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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Getting Cricky Hijacked!! Day #3 - Attitude is Everything!! :)

Did ya hear?  The Getting Cricky Design Team has HIJACKED the Getting Cricky Blog while Kristal is away!!  I'm so happy to be able to share something near and dear to my heart with you today....
It is your ATTITUDE, not your APTITUDE that will determine your ALTITUDE in life... -Zig Ziglar
It's a quote that often graced our erasable message board in the kitchen...  The kids who would float through would often ask me for the definition of "aptitude" -- Those who were very brave would ask me what the whole quote meant...  As the quote would reappear from time to time, I would begin to hear them share with each other what it meant, each offering their own interpretation of something that had the power to change their lives...  Because attitude really is everything!!

A few weeks ago, The-Girl-Child was having what some might call a not very good day (I mean, we ALL have those!)...  But the next day, she was back to her positive, encouraging self...  What changed?  The friend who had spoken mean words hadn't apologized, she still wasn't going to be able to attend the graduation party she had hoped to, and she was still 100 miles away from the friends she wanted to spend time with...  So what really changed?  Why wasn't she still miserable and unhappy?  In a word...  Attitude.  Somewhere during the evening of her bad day, she did something that gives her peace -- She climbed out on the roof to stargaze.  I find she does this when she needs some time alone with God.  After all, who wouldn't feel closer to God while star-gazing???  The next morning, she woke up and told herself, "Today is gonna be goooooood!!"  How do I know this?  She tweeted it.  :)  Marvelous invention. :)  Know what's even better?  She really did have a goooooood day!!  :)

Each day, we will face new challenges, new obstacles, new problems...  It is in these moments that we make a choice...  Be miserable or be happy anyway...  You see, happiness isn't situational...  Happiness isn't a new house, a new car, or a new wardrobe.  It's not friends or loved ones doing what we want or blogger always cooperating.  Happiness is a choice...  And, honestly, it's not an easy one.

Right now, I have many friends in pain...  Lost jobs, illness, marital problems...  Each of these friends is facing challenges...  Challenges that they have a choice to turn into opportunities...
Sometimes the challenges we face can feel like a HUGE net -- We feel more caught up in disaster the more we try to struggle and break free!!
Image by Dustin Pike, Doodle Dragon Studios
Sentiment from K Andrew Designs Stamp Art Set: Positive Thoughts
Other supplies:  Stampin' Up! ribbon, cardstock, and watercolor pencils for coloring,  Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls embossing folder, and 'found' buttons.
So when you feel like you're caught in a net of challenges...  Just remember...  It's only an opportunity in disguise!! :)  And if that doesn't help, try the very best medicine...  Laughter...
 Even when things go embarrassingly wrong, we can always look for the humor....
Image by Dustin Pike, Doodle Dragon Studios
Sentiment from K Andrew Designs Stamp Art Set: Positive Thoughts
Other supplies:  Stampin' Up! watercolor pencils for coloring, scrap cardstock, sheer ribbon,  Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, and handmade stick pins.
Looking for the positive in things isn't always easy or even fun...  But it gets easier the more you do it...  So go ahead and try it out... 

Whatever YOU are facing today -- Remember that you are NOT alone...  And whatever difficult task you have ahead, you do not have to face it alone either...  There's a new quote near the message board today (it's permanent though).  My mom gave me this little sign with the first verse and the chorus from one of my favorite hymns...  I am sharing with you the entire song (Hymn #720: God hath not promised skies always blue)...  I hope it will bring you peace while you read it, so that you might be able to face any challenge from a higher altitude.  :)
God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.


But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.


God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.


God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain, rocky and steep,
Never a river, turbid and deep.
                                    - Annie Johnson Flint
Want to be energized and uplifted by an amazing group of women?  Would you like to share your talent and love for  K Andrew Designs Stamp Art sets?  Have you applied for the Getting Cricky Design Team yet?  Kristal is looking for new members for her AWESOME team!!  Get all the details here:  Getting Cricky Design Team Call...

For more info on the "Positive Thoughts" Stamp Art set, please click on the image below:
$1 from each set benefits Storefront Shelter (Homeless shelter for children and youth)
If you've never visited Kristal's blog (or if it's been awhile), I'd love for you to pop over and say 'HI!' there...  You'll be able to read the posts from my wonderful Design Team sisters...  You can even stroll through and find more inspiration with the K Andrew Designs Stamp Art Sets!!  Please leave a message letting Kristal know that I sent ya -- I hope to see ya there!!  :)

And finally, I'd like to thank Dustin Pike of Doodle Dragon Studios for creating some incredible images that coordinate perfectly with Kristal's stamps!!  I'm entering my card(s) in the "Pike's Playground" challenge on Dustin's blog:
You can find the hippos that I've used in  Dustin's Blog-iversary Digi Set HERE...  and a sample of all the digis included HERE (it's 207 digis, and they are ALL awesome!!)...

Until next time,

21 comments:

Karen said...

These cards are too adorable! I love those hippos! The sentiments go perfect with these cards. I really like all the sentiments on the Positive Thoughts stamp set. I'm your newest follower! :)

Karen
craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

Sheila said...

This is one of the best blog posts I've read in a while! I am the person that is positive surrounded by a lot of negativity. I'm always pointing out the positives to others. I love your cards and how you used the sentiments to go with them. Thanks for the smile!
Sheila

http://2pawprints.blogspot.com

Lelia Pierce said...

What a great post this afternoon! Both of your cards are so fun and bright...they made me smile! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Pike's Playground!

XXX

Gramma said...

Love the cards and love your blog...Thank you so much for joining the fun at "Pike's Playground" this week.
Hugz,
Gramma

OmaGloria said...

This Hymn would be beautiful in vinyl on my living room wall. I think I am going to give it a try. Thank you for sharing it.

Precious Hugs

- said...

I loved the quote and it is soo true!! Your cards are adorable, so cute.
TFS,
(:(:Smiles:):)

Robin

Tami B. said...

Attitude is contagious...is your's worth catching? (copied this just last week.)
Your attitude is definitely worth catching sweet friend. Your post today and your cards are all outstanding!

Lisa said...

AMY - what an awesome, amazing post! Usually your posts make me laugh, but this one made me think. I remember reading once that one step to being happy was to quit hanging around people that are always negative and trying to bring everyone down. While that is easier said than done, I do try to always be positive and see the glass half full instead of half empty. So thank you for a wonderful post and also for including the awesome poem! I LOVE it! Oh - and your cards are absolutely FABULOUS, too :D

Lisa
http://indymermaid.blogspot.com

facsmom said...

Did he specifically make hippo pictures for you to use for this project? I have been collecting hippos since 2003. They are a source of positive thoughts and giggles. All of them have been gifts. I LUV the hippo pictures in your cards. I looked for quite a while at his web site trying to find these hippo digis with no luck. What a cloud of positive thoughts with Kristal and her Design Team!

Amy said...

To facsmom: No, he didn't specifically make these images for this project :) They all just went PERFECTLY with her sentiment stamps. These came in his Blogiversary package... If you email him, he may be able to tell you if just the hippos will be available separately at any time. For now, I've updated the post with a link where you can find them.

Thanks for your visit and comment -- Hope to see you again!! :)

Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com

CRAZY4CHRIST said...

Great post Amy!! love the cute cards!! I want to say thanks again for letting me know i won the blog candy from the hop!!
Kristan

Squirlygirl said...

Beautiful cards Amy! I LOVE your color choices and great staging for you photos! I really need to start doing that again...
~Hugs~
Becky
www.squirlygirlcreations.blogspot.com

Indy said...

Thanks for the laugh! The cards are darling, the sentiments make me laugh, and the colors are cheerful. Thanks for the great inspiration!

Pam said...

I was going to bed early (for me) then I thought no I have to check Amy's blog first. So glad I did. You just warm my heart young one!! You have a wonderful spirit, and you share your heart so beautifully. Your cards are so cute too. Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

Boxofcolours said...

What bright, zingy cards - thanks for joining us at Pike's Playground ~ Jane

simplybren said...

I love these happy cards. I love Dustin Pike images. They are just so cute, and they really do work well with the stamps. Thank you for your positive post and the reminder that we have choices even when there appears to be none. Have a blessed day.
hugs, Brenda

CraftyGirl said...

If I tried to jump the net, that would be me. Funny image, I don't know how Dustin comes up with them all.
Craftygirlcardsandcrafts.blogspot.com

TTFN,

CraftyGirl

Ri Holley said...

Love the colors you chose.Both cards are so happy and cheerful.
Thanks for playing along at Pikes Playground.
Ri

Kim Sonksen said...

Love the sentiments and your card will certainly brighten up anyone's day. Fabulous!

OmaGloria said...

I said yesterday that I would love the hymn on my wall but I ended up making them both into wall art and they are now up on my walls. If you would like to see them here is the link. Thank you Amy for your inspiration.

http://omascrafts.blogspot.com/2011/07/hymn-zig-ziglar-quote-in-vinyl.html

Precious Hugs

Ginny said...

fab pair of cards, thanks for joining us in The Playground :)

 
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