
Pretty flowers: SVG


Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [18 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Trisha said...

Really pretty card. I appreciate your blog. Thanks for sharing the svg files.

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Flowers post on Apr. 19, 2011. Thanks again.