Thursday, April 01, 2010

No Potato Parcel

Every April Fool's Day, for about 13 years, the same joke was played upon me.
And I fell for it every time - can you imagine?
The door bell would ring and someone would bring me a parcel and I would get very excited and wonder what it could be and open it to find...
Oh how we laughed.
This year - it being the first day of the school hols, my teenagers are still in bed.
I didn't get my boiled egg which turned out to be an empty shell either.

On the bright side I am feeling so much better which is wonderful! There are two different sorts of services to celebrate Maundy Thursday today, a walk of Witness for Good Friday and an early morning service (I just attend that one mind), breakfast and communion on Easter Sunday. I love it all!

And I have two challenges to share today. Being the first of the month it is time for a Get Funky Challenge. Kathy came up with a great one
April Showers
I still had some scraps of my all time favourite new download Retro Fun on my desk and so got to work with my handy cloud shaped Nestie Labels 6. I have used these dies as trees and clouds - don't think I have ever used them as Labels! Lots of inking and faux stitching. I added the raindrops with Diamond Stickles and the sentiment is hand written. So come on, join in with us and you could win a prize!
Here's how to be in with a chance of winning this month's £20.00 voucher to spend at Funky Hand::
1. Add your April Showers project to your blog,
2. Don't forget to say which Funky Hand product(s) you've used,
3. Come back before midnight April 30th (UK time) and leave a message with a link so that we can see what you've made.

It is also Salt challenge day today. Pauline came up with this one
As He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus made a plea to God to deliver him from his suffering. He knows God has the power to do all things and asks God to use that power to save Him from the trials that are coming. He is agitated because He knows that while as a human He has a choice, He is being called to obedience.
Jesus doesn’t avoid life. In the scripture readings, Jesus is facing life head on and is paying the price for it. The Jesus we find in the garden of Gethsemane isn’t a Jesus we hear much about. This Jesus is distressed, agitated and deeply grieved. This is a very human Jesus in a very uncomfortable position.
A struggling Jesus, a human Jesus, a Jesus that teaches us to face life head on and not to avoid being uncomfortable.

It is a wonderful theme for the time of year and I knew what I wanted to do.
Its another photo-less layout. I wanted to focus on the fact that Jesus was prepared to take on what was dangerous and difficult in love for us and that we ought to be prepared to take up our cross, to take our cup and follow him even if that is very hard.
The layout is made from Basic Grey Urban Couture papers, letters and match books. I put alpha stickers down, glimmer misted them and then lifted them off. The cup was hand drawn and paper pieced. I also used a Martha Steart punch and Banana Frog stamps.
Here is the journaling close up


Allison said...

love the bright clouds Lythan and the layout is super

Vicky said...

Love those clouds, didn't realise it was a die, fab card. The layout is stunning too. I like the glimmer misting and the colours - brilliant


Kim said...

One word my friend - FABULOUS! I adore this's wonderful!

Tip Top said...

If only clouds were really that colourful!! Fab use of bits! And hope you are feeling better?

Kathy said...

Glad you're feeling better Lythan, I hope you enjoy all your Easter celebrations. Then after that, I hope the essay goes well (I'm such a nag!)
I'm so think - I didn't realise that the clouds were a Nesties die....(ok, stop laughing now....) I like that the new download is your new all-time fave!hahaha

Great LO, beautiful design and the papers are perfect.

Hazel said...

I love your reflection on the Salt challenge and all the elements making up the LO. Glad you're feeling a bit better - hope the voice lasts out OK. Oh, and like the 'shower' FH card x

Unknown said...

Wonderful, thoughtful and very creative lo Lythan!! Happy Easter!

pmk said...

Fantastic layout for the challenge Lythan. Hope you have a wonderful easter weekend.