18 December, 2014

Pyramid Card by Sue Smyth

Pyramid Card by 
Sue Smyth 

Hi Bloggers
Today I want to share with you one of my favourite 
ways to make a card.
This is a pyramid card which I have adapted it to
cut out an oval window.

Then decorate the sides and front with 
Megs's Garden papers, flowers, Trinkets and ribbons 

I  have altered the butterfly trinket by 
coating it in embossing solution and sprinkle
with aged rose powder. Heat to melt
but be careful do not pick it up
straight away as it will be hot!

Step 1
Cut 3 12 x 12 cm squares and fold down the diagonal.
You can make this card any size, it does not
have to be 12 x 12 cm just has to be a square

Step 2
Layer one square over the other and adhere in place.

Step 3
Line up oval die on the front panel
(this is the panels that overlap each other) and die cut.
this will just fit through a Cuttlebug or use a Bigshot for a better fit.
Or you can just make your squares smaller at 11 x 11 cm

Step 4
Fold along your previously folded diagonal lines.

Step 5 
Adhere third square along side front panel. 

Step 6
And overlap two panels at the back,
adhere in place.

Use the sides to make a template to trim 
out patterned paper to a slightly smaller size. Then
decorate as desired.

Meg's Garden materials 

Happy Crafting all 

16 December, 2014

Christmas Card by Sue Smyth

Merry Christmas Card
by Sue Smyth 

Hi Bloggers 
Today I am sharing a Christmas card, with a mini tutorial to make the 
awesome sugared roses I have used.
I have also used a trinket/finding to create a 
metal tree topper, just pop a shiny
rhinestone in the centre for added bling..

I love to cut a window in a card the easiest way to do 
this is with Nesting dies.
First adhere the paper to the card front and cut 
an oval shape from the front.
Then create a frame.
In this case I have a scalloped version and plain 
version, oval die. Just cut the scalloped one first and 
then the plain one.
I just line mine up by eye and then cut to make 
a delicate frame that can be adhered over the 
card window.

Once you have cut the frame, cover 
with white enamel accents. 

sprinkle with white glitter for a 
white snowy glittery look.

To Decorate the card 
I love to make these sugared roses and use them
on cards and layouts all the time. 

Step one.
Take a small rose or flower and open
out the petals a little 

Step 2 
Spray with Spray adhesive all over.

Step 3
Dip into a tub of white glitter 

Step 4
Take out of glitter and shake off excess.
use on a card or layout as desired

Megs Garden Products 

Happy Crafting all 

Sue Smyth 

14 December, 2014

'Gentleman Collection' Christmas Cards with Margaret Mifsud

Hello everyone and welcome to the 'Garden'.  So lovely that you dropped by.

I have finally started making my Christmas Cards.  Yes, I know, I have started them way too late, but my life has been a bit hectic over the last couple of months and hubby and I have been away on the most wonderful holiday as well so I haven't really cottoned onto the fact that Christmas is just around the corner.  Oh My Gosh!!!  Did I just say that!!  Yikes!!  I really do have to pull the proverbial finger out!!
 Anyway, back to the business at hand (before I totally freak out LOL!) I'm here to share a couple of Christmas cards that have been made with some sheets from Meg's Garden's 'Gentleman Collection' and I really love how they have turned out.  You all probably realise that don't need to use dedicated Christmas paper to make your Christmas cards.  For me, it's more about the colour and texture than it is about the designs so I decided that the 'Gentleman Collection' papers would be perfect.

Card No. 1

I did use a small piece of Christmas paper from Kaisercraft underneath but the top layer is 'A Gentleman's Auto' 12" x 12".  Did a tiny bit of spraying with watered down Distress Ink in 'Peeled Paint' and 'Pine Needles'.

Used some fabulous 2Crafty Chipboard and a die cut  from Memory Box.  The lovely lace is available from Meg's Garden.  

Love that gorgeous deep red bloom.  Meg's Garden has some beautiful flowers available in her shop but you should check it out on a regular basis as the stock does change from time to time.   To the cluster I added some die cut leaves, berries, gauze, the lace of course and some bits of twine as well.  

The inside was also decorated with the same paper.  Heat embossed the edges with gold and I created a pocket on the left hand side to hold some gift vouchers.  The right hand side was left blank so I could add the sentiment.

Card No. 2
This one is very similar to the first.  The sheet used here is 'Gentleman' 12" x 12" and I've just added some different colours and different embellishments.

Spread some crackle around on this one and inked it with 'Fired Brick' DI.  The tags are a freebie received with a crafting magazine.

Used the same type of flower and lace in the cluster but this time I added some dodo wire and different berries as well as a piece of  gold mesh and some die cuts.

The inside was decorated the same again just with different colours and different stamps and I've added a small piece of dry wall tape as well.

There you have it!!  My 'Gentleman Collection' Christmas cards.  As I said before, I am really pleased with how these cards turned out so I will be making all of my cards this year in the same manner.  I will be posting those up on my own blog over the next few weeks so I hope you will pop in there to take a look.

Meg's Garden products used
'Gentleman's Auto' 12 x 12
'Gentleman' 12 x 12
Dodo Vine
Lace 1.6cm white

Thank you so much for visiting.
Take care and God Bless.
 Marg oxox

12 December, 2014

My French Garden Book Kit by Kerry-Jean Watson

Hello Crafters 

I finally got to create something with The French Garden Book Kit. I have been out of action for a few months and feel a little rusty of paper crafts but I really like how this turned out. 

I used a file folder mini style for my book style, it was really easy and simple to make. I did change the dimensions of the book to fit the size of the papers from the book kit.

I really wanted to shabby chic this book with the cover especially and I had a lot of the metal embellishments from Meg's Garden in my stash, only they were ...well metal coloured and a bit dark, so I just covered them with gesso using my finger and I LOVE how they came out. There is a bit of everything on the come in terms of charms and metal embellishments really, some Finnabair pieces, some vintage brads, metal charms.

The flowers, lace and flower trim were also from my Meg's garden stash too, which added that gardeny feel to the book cover. 

The in side of this mini has lots of pockets which hold lots of mats and I have able to use of pretty much most of the paper ephemera with the library card pockets, little booklets and matts.

I hope you like this project and if you have any comments or questions please leave them below.

11 December, 2014

Christmas layout by Sue Smyth

Christmas Layout 
by Sue Smyth 

Hi Bloggers
Merry Christmas to you all
I love a good Christmas layout
and gorgeous Meg's Garden papers are 
a great place to start to make a Chrissy layout.

Check out not one but 2 mini tutorials below
 on how to age holly leaves
 and make your own homemade faux snow.

I have added White enamel accents to the pine tree
and sprinkled with a little white glitter for 
a great snowy dimensional look

A neat close up of the chip frame with lots
of fluffy snow.

Add a row of pearls for shine and contrast to the frame.

I have painted the chip alpha with gesso, then paint
a thicker second coat and heat with heat gun to give a bubbly 
dimensional look. It looks so much like snow.

More of the snowy tree.

Start by dry brushing gesso around the edge of the patterned paper.
Attach the paper to sturdy chipboard to give it strength 

Step 1
Paint chipboard frame with white gesso 

Step 2
Paint with Distress crackle medium and allow to dry.

Step 3 
Then rub in Faded Jeans Distress ink into the crackles
 and wipe off with a wet wipe.

Step 4
Dab gesso around the edges when dry.

Step 5
Apply snow (see below for recipe) around the edges 
of frame and allow to dry.

To make your own homemade snow.
You can buy faux snow mediums but it is just as easy to make
it from any course or chunky glitter.

1 tablespoon of Diamond Dust
1 teaspoon of gesso 
1/2 teaspoon of Dimensional magic

Mix together and store in a sealed container 
until needed.

Aged Holly leaves
I love to alter the leaves I use to make 
them more realistic. This is one of the ways I do it

Step 1
Dry brush holly leaves with white gesso.

Step 2 
when dry daub with Peeled paint Distress ink.

Step 3
Daub over the out sides with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
To give an aged look to the leaves.
You can do this to any paper leaves,
not just holly leaves!

Meg's Garden products 

Happy Crafting 

Sue Smyth