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, January 6, 2016

Scripture Series - Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Card - Join Us for Another Family Friendly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, friends!  Here to highlight my very first Scripture Word Art project for 2016 and like always, it is for our Family Friendly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  There's so many wonderful changes happening there so, make sure to check the post so that you can be updated.  One of the wonderful things happening this year is our Challenge going from weekly to bi-weekly.  That means you can get more projects done and link with us within a Challenge period and will also give me and my fellow DT's much needed time  to work on other projects.  I have tons!...LOL    The other great news is we have a primary sponsor for one of two (or three) challenges each month which will provide the winner with $25 GC from their shop and is an absolute blessing to our Challenge this year---Simon Says Stamp. They have all the latest products in paper crafting and stamping at a great price.  Along with our faithful sponsors for many years, they will help us provide greater excitement for those that link with us.  Hmm, should I quit the DT so I can join and possibly have a chance to win these great prizes?  I thought of that but nah---I'll leave it to you, guys!...LOL

Anyway, our Scripture Word Art for this week came from Psalm 139:14 which says, "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."  This is one of the verses that spoke a lot into my heart and the very reason why I can look at things and appreciate what they are regardless of how they look like or their incapacity.  When I posted some of my portrait pics in social media, I remembered using this caption more often---"fearfully and wonderfully made by God."  You see, the world has its own definition of beauty and they usually depend on physical attributes or capabilities of a person.  So, when the world encounters someone born or with physical defects (out of the normal) many look at them as ugly.  But even if people are born without physical defects, others still find things to notice or laugh about---big ears, flat nose, crooked teeth, large forehead, you name it!  When we criticize others, we are usually comparing them to our own physical attributes or to someone we consider beautiful according to our standards of what 'beautiful" looks like.  I remember one day when my son was about four years old and he and I were crossing the street and came across a gentlemen that was missing a leg (amputee). My son asked in a fairly loud manner, "Why does that man only have one leg, Mommy?"   I had to ask him to be quiet and answered his question shortly. I told him that we don't know how that man lost his leg but though he's missing one, it does not mean that he was not beautifully made by God.  We covered many other things that day down to the race and skin color which many people deem so important.  I made sure that he got the message---none of God's creation was made by Him ugly or inferior.  As my son grows, I often asked him questions to test how he sees true beauty based on Biblical perspective and so far, he passes with flying colors.  Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."

The key to seeing true beauty apart from worldly standards is to know our Creator.  When your worldview of creation is based on the likes of the "Theory of Evolution" which suggests that we evolve from apes contrary to the Biblical Truth of being made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27), what you believed will affect how you see yourself and others.  Each of us, no matter how we appear are made in the image and likeness of our Creator.  God does not make mistakes!  I love what I saw online from which expands on this:  "God makes no mistakes. His perfection and greatness disallow mistakes: “Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” (Psalm 145:3). In the original language, the word translated “fathom” incorporates the thought of “possible to find out or enumerate.” In other words, God’s greatness is infinite. This statement cannot refer to a fallible person, for, with even one mistake, his greatness would be quantifiable and finite.  God has made no mistakes in His creation of the world. God’s infinite wisdom, infinite power, and infinite goodness combined to produce a perfect world. At the end of six days of creation, God surveyed all He had made and pronounced it “very good” (Genesis 1:31). There was no exception or qualification or disappointment. Just the statement “very good.” We are part of God's creation and no other creation came to life the same way we did.  God Himself breathing into man's nostrils the breath of life which made us a living soul (Genesis 2:7).  All other created things came about by God's spoken Word.  So yes, we are very special...In fact, we are His masterpiece!  If you look at everything through the eyes of the God that created us, you will never see imperfection---just PURE BEAUTY!  I would like to share what my Life Application Bible shared about our featured scripture as it's worth conveying.  It says, "God's character goes into the creation of every person. When you feel worthless or even begin to hate yourself,  remember that God's Spirit is ready and willing to work within you.  We should have as much respect for ourselves as our Maker has for us."  Isn't that amazing?  Glory be to the Most High God!

For this Card, I used an image from Bugaboo Digi Stamps called "AKV Dance Trio" that I colored using my ProMarker/Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir markers.  The base is a pre-cut A7 Kraft card from Paper Studio.  The DP's are also from Paper Sutdio, the layers flowers from Prima, the brads from Recollections and the glitters from Stickles (Crystal).  The die-cut frames are from Nestabilities, the panel edges were shaped using MS Punch and the leaves were die-cuts using Fiskars Punch.   I was extremely tired (sleepy and cranky) when I was working on this project and I am thankful to the Lord as He never fails to make a great and inspiring finish despite my limitations.  I tell you, it's all God!

                                        FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE CARD:

                                    FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE CARD LAYERS:

                                 FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE CARD SIDE VIEW:

                                    FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE CARD INSIDE:


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafting by Designs---ATG
Crafty Gals---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG
DoubleClick---Use a Flower
Fab n Funky---Something New (Image is new)
Inspiration Destination---ATG
The Paper Shelter---Punches and/or Dies
Simon Says Stamp---Something New (New Image)
Stampavie and More---Something New (New Image)
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Celebration
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Crafty Sentiments---ATG
Cuttlebug Mania---New (New Image, also used Cuttlebug to die-cut Nesties)
Deep Ocean---ATG
Everybody Art---ATG
Lemon Shortbread---ATG
ODBD---Something New, Something Old (New: Digi Stamp, Old: Papers)
Try It On Tuesday---Letters and Numbers (Verse has both)
Artistic Inspirations---ATG/Winter Blues
Bunny Zoe's---Sparkle
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Craft Your Passion---ATG
Crafty Boots---Something Old, Something New (New: Image Old: Papers)
Fun Cuts---G is for Gratitude
Not Just Cards---ATG
Our Crafty Corner---ATG
Simon Says---Something New (Image is New)
Paper Nest Dolls---ATG
Where the Heart Is---ATG
Whoopsi Daisy---New To You (Image is New)
Lacy Sunshine---ATG
Come and Get It---Something New (Image is New)
Glitter n Sparkle---ATG
Robyn's Fetish---ATG
Stamping Sensations---ATG with a Die/s
Catch the Bug---ATG

Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times this week.  You can win wonderful goodies (worth $25 GC) from our awesome sponsor this week---Simon Says Stamp.  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you as you find true beauty in yourself and others through the eyes of our Maker.


  1. What a beautiful card Jo Ann - full of fun and movement and beauty.
    Your words are such an encouragement - bless you as you continue to write and expound on God's word.

  2. Absolutely beautiful card, thank you for sharing and I love all the layers and textures as well. You are very talented in creating these cards. Have a great day!

  3. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
    Thank you for joining us at Moo Mania & More Jo Ann!

  4. very nice card, love the art style!

    Thanks for joining us over at Doubleclick Skittles Challenge!

  5. Lovely card, super images and great colours, thanks for sharing at Fab'n'Funky.

    Pat xx

  6. Beautiful card, such a lovely design.
    Thank you for joining us at Fab N Funky this week.

  7. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Creative Moments, good luck!!! Amy DT

  8. Really nice to see such a modern, funky card! :) The layout is fab too!

    Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Addicts and Good Luck! :)
    Annabel - Crafty Addicts DT.

  9. Such a wonderful card Jo Ann!!! Love all images!!! They're very funny! Hugs Jenna

  10. You have really gone all out with this card, Jo Ann. I love scripture cards and this is beautifully done. Thanks for joining the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge.

    Terri ~ Skittles Design Team

  11. Great card with beautiful flowers. I LOVE that verse. Thank you for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

  12. I just love this card! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner! Jeanie, DT

  13. Gorgeous card with great words.
    Thank you for sharing it with us at TioT.

  14. A great card Jo Ann, many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  15. What a wonderful card! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  16. Lovely card and beautifully done. Thank you for playing along with us at OLL challenges Wynn DT

  17. Bugaboo images do make for great cards. I like the way you have finished the inside of your card. Thankyou for sharing this fun image with us at Crafting From The Heart. Hugs ValeryAnne D.T.

  18. Wow, JoAnn! I love the sharply angled edges in your fussy cutting around those darling Bugaboo images! Beautifully colored and shaded, and SO MUCH FUN!

    Thanks for playing in the {Our Crafty Corner Challenge}! Hope to see more of your pretty projects again soon!
    crafty hugs,
    {Creative Smiles}

  19. Fabulous card!
    Thanks for joining us over at Lacy Sunshine Color and Craft Challenge.
    Sandra (CT Coordinator)

  20. Another great card. Fabulous design and images and perfectly done. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  21. Fabulous card, all the layers look amazing, and I love the shape. Great images and great colouring. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  22. A gorgeous card Jo Ann, a super colour with wonderful layers and papers!! Such adorable cute images along with fabulous embellishments!!

    Heather xx
    Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  23. Wow! Such crisp and clear images, and I love how you have made it interactive! The stick figures are just darn cute! So glad you joined us for the Make Something New with Tim Holtz challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge.

  24. Cute card!!Thanks for joining us at Kraftin Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday Challenge! Hugs!

  25. Beautiful card!! Love every detail.. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter this week! Good Luck! Hug Lena

  26. Thank you for joining our “Plant” Challenge this week at DoubleClick Skittles.

    Stay Creative,
    • Carson's Creations •
    DoubleClick Skittles DT

  27. Lovely card. Love all the gorgeous colours! Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Gals Corner.
    ♥ Lena - DT
    Lena’s Creations

  28. I love this cute scene you created. Thanks for sharing with us at OLL this time.
    Lynn x

  29. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Stampavie and More!

    Hugs, Marja
    Stampavie and More DT

  30. Lovely card, fun images and beautiful sentiment

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month


  31. What a beautiful card, Jo Ann!! I just love the images and your coloring to go with the verse. Perfect!! I so love that verse and reading your words on it in your post. God certainly does not make mistakes. Everyone and everything has a purpose. Thanks so much for sharing and for joining us at ODBD!

  32. This is so super sweet! Thanks for joining us over at the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge! DT Member Carri~Abusybee Skittles!

  33. This is just too darn all your sweet little peeps.
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at the DoubleClick Skittles Challenge.

    Skittles DT

  34. So much dimension this is fabulous. Thank you for joining us at Our Crafty Corner. Helen DT



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