First, my apologies. I went from a Blogging frenzy in October to dead air in November!
Although November seems to have blown by me, it has been wonderful. My oldest son made his Confirmation, I had company for a week (my shopping sister), and best of all, my DH took me to Paris for our 20th wedding anniversary! I am sure that you will indulge me and excuse my absence...I promise to make it up to you! I won't let my life get in the way again : ) Well, maybe I shouldn't promise that!
During my stamping absence, I missed a few Blogger's Challenges. I went into my stamping oasis this afternoon to try to whip up a few creative delights to catch up, but to my consternation, I did more tearing up and throwing out than completing! For a while there, nothing I did seemed good enough. I think I will blame the creative vacuum on our trip to the Louvre and to the Musee D'Orsay -- after seeing masters like Renoir, Van Gogh, and Monet, I felt foolish calling anything I stamped "art"! Don't fret; I worked it out and came up with the artwork below. One thing that did come out of the museum visits is that I was inspired by one of the artists so much that I have been pondering how to transform his style into a technique -- and I think I finally worked it out!!! Watch for that one in the next few months...I think you may just recognize the artist's name ; )
Okay, the last Blogger's challenge I missed was an inspiration challenge. The idea was to base our work on something around us that has inspired us recently. Well, who wouldn't be inspired by my subject matter?I made this card for my DH using a technique from the upcoming Technique Junkie Newsletter -- Technicolor Dye Inks -- for the background. The collage over it uses a ton of stamps -- Stamper's Anonymous, Stampland, Club Scrap, VAP Scraps and Stampin' Up! I hope he likes the card!
I will post more tomorrow (may later tonight, too) about my trip...but in the meantime, rest assured that I will be back in the stamping saddle for the remainder of this month! I will be posting teasers all week. I mail the December issue of the Newsletter on Thursday, so it's not too long to wait for the link to show up, right?