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

Monday, January 20, 2014

Scripture Series: I Lift Up Mine Eyes Center Step Card---Another Inspirational Card for 613 Avenue Create "Anything Goes" Challenge!

Hi there, everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your family and had reflected on the freedom that was won during this remembrance of  Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day.  Every human being is equal in the eyes of the Lord regardless of one's color, culture and background.  Each one of us has a right to fulfill the purposes of God in our lives.  Whether you are red, white, brown, black or yellow, the Lord loves us all and would like for us to have a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.  When the day comes, our color would not mean anything.  It's Who you put your faith on (what you believe) that will hold you accountable.  It's easy to entrust our lives to people whom we attribute the freedom we call today but the truth of the matter is,  even Martin Luther King held on to something much bigger than himself and stated the very heart of God's Word as he cried for equal rights for people with color.  He believed that the love of God does not allow for any of the oppression present at that time.  He fought and believed God's Word to be True and proclaimed the statutes of God without fear.  Today, we believers have a different war to wage.  We find ourselves having to stand up for the Truth of God's Word.  Many people have latched on the Civil Rights Movement, twisted its true value, and have attempted to legalize lifestyles and way of living that is contrary to the very Word of God.  And it's their aim to punish and persecute everyone that does not agree with them.  Are we going to watch along the sidelines and allow them to rule our nation?  A nation founded under the light of God's Word in the very heart of its Constitution?  I certainly hope not!  We know the power that is in us and as much as we need to pray for all that persecute us, we also have to stand up for our God-given rights as citizens to see that the light of God's Word never departs this country.  Though this world is going to be covered in darkness as prophesied in the Scriptures, we are still in this place to shine the light of God's Word.  We are going to leave this world in God's time (Rapture of the Church) but until then, we are commissioned by Jesus in His word in Matthew 28:19-20, ""Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."  But we ask, how can I possibly make a difference?  It has to start from the heart...Let the Lord changed you from the inside out through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Take on His Word and renew your minds by putting the thought of God instead of worldly thoughts.  Lastly, act on His Word in love, share it to others and exercise your God-given rights to change your worldly environment and elect people to govern not based on their color, personal beliefs nor popularity.  We are to support those who have a genuine Biblical worldview.  Our fight in today's world is not physical but spiritual in nature and we are to put on the full armor of God to triumph against the wiles of the enemy.  We are to take on the courage that David had when He accepted Goliath's challenge.  We know the Power that lies within us, so, we are not to fear.  We know our glorious destiny so, whether we live or die, we don't have anything to lose!  When we accepted Jesus Christ in our hearts, we transferred from the losers side to the winners side.  Though the world spirals in chaos, we can remain at peace because we know that God is in control and He's coming for us, His Church!  God has placed in our hearts His living Word---so, let's preach it without fear!  Here are God's Word to encourage all of us at this time:

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

"Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.  They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.  For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats do not be frightened." (1 Peter 3:9-14)

"The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident." (Psalm 27:1-3)

I have a couple of projects made for your inspiration at 613 Avenue Create, Anything Goes with a Twist (Winter Shades of Blue) Challenge.  This is my second creation which features an image called  "Mark Twain DS3" from one of our sponsors this week, Nice Crane Designs.  I colored the image with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers and the flower is from Ditto stamps colored with my Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  I used my Cuttlebug with a couple of Cuttlebug folders to emboss the panels.  I also applied Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans) on its edges.  I attached some blue brads for dimension. Lastly, incorporated a free Word Art (by Karen Murray) to convey a wonderful message featuring Psalm 121:1-2 which says, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth."  I cherish this passage since I entrusted my life to Christ many years ago.  I know Who my Only Source of Everything is---He is my Lord, Jesus Christ!  All the things that I have in me and I possess came from Him---as well as all of my future!  I cannot trust anything or anyone more than Him.  He alone is worthy of praise and glory!







This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Make It Monday---ATG
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
My Sheri Crafts---Delightful Digis
OSAAT---Use a Digi
Card Mania---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---Fancy Folds
Scrapbook Stamp Society---ATG/Option: Use Real Ribbon
Pile It On---Wood (Tree)
2 Creative Chicks---ATG
Whimsy Inspirations---Something New (New Image)
Creative Craft---New (New Image)
SweetPea Stampers---Flower Power
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Card and Scrap---Use Bling (Brads)
Life in Details---Bling (lots of brads)
Scribbles Designs---Sparkle It Up
Creative Moments---ATG/Buttons and Pearls
Craftin Desert Diva's---Shaped Cards
Eureka Stamps---3 Fave Embellishments (embossing, brads, colored flower image)
Lexi's Creations---Fancy Folds
OLLCB---A Man Card
Stamps &Fun = Creativity---Embossing

This it for now, guys.  I f you want to see the other project I featured for the 613 Avenue Create Challenge, it's HERE!  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.  Our 3 sponsors---Fitztown Store, Eureka Stamps and Nicecrane Designs are giving away some fabulous prizes.  Can't wait to see what you create. The Lord is with you every step of the way so, don't be afraid to carry out His work in your life---to be the Salt and Light of this world.


  1. Gorgeous card and wonderful post.

  2. what an amazing masterpiece of a card!

    thank you for your sweet and encouraging comment on my blog!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  3. A beautiful creation!
    Thank you for playing with us at Card Mania Challenges!
    Smiles, Kaly

  4. Beautiful card love the way you have done this, thank you for joining in on Seemacrafts first challenge for 2014

  5. I'm feeling very spoilt today Jo Ann ....I've just come from enjoying your beautiful note cards to this very beautiful step card. What feeling you have given your image with you wonderful colouring talents. The embossed backgrounds in your layers and the turquoise highlights are gorgeous. The treats don't stop there, I'm off to opened the final beautiful present that you've shared.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely card in our challenge this week. Ingrid xx ( OSAAT Team )

  6. Hi Jo Ann! I thought I was already following your blog since I love all your creations, and just realized I wasn't so I signed up. This is another gorgeous card, the folds are amazing. Great art dear friend. {Hugs} Laura

  7. That is beautiful, I really love it!
    Thanks for joking in on our Fancy Folds Challenge :)

    DT Crafting From The Heart

  8. Beautiful card for the 3 favorite embellishments challenge with Eureka! Stamps. Thanks for playing along.

  9. Lovely card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Sweet Pea Stampers. Hope to see you again next time.

  10. This card is stunning and I love the image that is coloured very well.
    The embossing is fantastic.
    Thank you for playing at SFC this week.

  11. Stunning shaped card, Love the image. Thank you for sharing with us this week at OSAAT and good luck. Hugs


  12. Love your coloring on you stunning step card. Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


    CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

  13. Wow, this is a gorgeous card. Thank you for sharing at Sweet Pea Stampers "Flower Power". We wish you good luck and hope to see you again. Sylvia, DT-member

  14. this is gorgeous Jo Ann.

    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  15. Woooow for et lekkert kort du har laget :)
    Tusen takk for at du deltar på utfordringen vår :)

    Card and Scrap

  16. A lovely card and image, thank you for joining our 5th Challenge, good luck. We hope to see you again soon.

    Hugs Erin (DT & Co Owner) x

  17. Lovely card. Thank you for sharing with us at Life in Details. If you ever do some project life or a smash book, we would love for you to share again!

  18. A gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at One Crazy Stamper this month.

  19. Beautiful card, Jo Ann, love the image and the LO here, thank you for playing along with us at Scribble and Scraps this fortnight, best of luck hun xxx

  20. Really nice card. Thanks for playing along at LID :)

  21. What a beautiful card!

    Thanks for joining us at Eureka Stamps this week.

  22. Lovely card!
    Thanks for playing at OOLCB this time!
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx

  23. Thanks for sharing your lovely step card for the Sweet Pea Stampers 'flower power' challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  24. Truly lovely card ! Thank you so much for joining us at Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party !

    Mayra DTM

  25. Very pretty scene. Thanks for joining us this time at Sweet Pea Stampers and good luck in the drawing!!

  26. Love it,Thank you for joining in our first challenge of 2014 'Anything Goes' over on SeemaCrafts Challenge Blog.

  27. Beautiful card :=) Love the image
    Thanks for joining us at card and scrap

  28. A nice fold and lovely image. Thanks for sharing with us at Lexis, Susan

  29. Beautiful card love the design and detail.

    Hugs Julie xxx

  30. This is beautiful! I also love the verse you used! Thanks for joining us at My Sheri Crafts!

  31. Very sweet MO Card ! Thank you for joinig us at Card and scrap.
    Hjørdis DT

  32. Fabulous .Thank you for joining in over at seemacrafts i hope you will join in many more

  33. Oh my! This is a beautiful step card too! This is so so pretty... Love it....

    Thank you for joining us at Scribbles Designs!

    We're having a 100th follower celebration - you can request the image and upload a card and get a chance to win $10 worth of images from the store!

    Sandy S
    (Owner/Designer Scribbles Designs)

  34. Absolutely fabulous! Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck. xx

  35. Aamazing Step Card,,,,, what a great tribute to Mark Twain,,,,I am falling in lovw with your header blog,,,,OMG,,,you are telented.

  36. Beautiful card... what a great job you did with this. The image is so sweet as well

    Thanks for sharing at My Sheri Crafts



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