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, August 17, 2014

Inside Every Older Person Card---Join Us at 613 Avenue Create for an Exciting Anything Goes Challenge...

Hi there, Crafty Friends!  It's Sunday and it's time for another Anything Goes Challenge in my neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create!  But before that, I hope you all had an amazing day honoring the King of kings and Lord of lords today.  It's always wonderful to start the day/week giving thanks for everything God has done in our lives and to know that we have a purpose in this world.  I really don't know what my life could have been if I had not known the Lord Jesus and accepted Him as my personal Lord and Savior (Born Again, John 3:3).  Overwhelmed by sadness/depression, I could have not lived this long to see this day. You see, I've made a choice to take God at His offer.  Jeremiah 29:11-12 tells us, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." Many years ago, I placed aside everything I heard about God (doctrines of man and religion) and I called and asked Him to save me from what felt like a "QUICKSAND OF LIFE" where I was fighting a losing battle.  I remembered asking that He reveal Himself to me that I might make sense of all the struggles I was enduring at that time.  And HE DID!  Who would have known that in a simple TV program, He would tell me about Jesus and what He did to save me from my sin, the three-fold nature of death (spiritual, physical and eternal) and  Satan whose sole intention was to devour me (John 10:10)?  The god of this world (Satan) have led us to turn our focus away from God by using our  own desires for material things and worldly ambitions.  For a moment, it may seem like everything is great with us.  But make no mistake about it, the enemy's time is short and because he knew it, he's working overtime to keep your attention to everything except God.   Satan's eternal dwelling place is in the "Lake of Fire" and he wants as many people there with him!  

Maybe, everything is wonderful in your life right now and you don't see any reason why you would need God in your life.  Understand that the notion of having complete control of our lives is but a lie.  One day, we may get the unexpected and never get a chance to take God at His offer of salvation.  Our eternal future (IN our OUT of God's presence) is hanging in the balance on a decision you need to make while here on earth.  To accept what Christ has done for you at the Cross (His death, burial and resurrection) as a perfect and complete ransom (pay-off) for your sins (past, present and future) or to reject Him completely.  On the other hand, you may be in a difficult situation and asking God's help, asking if He's for real.  I pray that you don't withhold yourself from asking Him into your life.  Take the step.  Give Jesus a chance to show you what you've been missing in your life all along---His PEACE (that surpasses all understanding) and RIGHTEOUSNESS (to be in right standing with a Holy God, the Maker of heaven and earth)!  I don't know why God led me to talk about this today but I know that He meant it for somebody.  My place is to obey the leading of God's Holy Spirit.  One day, with a simple child-like faith, I took God at His Word and my life changed forever having found its purpose.  I am praying and hoping you do the same.   Here are several verses in the Scripture I'd love to share with you today:

"Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon." (Isaiah 55:6-7)

 “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ (Jeremiah 33:2-3)

" For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:13-15)

"We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life."  (1 John 5:20)
Anyway, back to our Challenge at 613 Avenue Create with the theme "Anything Goes."  For this project, I used an image provided by one of our sponsors, Dr. Digi House of Stamps called "Beach Bum Bob" which I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  I used Kraft for base that is cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from DCWV, the banner sentiment from Recollections, nail head gems from Imaginisce with some jute for accent.  The funny sentiment was a freebie from Create with TLC (Thanks, Paulette) that is mounted in a die cut (cut and embossed with Cuttlebug and Nestabilities).  Lastly, some wonderful and regular stitching all over this card.  Oh, the simplicity of a masculine card!





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafty Bloggers Network---Summer Fun
Moo-Mania---Hot Summer
Stampin with the Dragon---Sun, Sea and Sand
Squirrel and the Fox---ATG
Sister Act---ATG
Girl Who Crafts---ATG
Sailing Pineapple---Summer
Sunshine Mail---ATG
Brown Sugar---ATG
Pile It On---By the Sea/Beach
Perfectly Rustics---Masculine Card
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
Crafts 4 Eternity---Something Old (All materials are old except for the image)
Creative Fingers---ATG
Artistic Inspirations---ATG/Up Up and Away
Glitter n Sparkle---Use Some Metal
Gem of a Challenge---Stitching
Little Claire's---Man's Birthday Card
Suzy Bee's---ATG
Dies R Us---Stitching
Art by Miran---ATG 
Polkadoodles---Fun in the Sun

There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  There's wonderful prizes awaiting the winners from our lovely sponsors for this week---Dr. Digi House of Stamps and Aurora Wings.  Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight this week.  I hope you have a wonderful week and know that through faith in what Jesus accomplished through the Cross, we have complete victory!  Hugs, always! 


  1. What a fun card Jo Ann - love the way you have coloured his hair and beard blue!! The sentiment is so true too!

  2. Fabulous.........perfect image.

  3. Your messages along with your card creations are so very inspiring. It's always a blessing to hear what God can do for a person. Keep it up! Fellow sister in Christ!

  4. Love that image and the matting you did for it! The stitching is such a great detail and sooo your style! The tag is inspired - nicely done toots!

  5. cute image love it . thank youfor joining in over at seemacrafts

  6. Wow what a fab card great design hun love it and thanks for linking up at Crafting with the Dragon hugs Judith DT x

  7. Had a good Laugh at the image and sentiment,,,great card!!! Thank you for joining us at "The Sisterhood" for our "YOUR Favorite color challenge!!
    Diane TSH DT

  8. OMG what a fun-tabulous creation JA!! Love the design/dimension/stitching and coloring! WELL DONE!! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘STITCHING’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  9. Fabulous card Jo Ann :) Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

  10. very cute ,Thank you for joining over at Seemacrafts

  11. Haha great card love the image thanks for joining us at seemacrafts becks dt

  12. Great card, thank you for joining in at seemacrafts. Chris DT x

  13. Fabulous card and image -brilliant colouring and great sentiment --thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x

  14. Awesome card! This is SUCH a great card for a guy (and we all know how hard THOSE are to make!) and one to give him a chuckle besides! Fantastic coloring & design! I'm so glad you could join us in the "Stitching" challenge this time at Dies R Us!

  15. Such a fun card thanks for playing at AGOAC

  16. I think this image is of my boyfriend in a few years. The only thing thats missing is a fishing rod. Great Job!

  17. Awesome, fun card. Love the image and the back scene, :) . Thank you for joining Artistic Inspirations Challenge, good luck.

  18. Dear Jo Ann, LOVE THIS CARD!!! That sentiment is super cool, and EXACTLY how people feel! YOu've rocked with the colouring and the stitching and the envelope and the inside.... WOW!!!! thanks for joining us for our male challenge at Perfectly Rustics!!
    SMiles SHarnee :)

  19. I love this, and the sentiment is just perfect. Thanks for joining in with us at Polkadoodles this time.
    Jenny x

  20. Another awesome creation. Your colouring of the image is stunning, love the use of stitching. Thanks for joining us again at Perfectly Rustics.

  21. What a fun card!

  22. What a fun Card!!! Thanks for participating in the Dies R Us 'Stitching' challenge.

  23. Great card, the coloring is wonderful and I love your layers. On the envelope too :) thanks for joining us at The Sailing Pineapple.

  24. A brilliant card. The image and sentiment are wonderful.
    Thank you for joining in with the Scribble & Scrap challenge and good luck x

  25. This is so cool! Love your work. :)

  26. This really made me smile, love the fun image and sentiment, thanks for joining us at A Gem of a Challenge xx

  27. It's my birthday in a couple of days and I share the sentiment on your card! Perfect for the (older) man in your life.

  28. Great card, love the image, Thanks for joining us for the Seemacraft Design Challenge :-)

  29. What a Fab, Fun, Card.
    Thank you very much for entering the "Stampin' with the Dragon" "Sun, Sea & Sand" challenge this month. Good luck.
    Gwyneth DT



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