30 April 2013

Sketch time at PTW ....

It's sketch time at Papertake Weekly - I used a LOTV image and added WOC baby pink cherry blossom and RG white beaded stamens.  The lace at the top is white flower guipure with 15mm Berisford satin  on top, the bow is tied with a 15mm clear crystal button tied on with pink Divine Twine and a silver colour butterfly charm.

Flowers, ribbon, lace, button, twine are all from The Ribbon Girl

Mary x

Watering the flowers .....

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend.  This is my last GDT spot on LOTV's Ideas to Inspire blog - thanks so much for asking me ladies! Todays card features 'Watering the Flowers' stamp which I coloured with Copics.  Papers are from the Bonnets & Bowties and the Promises pads

I added some white cheesecloth behind the image, lilac floral bias binding with white lace and white ruffle edge sheer ribbon.   he butterfly is punched from paper with stalks cut from the flowers for antenna. My flower arrangement includes WOC lilac 35mm trellis rose, purple carnations, lilac and white sweetheart blossoms, pink/white  hip rosebuds, lilac cosmos flower, RG beaded white swirl, Kort & Godt white chrysanthemum all from The Ribbon Girl

Mary x

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28 April 2013

Magnolia Only

The April Magnolia Only challenge 'add a diecut'  begins today on The Ribbon Girl Blog - I used Tilda with Flower and coloured her with Copics, adding Stardust stickles for her wings. I die cut the oval frame, the leaves and the little flowers. The papers on this criss-cross pocket card are from Pandura - one 12x12 double sided sheet of this gorgeous thick paper are sufficient for the card and the insert and everything matches perfectly.

I added lavender openweave ribbon and white daisy venise lace. 

My flower arrangement includes a stem from a white pearl and crystal branch; purple Kort & God rolled rose and white chrysanth; WOC two tone lilac cherry blossom, Ribbon Girl white starburst stamen, white beaded stamen, lavender beaded gypsophalia and white daisy with a 15mm amethyst and diamante embellishment in the centre.  All flowers, pearls, lace, ribbons and embellishments are from The Ribbon Girl

The standard of cards and projects made by the Magnolia Only Design Team are fantastic - please pop over to have a look - you can not fail to be inspired!!
Mary x

26 April 2013

Bella in a circle of flowers ......

Photo: Isn't this little elephant cute - I just fancied making a round card for a change

I really like this cute little Bella with Flowers stamp from Wild Rose Studios - I've coloured her with copics and added stardust stickles to the centres.  I fancied making a round card for a change and I used Kort & Godt Rolled Roses, WOC Cherry Blossoms, Sweetheart Blossoms, Cosmos Daisies, Asters, approx 2 metres of 25mm flat polyester lace, Stardust Stickles and 5mm clear gems.  The leaves were cut with my Martha Stewart branch punch out  of white paper for a change

I'm entering this into the ABC Challenge 'Lace'

All flowers lace, gems and stickles from the Ribbon Girl
see you on Sunday for the Ribbon Girl Magnolia Only challenge on Sunday!

23 April 2013

Weather with you at PTW ...

This week's Papertake Weekly challenge is 'weather with you'   I saw a card made by Lorraine last week and she'd used this sweet image from Wild Rose Studios - I ordered one straight away and couldn't wait to play with it.  I decided to use sepia type colours only and then added white opal liquid pearls as 'snow'

The paper is from one of the new LOTV pads 'country gent' and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.
I used 45mm ivory guipure lace, 16mm ivory pleated satin, 16mm bridal white satin ribbon, cream Kort & God chrysanth, a 35mm mocha trellis rose, pale milky coffee cosmos, mocha 20mm open roses, ivory hip rosebuds and ivory beaded gypsophalia, white opal liquid pearls, stardust stickles all from The Ribbon Girl

I hope you will be able to visit Papertake Weekly - there are some lovely cards by the design team and you could win a great prize!

I'm entering this into  ABC Christmas Challenge

Mary x

21 April 2013

Ivory silk criss cross card and a pretty box ..

The April colour challenge starts today on The Ribbon Girl Blog - I made a criss cross pocket card and used  Ivory pleated satin, 'Astrid' lace, ivory silk ribbon, 5mm pearls, 35mm ivvory trellis rose, 20mm pale pink open roses, ivory and pink hip rosebuds, ivory beaded gypsophalia

the insert says 'If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I'd be picking roses for a lifetime' - this sweet sentiment is a Stempelglade set which my lovely daughter Andrea gave me for my birthday in March

I made this box for my third GDT spot at Lili of the Valley and I used a pre-coloured image plus lilac velvet lace, white daisies with amethyst 15mm diamante embellishments in the centres replacing the yellow centres, white beaded sprigs, lilac asters and purple/lilac sweetheart blossoms all from The Ribbon Girl.  I used 11mm pearls as feet on the bottom of the box

a view of the top

see you soon, Mary x

20 April 2013

Spring has sprung .....

Spring has sprung, the grass is ris, I wonder where the birdies is ....
they're all making a nest in my leylandi hedge in the back garden - even a massive wood pigeon - I'll try to get a photo later in the week

Wow, yesterday we had temperatures in the 'teens, blue sky and sunshine - the tulips on my back patio burst into flower and the roses have fresh green  leaves  - summer is on the way :o)

see you tomorrow for the Ribbon Girl April Colour Challenge

Mary x

16 April 2013

Just one backing paper ....

The new challenge at Papertake Weekly is 'one paper' so I made a boy birthday card and used one piece of paper from LOTV out of this pad  - I love my new stamp - I coloured this cute little mouse with copics and was really pleased how it turned out.  I added some ivory jute mesh, a blue button from a baby boy blue button mixture pack, a piece of blue saddlestitch ribbon and some natural button twine all from The Ribbon Girl

I hope you will find the time to pop over to Papertake Weekly - fabulous projects by the DT and a lovely prize to win!

See you soon, Mary x

Dainty dancing ...

This is my second guest DT card for Lili of the Valley Ideas to Inspire Blog  -  a heart shaped easle card using that dinky little ballet dancer from LOTV  with WOC rosebuds, cherry blossom, open roses and a Ribbon Girl white daisy with a pink diamante embellishment in the middle.  I've also used pink box pleated ribbon, pink tiny pom pom trim, pink loopy trim, white flat lace and pink spotted organza

nb  this should have been published on 11th April but due to blogger problems - it didn't appear

14 April 2013

Spring colours

I was invited to be a GDT at Lovley Hanglar & Sweet Magnolia where the challenge theme is 'Spring Colours' and made this criss cross envelope card with insert and easel stand.

I coloured the image with copics and used a variety of flowers including:   WOC large rosebuds, tulips, asters and sweetheart blossoms.  Ribbon Girl white daisy and blue/white beaded stamens.   I added  13mm 'Olivia' white vintage style fine cotton lace, 9mm pink/white spot organza, pink button twine and a large flower charm - all from The Ribbon Girl.

The insert - stamped with a Stempelglade sentiment

The easel stand cut with a Sizzix die

I hope you will join in with the challenge, why not pop over and take a look

and I just wanted to tell you that there is a lovely pink flower give away over on The Ribbon Girl Blog

see you soon, Mary x

9 April 2013

Bingo ......

This week's challenge over at Papertake Weekly is a game of bingo - for my card I chose Blooms, free (image) and lace

The image is one of the new LOTV images ('Hand Picked' )which I coloured at Dawny P's colouring class at LOTV on Saturday - (thanks Dawny - had a great time) and met some lovely crafters!  The papers are from the LOTV 'Country Gent' pad  and the sentiment is cut from the new pre-printed sentiment pad and I added a cream daisy, mocha 20mm open rose, mocha aster, ivory beaded gypsophalia and ivory hip rosebuds.  I used 28mm 'Matilda' cream lace plus 16mm ivory pleated satin with ivory tiny ric rac on top.  The card was finished off with a little butterfly from my new Martha Stewart punch with a pearl on top and the odd bit of Stardust Stickles.

Ribbon, flowers, lace, stickles, pearls are all from The Ribbon Girl

see you soon, Mary x

7 April 2013

Add flowers ......

The March Card Challenge on the Ribbon Girl blog is 'add flowers' right up my street! This is a belated birthday card for my cousin Adele and I was inspired by Ribbon Girl teamie Teresa who made the most beautiful sewing kit card - I couldn't wait to try and make one myself and this is my interpretation.  I added a touch of luxury with this gorgeous 32mm pure silk ribbon - it ties the most delicious bows!

Here is a close up of the flowers:
Trellis rose, cherry blossoms, 20mm open roses, hip rosebuds and some of the new pale pink beaded stamens.  The papers are Tilda by Pandura

Instead of filling my criss cross card with sewing things like Teresa,  I made a large ornate tag with lace and ric rac embellished with little butterflies from my new Martha Stewart punch - I can see this punch being used as often as the MS leaves punch!!  The sentiment is from Stempelglade and was one of the stamps Andrea bought me from Australia - and they are all gorgeous!!

Silk Ribbon,  'Elizabeth' Lace, WOC Roses, Cherry Blossoms, Hip Rosebuds, RGirl Beaded Stamens, Stickles, Liquid Pearls and Pearls are all from The Ribbon Girl

As usual, the inspiration from the Ribbon Girl DT is a must-see and there is a great prize of a £10 voucher generously provided by the lovely ladies at Lili of the Valley to spend in the LOTV online store - just in time too, they are launching new products on 8th April!! and a £10 voucher to spend in the Ribbon Girl online store

2 April 2013

A touch of kraft .......

My DT card for the new challenge over at Papertake Weekly - 'anything goes with the option of using kraft' so I used kraft as a backing sheet on the front and inside of this birthday card.  The image is a 'topper' by Elisabeth Bell and I added  'Angelica' tulle lace and pale peach 15mm satin ribbon with a watering can with handle.  I love my new Martha stewart buttefly punch!!  All edges were inked with walnut ink.

My flower arrangement included Wild Orchid Crafts peach cherry blossom, orange sweetheart blossom, white hip rosebuds, plus a Kort & Godt ivory rolled rose with a gem in the centre and a RGirl peach daisy

I even decorated the inside to tone with the front of the card !

Ribbon, lace, charm, flowers, gems and Stardust Stickles all from here

I hope you are able to pop over to Papertake Weekly - the design team have made some super cards and we look forward to seeing your  creations - you could win a great prize!

See you soon
Mary x

1 April 2013

A house with flowers .....

I was delighted (but very nervous!) to be invited by Lili of the Valley to be a GDT for April - this is my first project.  I was inspired by fellow Ribbon Girl teamie Gail who made a house from chipboard then Andrea made one so I just had to have a go myself.  I have to admit I found it rather difficult to cut through the board with my stanley knife, but I made sure every component was the correct size before covering with 'Perfect Pair' papers from LOTV.  The window was particularly hard for me to cut but it finished off the house nicely.

The flowers growing up the walls are WOC pink and ivory aster chrysanths and then I added 4mm pink pearl beads under the eves of the roof.  The Lili of the Valley sign was computer generated and distressed with walnut ink.

I cut out the little girl from Mini Masterpiece No. 21 and sat her on the Magnolia doohickey fence which I adhered to the base board of the house.  

Forever friends and paper piecing .....

I was asked to be a GDT at this weeks challenge at Forever Friends Challenge Blog  'paper piecing' and here is my card.  The bear was coloured with copics then dressed with LOTV paper 'Petal Fresh'.   I made the butterflies with my Martha Stewart punch and I added some of our new 'Daphne' 25mm white lace, blue and white saddlestitch ribbon and blue self adhesive pearls.  My flowers include WOC white sweetheart blossoms, carnations, 20mm open roses and Kort and Godt white chrysanths all from The Ribbon Girl

See you later for my second post in one day!

Mary x