Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Anything Goes #382 - #383

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday, everyone!   It's time for another FUN challenge, and we couldn't be happier that you've chosen to stop by and play along with us.  SO SORRY about this, but......we're having a bit of "drama" trying to figure out the new InLinkz tool, and because I got completely frustrated and gave up trying, this linky party is unable to start until 12:00 PM (which is noon today).  If anyone knows how to fix this problem with the new version of InLinkz (grrrrr), PLEASE let me know.  Thanks!!  There's lots of fun, a new scripture/word art file for you, our brief devotional, another lucky winner, a wonderful sponsor and a great challenge awaiting you, so.....let's get started!

What a beautiful verse we see in 1 Peter 1:3 telling us that "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ; which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead".  This verse gives us the wonderful promise of God's mercy.  You see, grace is when we receive something positive we don't deserve; but mercy is when someone withholds a negative consequence we do deserve.  There is a penalty for our sin, and the debt we each owe is to be forever separated from God in a place called Hell.  But, because He loves us SO very much, He provided a way for us to escape this terrible punishment, and avoid being separated from Him.  He willingly gives us something that we never earned, and that we certainly don't deserve.....that's grace!  And avoiding the debt we owe.....that's mercy.  What a joy to have these wonderful promises given to us through His precious Word.  We hope that this word art will be a blessing to you, and that you will receive this beautiful and eternal gift God has given us through His son and our savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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 sponsor for this challenge:
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps is our sponsor once
again and they have EVERYTHING stamp related,
and then some!!  Check out all there is
One lucky person will win either two stamp sets
of choice, or one stamp set and one die-cut.
You can see some Stamp Simply Clear Stamps
card samples shared by our DT below.

AND NOW.......Another Lucky Winner:
Pink & Main is an AWESOME on-line stamp
and die shop that carries DARLING stamps,
patterned papers, stencils, glossy dots, and
SO much more.  One very lucky participant
has won a $20 voucher from Pink & Main to
spend on whatever her little heart desires.

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #29 - Kanan Pandya
Entry #101 - Diana Nguyen
Entry #108 - Janis in ID

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 April Guest Designer, Darlene Pavlick
from Sponsor, Stamp Simply
JoAnn Atterbury
JoAnn's Inside View Showing Scripture/Word Art
Maxine's Second Card

from our Sponsor, Stamp Simply 

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Anything Goes - #380-#381

It's time for another fun new challenge here at Word Art Wednesday, and I'm running late!  Thank you all for helping to keep me on my toes.  We all understand that life gets busy, and I appreciate your patience when things run a bit behind schedule on my end.  We have lots of great things planned for this challenge including an awesome sponsor, a brief devotional, winners, lots of great inspiration, and SO much more for y'all, so let's get started.

Our word art scripture is Hebrews 12:2 which says "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God".  When we read these particular verses in Hebrews, the Christian walk is being likened unto a race.  Like any good racer, the Christian must be prepared for the race.  We look to Jesus the "author and finisher of our faith".  He is the one who started the race for us by His perfect example, and He has set the standard for completing the race, and He has perfectly prepared the trail on which we are travelling - even the detours.  The verse also tells us that Jesus is the one who blazed the trail before us....He has prepared the way for us - never sending us into anything that He hasn't already experienced in human flesh Himself.  And another trait every good racer needs is the ability to stay focussed during the race.  The racer doesn't have any distractions with him while racing (no phone, no television, etc.) and this gives us the concept of keeping our focus on Jesus as we race/go through life (staying focussed and centered) with our eyes fixed on securely on HIm.  A good racer keeps his eyes on the trail and doesn't allow himself to be distracted by shiny objects along the way (LOL) - staying focussed on our journey is important.  But the good news is that God gave us an instruction manual (the Bible) to help us find our way when we encounter roadblocks, etc.  This verse also tells us that "He despised the shame" which tells us that He was humiliated and shamed by the experience of what He endured; but He did it because He was the ONLY possible (holy and perfect) sacrifice to endure the cross on our behalf, and we also read that He did it all "for the joy set before Him".  He wants you and I to be part of that joy, and to experience it fully with Him.  And finally, the verse tells us that He "sat down" at the right hand of God.  This "sitting down" signifies that His work on the cross was COMPLETE, so He could rest at the right hand of God - His rightful place.  It shows His holy position, and always signifies that the work was completed.  Wow!  That's a whole lot of wonderful in one little verse.  We are SO blessed to have His precious Word (the Bible) to guide and bless our lives.  I hope this one is a blessing to you this week.

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 sponsor for this challenge:
Pink & Main is an AWESOME on-line stamp
and die shop that carries DARLING stamps,
patterned papers, stencils, glossy dots, and
SO much more.  One very lucky participant
will win a $20 voucher from Pink & Main to
spend on whatever their little heart desires.
What a FANTASTIC prize!


AND NOW......Another Lucky Winner:
Our sponsor for the last challenge was the
WONDERFUL and charming Heffy Doodle.
This is a new sponsor for us, and they have
the cutest stamps, die-cuts and more.
One lucky person will win a 15 pound
prize to spend on some new crafting supplies
from Heffy Doodle Stamps.  The lucky winner
of this fabulous prize is......
Lucky Entry #203 - Fabiola

Winner from Karen's Heffy Doodle
Giveaway is......#3 - Gail Scott

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #38 - Rosina
Entry #42- Elena
Entry #107 - Meghan

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 March Guest Designer, MariLynn DeGroot
 
Second View (Flipped Open to reveal scripture)
Second View of Stephanie's Card Using Pink & Main
Patterned Paper Called, Take Flight.



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Anything Goes - #378-#379

Welcome by for our new challenge, everyone!  Sorry I'm running a little late in getting this posted.  If you didn't happen to see the message on my last post, I am looking for a few more Guest Designers for the year.  If you're interested, please place the letters GD after your name in your entry below, or just send me an email.  We're all SO excited to have you play along with us and share your wonderful art, so let's get started with the challenge.

Our word art was created using 1 Corinthians 12:27 which tell us, "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular".  What a blessing and a joy to know that we are part of something SO much bigger than ourselves.  Many people search their whole lives for a place to belong.  People try joining clubs, gymns, attending social groups, and all sorts of things that are fun and help us get through life's ups and downs; but many still never find that place of belonging they're looking for.  Perhaps the reason they're still searching for that perfect place of belonging is because all those other options are temporary.  They can only fill a small portion of our lives.  But when we have asked Christ to be our Lord and Savior, our friend, and eternal source of security; we are part of something SO big, and something that lasts FOREVER and gives us a peace that passes understanding.  Nothing on this earth could ever fill that void in our lives quite like Jesus does.  We become members, in particular, we are members of the body of Christ.  Each of us is equally important in this collective body because we all have different talents, gifts and worth.  If you're still looking for that perfect place to feel love and a sense of perfect belonging....Jesus is the answer!

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 sponsor for this challenge:
Our sponsor for this challenge is the
WONDERFUL and charming Heffy Doodle.
This is a new sponsor for us, and they have
the cutest stamps, die-cuts and more.
One lucky person will win a 15 pound
prize to spend on some new crafting supplies
from Heffy Doodle Stamps.

AND NOW......another lucky winner:
The Project Bin was our AWESOME sponsor
for the last challenge.  If you're not yet
familiar with this sweet stamp shop,
we hope you'll stop by to look around.
One lucky person has won a $15 gift
certificate to spend on some new stamps
from The Project Bin.  That lucky gal
is Entry #27 - CaroleAnn

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #47 - Crafting With Katherine
Entry #71 - Anushree
Entry #72 - Ela 17

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:

Francesca Vignoli from Sponsor, Heffy Doodle

Our March Guest Designer, MariLynn DeGroot
 
I ran out of black ink and couldn't print the
word art, so I'm sharing a Heffy Doodle card
I made in September (and sent to Tamara). It
uses their Mewniverse Stamp Set.  If you go to
Heffy Doodle to look around, leave a comment
on MY Blog telling me which is your favorite
Heffy Doodle Stamp, Die or product.....
and you'll be entered to win some vintage trims,
laces, etc. from me.  Heffy Doodle is FUN!



Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Anything Goes - Weeks #376 - #377

Welcome by!   We're always SO grateful to have you stop by and share your art with us.  We believe that God has given each person very special gifts.  We use our God-given gifts to bless and encourage one another.  And let me tell you, we really enjoy seeing the beautiful creations you share with us, and we praise God for all the amazing talent we see each week.   We apologize that not everyone's blog gets a comment each week.  I'm still having trouble commenting on Splitcoast Stampers.  But please know that even if we miss leaving you a comment, we still peek at your cards and we thank you for taking the time to share them with us.  It means so much to us.   We have another great challenge all ready for you to enjoy, so let's get started.

PLEASE NOTE:  I'm looking for Guest Designers for this year.  If you are interested in being a Guest Designer here at Word Art Wednesday, please type the letters GD after your name in your entry.  Or, you can simply email me.

Our word art was created using the verse Ephesians 2:6 which says, "And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus".  What this essentially means is that once we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are "made alive" (v. 5) and in addition to that, we are "raised up with Him" meaning that, in the future, we will be seated along side Him (in heavenly places).   Not only does God give us wisdom, provision and security in this life, but He also promises us that we will be near Him in eternity.   That's AMAZING!   The one true God, creator and author of EVERYTHING, powerful, mighty, sovereign, omnipotent and eternal - He who sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty - has secured a place for us at His precious side.   You see, regardless of what the world might want to believe....there are only two places that every soul WILL spend eternity.  Those two choices are either: 1) Hell:  A dark, endless pit of fire with anguish, gnashing of teeth and eternal torment; or 2) Heaven - in the immediate presence of God, walking streets of gold, living in mansions, walking beside the waters, and seated by His precious side.   I leave you with this question.....where will you spend your eternity?   We WILL spend it somewhere.  The choice is ours to make.

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 sponsor for this challenge:
The Project Bin is our AWESOME sponsor
for this challenge.  If you're not yet
familiar with this sweet stamp shop,
we hope you'll stop by to look around.
One lucky person will win a $15 gift
certificate to spend on some new stamps

AND NOW.......Another Lucky Winner:
Our sponsor for the last challenge was
This lovely store carries acrylic stamps,
dies, and more.  Stop on by to look around.
One lucky person has won a $15 Gift Certificate
to spend at the Waffle Flower Store.
That very lucky person is....

And Our Top 3 (4 this week) Honors Go To:
Entry #52 - The VineArt Cafe
Entry #91 - Kren
Entry #122 - Pillan
Entry #240 - Maryann Scrapbooking

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 February Guest Designer, Lori Ulrich