Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year

Twenty-nineteen has been a wild one...full of grief and blessings.

Looking back, my greatest joy came from teaching; working with students, helping them learn to write, knowing how much a difference that skill will make in their college careers and lives...there is so much satisfaction that comes from teaching!

One of my regrets, however, was how little time I had to stamp and blog. The new year starts with news that my teaching load will be lighter due to low enrollment, and while I'm sorry to have fewer classes, I'm thrilled that I'll be able to spend a bit more time in my craft room!

While my stamping time has been limited, I've spent some time surfing Pinterest for inspiration. My Inspiring Cards board is filling up with lots of cards from European stampers who have this clean-and-simple thing nailed. You'll see the influence of those stampers in the cards I will post over the next few weeks.

For today, here's a card made with a stamp given to me by a lady at church. It's not my usual style, but I was inspired by Mia's blog post to use some softly colored vellum with it. I'm giving this to friends who are hosting our annual New Year's Eve celebration tonight.

Thanks for sticking with me through this lean year of posting. This will be my 29th post of the year. Last year, I posted 162 times, and in 2017, 242 times. May 2020 move the count back up to triple digits!

I wish you all blessings this coming year...peace, health, joy, and inky goodness.



  1. A 'simply' gorgeous card! I could easily see this framed and hanging on a wall or sitting on a shelf. Looking forward to 'seeing' you more in the new year. cheers!
    Lu C

  2. It's always good to see you. You have been missed. Hope the all the family is well. Blessings in 2020.

  3. that really is a lovely card....We've all missed you and glad you'll be able to do more stamping and sharing this year!

  4. Very pretty card, Susan! I agree with Lu that it should be hanging on a wall. Hope that 2020 brings you and yours many blessings. Seems to me that with Facebook and Instagram, blogging is slowing down all around, but so glad when a post from you pops up in my email! Hugs...

  5. I love this stamp and the beautifully soft results you obtained in making this card! Thanks for your inspiration. Wishing you abundant blessings in the coming year!

  6. I always look forward to your cards no matter how often or seldom you post. Whenever I get a little antsy to see a new card I only have to think of your students. You shared so much with us over the years and now your students are benefiting from that same dedication, attention and love for what you're doing. Happy New Year to you Susan.

  7. Beautiful card with the ornate stamp and the vellum. I enjoyed seeing your cards whenever you were able to create and post last year, and I'll look forward to more in 2020!


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