2 August 2015

Icy Hugs ....... even if it is only the beginning of August!!


This is my DT card for The Ribbon Girl August Card Challenge 'use ribbon'    I have coloured one of the brand new Lili of the Valley Christmas stamps (Icy Hugs) with inktense water colours then added  lots of Stardust Stickles to represent ice.  I haven't coloured for ages and I can see I need lots of practice but the new stamps are so pretty I had to have a go!  The sentiment is also from Lili of the Valley as is the background paper, and all edges were inked then sparkled with  Stardust Stickles.


I added 15mm Berisford Khaki Sage No 80 satin ribbon, an ivory lace corner, bark heart, some 'Amelia' ivory vintage style fine cotton lace, 30mm brown wild rose, Kort & Godt ivory beaded berries, ivory asters and an ivory gardenia.

Flowers, berries, bark heart, lace corner an lace, ribbon and Stickles are all from

I hope you will be able to join in with the challenge, there are some lovely cards from the design team which are sure to inspire you and you can win a £10 voucher towards a spending spree in the Ribbon Girl store and a £10 voucher to spend at Lili of the Valley - just in time for their new stamp releases!


see you soon, Mary xx

19 July 2015

Love is like a butterfly .....


An ivory card with rather a lot of butterflies for todays Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge - we'd like to see your ivory projects.


I used some of my stash of Pion papers  and the sentiment is computer generated.  I inked all edges then added 'Amelia' ivory vintage style fine cotton lace, vintage ivory fluted edge sheer ribbon, ivory lace leaves, 4mm ivory flatback pearl trim, ivory roses, rosebuds, peach cherry blossom, ivory aster and a gorgeous golden diamante encrusted butterfly!

all from


Butterfly Diamante Golden Colour 35mm Amelia 35mm Vintage Style Cotton Creamy Ivory Lace   38mm Vintage Ivory Fluted Edge Sheer

I hope you will be able to pop over to the blog and join in with this challenge - great prizes from Ribbon Girl and Marianne Designs to win!

see you soon, Mary x

14 July 2015

Don't be square ............


'Don't be square' is the theme at this week's Papertake Weekly Challenge - for my shaped card I used a section from an image from the LOTV Summer Escapes artpad No. 40  .  The sentiment is also from LOTV asis the background paper.  

I then added a white 40mm mulberry daisy, pink 20mm open rose, blue.white beaded stamen and 23mm pink spot organza ribbon all from

We're looking forward to seeing your shaped cards and if you pop over to the challenge blog you'll get lots of inspiration from the talented design team!


12 July 2015

Birthday wishes .........


The theme at the Ribbon Girl 'Everything goes with an image' challenge is 'anything goes' so I've made a pink and flowery birthday card.  I used an image from LOTV 'Beautiful Blooms' artpad then added white daisy guipure with pink centre, 12mm pale pink daisy guipure, white 'Charlotte' vintage style lace, pink satin rbbon, pale pink 3mm bead string, pale pink cherry blossom and sweetheart blossom, and a white cosmos daisy
all from

I hope you will join in the challenge - the prizes include a stamp of the winners choice from our generous friends at Lili of the Valley who have some beautiful images to choose from, and a £10 voucher from The Ribbon Girl for the randomly chosen winner of the challenge



and of course, there is some fabulous inspiration to be had from the talented design team - please do join us, we love to see your projects!

Mary x


7 July 2015

Christmas ..... in July?


The new challenge over at Papertake Weekly is 'anything goes' with the option of 'Christmas in July' so I chose to make my first Christmas card!  I used an image from the LOTV artpad 'Christmas Eve' with paper from their 'Frosty Christmas' 8 x 8 pad.  All edges were distressed with ink

I added some white 'Charlotte' vintage style lace, a couple of small pine cones, velvet finish holly leaves, red berries, (see the Christmas section on the Ribbon Girl website)  brown 30mm open roses and white lillies, and on the 15mm red satin ribbon, I added a bow of silver twine topped with a snowflake button with a small s/a pearl/rhinestone flower on top

Ribbon, flowers, twine, button, pinecones berries and lace are all from




I hope you will be able to pop over to PTW, there are some stunning cards from the design team and of course, a wonderful prize for you to win!

see you soon, Mary x

30 June 2015

Italian landscape ....




The challenge for this weeks Papertake Weekly is Take Your Pick 
and I based my card on Sketch No. 102 and added pearls.

I used the beautiful Italian Landscape from the the LOTV Artpad No 40 'Landscape Collection' matted onto papers from One Birdie Lane, Bonnets and Bowties Solids and Butterfly Kisses paper pads also from Lili of the Valley

I added some gorgeous new white pleated ruffled white ribbon with 6mm flat back pearls stuck on with 3mm double sided sticky tape.  My flower arrangement includes a 40mm white daisy, a white cosmos daisy and a white sweetheart blossom.  The sentiment is also from LOTV and I added a self adhesive rhinestone and pearl flower in the centre

Self adhesive rhinestone/pearl flower, daisies, blossoms, ribbon, pearls are all from The Ribbon Girl


I hope you will be able to join in the challenge - we love to see your cards and there is always a lovely prize to win!

see you soon, Mary x

23 June 2015

Summer birthday card ....


The challenge for this weeks Papertake Weekly is to use 3 of something - on this Summer birthday card I used 3 vintage pink roses, 3 small white lily flowers, 3 green rose leaves and 3 tiny pink rosebuds on this birthday card.

The image is from the new Summer Escapes artpad number 40 from Lili of the Valley as is the sentiment

I added some gorgeous Charlotte Elizabeth white vintage style lace, hot pink satin ribbon, white organza rose ribbon and on each 'rose' I added a rhinestone/pearl self adhesive flower from Marianne.  

I hope you will be able to join in the challenge - we love to see your cards and there is always a lovely prize to win!

Lace, Flowers, leaves, ribbon, lace, rose organza trim, self adhesive flowers are all from



see you soon,

Mary xx

21 June 2015

Lilac pansies ............


This is my DT card for The Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge - we would like to see your lilac cards and projects

Pansies are one of my favourite garden flowers and my Winter flowering pansies are just coming to an end now - I've been waiting for the pansies to wilt so I could put the geraniums into my tubs at the front, and it looks like I'll be able to get those planted in a day or so.  

For this card I used a lovely image from the LOTV artpad number 27 then added
'Charlotte Elizabeth' vintage style white lace, 25mm satin ribbon , lilac tiny ric rac and a 20mm lilac open rose.  The sentiment is from LOTV

I hope you will be able to join us over on the Ribbon Girl Blog - we'd love to see what you make, and there are some fabulous cards from the design team which are sure to inspire you ..... and there are some lovely prizes too!

see you soon

Mary x



14 June 2015

Seascape ...





My card for the Ribbon Girl 'Everything goes with an image' challenge where they would like to see your masculine cards.  I used this lovely image from the new LOTV Landscapes No 39 artpad which is suitable for all types of man cards, sympathy cards, notes etc - I cut this one down with a die.  The round sentiment is a stamp from LOTV

I added 7mm cornflolwer blue satin, dusky blue button twine, pale blue tiny ric rac, a silver colour yacht charm and pearls from the Blues pack all from
www.ribbongirl.co.uk

I hope you can join in with the challenge and please pop over to the blog to be inpired by the lovely creations by the design team

As usual we have two fabulous prizes, the first is a stamp of the winners choice from our generous friends at Lili of the Valley who have some beautiful images to choose from, and a £10 voucher from The Ribbon Girl for the randomly chosen winner of the challenge



see you soon

Mary x



9 June 2015

New baby boy ...


The challenge over at Papertake Weekly is 'something for the boys' so I made a new baby boy card using an embossed card and this gorgeous image from the LOTV  'Babies' art pad and also their round sentiment stamp.  I added a wooden star button and attached it to a memo pin finished with some of our new  'Windsor Blue' and Limoges Blue seam binding and a piece of 1mm ivory cotton lace,  

I distressed the edges and added some Stardust Stickles which I also added to the clouds and around the sentiment.




Ribbon, lace, memo pins, stickles and wooden star button are all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk


I hope you will be able to join us over at Papertake Weekly - we love to see what you make and as usual, there is a super prize to be won!

see you soon, Mary xx

7 June 2015

Jenny is such a cute little bear .....


My card for todays Ribbon Girl June Card Challenge which is 'animals, and I've used Jenny Bear from one of the lovely LOTV artpads.  I cut down the image and punched the edge with a corner punch, then distressed and finished with Stardust Stickles.  I love the new papers from LOTV, this one is from the 'Dress Shoppe'  pad and I also used one of their new sentiments from the 'Birthays and Best Wishes set'  -   perfect!

I added pink organza rose ribbon, 'Barbara' ivory embroidered tulle lace, hot pink satin ribbon, a new ivory Magnolia flower, a pink gardenia, pink/pink beaded berries, pink hip rose bud, an ivory lace leaf and a wooden butterfly from a pack of 9 all from
www.ribbongirl.co.uk


close up of the gorgeous new ivory coloured Magnolia blooms on the website this weekend - also you can see the gardenia, hip rosebud and ivory lace leaf


I hope you will be able to pop over to the blog to be inspired by my team mates and we'd love to see your cards - there are some great prizes to be won!

see you soon, Mary xx


4 June 2015

A decorated cube box


I find boxes very difficult to photograph - this box is to be posted to someone so all of the embellishments are as flat as possible.  A plain white box distressed with aqua ink and covered in LOTV 'Romance and Roses' papers due to be released on Saturday - the image on the front is from the LOTV 'Beautiful Blooms' artpad  The sentiment inside the lid is from a new set due to be released soon at LOTV

On the top I added 3 sweetheart blossom flowers and 3 ivory lace leaves plus in the corners some gorgeous pearl and diamante self adhesive butterflies all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

around the box I added pretty pink loopy trim, I cut out some flowers from the plain pink from the Romance and Roses pad and added 5mm pink self adhesive pearls from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

have a nice week and enjoy the sunshine!!
Mary x

26 May 2015

Birthday wishes just for you ..........


It's sketch or go as you please week over at Papertake Weekly  -  I chose to follow the sketch and used a LOTV artpad image, sentiment and papers.

I added a white guipure lace buterfly, lilac satin ribbon in 7mm and 15mm, 3 apple blossom flowers from a mixed bunch and a couple of lilac/white hip rosebuds all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

We look forward to seeing what you make - why not pop over to Papertake Weekly and get  some inspiration from the fabulous makes by the design team?

see you soon, Mary xx

24 May 2015

Happy Birthday .....



A pink and girly birthday card for my lovely niece Joanne who was 40 years old on Friday - Happy Birthday Joanne, hope you had a lovely day!! 

I used  'Ophelia' embroidered tulle lace, 7mm satin ribbon, a piece of faux diamante trim, pink gardenia, pink cherry blossom and pink pretty blossom plus lots of Stardust Stickles
all from
www.ribbongirl.co.uk


This card is for The Ribbon Girl Magnolia Only Challenge 'birthday' over on the blog and I hope you will find time to pop over and be inspired by the DT projects! there is a £10 voucher for the Ribbon Girl Store and a stamp all the way from Magnolia in Sweden for the lucky winner!
see you soon, Mary x

19 May 2015

With a heart ....


The challenge at this weeks Papertake Weekly is 'with a heart' so I used a die cut heart onto which I glued an ivory guipure lace heart then added some ivory 'Amelia' lace, dusky pink satin ribbon, cute little bark hearts from www.ribbongirl.co.uk


 and my flower arrangement consists of teracotta rose buds, ivory gardenia, 30mm ivory wild rose, Kort and Godt ivory beaded berries all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk


I love these little rhinestone and pearl self adhesive butterflies

I hope you can join us this week and please pop over to PTW to be inspired by the wonderful projects made by the design team.

see you soon, Mary x