Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Challenge #296-#297 - Anything Goes

Welcome back today, everyone!  We're so glad you're here, and we hope that our challenge will be a blessing to you just like YOU are a blessing to us.  We love sharing God's Word with you, inspiring you with our art, and giving you the opportunity to share your creations for the chance to win the AMAZING prizes from our AWESOME sponsors.  I apologize again about the linky mistake from our last challenge, and I assure you that everyone was equally entered into the random draw for the prizes.  OK...let's get started with our new challenge.  Here's our own Ginny Maxam with our devotional.

Hi, This is Ginny.  I’m a member of the Design Team here at Word Art Wednesday, and I’m stepping in to write the devotion for this challenge.  I’ve been living for the Lord all of my adult life; and one thing I know for certain is that my relationship with Him gets sweeter as each day passes!   This  week's verse (1 Corinthians 10:13) again speaks of redemption and its power to free our lives.  Not only for the present, but it also frees us from the stranglehold our past can put us in, and it opens the windows of heaven to pour out blessing into our future. This verse tells us that the Lord would rather pour love into our lives than judgment.  One of these things will happen someday when we stand before Him, and this is His calling card for us to choose to spend eternal life with Him.  The card is mailed in an envelope called redemption, and it is sealed with his blood.....and that choice between redemption and judgment is up to each of us.  If you don’t know Jesus in a personal way, you really need to get to know Him.  You can start your journey by reading the Gospel of John, and discover who Jesus is; and ask Him to help you understand the beautiful plan He has for your life.  Jesus doesn't want to be "a mystery" to you.  He longs to be your friend and your Savior.  Start today, and get to know Him and His beautiful gift of redemption!

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.
Our AWESOME Sponsor for This Challenge Is....
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 randomly-selected person will win
 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!


AND NOW.......Our THREE Lucky Winners:
Frantic Stamper is an AWESOME on-line shop.
They have their own line of unique die-cuts, as
well as lots of other brands.  They also carry lots
of hard-to-find items from your favorite companies.
Don't hesitate to check out ALL the fabulous
products at Frantic Stamper.  One lucky person
has won this GORGEOUS Stained Glass Window Die.
That's Entry #121 - Gail Scott
AND
Our friends in the UK at Wild Orchid Crafts are
offering a 15 pound prize to another lucky person.
If you've never seen all the GORGEOUS flowers
(and SO much more) available at this AMAZING
store, I encourage you to stop by and look around.
Mulberry Flowers are such a gorgeous accent.
They are truly AWESOME!!   Check out WOC.
That lucky person is Entry #5 - Jackie Cornfield
AND
Craftin' Desert Divas is such a fun store!  They
are our digital sponsor for this challenge.  They do
carry stamps, dies, sequins and other lovely products.
But for this challenge, they are offering one
lucky person their choice of two (2)
adorable digis from their sweet shop.
That winner is Entry #94 - Vilinke

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #4 - Mukta
Entry #122 - Esther
Entry #268 - Bonnie


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:

 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Anything Goes Challenge #294-#295

Welcome!!  We're so glad you're here.  It's time for another fun challenge, and it's always more fun when YOU can join us.  We love seeing your art, and we thank you so much for taking the time to play along with us.  We have three awesome sponsors for this challenge, a beautiful scripture file, a brief devotion, and lots of great inspiration.  Let's dive in!

PLEASE NOTE:  Please accept my apologies....I'm away on vacation and let things slide a bit.  There are TWO Linky tools on this post, and you can use either.  Rest assured that I will count ALL entries when randomly selecting winners.  Everyone will still have the same chance to win.  I also forgot to update our Guest Designer information.  Please welcome Bunny Hoyle as our August Guest Designer.  We are so blessed to have her with us this month.

Our beautiful word art/scripture for this challenge is 1 Corinthians 10:13.  I first learned this verse (committed to memory) back in 1984 while I was doing a course called "Survival Kit".  This verse basically tells us that there is no sin (or temptation of sin) that many others haven't also been tempted with (including Jesus Himself).  We aren't alone in ANY temptation.  God can relate to the temptation, and others can relate to the temptation.  But, when we are tempted, God doesn't ever leave us alone and tempt us beyond our own limits.  NO EXCUSES!!!  We absolutely DO have the strength within us to resist ANY temptation.  This verse also promises us that in EVERY SINGLE SITUATION where we are tempted, God will provide a way of escape (a window) so that we can get out of the temptation.  Because I memorized this verse early in my life, I was able to recall it when I was being tempted in sin.  Every time I'm faced with temptation, I look for that window.  When I am wise, I crawl through that window and resist sin.  When I am foolish, I don't take the way out.  But I promise you....there is ALWAYS a way to resist the temptation. We have to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, and we need to always remember to look for that window of escape so that we won't sin.  Next time you are faced with right or wrong (in big things, and even in little things), remember that there IS a way out, and take the window!

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.
Our AWESOME Sponsors For This FUN Challenge:
Frantic Stamper is an AWESOME on-line shop.
They have their own line of unique die-cuts, as
well as lots of other brands.  They also carry lots
of hard-to-find items from your favorite companies.
Don't hesitate to check out ALL the fabulous
products at Frantic Stamper.  One lucky person
will win this GORGEOUS Stained Glass Window Die.
AND
Our friends in the UK at Wild Orchid Crafts are
offering a 15 pound prize to one lucky person.  If
you've never seen all the GORGEOUS flowers
(and SO much more) available at this AMAZING
store, I encourage you to stop by and look around.
Mulberry Flowers are such a gorgeous accent.
They are truly AWESOME!!   Check out WOC
AND
Craftin' Desert Divas is such a fun store!  They
are our digital sponsor for this challenge.  They do
carry stamps, dies, sequins and other lovely products.
But for this challenge, they are offering one
lucky person their choice of two (2)
adorable digis from their sweet shop.


AND NOW.....Our 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 randomly-selected 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!
It's Entry #64 - Deonna Bemish

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #53 - Crafty Paws
Entry #138 - Fiki
Entry #268 - Cheiro


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:




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Challenge #292- #293 - Anything Goes

Welcome!  It's time for another fun challenge, and we're so glad you've joined us.  We have lots of fun planned with our FABULOUS sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, a beautiful scripture file, lots of great inspiration, and three lucky winners.  Let's get right to it and take a look at the brief devotional that DT Member, Ginny Maxam, has prepared for us.  Please note that I have posted (my version) a colored version of the word art.  I did this because, quite honestly, I forgot to save the original black version.  If you prefer the all black version, please let me know and I'll be glad to email it to you.   OK, now....here's Ginny!

Hi, this is Ginny here. I’m a member of the Design Team; and for this challenge, I am privileged to write the Word Art Wednesday devotion.  This week’s beautiful scripture (Isaiah 43:25) is one of those verses that becomes even more precious as time passes.  I have been a Christian for most of my life, and understanding this verse and the power of the forgiveness of sin is a beautiful demonstration of God's grace in my life that becomes more precious every day.  This verse guarantees that the Lord, Jesus Christ, will erase the history of our sin for all eternity; and in doing that, He also creates a beautiful life for us here on earth.  If you have never read this verse and are unfamiliar with the process of redemption through God that is available to you and your loved ones, may I suggest you pick up a Bible and start reading?  Start with the Gospel of John and discover who Jesus is, and ask Him to help you understand the beautiful plan he has for your life.  While we tend to dwell on past sins, God promises that once we've confessed our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us.  He doesn't hold an account of wrongs.  Praise God, we're forgiven (and our sin is forgotten).  What a wonderful example of how we should be.....forgiving and willing to let it all go.  Today is a great day to start clean.  Confess, be forgiven, and let it go.  Don’t wait, there is never a promise of tomorrow!


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.

Our AWESOME Sponsor For This 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 randomly-selected 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 THREE Lucky Winners:
Bossy Joscie Crafty Goods is a wonderful
store that carries adorable flair, stamps,
personalized stamps, and SO much more.
One lucky person has won a $25 Gift Card
to this WONDERFUL shop!
Entry #335 - Ann Greenspan
AND
For our friends playing along in the UK,
we have our friends at Dies to Die For
offering a 15 pound Gift Card to
this lucky winner.  Check out ALL
the wonderful die-cuts available at
Dies To Die For
Entry #156 - Kleri
AND
Imagine That! is our Digital Sponsor
for this challenge.  One lucky person
has won their choice of some sweet
new digital images from our friends at
Imagine That Digital Stamps.

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #9 - Dottie S.
Entry #212 - BeeBeeBabs
Entry #190 - Marsha D.


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:



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Challenge Weeks #290-#291 - Anything Goes

Welcome back, everyone!  We have an AWESOME challenge ready for you, and we're delighted that you've stopped by to play along with us.  You are all SO talented, and we just love seeing the amazing things you create to share with us.  God has blessed each of you with such amazing talents, and we thank each of you for sharing your art in our challenges.  Let's get started with this FUN new challenge, shall we?

Our scripture for this challenge is Psalm 118:17, and it says "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD".  The words "I shall not die, but live" refers to our life here on earth (a life of grace), as well as our world to come/eternal life in Heaven (a life of glory); both of which are to be done with us declaring His mighty works and giving Him praise.  The part that says "declare the works of the LORD" is telling us that we are to share His goodness to others here on earth; just as we will praise Him in our eternal home.  He alone is worthy of all praise, and it's our job to lift up His holy name and let others know of His AMAZING goodness so that they will want what we have, and will come to Him for the salvation and joy we all need.  This world is not our eternal home; but let's praise Him together here on earth, share His goodness with others, and rejoice in eternity with God.  Tomorrow is never promised....but know that this promise NEVER FAILS.....God is enough.  Just call on Him and you shall not die, but LIVE and declare the works of the LORD!

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 AWESOME sponsors for this challenge:
Bossy Joscie Crafty Goods is a wonderful
store that carries adorable flair, stamps,
personalized stamps, and SO much more.
One lucky person will win a $25 Gift Card
to this WONDERFUL shop!
AND
For our friends playing along in the UK,
we have our friends at Dies to Die For
offering a 15 pound Gift Card to
another lucky winner.  Check out ALL
the wonderful die-cuts available at
Dies To Die For
AND
Imagine That! is our Digital Sponsor
for this challenge.  One lucky person
will win their choice of some sweet
new digital images from our friends at
Imagine That Digital Stamps.

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 randomly-selected 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's Entry #36 - Amy Marshall

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #58 - Julie P.
Entry #107 - E. Marie
Entry #150 - Lois


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: