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.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Scripture Series: Blessed Be My Rock Card---It's time for Another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, friends!  It's Wednesday once again and time for another inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  I missed posting a card last week due to some much needed family time.  But I am so grateful to the DT's of "The Flying Unicorn" for they created some wonderful projects as our Guest designers last week.  They did such a marvelous job!  Something special happens when we create projects that features the Scripture.  I believe the Lord blesses our crafty hands and our projects always turn out more beautiful than expected.   Know that nothing we do for the Lord is unrecognized by our Father in heaven.  The Scripture tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:58, "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."  You see, many times I wanted to cut corners and take the easy route in serving God.  It's easy to get involved in some religious activities, make it a routine and call it serving.  We visit the Church each a week, clean and dress up really fancy, sit in the congregation and listen a little.  After a couple of hours, it's time to go home and dive into another week of mundane existence.  But have we really taken the time to stop for a moment and listen to what God would like to say?  Have we allowed Him to interrupt our day for things/direction He would want to show us?  Would we be willing to pause and smell the roses?  Each day is moving in such a fast forward phase and if I don't keep myself in check, I will be overwhelmed with the piles of things to do in all aspects of life.  There are times I am at Church several days of the week and at some point, I have to ask myself "Am I busy with the kingdom but not with the King?" In our earthly existence, friends we consider close to us are those whom we communicate with more often.  Any relationship requires time, effort, genuine concern for each other with respect, trust and love as main ingredients and secured by the willingness of each person to make things work.  If we have to give time to listen to what our friend have to say or be a shoulder to cry on when times are tough, how much more our Heavenly Father  need us to spend time with Him?  John 15:15 tells us, "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you."  As a Born-Again believer (John 3:3),  I have Jesus Christ living inside of me 24/7.  He is never apart from me and I can communicate with Him at any given moment.  While I am gathering my materials to create a new project (which most of the time, I don't have a clear idea what it would be), I acknowledge that apart from Him, I can do nothing (John 15:5).  I always invite Him to create with me and to completely take charge in order to accomplish what He has purposed for me to do that day.  There were days I would like to scrap-lift some inspiration from other Cardmakers (to save some time) but the Lord took me a different route---completely unique!.  What I am trying to say is that Jesus is always there for you! Whether you are performing a simple of difficult task, in your triumphs and trials, in your joy and your weeping---He's with you!  He is not a God of our feelings! Whether we feel Him or not---He is there!  His Word clearly tells us in Hebrews 13:5, "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."  Whether the need is big or small, He's got our best interest and He'd see us through.  When the whole world abandons you, He's there to stay!  A perfect and faithful Friend, indeed!  I pray that you acknowledge God's presence in us through the indwelling of the Holy Holy Spirit every moment of your life.  I talk to Him the way I talk to my family and friends.  It all begins with a decision to stop what I am doing and listen to what He has to say when He impresses something in my heart.   He lives inside of us for we are His temple! Just want to encourage you with the Word  of God as you go about your day...

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one." (John 10:27-30)

"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you." (John 14:16-17)

"Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast."  (Psalm 139:7-10) 

Anyway, I made a card that shows the "free" Scripture Word Art (by Karen Murray) at our Challenge at WAWIt highlights the Word of God in Psalm 18:46 which says, "The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted."  Anyone who placed their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ (His death, burial and resurrection) were set free from the power of Satan and are now able to freely praise and thank the One who wholeheartedly gave His life as a ransom for all of humanity.  He was buried but then, rose again from the dead to once and for all, defeat the power of death.  He is that Solid Rock, in Whom we can stand! Our salvation is secured in Jesus Christ---now and forever!  Blessed be His Holy Name!  This scripture among many others is only real to those who have taken the step of faith.  They  have tasted and seen the goodness of our God.  With a heart of thankfulness, a sweet aroma of praise comes forth.  I personally experienced the unconditional love of God in my life that no one can convince me He's not real.  I have nothing to offer the King of kings and the Lord of lords but to use what He has given me to honor and praise His Holy Name.  For this Card, I use an image from A Day for Daisies called "Hello Fairy" and colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor/Bic markers with some paper-piecing.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from DCWV and some scraps.  I use my Cricut to produce a couple of die-cut elements using cartridges, Elegant Edges and Doodlecharms.  I stamped a sentiment from Studio G at the sun and applied glitters (Stickles-Diamond) for added dimension.  I also applied some glitters (Strickles-Crystal)  at the center of the flowers.  I printed the Word Art and cut them into strips and matted them with a pink CS.  I added some white nail head gems and stitched all over this card.  Love the result.  


 BLESSED BE MY ROCK CARD:


 BLESSED BE MY ROCK CARD LAYERS:


 BLESSED BE MY ROCK CARD INSIDE:


BLESSED BE MY ROCK CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Dazzling Diva---Father's Day/ATG
ColourQ---Color Challenge
Crafter's Cafe---Girly
Creative Moments---ATG/Use Twine
Digistamps4Joy---ATG
Divas by Design---ATG
Hobbybook---Mom/Special Lady
I Love ProMarkers---ATG
Inky Impressions---Bingo (Die-Cut/Stamp/Flowers)
Whimsy Stamps---Two or More Die-cuts
Cutie Pie---Bring on the Bling but Make it Cute
Sweet Stamps---ATG
QKR Stampede---Punch and or Dies
Crafty Girls---ATG
Ladybug Crafts---Favorite Embellishment (White Nail Head Gems)
Feeling Crafty---One for the Girls/Ladies
DL.ART---ATG
Sister Act---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Sparkles---Celebrate Mom/Special Lady
Crafts 4 Eternity---To Die For ( I Used my Cricut)
Craftitude---That's Die-licious
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Die Cut Divas---Use Embellishment together with Die-cut or Embossing Folder
Digi Choosday---Holiday Fun/A Day Out
TTCRD---ATG
Just B Creative Crazy---Just Because
My Craft Creations---ATG
Crafting at the Weekend---ATG
Digi Designs---Use those Markers


Hope you join the fun at our WAW Challenge.  There's wonderful prizes awaiting our blessed winners from two of our sponsors this week, V's Sweet Ideas ($10 GC) and Nice Crane Designs (Digi Images).  You can choose to incorporate the free Word Art (sentiment) you see in my card for projects you wish to make and link with us though it's not mandatory.  You can submit up to 5 projects (Anything Goes) as long as it's family friendly, inspirational or uplifting.  Can't wait to see what you come up with. Have a blessed week and always remember to take the time to talk to our Heavenly Father every chance we are given. Hugs!

29 comments:

  1. I love all the scriptures you incorporate into your posts every week. Your card is gorgeous too. Blessings!

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  2. Love your creation hun, all those layers & details look great!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Inky Impresssions this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

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  3. This is a beautiful creation with great details and perfect for our ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  4. The cutest little girl! She looks like a cute little fairy ready to flit off to future spaces. So darling.

    Glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

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  5. this is sweet and a very beautiful card LoAnn.
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}

    Karin



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  6. Gorgeous card, thanks for joining us at crafts 4 eternity this week hugs x

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  7. Gorgeous card, very nicely done. Thanks for joining us this week for our "Punches/Dies." Come back to join us again and good luck.
    Karal QKR Stampede DT

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  8. Wow that is a lot of challenges to fit into one card. Thank you for playing along at the colourQ!

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  9. Stunning! Thanks for joining us this week at the Sister Act Card Challenge! Hope to see you again next week! Sheena B

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  10. Great card with a great message! Thank you for joining us at the Cards Galore Encore Anything Goes#5

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  11. Fab work!!! Thanks for joining in at I love Promarkers this week, Lou DT x

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  12. So sweet, thanks for joining us at Ladybug Crafts, xxxx

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  13. Great card
    Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes challenge #5
    Gemma xx

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  14. Another lovely card, thanks for sharing this one with us too in the "Use Those Markers" challenge at Di's Digi Designs Donna ♥

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  15. Your card and envelope/box is just amazing. Beautifully colored and designed with so many perfect scriptures. Thank you for sharing this beautiful card with us at Sweet Stamps . com

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  16. Adorable Jo Ann! Love the paper piecing and coloring you have done.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Digi Stamps 4 Joy!! Hope to see you again for the next challenge. Have a fantastic week!! Hugs, Gloria DT

    http://purpleglocreations.blogspot.com

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  17. Great card, thank you for joining in with us at Digi Choosday Challenge!! Yvonne (DT)

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  18. Hi, A lovely project, love the image and the gorgeous colours. Thank you for joining Crafting From The Heart this week. Good luck and we hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs Erin DT & Co Owner x

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  19. A truly beautiful card, thank you for playing at Creative Moments, hope to see you again soon
    {Creative Moments Owner}
    Alex x

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  20. Nice card lots of different elements Jacqui from Craftitude

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  21. Great card. I love your layout.
    Thanks for sharing this with us at Through The Craft Room Door.
    Please join us again! (Hugs) Cara

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  22. Beautiful card....and amazing post!!! Thanks for joining us at Digistamps4Joy for our "Anything Goes" challenge.
    Blessings,
    Zella

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  23. Beautiful card! Thanks for playing along over at Crafter's Cafe. Monica, DT

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  24. A beautiful project.

    Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Girls Challenge.

    Helen x

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  25. Hi, A lovely card, love the image and the pretty colours. Thank you for joining Crafting At The Weekend this week. Good luck and we hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs Erin DT & Co Owner x

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  26. what a fab card. Thank you for joining in the challenge at Creative Moments. Sally x

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  27. Hi what a lovely bright card. Thank you for joining our challenge in Creative Moments. Love Sally x

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  28. What a beautiful card
    Thank you for joing us at Digi Choosday
    xx

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  29. I'm back again to thank you for sharing your card with us at Sparkles Monthly.

    Helen N x

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