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

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fun/Humor Series: Little Something to Share Card...Don't Forget to Check Out This Week's Challenges at Word Art Wednesday and 613 Avenue Create!

Hello there friends!  It's been a week and I'm so glad I was able to squeeze in the time to make this project I want to share with you today.  Like I mentioned in my previous post, I purposely took some time off from my DT groups (so grateful for my DT leaders and their understanding) just to have time to catch up with my other hobbies, make something from the wonderful stamps in my stash and to try out some of the crafting tools I've acquired that after a year or so I have not even taken out of their boxes....My, oh my!  It's almost the middle of the month and sadly, many of them are still in boxes...LOL.  I hope to accomplish what I wanted to do before I go back to my regular DT sched by next month.  In my own strength, I know I can't---but with God, all things are possible! 

I must tell you that since I was a kid, I love to engage in detailed, crafting work.  I was taught how to crochet by my Grandma when I was 5 years old.  Though it was an informal once in a while training,  it was amazing how the basic stitches stayed in my head.  Years later, I also learned to create flower vases out of  Popsicle sticks after I saw my Mom made them for friends back when I was 9 or 10 years old.  At 18, I saw a friend with a cross stitch kit, tried it and was able to make 12 complete designs from simple to complicated in a year's time, all framed and displayed today in my brother's home.  Before my son was born nearly a decade ago, I got into Scrapbooking and made 3 albums. Shortly after that while browsing online, I took an interest and ventured into Card making which started this Blog. What can I say, I just love to craft!  When I go to a Craft Store, there are so many times I would love to get a tool and materials for other hobbies like jewelry making (beading), knitting, quilting, quilling, sewing and so much more. I had to talk myself out of them for I know I will not have the time and space to add more from what I already have now.  At one time, I had to ask my Bible Class Pastor if all these hobbies, skills and talents we were gifted with will have its place as we live in the presence of the Lord?  And both of us agreed that all of the wonderful things the Lord equipped us with will surely have it's place in the worship and service of the King of kings and the Lord of lords.  In the story shared by Jesus about Lazarus and the rich man found in Luke 16:19-31, both this men died and Lazarus went were Abraham dwell and the rich man in the place of torment (Hell).  The rich man's body was buried on earth but his soul (made up of mind, will and emotions) and his spirit (made up of conscience, communion and intuition) proceeded to eternity.  We can see this man's reality as we continue reading the story on how he remembers what he had, what he's done, his relationships and how he was concerned and knew the way of life his parents/siblings were engaged with who were still in the body.  Every memory was intact and emotions and wishes were present.  God promised every believer in Revelation 21:4, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."  While all the things that brought us pain and sorrow will be taken away by the Lord, I am convinced that the things that made each one unique from one another will stay with us---even the talents/abilities that God formed us with.  I know that God will use all these crafting talents (together with many other talents) He had blessed me with to glorify Him and for our service to one another.  I know that everything we do for the Lord will never be wasted.  The life we have here is our training ground for our eternal existence.  I pray we use our talents and time wisely as we give the Lord all the glory for His goodness both now and forever.   I want to share with you the following verses to excite you on the life that awaits every Born-again (Born from above, John 3:3) believer in the presence of Almighty God.

"If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." (1 Peter 4:11)

"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen."  (Revelation 1:5-6) 

"And they sung a new song, saying , Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain , and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
And I beheld , and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying , Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever."  (Revelation 5:9-13)

Anyway, here's one of the images I've been wanting to play with.  I have quite a bit of stamps from Art Impressions as I just love the humor in their images.  Since "Heart's Day" is around the corner, I started with this image and sentiment called "Wanna Share Set" and colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is Kraft---cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from Paper Studio, layered flowers from Prima, die-cut swirl by Sizzix, glitters by Stickles (Crystal) and little heart gems from Imaginisce.  I punched some of the panels using an MS Punch and added a white brad in the center of the flowers.  Lastly, I stitched all over this card.  Hope to be making more fun cards like this one in the next coming days.  Lots of images to highlight yet so little time...LOL 





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

As You Like It---CAS or Fussy (I really like both but I love the Fussy more.  There's more to see!)
4 Crafty Chicks---Valentine's
Creative Knockouts---Floral Delight
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Red Rubber Inspirationals---So Sentimental
Sassy Studio---Happy Valentine's Say
Scrap and Craft---Valentine/Love/Romance
Addicted to Stamps---ATG
The Crafter's Cafe---Hearts
Crafting by Designs---Love is in the Air
Crafting for all Seasons---Have a Heart
Crafty Gals Corner---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG/Love
Double Click---Use a Heart
Fresh Brewed---Humor
Inky Impressions---Valentine/Love
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Scrapper's Delights---ATG
Kraftin' Kimmie---Peace and Love

Okay guys, I have to go!  Just want to remind you of the Challenges going on at Word Art Wednesday (Inspirational/Anything Goes/free Scripture Word Art) and at 613 Avenue Create (Anything Goes with a Optional Twist---Color Bingo!).  They are giving away fabulous prizes and you can submit multiple entries for a chance to win.  Hope you have a wonderful day.  There are many disheartening news all over this nation and the world, but life continues on.  I have nothing to fear for the Lord Jesus dwells inside of me.  Whether I am in the body or called by the Lord to His presence, I am safe in His arms.  To Him be the glory both now and forever!


  1. How blessed to be surrounded by so many crafty people. And a vase from Popsicle sticks, how amazing :).. Your card is beautiful, inside and out.. Adorable image.

  2. Jo Ann I had to smile at that card - it's wonderful and I love the humour. Like you I have crafted all my life, and would love to be able to simply craft all day, but other responsibilities call...

  3. I just love that image, I can imagine I would look exactly like that myself if someone gave me a box of chocolates that big!!! You wouldn't see me for days, I would be in chocolate heaven.... An amazing card and I'm so glad you shared it with us at ATSM this week!

  4. EEEEPPPPPPP!!!!! This is AWESOME!!!! LOVE the image and the sentiment. And your coloring is ALWAYS worthy of the 'knock your socks off' award! Made me giggle. If I got a box of chocolate that large, I would try to share... maybe if someone bribed me with coffee ;)

    Thank you for sharing and playing along at Freshly Brewed Challenges HUMOR challenge!

    Heather D.

  5. Super cute!! Thank You for joining the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge! Guest Designer Rhonda

  6. Great card! Love the fun image! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner!

  7. an amazing card! LOVE that image. Thanks so much for sharing at ATSM

  8. Fantastic layers and image! Thanks for joining us @ Red Rubber Inspirationals!
    Drea DT host Inspirational #207

  9. Now that's my kind of a valentine's box of chocolate - LOL! Super fun and beautifully made card. Thanks so much for joining us at Kraftin Kimmie this week.

  10. Love your card, and really love the size on that box of chocolates! Thanks so much for playing along with us at ATSM this week!

  11. Thank you so much for taking the time out to share a little love with us gals at Addicted to Stamps and More...! Hope you will join us again next week!!!

  12. This one rocks, love the image and the layout is so great. Nice sentiment too. I love those flowers...way to go. Thanks for entering our Valentine's challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.

    Leanne DT
    4 Crafty Chicks

  13. As always, a gorgeous creation and thought-provoking message. Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    IDCB Owner

  14. Super fun card! Great layers and pattern papers! Thanks for joining us over at the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

  15. Wonderful acrd. Love the bright coloring. Thanks so much for joining us at Inspiration Destination this week.

  16. What a fantastic card! Thank you for joining us at Sassy Studio Designs and the DTBST challenge this week! HUGS

    SSD DT

  17. Thank you for joining the DoubleClick Skittles Heart Challenge! We hope to see you again with the Animal challenge that begins today.
    Beth, GDT
    Beth's Beauties

  18. Wonderful card!!! Thank you for joining the challenge at the Red Rubber Inspirational blog this week! Lynda - DT Champion Red Rubber Designs

  19. Fantastic card, Jo Ann! Great design and details! Thanks for joining us for the Little Muffet Challenge!



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