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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!

30 comments:

  1. Cute card, great image. Thank you for joining us at Connie Can Crop.

    Sue - Connie Can Crop DT
    https://suek86401.blogspot.com/

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  2. This is very beautiful Christmas Card. Beautiful sentiment and image. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com.au/

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  3. So cute! Thank you for joining us at Connie Can Crop.

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  4. Beautifully done! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Createful Heart Digis & Designs this week. We hope to see you next time too!
    Regards,
    CHDD DT
    Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
    Createful Heart Digis & Designs
    createfulheartcards.com

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  5. What a fantastic fun image and card, thank you for joining in at Paper Creator.

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  6. Wonderful that you have shared your great artwork with us here at Creatalicious. Good luck hun and do come back again!
    Jackie DT

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  7. Beautiful Christmascard.
    Thanks for joining the Crea Chicky's Challenge.

    Groetjes Ans DT

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  8. very nice. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.
    Bye, Ine
    http://creaine-cards.blogspot.nl/
    DT for: http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.nl/

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  9. Fabulous and fun Christmas card..
    Thank you so much for sharing and joining in with us at CCAYR...[ Christmas Cards All Year Round]

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  10. This is so gorgeous and thanks for sharing with us at Paper Creator hugs Sue J x

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  11. So very cute. I love everyone all dressed up. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

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  12. Falalalalaaaa

    Sweet project :)

    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Ania DT

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  13. Great christmas card!!! And yes, just like you I have a hubby who says the same.... too much stuff and not enough time to use it all!!!
    Thanks for joining us at The Artistic Stamper.
    Lisa - The Artistic Stamper Creative Team xxx

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  14. Love this Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT Owner/Admin for http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/...

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  15. Wonderful christmas card. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
    DT Lynda x

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  16. Beautiful Christmas card Jo Ann. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

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  17. What a super cute project, I love it! Thanks so much for joining us at Country View Challenges this month - good luck and hope to see you again Teresa DT xx

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  18. Wonderful Christmas card! Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Maritza DT for http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/......

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  19. This is fab. A very Happy 2018 Thanks for joining us at YSP xx Jan DT

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  20. Beautiful colorings!! Thanks for playing along with us a2z this month.

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  21. Wonderful creation!
    Thanks for playing at Card Mania Challenge.
    Ileanaxx

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  22. Fun card, I love the texture added to the background around the sentiment and the fun ladies are fantastic!!! Thanks for joining us at A2Z.

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  23. Fabulous Christmas card! Great sentiment too! Thanks for joining us at Love to Craft! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt

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  24. Cute! thanks for joining in at a2z Scrapbooking!

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  25. This is such a great card! I love those happy singers! Thanks for joining us in December at Papercraft Business Challenge!! We hope to see you again!

    Jess @ freshbyjess Proud PB DT Member

    Thank you for joining in on the fun with our Papercraft Business Challenges!

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  26. Hi Jo Ann,
    I love your card. Loving the image & how you have added all the details. I think the majority of us fall into the same trap of collecting stamps/supplies & not using them over a period of time. I'm glad you got the opportunity to use this one :)

    Thank you so much for participating in our very first papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next one :)

    XO Lisa @ Papercraft Business
    Join in on the fun with our Papercraft Business Challenges!

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  27. Great project! Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty HazelNuts Challenge Extra, which has sadly finished now. Please come and join in the fun in the weekly challenges! http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
    Fiona x

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  28. A wonderful card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional flourishes” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    Hugs,
    Melanie
    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)


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

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  29. Very nice card. Tfs and for participating in Connie Can crop challenge I'm So Fancy (OUR LAST Challenge). Best look.

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