Monday, January 27, 2014

Loving a good sentiment stamp just now......"just be!"

Morning all, I hope you all had a good Burns weekend? 
A few sore heeds about maybe?! 
Lots of haggis, neeps and tatties washed down with glugs of whiskey, followed by a few reams of Scottish dancing.  We missed our Burns supper this year as it was Friday evening and I had to be up at 5 Saturday morning.  I don't think that would have been a good mix, do you?

A nice brisk walk along the beach this morning, dodging the tide coming in! 
It was high today and not much beach left but we managed not to get wet feet by moving quick.  My Dad got caught last week whilst out....can't move as quick as he used to.  He came home wet to the knees, bless.  I know we shouldn't but Mum and I did smile, both him and the dog stood at the doorstep covered in water and sand wanting a towel.

Back to today and I spent Friday afternoon in my craft room with a view to tidying it and preparing for Sunday's crop in the village hall. 
I got side tracked!
So many lovely crafty bits and bobs I couldn't help myself playing.  I even found a pizza box under the desk which I'd forgotten about full of new papers.....mmmmm.  Very strokable! 
(You none crafters will not understand that and probably think I'm a tad weird, but all you crafters out there will smile and nod in agreement.  You know exactly what I mean!)

So what did I get up to on Friday then?
I got my gel plate out to play with and some acrylic paint and this is the card I made.

The saying is from Unity stamps and I love it

"Go for long walks,
Indulge in hot baths,
Question your Assumptions,
Be kind to yourself,
Live for the moment,
Loosen up, scream, curse the world,
Count your blessings,
Just let go,
Just be."
I wanted to create a seaside background to the saying, then distressed the card and mounted on black.
I think I might like this new toy and look forwards to having more fun creating my own backgrounds.
This saying reminds me of a very wise man called Jim who's teachings, patience and advice has changed my life. 
It is sometimes difficult as we all get wrapped up in the mad pace of life, family, friends, home and work....he taught me that you need to take time out for yourself, listen to your body, relax, have quiet time, "breath" and just be!
We all need time to stop and relax, meditate, craft....whatever takes your fancy but just do what makes you happy.
On that note I'd like to wish you all the best for the week ahead.  I plan on doing lots this week, housework, crafting, decorating, walking the dog....but lets just see how the days pan out.  x


Liz Miller said...

What a lovely card Erika and the colours you have chosen are so soothing and match the sentiment perfectly. I've watched Barbara Gray use the gel
plate to great effect and I can see you having lots of fun with it too whether it is with sentiment or silhouette stamps. Have a good week.
Liz xx

mixamatoasties said...

That's beautiful Erika. And that sentiment is just the best :D

Susan xx

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Erika, what a beautiful card, and how true a sentiment. Love how you've used it with a seaside theme, it's the place I love the most when needing to clear my head. Your colours are gorgeous, hugs Kate x

Lau W said...

Wonderful sentiment, and the background is just perfect ! A lovely card Erika !

Patricia said...

Beautiful, I love it, great sentiment.
You certainly would not be walking if you were here......!!!
Can just picture your poor dad.
Happy Crafting

Patricia xx

marion said...

nothing more is needed, fabulous !! hugs, Marion

Hazel said...

Erika great sentiment, and fabulous card. I can just picture your dad and the dog standing on the door step. Husband and our dog were like that yesterday coming back from there walk. Hazel

Juls said...

This is beautiful. Hugs Juls

Shazza said...

it is beautiful Erika and I so need to take this on board xx