Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Reason For The Easter Season Blog Hop!

Welcome! In light of the true meaning of Easter, we friends of faith have gathered together to celebrate and share the Good News of this Easter season, and we're so glad you've stopped by!

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! Our purpose these 3 days is to draw the attention back to Jesus Christ during this Easter season, just as we did with our Christmas version of "Jesus Is The Reason" hop.

If your first stop was here at my blog, you'll want to start at the beginning over at Heather's blog so you don't miss a thing!

In the United States especially, Easter has become about the bunnies and candy and hunting for colored eggs. And while they are cute and amuse us, they can also distract us from the real cause for celebration: the most amazing event in history - the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

My Easter celebration card features the beautiful cross and sentiment from the Gina K Designs Easter Blessings set, which I clear embossed in Perfect Plum and colored with Copics. The Swiss Dots embossed background panel is sponged with some white craft ink, and a few beautiful paper roses are added for a finishing touch. Cardstock is all Stampin Up! in a spring combo of Certainly Celery and the retired colors Apricot Appeal and Orchid Opulence. (I am still sad that almost all of the SU Soft Subtles are gone.)

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 at the last stop on Catherine's blog, and a prize is up for grabs for one randomly selected card or project.

Your next stop is Karen's delightful blog!

Enjoy the hop and God bless!


Susan :-)

Here is the complete Reason For The Easter Season hop order:
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/ - You are here!
Karen http://krbskorner.blogspot.com/
Catherine http://paperaddictcatherine.blogspot.com/

27 comments:

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

Susan, this is just gorgeous! Beautifully done!

Imke said...

Susan, this is very beautiful. Love the colors !

Heather said...

Oh my goodness. This is Stunning! I love the soft colors, layers and the beautiful images. May Christs love reach out to so many others through this hop and your post. He is Risen! What a wonderful thing to celebrate. He loves us all so much. I am so happy to have been a part of this hop with you
Heather

Therese said...

Thanks Susan for sharing your card and the love of Jesus in His sacrificial death on the cross - may you continue to do so xx

The Stamper's Touch said...

Hi Susan! Your card is truly lovely! So very elegant with the soft colors yet very powerful in its message of the cross. Absolutely beautiful!

Linda

Melissa said...

Your card is sooo pretty and everyone has done a fabulous job in displaying the true meaning of Easter, thanks so much for sharing!

Lorie said...

Oh Susan!!! What a stunning card! The soft pastels are a beautiful backdrop for that gorgeous cross!!! Your embossing, layers and pretty rose embellishments are perfecly suited for this beauty! Once again, I leave blessed and inspired!! Thank you my friend!

Love ya,
Lorie

MiamiKel said...

Amen, Amen and Amen sistah! He is indeed Risen and this is such a sweet and lovely representation of His ultimate love for us! Gorgeous embossed backgrounds, swiss dots has always been my fave, too - beautiful, just as you are! x0x0

Suzy800 said...

Love your soft spring colors on this card. The embossed background is a nice touch to the card and the pop's of layers add to the layout. Very nice card Susan. May God continue to bless you.

April said...

I adore this card - the colors are a perfect backdrop for your cross. I love the regalness of the cross - truly befitting the King that He is!!

Lagene said...

Gorgeous card! I love all the texture & layers & colors! Great tribute to our Savior!

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love your beautiful card- and the meaning of this wonderful Hop! The texture really adds so much to your beautiful card. I am glad I stumbled across the hop today! Bless you!

~Paola~ said...

awww Susan...what a gorgeous artsy creation U've done in HIS name!
I sooo totally love your trio combo of pastel colors and the added nestied layers...
The stunning cross is ample reminder of the sacrifice He made for us all...
Amazing card my darling friend. just as YOU are! God bless!

kadie said...

Hello, my Sweet Susan! I was so excited to hear that I was getting to be a part of this hop with you today. Not only has our friendship been a HUGE, Ginormous BLESSING in my life, but I've sincerely been encouraged by your journey of faith as well. I don't know if I can ever truly put into words how much you've touched my life everytime I read a post, receive an email, a card or even a phone call (woohoo) from you. You are a true Gem, my friend.
And this card today is so perfect. I love the image, the elegance and the rejoice of the sentiment. Love you lots!

Barb said...

Love the colors and the dotted backgrounds. Great Card.

Judy McMullen said...

Wow! Susan, I love your gorgeous card representing the awesome love and sacrifice of our Lord and saviour, Jesus, and the joy and hope his resurrection brings us on Easter Day. It is truly stunning with all the layers and textures but especially the beautiful image of the cross and the true sentiment of Easter: "Alleluia, He is Risen indeed!" Wishing you much joy and blessings this Easter!!!

Sammi said...

Very beautiful Susan!! I LOVE the sentiment! He is risen indeed .. Praise God for his great love in Jesus!! :D
(hugs and prayers)
Sammi
xx

Maria Matter said...

Susan, this card brought a smile to my face as soon as I saw it! Beautiful & sweet, such a precious image!
hugs & blessings!

Payne Holler Cards said...

beautiful - love the soft color combo - this is a wonderful special hop

Vickie said...

Beautiful card. TFS

Kirei na Kami said...

Oh, Susan....your card is STUNNING!!! It so very beautifully captures the loveliness of this season and the everlasting love our Lord has for us!!! Thank you for sharing your love for Christ and your glorious gift of creativity with us!!! I have missed you and my wonderful SCS sisters more than I can express!!! How I wish there were more hours in a day to visit all the people I love!!! I hope all is well with you!!

Sending you much love and many blessings,
Carolyn

Sarah said...

Gorgeous card! Love the soft colors. Thank you for sharing the real reason for Easter. I've really enjoyed this hop and seeing all the wonderful creativity. God bless, Sarah

Nana Connie said...

Incredibly beautiful card, and your message is filled with sch hope and wonder! May He bless and keep you and yours. Thank you for sharing your faith with all of us.

Becky Dunham said...

Lovely card Susan! Thank you for joining in on this hop to remind us all of the real reason for Easter. I have been truly blessed by each of you and i am sure you have touched countless lives with this wonderful hop!

Carol W said...

Oh Susan, what a stunning card. You have done an outstanding job on this (as usual).....so clean and crisp with such a profound message it tells...You have really rocked this card...great job my friend...

Hugs,
♥♥♥ Carol

Scrappy Jackie said...

Thank you for this hop... Jesus Is the Reason for the season. What a blessing this hop has been! pjritsema at gmail dot com

Catherine said...

Chica! You did such a fabulous job with this joyous card! I love the layers and textures with that beautiful cross and the lovely & vibrant spring colors. Who could resist rejoicing, seeing this beauty?!?
Thanks for being part of this, and for your frienship, which is such a blessing to me. There just aren't words to describe how dear you are to me. Can't wait to see you on Saturday! ((((HUGS))))