19 February 2017

Golden rose bouquet .....

Card using 6x6 papers from the Lemoncraft 'House of Roses' pad, topped with 25mm faux hessian natural colour ribbon and cream seam binding.   I diecut, shaped and coloured the roses, rosebuds, tiny rosebuds and all leaves using chalk inks and added brown seed beads to the centrs of the roses together with a bit of Stardust Stickles for a bit of sparkle.  A couple of pearl trinket pins, plus a bow of seam binding and a small bundle of natural hemp twine have all been tucked into the arrangement. 

I also added an ivory carnation and a white cosmos daisy which I coloured to match my roses.  I inserted a couple of stems of ivory beaded berries and some miniature ivory cream blossoms

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary x

18 February 2017

Tag with handmade wild roses ...

I made this tag to go on my sisters birthday gift -  we had a birthday lunch at her favourite Italian today so now she's seen her gift it's safe to publish the tag here!  I used paper from the 6x6 Maja 'Enjoying Outdoors' paper pad matted onto plain pale pink card, both die cut with a Crealies die.

I stamped and diecut these roses from plain white card and shaped and coloured them with chalk inks then added paper stamens and amber coloured tiny seed beads.  I popped in a couple of pink/white hip rosebuds.   Many thanks to Janice at Sir Stampalot who sent the Heartfelt Creations die the same day I ordered it - I already had the co-ordinating stamp but no die to cut the flowers with.  I was so pleased when the die arrived :-) much faster than cutting each flower with a pair of scissors! 

The leaves were diecut from green card which I coloured with chalk inks.  

I added a bow made with 38mm pale pink silky crush ribbon, 10mm ivory daisy flat-back pearl trim adhered with 6mm double sided sticky tape, 17mm Donna ivory vintage style cotton lace.  I added some 3mm hot pink satin ribbon at the top of the tag and embellished the lace bow with a 15mm pearl and diamante flat-back embellishment.

Thanks for looking and see you soon
Mary x

14 February 2017

Gift bag ....

A decorated gift bag using paper from the Maja Design 'Enjoying Outdoors' 6x6 paper pad  decorated with black flowers - why black I've no idea, I just had this idea floating around in my head to make black and silver flowers, so I did

The tag is diecut with a Crealies die and I added more Maja paper, some handmade black flowers embossed with silver, diecut and shaped and with a touch of Stardust Stickles in the centres.  I glued in some lilac pearl beads from my stash.  The diecut leaves were shaped and coloured with chalk ink, then I added some mulberry paper lilac/white hip rosebuds, purple/lilac beaded berries and some silver twine.  

The bow is Mauve Rose vintage style seam binding, Allison antique white vintage style fine cotton lace and a 15mm round amethyst and diamante flatback embellishment.

Thanks for looking, and see you soon
Mary x

12 February 2017

Roses thank you card ...

A thank you card using Maja Design 'Vintage Autumn' papers and tag.  

I stamped, diecut plain white card and coloured the flowers, shaped them, then added some Stardust Stickles to the centres then some 3mm pearl beads and some seed beads in dark amber.  The leaves were made in the same way - I coloured with chalk inks and was pleased with how they turned out.

My card was trimmed with Rose Petal vintage style seam binding and Donna ivory vintage style cotton lace plus some 5mm ivory flatback daisy pearl trim adhered with 3mm double sided sticky tape

Maja Design paper, pearls, pearl trim, lace, ribbons, Stickles, Sticky Tape are all from

thanks for looking and enjoy your weekend
see you soon, Mary x

8 February 2017

Peonies and Roses Card ...

A card featuring one of the new LOTV 'simply print' coloured images Peonies & Roses'  I used Lemoncraft 'Heart Painted' paper which is perfect as the roses are similar colours.

A piece of 15mm satin ribbon  Hot Pink, with a square diamante buckle slide sits between two of the oval die-cut mounts, and I've made a bow to the side.   My flower arrangement includes pink/pink large rosebuds, pink anenomes, 30mm ivory wild rose, pink magnolia, and white cosmos daisy, plus some green leaves and a couple of crystal teardrop pins.   I finished the card with a couple of s/a pearl/diamante butterflies from my stash 

Thanks for looking and see you soon,
Mary xx

5 February 2017

Spring themed 'Diamond Top' card ...

I've never made one of these diamond top folded cards before, but once I got the hang of which way to fold the single piece of A4 piece of card, I quite enjoyed it.

I used Maja Design 'Vintage Spring Basics' 6x6 papers (the little butterfly is cut from the same pad), all edges distressed and inked, White Opal Liquid Pearls, and a gorgeous little digi printable image from LOTV  called 'Mouse and Bumblebee'

I added some iced lime seam binding, natural hemp twine, ivory exotic blossom, white cosmos daisy, a couple of lemon sweetheart blossoms, a sprig of blue/white beaded stamen a couple of pale green paper leaves and some 32mm Clementine ivory embroidered tulle lace.  

I am entering this into the Card Addicts February Challenge - Diamond Fold Card made from a single sheet of A4 card - must have a Spring theme

Crafters don't miss the Ribbon Girl February Card Challenge over on the blog http://ribbongirls.blogspot.co.uk/ which will run for 2 weeks - thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

2 February 2017

Card with hand made vellum flowers

A birthday card using Maja Design 'Vintage Spring' 6x6 papers, heliotrope lilac 25mm satin ribbon, a white guipure frame applique

I stamped and embossed the flowers onto vellum paper, die cut them with matching dies, then added lilac/purple beaded berries in the centre.  I included some green leaves and some pale green leaves together with some lilac miniature blossoms in my flower arrangement.  The sentiment 'happy birthday' is one of the new LOTV digital downloads, printed from my computer

Thanks for looking and see you soon
Mary x

30 January 2017

Birthday open book card ..

I dont usually make so many cards, but I seem to have made quite a few in the past few days!  This is an open book card using Maja Design 'Vintage Spring' papers  - I used 10mm ivory flower flatback pearl trim for the centre and page edges.  The pearl trim doesnt look straight on the photo because the 'pages' have curled under it :-( 

I diecut the flowers and inked the edges then added a 6mm, 8mm and 11mm pearls with pearl 3mm stamens.  Also, I popped in some lilac/white hip rosebuds and a couple of Scrapiniec chipboard 

I added a bow made from 38mm lilac organza ribbon and the sentiment was computer generated

thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary x

29 January 2017

Mouse Flowers birthday card ...

Birthday card made with Maja Design Vintage  6x6 paper pad, LOTV digi coloured image - I cut the top layer of card narrower so I could add some 12mm white frilled lace and 6mm white flatback pearl trim on the edge.  I die cut various oval shapes and added some Forget me Not mulberry paper flowers, white cosmos daisies, a blue 20mm open rose and a pale pink sweetheart blossom

On the inside of the card I used a co-ordinating Maja Design paper with a strip of pearl and sparkly Wave self adhesives - they are so easy to apply and really pretty :-)

thanks for looking
see you soon, Mary x

Shaped easel card ....

A shaped easel card using Maja 'Vintage Spring' 6x6 papers.  I used Maja paper to make the flowers and leaves too.  The lovely image is a LOTV digital coloured topper 'Delightful Daisies'

I added Pearl and Sparkly Wave self adhesive strip, 12mm ivory faux silk ribbon, ivory beaded berries, natural hemp twine and White Opal Liquid Pearls

thanks for looking
Mary x

27 January 2017

A little hero .............

Birthday card for a boy using the LOTV digital image coloured with copics.  The paper is Galeria Starry Night and I added some 15mm Soldier 'Grenadier Guard' ribbon, a 'soldier with a bearskin hat' silver colour charm, white 40mm daisy with centre removed and replaced with the reverse of a red polka dot button with hemp twine in the centre.  I added a LOTV sentiment and some 3mm red ribbon to finish off the card.

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

25 January 2017

Cute little mouse with a Big Bouquet.................

Birthday card using 'Big Bouquet' from the LOTV new digital toppers - I used Lemoncraft 'Heart Painted' paper for the background with kraft card.  I added Lyra white guipure lace and hot pink/white saddlestitch ribbon.

Flowers include white daisy, yellow 12mm rose, 20mm blue open rose, blue sweetheart blossoms, white miniature blossoms, pink cherry blossom

I added pearls from the 3-6mm ivory pearl pack with a couple of butterflies from my stash to which I added a few drops of Gold Liquid Pearls for their bodies

The bottom flower arrangement includes a white cosmos daisy with a flower shaped acrylic button tied to the pink saddlestitch with some natural hemp twine - the sentiment is from LOTV stamped onto white card and cut with scissors

Thanks for looking, and see you again soon
Mary x

24 January 2017

Delightful Daisies ...

  I downloaded this one today 'Delightful Daisies - the images come in 3 different sizes so plenty of choice for all kinds of projects.

I used Pion Design paper, satin ribbon, Donna ivory vintage style lace, a white daisy, 3 white cosmos daisies, a Scrapiniec 'happy birthday' chipboard piece, a few self adhesive pearls and finished off with Stardust Stickles

There are some lovely designs available in the digi toppers and I'll be getting more of these I think as they're perfect for making quick cards

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

15 January 2017

Sympathy card .....

My card for The Ribbon Girl 'Use any Image' challenge.  I've made a sympathy card using an Inkylicious stamp***, stamped with black Stazon.  I coloured the background using ink dusters and brushed around the bottom of an egg cup to look like the sun - I used pink and orange ink to dust. First time I've tried the ink dusting brushes and was very impressed with the effects you can make.

After I had adhered the stamped image onto a black background, I stamped a LOTV sentiment directly onto the card, then stamped and embossed the tiny butterflies with gold sparkle.

I finished the card with a little piece of 7mm Black and 7mm Sable satin ribbon topped with a black butterfly (I cut a single butterfly from a butterfly edge die).  The butterfly body is made from Gold Liquid Pearls

I hope you will all join in with The Ribbon Girl 'Use any Image' challenge - it runs for two weeks and there are three lovely prizes to win.  You will find lots of inspiration from the talented ladies on The Ribbon Girl Design Team

*** I was lucky enough to win the lovely stamp and the butterfly edge die in a challenge at Card Addicts :-)

Thanks for looking, Mary xx

10 January 2017

Thinking of You ..........

Another open book card using 2 sheets of 6x6 Maja Designs 'Enjoying Outdoors' paper (there is a join in the centre as the card is much wider than 6 inches) on the top layer, 12x12 Lilac/White Spot Paper on the second layer.  The sentiment is a Stempelglade stamp

For my flower arrangement I used twine, white handmade flowers I made with foamiran, pearl stamens, vintage violet 15mm roses, lilac miniature blossoms, lilac/white hip rosebuds, rose leaves, lilac exotic blossoms, lilac beaded stamens

I embellished the centre (and hid the paper join)  with a strip of 6mm white flatback pearls with Lyra white guipure lace to each side.  I added some hearts from a sheet of Marianne Pearl & Rhinestone Romantic Hearts, added some 3-6mm flat back s/a pearls and added a bit of sparkle with some Stardust Stickles

I made a bow with 25mm purple satin ribbon, and hung medium heart dangle beads on matching purple and Heliotrope 3mm satin ribbon, 

All papers, ribbons, pearls, beads, lace, trims, stamens, flowers, leaves and Foamiran are from The Ribbon Girl online store

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x