Monday, 26 December 2011

Happy New Year at The Ribbon Reel TRR #18


Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having an absolutely wonderful Christmas time!!
Well, it's time already for another fabulous challenge over at The Ribbon Reel Blog and Fran is hosting this time and provided a wonderful inspiration picture which can be found here.

The theme this fortnight is to create something with a 'New Years' theme using the colours white cream grey silver or black

I combined Waltzingmouse Stamps with patterned papers to create a monochromatic look and finished with charcoal seam binding, silky crush, black pleated ribbon, button twine, may arts lace and black & white stitched grosgrain ribbon all from The Ribbon Reel. I created the white flower by twisting some beautiful white seam binding around to make a loosely rolled rose flower shape and then finishing with a large pearl in the centre.

I do hope you enjoyed what you've seen and wish you a very Happy New Year!!

Don't forget to check out what my fellow Design Team members have made for your inspiration here.

Monday, 12 December 2011

A Christmas Tag

Hey everyone,

I have a tag to share with you today!!

Xmas Tag Challenge WMSC

I used the wonderful image from Waltzingmouse Stamps Very Vintage Christmas set which I stamped in Versamark ink onto cream cardstock and heat embossed using silver embossing powder.

WMSC Xmas Tag detail

I coloured the image using an copic marker and then sponged the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink. I used a Marianne Creatables die to cut the circular snowflake shape and then layered some fine silver fabric and bridal white satin ribbon from the Ribbon Reel. I used their gorgeous pewter silky crush ribbon to create the big bow at the top of the tag, some beautiful blue sheer ruffle edged ribbon to tie the tag to the prezzie.

Xmas tag 2nd view

I edged the bottom of the tag with some white guipure lace, silver pleated ribbon to which I added some narrow velvet ribbon. To finish I added a sparkly PTI button and some sweet aqua blue adhesive pearls.

lace detail Xmas tag

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge - WMSC77
Waltzingmouse Christmas Tag Challenge
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge142 - "Christmas Glitz"
The Ribbon Reel Challenge - TRR17
Jay Gee's Nook Challenge 14 - Christmas Inspiration Picture
CES Challenge 65 - A Traditional Christmas
Totally Gorjuss - 110 Let It Snow
Crafty Catz - 112 Anything Goes

The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop - Christmas with a bow

Have a wonderful week,

Helen xxx


Waltzingmouse Stamps Very Vintage Christmas Stamp Set
Cream Cardstock: Stampin Up
Marianne Design - Marianne Creatables Snowflake Die LR0185
Silky Crush Ribbon, Blue Ruffle Edge Ribbon, Bridal White Satin Ribbon, May Arts Silver Pleated Ribbon, Silver Velvet Ribbon - All from The Ribbon Reel
Aqua Blue Adhesive Pearls - Prima

Ribbon Bauble for The Ribbon Reel TRR17

Hello blogging friends!!


Well it's time for another fantastic challenge brought to you by The Ribbon Reel. It's the lovely Debbie's turn to host the challenge this fortnight and she has provided us with this beautiful picture for inspiration. The theme this time is 'Shabby Holiday Wonder' - create a card/project inspired by the photo and use CREAM or WHITE, AQUA or BLUE and SILVER.

I decided to create a simple little ornament for our Christmas tree using some of the beautiful ribbon and trims from The Ribbon Reel. This was pretty easy to create - i simply started with some of the stunning silver pleated ribbon, wrapped it around the circumference of the bauble and secured it at the top using plain short dressmakers pins. I used more of these small pins to which i added a small pearl bead, tiny fabric star and pushed them into the bauble at intervals to secure the pleated ribbon. I then went ahead and wrapped some of the May Arts silver velvet around the bauble twice to create four distinct sections and then added tile blue seam binding with some ivory pearl lace trim over the top to create another "stripe" around the belly of my little bauble.

trr lace trim view

Each section of ribbon is secured with a small pin at the very top, which is covered by the embellishments and the bottom part is secured by a single pearl headed pin which i think gives it a slightly more vintage feel and finishes it all off quite nicely.

Here's a close-up of the top of the ornament - the cherry blossom flowers have been glittered to add extra sparkle although it doesn't show up very well in this photo.


The grey and white seam binding is from the Ribbon Reel and was tied in a simple bow and pinned at the very top to secure it. The little beads on wire and the teeny tiny larch cones covered with silver paint are from my mum. My extremely talented mum has been making the most amazing Christmas decorations for years and used these bits and pieces to decorate the top of her most exquisite silver walnut decorations. I used some yummy ivory natural button twine to make a loop and simply glued it into the embellishments at the top to create my hanging ornament!!

That's all from me for now, don't forget to pop on over to see what the rest of the TRR design team have created for you to enjoy! You won't be disappointed.

Can't wait to see what you create!!


Helen xxx

Supplies: Ribbon, twine, pearl lace trim and flowers all from The Ribbon Reel
(You can click on any of the links included in my post to be taken directly to that particular product)

Thursday, 1 December 2011

CR84FN#43 Color Challenge

cr84fn vlvnov2011 detail

Hey everyone, I had some lovely news yesterday...I am a BIG CHEESE this week over at Waltzingmouse Stamps exciting!! Check it out here:-

I also have a Christmas card to share today...

CR84FN#43 VLVNOV2011 WK2

I used the wonderful colors of Tan, Brown and green from the CR84FN#43 Color Inspiration Picture

I also used a sketch I found over at the Verve Stamps Blog :- Verve Sketch VLVNov11Week2

Have a wonderful day won't you.

Helen xxx

Waltzingmouse Stamps: very vintage labels no. one; Santas coming to town; Sizzix snowflakes embossing folder
Patterned Papers: My Minds Eye: Stella and Rose collection
Cream seam binding; button twine: The Ribbon ReelBrad and brown adhesive pearls: papermania

Monday, 28 November 2011

LBD Birthday Card and Card Patterns Sketch #143


Happy Birthday to my lovely sister in law, Georgia!! I made this card using Waltzingmouse Stamps 'Dress form', 'Dainty Doilies', 'Very Vintage Labels Four' sets, patterned paper from DCWV La Creme Matstack and loosely based the layout on the fab Card Patterns Sketch #143.

Enjoy your week,

Helen x

The Ribbon Reel Challenge TRR #16


Hello and welcome all,

It's time for another wonderful inspirational challenge over at The Ribbon Reel Blog. This fortnight ANYTHING GOES - the lovely Keilly asks that create whatever you like as long as it includes RIBBON, TWINE and/or LACE.

Earlier this month, my cousin and his wife had a baby girl so I was inspired to make a baby card...

TRR #16 Front view

I stitched some beautiful paper from Websters Pages onto some Kraft Card and adhered onto a white card base to which I had already punched a border along each edge and stamped a pink border from the 'Eat Cake' stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I used PTI's Fillable Frames #1 stamp set and die to create a label onto which I stamped the New Baby sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps 'Say It With Style' set.

I added some flowers and pink button twine which are also from The Ribbon Reel shop -the beautiful Hellebore (Christmas Rose) in the centre is so delicate - the petals are edged in the most beautiful pale blush pink and those ivory tea roses have such a wonderful texture - simply beautiful!!

TRR#16 flower detail

I used some of the gorgeous pink/white stripe grosgrain ribbon and light blue velvet ribbon to make the centre panel.

TRR#16 Ribbon Detail

As a finishing touch I added a pearl headed and pink leaf stick pin at the top and a little flower button with more of that sweet pink twine onto the label.


That's all from me for now, don't forget to pop on over to see what the rest of the TRR design team have created for you to enjoy! You won't be disappointed ;)

Supplies Used:
Ink: Rich Cocoa - Memento; Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery - Stampin Up
Papertrey Ink: Fillable Frames #1; Waltzingmouse Stamps - Say it with style, Eat CakeStick Pins, Pink Button Twine, Hellebore, Roses, Pink Stripe Grosgrain, Light Blue Velvet Ribbon - All available at The Ribbon Reel
Papers: Websters Pages
Cardstock: White Card - Papermania; Kraft - Bazill
Fiskars Apron Lace Edge punch

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Embellish and Card Patterns #142 Challenges


Hi there,

I have a card to share today for the wonderful Embellish Leaves Color Trends Challenge and for the latest fabby Card Patterns Sketch by Michelle Bertuzzi. I love both of these blogs and find them SO inspiring. I've been trying to get this card made all week and been thinking about it a lot!!

I finished the card late and therefore ran out of daylight, so the colours aren't quite representative at this time of day. The reds are slightly blue/purpley in real life. Anyway, here is my card...

Embellish Color Card Patterns #142

I created the panels by using patterned papers from the Oxford collection by Basic Grey. I live around 30mins away from Oxford, so especially love these ;)!! The butterflies are die cut using the 'Butterfly Delights' border by Memory Box. I sponged the leaves from Papertrey Ink's Turning a New Leaf with ink and stamped onto Kraft Cardstock and then cut them out by hand. I used a wreath circle from the Waltzingmouse Faux Fun Circles Stamp set and stamped the sentiment from Say It With Style in Paris Dusk ink by Memento and then layered on some green felt cut with a Spellbinders Standard Circles Small Die.


And here is the wonderful inspiration I followed...

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today - I do hope you like what you've seen.

Helen xxx

Happy Thanksgiving Wishes

just a note detail

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the United States and here's wishing EVERYONE joy, health and happiness. Here's to you, my wonderful blogging buddies!!


Enjoy the rest of your week, whatever you are up to!


Helen xxx

Monday, 21 November 2011

WMSC#74 Gingerbread fun!

gingerbread detail


Today I'm sharing a card I have made for this week's Waltzingmouse Stamps 'Sketch Challenge' WMSC#74!

Here is the fab sketch I followed for the challenge...

Trying to get my head around Christmas cards - this one is going to be for my sweet niece...

WMSC Pink Gingerbread Christmas

I found the main image in a folder, already coloured just waiting to be turned into a card!! These cute little Gingerbread people are from the Bountiful Basket Additions Stamp Set from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I stamped the inner part of the circle/frame using an image from Vintage Circles small set from Waltzingmouse. I used black ink on aqua polka dot paper and hand-cut around the beautiful inner lacey scalloped shape. I then layered it onto another pink scalloped frame I had cut using blossom and circle nestabilities. My frame was then popped up onto the image using foam dimensionals. I added some May Arts crochet lace trim and some white seam binding from The Ribbon Reel along with my Spellbinders Fancy Tags label, raspberry pink button and aqua gems to finish. The lovely sentiment is taken from the Teeny Trees stamp set - the happy and Christmas were stamped individually to make the sentiment you see here.

Thanks for looking - have a wonderful week.

Helen x

Thursday, 17 November 2011

November Friends of Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz

Hey Everyone!! Welcome to my Blog!! I'm glad you visited, as today I'm taking part in the 'Winter/Christmas' themed November Friends of Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz. If you would like more details, click here to visit the Waltzingmouse Blog.

I'm a little late posting pictures of my project because I only decided to participate in the 'Waltz' last night after my boys had gone to bed and I have literally only just finished it!! The glue probably isn't even fully dry yet - luckily nothing fell off during the photo shoot! LOL!!

Here is my snowy scene canvas picture...(please excuse my rushed photography)

Snowy Canvas

I was SO inspired by Mona's post about mixed media canvasses (click here to see what Mona made and read more...) I had to give it a try and new exactly which of Claire's stamps I wanted to use. There's something so warm and exciting about those little cottages - it brings out the little girl in me again - I would just love to take a little look inside to see what life is like behind those cottage doors!! Maybe that's an idea for another stamp set - Cottage Interiors!!


...I tried to make each cottage a little different from the other in some way - whether it was the colour of the doors, windows, roof or the pots outside the front doors.

IMG_5314 can see that I used lots of lovely white felt which I stitched together on my sewing machine and then stuck onto the canvas in one complete piece. I then tucked the trees, cottages and snowman into the 'snow drifts' after that.


I enjoyed using paints and glue's been a while and I know this is far from perfect, but I will enjoy seeing it up on the wall at Christmas time.

This is what I started with..just 4 pieces of patterned paper...


..and some 'mod podge', paint and glitter later! I made my own 'mask' from a marianne creatables die and spritzed on some cosmic shimmer mist...and I then had the base canvas for the rest of my project.


Anyway, I really hope you enjoyed what you have seen - I'm sorry that it feels little rushed...thanks so much for Waltzing by and hope you'll visit me again.

Helen xxx

Supplies: Waltzingmouse Stamps A Cottage Christmas, A Cottage Home, Santas Coming to Town, Very Vintage Christmas, Sewing Box Christmas,

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Card Patterns #141 & PDCC107


Just popping in with a card inspired by sketch #141 over at Card Patterns and the Play Date Cafe Challenge (use the colours Black and White, with a splash of Orange!!) Eeek!! Way out of my comfort zone, but exciting too!

I stamped and paper pieced a VW Camper Van with orange cardstock and paper from making memories 'Just Chillin' collection. I added some Glossy Accents to the windows and the lights for dimension - love that shiny, glassy effect!! The spare tyre on the front of the card is a white PTI button which I've had in my stash for what seems like forever and reminds me of white-wall tyres. I simply added a black adhesive pearl to the centre to finish it off.


The banner was created by stamping a pennant from Waltzingmouse Bitty Banners onto paper from Basic Greys 'Out of Print' Collection and then cutting out and mounting onto foam dimensionals. It may be hard to see from the photo, but the paper I've used along the bottom has a whitewashed effect to it which reminded me of the chalky cliffs and soil we have along the beaches on our South Coast here in the U.K. So I guess that fits with the images I've used on my card.


And you can't think of VW camper vans and the beach without Surfboards - these cute images are from a set called Free Spirit Boy by Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I do hope you like what you've seen here today - thank you so much for visiting. Have a wonderfully creative rest of the week everyone!!

Helen x


Stamps: Retro Cars - Kanban; Free Spirit Boy, Bitty Banners, Say it Loud Winter Holiday - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Orange - PTI; White - Papermill
Patterned Papers: making memories - just chillin'; Basic Grey - out of print
Button: PTI Vintage White/Cream
other: twine, sewing machine, black adhesive pearls (Kaisercraft)

Monday, 14 November 2011

The Ribbon Reel TRR #15

TRR #15

Hi and welcome - it's time for a new challenge over at The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog. The talented Zuzana is hosting the challenge for the next two weeks and provided the stunning picture you see here. Join in by creating a card or project using butterflies and the colours from the inspirational photo.

I adore butterflies and wanted to do something different to my usual soft muted colours so I picked out the bolder yellows, blue and the two tone oranges you see here. Many of the butterflies in the picture have a dark outline around their wings and I wanted to reflect this little detail on my card, so I edged the top level wings on my butterfly with dark ink. I kept the background neutral by using patterned paper from Pink Paislee and then added a zig zag stitched border.

TRR #15 side view

Here's a closer look at those stunning ribbons, the beautiful pearl lace trim and the gorgeous cherry blossom flower which are all available from The Ribbon Reel.


The two-tone orange mesh ribbon is truly stunning in real life - not only a beautiful colour but also the texture of it ties the most amazing bow which stays put! I added a touch of blue seam binding and yellow grosgrain to tie all the colours together - also not forgetting the exquisite ivory lace and pearls trim. I added a little extra colour to my cherry blossom flower using a copic marker and a blender pen to make the petals look as though they are edged in blue :-)
The beautiful scalloped circle was cut from K&Co paper using Blossom nestabilities. I then used a butterfly die (which is a narrow strip) to cut out the tiny butterflies you see there behind the main butterfly. I placed some yellow cardstock at the back of the scallop so that the butterflies really shine through.
I saved a couple of the butterfly shapes which were cut out of the paper and adhered them in place at the top left corner of the card.
The main butterfly is cut using the Spellbinders 'Wonderful Wings' butterfly die set. I simply added a cream button topped off with a crystal gem and some twine for the antenna. The sentiment is stamped in Walnut Stain Distress Ink and is from the In Bloom stamp set by Papertrey Ink.

Don't forget to pop on over to The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog to check out what the rest of the Design Team have dreamed up to inspire you. Oh and don't forget to play along of course, there's another bundle of goodies up for grabs! Have a great week!

Helen xxx

Ribbon, twine, lace pearl trim, cherry blossom flower all from The Ribbon Reel
Stamps: In Bloom - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink by Ranger
Papers: Nantucket - Pink Paislee; K&Co - Que Sera Sera Floral Collage
Cardstock: Kraft - Bazill; Yellow from stash
Die Cutting: Memory Box Craft Dies 'Butterfly Delights'; Spellbinders Nestabilities - Blossom; Spellbinders 'Wonderful Wings'
Blue Copic marker: B41

Monday, 31 October 2011

WMSC71 Halloween card

Happy Halloween everybody....if you are looking for my DT Ribbon Reel post please click here or scroll down...

WMSC71 Halloween Card

This is my card for this weeks Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 71. I used a few different Waltzingmouse stamp sets on this card. I actually did some masking (quite rare for me!) to create the pumpkin patch border along the bottom of the card by stamping the pumpkins image (from Bountiful Basket Additions) repeatedly in a row. I then used Copic markers to colour the pumpkins and leaves to really make them pop off the page. I created the check/plaid design by stamping the border strips from the Picnic Patterns stamp set in black onto purple card. The sentiment is from Say it Loud Winter Holiday (love that font!) and the little bat is from Wandas Pantry.

Now you can pop on over to the Waltzingmouse Blog to see what the Design Team have created for your inspiration and all the other wonderful entries into this weeks challenge.

Thanks for visiting and big Spooky Hugs,

Helen x

The Ribbon Reel Challenge 14

TRR Challenge #14

Hi, Good Morning everyone!

This Monday brings a fresh fortnightly challenge from The Ribbon Reel and my first card to share as a Design Team member.

This week we have the most beautiful photo for your inspiration brought to you by my lovely friend, Pauline Pollington....The challenge is to use Turquoise, Hot Pink and Cream as the main colours of your card, scrap page or 3D project.

now onto my card...


All the ribbon I used on my card is from The Ribbon Reel. I created a gathered ruffle edge using some white silky crush ribbon and then used some hot pink ruffle edge ribbon and aqua seam binding to create a border. I then added some of the most beautiful paper flowers - the ivory rose and the truly stunning hot pink cherry blossom are amazing in real life.


The patterned paper I used for the background is from the MME Lost & Found collection and I just added a stitched border around the edge using my sewing machine. I used Versamark ink to stamp the heart from the Waltzingmouse Seasons of Love Tags set onto Aqua cardstock and then heat embossed using clear embossing powder. The lace flower you can see behind those little fleece birds is a piece I cut from a collar belonging to my confirmation outfit which I wore when I was about 14 years old!! Not quite an heirloom piece, but I am so grateful to my mum for keeping hold of it and passing it back to me so that I can 'recycle' it :)

Now pop on over to The Ribbon Reel Challenge blog to see the amazing creations from the rest of the Design Team and play along to be in with a chance of winning some fabulous goodies from The Ribbon Reel shop.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wondeful week!

Helen x

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Seasons of Love Tags; Say it Loud Winter Holidays;
Ink: Memento Rose Bud; Versamark Clear Watermark ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist - PTI; Patterned Paper - Lost and Found Collection My Minds Eye
Fleece Birds and Label - American Crafts
Pink Button, aqua Prima Rose, cream twine from my stash

Sunday, 30 October 2011

The Shabby Tea Rooms Week #85 Happy Halloween

Hello lovely ladies & gents,

I think I am just in time for The Shabby Tea Room's fun 'Happy Halloween' challenge. The lovely Fran provided us with the most AMAZING photo - the likes of which I have never ever seen here in the UK!! Just look at that gorgeous tree!! My goodness, where to start? Fran asks that you create a card or project inspired by the HALLOWEEN THEME in this photo AND USE PURPLE, ORANGE, BLACK & NEUTRALS WITH TWINE OR RAFFIA!

I just had to get involved in the challenge this week and I have to say that I really had fun with this - I kept my children in mind when creating because I know they love the whole Halloween experience - it's much bigger here in the UK now.

Happy Halloween project

first jar side view IMG_5233

I am a stamper at heart so I pulled out the wonderful 'Wanda's Pantry','Say it Loud Winter Holiday' and Vintage Labels One from Waltzingmouse Stamps. The containers are just empty jam/sauce jars I have 'recycled' and filled with 'Fresh Eyeballs' (Murray mints) and 'Bat Droppings' (milk chocolate covered raisins).

I combined several of the images from Wandas pantry set to create the largest of the two labels - the 'Freshly picked Eyeballs' and the little witch at the bottom are seperate stamps which I've used to create my bespoke label here. I then went ahead and aged it using Tim Holtz Distress Ink. The smaller orange label is from the same set and stamped as is - i just stamped another bat and cut it out for more dimension.
Both jars are covered with scraps of material - the deep plum/purple is a remnant from my wedding day - my mum made the bridesmaid dress for my sister!
I created bands of colour around the jars themselves - purple and orange on the first and natural twill and twine around the second. Both have little labels on the back to cofirm that they are just sweeties after all!! :)
jars back view second jar back

here's a shot of the top of each of the jars...

jar top close up bat jar top

Thanks for visiting my blog today and hope you like what you've seen!! Have a wonderful week all of you.

Helen x

Stamps: Say it Loud Winter Holiday; Very Vintage labels one; Wandas Pantry
Ink: Basic Black; Elegant Eggplant; Lovely Lilac; Only Orange - Stampin Up
Fresh Snow - Papertrey Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Brushed Corduroy
Cardstock: Orange, Purple, Black, Cream - The Papermill
Spellbinders Nestabilities: Labels one; Standard Circles Large; Blossom
Ribbon, buttons, natural twine from stash
Black adhesive pearls, purple adhesive gems - Papermania