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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Love Inspired Series: Being With You Upright Z-Fold Card---Join Us for Another Monthly Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Hi everyone!  A couple of days ago, we just started another monthly Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  So sorry for posting my featured card so late.  Our optional theme is "Love" and you are invited to link your Anything Goes/Love inspired project with us.

You see, in my Church, we always take a few minutes each Sunday service to acknowledge those who have come for the first time, those who have Birthdays and those who are celebrating Wedding Anniversaries.  I think it's very important for us as the Body of Christ to acknowledge one another and share with the important milestones in our walk with the Lord.  My favorite part is when married couples tell us how long they've been married. Some two, ten, fifteen and thirty while others are more than fifty years married.  It's amazing to think of how much joy and happiness the couples shared as well as the sacrifices and pain they went through all those years.  Being married for nearly 17 years myself,  I can say that a lasting marriage need more than physical attraction and emotional satisfaction.  Physical attraction and intimacy are important factors in a relationship but can/may be subjective. Imagine a man and a woman with different needs and wants suddenly coming together under the bond of marriage to live under one roof,  committed to each other 24/7.  No longer would each one be free to do what he/she decides to do but are now accountable to each other all day, everyday.  It may be easy in the early years but it gets tougher as your family grows and years passing.  Let's face it, when you are upset/frustrated with your spouse for any number of reasons, you can't help  but think of him/her as your enemy and just wanted him/her out of your sight (at least for a brief moment).  No wonder we hear of many marriages ending up in divorce/legal separation.  Apart from death, adultery, abandonment and physical abuse, people have added petty reasons for terminating their marriages.  Hollywood/Movie Industry is one of the worst influences in our world today.  Infidelity and fornication (all kinds of sexual relationship outside of marriage) along with all kinds of selfishness and self gratification have been major themes in almost every movie produced nowadays.   It's really sad.

However,  marriage does not look like the shallow marriages shown to us by the Entertainment world.  True biblical marriage between one man and one woman has God in it.  God instituted marriage in Genesis 2:24 when He said, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh."  We know that God is Love and as believers (Born-again, John 3:3) of Jesus Christ, we are instructed by God in 1 John 4:7-9, "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him."  Therefore, the most important member of a marital relationship is God (Jesus) who gives us the desire, strength and ability to fulfill our marital covenant with Him and our spouse.  A marriage centered in Christ is not the kind that easily breaks.  Jesus is the strongest/unbreakable string in that union and as long as we are intertwined/connected in Him, we will always see his love, joy and peace in our union despite the many trials we have to face.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."  We can accomplish everything that God and His unselfish love requires if Jesus lives and leads inside of us. 

For this Card, I used an image/sentiment from Art Impressions Stamp called "Love Birds" that I colored using my Prismacolor markers and paper-pieced with some DP's from my scraps.  The base is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches Z-fold design.  I used an MS Punch to shape the sides,  a couple of Nesties dies for the lacy oval, a Recollection brad, a Paper Studio washi tape and some Imaginisce hearts.  Finally, I ran some panels in my sewing machine for a more complete look.  I've been wanting to try the upright Z-fold card design but couldn't find the time.  At last, I've done it in this design with some variation.  Here's the VIDEO that inspired me. 






This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Art Impressions---Sweet Treats
As You Like It---Fave Way to Add Stitching (Real of course)
Aud Sentiment---Valentine/Love
CCEE Stampers---Old Broad's Day
CRAFT---Three of a Kind (Hearts)
Craft Rocket---Love
Crafting with Attitude---ATG
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Star Stampz---Valentine/Lots of Pink or Red
Crafty Creations---ATG
Crafty Gals Corner---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Simon Says---ATG
A Bit More Time---ATG
A Perfect Time---ATG
Create with TLC---ATG/Love
Card Mania---Red and Hearts
Ching-Chou Kuik---All You Need is Love
Classic DT---ATG
Crafter's Cafe---Humorous
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---ATG with Patterned Paper
Createful Heart---ATG/Add a Heart
Daisy Chain---Add a Heart
Die-Cut Divas---Love is in the Air
Dies R Us---For the One I Love
Digi Doodle---Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Digistamps 4 Joy---ATG/I Love You
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Fabrika Fantasy---Love
Lets Craft and Create---ATG/Mother/Mother's Day
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---I Love You
Scor-Pal---More than One Score
Not Just Cards---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Paru's Card Making---Love
Creative Studio---We Love You
Scrapbook and Cardmaking---Valentine/Love
Worldwide Open DT---ATG

This it all for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge.  You can take on the Optional Twist (Love) or just do what you do best. There's really no reason for you to miss it.  Can't wait to see what you create.  Have a blessed and wonderful week, everyone! 


  1. Wonderful card. I love the couple - so cute. I'm sorry that I have a hard time reading the red letters on your blog, so I skip them. But So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  2. Lovely project - thank you for entering Craftyhuzelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - hope to see you again! Hugs Agnieszka chanya13

  3. Beautiful card with interesting design! Thank you, Jo Ann, for joining us at Fabrika Fantasy Digis this month! Good luck with your entry!

    DigiClub - You can get as many images as you like

  4. Great card, what a fun image !
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

  5. Wow jo Anne this is one a amazingly cute card I love the topper and you design is gorgeous.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Hugs Debs xx

  6. WOW what a fabulous card Jo! Cute image and fabulous design! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘For the One I Love’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop by for a visit.

  7. A delightful card and beautifully made, CarolG

  8. Fabulous card and love this fold love the fun image and great sentiment----Thank you for joining us at Love To Craft
    Carol x

  9. WOW WOW WOW - I love this - Another brilliantly designed project. Fabulous work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for

  10. Back again, and again, I Love love love this. 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

  11. Another beautiful card! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Createful Heart Digis & Designs this week. We hope to see you next time too!
    Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
    Createful Heart Digis & Designs

  12. This project is so cute and fun
    Thanks for joining us at Aud sentiments
    Julie T

  13. What a beautiful card to illustrate love and marriage Jo Ann - yes, in our 43 years, we would often joke that we would love to see the back of the other .... for at least ten minutes!

  14. This is such a fun card. Love the design.
    Thanks again for joining us at CRAFT this week.
    Hugs Sheryl DT member xx

  15. Wow what an amazing card and card base! I love all the layers and your colouring is brilliant! Thanks for joining us over at Art Impressions!

  16. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Moving Along with the Times.

  17. Fabulous card and such a fun image - I love it! Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore February Challenge, “Anything Goes”. Good Luck and hope to see you again next month!
    Carole x DT

  18. Thank you for entering your wonderful creation at The Crafter's Cafe this fortnight for our "Humorous" challenge.

  19. Wow, I love how you created dimension when you fussy cut your image, then glued it so a solid cardstock and fussy cut it again. The overall design is fabulous. Thank you for sharing with us at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge. - Myrna DT

  20. Hi Jo Ann, this is simply a fantastic card. Love the special layout and your so sweet, great coloured couple!

    Thank you very much for joining us at the bastel-traum Challenge.

    Hugs and good luck
    DT bastel-traum challenge

  21. Love what you did with this fold and the image is adorable!! Love it!! Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Crafty Creations Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  22. Super adorable card!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Your Scrapbook Place
    Shell ~ DT

  23. Another great card design Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT Owner/Admin for

  24. Wonderful that you have linked your great artwork with us here at Creatalicious. Good luck hun and do come back again!

    Jackie DT hugs xxx

  25. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu, good luck!!! Amy DT

  26. Absolutely devine! LOVE, love, love this card! The image is adorable! Thanks for joining our weekly challenge at QKR Stampede!

  27. Beautiful card! I really love your card layers. I also really love your coloring & paper piecing. Your card is stunning. Thanks for enting the Sweet Treats Challenge on the Art Impressions Blog.

  28. Fabulous card Jo Ann xx
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Dianne DT for

  29. What a fun card. I love this fold and your version is just perfect.
    Thank-you for joining us at the Ching-Chou Kuik Monthly Blog Challenge and don't forget we also have a monthly challenge over on our Facebook Group

    Nicola, CCK DT (Amethyst Lily Designs)

  30. Love this card! Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Crafter's Cafe.

  31. Another adorable card! Thanks again for sharing with us at Eclectic Ellapu!

  32. Great card, love the design. Thanks for joining our challenge at Crafting with an attitude Janet DT

  33. This is really cute! Thanks so much for linking up at Sunsational Stamps!
    Marji DT

  34. Lovely card!
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Anila DT for

  35. Beautifully done! Thank you so much for joining us at Scor-Pal! happy scoring!

  36. Stunning card with great coloring of that lovely couple.
    Thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket.
    xxx Margreet

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

  38. So adorable, i love your sweet card! We have been married for 43 years! Thank you for entering your card into Ching Chou Kuik Challenge!

  39. So sweet and adorable. Thank you so much for participating in our 'More than one fold' challenge at Scor-Pal!

  40. What a stunning card you have made here which fits perfectly the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog Monthly Challenge this month of “All you need is love”. LOVE the sentiment!! Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Design Team Leader).

  41. You have created an absolutely wonderful card here! Great work and thank you so much for sharing your talents with us for this month's Love to scrap 106 Challenge!

  42. Jo Ann this is wonderfully crafted and fits in perfect for our 17th ‘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: Love the zfold design.

  43. Gorgeous card. Love the image, your coloring, and that awesome sentiment. Beautiful design!
    Crafty Hugs,
    Ruza - SPDT

  44. cute image and A great card.Thanks for playing along with us at Sunsational Stamps Challenge. Hope to see you again
    Shylaa DT@SSC

  45. This is really a great card, love this cute image! Thanks for joining us at Daisy Chain Challenges.

    groetjes, Ellen

  46. Such a fun card! Love all the details! Thanks for joining the CCB Challenge!

  47. Nice card! Beautiful details! Thanks for joining the CCB Challenge!

  48. What a thoughtful card! Thanks for joining us at CCB!

  49. Nice card! Thank you for joining in with our challenge at CCB!
    Evelyn xx

  50. Lovely card! Thanks from blog CCB!)

  51. Very religious. Glad you found time to join us.

  52. So cute and warm card! Thanks for joing us from Canvas Corp Brands!

  53. Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at Canvas Corp Brands!

  54. Super cute!!! Thanks for joining in the CCB challenge!

  55. Great card, thanks for joining in with us at Canvas Corp Brands, Elizabeth x

  56. What a great card-love that cute image....glad you joined in at CCB!

  57. Fun card! Thank you for entering the CCB Challenge this month!!!

  58. What a fun card and a great fold design!! Thanks so much for joining us for the Creative Studio CCB Challenge, and we hope to see you again!!
    DT Karla

  59. A wonderful card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional love / anniversary / thinking of you” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

    (DT Stempel-Magie)

    PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…

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