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, October 25, 2015

Encouragement Series: Believe in Miracles Card---Join us for Another Challenge at our Neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create!

Hi there, guys!  It's late Sunday evening but I would like to share with you what I made for our Anything Goes Challenge this week at 613 Avenue CreateBut before that, I would like to encourage you with God's Word found in Romans 8:17-30 and it says, "Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified." 

As I meditated on the goodness and promises of the Lord in those verses and how it relates to all the struggle we have been dealing with in this world, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the countless brothers and sisters being killed all over the world while many others were dispersed from their homes and forced to run for their lives these days because they bear the name of Christ and refuse to deny their faith in Him.  My Life Application Bible shared wonderful devotions on these verses that truly blessed me so, I decided to share them with you as well.  It says, "There is a price for being identified with Jesus. Along with being "heirs of God," Apostle Paul also mentions the suffering that Christians must face.  We too must pay a price for following Jesus.  In many parts of today's world, Christians face pressures just as severe as those faced by Christ's first followers.  Even in countries where Christianity is tolerated or encouraged, Christians must not become complacent.  To live as Jesus did---serving others, to think of others first than one's self, resisting pressures to conform to the world---always exacts a price.  Nothing we suffer, however, can compare to the great price that Jesus paid to save us.  God works in all things---not just isolated incidents---for our good.  This does not mean that all that happens to us is good.  Evil is prevalent in our fallen world, but God is able to turn every circumstance around for our long-range good. Know that God is not working to make us happy, but to fulfill His purpose.  Note that this promise is not for everybody.  It can be claimed only by those who love God and are called according to His purpose.  Those who are called are those the Holy Spirit convinces and enables to receive Christ.  Such people have a new perspective, a new mind-set on life.  They trust in God, not life's treasures; they look for their security in heaven, not on earth; they learn to accept (not resent) pain and persecution because God is with them."

One day, we will see the glory of God in His fullness and everyone who humbled themselves before Him on earth will be satisfied...But on the flip side, those who rejected, rebelled and denied Him will experience the wrath of Almighty God for all eternity.  Hebrews 10:31 says, "It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."  So, while the Ark of Mercy is still wide open, I pray that everyone who hears the voice of the Lord run to the Ark of Safety---Jesus Christ!  He remains our Only Hope, now and forever.

For this Card, I used an image from Stampers Anonymous featuring "Tim Holtz Bird Crazy" that I colored using Distress Inks by watercoloring.  I immediately fell in love with these birds  the day I saw the projects created using this set. Since then, I've kept a close watch on where I could get it at an affordable price.  Several weeks ago, I found a great deal from an online seller.  Today, I am highlighting my first project with one of its adorable stamps.  I also enjoyed the watercolor technique and thought I would give my alcohol markers a bit of rest...LOL  Anyway, the card base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from Paper Studio "Barnwood Pretty" stack.  It may not be obvious but I used a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop (TCW) called "Aspen Trees" to create those winter trees in the top panel.  The border stamp inked in red is from Will N' Way, the main sentiment is from Stampabilities, the brads from Recollections and the layered flowers from Prima.  I used Fiskars punch for the leaves and Stickles-Crystal glitter to accentuate the bird and the flower.  Lastly, I stitched all over this project. I am more than happy with the results.






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Amusing Challenge---ATG
Lacy Sunshine---ATG
Fashionable Stamping---Changing Seasons
Glitter N Sparkle---Fall/Autumn
Penny Black---Autumn Colors
Pile It On---Cute and/or Spooky
Stamping Sensations---Colors of Autumn
Corrosive---Autumn Splendor
Brown Sugar---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Penny's Paper Crafty---ATG
Simply Papercraft---ATG
Cute Card Thursday---ATG
Fantasy Stampers---Animal Antics
Wags n Whiskers---Fall Colors
Art by Miran---ATG
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Creative Fingers---ATG
Pattie's Creations---Fall
Polkadoodles---Add Sparkle, Bling or Glitter
Art Impressions---Use Water-Based Inks (Colored Bird with Distress inks)
As You Like It---Favorite: Brights or Pastels?  (For some reason, I just use brights more)
Crafting with Attitude---ATG
DRS Designs---Fall-ing For You
Julia Spiri---ATG with optional Twist

There you have it, friends!  Make sure to visit our Challenge Blog---613 Avenue Create to join us for our "Anything Goes" Challenge with an optional Twist (Use Subway Art).  You can do whatever you fancy with your projects and have a chance to win fabulous prizes from our sponsors this week namely Bugaboo Digi Stamps, Drawn with Character and Poppyseed GraphicsAnyway, remember to fight the good fight of faith daily and always remember what God's Word told us in Galatians 6:9, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."  God bless, y'all!  


  1. Oh Jo Ann - yes we live in perilous times, and we are both blessed to live in societies where at this point we can live in peace, but we cannot be complacent about that!!
    Love your card - that bird is fabulous. I too would love those stamps, but the costs over here are even greater, at this point they are on my wish list.

  2. fabulous card thank you for joining our challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty and we hope to see you again. Jennifer DT member x

  3. A beutiful card and cute bird. Thank you for entering our challenge at Penny Black and more and good luck in our prize draw.


  4. Great card, got to love those crazy birds and your card uses one of them to perfection

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


  5. Wow, this is gorgeous! Love the adorable bird, and the papers you chose. So glad you shared with us at Pile It On!

  6. Ooooh girlfriend! I LOve how you colored that bird!! MUY cool!

  7. Love all the sewing and all the layering!
    Thank-you for joining us at Color Your World!

  8. Love your card Jo Ann. 'Thank you for joining us at color your World and the blog is linked.Thank-you for joining us at Color Your World!

  9. Gorgeous card, I love it!
    Thank you for playing with us at Brown Sugar Challenge this week!
    Good luck!
    Giada DT

  10. this is lovely thank you for taking part in the art by miran challenge
    Jane xx DT

  11. Oh this is a gorgeous card, I love the TH Bird stamps and are on my wish list, thanks for sharing it with us in the Brown Sugar Challenge, Karen DT

  12. Beautiful card love the crazy bird stamps thank you for sharing with us at Crafting with an Attitude - good luck
    Lyn - DT

  13. Stunning work - really special - thank you for joining us this time at Penny's Paper-Crafty and good luck - Michelle x

  14. Wow, this is stunning. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Brown Sugar Challenge. We look forward to seeing you again.

  15. A super creation for our Autumnal themes, many thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges.

    B x

  16. Such a great card, love the shape, the colors, and the way you did the bird. :)

  17. Very nice card. Thanks for joining us this week at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge.

  18. stunning is the only word i have...thanks for sharing at pile it on

  19. I am in love with this card! Love the bird - he totally makes this card rock and it was already wonderful without him. Fab card!!! Super post too - you put soo much heart into your posts. Thanks for sharing this with us in the DRS Designs Challenge! Hugz

  20. Another gorgeous card! Love the colors and that bird is a cutie. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt

  21. Lovely card, beautiful sentiment and great coloring! :) Thanks for playing along at Creative Fingers! Hope you will join us again! And check back to see if you are one of our winners ♥ PS: I got a huge blogcandy if you wanna join in! Tindaloo

  22. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at Creative Fingers and at Julia Spiri. Hope to see you again next time.

  23. I just love to see those crazy birds - and this is a great card.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril x

  24. Fabulous Card. thank you for entering the Glitter N Sparkle Challenge blog xx DT Sarahjayne xx (aka Crafter Sarah)

  25. A brilliant card with the crazy bird. Thanks for joining us at Fantasy Stampers Caz DT.

  26. Great card, really love the colours on the crazy bird!
    Perfect for our Animal Antics theme at Fantasy Stampers, thanks for joining us. X

  27. This is adorable, cute and just creative! Thank you for your lovely entry at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
    Ann DT

  28. Beautiful Card. Thank you so much for joining us at Polkadoodles challenge.
    Naz xxx



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