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Easter Basket freebie  

We made these in my class to show that this holiday isn’t about bunnies and chicks. The real gifts of this holiday are exceedingly precious like jewels, given to us by Jesus Christ through His sacrifice on the cross for us. Through God’s love for us, He gave us mercy and hope of a home in heaven. He paid for our forgiveness, and offers us salvation by giving His life in our stead. He gave us the ability to become children of God and His own brethren if we will take advantage of this amazing gift by repenting of our sins, asking Him to forgive us and be our Savior, promising to serve and obey Him all the rest of our lives, and being immersed in baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I hope you accept the true gifts of this holiday today!

Here's the quick and easy how tos!
I used a 4.5" x 6.5" pad of cardstock. I cut them to 4.5" squares. Next I scored them in thirds both directions and creased them. Next I cut the score line up to it's first intersection on both ends of opposite sides. I cut 1/2" strips from the leftover portion of the sheet to be the handles. I folded the sides that were cut till the corners met in the middle as you can see in the picture. I punched a hole through all three layers and inserted a brad. I punched holes in the ends of the handle strip and added them to the brad inside the basket and spread the brad to hold. Add a little easter grass. Use a Sharpie marker to write the names of the real gifts on the backs of faux jewels and voila! Done! And so cute! I'm giving you a template that will print on a regular size paper too. Enjoy!
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Plastic Cup Flowers Kit and a freebie  

These springy flowers were made by up-scaling plastic cups and adding rhinestones. There are 43 different flowers in this kit, sure to brighten any scrap page. Click the image to enlarge. Click the Buy It Now Button below the image to purchase from my PayPal store for only $2.99. Today I'm giving you one of the flowers to try out, then come back and snag the entire bouquet!






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Matthew 28:5-8 color WA freebie  

Another great skit:

I thought you might like a happy spring colored version of yesterday's subway WA, so here it is for you today. Enjoy and don't forget, this holiday isn't about a bunny or an egg, it's RESURRECTION DAY!
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Matthew 28:5-8 WA freebie  

Here's another great skit:

Today's gift for you is this 8x10" Subway Word Art of Matthew 28:5-8. 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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Plastic Cup Flowers 2 Freebie part 5  

Here's another great skit for you:

Today I'm giving you the last download of my huge Plastic Cups Flowers kit. There are nine downloads totaling 43 different flowers. Be sure to grab them all quickly before they move to the store in 24 hrs. They are from my tutorial here. Enjoy!
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Plastic Cup Flowers 2 Freebie part 4  

Here's another great skit to bless you.

My gift for you today is another installment of my Plastic Cups Flowers kit. There are nine parts totaling 43 different flowers, so be sure to grab them all. They are from my tutorial here. Enjoy!
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Plastic Cup Flowers 2 Freebie part 3  

Take a moment to watch this, it's great!

My gift for you today is another installment of my Plastic Cups Flowers kit. There are nine parts totaling 43 different flowers, so be sure to grab them all. They are from my tutorial here. Enjoy!
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Plastic Cup Flowers 2 Freebie part 2  

For those of you who haven't found the Skit Guys yet...give this a listen and God bless their work.
My gift for you today is another installment of my Plastic Cups Flowers kit. There are nine parts totaling 43 different flowers, so be sure to grab them all. They are from my tutorial here. 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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Plastic Cup Flowers 2 Freebie part 1  

"20 The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; 21 and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts." Rev. 9:20,21

My gift for you today is another installment of my Plastic Cups Flowers kit. There are nine parts totaling 43 different flowers, so be sure to grab them all. They are from my tutorial here. Enjoy!
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Plastic Cup Flowers Freebie Part 4  

"And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven. " Deuteronomy 4:19

My gift for you today is another installment of my Plastic Cups Flowers kit. There are nine parts totaling 43 different flowers, so be sure to grab them all. They are from my tutorial here. Enjoy!
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Plastic Cup Flowers Freebie Part 3  

1 Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock? 3 You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat sheep without feeding the flock. 4 Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them. 5 They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered. 6 My flock wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill; My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was no one to search or seek for them.”’”

7 Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 8 “As I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “surely because My flock has become a prey, My flock has even become food for all the beasts of the field for lack of a shepherd, and My shepherds did not search for My flock, but rather the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock; 9 therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 10 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will demand My sheep from them and make them cease from feeding sheep. So the shepherds will not feed themselves anymore, but I will deliver My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them.”’” Ezekiel 34:1-10

Sounds like today's televangelists and heads of mega churches, doesn't it?

My gift for you today is another installment of my Plastic Cups Flowers kit. There are nine parts totaling 43 different flowers, so be sure to grab them all. They are from my tutorial here. Enjoy!
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Crown Tutorial & Plastic Cup Flowers Freebie Part 2  

We have been learning all about King David's life in Bible Class for some time now. After all that running from King Saul who was trying to kill him, then the divided kingdom with David king over Juda and Saul's son Ishbosheth as king over Israel, now that David is finally reigning over all the kingdom, we made these fun crowns for King David!

I started by measuring their heads. That got them wondering! The average circumference was just about the width of a sheet of posterboard. So I got a piece of posterboard and a roll of aluminum tape from Home Depot. It's actually very thin metal, so you need to be careful of the edges when you work with it. My children are older and will do fine with a caution and I have prepared this ahead of time so they didn't have to handle to tape all by itself. I found it was a bit tricky to apply without any imperfections! I laid two layers of tape on top of each other and then cut it off the posterboard before making another. This way I was able to use the edge of the posterboard as a guide in placing the tape. Two layers is better than one for embossing. Even more layers gives an even more impressive result.
I snagged the big container of multi-shaped rhinestones at a half off sale at Hobby Lobby for $8 to get a variety of the big jewels for the crowns.

I took the strips to class flat and we glued the jewels on with low-melt glue. Then each child decorated their crowns by "embossing" them with dead pens, blunt pencils, etc. When done, I cut a strip of the aluminum tape and joined the ends with it. (Any trimming of length needs to be done with NOT YOUR BEST SCISSORS as it's pretty sticky.) After the ends were joined, we went back and embossed, continuing our patterns over the joint.
Tada! They really look impressive in person! Hopefully, these will help the children remember all the parts of King David's life that caused God to record in the Bible that, despite his failings, David was "a man after God's own heart". Good things for us to emulate. As we tried these crowns on, my mind went to that day when He will give us crowns.

"In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:8
My gift for you today is another installment of the Plastic Cups Flowers digital kit. Don't miss any of the downloads to get the entire kit. They are from my tutorial here. Enjoy!

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Plastic Cup Flowers Tutorial & Freebie Pt. 1  

I buy these gorgeous plastic cups for our fellowship meals at church. They come from Sam's Club and have four gorgeous colors in each bag, different seasonally. Every week I use a new cup for water up front for if my husband or I need a sip while leading praise and worship, or he while preaching afterward. Every week as I throw out the beautiful old cup I think, there simply has to be something I can do with these gorgeous things! I've even brought them home a few times, but nothing came to me. (After all, they've only had water in them and only we have used them.) It was the four gorgeous colors they chose for the spring collection that really had me frustrated as I'd throw them out.

Then I got to wondering if I could use punches on them...and yes you can! I had to trim the lips and bottoms off and slit them down the side, but they do work. And what's really fun is that there is a swirl of a texture around each cup, so punching from one cup, you get a smooth shiny shape AND a cool textured one of the same color! The bottoms suddenly look like fun dimensional "lifts" for projects instead of using foam squares (etc.). The rings look promising too. Now that I see what gorgeous little flowers they make, I know I can use little pieces of these cups in so many other ways, either punched or cut.They are bright and cheerful and really hold their shapes - and best of all, we didn't add them to the landfills!!! BTW on these little beauties I cut one textured and one smooth flower for each and put the textured on the bottom, bending the petals of the smooth ones up to shape the flower.
My gift for you today is part of a big collection of these flowers for your digital use. Enjoy and don't miss the next few days so you can grab the entire collection!

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Barkley Our Bible Buddy's Dog House  

We all know that puppet ministry is a great tool for reaching young children for Christ, but the puppets are so expensive! And then you need money (and know how) to make the "thing" you perform behind. I'm SO EXCITED to tell you that I just found a fantastic dog puppet, adorable and sooooo soft to touch, at Steinmart for only $11! But it gets even better - after using hubby's birthday discount, I brought him home for only $9!!!! He is made by Aurora. I started out wanting this crazy, gorgeous, outrageous pink fish, but I realized that's it's more girly and a dog works for everyone, so, "Barkley, my Bible Buddy" came home to meet Boo! Boy did she have a reaction! She sat or curled up next to him everywhere I put him! Barkley's bigger than Boo! By the way, we are celebrating our three year anniversary of when we rescued her, and what a wonderful and blessed three years it has been!
I have never really done puppets, other than the paper fish puppets I shared with you earlier. This is way out of my personal comfort zone, but I just see such potential here. So I slid my hand into his tummy and started experimenting in front of the bathroom mirror. I love how he's designed, for the most part. He can naturally sit in my other arm as he does his thing, or can move away from me just fine. What's sad is that I cannot put my fingers in his front legs and work his mouth at the same time. He has a great mouth, but I can only get two fingers near it when I'm in his legs too and my fingers aren't long enough or strong enough to work his mouth too, so it's either or. But he's really great!

I remember when my daughters did puppet ministry when they were in high school and I remember how their arms hurt with those big puppets having to be held over their heads for such long periods of time. I didn't expect Mom's arm to ache for days after practicing with little Barkley for the first time! I don't even have to lift him above my head!!! I'm stunned that I'm still aching...even typing! New exercise routine...puppetry!!

My next thought was the importance of making this "special" for the children so they will really pay attention. In a day and age where almost every child in America is lavished with all manner of blessing, it's hard to compete. Even the "poor" have things that would have been un-thought of years ago.

The more "special" I can make this = the more memorable = more ability for the lessons to really get into them and stay. What I know about "special" is that there needs to be restrictions. Anything we have no restrictions on is completely taken for granted and cannot be special, so...Barkley will only be accessible at certain special times and conditions. Next problem...where does Barkley go when he's not teaching the children? We are a very small fellowship and meet in a rented portion of an old funeral home. Almost no furnishings and everything is out in the open. Where could Barkley go where children could not get to him (for his sake and to make him more special to them)? If they can handle him at will, the "special" dies. I want him to be real and alive and a trusted friend to them. The obvious thought was a dog house! He could teach from it at times, and always retreat into it when he's done and be off limits to everyone! Yeah!

Ok, now I need to build a dog house... I went to Home Depot and trolled for empty boxes. I was blessed to find one almost the right size for the body of the dog house. A nice employee sent me to receiving where I found an empty microwave box that had large enough panels to be a roof. Yeah! I was on my way!
I tried to think out how I would do this. I knew I wanted to make it so that Barkley could talk from his house and then actually "jump" out of it into my arms for the rest of the lesson, so I decided to leave part of the bottom open to the door so my arm could "come out" of the box. Sadly, after a lot of work, my husband posed the ridiculously obvious question of where would the dog house be/how would I actually use this. After a few moments of trying, I realized there was a flaw in my plan. It would have been best because my arm isn't quite long enough to reach through the back and have Barkley hanging out the front talking. :( I patched up the bottom. Like all things you do without a pattern, it's trial and error till you get it tailor made to fit!
I used one piece of cardboard for the roof, scoring and bending. It will be stronger than two separate pieces. I ran a strip of duct tape along the score on the underside for additional strength. I left the roof separate from the house. I also made the roof flush to the back of the house so that when I would have to reach through the back I wouldn't have roof overhang in my way...especially since I can barely reach at all! I know I can cut the depth of the box to accommodate my arm, but I don't want to because when this is used from the pulpit instead of just in class, it will be seen from sides as well as front and I want it to look right that way too. And more importantly, I have plans for the roof that NEED the strongest support possible and cutting the box would NOT be good for that.
I was pretty tickled so far and even tacked a scrap to the front to become his name plate. But after a bit I realized that though the proportions were good width-wise, it was way too tall to look right. Again tailoring, I cut the entire bottom 4" off the house...including the painstakingly restored underside! I had to alter the door too, but trial makes perfect!
Now that's looking good! I think Barkley is eying some of Boo's treats there! Now, to give you an idea of how all the parts fit together under the roof. The house itself is made of only one box, no added pieces. It's just scored and bent then glued and duct taped for additional strength. The roof is one solid piece from another box.
Now for the awesome and awful part! I want this to be as special as possible to capture the children's attention. When we had a new roof put on our house years ago, I had asked for the remainder of the open pack of shingles to be left with us in case we needed to patch it at some time. Of course, we never used them and two years ago had to re-roof again and this time with those wonderful architectural shingles :) So the shingles they left had never been used... *grins*

How cool is this! Put real shingles on the dog house roof! I wanted to put cardboard "planks" around the walls too, but my husband started getting upset about how much I was doing here, so I settled for the roof. Let me tell you, winter is the WORST time to make this dog house! Nowhere to spray paint, nowhere to escape fumes from adhesives and oh boy did I learn you DO NOT want to do shingles INSIDE your house!!!! What a mess and constant vacuuming & sweeping to try not to destroy the floor by walking on all those gnarly, gritty crumbles!!! I'm still finding more of them!
First I spray painted the roof black so anything peeking through wouldn't matter. Not so good on a winter day...and with a mist falling too! Definitely NOT recommended spray paint conditions!

I quickly found that shingles don't just "cut". I was blessed to have my dear Father's tin snips and they worked great, but my hands still hurt from all the working with the shingles. It was SO WORTH IT! I kept thinking that he could never have imagined his tin snips would be used to shingle a cardboard dog house for a PUPPET for children at a church! He was a design engineer and used all his tools "the right way". I love you Daddy and I miss you!

I eyeballed the roof and decided that for my roof, 4" square shingles would give me four rows and leave enough to overlap the tops. I knew that attaching them would be a challenge and that they would be heavy. Remember not wanting to cut the back of the box away to make the box shorter for my arm?? I got regular brads and used my razor knife to start a hole in the middle top of each shingle, about 1/2" down. Then I placed them where they would go on the roof and pressed the brad into the cardboard. Most times it wouldn't go through, but it did mark the spot so I could use the razor knife to make a tiny starter hole. I spread the brad open on the underside to hold them. I think this is a great way to not fully depend on adhesive to support them.

I found that the brad alone allowed too much movement of the shingles and brads from the rows below were showing, so I laid a strip of duct tape, sticky side up, under the row to temporarily hold them together. Isn't it looking adorable???!! I used left over Krylon Banner Red spray paint on the house. It's the same one I used on the gumball machine. Can we say "perrrrrfect"? I sprayed the inside black so it would disappear when in use.
The top row was more challenging. I couldn't use brads as they would show. I didn't expect any adhesive I had to work. I tried hot glue and Aleene's Tacky Glue - big NOPE! I ended up laying three long pieces of duct tape next to each other, just overlapping, to make a wide strip the length of the roof. I centered it on the ridge, sticky side up again, and arranged the shingles to meet each other at the top.
Clearly this wouldn't be sufficient, so off to the store again for some Liquid Nails. I gently lifted all the shingles and put some under each. It said to use in a well ventilated area, so add that to another reason NOT to make this in the winter. It stank all night, but we had no options and since we are all still alive, even tiny Boo, I guess it's ok, but I'm NOT recommending it. It didn't dry clear, but my Sharpie marker fixed that one little spot easily.

If I were to make another roof I would do it differently knowing what I do now. I would lay the roof flat and attach each shingle with the Liquid Nails. I would do all but the top rows. (It takes 24 hours to cure.) Then I would put it on the house and I might do the top rows the same way I did this time. They must be held in place for at least 20 min.

I had kept a scrap of cardboard (from the bottom) to be the name plate. I sprayed it with some off white leftover paint. Then I measured it and designed the name plate in PhotoShop and printed it on cardstock. I used Aleene's Tacky Glue to attach it to the cardboard and then sealed with a coat of ModPodge on top to protect it. At first I thought the ModPodge ruined it. It bubbled up all over. But when it dried, it was perfect! If you don't have PS you can easily just write the name with a bold marker or with paints. I am terrible at that, so I use PS!
And here it is all done! Total cost was a tube of Liquid Nails and $9 for Barkley! I'm thrilled with how it turned out. Now I hope God will bless Barkley's use to touch many children's lives for Him. LOL and that He will send someone gifted in puppetering to the church to "be" Barkley so I don't have to do it!!!! Ahhhh....small fellowships really s-t-r-e-t-c-h the people who are willing to serve! LOL and I'm FULL of "stretch marks" LOL!!! Today's gift for you is the only digital part of this project - the name plate, should you want to make a Barkley's Dog House of your own!

If you make one, I'd love to see it!

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