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

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

CAS Series: Hugs XOXO Card Set---Join 613 Avenue Create for our Monthly Anything Goes Challenge...

Hello everyone!  I'm featuring this Card Set for this month's Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  So sorry for posting late as I've been super busy the past few days.  We would love to have you link with us your wonderful projects and share the fun of crafting the entire month of September.  As always, it's Anything Goes with an optional twist of Clean and Simple (CAS).

Yesterday, my family and I went to Six Flags (Amusement Park) to swim, eat and have fun.  Though there were some attractions that were closed, we managed to make the most of our time and enjoyed the partially cloudy weather which saved us from the usual scorching Texas heat.  Then we went for dinner in one of the park's restaurants.  We noticed the clouds turned dark and before we could even start our meal, a heavy rain started to pour. Then came thunder and lightning.  Despite all of that, we took our time to finish our meal believing that it was just a passing cloud.  That it would soon be over and we could go to the final attraction of the night---the Fireworks Show!

But it never lit up.  The rain poured heavy with no end in sight.  Convinced that the final show was canceled, we prepared ourselves to go through the severe rain to make it to my vehicle in the parking lot.  Without any umbrella, we asked the restaurant for some trash bags which we converted into ponchos and off we went.  My head, feet and legs were drenched but the rest of me stayed dry.  We walked through puddles and flooded surfaces laughing at ourselves (how we looked like with the makeshift ponchos) while surprisingly enjoying the experience.  And then, I told my hubby, "Out of all the things we did that day, the time we go through that rain was the most memorable and fun of all because it was different and out of the ordinary."  And he agreed.

So why am I sharing this?  It's because when the rain began to pour, I started praying and believing that the rain would stop in time so as not to go through it.  There were similar situations in the past when God answered my prayers---He calmed the storm, the thunder and lightning (literally) showing His faithfulness to us.  But there were also situations such as this that though He didn't stop the heavy rain from pouring, He provided us the means to go through it.  Come to think of it, He supplied the makeshift ponchos and the right spirit to tackle the situation.  It reminded me of a famous saying, "If life gives you lemons, make some lemonade."  It's evident that  I can only make wonderful lemonade out of the lemons of life when Jesus Christ is there to encourage and empower me to take the necessary steps towards faith in Him through the leading of the Holy Spirit.  That no matter what life brings, good or bad, expected or unexpected, He is my one and only Source!  So whether I'm faced with physical storms or the endless storms of life, I keep a positive attitude and gain wonderful experiences because God is always with me.  When we acknowledge the move of God in every situation, we find the joy that surpasses all understanding after every/any storm.  I would like to share this verse to encourage you in your walk with the Lord.

"Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.  He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.  They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind." (Psalm 107:28-31)

For this Card set, I used an image from Stampendous and colored it with my Prismacolor markers.  The sentiments are also from the same stamp set. The sentiment on the envelope is from another set of Stampedous stamps.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make an A2 size cards (4.25 x 5.5 inches).  I also made the coordinating envelopes using my Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers.  I love the result since our Challenge optional twist is Clean and Simple (CAS).  It's as simple as it can be.




This Card Set is entered into the following Challenges:

Time-out---Inspired by Words
2 Crafty Critter---Add a Critter
A Bit More Time---ATG
A Perfect Time---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Craft Galore---ATG
Crafty Animals---ATG with Animal
Crafty Girls---ATG
Color It---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/Flower Frenzy
DL Art---ATG
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Morgan's ArtWorld---ATG
Not Just Cards---ATG
Papercraft Business---ATG/Thankful
Paru's Cardmaking---ATG
Sunny Day Crafting---ATG with Animal
Creative Crafters---ATG
Worldwide Open DT---ATG

There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to link with us.  I hope you have a great week and know that through faith in what Jesus accomplished at the Cross, we have complete victory over the works and schemes of the enemy!  Let us share this hope to countless others in the world. 


  1. These are so sweet. I love em'
    Have a blessed day

    DIANA L.

  2. Yes, with God lemons can become lemonade, no matter how difficult the circumstances - I have proved these past two years that He also comforts the broken-hearted!
    Love your set of cards Jo Ann - they are very sweet

  3. Love the cute little images, they made me smile & such a lovely card. Thank you for participating in our papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next one :)

    XO Lisa @ Papercraft Business
    Home of the Papercraft Challenge Planner.

    Join in on the fun with our Papercraft Business Challenges!

  4. So glad you got a chance to come by and enter the challenge- great addition to all the other work
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes SEPTEMBER 2018 Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day

    DIANA L.

  5. I loved reading your story and listening to your sweet heart proclaim your love for Jesus! The cards are adorable too!

  6. How cute are these love them 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

  7. These are great cards Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT for

  8. Darling creations, Jane! So glad I got to see your critter project showcased at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge. Thanks for supporting us, and we hope to see more of your pretty creations in the future. Please check back to see if you are a winner or A Designer Favorite. Sending you wishes for a wonderful day!
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  9. Fabulous cards! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters. We hope to see you again.
    ~ DT Sherry x

  10. Wonderful cards! Thank you for sharing with us over at Love To Scrap! Hope to see you again!
    ~ DT Sherry x

  11. Adorable cards! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you join in each month. Thank you.
    Sherry DT for

  12. lovely card. thank you for joining with us - Marzia Dt Creative Crafters

  13. These are really cute!! Thanks for linking up to our September challenge gallery at a2z.

  14. OMG I love the cute little images! Darling cards and thanks for joining us at Color it Create it Show it off. ~DT Dana

  15. These are very cute and so so CAS! Great job on the CAS style. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

  16. Very cute. Thanks for sharing at Time Out.

  17. I love this set of cards, Jo Ann! Adorable little monkey. Thanks for playing again at World Wide DT Open challenge and I wish you the best of luck.
    NanaConnie DT

  18. Oh these are so cool. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you join in each month. Thank you.Annette DT for

  19. Back again, and again, just so beautiful - 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

  20. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Sunny Day, good luck!!! Amy DT

  21. Beautiful makes. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Animals. Hugs Traci DT xx

  22. Adorable cards Jo Ann! Thank you for sharing with us over here at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you join in each month. Thank you.
    Gale DT for

  23. So happy to have you join us at the Papercraft Business Challenge Blog.
    Jess - Papercraft Business DT

  24. Real cute makes hun

    Thank you for sharing with us at 'Not Just Cards'
    Hugs Shell xx

  25. These are adorable! Thank you for joining us! Jeanie -Scrapbookingmamaw @ Proud PB DT Member
    Be sure to join in on the fun with our Papercraft Business Challenges next time!

  26. Fabulous project! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you join in each month. Thank you.
    Cheryl DT for

  27. What great looking sets of cards! Such a cute image and a nice sentiment. That is fun that you also put a sentiment on the envelopes.

  28. OMG these are super cute! Thanks for joining us at the Color it Create it Show it Off Challenge. ~DT Dana

  29. What a fabulous set of cards .... love them! Thank you for playing along with the HLS CAS challenge xx

  30. Great set of cards. Love the design. Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu this month. Judy DT

  31. Jo Ann this is a beautiful creation with great attention to detail and perfect for our ‘ANYTHING GOES with A FLOWER FRENZY option challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}
    PS: Its such a fun little loving card set

  32. What an adorable set of cards!
    Thank you for joining our challenge over at Digistamps4Joy this month! Please join us again soon.
    Jen L



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