Doodle 101 / Whose Birthday is it Anyway?


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A favorite story I like to tell to my “kids” at church is this…

There once was a boy named Billy.  He was SOOOO excited for his birthday party and invited all of his friends from school.

The day of the party arrived, and Billy sat by his front window, waiting with great anticipation.

One by one, each of his friends walked towards his house with a beautifully wrapped gift…but as he waited to greet them, the doorbell never rang.

Puzzled, he ran back to the window to find that each of his friends walked right by his house, without stopping to even glance his way.

Where were they going? Why did they carry a gift if not for him?

Billy sat an waited all afternoon, but not one friend came to celebrate his birthday with him. He realized that it wasn’t the gifts he didn’t receive that made him sad, it was watching his friends pass by his house without even a thought…that broke his heart.

This Christmas…Whose Birthday is it anyway? Might Jesus feel like Billy, as He watches us celebrate with each other without even glancing His way?

Celebrate Jesus Birthday this Christmas.

Give Him EVERY glance…

in the way that you share

in the way that you serve

love others in His name

extend the gift He gave to you:)

I had buttons made for all our “kid’s church” leaders to wear, and I get them out and put one on to this day!  I am always in need of this reminder!



Bless you,



Food gifts from the heart


Homemade caramels are a welcome change from cookies and make great gifts for teachers, office staff, family and friends.  I have been making them for 30 years and now many of my friends have added them to their family’s Christmas traditions.  You can find the detailed recipe (and other food gifts) here on my blog by clicking on THE CARAMEL RECIPE.  The tags were made with a stamp from my Christmas Stamp Set found at my Etsy shop.


Hope you are each having some time to prepare your hearts for the real gift of Christmas…our Savior.

Birthday Party /Christmas Canvas Class

Last night I taught a Christmas canvas class with a very special group of women who planned this fun night out to celebrate their friend’s birthday!  Many had never created a mixed media project…and I was soooo impressed by all their efforts!

Christmas mixed media/Sue Carroll



Christmas mixed media/Sue Carroll


While learning some fun mixed media techniques, the celebration included yummy food and desserts…and I think there may have been a few glasses of wine:)

Christmas mixed media/Sue Carroll

Christmas mixed media/Sue Carroll

Christmas mixed media/Sue Carroll

Christmas mixed media/Sue Carroll

Christmas mixed media/Sue Carroll

Christmas mixed media/Sue Carroll

Christmas mixed media/Sue Carroll

Christmas is my favorite time of year!  Celebrating the birth of our Savior…knowing that our Lord came so that we might live, that He would rather die than be without us.  What an IMMEASURABLE  LOVE.PM:signature2

Christmas Canvas inspired by Altar’d State…a Boutique with a Mission

Altar'd State Inspired Canvas

A friend of mine recently told me of a new store that arrived in town…An artfully crafted boutique that is comparable to Anthropology, but definitely more affordable.  The COOLEST thing about this store is their heart.

Below is an expert from their website…

People often ask us why? The answer is simple, to give back. It is not just what we do, it is who we are. We want to do more than provide fashionable alternatives to young women who want to make a difference. We want to inspire a movement to stand out – for good.

We give in any way we can. Whether it’s through “Give Back” brands, our Mission Monday program, funding employee volunteer hours, or various outreach opportunities, we strive to constantly contribute to the world around us.

Along with beautiful, modest, vintage inspired apparel, they carry unique home decor, fashion accessories, and even stock a few inspirational “reads.”  As I walked through their shop this week, my son said, “Hey Mom, there’s your book!”

He was referring to a book I have used to mentor young girls called “Redefining Beautiful” by Jenna Lucado.

This really blew me away!  It is a book that helps young women uncover the lies they believe about themselves to reveals the fully  accepted, forgiven, chosen, unique and loved creation God made them to be.

A clothing store that cares about their customers…

that reaches beyond the dollar to give back to the community and to the world.

I REALLY support that! I hope you will too:)

Altar’d State

Altar'd State

My inspiration…Above canvas available at Altar’d State

Altar'd State Inspired Christmas Canvas

Altar'd State Inspired Christmas Canvas

Altar'd State Inspired Christmas Canvas

Altar'd State Inspired Christmas Canvas


Chalkboard Christmas

I love the simplicity of black & white chalkboard images…it’s definitely been a running theme in my Christmas crafts this year!

I’m actually working on a GIANT Chalkboard for a local restaurant…more on that later:)

Below is a little 8 X 8 Canvas…Dick Blick  (Art Supply Store)

has had some nice discounts on many of their products + free shipping!

CHristmas Chalkboard Canvas

I love familiar carols…as Buddy the Elf once said…

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!”

I’m a little embarrassed to say how many times I’ve watched the movie “Elf,” I think I’ll just keep that number to myself.

It doesn’t even have to be December…

Speaking of familiar carols…I miss singing traditional hymns in church:(

Please bring them back churches…they are a part of our Christian heritage, full of truth and praise.

Splash of Color and Frog Dog Studios PAINT CHRISTMAS

Christmas Art with Luminarte Silks, Modeling Cream, and Catherine Scanlon Grid Stencil

As a Frog Dog Studio Design Team Member, I have the privilege of receiving amazing mixed media products every month to create with…

This month, our December Kit included Viva Decor Modeling Cream, & several jars of LuminArte Silks Acrylic Glaze.

(along with MANY other goodies of course!)

These great products, along with Catherine Scanlon’s Grid Stencil (introduced to me through FROG DOG)

 are what I used to create this framed Christmas piece.


I started this project by using black acrylic paint to stencil the “GRID” onto a piece of cold pressed, 140 Lb. Watercolor paper.

Catherine Scanlon Grid Stencil

Next, I used a pencil to draw each element into the grid areas.

After that, I went over the pencil drawings with one of my favorite pens… Black Pitt multi-liner in XS.


Then, it was time to COLOR!


In the photo above, you can see a close up of the modeling cream added to the fur on the hat.

The red is LuminArte Silk in Carmen.

My photo doesn’t do the modeling cream justice, really…below is a photo of the depth and texture you can achieve with this amazing product…


Below, I am sharing some close up shots of this piece, so that you can see the brilliance and intensity

of color that LUMINARTE SILKS provide!

luminarte silks











The SILKS I used in this piece were…

African Jade, Fern, Carmen, & Sunflower.


Viva Decor’s Pearl Modeling Cream

These amazing products can be found at SPLASH OF COLOR

Inspiration for this piece and more can be found at

Frog Dog Studios

Chalkboard Christmas:)

Yesterday, a “Designer friend” of mine, text me to ask if I could make a canvas for her to give to one of her clients.  This client and her family are away on vacation and has hired my friend to “Deck her Halls” for Christmas before they arrive home tomorrow.  It’s just like this friend of mine, to want to do something extra special…so…this is what I came up with.  Hope her client likes it!!

Chalkboard Christmas

Vintage Paper Christmas Tags

Christmas Tags with Silks


Start off with a few Craft Paper Tags…like these:


(click on photo above for source)

I had previously purchased a few vintage Christmas music books (student piano books, hymns, & caroling books)

Gently tear pages into small pieces and glue onto tag with matte medium, mod podge, or craft glue.


Christmas Tags with Silks


Then I used a Black Pitt multi liner pen in XS to draw the images…

finishing it with LuminArte Silks acrylic paint. (carmen & fern)

along with Viva Decor’s Modeling Cream (pearl)



Christmas Tags with Silks


Christmas Tags with Silks


Christmas Tags with Silks

Christmas Tags with Silks


I love creating handmade things during the holidays!  Something I have a little more time to do, now that 3 of my 4 kids are out on their own.  I am enjoying being a Grandmother and watching each of my children “grow into their own.”

It’s a blessing I hope I never take for granted:)

Love sharing with you!