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, October 27, 2014

Not a Card but an Explosion Purse---Join us For This Week's Anything Goes Challenge with Optional Theme at 613 Avenue Create!

Good morning, everyone!  I am back to highlight a wonderful project for our Anything Goes Challenge with a Twist (Bags, Tags, Boxes and More) at 613 Avenue Create.  My hubby and I are praising our Lord for reaching another milestone in our lives, having been brought together by the covenant of marriage for 13 years this week.  Hubby and I had been blessed with many wonderful moments and withstood many trials as well. In the shocking statistics of divorce nowadays, to stay married is such a blessing but one that entails a lot of work as well.  Not that my husband and I are perfect people---oh no!  In fact, we found many things that we don't have in common---oh, you have no idea!  We have gone through some marriage wrecking circumstances in life too but our commitment to each other goes beyond US---it goes all the way to GOD!  When storms come and beat the patience out of us, we run to God!  Many people have walked away from their marriages when it could have been prevented if only they come to God for wisdom and comfort. Instead, they chose to follow the advise of their friends or family that had failed marriages as well.  I believe that a person cannot give what he/she does not have so, if you are consulting people who does not have knowledge of God's saving grace and His role in marriage, then you are really getting an advise they can only give.  Those promises we agreed in our marriage vows---to love in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer---these are impossible to undertake unless you take on God's brand of love (unselfish) and God Himself in the midst of it all.  After discovering that your partner is not as thoughtful as you thought he was or as spot on as you knew he was and many other reasons countless to say,  is there anything else to hang on to a relationship?  What about issues of unfaithfulness, irresponsibility, disrespect, lack of intimacy to name a few?  My answer is YES, there is hope!  When both parties are willing to see God's way and repent from each crucial role in the deterioration of a marriage and in turn, allow God to show forth each one's strength---nothing is impossible!  God is the third and the most important string that binds my marriage together and because of Him, we are strong!  I don't know what the future may bring but I can only trust God and that He will see us through.  It is not God's will for marriage to end.  His original intent came from the beginning of His Word in Genesis 2:22-24 which says, "Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman, ' for she was taken out of man. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."  This Truth is expanded in the New Testament in Matthew 19:6-7 telling us, "So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."  All I can say is that "God is good" and every year added to my marriage is but a precious blessing from the Lord's throne of grace.

Anyway, just want to share what I made for this week's Challenge at 613 Avenue Create. I used an image from one of our sponsors this week, Bugaboo Stamps called "Balloon Giraffe" which I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base DP is Tim Holtz Craft Core (Core'dinations) and the others from my scraps.  The outside sentiment was a freebie from TLC Creations (Thanks, Paulette) and the inside sentiments from Cloud 9, Printworks and Fiskars.  I also added some white nail head gems from Imaginisce, a button from Paper Studio and a ribbon from my stash.  Finally, I got some stitching done too!  This is my first attempt on this design and will surely not be the last.  For more details on how I was able to construct this, I followed a  You Tube tutorial HERE.  Finished size is 4" x 4".  I think it's pretty cute...






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Art by Miran---ATG
Brown Sugar---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG with Optional Twist
Loves Rubberstamps---Warm Colors
Scrapper's Delight---ATG
Sisterhood of Crafters---Fall Colors
Simon Says Stamp---Use Kraft
Sweet Stamps---ATG
Add a Little Dazzle---ATG
Fab 'n' Funky---In Stitches
Paper Pretties---Birthday

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---Bugaboo Stamps and Beansie Doodles.  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. Cute!!! Another great find for our Queen of folds! And thanks for giving a source so we can go try one. Love all the papers you chose - makes it visually quite interesting along with all the stitching and nail heads. Well done, as always toots!

  2. Wow~! How awesome is this. You did a fabulous job on it.

  3. What a cute & fun creation! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘FALL COLOR’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  4. A stunning project. What a clever design with all those great folds. Congratulations on your anniversary. Thank you for sharing your talent with us over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

  5. Ooh this is COOL! Love your take on our challenge. Thanks for joining in our 'In Stitches' challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and good luck in the prize draw. Hope to see more of your gorgeous creations in future challenges. Hugs, Wends x Fab 'n' Funky DT

  6. Oh wow, this is so super cute! Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  7. Amazing design and dazzling embellishments, simply an awesome project.  Digistamps4Joy.Berni (DT Member)

  8. Love your project! Thanks for participating in the Dazzling Diva Challenge.

  9. Love your project! Thanks for participating in the Dazzling Diva Challenge.

  10. Gorgeous explosion purse Jo Ann! So many wonderful details to look at and such a fabulous design.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  11. Fabulous creation. Love your color choices. Thanks for playing along with the Sisterhood's "Fall Color" challenge.

  12. What a fun project.
    Thanks for joining us at Scrapper's Delights.
    Julie T

  13. Wow great project, thanks for sharing it with us in the Brown Sugar Challenge

  14. This is such a cute bag and a wonderful gift idea too.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}



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