Tuesday, January 1, 2008

A New Beginning!

Happy New Year! I can't believe it's 2008 already! And I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted to my blog. I started out with good intentions of working on a watermark and getting right back into posting. However, life seemed to have another plan for me. I won't go into detail, but my husband and I had a difficult end to the year (no, we're not splitting up or anything like that). We are looking forward to great things in the new year though.

I haven't had any desire to stamp for quite awhile and hadn't even touched my stamps for around 6 weeks or so. I was finally able to get into my workroom today and play around a little. Even though I didn't come up with anything earth shattering, it was good to get back into it.

This first card is the one I made today. It uses a color combination and stamp combination I've used before - just a little different layout. The main image also uses the cracked glass technique.

Stamps: Stem Silhouettes, So Many Sayings, Linen, Baroque Motifs
CS: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Very Vanilla
Ink: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Versamark
Other: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Vintage Brads
Technique: Cracked Glass

This second card is one that I've had in my stash for quite awhile, but I don't think I ever posted it to my blog. I needed a special thank you card to send to my parents for a generous gift they gave my husband and I while we were visiting over Christmas. And I decided this was the one. The left panel uses the emboss resist technique with the open flower from Heartfelt Thanks.

Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks
CS: Whisper White, Glossy White, Pretty in Pink, Going Gray
Ink: Versamark, Pretty in Pink, Going Gray
Markers: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery
Other: Clear Embossing Powder
Technique: Emboss Resist

I hope to be able to post a little more regularly now and have some more new things soon! Hope you had a great day with family and friends!


Flossie's Follies said...

What lovely cards, love he cracked glass technique.

Nancy Riley said...

Carol, I can't tell you how happy I am that you're back to stamping and blogging! Your work is so inspiring! Happy New Year to you and DH !!!!

Amy K said...

Yea!! You're back! LOVE both cards and Happy New Year!! Thanks for coming back! Your cards are such an inspiration! I've never done the cracked glass - just might have to try that one!

TiStampsUp said...

I love both cards. I really like the softness of the second card and the technique you use. That's something I need to learn more of...techniques.

Dan said...

I'm glad your back I had favorited you blog and kept checking back. I love your creations. Hope everything is well and take care. thanks for your time in sharing your work.

Michelle said...

Both very pretty cards.

A crafty canadian said...


Happy New Year! I'm glad you were able to get back into stamping, and I love your new cards, as always.

I'm new to stamping/card-making, and had book-marked your site for inspiration... so, as you can imagine I am VERY happy you are back. Your cards are consistently classy and professional. I've looked at other stampers' blogs, and since I find some of them a little too 'loud' or to busy... I just keep coming back.

I wish you and your family all the best in the New Year, and hope things can only get better.

Take care and thank you.

These are the Stamps of Our Lives said...

Love the "Ever Grateful" card done with stem silhouettes... beautiful!