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, June 5, 2017

Especially Made: Happiness is Coming Your Way Card---Join Us for Another Monthly Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Hi, friends!  Sorry for the delay posting my Card as I  was super busy yesterday  (talking about not having time to sleep kind of busy).  We began another monthly Anything Goes (with optional Theme) Challenge at 613 Avenue Create yesterday and I am featuring a Baby Shower Card. 

For this Card, I used an image from Stamping Bella called "Baby Carriage Abella" that I watercolored using Stabilo 68 markers.  The base is a pre-cut, A7, white CS from Paper Studio that comes with an envelope.  The DP's are from my scraps and I used a couple of washi tapes from Recollections.  The inside sentiment was stamped with a Cloud 9 clear stamps.  Finally, I stitched all over this card for added dimension.  I made this card for a friend who after many years of waiting for a child, she finally have her prayers answered.  It's always nice to see the supernatural working of the Lord for those who continue to trust and believe.

Aren't you glad to hear many testimonies of God's miraculous work in our time?  Yes, the Bible is full of many accounts of Almighty God's miraculous work in the lives of His creation and history proves them all.  We saw what Jesus did in His time and we marvel at the power and authority He demonstrated to bless and heal people and to free all of us from the bondage of the enemy through His finished work at the Cross.  Some people say that there's no more miracles in our time.  Why not?  I supposed many of them are expecting miracles of epic proportion similar to the parting of the Red Sea during the time of Moses. Yet a heart that is yielded to God (Born-again, John 3:3) always finds miracles upon miracles weaved underneath our daily circumstances in life.  I see miracles in God's love and goodness given and demonstrated by others everyday.  Yes, God sends and still uses people.  We've heard of God using even the unbelievers to bless His children.

I know I've shared this before but when I think about God's miraculous goodness, I always go back to this wonderful time in my life.  I remember when I was 20 years old and a new believer in Christ back in the Philippines...It was one of our difficult times when my Mom and I had only enough to buy one meal for the day.  We can use it either for lunch or dinner and would have to trust God for the next.  We agreed to spend it for lunch and as I was preparing myself to head out and buy food at a nearby restaurant,  we heard a familiar knock at our gate.  I was glad to see it was my godmother visiting us.  Now, guess what she brought with her?  It was bread, fried noodles and a soda for lunch.  As I was setting our table, my Mom and I looked at each other and we just knew---God's work, God's perfect timing, God's goodness!  My godmother didn't know anything about our situation, she didn't have a personal relationship with God yet God used her to bless us that day and for many more days eventually.  It turned out, even without asking, she gave my Mom a couple hundred pesos (Philippine currency) to bless us before she left and so, the very money we intended for one meal that day was not even spent when my Mom got her next pay-check.  I was also blessed with a job in a cotton factory shortly after that despite being a College undergraduate.  With the little I saved working there for three years, I was able to enroll myself back to school, landed a job as a Restaurant Manager after graduation and a year after, a job in International Cruising for 6 years.  Never in my life did I imagine I would visit many countries, be married to an American and become a US citizen.  I know many people dream of the life I now have but I was simply obeying the Lord each step of the way and He opened many doors for me and He still is.  My entire life is a series of miracles upon miracles.  When God is giving you blessings, you better believe that the enemy is also there to stop it so, there's many struggles along the way but as I called and trusted in the Lord---His purpose, goodness and love prevailed.  And I believe, there's MORE BLESSINGS to come.  So, yes, I don't have to look for spectacular things everywhere to realize that my God still works miracles.  I just have to go through my own life and see His hand working in everything.  And the miracles happening with others? Those I consider  delicious icing on top of God's wonderful and awesome goodness.  I would like to share this wonderful Bible account from 1 Kings 17:7-16 to encourage us to always trust God in all our circumstances because when He promised to supply all our needs, He meant to keep it.

Elijah and the Widow at Zarephath

"Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”“As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah."





This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Creative Moments---ATG/Birthday
Inspiration Destination---ATG/Shaker Card
Create and Makes---ATG/Yellow
Everybody Art---ATG
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Create with TLC---ATG
CAS Watercolour---Summer
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girlz---ATG
Creative Ladybirds---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---Girls, Girls, Girls
Love to Craft---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG

This is it for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge.  If you want to be challenged (like I was), take on the Optional Twist.  But there's really no reason for you to miss it. Can't wait to see what you create. The Lord is with you every step of the way so, be at peace that you have Someone you can trust and have your back always.


  1. Thank you for sharing your testimony Jo Ann - it is a wonderful account of God's working in your life. What a blessing!
    Love our card - and what a precious occasion it is to celebrate.

  2. Fabulous card, love the image and sentiment! Thank you for joining us at Creatalicious Challenges!
    ~DT Sherry x

  3. Wonderful coloring on this delightful image, Jo Ann! A perfect card for such a happy event! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

  4. Thank you for sharing such a lovely card and a lovely back story behind it. The coloring is lovely and the sentiments are perfect. I hope that there are many cards with happy endings attached to them in the future :) Thank you for joining Creates and Makes Challenges! Please also visit Paper Craft Happy Challenges as well! - DT

  5. sweet watercolour image so perfect for the the occasion :) and I love all the stitch lines. Thanks for joining us at CAS Watercolour.

  6. Super cute. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Jane DT for

  7. I just love this!! Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Victoria DT for

  8. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for Let’s Craft and Create challenge 126, Hazel, DT x

  9. Sweet baby card, Jo Ann, with wonderful watercolouring and mix of colours. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

  10. Gorgeous card and design! and such a beautiful coloring!
    Thank you so much for joining us at the DigiStamps4Joy challenge!
    Best of luck with your entrance!
    Olga DT member

  11. Love your story, Jo Ann, and that card is marvelous! What a delightful gift. So good to see you entering our "Anything Goes" challenge at Crafts Galore Encore this month. Thanks for supporting us and good luck in the draw.

  12. This is a beautiful creation with great attention to detail and perfect for our ‘ANYTHING GOES with an optional twist of BUTTERFLIES challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  13. very sweet card Jo Ann...such a happy feel to it.
    Thanks so much for playing along with the CAS Watercolour Challenge and hope you can play along again!

  14. Very nice card and beautiful quotes!
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Irene DT for

  15. Jo Ann this is beautifully designed and perfect for our 11th ‘ATG with CREATE WITH TLC’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck and hope to see you play with us again.
    {ATG with a CREATE WITH TLC Element}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}
    PS: So perfect for a future loving mom.

  16. Beautiful card!
    Thank you for Joining us at Digistamps4Joy.



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