Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Leaves Are My Pals



Well, I survived day one of VBS (Vacation Bible School) yesterday  -- phew!!  We had a typical Day 1 with everything running late, but I have a great group of  ten Grade 4/5 kids to call mine for the week.

Our theme this year is India, in particular supporting the Dalits who are the lowest of the lowest cast there.  It breaks my heart to even think of what they have to endure....they can't draw water from a public well by themselves and have to rely on someone else to do it for them, which very rarely happens because they are considered so "unclean" that nobody will.  If they do it themselves, they are beaten and sometimes even killed!  They basically have no rights whatsoever, no schooling for education or jobs and many other horrible restrictions.  As part of VBS this year, we are raising money to send some missionaries who work among the Dalits so a well can be dug in their area.  This will allow them to draw their own water for their families, village and crops.  Last year we raised $1,500 for an orphanage in Uganda so I'm hoping we can do the same or more this year for the Dalits. 

After a short nap to recover from Day 1 (what can I say, I'm not as young as I used to be LOL!) I made this CAS card for the Pals Paper Arts Colour Challenge.  I found this great Studio G leaf image at one of the LSS I visit and was beyond happy as it is as close to PTI's Turning Leaf set as I'll get for now!

The gray panel was embossed with Diamonds in the Rough, and the ribbon came from a past ribbon bin diving adventure at Michael's.  I actually dug for another 15 minutes trying to find a second spool because I liked it so much, but came up empty (insert pouty face).  One of these days I just may tip that ruddy ribbon bin over so it is easier to dig through...sure the managers would love that one - not!! Yes, I definitely have a love hate relationship with that bin LOL!  

Today I'm off for Day 2 of VBS and am wearing a gorgeous sari!!   Thanks to a wonderful lady who called her friends, we have about 25 of them on loan for the leaders to be able to wear if they want to.  The beading and embroidery work on mine is amazing!  Hopefully it won't get too hot today or I'll be melting!   

Better run!  Hope to be able to past again soon.





What's In It?

Stamps:  Studio G Leaf Stamp, Fancy Flexible Phrases
Paper:  Basic Grey, So Saffron, White
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Diamonds In The Rough Embossing Folder, Ribbon, Dimensionals

19 comments:

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Clean and simple, great job. Hope VBS is cool and fun. YOu are a trooper leading all those kids each day. hee hee

Vicki said...

Love your CAS card Marisa, you are such a sweet girl! I learned a little today, I did not know about the Dalits of India, so sad. Thanks for always coming by my blog.

Maureen said...

beautiful colours!! LOL have to laugh about the ribbon trip because I'm the same way...I think they should have two bins, a discard bin and the one with ribbon...you put the ones you don't want in the discard bin. They would sell more. Today sounds fun!!! I love the Indian culture and at my old school, we had most of the city's Indo-Canadian population (the school is very multi-cultural...one thing I will miss ). The saris and dancing and food were fabulous :) Have fun and have another nap!! LOL

Jer Christoffersen said...

So simple and pretty. I love the little touch of ribbon in the corner.

ChristineCreations said...

Hey Marisa! We're in VBS this week too! Which one are you doing? We're doing High Seas Adventure. Our oldest is la Crew Leader and the boys are in it.

Such a classy card too, great colors, very clean and organic feeling.

Emily Keaton said...

Your sari sounds gorgeous, Marisa! Had to laugh about your need for a nap yesterday. I find myself needing naps all the time--not just after a rowdy first day of VBS!! Great leaf card. I love the simplicity. Stay cool :)

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful card! So classy! Great way to incorporate the colors! Plus, I enjoyed reading your blog. Like Vicki, I did not know anything about the Dalits! Thanks for playing @ PPA! ~bbcrazy on SCS~

Wanda Cullen said...

Ah, yes, I remember those VBS days...rewarding but oh, so tiring! You'll have to post a picture of your sari...it sounds gorgeous. I love that leaf stamp, btw, and the CAS card you created. I can see why you'd be digging for more ribbon - it's very pretty! :-)

Kathy Martin said...

Simply refreshing and fabulous! :)

Silke Ledlow said...

OMG Marias...how funny...I just bought the same stamp at our LSS!!! I'm telling ya..great minds do think alike...LOL!!! I'm loving your beautiful CAS card!!! Happy to hear you survived the VBS!!! Hugs ~S~

Vicki Dutcher said...

Just bloody AMAZING that something to simple can be so gorgeous~~

Linda Callahan said...

Simply beautiful! Let me know when you are going to push that bin over and I will come help you rummage through the ribbons! So glad you joined us at PPA!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

I just love your CAS card Marisa!! The colors and design are simply elegant.

We just finished VBS last week!! All had a great time with our trip to the High Seas!! I am still tired though. LOL! Glad to be back to a somewhat normal week. Good luck tomorrow and have fun!

Dawn B. said...

This is so pretty and rich Marisa.. We have VBS too.. Wish my son had you for a leader.. Our church needs to step it up in the children ministries.. Have fun..

Renée said...

I've never had to participate in VBS except as a kid! Our church doesn't offer it but another local church does and they do an AWESOME job!

Love your card, Marisa! Striking with the simplicity of layout and stamping!

Sally Atkins said...

Beautiful card, Marisa. I love how you've used the colours in such an elegant way. The leaf image is wonderful! I hope you enjoyed wearing your sari today, and I hope you get to raise lots of money to help with building the well.

Julie said...

Beautiful, Marisa! It is very close to Turning a New Leaf...but that set is a classic! I reach for it often! :)

TannyP said...

You did such a beautiful job with this challenge - and that ribbon is awesome! I can see why you were hunting down rolls =) Hope your week's been fun despite the energy getting sucked out of you by it!

Shelley Germann said...

You've used this twice now, so you must really like it. Now when am I going to find time to get to Mike's???