Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Anything Goes - Challenge Weeks #334 - #335

Welcome by again for another fun challenge, everyone!  We always enjoy having you visit, and most especially LOVE seeing your amazing art.  The cards and projects you share in our challenges are such a joy to see, and we want you to know that we greatly appreciate every single entry.  I've personally been having some trouble signing in to my Yahoo, Splitcoast Stampers, and Flikr accounts lately.  So if you haven't been getting as many comments, I really do apologize.  Please know that I do look at all the entries even when I'm unable to leave a comment.  Our Design Team tries to get by each blog during the course of each challenge.  If you get missed, please know that your art does not go unnoticed, and we appreciate you SO VERY MUCH.  You're all winners in our book.  Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us.

Our beautiful word art for this challenge allows us a look at Galatians 6:9 which says, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not".  This verse touched my heart this week, as God's precious Word always does.  When we take time to look into His holy word, it blesses us and gives us precisely what we need just when we need it most.  As some of you may know, our oldest daughter is expecting our first grandchild in October.  Our second daughter, however, has been trying to get pregnant for a bit longer than her older sister.  While she knows God's Word and His ways, she's still struggling a bit emotionally because, as humans, we want what we want...when we want it.  But with God, we learn that HIS ways, HIS timing, and HIS will are always perfect.  PRAISE GOD, our kids made the personal choice and commitment to save their purity (their first kiss and first physical experience) for marriage.  They wanted to honor God with their whole life.....not just parts of it.  We always assured them that God would bless them for making these decisions to obey His word in every aspect of their lives.  That doesn't mean that they don't get frustrated when things don't go the way they might have hoped.....just like you and I struggle with different things in our lives that don't go as planned.  But this verse assures all of us that we should never be weary, lose heart or "give up" when we are doing what's right and living for Him.  Because, as this verse promises us, WE SHALL REAP if we "faint not" (don't give up).  Sometimes the outcomes are not what we might have hoped for, but I assure you that it's ALWAYS going to be what's best for us.  God loves us.  He wants us to be happy.  But that doesn't mean we get everything we want right when we want it.  This verse reminds us that as long as we are doing what is right and living a life that honors God, we will reap the benefits that HE ALONE wills for us.  So just remember this, my friends, we may not always get exactly what we want when we want it; but when we live for Jesus Christ and His glory, we will reap beautiful blessings.

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.  If you
prefer the all black image, just let me know.
Here's our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
We are THRILLED to have the amazing
Pink & Main as our sponsor for this
challenge.  We hope you will stop by
to see all the AMAZING stamps, dies,
embellishments and more that this shop
carries.  One lucky person will win a
generous $20 Gift Certificate to this
sweet store.  WOW!  Special thanks to
ALL our wonderful sponsors.
AND
Our digital sponsor for this challenge
is the ADORABLE Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.
Please take time to stop by and check out
ALL the lovely images (and more) found at
 the fabulous Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

AND NOW.......Another Lucky Winner:
From our last challenge, our dear friends at
Winnie & Walter offered one very lucky
person a generous $25 Gift Certificate.
If you're not yet familiar with this AWESOME
store, I hope you will stop by to do some
window shopping.  They carry the sweetest
stamps, dies, and more.  Check it out here
at Winnie & Walter
The lucky winner of this fabulous prize is
Entry #317 - Holly L.

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #142 - Sidan
Entry #169 - Marieke
Entry #309 - Amy Marshall

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 some inspiration to get you started:

Using the Digital Stamp Set


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Challenge Weeks #332-#333 Anything Goes

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday, everyone.  We're so glad you're here, and we hope that you're having a blessed week.  It's time for a brand new challenge with another awesome sponsor, lots of great inspiration, a beautiful piece of word art with a lovely devotional, and just a whole lot of fun.  Please know that we are very grateful to have you play along with us and share your amazing art.  It's always a treat to see what you've created, and we hope you know how much it means to us that you take the time to link up with us.  We wish we could give everyone a prize, and we really do wish you all the best of luck in the random draw for this week's amazing prize.  Here's a brief devotional for you based on the scripture from our new word art.  We hope it is a blessing to you.

This week we're focusing on a verse from the Old Testament, 2 Chronicles 15:7, "Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hand be weak: for your work shall be rewarded." A little history lesson for this one (you can read it for yourself in 2 Chronicles 14 & 15). Israel's king at this time was Asa. He was a good king that sought the Lord and wanted to please Him. He put away the idols and altars made to false gods. When he was in battle, he prayed to the Lord and asked (and received) His help. A prophet, Azariah, came to Asa and told him that if he would continue to seek the Lord, the Lord would continue to help him. Azariah told King Asa that for a long time the people of Israel had neglected to serve the Lord and that because of this they had suffered adversity. But that when they sought the Lord, they found Him there to help them. He encouraged Asa in verse 7 to be strong and continue to do what was right and that the Lord would reward him. Asa took courage from Azariah's encouragement and continued to remove the altars, idols and other places where false gods were worshiped. He was such a good example to his people that they also worshiped the Lord. As a result, the Lord gave him a long period of rest from battle and blessed him. 

So what does this have to do with us? It's a reminder to us that encouraging others is vitally important. If you see someone trying to serve the Lord, encourage them to keep on being faithful. Your pastor, Sunday School or Bible Study teacher, choir director or other church leader carries burdens you don't see. Encourage them to remain faithful and that the Lord notices what others do not. Encourage fellow Christians to hold the line and remain true to the Lord. As card makers, we have a perfect opportunity to turn our hobby into a ministry of blessing others. How about a note to a shut-in, a mom who has missed church due to sick children, or a missionary that your church supports? Let them know that they are not forgotten. Let's try to be like Azariah and encourage our Christian leaders and fellow Christians. Let's also try to be like King Asa and remain faithful in serving the Lord, and be a good example to our fellow Christians.   - Devotional 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.
Here's our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
For this challenge, our dear friends at
Winnie & Walter are offering one lucky
person a generous $25 Gift Certificate.
If you're not yet familiar with this AWESOME
store, I hope you will stop by to do some
window shopping.  They carry the sweetest
stamps, dies, and more.  Check it out here
at Winnie & Walter

AND NOW.....Our Very Lucky Winner:
generous sponsor for the last challenge.  One
lucky person has won their choice of either
TWO stamp sets, or ONE stamp set and ONE
die-cut set of choice.  How awesome is that?
The lucky winner of this awesome prize

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #9 - Lil Artsy Woman
Entry #243 - Diane Hover
Entry #245 - DanielalaArt

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, April 11, 2018

Challenge Weeks #330-331 Anything Goes

Hello, friends!  Today's post is going to be a bit brief.  I'm just getting over an awful stomach flu.  I apologize that I don't have a card to share, and I hope to get it up later this week.  What a blessing to have such an AMAZING Design Team to count on.  Their samples are amazing. I'm also going to be late with this week's devotional.   I do apologize, but I realize that "the show must go on".  I wanted to make sure that the challenge starts on time.

The scripture file for this challenge is from James 1:5 which says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him".  The most important thing we can learn from this verse is that God gives us wisdom, and that it's quite alright to ask Him for it.  Any time you are troubled or uncertain about what to do in a situation, you are free to go directly to God for the widsom you need.  Nothings is ever too big or too small for Him.  

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) 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.
Here's our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
generous sponsor for this challenge.  One
lucky person will win their choice of either
TWO stamp sets, or ONE stamp set and ONE
die-cut set of choice.  How awesome is that?
Some of our designers have used Stamp Simply
Clear Stamps products on their samples today.

Our new friends at The Project Bin
proudly sponsored our last challenge.
This sweet shop carries unique high-quality
clear stamps to help you create the
sweetest cards.  This lucky person has
won a $15 Gift Certificate to spend
at The Project Bin.......

AND

Bugaboo Stamps was our digital sponsor
for the last challenge.  If you're not yet
familiar with this ADORABLE digi shop,
you will most definitely want to do some
browsing.  They have oodles and oodles
of adorable digital stamps.  Let's hear it for
the winner of the prize from
It's Entry #87 - Julie O.

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #3 - Julie Gearinger
Entry #265 - Melissa
Entry #341 -Valerija

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:

Dottie also created a card using Coffee Or Tea
Stamp Set and coordinating Coffee or Tea Dies
from our sponsor, Stamp Simply Clear Stamps
Ginny used Stamp Simply Clear Stamps
JoAnn's sweet collection uses the
Stephanie Used Thinking of You Rose
Interior View of Stephanie's Card featuring


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Challenge #328 - #329 - Anything Goes

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday.  We're so glad you're here, and we hope you are ready for another FABULOUS challenge.  We have two AWESOME sponsors, a quick devotional, and our word art/scripture file.  Feel free to right click and save the scripture art (if you want to do so).  It's always a blessing to have you stop by.  We hope this post will be an encouragement to you this week.

The word "yoke" in this verse refers to servitude....the "rules" of serving God.  While the teachings of the Pharisees in early times carried a yoke (burden) too difficult for mankind to bear.  Yet, the yoke of Jesus Christ (His rules for life) are further explained in the words "learn of me" that follow in this passage.  As we read here, being a follower of Jesus Christ is not really difficult, and it's not full of made-up rules like the Pharisees might have professed were necessary.  When we read "for I am meek and lowly in heart, this simply means that He has sympathy and understanding of all classes and conditions, and that He can completely relate to what we are feeling in every situation.  What a joy to know that our precious Savior knows (and cares) how we feel.  And finally, "you shall find rest for your souls".  Doesn't that really say it all?  Where else, but in the arms (or presence) of God can we find true rest for our souls?  All is well when we place our lives, our faith, our eternity, our everything in Him.

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's our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Our new friends at The Project Bin
are sponsoring us again for this challenge.
This sweet shop carries unique high-quality
clear stamps to help you create the
sweetest cards.  One lucky person will
win a $15 Gift Certificate to spend
at The Project Bin.  Karen used one
of their stamp sets on her sample
for this challenge.  We hope you will
stop by to get acquainted with The

AND

Bugaboo Stamps is our digital sponsor
for this challenge.  If you're not yet
familiar with this ADORABLE digi shop,
you will most definitely want to do some
browsing.  They have oodles and oodles
of adorable digital stamps.  Some of our
designers have used Bugaboo images on
their samples today.  We hope you
will visit Bugaboo Stamps.

AND NOW......Our very lucky winner:
Our dear friends at Freckled Fawn are
generously sponsoring us again this year.
This fabulously dear store carries the
sweetest collection of wares to adorn all
your crafting, card-making, scrapping,
creative projects.  You want want to miss
out, so stop by and explore what's new
at Freckled Fawn today.   One lucky
winner will win this fabulous prize:
Entry # 189 - Marilyn (Mississippi McGyver)

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #192 - Annushree
Entry #224- Marie Bingaman
Entry #242 - Berina Febin

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:

Migdalia's Card Using an Image
Called Bug Cherry Girl from
Sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps
Using image Spring Friends
from Sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps
Ginny's Card Using an Image
from Sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps
Using Image Two Girls
from Sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps
Stephanie Used an Image
from Sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps
Karen Letchworth
Karen's first card uses a cute stamp
set called Kinda Sorta (4 sentiment set)
from our sponsor, The Project Bin
Karen's second card uses this week's
scripture/word art along with a cute
digital image called
our digital sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps