Monday, March 23, 2015

Sorrowful Mysteries - Coloring Page - All on 1 Sheet


My daughter, Rachel, created a set of coloring pages which focused on the Sorrowful Mysteries.  I shrank them all down and added them to one page. I felt that having 5 coloring pages for the kids might be a bit much for them to handle. It seemed like it could be time consuming and potentially boring for my kids to color one page for each mystery. Having all 5 on one page seemed to be more interesting and less mundane.

One of my other daughters, Elizabeth, colored the sample I have shown here.
(She used colored pencils.)



This coloring page is available in our Members Area.
The page is free and the membership is free. So sign-up
and receive access to this, as well as, all our free downloads. 
***Go to: Members Area >> Jesus >> Coloring Pages >> Sorrowful Mysteries

Thanks again to Rachel Maybeth for sharing your art work with us! And thanks to Elizabeth, too!

Enjoy! God Bless.
~Jennifer






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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

St. Patrick Mobile - Color, Cut, Glue, and Create! {Free Printable}


The March winds are here! So for Saint Patrick's feast day I made a fun project that can spin in the cool Spring winds. This St. Patrick Mobile is double sided so it can spin around and it will always look good. The swirly snake (a symbol of St. Patrick driving the snakes from Ireland) will dance as the mobile twists from the gentle breeze that is blowing through your windows!  


To make this you will need:
  • mobile printable (from Members Area)
  • crayons or colored pencils
  • scissors
  • hole-punch
  • glue stick
  • string, ribbon, or yarn (green is a great color to use for this)


Here's a peek at the printable sheets:
Download the printable in our Members Area
**Go to: Members Area >> Saints >> St. Patrick
Membership is Free!

After printing out the pages they will need colored.
This is the fun creative part! The children can color and decorate the pieces however they want.
(Do you like the St. Patrick drawing in this printable? My oldest daughter, Rachel, drew it!)

Color any design on the snake, too!
After coloring the pieces, cut them out. Also, I recommend that you color the back of the snake. This just looks a little nicer on the finished product.

Now, cut along the spiral lines of the snake to make a coiled spring.  Use the hole-punch to make a hole in the marked area on his head.

Glue the two ovals - back to back. Then, glue the two Trinity clovers/shamrocks back to back. Use the hole-punch to add holes to the marked areas, on the top and bottom of each piece. 

Use your string/ribbon/yarn to attach all the parts together.
Note: The pictures of our finished project show a white ribbon above the oval.  This was just something we add, but it's not necessary for the project.
Now, you have a two-sided mobile - Ready to spin in the March wind!
Hope you enjoy it!
My kids sure do!
God Bless!
~Jennifer

I also wanted to sent out a big "THANK YOU" to my daughter Rachel (pen name: Rachel Maybeth) for sharing her art work so I could make this craft! Rachel has her own art blog HERE.  I'm sure she'd love for you to visit! 



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



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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:
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  • 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.
~Jennifer


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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

Enjoy!!
~Jennifer

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!
~Jennifer



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