THE BLESSINGS OF CREATIVITY...

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


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Scripture Series: Have I Drawn Thee Flower Pot Card---Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge Happening at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello everyone!  Today starts another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)As always, we feature a Scripture Word Art (free to download at the WAW site) that comes from Jeremiah 31:3 which says, "The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."

Do you know that everything God does is motivated by His love?  Before we can even fathom the depths of what "True Love" is, God had already shown us love by allowing us to exist even though He knew what mankind was going to do. Before time ever existed and everything came into place, there's God---His will, plan and purpose!  Nothing is hidden from Him and His plan goes before any of us ever was.   And even before that, He also created the angels even though He knew Lucifer (Satan) would turn against Him and a third of these beings would wreak havoc all over His creation.  The Bible declared in 1 John 4:7-21 that "God is Love."  We will not know what "true love" looks like until we gaze at the best representative God sent to mankind---His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ!  John 1:18 says, "No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known."  Every word Jesus had spoken, every action He took and His intent for both shows us the unselfish (Agape) kind of love  that is uniquely God's.  Not one of us is capable of demonstrating the true essence of  "Agape" unless God Himself draws us to the the Lordship of Jesus Christ, our choosing to surrender our lives to Him and us allowing the Holy Spirit to take over.  We cannot fully understand the vastness of what "everlasting love" means other than it's love without end.  Yet even with our limited understanding and while depending solely on what Christ has shown us through His death, burial and resurrection,  we get a taste of what God's everlasting love is like.  As one who experienced the incredible love of God (once a sinner, saved by His grace and living each day through the guidance of the Holy Spirit),  God's love empowers me to see myself not on my daily struggles and battles nor how others perceive or accept me but according to the eternal love God has for me.  The finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross is not only victory I hold onto each day but my assurance to the eternal vastness of God's great love for me and everyone that love Him.  I am chosen from before time and He alone knows why, but I am so grateful He did.  I would like to share what I read from Life Application Bible about God's love as an exhortation to the verses from 1 John 4:7-10.  It truly blessed me so, here it is:

"Everyone believes that love is important, but love is usually thought of as a feeling.  In reality, love is a choice and an action, as 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 shows.  God is the source of our love: He loved us enough to sacrifice His Son for us.  Jesus is our example of what it means to love; everything He did in life and death was supremely loving.  The Holy Spirit gives us the power to love; He lives in our hearts and makes us more and more like Christ.  God's love always involves a choice and an action, and our love should be like His.  How well do you display your love for God in the choices you make and the actions you take?

John says, "God is love," not "Love is God."  Our world with its shallow and selfish view of love, has turned these words around and contaminated our understanding of love.  The world thinks that love is what makes a person feel good and that it is all right to sacrifice moral principles and other's rights in order to obtain  such "love."  But that isn't real love; it is the exact opposite---selfishness.  And God is not that kind of "love."  Real love is like God, Who is holy, just and perfect.  If we truly know God, we will love as He does.

Love explains (1) why God creates---because He loves, He creates people to love; (2) why God cares---because He loves them, He cares for sinful people; (3) why we are free to choose---God wants a loving response from us; (4) why Christ died---His love for us caused Him to seek a solution to the problem of Sin and (5) why we receive eternal life---God's love expresses itself to us forever.

Nothing sinful or evil can exist in God's presence.  He is absolute goodness.  He cannot overlook, condone of excuse sin as though it never happened.  He loves us, but His love does not make Him morally lax.  If we trust Christ, however, we will not have to bear the penalty for our sins (1 Peter 2:24).  We will be acquitted (Romans 5:18) by His atoning sacrifice."

For this Card, I used an image from WPlus9 called "Doodle Buds." I loved this stamp set the very first time I saw the cards people made with them.  Though it took some time, I am so glad I now have it in my collection.  So,  I stamped my favorite flower image on different colored CS and fussy-cut them, including the leaves.  The finished card measures 5 x 7 inches using Kraft CS as base.  The pot measures 4.5 x 4.25 x 3 inches.  The DP is from Recollections, the ribbon from my stash, the glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and the white nail head gems from Imaginisce.  I also inked part of the pot with Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), the sentiment in the message panel from Ms. Sparkle and Co.  and lastly, I added some stitching all over this creation.  I used this VIDEO from Splitcoasters as an inspiration for this creation. This was really fun to make.


 HAVE I DRAWN THEE FLOWER POT CARD


 HAVE I DRAWN THEE FLOWER POT CARD LAYERS


 HAVE I DRAWN THEE FLOWER POT CARD MESSAGE SPACE


HAVE I DRAWN THEE FLOWER POT CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:


Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times this week.  An awesome GC of  $25 worth will be awarded to our Challenge winner by our awesome sponsor---Simon Says Stamp.  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up as we meditate on the love of God today. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Scripture Series: They Shall Be Filled Card---Join Us for an Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

A wonderful Wednesday, everyone!  Today, we started another Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) as we feature another great Scripture Word Art (free for you to download at the WAW site).  It comes from Matthew 5:6 which tells us, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."

This verse is part of  the "Beatitudes" verses found in Matthew 5:3-12 and is a blessing if we take the time to ponder on these very important words of Jesus to all of us who have placed our trust in His finished work at the Cross.  I would like to share the exhortation to these verses from my Life Application Bible.  It says, "Jesus began His sermon with words that seem to contradict each other.  But God's way of living usually contradicts the world's (earthly, fleshly lifestyle).  If you want to live for God you must be ready to say and do what seems strange to the world.  You must be willing to give when others take, to love when others hate, to help when others abuse.  By giving up your own rights in order to serve others, you will one day receive everything God has in store for you.  

The Beatitudes can be understood in at least four ways.  (1) They are code of ethics for disciples and a standard of conduct for all believers.  (2) They contrast kingdom values (what is eternal) with worldly values (what is temporary).  (3) They contrast the superficial "faith" of the Pharisees with the real faith Christ wants.  (4) They show how the Old Testament expectations will be fulfilled in the new kingdom.  These Beatitudes are not multiple choice---pick what you like and leave the rest.  They must be taken as a whole.  They describe what we should be like as Christ's followers.

Each Beatitude tells us how to be blessed.  "Blessed" means more than happiness.  It implies the fortunate or enviable state of those who are in God's kingdom. The Beatitudes don't promise laughter, pleasure or earthly prosperity.  To Jesus, "blessed" means the experience of hope and joy, independent of outward circumstances.  To find hope and joy, the deepest form of happiness, follow Jesus no matter what the cost.  

With Jesus' announcement that the kingdom was near, people were naturally asking, "How do I qualify to be n God's kingdom?"  Jesus said that God's kingdom is organized differently from worldly kingdoms.  In the kingdom of heaven, wealth and power and authority are unimportant.  Kingdom people seek different blessings and benefits, and they have different attitudes.  Are your attitudes a carbon copy of the world's selfishness, pride and lust for power, or do they reflect the humility and self-sacrifice of Jesus, your King?  

I remember singing the song with our Praise Team at Church entitled "Servant of All."  It features  lyrics that sums up a believers life as citizens of the kingdom of God.  The part of the song that stayed with me described that Kingdom as, "Cause it's the inside outside upside down kingdom where you lose to gain and you die to live."  This is so true!  Since I surrendered my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ decades ago, I've experienced first hand the fierce battle that every child of God go through to faithfully accomplish God's will in and through my life.  On my own, I couldn't do it but because the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ who won every battle in this world lives inside of me, I can live the higher calling of God in my life.  I wage war daily against the temptations of this world and my personal war against my own self (human nature).  I've always wondered why many could not perceive the plain and simple Truth of the Gospel where you need to put your faith in what Jesus already accomplished at the Cross instead of trying to reach God through religion and good works which the Scripture attest will never gain anyone a ticket to God's kingdom (God called it "filthy rags" in His sight, Isaiah 54:6).  The God of heaven and earth has provided humanity with the Only Way (Only Solution) out of our misery (being in bondage with the enemy from the time we were physically born) in order for us to live righteously in His presence and escape the Lake of Fire reserved for Satan and his followers (the proud, rebellious and ungodly).  It is all in His Word, written in every pages of the Scripture, so that we don't have to guess or device our own way to gain His favor.  Through Jesus Christ, we are all accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:4-14).  But the Bible also tells us, "For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).  

What more can I say about this startling contrast between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world?  I had to search inward and realized that no matter how far I walked in accordance to this world (temporary existence) in my old life, something inside me felt void.  We heard many people said, "There's something missing in my life!" despite all the power, fame and opportunities money can buy. After reaching the pinnacle of riches and glory, they find that true happiness doesn't dwell there.  That's why we hear of people resorting to addiction of all types, non-stop parties and sexual perversion or drowning themselves with work so that they will not have to hear the voice of their conscience speaking to them.  Many of them would not admit how spiritually empty their life became till it was too late.  And we say, "What a waste!"  I don't mean to be insensitive, but all of us were given one life to live. These people rejected Christ and as a result,  they wasted the opportunity that their Maker gave them to fulfill their full potential.  They unplugged themselves from their power source and chose the bogus power of the enemy which was meant to destroy them.  Had they chose to surrender to God, His indwelling presence in them would have completed their existence---nothing missing, nothing broken!  But the horror of their denial of Christ doesn't end there as they must now continue that life in the everlasting torment apart from everything good, away from the presence of God.  Very, very sad!  My friends, I got persecuted, threatened and called many names a lot (especially in Social Media) and even lost a few family/friends along the way just because I share "The Gospel of Truth."  It  deeply hurts to be falsely accused when all you have in your heart is love for the souls that would otherwise perish eternally if they miss Christ in their lives.  Yet, I don't stop!  As the Spirit leads, I set aside my emotions and allow the Spirit of God to use me to whomever He places in my path.  It is not my place to convince anyone---it is the Holy Spirit's job.  I'm just His spokesperson. Yes, come to think of it, you'll never know who is hungry and thirsty enough---ready to be filled by God.  And so, be faithful no matter what, for our work in the Lord is never in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).

For this Card, I used an image from A Day for Daisies called "Fairy Queen Primrose" that I colored using my Touch Five and Prismacolor markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to create a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from Paper Studio, the flowers I layered are from Prima and inked around the edges with Distress Ink (Ground Expresso), the brad from Recollections and the gems are from Tulips.  I also added glitters (Stickles-Crystal) to the image as well as the leaves (punch used from Fiskars).  On the upper right corner, I stamped the vines from Penny Black and also stitched all over this card.   I am delighted with the result.
 

THEY SHALL BE FILLED CARD


 THEY SHALL BE FILLED CARD LAYERS


 THEY SHALL BE FILLED CARD INSIDE


THEY SHALL BE FILLED CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafty Creations---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG/Birthday
Inspiration Destination---ATG/Shaker Card
Mod Squad---Spark it Up
Paper Shelter---Flower Power
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Die-Cuts
City Crafter---Photo Inspiration
Create and Makes---ATG/Yellow
Digi Choosday---ATG
Everybody Art---ATG
Lemon Shortbread---ATG
PINspirational---Photo Inspiration
Retarte---ATG
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girlz---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG
Creative Ladybirds---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/Butterflies
Let's Craft and Create---Girls, Girls, Girls
Love to Craft---ATG


Hope you join the fun at our WAW Challenge.  Wonderful prizes awaits our winners from Lawn Fawn (Paper Pad and Stamp Set), All Dressed Up Stamps (Digi Images) and His Grace Works ($15 GC).  You can choose to incorporate the free Word Art (sentiment) you see in my card for projects you wish to make and link with us though it's not mandatory.  You can submit up to 5 projects (Anything Goes) each week as long as it's family friendly, inspirational or uplifting.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.  Have a blessed week and find opportunities to share the hope you have in Christ by being sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading. Hugs! 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Especially Made: Happiness is Coming Your Way Card---Join Us for Another Monthly Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Hi, friends!  Sorry for the delay posting my Card as I  was super busy yesterday  (talking about not having time to sleep kind of busy).  We began another monthly Anything Goes (with optional Theme) Challenge at 613 Avenue Create yesterday and I am featuring a Baby Shower Card. 

For this Card, I used an image from Stamping Bella called "Baby Carriage Abella" that I watercolored using Stabilo 68 markers.  The base is a pre-cut, A7, white CS from Paper Studio that comes with an envelope.  The DP's are from my scraps and I used a couple of washi tapes from Recollections.  The inside sentiment was stamped with a Cloud 9 clear stamps.  Finally, I stitched all over this card for added dimension.  I made this card for a friend who after many years of waiting for a child, she finally have her prayers answered.  It's always nice to see the supernatural working of the Lord for those who continue to trust and believe.

Aren't you glad to hear many testimonies of God's miraculous work in our time?  Yes, the Bible is full of many accounts of Almighty God's miraculous work in the lives of His creation and history proves them all.  We saw what Jesus did in His time and we marvel at the power and authority He demonstrated to bless and heal people and to free all of us from the bondage of the enemy through His finished work at the Cross.  Some people say that there's no more miracles in our time.  Why not?  I supposed many of them are expecting miracles of epic proportion similar to the parting of the Red Sea during the time of Moses. Yet a heart that is yielded to God (Born-again, John 3:3) always finds miracles upon miracles weaved underneath our daily circumstances in life.  I see miracles in God's love and goodness given and demonstrated by others everyday.  Yes, God sends and still uses people.  We've heard of God using even the unbelievers to bless His children.

I know I've shared this before but when I think about God's miraculous goodness, I always go back to this wonderful time in my life.  I remember when I was 20 years old and a new believer in Christ back in the Philippines...It was one of our difficult times when my Mom and I had only enough to buy one meal for the day.  We can use it either for lunch or dinner and would have to trust God for the next.  We agreed to spend it for lunch and as I was preparing myself to head out and buy food at a nearby restaurant,  we heard a familiar knock at our gate.  I was glad to see it was my godmother visiting us.  Now, guess what she brought with her?  It was bread, fried noodles and a soda for lunch.  As I was setting our table, my Mom and I looked at each other and we just knew---God's work, God's perfect timing, God's goodness!  My godmother didn't know anything about our situation, she didn't have a personal relationship with God yet God used her to bless us that day and for many more days eventually.  It turned out, even without asking, she gave my Mom a couple hundred pesos (Philippine currency) to bless us before she left and so, the very money we intended for one meal that day was not even spent when my Mom got her next pay-check.  I was also blessed with a job in a cotton factory shortly after that despite being a College undergraduate.  With the little I saved working there for three years, I was able to enroll myself back to school, landed a job as a Restaurant Manager after graduation and a year after, a job in International Cruising for 6 years.  Never in my life did I imagine I would visit many countries, be married to an American and become a US citizen.  I know many people dream of the life I now have but I was simply obeying the Lord each step of the way and He opened many doors for me and He still is.  My entire life is a series of miracles upon miracles.  When God is giving you blessings, you better believe that the enemy is also there to stop it so, there's many struggles along the way but as I called and trusted in the Lord---His purpose, goodness and love prevailed.  And I believe, there's MORE BLESSINGS to come.  So, yes, I don't have to look for spectacular things everywhere to realize that my God still works miracles.  I just have to go through my own life and see His hand working in everything.  And the miracles happening with others? Those I consider  delicious icing on top of God's wonderful and awesome goodness.  I would like to share this wonderful Bible account from 1 Kings 17:7-16 to encourage us to always trust God in all our circumstances because when He promised to supply all our needs, He meant to keep it.

Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath

"Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”“As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah."


 HAPPINESS IS COMING YOUR WAY CARD


 HAPPINESS IS COMING YOUR WAY CARD LAYERS


 HAPPINESS IS COMING YOUR WAY CARD INSIDE


HAPPINESS IS COMING YOUR WAY  CARD WITH ENVELOPE


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Creative Moments---ATG/Birthday
Inspiration Destination---ATG/Shaker Card
Create and Makes---ATG/Yellow
Everybody Art---ATG
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Create with TLC---ATG
CAS Watercolour---Summer
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girlz---ATG
Creatalicious---ATG
Creative Ladybirds---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/Butterflies
Let's Craft and Create---Girls, Girls, Girls
Love to Craft---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG


This it for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge.  If you want to be challenged (like I was), take on the Optional Twist.  But there's really no reason for you to miss it. Can't wait to see what you create. The Lord is with you every step of the way so, be at peace that you have Someone you can trust and have your back always.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scripture Series: As the Hart Panteth Window Slider Card---Join Us for Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  Wow, a couple of weeks passed, just like that!  Now, I am back to highlight another Scripture Word Art (free to download) featured in our Word Art Wednesday (WAW) Challenge site.  It comes from Psalm 42:1 which says, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” My Life Application Bible explains it wonderfully this way:  "As the life of a deer depends upon water, so our lives depend upon God.  Those who seek Him and long to understand Him  find never ending life."

Come to think of it, almost everything on earth need water to live/survive.  We don't need to go further than our own  (human beings) need for water.  It's no coincidence that we can survive longer without food but not so much without water.  Our body craves it and we can attest to that need especially on many summer days out in the sun or many hours of physical exertion.  But hear me on this---as much as our physical bodies need physical water, so thus our spirits.  Man's spiritual component needs the Living Water whose Source is Jesus Christ.  Gotquestions.org had a very interesting article on what Jesus meant when He spoke about the Living Water.  Here's what is says:

Jesus uses the phrase “living water” in two instances in the Bible. The first instance is found in John chapter 4. Jesus was tired and sat at a well while His disciples went into town to buy food. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus asked her for a drink. The Samaritan woman was quite shocked because Jesus was a Jew, and Jews simply hated the Samaritans. Of course, she had no idea who Jesus was and asked Him how He could ask her for water since He was a Jew. (To find out the conflict between Jews and Samaritans, go HERE).

Jesus ignored the question and went right to the point, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10). Notice that He does not say that He is the living water, but that He would give living water to her, and when she received it, she would never thirst again. Of course, that does not tell us what the living water is! For that, we must go to another passage of Scripture. In this case, Jesus is in the temple surrounded by a throng of worshippers. He suddenly cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:37–39, emphasis added).
 

Here Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the living water. External influence of the Spirit had always been given in the conversion and sanctification of the Old Testament saints and prophets, but the gift of the Spirit who would indwell believers had not yet been received (Acts 10:44–45). So, though many people say that Jesus is the living water, Jesus Himself intended the phrase to mean the Holy Spirit who dwells in believers and seals them for salvation (Ephesians 1:13–14). It is the ministry of the Spirit, flowing out of a heart redeemed by God, that blesses believers and, through them, brings life and light to the world."

As much as we need the physical water for our bodies, humanity needs the Living Water (Holy Spirit) for our spiritual wellness.  As a believer (Born-again, John 3:3) in Christ, the Holy Spirit now lives inside of me.  He quenches every thirst---satisfying me today and forever.   Before I came to know Christ, I thought I would be satisfied by making something good of myself.  And yet the more I go after the desires of this world, the void in my heart kept increasing.  It was a hunger and a thirst for something more than this world could offer.  Isn't it curious that many people who have achieved great things in this life (wealth, fame, power etc.) whom we considered iconic took their own lives in the height of their careers?  It is obvious that joy, peace and righteousness which is ultimately and greatly  desired by many does not come from this world but from the throne of Almighty God.  Jesus invited people to drink from the wells of salvation 2,000 years ago and He is still calling on everyone today.  The Living Water is available for free to anyone who truly seek, believe and desires to know Jesus Christ.  Anyone who humbles himself before the Lord will not be turned away. No amount of money or worldly possession can equal its benefits in satisfying our thirst forever.  So my question is, how thirsty are you?   Isaiah 41:17-18 says, "“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs."

For this Card, I used an image from Art Impressions Try' Folds called "Lake House"  and watercolored it using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  The base is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 4.5 x 6 inches card (up to 7 inches with the fish tail banners).  The DP's are from My Mind's Eye and Recollections.  Other sentiments stamped inside are from Printworks.  I also used some washi tape for the fish tail and stapled it to the inside panel. Lastly, I added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) and ran it through my sewing machine for some stitching. I saw a video on YouTube on how to make this long time ago but didn't get a chance to try it.  I'm so glad I stumbled upon it yesterday so, if you're interested, here's a VIDEO instruction on how to make this fabulous card fold.  I just customized my card to the size I wanted it to be.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 


 AS THE HART PANTETH WINDOW SLIDER CARD


 AS THE HART PANTETH WINDOW SLIDER CARD LAYERS


 AS THE HART PANTETH WINDOW SLIDER CARD MESSAGE SPACE


 AS THE HART PANTETH WINDOW SLIDER CARD WITH ENVELOPE


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Color Throwdown---Color Inspiration 
Crafty Creations---ATG 
Crafty Gals---2 or More Designer Papers
Creative Moments---ATG  
House Stamps Built---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG 
Simon Says Stamp---Furry Friends 
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Die-Cuts
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Crafty Sentiments---ATG 
Deep Ocean---Our Furry/Feathered Friends 
Digi Choosday---ATG 
Lemon Shortbread---ATG 
Retarte---ATG
Stinkin Inkers---It's Spring
TTCRD---ATG
Tuesday Throwdown---ATG 
Always Fun---ATG
Artistic Inspirations---ATG 
Colouring in Scrapland---ATG
Color Inspiration Monday---Colored Image
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
PIP---ATG
Simon Says Monday---Critters
Paper Nest Dolls---ATG 
 
Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times this week.  Wonderful prize to be won from our sponsor---Simon Says Stamp ($25 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, meditate on the goodness of the Lord and rely on His promises. He is always good!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Scripture Series: I Will Not Leave Thee Card---It's Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello everyone!  I'm so sorry for the delayed posting of this project I made for Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  There's so much to do yesterday that I didn't get a chance to finish/publish this post.  Anyway, we just started another Challenge at WAW and as always, it's Anything Goes as long as it's inspirational and family friendly.  Our free Scripture Word Art (you can download at the WAW site) for this Challenge comes from Genesis 28:15 which tells us, "And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of."

This wonderful verse of promise was given to Jacob by Almighty God in his dream.  If we don't know the story of Jacob---how he deceived his brother (Esau) for his birthright, likewise his own father (Isaac) was tricked into blessing him (took advantage of his weak eyesight due to old age) after he thought he was Esau.  Jacob did some terrible things, for sure.  But God had a plan for him (like God has a plan for each and everyone of His children)  from before the foundations of the earth.  Ephesians 1:4-5 says, "For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves."  Let's admit it, many of us are so quick to judge people. We set up a checklist when it comes to whom we allow to influence and lead us.  I don't see anything wrong with being wise and cautious as many are truly out there to deceive and harm us if we are not careful.  My point is that while being observant, we need to also be sensitive to the voice and the move of the Holy Spirit.  I remember just several months ago,  I struggled to make a choice between two undesirable Presidential candidates.  Not one of them came close to my spiritual checklist and I prayed and asked the Lord for direction.  Though one may not be as worst as the other, I didn't have the confidence to allow this candidate to lead me, my family, my country and the world.  As I waited upon the Lord, God showed me little things here and there that finally convinced me to support our now current President, Donald Trump.  Sure, he didn't fit my (spiritual) checklist as a person but many of his plans, decisions and actions turned out to be closest to upholding life, safety for Americans, stopping lawlessness and globalization (One World Government) and he demonstrated respect for God and country.  I remember a good friend at the Church told me that if God can use a donkey to talk sense to the prophet Balaam, He can definitely use anyone (including an unbeliever) to carry out His purpose here on earth (Numbers 22:27-29).   I would like to share with you a summary of the life of Jacob that I got from my Life Application Bible as it will open us up to God's greater plan for us and His faithfulness to keep His promises despite our imperfections and setbacks.  Hope you'd be blessed...

"Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are among the significant people in the Old Testament.  It is important to realize that this significance is not based upon their personal characters, but upon the character of God.  They were all men who earned the grudging respect and even fear of their peers, they were wealthy and powerful, and yet each was capable of lying, deceit and selfishness.  They were not the perfect heroes we might have expected; instead they were just like us, trying to please God, but often falling short.

Jacob was the third link in God's plan to start a nation from Abraham.  The success of that plan was more often in spite of than because of Jacob's life.  Before Jacob was born, God promised that His plan would be worked out through Jacob and not his twin brother, Esau.  Although Jacob's methods were not always respectable, his skill, determination, and patience have to be admired.  As we follow him from birth to death, we are able to see God's work.

Jacob's life had four stages, each marked by a personal encounter with God.  In the first stage, Jacob lived up to his name, which means "he grasps the heel" (figuratively, "he deceives"). He grabbed Esau's heel at birth, and by the time he fled from home, he had also grabbed his brother's  birthright and blessing.  During his flight, God first appeared to him.  Not only did God confirm to Jacob his blessing, but he awakened in Jacob a personal knowledge of himself.  In the second stage, Jacob experienced life from the other side, being manipulated and deceived by Laban.  But there is a curious change: the Jacob of stage one would simply have left Laban, whereas the Jacob of stage two, after deciding to leave, waited six years for God's permission.  In the third stage, Jacob was in a new role as grabber.  This time, by the Jordan River,  he grabbed on to God and wouldn't let go.  He realized his dependence on the God who had continued to bless him.  His relationship to God became essential to his life, and his name was changed to Israel, "he struggles with God."  Jacob's last stage of life was to be grabbed---God achieved a firm hold on him.  In responding to Joseph's invitation to come to Egypt, Jacob was clearly unwilling to make a move without God's approval.  

Can you think of times when God has made Himself known to you? Do you allow yourself to meet Him as you study His Word?  What difference have these experiences made in your life?  Are you more like the young Jacob, forcing God to track you down in the desert of your own plans and mistakes?  Or are you more like the Jacob who placed his desires and plans before God for His approval before taking an action?"---God has  wonderful plans for us and though in our stubbornness we get distracted along the way,  He is faithful to lead us to the right path when we yield.  Sharing the following verses to you:

"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."  (Ephesians 2:10)

"Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.  Many are the plans in a person’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails."  (Proverbs 19:20-21)

"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. (Romans 8:27-28)

For this Card, I used an image from our sponsor, Bugaboo Digital Stamps, called "Attitude Car" and colored it with my Touch Five markers.  The base is an A7 size pre-cut card, The DP's from Paper Studio, the clouds are cut out from a DP from Heidi Grace.  I used a couple of border stamps, one from Fiskars and the other from Cloud 9.  The white gems are from Imaginisce and the glitters from Stickles (Crystal).  I also added some Liquid Pearls (Key Lime) at the center of the flowers in the car.  And finally, some fancy and regular stitching courtesy of my sewing machine.


 I WILL NOT LEAVE THEE CARD


 I WILL NOT LEAVE THEE CARD SIDE VIEW


I WILL NOT LEAVE THEE CARD LAYERS


I WILL NOT LEAVE THEE CARD INSIDE


I WILL NOT LEAVE THEE CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Perfect Time to Craft---ATG 
Aussie Digital---ATG
Classic DT---ATG 
Color Sisters---Color Palette 
Crafts and Me---ATG 
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG 
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG 
Craftyhazelnut's---Designer Paper 
Create and Inspire---ATG/Stencil
Creative Ladybirds---ATG 
Daisy Chain---ATG
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---Make Your Own Background 
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG 
Mix It Up---ATG/Embossing
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG 


Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times this week.  You can win wonderful goodies from our awesome sponsors this week---The Kraft Outlet ($15 GC), Stix 2 Anything (Goodie Bag) and Bugaboo Digi Stamps (Digi Images).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you as you find true beauty in yourself and others through the eyes of our Maker.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Scripture Series: Crochet Baby Lovey Blanket with Matching Sandals in a Box---Join the Fun at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello there, everyone!  It's the first Sunday of this month and as always, we are bringing to you another monthly Anything Goes Challenge from our neighborhood,  613 Avenue Create!  You can create anything but if you want to take the optional twist, it's all about "Creating a Container,"

Before I continue on my project, I want to share something that God has placed upon my heart that I learned in my Bible class the past few weeks.  As we go through life and make choices that either leads to triumph, defeat or more battles, we have to know the POSITION (the Truth) we stand on.  Many in this world think of position as one's status in the society (wealth, fame, power, influence, appearance among others).  We can all agree that these days, one or more of these things may get you some pleasure, comfort and opportunities that is why many spend their lifetime going after them.  But no, that is not the  kind of POSITION I am talking about.  In John 14:5-6, we see Thomas asking Jesus a very important question, "“Lord,” said Thomas, “we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me." Anyone who would like to navigate this life in the right direction (God's purpose) under God's principles (reality in God's perspective) to experience a life without end in the presence of our Father Almighty need only to focus on these two things---"Who Jesus Is" and "What Jesus has done." I found an article at gotquestions.org that provides clarity on these two and how important it is for us to fully understand "Who we are in Christ."  Here's what is says:

WHO JESUS IS AND WHAT HE HAS DONE?
  "So, who did Jesus claim to be? Who does the Bible say He is? First, let's look at Jesus’ words in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” At first glance, this might not seem to be a claim to be God. However, look at the Jews’ reaction to His statement, “‘We are not stoning you for any of these,’ replied the Jews, ‘but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God’” (John 10:33). The Jews understood Jesus’ statement as a claim to be God. In the following verses, Jesus never corrects the Jews by saying, “I did not claim to be God.” That indicates Jesus was truly saying He was God by declaring, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). John 8:58 is another example: “‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’” Again, in response, the Jews took up stones in an attempt to stone Jesus (John 8:59). Jesus’ announcing His identity as “I am” is a direct application of the Old Testament name for God (Exodus 3:14). Why would the Jews again want to stone Jesus if He had not said something they believed to be blasphemous, namely, a claim to be God? 

John 1:1 says “the Word was God.” John 1:14 says “the Word became flesh.” This clearly indicates that Jesus is God in the flesh. Thomas the disciple declared to Jesus, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Jesus does not correct him. The apostle Paul describes Him as, “…our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). The apostle Peter says the same, “…our God and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1). God the Father is witness of Jesus’ full identity as well, “But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.’” Old Testament prophecies of Christ announce His deity, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Why is the question over Jesus’ true identity so important? Why does it matter whether or not Jesus is God? The most important reason that Jesus has to be God is that if He is not God, His death would not have been sufficient to pay the penalty for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). Only God could pay such an infinite penalty (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus had to be God so that He could pay our debt. Jesus had to be man so He could die. Salvation is available only through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus’ deity is why He is the only way of salvation. Jesus’ deity is why He proclaimed, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

When we repented of our sins (humbled ourselves) and accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (Born-again, John 3:3), we became one with Christ!  Simply put, "In Him we live and move and have our beings (Acts 17:28).  Our identity is in Him.  Everything that happened to Him happens to us.  Just like we were in Adam just by being born into this world, so those that come to Christ dies from being in Adam and by faith (in what Jesus did at the Cross) are Born-again in Christ (New Creature/Creation in Christ).  His victory at the Cross has won us not just our freedom from the bondage of Satan and the Sin Nature. More importantly,  the Father bestowed upon us His RIGHTEOUSNESS (right standing with God).  His finished work at the Cross  POSITIONED  and EQUIPPED us to rule and reign with Him not only in this lifetime but for all eternity.   In line with this Truth, our PRESENT CONDITION (Trials, problems, defeat, lack etc.) should always be dealt with by our POSITION IN CHRIST (Who we are in Christ).  You see, when this Truth sank deep into my heart, I knew I cannot live the same way... "I am a daughter of the Most High God! In Jesus Lordship, I trust. In Him I possess all the powers and authority necessary to trample and destroy all the works and plans of the enemy , to proclaim the Gospel, to give sight to the blind and set the captives free.  I am set to rule in His eternal kingdom and live forever in His presence. So no matter how bad it looks in my present condition, the Christ in me reminds me of what I possess in Christ!  Got problems?  THINK POSITION!

For the Gift Box, I used Kraft as the base to make a box measuring 8 inches square  and 2 inches thick.  I layered it with some DP's from my stash and made a  band to secure it close.  I generated the Scripture using my computer and attached the image (Inkadinkado) as well as some washi tape (Recollections) to the band.

For the Crochet lovey, I followed a pattern in the book "Animal Blanket Lovies" from Leisure Arts and the Greek style sandals is a pattern from the "Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet."  A friend at Church decided to purchase this for her newborn grand kid after she saw the pics of what I made.  Below (last pic) is the picture of the actual pic of the baby (recipient) enjoying it.   I'm so thrilled it fits perfectly. 


 CROCHET LOVEY BLANKET WITH MATCHING SANDALS


 CROCHET LOVEY BLANKET (PUPPY)


CROCHET  BABY GRECIAN SANDALS


 BABY SHOWER GIFT BOX


 BABY SHOWER GIFT BOX CONTENTS


PERFECT GIFT (WELL APPRECIATED BY THE RECIPIENT)


This Gift Box is entered into the following Challenges:

2 Crafty Critter---Feature Creature 
Perfect Time to Craft---ATG 
Aussie Digital---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts and Me---ATG  
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Animals---ATG 
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Designer Paper 
Creative Ladybirds---ATG 
Daisy Chain---ATG
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---Make Your Own Background 
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Mix It Up---ATG/Embossing 
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG


This it for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge.  Can't wait to see what you create. The Lord is with you every step of the way so, don't be afraid of the what the future holds---we are safe in the arms of Christ always.  Remember to dedicate every plans to Him and to faithfully give Him all the glory! 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Scripture Series: Be Joyful in Thee Card---Another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday...

Hi there! Its time for another bi-weekly Challenge of Anything Inspirational at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)Our Scripture Word Art (free download at the WAW site) comes from Psalm 5:11 which says,  "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee."

As I read through Psalm 5, I saw King David's intimate knowledge and relationship with God.  The Spirit of God worked into his life that though he was born before the time of Jesus and the New Testament, he spoke of a "trust"  (believing, reliance, dependence)  in a God Who is able to save, protect and defend us.  The enemy fill our hearts with lies every second that if we are not grounded in the Truth (Jesus as the Way, Truth and Life), we can easily be swayed by twisted doctrines/teachings.  From the very beginning (Genesis 2:17), God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil for they will surely die (first mention of Death).  God established and made clear this Truth to His creation.  But Satan (in the form of a serpent) perverted that Truth and told Eve in Genesis 3:4-5, “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Satan planted doubt and influenced Adam and Eve to disobey God resulting to the Fall of Man.  Sin, which originated in the heart of Lucifer (called the Sin Nature), is the overwhelming desire to rebel against God which placed all of humanity (born into this world) in bondage.  There was no way out and we were doomed to face God's wrath forever.  Man became so selfish and evil with no reverence for God.  It's no surprise that  Jesus spoke this harsh Truth to those who claimed they know God but merely lied as they neither believe nor obey Him (in their actions).  John 8:42-47 says, "Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

Friends, anyone who says that Jesus is just a gentle, meek and loving God has clearly no idea of the Jesus Christ of the Bible.  As much as He is a God who loves us (demonstrated by His sacrifice at the Cross to free us from the bondage of the Sin Nature and Satan himself, He is also a Just God.  That means He cannot tolerate any form of Sin.  By denying (render useless) the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross which is Almighty God's ONLY means of freeing us from being in Adam (literally, in Satan), you are declaring an all-out war with God and has chosen to invite His Wrath.  Believe me, I could not even imagine what is in direct opposite of God's love---outside of God's grace!  Many people think that this earthly life is all there is but until you stop focusing on the puzzle pieces of your life (selfishness), widen your perspective to God's big picture (eternal perspective), you will live a mediocre life filled with lies that will cause the destruction of your soul.  If there is a time to trust Jesus and claim the salvation He won in your behalf---it is NOW!  Who you trust and live for in this life will be the basis of your eternal destination. To be in Adam (rebellion and unbelief) puts you in the path of God's judgment no matter how great you think your life (good works) is here.

But like what our Scripture Word Art says, those who trust in Jesus have every reason to rejoice.  Why?  For our reliance upon the Cross and all its benefits has won for us "righteousness" in the presence of our Father in heaven.  This right standing with God is not by any works of our own but one that only God Himself bestows to them that places their faith in His Son.  It happened the moment I repented of my sin (being in Adam) and confess Jesus as my Lord and Savior (to be Born-again, John 3:3), I died from my affiliation with Adam and I became one with Christ (In Christ).  God paid for my sins (past, present and future).  Hence, I no longer have to carry the death penalty for my sins.  JESUS GAVE AND DID IT ALL!  By being in Him, He also gave me the power to trample over the lies and works of the enemy.  The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of me.  By Jesus' blood, His Cross and His Name, I can destroy the works and power of the enemy in every shape and form.  Knowing His Word (the Scripture) is knowing His Will so I can confidently speak with boldness and certainty to have received everything God promised in His Word. WE HAVE THE POWER, IN JESUS' NAME!  Always look at the bigger picture and you'll see that fear should in no way cripple us in all our battles.  Rejoice! Jesus has so much in store for us than this temporary life can offer.  Having this mindset, I live each day with excitement of what Jesus would do through me...

For this Card, I used an image from Stamping Bella called "Tiny Townie Tiny Dancers" and the flower stamps from Dylusions.   I watercolored all the images using my Stabilo 68 pens.  The base is an A7 Kraft card from Paper Studio, the DP is from American Crafts, the glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and the pearly dots were created with Liquid Pearls (White Opal).  I incorporated some inking using Pumice Stone Distress Ink and lastly, I ran some of the panels into my sewing machine to create some regular and fancy stitched borders. 


BE JOYFUL IN THEE CARD 


BE JOYFUL IN THEE CARD LAYERS 


BE JOYFUL IN THEE CARD INSIDE


BE JOYFUL IN THEE CARD  WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafty Gals---ATG 
Creative Moments---ATG/Spring Has Sprung 
Inspiration Destination---ATG/Masculine
Sisterhood of Crafters---Letter "B" (Ballerina) 
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Add a Sentiment


Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times this week.  An awesome GC of  $25 worth will be awarded to our Challenge winner by our awesome sponsor---Simon Says Stamp.  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up as we meditate on the name of Jesus today.  There is power in His Name and it's available to everyone that believes.

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