Category Archives: Paper Crafts

Valentine’s Frog Card

My daughter just loves frogs at the moment, so I made her Valentine with a frog just for her!  I got the image offline, it is a free color page.  The I traced it onto white cardstock with sharpie’s and colored it in using colored pencils.  I chalked the edges to add a little bit of more color.


Since her card isn’t going into an envelope, I folded it so that I could close it.  I chose this Bible verse because I think she’ll like it and wrote a little note for her on the inside.
Finally: The back.  The card folds over on itself to close up easily but I didn’t want to leave it blank, just looked too plain!  I did the hearts using my Cricut machine, but you can change up the design if you don’t have access to one.  Other than that, it’s just layered paper!  Hope you enjoyed!!!

Originally posted 2016-02-13 06:00:00.

Valentines Day Love Jar In Every Language

 LoveJarElizabeth Barrett Browning wrote:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise,
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints -I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! -and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
While I am not personally talented in writing poetry, the closest way I could think of to point out the many depths of my love was to tell him in every language I could find.  Though I didn’t count them I think I got the point across.  I wanted to tell my husband how much I loved him for Valentine’s Day, so I did.  The craft is completely simple but it gets the point across.  You could also write  I took a glass jar (I use old ones but you can buy them at craft stores if you like) and used my Cricut machine to print off little hearts.  I then wrote on every heart ‘I Love You’ in a different language and wrote what language it was underneath.


These are a few of the hearts.  I used Pink, Red, and White cardstock.  In order to fit them in the jar, I had to fold the hearts, but it turned out very well.  Here is a link so that you can save time from looking up all of the different languages.

Originally posted 2016-02-12 06:00:00.

Free Bracelet Tutorial

DIY Salvation Bracelet Tutorial.  This is the perfect lesson & craft for homeschool, Sunday school, Bible study or even church camp!

Salvation Bracelet Tutorial

Let the Little Children Come is such an amazing resource for both product and tutorials!  Not only do they have awesome tracts, they also have toys, free printables and tutorials!  You may have seen the post before about the free airplane printable or the free gospel magic trick before.  Now I’m bringing you the fantastic tutorial on making a beautiful Salvation bracelet!  I love how simple this bracelet tutorial makes things!  Among other things, I love that these bracelets are so adorable and I also love that you can MAKE the beads!

DIY Beads

I’m not gonna lie, they are a bit time consuming, but that is fabulous to keep everyone occupied, especially while teaching!  I made some and covered them with nail polish.  It was a bit of a challenge to keep the middle of the bead from filling when I dipped them in a sealant.  I used a bent paper clip and took it off when the sealant was almost dry, then placed it on some wax paper.  It took a while, but was worth it.

I rolled some beads on a toothpick and others on the ink part of a pen.  It was easier on the pen, but challenging both ways.  The toothpick did make tighter rolls.  I highly suggest utilizing stick glue to get the paper to stick with less of a fight!

DIY Salvation Bracelet Tutorial

When you make them, please share your tips and tricks!  I love finding more efficient ways to make things!

Valentine Chocolate Box Card

Quick Simple Valentine's Day CardCathy's Flower's & EventsI love Valentine’s day!  Spent quite a lot of time working in my Granny’s flower shop growing up.  Something about the hustle and insanity in the back of a

flower shop makes me so happy!  I have de-thorned more roses than I could ever count and loved every minute of it….  Well, perhaps not every one but lots of them.  That’, ladies and gentleman, is one of the


many reasons it’s better to get roses from a good flower shop than from the grocery store.  No worries about anyone getting stabbed with those awful thorns!  If you happen to live in the River Valley in Arkansas, I promise they are the best florist you will ever find!  Be sure and check out Cathy’s Flower’s & Events for all of your floral needs and event planning!  They did our wedding and it was absolutely gorgeous!

Valentine's Day Card

For those of you who love your Cricut, I thought I’d share this adorable card I made!  Who doesn’t love chocolate boxes?  I found this one absolutely adorable and totally perfect for a quick Valentine’s card!

I used Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge, it’s on the ‘prom boy’ Accessories 2, cut at 3 1/4 inch.  I used a sharpie to do the black (had to do 2 layers to get it dark enough) and a gold paint pen purchased at Hobby Lobby.  If you are using card stock, it won’t leak through.  I would suggest it but if you need/want to use thinner paper, just be sure and put something under it and let it dry before gluing it on.

Valentine's Day Card

This is the inside of the card.  In order to use a scrap piece of card stock that would have otherwise been useless and made the card open vertically.  Added my little ‘poem’ and it’s ready to go!  Enjoy!!!


Originally posted 2011-02-09 16:05:00.

Princess Party

Hey Everyone!  The love of crafts started with probably sewing for me.  Then it grew…  And grew…  Now it’s such an insanely large part of me.  I’m okay with that…  It keeps me productive!  Anyway, my current craft collection grew so largely due to my love for scrapbooking.  Somewhere along the way, I got distracted from it though.  So, I thought I would show you some of my scrapbook pages.  I haven’t posted any in a really long time, so here ya go!

These are pictures of my adorable God-daughter’s birthday party.  They did a Princess theme, which fits her quite well!   I cut the castle out from the Everyday Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge.  The scrolls I found online and printed on cardstock.

Are there any other types of birthday party themes you would like to see posts of??  I’m all up for suggestions!

Originally posted 2012-05-12 02:09:00.

Good Times

 I hate thinking of things to do with seemingly random pictures, but this one turned out pretty well.  I framed some of the shots to bring out colors and aligned a stamp on the bottom so it wouldn’t seem like a bare spot.

Chief Zoo Keeper loves laughter shots, so I took a few.  We were visiting a dear friend, the best man at our wedding, in fact, and introducing him to our daughter for the first time.  There is always lots of laughter when we see him, especially since it’s few and far between!  He lives in Lousiana and we just don’t get to hang out much!

Since you can’t read the journaling, the frog probably seems kind of random to ya.  It was Monkey’s first ever gift from her Granny-Momma.  I used the tags from the frog to embellish the page and explained it in the journal page.

What is the most out of the ordinary thing you’ve used in your scrapbook???

Originally posted 2012-01-22 02:24:00.

Baby Boy Baby Book

There are no additions coming to the Zoo, but I made this anyway! I thought it was cute! If you like the concept but need one for a Baby Girl, it would be easy to modify the colors for a girl! I went with a Zoo theme, not because I am bias, though I do love animals, but because I couldn’t think of any other way to feature animals throughout, and for some reason that is what I was in the mood to use! 😀
Welcome Baby
Page 1
This page is just for an introduction to the little darling.  I cut the Zebra, Rabbit, Cat and Alligator using the Everyday Paper Doll cartridge at 3 inches, not real dial size. I traced them using a sharpie over where the cuts were, filling them in on the Zebra. I found a font I liked online then traced it over a glass table with a light under it (Thanks to Chief Zoo Keeper for an awesome and well planned birthday gift! Draft table with a light!) However, if you don’t have one you can do what I use to do, trace it using the window when it’s bright and sunny. Just remember it’s very difficult to get it straight if you don’t use lines! You could easily change up the information to put on this page to fit a little more personally, but I went with these:
Baby’s Full Name
Named For
Birthday (you could put birth date)
hair (or hair color)
About the Family Page
Pages 2-3 
I did My Big Brother, About Mommy, and About Daddy. You could modify it to say My Big Sister, or if there are no siblings, you could do another relative or Godparent. I did the words using my Cricut and the black markers, but obviously you could easily do this without a Cricut! The alphabet was drawn with Plantin School Cartridge at 1 inch. Be sure and leave space for pictures and journaling.

Baby On Board
Pages 4-5 
I wanted to do a train theme for this one, just because I loved the thought I came up with. Plus, I remember riding the train around the Tulsa Zoo when I was a kid. Thought it was the coolest thing ever! Anyway, leaving lots of space for pictures, I added these journaling prompts:
The first time we felt you move…
When we heard your heart beat…
Our thoughts about you….
The letters are foam cutouts that I found on clearance from Halloween. The train and accessories were cut out again at 3 inches. I used white on the Engine Car and gold on the cage car. It makes me think of the Winnie the Pooh and Friends that had the Circus that it flipped between. I don’t know why they dumped the Circus, but I sure miss that one! Anyone remember what that was called or what happened to it????? I’d love to know! My Granny use to record them for me and my cousin….. Memories…..
Bath Time
Pages 6-7 
I used the Plantin School Cartridge again to draw the letters, then I used the Everyday Paper dolls to draw the duckies and cut the bath tub and bath stuff out. These are really simple lines, if you don’t have a Cricut, it would be easy to stare at it for a bit and free hand it.
Growin’ So Fast
Page 8-9 
I HAD to use Giraffe’s because they grow so tall!!! I felt like it fit the weight/length chart perfect! You could also make a wall hanging that would coordinate with this page so that as they grew they could mark it on their own giraffe, then take pics by it and add them in! (I know, I’m a genius, it’s just what I do! LOL)
I did a chart from Birth to 12 months leaving spaces to write in weight and length.
No Real Title, A sleepy page!
Page 10-11 

I cut out tiny stars with a punch and placed them in a sort of pattern, using stickers that have the Twinkle, Twinkle song that I found at Dollar Tree. If you can’t find any, making your own would be super simple! I’m sure you can guess how to do it! LOL. I love the sleepy baby pics! They are always so cute! I always wonder what they are dreaming about when the make the funny little faces in their peaceful slumber!

Well, I hope you liked my post. Since it’s November, I’m going to add in my Thankful statement! I am thankful for the innocence of childhood and children! I am thankful that God gives them that special way of seeing things, not only for their protection, but for our enlightenment as well!
Be sure and check back soon for my first giveaway!!!  Also, for those of you new to the Zoo, NEVER feed the animals!  Sometimes they try to follow you home and never leave!  

Some other ideas for a Mommy (or self pampering):
For those Ruff Days
EASY Hand Scrub
DIY Jewelry Hanger

Be sure and check out our first giveaway!  Lots of chances to win!!!


Originally posted 2011-11-17 00:42:00.

Ruff Day Survival Kit

A very, very dear friend was having a rough patch and I felt like she needed a little pick me up. So, I made her a rough day kit. It turned out super adorable, but I forgot to take very many pics. Here are the ones I have. I attached a paper to it, folded into a scroll that told what each item was for. I modified them to fit our personalities a bit. I’m going to say, I was so pleased to see that it really did help make her feel better. As much as it meant to me that it made her smile, hearing her beautiful baby girl read it was probably the icing on the cake! It was adorable listening to her, and it made the words mean so much more!
I used cardboard letters and cut the bones and pup from Everyday Paper Dolls at 3”. The pup was cut on real dial size, but the bones were not.
All of the items were put in with glue dots or scotch tape (some things wouldn’t stick to the dots, like the eraser!).  Also, the energy thing in the upper corner is a notepad I made, I’ll do a tutorial for that eventually.  I sat it on top of the stuff in the box, as I wanted her to be able to use it.


In order to get the paw prints in the background of the page, I found some online and copied and pasted them to a document, changed them to a watermark and printed. Then I used the same sheet to add the Ruff Day Kit explanations on it. I did the font over the watermark in brown ink.
Here are the words I’ve got printed on the paper:
For when you have those
RRRRUFF days!!!
A Rubberband to help you be flexible and not to break, as God has it under control!
Romans 8:28
A Paper Clip to help you hold things together.
Piece of String to help you tie up loose ends.
A Penny to give you extra “cents” that everyone needs.
A screw, because you know yours are loose!!!
A Pin to pinpoint problems
Cotton Ball…for times when you can’t hear yourself think and to cushion the hard days
Eraser…so everyone can start each day with a clean slate: God forgives us, so we must forgive others!
Aspirin…for when all else fails…take two
A tissue: For drying tears
A toothpick: To “pick out” reminders of your blessings
Matthew 7:1
A flower: In the “garden of life” each friendship is
beautiful and unique. I’m so thankful for our new friendship!
Jewel – because you are as valuable as any precious stone!
Popcorn – Even if we haven’t talked yet today – you have already “popped” into my thoughts .
Notepad: a place to list your blessings!

Ephesians 1:3

Tea Bag: to remember to relax and go over that list of blessings!  1 Thessalonians 5:18
A Match – To light your fire when you’re feeling burned out
A Snowflake: To remind you that there is a season for all things!

Ecclesiastes 3

I’d love to say these were my own creations, but I’d be lying! SO, here is a link to the wonderful site I found them at. I did modify some and add scripture. I didn’t type the scripture, as I wanted her to have the distraction and time with God to find them herself. I know we all need it!
Hope you enjoy! Here are some other projects that can be great pick me ups for someone you love!

The Ruff Day Kit was featured here:

Serenity you

Originally posted 2011-10-11 13:04:00.

Arranging Portraits

ArrangingScrapbookHello All!!!  Sorry this one is going out so late in the day!  I started doing it earlier but I had to help my neighbor’s baby sitter get their little monkeys calmed down!!!

I have to point out the butterfly chair, it was made from iron.  Absolutely beautiful!!!  I loved it, but the price tag did not love my wallet!!!  One of these days, I would love to have one for the garden I imagine myself having!!!
In order to enhance the decor, I used some cardboard to make the date  and journaling pop out.
The font was cut at 1 inch using the inside of the Zoo Font Cartridge.


I took a shot of the building we were shooting by, as it was in a historic part of town and  it seemed like it would be a great shot!  My journal area talks about where we were to tie the building shot in.

Anyway, I think I have said this before, but I’ll say it again:  portraits are my very LEAST favorites to scrapbook!  I never know what to do/write/or how to embellish!

**As a side note, though way more important, please pray for us as we are seeking to find the house God intends for us!  We are looking for something we can grow into, as the Zoo needs more Monkeys!!!  Thanks!!!

Originally posted 2011-09-11 04:14:00.

Gift Bag Re-do!

I’ve seen many super cute gift bags made on different blogs that I thought were super cute. Ya’ll know at the Zoo I can’t throw anything away, so I kept thinking ‘why on earth would they go BUY plain gift bags, when you can just save them!?!’ So the other day I needed a bag, and though I had plenty, they were either the wrong size or they were Christmas bags! SO, I took one of the lovely dark green Christmas bags, and converted it! I used ‘A Child’s Life’ cartridge and regular scrapbook glue to adhere it. It stayed well and I thought I would share it with you as a ‘bonus’ post. I’m trying to get some sort of organization here, as far as how I do my posts (i.e. recipes one day, crafts another, etc) but I haven’t quite got that down yet! Soon, though, soon! Hope you like it and are inspired to convert one of your old gift bags for a new occasion!
***As a side note, ignore that black shadow looking thing, my camera is angry with me!!!

Originally posted 2011-08-17 21:53:00.