Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Anything Goes - Challenge #318-#319

Welcome back for our second challenge of the new year.  Hopefully by now you've settled in to the new year and any changes that might have occurred.  We're SO grateful that you take the time to stop by and share your art with us here, and we always LOVE seeing your amazing cards and projects linked up here.  We have two AWESOME new sponsors for this challenge, and these prizes will surely make you want to play along for the chance to win.  And....we really enjoy visiting your blogs and seeing your amazing art!  Oh, don't forget....I'm still looking for a few Guest Designers for 2018.

Our word art uses the scripture Psalm 63:3 "Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee".  The psalmist was simply saying that having the favor of God in his life made it worth living.  When a person lives without the love of God during their lifetime, they aren't really "living" and enjoying life because their eternal hope is lost.  What is there to live for and look forward to?  Having the joy that the promises of knowing and loving God brings, and knowing and being loved BY God is truly better than life (a life without).  When we know God personally, our whole life becomes worth living because our eternal hope is in Him...not on this earth.  We claim God's promises by not complaining about life's trials, but by trusting that He will always take care of us.  We "praise Him" because of His love for us (what He did for us), and we live for Him because of what He has promised us.  A life lived in the lovingkindness of Jesus Christ really is better than life, and I know that I will praise Him as long as I have breath.   If you don't yet know of His lovingkindness personally, let today be the day you call on Jesus Christ to give you the gift that truly is "better than life".

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. 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.
Here are our TWO AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Bossy Joscie is such a fun store.  They carry stamps,
personalized and custom stamps, stickers, envelopes,
adorable flair, and SO much more.  One lucky person
will win a $25 Gift Certificate to this AMAZING shop!
Be sure to stop by Bossy Joscie to do some shopping!
AND
The Cutting Cafe is our digital sponsor for this
challenge.  However, you will want to check out
this store because they carry SO much more than
just digis.  There's personalized ribbon, SVG files,
clear stamps, and SO much more.

AND NOW.....Our Lucky Winners!!
Our friends at Paper Smooches are offering
one lucky person a $25 Gift Certificate to their
awesome store filled with the cutest stamps,
dies, and crafty goodies to help you create and
adorn your creations.  We hope you'll stop by to
check out EVERYTHING at this amazing store!
This $25 Gift Certificate to Paper Smooches 
goes to Entry #120 - Patty O'Malley

AND
Wild Orchid Crafts (located in the UK) is offering
one lucky person a 15 pound prize.  This sweet
store is filled with the most GORGEOUS flowers,
leaves and accents to adorn your projects.  Be
sure to stop by Wild Orchid Crafts to look around!
This lucky winner is.......
Entry #58 - Hazel

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #137 - Marieke
Entry #145 - Narobe Hisa
Entry #164 - Gloria Lee

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

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

 


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Challenge #316 - #317 - Anything Goes

WELCOME BY!  It's our first challenge of 2018, and we're SUPER excited to have you with us.  We have so many AWESOME sponsors lined up for you this year, and I want to give a BIG shout-out to our super generous crafting community for all the support they give to blogs like ours by providing prizes and assistance.  I've posted all the sponsors for 2018 on a Page (here on the blog) called 2018 Sponsors, so you can see who is sponsoring which challenge this year.  We are SO blessed, and I really hope that you will play along with us every week.  By the way....I'm looking for Guest Designers for 2018; so if you're interested, please let me know.

Our word art file for this challenge is from a wonderful scripture (Deuteronomy 3:22), and it says "Ye shall not fear them:  for the Lord your God he shall fight for you".  Keep in mind that this was a troubling time, and Joshua had concerns about his safety and the safety of others as they faced large enemies (big people and large numbers of people) who could cause trouble in their lands.  These words were spoken to encourage him and remind him that when we place our faith in God, we have nothing to fear.  The same is true today.  We face enemies every day (as a country, and as individuals), but if we put our complete faith in Christ to protect us, He will always fight for us.  That doesn't mean that nothing bad will never happen in our lives; but it does mean that God promises to protect us and provide everything we need to get through life's trials.  Don't live in fear of the world; but rather, in FAITH that God will cover us.  We all know that life can be difficult at times, but God is ALWAYS what we need to get through this life with confidence...and to know that eternity with Him in paradise is certain when we place our faith in Him 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. 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.
Here are our TWO AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Our friends at Paper Smooches are offering
one lucky person a $25 Gift Certificate to their
awesome store filled with the cutest stamps,
dies, and crafty goodies to help you create and
adorn your creations.  We hope you'll stop by to
check out EVERYTHING at this amazing store!

AND
Wild Orchid Crafts (located in the UK) is offering
one lucky person a 15 pound prize.  This sweet
store is filled with the most GORGEOUS flowers,
leaves and accents to adorn your projects.  Be
sure to stop by Wild Orchid Crafts to look around!

AND NOW......Our Lucky Winners:
Frantic Stamper is an awesome company, and
they carry so many fabulous dies, stamps, and
supplies from your favorite companies.
They're offering one lucky winner this
lovely Frantic Stamper die-cut set called
Nativity Silhouette Die Set ($14.99 value).
It's Entry #17 - Elizabeth Hart
AND
Imagine That! Digital Stamps is our digital
sponsor for this challenge.  Be sure to stop
by and check out all the adorable images
available at Imagine That! Images.
One lucky person has won their choice
of any three (3) sweet images!
That's Entry #67 - Coffin Cards

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #15 - Fikreta
Entry #29 - Elena
Entry #180- Ann Chuang

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

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

Dottie used some pretty Spiral Stamens
Karen used some beautiful Flower Stamens on
her card as found at sponsor, Wild Orchid Crafts


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Anything Goes - ChallengeWeeks #314-#315

Welcome to Word Art Wednesday, everyone!  It's hard to believe that this is our last challenge of the year, and that CHRISTmas is only a few short days away.  We hope that you are all having a wonderful CHRISTmas Season, and that you're not fretting over all the stresses of the holidays; but rather, that you're simply enjoying all the blessings in your life as you celebrate the fact that God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to give Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins and provide a way for us to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.  The greatest gift you can give ANYONE (including yourself) is the gift of eternal life.   If you've never given your life to Him, what better time to secure your eternal destiny.  Tomorrow isn't promised to anyone, so be very sure you're "KNOWIN' WHERE YOU'RE GOIN' when you die".  Thanks so much for stopping by to share your art with us.

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. 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.
Here are our TWO AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Frantic Stamper is an awesome company, and
they carry so many fabulous dies, stamps, and
supplies.  They're offering one lucky winner this
lovely Frantic Stamper die-cut set called
Nativity Silhouette Die Set ($14.99 value).
AND
Imagine That! Digital Stamps is our digital
sponsor for this challenge.  Be sure to stop
by and check out all the adorable images
available at Imagine That! Images.
One lucky person will get to choose
any three (3) of their sweet images!

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
for scrapbooking, card-making, and SO much more.
One very lucky person has won a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
One VERY lucky randomly-selected person has won
 a $25 Gift Certificate from our friends, and
primary sponsor this year, Simon Says Stamp.
That one lucky person gets to spend $25 at
Simon Says Stamp on whatever they choose!

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #74 - Valentina B.
Entry #122 - Patsy Long
Entry #233 - Larissa Heskett

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

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


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Challenge #312-#313 - Anything Goes

Welcome by, everyone!  It's hard to believe that it's already December and that Christmas is just a few short weeks away.  We realize that this is a very busy time of year, so we are especially grateful that you take time to share your wonderful cards and projects with us.  We have our primary 2017 sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, sponsoring their last challenge with us.  We have oodles of FABULOUS new sponsors lined up for 2018 and I will be posting all our sponsors at the beginning of the new year.  But for right now, we are so grateful to have Simon Says Stamp offering a $25 Gift Certificate to one lucky participant for this challenge.

The scripture for this piece of word art is Luke 2:12, and it's interesting to think about the fact that as the angels proclaimed the birth of Jesus Christ, they appeared with this message to shepherds watching their flocks in the fields.  What a blessing to know that God sent these angels to simple men...doing simple jobs.  This message didn't come to a king, or to the owner of the largest business in all of the nation.  God speaks to common people - like you and like me.  We are never "too low" or too common for Divine visits from God, and He can speak to us at any time and in any place.  When we have an honest calling and God is in the center of our lives, He will always speak to us and give us the messages He wants us to have.  But, like the shepherds who heard from the angels, we have to remain open to hearing what God is telling us and remain willing to act on His messages.  In this case, the message was about the arrival of Jesus Christ; God in human flesh.  But as always, the praise goes to God.  Let's all remember that God still speaks to us today, and that we need to be always ready to hear Him when He does.  We also need to always remember to PRAISE HIM for who He is, for what He does, and for loving us enough to care about communicating with us.

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. 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.
Here's our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Special thanks to Simon Says Stamp for being
our primary sponsors for two years in a row.
This will be their last time sponsoring a
challenge for us (at least for now).
THANK YOU, Simon Says Stamp!
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
for scrapbooking, card-making, and SO much more.
One very lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
One VERY lucky randomly-selected person will win
 a $25 Gift Certificate from our friends, and
primary sponsor this year, Simon Says Stamp.
That one lucky person will get to spend $25 at
Simon Says Stamp on whatever they choose!

AND NOW......Our THREE lucky winners:
Really Reasonable Ribbon is our sponsor for
this challenge, and they are offering one
lucky person a $10 Gift Certificate.
Really Reasonable Ribbon is the perfect place
to find all the ribbons, laces, trims, twines,
paper flowers, embellishments and more!
Stop by to see what's new today at
Congratulations to Entry #240 - Lisa Bzibziak
AND
Karen has personally donated this prize package
to one lucky person.  These eight unused stamp sets,
various embellishments, adhesives & supplies are items
from Karen's own personal stash, and she's drawing
one name to receive everything shown here:
They will go to the very lucky
person who was Entry #214 - Leslie Turner
AND
Our digital sponsor for this challenge is the
is offering one lucky winner their choice of
four (4) digital images from their SUPER CUTE
store.  You can check out their images here
at the amazing Bugaboo Stamps.  This prize goes
to Lucky Entry #18 - Hazel

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #17 - Elizabeth Hart
Entry #163 - CreativEle
Entry #209 - Shaz in Oz

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

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

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