17 September, 2014

Butterfly Bay Window by Angela Johnson

Hello my crafty friends.

When I received my Slide Mailers from Meg's Garden, I really loved the shape of the windows.
I had so many thoughts and ideas rolling around on how to use these little beauties, I just had to use one.
These are obviously designed to hold securely your glass slides for postage,
but I had a different purpose in mind.
Coupled with some beautiful paper from the Correspondence Collection
designed by Kerry-Jean Watson and some butterfly images, I created myself a little bay window scene.

Can you tell that recently I have been on a bit of a canvas and Mixed Media kick.

For this project I carefully separated the pieces of a Quad Slide Mailer, and slightly curved
the windows to create my bay window.
I then cut my sheet of Distressed Letter paper into little bricks.
To allow the bay window to pop, I dry brushed my brick background with a little Gesso.
I also die cut the leaves and flowers from paper from the Gentleman Collection.

Meg's Garden Products Used
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
6" x 8" Canvas
Matisse Turquoise Background Paint
Flower Die

I thought this might make a wonderful gift to a special someone.
So as a bonus project, I created a handmade card to accompany it.

Meg's Garden Products Used
Other Products Used
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Leathergrain White Cardstock
Cardstock Scarps for Matts
Cheesecloth Offcut
Flower Die
Doohickey Die
Chocolate Kaisercraft Pearls

Thankyou all for stopping by and happy crafting to all.

15 September, 2014

The Gentlemen Mini Album by Kerry-Jean Watson

Hello there crafters. Todaying I am sharing my next project for Meg's Garden. 

I created a mini album using The Gentlemen Collection I design from Meg's Garden. I have been itching to do another mini album but didn't have anything to put in it, until I realised I have a lot of pictures of my archery adventures. This is now my archery brag book. 

There is a youtube video at the end of the blog post which shows the construction and completed project in it. 

I used the Kathy Orta Hidden Hinge mini album method which I really like as you can create so many pockets and interactive pages. 

Inside the front and back covers I created pockets for extra photos and cabinet cards.
Two of the pockets in the mini album were created to hold small booklets for journalling as well, there you will see when you watch the video below.

Other Products
various washi tape
Tim Holtz metal books corners

Thanks for reading and please leave a comment or question.

13 September, 2014

Home Canvas Set by Nicole Doiron

Hello everyone at Meg's Garden!

Nicole here, and I am thrilled to be sharing with you this very special project
created with some beautiful Meg's Garden products.

Home Canvas Set

I made this canvas set as a special order from a neighbour who wanted to offer it as a gift to her brother.  She had a lot of old and new pictures as keepsakes of her brother's life.
I immediately thought that the Meg's Garden Correspondence collection would be perfect 
to document all these treasured memories from the past and present.

The first and main canvas measures 12" x 12", featuring the most recent pictures of the man's life.

Large Canvas

I used a mixture of papers from both the Correspondence and Gentleman collections, many embellishments available on the Meg's Garden website as well as lots of 2Crafty chipboard.
All papers were distressed and misted with various color inks to give the canvases a more aged look.

The big Moonlight fabric flower seen above was a perfect focal point for the flower cluster 
on the large canvas as it is quite large itself, measuring at 11cm diameter.
I gave it a more antique look by dabbing brown ink on it followed by white paint. 
The Puffy Paper Flowers were just as perfect, being that they're very thick and ideal for giving added dimension and relief to such a project.

Adding a strip of Burlap Trim covered by the Watchband Silver Trim 
gave just the right amount of antique and at the same time pizzazz to my canvases.

You can see here a close-up of the mixed media techniques I used on my canvas.  I started off adding layers of the beautiful Meg's Garden papers.  I then used a stencil with molding paste to add texture and then went crazy with the mists and white paint for whitewashing.

More close-ups of the details...

And finally a sideways look to show you the depth of the canvas.

Each side canvas I used to document the earlier memories and older pictures 
measure 15" x 6" approximately and were less deep.

Small Canvas 1

Small Canvas 2

I added some several family-themed quotes that I already had in my stash.
I also added a few pieces of the Round Silver Diamante Trim with a brown gem inside each centre.

Below you see a chipboard keyhole that I covered with gesso, 
glimmer mists and paint to give it an old rusted look.

Wanting to keep the same look constant across the 3 canvases, I put smaller flower clusters on each smaller canvas along with butterflies from the Butterflies Collage Art ATC Paper.


One last look at some precious childhood memories...

My neighbour was very happy with the finished result and I can say that I made her shed a few tears.
She couldn't believe the finite details that I added and the amount of beautiful flowers and products used.
She had never seen scrapbooking done this way before.

I told her that it was thanks to Meg's Garden!
Thank you for joining me on this DT reveal.
If you liked this project, please visit my blog at http://scrap-utopia.blogspot.com to see more.

List of supplies used from Meg's Garden Shop
The Gentleman Collection 
Gentleman (P6407)
The Correspondence Collection 
Distressed Letter (P6402)
Letter from Tucson 1909 (P6403)
Mademoiselle Louise (P6405)
Butterflies Collage Art ATC paper (ATC015) 
Fabric Flowers 
Moonlight (mh003-4)

Paper Flowers & Leaves 
Puffy Paper Flowers (puffies)
Small Roses white 2 cm (008wh)
Watchband Silver Trim (RBY47)
Round Silver Diamante Trim (RBY28)
Rafia & Burlap
Coffee Burlap/Jute 38mm (burco)
Jute Twine (twine)

11 September, 2014

Something Vintage and Something Shabby

Hello friends! I hope that everyone is well today. It's Cathy here and as my title suggests, I have something vintage and some shabby to share with you. I am using two collections, both designed by Kerry-Jean Watson. The above layout 'Laugh' uses papers from The Gentlemen Collection which you can purchase from Meg's Garden. I created a masculine themed layout using this collection and yes, I do incorporate flowers into them!

The photo is of my brother when he was little and I just love it! I added some extra stamping, some script stamps and splatter stamps once I had worked out the position off my elements. I fussy cut some of the ephemera elements and also die cut some banners. I inked the edges of these using dark brown ink to add definition to them. I also tucked in some trinkets, hemp and some Dusty Attic cogs which I also coloured in using chalk ink.

Hint: I keep left over cardboard packaging. I cut off small strips and glue it to the back of my photos so that I can tuck in embellishments. Using foam tape didn't give me as much height to add last minute fibres or embellishments.

I also fussy cut this element from one of the papers and die cut the banner. I used a chalk ink to colour in this chipboard title. I also used foam tape to add dimension.

Supplies from Meg's Garden

A Gentleman's Bike
A Gentleman's Ephemera P6413 and P6413A
A Gentleman's Automobile
Dusty Attic Mini Cogs
Oatmeal Coloured Flowers

Other: The Dusty Attic Dusty in Bloom Smokey Blue,  Prima Chalk Ink Dark Bark, Memento Rich Cocoa, Bobunny Midnight Frost Clear Stamp, Tim Holtz Spills and Splatters, Kaisercraft Duchess, Twine, Hemp, Scrapmatts Assorted Words, Spellbinders Foliage, Green Tara Cherry Blossoms, JustRite Label and Banner Dies, Watch Tinket and Charms.


My second project is a shabby chic card. I am using one of the papers from The Correspondence Collection mini pack. All of the papers have a neutral background, which make them perfect to personalise for any special occassion.

I love using die cuts in my cards. I created on open heart and added clusters of flowers. I also used some lace to compliment the lace featured in the paper. I added some flat back pearls which I had in my stash for some bling. I stamped my sentiment onto a tag and attached it using some foam tape again for some dimension.

Supplies from Meg's Garden
The Correspondence Collection Mini Papers

Other: JustRite Just the Right Words stamp, Memento Tuexedo Black, Kaisercraft Pearls Rose, Pearl Flat Back, Spellbinders Foliage, Twisted Metal Tags and Accents, Classic Hearts, Classic Scalloped Hearts and Back to Basics Tags, Key Charm, and Hemp.

Have a crafty day!


09 September, 2014

Moment in Time by Irit

Hello my dear crafty friends!
Irit is here again and this time I am going to share my new Meg's Garden Printer's tray made with Gentlemen collection, but as totally non- masculine project.
I always try to maximize my craft  supplies. Living in Israel makes the shopping  and shipping kind of Mission Impossible and for this reason I try to  buy the most versatile products to make the possibilities to use them  wider.
So Meg's Garden Gentlemen collection was the one I would never buy. But then I 've got it and  was amazed by the options and the hidden potential of those most gorgeous papers!
This Printer's tray was made with this collection- the strips only- and it's suitable for both genders and even looks a bit feminine with some butterflies and flowers arranged inside the tray.

I cut the strips and the single 12*12'' paper to fit the tray windows (lets say that I made it with no measure system; it was time consuming, but after all this is a big project that should be time consuming).
Each piece of paper was distressed and inked with a dark blue ink. In some windows I added extra tags and even covered then with Frames transparencies.I made some stamping with Vintage collage stamps, such as " Yesterday" or " Moment in time" sayings. Then I added a flow of transparent hand cut butterflies , some clocks and a hot air balloon. Almost 100% of embellishments can be found in Meg's Garden shop (see the list below).

 The only big  product added here are 2 big chipboards, one made as a title ; both are heat embossed with
blue, gold and black powders. I added 2 " found" pieces: one wooden button and one piece of old jewelry. I really like this vintage look of the tray and hope you like it too.

Supply list:
Meg's Garden products
Gentlemen collection
Vintage collage stamps
Frames 3 transparency
Old world time transparency
More butterflies transparency
Hardware metal
Vintage trinket piece
Grey blue flower
Ivory Pearls
Pen nibs
Key hole

 Other products:
Chipboards: ScrapFix
Embossing powders:WOW! Embossing powders
Inks: Clearsnap
Vintage wooden button; vintage jewelry piece; blue feather
Pearls: FWAB

07 September, 2014

Two "Gentlemen" Easel Cards by Suzanne Crowther

 Hi everyone its Suzanne back again with 2 more projects for Meg’s Garden.

This time I am using the “Gentleman’s collection” by designer Kerry-Jean Watson for Megs Garden.

This is a stunning collection of papers for men. For my first project I have made an easel card. I cut some card stock 12X6 score at 6 and 9 these are your fold lines. I used a burgundy colour I then cut some corrugated card to match that I fitted to the 3 inch section. I have used the mini card pack. I selected the paper with the colours to match my card stock showing a very elegant gentleman. I distressed the edges with two inks and using a black sharpie pen I highlighted the clock I also punched two holes in the top and added a piece of black chain. I then used some ferro and covered some chipboard cogs. I added the cogs to the front connecting them with another piece of chipboard then adding smaller cogs with a couple of braids in brass string was also added around the cogs.

For the inside I cut the “Gentleman’s Collection” Paper to 3x5 ½ inked the edges and card stock only 3 sides to form a pocket for the tag. I added a strip of paper using 3D mounts 1 cog and 1 oval chippy. I did use a rub on keys & lock and stamped I love you and memories. I then made a tag to match. I have tried to make the stunning paper a feature with the water marks and the aged look it was a pleasure to work with. You can find this paper collection at Megs Garden.
For my second project I have used the stunning paper from Megs Garden “The Gentleman’s Collection” Designed by Kerry-Jean Watson.

I really enjoyed making this card in particular simply because I basically just used these beautiful papers as with the other men’s card I did. With this card it is a twisted easel card I did use card stock in teal blue cut to 12x6 for the front of the card. I used 1 6x6 piece of brown card stock I then cut 2 gentleman’s collection papers to fit. I used 1 page from the mini kit with the gentleman sitting with his suitcase. I then took the other piece that was the same and fussy cut this image out I then inked the edges and used 3D dots to give a great 3d look. I did add a bit of blue ink to the suitcase. I cut some more paper from the piece I have fussy cut distressed them and added to the front of the card. To add a bit more dimension I also added rub on x 2.

For the inside I made a pocket I also cut a strip to match the front and a square off cut all have been inked and added to the front of the pocket. I fussy cut the compass out and used 3d dots to fit. I have used a wood chip suitcase coloured to match the card with a small rubons to the bottom right. With the tag I used the Gentleman’s collection and I cut out 1 small square picture on the cover of the pack to tie it all together these little square pictures are a great bonus to use.
Thank you for looking at my cards I hope you take this chance to pop over to Meg’s garden for some amazing papers and embellishments.
Thank You Suzanne.

05 September, 2014

Correspondence mens cards by Kerry-Jean Watson

Hi there crafters! I have some more cards I made using The Correspondence collection

I first create a lot of feminine cards with The Correspondence, but this time I went for a more masculine feel. 

The Correspondence papers are obviously from Meg's Garden as are the small metal gear charms, which I just love using. I also used a hot air balloon from the Around the World in a Balloon from the collage papers. The next card uses some of the same items as the first. 

This next card was just a throw together of some of the things lying around on my desk. I do this sometimes as a bit of a challenge to my self, of just being able to use what I have at hand. 

Again I have used The Correspondence collection and some of Meg's mini Backgournd papers and also a clock face from Old World Time transparency.  

I would love to hear what you think of these projects.
Happy Crafting!