Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Guest Designer, New Design Team Member and Some Exciting News!

Here we are in a new month and a new year.  Can you believe that it's already 2013?  We have some very exciting news to share with you.  But let's start with our January Guest Designer, Arnoldo Romero.
Greetings!  My name is Arnoldo L. Romero, and I feel blessed to be the Guest Designer for Word Art Wednesday for the month of January.  What a marvelous way to start the year - 2013!

I've been married for nearly 22 years and have 2 daughters; one of whom is already a student at Texas A&M University.  Gig 'em!  I work in the education field, and love reading, writing, and exercising.  However, art is my passion.  I work with various types of media and techniques; especially watercolors, pastels, acrylics, ink, and collage.  My inspiration comes from family, nature, and especially our Lord's Scriptures.  Without Him, my life would be empty.

Hopefully you will enjoy my work, and it will bless you as much as it blesses me.  I look forward to working with the gifted and talented team at Word Art Wednesday - thank you for the invitation, Karen.  Godspeed!  I warmly welcome you all to visit my blog www.arnoldolromero.blogspot.com
We also have a new Design Team Member!  Helen Phelps is joining our team, and here is a little bit that she is sharing about herself.
Hi, I'm Helen! I'm a child of God, a wife and mother. I LOVE making things! Mostly paper things! I got my first rubber stamp set when I was only 8, and I was in love! Since then, my stamp collection has grown to an extensive collection of rubber stamps, foam stamps, sponge stamps and now digi stamps. I love colorful things and I love to color! I'm a happy, cheerful person and I love to show others that they are loved. My favorite way to do this is making them cards! In addition to making things, I love to read and learn. I'm honored and very delighted to be a part of the Word Art Wednesday Team!
Our next exciting bit of information is the introduction of our new Encouragement Coordinator, Carole Robb-Bisson.  Carole was a Guest Designer for us a few months ago, and she did such a phenomenal job of stopping by every single entrant's blog and leaving an encouraging comment that we have invited her to take on that role permanently (or for as long as she feels led of the Lord to do so).  Carole will be stopping by your blogs to encourage you and pray for you, and we praise God for her servant's heart.  I know that she would love to have you visit her blog The Diamond Dragonfly to say hello.  She loves to have new followers, and will also follow in return anyone who follows her.  She is such a blessing, and we know that you will be so blessed by her gift of encouragement.
The last bit of SUPER EXCITING NEWS is that we are starting a Top 3 each week here at Word Art Wednesday.  We will now select a Top 3 from all the entries we receive each week, and give out badges that you can proudly display on your blogs.  At the end of each month, all names in the Top 3 will go into a drawing, and one randomly-selected winner from all the Top 3 entries each month will win an amazing prize from Diane Noble of Daydream Designs (among other sponsors).  These prizes will be IN ADDITION to our regular weekly winners.  Who doesn't love more chances to win?
We look forward to another great year here at Word Art Wednesday.  Check out this amazing list of sponsors we have lined up for 2013:

Lisa's Altered Art
Eureka Stamps
Vintage Street Market
Mark's Finest Papers
Verses Rubber Stamps
Freckled Fawn
Your Next Stamp
Beatriz Jennings Etsy Shop - Iralamija
Shabby Cottage Designs
Robyn's Fetish
Prairie Point Junction - Wool Felt Central
Heart & Soul Rubber Stamps
The Kraft Outlet
Jelly Park Digital Stamps
My Heart Pieces
Nice Crane Designs
Verve Rubber Stamps
Daydream Designs
Cheery Lynn Designs
My Creative Classroom
V's Sweet Ideas
Pink Persimmon Stamps
Milk Coffee Stamps
Blue Moon Scrapbooking
My Craft Spot by Kimberly
Paper Sweeties

GOD IS SO GOOD to provide all these awesome sponsors, and we hope that you will join us for each and every week's challenge.  MANY weeks offer two prizes, and now with our Top 3 monthly prizes, your chances of winning increase greatly.  Invite your friends to join us, and we will look forward to seeing your beautiful art in our challenges.  It's 2013!!!  Let the fun begin!!


Marlou McAlees said...

welcome to the new design team members :) I already know Helen (hi)
a very happy, healthy and blessed new year to everyone x

Kathy said...

What awesome news! I'm looking forward to seeing the wonderful things that Arnoldo and Helen come up with for us all! How wonderful to have Carole leaving encouraging comments...we all need that sometimes! The Top 3 sounds great and the list of sponsers is FANTASTIC! Wonderful job, Karen, thank you for blessing us all and spreading God's Word as a light to the world! Blessings! Kathy

Teresa Kline said...

wow, what a wonderful way to start the year..thanks for sharing all the updates and YES, God is soooo good!

hugs *~*

Gemiel said...

What exciting news for 2013!!!! God is truly blessing us at Word Art Wednesday. I am so inspired and encouraged by all of you that link up your work each week and am looking forward to seeing all your creations and reading your devotionals and inspiring words this year.

Gail said...

Karen - this is fantastic - Welcome Arnoldo! Welcome Carole and Welcome Helen - I know you will all be doing your best to honor the Lord - and what great news to have the Top 3 for each challenge - have a great week and Happy New Year to everyone ~ I wish above all else that you be in good health and prosper!
Gail Scott~

Jo Ann said...

What a wonderful way to start this New Year, 2013! I want to personally welcome Helen and Arnoldo to the team. I am looking forward to seeing your artwork each week and to knowing you both more. And to Carole--the Lord knows how I rejoice upon knowing that you are going to join us as an encourager. You have fulfilled such role even without being told and I know Jesus is using you mightily to point people to the Cross. You are such a blessing and thanks for the all the encouragement you leave on my blog. Truly appreciate them! I can't wait to see our first Challenge for 2013 posted. Let us all work together for the glory of God.

Love always,

Diane Noble said...

What wonderful and exciting news to share! A warm welcome to Arnoldo for January! I'm so looking forward to your inspirations here and having the chance to work with you. Running to your blog now!

Yippee, Helen! It's been a delight to work with you on SSIC, and of course as one of my treasured dreamers at Daydream Designs...and now, WAW! Oh you will love it here, and I'll be so excited to see your designs here.

Carole...you ARE an encourager! I've been blessed by your generous encouragement many, many times and your comments are always treasures. Welcome to the team!

And...an extra thank you to you, Karen who makes all this fun possible. To think we get to exalt the Word of God AND have crafted fun at the same time...it just doesn't get any better. Thank you for all YOU do!

HeARTworks said...

How wonderful! 2013 is going to be an awesome year! A blessed new year! Patsy from

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Hi Karen, A warm welcome to your guest designer Arnoldo, and new design team member Helen.

Thanks for all you do here to promote the Word of God through scripture. I appreciate you. ~ Abby

Being Mrs Miles said...

Congrats to both Arnoldo (nice to see a GUY here!) and Helen, I'm sure they will have an impact on this fabulous challenge.