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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Scripture Series: Kindness Shall Not Depart Card---Time for another Bi-weekly/Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge from Word Art Wednesday!

Hello friends!  I am a day late with this post but will make this brief as I am spending my Birthday with my family for some fun and much needed break.  Anyway, I wanted to bring to you the card I made for our Anything Goes/Inspirational Bi-Weekly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) featuring the Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site.  It comes from Isaiah 54:10 which says, "For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee."  What a wonderful promise of Almighty God to give us hope especially in the condition/days we're living in.  

Now, more than ever, the pages of Revelation which was the very first book I completed reading when I first came to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ through His finished work at the Cross (Born-again, John 3:3) has never been more alive to me than these days.  Back then, I felt like I was reading a horrific fantasy story that will soon come to pass.  There were many times I had to ask elders questions to fully understand what the prophecies meant to me, all believers and the world as whole.  There were passages that terrified me and sent chills to the core of my being but knowing who I am in Christ turned many of the fears to hope and thankfulness for the future that awaits me and everyone whose faith rest upon our Savior.  

Today, we turn on the TV or the web and the dominating news are always about chaos, division, destruction and disrespect not only to God but people who are traitors,  rebellious and ungrateful for many reasons.  I will surely not be surprised if it comes from countries deeply oppressed by their governments and whose freedom and existence is determined by godless rulers that believed they are their own gods.  But for a bunch of spoiled brats that earns millions upon millions of dollars, doing what they loved to do and paid luxuriously along with the companies that spoil them and gave them platforms to exercise their right to protest a bogus oppression that they really haven't experienced and have allowed themselves to be the puppets for the puppeteers of this nation whose aim is to destroy the mandate of God in this country by promoting chaos, division, sexual perversion, annihilation of the unborn and worldwide control through the promulgation of a one world government, I am not going to stay quiet and just buy on their deception.  I have not a bit of tolerance for people who chooses to use their fame to disrespect the very country that allowed them to reach their dreams.  They have the means to make a difference with the resources they have.  Instead, they have chosen to disrespect the flag (sitting and kneeling) and everything this country stands for as drafted in our Constitution to make a stand?  How about they use their fat check books to improve the lives of the ones they stand for?  Of course not, it's easy to protest when it does not truly cost you anything and you are backed by godless, equally ingrate bosses (companies).  This sort of things (behavior and events) are written in the Scripture and we are to be familiar with the Word of God in order to connect the dots on what is happening in our country and the world.  Jesus is coming very soon and we are to hold on to His promises and pray for our nation amidst the concern/uncertainties.  Every believer in Christ have a bright future awaiting us in God's Kingdom and we are to continue to be "Salt and Light" to this world.  Simply put, we need to speak up and expose the error in our times no matter what and who we face.  Jesus helped people and fulfilled His purpose without compromising the Truth.  We (believers) are not here to please man but to please God alone.  Let us do what the Holy Spirit tells us with boldness knowing that we are heirs to the throne of God.  The promises of God (His kindness and peace) are true to us here on earth and will be fully manifested at the end of days when we shall reign with Him.  He's coming, be ready?

For this Card, I used an image from Time for Tea called "Princess" and colored it with my Touch Five and Prismacolor markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square.  The DP is from Heidi Grace, the butterflies from Recollection, the nail head gems from Imaginisce and I added some Liquid Pearls (Silver) to the image's dress.  The wonderful paper saved me some time in having to layer some more.  The design and texture are worth showing and surely gave this card an edge.   Lastly, I did some wacky stitching to complete my design.






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
Just Keep on Creating---ATG
ATG with Create with TLC---ATG
Classic Design Team---ATG
Crafts and Me---ATG with optional Autumn
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG with optional "Pick a Tune"
Cute as a Button---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG with optional Color Twist
Doodle Pantry---ATG with Digi
Not Just Cards---ATG
Petal Lu---ATG
Sisters of Craft---ATG
Time for Tea---Fall Into Layers
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG/Fall Colors
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Funny
Aud Sentiment---Fall Colors with Sentiment
Love to Craft---ATG
Crafting with an Attitude---ATG
Creative Ladybirds---ATG

Hope you join the fun at our WAW Challenge.  There's wonderful prize awaiting our blessed winner from our awesome sponsor this week, Kraft Outlet ($15 GC) and the Cutting Cafe (choice cuts).  You can choose to incorporate the free Word Art (sentiment) you see in my card for projects you wish to make and link with us though it's not mandatory.  You can submit up to 5 projects (Anything Goes) as long as it's family friendly, inspirational or uplifting.  Can't wait to see what you come up with. Have a blessed week and always remember to share unto others the hope you have in Christ.  Hugs! 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Not a Card but a Shoe/Gift Box with a Crochet Baby Espadrille---It's September Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello there friends!  It's the first Sunday of the month which means we are starting a new monthly Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  Another wonderful change happening is that you can now vote for your favorite entries which can include voting for your own creation till September 30th.  Anyway, I a can't believe how time flew by so fast and we are now close to the end of the year.

Anyway, I will not hide  the concern I have for our country and the world as each day approaches.  It's one thing to be positive but as a follower of Jesus and His Word, I can truly say now more than ever, that we are living the prophetic pages of the Scripture.  It's mind boggling how men of God who didn't even have all the technology we have now in their time could have written a detailed description of what is going to transpire at this day and age.  Only one thing is certain, the prophets didn't come up with the prophecies all by themselves.  God, through the power of the Holy Spirit revealed to chosen men what is to come.  It is a tragedy for anyone to ignore God's warning as it would mean eternal damnation for everyone who allowed themselves to be deceived.  The sad thing is that they were given a chance to know God but they pass up the chance over and over again due to pride and selfishness.  Everyday, I thank the Lord that He called me and enable me to hear His voice.  I want to share with you one of the chapters I read in the Scripture which both warn and encourage us to hold on to the Truth and salvation we were preciously given.

The Day of the Lord (2 Peter 3):

"Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.  I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation. But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.  But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.  But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.   So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.  Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

The Day of the Lord (Tribulation Period) is the time when God's wrath will be poured out to all of mankind who rejected the finished work of Jesus Christ.  For as the love of God was fully displayed through what Christ has done at the Cross, so the wrath of God will be in full force in those coming days.  The horrors of those days will be unimaginable and there will be no escaping God's holy anger as the unholy trinity (Satan, Anti-Christ, and the False Prophet) with their followers face God and lose profoundly.  Friends, IT IS WRITTEN!  THE VICTORY OF THEM THAT PLACED THEIR FAITH IN JESUS IS SURE!  The mark of the Beast (microchip/RFID technology) is already enforced in many countries including here in America and many already accepted the implant to their hands or foreheads.  Everyone is being forced to oblige by government's ungodly agenda and I am praying that you take the time to learn of the Truth of God's Word, humble yourselves before the Lord and come into the victory that is only found in Christ Jesus.  Though things like this may cause us to fear, know that the Lord remains our protection and that we instead use our lives to share with others what Christ has done for us in hopes of snatching them from the claws of damnation.  As the Scripture above implied, the Lord is not slow to do what He intended to do but He's being patient with us---to give many a chance to repent and place their faith in Christ.  The Lord does not want us to be consumed by worry but to make use of the time to share the hope we have in Him.  I know in my heart that Jesus is coming to save all who trusted in Him (Rapture of the Church) before all hell breaks loose.  I will keep my focus on the glory of that moment while living these troubled days.  Remember that our God sits on the throne and is absolutely in control of everything.

For the Box, I used an image from my Recollections Clear Stamp and colored them with my Sharpie markers.  The box is made from Kraft CS, cut and scored to make a 5 x 4 x 2 inchex box.  The DP's are from Paper Studio and the sentiment from Cloud 9.  For the Crochet Baby Shoe, I followed a pattern from a book titled "Crochet for Little Feet." It measures 3.5 inches long and is great for baby girls from 0-3 or even up to 6 months (depending on baby's growth).  It was a challenge at first but things got better after several hours of just trying to understand the instructions...LOL  I learned that you have to have tremendous patience in these little things as it can be hard both in the hands and the eyes to get 'em done.  This was made for a friend who needed a Baby Shower gift and I am grateful she trusted me to make one for her.





This Projects is entered into the following Challenges:

 A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
Animal Friends---With Fur
Crafter's Cafe---2 Patterned Papers
Crafts and Me---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Papers
Creatalicious---ATGwith Optional Theme
Cute as a Button---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---Babies
Petal Lu---ATG
Sparkles---Lots of Layers
Sisters of Craft---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG
Art by Miran---ATG
Let's Color Linky Party---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 sponsors for this week---Kreative Hender Digis, Aurora Wings, Scrapper's Delights and RSD.  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!    


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