30 July, 2014

The Sky's the Limit by Angela Johnson

Hello all my crafty friends.
Today I am bringing you my very first Design Team Project for Meg's Garden.
When I first received my papers from Meg's Garden I was so excited, the papers were gorgeous.
The only problem was, because I liked them, I didn't want to cut into any of them.
Well, that wasn't going to get me far was it.
So I took a pair of scissors, took a long deep breath, and cut into a sheet.
For this month's project I choose to work with The Gentleman's Collection
designed by Kerry-Jean Watson.
The papers are beautifully distressed and aged, and are perfect for masculine projects.
I thought this canvas would look great hanging in a gent's office for some inspiration when needed.

 This paper collection just called to me.
I love hot air balloons; I think they are majestic and awe inspiring.
I still remember around 17 years ago travelling to work at 5am and seeing their outlines
in a misty sky. Simply Beautiful.

For this project I wanted the look of a sunrise, so I cut 2 strips the size of my canvas.
I then cut both sheets at one time so the rays would line up.
I distressed and inked all my edges with Vintage Photo.
I also moulded each balloon and banner gently to give them a 3D look.
For the quote, I took the commonly used 'The sky's the limit' and added to it.
I really like how it turned out.

Meg's Garden Products Used
Other Products Used
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
4" x 12" Canvas
Matisse Turquoise Background Paint
Black Sharpie

But wait, there's more.
What did I do with all the leftover pieces of paper?
I made a card and a tag of course.

The first is quite a masculine tag.
I just loved playing with that starburst/sun ray pattern.

Meg's Garden Products Used
Other Products Used
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Kraft Cardstock
Turquoise Brad
Yellow Leaf and Blue Flag
Recycled Packaging
For my tag however, I wanted to take the papers in a different direction.
I wanted to show the versatility of The Gentleman's Collection.
I created a feminine tag with lots of Meg's Garden embellishments.
  Meg's Garden Products Used
Other Products Used
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
 Sheer Ribbon, Gold Bottle Cap
Chocolate  Pearls
Recycled Packaging (used as Tag base).

Thank you all for stopping by and happy crafting to all.

28 July, 2014

Tags for Gentlemen By Kerry-Jean Watson

Hello all you crafters out there.

Today's post features tags created using my new collection The Gentlemen Collection that has been created through Meg's Garden.
 For all of these tags I have used the mini pack papers from the collection for the bases. 

For the first two tags I wanted to go all out with masculine elements and where else do you go for this but to Tim Holtz. I made my selection from Meg's Gardens very own Tim Holtz Studio category. Choosing Mini Gears and Word Brands, Pen Nibs, Film Strip Ribbon and Ornate Plates. I also threw in a few of Finnabair Vintage Trinkets from Prima that I had left over from a previous project. In the background of the first tag you will also see a little bit of a vintage Advert poking out the side, this is from the Transparencies section titled Ink. I really do love using transparencies in my work, as you can see a clock face which comes from Old World Time Transparency as well. The writing ephemera on the second tag is from the Correspondence Cut & Create. The mini bottles are also available from Meg's Garden where she has a good range to choose from.

These next two tags, as you can see, are a bit different from the first. I have fussy cut the image from the mini pack page stuck them down with some foam tape ( which you can't really tell with these photos). Behind the both cut outs I added the lovely vintage ephemera also from the Correspondence Cut & Create. There is another clock face from Old World Time Transparency and some of Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon. I added one of Tim Holtz Keyholes on one and a Pen Nib on the other to enhance to whole look. 

For these last two tags I used similar items to the first 4 but added the corrugated cardboard to add some dimension and again I have snuck in another Tim Holtz Plaquettes to add to the grunge look.

I hope I have inspired you all out there. Happy crafting and let me know what you think.

26 July, 2014

Vintage Girls File Folder Mini

Hello everyone, Patti here from the USA, this is my first blog post for Meg's Garden and I must say how happy I am to be a part of this team.  For my first project I had anticipated making a set of note cards until I received my package.  Once items were in hand I changed it to a File Folder mini album.  I love making mini's and have seen so many tutorials floating around YouTube the last few weeks I thought I'd make one to share with you.  

I fell in love with the Vintage French Girls and wanted to incorporate them within the pages of the mini.  As I said the construction was done with 1 1/2 manila file folders cut, folded and glued to form pockets and pages.  You can see from the photo above I had a fabulous time using all sorts of bits from Meg's package.  I used the pearl sprays and my favorite flowers, the Carabella Rose Posy in Fairy pink, oh how I love these flowers.  I dyed the seam binding and the lace to match the papers and embellishments and to finish off the front.

Throughout the book I used The Gentlemen's Collection and The Correspondence Collection designed by the talented Kerry-Jean Watson for all pages, mats and tags.  The girls became a focal point on each page.  Using the scraps from the file folders I made tags and supports for the backs of my pockets.  You can see I've matted and fussy cut the girls to form pockets for the photo mats.  I also created a top pocket which has a post card.  All papers are highly distressed using Tim Holtz Distress inks in Gathered Twig and Tattered Rose.

I must confess when I first started the mini I intended on just using The Correspondence Collection but as I got started I saw how easy it was to interchange the papers and elements, like the clock above (which is part of the Ephemera Cut & Create paper), with The Gentlemen's Collection as well.

I loved how these pages turned out.  By using the little tiny girls (which are included on the included bonus strip) I created tiny postage stamps which I grouped together and double mounted to form the pocket for the tickets.  Creating an angle pocket draws the interest to the opposite page where the pocket holds a tiny booklet for three 3"x5" photos.

This is probably my most favorite page, I'm sure because I love this sleeping little cherub.  I backed her for support and then cut around her body to form the pocket for another tri-fold photo booklet.  There are several pages I haven't shown which will be included in the walk through on my video below, along with many more photos to give you ideas and inspiration to create your own mini.

Links to supplies from Meg's Garden Shop

Thanks everyone for sharing your time with me -- Patti

24 July, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing my first project as a new Design Team Member with Meg's Garden. I have decided to create a canvas. After seeing the papers, I felt inspired to create a vintage styled dress. The papers I am using are from the Correspondence Collection which are designed by Kerry-Jean Watson.

To create the background, I cut random strips of Tucson 1909 and French Account and glued them down with Mod Podge to the canvas. I then applied some stencils using modelling paste to add texture and also where the two papers joined. Once dry, I used different pink and brown mists and sprays to decorate.

To create the dress, I used French Account and Mademoiselle Louise. I made a paper mock up first to see if I could actually make it! I used a basic dress template to glue/attach each section onto as I constructed each section. The base section is 30cm x10cm and is just fan folded and attached using Scor tape.I also inked the edges to add definition to each section using a distress ink.

To create the ruffle/gathers, I cut 3 scallops and pinched them into shape. I then added bows and roses.

I used a distress ink to colour the centre of two of the flowers, just to add some colour.

Meg's Garden Supplies
Bridal Veil Flowers
TCW Specimens

These papers are just so versatile and I hope you have a chance to create with them.

Thanks for stopping by
and have a great day!

22 July, 2014

Two 'Correspondence' Projects with Marg Mifsud

Hi everyone!!!  Welcome to the Meg's Garden blog!!  So nice to have you here.
Today I'd like to share two items made with the lovely 'Correspondence' Papers designed by Kerry-Jean Watson for Meg's Garden.  These papers are absolutely gorgeous and so suited to all kinds of projects from dreamy feminine to vintage  and even masculine styles.  These two projects definitely fall into the 'feminine' category.
First up is a Step Card.

No cutting and trimming here!!  I just ripped the papers to size and then curled the edges a bit.  Added a little machine stitching for some interest and also did a little background work with a stencil and some Distress Ink but then I covered it up again.  I think you can still see a little peek every now and then though.

The sweet little butterfly is from Meg's Garden's More Butterflies Transparency Sheet .  The Dodo Vine Wire and  the small white rose and rosebud are also from Meg's Shop.  I'll leave a list of Meg's Products at the bottom of this page.

This card actually came about because I wanted to use that beautiful grey/blue Primula .. don't you just love the colour??  I know I do ... it is absolutely stunning in real life!   Love the gorgeous Heirloom flower too, these two blooms go so well together.   Added the circle behind the cluster ( after doing some stamping with Distress Ink) for some added interest and tore some tissue like paper into strips and curled them to fill the space.

The inside was also decorated with the papers.  I used the Mini Paper Pack for this card, they are a perfect size for cards and smaller projects.

And here is my card standing up!!!

The second item is an AT Block.

I make my Blocks from scratch and I absolutely love making them!  They can be used for so many different things.  This one I felt could make a lovely Wedding or Party favor.  You could fill it with almonds or a small piece of jewelry or whatever your preference may be.
After cutting the papers to size, I stenciled the side pieces with gesso before I glued it down and added some small pearls to the center of the flowers.  I edged all the papers with  gesso as well.  Once all the pieces were glued on I added the gorgeous Mini Rose Braid around the bottom.

The Dodo Vine Wire  on the top of the Block was  randomly covered with clear glitter although the photos don't show that very well.  The Ivory Primula  is another flower I absolutely adore and I just added a small die cut to complete the cluster.  The heart was cut out with Fiskars shape cutter and I simply glued on some of the paper, glittered the edge and wrote the thank you by hand.

I also lined the inside of the box with paper and daubed the edges with gesso.

 Here is the box filled with some lollies.  It only measures 2.75" x 2.75" but you would be surprised at how much you can actually fit in there.

As you can see, I have created two very different items with different sheets from the same Paper Pack.
I do hope you like both my projects and that I have inspired you today!!

Meg's Garden Products used
'Correspondence' Mini Paper Pack.
Dodo Vine Wire
Silk and Organza Primula
White Heirloom Fabric Flower
Ivory Primula
Mini Rose Braid
Small white roses
Mini Rosebuds

Thank you so much for visiting today and, while you're here why not check out the Meg's Garden Shop.  There are so many beautiful products to choose from.
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

20 July, 2014


Hello Everyone!

Here rolls in the DT post for Meg's Garden

For me life is continuously being hungry. 

The meaning of life is not simply to exist, 

to survive, 

but to move ahead, 

to go up, 

to achieve, 
to conquer.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger


Products used from Megs Garden
Correspondence Collection
 Open Rose  - white and brown
Metal embellishment 
The amazing new products at Meg Garden 
click HERE .
13arts - Gesso
13arts - Modelling Paste
13arts - Matte Sand - Ayeeda Paint
13arts - Ayeeda ink - Brown 
13arts - Ayeeda Mist - Chalk yellow

Thanks for stopping by..

18 July, 2014

Gentleman's Pandora Box by Adriana Bolzon

Hi there everyone, welcome bloggers....

Adriana here today, with a project I created using the wonderful papers from 
"Meg's Garden of Papercraft delight" paper, 
The Gentlemen's Collectiondesigned by Kerry-Jean Watson.

These papers are great for all your Vintage Projects.
So, as many of you who follow my blog and my
projects, will know that I love vintage and altering things.

I have a collection of old boxes, which are screaming to be
altered to some way, and are too good to throw out.

So, I have created, a "Gentleman's Pandora Box"
a place for a gentleman to collect little things and tokens along his travels. 

There is a little draw at the bottom of this box, so I also
created a very small notebook, which one
can hold photos, a collection of notes and memories.

So, sit back and relax, let me take you all back in time to around 1915, 
a time of simple things, where ladies wore long dresses with petticoats and 
men wore suits with tails and top hats. 

I decorated the outside as well as the inside of the box 
Here is the side view of the box.
All the metal elements are available from Meg's garden 

I lightly painted a little gesso on the metal elements to
make them look older.

Now I chose not to decorate the outside too much,
because these papers are so wonderful as they.
They have textured finishes, which is great.
I just inked around the edges to hide any white bits.

the front view of the box deocrated with
metal elements from Meg's Garden embellishments.

For inside of the box,
I decorated the lid and compartments.
Here I decorated it with washi tape,
Metal and chipboard cogs.
All available from Megs Garden Website

Now I want to show you what the box looked like before
I altered it. It was very blue and has a lid that lifts off, 
I think it was a jewel box.
It has little compartments inside and a little secret draw on the bottom.

Inside the lid. I altered all the metal cogs with
distress paints and ink.
Making them look very old and rusty.

The little draw pulls out to reveal a mini notebook inside
which I also created with The Gentlemen's Collection

Some little treasures a Gentleman collects on his travels. Mini Glass bottles
a little compass, some coins and metal keys...

The mini Notebook with some of
the inside pages.

List of Materials used from Meg's Garden website
here are the links to all the products
Please check out all the wonderful products 
and see all the design team members inspirational work at

Thanks for looking, till next time :)
Cheers Adriana XX

17 July, 2014

Correspondence Heritage Layout

I have all these old photos of my maternal grandfather who was born in 1905. There aren't a lot of photos of him as a young boy but a lot of him as a young man. I just love this photo of him relaxing in a garden chair in a suit.

I used the Correspondence Collection as a base for the background and paper stack. I added some coloured texture paste and sprayed some watered down gesso over the background. There is some of the wondrous Dodo Vine Wire in the background which is awesome to use. I love using Finnabair Vintage Trinkets- Gears too I couldn't not passed including them. 

I added some Postmark Washi Tape  with some other washi tape I had on hand, along with some wood veneer clocks which were inked with some of Ranger's crackle accent. 

This layout will most certainly be added to my family album.