I haven't been able to think of a good present that I can buy her. At her age there's not much that she wants. So I suddenly thought, that's it, I am going to make her a puzzle for her birthday! I have a Cricut cutting machine which cuts cardboard and I know how to make the shapes. So I rushed out and bought a large 100 piece children's puzzle as a guide. I put it together, turned it over and marked the edges with a thick black pen. I then divided it up into four sections and scanned each section in (bottom right here) and then merged them all. I then erased the pink background with the background eraser tool.
I know that because of the thick, rough lines it will not import properly into the Cricut software so I intend to pull the image into Inkscape and draw it from scratch. It will be a good learning experience for me and although I know it will take me a while, once I have it, I can cut any number of puzzles, any size from A3 downwards! I can keep Mom happy for ages!
So this is the picture I want to make into my first puzzle. I will put Happy 90th on the balloon. This is my family on a ship many moons ago - I'm the little girl on the left. The well-worn rag dolls were made by my Mom.
I do so hope I can make this work. If I do, I intend to upload the Cricut file onto the internet so others can use it!