30 July 2013

Sketchy time at PTW .....

It's sketchy time at Papertake Weekly and this time I used sketch number 80 and made a birthday card for my great-niece Gemma who will be 15 in a couple of weeks time.  This is my first attempt at colouring  a Saturated Canary stamp 'Baily and Bosco' - I love those eyes!!  I coloured with copics and added stardust stickles to her shoes.

I added turquoise organza rose trim, white 'Sophie' lace, a 15mm sparkly button, aqua bakers twine and aqua twill stripe ribbon.
Ribbon, lace, rose organza, button, twine, stickles all from

28 July 2013

Magnolia Only and some lace .....

The July Magnolia Only challenge at The Ribbon Girl is to add lace - I used 'Emily' lace, 'Deborah' ivory lace, ivory pleated satin, a Barley Sugar dahlia flower, ivory beaded gypsophalia, Kort & Godt cream chrysanth, WOC ivory hip rosebuds, ivory 20mm open roses, white sweetheart blossoms, stem from an ivory pearl and crystal branch, and some Stardust stickles all from The Ribbon Girl

There are some fabulous cards by the design team so I hope you will have time to pop over for some inspiration and we really look forward to seeing your creations!
As usual there are two fabulous prizes for our randomly chosen winner:
A Magnolia stamp all the way from the home of Tilda and Edwin kindly donated by Magnolia of Sweden

A £10 voucher towards a spending spree at The Ribbon Girl online store

Mary x

26 July 2013

In the garden ...

Photo: Had such a lovely evening

We had a lovely evening on 24th July - this is my hubby and I in the back garden just before we went out for a family meal in our local italian restaurant to celebrate our 42nd anniversary - you don't realise how big the shrubs and evergreens are growing until you see them in a photograph - wow, I think we need to trim a few feet off that greenery  -  the funny thing about this photo is that we had just had a heavy rain shower between bursts of really hot sunshine - Roy walks around without shoes in the house and when he was called out to stand on the wet lawn for a photo he put his bright red crocs on so Andrea had to make sure she only took a photo of our top half :o)

Mary x

23 July 2013

Happy anniversary ..

Today's challenge at Papertake Weekly is 'die-ing for a punch' and I've managed to use punched butterflies, leaves, a tiny tag with the date of our anniversary on and punched-out corners, then die-cut ovals on this 42nd wedding anniversary card for my husband  for tomorrow  24th July (he doesn't read my blog so won't see it)   For a change I haven't used an image and used flowers instead.  I embossed white paper andI inked all edges with walnut stain and added bridal white satin ribbon, Deborah fine cluny lace and 8mm self adhesive ivory pearl hearts.  I added a tiny silver heart with flower charm and a pearl button tied with natural button twine to finish the card.  

My flower arrangement includes ivory and cream 30mm, 20mm, 10mm roses and hip rosebuds

Flowers, ribbons, lace, pearls, button, twine, charm are all from

I hope you will have time to pop over to Papertake Weekly and be inspired by the wonderful projects by the design team - there is a lovely prize for you to win!

I'm entering this card into A Creative Romance - no designer papers - see you soon, Mary x

21 July 2013

Ho Ho Ho ....

Ho Ho Ho, I thought I would get ahead by making a Christmas card for my DT project for the July Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge of 'blue and white' as a Christmas card.  The background paper is from LOTV as is the cute diecut image.  I added 32mm white guipure lace, 9mm blue/white saddlestitch, acrylic flower button, natural button twine, a snowflake charm.

My flower arrangement incudes ivory 30mm, 20mm and 10mm mulberry roses, 15mm red paper roses and a couple of my favourite white beaded stamens.   I finished my card with Stardust Stickles and a few clear self adhesive gems

Please pop over to the Ribbon Girl blog to see what my talented teamies have made - fabulous work - and find out what the prizes are for this challenge - there is a £10 voucher from LOTV and a £10 voucher from The Ribbon Girl - well worth winning! and you've got a week to get your project in  - it can be anything at all, not just cards!

Ribbon, lace, button, charm, twine, flowers, stickles and gems all from

have fun, Mary x

16 July 2013

Buttons and bows ......

This weeks Papertake Weekly challenge is 'buttons and bows' - the rest of the design team have made some lovely cards and I hope you will be able to join us this week.

I managed one button and a double bow on this feel better soon card which I made for a friend.  I used a topper (Wee Suzie)  from The Hobby House, then addedsiam pink seam binding topped with a pale pink striped button tied on with pink divine twine and some 5mm pink pearls.

My flowers include Wild Orchid 10, 20 and 30mm roses, cosmos daisy, sweetheart blossom and aster plus Ribbon Girl white and pink beaded stamens

All flowers, buttons, twine, seam binding and pearls are from

see you soon, Mary x

2 July 2013

aaww how cute ...

Today's challenge at Papertake Weekly is anything goes with the optional extra is to include and an animal / creature or you could use animal print paper. Sponsored by LOTV, I used one of the images from those extremely handy art pads from Lili of the Valley then added a deep pink trellis rose, carnations, white beaded stamen, pink asters, pink sweetheart blossoms, pink and white pencil stripe ribbon topped with a 15mm diamante and pink crystal embellishment finished off with som 15mm ivory hearts.

Ribbon, flowers, heart and diamante embellishments are all from
see you soon
Mary x

Magnolia only challenge ...

This is my DT card for the Ribbon Girl Magnolia Only challenge - use two backing papers - I also added pink microdot ribbon, white zig zag cotton lace, a clear crystal flower button tied with natural button twine, white daisy with a sparkly centre, 20mm opn roses and some hint of pink hip rose buds.  I slathered stardust stickles on her wings, inked all the edges with walnut ink and added some 5mm pink pearls to finish.

I hope you have time to pop over to thw Ribbon Girl blog to be inspired by the DT creations and you've got until Saturday to enter your card

Ribbon, lace, button, twine, pearls and flowers are all from