Hi there, Crafty peeps! First of all, A BLESSED CHRISTMAS and a GLORIOUS NEW YEAR to everyone. It's time for another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) which will go on for a whole month. You can find the complete details below. Anyway, today's Scripture Word Art comes from Matthew 1:23 which says, "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." I highlighted this verse in my card below to inspire you. Download this free Scripture Word Art at WAW, use it for your projects (not mandatory) and don't forget to link them to our Challenge.
Firstly, I would like to share what my Life Application Bible wrote about our highlighted passage. It says, " The angel declared to Joseph that Mary's child was conceived by the Holy Spirit and would be a Son. This reveals an important truth about Jesus---he is both God and human. The infinite, unlimited God took on the limitations of humanity so He could live and die for the salvation of all who would believe in Him. Jesus means "the Lord saves." Jesus came to earth to save us because we can't save ourselves from Sin and its consequences. No matter how good we are, we can't eliminate the Sinful Nature present in all of us. Only Jesus can do that. Jesus didn't come to help people save themselves; He came to be their Savior from the power and penalty of Sin. Thank Christ for His death on the cross for your sin and then ask Him to take control of your life. Your new life begins at that moment. Jesus would fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah, for He would be "Emmanuel" ("God with us," see Isaiah 7:14). Jesus was God in the flesh; thus God was literally among us, "with us." Through the Holy Spirit, Christ is present today in the life of every believer. Perhaps not even Isaiah understood how far- reaching the meaning of Emmanuel would be."
As a Born-again believer (John 3:3), the birth of Jesus Christ is one of the most important time in human history for He is the promised Messiah---the Only One who can save humanity from the evil that befall us since the Fall of Man (Adam). Without Him physically taking the form of Man, we are doomed as not one of us is without Sin! The animal sacrifices of old cannot take away nor wash our sins, it only acts as a temporary covering for people to approach God. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible talked about Jesus Christ. He was foreshadowed and prophesied in the Old Testament. Then He came and walked the earth in the pages of the New Testament. He did what He had to do for the salvation of mankind that whosoever places their faith in Him will forever live in His presence, escaping the damnation that would befall the unrepentant, proud and rebellious people who denied and rejected Christ in their lifetime. His death, burial and resurrection signifies the depth of the Father's love towards mankind, not wanting anyone to perish in a place where nothing good exist and pain and torture is without end.
So, this Christmas time, it's not really about the decorations, the gifts, the family get-together or the new clothing. It's not about the Santa, elves, reindeer or even the random acts of kindness. It's about a heart that is fully in love with the Savior that acknowledges Him above everything---that hears and obeys His voice. It's a heart that beats love for the perishing souls (like our Father in heaven) and is always ready to tell people of the reason for our hope. God wants us to reach out to the lost sheep of this world. He want us to represent Him as we speak boldly of His Truth and stand bravely in the midst of the storm at whatever cost. The Lord is with us in all our battles and we need to trust His love and covering even in the presence of utter darkness and hopelessness. Our time on earth is pretty short so let's do the work He assigned us to do before time runs out. Don't forget to pray for AMERICA and God's mighty and supernatural intervention in the affairs of our land. DECREE AND DECLARE GOD'S WORD TO OUR NATION!
For this Card I used an image from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps that I watercolored using my Stabilo 68 markers. The base is white CS, cut and score to make a 5.5 inches center step design. The DP's are from Paper Studio, the flower is from Prima and the brads are from Recollections. I used a couple of die-cuts here...First one is the lacy frame using Nestabailities and the leaves using Sizzix. I also added some glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and ran it through my sewing machine for some regular and fancy stitching.
Time to go, everyone! Please make sure to visit us at WAW and link up the projects you make out of our free Word Art although not mandatory. You can link up any inspiring, uplifting, family-friendly projects, up to 5 each week. Our wonderful sponsors this week are Stamp Simply Clear Stamps (Stamps and/or Die cuts) and Emma's Paperie. So, head over to WAW and show us your wonderful projects. Enjoy your week. Always remember that God loves you and wants you to share the meaning of His birth to everyone who chooses to listen.
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Lovely card and reading. I really like that you show the light of the Word and how to accept the Lord. [Bunny]ReplyDelete
I love all the layers that you've done on your card. I love adding scripture too!! Great job. Word Art Wednesday scriptures always make me stretch my imagination so I can incorporate the scripture in a great way. I love adding scripture to my cards and canvases.ReplyDelete
Jo Ann - I love the message you have written on your blog-- thank you Jesus for all you have done for us and thank you Holy Spirit for giving us the Words to share to the lost - may their hearts be opened to truth - praying for America - this great land and asking God's Blessing upon us - One Nation under God.... thanks for sharing your stunning art work here - very lovely tags and delicious card with that gal and flower! I wish you a very Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New year! BlessingsReplyDelete
These are all adorable! A lot of work went into your first creation, and I love the little tags!ReplyDelete
So many wonderful details on your card and I love your sweet little tags! Merry Christmas to you and yours, and my you have a happy and blessed 2021!ReplyDelete
Awesome card. Awesome layout, image and papers. The tags are so fun and creative.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful read! I love your REASON for the SEASON! Amazing card with the colors and papers and the tags are just darling!ReplyDelete
These are gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Happy holidays! ⛄
What a great step card and love your CAS tags as well! I hope you have a Merry Christmas and blessed 2021 :-)ReplyDelete
What a sweet image on your card. She looks so happy that God is with us. A wonderful message of joy! Thank you for faithfully sharing your art and for the kind words and scripture you share in the comments. Have a blessed Christmas!ReplyDelete
I love your Center Step Card! Wonderful colors and details! And the set of tags is just adorable! Sweet images and sentiments!ReplyDelete
Your card is beautiful and the center step makes it super fun, too! And those little tags are just so cute! I have to admit that I don't always read the devotionals on the WAW blog and I rarely download the Scriptures as a lot of them I can't see myself using on a card. Don't get me wrong, they are all beautiful verses and are applicable to each day, but don't always translate to a card for me. But, I am so grateful that WAW is committed to sharing the Scriptures each week and encouraging us all to make sure we are creating cards/projects with positive, uplifting sentiments. And, I think that helps me in my crafting! Thank you for all your beautiful inspiration throughout the year!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful card using the scripture from the current challenge. I love it!ReplyDelete
And those tags are all just darling and so fun. Merry Christmas to you & your family!
Your Emanuel center card has everything going for it - great card with the fold and your beautiful colors. Plus, the sweet tags are adorable and would make anyone happy to have attached to their gift.ReplyDelete
Tudo lindo, cartão, e tag. Parabéns!!!ReplyDelete
Your center step card is just beautiful and you are such a talent colorist. What a creative way to use the scripture from the WAW challenge, and an uplifting and cheerful design. Merry Christmas to you.ReplyDelete
wow so much detail. Great cardReplyDelete
What a fun card, I love seeing the scripture presented this way - part of our daily lives! Great non-traditional colors, too, of course, lol. Thanks so much for playing at Sparkles!ReplyDelete
What a lovely center step card! I love this verse, and I always think of Handel's Messiah when I hear it! Merry Christmas! Thanks for joining us at the Scor-Pal More Than One Score Challenge!ReplyDelete
Beautiful design, all those layers look awesome! Thank you for joining us at the Paper Funday Challenge!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing at Createful Heart Designs' Anything Goes Dec 15-Jan 14 challenge month! --Becca/DTReplyDelete
Hi your card is gorgeous. Take care. Hugs JackieReplyDelete
Fun center step design (as always) Jo Ann! Sweet mini tag designs as well. I SO appreciate the testimony and creativity provided by Word Art Wednesday. It has helped me to creatively incorporate Scripture in my designs. Merry Christmas to you and your family!ReplyDelete
So colorful and cool card! Really great! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks a lot for joining us at Creatalicious! :)
Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.ReplyDelete
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Love the card. Love the message. The image is perfect for it too. Thank you for joining the challenge at Love To Craft Challenge Blog. Dorlene DT LTCCBReplyDelete
Ah this is super, what a great card, I love the wee tags too, they are adorable, thanks for sharing with me over on Fezziwigs, hope you had a happy Christmas, Hazel xxReplyDelete
What a fun Kraftin kimmie stamps..great card. Love the sweet tags.ReplyDelete
Great creation. Happy Holidays.ReplyDelete
Wonderful card and tags! We are so happy you could join us & we hope to see you again in the next Papercraft Business Challenge!.ReplyDelete
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Beautiful card. Great colours. Thank you for joining us at sweet stampers challenge,ReplyDelete
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Fabulous creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.ReplyDelete
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JoAnn, the placement of the scripture on your card, with the cute digi focusing on it, is so perfect! TFS from Kathy A at https://myasperations.blogspot.com/ReplyDelete
Such a cute card. I love the little tags too. I love homemade tags. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our December "Anything Goes" challenge with your card.ReplyDelete
Cute tags and stepper card! Thanks so much for joining us at Ching-Chou Kuik Challenge Blog this month. I hope you join us again! Julie, DT memberReplyDelete
What a beautiful card with a lovely message! Thanks so much for joining us at Papercrafting Business Challenge this month! Take care and Happy 2021!ReplyDelete
Your card and tags are amazing, as always! Thanks so much for sharing with us in our challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog this month! We appreciate you joining us!ReplyDelete
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Very different. Lovely! Thanks for joining us over at Country View xReplyDelete
A gorgeous card Jo Ann.ReplyDelete
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Let's Craft and Create this week and good luck.. Ursula Uphof DT
Beautiful design having this young lady pondering on the birth of Christ and the salvation He brought to lost humanity. Let's continue to pray for the unsaved and share the truth of the gospel.ReplyDelete
This is fantastic.ReplyDelete
Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.
Very pretty Center Step Card and cute tags!ReplyDelete
Love the cute little tags and beautiful center step cardReplyDelete
I enjoy pushing myself to use the verses to uplift someone God puts on my heart!! I have saved the Word Art to a file on my computer for future cards. Thank you for all you do for us that love to be inspired and challenged to play along!ReplyDelete
Great card, tags and message! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Love to Craft and we hope to see you in January. Happy New Year! xox, Aimeslee DTReplyDelete
so creative and beautiful!ReplyDelete
Fantastic card! I love your style so much, your cards always leave me with an ahwwwww.... Great fold and mix of pattern. Lovely colouring as well. Thank you so much for playing along with us at SCRIBBLES DESIGN. Best of luck with your entry! NickReplyDelete
Beautiful projects. The card is wonderful. Thanks for joining the challenge at Crafty Gals Corner.ReplyDelete
You have done such a lovely job with this Project. Nice work.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
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