22 July 2014

A Christmas card in July .....

I know!! another Christmas card and it's still July - haven't had my summer holiday yet!  This card uses a pre-printed LOTV image I've had in my stash for ages, I used  a LOTV paper pad  then placed a white guipure lace frame, scarlet berry satin ribbon and a Christmas bells charm.

My flowers are a Christmas rose I've had for ages, a WOC white lily flower, a couple of white beaded stamens, two 15mm red paper roses , some tiny red berries and a brown winter cone.

There is a new Papertake Weekly Challenge starting today and there are even more Christmas projects there to inspire you! and a great prize too

I hope you will be able to join us

Guipure frame, ribbon, charm and flowers are all from The Ribbon Girl

Mary x

20 July 2014

Making a wish .....

Making a wish that everyone enjoys the summer holiday time and that we all get some nice sunshine!  This is my DT card for the Ribbon Girl July Colour Challenge - we'd like to see your AQUA projects and as usual there are some great prizes to be won

I used watercolour paints to colour this LOTV image, first one I've painted for ages - I really enjoyed  painting in the garden when the sun was shining.  The background paper is from the LOTV Beach Bliss pad and I added used pale ivory rose organza trim, white satin ribbon, Isabelle white vintage style lace, a small white guipure butterfly, 4mm white pearl trim, white/pink 30mm WOC rose, 20mm pale pink open rose, white beaded stamen, Kort & Godt aqua rolled roses, white pearls  all from The Ribbon Girl

There are some gorgeous creations by The Ribbon Girl design team - many different styles so there's sure to be something to inspire you to 'get crafting'

see you soon, Mary x

15 July 2014

Welcome baby ......

There's a new challenge over at Papertake Weekly - 'Buttons, bows and bling' and this is my DT card  - I used a LOTV artpad image and papers, then added pale ivory organza rose trim, tile blue seam binding, a star button tied with ivory hemp twine, a 30mm WOC ivory wild rose, blue/white beaded stamens, white lilly flowers, crystal drops on a silver stem and a silvercolour buggy charm.  I added some clear s/a gems including some tiny 3mm clear gems stuck on the stars - the camera has not caught the sparkle I'm afraid.  I also added Stardust Stickles to the crescent moon. 

The welcome baby sntiment is computer generated and I glued it to a Maya Road crystal trinket pin

I hope you will be able to join us for the challenge and we're looking forward to seeing what you create - you will find some fabulous inspiration over on the Papertake Weekly blog!

flowers, trinket pin, crystal drops, ribbons, trims and embellishments all from The Ribbon Girl

Mary x

13 July 2014

Thank You .......

There's a new 'Lovely Lili' challenge over on the Ribbon Girl blog starting this morning - all you have to do is create a thank you project using a LOTV image, artpad or papers  - great prizes too!  I made a thank you card and embossed white paper for the background.  I added an image from those extremely useful LOTV artpads - I chose this cute image from Art Pad No 2 then I added 38mm green striped satin, 55mm Monique white guipure lace, pale lime 25mm satin ribbon, a cream daisy, white lily flower and some Stardust Stickles on the little flowers.  The round sentiment is also from LOTV

Ribbon, lace, flowers and Stickles all from The Ribbon Girl

I do hope you will have time to join us - we'd love to see what you make - and there's loads of inspiration from the mega talented Ribbon Girl Design Team!

Mary x

8 July 2014

Stars and stripes ..........

There is a new challenge over at Papertake Weekly today and the theme is 'Stars and Stripes' - I used striped paper and a diamante star buckle slide which has a little pink 10mm rose sitting on top of it.  The card was for my new baby great-niece Lyra and I added Lyra lace (named after the baby), pink pleated satin ribbon, pink pearls, WOC pale pink carnation, pink gardenia plus white starburst stamen and ivory hip rose buds.  The papers and image (artpad image) are from Lili of the Valley

I hope you will be able to join us in this challenge - there is a lovely prize and excellent inspirational projects from the ladies on the design team over at PTW

Ribbon, lace, flowers and embellishments are all from The Ribbon Girl

Mary x

6 July 2014

Summer .......

The theme at todays Ribbon Girl Card Challenge is 'Summer' and I made this summer birthday card for a lady who will be 60.

I used LOTV papers and another of their fabulous art pad images from Art Pad 27 - Beautiful Blooms - just love them - I added some pink sequin lace, 'Lyra' white guipure lace, hot pink satin ribbon and a white guipure lace butterfly.  All edges were distressed with walnut ink.

My flower arrangement contains 20mm WOC pink open roses, baby pink sweetheat blossoms, pink gardenias, ivory hip rosebuds, white starburst stamen.  I added Stardust Stickles to make the flowers on the image twinkle and the sentiment was computer generated.

I hope you will be able to pop over to the blog - the design team have made some fabulous creations and they're looking forward to seeing what you make -  Elaine Livesey has been a guest DT a number of times and has joined the design team on a permanent basis - welcome Elaine!

Ribbon, lace, flowers, Stickles, Butterfly are all from 

Mary xx

1 July 2014

Christmas in July ........ why not ....

When I found out the challenge for this weeks Papertake Weekly was anything goes with the option of doing Christmas in July I thought why not, I followed a red and green traditional theme and dug out some Graphics 45 Christmas papers from last year and went for it!    I added some of our new Christmas seam binding, white broderie anglaise lace slotted with 7mm scarlet berry satin ribbon.  My flowers include 15mm red paper roses, ivory hip rosebuds, tiny red berries, a couple o frosted winter cones, some Kort & Godt ivory beaded berries and an ivory gardenia (I didn't have any Christmas Roses but these look the part don't they) and some red pearls from the 5mm self adhesive Christmas Mixture 

Flowers, beaded berries, winter cones, bias binding, ribbon, lace and Stardust Stickles all from


I am writing this post on Monday evening after Andrea and I took Haggis down to the seaside for a walk.  Firstly we walked around this old windmill in Whitburn near Sunderland

then we had a short walk in Whitburn country park, down to the sea, beautiful views over the fields

looks nice doesn't it, and there was no breeze and it was really warm, even at 8pm in the evening!

We had a quick stroll around Souter lighthouse (outside only) near Marsden at South Shields - we've been in it in the past, very interesting, if you ever get the chance you should go and have a look you won't be disappointed.

see you soon
Mary xx

29 June 2014

My precious daughter .....

This is my DT card for the Ribbon Girl June Magnolia Only Challenge 'add a diecut' - I hope you will pop over and check out the fabulous projects by the design team and our guests Monique Lokhorst and Tracy Payne.  We look forward to seeing your entry and remember, there is a fabulous prize of a £10 voucher to spend at The Ribbon Girl and a stamp all the way from the home of Tilda and Edwin!! 

I made this card for my daughter Andrea - it's not her birthday, it was just to say 'thank you' for being such a lovely daughter, I couldn't ask for a better one!  I stamped Tilda onto watercolour paper and coloured her with distress markers  - it's ages since I did any watercolouring and I really enjoyed it.   The papers, tag and sentiment are from the Pion 'My precious daughter' collection which I got from Dies to Die For and they are really, really pretty - love them.

I added  'Faye' ivory vintage style lace, cream satin ribbon, 30mm pink/pink wild roses, 10mm and 20mm pale pink roses, 6mm ivory flat back pearl string, 3mm ivory pearl s/a flatbacks and Stardust Stickles all from

see you soon,
Mary x

24 June 2014

Happy birthday .....

It's a free for all or sketch 91 at PTW this week - I chose to be inspired by sketch number 91.  My interpretation seems to be full of roses but it is a birthday card for a special birthday!

I used a LOTV artpad image with Maja papers then added WOC pink 20mm and 10mm open roses, tiny pink rosebuds, rose petal seam binding, pink pearls, a small square bronze frame painted with a white dabber and some gorgeous pink sequin scallop lace - last job was to add lots of Stardust Stickles on the image and the inked edges.

Ribbon, lace, frame, stickles all from The Ribbon Girl

I hope you will find time to pop over to PTW and be inspired by the fabulous cards the design team have made -oh and there is a great prize to be won too!

Mary x

17 June 2014

Have a fabulous day ....

This week at Papertake Weekly we'd like to see your projects with lace and pearls on them!  I used a lovely vase of flowers from the LOTV Summer artpad and teamed it with Maja papers.  

I added Olivia white vintage style lace, 6mm ivory flat back pearl trim, white ruffle edge sheer ribbon, a white guipure lace butterfly and WOC blue open rose, pink gardenias, pink and antique blue cherry blossom flowers, then blue/white beaded stamens, 5mm ivory flat back s/a pearls in each corner.  All flowers, lace, ribbon and embellishments are from The Ribbon Girl

All edges were distressed with walnut ink.

I hope you will find time to pop over to PTW - the DT have made some fabulous cards and I hope you will be inspired to join in this week.

see you soon Mary xx

15 June 2014

Vintage style birthday card ....

Andrea and I had a lovely morning down on Teeside at the crop, it was lovely to see Jean, Gail, Julie, Olivia and all the crafty girls again and have a bit of a chat and a bit of crafting - not to mention the naughty sausage roll and the even naughtier belgian bun we got at Greggs on the way!!   bang went the diet!!

I love to see what everyone does, all the girls were doing a different project, some sewing, some card making, or colouring or making scrapbooks or wall hangings!  I spent the morning trying to make different kinds of rolled paper flowers, I watched Fleur Pearson making them when I went down to the LOTV 10th birthday party and she made it look so easy - practice makes perfect!! so I'll keep trying

I got some Maja papers from Andrea at Christmas time and have just started using them -  they are excellent quality and lovely patterns.  I've had this Pion image for ages, sitting in my 'keeping for best' tin - thought I'd better start using some of them up before they become antiques!  

The Ribbon Girl colour challenge for June is 'ivory/cream' and this is my DT card.   I must admit, I did a Dawny P and glued the front onto my card sideways  -  it had to be cut off and fixed to a new card base before the photograph was taken !!

I added ivory pearl rose ribbon, an ivory embroidered tulle butterfly, cream daisy, WOC ivory roses and white lily flowers, Melissa Francis pearl trinket pin, ivory teardrop pin, 4mm ivory pearl bead string, bridal white satin, 'Waterlily' ivory polyester lace, 9mm ivory pearl trim, 9mm eggshell ivory velvet ribbon all from The Ribbon Girl

close up of one of the new embroidered ivory tulle butterflies - very pretty!

I made a couple of loops with short pieces of ivory bead trim, taped the ends then glued them behind the flowers.

I hope you can join us for this colour challenge, fab prizes as usual from our friends at Lili of the Valley and The Ribbon Girl and the most wonderful projects by our super talented design team and guest designers

see you soon, Mary xx

10 June 2014

Thank You ...


I actually enjoyed making this 'boy' card - didn't even think about adding flowers (well, just maybe I did  little bit)  This is by DT card for this weeks Papertake Weekly Challenge - I hope you will be able to join in with the challenge - there are some great cards by the Design Team and as usual, a fabulous prize to win so please hop on over!

On my card I used LOTV 'Gentlemen' papers, a ready coloured image from a LOTV artpad, then added ivory inches tape measure ribbon, 25mm faux natural colour hessian ribbon, 5mm brown/white gingham, a couple of wooden star buttons tied with ivory button twine.  All edges were inked with walnut stain
All embellishments and ribbons are from

see you soon, Mary x

8 June 2014

Sapphire anniversary card ....

My little sister Jackie celebrated her 45th wedding anniversary yesterday (which is Sapphire) and this is the card I made for her and her husband Ian - I used LOTV 'Beach Bliss' paper then added WOC ivory 30mm wild rose, blue beaded berries, a Maya Road crystal trinket pin, white pretty blossom, 10mm WOC open roses, 3mm aqua sparkle bead string, 3mm aqua gems, white satin ribbon, white pearl lace trim, white Phoebe guipure lace all from The Ribbon Girl

I wish I had noticed that the number 5 was ever so slightly wonky before I finished the card and the glue had dried :-(

The June Lovely Lili Challenge begins at 9am Sunday 8th June on the Ribbon Girl blog - we want to see girlie cards and the prizes are a stamp of your choice given by the lovely ladies at LOTV and a £10 voucher towards goods from The Ribbon Girl

see you soon, Mary x

3 June 2014

Summer Roses ....

This week's theme at Papertake Weekly is 'Summer' and I hope you will be able to join in 'cos we'd love to see your projects which remind you of Summer.

I used a LOTV artpad image from the Beautiful Blooms book then added Melissa Frances pink pouf ribbon, 15mm pink satin in hot pink, pale pink faux silk, 6mm flat back pearl string, WOC wild rose, pink cosmos daisies, 10mm fuschia pink open roses and tiny rosebuds.  I twirled the stalks I'd cut off and added them to the flower arrangement.  I stamped the name and numbers and inked the edges. The butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch and I added 3mm pink self adhesive crystals.  I finished off with some Stardust Stickles.  All ribbons and embellishments are from The Ribbon Girl online store 
I'm also entering this card into the LLC Challenge 'Summer Garden'

see you soon
Mary xx

20 May 2014

Afternoon tea invitation ....

The challenge at Papertake Weekly today is 'cute' and I thought my little teapot afternoon tea invitation would fit the bill.   The actual invitation is on the reverse side and the teapot shape was cut using the silhouette.  There are some wonderful cards following this week's theme and I hope you will pop over to be inspired!

I made more invites and used a selection of ready coloured art-pad images from Lili of the Valley and added 10mm and 20mm WOC open roses, daisy flowers, hip and tiny rosebuds, sweetheart blossoms.  I embellished with white opal liquid pearls and added 7mm and 15mm satin and 5mm gingham ribbon and a little silver colour teapot charm, sparkly flower shaped buttons and pink hemp twine all from The Ribbon Girl

see you soon, Mary x