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, February 16, 2014

Doesn't Challenge/Change You Card---Come and Join the Fun of an Anything Goes Challenge in our neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create!

Hi there, fellow Crafters! It's Sunday once again and time for another Anything Goes Challenge with optional twist ( National RAK Day) in my neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create.  Before I discuss anything about my card, I would like to thank the Lord for a wonderful couple of days where I live...Love the bright, sun shiny days, blue skies and cool temperatures.  What a contrast from the many months of roller coaster weather mostly below freezing which is not so typical out here in Texas.  Heart's Day was a fun day for me as my 8-year old son took me out for a treat in his favorite place to eat---Chick-fil-a!  He proudly paid the $9 charge for our order using the money he saved.  I am blessed to have such a sweet, giving and loving boy.  Hubby had to work and my son wanted me to have some fun and I had a wonderful night, for sure!  I love my boy to pieces...

As I was getting my project ready for today, I came across the sentiment that I got for free from Create with TLC which says, "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."  Not only was it perfect for the image I chose to use from one of our sponsors, Dr. Digi House of Stamps called "KO Kevin," but it provides a spiritual truth that  I want to convey in this post.  For most of us, we want our lives to go on as smoothly as possible.  We don't want to be confronted by challenges for underneath them are  situations filled with uncertainties, hardships, pain, worries, sadness and more.  Yet, it is in those times that we are confronted by the reality that we don't have all the answers and that without the grace of God, we are nothing.   It's in those times when we ask for the help of our Creator and learn to depend on Him for our daily provision and existence.  It's sad to admit but when we have plenty and enjoy all the things we desire, we tend to forget the very One who has given us all that great blessings.  When we get things free, we tend to take it for granted yet when we have to work hard for it and go through all kinds of obstacles to obtain what's important for us, we learn to treasure it.  I know the Lord wants to shower us with every great blessings yet what is most important to Him is the development of our character.  Romans 5:3-5 tell us, "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."  As we (believers) go through many trials, let us keep our focus unto the Lord.  We ought to depend on Him daily for He is our only hope.  As you overcome every challenge that confronts you in His power, you will realize that all the trials you've gone through affects your character and prepares you for a greater task and purpose He has for you.  Jesus is our greatest example.  He faithfully obeyed the Father---even to the point of death.  That is because He knew that there's a greater blessing waiting underneath the pain and suffering.  The Bible is clear on the inheritance of every believer who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  James 1:12 says, "Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him."  As I go through the many challenges in life, it's crystal clear to me that I overcame and will continue to overcome!  It is not because of my own abilities but solely based on the power and strength of the Lord Jesus who lives inside of me.  Because of Him,  I can claim the victory!  Here are some verses you can meditate on in times of trials for His Word gives us hope:

"In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls." (1 Peter 1:6-9)

"Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." (Romans 8:17-18)

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.  And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,  because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?  If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons." (Hebrews 12:1-8)

So, for today's Challenge at 613 Avenue Create, I colored the image with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  I used a Kraft CS for my base card, cut and scored to make a 5.5 " inches square card. All the DP's are from My Mind's Eye, the stamped numbers from Paper Studio and the nail head gems from Imaginisce.  Lastly, I stitched all over this card.  Hope you like it!






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Lacy Sunshine---Lots of Layers
OSAAT---Use a Digi
Quirky Crafts---Pile It High!
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
Corrosive Challenges---In Stitches
A Little Bit of Crafty---Man Up!
Crafts Galore Encore---If You Bling You are In!
Crafty Hazelnut's---ATG using Patterned Papers
Doodle Pantry---Any Digi Goes
Just B Creative Crazy---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Treasured Times---ATG with Layering
Color Me Creative---ATG
Digi Designs---Tic Tac Toe (I used Digi/Gems and Stitching)
Bloggers Challenge---2 or More Patterned Papers
Creative Fingers---ATG with Optional Twist/Love or More than One Layer
Pattie's Creations---Use Red in Creation
Quick Quotes---Ink It Up
Sister Act---ATG
Creative Romance---Let's Get Sentimental
Crafty Girls---ATG
Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG
Make It Monday---ATG
Create with TLC---Show It Off Sunday

There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  There's wonderful prizes awaiting the winners from our lovely sponsors for this week---Dr. Digi House of Stamps, Art by Mi Ran and Fitztown.  Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight this week.  I hope you have a wonderful week filled with the divine inspiration of God's Word.  Hugs, always!


  1. This is gorgeous! Great post also.

  2. Great male--themed card - love how you've decorated the inside!

    Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week and good luck!

  3. This is fabulous~! Just love everything about it.

  4. P.S. What a wonderful man your son is already becoming.
    And thank you for your spiritual writings and scripture. You are a joy to read.

  5. Thanks for playing in our "Use RED in your Image!" Challenge #85!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie's shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!
    See my LowCarb Cookbook GIVEAWAY for those who live in the Continental USA!

  6. Oh my goodness... this card is amazing! I'm almost speechless. LOL! Lots of layers, fun image, and the quote is AMAZING!

    Thank you for participating in the OSAAT Challenge this week!

  7. Wow...what a stunning creation. Just love it and the sentiment. Great colouring and colours too.

    Thanks for joining us this week for our 200th Challenge at One Stitch at a Time. Good luck.

    Lynn, OSAAT DT

  8. Fabulous layers and design Jo ann and love the image and wonderful colouring..
    Thanks for joining in with us at Lacy Sunshine this week..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  9. Absolutely gorgeous and unique card!

  10. woooww this is really funtastic manly card....I love how you coloring the Image and the choosing of the sentiment and the design paper behing the IMAGE...I love making manly cards too but your is really manly...lovely done..

    I see your creation on Make It Monday (MIM), my card is #43, if you would like to see it on my blog and if you would like to leave me some love I would be glad...hugs, Monika

  11. Checking out your creation from Make it Monday! You did an awesome job coloring this image! It is such a cool guy card! Great job!

  12. What a fabulous masculine card - your coloring is pure artistry, I am so in awe of your coloring ability. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us at Di's Digi Design's Tic Tac Toe Challenge!

  13. I love this card. It is such a perfect male card. May I post a link to your card on my Manly Monday blog post? It's a post where I showcase masculine cards for my readers. LMK-Let me know. My email is grohcm at gmail dot com. Send a link with an email so I can find your card again.

  14. gorgeous card and image Jo Ann. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  15. This is so fun and unique and thanks for playing along at Quick Quotes!

  16. Fantastic card!!! Thanks so much for entering our challenge at Creative Fingers! Hope to see you again! ~ Anne Lise ~

  17. Beautifully coloured image, perfectly presented! Thanks for joining the Crafty Girls Challenge, hope to see you again soon.

    Victoria DT

  18. Beautiful !!
    Thanks for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge Blog.

  19. Wonderfully done guys card, cute image & great design!
    Glad you joined us for the Challenge at One Stitch At A Time, hope to see you come back soon!
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell in Alaska ~ OSAAT DT ~

  20. Super cool card! :) Thanks for playing along this time at Creative Fingers! Hope to see you next time too! ♥ Tindaloo

  21. I love your card, and your blog. Your card made me think of my Hubby and your blog is a great out pouring of your faith (also made me think of my Hubby). God's blessings.

    Make It Monday DT

  22. Wonderful card , great image. Thanks for joining us a Creative Fingers with our Valentine challenge hugs Tania (DT) xx

  23. What a gorgeous card. Thank you for joining our Challenge at Crafts Galore Encore this month.

    Hugs Erin DT x

  24. Wonderful card! Such a great image and your colouring is fabulous. I love the papers and great sentiment too.
    Thank you for taking part in A Little Bit Crafty Challenge this month.
    Sue xx

  25. Wow fabulous card, love the different dimensions, thankyou for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap challenge - Hugs Lynn DT

  26. FANTASTIC MAKE! I just love your colourwork and that sentiment is so very true. Popped over via mim. Joey x

  27. That's an amazing masculine card! Love your coloring too

    Thanks for joining us at Sister Act Card challenge this week.

    -Angeline DT

  28. Fabulous card and I love all the textures and layers. I'm with your son, I love Chick-Fil-A also. It's my most favorite fast food place to go when I'm in the mood. Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week. Good luck! Maggie - DT

  29. Great card - thanks for joining us at Quick Quotes this month!

  30. Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for February with your super card - hope to see you again soon. x

  31. Love your card. Made me laugh and smile! Great coloring and masculine theme!Thank you for joining us at the Cards Galore Encore Challenge #2 -Add a gem or glitter!

  32. Wow, this is fabulous! Love everything about this card! Thanks for playing Tic Tac Toe with us at Di's Digi Stamps! Hugs, Karen

  33. Wow, great card! Thank you for entering it into our challenge over at Treasured Times Rubber Stamps!



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