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.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Fun/Humor Series: From My Heart to Yours---Join Us for Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create!

Hello there!  It's late but I still want to greet you all, "HAPPY HEARTS DAY, EVERYONE!"  All of us have experienced love or have given love in different ways and capacity.  Yet, our view of love can be limited by the way we received love growing up and the environment we grew up in.  People that was raised in a loving family may not be able to understand how someone who grew up without a family or in an abusive situation would behave or respond to love.

The truth of the matter is "True Love" can only be defined by our Creator!  We are capable of love and being loved because we are made in the image and likeness of God whose very nature is love.  True love cannot be accurately defined by the created---it has to come from the Creator!  The world's kind of love is selfish---we love others if they also love us and there's something in it for us.  We also associate love with feelings and emotions and physical attraction.  Thus, when the wonderful feelings are challenged and physical attributes are no longer the same, many simply walked away.  There's nothing that can truly satisfy a love that is selfish in nature.  We will keep wanting and wanting and wanting more.

But God's kind of love is "Agape" (selfless) and is the purest form of love.  I would love to share with you the article I found at Gotquestions.org regarding this topic.  Here's what is says, "Agape, the benevolent, selfless love that God shows, is mentioned often in the New Testament, including in the “love chapter,” 1 Corinthians 13. There, love’s characteristics are listed: love is patient and kind; love doesn’t envy, boast, or dishonor others; love is not proud or self-seeking; love is not easily angered, doesn’t keep a record of wrongs, and doesn’t delight in evil; rather, love rejoices with the truth; love always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres; love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4–8). Of the greatest of God’s gifts, faith, hope, and love, “the greatest . . . is love” (verse 13).

The Bible says that God was motivated by love to save the world (John 3:16). God’s love is best seen in the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf (1 John 4:9). And God’s love does not require us to be “worthy” to receive it; His love is truly benevolent and gracious: “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

The Bible says that, since true love is part of God’s nature, God is the source of love. He is the initiator of a loving relationship with us. Any love we have for God is simply a response to His sacrificial love for us: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). Our human understanding of love is flawed, weak, and incomplete, but the more we look at Jesus, the better we understand true love." 
 


I pray that you answer the call of Christ for each and everyone to come into His saving knowledge and experience a personal relationship with Him.  His sacrifice is for all of humanity but He's patiently waiting for you to receive His gift of love, salvation and citizenship to His Kingdom through faith solely in what He accomplished at the Cross.  Apart from the perfect demonstration of God's love through Christ, there' no other way by which man will be saved.  John 3:3 tells us, "Unless a man be born-again, He cannot see the kingdom of God."  Simply put, unless we die from our old nature (in Adam) and be born-again in Christ, there's no way we can truly understand (comprehend, fully know) how God's kingdom work.  I've lived blindly and totally oblivious about God and have gotten by in what I perceived/thought He was.  Like many, I thought I knew enough but I realized how spiritually bankrupt I was, and with no real basis of God's Truth, after I called upon the Lord. He ministered to me and showed me His selfless love through Christ.  Today, I can speak this awesome Truth because God allowed me to see/enter/be a part of His Kingdom.  Let me be clear that there was nothing on my part that deserved His favor.  Even the faith to come to Him happened by His grace.  If I am to boast, I boast only of the wonders of the depth of God's love in which I am made righteous (right standing) before His sight.  What He did for me, He can also do to anyone who would call upon His Name.  Answer His call today and experience a love this world could never ever conceive...It's free to those who would receive it with all of their hearts.  To God be the glory!

I would like to share the project I made for our Anything Goes Challenge with an Optional Twist at 613 Avenue Create.  For this Card, I used a fun image from Art Impressions Rubber Stamps called "Tina Set" which I colored with my ProMarker/Prismacolor/Spectrum Noir markers.  The base is white CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches center step card.  The DP's are from Paper Studio, I layered the flowers from Prima, the brad from Recollections and the leaves are die-cuts using Fiskars punch.  The Heart Banner Wafer Dies is from Simon Says Stamp that was one of the dies featured in their "You have my Heart" release recently.  I also used a Nestabilities die for the lacy circle, some heart gems from Imaginisce and added some glitters to the image using Stickles (Crystal).  Finally, I stitched all over this card.  


                                       FROM MY HEART TO YOURS CENTER STEP CARD:


                                  FROM MY HEART TO YOURS CENTER STEP CARD LAYERS:


                               FROM MY HEART TO YOURS CENTER STEP CARD SIDE VIEW:


                                  FROM MY HEART TO YOURS CENTER STEP CARD INSIDE:


                         FROM MY HEART TO YOURS CENTER STEP CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX:


This Card is entered into the following Challenges:

Art Impressions---Love Love Love
Classy Cards n Such---Colors, Patterns, Stitching
Lacy Sunshine---ATG
Come and Get It---Love is in the Air
Eclectic Ellapu---Love Actually
Glitter N Sparkle---Love is in the Air
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends---ATG
OSAAT---Love is in the Air
Penny Black---ATG with Stamps/Dies
Stamping Sensations---ATG
Catch the Bug---Stella Says Sketch
Corrosive---Love Love Love
Crafty Calendar---Love is in the Air
Craftyhazelnut's---Patterned Paper
My Time to Craft---Check it Out
Stamping Boutique---Love
Natalie and Amy---Hearts and Flowers
Not Just Cards---ATG
Where the Heart Is---Love
Unicorn---Love
Our Creative Corner---Sew and Sew
Crafting When We Can---Add Hearts
Cupcake Inspirations---Photo/Theme
Dragonfly Dreams---Hearts and Flowers
Coloring without Boundaries---ATG
I Love ProMarkers---Bingo (Brads/Free/Flower)
Moo Mania---Hearts
Sisterhood of Crafters---Warm Thoughts 
Stampavie and More---Hearts 


There you have it, folks!  Don't miss the opportunity to join our Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create with an Optional Twist (Shaker Card).   Lots of wonderful prizes await our winners from the following sponsors:  A Day for Daisies, The Cutting Cafe and All Dressed Up Stamps. Can't wait to see what fabulous projects you're going to highlight this week.  I hope you have a wonderful week and know that through faith in what Jesus accomplished through the Cross, we have God's love that we can effectively share with others! 

31 comments:

  1. Your card is so adorable. I love your embellishments and the cute image. Thank you for joining us for the Classy Cards N Such challenge.

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  2. Really cute card. Love the layers and flower. It's just as cute inside, too. Thank you for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

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  3. A fun and a riot of pretty colours, many thanks for joining in our February theme at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

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  4. I love your card! There is so much going on without making it look too busy - I can't seem to accomplish that! Great job!

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  5. What a great stamp, So funny too. Beautiful card!
    Thank you for joining at Stamping Sensations this month.

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  6. Fabulous and look at all those layers!
    Thank-you for joining us at Color Your World!

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  7. Oh what a fun card Jo Ann - love it!! thank you for the smile! Thank you also for your encouraging words - truly God's love is wonderful.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  8. You are so talented!! This is amazing!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Art Impressions!!

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  9. Such a cute, fun card and your focal image is colored beautifully!

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  10. Such an detailed card so much to see Lovely
    TFS
    Unicorn Challenge Lis DT

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  11. WOW! Another awesome creation ... love the fold!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Warm Thoughts’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    Darlene
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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  12. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you for linking to Moo Mania & More!
    oxo
    Susi

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  13. Wonderful step card! Love all the chain of hearts! So glad you shared at Cupcake Inspirations!
    Debbie, DT Sweetie

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  14. What an amazing card! The recipient can't help but smile. I just love fold of this too. Thanks for playing along with us at CWWC. I am so sad to say you have entered too many challenges to be eligible for ours. I do hope you will share your talent with us soon. Hugs, Robin

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  15. What a fun card! Thank-you for joining us at Color Your World!

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  16. What a fun image! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn, Claire DT x

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  17. Thank you for joining us with another fab card and we look forward to seeing you again.
    Jennie DTxx

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  18. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at TSB, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  19. Great card - thanks for sharing it with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and we hope to see you again soon.

    Helen x

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  20. This is just fab!!! So glad you played along with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters! Hope you will join us again soon! xx

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  21. So cute. Love the step card design. Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.
    Margaret, DT

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  22. What a fun card, love the image and the layered background. The sewing looks great. Thanks for joining my challenge at Our Creative Corner x

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  23. This is stunning! I love all of the layers and dimension.
    Great to have you with us at Natalie and Amy this month.
    Hugs Sheryl DT member xx

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  24. What a beautiful and fun card! Thanks so much for sharing at Stampavie and More Challenge!

    Hugs, Marja
    Stampavie and More DT

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  25. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us. Hugs Traci DT Unicorn Challenge xx

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  26. Hi, A fabulous project, great colour scheme and lovely style and design. Thank you for joining us this fortnight
    Where The HeART Is Good luck. Hope to see you again for our next challenge.
    Erin Challenge Owner

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  27. What a fabulously fun card! Thanks for entering our Stella Says Sketch challenge at Bugaboo's Catch the Bug blog. Good luck in the draw. I hope we see a lot more of your lovely creations.
    Love
    Jen Leeflang
    BUGABOO STAMPS DT

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  28. Lovely card, such a fun image.
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts february challenge and good luck x Susan x

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  29. Gorgeous card. So much detail and I love the image. Thanks for joining in our "Love is in the Air" challenge at Crafty Calendar this month.
    Hugs
    Bev x

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  30. Cute card!!!! Thanks so much for participating in our WHERE THE HEART IS challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

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