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.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Scenic Thinking of You Card with Magnolia Tilda---Join us for Another Fun Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

It's Sunday and I am sure that Christian believers are gathered to worship and give reverence to our Almighty God.  It is just great to give honor and glory to the One who created us.  I sing in the Church Band and when I lift up my hands and sing for Him, His Spirit confirms in my heart how He inhabit the praises of His people.  Many times, healing, deliverance, wonders and miracles are already experienced just as we worship and praise the King of kings.  I've been a Born-Again (John 3:3) believer since 1990 yet the seed (God's Word) was planted in my heart 5 years before I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior.  Many times, when we share the good news of the Gospel and people turn their backs on you, we get frustrated and we thought we haven't tried enough or we are plainly being rejected.  Yet, we should understand the instruction given to us in Matthew 28:19-20:  "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” In this verse, we are told to teach---to share the Good News that through Jesus Christ, we are saved by faith.  We are to tell those that we come across our testimony---how God changed our lives and how it can change theirs.  Yet with all these, it does not guarantee that we can see results at once.  We are to be planters of God's Word (seed) and it's solely the ministry of the Holy Spirit to nourish that seed.  We can see from the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:1-23 that there are different kinds of soils (each representing a kind of heart of human beings).  Some are thorny, rocky, full of weeds etc. But there are those seeds that fell of a good soil which grew strong and multiplied.  The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:12,  "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."  This verse clearly states that when we are rejected as we share God's word, the rejection is not against us, but it is to the One whom our message speak of.  It's hard to not be affected by people who call believers "Fanatics" and all other horrible names but we should remember that Jesus Christ Himself experienced persecutions yet even to His death, He kept His eyes towards the prize---that is, to take us back to His loving presence!   What an awesome promise! Get this, none of our good works (or the lack thereof) nor anything we can conjure up by our own talents and abilities granted us  this favor in His sight.  It is solely based on what Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross and the way we get there is by FAITH alone! (Ephesians 2:8-9). 

So yes, I've come a long way in my walk with the Lord and there are a lot of times, I would think of the brethren that I started with in the Church I served in the Philippines.  We had lots of fun and a few sad times throughout the years I was there and those memories I hold dear to my heart.  God has placed those people in my life for a season and we all faithfully fulfill what God had us do in those days so, my card today is to pay tribute to all the family and friends that became part of my life.  I want you to all know that "I am thinking of you" and you are always in my prayers.  Fight the good fight of faith, everyone!  I miss you all a lot!

Now, back to the Challenge at our Neighborhood 613 Avenue Create, our theme for this week is Anything Goes "Spring Fever." So, you can create anything that reminds you of this wonderful season (like flowers, kites, garden, etc.)  One of our 2 sponsors is Limited Runs Digis and here, I created a Scenic Card that features the Fence and Butterfly Image they allowed me to use.  I also colored one of my Tilda images and set her beside the scene and I love it.  I colored both with my ProMarker/Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir markers and laid them on a 5.5-inches square Kraft card base.  I used 3 DP's from DCWV and  a yellow-green and kraft CS for my panels and matting.   I added some die-cuts I cut with my Nestablities (Octagon), included a border cut using MS Border Punch, inked around the fence with Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass) and used 3 Clear stamps (for the flower border (Fiskars), "thinking of you" (Ali Edwards) and the frame around it (Hampton Art).  Lastly, I used my Liquid Pearls (Baby Blue) for dots in the center of the flower border and stitched all over this card.  I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out. 


 SCENIC "THINKING OF YOU" TILDA CARD:


  SCENIC "THINKING OF YOU" TILDA CARD LAYERS:


  SCENIC "THINKING OF YOU" TILDA CARD INSIDE:


 SCENIC "THINKING OF YOU" TILDA CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:


*** WANT THIS CARD?  AVAILABLE AT MY ETSY---HERE! *** 

This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Totally Tilda---Bingo Grid (Dies and/or Punches/Flowers/Machine Stitching)
Brown Sugar---Spring
Clear it Out---Spring/Flower
Crafts 4 Eternity---Color/Spring
Creative Moments---Things with Wings
Crafty Bloggers Network---Anything Goes
Pile It On---Wooden
Divas by Design---Spring Colours
Flutter By Wednesday---Flowers (Must have fairies or butterflies)
Crafty Catz---Anything Goes
2 Sisters---Anything Goes
Catch the Bug---Anything Goes
All Sorts---Spring has Sprung
Crafts and Me---Spring Flowers
Loves Rubberstamps----Anything Goes
Inky Impressions---For a Child
Fairies Challenges---Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts---Spring
Make It Monday---Anything Goes
TTCRD---Anything Goes
V's Sweet Ideas---Anything Goes
Inky Chicks---Use Background or Object Stamp
Totally Gorjuss---Anything Goes with Sparkle
OSAAT---Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish---Anything Goes
Lacy Sunshine---Anything Goes
My Grafico---Anything Goes

Please don't forget to visit us at 613 Avenue Create and link up your creations.  There's loads of inspiration there to get your creative juice flowing.  Wonderful prize to be won both from Limited Runs and Rick St. Dennis Digi Stamps.  So, what are you waiting for?  Create, create, create!  God bless!

44 comments:

  1. WOW your cards are always such inspirations to me. Wonderful scenery and looooove Tilda!

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  2. Brilliant card, thanks for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

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  3. What a lovely card Jo Ann, such bright colors! Tilda is colored beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing with us at MIM!

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  4. This is lovely and thanks for joining us over at Allsorts this week
    x catherine

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  5. It's so cute!! Saw it on MIM.

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  6. This is so cute! Love how you coloured the scene. The trees look amazing with the glitter....

    Thank you for joining us at Brown Sugar this week.
    Nick

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  7. Gorgeous sweet Tilda creation, lovely colouring & design.. sadly your Flowers on the design paper don't count, we want to see paper/fabric embellishment flowers for the Totally Tilda BINGO chall theme. you have plenty of time to re enter with another Tilda creation..

    Thanks for sharing your lovely work with us hope to see you again soon.

    Christine TT DY entry manager x

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  8. Your card look gorgeous!!!
    Good luck to the challenge!

    If you wish, come on my blog ... If you want, you can become a Member? Please! ... I'd be honored

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  9. Fabulous card, love the beautifully coloured images and the sewing. Thanks for joining us for the Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge.

    Sylvia xx
    Design Team

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  10. Oh fab project! Love the colouring and colours, and the scenes just wonderful. Masses of fun.

    Thank you for joining us over at the Lacy Sunshine Challenge. Good luck.
    xx

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  11. This is so cute Jo Ann. I spotted you over on make it Monday and came for a closer look and I am so glad that I did.

    Hugs
    Cathy
    xxxxx

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  12. Wonderful card Jo Ann, so full of interest to look at but you have kept the overall theme easy to follow, just love it :) Good luck in this weeks OSAAT challenge and hope to see you back again soon. Hugs Jane OSAAT DT

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  13. Wonderful scene!!Great card! Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

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  14. Very beautiful Jo Ann!! Love the scene and your coloring is so beautiful!
    Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges!
    Hugs,Sandra

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  15. Thanks for joining us at allsorts this week Tracy x

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  16. A very pretty card, and you have made a wonderful scene for Tilda
    thanks for entering the Lacy Sunshine Challenge
    Janet

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  17. A very pretty card and you have made a wonderful scene for Tilda
    Thanks for entering the Lacy Sunshine Challenge
    Janet

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  18. Very nice. Thanks for joining Brown Sugar "Spring" challenge!

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  19. OMGosh this is so super cute! Love the adorable scene and the colors you used. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

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  20. Wonderful coloring and a fabulous scence on this darling card, thanks for joining us this week at Flutter By Wednesday.

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  21. Super cute card! Love the images and all the great details! Thanks so much for joining our challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps! :)

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  22. This is just gorgeous. Love the colours and embellishments. All the elements work so well together. I saw this on MIM and just had to pop over to have a closer look.
    {Would love you to visit my blog and join my 500-Follower Give-Away. Thank you so much if you already have entered and good luck.}
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  23. Wonderful card, a true delight to look at, thanks for joining us at the Brown Sugar Challenge Blog.

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  24. What a lovely job. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

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  25. Such a cute card Jo Ann!! Lovely colouring. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions this week

    hugs Vicky xxx

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  26. wowzers this is STUNNING!!!!! thanks so much for sharing it with us at Inky impressions xx

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  27. This is Gorgeous and Beautiful colors. I saw this on mIM..Loz

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  28. Wonderful card and coloring. Thank you for joining us at Fairy's Challenge.

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  29. Wonderful card! as allways! thanks for playing with "Faieries" this week.

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  30. Lovely card with some super colouring. Thanks for joining us at C4E this week
    Love
    Amanda

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  31. wow what a superb and such stunning card thanks for sharing it with us CRAFTY CATZ hugs sassyxx

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  32. Wow, lovely coloring and great card. Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!

    TTFN,

    CraftyGirl OSAAT DT
    craftygirlcardsandcrafts.blogspot.com

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  33. Wow such a pretty card.Thankyou for joining us at Allsorts this week for my Spring has Sprung Challenge. Jo x

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  34. Fabulous colouring. Thankyou for joining us at Allsorts this week for my Spring has Sprung Challenge. Jo x

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  35. lovely card thanks for sharing with us at 2 sisters this week good luck with the challenge Tracy x

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  36. Just Fabulous! We’re so glad you played along with us this week for the Catch The Bug Anything Goes Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps!
    We hope you join us again this week for the Bugaboo “Theme” challenge!
    Hugs & Happy Days!
    ~Min
    Kaymin Kreations

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  37. What a fabulous card. Love your attention to the details. Thank you for joining us over at Ladybug Crafts. Hugs Nina

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  38. So gorgeous and fun! Love all the layers...feels like a whole story unfolding. Thanks for joining our "Anything Goes" Challenge at One Stitch at a Time, and hope you'll join our new challenge beginning tomorrow. Best, CG

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  39. I'm back with a DT hat on! So love your coloring of this gorgeous scene. Totally gorgeous!!!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Faieries challenges. Hope you will join us next time. DT Crafting Vicky

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  40. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!

    My entries are #2 and #212.

    I would love to have you visit my blogs: Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia and My Art... Healing The Soul and become a follower.

    Hugs,

    Julia

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  41. Very pretty card, love the scene, thanks for joining us over at the CBN Challenge this month
    Hugs
    Ang
    Crafty Bloggers Network DT
    My Blog: A Crafty Blether

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  42. Jo Ann, your beautifully colored Tilda with Fence and Butterfly looks fabulous on this scenic and very pretty card. So glad to see your entry at the Crafts and Me Stamps digi team's "Spring Flowers" challenge. Hugz, ~ Rose

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  43. Really lovely card. Thankyou for joining us this month at Crafty Bloggers Network.
    Geraldine M
    CBN DT

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