Friday, December 12, 2008

December 12, 2008 Scherenschnitte Papercut "Natale In Africa"...

Natale In Africa (which means "Christmas In Africa" in Italian)

December 2008 Write-Away Contest Entry: "Rekindled"...

Scribbit hosts a writing contest every month that is so fun to participate in. This month's topic is "Keeping Warm". If you would like more information on how to participate, on prize information, or anything else, please go to this link. Click HERE...

And, without further ado... Here is my own entry.

by Celita Perillo

My fingers linger, suspended, soaking in the warmth emanating from the lapping tendrils of flames. Billowing and curling swirls of smoke escape into the frigid evening air, but in the sphere of the fire's glow, I am relaxed and venture easily into thoughts long ignored or pushed aside in the distractions of my normal every day. It is uncommon, but comfortable, to rest unhindered, spurred to Reality's presence only by cool zephyrs racing by on swift, passing currents.

There is silence except for the pops and crackles of the glowing fire, the last few crickets singing their mellow songs, and the gentle whisper of bat's wings as they flitter and whirl around hunting for their supper.

The darkness is heavy and falls over earth and sky like a cloak draped gracefully over the shoulders of a tired, but most beautiful, lady. I am surrounded by shadows of an abyssal forest, and a sensation- eeriness- glazes over my heart as I imagine a hundred curious eyes watching me from its depths.

Willingly I refocus my attention to the stretching celestial ocean above me and am awed for a thousandth time. The wonder and intricacies of the heavens never cease to amaze me. A shooting star sprints across the broad expanse of sky and its other innumerable companions wink alternately as if deliberating his performance.

After a while, I realize that I have lost track of the passing minutes, and as I gaze into the ebbing blush of the embers, I know that my time has come. I rise hesitantly, not wanting to leave the embracing tranquility, but I know that this moment was meant for rejuvenating and re-instilling hope, peace, and faith in my heart. It has always brought such relief in other exasperating seasons, and this was not an exception. Sure enough, I am full... full of releasing sighs and unfrazzled ponderings. (Deep sigh...)

After dispersing some soil over the sleepy embers, I begin my short journey across the moist,grassy land, across a half of a mile, to my home. I feel refreshed and renewed, and ready to face Life's daily challenges with courage.

I look back to where I had been revelling in nature's bounties, and I am certain that I will be back soon. There will always be the need for a bit of nature and a little bonfire to warm my heart back to sanity and peace once again.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

December 6, 2008: Papercut Scherenschnitte For Double Baby-Boy Shower Cards...

GRR-eat News 1

GRR-eat News 2

Today we went back to the base to partake in a double Baby-Boy shower... Actually my hubby and my friend's, Elaine's, hubby watched our kids so we could support our other two friends in this way. It was fun! We played games, won prizes, ate (always yummy), met new people, and gave gifts and watched them being opened. As soon as I arrived I started being myself, taking pictures of EVERYTHING of interest. Anyhow, these are the two cards I made for the event. I will post pictures of the shower soon, on my other site.

Congrats J and J and family!!! Congrats T and J and family!!! We are so excited for you!

December 2, 2008 Papercut Scherenschnitte...

The Lollipop

Ice Cream Cone At The Beach...

December 3, 2008 Papercut Scherenschnitte...

Ruffled Rose

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

December , 2008 Amore and Gioia Christmas Cards...

Amore ("Love" in Italian)

Gioia ("Joy" in Italian)

My friend, Roxy, who just opened a new hair salon, is putting together gift baskets that her customers can buy, and she asked me to make some cards to put in them. So, here are two of the four I plan to make.

I sat and thought of what Christmas means to me, in just one word, and these are two of the words that I knew had to be cut above the figure of Baby Jesus. What a "Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God, The Everylasting Father, The Prince Of Peace..." I serve!!! Now to come up with two, or more, more. :-)

December Write-Away Contest: "Keeping Warm"...

The topic is "keeping warm". Sounds like a fun one that can go a lot of different ways. Consider joining in the fun!? Hope so!

To find out more go the link below...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


For those of you who are interested... Click on the Link and see how you can help this man complete his Christmas gift to his wife. It really is a WONDERFUL and SWEET gift. Maybe you will want to participate... or maybe it will help you come up with a different idea of your own to bless another's life. Come and see HERE.

Please check out Octamom's entry for the Mother Letter. I was both blessed and encouraged when I read it, and I am sure you will be, too... CLICK HERE!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Ever Have One Of These Days!!!???...

This is not a pretty one, folks. But it IS how I was feeling, so... This Papercut is actually called "The Work Of Stress And Misunderstanding: Exploding Heart And Frazzled Nerves" but for short I call it "Exploding Heart".

So... That was my morning yesterday. I had no words, and this was my "talk" with Jesus. I was shaking and going berserk inside, but once I completed this... Well, let us just say that I was more open to letting God soften my heart once again. Sometimes, I let my pride, my justifications, my "I am the right one" attitude just take over and harden my heart. It makes me nervous, tense, and it makes me feel and act just awful. There was a situation that started the night before that just had me seething, but I closed up and pent it up allowing it to sprout bitterness and more anger and lots of "dagger" looks to use the next morning. A "do not disturb" sign was posted on my heart, my mind, and my soul... I shut out everyone, even God. That is how fed up and angry I was. I knew I was wrong. Hello, I shut out my Jesus, the only one who could help me and bring relief to the situation.

In a desperate attempt to begin at least opening the slammed doors of my heart, and knowing I needed to express it all in SOME way, I did this cut. After it was complete, I immediately remembered, "I am SO nothing good without Jesus." I have hit rock bottom in my emotional, spiritual, physical world before ... 2005 was my year. I saw myself at my worst and I know I could not live through that again. I do not EVER want to see that person that I became again. I hurt my family, friends, anyone near me at the time. I am ashamed to even admit it. But... I serve a faithful and merciful God. He heard the deepest cries of my heart. He read the hidden messages of my mind, and He took the little cracks of opportunities to remind me of His great and awesome love for me.

This is what I remembered yesterday morning. I am nothing good without Jesus. But if I allow Him even just a teeny crack He is able to slowly pry my heart open, with my consent of course, to let in His peace, His joy, His hope, His grace, His comfort, etc... into my heart, mind, and soul once again.

Please, let Him in... You will NOT regret it. Jesus loves you, and He wants your heart, your emotions, your soul so He can protect it, preserve it, and grow His beautiful seeds in it. That is when you will find true happiness, true joy, true peace, true love and acceptance, and anything else you are looking for...

Be blessed, and know... I have prayed that each person who reads this entry can be heart-touched in a special way today.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Golden Rule by William Morris

"Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."

To get my full perspective on this quote, click here. :-)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

November 2008 Papercut (not ATC) for Roxy...

Colossians 3:23 For My Friend, Roxy, who just had her grand opening for her new hair salon...

November 2008 Papercuts (not ATCs)...

Father-In-Law's Birthday card

Bonfire In The Woods (prepped up with some Sharpie markers)

November 2008 Artist Trading Cards (aka. ATCs)...

Proverbs 4:23

Breezy Day

Three Flowers

On The Slide

Butterfly-ing High 2


Ballet Practice

Artist Trading Cards are 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches, or vice a versa...

October 2008 Artist Trading Cards (aka ATCs)...

The Lady And Her Fan

Ladybug's Dripping Day

Bird Flying High

Butterfly-ing High

Dragonfly-ing High

The Road

Aqua Flower

Rahab In A Fallen Jericho

Mountain Sunrise

A Rose And A Bud

Taking A Risk

Flower and Bud

Web-surfing Spiders


Medieval Maiden

Loaves and Fishes

Luke 8... Woman With The Issue Of Blood

The Bronze Serpent

Mountain Cabin

Jonah and The Big Fish

Baalam, the Donkey, and the Angel

Artist Trading Cards are 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches, or vice a versa...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

September 2008 Artist Trading Cards (aka ATCs)...

Hassle For Shark's Teeth

Dancing At Night

Reaching Leaves

Sailing Day

A Wavy Day At The Beach

Baby Girl Booties

Cactus Days

Cactus Nights

Boy Clothes On Line


In God I Trust

Sea Diver

The Rose

Winter Wear

Proverbs 3:5-6 (For our 9th Wedding Anniversary)

Hangin' On

Flower Bed In Blue And White

Motherhood Joys

Springtime Buds

Christmas JOY

Snowball Fight


Breakfast (Colazione)

Artist Trading Cards (aka ATCs) are 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches, or vice a versa...