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

Sunday, November 6, 2016

With Great Love Card---Join Us for Another Monthly Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello there, Crafty Friends!  I have a couple of cards to show you for our Monthly Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  As always, it's Anything Goes so, there's no excuse for any of you not to join us.  If you want to see the second card I made, you can find it HERE.

Anyway, many of you have already cast your votes on the early voting days of the Presidential election.  If you love this country and the freedom (like no other) our Creator gifted this land, I encourage every God-fearing citizen to continue to pray for our nation.  Let us ask the Lord to establish a Godly leadership in our midst.  Truthfully, unless God intervenes, I don't see any success in all human effort.  The Scripture declares in Proverbs 21:1, "The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will."  With all the ungodly laws and policies we adapted for many years now when we allowed ungodly men and women to control our government, schools, media and the other segments of our society while limiting ourselves within the walls  of our Churches, we have neglected to bring the voice of God into all these pillars.  Therefore, we are reaping the fruits of our collective tolerance and passivity.  I pray that it's not too late for America---I really do!  Let us come together and call upon the Lord...Psalm 34:17 says, "When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles."  Everyone whose trust is in the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross is  declared by God righteous before Him.   Romans 3:21-26 tells us, "But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus."  Our Father in heaven hears every prayer of His children.  From the deepest groaning of our hearts to the prayers we could not even find the words for, He hears all of them!  We may not be in a position of power or influence in the government, politics or even media and entertainment but we have the power given to us by Jesus Christ to summon the power of heaven and change this world through prayer and spirit-led action in accordance to His Word.  Whoever takes office, always remember that our God is still in control!  However, our actions today will determine our fulfillment of God's Great Commission either in freedom or in peril.  I pray the no matter what we end up facing, that we continue to be Ambassadors of Christ to this dying world as we take the Gospel (death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ) to those who are meant to be saved---in all boldness, casting out every fear, and faithfully executing everything God prepared for us to do from before time.  You can count on me...Can I count on you?

For my first card for this month's Challenge,  I used an image from one of our sponsors, All Dressed Up Stamps called "Perfect Day."  I used mostly Distress Inks for the background but for the girl in the image, I used my Touch Five markers. I used Liquid Frisket to mask the image after I colored it so I can freely ink the scene.  The base of the card is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The border sentiment comes from Art Warehouse and the smaller sentiments are from Fiskars.  I layered some flowers from Prima and Recollections, the brads from Recollections and the glitters are Stickles (Crystal).  Lastly, I added a bit of stitching to this project.  Now, this is not really how I pictured this card originally.  I did some powder embossing on the image but didn't like the result.  Just as I thought of all the hard work (hours of coloring) that would be put to waste and how I didn't have the time to make another project, God gave me an idea before disposing the image! I cut the part with unwanted embossing, shorten the image, added some stitching and add the flower and sentiments instead.  And I couldn't believe how beautiful it turned out.  And with that, God reminded me again that things we may consider trash can still transform into something very beautiful.  I thought of sharing this with you as I know you also have your share of stories like that in your crafting world.






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Angie's Digi Stamps---ATG
Lacy Sunshine---ATG
Great Impressions---ATG
Lil Patch---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Crafty Friends---ATG
Digi Choosday---ATG
Just Keep On Creating---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore---ATG
Paper Creator's---ATG
Paradise of Stamps---ATG
Petal Lu---ATG
Worldwide Open DT---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 all our  lovely sponsors.  Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight.  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. Jo Ann - I love the bright wonderful colors in the background! Very cool - works for the image of the buildings and the theme of the sentiment. Also really like the frame of words you used - creative choice!

  2. Fantastic, love this. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  3. Back again, and again, just super. Love it.

    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  4. Beautiful card, the background is gorgeous with the colors and I like the flower with the text ribbons. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends. Good luck in the draw.

  5. So cute card! I love color image. Thank for playing with us at Paradise of Stamps.
    Nathalie DT

  6. Beautiful vreation, thanks for joining us at Oddball Art this time
    Andrea x

  7. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at Digistamps4Joy. Hope to see you again next time.

  8. Hello... it’s so nice to see you have joined us again with another one of your fabulous cards. Lovely colouring and such a fab card layout. Thank you for sharing your card with us at Crafty Friends... Good luck in the draw and we hope you will come back again soon.
    [Diane Louise, Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  9. Wow...wonderful creation! I love background ! Your colouring is gorgeous!

    Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge

  10. A great card - thanks for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and we hope to see you back again for our next challenge.

    Helen x

  11. Stunning card. I love the colours too. Thanks for joining us over at Petal Lu, Nicola X



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