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.


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Scripture Series: Our Sufficiency is of God Card---Join Us for our Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, Crafty Peeps!  We are having another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge happening at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)Our Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site) comes from 2 Corinthians 3:4-5 which says, "And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God."  The Church of Corinth was plagued not only by sexual immorality but great division.  In this verse, the Apostle Paul was dealing with many false teachers that created division and poisoned the minds of God's people.  They presented fake letters of recommendations to authenticate their authority as ministers of God to deceive people from the Truth.  Yet true men and women of God were proven by the work they've done in the lives of others as a result of their obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Not that they did the work of converting the hearts of this people through their own efforts but had been willing instruments of the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of every individual God placed in their care.  Therefore, no servant of the Lord could take credit for converting individuals.  We deliver the Good News (death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ) to whom God sends us to and it's the sole work of the Holy Spirit to implant this Good News in a person's heart and cause it to flourish. I love what my Life Application Bible says about our highlighted verses and would like to share it with you.  It says, "Paul was not boasting; he gave God the credit for all his accomplishments.  While the false teachers boasted of their own power and prestige, Paul expressed his humility before God.  No one can claim to be adequate without God's help.  No one is competent to carry out the responsibilities of God's calling in his or her own strength.  Without the Holy Spirit's enabling, our natural talent can carry us only so far.  As Christ's witnesses, we need the character and special strength that only God gives."

At this day and time where individualism and materialism are often encouraged, let us not forget that our life here is temporary and we should resist any temptation of glorifying ourselves/other people based on our/their talents and achievements.  While it is normal to see this world caught up in the web of deception and utter selfishness, every true follower of Jesus Christ need to be grounded in the truth of the Word of God to avoid being deceived.  Isn't it interesting that many of the famous talents of our time came from a Christian upbringing?   Yet they pursued fame and fortune and used the talent God gave them to serve their own interests till they no longer recognize the One that gave them such talent in the first place.  They not only rebel but have encouraged others to follow the same path of deception.  It is very easy for anyone to say they are Christians but the genuine believers of Jesus Christ are distinguished from the fake by their fruits.  Jesus said in Matthew 7:15-17, "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit."  I have to share a portion of an article from Gotquestions.org regarding these latter verses that truly opened my eyes to the importance of discernment.  It says, "In our lives, every word and every action is fruit from our hearts. Sinners sin because that’s what is in their hearts. Thieves steal, rapists attack, and adulterers cheat because those sins are the fruit being produced from an evil heart. Bad hearts produce bad fruit. When Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruit” concerning false teachers, He was giving us a guide for identifying them. False prophets, speakers of lies, will have actions that correspond to their errant message. Just as their message is anti-God, so will be their works. They will stray from the path of righteousness.  When we repent of our sin and receive Jesus as Lord of our lives (John 1:12; Acts 2:38), He changes our hearts (2 Corinthians 5:17). Now the fruit that is produced is good fruit. Galatians 5:22 lists some of the fruit produced by a heart in tune with God. Our attitudes, actions, words, and perspectives change as we walk in fellowship with the Holy Spirit (1 John 1:6–7). When our hearts change, our fruit changes.  Many false prophets have come and gone, and many of them lived in blatant sin while preaching their message.  Jim Jones openly engaged in adultery, drug use, and profanity.  David Koresh had child “wives” as young as 11. False teachers might display the “fruit” of sexual immorality, greed, materialism, gluttony, and other sins while justifying their behavior and lifting themselves up as something holy. Unfortunately, many people through the years have been duped into following such characters and joining them in justifying the sin. If only they had heeded Jesus’ warning that “you will know them by their fruit.” No matter how good or convincing someone sounds, if he is bearing bad fruit, his message should be avoided. 

Godly teachers will display good “fruit” such as making disciples (Matthew 28:19), using their gifts to benefit others (Romans 12:4–8), leading lost people to Jesus (James 5:20), loving their fellow believers (1 John 3:14), and seeking humble ways to do good everywhere (Jeremiah 29:7). All of these things are indications of a good heart. Often, people profess faith in Jesus as Savior, but it is a mere profession with no real faith. Some religious groups encourage baptism, confirmation, or other religious rites that are supposed to ensure one’s future in heaven. But as time goes on, the fruit being produced in such a life looks nothing like what is clearly prescribed in the Bible (1 Peter 1:16). Some attend church services but spend the rest of their time living entirely for themselves. Some may rise to prominence, even teaching or preaching, writing books, or dominating the media, but the fruit of their lives belies their words (Matthew 24:24). Greed, deception, immorality, pride, or dishonesty defines them, making them false prophets by Jesus’ standards (2 Peter 2:1–3). While we can never know anyone else’s heart, we can make wise assessments about other people by observing the regular fruit of their lives. All of us stumble from time to time, and we may go through seasons of bearing little fruit (1 John 1:8). But 1 John 3:4–10 makes it clear that those who know God will not continue a lifestyle of bearing bad fruit. We have been transformed, and the fruit of our lives is evidence of that transformation. Apple trees don’t produce bananas, and strawberry plants don’t produce figs. This fact of nature is also true in the spiritual realm. We can identify those whose hearts have been redeemed by the fruit we see in their lives." 

For this Card, I used an image from Art Impressions called "Road Trip" that I watercolored with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  The base is a white A7 pre-cut card from Paper Studio.  I originally planned colorful background using fancy DP's but the watercolor is highlighted wonderfully using a white backdrop.  To add more interest to this card, I just included some washi tape from Tape Works and some white nail head gems from Imaginisce.  I also scribbled "Jesus" on the arrow.  Lastly, I stitched on the card panels and walah, a card I truly love. 


 OUR SUFFICIENCY IS OF GOD CARD


 OUR SUFFICIENCY IS OF GOD CARD LAYERS


OUR SUFFICIENCY IS OF GOD CARD INSIDE

OUR SUFFICIENCY IS OF GOD CARD WITH ENVELOPE


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 each week.  You can win wonderful goodies from our awesome sponsor this week---The Project Bin ($15 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you as you continue to serve the Lord, bearing good fruits. 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Crochet Corner: Crochet Basket with Amigurumi Dog---Join Us for our Anything Goes Challenge this August at 613 Avenue Create!

Hi there, guys.  We have a brand new Challenge happening at 613 Avenue Create so feel free to link your Anything Goes projects with optional theme of  "Make/Decorate a Container” for the fun of sharing your craft.  I’ve been so preoccupied that this post came very late.  I don’t want to delay this much longer so, I’ll add my usual Scripture devotional soon.  Please check on my Blog again next week. I hope you enjoy my featured project and that it inspire you to create more.

August 17, 2019 (Added post)
As promised, here's a devotional I wanted to share with you and it comes from 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 which says, "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you."  I chose these verses as it deals with "jars of clay" that coincides with our optional theme of decorating/creating a container.  I created this basket not with clay but using some appropriate yarn, tools and the skill and ability the Lord blessed me with.  From the talents we are given, we are able to produce beautiful and useful things.  But have we pondered on the reality that apart from our creation, we are first masterfully created by God to be beautiful and useful for His kingdom?  As human beings, we intentionally create things for a purpose.  Just as I created the basket you see in here to hold my yarn and stuffed animal, God has a unique purpose/mission for each and everyone of us.  

Though we were given talents, we couldn't function without the life, strength and the brain that also comes from God to produce something.  Acts 17:28 clearly states, "For in him we live and move and have our being.’As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ It is sad to see people boasting of their own talents and abilities as if they are their own god.  It is total madness as anyone with a clear mind could tell that no human can survive without God.  It is solely by His grace that we are alive today.  Every Born-again (John 3:3) believer should always consider each waking moment as an opportunity to serve the Lord knowing that He has equipped us with everything we needed to carry out His purpose as directed by His Holy Spirit inside of us.    I would like to share the exhortation I read in my Life Application Bible regarding the highlighted verses in this post.  It says, "The supremely valuable message of salvation in Jesus Christ has been entrusted by God to frail and fallible human beings ("jars of clay").  Paul's focus, however, was not on the perishable container but on its priceless contents---God's power dwelling in us.  Though we are weak, God uses us to spread His Good News, and He gives us power to do His work. Knowing that the power is His, not ours, should keep us from pride and motivate us to keep daily contact with God, our power source.  Our responsibility is to let people see God through us.  Paul reminds us that though we may be at the end of our rope, we are never at the end of our hope. Our perishable bodies are subject to sin and suffering, but God never abandons us.  Because Christ has won the victory over death, we have eternal life.  All our risks, humiliations and trials are opportunities for Christ to demonstrate His power and presence in and through us.  We must ask ourselves, "Could I handle the suffering and opposition Paul did?"  The success syndrome is a great enemy of effective ministry.  From an earthly perspective, Paul was not very successful.  Like Paul, we must carry out our ministry, looking to God for strength.  When opposition, slander or disappointment threaten to rob you of the victory, remember that no one can destroy what God has accomplished through you."

For this project, I decided to take on the Optional Theme of our Challenge and that is to "Create or Decorate a Container."  With the very little time I had,  I knew that it would take me a shorter time to make this than to create or decorate some kind of box under paper crafting.  So, I saw this wonderful VIDEO tutorial at YouTube from "MJ's Off the Hook" channel.  Since I happened to have all the materials needed, I went on with it and I was amazed at how it turned out really cute.  It measures 9 inches in diameter and 6 inches in height using the Big Twist Super Bulky Yarn in the color gray.  Now, I crochet the Amigurumi Dog a while back and it's one of the 7 dogs I already completed from Kerry Lord's Book called Edward Menagerie Dogs.  This dog is called "Geoff the Westland Terrier" and is 9.5 inches when sitting and about 14  inches when standing. I used a worsted weight yarn. Some of the instructions are also in YouTube and it truly helped when I could not understand  portions of the written pattern and special stitches.  I am planning to post all the dogs I completed  here one day and I am sure I'll be adding a few more dogs in the future.  So, just watch out for them.  In case you don't know, next to Papercrafting, I am into Crochet a lot for several years now and made mostly clothing.  I hope I can find the time to post the projects I made soon.


CROCHET BASKET AND AMIGURUMI DOG


 CROCHET BASKET AND AMIGURUMI DOG TOP VIEW

CROCHET BASKET


AMIGURUMI DOG


This Project is entered into the following Challenges:



This it for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge with an optional theme.  Can't wait to see what you create. The Lord is with you every step of the way so, don't compromise God's Word nor be afraid of the what the future holds based on your faithfulness to His Word.  Great is our eternal reward in heaven for us whose trust in not of the world but in Christ!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Scripture Series: Riches and Honour Come of Thee Card---It's Time for Another Bi-Weekly Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello everyone!  It's been a couple of weeks since our last Challenge so we are starting another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge today at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) featuring a new Scripture Word (you can download for free at the WAW site).  It comes from 1 Chronicles 29:12 which says, "Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all." In order to capture the context of this verse, it is necessary that we include the preceding verse which is 1 Chronicles 12:11 which says, "Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all." In both of the verses, we can simply conclude that everything that sustains us and gives us purpose and strength to live in this world is from the Lord and for the Lord alone. 

The first thing that came to mind after I read the aforementioned verses were God's Word in Acts 17:24-31 that tells us, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”   When we acknowledged our Creator, we would always be reminded that He is the reason why we are alive!  We were but dust before He formed us and His breath of life made us a living soul (Genesis 2:7).  Who among us manually controls the beating of our hearts?  So you wake up each morning and commands the sun to do its job in the day and calls the moon to light up the  night?  Do each of us check the air composition in the earth's atmosphere daily and regulate it to sustain our need to breathe?  Who provides water that we drink and gives us the abilities/talents in order to work and prosper.  I could go on and on just pointing out the obvious.   Anyone who cannot fathom or accept who God is and his need for Him is called a "fool." Psalm 14:1 states, "The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good." The longer one stays in this spiritual deception, the more depraved they become. Without accepting Jesus and His gift of salvation through the Cross, people remain spiritually dead in their sin with no hope of ever being reunited with God.  If you want to find out the Truth, start by turning off the world and take the time to look and listen to what God's creation and nature tells you.  Instead of appreciating just the physical attributes of God's creation, ask WHO is behind the creation and why did He create what you see?  If you are serious in your pursuit of Truth, you'll find the answers will always lead you to the Word of God which would reveal you Jesus and His finished work at the Cross.

To wrap up my devotional post today, I would like to share this article from Gotquestions.org that answers a critical question that we stumble upon in our earthly journey.  This inspired me and I believe it will do the same for you.  Here it is:  Question: "What is the purpose of man, according to the Bible?" The Bible makes it abundantly clear that God created man and that He created him for His glory (Isaiah 43:7). Therefore, the ultimate purpose of man, according to the Bible, is simply to glorify God. A harder question to answer, perhaps, is what does it look like to glorify God? In Psalm 100:2–3, we’re told to worship God with gladness and “know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Part of what it looks like to glorify God is to acknowledge who God is (our Creator, for starters) and to praise and worship Him as such. We fulfill our purpose of glorifying God also by living our lives in relationship and faithful service to Him (1 Samuel 12:24; John 17:4). Since God created man in His image (Genesis 1:26–27), man’s purpose cannot be fulfilled apart from Him. King Solomon tried living for his own pleasure, yet at the end of his life he concluded that the only worthwhile life is one of honor and obedience to God (Ecclesiastes 12:13–14). In our fallen state, sin separates us from God and makes it impossible to glorify Him on our own. But through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, our relationship with God is reconciled—our sin is forgiven and no longer creates a barrier between God and us (Romans 3:23–24). Interestingly, we are able to glorify God because He gave us glory first. David writes in Psalm 8:4–6, “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet.” (This is also repeated in Hebrews 2:6–8.) This verse reveals another purpose that God has given man: dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:28–29). Again, though, this can only be properly fulfilled through a right relationship with God. The more we get to know our Creator and the more we love Him (Matthew 22:37–38), the better we understand who we are and what our purpose is. We were created to bring Him glory. God has unique plans and purposes for each person (Psalm 139:13–16), but we can know that, whatever those plans look like, they will ultimately result in His glory (Proverbs 3:6; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

For this Card, I  used the flowers/leaves images from Fiskars called "Petals from Scratch."  I also used a Hot of the Press stamp for the background in each of the flowers and for matting.  I created the pocket  after printing the highlighted verse on it.  Lastly, I stitched all over and added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) for some sparkle and shine.  I was just not in the mood to color anything today hence, I created my own patterned paper for some color...LOL


 RICHES AND HONOUR COME OF THEE


 RICHES AND HONOUR COME OF THEE LAYERS


 RICHES AND HONOUR COME OF THEE INSIDE


RICHES AND HONOUR COME OF THEE 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 adhesive prize package will be awarded to our Challenge winner by our awesome sponsor---Stix 2 Anything.  So excited to see what you come up with. For the meantime, be grateful each day for all the blessings we receive from our Lord in Jesus Christ.  He made a way for us to be reconciled to God, our Creator.  Our future is bright (no matter what) both now and forever.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Scripture Series: In the Day of Christ Center Step Card---Join Us for Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, friends!  It's time for another bi-weekly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)This time, we are using a Scripture Word Art that comes from Philippians 2:16 which tells us, "Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. "Wow, I just posted several days ago how negative thoughts both from the world and among believers of Christ truly affect our spiritual well being. So, I didn't plan for the same topic but based on what I felt God wanted me to share, this would be part two...LOL  (If you wish to see my first post, go HERE).

The world's obsession with cosmetic surgery, other than the ones medically necessary,  is something I couldn't endure watching because it shows the utter discontent by some over their physical appearance as they try to compare themselves with others.  They pay top notch dollars to achieve their shallow and perverted idea of beauty.  At its core, it shows how dissatisfied they are with how they were created and honestly, an insult to the very One Who created them.  Though I haven't met anyone in the Church (in all the years I came to know Christ) that is obsessed with cosmetic surgery, however, there's a lot of complaining about life, status, career,  relationships, etc. that makes me wonder if they have truly known God.  I'm not talking about the momentary feeling of hopelessness that we all experience due to momentary circumstances.  What I'm highlighting here is a lifestyle of negativity and passivity.  These are people who refuses to testify of  God's blessings in their lives yet always finds a way to discuss the negative in themselves and others.  I submit to you that there were times I asked people at the end of a Church service (when the Spirit of God moved mightily in the midst of the congregation) how they were doing?  I'd occasionally encounter someone responding this way, "Oh, I am having such a difficult time financially and feel sick all the time.  I feel like nothings is going right in my life and everything is just hard." 

You see, I'm the type of person that appreciates people's honesty and would like to encourage fellow believers by praying with them, giving them the encouragement of the Word of God or even offer help and support when necessary. I am also very aware that believers are on different levels of faith and we all need a deep understanding of God's Word in order to apply them to our unique situations.   And although we heard the same Word from the pulpit, not everyone receives the full benefits of what was taught because we all hear and see differently in the spirit (which is based on our exposure and study of the Word of God).  Like in the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:1-23 when Jesus was questioned by his disciples why He spoke to the large crowd in parables, Jesus said, "that in their seeing, they don't really see and in their hearing, they truly don't hear nor understand."  For our hearts are likened into a type of soil that the seed (Word of God) is planted on.  There are many kinds of soil but only a good soil brings forth good fruits and multiply.   As the daughter of the Most High God, I am to live and breathe God's Word.  I may be worried or caught up with negative thoughts at certain situations but once the Word comes into my heart, I yield to the hope God's Word imparts.  My situations may linger but inside me is a battle to drown the negative thoughts with the assurance and the power of God's promises. God's Word is always my default.  I find it hard to help and encourage anyone that  don't value the Word of God and wants to dwell on the negative.  For even Jesus didn't do many miracles in His hometown of Nazareth because of people's UNBELIEF (Matthew 13:53-58).  For every believer that comes to the saving knowledge of JESUS CHRIST approaches God by FAITH.  His finished work at the Cross (His death, burial and resurrection) saved us from the power of Sin and Death that plagued Creation since the Fall of Man.  Salvation is GOD'S FREE GIFT to mankind.  Unless we operate by FAITH (trust, adhere, cling, rely, depend) in what HE accomplished and believe that His grace is sufficient to save us, we will NOT benefit from God's free gift.  Be aware that faith is the currency of heaven and though God's power is not dependent upon our unbelief, He honors our free will to believe or not.  Hebrews 11:6 clearly states, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Read and study Hebrews 11 if you want to know what FAITH is all about.

So dear friends, the reason why it's unbearable to hang out with negative and complaining people is because they constantly attack FAITH.  One day, I remember myself declaring that our family trip would be blessed with such a wonderful weather and immediately, my hubby said, "Oh, the news said that there's going to be heavy rains where were going with possible flooding later on in the day!"  So, I responded, "I don't care what the news said, "I believe that the Lord is blessing us with a wonderful weather and a safe trip!" Not that I was not aware of the weather but I actually chose to set my faith above what my physical eyes could see knowing that my God was able!  And I tell you, I have seen so many miracles happened just because I chose to believe.  And in those few times where negative things happened, God still provided a way to show He's very present in our lives.  Know that our words have profound effect in our daily lives.  We must breathe, live and speak God's Word into our circumstances daily.  Always remember that although we are in this world, we are not of  this world.  We should be operating in the truth of God's kingdom where abundance, joy, peace and hope dwells.  Yes, many would think we're out of touch or even crazy but we are here to please God, not people!

For this Card, I used an image from Sugar Pea Designs called "A Bushel and a Peck" that I colored using my Hobby Colour and Prismacolor markers.  The base is a white CD, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step design.  I used several border dies from Lawn Fawn to create the background an ink them with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I used my own cloud stencil, stamped addtional images from Stampabilities, added some glitter from Stickles (Crystal) and embellished with butterflies from Recollections.  I opted to skip my usual stitching to highlight the inking.  So happy with the end result. 


 IN THE DAY OF CHRIST CENTER STEP CARD


 IN THE DAY OF CHRIST CENTER STEP CARD LAYERS


 IN THE DAY OF CHRIST CENTER STEP CARD SIDE VIEW


IN THE DAY OF CHRIST CENTER STEP CARD INSIDE


IN THE DAY OF CHRIST CENTER STEP CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A2Z---Sparkle and Shine
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Ching Chou---Make Your Own Background
Classic DT---ATG
Craft-Dee Bowz---ATG
Craft Galore Encore---ATG
Creatalicious---ATG/Bright and Fun
Createful Heart---ATG
Creative Craft Cottage---Summer
Digi Doodle---Summer/Hancolored Image
Fabrika Fantasy---Summer
Happy Craft---ATG
Happy Little Stamper---Dies
LeAnn's---ATG
Mix It Up---ATG/Foiling
Morgan's Artworld---ATG
Not Just Cards---ATG
Papercraft---ATG
Pearly Sparkles---ATG
Scribbles Designs---A Slice of Summer
Sweet Stampers---Summer
Creative Crafters---ATG
Tinker Dream---ATG
Worldwide DT---ATG
YSBP---ATG
Brown Sugar---ATG
Colour Crazy---ATG/Coloring image
Colourific---ATG
Crafty Catz---ATG
Creative Fingers---ATG
QKR Stampede---ATG
Simply Create Too---ATG/Patterned Paper


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 submit up to 5 entries per week.  Our wonderful sponsor for this week is  Paper Smoochesgiving away a $25 GC.  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you today.  If you are trusting in Jesus, you are blessed beyond measure.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

CAS Series: Sunshine and Happiness Birthday Card---Join Us at 613 Avenue Create for another Anything Goes, Monthly Challenge!

Hello everyone.  We have a new Challenge for this month at 613 Avenue Create that started a couple of days ago.  As always, it's Anything Goes with an optional twist, "Use Your Country's Flag Colors." Since we have a  few DT's that used the American flag colors, I opted for the Anything Goes.

Last night, I stumbled upon a TV program that had to do with cosmetic surgery and the different reasons and motive each client present to the doctors to accomplish what they want.  Some had facial deformities from birth that caused limited movement or breathing as well as emotional pain from being bullied due to their physical appearance.  While I saw the necessity for others to have such a procedure to improve their way of living  and boost confidence, there were also many whose main purpose in life is to be physically attractive which clearly showed how self centered they were to the point of self worship.  I don't usually enjoy these programs but I was preoccupied with organizing some stuff that the program played from one episode to the next.  I heard and saw bits and pieces of the episodes until I couldn't take it anymore.  The truth is after some time, I felt tired listening/watching the discontent and the vanity by most of the people in the show.   I felt spiritually irritated  by the negative spirit the program reflected.  Personally, I would compare the feeling I experienced last night to how I felt when I hanged out with people who had nothing positive to say.  Gotquestions.org says, "Negative people tend to focus on others’ faults (or their own faults). They may regularly point out shortcomings with their comments, attitudes, and frowns. Negative people will approach situations from a pessimistic viewpoint, assuming the worst in any given situation. Sometimes negative people disguise their negativity by using humor or sarcasm, but it still ultimately results in someone being or feeling put down."

Ultimately, all you hear from Negative people are complaints day and night.  Now, we have many people like that in the world but there are some of them who professed to be Christians too. Though they heard the encouraging Truth of God's Word, they find ways to justify their "Poor Me" attitude.  Not that I don't care nor love these brethren in the faith, but at some point, I had to consciously distance myself from them for they negatively affect the spiritual state of my being. Constant complaining is toxic that fuels unbelief.  It teaches us to doubt the promises of God!  I would like to share another article from Gotquestions.org that would make my point clearer.  It says, " The Greek word translated “complainer” means literally “one who is discontented with his lot in life.” It is akin to the word grumbler. Complaining is certainly not a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and, in fact, is detrimental to the peace, joy, and patience that come from the Spirit. For the Christian, complaining is destructive and debilitating personally and only serves to make our witness to the world more difficult. Who, for instance, would be attracted to a religion whose adherents are dissatisfied with life and who continually grumble and complain? The first complainer was Adam who, after he and Eve disobeyed, complained to God that “the woman you put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it” (Genesis 3:12). The son of Adam, called Cain, also complained, although undoubtedly within himself (Genesis 4:6). We also know of the complaints made by Moses, when he met God at the burning bush (Exodus 3–4). Also, Moses cried to the Lord repeatedly for deliverance from the Israelites’ grumbling and idolatry (Exodus 17:4; 32:31-32). We also know of the complaints that David offered up to the Lord in the Psalms (Psalm 2:1; 12:1-2; 22:1) and the complaints made by the prophets concerning the idolatry of the Jewish nation. However, the book of Job offers the most in the way of complaints toward God, and yet Job did not sin (Job 1:22, 2:10). That is not to say that the aforementioned people never sinned in voicing their complaints to God, but Job was a man who was able to sanctify his complaints, and that took humility. Clearly, as believers we are challenged not to grumble or complain (Philippians 2:14-15; 1 Peter 4:9); rather, we are to love one another deeply so that we may become “blameless and pure” in God’s eyes. If we grumble and complain, it shows how worldly we still are (James 4:1-3). A complaining spirit leads to fighting and quarrelling because complaints come from unfulfilled desires, which lead to envy and strife. Was that not at the root of the problem with the sons of Israel, when they chose to dispose of their brother Joseph, because of his dream (Genesis 37:3)?  Finally, while it is not wrong to complain to God, it is wrong to complain about God. Those that did so met the anger of the Lord, as was the case of Moses’ sister Miriam (Numbers 12) and Korah and Dathan (Numbers 16). But note that they spoke against God’s servant and, in doing so, spoke against God Himself. If we must complain, let it be to Him about our own sinfulness so that He will forgive and cleanse us (1 John 1:9) and put within us a new heart, one that rejoices rather than complains." 

Let us live our lives full of gratitude for everything the Lord provided us---big and small.  Thank Him each day for the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross that provided us victory over Sin and Death.  Be grateful for His Holy Spirit living inside every believer that anchors us to His promises in Christ now and forever.  For in the Lord, our gloomy days can turn into sunshine and our sadness, can turn into joy and happiness.

For this Card, I used an image from Heidi Grace Stamps and stamped/colored them with my Marvy Uchida markers.  The base is an A2 pre-cut card with envelope from the Paper Studio.  This is a very simple, no fuzz card that I truly love.


 SUNSHINE AND HAPPINESS BIRTHDAY CARD


 SUNSHINE AND HAPPINESS BIRTHDAY CARD INSIDE


SUNSHINE AND HAPPINESS BIRTHDAY CARD WITH ENVELOPE


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Craft-Dee Bowz---ATG
Craft Galore Encore---ATG
Creative Craft Cottage---Summer
Digi Doodle---Summer/Hancolored Image
DL Art---Summer
Fabrika Fantasy---Summer
Happy Craft---ATG
LeAnn's---ATG
Mix It Up---ATG/Foiling
Morgan's Artworld---ATG
Papercraft---ATG
Sognando---Summer
Sweet Stampers---Summer
YSBP---ATG

This is 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, take on the Optional Twist.  But there's really no reason for you to miss it. Can't wait to see what you create. Remember to trust the Lord Jesus Christ always!

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Scripture Series: Walk in Liberty Card---Join Us for Another Bi-Weekly Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello everyone,  I'm here to share another card that I made featuring our Scripture Word Art for our Word Art Wednesday (WAW) current Challenge.  Like always, you can download it for free at the WAW site if you want to use it for your projects.  It comes from Psalm 119:45 which says, "And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts." 

This verse  is packed with Truth which emphasizes the importance of God's Word as we navigate in this world.  It is our "blueprint" to the Kingdom of God that shows us how to operate under His  purpose, favor and rule not only in this temporary world but most importantly, the eternal.  To deviate from the precepts/statutes (a law or decree) made by the Sovereign God constitutes rebellion and betrayal to the very One who created everything.  HE is the very SOURCE of our being and His "breath of life in us" is why we are even alive in the first place.   Truth of the matter is, we are under the Lordship of the Very One Who created us.  Without Him, there's no life!  The illusion that we are the masters of ourselves and our destiny is incomprehensible and is so far from the Truth.  Once we're faced with life and death situations, we quickly realize how we are never in control. No amount of wealth, power and strength can save you from the claws of death other than the mercy and favor of our Creator through Jesus Christ.  He gave us life and He is the Only One who can take it away.   Every time we decide to leave God out of the equation, we are putting ourselves in physical and spiritual danger.  For if we convinced ourselves that we are accountable to nobody and we are not going to reap the consequences of everything we did in our lifetime (good or bad), we are in for a rude awakening.  God is love and His love brought Him from His glorious throne to suffer God's wrath at the Cross of Calvary so that the punishment of Man's rebellion was paid for and wholly satisfied.  God's holiness cannot tolerate unrighteousness of any kind.  Therefore, God's love had to come down and quench the wrath of God that mankind deserved.  So that by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, everyone who placed their trust in His finished work at the Cross would be saved.  But many chose to harden their hearts and boast of their rebellion.  Romans 2:5-12 is crystal  on this when it says, "But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism. All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares."

In order to protect ourselves from the spiritual blindness that is devouring this world, we are to commit to seek the Word of God and consider what He has to say every time we make decisions.  It is in our best interest to obey God's statutes or we are not going to reap the rewards and blessings  His promises carry.  Often times, we don't get recognition for faithfully obeying God but it should not discourage us for we know that nothing is hidden in God's sight.  He will reward everything we do for His kingdom.  There is absolute freedom (even in persecution) when we follow Christ!  The reason why there's so much war on Christianity nowadays is because  true believers cannot be placed  in a box.  When Socialism arises and government controls the masses and fails to deliver their unrealistic promises, the people are plunged into chaos due to starvation and hopelessness.  Yet true Christians calls upon the Lord in the midst of their dreadful situation and find hope even in need.  Psalm 37:23-25 says, "The steps of a man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, for the LORD is holding his hand. I once was young and now am old, yet never have I seen the righteous abandoned or their children begging for bread."
Big government wants to be the "god" of the people but we come against them and declare, "You are not God and we are not bowing down to you. The Lord has power over all and He will come to our rescue."  Now, with just this few illustrations, you can see how Christians can hinder this Satanic agenda of governmental take over.  God's people are refusing to submit to their One World, tyrannical ruling.  Therefore, the enemies of our faith are looking for ways to eliminate or instill fear to the children of God so that we are not to rise up and take our lawful place in shining God's light in this darkened world.  Yet in the midst of dangers and persecution, we know that true liberty (freedom) is enjoyed by those who serve the One True God.  For if we perish serving the Lord in this lifetime, we know that eternity awaits us in the radiant glory in Jesus Christ prepared for the faithful.  When we know who we are in Christ and are operating under His purpose and plans, we are UNSTOPPABLE!  So while we are given by God this window of opportunity to share the Gospel and participate in our governmental affairs, let us boldly represent God without apologies.  

For this Card, I used an image from WPlus9 called "Doodle Buds" which I paper-pieced and fussy-cut.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from my stash and I added some glitters from Stickles (Crystal).  Lastly, I added some fancy and regular stitching. 



 WALK AT LIBERTY CARD


 WALK AT LIBERTY CARD LAYERS


 WALK AT LIBERTY CARD INSIDE


WALK AT LIBERTY CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A2Z---Sparkle and Shine
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Ching Chou---Make Your Own Background
Classic DT---ATG
Craft-Dee Bowz---ATG
Craft Galore Encore---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Colour Create and Show It Off---ATG
Daisy Chain---Flowers
Fabrika Fantasy---Summer
Happy Craft---ATG
LeAnn's---ATG
Mix It Up---ATG/Foiling
Morgan's Artworld---ATG
Papercraft---ATG
Pearly Sparkles---ATG
Sognando---Summer
YSBP---ATG


There you have it, folks!  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 each week.  Wonderful prizes to be won from our wonderful sponsor---Stamp Simply Clear Stamps (2 stamps sets or 1 stamp set and a die-cut).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you today.  Exalt His Name wherever you go!

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Scripture Series: A Father Unto You Card---Join our for Another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello Crafty Peeps!  I know I am super duper delayed in posting this Card I made for our Word Art Wednesday Challenge (WAW) that started several days ago.  As always, it's Anything Goes and must be inspirational.  In this Challenge, you can download for free the Scripture Word Art that I used in my project by going to the WAW site.  The verse comes from 2 Corinthians 6:18 that says, "And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."

Like any other verse in the Bible, we cannot just read this verse and ignore the context of the entire book/chapter from which it comes from in our quest to fully understand the true meaning of this passage.  Often times, we missed the entire point and expect God's blessings when we fail to understand what God is truly saying.  God sets up Natural and Spiritual laws that provide blessings to those who obey His statutes and curse to those who chose to rebel.  One of them is the Law of Sowing and ReapingGotquestions.org has a wonderful explanation that is worth sharing about this topic.  It says, " Most of the Bible was originally written to those living in an agrarian society, people familiar with working the land, managing livestock, and raising crops. Many of Jesus’ parables involve the farming life. Not surprisingly, then, the Bible contains many references to sowing and reaping, and here are some of the principles we learn:  Sowing and reaping is a law of the natural world. On the third day of creation, God commanded the earth to bring forth living plants “bearing seed” and fruit “with seed in it” (Genesis 1:12). These plants were then given to man for food (verse 29). Ever since the beginning, man has understood the process of sowing and reaping and has applied it to his benefit.  God uses the law of sowing and reaping to bestow His blessing. God’s blessing comes generally to the whole world as He sends sun and rain to the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45). In some cases His blessing comes more specially to those of His choosing, such as Isaac. Genesis 26:12 says that Isaac sowed a crop and received a hundredfold in one season because the Lord targeted him for blessing.  God warned Israel that, if they forsook Him and pursued idols, the law of sowing and reaping would be suspended and their crops would fail (Leviticus 26:16b). This happened to disobedient Judah on a couple occasions (Jeremiah 12:13; Micah 6:15). Sowing and reaping is also a law of the spiritual world. It is more than just an agricultural principle. It is an axiom of life that we reap what we sow. Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” There are natural consequences to our actions. The world operates under the law of cause and effect. There is no way around it: every time we choose an action, we also choose the consequences of that action. We reap in kind to what we sow. Those who plant apple seeds should expect to harvest apples. Those who sow anger should expect to receive what anger naturally produces. Galatians 6:8 says, “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Living a life of carnality and sin and expecting to inherit heaven is akin to planting cockle burrs and waiting for roses. This principle works both positively and negatively. “The one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward” (Proverbs 11:18b), but “whoever sows injustice reaps calamity” (Proverbs 22:8a)."

Our highlighted verse at the very beginning of this post is one of those promises of God to those who would not compromise their faith in Christ for a sinful lifestyle through worldly practices/relationships.  Quoting from my Life Application Bible, "Separation from the world involves more than keeping our distance from sinful practices.  It means staying close to God.  It involves more than avoiding entertainment that leads to sin; It extends into how we spend our time and money.  There is no way to separate ourselves totally from all sinful influences.  Nevertheless, we are to resist the sin around us, without either giving up or giving in.  When you know what God wants you to do, make a clean break with sinful practices."  For we are either blessed or corrupted by anyone/anything we associate ourselves with.  As a child of the Most High God, we are to live the high calling that God called us as the redeemed of the Lord Jesus Christ.  When we repented of our sin and surrendered ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, God equipped us with His supernatural power by the indwelling and infilling of the Holy Spirit to conquer the spiritual forces of darkness that tries to take us down daily.  At no point does He leave us alone in our walk with Him.  We are to listen, discern, pray and act in accordance to the will and purpose of the King we pledged allegiance to---Jesus Christ!  This is only possible if we are adept with God's Word through committed study for understanding and correct application.  Things that we have studied, proven and are sure about, we don't compromise!  Though many fall daily into deception, sad to say that many of them profess to be "Christian leaders" from well-known mega churches, we don't follow the trend/culture of this world that caters to humanism and moral relativism and rejects the infallible, unchanging, eternal Word of God.  When we truly adhere to the Truth of God and His Word, we would never escape persecution from the worldly people, ungodly system and evil agenda of our time.  If you are loved by the world, you need to evaluate whether you are still in the faith.  That's how serious we are to be in being the Salt and Light of this world (Matthew 5:13-16).  

So, what kind of seed are you planting today?  Are you sowing seeds of righteousness in Christ which yields an incorruptible harvest in the eternal or are you planting seeds of rebellion and earthly pleasures that is temporary and carries out a harvest of eternal damnation?  Since I am a daughter of the Most High God, I will carry out my Father's Will (no matter what the cost) for an eternal life and joy in the presence of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Want to share the following verses to ponder on in Deuteronomy 30:15-20 which says, "See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

For this Card, I used an image from C.C. Designs called "Allys" and watercolored it using my Kimberley Watercolor Pencils.  The base is a Kraft CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from Paper Studio, the layered flowers from Prima and Recollections, the brad from Recollections and jute from my stash.  I also added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) and some regular and fancy stitching.


 A FATHER UNTO YOU CARD


 A FATHER UNTO YOU CARD LAYERS


 A FATHER UNTO YOU CARD INSIDE


A FATHER UNTO YOU CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Color Create Show It Off---ATG
Creative Craft Cottage---ATG
Digi Doodle---Special Day (Father's Day)
Happy Craft---ATG
Happy Little Stampers---Watercolor/Love
LeAnn's World---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/You're the Man
Love to Scrap---No Rulz
Morgan's Artworld---ATG
Papercraft---ATG
Sognando---A Time For You
Sweet Stampers---ATG
YSP---Welcome Summer


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.  Great prizes to be won from our wonderful sponsor, The Project Bin ($15 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the peace of the Lord overtake you today.  In Christ, we have a very bright and joyful future forever!

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