I haven't posted since I retired in August of last year. I haven't stopped crafting but I have been exploring areas other than cardmaking. Of course, I did make all of my Christmas cards and have responded to requests from friends and family on a regular basis but I have not engaged in my previous daily, almost obsessive, need to produce a card for one of the many challenge blogs out there.
I have been making cards for near enough 20 years so I did find it strange that the motivation had left me. I suppose it has something to do with the pressures of work. I no longer have to find ways of relieving the stress that one experiences with employment.
I have found retirement difficult to come to terms with. So much so that I now spend a great deal of my time as a volunteer in local schools. My previous job was as an Education ICT Development Officer but now I am on hand to help with baking, school trips, craft, costume making and, of course, computer studies.
Anyway, I have decided to come back from the desert and post my creations again.
This is an example of my foray into Altered Art. I am dipping my toe in the water here. There is such a wealth of talent and diversity out there that I am in complete awe of. Hopefully it is the beginning of a new journey for me.
I bought a frame from "the cheap shop" and applied a wash of acrylic paint before stamping it with a musical notes background stamp and a Tim Holtz bird stamp. I added diecut paper scrolls, musical notes and 3D paper flowers.
Very happy with the result and "inspired" to produce more of the same.