Sunday, August 24, 2014

Birthday Cards ...

I'm back from my holidays with two cards to share that I made just before I went away ...


I used:
Image from LOTV Art Pad 9 - Party and Cake
Paper from LOTV Paper Pad - Country Meadow 
Embellishments from The Ribbon GirlBroderie Anglaise lace, pink satin ribbon, pink heart pin, crystal trinket pin (coloured with a Copic!), stardust Stickles and a pink flatback gemstone


I used:
Image from LOTV Art Pad 7 - Just for Girls
Paper from LOTV Paper Pad - Bonnets and Bowties and Promises (solids)
Embellishments from The Ribbon Girl - 'Michele' guipure lace, orchid satin ribbon, shiny silver heart charm, silver twine, crystal trinket pins (one of the coloured with a Copic marker)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Last LOTV sneak peeks ...

These are the last few Christmas projects that I made last week when Anne and Dawny came to stay for the weekend. We had such a lovely time and have all said that we should do it again soon :)


For this card I used the Santa from LOTV Artpad #32
Silver glitter mesh, snowflake charm and jingly jingle bell from The Ribbon Girl
Martha Stewart border punch and lots of silver cardstock
I also created my own glitter paper by covering the paper with a glue pad and sprinkling Glamour Dust glitter all over it - in real life it is stunning! Anyone going to the LOTV shop can pick up the Glamour Dust from them as they have it in the shop but it isn't on the website


My second project is a gift box using one of the images from Artpad #33 Christmas Cuties - I just love these snowmen!


I used:
LOTV paper pads - Up,Up & Away and Pastel Dreams
White pompom trim, stickles and pink adhesive flat back gems from The Ribbon Girl
Papertrey holly leaves die and silver glitter card


My final project was made using the scraps of paper from all the other projects that were piled up on the crafting table and the new wooden shapes from the Ribbon Girl


I used:
Papers from LOTV paper pads - Up,Up & Away and Pastel Dreams
Wooden stars, Pale aqua medium pom pom trim, 5mm gingham ribbon, silver twine and shiny heart charms all from The Ribbon Girl


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Another LOTV Sneak Peek ...

Here I am with another sneak peek from LOTV. I love all of their Artpads and these are no exception - totally gorgeous and so easy to use. This release will be in the LOTV store on Thursday



I used:
LOTV Christmas Artpad image
Ribbon Girl tiny pom pom, satin ribbon, stardust stickles, liquid pearls, crystal trinket pin and the gorgeous diamante snowflake embellishment
Martha Stewart border punch and Spellbinders dies


Monday, August 11, 2014

LOTV Sneak Peek ..,

I've just spent a fabulous weekend in the company of three of my favourite people.  We ate, we crafted, we ate some more, we laughed, we ate, we crafted ... are you beginning to see a pattern?? Anyway, we had a brilliant time and even more excitement was getting my hands on some of the new LOTV Christmas Artpads that will be released on Thursday. I had such fun playing with them and they are gorgeous!! 


I used:
Christmas Artpad image (released on 14.8.14)
Papers from the Pastel Dreams paper pad
Concertina satin, pink velvet and pink gingham ribbons, pink bakers twine, stardust stickles and silver jingly jingle bells all from The Ribbon Girl
Doo Hickey swirl die, Papertrey Ink holly die
Computer generated sentiment and lots of lovely silver glittery card


Saturday, July 26, 2014

End of term thank you cards

Phew ... made it to the end of another year at school! I can't quite work out where the last two terms went but I'm now on my summer holidays :) I had the pleasure to work with a fabulous teaching assistant this year, the very best! She is a superstar and even better is that we get to work together again next year, we make a great team. I made her a thank you card to go with the gift I bought for her and after finding the FQB Bear Academy digital kit over at Nitwit Collections I knew straight away what I wanted it to look like.

I used:
FQB Bear Academy Collection from Nitwit Collections
Gingham ribbon, twine and apple charm from Ribbon Girl

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Retirement Card ...

I made this card for the current Magnolia Only challenge over at the Ribbon Girl blog - add a die cut


All the lovely embellishments came from the Ribbon Girl shop, the image is a Magnolia stamp, I added a spellbinders lacy oval diecut and a heart shaped diecut paper doiley. Papers were from Lili Of The Valley



Sunday, May 11, 2014

Lovely Lili Challenge at Ribbon Girl ...

Where have I been? Well no-where really just at home but my lovely Dad died in February and I have had no interest in blogging since then. I thought I should make an effort and share the card I made for the Ribbon Girl challenge this week.



Sunday, February 09, 2014

Lovely Lili at Ribbon Girl

It's a 'LOTV romance' challenge at The Ribbon Girl Challenge blog this week which fits in well with the fact that my brother got engaged to his lovely girlfriend :)

I used:
LOTV precoloured Artpad image
Satin ribbon, crystal heart embellishment and bronxe heart charm (painted), flower shaped pearl trim, liquid pearls and stickles, lace, crystal embellishment and paper roses all from The Ribbon Girl




Sunday, February 02, 2014

Hearts at the Ribbon Girl ...

There is a new card challenge at the Ribbon Girl Challenge Blog today - hearts

I used: 
ivory picot edge satin
teeny tiny pompom trim
stardust Stickles
Magnolia image coloured with Copics
Papermania letter stickers
Paper from Wishing Well Creations


Saturday, February 01, 2014

Rainbow Themed Card ...

Today I am a Guest designer at the Less Is More challenge blog, Ribbon Girl regularly sponsor the challenges over there and I was really pleased to be asked by Jen if I wanted to make a card for their 3rd birthday celebration challenge with the theme of 'Rainbow'

Buttons are all from Ribbon Girl, sentiment is from Papertrey Ink


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sketch at Papertake Weekly ...

It's a sketch challenge this week over at Papertake Weekly, here is my card

I used:
A gorgeous pre-coloured Artpad image from LOTV
Seambinding, satin, Beatrice lace and pompom trim, square pearl trim, heart shaped bronze frame painted with white paint dabber, polka dot button, english rose flower, lavender twirls, stickles and liquid pearls all from The Ribbon Girl
Doo Hickeys and Spellbinders dies



We'd love you to join us if you can :)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Anything Goes at the Ribbon Girl ...

The Ribbon Girl has a new challenge blog dedicated to hosting our weekly challenges, check it out here. The other blog will continue as our inspiration blog sharing the work of our fabulous Design Team.

To kickstart our 2014 challenges and to welcome back the Design Team from their extended Christmas break we have a whole team 'anything goes' challenge


I used:
Danielle cluny lace
5mm pearl bead string
dusky blue 10mm roses
adhesive pearl flatbacks
stardust Stickles
Tim Holtz ornate plates (painted with Ranger paint dabber then distressed with walnut distress ink)
LOTV artpad coloured image (#9 Party and Cake)


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Make A Wish ...

I had a delivery of Artpads from Lili Of The Valley this week so I've been playing with those this weekend and also with some of the new goodies that arrived at The Ribbon Girl too :)

I used:
Image - Party & Cake Artpad from LOTV
Ribbon Girl goodies - Pearl trim, bronze flower frame, white paint dabber, picot lace, Danielle lace, organza rose trim, ivory roses, crystal heart, stardust stickles, faux silk ribbon
Papers - Petal Fresh 8x8 pad from LOTV
Alphabet stickers - Papermania


I'm entering my card into the Anything Goes challenge over at LOTV (can't win the prize obviously but it's still nice to join in with the game) and if you would like to win some of the bronze frames like the one I used head over to the Ribbon Girl Challenge blog as they have a giveaway going on.

Andrea x

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year ...

Welcome to 2014, wishing everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year x


Tags made using acrylic gemstones, diamante star charms and gold and silver twine 


Monday, December 30, 2013

Fairies, Angels or String People ...

I made lots of these last year and hung them on my Christmas parcels - I called them Angels because it was Christmas and I made them cream and gold. This year I made a whole set of them in rainbow colours, they're currently on my tree but after Christmas I'll be taking them into school to hang in my classroom (I teach in Rainbow class) and this year they are Fairies ;)

Whatever you call them this is how I make them ... 



cut felt into dress shapes




give them arms using the silver twine - make hands by knotting the ends


add a wooden bead to a long length of silver twine and pearl beads for their feet


add their body to their arms and dress and keep in place with the other side of the dress


draw eyes and a smiley face


cut suitably sparkly wing shapes from silver glitter mesh and attach with more of the double sided tape


Hey presto! you've made a Fairy ... or an Angel ...


Don't throw away the scraps of felt - stack them up, thread onto more of the silver twine and turn them into a rainbow coloured felt Christmas tree :)


This is the image that I found online last year which gave me the idea and then I tracked down this blog to find out how to make them