Saturday, November 30, 2013

Crafters of Faith - Innocence of Childhood

Recently I was able to join the "Crafters of Faith" blog group on SCS.  I was so excited to be able to join this group!  It's wonderful not only to be able to share our crafting but also be able to share our faith.  

Each month one of the members of the group issues a challenge and we create a card based on that theme....and of course post it on our blogs....on the 30th of the month...which is TODAY!  

Darlene issued our theme for November and here is what she wrote:

Matthew 10:13-16
"People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them."

I have always loved the image that this brings to mind. The culture of the day was such that children were valued even less than women were, so once again, Jesus is teaching that he came for the least ones in society. My biggest pleasure in teaching Sunday School is always experiencing God's love and grace through the accepting eyes of children.

So, with that in mind, look through your treasure trove. What do you have that shows the innocence of childhood? The pleasure in simple things? The wonder of nature? The pure fun of our world? What speaks to that child-like spirit that you remember from your childhood? Try to create something that takes you back to your childish, unquestioning, innocent faith in God. Create a little bit of heaven on paper!

When I was thinking about what to do I knew I wanted to keep with the winter/Christmas theme of the season.  Growing up in Ohio we always have had snow for winter....of course some years more than others.  And even today as I drive home from work, I always enjoy seeing the kids out playing in the snow and making snowmen.  So that's where I started - a snowman.  I also love snow globes....always have.  I had a kit that had the perfect image in it!!!!  It was a kit from another group on SCS.  Here's what I came up with:

Be sure to stop by the other Crafters of Faith and see what they created.  Thanks for stopping by today.  God bless you!!!!!


MiamiKel said...

Oh such a lovely card, Zella! Beautiful paper pairing as we'll .. And I love snow!!!

Welcome to the crafters of faith and your first posting!! Here's to many more! :d

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Zella, your card is so pretty! And fun! Love the monochromatic color scheme in perfect hues for a snow'y card.

Funny thing is - when I first saw Darlene's theme, I was going to go with a snowman... since I loved playing in the snow as a child. But then I ended up going with a different idea. But I'm sure glad you did a SNOW theme!!!

nwilliams6 said...

Great group on SCS - lovely when you can express your faith in your cards! Makes all that money we spend on this craft worth it! Love your cute card - snowmen are my favorite winter image. Cute, cute, cute. Hugz!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Oh this is wonderful! I have so many memories of playing in the snow as a child growing up in the Midwest! We built lots of snowmen! Have a blessed day and fun to be part of COF with you!!!

Darlene said...

Oh Zella, this is PERFECT for the challenge! Snow is always so magical when you're a child, nothing but fun! I love the snow globe and snowman inside it! Paired with those pretty DPs, it all comes together beautifully. Nicely done!

Blessings to you and yours!

Barb said...

Zella--what a great card for the challenge this month! Love the snow-globe image and that sure does remind me of my childhood too! Thanks for sharing.

Julie Short said...

Warm Winter Wishes to you Zella.

:: BlueInks :: said...

What a fun card! I so wanna shake the snow globe! The papers and the blue hues are just perfect.

Being in the Pacific Northwest, we have had snow on Christmas less than a handful of times in my would be fun every year.

Welcome and great job!