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

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Blessing: Thank God for Life Card---Join us for an Anything Goes/Tic Tac Toe Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello folks...I know it is Sunday night and should have posted this early morn but there were many thing to do in the priority chain that this post had to wait for a bit.  But here I am with another creation that truly inspired me.  We are to create a project at 613 Avenue Create using Rick St. Dennis Digi Stamps.  He was gracious enough to let us work with his image and I chose this one entitled "Nap Time."  I thought the cats were pretty adorable and they seem to enjoy giving some love to the man relaxing in his couch.  Then,  I had to choose a suitable sentiment that will give meaning to the whole creation. I found this one I haven't use from Create with TLC that I bought and has not used yet and I thought it was perfect.  I had to alter the original all black colors of the font and put a touch of aqua blue to some words to coordinate with my color combo.  When I look at the over-all creation, I realized how we are surrounded with "blessings from God" daily.  I consider them a gift (unmerited favor) that comes from a gracious and loving Father.  Even trials that comes that seemed to put us down can be a blessing in disguise.  The Scripture says in Romans 8:28,  "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."  It is very tempting to blame God when things don't go our way and we forget that "He holds our every moment."  When we received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and placed out trust in Him alone (His death, burial and resurrection and what it did for us), we know that we have trusted Someone who knows our beginning to our end.  He knows the very count of our hairs and knows us more than we will ever know ourselves.  He has a plan even in the grimmest of situation and all we have to do is to "Stand" in His Word whether we feel it or not.  John 4:24 says, "God is a Spirit; and those that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth."  It didn't say we believe only when we perceive or feel His presence.  Instead, we have to meditate on His promises to us and stand on them even when everything we see contradicts it.  It takes courage and a humble heart to lift up your hands to God and worship Him when things are in disarray.  Yet, that is what living in the Spirit wanted us to do.  In due time, we will see the glory of the Lord come forth and yes, He alone gets the glory.

I hope God's word encouraged you cause I am the first to learn from every post I share with you.  Let me know if there's anything I can help you with if you have any concerns at all about what Christ has done for you.  Together we'll explore God's Word.  Anyway, back to this project, I colored the image using my ProMarker/Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir Markers.  I used a 5.5-square Kraft CS as a base card and some Aqua Blue for matting my panels.  The DP's are all from K & Company and I die-cut some shapes using 2 of my Nestabilities dies (Lacey Scallop and Rectangles) and used MS Circle Cutter to die cut a circle.  I inked the sentiment using Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Vintage Photo, added some brads, laid an aqua blue ribbon from my stash and did some fancy stitching all over.  I think it came out perfectly. 






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafts and Me---Dies or Punches
Divas by Design---Anything Goes
Paper Shelter---Animal Magic
Simon Says Stamp---Anything Goes
Anything Goes---Make it Manly
Stamp n Doodle---Use 2 Different Kinds of Punches or Dies
Bearly-Mine---Anything Goes
Make It Monday---Anything Goes
MyGrafico---Anything Goes
Deep Ocean---For a Boy
Colour Q---Color Challenge
Lady Anne's Stamping---Use Stamp
Penny's Paper-Crafty---Use Your Favorite Color (I love Aqua Blue)
Creative Corner---Use DP
LadyAnne's---Nana Vic's Anything Goes
TTCRD---Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons---Anything Goes with Ribbon
One Crazy Stamper---Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint---Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy---Anything Goes
Oldie But a Goodie---Bright Colours (Ribbon, Brads, DP's are all old)
Cute Card Thursday---Something Old (DP's, ribbon, brads are pretty old)
Ladybug Crafts---The Color Blue
Crafting Cafe---Favorite Color (Aqua Blue)
Crafting for all Seasons---Dies and Punches
Joanna Sheen---Layer It Up
Dream Valley---Ribbon and Bling
My Craft Spot---Pop It up!
Spark Your Creativity Now!---Anything Goes
Desert Island Crafts---Itinerary (Fluffy Animals, Ribbon and Bows, Brads)

Hope you enjoyed this post today and remember to head over at our Neighborhood---613 Avenue Create to link up your projects for this Challenge.  It's Anything with optional "Tic Tac Toe." (See the elements you can create with as you hop on the Blog.  For this one---I created with middle combo (Die-cuts/Stamped or Digi Image/Free) and also down across combo (Brads or Eyelets/Free and Ribbon).  Great prizes will be given away so, hurry!  Have a blessed evening and remember that Jesus loves you.  


  1. Another lovely card, Jo ann.

    Thanks for joining in the fun at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge,and good luck in the draw.

    Jennifer. x

  2. Great image and nicely colored! Thanks for sharing your card with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week!

  3. Gorgeous card I love your colouring and your card design. Thanks for joining us at Bearlymine, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  4. what a stunning piece of work, great colour combo, great colouring skills, and all those it

    thanks for taking part at creative corner challenges

    Love Mel xxx

  5. Wow and wow again! Love your card Jo Ann. Your colouring is amazing and the layout and design is fantastic.
    Thanks for joining us at Divas br Design and Good Luck.
    Hugs, Janine x

  6. Fabulous card! That image is so sweet and I love all the kitties! Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot!

  7. What an amazing card! I think I almost teared up it's so sweet! Fabulous!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Make it Monday this week! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize! Good luck and I hope to see you back next week!
    Rene :D

  8. Your coloring is amazing! Inside and out, the design is so well thought out. The fussy cut image really pops. This is a wonderful card.

  9. Great image. Thanks for joining us at TTCRD.

  10. A lovely card. Great colours. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges and good luck.

  11. Gorgeous card! I just LOVE the sentiment - and the image is beautifully colored! Thanks so much for playing with us this week at My Craft Spot!!!

  12. Your card is awesome! Saw it on MIM.Hugs

  13. Your card is awesome. Thank you for sharing with us at Dream Valley challenge. Marlene DT

  14. Love the colour scheme! Thank you for joining us at The Crafting Cafe this month!
    Claire xx
    CC DT

  15. Stunning male card... love the design and fabulous image - so well coloured!

    Thanks for sharing with Anything Goes this time..

    Christine x

  16. What a wonderful card, whit all the details.
    Saw it on MIM

  17. Your card caught my eye on MIM it's gorgeus

  18. So funny card. I love colouring and image. Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valley challenge.

  19. Fantastic card. Love it
    Thanks for sharing with us at crafty ribbons
    Hugs Kelly

  20. Hi Jo Ann,
    Oh that is an amazing color combo and such sweet image {reminds me of my late father, miss him much}. I lovve your coloring and the blow is lovely. Thank a lot for playing along with us at Lady Anne's Challenges and good luck my dear.
    Hugs and smiles,
    Asmah {DT Member}

  21. Love the detail in your card! Visiting from MIM!

  22. This is beautiful Your colour combo, the colouring of the image and the sentiment/verse make it a perfect masculine card. Thanks for joining us at One Crazy Stamper this month.

  23. Wow! I love your coloring technique. It gives so much life in the card. So glad you played along with us at The Crafting Cafe.
    xx Ria

  24. Oh what a lovely card you have created. Great image which you have coloured so beautifully. Thank You for sharing with us at Lady Anne's Challenges. I hope we see you again soon.
    Love ~ Lady Anne xx

    Cards by Lady Anne

    Lady Anne's Challenge

    Lady Anne's Stamp Challenge

    Lady Anne's: NanaVic's Challenge

  25. Hi JoAnn
    What a cool card and very beautifully colored. Seen your card over at MIM and thought I would pop over and get a closer look, so glad I did. LOVE this guy card. This card has it all. Great job!

  26. Thank you for entering the challenge at Lady Anne's. Fabulous card. I hope you don't mind me saying, I struggled with the size of your text!
    Hugs Angela (Crafting with jack)

  27. Great card! I love all the details & the colours you've used! Thanks so much for playing at The Crafting Cafe this time!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  28. Love your work on this card it's wonderful!
    If you want to GDT for TTCRD please send me your e-mail

  29. Wonderful card! Thanks for sharing it with us at CI Paints!!



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