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.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Scripture Series: Be Joyful in Thee Card---Another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday...

Hi there! Its time for another bi-weekly Challenge of Anything Inspirational at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)Our Scripture Word Art (free download at the WAW site) comes from Psalm 5:11 which says,  "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee."

As I read through Psalm 5, I saw King David's intimate knowledge and relationship with God.  The Spirit of God worked into his life that though he was born before the time of Jesus and the New Testament, he spoke of a "trust"  (believing, reliance, dependence)  in a God Who is able to save, protect and defend us.  The enemy fill our hearts with lies every second that if we are not grounded in the Truth (Jesus as the Way, Truth and Life), we can easily be swayed by twisted doctrines/teachings.  From the very beginning (Genesis 2:17), God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil for they will surely die (first mention of Death).  God established and made clear this Truth to His creation.  But Satan (in the form of a serpent) perverted that Truth and told Eve in Genesis 3:4-5, “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Satan planted doubt and influenced Adam and Eve to disobey God resulting to the Fall of Man.  Sin, which originated in the heart of Lucifer (called the Sin Nature), is the overwhelming desire to rebel against God which placed all of humanity (born into this world) in bondage.  There was no way out and we were doomed to face God's wrath forever.  Man became so selfish and evil with no reverence for God.  It's no surprise that  Jesus spoke this harsh Truth to those who claimed they know God but merely lied as they neither believe nor obey Him (in their actions).  John 8:42-47 says, "Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

Friends, anyone who says that Jesus is just a gentle, meek and loving God has clearly no idea of the Jesus Christ of the Bible.  As much as He is a God who loves us (demonstrated by His sacrifice at the Cross to free us from the bondage of the Sin Nature and Satan himself, He is also a Just God.  That means He cannot tolerate any form of Sin.  By denying (render useless) the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross which is Almighty God's ONLY means of freeing us from being in Adam (literally, in Satan), you are declaring an all-out war with God and has chosen to invite His Wrath.  Believe me, I could not even imagine what is in direct opposite of God's love---outside of God's grace!  Many people think that this earthly life is all there is but until you stop focusing on the puzzle pieces of your life (selfishness), widen your perspective to God's big picture (eternal perspective), you will live a mediocre life filled with lies that will cause the destruction of your soul.  If there is a time to trust Jesus and claim the salvation He won in your behalf---it is NOW!  Who you trust and live for in this life will be the basis of your eternal destination. To be in Adam (rebellion and unbelief) puts you in the path of God's judgment no matter how great you think your life (good works) is here.

But like what our Scripture Word Art says, those who trust in Jesus have every reason to rejoice.  Why?  For our reliance upon the Cross and all its benefits has won for us "righteousness" in the presence of our Father in heaven.  This right standing with God is not by any works of our own but one that only God Himself bestows to them that places their faith in His Son.  It happened the moment I repented of my sin (being in Adam) and confess Jesus as my Lord and Savior (to be Born-again, John 3:3), I died from my affiliation with Adam and I became one with Christ (In Christ).  God paid for my sins (past, present and future).  Hence, I no longer have to carry the death penalty for my sins.  JESUS GAVE AND DID IT ALL!  By being in Him, He also gave me the power to trample over the lies and works of the enemy.  The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of me.  By Jesus' blood, His Cross and His Name, I can destroy the works and power of the enemy in every shape and form.  Knowing His Word (the Scripture) is knowing His Will so I can confidently speak with boldness and certainty to have received everything God promised in His Word. WE HAVE THE POWER, IN JESUS' NAME!  Always look at the bigger picture and you'll see that fear should in no way cripple us in all our battles.  Rejoice! Jesus has so much in store for us than this temporary life can offer.  Having this mindset, I live each day with excitement of what Jesus would do through me...

For this Card, I used an image from Stamping Bella called "Tiny Townie Tiny Dancers" and the flower stamps from Dylusions.   I watercolored all the images using my Stabilo 68 pens.  The base is an A7 Kraft card from Paper Studio, the DP is from American Crafts, the glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and the pearly dots were created with Liquid Pearls (White Opal).  I incorporated some inking using Pumice Stone Distress Ink and lastly, I ran some of the panels into my sewing machine to create some regular and fancy stitched borders. 


BE JOYFUL IN THEE CARD 


BE JOYFUL IN THEE CARD LAYERS 


BE JOYFUL IN THEE CARD INSIDE


BE JOYFUL IN THEE CARD  WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafty Gals---ATG 
Creative Moments---ATG/Spring Has Sprung 
Inspiration Destination---ATG/Masculine
Sisterhood of Crafters---Letter "B" (Ballerina) 
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Add a Sentiment


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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Scripture Series: The Hour Is Come Card---It's Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday

Hi there, Crafty Peeps!  I'm here once again to highlight another Scripture Word Art for our new Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  Today's verse is so meaningful to me and to everyone whom God called to Himself through faith in what Jesus Christ has done.  It comes from John 12:23 which tells us, "And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified."

In order to understand what Jesus told His disciples in our highlighted verse, we must at least give consideration on the next few verses written after.  In John 12:24-25, Jesus continues saying, "Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life." You will notice in the New Testament how common it was for Jesus to use earthly illustrations to convey spiritual Truths (Parables).  In that time, people's spiritual knowledge of God and His ways were very limited.  They have the Natural Revelation (God's creation),  the Law (Mosaic Law/Torah) and the Prophets.  Today, aside from what they had, we have the Written Word of God (Bible), the Finished Work of Jesus Christ at the Cross accessible by faith and the presence of the Holy Spirit inside every believer.  I love how my Application Bible explained the meaning of the three verses mentioned above and like before, I would like to share it with you:  It says, "John 12:23-25 is a beautiful picture of the necessary sacrifice of Jesus.  Unless a kernel of wheat is buried in the ground, it will not become a blade of wheat producing many more seeds.  Jesus had to die to pay the penalty for our sin, but also to show His power over death.  His resurrection proves He has eternal life.  Because Jesus is God, Jesus can give this same eternal life to all who believe in Him. We must be so committed to living for Christ that we "hate" our lives by comparison.  This does not mean that we long to die or that we are careless or destructive with the life God has given, but that we are willing to die if doing so will glorify Christ.  We must disown the tyrannical rule of our own self-centeredness.  By laying aside our striving for advantage, security and pleasure, we can serve God lovingly and freely.   Releasing control of our lives and transferring control to Christ bring eternal life and genuine joy."

Wow, need I say more?  You see, I often find myself sharing to family and friends this:  "Unless we are willing to die for the cause of Christ, we will always live in the shadow; fearing for people (the world) to know our affiliation with Jesus.  Nowadays, standing for anything and everything Jesus stood for meant persecution/isolation.  For some it's ridicule and hatred from family and friends (including social media).  To others would be career, opportunities, promotion, business loss to losing everything they built and worked for.  Others have to face jail time, security (death) threats or death itself among many other things.  I gained deeper understanding of the dangers every true Christians are exposed to when I started fighting for the things that matter to God.  When I went to Pro-Life rallies to fight (be the voice) for the unborn.  When I joined Family rallies to oppose people trying to redefine the Biblical meaning of marriage. When I attended several gatherings in my city fighting for Biblical principles and common sense knowledge in the midst of perversion and ungodly ordinances being forced upon God's people.  In each one of them, we faced vicious, rebellious and ungodly oppositions/enemies who have no care for God and the Laws of this land.  Their only concern was to make everyone bow down, accept and practice their ungodly thinking and perverted lifestyle.  For every time you stand for God's principles, you don't know for sure when someone just decides to harm you.  Many  of them hated God so much and their mouths are full of profanity, their actions unhinged and their mockery of God was so profound.

Despite all of that,  I thank God for He has placed upon me a strong and firm conviction for His Truth.  I hold these Scripture verses dear to my heart and serves as an inspiration in my daily walk with the Lord.  It's found in Philippians 1:20-21 which says, "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." If we only understand the depth, the fullness---the meaning of what Jesus Christ accomplished for us through the Cross (His death, burial and resurrection) and the life that awaits us in the eternal (Eternal Life) ,  we will no longer live in bondage to fear and selfish concerns/advancement.  For the best things in this world are nothing compared to the pure beauty and radiant treasures of living in the presence of God (the Creator of all things) forever.  Though I expect that reality happening soon, I know that He placed me on this earth to fulfill His purpose.  Until my assignment is done here, His presence will continue to preserve me.   Simply put,  no one can harm me unless God allows it.  So I am determined to go forward, in all boldness---propelled by the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Hope we have in Christ. Truthfully, many tried to discourage me (mostly people from social media) by saying how I was being self-righteous, judgmental, ungodly just because I spoke God's Truth in every pressing issue.  People cursed me, insulted me and said all sorts of profanity just to move me from my position.  Yet, what they aren't aware of is that there is nothing I can do through my own efforts to gain the righteousness of God.  I simply believed/trusted in what Jesus accomplished on my behalf and He declared me righteous solely by being in Christ (Born-again, John 3:3).  If God clothed me in His righteousness, who one earth can take that righteousness away from me?  I know, I know!  They will not understand until they too embraced the Truth through faith in the Cross of Christ.  I choose not to be offended, to pray and move on and focus my efforts on them who are being saved.  To my family and friends, I am committed to the call of God in my life and need no accolades, approval nor recognition from any man.  I only live to please my Father in heaven and bring glory to the name of Jesus Christ!  If anyone of you reading this don't know Jesus personally and as to what the Cross meant for your salvation, get to know Him while there's time.  Everything is written in the Scripture.  If you have any questions, I would love to help anyone.  Let us study God's Word and find purpose for your existence both now and forever.  

For this Card, I used an image from Stampabilities called "Florals" that I bought just recently and colored it using my Touch Five markers.  I stamped some of the images a few times and fussy cut them all after coloring.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I embossed the main panel using a Cuttlebug folder and die-cut a lacy circle using Nestabilities.   The DP and as well as the white brads are all from Paper Studio.  Lastly, I stitched all over this card.  Yes, pretty simple design o as not to take away from the powerful Scripture for this Challenge.


 THE HOUR IS COME CARD


 THE HOUR IS COME CARD LAYERS


THE HOUR IS COME CARD INSIDE 

 
THE HOUR IS COME CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafting by Designs---Girls/Flowers 
Little Red Wagon---Easter 
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Add a Sentiment 
Card Mania---April Showers Bring May Flowers 
Classic DT---ATG 
Craftaholics R Us---Easter 
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper 
Cute as a Button---Easter 
Daisy Chain---Spring is in the Air 
DL Art---ATG 
Love to Craft---ATG 
MHK Designs---Photo Inspiration 
Sunny Day Crafting---Spring 


Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the Scripture Word Art (download for free at the WAW site) 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. Wonderful prizes await our winners from our lovely sponsors for this week---Newton's Nook Designs ($20 GC) and Imagine That (3 Digi Images).  So excited to see what you come up with.  I pray that you live boldly, freely and joyfully bringing glory to Jesus Christ always.    

Sunday, April 2, 2017

CAS Series: Four Assorted Birthday Cards---Join Us for Anything Goes with Optional Twist at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello everyone!  It's time for another monthly Anything Goes Challenge (Optional Twist: Spring) happening in our neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create!  I'm highlighting several CAS Birthday cards that I made for friends the past few months.  But before that,  I just want to thank the Lord for His provision and protection as I just came back safely from several days of outdoor adventure with my family in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Once in a while, we visit this wonderful city to view the ocean and feel the waves on our feet.  We also love the cool breeze and awesome blue skies by the coast.  And we've experienced all of that last week.  We were also blessed with  cool and windy weather with a spectacular view of the lake while we rented a screened shelter at the Corpus Christi State Park for several days.  My hubby and son love their superb fishing facility out there.  So while the boys were out fishing for hours , I stayed behind to start another crochet project.  It relaxed  me while the birds with their wonderful noises kept me company in the shelter.  One bird in particular (a red cardinal) was always there to wake and  greet us every morning while providing us with wonderful chirping sounds all throughout our stay.  Everything is just so beautiful there.  Oh, and the stars were out in full display each night.  At one point, they reminded me of the light that shines inside every believer's (Born-again, John 3:3)  life.   Each of them giving glory to the One who created them and are a beacon of hope in the midst of vast darkness.  I love it!  Big things or small things, there is always something in nature that reminds and assures me of God's faithfulness and His abiding presence wherever I go.  Spending time with God---to breakaway from life's normal hustle and bustle,  is an essential part of a believer's life.  In this crazy world, we need a quiet time to reflect.  I am grateful to God for the opportunity.  But whether you go out of town for days or just find a local park in your neighborhood for several hours, go and take the time!  What could inspire us more than God's natural creation surrounding us?  Though others may find it fun and ideal to spend their time at Amusement Parks with all its exciting and fun rides, or attend sporting events, or book a Cruise or a Resort vacation which are very costly and frankly---way out of my budget, there is always something special in simple and quiet family time that does not break the bank.  We are looking forward for yet another great adventure with the Lord next time.  I want to leave you with the following passages that tells us of the faithfulness of God we can experience through His creation:

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth." (Psalm 19:1-6) 

"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:  all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.  LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"  (Psalm 8:3-9) 

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children.” (Psalm 148:7-12)

For this first card, I used a clear stamp from Deasy Designs and colored it using my Touch Five markers.  The base is an A2 pre-cut card that comes with an envelope (The same size used for all cards here).  With some fussy cutting, this card came out awesome.

ADVENTUROUS BIRTHDAY CARD

ADVENTUROUS BIRTHDAY CARD INSIDE

ADVENTUROUS BIRTHDAY CARD WITH ENVELOPE


For my second card,  I used rubber cling stamps from 2 coordinating sets of Stampers Anonymous namely Bird Crazy and Crazy Things sets.  I also colored it using my Touch Five markers and  incorporated some scrap DP's to create the banner.  Sentiment is by Printworks. 

 AGE UNLISTED BIRD CARD

 AGE UNLISTED BIRD CARD INSIDE

AGE UNLISTED BIRD CARD WITH ENVELOPE


For my third card, I used an image from Hampton Art Footlongs (retired) Clear Stamps and colored it using my Touch Five markers.  I incorporated some inking to the clouds using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and some Liquid Pearls (White Opal) for added dimension.  I added some googly eyes and glitters (Stickles-Crystal) to complete this design. 

MAKE A WISH BIRTHDAY CARD

MAKE A WISH BIRTHDAY CARD INSIDE

MAKE A WISH BIRTHDAY CARD WITH ENVELOPE


For my fourth and final card for this post, I used an image and sentiment from Stampendous Clear Stamps featuring my favorite Changito monkey and colored it using my Touch Five markers.  I also used a couple of stencils from Hero Arts to create the clouds and the stars by inking them with Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass and Hickory Smoke).  Pretty out of this world, huh!

 YOU ROCKET CHANGITO BIRTHDAY CARD

 YOU ROCKET CHANGITO BIRTHDAY CARD INSIDE

 YOU ROCKET CHANGITO BIRTHDAY CARD WITH ENVELOPE


This Card/s is/are entered into the following Challenges:

AAA---Shiny Spring
Addicted to Stamps---Stamped Image and Sentiment
Dragonfly Dreams---ATG
Fashionable Stamping---Mode of Transport
Heartful Stamping---ATG with a Stamp
International Art and Soul---Distressing
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends---ATG
Crafty Friends---B is for ___ (Boy/Birthday)
Scrapper's Delights---ATG
Colour Crazy---ATG
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Creative Fingers---ATG
Jo's Scrap Shack---ATG
Just Add Ink---Add Critters
Morgan's Artworld---ATG
Pattie's Creations---Anything with Wings
PDE Linky Party---Spring
QKR Stampede---ATG/Up Up and Away
Simply Papercraft---ATG


This it all for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge.  You can take on the Optional Twist (Spring) or just do what you do best. There's really no reason for you to miss it.  Can't wait to see what you create.  Have a blessed and wonderful day, everyone!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Scripture Series: God Shall Wipe Away Easel Card---Come and Join the Fun and Inspiration at the Word Art Wednesday Challenge!

Hi there, friends!  Today, we are bringing you another Scripture Word Art for our brand new Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)As always, the DT's each made a card to highlight the same God's Word in our projects.  Today's verse comes from Revelation 21:4 and it says, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

Throughout history, God worked in what we call "Dispensation" of time.  Dispensationalism is a method of interpreting history that divides God’s work and purposes toward mankind into different periods of time.  You can read more about it HERE.  Today, we live under the Dispensation of Grace.  Gotquestions.org says, "It began with the New Covenant in Christ’s blood (Luke 22:20). This “Age of Grace” or “Church Age” occurs between the 69th and 70th week of Daniel 9:24. It starts with the coming of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost and ends with the Rapture of the church (1 Thessalonians 4). This dispensation is worldwide and includes both Jews and the Gentiles. Man’s responsibility during the Dispensation of Grace is to believe in Jesus, the Son of God (John 3:18). In this dispensation the Holy Spirit indwells believers as the Comforter (John 14:16-26). This dispensation has lasted for over 2,000 years, and no one knows when it will end. We do know that it will end with the Rapture of all born-again believers from the earth to go to heaven with Christ. Following the Rapture will be the judgments of God lasting for seven years (Period of Tribulation).

From what God revealed to us in the Scripture that began with Creation, we were made aware of the sinfulness of humanity when Man fell into Sin (Fall of Man) and the Sin Nature (originated from the heart of Lucifer) entered all of humanity due to Adam's disobedience.  Since then, the perfect creation of Almighty God had been marred with a curse as the devil wreaks havoc to steal, kill and destroy everything that God established.  Sin and Death have plagued humanity as selfishness and idolatry darkened the hearts of man.  The devil continues to deceive everyone by turning them away from the knowledge of God therefore, causing each and everyone to do his bid---for us to destroy one another.  We were headed to the sure path of eternal destruction (one we are powerless to escape) until Jesus Christ came into the scene.  He gave His life as payment once and for all, to unchain us from the bondage of Satan (which only Christ is qualified to do being untainted by Adam's lineage).   In His death, burial and resurrection, we are completely redeemed.  Anyone who places their faith in Him (Born-again, John 3:3) and in what He accomplished at the Cross shall witness far greater promises which God assured us, His children, in our eternal future.   And the good news is, it has nothing to do with our own effort (good works).  It's a "free gift" that we must received by faith and faith alone.  I have this thought right now and I want to share it with you.  "If we looked around us and admired the wonderful and awesome creation we've seen daily (which reflected the glorious nature of the One who created it) even being in its fallen state, how much more beautiful and magnificent God's creation is once we arrived at the time when His Majesty unveils to us the New Heaven and the New Earth?"  Romans 8:18-25 says, "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."  Though we are still awaiting many of God's promises and have to endure for a while longer the sufferings of this present time which is bent to destroy the Truth about salvation by faith in Jesus Christ, we focus our eyes to the the eternal future promised by our Father---a place where Sin, Death, Suffering and Pain no longer exist.  And there is always so much more to what we see  as I believe God only gives what is necessary for us to know in order to carry out the purpose He has given us in this present life.  As a creative person, I always come up with wonderful things...What more can I expect from the God Who is the Source of all creativity?  If the believer's future is that bright, how can we be discouraged by anything in this temporary moment of time? Consider what Apostle Paul said In Philippians 1:20-21 which says, "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."  Need I say more?

For this Card, I used an image from Mo Manning called "Swing High" that I paper-pieced and colored using my Prismacolor and Touch Five markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches Easel card.  The DP's came from Paper Studio and Recollections, the layered flowers from Prima and the brads are from Recollections.  I had to use my I-Top Brad maker to customize the huge brad in the center.  I also used Nestabilities for the Octagon panel, Sizzix die for the swirl, and added some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) for a wonderful sparkle. The inside sentiment is from CDS stamps.  Finally, I used my sewing machine to stitch all over this creation.  I  am very happy with the final result.


 GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY EASEL CARD


 GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY EASEL CARD WHEN CLOSED


 GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY EASEL CARD SIDE VIEW


 GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY EASEL CARD WITH MESSAGE SPACE


GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY EASEL CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

DP2 Challenge---Anything Mo Goes
Chocolate Baroque---Color Challenge
Crafty Creations---ATG
Creative Moments---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Moo-Mania---Time (The Scripture featured is a promise of God in time)
Crafty Addicts---ATG/CAS
Wonderful Wednesday---ATG
City Crafter---Spring
Crafty Sentiment---Any Shape
Deep Ocean---Dots and/or Stripes
Digi Choosday---ATG
Everybody Art---Diamond/Glitters
Inky Chicks---Flowers
Lemon Shortbread---ATG
PINspirational---Photo Inspiration
Retarte---ATG
TTCRD---ATG
Artistic Inspirations---ATG
Color Inspiration Monday---ATG
Crafting from the Heart---ATG
OLLCB---Spring is in the Air
Pammie's Inky Pinkies---ATG
Path to Positivity---Birth/New Beginnings (The Scripture here tells of the time when everyone who placed their faith in Jesus shall be forever with Him and Sin and Death no longer exist). A new era indeed!
Paper Nest Dolls---ATG
Whoopsi Daisy---Going Round in Circles


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.  Great prize to be won from our wonderful sponsor---Simon Says Stamp ($25 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the peace of the Lord overtake you today.  In Christ, we have a very bright and joyful (literally) future!  

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Cricut Baby Shower Invite Set and Crochet Baby Carrier Cover---Join us for Anything Goes/Monthly Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello there!  It's the first Sunday of the month and we are bringing you another monthly challenge from the Backporch gang of 613 Avenue Create.  As always, it's Anything Goes with an optional twist (Use Rubber Stamps---No Digis).

Before anything else, I would like to share the following verses in Hebrews 6:13-20 (Amplified version) to encourage every Born-again believer to rely constantly in the promises of God written in His Word.  It says, "For when God made the promise to Abraham, He swore [an oath] by Himself, since He had no one greater by whom to swear,  saying, “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.” And so, having patiently waited, he realized the promise [in the miraculous birth of Isaac, as a pledge of what was to come from God]. Indeed men swear [an oath] by one greater than themselves, and with them [in all disputes] the oath serves as confirmation [of what has been said] and is an end of the dispute.  In the same way God, in His desire to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable nature of His purpose, intervened and guaranteed it with an oath,  so that by two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge would have strong encouragement and indwelling strength to hold tightly to the hope set before us.  This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells], where Jesus has entered [in advance] as a forerunner for us, having become a High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek." 

The Lord gave me the aforementioned verses after I asked Him what He would like me to share in this post.  What He impressed upon my heart was this:  "I have kept and will always keep my promises."  You see, everything the Lord revealed and promised us (as it is written in His Word) is Truth (reality in God's perspective).  They are not subject to change by any human being nor any worldly and spiritual powers on earth.  From the time of creation to the end of all things, His Word shall stand.  Matthew 24:35 made this clear to us when Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away." I believe the Lord wanted me to remind every believer that we are not to compromise His Word for anything.  Though the world consider the Scripture as an outdated set of rules with primitive ways of living and how they've chosen to exchange the holy ways of God to go after every despicable lifestyle full of idolatry, selfishness, lasciviousness and depravity of epic proportions, those of us who know the Truth and received grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Born-again, John 3:3) must hold on firmly to what is RIGHT.  Everyday, there is always an ungodly agenda being forced upon us, the Body of Christ!  Many issues are twisted to make it appear like something else---under the banner of women's rights, civil rights, race, equality and so on.  In case you don't know, the unbelievers are not the target of these agenda. Why not? Because anyone without Christ is already in bondage with Satan and he can manipulate them (whenever/wherever he wants) to do his work.  That is why we marvel at the blindness of people.  It's truly mind-boggling! They are like walking zombies---living but brainless.  As they have rejected the Cross of Christ, they became willing servants and worshiper of their father, the devil. 

Therefore, I submit to you that the Body of Christ (believers) is the real target of all these ungodly agenda!  Through treats and persecution, manipulation,  and the twisting of God's Word,  they prey on believers whose roots are shallow.  They attack our FAITH (the only connection we have with God---Romans 1:17) by using false teachers (many of them are popular with huge following) that exchanged the Truth of God for money, fame and power.  They have diluted/perverted God's Word by spreading demonic doctrines filled with lies to satisfy the itching ears of their congregation, therefore putting money in their pockets.  They are so deceived and believed they would get away with it.  But I tell you, God Almighty knows all their deeds.  He also knows their innermost thoughts.  Unless they repent and go back to the way of the Lord Jesus, they will suffer every judgment intended upon the enemies of God.  So, how are we going to avoid the deception that have captured many in our time?  We are to silence the noise of the world by spending time with the Lord Jesus (prayer) and studying His Word under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  We cannot identify (discern) the fake if we're not familiar with the genuine.  Always remember that no matter how much time has passed and how modern and industrialized this world has become, the ways and promises of the Lord shall always prevail.  As citizens of the Kingdom of God, we are to live in accordance to the ways of the Kingdom (higher calling) and refuse to be entangled by the worthless deeds of this world.  God's promises are worth living and fighting for.  In every issues confronting me daily, I always declare, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15)

For this Card Set, I used my Cricut (it's been a while since I last used it) with the Wildcard Cartridge to cut my card shape, the layers and the baby.  I stamped a face on the baby die cut using Peachy Keen Stamps.  I printed the details of the shower in a separate sheet and adhered it to the inside of the card.  I stamped the sentiment on the card using Clearly Wordsworth.  The theme of the shower is the owl so, I incorporated that in the envelope using Studio G stamps and I stamped the envelope sentiment using Recollections.  It took quite a bit of time but so happy with the result.


 CRICUT BABY SHOWER INVITATIONS


CRICUT BABY SHOWER INVITATIONS COMPLETE SET


When it came time for the Baby Shower, I decided to crochet a Baby Carrier Cover as a gift to the future parents. It's my first time to make one and is well worth the time I spent for several days.  I really wanted to take a photo of it before gift wrapping it so, I went to a nearby Walmart and took this photo on one of their baby carrier displays.   Phew!  Things we would do to take a wonderful picture....LOL  By the way, the Mommy-to-be loved it!  So glad and thankful to the Lord for  the inspiration in every stitch.


CROCHET CAR SEAT CARRIER COVER


The Card Set is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafting by Designs---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG/CAS
Wonderful Wednesday---For Boys/Men
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnuts---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG /Lots of Green
Digistamps4Joy---ATG with Optional Twist
Love to Scrap---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Sweet Stampers---Add a Sentiment
World Wide Open DT---ATG


This is it for now, guys.  Make sure to join our Anything Goes Challenge at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create.  If you prefer to be challenged, take on the Optional Twist.  Don't miss all the fun.  Can't wait to see what you create. Let us continue to lift up the lives of our kids unto the Lord by imparting God's Word, prayer and leading by example.  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Scripture Series: Rejoice Evermore Center Step Card---Time for Another Anything Goes/Family- Friendly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello there, friends!  Wow, February is done and we are now  on the third month of the year.  Days are passing by too fast and so, we are bringing you another inspirational Challenge from Word Art Wednesday (WAW)As always, we are highlighting a Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site) coming from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 which tells us, "Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing."

As I looked into the context of Paul's letter in 1 Thessalonians, it centers on the message of encouragement and preparedness as we live in the last of the Last Days.  The Church in Thessalonica was comprised of new believers and needed to be taught and reminded of the tenets of their faith in Christ.  It was vital for their maturity---to avoid being deceived (falling into all sorts of temptation given their pagan culture) and discouraged by persecution.  Paul needed to empower them with hope and warn them about the "Day of the Lord."  In order to understand the significance of our featured verses, we need to examine what this "Day" is about encouraging us to rejoice and to continue in prayer.  

My Life Application Bible defines the The "Day of the Lord " as a future time when God will intervene directly and dramatically in world affairs.  Predicted and discussed often in the Old Testament (Isaiah 13:6-12Joel 2:28-32, Zephaniah 1:14-18) the Day of the Lord will include both punishment and blessing .  Christ will judge sin and set up His eternal kingdom.  I also found another article pertaining to the "Day of the Lord"  at Gotquestions.org and it says, "The New Testament calls it a day of “wrath,” a day of “visitation,” and the “great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14) and refers to a still future fulfillment when God’s wrath is poured out on unbelieving Israel (Isaiah 22; Jeremiah 30:1-17; Joel 1-2; Amos 5; Zephaniah 1) and on the unbelieving world (Ezekiel 38–39; Zechariah 14). The Scriptures indicate that “The Day of the Lord” will come quickly, like a thief in the night (Zephaniah 1:14-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:2), and therefore Christians must be watchful and ready for the coming of Christ at any moment. Besides being a time of judgment, it will also be a time of salvation as God will deliver the remnant of Israel, fulfilling His promise that “all of Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:26), forgiving their sins and restoring His chosen people to the land He promised to Abraham (Isaiah 10:27; Jeremiah 30:19-31, 40; Micah 4; Zechariah 13). The final outcome of the Day of the Lord will be that “the arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:17). The ultimate or final fulfillment of the prophecies concerning the Day of the Lord will come at the end of history when God, with wondrous power, will punish evil and fulfill all His promises."  

Anyone who placed their faith in Jesus Christ and living in accordance to His Word would agree that we are living in a world that is hostile to Christianity.  The persecutions are not just something we read about.  We heard of our brothers and sisters being slaughtered---beheaded or burned in many countries by radical Islamic terrorists whose ideology thrives on killing people who don't share their insanity to their false doctrines and their false god.  Though there are many other false religions/teachings in  this world and are deceiving many, none of them is brutally and literally killing people (physically) in keeping with their belief system.  Our country have allowed them to creep in  our society by not enforcing our laws on Immigration and borders under the false claim of compassion to push a one world agenda.  As a result, we are literally welcoming, supporting  and feeding these savages to kill us.  Some may say, this is harsh but I am merely stating the Truth. Islam and it's minions have made clear their intentions to destroy, take over and enslave every country and to abuse our women and children in tons of video you can find in social media.  Make no mistake about it, we are seeing that everywhere in the countries that embraced them amidst these countries government and media cover-up.  Therefore, we must support every  effort or our newly elected President, Donald Trump, to annihilate ISIS and their supporters from the face of the earth.  Those who are radicalized (citizens or non-citizens) who expressed their support for this savage group should be kicked out (stripped off their citizenship), monitored and should be treated as enemies of our country.  In the President's address to Congress yesterday, we are to take a good look at the men and women representatives of our cities and states and see who were those who didn't support the President's statement to get rid of ISIS for good.  These people are no longer wolves  in sheep's clothing.  They have come as wolves and it's for all the world to see.  Only the blindest of the blinds will take this lightly.  

But for us who are still operating with wisdom and discernment, we thank God for it is in Him that we are able to see clearly the deception that has succumb many.  As we see the Day of the Lord unfolding, we should not dwell on the chaos but in the hope of what it means in the timeline of God.  We need to rejoice as we focus upon our future in Christ for behind the chaos is the fulfillment of our eternal existence in the presence of the Lord where victory and eternal bliss is certain.  No Sin, Death and Darkness shall exist in that period.  True joy, true peace and true love shall be the order of the kingdom with our King, Jesus Christ.  Though for a while, we have to painfully endure the product of people's ungodliness (lawlessness/rebellion), we need to pray continuously for the salvation of souls and for the good of our nation and the entire world.  While the Holy Spirit is working in the Church (Born-again believers, John 3:3) in this period of grace, we are to continue to bring the Gospel (Good News---death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ) to every nation at all cost.  There are still many of them out there who would come to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ for it there's none, this world should have long been destroyed.  I love God's instruction to us in Ephesians 5:15-20 and it says, "Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,  speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

For this Card, I used a couple of Stamp and Die Combos (Happy New Home and Pocketful of Sunshine) from our wonderful sponsor this week, Taylored Expressions.  I colored the images with my Touchfive Markers.  I used the coordinated dies to cut the images while others were fussy-cut.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step design.  The DP's are from Recollections, the white nail head gems from Imaginisce and the glitters from Stickles (Crystal and Gold). There's some inking to create the clouds using Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass) and die-cut the circle and scalloped circle using Nestablities.  Lastly, I ran it through my sewing machine for some wonderful stitching.  I'm very happy with the result. 


 REJOICE EVERMORE CENTER STEP CARD


REJOICE EVERMORE CENTER STEP CARD LAYERS


 REJOICE EVERMORE CENTER STEP CARD SIDE VIEW


 REJOICE EVERMORE CENTER STEP CARD INSIDE


REJOICE EVERMORE CENTER STEP CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafting by Designs---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG/CAS
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Create with TLC---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts and Me---Springtime
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnuts---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG /Lots of Green
Digistamps4Joy---ATG with Optional Twist
Eclectic Ellapu---Spring
Love to Scrap---ATG
Not Just Cards---Spring
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Paradise of Stamps---Spring
Rubber Dance---Color Challenge
Sweet Stampers---Add a Sentiment
World Wide Open DT---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 several times in two weeks.  A great prize awaits our winner from our wonderful sponsor---Taylored Expressions ($25 GC) .  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, meditate on the goodness of the Lord and rely on His promises.  Expect only wonderful things from Him each day.  We serve a good and faithful God who never leave us nor forsake us!   

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