21 October 2014

black white and ...




My DT card for this weeks PTW challenge 'black, white and one accent colour' I chose red.  


I added black/white spot 9mm organza, a red poinsettia, white rosebud, white beaded twirl, white starburst stamen and stardust stickles on the snowman image  all are from

I hope you will find time to pop over to PTW to be inspired and we look forward to seeing your project

Mary xx


19 October 2014

A white wedding card ....


This is my card for the Ribbon Girl October colour challenge which is 'white' . 

 I have made a wedding card and box using a LOTV image from my stash, then I added white Wedding Bells vintage style cotton lace, white satin ribbon, 6mm white flat back pearl trim, 3mm white pearls,  White Mixed Dahlia to colour yourself, white beaded stamens, white tiny rosebuds, white babies breath and white Kort & Godt chrysanthemums, 3mm and 5mm double sided sticky tape 


I decorated the lid of the box to match but used white ruffle edge sheer rather than the white satin

I hope you will be able to join us for this colour challenge - fantastic inspiration from the design team and great prizes so why not pop over and get crafting!


see you soon,
Mary x


14 October 2014

Vintage dragonfly ...


This week's challenge at Papertake Weekly is 'things with wings' so I've coloured up this LOTV stamp from the 'Flora and Fauna' set with inktense pencils then added

WOC pink lily flowers, ivory cherry blossoms, ivory faux silk ribbon, Clementine embroidered tulle lace and 2mm clear self adhesive gems


The box I decorated to match the card has WOC pink lily flower, ivory cherry blossms, Ivory Clementine Embroidered Tulle Lace and double row pearl string

We'd love to see your creations over at PTW - the design team have come up with some wonderful projects and there is a great prize as usual


12 October 2014

Season's greetings ...


My DT card for today's Ribbon Girl 'Lovely Lili' Challenge over on our blog we'd like you to 'add lace'.  I used the sweet traditional image from the LOTV Christmas XL artpad and shaped it with a nestie then mounted it on some silver mirri card.  I added  Stardust Stickles, white seam binding with a diamante snowflake on top, silver glitter velvet ribbon, 'Valerie' 32mm white fine vintage style cotton lace, red shiny berries, white beaded stamens, white cherry blossoms and a WOC 30mm ivory wild rose.  The sentiment is from PapertreyInk

I hope you will find time to pop over to the challenge blog - great inspiration and fabulous prizes

Image and papers from Lili of the Valley
Silver Glitter Velvet Ribbon, seam binding, diamante snowflake, lace, flowers, pine cones, berries are all from

see you soon
Mary x


11 October 2014

Christmas Wreath ...



Inspired by the very talented crafty lady Kath Stewart, Jackie and I had a go at her Christmas Advent Wreath - well, as you can see ours wasn't quite like hers but we both made a Christmas Wreath and thoroughly enjoyed it.  However, Mrs Numpty here didn't read the instructions a well as she might have, and we spent half the night looking for Christmas papers we liked which were double sided - no need - Kath actually says in her instructions to glue two pieces together for the top petals :-(  I'll know next time and at least I have sufficient left over petals for a whole wreath !!


We used wooden spoon handles to roll the petals into shape



such concentration!!

We each added Stardust Stickles, a golden shimmery poinsettia and some Venetian Red seam binding to our wreath.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us Kath - no doubt we'll be making more before the big day!

Mary x

10 October 2014

Peace on Earth - Goodwill to men



I raided my stash of Christmas papers (I hate cutting into them!) and made a Christmas card on which I've used Inkido paper, an image from Pion and a sentiment from PapertreyInk!  The back layer is made from gold mirri card.

I added 10mm gold glitter velvet, scarlet berry satin, 'Gloria' ivory vintage style fine cotton lace


I added a WOC brown wild rose and white sweetheart blossom, a terracota/rust large rosebud, a cone from a pack of 5 small pine cones, a sprig of Kort & Godt ivory beaded berries and a stem from a pack of 3 fabric holly leaves with small red berries


On the second flower arrangement I added another rosebud, a cone, a stem of holly leaf/berries, a bow of Scarlet Berry satin ribbon and a tiny gold liberty bell from a pack of 10 bells.

I think the sentiment is very apt at this time of global unrest and I added an ivory resin flat back dove
'Peace on Earth - Goodwill to men' 


all the ribbon, lace, flowers, cones, berries, bells, dove and embellishments are from

see you soon, Mary x

9 October 2014

The perfect tree ....


I don't usually do 'clean and simple' cards, but I was inspired by Shirley and came up with this.  I stamped the image and sentiment then coloured the LOTV image 'the perfect tree' with inktense pencils.  I added Stardust Stickles and some 7mm red satin ribbon and some 3mm pearls from the Christmas mix

Ribbon and pearls and Stickles are from The Ribbon Girl

see you later with the complete opposite of 'clean and simple' lol

Mary x

7 October 2014

Humphrey has fun in the snow


It's make a treat holder OR 'anything goes' at todays Papertake Weekly  -  I really love doing my DT projects for PTW each week as it really makes me think of a new and different way to display the challenge.   I went for 'anything goes' and I coloured this delightful Humphrey image I've had for ages.  I used inktense pencils and die cut a pair of windows (my new window dies are from Dies to Die for.  

It took a while to work out how to make opening windows - I cut two windows for each side and sandwiched a piece of clear acetate between as 'glass' then made a paper hinge down the outer edge  and glued it behind the image.  I added tiny silver brads so the windows resembled french doors.  The tiny sliver of background paper is from the LOTV classic Christmas pad



My flower arrangement includes a red poinsettia, ivory hip rosebud, white sweetheart blossom, white tiny rosebud and white beaded swirl all from The Ribbon Girl

I hope you will join in with our challenge at PTW - the design team have made some lovely projects to inspire you and we are looking forward to seeing your creations

Mary x

5 October 2014

Glitz and dazzle .....


The October Card Challenge over on the Ribbon Girl challenge blog is 'glitz and dazzle' and there's no better time of year than the few months leading up to Christmas to pile on the bling!  

I coloured this lovely LOTV image 'cold hands warm heart' with Inktense pencils then added a 22mm diamante snowflake on top of some mauve rose seam binding, a flower from the vintage lilac mixed dahlia pack, a lilac Kort & Godt rolled rose, a stem from the lilac/white beaded berries, a lilac/white cherry blossom flower
 I finished the card with lots of Stardust Stickles and some self adhesive gems

Flowers, diamante, ribbon, Stickles and Gems are all from

I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog - you're sure to be inspired and I m looking forward to seeing what you create!  oh, and as usual there are lovely prizes to win!

see you soon,
Mary x

2 October 2014

Golden gift box ..


Today I have embellished a kraft pillow gift box with 38mm gold lame ribbon, a shimmering gold poinsetta flower and some 40mm gold glitter mesh ribbon

I used some 6mm sticky tape to join the gold lame then stuck the flower and ribbon on top to hide the join.

see you soon
Mary x

30 September 2014

Sending hugs ....


It's sketchy time at PTW and I used sketch number 94 but you can use any of the PTW sketches.

  I coloured up an image from the Stempleglede Vintage Garden collection with inktense pencils then added some WOC 20mm lilac open roses, mauve rose vintage style seam binding ribbon and 10mm daisy flat back ivory pearls.  I added 5mm ivory pearls in the corners as well.

I hope you will have time to join us over at Papertake Weekly - the design team have made some fabulous creations to inspire you and as usual there is a lovely prize to win.

Flowers, ribbon, pearls are all from The Ribbon Girl

see you soon, Mary x

28 September 2014

Tilda with pearls ....



My DT card for the Magnolia Only Challenge 'add pearls' over on the Ribbon Girl blog.

I coloured Tilda with inktense pencils and added Stardust Stickles.  'Flora' cream guipure, ivory lace butterfly, pale peach satin ribbon, apricot sheer ribbon, WOC peach cherry blossoms, a peach carnation, 3 stems of tiny pearl flowers, 6mm ivory flat back pearl trim, 5mm self adhesive pearls

Ribbon, flowers, pearl stems, pearls, lace, lace butterfly and Stickles are all from
The Ribbon Girl online store

see you soon
Mary x

26 September 2014

Through the arched window ....



My first attempt at making a window card so you can see the image through the panes of glass (acetate sheet) - will keep trying!!   I somehow thought the die would cut the window shape directly from the card blank!! I am such a plonker.  When I discovered it didn't, I had to cut a hole in the card blank then position the die cut window and acetate over it - I'll keep practising :-)

 I used an image from the LOTV XL artpad Christmas Eve.  I added some punched out holly leaves, a snippet of 5mm red gingham, a piece of 7mm red satin, a tiny holly leaf charm tied on with red button twine


ribbon, twine and charm from The Ribbon Girl

see you soon
Mary x

23 September 2014

Humphrey is so cute ......


We'd like to see your 'cute' cards over on the Papertake Weekly Challenge this week  -  I dug out this cute little Humphrey stamp and coloured him up with Inktense pencils.

I added Moss Green seam binding ribbon, 12mm white cotton lace, a cream daisy with the centre removed and a 12mm flower shaped pearl flat back inserted, ivory cherry blossoms and some tiny white rosebuds.  I finished off the card with a white guipure lace butterfly in the top left corner.

I hope you can join in with the PTW challenge this week - good fun and a great prize as usual!

Ribbon, flowers, butterfly and lace are all from 


see you soon, Mary x

21 September 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow .....




We'd like to see your pastel creations for the September Ribbon Girl Colour challenge - this is my DT card - I coloured a LOTV image called 'Cold Hands Warm Heart' with Inktense pencils and added Stardust Stickles.

I die cut 3 little trees, one from silver glitter card and the others from the Pastel Dreams LOTV pad to match the backing paper.  I added some pale rose pink tiny ric rac, 'Laila' white vintage style lace, medium white pom pom trim, paradise aqua seam binding, 3mm pale pink bead trim, pale pink cherry blossoms and Kort & Godt rolled roses in pink and aqua

Flowers, ribbons, trim, pom pom, lace and Stardust Stickles are all from
The Ribbon Girl online store

I hope you will be able to pop over to the Ribbon Girl blog - there are some fantastic projects by the design team and as usual, great prizes to be won!

see you soon Mary x