29 December 2010

Happy Birthday to my lovely Daughter

Happy Birthday Andrea!  It doesn't feel like 35 years since you were born - I don't know where the time has gone! I made this special card for you using this Cath Kidston type paper matted onto plain card.  I added some 32mm rose pink pure silk ribbon from here.    The silver Thickers numbers from stash were adhered to a nestie tag then glittered with Stickles Stardust. 

I typed the sentiment, printed onto white card and matted onto plain dark pink card then added more Stickles.

I finished the card with a selection of pink flowers and rose buds from Wild Orchid (the ones Andrea bought me for Christmas) and some green leaves punched with my new Martha Stewart Punch.  The final touch was a couple of tiny pearl bead hearts from WOC.  Happy Birthday Andrea, love from Mam xx (I like this card so much I might enter it into a few challenges)

Ribbon Girl and Lili of the Valley Christmas Giveaway

(This post will stay at the top until 29th December - newer posts can be seen at the end of this item)
Starting in January the Ribbon Girl will be a regular sponsor of the Lili Of The Valley Challenge on the second Thursday of every month and Lili Of The Valley will be a regular sponsor of our Colour Challenge on the third Sunday of every month.
To celebrate, we've organised a Christmas Giveaway - the prize is a £10 gift voucher to spend in the Lili Of The Valley online store and a gorgeous selection of silk and satin ribbons, lace, buttons, pins, dewdrops, double sided tape and Stickles embellishments from the Ribbon Girl
This Giveaway will run until December 29th (which just happens to be Andrea's birthday!) so why not pop over to the Ribbon Girl blog and enter - and please don't forget to mention the Ribbon Girl on your blog.

26 December 2010

Claudia has blog candy

Visit Claudias blog at http://rosaswelt.blogspot.com/2010/12/lovt-blog-candy-for-you.html  for a chance to win a nice prize and also join in the blog hop

Birthday Card for Sue

I made this card for my friend Sue who celebrates her 60th birthday this week.  The Magnolia stamp was a Christmas gift from Andrea which I coloured with Copics.  I used a Nellie die to cut the scalloped shape and the sentiment is a LOTV rubber stamp.

The leaves were made with a Martha Stewart punch and the flowers are from Wild Orchid (all of them were a Christmas gift again from my lovely daughter Andrea - I have been really spoiled!).  The papers are Cosmo Cricket and I used pale pink Making Memories paint on the edge of the background paper before adhering to a piece of plain co-ordinating card.  I used Stardust Stickles on the wings and some 25mm pale pink double sided satin ribbon and pretty pink loopy string, all from Ribbon Girl.  I will enter this card into Friday Sketchers No 134 Challenge - Claudias sketch.

23 December 2010

Lena's Blog Candy

Lena has got some lovely blog candy to give away - a scrumptious selection of flowers from Wild Orchid!

22 December 2010

My last Christmas Projects for 2010

I made these tree decorations with the sizzix rosette die, oodles of stardust stickles and stick on jewels.  I stitched a thread through to hang them on the tree but they are so heavy with jewels (both sides), German glass glitter and stickles I'm amazed the tree branch didn't snap off!

I made this card for Evelyn and because she can't see I used silky crush ribbon which feels gorgeous, stick on pearls and plenty of stardust stickles.  Ribbon and stickles from here.  The paper and image is from a Nitwit digital kit

19 December 2010

19th December - Two Christmas Gift Cards

I used Nitwitivity digital paper and image and added the text in photoshop.  To finish I added old rose 25mm satin ribbon , a fairy charm and some pink and white Bakers Divine Twine, Stardust Stickles all from Ribbon Girl.  Final flourish was the addition of stick on jewels from stash.  On the inside I added a pocket to pop in my christmas gift for Gemma, my great-neice.
I can imagine Jack's Mam and Dad wondering where the 'all is calm' bit comes in as Jack is a 7 year old live wire and never still and never stops talking (mostly about football) and never stops asking questions.  Jack's card follows the same design, except I have used blue satin ribbon, aqua Bakers Divine Twine, Golden Bells, Stardust Stickles (all from Ribbon Girl) and finished off with blue stick on jewels.  Again, I made a pocket on the inside for my Christmas Gift for my great-nephew Jack.

13 December 2010

Pink White and Silver Christmas Card

Just for a change (lol) I chose pink for the main colour of this Christmas Card which features all of my favourite things - a Magnolia image which I coloured with copics; a Lili of the Valley sentiment and Wild Orchid flowers and Ribbon Girl silk ribbon!  I punched the large snowflake with a Dovecraft punch we've had for years, and the small snowflakes were punched with EK Success small punch and then glittered.   The background paper is Nitwits.

I embellished the card with 'silver' stick on jewels and placed pink stick on pearls in the centre of the small snowflakes.  The ribbon is 13mm wide pale pink pure silk ribbon.  As usual, a touch of stardust stickles finished off the card.

I shall enter this card into Just Magnolia Christmas Card Challenge, Wild Orchid Pink, White and Silver Challenge and Pink Elephant Winter Card.

7 December 2010

Turquoise Challenge

This is for the Daring Cardmakers challenge for December 'Turquoise'. in conjunction with flourish with a bling, I coloured the Magnolia image with copics then cut it out with nesties and matted onto turquoise card.  The background paper for the card is from Nitwits and to add more texture, I stickled around the hearts on the background and I used a cuttlebug folder to emboss white paper and a Martha Stewart edge punch to make some paper 'lace'.  A few self adhesive pearls from here were placed in the corner.  The card was finished off with more stickles and a twill stripe ribbon - both from Ribbon Girl

5 December 2010

Magnolia with Sparkle

This card is based on a design which was in the Winter Magnolia magazine and I made this for the Just Magnolia challenge - anything with SPARKLE - I coloured the image with copics and then cut it out.  I used nestie dies to cut out the scalloped circle and used plenty of stick on pink rhinestones to make it sparkle then some pink stick on pearls.! 
I added white guipure lace pink satin ribbon from Ribbon Girl and flowers from Wild Orchid plus plenty of pink and stardust stickles!

Even the flowers had a bit of stardust stickles to make them sparkle!  Stickles, Lace and Ribbon all from Ribbon Girl  here

4 December 2010

A few of my favourite things

This card using 'a few of my favourite things' has that cute little LOTV bear carrying a gorgeous flower and a card.  My favourite things are ribbon, lace, flowers and sparkle AND little bears so this card has it all!

I coloured the image with copics and used plenty of Stardust stickles, especially on the flower
The background paper is called Lilac Eve with butterflies and flowers from the Clipart Fairy and it is a perfect match for the 32mm wide silk ribbon which ties into a beautiful soft bow.  I added a little sparkly butterfly from stash and some self adhesive pearls from here.    The flowers are from Wild Orchid and the silk ribbon, white cotton lace and stickles are from Ribbon Girl    I will enter this card into the LOTV challenge

2 December 2010

A Victorian Christmas Card


As you can see from the photo, we've got masses of snow - I've almost forgotten what the garden looks like! The image was a free download from here matted onto burgundy card.  I used a red and cream patterned backing paper, again mounted onto burgundy card.  Burgundy 25mm satin ribbon which ties into beautiful bows and two strips of 18mm zig zag cream cotton lace, both from Ribbon Girl matched the colours perfectly.

I used some stickles to enhance the berries on the holly of the old photo and added some tiny holly leaves then red roses from Wild Orchid and I am entering this card into the wild orchid challenge

28 November 2010

Sparkly Lilac Fairy Card

Sorry for the poor photo - bad light, masses of snow (see post below)  I followed the sketch by Bev in this weeks LOTV Challenge.  I will also enter it into the Ribbon Girl lilac/pink/white colour challenge.

This card was made using a LOTV diecut image - the wings were trimmed so as to fit the oval nestie then it was matted onto a white scalloped background.  The tutu and the wings were highlighted with Stardust Stickles. The background papers (lilac eve) are digital downloads from Clipart Fairy.    I used a die from My Favourite Things to make the scalloped white strip under the 38mm wide white spotted organza ribbon.  To finish I added self adhesive gemstone swirls (from stash) plus three lilac tinged flowers and some sparkly silver leaves (as usual cut off from artificial foliage!)  I just love sparkle!!

27 November 2010

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

Andrea took this picture of this afternoons blizzard through the front window - looks great doesn't it!

and this is the bird house - you can see how much snow fell during the night!  It's minus 3 at the moment, Saturday evening, and we've been told to expect severe weather overnight .......

Gold Angel Card

The angel and the spotted and striped background papers are from Nitwit Collections - I tried the angel on various backgrounds but chose the one with tiny stars on.  I matted the various components onto toning textured card. The join between the spotted and striped papers was hidden with rich gold satin ribbon from the Ribbon Girl which perfectly matched the papers.  The photos were taken outside against a very snowy (8 inches overnight) back garden!

I added Stardust Stickles to the wings and dress of the angel, computer generated a sentiment, then finished the card with a couple of stick on pearls and gold gemstones fom 3djean   I will enter this card into the Daring Cardmakers challenge 'Spotty Stripy Christmas'

26 November 2010

A Sunny Hedgehog Birthday Card .....

I've been waiting for better light to take photographs, but alas, had to do this with a snowy background this afternoon.  This bright and sunny birthday card has a cute Penny Black stamp which I coloured with Copics and enhanced with Stardust Stickles.  The sentiment was computer generated onto the digital background paper.  I'm entering this into Papertake Weekly cut it out challenge and also I followed the sketch in this weeks Penny Black challenge and used digital background papers 'chalky lemon' from the Clipart Fairy. To mask the join I used yellow twill stripe ribbon from here.   The coloured Penny Black image and the toning yellow card background were cut with nestabilities on the sizzix machine.  I added a wide yellow satin ribbon and a bow plus a couple of golden yellow fancy pins - all ribbons, pins and stickles from here

I printed out an extra sheet of the background paper and punched paper flowers which I shaped by nipping the petals, then fastened two flowers together with a yellow brad after which plenty of stardust stickles were added.

21 November 2010

White and Cream Magnolia Card

I stamped the Magnolia image onto watercolour paper then painted with with distress ink, first time I've tried this technique and was really pleased with the result - was just like watercolour painting.  I cut the oval with a nestie then made a white watercolour scalloped background mount and painted the edge with the same distress ink. 

The background paper is from a Making Memories pack and I added white cotton lace and cut some swirls on the sizzix to which I added Stardust Stickles.  The flowers, which I coloured slightly with watered down distress ink are from Wild Orchid.  I added a couple of coppery/gold pins and a beautiful bowl made from Champagne Silky Crush ribbon, then added stickles to the stamped image.  The final touch was three adhesive pearls - I was so pleased with the end result and will be colouring more stamped images with the Tim Holtz Distress Inks.   Lace, Ribbon, Pins, Stickles all from here.  I'm entering this card into the Magnolia Week 83 challenge White plus One

18 November 2010

Flitter and Flitz .............

I made such a hash of my first effort to create a card full of 'flitter and flitz ??' lol :) that should be glitter and glitz - my finger tips are covered in stickles!! (so is the kitchen table, the floor, my skirt, Haggis our little Westie) that I decided that my family could wait for their tea and I would make another card - so here it is, I've used a very small scalloped edge card which Andrea kindly bought for me and the little bear is a diecut image from LOTV.  This card will be entered in the LOTV Challenge 'Glitter and Glitz' and Simon Says Stamp 'Sparkle'

I've kept this fairly simple, adding a red satin ribbon on an angle with a diamante ribbon slide and three poinsetta flowers (from Wild Orchid I think), liberally glittered with Stardust Stickles!   Stickles, Ribbon, Diamante Ribbon Slide are all from here

From our home to yours .....

THIS POST HAS BEEN EDITED TO SHOW THE CARD WITH A WHITE FLOWER BECAUSE I REALISED AFTER I HAD FINISHED THE CARD AND ENTERED IT INTO THE LOTV CHALLENGE THAT IT LOOKED TOTALLY WRONG!! I used a LOTV die cut image, cut with a nestabilities and mounted onto dark green textured card.  I used a cuttlebug folder to emvboss white paper and laid a strip onto this pretty background paper from stash, then added a strip of cotton lace and some satin ribbon and bow into which I added a green round headed fancy pin.    I used a good amount of Stardust Stickles on the new Christmas sentiment from LOTV which I stamped in green ink then cut on the sizzix using good old nestabilities and made a dark green scalloped mount and I even remembered to add a double layer of sticky pads on one side to compensate for the image which was higher than the embossed background!

I used two christmas rose flowers from an artificial flower sprah, removed the centres and replaced them with stick on jewels and attached them to the card.  I then added even more stickles around all the component parts then some really nice green stick on gems in ther corners!  I will enter this into the LOTV challenge.   Ribbon, stickles, lace and pin all from here, green stick on gems from here next time)

17 November 2010

Birthday Boy

Apologies for the photo quality - bad light stopped play!! Even with the daylight lamp and a big white background, it still looks dull - having said that, none of that affected my aim with the camera and after several attempts I still haven't got the picture straight!   This is a plain and simple birthday card for a little boy - the cute image is from LOTV which is double mounted onto textured plain card just a shade lighter than the background navhy blue card.  A piece of peacock blue pencil stripe ribbon from here is inserted to resemble a tab on the side.

I used a silver 'thickers' number and the round sentiment is one of the new rubber stamps from Lili of the Valley which I stamped in blue Stampin Up ink, cut the circle with a punch and fixed on with sticky pads.
I am entering this card into the http://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com/ 'one for the boys'

16 November 2010

Swirls Christmas Tree

I was so impressed by Lucy's card that I went off and bought the Hero Arts digital stamp kit straight away - I'm really pleased with it.  For this card I printed the green swirl tree on heavy quality white paper, then mounted it on a lavender textured card background.  The beauty of this digital image is that you can colour the tree any shade you like using photoshop!  I think it looks plain, but classy! and I'll be making lots more like this and if I could tie a bow as good as Andrea and Bev, I'd be a very happy little cardmaker!

I added lavender dewdrops and lavender 15mm satin ribbon both from ribbon girl

Bear with gifts

A bright and cheerful Christmas card with a LOTV diecut image, on a red card background, on top of a cuttlebug embossed white paper.

I cut the flowers from red and green textured card in the sizzix using a poinsetta leaf die, curled the edges, added stickles stardust and a holly berry red dew drop.  The card was finished with red/green/gold striped grosgrain ribbon.  Stickles, Dew Drops and Ribbon all from here

11 November 2010

Beautiful ballerina ...........

This card features a LOTV diecut of a cute little ballerina which I got at the NEC last Saturday.  I used plain card in various shades of mauve, lavender and purple which I added to a scalloped edge white card

I added sparkle in the form of Stickles Stardust Glitter Glue, a fuschia/white pencil striped ribbon and a lilac gem butterfly embellishment.  The final touch was lavender dew drops on each corner.  Ribbon, Stickles, Dew Drops all from here.  I will enter this into the LOTV challenge 73 and blog hop.

Sparkly Diecut Christmas Bauble Card

 For something completely different to a traditional red/green Christmas theme, this simple card features a diecut bauble cut from patterned paper to which I added lashings of Stardust Stickles glitter-glue.  The bauble was stuck onto another diecut shape (nestabilities) which I embossed with a cuttlebug mat then glittered with stickles. 

While the background paper of white snowflakes on a pink background was very pretty, I thought it could do with a bit more sparkle and I embellished it with blue stick on rhinestones  in the centre of each of the snowflakes.  To finish the card, I added 9mm wide pink and white spotted organza ribbon and some leaves from satin cut out holly ribbon. Ribbon, Holly Leaves and Stickles all from here   I'm entering this card into the Caardvarks challenge 'holiday die cuts'

(Apologies for the quality of the photographs - this card was photographed in very poor light)

10 November 2010

Christmas Card

A very jolly red, green and white Christmas Card featuring a Lili of the Valley die cut image, plain red card, embossed white card and Berisfords green and white pencil stripe ribbon. I have entered this in the Charisma Cardz Challenge No. 44

I added plenty of Stardust Stickles and a red heart pin with additional beads plus the sentiment 'With Love at Christmas' typed in word and mounted onto a scrap of the red card. Ribbon, Stickles and Pin are from here

Magnolia with Beads and Sparkle

This is my entry for the Just Magnolia challenge blog - a card featuring a Magnolia stamped image with the option of added beads. I coloured the image with copics to match the 25mm Jade satin ribbon and lilac shades to tone with the plain card and the Martha Stewart punched border.
I added lots of Stardust Stickles and also some stick on jade colour gems.  I adapted two vintage style white hat pina by adding other beads, a stick on jade gem and some glitter -  a very effective way of using up beads from stash while producing a couple of very pretty pins!