26 May 2016

A fold out zig zag wedding album....

A mini album with fold out flaps on the left side and zig-zag pages on the right side - I really enjoyed making this - so satisfying when it was finished - I hope the happy couple (my son and daughter in law) like it when I give it to them for their first anniversary later in the year  (they don't read my blog or facebook page so it will be a surprise!)   This post is photo-heavy, so you might need a comfy seat and a cuppa, All of the products are from The Ribbon Girl and I've added links to all the products I used


I used 400g white card and papers from the Pion 'Scent of Lavender' collection plus scraps from 'My Precious Daughter' - the butterflies were cut from Pion paper, distressed then a little Stardust Stickles to give a bit of sparkle.  All of the actual photographs were die cut from 4"x 4" photos, many of them taken by my daughter Andrea.  Making these small albums is a great way of using up small pieces of paper and scraps of lace and trim too.  I had to concentrate very hard to make sure I added all of the ribbon tabs  and ties at the side of the album before covering with paper, and I had to make sure all the folds and flaps closed  - lots of bits of plain card went into the waste bin until I got it right lol

I chose the same ribbon and colours that we used for the wedding stationery in 2015. On the front I used a Scrapiniec Lace Doily Round chipboard frame, the Pion paper was trimmed at the right hand side with 'Donna' ivory cotton lace topped with 6mm ivory flat back pearl trim.  The flowers include pink trellis rose, lilac/ivory hip rosebuds, white lilies, pale pink  and pink two tone large rosebuds, tiny pink rosebuds, rose leaves and 12mm pale pink faux silk ribbon.  All edges were distressed with gathered twigs ink


The spine was encrusted with 10mm ivory flower flat back pearl trim


Another view of the album so you can see all of the pages


Inside the front cover there is a flap that opens to the left, revealing a right hand page which has a lift up flap with photos on both sides, then another photo underneath. I used  12mm pale pink faux silk ribbon, Rosa ivory guipure lace, Clementine embroidered tulle lace, 23mm ivory daisy lace to which I adhered a single flower cut from 10mm flower pearl trim 


more daisy lace and pearl flat back trim - the flower to the right is a flat paper flower (in the store soon) embellished with lace and pearl


The flower is cut from ivory flower applique trim with a paper and pearl centre upon some Charlotte white lace


'Blanche' lace adorns this page, trimmed with more embellished flat paper flowers


I used a scrap of leftover paper for the corner pocket on this page. The photo pulls out and is trimmed with 12mm pale pink faux silk ribbon

Thanks for reading to the end of this post - I made this album over the course of a week, doing a bit here and there when I had time - changing my mind from one day to the next too which added to the time taken for completion, but I have to say I've thoroughly enjoyed making it, now it will be wrapped in tissue and put to one side until the anniversary arrives.

All of the products are from The Ribbon Girl and I've added links to all the products I used

thanks for your visit, see you again soon, Mary x







22 May 2016

Get well soon ....


A get well soon card using papers from the Maja 'Vintage Summer' 6 x 6 pad, embellished with a Scrapiniec Royal Round Frame (double layered)


I added an aqua and an ivory  30mm wild rose, an ivory/white ballerina blossom, a couple of white rosebuds, rose leaves, blue button twine and flowers from a white spray stem


thanks for looking and see you soon
Mary xx

15 May 2016

A mini album ...........


There is a new 'use any image' challenge over at The Ribbon Girl which will run for the next two weeks - make any type of project you like as long as you include an image of some kind.  I made a mini zig-zag album approx 6" x 4" from scratch for the first time - I thoroughly enjoyed making it and will be making more very soon - it's a great way to use up odds and ends of ribbon, lace and trim.  I was inspired by the beautiful album made by my fellow Ribbon Girl DT teamie Linda Levoir who based hers on a tutorial by the talented crafter Kay Fatula!  My waste paper basket was brimming by the time I finished as I started making a completely different size to the one Linda had made and got in a proper pickle but didn't give up and I was very pleased with the end result.

   I added an image to one of the tags tucked into the pocket on the inside front cover. 

I used papers from Maja Vintage Spring 6x6 pad, 6mm ivory flatback and 10mm square pearl trim, Phoebe guipure lace, pink tiny ric rac, 25mm no 70 pale pink satin ribbon.  


To embellish and strengthen the spine I added two strips of 6mm ivory flatback pearl trim with some 10mm square trim in the centre using 3mm and 6mm double sided sticky tape.  The little butterfly and the torn and distressed blossom branch paper on the front cover are all from the Vintage Spring pad so tone in beautifully


The flower spray includes pink trellis rose, ivory and pink large rosebuds, baby pink cherry blossom, 20mm pale pink open roses, cream hip rosebud, rose leaves,  pink/white beaded stamenswhite/purple/pink wild rose, 7mm pale pink satin.  On the inside of the album Ivory lace corner appliqueMarianne Pearl Romantic Hearts

All of the papers, flowers, lace, ribbons, pearl trims, sticky tape and embellishments are from
  The Ribbon Girl online store

I hope you will find time to visit The Ribbon Girl blog to be inspired by the fabulous creations made by the team and we look forward to seeing what you make - and of course, there are great prizes to win!!

thanks for visiting and I'll see you soon
Mary x





8 May 2016

Thinking of you ....


The sun is shining today so I felt as if Summer is on the way!!  I used papers from Maja Designs 'Coffee in the Arbour' 6x6 pad with the lemons design for this card 

With scraps of the Maja paper left over, I made the handmade flower to which I added a 15mm ivory dahlia resin flatback.  I diecut 3 lots layers of blossom flower, scrunched, disressed and balled the petals, inked the edges then assembled.  



I used 25mm pale lemon satin ribbon, 30mm ivory wild rose, stem from white spray, ivory Rosa Guipure Lace, natural hemp twine  I distressed all of the edges with gathered twigs ink then sparkled with Stardust Stickles

Maja paper, flowers, ribbon, lace and stickles are all from

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary xx

6 May 2016

You mean the world to me .......


I used scrumptious papers from the Craft & You 'Vintage Time' 6x6 paper pad, those pink roses on the corners are so pretty  -  this pad contains some really lovely and very useful designs!


I distressed and inked the edges, then added some 'Emma' 55mm ivory guipure lace and 15mm pale pink satin ribbon with bow made from the 25mm pale pink.  I punched out the little butterflies, inked their edges and added some platinum liquid pearls to them.  All the edges were sparkled with a touch of Stardust Stickles


My flower arrangement includes a pink trellis rose, pale pink 30mm wild roses, pink large rosebud, pale pink lily flowers, green rose leaves and a sprig from an ivory pearl and crystal branch  I tucked an ivory fan lace applique behind the flowers

Paper, ribbon, lace, flowers and embellishments all from The Ribbon Girl

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

5 May 2016

80th birthday card ....



I made this birthday card for a friend who loves his garden, hence the floral papers. 

Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics 6x6 Paper Pad
I used papers from Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics 6x6 pad,  a blue button and a small piece of dusky blue button twine, all available from The Ribbon Girl.   The flower and leaves were die cut and the sentiment was computer generated

thanks for looking

1 May 2016

Treasure every moment ....


My card for the Ribbon Girl May Card Challenge - I used Lemoncraft 'Tiny Miracles' 6x6 paper pad, Charlotte white vintage style lace, pale pink no 70 satin ribbon and pale pink faux silk for the bow.   The butterflies and the scrolls behind the flowers are die cut 


The flowers include a 40mm white daisy, pink large rosebud, pale pink ballerina blossom, pink beaded stamen, rose leaves and a cream hip rosebud.   Hanging from the bow are pink butterfly dangle beads with some pink beads from the pretty bottle of beads range hung on ivory hemp twine

The Ribbon Girl design team have made some gorgeous cards to inspire you and there are great prizes from Maja Design, Lili of the Valley and The Ribbon Girl, so why not pop over and be inspired - we love to see what you make!
I'm entering this card into the In the Pink Challenge - baby/child, mostly pinks

thanks for visiting, I'll be back shortly with another card
Mary x


30 April 2016

spring is in the air ....


Watching the bluetits flitting about the garden is a sure sign of Spring .....  the little bird on this card was die-cut from a 12x12 sheet of Pion 'Linnaeus Botanical Journal - Leucanthemum Vulgare, which has four 6" x 6" images on it.  The background paper was another of the four images.  I diecut the leaves and green butterflies. 


Paper, flowers, ribbon and lace are all from The Ribbon Girl online store.

thanks for looking, see you soon,

Mary x

28 April 2016

Forget me not ....



A card using papers from a Lemoncraft 'Forget me Not' 6x6 pad and an image cut from a 12x12 sheet also from the Forget me Not collection.  I love forget me nots and they are flowering profusely in the garden at the moment.

I added Charlotte white vintage style lace, pale blue 25mm satin ribbon and 4mm white flat back pearl trim adhered with 3mm double sided sticky tape.


My flower arrangement includes a large pink rosebud, 30mm dusky blue wild rose, pale pink 20mm open rose, blue beaded stamens, 10mm dusky blue open roses and a stem for a bunch of white spray,

The paper, lace, ribbon, flowers and trims are all from The Ribbon Girl
I'm joining in with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary xx

26 April 2016

A visit to Venice ......


Perfect crafting day as it's alternating between heavy rain, sleet, snow and bright sunshine!

I have made this card for someone going to Venice in the next few days!  I used Maja Vintage Summer Basics 6x6 Pad with a digital image of Venice from years gone by.  Venice is lovely place to visit at any time of year and I hope to go later in the summer


The left side of the card was shaped with a die and I added some Laila 17mm white vintage style lace, 6mm white flatback pearl trim, ivory and pale pink large rosebuds, ivory hip rosebuds, white lily and aqua 30mm wild roses.  I also included a bronze sea-horse peeping out from the flowers.


The inside of the card was decorated with more Maja papers from the same pad and the sentiment is computer generated

I will enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ; 'show us your metal' which in my case is the little bronze sea horse

thanks for visiting and see you soon

Mary x



25 April 2016

Pink and flowery 4-drawer chest .....





 A 4-drawer box using Galeria Papieru 'As if in a Dream II) 12x12 paper pad.  

I added added 50mm Pink Twinkle Ribbon, 30mm ivory and pale pink wild rose, pale pink lily flowers and 3 stems of tiny pearl cluster stems.  I added 4 pink brads from my stash
Paper,flowers and pearl stems all from The Ribbon Girl

 As if in a Dream II 12x12 Stack

Thanks to Jacqui Dennis for the tutorial

23 April 2016

Birthday card for Hannah ...


My friend Eva, who is now housebound, asked me to make this birthday card for her best friend who has been extremely kind so I tried to make it just a little bit different to a standard square card.

I used 'Field Lilies' 12x12 paper pad by Galeria Papieru and White and Pink lily flowers, peach cherry blossom, white spray, rose leaves, cream hip rosebuds, white cosmos daisy, 16mm pale peach satin ribbon, peach small beaded berries all from  www.ribbongirl.co.uk 


it took me a while to figure out the folds and where to glue the ribbons so everything was neat,  but I was very pleased with the end result and had great fun.  This new paper is really nice to work with and the designs and colours are excellent

thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary x

22 April 2016

Birthday card with delicate heart ...


This card is for my daughter-in-law's Nana.  I used Pion 'Fields of Purple' from the new Scent of Lavender collection.  The stripe on the tag (tied with purple button twine)  is the reverse of the 12x12 sheet.

I diecut the delicate heart (I've had this die for a couple of years and it's called a La rue Heart by Memory Box) then added ivory carnation, pink and lilac 20mm and lilac 10mm open rose, white tulip, white cosmos daisy and some green paper leaves punched with a Martha Stewart branch punch.  
I embellished the card with 'Margaret' white guipure lace, 6mm white flat back pearl trim and Mauve Mist vintage style seam binding

Paper, flowers, pearls, ribbon, and lace are all from The Ribbon Girl
I have entered this card into the Pion Challenge

thanks for looking and see you soon, Mary x

21 April 2016

90th Birthday Card ....


Our wonderful Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her 90th birthday today 
Happy Birthday Your Majesty! 

I made this 90th birthday card for her using Pion Designs 6x6 Pink Fabric paper from the Paris Flea Market collection.   I printed the sentiment in toning ink colour onto the Pion paper then diecut the oval shape 



I used a 30mm pale pink wild rose, pale pink lily flowers, pink large rosebuds, small white rosebuds and rose leaves for each of the flower arrangements


I added 50mm 'Alma' vintage style ivory fine cotton lace then I slotted a small round diamante buckle slide onto some 12mm pale pink faux silk ribbon     I tied a bow made from 32mm pale pink faux silk ribbon, added a couple of self adhesive ivory flat back pearls then added Stardust Stickles to the distressed edges of the paper to give it a little bit of sparkle.

Paper, Flowers, lace, ribbon, embellishments and stickles are all from The Ribbon Girl
I'm entering this card into the In the Pink Challenge, use pearls

See you soon, Mary x



19 April 2016

Flying flower ...


This is my very first 'artist trading card' (or card topper)   I've got loads of ideas in my head so thought I would have a go.  I used some pieces of older Pion Design papers, distressed and inked all the edges (and my fingers!!) added a scrap of buttermilk tiny ric rac, a small ivory guipure lace butterfly, Platinum Pearl liquid pearls

I would like to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp challenge  Butterfly Beauty

see you soon, Mary x