Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Beginnings and Endings

Here it is New Year's Eve!  And guess where I'm spending it?  I have managed to hack into the Penny Black Blog and took it over for today!  Be sure to check out my blog post here.

New Year's Eve is a good time to talk about beginnings and endings. 

April 14, 2013 marked a beginning for me.  That is the day I received an email from Jill Foster inviting me to join their first ever "Stamp Squad".  This card is the one I made for the Penny Black blog the day I was introduced. 
4309L Singer's Muse; 4308K Field of Poppies; 30-173 Charms

That was the beginning and here I am at the ending.  They say "all good things must come to an end", and this has truly been a good thing!  I have been encouraged and inspired by my fellow stamp squad members Penny, Lin, Greta and Rosemary.  Jill Foster and Elizabeth Allan have continued to be excited, enthusiastic and encouraging about my work.  I have learned so much from these very talented ladies, not all of it stamping related!!  Penny Black headquarters has been very generous in providing stamps and dies for us to play with.  I thank them all for an amazing experience.

And here is the ending:  my last card as a member of the Stamp Squad.

Retro Pattern 40-086; Free Flight 30-117
Tomorrow is the beginning of a new year.  I wish for all of you a year filled with good beginnings and many happy endings.  Happy New Year!!


rcwidow (Linda) said...

You are an inspiration! Happy new year!

Lin said...

Your farewell card (and post) couldn't be more appropriate, my friend! Love these sunny yellows and the butterfly is a symbol for hope as we begin a new year - who knows what surprises it may hold for us?

Rosemary said...

beautiful card, judy!! you have beautifully put into words what all of us on the stamp squad have felt over the last six months... i have enjoyed this crazy ride and being on the team with you!

Kath said...

wow Judy you have totally rocked your year in the Stamp Squad with all your gorgeous creations...Happy New Year to you my lovely friend...big hugs from kath & buddy xxx

Scott Schmidlkofer said...


Like the card, your words and personality are amazing. I have so enjoyed watching this Penny Black "Journey" it maybe over but you have memories of a life time. I want to thank all of your blog followers, they have no idea how much their comments have meant to my mom, it truly makes her day. I love you.

Your very proud son,


Barb said...

Your time on the squad sure flew by and I enjoyed every minute of it, Judy! Your work inspires so many! Happy New Year to you! ♥

Greta said...

Your immense talent & positive outlook has been an inspiration to me, Judy. I have been blessed to be part of the squad with you. 2 fabulous works of art, my friend!

Cindy C. said...

Very beautiful card Judy! Happy New Year to you and yours!!

donna mikasa said...

Penny Black was so lucky to have you as a member of the Stamp Squad! I've enjoyed all your creations and I could feel the joy in all your cards and projects! Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year--it's gonna be a great one!

LaVon Hall said...

Such a beautiful card to mark the end of your journey with the team. Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful work. I am certain that you have and will continue to inspire all of us who follow your beautiful creations.

Arlene said...

A beautiful beginning and a golden ending.on the squad. Your cards are gorgeous.

Who knows what may come. Hugs, Arlene

Arlene said...

A beautiful beginning and a golden ending.on the squad. Your cards are gorgeous.

Who knows what may come. Hugs, Arlene

Sally said...

Beautiful beginning and ending cards for your time on Stamp Squad, Judy! I have so enjoyed all of your creations as well as your descriptive blog entries. Hugs to you!