24 September 2016

Burgundy folding card

A folding decorative corner card made with Maja 'Home for the Holidays' 6x6 papers,  10mm double row ivory flatback pearl trim, a sprig of tiny pearl cluster flowers on a silver wire, ivory 30mm wild rose, burgundy 20mm rose, burgundy cherry blossom, ivory miniature blossom flowers and a couple of small rose leaves    All papers, flowers and trims are from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

The heart was die-cut, the sentiment was computer generated and the tag was made with a punch and I added a rose and a couple more leaves.

Thanks for visiting, see you again soon
Mary x

Doll clothes - floral dress, pants, hat

Floral dress with lined bodice and contrast collar

Matching floral hat fully lined in contrasting cream fabric, trimmed with ribbon and lace

Matching panties with elasticated legs and waist

thanks for visiting, see you soon with a card :-)

Mary x

Jam Making continues ...

I'm still loving making jam and preserves but my cupboard is getting rather full so probably time to stop, apart from lots more of the Caramelised Onion Jam I made which was so delicious my family have requested more.  This week I've made raspberry jam, fig and lemon jam, plum jam and greengage jam - I'll be adding these to the summer fruits jam, blueberry and raspberry jam and the strawberry jam - oh and not forgetting the lemon curd and the lime curd in the fridge (shorter shelf life) 

Raspberry Jam

Caramelised Onion Jam
Lemon Curd
Thanks for looking, I'll be back later with a new card I've made and photos of some more dolly clothes I've made to practise my rusty sewing skills

Mary x

21 September 2016

More doll clothes - pink hat and coat ....

I am continuing with my sewing practice and I have made a hat and coat for a medium sized Baby Annabel dolly (would fit any medium baby doll)  using this lovely pink fleece fabric - I have to say it was very difficult to sew, but next time I make this pattern I will use a thinner polycotton material.  I trimmed it with pink spot lace edged bias binding, an 18mm sparkly button and 15mm pale pink satin ribbon - all from the store

I loved the shape of the hat, next time I will line it when I sew with a finer fabric, the fleece fabric was a little too bulky for such a small item.   I used Simplicity Archives Baby Doll Pattern Number 4707, size medium, view C, hat and coat

thanks for looking

18 September 2016

Wedding anniversary card ...

I used Pion 'Bridal Bouquet' paper and image, 'Alma' ivory vintage style lace, Vintage Ivory fluted edge sheer, green fabric rose leaves,  ivory/white magnolia, ivory anemonies, ivory/cream  beaded berries, ivory miniature blossoms, cream 20mm rose, sprigs from an ivory pearl/crystal branch, flat back ivory pearls and a portion of a Scrapiniec chipboard sign (cut it up so I could use it for two different cards)

close up of the lovely flowers, leaves and ribbon

This vintage style anniversary card is for The Ribbon Girl 'use any image' challenge which will run for two weeks from 18th September - great prizes to win and the team have made some lovely projects so I hope you will be able to join in.

thanks for looking,
Mary x

10 September 2016

another vintage style Christmas card ...

Vintage style card using Pion Design 'The night before Christmas' papers and text panel plus an ivory/gold shimmering poinsettia, frosted red/green berries, tiny red berries, gold twine, pearl double row flatback trim, Gloria vintage style ivory lace and a bit of sparkle using Stardust Stickles

thanks for looking
Mary x

The night before Christmas ....

A card using the lovely vintage style images and papers from the Pion Design 'The night before Christmas' collection 

I aded olive green tiny pom pom trim,  olive green 12mm faux silk ribbon, Clementine ivory embroidered tulle lace, 30, 20, 10mm ivory mulberry roses, red/green frosted berries, tiny red berries, rose leaves and shiny red/green berries.  I added a bit of sparkle with some Stardust Stickles

thanks for looking,
Mary x

14 August 2016

Chocolate Bar Favours .....

Favours for a special afternoon tea - my great niece was 18 this weekend so as well as her exceptionally noisy 'disco' party on Friday night  (I'm definitley getting old) we had a lovely family girlie afternoon tea at Beamish Hall Hotel.  I made the favours using bars of Galaxy chocolate as they have a silver paper wrapper.  I used various pastel colours of everyday spots/gingham paper 12x12 sheets, two wrappers per sheet, then added toning seam binding,  with many types of mulberry paper flowers including roses, daisies, forget me nots, babies breath, carnations, hip rosebuds and various beaded berries with green satin leaves, diecut paper leaves etc.

thanks for visiting
Mary x

12 August 2016

A summer card with a LOTV image ....

I hope all LOTV fans are entering a card in the August Challenge which closes at 6pm on Sunday evening, so yo'll have to get your skates on!  You can find the challenge over on the LOTV facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/events/534896066714701/  or you can email it to Lucy  lucy@liliofthevalley.co.uk      before 6pm Sunday -  the theme is 'anything goes' 

I have made a summer card using an LOTV artpad image (sadly now retired), papers in shades of green from Galeria Papieru 'Game of Colours II'

I added some Spring Green Sugar Sprinkles sheer ribbon, 'Charlotte' white vintage style lace, pink trellis roses and 20mm autumn gold open roses.  The butterfly is a Scrapiniec chipboard and the leaves were diecut from some scraps of Galeria paper

thanks for looking
see you soon, Mary x

7 August 2016

Wedding anniversary card ....

A card for a first wedding anniversary for my son and daughter in law.  

I used some of the new Galeria Papieru 'As if in a dream Retro' papers' which were distressed and inked then I added Scrapiniec chipboard shape 6-piece lace corner set, some natural hemp twine in loops, an ivory off/white carnation, a couple of large ivory rosebuds, a cream/pink lily flower, pale pink cherry blossoms, medium pearl rose leaves

The green leaves are diecut with a Magnolia die, the sentiment is computer generated and the bow is made from a scrap of left over silk ribbon

thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary x

1 August 2016

Pink and white ....

I fancied making a white card today so I embossed the bottom layer of paper and diecut the plain top layer.

I added diecut paper leaves, 35mm white satin leaves, white tiny pearl cluster flowers on silver stems, a 30mm pale pink wild rose and a bow made from white tulle all from The Ribbon Girl

thanks for visiting, see you soon
(by the way, did you know there is a super giveaway over on the Ribbon Girl blog this week?)

20 July 2016

Have a wonderful summer ....

A summery card using papers from Maja Design 'Coffee in the Arbour' 6x6 pad with white 'Lyra' guipure lace, 7mm Grape satin, 38mm Aubergine Silky Crush ribbon, Scrapiniec chipboard corner.  Flowers include pale pink Ballerina blossom, pale pink cherry blossom, 35mm pink trellis rose, small pink rosebuds and a 30mm pale pink wild rose.

Papers, flowers, ribbon and lace are all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary x

17 July 2016

Just married .....

A wedding card using Pion 'Vintage Wedding' 12x12 sheet which contains 4 images, two of which I've used on this card.  

For my floral arrangement I used 30mm ivory wild roses, large ivory rosebuds, 10mm ivory open roses and a cream hip rosebud.  The gorgeous pearl leaves are new in the store and perfect for wedding cards!  The bow is made from 12mm ivory faux silk ribbon

At the top of the card I added 25mm Deborah ivory vintage style lace and 10mm ivory double row flatback pearl trim

thank you for visiting,
see you soon,
Mary x

An altered box for a sweet treat .......

I had an empty box from a packet of delicious dutch stroop waffles and it was the perfect fit for one of the jars of raspberry jam which I have been making (and eating far too much of)

I turned the box inside out to hide the printing, lined the inside with plain white card and strengthened the bottom of the box with more white card.

I then covered the outside of the box with papers from the Maja 'Coffee in the Arbour' 6x 6 pad.  The image is die-cut from a sheet of images within the 6 x 6 pad.

I added 25mm Grape satin ribbon around the box and also white Lyra guipure lace, both adhered with 6mm double sided sticky tape.

I decorated the top of the box with a Scrapiniec chipboard shape and three 30mm pale pink wild roses.  The little bow is 7mm Grape satin and the sentiment was computer generated.

I hope you can join us in The Ribbon Girl 'use any image' challenge over on the blog - there are three smashing prizes to win and we really look forward to seeing what you make

Thanks for visiting my blog, see you soon
Mary x

9 July 2016

An altered jar ....

I was so inspired by altered bottles made by the very talented Chantal that I just had to have a go at altering a glass jar - would you believe this is an empty Heinz sandwich spread jar?   I painted it with a mixture of cream furniture paint and white acrylic and embedded small pieces of kitchen paper (separated into single layers) into the paint, then painted over the top to give it texture (Andrea's idea, not mine) 

When that was dry I added narrow ivory cotton 'Donna' lace, pearls, Lemoncraft House of Roses paper, and the image was cut from another sheet of the same 12 x 12 paper.  

Around the neck of the jar I added pink shabby ruffled ribbon with some 6mm flatback pearls adhered in the centre.   I added a 9mm pale pink spot organza ribbon bow to the lid and tucked behind the flowers to the left of the image.  I hung a bronze colour pot bellied bird cage charm on natural hemp twine and fastened it to the 3mm pale pink ribbon.

I glued flowers to the lid (pale pink Ballerina Blossom, pink open rose and a pink  cosmos daisy)


All of the Lemoncraft papers, flowers, ribbons, embellishments, lace etc are from The Ribbon Girl

thanks for looking and see you soon
Mary x