30 November, 2011

Tutorial on Sandie's Book Card

As promised Sandie has written a blog with pics to show you how to make this fabulous project - what a great Christmas gift for a relative or friend

4 cardstock (12 x 12)
Dimensional adhesive dots/squares
Wonder Tape (or a very strong tape)
Double sided tape

Distress Inks (optional)
Strong Glue (I used Glossy Accents)
Travel Mini Paper Pack – Meg's Garden
Lace – Meg's Garden, Embellishments & ribbons

Ø  Cut 4 pieces of cardstock measuring 6” X 8”
Ø  Score each piece of cut cardstock at 1” going across the whole 8”. *See photo 1

photo 1

Fold each piece of cardstock like a fan & ink the edges *See photo 2

photo 2

Ø  Gather two pieces of your folded cardstock pieces, and gently place together, fitting each fold from one piece into the other.  *See photo 3
photo 3

Ø  Using strong glue, such as glossy accents, adhere only the two end tabs on each end.  *See photo 4
photo 4

Ø  Continue previous ‘step’ to complete the frame for your book card.  Getting the final cardstock piece in place can be fiddly. I find it easiest to weave the last piece of cardstock in and glue down on one side only, then turning over and gluing the other.  *See photo 5

photo 5

Ø  Hold in place till glue is dry.  Finished frame work for book card. *See Photo 6
****Please note, you may have to push gently, each concertina fold, to get the pages to zig-zag into each other tightly.  With gentle persuasion, this can be done without bending the cardstock – just remember to wiggle the cardstock gently****

photo 6
 Ø  Choose a piece of paper from your Meg's Garden, Travel Mini Pack for the main background paper of the inside of your card. Adhere with a strong glue or Wonder Tape to the back of your book frame. *See Photo 7

photo 7
Ø  Using Wonder Tape, adhere lace to outer edge of your book frame. Decorate as you please, using a variety of embellishments that are to your liking. *See photo 8 & 9
Ø  Cut a piece of cardstock measuring 21.2cms X 15.7cms for your back cover & cut a piece measuring 15.7cms square for your front cover.  ****Please note:  The reason I have used centimetres and not inches, is for precise measuring.  The book cards cover, needs to be slightly larger than the inside ****
Ø  Score the back cover piece of cardstock at 4cms and 1.3cms (1/2”)
Ø  Ink all edges

photo 8

photo 9

Ø  Before decorating and putting the cover together, use a strong adhesive to adhere ribbon ties to the outside edges of your cover *See photo 10

photo 10

Ø  With the back cover (longest, scored piece of cardstock), cover your 4cm area with adhesive/glue.  I use a mixture of both glue and Wonder Tape. *See photo 11
photo 11

Ø  Carefully adhere the back cover to the front cover so that the edges match up perfectly. *See Photo 12
photo 12

Ø  Adhere two pieces of paper from the Meg's Garden, Travel Mini Paper Pack – to the inside cover, and the other on the outside cover.
Ø  On the outside and inside cover, decorate as you please, and to your liking.  Don’t forget to add a journal label to write upon when your card is completed, and ready to ‘give’.  *See Photo 13 & 14 for examples of finished covers

photo 13 - Happy Christmas Cat Book
photo 14 - Summer Rose Garden
Summer Rose Garden inside pages

Summer Rose Garden page 1

Summer Rose Garden page 2

Happy Christmas Cat Book inside pages
Happy Christmas Cat Book page 1

Happy Christmas Cat Book page 2
Ø  Decorate the inside shadow-box area as you please.  *See photos of Summer Rose Garden & Happy Christmas Cat Book for examples
Ø  When you are happy with your decorating, using a strong adhesive/or glue to adhere your shadow-box into your book card.

Many thanks to you Sandie for this tutorial
If you would like a copy of this tutorial, please email me

Bye for now



29 November, 2011

Adriana's Vintage Summer by the Sea Collection

Adriana's Collection is awesome - the blue ribbons & fibres accentuate the vintage images, textures & embellishments.

Adriana's Vintage by the Sea Collection

I created an easel card using the water babes collage sheet, travel mini paper pack & vintage card.

Meg’s Garden Products used:
Travel Mini paper pack
Vintage by the Sea collage sheet
Vintage Bathing Belles 4 sheet
Forget me not antique blue velvet flowers
Ivory apply blossom flowers
Mini rose buds white,  Sea charms (thongs)
Cream lace, German scrap corners black
String of pearls, Blue & latter gingham ribbon
Cream Medley Fibres
Other products
Cream  & Black cardstock, distress inks.


I wanted to create a layout that depicted what life would be like in the early 1920’s at the beach.
No bikinis here, men wore suits and shoes to the beach.
Life at the beach is very different now.

Papers – Water colour by the Sea 3365
-     By the sea – collage sheet 3348
-     Vintage by the sea 1027
-     Holiday 12 x 12 paper
-     Wild Flowers field paper P6273
-     Cream Lace paper P6269 
Sea charm pack
German scrap corners black, Forget me not antique blue flowers
Raffia, Ivory apple blossom flowers
Mini rose bud flowers, Banyan Tree Leaves – natural
String of pearls, Blue & latte Gingham ribbon
Brown& Cream  & Autumn shades medley fibres, Cream Lace
Other products
Cream, Blue & black card stock
Compass and Rope stamp, Shells,Distress inks,Diecut letters

 Off the page project.
‘Triptych” means a work of art divided into 3 sections.
Very popular in  the 17th  & 18th century;  many art works painted in churches  were divided into three sections.

Using a Kaisercraft Bay Window Frames as a base which I painted
This is a free standing frame when tied together, creating a off the page project, something to display.
I used  the following
Meg’s Garden products
Raffia to hold the frames together
Holiday paper P6271
Vintage by the sea collage sheet
Watercolour by the Sea collage sheet
By the sea 3348 Images
Holiday paper
Travel mini paper pack
Vintage bathing belles 4 collage sheet
German scrap corners
Forget me not antique velvet blue flowers
Mini rosebuds, Ivory Apple blossoms flowers
Banyan Tree Leaves – natural
String of pearls,  Blue & Latte Gingham ribbon
Blue & Cream medley Fibres
Other Products
Seashells, Cream Mesh & Muslim, Distress inks.


Here I created a vintage photo album & scrapbook, Visit to the beach in 1920’s.
At the back there is a pocket to put postcards in.

Vintage by the sea collage sheet
Water colour by the Sea collage sheet

By the sea 3348 Images
Holiday paper
Travel mini paper pack
Vintage bathing belles 4 collage sheet
German scrap corners
Forget me not antique blue velvet flowers, Mini rosebuds
Banyan Tree Leaves – natural, String of pearls
Blue & Latte Gingham ribbon, Blue & Cream medley Fibres
Embossed keyhole, Sea charms
Other products
Life’s journey Tag Book by K&CO
Cream mesh & muslin, Starfish, vintage diecuts, black & cream cardstock.

Well done Adriana

Bye for now

26 November, 2011

Sandie's Summer

These are Sandie's beautiful creations from her chosen pack of goodies.

“Summer Roses, Best Wishes Card”

Travel Mini Paper Pack
Doilies: Square & Circle

Layout – “Summer Memories”

Layout – “Summer Memories”
Time zones 12 X 12 Paper
Embossed Silk & Satin 12 X 12 Paper
German Scrap - Fleur border
Off White Open Rose
Ivory Paper Roses
Time Zones A4 Paper
Travel Labels A4 Paper
Pins of Jewels
Lace L28970 & L29220
Paper Lace Doilies: Square & Circle
Tulle ruffled edge around the outside 

Summer Fairy Garden “Shadowbox”

Summer Fairy Garden “Shadowbox”

Watercolour Fairies 2 transparency
Summer Couture 12 X 12 Paper
Embossed Silk & Satin 12 X 12 Paper
Lace 1.6cm L28970
Travel Mini Paper Pack

Summer Rose Garden, Book Card


side view of card book

inside pages

Summer Rose Garden, Book Card

German Scrap – French Flourish, Key Hole Lge, and Corner Decorative.
Embossed Silk and Satin 12 X 12 Paper
Lace L28970 and L29220
Paper Lace Doily
Time Zones 12  X 12 Paper
Travel Mini Paper Pack
Tim Holtz Journaling Tickets

Well done Sandie - beautiful takes on 'Summer'

Bye for now

25 November, 2011

Challenge #2 'Summer'

This is the information given to the Design team ladies for Challenge #2.  I will just copy the email to describe what 'guidance' they were given.

Your next challenge is:
This can be whatever you want - you get to choose the products & name your Collection (must have Summer in the name) & its objective is to showcase Meg's Garden products. These are some of the options I came up with - you can choose 1 of these or define your own:

. Summer garden
. Summer Holidays
. Summer at the Beach
. Vintage Summer Swimming in the sea (use the vintage by the sea
. Victorian summers
. Dreaming of Summer
. Summer flowers

It can be any kind of Collection - cards, boxes, OTP, scrapbooking pages
.... if you are not a card person, don't do cards - there are no rules.
Once again, please go to the website & collect (within your normal budget) - papers (collage of any size, backgrounds etc), charms, ribbons,german scrap, stamps, any embellishments you want.

I thought it would be extremely interesting, & I think you will too, to see what 4 ladies did with the above challenge.
Think about what you would do & check out the results.

I have Sandie's fabulous projects & will put them up this weekend

Bye for now

21 November, 2011

Christmas Cards from Simply Cards Issue #37


I wanted you to see the cards Denise made for this issue - the CoverMount is a 36 pad of 6x6" Denise's Vintage Christmas papers - free on Australian Simply Cards Issue #37 - on sale now.  The directions for each of these projects is in the magazine - well done Denise


shaker card

Lots of inspiration & ideas in the cards

Bye for now