Jan 3, 2011

Layers of Color Design Team Announcement!



Good morning friends!

I hinted a bit about some big news and today I get to announce one item right here on my blog.  Several weeks ago, I was asked to join the Layers of Color company's design team. When Laura invited me, I was honored to be asked and excited to be part of such a lovely stamp company.  For the past few weeks, as I have been getting to know both Laura and her entire team (many of whom I have already been privileged to work with while I was the GinaK Designs design team coordinator), I have realized that besides the beautiful stamps I get to design with, I have also 'inherited' an amazingly supportive group of Christian ladies who love each other and are genuine friends.  I'm so thankful for this opportunity, Laura!  Thanks for the privilege to work with both you and your entire team!

I will be heading to CHA at the end of this month to help my good friends Jennie and Nina represent LOC.  What fun that will be - I can't wait!  I have lots to do to prep for the trip and can't wait to get the beautiful Layers of Color art stencils, clear art stamps, and Spellbinder compatible red rubber images  inky to prepare lots of samples to show off at the show as well as here on my blog.

Here's a closer view of the beautiful rose image...


Card Details
Stamps: Vintage Roses (LOC); Sentiments (Hero Arts)
Ink: Memento black and SU for inside images
Cardstock: Stampin Up
Other: Spellbinder dies - circle, petite scallop circle, and fancy tags; SU butterfly die; Copic markers; Pearls; Punch Bunch leaf punch

and the inside view...


I chose to use this card for my 'introduction to LOC' card because yesterday I went to the funeral of a wonderful sister in the Lord who I was privileged to be mentored by and taught with for 5 years.  Linda was such a great woman,  someone who loved her husband and her boys more than anything.  She was an amazing teacher, too - full of vibrancy and excitement to learn and teach.

Many of her former students came to the funeral as well, honoring her memory and her labor of love to them ... it was really touching.  One student (who I also taught when he was in 3rd grade), delivered a beautiful tribute to Linda that I know she loved and really spoke to how loved she was by her students.

While sitting at the funeral, I was very teary eyed, thinking of the immense pain and loss that I could see on her husband and two sons faces.  Linda was their world and she adored them as well.  While thinking of these things, I was really touched by one of the verses that the Pastor read at the funeral...

Psalm 116:15
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

The grief of the loss of our loved ones is unbearable at times, because we have been separated from someone who has such a huge place in our day to day life.  And, I believe Jesus understands that grief and can provide the comfort and grace we need to deal with our loss. But, for the first time I was struck with a different perspective of death yesterday... that while we are sorrowing, God is pleased and rejoicing that His precious child, Linda Lervik is now home with Him - where she belongs.  That she is now living in the mansion that He has been preparing for her and she has been reunited with all her loved ones who have gone on before her.  

I haven't talked to Linda for several years - you know how it is, we lose touch and get busy in our day to day life, etc.  But, I'm so thankful to know that one day I will see her again.  Thank God for the hope we have in our Saviour that this life isn't all there is...

Sorry to get so 'verbose' in my post today. But, I thought it fitting to share these thoughts with you because one of the reasons why I'm so honored to be part of the Layers of Color company, is that Laura and Mark are a faith based company.  And, life events such as funerals need elegant stamp images for us to use when we make cards for the loved ones who are left behind, don't they?  I believe LOC fits the bill perfectly.

Thanks for checking in on me today and thank you, Laura and Mark for the LOC family you've invited me to be part of!  
Jessica

18 comments:

Karin said...

Congrats and the card is a beauty!

Colleen said...

Jessica,
I'm thrilled for you. I love your card with all the layers of color LOL. I hope you have a wonderful time with the new dt.

Jennie said...

This is such a beautiful card Jessica! Love the coloring on the floral image and the dp is just perfect. LOC is blessed to have you joining the team and I am looking forward to working with you again...I have missed you a ton!!!
It is clearly evident that Linda Lervik made quite an impact on your life and was a blessing to you as I am sure you were to her as well. How wonderful to have such a wonderful testimony to leave behind and know she is rejoicing with the Savior... Will be thinking of her family she has left behind that He would comfort them and help them through the days/months/years ahead.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Jessica- Congratulations! I am looking forward to seeing moe of your creations!

Diana Queen said...

Hi Jess! So very glad you have joined the Layers of Color team and this beautiful card is just one example of your immense talent!

This post is a lovely tribute to your friend and mentor Linda. Your words are are beautiful, just like you...Beautiful inside and out!

MariLynn said...

Congratulations on joing the LOC team. I love the rich colors on your card. I like how you did the inside of the card. I will be praying for your friend Linda's family, and I will rejoice with you that she is with the Lord.

Barb said...

Jessica--congrats on your new "gig"! Love the card and I am sure Linda's family will be honored to see such a beautiful card.

wendyp said...

absolutely stunning card, Jess! Congrats on LOC!!!

Carla S. said...

Congratulations on joining LOC, Jessica! Your debut creation is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your wonderful tribute to your friend and mentor. I am looking forward to seeing your beautiful creations with LOC products! Best wishes!

Lovely Linda said...

Wahoo Jess - congratulations on joining the LOC fsamily/Design Team - what a blessing it is to be working alongside you!! I love this card and those adorable colours - your colouring is divine! I too am praying for Lindas family - it touches a Mother's heart deeply to read of these things! What a blessing you are to many! {{{hugs}}}

MaxineD said...

Congratulations Jessica - and thank you for the 'verbose post' - my friends husband died very suddenly and tragically yesterday, and your card and words are a comfort and inspiration for me at this time. I too need to make a card.....
blessings

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Sue W said...

What a beautiful post Jessica!
Congratulations on your new Designing post ..... your first card for them is fabulous!

buggin2stamp said...

Congratulations Jessica! You are off to an amazing start. Your card is gorgeous! I love the stunning bright colors. A beautiful ray of sunshine to give to someone who is greiving. Hugs!
Melissa

Melisa Waldorf said...

We are so very blessed to have you on our team Jessica!! And excited about seeing all the wonderful projects I know you will be creating with Layers of Color! Thank you so very much for joining us!
Have a blessed week!
Melisa

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card Jessica and I love that quote you shared from Psalm 116, it is really worth remembering and as it happens , timely as I need to make a sympathy card for my niece-in-law.

CONGRATULATIONS on joining LOC Design Team.

Mary Mac

Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin) said...

Congratulations on your exciting news, Jess! Beautiful card, too.

Laura - Layers of Color said...

A HUGE and WARM WELCOME, Jess!! We are thrilled to have you join us and look forward to becoming friends!

Your card has the colors of faith and hope that only a believer can deeply feel in the midst of grief. It will be a great blessing to the family.

I'm excited to hear all the wonderful CHA experiences and to share some with you at the next show! Welcome to the Layers of Color family, Jess!

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