Thursday, January 22, 2009

No Greater Love...

I attend a Tuesday Precept Bible study, and this morning the husband of one of my friends in that class went to be with the Lord...her name is Jan, and I hope you'll join me in praying for her. I am grateful that she has other women who've been through this experience to lean on. We are a close-knit group, very involved in each others' close as we all are and as much as we know about each other, it still is hard to imagine what she's going through. She and Pete, although I would guess they're in their 70's, were relatively newlyweds, and she is going to miss him tremendously.

Michelle Redman and I met today for lunch to celebrate her birthday, and after having some delicious PF Chang's Chinese food, we headed--like good stampers should--out to shop for stampin' scrappin' supplies! I found this beautiful designer paper at JoAnn's and thought that it would make a lovely card for today's challenge. It wasn't until I was almost half-way through with it that it dawned on me that it would be a great card for Jan.

The scripture sentiment says, "Greater love hath no man than this, but that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13." That, paired with the symbolism of the butterfly, is our promise of the hope and truth of Eternal Life, all accomplished through the willing sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I hope this card brings comfort and peace to my friend as she mourns the loss of her beloved husband.

For the challenge, I used gold EP to emboss the swirl from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' Floral Flourishes on Paper Pizazz Brown Diamonds shadow print. I also used a Spica glitter pen to glitz up the butterfly cut from Colorbok's Caribbean dp. The sentiment is from Sweet 'n Sassy's set, Love of a Friend. I used Tim Holtz distress inks to distress the edges of all the cardstock and vellum papers, and to stamp the sentiment.

I will be taking this card to Jan on Saturday when Pete's memorial services are held. Our Bible study will be hosting the gathering afterward. Thanks for visiting, and thanks for your prayers for my friend. Blessings!


  1. Sorry for your friend Deb. I think your card if beautiful and fitting. I certainly won't critique your photo...I just took 37 pics of the same card and STILL didn't get a good one!

  2. Praying for your friend. Your card is beautiful and I am sure it will mean a lot to her.

  3. Your card is beautiful! We'll keep your friend in our thoughts and prayers.

    Have a wonderful day!

  4. Prayers for your friend Jan on the loss of her husband. This is a lovely card which shows so much care and concern.

  5. Such a beautiful and sweet card. She's lucky to have a friend like you.
    hugs, jami