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, January 4, 2015

True Friendship Card---Join our Very First Challenge at 613 Avenue Create for 2015...It's Anything Goes with an Optional Twist!

Good Sunday morning, Crafty Peeps!   A BLESSED and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!  It's my first post for the year 2015 and I know that the Lord is going to teach me a lot of things this year that I can also share with you, guys!  As we start the year, I would like to emphasize to you the importance of accountability in the life of every believer in Christ.  First and foremost, we are accountable to God!  He is our Creator and His very breath is what keeps us alive.  The sooner we embrace this fact, the easier it would be for us to accept that this life is really not our own.  God's Word tells us in Genesis 2:7, "Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."  We physically breathe, move and intellectually function because God has given us the gift of life.   Now with that life comes responsibilities we can only accomplished successfully if we are in continuous relationship with Him.  But sin came into the world when Adam disobeyed and betrayed God.  From then on, we all came under the bondage of sin (Sin Nature) and it's ruler---Satan!  Until we all realize the depths from which we fell and repent from our sins, we shall never see God nor experience freedom from the grips of the Sin Nature.  But if today, your heart is being prodded to consider the road to freedom,  God has provided for us the ONLY WAY for which man can be saved.  Every answer is found in the Person of JESUS CHRIST!  By confessing your sins, accepting His finished work at the Cross (His death, burial and resurrection)  and inviting Him to be your Personal Lord and Savior, you are joining  the many others that experienced the true freedom that only faith in Christ can ever accomplished.  Though the world continue in  its insanity, God gives us wisdom and understanding as He comfort and assures us of His presence and provision wherever we go.  Jesus spoke to His disciples in John 16:33  and it says, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world."  Sometimes, we don't want to think of undergoing trials and have convinced ourselves that we are exempted from hardships and suffering.  Yet, what we don't realize is that Jesus, though innocent in every count, still died a horrible death!  Why?  Because He had to carry in His Body every filth, sin and shame of all of humanity.  At that time, God the Father could not even look at His Son.  He had to pay for our sins---no man is qualified to do so. Jesus gave Himself away like a perfect Lamb to be slaughtered so that in His victorious resurrection, we can once again fellowship with Him and take the place that God originally made us for.  This is why I love Jesus so much!

So, as we come to a personal relationship with God and become accountable to Christ, we need to find friends who would help us walk the straight and narrow path.  Those whom we can trust to tell us the Truth when were out of line but will also continually encourage us to diligently seek God's Word.  I believe that the Holy Spirit brings Godly people into our lives in the right place and time so that we can look after each other.  Remember that each of us have different levels of faith and are to be led by love be it in rebuke or encouragement.  When you have found those Godly friends in your life, don't hesitate to tell them of the blessing they are to you and to cherish everyday you spend with them.  I would like to share these encouraging passages that Apostle Paul shared for all of us believers of Christ in the Book of Philippians.
 "If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,  but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!  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.  Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,  for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.  Do everything without complaining or arguing,  so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe  as you hold out the word of life--in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing." (Philippians 2:1-16) 

Anyway, for my inspiration project at our Anything Goes Challenge with an Optional Twist (make a matching envelope) at 613 Avenue Create, I used an image from one of our sponsors, Scrapper's Delights,  called "Princess 2" and colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers with some paper-piecing.  The base is Kraft that is cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's
came from my favorite Paper Studio stack called "Newsworthy."  I used a Paper Studio embossing folder to emboss a panel, added some doily and lace as well as die-cut a border using one of my MS Border Punch.  I layered and glittered some flowers (with Stickles) from Prima, placed some swirls I cut using Spellbinders die and adhered several nail head gems from Imaginisce.  The wonderful sentiment came as a freebie from Create with TLC (Big thanks to Paulette!).  Lastly, I stitched all over this Card.






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Sister Act---ATG
Simon Says Stamp---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Country View---Something New to You (New Image and Sentiment)
Digistamps4Joy---Add Glitter
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Natalie and Amy---All Things New (New Image and Sentiment)
Sisters of Craft---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Cute Card Thursday---ATG
Art Impressions---What's New (New Image and Sentiment)
CCC Digi---Digi/Embellish
Craft for the Craic---Favorite Word (Friendship)
Crafter's Cafe---New (New Image and Sentiment)
QKR Stampede---ATG
Crafty Sentiments---Gold and Another Color
Gem of a Challenge---Something New (New Image and Sentiment)
Catch the Bug---ATG
Crafty Calendar---What's New?  (New Image and Sentiment)
My Time to Craft---All Things New (New Image and Sentiment)
OSAAT--- ATG with Stitching
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
Crafty Catz---ATG
Card Mania---Make it Sparkle
Emerald Faeries---It's all about the Bling
Mema's Crafts---ATG
Connie Can Crop---All that Sparkles
Scrapper's Delights---ATG

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---Scrapper's Delights and Lacy Sunshine Stamps.  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 and a friend to share it with to carry through the journey of life.  Would love to hear your comments too.   Hugs, always!  


  1. Good Sunday Morning.. Beautiful card and matching envelope, I love that sentiment.

  2. Oh, THANK you for catching that for me Jo Ann! I had it on Scrappers and then changed it to Sami after looking it up again and evidently was one challenge off! Sami is NEXT challenge. All fixed now thanks to you!

  3. I really like what you have done with this set Jo Ann! The Paper Piecing in her dress is a perfect choice, the lace behind her is a wonderful classy touch, and, best of all, is the coloring you have done with her skin and hair! The final detail of the blue in the sentiment picked up by the blue in her jewelry is the kind of attention to detail that makes your art so delightful!

  4. Gorgeous card Jo Ann - love the colour palette you have used, and the sparkle :-). Thank you to fro your wise words.

  5. A lovely card, charming words !! Happy 2015 !!

  6. So pretty. I LOve your colours and design.
    Thank you soooo much for joining us this week at QKR Stampede.

  7. What a powerful post with which to start the new year. And a beautiful card as well.
    Blessings on your 2015.

  8. A gorgeous card and beautiful sentiment, thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week. Jac x

  9. Simply BEAUTIFUL! Love all your embellishments! Thanks for joining us this week at QKR Stampede Challenge ATG!

    Brenda DT

  10. Lovely card with matching envelope, gorgeous embellishments. Thanks for joining us at TTCRD
    Andrea x

  11. Another gorgeous card Jo Ann. Thanks for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe in our "New Challenge" and we hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Gale DT

  12. Beautiful creation, love the image and your coloring and the layout of your card! Just adorable. Thanks for joining us at Mema's Crafts.

  13. Such a gorgeous card Jo Ann. I like it very much. Thanks for joining us in Card Mania Challenges

  14. Wow, great work, well done and good luck! As perfect as ever! I am a real fan of your work.
    Hugs, Jackie

  15. Lovely card inside and out. Great image and colours too.

    Thanks for playing along with us at Inspiration Destination.

    Lynn, ID DT

  16. Great card and sentiment! Thanks for joining us this week at Crafty Catz. Cindy-DT

  17. Fabulous sewing, I need to spend more time on my machine. : ) Great job!

  18. Such a lovely card. The image is fabulous as well as your coloring. Thanks for joining us a OSAAT. Good luck. Maggie - DT

  19. Truly stunning...beautifully colored and I love the paper piecing...beautiful sentiment too! Thank you for playing along with us at Bugaboo!

  20. A gorgeous card, Jo Ann! I love all your layers, and especially your stitching! Thanks for joining our What's New? challenge at Art Impressions :o)

  21. Great card so beautiful. Thanks for joining us this week for Anything Goes at QKR Stampede.
    Karal DT

  22. What a great card and envelope set. I love the color and design.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes January Linky Party. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  23. What a beautiful card. I love all the detailing. Thank you for sharing your talents with us over at Crafty Catz. Hugs Nina

  24. Gorgeous papers and design! Love your creation and the words of inspiration you've posted. We at Mema's Crafts appreciate you taking time to visit and share with us. Good luck in the challenge.

  25. This is such a beautiful card, hun, and the sentiment is so true! Thanks for joining in at My Time to Craft!

    love Mags B x

  26. thanks for joining us at digi stamps 4 joy.... love your card

  27. So adorable, thanks for playing along with us at Catch The Bug this week, sorry my comment is a wee bit late. Hope to see you play along in this weeks challenge.

  28. What a stunning card! Absolutely gorgeous in both design and message :) Thanks so much for joining us at DigiStamps4Joy :)
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}

  29. Wonderful card, Thanks for entering CCC digi embelishment challenge

  30. So beautiful. Fabulous papers and gorgeous image and sentiment. Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

  31. AWESOME card!!! Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge #12, Anything Goes, Dawn DT Member x

  32. I love the colour combination and the way you've coloured her hair, Great sentiment also
    Thanks for entering Craft for the Craics January Challege
    Pixie ( DT member)

  33. Wow such an elegant card, gorgeous, love everything about it. Thanks so much for joining us over at Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you again.
    ~ Denise DT ~

  34. This is a beautiful card inside and out. Your colouring is wonderful.

    Thanks for joining in with our What's New challenge at Crafty Calendar Challenge.

    Jo x

  35. Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper January challenge with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon x

  36. Such a cute pretty card, thanks for joining us in THE SISTERS OF CRAFT monthly challenge. Good Luck. Gill DT

  37. Well done! :) Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Card Mania.
    Marzena DT

  38. Lovely card and sentiment and I love that the inside is decorated too. . Thankyou for joining us this month at Craft for the Craic

  39. I really like the neutral colour palette with those vivid blue accents. Great card. Thanks so much for playing along at Country View Challenges.
    Alison x

  40. I am speechless! This is truly a work of art!
    Thanks so much for entering my January Challenge!
    Scrappy hugs, Connie Can Crop



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