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, July 26, 2015

Congrats on Your Wee One Center Step Card---It's Anything Goes with an Optional Twist at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello fellow Crafters!  It's Sunday and time to showcase another project for our newest Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  It's Anything Goes with an optional theme of "Shabby Chic."  Before I even get to that, I am glorifying our Father in heaven for giving me a chance to wake up each day and live to proclaim His Name.  But I also am horrified with the events each day brings especially when it involves our beloved country, the world and God's chosen nation.  With everything that is happening, can we still say that America is a Christian nation?  A lot of us would say, "Not anymore" judging on the ungodly activities and leadership we have today.  But the Truth is, this nation is not a Godly nation based on the number of people who professed to be Christians.  Our country is a Godly nation because we are governed by a Constitution that was brought together by people who acknowledged that Godly principles written in the Scripture was the Only Way a civilized nation could be governed.  And because of this, our Constitution stood for many years now and set our nation apart from others.  Without the statutes of the Maker of heaven and earth, we will not have an unselfish standard on how to engage with one another.  Man, without the spirit of God alive in his being, is primarily selfish and wants to be recognized for his talents, abilities and gain power through riches, fame and influence.  Where did they get that from?  From their father, the devil, who ever since Man's fall into sin, have ruled every human being.  Each one of us, in our own efforts and abilities, have no power to control this very nature of sin (Sin Nature) that was implanted in us by the Sin of One Man---Adam!  This causes us to do everything that is against God's Will and purpose---a total rebellion against our Maker!  Though such was our condition, God didn't leave us without a "Way Out" from His Wrath.  By a simple act of faith, He gave us a chance to come back to His presence by Way of the Cross where we can experience and live a life of redemption through the victory purchased for us by the blood of our Only Savior, JESUS CHRIST!  Satan knew this defeat and wants to take as many people as he could to that eternal place of torment designed for him and his cohorts.  So he uses them that have rejected Christ---the ignorant who just follows the culture, traditions and religions passed on to them without question.  The ambitious and self-centered individuals who will do everything and anything for their own gain.  He also fuels those who are emotionally hanged-up with their social and economic statuses with all their areas of confusion about race, gender, skin color and many more.  But more than that, he uses the unforgiving and the compromising!  Have you been among the ignorant?  Are you one of those who are too blind to see how the ungodly have done everything to mock Jesus Christ and those that profess His Name?  Have you seen how they make fun of "Jesus" using His Name (the Name above every name, Philippians 2:9) as an expression, to curse and joke about?  Have you seen how they tried to dispute His divinity, His sinless existence and water down or add man-made doctrines to twist/pervert His Word?  I have not seen any "religion of men" being trampled upon systematically this way.  Do you even wonder why?  Here's why---Because the moment you know the Truth about Jesus Christ, it will also reveal your true identity, purpose and eternal glory that awaits you being in Him!  Instead of an ally, you will be Satan's worst nightmare!  Suddenly, you have a choice to resist his instructions but most importantly, you are now the son/daughter of the Most High God and possess the power to destroy his works.  You were not forgiven and saved from the hands of the devil to just sit in the corner.  You are now to change the world and rule with Christ in His Kingdom here and  throughout eternity.  Sin and death will no longer have power in your life and time is of no essence.  We will be in an eternal existence where everything is "Good."  This "Good" is not of man's standard but God's!  Everyday, I have to remind myself of God's promises and His Word comforts me like no other.  The Lord has given me the power to bind and destroy the spirit of darkness and render it powerless to a given situation and at the same time, release the blessings in accordance to His Will. I don't know with you but such is the kind of power I'd like to have!  I'm a Game-Changer---someone who is used by God to make a difference!  I AM NO ORDINARY!  I have the power of God in me 24/7 and I have eternal inheritance which no one can take away.  Glory be to God!

In the wake of the horrors that  the EVIL activities of Planned Parenthood was exposed recently, not only in the promotion and destruction of innocent lives through lies and deceit labeling it as "Women's Right", but also the continuous lack of apathy for the babies they kill, whose certain body parts and tissues they carefully preserve in their abortion procedure for a "Lamborghini" and every kind of selfish gain---I call upon the Most High God and I summon the power of the Heavenly to come about this nation and destroy this evil weapon of Satan down to its very core.  I speak forth eternal judgment to each and everyone who had been a part of this organization (in participation and support) without mercy unless they repent and accept the forgiveness available through Jesus Christ in this lifetime.  Today, I release Your Holiness and Truth in the lives of men and women that have committed an abominable decision to subject their unborn to death because of their lust and poor choices in the name of convenience.  Upon acknowledgement of their murder and surrender to Jesus' Lordship, that they come out from their hiding and be a voice of hope for them that are going through the same situation and warn those who are considering to walk in the same path.  I claim your protection upon every man and woman who have taken the stand to expose this evil and pray for exceeding blessings to them and their families in every shape and form. I also let loose your mighty works upon our nation and humbly ask for your divine love and mercy to turn our country around.  I declare Your awakening of every members of your Body (the Church) to repentance and dependence solely unto You that we can lead our nation and the world as a whole towards your glorious plan.  Empower us to be fearless , brave warriors of Your kingdom both now and forever.  Thank you, Father God, for answering my prayer and petition as it is done in the Name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  AMEN!  I would like to share with you the following Scripture as a solemn warning and instruction on how we are to live in this time.  We are not to give up our Godly heritage just because the ungodly(even if their kings, presidents, judges etc.) have chosen to change laws and continues to trample on our Godly established Constitution.  Remembering that this life will pass away and only what was done in/for Christ will last forever.

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." (Colossians3:23-24)

"Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."  (Ephesians 5:1-20) 

So today, I'm going to highlight a Baby Shower Card (my own little way to protest the evil committed daily to the unborn of this nation for many years now).  In this project, I used an image from High Hopes Stamps called "Bubble Fun" and colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step card.  The DP's are from DCWV and Recollections, the layered flowers from Prima and the brads are from Recollections.  The die-cuts were ran through a Cuttlebug using a couple of Nestabilities.  The border die is by EK Success, the glitters from Stickles (Diamond) and the cute sentiment from Clearly Wordsworth.  Lastly, I stitched all over this project. Anyway, the optional Twist of our Challenge is "Shabby Chic" but I made this more alongside "Anything Goes" as my card style is not really geared towards such a lay-out.  But that is why you can participate in our Challenge at 613 Avenue Create. You can choose to create with the theme or just stick with the style/project you are comfortable with in Anything Goes.  And yes, you can win prizes if chosen winner/s. 






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Card Mania---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---Stamp/Digi Anywhere
Crafting Musketeers---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Crafty Time---Punches or Dies
Creatalicious---More than One Fold
Creative Craft Cottage---ATG
CCC Digi Creations---ATG
Digi Galore---Summery/Bright
Crafty Friends---Use a Punch
More than One Score---Summer
Natalie and Amy---Summertime
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Our Creative Corner---Mexico Moods
Paradise of Stamps---ATG
Petal Lu---ATG
Come Colour with that Craft Place---ATG
Sisters of Craft---ATG
World Wide Open DT Challenge---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG

There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create with an optional twist.  There's wonderful prizes awaiting the winners from our lovely sponsors for this week---My Whimsical Little World Digi Shop, Crafty Secrets and Poppyseed Graphics .  Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight this week.  I hope you have a wonderful week and know that through faith in what Jesus accomplished through the Cross, we have complete victory over whatever life may throw at us!  Thank you Lord...


  1. Oh Jo Ann I hear your heart cry for your country - we too are guilty of killing our most defenseless citizens :-(.
    Your card is beautiful, and I love that you have used beauty for your 'protest'.

  2. Fantastic Card. Love it.
    Thank you for entering the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #01 and best of luck with your entry.
    Do not forget, we have the Champion of Champions DT Challenge to be held in March 2016 for all of the winners of all categories throughout the year. Hope you join in each month.
    Annette DT Leader

  3. Gorgeous thank you for joining us at the world wide open DT challenge
    Michelle DT

  4. Lovely. Thanks for joining us at the World Wide Open
    Heather DT

  5. oh how very this sentiment!

    thank you for joining in with the cuties xx

  6. Gorgeous card! Thank you for entering the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and good luck.
    Linda xxx

  7. cute and a very beautiful card Jo Ann
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


  8. Beautiful card, the center step works very well here and I love how you also finished the inside. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends.

  9. Fabulous Card! Thank you for entering the World Wide Open DT Challenge. Good luck with your entry.
    Vicki DT

  10. Beautiful card! I love the papers. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog Looking forward to see you again soon.
    WWO DT
    Toadally Love To Craft {My Blog}

  11. Jo Ann this is a wonderful creation with great attention to detail and perfect for our FIRST challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {World Wide Open Design Team Challenge DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  12. How awesome is this card! WOW. Love the layout, your coloring and the embellishments. I just made a fun card for my sister in law. How neat that you are in San Antonio. I live in Austin, TX. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge this month. We can't wait to see more of your work in future challenges. Cheers, Holley

  13. You have made a very pretty card... thanks for joining in our 'use a punch' challenge over at Crafty Friends... hope you can join us again next time... good luck.
    Diane Louise x

  14. Great card with lots of attention to detail. Thanks for joining in with the Sisters of Craft Challenge, good luck and best wishes, Anne DT.

  15. Gorgeous card Jo Ann. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at CCC Digi Creations. We would love to see you again. Anet DT x

  16. With my other DT hat on. Beautiful card Jo Ann. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Creative Craft Cottage. We would love to see you again … Anet DTx

  17. Nice! This is a darling center step card! I love, love, love all the stitching on the card!

  18. Beautiful.....fab layout & a great shape too! Thanks for joining us over at Oddball Art this time & good luck!
    hugs Jo x

  19. Oh my days! I adore this.... Stunning colouring and love the stitching x

  20. What a fabulous baby card. I love the design. You have nailed our more than one fold challenge. Thank you for joining us over at Creatalicious. Hugs Nina

  21. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "more than one fold” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)
    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
    (DT Come and Get It)
    (DT Crafty Friends)
    (DT Tuesday Throwdown)



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