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, August 16, 2015

Encouragement Series: One Cup at a Time Doily Card---Get into our Neighborhood at 613 Avenue Create and Join the Fun of our Anything Goes Challenge!

Hi there, Crafty pals!  Welcome to another posting for our Anything Goes Challenge (No Twist) at 613 Avenue Create.  Today, we are grateful to the Lord for all the things He has done in our lives.  Though many concerns have bombarded us, mostly concerns for our nations, the Lord had been faithful to provide us with everything we need and much more for our family.  Although the events in this world are under God's control, I can't help but feel sad for the people that are lost and persuaded by a demonic force they willingly yet unknowingly follow.  Though I know that mainstream media only reports one sided news and does not give way to praise reports happening everywhere, it's still unfortunate to see how people's minds (whose minds are not anchored in the Word of God) get taken over by every wind of doctrine (false teachings) that comes their way as fueled by their emotions.  Don't get me wrong, emotions are good but if it's directed towards selfishness and shuts every form of reason to achieve one's selfish goal, then, it has gone way too far.  Very seldom do we hear reports of Godly people and Churches helping their community  in their everyday needs such a food and clothing supplies, a warm bed to sleep at night, caring for the sick, giving prisoners another chance for life, help in disastrous situations and so much more.  It does not mean they are not happening but the media bias has blotted them out from their daily news and all they show are people who shunned away from their local churches because so and so offended them.  Their main news are dominated with their sold-out demonic agenda such as abortion rights, acceptance of ungodly lifestyles and sexual perversions, mocking those who profess God while promoting false religions and giving them very special treatment, their deals with nations and people that want to hurt Israel and America and so much more.  Now, that the Presidential election is around the corner, they give very little exposure for those that truly fight for our Constitution and stands for our Bill of Rights and elevates those who are obnoxious, loud mouth and full of promises that was never proven.  Makes me wonder what is this (all of a sudden) liberal media hype about Donald Trump?  If he's truly for the people and against Obama (which the liberal media is so in love with), why is the mainstream media giving him lots of air time?   Hmm, something is not right there, I tell you!  I've seen it on and after the first Republican Debate and I'm thankful to God that He gave me the wisdom not to drink the Kool-Aid that all his supporters are drunk with to this very moment.  At this day and time, I am looking for and listening to what God is saying.  I cannot think with my emotions.  I need to rightly divide the words every candidate have spoken in accordance to the Will of God , get into their track record and consistency of action. But most of all, I am looking for a future leader who fears the Lord having accepted Jesus as His own Savior and Lord.  One man cannot save us from all the mess this country and this world have brought us into but a Godly man comes only from God's throne of grace.  Today and in the coming days, I can only pray that God intervenes mightily in our land for without Him, there's no hope for this country nor the world!  I pray for people to once again get down on their knees and humble themselves before the Lord that they may have forgiveness and the wisdom to know the Truth and act on God's behalf.

Truly, we are in the last days.  The books of Revelation, Matthew, Thessalonians are just some of the books in the Bible that are filled with warnings on what's to come and if you have allowed the Lord to open your spiritual eyes (New Birth, John 3:3) and ask Him for wisdom, you will see the Truth about our country and how it rebelled and still rebelling against God in a huge way.  It is only by the grace of God that this country is still standing at this very moment.  And it's only because of His great love that we are not consumed with His wrath.  But one day, it's coming!  Jesus is coming to judge this world and it's bad news for those who have hardened their hearts on Him.  You see, whatever happens, I have readied my spirit by holding  on to the One who came to set me free---JESUS CHRIST!  I would like to share with you this word of warning spoken by Jesus Himself to His disciples.  It paints a perfect picture of the events in our time and a glimpse of what is to come.

Signs of the End Times (Luke 21:7-36)

“Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?” He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”
Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.  You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death.  Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.  “When you see
Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
“Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
For this Card, I used an image from one of our sponsors, Faery Ink Designs, called "Honey Latte" and colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is white CS, measuring 5.5 inches in diameter that was cut with my Cricut machine from the cartridge "Wild Card."  I used my MS Circle Cutter to cut the circle panels and an embossing folder from Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations ran through my Cuttlebug to emboss the top panel.  The chip board scallop frame is from Recollections, the layered flowers from Prima, the brads from recollections and the ribbon was from my stash.  I stapled the ribbon to the tag I made with the wonderful sentiment I got for free from TLC Creations, added some glitters using Stickles (Crystal), used white Gelly Roll pen to add some dots to the face of the image and finally, regular and fancy stitches to this project.






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Pile It On---Bright Colors
Crafting for all Seasons---Bright and Beautiful
Crafting by Designs---3 or More Layers
Creative Moments---ATG/Summer Fun
Fairy Tale---Summer Holidays
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Pattie's Creations---ATG
Morgan's ArtWorld---Beachy Keen/Summery
Simply Create Too---ATG
Sister Act---ATG
As You Like It---Fave 2 Embellishments and Why? (I love flowers and brads---it's perfect together)
House of Cards---Metallics
Our Creative Corner---Mexico Moods
Cute Card Thursday---ATG
CAS-ual Chic---Pretty Patterns
Crafter's Cafe---The Great Outdoors
Paper Shelter---Lace and/or Ribbon

There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  There's wonderful prizes awaiting the winners from our lovely sponsors for this week---Faery Ink Designs (3 Digi Images) and All Dressed Up Stamps (3 Digi Images) .  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!   


  1. Another great read of your thoughts Jo Ann - love the way you bring the Word each blog entry.
    Fabulous card, both the shape and the colours.

  2. Very cute and colorful card! Thanks for sharing with Crafting for All Seasons!

  3. Thanks for playing in our "ANYTHING GOES + Image" Challenge #113!
    Sandi ♥
    DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    and Pattie's shop
    Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

  4. Another stunner Jo Ann! Lovely !!

    Thank you for joining Moo Mania & More !

  5. Another fun shaped card! LOVE the scallop circle--and your coloring is wonderful! Thank you for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  6. Beautiful card, thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and more!

  7. What a fun card. I'll have to get that embossing folder, great idea for the inside of the card. Well done, thanks for sharing with us at Creative Moments. Good luck.

  8. Beautiful! I love all of the layers, and textures. The shape just adds more loveliness to an already gorgeous project. So glad you joined us for this month's House of Cards challenge!

    P.S. I'm originally from San Antonio, born and raised. :)

  9. Love the design and the shape of your card!! Sweet image and nice coloring to..
    Good luck in our Paper Shelter challenge this week!
    Hug Lena

  10. Cute card. Love your layout. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Through The Craft Room Door.
    Warm Regards, Cara
    Through The Craft Room Door Owner
    TTCRD Challenge Blog
    My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

  11. Fabulous card! Thank you for entering the CAS-ual Chic Challenge this month. Hugs, Susanne.

  12. I love this cute Image
    awesome colored and the shape is cool
    lovely add of the flower too
    Sweet beautifully card
    thanks for joining with us at HOC challenge
    hugs, Monika (DT Member)

  13. Love the sparkle! So very pretty, thanks for entering the metallic challenge at HOC.

  14. A gorgeous colourful card and the flower/brad detail is fab :-)

    Thanks for sharing with us at As You Like It!

    Hugs, Kat x

  15. Beautiful! Thanks for joining in our challenge at Pattie's Creations :)

  16. Such a bold card! Love the coloring!
    ol and innoveative!

    Thank you for taking part of the CAS-ual Chic monthly challange!
    Stay Happy, Stay Creative!
    Zoey ( )

  17. Pretty card and also a good blog post read! Thank you for joining in with HOC thos month. Pat x (DT)

  18. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Morgan's Artworld, although I must say I'm not sure how it fits into our theme of Beachy Keen / Summer fun.



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