14 August 2016

Chocolate Bar Favours .....

Favours for a special afternoon tea - my great niece was 18 this weekend so as well as her exceptionally noisy 'disco' party on Friday night  (I'm definitley getting old) we had a lovely family girlie afternoon tea at Beamish Hall Hotel.  I made the favours using bars of Galaxy chocolate as they have a silver paper wrapper.  I used various pastel colours of everyday spots/gingham paper 12x12 sheets, two wrappers per sheet, then added toning seam binding,  with many types of mulberry paper flowers including roses, daisies, forget me nots, babies breath, carnations, hip rosebuds and various beaded berries with green satin leaves, diecut paper leaves etc.

thanks for visiting
Mary x

12 August 2016

A summer card with a LOTV image ....

I hope all LOTV fans are entering a card in the August Challenge which closes at 6pm on Sunday evening, so yo'll have to get your skates on!  You can find the challenge over on the LOTV facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/events/534896066714701/  or you can email it to Lucy  lucy@liliofthevalley.co.uk      before 6pm Sunday -  the theme is 'anything goes' 

I have made a summer card using an LOTV artpad image (sadly now retired), papers in shades of green from Galeria Papieru 'Game of Colours II'

I added some Spring Green Sugar Sprinkles sheer ribbon, 'Charlotte' white vintage style lace, pink trellis roses and 20mm autumn gold open roses.  The butterfly is a Scrapiniec chipboard and the leaves were diecut from some scraps of Galeria paper

thanks for looking
see you soon, Mary x

7 August 2016

Wedding anniversary card ....

A card for a first wedding anniversary for my son and daughter in law.  

I used some of the new Galeria Papieru 'As if in a dream Retro' papers' which were distressed and inked then I added Scrapiniec chipboard shape 6-piece lace corner set, some natural hemp twine in loops, an ivory off/white carnation, a couple of large ivory rosebuds, a cream/pink lily flower, pale pink cherry blossoms, medium pearl rose leaves

The green leaves are diecut with a Magnolia die, the sentiment is computer generated and the bow is made from a scrap of left over silk ribbon

thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary x

1 August 2016

Pink and white ....

I fancied making a white card today so I embossed the bottom layer of paper and diecut the plain top layer.

I added diecut paper leaves, 35mm white satin leaves, white tiny pearl cluster flowers on silver stems, a 30mm pale pink wild rose and a bow made from white tulle all from The Ribbon Girl

thanks for visiting, see you soon
(by the way, did you know there is a super giveaway over on the Ribbon Girl blog this week?)

20 July 2016

Have a wonderful summer ....

A summery card using papers from Maja Design 'Coffee in the Arbour' 6x6 pad with white 'Lyra' guipure lace, 7mm Grape satin, 38mm Aubergine Silky Crush ribbon, Scrapiniec chipboard corner.  Flowers include pale pink Ballerina blossom, pale pink cherry blossom, 35mm pink trellis rose, small pink rosebuds and a 30mm pale pink wild rose.

Papers, flowers, ribbon and lace are all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary x

17 July 2016

Just married .....

A wedding card using Pion 'Vintage Wedding' 12x12 sheet which contains 4 images, two of which I've used on this card.  

For my floral arrangement I used 30mm ivory wild roses, large ivory rosebuds, 10mm ivory open roses and a cream hip rosebud.  The gorgeous pearl leaves are new in the store and perfect for wedding cards!  The bow is made from 12mm ivory faux silk ribbon

At the top of the card I added 25mm Deborah ivory vintage style lace and 10mm ivory double row flatback pearl trim

thank you for visiting,
see you soon,
Mary x

An altered box for a sweet treat .......

I had an empty box from a packet of delicious dutch stroop waffles and it was the perfect fit for one of the jars of raspberry jam which I have been making (and eating far too much of)

I turned the box inside out to hide the printing, lined the inside with plain white card and strengthened the bottom of the box with more white card.

I then covered the outside of the box with papers from the Maja 'Coffee in the Arbour' 6x 6 pad.  The image is die-cut from a sheet of images within the 6 x 6 pad.

I added 25mm Grape satin ribbon around the box and also white Lyra guipure lace, both adhered with 6mm double sided sticky tape.

I decorated the top of the box with a Scrapiniec chipboard shape and three 30mm pale pink wild roses.  The little bow is 7mm Grape satin and the sentiment was computer generated.

I hope you can join us in The Ribbon Girl 'use any image' challenge over on the blog - there are three smashing prizes to win and we really look forward to seeing what you make

Thanks for visiting my blog, see you soon
Mary x

9 July 2016

An altered jar ....

I was so inspired by altered bottles made by the very talented Chantal that I just had to have a go at altering a glass jar - would you believe this is an empty Heinz sandwich spread jar?   I painted it with a mixture of cream furniture paint and white acrylic and embedded small pieces of kitchen paper (separated into single layers) into the paint, then painted over the top to give it texture (Andrea's idea, not mine) 

When that was dry I added narrow ivory cotton 'Donna' lace, pearls, Lemoncraft House of Roses paper, and the image was cut from another sheet of the same 12 x 12 paper.  

Around the neck of the jar I added pink shabby ruffled ribbon with some 6mm flatback pearls adhered in the centre.   I added a 9mm pale pink spot organza ribbon bow to the lid and tucked behind the flowers to the left of the image.  I hung a bronze colour pot bellied bird cage charm on natural hemp twine and fastened it to the 3mm pale pink ribbon.

I glued flowers to the lid (pale pink Ballerina Blossom, pink open rose and a pink  cosmos daisy)


All of the Lemoncraft papers, flowers, ribbons, embellishments, lace etc are from The Ribbon Girl

thanks for looking and see you soon
Mary x

Birthday card in lilacs ...

A birthday card using papers from Maja Design 'Vintage Summer' 6x6 pad.  I die cut the white border with a Spellbinders die, the white swirls are cut with Magnolia dies

I added 17mm Laila white vintage style fine cotton lace topped with purple loopy trim - at the bottom of the card I have adhered 4mm flat back pearl trim

My flower arrangement includes lilac 30mm wild rose, 20mm ivory open rose, lilac/white hip rosebuds, purple heather sprig, lilac starburst stamens.  The purple loops are made with button twine.

I coloured this little Scrapienec butterfly with copics to tone in with the card

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

A Summer birthday card ...

Birthday card using  papers from Maja 'Vintage Summer' 6x6 pad.  I embossed one sheet and die-cut the edge of the other with my new Spellbinders curved border die - love it!  I added some Charlotte white vintage style lace at the top and then adhered 6mm white flat back pearl trim to the edge using 3mm double sided sticky tape

I made the flower using a Spellbinders rose die set, distressed, inked and added an 11mm ivory flat back pearl to the centre then made a bow with aqua silk ribbon and tucked it under the flower.  The leaves are die cut from Magnolia dies.  

thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary x

8 July 2016

70th birthday card .....

I used papers from Craft & You 'Vintage Time' 6x6 paper pad - love this pad, so many gorgeous designs to choose from!   I distressed the edges of the paper then inked them before matting onto pale pink card.  

The sentiment was computer generated to fit within the Scrapienic Park Avenue round frame which was also inked on the edges.  There is a piece from the Scrapienic Lace Doily Corner Set on the top right corner - great value as there are 6 pieces in each pack.

I added some beautiful 'Alma' 50mm ivory vintage style fine cotton lace topped with 12mm pale pink faux silk  -  the bow is made with the same ribbon in 38mm

My flower arrangement includes pink 35mm trellis rose, large pink two tone rosebud, white beaded stamens, 20mm pale pink open rose and some pink/white rosebuds.

The leaves are die cut from paper and the butterfly was punched - I inked the edges, used a wire stalk from the open rose for antenni and popped some White Opal Liquid Pearls on to make the body.

I gave all edges a bit of sparkle with Stardust Stickles and added some pearls to the bottom left corner

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

6 July 2016

Boy card ....

A birthday card for a boy using papers from the Maja 'Life by the Sea' 6x6 pad, 16mm red/white saddlestitch ribbon, red bakers twine and a silver colour anchor charm all from  The Ribbon Girl  A gift card or cash may be hidden under the front flap

thanks for looking, see you soon, Mary xx

3 July 2016

Get well soon .....

I made this get well card for a lovely lady who has been very poorly, I know she likes well embellished cards so I went to town on this one and I really hope she is soon feeling 'in the pink' :-)

used papers from Maja Vintage Summer 6x6 pad, 30mm pale pink wild roses, large pale pink rosebud, pink/white beaded stamens, 16mm pleated pale pink satin, 30mm Prudence pale pink lace, 7mm pale pink satin ribbon, 15mm pale pink pearl diamante embellishment, 6mm white flatback pearl trim, White Opal liquid pearls and Stardust Stickles

I hope you will join the Ribbon Girl July Card Challenge - anything goes as long as it is a card - there are fabulous prizes including prizes from Maja Design, Lili of the Valley and The Ribbon Girl and some exceptional inspiration from the design team!!
I'm joining in with In the Pink challenge - use lots of pink and add lace

thanks for looking and see you soon
Mary xx

30 June 2016

Wedding card .........

A folding decorative corner wedding card with a die-cut heart using papers from the gorgeous Maja 'Coffee in the Arbour' 6x6 pad.  The tag is also from the same pad.  As the die cut heart is so delicate I adhered my leaves and flowers to a 1.3/8" disc of card and then glued that to the centre of the heart - there is a smaller circle at the rear of the heart which fixes to the folding 'mechanism' on the corner of the card 
I added 17mm white vintage style lace, 12mm faux silk ribbon, 10mm white square f/b pearl trim, 6mm white f/b pearl trim, 30mm wild rose, 20mm open rose, pink/white hip rosebud, and a pale pink sweetheart blossom 

The tags were produced on the computer and printed out in 'Brotherhood Script' font

Maja papers, Ribbon, pearl trim, lace and flowers are all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

26 June 2016

18th birthday card ...

An eighteenth birthday card for a girl using papers from  Galeria Papieru 'Purple Rain' 12x12 pad.  

I added self adhesive diamante numbers 1 and 8 to the centre of a diecut circle, added 16mm purple satin ribbon, 'Jessica' 45mm white guipure lace (adhered with 6mm double sided sticky tape), and my flower arrangements include lilac ballerina blossoms, 30mm ivory wild roses, 20mm vintage lilac open rose and a white and lilac hip rosebud.  The leaves were diecut from green card using a Magnolia die.

Inspired by the very talented Linda Levoir, I coloured some Scrapienic chipboard butterflies in lilac, green and black with Copics pens, then added Stardust Stickles for a bit of sparkle.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

see you soon, Mary x