29 July 2014

Have a fabulous day ........

It's sketchy time at Papertake Weekly - my card is based on sketch No 92


I used this lovely little image from Art Pad No 6  with added Stardust Stickles and teamed it with paper from the Always and Forever pad, then added white tiny pom pom trim, WOC fuschia pink 20mm open roses,  pretty pink medium large lily flowers, shocking pink satin ribbon and 'Michele' 75mm white guipure lace.  All edges were distressed with walnut ink.

Flowers, pom pom trim, ribbon, lace and Stickles all from The Ribbon Girl

I hope you will have time to join in  at PTW - as usual there is a lovely prize to win and some really nice cards by the design team to inspire you!

see you soon, Mary x

22 July 2014

A Christmas card in July .....

I know!! another Christmas card and it's still July - haven't had my summer holiday yet!  This card uses a pre-printed LOTV image I've had in my stash for ages, I used  a LOTV paper pad  then placed a white guipure lace frame, scarlet berry satin ribbon and a Christmas bells charm.

My flowers are a Christmas rose I've had for ages, a WOC white lily flower, a couple of white beaded stamens, two 15mm red paper roses , some tiny red berries and a brown winter cone.

There is a new Papertake Weekly Challenge starting today and there are even more Christmas projects there to inspire you! and a great prize too

I hope you will be able to join us

Guipure frame, ribbon, charm and flowers are all from The Ribbon Girl

Mary x

20 July 2014

Making a wish .....

Making a wish that everyone enjoys the summer holiday time and that we all get some nice sunshine!  This is my DT card for the Ribbon Girl July Colour Challenge - we'd like to see your AQUA projects and as usual there are some great prizes to be won

I used watercolour paints to colour this LOTV image, first one I've painted for ages - I really enjoyed  painting in the garden when the sun was shining.  The background paper is from the LOTV Beach Bliss pad and I added used pale ivory rose organza trim, white satin ribbon, Isabelle white vintage style lace, a small white guipure butterfly, 4mm white pearl trim, white/pink 30mm WOC rose, 20mm pale pink open rose, white beaded stamen, Kort & Godt aqua rolled roses, white pearls  all from The Ribbon Girl

There are some gorgeous creations by The Ribbon Girl design team - many different styles so there's sure to be something to inspire you to 'get crafting'

see you soon, Mary x

15 July 2014

Welcome baby ......

There's a new challenge over at Papertake Weekly - 'Buttons, bows and bling' and this is my DT card  - I used a LOTV artpad image and papers, then added pale ivory organza rose trim, tile blue seam binding, a star button tied with ivory hemp twine, a 30mm WOC ivory wild rose, blue/white beaded stamens, white lilly flowers, crystal drops on a silver stem and a silvercolour buggy charm.  I added some clear s/a gems including some tiny 3mm clear gems stuck on the stars - the camera has not caught the sparkle I'm afraid.  I also added Stardust Stickles to the crescent moon. 

The welcome baby sntiment is computer generated and I glued it to a Maya Road crystal trinket pin

I hope you will be able to join us for the challenge and we're looking forward to seeing what you create - you will find some fabulous inspiration over on the Papertake Weekly blog!

flowers, trinket pin, crystal drops, ribbons, trims and embellishments all from The Ribbon Girl

Mary x

13 July 2014

Thank You .......

There's a new 'Lovely Lili' challenge over on the Ribbon Girl blog starting this morning - all you have to do is create a thank you project using a LOTV image, artpad or papers  - great prizes too!  I made a thank you card and embossed white paper for the background.  I added an image from those extremely useful LOTV artpads - I chose this cute image from Art Pad No 2 then I added 38mm green striped satin, 55mm Monique white guipure lace, pale lime 25mm satin ribbon, a cream daisy, white lily flower and some Stardust Stickles on the little flowers.  The round sentiment is also from LOTV

Ribbon, lace, flowers and Stickles all from The Ribbon Girl

I do hope you will have time to join us - we'd love to see what you make - and there's loads of inspiration from the mega talented Ribbon Girl Design Team!

Mary x

8 July 2014

Stars and stripes ..........

There is a new challenge over at Papertake Weekly today and the theme is 'Stars and Stripes' - I used striped paper and a diamante star buckle slide which has a little pink 10mm rose sitting on top of it.  The card was for my new baby great-niece Lyra and I added Lyra lace (named after the baby), pink pleated satin ribbon, pink pearls, WOC pale pink carnation, pink gardenia plus white starburst stamen and ivory hip rose buds.  The papers and image (artpad image) are from Lili of the Valley

I hope you will be able to join us in this challenge - there is a lovely prize and excellent inspirational projects from the ladies on the design team over at PTW

Ribbon, lace, flowers and embellishments are all from The Ribbon Girl

Mary x

6 July 2014

Summer .......

The theme at todays Ribbon Girl Card Challenge is 'Summer' and I made this summer birthday card for a lady who will be 60.

I used LOTV papers and another of their fabulous art pad images from Art Pad 27 - Beautiful Blooms - just love them - I added some pink sequin lace, 'Lyra' white guipure lace, hot pink satin ribbon and a white guipure lace butterfly.  All edges were distressed with walnut ink.

My flower arrangement contains 20mm WOC pink open roses, baby pink sweetheat blossoms, pink gardenias, ivory hip rosebuds, white starburst stamen.  I added Stardust Stickles to make the flowers on the image twinkle and the sentiment was computer generated.

I hope you will be able to pop over to the blog - the design team have made some fabulous creations and they're looking forward to seeing what you make -  Elaine Livesey has been a guest DT a number of times and has joined the design team on a permanent basis - welcome Elaine!

Ribbon, lace, flowers, Stickles, Butterfly are all from 

Mary xx

1 July 2014

Christmas in July ........ why not ....

When I found out the challenge for this weeks Papertake Weekly was anything goes with the option of doing Christmas in July I thought why not, I followed a red and green traditional theme and dug out some Graphics 45 Christmas papers from last year and went for it!    I added some of our new Christmas seam binding, white broderie anglaise lace slotted with 7mm scarlet berry satin ribbon.  My flowers include 15mm red paper roses, ivory hip rosebuds, tiny red berries, a couple o frosted winter cones, some Kort & Godt ivory beaded berries and an ivory gardenia (I didn't have any Christmas Roses but these look the part don't they) and some red pearls from the 5mm self adhesive Christmas Mixture 

Flowers, beaded berries, winter cones, bias binding, ribbon, lace and Stardust Stickles all from


I am writing this post on Monday evening after Andrea and I took Haggis down to the seaside for a walk.  Firstly we walked around this old windmill in Whitburn near Sunderland

then we had a short walk in Whitburn country park, down to the sea, beautiful views over the fields

looks nice doesn't it, and there was no breeze and it was really warm, even at 8pm in the evening!

We had a quick stroll around Souter lighthouse (outside only) near Marsden at South Shields - we've been in it in the past, very interesting, if you ever get the chance you should go and have a look you won't be disappointed.

see you soon
Mary xx