21 September 2017

Say hello to Seymour the Seagull .............

Andrea liked my original Seagull so much (see below) she asked me to make one so it can sit on her shelf at work and remind her of her holidays!  Seymour is based on the Tilda goose pattern, I ommitted the web feet and added (bought) shoes, aren't they cute?  I adjusted his goose beak to be more seagull-like, and it was coloured with a Copic pen colour YR24

His hat is made from a child sock (I cut across just up from the heel and tied the top with some white embroidery thread.    His dungarees are made from a linen look fabric (John Lewis) and I used the reverse side of a couple of small polka dot buttons to sew onto his bib front.  His neckerchief is a piece of red 38mm faux silk ribbon

A close up of his legs - striped fabric from a Fat Quarter Bundle from John Lewis, the little boots were from someone on Ebay, I love them!!

This is the original Seagull I made with webbed feet

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary xx

16 September 2017

Clementine the rabbit ....

Clementine the rabbit measured approx 50cms tall and is made from a pale cream coloured calico .  Her dress is made from one fat quarter of patterned cotton, trimmed with 17mm ivory cream 'Astrid' cotton vintage style lace, with a fully lined bodice and a Peach seam binding sash around her waist. 

Her eyes, nose and mouth are embroidered with 3 strands of DMC embroidery floss.  I made a flower from peach and wavecrest green seam binding and stitched it just under her ear

Her Mary Jane type shoes are made from plain off white fleece fabric, blanket stitched with top stitch thread and fastened with more peach seam binding tied in a bow and finished with a small pearl button 
The rabbit is based on the design of the popular Maileg rabbits which are widely available. 
Now I have to get on with sewing the seagull I promised I'd make my daughter - I keep getting distracted onto other projects :-) 

Thanks for looking, Mary x

Autumn pin-cushion ....

An Autumn  pin-cushion resembling a pumpkin which I'm entering into a challenge at 'Cosy Cabin Makers' facebook page.  I added a 15mm clear sparkly button and some olive green faux silk ribbon to my pincushion.

thanks for looking, Mary xx

14 September 2017

Tilly dressed for a special occasion - a Tilda cloth doll with a gorgeous hat!

Tilly is a fairly tall doll which I made from a Tilda pattern and I'm sure she wouldn't look out of place at even the poshest wedding!    Her dress is trimmed with 25mm white frilled lace, her pantaloons with 12mm white frilled lace and her coat with 16mm antique white fine cotton 'Allison' lace. Her necklace is 3mm lilac satin threaded through a flower shaped two-hole sparkly button.  I painted the shoes with fabric paint and adhered a 5mm pearl to look like little buttons.  Her eyes are tiny dots of fabric paint and her make-up included some of my blusher :-)

The hair is made from black wool, which I pinned on then stitched.  Her hat is made with a bottle top and a disc of card (thanks for the idea Wilma Heida), covered in fabric and embellished with 20mm lilac paper roses, pink open rose, lilac two tone hip rosebud and some 15mm lilac satin edge sheer ribbon.  I added feathers for even more height.

A close up of her coat - the coat was actually made from a dress pattern for another dolly, but it was too small so I split it up the front, overlocked the edges and added the lace trim to make a coat for Tilly - luckily it matches her pantallons

thank you for looking, and see you soon
Mary xx

9 September 2017

Christmas Tree Decorations .....

Tree decorations in using a mini pack of  'Time to Sparkle' 6x6 papers.  I used a pyramid tea bag wrapper as the template and cut each decoration from a single sheet of 6inch paper. 

  I used various s/a gems/pearls, gold rats tail satin, gold twine, 4mm flatback ivory pearl trim, white tiny pom pom trim, florence ivory cotton lace, gold sparkle tinsel, 15mm gold lame ribbon, a sparkly glass star, gold striped organza, gold sparkly mesh ribbon, 3mm gold lame ribbon - the paper and all the embellishments are from The Ribbon Girl

This is how I made them:

I drew around the pyramid tea bag wrapper directly onto the back of my 'Time to Sparkle 6inch paper and scored the lines with a biro pen on a mouse mat.  I used a craft knife to cut a slit for the closing tag.

I used a bone tool to fold the scored marks
I folded all the lines and tags to make a pyramid
I partially unfolded the pyramid, tied a knot in some rats tail satin and inserted it up the cone and out of top, then refolded the pyramid
The pyramid is now ready to decorate

Thanks for Looking, see you soon
Mary x

8 September 2017

A new doll .....

A small doll made with a new pattern -  tiny body, very thin arms, large round head and jointed legs.  It's taken me ages, a bit of sewing here a bit of sewing there in between other crafting,  and I found it very fiddly and confusing to make, but nevertheless I persevered and am quite pleased with the finished dolly which is only to look at, not to play with.  I even searched for my knitting needles and knit her a scarf!  

View from the back showing the lined jacket with hood.  The skirt is made from pink tulle lined with pale pink spotted cotton.  To give you an idea of the size of her head, the little hat is actually 0-3months baby hat from Asda!

and a view of her sitting down - I bought the shoes via Ebay

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary xx

5 September 2017

ruby wedding card

I made this card for two lovely neighbours who celebrated their Ruby Wedding anniversary recently.

 I used Maja Design 'Life in the Country' 6x6 papers, 35mm burgundy roses, large ivory rosebuds, white lily, 25mm burgundy satin ribbon, burgundy starbust stamens, burgundy tiny rosebuds, 6mm ivory heart shaped pearl flatbacks, 'Victoria' 32mm fine cotton vintage style lace tpped with a pearl and diamante flower embellishment

Papers, flowers, ribbons, lace, heart pearls and flower shaped diamante embellishment are all from The Ribbon Girl store

thanks for looking, and I'll see you soon
Mary x

3 September 2017

Vintage Santa Easel Drawer Card ......

I was fortunate enough to visit the Faberge museum in St Petersburg recently, and was inspired to make this very embellished easel drawer card after seeing all the beautiful eggs and snuff boxes he and his team had made!   
I used an image from Pion 'The Night Before Christmas' images sheet with paper from the Maja Design 'Life in the Country' 6x6 pad.  All edges were inked to distress them. I added 10mm ivory flower and 6mm ivory flatback pearl trim using 3mm double sided sticky tape.

The bow is made from the new 25mm Silvery Pearl Sparkle ribbon tied with ivory hemp twine and topped with a 5-petal ivory pearl and diamante embellishment.  For the flower arrangements I used ivory/pearl beaded berries, burgundy stardust stamens, cream hip rosebuds, ivory/green speckled autumn berries and green rose leaves.

I used the sentiment that came with the Pion images sheet to go underneath the top sheet.  The flowers which are adhered to the top of the drawer act as a 'stop' to keep the front of the card in place
I added more Maja paper inside the drawer and added another of the Pion images die-cut into a circle.

I hope you will join us over on the blog for The Ribbon Girl September Card Challenge - the design team are back after their Summer break and have made some forgeous cards to inspire you!

Thanks for looking and see you soon
Mary xx

12 August 2017

Vintage style birthday card ....

A birthday card using Maja Designs 'Denim & Friends' 6x6 paper.  I diecut, inked and shaped the flowers then added some miniature cream blossoms, ivory cream 20mm paper roses, ivory smooth berries, ivory hemp twine, 25mm satin edge sheer ribbon and 55mm Emma guipure lace and finally some Stardust Stickles and some 5mm ivory pearls.  

a close up of the flower arrangement, the sentiment was computer generated to fit the diecut oval

Thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary xx

10 August 2017

Christmas hanger, vintage style ...........

A vintage style Christmas hanging decoration using Maja Design 'I Wish' 6x6 paper pad and all embellishments from The Ribbon Girl online store. I cut and scored pieces of cream card, folded and made into a circle wich I backed with 25mm ivory frilled lace.  I added various sizes of card and patterned paper from the Maja pad, then lastly an intricate diecut topped with a santa clause image which I cut from a piece of the Maja paper.   For the hanging ribbons I used 25mm faux hessian, 15mm cream satin, 25mm burgundy satin, 10mm red square check, 38mm gold glitter on ivory organza and some 'Florence'  ivory cotton lace - everything used on the hanging is from the store

 this close up shows the various layers

My flower arrangement consists of a 35mm burgundy rose, ivory 20mm paper roses, ivory hip rosebuds and miniature blossoms plus some ivory/green speckled autumn berries. 
the poinsettias are diecut from 'I Wish' Maja pad, edges inked and stickled and a small s/a clear gem popped in the centre of each.

I really enjoyed making this hanging decoration which I will put in my hall as we approach Christmas.
thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary xx

Posh gift bag ....

Inspired by an exploding gift back made by  Lou Daubney  I have made this one from Maja Design 'Denim & Friends' paper.  The flowers are 40mm white daisy,  vintage blue medium rosebuds, white 20mm roses, pale blue miniature blossoms and mulberry paper rose leaves. There is a 15mm white satin bow to the side of the flowers and the handle is also made from the same ribbon

I added a white pearl and diamante oval embellishment to resemble a clasp, 6mm white pearl flatback trim along the top of the bag flap and 3mm clear gem s/a around the front of the flap.  The flap itself closed using small magnets.
 This is a view of the bag when opened
and here is the view showing the white satin ribbon handle.

thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary xx

3 August 2017

Singing Robin gift tag ....

A Christmas gift tag using the new LOTV 'Singing Robin' simply print image matted onto on Maja 'Shades of Denim' monochrome paper.  

My flower arrangement includes hand made poinsettias with a s/a gem centre, die cut holly leaves using paper from Maja 'Enjoying Outdoors' topped with tiny red s/a pearls from the multicolour pack, white miniature blossoms, ivory beaded berries, 30mm ivory wild rose.
  At the bottom of the tag I adhered some 6mm white flatback pearl trim using 3mm double sided tape then added a small piece of rosa bianca guipure lace
At the top of the tag I added silver flake ribbon, silver lame 3mm ribbon, scarlet berry 3mm ribbon, 15mm white mermaid sparkle ribbon all topped off with a 15mm silver glitter flatback.  I finished the tag with lots of Stardust Stickles

Thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

Bottle tag ....

A bottle tag for a wedding anniversary using Lemoncraft 'Daydream' 6x6 paper pad, deep rose pink tiny pom pom trim, pale pink 25mm satin edge sheer ribbon, pink Ballerina blossoms, ivory hemp twine, pink large rosebud, baby pink cherry blossom,  a pink glass beaded strawberry and a sprig of pink/pink beaded berries

A close up of the tag, I tweeked the edges of the pom pom trim to make it look like a little tassel

thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary xx

31 July 2017

Christmas snowman card ..........

I'm loving the new 'simply print' Christmas images just launched by LOTV - this cute one is 'Christmas Snowman'  - isn't the little mouse on the tree cute?  I printed then diecut one of the images and matted onto an oval diecut shape.   I used paper from Maja Denim & Friends' 6x6 paper matted onto a sheet of dark blue monochrome paper from the 'Shades of Denim' 6x6 pack.

My flower arrangement consists of some yummy and very life-like white/green speckled berries, small pinecones, holly leaves with 3 berries, an ivory white magnolia, some ivory/cream beaded berries

The lace across the bottom of the card is 55mm Monique white guipure topped with some 'Sable' 15mm double sided satin ribbon.  The sentiment tucked into the bow is a LOTV Christmas tag printable - so easy to cut around these little tags.   I added some 6mm flatback white pearl trim at the top of the card. Last of all I added lots of very sparkly Stardust Stickles  to make the snow shine!
(this card is for sale here)
Thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary xx

A sympathy card in pale blue and white ....

Even though they are sad to make, I just think of the recipient when they open the box to see the card and hope it gives them a little pleasure.  This is for a friend who lost her Father suddenly, even though he had been poorly and had lived to a good old age.

I embossed the background and matted it onto pale blue card.  I made the sentiment on my computer and printed it on matching blue card, then die cut the oval shape.

I diecut some Magnolia flowers using some Galeria paper, shaped them using a flower ball tool and used my hot glue gun to fix pieces of white stamens to the back of a sparkly 8mm s/a gem and placed it in the centre of the paper flower.

The leaves were diecut from white card and I added sprigs of blue/pink fabric forget me not flowers and 20mm blue mulberry paper open roses.  A piece of ivory hemp twine wrapped around my fingers, tied with a stalk cut off one of the roses and a bow made from 25mm pale blue satin edge sheer were both hot glued under the big paper flower.

At the top of the oval shape I added 3 die cut Magnolia flowers, shaped the leaves and added 3mm sparkly aurea borealis s/a gems to the centre of each.  A few diecut white paper leaves completed the card.

Thanks for looking, and see you soon
Mary xx