November 10, 2015

Choose Joy

I made this card for a teacher who inspired me with a quote recently read in class (just the right words for the way I was feeling that day) and I'm linking it to Jennifer McGuire's Share Handmade Kindness challenge post.

Made with Wallflower vellum, stamped fabric using a hand-carved butterfly and a background stamp by Inkadinkado, it was embellished with machine stitching and Ranger's Liquid Pearls. The text is a Remnant Rub mounted onto a painted Grungeboard scrap.

On the inside, I typed the following quote:

"Choose joy. Then cherish and savor it.

Joy is not a fleeting emotion based on outward circumstances, a transitory feeling of the moment, a reaction to the scenery around you. It comes from within your heart like the waterfall that rushes out the side of a mountain. Joy is a runoff from the wellspring within you. And sometimes it is a delightful, surprising contrast to the scenery around you.

Embrace joy. Relish it. Even if those around you don't have it right now, you can feel your joy. You don't have to be disrespectful of their feelings, nor do you have to let their lack of joy diminish yours.

You have done your work. You have chosen to open your heart. Now you have your reward.

Cherish joy. It's your treasure. You've found it. You've earned it. It's yours."

-Melody Beattie

I'm also linking this to Simon's Monday blog challenge this week. The theme is Create Something Beginning with the Letter N (I used a needle) and it turns out that stitching is an excellent way to anchor vellum to cardstock. My thanks to the inspiration provided by Andrea Ockey Parr which gave me the idea to use fabric on my card.


  1. What a beautiful card and sentiment!

  2. What an absolutely refreshing piece this is! It just made me feel...lighter and happier and more at peace just by looking at it. It has a breezy calming feel, yet it's packed with depth because of the poetic quote you included. This post was a feast for the eyes and for the soul and I'm so glad you shared it with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  3. That is a beautiful quote and your card is gorgeous. Love the colours. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

  4. How lovely - light and joyous, and those words are wonderful.
    Alison x

  5. This is just stunning! Congrats on your SSS shout out!

  6. Beautiful card, soft colours, deep quote, thank you for sharing! Congratulation on your win!