Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Challenge #374- #375 - Anything Goes

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!  Tomorrow is the day we celebrate all things "love", and here at Word Art Wednesday know that the source of all love is our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  As our focus scripture tells us, God IS love; and all that we know about love is learned through His wonderful love for all of us.  We're so glad you've stopped by to share your art with us.

Our word art uses the verse 1 John 4:16 which says, "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.  God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."   This beautiful verse about love tells us the very source of love.  Notice that it doesn't say that God created love or that He knows all about love.  No!  It tells us that GOD IS LOVE.   He is the very source and object of love.  It's through His actions of mercy towards us that we are able to experience love, and to share that love with others.  Without God, there would be no such thing as "love" because HE IS LOVE.   We take His perfect model of what love is, and we mold it into the many different forms of love in our lives.  Because He loves us, He was willing to suffer and die to make a way for our sinful souls to spend eternity with Him.  So, as we celebrate LOVE (both tomorrow on Valentine's Day and all year long) let's always remember that GOD IS LOVE.  Let's also try to follow His example by loving others unconditionally as He has loved us.

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
This sweet store carries wonderful stamps,
dies, and more.  Stop on by to look around.
One lucky person will win a $15 Gift Certificate
to spend at the Waffle Flower Store.

AND NOW......Another Lucky Winner:

AMAZING sponsor for this challenge.
They carry the most wonderful stamps,
dies, and SO much more.  While this store
carries many popular brands, the Stamp
Simply brand is uniquely amazing.
One lucky entrant has won their choice of
either any two stamp sets, or their choice of
one stamp set and one die-cut set.
The lucky winner of the prize from
Stamp Simply is......

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #119 -Jennifran4
Entry #137 - Carol Gill
Entry #196 - Little Birdie Blessings

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
From Our Sponsor, Waffle Flower Stamps


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Anything Goes - Weeks #372- #373

Welcome by for another fantastic challenge, everyone!  We had a great challenge and a wonderful start to 2019, and we're SO glad that you've chosen to join the fun and play along.  We always enjoy seeing your wonderful cards and creations.  Let's see what's happening here at Word Art Wednesday.

Our word art scripture is Psalm 55:22 which says, Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee:  He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved".  This is not the only scripture in God's Word that tells us to "cast our burdens on him".  In fact, God makes it very clear that He WANTS us to cast (throw) ALL our burdens on Him.  He doesn't want us walking around scared and worried.  He has agreed to do ALL our worrying and fretting for us.  What a wonderful friend and righteous Redeemer we have in Jesus Christ...He not only has the ABILITY to fix our problems, but He also has the DESIRE to want to handle thing for us, and the POWER to change and fix things.  God doesn't want us to be worried or stressed.  Today is a great day to do what His word tells us and to simply.....CAST OUR BURDENS UPON THE LORD.  We don't need to live with all the stress and drama, and He WANTS to help us.  And truth is....our worrying does nothing to fix the problems, and He has the power and authority to fix what we trust with Him.  We often wonder why God doesn't give us more.   Are you trusting Him with EVERYTHING?  He wants to (and can) help.  Let this be the day when you truly cast it all on Jesus and watch things improve.  Trusting is the first step.

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:
AMAZING sponsor for this challenge.
They carry the most wonderful stamps,
dies, and SO much more.  While this store
carries many popular brands, the Stamp
Simply brand is uniquely amazing.
One lucky entrant, by random draw,
will win their choice of either any two stamp
sets, or their choice of one stamp set and
one die-cut set.  Below, you can see some
samples of Stamp Simply cards/products
shared by their DT members and ours.


AND NOW.......Our Lucky Winner:
The Greeting Farm is such a fun little shop.
They carry adorable Clear Stamps, Rubber
Stamps, Die-Cuts and Digital Images.
There's something for every crafter.
One lucky participant has won a generous
$40 Gift Certificate to spend at
The Greeting Farm.  How exciting!
That's Entry #176 - Amy Marshall

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #51 - Rosali
Entry #62 - Darlene Pavlick
Entry #151 - 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 January Guest Designer, Gail Scott
 
JoAnn Atterbury Using Stamp Simply Clear Stamps
Maxine Diffey Using Images & Sentiment
from our Sponsor, Stamp Simply Clear Stamps
Products - Fishtail Banner Dies and
Stamp Set from Sponsor, Stamp Simply
Clear Stamps - Scripture/Word Art on Inside


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Weeks #370-#371 - Anything Goes

Welcome back for another great challenge, everyone!  WOW, we sure had a lot of amazing entries in our last challenge and we thank you for sharing your cards and projects with us.  I wish that every single entry could win the prize because it means so much to have you link up with us.  We really do wish everyone the very best of luck in the random draws for prizes, and your lucky day will come.  Please know that we are grateful for every single entry that links up with us, and we really enjoy what you share.  We have another wonderful sponsor, lots of great inspiration, and loads of fun you for all - so let's jump in and get started!

Our word art was created using the scripture Deuteronomy 4:39 and it says, "Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else".  This is a great verse for us to consider in light of the fact that it clearly says "there is none else".  There aren't "many different roads that lead to Heaven" as people would like to make you believe, and it really DOES matter to WHOM we pray.  There is only ONE TRUE GOD, and the Bible clearly tells us that His name is Jesus Christ (God the Father in human flesh).  People often wonder why "god" doesn't answer their prayers.  I would again ask....to what "god" are you praying?  It DOES make a difference.  There's only one true God, so there's only ONE who has the power to answer prayer.  It really DOES matter.  In Heaven, on earth, above earth or below it, there is none else.  You will NEVER be disappointed when you call on Jesus Christ - the one true God who really cares and really makes ALL the difference.  Don't let the world fool you and lie to you.  There is none else but Jesus!

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 Greeting Farm is such a fun little shop.
They carry adorable Clear Stamps, Rubber
Stamps, Die-Cuts and Digital Images.
There's something for every crafter.
One lucky participant will win a generous
$40 Gift Certificate to spend at
The Greeting Farm.  How exciting!


AND NOW......Our Big Winner:
Clearly Besotted Stamps & Dies is a new
sponsor for us, and just wait until you see
what this DARLING shop has to offer.
You will find the sweetest stamps, dies,
stencils and so much more.  One lucky
participant has won a 15 pound prize
to spend at this DELIGHTFUL shop.
And that's is the very lucky (and happy)
Entry #213 - Cebelica

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #26 - Ingunn
Entry #33 - Andrea Bastelmaus
Entry #63 - Meghan K.

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:

From Sponsor, The Greeting Farm We Have
Amy Young Using Fairy Wishes and Mermaid Kisses


Our January Guest Designer, Gail Scott
 
Using an Image from Sponsor, The Greeting Farm
Called Hope & Grace

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Anything Goes - Weeks #368 - #369

WELCOME!   We're SO glad to have you stop by Word Art Wednesday to share your art with us.  It's a brand new year, and we're so excited about all that God continues to do through this challenge blog.  We've watched Him provide for us year after year, and we're very grateful to Him for the growth we've seen as well as all the AMAZING sponsors He's given us for 2019.  You might notice some old favorites, and even some new sponsors this year.   You can see the complete list on the side-bar, and if you click on any of those images, you will be taken directly to those fabulous shops.  We do hope you will check out these awesome stores and support the companies who so generously give to others in the crafting community.  We also have a brand new Design Team Member, and I hope you will give her a warm welcome.  God has given us the sweetest group of card-makers who love Him and desire to honor Him through their art.  It's going to be yet another great year!

The scripture for our word art is Ephesians 6:11 which says "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil".  The verses go on to describe the entire "armor" God has provided us which includes protection for chest (the breastplate of righteousness), the loins (with truth), the feet (with the gospel of peace), the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, etc.  I like to think of it like a hockey player.  If you've ever watched an NHL game, you will quickly learn how physical and rough the game can get.  The players wouldn't dream of taking the ice without their helmet and face shield, their pads, and all the necessary layers of protection.  We wouldn't even want to think about the levels of harm they would experience if they weren't properly protected.  Well, the armor of God is much the same in the lives of Christians.  We're going out every day into a dangerous world; and facing enemies/competitors of a different kind.  When we aren't properly equipped with the full armor of God, we too can expect to get hurt.  This is why God gives us all the protection we need.  The belt of truth helps us to live right and stay grounded in our faith, the breastplate of righteousness guards our hearts from Satan's attacks, our feet being shod with peace allows us to go and boldly tell others about God's love, the shield of faith allows us to live without any doubts and to rest assured that God is always in control, the helmet of salvation gives us our eternal hope so that we never have to worry about our eternal destiny, and the sword of the spirit is the blessed Word of God that guides and comforts us.  Another "weapon" we have is the power of prayer giving us direct access to God.  Life is difficult.  I think we can ALL agree on that.  But God doesn't just throw us out there to fend for ourselves.  He has given us a complete armor to protect us; but the armor only works when we put it on and use it.  The hockey player's head isn't protected when his helmet sits on the bench.  Owning the equipment isn't enough.  It must be used properly in order to work.  What a blessing to know that God loves us SO MUCH that He provided all this protection for us while we live here on earth.  Let's all be sure to put on the armor every day and go out boldly to face anything that comes our way.  We are NEVER alone!

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:
Clearly Besotted Stamps & Dies is a new
sponsor for us, and just wait until you see
what this DARLING shop has to offer.
You will find the sweetest stamps, dies,
stencils and so much more.  One lucky
participant will win a 15 pound prize
to spend at this DELIGHTFUL shop.

AND NOW......Two More Happy Winners:
sponsor for this challenge.  This
lovely shopped is filled with the
sweetest stamps, dies, and all a
crafter/card-maker could ever want.
One lucky person has won either two
stamp sets of choice; or one stamp set
and one die-cut set of their choice.  And
that lucky person is......
Entry #41 - Billie

AND
Graciellie Design is our Digital Sponsor
for this challenge.  They have the sweetest
stamp sets and so much more.  You can view
the entire Graciellie Design Etsy Shop here.
One lucky person has won a $10 credit
to spend at the fabulous Graciellie Design
It's Entry #19 - Lagene

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #61 - Kathy Schweinfurth
Entry #76 - Meghan
Entry #101 - Marjeta

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:

Featuring their DARLING new Twinkle Toes
Stamps & Coordinating Twinkle Toes Dies

Our January Guest Designer, Gail Scott
Our New DT Member, Holly Lau