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 28, 2014

Scripture Series: Thou Hast Made Heaven Card---Join Us for Another Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello fellow Crafters.  It's time for another Challenge at Word Art Wednesday.  If you haven't joined us before, we feature a free Word Art (by Karen Murray) that you can download  each Challenge.  You can use it in whatever project you desire to make, link it to our Challenge for a chance to win some fabulous prizes or keep it for future use.  Today's Word Art comes from Nehemiah 9:6 which says, "Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee."  Anyone in their right mind would agree that everything has an origin.  Take a good look around you and all of nature reveals this truth. If we see a tree, we know that a seed was planted. If we see a kitten, we know that somewhere in there is a Mommy kitty.  When we see wonderful structures, we know that an architect planned it and an engineer built it.  Everything that is on earth is explorable for as much as God would allow us to discover things in our environment.  But how about things in the heavenlies?  Truthfully, we have very limited knowledge when it comes to our universe/galaxies.  Our telescopes can only go so far in seeing all of what's out there.  But just because we are limited doesn't mean there's nothing beyond what we can see.  Throughout history, we relied on many theories from finite beings with regards to how the heavens and the earth came about.  We allowed them to shape our minds and fill us with their ridiculous, outrageous and bizarre theories as if they were absolute truths.  We were led to believe that we evolved from apes rather than seeking the Truth from the account of an infinite God, who not only gave us his General Revelation (General Truths revealed by God through things that were created---Nature) but also His Special Revelation (Specific Truths revealed by God through supernatural means---includes physical appearances of God, dreams, visions, the written Word of God, and most importantly—Jesus Christ) to prove our origin.  All creation speaks of a Creator Who is intricate, systematic, perfect and all powerful.  He holds everything together in their proper time and space.  Psalm 19:1-3 tells us, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard."  Romans 1:20 also tells us, "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 people are without excuse."  But God didn't stop there.  He revealed Himself even more through His written revelation (the Bible) and perfected His divine revelation by sending His One and Only Son---Jesus Christ in order to rescue mankind from sure death!  Jesus was the perfect image of the Father in human flesh.  This was made clear to us in John 14:8-11, Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied. Jesus replied, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do."  

What I am trying to say here is that all the answers to our daily existence are seen through what God has created.  Each one has an expression of their Maker.  We didn't come here by accident.  God made us and equipped us with everything necessary to fulfill the purpose and function He intended us to do while on earth.  Each one is unique and beautiful in their own little way.  We are to work under God's supervision and keep communion with him all the days of our lives.  Yet the Fall of Man changed all of that as it corrupted our spirit and injected us with Satan's nature.  Unless we die from that old sinful nature (in Adam) and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, we are at a lost---detached and oblivious of our full potential.  We often tell people , "You can be anything you want to be!" But I beg to differ...We can try everything to be someone else but the result of it is a sad and empty life.  At the end of the tunnel, we can only be "truly" fulfilled if we walked in the purpose and function God had predestined us to do.  Until we exchanged our finite minds and allow the infinite mind of  God to shape our worldview, we will always have questions and doubts on the world around us--even our own existence.  The Word of God contains all the answers to all of our questions in both the seen (physical) and the unseen (spiritual) world.   If we take off our blinders and see with our spiritual eyes (only possible through new birth in Christ---John 3:3), we'll see a God Whose love for us is boundless and immeasurable---we can only bow down to His magnificent presence.   One day, we will come face to face with the King of kings and the Lord of lords.  As Philippians 2:9-11 tells us, "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."  Blessed are those who came under His covering for they shall never be apart from Him.  Are you ready to meet your Creator?

Anyway, my inspiration card today is more of a CAS style.  Many of you are familiar with my elaborate cards with lots of layers and bold colors but when I saw the scripture we are featuring, I wanted it to be the focus.  So, I chose a cute image (freebie) from "A Day for Daisies" and colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers with neutral colors.  The white base is cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I embossed with my Cuttlebug, die cut with my Nestabilities and adhered some white nail head gems from Imaginisce.  I added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) as well as Liquid Pearls (Petal Pink) to the image and stitched all over this card.  Hope you like it. 





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Pile It On---Metal
Craft Hoarders Anonymous---Glass or Metal
Paper Crafting Challenges---My Faves  (I love Scripture Word Arts)
Sister Act---ATG
Card Mania---CAS
Artistic Inspirations---ATG/Things with Wings
Creative Moments---ATG/Use Twine
Crafty Creations---It's All About "S" (Spots/Sentiment)
Inky Impressions---ATG
Crafting Cafe---Creatures
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Dazzling Diva---ATG/Color
Rhedd and Rosie---No Flowers/Nothing Floral
Sweet Stamps---No Designer Paper
Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG
Dream Valley---Things with Wings
Whimsy Stamps---Two or More Die-cuts
Sweet Stampin'---Sparkle and Shine
CCC Digi Creations---Digi/ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Simon Says---ATG
A Random Fan---ATG
Craft-room---Things with Wings
Deep Ocean---Wings
Everybody-Art---Bling Bling
Fan-Tastic Tuesday---ATG
Inky Chicks---Use Metal Embellishment (The white nail head gems are metal)
Created with Love---Lots of Layers
Creating in Faith Hope and Love---Scripture
The Kraft Journal---CAS
Paper Nest Dolls---ATG
Whoopsi Daisy---Lots of Layers
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
Sentimental Sundays---Things with Wings
Corrosive Challenge---ATG

I hope you'd take the time to join us at our WAW Challenge.  It's Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly with uplifting and inspirational messages, you can link up to 5 projects.  Our sponsors this week are Cheery Lynn Designs (giving a Fall Harvest 2 Die), Frantic Stamper (Cheesy Card Panel Die cut) and Diane's Daydream Designs (three sets of digis).  I can't wait to see your projects this week and leave you some lovin' on your Blogs.  Have a blessed day and I pray that you acknowledge the glory of the Lord in yourself and in everything around you.  His Name be praised forever!


  1. Jo Ann, what a beautiful verse indeed and a wonderful devotional that you've shared! Thank you! And of course, I always love to see your artwork, which delights! I agree that this Scripture verse stands alone, and I love those precious birds by ADFD! Hugs, precious friend!

  2. Very pretty! Love the simplicity. Thanks again for sharing the truth. May God bless you and grow you as you study and share His precious Word! Thanks so much for sharing your style with us at Craft Hoarders' Anonymous!

  3. LOVE and adore all of your details, AMAZING work!!!!
    Thanks fro joining us again at Paper Crafting Challenges!!!!

  4. Simply elegant. This is a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon

  5. Wow - this is so very elegant and classy - just beautiful. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pile it On Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  6. Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  7. Beautiful card, love the gold accents and the spellbinder dies you used. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  8. Love the colors you used. Thanks for linking your card up with us at the Sister Act Card Challenge. Cathy xx

  9. Such a beautiful card, thanks for sharing it with us over at CCC Digi Creations.

  10. Nice card, you framed the sentiment nicely. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stamps.

  11. Great card, thank you so much for joining us at sentimental Sundays, hope to see you again soon. Good luck
    Caroline dt

  12. Very pretty. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Challenges 4 Everybody.

    Cathy DT Member

  13. Very pretty card. Love the embossing folder you used. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  14. What a beautiful card. I like design and the sentiment you framed. :D Thanks for joining us at OSAAT challenge.
    Deborah OSAAT DT

  15. Lovely Design, as always it is a pleasure to see your Creations, and thank you for sharing them with us over at Fan-Tastic Tuesday, it is much appreciated...I hope you will join us again for another fun challenge next week, and good luck in the draw...
    Suzy B Owner Fan-Tastic Tuesday

  16. Beautiful card.Thank you for joining us at Card Mania Challenge.

  17. Jo Ann what a beautiful card.
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


  18. Such a stylish and elegant card!! Thanks for playing along with our sparkle and shine challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week and I hope you'll join us again soon, love Jacky x

  19. Very elegant card, would be delighted if I received something as stylish as this. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

  20. Hi, A lovely card, pretty colours. Thank you for joining The Crafting Cafe this month. Good luck and we hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs Erin DT x

  21. This is a lovely card! I really like the simplicity of it, the embossed background and the border of birds. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #8: Metal or Glass.

  22. Beautiful card! Thank you so much for joining us at Pile It On and Sister Act. :) -Alycia

  23. Such an elegant card. Very pretty!

    Thank you for participating in the Sweet Stampin' Challenge!

  24. Lovely card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Whoopsi Diasy

  25. Some beautiful creations that beautiful designs!

  26. So beautiful . Stunning creation.Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challendges.

  27. An elegant, beautiful card to showcase your sentiment and devotion. Thank you for sharing your unique bloom-inspired creation at Inkspirational Challenges!

  28. Very pretty thanks for joining us at Creative Moments!

  29. Your card has a very elegant feel this week, which complements the scripture perfectly. As always, the scriptures that you share bless my heart. Blessings!

  30. Thank you for playing with us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Come and join us again next week.
    Pia xx

  31. Gorgeous birds on your lovely card.

    Thanks for joining us at The Crafting Cafe this month, and good luck.


  32. Another beautiful make, inside and out! Thank you so much for joining us at OSAAT this week and good luck. Hugs

    Nikki DT

  33. A fabulous creation. Thank you for joining us at Creative moments this time and we hope to see you again soon. Tracy DT

  34. Very pretty - I love the birds on the branch. Thanks for joining us at Creative Moments - hope to see you again x

  35. Wow, love it and how all that cutting you did around that image. Great job!!! 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

  36. A wonderful card, the image and embossing are lovely.
    Thank you for joining in with the Scribble & Scrap challenge and good luck x

  37. A wonderful card..very elegant. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge this fortnight
    Hugs Annie x

  38. Beautiful scripture! I love the way you framed it! Thank you for sharing with us at The Kraft Journal. I hope you join us again this week!

  39. Thanks for showing your beautiful artwork for papermintes. hugs

  40. Elegant card Jo Ann! Love the embossing and the colors you have chosen. Great scripture too.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Digi Stamps 4 Joy!! Hope to see you again for the next challenge. Please join me in my celebration and a chance to win FREE candy on my blog. Have a fantastic week!! Hugs, Gloria DT

  41. Beautiful and elegant card! Thanks for joining us at CHACB.

  42. Beautiful. So elegant! Thank you for playing along at Rhedd and Rosie’s. Sammy-x

  43. Lovely card and lovely scripture. Thank you so much for playing along with us in the Anything Goes Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week :)

  44. Great take on the Metal of Glass Challenge. Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. Hugs from Ginny at Polly's Paper : )

  45. Very nice words, excellent design!

  46. A lovely card for our challenge at Crafty Creations. Wonderful sentiment. Thanks for sharing with us and we hope you will join us again soon. Meighan DT

  47. This is a beautiful creation with great details and perfect for our ‘GIRLY/FEMININE’ challenge. Love the birdies in the branches. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  48. Beautiful card...and even more beautiful post! Thanks for joining us at Digistamps4Joy for our "Girly" challenge.

  49. Pretty card! Love the embossing! Thanks for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge!



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