Monday, March 02, 2015

Stations of the Cross ~ Lift-Flap Notebook Page and a Mini Booklet

Hi Everyone! I've added a few Stations of the Cross printable pages to the Members Area! One is a lift-flap notebook page and the other is a Stations of the Cross mini booklet! 
I used the notebook page for my younger kids. And we added these to their notebook (3 ring binder) which holds the many other pages we have made during the school year.
The mini booklets were great for my older kids, but also loved by my younger kids. They can be carried in their pocket or purse during this Lenten season as a reminder to meditate on the Stations and Christ passion whenever they have a few free minutes.

1. Lift-Flap Notebook Page

To make the lift-flap page you will need:
  • download - from members area
  • crayons or colored pencils (optional)
  • scissors
  • glue or tape

Color the images. Cut out the rectangles along the dotted lines and cut between the station's title boxes.  Glue or tape the top of each section in the proper place on the sheet which includes a black and white image of each of the stations. 
After you have it all glued down you can lift the flaps and see an image for the station's title.

This is available for free in the Members Area.
Join or sign-up HERE
It's all free!
Go to:  Members Area >> Jesus >> Stations of the Cross

2. Stations of the Cross Mini Booklet
The other file I've listed in the members area is a mini booklet! It's small enough to be carried easily in a pocket or a purse!
You will need:
  • the download - from the members area
  • colored pencils or crayons (optional)
  • scissors 
  • stapler 

Just color the black and white pictures (optional). Older kids often prefer it uncolored.
 Then, cut and fold the pages as directed in the pdf file. 
Instructions on how to fold the pages and assemble the booklet are included in the PDF.

This is also available for free in the Members Area.
Join or sign-up HERE
It's all free!
Go to:  Members Area >> Jesus >> Stations of the Cross

Both of these projects are easy to create, take very little time, and are not a huge mess to make!

Hope you are all having an enlightening Lent!
Please pray for me and my family. I'm praying for all of you.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Sts. Perpetua and Felicity ~ Honoring These Brave Women!

Sts. Perpetua and Felicity's feast day is March 7th. These two saints were unlikely friends, one wealthy and the other a slave, but both were strong in their faith! They were martyred together around the year 203. St. Perpetua wrote a diary of their stay in prison and so we have a fair amount to information on them. Read about them HERE. There is also a wonderful video available called: Catholic Heroes of the Faith: The Story of Saint Perpetua. This cartoon video is a fairly true story of these amazing women, so some parents might consider it to be a bit graphic - for a cartoon. But all in all it's a great video!
In honor of this special day my oldest daughter Rachel, (pen name: Rachel Maybeth) has created a coloring page, which she wanted to share with all of you.
The above picture is her drawing and she used watercolor paints to add all the beautiful colors to the drawing. 

This is a peek at the coloring page.
It's available for download in our Member's area.
**Go to:  Members area >> Saints >> Coloring pages

Have a blessed day!
~Jennifer and Rachel

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lacing Rosary Set - Get a good habit started!

Many Catholic families try to say a Rosary daily during Lent. I know that was how our family started saying a daily Rosary. It was a great way to begin the good habit! But one of the hardest things to do while saying a family Rosary is keeping young children quiet and happy while you pray. I've tried many different ways to keep my kids interested and involved. I've posted a list of ideas HERE and I've also created Rosary Sheets and Rosary Mats. We even made a Giant Pro-Life Rosary! All were great ideas, but, as all things do, they can get old and the little ones begin to get wiggly again!
So here is another attempt to keep'm happy! :-)
I created Lacing Rosaries! These are just right to keep little ones happy, involved, and interested!

To create these you will need:
  • the download
    available for purchase in our Etsy shop  Or on Sellfy:
       Buy now
  • your printer
  • stock/heavy paper
  • laminator and 4 laminating sheets
    Note: the laminating step is not necessary, but without laminate the lacing holes will break very easy.
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • yarn, shoe strings, or other strings to use for lacing -- There are some inexpensive packs on Amazon: HERE and HERE
First print the downloads onto heavy paper. Then cut them out.
Next use a hole punch to punch out the "Hail Mary" and "Our Father" lacing holes.
We only punched the holes on the outer edge of the circle, not the ones between the crucifix and the Mary heart-center.
Now laminate each sheet.
Next, cut them out again and hole punch them again. Leave about 1/4 inch (or more) of laminate all the way around the outer edge of the circle. This helps to keep the laminate from pealing apart. Cutting and hole punching 2 times may seem redundant, but they seal better if you do this step before and again after the laminating. It will help them hold up longer to the lacing and unlacing.

Now they are ready to use!

These are a great Rosary if you can't say a Rosary all the way through in one sitting - you'll never lose your spot!! Also, it may be a good idea to lace the Rosaries in one use and unlace them the next time you use them! Save the trouble of unlacing them after each use!

It seemed to work best if the kids used one lace per decade. Attach the laces to the Our Father beads and then the child can start from there. They'll lace with one string till they get to the next Our Father and then they can use a new string.

The PDF includeds:
  1.  Joyful Mysteries
  2.  Luminous Mysteries
  3.  Sorrowful Mysteries
  4.  Glorious Mysteries
  5.  All 4 on 1 Rosary Sheet (If you don't want to make all 4 - just make 1!)

You'll receive all 5 pages for just $1.99!
  Purchase the set in our Etsy shop
or buy it on Sellfy:

Hope you and your little ones enjoy them!
God Bless.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Ash Wednesday Printable Activity Page {Free} ~ Get ready for Lent!

In the hopes of preparing my kids for Ash Wednesday Mass, we discussed what Ash Wednesday is and what it means. If you are looking for a good article to read about the topic, I recommend this article from LifeTeen. It's funny and informative!  :-) After talking about Ash Wednesday we completed a simple activity:
This printable activity allows the kids to draw a picture of themselves and then add an ash cross to their forehead. 
First, the kids drew a picture of themselves. 
 Then they rubbed some charcoal on a piece of scrap paper and pressed their thumb into it. You could just use lead from a pencil, but charcoal is darker.
Next, they used their dirty thumb to make a cross shape on the picture's forehead.
The kids had a blast adding the crosses!! 
This was fun for many age levels. My younger kids enjoyed it and so did Rachel, my 16 year old. She's always looking for a way to satisfy her artistic cravings!

Here is the face my 3 year old, Caleb, drew:
He told me, "I can make beautiful, smiley, cross faces, too!"
Yes, he sure can! :-)

This printable page is available in the Members Area!
Join or login HERE
Then go to: Members Area >>Jesus Crafts >> Easter and Lent


Don't forget to purchase our Journey with Jesus Lenten meditation ebook!! Read more about it HERE.

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Sunday, February 08, 2015

You will ♥Love♥ these St. Valentine Cupcake Toppers!

My sister playfully laughs at how often we make cupcakes at our house. It's true. On special days we do tend to make cupcakes. It's just an easy treat that all my kids love. Plus, they are easy to divvy out among a large group of kids. So we like to create and decorate cupcakes the day before a feast day. Then we display them in our glass cake dome till we eat them the evening of the feast day. They serve as a feast day decoration and dessert! How cool is that! ;-) 
Here is an example of the cupcakes we are making for St. Valentine's Day.

I created other cupcake toppers for past St. Valentine's days, but these are new this year. Just print them off, cut them out, and tape a toothpick to the back. Then stick them into a cupcake for a fun easy display and treat!
These toppers are available for free in our member's area.
CLICK HERE to join or log-in.
Then go to: Members Area >> Saints >> St. Valentine

MORE St. Valentine Day Fun!

If you are looking for a different idea for cupcake toppers, you might like the Christian conversation hearts which I created a few years ago! We used these as cupcake topper in the past. We also used them for many other arts and crafts! They are very versatile! 
See the past post: CLICK HERE
To download this printable go to: Members Area >> Saints >> St. Valentine

See ALL our St. Valentine's Day posts HERE:
Be sure to click on "Older Posts" at the bottom of the list - so you can see them all!

I also wanted to tell you that I'm amazed at the positive feedback I received on the Saint Symbol necklaces and other jewelry which I'm now creating for my Etsy shop! Because the response was so good I hired my oldest daughter, Rachel, to help manufacture them! 
I have listed over 5 new items, including St. Ann and St. Rita, and I have over 15 more (including St. Dorothy, Miraculous Medal, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Kateri, and more!)  sitting on my desk waiting for their photo-shoot so they too can be listed on Catholic Inspired Etsy!
Thank you for all the comments, emails, and private messages, which all included kind words and encouragement! I wasn't sure if you all would like these as much as we do, but I'm amazed at the number of orders and Special Orders I've received, so it appears you all really do like them! Thank you so much! 

Have a blessed and joyful day!

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Wearing Heaven's Holy Gems - The Saints!

My girls and I like to wear medals - all kinds of saint medals! But when you hang a medal on a necklace it often looks so lonely. By itself, it seems so easy to over look and can appear not very classy. But recently I had an idea... My girls all love charms! They like the tiny, cuteness in these shiny miniatures. So why not combine medals and charms together to make a jewelry statement that is eye catching, beautiful, and meaningful? My girls just love these! So I'm making some more of them to sell on my Etsy shop. I thought you might like these, too.

I named the new charm/medal jewelry "Saint-Symbol Jewelry" because all the charms are symbols that relate to the saint medal that they are with. 

For example, here is the St. Therese Saint-Symbol necklace:
The St. Therese Necklace includes a 5 flower connector, a rose, and a heart/rose charm. I think they just look so gorgeous together!

St. Francis is hanging on a dainty looking branch with his woodland friends. It's makes you feel so peaceful! 

This St. Joseph necklace was a favorite of my daughter Elizabeth. She was born on his feast day and loves to work with wood! Win, win! :-) 

Our Lady Star of the Sea (Stella Maris) is accompanied by a light house - the symbol of God's guidance- and an anchor -the symbol of hope.  (I have two variations of this listed.)

The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Charm Bracelet has a school theme. Look at all those cute little school charms!!

The St. Gerard bracelet is perfect for a mom-to-be or a pro-life advocate. It includes lots of baby items and a pro-life rose!

 Here is the charm bracelet with a First Communion theme. It has a church, wheat, chalice, grapes, Bible, wheat cross, a Blessed Sacrament medal, and a 2015 charm to commemorate the year that your daughter/granddaughter/niece received her First Communion.

On this necklace, St. Philomena is flanked by two of her symbols of martyrdom.

There are more Saint-Symbol Jewelry listed in our Etsy shop.
Drop in to see them all ... I will be adding more!

While you are there you also might like to see our other Jewelry gems. Above is a pair of earrings which are a crown of thorns and a crucifix. We also are selling a matching necklace! My oldest daughter Rachel designed these. Click Here to see them.
 You might like to look at our corded necklaces, too!!
We have two different Mary images available. Click here.

I have been blessed to have wonderful followers such as you. I would like to share that blessing back by offering 10% off your purchases of $25 or more. Use the code FOLLOWER at the check out.

This code is good for all items in our Etsy shop! Check out our Etsy shop to see the entire collection and visit often, because I will be adding more! We have lots of items which would make great gifts for First Communion, Easter, Mother's day, and birthdays!

Here are some general links to our new listings:
May God Bless you all with a wonderful joy-filled day!

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