Page Design 1


Those of you sweet friends who are following my blog, know that I have been posting about the “classroom happenings” as I teach a Bible Journaling class using the READ SCRIPTURE APP.  (As we read through the Bible in 1 year)

This week, I touched upon the idea of using shapes and lines to create lettering structure, and inluded a handout with some very basic (certainly not complete) guidelines for overall page design.


Below are the PDFs. Hope these are a help to you as well!!!

Lettering Design Structure / Sue Carroll/ Grey for practice <———click on title for pdf (pictured center above)

Lettering Design Structure / Sue Carroll/ open for fill 

Click above for pdf (pictured bottom right)

Layout design Tips/ typed pdf/ Sue Carroll <———-Typed guidelines for layout design




The makings of a “studio”

Cliplight/Sue Carroll

Even though many of my art supplies are still in a storage area, I have begun to set up “shop.”  God has wired this creative brain of mine to crave the “creative process.”  In it, I feel connected to Him, using the gifts He has established in me to mimic His creative nature.  I am thankful that my husband is so patient with me…supporting my need for a space to work and dream and play. He is the one who found my work table. I have been looking this past year for something I had pictured in my head and heart…thanks honey, for not only finding the perfect table, but for so generously paying a little extra to make my “dream” a reality.

The light I started with came from Pottery Barn and I am including a photo below.  Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s available anymore, but I would imagine that someone “handy” could create this shape using rings of some sort from the hardware store along with a light kit.  Don’t you think?

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Hope this post stirs some creative juices in you!

Bless you,


Repurposed Discount Frame Tutorial

 Repurposed Discount Frame Tutorial


Here’s what I used from our kit:

 Lindy’s Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist – Silhouette Silver

 Lindy’s Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist – Golden Doubloons

Dusty Attic Rusting Powder

 Dusty Attic Gear Chipboard Set

 Adirondack Paint Dabber – Pebble

 metal clip

AND…for the focal point of the frame…

A special piece “Re-created” with Amazing Crafting Products!

 My first decision was to use a favorite “trinket” I purchased at a local design store.

(It was the only cool thing I could afford at the time!)


 Above is a photo of the purchased item, and next to it, the reproduction made with

Amazing Crafting Products!

To make the mold…Mix equal parts of A and B Mold Putty 


TIP: to decide how much putty to use, start by using just one part (either A or B)

Press it onto your piece to see how much it takes to cover, using enough to have a solid bottom…if it’s too thin on the bottom it won’t be sturdy. If I can almost thinly cover with one “side” (a or b) I then add the equal amount of the other side…mixing until incorporated.

(1 min to mix, 1 min to mold)

Hope that makes sense to you:)

 Using equal parts A & B of Amazing Mold Putty, I pressed the putty over the top of the piece, then flipped it over to build up the sides.

 Leave the mold to set for about 10-15 min.



 To create an aged copper appearance, I used a dry brush to brush on Alumilite Copper Metallic Powder right onto the mold.

 Next, I mixed equal parts A & B of Amazing Casting Resin, adding a few drops of Brown Alumilite Dye. It doesn’t take much!

Once the Resin is poured into the mold, it is set in just 10-15 minutes!

(without the dye, the cast would be white)


The right is the cast, left the original.  I made several casts of this piece (once you make a mold you can use it over and over!)  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of the one that had the Copper Metallic Powder added…but you can see how it came out in the finished frame piece.

The cast is thin enough, that I was able to trim some of the rough edges with scissors.

I made gear molds with the same steps as above using the Dusty Attic Gear Chipboard.

 When the gear casts were finished, I used a wet brush to brush on

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals in “Steampunk Sepia ” 

(The Magicals achieve the same color as the Starburst Spray in our March Limited Edition Kit.)

 Next, I created the background for my photo using the Adirondack Dabber in “Pebble”

from our kit on my Gelli Plate.

I dabbed the paint onto the Gelli Plate, misted a few spritz of water over the paint and then rolled the paint with a brayer.

Once the paint was spread on the gelli, I pressed the Tim Holtz stencil (burlap) onto the gelli plate, lifted it up and pressed a blank piece of white card stock on top.


For this project, I used Magicals instead of the sprays in our March Limited Edition Kit, because I had them on hand before I received my sprays in the mail.

The Industrial Chic Magicals produce the same colors as the Industrial Chic Starburst Sprays,

but they allow you to create a specific “concentration” of color as you go, because you can mix small portions, varying the amount of intensity by the ratio of powder to water.

The Sprays offer the advantage of having the color already mixed and ready to spray.

When using the magicals as a spray, you must mix with warm water in a separate spray bottle.

 I often “grab” a bit of the Magical powder with a dry brush, placing it in the lid of the container.

Then, I add a little warm water to my brush and stir, until I get the color I want.

This is the technique I used to add color to my photo’s background page.

Brushing the mixed powder onto a wedge foam, I applied the color over the gear stencil.

I highlighted parts of the stencil image using other Lindy colors.

(Time Travel Teal and Steampunk Sepia)

I applied the color with a small round paint brush.

I also used a sponge brush with a more diluted (more water than powderTime Travel Teal 

to add more color and interest.

 Above you can see the gold I added by dipping a dry brush into the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist -Golden Doubloons from our March kit.

 The darker Teal was achieved by using a heavier concentration of Time Travel Teal powder to water.

 The Lindy’s colors are so vibrant and rich.

On to the frame…

  I purchased this for half off the clearance price of $5.10…about $2.50!

I knew I would be covering up the writing, and I did this with Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso 

from our January Limited Edition Kit. 

Do you have any old frames you’d like to re-invent?!! Grab that Gesso!

(MANY of our kit products last for months!!) 

Once the Gesso was dry, I applied color using the Lindy’s Magical in Time Travel Teal, using the same techniques from above.

 Next, I applied “patches” of Matte Medium (you could use any liquid glue/adhesive)

randomly to the frame.

Then, sprinkled Dusty Attic’s Rusting Powder on top, tapping off the excess onto a sheet of card stock so I could put what was not needed back in the jar.


To activate the rust powder, spray with white vinegar and allow it to dry.  It will take 15-30 min to see the rust appear… the rust color will deepen a bit after more time.

 I found that I could go back and spritz with a little more vinegar to deepen the rust color even further.

 To rust the metal clip from our kit, I applied Glossy Accents (for a little thicker coat) and sprinkled with Rusting Powder…then activated it with white vinegar.

 I added some chain that I had in my “stash” along with the sentiment tag from our March kit and the gears I molded and cast with Amazing Crafting Products.

Below, you can see that I added a hint of Tim Holtz Distress Ink in walnut to the center of the heart.

Our children and grandchildren are an extension of us…

Part of what “Life is about!”

 A friend of mine was looking at this piece, and didn’t believe the cast wasn’t metal!

 I used a lot techniques in this project and would welcome any questions you might have!

I so hope you feel inspired to create yourself!

 It is a joy to share with you,


Whiteboards:OUT Chalkboards:IN

I have had so much fun pining chalkboards on pinterest…

the source of inspiration for my latest project at the brand new Cincinnati restaurant

Deyo’s Italian Bistro.

I‘ve always loved the feel of the chalk in my hand and the simple black and white (or green and white) color scheme.  There’s something 3dimensional about writing on a chalkboard vs. a white board…something nostalgic.  Any of you out there ever have the job of “cleaning” the erasers?  I can remember teachers asking a few brave souls to go outside and “knock” 2 together until all the white chalky powder came out.

Most of it ended up in your hair and on your clothes and inevitability in your eyes…but it was worth it to get out of the classroom and go outside.

When family friends decided to open up their second Italian restaurant this month they asked me to letter a giant chalkboard in their carryout space.  I really couldn’t wait to “play.”

Deyo's Italian Bistro Chalkboard

I will admit that it’s been challenging to get it finished due to family circumstances, but it was “mostly” completed as of yesterday:)

Deyo's Italian Bistro Chalkboard

The board itself is made with Chalkboard paint and the lettering is done with a combination of white chalkboard paint markers and white ceiling paint.

It was so much easier to draw the “boxed in areas” with the marker….more control for straight lines.

The paint and brush were used for finer details.

I think it needs a few more elements…especially up in the right hand corner:)

Deyo's Italian Bistro Chalkboard

Deyo's Italian Bistro Chalkboard

Deyo's Italian Bistro Chalkboard

Deyo's Italian Bistro Chalkboard

Click here to see more info on their fabulous Bistro!

While it is a family friendly restaurant with plenty of nooks and crannies to excite any kid big and small alike (24/7 Disney movies shown on lower level including cool play area)  it also offers chic adult seating with luxurious booths including elegant lighting, vintage style tables, and contemporary decor elements on three levels.  I can’t wait til they load some photos of the finished interior!

Opening December 30th!

Creating Wall Art with Vacation Treasures…(it just needed a bit of ribbon)


We are blessed beyond measure with the generosity of my Mother & Father in law, who take the whole Carroll Clan (16 in all) on a BIG Family trip every other year.  It’s been one of the greatest highlights in our family’s lives and so when we travel,I love to search for a special treasure to remember our trip.

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On this trip, as I was purusing an antique store in Cairo

     (American antiques are hundreds of years old…Egypt’s are thousands!)

I found this beautifully carved Coptic Cross.

(It isn’t thousands of years old…just a replica)


But I loved it just the same.

I knew that I wanted to display it, but I didn’t just want to “nail it to the wall.”

SO…I found this great shadow box at Pottery Barn. (cute pins included)

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potterybarn frame

This is a rustic version from Pottery Barn’s online website (click on the pic to see it yourself)

There were just the same amount of holes in the cross…perfect for pining!

IMG_7931But, it still needed something…


IMG_7942So, I found a beautiful neutral ribbon in my stash, wrote a “sentiment” on Kraft Card Stock, and cut it out.

I burned the edges of the cards stock a bit with a lighter to add that “vintage” feel.

*I also burn the edges of my ribbon to prevent fraying



Don’t forget to check out May Arts for the perfect ribbon to enhance your treasure!