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, October 12, 2014

CAS Series: Caring Thoughts Cards---Join Us for at our Neighborhood 613 Avenue Create for an Anything Goes Challenge with Optional Twist!

Good Sunday morning, everyone!  I am blessed to be given another wonderful day by the Lord to worship and lift up His name with other believers.  My Church is thankful to welcome in our midst a guest whose a former terrorist that met the Lord and is now radically serving the One and Only God.  We were enlightened by his testimony on how he came to infiltrate and destroy the Judeo-Christian foundation of this country, turn people against each other and establish their strongholds in the 7 Mountains of Culture/Pillars of our society namely--- business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religionThis took many years in the making and we have seen what seem to be their success in today's time.  He unveiled many names of radical terrorists who came here the same time he did and have succeeded in holding lead and key positions in our government today.  Officials who were appointed to secure us may not really be working for our best interest.  They have their affiliation with the Muslim brotherhood and leading our country to its demise.   The saddest thing is that we are being attacked under our own soil while the Church is doing absolutely nothing!  We have many churches that continue doing what they are doing with no concerns to the signs of the times and refuse to educate their people to stand up for their faith.  Many have watered down the Word of God in the name of tolerance and personal gain.  Yes, God told us to love but He also warned us that those who would not listen and accept the Only Way to salvation through Jesus Christ will suffer eternal death.  If I truly love, I would tell people the Truth in the hopes that they will find the error in their ways,  come to Christ and be eternally saved though that person may feel offended.  While we are living and breathing here on earth, there's always that chance but if no one speaks the Truth for fear of intimidation and persecution, how can we impart the light and subdue the darkness taking over us now?  Luke 8:16-17 tells us, "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open."  After listening to this man of God for a while, I felt sadness inside of me thinking, "How can we turn this nation who'd been blessed by God for  centuries (despite her  rebellion) and bring her back to the knowledge of God and stop moral  degradation?"  If we keep waiting for others to stand up against terrorism and call evil like it is and face the enemy of God head-on, we might as well expect a death sentence! The truth is, people who hate God (who come under their false god) is out to get us and will not stop till they eliminate everyone who bears the name of Jesus Christ in this world.  They are willing to die for that purpose and unless the knowledge of Christ come upon them, their goal will never change!  When a person who lived that life and knows the ins and outs of that religion of death tells you that to eliminate the Jews and Christians was his sole purpose for coming to this country, you better wake up from an illusion they'll give you a hug and let you live in peace.  Take for example, if you heard that someone (you don't even know) is coming for you with the intention of chopping your head just because you're of different faith, will you stand by your door, welcome this person and help them carry out their plan against you?  Anybody whose wise will pray and ask the Lord for help and protection, do some preparation then stand and act upon your faith.  WE HAVE TO START WITH OURSELVES!  God's help is always available for us but are we willing to take up His full armor?  God's instructions are clear in Ephesians 6:13, "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."  Our speaker, Kamal Saleem, shared some shocking truths last night yet along  with them was a powerful testimony on the Lord's supernatural work in His life that transformed him from a terrorist serving the Muslim brotherhood to being an Ambassador for Christ!  Even with treats to his life, he took and is continuing to take a stand!  God wants us to TAKE A STAND FOR HIM!  At times, He may not require us to fight the battle and that all He really want is for us to show-up.  I have taken a stand against the annihilation of babies in this nation through Abortion and had gone out to the streets to share the forgiveness and healing of God. I stood with other people on the side of the street holding up signs of hope and telling the Truth about how we allowed over 50  million genocides in  our own soil since Roe vs. Wade.  The sad thing is that these babies weren't able to fight for themselves and were murdered by the very people that were supposed to protect them.  God has placed that cause in my heart and nobody had to convince me to fight for their rights.  I know that the Lord wanted me to take a stand for these little ones.  So, even in the heat of the sun (the Lord knows I don't like being on it) with people mocking or putting up a finger as they pass by me, I stand there along with many who had been called to the same cause.  Many were from different denominations yet fighting for the same purpose.  You might ask, am I raised an activist?  Not at all!  In fact, it's really just out here in America that I felt the need to stand up!  I love this country though I was not born here.  I am not going to wait for the enemy to destroy her without putting up a good fight of faith.  Are you ready to take a stand for our country?  I pray and hope so!  First, you must know Who you're standing for?  Are you serving the Great I Am?  As for me,  I declare Him as Lord of lords and King of kings and I am under His protection now and forevermore.  His Word (Bible) is my road map  and in it are all the instructions I will ever need in this life.  I have a purpose in Him and He will make sure of my safety for until the time He calls me home.   Finally, I want to share with you God's Word in 1 John 4:18-19, "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.We love because he first loved us." 

For our optional theme of CAS cards at 613 Avenue Create, I used images from one of our wonderful sponsors for this week, Melonheadz Illustrating called "Kidlettes 3 Bundle" which I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor/Bic/Sharpie markers.  The base are A2 white cards that come with envelopes.  I made this simple topper by stamping a cute border from Dylusions and different sentiments from Studio G and Stampendous.  I have an option to select an image or two and build a card with it but many if not all images in the Bundle are so cute that I got carried away.  LOL  Therefore, what took sometime was the coloring of the images but building the card was fun.  I seldom make CAS card (as you can see from the cards I posted in this Blog) but I long to make more of them.  I can only hope I can have the time.  What do you think?





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Melonheadz Friends---ATG/Fun Folds
Sister Act---ATG
Anything Goes with a Twist---Female
Papertake Weekly---ATG
Loves Rubberstamps---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Whimsy Stamps---ATG
Arty by Miran---ATG
Creative Fingers---ATG
ABC---U is for Unique (ATG)
Crafting at the Weekend---ATG
Crafty Sentiments---ATG
Craft for the Craic---Suited for a Child
Creative Corner---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG
Crafting by Designs---ATG
Sisters of Craft---ATG
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
Stamping Sensations---Warm Autumn Colors
Sweet Stampin'---For a Friend
Polkadoodles---ATG but a Square

There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create featuring an optional twist, "CAS."  There's wonderful prizes awaiting the winners from our lovely sponsors for this week---Melonheadz Illustrating and The Stamping Boutique.  Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight this week.  I hope you take to heart the signs of our times and be passionate to carry out the plan and purpose that God has for your life.  It all starts with total surrender to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  Let us shine the light of God so that our children will not have to live in total darkness.  Hugs, always!  


  1. Oh, goodness! How adorable! I love these CAS birthday cards with the fanciful sentiments and wonderful coloring! What beautiful work you do!

  2. Thank you for speaking out Jo Ann - I have been aware through reading of the threat in your nation - and needless to say our nation will also be under threat.
    Love your wee cards, they are so precious.

  3. This are all such adorable CAS cards! Thanks for joining the challenge this week over at Loves Rubberstamps! :)

  4. Beautiful cards. Thanks for joining us at creative moments challenge xx

  5. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Sentiments for our Anything Goes Challenge - good luck! Susan x

  6. Super cute and perfect to have on hand! Thanks again for joining us at Melonheadz :)

  7. Oh these are all so adorable. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  8. Lovely cards thanks for sharing at crafting from the heart good luck x

  9. Fabulous hun really GREAT makes and thank you for sharing with us at Anything Goes with a Twist hugs Judith DT x

  10. Such fun and colourful cards. It is perfect for our 16th ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
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  11. Long time since I've chatted with you. We recently moved and it's been a bit hectic this past month. These cards are adorable!! I love MelonHeadz images and they are just perfect on these cards...I can see why you got carried away. Trusting the Lord is blessing you with a beautiful day today. Your "blog friend" in Christ, Heather G

  12. Lovely CAS cards. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

  13. OMGosh! What a brilliant idea! I never make a present anymore of boxes of cards... I find I take too much time with each card! But these CAS cards are so simple and elegant! It would take awhile to color but these Melonheadz bundles are fairly easy to color and easier yet to fussy cut. Then elevating the panel like that making them white on white, repeating some design in the background for continuity and repeating each sentiment... OMy! You have a winner! And a formula for making lots of Christmas gifts for family and friends! I promise I will put on the back of mine "inspired by Jo Ann!" LOL!

  14. Adorable cards :) Thank you for joining us over at Polkadoodles this fortnight for our Anything but a square challenge. Good luck, hugs, Samantha K xx If you're interested, there's a Promarker 12 set being given away on MY BLOG

  15. Love this beautiful project. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Creative Challenges - good luck and hope to see you again xxx

  16. Love this - such beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing at CATW - good luck and hope to see you again x

  17. Lovely autumn colours in these adorable cards! Thank you for sharing them with us at Stamping Sensations.


  18. Beautiful cards, the coloured images really give a lovely pop out to them! thank you so much for joining us this month over at Craft for the Craic.
    We have a giveaway this month also, why not check it out

  19. Such sweet cards! Very pretty!

    Thank you for participating in the Sweet Stampin' For a Friend Challenge!

  20. These are awesome, beautiful coloured
    Thank you for joining us at Scribble & Scrap
    Huggsss, Angelique
    Scribble & Scrap Store

  21. So cute!!! Thanks so much for participating in our MELONHEADZ FRIENDS challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper



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