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, February 14, 2018

Scripture Series: New Creation Triple Tier Slider Fold Card---Link with Us at Word Art Wednesday for Another Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge!

HAPPY HEART'S DAY, everyone!  It's Wednesday and I'm here to feature my card inspiration for our Anything Goes/Inspirational Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)Our Scripture Word Art (free for you to download at the WAW site) comes from Colossians 3:14 which says, "And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness."  

God chose us, before the foundation of the world (predestined), to His higher calling in Christ Jesus.  When we came to the saving knowledge of Christ (Born-again, John 3:3), we translated from the kingdom of darkness to God's kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13).  We are co-heirs with Christ.  We are a new breed of human beings washed by the blood of Jesus that rid us of our old rebellious nature.  We are no longer under the curse of Sin and Death that plagued all of humanity.  We are set apart (sanctified) to do marvelous things for the glory of God, our Father!

The Kingdom of God operates under the ways of God.  We learn the ways of God through the written Word.  As kingdom citizens, our actions should reflect the life lived by our Lord and Savior---fully empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Colossians 3:12-13 says, "Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."  All of these virtues are rooted in love (charity).  Under our old nature, we are incapable of true love (Agape, God's kind of love, self-sacrificing).  With Jesus living inside of us, His presence allows us accomplish everything He requires us to do.  Our faith, the drive, the strength, our talents and abilities, our knowledge and wisdom and the desire to obey His will all comes from Him.  Love is the essential ingredient that completes all other virtues.  If we can love our neighbors as ourselves, it is because God's love was first made manifested in us.  1 John 4:19 tells us, "We love because he first loved us."  I would like to share what my life Application Bible illustrated regarding this topic.  It says, "All the virtues that Paul encourages us to develop  are perfectly bound together by love.  As we clothe ourselves with these virtues, the last garment we are to put on is love, which holds all of the others in place.  To practice any list of virtues without practicing love will lead to distortion, fragmentation and stagnation (1 Corinthians 13:3).  The key to forgiving others is remembering how much God has forgiven you.  Is it difficult for you to forgive someone who has wronged you a little when God has forgiven you so much?  Realizing God's infinite love and forgiveness can help you love and forgive others.  Let God worry about the wrongs you've suffered.  Don't quench your life in bitter feuding; live renewed in love and joy.  Apostle Paul offers a strategy to  help us live for God day by day:  (1) imitate Christ's compassionate, forgiving attitude  (2) let love guide your life  (3) let the peace of Christ rule in your heart (4) always be thankful  (5) keep God's Word in you at all times (6) live as Jesus Christ's representative (Colossians 3:12-17).

For this Card, I used a flower image from Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection and added some Stickles (Diamond) for glitters.  The background stamp is from Hampton Art.  The main sentiment and middle tier sentiment came from our wonderful sponsor for this week, Stamp Simply, from the "Words of Encouragement" Set.  The back of the card and envelope sentiments are from Fiskars  "Essential Sayings" Set. I also added some nail head gems from Imaginisce.  For the card base and panels, I used a black and blue CS from Core'dinations and a white CS from my stash.  This card measures 4 x 5 inches (panels tucked in) and goes up to 9 inches tall when pulled from the top.  For the inspiration and instructions on these card fold, I watched this VIDEO from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.  I love her YouTube Channel filled with lots of wonderful card and lay-out techniques. 


 NEW CREATION TRIPLE TIER SLIDER FOLD CARD


NEW CREATION TRIPLE TIER SLIDER FOLD CARD WHEN PULLED


 NEW CREATION TRIPLE TIER SLIDER FOLD CARD WITH MESSAGE SPACE


NEW CREATION TRIPLE TIER SLIDER FOLD CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX

This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafty Creations---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG/Use Real Stamps
Crafty Addicts---ATG/All Loved Up
Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Craft Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Create and Inspire---ATG
Creative Craft Cottage---Love is all around
Daisy Chain---Add a Heart
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/I Love You
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Fabrika Fantasy---Love (Charity)
Lets Craft and Create---ATG/Mother
Scor-pal---More than One Score
Not Just Cards---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Papercraft Business---ATG/Love
Paru's Card Making---Love (Charity)
Sunsational---Love (Charity)

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 ten times in two weeks.  A great prize awaits our winner from our wonderful sponsor---Stamp Simply Store (Clear Stamps and/or Die Cuts) .  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 whose love is great towards us.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Unbelievable Haul—-Too Good Not to Share!

Hello Crafty Peeps! I don't usually post my Crafting purchases but I couldn't help  but share this wonderful deal.  Many months ago, I saw some of these stamps at Michael's but didn't have the budget to buy any.  I think it was like $9.99 each originally.  To make the long story short, I just forgot about them as new fave stamps kept coming out of the market.  I saw them again on Ebay in either a set of four or eight ranging from $20 to about $30 with free shipping.  I almost bought a set of eight then but again, I forgot to follow up on it.  Last night (2/8/2018), as I made a quick stop at my local Dollar Tree to pick up a few items, I saw these stamps in the corner of my eye to where they hang their stickers, the same isle where their school and office supplies are located.  Each one for $1.  I thought it would just be one or two of the sets and the rest would be duplicates but was glad to find eight different sets which (guess what?) I immediately placed in my basket....LOL  I was so happy (almost did a happy dance) that I thanked God for allowing me to see these wonderful stamps.  It was totally unexpected as they usually don't carry clear stamps there.  I found a few single image rubber stamps many years ago, ribbons occasionally and some yarn once in a blue moon.  I don't know how long they've had these clear stamps but there's no harm in checking your local Dollar Tree store to see if they still have them.  Other than avid Papercrafters and Stampers like us, nobody really know what they are so, hopefully you'll be able to get all of the sets available.  Each set measures 10 x 4.5 inches (with packaging).  I tried stamping them with my Hampton Art Stamp Perfect Positioning Tool and they produced a good impression with just one ink application.  I re-inked and stamped again ( I really like a crisp image) and the picture below shows the result. And I didn't even have to prep the image for stamping.  I'm pretty happy with this purchase. 


 COLORING CLEAR STAMPS FROM HAMPTON ART


COLORING CLEAR STAMPS FROM HAMPTON ART STAMPED IMAGE


Anyway, that's all I have for now.  Happy shopping, everyone!   Have a blessed weekend.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Love Inspired Series: Being With You Upright Z-Fold Card---Join Us for Another Monthly Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Hi everyone!  A couple of days ago, we just started another monthly Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  So sorry for posting my featured card so late.  Our optional theme is "Love" and you are invited to link your Anything Goes/Love inspired project with us.

You see, in my Church, we always take a few minutes each Sunday service to acknowledge those who have come for the first time, those who have Birthdays and those who are celebrating Wedding Anniversaries.  I think it's very important for us as the Body of Christ to acknowledge one another and share with the important milestones in our walk with the Lord.  My favorite part is when married couples tell us how long they've been married. Some two, ten, fifteen and thirty while others are more than fifty years married.  It's amazing to think of how much joy and happiness the couples shared as well as the sacrifices and pain they went through all those years.  Being married for nearly 17 years myself,  I can say that a lasting marriage need more than physical attraction and emotional satisfaction.  Physical attraction and intimacy are important factors in a relationship but can/may be subjective. Imagine a man and a woman with different needs and wants suddenly coming together under the bond of marriage to live under one roof,  committed to each other 24/7.  No longer would each one be free to do what he/she decides to do but are now accountable to each other all day, everyday.  It may be easy in the early years but it gets tougher as your family grows and years passing.  Let's face it, when you are upset/frustrated with your spouse for any number of reasons, you can't help  but think of him/her as your enemy and just wanted him/her out of your sight (at least for a brief moment).  No wonder we hear of many marriages ending up in divorce/legal separation.  Apart from death, adultery, abandonment and physical abuse, people have added petty reasons for terminating their marriages.  Hollywood/Movie Industry is one of the worst influences in our world today.  Infidelity and fornication (all kinds of sexual relationship outside of marriage) along with all kinds of selfishness and self gratification have been major themes in almost every movie produced nowadays.   It's really sad.

However,  marriage does not look like the shallow marriages shown to us by the Entertainment world.  True biblical marriage between one man and one woman has God in it.  God instituted marriage in Genesis 2:24 when He said, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh."  We know that God is Love and as believers (Born-again, John 3:3) of Jesus Christ, we are instructed by God in 1 John 4:7-9, "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him."  Therefore, the most important member of a marital relationship is God (Jesus) who gives us the desire, strength and ability to fulfill our marital covenant with Him and our spouse.  A marriage centered in Christ is not the kind that easily breaks.  Jesus is the strongest/unbreakable string in that union and as long as we are intertwined/connected in Him, we will always see his love, joy and peace in our union despite the many trials we have to face.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."  We can accomplish everything that God and His unselfish love requires if Jesus lives and leads inside of us. 

For this Card, I used an image/sentiment from Art Impressions Stamp called "Love Birds" that I colored using my Prismacolor markers and paper-pieced with some DP's from my scraps.  The base is Kraft, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches Z-fold design.  I used an MS Punch to shape the sides,  a couple of Nesties dies for the lacy oval, a Recollection brad, a Paper Studio washi tape and some Imaginisce hearts.  Finally, I ran some panels in my sewing machine for a more complete look.  I've been wanting to try the upright Z-fold card design but couldn't find the time.  At last, I've done it in this design with some variation.  Here's the VIDEO that inspired me. 


 BEING WITH YOU UPRIGHT Z-FOLD CARD


 BEING WITH YOU UPRIGHT Z-FOLD CARD LAYERS


 BEING WITH YOU UPRIGHT Z-FOLD CARD SIDE VIEW


 BEING WITH YOU UPRIGHT Z-FOLD CARD MESSAGE SPACE


BEING WITH YOU UPRIGHT Z-FOLD CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Art Impressions---Sweet Treats
As You Like It---Fave Way to Add Stitching (Real of course)
Aud Sentiment---Valentine/Love
CCEE Stampers---Old Broad's Day
CRAFT---Three of a Kind (Hearts)
Craft Rocket---Love
Crafting with Attitude---ATG
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
MAWTT---Love
Star Stampz---Valentine/Lots of Pink or Red
Crafty Creations---ATG
Crafty Gals Corner---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Simon Says---ATG
A Bit More Time---ATG
A Perfect Time---ATG
Create with TLC---ATG/Love
Card Mania---Red and Hearts
Ching-Chou Kuik---All You Need is Love
Classic DT---ATG
Crafter's Cafe---Humorous
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---ATG with Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG/Love
Createful Heart---ATG/Add a Heart
Daisy Chain---Add a Heart
Die-Cut Divas---Love is in the Air
Dies R Us---For the One I Love
Digi Doodle---Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Digistamps 4 Joy---ATG/I Love You
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Fabrika Fantasy---Love
Lets Craft and Create---ATG/Mother/Mother's Day
Love to Craft---ATG
Love to Scrap---I Love You
Scor-Pal---More than One Score
Not Just Cards---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Paru's Card Making---Love
Sunsational---Love
Creative Studio---We Love You
Scrapbook and Cardmaking---Valentine/Love
Worldwide Open DT---ATG
YSP---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 (Love) 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 week, everyone! 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Scripture Series: Greater is He Step Panel Card---It's Inspirational and Anything Goes at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello everyone!  We have another bi-weekly Challenge that just started at Word Art Wednesday (WAW).  Like always, you can enter as much as five entries per week as long as it's inspirational and family friendly.  Our featured Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site) that  I used in my card today comes from 1 John 4:4 which says, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." 

In order to understand the context of this verse, it is essential to look at the verses preceding our featured verse.  1 John 4:1-3 tells us, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already." First, we need to know that this epistle (letter)  was written by John for Christian believers (primarily Gentiles). His audience, none other than the Body of Christ (The Church---the Called out Ones, Born-Again, John 3:3).  It's extremely important that we understand---not all of God's promises in His Word applies to everybody on earth 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 clearly tells us, "For all the promises of God are "Yes" in Christ. And so through Him, our "Amen" is spoken to the glory of God.  Now it is God who establishes both us and you in Christ. He anointed us, placed His seal on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a pledge of what is to come."  Knowing the context of a passage can help us effectively share the Word of God and avoid misleading or twisting the meaning of the Scripture.  Those who reject Christ will not have spiritual understanding about God, His ways and His Kingdom.  So, I would like to share what my Life Application Bible shared about our highlighted verses today.  As much as it was timely in the time of John and the Apostles, we find these verses applicable today.  So for all my fellow believers in Christ, it explains, "Do not believe the spirit, but test the spirits" means that we shouldn't believe everything we hear just because someone says it is a message inspired by God.  There are many ways to test teachers to see if their message is truly from the Lord.  One is to check to see if their words match what God says in the Bible.  Other tests include their commitment to the body of believers (1 John 2:19), their lifestyles (1 John 3:23-24), and the fruit of their ministries (1 John 4:6).  But the most important test of all, says John, is what they believe about Christ. Do they teach that Jesus is fully God and fully man? Our world is filled with voices claiming to speak for God.  Give them these tests to see if they are indeed speaking God's Truth.  The antichrist will be a person who epitomizes all that is evil, and he will be readily received by an evil world.  He is more fully described in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 and Revelation 13.  The "spirit of the antichrist" is already here.  Those who reject Christ are unknowingly or consciously siding with the spirit of the antichrist.  It is easy to be frightened by the wickedness we see all around us and overwhelmed by the problems we face.  Evil is obviously much stronger than we are (compared to our human abilities).  John assures us, however, that God is even stronger.  He will conquer all evil---and His Spirit and His Word live in our hearts!

You see, these timely verses from 1 John 4:1-4 both warned and comforted me as I was reminded of the things I saw at the first ever State of the Union (SOTU) address by our POTUS, Donald Trump, last Tuesday night.  I thank God for all the great accomplishments He made possible through our President that helped our country rise economically while restoring faith and love for God, family and our nation, I applauded the many men and women who sacrificially placed themselves in harms way just to save others from danger.  I rejoiced in the courage of one North Korean man who fled from tyranny and injustice showing the crutches he used in his journey to freedom.  There were many others that shared stories of bravery, courage, resilience in tragedy, success and hope.  I also had my share of disappointment when the POTUS talked about a proposal to offer DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals) Amnesty to more than 2 million illegals and a path to citizenship for the so called "Dreamers" in exchange for the Wall funding which I believe is a step in the wrong direction.  But hey,  I take my concerns to the Lord!  If there's anyone who can change a man's heart, it is God!  But my story does not stop here...As I watched the full coverage of the SOTU, it is crystal to me that the spirit of the antichrist have completely saturated one political party.  It is disgusting to see these so-called leaders of this nation display utter disrespect, gross hatred and despicable selfishness proudly displayed/broadcast for all Americans to see. With few exceptions, they (as a group) made it clear there's nothing good to be expected of them.  On things that matter to every American such as millions of jobs created, higher wages, employee bonuses, low African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates, securing our border, respect for our flag and national anthem, destruction of the Islamic State (ISIS), lower prescription drugs, fighting opioid epidemic, recognizing Israel as Jewish capital and "In God We Trust" among others, they refused to stand/applaud (show any kind of respect).  What they succeeded to do is this---to show (without a shadow of a doubt) that they are anti-God/Christ, anti-American/people and anti-Trump--- in that order.  It's appalling to see how deranged they'd become, allowing themselves to be filled with satanic hatred.  Call it harsh but there's no other way to describe it!  They can no longer distinguish between right from wrong and  utter darkness filled their hearts.  I'm not saying this to build up the other party.  No individual is perfect. But as a group who truly hates America and everything it stands for---it's undeniable!  If you are a God-fearing individual who loves your country and are thankful for your blessing as a citizen of this nation, go and watch this SOTU VIDEO and see for yourself.  Only spiritually blind people (have no reverence for Christ) can look at these ungodly politicians and agree with their behavior.  Somebody asked me (with sarcasm),  "How do you know who are the ungodly and liberals" from the politicians at the SOTU.  I answered with Matthew 7:17-20 which says, "Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them."  I submit to you that the primary reason we see these blind and rotten politicians today is because these people first rejected/denied Christ.  They exchange the knowledge of God to advance their careers---pursuing riches, power and fame.  Proverbs 2:6 says it all, "For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding."  Should we put the blame on those who elected them to office?  But you see, the deceived elects another deceived. The blind leads another blind.  The only cure to their terminal disease---the knowledge of Christ!  As believers, we are to continue to share God's Word, refuse to be bullied by the left's rhetoric, elect and support God-fearing men and women to office or if called by God---run for office ourselves and continue to fight for what is right in the sight of God.  There is a reason why today's believers are called at this time and age.  By the grace of God, let us raise up our voice, shut the lies with the Word of Truth, pray---take charge---and conquer! Hey, we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus!  Whose with me?

For this Card, I used the stamped images from Hampton Art and colored them with my Touch Five and Prismacolor markers.  The card measures 4.25 x 5.75 inches.  The colored CS used are from Paper Studio, the glitters from Stickles (Crystal) and the nail head gems from Imaginisce.  I also ran this card through my sewing machine for those fancy stitches.  It's my first time to try this card style and would like to thank the inspiration VIDEO from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.  She has a lot of videos on different card styles that I will surely try in my upcoming projects.  So much fun!


 GREATER IS HE STEP  PANEL CARD


 GREATER IS HE STEP  PANEL CARD FLATTENED (For Mailing)


 GREATER IS HE STEP  PANEL CARD MESSAGE SPACE


GREATER IS HE STEP  PANEL CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Art Impressions---Sweet Treats
As You Like It---Fave Way to Add Stitching (Real of course)
Cards for Galz---Think Pink
CRAFT---Three of a Kind (Clouds/Nail head Gems)
Crafting with Attitude---ATG
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Star Stampz---Valentine/Lots of Pink or Red
Crafty Creations---ATG
Crafty Gals Corner---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Simon Says---ATG
A Bit More Time---ATG
A Perfect Time---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Creatalicious---ATG/Love
Createful Heart---ATG/Add a Heart
Digistamps 4 Joy---ATG/I Love You
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Love to Craft---ATG
Scor-Pal---More than One Score
Not Just Cards---ATG
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
YSP---ATG 
Worldwide 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 up to 5 times each week.  Our Challenge winners will be awarded wonderful prizes by our awesome sponsors---The Project Bin ($15 GC) and Imagine That! (Digis).  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.

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:

Crafty Gals---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG/Embossing
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Winter Blues
2 Crafty Critter Crazies---ATG with Critter
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
The Crafter's Cafe---Lots of Bling
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Animals---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Crafty Girls---ATG
Creatalicious---ATG/Cute
Create and Inspire---ATG
Createful Heart---ATG
CCC---ATG
Daisy Chain---Something New (Used the image for the first time)
Love to Scrap---ATG
Not Just Cards---ATG
Paper Creator's Crafts---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.  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!   

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