It's true... I am. I'm missing being able to visit regularly and see all the marvellous things going on in Craftyblogland - though I did manage something of a catch up over the weekend. But the countdown is well and truly on now, and pretty soon I hope to be sending postcards from New York.
In the meantime, we're having a bit of a Magpie Day over at Country View Challenges - with lots of postcard inspiration for you (postcards you might write from the beach, for instance!). Here's mine to get you started... UPDATE - Oops - I delivered mine early! My team-mates won't be sending theirs for another few days yet... Apologies all!! I knew something would get messed up in the madness here…
UPDATE TWO - But now, at last, it's the right mailing day, and you can see my team-mates' fantastic postcards here!!
My team-mates have made some wonderful postcard-themed creations - and many of them have lovely words at the heart of them, so you could also count it as extra inspiration for the WordPlay challenge theme this month!
The Tim Holtz PostCard header was in one of the first stamp sets I bought when this whole thing kicked off two and a half years ago.
I should use it more often... it always gives me such pleasure when I do! It's stamped in Jet Black Archival, and I drew the dividing line with a PITT pen.
I'm also a little bit stuck on the meadow grasses from the Spring Sprung stamp set, as you'll know if you saw my Busy Bee tag the other day.
This time they have a more autumnal look - stamped in Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain, applied direct to the stamp in "stripes" from top to bottom.
I used a photo cut from one of the Tim Holtz paper stacks, and a tag from a Prima set of ephemera.
Once I'd distressed and inked the edges, I layered them up to one side of my postcard.
The typical postcard greeting is from the Simple Sayings stamp set and, coupled with all these rusty fall colours, it's not just been put down without thought. Somebody is definitely really missing someone!
It's mounted on padded tape so that it stands proud of the other layered elements.
The rusty heart is another sign of the heartache present here, and the cogs and gears churning away to keep things ticking over while the lovers are apart.
Over at the other side, the Lincoln stamp comes from the Idea-ology Ephemera packs, and some more cogs are working hard to bring our writer back together with the recipient. And which direction are we going in? Well, towards our heart's desire of course.
So that's my vintage postcard for you today. Thanks so much for stopping by... the cogs are turning and the countdown is on, and once I've made it safely to the US, I hope to get back to visiting more regularly.
And don't forget you can now see some more fantastic postcards over at Country View Challenges Magpie Day!
No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.
Ingredients available at Country View Crafts:
Tim Holtz stamp sets - Spring Sprung and Simple Sayings
Idea-ology Ephemera Pack - Expedition
Idea-ology 8x8 Paper Stash - Menagerie
Idea-ology - Compass Coins
Idea-ology - Sprocket Gears
Distress Inks - Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain
Archival Ink - Jet Black
From my stash - Tim Holtz Postcards stamps, Prima tag, textured card, padded tape, rusty heart