Monday, July 22, 2013

God's Amazing Grace

I am SO grateful for God's amazing gift of grace.  It's by His grace that we can KNOW we are going to Heaven, and there is no better news in the world than that!  The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:5-9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works....."  I have so many blessings in my life, but above all else, I am SO grateful for God's amazing grace!
 
I made this mini album while I was at my best friend, Patti's house, on vacation.  I had to wait until I got home to post it because it needed to be bound (using my Zutter binding machine) and also needed a few finishing touches.  I don't have anything tucked into the pockets yet, but since it's made with paper bags, there are pockets in each page that I can use for tucking goodies inside (my favorite part of making paper bag albums).
 
This is the cover of the album.  The entire book uses primarily Crate Paper's Pretty Party line.  I just LOVE all the sweet chipboard and sticker embellishments that came with this darling line.  I also used LOTS of sweet buttons, seam binding and trinkets throughout.  The "Grace" stamped sentiment is from Verve Stamps.
Page 2 shows another great Verve stamped scripture which I placed on a doily.  I did lots of machine stitching in this mini album as well.
Page 3 has several of the Pretty Party patterned papers, a K & Co. fabric brad and a crocheted doily flower along with more machine stitching.  The stamped image is  from Hero Arts and is stamped on a Freckled Fawn shipping tag.  For a chance to win a $15 Freckled Fawn gift certificate, please come play along in our challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday.
Page 4 is my favorite page in the book.  That sweet shabby flower was cut from a piece of linen muslin using Die-Namics Loopy Flower Die-Cut and it's embellished with a Maya Road stick pin, some baker's twine and a felt leaf.  The "laugh" sticker is from JilliBean Soup, and the chipboard is from the Pretty Party line.
And finally Page 5 is another really cute page with scripture.  I used a resin flower in the center of my seam binding bow, and also placed little pearl accents in the centers of the flowers on the little tag, along with more machine stitching.  I'm SO glad that there's room for photos in all those wonderful built-in pockets!
Although I did decorate the back of the album, I didn't shoot a picture of it.  You'll just have to trust me that it's decorated.  This book turned out really cute, and we sure had a lot of fun making them.  I always enjoy creating projects using God's Word.
 
My Craft Spot By Kimberly - Challenge #105 - Sew Fun! - I just LOVE machine stitching on my cards and projects.
 
The Shabby Tea Room - Challenge #176 - Fresh Summer Breeze - I really enjoyed this sweet color combination and had fun creating with it!

Paper Take Weekly - Buttons and Bows
 
Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by today to say hello.  I look forward to a great day with my family as we celebrate my 48th Birthday on Tuesday, July 23.  I appreciate your visit today, and really hope that you are having a very blessed week!  I encourage you to THANK GOD for the gift of His amazing grace!  We are SO blessed.

My Cup Runneth Over,
Karen

14 comments:

  1. Wonderful cards and verses Karen!!
    .. thanks for sharing the blessing of knowing our LORD and Saviour.
    ... no matter what continent or country we are in, it is a joy each day, praise Him! love Shaz in Oz.x

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  2. Oh what a beautiful wee book Karen - love all the detail you have used and the cheerful colours. The scriptures are perfect for the book.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  3. Love mini albums. Love that you used scripture!! We can't be thankful enough!

    You are such a blessing to our blogland!!
    Thanks for being you!
    Hugs!!

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  4. Pretty book. Have a happy birthday!

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  5. this is so pretty, and spiritually encouraging too! I am really loving your mini albums Karen. Keep up the good work.

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  6. Wowsers, Karen! Fabulous mini!

    Great pages: loving the layouts, colors and paper!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  7. This is beautiful, Karen! I have a Scripture book, too, that isn't finished, though...I'm now inspired to go finish it! :)

    Thanks, too, for all the lovely comments you've left on my blog. They've really made my day.

    Have a blessed day!
    Pat

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  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN! I hope your day is wonderful! I love your beautiful little book! The colors, papers and embellishments are so cheerful and pretty!
    Hugs,
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  9. Karen, this is an amazing mini-album! The way you decorated each page enhances the Scripture and makes it so enticing. What a great way to encourage someone to read His Word! You have definitely inspired me!

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  10. This is absolutely beautiful! All the pages look fantastic:) I love the arrangement on the cover and the stitching is awesome..so pretty! Love the scriptures!
    Thanks so much for joining us in the challenge at My Craft Spot!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

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  11. What a gorgeous album you have created, Karen - WOW!! Chock full of crafty yumminess! Thanks for sharing with us in the Tea Room :)

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  12. What a beautiful album, Karen! I especially love the gorgeous hope page. What a wonderful way to remember God's blessings!

    I hope you had a very happy birthday!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

    Kate
    Small Bits of Paper

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  13. Oh my goodness, this is amazing!! The papers are beautiful and and all the details, just perfect Thanks for joining us at My Craft Spot this week!

    Gwen

    http://thisandthatbygwen.blogspot.com

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