26 April, 2015

"Come fly with me" off the page project.

Forgotten Meadows-Come fly with me by Meredith Hilly

Hello everyone, the forgotten meadows papers was a beautiful range to work with and I knew straight away that there was a lot of fantastic projects I could do which excited me. I decided to complete an off the page project (my personal favourite), a hot air balloon.

I choose various 6"x6" paper from the Forgotten Meadows range to cover the balloon. I spent a long time deliberating over which papers to use, I cut a range of different strips and lay them out next to each other. There were so many sweet combinations! The large pink flower at the top of the balloon was sprayed with Zazz glitter in 'Crystal' and was used to hide the paper joins and attach the pink ribbon handle which the balloon hangs from.

At the bottom of the balloon I used a thick band of lace to create a border and add elegance. The lace border worked well to blend with the papers I used in the basket.

A delicate pearl sting attached the basket which I covered in 6"x6" Forgotten Meadows paper and used liquid pearls in 'Orchid' to create texture. The lace on the bottom of the basket reminded me of little sand bags, so sweet!

The embellishments on the hot air balloon consisted of a white and lavender flower sprayed with Zazz glitter in 'Crystal', green leaves and spiralled green wired paper. My lovely husband found me the perfect feather to complete my project- he is such a big support.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my project.

From Megs Garden-

From my own stash-
Hot air balloon from spotlight.
Wooden bird embellishment.
Feathers from my own  fowl.
Pearl flower trim.

24 April, 2015

Forgotten Meadows Mini Waterfall Folio by Sarah

Hi Meg's Garden Friends and Fans! Sarah here today to share a mini waterfall folio with you - created with the absolutely gorgeous Meg's Garden Forgotten Meadows paper collection and mini papers, along with some gorgeous ribbons, flowers and embellishments from the Meg's Garden Store. This mini waterfall folio was created based on this tutorial I found on Youtube by the talented Ginger Ropp. I knew as soon as I saw the gorgeous purple Wisteria paper that I wanted to use it for the cover of this mini folio. I wanted the cover to look "garden-y" and so I added some chicken wire masking and chipboard, fussy cut flowers and butterflies from the Forgotten Meadows papers, flowers and leaves and some tassels that I cut off some trim. I also used some thin purple ribbon as the closure for the album.
I don't often use a lot of purple in my papercrafting, though it is one of my favourite colours, so I decided to play up the purple in this mini by using some purple cardstock from my stash as the matting for the tags, pockets and waterfall pages. I have inked the edges of all the patterned papers with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give a more vintage/shabby-chic feel to the mini folio. I've added some simple decorations to the inside of the album using fussy-cut butterflies and lots of ribbon on the tags! 

Thanks so much for stopping my the Meg's Garden Blog today - I hope you enjoyed my Mini Waterfall Folio Album!
Meg's Garden Product's Used:
Forgotten Meadows Paper Collection - Wisteria Shade, Afternoon Letters, Cut & Create Ephemera and Mini Pack
Meg's Bundle of Goodies - Temptations in Cream and Sage

20 April, 2015

Family by Brenda Caldow

Hello crafty friends, Brenda here with you today and I would like to welcome you to the Meg's Garden Blog.  My post today is a layout of friends of mine who are very special to my boy and me. I love this photo of them and the beautiful pattern papers I used are from The Forgotten Meadows Collection. Also along with the 12x12 patterned papers you can get the Forgotten Meadows Mini Pack which are great for cards but also for using on your layouts and other projects.

The clocks are fussy cut from the 12x12 collage papers - Old World Time and there is a great variety of clocks to choose from.
The chippie - Happiness is made to be shared - is coloured with Vivas Croco Cracking Colour - Metallic Bronze and it is a great colour with these papers and embellishments. Behind it I placed some very pretty bronze/gold ribbon.

For my family chippie title I used the the Viva Cracking again. For the patterned papers I inked the edges with Vintage Photos Distress Ink. It is a great colour for defining the edges of the patterned papers but not over powering the beauty of them. I also used the same ink on the beautiful paper circle doily.  
Stunning is the first word that comes to mind when I look at this flower it is a 10cm Moccha Paper Flower and it's colour was perfect for the page and photo. Behind the flower I chose some green leaves.  Beside my flower I have a brass Vintage flower trinket and they are so lovely.  

I just love this laser cut oval frame, but to be honest I have a love of all the one in the Meg's Garden Store. They are great on layouts, cards, books and lots of other projects. I also used the Viva cracking on this fame too. The flowers in the center are from the patterned papers and I have fussy cut them and placed them over the same flowers on the papers to give it a 3D effect.
I hope you have enjoyed my layout for Megs Garden and that your creative mojo is running with a little help from me. Until my next post please have fun and enjoy your craft space. xxx

14 April, 2015

Notes Holder - by Brenda Caldow

Hello and a very warm welcome to Meg's Garden Blog today. I would like to show you a Notes Holder that I have created using the Forgotten Meadow Collection. This is such a beautiful range and my mind runs wild with all the things that can be created from it. 

The beautiful patterned paper I chose to use is - Wisteria Shade and I over the Kaiser Notes holder with it. The cut and create sheet is what I chose to fussy cut the beautiful mauve/purple flowers from along with the butterflies.
 To colour the edges of the timber I used a Kaiser Fusion and I inked the edge of my Wisteria Shade patterned paper with Distress Ink - Shaded  Lilac.

This beautiful girl makes me smile when I look at her. The wonderful thing is she comes on the Vintage French Girls 2 - A4 sheet of nine and there are other sheet designs to choose from too.  I love it when I look at craft work and there is a face there with a sweet look or smile.

This little shelf is so you can stand your notes on it. I coloured this with the Fusion as well and then place some of the gorgeous Cream Lace over the top. I always love to use flowers when I can so I decided to use these beautiful white Azaleas. There are a lot of different Charms to choose from but I liked the gold Flying Bird.

As you can see I have fussy cut the butterfly from the papers and I also used an Antique Champagne Tassel on each end. These are great because they come in a strip that you can get at what ever length you want. But you can also use then individually if you want just like I have. 

On this side instead of another butterfly I chose to use one of the small Ivory Rose flower.

Wisteria Shade - Patterned Paper
cut and create sheet - Patterned Paper

 Thank you so much for stopping in to see what I have been up to along with the other design team members. Please leave a comment as I would love to know what you think. Happy crafting.
Hugs Brenda

11 April, 2015

Forgotten Meadows - Concertina Card by Margaret Mifsud

Hello everyone and welcome to Megs Garden, I hope you are having a lovely day.

Megs Garden has a new paper Collection called ' Forgotten Meadows'.  Designed by Kerry-Jean Watson.  It is soft and romantic and absolutely beautiful.  The card I am sharing with you today is decorated with this collection and I must say I am totally in love with these papers.

This one is a Concertina Card, at least, that's what I'm calling it.   I saw a tutorial on how to make it but, unfortunately (although I thought I had it pinned) I cannot find it again.  My card is actually made a bit differently from the one I saw and so I decided to share a short step by step as well.

The original was made from one sheet of 12 x 12 designer paper and it was simply folded but I wanted mine to be a bit wider and so I have actually made it with cardstock.  I only had A4 cardstock in the colour I wanted and I used three sheets.   The height of the card is 6" and the finished width is 3.5".  Of course, you can make it any size you like but this template only works for that size.  
Cut your cardstock to a depth of 6" and then score according to the photo.  I have added the small .25" gussets so that I could add some embellies and still close the card properly.

As the A4 cardstock isn't long enough for the whole card, you will need to cut another piece at 6" x 3.5" to attach to the end.

Use double sided tape or any kind of wet glue and attach the extra piece close to the last score line being careful not to overlap the score line otherwise it won't fold properly.

Fold the card as shown.

This is how it should look.
To add the pockets, cut 3 pieces of cardstock 6" long and only 3.4" wide  (they need to be a tiny bit narrower so the pocket fits in between the folds) and cut another piece 6" x 3".

On the 6" x 3" pocket punch a small half circle on the  left hand side and on one of the 6" x 3.4" pockets punch a similar half circle at the top.

The other two pockets could be folded as shown above or you can simply leave them as full length pockets as well.

Place the first two pockets on the left hand panels as shown ...

... and the other two on the right hand panels.

This is how the inside of the card should look.  As I was sewing my paper onto the card I actually didn't glue the pockets down until after they had been decorated and found it was a lot easier that way.  Once they were done I simply ran a thin line of glue around the edges (except for the open side of course) and stuck them down.

OK.  Now that the step by step is done, I'll show you the details of my card.

The papers are all from the Mini Paper Pack.  I created the background on the front of my card with some texture paste and a stencil and then sprayed lightly with some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays.

All the flowers came from Megs Garden.  The fabric heirloom flower was originally plain white.  I coloured the edges of it with a VersaColor pad.  The ribbon was lightly coloured with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

Here you can see some of the texture.   As a base for my flower cluster I fussy cut one of the flower images from the Cut & Create page.  I only glued the fussy cut image on each end as I wanted to close the card with ribbon and didn't wish to tie it over the flower cluster.  By leaving the cut image free in the middle I could simply thread the ribbon through the opening behind the cluster.

The Card Word Circle is a 2Crafty Chipboard piece.  I coloured it with acrylic paint and, while it was still wet, I sprinkled it with clear glitter.

Those lovely daisies at the bottom on the left are part of the paper.  Didn't I tell you this Collection was beautiful? 

Added a little stamping, some washi tape and some seed beads.  The tickets are also from the Cut & Create Page. The butterfly is from the More Butterflies Transparency Sheet.

This is the tag inside the pocket on the first panel.  Stitched on some washi tape and scraps of paper for embellishment.   A little technique I picked up from Heather Jacob.  Thank you Heather, I love this look.

The second panel has some metal embellies that I covered in gesso and inked with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  It was a single piece that I cut in half.  The chippy is again from 2Crafty Chipboard and was treated the same as the Word Circle on the front of the card.  The large blue flower is from my stash but the small roses and rose buds are from Megs Garden.  I won't show you the tag inside this pocket as it has a personal message on it.

I decided to do the diagonal fold on the pockets of the third and fourth panel.  Love how it showcases more of the lovely graphics on these papers and it gave me an excuse to use those pretty vintage brads to hold them down. (not that I needed an excuse but it sounds good. LOL!!)


The tag from this pocket ...

... and the tag from this pocket.

The back of the card.  I did glue the ribbon down on the back before adding the paper as this end does not need to move.

The card opened ....

... and the back.  

Well, we are finally at the end.  I hope you enjoyed this post and that the step by step makes sense to you.   Please take the time to stroll around the Garden and check out the stunning creations made by the rest of the Team.  I'm sure you will be inspired.

Megs Garden products used

Forgotten Meadows Mini Paper Pack
Forgotten Meadows Cut & Create
Filigree Long Oval
White Heirloom Flower
Puffy Paper Flower
Velvet Primrose
More Butterflies Transparency
2cm Off White Lace
Seam Binding
Mini Rosebuds
Small White Roses

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Take care and God Bless.