Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Challenge #172 - Anything Goes

Welcome back, crafters!  It's hard to believe that February is almost gone, isn't it?  The time is passing quickly, and we continue to be blessed by the wonderful cards and projects you share with us each week.  We consider you ALL winners, and we thank you for taking the time to play along.  We have another great challenge for you all this week, and we are SO grateful to have you join us.

This week's word art scripture is John 15:9 and these are the words of Jesus.  He says, "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you:  continue ye in my love".  This is a progressive type of love; and because of it, we are SO blessed and SO loved.  The love that God the Father has for His Son, Jesus Christ, is a love that we cannot comprehend in our simple human minds.  Yet, it is the type of love that Jesus has for us as His children.  Because God's love is SO incredibly deep and genuine, it gives us the opportunity to feel that love, and enjoy the comfort of knowing we have eternal life through His love for us.  God loved us enough to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die for our sins.  Jesus, who is God, but was sent as the sacrifice; loves His children in the same way.  Now, Jesus asks each of us to love others in that same manner.  Unfortunately, we fail.  While we attempt to love others the way God loves us, we are unable to truly match it because of our sin.  This is why it's SO incredibly important for us to accept the gift of eternal life that God gave us when He came to earth in the form of human flesh (Jesus Christ) and died on the cross for our sins, making a way for our sinful souls to get to Heaven.  We have an obligation to do our very best to love others in the same way God loves us.  Only when we have surrendered our lives to Jesus can we begin to attempt loving others the way God loves us.  God wants us to enjoy the love of Christian brothers and sisters; but we MUST first confess our sins and get right with Him.  Then, and only then, can we truly experience not only the love God has for us; but also the brotherly love of other Christians.  Next time you see someone without that love, without that joy, just remember that they need Jesus.  It's an opportunity for us to share God's love, and an opportunity to help save a soul from an eternity in Hell.  Don't ever shy away from an opportunity to share the story of how God loved us enough to die for us, and how we can experience His love in its fullness by placing our faith and trust in Him.  This is how we show our love for Him, and for others.

As always, you are welcome to save this week's 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 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 each week. 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 these guidelines.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's scripture/word art file.
We hope it will be a blessing to you.

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
Heart & Soul Rubber Stamps is offering
one lucky person either
2 Mounted or 4 Unmounted Stamps of Choice
from their AMAZING shop.
AND
Deedee's Digis is our Digital Sponsor
this week.  One lucky crafter will win
some of their SUPER sweet digis.
Several of our DT Members have used
Deedee's Digis on their projects.

AND NOW......Here are our lucky winners:
The Kraft Outlet is offering one lucky person
a $15 Gift Certificate to their AWSOME
store.  That lucky person is
Entry #196 - Debbie's Dash Of This & That
Enjoy shopping at the Kraft Outlet
AND
The lucky winner of our digital prize
offered by Moonlighting By Mary
is Lucky Entry #85 - Renate
Enjoy your prize from Moonlighting & Co.
AND
The winner of Karen's give-away for naming
a product from the Kraft Outlet is
the very lucky - Heather G
You have won some of the Kraft Outlet's
GORGEOUS Vintage Winter White Seam Binding

WINNERS:  Please email Karen THIS WEEK
to claim your prize!  Thanks.
May God bless all our amazing sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started
Our Fill-In Designer, Stephanie Castro
Using Deedee's Digi Image,
Using Deedee's Digis Image
Sadly, this is Diane's last week with us!
Using Sponsor image, Cup of Joy
Using Sponsor, Deedee's Digis
Image "All The World"
 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Challenge #171 - Anything Goes

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday, everyone!  We hope you had a great week, and that you have had lots of time for crafting.  We absolutely love seeing the beautiful projects you share with us.  This week, the extra prize Karen is offering will be a special treat from The Kraft Outlet (one of our sponsors).  All you have to do is check out their AMAZING shop (maybe even treat yourself to something new); and then come back here and tell me what item you found in the Kraft Outlet store that you didn't know they carried.  Just leave a comment telling us the Item Number of that product.  Easy!  One lucky person from those comments will receive a little treat from The Kraft Outlet (in addition to the prize they're offering this week).  That's THREE chances to win again this week.  I also encourage you to check out Moonlighting By Mary, our digital sponsor for this week.  Her images are GORGEOUS!  You just might want to take a peek at what Mary has in her shop, as well!

Our word art for this week is Mark 12:30, and this important command are the words of Jesus himself.  Since He took the time to say these words to us, then we can rest assured that they are important.  We need to really examine His command to us, and obey it so that we can experience the full joy He intends for us.  In this particular passage, the scribes were questioning Jesus, and they asked Him "which is the first commandment of all"?  Jesus answered with this passage.  This command is different than "The Ten Commandments"; it's a lesson to the scribes (as to all) that we need to love the Lord, our God, with ALL our heart, soul, mind and strength.  One might guess that His reasoning for this is because if we don't have this type of unquestioning and unfailing love for Him, we would be unable to keep the other commandments He has given us.  If we truly love God, we will desire to keep His commands.  Most people, if asked, would say that they love God.  But the proof of our love for Him is in our actions.  We can't say that we love Him, and then not keep His commands.  We demonstrate our love for Him by being obedient in every aspect.  God proved His love for us by giving Himself as a sacrifice for our sins.  What have we done to prove our love for Him?  It's really something to think about.  Let's ask ourselves this question, "If someone looks at me and examines my life, do they see my love for Jesus?"  If it's not perfectly obvious, through our actions, that we love God; then we really need to make some changes.  God has given us so much.  Our unconditional love should be our thanks, as evidence, for all He has given to us.  We have yet another beautiful verse that tells us how to live, and how to receive ALL that God has for us.

As always, you are welcome to save this week's 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 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 each week. 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 these guidelines.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's scripture/word art file.
We hope it will be a blessing to you.

Here are this week's AMAZING sponsors:
The Kraft Outlet is offering one lucky person
a $15 Gift Certificate to their AWSOME
store.  Click here to browse and shop
The Kraft Outlet
AND
Moonlighting By Mary is our WONDERFUL
Digital Sponsor this week.  This lovely shop
is filled with the sweetest images.  Click here
to browse and shop Moonlighting Designs

And Now......Our Lucky Winners!
Mark's Finest Papers is giving a new stamp set
to one of our randomly chosen entrants.  That
lucky person is #6 - Stephanie S.
AND
Special thanks to Crafty Secrets
for offering one VERY lucky winner
one of their beautiful Spring Collections
from their Digital Shop.  What a treat!
 It's Lucky Entry #178 - Graciellie
AND
The winner of Karen's prize for
using a Crafty Secrets image is
Entry #129 - Cynthia (Stampin' In Alaska)
  
 WINNERS:  Please email Karen THIS WEEK
to claim your prize!  Thanks.
May God bless all our amazing sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started
Our Fill-In Designer, Stephanie Castro 
 

Using Sponsor, Kraft Outlet Product
See Carole's Blog for Inside View
Using Sponsor Supplies from Kraft Outlet


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Challenge #170 - Anything Goes

Are you are all ready for another GREAT challenge?  We're sure glad you're here with us this week.  We have two more AMAZING sponsors, Guest Designers, and lots of fun and great prizes for you!  Karen is making the same offer she did a couple weeks ago, but this time there's an extra step.  If you use a sponsor (Crafty Secrets) image on at least ONE of your entries here at Word Art Wednesday, AND link your project to THEIR challenge as well as ours, then leave Karen a comment on her blog saying you did so, you will be entered for an additional prize from Karen.  Not to mention, you'll be entering in our Word Art Wednesday Challenge, and Crafty Secrets' Challenge - that's a total of THREE chances to win with just one project!  (By the way, Word Art Wednesday DT Members and Guest Designers are allowed to take me up on this offer).
 
Our word art scripture for this week is Proverbs 10:12, and it tells us that "hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins".  As we all know, Proverbs is FULL of great tidbits of wisdom for happy living.  In this particular passage, we are told that when we hold hatred in our hearts, all it will do is bring strife (stress, worry, unhappiness, chaos, etc.) to our lives.  Who wants that?  Not me!  I don't have the time or the energy to hate anybody.  I can hate the things they do, but I won't dwell on it.  We've heard of horrendous things happening all around the world by those who "stir up strife", but here's the good news.....LOVE COVERS ALL SINS.  We're NOT talking here about the act of love.  In this verse, it is speaking of the noun LOVE, which refers to God.  God=Love   We read in 1 John 4:8, "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."  So, unfortunately there WILL be hatred in this world because of those who "knoweth not God".  It's happening in the political world, it's happening through terrorist acts; and unfortunately, it's even happening in some of our homes.  I beseech you, my dear friends, don't allow strife to be stirred up in YOUR heart.  Let go of hatred today.  It accomplishes nothing.  Let love (God) cover your sins; and pray for those whose sins are not covered by the precious blood of Jesus.  Because we know that all acts of hatred WILL one day be answered for (when we each stand before the One true God some day), it is still important not to hold hatred in our hearts toward anyone.  We have to give it to God.  This is a really strong, relevant, deep-reaching, and important verse; and it can REALLY be a blessing to each of us if we take time to think about all it means.  Isn't God's Word WONDERFUL?!
 
As always, you are welcome to save this week's 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 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 each week. 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 these guidelines.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!

Here's this week's ADORABLE scripture/word art file.
We would LOVE to see you use it, if possible.

Here are this week's AWESOME sponsors:
Mark's Finest Papers is giving a new stamp set
to one of our randomly chosen entrants.  Click
here to browse and shop Mark's Finest Papers
AND
The ADORABLY SWEET Crafty Secrets
is offering one VERY lucky winner
one of their beautiful Spring Collections
from their Digital Shop.  What a treat!
We even have one of their talented
Design Team Members joining us!
 
 AND NOW.........Our VERY Lucky Winners:
Verses Rubber Stamps is offering one winner
$20 in wood or cling stamps from their LOVELY
shop.  That lucky person is none other than
Entry #54 - Sandee in North Carolina
AND
Our digital sponsor, Imagine That Digi Stamps
is giving three (3) images of choice to
Lucky Entry #171 - Lisa D.
AND
for the last time :(
My Craft Spot by Kimberly is giving their sweet
Jar Full of Flowers Stamp Set to this lucky gal:
Entry #78 - Alycia
  
 WINNERS:  Please email Karen THIS WEEK
to claim your prize!  Thanks.
May God bless all our amazing sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
Here's Some Inspiration to Get You Started
Our Fill-In Designer, Stephanie Castro
as well as their Homemade Vintage Image and Journal Booklet

Using Sponsor Stamp, Amaryllis Definition
And Here's Stephanie Wright Card #2
Using Digital Flowers Images
from our Sponsor, Crafty Secrets
Using Stamps, Brad and Paper from
Sponsor, Mark's Finest Papers.  AND
Images from Sponsor, Crafty Secrets
Using Sponsor, Crafty Secrets, Image
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