Monday, April 22, 2013

Pursuit of Happiness Gratitude Card

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Hit the Reset Button
I used to have a tradition of writing 3 pages every morning in my journal.  The practice was inspired by reading Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way many years ago.  I found the practice to be very centering - a great way to start the day - a way to remove all of the scattered thoughts from my mind and begin the day with an empty slate.  But somehow, over time, I got out of that habit and replaced that habit with a tour of websites, blogs and email in the morning.  Rather than download my thoughts and begin the day fresh, I was instead filling my head with thoughts - mostly negative thoughts - gathered from news sites.  Not only would I do this checking in the morning, I would find myself double checking, triple checking and sometimes more throughout the day.  It's no wonder I found myself spiraling into a place where I felt out of touch with the whispers of my soul.  So yesterday I decided to hit the reset button.  I took out a blank journal and began my morning with my 3 written pages.  No internet, no news - just me and the page.  I feel better already.  Sometimes you need to hit the reset button.
For today's card I broke out the embossing powder!  I stamped the solid butterfly from Papillon Parade using versamark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Next I stamped another few butterfly images on Crumb Cake card stock using a mix of versamark and basic black ink.  I clear embossed these two butterflies and cut them out.  The sentiment is from Pursuit of Happiness - stamped with Marina Mist ink and sponged with Crumb Cake.  A bit of layering and ribbon finishes the card.  I hope you like it!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There are so many things I need to hit the reset button for. Thanks for the gentle reminder. :-) This is a fabulous card; such a soft and gentle look. Love the touch of blue. --Doris