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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

WOYWW - 197

It might be Wednesday and officially WOYWW day, but no desk picture today, I am afraid, as there has not been a whole lot of crafting done this week, as I was laid low from Friday with the dreaded lurgy - a really nasty fluey type cold,  you know the one - aching joints, streaming nose, bunged up, lack of sleep.  Needless to say, I have felt very sorry for myself.  Crafting with tissues in both hands does not really work, so I have just spent most of my time lying around doing not a lot, but being supplied with regular honey and lemon and anything else I wanted.  My DH has been wonderful, a real gem, especially as he has a huge load of sand, gravel and slabs to shift in the next two days to lay the base for the 2nd greenhouse we ordered last June.  anyway, the result of all that is no change from last week on the desk front.  Sorry, will try to do better for next week.

The little bit of crafting I did manage has been for  the April challenge for Craft A Scene (hope you have all read my sticky and are now rushing to apply to join the team, it's great fun).  This month's challenge is Tropical Shores and must contain at least one palm tree.  You can see my first effort at drawing my own scene in the post below this one.  Producing things for the different challenges each month has really forced me to  think outside the box in some cases - very good for the mojo.  I am hoping to get a bit of card making done for this month's birthdays etc today.  The ideas are there, it is just a case of getting things done.

In the meantime, there are two cards I have not shown you yet, due to not wanting them to be seen before the date.  The first, one changed as I worked on it and ended up completely different from my original idea.  It is a set of decoupage of koala bears which was downloaded from a very clever lady called Tich some years ago.  I wanted a different sort of background and found a picture of eucalyptus trees on the internet, and sized it to fit the decoupage, and then used it as a wrap for the card.   It is only a small card but with the number of layers on the decoupage, it is a good thing it did not have to be posted.

The second card was for our youngest granddaughter's 2nd birthday.   It was done in a great rush as we realised that she was coming down to see us the week before, so we could actually pass on a proper present and her card without worrying about the postage. 

This is one of the original Flower Fairies, taken from the Crafters Companion set on CD Rom..  The fairy herself is a decoupage, with a piece of the matching backing paper.  I di not want to cover the whole card with the backing, so I cut it off diagonally, and edged it with a peel off.  One of the optional extras on the CD is a set of labels, which I changed to make it into a Happy Birthday, with a little silver bow.  I used the same label and backed it with another with her name on for the label for the present.  

Now, if you have got this far, you might like to go over to visit Julia at Stamping Ground to link up with all the other bloggers worldwide and see if they are doing better than me with desks this week.  Better still, why don't you post a picture of your desk in all its glory (don't tidy up, we like messy desks, there is more to see) and join in with us all.   Hope you are all well and have a good week.


Mrs A. said...

Thanks for the info on colouring acetate. Your koala really does look as it he is climbing up the tree. Great effect. Like the diagnol slant on the second card. Good if you only want/or have just a bit of paper to use. Hugs Mrs A.

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Maggie,

I hope you feel better soon; it sounds like you are being well taken care of.

Your two cards are really nice. I love koala bears so enjoyed seeing the first card.

No # yet.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Maggie well some really lovely cards great to share indeed!
Very clever on finding the eucalyptus s trees for the background of the Koala and love the flower fairy have some of their stamps from my early days and must use the again..

Happy WOYWW no number yet our day is nearly over here in Oz, but two hours till 6am over there :D
Shaz in Oz.x

okienurse said...

Awesome cards! I understand the postage issue cause now they put every card through a little device and if it doesn't go they make you pay extra or leave it in your box with a note you need more stamps! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Vickie #1

fairy thoughts said...

there seems to be a lot of flu things going around this weeek. cute cards. hope you feel better soon
janet #19

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh, poor you, feeling so rough. I really hope you pick up this week but don't be surprised if it takes longer than you think. I'm still not really right after my bout two weeks ago......
Cute cards btw!
Hugs, LLJ 36 xx

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Two lovely cards Maggie hope your feeling better these bugs do seem to hang around these days don't they
jacqui x

Helen said...

Hope you feel better soon, good to see you no matter what! Helen, 11

JoZart said...

Get well soon Maggie! lots of lergys around today.
Love your GD's card and the koala's are so cute,
Jo x

Heather Alger said...

Great cards, Love them both but the Koalas particularly so beautifully created and different x
Hope you will soon be on the mend :)
Happy WOYWW Heather #46

Neet said...

Sorry to hear you have the lurgy - rest, hot drinks and TLC are the order of the day but you see to have been getting that already. Keep it up.
Lovely cards you have on show.
Hugs and best wishes for wellness. Neet 16 xx

Carol Yates said...

You poor thing, hope you are feeling better soon and can get back to your crafting.
Carol.x #52

Laura said...

Hope you are feeling heaps better soon
Happy Wednesday

Gibby Frogett said...

awww poor you, hope you are feeling better very soon. Lovely cards though, the Koala is adorable and always love fairies.
take care... Gill x #50

Debs Willis said...

Hi Maggie, hope you feel better soon, and I am think your palm trees are fab!

Happy woyww

Debs #84

Ria Gall said...

wishing you better real soon so many of you lovely people have come down with this bug and it is so hard when you can't craft.
A lovely couple of cards they were well worth the wait thank you for sharing
Ria 60

Brenda Brown said...

Very sweet cards to share today and I hope you are feeling better.
Happy WOYWW.
hugs {brenda} x0x #99

MiniOwner said...

Aww Maggie get better soon. Love those cards. Happy Wednesday. :o)
Sue x (MiniOwner@109)

Krisha said...

Some lovely cards you shared. Do hope you get to feeling better soon Maggie. That flu bug has been a nasty fella this year, clear around the world and back.
Krisha #97

Twiglet said...

Hope you are soon feeling better - these colds leave you feeling miserable don't they. Love the cards. x Jo

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards. Love the flower fairies. Sending you get well soon wishes.

Linda Simpson said...

Hello Maggie, two gorgeous cards! I love the cute koala's they look so real.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Linda xxx

Shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Marg, hope you are starting to feel better- thats the first two people I've visited both with the dreaded lurgy! Speak soon, Love Shaz xx

Caro said...

Sorry to hear that you have been so poorly Maggie. I hope you are feeling better soon. Lovely cards! Thanks for sharing. Have a Happy WOYWW. Caro x #61

Anonymous said...

Cute as a button. Bet she loves the card. I have no CD products at all but I see so many people making good use of them I sometimes wonder if I am missing out :)


MA (21)

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh Maggie shame about the flu, how horrid for you, I hope you're back to fighting fit very soon You could sweat it out with some slab moving - ugH!!
I really like the cards, the Koala is amazing. I haven't I regret, rushed to put myself up for the DT..the mention of the word digi means that I am aspectacularly unqualified!!

Anonymous said...

So sorry you weren't feeling well and hope you feel better soon. Lovely cards, I'm sure that they will be appreciated.
HeatherM #134

Anne said...

Sorry you are poorly Maggie and hope you will soon be better. Love the two cards. Anne x #137

scrappymo! said...

Hope you feel better soon! No fun crafting while feeling poorly!

Your cards are both lovely...what a great idea to search for the background and use it behind your decoupage like that.

Postage here is high too and they are so careless with the mail...bending it and folding things in half as they fit it into their bags.
Scrappymo # 32

Dora said...

beautiful cards!!

Sue said...

Such a lovely card for a two year old, perfect:)

Create With Joy said...

Those Koala bears are awesome Maggie!

Just wanted to wish you a glorious weekend!

Create With Joy

Gill Edwards said...

sorry to hear the lurgy has struck but pleased you have your very own knight in shining armour looking after you.

take care
Gill x #141

scrappyjen said...

Lovely makes - got flu!... belated happy woyww! Thanks for visiting me, jenx