12 August 2017

Vintage style birthday card ....

A birthday card using Maja Designs 'Denim & Friends' 6x6 paper.  I diecut, inked and shaped the flowers then added some miniature cream blossoms, ivory cream 20mm paper roses, ivory smooth berries, ivory hemp twine, 25mm satin edge sheer ribbon and 55mm Emma guipure lace and finally some Stardust Stickles and some 5mm ivory pearls.  

a close up of the flower arrangement, the sentiment was computer generated to fit the diecut oval

Thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary xx

10 August 2017

Christmas hanger, vintage style ...........

A vintage style Christmas hanging decoration using Maja Design 'I Wish' 6x6 paper pad and all embellishments from The Ribbon Girl online store. I cut and scored pieces of cream card, folded and made into a circle wich I backed with 25mm ivory frilled lace.  I added various sizes of card and patterned paper from the Maja pad, then lastly an intricate diecut topped with a santa clause image which I cut from a piece of the Maja paper.   For the hanging ribbons I used 25mm faux hessian, 15mm cream satin, 25mm burgundy satin, 10mm red square check, 38mm gold glitter on ivory organza and some 'Florence'  ivory cotton lace - everything used on the hanging is from the store

 this close up shows the various layers

My flower arrangement consists of a 35mm burgundy rose, ivory 20mm paper roses, ivory hip rosebuds and miniature blossoms plus some ivory/green speckled autumn berries. 
the poinsettias are diecut from 'I Wish' Maja pad, edges inked and stickled and a small s/a clear gem popped in the centre of each.

I really enjoyed making this hanging decoration which I will put in my hall as we approach Christmas.
thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary xx

Posh gift bag ....

Inspired by an exploding gift back made by  Lou Daubney  I have made this one from Maja Design 'Denim & Friends' paper.  The flowers are 40mm white daisy,  vintage blue medium rosebuds, white 20mm roses, pale blue miniature blossoms and mulberry paper rose leaves. There is a 15mm white satin bow to the side of the flowers and the handle is also made from the same ribbon

I added a white pearl and diamante oval embellishment to resemble a clasp, 6mm white pearl flatback trim along the top of the bag flap and 3mm clear gem s/a around the front of the flap.  The flap itself closed using small magnets.
 This is a view of the bag when opened
and here is the view showing the white satin ribbon handle.

thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary xx

3 August 2017

Singing Robin gift tag ....

A Christmas gift tag using the new LOTV 'Singing Robin' simply print image matted onto on Maja 'Shades of Denim' monochrome paper.  

My flower arrangement includes hand made poinsettias with a s/a gem centre, die cut holly leaves using paper from Maja 'Enjoying Outdoors' topped with tiny red s/a pearls from the multicolour pack, white miniature blossoms, ivory beaded berries, 30mm ivory wild rose.
  At the bottom of the tag I adhered some 6mm white flatback pearl trim using 3mm double sided tape then added a small piece of rosa bianca guipure lace
At the top of the tag I added silver flake ribbon, silver lame 3mm ribbon, scarlet berry 3mm ribbon, 15mm white mermaid sparkle ribbon all topped off with a 15mm silver glitter flatback.  I finished the tag with lots of Stardust Stickles

Thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

Bottle tag ....

A bottle tag for a wedding anniversary using Lemoncraft 'Daydream' 6x6 paper pad, deep rose pink tiny pom pom trim, pale pink 25mm satin edge sheer ribbon, pink Ballerina blossoms, ivory hemp twine, pink large rosebud, baby pink cherry blossom,  a pink glass beaded strawberry and a sprig of pink/pink beaded berries

A close up of the tag, I tweeked the edges of the pom pom trim to make it look like a little tassel

thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary xx

31 July 2017

Christmas snowman card ..........

I'm loving the new 'simply print' Christmas images just launched by LOTV - this cute one is 'Christmas Snowman'  - isn't the little mouse on the tree cute?  I printed then diecut one of the images and matted onto an oval diecut shape.   I used paper from Maja Denim & Friends' 6x6 paper matted onto a sheet of dark blue monochrome paper from the 'Shades of Denim' 6x6 pack.

My flower arrangement consists of some yummy and very life-like white/green speckled berries, small pinecones, holly leaves with 3 berries, an ivory white magnolia, some ivory/cream beaded berries

The lace across the bottom of the card is 55mm Monique white guipure topped with some 'Sable' 15mm double sided satin ribbon.  The sentiment tucked into the bow is a LOTV Christmas tag printable - so easy to cut around these little tags.   I added some 6mm flatback white pearl trim at the top of the card. Last of all I added lots of very sparkly Stardust Stickles  to make the snow shine!
(this card is for sale here)
Thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary xx

A sympathy card in pale blue and white ....

Even though they are sad to make, I just think of the recipient when they open the box to see the card and hope it gives them a little pleasure.  This is for a friend who lost her Father suddenly, even though he had been poorly and had lived to a good old age.

I embossed the background and matted it onto pale blue card.  I made the sentiment on my computer and printed it on matching blue card, then die cut the oval shape.

I diecut some Magnolia flowers using some Galeria paper, shaped them using a flower ball tool and used my hot glue gun to fix pieces of white stamens to the back of a sparkly 8mm s/a gem and placed it in the centre of the paper flower.

The leaves were diecut from white card and I added sprigs of blue/pink fabric forget me not flowers and 20mm blue mulberry paper open roses.  A piece of ivory hemp twine wrapped around my fingers, tied with a stalk cut off one of the roses and a bow made from 25mm pale blue satin edge sheer were both hot glued under the big paper flower.

At the top of the oval shape I added 3 die cut Magnolia flowers, shaped the leaves and added 3mm sparkly aurea borealis s/a gems to the centre of each.  A few diecut white paper leaves completed the card.

Thanks for looking, and see you soon
Mary xx

Santa snoozing ....

A jolly Christmas card featuring one of the new LOTV simply print images 'Santa Snoozing' .   I enjoyed making this winter card even though it's the middle of Summer :-) 

I used the red sheet from the  Galeria Starry Night 12x12 paper pad, 12mm white frilled lace, 6mm white flatback pearl trim, 15mm Hunter Green satin ribbon, a white snowflake button tied with ivory hemp twine andf lots of Stardust Stickles for a bit of sparkle

 Crafters there is a nice giveaway over on The Ribbon Girl blog this week 
(this card is for sale here)

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

21 July 2017

A doll in the style of Jane Austen .....

Jane Austen doll using a Tilda pattern.  I found this very tricky as the arms and legs on this tall and slim doll were very long and narrow, so very difficult to turn right-sides out ready for stuffing - I resorted to using a straw and a crochet hook which helped!   The dress has a lined bodice and tiny lined sleeves were a nightmare - I stitched one of them on inside out and had to unpick, it was like making a standard frock but in miniature - my fingers could do with being a bit more nimble :-)  HOWEVER, I am very pleased with the end result and may make another ....

A close up of her top half - I used 'boufle' yarn (a fluffy boucle type yarn) for her hair, which I stitched on, her necklace is 3mm ivory pearl trim, a small piece stitched to the back of the neck under the hair, the lace on her gown is 'Donna' vintage style creamy ivory 12mm cotton lace and I added a sprig of tiny red berries and a light coral 20mm paper rose to her dress and her hair.  I used one fat quarter of printed cotton fabric for her gown and there is a little left for another smaller project

I painted on her shoes and the strap with fabric paint, then finished them with a 3mm self adhesive aurea borealis flatback

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary G xx

19 July 2017

Liberty print pin cushion ..

A much needed pin cushion made from a handful of polyester stuffing, a length of embroidery floss, a sparkly button and two Liberty squares which have been in the sewing drawer for many years - at last, I've put them to good use. Sparkly flower button and various pins from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

thanks for looking, see you soon, 
Mary G xx

16 July 2017

Birthday card in denim ....

I've been so busy sewing lately, I havent made a card for a couple of weeks, but managed to make this one for my great-nephew's 14th birthday.  I used Maja Design 'Denim & Friends' 6x6 papers plus the 'Shades of Denim' monochrome 6x6 paper pack for the layers.  Having the exact co-ordinating colours to hand makes it so easy to layer up.

  The sentiment was computer generated and printed directly onto a sheet of Maja paper then cut into strips.  All edges were distressed and inked with blue chalk ink.   I added natural button twine, a wooden star button, blue/white 16mm saddlestitch ribbon and some platignum liquid pearls in the top left hand corner

There is a new 'Use any Image' challenge over on The Ribbon Girl blog and there are three wonderful prizes to win so I hope you will be inspired by the design team makes and come and join in.

Thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary G xx

14 July 2017

Florence the dainty little duck ..............

I'm very fond of ducks - I have china ducks in the house and metal ducks in the garden!  I was keen to stitch this Tilda duck but wanted her to be extra pretty.  I used a lovely fat quarter and some plain calico for the body and only lightly stuffed the wings .  I added some 'Florence' ivory cotton lace around her neck threaded through a square diamante buckle slide. I made the hat with some frilled ivory lace embellished with a peach cherry blossom flower and some pale peach miniature blossoms.  At her neck I added 15mm pale peach satin ribbon.

Florence with a china duck
'Florence' lace slotted through a square diamante buckle slide
25mm ivory frilled lace with peach cherry blossom and peach miniature blossoms plus a small piece of 3mm ivory satin ribbon

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary G xx

12 July 2017

Sydney the Seagull ....

I based my seagull on the Tilda goose pattern, but I drew the beak much longer, and painted it with a Copics pen No. YR24, it gave a good result as I didnt have any fabric paint.  When I stitched the feet I didnt put quite so much stuffing in, and also I stitched between the claws.    Same with the wings, less stuffing and two rows of stitching.  I used calico for the body and some nice linen fabric which I got from John Lewis Plc   My favourite piece of clothing is his had!!  I bought a pack of boy's socks, cut off a piece from the rib to the ankle, tied the top with some rats tail satin cord and snipped the gathered fabric to finish -I was very pleased with the result as I am not very good at knitting!

I added some red tea dyed cotton ribbon and a couple of red polka dot buttons to finish

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary G xx

Rowena Rabbit ....

This is my first attempt at a Tilda rabbit, the pinafore dress and pantaloons were made from a piece of curtain fabric which resembled linen - I got half a metre of wide fabric for only £2.50!!   I added some appliqued cotton to the front of her dress and hand-stitched around it with pink top stitch thread.  At her neck I tied some 15mm sage green Berisford double sided satin ribbon, and on her hat I used a couple of flowers from 25mm white and pink guipure daisy lace

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary G x

22 June 2017

A cross-legged Tilda goose ..............

My first goose made using the Tilda goose pattern - I can remember Andrea making Tilda rabbits and rag dolls years ago and would you believe it, we gave all the pattern books to the local charity shop when we had a clear out :-(  I saw one of these in a shop dressed as a seagull!! it looked amazing,  and suddenly I just had to make a goose myself.  It took me ages to find the goose pattern in one of the older books which had been re-printed

 This is my first goose, and when I make another I'll make very sure to join the fabric correctly as it is slightly out of synch on this one.  I find Tilda instructions difficult to follow, as you have to look at such and such an animal for the legs, a different bird for the wings, and so on, but now I've figured out the goose I will try something else.    I used fat quarters for the hat (which is my favourite item) and the dungarees, legs, feet and beak.  I added 15mm Sable satin ribbon  for the bow around his neck and dark green polka dot buttons on his bib front.

thanks for looking
Mary G xx