Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Anything Goes/Annual BLOG HOP - Weeks #575-576

PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES.  Praise God!!!!  It's time for our Annual Blog Hop and we're so glad you're here to join in on all the fun.  God has certainly blessed us this year, and He has great things in store for us in 2023 as well.  There's a total of TEN (10) prizes up for grabs in this Blog Hop.  We have our primary sponsor, Stamp Simply Clear Stamps offering a $25 prize, eight (8) AWESOME prizes on the hop (from Tonic Studios and other companies) and a special prize for anyone placing an order at Stamp Simply.  Enter your cards and projects here for a chance at the $25 Stamp Simply prize and then leave a comment on each blog in the Blog Hop.  That way, you'll be entered for the prize packages shown on each DT Member's blog.  We praise God for all our awesome sponsors, AND for each of you who play along with us.  We're so grateful for you all.

Our scripture of focus for this challenge is Psalm 65:11 and it reads, "Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness".  This is a verse that says SO much to us.  This world (and the enemy, Satan) would like us to believe that "things" bring us happiness.  To some extent, they can.  However, the things this world has to offer us are all temporary.  God's promises are FOREVER.  Over the course of my life as I've grown spiritually, I've learned the TRUTH about living my life according to God's (pure/perfect) laws.  I've learned, and personally experienced, that every second of every day with Jesus is SO much sweeter when I draw close to Him.  Psalm 65, in its entirety, speaks of God's goodness.  When good things happen, it is by God's hand and God's grace...not by accident.  The closer we draw to God, the more we will see just how richly He blesses us.  When I take the time to see through His eyes, I'm more grateful.  I look at the mountains, the trees, the oceans, and all that He created in just six literal days.  Then, I remember that He's been preparing a place for me (and for ALL who have called on Him for the salvation of their soul) for thousands of years.  If God put together this Earth in just six days (and HE DID!!!), then how much more WONDERFUL is the Home He's preparing for those who love Him?  This verse says, "thy paths drop fatness", which simply means that He blesses us and wants good for us.  Everything we have comes from Him and belongs to Him.  Our lives only get better, sweeter, more abundant, and SO much easier to accept when we fully trust that He is in control.  We need to stop trying to figure out everything on our own and simply TRUST that He is God and that He'll always take care of us. Let Him make your paths "fat" with His goodness.  God is SO good.  He wants for YOU to come to Him, to trust Him, to admit that you are a sinner and that you NEED Him.  He's patiently waiting for us to come to Him so that He can crown our year with His goodness and make our paths fat with His blessings.  Today is a great day to tell God how much you love Him, need Him and appreciate Him.  He longs to hear from you.

As always, you are welcome to save the word art to your computer; but you are never required to use it in order to play along or to win in our challenges.  We welcome you to share all of your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family friendly.  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 an encouragement to you as we share it.  If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules found under our Page tab marked "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 not.  We are simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Please let us know if you have any questions about anything; and thank you for your understanding and participation.
Check out our AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Our primary sponsor for this challenge is the
carry the most amazing stamps, sentiments/images
die-cuts (and much more).  They're all high-quality
and are for literally EVERY occasion you'll ever need.
One lucky person selected by random draw will
win a $25 gift certificate to spend at Stamp Simply.
You can see several Stamp Simply card samples
below from our talented Design Team Members.
Oh, and there's a SALE at Stamp Simply.

Tonic Studios is also sponsoring this challenge.
They've donated several AMAZING prizes for our
Blog Hop.  You can enter and be eligible for ALL
the awesome prizes from Tonic Studios by completing
the Blog Hop and leaving a comment on each of the
eight (8) stops on this Blog Hop.
There's a prize (photo) posted on each blog.
All you have to do is leave a comment on each
blog and you'll be entered to WIN that prize.
All the winners will be posted here on the
Word Art Wednesday Blog when our next
challenge starts on January 4.  There are so many
great prizes up for grabs, so don't miss out
on the Blog Hop and all the chances to win.

Anyone who places a new order at
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps during the course
of this challenge will be entered to WIN this
Just leave me a comment here telling me what
you purchased.  You could ALSO be the winner
of this AWESOME die-cut set.

AND NOW.....Another Lucky Winner:

The Rabbit Hole Designs is a new sponsor to
us this year and they graciously sponsored our
previous challenge for us.  This AWESOME store
carries delightful stamps, dies, and stencils among
other crafting essentials.  Be sure to stop by
The Rabbit Hole Designs to check out all
their wonderful products.  One lucky participant
has WON a generous $15 savings voucher to
That very lucky person this time is...........

Our Top 3 Honors Go to Our Friends:

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 or Winner's Badge for your blog.
All winners must also email Karen
to claim prize (per the Rules Page).  Thanks!

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much.  We
pray for them, and for God's hand of blessing
upon their businesses.  We're SO grateful.
Here's Some Inspiration to get You Started:

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter


Esther Asbury said...

Thanks for inviting me to guest this month! I'm honored!

MadeByMeghanK said...

I completed the hop and WOW WOW WOW! I love all the designs! So much beauty for this wonderful holiday season! Thank you for all your hard work DTs!!!!

Heather said...

Just finished the hop and everyone's cards were fabulous!! I just want to say "Thank You" for your uplifting challenge. I love that you put the Scripture verses out there with a devotional and you are not ashamed of what you stand for!

Denise Bryant said...

I enjoyed the beautiful projects along the hop! Thanks for the inspiration!

Carrie said...

What a fun blog hop! All the projects were so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your lovely inspiration with us and have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed new year.

Donna said...

So much inspiration on this blog hop, thank you! Merry Christmas!

Becca Yahrling said...

A gorgeous hop full of pretty inspiration - thank you! Wishing everyone a joyful & blessed Christmas!

KathyA. said...

What a wonderful Hop! I had fun visiting all the DTs (and Guest DT) blogs and would love to win any of those great prizes. (I do have to admit that I was thankful that you clarified the meaning of the verse for this challenge, as I truthfully didn't know what was meant by "thy path drop fatness." But how wonderful to realize that it means blessings! Thanks so much and may you have a blessed Christmas and New Year, too. (Love from Kathy A @myasperations) said...

Wonderful scripture and blog hop!! Hope everyone is home safe and staying warm through this chilly holiday season!! Merry Christmas and Happy New years!!

paperpapier said...

Done the bloghop, so many inspirations from the fantastic designers!

Bunny said...

Thank you for the hop, y'all. Thank you for the Word of God that you provide and the ministry through creating. Merry Christmas. [Bunny]

Sandy said...

Great blog hop.I found so many lovely projects that gave me some real inspiration.

Andre M. said...

Lovely projects shared by the designers along the hop. Thank you for the scriptures and exposition of the word shared throughout the year. Let us thank our holy Father for having a plan to include us in His family. Let us thank the Son for leaving glory to redeem us. Let us thank the Holy Spirit for working in us to conform us to the image of Christ. To God be all the glory and may He bless each of you.

Marjeta said...

Thanks fur choosing my card as TOP 3. Happy Holidays to all.

Karenladd said...

All of the cards on the hop are just beautiful, and I finished commenting on each one. Thank you for always inspiring me, and the best to everyone in the new year!

lichazul said...

congrats to all winners
happy Xmas and blessed 2023
from Chile , hugs :)

Pamela Duncan said...

First - thanks for picking my Christmas Gnome in last week's challenge in your top 3. Secondly GREAT blog hop with so many beautiful cards. Such a talented Design Team! Love to all!!!

NanaConnie said...

I made it all the way through all the stops on the hop (it would be great if you had permalinks on the list for everyone so that we didn't have to scroll through entire blogs to find their WAW post - :-D) and found some really wonderful inspiration. Thanks for the annual hop this year. :-D

Julia Aston said...

I completed the hop - what lovely card designs by the team!

Pauline C said...

I have just finished the blog hop - wow what a fabulous selection of inspiring projects! Wishing you a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas - thanks so much for the inspiration and the chance to win these lovely blog hop prizes.
Pauline xx

Wendy said...

Wonderful blog hop! Beautiful projects on all the design team pages. Lots of eye candy. Thank you for this wonderful challenge site that I play in all year round. Merry Christmas everyone!

Jennifrann said...

I've been so busy with Christmas that I didn't know I had won last week! How exciting to find that out this morning! I have to take my kids ice skating now, but I will be back tomorrow for what sounds like a fun blog hop! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year

Allisa said...

The design team did a great job with their inspiring creations. Completed the blog hop1

Diane said...

Just wanted to say THANKS Karen for always running such a nice and smooth challenge! This is one of my favorite challenges to join in as you are always on top of things and on schedule, that is so important when running a challenge I think and truly appreciate it!! Have a blessed and safe New Year, we will celebrating at home and probably in bed before midnight LOL!!

Diane said...

Whoops, forgot to add I completed the hop, the 'old age' thing I guess!!

Becca Sadler said...

I've just finished visiting each blog in the hop!!! Such marvelous talents being shared for the hop blog post and all year long at WAW! Blessings! --Becca

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Congrats to all the winners. Thanks for choosing my Conie Fong "Red Robin with Berries" card that I cased using Laurie Alexander's creation as a guide. Happy New Year. Gloria

Lynne in NI said...

What a great hop! Thank you to the DT for sharing your beautiful creations and a Happy New Year to you all.

Mia said...

Thank you for another great challenge. Beautiful creations from the DT. I just completed the blog hop. Thank you for the chance to win such lovely prizes. Hugs from Greece, my dear ladies, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

SHartl said...

I just finished the hop, and the DT cards are all so gorgeous I can't even pick a favorite. Thank you for another awesome year of challenges and inspiration.