30 April, 2015

Sue Smyth Forgotten Meadows layout

A Beautiful Garden 
by Sue Smyth 

The gorgeous papers from the Forgotten Meadows range
inspired me to create this layout. The photo is of my Great Grandmothers sister
in her garden in Victoria.

I have fussy cut the wisteria and adhered it 
across the bottom of the layout with 3 D foam tape.

A nice close up of flowers with gesso and spray ink.
I like to take the straw out of the bottle and dab
it around the middle stamens for a darker centre 

Add a little soft teased muslin for an old world look

I just love metal trinket, this one I have dry brushed with gesso. 
Add a pearl and surround with 2mm gems, to create
a piece of jewelry to adorn the page.

I have created a paper cameo, by die cutting floral images
from the papers. Then cup them with 
a stylus and a mouse pad to give 
a neat curve.

Adhere to the layout with 3 D foam tape. Then
snip a pearl strip up in twos and adhere 
around the oval with gel glue.
Yes this takes a while with a pointy tool, but it is the last
detail I do on a layout and I kind of like the 
meditative value of it lol

Emboss chipboard with gold embossing powder and I like
how I could add the letter A into the metal book plate.

Often I don't have the right word in chipboard, or the room
to put one. My favourite solution
is to whip out my mini alphabet stamps
and make a little scroll  

Flowers pearls and cameos, what better way to celebrate 
a forgotten garden photo

Megs Garden Materials

Happy Crafting 

Sue Smyth 

28 April, 2015

Fairies in the Meadows

Hello Bloggers

I cut out all the papers from the Forgotten Meadows book kit & made up the book with black cardstock for the pages using the stack the deck method & then attached the patterned papers I wanted to use for the book.

After several days of agonizing on what style I was going to use, I found some fairy papers in my stash that should have been in the 'To File" stack ( a common occurrence here in my work room).  There was my solution - not vintage, not really pretty, definitely not grunge - but fairies. I also had some fabulous fairy quotes that I decided to use as well as some new in stock 'Vintage Batik Daisies' that were in delicate pinks & greens but not enough colour to define those colours in the book.

This is the result:

Cover of book with invitation the the fairy ball double mounted, a vintage batik daisy, green leaves, a transparency butterfly & a jewel pin

The Invitation

Inside cover & page 1 using Watercolour Fairies #3352 mounted on lavender cardstock to highlight the wisteria, 

page 2 embellished with a butterfly charm, a fairy quote, white puffy rose & some green leaves

page 3 is embellished with another 2 quotes & a heart charm tied with ribbon

page 4 features a fairy form Little Garden Fairies #3350, another fairy quote, a puffy white rose (distressed to add some colour) & leaves

page 5 uses a fairy from the same paper - this one is double mounted to highlight the roses on the paper

A Fairy Spell from Lady Cottington's fairy book - also double mounted to show up the beautiful pink roses on the paper.
Lady Cottington's Book is an absolute must for lovers of Fairies

Magical Fairy Dust is an absolute necessity for any Fairy Book

page 8 has a little book shut with tiny magnets, embellished with another Vintage Batik Daisy

Inside the little book

Page 9 uses ephemera from the book kit tucked into a black cardstock flap embellished with off white lace

page 10 has 2 fairy quotes & a transparency butterfly

page 11 uses several of the book kit ephemera distressed & torn on the edges tucked into a black cardstock flap the length of the page; another transparency butterfly is attached to the page; a vintage trinket cut in half & tucked at the top & bottom of the vintage lady on top of the flap.

Inside the back cover. Vintage corners are used on the front & back covers

Spine of the book - a stip of lace, a vintage baticj daisy & green leaves

back cover - ephemera from the kit & a Watercolour Fairy

I hope you like my little book - you could easily add some photos into the flaps of the fairies in your life.

Forgotten Meadows Book Kit
Vintage Batik Daisies
Watercolour Fairies #3352
Little Garden Fairies #3350
Butterfly Transparency
Puffy Fowers & green leaves
Pins of Jewels
Vintage corners & trinkets
Magnetic discs

Some Hints:

Transparency Butterflies:  Bend the sides of the body using a ruler & bone scorer.  Make sure that there is a definite crease. Add double sided tape to the body (size the tape to width & length of the body). Attach to your project. The butterfly will stay with wings ready to fly away.

Puffy flowers:  They are made of paper so they can colour the edges of the petals with distress inks or spray the entire flower.  When using the paper leaves, mould the shape over your finger, pencil or similar object sp that they are not flat.

Bye for now

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