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

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Scripture Series: Great Things for Us Cards---Another Inspirational and Family Friendly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello, everyone!  I am here to highlight the cards I made for our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) that started yesterday.  It's been super duper busy for me this week that I was unable to get this out on time.  I know that some of my Blog friends anticipated my post so, I would like to apologize and at the same time, thank you for always checking my post and my projects.  God is faithful so, I know He's going to help me get this out as quickly as possible.  I don't usually make two projects for the same Scripture Word Art.  However, I was provided a wonderful image called "Waking Up Birdie" by one of our sponsors, Robyn's Fetish.  On the other hand,  I couldn't resist but also feature an image called "Girls Happy Trio" from one of my fave digital companies, Bugaboo Stamps. I am grateful to the Lord for giving me the time and the strength to get both  of them done.

Anyway, our Scripture Word Art (free to download at the WAW site) comes from Proverbs 126:3 and it tells us, "The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad."  Examining the simple message of this passage, it tells us that the Source of true gladness and thanksgiving is based on the realization of the many wonderful things God has done for us.  Living in today's fast-phased, technically advanced society, many of us are usually preoccupied by lots of things we juggle in a day.  Gone were the days when life was really simple and children play out on the streets because they don't have tablets, cellphones, high tech toys and gadgets to spend time with.  Life and relationships were more personal and conversations more detailed---not limited to a few text messages.  I remember how my hubby and I didn't sign up for text messaging service for many years because we didn't see the need for it.  Having unlimited talk time on our phones, I thought to myself, why should I spend time text messaging when I can make a personal call?   But things have truly changed!  I came to the conclusion that the reason why many people prefers to text than to call is because the former allows us the flexibility to limit the conversation when we're busy and have no time to talk nor listen.  It's amazing how easy it is to terminate the conversation with just a simple group of letters like---''K, BYE!  TXT U L8TR."  

So, when do we really plan to slow down?  It's sad to admit but sometimes, we only come to a halt and remember the importance of personal love and care when we get so sick, lost a job or lost a love one.  All of a sudden, time stands still!  Our life unfolds before our eyes, hoping someone would take the time to reach out to us.  Have you asked these sort of questions in your life?  Like for example---What am I to do if I only have few months to live?  Who am I going to spend it with?  Truthfully, each one of us must prepare ourselves everyday to answer and act on those questions.  Obviously, our life is not our own!  It belongs to the very One Who created each and everyone of us.  Our Maker knew our beginning and our ending.  This is so clear in Job 14:5 and it says, "A person's days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed. Literally, we can choose to spend our life on worthless things (worldly/fleshly existence) or make use of your time here to do what truly matters most---that which is ETERNAL!  The Written Revelation of God (The Bible) contains many revelation of LIFE EVERLASTING, accessible solely by FAITH IN CHRIST!  How can we appreciate all the great things the Lord has done for us if we don't stop and smell the roses? (Take the time to study God's Word)  We are to look closely and examine the beauty around us revealing the glory of our Creator?  Through God's Natural Revelation (things created), we can argue man's knowledge and wisdom by closely examining the unique, detailed, intelligent, precise and magnificent order of God.  His intelligent design is alive in the pages of the Scripture.  As if these two were not enough to show the glory of our Maker, He sent His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, to personally reveal Himself (Personal Revelation)...Hebrews 1:3 tells us, "The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven."

If all human beings will just take these three---Natural, Written and Personal Revelation of God to examine every concept, theories, traditions, religions and belief system known to men, our hearts would be open to the Light of God's presence!  Our darkened spirits would meet the Light and Truth of God's existence and we will realize that the great and wonderful things happening to us, including life itself, is sustained by the grace and goodness of God.  James 1:17 tells us, " Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."  The fulness of God's revelation is Jesus Christ! The "Only Way" for one to  come to the presence of the Most High God is by accepting the sacrifice that Jesus laid at the Cross.  To declare with complete confidence that His victory is my victory!  I encourage every person that have not encountered Christ personally through the "New Birth"  (Born-Again, John 3:3) to look into the claims of Jesus and see the Bible come alive in your life.  You can bring all your questions and ask the Lord to reveal the answers to you through His Word.   Don't believe just anybody's claims, dreams and visions.  You owe it to yourself to seek the Truth that your gladness (joy) may be full.

For both these cards, I colored the images with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  For the first card,  the base is an A7 Kraft.  The DP's are from Recollections, the border was achieved using MS Punch, the circle and lacy circle by using Nestabilities and the glittered white nail head gems from Imaginisce.  I stamped the dotted border from Art Warehouse and the border sentiment from Will n Way.  I stitched all over this project for a final touch. 





For this second card,  I decided to make it CAS to emphasize both the Scripture Word Art and the lovely image.  As much as I am into layering for most of my creations, there's this side of me that also appreciates the simple.  I've spent so many hours to make my first card and only a portion of that to make this other card but both of them showcase the diversity the Lord has gifted me with to create.  There's so much styles out there I desire to explore but time does not allow me (yet!...LOL). I know some of you out there understands me perfectly! 



These Card/s is/are entered into the following Challenges:

Inky Impressions---Spring is in the Air
Addicted to Stamps---CAS
Fab 'n' Funky---Bingo (Sentiment/Digi Image/Die-Cuts)
I Love ProMarkers---Ink It Up
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Little Red Wagon---Spring is in the Air
Moo-Mania---Feelings of Spring
Penny's Paper Crafty---ATG
Simon Says---April Showers/Spring Flowers
Whimsy Inspiration---Use a Die-Cut
4 Crafty Chicks---Die-Cuts
As You Like It---Favorite Alcohol Inks (ProMarker and Prismacolor---great blend and affordable)
Crafting with Attitude---Freestyle/Fantasy
DL Art---ATG
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Red Rubber Inspirationals---Spring Flowers
ScrapbookerPHD---Focus on Sentiment
Crafty Calendar---Add a Sentiment
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Natalie and Amy---Frame It (Sentiment is Framed on 1st Card)
Sisters of Craft---ATG
Catch the Bug---Stella says Sketch
Art by Miran---ATG
Card Mania---Flowers
One Sweet Challenge---Spring Has Sprung

I hope you'd take the time to join us at our WAW Challenge.  It's Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly with uplifting and inspirational messages, you can link up to 5 projects.  We have a couple of wonderful sponsors this week providing awesome prizes.  They are Robyn's Fetish (Digi Images) and V's Sweet Ideas ($10 GC).  I can't wait to see your projects and leave you some lovin' on your Blogs.  Have a blessed day and I pray that you acknowledge the presence of the Lord inside of you and give Him the glory by sharing the hope we received from Him to others.


  1. Your blog post truly spoke to my heart today, Jo Ann. I came by here originally to thank you for your kind comment and for the scripture that you left when you visited me recently and I was really pulled in to the words you left for us. Thank you for this reminder and wise words. I find myself often preoccupied and unable to focus and this reminder is just what I needed today. Imagine how many people your words reach and you don't even realize. Your cards are amazing and I am thankful for your dedication and creativity. Have a beautiful day today!

  2. Both of these are just fabulous! You always have the cutest images.

  3. What gorgeous cards Jo Ann - love the CAS one in particular. You words are always an encouragement to me.

  4. Both cards are fabulous, JoAnn. Love how you've used this week's scripture!

  5. Both your card are gorgeous JoAnn:) Thanks so much for joining us this week at ATSM xx

  6. Fabulous projects! Thank you for linking to Moo Mania & More Challenge!

  7. Wonderful! So kind of you to link to Moo Mania and More, Valerie

  8. A nice piece

    Thank you for joining us at MOO-MANIA & MORE

  9. Wonderful your coloring! So happy you could join us at ATSM!

  10. Fabulous card lots of detail. Thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers challenge good luck Ginny x

  11. Hi JoAnn always love seeing what you create! Wow CAS!! The image is so adorable and love the sentiment! Thank you for playing at Red Rubber Inspirationals this week! New challenge starts 4/16. Barb DT host.

  12. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Anything Goes” challenge over at Penny’s & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)
    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
    (DT Come and Get It)
    (GDT Kreativzeit Challenges)

    1. Thanks as well for taking part in our "Anything Goes” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
      Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

  13. Such a cute card!!! Thank you for joining us at Crafting with an Attitude, good luck!!! Amy DT

  14. Such a pretty card-love the simplicity of it! Very reflective-Thanks for playing with us at One Sweet Challenge!
    Carolyn, DT

  15. Fabulous cards!! Thanks for playing along with us at Addicted to Stamps and More!!

  16. Gorgeous card Jo Ann. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Penny’s Paper-Crafty. We would love to see you again … Anet DTx

  17. These images are so fun and I love your coloring! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog this week :)

  18. Cute cards! Love the images! Thanks for joining us at Creatalcious Challenges.
    Mieko xx

  19. great cards, thanks for joining us at good luck
    caroline dt

  20. Very beautiful CAS card. Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges. Good luck and hope you'll join us again.

  21. Beautifully colored and designed card!! Thanks for playing with us at One Crazy Stamper and good luck in the challenge.

  22. This is so inspiring and beautifully presented in your bog, Thanks for sharing. Thanks for joining us for Stella Says Sketch #307. Good luck in the draw! I hope we see you joining us again soon.
    Jen Leeflang
    Bugaboo DT

  23. Great card, thank you so much for entering the Crafty Calendar (Add a sentiment) Challenge this month, lots of luck.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx DT

  24. Your talent shines in these creations. Thanks for joining us at One Sweet Challenge. Good luck and I hope we see you again.
    Aletha Jane
    SPS Designer

  25. Funky card!!Thanks for joining us at Scrapbooker Phd

  26. This is so wonderful card! Thank you for joining in Card Mania Challenge



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