Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Anything Goes - #394 - #395

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday for another FUN challenge, everyone.  I apologize again for the last challenge getting a late start (I was on vacation).  We have another really awesome challenge prepared for you, a very lucky WINNER of the Lawn Fawn prize; and another AMAZING sponsor for our new challenge.  We are grateful to have the best sponsors imaginable, and we're SO grateful to God for how He has continued to provide for us.  We sure hope you enjoy our challenges, and also hope that our Bible verses and little devotionals are a blessing to some of you.  Sometimes those few little words of encouragement can be just what you need. We hope you'll take a minute to read it.

The awesome digital scripture file was created using the verses Psalm 119:45 which says "And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts".  In the first portion where the psalmist says "...I will walk at liberty" refers to how he views his life (walking freely, openly, and in wide spaces - not being hindered by the weight of evil passions or corrupt desires because he was guarding his heart (his life) by walking with the Lord and seeking after what God wanted for him.  What I believe the psalmist was saying about living God's way was that he could see with his own eyes how people who obeyed the Lord were being blessed; and so, he was seeking to be even more obedient to God so that he, too, would gain the Lord's blessings and favor.  He wanted to obey God; but God's precepts (rules for living) require our careful obedience, and not just a lazy approach to the Christian life where we take our relationship with God casually.  God is holy and precious; and is the almighty Creator of everything.  We need to always remember that, just like the psalmist, our desire should always be to continue seeking after God and learning of Him, fearing Him, and asking Him to make us even more obedient.....we must ask Him to draw us even closer to Him, to be even more connected to Him, and to always seek His perfect precepts and will for our lives.  This alone is how we can find true peace and happiness while we're here on earth.  But PRAISE GOD that, for those who have placed their trust in Him alone and what He did for us on the cross of Calvary, we can know FOR SURE that we will spend eternity with Him in Heaven.  This world is not our eternal home.  But...God can give us a peaceful, wonderful, and blessed life on earth - and an eternity that's literally out of this world!  Let's always choose to walk at liberty and choose God's precepts.

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:
Our friends are Stamp Simply Clear Stamps
are sponsoring us again, and that means one
lucky person will win their choice of either
two stamp sets of choice, or one stamp set
and one die-cut set.  What an AWESOME prize!
Be sure to stop by Stamp Simply Clear Stamps
to check out all their AMAZING stamps, dies,
and SO much more!

AND NOW.......Another Lucky Winner:
Lawn Fawn is an AWESOME, FUN, and really
great place to find all sorts of lovely stamps,
dies, and SO much more.  We're SO grateful!
One VERY lucky person has won a generous
$25 Gift Certificate to spend at Lawn Fawn.

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #55 - Marie Bingaman
Entry #71 - Natalie V.
Entry #156 - Mary Marsh

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
Using Word Art/Scripture
Using Word Art/Scripture

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Anything Goes - Weeks #392-#393

Welcome back, everyone!  Sorry for another late start.  It's that time of year when we're all travelling, and running around taking care of things.  We do apologize for the inconvenience; but...we're here now, and we have an AWESOME challenge for you all.  Thanks for joining us.

Our word art was created using Colossians 1:10-11.  These two verses hold so much for us to consider.  First, we are asked to "walk worthy of the Lord".  There are too many times when even the most mature Christians will forget their place, and approach the Lord casually.  While He most certainly is our friend, He is also God Almighty, and we are called to walk (live our lives) in a manner that is always pleasing in His sight.  When we stumble, we need to use those opportunities as building blocks....learning from our mistakes, and asking God to forgive and strengthen us so that we can walk a walk that is worthy in His precious sight.  Let's not take our relationships with Him casually.  We want our outward walk to show that we are "being fruitful in every good work"; or simply...that we are using what God has given us for HIS glory, and not for our own personal desires.  Next, we read "and increase in the knowledge of God".  This reminds us that we are never (ever) too smart.  There is ALWAYS something we can learn when we keep our focus on what He is trying to teach/tell us, and time spent in the Word of God (and in quiet time with God) is always going to benefit us. "Strengthened with all might" reminds us that when we seek after Him, God will always give us the strength to do His will.  When you think you can't....remember that GOD CAN!  "According to His glorious power" - He is able.  "Unto all patience and longsuffering" - God gives us the patience to endure all that life has to throw at us.  When we seek Him, He gives us everything we need to handle life's daily trials.  And finally....."with joyfulness"....this is the key to our happiness.  We shouldn't waste our time grumbling and complaining about things we cannot control.  God has EVERYTHING under control.  Let's just purpose in our hearts to be JOYFUL and to TRUST that whatever comes our way, when we're walking with God; everything is going to be ok.

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:
Lawn Fawn is an AWESOME, FUN, and really
great place to find all sorts of lovely stamps,
dies, and SO much more.  You won't want to
miss this WONDERFUL shop; so please take a 
minute to stop by Lawn Fawn to look around.
One VERY lucky person will win a generous
$25 Gift Certificate to spend at Lawn Fawn.

The Project Bin was our sponsor for the last
challenge, and they have offered one lucky
person (chosen by random draw)
a $15 credit to their AMAZING store.
Click here to see all the awesome stamps
available from The Project Bin.  I'm happy
to announce our LUCKY WINNER as

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #47 - Hazel
Entry #77 - Meghan K.
Entry #130 - Cheryl Evan

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 June Guest Designer, Bunny Hoyle
Using Lawn Fawn Products
Butterfly Kisses (Clouds), Stamp Set:
Using Lawn Fawn Products
Using Lawn Fawn Products

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

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Anything Goes #390-#391

Welcome by, everyone!  Apologies for the late start with this challenge.  I'm going to cut this a bit short and sweet; and I'll make my best effort to update this post later with our devotional.  It's just been a crazy week at our house with a very sick puppy (well, she's 10, but she's kinda like our baby at this point as many of you can relate to, I'm sure) so I got very behind yesterday and still haven't quite caught up on things. Thanks for bearing with us and being patient.  You all are the BEST, and we're SO grateful to have you come by and play along with us.  We sure saw some amazing art this past challenge.  Wow!  You guys are all SO talented.  You're all "winners" in my book!

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, and they're offering one lucky
person a $15 credit to their AMAZING store.
Click here to see all the awesome stamps
available from The Project Bin.

AND NOW.....Another Lucky Winner:
The fabulous Joy Clair Stamps
offered one lucky person a
$25 Gift Certificate to spend on
their choice of stamps.  You can see
ALL their amazing stamps right here
at Joy Clair Stamps.  That lucky winner

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #18 - Deanne
Entry #50 - Kanan Pandya
Entry #99- Tonya

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 June Guest Designer, Bunny Hoyle

Tamara Dixon
From Sponsor, The Project Bin



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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Anything Goes #388-#389

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday, everyone! It's time for a fun new challenge and we're so glad you've decided to stop by and play along.  Our fabulous Design Team Members were given the option of having the week off (if they wanted) because our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge, Joy Clair Stamps, is sharing card samples made by their talented DT Members.  Some feature just Joy Clair Stamps, and some combine our word art with Joy Clair stamps.  Below you'll see their card samples as well as some from our own DT.  We hope you enjoy them.

Our word art scripture is Isaiah 28:29 which says, "And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children".  This verse holds a valuable lesson for parents as it assures us that when we raise our children according to God's principles and His precious Word, they are blessed both inwardly and outwardly.  When we teach our children about God's love, His commands, and the importance of living their lives in accordance with His Word and His will; they are blessed outwardly by being given the opportunity to walk in peace with Him throughout their lives.  They're also being blessed inwardly as His spirit speaks to them, guides them, and encourages them.  Children raised for the glory of the Lord will experience inward peace, a feeling of security, and great happiness.  Sure, they'll still have struggles in life; but they'll know how to handle those trials, feeling assured that they are never going to face ANY of it alone.  But much more than any of this, they will have security in their eternal destiny.  They will never fear death because they will have the peace of knowing (for certain) where they are going after this life, and this gives our children the greatest confidence they can possibly hold in life.  My Design Team Members and I have experienced (or are experiencing) these blessings personally with our own children.  We're not saying (by any means) that our children are "better than" children raised without the Lord; but they certainly are experiencing great peace as this verse promises.  We have the blessings of SEEING and experiencing the joy and peace they find only in Him.  There is always great joy in living for the Lord, and we encourage you to share God's Word, His love, and His promises with your children and your children's children.  And GREAT shall be their peace.

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 fabulous Joy Clair Stamps
is offering one lucky person a
$25 Gift Certificate to spend on
their choice of stamps.  You can see
ALL their amazing stamps right here
at Joy Clair Stamps.  Below you will
see several beautiful samples from
the Joy Clair Design Team.

AND NOW......Another Lucky Winner:
We had a new sponsor for our last challenge...
The wonderful Precious Remembrance Shop.
This super sweet store carries delightful stamps,
embellishments, storage options, stickers, and SO
much more.  One lucky person has won their darling
Little Things Stamp Set.  That lucky person is

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #122 - Amy Marshall
Entry #176 - Cynthia
Entry #191 - Meghan

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:

Joy Clair Design Team Samples
Using Be Wise Stamp Set and
Angie Cimbalo

Using Reckless Love Stamp Set

Our May Guest Designer, Anna Munyer-Tracy

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