Thursday, April 7, 2011

Jesus is the Reason Blog Hop

God bless you! This is indeed a blessed time of year, as we remember Christ's sacrifice on the cross at Calvary, and celebrate his triumphant victory over death! We're so glad you've stopped by!

You should have arrived here from Paola's blog, That's Amore. If not, please start at the beginning at Heather's blog, Heather's Coffee Break for lots of inspiration.

Our purpose these 3 days is to draw the attention back to Jesus Christ, just as we did with our Christmas version of "Jesus Is The Reason" hop. In the United States especially, Easter has become about mythical bunnies, candy and hunting for colored eggs. While they amuse us, these things distract us from the real cause for celebration: the most amazing event in history - the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. When Christ was scourged, beaten, tormented, spit upon, ridiculed, mocked, nailed to the cross and forced to bear a crown of thorns (Mark 10:34; Luke 23), it was the greatest act of love (John 3:16) the world has ever known. He didn't deserve any of it - He came into this world without sin. But for our sake, because He loves us, He took on our sins and became sin (2Corinthians 5:21; 1Peter 2:22, 24). He gave Himself as the final, substitutive sacrifice, thereby paying our sin debt in full and proclaiming, "It is finished." (John 19:30) Three days later, after being buried in a tomb, He rose from the dead and walked this earth again (Luke 24; Acts 10:40) before ascending to Heaven (1Thessalonians 1:10) to sit at the Father's right hand (Hebrews 12:2). In light of the true meaning of Easter, we friends of faith have gathered together to celebrate and share the Good News.

We invite you to join us:
Heather - Heather's Coffee Break Kelly - Sandcastle Stamper Maria - Joyful Stamper
Sammi - Stuff by Sammi
Lorie - The Thinkin' Spot
Stacy - Impressions of a Ribbon Addict
Kadie - In My Minds Eye
Carolyn - Kirei na Kami
Paola - That's Amore!
Linda - The Stamper's Touch
Susan - Pink Flannel Pajamas Karen - KR B's Korner
Catherine - Paper Addict Catherine

While we cannot even begin to reciprocate the Lord's gift to us, there is "blog candy" on some of the hop stops as a token of appreciation for your comments and encouragement. We also invite you to celebrate the real "Reason for the Season" by posting your own creation celebrating Christ's Resurrection. There is a place to link on Catherine's blog, and a prize is up for grabs for one randomly selected card/project. Now I am truly blessed to be a design team member for two wonderful Christian based stamp companies, so I wanted to create two cards using their images. First is Fresh Brewed Designs. This digital image is called Be Still Easter Egg. Colors include Perfect plum, Pale plum, White and Basic Grey's Kioshi paper. The next company I want to share is Clear Dollar Stamps. And the image I used here is the pre-colored digital Floral Cross. This image is part of a set with 3 images, 3 sentiments, and 7 digital papers. Now the colors here are Certainly celery, Bliss blue, White, and Basic Grey's Euphoria line. I had gotten the green meshy ribbon at the scrap book store and finally putting it to some use.

Now God bless! Hope you enjoy the hop! Your next stop for some love and inspiration will be Susan's blog, Pink Flannel Pajamas.

29 comments:

Heather said...

Your post is beautiful. What a wonderful reminder of Christs love for us! Your cards are gorgeous!!! I love them both so much. I can just feel Christ's love flowing through them.

I am blessed to have you as a DT member but more than that a friend. you are such a wonderful person. I am happy that God brought you in my life and that I am in this hop with you.
Many hugs!
Heather

Cassie said...

Awesome cards, Linda, and an awesome message to share :D

MiamiKel said...

Oh Linda, you know I'm a fan of your work but these are just so very sweetly done! So soft and subtle yet the message is just as beautiful as can be -- blessings to you! x0x0

Therese said...

Linda - thanks for sharing your cards and your simple reminders of Christ's love for us on the cross xx

Melissa said...

Your Creations are just beautiful, thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to take part in this meaningful hop!

Lorie said...

Two absolutely beautiful and inspirational cards! Thank you so much, Linda! What a blessing this stop has been, both spiritually and inspirationally!

Hugs,
Lorie

Suzy800 said...

My heart skipped a beat when I saw your first card....that is my favorite verse and will think of it often in my day to day life. It sounds so simple...yet is often so hard to do....He is amazing! Both your cards are beautiful Linda. God is good! May He continue to bless you.

Cassie_lu said...

beautiful cards for a wonderful reason

April said...

Linda,
This is a wonderful reason to hop. Everyone should remember the Reason for the Season on a daily basis! The Lord blessed you with this talent to convey His word! They are beautiful cards!!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Gorgeous Easter cards. What a great blog hop and even better to spread his truth to someone who may not know him. Big hugs Linda...

Lagene said...

Beautiful Post & Beautiful Cards!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Loving this beautiful post! Both cards are wonderful- I love the colors of the first, but the 2nd is my favorite. An awesome message to share with the paper crafting community- Love it! Bless You!

~Paola~ said...

Stunning cards in their own wonderful,clear simplicity...the mesg is loud and clear indeed "Be still and know that I AM GOD!"...
I absolutly love both renditions U created...very powerful and touching to the soul...*tfs*

kadie said...

Linda, what a blessing to be a designer for such wonderful, Faith-based companies! Your light shines both in your creations and in the heart behind all your posts. Both your cards today are BEAUTIFUL! It's been such a blessing to be part of this hop with you!

Judy McMullen said...

Linda, what beautiful cards to represent the awesome beauty and joy of our risen Lord and Saviour, Crist Jesus! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

Barb said...

great cards--love the colors!

Sammi said...

Such a beautiful post.. gorgeous creations :)
Thanks for sharing and great to hop along with you in this bringing Jesus back into Easter hop!! :D
(hugs and prayers)
Sammi

Maria Matter said...

so beautiful Linda!!! both wonderful expressions of faith! So glad to be in this hop with you!
hugs & blessings!

Payne Holler Cards said...

enjoyed both cards - love this hop for our Lord!

Vickie said...

Beautiful cards and message. TFS

Kirei na Kami said...

Linda, both of your cards are beautiful!!! I love the soft, refreshing palette of these wonderful creations...they truly capture the essence of this season of rebirth and the glory of Salvation:) It has been a joy and a pleasure being a part of this inspiring hop with you! I hope to get to know you better!!

Hugs!
Carolyn

Sarah said...

Beautiful cards! Thank you for helping us remember the true meaning of Easter. Hugs, Sarah

Nana Connie said...

Your two cards are such a great way to remember the true meaning of Easter and the gift Christ gve us. May all His blessing be showered on you for your wonderful and open Christian faith. Thank you for this hop. It's one of the most inspirational.

Becky Dunham said...

Beautiful cards Linda! I am so thrilled you all are doing this hop to remind us all of the real reason for Easter. As a follower of Christ, I am loving this and feeling truly blessed by each and every one of you.

Susan said...

Linda, what gorgeous creations for this most blessed Easter hop! You chose such wonderful images and the most beautiful color combinations to send the joyful message of Christ's love for us! I'm glad to be a part of this hop with you! :-)

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

Linda, your cards are both super! The cross in the second card is so pretty with the flowers on it. It was great to share this hop with you. TFS your cards and your testimony of God's great grace.

Scrappy Jackie said...

One of my most favorite verses... Be Still and know... A little reminder I need once in awhile! Thank you so much for blessing me with this hop. pjritsema at gmail dot com

Catherine said...

I'm so glad you could join us for the hop. Thanks for sharing these delightful cards!
(((hugs)))

Stacy said...

Beautiful my friend! Lovely post and cards! Blessings!!!