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

Thursday, September 5, 2019

CAS Series: Crazy Birds Encouragement Card Set---Join Our Monthly Anything Goes Challenge with an Optional Twist at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello everyone.  We have a new Challenge for this month at 613 Avenue Create that started a couple of days ago.  As always, it's Anything Goes with an optional twist, "Explosion Boxes/Pop-up Boxes."  You will find some wonderful ideas on our optional theme with the projects made by my fellow DTs at our Challenge site, however, I settled for Anything Goes by highlighting a simple card set.

Last night, we were out for our midweek Bible study in my Church and we were taught "American Exceptionalism."  It revolves around what God has done to this country amidst all the challenges to fulfill His purpose for this nation and how it relates to Israel and the Body of Christ (His Church).  We also discussed how people and events come together throughout history to coincide with God's timetable.  As Americans, we are not exceptional because of our own attributes but solely because of the mandate that God bestowed upon our nation and its people to carry out God's great plan.   I was quickly reminded of the passage in Proverbs 20:21 which says, "The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." I looked into Matthew Henry's commentary on this passage and it says, "Even the hearts of men are in God's hands, and not only their goings, as he has said in Proverbs 20:24.  God can change men's minds, can, by a powerful insensible operation under their spirits, turn them from that which they seemed most intent upon, and incline them to that which they seemed averse to, as the husbandman, by canals and gutters, turns the water through his grounds as he pleases, which does not alter the nature of the water, nor put any force upon it, any more than God's providence does upon the native freedom of man's will, but direct the course of it to serve his own purpose.  Even king's hearts are so, notwithstanding their powers and prerogatives, as much as the hearts of common persons.  The hearts of kings are unsearchable to us, much more unmanageable by us; as they have their arcana imperii---state secrets, so that they have great prerogatives of their crown, but the great God has them not only under his eye, but in his hand.  Kings are what he makes them.  Those that most absolute are under God's government; he puts things into their hearts, Rev 17:17; Ezra 7:27.  

The Lord does not set aside the Natural/Spiritual Laws He established on earth in dealing with mankind's (whom He created) situations/conditions.  One of these is the Law of Sowing and Reaping.  When we don't listen to God's Word instead continue with our rebellion under Satan (remember that if you're not under the Lordship of Christ, you are by default a slave to Satan) by choosing to fulfill the lust of our flesh, eyes and our pride of life, we are going to harvest what we planted.  When we neglect God, we get leaders that may look pleasing, cordial and descent on the outside but on the inside are ferocious wolves that does everything to destroy our country both from the outside and within.  These Satanic leaders build upon the evil foundations of their Satanic counterparts.  It is a step by step agenda of destruction!  The evil you see today just didn't happen, it was planned way before and executed in a timely fashion.  Though not everyone sees beyond the evil of our time, those who faithfully inquire of the Lord are revealed beyond the writing on the wall for it can be searched by pattern throughout history and most importantly,  in the Truth of God's Word.  Satan is not doing anything new.  It's the same old despicable tricks that He pulled from the Garden of Eden to the present---making man think he can be like God.  And because of man's selfishness, he cannot see beyond the original intent of Satan----that is to destroy humankind by robbing them of their true identity as a child of God and deny them of the very pleasure of an eternal fellowship with their Maker.  Instead, they will suffer the same fate as the one who deceived them---eternity in the Lake of  Fire with their master, Satan. 

For so many years now,  many call it a "conspiracy theory" when we talk about how many world leaders conspire to bring about a New World Order (Globalization) and how they meet in secret to plan and strategize in order to bring about their Satanic agenda.  And even to this day, many are still in denial and are so deceived  after videos and damning evidence have proven who these people were/are.  In our country,  I have heard Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr., Obama and the many other members of a secret society pushed forth to support that agenda using their tenure in office and are still using their societal influence to this day.  There are many before them but in my lifetime, these leaders have systematically built an altar of rebellion against the Word of God that allowed ungodliness to flourish in this nation.  We were headed for the slaughter----BUT GOD!  Through those leaderships, the faith of those who rely on the Truth of God's Word were tested and tried. Many were blinded by the fake narrative but there were those who refused to quit and called upon the Lord---the One perfectly in control.  Though many in America have forgotten God, there are those who remembers the goodness and faithfulness of God to this country!  In the 2016 presidential election, against all odds, God answered our desperate cry for help and altered the utter destruction that we thought we would fall  into.  That moment, I wasn't sure how President Trump would govern as like many Christians, I was skeptical about him.  But that election night, I joined many in celebrating the victory of knowing we were safe from Obama's extended term through Clinton.  I tell you, going through those 8 years of Obama was a nightmare for his agenda was to systematically destroy life, promote gross immorality, propel lawlessness and divide through the grounds of fake racism and an all out war in the things of God.  As President Trump took offic and fulfilled the many promises he made amidst intense hatred, betrayal and threats from every direction along with God's Word and prophetic mandate of God in his life, I can say this with utmost certainty---it was God's intervention that stopped the destructive agenda of the enemy in this country.  Personally, I knew the Lord granted us a "window of opportunity" as part of His wonderful plan for this nation and its people to fulfill His plan for His beloved nation, Israel.  And so, I encourage everybody to study and meditate on the Word of God for in it is Truth, Purpose and Revelation.  Never ever accept anyone's teaching (doctrine) without running it through the magnifying lenses of the Scripture.  Everything we see in the news today, good or bad, fake or true, is never without an agenda.  There's good (Godly) and evil (Satanic) agendas.  It is important that we rally in support of the good agendas and go against (with prayer and action) those that are demonic.  Be bold, be Salt and Light!  Always keep in mind that no matter what happens, God will work all things together for the good of those who love Him and live according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).  For those Born of God (Born-again, John 3:3), this earthly story has a happy ending.  I don't know with you but I am happy to watch a movie based on tragedy  when I know beforehand that it's going to be a happy ending.  Many movie fans hate spoilers but in the story I called  "My Life in Christ,"  I'm glad to know beforehand, I have eternal victory! 
For this Card, I used an image from Stampers Anonymous called  "Crazy Birds"that I colored using my Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir markers.  The pre-cut card base is from Paper Studio and it comes with envelopes that I stamped with a Hero Art stamp in coordinating ink colors.  All the card sentiments are from Dylusions from the set called "Quote Medley."  I love the result.   




This Card Set is entered into the following Challenges:

Gem of a Challenge---ATG
Catch the Bug---Clean and Simple
Crafter's Castle---ATG/Back to School
Colour Crazy---Coloring
Scrapper's Delights---ATG
2 Crafty Critter---Add Critter
A Bit More Time---ATG
A Perfect Time---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Animals---ATG with Animals
Colour Create Show it Off---ATG
CCC---For a Child
Digi Doodle---Birds and Beast (Include an Animal)
DL Art---ATG
Happy Craft---ATG
LeeAnns World---ATG
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
MIUCB---ATG/3-D Project
Morgan's Artworld---ATG
Not Just Cards---ATG
Papercraft Business---Bear/ATG
Scribbles Designs---Include a Sentiment
Tales from the Craft Room---For Kids
Creative Crafters---ATG
Tinker Dream---Sentiment
Worldwide DT---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, 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.  

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  1. Great CAS Cards. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Animals. Lisa DT

  2. gorgeous cards . Thank you for joining us at CCC Digi Creations challenge. Good luck Ginny DT for
    CCC Digi Creations
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  3. These are so fun, beautifully coloured with wonderful quotes. Thank you so much for joining us in our Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge atMorgan's Artworld Open Challenge this week. We would love to see you again in our next challenge.

    Faith Morgans Artworld DT

  4. Beautiful cards!Thanks for playing our challenge at CCC Digi Creations. Good luck!
    Anneke DT

  5. Hi, Jo Ann, I am so in love with these three CAS projects! Your coloring is always outstanding and this design is no exception. The sentiments are just perfect. Great composition and execution. Thanks so much for all your work over the years. 613 Avenue Create is a better challenge because of your presence..keep praying!
    Chana Malkah

  6. I love how you colored your little birds.. such a wonderful clean and simple card! Thank you for participating in our papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next Papercraft Business Challenge!.
    Anna – Design Team member at Papercraft Business
    Visit my blog - Crafty Anna Studio. Thank you

  7. What wise words Jo Ann - I encourage you to continue to expound the Word and Truth.
    Loving your cards - they are gorgeous, and as ever, beautifully made

  8. Simply cards with a strong message. Good job of coloring the quirky birds. Thank you for playing in the 2CCC challenge.

  9. These fun birds are colored so brightly and wonderfully. Got to love the cards. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

  10. Nicely done, great coloring! Thanks for playing along our September Anything Goes challenge at a2z.

  11. Lovely creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  12. I love those crazy birds and have used that set often! Your coloring is fabulous! Thanks for playing along with Papercraft Business Challenges!
    We hope you come back and Join in on the fun again with our Papercraft Business Challenges!
    Jill – Design Team member at Papercraft Business
    Visit my blog - Killeen House Studio

  13. I love these birds - I struggle with how to use them - but love how you have them perched on the saying which are also awesome !!!
    Remember to come back with a bear card to be entered to win the prize~!
    Thank you for participating in our papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next one.

    Lesli – Design Team member at Papercraft Business

    Join in on the fun with our Papercraft Business Challenges!

    Visit my blog - Vintage Scraps Canada.

  14. Fabulous colouring and love the crazy birds..
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Chrissy DT

  15. Thank you for sharing your card with The Creative Crafters challenge #19.

  16. I like the simple and vibrant cards. So well done. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Arlene DT

  17. Great images and sentiments - the sentiment on the first one is a perfect one.

    Thanks for joining us at Scribbles Designs.

    Helen x

  18. Great CAS cards, love them! Thanks for joining Colour Crazy challenges, good luck! Dawn Colour Crazy DT

  19. Cute Crazy Bird cards! I need to get those out. Thanks for joining in over at a2z Scrapbooking.

  20. Gorgeous card ...stunning make...thank you for joining us at A GEM OF A CHALLENGE ...Željka DT xx

  21. What wonderful CAS cards! Love them! 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!

  22. Wonderfully CAS yet still so colorful. Really nice set of cards and sentiments. Thank you so much for sharing with us this month at Papercraft Business Challenges.

  23. Lovely creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  24. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at LTCC, good luck!!! Amy DT

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

  26. Wonderful card. Thanks for joining us at Happy craft challenge
    DT Priyadarshini

  27. Fun crazy bird cards, love the glad you have joined the monthly Sognando Scrap challenge, goodluck, hugs Blankina

  28. Jo Ann this is wonderfully crafted and perfect for our September challenge. Thanks for sharing your creative talent with us. Good luck.
    {Color It Create It Show It Off Challenge DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}
    PS: Love the set of cards and the great sentiments

  29. Lovely card, Good Luck with your entry at A Perfect Time to Craft. Karen Neil DT

  30. Fabulous cards Jo Ann with great sentiments. Thanks for joining me over at Tales From The Craft Room

  31. What a great CAS cards! Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore “Anything Goes” September Challenge. DT Monika.

  32. Wonderful card...Thank you for participating in our papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next one.

    Archana – Design Team member at Papercraft Business

    Join in on the fun with our Papercraft Business Challenges!

    Visit my blog - Archu's Art World

  33. Great cards!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes + optional humour” 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 Simply Create Too)

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



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