21 July 2017

A doll in the style of Jane Austen .....

Jane Austen doll using a Tilda pattern.  I found this very tricky as the arms and legs on this tall and slim doll were very long and narrow, so very difficult to turn right-sides out ready for stuffing - I resorted to using a straw and a crochet hook which helped!   The dress has a lined bodice and tiny lined sleeves were a nightmare - I stitched one of them on inside out and had to unpick, it was like making a standard frock but in miniature - my fingers could do with being a bit more nimble :-)  HOWEVER, I am very pleased with the end result and may make another ....

A close up of her top half - I used 'boufle' yarn (a fluffy boucle type yarn) for her hair, which I stitched on, her necklace is 3mm ivory pearl trim, a small piece stitched to the back of the neck under the hair, the lace on her gown is 'Donna' vintage style creamy ivory 12mm cotton lace and I added a sprig of tiny red berries and a light coral 20mm paper rose to her dress and her hair.  I used one fat quarter of printed cotton fabric for her gown and there is a little left for another smaller project

I painted on her shoes and the strap with fabric paint, then finished them with a 3mm self adhesive aurea borealis flatback

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary G xx

19 July 2017

Liberty print pin cushion ..

A much needed pin cushion made from a handful of polyester stuffing, a length of embroidery floss, a sparkly button and two Liberty squares which have been in the sewing drawer for many years - at last, I've put them to good use. Sparkly flower button and various pins from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

thanks for looking, see you soon, 
Mary G xx

16 July 2017

Birthday card in denim ....

I've been so busy sewing lately, I havent made a card for a couple of weeks, but managed to make this one for my great-nephew's 14th birthday.  I used Maja Design 'Denim & Friends' 6x6 papers plus the 'Shades of Denim' monochrome 6x6 paper pack for the layers.  Having the exact co-ordinating colours to hand makes it so easy to layer up.

  The sentiment was computer generated and printed directly onto a sheet of Maja paper then cut into strips.  All edges were distressed and inked with blue chalk ink.   I added natural button twine, a wooden star button, blue/white 16mm saddlestitch ribbon and some platignum liquid pearls in the top left hand corner

There is a new 'Use any Image' challenge over on The Ribbon Girl blog and there are three wonderful prizes to win so I hope you will be inspired by the design team makes and come and join in.

Thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary G xx

14 July 2017

Florence the dainty little duck ..............

I'm very fond of ducks - I have china ducks in the house and metal ducks in the garden!  I was keen to stitch this Tilda duck but wanted her to be extra pretty.  I used a lovely fat quarter and some plain calico for the body and only lightly stuffed the wings .  I added some 'Florence' ivory cotton lace around her neck threaded through a square diamante buckle slide. I made the hat with some frilled ivory lace embellished with a peach cherry blossom flower and some pale peach miniature blossoms.  At her neck I added 15mm pale peach satin ribbon.

Florence with a china duck
'Florence' lace slotted through a square diamante buckle slide
25mm ivory frilled lace with peach cherry blossom and peach miniature blossoms plus a small piece of 3mm ivory satin ribbon

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary G xx

12 July 2017

Sydney the Seagull ....

I based my seagull on the Tilda goose pattern, but I drew the beak much longer, and painted it with a Copics pen No. YR24, it gave a good result as I didnt have any fabric paint.  When I stitched the feet I didnt put quite so much stuffing in, and also I stitched between the claws.    Same with the wings, less stuffing and two rows of stitching.  I used calico for the body and some nice linen fabric which I got from John Lewis Plc   My favourite piece of clothing is his had!!  I bought a pack of boy's socks, cut off a piece from the rib to the ankle, tied the top with some rats tail satin cord and snipped the gathered fabric to finish -I was very pleased with the result as I am not very good at knitting!

I added some red tea dyed cotton ribbon and a couple of red polka dot buttons to finish

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary G xx

Rowena Rabbit ....

This is my first attempt at a Tilda rabbit, the pinafore dress and pantaloons were made from a piece of curtain fabric which resembled linen - I got half a metre of wide fabric for only £2.50!!   I added some appliqued cotton to the front of her dress and hand-stitched around it with pink top stitch thread.  At her neck I tied some 15mm sage green Berisford double sided satin ribbon, and on her hat I used a couple of flowers from 25mm white and pink guipure daisy lace

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary G x

22 June 2017

A cross-legged Tilda goose ..............

My first goose made using the Tilda goose pattern - I can remember Andrea making Tilda rabbits and rag dolls years ago and would you believe it, we gave all the pattern books to the local charity shop when we had a clear out :-(  I saw one of these in a shop dressed as a seagull!! it looked amazing,  and suddenly I just had to make a goose myself.  It took me ages to find the goose pattern in one of the older books which had been re-printed

 This is my first goose, and when I make another I'll make very sure to join the fabric correctly as it is slightly out of synch on this one.  I find Tilda instructions difficult to follow, as you have to look at such and such an animal for the legs, a different bird for the wings, and so on, but now I've figured out the goose I will try something else.    I used fat quarters for the hat (which is my favourite item) and the dungarees, legs, feet and beak.  I added 15mm Sable satin ribbon  for the bow around his neck and dark green polka dot buttons on his bib front.

thanks for looking
Mary G xx

18 June 2017

Blue and pink birthday card ...

 A blue and pink birthday card for The Ribbon Girl 'use any image' challenge.  I embossed thick white paper for the background then die-cut the image from Maja Design Sofiero ephemera sheet and matted onto Maja Shades of Sofiero blue paper.  I distressed and inked all the edges

 I added blue and pale pink 30mm wild roses, blue/pink forget me not flowers, white miniature blossoms and die-cut the leaves with a Magnolia die using Maja Design Shades of Sofiero sage paper

I popped in a piece from the Scrapiniec rounded corner set up in the corner and lastly added a bow of vintage blue fluted edge sheer

I hope you will all join in with the challenge - it runs for 2 weeks and there are 3 wonderful prizes to be won

thanks for looking and see you soon

14 June 2017

Thinking of You

I was horrified and very, very sad to turn on my television this morning to learn of the tower blog fire in London.  I didn't know anyone personally, but am thinking of everyone affected

I embossed some white paper and layered onto pal pink card then added 30mm pale pink mulberry roses, 10mm open rose, baby pink/white blossom flower, rose leaves, tiny pearl clusters on silver stems, ivory twine, 25mm pale pink satin edge sheer ribbon and a 15mm pearl and diamante round flatback embellishment all from The Ribbon Girl

thanks for visiting, take care
Mary x

22 May 2017

Butterfly Birthday card ....

For this butterfly birthday card for my niece, I used paper from the Lemoncraft 'Gossamer Blue' 6x6 paper pad and embellished with hand made flowers using a Heartfelt Creations stamp and die and paper from the same pad, embossed with silver glitter and clear 14mm and 8mm flatback gems in the centre of each and 3 miniature white blossoms.  The butterflies are diecut and again, 8mm gems added.  

I added pale aqua satin ribbon and a sky blue 20mm paper rose 

Thanks for looking
Mary x

19 May 2017

Mouse shaker card ...

This is my first attempt at a shaker card - I used paper from Galeria ' As if in a Dream Retro' 12x12 pad and a LOTV simply print image  (each time I look I feel he is saying ' if I give you these flowers, will you let me out of this bubble?) 

My flowers include miniature blossoms, cherry blossoms, 20mm paper roses and hip rosebuds.  I've added some pale green leaves and twisted the flower stalks around a fine paintbrush to make twirls.

The lace is white 38mm 'Charlotte' vintage style and 15mm pale lime satin ribbon.

thanks for looking
Mary x

Three little maids .. and a tiny teddy

 I love this gorgeous brand new 'Simply Print' image from LOTV, three little bridesmaids and the smallest has just dropped her teddy - it's just adorable!  The background paper is from the  Maja Design 6x6 'Enjoying Outdoors' paper pad trimmed with 55mm Emma ivory guipure lace, 15mm bridal white satin ribbon, a 20mm pearl and diamante flower shaped embellishment.

The flower arrangements include ivory 30mm wild rose, 20mm open rose, ivory rolled roses, tiny pearl clusters on silver stems and there are three miniature white blossoms in the top corner

thanks for looking
Mary x

7 May 2017

Pink and white ....

An embossed and diecut card (Marianne 'Anja' corner die) embellished with 15mm hot pink satin ribbon, pink 20mm paper roses, 10mm white square pearl trim and 5mm ivory self adhesive pearls.  

a close up of the lovely embossing  -  I hope you will join us for The Ribbon Girl May Card Challenge over on the blog - there are some gorgeous cards by the Design Team to inspire you and three lovely prizes to be won!

Thanks for looking, Mary x

4 May 2017

Hope your day is filled with sunshine ....

I made this card with Maja Design 'Enjoying Outdoors' 6x6 paper stack and added 50mm Ophelia embroidered tulle lace, 10mm ivory pearl flatback trim and a Scrapiniec chipboard butterfly.  The sentiment is a 'simply print' from LOTV

My flower arrangement includes a lilac Exotic blossom, 30mm lilac wild rose, lilac lily, 25mm pale pink open rose, mulberry paper rose leaves and a bow made from 25mm lilac satin edge sheer ribbon

thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary x

9 April 2017

Even more Easter baskets ..........

Another batch of Easter baskets, all of these were made with papers from Maja Design 6x6 paper packs, 'Coffee in the Arbour' and 'Spring Basics' one has handmade flower with 11mm flatback pearl centre, 10mm ivory daisy flatback trim and Mauve Rose seam binding.  The other three have 30mm blue wild rose, white lily, ivory/white beaded stamens, pale ivory organza rose trim, blue/white beaded stamens and Limoges blue seam binding bows

More baskets using flowers and trims from the store.  I think I have made enough baskets to give as Easter treats, back to the cards soon!
thanks for looking, Mary x

4 April 2017

How to make a paper basket

There are various tutorials available on the web for making little baskets, this is how I make mine from 2 pieces of 6x6 paper, a strip of card and staples

the complete basket filled with tissue and chocolate eggs. This was decorated with 30mm blue and pink wild roses, 20mm pink paper roses, white lily and pink/pink beaded berries.  The ribbon on the handle is hot pink and white 16mm saddlestitch and the bow is Summer Rose vintage style seam binding, all from The Ribbon Girl

Easter basket with orange lillies ...

I made this little basket with paper from the Galeria 'Love takes Wing' 12x12 paper pad.  I used a 6 inch square plus an 8inch strip of card covered with paper for the handle.  For extra strength I stapled the handle to the basket as it would carry chocolate eggs, the staple cant be seen when the outside of the basket is decorated and the inside has tissue and eggs.  I used die-cut rose leaves and added the last of the hand made paper lillies which I made last week when the electricity was off.

I also decorated the basket with a bow of 15mm cream satin ribbon, ivory double row flatback pearl trim on the handle, a pink/cream lily flower, peaches/cream ballerina blossom and a peach cherry blossom all from

Paper, trims and mulberry flowers are all from The Ribbon Girl

3 April 2017

A z-fold card ....

I was inspired by a card featured in Heartfelt Creations newsletter and made this z-fold card which I found so much easier than making a stepped card!  I used a mix of Maja Design Vintage Spring' papers and 'Enjoying Outdoors' 6x6 paper pads

I made the orange lillies and lilly leaves using Heartfelt Creations stamps/dies, coloured them with chalk inks, made the stamens then glittered the tips of them.

I added 15mm satin edge ivory ribbon, peach 20mm open roses, peach cherry blossoms, paper rose leaves,  ivory beaded twirls, 10mm ivory daisy flatback trim, a piece of Scrapiniec mesh cut to shape.  The sentiment is by LOTV

Maja Design papers, Roses, miniature blossoms, cherry blossoms, ribbon, Scrapiniec chipboard and pearl trim are all from The Ribbon Girl

thanks for looking and see you soon
Mary x

The Potters Wheel .........

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We had a great time at a ceramics workshop at Sunderland Uni on Saturday - me and Andrea and my sister Jackie and her daughter Joanne threw pots all day, well that's what we tried to do but it's much harder than it looks!! Sitting on a very hard seat, bending forward and 'controlling' the clay is not only uncomfortable for the back, but jolly hard work!  I think I might just stick to paper crafting but take my hat off to all who can slap a lump of clay onto the centre of the wheel and produce a beautiful bowl, cup or vase in a no time!

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Sitting on the floor is James our tutor (a giant of a lad, about 6ft 6" tall).  James, who was very entertaining, is currently doing his Masters at Sunderland, and was a contestant on the recent Great Pottery Throwdown Challenge on television - unfortunately he didnt make the final - he was an excellent tutor.  This photo shows me in the naughty corner (I wonder why) then Andrea then my sister Jackie

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Woohoo, look what we made, mine is the second row along, not hard for me to decide which 3 pieces to choose to be fired!

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We were very attentive students!

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My neice Joanne is helping me choose which pots to throw in the slurry bin

If my 3 pieces are still OK after being fired then glazed and fired again I'll put a photo on here, will take a couple of weeks

thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary x

1 April 2017

A corsage for the choir performance ......

As you know my little sister Jackie and I usually do something crafty on a Friday night, and last night we made our corsage ready to wear for our choir performance on 8th April (Take Note Community Choir)    We made our own paper flower by stamping with Heartfelt Creations stamp and embossing with gold shimmer then diecut with the matching die.   We coloured our main flower with chalk inks, shaped and added a 15mm diamante embellishment, Spring Green sugar sprinkles ribbon, green leaves and a couple of medium yellow gold rosebuds

Thanks for looking ladies, see you soon
Mary x