Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Anything Goes/Weeks #404 - #405

Welcome back, creative friends!  It's time to wrap up our last challenge, announce our winner, and get started with our fun new challenge.  We have some of the most amazing sponsors in the entire crafting community, and we're so grateful for each of them.  Just wait until you see our sponsor for the new challenge.  It's Taylored Expressions!  They're offering TWO prizes.  And.....they want you to know this about their current Birthday celebration and sale:

Taylored Expressions is celebrating our 11th birthday and the gifts for you are stacking up! Here's how you can jump in on the celebration!

1. Receive a free Share Joy enamel pin with every order (while supplies last).
2. Free US shipping on orders of $50+
3. Orders of $75 will be entered to win 1 of 11 gift certificates to the TE store: ten $50 gift certificates, one $100 gift certificate! 

Offers valid 9/10 - 9/22 and while supplies last. Gift certificate winners will be announced on the TE blog on 9/23.

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The lovely new digital word art file uses the scripture Psalm 91:11 which says, "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."  This is such a beautiful verse, and it gives us such a warm feeling to entertain the idea that the Lord has angels watching over us.  This verse, as well as many other verses that talk about angels, have long been discussed and debated.  Whether or not each of us truly has their own "guardian angel" watching over us isn't really the issue here.  What God does want us to learn from this verse (and other verses about His watchcare over us) is that once we are a child of God, we gain His favor.  He will protect us, watch over us, guard us from harm, and direct our path.  Perhaps He uses angels to help guide us, but...make no mistake that it is by the power of God alone that we are protected.  Not only are we protected by Him in this life, but we are also promised an eternal protection.  This eternal protection is in a place free from sin, free from fear, and free from the darkness of this evil world.  Praise God that "He shall give his angels charge over us" to keep and protect us always.  What a wonderful God we serve...that He would offer His protection over us always.  In this world, and in the next.  That's what I call true protection and love, and I'm so grateful that He died for me so that I can know that amazing promise.

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, for a total of ten (10) entries per two-week challenge. 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 the 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.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Taylored Expressions is our sponsor for this
new challenge!  How lucky are we?  This is
such a FUN company with wonderful stamps,
dies, wool felt, inks, and SO much more.  Take
a moment to stop by Taylored Expressions to
look around at all their AMAZING products!
See special SALE information above.
TWO lucky entrants will each win a $25
Gift Certificate to Taylored Expressions!


AND NOW.....Another Lucky WINNER!!!
Newton's Nook Designs is one of the CUTEST
shops on the internet.  Please take time to
stop by Newton's Nook to look around at all
their wonderful stamps, dies and more.  One
lucky person has won a $20 credit to the
WONDERFUL Newton's Nook Designs.  We're
SO grateful for their support.  Thanks, Newton!
Lucky Winner of $20 Newton's Nook Prize

Top 3 Winners:
Entry#169 - Lisa Bzibziak

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email Karen to claim prize
(per the Rules Page).  Thanks!

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

Taylor from Taylored Expressions
Strips - Birthday stamp

Heather from Taylored Expressions
Using New Birthday Basics and a fun
ink blending technique using 
Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes

Our September Guest Designer, Lisa Jung



Maxine Diffey

Using Sponsor Product, Simply Stamped


Using Sponsor Product, In My Heart
(Retired) Set by Taylored Expressions

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Anything Goes - Weeks #402-#403

Welcome back by, everyone!  We had a FABULOUS challenge just end, and we're all set for another.  We're so grateful that you've chosen to play along with us.  We hope that our challenge blog is a blessing and encouragement to you, and we also hope you know how VERY grateful we are to have each and every one of you share your amazing art work with us.  We wouldn't have a challenge blog without YOU, so thank you.  Let's get started with another FUN challenge, shall we?

As we look at the new piece of word art, we see that it comes from Isaiah 26:4 which says, "Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD Jehovah is everlasting strength".  This part of scripture reminds us that when we live a righteous life before the LORD Jehovah (God in the O.T. and Jesus Christ in the N.T.), we are strengthened - physically, spiritually, politically, and in every way.  When an individual, a family, a neighborhood, a city, etc. fears God and submits to His ways, God is faithful to strengthen and protect His people.  Much like these verses in the Book of Isaiah, He promises the same to us today.  By giving our lives, our worries, our weaknesses, our faith and our everything to Him, we are strengthened from within.  Our bodies will still wear down, our mind may fail us, but...we have an eternal strength unlike any other.  God will give us the inner strength and peace we need.  I know that many of my dear friends are facing some troubled times with their aging parents.  Some of our parents' bodies and minds have "worn out".  What a joy to know that because we live for Him, His strength and support are eternally ours.  While our bodies/minds may begin to fail us, WE ARE STRONG because of Him.  We are comforted in knowing that NOTHING can separate us from the love, the strength, and the joy that comes (only) through living for the LORD.  The LORD Jehovah is our ROCK OF AGES - a constant, steady source of eternal strength and comfort; and any house/home, person, church family, etc. placing their faith in Him can never lose His strength.  It's like the song we learned when we were children....."We are weak, but He is strong".  What a joy to know He is our strength!

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, for a total of ten (10) entries per two-week challenge. 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 the 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.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Newton's Nook Designs is one of the CUTEST
shops on the internet.  Please take time to
stop by Newton's Nook to look around at all
their wonderful stamps, dies and more.  One
lucky person will win a $20 credit to the


AND NOW......Another Lucky Winner:
The Project Bin was our sponsor for the last
challenge.  We hope that you will take
time to visit The Project Bin and check
out their FUN assortment of stamps.
One lucky person has won a $15 credit
to spend at The Project Bin on the stamps
of their choice.  How exciting!
It's Entry #143 - Kren

Top 3 Winners:
Entry  #122 - Esther

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email Karen to claim prize
(per the Rules Page).  Thanks!

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

Our first inspiration card comes from the AMAZING
Jennifer Jackson of Newton's Nook Designs.  Let's
all thank Jennifer for sharing her talents and for
sponsoring this challenge for us.  Her adorable

Our August Guest Designer, Beverly Jordan



Maxine Diffey

 




You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Anything Goes - Challenge Weeks #400/401

Welcome by today, friends!  We're so glad that you've chosen to stop by to play along in our challenge.  We have (two) lucky winners, a fabulous sponsor, a new piece of word art, a brief devotional, and LOTS of fun waiting for you.  Let's get started with another FAB challenge here at Word Art Wednesday!

The scriptures used for our new piece of word art are found in 2 Corinthians 3:4-5.  These verses are actually the answer to a question asked in 2 Corinthians 2:16 which asks the question regarding life and death, "And who is sufficient for these things"?  So, the writer has asked in 2:16 who could possibly be sufficient to give (or to judge) life and death.  As the gospel was being spread, we read that it was like a sweet fragrance to God, who alone brings (eternal) life to the believer and (eternal) death to the rejector.  These verses tell us that our trust (faith) in Christ helps us to grow and to please Him, and that we alone are not sufficient to raise ourselves up to life (and most especially unto eternal life).  We are not enough, in and of ourselves.  We need Him!  There is only ONE WAY to having eternal life in Heaven.  You can't study your way in, you can't buy your way in, you can do enough good deeds to get yourself in, and you can't pray yourself in to Heaven.  You don't need to jump through any hoops or be anything special.  All you need to do in order to secure your eternal life in Heaven is to call on God, confess your sins and your inability to be enough, and just TRUST HIM.  He already paid the price by giving Himself as a flawless, perfect  and sinless sacrifice (God in human flesh) and giving His life for ours on the Cross of Calvary.  Yes, there's ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN....through the blood of Jesus Christ.  You can call on Him today and SECURE your eternal home in Heaven; and once you do, you can never lose it.  He's waiting (and happy) to hear from you!

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, for a total of ten (10) entries per two-week challenge. 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 the 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.
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
The Project Bin is our sponsor for this
challenge.  We hope that you will take
time to visit The Project Bin and check
out their FUN assortment of stamps.
One lucky person will win a $15 credit
to spend at The Project Bin on the stamps
of their choice.  How exciting!


AND NOW.......Our Lucky Winner:
Stix 2 ANYTHING was our sponsor for
the last challenge.  If you're not yet familiar
with Stix 2 Anything, you'll definitely want
to check out this wonderful world of adhesives,
some exciting new products (glitters, etc.)
and helpful products for crafting.   One lucky
person has won an AMAZING Adhesives Prize Pkg.
from our FAB friends at Stix 2 Anything!
Let's hear for our lucky winner

The WINNER of our "Comment To
Win" Prize from last week is:

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #91 - Janis
Entry #136 - Shelly Schmidt
Entry #221 - Karen Ladd

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email Karen to claim prize
(per the Rules Page).  Thanks!

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

Donna Dambrot, The Project Bin Design Team
Sharing Three Cards Using Project Bin Stamps.
Her first card uses the BFF Stamp Set
Second Card Using Love Your Shellfie
And Her Third Card Uses The Gratest

Our August Guest Designer, Beverly Jordan



Maxine Diffey




You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Anything Goes -- #398-#399

Welcome by for another fun challenge here at Word Art Wednesday.  This post will be short and sweet as I'm "under the weather" so to speak.  We have a FUN new sponsor, a lucky winner, a Top 3, and a fabulous challenge waiting for you.  Thanks for joining us.

Because I'm not feeling well this week, I didn't have time to prepare a devotional.  Right now, I'm praising God that I was feeling well enough to make the post.  With that said, I'm doing something different this time for the devotional.  I encourage YOU to leave a comment telling us what this verse means to you, or what you get from this verse.  Our biggest goal here at Word Art Wednesday (other than fun, creating cards and winning prizes) is to share God's Word with y'all.  We love hearing how God's Word is a blessing to you; so we'd love to hear what this particular verse says to you.  I will draw one name from all the comments, and that person will receive a special prize package from me.

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, for a total of ten (10) entries per two-week challenge. 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 the 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. 
Check out our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Stix 2 ANYTHING is our SUPER sponsor for
this challenge!  If you're not yet familiar
with Stix 2 Anything, you'll definitely want
to check out this wonderful world of adhesives
and helpful products for crafting.   One lucky
person will win an AMAZING Adhesives Prize Pkg.
from our FAB friends at Stix 2 Anything!
You can check out TWO NEW RELEASES at
Stix 2 Anything including 8 gorgeous colors of
Biodegradable Glitter and adorable

Door Hangers (I'm getting some of those!).
We're so grateful to have Stix 2 Anything as our sponsor
for this challenge.  We do hope you will check out
this amazing store (located in the UK).

AND NOW.....Another Happy Winner:
The FABULOUS Paper Smooches was our sponsor
for the previous challenge!  We hope that
you'll stop by to check out this AWESOME
store.  They carry such fun, unique and creative
stamps, dies, and SO much more.  One lucky
has won a $25 Gift Certificate to
Paper Smooches!  That's lucky
Entry #74 - Beverly Jordan

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #78 - Birgit
Entry #89 - Deanne
Entry #229 - Lois

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email Karen to claim prize
(per the Rules Page).  Thanks!

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

Our July Guest Designer, Esther Asbury



Tamara Dixon

Maxine Diffey




You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter