Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Challenge #200 - LET'S CELEBRATE!!!

It's our 200th Challenge, and that means LOTS of great prizes for you!  But let me say this.....we REALLY want to see us reach 200 entries (at least) since this is our 200th Challenge.  We encourage you to link up the full FIVE (5) entries this week that you're each allowed, and that will increase your odds of winning one of the 15  AWESOME PRIZES that our generous sponsors are offering this week.  We're SO glad you've joined us, and we're ready to get started with the BIG celebration.

Our word art/scripture for this week is Psalm 20:7 and it reads "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God."  During this time, David fought against enemies to the north (Syrians and others) whose cities would be very arrogant and boastful about their armies.  They would weigh the strength of their city against the numbers in their military might.  If a city had hundreds of soldiers willing to fight for their honor, or if they had golden chariots with many mighty horses; they were considered a threat to all, including David.  But in this verse, David reminds us that his strength (just like ours) doesn't rely on military strength, chariots or horses.  He knew that his true strength comes from the LORD (God in the Old Testament, Jesus Christ in the New Testament); and that by having God on his side, he had nothing to fear.  Today, all around the world, countries are looking to nuclear bombs, heavy military support, and all sorts of reinforcements to defend them.  What many have forgotten is that our military troops, fire power, and the best of plans cannot save us from what is to come.  The ONLY defense that truly matters is the LORD our God, and our relationship with Him.  It doesn't matter if it's a small battle you're facing, or a huge battle (such as war, etc.).  Our only hope is in the LORD, and we need to pray diligently that America will turn its face back to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our only hope.  But also remember this....even if our country doesn't turn to Him, WE MUST!  God is our strength and our refuge (a safe place during difficult times), and as long as we keep our lives fixed on Him, we WILL be protected in the end.  God is our only hope.  Please, dear friends, don't ever lose sight of what is truly important - Jesus Christ and what He has done for us by paying the price for our sins on the cross; providing a way for us to get to Heaven.  The world WILL come to an end some day.  Don't place your trust in anything else.  JESUS is the answer!

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 our guidelines.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

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

Here are this week's REGULAR sponsors:
is an AMAZING shop for various
materials, and most especially....WOOL FELT!
Karen has used some of their lovely wool
felt on her sample for this week.
One lucky person will win a
$15 Gift Certificate to enjoy!
The Cutting Cafe is our FUN digital
sponsor this week.  They offer cutting files
and wonderful digital images.  One lucky
person will win some of their DARLING
files to enjoy for themselves!

Since it's our 200th Challenge, and we're having
a BIG Celebration, we have LOTS of extra
prizes from these generous sponsors:
Simon Says Stamp
Simon Says Stamp is offering one VERY lucky
person a generous $25 Gift Certificate to
their AMAZING on-line store.  (Have you been
paying attention to our "subtle hints" about this
FABULOUS shop in reference to our 2016 challenges?)
Top Dog Dies is giving one person
their lovely Party Drinks die-cut ($16 value)
V's Sweet Ideas is offering one lucky person
their cute Robot Birthday stamp set.
The Kraft Outlet is offering to TWO PEOPLE
one bundle each of their sweet and lovely
Dove Grey Seam Binding - it's SO pretty!

CropStop is offering one lucky winner
their awesome My Favorite Things
Loves Rubber Stamps is offering one very
lucky person a $10 Gift Certificate to their
amazing shop for some great new stamps!
The super sweet Iralamija Shop is offering
a very lucky crafter their choice of any one
collage sheet to enjoy in their crafting.
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DL. ART is a sweet shop filled with luscious
crinkle ribbon and twine.  One lucky person
will win a $10 Gift Certificate to this fun store!
Bossy Joscie is a SUPER FUN shop with stamps
and sweet flair.  One lucky person gets a
$20 Gift Certificate to spend at Bossy Joscie.
Really Reasonable Ribbon is the best place to
find ribbons, laces, trims, flowers and more.
One lucky person gets to enjoy a $10 Gift
Certificate to Really Reasonable Ribbon.
Scrappy Moms Stamp Store is such a fun
stamp shop.  They are offering one lucky
winner a brand new stamp set!
Ginny Maxam is offering this lovely collection
of 6x6 papers, envelopes and a die-cut.

AND NOW......Last Week's WINNERS!
Our sweet friend, Gloria Shirr, Consultant for
Close To My Heart, is sending this stamp set
To Lucky Entry #181 - Autumn (Sew Paper Paint)
Lucky Entry #169 - Christina Hor 
has won three images of her choice
from the FUN Eureka Stamps.

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

Using Feather Die-Cut from
Using Dies and Stamps from
Using Wool Felt From Sponsor,


D- said...

Happy, happy 200th challenge!!! What an amazing achievement.
Thanks for the wonderfully inspirational challenges, beautiful artwork and for sharing your kind hearts.
Your sweet comments have brightened my day so many times. I really appreciate them.
Crafty hugs,

Lisa :) said...

Gorgeous DT work as usual! Congrats on an amazing milestone!!!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ahh, dear ladies - what a wonderful verse that is . others do trust in things that rust and corrupt what better than to trust in the faithful true God, our LORD and Saviour.
How blessed are we??
Wonderful work by the DT very clever variations, on a theme!!

... and in honour of the 200th WAW I plan, God willing, to return with this week's verse used!
... and yes will aim for five entries, and tel every one I can too :D
hugs and God bless,
Shaz in Oz.x #25

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Kathy said...

Congratulations on your 200th challenge!!! Beautiful samples this week ladies! I love the Psalms:)



Birgit said...

Congratulations WAW on reaching your 200th challenge! May you be richly blessed for faithfully sharing God's Word each week in such a creative way. Here's to 200 more!! ~ A faithful follower and participant.

Em Louise Fairley said...

HUGE congratulations to everyone at WAW! I LOVE taking part in the challenges and seeing the DT's amazing creations.
Hugs and blessings,

Unknown said...

Congrats on 200!! How exciting!! And I love all the different sponsors! What a celebration :) Love all the DT Creations!! Love JoAnn's card!! Love all the layers. Love the papers! The stitching... everything! Just gorgeous! I LOVE that image too!! Fantastic!! Thanks for another fun challenge!

- Susan
{Sentimental Susan}
{Scrap A Thousand Words}
{Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges}

Christina Hor said...

Oh thank you so much to Carole for notifying me that my entry#169 pirate boy birthday card was chosen as one of the winner. Carole, I've left a note over on your Google+ account. Congratulations also to Autumn. So many beautiful creations from last week and another week of beautiful inspiration DT! I look forward to joining in this week fun as well. Wishing everyone a lovely and blessed week.

Marsha said...

200! challenges. Congratulations. And that is 200 verses! May God continue to bless WAW as you honor Him with your blog and with proclaiming the Word. Thanks to each of the team members who give us such great eye candy and ideas each week.

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Congratulations on your 200th Post! That is awesome! What a milestone! You have a lot of wonderful prizes on here. I hope you get over 200 entries. Wouldn't that be grand?

I am having a blog celebration; with lots of prizes as well. I would love for everyone to join my celebration. Join as a follower (if not already), comment and add your blog link to Mr. Linky. I am already a follower of your blog. Everyone is welcome to join. Have a fabulous day! Hugs, Gloria

Bunny said...

Happy 200th, y'all. A celebration for you and us. Thank you for all the challenges and the beautiful DT work we receive. Thank you also for The Word and the verses. What a nice place to come and visit.

Marlena M. said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for all work so hard and diligently. May God bless your efforts~

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Congratulations! I want to thank each of you, as well as past DT members and guest designers, for all the inspiration you have provided your followers with. However, I thank you especially for helping spread the word of God, our Creator, Savior and Redeemer. This is not just a challenge, but a ministry and testimonial of your faith. May God bless you and help you continue this marvelous venue for years to come!

Christine said...

Congratulations on a fabulous milestone! Just think....God's Word has been shared so very many times over the last 200 challenges. Thank you for the blessing of the beautiful scripture word art and the heartfelt devotions!

Just for fun, I looked back in my gallery to see when I first started participating. It was almost exactly three years ago, in September 2012. Thank you for your kind encouragement over the years!

Lidia R. said...

Haber encontrado este blog ha sido una bendición para mi. Cada reto leo muy bien los versículos y sus palabras y me bendicen mucho!! Muchas gracias por dejarse usar por y para Dios!! Felicidades en sus 200 retos!! Preciosas todas las creaciones de las DT como siempre!!! GBYM !!!

Janis said...

Congratulations on this awesome milestone!!! Wow!! What a wonderful group of sponsors for this special challenge. Thank you for how you have blessed us with your encouraging words on our cards and projects. Thank you for blessing us with words of truth from the Scriptures each week, too!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Andrea W said...

Thanks for the lovely inspiration and congrats on your 200th challenge!

Migdalia said...

Congrats on 200th! WOW!! How awesome is that!! The cards are all Beautiful. Awesome job DT ladies.Thank you for hosting another challenge and for your beautiful scriptures which truly make a difference. Love that!!
Congrats to both winners.
Have a blessed day,
Crafting With Creative M

Cynthia said...

Congrats on the 200th Challenge! Your weekly inspiration and family friendly challenge is a blessing. Thank you to all of the sponsors as well!

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice work DT

KT Fit Kitty said...

Woohoo! Congratulations on your 200th challenge! You've lined up some fabulous sponsors and prizes - I'm very excited about it! So happy to join you again this week - I enjoy playing here in this family friendly challenge, and your DT leaves such kind and thoughtful comments - this is much appreciated! Thank you for the beautiful scripture and devotional! Wishing you many more challenges here at WAW!

Beth F. said...

Oh my goodness! Congratulations on 200 challenges! I am so excited to be able to join with you this week.

Unknown said...

Congratulations on 200 challenges! Thank you for all the wonderful scriptures to use. The devotionals are always such an encouragement, too.

Helen said...

Congratulations on your milestone and long may the challenges continue.

Helen x

Berina RGA said...

Congratulations on the 200th challenge!! That's a great milestone!! Great job everyone!
Moxie Craftie

DIANA L. said...

Congrats on your 200th challenge. I am so happy to be one of the sponsors and to enter the challenge myself.
A lot of the entries could join in my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes SEPTEMBER Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day


HeARTworks said...

Wow! How exciting! God is soooo good! patsy

Anita in France said...

Congratulations on your 200th challenge! Thanks so much for the invitation to play along, Karen, I wouldn't have found you otherwise! Anita :)

Cathymac said...

Congratulation on reaching 200 challenges, and a big thanks to Karen and the Design Team for all of the fabulous inspiration through the years and for giving honor to the Lord through the featured scripture verses!

Anita in France said...

Congratulations on your 200th challenge! Thanks so much for the invitation to play along, Karen, I wouldn't have found you otherwise! Anita :)

CG said...

Congrats on 200 challenges! Thanks for the fun! Best, CG

AJ Bodine said...

Wow, congratulations on the big 200! And thank you for the invite to play along, I'm glad I've found you now!!! Beautiful DT work here!

Nancy Soetaert said...

congrats with your 200th challenge!
Thanks for the Words every week and the great cards from the DT!

New Creations said...

Heartiest congratulations on your 200th celebrations! I love all the year with so many inspirations here by so many talented Designer's! Thanks for inviting in your fun challenge filled with love!!!!

Unknown said...

200th Challenge! WOW!!! Congratulations! I will hopefully get a chance to enter something else before the challenge ends!

Monika Reeck said...

oooww 200 ..

and you have fab sponsor
I have joined this time
Thanks for your lovely challenge
and hugs from Germany

NanaConnie said...

Congratulations on your 200th challenge! Think of all the faith and encouragement you've passed on in that time. Blessings on you. :-D

krcmasterpiece said...

The time has went by so fast! I remember when this blog first started. Karen Letchworth-you have grown this blog into an inspiring place to be! Thank you and your design team for all the wonderful inspiration week after week!

Gail said...

congrats on 200th Challenge - have a lovely week - and kudos to DT

Nancy said...

Congratulations to all of you on your 200th Challenge! :o)

Julie Odil said...

200 challenges? That is an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations to all of you! Thanks for all the great inspiration, week in and week out! I love this challenge blog! Here's to 200 more -- and beyond!

Sarosa said...

I haven't had so much fun in ages! Thanks for doing this celebration ... the five posts I did for this are more posts than I'd done the past two years! But I'm really thankful for your blog, and its promotion of scripture. What a blessing! Even though my card making season is a bit limited as I have an unusually low load for grad school this semester, I hope to keep on visiting Word Art Wednesday for inspiration both spiritual and artistic! Blessings to all of you for all your work and dedication!

Sarah Kornhaus