Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Challenge #169 - Anything Goes

It's hard to believe that it's February already.  This year is off to a great start.  We have a fun new Guest Designer this month as well as a Fill-In Designer who is helping out while some our regular DT Members take a little break.  We hope that you will take time to welcome these two talented ladies, Martha and Stephanie, and let them know how grateful we are to have them with us this month.  We're absolutely delighted to have each of you with us as well, and we look forward to seeing the lovely art you will share this month.

I want to quickly share with you why we have three sponsors this week.  There is a new tax called a VAT tax coming out of Europe that has greatly affected many of our sweet digital sponsors' stores.  Many of the sweet digital stores we love had to close their doors because of this tax.  By losing these sponsors, I had to do some serious shuffling.  But because GOD IS SO GOOD, I not only filled all our digital sponsor spots for the year; but I was also able to fill each week with a sponsor for physical product every week.  We originally had My Craft Spot by Kimberly scheduled as our primary sponsor for today's challenge.  As most of you probably already know, Kimberly had to make the decision to close her doors permanently due to a serious illness with her daughter.  Kimberly has been SUCH a dear friend and faithful sponsor of our challenges for several years now.  We're going to miss her SO MUCH, but I just wanted to let you all know that her shop still has a few goodies left, and they are GREATLY discounted (at least 50% off); so you might want to stop by and do some shopping before it's all gone......forever.  Thank you again, Kimberly, for being such an awesome sponsor and friend of Word Art Wednesday.  We wish you the very best in the days and years ahead!
This week's word art/scripture is 1 Corinthians 16:14, and although it's taken a bit out of context from the chapter, it's basically telling us to do EVERYTHING with love.  The word "charity" means love.  It comes from the Greek word "agape" which is translated as charity or love.  As we study this word "charity", we learn that it specifically refers to the love that we have toward other people.  Charity is a very specific kind of love because it is the love that we show toward others, and a type of love that suffers long and is kind.  It's easy for us to show that long-suffering kind of love for our children, for our parents, for those we love deeply.  But God has commanded us to do ALL our things with this kind of love called charity.  That means we need to express patience, forgiveness and understanding towards everyone.  We all know "that one guy" or "that one gal" at work, church, or in your neighborhood.  You know the one I'm talking about....you're thinking about him or her right now.  They might drive you NUTS, or annoy you to pieces.  But God has asked us to express that same love, called charity, towards EVERYONE, and in EVERY situation.  Yup, it's difficult for sure.  It's always easier to live inside our comfortable little bubble and just show love towards those who we like, those who "get us", or are in our circle of friends.  But let's really make an effort in our daily lives to show that same kind of charity (or long-suffering love) toward every person we encounter, and in every situation we encounter.  Not only will be pleasing God and obeying His Word, but I have NO DOUBT that in doing so, we will bring glory and honor to His precious name; AND.....we will be blessed in the process.  After all, God loves us with such a wonderful, deep and unconditional love.....we should be able to do the same for others, and in all circumstances. 

As always, you are welcome to save this week's 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 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 each week. 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 these guidelines.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's beautiful scripture/word art file.
We hope that it will be a blessing to you!
 

Here are this week's AWESOME sponsors:
Verses Rubber Stamps is offering one winner
$20 in wood or cling stamps from their LOVELY
shop.  Click here to see ALL the great stamps
and supplies at Verses Rubber Stamps.
AND
Imagine That Digi Stamps is our digital sponsor
this week, and they're offering another
lucky winner three (3) images of choice.
Some of our Design Team Members have used
Imagine That images on their samples today.
AND
for the last time :(
My Craft Spot by Kimberly is offering their
Jar Full of Flowers Stamp Set to one lucky person.
Don't forget to stop by and get some of these
wonderful stamps, dies & goodies before they're gone!
 
Here are this week's LUCKY WINNERS:
Loves Rubber Stamps is offering a
$10 Gift Certificate to one lucky person.
The lucky winner of this prize is
Entry #201 - Diana Nguyen
AND
All Dressed Up is offering three (3) images
of choice from their DARLING Etsy Shop!
And that lucky winner is
Entry #56 - Tamara P.

The winner from Karen's Blog
Using an All Dressed Up Image on her project
is Entry #14 - Wendy from Paper Whims
 
 WINNERS:  Please email Karen THIS WEEK
to claim your prize!  Thanks.
May God bless all our amazing sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started

14 comments:

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Wednesday is here
another blessed week to all
I am so surprised today
thank you so much for lovely gift
I am emailing to Karen now
thanks and all the best to all
hugs blessings Tamara

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love this week's verse, and need to remember it to use in my art journal sometime. Thank you for all the inspirational art pieces by the DT members. Blessings!

D- said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful art and touching words.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
Designs By Dragonfly {blogspot}

Wendy said...

Congrats to all the winners in Challenge #168. Thanks for choosing my name in the special drawing for using an "All Dressed Up" image. Thank you!

Granmargaret said...

Thank you for another challenge and verse. Lovely cards by the design team.

Karen said...

Beautiful words to accompany gorgeous creations! I hold this Scripture near and dear to my heart... it is how God will truly shine through us and into the lives of others. Thank you for another week of inspiration. :o) (And thank you for the lovely words about Kimberly... I miss MCS so dearly.)

Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Bunny said...

Beautiful cards. Thank you for the challenge.

Sierra Winters said...

Thanks for another great challenge. I already miss My Craft Spot, and sweet Kimberly. I'm glad we have Word Art Wednesday where we can always play along and have fun!
Sierra

SarahGeorge said...

So sad Kimberly had to close. Will remember her daughter in my prayer. Beautiful scripture and devotion. The Dt cards are beautiful. Thanks for WAW Karen :).

Laura said...

Gorgeous DT makes ladies x

StephC said...

What gorgeous cards this week! So excited to be a part of it. :)

Janine said...

Lots of lovely cards again this week. Sadly VAT is not a new tax - it has just been extended to digital images. Anything seen as a "luxury" is subject to VAT. You pay it on home improvements, petrol, adult clothing, most services and most goods - hardly all luxuries! I know tax is necessary though - shame it just hits people so hard.

Diana Lynn Martin said...

Gorgeous DT creations, as always! Thanks for another fun & inspiring challenge. Love the verse!

Diana ♥
Leelee Card Designs

Donna K said...

It's so sad to see that these wonderful businesses are having to close due to taxes. I wish Kimberly the best as she is dealing with some of life's hard challenges.
Thank you for a wonderful challenge and the beautiful scripture. The DT has done a fantastic job and wow, so many wonderful entries!