Mar 13, 2019

Thinking About Sentiments


I love this sentiment from Right at Home's Grateful Heart. I used it along with Mondo Magnolia, designed by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, to make this quick card.

I'm very picky about sentiments. I have to believe them to use them -- which is why you will rarely see me using a sentiment that says something along the lines of "everything will be all right" or "all you need is love" when it is clear we need a lot more than love. I understand the kind intent behind sentiments like this, but there are many times when everything is not all right or we really need an antibiotic or a reinker. Reality!

I almost feel this way about this sentiment. Gratitude doesn't change everything. It doesn't cure cancer or heart disease or famine or the problem with airplanes falling out of the sky. But gratitude sure helps (a lot) to cope with bad things. The older I get the more I hang on to gratitude.

So I'm voting yes for "gratitude changes everything" even though it doesn't really. And yes, this is how my brain works -- as my mom once said to me "you think way too much about stuff that doesn't matter." 

MOOD WHEN DONE = Grateful

13 comments:

  1. Beautifully designed and stamped. Gratitude can change perception, and that can be everything.

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  2. I'm right there with you on the sentiments. This one, however, would find a home in my craft stash for sure. Gratitude is so very important; it might not change everything but it could change one thing, and that would be enough! Thank you for the inspiration and now I must get that sentiment!

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  3. I agree on the sentiments! I normally stick to basics and when I use a sentiment, I have to know who the card will be going to so that I know if I would actually want to give it to them. If that makes sense. Your card is lovely. I love that color!

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    1. good point about making sure the sentiment fits with the person. I have some beautiful floral sets with sentiments that I would never send to anyone!!

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  4. I have gratitude for your posts! This card is wonderful in its colors, simplicity, and the sentiment. Thanks.

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  5. Gratitude can change our attitude .. which can change everything.

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  6. Indeed it does! And, I'm full of gratitude for you because even tho we've never met IRL, your posts always brighten my mood! •mondo squishy hugs•

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  7. I feel the same way about sentiments—I can't put something on a card if I don't believe it to be true. So many sentiments out there are nice thoughts, but only that. I'd be worried they'd be more of a discouragement than an encouragement if I sent them to someone who was going through a hard time! But some sentiments only need to be reframed or to go to the right person in the right context. I've had a few become unexpectedly applicable. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  8. I say Amen to Julie E's comment.

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  9. All my cards are sent to someone, so I think about who I might send a particular card/sentiment to before I use it. Thus, a wide variety get used. Some quotes and poetry might seem odd, but it depends on who might appreciate it. One sentiment I have a hard time with is "just breathe". Really? Is that all it takes? Seems like I'd be minimizing their situation or how they perceive it. Gratitude can change a lot, I guess, if you focus on the things you're grateful for, rather than all the problems you may not be able to fix. Anyway, sheesh, your mom would have said the same thing to me. I want you to know how pretty I think your card is. Simple, with a favorite shade of blue. Nice design and balance. Back to the sentiment thing (I know, somebody stop me!)... years ago I made a DT card -- peacock with sentiment "strut your stuff". I figured it would end up in the round file, but when a blog friend was chosen for the Dirty Dozen I sent it to her. Perfect! You just never know.

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  10. Totally agree! This card is beautiful in sentiment and design

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