29 March, 2013

Sandrine's Coaster Album - pics 2012

Hello Bloggers
Sandrine's little girl is the star in this album

Sandrine explains:

'"An Ode to a Summer's Day" is such a pretty collection, I did not have any trouble finding inspiration. The soft yellow tones in the papers remind me of my little girl's beach blond hair, so I decided to create a mini album with my 10 favourite photos of her in 2012. I mainly used yellow, green and beigy colours throughout the album, I wanted to give it a very soft touch. I also wanted to add some funky elements to my overall design such as banners, polaroid photo frames and some personal touches such as dry embossing and punched circles.

Love the square doilies, I cut the borders off and used as accent throughout the album

Love the ferns in the papers! And I also cut some of the words out as embellishments!

Here I used a doily for my background instead of dry embossing: 

I cut some triangles out of Meg's paper to make little banners, I repeated this element throughout the album to tie the design together!

Here I joined the green leaves together to create a flower accent! 



A gorgeous book & what a fabulous reminder of your beautiful little girl in 2012 - treasured memories.  Well done Sandrine.

Each page is wonderful - love the way you have styled your book so that each page is different but remains part of the hole.  The chippies are fab as are your choice of embellishments with flowers, rosettes & banners.

Bye for now

27 March, 2013

A Wedding Card from Chantal

Hello Bloggers

Chantal explains why this particular card:

'I had a layout to send you but I was contacted by Scrapbooking Memories to post it to them so I can't give that one to you now.

I have card to share though, I make cards all the time, but I rarely put them on my blog.  Mainly because I usually make the card for an occasion and off it goes on it's merry way... out of my life and into someone else's!

So this card has been made for an upcoming wedding and I've used sketch #50 at retro sketches…'

I have made a posy out of some lovely Manor House Creations "Taneisha" flowers and all the patterned papers, transparencies, ribbon and lace trim are all from Meg's Garden.

I've mixed two collections here - The French Garden Collection (Pink Passion) and the new Ode to a Summer's Day Collection (Green Stripes of Summer).  I love how these collections can so easily be used together for colour contrast, whilst still complimenting each other so well.

I also have some fantastic news, Meg!  My layout featuring little Heidi is on the front cover of the latest issue of Scrapbook Creations!!!  Soooo excited!  I have put the cover on my blog - although I haven't seen it in real life yet (subscribers have their copies early!) - now I'm wishing I was a subscriber!!!  Lol!

Love the card Chantal & I particularly love the fact that it is not the trad white & silver wedding theme.  Well done.   The combination of papers is great; the touch of purple really creates a statement & the cluster of flowers in the same purple, yellow & pink finishes it perfectly.

Fab news on the front cover spot!!  Have put the magazine on my 'to do list' to stop in at the newsagent.

Bye for now

25 March, 2013

Card from Evgenia

Hello Bloggers

Evgenia shows us her card using paper from the Couture 2 Collection: 

'I tried to recreate the real nature scene. Love the colour combo of this vivid rose and green.'

Love the Card Evgenia - well done
The colour of the flowers you used for embellishing has made a dramatic impact & highlights the card beautifully.  The scrollwork, birds nest & bird are fabulous.

Bye for now

22 March, 2013

Blooms and Blossoms by Heather

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Heather explains her LO:

'These new papers are such a delight to work with and I decided to compliment them with some roses and blooms and a photo to match . I have used green cardstock to tone in with the Summer papers and inked random sections with a mask and stamping and gesso .
Leaves Cluster
 The leaves are diecut with Cottage cutz /leafy foliage  – using a combination of The Summers Dance and A Summers Day papers.          Cottage cutz /leafy foliage

Flowers & Leaves cluster

Title - Blooms

The title BLOOMS has been altered.
Firstly  glue to the page.
Brush with gesso .
When dry add some Versa color ink.. sage and rose .
Next step add some Tim Holtz crackle paint and allow to dry.
Stamp with a background stamp for dimension and interest .
( I used the chicken wire Kaisercraft acrylic stamp)

Stamping on background

Megs Garden items used .

Buds of May P6335
A Summer's Day P6333
Summers's Dance P6337     Ode to a Summer's Day papers
Forget me not - antique purple Fn035    Velvet Forget me Not flowers
Mini Rosebuds - pale pink 1cm gt-pp       Paper flowers & leaves
Off White Open Rose                 Open paper roses

Thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to have a play with these divine summery papers.
Hugz from Heather x'

Heather - your layouts are so outstanding & this one is no exception - absolutely fabulous.  Well done.  There are so many elements, layers & embellishments - do not know where to start - so gorgeous - each & every piece.  The stitching, the pink brads, the stamping & the clusters. I am blown away.

Your LO was the reason that I purchased the Cottage Cutz Leafy Foliage die for the web site

Bye for now

20 March, 2013

A Forget Me Not Card from Sylvie

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Sylvie also believes in doing a card on all sides & shows us how she does it:

What a beautiful card to receive - this is certainly one that will be kept forever. Well done Sylvie.  Love the way you have done all sides of the card - I do not know which page I love the most - they are all exquisite. The hanging tag on the front is a special touch.

Sylvie has used the Forget Me Not Collection of papers, laces, a doily, flowers & butterflies - so beautiful

Bye for now

18 March, 2013

Stephanie's card & layout

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Stephanie is also working with the new papers - Ode to a Summer's Day in her card & layout.

'“Love is Timeless” Card

I used the new “Ode to Summer’s Day” collection for this card. I thought that the image of the man and woman would be nice for a card that could be used at anytime of the year to give to someone you care about.

I cut the base for my card out of a pale green cardstock which, when folded in half would make a 5” x 7” card. I cut the bottom 5” x 7” out of the “Summer’s Dance” paper. What I love about these papers is there is the 4” x 12” strip of matching papers to the 12” x 12” sheet which is perfect for when you're making cards, you don’t have to cut into that pretty 12” x 12” piece, you can save that for a layout or another project. So I cut out the image of the man & woman out of the 4” x 12” strip of paper, which would be 3” x 4”. Out of the 4” x 12” strip of a “Summer’s Day” I cut a piece 5½” x 1 ¾” and I then used  a piece of Green Toile paper that I had in my stash approximately 4 x 1 ½. I distressed and inked all of the papers and laid them out as shown in the photo. I added a strip of lace down the left side of the card and added one of the white Meadows flowers and used two of the Dusty Attic leaves in the top left corner.'

'Ode to Summer’s Day

Buds of May P6335
A Summer’s Dance P6337
A Summer’s Day P6333
Flower – mead Meadows
Lace L2920
Leaves da810
Green Toile  P6295

Other Items Used
Mini alphabet letters
Green Alphabet stickers
Green rhinestones'

'Back-In-Time Layout

I love these new papers from the “Ode to a Summer’s Day” collection by Denise Ann. For this layout I used “A Summer’s Day”, “A Summer’s Dance” and “A Summer Bouquet”.  I distressed all the papers on this layout with my distress tool and also some Vintage Photo distress ink by Rangers. I die cut the Summers Day paper and then laid that down on a piece of pale green card stock and another piece of paper from my stash.

For the pieces under my photo (yes that’s me way back in 1955, lol) I cut one of the corners off the Bond 25 Square doily and used some of the distress ink on that. I then cut a piece from the top left of the Summers Dance paper (to get the paper that was more of a red color) and then a smaller piece of the Summers Day 4” strip (so it was a bit darker green shade).

The Summer Bouquet paper is definitely made for fussy cutting! So I fussy cut three pieces of the flowers from the paper to lay around the photo. I then took one of the white gardenias and inked it with Fired Brick distress ink and laid that down over the fussy cut flowers along with two of the Lilac & Lavender paper roses.

To finish off the layout I used some green alphabet stickers from my stash and outlined them with a fine tip black sharpie. I know you’ll love working with these new papers just as I do, TFL!'

Materials Used from Meg’s Garden
Paper -             P6333 A Summer’s Day
            P6336 A Summer Bouquet
            P6337 A Summers Dance
Bond 25 Square White Doily
Lilac & Lavender papers roses
White Gardenia

Other Items Used
Pale green cardstock    
FabScraps Victoria Tree paper
Vintage Photo distress ink
Fire Brick distress ink
Distress tool

Love both of these Stephanie - thank you for showing us how to do 2 different projects with the same papers. Well done.

The 4x12" strip that comes with the 12x12" paper is certainly extremely useful for adding to layouts & off the page projects but you have shown us that it is also perfect for cardmaking.

Bye for now

16 March, 2013

Ulrika's Layout - 'You and Me'

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Ulrika explains:

'I´m totally in love with the new beautiful collection! The pretty colors and the gorgeous patterns made me create with heart, soul and joy! For my page I have used Summers Dance and Apple Blossom. I used it as background and for
all my die-cut doilies and the banner too. I have also used Basket weave rectangle doily and Grassy Knoll flowers. One thing that really set the feeling on my page is the large flower from Manor house creations. To make some interesting color dots I used the cute Forget me not Flowers in Antique purple color. A really fun page to create!

Hope you liked it! Hugs from Ulrika!'

I totally love it Ulrika - well done.  Love the use of the doilies;  the flower clusters are really gorgeous & I really like the placement of the photo.  You have used the new Ode to Summer's Day collection of papers especially well.

Bye for now

14 March, 2013

Apple Blossom Card from Denise

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Denise Ann shows us her card using one of the new papers:

She has fussy cut around the apples on the front so that you can see the inside of the card.
The inside of the card has been decorated with the balance of the paper - P6332 Apple Blossom.

Denise Ann is famous for her cards but she says ' a card is not finished until the inside is' & this is a perfect example of what she means.

Beautifully done Denise - well done & a gorgeous use of the Apple Blossom paper.

Bye for now

12 March, 2013

New LaBlanche Stamps are in the shop

Hello Bloggers

As you know, I do not carry many stamps but I always make an exception for the LaBlanche range - the designer Jacqueline Blanche is not only fantastic at creating such artistic & unusual stamps but is also a true artist when it comes to their use - some of her creations using the new stamps can be seen at my web site:

New La Blanche Stamps - March 2013

Well Written

Leaves - 2 stamps


Around the World

Time Collage

  • add charms - bees, around the world, compass, clocks;  a butterfly is never amiss
  • cut out Transparent Butterflies from Transparency #Tr105 & shape their wings
  • the Tim Holtz Pen Nibs
  • the 2 leaves stamps are perfect for embellishing some of Denise Ann's papers 
  • I am sure you can come up with some perfect chippies
  • As always with her stamps, you can just use a part of it

Other new products for March:

Another new product that I thought absolutely fantastic for Denise Ann's papers - especially for those who love the look of fussy cutting but hate to cut (me)


11 March, 2013

A Summer's Day Garden on reversed canvas

Hello Bloggers

Adriana explains her fabulous reversed canvas/shadowbox project:

“Summer’s Day Garden -  Reversed Canvas”
by Adriana Bolzon

'Creating canvases are very popular at the moment and I have seen many turned around, reversed, this enables you to create a shadow box effect.
I decided to give it a go creating one with the new papers, “Ode to a Summer’s Day”.'

'I created the 3D Summer Bird House using the Tim Holtz - Artful Dwellings diecut.  I fuzzy cut the apples and leaves from the Apple Blossom paper and with the inside part of this paper I diecut the leaves.  I added the rich burgundy colour of the velvet flowers from Meg’s Garden.
The scene inside the canvas is from the Summer’s Day Collage sheet.

I now have create my very own Summer’s Day Garden.

Meg’s Garden MATERIALS used

Ode to a Summer’s Day paper collection
P6333 A Summer’s Day
P6332 Apple Blossom
P6334 Buds of May
Summer Days Collage sheet 3417
German corner scrap flourish – gold
Burgundy Viola Velvet Pansy, Velvet posies burgundy

Other materials used
Imaginarium Designs – little birdcage, picket fence, border flourishes, mini butterflies, oval frame.
Tim Holtz – Diecut Artful Dwellings,
Metal flowers and elements.

 Cheers Adriana XX'

What a beautiful Summer's Garden - so much work & a fabulous result - well done Adriana.
I love all the embellishing you have done;  the leaves trailing up the side of the canvas & the way you have made them 3D; the flower bouquets, the way you have fuzzy cut the paper to create the window & the corner scrap flourishes are a beautiful final touch.  Your choice of chippies is perfect.

Bye for now


07 March, 2013

Ode to a Summer's Day by Gayle

Hello Bloggers

Gayle shows us her take using 1 paper from the Ode to a Summer's Day Collection - she chose to use 'Summer Beauty' 

Summer Beauty -   This is the paper called Summer Beauty P6334 so that you can see how Gayle has used the cartouche in the centre to frame her beautiful photo & the various elements to embellish the Layout.

Well done Gayle - a fabulous layout & what a marvellous use of the beautiful paper 

More projects to come using this Summer Collection

Bye for now


05 March, 2013

Fabulous news for Bloggers from France

Hello Bloggers from France

You can now purchase a great collection of Meg's Garden papers at:


Virginie has chosen from the scrapbook papers as well as the Cardmaker mini packs

Make sure you go to her shop to purchase

Bye for now


04 March, 2013

Fabulous news for Japanese Bloggers

Hello Bloggers from Japan

You can now purchase a great collection of Meg's Garden papers at:

Chie has chosen from the collage papers, A4 papers, scrapbook papers as well as the Cardmaker mini packs

Make sure you go to her shop to purchase

Bye for now


01 March, 2013

Ode to a Summer's Day from Vicky

Hello Bloggers

Vicky uses the new Ode to Summer papers in the following LO:

Vicky explains:

' I have used some gorgeous Meg's Garden papers from the new "Ode to a Summer's Day" collection, plus the brand new Dusty Attic chipboard floral corners. All that combined with a doily and a few Green Tara flowers for a shabbylicious finish. These papers have such a beautiful pattern on them that you don't need to do much to achieve a polished layout.'

Great use of the papers Vicky - well done.  Love the simple embellishments used

Ode to a Summer's Day Collection
Paper Flowers & Leaves
Paper Lace Doilies

Bye for now