Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Season of Singing...



Here I go again! I had to pull out a harbinger of spring! Today's card features the dogwood, those fabulous tree blossoms that signal spring is near. They also bring to mind the legend of the dogwood. It is a beautiful story and goes something like this...

"At the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood had reached the size of the mighty oak tree. So strong and firm was the wood that it was chosen as the timber for Jesus' cross.

To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this, and in his compassion said. "Because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent, and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross–two long and two short petals.

"In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of the flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns so that all who see it will remember." Taken from THIS website, Apple Seeds.

Beautiful! Those nail scarred hands... How much he loved us, we who are so unworthy... Grace, grace, marvelous grace... Blessings to you and yours!

Lori
Saintsrule!

Card Stock - Bazzill,
Designer Paper - K & Company by Tim Coffey - Blossomwood
Stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs - The Lord has Risen
Ink - Close to My Heart - Indian Corn Blue
Dies - Nestabilities - Labels One and Pendant Lattice
Flowers - Color Me Crazy - Petaloo - Hydrandeas (I cut a chunk out of each petal to mimic a dogwood)
Copic - E33 (color tips of "dogwood blossoms)
Dew Drops - Scrappers Must Haves - Easter Collection
Fiber - Stampin Up
Sticks - randomly cut pieces of card stock