17 October 2017

A small 'brag' Book ...............

A mini 'brag book' made from one piece of 12x12 card embellished with paper from various Pion collections.  I added pink 25mm and 10mm roses, white small blossoms, green leaves and ivory beaded berries.  The ribbon used for fastening the little book and lifting the various 'pages' is Posy Vintage Style Seam Binding

The book opens to reveal 3 photo spaces

Inside the book, there are two smaller pages which open to reveal another space for a photo

Even more spaces are now available!

This is the reverse side of the book when it is fully opened, with more spaces for photos!

I really enjoyed making this album after I watched a tutorial on You Tube by the very talented 'Laura's Craft Zone'

thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary xx

12 October 2017

Winter butterflies ....

'Winter Butterflies'

I haven't been playing with paper or fabric today  -  for a change I've been playing with acrylic paint, mod podge, bits of lace, old beads, wooden snowflake buttons, glitter and chipboard butterflies

Thanks for looking
Mary xx

9 October 2017

Ballet dancer .......

Cloth doll with ivory satin tutu trimmed with 6mm ivory flatback pearls.  Her little satin shoes are tied with 3mm ivory satin ribbon and her hair and the top of her bodice is adorned with 20mm ivory paper roses.

I used a pattern from Tilda's Fairytale Wonderland book
Ribbon, pearls and roses are from The Ribbon Girl

thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary xx

7 October 2017

100th birthday card .......

A friend asked me to make a card for a special lady who is 100 years old today!  I made a matching box for the card too, and used Lemoncraft 'Daydream' 6x6 papers, 15mm and 25mm  pale pink satin, double row diamante/pearl flatback, 'Victoria' vintage style antique white lace, 6mm white pearl flatback pearls, pink large rosebuds, 20mm pale pink open roses, pink/pink berries, white/white beaded stamens, miniature white blossoms

thanks for looking, see you soon, 
Mary xx

5 October 2017

There's a little fox in the pumpkin patch!!

I made this little cloth fox from a pattern in one of the Tilda books and added sable satin ribbon and a heart shaped sparkly button from Ribbon Girl.  I've sat her in the middle of Andrea's hand made pumpkin patch (embellished with ivory hemp twine, cinammon sticks and various ribbons, tiny ric rac and charms from the store - there are little battery operated lights which give that corner of the kitchen a very autumnal look in the evenings :-)

thanks for looking
see you soon, Mary xx

1 October 2017

Magnolia ballet dancer card ....

The October Card challenge starts today over at The Ribbon Girl blog - 3 great prizes to be won and some FABULOUS inspiration by the design team and guests!!

   I coloured this older Magnolia stamp with Copics.  For my card I used:

I'm entering this card into Midweek Magnolias Challenge - Birthday
thanks for looking, see you soon
Mary x

30 September 2017

A Christmas tree bauble ....

I poked a knitting needle through a polystyrene sphere and painted with 2 coats of white acrylic paint, when dry I stuck on die cut snowflakes, then painted the whole thing with glue then sprinkled with glitter.  I added 5mm clear s/a gems to centre of snowflakes and random sequins.  I'd like to say no harm was done to the knitting needles and my best acrylic brushes, but the No. 8 needles are covered in dried on acrylic paint and the brushes have set like rubber :-(

When the bauble was quite dry I threaded a doll needle with hemp twine and looped through white satin ribbon, and used that to pull through the hole made by the knitting needle.  I tied a knot in the bottom, the surplus ribbon was cut off and the knot poked up the hole.  I added a decorative pin to the bottom and hot glued everything in place.

I die cut foliage in greens and browns, and glued them around the ribbon loop, adding pine cones, peach cherry blossoms and orange frosted berries.

Here are more photos showing my little sister Jackie and I making our baubles - she chose a pink and lilac theme for her bauble

thanks for looking and see you soon, next time with a card!
Mary xx

28 September 2017

Mini Box Album ...

A mini box-album based on the video tutorial by the very talented Laura Pressley Wright  - thank you Laura!

  I used papers from the 6x6 mini pack 'Merry Little Christmas' paper plus flowers, ribbons, lace, embellishments, snowflake etc from The Ribbon Girl

thanks for looking, Mary x
see you soon!

21 September 2017

Say hello to Seymour the Seagull .............

Andrea liked my original Seagull so much (see below) she asked me to make one so it can sit on her shelf at work and remind her of her holidays!  Seymour is based on the Tilda goose pattern, I ommitted the web feet and added (bought) shoes, aren't they cute?  I adjusted his goose beak to be more seagull-like, and it was coloured with a Copic pen colour YR24

His hat is made from a child sock (I cut across just up from the heel and tied the top with some white embroidery thread.    His dungarees are made from a linen look fabric (John Lewis) and I used the reverse side of a couple of small polka dot buttons to sew onto his bib front.  His neckerchief is a piece of red 38mm faux silk ribbon

A close up of his legs - striped fabric from a Fat Quarter Bundle from John Lewis, the little boots were from someone on Ebay, I love them!!

This is the original Seagull I made with webbed feet

Thanks for looking, see you soon,
Mary xx

16 September 2017

Clementine the rabbit ....

Clementine the rabbit measured approx 50cms tall and is made from a pale cream coloured calico .  Her dress is made from one fat quarter of patterned cotton, trimmed with 17mm ivory cream 'Astrid' cotton vintage style lace, with a fully lined bodice and a Peach seam binding sash around her waist. 

Her eyes, nose and mouth are embroidered with 3 strands of DMC embroidery floss.  I made a flower from peach and wavecrest green seam binding and stitched it just under her ear

Her Mary Jane type shoes are made from plain off white fleece fabric, blanket stitched with top stitch thread and fastened with more peach seam binding tied in a bow and finished with a small pearl button 
The rabbit is based on the design of the popular Maileg rabbits which are widely available. 
Now I have to get on with sewing the seagull I promised I'd make my daughter - I keep getting distracted onto other projects :-) 

Thanks for looking, Mary x

Autumn pin-cushion ....

An Autumn  pin-cushion resembling a pumpkin which I'm entering into a challenge at 'Cosy Cabin Makers' facebook page.  I added a 15mm clear sparkly button and some olive green faux silk ribbon to my pincushion.

thanks for looking, Mary xx

14 September 2017

Tilly dressed for a special occasion - a Tilda cloth doll with a gorgeous hat!

Tilly is a fairly tall doll which I made from a Tilda pattern and I'm sure she wouldn't look out of place at even the poshest wedding!    Her dress is trimmed with 25mm white frilled lace, her pantaloons with 12mm white frilled lace and her coat with 16mm antique white fine cotton 'Allison' lace. Her necklace is 3mm lilac satin threaded through a flower shaped two-hole sparkly button.  I painted the shoes with fabric paint and adhered a 5mm pearl to look like little buttons.  Her eyes are tiny dots of fabric paint and her make-up included some of my blusher :-)

The hair is made from black wool, which I pinned on then stitched.  Her hat is made with a bottle top and a disc of card (thanks for the idea Wilma Heida), covered in fabric and embellished with 20mm lilac paper roses, pink open rose, lilac two tone hip rosebud and some 15mm lilac satin edge sheer ribbon.  I added feathers for even more height.

A close up of her coat - the coat was actually made from a dress pattern for another dolly, but it was too small so I split it up the front, overlocked the edges and added the lace trim to make a coat for Tilly - luckily it matches her pantallons

thank you for looking, and see you soon
Mary xx

9 September 2017

Christmas Tree Decorations .....

Tree decorations in using a mini pack of  'Time to Sparkle' 6x6 papers.  I used a pyramid tea bag wrapper as the template and cut each decoration from a single sheet of 6inch paper. 

  I used various s/a gems/pearls, gold rats tail satin, gold twine, 4mm flatback ivory pearl trim, white tiny pom pom trim, florence ivory cotton lace, gold sparkle tinsel, 15mm gold lame ribbon, a sparkly glass star, gold striped organza, gold sparkly mesh ribbon, 3mm gold lame ribbon - the paper and all the embellishments are from The Ribbon Girl

This is how I made them:

I drew around the pyramid tea bag wrapper directly onto the back of my 'Time to Sparkle 6inch paper and scored the lines with a biro pen on a mouse mat.  I used a craft knife to cut a slit for the closing tag.

I used a bone tool to fold the scored marks
I folded all the lines and tags to make a pyramid
I partially unfolded the pyramid, tied a knot in some rats tail satin and inserted it up the cone and out of top, then refolded the pyramid
The pyramid is now ready to decorate

Thanks for Looking, see you soon
Mary x