26 August 2014

A couple of sympathy cards .....

Sympathy cards are always difficult to make but here are two different styles.  The first one has Pion papers,  pale lime satin ribbon, 'Teresa' ivory vintage style cotton lace, 6mm ivory flat back pearl trim, WOC 20mm and 10mm cream roses and coffee brow sweetheart blossoms

The second card is very simple and uses a small piece of Pion paper with small ivory guipure lace butterfly and some flat back pearls from the 5mm Peaches and Cream set

All ribbons, lace and embellishments are from the Ribbon Girl

Mary x

19 August 2014

Brrrrr ............

(scheduled post as I will be on holiday when this is (hopefully) published)

A pink and frosty Chrismas card using one of the new LOTV Christmas artpads - I used a nestie to diecut the silver scallop mat then added white ruffle edge sheer ribbon, pink ric rac, a flower shaped acrylic button tied on with silver twine and some Stardust Stickles on the snow.

I hope you can join in with this week's PTW challenge - to die for - there are some lovely cards by the desig team and a nice prize to win

Ribbon, twine, Stickles, button and ric rac are all from 

Mary x

15 August 2014

Vintage tissue box .....

I really enjoyed decorating a cardboard tissue box cover - I painted the box with white acrylic paint then used some lovely 'Fairytale of Spring' Pion papers which I had been saving for a special project.  It was a bit tricky making a neat edge around the central aperture but the lace frame fitted it very well.

I distressed all the edges with walnut ink then added an ivory guipure lace square to the top - enhanced with an ivory guipure lace butterfly.

I used 6mm ivory flat back pearl trim, Teresa ivory vintage style lace and 7mm cream satin ribbon around the edges of the lid.  I then added an ivory cherry blossom, 20mm and 10mm cream open roses and an ivory Kort & Godt rolled paper rose

At the bottom of the box I used 32mm ivory vintage style 'Anne' lace, more pearl trim and satin ribbon.

On the front side of the box I made a flower arrangement with flowers to co-ordinate with those on the top corner of the lid.

The feet were made by sticking on 14mm ivory flat back pearls

Mary x

13 August 2014

Merry Christmas .....

My last sneaky peek of the new bumper Christmas artpads to be launched tomorrow, Thursday 14th August, by LOTV

I used this sweet little robin then added  red satin ribbon, Christmas bias binding, Laila white vintage style cotton lace, Kort & Godt white chrysanth, an ivory gardenia, 15mm red paper roses, tiny white rosebuds and brown winter cones all from

Mary x

12 August 2014

Spots and dots at Papertake Weekly

Happy 16th birthday to my lovely great niece Gemma who is currently on holiday in very hot Mallorca - this weeks challenge at PTW is 'spots and dots' and I've used sequins for spots and the sparkly self adhesive numbers are made up of diferent sizes of gems.  I added red satin ribbon and a piece of 'Louise' guipure lace and some 4mm white flat back pearl string all from The Ribbon Girl

I hope you will be able to join us at Papertake Weekly for this challenge and look forward to seeing what you make!

Mary x

Another sneaky peek ..............

Another sneaky peek - roll on 14th August when the fabulous new LOTV bumper Christmas artpads are launched - for a change I made a small card and I have to say it's great to have the choice of using a smaller image - perfect for die-cutting.  The new Christmas artpads have 60 images, two per page, so you get double the value and oodles of images to use for Christmas cards and projects.  I love the pastel colours of this cute snowman talking to his rabbit friends!  I die cut the image then mounted it on silver mirror card then added

Glacier Aqua Satin, white Laila vintage style fine cotton lace,Stardust Stickles, a WOC white sweetheart blossom and tiny white rosebuds.  I coloured a Maya Road crystal trinket pin with Copics and added a tag and a tiny now made from silver twine and lastly added a silver pin protector - all from 
see you later with my Papertake Weekly card

Mary x

11 August 2014

A little sneaky peek .......

I'm thrilled to be able to share this little sneaky peek of one of the images in the new Lili of the Valley Christmas Bumper Artpads which will be out on Thursday 14th August - you get 60 images in every pad - fabulous value and they are all lovely and very 'useable' - I can't wait ...

I added white satin ribbon, white 4mm flat back pearl trim, white Laila vintage style lace and I topped my bow with a 22mm diamante snowflake embellishment.  My flower arrangement includes a WOC 30mm ivory wild rose, white lily flower, some white tiny rosebuds, blue beaded berries and Kort & Godt white chrysanthemums
all from The Ribbon Girl

see you soon, Mary x

5 August 2014

shall we dance?

My card for this week's Papertake Weekly Challenge - anything goes - I coloured the LOTV image with Inktense pencils then added 'Angelica' embroidered tulle lace, 16mm velvet ribbon, a fuschia pink 20mm open rose and a few sequins.  I added Stardust Stickles to the dress skirt and the background paper was embossed.

We're looking forward to seeing what you create - there is a fab prize and some excellent cards by the design team to inspire you

Lace, ribbon, flower and sequins all from

see you soon, Mary x

3 August 2014

Anything but a square ....

Anything but a square - that's the challenge at this weeks Ribbon Girl August Card Challenge - I made a round card with a large nestie and tried out my new Inktense pencils - I need lots of practice but I really liked using them.  I am so grateful to Becky Hetherington for showing me how she paints with them - she also has a couple of tutorials on her blog - very useful - thanks Becky!

I added 25mm faux hessian ribbon, 7mm cream satin, 30mm white zig zag cotton lace.  My flowers are 45mm red/pink roses, teracotta rose buds, mocha beaded stamens, winter cones, acorn cao and ivory cherry blossoms.  I added some dots around the background paper using white opal liquid pearls.

I hope you will be able to join us for the challenge and please don't miss the design team's fabulous creations!
anything but a square - look forward to seeing yours!

flowers, ribbons, lace and embellishments areall from The Ribbon Girl - by the way, we're celebrating our 4th birthday and we have a lovely give away for one luck winner - pop over to our facebook page for more information

Mary x

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