It's been a long time coming, but at last I feel like crafting again, and joining in on the couple of arty crafty forums I belong too.
The first thing I tried was creating a postcard - for a monthly swap.
It really was like trying to learn how to stamp and paint again. I was quite pleased with my effort at the time - but with hindsight, there is a lot of room for improvement so I won't show it on here.
I also decided to join in a decorated beer mat swap.
As I haven't joined in for so very long, I took my theme from one of my favourite Jo Capper Sandon's sentiment stamps - which is 'Even Silence Speaks'. I have it on display all the time and read it every day.
So, although the stamp does not appear on the front of the beer mat - it is stamped on the back
The stamp for this image I have had for years - but don't remember the manufacturer.
The lady looks so sad and thoughtful.
The butterfly is symbolic - said to be sent by a loved who's passed to cheer you up!
I have coloured the lady with pastels - it's a bit hard to see her pale pink face in the photo, and she has brimming eyes and tears running down her face.
The butterfly I painted, and glossed too.
My 'take' on "Even Silence Speaks"