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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Probably my favourite craft right now is with parchment, both traditional skills and Groovi, very relaxing and calming to do.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Pixie's Snippets Challenge and Rudolph Day (a bit early)

I decided to combine all my cards this week for Pixie's Snippets Challenge.  It saves Di time, I hope, as she only has to visit once.  I am also going to link them all into the Rudolph Day Challenge tomorrow (Mr Linky is not up yet, but we are out tomorrow so I need to get them ready). 

All these cards are from partially done, just started, just printed UFO's and other bits.  The first one is of a little girl which is from a series of pictures I found on the net somewhere (I apologise but I have no idea where I found them - if anyone recognises them, please let me know and I will give the credit where it is deserved).  I spent a bit of time on my graphics program, creating a decoupage sheet for them. It did take quite a while but I do love them.  This is one sheet already printed and partially cut out, and the white base card is from the already creased and folded stock I have had for years. 

I am going to apologise for the photos this morning.  they were done in really good daylight and came out either slightly bluish or slightly pinkish.  Could have something to do with the fact that the battery warning was flashing all the time I was using it.

The next two cards are both from the same decoupage sheet.  The originals were designed by Gerri (Tich), Image by Annex.  I downloaded them some time ago, and sadly, I have lost contact with her.  She has done some beautiful sheets and like most crafters, she was very generous with her work, but had to cut back when she found others using her work and selling the sheets as their own.  The images are not as blue as they seem on these photos.  With the problems of sending thicker cards through the post, I found that I could achieve cards that I was happy with by dividing the sheet between two cards.  The sentiment is from a project I created for myself but they seemed to go, and fitted nicely into a snippets category I still have half a sheet of them to use up.

 These next two picture are of the same card, a waterfall design, also by Tich (Nov 2007).  I had converted this one and the robin cards to be cut on the Silhouette, so they were ready to use.  Easy peasy?  Oh no, it wasn't!  It is ages since I did a waterfall card and just looked at the component bits and thought "help, how do they go together?"  Fortunately, I keep a photographic record of most of my cards, so I was able to dig out one to study and it was easy from then on.   I do not trust the ability of glues to stand up against the working of this card, so I added a couple of brads to keep everything in place more firmly.

The next card is from a Crafter's Companion CD and was partly put together.  The main decoupage was done and all I had to do was to find the window sheet and alter it to fit to give it more life.  I sprayed the main decoupage with glitter spray to bling it up a bit - could not find anywhere to put gems this time.  I might go back and do some tinsel with a Quickie glue pen and glitter on the greenery along the top.  another time, I would also put glass in the window by backing them with acetate.

The last two cards are from Joanna Sheen's Thomas Kincaide CD, again both started in some way.  The one on the left is something I have not done before, being decoupage in strips, while the other is a more traditional decoupage.  I do like the Thomas Kincaide images, even if they are rather chocolate box -ish.   He really does paint with light. and they need very little embellishment.

When I have posted this, I am going to settle down and cut out some more of my many decoupage sheets, cluttering up my room, so that when I go back upstairs I can put them all together.  Apart from the ones in the UFO box and the snippets box, I have three folders full of them.  I need their space, especially as most of them are on the computer anyway.

When we get back from the birthday party tomorrow, I will try to get round everyone to see what you have all been up to.   Have a good week, all of you, and thank you again, Di, for hosting us and keeping order at registration.

PS. all the stuff used in these cards is from scraps or UFO's, apart from two pieces of Centura Pearl card (and that is not new)  so it fits into the UIU in 2012 ethos, too.



Elizabeth said...

Hi Maggie, another great bunch of cards ... love the waterfall one. We both seem to be doing rather well at this UIU thing ... I'm still working my way through my stash and actually enjoying the challenge ... but it does make it easy when we have such lovely stash to work with, don't you think. Enjoy the party tomorrow. Elizabeth x

Di said...

Hi Maggie! Wow, what a lovely selection of Christmas cards here - all so different too. Love all of them - and thanks for making life easier for me :) Di xx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Hi Maggie . . . WOW . . . who's been a busy bunny then? LOTS of lovely Rudolph Day cards. FABULOUS. You'll be well ahead by December!

Good luck in the prize draw.

Linda said...

WOW Maggie, what a busy little beaver you have been. Your cards are just gorgeous. I do love the scenic one with the robin :)

Linda xxx

BetteK said...

Phew! Finally got there ... Liebster Blog accepted and passed on ... and one has headed your way! Thanks SO much for your patience with me and for all your help ... like I said before, I wouldn't even have my blog if it were not for you. Love Debbie xXx

Sam said...

Lovely cards you have done there Maggie. You are probably ahead of me now! I was intending 10 a month but so far I have not quite made it but I am furhter than I was this time last year!!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi Maggie - I have something on my blog for you! love Shaz in oz.x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ooops aren't I rude did not realised had not looked at the pickies! you have been so busy you good little vegemite well done, you are way head of me!Shaz.x

Jules said...

Hi Maggie

What a brilliant collection of cards.

You must have made quite a hole in your snippet collection!

I hope the party went well at the weekend.

Love Jules xx