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.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Series: Merry CHRISTmas-Peace Hope and Light Easel Card

Hi, Everybody!  Christmas is around the corner and it's getting harder and harder to find the time to work on projects due to the many activities that this season entails.  Yet one thing is certain.  I look at this season, remembering that one blessed day, a Messiah came into the earth for the sole purpose of saving mankind from sure death---spiritual, physical and eternal in nature!  I know about the discrepancy in the dates in which Jesus was born and if I'd be dogmatic about it, I would say that I should not be participating in any traditional celebration of what people call Christmas.  But somewhere in how "CHRISTmas" is spelled lies the reason for that celebration...It is my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that is to be lifted up and on the date (December 25th) most thought He was born, most of the world acknowledge that a Messiah was sent to the earth by a loving God to bring us all back to God's glorious presence.  So, I am not going to stop people from glorifying the name  of Jesus on this blessed season.  We all should take advantage that we can share the wonderful meaning of the birth of Christ to those who would be willing enough to listen and be the "salt and light of this world" at this time and age.  I sure would like to tell people that the world is going to get better but that will be contrary to what the scriptures prophesied.  The death of many children and teachers at Sandyhook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, in the hands of a disturbed/derailed gun man is proof enough of what the future can expect as we allow Godless people to dictate the course of this nation.  We have thrown away man's accountability to God by removing Him from our schools, our gatherings, our government, our lives and allowed men to rely on their own, limited thinking.  God sent Jesus out of His love for the world (John 3:16) and He is the Only One who can bridge the gap between us and the Father (John 14:6).  God has proven how much He loved us and anyone who places their faith in Jesus Christ will be saved.  Yet the "time for grace" is closing and those who missed that time will be dealt with severely.  The next time Jesus comes, He will come as a Judge and no one will escape the punishment that awaits those who didn't believe.  As one who has been saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, I can only share what God has done in my life and hope that by sharing God's love, those that are living in darkness will see the light.  It all began in the birth of the Messiah, the reason why I live with hope and a bright future even in the time and world of chaos. 

I would like to share this card I made for this season.  This is just the second Christmas card I made this year.  I used a cute image from Sassy Cheryl's Digi Collection which I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir markers.  I used some Diamond Stickles (glitter) for the snow and adhered some dark pink dew drops for added dimension.   DP's are from DCWV and CS' are aqua green, grey and white.  My base card measures 5.5 inches square.  I also used Nestabilities Classic Scallop  Circles (largest) and die cut  circle to go on top of that with my MS Circle Cutter at 3.5 inches diameter.  I attached a grey satin ribbon, computer generated the sentiment and sttiched all over.  It came out great.  I would appreciate your thoughts on this project.  This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

1.    Eureka Stamps---Christmas Spirit (1/3)
2.    Tammy's Scrapin Corner---Anything Goes/Any Artist (1/2)
3.    Sparkles Monthly---Anything Goes (1/3)
4.    Paper Crafting Journey---Christmas Projects
5.    Aud Sentiments---Anything Goes 
       YIPPEE!  This Card was chosen Top 3 at AUD!
6.    Card Makin Mamas---Happy Holidays 
7.    Shelly's Images---Christmas is in the Air 
       WOOT-WOOT!  This Card won as one of three Beary Favorite at TTT (Shelly's Images)!
8.    Pattie's Creations---Christmas Card (1/2)
9.    ABC Christmas---Y is for your Favorite Punch/Die  ( I love Nesties Scallop dies)
10.  Nutcrafters---Lots of Layers and Sparkles/Bling
11.  Make It Monday---Anything Goes 
12.  LEJ Designs---Santa's Coming to Town 
13.  Cards Galore---Christmas  
14.  Pile It On---Pile it on Embellishments 
15.  Craftyhazelnut's Christmas---Christmas Birthday or Anything Goes Christmas 
16.  Pin and Tack---Anything Goes 
17.  A and T---Anything Goes
18.  Challenges 4 Everybody---Anything Goes 
19.  Come and Get It---Anything Christmas 
20.  Eclectic Ellapu---Anything Goes 
21.  Kaboodle Doodles---Christmas/Holidays Anything Goes (1/3)
22.  Squirrel and the Fox---Christmas
23.  Hybrid Chick---Holiday Card
24.  Oozak---Anything Goes+Red 
25.  Crafty Boots---Christmas


 MERRY CHRISTMAS-PEACE HOPE AND LIGHT EASEL CARD:


MERRY CHRISTMAS-PEACE HOPE AND LIGHT EASEL CARD WHEN CLOSE:


 
MERRY CHRISTMAS-PEACE HOPE AND LIGHT EASEL CARD LAYERS:


MERRY CHRISTMAS-PEACE HOPE AND LIGHT EASEL CARD MESSAGE SPACE:


 
MERRY CHRISTMAS-PEACE HOPE AND LIGHT EASEL CARD ENVELOPE-BOX:

This is it for now and I will be back tomorrow to showcase my card for the next Word Art Wednesday Challenge.  Gotta get back to my Craft desk and allow the Lord to provide the inspiration.  We are still  in the period of grace so, please take advantage and get to know the love that JESUS have for you.   Have a blessed day!

24 comments:

  1. Fantastic card and image Jo Ann. Saw this on MIM..Loz

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  2. Such a lovely card! Hopped here from MiM. :o)
    Sue x (MiniOwner@36)

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  3. Lovely colourful Christmas card. Easel cards are a big fave of mine they always look so special. Beautiful colouring too. My heart, thoughts and prayers are also with the families of the poor children and teachers that were so cruelly taken far to young. Heaven has gaines more beautiful angels and they will be forever young.

    Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu.

    Andria - EE, dt (Purples).

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  4. Super easel card. Thanks for sharing with us at Nutcrafters and good luck. Debs xx

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  5. Wow, this is such a pretty card an I love your colouring.
    Thank you for joining us at Shelly's images.
    Hugs, Marianne

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  6. Lovely easel card - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 103 - hope to see you again soon. x

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  7. Terrific easel card, great design and cute image. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


    Dionne

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  8. Fabulous design and beautiful embellishments, simply an incredible card. Thanks for joining us this week at tammyscrapincorner.
    We look forward to seeing your beautiful creation next week.
    Hugs
    Berni, DT
    tammyscrapincorner.

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  9. This is just adorable! Thanks for playing along with us at Eureka Stamps this week.

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  10. This is so gorgeous. Lovely image and fantastic colouring and layout. I spotted you over on MIM and had to come and take a closer look and I am so glad that I did.

    Hugs
    Cathy
    xxxxx

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  11. What a gorgeous card you have made. Thank you for taking part in the Aud Sentiments Challenge this fortnight and I wish you the best of luck in the draw. Best wishes, Kym (Aud Sentiments Design Team Member) xxx

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  12. Jo Ann this is adorable and your colouring is so professional. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Tammy’s Scrapin Corner DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}
    {Doing Life – 400 Follower Give Away}

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  13. Thanks for playing in our 'Christmas Card' Challenge #58!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie's shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

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  14. What a sweet sweet card!! Thanks for participating in our PILE IT ON challenge!!

    ~DEANNE~

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  15. great card and i love your coloring too!
    Thanks for playing with us at Kaboodle Doodles
    Yasmina

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  16. Wow your card is so adorable. Beautifuly made and design. We're glad you share with us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner. Elisa DT

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  17. Fab card. Great colouring. Thank you for joining us at Come and Get It Challenges and Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hope you will join us again in 2013.

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  18. Thank you for playing with our Santa is Coming to town challenge over at LEJ Designs;) Your creation is a beauty.

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  19. Hi Jo Ann
    I saw you on MIM and came to take a closer look. Your easel card is just amazing and I love every detail!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones.
    Michaela xx

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  20. A gorgeous card

    Thankyou for joining us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges

    Good luck in the draw

    Ang x

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  21. Fabulous!
    Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Merry Christmas!
    Helen x

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  22. Noticed your card on Make it Monday and stopped by to say Hi and to let you know I think it's very cute and very clever too!

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  23. Great card, love the image and the colours used, thanks for joining us at LEJ, Pauline x

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  24. Fabulous creation!

    Thank you for joining in the fun at Sparkles Monthly Challenges for our * Anything goes * challenge

    Hope you will join us again & good luck in the draw
    Hugs Shaz x

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