Skip to main content

Marleys Ghost and a Concept that went Off Track

This week's Our Daily Bread Shining Light Challenge calls for using something that falls into one of the following three categories:

Bells, or
Anything Clanging

I am pretty sure this meets almost all of those! I used Diamond Stickles on that chain so it may fall into the Baubles category (I know it is a stretch but run with me on this - LOL). In the scene where Marley comes to visit Scrooge, the door bell rings - watch this:

If everyone watched that scene every morning, the world would be a better place! Finally, chains clang or they do in the movies when people drag them like Marley does.

I used a Mo Manning image of Marley (isn't it great?) and a wonderful scripture from Our Daily Bread's Scripture Collection 1 (wonderful verses in that set). In the background, I used a page from an old hymnal with the song O'er the Gloomy Hills of Darkness. It was written in 1772 by William Williams (wonder if my DH is related to him?), and the third verse was my favorite (I had never heard this song before):

Fly abroad, eternal Gospel;
Win and conquer, never cease.
May Thy lasting, wide dominions
Multiply and still increase!
May Thy scepter
Sway th'enlightened world around!

Now, I my head the concept for this card was awesome.  Use the scary Marley's Ghost image and combine it with a scripture that states God will be there for you - you don't have to be afraid of anything - not a ghost and not that your fate will be to walk the world in pain forever never being able to fix the mistakes you made in life.  Well, in a challenge where everyone's cards are fancy, pretty, and all dainty, this card sticks out like a sore thumb. Oh well, it is still one of my favorite cards and I love how the chains look 3 D and sparkle. 
Hugz to all and have a blessed week free of haunting moments like Scrooge experienced!!!!


  1. Great story behind the card and love the out of the box part :)

  2. Good Morning, Nancy,

    I so get your outside the box thinking for this card and your art. Fancy, pretty, dainty...certainly all good things, but give me a card that opens the door to the artists' heart and in there will be ART. Your card is marvelous...I loved reading your thought process and seeing those chains. And just right now, being led of the Spirit, I at last, free at last, Good God, I am free at last.

    Wonderfully inspiring this early morn.

  3. Oh my goodness, Nancy...this is truly fabulous. I see a lot of deep thinking went into this card. So unique and so beautiful at the same time. Love your 'out of the box', too. What a splendid verse to use with this image. I love this creation.

  4. I think your card is fabulous! What a great concept, love what you shared and how the two (image and Scripture) went together. Very nicely done and very creative!
    Thanks so much for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog!
    PS Love Mo Manning illustrations, too!! What a talent!

  5. Ok-I get it Nancy. Your concept for the card is wonderful. But you description of how your card sticks out like a sore thumb reminds me of the time I showed up to a party in jeans when everyone was wearing cocktail The image is awesome and paired with the scripture I get where you were going with this. I would pick it for the winner just for the reason it is thinking outside the box!!! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. It's time to count our blessings. I am so thankful for our friendship and that you and Crystal are in my life.

    Bear Hugs,


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Forest Goodies and Other Projects

 Hello Crafty Friends. I just got the Stamperia Forest Paper and Die Cuts in the mail so I had to play with them right away.   I have a combo creation - journal page and card.  On the journal page I used my 6x6 Dina Wakley Journal and laid a base of gesso.  I then used Dina's pastel crayons and some SU! inks and stamps.  Also added in some TH Dress Ink in Vintage Photo since I don't know how to make anything without it  (seriously).   The eagle is a Stamperia Forest die cut and is coated with gesso.  Did a bit of stenciling and distressing to finish the page off.  I am linking this the the **Art*Journal*Journey* September Texture Theme (last day - can't wait to see what October's Theme will be).  The die cut and the little smears add texture to the already very textured page.   I love the blue and green together and was inspired to made a quick card for my Son-in-law who cut down some tree limbs for us the other day.  The paper in the middle is from the Stamperia Forest

A Martini, Peanut Butter Cupakes, and Art

Hello Friends. Today, I have an ecletic mix of drinks, dessert, and art. First, it's T-day somewhere in the world so time for a drink post which I am linking to Elizabeth's Blog - Altered Book Lover.  Last week we had a work related dinner.  When the waitress asked what I wanted to drink, I had a sudden craving for a martini.  I use to love them, but I guess my tastes have changed because I wasn't a fan.  I was a fan of the chips and dips though! And the day before, I brought my Sister's fabulous peanut butter cupcakes.  Mainly because I was craving them and couldn't ask her to make just one..... Over at **Art*Journal*Journey* Elle picked a theme of Books, Cats, and Tea (you can pick one, two or three of the items).  I did a Bible Journal Page in my Journaling Bible - Luke 13:24-25.  After a layer of Gesso, I took a Sharpie pen and drew the kitty, then the narrow door, and then colored the door with Arteza Brush pens. The verse was written with a Micron pen.  This

Milkshake Malt Porter and a Bit of Art

 Hello friends and Happy T-day. It has been hit or miss with me lately on T-day posts. The remodel of our house next door has taken our mental and physical energy.  I think a few more weeks and things will be on the contractor instead of us.  Hopefully I will be back to normal by then. My Oldest Darling Daughter asked if we wanted to come for dinner Saturday.  Translation:  go to the store with me and we will bring part of dinner to your house and you cook the rest.  While at the store, I saw one 6 pack of this fun milkshake porter so, of course, I bought it.  It smells wonderful (a hint of chocolate and a hit of malt) and has a light creamy taste.  I would definitely buy it again if I see it.  My son-in-law did not like it, but he is more a  Miller Lite fan.  Now if this had been a whiskey, he would have been all over it.  LOL.  Linking this to Elizabeth's blog for the T-party gang. Darling Daughter had tried her hand at dried pintos, and she rocked them (I will begging for a rep