15 April 2014

Happy Easter at PTW ....

I wish you all peace at this Easter time

"Hallelujah!  The Lord is risen"

The theme over at Papertake Weekly is 'Happy Easter' and I had some cracker blanks left over so I thought why not, I'll make an Easter cracker instead of a card and I'll pop something yummy inside as a gift.  I used some of my precious Pion papers (which live in their own box) and punched out the bunnies and backgrounds inking the edges with walnut stain. I chose to stand the cracker upright, so folded one end accordingly

All edges were inked then I added 10mm square ivory pearl trim stuck on with 6mm double sided sticky tape, 7mm  bridal white (ivory) and cream satin ribbon,  WOC 10mm cream open roses, 5mm ivory cream loopy trim, and some cream pleated satin (sorry none left in stock) at the bottom of the cracker

Flowers, ribbons, pearl trim, sticky tape all from The Ribbon Girl

I hope you will have time to pop over to Papertake Weekly to be inspired by my teamies projects and you have a whole week to get your project in - there is a nice prize for the winner

see you soon 
Mary x

13 April 2014

Lovely Lili over at The Ribbon Girl Challene .....

I hope everyone is having a bit of warm weather this weekend -  up here not far from the North East coast Andrea and I  have just come back from walking Haggis and we're frozen - it's very windy and freezing cold - we're glad to get back into the warm - hope it warms up soon!!c

A very simple 'thank you' card from me to-day - it is my third card for a man in three days, so still no flowers!!  I'm getting withdrawal symptoms.  I used a LOTV James the Bear with his laptop (he's so cute) on an embossed plain white background.  I added navy tea dye cotton ribbon, some blueberry blue bakers Divine Twine, a couple of blue/white small striped buttons, one face up, one reverse side up, and have you seen the new robot charms?  not tiny these, but would make excellent addition to a key-ring or similar.

I hope you will join in with our Lovely Lili challenge over on the Ribbon Girl blog - the ladies on the design team have come up with some stunners - don't miss them!

ribbon, twine, buttons, charm all from The Ribbon Girl

see you soon, Mary  xx

12 April 2014

Two boy cards .....

Birthday card for my nephew - I love using LOTV art pad images! I added some natural/brown saddlestitch ribbon and a brown button with the shank cut off.

The second card is for my brother-in-law - it's his birthday today - again I used a LOTV artpad image and added blue gingham bias binding, 9mm blue/whit saddlestitch, the blues 3mm self adhesive pearls and some antique blue cherry blossoms

Ribbons, flowers, pearls are all from The Ribbon Girl

see you on Sunday over at the Ribbon Girl blog for the Ribbon Girl Lovely Lili Challenge - starts at 9am

Mary x

1 April 2014

Belated birthday greetings ......

Anything goes over at Papertake Weekly with the option of making a container for Easter treats - however, I stuck to a card and used a LOTV image from their very useful artpads then aded white/lilac cherry blossoms, tiny s/a pearls, velvet ribbon, a little sparkly flower shaped acrylic button tied on with lilac hemp, white cosmos, white sweetheart blossoms and some scrummy Emily 50mm embroidered tulle lace.  I added a touch of stardust stickles to the image.  The sentiment is one of my Stempleglade stamps

I hope you will pop over to PTW - there are some really nice examples by the design team and of course, you could win a great prize!

Ribbon, lace, flowers, stickles, pearls are all from

see you soon, Mary x

30 March 2014

Tilda with daisy .....

The March Magnolia Only Challenge begins today over on the Ribbon Girl blog which is to make a girly card.  I coloured Tilda with copics and added some white dots and some stardust stickles.  I die-cut the Magnolia leaves and swirl from cream cardstock

I added cream satin ribbon in 15mm and 7mm, Astrid vintage style lace, chocolate brown cherry blossom flowers, a cream daisy flower, and piece of ivory organza rose and pearl ribbon.  The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and I distressed all edges with walnut ink.

I hope you will be able to pop over to the blog - there are some fabulous cards made by the very talented design team and you could win a great prize!!

Ribbon, lace, flowers and stickles are all from

Mary x

16 March 2014

Party favour boxes ...

Andrea and I made 5 favour boxes to give to the ladies at my 65th birthday meal last night - we made them to fit a box of Thorntons chocolates - the 4 fellas had boxes made to fit miniature bottles of Glenfiddich.

We used Tilda paper, hot pink 15mm satin ribbon, a flower from a pack of Marshmallow Cottage Garden Blooms sitting on top of a white doiley and two Zva clear crystal flourishes.  The feet are 4 x 11mm flat back pearls.

the inside of the box with the chocolates

the underside of the box each with a little thank you message

Flowers, pearls, ribbon, doilies all from The Ribbon Girl

Mary x

6 March 2014

Make your own flowers ....

Photo: My card for this weeks Papertake Weekly challenge - make your own flowers

Thank you so much for your lovely messages of  sympathy - Andrea and I really appreciated them - I made this card well in advance and had forgotten all about it until I saw it on the Papertake Weekly Challenge so thought I would pop it on here too.  We are trying to move on and have reopened The Ribbon Girl store

My DT card for this week's Papertake Weekly Challenge 'make your own flowers' - I used a LOTV image and added Gemma pink flat lace, pink pretty blossoms, flat back pearls, Opal White liquid pearls and pink satin ribbon from 

Mary x

25 February 2014

Sketchy free for all at Papertake Weekly

This is my DT card for today's Papertake Weekly Sketchy Free for All - I made this card using sketch 87 for my beloved husbands birthday which he would have celebrated on 22nd February.  He died on 17th February, peacefully in hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Roy always liked to see the cards and papercraft projects Andrea and I had made so I decided that it should still be used for the challenge and on my blog.  Ladies don't wait until tomorrow to tell someone how much you love them - do it now - tomorrow may never come

Mary xx

9 February 2014

Romance .....

There's a new 'Lovely Lili' challenge over on the Ribbon Girl Challenge Blog today - the theme is 'romance' and this is my card for someone very special to me.  As I often do, I used an image from a LOTV artpad and added 30mm pink two tone wild roses, large pink rosebuds, pink/white hip rosebuds, fuschia pink 20mm open roses, pink velvet lace, 15mm dusky pink satin ribbon and Stardust stickle

all from

I hope you will have time to ooh and aah at the fabulous work by the design team and we look forward to seeing your projects!

As usual there are lovely prizes@

For our randomly chosen lucky winner we have:

LOTV stamp of your choice

and a £10 voucher towards a spending spree at The Ribbon Girl

Mary x

4 February 2014

A shaped card for Papertake Weekly Challenge ....

This weeks challenge at Papertake Weekly is Anything goes - optional extra is to make a shaped or non square card.  I chose to make a shaped card which is also suitable for a valentine card -  my image is from a LOTV art pad and I added Stardust Stickles. The bows are pink tulip seam binding and Danielle white fine vintage style lace topped with a pink WOC  sweetheart blossom.

My matching flower sprays are WOC 30mm pink/pink wild roses, 20mm fuschia pink open roses, pink sweetheart blossoms, and branches cut from a tiny pearl cluster - all products are available from

and the tiny pink rosebuds are from my stash.

We look forward to seeing you at Papertake Weekly - there is some great inspiration from the team!

Mary x

2 February 2014

February card challenge - hearts ...

Today is the start of the Ribbon Girl Card Challenge

For my card I used used image from  LOTV artpad, some 32mm white guipure lace, 7mm orchid satin ribon, a crystal butterfly charm, a stem of clear crystal hearts, two stems of tiny pearl clusters, lilac/white  cherry blossom, 10mm and 20mm lilac open roses, natural hemp twine, Stardust Stickles and a die cut a heart banner

All ribbons, lace, charms and embellishments are from

I hope you will be able to pop over to the challenge blog to feast your eyes on the lovely creations by our talented design team - you won't be disappointed and I hope you will be inspired to enter -

The winner will receive a £10 voucher from our very generous friends at  Lili Of The Valley and  a £10 voucher towards a shopping spree at Ribbon Girl

see you soon, Mary x

1 February 2014

less is more .....

It's Less is More challenge 3rd birthday today and the theme for their new challenge is RAINBOW - I am thrilled to be a guest designer today.  I cut the 4 on the sillouhette then wrapped a rainbow of ribbons behind the space (richard of york gave battle in vain) behind.  I added a name and some tiny little 2mm sparkly self adhesive gems - and DIDN't add a single piece f lace or a flower - so difficult not to!

all f the ribbons and gems are from

I hope you can join in with the challenge at Less is More

see you tomorrow over at the Ribbon Girl Challenge Blog for the February card challenge

Mary x

28 January 2014

Sketch time at PTW ....

Our challenge this week at Papertake Weekly is a sketch - I've followed sketch 86 but you can use any of the PTW sketches - there is a list at the top of the blog

I used an image from an LOTV artpad and added tiny 2mm clear crystal gems as cherries on the little cakes.  I used deep purple floribunda roses which have been made from recycled cotton pulp, WOC 10 and 20mm lilac open roses, WOC white/lilac cherry blossom and a Kort & Godt lilac rolled rose .

The ribbon is 38mm bright purple organza and mauve rose seam binding.  The dinky little square frame with the rose in the centre is one of our new bronze vintage style frames which has been distressed with a white paint dabber - I added more of the tiny little clear crystals to each corner and tied it on withh some natural hemp twine.

Bronze Vintage Tiny Square Frame 2mm Clear Gem s/a Flatbacks 38mm Bright Purple Organza 

I hope you will pop over to PTW to check out the inspiration from my teamies - well worth a visit - and we look forward to seeing your cards during the  week.

see you soon, Mary x

26 January 2014

Perfectly pink .....

I like nothing better than pink and girly so I made this set consisting of a baby bootee, a box to put it in and a matching card as my project for the first challenge of 2014 over at The Ribbon Girl Challenge - ladies please pop over to see the amazing work by the mega talened international design team - amazing.  

For my project  used 

 Darjeeling Pink Blossom Flowers, WOC open roses and hip rosebuds, Kort & Godt Chrysanths and Pink Rolled Rose, Stardust Stickles, pink tiny ric rac, ivory flat back pearls, White and Dusky Pink satin ribbon, pink flatback gems, Olivia White and Katherine Ivory fine vintage style lace all from

see you soon
Mary x

30 December 2013

Tea anyone? .....

Andrea and I had great fun making teapots - mine was all in pinks and hers is in shades of blue.  We cut the card on the silhouette cameo (Andrea's new toy for Christmas!) and then cut designer paper to suit.  All edges were inked.  When all the glue was dry I had a great time decorating my teapot with 'Olivia' lace, Pink Darjeeling Pink Blossom flowers, WOC pink sweetheart blossoms, 7mm dusky pink satin ribbon and ivory flat back pearl trim - all from The Ribbon Girl

This photo shows the teapot with the lid removed - it would make a stunning gift box or favour for a wedding or special occasion dinner and it can be decorated in as many ways as you would decorate a card - I can see this becoming a favourite thing to make!

see you soon, Mary x