Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Challenge #163 - Two-Week Anything Goes Challenge

Welcome back, everyone!  It's time for another great challenge, and we're delighted to have you join us.  As you know, our challenges are normally always one week in length; but because of Christmas, this particular challenge will last for TWO WEEKS.  This gives you even more time to link up with us.  You can share up to five (5) projects with us to help improve your odds of winning one of our THREE (3) AMAZING prizes being offered for this challenge.  We look forward to seeing your sweet creations.  We also wish you all a blessed and WONDERFUL Christmas.

This week's scripture for our beautiful word art is Philippians 1:6, and it says, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ".  What this verse tells us is that "he" (God) began a good work in us when we were saved.  We learn from Ephesians 2:10 that we are saved "unto good works" which means that good works accompany salvation always - but our good works alone cannot save us.  The "good work" God started in us at the time of our salvation is His grace which is actively working in us.  We take this gift of grace and share it with others; and as God continues to mold and shape us, we are His workmanship created FOR good works that will ultimately bring HIM glory.  The beauty of this verse is that we learn how God is continually working in our lives, and that He will never stop performing the "good work" He began in us as long as we live in our human bodies.  God wants to use us to do great things FOR HIS GLORY.  When we allow God to perform His "good work" in us He will continue to use us.  What a wonderful gift He has given us through our salvation.  We surely are blessed!

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 beautiful scripture/word art file.
We hope that it will be a blessing to you!
 

Here are this week's AWESOME sponsors:
The Flying Unicorn is an AWESOME STORE
for scrapbooking and card-making, and carries
ALL your favorite brands.  One lucky entrant
will win a $25 Gift Certificate to this AMAZING
store to pick out whatever tickles your fancy!
  What a GREAT prize!
AND
Our DARLING Digital Sponsor this week is
Deedee's Digis, and DeeDee has the CUTEST images!
One person will win a $10 voucher to
spend on whatever they want.
AND
Because this is a two-week challenge, we have a
THIRD PRIZE Karen is giving away this sweet
October Afternoon Stamp Set and roll of gold
washi tape that she picked up at this year's
October Afternoon Warehouse Sale!
 
AND NOW.....Here Are Our LUCKY WINNERS:
The person who has won the 10£ Gift Certificate
to the ADORABLE Crafty Ribbons is
Lucky Entry #131 - Carol Gill
 
AND
The winner of the $15 Gift Certificate
to Freckled Fawn is
Lucky Entry #70 - Dana Joy
 
 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
Using a Sponsor Image from Deedee's Digis
Front View of Card
 
Inside View of Card With Scripture
 
 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Challenge #162 - Anything Goes

Welcome to Word Art Wednesday!  It's time for another great challenge, and we once again have two AMAZING sponsors with us. We understand this is SUPER busy time of year for everyone, and so we REALLY appreciate you all taking the time to share your art with us.  We'd like to say thank you and farewell to Freckled Fawn.  This will be their last time sponsoring us.  But don't worry!  We have amazing sponsors lined up for 2015.  God continues to bless us and to provide exceeding abundantly.  Our new sponsors will all be listed on the first of January.  GOD IS SO GOOD!

This week's ENCOURAGING word art/scripture from God's precious Word is Luke 2:10.  Let's take a closer look at this verse.  While it may be a familiar verse to some of you, and one that you've heard many times at Christmas - it's one of great encouragement to us.  If you were to ask a random stranger, "what are you celebrating this Christmas?", you would great a wide variety of answers.  Some are celebrating family, some are celebrating good health, and some are celebrating a variety of other things.  But here's a verse that gives us something really WONDERFUL to CELEBRATE.  As we lead into this verse, we learn that the angel appeared in a field to a group of shepherds.  As some of you may know, shepherd were not (and to this day are not) highly regarded as a social class.  They were very common people - like you and I perhaps.  Yet, the angel appeared to this group of shepherds and said, "Fear not (because I'm sure it would be frightening to have an angel of the Lord suddenly appear before you), for I bring YOU good tidings of great joy.  WOW!  They were bringing this INCREDIBLE news to YOU!  God allowed very common people to be the ones who brought the incredible news of the birth of the Savior.  That means that he also brings "good tidings of great joy to each of us individually"!  It's VERY personal!  One could actually take out the word YOU, and replace it with their first name.  That's how personal it really is!  The angel went on to say that these "good tidings of great joy would be TO ALL PEOPLE".  This news isn't just for the elite, or the rich, or for a certain class of people.  It's for YOU.  God's Word specifically says it is for YOU.  How incredibly wonderful it is to learn that this news, given to common people like us, is for ALL people to enjoy for all generations.  A Savior was born, Jesus Christ, God in human flesh who cared enough about us that He provided a way for us to get to Heaven by sending these wonderful "tidings of great joy" (news of the Savior).  All we have to do is place our faith and eternal trust in what God gave us, and He will save us and give us eternity with Him in Heaven.  You really CAN give Jesus a Birthday gift this year.  No, December 25 is not likely the exact date Jesus was born; that doesn't matter.  It's simply the appointed day we CELEBRATE His birth and acknowledge that He came to earth to provide a way for us to get to Heaven.  Give Him a gift this year by placing your faith in Him, and then sharing the "good tidings of great joy" with others.  That is a gift that will truly honor the King of Kings.
 
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 beautiful scripture/word art file.
We hope that it will be a blessing to you!

Here are this week's AWESOME sponsors:
The fabulous Crafty Ribbons is offering
one lucky winner a 10£ Gift Certificate
to their lovely ribbon shop!
Click here to browse Crafty Ribbons.
 
AND
Freckled Fawn is offering a $15 Gift Certificate
to another super lucky winner!
 
AND NOW.......Here are This Week's WINNERS:
The winner of one stamp set from
the lovely Docerela Stamps
is Lucky Entry #39 - Gail Scott
AND
The Cutting Cafe
The lucky winner of
three (3) sets of choice from the
ADORABLE Cutting Café is
Entry #157 - Bonnie Garby
 
 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

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Challenge #161 - Anything Goes

Welcome back, everyone!  Thanks for stopping by for another great challenge.  We understand that this is an incredibly busy time of year, and that it gets difficult to create cards and link up to challenges.  Please know that we get it!  We encourage you to focus on your families at this time of year, and we're so grateful when you do find the time to create and share your art.  We know that things will pick up again after the first of the year.  In the meantime, THANKS for sharing when you do.  We hope you're all enjoying your families as we prepare for the Christmas season.

Our word art/scripture file for this week is Matthew 1:21, and it tells the story of how the angel appeared to Joseph in a dream to assure him that the child Mary was carrying was of the Holy Spirit.  The angel told Joseph "thou shalt call his name JESUS", and the reason for this is because this child was not just any baby.  The child Mary was carrying was God in human flesh.  His name was to be called "Jesus", which translated means SAVIOR.  What a perfectly appropriate name since He is the Savior of the world.  He ALONE is able to save us from our sins.  We are all born with a sinful nature, and we all need a Savior (a way to receive eternal life), and JESUS is the ONLY possible way for that to happen.  Even Mary herself proclaimed, "my soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God MY SAVIOR".  She wouldn't say these words if she was holy, or if she had the ability to get to Heaven on her own.  She clearly stated "my Savior" because she KNEW that her son was GOD IN HUMAN FLESH, and that her own sinfulness would separate her from God.  She needed a Savior in order to get to Heaven, and she knew that the Savior she so desperately needed was found in Jesus!  I find it incredibly sad to think of the millions of CONFUSED people who either believe that the Messiah is still coming some day, or that they can perform enough good works to earn their own way into Heaven, or rely on a group of men who reveal "truths" to them as "the light gets brighter", or that a SINFUL human found some revelation in the desert on tablets that reveal a way to get them into Heaven.  NONE of these are ways to Heaven. I heard Oprah once say, "we may all believe differently, but all these different roads ultimately lead to God and to Heaven."  Well, I'm so sorry Oprah, but you ARE WRONG.  There is only ONE TRUE GOD, and His name is JESUS (Savior).  I can sit and call an apple an orange all day long.  I can even find TONS of other people to agree with me that it's an orange.  Great, right?  NOPE!  The absolute truth is that IT'S STILL AN APPLE!!!  There is only ONE WAY to get to Heaven, and that is through the blood of Jesus Christ.  It's NOT difficult, my friends.  The baby Mary and Joseph brought into this world, through God's divine intervention, IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN.  This isn't an opinion, it's absolute truth.  We can accept it now and live a life of joy and fulfillment, or we WILL learn and accept it when our lives end and we stand before God.  What a blessing that we have the opportunity to come to Him NOW, and reap all the joy He has for us.  This is why it's SO important to lovingly share the Gospel with others.  Society would have us believe that it's not acceptable to talk about our beliefs; but when it's absolute truth and so many good people are on their way to a literal Hell, it's important to boldly share the truth.
 
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 beautiful scripture/word art file.
We hope that it will be a blessing to you!

Here are this week's AWESOME sponsors:
Docerela Stamps is offering one luck person
a stamp set from their AMAZING shop.
Click here to browse and shop all the great
stamps available at Docerela Stamps
AND
The Cutting Cafe
The Cutting Café is an ADORABLE shop
with LOTS of great SVG files, digital stamps,
and SO much more.  One person will win
three (3) sets of choice from the
ADORABLE Cutting Café!
 
AND NOW.....Here Are Our Lucky Winners!
My Craft Spot is sure to have something
you can't resist.  Stop by and treat yourself.
Entry #16 - Birgit has won
a $10 Gift Certificate from My Craft Spot
AND
Entry #92  - Vani-Nikol
her choice of three (3) images from
from the adorable Robyn's Fetish.
 
 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