THE BLESSINGS OF CREATIVITY...

I thank the LORD JESUS for each day that is given me to create wonderful projects...As always, I give Him all the glory.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Scripture Series: Nothing Too Hard for Thee Card---Time for Another Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Good morning, everyone!  Two weeks passed and were here for another (family-friendly) Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)As always, we are featuring a Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site coming from Jeremiah 32:17 which says, "Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee."  In this verse, Jeremiah was asked by God to buy a field outside of Jerusalem.  Sounds pretty easy but it wasn't.   The problem---it was a land already captured by the enemy and that soldiers occupied.  But in the midst of doubts and fear, Jeremiah meditated on the promises of God and prayed.  

I would like to share the explanation I read in my Life Application Bible which helped me to better understand our featured passage.  For God is the Creator of heaven and earth.  His unprecedented knowledge, wisdom and power over His creation is what Jeremiah recognized in our featured verse and how it relates to Jeremiah 32 as a whole.  It says, "After Jeremiah bought the field, he began to wonder if such move was wise.  He sought relief in prayer from his nagging doubts.  In this prayer, Jeremiah affirmed that God is Creator, the wise Judge of all the ways of people and Redeemer.  God loves us and sees our situation.  Whenever we doubt God's wisdom or wonder if it is practical to obey Him, we can review what we already know about Him.  Such thoughts and prayers will quiet our doubts and calm our fears. Trust doesn't come easy.  It wasn't easy for Jeremiah to publicly buy land already captured by the enemy.  But he trusted God.  It wasn't easy for David to believe that he would become king, even after he was anointed.  But he trusted God (1 Samuel 16-31).  It wasn't easy for Moses to believe that he and his people would escape Egypt, even after God spoke to him from a burning bush.  But he trusted God (Exodus3:1 - 4:20).  It isn't easy for us to believe that God can fulfill His "impossible" promises either, but we must trust Him.  God, who worked in the lives of Biblical heroes, will work in our lives too, if we will let Him."

I don't know about you but it's truly comforting to know that I serve a God Who is not surprised by anything and everything happening in the world.  In His omniscience, He knows all of our past, present, future and beyond.  The Bible declares in Isaiah 46:9-10, "Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please." Who among us can fathom the depth of God's knowledge or any of the many attributes of the Almighty?  We are the created, He is the Creator!  All good and wonderful things come from Him.  When and where there was rebellion and unbelief, He also allowed disasters as we've seen throughout history. The Fall of Man invited Sin and Death to wreak havoc in this world. As man continues to harden their hearts against God, we see the many natural disasters intensify (and will continue till all of God's plan is accomplished) although not every natural disaster is a punishment from God.  As believers (Born-again, John 3:3), we are to remain faithful especially in times of trials and testing, disasters and calamities knowing that the Holy Spirit lives inside of us.  It's not easy to face trials but honestly, it's in those moments when we come humbly before God, realizing  He is our everything.  As we go through storms of life and come out victorious relying upon the goodness and promises of God, our faith is strengthened and we experience a deeper relationship with our Father.  Nowadays, not only do we have challenges at home but we are also affected by the chaos we see around the world.  Honesty is such a rare virtue to find in all pillars of our society.  Now more than ever, I have to bring every decision/action unto the Lord and trust that He will lead me and keep me safe.  I would like to share the following verses for added inspiration:

"Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33)

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13)

"This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God  and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.  And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.  The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us." (1 John 3:19-24)

 For this Card, I used an image from Sassy Sheryl's Stamps called "Nature Boy Lover" and colored it using my Touch Five and Prismacolor markers.  The base is an A7 pre-cut card from Paper Studio and the DP's are from Recollections.  I stamped an additional sentiment from Studio 116, added some brad from Recollections and nail head gems from Imaginisce,  applied some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) on the background flowers and finally, did some fancy stitching using my awesome sewing machine.  It turned out fantastic.


 NOTHING TOO HARD FOR THEE CARD


 NOTHING TOO HARD FOR THEE CARD LAYERS


 NOTHING TOO HARD FOR THEE CARD INSIDE


NOTHING TOO HARD FOR THEE CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Crafty Friends---ATG
Love to Craft---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Not Just Cards---Spring
Petal Lu---ATG
Sweet Stampers---Add a Sentiment
Worldwide Open DT---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG


Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times this week.  Wonderful prize to be won from our wonderful sponsor---Simon Says Stamp ($25 GC) .  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the peace of the Lord overtake you today.  I serve a good and faithful God---Jesus Christ! 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

CAS Series: Kind Strong Brave Card---Join the Monthly Anything Goes Challenge at our Neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create!

Hello everyone.  It's the first Sunday of the month so, I am here to bring you my project for our Monthly Challenge happening at 613 Avenue CreateBut before that, I would like to share the Word of God coming from Isaiah 41:8-13 and it says, "“But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’;  I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your GodI will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced;  those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."

I was reading on my Life Application Bible on these verses and was blessed by it.  It explained, "God chose Israel through Abraham because He wanted to, not because the people deserved it.  Although God chose the Israelites  to represent Him to the world, they failed to do this; so God punished them and sent them into captivity.  Now, all believers (Born Again, John 3:3) are God's chosen people, and all share the responsibility of representing Him to the world.  One day God will bring all His faithful people together.  We need not fear because (1) God is with us ("I am with you"), (2) God has established a relationship with us ("I am your God"), and (3) God gives us assurance of His strength, help and victory over sin and death ("I will help you").  Have you realized all the ways God has helped you?"

It's amazing how God used the prophet Isaiah to tell His people (the Israelites) what would take place many years in their future in the hopes that they will turn away from their wicked living and make it right with God.  Before Judah (Southern Kingdom) went into captivity, they had plenty of warnings to get their act together.  I can't help but think of the similarity of those times with our situation (history and the past years) here in America.  You see, our country was founded on Biblical principles as God used men  with fear and knowledge of Him to establish our Constitution (the law of the land).  This country was blessed with so many wonderful things and God entrusted us to be an example of righteous leadership (beacon of hope) to the rest of the world.  But the time came when we became complacent and allowed the very things that God hate to influence us and take over our country.  We became self-centered, idolatrous, spiritually and physically immoral before the Lord.  We depend on our own might and power and turned away from God---the Source of all our blessings.  And so, for many years now, we have seen the degradation of our society and we allowed the highest office in our land be occupied by the ungodly.  The Church lost its voice and diluted the true message of the Gospel including all its warnings.  False prophets and false teachings polluted the airways, leading and deceiving people to their destruction.  But God is gracious!  He led a remnant of believers  to repent.  We called upon the Name of the Lord---asked Him to forgive us and our nation, restore us to His Truth and open for us a door that no one can shut.  Last November, God answered our call for help in a miraculous way.  

Today, we hear the name of the Lord being uttered/proclaimed in the highest seat in our land.  God used the several prophets of our day to proclaim a message of hope while we were in the middle of ungodly leadership.  These days, God will is being carried out in full force!  Despite the efforts of the enemy to shut it down by disturbing peace (anarchy, riots, baseless/paid protest) to destabilize the government,  I know they will not succeed!  Why so?  Because while these people thought they are fighting the current leadership,  they are unaware that it is God whom they are fighting with.  Consider what Romans 1:1-2 says, "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves."  The past eight years with Obama showed us how to be under ungodly leadership and we vexed our souls from the demonic laws that was forced upon us while many believers with their businesses were stripped off their religious freedom.  Many lost their businesses to follow their religious convictions as they were attacked by the ungodly.  Our country was plunged to extreme immorality and our nation was opened wide to threats and destruction from those seeking to annihilate us.  BUT GOD MADE A WAY FOR US!  Praise His Holy Name!  As we face the challenges of our time along with our dear President, Donald Trump, let us focus our eyes upon the Lord and entrust to Him all the affairs of our nation.  Be prayerful and grateful for we know that His protection is upon us (at all times) and He shall bring all our enemies under our feet.  Though we are bombarded by the noise of the enemy and his ungodly minions (foreign and domestic), know that they are no match for the God of the universe.  To Him be the glory!

For this Card, I used an image from Media Clear Stamps (lady and sentiments) and Hero Arts Rubber Stamp for the Landmark Destination background.  I usually build actual layers on most of my cards but this one is basically one dimensional layering through masking.  The first thing I did was to stamp the lady, color it with my Touch Five markers and apply some Liquid Frisket on the image (making sure to stay inside the lines) and allow it to dry.  I stamped the Landmark border on top of the image (the Liquid Frisket protects the colored image).  Then I took a cloud stencil (I created), positioned it and inked it with Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass).  I also laid the zigzag stencil from Recollections to create half of the background with another Distress Ink (Aged Mahogany).  I removed the Liquid Frisket from the image and stamped all the sentiments.  I love it!


KIND STRONG BRAVE CARD


 KIND STRONG BRAVE CARD CLOSE-UP


 KIND STRONG BRAVE CARD INSIDE


KIND STRONG BRAVE CARD WITH ENVELOPE


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts and Me---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Creatalicious---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG
Ecclectic Ellapu---ATG
Not Just Cards---New Beginnings (New Stamp used)
Petal Lu---ATG
Worldwide Open DT---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Simply Papercraft---ATG
Creative Fingers---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Lemon Shortbread---ATG
Crafting with an Attitude---ATG
PDE Linky Party---ATG
Creative Ladybirds---ATG
Art by Miran---ATG
Crafty Girls Creations---ATG
Create and Inspire---ATG


This it for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge with optional Twist (CAS, using the color Blue and sentiment as the focal).  But there's really no reason for you to miss it.  Link with us and join the fun.  Can't wait to see what you create. Please join me in praying for our nation and our leadership daily. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Scripture Series: Faith Hope Charity Card---Join Us for Another Family Friendly/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello there, friends!  Back again for another Anything Goes/Family friendly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) Today's featured Scripture Word Art comes from 1 Corinthians 13:13 and it says, "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." I looked for the meaning of "Charity " and what I got was mostly connected to generous giving.  One that comes closest for me described it as a Christian love which is God's love (Agape---selfless). The perfect embodiment of God's holy and pure love is His Son---Jesus Christ, our Savior.

The Bible tells us in John 1:18, "No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known."  If we want to talk about true love and be able to put it into action, we can only look at the life lived by Jesus Christ on earth. He came with one purpose.  Jesus told us in John 4:34, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work." John 6:39-40 revealed "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day. For it is My Father’s will that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” Wow, what a purpose! Jesus left the grandeur of heaven, wrapped Himself in flesh to live among men, demonstrated the love and ways of the Father,  and gave His life to redeem us from the bondage of Sin (Sin Nature from the very heart of Satan) and Death (Spiritual, Physical and Eternal Deaths).  How many of us would willingly face death when we know the exact time, place and manner by which we'll die?  A soldier marches into the battlefield knowing that death could come at anytime yet could hope that he would have another day to live.  But Jesus, in His omniscience, knew everything that's going to happen before His death sentence.  He knelt down and prayed at the Garden of Gethsemane in Luke 22:42-44 saying, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground."  Jesus willingly gave His life to redeem mankind from their slavery to Satan and bring us back to the Father.  Romans 5:7-8 revealed, "Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  

My friends, this is the kind of love (charity) our Father in heaven wants us to extend to the world.  I must point out though that while God is a God of love, He is also a Holy God and a Just God.  He does not tolerate Sin of any shape or form.  In this day and time, when people think that the Scripture is obsolete and has no bearings in the modern world, many will die and spend eternity outside of the presence of God because they rejected the grace and the hope that is freely given to them through Jesus Christ as it is written in the Scripture!   JESUS should be the Center of our faith and Source of all our blessings.  If there's anything (and I mean ANYTHING!) we are trusting outside of the finished work (death, burial and resurrection) of Jesus Christ, we should repent and turn our lives over unto His Lordship.  No religion and ideology, power, fame, riches nor good works can ever purchase for us the gift of eternal life through our Lord, Jesus Christ!  He is the only means by which we can be saved (Born-again, John 3:3).  Knowing this, we are to be loving, yet firm in delivering the message of hope to the stubborn people of this age.  We are to make known to them the ways of the Kingdom even in the expense of name-calling and hatred.  True love does not mean giving them what they want to hear or agreeing with them while compromising God's Word.  It means having a pure motive to bring them to God through our actions.  The stakes are so high!  Tough love is often needed in  this rebellious and ungodly world.  John the Baptist didn't sugar coat God's Truth nor hugged everybody to tell people to repent from their sins for God's kingdom is at hand.  Jesus corrected and rebuked many and He didn't give people what they were eager to hear but what they needed to hear.  True love does not always translate to happy feelings and goose bumps.  Pure love, on the other hand,  always seeks and leads us to the Truth ("reality" in God's perspective). So, how should we live the example of Jesus Christ in our time?  We are to depend each waking moment to the power of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in the ways God and as to how He would have us communicate His love to others.  We have no power on our own less we be led by Him.

For this Card, I used a rubber stamp from Stampendous called "Peacock Feathers", embossed it with clear embossing powder and fussy cut.  I did my own background design by using Tim Holtz Burlap Stencil and inked it with Distress Inks namely Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint.  I stamped some curly cues border from Fiskars and layered some Prisma flowers with a brad from Recollections at its center.  I ran it through my sewing machine for the final touch.  Quite different from my usual projects but loving it. 


 FAITH HOPE CHARITY CARD


  FAITH HOPE CHARITY CARD LAYERS


  FAITH HOPE CHARITY CARD  INSIDE


 FAITH HOPE CHARITY CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Create with TLC---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Creatalicious---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG
Ecclectic Ellapu---ATG
Not Just Cards---New Beginnings (New Stamp used)
Paper Creator---Love is in the Air
Petal Lu---ATG
Worldwide Open DT---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Simon Says---The Color of Love
Simply Papercraft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Lemon Shortbread---ATG
Creative Ladybirds---ATG
Crafty Girls Creations---ATG
Create and Inspire---ATG


 Hope you join the fun at our WAW Challenge.  Wonderful prizes awaits our winners from Winnie and Walter ($25 GC), Crafty Individuals (15 euros GC) and the Cutting Cafe  (digis).  You can choose to incorporate the free Word Art (sentiment) you see in my card for projects you wish to make and link with us though it's not mandatory.  You can submit up to 5 projects (Anything Goes) as long as it's family friendly, inspirational or uplifting.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.  Have a blessed week and find opportunities to share the hope you have in Christ by being sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading.  Hugs!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Scripture Series: Lift Up Mine Eyes Center Step Card---Link with our Family Friendly, Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi everyone!  It's another Wednesday and time for our bi-weekly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)Today, we are featuring a Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site) from Psalm 121:1-2 which says, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth." I look up these verses at my Life Application Bible and it said, "This song expresses assurance and hope in God's protection day and night.  He not only made the hills but heaven and earth as well.  We should never trust a lesser power than God himself.  But not only is He all powerful, He also watches over us.  Nothing diverts or deters Him.  We are safe.  We never outgrow our need for God's untiring watch over our lives."  

Last November, we have seen the powerful move of God in the result of our election here in America.  What the enemy declared a victory over one candidate (their polls showed it all over the place though I never trusted their polls) was frustrated by a candidate many ridiculed.  Though I was not for Trump during the Republican selection process, I just knew that at the Presidential election, to vote for Clinton is travesty as she represented a demonic agenda (literally---thanks, Wikileaks!) in every shape and form.  Yes, nobody is perfect  but if we have to select between two rotten tomatoes, we can still pick out the less rotten one.  We are talking about the highest position in our country that will not only affect our lives but also the world, so we cannot have an obvious Satan worshiper to fill the position.  Just to be clear, my trust is not in any man but of the God who holds everything together.  I don't pretend to know details of the future but God's Word reveals a big picture on how things go down at the end.  I depend on the working of the Holy Spirit for the day to day wisdom and course of action.  My own thoughts and feelings takes a back seat because God's Word is independent from the way I feel and think.  I can only choose to align with what God said or fight it and lose.  

But the enemy (Satan), though he knew he was already defeated by God, would not accept his defeat and mobilized his army (deceived and paid human followers) to spread lies and rebellion to derail the plan of God for our country.  They make lots of noise using their most influential weapons (Hollywood, Media and Politicians) to further division, lawlessness, violence and hate.  The 8-year leader of this country allowed building of mosques, funded enemies of Israel (Iran Nuclear deal), free pass to our country through the refugee program by radical Islamic terrorist and for these Muslim extremists to gather in our biggest cities to shout "Death to America."  Though we had many problems in this country before, we haven't seen this much evil propagated by this traitor in the Oval office.  Though some would not agree with what I said, do I look like I care for anyone's political correctness or tolerance agenda?  If they could not see these obvious evidence of treason and just takes in what the "bought out media" airs instead of the warnings God's Word tells us, then I rest my case.  After all, I am not speaking to every man.  I speak only to those whom God has quickened to hear.  The Word of God declares in John 3:3, "Unless a man be Born-again, He cannot see the kingdom of God."  The Word of God is the order of the kingdom. Therefore, an unbeliever (those who refuse to come to the saving knowledge of Christ) would not be able to perceive nor understand the spiritual Truths pertaining to God's rule.  Furthermore, Romans 1:21-23 declares, "For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles."  Nowadays, they worship themselves---their fame, their careers, their wealth and power.  By the grace of God, I will not take any poison that is propagated by these people. 

So, what I'm trying to say is that we need to shut the noise of the enemy and stand on the Word of God.  If God heard our prayers during the election process, He already made a way for us and we need not fear the attacks of the enemy.  Speak up and loud about the Truth of God's Word and support those who are unapologetic about it.  Oh, and beware of those religious leaders who corrupted the Truth for their own fame and monetary gain (many of them with Mega Churches)  as they are everywhere right now.  Ask yourself, why am I not open about my faith in God and why I am afraid to speak the name of Jesus among friends or in social media?  Am I protecting my career, my business, my wealth, my standing, whatever?  For if so, you just need to admit to yourself that you have placed something else above God in your life.  It's called IDOLATRY, folks!  The Ten Commandments were summed up into two in Mark 12:29-31 which says, “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” If the Lord is not your highest priority as a believer, repent from your sin  and live boldly for Him while there is time.  With all the evil happening around us, I lift up my eyes (focused my attention) beyond the chaos and noise of this world and anticipate (with eagerness and certainty) what God will do.  My trust is not in any human being (yup, not even in our upcoming President) with regards to healing this country.  Anything and everything comes from the God (through Christ) who loves me and cares for His people. 

For this Card, I used a rubber stamp from Stamping Bella called "Tiny Townie Sally Rides her Snail" that I watercolored using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step card design.  The DP's are from my scraps, the flowers I layered are from Prima and the mini brads from Recollections.  The stamped swirls behind the flowers are from Inkadinkado which I believe completed my design.  And finally, I also incorporated stitching to this creation.  I am so pleased with the result.


 LIFT UP MINE EYES CENTER STEP CARD


 LIFT UP MINE EYES CENTER STEP CARD LAYERS


 LIFT UP MINE EYES CENTER STEP CARD SIDE VIEW


 LIFT UP MINE EYES CENTER STEP CARD INSIDE


LIFT UP MINE EYES CENTER STEP CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafty Creations---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Create with TLC---ATG
Artistic Stamper---ATG
Card Mania---Layer It
Classic DT---ATG
Country View---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore----ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends---ATG
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Morgan's Artworld---ATG
Love to Craft---ATG
Sunny Day Crafting---ATG
Crafty Girls Creations---ATG
Delicious Doodles---Something New (The image is new)
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/All About Love
Not Just Cards---New Beginnings (I used a new image)
Paper Creator---ATG
Petal Lu---ATG
World Wide Open DT---ATG

Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times this Challenge.  Wonderful prize to be won from our great sponsor---Simon Says Stamp ($25 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you today while being sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  Pray and keep on praying.  The Lord is going to do great and mighty things to our nation.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Scripture: Redeemed of the Lord Card---Join Our First Challenge for the New Year at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, friends! We thank God for another year of inspirational challenges that's going to take place at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  We have wonderful sponsors lined up for you and I encourage you to link with us your wonderful Anything Goes/Family Friendly creations. Our Scripture Word Art (free to download at the WAW site) comes from the first part of Psalm 107:2 which says, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy."

To further understand this verse, we are to incorporate Psalm 107:1 which tells us, "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever." Those who are redeemed by God ought to declare/proclaim God's love and goodness so that others may know.  So,  who are the redeemed?  The Bible tells us in Genesis 3 how the first Man (Adam) plunged all of humanity to the bondage of Sin Nature (found in the heart of Lucifer) and Death (spiritual, physical and eternal deaths).  Whether we like it or not, we are all descendants of Adam by birth (physical).  We cannot change the nature handed down to us.  There is absolutely nothing human beings can do to break free from the demonic power that held us captive.  But God had a plan!  He clothed Himself in flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin---therefore untainted by the seed of Adam.  He showed us Who God is (His attributes) and what perfect love (Agape---selfless) looks like.  And in His perfect time, He died for all the sins of the world and buried it with Him at the Cross.  And when He rose again from the dead, He sealed the victory!  Jesus' finished work at the Cross (death, burial and resurrection) became the Gospel (Good News) that all of the redeemed (through faith in Christ) tell others.  The following verses further describes who God's redeemed are:

"Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. (Romans 3:20-28)

Knowing what Jesus Christ won for us,  let us not grow weary of sharing the hope we have in us.  Remembering that we are the hands and feet of Jesus in this world.  Anyone who has not placed their faith in what Jesus Christ has done by confessing Him as their Lord and Savior (Born-again, John 3:3), will spend eternity outside of the presence of God (eternal damnation).  If we truly love our family and friends, we are to make this Truth known even if they condemn us for it.  Many of them are in bondage with their religion which is based on good works and void of God's Truth.  Every man-made religion is harmful and the Truth of God is not in them.  Almighty God gave us His One and Only path to salvation and that is by faith in Jesus Christ alone (John 14:6).   Not in man-made idols of saints and religious characters, nor by wealth, power and fame.  Those who have been redeemed by the Lord Jesus have to proclaim this Truth in love to anyone whom God will place in our path no matter what the cost. Time is running out.

For this Card, I used an image from retired shop of Saturated Canary with an image called "Miss Personality" and colored it with my Touch Five markers with some paper-piecing.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I used an MS Punch for the hearts border, Recollections stamp for the stamped and fussy cut leaves and Studio 112 for the flower.  I also added some glitters in the clothing and flower and Glossy Accents for the image's heart eye glasses.  Lastly, I incorporated some stitching for a complete look. 


REDEEMED OF THE LORD CARD

REDEEMED OF THE LORD CARD LAYERS


 REDEEMED OF THE LORD CARD SIDE VIEW


REDEEMED OF THE LORD CARD INSIDE


REDEEMED OF THE LORD CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Card Mania---Layer It
Classic DT---ATG
Connie Can Crop---ATG
Country View---ATG
Craft Galore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG
Daisy Chain---Add Some Sparkles
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/Love
Not Just Cards---ATG
Paper Creator's---ATG
Paradise of Stamps---ATG
Petal Lu---ATG
Worldwide Open DT---ATG
YSBP---ATG


Don't forget to join our WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Scripture Word Art this week to make a project and link it to our Challenge although it's not mandatory.  You can also link other projects (up to 5) as long as it has uplifting/inspirational messages.  Our sponsors this Challenge are The Greeting Farm ($40 GC) and Craftin' Desert Divas (2 Digi Images).  Have a blessed day and remember to always be grateful and hold on to the promises of God in your life no matter what.  Let the Holy Spirit comfort you with God's Word and empower you daily as you share the hope you have with others.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sweet Girl Birthday Card---Join our Backporch Gang at 613 Avenue Create for another Monthly Challenge!

Hi there, friends!  A BLESSED AND GLORIOUS NEW YEAR TO Y'ALL!  We are starting the first day of the New Year with an Anything Goes Challenge with Optional Twist "Favorite Technique" at 613 Avenue Create.  We had a wonderful run the past year and we thank all of you  for sharing your wonderful projects with us in 2016.

Before anything else, I am very grateful for another year the Lord blessed us with...Our country had been through so much for nearly eight years now.  It was strategically and purposely harmed by people who would like to remove it from the position it was originally established as a Godly nation.  This work had been going on much longer than that but the attack on our religious freedom and constitutional rights had been non-stop the past eight years and still going.  Yet I have seen the hand of the Lord and believed that He heard our prayers (His people) when we prayed/called for His help (2 Chronicles 7:14) especially during the course of our latest Presidential election. He saved us from the destruction that the forces of darkness was prepared to unleash in order to demonize this nation.  God stepped in and destroyed the plans of the enemy.  They were in complete shocked and didn't know what hit them.  But God's people knew!  IT WAS THE POWER OF GOD! (I say, "Thank you, Jesus!")

However, it is important to understand that our hope does not come from any man.  No person can do anything unless the God of heaven and earth enables him/her to do so.  No one is capable of saving this country---but GOD!  Last November, the final two presidential candidates gave me very little to no hope in man's leadership until I saw the power of God broke through the darkness.  What people taught would be an easy win for someone (whose satanic and abominable acts and affiliation is beyond words) miraculously turned into an upsetting defeat.  (Praise the Lord!) Because of that, I have every reason to rejoice and expect great and mighty things happening in this country despite the efforts of the outgoing leaders to wreak havoc to this nation, our allies and the world as a whole using every bit of power they have left.  What they don't realize is that they don't have power on their own.  Like their father (Satan), they are defeated and no weapon they wage against God's people shall prosper.  Isaiah 54:16-17 tells us, “See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD."  Unless the Lord allows it, they're powerless against them whose faith is in the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross.  

So as we welcome the New Year, let us thank God for every blessing as well as the the physical and spiritual victory He has prepared for us.  Let us lift up in prayer the upcoming leadership in our national, local and state levels.  Let us go outside the four walls of our Churches and be involved in all pillars of our society and saturate them with the fear (reverential) and knowledge of God.  Use every social media opportunities to tell the Truth (God's Word) and stand against political correctness and worldly tolerance.  If you are a child of God (Born-again, John 3:3), BE BOLD, BE STRONG and REFUSE TO BE SILENT!  It is time to take our country back and stand with God's chosen nation, Israel!  I would like to share some of these wonderful verses to empower us to live and proclaim God's Truth in this day and time.

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

"Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:6-7)

"When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you (John 16:13-15)

"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is Godʼs will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil." (1 Peter 3:12-17)

For this Card, I used an image from Recollections (Label Me Sweet) and Stampers Anonymous (Crazy Things).  I colored some parts with my Touch Five Markers and the rest were done with one of my fave techniques---Paper-piecing (Learn it HERE).  I also incorporated another technique I love which is Fussy Cutting (Shown HERE).  If you are familiar with my style/creations, these two wonderful crafting techniques are commonly seen in my projects.  This is a simple Birthday card but I love how the colors and patterns gave it the "Wow" factor... I think it's wonderful!


 SWEET GIRL BIRTHDAY CARD


 SWEET GIRL BIRTHDAY CARD LAYERS


 SWEET GIRL BIRTHDAY CARD INSIDE


SWEET GIRL BIRTHDAY CARD WITH ENVELOPE


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Artistic Stamper---ATG
Card Mania---Layer It
Classic DT---ATG
Connie Can Crop---ATG
Country View---ATG
Craft Galore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/Love
Not Just Cards---ATG
Paper Creator's---ATG
Paradise of Stamps---ATG
Petal Lu---ATG
Worldwide Open DT---ATG 
YSBP---ATG 


There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the fun by joining our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.   Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight this week. I hope you have a great start of the year and know that through faith in what Jesus accomplished through the Cross, we have complete victory that we can effectively share with others!   

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Scripture Series: To Every Good Work Card---Join Us for Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello, Crafty Peeps!  Just want to take this opportunity to wish everyone A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR!  Anyway, it's Wednesday and time for another bi-weekly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  As always, it's Anything Goes and you can choose to feature our (free) Scripture Word Art or anything inspirational and family friendly. Our featured Scripture for this Challenge comes from 2 Corinthians 9:8 which tells us, "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."  The context of 2 Corinthians 9 is about the importance of GIVING not  only of our resources but more than anything---ourselves.   People of the world work daily with the talents and resources given to them by God (though they seldom acknowledge that fact) to better themselves (selfish gain).  I remember watching some Hollywood personalities saying that everything they enjoy are of their own doing and that they don't need to thank God for He has nothing to do with their success during those widely telecast, Awards night.  They made sure they expressed to many their hate and blasphemy for our Creator.  But if we are going to use common sense, it's not difficult to determine the void in their arguments/worldview.  You see, take away everything that God provides them (air to breath, health, strength, soul, life and countless more) and they will cease to exist.  It's so ridiculous that I now have better understanding why Jesus asked God to forgive those who mocked Him while He gave His life to save mankind at the Cross.  In Luke 23:34, Jesus said, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." Though I must admit how it makes my blood boil when I hear people mocking Jesus Christ, His Cross and His Church  using their vague fame to influence the weaklings, I have to take the same approach Jesus did.  I need to pray for these people for they have truly been deceived.  If not for the calling of Jesus in my life that one faithful day 26 years ago, I could not imagine what my life would be this very moment.  Who knows, I could have made it big but without the knowledge of God, it would not be worth it.  The Word of God keeps me in His Truth and without the Holy Spirit's indwelling presence, I could be an easy target of the enemy and could be spiritually blind and deceived like any other.

With all these, I implore everyone to recognize every blessing that God has showered you with.  From the smallest to the biggest of gifts (material or spiritual)---be grateful!  Recognize that whatever God gives us is not only to provide for our needs but to to also bless and share with people He's going to place in our path.  We do that with our talents, abilities, time and resources.  Yet those would be incomplete if we don't deliver them with a cheerful heart.  Remember that God always looks at the intent of our heart.  Many of us may struggle with cheerful giving or even giving in itself but if we constantly yield to the Holy Spirit and continue in faithfulness/obedience to His Word, we will find ourselves happily doing it for God's glory.  For to give is to truly trust God---knowing that He will continuously provide to accomplish His work.  I know what I'm talking about as I'm a work in progress in this area.  It's easy to share when you have so much but when you have just enough, it can be a challenge.  But our featured verse said something worthy of understanding.  God supplies us with everything we need and more so that we are able to give something.  There was not a time we only had enough unless I consider all the other things I want (luxury).  I always hold this quote true in all areas of my life----"I cannot give what I don't have."  God supplies me with more than my needs so I can share and do good works for Him.  Note that "good works" does not benefit a believer prior to us knowing the Source of all our blessings.  All the good works that would count towards our rewards in heaven (when we stand in the presence of the Lord at the Bema Seat) is a direct result of our acknowledgement of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior---the Source of everything we have in  this life and beyond.  Each and every believer of the Body of Christ are living the abundant life God has promised and are capable of every good work God prepared and equipped us to do.  And yes, it's not for our own glory but for God and God alone.  The following are some of the verses we should meditate upon that would help us understand the blessings in giving and gratefulness.

"As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4)

"One person gives freely, yet gains even more;another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed."  (Proverbs 11:24-25)

"Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."  (I Timothy 6:17-19)

For this Card, I used an image from Sassy Cheryl Stamps called "A Special Girly Gift" that I paper-pieced with DP from Paper Studio and colored using my Touch Five markers.  The base is a pre-cut A7 card from Paper Studio.  I added some some metal gems from Imaginisce, glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and stitching to complete this design.  It may not have many layers like I normally do but it surely is one of my fave cards.  The  wonderful image and colors truly compliment our awesome Scripture in this creation.


 TO EVERY GOOD WORK CARD

TO EVERY GOOD WORK CARD LAYERS


 TO EVERY GOOD WORK CARD SIDE VIEW


 TO EVERY GOOD WORK CARD INSIDE


TO EVERY GOOD WORK CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafty Gals---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Simon Says---Make it Sparkle
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Let It Snow
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
Card Mania---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafting Musketeers---ATG
Crafts Galore---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG/Christmas
Digistamps4Joy---ATG
Petal Lu---ATG
Sunsational Stamps---ATG/Christmas/Winter
World Wide Open DT---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG


Hope you join the fun at our WAW Challenge There's wonderful prize awaiting our winner from our sponsor this week, Simon Says Stamp  ($25 GC).  You can choose to incorporate the free Word Art (sentiment) you see in my card for projects you wish to make and link with us though it's not mandatory.  You can submit up to 5 projects (Anything Goes) as long as it's family friendly, inspirational or uplifting.  Can't wait to see what you come up with. Have a blessed week and always remember to share unto others the hope you have in you.  Hugs!

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