Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Anything Goes - Challenge #360-#361

Welcome by again for another fun and fabulous challenge here at Word Art Wednesday.  We have two awesome sponsors, two lucky winners, our Top 3,  a Guest Design Team Call for 2019, a beautiful (free) digital word art/scripture file, a brief devotional by Stephanie Wright, and a new link-up. Please let me know if you're interested in applying to be a Guest Designer for 2019.  Let's get started with these thoughts from Stephanie on this sweet piece of God's Word.   -Psalm 26:7

As we look at our focus verse for this challenge, we see that it is all about praising the Lord and bringing glory to His name. We are to tell others of all the wonderful things He has done for us and to do so with thanksgiving. It is a privilege to thank the Lord for what He’s done.

Daily gratitude challenges are popular on social media during the month of November. I’ve seen them criticized because “we should be thankful every day; not just during one month of the year.”  That is absolutely true. However, being humans, we tend to be forgetful. Do we truly express our gratitude daily? If so, do we do so publicly? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a challenge to remind us to be grateful for everything - big and small, with which the Lord has blessed us. And, just maybe, after expressing our thanksgiving for 30 days, we’ll develop the habit to continue even after November is long gone.

Expressing our thanksgiving to the Lord for the wonderful things He has done in our lives is important in our daily quiet time with Him. It is a type of worship to acknowledge how He’s working in our lives and thanking Him for it. It is also a great testimony to others to openly express our gratitude for the blessings we have and to give the Lord the praise for those things. It’s more than saying, “I’m thankful I have a good job.” Believers and non-believers would express the same. It brings the Lord glory for us to say, “I’m so thankful that the Lord worked out the details for me to have such a good job.” This puts the focus where it belongs. Developing a spirit of thankfulness and expressing it openly and frequently will lift our own spirits and change our attitude. Let’s not only be thankful people, but let us also be open in expressing our thanksgiving to the Lord.
Written by:   - Stephanie Wright

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 sponsors for this challenge:
Our dear friends at Stamp Simply
Clear Stamps are sponsoring this
challenge by offering one lucky person
their choice of any two stamp sets,
or one stamp set and one die-cut
set.  Be sure to stop by and check
out all the fabulous stamps (and SO
much more) at Stamp Simply.
Our digital sponsor for this challenge
is the lovely shop of
There's so much to see in this lovely
shop, (digital and acrylic stamps and
much more); so be sure to stop on by
to look around at Sweet 'n Sassy.

And Now.....Two More Lucky Winners:
Pretty Little Studio is an ADORABLE shop
filled with whimsical vintage die-cuts,
nostalgique ephemera pieces, stickers, flair
& so much more.  One lucky person has won
this prize package from their adorable
shop (see photo below) which includes:
Tinsel Town
Winter Joy
Holly Jolly
Christmas Joy
+ 2 vintage die-cuts
This lucky winner is

Located in the UK, our second sponsor was
Sitx 2 Anything and they offered one
very lucky random participant a prize
package filled with various adhesives.
Be sure to stop by Stix 2 Anything to see all
that's new (and all your old favorites) in
the way of awesome adhesives.  This lucky

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #67 - KT Fit Kitty
Entry #97 - Paper Beauty AK
Entry #236 -  Esther

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:

Deborah Saaranen of Stamp Simply
Sentiments from Stamp Simply Clear Stamps

Sheri Holt from the Stamp Simply
Clear Stamps Design Team Using
Our November Guest Designer, Tina Riley
Using Images from our Sponsor,

Using Sponsor Stamp Set
Tamara Dixon
Using the Pumpkin Kitty image
from sponsor, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Using  a gorgeous set from


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah so important to be thankful l beloved,...and one of my favourite verse is:
“In EVERYTHING give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Love the verse we have here each fortnight and though haven’t shared all have made some cards with them lately .. agreat blessing. Lovely work by DT too. Lord bless this ministry for Him
Shaz in Oz.x
PS interested in guest DT next year.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Such a beautiful devotional by Stephanie! How wonderful to be able to honour God with these challenges! It is a blessing to have my entry picked as a Top 3, thank you so much! Congrats to the winners and other top picks! I hope to be back to join this new challenge! Wishing everyone a joyful day!

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice work DT

Esther Asbury said...

Thanks for including my Christmas Lights card as one of your top picks this week! I'm honored!

kbrandy4 said...

Thank you so much for drawing my name as one of the lucky winners and congratulations to the other winner and top 3! Beautiful DT creations!!
Hugs Hazel x

Maryann scrapbooking said...

C'est avec joie que je participe à ce superbe défi.
Merci à la DT pour cette belle inspiration.


It is with joy that I participate in this superb challenge.
Thanks to the DT for this beautiful inspiration.

Maryann scrapbooking said...

C'est avec joie que je participe à ce superbe défi.
Merci à la DT pour cette belle inspiration.


It is with joy that I participate in this superb challenge.
Thanks to the DT for this beautiful inspiration.

Gail said...

Always a blessing and honor to enter here - a great ministry-- so thankful Jesus pulled me out of darkness into His marvelous light - He is coming soon - looking forward to going HOME - where I belong - have a blessed day crafting and bringing honor to the KING

Karenladd said...

Thank you for another wonderful challenge and beautiful card samples by the DT. Happy Fall to everyone!