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:



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Anything Goes Challenge Weeks #346-347

Welcome by again this week, everyone!  It's time for another awesome challenge here at Word Art Wednesday, and we couldn't be more delighted to have YOU here to play along with us.  We absolutely LOVE seeing the amazing cards and projects you share with us, and we also enjoy visiting your blog and getting to know you.  We hope you enjoy your time here, and we also hope you will stop by often.  Did you know that you can share and enter five projects per week for a total of ten (10) entries over the two-week time span of our challenges?  It's true!  And we hope to see all the fabulous creations you make during this challenge.  Be sure to link them all to our gallery for your chance to win one of the awesome prizes being offered for this (and every) challenge.

Our scripture used to create this piece of word art is Psalm 92:4 which says, "For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work.  I will triumph in the works of thy hands."  While we know that God has done many wonderful and amazing things by "the work of His hands", there is some controversy as to exactly what "work of His hands" this verse refers to.  Some say it is referring to creation, while others believe it is in reference to what He had done for the people of Israel.....and there have been other guesses as well.  To me, it isn't always super important to know exactly what was being referred to in a particular passage.  What's far more important is to simply recognize that God has done MANY amazing things by the "work of His hands", and it really should give us cause to praise Him.  I know this......HE DIED FOR US.  That, in and of itself, is reason to triumph.  But that's not all He has done.   When we stop and think of His sovereign majesty and ALL that He has done for us, we can't help but be grateful.  He created us, He loves us, He created and gave us this beautiful planet on which to live and thrive, He provides for us, He suffered and died for our sins, He rose again and has been preparing a place for us, He has forgiven us (those who have asked), and He is coming again for us.  These are just a few of the things He has done for us.  If you aren't yet able to truly "triumph in the works of His hands", I hope that you will make today the day that changes everything.  You can KNOW FOR SURE that you will spend eternity with Him in Heaven, and you will know all these blessings and more simply by calling on Him to save you.  It's that easy.  No jumping through hoops, going to meetings, taking vows or wearing special clothes, etc.  Just call on the name of Jesus (God in human flesh) and tell Him, "Lord, I know you are God,  I know you died and rose again to pay for my sins, and I'm asking you now to save my soul and help me live for you".  That's it!  That's all you need to do to experience the joy found only in Him!  This is our joy, and our hope for everyone.  We truly hope that you are triumphing in the works of His hands.

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 at Neat & Tangled are offering
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.

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 will win their choice of any
three sets from their digital site.

AND NOW......More Lucky Winners!
Our friends at The Project Bin generously
offered one lucky person a
$15 Gift Certificate to spend at their
store on some awesome new stamps!
Check out The Project Bin here.
That winner is.......

AND
Our digital sponsor for the last challenge was
the ADORABLE Iralamija Etsy Shop.  This
is the CUTEST and SWEETEST digital shop
there is!  One lucky person has won their
choice of ONE digital collage/sheet
from the lovely Iralamija Shop! It's

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #41 - Lucy Patrick
Entry #75 - Holly L.
Entry #153 - Leanne S.

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:

Coming Soon
Coming Soon

Now it's YOUR turn to link up.  Best of luck to you all in the next random draw!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Challenge Weeks #344-#345 - Anything Goes

Hello, everyone!!  We are SO glad you're here because it's time for another FABULOUSLY FUN challenge here at Word Art Wednesday.  It's always even more fabulous when YOU all choose to join the fun.  Let's jump right in with our devotional and get this challenge started, shall we?

Hello everyone!  It's DT Member, Ginny M here filling in for Karen with this week's devotional.
Our verse is Isaiah 58:1 and it's a promise of a life-time blessing; as well as a personal favorite of mine.  I love to use this verse with birthday cards and wedding cards because it's such a wonderful verse filled with such promise and hope!  When we are young in our walk with the Lord, we need to learn that He will always lead us and give us strength to navigate the paths that our lives will take.  This verse promises us His mighty power during those times when great strength is needed. It tells us of the effect of God working in us, and what we become in Him.  Where else can we go to receive these precious promises?   I think we can all get through the hard times; but the question remains as to........"what happens after the hard times"?  What will we be?  We can look around us and see those who do not follow in the love and ways of God - and their end is not so good (it's uncertain and without hope).  But, to those that love and believe on Him - They (we) will be like a watered garden, full of life and beauty (that reflects Him) - He will never fail us!  He will guide us,  He will feed us, He will cause us to bloom!  If you know and love the Lord Jesus Christ, you know He will keep you; but if you don't yet know him, please pick up your bible and start reading.  In John 14 verse 6 He declares He is the truth, the life and the way.  Let him lead you, save you, cause you to bloom into the beautiful garden He created you to be.  You will never regret it!

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.
Here's our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Our friends at The Project Bin are
offering one lucky person a generous
$15 Gift Certificate to spend at their
store on some awesome new stamps!
Check out The Project Bin here.
AND
Our digital sponsor for this challenge is
the ADORABLE Iralamija Etsy Shop.  This
is the CUTEST and SWEETEST digital shop
there is!  One lucky person will win their
choice of ONE digital collage/sheet
from the lovely Iralamija Shop!  And...
Owner, Bety Jennings is sharing a special
inspirational card (shown below) featuring
some of her lovely Iralamija images.

AND NOW....Our THREE Lucky Winners:
Wild Orchid Crafts is EVERYTHING when
it comes to all things FLOWERS🌺 (and
more!).  If you're not familiar with
Wild Orchid Crafts, be sure to check out
ALL their is to see at this amazing store.
Our friends at Wild Orchid Crafts have
offered one lucky person a 15 pound (UK)
prize to spend on some of their lovely
flowers, leaves, and goodies.
It's Entry #134 - Gail Scott
AND
For our friends playing along in the US, our
friends at Sunny Studio Stamps are offering
another lucky winner at $25 Gift Certificate
to their AWESOME store filled with the
cutest stamps, die-cuts, and more!
Be sure to stop by Sunny Studio Stamps.
This lucky winner is....
AND
Our digital sponsor for the last challenge was
the ADORABLE Jane's Doodles.  This sweet
shop carries clear stamps and adorable
digital stamps; but for this challenge,
they offered a FABULOUS digital
prize of the winner's choice.
That's Entry #187 - Elizabeth Hart

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #201 - Stephanie S.
Entry #199 - Sparkling Pink
Entry #212 - Desire Fourie

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 some inspiration to get you started:

of sponsoring, Iralamija Etsy Shop using Iralamija
(details on Karen's Blog)
Using a Freebie from our
Digital Sponsor, Iralamija Etsy Shop

And Now...a few of our friends on the Design Team
at our sponsoring store, The Project Bin
 have created some lovely samples for you using
a few of their fun clear acrylic stamp sets.

Autumn's Calling
Now it's YOUR turn to link up.  Best of luck to you all in the next random draw!


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Challenge Weeks #342-#343 - Anything Goes

Welcome by again, peeps!  We're SO glad you're here to join us.  Another fabulous challenge is about to begin, and we absolutely love having you play along.  It's always so much fun seeing all the amazing things you all create.  There's so much talent out there, and it blesses us to have you all share your talents and spend time with us.  We have THREE fabulous sponsors for this challenge, a new July Guest Designer, and lots of Design Team inspiration.  Let's jump right in and get started.

Our word art was created using Psalm 23:6 which says, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever".  You see, when we completely surrender our lives to God; He's doesn't promise that we will never have another problem or trial again for the rest of our lives.  What He's promising us, however, is that even when we (as His children) do go through trials in our lives, He will be there in the midst of it all.  And as long as we keep Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, and look to Him alone for the answers; He will always provide His goodness and His mercy so that we're able to handle everything that comes our way.  He gives us the wisdom, discernment, and strength we need to conquer any obstacles the world (or the enemy) puts in our way in an attempt to discourage us. Our joy increases as we face those obstacles boldly with the goodness and mercy He alone provides us.  In turn, we're promised that we will never be left to figure out anything on our own again because HE CARES for us.  He is always there waiting for us to call on Him, and He wants to show us His full measure of goodness and mercy.  We need only to trust Him completely, and turn to Him in every situation.  And when this life is finally over (and it surely will be for each of us one day), and when we've finished the course God has set before each of us; we will dwell (live/reside) with Him "for ever" and all eternity.  Not only will He take care of us every step of the way while we are here on earth; but He promises to keep us always.  We are physically and literally promised that we will spend eternity in His presence, in His "house" (Heaven.....a perfect place).  What an amazing promise!

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.

Here are our AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Wild Orchid Crafts makes all things
FLOWERS🌺 (and more!).
Karen is offering one lucky
winner some GORGEOUS WOC
Flowers  and Mulberry Leaves.

AND
In addition, our friends over at
 Sunny Studio Stamps are offering
another lucky winner a $25 Gift Certificate
to their AWESOME store filled with the
cutest stamps, die-cuts, and more!
Be sure to stop by Sunny Studio Stamps.
AND
Our digital sponsor for this challenge is
the ADORABLE Jane's Doodles.  This sweet
shop carries clear stamps and adorable
digital stamps; but for this challenge,
they are offering a FABULOUS digital
prize of the winner's choice.

AND NOW.....TWO Lucky Winners:
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps sponsored
our last challenge.  Stamp Simply
carries such WONDERFUL stamps and dies.
Some of our Design Team Members have
used their products on their cards today.
Be sure to check out Stamp Simply
Clear Stamps to check it out for yourself!
One lucky person has won their choice of
either two stamp sets, or one stamp set
and one die-cut of choice.  That lucky
person is.....
Entry #348 - Bonnie Garby

AND
Our friends at Imagine That! Digis offered
a $10 credit to their ADORABLE shop.
Just click this link to view everything
there is to see at Imagine That! Digis
 That lucky winner is.....
Entry #54 - Kym

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #15 - Janis Lewis
Entry #16 - Gloria Lee
Entry #93 - Fabiola

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 some inspiration to get you started:

our Sponsor, Sunny Studio Stamps
Using Open Roses from our
Using a sponsor stamp set called