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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

WOYWW - 124 Where has the time gone?

I cannot believe that we are nearly at the end of the year again.  Where has 2011 gone?  I seem to have achieved so little.  Is it a sign of age or is it happening to everyone.  The pace of life seems just so fast.  You blink and another week has gone.  I am struggling to get round even half of all your lovely desks each week, for which I apologise.

I have been a good little girl this week, finishing off several projects and getting all the cards done that I need for November (only 4 needed for December).  So before I descend into total chaos with the Christmas stuff everywhere, I thought I would show you some of my finished projects.

I think I have shown you some of these before.  They are from a set of decoupage sheets that I picked up from Little Lou's in Redditch (Hayley West's shop), and are very pretty.  However I did have a problem deciding how to mount them.  In the end, I went for the simple approach to allow the artwork to show itself.  I think they could be used as sympathy cards too as they are plain.

My next finishing off was the Peter Rabbit Winter Tales kit.  I don't often go for kits these days, and I realised why, when I started work on this lot.  There is nothing wrong with them and all the elements are good quality, but they do not leave a lot to the imagination.  Anyway, they are finished and ready to send off, probably to our local children's ward.  I did add a little glitter to each one - well, it is for Christmas, after all.  I used some of my Martha Stewart glitter on top of the Quickie glue pen in strategic places, so it is not over the top.


Here are a couple more of the cards themselves.  You might struggle to see the glitter, but it is there.  The kit had the basic printed card and then there were lots of rub ons, which were quite good, apart from the white writing, some decoupage, some gems and paper flowers and I still had some left after I had finished the 24 cards.  It also contained the rubber stamps to go with it, so it was quite good value.  It is just that I prefer now to do my own thing.

They are a mixture of scenes and shapes and sizes, all with their own envelopes.  I quite liked the two bridge scenes, they seemed to lend themselves to setting up a story.  Because I was really trying just to get them done, I did tend to follow the pictures in the booklet to some extent, to make sure I had enough bits to finish all the cards. so there is not much of me in this set.

Today, I am hoping to get round a few more blogs than I managed this week, and still get some crafting in later on.  If you arrived here by accident, you are very welcome.  However, you might also like to have a nose over at Julia's blog, where you will find links to loads of other workdesks, some tidy and some very creatively covered.  You will be very welcome at all of them.  Please leave us messages, so we know you have been, and we will try to get back to you.   You will find Julia at   http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/

21 comments:

Linda said...

WOW Maggie you have been busy, love these cards I bought this kit for my mum and she loved it.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

So agree with you that the simple approach s it he way to go Maggie - and love these card and the top flowers ones too thanks so much for popping over, you made my night - yep it is 8.46pm here and you are 9.46am, weird huh! love Shaz.xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Love the monochrome cards at the beginning, very simple and effective. You have been busy - that's why the year's gone so quickly! If you sat around doing nothing, then time would drag. At least that's what I say to my husband when he asks if I am going to start looking for another job - LOL!!
Thanks for your great comments on my blog - DH is a fab photographer, he should have entered those photos, I agree :)
Hugs, LLJ #41 xx

Helen said...

Love these cards!

Sam said...

All those cards are gorgeous.
We have a quite month in December as far as birthday cards are concerned which is just as well really with Christmas too!
Have fun this week and stay well.

fairyrocks said...

Your cards are stunning. And I am of a like mind about this year. It just flew by. Me thinks its time to make a list and try and squeeze in those "What I planned to do this year" projects.
Keep smiling and creating

KSD Creations said...

I love the simple cards, also. Your Christmas cards are stunning. Thank you for sharing them.

Bella said...

Thanks for making the effort to get round my silly post that would not take comments! Your cards are stunning, kit or no kit, they look like they took some time to make!

Bubbles said...

I can remember being in my teens, and the gap between Christmas and my birthday in February, seemed to take forever. Now each birthday zooms around at an alarming rate *lol* It may well be age.. or just experience :)
I so love your cards - the monochromatic ones are very stylish. I know what you mean about card kits - nomatter how often we're told about how we can stretch the use, make extra cards yadda yadda yadda... it still ends up just making cards without really thinking about it. BUT... yours are VERY good!

Doone said...

you have been busy, and yes time flys, so our move is a four year plan - I don;t rush these things...

Dx

Mrs A. said...

It's nice to get projects finished. I particually ike the last card with the flowers. Very delicate and pretty. Hugs Mrs A.

Bridget Larsen said...

Bridget #28 yep I agree with where but in my case where did the last 2 years go when I lost my mojo. thanks for visiting my blog and great stuff you have up

Julia Dunnit said...

Well, see, if you're busy finishing stuff and being good, the time will zip by! I think you did the right thing by keeping the mounts simple - the cards are just lovely.

Angie said...

A lovely collection of cards. I think it must be a sign of the times that the years fly past more quickly ...or is it WOYWW's ability to steal days ...or just our age ... but wasn't it great being a teen in the 60's lol.

bohemiannie! art said...

All of your cards are wonderful! I know exactly what you mean about time flying by though and as much as I love looking at and commenting on everyone's lovely blog posts...there just aren't enough hours in the day!!!

Di said...

Great cards Maggie - kits are a great standby! Belated Happy WOYWW!! Di xxx

Emma said...

Time has definitely flown this year...I keep asking myself where it's gone but you're definitely making the most of every minute because your cards are gorgeous!! I'm a huge fan of Beatrix Potter and you have captured her work, perfectly!
Love Emma
xx

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Hi Hun, well you now know why I havent been you know where for a few days, this is a lot of work lol
love the cards, but have to agree on being restricting, unlike others we know hehe, but they look good, I did get the Snowman kit a few weeks ago, but havent used it yet, it didnt spark for me, I only got it for the CD lol
right off to more desks lol

have fun, catch up soon, Lou P #124

Morti said...

Gorgeous cards as usual Maggie! Kits have their place, particularly when you're in a hurry... Thanks for stopping by.

Marjo said...

Gorgeous finished projects, I have never tried a kit..I just may have to give it a shot. thanks for the peek and sharing

xoxo Marjo

KatzElbows said...

I totally agree that simple is best. Except for when it isn't! You've certainly been busy and created a ton of lovely cards. Congrats. And thanks for stopping by and visiting.

cheers, rachel no 22.