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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, 2 March 2012

Craft a Scene - Winter Scene

Sadly, this is my only entry this month for the Craft a Scene Challenge, not through lack of inspiration, more a lack of time with family commitments etc.  However, here it is.  The challenge was for a Winter Scene with scenic stamps.

My stamps are from my favourites, Barbara Gray's Clarity Stamps range.  This set contains the trees and the cottage as one set.  There is a certain amount of masking work and creating the different slopes.  The sun/moon (depending on your own ideas) was created by masking with post it notes cut round a penny.  The the Santa and his sleigh was stamped over the top, very faintly.  In fact, You might notice that a lot of the stamping is quite faint.  It was partially intended, but I left the topper on my desk for a couple of days, and came back to find that the green had definitely faded a little in the light.  Perhaps I should have sprayed it with lacquer to protect it.  I shall try that another time to see if that works.    To get the lines of trees, I used hills created with a paper tear, and the trees themselves come from either a single tree stamp or the multiple tree stamp, in various combinations.

I am hoping to get round more of your blogs this month to see what you have all created, although getting things going for the garden is starting to impinge on crafting time.  Looking forward to seeing what the new challenge will be.  Have a good crafting month.


Erin said...

Your cards are absolutely amazing!!! I'm hosting a handmade card swap on my blog and would love it if you would join us!

Mrs A. said...

Have just had a horendous month so didn't manage to make mine at all. Love how you have used the coin and masked it to create the sun/moon. Clever idea. Hope I will have time to join in this month. Hugs Mrs A.

Sheree said...

Your scene is beautiful Maggie!! You've done a wonderful job masking and taping to create hills and the look of winter.
Thanks for playing along with us at Craft A Scene! We look forward to your designs in the future!
p.s. Dye inks tend to fade quite a bit. I color things darker or, turn the scene face down until the project is finished and a photo taken. Yours looks fine tho!

NancyD said...

I like it just the way it is. Very nicely done, including little Santa in the background on his way visiting I expect (at this time of year anyway). Thanks for joining us this month at Craft a Scene even if it is the only one. NancyD

May said...

Maggie this is Beautiful! Perfect winter scene, Hugs May x x x

~Tammy~ said...

This is a beautiful piece of art! Fantastic winter scene!

Deanna said...

Your winter scene is just gorgeous!

BetteK said...

I LoVe this card Maggie and think the "faded" effect is just perfect. My favourite part is Santa and his sleigh flitting across the moon (it is definitely the moon for me!) Love Debbie xxx

Emma said...

Beautiful!! A gorgeous snowy, winter scene that you've captured perfectly...this is fabulous Maggie.
Hope you're enjoying your weekend, so far.
Thank you for all your lovely comments, they always mean so much. :)
Love Emma xxx

Mary said...

Maggie, Very nice card. As I was reading your post, I saw....Santa, what a sweet surprise, I checked out your other scenes, how fun...I have some of the stamps, I think I need to check out some tutorials and give it a go. The decoupage post is really neat. Another project I used to do, and really enjoyed. I need to get back to the things that were so much fun. Thanks for sparking my memories.

Karen said...

Maggie this is just gorgeous, a perfect and beautiful Winter scene.

Have a lovely Sunday, Luv Karen xx