Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Anything Goes - Weeks #356 - #357

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday, everyone.  It's such a treat to have you here to join us for another fabulous challenge, and we appreciate your participation so much.  We have two FABULOUS sponsors for this challenge and some Guest Designers from these companies, as well as our own October Guest Designer.  If you happen to use product on any of your entries during this challenge that come from either of our sponsors, please leave a comment on this post to let me know.  In addition to our two fabulous prizes from our sponsors, I will pick one more winner from all those entries using sponsor product.  That lucky person will receive a special prize package from me....and I've got some really fabulous goodies to give away.   So, let's get started!

The scripture for this piece of word art is Galatians 6:2 which says, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ".  What was the law of Christ?  Well, let's remember that God said...."a new commandment I give to you, that you LOVE one another".  Rather than try to explain this verse in some deep theological manner, I'd simply like to share something with you that I experienced earlier this month which (in my opinion) sort of sums up the meaning of this verse.  One of the greatest blessings we have in the Christian life is the sweet fellowship of other believers, and our ability to intercede for one another in prayer.  I had a really crummy week physically in early October.  That often tends to get us down in the dumps, right?  Well, such was the case with me.  My husband has been out of town and I've been going through a lot physically.  So, while I was lying on the couch feeling crummy; I got an email from my blog friend, Gail, sharing a prayer request with me.  A friend of hers was requesting prayers for her husband who was dying (and has now gone on to be with the Lord).  In addition, I got a separate text from another friend saying that her back went out on her, and that she was also in great pain.  Being in quite a bit of pain myself, I could have understandably ignored these messages until I was feeling better.  But like I said, there is such great joy in bearing one another's burdens. I immediately started praying for this woman's husband, and also for her to have the strength and comfort she needs to get through this.  Suddenly, I became so overwhelmed with a feeling of gratefulness knowing that MY husband was on his way home to me.  This poor woman doesn't have that same hope.  And as I began to pray for my friend suffering with back pain, I was able to stop focussing on my own health issues and just spend quality time talking with the Lord.  It's a wonderful distraction from our pain, our stress, burdens, worries, and problems when we place focus on the needs of others and make a conscious effort to count our blessings rather than think about our woes.  God is SO GOOD; and I know that He will always take care of me.  But it was such a blessing to be able to take my mind off my own troubles and pray for the needs of others.  In turn, I knew that my friends were also praying for me.  I really encourage you to "bear one another's burdens".   When we take the time to genuinely care about the needs of others and lift them up to the Lord in prayer, we honor God and we bless others (and ourselves) in the process.  Be that person who will truly "bear one another's burdens".  I guarantee you that you will find great joy in doing so.

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 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.

Check out our AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Our friends at Honey Bee Stamps are
graciously offering one VERY lucky
person a $25 Gift Certificate to their
ADORABLE shop filled with the
sweetest stamps, Honey Cuts (metal dies),
Embellishments, and SO much more.
Be sure to stop by Honey Bee Stamps
to look around.  And....some of their
talented DT Members have shared samples
with us today to showcase their lovely
products.  I do hope you'll stop by!

AND
 
Our digital sponsor for this challenge is
the AMAZING Graciellie Design.  If you're
not familiar with this sweet shop, please stop
by their lovely Etsy Shop to look around.
The creative possibilities are endless with
these sweet images.  One lucky person
will win a $10 Gift Certificate to spend
on their choice of products from the lovely

AND NOW......Two More Lucky Winners:
Our friends over at The Project Bin
offered one lucky participant a
$15 Gift Certificate so that they can
select their choice of stamps in this
sweet little shop.  Be sure to stop by
The Project Bin to look around! The
lucky winner of this fabulous prize is

AND
Our digital sponsor for the last challenge
was the ADORABLE and much-loved
Bugaboo Stamps.  One lucky person now
gets to select four (4) new images of
their choice from this sweet digi shop.

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #136 - Karen's Craft Creations
Entry #154 - Karolina of Cards From Heaven
Entry #193 - Nicole of Stempelfrida

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

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

Bushel & A Peck Stamp Set and coordinating
Carol Hintermeier from Honey Bee Stamps Using
Country Blooms Stamp Set, With Sympathy and
Honey Bee Sequin Mix

Our October Guest Designer, Martha Lucia Gomez
And Our AMAZING Design Team Members:
Using a sweet Graciellie Design Stamp Set
called Stay Cozy - Isn't this adorable?
JoAnn Atterbury using the gorgeous Daffodil
from a Graciellie Design Stamp Set
Tamara Dixon

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Anything Goes - Weeks #354 - #355

Hello everyone and welcome back.  It's time for another fun challenge and we're so glad you're here to play along.  I've been busy this week working on our sponsors for 2019, and let me tell you.....GOD IS SO GOOD!!!!   I have the sponsor calendar about half full right now, and y'all are going to be AMAZED with all the fabulous companies that will be joining us next year so, stay tuned!

Our word art was created using the verse Psalm 94:22 which says, "But the LORD is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge".  We all go through trials in our lives.  But what a blessing to know that we never go through them alone.  The LORD is our defense.  WOW, that says a lot.  He is a mighty adversary, and when we place our trust in Him to hold us up and defend us during difficult times; He will always prove Himself to be a mighty fortress.  We can hide our sorrows, burdens and cares in Him because He is a rock - a strong source of strength when we are weak.  And we aren't ever "bothering Him" by asking for that strength we need.  In fact, quite the opposite.  He actually WANTS us to ask Him to protect us and support us.  While it's good to be strong and confident, it's even better to be honest as nothing is hidden from Him.  We need only to open up and tell Him that we need Him and He is always there to defend us.  We are so very blessed to have this constant source of refuge and strength.  Praise God.....we're never, ever alone.

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 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.
Check out our AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Our friends over at The Project Bin
are offering one lucky person a
$15 Gift Certificate so that they can
select their choice of stamps in this
sweet little shop.  Be sure to stop by
The Project Bin to look around!

AND
Our digital sponsor for this challenge is
the ADORABLE and much-loved
Bugaboo Stamps.  One lucky person
will get to select four (4) new images of
choice from this sweet digi shop.
Cute, cute, CUTE!

And Now......Our Lucky Winner!
Our friends over at Stamp Simply Clear Stamps
offered one lucky winner their choice of
either two new stamp sets of choice, or one
stamp set and one die set of choice from their
AWESOME store.  Be sure to check out all
the fabulous stamps and products
at Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.
This lucky winner is......
Entry #202 - Sandy J.


And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #6 - Bonnie Garby
Entry #53 - Tenia Nelson
Entry #207 - Marie Bingaman

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

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

Our Two FABULOUS September Guest Designers:
AND
And Our AMAZING Design Team Members:
Tamara Dixon



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Anything Goes - #352-#353

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday, everyone!  It's time for another fabulous challenge, and we're SO glad you are here to join the fun.  We have two new Design Team Members, two talented Guest Designers, and a wonderful sponsor for this fun new challenge.  And.....we know you will LOVE the prize they are offering.  More about that in just a moment.  For now, let's look at the scripture used in our new piece of word art for this challenge.

The scripture used to create this beautiful new piece of word art is 1 Corinthians 16:13 and it says, "Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong".  This is a very simple straight-forward verse reminding us first to "watch".  Watch against evil, watch for opportunities to do good, and watch over one another in love.  Stand fast in the faith.  Stand firmly in what you know to be true (where you have placed your salvation).  Be brave, confident in knowing what Christ has done for you on the cross is enough; and that by accepting it in fatih, you are sealed.  And finally, be strong.  Put forth all the energy and efforts God has given you for the purpose of glorifying Him and drawing others to Him.  By living the life He has called us to live, we are able to bless others along the way.  Not only will we be strengthened in our own walk with Him, and enjoy living the blessed life.....but additionally, we become better prepared to share God's love with the lost world and have a better chance of helping others find their way to Him for salvation.  What a great verse to remind us just how powerful our faith really is!

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 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.
Check out our AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Our friends over at Stamp Simply Clear Stamps
are offering one lucky winner their choice of
either two new stamp sets of choice, or one
stamp set and one die set of choice from this 
AWESOME store.  Shown below, you will see
 a few samples that were made using
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps including
a few projects by their own DT members that
showcase their two brand new stamp sets.
Check out their New Release HERE.
Be sure to stop by and see everything there is
at Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.

AND AND NOW......Two More Lucky Winners: 
Our friends over at Newton's Nook are offering
one lucky person a $20  gift certificate
to spend at their ADORABLE shop.  They carry
the cutest stamps, dies, and more.  Be sure
to stop by Newton's Nook to check it all out
and get some fabulous inspiration.  This lucky
winner is Entry #162 Joy Wilson

AND
Polly's Paper Studio was our FABULOUS digital
sponsor for the last challenge.  This adorable Etsy
Shop has the most darling digital sheets to
help you create something lovely.  Be sure to stop
by Polly's Paper Studio to check it all out.
One lucky person has won their choice of any
three (3) digital sheets.  That lucky winner is:
Entry #134 - Andrijana Knez of Paper Beauty AK

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #79 - Beckie
Entry #103 - Marieke
Entry #134 - Andrijana Knez

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

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

Our Two September Guest Designers:
AND
And From Our Design Team Members:
Using Sponsor Product Fear Not Stamp Set

 Using Stamp Set Sunflower Season for Image
and Thinking of You for the Sentiment
from our sponsor, Stamp Simply Clear Stamps
Karen Letchworth also using Sponsor product
Samples from Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Design Team
Featuring these two sweet new sets: