COF: Challenge your fear ...

Happy Friday, friends!

Today is the day that the Crafters of Faith group 
posts the cards with a chosen theme and scripture.
This month our hostess is Jeanette and her theme is:

Scripture:  Luke 2: 8-10 ...“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news
 that will cause great joy for all the people." 

Challenge:  Let's focus on a part of these verses that do not directly relate to the Christmas story, even though we are posting in the month of December. 
The challenge is to focus on the words: “Do not be afraid.” 
You can use an image of something that you have a fear of
 (for instance, for me it might be snakes), 
you can try a technique/fold/etc that you’ve been afraid to try before
 because it looks too intimidating,  or you can take some other approach as long as it has something to do with fear or the lack of fear.

Wow ~ this challenge made me think.
I'm okay with normal fears like public speaking, heights, sharks and spiders, etc.
 A few weeks ago, when pondering this theme, I had a moment of reflection.
We grew up not rich
 Not poor.  
But definitely frugal and valued hand-me-downs.
It taught us the value of a dollar and that 'less is more.'
There was for me, at times, a fear of not having enough.
Not enough food, not enough money, or not being able to get something from the store the minute we needed it, like a new pair of shoes.
My mom was instrumental in teaching to use what's around you and share!
In that, I remember using scraps to make a purse or clothes or a doll
 and wearing tennis shoes that my older brother out grew.
We learned to cherish leftovers, share with neighbors,
 embrace pieces of this and that!

Truthfully, I wanted to create a card based on that memory 
of using pieces of 'this and that.'
I looked around on my desk and saw ...
A image colored from The 30 Day Marker Challenge (Santa!),
a single 6 x 6 piece of holiday paper (which I've trimmed to 3 x 4),
clear acetate from a food box,
a die-cut stitched card stock frame (a double from a past project)
and lastly, winter sequins gifted to me by a friend ♥

All of this ... came together as a whole!
Nothing thrown out, nothing wasted, and an entire card created from ... scraps :)
I fearlessly created a Santa shaker card 
and the only thing extra was the card stock and some 3d foam tape!

I so love this Santa from My Favorite Thing's 'Jingle All the Way."
He's one of my favorites.
I love his cheerful face and funny little 'woohoo!' ...
I'm guessing he has no fear flying so high in his sleigh!

 Thank you, Jeanette, for a wonderful challenge for the COF!
I'm up next month in January when we return for a brand new year ~
welcoming in 2019!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥



  1. What a precious card created from an not so nice memory/fear. love your result Kelly

  2. This is an adorable shaker card with that whimsical little Santa, and I love that you made it from scraps! How wonderful that your mom taught you to be such a caring, sharing person! You are blessed with a great outlook on what life is really about!

  3. So adorable!! Santa totally makes me smile!! I love the shaker!! Beautiful card!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Great post Kelly and I love your Santa shaker card..FABulous.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  5. I love making things and cards from scraps and have many boxes of scraps. Love your Santa and such a sweet card Kelly. Have a lovely Sunday. Big hugs and blessings, Carol S.xxxx

  6. Kelly, your blog post has me a bit weepy - in a good way. I love how you embraced your childhood and the "fear" that sometimes accompanied it. I love how you looked around to see what was on your stamp area, unused, leftover. And I love how you took those items and put them together to make an AMAZING whole. Your card is a reflection of your great talent. THANK YOU for grasping the essence of my theme so well.

  7. This is such a great post and a sweet card that was inspired by your wonderful parents. I want to come and play at your stamp area if all of these cool components play there!

  8. Awe, Kelly! I love your story behind this lovely card! I started to cry as I read the story as it tells my story as well! God bless you, sweet Kelly!

  9. A wonderful and warm peek into your childhood (very much like mine) and a sensational scrap card, Kelly!! Thanks for sharing both!!

  10. Adorable card and even BETTER knowing how it came together. Way to go!