Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Challenge #146 - Anything Goes

What a great week we had, and we're SO glad that you were a part of it!  We're glad that you're back again this week to play along in our challenge with us.  We have two more AMAZING sponsors this week, and we can hardly wait to see all the beautiful cards and projects you create and share.  We enjoy visiting your blogs and getting to know you a little better, and we are super grateful to have you share your talents with us.  If there is anything we can do to be a blessing to you, please don't hesitate to let us know.  We're not perfect, and we're the first to admit that.  We're simply a group of sinners saved by the matchless grace of Jesus.  We're here to be a blessing and an encouragement to you, and create and share art with one another using the unique talents that God has given to each of us.

This week's beautiful scripture is 1 Samuel 2:2; and these verses are the lovely words of Hannah as she poured out her praise for the LORD (Yahweh/God in the O.T. and Jesus Christ in the N.T.) and she was singing His praises in response to God's answer to her prayers.  She sings of His holiness, knowledge, power and judgment.  You will also notice that Hannah refers to God as her "rock" and a rock like NO OTHER.  As we all know, a rock is something SOLID and UNBREAKABLE.  As our rock, God is always there for us to stand on in times of trouble, and His foundation is firm and unchanging unlike any other "god" or religious figure.  Just like Hannah, we can experience His holiness; and we will quickly realize that there really is NONE OTHER like Him.  He is ONLY one who was worthy (perfect and sinless) to offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sinfulness.  Jesus suffered and died on the cross, was dead and buried, and He rose again three days later proving that HE IS GOD.  He is the ONLY one who was SEEN BY HUNDREDS of eye-witnesses after His death and resurrection, and He is the ONLY way for mankind to get to Heaven.  Jesus Christ wants to be your rock, and all you have to do to receive this ROCK of salvation is to ASK.  It really is that easy.  You confess Him as God, accept what He did for you on the cross, and ask Him to be your LORD and your Savior.  Much like Hannah, you will find yourself singing His praises.  Learn to lean on the ROCK - there is NONE beside Him!  (John 14:6)

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 art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to 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 (dark images, etc.).  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 WONDERFUL sponsors:
Prairie Point Junction Quilting and Wool Felt
Prairie Point Junction - Home of Wool Felt Central
is giving away a $15 Gift Certificate to their
AMAZING store.  This is an extra special treat!
AND
Our friends at Nice Crane Designs
are offering a $20 Gift Certificate to their SUPER
fun store filled with the loveliest images!

AND NOW.......Here are our lucky winners:
Congratulations to Entry #10 - Becky S.
who has won a $15 gift certificate to
Classy Cards 'N Such
AND
Lucky Entry # - 84 - Gail S.
has won a $20 gift certificate
to Your Next Stamp

 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 From Our Design Team
 Front View of Card
Side View of Card Showing Folds
Using Wool Felt From Our Sponsor,
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Challenge #145 - Anything Goes

Welcome back, everyone!  It's been a busy week, and a good one at that.  God continues to answer prayer and to bless this little challenge blog with His goodness and provision, and we are so incredibly grateful.  Look out, world!  There are no limits to what God can do.  (Romans 8:31)
 
Our focus scripture this week is Colossians 1:27 and it speaks of "this mystery among the Gentiles".  For those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, it isn't a "mystery" at all; but rather, it is our everything.  But we all know those who simply don't get it.  They can't wrap their heads around how incredibly simple and wonderful true salvation really is.  People want to attach other rituals to their salvation.  Many are still confused about "this mystery".  But for those who have completely trusted their eternal salvation to Jesus Christ, God in human flesh - the complete and final sacrifice for our sinfulness - there is no mystery.  Jesus Christ living in us really IS the hope and glory this verse talks about. In Old Testament times, before Jesus Christ came to fulfill the great commission, this mystery (the indwelling of the Holy Spirit) could only be explained through divine revelation.  But, praise God, we have the rest of the story, and the "mystery" has been revealed.  All we need to do now is to accept what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.  That's it.  We don't have to attach ANYTHING else to it.  Aren't you grateful for what He has done 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 art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to 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 (dark images, etc.).  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 very lovely Classy Cards 'N Such
is generously offering one lucky person
a $15 gift certificate to their store
Click here to browse and shop at
Classy Cards 'N Such
AND
Your Next Stamp is a SUPER fun shop
that carries stamps, dies, and SO much more
One person will win a $20 gift certificate
to Your Next Stamp

AND NOW......Here are our WINNERS!
The lucky winner of either
2 mounted or 4 unmounted rubber stamps
of her choice from the lovely
Heart & Soul Rubber Stamps is
Entry #28 - Karen C.
AND
The winner this week of three (3)
images of her choice from Robyn's Fetish
is Lucky Entry #108 - Beth F.

 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 From Our Design Team

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Challenge #144 - Anything Goes

Welcome, everyone!  We're SO glad you're here to play along with us.  We have another great challenge planned for you with two AMAZING sponsors, which means two GREAT prizes to be won. 

It's a busy time of year for everyone, and some of our DT Members need a break now and then.  We are so grateful to have Heather Dennis as our Guest Design Team Member for August, as well as former DT Member, Karen Conner, who is our August Fill-In Designer.  Please make them feel welcome.  We're so grateful to have them both with us this month.

What a lovely scripture we have for our word art file this week.  It is found in the beautiful Book of Psalm, from Chapter 147, and verse 4.  It calls for our praise, and tells of His greatness in creation.  The Bible tells us that God spoke the world into existence - the heavens, the earth, the stars, the waters.....He simply spoke, and.....so it was.  However, that doesn't mean God didn't put GREAT thought into everything He created.  This verse tells us that He knows the very number of stars.  Scientists tell us that stars die out over time; and yet, He knows the exact number of stars on any given day.  He even named each one, and their names matter to Him.  Yet, God didn't send His only Son to this earth to die as a sacrifice for the stars.  The stars DO matter to Him, and He really DID name them.  But God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ - God in human flesh, to give Himself as a sacrifice for US - the people of the earth.  If He knows each star's name, how much more important are we?  He knows the number of people, He knows each person's name, and He offered Himself as a sacrifice for EVERY person who has ever existed.  What an incredible thought.  Even babies who have died in birth, or before their birth - He knows each one by name and He loves them.  There are people who choose to deny Him, but NOTHING can change absolute truth.  What joy we find in each and every verse He has given us.  Isn't it EXCITING to learn that He knows each star by name?   It assures us that He puts even greater value on those He suffered and died for, and it's AWESOME to think that HE KNOWS YOUR NAME, and that you matter to Him!

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 art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to 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 (dark images, etc.).  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:
Heart & Soul Rubber Stamps is offering
one lucky person their choice of either
2 mounted or 4 unmounted rubber stamps
from their AMAZING SHOP!
AND
Robyn's Fetish is offering another lucky winner
their choice of 3 (three) digis from their
FUN-FILLED digi shop.  Click here to
browse and shop Robyn's Fetish.
You can read more about this FABULOUS
sponsor on our "About Out Sponsors" Page

AND NOW......Here are Our WINNERS!
Lucky Entry #142 - Robin C. has won
a $25 gift certificate to
The Flying Unicorn Store
WOO HOO - you lucky girl, Robin!
AND
Craft Classes Online is offering a fun
on-line course (valued at $25) to
Lucky Entry #10 - Faye
Enjoy your class!

 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 From Our Design Team