21 October 2016

Fabric elephant ....

A cute elephant, 8inches tall made from left over pieces of fat quarters which have been in the drawer since Andrea made lots of rag dolls - the gussett underneath and the pads of the feet were particularly difficult to make, so my next make after a pink set for a baby annabell dolly, will be a teddy bear - watch this space!

thanks for looking, Mary x 

17 October 2016

Vintage card with a touch of sparkle ...

A Christmas card with lots of seasonal embellishments.

I scored an A4 piece of 400gm weight white card in the centre,  folded it, then trimmed the card to 14.5cm to 14.5cm

I cut a piece of green card 14cm x 14cm and a piece of  6x6 designer paper trimmed to 13.5cm x 13.5cm making sure I didnt take too much of the images at each edge (this one is from the Maja Design  'I Wish' 6x6 pack)

The image in the centre of the card was from the same paper pack.  I cut it out and cut a toning piece from the paper pack so as to leave a small border around the image.

I took each piece of paper/card except the base white card, and distressed it using a Tim Holtz distress tool - saves wear and tear on my thumb nail :-)  then inked all the edges using  Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs distress inks.

I glued the design paper on to the green card then added a piece of lace, leaving enough to adhere to the back of the green card.  I used a tape glue gun.

I glued the central image to the toning mount then adhered over the lace using little sticky pads.  

For my flower arrangements, I always play around with them for ages to make sure I'm happy before I start gluing them on.  I use a hot glue gun for flowers etc.  I always cut off the wire stalks from behind the flowers/berries/leaves using an old pair of scissors

I made a bow with the lace and adhered it on top of some mulberry paper holly leaves then added flowers and a little cone.     At the top left of the image I added mulberry holly leaves and die cut paper leaves, frosted and oval seasonal berries, a rosebud, 20mm and 30mm roses and a pine cone

At the top right of the image I added a chipboard 'Merry Christmas'

When everything was adhered to the card I carefully went over the brown distressed edges with Stickles to give a nice sparkle

Paper, flowers, leaves, trim, embellishments all from The Ribbon Girl

thanks for looking
Mary x

16 October 2016

Vintage image on this card ...

  I made this vintage style Christmas card using paper from the new Maja 'I Wish' 6x6 paper pack.  The pack contains two sheets of images and I chose to use Santa.    I distressed all edges and inked them, and finally gave them a coat of Stardust Stickles for a bit of sparkle.    

The vintage style lace is 25mm ivory 'Deborah' and the ribbon is Vintage Sage Green Organza

I used pieces from Scrapiniec  Swirly Jolly Holly chipboard set and added large holly leaves (I cut the wired end off to make them just a little shorter), tiny red berries, red/green frosted berries, frosted cones, 30mm, and 20mm ivory roses.

This is my DT card for the 'October Use any Image'  challenge over on The Ribbon Girl blog - you can submit any type of project JUST AS LONG AS THERE IS AN IMAGE ON IT  - and the design team have made some lovely items to inspire you!

All papers, flowers, lace, ribbon and embellishments are from

thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary xx

13 October 2016

Deep pink and white outfit for Baby Annabell

Latest dress, hat and bloomers for an 18" Baby Annabel doll, I tried a bigger pattern this time, which I altered to fit this largest Annabell dolly - had lots of fun making it, learned a lot, especially patience and that my best friend is a seam ripper!

The dress is in poly/cotton, lined bodice on dress, lined bonnet with lace and 15mm Berisford double faced satin ribbon, sleeves and bloomers are elasticated and trimmed with white frilled polyester lace.  The bloomers have an elasticated waist.  The dress is trimmed with polyester lace in two widths, has a white section at the bottom of the skirt, lace around the neck and hook and loop fastening at the back so it opens completely, to make it easy for the small hands of little mums to dress their baby dolls

Elastic, white lace and ribbon are from The Ribbon Girl

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

5 October 2016

Lace trimmed dress for a baby doll ....

Poly/cotton dress trimmed with beautiful vintge style lace.  The skirt also has 15mm satin ribbon.  The dress has elasticated sleeves also trimmed with lace, the bodice is lined and has a little lace collar.

The lace and ribbons are all available from The Ribbon Girl

thanks for looking
Mary x

4 October 2016

Pink flowery dungarees and t-shirt

Pink flowered dungarees with faux button trim with velcro fastening to allow a large opening at the back for easy dressing/undressing.  The white long sleeve stretch t-shirt has lace trim at the neck and the hem.  This set would fit a medium baby doll such as Baby Annabell

thanks for visiting

Mary x

3 October 2016

Hat, t-shirt and velour pants ....

White t-shirt with velcro fastening on back opening, ditsy print hat with ribbon ties, stretch pale blue velour pants for a medium sized baby doll, eg Baby Annabel or Baby George

thanks for visiting, see you soon
Mary x

2 October 2016

Golden Christmas card ......

I'm feeling a little better, still moving around so I don't seize up, and taking lots of painkillers.  I have to have the wound checked on Monday but it feels fine, so finger crossed.  I'm taking it easy but still managed to make a card for The Ribbon Girl October Card Challenge.  I used papers from Pion 'The Night before Christmas' collection - Images II PD1619, paper PD7901  I added 38mm glitter honeycomb ribbon, 50mm gold striped sheer ribbon, red/green frosted berries, 20mm ivory open roses, green rose leaves, ivory/gold poinsettia, 3 to 6mm ivory pearls and Scrapiniec Chipboard 'Merry Christmas' and a piece from the Jolly Holly borders set

I hope you will find the time to join in with The Ribbon Girl October Card Challenge - lovely prizes including papers from Maja Design, a voucher for Lili of the Valley and another for The Ribbon Girl!  The design team have made some lovely cards to inspire you!

thanks for looking
Mary x

30 September 2016

Baby doll embellished gown ......

A gown for a medium sized baby doll trimmed with 12mm and 25mm ivory frilled lace and 15mm ivory/bridal white double sided satin ribbon.  The sleeves are gently gathered with 6mm elastic, which is nice and soft and easy to sew.

The bonnet has a double layer of frilled 25mm ivory lace around the back crown and a single row at the front.  The hat ties are 15mm ivory/bridal white double sided satin ribbon.

I really enjoyed sewing this little outfit - I love working with pretty fabrics and trimmings

see you soon, Mary x

29 September 2016

Dungarees and t-shirt ....

I'm doing well after my spine surgery 4 days ago for a discectomy and a facetectomy of my lower spine.  I am rather sore, very bruised and stiff but since I was up at 4.30 am this morning for pain relief and didn't feel like going back to bed, I thought I would do a bit of sewing - I didnt have to lift anything as both machines are on the desk all set up ready to use.   I really enjoyed making these two little garments which were easy to make following the pattern instructions.

Poly/cotton dungarees using McCalls Crafts  Pattern No M4338 view C, the back opening has velcro and the bottom of the legs are trimmed with frilled white lace.  

T-shirt to fit a medium baby doll using McCalls Crafts Pattern No M4338 view E made from recycled ladiest-shirt.  The back opening has velcro to close and the sleeves have been trimmed with 12mm frilled white lace.  This item was made using the overlocker and I was pleased with the end result.

I'm hoping they fit Baby George who is Baby Annabells brother apparently!

thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary x

24 September 2016

Burgundy folding card

A folding decorative corner card made with Maja 'Home for the Holidays' 6x6 papers,  10mm double row ivory flatback pearl trim, a sprig of tiny pearl cluster flowers on a silver wire, ivory 30mm wild rose, burgundy 20mm rose, burgundy cherry blossom, ivory miniature blossom flowers and a couple of small rose leaves    All papers, flowers and trims are from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

The heart was die-cut, the sentiment was computer generated and the tag was made with a punch and I added a rose and a couple more leaves.

Thanks for visiting, see you again soon
Mary x

Doll clothes - floral dress, pants, hat

Floral dress with lined bodice and contrast collar

Matching floral hat fully lined in contrasting cream fabric, trimmed with ribbon and lace

Matching panties with elasticated legs and waist

thanks for visiting, see you soon with a card :-)

Mary x

Jam Making continues ...

I'm still loving making jam and preserves but my cupboard is getting rather full so probably time to stop, apart from lots more of the Caramelised Onion Jam I made which was so delicious my family have requested more.  This week I've made raspberry jam, fig and lemon jam, plum jam and greengage jam - I'll be adding these to the summer fruits jam, blueberry and raspberry jam and the strawberry jam - oh and not forgetting the lemon curd and the lime curd in the fridge (shorter shelf life) 

Raspberry Jam

Caramelised Onion Jam
Lemon Curd
Thanks for looking, I'll be back later with a new card I've made and photos of some more dolly clothes I've made to practise my rusty sewing skills

Mary x

21 September 2016

More doll clothes - pink hat and coat ....

I am continuing with my sewing practice and I have made a hat and coat for a medium sized Baby Annabel dolly (would fit any medium baby doll)  using this lovely pink fleece fabric - I have to say it was very difficult to sew, but next time I make this pattern I will use a thinner polycotton material.  I trimmed it with pink spot lace edged bias binding, an 18mm sparkly button and 15mm pale pink satin ribbon - all from the store

I loved the shape of the hat, next time I will line it when I sew with a finer fabric, the fleece fabric was a little too bulky for such a small item.   I used Simplicity Archives Baby Doll Pattern Number 4707, size medium, view C, hat and coat

thanks for looking

18 September 2016

Wedding anniversary card ...

I used Pion 'Bridal Bouquet' paper and image, 'Alma' ivory vintage style lace, Vintage Ivory fluted edge sheer, green fabric rose leaves,  ivory/white magnolia, ivory anemonies, ivory/cream  beaded berries, ivory miniature blossoms, cream 20mm rose, sprigs from an ivory pearl/crystal branch, flat back ivory pearls and a portion of a Scrapiniec chipboard sign (cut it up so I could use it for two different cards)

close up of the lovely flowers, leaves and ribbon

This vintage style anniversary card is for The Ribbon Girl 'use any image' challenge which will run for two weeks from 18th September - great prizes to win and the team have made some lovely projects so I hope you will be able to join in.

thanks for looking,
Mary x