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, April 29, 2015

Scripture Series: Strength and Honour Card---It's Anything Goes at our Family Friendly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello Crafty friends!  Here I am today to feature another Scripture Word Art for our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)It comes from Proverbs 31:25 which says, "Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come."  In order to grasp the full meaning of this verse, it is wise for us to read the entire Proverbs 31.  These verses were the sayings of King Lemuel who happened to have an extraordinary mother.  Little is known about Lemuel except that he was a king who received wise teaching from his mother.  His name means "devoted to God" and some believe that he came from the kingdom of Massa in northern Arabia.  I want to share with you the exhortation on Proverbs 31 as stated by my Life Application Bible and it says:

"Proverbs has a lot to say about women.  How fitting that the Book of Proverbs ended with a picture of a woman with strong character, great wisdom, many skills, and a great compassion.  Some people have mistaken idea that the ideal woman in the Bible is retiring, servile and entirely domestic.  Not so!  This woman is an excellent wife and mother.  She is also a manufacturer, importer, manager, realtor, farmer, seamstress, upholsterer, and merchant.  Her strength and dignity do not come from her amazing achievements, however.   They are a result of her reverence for God.  In our society where physical appearance counts for so much, it may surprise us to realize that her appearance was never mentioned.  Her attractiveness comes entirely from her character.  The woman described in this chapter has outstanding abilities.  Her family's social position is high.  In fact, she may not be one woman at all---she may be a composite portrait of ideal womanhood.  Do not see her as a model to imitate in every detail; your days are not long enough  to do everything she does!.  See her instead as an inspiration to be all you can be.  We can't be just be like her but we can learn from her industry, integrity and resourcefulness. "

Anyway, here's what God has laid in my heart regarding this chapter.  None of us women and mothers on earth can claim of any perfection.  The truth is, none of us had any training on being a wife and a mother prior to assuming these titles.  We might be blessed to grow up in a family with wonderful parents with a mother that showed us a Godly example of a virtuous and honorable woman of God.  Thus, we try to live by their examples in raising our own family.  More often than not, we end up being frustrated because our beloved husband may not be as supportive as the father we have/had.  Our children may not be as respectful or obedient as we were to our parents. In other words, we can't get all the things we need to line up properly and make things a success.  I truly believe that an honorable and virtuous woman rises up to the challenge of whatever  situation gets thrown her way.  She is resilient and the reason being is because she is planted with a very strong foundation---her unwavering love for God!  She does not look at circumstances but finds her joy in what the Lord has promised.  She lives by the Word of God and faithfully applies the wisdom and Truth of God's Word in all her dealings.  She loves Jesus and is grateful everyday for all that He has done for her.  She completely entrust her family to His Lordship and works together with God's Word to instill wisdom and knowledge in the lives of her husband and children.  She prays---unceasingly, speaks boldly and fearlessly as she acts on every endeavor that God places upon her life.  One day, God will call us to be forever in His presence and though being a wife and motherhood will not be anymore in our future as Matthew 22:30 states, "At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven,"  we sure are glad that we were given the opportunity to experience what a privilege total womanhood has been.   

For this Card, I used an image from Saturated Canary called "May" and colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  All the DP's are from Paper Studio "Newsworthy Stack" and a tiny scrap from Recollections.  The wonderful die-cuts are from Nestabilities which I ran through my Cuttlebug.  I layered some neutral Prima Flowers after I inked the petals with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  The brad that held the flowers is from Recollections and the tiny dots of pearls are from Liquid Pearls (White Opal).  Last but not the least, I stitched all over this project. 






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More---Make Your Mark
Crafting by Designs---ATG
Crafting for all Seasons---Sketch
Creative Moments---ATG
Double Click---Mom or Girl
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Little Red Wagon---"B"elieve It! (Beauty, Brad, Butterfly)
Ruby's Rainbow---ATG
Simon Says---ATG
Stampin' Royalty---Mothers
Whimsy Stamps---Color an Image
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Cuttlebug Mania---We Love to Stamp
Scrap-Creations---Mother's Day
Loves Rubberstamps--Use at least 2 Dies
Party Time Tuesday---ATG

There you have it friends!  Hope you enjoyed browsing at the pics and reading this post.  Please don't forget to join us at this week's WAW Challenge by linking your "Anything Goes" projects.  You can use the free Word Art in your entry but it's not mandatory.  As long as your creation is family-friendly, inspirational and uplifting, you can enter up to 5 projects to have more chances of winning.  Our sponsors for this week are Fresh Brewed Designs (digital images) and Winnie and Walter  (stamp set).  You don't want to miss out on these wonderful prizes so, make sure to join our Challenge.   Have a blessed day, everyone!  


  1. A beautiful card Jo Ann. Thank you for your encouraging words - they are always appreciated.

  2. So beautiful Jo Ann. Loving the white trimmings.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  3. That's a marvelous Bible verse, and one I'll keep in mind for a card for my 2 daughters. The imagery you chose to illustrate the quote is marvelous as well, and reflects the strength in His words. Blessings!

  4. Beautiful! Love your coloring and the details are amazing! Thanks for joining us over at the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge! DT Member Carri~Abusybee Skittles!

  5. Beautiful project, thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and More, Valerie

  6. Beautiful card! I love all the extra detail you added to the darling image.


    Di xx

    Cuttlebug Mania DT

  7. gorgeous! Thanks for joining us over at the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge! Past GDT -Rhonda

  8. So pretty! Thanks for playing with us at ATSM!

  9. Lovely card! I especially like that flower. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  10. What a beautiful design, JoAnn, inside and out!! What a beautiful background you have created for the scripture with your beautifully colored image, colors and added details/dimension!! Thanks for sharing with us at ODBD!!

  11. All the details come together to make such a gorgeous card.Thanks for joining ATSM

  12. So so LOVELY! Thank you for joining with us over at Moo Mania & More!

  13. Lots of interesting elements here and a beautifully coloured image.
    Sadly at ATSM we only allow a maximum of 10 challenge entries including our own therefore on this occasion we will be unable to accept your card. Do hope you'll come back and play again some time. Thanks Sarah

  14. Stunning card...and your coloring is over the top amazing. LOVE this card! Thank you so much for playing along with us at DoubleClick Skittles - Guest Designer Kim

  15. So Pretty! Thanks for joining us this week at Loves Rubberstamps!

  16. Gorgeous and beautiful card Jo Ann thank you for joining us this week at Inspiration Destination
    Dianne x
    ID DT

  17. What a cute card and great inside. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with us at TTCRD this week and hope to se you again in our next challenge// Zora DT

  18. Beautiful card and great design! Thanks for joining the Loves Rubberstamps challenge this week!

  19. Wow, you did such a great job coloring on this card. Thanks for playing along with us at Stampin' Royalty!

  20. Gorgeously done - with stunning layers and awesome details - BEAUTIFUL WORK!!! Thank you for the inspiration I felt by this post!! So glad you joined us over at DoubleClick for A Mom or a Girl challenge!!

    Taunya Butler( Past Guest Designer

  21. Very pretty. Love the papers and the flourishes. Thanks for joining us at Ruby's Rainbow Challenges.

  22. Absolutely gorgeous. Great image and so many pretty details on your card. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!

  23. Oh this is so fabulous. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  24. fabulous take on our sketch challenge...awesomely great colours used {Crafting For All Seasons DT Member}

  25. This is a fabulous card, such a beautiful image.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.

  26. Great card, thanks for sharing with us at Crafting for all Seasons.
    Fiona DT x

  27. Very pretty card

    Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

  28. Such a gorgeous card, thanks for sharing it with us over at Creative Moments.

  29. Such an awesome card! Thank you for joining the DoubleClick For a Mom or Girl Challenge!
    Beth, GDT
    Beth's Beauties



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