Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Bon Jour!

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?

12 comments:

Danita said...

Well, gee, Pat I suppose a surprise trip to Paris is an acceptable excuse for your blog absence! :) What a fabulous hubby you have!! Wasn't it breathtaking?? Hope you ate and drank lots of fabulous food and drink - so much available! Congratulations on 20 glorious years!!! :)

Donalda's Blog said...

Oh so glad to see you back !! My favorite theme PARIS !!!! But I will never see it lol Congratulations on your anniversary and fabulous trip

Anonymous said...

Super!! Pat.
Congratulations on 20 years and going to Paris. My husband took me last year. It was wonderful! I think I could live there.
Pat Ford

kathy said...

I don't know if going to Paris makes up for abandoning us...lol What a great 20th anniversary gift. Hug him fir me. Congratulations on your anniversary

Cheryl said...

Glad that you are back and that you had a wonderful trip. Looking forward to the next newsletter.

Susan said...

Wow - you DO have a wonderful husband. How incredible. I missed your blogging, but girlfriend ... you don't ever feel bad taking time with your family. {especially if it's Paris!}

Kimm Bennington-Thompson said...

Congratulations on your 20th anniversary Pat! Sure did miss you but you're excused!!
Kimm BT

Beth Norman said...

Glad to see you back, Pat. What an exciting trip for sure! I so love your tag card and I'm anxious to get the new newsletter. Went on line to see if you have the subscriber pages up. You can imagine how hooked one can be on your subscription service.

rozie640 said...

Welcome back Pat, I was just about to call the F.B.I. or Lisa to see when you were kidnapped, I must have missed it on the news. What a fun month you had! Shopping and traveling, and a visit to the mother of all Art Museums. Congrats on the confirmation too, I know it can be tedious at times as a parent getting them motivated to go to classes! Look forward to seeing our work.

barb hendrickson said...

Most importantly, Pat.....congrats on 20 years! What an amazing accomplishment. On our 20th I received my first diamond! (Too poor when we got married.) So happy you had a memorable trip to mark that milestone. A very beautiful card too. I think you have nothing to worry about....whose comparing anyway??

Blessings,
barb

Basement Stamper said...

Wow! Pat, a trip to Paris, how much better can it get? I don't blame you for not keeping up with your blog, you had a great excuse! Congratulations on 20 years!

MJ said...

Hmmmm, I guess we can accept your LAME excuse on being late! WOW you are so lucky. I'll be happy to just make it back to the Cape next year, lol! Hope you have a great anniversary.