Monday, January 26, 2009


In our culture a new parent can get at least 6 weeks off from a job for the birth of a baby, but only 3 days off when a loved one dies. It seems that we rush the process of death. Is it because it's uncomfortable? Awkward? Untimely? Too heinious to deal with? My friend lost her husband and I made this card for her. But I know it's not enough. What else can I do? I know she won't ever "get over it"; especially in 3 days! I want to be a good friend to people during grief and sorrow. It's easy to be a friend through joy and happiness. But we're needed most through the "ugly" stuff. Here's a list that God has impressed me to do: Allow my friend to talk, cry, be angry, whatever; guard against offering "cliches" of sympathy; invite her places, do things with her; offer practical help and follow through; avoid suggestions; be patient with her process; talk about her spouse and don't be afraid to help her remember the good stuff; pray for her. Lord help my friend through her pain. Give her a hug today that will provide comfort and security. Help me be a good friend - guide me through this process and may we both grow in You.
Products Used for this Design:

Stamps: Well Wishes by Hero Arts, SU Curvy Verses
Paper: Papertrey White, SU Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: B.Black, Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Spica Pens
Accessories: SU Ribbon, Dimensionals, Spica Pens, Mini Dew Drops

Sunday, January 4, 2009


This week's 100th Featured Stamper on Splitcoast (SCS) is Julie HRR, aka Her Royal Rubberness. Julie was my first introduction to SCS - she politely PMed me to let me know I was doing something wrong! LOL. I was too naive to be mortified at the time as I did not know she was royal! Since our first encounter, however, I have been blessed to come to know her uncanny humor and helpful tidbits. She once gave me constructive critism on a card which was oh so helpful! Anyhoo, the way to play FS is to CASE (copy and share everything) a card from the honoree's gallery. This is the one I chose of Julie's. I am happiest when I stamp clean and simple. The analogy for me in this new year is to be ready and open for God's refinement. He simply wants good things in my life and if I allow Him to, He will clean up the bad and refine it into joy!

Products Used for this Design:

Stamps: SU Goody Goody Gumdrops, Essential Ovals from A Muse
Paper: Papertrey White, SU Summer Picnic
Ink: SU Whild Wasabi, Rose Red, Palette Noir Black, Spica Pens
Accessories: Ribbon from Pink Hedgehog