Wednesday, November 19, 2008

more cardinals

Just a really quick card this morning before I head out to get some of my Christmas shopping done. It is missing something but my caffeine hasn't kicked in yet so please forgive me.
What I used:
a cardinal christmas
basic black, real red, kraft card stock
black stazon, real red classic stamp pads
various re-inkers for watercoloring
real red narrow grosgrain ribbon

Friday, November 14, 2008

soap box...

Once a year or so I find myself unable to resist getting up on a soap box. Today is that day, so if you are only looking for a stamping masterpiece from me today you will have to wait and see if I have time to stamp later today.

Today is National Adoption Day. All across this country thousands of families will finalize the adoptions of their children and this is a wonderful thing. We too had hoped to finalize Ellie's adoption today but were not able to. But as wonderful as this is there are still 130,000 children in this country, freed for adoption but with no permanent families. Let me repeat that number, One Hundred Thirty Thousand children in foster homes, group homes and institutions that want permanent homes with loving families and don't have them. That number should take your breath away. Merely typing it brings tears to my eyes. I'm a foster/adoptive parent and I know some of these children. I have adopted two of them and are in the process of adopting a third but two people can not solve this problem alone. This is a national problem, a bigger problem to these children then the economy or war or who gets elected. The unfortunate reality is that most of these kids are too old, part of a sibling group or too damaged to be "attractive" to most prospective parents. But that doesn't make their desires, their hopes, their dreams and their longing for a forever family any less valid.

My dream for these children is for everyone of them to have a permanent loving home. Every single one of them. The problem is that there isn't enough people that can take them or want to take them or are able to take them. Many of these kids are so damaged by their birth families and what the system has done to them that they are hard to parent. But they still want someone to love them and to be there for them, forever.

What can you do? You can search your hearts and see if there is room for one of these children. Don't feel bad if it just isn't something you feel you can do, it is not for everyone. But there are other things you can do. Could you mentor one of these kids? They all need positive people in there lives. Could you give a helping hand to a family that wants to take on one or more of these children? Is there a family in your church or community that with support from you could take on a child? Could you maybe make this Christmas special for a child that is waiting? Could you remember these children the next time you hug your own? Could you pray?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

paper piecing...

It's time for another Elzybelles challenge, this week, paper piecing. To check out all the challenge details click here, to see what all the design team has done, click here. I have to say that I love Elizabeth's images for paper piecing. They are the most suited in my entire stamp collection. Basically when paper piecing you stamp the image multiply times on various different papers and cut out each of the tiny pieces then layer them back into a whole image. If you don't like cutting probably not a technique you are going to love but the result is very cool. It is also a fabulous way to use up some of those teeny tiny scraps of designer paper or card stock that you just can't bring yourself to throw away.

What I used:
Elzybell cat in window
chocolate chip, soft sky, whisper white, wild asparagus designer paper
various scraps including vellum
basic black, close to cocoa classic ink pads
ribbon, red brads
sponge

diamond cuttlebug embossing folder

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

owl together now...

I know I am a little rusty from not stamping in a while so this didn't come out exactly as I envisioned it but I will share it with you anyway. The owls are colored with Watercolor Wonder crayons and an aquapainter.
What I used:
Owl Together Now
chocolate chip, kiwi kiss, whisper white card stock
Urban Garden designer paper
basic black, close cocoa classic ink
watercolor wonder crayons and aquapainter
kiwi kiss satin ribbon

and the winner is...

Hop on over to the Elzybell blog and check out the winning cards in our holiday card contest!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I know, I know, I haven't posted in nearly two weeks. My life is chaos. We have filed our adoption petition with the courts for Ellie's adoption but do not yet have a court date. My Christmas cards are not finished yet and my 15 year old son is driving me crazy. None of these are good for getting my stamping mojo going. But todays color challenge over on SplitCoastStampers was just to good to not try.
What do you think? The snow is highlighted with a white gel pen and a glitter pen. The cuttlebugged background has whisper white ink sponged over the snowflakes to make them stand out. The main image is watercolored with certainly celery, pacific point and basic gray classic ink.

What I used:
stamp by Elzybell
basic gray, whisper white, certainly celery, pacific point card stock
certainly celery designer prints paper
basic black, basic gray, certainly celery, pacific point classic ink
whisper white craft ink
snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder
white gel pen, glitter pen
pacific point striped ribbon