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August 23, 2009

Relax, Enjoy!

Hi ho happy weekend peoples! What a glorious weekend this has been! Bunches of family time and an awesome church service with an anointed praise and worship band. Talk about love overflowing, Jesus is just too cool!!! Nothing compares to soaking in His presence and love! Oh my, if we could just throw out all this religious theology and just learn to WALK IN LOVE, what a world this would be. We have been called to witness not judge! Ok then...
Here's a little card I'd like to call RELAXATION...

This lovely image was a FREEbie for the There's Magic in the Air challenge. Thank you again Nina! The challenge was also to make a gatefold card, so charming. I used SU! pastels and a bit of colored pencil to color. The papers are from Making Memories travel paper pad. I love these colors and thought they made for a nice masculine retirement card. The jute is wrapped around and can simply be slid off to open! And look, I used a button! lol Though I still consider myself button challenged...it took me forever to choose this one! lol

There were so many challenges that help 'build' this card! I'm sure that is no surprise to my regular readers! lol oh and I've found five more challenges (new to me) just in the last few days, I'll be sharing those over the next week! wow, we are a challenged bunch, aren't we?!

Well, as I mentioned...
Magical Monday~use boat digi and make a gatefold card.
Daring Cardmakers~spec. occasion card (retirement)
ABC-B for button.
C.R.A.F.T. chall~beach.
Stamping B's~use chalks
All Sorts~sketch and torn edges.
Cafe Mojo chall~blues/browns
Lots to Do~papers
Secret Crafter Sat~colors.
Tanda Teaser~gatefold card.
Color Throwdown~colors.
Theme Thursday~seasons....I thought not only is this seasonal as in summertime, but also seasonal in life, entering into retirement. (deep, huh?)

Well, there you have it!
Now don't forget my 'GIVE AWAY' going on for this weekend...some digi files from The Cutting Cafe....clicky HERE for the deets!

Hope you're enjoying your day!
Praying peace, joy and much love over all who read here! Blessings!


Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

Hi maria! I'm so glad you got filled up on the fruit of the Spirit! Jesus IS awesome. :) this is a great card! It definitely gives you a calm, serene feeling and I love how you distressed it! Enjoy the rest of your day!

Riet said...

What a gorgeous card Maria,i love the image.

Hugs Riet.x

Kelly said...


Jules said...

Hi Maria

Great card - and I love the inside too.

Fantastic colour scheme.

Thank you for joining in the fun over at Allsorts.

Love Jules xx

sam21ski said...

What a fab card, love the image and so many challenges!!

Thanks for playing along with the Lotstodo Challenge again this week - Sam xxx

Patti J. said...

I am really a fan of distress, so this card just popped for me! And girl, I am so impressed by your BUTTON!!! Way to go! Proud of ya darlin'!!! Sounds like your Sunday is off to blessings beyond measure! A church just up the road from me has a billboard that says we aren't here to judge, but to witness! Have a wonderful day!

crafty creations said...

Hiya Maria and thank you for joining the Lotstodo Challenge again this week with such a fantastic card - love it

Hugs Hilda

Julie said...

A fantastic card Maria. The distressing looks great and your colouring is fab.
Thanks for joining us at C.R.A.F.T.
Julie x

Heather said...

Wonderful message and GORGEOUS card! Have a great day!

Willy said...

Beautiful card, Maria!

Nina said...

what a great job you did with my image, love the entire card and the distressing and LOVE your button and the way you did the jute was a great idea for a gate fold card! Loved your entire card!! just beautiful. Thanks again for stopping by TMITA and playing along with this weeks challenge, I hope you will stop by next week!

Karen from PA said...

Sounds like you've had a fabulous Sunday! Love your card and what you did on the inside.

Rose said...

one card for 12 challenges! you rocked them all :) glad you had a fantastic service today, ours was awesome also. so good to spend a few hours with fellow beleivers and get the old battery recharged for the comming week :)

Rein said...

Beautiful card!

coldwaters2 said...

I agree Maria this gives a very tranquil feeling I love the old boats you see by the seaside and this captures the right feeling for sure.

Lorraine x

Jane Carroll said...


thanks for joining us this week on ABC & SCSC :)

Hugs Jane x

Ang C said...

A stunning card - well done on fitting it into so many challenges

Dawn said...

Love the image - great colouring and the inside is great

Thanks for joining us on ABC


scrapnnMO said...

OH this is so cool looking. Great image and the design is also cool looking. ♥DAwn♥

jacque4u2c said...

I am at peace when I look and read this card! Just fab!

Helen said...

Fab card!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Challenge this week!
Helen x

sugar n spice said...

Beautiful card, love every element of it. Thank you for joining us at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge this week.
Suzi x

Allison said...

So very pretty! Awesome creation!

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

i wish more people would worry about bringing JESUS into their homes instead of this awful government!!!!

THIS is definitely my favorite out of most of your cards! i just love it! that blue paper is stunning and that image is totally awesome! i just love it!


Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What an awesome retirement card. So serene and beautiful!! I love it Maria!! The scene you created and the distressed background is magnificent.
hugs and blessings,

Nilla said...

Maria, this is beautiful, fabulous coloring and I love the inside, so soft and a wonderful card for someone retiring! And all those challenges, you are amazing!! Thanks for joining us at TMITA this week! Hugs Nilla

Rina said...

"Shine Jesus Shine!" thanks for sharing Maria. I agree, if only allllll the walls would come down and we just "Walk in Love", as God commands us to. How awesome it would be.

Love the "Relaxing" feel of your card. Truly beautiful!

Paula said...

What a fabulous card Maria such a fab image and colours.
Paula xxxx

brenda said...

Hi Maria

Love the restic feel to your card.

Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week.

B x

sue law said...

Great card Maria! Thanks for joining in with our teaser!

Anesha said...

Stunning card, love the distressing and the twine. Thanks for taking part in the CRAFT challenge. Anesha

SueH said...

A beautiful card

Thanks for ‘daring’ to play along this week.

Donna said...

Beautiful card Maria, definitely a very relaxing scene :) fab distressing and beautifully decorated inside! Sounds like you have a fab weekend :) Donna x

broni (waterchild12) said...

Great boat image and I love the masculine feel to your card! Thanks for playing along with us in the Color Throwdown!

Anonymous said...

WOW!! Maria, this is just gorgeous!! I love it!! HUGS

Peggy said...

Awesome card !!!!
Thanks for playing along with us at CRAFT Challenge !!

Peggy x

scotspanda said...

gorgeous card, it is a fabulous image. making me feel all summery!

thanks for playing along with us at allsorts this week :o)


Amanda xx

Hope Jacare said...

Lovely image - thanks for playing at C.R.A.F.T. Cheers Claire x

Magda said...

Great idea! Lovely colours and image. Thanks for joining us at C.R.A.F.T. this week & good luck.
Magda x

Vicky (Angeldrummer) said...

lovely card
thank you for joining us on abc this week

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Lovely card
and congrats on all those challenges
thanks for playing at Allsorts

Emma xxx

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card. I love the image and great use of the colours.
Thank you for joining in the SCSC and ABC this week.
Cathy xx

Trimgym said...

Lovely card, thanks for joining us at CRAFT Challenge and good luck.


Kathy said...

Maria, I love the way you've put this card together, it's just perfect

Jill said...

stunning card Maria, what a lovely image thanks for joining us at scsc hugs Jill xx

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous card, wonderful image and love the style of card.

Beautiful Grace said...

"Nothing compares to soaking in His presence and love! Oh my, if we could just throw out all this religious theology and just learn to WALK IN LOVE, what a world this would be. We have been called to witness not judge!"

AMEN, Maria, preach it!!!!

With Much Love...