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.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Scripture Series: Kindness Shall Not Depart Card---Time for another Bi-weekly/Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge from Word Art Wednesday!

Hello friends!  I am a day late with this post but will make this brief as I am spending my Birthday with my family for some fun and much needed break.  Anyway, I wanted to bring to you the card I made for our Anything Goes/Inspirational Bi-Weekly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) featuring the Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site.  It comes from Isaiah 54:10 which says, "For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee."  What a wonderful promise of Almighty God to give us hope especially in the condition/days we're living in.  

Now, more than ever, the pages of Revelation which was the very first book I completed reading when I first came to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ through His finished work at the Cross (Born-again, John 3:3) has never been more alive to me than these days.  Back then, I felt like I was reading a horrific fantasy story that will soon come to pass.  There were many times I had to ask elders questions to fully understand what the prophecies meant to me, all believers and the world as whole.  There were passages that terrified me and sent chills to the core of my being but knowing who I am in Christ turned many of the fears to hope and thankfulness for the future that awaits me and everyone whose faith rest upon our Savior.  

Today, we turn on the TV or the web and the dominating news are always about chaos, division, destruction and disrespect not only to God but people who are traitors,  rebellious and ungrateful for many reasons.  I will surely not be surprised if it comes from countries deeply oppressed by their governments and whose freedom and existence is determined by godless rulers that believed they are their own gods.  But for a bunch of spoiled brats that earns millions upon millions of dollars, doing what they loved to do and paid luxuriously along with the companies that spoil them and gave them platforms to exercise their right to protest a bogus oppression that they really haven't experienced and have allowed themselves to be the puppets for the puppeteers of this nation whose aim is to destroy the mandate of God in this country by promoting chaos, division, sexual perversion, annihilation of the unborn and worldwide control through the promulgation of a one world government, I am not going to stay quiet and just buy on their deception.  I have not a bit of tolerance for people who chooses to use their fame to disrespect the very country that allowed them to reach their dreams.  They have the means to make a difference with the resources they have.  Instead, they have chosen to disrespect the flag (sitting and kneeling) and everything this country stands for as drafted in our Constitution to make a stand?  How about they use their fat check books to improve the lives of the ones they stand for?  Of course not, it's easy to protest when it does not truly cost you anything and you are backed by godless, equally ingrate bosses (companies).  This sort of things (behavior and events) are written in the Scripture and we are to be familiar with the Word of God in order to connect the dots on what is happening in our country and the world.  Jesus is coming very soon and we are to hold on to His promises and pray for our nation amidst the concern/uncertainties.  Every believer in Christ have a bright future awaiting us in God's Kingdom and we are to continue to be "Salt and Light" to this world.  Simply put, we need to speak up and expose the error in our times no matter what and who we face.  Jesus helped people and fulfilled His purpose without compromising the Truth.  We (believers) are not here to please man but to please God alone.  Let us do what the Holy Spirit tells us with boldness knowing that we are heirs to the throne of God.  The promises of God (His kindness and peace) are true to us here on earth and will be fully manifested at the end of days when we shall reign with Him.  He's coming, be ready?

For this Card, I used an image from Time for Tea called "Princess" and colored it with my Touch Five and Prismacolor markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square.  The DP is from Heidi Grace, the butterflies from Recollection, the nail head gems from Imaginisce and I added some Liquid Pearls (Silver) to the image's dress.  The wonderful paper saved me some time in having to layer some more.  The design and texture are worth showing and surely gave this card an edge.   Lastly, I did some wacky stitching to complete my design.
 

 KINDNESS SHALL NOT DEPART CARD


 KINDNESS SHALL NOT DEPART CARD LAYERS


 KINDNESS SHALL NOT DEPART CARD SIDE VIEW


 KINDNESS SHALL NOT DEPART CARD INSIDE


KINDNESS SHALL NOT DEPART CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
Just Keep on Creating---ATG
ATG with Create with TLC---ATG
Classic Design Team---ATG
Crafts and Me---ATG with optional Autumn
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG with optional "Pick a Tune"
Cute as a Button---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG with optional Color Twist
Doodle Pantry---ATG with Digi
Not Just Cards---ATG
Petal Lu---ATG
Sisters of Craft---ATG
Time for Tea---Fall Into Layers
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG/Fall Colors
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Funny
Aud Sentiment---Fall Colors with Sentiment
Love to Craft---ATG
Crafting with an Attitude---ATG
Creative Ladybirds---ATG


Hope you join the fun at our WAW Challenge.  There's wonderful prize awaiting our blessed winner from our awesome sponsor this week, Kraft Outlet ($15 GC) and the Cutting Cafe (choice cuts).  You can choose to incorporate the free Word Art (sentiment) you see in my card for projects you wish to make and link with us though it's not mandatory.  You can submit up to 5 projects (Anything Goes) as long as it's family friendly, inspirational or uplifting.  Can't wait to see what you come up with. Have a blessed week and always remember to share unto others the hope you have in Christ.  Hugs! 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Not a Card but a Shoe/Gift Box with a Crochet Baby Espadrille---It's September Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello there friends!  It's the first Sunday of the month which means we are starting a new monthly Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  Another wonderful change happening is that you can now vote for your favorite entries which can include voting for your own creation till September 30th.  Anyway, I a can't believe how time flew by so fast and we are now close to the end of the year.

Anyway, I will not hide  the concern I have for our country and the world as each day approaches.  It's one thing to be positive but as a follower of Jesus and His Word, I can truly say now more than ever, that we are living the prophetic pages of the Scripture.  It's mind boggling how men of God who didn't even have all the technology we have now in their time could have written a detailed description of what is going to transpire at this day and age.  Only one thing is certain, the prophets didn't come up with the prophecies all by themselves.  God, through the power of the Holy Spirit revealed to chosen men what is to come.  It is a tragedy for anyone to ignore God's warning as it would mean eternal damnation for everyone who allowed themselves to be deceived.  The sad thing is that they were given a chance to know God but they pass up the chance over and over again due to pride and selfishness.  Everyday, I thank the Lord that He called me and enable me to hear His voice.  I want to share with you one of the chapters I read in the Scripture which both warn and encourage us to hold on to the Truth and salvation we were preciously given.

The Day of the Lord (2 Peter 3):

"Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.  I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation. But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.  But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.  But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.   So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.  Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

The Day of the Lord (Tribulation Period) is the time when God's wrath will be poured out to all of mankind who rejected the finished work of Jesus Christ.  For as the love of God was fully displayed through what Christ has done at the Cross, so the wrath of God will be in full force in those coming days.  The horrors of those days will be unimaginable and there will be no escaping God's holy anger as the unholy trinity (Satan, Anti-Christ, and the False Prophet) with their followers face God and lose profoundly.  Friends, IT IS WRITTEN!  THE VICTORY OF THEM THAT PLACED THEIR FAITH IN JESUS IS SURE!  The mark of the Beast (microchip/RFID technology) is already enforced in many countries including here in America and many already accepted the implant to their hands or foreheads.  Everyone is being forced to oblige by government's ungodly agenda and I am praying that you take the time to learn of the Truth of God's Word, humble yourselves before the Lord and come into the victory that is only found in Christ Jesus.  Though things like this may cause us to fear, know that the Lord remains our protection and that we instead use our lives to share with others what Christ has done for us in hopes of snatching them from the claws of damnation.  As the Scripture above implied, the Lord is not slow to do what He intended to do but He's being patient with us---to give many a chance to repent and place their faith in Christ.  The Lord does not want us to be consumed by worry but to make use of the time to share the hope we have in Him.  I know in my heart that Jesus is coming to save all who trusted in Him (Rapture of the Church) before all hell breaks loose.  I will keep my focus on the glory of that moment while living these troubled days.  Remember that our God sits on the throne and is absolutely in control of everything.

For the Box, I used an image from my Recollections Clear Stamp and colored them with my Sharpie markers.  The box is made from Kraft CS, cut and scored to make a 5 x 4 x 2 inchex box.  The DP's are from Paper Studio and the sentiment from Cloud 9.  For the Crochet Baby Shoe, I followed a pattern from a book titled "Crochet for Little Feet." It measures 3.5 inches long and is great for baby girls from 0-3 or even up to 6 months (depending on baby's growth).  It was a challenge at first but things got better after several hours of just trying to understand the instructions...LOL  I learned that you have to have tremendous patience in these little things as it can be hard both in the hands and the eyes to get 'em done.  This was made for a friend who needed a Baby Shower gift and I am grateful she trusted me to make one for her.


SHOE/GIFT BOX WITH CROCHET PINK ESPADRILLE


SHOE/GIFT BOX


CROCHET PINK ESPADRILLE


CROCHET PINK ESPADRILLE SIDE VIEW


This Projects is entered into the following Challenges:

 A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
Animal Friends---With Fur
Crafter's Cafe---2 Patterned Papers
Crafts and Me---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Papers
Creatalicious---ATGwith Optional Theme
Cute as a Button---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---Babies
Petal Lu---ATG
Sparkles---Lots of Layers
Sisters of Craft---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG
Art by Miran---ATG
Let's Color Linky Party---ATG


There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge with an optional Twist at 613 Avenue Create.  There's wonderful prizes awaiting the winners from our lovely sponsors for this week---Kreative Hender Digis, Aurora Wings, Scrapper's Delights and RSD.  Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight this week.  I hope you have a wonderful week filled with the divine inspiration of God's Word and be able to share the Hope you have in you to bring light to the dark places in your sphere of influence.  Would love to hear your comments too.   Hugs, always!    

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Scripture Series: My Expectation is from Him Card---It's Anything Goes (Family Friendly) Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I'm here to feature another project for another bi-weekly Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  We feature another Scripture Word Art that is free for you to download at the WAW site.  It comes from Psalm 62:5 which tells us, "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him."  This is such a great verse and reminded me of my walk in the Lord.  Like David, I have to tell my soul to place its faith in God's promises in times of trials and uncertainties.

I remember my recent conversation with my 10-year old son when we discussed about trusting God even when our emotions are battling with us in doing so.  I told him that the erosion of someone's faith does not come without a warning.  One day you see friends that are so zealous in serving the Lord and you can tell from their actions that they are living and growing in the promises of God.  Then another day, you witness them struggle when the storms of life comes and nothing makes sense.  Each of us deal with life's situations differently.  I, for one, think of things deeply whereas others can just let go easily.  I think both ways can have its pros and cons depending on the end result.  Trials of life happens to everyone, in different degrees, moments and seasons.  Though each of us have various ways and means to deal with difficulties, I submit to you that without God, all our efforts are in vain.  I'm speaking primarily to all believers (those with personal relationship with Jesus Christ that are Born-again, John 3:3) that have made Christ the Lord and Savior of their lives.  Though trials come our way, we are not to think like the world does.  We are in Christ! When storms come our way, we are not alone to deal with it.  We should accept the reality that the Spirit of God lives inside of us.  He is constantly with us and is perfectly aware of everything we go through.  The sad thing is that although we are aware of this,  we live as if we don't have Him or have convinced ourselves that God stops caring or have abandoned us.  Then  we start to look inwardly and find reasons why God would possibly turn his face away.  If left for long in this emotional and mental state, our faith weakens,  our hearts bitter till we no longer find joy in our fellowship with the Lord.  

I know it is sad but I see this happen over and over again.  I've gone through similar phases in my walk with God and I am so grateful because the Holy Spirit wouldn't let me go so far.  Even in the midst of rebellion and sinful behavior, He reminded me of His love and forgiveness through what Christ did for me.  As a believer, we are always tempted to sin and many times, we fall into the trap. Yet the big difference is that we now have a choice and the power to get up, start over and learn from our experience.  We have the Word of God living inside of us and in our weakness, we are to depend upon His strength to carry us through.  I told my son that we should never allow our soul (made up of our mind, will and emotions) to decide and rule for us.  Our emotions are very unstable and if we make it the basis of our faith, we are going to fail.  The promises of God found in His Word is our life sourceJohn 6:63 tells us, "It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."  Just like David commanded his soul in our highlighted verse above, we are to order our soul to align with God's Word.  Here's how I personally walk in faith..."When I don't feel like doing things for the Lord, I rise above the feelings and push myself to do it!  When I don't feel like reading His Word, I pick up my Bible and read.  When I don't want to come to Church to fellowship with other believers and sleep calls me back to bed, I step out in faith even if I have to drag myself to shower (usually half asleep) to start the day.  When I don't feel like lifting my hands in praise  and problems weigh me down, I lift them up anyway to honor the God whose been so good to me." 

You see, the life of a believer is not characterized by the absence of troubles.  We encounter lots of trials and temptations, aimed to stop us from fulfilling His purpose.  Therefore, our lives should not be based on how we feel or perceive things.  Instead, we are to live in accordance to the promises of God in His Word.  God's Word is true and eternal and is valid both now and forever.  Colossians 3:1-2 says, "Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."

For this Card, I used an image from Saturated Canary called "Rose Red" that I colored using my Top Five and Prismacolor markers.  Some of you already know that Saturated Canary shop is going to close by mid of September as Krista (the owner, artist) is going to venture on other things.  It's sad as I adore her artwork and have quite a collection but praying for the best for all her future endeavors.  So, if you want to grab a few more images from her shop like I did, visit her shop.  I think you can still purchase it with 40% off with the code SC40 but you need to double-check this info at her FB page.  So, this creation is sort of a tribute to one of my fave digi stamp company.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from K and Company and Paper Studio.  I layered flowers from Prima, punched some leaves with Fiskars, added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal), some brads from Recollections and Liquid Pearls (Silver) on the image's dress.  Lastly, I stitched all over this creation.


 MY EXPECTATION IS FROM HIM CARD


 MY EXPECTATION IS FROM HIM CARD LAYERS


 MY EXPECTATION IS FROM HIM CARD SIDE VIEW


 MY EXPECTATION IS FROM HIM CARD INSIDE


MY EXPECTATION IS FROM HIM CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafting by Designs---ATG
Crafty Creations---Use a Number (Scripture verse)
Crafty Gals---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG with Optional Twist
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Paper Shelter---Make it Digital
Simon Says---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Crafty Sentiments---Lots of Layers
Deep Ocean---Things with Wings (Bird)
Die Cuttin Divas---ATG with Die-Cut
Digi Choosday---ATG
Lemon Shortbread---ATG
Retarte---ATG
Sunny Day---ATG
TTCRD---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Craft Your Passion---ATG
OLLCB---Girlie
Simon Says Monday---A Stitch Up
Paper Nest Dolls---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.  An awesome GC of  $25 worth will be awarded to our Challenge winner by our awesome sponsor---Simon Says Stamp.  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up as we meditate on the name of Jesus today.  There is power in His Name and it's available to everyone that believes.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Not a Card but a Crochet Multi-Colored Phone Sleeve...

Hi there, folks!  I've been busy creating when I am not here in the Blog land and I am so happy to have completed several crochet projects.  Aside from Paper Crafting, Crochet is one of the many things I love to do nowadays.  You have seen some of my work before but from now on, you will see more of them featured here  together with my cards.  I am so grateful to the Lord Jesus for allowing me to create amazing things.

A couple of days ago, I decided to create a sleeve for my phone.   I watched some tutorial from YouTube and found one that was easy to follow yet hip and stylish.  So, I grab the materials needed with my chosen yarn and colors, and followed this VIDEO from Naztazia.  I had to adjust the stitch count according to the size of my phone and finally, I made my very first crochet case and proud of it.  I based my colors on the  three protective cases I bought for my phone so whichever I have on, it will go well with the sleeve.  Smart, huh!


 CROCHET MULTI-COLOR PHONE SLEEVE


CROCHET MULTI-COLOR PHONE SLEEVE WITH THE PHONE


When my hubby saw what I made, he wanted one for himself so, I happily made him one last night.  He was really happy with it.  Just look at that smile...LOL


CROCHET MULTI-COLOR PHONE SLEEVE AND ITS HAPPY OWNER

 CROCHET MULTI-COLOR PHONE SLEEVE


CROCHET MULTI-COLOR PHONE SLEEVE WITH THE PHONE


Okay friends, this is all I  have for now.  I want to leave you with the encouragement of God's Word found in Hebrews 12:1-2 (Amplified) which says, "THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [Ps. 110:1.]"  I pray that the peace and protection that only comes from the Lord Almighty keep you standing firmly in His Truth no matter what lies ahead. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Scripture: House Built by Wisdom Card---Join our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello there, Crafty Peeps!  Here's another project I made for our Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  As you all know, we always highlight a Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site) in all of our Challenges.  For our two week Challenge, we bring you Proverbs 24:3-4 which says, "Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches."  These verses shows us the importance of wisdom and understanding to a man's life.  Anyone who builds things without wisdom may think  they are succeeding but the end result is always a failure.  So what exactly is wisdom?  How does it compare to knowledge?  I would like to share what I found at gotquestions.org that clearly explains the difference and correlation between the two.  Here it is:
  
"Wisdom and knowledge, both recurring themes in the Bible, are related but not synonymous. The dictionary defines wisdom as “the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting.” Knowledge, on the other hand, is “information gained through experience, reasoning, or acquaintance.” Knowledge can exist without wisdom, but not the other way around. One can be knowledgeable without being wise. Knowledge is knowing how to use a gun; wisdom is knowing when to use it and when to keep it holstered. God wants us to have knowledge of Him and what He expects of us. In order to obey Him, we have to have knowledge of the commands. But as equally important as having knowledge is having wisdom. Knowing facts about God and the Bible is not all there is to wisdom. Wisdom is a gift from God. James 1:5 states, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” God blesses us with wisdom in order for us to glorify Him and use the knowledge we have of Him. The book of Proverbs is perhaps the best place in the Bible to learn of biblical wisdom. Proverbs 1:7 speaks of both biblical knowledge and wisdom: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, / but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” To fear the Lord is to start on the path to knowledge, and God can then begin to provide us with wisdom through Christ, who the Bible says is wisdom itself: “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). Knowledge is what is gathered over time through study of the Scriptures. It can be said that wisdom, in turn, acts properly upon that knowledge. Wisdom is the fitting application of knowledge. Knowledge understands the light has turned red; wisdom applies the brakes. Knowledge sees the quicksand; wisdom walks around it. Knowledge memorizes the Ten Commandments; wisdom obeys them. Knowledge learns of God; wisdom loves Him."

Oh wow!  I don't know about you but this article truly blessed me...You see, perfect knowledge (both temporary and eternal) can only be found in the pages of God's Word.  As our Creator,  He left us a blue print and a road map to navigate this world that we may live in accordance to His will and purpose.  Countless men and women (from past to present) witnessed His goodness  and shared what God has done, therefore, not one of us has a valid excuse to ignore and deny Him.  When we seek God through His Word, we are nourishing ourselves with spiritual sustenance that produces faith (trust, believe, adhere).  Romans 10:17 says, "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ."  Our obedience to the Word of God we know and our faith in His divine plan causes us to act in wisdom as we face the daily challenges of life.  Without faith in God and His word, though there may be knowledge, man cannot act in wisdom.  Many have come and gone in this world and a good portion of them made it big when it comes to material possessions, fame, power, etc.  But these things have no value in the eternal.  Matthew 16:26 tells us, "What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?" God wants us to be spiritually wise---one whose not content with knowledge but desires and pursues wisdom.  The same wisdom calls us to be spiritually discerning nowadays.  We are to share God's Word to as many who will listen that the wisdom the Lord gifted us may be imparted to them also.  We are to build houses (build lives) using gold, silver and precious stones that will last through eternity.  The Scripture is full of precious stones that we can use not only to build our personal home (personal life) but treasures entrusted to us that are instrumental in the construction of other people's lives.  In today's world where many are building upon the foundations of wood, hay or straw (easily burned), let us be grateful to the Holy Spirit that keeps us firmly standing in the solid foundation laid by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  Let me conclude this post by sharing what Apostle Paul told believers (Born-again, John 3:3) in 1 Corinthians about the precious treasures we have in our Lord.

"By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness” ; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.  (1 Corinthians 3:10-23)

For this Card, I used an image from Stampendous called "Family Home" and colored it with my newest Touch Five markers set (80 colors and comes with a case/bag).  I absolutely love the quality and affordability of this set. Awesome, awesome!  Anyway, for my card base,  I used a white CS, cut and scored to 5.5 inches square.  I used my MS Punch for the left and right border, the DP's from American Crafts and the nail head gems from Imaginisce.  I hand-cut the layers of hills in the background as many of the border dies out in the market are out of my budget...LOL.  I absolutely love the clouds in the background.  I made a couple of template and inked them with Tumbled Glad Distress Ink.  I also added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) and ran it through my sewing machine for some fancy stitching. 


 HOUSE BUILT BY WISDOM CARD


 HOUSE BUILT BY WISDOM CARD LAYERS


 HOUSE BUILT BY WISDOM CARD SIDE VIEW


 HOUSE BUILT BY WISDOM CARD INSIDE


HOUSE BUILT BY WISDOM CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafting by Designs---ATG
Crafty Creations---Words/Letters on Background
Creative Moments---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Simon Says---Make for the Border
Sisterhood of Crafters---Close to Nature
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Die-Cuts
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
Digi Choosday---ATG
Lemon Shortbread---ATG
Retarte---ATG
TTCRD---ATG
Tuesday Throwdown---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
Craft Your Passion---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Paper Nest Dolls---ATG
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
Country View---Hot Summer Days
Crafter's Cafe---Bling
Crafts and Me---ATG
Creatalicious---ATG with Optional Theme
Cute as a Button---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG with Optional Twist
Emerald Faeries---Make It Sparkle
Not Just Cards---ATG
Paradise of Stamps---ATG
Sparkles---Lots of Layers
Stempelsonne---ATG
Sunsational Stamps---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG


I hope you'd take the time to join us at our WAW Challenge.  Our sponsors this week are Classy Cards 'n Such (special prize package), Frantic Stamper (die-cut) My Artistic Adventures (Digi Images).  I can't wait to see your projects this week and leave you some lovin' on your Blogs.  Have a blessed day and I pray that you thirst and hunger for God's Word. That you may know the glorious future that only faith in Jesus Christ can provide.  His Name be praised forever!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

CAS Series: Consider Your Age Unlisted Card and Crochet All-Buttoned Up Deco Pillows---It's Anything Goes for a Monthly Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello guys!  Just to tell you that 613 Avenue Create has gone from a bi-weekly Challenge to monthly.  As always, it's Anything Goes with an Optional Theme and you can link up your creations for a chance to win wonderful prizes from our Challenge sponsors.  My, oh my!  I am very sorry for this super late post as I had to deal with many things this week that kept me out of my computer desk.  There are many things that felt I need to be concerned about and when my mind and emotions led me to worry, the Spirit of God rose from within me and commanded me to quit entertaining the worries.  Instead, He told me to keep trusting God!

As a follower of Jesus Christ, I engage daily in a never ending battle to trust God's promises completely or to do what I can to make things happen for us.  I remember praying to the Lord and confessing to Him an issue of concern for my family. Before I'm even finish talking, He asked me, "So, what do you want?  Be specific!"  Recognizing the Lord's voice, I smiled and gave Him a specific answer.  I knew in my heart (right there and then) that He already took care of things.  I was full of hope and faith that everything is going to be okay. 

Yet, the story didn't end there.  As the days passed, we got more and more bad news.  We tried to complete everything that was asked of us to do yet things seemed to go from bad to worst.  Everything we are facing in the natural today seem to contradict the answer I received from the Lord that faithful day.  I know that the Lord's promise is true and He has everything under control but why is it that the circumstances hasn't shown us His favor?   Subconsciously, that's at the back of my mind.  And then the Lord reminded me of Abraham and his wife,  Sarah.  They wanted a child of their own and God promised Abraham a son and make him "father of many nations."    Abraham had to hold on to God's promise everyday and it lifted up his spirit.  But many years had passed and they became very old without a sign of the promise being fulfilled.  Sarah who was barren from the beginning realized how impossible it was in her age and condition to hang on to the hope of God's promise.  In desperation, she took matters into her own hands and gave her servant Hagar to Abraham so that he could have a child with her.  The result of such human effort was Ishmael!  As we read further in Genesis, we can conclude that what she did was a big mistake.  Till this day, the descendants of Ishmael had been wreaking havoc in the world.  You see, when the Lord promised something, He does not need the help of human beings to fulfill it.  Our duty is to patiently wait, obey and continue trusting for an "Isaac" (the promise of God) in our lives.  God does not operate according to our timeline.  It's when we are hopeless and powerless (when there's absolutely nothing we can do to change our circumstances) that we should see the hand of God working supernaturally and truly give Him glory.

Okay, I know how hard it is to wait and to keep our faith in God's promises especially when we are bombarded with nothing but negative reports.  Nobody said it was easy!  When my faith is low, I call on Someone who empowers me to continue believing "supernaturally." An invited preacher reminded us last Sunday at Church that human beings were born "natural."  But those who had been Born-again (John 3:3) by accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior have added the "Super" into their lives---the "Holy Spirit."  He lives inside everyone whose faith is in the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross and He's the One who empowers us to do the impossible in accordance to the Will of God upon our  lives.  When I'm tempted to take matters into my own hands like Sarah did, I call upon the Holy Spirit to help me and direct me towards the true plan of God.  Not my will but His will be done!  God's plan is always perfect and we can depend upon His faithfulness to deliver His promises at the right time.  If you haven't experienced God in a personal way, call upon Him and give Him a chance to show you how much He loves you.  I would love to encourage you to take time to read God's Word (start with the book of John as it tells you who you are in Christ) as you face the daily challenges of life.  Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and what He did for you at the Cross.  If the Father willingly gave His One and Only Begotten Son to free you from every spiritual bondage, how much more would He not take care of your needs here on earth?  Know God's Word, rely on His promises, and live with a purpose!

PSALM 91
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

For this Card, I used images from Stampers Anonymous Sets called "Bird Crazy" and "Crazy Things" and watercolored it with my Distress markers.  The base is an A7 blank card with an envelope from The Paper Studio. The DP's are from my scraps and the nail head gems are from Imaginisce.  The sentiments both  inside and outside are from Printworks.  I made this card quickly for a friend's birthday.


 CONSIDER YOUR AGE UNLISTED CARD


 CONSIDER YOUR AGE UNLISTED CARD INSIDE


 CONSIDER YOUR AGE UNLISTED CARD WITH ENVELOPE


Here's another project that I'm really happy about.  Ever since I saw it in a Crochet magazine, I knew I had to make it.  I love that I can make each pillow in different colors and connect them together.  The pattern was simple but needs patience and a good amount of time to make.  I thought I had to place lots of stuffing in each of them but to my surprise, it didn't even consume the one bag I purchased.  That means I can make more next time...LOL.  I am planning to make them in many other colors as time permits.  You see I am not a seasoned Crocheter and there are still many things I needed to learn.  All I can say is that Cardmaking and Crochet relaxes me and makes me happy so, you'll see more Crochet projects featured here in the future as time permits.


 CROCHET ALL-BUTTONED UP DECO PILLOWS


CROCHET ALL-BUTTONED UP DECO PILLOWS CLOSE-UP


These Projects are entered into the following Challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
Animal Friends---Summer
Artistic Stamper---ATG
Card and Scrap---ATG
Card Mania---Let's Party!
Classic Design Team---ATG
Crafts Galore---Use Stamp or Digi
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG with Colored Image
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG
Creative Craft---For Men/Boys
CCC---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG
Lunagirl---ATG
Paper Creator---Keep it Simple
Paradise of Stamps---ATG
Petal Lu---ATG
Sisters of Craft---ATG


There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  Again, we are now monthly so you'll have more time to link your projects and increase your chance of winning our fabulous prizes. Our lovely sponsors for this week---Crafty Sentiments Designs, Digital Delights, SLS Lines, QKR Stampede, All Dressed Up Stamps, The Cutting Cafe and A Day for Daisies.  Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight this week.  I hope you have a wonderful week and know that God is faithful and true to His promises!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Scripture Series: Have Faith in God Mini Note Card Set---Join our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello everyone!  I'm a day late in posting this project but have been very busy with many things the past few weeks.  However, I would love to highlight our Scripture Word Art (download for free at WAW site)  for the bi-weekly Challenge happening at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)It comes from Mark 11:22 which says, "And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God." There's so much to this verse and I ask that you read Mark 11:12-26 to find the context on the connection between the cursing of the fig tree, His cleansing of the temple and the importance of faith in God.

To better understand our Scripture Word Art, I would like to quote a couple of verses following Jesus' statement in our scripture above.  Mark 11:23-26 says, “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”  I want to share with you  what I read in my Life Application Bible regarding these verses as it truly blessed me.  It says, "The kind of prayer that moves mountains is prayer for the fruitfulness of God's kingdom.  It would seem impossible  to move a mountain into the sea, so Jesus used that picture to say that God can do anything.  God will answer your prayers, but not as a result of your positive mental attitude.  Other conditions must be met: (1) you must be a believer; (2) you must not hold a grudge against another person; (3) you must not pray with selfish motives; (4) your request must be for the good of God's kingdom.  To pray effectively, you need faith in God, not faith in the object of your request.  if you focus only on your request, you will be left with nothing if your request is refused.  Jesus, our example in prayer,  prayed, "Everything is possible for You...Yet not what I will, but what You will (Mark 14:36).  Our prayers are often motivated by our own interest and desires.  We like to hear that we can have anything.  But Jesus prayed with God's interest in mind.  When we pray, we should express our desires, but want His will above ours.   Check yourself to see if your prayers focus on your interest or God's.  Forgiving others is tough work---so much so that many people would rather do something totally distasteful than offer forgiveness to someone who has wronged them.  For a person to pray while bearing grudge, however, is like a tree sprouting leaves and bearing no fruit (Mark 11:13).  True faith changes the heart.  Real prayer dismantles pride and vengeance, filling the holes with love.  Real faith seeks peace.  For our churches to have prayer power, there must be harmony and forgiveness evident int he body of believers.  Let go of hurts, abandon grudges and forgive others."

This is what God wants us to understand....True faith that can move mountains comes from a heart ruled by God---unselfish,   peaceful and overflowing with love.  We must know that faith is our only connection to God.  Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast."  Hebrews 11:6 also declared, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." The finished work of Jesus Christ became our reality because we (Born-again, John 3:3) responded to God's Word, surrendered our lives to Him and allowed the Holy Spirit to work in us by believing (trusting) everything that Jesus accomplished in our behalf.  While many people were given the same chance, not all responded the way believers of Jesus Christ did.  Even the grace to believe is from God!  I can't tell you how many times I praise and thank God for all the reasons He called me to Himself.  Without His revelations in my life, I could be one of them that mocks God, rebellious and deceived.  If God hadn't changed my heart and my mind, I couldn't imagine where would I be today---spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.   If everyone is doing things according to their heart's desires and no Godly principles and order are guiding our thoughts and actions, humanity would literally self-destruct.  As a believer,  one of our biggest challenge daily is to live unselfishly.  We are to place God's will above our own!  Matthew 16:23-24 showed us an example on how Peter, a disciple of Jesus Christ, was inspired by the enemy  in what others may think was a show of concern for Jesus.  The passage revealed, "But he (Jesus) turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man." Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."  Everyday, our priority is to take care of us and our own.  It's hard to think of blessing others when we are too busy of our own advancement.  Many times, we find ourselves stepping/using other people just to get ahead.  This is very dangerous and we can create many enemies along the way.  This is rampant/common in the world but it happens in the church as well. The problem is, there's many who would like to be leaders and only a few would like to be followers.  It's sad but many are unaware that a true leader in God's kingdom is really a servant to all.  If we are blessed to be leaders, we are to use the position God gave us to disciple others and give them opportunities to advance and become leaders too.  That way, they too can serve and influence others for the glory of God.  I've heard of many believers who left their churches because of unfair treatment, favoritism and neglect from leadership.  As the Body of Christ, we are to address these concerns.  As members, we have different levels of faith, which is  why we need to be patient with one another and be willing to humble ourselves, be transparent, ready to forgive and discuss things so that true peace and harmony may prevail in the house of God.  I know, this is easier said than done, but I firmly believe that if we allow the will of the Lord to come first rather than our own, we can do the impossible. "

For this project, I used images from C.C. Designs Rubber Stamps from the set called "Wingy Things" and I watercolored them using my Stabilo 68 markers.  I got in on sale at their shop and glad I did as they are super cute.  I thought it would be nice to use them for mini cards and so, I came up with a the card holder to hold these wonderful mini cards together.  I didn't have a clear design for a holder until the last minute when all the note cards were done.  And yes, I believe God engineered everything about this project.  From white CS, I cut and scored the holder (5 x 3.75 x 1 inches).  I used a Cuttlebug folder for the embossed design, a gem from my stash and some Washi tapes from Recollections.  I also used a Fiskars Punch, several sentiment stamps from Will N' Way and Printworks and a bit of stitching.  I love how the design turned outwonderfully especially the closure.  Very happy!


 HAVE FAITH IN GOD MINI NOTE CARD HOLDER


 HAVE FAITH IN GOD NOTE CARD SET INSIDE


HAVE FAITH IN GOD MINI NOTE CARDS


 HAVE FAITH IN GOD MINI NOTE CARD 1


 HAVE FAITH IN GOD MINI NOTE CARD 2


 HAVE FAITH IN GOD MINI NOTE CARD 3


HAVE FAITH IN GOD MINI NOTE CARD SET


This Project is entered into the following Challenges:

Artistic Inspirations---ATG
Crafting with an Attitude---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG
TTCRD---ATG
Crafting with Dragonflies---ATG
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Craft Your Passion---ATG
Crafty Boots---Use Your Stamp
Incy Wincy---ATG
Paper Nest Dolls---ATG
Crafty Sentiments---ATG
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
Animal Friends---Summer
Artistic Stamper---ATG
Card and Scrap---ATG
Classic Design Team---ATG
Crafts Galore---Use Stamp or Digi
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG with Colored Image
Creatalicious---ATG
CCC---ATG
Cute as a Button---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG
Lunagirl---ATG
Paper Creator---Keep it Simple
Paradise of Stamps---ATG
Petal Lu---ATG
SLS Lines---3 or More Layers
Sisters of Craft---ATG


I hope you'd take the time to join us at our WAW Challenge.  It's Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly with uplifting and inspirational messages, you can link up to 5 projects.  Our sponsors this week are  Really Reasonable Ribbon ($10 GC to their shop) and The Cutting Cafe (Digi Files).  I can't wait to see your projects  and leave you some encouragement on your Blogs.  Though the world seem darkened nowadays, let your faith in God shine like a beacon on a hill.  Pray without ceasing and believe that God can do the impossible! My trust in only in Him...

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