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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.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

WOYWW - 200

Cheat! I hear you saying.... and you would be right.  You have seen this shot before but as nothing has really changed since then, nothing that I can show you anyway, I hoped you would not mind too much.  Sorry Julia, I hope you will forgive me this liberty.  For those few in the world who do not know Julia, she is the brilliant lady over at Stamping Ground who holds court each Wednesday to allow us all to visit each other to see what goodies our desks hold.

However, I have got a card for you to make up.  I actually made it a while ago, but could not decide who might like it, so it went straight into my stock box to await developments.    The flower is a digi that I printed on to parchment, heat embossed and then painted with mica powders.  The moisture caused the parchment to stretch between the embossed lines, but I quite like the effect of material it gives.  Cutting it out was a bit of a beast, and then I attached it with a good dose of Crafters Companion adhesive.
The three oval mats were cut out with my Silhouette Cameo and then mounted on black pearlescent card.

As you can see, some of the bits were very thin and quite difficult to hold together when they were cut out.  In fact, I think it was only the embossing that held them in one piece. 

If you have got all the way down here, it is time I sent you on your way back to Julia to find all the other desks to visit.  All we ask of our visitors is a short comment to tell us you have called in, and then we will know where to go to return the visit.  Hope to see you all very soon.  Have a good week, and lets hope for some good weather wherever you are.  xx


505whimsygirl said...

Hi Maggie,

I LOVE your card! I didn't notice the desk photo as I didn't participate last week... as a matter of fact, I've been quite irregular.

As for weather, we are expected to get snow tomorrow. When I left work today we were getting rain drops and a few snowflakes but it quit. I'm hoping if it snows then it'll snow a foot and I'll get a day off!

Kay (no # yet)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Lovely and warm downunder, Maggie! wont rub it in, I will send you bucket loads of sunshine instead..

.. ah love that card and what a great idea doing it with paints love it thanks for sharing and love it set on black too great combo!
... happy 200th WOYWW not linked yet Shaz in Oz.x

Jill said...

Maggie I think it deserves further developments, its lovely! Happy WOW day. Jill x

Ali H said...

Your rose looks like it is made from satin & appliqued ! Great ! Enjoy a fun crafty week ! Ali #20

Sandy said...

That flower is so beautiful. Your card is so pretty love the ring around it looks so pretty.
Sandy :) #16

kath stewart said...

beautiful card Maggie...it looks so dimensional as though it's fabric...thanks for sharing...Happy WOYWW...hugs kath (22) xxx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Morning Maggie!! Happy 200th WOYWW :)
I love those roses..they look like appliqué in the photos and not like paper at all. How clever! I also love the silver birch stamped card in your previous post, so elegant!
I'm ashamed to say that I wasn't a follower of your blog....I am now! And I adore your purple crocus header pic.....yay, spring is finally on the way :)
Hugs, LLJ 36 xxxx

Janene McAnally said...

Very Beautiful card and striking. Love the embossing, really brings out the flowers. Happy WOYWW.
Janene #13

Helen said...

They are beautiful flowers!! Have a great day. Helen, 4

The Taming of the Glue said...

The card is gorgeous and the flowers look almost like fabric. Happy WOYWW. Pam#14

Belinda Basson said...

Wow, that is stunning. Don't think I could do that kind of cutting. Nice contrast on the background.

Di said...

Absolutely fabulous card Maggie! The detail is really beautiful, I love it! You must have the patience of a Saint.

Good luck with the breadmaking, my nose will be twitching down here :) Happy WOYWW to you, hugs, Di xx

Dora said...

hello Maggie,
beautiful rose and I see on your desk....stamps about horses!! now make you me curious.....I hope that I see a card with it.
my desk is empty....if you know what I mean. I must be patience, I know.
have fun!!

Ria Gall said...

what a lovely piece of parchment craft and as you say the wet mica powders has given it a great effect.

Enjoy your WOYWW sunny day today
Ria #33

Anne said...

Hi Maggie just love your card you always have such interesting things to show us- think my stuff is always so boring. Happy WOYWW. Anne x #51

Julia Dunnit said...

It looks incredibly like fabric Maggie, I do agree! Are you enjoying the splodge away mat? I have a looky likey and must say it's a clever thing!

Shazsilverwolf said...

I agree Marg, the vellum looks like silk almost- a very nice surprise! I remember a few years ago seeing this done with peel-offs & a particular liquid, which caused this effect- can't remember what the liquid was called, but its cool that apparently any liquid gives the effect. Speak soon, Love Shaz xx

Heather Alger said...

Wow, Love the effect on the flower, when I first saw it thought it was material. Looks Great.
Have a Lovely week Happy WOYWW Heather #71

jill said...

At first i thought the rose was made of a silk fabric . How pretty the card is & look great with a black back ground. Jill #28

Gibby Frogett said...

Happy WOYWW. I love your card, the close up photos show the lovely details and it has a great texture. Have a good week... Gill x #93

Debs Willis said...

Hi Maggie, beautiful card, and some real dedication to detailed cutting there!

Happy woyww

debs #63

Angie said...

What a gorgeous effect. xx

glitterandglue said...

Lovely, lovely card. Fooled me to begin with - I really thought it WAS fabric until I read your post. Well done.
Margaret (glitterandglue 78)

Spyder said...

I nearly cheated the other week, I found such a good picture I hadn't used...only it was in my old craft room! (I wonder if anyone would have noticed!?!) Lovely flower, I know I'd be hopeless! Have a great crafty week!
HaPPy WoYwW!!
((Lyn)) was #52 now 51!!

Mrs A. said...

Beautiful flower and it really does look like material. Hugs Mrs a.

fairy thoughts said...

gorgeous roses they really do look like quilted fabric don't they. I didn't call in last week either but if your desk looks the same then it is not cheating is it?
have a good week
janet #27

Di said...

CHEESE SCONES?!?! Am just hoppin' outta me PJs and heading in your direction Maggie :) Di xx


G'day Maggie
I love your card...I think the moisture effect looks awesome on the parchment...beautiful!!
Annette In Oz #74

MaryH said...

Maggie, I absolutely LOVE this! Roses are a favorite motif & this one is just gorgeous. I'm intrigued by your final oval die, looks like it has a chain border. This is a new one to me, is it S/Binder or something else - maybe only in the UK? Thank you for sharing such a beautiful card..the rose looked like it was made of the finest silk. Hugs