Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Anything Goes - Challenge #318-#319

Welcome back for our second challenge of the new year.  Hopefully by now you've settled in to the new year and any changes that might have occurred.  We're SO grateful that you take the time to stop by and share your art with us here, and we always LOVE seeing your amazing cards and projects linked up here.  We have two AWESOME new sponsors for this challenge, and these prizes will surely make you want to play along for the chance to win.  And....we really enjoy visiting your blogs and seeing your amazing art!  Oh, don't forget....I'm still looking for a few Guest Designers for 2018.

Our word art uses the scripture Psalm 63:3 "Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee".  The psalmist was simply saying that having the favor of God in his life made it worth living.  When a person lives without the love of God during their lifetime, they aren't really "living" and enjoying life because their eternal hope is lost.  What is there to live for and look forward to?  Having the joy that the promises of knowing and loving God brings, and knowing and being loved BY God is truly better than life (a life without).  When we know God personally, our whole life becomes worth living because our eternal hope is in Him...not on this earth.  We claim God's promises by not complaining about life's trials, but by trusting that He will always take care of us.  We "praise Him" because of His love for us (what He did for us), and we live for Him because of what He has promised us.  A life lived in the lovingkindness of Jesus Christ really is better than life, and I know that I will praise Him as long as I have breath.   If you don't yet know of His lovingkindness personally, let today be the day you call on Jesus Christ to give you the gift that truly is "better than life".

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. 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 TWO AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Bossy Joscie is such a fun store.  They carry stamps,
personalized and custom stamps, stickers, envelopes,
adorable flair, and SO much more.  One lucky person
will win a $25 Gift Certificate to this AMAZING shop!
Be sure to stop by Bossy Joscie to do some shopping!
The Cutting Cafe is our digital sponsor for this
challenge.  However, you will want to check out
this store because they carry SO much more than
just digis.  There's personalized ribbon, SVG files,
clear stamps, and SO much more.

AND NOW.....Our Lucky Winners!!
Our friends at Paper Smooches are offering
one lucky person a $25 Gift Certificate to their
awesome store filled with the cutest stamps,
dies, and crafty goodies to help you create and
adorn your creations.  We hope you'll stop by to
check out EVERYTHING at this amazing store!
This $25 Gift Certificate to Paper Smooches 
goes to Entry #120 - Patty O'Malley

Wild Orchid Crafts (located in the UK) is offering
one lucky person a 15 pound prize.  This sweet
store is filled with the most GORGEOUS flowers,
leaves and accents to adorn your projects.  Be
sure to stop by Wild Orchid Crafts to look around!
This lucky winner is.......
Entry #58 - Hazel

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #137 - Marieke
Entry #145 - Narobe Hisa
Entry #164 - Gloria Lee

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email us 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:



kbrandy4 said...

Thank you so much Karen for drawing my name as the lucky winner and congratulations to the top 3.
Have a pleasant day.
Hugs Hazel x

Gail said...

Once again a great devotional and fab creations by the DT - I wish everyone a blessed week and thanks for the challenge

Migdalia said...

Thank you for another wonderful challenge. Beautiful inspiration & scripture.

Cynthia said...

Congrats to the winners and thanks for the lovely Scripture! Great DT inspiration.

Maryann scrapbooking said...

Meilleurs Voeux pour 2018.
Que de belles cartes à admirer ! Bravo à la DT.
Merci pour ce beau défi auquel je participe avec plaisir.
A bientôt.

Best wishes for 2018.
What beautiful cards to admire! Congratulations to the DT.
Thank you for this beautiful challenge which I participate with pleasure.
See you soon.

SHartl said...

Congrats winners!! Thank you for another fun challenge and great scripture sentiment.

CG said...

Thank you for the fun link-up and wonderful DT projects! Best, CG

Patty O'Malley said...

I am so excited to see I was chosen as a winner! Thank you so much!

Patty O'Malley said...

Karen, I tried to send you an email regarding being chosen as a lucky winner but I received a notification that the email wasn't able to be delivered. Please let me know if you received it. If you didn't, what should I do?

Sherrie K. said...

Thanks for a wonderful challenge!
Sherrie K

Deedee Anderson said...

Beautiful cards, every one! Thank you for the lovely devotional, and the crafty inspiration.

Marjeta said...

Beautiful and varied presentation of your scripture. Thanks for inspiration.

stampingbowd said...

Thanks for the fun challenge and the beautiful scripture! The samples are beautiful!