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, May 13, 2015

Scripture Series: Pleasure in His People Center Step Card---It's Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday once again, Crafty guys and gals!  We have another Scripture Word Art we want to share with you today (you can download for free) at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)Its taken from Psalm 149: 4 and it says, "For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation."  Just a while ago, I gave my 9 year old some hugs and kisses and I could see how he loves being pampered with love.  Now, a thought suddenly came to my mind on how he would feel if we don't give them those hugs and kisses he expects daily and he was showered with since he was born.  Oh well,  I decided to give him a big squeeze and a kiss and told him this, "Son, remember that though you don't see the Lord physically, He is really hugging you and giving you lots of kisses all the time.  That is because He loves you very very much."  He then replied, "I know Mommy, I know!"

Come to think of it, there's so many people who claimed no one loves them.  Some of them ended their lives convinced that they didn't mean anything to anyone.  There could be lots of traumatic experiences with  parents or love ones hurting their kids growing up (either physically, emotionally, mentally or all the above) that one may have a point in saying such a thing.  Others have been hurt by their friends whom they taught were out there to help and protect them.  But the core reason for anyone to feel that way is because we have relied on mortal beings to show us what "True Love" really means.  In other words, we are looking at all the wrong places for something that is primarily spiritual in nature.  God is love and "True Love' can only come from a "True God."  God's kind of love is selfless---that which put the needs of others first before personal needs/gain."  Almighty God demonstrated this perfect kind of love (Agape) by sending His One and Only Son as a ransom for all mankind.  That in Jesus' death, everyone who puts their faith in what He has done shall enjoy eternal life in Him.  He had to endure the entire ordeal for He has His EYE ON THE PRIZE---The salvation of His people and their eternal future in His presence.  

We need to keep in mind that God's love is surrounding us even though we cannot see it physically.  God uses people to demonstrate and allow us to feel His love.  For every hug and kisses I give my little boy,  I want him to see Christ in all those gestures.  For every opportunities, answered prayers and dreams fulfilled, I want him to see the Lord's goodness in them. For taking care of our needs---his own health and his parent's health, I want him to see the Lord's faithfulness.  And in the absence of those, even through a stranger's concern and help, that he would see God's love is powerfully at work.  The Word of God says in Isaiah 55:8-9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."  I believe that the deepest love we show our love ones could not in any way measure up to the level of love God has for us.  In other words, we are merely scratching the surface and in no way will we be able to frame God's love according our standards of love.  Only Jesus have shown a perfect and complete picture of the Father's love for us.  Romans 8:37-39 says, "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."  God delights in all His children and as we humble ourselves to Him, He pours more of Himself to us.  It will be a disadvantage for anyone to be arrogant and boastful in the presence of our Lord.  For we are the created and our Creator knows what is best for us.  When we come to Him with meekness (humility, lowliness, modesty, submissiveness), we are truly saying to our God that we are lacking and that our wholeness/completeness can only be possible in His presence .  The Father's most precious gift is His Son that brought us our salvation.  If you have not claimed this gift from God, your package is waiting for you at the foot of the Cross.  The "key" to the door is FAITH and the "password" is JESUS!  Just want to share with you what Jesus told His disciples about the Father's love, His love and of loving one another:

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other."  (John 15:9-17)

For this Card, I used an image from Bugaboo Stamps called "Girl Big Heart" that I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step design.  I used one DP for paper-piecing the heart and the rest of the background were produced using 3 different embossing folders from Darice and Cuttlebug.  I added a bit of glitter to some parts of the image (Stickles-Crystal) , some white nail head gems and decided to cut out the Word Art and spread it all around the image.  Lastly, I stitched all over this creation.  Sometimes, it feels good to just go for simple, white on white design.  I absolutely love this!






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Catch the Bug---In the Garden
Loves Rubberstamps---Add a Sentiment
QKR Stampede---Nature
Mema's Crafts---ATG
Penny's Paper-Crafty---More than One Fold
Party Time Tuesday---ATG
Sister Act---ATG
Crafter's Cafe---Feminine
Crafting by Designs---Flowers
Crafty Gals---May Flowers
Creative Moments---ATG/Teentastic
I love Promarkers---Flowers
Inky Impressions---More than One Fold
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Little Red Wagon---Make an Impression
Whimsy Stamps---Color an Image
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Creative Card Crew---Embossing: Wet or Dry
Deep Ocean---Flowers
Aurora Wings---Flowers
Cutie Pie---Layers
Get Creative--For the Ladies/Mother's Day
Incy Wincy---Great Outdoors
Love to Scrap---Stitch in Time
Melonheadz Friends---All About Kids
Not Just Cards---ATG
Paper Nest Dolls---ATG

Hope you enjoyed my featured project today at WAW...I am looking forward to see your projects linked to our Challenge.  You can include the free Word Art in your projects to link,  but not a requirement.  You can submit any inspirational, uplifting, family friendly creations (up to 5) for more chances to win our prize from our sponsors this week---Iralamija Etsy Shop (Digi Images) and Craft Stop (2 Embossing Folders). Always remember to call on Jesus 24/7 if you need someone to talk with.  He is always willing to listen and is able to meet everyone whose heart is seeking after Him. 


  1. Jo Ann what a beautiful card - love the elegance of the white embossing and the simple red coloured girl. Thank you for your wise and encouraging words once again!

  2. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe, good luck!!! Amy DT

  3. Beautiful step card. Love the embossing in contrast to the bright colors! Thanks for joining us this week at QKR Stampede for the weekly challenge!

  4. Beautiful, I love the embossing on white, it really makes your gorgeous image and coloring stand out. Thanks for joining us at QKR Stampede this week. Karal DT

  5. Beautiful design. Your embossing is amazing. Thank you for playing along with us at Little Red Wagon.

  6. Love the center step design of your card. I also love the embossing you have used. Absolutely gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us this week at Catch The Bug.

  7. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and more, Valerie

  8. Such a sweet and beautiful project!
    Love it!
    Thank you for joining us at
    Moo Mania & More Challenges!

  9. As always your work and your coloring is perfect! Thanks for visiting and playing with us at Mema's Crafts. We hope you visit often and good luck in the challenge.

  10. Super cute! Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    IDCB Owner

  11. this is such a little sweetie, what a cute image

    thank you for joining in with the cuties

  12. Cute image and love the embossing. Thank you for entering our "stitch in time" challenge at Love To Scrap.

  13. Cute card, thanks for joining us at TTCRD this week and good luck
    Andrea x

  14. Darling card, JoAnn, but our rules state that multiple entries in the Aurora Wings Challenges must all use Aurora Wings stamps and you've already entered once before. I'm so sorry that this cutie will have to be removed in fairness to all. Thanks so much for your understanding and hope to see you again. xxD

  15. Great card, I love the embossed background! Thanks for joining us for Catch the Bug in the Garden challenge, hope to see you again, Dawn Bugaboo DT

  16. Beautiful card Jo Ann - love all the embossing behind your cute image. Thanks for sharing another card at Incy Wincy Designs this week.
    Helen x (DT)

  17. Jo Ann this is awesome card! Love the embossing on white, it really makes your gorgeous image and coloring stand out.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
    Ann DT

  18. I love the pretty embossing you used on the white paper. The white background really makes the colored image pop. Fantastic make!
    Thank you for playing along with our Add a Sentence Challenge at Loves Rubberstamps. Good luck!

  19. Beautiful words to live by. Your card is cute and simply beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt

  20. A great, fun card - love your colouring.

    Thanks for joining us at Penny's

    Helen x

  21. love it! embossing is very pretty, Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog :)

  22. Lovely sweet card, thanks for sharing and joining us at Cuite Pie challenge cheers Sue N x

  23. Fabulous card, love the flower embossing, thank you for joining us over on the I love Promarkers challenge this week.

  24. A wonderful creation.

    Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

  25. Super cute image and gorgeous card...loving the embossing and white on white. Looks amazing! Thank you for playing along with us at Inspiration Destination Challenges- We sure hope you join us again!

    Amy- DT Inspiration Destination Challenges
    {Lil Cutie Creations}

  26. Fabulous creation with lovely colors and design. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner. Agnieszka DT

  27. Very pretty card and I really like your image as well. Thanks for joining us this week at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. Hope to see you again!!

  28. Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing with us at Mema's Crafts; good luck in the challenge.

  29. Beautiful step card and embossing job. Well Done.Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Moments

  30. What a fun card! Thanks so much for participating in our Party Time Tuesday Anything Goes Challenge.I am now your newest follower and would love it if you visited my Make Time To Craft Blog and became a follower too.



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