Monday, May 30, 2011

The Ribbon Reel Challenge #3

Hey all and welcome to the latest fortnightly challenge over at The Ribbon Reel. Challenge #3 is hosted by Clare who has chosen this sketch for us to follow. And this is what I created:

I really enjoyed this challenge and gave me a great opportunity to add to my thank you cards. I love the beautiful white gardenia blossom flowers that we have recently got in the shop. Don't they look gorgeous?

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Kraft, Fancy Pants
Ribbon - Silky Crush Ivory from the ribbon reel
Flower - White Gardenia from the ribbon reel
Stamps - Waltzingmouse Very Vintage Labels no. 4
Other - Nesties, PTI Fresh Snow Ink


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bonny new baby

A friend of mine recently had a little baby boy so thought I would create a card to post to her. I based the card around two challenges.

The first was The Shabby Tea Room Challenge #63 Sweet Baby using the inspiration photo and the second was the Case Study Challenge #41 using the image below inspired by Sarah Martina Parker.

And this is what I came up with:

I loved putting all the elements together on this card and kept the colours simple to suit a baby theme card.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Kraft,
Stamps - Waltzingmouse Very Vintage Labels No. 4 / Say it Loud and PTI Around and About
Ribbon - Iced Lime Seam Binding, White Crochet Lace and Ivory Burlap from the ribbon reel
Ink - PTI Fresh Snow and Memento Pear Tart
Other - Button from stash


Thursday, May 26, 2011

I made it.....

As you may know, Daring Cardmakers recently put their first design team call out and I knew I couldn't let this opportunity pass and decided to take part. There was obviously a huge response to their request and although there were originally only 2 places available, the team decided to increse the places to 4.

Well, I'm so excited to finally announce that I am one of the lucky girls who was chosen and invited to join the design team. I have followed this inspirational challenge blog for several years and taken part in many of the weekly dares set. I am so thrilled to be designing with some super talented ladies. My other new teamies are Fran, Leo and Sharon.

I hope you'll pop over and join in this weeks dare which is hosted by Zuzana's who has asked us to become fashion designers and make some WOW factor dress, shoes, handbag, lingerie...

Here is my card:

Why not pop over and check out the stunning cards from the rest of the design team here.

Supplies used:
Cardstock -
Websters Pages, Echo Park
Sentiment - PTI Lil Buddies Stamp
Ink - Antique Linen Distress Ink, Memento Pastel Pink
Ribbon - Silky Crush Ivory / Pink, Guipure Lace and Velvet Pink from
Flower and pearl from stash


Saturday, May 21, 2011

WMS 2nd Birthday Tea Party

The Waltzingmouse Blog are celebrating their 2nd birthday and have a super challenge this week. Make either the tea cup/tea bag baggie or slice of cake/cupcake and decorate/stamp them for a party!

I downloaded the free tea bag baggie template from Waltzingmouse Stamps and this is what I made...

This is my first attempt at staining my seam binding, I used baby pink seam binding and Glimmer Mist Crushed Shells. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't quite pick up the colours very well but I loved how it turned out.

I adore these cherry blossom, they are one of my favourite flowers. I contemplated spraying them with glimmer mist too, but decided to keep them plain.

I haven't put these new PTI stamps down yet, I loves them! The WMS Vintage Labels 4 stamps frame the sentiment perfectly.

Supplies used:
Template -
WMS Tea Bag Baggie Template
Cardstock - Fancy Pants, White Card
Stamps -
WMS Vintage Labels 4, PTI Love Lives Here
Other - Cherry blossoms and pink seam binding from the ribbon reel, vintage photo and antique linen distress inks


Thursday, May 19, 2011


I wanted to take part in two challenges this week, the first is the Daring Cardmakers challenge to create a card using bugs, butterflies or bees etc. The second is The Shabby Tea Room's Monochromatic challenge.

I have at long last received my PTI Love Lives Here stamp set and butterfly dies and knew I had to use them on my card. I wasn't sure about what colour to use for The Shabby Tea Room's challenge but opted for one of my favs, teal. It was actually quite hard to keep to one colour and not to add a neutral colour. After finishing the card and re-reading the challenge, I realised I could have used a neutral - oh well!

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Bazzill, Crate Paper Snow Day
Ribbon - Pearl Aqua seam binding from the ribbon reel
Flowers - paper flowers from stash, crochet flower from etsy
Stamps - PTI Love Lives Here


Monday, May 16, 2011

The Ribbon Reel Challenge #2

Welcome to our next challenge over at The Ribbon Reel Challenge blog!

This week's host is Debbie and what a fantastic challenge it is. Debbie has asked that we use the colours from the inspiration photo below plus flowers and ribbon/bakers twine.

Here is my card:

Supplies used:

Cardstock - Girl Paperie Kitsch, Basic Grey Kraft, MME Lush
Ribbon -
Silky Crush Pink, Ivory Crochet Lace from The Ribbon Reel
Flowers -
Hybrid Tea Roses from The Ribbon Reel
Other - L'il Buddies Waltzingmouse Stamps, Tiny Treats Birthday PTI Stamps, Antique Linen Distress Ink,


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Ruffled Up!

This weeks challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room for week #61 is 'All Ruffled Up!'. To create a card or project based on the inspiration photo and use RUFFLES.

Here is my card:

Supplies used:

Cardstock - Webster's Pages, Basic Grey and AWIP
Ribbons - Baby Pink seam binding, guipure lace from the ribbon reel
Other - Image from Webster's Pages, pink roses from the ribbon reel, Antique Linen Distress Ink


Friday, May 13, 2011

Flowers For May

The dare over at Daring Cardmakers this week is 'Flowers for May' and to use either Lily of the Valley or Hawthorn flower.

I struggled to find something with either flowers on but eventually found this image at The Graphics Fairy.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Kraft card, Webster Pages
Ribbon - Cameo Beige Seam Binding from the ribbon reel, twine
Other - Fancy Pants button, MS Edge Punch, pearl, handcut butterfly


Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Happy Birthday

My dad is another year older in the next week and for once, I am organised and have made him a card! The colours set in The Shabby Tea Room challenge #60 'Sweet Dreams' this week fit perfectly for a masculine card. Using the inspiration photo and use the colours blue, white (or cream) and a neutral (kraft, brown, black, tan).

This is my card:

Also entered into:
The Ribbon Reel Challenge #1 - Colour Combo
Top Tip Tuesday - Open Challenge
Paper Cutz Challenge - Anything Goes

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Bazzill Kraft, Prima Botanical, cream cardstock
Ribbon - Tile Blue seam binding and Aqua Bakers Twine from the ribbon reel
Other - MM Little Alphas, Fancy Pants chipboard and button, Nesties and Fiskars border punch, paper flower


Monday, May 02, 2011

By Royal Appointment

In honour of the right Royal Wedding the Daring Cardmakers challenge this week is to make a card with a royal or patriotic theme to it!

You could choose anything from fairytale princesses to vintage-ware à la all the (sometimes kitschy) memorabilia that has been on offer in various retail outlets throughout the land.

Here's my card....

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Bazzill Kraft, old book page and Union Jack postcard from here
Other - Webster's Pages bloomers, paper flowers, MME jewel brad, crochet lace from the ribbon reel

Best Friends....

I am so excited as this week is The Ribbon Reel's first fortnightly challenge!!

Challenge #1 has a colour theme, using either one or all of the colours below.

and this is the card I created....

I seem to be using this gorgeous bright yellow (forsythia) seam binding a lot in my cards lately, its so vibrant and reminds me so much of spring.

Make sure to stop over at the design team girls' individual blog to be inspired by their creativity.


Supplies used:-
Cardstock - Girl Paperie Kitsch, Prima Botanical
Ribbons - Forsythia seam binding, green stripe twill, aqua blue baker twine
Other - Melissa France frame, Fancy Pants chipboard heart and button, Postcards from Prima Botanical paper, Prima flowers, antique cream acrylic paint, rub on from stash, Walnut distress ink

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Butterfly Wishes

Just another little something for The Shabby Tea Room challenge #59, Butterfly Wishes.

I think this will be a work in progress and I'll add bits to it over time.

I used some small kraft boxes I've had in my cupboard for a while and painted them with antique cream acrylic paint and tied together with silky crush ribbon from the ribbon reel.

These adorable butterflies have been coloured with promarkers and have a paper flower added to the centre.

Just realised that the colours aren't quite in the same order but too late now!