Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Challenge Weeks #340-#341/Anything Goes

Welcome to Word Art Wednesday.  We're so glad you're here to play along with us and share your wonderful art in this fun challenge.  God has blessed us with the most amazing sponsors, lots of sweet inspiration from our Design Team, and just a really great place to fellowship and have fun.  Let's get started with our new challenge.

The scripture that was used to create this beautiful piece of word art is Isaiah 64:8 which says, "But now, O LORD, thou art our father, we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we are the work of thy hand".  This reminds us of God's supreme power over us.  He created us, and as His children, He continues to "mold" us as we walk with Him.  Personally, I'm glad that I'm not the same person I was when I was first saved.  Not that I was a "bad" person, but like everyone, I have personal struggles.  God sees all those struggles and imperfections, and He cares enough about us to continually work in our lives.  He knows, and cares about all the things that we consider obstacles in our lives.  As we walk with Him and learn of Him, He forms us and helps us to become the best version of ourselves so that we can reflect His goodness and love in this dark world.  If you, or someone you know is unhappy, needing the "Potter" to remold and shape you into a better, happier person....here's the answer.  By giving your life to God, you're promised that He will never leave you.  Not in this life, or the eternal life we get with Him in Heaven.  He will continue to mold and shape us into the best people we can be - making us happier and more content in this life.  And, PRAISE GOD, we will spend eternity with Him in paradise.  By surrendering to Him, we're assured that He will help mold us into the person He desires for us to be....a happy, blessed person with a secured eternity.  Just call on Him, ask Him to save you, to keep you, to mold you, and to bless you today and forever.  He's waiting to hear from you!

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:
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps is sponsoring
us for this challenge.  Stamp Simply
carries such WONDERFUL stamps and dies.
Some of our Design Team Members have
used their products on their cards today.
We hope you'll visit Stamp Simply
Clear Stamps to check it out for yourself!
One lucky person will win their choice of
either two stamp sets, or one stamp set
and one die-cut of choice.

AND
Our friends at Imagine That! Digis is offering
a $10 credit to their ADORABLE shop.
Just click this link to view everything
there is to see at Imagine That! Digis

AND NOW......Another Lucky WINNER:
Our friends over at Lawn Fawn
are offering one lucky person a
$25 Gift Certificate
to their AWESOME store.
Be sure to stop by and check out
all the FABULOUSLY ADORABLE
stamps, dies, papers and SO
much more at Lawn Fawn.
Our lucky Lawn Fawn WINNER

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #26 - Monika Buzsy
Entry #41 - Diane Hover
Entry #103 - Pam Sparks

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:

Using Queen Anne's Lace from
Using Thinking of You Rose Stamp Set
Coming Soon

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Challenge Weeks #338-#339 - Anything Goes

Welcome back by again, everyone!  We're so glad you're here and that you've chosen to play along with us.  We have an AWESOME sponsor....the fabulous Lawn Fawn.  We also have some wonderful inspiration from our Design Team.  We thank you for stopping by to fellowship with us, have some fun, and share your amazing creations in our challenge. 

The awesome word art for this challenge is a great verse (Psalm 1:1) for Father's Day, and you're welcome to save this free image to use on your Father's Day cards.  This verse says "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful".  It reminds us of how a good man (woman, child, etc.) is to live their life.  God's word makes it very clear that when we choose to live a separated life and live for Him, we will be blessed.  It also reminds us that when we hang around ungodly people, we begin to listen to them and their unwise advice.  We also tend to sin more when we're surrounding ourselves with other people who aren't walking the Christian walk.  Their bad habits can quickly rub off on us, and it's very important to hang out with people who will encourage us in our Christian walk, set a good example for us, and encourage us to get right with God and live a wholesome life....a BLESSED LIFE that comes only through living for the Lord, Jesus Christ.   Yes, we have to live in the world and engage in the world; but don't have to become LIKE the world.  We are warned that we need to live a separated life (2 Corinthians 2:17), and like many verses from God's precious word, it comes with a promise.....being blessed.  "BLESSED IS THE MAN" - I know that I sure enjoy the #blessedlife - how about you?

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 over at Lawn Fawn
are offering one lucky person a
$25 Gift Certificate
to their AWESOME store.
Be sure to stop by and check out
all the FABULOUSLY ADORABLE
stamps, dies, papers and SO
much more at Lawn Fawn.


AND NOW.......Our Lucky Winners!
The Project Bin is a lovely store
that carries adorable stamp sets
to help you create something fun!
One lucky person has won a
$15 Gift Certificate to
The Project Bin.  Let's
hear it for our lucky winner...
Entry #108 - My Aspirations/Kathy

AND
Our friends at Stix 2 Anything are
offering a FABULOUS prize package
of adhesives and goodies.  This is an
AMAZING store that carries everything
you'll need in the way of adhesives as
well as a bit of EVERYTHING crafty
and fun.  We hope you'll
Check out Stix 2 Anything
The lucky winner of this prize is:
Entry #16 - Hazel Lawson

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #25 - Heather Mills
Entry #118  - Karla Yungwirth
Entry #226 - Cebelica

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:

Using these fun Lawn Fawn products:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Anything Goes - Weeks #336-#337

Welcome to Word Art Wednesday!  It's time for another fabulously fun challenge, and we're SO glad you've stopped by to join us.  We have a beautiful (free) digital scripture/word art file for you, a brief devotional, two lucky winners, two more amazing prizes up for grabs, and lots of inspiration.  Sounds like fun, right?  Well, let's get started!

Our word art for this challenge focuses on Psalm 48:14 which says, "For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death".  As you probably know, we live in a temporary world.  All that we possess will one day be gone.  If we purchase 100 acres of land, it's "ours" for a time; perhaps for many generations.  But nonetheless, it will one day be gone and no longer "ours".  Likewise, a king who receives his crown and places it upon his head will one day no longer have his crown.  Even our graves (burial places) are not eternal.  Everything around is temporary.  The one, and only, thing that is eternal is our God and His eternal promises.  Not even death can put an end to His love for us.  In fact, death is just the beginning of an eternal relationship with Him for those who have called upon His name for their salvation.  The word "guide" in this verse literally means that He wants to be our source of instruction to show us the way.  If we were taking a tour or trip in a strange land, we would want a guide to show us the way.  Life is most certainly a journey in a strange land.  God wants to be our guide in every minute of every day of our lives.  But often times, we treat God (and our relationship with Him) far too casually, and we call on Him only when we need something.  God wants to be our guide (our friend, our way) in every situation.  We will benefit greatly by allowing Him to be our guide....every moment, every day of our lives.  But how do we do this?  We must LISTEN to Him (like we would a tour guide) by reading and studying His word, listening to sermons from qualified pastors, talking with Him (remain in a spirit of prayer all day long), and then applying His instruction to our lives.  These things will make our journey in this strange land much easier to handle.  But the real joy in this verse is surely the fact that NOTHING will ever separate us from our God and His love for us.  As this verse tells us, death is not the end of God's promises; it's only the beginning.

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:
The Project Bin is a lovely store
that carries adorable stamp sets
to help you create something fun!
One lucky person will win a
$15 Gift Certificate to
The Project Bin.

AND
Our friends at Stix 2 Anything are
offering a FABULOUS prize package
of adhesives and goodies.  This is an
AMAZING store that carries everything
you'll need in the way of adhesives as
well as a bit of EVERYTHING crafty
and fun.  We hope you'll
Check out Stix 2 Anything

AND NOW.....Two Lucky Winners:
We wereTHRILLED to have the amazing
Pink & Main as our sponsor for the last
challenge.  We hope you will stop by
to see all the AMAZING stamps, dies,
embellishments and more that this shop
carries.  One lucky person has won a
generous $20 Gift Certificate to this
sweet store.  WOW! That winner is 
Our digital sponsor for this challenge
is the ADORABLE Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
Please take time to stop by and check out
ALL the lovely images (and more) found at
 the fabulous Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
The lucky winner of this prize is
Entry #295 - Granmargaret

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #168 - Karen Ladd
Entry #181 - Bonnie Garby
Entry #264 - Crafting With Katherine

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:

 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Anything Goes - Challenge Weeks #334 - #335

Welcome by again for another fun challenge, everyone!  We always enjoy having you visit, and most especially LOVE seeing your amazing art.  The cards and projects you share in our challenges are such a joy to see, and we want you to know that we greatly appreciate every single entry.  I've personally been having some trouble signing in to my Yahoo, Splitcoast Stampers, and Flikr accounts lately.  So if you haven't been getting as many comments, I really do apologize.  Please know that I do look at all the entries even when I'm unable to leave a comment.  Our Design Team tries to get by each blog during the course of each challenge.  If you get missed, please know that your art does not go unnoticed, and we appreciate you SO VERY MUCH.  You're all winners in our book.  Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us.

Our beautiful word art for this challenge allows us a look at Galatians 6:9 which says, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not".  This verse touched my heart this week, as God's precious Word always does.  When we take time to look into His holy word, it blesses us and gives us precisely what we need just when we need it most.  As some of you may know, our oldest daughter is expecting our first grandchild in October.  Our second daughter, however, has been trying to get pregnant for a bit longer than her older sister.  While she knows God's Word and His ways, she's still struggling a bit emotionally because, as humans, we want what we want...when we want it.  But with God, we learn that HIS ways, HIS timing, and HIS will are always perfect.  PRAISE GOD, our kids made the personal choice and commitment to save their purity (their first kiss and first physical experience) for marriage.  They wanted to honor God with their whole life.....not just parts of it.  We always assured them that God would bless them for making these decisions to obey His word in every aspect of their lives.  That doesn't mean that they don't get frustrated when things don't go the way they might have hoped.....just like you and I struggle with different things in our lives that don't go as planned.  But this verse assures all of us that we should never be weary, lose heart or "give up" when we are doing what's right and living for Him.  Because, as this verse promises us, WE SHALL REAP if we "faint not" (don't give up).  Sometimes the outcomes are not what we might have hoped for, but I assure you that it's ALWAYS going to be what's best for us.  God loves us.  He wants us to be happy.  But that doesn't mean we get everything we want right when we want it.  This verse reminds us that as long as we are doing what is right and living a life that honors God, we will reap the benefits that HE ALONE wills for us.  So just remember this, my friends, we may not always get exactly what we want when we want it; but when we live for Jesus Christ and His glory, we will reap beautiful 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.  If you
prefer the all black image, just let me know.
Here's our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
We are THRILLED to have the amazing
Pink & Main as our sponsor for this
challenge.  We hope you will stop by
to see all the AMAZING stamps, dies,
embellishments and more that this shop
carries.  One lucky person will win a
generous $20 Gift Certificate to this
sweet store.  WOW!  Special thanks to
ALL our wonderful sponsors.
AND
Our digital sponsor for this challenge
is the ADORABLE Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
Please take time to stop by and check out
ALL the lovely images (and more) found at
 the fabulous Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

AND NOW.......Another Lucky Winner:
From our last challenge, our dear friends at
Winnie & Walter offered one very lucky
person a generous $25 Gift Certificate.
If you're not yet familiar with this AWESOME
store, I hope you will stop by to do some
window shopping.  They carry the sweetest
stamps, dies, and more.  Check it out here
at Winnie & Walter
The lucky winner of this fabulous prize is
Entry #317 - Holly L.

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #142 - Sidan
Entry #169 - Marieke
Entry #309 - Amy Marshall

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:

Using the Digital Stamp Set