4.07.2011

Jesus is the Reason - Blog Hop and candy Give-away!

Long post!  Please read all the way down :)





Good Morning Blessings to you!   I'm so glad you could stop in today and share with us on this "Jesus is the Reason" Blog hop!   You should have arrived from talented Heather's wonderful blog - if so, you're in the right place!  



Because this post is so long and I wanted you to get a first glance peek at the photos, here is the candy that is being posted for just the 3 days of the hop for one lucky commenter!  I'll let my friend random.org pick a winner at the hop's end (Midnight 4/9) so check back and see if you've won!



Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In His great mercy
He has given us a new birth
to a living hope through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead
and to an inheritance
that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.
It is reserved in heaven for you,
who because of your faith in God
are being protected by His power
until the salvation
that is ready to be revealed at the end of time.
~unknown

Easter for me is a time of ultimate joy knowing the very sacrifice He has made for us!  In my daily walk of life, I try to remember to keep my faith steadfast and strong as He is the very reason that I am who I am today :)   I did want to share with you that it's an honor to blog about my beliefs and faith and have so many of you stop by and share with me your thoughts, too!  One of my favorite passages is from 1 Peter, and it tells us "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead..."
~ 1Peter 1:3 
Rejoice, friends, Rejoice!!
With that,  I will close and let you enjoy the hop! Blessings to you always! 

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 http://joemamainks.blogspot.com/
Kelly http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/  **You are here!!**
Maria http://joyfulstamper.blogspot.com/
Sammi http://stuffbysammi.blogspot.com/
Lorie http://thethinkinspot.blogspot.com/
Stacy http://impressionsofaribbonaddict.blogspot.com/
Kadie http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/
Carolyn http://utsukushiikami.blogspot.com/
Paola http://paola-sama.blogspot.com/
Linda http://stamperstouch.blogspot.com/
Susan http://pinkflannelpajamas.blogspot.com/
Karen http://krbskorner.blogspot.com/
Catherine http://paperaddictcatherine.blogspot.com/


From here you will be hopping to Maria's blog and see what she has for you to see!
The entire line up of the blog hop is below if you need help along the way.
Blessings and May the peace and love of this Easter time be yours abundantly :)

We would like to also invite you to celebrate this most beautiful time and post your own creations!   There is a place to link on Catherine's blog, and a prize is up for grabs for one randomly selected card/project.


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Blessings to all!
~Kelly


Card deets:  Chocolate Chip, Bazzill light yellow, DSP = SEI papers;
 Image:  Fresh Brewed Designs:  Religious Easter; 3d dots, cuttlebug, nesties,
prima flower, SU Buttons, twine, crinkle ribbon, border punch, tombo

Entered into:  Digital Tuesday - Easter Parade
Stamp with Fun:  Easter



55 comments:

  1. You always feed me with you inspirational posts! Thank You! Your card is beautiful, next to Christmas cards Easter are my favorite to make!

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  2. Your card is as gorgeous as always!!! Love the inspiration you share. I'll check back later for more details, no problem!

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  3. Here is the hop order list. My emails must not be reaching you Kelly girl! lots of love

    Heather http://joemamainks.blogspot.com/
    Kelly http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
    Maria http://joyfulstamper.blogspot.com/
    Sammi http://stuffbysammi.blogspot.com/
    Lorie http://thethinkinspot.blogspot.com/
    Stacy http://impressionsofaribbonaddict.blogspot.com/
    Kadie http://mymindseyecreations.blogspot.com/
    Carolyn http://utsukushiikami.blogspot.com/
    Paola http://paola-sama.blogspot.com/
    Linda http://stamperstouch.blogspot.com/
    Susan http://pinkflannelpajamas.blogspot.com/
    Karen http://krbskorner.blogspot.com/
    Catherine http://paperaddictcatherine.blogspot.com

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  4. Always a joy to stop by here!! I think this is a truly wonderful card created with HIM in mind! This truly is the meaning of the season!!

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  5. Beautiful, beautiful card, Kelly! Thanks for always being my inspiration!

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  6. Thanks Kelly for sharing! Above all, He definitely IS!

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  7. Beautiful easter card, Kel. Love the different DP and the image fits perfect.

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  8. Beautiful card, such a meaningful hop and beautiful music to go with it!!

    Thanks so much for the chance to win.

    mzcherub2009 at att dot net

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  9. Kelly, always a joy to come to your blog to see your wonderful creations, and you definitely created a doozy here!!!! So stunning and powerful in artistic talent and its message. Hugs to you girlfriend.

    Linda

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  10. absolutely stunning! does JESUS really need a reason? he's the one constant for sure. too bad alot of people are FORGETTING that.

    anyway, i digress. beautiful card and i thank you soooooooo much for your kind thoughts & prayers.

    YOU are truly a BLESSING to ME!

    hugs :)

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  11. Lovely to visit your blog and enjoy your beauty! Thank you for such an inspirational post! God Bless!
    donna

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  12. Kelly~ I came back to comment on your card and POOF it is gone :) I just wanted to let you know that you are such a blessing to me and that I love you dearly. You are always there praying for me and I can not even begin to tell you how much that means to me. Gods love shines through your life always, as it does in this post. He love us so much! It is a love beyond anything we could ever imagine. He died for us. suffered a death that is just so painful and overwhelming to think about. He did it for US! He died to cover our sins that we would one day be able to be with him forever. That is a love that is beyond any love we could ever know or understand other than through him. May God reach out through this post, this hop, and touch the lives of many. Thank you for being a part of this with us.
    Lots of hugs
    Heather

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  13. Suzy 8004/07/2011

    Beautiful 'sneak' peek.....love the verse. Blessing to you as well.

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  14. Beautiful card and such an inspiration!

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  15. Fabulous Looking Card. Love it.
    Hugs, Rosalee

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  16. what a beautiful card and the verse with the egg is a wonderful reminder.

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  17. Kelly, I love your card. What a beautiful verse.

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  18. I love your card, your inspiration, your music!

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  19. Kelly, your love for Jesus and your heart for loving people, as He would, shine through in everything you do. I always appreciate the sincerity and care that go into your posts and how that seems to reach out and embrace everyone who visits in a virtual hug. Thank you for sharing 1 Peter with us...I'm singing Third Day's "Children of God" in my head...love to go about my day with a song in my hear, so, thank you for that!
    And thank you for sharing this beautiful card with us! Love you, Friend!

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  20. Wonderful creation Kelly Bella,and soooo totally inspiring,as always...I know you are definetly making HIM proud!!
    I am listening to your beautiful music selection and love it! SOmetimes I just turn it on,close my eyes and let it flow inside of me...Thank YOU!

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  21. Gorgeous card and as always and inspirational post, that is what is such a blessing about you, always a smile on your face no matter what, showing your faith in Him. Love it!!!

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  22. Wonderful post- what a great hop!!! Glad I came across it today. I love the song on your blog too! Bless you!

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  23. Good morning, Kel!

    And what a wonderful morning it is coming to your blog knowing I'll be inspired and feeling blessed. This card is just fabulous in every way!!! That egg and how the verse wraps around it is perfect and how that heart just catches your eye. I KNOW this card is even more fabulous in person since I have those pretty SEI papers and I love how parts of them are glossy. Have a great day, my friend! :o)

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  24. Pretty, pretty, pretty! Great card and words, thanks!

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  25. Beautiful saying and just a pretty card too.

    Thank you for joining us at Craft Us Crazy. Please join us again and again.

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  26. Dear, sweet Kelly, I love your beautiful card! What a wonderful image and love how the verse from Jeremiah wraps around the egg filled with His loving heart!! PTL for His great love, mercy and grace!!!

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  27. Such a pretty card...and a nice change from all the pagan bunnies and eggs. :)

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  28. Thank you so much for sharing the Christian faith this Easter season. You touch more lives than you could possibly know. Blessings in Christ.

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  29. Very pretty card!:)

    Kaitlin
    angel1694@comcast.net

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  30. Beautiful Kelly!!!
    Beautiful music on your blog too! Thank you for sharing!
    hugs & blessings!

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  31. I LOVE this card! It's gorgeous!
    And I love the music on your blog.. think I might just have to leave your blog open whilst I continue hopping! hehe! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post!!
    Sammi
    xx

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  32. adorable card - love the scripture verse used...
    this hop is truly a blessing - praying someone accepts Jesus as their Saviour through this hop

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  33. Thank you for sharing your beautiful faith with the blogging community. Such a lovely thing to see.
    And thanks so much for celebrating Easter & Spring with us at Craft Us Crazy with your lovely creation. We hope you will join us again!
    Huggies ~
    Sharron♥

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  34. Kelly, your card is beautiful, vibrant, and so full of life and love...just like you! The Lord has truly blessed all of us by placing you into our lives. I thank Him for that daily!!! I also want to thank you for being YOU!!! You have impacted my life more than you know with your strength, love, and positivity:)

    Much love,
    Carolyn

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  35. Kelly, your card is beautiful. I am so glad I found this hop and all the wonderful ladies who are sharing their faith. Thanks

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  36. Beautiful card and message. TFS

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  37. wonderful card sweetie, love the papers and the cute heart! Big hugs und schoenen Freitag!

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  38. Very pretty card and great verse.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  39. So pretty, great image and love the flowers and colors!

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  40. What a sweet card Kelly! I a new to your blog and i have found it such a blessing :) Thank you for having such a beautiful and uplifting blog. God bless!

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  41. Oh Kelly, your kind and loving heart and your unfaltering faith just shine through this uplifting post! What a beautiful card! I love how the verse wraps around the heart-filled image, just as God's love wraps around each of us. I'm so thankfu my life has been blessed with your friendship! {HUGS}

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  42. Hi there!

    Just wanted to stop by and let you know I have something for you on my blog. Stop by when you have a chance! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xoxo!!

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  43. This is lovely, what a great colour combo! Enjoy the weekend!!

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  44. I'm sitting at work, scrolling thru my reader and all of a sudden I knew I was at a Kelly card! You're work is so distinctive and lovely. It's a gorgeous card and a wonderful sentiment and I'm so glad you shared with us!

    Hugs sweet friend!

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  45. Amazing! Your post is very inspirational and your card is too sweet!! Glad I got to come check out the hop.... I miss all the FBD girls!

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  46. What a beautiful card Kelly, You are absolutely right..."Jesus" is the reason for the season and is there for us always whether we question it or not...he always stands by us...this card is amazing and so well done...you are one talented lady and I am glad you are my friend...

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Carol

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  47. What a neat card, Kelly! TFS, and thanks for sharing your praise of God's love and grace. So glad to be on the hop with you. Hugs,

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  48. Love your blog. It is always such a thrill to see what you have done. The music on this blog is so touching.

    lanejoy1@windstream.net

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  49. What a nice combo of colours and papers you chose to use - I really like this!

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  50. Thank you so much for being a part of this hop! I am feeling so blessed and inspired by having such fun and inspirational Christian blogs to follow! I cannot help but think of the outside concert where I saw/heard Michael W Smith sing this! What a perfect way to prepare my heart for church tomorrow...

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  51. This is fabulous, Kelly. I admire not only your faith, but the way your faith is evident to all. How fabulous to draw attention to the true meaning of Easter!
    I'm sorry I missed your hop - but am blessed to still be able to see your card and be uplifted by your words.

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  52. Thanks for being part of this, Kelly. Your card is a vibrant declaration of God's love for us. Be blessed! ((HUGS))

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  53. Beautiful card! I love the scallops! It was an honor to be in your company on this hop! May you be blessed for sharing your faith!

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  54. Beautiful card, Kelly! So bright and full of joy! Just like you! {Hugs to you, my friend}! :)

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