31 March, 2012

So Much Fun

Hello & happy Easter

Eila cannot just do one layout - when she is on a roll just watch out.

This layout shows Eila's superb talent for fussy cutting & is absolutely wonderful - look at the gorgeous butterflies adding dimension to the layout; the arrangement of the flowers in the corners giving it weight & balance.

Eila describes her layout she calls 'So Much Fun' as:
'Here I have used one of the papers from the Le Belle Jardin Collection - Ma Fleur Rose P6296 - and combined with bouquets of fussy cut spring blooms from the new collection, a mauve velvet pansy and delicious fussy-cut butterflies.

Once again the photo is not my own, I found it on internet. It caught my eye because of the happy feel it has to it, just look at that little girl in her dotted rainhat and cute little mac.  I have tried to convey a feeling of sweetness, fresh spring and lots of the fun little people have when running'.

You have certainly conveyed that Eila - and beautifully.

This beautiful paper in delicate shades of pink can be found at Ma Fleur Rose - Le Belle Jardin Collection

Thanks Eila.  It is a gorgeous layout & I am sure we all wish that we could run around having fun like that.

We are going into Autumn now in Australia & have just put our clocks back 1 hour so fresh spring here is just a memory but always nice to remember.  The leaves here are starting to change colour & fall & it is almost time to pull out the electric blanket & more coverings for the beds.

But it is springtime in this blog today.

Under What's New & exciting are:       What's New & Exciting
  • new fabric flowers & leaves
  • Prima petal pins
  • new colours in the German glass glitter - gold, copper & black - perfect for darker coloured layouts
Bye for now

Birds in Forget me Nots


Eila presents her layout project that she calls 'New Spring Shoes'.
She is using Birds in Forget Me Nots P6303 with some beautiful flowers & embellishments. Love the pearl centres on the forget me nots - they really make the layout stand out. Also love the cut out butterflies. In fact, I love every bit of it.

This is what Eila says about her layout: 'The photo is not one of my own, I found it in our county photo archives. However, it could very well have been me standing there on a visit to town in the 1960's although this photo was taken in the 1950's.

Each spring mummy and I travelled into town to buy us both new spring shoes. For as long as I can remember, they were always brown and very sensible with shoe laces. My dad used to polish the shoes of our family on Sunday mornings before going to church. For him it was important that they didn't look scuffed. I don't think I have to say that the first pair of shoes that I bought with my own money were RED!

The new papers are a paper-and-scissor-girl's dream, so many gorgeous details one can cut out! I really love the stripey old-fashioned paper combined with the sweet forget-me-nots.'

And Eila, the stripey old-fashioned paper really loves you & the combination is gorgeous - well done!

The Forget Me Not Collection pf papers can be found at  Forget Me Not Collection

There are also some beautiful new fabric flowers, some new velvet leaves & gorgeous packs coordinated by colour - these are all under the 'What's New & Exciting' category 

Bye for now

27 March, 2012

Accordion Book

Adriana presents her 'Bird Art Journal' using an Accordion Book Kit.

Cover of Book

Back Cover


'I decided to make my accordion kit into a mini book, A Mini Bird Art Journal.
First I covered the foam covers with Music sheet paper, then glued the pages together, so it formed 6 pages to decorate. I wanted this book to look like a study of different birds - a vintage journal style book, with a very rustic feel to it.
Before I glued the covers to the inside pages, I used Tim Holtz Die cut “Hardware Finding” using the long hinged shape, cut out of Grungeboard, I inked them and secured it in place with brads. This created a hinge for my mini book. Then glued the pages to the cover. All the lace I used from Meg’s Garden was white, I stained them with distress inks to make them look vintage colour. I did the same to the Paper doilies.

Front cover & Back cover Megs’ garden materials are:
Paper doily small , Key, mini rosebuds, gingham ribbon, Foliage, lace, white paper gardenias, tassels,  
Collage images Bird of Paris 3341A,
French  writing ephemera collage sheet 3377,
Other materials
Dusty attic frame and dragonfly chipboard
Ink, paint, hessian, letters.

Inside pages
Megs’ garden materials are
Lace, Gingham ribbon, forget me not flowers, tag,
Paper doily, Mini Oval Frames, German glass glitter,
Birds of a feather stamps kit from TJ designs
Designs Galore ATC 023 light rulers
Birds of Paris collage sheet 12 x 12 -  3341A
Other Materials
G45 Paper of Tropical birds,
Calico, ink stains, feather, brads, kraft stock card, Music sheets paper.

You can make more pages to this book by cutting up more Card stock and glue it together.
I really enjoyed  and had a lot of fun making this mini book, I hope it has inspired you to create one for yourself.'

Thanks Adriana - fabulous book - well done.
I have made several of these little books & they make a great present - have a look at the 'Engagement Book'

Accordion book kits details & purchase info
Bye for now


24 March, 2012

Victorian Era

Gayle has approached her Victorian layout in her own unique way - a page of contrast.

"Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new".    Henry David Thoreau.

Gayle says: 'I love the Victorian era with all its elegance and attention to beautiful detail....ruffles, bows, flowers and exquisite fabrics like velvet and chintz.. I also love contrasts, so my page has a photo of my daughter as a hair model for a national competition last year ( they came 3rd. ), surrounded by Victorian women, dress forms and beautiful flowers.'

"Fashion is made to become unfashionable".    Coco Chanel

PAPER:               RED ROSE TOILE  3382A
                              EAU DE COLOGNE  P6293
                              ROSE ABUNDANCE  3383A
                              ELEGANCE  P6265
                              SCROLL ROSE DELIGHT  3381
                              STRIPED PINK RIBBON
                             PINK ORGANZA GOLD EDGED RIBBON
                              FRENCH WHITE OPEN PAPER ROSE
                              ORGANZA LACE FLOWER WITH DIAMANTE
                              SMALL PINK AND GREEN LEAVES

A really fabulous layout Gayle - well done

Bye for now


18 March, 2012

Victorian Era from Sandie

Sandie has taken us into the Victorian era with a gorgeous Memory Canvas wall hanging, framed Victorian Flowers & a Victorian Tri-fold Tag Card.

Sandie says:      'The Victorian Era (1847 – 1901 with the reign of Queen Victoria) was a time in history when many new beginnings unfolded, and individuals described the era a time of ‘enlightenment’.  It was an era of change, and those who were in the middle class and upwards lived, surrounded in opulence.  Women created beautiful ornate embroideries, tapestries and wore beautiful gowns, their waists tiny, from the tight capture of a corset.

My creations were inspired by this era, rich and opulent, ornate and delicate.....'

Victorian Memory Canvas

Meg’s Garden Products
Tassels, Paper Roses & Rose Buds, Lace Organza Flower, Pins of Jewels, Paper Leaves, Boxboard Frame
Ribbon, Gardenia Flower

Other Products:
Braid, Prima Flowers, Birdcage & Stamp, Imaginarium Designs chipboard ‘Cherish & Adore’, Texture Paste, Paint, Tim Holtz Crackle Medium ‘Rock Candy’, Beaded Fringe.

Framed Victorian Flowers
Meg’s Garden Products:
Lace, Velvet Pansy ‘Cherry Magenta’, Primrose Posy,Forget-Me-Nots ‘Pale Pink’ & ‘Antique Blue’
Green Paper Leaves, Pearls, Lace (6.3cm ‘Off White’)
Paper Remnants from various leftovers

Other Products:
Black Cardstock, Prima Flowers, Hand-Dyed Lace Motifs, Bee Charms, Martha Stewart ‘Frond’ punch, McGill ‘Fern’ punch, Urn.

Victorian Tri-Fold Tag Card
Meg’s Garden Products:
Clocks Paper, Tags, Paper Doily, Tim Holtz ‘Tattered Florals Die’, Ivory Paper Roses
Forget-Me-Nots ‘Pale Pink’,
Paper Elements from ‘Travel Mini Pack’, 4 X 12” ‘French Garden’, Lace, Ribbon
Pearls, Butterfly Transparency

Other Products:
Old Book Pages, Distress Ink ‘Walnut Stain,’ Chipboard Piece, Bad & Eyelets ,Glimmer Mist ‘Taupe’, Tulle.

Fabulous details Sandie - well done

Bye for now


16 March, 2012

The Forget Me Not Collection

Denise Ann has designed some beautiful new papers- The Forget Me Not Collection.

It is a  stunning range of papers in elegant shades of blues, cream & greys.

Perfect to embellish with lace & flowers; a round doily or some of the new German Glass Glitters in Robins Egg Blue or the Cameo.  The new Paper Gardenias distressed with Broken China or Antique Linen inks are fabulous as are the Blue & White apple blossom flowers;  do not forget the velvet vintage Forget me Nots in Cream & Antique Blue or the fringe tassels in Champagne & Silver Blue.  The Butterfly transparency (Tr015) is also great for cutting butterflies for embellishing.

It is only fitting that her projects start the ball rolling with the new Design Team.

She has done 2 fabulous cards
The first is a beautiful easel card highlighted with glass glitter

The second card is a masterpiece of folds, die cuts & died ribbon - absolutely gorgeous.

Well done Denise - you have set the level for projects using your new papers - The Forget Me Not Collection.

The papers have been sent to the new Design Team & I am really excited about the projects they are going to show you.  I am sure you will be as well.

You can find the Collection at http://www.megsgarden.com/ under the 'What's New & Exciting' category

Bye for now

07 March, 2012


Eila Sandberg from Sweden presents her first project as a DT member & it is extremely beautiful & very Victorian.

What a fabulous start as a new DT member - great work Eila - love the details, flowers & embellies.  Well done

If you have not visited http://www.megsgarden.com/ since mid this afternoon (Wed 7 Mar) you will not have seen the new papers - The Forget Me Not Collection designed by Denise Ann has just been posted. 8 gorgeous 12x12" + 4x12" strip, a mini pack of papers & 2 A4 Elements papers. They are at the printer & expected to be in stock in a couple of days.  You can find them under 'What's New & Exciting'.  There are also some new Prima embellishments & new Tim Holtz.

Bye for now

02 March, 2012

Bonjour Paris

Adriana has us all visiting Paris in her time travel adventure - we have saved fares & hotels because she has presented us with the best of Vintage Paris.

Two absolutely beautiful 'Bonjour Paris' cards & the most awesome book.

The Bonjour Paris Collection

2 cards
Front cover of the Book


Back cover of book
Adriana describes her project:

"Bonjour Paris"
'I wanted to create a theme around Paris.
Paris is such a magical city, which one day I would love to visit.
I created an 2 cards and a book cover which holds an accordion set of pages about vintage Paris. This is a keepsake that holds a memento of a time in Paris when the Eiffel Tower was built for the World Fair in early 1889. It was to hard to bring it down so they left it there.
120 years on and it is the very symbol of Paris. A great work of Art.
This book is cover on the front and back, inside this is a folded accordion pages decorated with vintage paris pictures and vintage french ladies.
I hope I have taken you on a trip to Paris in the early 1900's.

Meg's Garden materials are:

Le Belle Jardin 6x6 papers and French Garden paper collections.
Ribbons, lace, paris charms, chipboard frame, velvet and paper flowers german scrap, gold charm little frame embellishment, small doilies, transparency bird cage and french pot, vintage french ladies collage.

The accordion pages are just black card stock with patterned papers on top, just showing a little of the black card stock around creating a border. Then the photos have a border of cream stock card, then black stock card and that's all it is all flat.'

How fantastic are these projects?
Beautifully done Adriana - love the layering in the book; so many elements to amaze

Bye for now