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, June 8, 2015

Live in the Moment Card---Check Out our Anything Goes Challenge with an Optional Twist at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello everyone....It's Monday and I'm a day late in posting this project.  It's been another hectic weekend, oh my!  Anyway, we have another Optional Twist for our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  That is, to create something for a friend!  In our lifetime, we have encountered/will encounter many individuals that would/will mostly bless us and some that would/will probably hurt us.  There are some that are there for a long period of time and some that are temporary.  There are those that we get very close with and some that are simply acquaintances.  No matter the quality and length of our relationships, we can agree that each of them have helped us in who we are now and who we'll be in the future .  Before I became a believer, I had many acquaintances with a few close friends.  I was neither and introvert nor an extrovert, I was comfortable  being both.  I had many wonderful memories of being together with group of friends that I laughed, sang, danced and party with yet my greatest memories were the times shared with a best friend spending a lunch break, exchanging stories that meant so much to us.  I had one in grade school, one in high school, a couple of them in my neighborhood and one during my first job.  They all came in specific seasons of my life and all of them are a blessing to me.  When I came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (Born-Again, John 3:3), friendship became more meaningful to me! I realized that I cannot be an exceptional friend to anybody if I didn't encounter the ultimate friendship (closer than a brother) and love that can only be experienced in Jesus Christ.  In Him, I learned and still learning to love unselfishly and to put my interest last and think of others first.  I have trusted a few people before and thought they would be there for me but found out they didn't.  Like the wonderful summer days, they departed in the winter time.  But as it is written in the Scripture  in Genesis 8:22  that says,  "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."  The Lord brought many more friends in my life after I gave my life to Him.  They not only helped me in the affairs of life but also encouraged me to grow spiritually as we share a common denominator---Jesus Christ!  I have one such friend in the church I went to in my early Christian years and we made wonderful memories together.  Despite our distance, we stayed connected to this day (thank God for Facebook!...LOL) Today, I have a couple of great friends at Church that I am truly grateful with.  They are truly wonderful blessings! Like seasons,  earthly friends will come and go.  But I have a friend who will always be there for me, no matter what!  That pure friendship I found solely in Jesus Christ!  It's the relationship that is good today, tomorrow and forever for it is sealed in His blood...Today, He extends the same friendship to anyone who is willing.  I hope you take His offer!  If you need help in doing that, you can find out more HERE.  Leaving you with the following verses to  encourage you to trust in the Friend we have in Christ...

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!" (Romans 5:8-10)

"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 15:15-17)

"Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:1-11)

For this Card, I used an image from Flat Friends Boutique called "Let's Go Fly a Kite" that I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from American Crafts, the flowers and brads from Recollections and the oblong and lacy oblong were cut from Cuttlebug using Nestabilities dies.  I incorporated paper piecing in my image and also added some glitters from Stickles (Crystal).  The cute sentiment stamp is from Tim Holtz.  For the final touch, I stitched all over this project.  I love the decoupage feel created by the awesome print of the papers. 





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards---Summer Fun
Sister Act---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Paper Creator Crafts---ATG
Kraftin' Kimmie---Summer
Addicted to Stamps---Summer Colors
Come and Get It---Paper Piecing
Lacy Sunshine---Color Your World
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Glitter n Sparkle---ATG
Great Impressions---ATG
OSAAT---ATG with Flowers
Scribble and Scrap---ATG
Corrosive---Pile It On
Catch the Bug---ATG
Digidesigns---Use Die-Cuts
Scrapper's Delights---ATG 

There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.   Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight this week. Wonderful prizes awaits the winners from our sponsors this week, Flat Friends Boutique, The Cutting Cafe and Stamplorations. I hope you have a wonderful week and know that through faith in what Jesus accomplished through the Cross, we have complete victory that we can effectively share with others!    


  1. Jesus is certainly our best and most loving friend - and He will enable us to love others.
    Lovely card Jo Ann - the colours are fabulous and your colouring on the image is stunning.

  2. Wonderful card! I love your design!
    Thanks for playing along in the Sister Act Card Challenge.

  3. Lovely card, Jo Ann. And I am so glad for the reminder of my best friend--my Savior. Thank you for joining us at Great Impressions! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  4. Beautiful colouring, I love all the layers and elements! Thanks for joining us for Catch the Bug anything goes hope to see you again, Dawn Bugaboo DT.

  5. Beautiful colours, image and layout. Thank you for sharing with us at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards.
    Agnieszka DT

  6. A fabulous card. A wonderful background and image.
    Thank you for joining in with Scribble & Scrap challenge #46 and good luck x

  7. Hi this is a gorgeous card. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 18 “Anything Goes”. Hugs Jackie DT

  8. Lovely card very cheerful thanks for sharing at Glitter n Sparkle y DT x

  9. Lovely card very cheerful thanks for sharing at Glitter n Sparkle y DT x

  10. Beautiful layout and coloring. I love your gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Catch The Bug.

  11. Very Pretty card. Thank you for playing with us at Lacy Sunshine!
    Carolyn, DT

  12. Such a fabulous card. Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time. Good luck. Maggie - DT

  13. Love it! Fantastic sentiment!
    Thank-you for joining us at Color Your World!

  14. This is darling! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions!!!

  15. Fabulous card Jo Ann, great image, beautifully coloured and great layout and papers, thanks for playing along at Paper Creator, good luck, hugs, Colette xx

  16. Ooooh - congrats on your win at OSAAT - well deserved! Beautiful papers, beautiful sentiment, and I love the camera elements! You have come up with something new there that I have never seen!

  17. Great Card!! I love all the white edges around the image and elements.. Great Style!! FAB colours!!
    Have a Great Summer!!
    Thank you for joining us at ATSC! SummerHug from Sol



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