15 January 2017

Sympathy card .....

My card for The Ribbon Girl 'Use any Image' challenge.  I've made a sympathy card using an Inkylicious stamp***, stamped with black Stazon.  I coloured the background using ink dusters and brushed around the bottom of an egg cup to look like the sun - I used pink and orange ink to dust. First time I've tried the ink dusting brushes and was very impressed with the effects you can make.

After I had adhered the stamped image onto a black background, I stamped a LOTV sentiment directly onto the card, then stamped and embossed the tiny butterflies with gold sparkle.

I finished the card with a little piece of 7mm Black and 7mm Sable satin ribbon topped with a black butterfly (I cut a single butterfly from a butterfly edge die).  The butterfly body is made from Gold Liquid Pearls

I hope you will all join in with The Ribbon Girl 'Use any Image' challenge - it runs for two weeks and there are three lovely prizes to win.  You will find lots of inspiration from the talented ladies on The Ribbon Girl Design Team

*** I was lucky enough to win the lovely stamp and the butterfly edge die in a challenge at Card Addicts :-)

Thanks for looking, Mary xx

10 January 2017

Thinking of You ..........

Another open book card using 2 sheets of 6x6 Maja Designs 'Enjoying Outdoors' paper (there is a join in the centre as the card is much wider than 6 inches) on the top layer, 12x12 Lilac/White Spot Paper on the second layer.  The sentiment is a Stempelglade stamp

For my flower arrangement I used twine, white handmade flowers I made with foamiran, pearl stamens, vintage violet 15mm roses, lilac miniature blossoms, lilac/white hip rosebuds, rose leaves, lilac exotic blossoms, lilac beaded stamens

I embellished the centre (and hid the paper join)  with a strip of 6mm white flatback pearls with Lyra white guipure lace to each side.  I added some hearts from a sheet of Marianne Pearl & Rhinestone Romantic Hearts, added some 3-6mm flat back s/a pearls and added a bit of sparkle with some Stardust Stickles

I made a bow with 25mm purple satin ribbon, and hung medium heart dangle beads on matching purple and Heliotrope 3mm satin ribbon, 

All papers, ribbons, pearls, beads, lace, trims, stamens, flowers, leaves and Foamiran are from The Ribbon Girl online store

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

2 January 2017

Open Book birthday card ......

This is my first attempt at an 'open book' card using my new die set - a Christmas treat:-)   I used Galeria 'As if in a Dream 11' 12x12 inch papers   

My flower arrangement includes pretty pink medium lily, white lily flowers, white cosmos daisy, white  cherry blossom, pink anemone and a 25mm pale pink rose.  The leaves were die cut using various dies.  I finished the card with some 5mm pink pearls.  The sentiment was computer generated and printed onto more of the Galeria paper.

I added 15mm pale pink No 70 Berisford satin ribbon and some 8mm Rebecca fine vintage style lace
Paper, flowers, ribbon, lace and pearls are all from

thanks for looking, and see you soon
Mary x

1 January 2017

For a wonderful daughter ...

My card for The Ribbon Girl January Card Challenge.  For this birthday card for Andrea I used Pion 'In Provence' paper,  http://www.ribbongirl.co.uk/catalog/55mm-emma-ivory-guipure-lace-p-2214.html lace, Heliotrope 15mm satin ribbon.  I distressed and inked the edges and added some Stardust stickles for a bit of sparkle.

For my flower arrangement I used a pale pink magnolia from bunch of mixed pink, a pale pink cherry blossom, lilac 30mm open rose, lilac/white hip rosebud, dark lilac anemone, two crystal trinket pins, Scrapiniec chipboard pieces and natural hemp twine

I hope you will be able to join in with The Ribbon Girl January Card Challenge over on the blog http://ribbongirls.blogspot.co.uk/ where you will be inspired by the lovely cards by the Design Team - see you there

Mary x

26 December 2016

Pink floral thank you card .........

A thank you (Scrapiniec chipboard sentiment) card with Maja Design 'Vintage Autumn' 6x6 paper, handmade flowers from white foam, brushed with ink dusters, mulberry pink large rosebud and a white cherry blossom brushed with ink duster.  The leaves are cut with my lovely new dies as is the frame and mount - THANK YOU ANDREA  - I love getting crafty stuff for Christmas :-)  I also brushed the white leaves with green ink using another ink duster brush.

I added 12mm pale pink faux silk ribbon and some antique white 'Alison' vintage style fine cotton lace.  I used ivory/cream beaded berries for the centres of my two handmade flowers and tucked another under the cherry blossom.  
Thanks for looking, I hope you had a lovely Chrismas and see you again soon

Mary xx

9 December 2016

Thank You card .......

I made this 'Thank You' card using paper from the gorgeous Lemoncraft 'Heart Painted' 6x6 paper pad  and tried to match the embellishments to the pink roses in the corners.  

I used 25mm double sided pink satin ribbon, a Scrapiniec Round Doily Lace Frame and Thank You sentiment and hand made foam flowers

I made the roses from pink Foamiran sheet and also some little blossom flowers from white foam sheet with pieces of pink/pink beaded berry inside as stamens.  One or two pink and white beaded strawberries tucked in with some co-ordinating leaves diecut from more paper from the same Lemoncraft pad

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary x

6 December 2016

Christmas Greetings card

A Christmas card using paper and image from the Maja Design 'I Wish' 6x6 pad.  I added Michele white guipure lace, shabby white gathered tulle, 6mm white flatback pearl trim

I made the flower (supposed to be a poinsettia, but not too successful)  with white Foamiran and placed a 15mm pearl and diamante embellishment in the centre, adding a 20mm ivory rose, green/red frosted berries and silver fabric and mulberry paper rose leaves.  I tucked a diecut snowflake behind the flowers and another just behind the shabby trim.

Foam sheet, flowers, berries, leaves, lace, shabby trim, pearls and Stardust Stickles all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

Thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

4 December 2016

Especially for you ....

A change from Christmas Cards ..... I made this card for The Ribbon Girl December Card Challenge - great prizes and you can choose whichever theme you like!  

I used Maja Design Spring Basics papers, white and olive green foamiran foam for the handmade flowers (I coloured the stamens with Copics pens) and leaves, pale pink satin edge organza ribbon, sparkly glass hearts hung on natural hemp twine, Ophelia vintage style lace, 10mm ivory double row pearl trim

Thanks for looking, see you soon and dont forget to pop over to the Ribbon Girl blog and enter the challenge!

Mary x

2 December 2016

A pair of stockings .....

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - just finished a pair of machine and hand quilted and embellished large Christmas Stockings

 I added sequins also white medium pom pom trim and white 25mm frilled lace after I had edged the padded/quilted stockings with some red bias binding

Thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary x

27 November 2016

Lilac and Silver Christmas card ....

I made this card with paper from the Galeria 'Purple Rain' 12 x 12 pad, distressed all edges, inked them then added Stardust Stickles for a bit of sparkle - the silver leaves are really sparkly and were cut from card.

I'm still practicing making foam flowers!  All the flowers, buds and green leaves were made by me from Foamiran foam.  The flower centres are ivory beaded berries. I added Mauve Mist vintage style seam binding, some white Charlotte vintage style lace, silver twine and a die cut sparkly snowcut which I made from the left over card after the leaves had been cut.  The sentiment was computer generated

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

26 November 2016

Silver and Blue Christmas Card

A blue and silver Christmas card using Galeria 'As if in a Dream' papers matted onto silver mirri card plus flowers hand made using Foamiran foam, I inked the edges before heating and shaping the petals.  The centres of the flowers are ivory beaded berries and the leaves were die cut with a Magnolia rose leaf die

I tucked in a white beaded cherry, some silver twine and a bow made from white sheer 25mm ribbon

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

24 November 2016

Christmas Rose ...

A vintage style Christmas card using an image and paper from Maja Designs  'I Wish' 6x6 paper stack.  I matted the paper and image onto kraft card, distressed all edges and inked and finished with Stardust Stickles for a bit of sparkle

I am just learning how to make flowers from Foamiran flower foam and these two flowers meant to represent a hellebore (Christmas Rose) were made with ivory foam, inked with pink pigment ink around the edges and green in the centre.  I added small peach beaded berries as stamens and added a little dark brown ink to the tips.  shaped the flowers.  I popped in some red/green frosted berries, mulberry holly leaves and a couple of rose leaves

Papers, foamiran, stamens, leaves, ribbon, lace and Stickles all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

thanks for looking, see you soon

Mary x

20 November 2016

Golden Angel Christmas card ..

My card featuring an image from Polka Doodles which I made for The Ribbon Girl November 'use any image' challenge over on the blog - you dont have to make a card, you can make any type of project so long as there is an image of some sort on it.  The design team have made some gorgeous things to inspire you and as usual, there are three lovely prizes for the winners!

I used Galeria 'Retro As if in a Dream' 12x12 paper, Terracotta/rust rosebuds, 55mm Emma Ivory Guipure Lace, Cream 15mm Satin Ribbon, Brown 30mm Roses, small pine cones, white cherry blossom, white lily flowers, miniature ivory blossoms, chipboards from Scrapiniec, pieces of cheesecloth and some Stardust Stickles for a bit of added sparkle!  All of the ingredients for this card are available from The Ribbon Girl online store

here is a close up of one of the flower arrangements - I love how the golden leaves turned out - they were die cut from mirri card.

Thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

14 November 2016

Christmas stocking ....

A Christmas stocking card - I traced around a pattern I had but made it shorter so I could make the fold at the top and still fit the card onto A4 card.  I used vintage style papers from Maja Design 'Home for the Holidays' 6x6 paper stack, inked the edges and added sparkle with some Stardust Stickles.  I used 6mm double sided tape to stick on the frilled 25mm white lace and white tiny pom pom trim

For my flower arrangement I used a white beaded cherry, ivory carnation, 20mm ivory open rose and some silver fabric rose leaves.  I tied a sparkly glass heart to some silver twine then made a bow with white organza ribbon, 3mm silver lame, 4mm white pearl string and natural hemp twine

The tag was part of the 'Home for the Holidays' paper stack

The paper, flowers, ribbons, embellishments stickles and lace are all from The Ribbon Girl

I would like to enter this card into the Maja 'Christmas Card' Challenge
thanks for looking
see you soon, Mary x

11 November 2016

Pawfectly pink memory bear ...........

A pawfectly pink memory bear made from fabric cut from the backs of old babygro's which belonged to my great nieces Faye and Nicole plus some new pink fleece for the paw pads and a nice dusky pink 25mm satin ribbon tied at the neck.  

thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary x