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, December 8, 2014

Everything That Has Breath Card---Join the Fun in our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Good Monday morning, everyone.  Well, I don't usually  post on Mondays but I'm a day late with this so, here we go.  We have an Anything Goes Challenge with an optional Twist (Create your own challenge) that started yesterday at 613 Avenue Create.  Like everyone else, this month is really hectic for me and I don't run out of things to do and have piles of projects waiting for me to have time for.  I guess that's the life of a Crafter---never running out of things to do and so many things to explore. Last week, my family and I watched the movie "Left Behind" (with Nicolas Cage) in our favorite discounted theater ($2 bucks a person, can't beat that!).  This  deals with one of the great prophetic events written in the Bible whom believers know us "Rapture of the Church."  The movie didn't specifically mention that but when people are taken away in a split second (a wink of an eye) and their common denominator is their faith (to trust, adhere, rely, depend upon) in the finished work of Jesus Christ, it ushers into the time of Tribulation where those that didn't turn to the saving grace of Christ will experience the wrath of God.   While the movie focused on the disappearance of people and chaos in the world as people searched for missing love ones, it fails to provide a solution to the problem.  It does not give a clear message to how one can escape God's wrath and didn't show genuine remorse of the characters.   Other than attending Church, having a Bible, writing a verse or seeing verses in one's possession, the movie didn't successfully distinguished why some people were taken away.  These with many other details in the movie left me dissatisfied and disappointed.  It seemed as though the writer/s didn't have adept knowledge of God's Word  which is sadly common in several "Bible-based" movies these days.  If its not lacking in Biblical content, it attempts to twist or add into God's Word  like in the recent movie, "Noah."  You see, it's one thing to scare people but it's pointless when a solution is not provided.  Mark 13:32-37 tells us, "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Be on guard! Be alert ! You do not know when that time will come.  It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.  "Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back--whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.  If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.  What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!' "  

What the Lord have spoken will happen in the hour and time God appointed.  Right now, the door to the "Ark of Grace" is still wide open.  Jesus uttered in John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  Through faith and acceptance of what Christ has done in our behalf through His death, burial and resurrection, you are Born-again (John 3:3) into God's Kingdom and shall be with Him forever.  It's not about what you have done (good or bad) that saves you in that day but it's solely based on whether you have accepted the payment that Jesus made for your sins that sets you free from sin's punishment.  Ephesians 2:8-9 clearly sends that message, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast."  Like in the time of Noah, the Ark of Grace is going to close and when it does, everyone outside will suffer the punishment prepared for the rebellious and the ungodly.  There's still time to make that decision today and every minute counts.  Call unto Jesus and He will take you to safety.  I would like to share the following verses to encourage us of the blessed of hope that we have in Christ.

"As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;  and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.  "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.  But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.  So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.  "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?  It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.  I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.  But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, 'My master is staying away a long time,'  and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.  The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.  He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."  (Matthew 24:37-51)

For this Card, I used an image called "Ballerina" from one of our sponsors this week, Fitztown.  I colored the image using my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers and glitters (Stickles-Crystal) to make it sparkle.  The base is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I used a MS Punch to shape a couple of the side for excitement.  The DP's are all from My Mind's Eye.  I cut the circles including the vellum where the sentiment is written using my MS Circle Cutter.  I used Sizzix die for a couple of swirls, added some perfect pearls (White Opal) to them as well as several white nail head gems from Imaginisce.  The Prima flowers were layered and also glittered with Stickles-Diamond.  The center of the layered flowers was a cute rose from Recollections.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC which I had for quite sometime now and is perfect for this creation.  Lastly, I did some fancy and regular stitching on this card.  I am delighted with the result.  






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Doodle Pantry---Any Digi Goes
Aud Sentiment---Holiday Bingo Card (Stitching, Digi, Patterned Paper)
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Sister Act---ATG
Sisters of Craft---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG/Winter
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Catered Crop---ATG
Fairytale Stampers---Bling - Bling, Glitter
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
Artistic Inspirations---ATG/Snow
Craft Hoarders Anonymous---Celebrate the Season
Imagination Crafts---ATG
Melonheadz Friends---Lots of Embellishments
Not Just Cards---ATG
Path to Positivity---Faith
Perfectly Rustics---Sentiment (Not Birthday)
Scrapbook Stamp Society---ATG with optional Christmas
The Paper Nest Dolls---ATG
The Pink Elephant---Photo Inspiration
CCC Digi Creations---Digi/Christmas

This it for now, guys.  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 sponsors---Fitztown and Digital Delights by Louby Lou 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 of the what the future holds---we are safe in the arms of Christ always.


  1. Wise words my friend - and I love your card - it is stunning.

  2. Cute card, love all the layers. Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

  3. Jo-Ann this is gorgeous
    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  4. Your card is beautifully designed. Love the pretty image and your coloring. Love your papers and embellishment details, too. This card certainly does reflect your faith. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Path of Positivity this month!
    Hugs, Penny

  5. Wow, your attention to detail is outstanding. Thank you for sharing with Fairytale Stampers - Myrna (GD)

  6. Stunning card, beautiful colours and love the ballerina with that lovely scripture. Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments this challenge and hope to see you again

  7. What a gorgeous card. Love all the pretty layers. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  8. Gorgeous card!
    Thank you for participating ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge
    Gr.Kaija DT-member

  9. So pretty, love all your layers! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for this challenge!

  10. What a wonderful card and such a fabulous greeting!! Would love that in my collection!! Perfect for our challenge, Thanks heaps for joining us at Perfectly Rustics!
    smiles SHarnee :)

  11. Such a beautiful card!

    Thank you for participating in the MelonHeadz Friends Challenge!

  12. What a gorgeous card! I love the glittery accents and the graceful ballerina on the card front! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  13. Beautiful !!! Love colours and image. Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations Challenge!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT

  14. What a beautiful ballerina card. I like that you pointed out the unscriptural content, or lack of any scripture at all, in so many movies which are billed as "Christian." Thank you for sharing the Word and your project with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  15. Such a great card, love your sparkly details. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics.

  16. Lovely creation, fabby colouring. Thanks for joining us over at AUD sentiments. Merry Christmas!
    Love n hugs

  17. Stunningly elegant! I know several dancers who would love this image and how you colored it, designed the layout. Very soft and beautiful. Great inspiration. Thank-you for joining us at the CraftsGaloreEncoreAnything Goes/Christmas December Challenge.

    Tamie DT

  18. Such a wonderful project!!

    Thanks for joining us at Imagination Crafts!!

  19. Beautiful layout and wonderful image. Thank you for sharing at the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge!

  20. Absolutely stunning. Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

  21. Hiya Thank You for joining us at the Paper Nest Dolls Challenge blog Your work is outstanding and a joy to see
    Hope to see you next challenge Merry Christmas and Best wishes for the holiday season From Sharon (DT member)

  22. Wow. This is unbelievably beautiful. Love those perfectly placed brads. Thanks for sharing this gem with us over on the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge.
    ~Jo, DP-DT

  23. A beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Fairytale Stampers.

  24. Your card is stunning! I love everything about it! I'm so happy you joined us for the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge! I hope you will join us again soon.

  25. Gorgeous card!! Thanks for playing along with DPDC 53!
    Merry Christmas!

  26. Just so beautifully designed and coloured once again Jo Ann. This is so perfect for our FAITH theme this month. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
    {Path of Positivity DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  27. What a beautiful sentiment and card Jo Ann. Thank you so much for joining us for Challenge #21 with this card and a second, over on the Path of Positivity. Good luck in the draw!

    ☺ Lisa D.
    Path of Positivity – My Challenge Blog!
    Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles – My Personal Blog!
    Co-coordinator for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!



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