Sunday, October 16, 2011

Peace, Love, Joy

This is what I wish for everyone out there, not only at Christmas time, but always!  My heart is aching for the special people out there that are battling illnesses.  I am reading about this more and more each day, more and more people are struggling to manage their pain and it's leaving me feeling helpless. I hate it! I wish for Peace, Love and Joy for all those beautiful human beings.

My father and I had a constant battle, he always told me I was a dreamer, the things that I wished for would not materialise (and I am not referring to any material things here).  I think he meant that I was expecting too much from the world we live in, maybe he was afraid I would get hurt.  I still get told today that I am a dreamer.  But that is who I am, and that is who I want to be...I believe in something better, I believe in improvement, I just believe...what would be the flip side of not believing?  It just does not look appealing to me.  What would be our purpose in life if we did not believe in something good?  It's just not acceptable to me.

Sorry, just feeling a bit emotional.

Here is a card I made today using some beautiful paper from My Mind's Eye from their "12 Days of Christmas" 6 X 6 pad.

Paper: cardstock (PTI); desinger paper (My Mind's Eye); Neenah Solar White
Ink: Versamark; Versafine Onyx Black; Fired Brick distress ink
Stamps: Hero Arts (S5068 Poinsettia & Birds; CL343)
Other: White embossing powder; MFT File Tab Die; Hero Arts gems; Corner Chomper

I love these papers and so I simply embossed the background stamp onto the designer paper with white embossing powder.  I lightly inked all the edges of the paper with Fired Brick DI.  A little tab, a sentiment and two gems finished off my card.  And I used the corner chomper all around.

This is for everyone out there that needs some peace, some love and some joy in their lives, some I know, some I don't, it doesn't matter because you are all on my heart today!


Lisa said...

Well said, B. Sorry you are feeling down :(
This is a really beautiful card. Love teh white embossing and the combo of papers. It's simple, sweet and christmas-y.
BTW-never stop dreaming or believing, my friend. It's what keeps all of us alive :)

mimijudy1975 said...

Brenda,you are so thoughtful and caring. Those are wonderful qualities to have. I think they are a blessing when you show how much you care.
This is a beautiful card and the sentiment says so much. After seeing your card,I think I'll order the stamp. Your stamping and embossing turned out perfect.

judy said...

Lovely card! I don't see how anyone
can live in this world and not be
affected when they hear about the
pain and suffering of others. I
agree with you -- we have to hope
and pray for things to be better.
That isn't being a dreamer; it's being a caring human being.

Trinh said...

Your post is so sweet, Brenda. I agree with you, why not believe that things could be better. We can each do a little to achieve those dreams.
Your card is beautiful! The background stamp just pops against the red.

Rosemary said...

we do need something to hope and believe in, brenda. there is so much in this world that could get us down if we let it. please keep being a dreamer and someone who cares! your card is simply lovely...

Sue said...

I concur with Judy Brenda, you are not a dreamer. It would be a sad world indeed if we did not care for our fellow man/woman.
But, unfortunately there are such people about.
You hold onto those dreams of yours, like you say it is who you are and it cannot be changed.

AnitaRex said...

I am sorry to read that your sad. Life really is hard and what's wrong with being a dreamer? I am sorry you've been met with a lot of criticism regarding it! Keep up being a dreamer and being full of the positive! And love your Christmas card! :>

Barb said...

It's a beautiful card, Brenda and it perfectly represents how you're feeling.

I wouldn't call you a dreamer, I'd call you an optimist, and that's a good way to live your life - not only wanting the world to be a better place, but believing it will be. Thinking about others suffering can definitely bring you down, and it reminds me of how grateful I am for my health, and for the life that I live. Sending you hugs, Brenda and hoping you have a happier day tomorrow.

Kelley Eubanks said...

I love your card and I love reading your thoughts!! Nothing wrong with being a dreamer and being who you are!! There is only one you... be the best you you can be!

jintyoo7 said...

Love your card, Brenda - the reds and the way you have rounded the inner corners! Beautiful sentiment too.

I am sorry you are a bit melancholic today :o( You have a big heart, embrace your dreams, it is people like you that keep kindenss and compassion alive :o)

"If you can dream it, you can do it" - or wards to that effect (not sure who said it).

:o) xx

Virginia L. said...

I am with you on staying on the positive side! I'd rather be a dreamer than a downer!!So you are not alone. Like you, I hear every day, who and so and so are getting sick!! What in the world...!!!? Let's pray for health and peace! Your card is stunning, Brenda!! I love the red and white contrast! Beautifully done!

Dawn said...

Brenda... a very insightful post... Never change 'cause the dreamers ARE the ones who project the inspiration that the practical ones action. Keep being you, the caring, loving life dreamer!
Beautiful card!

joy said...

I agree, Brenda. It is very hard to watch people you love suffer with pain, whether it be physical or emotional. The sense of helplessness that you can't "fix" it is very difficult.

Your red and white card is so pretty - I love the papers you've chosen to use.

Jacqueline said...

All things are possible with God and ultimately He is the One who suffered the most when He gave His Son for us all!
I must say that this is a beautiful post dear Brenda and your card is cheerful and festive!

Lin said...

We are who we are. I agree, the world can be such a harsh place, but there are still so many pockets of joy. Maybe we just have to look harder for them, but then they are all that much more special! Sending a hug, Brenda!

Your card is lovely! I've forgotten about that stamp - will have to get it out again.....

CinnamonSally said...

Hi Brenda, so sorry you are so sad at the moment, like you I am a dreamer and I can see no wrong in it. Always be possitive and up beat Brenda you are only showing you care.

Hugs Sally

alexandra s.m. said...

Love it Brenda!!!

walchowDesign said...

Sorry that I missed this post, Brenda! I sincerely hope that you are feeling better today.

Beautiful card and love the pp.

walchowDesign said...

Sorry that I missed this post, Brenda! I sincerely hope that you are feeling better today.

Beautiful card and love the pp.

CanadianScraps43 said...

Brenda I know how you feel cuz I have been there too. Actually lately has been a roller coaster, but you know what has gotten me through? It is my faith and my hope in mankind. To believe that for all the negative, there is more positive and most importantly that in the heart of ever person there is good waiting to happen or to build upon. No your not dreaming sweetheart your just investing love, care and concern in the lives of those who need people like you. We can't give up on a hurting world, we just need to love it a little more. And looks like to me that your love is big and effective. You have encouraged me several times and it means so much. So keep on giving of your beautiful self and dreaming. Remember that for ever dream we have, God knows the desires of our hearts and in due time bring them to fruitation. You are an inspiration to many and don't you forget it! Hugs.

Your card is amazing today. I so love the simplicity of this card with the stamped image on patterned paper and the sentiments says it all. In my thoughts & Prayers. Sending big cyber hugs.

sheila said...

I think being a dreamer and a "hoper" is an admirable occupation Brenda. I feel your blues.....I often get discouraged by the sadness and struggle around me. Keep your uplifted positive world view as small kindness occur all around us.

Emily Leiphart said...

I love that you're a dreamer, Brenda! I think it's what makes you create such beautiful cards that make us all happy. My parents never think I'm realistic either but it's who we are and we have to love and appreciate ourselves, right? Your card is beautiful and totally my kind of holiday card!