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Dreamy Kit and a freebie  

12 “Yet even now,” declares the LORD,
“Return to Me with all your heart,
And with fasting, weeping and mourning;
13 And rend your heart and not your garments.”
Now return to the LORD your God,
For He is gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness
And relenting of evil.
14 Who knows whether He will not turn and relent
And leave a blessing behind Him" Joel 2:12-14

This Dreamy Kit is a wealth of happy and unique goodies in a delicious palette - 106 pieces including a simply gorgeous alpha! Click on the image to enlarge. Click on the Buy It Now Button below the image to purchase from my PayPal store for $5.99. As always, there's a freebie for you at the bottom - enjoy!


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Dalmation Alpha freebie  

God speaking to the prophet Jeremiah...and this applies to us in America today also:

“Take a scroll and write on it all the words which I have spoken to you concerning Israel and concerning Judah, and concerning all the nations, from the day I first spoke to you, from the days of Josiah, even to this day. 3 Perhaps the house of Judah will hear all the calamity which I plan to bring on them, in order that every man will turn from his evil way; then I will forgive their iniquity and their sin.” Jeremiah 36:2,3
7 "Perhaps their supplication will come before the LORD, and everyone will turn from his evil way, for great is the anger and the wrath that the LORD has pronounced against this people.” Jeremiah 36:7

Today's gift for you is this adorable Dalmatian Alpha - enjoy! And yes, I did miss spell it on the preview. :)
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Stars & Triangles freebie  


My gift for you today is a template of stars and triangles that I made for my holiday crafting. It prints on a regular 8.5x11" sheet of paper. I hope you can use it - enjoy!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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Snowflakes Kit and a freebie  

Everything snowflakes you could ever want is in this Snowflakes Kit. It has transparent snowflakes, delicately embroidered snowflakes, snowflake stamps, brushes, patterns, overlays, cards, papers, an alpha, borders, frames, patterned snowflakes, grungy snowflakes, embossed papers and more! 104 pieces - way more than can show in these previews in both grunge, subtle and bright and happy designs. Click the images to enlarge. Click the Buy It Now Button below the images to purchase from my PayPal Store for $5.99. As always, here's a freebie to try out, then be sure to snag this gorgeous kit!



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Laugh WA freebie  

8 ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS,
BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.
9 ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME,
TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’” Matthew 15:8,9

How does this passage apply to the cultural Christianity message most churches are preaching these days?

Today's gift is this Laugh Word Art - enjoy!
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Gratitude WA freebie  

11 "Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’ 12 And you, son of man, say to your fellow citizens, ‘The righteousness of a righteous man will not deliver him in the day of his transgression, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he will not stumble because of it in the day when he turns from his wickedness; whereas a righteous man will not be able to live by his righteousness on the day when he commits sin.’ 13 When I say to the righteous he will surely live, and he so trusts in his righteousness that he commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds will be remembered; but in that same iniquity of his which he has committed he will die. 14 But when I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and he turns from his sin and practices justice and righteousness, 15 if a wicked man restores a pledge, pays back what he has taken by robbery, walks by the statutes which ensure life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 16 None of his sins that he has committed will be remembered against him. He has practiced justice and righteousness; he shall surely live.

17 “Yet your fellow citizens say, ‘The way of the Lord is not right,’ when it is their own way that is not right. 18 When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, then he shall die in it. 19 But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them. 20 Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not right.’ O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.” Ezekiel 33:11-20

Today's gift for you is this Word Art. This is not my original idea, but I saw it and have made one for you and I hope you enjoy it!
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Merry Christmas & free Stamped Alpha  

Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, 'You are the Son of God!'” Luke 4:41

Why would they do that? Did they want to worship Him? The Bible says that in the end, every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Philippians 2:10 We see here that even the demons do, and they started so long ago. How sad - even the demons of hell know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and proclaim it with no chance of salvation, but so many human beings, so advanced and modern, don't. Best to understand this before we leave the earth, because we will all proclaim Him Lord in the end, but if we haven't done so here, it will be too late to do us any good.

Today's gift for you is this cool Stamped Alpha - enjoy!
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Polka Dot Alpha and a freebie  

5 "Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.
6 He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed,
Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him." Psalm 126:5,6

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.


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Winter's Natural Basics Kit and a freebie  

This is what God Almighty says about embracing the religions of the world and the truth about idols:

2 Thus says the LORD, “Do not learn the way of the nations,
And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens
Although the nations are terrified by them;
3 For the customs of the peoples are delusion;
Because it is wood cut from the forest,
The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool.
4 “They decorate it with silver and with gold;
They fasten it with nails and with hammers
So that it will not totter.
5 “Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they,
And they cannot speak;
They must be carried,
Because they cannot walk!
Do not fear them,
For they can do no harm,
Nor can they do any good.” Jeremiah 10:2-5

14 "Every man is stupid, devoid of knowledge;
Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols;
For his molten images are deceitful,
And there is no breath in them.
15 They are worthless, a work of mockery;
In the time of their punishment they will perish. " Jeremiah 10:14,15

Winter's Natural Basics is the only kit you need for natural winter elements. It's overflowing with 37 large, high resolution, intricately extracted elements: 21 acorns including twins!; 10 pine cones of two different types; 1 cedar branch and 5 pine branches and only $4.99 through PayPal! Click image to enlarge. Click Buy It Now button below the preview to purchase.







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Gumball Machine by Kara's Party Ideas  

‘Thus says the LORD,

“Do men fall and not get up again?
Does one turn away and not repent?
5 “Why then has this people, Jerusalem,
Turned away in continual apostasy?
They hold fast to deceit,
They refuse to return.
6 “I have listened and heard,
They have spoken what is not right;
No man repented of his wickedness,
Saying, ‘What have I done?’
Everyone turned to his course,
Like a horse charging into the battle.
7 “Even the stork in the sky
Knows her seasons;
And the turtledove and the swift and the thrush
Observe the time of their migration;
But My people do not know
The ordinance of the LORD." Jeremiah 8:4-7

I recently saw this idea on www.karaspartyideas.com and had to run right out and make one of my own. It is SO absolutely cleaver and the results are amazing! I used a larger glass bowl so I could fill it with cake balls for church fellowships. All told, with a 50% coupon for the cement and regular price for the rest, it cost just under $15 with tax. I can't wait to take it to the next fellowship meal!
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Update - I made it quite a while ago planning to fill it with cake pops (without sticks) to look like gumballs. Sadly, the "Christmas Red" in my Wilton colors was shocking pink instead, so we had no red "gumballs", but it was still fun.
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Pencil Shavings Kit and a freebie  

"Listen to My voice, and do according to all which I command you; so you shall be My people, and I will be your God" Jeremiah 11:4

7 "For I solemnly warned your fathers in the day that I brought them up from the land of Egypt, even to this day, warning persistently, saying, “Listen to My voice.” 8 Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked, each one, in the stubbornness of his evil heart; therefore I brought on them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did not.’” Jeremiah 11:7,8

"Therefore thus says the LORD, “Behold I am bringing disaster on them which they will not be able to escape; though they will cry to Me, yet I will not listen to them. 12 Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and cry to the gods to whom they burn incense, but they surely will not save them in the time of their disaster. 13 For your gods are as many as your cities, O Judah; and as many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars you have set up to the shameful thing, altars to burn incense to Baal. " Jeremiah 11:11-13

Pencil Shavings is a collection of 16 different shavings to give that special touch to your LOs! Click the image to enlarge. Click the Buy It Now button below preview to purchase from my PayPal store for $1.99. Today's freebie is one of the shavings so you can sample the kit.







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Tissue Paper Kit and a freebie  

This is what God said He would do to the nation that disobeys Him:

"thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Behold, I am sending upon them the sword, famine and pestilence, and I will make them like split-open figs that cannot be eaten due to rottenness. 18 I will pursue them with the sword, with famine and with pestilence; and I will make them a terror to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse and a horror and a hissing, and a reproach among all the nations where I have driven them, 19 because they have not listened to My words,’ declares the LORD, ‘which I sent to them again and again by My servants the prophets; but you did not listen,’ declares the LORD. " Jeremiah 29:17-19

Tissue Paper has a dozen pieces of Tissue Paper - 4 stacks in PNG format and 8 solid background papers that are easy to recolor for $2.99 in my PapPal store. Click image to enlarge. Click Buy It Now button below the preview to purchase. Today I'm giving you a piece of this kit to sample. Enjoy!







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Paper Ball Ornaments  

I saw this idea on Remodelaholic and made some with my own twist. I used her template to make my own and designed it as I liked in PhotoShop. I like them hung on the diagonal. I frosted the edges in white glitter and used a Martha Steward snowflake punch on white cardstock scraps and glued one to the center of each side. When it was dry, I took a nail file and lifted each tip away from the body to make them dimensional. I printed my one 8.5x11 sheet at Stapes for a dollar and it yielded 6 ornaments. Yeah, another happy decoration for the tree!
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Please pray for us.  

If there is anyone reading who is a praying person, please pray for my daughter Ginger, yes, the one who lost her house in the April tornadoes and just moved back in a week ago. Please pray for her and all those who love her boyfriend, Eric, who has died suddenly this morning. She followed the ambulance and was the one to identify him and sign his paperwork. I would so appreciate your prayers.

Update - when she got home, her front door was broken in and she was robbed. She doesn't even have a front door. They have her laptop with all her on line banking info. Takes a special kind of person to watch the only house in the area that was destroyed by the tornadoes and when the person has rebuilt and moved in a week or so, figure they have all new things and break down their door and rob them six days before Christmas. Extra special today with Eric dying only hours earlier.

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Paper Poinsettia Ornament  

I recently saw a tutorial Melissa Samuels posted for beautiful Paper Poinsettias and have been having fun trying them out. I can't find anything like the gorgeous snowflake centers she used, but am making do with some fake jewels I had and for the tiniest one, a tiny bezel set jewel brad that I cut the prongs off and glued to the centers. I've also opted not to cover the backs with a circle like she did because I think the backs are beautiful. I punched a tiny hole at the top to put a hanger through.

I couldn't find any double sided paper I liked in the stores. I made one with just the white backing showing for the other side and didn't like it, so I cut double of the circles and just held them closely back to back while I made my folds. I like the tiny white edging it leaves and when the edging got too wide, I used my bone folder to poke it back with the other layer and creased it to hold. It's worked perfectly, though it is a bit more work. I did ink the edges though and like the result.

The tiny one I made with 1" circles is so sweet I'm thinking of putting a jump ring in the hanging hole and wearing as a necklace!

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3 Puffy Plastic Candy Cane Alphas a freebie  

We can all make a difference! I don't know who originally sent this story and really don't even care if it is true, but I do know that I am inspired by its message every time I read it.
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Two Choices
What would you do?....you make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?
At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:
'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.
Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.
Where is the natural order of things in my son?'

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.'

Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.
In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the
plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.
The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.
Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first!
Run to first!'
Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.
He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.
Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'
Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.
He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third!
Shay, run to third!'

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!'

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.

Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

AND NOW A LITTLE FOOT NOTE TO THIS STORY:

We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.

The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.

If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you're probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the 'appropriate' ones to receive this type of message Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference.

We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the 'natural order of things.'

So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:

Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.
You now have two choices:
1. Delete
2. Forward
May your day, be a Shay Day.

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Diamond Ice Glass Ornament  

30 “But as for you, son of man, your fellow citizens who talk about you by the walls and in the doorways of the houses, speak to one another, each to his brother, saying, ‘Come now and hear what the message is which comes forth from the LORD.’ 31 They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain. 32 Behold, you are to them like a sensual song by one who has a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument; for they hear your words but they do not practice them." Ezekiel 33:30-32

Today I'm sharing the easiest ornament ever and it's so much more beautiful in person! You only need two things. I got them both at Hobby Lobby on 50% off sale. I used the tiniest glass ornaments, knowing the filling would have some weight - 1 3/8" that come in a box of 20. I think I paid less than $3. Then I got the clear Diamond Ice - a true wonder of manufacturing - so gorgeous! I think I paid $1.26 a bag on sale and I think I used 2 bags to fill five ornaments. I just filled the ornaments most of the way up with the twinkling treasures and voila!!! And I'll share a secret with you...they are so much fun that I kept a pretty clear glass full of them to just enjoy running my fingers through from time to time! :) Isn't it great being a girl?!!!
Today I'm sharing my gorgeous new kit Snowflakes!
Everything snowflakes you could ever want is in this Snowflakes Kit. It has transparent snowflakes, delicately embroidered snowflakes, snowflake stamps, brushes, patterns, overlays, cards, papers, an alpha, borders, frames, patterned snowflakes, grungy snowflakes, embossed papers and more! 104 pieces - way more than can show in these previews in both grunge, subtle and bright and happy designs. Click the images to enlarge. Click the Buy It Now Button below the images to purchase from my PayPal Store for $5.99. As always, today I have a freebie for you from this fantastic kit! Try it out and then snag the kit!



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