30 June, 2013

New DT Members

Hello Bloggers

Today it gives me great pleasure to welcome our 7 new members to the Design Team:

Amy Prior               www.amyprior.com

Annette Gearside    http://annette-momentintime.blogspot.com

Geraldine Pasinati   A Fabricated Journey.blogspot.com.au

Helen Wallace        http://texturesandtales.blogspot.com.au

Jen Waugh             http://allformyprincess.blogspot.com.au

Linda Thompson     http://6diamonds1sapphire.blogspot.com.au

Sandra Scott          http://kiandra-kreations.blogspot.com.au

At this time we say farewell to Sandrine & Shell - we wish them the best & say thank you so much for their fabulous projects over their DT term.

Also lots of new goodies on the website:

Raffia in different colours, Burlap/Jute & Seam Binding

Exciting designs on Washi Tape

New Flowers

Bye for now


27 June, 2013

Stephanie uses the Elements as embellishments

Hello Bloggers

'Hi, it’s Stephanie here with a layout of some pictures of my daughter and niece when they were on their trip through London and Europe last summer. As soon as I saw the new Elements papers and tags from Meg’s Garden I knew they would be perfect for the pictures of them in Paris. I printed the pictures out in sepia colors to go along with the paper colors better.

I used some background paper from my stash and then cut out the “Paris” tag and a blank tag from the “Vintage Ornate Tags” sheet and I then printed the date and names out onto the blank tag. I double matted the photos with a light and dark brown cardstock. I cut a piece approximately 4x6 from the “Vintage French Writing” paper which I inked over with some Vintage photo distress ink. I also cut out a strip from the “French Cinema” paper and one of the clocks from the “Old World Time” sheet. I distressed all my papers and tags etc with my distress tool and with distress ink and layered them as shown.

I wanted to use this beautiful organza lace flower and leaves from Meg’s Garden on the layout and also a few small cream colored Prima flowers from my stash along with some small die cut leaves as well as a tiny handmade rosebud that I put between the torn paper. To finish the layout off I printed off a graphic of the Eiffel tower and used some pop dots on it for a 3D look.'

Fabulous use  of the Elements as embellishments on this Layout - well done Stephanie

Bye for now

26 June, 2013

Stephanie Uses the Elements Papers

Hello Bloggers

Stephanie creates a Father's Day card with a Vintage Map as the background & she explains:

'Just a quick card I did for my husband for Father’s Day which could basically be used for any occasion by just changing the sentiment on the banner. The bottom two layers are papers from my stash, one which just happened to have gears on it so it went perfect with the clock from the “Old World Time #1037” sheet. I cut a piece of paper from the “Vintage Map #1035” sheet which I thought was appropriate since my husband is a truck driver and is always on the road doing deliveries. I added some gears from my stash and a bit of burlap I had and you have a great masculine card! TFL!'

Elements Collection

Fabulous selection of the papers & embellishments Stephanie - well done

Bye for now


24 June, 2013

Sylvie Creates with Elements

Hello Bloggers

Sylvie explains her  unique creation:

'... this is my creation with the Elements  Collection (Vintage Tags, The French Cinema), Dream Believe from The Ode to a Summer's Day Collection, Discover and Remember 1078, and French Garden.

I used Vintage Tags to create a background and cut the frame in Dream Believe paper in order to stamp the title "love love.."

The Tags can be removed to include journaling.. I used also French Cinema Elements paper because it goes well with tim Holz film strip ribbon...

To finish & complete this layout I created a 3D frame with watercolor paper...

I hope you'll like it... hugs'

Love it Sylvie - a totally unique use of the Elements papers along with the Ode to a Summer's Day - well done.

Collections used:

Elements Collection
Dream Believe from Ode to a Summer's Day Collection
Discover & Remember Paper 1078

Bye for now

21 June, 2013

How to create fabulous leaves

Hello Bloggers

Leaves are an essential element when you have a sprig or bouquet of flowers or even just a bud on a project.

There are several ways you can accomplish this:

  • Dies (these 3 dies are new & back in stock) - they are easy & perfect when you have a scrap of paper just the right size.  They are totally unusual when cut on paper that has antique writing or with swirls or fancy details. The first die cut Leafy Foliage shows the details of the veins of the leaves.

Leafy Foliage
Layout by Heather Jacob - blog posting 22/03/2013 - shows how she uses the Leafy Foliage die 

Card by Heather Jacob 07/05/2013 blog post shows the Leafy Foliage die leaves out of cardstock & outlined with a black pen

Paisley Leaves - 4 dies - 2 with open cuts 7 2 without
Filigree Leaves - set of 3 different leaf dies

  • Stamps
LaBlanche Leaf stamp - 2 different stamps

Adriana Bolzon cut & coloured her stamped leaves using Vintage Photo, Wild honey and Bundled sage Distress Ink stains to colour the leaves -- her project can be seen blog post 05/06/2013.

  • Velvet Leaves

Chantilly Velvet Leaves - pack has 36 leaves 3-5cm long
Add some antiquing at the edges is you need some depth. They have a wire centre vein so you can easily shape them.

This card from Adriana Bolzon on her blog post of 05/05/2013 shows her use of the Chantilly Velvet leaves on the lower left corner sitting behind some viola flowers & some punched leaves on the right lower corner behind some velvet forget me nots

  • Paper LeavesSince they are paper, you can paint them; start with a spritz & a small amount of water to stop the paper from tearing when you add paint. The paint will saturate the paper & then blend. Use any of your paints with a wet brush. Air dry or use a dryer & then fluff up.

Paper rose leaves - 50/pk 2.5cm

These are also perfect to add dimension with distress ink.  A tiny bit of glass glitter or dimensional magic adds rain drops

Small pink & green leaves - perfect for buds
 Pack of 10 leaves - pink, white & green 1.25x2.9cm
Very delicate - perfect addition to pink or green ribbon

Small & medium paper leaves
5 leaves per pack. The small leaves are 2.5cm; the medium leaves are 5cm.  Curl the edges with a pencil or a skewer; add some dimension with a distress ink to match your project.

Dried Skeleton leaves - 10cm

Fabulous with an Oriental or an organic project 

Brown paper leaves
These are available in packs of 5 - 2 sizes of leaves med leaves are 5x2cm & small leaves are 3.25x2cm. They are great with raffia or twine but you can also see below that they also really work with pink satin ribbon

The brown leaves do really well on a neutral background. The first pic shows them with a neutral flower on a complex background (artist: Jane Tregenza) while the second pic shows them on a simple neutral page. The wire allows for simple shaping.  Tiny twigs can also be found at this time of the year that are perfect for organic art projects.

Tools for leaves:
A bamboo skewer, pencil or something round for curling the edges. 
Leaves are never flat. The paper & velvet leaves are great because they have a wire down the centre which makes them easy to bend & shape. 
Play with your leaves - have a good look at nature; overlap them, shape them & make sure you distress the back of them.

Hope this gives you some great ideas.

Bye for now

17 June, 2013

A Birthday Card from Stephanie

Hello Bloggers

Stephanie has created a Birthday Card & explains her project:

Your Day card

'Hello everyone, it’s Stephanie here with a quick card that I made for my sister for her birthday. I used the “Blue Paradise” paper from Meg’s Garden for this card. For my card base I used a light mauve piece of cardstock cut to 10” x 7”, so when folded in half would give you a 5” x 7” card. I then cut a darker purple piece of cardstock cut to 4¾” to 6¾” for my second layer. My third layer was cut (4½ x 6½) from the center of the blue paradise papers which has a faint print of a man and woman on it. I didn’t do any distressing of my papers as I usually do as I wanted it to have cleaner lines to it.

I then cut out the sentiment and the gate using my Cricut machine and placed and glued them down where I wanted them on the card. I don’t know about you but I love fussing cutting the papers from Meg’s Garden, which is what I did with the flowers from the same Blue Paradise papers. It’s rather hard to see in this photo for some reason but I have popped up the flowers with foam pop dots for a 3D look. I also printed and cut out the butterfly graphic and covered it with glossy accents. Once it was dry I glued it down onto the card but just in the center so I could bend the wings up. That’s it, so simple but looks so pretty with these beautiful papers from Meg’s Garden! TFL!'

Materials Used from Meg’s Garden
Papers – P6251 Blue Paradise

Other Products Used
Mauve cardstock
Purple cardstock
Cricut machine cartridges – “George” and “Ornamental Iron”
Butterfly graphic
Glossy Accents

Pop dots

Great Card Stephanie - well done

Bye for now

13 June, 2013

DT call out email change

Hello Bloggers

For those interested in the DT call out, please use:


Other email not working for some reason


11 June, 2013

Adriana creates with Tea dyed Laces

Hello Bloggers

Today we have Adriana with a layout that has been featured in 

"Australian Scrapbooking Ideas" Issue 20

Adriana explains, "My commissioned asssignment was to create layouts, 
using Tea and Coffee.
In the magazine, there are step by step instructions on how to a create this
tea dyed layout and tea dyed lace flowers.

All the laces I used are available
and were supplied to me

You can find them all HERE
A Mother's Love lasts a lifetime

The photo was taken in 1941 and is of my Grandmother holding 
my mother when she was 9 months old
This photo is very creased and damaged
because My Grandfather took this photo with him in
his pocket when he went to Africa in the World War 2.

All the papers are from 

Meg's garden
FORGET ME NOT paper range

Thanks for looking.......Cheers Adriana XX  :) "

Bye for now, Meg

06 June, 2013

Design Team Call out

Hello and Attention to all Papercraft Artists

We are looking for a few awesome Australian Papercraft Artists who can showcase 
the Meg’s Garden products!!

If you LOVE Papers and lots of embellishments and use them to create layouts, cards & off the page projects then show us what you love to do!!

We are looking for talented artists who inspire others to create.

What is expected of a Meg’s Garden/Designs Galore Design Team Member?
 ·          The ability to showcase our products!
 ·          Take good photos or scans of projects

The Details –
·          Design Team is for 6 months from 1st July 2013 – 31 December, 2013.
·          Create a minimum of 1 layout/project per month posting on both your blog and the Meg’s Garden Blog – dates will be given when team in picked.
·          Promote Meg’s Garden/Designs Galore by posting the above layouts/projects on other online galleries and blogs with working links to the blog.

For further details please email megforeman@bigpond.com

Meg Foreman – Mgr Director Meg’s Garden P/L which owns Designs Galore

Thanks & bye for now

05 June, 2013

Adriana creates with La Blanche leaf stamp

Hello Bloggers

Adriana has created a layout  
using the La Blanche stamp- LEAVES.
Meg's Garden website are stockist and sell
these wonderful stamps which are available here

Wishing you happiness

The stamp used is a new release 
from La Blanche

 in the packet you receive 2 stamps, 
Adriana used the one with the script writing in the background.
Stamping the sections of the image around the side of the cardstock 
and down the middle of the cardstock
for a background and she also stamped on an extra cardstock. 
Colouring and cutting out extra leaves
Using Vintage Photo, Wild honey and Bundled sage Distress Ink stains to
colour the leaves.

Adding foam tape underneath the leaves to
give them more depth, creating a cluster of leaves
falling down. The fine details of these stamps, 
each vein of every leaf, looks so real.

The butterfly is from the TRANSPARENCIES also 
available from Meg's Garden, 
so bright and detailed are these butterflies. 
They look great on any project.

Adriana also fuzzy cut flowers from

Forget me nots fabric paper  P6305
and created some Lavender coloured 
flowers from
the new paper collection
Lavender Rose P6342 - 
The rose collection papers.

all fibres and Velvet flowers

all available from Meg's Garden website
The paper lace Doily underneath the photo

has been slightly tea dyed with tea mixture.

Other materials
Imaginarium Designs - word title
"Wishing you Happiness"

Thanks for looking

Bye for now

02 June, 2013

Elements on a Card by Shell

Hello Bloggers

On this post you can see how the Elements are used on another card.
This one is by Shell:

'Hi There!

Shell Carman here today.
Meg’s Garden have recently released some Fabulous products called Elements. They are gorgeous images to fussy cut & include on your projects. Perfect for cards & pages!

I have used some Elements products on this card.

The Elements products are a mix of paper & transparent images which give lots of different texture on your projects

Megs Garden Products Used
Elements A4 Vintage Ornate Tags   Elements
Elements A4 The French Cinema
Elements A4 Old World Time Tranparency
Le Belle Jardin Collection Eau De Cologne
Lace L2976
Ribbon R609 Grosgrain light pink

Thanks for looking!

Fabulous use of the Elements Shell - love the combination of the pretty touch of pink & lace as an embellishment. You have captured my reasons for putting the Elements Collection together.

Bye for now

01 June, 2013

Elements papers on a card by Sandrine

Hello Bloggers

This card is all about the using of the Elements Collection of papers, transparencies & old book papers - Sandrine shows us her version:


Just a quick post to share a card I made for my sister’s birthday using the latest papers "Elements" which are just gorgeous!

I have to admit I haven't made a card in months! So I am very rusty!

I just used my favourite elements for design: circles, chipboard, lace and banner, very quick and easy.

I also added some handstitching for some detail.

Meg's Garden products used:
- Elements - Vintage Handwriting French - 1034 -
- Elements - Old World Time - 1037 -
- La Belle Jardin - Ma Fleur Rose - P6296 -'

The Elements can be found at  Elements papers & work with any of your stash of papers & embellishments as you can see here.

Beautifully done Sandrine - exactly how I imagined the Elements Collections would be used.

Bye for now