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Jennifer is an artist living in rural Nebraska with her US Army veteran husband. She loves to create and seeks to reflect the beauty of Christ and encourage others in meaningful, beautiful ways. You can find her and see more of her art on Studio JRU.

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  1. I love this. I’ve been following your blog for awhile through Facebook & really enjoy the posts. I’d love to share some of them on Pinterest but I can never grab an image to pin. Let us know if you decide to make your blog pinnable.

  2. This is beautiful. I’m totally going to make this to surprise my kiddos on Valentine’s Day (see, Mommy can make crafts, too!)

  3. Jennifer, they’re gorgeous! What a great idea! I might have to try and make a few of these with my kids! Thank you for the great tutorial!

  4. Thank you for a great post & reminder! Yes–we can love everyone, even some who seem unlovable, because He first loved us–Sinners who deserved death, but got Grace & Mercy instead!

    Thanks again!

  5. What an awesome blog and cool idea!! You have definitely inspired me to make a heart garland of my own. I have been looking for something fun to make that wasn’t too involved but still looked great, this is it!! What a blessing that we can experience the love of God! That’s somethin to celebrate!!

  6. I had left a ribbon strung across the top of one of the windows in my studio when I finally took down the Christmas things, thinking about what I might like to put there. Now I know. ;o) There is something about working with the words, absorbing them through our fingers, through a process, that helps embed them in our being. I admire the simple elegance of your project. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • I agree about working with words. While stamping this verse, I just kept repeating it to myself. It was a wonderful creating experience! I might put this in my studio too! 🙂

  7. Pinned this this morning after reading it in my Google Reader last night. I LOVE it! Going to get supplies and make it this weekend.

  8. Jennifer, Such a great Tutorial! Thank you for sharing with us. Im going to pin it since Ive been wanting a valentine garland for my hearth. I wish I still had my set of letter stamps from when I was homeschooling my oldest three. (its always more fun to stamp your spelling words instead of handwriting them! At least for the creative right brained or kinesthetic learners!)

  9. 1 John 4:19 is one of my life-long favorites. My only response to God is “I love you, too.” Because he FIRST loved me. Still trying to let that soak in…25 years after learning this verse.

    love and hugs to you,

  10. Oh! This is great (and steps so well laid out!) I am loving those vintage letter stamps…I usually don’t decorate much for Valentine’s, but I can see sweet tweener and I doing a few things – and the verse fits so perfectly with the direction we have for Bible Study here at the first of the year…

    Blessings, friend!

  11. He first loved us it’s so true. thanks for sharing jennifer its amazing . god bless you .

  12. This is beautiful!
    you explained it so simply
    I am going to make some
    hopefully teach some kids how to make them
    and use them to celebrate the most amazing blessing
    Jesus’ love for me and all of us.