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