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, January 18, 2018

Scripture Series: My Lips Shall Praise Thee Card---Come and Join Us for Another Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, Crafty Peeps!  We are having another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge happening at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)Our Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site) comes from Psalm 63:3 which says, "Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee." This verse was probably written when David was seeking shelter from Absalom's rebellion (2 Samuel 15-18).  Being hunted by his own son and hiding from his enemies in the barren desert of Judah, David had longed for a friend---somebody whom he could trust and would ease his loneliness.  When you cannot even trust your own family, having turned their backs against you, those who know the Lord would call and seek refuge in Him. David was in such emotional distraught that he cried out, "O God, my soul thirst for you...in a dry and weary land." (Psalm 63:1)  God alone can satisfy our deepest longings and can meet our deepest needs.  David knew God and had seen His power and glory displayed in his life.  He had such a personal relationship with God that he knew God's love for him transcends his lifetime.

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt so alone and no one seemed to understand what's happening inside of you?  Outside, you put on a facade that looks like things are going well but the truth is, you go on day to day feeling empty---with  no real meaning and purpose in your life.  Folks, before I came to know the Lord, I was in that very situation.  Everyone thought of me as a very strong person! I wouldn't blame them as I tried to look and sound strong around people.  But the sadness and frustration was tearing me up inside!  I can tell you that it is only by the grace of God that I didn't turn to destructive/harmful  ways to numb the pain I was experiencing.  I know many Christians out there went through addiction, lawlessness, incarceration, abuse and a combination of many other things that led them to prison or even suicidal attempts having dealt with many trials and pain they inflicted on themselves or others while some were caused by the people whom they trusted and loved.  I listened to many of them and they all have powerful testimonies on how they came to know and received God's forgiveness through Jesus Christ.  But you see, unlike them, I played by the rules most of my life.  I walked a pretty straight line veering out of trouble.  I had a plan and made great in school---determined to do what's necessary to achieve a decent life without stepping on others.  But like everyone else,  I wasn't exempted from family troubles and didn't make wise decisions all the time.  And though I didn't mean to hurt anyone, I brought emotional pain to my family in my desperation and rebellion.  People saw me as loud and outspoken, yet I kept everything that truly matters inside and hid how I truly felt.  I felt sad, betrayed and abandoned by people I loved.  Though they were there, it just seemed  like they were mentally and emotionally out of my reach.  I was alone feeling hopeless with no purpose to live.  It was my rock bottom!

So why am I sharing my testimony to all of you in this Blog?  My point is this: That  I didn't have to be a murderer, an addict, an alcoholic, homeless a drunkard or steep into sexual immorality in order to realize my dire need for God.  Nearly three decades ago, God met me at my rock bottom!  No, he didn't come with a magic wand and changed my circumstances at that instant.  What he did was reached out to me and changed my heart through the power of His Holy Spirit.  With a seed (God's Word) that He planted in my heart a few years back, He took that tiny seed of faith and made it come alive.  He showed me one name to call---JESUS!  That moment, like King David, I cried to the Lord and asked Him to come into my life and be my Lord and Savior.  I told him to rid me of my loneliness and exchanged it with his love, peace and joy.  That time I confessed Him as my Lord, I immediately became His daughter and everything around me changed.  Though physically things looked the same,  but in the spirit---all things became new.  My past may not be as colorful as other believers  but I am a living testimony of the grace, power and glory of God just the same.  Like King David, I will never run out of reasons to praise Jesus with everything that is within me.  Let us forever  exalt His Holy Name!  Whatever your situation is at this moment, nothing is too small or too big for God.  Call Him and allow Him to reveal your true purpose which He created you for before the foundations of the world.  Don't wait.  Do yourself a favor and do it now.   Open your heart, believe and confess your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Let this prayer be your guide:

"Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen."

For this Card, I used an image from Mo Manning Digi Stamps called "So Jazzed" that I colored using my Touch Five/Prismacolor markers. The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  I also used a a blue CS for matting, a variety of Washi Tapes from Recollections, glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and some white nail head gems from Imaginisce.  Finally, I stitched all over this card.  I love how the colors made this card come alive.   


MY LIPS SHALL PRAISE THEE CARD


MY LIPS SHALL PRAISE THEE CARD LAYERS


MY LIPS SHALL PRAISE THEE CARD INSIDE


MY LIPS SHALL PRAISE THEE CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:


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 each week.  You can win wonderful goodies from our awesome sponsors this week---Bossy Joscie ($25 GC) and The Cutting Cafe (Digi Images).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you as you find true beauty in yourself and others through the eyes of our Maker. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A House is Made Card---Join Our First Challenge for 2018 at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello there, Crafty friends!  I would like to invite all of you to join our very first Challenge this year at 613 Avenue Create.  We had lots of wonderful entries last year and we're always grateful for participating and making our Challenge such a wonderful place to get some crafting inspiration.  Like our previous Challenges, you have a whole month to link your projects with us and meet some wonderful friends along the way.  It's always Anything Goes but if you're up for some challenge, take on our optional theme, "Something New" (House, Baby, Tools, Technique etc.).

Anyway, my inspiration card today is one I've given to a friend that had a house warming recently.  It's their first time to buy a home and in the midst of the celebration, they shared with us some of the struggles they had to face starting and growing their business that paved the way for this milestone investment.  In their story, it's undeniable that a big part of their dream becoming a reality is their faith in God.  We can plan many great things in this life but only God can make them possible. Proverbs 19:21 tells us, "Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand."  As believers (Born-again, John 3:3) and members of the Body of Christ, we understand that Jesus is the One and Only Source of everything we receive from God.  Every blessing and windows of opportunities comes  to us by way of Jesus' finished work at the Cross (His death, burial and resurrection).  The Holy Spirit living inside of us reminds us daily of our inheritance in Him and leads us to His purpose. He gave us abilities and talents we can use to access not only the physical/temporal treasures of this world but more importantly, the spiritual and eternal treasures..  As we come under the knowledge of Christ and learn of His Word/Truth, we come to the realization that nothing in this world is more satisfying than knowing the treasures waiting for us in the eternal presence of our Father in heaven.  Everything we receive here is merely an extension of God's goodness which He had given to us in Christ before the foundations of the world. New cars, new homes, great job/career are only rewarding when we acknowledge the hand of God upon our lives.  And because we are His, we can expect great and wonderful things from our Father. I would like to leave you with the inspiration of God's Word in the following passages:

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory."  (Ephesians 1:3-14)

For this Card, I used an image from Heidi Grace that I colored with my Touch Five markers.  The flower is an Martha Stewart clear stamp image and the sentiments (both in the card and envelope) are from Stampendous (Family Home Set).  I embossed the front panel using a Paper Studio embossing folder, punched some leaves with my Fiskars punch and added a dot of liquid pearl to the center of the flower for added dimension. 


 A HOUSE IS MADE CARD


 A HOUSE IS MADE CARD LAYERS


A HOUSE IS MADE CARD WITH ENVELOPE


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

a2z Scrapbooking---New to Me (use an older stamp never used before)
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Artistic Stamper---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Country View---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
CCC---ATG
Daisy Chain---Something New (New Home)
Fabrika Fantasy---New Beginning (New Home)
HLS---CAS
Lets Craft and Create---ATG/Love
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG


This it for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge.  If you want to be challenged (like I was), take on the Optional Twist.  But there's really no reason for you to miss it. Can't wait to see what you create. The Lord is with you every step of the way so, be at peace that you have Someone you can trust and have your back always. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Scripture Series: He Shall Fight for You Card---Join Us for our First Challenge in 2018 at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, friends!  A VERY BLESSED AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO Y'ALL! This is our very first Challenge for 2018 at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) and we have wonderful sponsors lined-up not only for this Challenge but the entire year so we encourage you to join us with your inspirational projects, learn/share God's Word, meet new friends and get a chance to win fabulous prizes.

Today's Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site) comes from Deuteronomy 3:22 which says, "Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you."  On their journey to the promised land, Moses reminded Joshua of what the Lord has done on their behalf to defeat two kings namely Sihon, king of Heshbon and Og, king of Bashan.  By worldly standard, the Israelites have no capability on their own to intimidate their enemies.  Yet, they were known by many as warriors because God was on their side and fought for them.  Since Moses was forbidden by God to enter the promised land and was only allowed to see it, God commanded him instead to commission Joshua---to encourage and strengthen him to lead God's people in crossing the Jordan River to the promised land. Our featured verse was Joshua's assurance that God would lead him to victory over the enemies he would face along the way as he continues to trust in Him. It is clear that without the Lord's favor resting upon His chosen people, from the leadership of Moses to Joshua, they would not be able to conquer their enemies to possess the promised land.  I would like to share what my Life Application Bible shared about our highlighted verse.  It says, "What encouraging news for Joshua, who was to lead  his men against the persistent forces of evil in the promised land!  Since God promised to help him win every battle, he had nothing to fear.  Our battles may not be against godless armies, but they are just as real as Joshua's.  Whether we are resisting temptation or battling fear, God has promised to fight with and for us as we place our hope and confidence in Him."

Shortly after we rang in the New Year,  I had to battle a persistent tummy ache which kept me awake for a couple of nights.  I was feeling weak and dehydrated.  Then yesterday, a neighbor knocked on our door and told us that he noticed a damaged on our parked vehicle which appeared to have been  rear-ended by another vehicle in our apartment community sometime in the morning.  He didn't see who did it and we really don't have a clue who the culprit is. We spent several hours contacting police, our insurance, the Body shop and booking for a rental car.  With money coming out of our pockets for deductibles and possible raised premiums, I should have been really stressed!  But an overwhelming peace came upon me.  I know the Lord is the healer of my body (Psalm 103:2-3) and He also provides solutions to all my other concerns (Psalm 84:11-12). He knows who did the terrible thing to our vehicle and He is dealing with them.  Today, I'm happy to say that my tummy feels better, gained much of my strength and eagerly anticipating the wonderful things God will do in the coming days.  I'm so glad I have the Lord Jesus Christ living inside of me for He comforts and reminds me of His peace, joy and love towards me.  Like God's assurance to Joshua,  I can face all the problems in this life for I am not alone.  Jesus is my victory.  If you don't know Jesus Christ personally, you can get to know Him now.  Invite Him into your heart as your Lord and Savior, repent from your sins, begin to read His Word and live victoriously in all circumstances.

For this Card, I used an image from Stamper's Anonymous called "Crazy Cats/Birds" as well as "Crazy Things" that I brought to life by watercoloring using my Stabilo 68 markers.  I found an inspiration for this card from Scrapbook.com after googling for some ideas.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card. The little hearts border punch was from Martha Stewart.  I inked around the image using Ranger Distress Inks (Weathered Wood and Brushed Corduroy).  The inside and envelope sentiment came from Fiskars clear stamps.  Lastly, I stitched all over this card.  What a simple card to start my year.


 HE SHALL FIGHT FOR YOU CARD


 HE SHALL FIGHT FOR YOU CARD LAYERS


 HE SHALL FIGHT FOR YOU CARD INSIDE


HE SHALL FIGHT FOR YOU CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

2 Crafty Critter---ATG with Critter
a2z Scrapbooking---New to Me (use an older stamp never used before)
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Artistic Stamper---ATG
Classic DT---ATG 
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Animals---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
CCC---ATG
HLS---ATG using Watercolor
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---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 each week.  Great prizes to be won from our wonderful sponsors---Paper Smooches ($25 GC) and Wild Orchid Crafts (15 UK pound worth).  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!   

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Scripture Series: Praise Ye the Lord Christmas Card---Join us for our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi there, friends! As always, we have a brand new bi-weekly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  This is our last Challenge for 2017 and we invite you all to join the fun of crafting as we bade goodbye to this wonderful year while welcoming 2018.  I know the Lord has a lot in store for all His beloved children (Born-again, John 3:3) and we're looking forward to the new year filled with miracles, signs and wonders.  As God's prophetic plan continue to unfold so rapidly these days, let us be eager to bring the good news of salvation to everyone.  Let us never tire in sharing what the birth of Jesus means to mankind and what His finished work at the Cross accomplished for everyone who would believe.  Let us always be reminded that we are God's ambassadors to this dying world.  God entrusted us His Truth.   If we don't open our mouths and tell everyone who they are and what they have in Jesus Christ, many will be lost for eternity.  Would you like your friends, family and people you love and care about suffer the wrath of God forever?  I hope not!  The Word of God is Truth and there's no other way around it.  Let us proclaim the Truth about Jesus Christ while there is time.  You can begin by sharing the true meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ and why He's called the "Messiah" this blessed season.  A Glorious and Merry Christmas, everyone!

Our Scripture Word Art for this Challenge comes from Psalm 117 which says, "O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord."  I would like to share what my Life Application Bible shared about this chapter.  It says, "Not only is Psalm 117 the shortest chapter in the Bible, it is also the middle chapter.  Paul quotes from this psalm in Romans 15:11 to show God's salvation is for all people, not just the Jews.  Have you ever said, "I can't think of anything God has done for me.  How can I praise Him?  This psalm gives two reasons for praising God:  His great love toward us, and His faithfulness that endures forever.  If He did nothing else for us, He would still be worthy of our highest praise." Wow, what an amazing God we serve!  As always, you can download this Scripture Word Art at our WAW site and use it for your future projects.  For this Card I used an image from Sassy Cheryl Stamps  called "Lucy Lou Shining Star" that I colored using my Touch Five and Prismacolor markers.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP is from American Crafts as well as the stamped sentiment inside the card.  I added some brads from Recollections and glitters from Stickles (Crystal).  Lastly, I ran it through my sewing machine for some fancy stitching. 


 PRAISE YE THE LORD CHRISTMAS CARD


 PRAISE YE THE LORD CHRISTMAS CARD LAYERS


 PRAISE YE THE LORD CHRISTMAS CARD INSIDE


PRAISE YE THE LORD CHRISTMAS CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Eclectic Ellapu---Christmas.ATG Festive


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 Challenge.  Wonderful prizes to be won from our great sponsors---Frantic Stamper (Die Set) and Imagine That (3 Digis).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the joy of the Lord overtake you today while being sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  Pray and keep on praying.  The Lord is going to do great and mighty things to our nation. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Scripture Series: This Shall Be a Sign Christmas Card---It's Word Art Wednesday Challenge Time!

Hi there, Crafty peeps! It's time for another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)Today's Scripture Word Art comes from Luke 2:12 which says, "And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."  I am featuring my card with this verse along with all the DT members at WAW.  Download this free Scripture Word Art and use it for your projects (not mandatory) and link  them to our Challenge.

Anyway, our highlighted verse was spoken by an angel of the Lord to the shepherds in the field living near Bethlehem where Jesus was born.  Though terrified at first, the shepherds rejoiced upon hearing that a Savior of all has been born.  They were joined by a crowd of heavenly host giving glory and praise unto God.  I would like to share the exhortation surrounding this verse from my Life Application Bible and it says: "The greatest event in history just happened!  The Messiah had been born! For ages the Jews had waited for this, and when it finally occurred, the announcement came to humble shepherds.  The good news about Jesus is that he comes to all, including the plain and the ordinary.  He comes to everyone with a heart humble enough to accept Him.  Whoever you are, whatever you do, you can have Jesus in your life. Don't think you need extraordinary  qualifications---he accepts you as you are.  Some of the Jews were waiting for a Savior to deliver them from Roman rule; others hoped the Christ (Messiah) would deliver them from their physical ailments.  But Jesus, while healing their illnesses and establishing a spiritual kingdom, delivered them from sin.  His work is far-reaching than anyone could imagine.  Christ paid the price for sin and opened the way to peace with God.  He offers us more than temporary political or physical changes---He offers us new hearts that will last for eternity."

Aren't you glad that we serve a God whose willing to leave the comforts of heaven and live among us?  Not only that, He would die on our behalf to free us from the bondage of Sin and Death and restore us to our condition before the Fall of Man.  The shepherds didn't have the fullness of this revelation which many of us in this generation now know.  I am extremely grateful that the Spirit of God led me to the knowledge of Jesus Christ---deeply understanding the significance and meaning of His birth and the Gospel (His death, burial and resurrection) to my life today and the eternal future.  However, I can't help but ask why God chose the shepherds to be bearers of this awesome news of Christ' birth?  Why not kings, leaders or the rich and powerful men of that time? You see, simple individuals live simple lives and less worldly baggage.  Most people (rich, powerful and driven with ambition) have to devote all their effort, time and resources in pursuit of worldly happiness.  Their minds are preoccupied with advancing their influence that they don't find time for anything else.  As a result, they become deaf and blind to the things of God. They become idolaters---lovers of themselves more than God.  They thought they achieved everything on their own and are in control of their destinies. But here's the Truth, unless you know Christ and place Him first in everything you say and do, everything this world offers can devour you.  Satan tried to tempt Jesus with riches and power in exchange for His worship.  Luke 4:5-8 tells us, "The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours." Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” Now, I am not saying you need to be poor (materially) in order to hear from God, not at all!  In fact, there are many people out there blaming and cursing God for being poor and refuse to thank God for daily blessings provided for them.  The point is, it's not your material richness or poorness that matters to God.  It is your receptiveness and humility to acknowledge Him as the Source of everything you have and everything you are."  The shepherds, upon hearing of the great news of Messiah's birth, ran to see the baby Jesus and they immediately spread the word, "Jesus is your Messiah, your Savior."  They discovered something so wonderful that they made it their priority to share it with friends.  And all who heard their story were amazed. (Luke 2:15-18). I pray that we follow the great example the shepherds showed us pertaining to the life changing Truth brought about by the birth of Jesus Christ.  Lets make it our priority always.

For this Card, I used a clear stamp image from Art Impressions that I bought from Michael's and colored it with my Touch Five markers.  The base is a white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from DCWV, the brad from Recollections, the flowers that I layered are from Prima and the glitters are from Stickles.  I used a border punch from MS punch to create the shape om both sides of the card, a Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers and Fiskars punch for the leaves.   Finally, I ran the panels through my sewing machine to create some fancy stitched border all over this creation.


 THIS SHALL BE A SIGN CHRISTMAS CARD


THIS SHALL BE A SIGN CHRISTMAS CARD LAYERS


 THIS SHALL BE A SIGN CHRISTMAS CARD INSIDE


THIS SHALL BE A SIGN CHRISTMAS CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered  into the following Challenges:

a2z Scrapbooking---Make It Pop
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Artistic Stampers---Christmas
Card Mania---Christmas
Christmas Cards All Year Round---Christmas
Classic DT---ATG
Connie Can Crop---I'm so Fancy
Country View---Christmas
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Crafty Girlz---ATG/Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's---ATG Christmas
Crea Chicky---Christmas
Creatalicious---ATG/Flourishes
Createful Heart---Christmas
CCC---Spots and/or Stripes
Creative Ladybirds---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/Holidays
DL Art---ATG/Christmas
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---ATG Christmas
Love to Craft---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG Winter/Christmas
Paper Creator---Christmas/New Year
Papercraft Business---ATG/Christmas
Paradise Stamps---ATG
Paru's Cardmaking---Christmas
YSP---ATG

Time to go, everyone!  Please make sure to visit us at WAW and link up the projects you make out of our free Word Art although not mandatory.  You can link up any inspiring, uplifting, family-friendly projects, up to 5.  Our wonderful sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamps ($25 GC). So, head over to WAW and show us your wonderful projects.  Enjoy your week.  Always remember that God loves you and wants you to share the meaning of His birth to everyone who chooses to listen.

Monday, December 4, 2017

All About Jesus Christmas Card---Join our December Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Hi everyone,  It's that time of the year again.  December is my fave month in our calendar but it always seem to pass by quickly.  So before this month is gone, I wanted to make a Christmas card.  It's funny that I have several Christmas images  in my collection but haven't made anything with them for years.  My hubby said, I'm really good at collecting stuff but don't have the time to use them...LOL.  I know many of you can identify with me.

Anyway, I must confess how I struggle often in creating Christmas cards because I don't want to create something solely based on people's traditions.  More than anything, I like to highlight the true essence of the Christmas season---that is the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  Throughout the years, commercialization is trying to systematically take Jesus out of what is supposed to be a celebration of His birth,  replacing Him with anything and everything money can buy.  Political correctness have tried to silence people from even greeting each other "Merry Christmas."  I don't know about you but I still feel weird when someone greets me, "Happy Holidays" or  Season's Greetings" among others as they really makes no sense.  Honestly, if I'm not familiar with Christmas holiday, it would make me wonder, "What season, what holiday are you talking about?"  Many of our celebrated holidays in this country (if not all), mentions the holiday being celebrated.  Common examples are Thanksgiving Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, New Year's Day among others.  But why is it different  when it comes to the birth of Jesus Christ?   What in the word "Christmas" is so offensive to the political radicals in our time?  Well, obviously it's CHRIST!  There's something about Jesus and the hope His birth brought to this world that threatens this rebellious generation.  Curiously, they don't react the same way to every celebrations that promotes gods of other religions.  In fact, they don't really care if you make the sun, the moon and the stars, a tree your god as long as it's not Jesus Christ.  What's behind all these hostility against Jesus?  Here is Truth...The Scripture tells us in Isaiah 9:6, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."  Jesus took the sins of all mankind when He wrapped Himself in flesh (Incarnation) and nailed it all down at the Cross so that everyone who believed in Him is set free from the curse of sin and have eternal life.  Philippians 2:9-11 tells us, "Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." My friends, there is Power in the name of Jesus!  This is the kind of Truth Satan and his minions would not want you to ever discover.  The  power of God that lives inside every believer, the Holy Spirit, gives us everything we need to overcome this world in Christ Jesus and guarantees us of our eternal life with our Savior.  So, next time we think about Christmas, think about what the birth of Jesus Christ means to mankind and to you as a person.  Everyone that takes Christ out of Christmas has one goal---to rob you of the Truth on what Jesus did for you.  Christmas decorations, family gatherings and gift giving along with other traditions maybe nice and heartfelt, but none of them compare to the eternal gift the birth of Christ brings. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."  Tell your children, and your children's children about this Truth as you gather together this blessed season. 

For this Card, I used a clear stamp image from Art Impressions.  It's a set (no name given) that I bought at Michael's recently and could be exclusive there as I didn't see it in the AI website yet.  I did some watercoloring and tried to keep it simple in order to give emphasis on the sentiment that I composed/created to go with this image.  I wanted to emphasize the true meaning of this season more than what commercialization made them to be.  I also used an A7 Kraft card for the base, added some Stickles (Crystal) glitters and went crazy adding some Liquid Pearls (White Opal).  Finally, I incorporated some fancy stitching that completed this simple design. 


 ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRISTMAS CARD


 ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRISTMAS CARD LAYERS


 ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRISTMAS CARD INSIDE


ALL ABOUT JESUS CHRISTMAS CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

a2z Scrapbooking---Make It Pop
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Artistic Stampers---Christmas
Card Mania---Christmas
Christmas Cards All Year Round---Christmas
Classic DT---ATG
Connie Can Crop---I'm so Fancy
Country View---Christmas
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Crafty Girlz---ATG/Christmas
Craftyhazelnut's---ATG Christmas
Crea Chicky---Christmas
Creatalicious---ATG/Flourishes
Createful Heart---Christmas
CCC---Spots and/or Stripes
Creative Ladybirds---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/Holidays
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Love to Craft---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG Winter/Christmas
Paper Creator---Christmas/New Year
Papercraft Business---ATG/Christmas
Paradise Stamps---ATG
Paru's Cardmaking---Christmas
Pearly Sparkles---Merry Christmas
YSP---ATG

There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge with an optional Twist (Christmas or Winter) at 613 Avenue Create.  Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight.  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!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Scripture Series: Giving Thanks to God Card---Join Us for Another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Before anything else, HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!  Hope you are spending a wonderful time with your family as we reflect on the goodness of the Father---every good and perfect gift that He graciously gave us through the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross.  And when I think about His faithfulness in my life, I can't help but reflect also on the trials for when I wrestled with all of them, God showed His supernatural power working inside of me that gave me victory to overcome.  All glory to His Name!

Today, we have a brand new Scripture Word Art (you can download for free) at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) site.  Me and my fellow DT's have used it in our projects like in the one I've  featured here.  It comes from Colossians 3:17 which says, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."  

You see, how we physically (outside appearance) come across other people matter in how we are representing Christ to our fellow believers and the world.  I agree that personal appearance play a role in our initial contact with people but a true and lasting personality/impression is really a reflection of who we are (character) and the change we encounter from within.  What we allow ourselves to ponder on shapes our thinking and molds us to the kind of person we show on the outside.  Many have spent their lifetime perfecting the glamorous life but failed to develop what is truly important---making their spiritual life healthy and fabulous by constantly cultivating an intimate connection with God through His Word.  We must always remember that our bodies are earthly suits (temporal) that we will one day trade (like it or not) for an eternal body (permanent).  We must never ever allow the physical to take priority over the spiritual.  Our bodies on the other hand are to be used for God's purpose.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us, "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."  In the original context of this Scripture, believers are instructed to have no part in sexual immorality as our bodies are for the Lord.  When we take part in it (in any capacity), we degrade and disrespect the temple of God and cause ourselves and others harm.  God wants to protect us from damaging ourselves and others, so he offers to fill us (our loneliness and desires) with Himself.  When we pay attention to other things and disregard our relationship with God, we turn ourselves away from the Lord and position ourselves to be devoured by the world.  Be careful that we don't deem anything more important than the presence of God in our lives.  Romans 12:1-2 says, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

The point I'm making in all of these is that we should fill ourselves with the knowledge of God and allow Him to use  or bodies for His purpose.  Remembering that when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we gave Him permission to mold, direct and use us whatever and whenever He may see fit.  We must submit to Him everything---that includes our dreams, ambitions and intentions.  Whatever we say and do, we must intentionally ask ourselves the question---"Why am I doing what I'm doing?" and in all honesty to our Father, allow Him to make necessary changes if need be. Our outside image should be nothing more than a reflection of what's going on inside us.  If Jesus is the Lord of our lives, we are to reflect Him in everything we say and do.  This is a lifelong process we commit to daily and made possible by our yielding to the Holy Spirit of God in us.  Doing "all in the name of the Lord Jesus" means bringing honor to Christ in every aspect and activity of daily living.  As a Christian (Born-again, John 3:3), we represent Christ at all times---wherever you go, in whatever you say and do.  

For this Card, I used an image from Stamping Bella called "Uptown Girl Tiffany Loves to Text" that I watercolored with my Stabilo 68 markers.  The base is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card.  The DP's are from DCWV, the border sentiment from Will n Way and the corner stamp from Stampendous.  I also added some glitters to the image using Stickles (Crystal) and finalized the card with some stitching.   


GIVING THANKS TO GOD CARD


 GIVING THANKS TO GOD CARD LAYERS


 GIVING THANKS TO GOD CARD INSIDE


GIVING THANKS TO GOD CARD WITH ENVELOPE-CARD


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Star Stampz---Add Some Sparkle (On the clothes and flowers on the image)
Crafty Creations---ATG
House that Stamps Built---ATG
Simon Says---ATG
Sisterhood of Crafters---ATG
Create with TLC---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG/Thanks
Create and Inspire---ATG
Creative Ladybirds---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/Guys
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/Fall Colors/Thankful
Love to Scrap---ATG
Not Just Cards---ATG
Sunsational---Thanksgiving
Rubber Buggy---Thanksgiving
Worldwide Open DT---ATG
YSP---ATG

Hope you join the fun at our WAW Challenge There's wonderful prize awaiting our winner from our sponsor this week, Really Reasonable Ribbon  ($10 GC) and also a special prize package from our Challenge Coordinator, Karen.  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 you.  Hugs!

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