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, May 11, 2014

At Your Own Pace Center Step Card---Join our Neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create, for another "Anything Goes" Challenge with an Optional Twist....

Hey there Crafty friends---It's Mother's Day! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful time with your mothers.  For Moms like me, I am certain you are enjoying being pampered for a day by your hubbies and kiddos.  My 8-year old son is such a wonderful blessing and so grateful to the Lord for bringing him into my life.  Many years ago, I thought my life would be great without a kid.  Working in a Cruise ship industry allowed me and my hubby to travel together and we had fun moments exploring every place we went to.  But soon, that lifestyle came to an end upon realization that we had to start a real life off the ship.  Few more years passed and little man (Jared) came and boy, was I pleasantly surprised!  When I first held him in my arms (shortly after he was born), I stared at him for few minutes as I marveled at the awesome miracle I held so gently in my arms...I fell head over heels in love to the most gorgeous baby I've laid my eyes on that very moment!  He  never ceased to amaze me with the knowledge and wisdom he was gifted with from the Lord. The desire to document his growth was what got me started with Scrapbooking which then lead to Cardmaking.  He grew up seeing me create all kinds of things using very basic materials to sophisticated gadgets.  He always visit me in the Craft room as he investigates and observe every thing I do---asking many questions about what am I making.  Next to my husband, he's truly my biggest fan!  He wanted me to show him my finished product every time I'm done.  My heart melts when he says,  "Mommy, you made the best card ever!" 

As a Mom, I am unable to put into words the love I have for my little man.  The Bible declares in Psalm 127:3, "Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him."  I've done so many mistakes in my life that sure grieved the heart of God.  For the Lord to reward me with a wonderful blessing such as my son purely speaks of the love, grace and goodness in the heart of our Father in heaven that is never based on our merits but our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  He gave His best, His One and Only begotten Son, so that we can enjoy a life filled with great rewards and blessings in His presence forever.  If you are like me, whose been blessed with a child/children, lift up a praise and thanksgiving to our Almighty God---teaching our kids what the Lord has done for them through the finished work of  Jesus Christ!  One day, our children will grow up and will be eternally grateful for all the love, sacrifices and teachings we've shared with them.  They will realize that Mom's are  "rewards" to them as well---straight from the heart of a God who always love and  care for them.  Here are some verses I want to share with all mothers out there  as we celebrate the gift God has showered us with through the lives of our children:

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates."  (Deuteronomy 6:5-9)

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created." (James 1:17-18)

"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations"

So, we have another wonderful Challenge starting today at my neighborhood---613 Avenue Create.  One of our sponsors, All Dressed Up Stamps,  graciously provided me this digi called "Love to Shop Girl 03".  I love the whimsical style of the images and always get good results when I used their digis.  The image was colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  A part of the image was   paper-pieced.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step card.  All the DP's are from Recollections, die cut oval and lacy oval done with Nestabilities and Cuttlebug and border punch using MS Punch.  I layered a few Prima flowers and added a brad in the center and some glitters (Stickles-Diamond) on the petals.  Lastly, I adhered several white nail head gems, stitched the card  and attached a sentiment I got for free from Create with TLC (Thanks, Paulette!).  I am very happy with the turn-out.   So, what do you think?






This Card is entered to the following Challenges:

Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG
Dragonfly Dreams---How Does Your Garden Grow
Fairy tale Stampers---At Least 2 Punches
Glitter n Sparkle---Female
Lacy Sunshine---ATG
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
Stamping Sensations---ATG
A Little Bit Crafty---Flower Power
Emerald Faeries---Flowers/Ribbon/Lace
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Doodle Pantry---Any Digi Goes
Feeling Crafty---One for the Girls/Ladies
Flat Friends---Dies and/or Punches
Just B Creative Crazy---ATG
Ladybug Crafts---Favorite Embellishment (White Nail Head Gems)
Mema's Crafts---May Flowers/Celebrate Mom
One Sweet Challenge---Flowers
Words 2 Scrap By---Bloom Where You are Planted
Crafting at the Weekend---ATG
Digidesigns---Use those Markers
My Sheri Crafts---April Showers Bring May Flowers
Stampin with the Dragon---Flowers
STAMPlorations---Stamps and Flowers

I better get going but let me remind you to visit our Blog at 613 Avenue Create and join our Anything Goes with Optional Twist Challenge.  Lots of great prices to be won from our  two great sponsors this week---All Dressed Up Stamps and Sassy Studio Designs!  Have an awesome day praising the Lord and would appreciate any comment you will leave me here.  If you enjoyed visiting my Blog or found some wonderful inspiration, please consider being a Follower.  Leaving you with this, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.." (Proverbs 22:6)  God bless!


  1. Another fun card Jo Ann! I love the repetition of the dots - and using the same little white "candi" type elements for bling and the clasps on the purses really works! You are so incredible about details - from the stitching to the matting, the inside and the envelopes. Have no idea how long that must take you!

  2. Fabulous card, your design is stunning!

    Thanks for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams and I hope you'll come back soon!


    Owner Dragonfly Dreams

  3. A beautifully detailed creation, and a great response to our challenge Bloom Where You Are Planted. Thanks for playing along with us at!

  4. I love everything about this card! Wonderful design, colors, and papers! Thanks for sharing it with us at My Sheri Crafts! :)

  5. Oh my goodness - another amazing creation! Stunning! Thanks so much for playing again with us at STAMPlorations. Hugs, Cornelia DT

  6. A beautifully bright and cheery card Jo Ann, thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  7. This is really beautiful Jo Ann, such a lovely design and pretty colours. Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


  8. I really like this colorful design, it's a great mix of bold colors and I love the layout too. Great job!!!

  9. oh wow, this is gorgeous! I luv the bold colors, so sweet! Hope you have a fabby day!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  10. This is lovely thanks for joining us at Stamping Dragon Designs..Sue DT x

  11. Such a gorgeous card - I love all of the colours you've used, the image is adorable, and colouring is beautiful :-) Thank you so much for joining us over at Flat Friends - hope you have a lovely week, Em xx

  12. Love the paper piecing on this gal and the fab layout!
    If it is ok with you, I would love to pin this to the All Dressed Up Pinterest brag board... gorgeousness needs to be shared!

  13. What a lovely, bright and cheerful creation.
    Thank you very much for entering the "Stampin' with the Dragon" "Flowers" challenge this month. Good luck.
    Gwyneth DT

  14. this is a great easle-card. thanks for sharing with und fairytales stampers this wonderful creation.

    lg. meggi

  15. Gorgeous card, really pretty embellishments, thanks for joining us at Ladybug Crafts this month. xxxx

  16. What a lovely project. Great colors. Thanks for playing at Crafting at the Weekend. We hope to see you next challenge. Good luck.

  17. A stunning centre step design with your wonderful trademark rich creative colouring.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  18. I LOVE your style Jo Ann~it rocks!!! You were blessed in so many ways...I've always wanted to work a cruise ship but God allowed me to travel.... military style. ;) Thank you for sharing your heart and the beautiful verses sister~

  19. So colorful - love it!
    Have an amazing day... :)

  20. Fabulous the strong colours. Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck. xx

  21. Another colorful and perfect card. Your style is always so full of life and your coloring is awesome. Thanks again for playing with us at Mema's Crafts. We love seeing your work and appreciate you sharing with us.

  22. What a gorgeous card and love the colours you have used...Thank you for joining us at Bearly-Mine and hope you would like to join us again soon. Good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy x DT

  23. I really like this card... vibrant colours great papers and embellies and the fab colouring makes it perfect for the "Use Those Markers" challenge at Di's Digi Designs
    Good luck and hope to see you next time too, Donna ♥

  24. An amazing entry for Doodle Pantry! LOVE the layers and the papers-stunning. Thanks for playing with us at DP!

  25. What a stunning stepper card you have made. It fits our challenge this month well of “Flowers”. Thanks for taking part and good luck. Best wishes, Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team Leader)

  26. Another beautiful card Jo Ann. Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge#5. Jo x

  27. Wonderful card thank you for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams with our how does your garden grow challenge Hugs Tania (DT)xx

  28. Thanks for sharing with us at A Little Bit Crafty, good luck! Susan x

  29. Thank you so much for sharing more of your delightful crafting for my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for May - hope to see you again soon. x



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