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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.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Pixie's Snippets Playground 109 - a fun challenge.

This is not a card, and, in fact, I am not sure it will ever become anything but a fun exercise.  It was born out of a silly throw away remark I made online about playing with the envelope as well as the contents.  After a bit of banter, it was a point of honour to, at least, try to see what I could do with a padded envelope.

I wanted it to be obvious where all the bits had come from.  The picture in the middle was placed to hide my own name and address.  You may have seen this picture before, but in case you missed it, it came originally from a photographic slide taken by my father years ago up on Bodmin Moor in the middle of a storm.  How I created the card from that can be found at  Craft A Scene - Troubled Skies 1

After I had brayered the background with Adirondacks, which brought up the bubble wrap patterns from the envelope, I quite liked the result. 
 I masked off the postage label as part of the effort to show where the envelope came from, and brayered over it.  The other Claritystamp label came from a newsletter envelope and I just added a little Adirondack Stonewashed to make it see a bit more cloudy and moody to fit with the picture.  I also continued the silhouette of the skyline freehand with a Slate Promarker on both sides of the envelope. 
 I added a couple of stamped images of the foliage, and drew in the birds freehand.

I am using this as a snippets creation for this week, if that is ok, Di.  Apart from the picture, everything else would have been thrown away, and I learned a lot from the exercise, not to mention a lot of fun, and head scratching.

If you would like to see other creations made from things that would otherwise be thrown away, just go to Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  You could also join in as well.


Elizabeth said...

Brilliant! You've definitely risen to that challenge, Maggie - I'll never look at padded envelopes in quite the same way again. And so nice to know that there's a bit of crafty mess on your desk once more :) Elizabeth xx

vicki said...

This is such a great way of using up your bits of scrap paper love it :)
Vic x

MaryH said...

Well, I'm blown away by how you used this packaging. Your scene is just awesome, and how imaginative to use a photograph slide to make your picture, then enhance it. How you looked at that envelope and could think of a way to use it, experiment with it...well, it's just amazing. It's really very unique & so pretty too. Way To Go! A perfect snippet entry to my mind! TFS & Hugs

Di said...

Oh Maggie - this looked like you had such fun! And of course it counts as a snippet. LOVE the effect that the bubble wrap gave off and the photo is a real stunner too.

Hugs, Di xx

SARN said...

Highly original Maggie. Love the effects you got from the inking. Top marks! xxx

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Maggie,

Love the texture that the bubble wrap and ink created. The photo your dad took is amazing.

Thanks for sharing.


Mrs A. said...

Now this is a snippet after my own heart. I love your resourcefulness. Hugs Mrs A.

Lorraine said...

lovely piece and thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words

Debs Willis said...

Hi Maggie, this is great!! I would love to get something like that thru the post, much more exciting than boring old white envelopes!
Debs x