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Hello SCS friends! Awhile back, I started a group here called the Crafters of Faith with a humble mission to create a group for faith based friends to gather It was a WONDERFUL place to come together and chat and craft together with supplies we have already on hand - adding in the twist of using scripture!

In 2017, we will commence again! The group is currently open to all and we will start to fill up hostess months for 2017 first. What does that mean? In a nutshell, the hostess for that month will share with us her chosen scripture verse and we will all create a card, scrapbook page, bible journaling page (etc) around that verse ♥

Traditionally, the idea is to use whatever stamps/supplies you already have at home. On occasion, we will have a card swap where you will send yours to Jane and Jane will send hers to you Aside from that, there are no cards to swap out (like 5 + 1 swaps) or card kits to mail. Just you, us, a theme, your card!

We’ll encourage each other daily, lift each other up, pray for one another as need and of course, craft together! I know for me, I am always striving to grow further in my spiritual walk and growing in faith and friendship is a wonderful start. We’ll all grow together in God’s love and grace, and I’d like to share that anything from daily postings to card kits to cards with faith based images or scriptures might be included. Mostly, this will be “our” group! A place to take a break from life, have a sip of coffee or tea, and just know you are loved, prayed for, and always a place to be happy, refreshed, renewed!

So welcome! To join, please just post to the thread. If the month you'd like is open, scoop it up! I'm so excited to start this new venture and hope you’ll find a place to join, too!

Quick Q & A:
~ Do you need to hostess a month? No - feel free to chat and create with the theme, even if you aren't the hostess! You are welcome to just play along in the monthly themes.
~Will there be challenges, like stenciling or watercoloring or a technique I'm not familiar with? No, you may create the card any way you see fit that suits your card making style and comfort level!
~What do I do with the cards I make? They are yours to keep or mail or share! Unless otherwise shared by the hostess (like a special occasion, prayer card request, or card drive), they are yours ♥
~ Where do I post my cards? You can post to your blog if you have one and connect with other bloggers or use your gallery! As long as we can see your creation, either/or work! *EDIT: If you post to the gallery, use the codes that are assigned to each month so we can find it easier!
ie, COFjanuary16
COFfebruary16 (etc)

Blessings!

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Faith group members/blogs/screennames

Kelly (Miamikel4) blog: https://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
Shelly (mcschmidty) blog: http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/
Lynn (allee's) blog: https://confessionsofaleft-brainedstamper.blogspot.com/
Liz (lazylizard) blog: [url]http://rightbrainmadness.blogspot.com/[/url
Barb (barbaralynn) blog: http://inkingintoretirement.blogspot.com/
Jody (cardsbyjo)
Jeanette (Forest Ranger) blog: http://creativeplayischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/
Joan Barnes (Ms.earlgrey) blog: https://msearlgrey.wordpress.com/
Sue (Dani_fournier)
Tracie (taclary) http://tracie-craftycreations.blogspot.de/
Zella Turley (russnzella)
Carol Walberg (momcgw) blog: http://lostinmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
Imke Ludwig (germanstampler) blog: https://mycraftyplace.wordpress.com/
Judy McMullen (JAM123) blog: http://paperhugsandkisses.blogspot.com/
Sherrie (sherrie)
Karen (Lazorkay)
Susan (StampinGoodDeeds)
Susan P (spatten2001)

And so on!

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2017 Hostesses

January: Tracie (taclary) Gallery keyword: COFjanuary16
February: Barb (barbaralynn) keyword: COFfebruary16
March: Liz (Lazylizard) keyword: COFmarch17
April: Jeanette (Forest Ranger) keyword: COFapril17
May: Sue(dani_fournier) keyword: COFmay17
June:
Shelly (mcschmidty) Keyword: COFjune17
July: Kelly (Miamikel4) keyword: COFjuly17
August: Lynn (allee's) Keyword: COFaugust17
September: Judy (JAM123) keyword: COFseptember17
October: Susan P (Spatten2001) keyword: COFseptember17
November: Jody (cardsbyjo) keyword: COFnovember17
December: Imke (germanstampler) keyword: COFdecember17

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Hostess monthly scriptures and themes:

January ~
OK gals I have came up with the first challenge in January. We will plan on posting to our galleries/blogs any time between January 7-10. This gives everyone leeway in their posting.

When I think about SCS I am most thankful for my friends that I have made here so I went to my bible and found scripture about friendship. I decided to go with Proverbs 27:9 - "A sweet friendship refreshes the soul". So lets see a card about friendship.

And since we are thankful for our SCS friends, I would like each of you to send your card to the following:
Kelly to Shelly

Shelly to Lynn
Lynn to Liz
Liz to Barb
Barb to Jody
Jody to Jeanette
Jeanette to Sue
Sue to Zella
Zella to Tracie
Tracie to Kelly
Kelly to Joan
Joan to Shelly
Carol to Imke
Imke to Carol


Have fun with this challenge.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

February ~

1 Corinthians 16:14 Do everything in love

This does not need to be a Valentine card, so you can make a card or a tag or anything else for any occasion, with Love!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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.
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May ~

June ~

July ~

August ~

September ~

October ~

November ~

December ~

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I would love to be a part again. How about February for a month?
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Hi Barb! Thanks for joining! February is all yours ♥
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Yay! I want to participate too, please. Is April taken yet? If not, can I have April please
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Hi Kelly. I think this would be fun. May I have November? I don't have a blog is my gallery ok?
Thanks, Jody
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Hello, Crafters of Faith! I am looking forward to this new adventure with you all in 2017! Thank you, Kelly for getting this organized and ready to go.
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Welcome Jo, Jeanette and Lynn! So glad you are here! ♥

Jo, a blog is not necessary - your gallery will do just fine!

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Hope everyone is using this Advent season in some meaningful ways. We are doing MAx Lacado's new advent stud in our Sunday School class, and I plan to reflect on my week and think of all the ways I can worship the Lord this week. Have a joyous week to all.
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Good Morning--Happy Monday! It is so pretty outside as we got about 4 inches of snow and it is a heavy, wet snow, so it is sticking to all of the trees and shrubs.

I have no plans to leave the house today and plan to spend most of the day in my stamp room. I leave for the National high school AD Conference in Nashville early Friday morning and will be gone until the following Wednesday. There are some projects I need to get done and would love to have all of my needed December creations done this week!

Have a great day!


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Good Morning Faith-Filled Crafting Friends!






I was so excited when I saw that Kelly had opened this thread - I was actually on my way to Chicago for a meeting - driving in heavy snow - when it opened, but I had to pop on here at my first opportunity and sign up. Thank you, Kelly!!!

This will be a very BUSY week for me... my DH and I are hosting a Pastors/family Christmas Dinner Party this Saturday and I'm doing most of the cooking, plus putting together the table favors. At current count we're expecting 38 in attendance. EEK! Please pray... that we all have a GREAT time... and that I prepare enough food.

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Good Morning Stamping Friends! The snow has not melted so it still is pretty outside. We might get a bit of sun today, but the temps are to remain below 30 all week, so I do not think it will melt.

I had a good day in the stamp room yesterday and plan to be there again today after a few errands this morning. I too hope you have a Terrific Tuesday!
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Good Morning Faith-Filled Crafting Friends!





Barb, I hope your day went well yesterday... sounds like you had several things to do.

Hi Joan... good to see you!

I had a productive day yesterday! I finished the decorations at the office - which basically was one BIG tree and a nativity set, plus putting electricity to a few other trees. And I made all of the favors for Saturday's party (plus a few extras in case someone shows up who didn't RSVP). I also made part of what's needed for the table centerpieces. Whew! I feel like this might all fall in place yet.

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Good Morning Friends!
I did not find a camel this morning, but I was able to wrangle in a penguin for a picture!
I hope you have a great Wednesday!

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I'd be warmer if Smoochy were here (as if Barb cares)... just saying'
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Hi LIz! Welcome Joan! So good to have you blessing us today ♥

Barb - I. Am. loving. the. snow! Keep it coming!

Hi Jeanette ... busy lady!

I am listening to Kari Jobe this morning - love having the house quite and filling with twinkling Christmas tree lights and music of His Love! ☻
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Good Morning Faith-Filled Crafting Friends!







Kelly, I giggled .... cuz the Queen of Busy Women said Hi to me and called me a busy lady.


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Good Morning Ladies. I have a couple of errands this morning and then I hope some time in the stamp room to finish up a swap. Yesterday I completed the cards I need to post on my blog for December, so that is set. I do not have many to post this month, so I may need to go back to previous cards to post a few of my favorites!

I am heading out very early tomorrow morning and I am not sure when I will get on SCS while at the conference. I will be home late Wednesday, so if I do not get online, I will see you in a week!

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Cute graphic, Jeanette!

Celebrating the birth of my beautiful 22 year old daughter today - seems like she was just born! How fast they grow ..........

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Hi Kelly - and Happy Birthday to the Birthday girl!

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Hi Jeanette! Adorable graphic! I'm choo-chooing right behind you! GMTA!

Blessings for the weekend ♥
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Good Morning Faith-Filled Crafting Friends!







Thanks Kelly... let's hop on one of the trains and see where we go. Wait... let's hop on YOUR train, because it looks like mine is just going in circles.

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Good Afternoon Everyone. The conference so far as been great. The Gaylord Opryland is stunning this time of year. This is one of the 4 courtyards, full of trees, plants and great decorations. There are 9 acres of indoor gardens and with it being freezing outside, it is great to be indoors!
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I would love to join your group! If May is still available, I'll take that month. Looking forward to a peaceful New Year!
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Welcome Dani! Blessed to have you joining! Yes, May is available and yours!

We can look forward to a peaceful new year together
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Good Morning Faith-Filled Crafting Friends!






Yesterday was a wonderful Lord's Day... we partied twice. We were invited to a church in the morning that was having a Christmas lunch following the service. It gave us a great opportunity to visit with people and we enjoyed the time with them. Then in the evening we went to another church in our association (we always go to a different church morning and night unless my DH is asked to preach at the same one both services). They were having their cantata... it was WONDERFUL! And of course, there was party food following it. Again, we had a great time visiting with some people there.

Today I have a meeting. And this week has somewhere for us to go/be every day. Yep, it's beginning to feel a lot like the busy Christmas season that ministers have. And we love it!!!

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Good Morning--Happy Monday from Nashville. It is raining today, but still is warmer than home--and not the 6 inches of snow we got at home too...................

Saturday Night, the Wisconsin group of about 25, took a bus downtown and we spent 3+ hours there. It was packed as the Titans played at home yesterday and there were many Denver fans in town for the game. It also was Santa Rampage, where thousands of people dressed in various Santa and other winter apparel, descend on the downtown area and have a blast too! Yesterday, I had meetings and visiting the exhibit hall, along with checking out some hospitality rooms last night. Florida's was the best with a huge bowl of shrimp cocktail for us! Today there are more meetings and exhibit hall along with an awards luncheon. I think I am heading over to Opry Mills Mall later this afternoon for a bit of shopping.

Have a Fantastic Day Everyone!
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Good Morning from a HOT AND SUNNY Miami! Not a drop or flake of snow to to be seen, but a girl can hope for a miracle

Busy weekend here - not a moment's breath to stop except for service yesterday. Saturday was the Boy Scout 13.7 mile hike (I did not hike, but drove to pick up in a monsoon!) Those poor boys walked ALL DAY - from 5:30 am to 2 pm in the pouring rain It didn't let up, not once. Sunday after services we went to a new (and beautiful!) church to a Boy Scout Eagle Scout ceremony. Not a dry eye in the house when it came to thanking everyone!

Today my son had his Honor Roll assembly - he missed straight A's by 2 little points! That little B stuck out like a sore thumb, lol ..... but we are extra proud of his grades and I know he will make himself bring it back up

If I am lucky, I'll get to make a card today

Big hugs to all - stay safe out there!
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Barb, what a wonderful time you're having... with meetings, good food, time with friends, lots of Santas, shopping, etc. And missing cold and snow, too. It's definitely good timing of your trip.

Okay, Kelly.... tell me, when is life not crazy busy for you? I don't know how you keep up. I'm impressed!!!

Yesterday was a good day. My meeting was enjoyable... the soup I made for supper (in the crockpot) turned out yummy, DH got the cards I made for the pastors in our association addressed and ready to mail. He writes a Christmas poem every year and he put it in the envelope, too. Funny thing is, he and his administrative assistant thought a blue bordered paper would be nice for his poem. I said "NO way!" if it's going in the envelope with MY card. My card is mostly white with a touch of yellow/orange... and black touches, too. Not a speck of blue on it. DH didn't understand my hangup with the blue bordered paper... but he wanted a happy wife, so he let me choose a pretty yellow paper to print his poem on.

Today he has a hospital visit to make - one of our pastors is having surgery - so will be out-of-town for a few hours... I think I'll wrap presents while he's gone, since I know he won't be able to run in the house for some reason if he's not even in town.

Tomorrow I'm going to the city to finish up my Christmas shopping (at least I hope to finish up).

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Good Afternoon Ladies! Today is a rainy day here in Nashville, so looking out of my window is a bit dreary. I have the final meeting in an hour or so, then the banquet is tonight. I fly home tomorrow early afternoon, so will be checking out of the hotel and boarding the shuttle to the airport around 11:00 I think. I am not sure I will get online in the morning and probably not tomorrow night at home, so I will see you all on Thursday. Yes, Jeanette--that means YOU will need to find Smoochie!
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Good evening, haven't been on, because my Cable Company had an outage in mu area for over two days. But I'm back in action.
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Good Morning Faith-Filled Crafting Friends!







Barb, welcome home... I hope your night went well.

Joan, that's too bad about the outage. I'm assuming it's repaired now.

I'm sorry I didn't pop in yesterday... it was a FULL day. I left for the city to finish up my Christmas shopping! (Other than a few odds and ends I'll get for stocking stuffers when I buy groceries next week.) I hope you all had a wonderful Wednesday and that today will be a great day, too!

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Good Morning Ladies--Happy Thursday and my greetings are coming from home in SE Wisconsin! I had a wonderful time in Nashville, albeit I did not see much outside of the hotel. The Opryland was so beautiful and I enjoyed every single walk through the gardens! Today I plan to work on my Christmas cards so I can get them mailed soon. It is a day I do not plan to leave the house as it is to be a high of single digits, but with the wind chill, it will be minus teens! And, we are to get more snow tonight and tomorrow, another 10 inches!

Have a Terrific Thursday!
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Welcome home Barb... try to stay warm today!
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Good Morning, friends ♥

Joan - yuck on the no cable ..... that's never fun. Glad it's up and running!

Barb, welcome back ♥

YAY on shopping, Jeanette .............. I'm nearly there.

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You. can. do. it. Kelly!
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