23 March, 2018


today I'd like to share with you pretty cards
 made with the 'shabby chic background' collection of papers
the little angel is from a previous collection
love the square doilys
the metal greeting is from my stash

circular doily & fussy cutting, tinted muslin & scattered beads

folded square doily, fussy cut roses, tied ribbon & lace 
a separate tag with ribbons, lace, roses & fussy cut flowers & butterfly

lace & muslin cream flowers & fussy cut roses tied with a bow

 circular cut out raised & die cut irregular circles
fussy cut flowers, silver butterflies & bling

lots of fussy cutting, frilled lace, soft bow with a silver frame

cut out 4 images & mounted them, cut & mounted a larger image
 tied with a pink bow 
Hoping these cards have encouraged you to
spend time browsing MEG'S GARDEN
wander through the blog to be inspired by the 'GARDEN GIRLS'
Mini square & Circle doileys
L2902 lace
L3054 lace

Shabby Chic Backgrounds

Thank you for visiting Megs Garden blog
Happy scrapping 
Hugz Annette 

22 March, 2018

One Paper Torn in Half

Hello Bloggers

I took 1 piece of paper from the Shabby Chic Backgrounds Collection Card Artist Pack & tore it in half & decided to make 2 cards in totally different styles - 1 Shabby Chic & the other Slightly Grunge.  Did not think it would work BUT ...

This is the paper I chose - the Music paper

Here are the 2 cards:

1.  Shabby Chic Style

The cardstock chosen was a deep rose colour from my stash (sorry no source colour available)
I used a round doily background & layered the torn half of the music paper - this was distressed, inked & the edges curled. The pink edges were from my blusher brush

 The embellishments include a Pink Wild Rose, 2 White Paper Lilies, 1 Cherry Blossom with tinted pink edges & a Small White Paper Flower surrounded by a diecut flower with pinked edges (m356 open roses) as well as 3 paper leaves.  The pink die cut with a pearl highlight is from diecut Carousel m392.

There is no inside deco on this card since I had a slight woopsie with a bottle of glue which glued the card together.

2.  Grunge/Slightly Grunge/Masculine

The other half of the Music paper.   I was quite amazed by the results of my experiment using the 1 paper with 2 totally different styles.

The edges are distressed more than the first card, inked with frayed burlap & the corners curled. Cardstock was a light brown taupe & the layer was a scrap from old papers. The jute string was tied around the brown cardstock & the black diecut (Large Gears m277) was tucked behind before mounting on the card of ivory cardstock.  
 A Cut & Create Ephemera was foam mounted & a skeleton leaf tucked behind it. The other black diecut is from die Scribbles & Scrap m3130.

Inside the card are more scraps.  The brown/taupe cardstock creates a spot to slide a scrap of the patterned paper embellished with a vintage trinket. 

The other inside has more scraps of cardstock & cut & create pieces.
The black die cut is from the same die used on the front - Scribbles & Splat (I think this is the splat) m3130. This is a great & fun die. Some more jute string to carry the design through the card

It was fun doing this experiment which I did not think would work - I challenge you to try it.

Bye for now

19 March, 2018

Gift envelopes with alchemy 101 | Marina Gridasova

Hello Meg's Garden fans!
Marina is here today and I want to share with you my new projets with  Alchemy 101 collection. You know this is vintage collection with mixed-media look but also it's perfect for men works. Want to see the proofs? Here they are!  :-) Three different gift envelopes with one Alchemy 101 collection :-)
the first one
 some close-ups:

 I wanted to create different works, so decided to use contrast papers and here background is in cold grey tones and central cluster is in warm brown tones. For all envelopes as first step I fussy-cutted all the details from Ephemera sheets and after just layered all of them before got the perfect result.

the second one:

 here I used warm colors for the background and added dark elements for the contrast. the big clock is perfect for the main accent :-)

and the last one for today
 a few details:

this envelope is my fav :-)  because it is in light colors, despite the vintage appearance of the collection and the abundance of brown. and the best part of it this little pretty tag :-)

Hope you were enjoyed and inspired by my works and this collection and will create your oun Alchemy 101 projects!
Have a great day,

17 March, 2018

Beautiful Day Cards

Hello everyone! I hope that all is well. Today I am sharing two cards that have made using the same stamp set. I have used the Altenew Beautiful Day stamps and coordinating dies to create my cards. I am a huge fan of the Altenew stamps. They have such beautiful stamp layering sets that are elegant and versatile to create cards with. These sets along with the inks are available from Meg's Garden.

For my first card, I stamped my card onto watercolour paper and heat set it with gold embossing powder. I used a combination of distress markers and Tombow markers to colour the stamps in.

For my second card, I used the Altenew ink to stamp the images, and the coordinating dies to cut them out. I used the following inks for the flower: pink diamond, pinkalicious, rubellite and razzleberry. For the leaves I used frayed leaf, forest glades and evergreen.

I used foam tape between my layers to add dimension.

Meg's Garden Supplies:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs from Cathy

15 March, 2018

More Cards with Dies & Shabby Chic Backgrounds

Hi Bloggers
Three more cards:

First card is simpler than most:

  • ivory cardstock with a grey mat under the Shabby Chic cream & white patterned paper
  • champagne organza ribbon is tied under the gray mat to the front of the card
  • the cut & create flower is from the sheets with this collection; the edges are distress to cover the white core of the paper (also a great way to hide errors in fussy cutting)

  • only 1 side of the inside of the card is used.
  • grey mat has a pocket with tags & decorated on the edge with die m3129  Edge with curls.
  • the pockets hold tags tied with cream satin ribbon for sentiments, journaling of any other insert

Second card:

  • uses the same patterned Shabby Chic Background as the first
  • I decided to experiment with colours on this one - the card is made with grey cardstock with an ivory mat.
  • the edge of the cream & white patterned paper is torn & distressed - Frayed Burlap
  • a chocolate organza ribbon is tied around the top of the card which opens up - anchored with clear glue dots
  • a brass corner charm is glued to the bottom corner
  • a white paper flower with black stamens, 3 chocolate small roses & taupe satin ribbon added just below the half mark of the card.  A green stem is used as a small colour element

  • only the bottom half of the inside of  the card is decorated
  • an ivory mat is added, a brass corner charm for the corner, the small oval frame (the smaller frame from Scalloped Oval Frame die p6745 holds one of the vintage ladies from the Cut & Create Vintage Ladies pack 28139 (digi & printed)
  • the vintage beauty is finished with some pearls & a taupe ribbon

Card number three:

After 2 simpler cards I let my head go to get very busy with some embellishing & inside card decorating
Especially when the papers are in blues.

  • blue cardstock is the base for the blue & white multi media patterned paper
  • the netting is tied in a knot; 2 puffy white roses, 3 white mini rosebuds & a blue iris satin ribbon added.  The stems of the puffy roses are curled & added.
  • the die used is Elegant Lines m242 but it is actually cut in half horizontally, blush pearls added & the 2 pieces added above & below the floral embellishment
  • pearls were also added to the 2 large roses - probably not necessary

  • inside the card I was very busy
  • on the left side I created a pocket on top of the panel of patterned paper. A vintage beauty & some tags were inserted. Lace along the edge & some velvet flowers & rose paper leaves decorate the front of the pocket

  • the right side of the inside of the card has a vintage beauty anchored on 1 side only for tags & inserts.
  • the die cut is done in a dark lavender & is the same one as the front - Elegant Lines

  • a close up of the front of the card
I think these 2 posts cover the details of the 5 cards made using Shabby Chic Backgrounds with Dies.

Have fun creating your cards. Step outside your comfort zone with colours, textures & embellishments.  There is nothing better than when giving someone a card, that they say how 'gorgeous, beautiful, elegant etc' for the front & when it is opened they say even more!! Oh Wow!!  The card is a finished art piece.

Experiment when using your dies - because the die is pictured vertically does not mean you have to use it that way - try it tucked under a floral embellishment & coming out at an angle;  use just pieces of it; cut off flowers from a frame; cut it in half.  Keep you cardstock scraps to experiment with.

I would love to hear from you on your ideas using dies.

Bye for now

13 March, 2018

Two Cards using Shabby Chic Backgrounds

Hi Bloggers

With new dies & new papers on my work table, what does a girl do?

She just has to try some of them out - just to make sure they are OK to sell of course! Not just for fun!

 The first card is in pastel dusty pinks:

  • Pale pink Spotted paper on ivory cardstock with pink matting
  • pink antique nylon ribbon is wrapped around the inside of the card & tied into a bow on the front - I use clear clue dots to keep the lace in place & to anchor the ties where I want them
  • white puffy rose is inserted through a rose die (m356) with its edges tinged with my blusher, pale pink rosebuds, rose leaves, cherry blossoms, pink tassel & pale pink satin ribbon
  • waterfall 1 die (m376) with blush pearl highlights

  • inside the card shows the ribbon wrap with tags for sentiments
  • pale pink rose, a clock from cut & create sheet of Shabby Chic Backgrounds foam mounted on pink cardstock & a white doily

 The second card uses green as a highlight color:

  • Silver grey damask on ivory cardstock
  • Champagne organza ribbon in a bow with a hatpin, pearl & green bead is pinned through the bow
  • green paper leaves, cherry blossoms & an apple blossom flower on the side of foam mounted oval frame die (p6745) with cut & create ephemera flower

  • the oval (from the same die on the front of the card) is foam mounted with a small embellishment
  • the green die cut is from die m242 - Elegant Lines
  • the other inside is a panel from the same patterned paper with a die cut flower from the same paper - this die is an old one from my stash

Hope the 2 cards give you some ideas for your 'card ideas file' as well as showing some of the die cuts in action

Bye for now