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

Friday, October 16, 2015

Happy Winter Christmas Card---There's an Awesome New Release Called "Create Joy" this Month at Simon Says Stamp!

Good morning, everyone!  Yesterday, Simon Says Stamp released new products featuring Holiday and Winter.  There's also a Blog hop (chance to win a prize parcel valued at over $50) happening at their site today featuring many artist that made great projects from the new release.  I am honored to try a new die called "Happy Winter Christmas" featured in this "Create Joy" collection so, here's the card I made with it.  I don't really make lots of Christmas themed projects except for some that I send to love ones but I truly enjoyed making this one having combined Christmas and Winter theme in one creation.

For this Card, I also used an image from Sassy Cheryl Stamps called "Lucy Lou Princess on Ice" that I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor markers.  The base is a grey CS from Core'dinations, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are DCWV and Recollections.  The hills were created without using border dies---just good ole' pencil and scissors, lined with a DP, matted on a white CS.  I added some glitters on the image using Stickles (green), included some Liquid Pearls (White Opal), stamped and fussy cut the layered snowflakes using Fiskars stamps and added some white brads from Recollections.  Pretty happy with how this turned out.






This Card is available for purchase at my ETSY STORE HERE****

This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Art by Miran---ATG
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Crafty Catz---ATG
Creative Fingers---ATG
Jo's Scrap Shack---ATG
Simply Papercraft---ATG
As You Like It---Monochrome or Color?  (I love "colors" as I love the bright/vibrant effects it gives)
Crafting with an Attitude---ATG
Crafty Girls Creations---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG/Spots and/or Stripes
Fab 'n' Funky---Make it Square
Not Just Cards---ATG
I love ProMarkers---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Autumn Colors
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Artistic Inspirations---ATG
Mod Squad---Winter and a Die
Sweet Stampin'---Christmas Travel or Transport
Sisterhood of Crafters---Die-lirious and/or Punchy
2 Creative Chicks---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Christmas Theme
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
CCC Digi Creations---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/Optional "B"  (Brads, Bird)
Natalie and Amy---Snow People
Petal Lu---ATG
Sweet Stamps---ATG
Sisters of Craft---ATG
World Wide Open Design---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG

But of course, this post will not be complete without the inspiration of God's Word.  I would like to share with you the message of the Holy Spirit through Apostle Paul that tells us that everything we have ever acquired or achieved of much worth in the world using our own talents and abilities are of no worth compared to what is in store for us in the knowledge of Christ.  True, we are destined to do good works but none of them is worth anything if we accomplished them outside of the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  To come under is to die from our affiliation with Adam (first birth, physical birth) and to be Born-again (New Birth/Second Birth, John 3:3) to the Kingdom of God.  Read John 3 if you wish to know more.  Everyone who places their faith in Christ no longer relies on things of this world but upholds the finished work of Jesus, the Gospel (death, burial and resurrection) as the only means by which we are able to deal with everything this world throws at us.  As the Lord allows us to live in this world, it is for the sole purpose of fulfilling His Will in our lives, that is to share the Good News we received to others and to transform each and everyone of us to the image of His Son. One day, we will be taken out of this world and come face to face with our Savior.  All of us who lived for Him in this present life/world shall be with Him for all eternity.  Be blessed and know you are destined for greatness through Christ! 

"Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."  (Philippians 3:1-14) 
Have an awesome weekend! 


  1. Beautiful card Jo Ann - love the image and the gorgeous die cuts. Thanks too for you words of wisdom - you really do use your blog as a mission endeavor!

  2. Ooooh my God, love your cards Jo Ann.
    I was wondering what it was, behind your cards, but I now see it's the envelop!
    Stunnig !!
    I become a follower too!!

  3. Thank you for taking part in our art by miran challenge,
    I very much enjoyed looking at your project and all
    the time and detail you put into it, good luck hugs tracy

  4. This is gorgeous thank you for joining us at the WWODTC
    Michelle DT

  5. a super Christmas card, lovely colours, thank you for joining our challenge at Craafty Catz and hope to see you again

  6. Wow beautiful.
    Thank you for entering the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #04 and best of luck with your entry.
    Don't forget, we will be holding the Champion of Champions DT Challenge in March 2016 for all of the winners from all Categories from these monthly challenges.
    Annette DT Leader

  7. Gorgeous card love your image and your bps. Thanks for joining us at CHPPC, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

  8. Lovely card thanks for joining us at Crafting with friends Louise DT x

  9. WOW this is just TOO cute!! Love it through and through!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘DIE-LIRIOUS & PUNCHY’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  10. A fabulous colourful card. Lovely design. Thanks for joining AYLI challenge. Elaine

  11. Oh gorgeous! Love the colors, the design, your layout, the layers, that stitching and your coloring....did I cover it all? So much to take in, this is such a beautiful creation!!! YOWZA!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Mod Squad Blog!

  12. Gorgeous card inside and out. Cute image and fabulous die cut embellishments. Thanks for joining the Sisterhood's "Die-lirious and Punchy" challenge.

  13. Jo-Ann what a sweet and gorgeous card, love hte layers
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}


  14. Your card is great !
    Thank you for joining us at The crafty addicts !
    Good Luck and hope to see you again.

  15. Lovely card, thanks for sharing with Crafting with an Attitude!

  16. A great card - thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky.

    Helen x
    DT Member

  17. Beautiful. Lots of wonderful layers and details. Thank you for joining us at Crafting with Friends this week. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  18. Super funky and fun! Thanks for joining in with our challenge at As You Like It,
    hugs Samantha :0)

    PS there is a DT call at ABC Christmas challenge :)

  19. Gorgeous card AJ thank you for entering the WWODT Challenge '4'
    Good Luck with your entry
    Dianne DT

  20. What a great creation. Thanks for joining us at WWODTC
    Heather DT

  21. Beautiful card love the image and fabulous colouring,great details and love all the layers---Thank you for joining us at Simply Papercrafts
    Carol DT x

  22. How cute! I LOVE all your papers, specially those patterned "hills". Thanks for playing with CHNCC2.

  23. Lovely card with such great colouring.
    Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Digistamps4Joy this week and good luck..
    Ursula Uphof DT member

  24. Lovely card! Love all the layers and embellishments. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog Looking forward to see you again soon.
    WWO DT
    Toadally Love To Craft {My Blog}

  25. Beatiful card. Love all the layers. Great coloring. Thanks for joining our AG challenge at CCC Digi Creations. Good luck!
    Kitty DT

  26. What a cute card here very nice. Thank you for entering the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #04 and best of luck with your entry. Hugs Andrea DT

  27. Lovely card. wonderful Sassy Cheryl image!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Your Scrapbook Place
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell in Alaska (DT)*

  28. This is gorgeous! I love the colours and the design of this fab card. Great to have you with us at Natalie and Amy's challenge this month. Hugs Sheryl DT xx

  29. This is a wonderful creation and perfect for our FOURTH challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {World Wide Open Design Team Challenge DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  30. Cute image beautifully coloured and love the papers and layout -----Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x

  31. Lovely card! Thank you for entering the WWODT challenge. Best of luck with your entry.
    Vicki, DT

  32. Such a wonderful and bold card you have created here. thank you so much for joining us at Petal Lu x

  33. This is really beautiful.
    Thank you for joining us at WWODT Challenge.
    Good luck

    Greetz Linette (DT)

  34. This is so pretty! You have created a keeper here! Thanks for joining us this month at DigiStamps4Joy, where our theme is ATG with a Twist - B is for? Julie, DT

  35. Great card. Love the image.

    Thanks for sharing at CASS.




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