Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Challenge #292- #293 - Anything Goes

Welcome!  It's time for another fun challenge, and we're so glad you've joined us.  We have lots of fun planned with our FABULOUS sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, a beautiful scripture file, lots of great inspiration, and three lucky winners.  Let's get right to it and take a look at the brief devotional that DT Member, Ginny Maxam, has prepared for us.  Please note that I have posted (my version) a colored version of the word art.  I did this because, quite honestly, I forgot to save the original black version.  If you prefer the all black version, please let me know and I'll be glad to email it to you.   OK, now....here's Ginny!

Hi, this is Ginny here. I’m a member of the Design Team; and for this challenge, I am privileged to write the Word Art Wednesday devotion.  This week’s beautiful scripture (Isaiah 43:25) is one of those verses that becomes even more precious as time passes.  I have been a Christian for most of my life, and understanding this verse and the power of the forgiveness of sin is a beautiful demonstration of God's grace in my life that becomes more precious every day.  This verse guarantees that the Lord, Jesus Christ, will erase the history of our sin for all eternity; and in doing that, He also creates a beautiful life for us here on earth.  If you have never read this verse and are unfamiliar with the process of redemption through God that is available to you and your loved ones, may I suggest you pick up a Bible and start reading?  Start with the Gospel of John and discover who Jesus is, and ask Him to help you understand the beautiful plan he has for your life.  While we tend to dwell on past sins, God promises that once we've confessed our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us.  He doesn't hold an account of wrongs.  Praise God, we're forgiven (and our sin is forgotten).  What a wonderful example of how we should be.....forgiving and willing to let it all go.  Today is a great day to start clean.  Confess, be forgiven, and let it go.  Don’t wait, there is never a promise of tomorrow!


As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are never required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your all your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you as we share it. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.

Our AWESOME Sponsor For This Challenge:
Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want
for scrapbooking, card-making, and SO much more.
One very lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
One VERY lucky randomly-selected person will
win a $25 Gift Certificate from our friends, and
primary sponsor this year, Simon Says Stamp.
That lucky person will get to spend $25 at
Simon Says Stamp HOWEVER they choose!


AND NOW.....
Our THREE Lucky Winners:
Bossy Joscie Crafty Goods is a wonderful
store that carries adorable flair, stamps,
personalized stamps, and SO much more.
One lucky person has won a $25 Gift Card
to this WONDERFUL shop!
Entry #335 - Ann Greenspan
AND
For our friends playing along in the UK,
we have our friends at Dies to Die For
offering a 15 pound Gift Card to
this lucky winner.  Check out ALL
the wonderful die-cuts available at
Dies To Die For
Entry #156 - Kleri
AND
Imagine That! is our Digital Sponsor
for this challenge.  One lucky person
has won their choice of some sweet
new digital images from our friends at
Imagine That Digital Stamps.

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #9 - Dottie S.
Entry #212 - BeeBeeBabs
Entry #190 - Marsha D.


Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email us per the Rules Page.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Challenge Weeks #290-#291 - Anything Goes

Welcome back, everyone!  We have an AWESOME challenge ready for you, and we're delighted that you've stopped by to play along with us.  You are all SO talented, and we just love seeing the amazing things you create to share with us.  God has blessed each of you with such amazing talents, and we thank each of you for sharing your art in our challenges.  Let's get started with this FUN new challenge, shall we?

Our scripture for this challenge is Psalm 118:17, and it says "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD".  The words "I shall not die, but live" refers to our life here on earth (a life of grace), as well as our world to come/eternal life in Heaven (a life of glory); both of which are to be done with us declaring His mighty works and giving Him praise.  The part that says "declare the works of the LORD" is telling us that we are to share His goodness to others here on earth; just as we will praise Him in our eternal home.  He alone is worthy of all praise, and it's our job to lift up His holy name and let others know of His AMAZING goodness so that they will want what we have, and will come to Him for the salvation and joy we all need.  This world is not our eternal home; but let's praise Him together here on earth, share His goodness with others, and rejoice in eternity with God.  Tomorrow is never promised....but know that this promise NEVER FAILS.....God is enough.  Just call on Him and you shall not die, but LIVE and declare the works of the LORD!

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are never required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your all your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you as we share it. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.
Here are our AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Bossy Joscie Crafty Goods is a wonderful
store that carries adorable flair, stamps,
personalized stamps, and SO much more.
One lucky person will win a $25 Gift Card
to this WONDERFUL shop!
AND
For our friends playing along in the UK,
we have our friends at Dies to Die For
offering a 15 pound Gift Card to
another lucky winner.  Check out ALL
the wonderful die-cuts available at
Dies To Die For
AND
Imagine That! is our Digital Sponsor
for this challenge.  One lucky person
will win their choice of some sweet
new digital images from our friends at
Imagine That Digital Stamps.

AND NOW.....Our VERY Lucky Winner:
Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want
for scrapbooking, card-making, and SO much more.
One very lucky person has won a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
One VERY lucky randomly-selected person has
won a $25 Gift Certificate from our friends, and
primary sponsor this year, Simon Says Stamp.
That lucky person gets to spend $25 at
Simon Says Stamp HOWEVER they choose!
That's Entry #36 - Amy Marshall

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #58 - Julie P.
Entry #107 - E. Marie
Entry #150 - Lois


Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email us per the Rules Page.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Challenge #288-#289 - Anything Goes

Welcome by, everyone!  We're so happy you've stopped by to play along with us.  We have a lot of fun prepared for you with THREE lucky winners, our FABULOUS sponsor Simon Says Stamp, a free digital scripture file, a brief devotional, lots of great inspiration, and a Design Team that looks forward to visiting your blogs to say hello.

We have a beautiful scripture for our word art from Jeremiah 31:3 that tells us "The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, "yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn thee".  The term "appeared of old unto me" isn't necessarily talking about time (of old), but rather, is referring to distance.  You see, it simply doesn't matter where we are physically....like Jonah in the belly of a great fish, or like those lost in the wilderness, or a prisoner of war in an unknown place....NOTHING can separate us from the love and comfort of God.  He always knows where we are, He hears our cries, and no matter how far away one might be (or feel), He always hears our cries and draws near to comfort us with His lovingkindness.  What a joy to know that no distance, no amount of miles or time, no person, NOTHING can separate us from His great love.  This world can be difficult, but in the end...ALL that matters is our relationship with Him.  What a blessing, comfort, privilege and joy it is to be "drawn to Him" and to receive His unspeakable gifts of comfort, rest, peace, and eternal life with Him in paradise.  Have you called on Him yet?  Eternity is real, and we WILL spend it somewhere. 

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are never required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your all your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you as we share it. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.
Here is our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want
for scrapbooking, card-making, and SO much more.
One very lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
One VERY lucky randomly-selected person will
win a $25 Gift Certificate from our friends, and
primary sponsor this year, Simon Says Stamp.
That lucky person will get to spend $25 at
Simon Says Stamp HOWEVER they choose!

AND NOW.....OUR THREE LUCKY WINNERS:
Lawn Fawn is such a fun company.  They
carry adorable stamps, dies and more.  They
even have a fun challenge on their blog.
Check out Lawn Fawn and all they have to
offer.  One person has won an 8x8 paper pad
and a new stamp set from Lawn Fawn.
That's Entry #271 - Donna Whitten
AND
All Dressed Up is our digital sponsor for this
challenge.  They carry the sweetest digital images
in their lovely Etsy shop.  One lucky person has
won their choice of some sweet new images.
That winner is Entry #98 - Maxine Diffey
AND
His Grace Works is a new sponsor for us.
I really encourage you to check out this
AWESOME shop that carries many different
Planning Pages to help you organize both
your personal and spiritual life.
One lucky person has won a $15 gift
certificate to spend at His Grace Works 
I do hope you will check out this lovely shop.
And that's Entry #148 - Debbie's Dash

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #147 - Janice Melton
Entry #197 - Nancy E.
Entry #201 - Marisa Job


Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email us per the Rules Page.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Challenge #286-287 - Anything Goes

Welcome back by the Word Art Wednesday Challenge Blog.  We are so glad you've chosen to stop by to join us.  We have THREE awesome sponsors for this challenge, one very lucky winner from our last challenge, a lovely new piece of free word art (Matthew 5:6) for you to save and use if/as desired, our Top 3 Honors, and just SO much fun planned for you all.  So, let's just get started with this fun new challenge, shall we?

As we think about the scripture from our new word art (Matthew 5:6), we are reminded that our Lord, Jesus Christ; God in human flesh came to earth and dwelt among us as a man, and He experienced physical human needs, such as his need for water (most especially following His time in the wilderness).  But God reminds us here that even greater than our physical need to quench human thirst, there should be inside of each saved person an even stronger desire (a deeper thirst) for the love, knowledge, fellowship and eternal surety found only in Him.  Even Jesus Himself recognized this much deeper spiritual need that should lie in each of our hearts; most especially as we reflect on the fact that this world (earth) is not our home.  Earth (the lives we live here) is only a temporary resting place on our way to an eternal destination (either with Him in Heaven, or separated from Him forever in a literal Hell) for each of us dependent upon our relationship with Him.  Please ponder this truth: Eternity is a very long time to be wrong, or to be stubborn about.  It's not just "a myth" or even a mystery for that matter.  It's a simple choice.  Eternity (forever and ever) rejoicing in Heaven with Him, or eternity separated from him forever in Hell (burning, falling, gnashing of teeth, pain and misery with no end).  Contrary to what Hollywood and others would like us to believe, there simply aren't "many roads that lead to the same place", my dear friends.  Make no mistake that God's Word is real, it is true, and it is the final authority (He is the final authority).  We know that EVERY knee shall bow and EVERY tongue WILL confess that Jesus Christ is God and LORD.  Have you been thirsting for God lately?

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are never required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your all your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you as we share it. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.
Here are our AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Lawn Fawn is such a fun company.  They
carry adorable stamps, dies and more.  They
even have a fun challenge on their blog.
Check out Lawn Fawn and all they have to
offer.  One person will win an 8x8 paper pad
and a new stamp set from Lawn Fawn.
AND
All Dressed Up is our digital sponsor for this
challenge.  They carry the sweetest digital images
in their lovely Etsy shop.  One lucky person will
win their choice of some sweet new images.
AND
His Grace Works is a new sponsor for us.
I really encourage you to check out this
AWESOME shop that carries many different
Planning Pages to help you organize both
your personal and spiritual life.
One lucky person will win a $15 gift
certificate to spend at His Grace Works 
I do hope you will check out this lovely shop.

AND NOW......One VERY Lucky Winner:
Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want
for scrapbooking, card-making, and SO much more.
One very lucky person has won a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
One VERY lucky randomly-selected person has
won a $25 Gift Certificate from our friends, and
primary sponsor this year, Simon Says Stamp.
That lucky person will get to spend $25 at
Simon Says Stamp HOWEVER they choose!
That's Lucky Entry #209 - Birgit

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #44 - Shoregirl/Esther
Entry #179 - Greta H.
Entry #238 - Dottie S.

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email us per the Rules Page.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:

Karen Letchworth