28 March 2016

Pink birthday card ....

A pretty pink birthday card using papers from the Pion Design  Paris Flea Market collection PD5704F Pink Fabric 12x12 paper and an image from PD5711F  'Images' 12x12 sheet.

Lace Applique Ivory Fan

I added an ivory fan lace applique in the top left hand corner, pale pink 15mm satin ribbon and 50mm 'Alma' ivory vintage style fine cotton lace.

The flower arrangements include 30mm pale pink wild roses, pink/pink beaded berries and 10mm pale pink open roses plus a few mulberry paper rose leaves.  I die cut the butterfly and the sentiment is from a LOTV stamp.  All edges were distressed then inked with gathered twigs ink before finishing with Stardust Stickles

The paper, flowers, lace, appliques, ribbon and Stardust Stickles are all from

see you soon, Mary x

25 March 2016

Man's best friend ....

I decorated this wooden heart hanger for a friend who loves dogs, especially this little cutie, Freya.  I used one sheet of  Maja 'Life in the Country' from 6x6 paper pad which I cut to shape then distressed and inked.

The flower arrangement includes a white daisy, pale pink 30mm wild rose, 20mm pale pink and fuschia pink open rose, pink cherry blossom, pink/pink beaded berries and some white gyp (will be in store soon)

I used 38mm pale pink faux silk for the bow and 12mm for the hanging loop.  The butterflies were punched and the 5mm pearls are from 'the greens' collection

Maja Paper, Flowers, ribbons, pearls, and wooden hearts are all from

21 March 2016

The gorgeous Haggis on a wooden heart ....

Haggis is our gorgeous 7year old West Highland White Terrier ( Westie) who we love with all our hearts.  He's very naughty  - but also very cute and lovable - a typical Westie, full of 'westitude'

Large Wooden Heart 15cm

I painted the edges of the wooden heart with white acrylic paint then covered it with paper from Studio Light paper from Paper Pad No 31. 

I added aqua 100% pure silk ribbon, plus aqua Ballerina Blossom, Pink Trellis Rose, 40mm white daisy, Kort and Godt aqua rolled rose, pink/pink beaded berries, a large two tone pink rosebud and a pink/white hip bud with mulberry paper rose leaves all from

see you soon, Mary x

20 March 2016

Decorated tissue box cover ....

 Sorry for the poor photos - I have great difficulty photographing boxes :-(
I decorated a tissue box cover which I have had for at least a year, but at last I have done smething with it!  This is my DT piece for the Ribbon Girl 'Use any image' challenge.    I used the four small flower images from a sheet of Pion Design Caroli Linnaei Paper matted on to diecut cream cardstock.  The box itself was covered with a sheet of cream and white spot paper and all edges were distressed with gathered twigs.

Around the bottom I adhered some 10mm ivory flat back flower trim, then some 7mm pale pink satin ribbon.  Next to each flower image I added a pale pink cosmos daisy, a pink lily flower and a 20mm pale pink rose.  

At the top of the box I adhered some 55mm 'Emma' ivory guipure lace topped with 10mm double row flat back pearl trim

I covered the top of the box with the pink section of the Caroli Linnaei paper then stuck on 4 ivory lace corners.  Around the aperture in the centre I glued more of the 10mm ivory flat back flower trim.  

I finished off the top with 7mm pale pink satin tied into small bows and topped with a 20mm pale pink open rose,  The pearl trims and lace were adhered with 6mm double sided sticky tape

I hope you will all have time to pop over to the blog to see the fabulous makes the Design Team and our special guest Kim Piggott have come up with - you can enter any type of project just so long as there is at least one image on it 

see you soon, Mary x

18 March 2016

A night at the ballet ....

I had a lovely time at the ballet yesterday evening watching 'Romeo and Juliet', the costumes were amazing and the dancing and music was brilliant!  I made this 'ballet inspired' card to thank my lovely friend who asked me to go with her, we had a really nice time :-)    I used Pion papers  'Pink Fabric' from the Paris Flea Market collection - so pretty, didn't want to cut into it!!   I used three of the 4 quarters of the 12x12, one for each layer then cut out the tiny buterflies and also the little vintage postage just peeping through beneath my die cut butterfly.  The pale pink lace placed beneath the image is 'Prudence' it's so pretty!

Here is a close up of my Magnolia image, I stamped onto watercolour paper then used distress markers to colour her  As you will probably notice I put the little white spots on her cheeks after I had taken my main photo!

I used pale pink Twinkle ribbon topped with a 30mm pale pink wild rose

My flower arrangement includes a pale pink Ballerina Blossom, pink/pink two tone beaded berries, another pale pink rose and a pink cherry blossom flower - I also popped in a piece of Prudence lace 

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

see you soon   Mary x

17 March 2016

Star shaped birthday card ...

Vintage Baby 6x6 Paper Stack 754

A star shaped birthday card for my brother in law who will be 70 soon, using papers from the Maja Vintage Baby paper pack - just shows how versatile these papers are!  I added some natural hemp twine and a star shaped wooden button all from
The numbers were die cut with dies from papertrey ink

See you soon
Mary x

15 March 2016

Princess sleeping ...

A decorated door hanger for a baby girl.  I used a plain wooden hanger and covered it with paper from a 6x6 Tiny Miracles pad - the join is at the top of the flower arrangement so can't be seen.  I inked the edges then added pale rose pink tiny ric rac and 'Milly' pale pink guipure lace peeping out from under a 20mm pale pink open rose

The ribbon is 38mm pale pink sugar sprinkles sheer ribbon - perfect for a baby girl!

The top flower arrangement includes a two tone pink daisy, a large two tone pink rosebud, 20mm pale pink open rose and a pink starburst stamen.  The leaves were cut from some green paper using my Martha Stewart punch.

see you soon, Mary xx

14 March 2016

Butterfly birthday card ..

A birthday card using Lemoncraft paper from a 6x6 Forget me Not pad, with an image and butterfly from the P0034 12x12 sheet.  All edges distressed with gathered twigs ink

A close up of the gorgeous butterfly and shaped image both nestling on 'Blanche' embroidered tulle lace, white shabby ruffled ribbon topped with 6mm flat back white pearls

For my flower arrangement I used large ivory rosebud, blue ballerina blossom, white hip rosebud, blue beaded berries, white beaded stamens, rose leaves and a blue flower from a bunch of forget me nots.    The sentiment was computer generated, I printed it on A4 paper, then placed the cut out image on top, secured with very low tack tape, printed it again so the words came out more or less in the right place - I'll keep practising!

Crafters don't forget that the March Card Challenge over on the blog will be open until Saturday 19th March at 9pm so you've got loads of time to make a card!

see you soon, Mary x

12 March 2016

Low calorie easter egg .....

actually, there are no calories in this paper 'easter egg' lol

I was inspired by the very talented crafter Klaudia Szpunzar and loved her easter egg cards so much I wanted to make one myself :-)

I used some X-cut easter egg dies, paper from a Maja 'Enjoying Outdoors' 6x6 pad, white daisy, lilac ballerina blossom, white beaded stamens, heather sprig in vintage violet, Margaret guipure lace, 7mm and 15mm satin ribbon no.7, white lily flower, 3mm white s/a flatback pearls, natural hemp twine all from www.ribbongirl.co.uk

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink
Crafters, there is still a whole week left for you to join in with The Ribbon Girl March Card Challenge, great prizes to win over on the blog http://www.ribbongirls.blogspot.co.uk/

see you soon, Mary x

10 March 2016

Wedding card ... and a midweek reminder

Midweek reminder about the Ribbon Girl March Card Challenge over on our blog - great prizes!

Close up of the Lemoncraft image 

A wedding card using Lemoncraft papers from the 'House of Roses' collection plus a lovely rose image from the Vintage Times image collection.  I distressed all the edges then inked with gathered twigs ink.

I added ivory faux silk ribbon, ivory oval bead string, ivory french veil tucked under the ribbon, ivory 30mm wild rose, large rosebuds and white lily flowers.

Lemoncraft papers, images, ribbon, veil, pearl string, flatback pearls and all flowers are from
see you soon, Mary x

9 March 2016

Spring colours ......

A birthday card for a friend in spring colours with the cute LOTV image 'Dainty Dancing' coloured with inktense pencils on watercolour paper.  It's ages since I coloured anything and really enjoyed doing this.  This is my card for the LOTV Spring Challenge which remains open until 6pm UK time on 13th March

see you soon, Mary x

7 March 2016

Pretty egg box ....

I made a cover for a small box of 4 Cadbury chocolate eggs using Pion Violet Field 12x12 paper and an image of violets from the Pion Caroli Linnaeu 12x12 paper.  The sentiment was computer generated, punched then mounted onto the reverse side of Violet Field paper.  I was lucky enough to be given some new dies for Mothers Day from my lovely daughter Andrea.  I used the Spellbinders Dragonfly on this project - love it, thanks Andrea    I edged the sides of the paper with 17mm Laila vintage style cotton lace and 6mm white flatback pearl trim.  I used 3mm self adhesive tape

I tucked in some white veiling amongst the flowers which included Kort and God purpleviolet rolled rose, lilac ballerina blossom, vintage purple 15mm paper roses, lilac two tone aster, 3mm Liberty 952 ribbon

This is the box of chocolate eggs after the decorative cover has been removed - delicious!

crafters don't forget to join in with the Ribbon Girl March Card Challenge - great prizes to be won!

see you soon, Mary xx

6 March 2016

if I had a flower .....

There is a new challenge over at The Ribbon Girl blog and we'd like to see all of your cards in'this 'anything goes' challenge but we expect there will be quite a few Spring and Easter cards among them.  It's Mothers Day here in the UK today but as my Mam passed away more than 30 years ago, also my Mother in Law I made this card as I often think of them and they both liked roses.  

I used some lovely Maja Vintage Autumn Papers and inked all the edges

Can you see the white tulle tucked around the flowers, it makes it look a little softer,

I made a small bow with 7mm  grape satin ribbon, and popped it on top of a bigger bow made with purple grape sheer ribbon, then added both ivory and lilac 30mm wild roses , lilac 20mm and 10mm open roses and some rose leaves with more white tulle inserted

I hope you can join in with the card challenge - there are 3 fabulous prizes for the three winners and they will all have their cards showcased when the announcement is made

see you soon,
Mary xx

2 March 2016

Birthday card ... and reminder about the Use any Image challenge ...

Crafters - don't forget the Ribbon Girl 'Use any image' challenge is open until Saturday 5th March - you can submit any type of project, as long as there is an image on it!! 


A birthday card made for my brother's 68th birthday using an older design of Pion paper  (from the For Father collection)  I cut out the photo of the old car and used it as my image.  
All edges were distressed with Gathered Twigs ink and I added natural/brown saddlestitch ribbon, ivory teeny tiny pom pom trim, brown 30mm wild rose, white cosmos daisy, 20mm cream open rose, coffee brown sweetheart blossom, a wooden button tied on with brown sugar Bakers Divine twine - all from The Ribbon Girl

see you soon

Mary x