Thursday, February 5, 2009

Because He Lives...

My mom was a singer. Whether it be in a quartet, the church choir, or while cleaning, she could often be heard either humming or singing a favorite hymn.

One of my fondest memories is of gathering around the piano and harmonizing with her. She had many favorites, but when I saw this image, Lily Cross (Northwoods), it reminded me of a song sung by the Gaithers called "Because He Lives". You can here the tune and read the words if you click HERE.

As a kid, I just sang the words and harmonized, not really thinking about the meaning. But now, as an adult, I can understand why my mom loved this song so much. Times are hard right now for so many, and the message this song brings is one of hope, because He lives.

I stamped the Lily Cross (Northwoods) twice, with Black Onyx (Versafine), onto Suede Brown Dark cs, and embossed with Detailed Clear ep. I then painted the flowers with bleach, let them dry and added a touch of Adirondack Butterscotch, Lemonade, and Lettuce reinkers. I then coated them with Diamond Glaze (Judikins), and popped them up with dimensional tape.

I made my sentiment with the JustRite Harmony Rectangular Stamp Set, and the 50 pt Trompe Script and 25 pt Brayton Fonts. I used Black Onyx (Versafine) and Detailed Clear ep for this as well.


Supplies: Stamps - Lily Cross (Northwoods), Harmony Rectangle Stamper, Trompe Script and Brayton (JustRite) Paper - Silver Strand Glazed CS (Fiskars), Dark Brown Suede and Butter Cream (Prismatics) Ink - Black Onyx (Versafine) Butterscotch, Lemonade, Lettuce (Adirondack Dye Reinkers) Accessories - Bleach, Black and Bronze Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Sewing Machine, Heat Tool, Dimensional tape, Ribbon, Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Corner Rounder Punch, Spellbinders diecuts

That's about it. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope your having a blessed week and that you're stamping away!!
Happy Stamping!!
Tosh

30 comments:

Cindy Haffner said...

Stunning Tosh, love it.

StampOwl said...

gorgeous Tosh!

Shannan Teubner said...

This is stunning! We're gonna have to have a sing-a-long next time we get together! :)

Michelle (Lady2cu) said...

What a gorgeous work of art! Fabulous in every way! You really outdid yourself on this one, my friend!

I enjoyed reading your post about your mom. I can play that song on the piano. You know, we could get Shannan and all sing, huh?

ChristineCreations said...

ok....try #2 to post this comment :)

Amen sister! And a gorgeous work of art too...such warmth and depth of color.

Beatiful work Tosha!

leenda said...

Beautiful artwork & powerful message.....PERFECT!

Elena said...

Gorgeous card, Tosh!!!

CherylQuilts at SCS said...

What a wonderful memory! I remember singing harmony with my grandma many years ago as a child...some great times! And what a beautiful card!

Anonymous said...

This is a gorgeous card, Tosh! I love hearing about the memories of singing with your Mom. I remember doing that as well with my Mom and my older sister. I now sit down with my preschool grandchildren and am teaching them Jesus Loves Me and some of the other favorites, so hopefully this time we share will become memories for them, too. Again, thanks for sharing!

StampDancer said...

Beautiful card Tosh! I remember listening to that song when I was younger too. Thanks for the memories.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Stunningly georgeous! Beautiful detail and colours. You matched this perfectly with the cs/papers you selected. powerful message too.

Amber said...

this is amazing Tosha and its just stunning and beautiful you did a good job ! I hope you have a wonderful and blessed weekend

Norine said...

just gorgeous love the details and color
Hugs
Norine

nise said...

Thanks, Tosh! Wonderful card, memory sharing and message. And I can clap real loud when you're all done with your sing along ;)

Rose Ann said...

What a beautiful memory and touching post, Tosh! Your card is stunning too!! Thanks for the link. Hopping over to take a listen. Hugs!!

Betty Wright aka gbedwright said...

Tosh, this is so beautifully done!!!! Love the story with such a poignant message. Great work!!!!

Deborah Saaranen said...

So gorgeous! I love this tune-- I sang it at my Grandmother's funeral-- so special! As is your beautiful design-- you always pick the nicest colors!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful, wonderful dimension and love that font on the sentiment, neat detailing on the scallops too!

Silke said...

GORGEOUS Easter Card!!!

Tori Wild said...

What a gorgeous card-- I see your name out in blog land all the time, but hadn't been to your site before--- I love everything!!

Velta said...

This Made Me Smile...beautiful art :)

Mothermark said...

Absolutely beautiful Tosh! I love where your inspiration came to make this card....its truly lovely!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Wow, this is just gorgeous! Love the colors and sentiment. My mom wasn't a singer, but she sang around the house constantly, and this was definitely one of her favorites, too.

LeAnne said...

That Gaithers' song is one of my favorites--our choir does it every Easter and it brings chills & tears to all of us! What a wonderful card you've made to remind me of it once again!
LeAnne

Kimberly Crawford said...

That is beautiful!! Gorgeous! I am now singing that song! :)

Deborah Anton said...

Gorgeous!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Wow, this is gorgeous, Tosh! LOVE it!

Joan Ervin said...

GASP!!!!! My jaw dropped all the way to the keyboard when I say this GORGEOUS card!!! WOW, girl, I love every little detail on this AWESOME design..especially the flowers!!! I love where you inspiration came from, too...the song is one of my favorites!!!

dpkennedy said...

This is stunning! What fond memories you must have! Love it!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Absolutely stunning!!!!! Those lilies are gorgeous, and I just love the sentiment you used and how you created it! WOW!!

 
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