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, December 21, 2015

Love Inspired Series: Once in a Lifetime Center Step Card---Join th Fun at our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create and Higlighting Simon Says Stamp "You Have my Heart" New Release...

Hello Crafty Friends! It's another busy---soooo busy week for me so this is coming out a day late.  This is going to be a short and sweet post but want to take the opportunity to wish ya'll a BLESSED AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!   I hope you join me in celebrating the true meaning of this season---the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  Though the exact day of His birth was not specifically revealed in His Word, we all know that He came to bear witness to the Truth (reality in God's perspective) as we see in John 1:18, "No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known."  Because of God's great love for us, He had to send His Only Son to free us from the bondage of Sin and get us back into God's righteousness as stated in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. No amount of gifts or act of giving and commercialization of this season can come close to the Gift that our Father in Heaven gave us in the Person of His Son---JESUS CHRIST!  So, whatever you choose to do this season, as child of God and saved by His grace (Born-again, John 3:3), we are to share what Christ has done for us in every meeting and get together.  Along with our time with our families and friends across a wonderful meal and fellowship, let Him receive the glory!  Do not allow political correctness and tolerance to reduce our celebration to something worth absolutely nothing. Today, we have hope because the Messiah (Savior) came one faithful day---paid the price for our sins through the Cross and will one day come back to literally rule the world.  Everyone who placed their lives through faith in Him will take part in His rulership forever.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS!  Leaving you with wonderful verses as to why we are to celebrate this wonderful season:

"We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life."  (1 John 5:20)

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,  but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.  He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.  Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God." (1 Peter 1:18-21)

"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,  who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory."  (Ephesians 1:13-14)

For our weekly Challenge at 613 Avenue Create, I used a wonderful image from one of our sponsors, Bugaboo Digi Stamps called "Puppy Girl" and colored it with my ProMarker/Prismacolors/Spectrum Noir markers.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5. 5 inches center step design.  The DP's came from Recollections, the sparkly gems from Imaginisce, glitters from Stickles (Crystal), the awesome sentiment is from Stampabilities and for added dimension, I added some stitching.  The gorgeous "Heart Banner" is courtesy of Simon Says Stamp who sent me this beautiful wafer die to explore and make awesome projects.  I'm very impressed as it "cuts like butter" with the aid of my Cuttlebug.  All I did was to make 2 cuts using a burgundy CS and adhere them together for stability and strength and walah, an awesome banner for my girly girl card.  In the next few weeks, you will see more samples of this new release as highlighted by their DT's in their BLOG...I am grateful to be given the opportunity to try one.  God bless this wonderful company for their trust and generosity to share their products to avid Crafters like me.

                                           ONCE IN A LIFETIME CENTER STEP CARD:

                                      ONCE IN A LIFETIME CENTER STEP CARD LAYERS:

                                   ONCE IN A LIFETIME CENTER STEP CARD SIDE VIEW:

                                     ONCE IN A LIFETIME CENTER STEP CARD INSIDE:


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Country View---Make a Scene
Crafts Galore---ATG
Crafting Musketeers---Use a Sentiment
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Crafty Time---ATG
Creative Craft---Add Sparkle
Doodle Pantry---ATG
Lia Stampz---ATG
Petal Lu---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG (I used a Bugaboo Image)
2 Crafty Girls---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Not Just Cards---ATG
Our Crafty Corner---ATG/Winter
Paper Nest Dolls---ATG
Lacy Sunshine---ATG
Great Impressions---ATG
Allsorts---ATG but Christmas
Crafty Friends---ATG
Inkspirational---ATG but Christmas

There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  There's wonderful prizes awaiting the winners from our lovely sponsors for this week---Bugaboo Digi Stamps, Stamplorations and the Cutting Cafe.  Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight this week.  I hope you have a wonderful week and know that through faith in what Jesus accomplished through the Cross, we have complete victory always! 


  1. Wowza girlfriend, what a project! Does Once in a Life Time also refer to never again putting all that work in one card?? LOL! That would be MY sentiment! You always astound me with all the detail and layers... and in your case girl, it was so worth it!! Another beautiful project!

  2. What a wonderful card - do you know if there is a tutorial somewhere teaching how to make the step card?

  3. Christmas Blessings to you Jo Ann.
    Love that card - your colouring of the image is fabulous and the die is beutiful

  4. God is SO very good to us. What a blessing that Simon Says Stamp has been sending us such lovely supplies. I got a cute stamp set this time and posted two cards using it. I love your card, and SO glad you got this special prize. Thanks for supporting them. It will be such a blessing having them as our primary sponsor this coming year.
    Blessings to you my friend, my sister in the Lord Jesus Christ,

  5. Hi,

    Wonderful card. Thanks for joining us at CCC Digi Creations Challenge.

    DT CCC Digi Creations Challenge

  6. Jo Ann, I love your card AND your message. Both are beautifully done! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful creation with us at Great Impressions! Wishing you Christmas blessings!

  7. Gorgeous Card. Love the layout. Thanks for sharing with us this fortnight. Lisa DT Creative Craft Cottage

  8. Your step card is fabulous! I love how bright and cheery it is...also butterflies are my fave! Thanks for playing along with us at LTSCB and good luck. Hugs, Robin

  9. Lovely card!
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year;-))m

  10. Beautiful bright and cheery card with a really lovely image.
    Thank you for joining in our Anything but Christmas challenge at Allsorts.


  11. Beautiful work- thanks for sharing with us at CCC Digi Creations.

  12. Gorgeous layout! And I love the bright colors. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Time Challenges!

  13. JoAnn gorgeous card
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    Hope to see you again and goodluck


  14. This is gorgeous. Thank you for joining the challenge of Creative Craft Cottage.
    Have a nice day.
    Greetings Anneke

  15. Great card, gorgeous colouring! Thank you for entering the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge, “Anything Goes”. We hope to see you back again soon! Karola, CGE DT, InvisiblePinkCards

  16. Wow! Absolutely lovely!
    Thank-you for joining us at Color Your World!

  17. Your card is very beautiful !
    Thank you for joining us at Creative craft cottage!
    Good Luck and hope to see you again.
    Bad Kitty's Craftroom

  18. Hi, Fabulous project. All the embellishments fit perfectly together. Thank you for joining us at Our Crafty Corner Good luck.

    Hope to see you again for our next challenge.

    Erin Challenge Owner

  19. A lovely card with great colours. Thanks for sharing at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper. Rebecca x

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

    Happy New Year,
    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Come and Get It)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

  21. I am blown away with your project! From the image, to your colouring, to the incredible center step...amazing! Talk about impressive! Thank you so much for sharing your artistry at Inkspirational! Happy New Year!

  22. Thumbs up to your step card!
    Thank you for playing with us at INK :)
    Pia xx



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