THE BLESSINGS OF CREATIVITY...

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, April 14, 2019

Love Inspired Series: Everlasting Love Center Step Card---Join our Bi-Weekly Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello there, friends!  I'm back to feature the second card I made for our Challenge happening at Word rt Wednesday (WAW).  As always, we featured a Scripture Word Art which I highlighted HERE and you can download free at the WAW site.  However, this card features a stamp from our Challenge sponsor, Stamp Simply which highlights God's Truth in Jeremiah 31:3 which says, "The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness."

As a child of God (Born-again, John 3:3), I was justified (made righteous) through faith in Jesus Christ.  Not of my own works nor efforts.  Is is solely by trusting in what Jesus Christ accomplished for me at the Cross.  Philippians 3:20-21 says, "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body."  My position (while here on earth till the day I see Jesus face to face) is firmly planted in the truth that Jesus justified me.  All of Jesus' victory is my victory.  Jesus is perfect and so is everyone who trusted in Him.  Not only did Jesus justified us but He also sanctified us (set us apart for His will and purpose).  Though many times we find ourselves failing to show the likeness of God in our lives as we go through the daily struggles and old habits in this fallen world, God is changing us from glory to glory.  Our transformation doesn't happen overnight and we go though the process our entire earthly life.  The process of sanctification continues and is not based on what we see and feel but by the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.   Therefore, we shouldn't allow momentary failures and transgressions to define who we are in the sight of God.  God's love for us is immeasurable and His forgiveness is boundless to those who repent and seek after Him.  We couldn't place God's love in a box---within the limits of our understanding.  He is God and we're not!  The sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God's  only begotten Son, is enough proof of what God is willing to give to bring us back into His presence.  Each waking moment, remember that JESUS CHRIST is the OBJECT of everything we received from God, the CROSS is the MEANS by which we received them, FAITH is the KEY to access God's blessings and the HOLY SPIRIT is our POWER SOURCE to accomplish everything.  His Holy Spirit inside of us seals us in His love both now and forever.  I would like to share with you this chapter from 2 Corinthians to empower us as representatives of our Lord in this world:

"Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.  It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."  (2 Corinthians 4)

For this Card, I used an image from Mo Manning called "Valerie In Love" and colored it with my ProMarker/Hobby Colour/Prismacolor markers.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step design.  The DP's are from Paper Studio and the brads are from Recollections. The sentiment is from the set called "Farmhouse Scriptural Thoughts" by Stamp Simply.  Finally, I stitched all over this card for added dimension. I am totally loving everything about this creation. 


 EVERLASTING LOVE CENTER STEP CARD


 EVERLASTING LOVE CENTER STEP CARD LAYERS


 EVERLASTING LOVE CENTER STEP CARD SIDE VIEW


 EVERLASTING LOVE CENTER STEP CARD INSIDE


EVERLASTING LOVE CENTER STEP CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges: 

Addicted to Stamps---Lots of Layers
Angie's Digital---ATG/Easter
Pile It On---ATG/Lots of Layers
Corrosive---ATG
A Place to Start---ATG/Three, Four or Five
a2z---Fun Folds
Classic DT---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Daisy Chain---Make it Feminine
Digi Doodle---ATG (Handcolored Image)
LeAnns---ATG
Lets Craft and Create---ATG/Butterflies
YSP---ATG


Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times this week.  Such a wonderful prize coming from our sponsor this Challenge---Stamp Simply (stamps and or dies of your choice).  So excited to see what you come up with. Remember, nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).


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27 comments:

  1. Wonderful creation Jo Ann xxx

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  2. Oh Jo Ann this is a beautiful card - love that sweet image, and you have coloured it beautifully.
    I love that even our faith is not 'of us' but a gift from God - we have and are nothing apart from Him!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  3. Another lovely Mo's card. I love the layout. Thanks so much for joining us with this lovely card at A Place to Start.

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  4. This is fabulous, Jo Ann! I absolutely love your paper choices and your coloring is, as always, outstanding! Thanks so much for joining us at A Place To Start!
    Hugz,
    Chana

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  5. Fabulous card design and I love that sweet image and colouring..Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Addicted to Stamps..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  6. Jo Ann - this is such a beautiful card and I love this imagery! Thanks so much for joining us at A Place to Start!
    Rachelle - DT : )

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  7. Lovely card, beautifully done. Thanks for entering LPOCF, good luck and hope to see you again.
    Denise (Owner of LPOCF)

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  8. Beautiful side step card. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Kyla DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com.au/

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  9. Love your card, would love the pattern for your card. Great Work. Thank you for entering A Perfect Time to Craft Karen Neil DT

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  10. Another cute one! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at a2z.

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  11. Love the simplicity design of this step card Jo Ann, where you have made the beautiful coloured image your focal point. Thanks for joining in on the Anything goes Challenge at the Happy Craft Challenge Community

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  12. This is fabulous !! Thanks for joining us at the Colour it, Create it, Show it off Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

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  13. Beautiful creation, love the design! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge. Love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

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  14. Great stepper card really love the image and B.paper.Thank you for joining us at Daisy Chain
    Carol DT x

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  15. Jo Ann this is so beautifully created and just perfect for our April challenge. Thanks for sharing your creative talent with us. Good luck.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Color It Create It Show It Off Challenge DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}
    PS: Love the center step design x

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  16. Beautiful creation, love the image and design! Thank you for sharing with us over at Let's Craft and Create. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

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  17. Beautiful creation, love the image and design! Thank you for sharing with us over at LeAnn's World 101. We love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Sherry DT/Coordinator xx

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  18. Wonderful side step card! I love design and papers! Lovely image!
    Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge April "ATG".
    Ileanaxx

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  19. Beautiful card and such a great model! Thanks for joining us at Daisy Chain Challenges.

    groetjes, Ellen

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  20. Such a cute card with fun folds! Thanks for joining in over at a2z Scrapbooking.

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  21. Adorable Love the fold TFS Let's Craft and Create...…..Lis

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  22. Love your card shape and that cute image.

    Thanks for joining us at LeAnn's World 101.

    Helen x

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  23. What a darling card and such a cute image you've colored so sweetly. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

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  24. super cute image with beautiful colouring, love the stepper card shape xx

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  25. Such a sweet card!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Helen x

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