Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Anything Goes Challenge Weeks #240-#241

Welcome to Word Art Wednesday!  We're so glad you're here.  If you're a regular with us, we praise God for you and appreciate you SO much.  And if you're new to this challenge blog, WELCOME!  It's our hope that you will become a regular and have a great week creating and sharing your art, getting to know us and others in the crafting community, and coming to the realization that GOD LOVES YOU!

Our word art for this challenge was taken from the scripture Psalm 8:3-4 that says, "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man that thou art mindful of him?  and the son of man, that thou visiteth him"  Let's take a closer look at each word, and think about what God is trying to teach us in these two verses.  First, the psalmist (David) says, "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers"; and this tells us that they are God's heavens, and David knew this because he was aware that God created all things.  David was pondering, looking at, and considering all of God's amazing handiwork.  David pondered the moon and the stars, and again reminded us that God ordained these things (meaning He spoke them into existence) and gave them to mankind as a gift to enjoy and to take care of for Him.  When he said, "the work of thy fingers" he was again expressing how AMAZING God is; that He could "snap His fingers", make a plan, and tell them (the moon, stars, heavens, etc.) to appear because HE IS THAT AMAZING AND POWERFUL.  He is the ONLY ONE who could create something out of nothing, and no other process for creation is possible.  David was in awe of the wondrous works of our Heavenly Father Creator.  Considering all this, David went on to say "what is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man, that thou visiteth (cares about) him".  I would wonder the same thing (if I didn't already know the answer).  What is mankind that the Lord of all the earth would take thought of him?  And care for him?  And become human flesh and die for him?  The answer to this question is that we, also, ARE HIS CREATION.  We are His children, and He loves us.  He loves us SO much,in fact, that He became flesh, came to earth in human form, resisted sin (being a spotless perfect sacrifice), and died that we might be able to find our way to spend eternity with Him.  But it's not automatic.  It's a choice that every human being must make for themselves.  The Lord of all the earth cares for YOU and died FOR YOU.  What will you do with this wonderful information?
As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not 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.

AND NOW.......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,
and one lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
You could win a $25 Gift Certificate
from our good friends at Simon Says Stamp
but only if you link up!


AND NOW......Our TWO Lucky Winners:
CropStop is a SUPER FUN store that carries lots of
stamps, dies, inks, and SO much more.  One lucky
person has won a $10 Gift Certificate to
CropStop.  And that person is
Entry #54 - Billie

AND
Imagine That is our digital sponsor
for this challenge.  Just wait until you
see the adorable images available at
Imagine That Digis.  Guess who won
three images of their choice......
It's Entry #300 - Niki1

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #12 - Hillary H.
Entry #32 - Antionette T.
Entry #404 - Leslie Turner


Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started

Using Sponsor Stamp & Die Set
Using Die-Cuts from Simon Says Stamp


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Challenge Weeks #238-#239 - Anything Goes

Welcome back, crafty friends!  We're SO happy to have you with us for another great challenge, and we have so many fun things for you all again this time.  First, we have one SUPER lucky winner, and we have TWO great sponsors.  One sponsor for this challenge is CropStop; and for those of you who aren't familiar with CropStop, you really need to check out this AWESOME STORE!  They carry pretty much everything you can imagine - all your favorite brands.  They also have a FUN CHALLENGE that runs monthly and is always Anything Goes.  You are all welcome to swing by and link up in that challenge as well for more chances of winning some of their amazing products.  And then....our digital sponsor is Imagine That, and you will love their sweet images.  It's just a great week to play along with us, and we're SO glad you are here for all the fun.

Our word art for this challenge is from the Gospel of John, chapter 14 and verse 27.  As Jesus prepared to depart, He left these words with His disciples.  "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled.  Neither let it be afraid."   It was customary in these times that when preparing to depart, people would say "Shalom, Shalom" which meant "peace, peace".  However, when Jesus Christ (God in human flesh) spoke these words of peace, He was referring to an actual possession He was leaving with them.  The peace He was offering them was a physical and lasting gift which was very different from what the world had (or has) to offer.  The peace God offers is the gift of Himself in the form of the Holy Spirit Comforter.  Even though He was preparing to leave the world with His physical (earthly) body, He was leaving them (and all of us) with a "peace that passes all understanding".....a comfort and a true and lasting peace.  The gift of peace He left with all of us is very different from the world's offerings of "peace".  By leaving us with this beautiful gift of peace/the presence of His Holy Spirit, the world was being offered a real and lasting peace that would leave no room for troubles or fears.  He knew that mankind (including His disciples) would face trials; but He also knew that the peace He left behind for us (the presence of God in the form of the Holy Spirit) was sufficient to allow for true and lasting peace in our lives.  He wants us to experience that peace, and He doesn't want our hearts to be troubled or overwhelmed.  When we face those difficult times during our journey here on earth, He wants us to lean on Him and allow His presence (through the Holy Spirit that abides in us) to be of complete comfort that will allow us to rest in Him.  Remember, we are never truly alone when we have Jesus Christ in our hearts.  What a blessing!  That's enough to chase away any fears or troubles.  NO other "religion" can offer this because ONLY GOD (the ONE true God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit Comforter) is able to offer this beautiful and lasting peace.   Know Jesus and Know Peace.  No Jesus, and NO Peace!

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not 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.

AND NOW.......Our AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
CropStop is a SUPER FUN store that carries lots of
stamps, dies, inks, and SO much more.  One lucky
person will win a $10 Gift Certificate to
CropStop.  And don't forget to enter
AND
Imagine That is our digital sponsor
for this challenge.  Just wait until you
see the adorable images available at
Imagine That Digis.  One person will win
three images of their choice.

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,
and one lucky person has won a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
Gues who has won a $25 Gift Certificate
from our friends at Simon Says Stamp
That lucky crafter is.....
Entry #215 - Bunny

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #35 - My Little Craft Things
Entry #267 - My Cubby Crafts
Entry #378 - Creative Em


Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started

Using Sponsor Product from CropStop
Using Sponsor Products
both from our sponsor, CropStop


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Challenge Weeks #236-237 - Anything Goes

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday!  We're so glad you've stopped by and chosen to share your art with us.  Thank you so much to all of you who shared your talents by linking up to our last challenge, and please know how grateful we are to have you share with us.   I can't believe we had well over 400 entries.  God has surely blessed and grown our blog since we first started, and we praise Him for providing us with such awesome talented participants, and fabulous sponsors.  We have another great challenge for you this time, so let's get started.

The beautiful word art for this challenge is from 2 Corinthians 3:17, and it says "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty".  Understanding the trinity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, isn't always easy.  It takes faith and trust.  But when we learn the all the aspects of the trinity (God the Father, Jesus Christ our Savior, and the Holy Spirit Comforter), and through faith accept all He has for us; we become more like Him, and can enjoy all He has for us.  He wants us to know Him in His fullness - all parts of Him.  It's important that we realize that all three are one in essence, but also recognize the distinct differences between them.  This is a study of its own.  What this verse is teaching us is that God really IS the Spirit, and when we have Him in our lives, we have liberty (freedom) from sin.  We can come directly to Him, speak directly to Him, and enjoy His fellowship in a very personal way.  Knowing all the parts of God brings great joy to the believer, and it is His desire that we know and understand all of Him (just as He knows all about us and loves us still).

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not 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.

AND NOW.......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,
and one lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
One lucky person will win a $25 Gift Certificate
from our friends at Simon Says Stamp 

AND NOW......Our Lucky Winners:
Paper Smooches Stamps is our generous sponsor for this
challenge.  Their lovely shop is filled with the
most darling stamps, dies, and SO much more.
Lucky Entry #291 - Kelly has won
a prize from Paper Smooches Stamps.
AND
digital sponsor for this challenge.
Lucky Entry #384 - Cheiro Urgia - has won
some new images from All Dressed Up.

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #278 - "Hi Notes"
Entry #326 - Gloria Lee
Entry #344 - KT Fit Kitty


Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started

Using Sponsor Stamp and Die Set
Using a Stamp from our
Using Always & Forever Stamp


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Challenge Weeks #234-235 - Anything Goes

Welcome back, friends!  It's time for another FUN challenge here at Word Art Wednesday.  We are SO glad that you've stopped by to join us.  We have two amazing sponsors this week, lots of great inspiration, and a scripture from God's Word to encourage you.

The scripture that was used to create our beautiful word art for this challenge is Proverbs 16:9.  It says, "A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps".  First, this verse isn't talking about a wicked man (person), but someone who is instinctively following his conscience.  This man considers how he will go about attaining the things he desires in life.  When the LORD (God in the Old Testament, Jesus Christ in the New Testament) lives in our heart, the plan we'll devise to guide our life will obviously be a wise one that leads us in the right direction.  When we allow the LORD to direct our steps, He will lead us in the way we should go.  Life isn't easy, and it's not always a breeze just making the right decisions.  But when we have the LORD in our heart, and we listen to our heart when we make our decisions, He will direct us.  We will still face temptations and trials, but God always provides a way for us to do what's right and resist temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13), and He has promised that He will never leave us lonely (Hebrews 13:5).  We're very blessed to have God's Word. Each verse carries a blessing, and we hope this one has spoken to your heart.

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not 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 atempting 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.

AND NOW.......Our FUN sponsor for this challenge:
Paper Smooches Stamps is our generous sponsor for this
challenge.  Their lovely shop is filled with the most darling
stamps, dies, and SO much more.  One lucky person will
win a fabulous prize from Paper Smooches Stamps.
AND
digital sponsor for this challenge.  One
lucky person will win some of these sweet
new images from All Dressed Up.

AND NOW....Our 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,
and one lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
Entry #336 - Debbie
has won the $25 Gift Certificate
from our friends at Simon Says Stamp 

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #98 - Ikemo
Entry #263 - Karen H.
Entry #265 - Sreb


Please email Karen or leave a comment
if you'd like a Top 3 Badge for your blog.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started

Using Sponsor Image, Girl On A Bike
Using Sponsor Image, Dreaming of Summer

Using Sponsor Image, Dreaming of Summer
Using Sponsor Image, A Cuddle Makes It All Better