Guess what fun, artsy thing I'm doing this summer?! Psst..you can do it too!

Hello Friend!  How is your summer coming along?  I've been bible journaling, road-tripping on two vacations, visited family far away and started a new walking regimen that is sticking, woot!

 I am having a super blessed summer!  I hope you are too.

Photobombing my favorite tree on my morning walk!
Photo-bombing my favorite tree on my morning walk!

 

Canoeing on the lake this summer.

Canoeing on the lake...ahhhh, wish you had been there with me!

 

I'm thrilled to be back to blogging after vacation and super excited about the new blog series I've been working on with my talented friend Erin from Art by Erin Leigh.

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.  What a fun way to spend the summer!

We are hosting a free summer workshop series on art journaling your faith!

Both Erin and I love using scripture in our art journals, as part of our quiet time and when we started talking about the idea of sharing our journey with you the Journaling by Heart series was born!

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal.  What a fun way to spend the summer!

 

Whether you are newly into bible journaling or you're an experienced art journaler I think you'll have fun with us as we explore God's Word and share creative tips and ideas for using art as an expression of worship.

 

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal. What a fun way to spend the summer!

There are going to be lots of free printables, scripture prompts, tutorials and even a Facebook Group for us to share our journals with each other! 

Plus another little announcement on something I have been dreaming about doing since beginning this blog 7 years ago!

Free Summer Workshop on Art Journaling your faith.  Tips and ideas for Bible Journaling and documenting your spiritual journey in an art journal. What a fun way to spend the summer! via Pink Paper Peppermints
Digital Bible Art Journaling page from last year (embellishments by Allison Pennington at The Lilypad)


It all starts this Friday, July 3rd! 

I can't wait and I really hope you'll be joining us.  I would love to get to know you better and chat about art and worship and the Word with you! 

Be sure to stop by the blog on Friday or sign up for updates in your email to get all the details and goodies!

If you think you'd like to join us, I hope you'll let me know in the comments and Erin and I would be thrilled if you let your friends know about the workshop on pinterest or facebook! 

See you Friday!

Grace and Peace,

♥ Melissa~
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"The secret of the sweet, satisfying companionship of the Lord have they who revere and worship Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its deep, inner meaning." - Psalm 25:14 (Amplified)


Blog Changes + Scripture Art & Journaling Card Printables & More

Free bible journaling card and scripture art printable.  Perfect for project life or illustrated faith projects! Psalm 86:5


Hello Friend, how have you been?  I hope you had a wonderful Easter.  Ours was full of travel and family and lots of fun.

 

New Blog Design

Pink Paper Peppermints blog.  Free Christian Craft tutorials and printables.

I've been busy updating the blog to comply with some Google changes taking place this week and I'm still in the midst of it so you may see some things looking a little off for awhile. 

Hopefully it will all get straightened out soon. Please do let me know if any of the links or downloads aren't working right for you.

 

Free Printables for Bible Journaling and Scrapbooking

Free bible journaling card and scripture art printable.  Perfect for project life or illustrated faith projects! Psalm 86:5

The Lord has been teaching me so much about His grace and goodness lately.  I hope to share more about that at some point, but in the mean time I've created a small scripture art printable and journaling card with one of my favorite scriptures about His goodness for you to download.

  Free bible journaling card and scripture art printable.  Perfect for project life or illustrated faith projects! Psalm 86:5

Click here or the image above to download and print your free scripture art and journaling card.

The 5x7 size is perfect to use as a tip-in for your journaling bible (if you're participating in the Illustrated Faith art movement) as I did below, but you could also frame it or just put it up on the fridge as a reminder of God's goodness.


Free bible journaling card and scripture art printable.  Perfect for project life or illustrated faith projects! Psalm 86:5

I sewed a hybrid (half digital and half paper) scrapbooking tab (by Allison Pennington) to mine and then taped it to the edge of a page in my journaling bible with clear packing tape so that it could be opened like a page.

 


Free bible journaling card and scripture art printable.  Perfect for project life or illustrated faith projects! Psalm 86:5

I really like creating these fold out pages in my bible because I can be as creative as I want to and then still use the margin for taking notes.  The best of both worlds I think.

 

 

 

 

 


Free bible journaling card and scripture art printable.  Perfect for project life or illustrated faith projects! Psalm 86:5
On the fold out page I used one of my printable stickers layered with paper, fabric scraps, a silk flower and sequins as well as another tab by Allison.  I just love sewing layers of fabric and paper together.

If you haven't already you can download and print your own stickers here.

 

I hope you enjoy the printables and I'd love to know what you think of my blog's new look if you have a chance.

Grace & Peace,

♥ Melissa~

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"She is strong and graceful, as well as cheerful about the future...and she takes good care of her family..." -Proverbs 31:25 & 27 (CEV)

 


Printable Easter Stickers-Perfect Last Minute Egg Stuffers!

Just popping in to give you some printable, Easter stickers.  A better name for these printable goodies would be Resurrection Stickers, 'cause they are all about Jesus!  And they are perfect for your little one's Easter Basket, or even yours!  I plan to use them in my Journaling Bible!

  These free, printable, Easter stickers would be perfect, last-minute basket or Easter Egg fillers or for Bible Journaling. via Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints

 

Printable Easter Stickers

  These free, printable, Easter stickers would be perfect, last-minute basket or Easter Egg fillers or for Bible Journaling. via Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints

 Click the image above to download the stickers.

To make them into stickers, you'll just need to print the pdf out onto sticker paper, (I use this kind from Avery) and then cut them out.

I like to print them out on plain cardstock too, so that they're like die cuts and I have more flexibility in how I use them.

Download Instructions:

The stickers sheet is a large pdf that has been compressed into a zip file.

When you click on the image above you should have the choice to open or save the file.

If you are on a windows machine you can choose "open with windows explorer" and it will download and then open the file.

You should then be able to save that folder wherever you would like on your machine.

These free, printable, Easter stickers would be perfect, last-minute basket or Easter Egg fillers or for Bible Journaling. via Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints

 The stickers are hand drawn and colored by me with Prismacolor pencils

These free, printable, Easter stickers would be perfect, last-minute basket or Easter Egg fillers or for Bible Journaling. via Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints

 

I hope you have fun with the stickers!

 

Grace & Peace,

 

♥ Melissa~

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"She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth" -Proverbs 31:19 (the message)


Quick & Easy DIY Fabric Easter Gift Pattern

There is a particular Easter Sunday from my childhood that stands out in my mind.
I was 10 years old and my family and I were about to leave for church.

I had my hat and gloves and shiny new shoes on and I very excitedly opened the front door.  When I did so, I saw four huge corsage boxes sitting on the front porch.  My parents picked them up and we all went back inside to see who they were from.

Easter orchid

Image courtesy of FiftyFlowers.com

There was a beautiful white orchid boutonniere for my father and brother and two gorgeous white orchid corsages with ribbon and tulle for my mother and me. 

And there was no card.

My mother pinned the corsages on us all and off we went to church as my parents mentally scrolled through a checklist of people that they thought might have left the sweet surprise on our doorstep.

They spent the next week asking friends and family and neighbors about the flowers, but no one ever admitted to having given them to us and it remains a family mystery that comes up from time to time.  Who did leave those flowers for us?

It made quite an impression on me as a little girl, that someone would give us...*me*...such a sweet gift without any credit...as a secret.

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I thought about it a lot growing up and I'm certain it contributed to my love of giving gifts and surprises to family and friends (and blog readers. :).

Funny how something so small can have such a big impact isn't it?

The memory of that is what partially inspired this tutorial today.  It's a fabric Easter Cross brooch made by modifying my fabric flower petals pattern and it's super simple to put together.  I made several in less than hour!

DIY Fabric Easter Cross Pattern

  Quick & Easy Easter DIY.  This fabric cross pin can be made in under an hour with just some fabric scraps, buttons and needle and thread!  Click the image for the pattern and tutorial!

 

Here's What You'll Need:

Quick & Easy Easter DIY.  This fabric cross pin can be made in under an hour with just some fabric scraps, buttons and needle and thread!  Click the image for the pattern and tutorial!

Printable Pattern (link below)
Fabric and or felt
Pins
Safety Pins or Pin Backs
Buttons and Baubles for the centers
Scissors
Needle and Thread


Optional:
Wonder Under fusible web

 

Print and Cut

Quick & Easy Easter DIY.  This fabric cross pin can be made in under an hour with just some fabric scraps, buttons and needle and thread!  Click the image for the pattern and tutorial!


DIY Fabric Easter Cross Pin pattern download

To Download the Above Link:

The pattern is a large pdf so it has been compressed into a zip file.

When you click on the link above you should have the choice to open or save the file.

If you are on a windows machine you can choose "open with windows explorer" and it will download and then open the file.

You should then be able to save that folder wherever you would like on your machine.

Quick & Easy Easter DIY.  This fabric cross pin can be made in under an hour with just some fabric scraps, buttons and needle and thread!  Click the image for the pattern and tutorial!

The first thing you'll want to do is download the pattern following the instructions above then print and cut out the pattern.

 

Next pin the patterns to your fabric and cut one large circle and three small circles.

 

If you want to make a two-color cross such as the pink and polka dotted one in the first image, now is the time to cut the wedges of contrasting fabric.  Cut one large wedge and 3 small.

 

**NOTE**

The Pink cross was made by folding the fabric first and then adding a layer of contrasting fabric using Wonder Under. 

While I like the look of it, it was a  bit harder to sew because it became very stiff.  In fact the thread broke once or twice and I had to start all over. 

If you're a beginner or in a hurry, you may want to go with the one-color cross. 

 

Press and Fold

Now it's time to press and fold your fabric circles.

  Quick & Easy Easter DIY.  This fabric cross pin can be made in under an hour with just some fabric scraps, buttons and needle and thread!  Click the image for the pattern and tutorial!

Fold each circle in half, wrong sides together and press.

Quick & Easy Easter DIY.  This fabric cross pin can be made in under an hour with just some fabric scraps, buttons and needle and thread!  Click the image for the pattern and tutorial!

Now fold in half again to form a wedge shape and press.

If you have decided to do a second layer, now is the time to adhere that piece to your wedge. 

Follow the directions on the Wonder Under package for each wedge piece then line up the bottom curve and center it so the points line up and press. (let cool before stitching)

 

  Quick & Easy Easter DIY.  This fabric cross pin can be made in under an hour with just some fabric scraps, buttons and needle and thread!  Click the image for the pattern and tutorial!

 Stitch and Gather

Quick & Easy Easter DIY.  This fabric cross pin can be made in under an hour with just some fabric scraps, buttons and needle and thread!  Click the image for the pattern and tutorial!

 

Beginning with one of the small wedges and using 3 strands of matching embroidery thread take a long, gathering stitch about 1/4 inch in from the curved side of your wedge, making sure to go through all layers of fabric.

I like to start my stitch in between the folds of the fabric so the knot is hidden.

  Quick & Easy Easter DIY.  This fabric cross pin can be made in under an hour with just some fabric scraps, buttons and needle and thread!  Click the image for the pattern and tutorial!

 

Now pull the thread and your wedge will gather up into a petal shape. Continue this with the other two small wedges and add the large wedge last to form the cross shape.

Quick & Easy Easter DIY.  This fabric cross pin can be made in under an hour with just some fabric scraps, buttons and needle and thread!  Click the image for the pattern and tutorial!

 Finish by stitching the last petal to the first.

 

 Adding the Buttons

 Now it's time to audition buttons and embellishments to find which you like best.  

Quick & Easy Easter DIY.  This fabric cross pin can be made in under an hour with just some fabric scraps, buttons and needle and thread!  Click the image for the pattern and tutorial!

If you've been sewing and crafting for any amount of time you probably have a sizable stash of goodies to choose from for the center of your cross, but if not you can find lots of buttons and embellishments at fabric & craft stores like Hancocks or Hobby Lobby.

 

Once you've decided on your button, just attach it with needle and thread or even a hot glue gun.

Attaching the Pin Back

Now you'll want to cut out a small felt circle for the back.

Quick & Easy Easter DIY.  This fabric cross pin can be made in under an hour with just some fabric scraps, buttons and needle and thread!  Click the image for the pattern and tutorial!

 

Quick & Easy Easter DIY.  This fabric cross pin can be made in under an hour with just some fabric scraps, buttons and needle and thread!  Click the image for the pattern and tutorial!

 

Hot glue the felt circle to the back of your cross and then add your pin.  You can use a pin back such as these or a safety pin.

Quick & Easy Easter DIY.  This fabric cross pin can be made in under an hour with just some fabric scraps, buttons and needle and thread!  Click the image for the pattern and tutorial!

Now that your pretty pin is finished, maybe you have a neighbor, teacher or friend who could use a little anonymous gift this Easter? 

 

I hope you have fun making it!  I would love to see pictures (and add you to our Reader's Get Crafty pinterest board!) if you complete this project.  Let me know in the comments or drop me an email!

 

Grace & Peace,

 

♥ Melissa~

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"But when you do a kindness to someone, do it secretly—don’t tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. And your Father, Who knows all secrets, will reward you."
-Matthew 6:3-4

 


Scripture Art, Gift Tags, Tables Setting and more printables for Easter -- It's Friday Favorites!

This Friday I have some gorgeous free Easter Printable links for you including scripture art, gift tags, table settings and more.

If you have something you'd like to me share on Friday Favorites, or you'd like to have your blog featured, just drop me an email and let me know!

Free Easter Printables

Free Printable Easter Tags, Gift Wrap, Scripture art and more!


Here are the links!  Be sure to leave a thank you comment for the talented artists and designers of these free printables when you download them.

 

He is Risen printable scripture art and gift tags, from Lucy at Craftberry Bush

Happy Easter printable gift tags and gift wrap from Lia at Lia Griffith.com

Sunrise - He is Not Here scripture art by Emily Hope at Hope Ink

My Redeemer Lives scripture art by Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road

He is Risen set of table decorations, place cards and scripture art in multiple colors! at Jones Design Company and designed by Lindsay of Lindsay Letters

Watercolor Butterflies printables decorations by Lia on the Elli Blog

He Lives scripture art poster by Jessica at Jessica Lynnette

 

Jesus is Alive! Free Printable Easter Egg Coloring Sheets for home, church outreach or Suanday school. Printable Jesus is Alive Coloring BookPrintable Spring Journaling Cards Place Cards

And if you're looking for even more Easter printables I have Easter Egg coloring sheets, a printable Easter coloring book about the real meaning of Easter (in 5x8 and mini Easter Egg size), and some pretty gingham place card printables, perect for your Easter party or brunch!

 

Free Mini Course on Creativity

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Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to sign up for the free 4-day mini course "Rediscovering Your Creativity." 

Also a head's up that the Ultimate DIY Bundle will be available again for a quick flash sale this Monday and Tuesday!  Woot!

 

Those are my Friday Favorites.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Grace and Peace,

❤ Melissa~

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"You don’t have to wait for the End. I Am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in Me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in Me does not ultimately die at all."  -John 11:25

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