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


Monday, July 22, 2013

A Day to Remember Card---Join Us at our Neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create, for Anything Goes Challenge!

Hello there, Crafty Peeps...This is coming out pretty late but was so tired this weekend that I forgot to post this at it's earliest time.  Anyway, we had a lovely time worshiping Almighty God with the brethren on Sunday and the Holy Spirit showed up mightily capturing the hearts of His people.  We live in these days when the Truth is being perverted and people are living without shame.  What used to be done in secret is not only flaunted but is encouraged in every shape and form.  I stopped watching a lot of the TV programs/movies for I could not find any family friendly shows.  Aside from a very few Christian movies and programs, no show is free from indecency, sexual innuendos and loads of cursing.  If you haven't noticed, people are being brainwashed by using media and Hollywood to curve us to the kind of society, influential people of this country and the world, wants us to be.  They need us to depart from the moral values which made this country great and to settle with compromising, God detested values in the name of tolerance.  When did we start to think that taking innocent life, like aborting babies when there's clearly an option for adoption, as an acceptable act in the eyes of the Lord?  For what cause---women's rights?  Are we talking about women's rights to do whatever she likes---giving herself away to every man she sees and when her actions catches up with her, that she is allowed to claim no responsibility in the expense of killing her own child/children?  Under the disguise of women's rights, that is really what they are protecting.  Deeper than that is a satanic agenda to get rid of a generation which killed more than 50 milliion babies since Roe vs, Wade was adopted in this country.  John 10:10 says, "The thief (satan) comes to steal, to kill and destroy." It is like sacrificing babies to Baal in the Old Testament scriptures.   Here's scriptural verses that warns us to  steer clear of such a practice:

They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molek, though I never commanded--nor did it enter my mind--that they should do such a detestable thing and so make Judah sin. (Jeremiah 23:5)

"You shall not do so unto the LORD your God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hates, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burned in the fire to their gods."

"Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft." (Deuteronomy 18:10)

"Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD." (Leviticus 18:12)

"They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the LORD had ordered them, "Do not do as they do." (2 Kings 17:15)

It is clear why those who promotes the death of these helpless babies, which by the way, begins at conception, would hate God's Word because nothing in the scriptures support the claim for women's rights in the expense of the unborn.  The bottom line is, we have bought into Idolatry---idolizing ourselves and loving ourselves so much that nothing else matters but our own "pleasure."  What is Idolatry?  We thought that this only applies to worship of graven images (bowing, offering sacrifices, putting your faith in), the adoration for something man created!  But in our day and time, this is so much more than that.   It's placing something/someone in our life more valuable than God Himself.  It can be one's love of self, family, relationships, wealth, career, power, fame, ideology, affiliation, religion etc.  Many people think that they are their own gods by making such bold declaration, "My Body, My Choice."  Let's examine their statement---How did it become their bodies?  Did they make their bodies?  Did they construct their DNA, physically placed every fiber of their physical organs and have control over their functions?  Can they prevent themselves from contracting any disease?  Can they control their own heartbeat?  Do they have control over accidents, catastrophes and stop death from overtaking them?  How about the air we breathe?  Don't we know that our existence is dependent upon the right mixture of gases in the atmosphere which only a powerful God can regulate?  If we want to know more about our limitations and frailties, we need to look at the Book of Job.  The Bible tells us in Romans 1:18-19, "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation  of the world God's invisible qualities---His eternal  power and divine nature---have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."  If we truly look around us, even for just a brief moment, and examine our surroundings and deal with our hearts, we'd come to realize that all creation is hand stamped by God and how ridiculous it is to believe that things happened in random when all we see is a systematic flow of things.  There is a God who created all things and have total control of His every creation and He alone deserves the highest glory and praise from those He created.  If today, God has shown you how powerless you are and has made you realized you are not in control of your life, come to Him and surrender the lordship of your life to Jesus Christ for He's the One who made your freedom from bondage of sin possible by dying on the Cross.  There is nothing you have done, so horrible in your life that God cannot forgive.  Through the blood of Jesus , you can be washed as white as snow.  All it takes is "FAITH" to the One who delivered you.

Anyway, here's a card I want to share with you today for our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  Our optional theme is to make a matching envelope for your card which I always have, anyway.  I used an image from one of our sponsors this week which is "Xander with Valentine Flowers" from Beansie Doodles and colored it with my ProMarker and Prismacolor markers.  The base card is 5.5-inches square utilizing Kraft CS with several DP's  from Recollections and DCWV.   I've included a couple of brads from Recollections and gems from Tulip.  The house border is cut with my Cuttlebug using Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations (On the Edge) die and inked with Distress Inks (Fired Brick, Faded Jeans, Mowed Lawn and Vintage Photo).  You may not see it in the pics but I also added a bit of glitter (Stickles-Diamond) to the flowers.  I stamped several sentiment---the "love" border is from Fiskars and the main sentiment is from Cloud 9.  Lastly, I stitched all over this card.  It's hard to make Boy cards since most of us likes to shower our creation with loads of embellishments but "simplicity" is the key with every male card.  Hope you like it:


 A DAY TO REMEMBER CARD:


 A DAY TO REMEMBER CARD LAYERS:


 A DAY TO REMEMBER CARD INSIDE:


A DAY TO REMEMBER CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
 
Addicted to Stamps---Lots of Layers
Great Impressions---ATG
Here Come the Boys---ATG (Masculine)
Lacy Sunshine---Must Use Hand-Colored Image
OSAAT---Use Your Favorite (Stitching)
Pile It On---Thinking of You/Just Because
Scrapbooking Queen---ATG/Use a Digi
Crafting by Designs---ATG
Brown Sugar---ATG
Creative Fingers---ATG
Sister Act---ATG
Inspire Me Fridays---ATG
4 Crafty Chicks---Let's Hear It for the Boys
Nutcrafters---One for the Boys
Sweet Stamps---ATG
Tuesday Throwdown---ATG
Southern Girls---No Spoolin'
TTCRD---ATG
Color Me Creative---ATG (Must Use Alcohol Markers)
HIMCR---Freestyle
One Stop Craft---Make Your Own Background
Crafts 4 Eternity---Inky Fingers
Quick Quotes---Dimension
Make it Monday---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---ATG
Anything Goes---ATG


I hope you enjoy your week and don't forget to join us at 613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes Challenge!  You can enter up to 3 new projects (no back linking).  What are you waiting for?  Link with us now and get a chance to win a fabulous prize in a week's time.  Remember that Jesus is just a heartbeat away so, whatever your needs are or better yet, praises for Him are, call unto His Name and He will answer you.

35 comments:

  1. Fab card! Great colours and fold.

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

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  2. This is a lovely card, I must have a go at stitching some time Jo Ann - another thing to do on my list!!! I love the papers and the colours as well as the image. Brilliant.

    Thank you so much for joining us at OSAAT this time, I do hope you join us again next week.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx DT member

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  3. Wow. I love your card. I think your combination of those papers, colours and embellishments is very very good. And I love the detail of the stitches. Very nice!
    Thanks for joining the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge!
    Hugs, Jacqueline (DT)

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  4. Your coloring is definitely a gift from God. Thank you for holding firm to your faith and being a model for others.

    Mary Anne, Great Impressions DT

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  5. Amazing card. Thank you for joining us at LCC for our latest challenge.

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  6. very nice card!
    thank you for playing with us this week at Craft 4 Eternity

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  7. What a great card,love the image and colours
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    Tracey x

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  8. Gorgeous card and colors. Visiting from MIM..Loz

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  9. Such a beautiful set and gorgeous colouring.
    Thank you for joining us at Creative Fingers

    Huggsss, Angelique
    EngelDesignsScrap

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  10. I am so glad I found your blog. The message you speak is the one we take to the people. Thank you for sharing it and you awesome card. I love it. We hope in the next few weeks to have another home and my husband says I need a stamp room not the floor of the bedroom LOL .Thank you for your message and your heart. Blessings, Cathy K ( www.greaterworkshealing.com)

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  11. A lovely male card Jo. great dimension with your layers! Thanks for joining us over at the Southern Girls for our no spoolin' challenge XOX Tania

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  12. Fabulous card! Love your paper choices as well as the nice image, thanks for sharing in the Anything Goes challenge at Here Come The Boys
    Good luck and hope to see you next time too, Donna ☺

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  13. Love! Thank you for entering my Lacy Sunshine Challenge.

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  14. Your papers are perfect for a masculine card. Fabulous image and wonderful layout..simply perfect. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing creation with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

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  15. Thanks for playing along with us at the Sister Act Challenge Blog this week.
    Cathy xx

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  16. What an awesome "For The Boys" card! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week!

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  17. I love your card - lovely color combination, with some great papers! :)
    Have a nice day!

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  18. I love absolutely everything about your card its amazing, thank you so much for joining us over at the Anything Goes Challenge Blog for our anything goes challenge xhugsx Nikki

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  19. A gorgeous male card JoAnn.. I love your stitching too !!
    Thanks for sharing with us at OSAAT.. Good Luck and hope to see you back next week !
    Hugs
    Choccy x

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  20. Thanks for playing our challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks, great job! Love the colors and the details, nicely done!

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  21. I saw your card on Make It Monday and wanted to let you know how you've inspired me to do something with my envelopes. I never think of that. I also love your devotional thoughts. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  22. Stunning card indeed.

    Love how you have decorated everything to match.

    Thank you for joining us at Brown Sugar.

    Good luck

    Tracey DT

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  23. Came from MIM for a closer look.
    Fab creation. Love the matching envelope.
    xxx

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  24. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing your creation with us at Crafts 4 Eternity. Hugs x

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  25. great card thanks for joining in at Here Come The Boys. x

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  26. Wonderful scene on your card, and great guy card. I saw it on MIM. #6

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  27. Hi JoAnn! I knew this challenge would be an easy one for you! ;) Since you always make a matching envy anyway! Love the image and your coloring, great die in the background, and you always have a wonderful eye for design!

    Hugs,
    Kathi

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  28. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions Challenge!!

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  29. Oh wow, this is a gorgeous masculine creation. So love your rich earthy colours you have used here. You have got such a wonderful unique creative style.
    {Would love you to visit my blog and join my 600-Follower Give-Away. Thank you so much if you have entered and good luck.}
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}
    PS: I am also now your latest keen Follower xxx

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  30. This is a really sweet card. Thanks for playing at HIMCR.

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

    My entries are #3, #4, #98, #152, and #154.

    I would love to have you visit my blogs: Paper and Scraps Creations by Julia and Me and Myself on the Dark… and become a follower.

    Hugs,

    Julia

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  32. Cute, cute card! I really like it!

    Thank you so much for playing along with the Stitchy Angels this week!

    Hugs,
    Chriss -DT-OSAAT
    www.chrissandlou.blogspot.com

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  33. Amazing coloring job and fabulous card! Thanks for playing along with Quick Quote's July Challenge!

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  34. ohhh another stunning creation. Totally love the fabulous layout you have done.

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

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