Sweet Start BLOG HOP: Romans, day 3 + January Pals Blog Hop!


Welcome to the first Pals Blog Hop of 2015. We hope your new year is off to a great creative start. To celebrate the start of a new Stampin’ Up! year, we are showcasing products from our newest catalog this month – the Occasions catalog. You may also see new Sale-a-bration products too. If you don’t know how to earn free Sale-a-bration products – contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to learn more. (If you don’t have a demonstrator yet, check out my blog to see if you like what I’m all about. I’d be thrilled to work with you!)

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from stop #2, Maggie Mata. Use the full lineup below to move along from blog to blog so you see all of the new projects.

Here at The Social Stamper I’ve been doing something fun recently: a stamp set challenge. I pick one stamp set and use it on two weeks worth of projects to share with you. Right now, I’m working with the Sale-a-bration set called You Brighten My Day. What’s cool about this set? It is ridiculously versatile. The projects I’ve come up with all look so different from one another! Since this month’s blog hop is all about the new Occasions Catalog, I really think it’s appropriate to share a project with you that features one of my absolute favorite OC products. Sure, there are plenty of stamp sets I adore, but I’ve found myself reaching for one product over and over again– Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper. The Ikat designs aren’t overly feminine, or overly babyish, or overly bold. For me, this DSP is the “just right” paper that adds a lovely touch, or a fashionable statement, without trying too hard. It’s awesome.

In the Sale-a-bration stamp set “You Brighten My Day”  that I’m working with currently, there is a sentiment I knew I had to frame: “There is always something to be thankful for.” Could you use that daily reminder as much as me? So, reaching for my Sweet Dreams DSP to lay the backdrop for my gratitude frame, I got to work making something I’d enjoy looking at with frequency. What do you think?

Always Thankful frame project by Becky Gifford The Social Stamper using Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration set You Brighten My Day.

A Tea Lace Paper Doily is a quick and easy embellishment, just slightly peeking out from behind the Crumb Cake banner. Did you know a pack of doilies is only $2.95? Super economical. I stamped the banner in Night of Navy ink with the Dictionary background stamp, I love the vintage vibe it brings to the project. To pull in the Hello Honey color of the DSP, I stamped the tiny line of hearts from the You Brighten My Day stamp set in Hello honey ink, and cut out the sentiment using my Big Shot and the Chalk Talk Framelits Die set.

Always Thankful frame project by Becky Gifford The Social Stamper using Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration set You Brighten My Day.

Would you like to see more of my projects using this stamp set? Here are all the posts in the You Brighten My Day stamp challenge series. If you want to check out all the free products you can choose from with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-bration, including You Brighten My Day stamps, here’s a link to the online brochure. If you would prefer a hard copy and you don’t have a demonstrator yet, send me an email with your details and I’ll send one right off to you!

The next stop is #4, Kerry Willard Bray on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you next month.



  1. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  2. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  3. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  6. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  7. Rae Harper at
  8. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  12. Jane Knudsen at
  13. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  14. Michelle Quinno at Shell’s Life
  15. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  16. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Blog
  17. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  18. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  19. Laurie Chilton at Stampin’ Ink
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Peggy Noe at
  22. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  23. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  24. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  25. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  26. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  27. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  28. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  29. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  30. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  31. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits From Dawn
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  34. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  35. Shannon K Jaramillo at Shannon Kay Paperie
  36. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  37. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  38. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  39. Pamela Sadller at Stampin Pink Rose
  40. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  41. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon

Many Blessings & Happy Stamping,
Shop Now Signature Becky Gifford The Social Stamper



**A Note from Becky: Typically, my Sweet Start posts begin with spiritual inspiration and move into creative inspiration. To remain consistent with the blog hop format, and at the request of the (ridiculously awesome!!) blog hop moderators, I have moved today’s study on Romans to the bottom of my post. I sincerely apologize to anyone who may have been caught off guard or offended by my original post! I want to be sensitive to others’ beliefs while remaining committed to sharing my heart with my readers. Here is the remainder of my original post!**

Hi, hoppers! Sweet Start is a unique blend of spiritual and creative inspiration, and is an outpouring of my desire to share generously with my readers. If Bible study isn’t really your thing, you’re welcome to skip right over this part! If you’re hanging around for the study, here’s a helpful hint: hovering your mouse over the verse reference links will activate a pop-up box with the text of the reference. Easy peasy!

Romans, day 3

For the sake of keeping things bite-sized, I’ve purposely drawn out the foundation I’m laying before we dive deeper into the book of Romans. On day 1 we reviewed Romans 1:1-4, on Day 2 we started to scratch the surface of what it means that Jesus is the Son of God by diving into one of his other earthly titles: son of David. Today, let’s peel back another layer and talk about a second earthly title given to Jesus, which was the most frequent label He gave Himself: son of Man!

Son of Man: again, to echo what I said in day 2, the humanity of Jesus is not the result of physical intimacy, nor the meeting of gametes. (I’m trying to be extra polite!) Jesus was “born of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 1:20) Beyond the prophetic aspect of the title “Son of Man” (found in Daniel 7:13), it is important to embrace that Jesus was indeed a member of the human family, truly a son of man, though not the son of a man. Scripturally, things get pretty interesting here, too! Let’s take a walk back to Genesis for fun.

The first Messianic prophesy we see in the Bible is found in Genesis 3. Right after Eve ate the fruit and gave some to Adam and he ate also, right after their eyes are opened to their nakedness and they quickly attempt to cover their shame by sewing fig leaves together for clothes, right after the first moment in history that humans tried to hide themselves from their Creator… God speaks. First, He addresses Adam and Eve and gives them chance to come clean and repent, to seek forgiveness from the One whom they sinned against. Did that happen? Nope. Lots of blame and finger pointing: first Adam blamed Eve, and then Eve blamed the serpent. Have you ever wondered what might have happened if they had just turned their hearts back to God and asked for Him to repair the relationship they had blemished with His forgiveness? It’s a curious thought.

I find it important to note in this passage that God never gives the serpent a chance to speak. There is no hope for Satan to obtain righteousness, and therefore, he is the only one in this equation to not get the chance to repent, and is the only one to be cursed by God. Eve receives increased labor (hard work!) and pain in bringing children into the world, a craving for her husband (something that is a blessing, and yet a struggle so that we don’t end up idolizing our husbands above God), and Adam was put in authority over her (as all husbands are now in God-ordained authority over their wives– don’t shoot the messenger!)  rather than having the singular authority of God over her life. Adam’s punishment is also unique. God cursed the ground rather than Adam directly, so that the land would bring forth thorns and thistles and increase the labor (hard work!) that a man would have when providing food for his family, ending with the proclamation that he would return to the dust of the earth from which he was formed in physical death. Death is the curse Adam and Eve chose for themselves when they transgressed the command of God. When God has already spoken regarding consequences, it would serve us well to heed His words lest we also bring a curse upon ourselves!

But Satan? Before God delineates consequences to anyone else, He issues the serpent’s curse,

And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:14-15)

Hold on a minute! Did you catch that? God declared enmity (hatred) between the seed of Satan and the seed of a woman. People, women don’t have “seed” anywhere else in the Bible. Historically it has been viewed that men have the seed, and women are the vessel that receives the seed. This is cause for a pause! Considering what we just learned about Jesus as the son of David in day 2— how it is very likely God used Mary’s “seed” to form a “son of David” similarly to how he used the dust of the ground to form the first man, Adam– Jesus is the ONLY human to ever walk the earth who can claim no earthly paternity AND can be properly labeled the “seed of a woman.” In contrast, what, you might ask, is the seed of Satan? Lies, dear one. He is the father of all lies (John 8:44), and cannot produce anything true. Therefore, in a singularly unique act of creation, Truth became one of us to utterly destroy the fountainhead of lies so that we can reject the bitter water of death and drink freely from the fountain of living water. The birth of Jesus was the fulfillment of words spoken long ago by God, when He promised the seed of a woman would deal a fatal blow to the Deceiver.

So, why does all of this matter? Why should I care that Jesus is called a son of man? Hebrews 2:17 says that Christ was indebted, or had a duty (KJV says “it behoved him”), to be like us in every way so that he could pay the price for our sin. In every way imaginable, Jesus really was both member of the the human race, and like us in terms of the supreme human obligation to submit to God’s authority.  Otherwise, he couldn’t have paid the price for our sin– the shedding of blood unto death as the spotless Lamb of God and our kinsman-redeemer. As Christians, we must hold fast to the profession of the humanity of Jesus Christ, so that we can believe in our hearts the truth that “God raised him from the dead” and be saved. (Romans 10:9) If Jesus was merely projecting a human facade but lacked the substance of human frailty, He couldn’t really have died. Therefore, His resurrection from the dead would have been an empty promise, and we would be without hope that God can, and will, raise us to life with Him. Jesus never leaves us hopeless!

I know you’re beginning to think we’re never going to get back to Romans, but I promise we will! Just stick with me. I hope you find this foundation helpful as we continue to dig into the word together! If you’re really enjoying these Sweet Start posts, would you do me a favor and share them with your friends? What a cool thing that we can so easily partner together to share the gospel message!



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11 Responses to Sweet Start BLOG HOP: Romans, day 3 + January Pals Blog Hop!

  1. Katy McGloin says:

    Becky, your blog hop project is awesome and I would love to CASE this. As for the Bible study, I can tell this is important to you and following subscribers. I appreciate, respect and support your Christian beliefs. And a study is certainly interesting to me on a personal level. Thank you for what you do and how you respond!!

    • Thanks so much Katy! Doing a study on my blog is a really new thing for me, so I haven’t ironed out all the kinks yet. I know it’s been really motivating for me to keep writing and that’s ALWAYS a good thing, right?!? Hope to see you around my blog again soon, and I’m glad to be a Pal with you!

  2. Becky I love your project and Bible study. I am signing up to follow you as a result of the bible study :-)

  3. Sue Becker says:

    Great project Becky!

  4. Kim Jolley says:

    Beautiful project! My birthday is coming up…

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