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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Joy Found in Friendship Watercolor Card---It's Anything Goes at 613 Avenue Create!

Hi there, friends!  It's late Sunday evening and I'm here to highlight the card that I made for our new Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  If you would like, take on the optional twist of  including in your projects "Lace and/or Pearls."  My card is more in line with Anything Goes so, I just stamped a fave image and enjoyed coloring before assembling the card.

Before I go any further with my project, we all know that we're in a critical moment in the history of this country to vote for a new President towards the end of the year.  But right now, we are in the midst of primary elections/caucuses to determine the final candidates that will best represent us. It's amazing how others have not seen the importance of carefully examining each candidates, their qualifications, experience, and thought process.  A trustworthy leader should be a person of INTEGRITY (a quality of being honest, having strong moral principles and values moral uprightness).  He must also be STABLE mentally, emotionally and spiritually and should be an example of SELFLESS LEADERSHIP (genuine desire to serve and not to be served).  We need a God-fearing leader who  has great understanding on what catapulted this country into greatness, having an exceptional knowledge of our Judeo-Christian heritage that is evident in the founding doctrines laid out in the longest running, tried and tested governing principles of the United States Constitution.

In light of all these important qualities we need to look for in a leader, I refuse to be politically correct and be ran by emotions that would undermine my faith and knowledge of God.  I need to be firm and refuse to exchange God's Word or set them aside just to make a statement to a certain political party.  Truthfully, I am not surprised why people are voting foolishly (deceptively) for candidates whose evil intentions/agenda is to transform this country to something that made many nations bankrupt, starving and hopeless.  Many if not all will not admit to it but people who are diligent in studying the Word of God can see bright as daylight how these men and women allowed themselves to work Satan's plan (John 10:10---to steal, kill and destroy) by giving their support to Godless individuals.  When a presidential candidate can say bluntly that he has very loyal supporters that if he shoots people, he will not be losing any vote---Yikes, that's a different breed of loyalty!  This boastful candidate is talking about leading a group of people who are far worst than those hundreds of people that drank the Kool-Aid and poisoned their children in a cult many years ago.  Many of the supporters of this man also call themselves Christians but are they really?  Let's examine a very important passage which every man should watch out for as laid out by God's Word in the following passages in Matthew 17:15-29:

"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them."

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’"

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law."

It is sad to see people abandon the tenets of their faith in God which led them to lose common sense and intelligent reasoning---having no ability to make sound judgment!  Yet that is one's condition when we allow ourselves to rely on our limited knowledge and abilities instead of humbling ourselves unto God and allowing His Word and the examples of the life of Christ through the Holy Spirit to do the vetting and selection of candidates for us.  History showed us how Israel made a wrong move when they chose a man (King Saul) to govern them  instead of God Himself during their time.  Check out the story HERE!  But I submit to you, in spite of all the circumstances surrounding our country nowadays where destruction is evident, I refuse to give up!   That's because I know the God I serve and the victory every believer has in Him.  I know that the Lord's timing is perfect and His protection is upon those who fully trust in Him.  Therefore,  I'm making a solemn declaration that the righteousness of God shall prevail in this country and the "man" He sent to carry out His plan (to bring us back to His saving knowledge and rule under the banner of God to restore us to our founding principles) will lead this country through the supernatural power of God, in Jesus's Name!  Keep praying, declaring and acting upon the promises of the Almighty, saints.  Nothing is impossible with Him!
For this Card, I used an image from Art Impressions Stamps called "Joy Found Window" which I water-colored with Distress Markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I embossed a couple of embossing folders, one from Stampin' Up called "Pretty Print" and the other from Cuttlebug called "Polka Dots."  The Lacy Square Die is from Nestabilities and the brads are from Recollections and.  Lastly, I machine stitched all over this card.  I'm going for simple elegance and I am happy with the result.

                                       JOY FOUND IN FRIENDSHIP WATERCOLOR CARD:

                                   JOY FOUND IN FRIENDSHIP WATERCOLOR CARD LAYERS:

                                  JOY FOUND IN FRIENDSHIP WATERCOLOR CARD INSIDE:


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Color Your World---ATG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends---ATG
OSAAT---ATG with 3D
Penny Black---ATG with Stamp and Die
Pile It On---Paint (Watercolor)
Stamping Sensations---ATG
Catch the Bug---Color
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG
Crafty Girlz---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Julia Spiri---ATG
Simply Papercraft---ATG
Let's Color Linky Party---ATG with Something Colored
Scrapper's Delights---ATG
Art by Miran---ATG
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Creative Fingers---ATG
PDE Linky Party---ATG
Aud Sentiments---Cute and Sentiment
Crafting with an Attitude---ATG
Crafty Girls Creations---ATG
Sassy Studio---ATG

There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge with an optional Twist at 613 Avenue Create.  There's wonderful prizes awaiting the winners from our lovely sponsor for this week---Star Stampz.  Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight this week.  I hope you have a wonderful week filled with the divine inspiration of God's Word and be able to share the Hope you have in you to bring light to the dark places in your sphere of influence.  Would love to hear your comments too.   Hugs, always!   


  1. I cringe when I see some of the candidates that are standing in your electoral system - you are so right to speak out Jo Ann.
    Love your beautifully coloured image o this stunning card.

  2. A great design to your pretty card, many thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More challenges.

    B x

  3. Great card! Thanks for joining us at PDE Linky Party.
    DT Janis
    Pause Dream Enjoy, My Blog
    Sunny Day Crafting, Photo Inspiration Chs
    Paper Play Sketches, Sketch Chs
    PDE Linky Party, Anything Goes Linky Party

  4. Gorgeous card--love how you put the layers together!

  5. Lovely card, thanks for sharing with Inspiration Destination. Wendy DT x

  6. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Sassy Studio Designs!

  7. Bravo on a gorgeous card, but more importantly, bravo on speaking out. I am impressed by your courage to say what you have said and I could not agree more. Mr. Trump does not act like a Christian and I shudder to think that this divisive, dangerous man would represent the USA to the world. I do not understand how Christians can support him, when he does not represent Christianity at all.

  8. Beautiful card and layout. Thanks for joining us at Catch the bug.

  9. This is gorgeous, Jo Ann! I love the design, and also the box and how you've decorated the inside too. Thanks for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


  10. Thanks for joining Stamping Sensations with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  11. I commented earlier but I have my Aud Sentiment hat on now.. I love this card and the colors, the design. Awesome card and so glad you shared also over at Aud Sentiments.

  12. Lovely card, thanks for sharing at Scrapper's Delights!

  13. Such a lovely card! Thanks for playing with us at Crafting with an Attitude :) xx Mari

  14. What an amazing creation! Beautiful water coloring!
    Thanks so much for playing along in my Let's color linky party, hope you come join in again soon!

  15. A lovely card. Thank you for sharing at PDE linky Party. Beckie

  16. Wow-beautiful colouring and your layout is fab.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black & More.
    Lynn x

  17. Me again, just realized you also played along in the Penny Black and More challenge. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creation with us there. Hope you come play along with us for our new challenge starting on Sunday!

  18. Beautiful card. I love the layout. thanks for joining Lacy Sunshiyour world.
    ne color

  19. Very elegant card! I love the texture and the design. Thanks so much for joining us at Catch the Bug Challenges.

  20. I have some if these AI stamps. What a wonderful inspiration. Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words on my blog.

  21. Very beautiful card. I love the water coloring you did on your image, so vibrant and ready for spring. Thank you for joining us at One Stitch At A Time Challenge.
    Deborah DT

  22. Beautiful coloring. I love the scene. Thanks for linking up and playing with us at AAA Cards.

  23. What a beautiful little scene! Wonderful! Thank you for joining in on my Amusing Challenge this week - it was nice to see you back again!

  24. So gorgeous, I really do love this. Thank you for sharing this with us over at Simply Papercraft. Sue DT

  25. Gorgeous card and great coloring! :) ..I'm not an american nor a christian, but I so agree with you on your points, I shudder at the thought of Trump winning the election and running your country, for it will not only effect you but the whole world... :(
    Thanks so much for sharing your creations with us at Creative Fingers & Welcome back!
    DT Tindaloo

  26. Stunning card and such a lovely layout. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Crafty Girlz Creations

  27. Beautiful card - love the embossing!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Helen x

  28. Came here through AAA Cards. Love the watercolor panel and the pretty embossing folders.



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