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, January 22, 2014

Scripture Series: Not a Card but a "Humble Yourselves in the Lord" Gift Card Holder---Join our Inspirational /Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello Crafty Friends.  It's the middle of the week again and we are almost done with January.  Days are passing by so quickly.  I know it,  because I can't seem to fulfill the many chores that I used to accomplish before.  Things are piling up on me and all I can say is. "Oh Lord, help me!  Anyway, we have a free Word Art (by Karen Murray) being highlighted  at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) today, at our Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge It comes from James 4:10 which tells us, "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up."  As we all know, Lucifer was overtaken by pride in his desire to be God (Isaiah 14:12-15), iniquity (sin) was found in him (Ezekiel 28:13-18).  Out of pride comes multitude of sins!  When we start to think we can do it on our own and we don't need our Creator in our lives, this is how we align ourselves to the likes of Lucifer (Satan).  The Bible clearly says in Acts 17:28 that "For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'" God formed us from the dust of the ground, unto His image and likeness but until He breathed unto our nostrils the "breath of life"---we were useless (Genesis 2:7).  Its God's breath that gave us life!  So how on earth can any of us look unto ourselves and declare in our hearts, "I don't need God!?"  Who among us knows what could happen in the next 5 minutes of our existence?  Who can stop a drop of rain from falling nor control our own mortality?  I tell you, in God's Kingdom, there is but One King and rebellion will not be tolerated.  God wants us to come to Him like a little kid who depends solely on his parents for love, sustenance and protection.  We are to humble ourselves before Him, call unto Him every moment of our lives!  He has our best interest for He knows everything in our past, present and future.  He will not turn away anyone who calls upon His Name (Jesus) and answers our cry for help in His perfect time.  More than that, He already prepared a place for us in the eternal where sin and by-products of sin can no longer ravage us.  Jesus paid for our freedom---past, present and future---through His finished work in the Cross.  Because of this, we can walk with utmost confidence because our shame is taken away and we possess the righteousness of God as His children.   Best of all, His gift of salvation is free for those who seek His face, who would come to Him at their wits end, broken and hopeless from trying it on their own.  He is the Only One who can make beauty out of ashes, joy out of sorrow, love out of hatred.  Call unto Jesus---He is waiting for you!  I want to share some verses to encourage you to seek the Lord:

"God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God." (Psalm 53:2)

"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." (Hebrews 11:6)

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."  (Matthew 7:7-8)

So, here's my inspiration project for you at WAW.  For this gift card holder, I used an image I got for free at Time for Tea (gorgeous images, if i can only get all of them...LOL) a while back called "Moving Day" which I colored with my ProMarker and Prismacolor markers.  One of our sponsors for this week is Paper Temptress and was so generous to allow us to choose and sent us (postage free---thank you!) some wonderful, high-quality papers that I used in this project.  All of the CS you see here except the grey one is from them.  It's pretty thick so I didn't feel the need to layer a lot on this project.  I stamped a flower image from Stampendous, added a layered Prima flowers with brad and attached a white nail gem from Imaginisce.  I punched a small circle and attached it to the top and punched it to create a hole.  I decorated it with a ribbon and made a bow using some twine.  Lastly, I stitched all over this project and placed a gift card for photographing.  I got some inspiration for this project as I browsed a book called "Card Sketches for Paper Crafters" from a sketch by Kim Hughes.  Just perfect for my project today. 





This Project is entered into the following Challenges:

Make It Monday---ATG
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
My Sheri Crafts---Delightful Digis
Glitter n Sparkle---Stitching (Real of Faux)
OSAAT---Use a Digi
Artistic Inspirations---ATG/Use Ribbon
Card Mania---ATG
Scrapbook Stamp Society---ATG/Option: Use Real Ribbon
Party Time Tuesday---Use Ribbon
Divas by Design---ATG
2 Creative Chicks---ATG
Crafting for all Seasons---For the Girls
SweetPea Stampers---Flower Power
Bunny Zoe's Crafts---Stitching
Always Something Creative---Stitching
Natalie and Amy---One for the Girlies
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Card and Scrap---Use Bling (Brad, glitters and white gems)
Life in Details---Bling (White gems, brad and glitters)
Scribbles Designs---Sparkle It Up
Crafting Cafe---ATG
Crafting by Designs---Get Your Girl On!
Digistamps4Joy---Add Real Ribbon
Fab 'n' Funky---All About Words
Inky Impressions---Ribbon
Little Red Wagon---CAS
Paper Pretties---ATG
Paper Shelter---Digi Image + Sentiment

Time to go, everyone!  Please make sure to visit us at WAW and link up the projects you make out of our free Word Art although not mandatory.  You can link up any inspiring, uplifting, family-friendly projects, up to 5.  We have a couple of wonderful sponsors this week namely, Moonlighting by Mary and Paper Temptress.  That means a couple of chances to win so, head over to WAW and show us your wonderful projects.  Enjoy your week.  Always remember that God loves you and has a great plan for your life!


  1. Thank you very much, very nice card!

  2. JoAnn, this is so precious! Love your interpretation.

  3. Gorgeous tag, beautiful colours. Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges. Good luck and hope you'll join us again.

  4. Great gift card holder, such great bright colours! Thanks for joining the One Stitch At A Time challenge this week, hope to see you again soon.

    Victoria DT

  5. Fabulous image and I love sentiment and your colour choice. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

  6. Love the tag really bright and cheerful, thank you for joining in on Seemacrafts first challenge for 2014

  7. What a beautiful way to present the gift of a gift card Jo Ann .....This is so beautiful and sure to be appreciated. Although I think it beautiful in every way for me, it the stitching you have incorporated that has enhanced the beauty of this card. Sometimes it is the quietest, more unassuming features that have such impact. Just as in life really. xx

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

  8. Very cute! Thank you for joining us this week at Inky Impressions Challenge!

  9. Beautiful tag!
    Thank for joining us aat ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge
    Gr.Kaija DT-member

  10. Such a cute card, adorable image, love the Clean and Simple look!!
    Thanks for joining us at Hiding in my Craft Room
    Cheers Jennie DTM

  11. Great fun card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Sweet Pea Stampers. Hope to see you again next time.

  12. A really beautiful project! I love your blog! Thank you for sharing at Scrapbook Stamp Society! Hugs Julie DT x

  13. What a lovely creation. Such wonderful colours and design. I just love it.

    Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week. Good luck. Hope to see you again soon.

    Lynn, OSAAT DT

  14. This is lovely Jo Ann - I really like those striking colours together. Your gift card holder really stands out and I am sure it would be a hit with the recipient! Super.

    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at OSAAT this week, lots of luck to you.

    Hugs Sue Pxxx DT member

  15. Great image and fab colours. Thank you for sharing this in Artistic Inspirations, good luck.

  16. Very cute! Thank you for joining us at The Crafting Cafe. Good Luck!

  17. Wat a gorgeous tag, I love the bright colors! Thank you for sharing your tag with Sweet Pea Stampers "Flower Power". We wish you good luck and we hope to see you back soon. Sylvia, DT-member

  18. so sweet and fun image Jo Ann.

    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  19. Kjempestilig :)
    Tusen takk for at du deltar på utfordringen vår :)

    Card and Scrap

  20. Jo Ann my sweet friend, Nurses had to say everything yet keep it in as concise a sentence as possible. Your blog posts are wonderful and I enjoy them no end. You cute gift card holder is adorable. Blessings, Carole, Word Art Wednesday

  21. You are so inspiring with your post and your gorgeous projects every time. Thank you for playing at One Stitch At A Time.
    DT Nataliya

  22. Cute tag. Love the image.Thank you so much for joining us at Digistamp4joy. Hope you join us next time too.
    Digistamps4joy (DT member)
    The BugBytes (Personal blog)

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

  24. A great tag,love the colours and image. Thank you for joining in the challenge over at Scribble and Scrap, good luck

  25. Looks good. Thanks for playing along at LID :)

  26. This is absolutely gorgeous AND inspirational! I love reading your blog posts... thanks for sharing! (And thanks for playing along at Inky Impressions!!!)

    Hugs, Adina

  27. What a lovely decorated tag you have made here which fits perfectly the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this fortnight of “flower power”. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge Blog Design Team Member)

  28. I love this. The design is gorgeous and the colour scheme is scrummy.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Diva's by Design.
    Have a lovely week.
    Hugs Sharon. x
    {Nellie’s Handmade Cards}

  29. gorgeous gift card tag love the beautifull y coloured image and the rich colours you use -thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x

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

  31. cute tag - i just love the bright colours - such a lovely design thank you for playing along at Fab'n'funky challenges this wek hugs Judith x

  32. Very fun tag, great vibrant colours and an uplifting message. Thank you for playing along with us @ Fab 'n Funky :)

  33. What a fun card - and great colors!

    Thanx for joining us at The Paper Shelter
    We wish you the best of luck, and hope to see you back next time!

    Eva Gro
    The Paper Shelter DT

  34. Back again, fabulous gift card holder love the bright colours
    Thanks for joining us this month over at Seemacrafts challenge blog.
    Good Luck with the challenge
    Marie (DT for Seemacrafts)

  35. Gorgeous gift card holder with that funny image...thanks for sharing it with us at Divas by Design!
    xxx Margreet

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

  37. Cute tag - thanks for joining us at card and scrap

  38. Really lovely! Thanks for playing with us over at the Paper Shelter this week.
    Love n hugs
    Marie, Team-leader-TPS

  39. Very pretty. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafting By Designs.
    Hugs, Sharon/DT

  40. Your tag is lovely! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon :)
    Joanne xo

  41. Gorgeous project :)

    Thanks for joining us at The Crafting Cafe this month, and good luck!


    P.S. I'm afraid I gave up trying to read your post - the font is sooo difficult to read on my screen :(

  42. Cute girly Tag with fine colouring ! Thank you for joining us at Card and scrap .
    Hjørdis DT

  43. And this one too! This is so cute! I love the image and the coloring!

    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)

  44. Fab and fun! Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck. xx

  45. really sweet thanks so much for joining us at Bunnyzoes this month
    hugs sara x x

  46. What a great tag! You do such clean and crisp work. Love the details!

    Thanks for sharing at My Sheri Crafts

  47. Ein tolles Werk. Danke daß du bei ASC mitmachst.
    LG Dreja

  48. Stunning Tag sweet Girl.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.
    Hugs Elfie

  49. What a gorgeous gift card holder. I love your bright colours and your colouring is beautiful. All of the details like the stitching, gems and flower really add to it and I would be just as happy to receive this as I would the gift card inside..hehe x Thankyou for joining us over at The Crafting Cafe for last months challenge. I hope we see you again soon x

  50. You have made such a pritty tag! Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons. xx Bianca

  51. Hi Jo Ann....
    I'm late in posting this but you've won over at Scribbles Designs...
    Check out the post!
    Sandy S



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