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Stick Bug freebie  

I'm excited to share this passage with you, because my favorite book takes it's title from it. Hind's Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard. This passage is saying that though the prophet might have nothing at all, no food, nothing, still He will praise the God of his salvation! Hallelujah!

17 "Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
18 Yet I will exult in the LORD,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord GOD is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places." Habakkuk 3:17-19

Today's gift for you is this gorgeous Stick Bug! When I was in kindergarten, a boy brought a shoebox for show and tell. When he opened it - absolute wonderment!!!! His stick bug was MUCH larger than this one and was like nothing I'd ever seen before, or for many decades after. I wanted that stick bug so badly that I think I coveted it, sorry Lord. I was such a tomboy and spent all my time in nature, yet I never did see one of these till even my own children were grown! Hope you enjoy using this beauty on your layouts! Lord, your creations defy description!
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Thistles Kit and a freebie  

3 “They bend their tongue like their bow;
Lies and not truth prevail in the land;
For they proceed from evil to evil,
And they do not know Me,” declares the LORD.
6 “Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit;
Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” declares the LORD.
9 “Shall I not punish them for these things?” declares the LORD.
“On a nation such as this shall I not avenge Myself? " Jeremiah 9:3,6.9
13 "The LORD said, “Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice nor walked according to it, 14 but have walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the Baals, as their fathers taught them,” 15 therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink. 16 I will scatter them among the nations, whom neither they nor their fathers have known; and I will send the sword after them until I have annihilated them.” Jeremiah9:13-16

I've seen some gorgeous mums in my life, but these absolutely take my breath away!
Thistles is a very large, high resolution kit of 5 flowers painstakingly extracted, 5 brushes and a 12" cluster with an adorable fat green worm climbing up it! $2.99 at my PayPal store. Click image to enlarge. Click Buy It Now Button below the images to purchase.






This one uses Thistles, Meadow Life and Fabulously Worn Cards (and others).






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Babycakes Cake Pop recipes  

9 “The wise men are put to shame,
They are dismayed and caught;
Behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD,
And what kind of wisdom do they have?
10 “Therefore I will give their wives to others,
Their fields to new owners;
Because from the least even to the greatest
Everyone is greedy for gain;
From the prophet even to the priest
Everyone practices deceit.
11 “They heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially,
Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
But there is no peace.
12 “Were they ashamed because of the abomination they had done?
They certainly were not ashamed,
And they did not know how to blush;
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
At the time of their punishment they shall be brought down,”
Says the LORD. 13 “I will surely snatch them away,” declares the LORD"
Jeremiah 8:9-13

Today I'm sharing another goodie I made with my Babycakes Cake Pop Maker. I had a roll of generic refrigerator biscuits, you know, the kind that comes in a four pack. I cut each biscuit in half and then rolled it in a sugar and cinnamon mixture then popped them into my Babycakes and four minutes later - voila! And does the house smell yummy!
The other three cans of biscuits I used in the Babycakes last week, but I forgot to take pictures so I hadn't posted about it. I wrapped each half biscuit around a piece of cooked sausage and cooked them in the Babycakes - wow! My husband is in LOVE with them!

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Polka Dot Alphas Kit and a freebie  

There are three alphas in Polka Dot Alphas. You get one alpha that's puffy plastic, one that's flat and one that's of thick card. You can easily change the colors with your hue and saturation sliders or by adding a selective color adjustment layer in PhotoShop. Click the image to enlarge. Click the Buy It Now Button below the image to purchase from my PayPal store for $2.99. As always, I've got a freebie for you today - the cute word art in the preview - so go snag it!







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Babycakes Cupcake Maker  

When you read this, consider how America is not different from this and take God's word to heart.

1 "The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 “Stand in the gate of the LORD’S house and proclaim there this word and say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah, who enter by these gates to worship the LORD!’” 3 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. 4 Do not trust in deceptive words, saying, ‘This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.’ 5 For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly practice justice between a man and his neighbor, 6 if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods to your own ruin, 7 then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.

8 “Behold, you are trusting in deceptive words to no avail. 9 Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely, and offer sacrifices to Baal and walk after other gods that you have not known, 10 then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—that you may do all these abominations? 11 Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your sight? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” declares the LORD.

12 “But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I made My name dwell at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. 13 And now, because you have done all these things,” declares the LORD, “and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you but you did not answer, 14 therefore, I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to the place which I gave you and your fathers, as I did to Shiloh. 15 I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brothers, all the offspring of Ephraim.

16 “As for you, do not pray for this people, and do not lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with Me; for I do not hear you. 17 Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods in order to spite Me. 19 Do they spite Me?” declares the LORD. “Is it not themselves they spite, to their own shame?” 20 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, My anger and My wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and on beast and on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground; and it will burn and not be quenched.”

21 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat flesh. 22 For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. 23 But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’ 24 Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward. 25 Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have sent you all My servants the prophets, daily rising early and sending them. 26 Yet they did not listen to Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck; they did more evil than their fathers.

27 “You shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you; and you shall call to them, but they will not answer you. 28 You shall say to them, ‘This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God or accept correction; truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth." Jeremiah 7:1-28

Yesterday I shared a tutorial for a very cool cake made using the Babycakes Cakepop Maker. Today I'm sharing my first few tries using the Babycakes Cupcake/Pie Maker.

Reading the reviews, everyone says they don't heat evenly - to check doneness of every cupcake, so I wasn't surprised to find it true. Here I followed their directions for two crust pies from ready made pie crust. I filled them with mincemeat (a fav of my husband - but I won't touch it - yech!). I cooked the allotted time from their directions and none looked done. I kept cooking a lot longer checking every 2 min. In the end I simply couldn't let them cook longer or the edges would have burnt, but still only three were done on top. There was some filling oozing out between the bottoms and tops and it oozed out of the tops of two baby pies too. But it doesn't matter to him - he's enjoying them. I am a bit disappointed.Then I tried making just crust shells for custards and such. First I tried it following their instructions. I had envisioned perfect little pie crusts like those you can purchase, only better because I could make the myself at home. I was sorely disappointed. They were not at all attractive or uniform.

I tried the rest of them using the Babycakes cutter and then forming them in the machine by hand. I got somewhat better results, but still FAR from the adorable store bought ones. I went ahead and filled them with coconut cream pie filling (requested by a brother at church) and topped them with toasted coconut. They looked better with the topping, but they were still very poorly shaped and very un-uniform. :( But, like all the other goodies, they disappeared quickly, so all was not lost. I'll keep practicing and HOPE to have better results.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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Babycakes Awesome Cake Tutorial  

16 Thus says the LORD,
“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths,
Where the good way is, and walk in it;
And you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
17 “And I set watchmen over you, saying,
‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’
But they said, ‘We will not listen.’
18 “Therefore hear, O nations,
And know, O congregation, what is among them.
19 “Hear, O earth: behold, I am bringing disaster on this people, The fruit of their plans, Because they have not listened to My words, And as for My law, they have rejected it also. 20 “For what purpose does frankincense come to Me from Sheba
And the sweet cane from a distant land?
Your burnt offerings are not acceptable
And your sacrifices are not pleasing to Me.” Jeremiah 5:16-20

I have made cake pops for church fellowships and haven't been completely happy with their roundness, so I have been wanting to try the Babycakes Cakepop Maker ever since I heard of one. Between a great sale at Kohl's, a 30% coupon and some Kohl's cash, I actually came home with not only a cakepop maker, but also their mini cupcake/pie maker for about half the regular price of the cheaper of the two!!! Tomorrow I'll share about the cupcake maker.

I wasn't sure how you could make the cakepops I'd been making in the Babycakes and after reading the manual, I found out you can't. But...you can make 100% cake balls in it. I thought it was worth a try. So, I've been practicing and looking for more ways to use these Babycakes.

I saw this idea done in a bundt pan on a blog recently (I don't know which blog - write me if it's yours and I'll link to you) and it kept fascinating me until I made my own this weekend for a fellowship meal at church. Man did it disappear fast!

First, reviews on line will tell you quickly that many have had poor results using cake recipes other than Babycakes' own recipes. My first attempt used their white cake recipe. I found it dry and tasteless. Some said that using one of the small cake mixes from the store would work, but my store didn't have any, so, for this cake I used the Dinette Cake recipe I've used all my life from the first cookbook I got. I chose this as it is a small cake - and it tastes wonderful!

Dinette Cake
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup shortening
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

Put all ingredients into a large bowl. Blend 1/2 min. on low speed, scraping bowl constantly. Beat 3 min. high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Bake 35-45 min. until wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

I divided the batter and colored each portion brightly using Wilton concentrated gel colors from Michael's. With a 50% off coupon it was $5 plus tax for a set of 8.

I don't have a bundt pan, so I used my two glass loaf pans and it worked great. I put some chocolate batter on the bottom of my greased and floured pans and then added the balls. It looked like there wasn't enough chocolate mix, but it turned out great. I dipped each ball in the batter to be sure that every ball would be separated by dark brown. Then I poured the rest of the batter over the top and gently shook to be sure I didn't have air pockets. I set the oven at 350, instead of the 400 on the box, and cooked for 43 min. The toothpick came out clean and they were perfect!
I LOVED slicing! Being a rock lover, it reminded me of the marvel of cutting just a small distance from your first slice and being blessed with another different amazing piece of art from our God, the original Artist!! I've ALWAYS marveled at that with rocks...and these loaves were the same! SO FUN! My husband and I each ate a slice. At the risk of being redundant....SO FUN!!!! But I ran into a problem with the last couple of bites - they were too pretty to eat! I just wanted to look at them! LOL!Next time I want to replace the vanilla in the cake pops with another flavor so that when you eat you taste both! My daughter suggested a white cake with red and green balls for Christmas and a brother at church put his request in for a white cake with red velvet balls for Valentines!! :) It's just a happy cake and I have enjoyed it SOOOO MUCH! Hope you do too!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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Shimmering Angels & BW to White Tutorial  

13 “For from the least of them even to the greatest of them,
Everyone is greedy for gain,
And from the prophet even to the priest
Everyone deals falsely.
14 “They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially,
Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
But there is no peace.
15 “Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done?
They were not even ashamed at all;
They did not even know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
At the time that I punish them,
They shall be cast down,” says the LORD. " Jeremiah 5:13-15

I was recently asked if I sold my Shimmering Angels Kits in gold or white. I don't sell it in other colors as it's very easy to change the color to anything you want, so no one would pay again for a different color. Yesterday I gave you the "gold" tutorial. Scroll back to get it. Today I'm giving you a tutorial on how to turn black & white to white. Click image to enlarge.
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Shimmering Angels & Color Change Tutorial  

29 ‘Shall I not punish these people?’ declares the LORD,
‘On a nation such as this
Shall I not avenge Myself?’

30 “An appalling and horrible thing
Has happened in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy falsely,
And the priests rule on their own authority;
And My people love it so!
But what will you do at the end of it" Jeremiah 5:29-31

I was recently asked if I sold my Shimmering Angels Kits in gold or white. I don't sell it in other colors as it's very easy to change the color to anything you want, so no one would pay again for a different color. To help the woman who asked, I created two tutorials - one for turning all the pieces of Shimmering Angels into any shade of gold you want and the other to turn black and white to white. Today I'm giving you the gold tut and you can get the white one tomorrow.

I chose an antique gold I like, but you can adjust it any way you want...and not just to gold - once you know how, you can change anything to any color in PS. I did it this way to show how to use four of the adjustment options available to us, but usually one is all you usually need. You can apply this to any graphic, but the actual color results could vary if you use my exact settings in the tutorial on another graphic. Click image to enlarge.
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Watercolor Wonders Kit and a freebie  

Watercolor Wonders is a rich, bright and lively kit with 62 pieces. Very artsy and so much fun! Click on the Buy It Now Button below the image to purchase from my PayPal store for $5.99. Today I'm giving you a gorgeous piece of this kit to sample. Enjoy!







The Yellow Frame is a small version from my Glossy Frames & Borders Kit; Designs by AneczkaW - http://aneczkaw.blogspot.com; grannyart.blogspot.com

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Fantastic Uses for Babycakes Cake Pop Maker  

7 “Why should I pardon you?
Your sons have forsaken Me
And sworn by those who are not gods.
When I had fed them to the full,
They committed adultery
And trooped to the harlot’s house.
8 “They were well-fed lusty horses,
Each one neighing after his neighbor’s wife.
9 “Shall I not punish these people,” declares the LORD,
“And on a nation such as this
Shall I not avenge Myself? " Jeremiah 5:7-9

Today I'm sharing an adventure with you. I have long loved cake pops and I've made them for the children at church meals several times, but I was never happy with how they turned out...not that that affected them disappearing! So when I found the Babycakes Cake Pop maker, it looked like the answer. I couldn't really picture how this machine could be used with the recipes I'd been making...they weren't cooked after mixed...but I still wanted to see what it was about.

I have finally gotten myself one at Kohl's on such a sale/coupon that it was only $18.89 including tax (reg. $29.99) and has all the equipment included! After reading the manual and the website I found that most people aren't being successful using it with any store mixes, only with the Babycakes recipes - and there aren't many of them. That saddened me.

So, today I've been a-googling looking for tried and true recipes for the Babycakes...and I have just found a marvelous site where she has actually been so creative as to come up with other ways to use the machine! Be sure to drop by: http://www.partyfood2go.com/search/label/Babycakes and check it out. I'm really excited to try some of her recipes for the fellowship dinner this Sunday!

I also waited till the Kohl's cash I earned last week (buying the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker) could be used and ran in yesterday to snag the Babycakes Cupcake Maker while it was on sale for $29.99 - my 30% off coupon (which was still good) - my $20 Kohl's cash = only $2.67 including tax for a $40 Babycakes!!!! I can't wait to try them both out! My oven has never worked properly, so I'm excited that these should help me make great goodies for the kids!!

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Be Wise tutorial and a freebie  

This is God Almighty speaking:

22 “For My people are foolish,
They know Me not;
They are stupid children
And have no understanding.
They are shrewd to do evil,
But to do good they do not know.” Jeremiah 4:22

The last two days I've been giving you pieces to my Be Wise Obey God lesson for my children's Bible class. First I gave you the word art to the 3D teaching aid you see below and a tutorial to make your own adorable owl on a branch. Yesterday I gave you the coloring sheet. Today I'm sharing about a project I did with the children for this lesson. Hope you enjoy!

To further emphasize the importance of being wise by obeying God, I took paper towel rolls. By pressing opposite sides of one end in to meet the other side in the middle, it makes owl ears. Then we decorated them.
I altered an alpha by http://lilou-digiscrapbooking and a background by http://vicki20.blogspot.com. The owl paper model I printed by Chan Lee from the Epson site.

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Be Wise Coloring Page Freebie  

This is God Almighty speaking:

22 “For My people are foolish,
They know Me not;
They are stupid children
And have no understanding.
They are shrewd to do evil,
But to do good they do not know.” Jeremiah 4:22

Yesterday I gave you the word art and a tutorial for making this adorable teaching aid for my Be Wise Obey God lesson for my children's Bible class. Today I have the coloring sheet for you and tomorrow I have a tutorial for an adorable owl the children can make. Hope you enjoy!
I altered an alpha by http://lilou-digiscrapbooking and a background by http://vicki20.blogspot.com. The owl paper model I printed by Chan Lee from the Epson site.

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Be Wise Freebie 1  

Substitute "America" for "Jerusalem" and this is truth for us today.

16
“Report it to the nations, now!
Proclaim over Jerusalem,
‘Besiegers come from a far country,
And lift their voices against the cities of Judah.
17 ‘Like watchmen of a field they are against her round about,
Because she has rebelled against Me,’ declares the LORD.
18 “Your ways and your deeds
Have brought these things to you.
This is your evil. How bitter!
How it has touched your heart!” Jeremiah 4:16-18

Today I'm sharing the word art I made for my Be Wise Obey God lesson for my children's Bible class and a tutorial for making your own adorable owl on a branch. Tomorrow you get the coloring page and the next day the tutorial for making the sweet owl the children can make.

To make this adorable teaching aid I started by scouring my back yard for a branch. This branch is from my Twisty Baby Honey Locust and is FULL of character.

Then I cut a base large enough to stabilize the branch from foam packing that came in the mail. I always save styrofoam things as they don't biodegrade. I might as well get a second use from it before it spends eternity in a landfill!

I also keep the sheets of paper that Hobby Lobby wraps things in. I used a sheet of it to cover the foam. It didn't matter that it wasn't a perfect chunk of foam...the wrap hides all the imperfections.

Then I poked a hole in the top and secured the branch with some low melt glue.

Next I used my 1" round punch that I'd gotten from Hobby Lobby for $1.99 with a coupon and punched some scraps I'd kept of construction paper. Some I just folded in the middle and cut the fold side into the other half of a leaf and so each circle made two flat leaves. Others I folded in the middle a second time and again cut the center fold to be the other edge of a leaf and got two leaves folded in the centers from each circle. I attached them to the branch with low melt glue.

I printed the owl, cut the pieces out, constructed him and attached him to the branch with low melt glue. Then I gave him two good coats of ModPodge to help him last longer. He feels so good in your hand! He's just adorable!

Then I designed this word art to attach to the front of the base to go with my lesson - Be Wise Obey God. (Credits below image). Today you get the word art and tomorrow you get a coloring page I made to go with this lesson. Hope you enjoy...and are wise and obey the Lord! :)
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