Sunday, March 25, 2018

Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop Challenge

It. Has. Been. a Long. Winter.

Not only is the snow and cold endless...

spiritually...I feel rundown.

It's been a shoveling snow kind of season...lots and lots of emotional what not to push through and get past.


I need refreshing.

stamps: Papertrey Ink Inspired: Hope/Stylized Autumn  dies: Papertrey Ink Inspired: Hope/Brushed Off Rectangle/Stylized Autumn

The following photo had me all "ooooh and ahhh~pretty flowers"...

but the nest had me at


Stamping, praying, reflecting is what helps me deal.

When I say deal, I mean

"help me Lord I'm drowning and discouraged".
I'm one of those always on, engine running... thinking peeps that can't chill.

I can't.
He, on the other hand...


Jesus always shows up.

He offers me new hope, and a new beginning for whatever has me stressed.

 I am renewed. I am refreshed, yet again. ;)

 Thank you Lord.

This card is going to my mom for Easter.

I made one for dad too.

 The following photo had me look for any masculine colors to change up for dad.

The right photo has blues and darker pink.

 I had a sliver of autumn rose pink that I stamped with black and die cut leaves out of.

I wanted to convey the same message...he's been through some stuff lately.

He needs renewing as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by friends~you make my day. ;)


DIANA L. said...

Beautiful cards and beautiful sentiments to go with them

Lisa V. said...

Two beautiful cards for your family. I love the sentiments

Carmela Hubler said...

Lovely cards! I love the vines and your sentiments.

Julia Aston said...

Lovely cards and message! The cold dark winter can truly wear on your soul! Luckily spring always comes!

Linda said...

Lovely cards, Marlena.

Nancy Guse said...

Beautiful cards, Marlena! Very inspirational!

jill schultz said...

Thank you for sharing your cards, and your post, too. Thankful you are feeling His healing. Prayers and hugs!

Marcia HIll said...

Lovely, lovely cards Marlena and yes, Winter is long (and not over for us in Michigan...grrrrr!!), but Spring always comes and like you said...Jesus is always there! PTL!! :0)

Betty Wright said...

Marlena, these are beautiful and just lovely! Wonderful inspirational designs!

artful-notions said...

Marlena, wish I could reach across the miles and give you a big hug! Love your inspiration and how you always give God the glory! Your cards are always lovely and full of His Love and encouragement. Blessings, sweet friend!

Skrater said...

These are beautiful cards .I loved the words you shared today! Blessings, Katherine

Leigh Penner said...

I love your hopeful cards and blog post! I'm sorry you've been dealing with difficult things, but I am glad that you know that God is with you through it all and he loves you more than you can imagine. Everything is going to be okay! Hugs!

Kelly said...

I particularly love your first card, and appreciate the sentiment and your honesty. May the Lord bless you with brighter days ahead!

Sue VanDeVusse said...

These are both beautiful creations! That sentiment with the die cut is absolutely uplifting. Thanks for playing along with us again at JUGS!