Saturday, May 16, 2009

It's a WAITING GAME......

I thought I would download a couple of more Black Magic with a White Twist cards since I just did the tutorial for them before this entry....just to show a couple of different things you can do with that technique. I was frustrated with the detail on the first card here....but overall when I got it done I liked it okay. :) I call Black Magic with a White Twist my "have faith" technique, cuz you work on it all the way through thinking, "Man THIS doesn't look like much....." and then when you add the white gel pen it sort of jumps off the page.....and says, "Well what do you think of me NOW???" Life is like that, so many times it's a waiting game. Seems like we are always waiting for something. Sometimes I listen to people and they seem to always want it to be Friday....so they can get to the weekend. It's kinda weird because Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday all have something to offer too, but ever find yourself just waiting for them to be over, cuz Friday's comin'?? Isn't that WEIRD when you actually think about it- that's our LIFE we are wishing away......I guess the older I get the more I realize I want to embrace EVERY day, not just the weekends!! How did I get from Black Magic to waiting patiently?? Oh yes, waiting for the card to look good.....it's a work in progress just like us. I think a lot of times we think, "If I just get the right job", or if "I just lose some weight", or WHATEVER.....but it's cool to think God Loves us just the way we are.......and when we mess up HE is right there to forgive us and take us back again. HE knows we are a work in progress too, HE sees us whole, not all broken like we see ourselves. HE is just working away on us, chipping off the rough edges and smoothing us off.....making us soft and pliable....and someday, though we may not look so perfect now, HE will look at us and say, "Wow - I'm glad I stuck with that project"... ever see that little kids t-shirt that says, Be Patient, God isn't finished with me yet" - That's how I sometimes feel. Anyway, when you work with this technique try to hang in there till the end of your card because it will not look pretty when you first start. And remember, whatever you are waiting for in life is probably worth waiting for, but enjoy the journey too. I think the only thing harder then waiting for something is watching your children wait for something that they really really want. One of my children is going thru something like this now, and it breaks my heart. I wish with all my heart I could just give my child what she wants....but God is in control and so we wait. I have faith that in the end what she wants is going to come to pass, and what a day of rejoicing that will be.....but until then, we wait, we cry sometimes, and we trust in a loving God who sees the whole picture and says, "Wait my child, wait". And in the meantime, we are enjoying the journey. Have a blessed week, and remember that God sees you as perfect and loves you just the way you are. Happy Stamping until next time......


14 comments:

Diana Gibbs said...

This is beautiful Karen, and I love your post too.
Isn't it true that we wish for things to come and forget about the now.
I can hardly wait to see you in SLC, now is it bad to say that? Am I wishing these days away by saying that? I don't mean too, let's just say, I'm gonna give you the biggest hug when I see you!
Love you,
Di

Marge said...

Karen, I have been admiring your work so much lately, and today when I read your post, I just felt like I knew you forever. I feel the same way, especially at my age. I love listening to your music, so soothing. Your work is just so beautiful. Love the Black Magic technique, wish the pure colored pencils were still available. Hard not teach this when my customers can't get them from us.
Your message is very inspiring. Sorry I won't see you this year at the Convention, just can't go at this time. Hopefully I'll be at the next Leadership in Arizona.
Thank, many hugs and blessings.

Carol Dee said...

God Bless you Karen Barber for reminding us all of God's great love and wisdom.

Your daughter wil indeed be fine, she has YOU :)

The cards are so PRETTY, the 2nd one remins me of a toll painting. TFS

HUGS...

Julie said...

Karen,

Thanks for the reminder that it really is all about the journey. I also have a daughter who is such a good person, but has a need and I am constantly in prayer for her. It's so hard to be patient!

I just love this technique and need to try it ASAP! Thanks for sharing such beautiful work!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Karen, your cards are always so beautiful!! I love their elegance!! These are definitely not an exception!! Rather than just viewing it on SC I thought I would follow you! Thanks for all your awesome comments on my cards. You are so sweet!

You are so right that we tend to wish our life away. "There is a time and purpose for everything under heaven....:" I try to remind myself of that when I get impatient. I don't wish the days away, I must admit. My girls are 6 and 9 and I am so enjoying them. Time just goes to fast. I listen to so many others talk about how fast their kids are out of the house. I just want to continue to enjoy them now.

Carina said...

A beautiful pink card :)

Thanks for shearing.

Hugs, Carina(Norway)

luv2stamp said...

Oh My! I was JUST sitting here thinking that I can hardly wait for June to be here because I changed my work hours to only 4 days a week so will have every Friday off! WOW! I am now thinking I CAN wait until June and I will enjoy each and every day!
God is Good All the Time! It is so awesome how He loves us and knows are hearts desires. Mark 11:24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Cindy Lawrence said...

Oh Karen, this is so beautifully stated. It IS sooo true that we are always waiting for the "next" thing, and not really appreciating the moments that God has put right in front of us. What a wonderful reminder! Your cards are just gorgeous, as they always ALWAYS are! Looking forward to seeing you again at Convention! Hugs~ C

Gloria W. said...

Karen,
your posts are so inpsiring!
Thank you. I come to your blog often just to listen to your WONDERFUL PLAY LIST!
Thanks for the inppirational songs and beautiful creations!
God Bless You Today!

Liz Williams said...

Karen, this is a beautiful technique. Love these cards. I love your creativity and beautiful style in your work.

Martha said...

beautiful card, love it.

Lisa said...

What a lovely blog you have - beautiful cards of course, but I appreciate your thoughtful words and perspectives.... Keep up the good work! :)

Julie Ranae said...

Glad I stopped by...came by way of SCS. Glad you share your faith with others. Your blog is lovely and your cards are beautiful, too!
Hope you'll stop by the 'open window' and follow along!

Linda Hardesty said...

Karen, love your blog and cards. Thanks for sharing. I have one question, what type of colored pencils do you use on that technique? In the picture it looks like Pure color pencils from SU. Do any type of pencils work? i.e. Prisma, SU, etc.? Thanks