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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

WOYWW - 136

 I can't believe we are on the second post of the year already.  The time is going far too fast, and I have far too much to do.  A couple of pictures of my desk to start with, exactly as I left it yesterday, having finally finished four cards, just as our visitors arrived.  You can see some of the cards, just sitting finishing drying the silicone glue, but there is also a lot of general detritus, the stuff that is left over at the end of each project.  A good clear up is required before I start the next project.  I want to do some card making for stock, but probably also fitting in with one or two challenges along the way.  The best challenge I have found so far is called Use it Up in 2012 (if you want to know more, look at my earlier post), which rather fits in well with my ambition to reduce the amount of scraps, and kit remnants etc.

The cards I did yesterday actually followed that line to some extent, although I did have to print the toppers.  As I needed three children's cards, I had nothing in the box to suit, but all the backing did come from the left over stuff.  The toppers came from Hayley West's Nursery Rhymes CDRom.  The first one is "What Little Girls are made of", and after decoupaging it, I embellished it with some glaze on the butterflies, the lollipop, and the shoes, buttons and bracelets.  The sentiment is a silver holographic.  Then, to finish it off, I added a few gems, including on on the flower on her dress.  The skirt, in particular, lent itself well to shaping to get a bit more depth.

The next card goes with the first one, as it is from the same disc, and is "What little boys are made of".  The backing paper and the card came from the remnants box, so I could carry on feeling a bit virtuous.  Again, it is decoupaged, with some shaping where possible, and the sentiment was from the same sheet as the first..  As it is for a boy, I did not think that glittery gems were really appropriate this time.
This final card is from the same disc, and is, obviously, Jack and Jill.  It tested my skills with the blade this time, to cut out the gaps on the well and on the bucket that Jill is carrying.  I was quite pleased that I managed not to cut through the very thin bits that are left.  The only embellishment was a bit of glaze on the red flowers.  The silver border was a bit of a pain, as I cut the silver backing too tight (I cut it off on one side) so I used some silver Christmas ribbon to create another border on top.

These three children's cards are also being entered into the Snippets Challenge, as so much was from my snippets box, and into the Use it Up in 2012 Challenge, as the majority was from paper stash, and the images were from an already owned CDRom.

My final card for this month's birthday is actually from stock, and most of the work was done on it on holiday last year.  It is one of the digi stamps I printed out and coloured in while away, using either water colours or Promarkers.  I glazed the design to prevent any damage from light or damp, and then mounted it on a remnant piece of pearlescent card.  The silver edging was done with a silver Krylon pen, which saves extra thickness in the backing - saves money on postage.  I think it is particularly effective on a scalloped edge as it follows the edge perfectly.

I apologise to those people I did not get to visit last week.  I really did try hard, but now we have two Wednesday's in each week, time goes too fast.  Last Wednesday was only yesterday - at least that is how it feels.  Having added bread making to the weekly tasks, time seems to be going even faster, but it does taste nice.  I am now trying to work out the easiest way to make bread in the caravan, so that we do not have to buy "plastic" rubbish while we are away. 

After I have posted this and linked up to Julia at Stamping Ground, I shall have a wander round as many of your desks as possible.  Why don't you join me?  It is fun and free

22 comments:

CRAFTY WOMBLE said...

Good for you. So stay clear of the internet, no visiting shops and you should be able to do that fine...........
I guess you could always make some flat breads in the caravan,no good for toast but excellent for sannies :)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Maggie, ah loving the post today with all the cards you have made - some good ways of using it up things too and love the ribbon down the side when not enough silver showing! and been going to get one of those Krylon pens for ages - do they dry out much or do they keep pretty well use after use?
That is what has been putting me off buying one as they are not cheap over here. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy WOYWW! love, Shaz in Oz. x #30

Mrs A. said...

Can you a run a breadmaker using electrics in the caravan if you are on a site with mains? Your cards are all gorgeous but like the top two the best. Hugs Mrs A. #120.

Sam said...

Very pretty cards you have there Maggie. I am not good at either children's or mens but you have done a grand job of the children's ones.
Can we see some bread please? I must get a new breadmaker - I miss mine!

Clare with paint in her hair said...

Love you cards!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Lovely cards, Maggie - soft tones are always very pretty. Hope you have fun baking bread in the caravan!!
Hugs, LLJ #26 xx

inkypinkycraft said...

The cards look sweet, wow lve the look of the candy floss!hugs trace x

Helen said...

Very impressive selection of cards Maggie! I have never had much luck with making bread - though it is a long time since I tried, and being on my own I don't eat a lot. Love the smell of baking bread though... aahhhhh!!

Twiglet said...

Great little cards - just chuckling at breadmaker comments - wouldn't be without mine.

sandra de said...

Such pretty cards and I do like your pledge for 2012.

505whimsygirl said...

Hi there Maggie,

All your cards are so beautiful. Just love them all. Thanks for sharing with us!!

Kay
#45

Di said...

Hi Maggie, super cards! Welcome to the playground - can you please bring some fresh bread rolls too :) Di xx

L00py's Craft Creations said...

hmmn, its lost my post!! I did pop by yesterday but its gone!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Wait?! How do you get two Wednesdays in the week? I think I want an extra day in my week... only maybe not a work day. Could we make it a paid holiday then?

I've enjoyed your cards. I have the hardest time trying to cut the little bits and am impressed at your ability to do so!

JoZart said...

You are straight into 2012 creatively and productively. Well done on all your results so far... and bread too!! I'm well impressed Maggie!
joZarty x

Neet said...

Those cards are so pretty but what a shame that two of them have the children hiding their faces.
Thanks for sharing and for commenting on my blog - Hugs, Neet xx

Sarah said...

Loving those cards - really fun and colourful images! Looking good so far in 2012... Thanks for the peek in to your crafty space…Sarah at 6

bohemiannie! art said...

What adorably wonderful cards!

Linda said...

Maggie your cards are simply stunning. My desk looks like yours when I am putting a card together LOL

Hugs
Linda xxxx

Karen said...

Gorgeous selection of cards, they are all really lovely :)

Sorry I am a little late this week but I hope you had a great WOYWW and also have a lovely weekend, Luv Karen xx

MagsB said...

My goodness, these are amazing! (I admire you for using a craft knife - I find it oh so easy to cut off bits of my fingers when I try!!) Your decoupage is so delicate and pretty, these are beautiful children's cards!

love Mags B x

karen said...

Wonderful cards that you have made here! The one with the girl and the lollipop and the litle boy laying in the grass look 3-D!! Amazing colouring job you have done!
I am a late in visiting this week but I sure am glad I came and saw these cards!
xoxo Karen