29 May 2012

Wishing you a day full of happiness .....

Papertake Weekly have a new challenge - it's a lovely sketch to follow - so please pop over and have a look at the fabulous creations by the Design Team - you have a whole week to get your card entered into this fun challenge and you could win a lovely prize!

I stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured the image with distress inks and added pink pleated satin, 12mm flat scallop lace, pink rose, large flower charm and candy pink bakers twine  and a couple of 5mm crystal gems all from here

See you soon, Mary G x

25 May 2012

Pretty gingham .....

When I made this card as a Guest DT for this weeks Just Magnolia & Hanglar Stanglar challenge 'Gingham' I faffed about so much choosing papers, accessories and so on that it was only when I was clearing up the scraps that I discovered I'd missed off a whole layer of gingham paper that I had spent ages distressing with my thumb nail and some distress inks!  durrrrrr

The image was stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured with distress inks.  I used cream picot edge lace, 25mm pink rustic gingham, white pearl and lavender round head pins,  lavender self adhesive pearls and stardust stickles all from here.  The tag, swirl and flower are all cut with Magnolia dies.

Ribbon Girl are sponsoring the Just Magnolia challenge this week with a prize of our mini ribbon kits - there are some fabulous creations by the Design Team - why not pop over and take a look, you've got  a whole week to get your card in!
See you soon, Mary G x

22 May 2012

True colours ............ and a card for a sketch challenge

The new challenge over at Papertake Weekly is 'true colours' so I have used red, white and blue on this birthday card. The image is coloured with copics and I've popped a red pearl on her scarf - I didn't have a bright blue pin so I coloured one with the a Copics pen to match the colouring on my image! I added red satin ribbon, red and white ric rac, white pin, pearls, airmail twine and a Union Jack charm - all from here

now here is a card I made for the Just Magnolia & H & S challenge  which I am entering - I followed the sketch and used cream picot edge lace, pink velvet ribbon, natural button twine, self adhesive 5mm crystals, a sparkly flower button and to top it all, a gorgeous small square diamante ribbon slide - all from here

and here is a close up of the image - I'm practising with the new distress ink pens, but still used copics for the face and skin! I'm also trying different brushes and different types of watercolour paper.
See you soon, Mary G

20 May 2012

Vintage pink and cream .....


There's a new colour challenge over at the Ribbon Girls Blog - Vintage Pinks and Creams!
The Colour Challenge Design Team have made some fabulous projects - please pop over and have a look - I am always amazed at the beautiful cards, sculptures, ornaments and stitched projects this group of super talented ladies produce and I consider it a great privilige to be on the same team!!

I made a 4inch kraft card and distressed everything with tea dye ink.  The image and papers are by Pion from my friend Jean.  I added mulberry roses, buds and leaves; 17mm tulip pattern fine cluny lace; tiny pom pom trim (adhered with 3mm doube sided sticky tape).  The pearls are cut from a small Zva pearl flourish and I added some ivory silk self adhesive hearts - all from here

There are two prizes for the winner of this colour challenge - a lavender mini ribbon kit

and from the very generous ladies at Lili of the Valley, there is a £10 voucher to spend in the online store - where you will find a brand new collection of boy stamps and some lovely sentiments!

 See you soon, Mary G x

15 May 2012

A Peacock in the park .. and 'In the garden' ......

It was such a nice evening on Monday that we walked Haggis our Westie in Saltwell Park - the resident peacock came for a closer look at our little doggie -  isn't he the most amazing colour!!  Andrea took this photo with her mobile phone through the bars of the bird enclosure!!


Papertake Weekly have a new challenge - In the Garden - and a great prize up for grabs.  I used a ready printed Wee Suzi 'Special Delivery' card topper by Sylvia Zet which I cut to size with a nestie.  I used:
Blue silky crush ribbon, Watering Can Charm, Aqua Divine Bakers Twine, Ivory silk hearts, Blue loopy trim, White flower guipure lace, White adhesive pearls
Various pretty blossom flowers and a 30mm mulberry rose
all from here
See you soon, Mary G x

10 May 2012

My favourite craft tool .......

This weeks challenge at Lils Little Fairies is to make a project using your favourite tool(s) and The Ribbon Girl is sponsoring with a £10 voucher to spend in the online store

Without a doubt my favourite is the bigshot - I probably use a die cut on every card I make!  I was delighted to be asked to be a guest DT this week and I used a ready printed image from LOTV (they really are so useful when time is short!) .  I used the bigshot to cut the LOTV stamped sentiment and the image, background mats and the butterfly!  I added white traditional fan pattern cluny lace, pink and white 38mm striped grosgrain and a variety of mulberry pretty flower blossoms, all available from here.  ~The green leaves were made with my Martha Stewart punch, another favourite!
The inspiration by the talented DT ladies over at Lils Little Fairies challenge is amazing - please pop over and you;ve got a whole week to enter your project!
See you soon Mary G x

9 May 2012

A little birdie ........

Just popped out for a look around the garden    .....  and I spotted this baby bird sitting in the cherry tree in the back garden .... mum and dad were cheeping and trilling very loudly so I just took a photo and left them to it!

Mary G x

8 May 2012

Cute, cute, cute ..................

I have made a round card for a change!

Image on card topper by Wee Stamps and the actual card was made with round and scallop nesties

Hot Pink Microdot Ribbon; Pink/White Mulberry Roses and Pretty Blossoms; 18mm White Vintage Style Cluny Lace; Sugar & Spice Self Adhesive Pearls all from the Ribbon Girl

The challenge over at this weeks Papertake Weekly is CUTE, CUTE, CUTE and there are some gorgeous creations by the DT - please pop over for a look if you get a spare minute - I'm sure it will inspire you to get creative! and there is a lovely prize to win!

See you soon, Mary G x

1 May 2012

Anything goes .... with the option of lace ....

The new challenge at Papertake Weekly which is sponsored by Lili of the Valley is 'Anything Goes .. with the option of using lace ...... well, I love LOTV images almost as much as I love lace so this wasn't difficult!  The image is a die cut square and I used 22mm cream cotton cluny lace in the traditional fan pattern and added some self adhesive pearl hearts.

I added some pink siky crush ribbon tied on with some pretty blossoms - the sentiment was a Papertrey stamp.
There are some lovely cards by the Papertake Weekly Design Team - well worth popping over - I hope they inspire you to enter the challenge - you could win a lovely prize - just in time because LOTV are having a launch of some new stamps in the very near future!

Over at the Ribbon Girls blog we're having a very patriotic red, white and blue give away - all you have to do is be a follower and leave a comment! Easy as that!
See you soon Mary G x