3 March 2015

Hand made flowers ...

Todays challenge over at Papertake Weekly is 'Go as you please with the option of adding hand made flowers' so I made this chrysanth by stamping my new Tim Holtz flower stamp 3 times and colouring with inktense pencils.

I cut the three layers out, omitting some of the petals on each one then stacked them together.  I used a Magnolia die and a Noor Design die for the leaves.  All edges were inked and I added some of the lovely 'Amelia' fine cotton vintage style lace and some honey gold 15mm satin ribbon both from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

I hope you will have time to visit Papertake Weekly - the design team made some fabulous projects to inspire you and as usual, there is a super prize for the winner of the challenge so why not pop over now!

see you soon, Mary xx

1 March 2015

Add flowers ......

Wow, 1st day of March already - time is flying past.  Its the Ribbon Girl Card Challenge today - we'd like to see flowers on your cards - what could be easier :-)  I chose this lovely image from LOTV Artpad and the paper is from their Antebellum pad - just gorgeous!

I used a small white guipure lace butterfly, Margaret guipure lace, deep rose silky crush ribbon, dusky pink tiny ric rac, pink daisy, tulips from a mixed bunch, pink pretty blooms, pink pretty blossom and pink WOC lily flower

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
You can use any image you like as we know you all have your favourites and we're looking forward to seeing them on this 'go as you please' challenge - cards, boxes, projects of all kinds!

Looking forward to seeing your cards!
Mary x

24 February 2015

Take your pick - I chose cool colours .....

The challenge over at Papertake Weekly is
Take Your Pick sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.
choose from these or use as many as you like!Sketch #98 or sketchie free for all
Colour - cool colours from the colour wheel 
Technique - masking - make a scene using 2 or more images
Product - use kraft card

I chose to make a card with cool colours - greens and lilac

The image is from a LOTV Artpad matted onto LOTV 'Timless Victorian' papers.  I used some 38mm sage green organza ribbon and some 15mm white daisy venise lace.

My flower arrangement includes a white daisy with the centre removed and replaced with a 15mm round lilac diamante embellishment, some lilac/purple beaded berries, a couple of white/lilac hip rosebuds.  The leaves were punched from the background paper as were the little lilac butterflies

I hope you will pop over to PTW to be inspired by the wonderful creations from the design team - and we look forward to seeing what you have made for this fun challenge - something for everyone!

see you soon

Mary x

18 February 2015

Thinking of you ...

This week's challenge at Papertake Weekly is 'bingo' and I chose ribbons, diecut and blooms.  I used this charming image from the LOTV artpad and papers then added pink daisy, baby pink cherry blossom, pink sweetheart blossom, Amber white polyester lace and pink satin ribbon all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

I hope you will pop over to Papertake Weekly and check out the fabulous creations by  my teamies - we look forward to seeing what you make

see you soon, Mary x

15 February 2015

Ivory and Cream ......

The February Colour Challenge at the Ribbon Girl blog is 'ivory and cream' and I used some of my lovely Pion papers and added cream satin ribbon, 6mm flat back ivory pearl trim, 'Flora' cream guipure lace, 20mm and 10mm ivory open roses, pearls from 3mm Chocolate mix.  The sentiment is a stamp by Riley & Company

We are sponsored by Marianne Designs and also The Ribbon Girl who are offering one randomly chosen winner  prizes of 2 sets of dies as shown in the photo and a £10 voucher to spend at The Ribbon Girl store

I hope you will have time to pop over to the blog and be inspired by the fantastic projects the team have made!  We look forward to seeing your projects

see you soon, Mary x

10 February 2015

Hearts and flowers ....

There's a new challenge over at Papertake Weekly - we'd like to see 'hearts and flowers' on your projects!  

I used a pretty image from the LOTV 'Summer Flowers' artpad, then added a ink daisy (centre removed and a 14mm sparkle gem added) baby pink cherry blossom flowers and some pink/pink beaded berries.

The bow is made from 23mm pale pink organza ribbon tied with pink Divine Bakers Twine and the charm is a tiny heart with pink gem.  Sentiment is from LOTV and there are tiny hearts on the background papers :-)

Flowers, ribbon, charms, twine all from 

I hope you will pop over to Papertake Weekly - fabulous projects by the design team to inspire you and great prizes as usual!

see you soon, Mary x

8 February 2015

Charming .....

It's the first 'Lovely Lili' challenge of 2015 and we'd like to see you add  a charm to your creation!  There are some fabulous makes by the design team over on the Ribbon Girl blog and I hope you will be able to join in the fun - there are lovely prizes!! A £10 voucher from Lili of the Valley and a £10 voucher to spend in the Ribbon Girl store

I made a birthday card using one of the pre-printed images I've had for quite a while.  I added 3mm satin in heliotrope and purple and threaded on a couple of butterfly dangle beads, ballet shoes charm, plum purple Divine Twine, purple/white beaded berries, lilac/white cherry blossoms, a lilac Kort & Godt rolled rose, a floribunda rose and some Stardust Stickles all from

Mary xx

3 February 2015

Birthday bauble.......

There's a new challenge at Papertake Weekly - anything goes sponsored by LOTV  Optional extra is to use newsprint or the pages from an old book  -  I decided to make a hanging birthday bauble and used an image  from a LOTV artpad. (Ribbon Girl sells similar 70mm clear two-part baubles with hanging loops - you only need one half to make a hanging bauble card)

I die cut the image, backing paper and outer card then I glued tiny pink rosebuds, 10mm and 20mm WOC pink open roses on to my image before fixing on the cover.  The name was printed with our little wooden alphabet stamps and added to the image.  I used my new Bosch rechargeable glue gun to stick the flowers, half-bauble and the 5mm crystal beads onto the card then added some 23mm organza ribbon and rose pink tiny ric rac to the hanging loop at the top

I hope you will be able to join in the challenge this week - the design team have made some really lovely projects!

similar baubles, crystal beads, ribbon, ric rac, flowers are all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk
Mary x

27 January 2015

A folded card ......

My card for this week's Papertake Weekly Challenge -   

Take Your Pick

If you remember from November, the last PTW challenge of every month is going to have several themes and you simply take your pick from them.   There’s a sketch, a colour theme, a product theme and a technique theme to choose from. Please see PTW blog for more details

I coloured up an old Sarah Kaye image with inktense pencils and made a folded card (inspired by a card friend Jean made) The papers are from LOTV 'Timeless Victorian' paper pad

I added 'Donna' ivory vintage style lace, 6mm flat back pearl trim, lilac 20mm and 10mm open roses and lilac beadedberries

This is the card folded into the cover - I was really pleased with out it turned out

I hope you will join us at Papertake Weekly - we look forward to seeing your cards and you'll be amazed at the projects made by the Design Team- so inspiring!

Mary x

25 January 2015

Seeing spots ....

My card for the Magnolia Only Challenge - we'd like to see spots on your cards and projects.  I coloured up Tilda with Inktense pencils

I used pink spot paper from LOTV 'Butterfly Kisses' pad then I added some Berisford 25mm large spot satin ribbon, WOC pink and pale pink 10mm and 20mm roses, blue/white beaded stamens, a very pretty square sparkly button and 3mm pink satin ribbon with pink jewel beads tied on the ends - a nice touch I think

The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley

I hope you will join us at Magnolia Only  and be inspired by the fabulous work frm the Design Team    We look forward to seeing your spotty projects!

Mary xx

20 January 2015

Get in shape at Papertake Weekly ....

I coloured this old Sara Kaye image with inktense pencils and used LOTV background papers.  This weeks challenge at Papertake Weekly is 'get in shape' and I've used a square, two ovals and two hearts!

I inked all the edges and added white dahlias to colour yourself, Kort & Godt white chrysanth and ivory beaded berries, WOC hip rosebuds and some gorgeous 75mm Michele white gujipure lace.  I finished the card with some 5mm s/a pearls 

I hope you will be able to pop over to Papertake Weekly - you'll be amazed at the beautiful cards the design team have made and I look forward to seeing what you make!

Mary x

18 January 2015

In the pink.....

It's the first challenge of the year over at The Ribbon Girl Blog and this week it's the Colour Challenge which is PINK, my favourite colour :-)

I made this card in memory of happier times spent in that beautiful city.  I wasn't brave enough to go right to the top of the tower, only the first level which was still far too high for me :-(

The two post cards are images from LOTV coloured with Inktense pencils, the resin Eiffel tower are from the new flat back resin sets, I added some 'Monique' white guipure lace, some lacey edge dusky pink daisy ribbon and a WOC baby pink cherry blossom flower

There are some fabulous pink projects by the Design Team - I hope you will find time to pop over, be inspired and enter the challenge - there is a great prize from Marianne Designs and a £10 voucher for The Ribbon Girl store!

Mary x

Thinking of Paris in happier times.  I coloured LOTV background stamp with rose with inktense pencils and inked and distressed the edges.  I added some dusky pink daisy lacey edged ribbon, a pink cherry blossom flower, Monique 55mm white guipure lace and the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Resin Set and some 3mm pink self adhesive pearls

I hope you will fine time to pop over to The Ribbon Girl Blog - the January colour challenge starts today and there are some fabulous projects to inspire you and wonderful prizes too!

see you soon, Mary x

17 January 2015

Second test


Apple and celery salad

Saturday test

Testing posting a  photo on an iPad instead if a PC