Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Challenge #278-279 - Anything Goes

Welcome by today, everyone!  We're so glad you've stopped by to check out our challenge, and we are excited to see all the beautiful art you will create and share with us.  God has given each of us specific gifts and talents that we can use to bring Him glory, to encourage and bless others, and even for the purpose of just having fun!  Thank you for joining us.  Let's get started with our fun new challenge.

Our word art scripture for this challenge is John 12:23, and it says, "And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified".  Jesus, God in human flesh, came to this earth to fulfill a very specific ministry.  He came to minister to the people, to share His love and His wonderful plan of salvation for the sins of mankind.  When God spoke these words "The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified", He knew that the time had come for His death, burial and resurrection (the ultimate purpose of His ministry here on earth); and that He/His Father would be glorified through this.  You and I also have a purpose for being here on earth.  We each have some similar ministries (our marriages, our children/family, our jobs, etc.) and some of us have additional ministries (prison ministry, teaching Sunday School, helping those in need, praying for others, etc.).  Through our ministries, our ultimate goal should also be bringing glory and honor to God.  We don't (or shouldn't) perform our good deeds so that others will think we're awesome.  Our ministries here on earth are for the purpose of bringing glory to God, and reaching the lost world with His great love and letting others know that God loves us and died for us.  If you don't feel like you're currently being used of God, let today be the day that changes.  You can become a prayer warrior, or an encourager, or you can get involved in any number of worthy ministries.  Just like Jesus Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost, YOU and I can make a difference here on earth and bring glory to God every day by committing our lives to doing things that matter in eternity.  Let today be the day we each say "(Lord, in my life)....the hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified".

As always, you are welcome to save the 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 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.

Our AWESOME sponsors for this fun new challenge are:
Newton's Nook is a DARLING store that carries
the sweetest stamps and dies.  If you've never had
the opportunity to "meet Newton", stop by and
get acquainted.  You're sure to fall in love and find
some ADORABLE new stamps.  One lucky person
will win a $20 gift certificate to spend any way they
choose at Newton's Nook Designs.
AND
Imagine That! is our digital sponsor for this
challenge.  You can click on this link to visit
Imagine That!  You will love their super sweet
digital images.  One person will win their choice
of three (3) images from their sweet shop!

AND NOW.....Our THREE Lucky Winners:
DL.ART is a super fun store that carries sweet
crinkled hand-dyed seam binding, a wide variety
of baker's twine, laces and embellishments.  One
lucky participant has won a $10 gift certificate
to spend at DL.ART - how exciting!!
That's Lucky Entry #6 - Lovely Linda
AND
And for our friends in the UK, we have Dies to Die For
sponsoring us with a £15.00 gift certificate that is going
to one lucky person.  Dies to Die For carries hundreds of
amazing die-cuts from several of the US-based
companies we all love SO much.  We encourage our UK
friends to stop by and check out all the WONDERFUL
dies carried at Dies To Die For!
Our lucky winner is Entry #69 - Anjie Mc
For our digital prize this time around, we are very
grateful to welcome the support of our friend Gracie
from Gracielle Design.  She's giving one lucky
winner a $15 Gift Certificate to spend
in her amazing digital stamp shop.
You can view all these amazing stamps in her
Etsy Shop by following this link to
Gracielle Design.  This lucky person is
Entry #254 - Fabiola

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #10 - Designs By Sharon
Entry #246 - Hazel
Entry #367 - Leslie Turner

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:

Diane Hover, our April Guest Designer
Karen Letchworth
Jennifer Jackson from Sponsor
Design Team at Newton's Nook




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Challenge #276-277 - Anything Goes

Welcome by again, everyone!  We are SO glad that you're here, and even more excited about all the wonderful cards and projects you share with us.  We have THREE amazing sponsors, a devotional, lots of great inspiration, and LOADS of fun for you all.  SO.....let's get started with our new challenge!!

The Bible verse used for our word art is Psalm 90:12 which says, "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom".  This is a great verse that is basically telling us that we need to make the most of our time; not wasting our days here on earth so that we will become wise.  I hear so many people say things like, "I just don't have time to read my Bible". Well, let's be honest....if you have time to be reading this, and time to craft, then you have time for God!!  The truth is that we ALL have time for the things we WANT to have time for.  And it's also true that we do waste time.  You can pray or read a devotional while you're using the restroom, waiting in line at the bank, sitting in the doctor's office, etc.  By keeping ourselves in a "spirit of prayer", we are able to communicate with God all day long.  We can just talk to Him throughout the day like we talk to any other friend.  Just make Him a part of your day, and share things with Him as you go about your day.  Take 10-15 minutes in the morning to read a few Bible verses, and then ask God to help you think about those verses during the day.  Get something out of it.  Even if you print out this word art and place it on your refrigerator this week, and think about it each day....it will remind you to THINK ABOUT God and your relationship with Him.  There are so many easy ways to spend time with God.  No more excuses...not for me, not for you, not for any of us.  Let's really make a conscious effort to get closer to God.  As this verse tells us, it's so that "we can apply our hearts unto wisdom".  That simply means that, at the end of our life, we want to be able to present God with a wise heart (a heart that knows Him and knows His Word).  It's really not difficult, but the benefits are literally out of this world!!!

As always, you are welcome to save the 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 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 SPONSORS for this fun new challenge:

DL.ART is a super fun store that carries sweet
crinkled hand-dyed seam binding, a wide variety
of baker's twine, laces and embellishments.  One
lucky participant will win a $10 gift certificate
to spend at DL.ART - how exciting!!
AND
And for our friends in the UK, we have Dies to Die For
sponsoring us with a £15.00 gift certificate that will go
to one lucky person.  Dies to Die For carries hundreds of
amazing die-cuts from several of the US-based
companies we all love SO much.  We encourage our UK
friends to stop by and check out all the WONDERFUL
dies carried at Dies To Die For!
For our digital prize this time around, we are very
grateful to welcome the support of our friend Gracie
from Gracielle Design.  She's offering one lucky
winner a $15 Gift Certificate to spend
in her amazing digital stamp shop.
You can view all these amazing stamps in her
Etsy Shop by following this link to
Gracielle Design.  Some of her DT Members
have also shared lovely samples today!

AND NOW.....Our VERY Lucky Winner:
Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want
for scrapbooking, card-making, and SO much more.
One very lucky person has won a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
One VERY lucky person has won
a $25 Gift Certificate from our friends, and
primary sponsor this year, Simon Says Stamp.
That lucky person gets to spend $25 at 
Simon Says Stamp HOWEVER they choose!
That lucky winner this time is....

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #164 - Nat's Paper World
Entry #167 - DesignsBySharon
Entry #380 - Migdalia

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:

Our March Guest Designer, Angela Westland
Karen Letchworth
Using Sponsor DL.ART Ribbons
Cabernet from Vintage Collection
Ghoul From Halloween Bundle

More Inspiration from DT Members of
Digital Sponsor, Gracielle Design

Maria Pilar Using Love Ya Stamp Set


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Challenge #274-275 - Anything Goes

Welcome back by today, everyone!  It's time for another fun challenge here at Word Art Wednesday, and our primary sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, is back to offer another lucky participant a $25 gift certificate to their amazing on-line crafting store.  We have so many exciting things to share with you all, so let's get started.

This beautiful verse, Revelation 21:4, gives us a glimpse into the new Jerusalem where God will wipe away ALL tears from our eyes (regardless of why our tears appear), and where there is no more death, sorrow or crying.  So, not only will God personally wipe away our tears, but He will ensure that no more tears come to our eyes (for any reason whatsoever).  It also tells us that it will be a place where there is absolutely NO PAIN of any kind, and that ALL former things are passed away (sin, pain, sadness, etc.).  The place that God has prepared for us is wonderful, and just this small glimpse of what it will be is enough to get any saved person excited.  If you don't know FOR SURE that YOU will spend eternity in Heaven with God, we encourage you to settle it today.  It's not, as some people think, "arrogant" to say that you know FOR SURE you're going to Heaven.  It's something God wants us to know, with great certainty.  It's not because of us or anything we have done or possibly could do on our own because we are sinful.  It's because of Him, and what He did on the cross by giving Himself as the perfect and only worthy sacrifice for our sins.  Just call on Him today, ask Him to be your Lord, confess your sinfulness, ask Him into your life, and....that's it!  He died FOR YOU (and for me), and He wants us all to KNOW that this wonderful eternal life in Heaven with Him FOREVER is waiting for YOU, and for ME, and for sinners just like US!

As always, you are welcome to save the 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 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 is our AWESOME SPONSOR for this fun new challenge:
Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want
for scrapbooking, card-making, and SO much more.
One very lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
One VERY lucky person will win
a $25 Gift Certificate from our friends, and
primary sponsor this year, Simon Says Stamp.
That lucky person will get to spend $25 at 
Simon Says Stamp HOWEVER they choose!



AND NOW......Our lucky winners:
Special thanks to Taylored Expressions
for their generous support!
Taylored Expressions is an ADORABLE store
filled with stamps, dies, inks and more.  You
can also find inspiration on the TE Blog as well
as on FacebookTwitter and more.  One lucky
person has won a $25 Gift Certificate to spend on
whatever their little heart desires at the
fun and fabulous Taylored Expressions!!
You can read more about Taylored Expressions
on our "About Our Sponsors" Page.
The lucky winner of the $25 Gift Certificate
 from Taylored Expressions is......
AND
The winner for using Taylored Expressions
product; winning our secondary prize

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #1 - Rosette
Entry #334 - Sharon
Entry #353 - Dora

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:

Our March Guest Designer, Angela Westland
Karen Letchworth