Once in a while, we visit this wonderful city to view the ocean and feel the waves on our feet. We also love the cool breeze and awesome blue skies by the coast. And we've experienced all of that last week. We were also blessed with cool and windy weather with a spectacular view of the lake while we rented a screened shelter at the Corpus Christi State Park for several days. My hubby and son love their superb fishing facility out there. So while the boys were out fishing for hours , I stayed behind to start another crochet project. It relaxed me while the birds with their wonderful noises kept me company in the shelter. One bird in particular (a red cardinal) was always there to wake and greet us every morning while providing us with wonderful chirping sounds all throughout our stay. Everything is just so beautiful there. Oh, and the stars were out in full display each night. At one point, they reminded me of the light that shines inside every believer's (Born-again, John 3:3) life. Each of them giving glory to the One who created them and are a beacon of hope in the midst of vast darkness. I love it! Big things or small things, there is always something in nature that reminds and assures me of God's faithfulness and His abiding presence wherever I go. Spending time with God---to breakaway from life's normal hustle and bustle, is an essential part of a believer's life. In this crazy world, we need a quiet time to reflect. I am grateful to God for the opportunity. But whether you go out of town for days or just find a local park in your neighborhood for several hours, go and take the time! What could inspire us more than God's natural creation surrounding us? Though others may find it fun and ideal to spend their time at Amusement Parks with all its exciting and fun rides, or attend sporting events, or book a Cruise or a Resort vacation which are very costly and frankly---way out of my budget, there is always something special in simple and quiet family time that does not break the bank. We are looking forward for yet another great adventure with the Lord next time. I want to leave you with the following passages that tells us of the faithfulness of God we can experience through His creation:
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth." (Psalm 19:1-6)
"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!" (Psalm 8:3-9)
“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children.” (Psalm 148:7-12)
For this first card, I used a clear stamp from Deasy Designs and colored it using my Touch Five markers. The base is an A2 pre-cut card that comes with an envelope (The same size used for all cards here). With some fussy cutting, this card came out awesome.
ADVENTUROUS BIRTHDAY CARD
ADVENTUROUS BIRTHDAY CARD INSIDE
ADVENTUROUS BIRTHDAY CARD WITH ENVELOPE
For my second card, I used rubber cling stamps from 2 coordinating sets of Stampers Anonymous namely Bird Crazy and Crazy Things sets. I also colored it using my Touch Five markers and incorporated some scrap DP's to create the banner. Sentiment is by Printworks.
AGE UNLISTED BIRD CARD
AGE UNLISTED BIRD CARD INSIDE
AGE UNLISTED BIRD CARD WITH ENVELOPE
For my third card, I used an image from Hampton Art Footlongs (retired) Clear Stamps and colored it using my Touch Five markers. I incorporated some inking to the clouds using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and some Liquid Pearls (White Opal) for added dimension. I added some googly eyes and glitters (Stickles-Crystal) to complete this design.
MAKE A WISH BIRTHDAY CARD
MAKE A WISH BIRTHDAY CARD INSIDE
MAKE A WISH BIRTHDAY CARD WITH ENVELOPE
For my fourth and final card for this post, I used an image and sentiment from Stampendous Clear Stamps featuring my favorite Changito monkey and colored it using my Touch Five markers. I also used a couple of stencils from Hero Arts to create the clouds and the stars by inking them with Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass and Hickory Smoke). Pretty out of this world, huh!
YOU ROCKET CHANGITO BIRTHDAY CARD
YOU ROCKET CHANGITO BIRTHDAY CARD INSIDE
YOU ROCKET CHANGITO BIRTHDAY CARD WITH ENVELOPE
This Card/s is/are entered into the following Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps---Stamped Image and Sentiment
Fashionable Stamping---Mode of Transport
Heartful Stamping---ATG with a Stamp
International Art and Soul---Distressing
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends---ATG
Crafty Friends---B is for ___ (Boy/Birthday)
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Jo's Scrap Shack---ATG
Just Add Ink---Add Critters
Pattie's Creations---Anything with Wings
PDE Linky Party---Spring
QKR Stampede---ATG/Up Up and Away
This it all for now, guys. Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge. You can take on the Optional Twist (Spring) or just do what you do best. There's really no reason for you to miss it. Can't wait to see what you create. Have a blessed and wonderful day, everyone!