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Christmas/New Year Paper Kit Freebie  

Happy New Year! I pray that every one of you has the best year ever and that you grow closer to our God. Here is an article I came across that says something important I have talked to you about before. I hope it blesses you as we strive to be more pleasing to Him this coming year.

Bossing God Around by Mark O. Wilson

A nine year old boy was given a full grown St. Bernard for Christmas. Viewing his present with extreme delight and wonder, he exclaimed, “Wow!!! That’s great!!! But is he mine – or am I his?”

Now, that’s a great question for every Christian: Is Jesus mine – or am I His?

The answer ought to be “Yes!”


It is certainly a wonderful fact that Christ is a friend like no other. He meets our needs. He satisfies our deepest longings. He is a present help in the hour of trouble. He is the one who steps in when the rest of the world steps out.


Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! He is my Savior, my Deliverer, my Joy, and my Strength!


We must never forget, however, who we are and who God is. We don’t “own” Him.


George Barna, conducting recent research of American evangelical churches concluded that there is a deep-rooted self centeredness at the core of our religious expressions. A “consumer mind set” prevails across the board – “I’m involved with church for what I get out of it.” What’s in it for me? No wonder religion seems so empty.


I’ve had well meaning friends tell me how they boss God around when they pray: “God, I need this and that. You really have to come through for me here. I’m counting on you and you had better not let me down!”


There’s something wrong with this picture.


We need God – but He doesn’t need us. He is willing to help and strengthen us – but we don’t have the right to give him orders. (end of quote)


And I'd personally add, people loudly and boldly thanking God for things they never asked Him for but think that thanking Him for it obligates Him, by virtue of our faith, to do/give what we say. We will never be God's boss, not even by faith. True, without faith we won't get anything, but having it doesn't make Him have to do anything outside of His will. Remember, our Lord Jesus taught us to pray, "As You will, not as I will", and He was the Son of God!


Today's gift for you is this gorgeous kit of Papers for Christmas and New Years - enjoy!
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Paper Nativity Figures at My Little House Freebie  

I promised to update you on our progress making this adorable paper nativity from My Little House with the children in my Bible class...we finished it today!!!
To recap: First, in reading over all the pages I decided that the creche and manger would be too difficult for them so I made them myself before starting the project with the children. I also made the first palm tree just to see how the branches would work ahead of time (I decided to add a few extra branches). This is how it looks so far (sitting on Boo's bed!):
Last Sunday I started the project with the children who were very excited about it. I told them when we are done the pastor wants to display it on the communion table in front of his pulpit for everyone to enjoy. We started it after our lesson for the day and everyone got all the pieces for their character cut out. After class I scored all the lines so we'd be ready to fold and glue this week. I realized that I could score before cutting and speed things up, so I scored the entire kit yesterday using a dead pen (always saving money!) and cut the sheets into sections containing all the parts to one character for ease in handing out. I also shrunk one of the trees to 75% so I could vary the height like in the preview.

I like to re-purpose things to save both money and our landfills, so when I saw the packing material around an electric griddle my daughter got on Black Friday, I thought the texture would be fabulous for the ground in our scene since that part of the world wasn't grassy. I considered if the uneven surface would prevent the elements of the scene from standing properly, but they have square bases so I hope it will be fine after I glue this new surface down tight!

First I tore it and bent it to make the molded packing as flat as I could. I clearly didn't have enough to cover the piece of cardboard I'd cut from the face of the box to be our foundation for the scene. I cut off parts to use as little hills and rises to add interest to the scene.
I got to thinking about paper making. I've seen where they will take paper and put it through a blender with liquid, adding some things and then spread it on screen and dry making new paper. This packing was very thick. I decided to tear it into sections and soak it in hot water to soften it and start breaking down the fibers, hoping it wouldn't loose it's great texture. When it was soft, I separated the layers and tore small pieces that I smooshed together on a cookie sheet. When I'd covered the sheet I put it in my oven at the lowest setting, checking every 8 minutes. I wasn't sure if this would be a fire risk, so I stayed and worked on the scoring right next to the oven, just in case. It wasn't sufficiently dry when I wanted to go to bed, so I took it out and just put it on top the stove for the night. This morning it looked fabulous! It was dry and all my little pieces were now one! Though delicate. (See how the layers separated?)
The cookie sheet wasn't as long as my cardboard, so I covered my cardboard with foil, taping the seams to protect against moisture. I loosened my new "paper" with a spatula and centered it on my now protected cardboard (just in case I couldn't sufficiently "blend" the edges). I needed to add more to it so I wetted the existing edges and added till it was full. It looked better than this when I was done and you can see I still had more of the material left over! Since air drying worked overnight last night, I have just set it on top my stove for now since it's toasty warm up there while I reseason my cast iron skillet (at 500 degrees!).
This is a close up of the cool texture when it's dry! I think it looks very authentic!
With this success I'm thinking I might be able to alter the appearance of my "hills" the same way to blend better into the surface...hmmmm.

I need to attach my new surface to the cardboard backing (foil removed). That's a LOT of surface, so I wonder if ModPodge would be a good idea for this job? I have never used it, but I've read marvelous things about it. There are LOTS of varieties of ModPodge out there and I don't know what to try. If you have a suggestion I'd really appreciate you posting or e-mailing me QUICKLY! :)

That brings us up to today. My class worked on it three weeks (I worked a lot longer) and today we finished! They LOVED it and the grownups are loving it too now that it's sitting up front of the pulpit for all to enjoy. I'm having all the children who worked on it sign the underneath of the "ground" at the Pastor's suggestion (wish I'd thought of it!). I'm thinking of ModPodging all the pieces to help it last for the future. I can see using elements of it to act out many Bible lessons in the future.

ModPodge it worked fine for attaching my "ground" to the base. In the end I didn't like the hills and rises and scrapped them. This is how it looked at our Christmas party without any of the animals being done yet.
This is how it looks today after finishing all the pieces in class.
Update: I thought we were done, but then he gave us the wise men set so...
I love the camels! My "ground" is no longer large enough. You have to choose shepherds or wise men! That's ok. They didn't come at the same time anyway! Some scholars think the wise men didn't arrive till our Lord was two! I don't know, but I do know that all that matters is it's all true and they did come and most importantly - HE came!!! Hallelujah!

If you are thinking of doing this with your children, I can say that 8-13 yr. olds loved it and it was doable. Everyone had fun learning about the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and we are memorizing Luke 2:1-20, but with all the busyness and excitement, we aren't quite there yet, but they learned all the books of the Bible and the 10 plagues in the last little while, so I couldn't be more proud of them. The process of making this afforded many teaching moments about Father God, our Lord Jesus Christ and how we are to live as His people. Many, many thanks to Martin Didier for making this and giving it to the world! God bless you!

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Christmas Tree Template and a Freebie  

I have another Christmas treat for you! I have been asked to make my National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Christmas Tree Template available again. I gave it away for about a year and a half and it was very popular so I'm hoping you enjoy it too.

As another gift to you I'm going to give it free to anyone who makes a donation of any size to support the blog. Just log into your PayPal account and then if your donation is under $10, enter lynette@lynettesphotoart.com as the person you are paying. If you are donating more than $10 please enter lynettesmail@bellsouth.net as the person you are paying. This way I will get to keep the largest amount of your gifts (PayPal fees). Just write in the note area that you'd like this template and I'll e-mail it to you toot-suite!

My freebie for you today is an off-kilter Starburst in keeping with this funky tree. Enjoy! Thank you for your support of any amount, Merry Christmas and God bless you!If you like it well enough to download, please leave me a comment at the bottom of this post as I have disabled 4shared comments. Please support this blog by shopping my PayPal store. God bless you!Download here. Check out my TERMS OF USE here.The password is jesuschristislord.Digifree CraftCrave CraftCrave

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Compliments on my cooking and a Freebie  

Here's one to make your day!!!

I just called my husband to dinner. He was working in the next room with the door closed between us. (Garage converted to a recording studio). I never know when he's actually recording, so to get his attention without risking ruining a session, I flash the ceiling light to let him know I need his attention. I told him dinner was ready. He came in laughing and said..."Oh, it's fish!"

Then he laughingly explained...

He had started to smell something that "stunk" (cringe), so he stuck his head in his sweatshirt to see if it was him...no he used deodorant?!? Then he thought it must be his socks, so he took them off and smelled them...nope, not the socks. :( Then he thought it must be the dog...she must have gotten in there and pooped on the floor somewhere! (Are you serious????) So he's on his hands and knees looking under everything sniffing when the light flashed (my signal). As he comes to the door he says it still stinks. Then he opens the door and came into the kitchen, "Oh, it's fish!"

Well ladies, if that doesn't win the all time record for compliments on our cooking I don't know what does!!! LOL! Makes it all worthwhile! LOL!

My gift for you today is a Wintry Paper. I hope you like it. I also want to show you my adorable new kit, Happy Christmas Lights! There are 42 pieces including the Snowflake Overlay, the Face, a Transparent Bulb, an Inner Glow you can add to "light" your bulbs up (you can add an outer glow too) and lots more! My favorite Christmas lights are the ones with two color filaments in them, so I made some for you here - Merry Christmas! Click the Buy It Now Button below the preview to purchase it from my PayPal Store for only $1.99. Be sure to check out my other winter/Christmas kits in the store that are just as sweet as this one!
I got the basic idea from a piece of clay I saw and went from there.




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Happy Christmas Lights Kit Freebie  

Christmas is almost here and I have an adorable gift from my heart to yours to say thank you for supporting the blog this year and to help you with all your holiday layouts - my new kit, Happy Christmas Lights! There are 42 pieces including the Snowflake Overlay, the Face, a Transparent Bulb, an Inner Glow you can add to "light" your bulbs up (you can add an outer glow too) and lots more! My favorite Christmas lights are the ones with two color filaments in them, so I made some for you here - Merry Christmas! I'll leave this up for 24 hrs. free, then it will go into the store for $1.99, so grab it while you can and do check out all the goodies in the store! There are several winter/Christmas kits that are just as sweet as this one!

Update - Several of you have posted that you missed the freebie. I'm sorry, but I advertised 24 hrs. free and actually left them up free almost 2 days and lots of you grabbed it in time. CraftCrave was just slow posting it. If you don't want this to happen again, become a "follower" of this blog in the upper left corner and you'll know the moment I post. If you still want the kit, it's only $1.99 in the store and your purchase will help keep the blog going. Again, I'm sorry and Merry Christmas!I got the basic idea from a piece of clay I saw and went from there.






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Oh Santa  

Wow - so busy! I'm sad I have had to pull back so much from the blog since taking on teaching last January and my health worsening, but I'm still here and there will be more goodies for you to come, Lord willing. I want to wish every one of you the merriest of Christmases and to thank you for your support this year. The sale is over now and today I want to share my all time favorite Silly Song with you staring Larry (Vegetales) - Oh Santa! Hope you enjoy!

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Magnificent Fall Kit  

Magnificent Fall is a luscious kit of 10 papers, and 16 elements including a tree, textured acorns, berries, cardboard elements, and frames with and without text cut out. Click the image to enlarge. Click the Buy It Now Button below the image to purchase from my PayPal Store for only $1.99.







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Elf Yourself free fun!  

Don't miss all the free fun at http://elfyourself.jibjab.com hosted by Office Max! You upload a normal photo and they insert the faces into their animations. I got so carried away that I spent all morning making all kinds of variations and laughing HARD! Thanks Keryn for sending me yours and starting me on all this fun! You can download the movies when you are done and put them on YouTube, Facebook or whatever and they also sell products made from them. This is a screenshot I took of one I made of my daughters:
Here's one of my husband and his son's family from the regular line at jibjab.com:

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!
My favorite was the Feliz Navidad one I made with my family - it was utterly hysterical! Hope you go have fun! Please support this blog by shopping my PayPal store. God bless you!Download here. Digifree CraftCrave CraftCrave

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Free Paper Nativity Figures from My Little House  

I told you about this adorable paper model of the nativity that they are giving away at My Little House, well here's my journey making it with my Bible School class.
First, in reading over all the pages I decided that the creche and manger would be too difficult for them so I made them myself before starting the project with the children. I also made the first palm tree just to see how the branches would work ahead of time (I decided to add a few extra branches). This is how it looks so far (sitting on Boo's bed!):
Last Sunday I started the project with the children who were very excited about it. I told them when we are done the pastor wants to display it on the communion table in front of his pulpit for everyone to enjoy. We started it after our lesson for the day and everyone got all the pieces for their character cut out. After class I scored all the lines so we'd be ready to fold and glue this week. I realized that I could score before cutting and speed things up, so I scored the entire kit yesterday using a dead pen (always saving money!) and cut the sheets into sections containing all the parts to one character for ease in handing out. I also shrunk one of the trees to 75% so I could vary the height like in the preview.

I like to re-purpose things to save both money and our landfills, so when I saw the packing material around an electric griddle my daughter got on Black Friday, I thought the texture would be fabulous for the ground in our scene since that part of the world wasn't grassy. I considered if the uneven surface would prevent the elements of the scene from standing properly, but they have square bases so I hope it will be fine after I glue this new surface down tight!

First I tore it and bent it to make the molded packing as flat as I could. I clearly didn't have enough to cover the piece of cardboard I'd cut from the face of the box to be our foundation for the scene. I cut off parts to use as little hills and rises to add interest to the scene.
I got to thinking about paper making. I've seen where they will take paper and put it through a blender with liquid, adding some things and then spread it on screen and dry making new paper. This packing was very thick. I decided to tear it into sections and soak it in hot water to soften it and start breaking down the fibers, hoping it wouldn't loose it's great texture. When it was soft, I separated the layers and tore small pieces that I smooshed together on a cookie sheet. When I'd covered the sheet I put it in my oven at the lowest setting, checking every 8 minutes. I wasn't sure if this would be a fire risk, so I stayed and worked on the scoring right next to the oven, just in case. It wasn't sufficiently dry when I wanted to go to bed, so I took it out and just put it on top the stove for the night. This morning it looked fabulous! It was dry and all my little pieces were now one! Though delicate. (See how the layers separated?)
The cookie sheet wasn't as long as my cardboard, so I covered my cardboard with foil, taping the seams to protect against moisture. I loosened my new "paper" with a spatula and centered it on my now protected cardboard (just in case I couldn't sufficiently "blend" the edges). I needed to add more to it so I wetted the existing edges and added till it was full. It looked better than this when I was done and you can see I still had more of the material left over! Since air drying worked overnight last night, I have just set it on top my stove for now since it's toasty warm up there while I reseason my cast iron skillet (at 500 degrees!).
This is a close up of the cool texture when it's dry! I think it looks very authentic!
With this success I'm thinking I might be able to alter the appearance of my "hills" the same way to blend better into the surface...hmmmm.

I need to attach my new surface to the cardboard backing (foil removed). That's a LOT of surface, so I wonder if ModPodge would be a good idea for this job? I have never used it, but I've read marvelous things about it. There are LOTS of varieties of ModPodge out there and I don't know what to try. If you have a suggestion I'd really appreciate you posting or e-mailing me QUICKLY! :)

I'll update you after we work more on it in class Sunday! Have a great day and thanks for dropping by!

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Free Kit  

It's Thanksgiving and I want to show all of you how much I appreciate you, so I'm going to do something I've never done before to bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus. Everything in my store that is listed under $10 you can now have for only $1.99 and anything listed over $10 you can have for half price. The only exception is the Books of the Bible products because they are physical products I ship you.

So, make the most of this as it ends the 14th! This is too good to miss!

Add up your purchases and log into your PayPal account. If your total purchase is under $10, enter lynette@lynettesphotoart.com as the person you are paying. If your total purchase is over $10, enter lynettesmail@bellsouth.net as the person you are paying. List the kits you are buying in the note section. As soon as PayPal notifies me of your purchase, I'll e-mail you all your download links toot-suite!

The frosting on top is that today I'm giving you my new Magnificent Fall Kit. It includes the gorgeous paper I just gave you and some people had difficulty with the link...so here it is and so much more! Have fun, please support this blog by shopping my PayPal store and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and God bless you!
If you like it well enough to download, please leave me a comment at the bottom of this post - I love reading them! God bless you!Download here for 24 hours, then available in my store. If you can't find it, e-mail me. Check out my TERMS OF USE here.The password is jesuschristislord.Digifree CraftCrave CraftCrave

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Paper Nativity Figures at My Little House  

Didier has a wonderful site called My Little House that is filled with wonderful goodies of many kinds and is a great source for Christian children's things too. Now he has created a fantastic paper nativity set complete with good directions to bless our holiday and he is offering it for free download! Hurry on over to http://jacques-mylittlehouse.blogspot.com/ and download your own kit. I plan to print them out and have my Bible class start building it this Sunday! :)
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Jonah's story told by an amazing and precious child of God  

This is simply adorable and gets better and better as you watch. Out of the mouth of babes like the Bible says...

If you like it well enough to download, please leave me a comment at the bottom of this post as I have disabled 4shared comments. Please support this blog by shopping my PayPal store. God bless you!Download here for 24 hours, then available in my store. If you can't find it, e-mail me. Check out my TERMS OF USE here.The password is jesuschristislord.Digifree CraftCrave CraftCrave

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