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, March 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


 GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY EASEL CARD


 GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY EASEL CARD WHEN CLOSED


 GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY EASEL CARD SIDE VIEW


 GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY EASEL CARD WITH MESSAGE SPACE


GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY EASEL CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

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


Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times this week.  Great prize to be won from our wonderful sponsor---Simon Says Stamp ($25 GC).  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the peace of the Lord overtake you today.  In Christ, we have a very bright and joyful (literally) future!  

Sunday, March 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


 CRICUT BABY SHOWER INVITATIONS


CRICUT BABY SHOWER INVITATIONS COMPLETE SET


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


CROCHET CAR SEAT CARRIER COVER


The Card Set is entered into the following Challenges:

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


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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 REJOICE EVERMORE CENTER STEP CARD


REJOICE EVERMORE CENTER STEP CARD LAYERS


 REJOICE EVERMORE CENTER STEP CARD SIDE VIEW


 REJOICE EVERMORE CENTER STEP CARD INSIDE


REJOICE EVERMORE CENTER STEP CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafting by Designs---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG/CAS
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Create with TLC---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts and Me---Springtime
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnuts---Patterned Paper
Creatalicious---ATG /Lots of Green
Digistamps4Joy---ATG with Optional Twist
Eclectic Ellapu---Spring
Love to Scrap---ATG
Not Just Cards---Spring
One Crazy Stamper---ATG
Paradise of Stamps---Spring
Rubber Dance---Color Challenge
Sweet Stampers---Add a Sentiment
World Wide Open DT---ATG

Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter several times in two weeks.  A great prize awaits our winner from our wonderful sponsor---Taylored Expressions ($25 GC) .  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, meditate on the goodness of the Lord and rely on His promises.  Expect only wonderful things from Him each day.  We serve a good and faithful God who never leave us nor forsake us!   

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Scripture Series: Nothing Too Hard for Thee Card---Time for Another Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Good morning, everyone!  Two weeks passed and were here for another (family-friendly) Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)As always, we are featuring a Scripture Word Art that you can download for free at the WAW site coming from Jeremiah 32:17 which says, "Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee."  In this verse, Jeremiah was asked by God to buy a field outside of Jerusalem.  Sounds pretty easy but it wasn't.   The problem---it was a land already captured by the enemy and that soldiers occupied.  But in the midst of doubts and fear, Jeremiah meditated on the promises of God and prayed.  

I would like to share the explanation I read in my Life Application Bible which helped me to better understand our featured passage.  For God is the Creator of heaven and earth.  His unprecedented knowledge, wisdom and power over His creation is what Jeremiah recognized in our featured verse and how it relates to Jeremiah 32 as a whole.  It says, "After Jeremiah bought the field, he began to wonder if such move was wise.  He sought relief in prayer from his nagging doubts.  In this prayer, Jeremiah affirmed that God is Creator, the wise Judge of all the ways of people and Redeemer.  God loves us and sees our situation.  Whenever we doubt God's wisdom or wonder if it is practical to obey Him, we can review what we already know about Him.  Such thoughts and prayers will quiet our doubts and calm our fears. Trust doesn't come easy.  It wasn't easy for Jeremiah to publicly buy land already captured by the enemy.  But he trusted God.  It wasn't easy for David to believe that he would become king, even after he was anointed.  But he trusted God (1 Samuel 16-31).  It wasn't easy for Moses to believe that he and his people would escape Egypt, even after God spoke to him from a burning bush.  But he trusted God (Exodus3:1 - 4:20).  It isn't easy for us to believe that God can fulfill His "impossible" promises either, but we must trust Him.  God, who worked in the lives of Biblical heroes, will work in our lives too, if we will let Him."

I don't know about you but it's truly comforting to know that I serve a God Who is not surprised by anything and everything happening in the world.  In His omniscience, He knows all of our past, present, future and beyond.  The Bible declares in Isaiah 46:9-10, "Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please." Who among us can fathom the depth of God's knowledge or any of the many attributes of the Almighty?  We are the created, He is the Creator!  All good and wonderful things come from Him.  When and where there was rebellion and unbelief, He also allowed disasters as we've seen throughout history. The Fall of Man invited Sin and Death to wreak havoc in this world. As man continues to harden their hearts against God, we see the many natural disasters intensify (and will continue till all of God's plan is accomplished) although not every natural disaster is a punishment from God.  As believers (Born-again, John 3:3), we are to remain faithful especially in times of trials and testing, disasters and calamities knowing that the Holy Spirit lives inside of us.  It's not easy to face trials but honestly, it's in those moments when we come humbly before God, realizing  He is our everything.  As we go through storms of life and come out victorious relying upon the goodness and promises of God, our faith is strengthened and we experience a deeper relationship with our Father.  Nowadays, not only do we have challenges at home but we are also affected by the chaos we see around the world.  Honesty is such a rare virtue to find in all pillars of our society.  Now more than ever, I have to bring every decision/action unto the Lord and trust that He will lead me and keep me safe.  I would like to share the following verses for added inspiration:

"Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33)

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13)

"This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God  and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.  And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.  The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us." (1 John 3:19-24)

 For this Card, I used an image from Sassy Sheryl's Stamps called "Nature Boy Lover" and colored it using my Touch Five and Prismacolor markers.  The base is an A7 pre-cut card from Paper Studio and the DP's are from Recollections.  I stamped an additional sentiment from Studio 116, added some brad from Recollections and nail head gems from Imaginisce,  applied some glitters (Stickles-Crystal) on the background flowers and finally, did some fancy stitching using my awesome sewing machine.  It turned out fantastic.


 NOTHING TOO HARD FOR THEE CARD


 NOTHING TOO HARD FOR THEE CARD LAYERS


 NOTHING TOO HARD FOR THEE CARD INSIDE


NOTHING TOO HARD FOR THEE CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Crafty Friends---ATG
Love to Craft---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Eclectic Ellapu---ATG
Not Just Cards---Spring
Petal Lu---ATG
Sweet Stampers---Add a Sentiment
Worldwide Open DT---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG


Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times this week.  Wonderful prize to be won from our wonderful sponsor---Simon Says Stamp ($25 GC) .  So excited to see what you come up with.  Anyway, cheer up and let the peace of the Lord overtake you today.  I serve a good and faithful God---Jesus Christ! 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

CAS Series: Kind Strong Brave Card---Join the Monthly Anything Goes Challenge at our Neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create!

Hello everyone.  It's the first Sunday of the month so, I am here to bring you my project for our Monthly Challenge happening at 613 Avenue CreateBut before that, I would like to share the Word of God coming from Isaiah 41:8-13 and it says, "“But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’;  I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your GodI will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced;  those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."

I was reading on my Life Application Bible on these verses and was blessed by it.  It explained, "God chose Israel through Abraham because He wanted to, not because the people deserved it.  Although God chose the Israelites  to represent Him to the world, they failed to do this; so God punished them and sent them into captivity.  Now, all believers (Born Again, John 3:3) are God's chosen people, and all share the responsibility of representing Him to the world.  One day God will bring all His faithful people together.  We need not fear because (1) God is with us ("I am with you"), (2) God has established a relationship with us ("I am your God"), and (3) God gives us assurance of His strength, help and victory over sin and death ("I will help you").  Have you realized all the ways God has helped you?"

It's amazing how God used the prophet Isaiah to tell His people (the Israelites) what would take place many years in their future in the hopes that they will turn away from their wicked living and make it right with God.  Before Judah (Southern Kingdom) went into captivity, they had plenty of warnings to get their act together.  I can't help but think of the similarity of those times with our situation (history and the past years) here in America.  You see, our country was founded on Biblical principles as God used men  with fear and knowledge of Him to establish our Constitution (the law of the land).  This country was blessed with so many wonderful things and God entrusted us to be an example of righteous leadership (beacon of hope) to the rest of the world.  But the time came when we became complacent and allowed the very things that God hate to influence us and take over our country.  We became self-centered, idolatrous, spiritually and physically immoral before the Lord.  We depend on our own might and power and turned away from God---the Source of all our blessings.  And so, for many years now, we have seen the degradation of our society and we allowed the highest office in our land be occupied by the ungodly.  The Church lost its voice and diluted the true message of the Gospel including all its warnings.  False prophets and false teachings polluted the airways, leading and deceiving people to their destruction.  But God is gracious!  He led a remnant of believers  to repent.  We called upon the Name of the Lord---asked Him to forgive us and our nation, restore us to His Truth and open for us a door that no one can shut.  Last November, God answered our call for help in a miraculous way.  

Today, we hear the name of the Lord being uttered/proclaimed in the highest seat in our land.  God used the several prophets of our day to proclaim a message of hope while we were in the middle of ungodly leadership.  These days, God will is being carried out in full force!  Despite the efforts of the enemy to shut it down by disturbing peace (anarchy, riots, baseless/paid protest) to destabilize the government,  I know they will not succeed!  Why so?  Because while these people thought they are fighting the current leadership,  they are unaware that it is God whom they are fighting with.  Consider what Romans 1:1-2 says, "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves."  The past eight years with Obama showed us how to be under ungodly leadership and we vexed our souls from the demonic laws that was forced upon us while many believers with their businesses were stripped off their religious freedom.  Many lost their businesses to follow their religious convictions as they were attacked by the ungodly.  Our country was plunged to extreme immorality and our nation was opened wide to threats and destruction from those seeking to annihilate us.  BUT GOD MADE A WAY FOR US!  Praise His Holy Name!  As we face the challenges of our time along with our dear President, Donald Trump, let us focus our eyes upon the Lord and entrust to Him all the affairs of our nation.  Be prayerful and grateful for we know that His protection is upon us (at all times) and He shall bring all our enemies under our feet.  Though we are bombarded by the noise of the enemy and his ungodly minions (foreign and domestic), know that they are no match for the God of the universe.  To Him be the glory!

For this Card, I used an image from Media Clear Stamps (lady and sentiments) and Hero Arts Rubber Stamp for the Landmark Destination background.  I usually build actual layers on most of my cards but this one is basically one dimensional layering through masking.  The first thing I did was to stamp the lady, color it with my Touch Five markers and apply some Liquid Frisket on the image (making sure to stay inside the lines) and allow it to dry.  I stamped the Landmark border on top of the image (the Liquid Frisket protects the colored image).  Then I took a cloud stencil (I created), positioned it and inked it with Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass).  I also laid the zigzag stencil from Recollections to create half of the background with another Distress Ink (Aged Mahogany).  I removed the Liquid Frisket from the image and stamped all the sentiments.  I love it!


KIND STRONG BRAVE CARD


 KIND STRONG BRAVE CARD CLOSE-UP


 KIND STRONG BRAVE CARD INSIDE


KIND STRONG BRAVE CARD WITH ENVELOPE


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts and Me---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Creatalicious---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG
Ecclectic Ellapu---ATG
Not Just Cards---New Beginnings (New Stamp used)
Petal Lu---ATG
Worldwide Open DT---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG
Crafting with Friends---ATG
Simply Papercraft---ATG
Creative Fingers---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Lemon Shortbread---ATG
Crafting with an Attitude---ATG
PDE Linky Party---ATG
Creative Ladybirds---ATG
Art by Miran---ATG
Crafty Girls Creations---ATG
Create and Inspire---ATG


This it for now, guys.  Make sure to join us at our neighborhood---613 Avenue Create---for an Anything Goes Challenge with optional Twist (CAS, using the color Blue and sentiment as the focal).  But there's really no reason for you to miss it.  Link with us and join the fun.  Can't wait to see what you create. Please join me in praying for our nation and our leadership daily. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Scripture Series: Faith Hope Charity Card---Join Us for Another Family Friendly/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hello there, friends!  Back again for another Anything Goes/Family friendly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW) Today's featured Scripture Word Art comes from 1 Corinthians 13:13 and it says, "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." I looked for the meaning of "Charity " and what I got was mostly connected to generous giving.  One that comes closest for me described it as a Christian love which is God's love (Agape---selfless). The perfect embodiment of God's holy and pure love is His Son---Jesus Christ, our Savior.

The Bible tells us in John 1:18, "No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known."  If we want to talk about true love and be able to put it into action, we can only look at the life lived by Jesus Christ on earth. He came with one purpose.  Jesus told us in John 4:34, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work." John 6:39-40 revealed "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day. For it is My Father’s will that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” Wow, what a purpose! Jesus left the grandeur of heaven, wrapped Himself in flesh to live among men, demonstrated the love and ways of the Father,  and gave His life to redeem us from the bondage of Sin (Sin Nature from the very heart of Satan) and Death (Spiritual, Physical and Eternal Deaths).  How many of us would willingly face death when we know the exact time, place and manner by which we'll die?  A soldier marches into the battlefield knowing that death could come at anytime yet could hope that he would have another day to live.  But Jesus, in His omniscience, knew everything that's going to happen before His death sentence.  He knelt down and prayed at the Garden of Gethsemane in Luke 22:42-44 saying, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground."  Jesus willingly gave His life to redeem mankind from their slavery to Satan and bring us back to the Father.  Romans 5:7-8 revealed, "Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  

My friends, this is the kind of love (charity) our Father in heaven wants us to extend to the world.  I must point out though that while God is a God of love, He is also a Holy God and a Just God.  He does not tolerate Sin of any shape or form.  In this day and time, when people think that the Scripture is obsolete and has no bearings in the modern world, many will die and spend eternity outside of the presence of God because they rejected the grace and the hope that is freely given to them through Jesus Christ as it is written in the Scripture!   JESUS should be the Center of our faith and Source of all our blessings.  If there's anything (and I mean ANYTHING!) we are trusting outside of the finished work (death, burial and resurrection) of Jesus Christ, we should repent and turn our lives over unto His Lordship.  No religion and ideology, power, fame, riches nor good works can ever purchase for us the gift of eternal life through our Lord, Jesus Christ!  He is the only means by which we can be saved (Born-again, John 3:3).  Knowing this, we are to be loving, yet firm in delivering the message of hope to the stubborn people of this age.  We are to make known to them the ways of the Kingdom even in the expense of name-calling and hatred.  True love does not mean giving them what they want to hear or agreeing with them while compromising God's Word.  It means having a pure motive to bring them to God through our actions.  The stakes are so high!  Tough love is often needed in  this rebellious and ungodly world.  John the Baptist didn't sugar coat God's Truth nor hugged everybody to tell people to repent from their sins for God's kingdom is at hand.  Jesus corrected and rebuked many and He didn't give people what they were eager to hear but what they needed to hear.  True love does not always translate to happy feelings and goose bumps.  Pure love, on the other hand,  always seeks and leads us to the Truth ("reality" in God's perspective). So, how should we live the example of Jesus Christ in our time?  We are to depend each waking moment to the power of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in the ways God and as to how He would have us communicate His love to others.  We have no power on our own less we be led by Him.

For this Card, I used a rubber stamp from Stampendous called "Peacock Feathers", embossed it with clear embossing powder and fussy cut.  I did my own background design by using Tim Holtz Burlap Stencil and inked it with Distress Inks namely Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint.  I stamped some curly cues border from Fiskars and layered some Prisma flowers with a brad from Recollections at its center.  I ran it through my sewing machine for the final touch.  Quite different from my usual projects but loving it. 


 FAITH HOPE CHARITY CARD


  FAITH HOPE CHARITY CARD LAYERS


  FAITH HOPE CHARITY CARD  INSIDE


 FAITH HOPE CHARITY CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Create with TLC---ATG
Classic DT---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore---ATG
Creatalicious---ATG
Digistamps4Joy---ATG
Ecclectic Ellapu---ATG
Not Just Cards---New Beginnings (New Stamp used)
Paper Creator---Love is in the Air
Petal Lu---ATG
Worldwide Open DT---ATG
Your Scrapbook Place---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Simon Says---The Color of Love
Simply Papercraft---ATG
Love to Scrap---ATG
Lemon Shortbread---ATG
Creative Ladybirds---ATG
Crafty Girls Creations---ATG
Create and Inspire---ATG


 Hope you join the fun at our WAW Challenge.  Wonderful prizes awaits our winners from Winnie and Walter ($25 GC), Crafty Individuals (15 euros GC) and the Cutting Cafe  (digis).  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 find opportunities to share the hope you have in Christ by being sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading.  Hugs!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Scripture Series: Lift Up Mine Eyes Center Step Card---Link with our Family Friendly, Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday!

Hi everyone!  It's another Wednesday and time for our bi-weekly Challenge at Word Art Wednesday (WAW)Today, we are featuring a Scripture Word Art (you can download for free at the WAW site) from Psalm 121:1-2 which says, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth." I look up these verses at my Life Application Bible and it said, "This song expresses assurance and hope in God's protection day and night.  He not only made the hills but heaven and earth as well.  We should never trust a lesser power than God himself.  But not only is He all powerful, He also watches over us.  Nothing diverts or deters Him.  We are safe.  We never outgrow our need for God's untiring watch over our lives."  

Last November, we have seen the powerful move of God in the result of our election here in America.  What the enemy declared a victory over one candidate (their polls showed it all over the place though I never trusted their polls) was frustrated by a candidate many ridiculed.  Though I was not for Trump during the Republican selection process, I just knew that at the Presidential election, to vote for Clinton is travesty as she represented a demonic agenda (literally---thanks, Wikileaks!) in every shape and form.  Yes, nobody is perfect  but if we have to select between two rotten tomatoes, we can still pick out the less rotten one.  We are talking about the highest position in our country that will not only affect our lives but also the world, so we cannot have an obvious Satan worshiper to fill the position.  Just to be clear, my trust is not in any man but of the God who holds everything together.  I don't pretend to know details of the future but God's Word reveals a big picture on how things go down at the end.  I depend on the working of the Holy Spirit for the day to day wisdom and course of action.  My own thoughts and feelings takes a back seat because God's Word is independent from the way I feel and think.  I can only choose to align with what God said or fight it and lose.  

But the enemy (Satan), though he knew he was already defeated by God, would not accept his defeat and mobilized his army (deceived and paid human followers) to spread lies and rebellion to derail the plan of God for our country.  They make lots of noise using their most influential weapons (Hollywood, Media and Politicians) to further division, lawlessness, violence and hate.  The 8-year leader of this country allowed building of mosques, funded enemies of Israel (Iran Nuclear deal), free pass to our country through the refugee program by radical Islamic terrorist and for these Muslim extremists to gather in our biggest cities to shout "Death to America."  Though we had many problems in this country before, we haven't seen this much evil propagated by this traitor in the Oval office.  Though some would not agree with what I said, do I look like I care for anyone's political correctness or tolerance agenda?  If they could not see these obvious evidence of treason and just takes in what the "bought out media" airs instead of the warnings God's Word tells us, then I rest my case.  After all, I am not speaking to every man.  I speak only to those whom God has quickened to hear.  The Word of God declares in John 3:3, "Unless a man be Born-again, He cannot see the kingdom of God."  The Word of God is the order of the kingdom. Therefore, an unbeliever (those who refuse to come to the saving knowledge of Christ) would not be able to perceive nor understand the spiritual Truths pertaining to God's rule.  Furthermore, Romans 1:21-23 declares, "For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles."  Nowadays, they worship themselves---their fame, their careers, their wealth and power.  By the grace of God, I will not take any poison that is propagated by these people. 

So, what I'm trying to say is that we need to shut the noise of the enemy and stand on the Word of God.  If God heard our prayers during the election process, He already made a way for us and we need not fear the attacks of the enemy.  Speak up and loud about the Truth of God's Word and support those who are unapologetic about it.  Oh, and beware of those religious leaders who corrupted the Truth for their own fame and monetary gain (many of them with Mega Churches)  as they are everywhere right now.  Ask yourself, why am I not open about my faith in God and why I am afraid to speak the name of Jesus among friends or in social media?  Am I protecting my career, my business, my wealth, my standing, whatever?  For if so, you just need to admit to yourself that you have placed something else above God in your life.  It's called IDOLATRY, folks!  The Ten Commandments were summed up into two in Mark 12:29-31 which says, “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” If the Lord is not your highest priority as a believer, repent from your sin  and live boldly for Him while there is time.  With all the evil happening around us, I lift up my eyes (focused my attention) beyond the chaos and noise of this world and anticipate (with eagerness and certainty) what God will do.  My trust is not in any human being (yup, not even in our upcoming President) with regards to healing this country.  Anything and everything comes from the God (through Christ) who loves me and cares for His people. 

For this Card, I used a rubber stamp from Stamping Bella called "Tiny Townie Sally Rides her Snail" that I watercolored using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step card design.  The DP's are from my scraps, the flowers I layered are from Prima and the mini brads from Recollections.  The stamped swirls behind the flowers are from Inkadinkado which I believe completed my design.  And finally, I also incorporated stitching to this creation.  I am so pleased with the result.


 LIFT UP MINE EYES CENTER STEP CARD


 LIFT UP MINE EYES CENTER STEP CARD LAYERS


 LIFT UP MINE EYES CENTER STEP CARD SIDE VIEW


 LIFT UP MINE EYES CENTER STEP CARD INSIDE


LIFT UP MINE EYES CENTER STEP CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Crafty Creations---ATG
Inspiration Destination---ATG
Crafty Addicts---ATG
A Bit More Time to Craft---ATG
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Create with TLC---ATG
Artistic Stamper---ATG
Card Mania---Layer It
Classic DT---ATG
Country View---ATG
Crafts Galore Encore----ATG
Crafty Awesomeness---ATG
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends---ATG
Little Miss Muffet---ATG
Morgan's Artworld---ATG
Love to Craft---ATG
Sunny Day Crafting---ATG
Crafty Girls Creations---ATG
Delicious Doodles---Something New (The image is new)
Digistamps4Joy---ATG/All About Love
Not Just Cards---New Beginnings (I used a new image)
Paper Creator---ATG
Petal Lu---ATG
World Wide Open DT---ATG

Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge.  You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement.  As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times this Challenge.  Wonderful prize to be won from our great sponsor---Simon Says Stamp ($25 GC).  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.

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