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 $15 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
 
 

19 comments:

Gail said...

Thank you Karen for the devotional and for the challenge - have a Merry Christmas to you and your DT - congrats to all of the winners! Happy Dance!

D- said...

Thank you for the wonderful year of challenges and inspiration.
Your sweet generous hearts show in each and every project you share and comment you leave.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year!
May yours be filled with love and laughter.
Crafty hugs,
D~
DesignsByDragonfly. blogspot

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah what a wonderful verse. . And what a wonderful day it will be when that day of Jesus' return does come.... Amen even so come Lord Jesus.
What a day of rejoicing that will be,
When we look upon His face,
The One Who saved me by His grace,
He takes me by the hand
And leads me to the promised land,
What a day of rejoicing that will be.
:D

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

Hello everyone!!! WOW!!! What GORGEOUS cards you have all created this week! So may beautiful colors and designs. From CAS to fussy and fancy. Christmas colors to light and springy. So many different, beautiful things to look at while all focusing on HIM!

Such a blessing to be able to stop by and see them all and to be a part of such a fabulous team.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Heather

crafty-stamper said...

Thank you for choosing my card as a winner-love your challenges and look forward to reading the beautiful comments your DT leave -Merry Christmas to you all
Carol x

crafty-stamper said...

Forgot to say congrats to Dana too
Carol x

Cindy Keller said...

Many thanks! LOVE this verse!

Bunny said...

Beautiful DT work and a lovely verse. Thank you for a nice year of many wonderful verses and challenges. Merry Christmas. Jesus really is the reason for the season.

Granmargaret said...

thank you for another challenge and verse.
Lovely cards by the design team.
Have a very happy Christmas and a blessed new year.

Kim Zook said...

I just found your site and am very inspired by it with the use of Our Fathers Words ( Jesus Christ). I am a member of chic Critique and many more with that group. I would love to join your group. thanks for your time.God Bless You All

Susan Kennedy said...

Gorgeous DT Creations!! Love Lori's... that card is just stunning!! Thanks for another fun challenge!

- Susan
{Scrap A Thousand Words}
Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges

Diane said...

Beautiful verse and gorgeous cards by a very talented DT!!

vinita jain said...

Thank you Karen for another fab challenge with lots of inspirational projects. Wish you and your Design Team A Merry Christmas and A Prosperous New Year!

Dana Joy said...

Thank you so much for selecting me as a winner. I'm so excited!!! The DT cards are beautiful. Love the inspiration I see on this blog. Merry Christmas everyone.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Merry Christmas!

Creative M said...

Beautiful Verse and such wonderful inspirations by DT!!
Wishing all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!
Have a wonderful day,
Migdalia
*Crafting With Creative M*

Cynthia said...

Thank you to Karen for inviting me to join your fabulous challenge. Beautiful Word Art and lovely DT inspiration!

Joanne Stott said...

Thanks for letting me know about your blog... I was overwhelmed when I discovered that it was christian too :-) Keep up HIS Good Work.

craftie mummy said...

Thank you for informing me about your blog... I never thought it would be a Christian Blog too.
Keep up HIS Good Work ;-)