"O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you..." Psalm 63:1
May you delight in Him today!
"Amani Children's Home is dedicated to the protection of Tanzania's most vulnerable population: street-children and AIDS orphans. Since its founding by local Tanzanians in 2001, Amani Children's Home has rescued over 290 children from the perils of life on the streets, where children face a high risk of HIV transmission and malnutrition. We welcome donations from all who want to help us give these precious children a haven from neglect and abuse." (Quoted from www.amanikids.org)
Want to get involved? Click here to change the life of a precious child. May His grace abound!
Pinky is hosting a fabulous new challenge in the SCS Stamping Bella Forum. It's called Bella's Scrapbook Challenge, which you can see here. The inaugural challenge was to make a scrapbook page featuring your BFF, using at least one photo, one title, one journaling piece, and one Stamping Bella image. Mine turned out to be a four-page spread, and I am "Tickled Pink" with it! (I used the CTMH Tickled Pink Scrapbooking Kit. The image is Best Friends Forevah by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella. Click here to see my supply list.)
I met Robyn in Colorado in 1999 when I was her son's 3rd grade teacher. Two years later, she became a 3rd grade teacher at the same school. We've been BFF ever since! I was devastated when I had to move from CO to MA. I miss her soooooooooo much!
The first photo is of me and Robyn in Robyn's classroom a few days before I moved. Robyn came to visit me two months later. In the second photo, we are in Cheers in Boston.
That summer, we planned our family vacations together. We went to Maui! The first photo shows us poolside. In the second photo, we are at The Plantation House to celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary with Rick. Robyn's parents were also there, as was my brother, Bill, and my SIL/BFF Lori (whom you know as scrapinglori on SCS).
I went to CO for Robyn's 40th birthday. We hit our favorite restaurant and then spent a few days in Beaver Creek with Robyn's mom. In the bottom photo, we are on Maui again. And yes, I get really dark in the sun! (Robyn, we MUST go back to Maui! Busy tomorrow? LOL)
This is such a sentimental photo for me. Here Robyn and her husband, Justin, met my grand-daughter, Emma Grace, when Emma was one day old. How sweet is that? The blank spot is for a new photo I plan to take when Robyn comes to visit me in two weeks! We haven't seen each other in two years, so this visit is long overdue.
In honor of Em's (Stamping Bella's) Birthday, we enjoyed a huge Bella Birthday Bash last night on SCS! As part of the fun, we were issued two challenges.
Sparkle gave us such a fun challenge: in honor of Em's 37th birthday, we were to use 3 embellishments (I used three types of embellishments, not just 3 pieces) and 7 layers. I had so much fun with this! And I LOVE this stamp. She reminds me of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. Guess that's why she's called Elizabella! I paper pieced her dress. (See my supply list here.)
Shannan gave us a wonderful sketch. Tutuface by Tiddly Inks is one of my favorite stamps. She seemed perfect for this challenge! (See my supply list here.)
In honor of Em's birthday, we are having an awesome Bella Birthday Blog Skip, Hop, and Dance! If you've just happened upon my blog, click here to start from the beginning.
During our Ketto Blog Hop, some ladies mentioned that they'd like to see a simple, fast, and inexpensive project. So I've got one for you! I found a large Nicole Crafts Takeout Box at AC Moore for 99 cents! They stock several colors. Michael's and Hobby Lobby have them, too. They are available on the internet as well.
I wrapped black grosgrain ribbon around the edges. I used Stamping Bella's Cuppacakeabella and cut her out with a "silhouette" shape. I added some Prima flowers and Bella's Dots. I made a thick layer of frosting using Cotton Candy Stickles. Then I wrote a message with a Sharpie. This literally took 15 minutes! It's definitely simple, fast, and inexpensive! Of course, you can add as much flair as you'd like: some DP, more embellishments, etc. It's a great project for any level stamper. The best part is that you can fill it with fun surprises!
Now for the REALLY exciting news: there is a prize hidden somewhere along this Blog Hop! One pre-selected and secret blogger will draw a random winner from the comments on her post, and the winner will receive a $40 gift voucher to Stamping Bella! Be sure to leave a comment on every blog so that you have a chance to win!
Now skip, hop, or dance (or all three!) over to Michelle's blog. Enjoy!
Christy Croll (aka Tiddly Inks) created this fabulous digi-image in honor of Em's (Stamping Bella's) birthday. This image is soooooo Em! Some of the Splitcoast Sistahbellas used this image to make cards for Em. Of course, I wanted mine to be funky and sparkly! Em's signature colors are black and pink. My favorite color is purple. And we both LOVE bling! (See my supply list here.)
This is for BSC78 on SCS. I love Jamie's sketches! I flipped this sketch on its side to accommodate the image (Monstah Bash by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella). To get the distressed look on the blue panel, I used CTMH cardstock (which has a white core), embossed it with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, then lightly sanded the surface. (Click here to see my supply list.)
Hmm...what's up with Blogger? This photo looked fine until I uploaded it. :(
I've been busy making cards to send to our troops. I am mostly making cards for our soldiers to send to their children. The little girl in me absolutely loves this stamp (Fabby by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella). What little girl wouldn't love her? I used last week's Stamping Bella Bellariffic Friday sketch. (Click here to see my supply list.)