28 August 2012

Sketch time at PTW .......

Another scheduled post - hope blogger works!  This is my card for the new Papertake Weekly challenge 'sketch time (starts 28th August) - but you can use any of the previous sketches from the past year so I chose sketch number 61.  I used a die cut image and added plenty of stickles to make it shine.

The rose pink silky crush ribbon ties fabulous bows and I added butterfly guipure lace under the image.  The sentiment and tag are by Papertrey Ink.

I also used pink 12mm zig zag cotton lace, Zva clear crystal stripe and some pink pretty blossoms, cherry blossom and cream chrysanthemum plus the usual green leaves courtesy of my MS punch!

Do try and pop over to Papertake Weekly to see the amazing range of designs by the very talented design team!

Ribbon, clear crystals, lace, Stickles, mulberry flowers as mentioned are all available from here
see you soon, Mary G x

21 August 2012

Pins and Needles .....

This post has been scheduled as I am on holiday, hope blogger behaves himself!  There is a new challenge over at Papertake Weekly - Pins and Needles - my card features the lovely sewing machine image from Pink Petticoat - I coloured it with copics and added a small polka dot button and a 5mm pearl.

I added green floral bias binding with lace edge, 30mm cream zig zag cotton lace, a tape measure charm, a couple of pins and some silver plated pin end protectors all from here as are the buttons and the 5mm pearls

See you soon, Mary G x

19 August 2012

New Colour Challenge .....

This is my DT card for the August Colour Challenge over at the Ribbon Girl blog - the colour inspiration for this month is taken from this photo

There are two prizes: £10 voucher from the very generous ladies at Lili of the Valley and a Yellow Mini Ribbon Kit from The Ribbon Girl

My card features Tilda coloured with distress inks on watercolour paper.  I addded a silver colour butterfly, green velvet ric rac, white guipure lace, white pearl rose organza and lots of Stardust Stickles - all from here

My flower arrangement included one white carnation, one babies breath flower, a pink pretty blossom from The Ribbon Girl and the rest were from WOC.  I also added one little white butterfly which I cut from a die cut border strip. 

See you soon, Mary G x

14 August 2012

Spots and Stripes .....

The new challlenge over at Papertake Weekly is Spots and Stripes and this is my card which features spotty papers, a ready-coloured die cut image from LOTV, pencil stripe ribbon and a Papertrey Ink sentiment on the striped tag

I made my own flower with red felt from the Ribbon Girl Christmas Joy felt pack and added a 20mm diamante spacer with a clear crystal flat back in the centre.  Leaves were cut with Magnolia dies and green card.
Please pop over to the PTW blog to have a look at the fabulous spots and stripes inspiration and you've got a whole week to get your entry in so ................... get crafting!

See you soon, Mary G x

12 August 2012

A lovely wedding day ......

We thoroughly enjoyed our nephews' wedding day on Saturday, everything went off perfectly - the church service was so nice and the reception was fabulous.  Andrea took this photo of my husband and I in our back garden before we left for the church - the fascinator we made to match my outfit looked really nice and I wore it for most of the day -  I also made a little brooch to go with it (felt, white lace, pearl brad and a brooch back blank all from here plus some feathers from stash)

See you soon, Mary G x

7 August 2012

A fascinator and some felt ................

I needed a fascinator to wear with my turquoise and white outfit which I will be wearing for our nephews wedding this coming Saturday but coudn't find exactly the right shade of turquoise - so my daughter Andrea and I set to and made this fabulous creation (this was a joint creation even though I've added my watermark to the photo - thank you Andrea!).
We wrapped 23mm turquoise organza around the top edge of a clear plastic fascinator comb to make a base for the other ribbons.  We made a looped rosette of turquoise 16mm grosgrain ribbon (and found some clothes pegs came in handy to keep the loops in place until they were stitched together).  The grosgrain was stitched to the organza base, then we stitched on a rosette of 23mm organza ribbon. 

 Next we stitched in some feathers with diamante on silver wires  -   this was hard work and Andrea had to use a pair of pliers to pull the needle through the various layers - we couldn't find our hot glue gun which would have been much easier!  The top layer is loops of white organza looped trim stitched in place with a 15mm sparkly acrylic button.  When it was almost complete we glued in a few feathers between the ribboned comb and the bottom layer of grosgrain using glossy accents.

This photo shows the fascinator with my clutch bag - we were really pleased with how this turned out and it just goes to show that where there's a will (and a crafter or two) there's a way!  Now I need a matching brooch to wear on my white jacket ........


Now onto this weeks Papertake Weekly challenge which is anything goes with the option of adding felt - please take a look at the gorgeous collection of cards by the design team, well worth a look.  Here is my card

I stamped my image onto watercolour paper and painted it with distress inks.  I used the sizzix to cut my felt flowers using three colours from the 6" Citrus Fruits Felt Pack, poked a hole in the centre with a pin then added a jewelled brad from my stash.  I added cream cluny lace, a strip of organza looped trim, a pastel heart pin and then leaves cut with my MS punch a magnolia swirl.

I made a small bow with organza looped trim and tied on a small butter yellow plain button with natural button twine.  The sentiment is Papertrey Ink stamped in cocoa brown
See you soon, Mary G x

6 August 2012

Anything but a card ..............

Inspired by the challenge at the Lili of the Valley Ideas to Inspire Blog I have decorated a plain cardbord box using My Minds Eye paper, scallop edge white flat lace, 12mm red zig zag lace, 7mm scarlett berry ribbon and strips cut from 8-row faux diamante mesh.  I used 3mm double sided tape which is just the thing for adhering ribbons and lace to the edges of boxes and  lids.  I really enjoyed decorating this box, it was a bit like icing a cake!

I'd love to be able to colour a LOTV image like this one, and take my hat off to Bev Rochester as it is one of the new LOTV Mini Masterpieces which were coloured by Bev prior to printing - gorgeous!  All I had to add was a bit of Stardust Stickles.  I used the largest image on the sheet and have plenty of smaller ones left for other projects.

Image - Lili of the Valley Mini Masterpiece
Lace, Ribbon, Faux Diamante, Mini Ric Rac, Zig Zag Lace, 3mm double sided tape and Stardust Stickles are all from The Ribbon Girl online store

See you tomorrow with something fascinating ...

Mary G x

Flowers forTilda ........

I was delighted to be asked to be a Guest DT at Lovley Hanglar challenge which we are sponsoring this week - please pop over and enjoy the inspiration from the DT! 

The theme is 'flowers' so I went to town and added a whole bouquet lol!  I coloured Tilda with distress inks, aded glitter, guipure lace, pearls and beautiful lilac scrunched/pleated taffeta.

I used a white babies beath, white cherry blossom, lilac satin ribbon rose and a daisy (all from here) and one of my precious cream chrysanthemums, rosebuds and a couple of white feathers from stash (note to self: next time DO NOT CUT FEATHERS if they are too long - tuck them in behind your flowers - the little bits floated everywhere!!

I'll be back later today with another post
Mary G x

5 August 2012

Eyes down ......

Wow, didn't Team GB do well yesterday! - 6 Gold Medals - congratulations to them - marvellous - we had a great time watching them on television and cheering them on.

There's a bingo game over at the August  Ribbon Girl card challenge today -  choose any line across, down or diagonal - you could win a £10 voucher for the Ribbon Girl online store plus a stamp of your choice generously given by the lovely ladies over at Lili of the Valley. The Ribbon Girl Design  Team have come up  with the most amazing creations so please pop over and take a look.  You have two weeks to get your entry in!


I chose image, bow, charm and coloured Tilda with distress inks and finished with Stardust stickles. I added 28mm cream cluny cotton lace, a princess charm tied with ivory button twine and pink carnations

Close up of Tilda

I threaded a very small piece of 60mm rich burgundy scrunched/pleated taffeta through a narrow rectangular diamante ribbon slide at the side of the image.

Ribbon, diamante ribbon slide, lace, mulberry flowers, charm, twine, stickles all from The Ribbon Girl store
See you soon  Mary G x