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, September 29, 2013

Too Much Happy Card---Come Over our Neighborhood at 613 Avenue Create for Another Anything Goes with a Twist Challenge!

Good Sunday morning, folks!  I know, I know...It's been a while since my last post but got to have that much needed break and although needing more rest after vacation (LOL), I'm back to the regular routine including Cardmaking.  It feels weird to come back to my craft table, wondering what to do first, and for an hour or so, had to browse on some Card magazines to get some inspiration.  Yet throughout the flipping of pages, I know in my heart that the Lord will guide me to the perfect theme, colors and lay-out and I am a living proof that He never fails.  I found a couple of lay-out inspiration but the rest of the ideas come as I go along.  I would like to say that the same is true in our lives.  There's many times we are out of ideas and have tried every way possible for things to go as smoothly as they can but we cannot deny the fact that everything is dependent upon what the Lord would allow.  Proverbs 19:21 says, "Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." We don't even know what life may bring us in the next 5 minutes thus, it is wise to entrust everything to our Maker and His Son, Jesus Christ, to whom we are sure of victory.  You see, God created every human being with a purpose.  Yes, even the meanest, heinous, person on earth has a purpose in this life. Yet, the  Lord didn't want anyone to perish but to live.  His Word declares in 1 Timothy 2:3-4 says, "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." Sadly, people only knows of a loving, merciful God yet neglect/object the fact that He is also a Righteous Judge.  Almighty God, knowing that man's fate is eternal separation from Him, He suffered His own wrath by appointing His Son, Jesus Christ (whose the Only qualified ransom) to suffer the punishment for every man's rebellion against Him.  That if we "repent" ( making a 180 degrees turn) from our wicked ways and receive what Jesus Christ did on our behalf (dying in our place so we can live a new life in God's Kingdom as co-heirs with Him), we are sure to live eternal life with Him.  Truth to be told, people embraces a loving God but rejects a God that demands righteousness on His people. When the Word of God confronts their immorality, they throw God and His people out of the window in disobedience and rebellion.  Instead, they have obeyed their evil passions, burning with lustful desires for one another yet they invoke God's love when anyone points out to them the destruction that they subjected themselves to.  I want you to know that telling the Truth about God's call for repentance, no matter how loving and courteous you are, is translated as hate and bigotry in our days.  Yet the Bible tells us in Matthew 5:11-12, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."  God gave us these verses for such a time as this in the world.  Now, more than ever, every believer of Jesus Christ is under attack.  If you are unaware of this, come out of your bubble and seek the facts deeper than mainstream media will give you. Are we supposed to freak out and ball in tears?  No, not at all! While there is time (before the Rapture of the Church when Christ comes for His Bride---The Church), we are to make every moment count.  Be the salt and light in this world, standing up against any power that seeks to oppress men on earth and bringing the will of God on earth as it is in heaven.  We can do this by prayer of faith (without ceasing) and by putting this faith into action.  Though it may seem overwhelming, we are never to trust in our own abilities---but with everything in us, TRUST ONLY GOD!  God made me for this very moment in time and I will make my life count for Him according to the purpose He has appointed unto me before the beginning of time.  Here are some verses we can meditate on in our daily walk in this world...

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you." (Matthew 10:16-20)

"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm.  Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)

Anyway, here's the card I made for this week's Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  As always, it's everyone's favorite---Anything Goes with an optional twist of "Create Your Own Challenge" if you want to sweat it out a bit...LOL  One of our sponsors this week is The Paper Shelter and they were generous enough to let me play with one (out of the three) image/s in the "Happy Days" Mega Pack.  I colored this very cute "Trampoline Boy" with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  I used a Kraft CS, cut and scored, measuring 5.5 inches square for a card base and matting and several DP's (some from Recollections) from my scraps.  The border sentiment is from Will 'n Way clear stamps and the wonderful main sentiment is a freebie from Create with TLC.  I added some ribbons, white nail head gems from Imaginisce, a brad top from Heidi Grace and some Glossy Accents on the trampoline image for added dimension (it may not show clearly in the pic.)  I just love how this turn out and all I can say is "Thank You, Jesus, for the strength and inspiration to create."  I would love to hear from you so, please leave me some comments. 





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

2 Sisters---ATG
A.R.T. Card Challenges---ATG
As you Like It---Favorite Sentiment and Why (True happiness is something no money can buy)
Challenges 4 Everybody---ATG
Crafter's Cafe---Die Cuts/Punches
Crafting By Designs---ATG
Crafts 4 Eternity---ATG
Creative Inspirations Paint---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG/Frame It
Di's Digis---Show Off those Coloring Skills
Drunken Stampers---Die-Cuts
My Craft Creations---ATG
Simon Says Stamp---ATG
Sister Act---ATG
Make It Monday---ATG
Create with TLC---Show it Off Sunday
Digitally Sweet---ATG
Ladybug Crafts---ATG
Inspire Me Fridays---ATG
4 Krafty Girlz---ATG
Whimsy Stamps---Masculine

There you go, folks! I hope you have such a wonderful Sunday honoring and praising our Savior, Jesus Christ, with the rest of the people from every nation.  Don't forget to visit us and join the fun at 613 Avenue Create for an "Anything Goes Challenge with an Optional Twist" and link up your projects.  If you are wondering what "Create Your Own Challenge" is (the twist this week), you can look it up at the Challenge site and we have the instructions on what it's all about.  God bless you always and love y'all!


  1. This is awesome!!!! I love it!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this fab creation with us at MIM!

    Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!

    Good luck,
    Rene :D

  2. Wow love your cards. Your coloring is so amazing. The way that you do your shading is different from other styles. Love the way that I can look at a pool of cards and know exactly which card is yours. Your creations have a design that is uniquely you and I am so happy that you bless us with it each week.

  3. Awesome card. love the colours and the images are adorable, thanks for playing along with us at the Drunken Stampers for the Die cut challenge.

  4. really fun card Jo Ann! Thanks for joining in our challenge at Crafting by Designs! Gem :) Handmade by Gem

  5. Definitely a" happy" card. Love the bright colours. Digitally Sweet!

  6. Adorable card! Inside and Out!! Such a cute image!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  7. Your card is adorable. Great sentiment. Saw it on MIM.

  8. What a fun and colorful card! :)

  9. FAB FAB FAB I absolutely LOVE this card, so much fun and great bold colours, popped over from mim. Joey xx

  10. This is awesome! love your card and your blog! Thanks for joining us at the Crafters Cafe Challenge this week! mo xxx

  11. This is a happy and fun card! I wish I could jump like that little guy! Thanks for playing at Drunken Stampers. Cheers!

  12. fabulous card I love the sentiment and it's sooooo true... Thank you for playing along at AYLI challenge, hugs Samantha x

    Ps I are ally hope you don't mind me saying ... the font you are using it's quite hard to read... hugs me

  13. Fabulous colourful card outside and in. Thanks for joining us at C4E this week

  14. What a sweet and funny card! Love the bright colors and your design too! Thanks for playing along with us at Sister Act Card Challenge! Hugs, Bo DT

  15. I love your card (inside and out), but even more than that I love God's word that you share. Thank you!

  16. Omgosh, how fun is this! Super colorful, love it! Thanks for joining us at Digitally Sweet :-)

  17. Wow.....I just love your cards and creativity.

  18. Beautiful make!
    Thank you so much for entering the 4 krafty girlz challenge!
    Best of Luck!
    Toni-Marie Price DT xxxxx

  19. Oh my, this is so, so cute! Love that image! Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations Paint challenges. CIP DT member, Julie

  20. What a cute card! Perfect sentiment!
    Thank you for joining us at Digitally Sweet!

  21. Adorable and love the image!!
    Thank you for joining in on the Creative Inspirations paint challenge!
    Michelle, dt member

  22. Super cute card! Thanks for playing along with the Drunken Stampers for the Die Cut challenge :)

  23. Beautiful card, so many special details. I saw it on MIM and wanted a closer look!

  24. How right that sentiment is! Thanks for sharing your fab card in our "Show off your colouring skills" challenge at Di's Digi Designs
    Good luck and hope to see you next time too, Donna ♥



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