16 April 2019

Looking forward to Summer .....


There is a new 'anything goes' challenge over at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge with a nice prize for the winner.  I hope you will find time to join us and if you pop over to the blog I'm sure you will be inspired.  The DT were tasked with creating a project with the theme of 'Looking forward to Summer' and I thought this lovely digi stamp of Helga Hippo with her gorgeous summer hat would fit the bill perfectly. When I'd downloaded and printed out the image I coloured it with Copic markers.

I die cut the image and matted it onto various diecut shapes then added some summer flowers which I stamped and diecut from Polkadoodles digital paper from the Starfish/Sandcastles  collection and added a sparkly gem in the centres plus some diecut white leaves.

I hope you will find time to join us and you'll find plenty of inspiration on the DigiChoosday blog because all of the team have made gorgeous creations and I'm looking forward to seeing what you make

Thanks for visiting, and I'll see you soon
Mary G x

2 April 2019

Bella has an Easter gift .....



There is a new 'anything goes' challenge over at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge with a nice prize for the winner.  I hope you will find time to join us and if you pop over to the blog I'm sure you will be inspired.  The DT were tasked with creating a project with the theme of EASTER  with an ANIMAL/BIRD and the project had to include a TAG     I coloured the adorable Bella Bear with Copic markers and tried to match the colours with the green, peach and pink digi papers I downloaded from the Starfish/Sandcastles  collection.  I added a drop of Glossy Accents to her nose for a bit of shine and some extra freckles to her cheeks using a white gel pen




I die-cut a shape for the top of the egg box, then I punched some flowers and leaves from the scraps of papers, added some s/a gems, a pink ribbon to keep the egg box closed and some frilly pink trim.  When 4 Cadbury creme eggs are added to the box this will make a lovely gift for someone special. Some of the Copic pens I used: G05, YR21, RV14. E43, E00, E51, E000, R11, E59, C0

I hope you will find time to join us and you'll find plenty of inspiration on the DigiChoosday blog because all of the team have made gorgeous creations

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary G xx



1 April 2019

Helga the Hippo ......


A birthday card with a pre-coloured image digi download image 'Helga the Hipp' by Polkadoodles on an oval diecut (Marianne large oval) and some die cut leaves with embossed vellum and paper flowers.

Thanks for looking,
Mary G xx

31 March 2019

Triangular fold Fairy birthday card ....

My first try at a triangular fold card using a pre-coloured image from the  LOTV 'Lily the Fairy' Art Sheet   I saw one o these cards made by the lovely Bozena Beijer  in Netherlands   It consists of 3 pieces of cards, scored and joined together, then a ribbon added across the whole width of the 3 pieces with patterned paper and die cuts on top of that.  The paper I used on the background is from an old Lemoncraft pad


You can see here how the back panel folds in 2 diagonally then tucks under the front decorative top


This photo shows the 3 pieces in a row - you cant see the diagonal fold on the front piece as there is a decorative panel added on top of it with the diecuts, flowers, ribbons etc.

Thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary G xx

30 March 2019

Gift card pouch ....


My first attempt at a small easy open/close gift pouch  I used a Sue Wilson Creative Expression Die CED4418 and added a paper/vellum silver embossed flower with a s/a gem in the centre plus punched and die-cut leaves.     I cut a slit in the body of the pouch so the tip of the filigree portion could slip in for closing/opening.  I was pleased with the design I came up with and will make some more, lining the inner and adding the pocket for gift card or cash

Thanks for visiting, see you soon
Mary G x

26 March 2019

Cute mice and Delightful Daisies birthday card ....


A birthday card using one of the gorgeous digital download pdf  LOTV pre-coloured images  'Delightful Daisies'

I used a Marianne Design die  LR0578 on a pale pink background and added a pink paper and silver embossed vellum flower with a s/a gem in the centre.  The sentiment was computer generated.

Thank you for visiting my blog, see you soon,
Mary G x x

24 March 2019

60th birthday card ...


For this birthday card I used the very pretty Marianne Design die LR0407, plus the Petra Large Oval LR0240.  The sentiment on the front was computer generated and I punched ut the flower and added a die-cut leaf.  On the inside of the card is a personal message plus co-ordinating paper which is from a collection by Sweete Shoppe

Thanks forvisiting my blog, see you soon,
Mary G xx

23 March 2019

A teacup of poppies ....


I was inspired by a lady on the Marianne Design facebook group who made a similar card (Alie de Blieck) and I made this card using one of the older ready coloured  LOTV images 'A teacup of poppies'   I used Marianne dies LR0578, LR0537 on the corners and then I made some silver embossed paper and vellum flowers using my Heartfelt Creations stamp and die set.


I added a sparkly gem to the centre of the flowers which I painted with pearl and metallic acylic paints.  I am fascinated with these flowers at the moment and will be making more very soon

A close up of the flowers I made

A close up of the gorgeous corner die which cuts and embosses.  I added some die cut butterflies enhanced with some s/a pearls

Thanks for visiting my blog, see you soon,
Mary G xx

19 March 2019

A gift for a lady ....


There is a new 'anything goes' challenge over at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge with a nice prize for the winner.  I hope you will find time to join us and if you pop over to the blog I'm sure you will be inspired.  The DT were tasked with creating a project with the theme of 'a gift for a lady' so I thought what could be nicer than a bar of chocklit!  yummy!!  

 I bought a bar of chocolate wrapped in foil, then an outer paper wrapper which I removed    I made a new wrapper from Polkadoodles Digi Download paper from the Winnie collection.  I coloured up this cute digital image 'Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Springtime - Mmmmm Chocolate!' with Copics pens, diecut it into an oval shape, and added a decorative oval background.  I added some vintage style white fine cotton lace topped with pink satin ribbon.  A few pink and aqua flowers and some green leaves from my stash with a bow made from pale pink and white spot organza ribbon finished off the gift.  The digi sentiment was downloaded from Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Design Sheet 7


A close up of the sentiment and embellishments
Copic pens I used to colour the image


I hope you will find time to pop over to the challenge blog and be inspired by the wonderful things the design team have made.  I am looking forward to seeing what you make, happy crafting, and thanks for visiting my blog,
see you soon,
Mary G xx

18 March 2019

Party cake and favours .....


Party favours for my 70th birthday celebration - paper is half an A4 sheet of digi download paper from Sweete Shoppe topped with 25mm aqua satin ribbon topped with a hand made paper and gold embossed vellum flower with a s/a gem in the centre.  The ribbon bow was tied with silver twine and there were two tiny star beads on the ends of the twine.  The sentiment was computer generated (and the Ferrero Roche chocolates inside the roll were yummy)


My gorgeous birthday cake made by my very clever little sister Jackie Bainbridge  - it was a lemon and buttercream layer cake and tasted delicious!

Thanks for visiting my blog today, see you soon, Mary xx

11 March 2019

A gold and white birthday card for an 80year old lady ....


I was asked to make a card for an 80year old lady and I used a Marianne Designs die LR0578 cut in white and laid onto some gold glitter card.  I used various flowers and leaves from my stash and added a bow made from ivory sheer ribbon.  I die-cut the 80 in gold and matted onto the corresponding white background.

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary G xx

10 March 2019

Aqua and white birthday card with a hint of pink ..........



A birthday card in aqua and white using the Marianne LR0470 creatables die set with an 80 using sizzix numbers, two sizes so they nested together.  

I made the flowers from vellum, heat embossed, coloured with a pink copics marker and added a wink of Stella before popping in a s/a gem for the centres.  Leaves made in the same way.  The touch of pink was a pure accident.  I was at a crop on Friday night when I made flowers, but had left my aqua Copic marker at home and 'made do' with a pink one, but it turned out much better and I was really pleased with my 'happy accident' or 'design feature' as Andrea and I say when we make a mistake that actually turns out OK

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary G xx


On your special day ...


A wedding card with the gorgeous Polkadoodles image love-kisses from the Work & Play digi bundle.  I made a white die cut, sorry no idea of the make, and matted it onto pink pearly card.   I love to try something new and I saw some lovely flowers on a facebook group made from vellum paper which had been painted with acrylic pearl paints - off to Hobbycraft where I got a couple of small bottles of Pebeo pearlised acrylic paint and one much bigger bottle for around £2 which is a metallic finish paint - both gave excellent results and a love sheen to the petals.  Thanks to Bozena Beijer for inspiring me again.


A close up of the pretty flowers which tone with the gorgeous Polkadoodles image as well as the background pink pearl card from my stash.

Thank you for looking, see you soon
Mary G xx

6 March 2019

Lilac birthday card ....

A birthday card using dies from the Marianne Designs LR0470 set plus vellum flowers (see below for how I made them) stamped and heat embossed using Heartfelt Creations dog rose set, which I then coloured with a Copic Marker.


close up of the vellum roses - see below for how I made them
close up of the pretty embossing I achieved using the Marianne die set and my Gemini Junior die cutting machine

I used the Heartfelt Creations stamp with Versamark ink, sprinkled with sparkly silver glitter and heat embossed.  Then I coloured back and front of the vellum flowers with a Copic marker

I die-cut the coloured and embossed flowers with the Heartfelt Creations matching die

I diecut plain lilac flowers (same as the background of the card) shaped both the card flowers and the vellum flowers then painted on Wink of Stella to give it a bit more sparkle :-)  In my opinion, you can't have too much sparkle!  I added s/a gems to the centre of the flowers


Thanks for visiting, see you soon,
Mary G x

5 March 2019

Sparkly embossed flowers on a girlie card .....


For this girlie card I was inspired by a card made by Astrid Mestrum.   I used vellum paper for the Heartfelt Creations dog roses which I embossed with silver powder then die-cut with the matching die.  I'm loving my new Gemini Junior machine, I should have got one years ago!  I shaped the flowers and leaves then added sparkly gems to the centres of the flowers.  The actual card and for the beautiful die-cut and embossed panel I used Marianne Craftable LR0578 die set.  The image is from LOTV pre-coloured ready to use 'Very Girlie' artsheet


Close up of the dog roses and leaves and of course, the cutest little lady in the centre

I will enter this into the March challenge at Card Addicts
Thanks for visiting and I'll see you soon

Mary G xx