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

Monday, September 29, 2014

Ice Cream Birthday Card---Join us for Another Anything Goes Challenge with Optional Twist at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello there, Crafty friends!  This is coming out a day late and I am having such a hectic time doing lots of things that needs to get done.  But I have created this project for our Challenge at 613 Avenue Create and we are inviting everyone to join us in our Anything Goes Challenge with optional theme "Add a Heart."  I am very grateful to the family and friends that God surrounded me with because they have made my birthday very special a few days ago.  There were also lots of situations that tried and tested our faith but God is always faithful using different people to bless our family in every way.  Sometimes, we make a big mistake on giving people the glory for blessing our lives.  I am not saying we are not to be grateful but we are to acknowledge Who truly is the source of all these blessings.  I've experienced blessings from complete strangers and in times I am greatly vulnerable, God sends someone to deliver His Word of hope, encouragement or tangible support to let me know that He is there.  You see, God knows everything about us.  The scripture tells us of an all-knowing God (Omniscient) in Psalm 33:13-15 which says, "From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth-- he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do."  And for us who are living in complete dependence to what Jesus Christ accomplished (at the Cross), who are born from above (John 3:3) and are called out of darkness to show forth His light---we hold the promises of God Who sees us through whatever situation we get ourselves into.  Nothing makes us special in the sight of God but the blood of His Son that was poured out for us.   It has nothing to do with our abilities/capabilities at all.  We can boast of God's righteousness because we are in Christ! And yes,  we can do wonderful and great things because Jesus lives inside of us.  In no way should we do anything for our own merit.  Our aim is for "Christ in us" receiving all the glory as He uses us as vessels for His own will and purpose.  If you are going through any kind of hardship at this very moment, know that Jesus don't want you to carry it all alone.  His Word tells us in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."  The first step is to acknowledge that you need to be saved from your sins thus needing a Savior that holds the victory from every sin.  By being one with Him through faith, you are making His victory your own.  Know His promises and allow Him complete access to work in your life and trust that He has your best interest at hand in whatever situation.  Living in faith daily is not without trials and/or pain.  It is important to hold God's promises in your heart in order to face the battles each day brings.  But the good thing is that we are no longer alone.  I can call upon the Lord anytime (24/7) and I know that He sees me and send His help in many ways unimaginable.  I have a friend in Christ and I see Him in every family, friends and strangers that He sends my way daily.

For this inspiration Card, I used an image provided by one of our sponsors this week---Oak Pond Creations.  It's called "Party Pig Boris" which I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is a white CS that is cut and scored to create a 5.5 inches square card.  I embossed several panels with three varieties of Cuttlebug folders.  Since our optional theme is "Hearts," I incorporated embossing with hearts and attaching some heart gems from Imaginisce.  I layered some Prima Flowers and attached a brad at it's center, added some ribbon, glitters (Stickles-Crystal) to the image and nail head gems from Imaginisce.  I used a Word Art I got free from Create with TLC (freebies given away daily---thanks, Paulette!) to make this card come alive.  Lastly, I stitched all over this card.  Pretty cute, huh!





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Creative Moments---ATG/Use 3 Layers
Sister Act---ATG
Brown Sugar---ATG
Incy Wincy---Something Old, Something New (Old: Ribbon/Flowers, New: Party Pig Image)
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Creative Fingers---ATG
Sisterhood of Crafters---ATG
Art by Miran---ATG
Lauralcraft---Celebrations with Jewels or Pearls
Fairytale Stampers---Flowers/Ribbon
Glitter n Sparkle---Use Some Flowers
OSAAT---ATG with Flower
Opus Gluei---Happy Birthday
Scribble and Scrap---3 Entries Only!
Artistic Inspirations---ATG/Cooking/Baking
Eureka Stamps---Use Some Bling
Make my Monday---Die-cuts and/or Punches
My Craft Spot---Sweet Treats
Not Just Cards---ATG
Ppinkydolls---ATG/Make It Girly
The Pink Elephant---ATG
Use Your Stuff---Food or Drink 

There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge with an optional Twist at 613 Avenue Create.  There's wonderful prizes awaiting the winners from our lovely sponsors for this week---Oak Pond Creations (3 Digi Images) and Lacy Sunshine ($20 GC to their store).  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 to carry through the journey of life.  Would love to hear your comments too.   Hugs, always! 


  1. So glad to hear you were blessed on your birthday Jo Ann. What a cute image, and a beautiful card you have made .

  2. OMG this is awesome JoAnn! Love that embossing folder and what fabulous coloring on this cute image! I'm so happy to be a part of this talented team at 613 Avenue Create ... looking forward to seeing more of your creations and get to know you better! Hugs from Ohio!

  3. Ooooh! I love the three different e-folders you have used... especially the fencing one! I have never seen that one! And the punched in sides of the base card - that is new to me too. dag-nab-it - you can make ANY image look good!

  4. Back with a different hat! LOL!
    You know I just adore this cute image and your coloring/design are fantastic! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘LOTS OF LAYERS’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  5. What a beautiful set. i love the box envelope and the embossing is fantastic.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes October Linky Party. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  6. What a fabulous creation, I love your design and great to have the lovely envelope too!

    Thanks for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams and I hope we see you again soon!


    Owner Dragonfly Dreams

  7. Hi Jo Ann - such a cute card! Thank you for playing along with Incy Wincy this week. xx

  8. A fun card and an adorable image! Love your embossing folder and how you finished off the inside! So glad you linked up with us at Glitter n Sparkle for our Use Some Flowers challenge. Best of luck in our prize draw!

    KT Fit Kitty
    Glitter n Sparkle DT

    P.S. I'm celebrating my 50th birthday next month with Candy! Come help me celebrate - here's the link:

  9. Your card is so fun and so full of texture (my favorite thing on a card). It's just wonderful. thanks for joining us at UYS and hope to see you again.
    Tammy DT

  10. Beautifully done. I am so envious! Thank you for sharing with Fairytale Stampers - Myrna (DT)


  11. Thank you for joining this week at Not Just Cards Challenges Good luck and We hope you'll join us again soon.
    Zoe x
    Handmade with lots of Love

  12. Super card.Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspiration with our weekly challenge. Hugs Tania (DT) xx

  13. Thank you so much for playing along over at PPinky Dolls Challenge - "Anything goes or Make it Girly”!

    Just loved your creation, and hope to see you back here next time!

    DT - Keeley Ainsworth
    PPinky Dolls
    x x x

  14. Ha, this is so cute! Thanks for sharing with us at Eureka this week.

  15. This is such a precious birthday card! I love all of the layers, textures, and sweet little accents. Thank you for sharing your lovely creation with us at My Craft Spot!

    Hugs and blessings,

  16. Cute and funny, love that embossed background!! Thank you for play with us at Creative Moments this time, hope to see you again real soon. Hugs Kate DT

  17. What a darling card; funny, sweet, and joyful! Perfect for its recipient and perfect for our Opus Gluei theme. Thank you for taking time to check us out and then share your creativity with us, I hope you return for more challenges with us!

  18. the image and sentiment...great project. Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

    I have a blog candy with a £50 Scribble and Scrap Crafts voucher to win if you are interested.



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