28 February 2016

A gift bag .... and reminder about Use any image challenge ..

Crafters - don't forget the Ribbon Girl 'Use any image' challenge is open until Saturday 5th March - you can submit any type of project, as long as there is an image on it!! 


Yesterday I made  heart wall hanging and used two images from one sheet of Pion Design 'Linnaeus Botanical Journal - Leucanthemum Vulgare, which has four 6" x 6" image  - today I am showing you an Easter Gift Bag decorated with the remaining two images from the sheet

    Even the sweet little bluetit image has been die-cut from one of the four images - this lovely paper is so versatile - yesterday's heart was mostly green and this gift bag is mostly pale lemon even though the same paper was used

I added 'Veronica' 25mm ivory lace, 25mm pale lemon satin ribbon No. 14 which was also tied onto the bag handle, together with small pieces of iced lime seam binding, buttermilk tiny tic rac, gold fluted edge sheer ribbon. 

My flower arrangement includes a 40mm white daisy, white cosmos daisy, white lily flower and a lemon pretty blossom.  The leaves were cut with my good old Martha Stewart branch punch.

see you soon, Mary x

27 February 2016

Home is where my heart is .......

Crafters - don't forget the Ribbon Girl 'Use any image' challenge is open until Saturday 5th March - you can submit any type of project, as long as there is an image on it!! 


I needed something to hang on a narrow plain green wall in my hall and came up with this heart hanging.  I covered a plain wooden heart with some gorgeous Pion Design  Paper 'Linnaeus Botanical Journal - Leucanthemum Vulgare -  then distressed the edges and inked with Gathered Twigs brown ink. 

 I especially wanted to include the lovely drawing of the daisy flowers so I cut the paper to fit the bottom of the heart then tore the rest to create extra interest

A close up of the paper and flowers - a 40mm white daisy, two white cosmos daisies, a white cherry blossom, and a white starburst stamen.  The sentiment was computer generated and I printed it in brown to match the distressing ink

For the butterfly I used a Memory Box die 'Vivienne Butterfly' the smallest in the set and after I had inked the edges I added 5mm ivory self adhesive pearls to the centre.

I added a bow of 8mm Antique White Rebecca Lace and Iced Lime seam binding ribbon 

I'm off to hang this on the wall now :-)

see you soon, Mary x

23 February 2016

A 40th Birthday card ...

A birthday card for my niece which is now in the post to her.  I used the lovely  Maja 'Enjoying Outdoors' papers and image.  

I added 65mm 'Louise' white guipure lace, 'blackberry' 14mm satin ribbon, white lily flowers, lilac two tone asters, lilac and ivory ballerina blossoms

Lace, flowers, ribbon all from 

and a reminder that the Ribbon Girl February 'use any image' challenge over on the blog is open until Saturday 5th March

see you soon
Mary x

21 February 2016

Tea anyone? .........

I had a nasty experience on Friday when I was hit on the head by the corner of a heavy box when it fell from the top of a tall cupboard - lots of blood as I'm on warfarin and a trip to the hospital to have the cut glued together!  Apart from the fact it is still sore and there is quite a bit of bruising I am otherwise unscathed and think myself lucky to get away so lightly, it could have been much worse.

I managed to make my project of a folding decorative corner card with 'tea bag' tag for the Ribbon Girl 'Use Any Image' Challenge over on the Ribbon Girl blog - used gorgeous Maja 'coffee in the arbour' papers and image - so pretty and so vintage! love them

I added 6mm ivory flat back pearl string, 7mm dusky pink satin ribbon, a pale pink ballerina blossom, 30mm pale pink wild and 10 and 20mm pale pink open roses, a white lily and some 8mm white ric rac

A close up of the 'tea bag' tag

this photo shows the inside of the folding decorative corner card which has also been decorated with Maja papers

I hope you will join in with the challenge - 3 great prizes for 3 winners!
see you soon,
Mary x

14 February 2016

80th birthday card .... and card challenge reminder ...

I was asked to make a birthday card for an 80 year old Grandad and chose these lovely Pion Botanical papers with blue flowers and butterflies and The Ribbon Girl embellishments.  
The sentiment was computer generated and I added some small blue butterflies punched from co-ordinating card.  I added 15mm dusky blue satin ribbon, 10mm flat back pearl trim and 'the blues' self adhesive pearls.  Lastly, lots of Stardust Stickles for a bit of sparkle.

I hope you will find time to join in with The Ribbon Girl February Card Challenge - you can enter any type of card - great prizes to be won!

bye for now

Mary xx

11 February 2016

Say it with flowers .....

Midweek reminder that the Ribbon Girl February Card Challenge is open until 20th February - lots of time to get your cards in - it's anything goes with the option of making a Valentine card!

A pretty birthday card with LOTV papers, pale pink satin ribbon, pretty pink loopy trim and Bianca Rosa white guipure (around the bottom adhered with 3mm double sided tape) and one flower tucked cut off and glued in to the flower display) small butterfly dangle beads tied on with natural hemp twine and Marianne self adhesive pearl/diamante butterflies.

Flowers include Aqua fabric blossom, 40mm pink daisy, medium pink/cream lily, pink 20mm open rose, small white rosebud, pink sweetheart blossom

All of the flowers, lace, ribbon, self adhesives, trim and double sided sticky tape are from The Ribbon Girl

see you all soon

Mary x

7 February 2016

A new home .....

A card for friends retiring and moving to a new home. I will be making loads of these lovely standing decorative corner cards, I love them.  I hope you will join us for the Ribbon Girl February Card Challenge - we'd like to see your CARDS and expect lots of them will be for Valentines Day, but any theme is welcome, as long as it is a card of some sort.  Great prizes from our lovely friends at Lili of the Valley (who have a new range of stamps just out) and The Ribbon Girl

a close up of the flower display - and the lovely die cut butterfly.

All edge were distressed with gathered twigs then sparkled with Stardust Stickles

Flowers, ribbon, pearl trim and Stickles are all from

Looking forward to seeing your cards over on the Ribbon Girl blog!!

Mary xx

4 February 2016

Wedding or anniversary folded card ...

A little reminder that there's a mini challenge over on the Ribbon Girl Blog and we'd like to see your 'Love' projects.    I made this folded decorative corner card  (folds down for mailing) for a wedding or anniversary.   There is a tutorial for making a similar card here 

I used an image from a LOTV artpad then added Grace ivory guipure lace at the botttom topped with 15mm bridal white satin ribbon tied in a bow at the side.  

My flower arrangement includes 30mm wild rose, 20mm pale pink open rose, baby pink pretty  sweetheart blossoms and a Kort & God chrysanthemum

I hope you will have time to pop over to the challenge blog and join in with this fun challenge - as well as a lovely prize there is also a GDT up for grabs!

see you soon, Mary x