11 February 2016

Say it with flowers .....

Midweek reminder that the Ribbon Girl February Card Challenge is open until 20th February - lots of time to get your cards in - it's anything goes with the option of making a Valentine card!

A pretty birthday card with LOTV papers, pale pink satin ribbon, pretty pink loopy trim and Bianca Rosa white guipure (around the bottom adhered with 3mm double sided tape) and one flower tucked cut off and glued in to the flower display) small butterfly dangle beads tied on with natural hemp twine and Marianne self adhesive pearl/diamante butterflies.

Flowers include Aqua fabric blossom, 40mm pink daisy, medium pink/cream lily, pink 20mm open rose, small white rosebud, pink sweetheart blossom

All of the flowers, lace, ribbon, self adhesives, trim and double sided sticky tape are from The Ribbon Girl

see you all soon

Mary x

7 February 2016

A new home .....

A card for friends retiring and moving to a new home. I will be making loads of these lovely standing decorative corner cards, I love them.  I hope you will join us for the Ribbon Girl February Card Challenge - we'd like to see your CARDS and expect lots of them will be for Valentines Day, but any theme is welcome, as long as it is a card of some sort.  Great prizes from our lovely friends at Lili of the Valley (who have a new range of stamps just out) and The Ribbon Girl

a close up of the flower display - and the lovely die cut butterfly.

All edge were distressed with gathered twigs then sparkled with Stardust Stickles

Flowers, ribbon, pearl trim and Stickles are all from

Looking forward to seeing your cards over on the Ribbon Girl blog!!

Mary xx

4 February 2016

Wedding or anniversary folded card ...

A little reminder that there's a mini challenge over on the Ribbon Girl Blog and we'd like to see your 'Love' projects.    I made this folded decorative corner card  (folds down for mailing) for a wedding or anniversary.   There is a tutorial for making a similar card here 

I used an image from a LOTV artpad then added Grace ivory guipure lace at the botttom topped with 15mm bridal white satin ribbon tied in a bow at the side.  

My flower arrangement includes 30mm wild rose, 20mm pale pink open rose, baby pink pretty  sweetheart blossoms and a Kort & God chrysanthemum

I hope you will have time to pop over to the challenge blog and join in with this fun challenge - as well as a lovely prize there is also a GDT up for grabs!

see you soon, Mary x

31 January 2016

Love is in the air .............

There is a little mini challenge over at The Ribbon Girl because January is a 5-week month so the February card challenge doesn't begin until next Sunday.  We decided to have a theme of 'love' and look forward to seeing your cards, bags, tags and projects of all types following the theme of love - they can be for a wedding, Valentines Day, anniversaries, love someone, sending love, with love from, love on Mothers Day ...... there are loads of things you can choose.

and best of all, as well as the super prize there is a Guest DT spot up for grabs!! 

I made a very lacey Victorian style valentine card using paper from the Pion 'to my valentine' collection. 
I added some Deborah ivory vintage style lace, then added it right around the edge of the card, I used red 12mm wide faux silk ribbon, ivory lace leaves and an ivory lace heart applique.

My flowers include burgundy 20mm open roses, white/white beaded berries,  tiny gyp flowers, green rose leaves, ivory wild rose with edges distressed  with ink

Ribbon, lace, lace appliques, flowers, leaves are all from

I hope you will join in with the challenge, I'm looking forward to seeing all your lovely creations 

Mary x

23 January 2016

Anniversary card ....

A folding decorative corner card* for a couple celebrating their 30th (Pearl) Wedding Anniversary.  The card folds flat so it fits into a box, or an envelope if you don't use 3d flowers.  I used some of my old Pion papers which I keep in my 'special paper' box only to be used for special occasion projects,  then added a diecut heart.

My flower arrangement includes ivory gardenia, white lily flowers, Kort and Godt ivory beaded berries and a white chrysanth, white pretty blossom and a little bow made from 15mm ivory faux silk. 
All edges were distressed with gathered twigs ink 

I embellished the heart with 3 - 6mm ivory self adhesive pearls, on the bottom I added 10mm square flatback s/a pearl trim and the top of the folding card has gorgeous 15mm 'Rosa' ivory guipure lace, both adhered with 6mm double sided tape

All of the flowers, ribbon, lace, pearls and trim and sticky tape are from
*  This technique is NEW to me and I was inspired by this tutorial

As this is a new year, I thought I would like to join in with more challenges so I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges

http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.co.uk/  (patterned paper)
http://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ (include a tag)

see you soon, Mary x

17 January 2016

A pretty pink birthday card ....

There's a new 'use any image' challenge over on The Ribbon Girl blog and they'd like to see your cards, boxes, tags, bags and 3d craft projects, in fact, any project that includes an IMAGE.   I made a round birthday card for my neice and I used a LOTV artpad image and tag which was tucked into a pink blossom flower with a 20mm pale pink rose and a white chrysanth.  All edges were distressed with gathered twigs distress ink

My flower arrangement includes a pink gardenia, 20mm pale pink open roses, tiny pink rosebuds, rose leaves and some white Kort & Godt chrysanths.  I added little drops of Stickles to the centres of the hydrangea flowers on the image to make them sparkle

I die cut this lovely butterfly and added some distress ink and lots of Stardust Stickles to make it sparkle

I added pale pink satin ribbon then made a bow which was tied with pink Divine Bakers Twine and topped with a 15mm sparkly acrylic button.  

All of the flowers, leaves, twine, button, ribbon, lace and Stickles are from The Ribbon Girl

I hope you will have time to pop over to the blog and see the wonderful creations from our design team - they are looking forward to seeing what you make!

Mary x

15 December 2015

Winter birthday card ....

This weeks challenge at Papertake Weekly is 'winter birthday' so I made this card for a friend of mine who has her birthday today! Happy Birthday Dawny!!

I used a LOTV artpad image, then added Blanche embroidered tulle lace, red satin ribbon, tiny red ric rac, a white daisy flower, two Kort and Godt white chrysanths, a couple of small ivory white rosebuds and 2 red hip rosebuds all from The Ribbon Girl  

I hope you will join in and that you are inspired by the PTW design team!
see you soon
Mary x

8 December 2015

Fun, fun, fun ........

Fun, fun, fun  .................... that's the theme at this week's Papertake Weekly Challenge and I hope you will be able to join in - there is a great prize for the winner.

I made a card for my little sister using a Pion image and I'm not sure where the background paper came from, sorry.  I added Monique white guipure lace, 12mm olive green faux silk ribbon, a white magnolia, white and mocha beaded stamens, small ivory white rosebuds, tiny red berries and a 20mm burgundy open rose   I added lots of stardust stickles on the image to make the snow sparkle!

We're looking forward to seeing you over at Papertake Weekly - there are some fabulous projects by the design team to inspire you!

Lace, ribbon, all the flowers and stickles are from

6 December 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ...........

There's a new 'Card Challenge' over at the Ribbon Girl  blog and the theme is 'anything goes'  or 'it's almost Christmas' - I went with the Christmas theme and made a card and box set.   I used an image and papers from Pion and inked and distressed all the edges.

I added Amelia ivory fine cotton lace, Donna narrow cream cotton lace, ivory pure silk ribbon, small pine cones, tiny red berries, ivory white magnolias, white tiny rose buds.  I added sparkle with Stardust Stickles and the sentiment was computer generated.  The ferny leaves were punched with my good old Martha Stewart branch punch

I decorated a box with red loopy trim, Clementine lace, and a sparkly acrylic heart button tied with button twine

The challenge will remain open until  9.00pm UK time on Saturday 19th December and I hope you will have time to join in over on the blog

I'm looking forward to seeing what you make!

Mary x

3 December 2015

Another sparkly tree decoration ......

This is for a special little lady for her Christmas Tree - if it looks familiar, I made a very similar one for her sister a couple of weeks ago

A sparkly bauble using a Pion image and paper with 12mm ivory faux silk ribbon, Starburst Rhinestone Embellishment, Silver Twine, (on the reverse is a 30mm brown wild rose, 2 ivory lace leaves, 2 small ivory rosebuds) and Stardust Stickles for extra sparkle    Each layer is die cut and built up using foam pads

Ribbon, bling, twine, flowers and stickles are all from

1 December 2015

Birthday card for Bob ...

The challenge at this weeks' Papertake Weekly is 'anything goes' sponsored by LOTV so I have made a birthday card for a friend who is 70 years old today!!  He has a little car similar to that one but a different colour and he wears a flat cap when driving it so this artpad image from LOTV was perfect.

I added 50mm faux hessian ribbon, maroon tea dyed cotton ribbon, a wooden clock button (time and tide wait for no man) tied on with some brown sugar bakers divine twine.  I used some Stardust Stickles for the hub caps and lights and finished the card with a 7 and 0 from the sparkly self adhesive numbers pack

Ribbon, twine, stickles, wooden button and s/a numbers are all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

I hope you will be able to join us at PTW for this fun challenge, there are lovely projects by the design team to inspire you and there will be a great prize for the winner!

see you soon, Mary x

24 November 2015

A sparkly bauble for the tree ...

I really enjoyed making his 'bauble' for a special little lady.  The challenge at this weeks Papertake Weekly is to either make a bauble, make something red or green, or make it sparkly - I tried to combine everything and came up with this.   I die cut all the shapes and layered them up with sticky pads to give a bit of depth.  The  Father Christmas image was cut from a sheet of Pion paper as is the green background.  All edges were distressed with gathered twigs ink

On the reverse the words are computer generated in green and I added a brown 30mm wild rose, a couple of white pretty blossoms and two ivory guipure lace leaves

a close up of the lovely Father Christmas image and the starburst embellishment

Ribbon, embellishment, twine, flowers, lace leaves are all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

I hope you will have time to pop over to PTW to be inspired by the design team makes and we look forward to seeing what you come up with!

see you soon, Mary x

17 November 2015

Let it snow ...

The theme at this week's Papertake Weekly challenge is 'Let it snow'   I made this Christmas card using a cute image from a LOTV artpad matted onto their paper 'Frosty Christmas'

I added two rows of a 6-row faux diamante trim with some 17mm white 'Laila' vintage style fine cotton lace.  The bow is made from 32mm silver flake web ribbon and is topped with white lily, tiny red berries and silver twine.  I have added more lily flowers and red berries in the bottom right corner.  The cute snowmen were sparkled with Stardust Stickles.

I hope you will be able to join us in this challenge as I know most of you will be making your special Christmas cards.  The design team have made some fabulous cards to inspire you so please pop over for a look.

see you soon, Mary x

15 November 2015

Wine glass place marker......

There is a new challenge over on the Ribbon Girl blog today 'Use Any Image' so I have coloured this cute little penguin stamp from the LOTV Trio range and matted him onto a silver glitter.  I am using this wineglass as a place-marker and the name is written on the reverse of the tag

 I used a Silver Shimmer Poinsettia, Silver Flake Web Ribbon, 4 rows of some Six Row Faux Diamante Trim, Silver Twine, 6mm double sided sticky tape.  The LOTV penguin trio image was samped then coloured with Copics.  This size of stamp is perfect for tags like this

The Ribbon Girl

The new challenge will run for 2 weeks and we'd love to see what you make, so do pop over and be inspired by the design team!  As usual, there are great prizes to be won for 3 lucky people

First prize:  £10 voucher for LOTV

Second prize:  £10 voucher for The Ribbon Girl

Third prize:  Mystery prize from Marianne Designs


see you soon, Mary xx

10 November 2015

Christmas critters .....

Over at Papertake Weekly we'd like to see your Christmas Critters - I used this cute squirrel image from a LOTV Christmas artpad.  I added a bow made with gold flake web ribbon, tied with gold stretch twine and topped with a white snowflake button.  I generated the sentiment on my pc and edged everything with Stardust Stickles for a bit of festive sparkle.  Along the bottom of the card I added some tiny white pom pom trim

I twisted some of the gold flake ribbon around the card and included some Eva white fine cotton lace. My flowers are a Christmas Rose, a couple of 10mm burgundy open roses and two white pretty blossoms

Flowers, ribbon, lace, pom pom trim, button, stickles and twine are all from

I hope you will find time to pop over to PTW - there are some lovely projects by my team mates and we'd love to see what you create!  Great prize as usual!

see you soon, Mary x