Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Challenge #230-#231 - Anything Goes

Hello to all our creative friends!  We're so glad you're back again for our new challenge.  It's a blessing to us every time you stop by to share your wonderful creations with us, and we're grateful for your participation.  We have a really fun sponsor this week, a beautiful piece of word art, and lots of great inspiration for you; so let's get started.

Our word art was created using the verse Psalm 33:11 which says, "The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations".  Let's look at this verse and break it down.  First we read "the counsel of the Lord", and this refers to THE PURPOSE of the Lord (or what He wants for us).  Next we read, "standeth forever" which means that it will be carried out and will never change".  This is one of the most precious things about God's Word.  It was, and is, and ALWAYS will be the same.  Unlike other religions whose doctrines flip-flop and change over time, God's Word is UNCHANGING because it is perfect, complete, solid and true.  It means exactly what it means, and will never change.  Praise God for that!  Time can't change God's word, and men can't change God's word (unlike other religions' doctrines).  Next we read "the thoughts of his heart", and this refers to all the things God has designed and that He wishes to be accomplished.  And finally, the last part says "to all generations", which is a beautiful reminder that His purpose (His desires for us) are passed down from one generation of men (from the beginning of creation) to the next for ALL TIME.  So, let's put all these parts together to see what God is telling us in this verse.  It basically says that the purpose of the Lord (what He wants for us) will be carried out and will never change.  The things that God designed and wishes to be accomplished will never change from one generation to the next.  What a blessing to know that His doctrines and principles are consistent, pure, and unending.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow; and He is the ONLY WAY to Heaven.  We hope this verse will be a blessing to you this week.


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 AWESOME Sponsor for this challenge:
Our friends at Freckled Fawn are offering one
lucky person a $15 Gift Certificate to their
sweet shop.  Freckled Fawn carries washi tapes,
wood chips, cork, metal and so much more.
Stop by Freckled Fawn to do some shopping!

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.
The lucky winner of our last challenge who will
receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the AWESOME
Simon Says Stamp is..........
Entry #145 - Janeen K.

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #136 - Elizabeth
Entry #163 - Sabina
Entry #264 - Lisa
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




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Challenge #228-#229 - Family Friendly/Anything Goes

Hello, everyone, and welcome back for another great challenge here at Word Art Wednesday.  We're so glad you're here today, and we feel blessed to have you join us.  God has blessed each of us with our very own set of unique talents and gifts that we are able to use to inspire and bless one another.  We want our challenges to be fun, inspiring, God-honoring place where all artists can share their creations to encourage each other and bring honor and glory to the One who has blessed us all with our talents.  For those of you who are newer to our challenges, PLEASE BE SURE to read our challenge guidelines and rules.  We know that you work hard on the beautiful projects you create to share with us, and we want you to be eligible to win the FABULOUS prizes that our generous sponsors provide in addition to inspiring us with the wonderful creations you share.  With that in mind, be sure that all your entries meet our guidelines so that they will not be deleted.  We appreciate you taking the time to stop by to share your God-given talents with us.  It's an honor to have you share your art with everyone.

This week's word art scripture is Psalm 9:10 and we hope that you will take a closer look at it with us.  The first words (And they that know thy name) refer to God's name which, in the Old Testament, was Jehovah.  The name of Jehovah was well known among the people of this time as being a watchword of strength and protection.  They placed their faith in Him (in Jehovah) because they knew from experience that He would always protect them, and they trusted in His faithfulness and goodness.  In the New Testament, we know Jehovah (or God) as Jesus Christ.  So as the verse goes on to say, we are told that those who know thy name "will put their trust in thee".  An example of how we "put our trust in thee" would be when we seek His help in times of need, or relief in times of pain or strife.  God is always the One we run to when we are troubled and need help because we, like the people then, know the He will lift us up, help and protect us in our times of need.  How can we call to Jehovah when we need Him?  It's actually VERY easy.  We can speak directly to God by fervently praying (asking of God) and adding to our prayer the good measure of faith and trust we give to our LORD God - Jehovah God in the Old Testament and Jesus Christ in the New Testament.  We call on Him because we trust Him.  He has proven Himself to be faithful over and over again.  What a joy to know that we can humbly come before Him directly - the God of this universe cares about each of us SO MUCH that even though He is perfect and holy, righteous and omnipotent, He allows us to approach Him directly.  We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful and faithful friend to help us in times of need.  How blessed are those who truly KNOW HIS NAME and can call on Him in times of need.

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 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 has won a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.

AND NOW......TWO MORE LUCKY WINNERS!
Heartfelt Creations is an AMAZING
store that carries the lovliest stamps
and die-cuts.  They have tutorials to
help you learn new techniques.  Be
sure to stop by and check out this
AWESOME store.  The VERY LUCKY person
who has won a $25 Gift Certificate
to Heartfelt Creations
is Entry #307 - Cheryl Quilts 
AND
My Artistic Adventures is our
digital sponsor for this challenge.
Be sure to stop by this sweet
Etsy shop to see all the lovely
collage sheets and images that
My Artistic Adventures has to offer.
Entry #128 - Elizabeth Hart 
has won this awesome prize!

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #15 - Misty
Entry #76 - Welcome Spring
Entry #149 - MaryVonne
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 the Sweet Sponsor Stamp Set
Alternate View - JoAnn Atterbury
Using Several Fabulous Sponsor
Products from Simon Says Stamp



Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Challenge #226-#227 - Anything Goes

Hi, everyone!  Welcome back for another great challenge.  We have a brand new Design Team Member, Gail Scott, and it would be great if you'd stop by to welcome her.  We also have a new Guest Designer for April, Jennifer Scull.  We hope that you will all be inspired by their projects.  We sure do enjoy seeing all of the fabulous cards and projects you all link up with us each month.  You're all SO incredibly talented.  One thing I need to mention is the issue of verification on your blogs.  Several of you have the security measure of selecting images (i.e. pick the images with trees, boats, etc.).  Please know that it's NOT just my Design Team that struggles with this.  It slows down commening, and in some cases even causes people to get frustrated and leave without commenting.  If you could turn off this extra step, it would really help us out a lot.  We really want to comment on your amazing projects.  This extra step often gets in the way of us leaving the encouragement you so deserve.  Thanks for looking into it, and please let us know if we can help in taking care of this simple step of turning off verification.

Our word art/scripture for this challenge is Philippians 1:9-10 which is another beautiful message from the Lord to bless and encourage us in our walk with Him.  What this verse is telling us is that, as Christians and followers of Jesus Christ; our chief desire should be to increase in our knowledge of Him.  By growing in our understanding of God and His holy and precious Word, it allows us to have true discernment (knowing right from wrong) in doctrines and beliefs that differ from the truths of the Bible.  This is paramount in witnessing to those who have grown up believing false doctrine.  Remember friends....there can only be ONE ABSOLUTE TRUTH.  We can't possibly all be correct and on different paths to Heaven.  There is only ONE WAY, which we know is through Jesus Christ alone.  But if we don't grow in knowledge and understanding, we can't possibly be properly equipped to address these important issues.  We also need to grow in charity.  While good works alone cannot save us, we are saved FOR good works, that we might glorify God with our actions and represent Him in a dark world.  Our ultimate goal is to bring glory to His name.  Only when we are educated in His Word and His ways can we possibly share our faith properly with others.  You don't want to go into a discussion with someone not knowing how to correctly and satisfactorily answer their questions.  This is yet another reason why it's so very important, once we are saved, to GROW in the knowledge of the Lord and His Word.  If you are saved and need help finding a good Bible-teaching church in your area, we would be more than happy to help you find one.  Fellowship is one wonderful aspect of finding a church.  But GROWING in the knowledge of His Word is the greatest blessing you could possibly receive on this earth.  It draws us so much closer to the Lord, Jesus Christ, and gives us a sweet fellowship with Him (as well as with our church freinds), and it prepares us for sharing our faith.  Hiding His Word in our hearts is also how we avoid sin in our own lives.  You will NEVER regret the time you spend growing in the Word of God.

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 AWESOME Sponsor for this challenge:
Heartfelt Creations is an AMAZING
store that carries the lovliest stamps
and die-cuts.  They have tutorials to
help you learn new techniques.  Be
sure to stop by and check out this
AWESOME store.  One lucky
person will win a $25 Gift Certificate
to Heartfelt Creations.
AND
My Artistic Adventures is our
digital sponsor for this challenge.
Be sure to stop by this sweet
Etsy shop to see all the lovely
collage sheets and images that
My Artistic Adventures has to offer.
One lucky winner will get to pick out
some sweet new digital 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,
and one lucky person has won a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
That lucky person is........
Entry #322 - Erica Thompson


AND, Our Top Three Honors Go To:
Entry #364 - Kava
Entry #194 - Vickie ODell
Entry #322 - Erica
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

Visit Marsha's Blog to see alternate
views of this awesome card/bookmark
Using Floral Stamps and Die-Cut
from Sponsor, Heartfelt Creations



Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Challenge Weeks #224-#225 - Anything Goes

Welcome back, everyone.  WOW, did we ever see some AMAZING projects in the last challenge.  You are all SO very talented, and we're grateful beyond words that you take the time to link up and share your art with us.  We honestly wish that we could send you each a prize because you're ALL winners in our book.  Even picking a Top 3 is difficult because you are all such amazing artists. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful creations with us.  We're already looking forward to seeing more of your amazing art in this new challenge, and we have our AWESOME sponsor, Simon Says Stamp back with us again this time.  Woo hoo!!

Our scripture for the word art is a well-known (and very popular) Bible verse, Matthew 11:28.  It tells us, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest".  This is a beautiful and comforting verse as God tells us that we are welcome to approach Him, and assures us that He will give us the rest that no other person (being or entity) can offer us.  We've learned before (2 Corinthians 12:8-10) that God's strength is made perfect in our weakness, and that He wants to be our fortress and source of strength.  What a blessing to know that we can freely come to Jesus when our physical, spiritual and mental bodies are exhausted; and that He will give us complete rest that will comfort and strengthen us.  God knows and understands how tired we get, and knows how hard we work.  Remember, He became flesh and dwelt among us.  He experienced every physical burden that we experience (including being tired from working).  This verse also refers to the fact that we are burdened by the weight of our sin, and that we are now able to come directly to God through Jesus Christ to receive what no one else can offer - immediate and eternal rest.  And this "rest" is an escape from the weight of our sins.  Because of what God (Jesus Christ) did on the cross, we are now able to come directly to Him and receive forgiveness and freedom from our sins; allowing us to find the peace our troubled hearts desire.  Loving and living for God isn't a crutch (like some people say); but rather, it's exactly what our sinful condition calls for.  Only God (Jesus Christ) can give us that true rest.  It's a way out of our sinfulness and a way to escape what we, in actuality, deserve......an eternity in Hell - separated from God forever.  So, when Jesus says these VERY vital and loving words......"COME UNTO ME", it's not just for our benefit here on this earth.  When we "come to Him", we receive forgiveness, closeness, peace, rest, and ETERNAL LIFE.  We encourage you if you've never done it before, let today be the day that you "Come unto Him" and receive the rest you're looking for; both on this earth and for all eternity.  Not one of us knows the day of our death.  But we can ALL know FOR SURE where we are going when we die.  Don't ever let your eternity be a guess.  KNOW FOR SURE that you WILL spend eternity with Him in Heaven, and let today be the day that you answer God's call to "COME UNTO ME".

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 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 want,
and one lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.


AND NOW......THREE Very Lucky Winners:
The Kraft Outlet is an AWESOME store that
specializes in kraft note cards, kraft labels,
and SO much more.  This lucky person will
enjoy a $15 Gift Certificate to spend at
The Kraft Outlet.
It's Entry #209 - Cherry's Jubilee
AND
Want to know who has won a
package of the GORGEOUS Dove Grey
Seam Binding from Kraft Outlet??
AND
Imagine That Digi Stamps was our sweet
digital sponsor for the last challenge.  They
have oodles and oodles of ADORABLE
images.  Someone has won themself
THREE (3) images of choice from the
super sweet Imagine That Digi Stamps.
That lucky winner of new digis is
Entry #321 - Natasa P.

AND, Our Top Three Honors Go To:
Entry #26 - Maryvonne
Entry #146 - Sierra Winters
Entry #199 - Sandie's Card Garden
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 Simon Says Stamp exclusive wafer dies
called Gift Card Slot die.  Super cute!
Using Sponsor, Simon Says Stamp
for her leaves
Using Sponsor Stamp and Die Set
Melody's Easter from our Sponsor,
Coming Soon
Using Sponsor Stamp Sets from
Christmas Cats (for the hearts)