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

The Daniel Plan

Our church is on a journey together to find Balance…mind, body and soul…as we study The Daniel Plan.

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Taking our lead from Daniel, we are striving to lean into God as we practice obedience

-by taking care of our bodies (they are His temple) as well as renewing our minds

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”Romans 12:2 (NLT)

and actively operating in the Spirit which breathes life in us, rewarding us with love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control:)

Watercolor/Sue Carroll/The Daniel Plan

Watercolor/Sue Carroll/The Daniel Plan

Maintaining balance is a  daily struggle, but one that God provides the means for…the hope for…the VICTORY over…

if we allow Him to:)

Praying you find Balance in your own life,


Watercolor Revived

I haven’t pulled out my watercolors for some time, and I quite forgot how much they are my favorite medium.

My first little project is related to my son’s school show. He started performing in Musical theater at the age of 8, and since then, I have hoped that one day he would have the opportunity to play the role of Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors” a dark musical comedy.  There is so much of Seymour in my son:)

So, now…in his Senior year…he has been cast…Seymour Krelborn.

Not only do they look alike, but…well…Matthew has always been a Krelborn:)

Back to watercolor…

I pulled them out and came up with this:)

Little Shop Watercolor/sue carroll

The story is about a sweet florist shop worker who gets persuaded by an evil alien plant, to succumb to greed and desire….light hearted musical theater right?


I don’t often have time to sit for hours and paint…I love it when I do!

Happy Saturday:)





Adore-a-Bull and the rescue of “Irresistible Clyde”

My project post today is 2-fold…

1.  Promote a great cause Adore-a-Bull (& Clyde)

2. Share a little “how to” using The Crafters Workshop Stencils

But first, a little back story…

This is Clyde…I think he’s irresistible.


Bonnie (Clyde’s sister) & Clyde were found on the streets of Columbus and ended up in a shelter there.

Thankfully, Adore-a-Bull was called for some help… they would probably be these siblings last hope.

The rescue had begun, thanks to a caring shelter worker in Columbus, and countless volunteers with Adore-a-Bull...

Bonnie and Clyde would be saved, along with at least 6 other pit bulls found in the Columbus area.

These homeless Pit Bulls were transferred from Columbus, as calls were made to find Cincinnati volunteers who could foster them, until a loving and permanent home could be found.


My “adopted” sister (we adopted each other), Kris, was a part of this rescue team. She took Clyde in immediately, with a plan to keep him as long as it took to prepare him for an adoption.

Below is my friend Kris…helping out with another rescue…through “My Furry Valentine.”

(More than dogs were helped in this rescue:)  )

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As she spent time with Clyde, she realized that he had some serious medical problems.

       Clyde and his sister.

                                                                                                          Bonnie and Clyde

It isn’t known for sure, but it appeared that he had experienced some major trauma, (maybe hit by car) and suffers from spinal and hip injuries.  I call him the dog with “no bones” because he moves and “plops” like a bowl of jello.

  After receiving testing including an MRI (all thanks to Adore-a-Bull), it was determined that this little guy needed some major surgery.

He is such a lovable fellow…never complains…he  is sweet, affectionate, & content, even though he must be in pain.

Clyde has been a frequent visitor at my house upon my request.  He is such a cuddler and his disposition is contagious!

To know Clyde is to love him:)

So…anyway… due to the non profit organization Adore-a Bull,  Clyde was recently able to have corrective surgery…

a very rare procedure for a dog.

Kris was able to bring him back to her home this week for a long recovery.
When Clyde has healed, he will be ready for adoption.


You  Can see his stitches above and below


Adore-a-Bull, here in Cincinnati, is hosting a fun Alumni Event that will also be raising money for their cause…

…including Irresistible Clyde.

This is their mission statement:

Our Mission: Our mission to save pit bulls begins with rescue of the neglected, abused, and misunderstood.  Through our caring fosters we nurture and rehabilitate.  Through our voice we educate and change minds.  Through our work we match companions to families.  Our mission will never end.

Kris asked me if I might help by creating some artwork to be used in a raffle for this upcoming Alumni event.

Adore-a-Bull Event

Here are a few of my first projects


This piece (which will be framed) was inspired by the artist Dean Russo

You can see his work here.

With pencil, I first drew the outline of Clyde on watercolor paper. Then using watercolor, I filled him in, and then cut him out.

Next, I prepared the background…

Using a piece of Black card stock, I first stenciled the background with white paint, and then, once dry, I used the same stencil with blue spray ink.  (Using the white paint first, allowed the spray ink to show better on the black paper)

After spraying the ink through the stencil, (before lifting the stencil up) I rolled a paper towel roll over it to better avoid “bleeding” under the stencil…it gave the design a texture that I like:)

This is The Crafters Workshop stencil I used first

         TCW 491 xoxo
TCW 491 xoxo

I used one of my favorite pens (Uni-ball Signo) in white to trace parts of The Crafters Workshop stencil below.

TCW 470 Geometric Layers
TCW 470 Geometric Layers

A few more details were added with a Montana paint pen. (in red)

I also made some “Clyde cards”



I’m hoping to work on a few more pieces to help raise money for Adore-a-Bull, to help Clyde, and more dogs like him.

I have provided links above to the Adore-a-Bull non profit organization as well as a link to their upcoming event.

(simply click on their name or photo)

Please check out their website and consider a donation.

AND…Don’t forget to check out ALL the new stencils available at The Crafters Workshop!

It’s a joy to share with you:)


Mixed Media Techniques with TCW NEW Summer Releases!

Mixed Media Techniques with Sue Carroll I just received the most generous package of stencils from TCW!  There are sooooo many new designs to choose from!  And seriously people…TCW stencils are the most affordable stencils out there, and with so many designs to choose from they are a must have!

AND…dd you know that TCW has super cool dies????

Please go check them out here!! Along with their NEW Summer Releases!!

Below are the TCW Stencils I used for this canvas project:

TCW 474 Hand Drawn Frames

TCW487 Alhambra

TCW488 Viva La Art

TCW494 Trapezoid Flower

TCW478 Beaded Curtain

and Dies

 TCW1034 today

TCW1024 Horizontal Love Bunting

And some GREAT products from The Canvas Corp…THANK YOU CANVAS CORP!

Teal Burlap

Natural Canvas

Burlap Sheet


Tattered Angles High Impact Metallic Paint (white)

7 Gypsies Crystals

Along with…

Rangers UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel)

Stampenous Embossing Ink

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals (Industrial Chic Set)


110 lb. Basic Heavy Weight Smooth Card Stock

The project started with a random covering of my canvas using torn vintage book pages.

Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll

The vintage book pages are so thin that it makes it easy to wrap them around the sides and all of the edges of the canvas. I used matte medium to adhere them.

Layering Techniques in Mixed Media

Once the canvas was covered, I used the Co’ordinations card stock, and stenciled (TCW488 Viva La Art) with Stampenous Embossing Ink.  

A few tips:

The heavy weight card stock is super smooth and can hold up to the embossing powder and heat.

 I did not always cover the card stock with gesso, which at times you would want to do in order to prevent the embossing ink from getting “soaked up” into the paper.

For some of the pieces you’ll see below, I did use gesso before I stenciled with the embossing ink. You will see the results give a more “filled in” finished look. Because the gesso provides a “barrier” to the porous paper underneath, more of the ink “pools” on top (instead of soaking into the paper) of the page allowing the UTEE to “stick” more fully.

For some of these background pages, I wanted the embossing powder to be more “spotty”, so I skipped the layer of gesso.Layering Techniques in Mixed Media Layering Techniques in Mixed Media You can see above that the UTEE stuck a bit randomly…this is what I was going for:)Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue CarrollNext, I mixed the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals (Industrial Chic) with a little warm water, right in the lid.  I “washed” this over the stenciled image with a brush.

Again, I want to say that the Core’dinations 110 lb. Basic Heavy Weight Smooth Card Stock really holds up to mixed media products including watercolor and sprays!Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll I did this same process with all of the stencils I listed at the top of the page, using both the Core’dinations 110 lb. Basic Heavy Weight Smooth Card Stock and some vintage book pages.

Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue CarrollRemember when I mentioned using gesso on some of the card stock first?  The image top right and lower left are examples of this.  I especially love the stencil used for the lower left, TCW 474 Hand Drawn Frames …I have SO many ideas for this one!  

Wouldn’t it be fun to write or stamp sentiments in each frame?! Love it!

Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll

I wanted to have PLENTY of fun texture on this piece, so I decided to use some products from The Canvas Corp

I mixed Tattered Angles High Impact Metallic Paint (white) & Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals and painted a heart on the Canvas Corp burlap.  The High Impact paint gave the color the body to “stand up” to the burlap…kind of “sealing it” so that when I cut it out, it did not fray, and became heavier and slightly rigid. (although still bendable)

It also gave the color a bit more shimmer:)Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll I added more texture by using the stencils with heavy gesso.Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll

For the sentiment, I used two of my favorite Dies  from TCW and cut them out in The Canvas Corp fabrics.

I LOVE THAT YOU CAN USE THE DIES TO CUT FABRIC!Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Above is a super cute embellishment from The Canvas Corp. (7 Gypsies Crystals)

Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue CarrollAbove, is my favorite definition of LOVE:)-(thank you Greg Boyd) Mixed Media Techniques with Sue Carroll

I hope you will go check out all the great new products at THE CRAFTERS WORKSHOP!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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For my Italian friend:)


For our 30th wedding anniversary, my husband & I decided to travel back to Italy…

not only to see the Amalfi Coast but also to visit Carmen.


We brought along some of our close friends…it was a trip of a lifetime!

During our first stay at Oasi (almost 3 years ago), I fell in love all over again with Italy, and to my surprise, found a friend.

During the the past year, Carmen lost her Papa to cancer…He meant more to her than words can express.

My heart has ached for her, and the only thing I knew to do was to create a piece of art that expressed their love for each other…words seem to fall so short.

Below is what I made for her…in hopes that she would understand the depth of empathy I have for her and the great appreciation I feel for the beautiful relationship she has with her Father…something to cherish…forever.

I pray each day that God will heal and mend her broken heart.

(Egli guarisce il cuore rotto e fascia le loro ferite. Salmo 147:3)

Carmen's canvas by Sue Carroll

These are photos taken from her first communion.  Their love is so sweet.

ICarmen's canvas by Sue Carroll

Carmen's canvas by Sue Carroll

Carmen's canvas by Sue Carroll

What a blessing to know the love of your earthly Father (so many never do)

…even more so to know the love of your Heavenly Father

Qui di seguito è la Sua lettera d’amore per noi

Below is His love letter to us


Mia cara bambina,
Non mi si può sapere, ma so tutto di te. (Sal 139:1) So quando ti siedi e quando ti alzerai. (Salmo 139:2) Sono familiarità con tutte le tue vie. (Salmo 139:3) Anche i capelli del vostro capo sono contati. (Matteo 10:29-30) Per voi sono stati fatti a mia immagine. (Genesi 1:27) In me si vive e ci muoviamo ed abbiamo il vostro essere. Perché tu sei la mia progenie. (Atti 17:28) Io ti conoscevo ancora prima che tu fossi concepito. (Geremia 1,4-5) Ti ho scelto quando ho programmato la creazione. (Efesini 1:11-12) Tu non eri un errore, per tutti i tuoi giorni sono scritti nel mio libro.
(Salmo 139:15-16)
Ho determinato il momento esatto della vostra nascita e dove si vuole vivere. (Atti 17:26) Hai fatto in modo stupendo. (Salmo 139:14) Mi hai intessuto nel grembo di tua madre. (Salmo 139,13) E ti ha portato avanti il giorno in cui sei nato. (Salmo 71:6) Sono stato travisato da quelli che non mi conoscono.
(Giovanni 8:41-44)
Io non sono lontano e arrabbiato, ma sono l’espressione completa dell’amore. (I Giovanni 4:16) ed è il mio desiderio di profondere il mio amore per te. (I Giovanni 3:1) Semplicemente perché sei mio figlio e io sono tuo padre. (I Giovanni 3:7) Ti offro più di tuo padre terreno potrebbe mai. (Matteo 07:11) Io sono il Padre perfetto. (Matteo 5:48) Ogni buon regalo ricevi viene dalla mia mano. (Giacomo 1:17) Io sono il tuo provider e incontro alle vostre esigenze. (Matteo 6:31-33) Il mio piano per il vostro futuro è sempre stato pieno di speranza.
(Geremia 29:11)
Perché ti amo di un amore eterno. (Geremia 31:3) I miei pensieri per te sono innumerevoli come la sabbia sulla riva del mare. (Salmo 139:17-18) e mi rallegro su di voi con il canto. (Sofonia 3,17) non potrò mai smettere di fare bene a voi. (Geremia 32:40) Per te sono il mio tesoro particolare. (Esodo 19:05) Ho il desiderio di stabilire con tutto il mio cuore e tutta la mia anima.
(Geremia 32:41)
E voglio mostrarvi cose grandi e meravigliose. (Geremia 33:3) Perché se mi cercherete con tutto il vostro cuore, troverete me.
(Deuteronomio 04:29)
Quindi, Delight in me e io vi darò i desideri del tuo cuore.
(Salmo 37:4)
Per sono io che ti ha dato quei desideri. (Filippesi 2:13) Sono in grado di fare di più per voi che si possa immaginare.
(Efesini 3:20)
Poiché io sono il tuo più grande istigatore. (2 Tessalonicesi 2:16-17) Sono anche il Padre che ti consola in tutti i vostri problemi.
(2 Corinzi 1:3-4)
Quando si è il cuore spezzato, io sono vicino a voi. (Salmo 34:18) Come un pastore porta un agnello, ho portato si chiude al mio cuore.
(Isaia 40:11)
Un giorno asciugherà ogni lacrima dai tuoi occhi. E io porto via tutto il dolore che hai sofferto su questa terra. (Apocalisse 21:3-4) Sono tuo Padre, e ti amo come io amo mio figlio Gesù.
(Giovanni 17:23)
Per in Gesù, il mio amore per te è rivelato. (Giovanni 17:26) E per dirvi che non sto contando i tuoi peccati. Gesù è morto in modo che io e te potrebbe essere riconciliati. (2 Corinzi 5, 18-19) La sua morte è stata la massima espressione del mio amore per te.
(I Giovanni 4:10)
Ho rinunciato a tutto quello che ho apprezzato il fatto che potrei guadagnare il tuo amore.
(Romani 8:31-32)
Se si riceve il dono di mio figlio Gesù, ricevi me. (I Giovanni 2:23) E nulla potrà mai separarci dal mio amore di nuovo.
(Romani 8:38-29)
Quando è il momento per voi di tornare a casa e mi butto il più grande paradiso partito ha mai visto. (Luca 15:07) Sono sempre stato il Padre vostro, e sarà sempre il Padre vostro.
(Efesini 3:14-15)
La mia domanda è …. Vuoi essere mio figlio? (Giovanni 1:12-13) sto aspettando. (Luca 15:11-32)

Con Amore, Tuo Padre,


My Dear Child, 
You may not know me, but I know everything about you. (Ps 139:1) I know when you sit down and when you rise up. (Psalm 139:2) I am familiar with all your ways. (Psalm 139:3) Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-30) For you were made in my image. (Genesis 1:27) In me you live and move and have your being. For you are my offspring. (Acts 17:28) I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5) I chose you when I planned creation. (Ephesians 1:11-12) You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. 
(Psalm 139:15-16)
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. (Acts 17:26) You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) I knit you together in your mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13) And brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6) I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me.
(John 8:41-44)
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. (I John 4:16) And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. (I John 3:1) Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. (I John 3:7) I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. (Matthew 7:11) For I am the perfect Father. (Matthew 5:48) Every good gift you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17) For I am your provider and I meet your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33) My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
(Jeremiah 29:11)
Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. (Psalm 139:17-18) And I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) I will never stop doing good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40) For you are my treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5) I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul.
(Jeremiah 32:41)
And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3) For if you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. 
(Deuteronomy 4:29)
So, Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. 
(Psalm 37:4)
For it is I who gave you those desires. (Philippians 2:13) I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. 
(Ephesians 3:20)
For I am your greatest encourager. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles.
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. (Psalm 34:18) As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. 
(Isaiah 40:11)
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. And I will take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth.(Revelation 21:3-4) I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus.
(John 17:23)
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26) And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. (2 Corinthians 5;18-19) His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you.
(I John 4:10)
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. 
(Romans 8:31-32)
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. (I John 2:23) And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. 
(Romans 8:38-29)
When it’s time for you to Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. (Luke 15:7) I have always been your Father, and will always be your Father. 
(Ephesians 3:14-15)
My question is….Will you be my child? (John 1:12-13) I am waiting for you. (Luke 15:11-32)

With Love, Your Father,

If you are interested in the stencils I used to create this canvas they are listed below (from The Crafter’s Workshop)

along with a few photos from our time near the Amalfi Coast.


Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

If you’d like to visit Carmen and attend her wonderful classes you can find her below.

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