28 November 2012

A pastel card ........

The challenge at LLF this week is 'pastel colours' so I made this card as light as possible, and found some paper in my stash which matched the pink coat of this image (a LOTV mini masterpiece coloured by Bev Rochester) then left as much white space as I could.  I tied some rose pink silky crush ribbon around one layer of card and made a bow to the side.

For the flower arrangement I used WOC white cosmos, white hip rosebud, pink carnation, large pink rosebud, baby pink cherry blossom and Ribbon Girl ivory beaded berries and blue beaded berries and a Kort & Godt white beaded swirl branch.
Please pop over and look at the fabulous creations by LLF Team 'A' and you've got a whole week to get your project on your blog and entered into the challenge.
Silky Crush, Flowers, Beaded Berries, beaded Swirls all from here
See you soon, Mary G x

27 November 2012

Please Father Christmas ........

First of all I just want to say that I'm thinking of everyone who has suffered flooding, discomfort and travel problems during the dreadful weather we're having in the UK this week.
This weeks challenge at Papertake Weekly is a sketch - this is my DT card and I tipped the sketch on it's side.  The background paper and the image is from Pion - the little girl looks as if she is praying for a nice gift or Father Christmas is telling her off and she's saying she's very sorry, I can't make my mind up which it is lol
I cut 3 separate frames with nesties which were distressed with tea dye.  Behind the frames you can just see some faux diamante trim - this was a 6-row piece which I cut into single rows.
 I added some gorgeous new box pleated satin ribbon - this one is ivory - plus some 9mm red velvet ribbon topped by a flower shaped sparkly button tied with silver metallic twine.  I used 6mm and 3mm double sided sticky tape to adhere the ribbons and the faux diamante mesh.
Please pop over to PTW to see the lovely examples by the Design Team - you're sure to be inspired to make a card yourself - you have a whole week to get your project in and you could win a nice prize!
Ribbons, button, twine, diamante, pearls, sticky tape are all from The Ribbon Girl online store
and only a month to go until Christmas woohoo!!
See you soon, Mary G x

20 November 2012

Ribbons and pearls ......

This weeks challenge at Papertake Weekly is 'ribbons and pearls'...... my favourite embellishments after sparkle!!   I used a Hanglar stamp and coloured him with copics, adding Stardust Stickles to make him sparkle! The blue paper is from the LOTV Frosty Christmas pad
I used 9mm willem blue velvet ribbon, 4mm white pearl bead string and 38mm white guipure lace.  I experimented with the gorgeous new beads by adding a strip of 6mm double sided sticky tape to my card above the velvet ribbon, removing the red backing and sprinkling on the blue and aqua mix beads - they look lovely and I'll be using this technique again!
As you can see, this card was to welcome new baby Harry  -  I strung the alphabet beads on some of the silver metallic twine and fixed it to the hanglar hands with half a tiny glue dot.  The other embellishments used were a silver butterfly (from a pack of 5) and some 5mm self adhesive pearls.
Please go and check out the outstanding work by the PTW design team ladies - I'm sure you will be inspired to get crafting - you have a full week to get your card in!
Velvet ribbon, lace, pearls, silver metallic twine,
See you soon, Mary G x

18 November 2012

Shades of lavender .....

The November colour challenge over at The Ribbon Girls Blog starts today - shades of lavender - you can create any type of project (cards, scrapbookk layouts, knit, sew,  boxes, ornament etc using any colours from the lavender/purple colour range. 
I decorated a cracker (from Paula) using Lily of the Valley nitwit papers and the small squares from mini masterpieces No 24.  I die cut the little images and placed them on a pretty die cut oval mat, all edges were distressed with tea dye ink.  I added lavender tiny ric rac and ivory 10mm vintage style cotton lace, lilac gems and some pretty lavender/ silver metallic edge ribbon.  The flowers are WOC white cosmos, Kort & Godt beaded berries,  a white cherry blossom and some white hip rosebuds.  I used 3mm double sided tape to adhere the laceand the ric rac around the cracker. This cracker would make a pretty gift if filled with chocolates or a bag of fragrant lavender - crackers are for every day, not just for Christmas!
I hope you will find time to go and look at the inspiration of the super talented design team - and you have two weeks to enter your project.  Good luck and see you soon
Mary G x 

15 November 2012

Food, glorious food ......

It's Thursday again and there is a new challenge at Lilys Little Fairies and the theme this week is 'food' - I used a ready coloured 'Christmas Kids'  LOTV die cut and used LOTV Classic Christmas papers.  I added white guipure lace, red satin ribbon, 5mm pearls and a snowflake No 4 charm.  The sentiment is from the hand written sentiment sheet - which very useful
I hope you will pop over to the LLF blog and check out the fabulous cards by the design team and be inspired to enter your own creation (which must feature a LOTV product) - there's a great prize to win!
See you soon Mary G x

13 November 2012

Flower power at PTW .....

The new challenge at Papertake Weekly is -flower power -  I chose to add some flowers to my shaped card and I theaded 7mm satin ribbon around the edge of the card.  I added a little die cut butterfly which I glittered with Stardust Stickles - I coloured the body with a copics pen to tone with the card
I used Wild Orchid Crafts milky coffee and white cosmos flowers, ivory gardenias, white sweetheart blossoms and small brown leaves plus Kort & Godt cream chrysanthemums.  I added a piece of a Zva sclear crystal straight line underneath the die cut numbers
There are some lovely cards by the DT so please pop over to Papertake Weekly and be inspired!
Ribbon, all flowers, stickles and Zva crystal lines all from The Ribbon Girl
see you soon, Mary G x

6 November 2012

A pink Christmas card ....

There is a new challenge over at Papertake Weekly  -  anything goes with the option of usingmaking a Christmas project  - I've had such a busy week and not much time to craft so I used a ready coloured image.  I love this gorgeous pink die cut mini masterpiece from LOTV - I added some stardust stickles to the fur on her hood and on the snow at her feet.  I used 9mm pink velvet ribbon, 22mm flat lace and some brand new gorgeous sparkly 3mm irridescent pink bead string - my new favourite!

My flowers are a couple of Kort & Godt chrysanthemums, WOC pink lily flowers, ivory rose, white sweetheart blossom and part of a crystal stem - the leaves are made with my Martha Stewart punch.

I used some of the new dusky rose pink fluted edge sheer ribbon from the store and held it and the gorgeous sparkly bead string in place with a 15mm clear sparkly button, tied with candy pink Divine Bakers Twine.  The sentiment is from LOTV

Flowers, Ribbons, Lace, Bead String, Stardust Stickles, Button, Twine are all from The Ribbon Girl
I hope you will find time to look at the inspirational projects by the PTW design team ladies and be inspired to enter your own project - you could win a lovely prize!
See you soon, Mary G x


4 November 2012

Add sparkle ......

There is a new card challenge over at The Ribbon Girl blog - 'add sparkle'  -  I need no encourangement as I love sparkle!
I made a pocket card and there is an oval tag inside  - I coloured Tilda with copics and added plenty of Stardust stickles.  all edges are distressed with tea dye ink.  The lace is 38mm white guipure
My flowers are WOC ivory gardenia, a large yellow rosebud, deep cream hip rosebuds, white cosmos, white sweetheart blossom plus a Kort & Godt cream chrysanthemum and a beaded ivory rose all from The Ribbon Girl.
This is the ornate oval tag comprising two layers cut with nesties then distressed with tea dye - the ribbon is 40mm gold glitter mesh and 7mm gold satin
Please pop over to the Ribbon Girl blog to see the fabulous projects made by the Design Team - I hope you will be inspired to join in with this challenge - you could win a £10 voucher for the Ribbon Girl online store plus a stamp of your choice from Lili of the Valley

1 November 2012

Snow is falling .......

This weeks challenge over at Lilis Little Fairies is 'snow is falling' - I used a die-cut of James the bear trudging through the snow pulling his sledge, LOTV Classic Christmas papers and sentiment then plenty of Stardust stickles.

My flowers are Kort & Godt chrysanthemum and beaded berries, WOC large rosebud and sweetheart blossom, Ribbon Girl red berries and an opal crystal stem. The tiny fir cones are from my stash, and I dabbed on some Adirondack white paint.  The ribbon is 16mm red snowflake grosgrain tied with a flower shaped sparkly button and some natural button twine
Why not pop over to LLF to check out the rest of the projects by the design team - I'm sure you will be inspired to get your project made this weekend - and you could win a lovely prize!
See you soon, Mary G x