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

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Scripture Series: Justified by Faith Easel Card---It's Time for Another Word Art Wednesday Challenge!

Hello there, Crafty Friends!  So sorry this is coming out a day late due to the need to spend time with my family.   Just want to greet you all " A BLESSED AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!"  We may be taken by all the chaos of the traditions during this season but none of them is more important than what the birth of JESUS CHRIST means for all of us.  You may not even believe in Christ but it does not take away the fact that He came in order to pay the debt of all mankind.   All of humanity's sin was placed on Him when He died on the Cross.  One of His last words was "It is finished!" This simply means that everything that needed to be done had already been accomplished by that once and for all sacrifice.  Jesus is not going to come back again in the same way,  He fulfilled what was needed to be done (for all eternity) in His time to bring man back to God (since there's no way for man to do so, all by himself).  GOD REACHED OUT TO US!  The Bible declares in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  This tells us the very reason why God had to save humanity even though we are deserving of every judgment since all we've ever done is to rebel against Him.  It was LOVE that drove Him to come to us in the flesh to represent Man.  Yet He needed to be God because only God is without sin.  He left His heavenly kingdom and came to mankind to be the sole mediator between God  and Man----our Lord, CHRIST JESUS!  There's nothing on earth that can undo what He has done for humanity.  His sacrifice is good for all eternity.  Through FAITH, we have complete access to this wonderful GIFT OF LOVE.  He has given us a gift of eternal life (forever being with Him in His Kingdom) and all we need to do is to open up our hearts and receive that gift with all our hearts.  Let His sacrifice apply to your life by coming under His Lordship.  Remember that God has given us "FREE WILL"---to choose the path we want to take and He honors our choices.  He didn't make a bunch of robots.  He made us according to His own image and likeness and with it comes the ability to choose.  I pray for the Lord Jesus to touch your hearts today that you may see Almighty God's love for you...It is immeasurable, unselfish, eternal!  Revelation 3:20 told us, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."  All it takes is for us to open the door to our hearts, allow Him to give you a new life and let Him change you from the inside out.  Come to Him with all your burdens, baggage, struggles and ugliness.  Only He can transform your filthy clothing to radiant white---unblemished and righteous before His sight!  JESUS PAID THE PRICE for our freedom---and He is just a FAITH away.  One day, Jesus will come back as the King of kings and the Lord of lords.  He will judge the living and the dead.  The scripture is very clear on the fate of those who have received Jesus in their lives and those that would ignore the gift of salvation through Him as stated in 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10, "All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you." Today, when you hear the voice of the Lord, don't ignore His call.  We don't know what life is going to bring us in the next 5 minutes and while we are still blessed with life, surrender yourselves under His might hand.  Receive the MOST IMPORTANT GIFT you can ever received from a God who freely gives it to you.  He wants you to be safe in His arms not only in this lifetime but forever.  More than twenty-three years ago, I accepted His gift and my life was never the same.  I'm forever grateful!

Anyway, we have a new Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  We are featuring the free Word Art (by Karen Murray) which is available for you to download at the WAW site.  It features the scriptures in Romans 5:1, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."  This scripture summarizes the benefits of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and accepting His gift of salvation in our hearts.  We are JUSTIFIED (made right) in the sight of our Father through our faith in Jesus Christ (His Son).  We are no longer considered God's enemies but God's children.  The peace that comes from having Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior tells me that I don't have anything to fear about.  I know where I am going when my life on earth is done.  And if I continue to live on earth, it will all be for His glory and honor.  It's a WIN-WIN situation!  Knowing Christ is what VICTORY truly means.  For your inspiration, I made an Easel Card featuring a digi image from Sassy Cheryl's Digi Stamps called "Noah Waldo and Tweety" which I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base card is just plain white, cut and scored to create a 5.5-inches Easel Card.  The DP is from DCWV and CS from American Crafts.  I stamped some Christmas images from Recollections and layered them with a red brad for added dimension.  I included some more red brads and I applied some liquid pearls (white opal) on the image to create some snow effects.  Lastly, I did a load of stitching all over this card.  This is another simple card but I truly love it.  Thanking the Lord for always being there to inspire me.







This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Sweet Stampin'---Let It Snow
Crafting by Designs---New (my snowflakes stamp is new)
Creative Belli---Christmas
House that Stamps Built---Last Minute Christmas Cards/Tags
Little Red Wagon---Anything Christmas
The Paper Shelter---ATG
Rhedd and Rosie---Let It Snow
Stamp n Doodle---ATG
Stamping Chef---ATG
Make It Monday---ATG
Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG
Digi Darla---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Aud Sentiments---Christmas
Happy Campers---Christmas
MilkCoffee---Any Christmas Creation
Southern Girls---Christmas Wishes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards---Happy Holidays
Craftitude---ATG/Christmas Sparkle
Crafts 4 Eternity---ATG
Craftyhands---Season's Greetings/Winter Theme
Digi Haven---Red and Green
QKR Stampede---Happy Holidays
Sister Act---ATG
Stampin with the Dragon---Christmas
Wags 'n Whiskers---Christmas
Color Me Creative---Holiday Themed
Christmas Card---Make It Masculine
Hobby Cutz---ATG
Sentimental Sundays---ATG Christmas
Artistic Inspirations---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Digi Makeover---ATG
Melonheadz Friends---ATG
Pink Elephant---ATG
Party Time Tuesday---ATG
Creative Card Crew---ATG
Bearly Mine---ATG
LEJ Designs---ATG
Top Tip Tuesday---Christmas (Top Tip:  Stamp several images in different colors and layer them for perfect embellishment like what I have done with the snowflakes here)
Inky Chicks---Christmas
Scrapbook Stamp Society---ATG/Optional Christmas
Dream Valley---Christmas
Come and Get It---Christmas
Sassy Cheryl's---Fave Image in a Project for 2013 (I have several but this is my latest and loving it)

Hope you are having a wonderful time with your family as we all reflect on the true meaning of the season.  Please don't forget to join us at WAW for our Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge.  We would love for you to use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge though it's not mandatory.  As long as you create projects that are family friendly, inspirational and uplifting, you can enter up to 5 projects.  Please make sure to read the Challenge Guidelines.  Wonderful prizes from our sponsors namely V's Sweet Ideas and Diane's Daydream Designs awaits the winners.  Gotta go, enjoy all the benefits that Jesus' birth brought to us.  JESUS IS THE ONLY REASON FOR THE SEASON!


  1. Nice card.....Love the colored snowflake. As always your coloring is remarkable!

  2. Lovely card, thank you for joining in Rhedd and Rosie's, good luck and seasons greetings, hugs Zoe DT xx

  3. This is a true work of art! I can see why it is you favorite for 2013!
    Love the colors and your amazing coloring!
    Thanks for playing along in our Sassy Cheryl challenge!

  4. The colours of this delightful easel card are very attractive Jo Ann. Good luck in our extended challenge. Ingrid xx ( OSAAT Team )

  5. What a gorgeous card you made and you use a beautiful papers!
    Thank you for joining us at MilkCoffeeChallenge this time :-))
    Hugs, Andreja

  6. fabulous card - love easel cards - so effective - thank you for playing along at Crafting from The Heart x

  7. Lovely card Thanks for joining us at crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

  8. LOVE your card! The colors are bright and cheerful, the polka dot dp is so cute and love your coloring. Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday for our Christmas challenge.

  9. Ah this is super, Thanks for sharing on The Crafty Girls Challenge this time, Hope you have a wonderful New Year, Love Hazelxo

  10. A beautiful easel card, love the image and DP! Thanks for joining the Crafty Girls Challenge, hope to see you again soon.

    Victoria DT

  11. Love this card! Thanks for joining us at Make It Monday.

  12. Popping by with a different DT hat on...Thanks for joining the Crafting From The Heart Challenge, hope to see you again soon.

    Victoria DT

  13. So cute!!!!! Thank you for joining our challenge this week at Party Time Tuesdays! Happy Holidays.
    Sandy, DT Member

  14. A lovely, lovely card! Thanks for sharing it at Little Red Wagon!

  15. Really great easel design! Love the darling image, the DP, your pearl pen, and the stitching! Thank you for sharing this with us at Jellypark Friends! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  16. adorable and gorgeous card AJ.
    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  17. Very beautiful! Fab image, beautifully coloured, great design and inspiring text! Thanks for joining us at Songbird Challenges.

  18. A wonderful Sassy Cheryl creation. The easel card is a great layout, too! Thank you for sharing with us here at Sassy Cheryl's.

  19. Thank you for entering this lovely card in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck! Xx

  20. What a beautiful creation! I love the easel card and your color combo is wonderful! Thanks for playing along with us at Sassy Cheryl's. Hugz, joann

  21. Beautiful! The easel card, papers, design and coloring are all fantastic. Thank you for joining us at Digi Haven. Good luck in the challenge!

  22. Hi Jo Ann
    Love your gorgeous Christmas card! Such a great little image and I love how you used the liquid pearls for the snow, looks fabulous.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    I have featured your card on my Pink Paper Paradise facebook page too

    Michelle :o)

  23. Lovely card. Thanks for playing along with the current CraftyHands challenge. Sammy-x

  24. A great card xx

    Thanks for joining us at Rhedd & Rosie Challenge Blog.

    Moira DT.

  25. Love the look on that little boys face! Beautiful card! Many thanks for entering the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge Happy New Year and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  26. Perfect coloring! Love the sentiment and the easel!
    Thanks for joining us at Digi Darla’s

  27. Really beautiful card!
    Thank you for participating ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge
    Greetings Kaija DT-member

  28. Fantastic card and wonderful image. Your colouring is brilliant too........did you remember we have a Blog Hop going too?

    Good to see you join us for the CAGI Challenge & Blog Hop, hope to you come back soon!
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell in Alaska ~ CAGI DT ~

  29. Love the easel card, colors and the image is just too cute. Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


    CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

  30. wow gorgeous easel card!!! I really love how you have done the image and the addition of the liquid pearl to it!!! Awesome.

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

  31. First off 'Merry Christmas'.... Thank you so much for joining in with the LEJ Designs Challenge No. 84 - Anything Goes.

    What a beautiful card. Love the shape and the layout. The image and topper is wonderful and the texture of the snow is amazing. The wording is perfect and adds that perfect touch to your make.

    This is the last Challenge of the year, as well as the last 'weekly challenge'. As of the 7th January, we will be going to Monthly Challenges and I hope you will join in with plenty more of our challenges in 2014.

    <3 & Hugs
    Lisa xxxx LEJ DT Organiser

  32. Absolutely gorgeous Jo Ann. Love the sewing around the edges and the inspirational sentiment, as always.
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  33. What a beautiful card. Love the liquid pearls as snow! :)

    Thanks for joining us at Sister Act Card challenge this week

    -Angeline DT

  34. Fabulous card and so, so cute! I really like how you've added the pearly snowflakes too.
    Thank you for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and I do hope you'll be back again!

  35. What a gorgeous Christmas easel card, really lovely and bright and great image x Thank you for joining us over at Top Tip Tuesday Challenges x
    Little Pear Tree

  36. Love, love, love that verse and the card is just gorgeous.
    Thanks for playing along in the Pick your favorite card challenge this past week with my Sassy Gals. And HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

  37. Beautiful easel card and image,fabulous rich colouring and love the stitching -thanks for joining us at OSAAT
    Carol DT x

  38. Gorgeous your coloring and the dotted papers are very pretty...thanks for playing with Melonheadz Friends!
    xxx Margreet

  39. Another brilliant project. Love the colours and the pearl drops for snow.Thanks again for joining in with the Artistic Inspirations Challenge. Happy New Year! Suz xx

  40. Lovely card! Thank you so much for joining our Bearly Mine Challenge. Good luck!

    Hugs, Natascha

  41. Fantastic easel card! I love the creative background with pearl drops! thank you for joining us as CMC! Good luck!

  42. C'est une très jolie carte ! Merci pour ta participation au creative card crew challenge

  43. Sweet card!! Thanks so much for participating in our QKR STAMPEDE challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  44. ..and thanks so much for participating in our STAMPING CHEF challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  45. Pure sweetness to your card... Thanks for playing along with Stamp n Doodle challenge~

  46. Beautiful creation. Thanks for joining our challenge at Creative Card Crew.

  47. Such a fabulous card! Love your colouring of the image and the snowflakes are gorgeous. Thanks for playing along with us this week at OSAAT, hope to see you back again soon.
    Hugs, Tracey (DT)

  48. Love your card. That image is fab.

    Thanks for sharing at Hobbycutz.

    Susan x

  49. Perfect card, love your colouring. Thank you for joining us at Stamping with the Dragon. Hugs Tina (DT) xx

  50. What a great card and thank you so much for joining us at OSAAT with your card. Jennie x

  51. Such a great card and the perfect sentiment, thank you for joining us at OSAAT. Jennie x

  52. Fabulous card, such an adorable image & design! (sorry I didn't make it around sooner)

    Thank you for entering our challenge at Southern Girls.... good luck in the draw.
    We love it if you could join us again in our future challenges.
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell in Alaska ~ SG DT



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