18 September 2014

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas ...


The image is from LOTV and I coloured it with a Neutral Grey inktense pencil then used a tiny amount of water to blend.  The background is embossed  and layered onto silver mirror card


close up of the image


 I added some Silver Glacier Satin Ribbon, topped with a 23mm diamante snowflake embellishment and a bow made from silver twine


For my flower arrangement I used RG white beaded twirls, Kort & Godt white chrysanth, WOC white sweetheart blossoms and hip rosebuds, an ivory gardenia and a stem of RG white beaded stamens.

I'm entering this card into the Cute Card Thursday challenge


Ribbon, twine, diamante embellishment, flowers, twirls are all from

see you soon Mary x

16 September 2014

Build a snowman .....


Cute image 'Build a snowman' from LOTV which I coloured with Inktense pencils then I added Stardust Stickles -  the papers are from the LOTV I think they are 'Promises' and 'Pastel Dreams' .  This is my DT card for Papertake Weekly where the challenge is 'punch it out' 

I've made three types of leaves from silver glitter card using punches, two were by Martha Stewart

I added a silver colour snowflake charm, 'Lyra' white guipure lace, medium white pom pom trim, 5mm clear s/a gems, Kort & Godt aqua rolled rose, WOC sweetheart blossoms, 10mm ivory open roses and white tiny rose buds.  The sentiment was computer generated and amazingly I didn't add a single piece of ribbon!!!  Charm, lace, trim, flowers, Stickles are all from

I hope you will pop over to PTW to be inspired by the fabulous creations by the design team and we look forward to seeing what you make!

Mary x

14 September 2014

Birthday wishes little ballerina .....


For the September 'Lovely Lili' challenge on The Ribbon Girl Blog we'd like to see you add flowers to your projects - I coloured up Little Ballerina with inktense pencils and used LOTV Shabby Shack paper then added pink organza rose trim, 25mm shocking pink satin, Olivia white vintage style lace, ballet shoes charm, fuschia pink 20 and 10mm WOC open roses, baby pink sweetheart blossoms, ivory rose coloured with Inktense Pencil, Stardust Stickles and gems from a 3-5mm Aurora mixed gems

I hope you have time to pop over to the challenge blog and be inspired to take part in the challenge - there are great prizes to be won!

see you soon, Mary x

13 September 2014

Let it snow .....


I inked up this LOTV stamp and coloured it with my Inktense pencils.  I used LOTV Krafty Christmas paper then added brown tea dyed cotton ribbon, white 'Olivia' vintage style fine cotton lace, a brown two tone 30mm WOC wild rose, coffee sweetheart blossoms, Kort & Godt ivory beaded berries and some mocha beaded stamens.  The green holly leaves were punched.

I distressed all edges with walnut stain then added Stardust Stickles, three 5mm pearls and a computer generated sentiment.

Ribbon, lace, flowers, berries, pearls, Stickles are all from

See you soon, 
Mary xx



9 September 2014

More vintage roses ....


My second card this week using an image from the Stempleglede vintage garden set which Andrea got me a year past Christmas - it's a bit like buses, wait ages then two come together :-) and that's exactly what's happening over at Papertake Weekly today - the challenge is 'repeat, repeat' so on this card I have used 2 of everything!

I coloured the stamped image with Inktense pencils then added Stardust Stickles.  I used 'Clementine' 32mm ivory lace studded with 5mm ivory pearls, 2 rows of 6mm ivory flat back pearl trim, 2 ivory tulle butterflies, 2 bows made from 7mm gold yellow satin, 2 ivory Kort & Godt rolled roses, 2 heads of mocha beaded stamen, 2 WOC ivory 20mm open roses, 2 ivory cherry blossoms and a 2 x 30mm ivory roses coloured with copics.

Flowers, lace, ribbon, pearls, butterflies and stickles are all from

There are some great interpretations of 'repeat, repeat' over on the PTW blog and I really hope you will have time to join us in this fun challenge!

I'm entering this card into the Deep Ocean Challenge 'vintage'

Mary x

7 September 2014

Add ribbon .....


My DT card for the September Card Challenge over on The Ribbon Girl Blog this morning - I finally got around to colouring up a Stempleglede image which I've had since a year past Christmas (a gift from Andrea :-) ) with inktense pencils and added Stardust Stickles.  

I rarely make a card without using ribbon and this time I used 38mm lilac organa ribbon, 'Michele' white guipure lace with some 5mm pearls stuck on to the flower centres, edged with purple spotted lace edged bias binding.  

My flower arrangement includes WOC 20mm lilac open roses and some sweetheart blossoms sprinkled amongst a stem of clear crystal hearts.  I popped a small white lace butterfly in the top corner with more 5mm ivory flat back pearls.

I hope you will be able to join in with the challenge and there are lovely prizes to be won and fabulous projects by the design team to inspire you!

Ribbon, lace, butterfly, bias, Stickles, pearls and flowers from

see you soon, Mary x

2 September 2014

Christmas treat container ......



before


after

At Papertake Weekly  it's anything goes with the option that you could up-cycle or recycle something.  For my Christmas treat container, I took a plain can with a handle and decorated with LOTV 'Krafty Christmas' papers and an image from Set 29 of the vintage artpad.  I used 3mm double sided tape to adhere the paper to the can

I added 'Leah' white polyester flat lace, honey gold 15mm satin ribbon, 6mm ivory flat back pearl trim, a 22mm diamante snowflake embellishment on a wooden tag tied on with gold twine and some holly berry red dewdrops on my punched out holly leaves.

Ribbon, lace, pearl string, dewdrops, gold twine, wooden tag and diamante embellishment all from

I hope you will find time to join in with this challenge - I'm sure you'll have great fun changing the appearance of something that's been lying around the house for ages!
Mary x


1 September 2014

Christmas Tree decorations .....


Wooden Tag 2 Wooden Tag1

A couple of vintage style tree decorations  made with wooden tags.  I used papers and images from some Inkido papers I bought last year, distressed with walnut stain and all edges sanded.  The sentiment is a Papertrey Ink stamp.  I added little holly leaves punched with a palm-punch and holly berry red dewdrops. adhered with glossy accents.

I added a 13mm rusty jingle bell and some natural hemp twine for hanging.  The bow is made from a piece of red tea dyed cotton cut in half lengthways.

Im very pleased with how these turned out and I'll be making more of these to hang on my tree this year

Mary x

31 August 2014

Well done Gemma ....


I made this card for my great niece Gemma because she got exellent GCSE results and I'm very proud of her! Well done Gemma!!  I coloured Tilda with Inktense pencils then added Blackcurrant glitter velvet ribbon, Lyra guipure lace, 4mm ivory flat back pearl bead trim, a Melissa Frances crystal trinket pin coloured with copics, some WOC small ivory gardenias, 20mm lilac open roses, a butterfly charm and some Stardust Stickles
the challenge at this weeks Ribbon Girl Magnolia Only Challenge is 'add a charm' and I used a silver colour butterfly to compliment the butterflies flitting around Tilda.
I hope you will have time to pop over to the blog - there are some fabulous cards by the design team which are sure to inspire you and we look forward to seeing what you create

See you soon,
Mary x

26 August 2014

A couple of sympathy cards .....


Sympathy cards are always difficult to make but here are two different styles.  The first one has Pion papers,  pale lime satin ribbon, 'Teresa' ivory vintage style cotton lace, 6mm ivory flat back pearl trim, WOC 20mm and 10mm cream roses and coffee brow sweetheart blossoms

The second card is very simple and uses a small piece of Pion paper with small ivory guipure lace butterfly and some flat back pearls from the 5mm Peaches and Cream set

All ribbons, lace and embellishments are from the Ribbon Girl

Mary x

19 August 2014

Brrrrr ............


(scheduled post as I will be on holiday when this is (hopefully) published)

A pink and frosty Chrismas card using one of the new LOTV Christmas artpads - I used a nestie to diecut the silver scallop mat then added white ruffle edge sheer ribbon, pink ric rac, a flower shaped acrylic button tied on with silver twine and some Stardust Stickles on the snow.

I hope you can join in with this week's PTW challenge - to die for - there are some lovely cards by the desig team and a nice prize to win

Ribbon, twine, Stickles, button and ric rac are all from 

Mary x

15 August 2014

Vintage tissue box .....


I really enjoyed decorating a cardboard tissue box cover - I painted the box with white acrylic paint then used some lovely 'Fairytale of Spring' Pion papers which I had been saving for a special project.  It was a bit tricky making a neat edge around the central aperture but the lace frame fitted it very well.


I distressed all the edges with walnut ink then added an ivory guipure lace square to the top - enhanced with an ivory guipure lace butterfly.


I used 6mm ivory flat back pearl trim, Teresa ivory vintage style lace and 7mm cream satin ribbon around the edges of the lid.  I then added an ivory cherry blossom, 20mm and 10mm cream open roses and an ivory Kort & Godt rolled paper rose

At the bottom of the box I used 32mm ivory vintage style 'Anne' lace, more pearl trim and satin ribbon.

On the front side of the box I made a flower arrangement with flowers to co-ordinate with those on the top corner of the lid.

The feet were made by sticking on 14mm ivory flat back pearls

Mary x





13 August 2014

Merry Christmas .....


My last sneaky peek of the new bumper Christmas artpads to be launched tomorrow, Thursday 14th August, by LOTV

I used this sweet little robin then added  red satin ribbon, Christmas bias binding, Laila white vintage style cotton lace, Kort & Godt white chrysanth, an ivory gardenia, 15mm red paper roses, tiny white rosebuds and brown winter cones all from

Mary x

12 August 2014

Spots and dots at Papertake Weekly


Happy 16th birthday to my lovely great niece Gemma who is currently on holiday in very hot Mallorca - this weeks challenge at PTW is 'spots and dots' and I've used sequins for spots and the sparkly self adhesive numbers are made up of diferent sizes of gems.  I added red satin ribbon and a piece of 'Louise' guipure lace and some 4mm white flat back pearl string all from The Ribbon Girl

I hope you will be able to join us at Papertake Weekly for this challenge and look forward to seeing what you make!

Mary x

Another sneaky peek ..............


Another sneaky peek - roll on 14th August when the fabulous new LOTV bumper Christmas artpads are launched - for a change I made a small card and I have to say it's great to have the choice of using a smaller image - perfect for die-cutting.  The new Christmas artpads have 60 images, two per page, so you get double the value and oodles of images to use for Christmas cards and projects.  I love the pastel colours of this cute snowman talking to his rabbit friends!  I die cut the image then mounted it on silver mirror card then added


Glacier Aqua Satin, white Laila vintage style fine cotton lace,Stardust Stickles, a WOC white sweetheart blossom and tiny white rosebuds.  I coloured a Maya Road crystal trinket pin with Copics and added a tag and a tiny now made from silver twine and lastly added a silver pin protector - all from 
see you later with my Papertake Weekly card

Mary x