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 might 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 care 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:
Coming Soon
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:


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Anything Goes #350-#351

Welcome, welcome!  We are SO glad you are here to play along with us.  This challenge is another opportunity for you to link up for the chance to win one of our two AWESOME prizes from our generous sponsors.  We love seeing your creations, and look forward to visiting your blogs.  Sadly, we recently had to say goodbye to some of our DT Members who needed to step down for personal reasons (life gets busy!!) so I'm looking to add 1-2 new DT Members.  If you're interested, please send me an email.   And with that.....let's get started with our challenge, shall we?

The word art for this challenge was created using Psalm 143:10 which says, "Teach me to do thy will; for Thou art my God: Thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness".  In this verse, God is telling us that it is always good to continue to learn and to grow.  The psalmist says, "teach me to do", which implies that he is open to learning and doing the perfect will of God.  No matter how far along in our spiritual journey we are, there is always much we can learn about doing His will as we grow closer to Him.  We must always remain open to His instruction, we need to read His Holy Word, and we need to learn how we achieve living in His perfect will for our individual lives.  We do this because, as the psalmist says, "Thou art my God".  If Jesus Christ is truly your God, you will desire to know Him more deeply, and to continue to learn His will.  The psalmist also says "thy spirit is good".  There is nothing we can learn from God that won't benefit us greatly.  We are never wasting our time by learning more and growing closer to Him.  After all, I plan to spend ETERNITY with Him.  In knowing that, wouldn't we want to know as much about Him as possible?  Our ultimate goal is to be "lead to the land of uprightness".....but along life's journey, we need to continually seek His will to help us live our lives with joy.  We each have our own individual and personal journey (with its struggles, setbacks, joys and tears); but we each need to ask God each day to help us learn.  Let's all strive to do our very best to never allow the enemy to get in our way of knowing God, seeking His will, living for Him, securing our salvation, and being "lead to the land of uprightness".

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 Newton's Nook are offering
one lucky person a $20 to their ADORABLE shop
with the cutest stamps, dies, and more.  Be
sure to stop by Newton's Nook to check it all out
and get some fabulous inspiration.
AND
Polly's Paper Studio is our FABULOUS digital
sponsor for this challenge.  This adorable Etsy
Shop has the most darling digital sheets to
help you create something lovely.  One lucky
person will win their choice of any three
(3) digital sheets.  Be sure to stop by
Polly's Paper Studio to check it all out.

AND NOW.......Our Lucky Winners:
Our friends over at Pink & Main Clear Stamps
offered one very lucky person a
generous $20 Gift Certificate to their
AMAZING store filled with clear acrylic
stamps and so much more!  Click here to
check out everything at Pink & Main.  That
lucky winner is Entry #123 - Birgit

AND
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is our SUPER SWEET
digital sponsor for this challenge.  You can
visit their sweet Digital Stamp Shop to see all
they carry.  Such adorable images, and endless
creative possibilities at Sweet 'n Sassy.  This
lucky winner is Entry #27 - Anna

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #126 - Maryann Scrapbooking
Entry #129 - Lois
Entry #182 - Lisa D.

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:

Jennifer Jackson of Newton's Nook



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Anything Goes - Weeks #348- #349

Welcome by, everyone!  It's time for another FUN new challenge here at Word Art Wednesday; and as always, it's even better when YOU choose to join us.  We are so glad you're here, and we're blessed beyond words to have you share your talents with us.  We love seeing what you make and visiting your blog, and we wish everyone the very best of luck in the random draw for the AWESOME prizes our fabulous sponsors provide.  Check out the two AMAZING sponsors we have for this new challenge.

Our word art for this challenge was created using Philippians 2:4 which says, "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others".  When I read this verse, I had to ask myself what God was trying to teach me through this verse.  It's a good idea to ask the Lord to show you how a verse like this can speak directly to your situation, and to ask Him to help you apply it to your life in a way that will bless others and ultimately bring glory to Him (which should always be our ultimate goal).   So, I read it again.  What it's saying to me, personally, is that I need to give God PRAISE for the blessings in my life.....AND I also need to remain ever mindful that there are people all around me who don't have the same blessings in their lives that I have.  Now, I could sit around and whine about what I DON'T have.  But, it's far more effective (and a whole lot more fun) to think, instead, about all the ways God has blessed my life.   Then, as I give Him praise for my blessings, I ask Him to make ME more grateful for all I have and to BLESS those who have less than I have and bless those who are experiencing a void in their life because they're missing something I might have (a relationship, children, monetary blessings, or whatever).  When I take the focus off myself and place it on others, it helps me realize how very blessed I am.  Sure, we can complain about things - but we shouldn't.  If we counted our blessings more often, and prayed for the needs of others before asking for things for ourselves; we would quickly realize how very blessed we are.   God provides for His children....that's a promise.  So, since we KNOW that He will provide for us and meet our needs, why not ask Him to bless others who need Him?  God can do great things through us - so take that step and be a blessing to someone else by praying for them and putting their needs above our own.  Watch for the blessings! 

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 Pink & Main Clear Stamps
are offering one very lucky person a
generous $20 Gift Certificate to their
AMAZING store filled with clear acrylic
stamps and so much more!  Click here to
check out everything at Pink & Main.

AND
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is our SUPER SWEET
digital sponsor for this challenge.  You can
visit their sweet Digital Stamp Shop to see all
they carry.  Such adorable images, and endless
creative possibilities at Sweet 'n Sassy.

AND NOW......TWO More Lucky Winners:
Our friends at Neat & Tangled offered
one very lucky person a generous
$25 Gift Certificate to spend at
their AMAZING store - and it's filled with
high-quality stamps, dies, and MUCH more.
Be sure to stop by Neat & Tangled🌺to see
all their wonderful products, and check out
their sweet Blog to get lots of great inspiration.
That lucky winner is.......
Entry #120 - Tonya

AND
The Cutting Cafe is our digital sponsor
for this challenge.  This darling shop
has SVG files, digital stamps, personalized
ribbon and SO much more.  Be sure to stop
by and check out The Cutting Cafe.  One
lucky person has won their choice of any
three sets from their digital site. It's
Lucky Entry #1 - Majda

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #23 - Katie Tate
Entry #47 - Lisa Walsh
Entry #198 - DeAnne

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: