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

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fun/Humor Series: Cats and Potato Chips Center Step Card---This was Fun to Make!

Hello there!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.  I know, it's been a week and a half since my last post.  Did anybody miss me? I hope so because I did miss the Blogging world.  But I am not having a down time, I tell you! I had several cards that I needed to finish and send off and just the other day, it was done.  So thankful for the strength, ability and inspiration the Lord has given me to do what I love and at the same time, inspire people to get to know the Source---The God who made everything!

Today, I just thought about all the terror that evil men  are spreading by unmercifully killing anyone who does not believe in their (false!) god.  Have you noticed that they don't kill just anybody but  specifically targets people who bears the name of Christ!  I have not seen their disgusting videos in full length but have seen enough of their purely demonic way of executing Christians. On the other hand, have you ever wondered what goes in the mind of every Christian as they were held and taken to the place where their lives will be cut short in the most inhumane/torturous way?  Did they even consider getting out of that misery by denouncing their faith in Christ and embracing their captors false religion to save their lives?  I remember the story of Daniel who was thrown in the den of lions (Daniel 6) because he would not cease praying to the One True God despite the threats to his life upon violation of the king's decree (law).  I love how the Scripture detailed the conversation between the king and Daniel after the latter spent the night with the hungry lions. Daniel 6:20-27 which says, " When he (the king) came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, "Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?" Daniel answered, "O king, live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king. The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. At the king's command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions' den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones. Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language throughout the land: "May you prosper greatly! "I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. "For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never endHe rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions."  Daniel didn't change his mind in the midst of the peril and held on to what he knew was true---that the God He was serving is an everlasting God Who does not only hold the past and the present but his eternal existence in the palm of His hands.  There are many stories of Christians that were saved from sure death or those that find safety after being tortured in the enemy's camp yet there are those who perished.  The bottom line is we should hold fast to the promises that Almighty God revealed in our lives through the finished work (death, burial and resurrection) of Jesus Christ!   In trials and testing (both physical and spiritual), we should have far more than our own strength and abilities to carry us through.  It is not enough to just know Jesus through what others say about him.  It is a must that we "personally" know HIM---Who He is, His ways, His ultimate sacrifice for mankind, the depth of His love for each of us  and what He has in store for them that responded to His call.   He dwells inside every believer who has accepted Him as Lord and Savior (Born-Again, John 3:3) and that He feels, sees and understands our every pain.  He is the Firm and Immovable Rock in Whom we stand and He is our Life,  Source and Strength.  

You see, people are dying nowadays (tortured, beaten, burned, beheaded) because they would not give up their relationship with Christ.  I submit to you that there is far more at stake in upholding the name of Jesus that is worth dying for.  Our life here on earth is nothing in comparison to the everlasting life we are to receive when we come face to face with our Savior.  Time and distance will no longer be  factors and the overwhelming love and light that comes from the Source of it all---Our Father Almighty shall sustain us forevermore!  Yet, we should know the horrors that await those who wouldn't receive Christ' gift of salvation in their lives.  They may seem to have power while on earth but they will spend forever weeping and gnashing their teeth outside of the presence of God (no good thing is ever present) forever.  So, I pray that we entrust our lives fully to the Lord Jesus Christ and refuse to be slaves to the fear of death so as not to be enslaved by Satan.  It's an understatement to say to every believer of the Lord,  "We have a bright future!"  There are no words that will describe  the beauty, peace and joy that awaits us in God's presence.  Like the rest of our brethren who have gone home to be with the Lord and those who were killed because of their love for God, we must hold steadfast to what Christ taught us and consider carefully what Jesus uttered in Mark 8:34-38--- "Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels." I pray for God's grace to be able to lift up His name without apology or compromise in the gathering of men---free from fear, no matter what!

Anyway, on the lighter side of things,  I have finally made another card from one of the stamps in my Art Impressions clear stamp collection.  I just love this adorable image and had fun coloring it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base card is white, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step card.  A couple of the DP's are from American Crafts and some are from my scraps.  I used my Nestabilities and Cuttlebug to die-cut the lacy oval, added several plastic bead by Bead Design and for the final touch---lots and lots of stitching.  Hope you enjoy this too.






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Art by Miran---ATG
Bunny Zoe---For the Girls
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Loves Rubberstamps---Let it Sparkle (Slipper and earrings have glitters)
One Sweet Challenge---All About Love
Deep Ocean---Love is all Around
Stamp and Create---All You Need is Love
Oddball Stamps---Love
Little Claire's---Love
Crafty Calendar---ATG
Di's Digi---Lots of Embellishments
Digi Galore---ATG
Crafty Catz---For a Special Lady
QKR Stampede---Critters
Simply Create Too---ATG
Sister Act---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG/Paper Piecing
Girl Who Crafts---ATG
Sisters of Craft---ATG
Crafts Galore---Use a Stamp/Digi
Scrapper's Delights---ATG
Cards and Scrap---ATG
Creative Fingers---ATG
Melonheadz Friends---Die Cuts
Fan-Tastic Tuesday---ATG with Twist: Die
Not Just Cards---ATG
Crafting for all Seasons---Dies and/or Punches
Stamping Sensations---ATG
Fresh Brewed---Animals

Okay friends, this is all for this post!   I hope you will join me in praying for every Christian that fights the good fight of faith daily in this evil times.  Many prophecies in the scriptures are being fulfilled in our day and they all point to the second coming of Christ.  Jesus is coming first for His Bride---the Church (comprised of everyone who trusted in Him) and we will be taken away (Rapture of the Church) together with them who were dead in Christ!  And so we shall forever be with the Lord!  Let us not tire of sharing the hope we have so that more people can be saved from the horrors that would befall the ungodly soon and very soon.  Hugs and blessings!


  1. Beautiful card JoAnne - thanks for the smile :-).
    You are right - we are promised eternal life, but not that our life here will be without trouble or suffering - but it will all be worth it when we meet Jesus face to face.

  2. Great stepper card love the beautifully coloured image and fantastic sentiment-Thank you for joining us at CFTH
    Carol DT x

  3. Lovely bright card. Thanks for playing along with us at Little Claire challenges.x

  4. What a fabulous stepper card! Love the image and so colorful. Great post, I have read fox's book of MARTYRS and it amazing me the strong faith the saints had in the face of death.

  5. Lovely step card, and I can see all the work and thought and love put into this creation. Very well colored and great choice of colors. Thank you for sharing with us at Love To Scrap.

  6. Super wonderful fun.
    And thank you once again for the inspiring words that you share.

  7. Beautiful step card and so cute! Love the image and the sentiment. Thanks for joining us this week at QKR Stampede for our Critter Challenge.
    Karal DT

  8. What a super fun card and sentiment! Love it! Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    IDCB Owner

  9. lovely card and sentiment thanks for sharing with FTT Rachel dt

  10. Love love love the card! Thanks for taking part in Oddball Art challenge!

  11. Great stepper card, love the colours, so vibrant. Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Destination and good luck. Wendy DT x

  12. Fabulous card..Thanks for playing along with us at Di's Digi Designs Challenge.
    Wendy xx

  13. As a cat lady I absolutely love this card ! We have four cats (we had five but sadly one died suddenly in December), and I feed a little black stray at the end of our garden. The amount of work you have put into this and the attention to detail is amazing ! Love the sentiment too. Thanks for joining in with the Sisters of Craft Challenge, good luck and best wishes, Anne DT x

  14. Amazing coloring on the image!! Fabulous design and I love how you did the step card, but added to it, creative. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt

  15. Love it​!​ Fabulous card!​ Thanks for sharing ​your talent​ with us at Through the Craft Room Door. Hope to see you again soon and good luck in the prize draw!

  16. LOve your card, great fun and a lot of work gone into making this lovely card, fab image and a wonderful sentiment

    Thanks for joining us as Stamping Sensations this month

  17. fab image and a beautiful card Jo-Ann
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


  18. Extremely gorgeous and fabulous! Loving it so much and the image is pretty! Thank you very much for entering our monthly challenge at Digistamps4Joy this time. I hope to see you again next month.
    Hugs and smiles,
    DS4J DT"
    Qinaahana Arts and Crafts {My Blog}

  19. Your card is awesome. Love all the colorful layers and this fun image. Thank you for sharing your wonderful card with us at Stamping Sensation.
    Eret x

  20. Great card. Cute sentiment, too. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Catz this week.

  21. A lovely card, filled with lots of elements to view.
    Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Digistamps4Joy this week and good luck..
    Ursula Uphof DT member

  22. Beautiful card :)
    Thanks for joining us at Card and Scrap.
    Hugs, Gunn

  23. AWESOME step card and the image is adorable! Thanks for joining us this week at QKR Stampede Challenge "Critters"!

    Brenda DT

  24. This is so pretty! I'd love a tutorial on how you made that step card! Thanks for joining our Critter Challenge this week at QKR Stampede. Julie, DT member

  25. This is a wonderful card for a Valentine/Love Challenge at DigiStamps4Joy. Thank you so much for joining us! Julie, DT member

  26. Jo Ann this is a wonderful creation with great attention to detail and perfect for our ‘VALENTINES/LOVE’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  27. Jo Ann this is a wonderful creation with great attention to detail. It is perfect for our 26th ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Art by Miran Showcase DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  28. Beautiful creation! Wonderful design and colors! I love image!
    Thanks for playing at Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.

  29. Love every single detail of this beautiful card. Your mix of patterns and colours is so effective. Fantastic colouring of this fun image and a lovely design. I agree with the sentiment whole-heartedly. Thanks for playing along with our All About Love theme at One Sweet Challenge. I hope we see you again next month.

  30. Such a fun project!! Love it! Thanks for joining us a the Arbymiran challenge blog

  31. Wow that's such a great card! Totally adore the sentiment with this great image!

    Thanks for joining the monthly challenge here at Oddball stamps challenge. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky.

  32. Sweet card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our IMAGINE THAT! monthly challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  33. OOps sorry that should be MELONHEADZ FRIENDS... Thanks so much for participating in our MELONHEADZ FRIENDS challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  34. Beautiful, love all the layers! Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Calendar this month & good luck!
    hugs Jo x
    ps - I have CANDY



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