Living an ART filled life...“Creativity is a God-given ability to take something ordinary and make it into something special. It is an openness to doing old things new ways…The creative spirit is part of our heritage as children of the One who created all things. And nurturing our creativity is part of our responsibility as stewards of God’s good gifts.” - Emilie Barnes, The Spirit of Loveline

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Copic Doodled Photo Block Tutorial

Copic Doodled Photo Block Tutorial

June with Annabelle June…a photo block tutorial It all started with some doodles using Copic alcohol markers and Faber Castell multi liners. All Doodles pieces were cut out and ready to add to the Wood Block. This is a Wood block purchased from Michaels. ( 7″ […]

Mixed Media Mini Canvas

Mixed Media Mini Canvas

As a parent and Children’s Ministry worker, I seek advice from the best parenting book there is…The Bible:)  Deuteronomy 6 is full of encouragement and wisdom…This was the inspiration for this mini canvas. I started with a plain mini canvas sold in a pack of […]

Mail a Letter : Project Annabelle’s Alphabet

Mail a Letter : Project Annabelle’s Alphabet

The letter L…See original post for details on Annabelle’s Alphabet  here

Mail a Letter : Project Annabelle's Alphabet Mail a Letter : Project Annabelle's Alphabet

Mail a Letter : Project Annabelle’s Alphabet

Mail a Letter : Project Annabelle’s Alphabet

Annabelle is loving her letters. (See original post here) I started out by mailing her a small candy treat with each letter…(That’s what Mimi’s are for, right?) Well, I guess I knew she might like the treat best…and yes, she did:)  So, now I am […]

THE BEST thing you can do for your KIDS

THE BEST thing you can do for your KIDS

I am a Mother of 4…3 have already left the nest, so I can say with experience that there have been many parenting moments when I felt frustrated, lacking wisdom, lacking patience and feeling helpless.  We all have those days…especially during the ages of 13-21:) […]

The Letter J

The Letter J

Mail A Letter: Annabelle's Alphabet
Mail A Letter: Annabelle’s Alphabet
Personalized Watercolor & Ink

Personalized Watercolor & Ink

When your adopted “niece” gets into Harvard, you should do something special!  I wanted to create a framed piece she could take with her to school….Something that would make her smile…something that would remind her not only of who she is, but of “WHOSE” she […]

Ribbon and Gymnastics : Great Scrapbook Project for Kids

Ribbon and Gymnastics : Great Scrapbook Project for Kids

I meet weekly with High School girls to do Bible Study, Crafts, and Baking.  I want to provide a safe place for girls to talk, encourage one another and hear truth in love… (Titus 2) This week I have an amazingly talented and disciplined group […]

Creating Wall Art with Vacation Treasures…(it just needed a bit of ribbon)

Creating Wall Art with Vacation Treasures…(it just needed a bit of ribbon)

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We are blessed beyond measure with the generosity of my Mother & Father in law, who take the whole Carroll Clan (16 in all) on a BIG Family trip every other year.  It’s been one of the greatest highlights in our family’s lives and so when we travel,I love to search for a special treasure to remember our trip.

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 Egypt

On this trip, as I was purusing an antique store in Cairo

     (American antiques are hundreds of years old…Egypt’s are thousands!)

I found this beautifully carved Coptic Cross.

(It isn’t thousands of years old…just a replica)

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But I loved it just the same.

I knew that I wanted to display it, but I didn’t just want to “nail it to the wall.”

SO…I found this great shadow box at Pottery Barn. (cute pins included)

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This is a rustic version from Pottery Barn’s online website (click on the pic to see it yourself)

There were just the same amount of holes in the cross…perfect for pining!

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RIBBON!!!

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I burned the edges of the cards stock a bit with a lighter to add that “vintage” feel.

*I also burn the edges of my ribbon to prevent fraying

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Don’t forget to check out May Arts for the perfect ribbon to enhance your treasure!

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Speaking of Ribbons…Ribbons + Food = yummy

Speaking of Ribbons…Ribbons + Food = yummy

I use ribbon almost every day! As a “small gift giver” I was recently overjoyed with my new laundry room that included a “wrapping station!”  Yay!!   My contractor said to me, (in regards to the wrapping station) “Do you really wrap that many gifts […]


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