COF: Psalm 40:3

 Hello friends!  

One of the most glorious gifts God has given to us
is to see the sunrise on a new day
and the sunset at the close of one.
I used to tell my children that God's hand was a paintbrush
and that's the masterpiece He is giving us.
Tomorrow, He will start anew ... 
the palette of the world a blank canvas.
It's a wonder to see what is created!

And creating is exactly what we are doing in the Crafters of Faith
group over on Splitcoaststampers!
This month's hostess is Liz and she challenged us to create a card
using Psalm 40:3 as a guide and to use sunrises or sunsets.
Here are Liz's poignant words:

March ~ I've done a little studying last night and I have decided that for March I want to use this scripture from Psalm 40:3 NLT: "He has given me a new song to sing."

God is never boring and is always creative. Just look at the beauty in every sunrise and sunset. Although they apprear in the same direction of east and west everyday, no two are ever exactly alike.

I seldom like to create the same thing twice myself, so I must be God-like with my thinking in that regard. Kalidiscopes have always fascinated me with their intricate patterns, but no matter how many times you look inside, you are not likely to see the same exact colors or patterns every time.
So, although God never changes, His methods do. So don't try to keep God in a box, and allow Him to be creative and do wonderful new things in your life.

Feature a sunrise or sunset on your card and just as different as our cards will be, aren't you just amazed at every new day that God gives us? Be adventuresome with your faith to get out of the box that might seem most comfortable to you and don't let your comfort restrict God's plans for your new song He has for you to sing.

Living in South Florida, and very close to the ocean,
we have seen our fair share of sunsets and sunrises.
I have such wonderful memories of being at the beach
 with our 3 little girls, romping in the surf and building sandcastles
 (hence, my blog name!)
We always to stay until dusk -
my very favorite time to be at the beach,
 watching the sun setting in the horizon ♥

Fast forward 10 years, and adding a son, who happens to be
absolutely in love with all things shark, reminds us:
"Sunset? Dusk?  That's SHARK feeding time!"

Okay then!
The original memory is what I was channeling with my card! :)

I wish I could say I was happy with my card, but I'm not.
I had a vision in my head, and it just didn't translate to mind → card
the way that I had hoped, but that's okay.
I had fun coloring!  
I enjoyed the creative process!
And mostly, I enjoyed remember the 3 little girls who've grown into
such beautiful young women, inside and out ♥ 
I used the stamp set from Stampin' Up "Summer by the Sea". 
When I sold off over 100 of my stamp sets a couple of years ago,
this is one of the ones I kept aside in the 'it's not going!' pile :)
It was one of the lucky 20-ish that stayed with me,
as I love it that. much. 
The sentiment says "Joy is not in things, it is in us."

This is a sunrise picture from my son when he was at a private island
on a Boy Scout trip:

All I can say when I see moments like this ...
Thank you, God ♥   

 The Crafters of Faith is open and ongoing!  
If you want to join us, we'd love to have you!
  You can find us on Splitcoaststampers here!

Thanks for stopping by ~
and I hope today you can catch a glimpe of a sunrise or sunset!

Big hugs, bigger blessings!


  1. Love how you've done this lovely colours & image
    Ann x

  2. We're all our own worst critic! I think your card is absolutely breathtaking. Chic and effortless!

  3. I don't know why you are not happy with your card Kelly, it's stunning and I can see what you were trying to achieve with this gorgeous card. Thank you for your visits to my blog, I've just become your newest follower.

    Sue xx

  4. I love your card Kelly and I have this set of stamps too that I cannot part with..beautiful colours of the sunrise/set and love your sons photo and I get the SHARKS!!..I have grandsons..lol..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  5. I actually really like this card. The colors, background, stamp, dots - everything. You can really feel the warmth.

  6. Wonderful post, Kelly!!! :) And wonderful card! Simply delightful! I really LOVE it! Pinned

  7. Gorgeous card Kelly...I have been in Florida for 5 years. Me and my husband celebrated our 40th anniversary and my SIL made a photo at sunset (almost like the one you showed above). It has been put on a canvas and is still hanging in the living room....such a great memory!!
    xxx Margreet

  8. This is so gorgeous, Kelly!! The colors are amazing!! I love the stamp and the sentiment you used!! Before I scrolled to the picture of the card, I thought I might see a shark fin on the horizon ;) Beautiful picture, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. You have captured all the colors of the sunset so beautifully, Kelly! What a wonderful card!!

  10. Lovely card so serene...The little girl stamp reminds me of the stamps I get up north called door county kids. I'll have to show you one someday. Anyway love your card makes me yearn for the beach and watch a beautiful sunset (or sunrise) over the water.

  11. Relaxing and beautiful card Kelly, love this card and the sentiment.x ♥[aNNie]

  12. Stunning sunset colours! xxx

  13. Your sunset card is stunning Kelly and you were wise to keep that lovely stamp. That's a beautiful photo from your son. How lucky you are to live so near the sea. Barbxx

  14. Kelly, this card is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  15. You have captured the colors of sunsets perfectly...so beautiful

  16. I think you did an amazing job with this card- I love the colors and love that older SU image too. Beautifully done!

  17. This is absolutely stunning Kelly! Love the watercolor and I love that you've used this older image...one of my faves! :)

  18. I don't have that stamp but a friend does...so I borrow it from time to time. Even though, I rarely get to go to the beach now. It still brings back some happy memories for me.

  19. Love your little story about the joy you feel, it's wonderful as you say to see the kaleidoscope in the skies even when it rains, as it does so often here in my part of Wales LOL.

    You card is just Fabulous, when I saw you didn't like it, I couldn't believe it, then thought we are so critical of our own work. Love your card.