31 January, 2015

Card and Gift Box Set

Hello friends of Meg's Garden! Today I am sharing a card and gift box set with that I have created using papers from the stunning Butterfly Collection. When I saw this collection, my heart skipped a few beats as I simply love butterflies! I also love the rustic feel of this collection and of course the butterflies and the ephemera that is available.

For the design of my card, I picked up a blue/green hue from the paper and used it as my embellishment colour. I also used some Spellbinder's dies to create some borders to add an elegant touch to my card.

The box was decorated in a similar way to the card. I used a 4 x 12" strip to decorate the entire box. I also used similar flowers as well as fussy cut a butterfly to add dimension. I used some left over cardstock and Spellbinders Venetian Motifs die to create the corner piece on the four edges of the base of the box.

Meg's Garden Products

Other: Distress inks, Cherry Blossoms, Prima Flowers, White Lace, Spellbinders Dies, Martha Stewart Punch.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!


29 January, 2015

The French Garden Book Kit " One Fine Day" By Suzanne Crowther

Hi everyone hope your all well and getting ready for Christmas. I must say this would be a great kit to buy for someone it is awesome. For the cover cut your front and back cover 5 ¾ x 8 1/2 , I used a hard cardboard for this book. Cut and trim all your paper and place them between the cover and make sure they fit in nicely, trim if needed. Mark and punch the holes making sure your pages ae facing the way you want. This is a nice easy book. Gather your supplies I use couture creations cutting mat, knife, trimmer, glue dots, two way tape and Helmar glue (quick dry 450)

The Cover:

I used a beautiful paper on the cover found in the French Garden kit. I fussy cut the gate out and sprayed it with ink and glimmer mist, when dry I added some viva ferro to give the gate dimension I also put some flowers and the beautiful rose buds found at Megs Garden. The gate was glued to the bottom section of the over I also added the lock from Megs Garden.

The Pages:

I glued all the pages together as this paper quality is amazing and a good weight, I let the pages dry and when dry ink all the edges. I placed a heavy book on them which kept them very flat. I like to prepare all my pages first and then with all the work done I can play with the embellishments, ribbons and all the beautiful bits and bobs Meg sent me.

Page 1

I picked a page from the French Garden Kit in a soft green the other side had a darker green. So working on the light side I used a frame which I gessod I added a bit of metallic paint in gold. I stamped a sentiment and the butterfly is from the butterfly sheet found at Megs Garden. I did sew some yellow ribbon and then I added some flowers I also added flowers and leaves to the frame. Leaves have lots of gesso on them and the word cherish is cut from the paper inked in vintage. Photo is young Miss Charlotte my granddaughter.

Page 2

For this page I firstly used a white pen and highlighted the bird bath adding a bit more white to the wings of the birds. I then cut out the centre of a doily adding a photo this was polaced at the top of the page and I added a piece of lace to this. I placed a sentiment and stamped this page. I cut a 1 ½ inch scalloped circle from the paper and added the music circle, I inked in magenta and added glossy accents when fully dry glued to bottom left of doily frame.

Page 3:

This page had a beautiful chair with lots of flowers, my problem was this is such a pretty paper what to do was my question? I added a photo then I drew the chair over the photo as if charlotte was walking away this allowed the beautiful paper to shine. I added a crochet doily some flowers and leaves from Megs Garden. I did add gesso to the leaves to soften them. I used a rub on and paper from the kit in the top left of paper.

Page: 4

This age I matted a photo because I added a pocket to the left side adding some of the emphera from the kit. I painted up an odd piece of dusty attic chip I had and it fitted perfectly. This has been kept simple by just adding 3 beautiful butterflies from the acetate sheet adding a bit of bling to a couple of butterflies.

Page 5:

This is a pretty page with these beautiful doilies from Megs Garden, I cut the doily in half and placed it behind the photo I also added some beautiful trim. I put a rub-on on the label I then inked the edges and added the acetate butterflies and a small birdcage to the top left and just a bit of doodling to the edges.

Page 6:

The kit had this stunning frame which I loved so I fussy cut it out and added a sentiment I then inked the edges in magenta. I have added another doily this one has been folded, inked and glued behind the frame. I added some trim and a flower from Megs Garden. I decided to add some flowers to the bottom left frame.

Page 7:

This is a lovely page, I stamped a few bird cages onto the beautiful paper. I also cut 2 bird cages out of the kit. I added some gold trim from Megs Garden, the bird cages were inked and I used 3d dots to put them on the page. I fussy cut the butterflies out and stuck them on the page wit glue dots I added a sentiment.

Page 8:

This is lovely flowering paper and the kit had this stunning add for perfume. I fussy cut the add and made a perfume bottle. I did draw the bottle then I added lots of lovely trims from Megs Garden I did add another butterfly.

Page 9:

On this page I used the centre of a square doily to mount the photo on. I used viva gold to colour the frame, this beautiful little frame is from Megs Garden. I used some cardboard and made a small frame that I added a picture from the emphera pack then I covered it with glossy accents the from was finished off with some viva glitter paste green. I placed a few paper flower flourishes around frame and added a couple of flowers from Megs Garden.

Page 10:

Hope you like this page I love it, when looking at the kit I found this label with a small green cameo on the bottom right. I fussy cut the bigger cameo frame and I added some card stock to the back it was inked in green. The label was also inked in green and I added some doily to the edge. The cameo frames look good together and I added some black trim to the bottom of the page. I topped this with some beautiful flowers from Megs Garden and a die cut butterfly, the word beauty from the emphera pack. Between these pages is a half journaling page to write in at a later date.

Page 11:

I love this page if I tell the truth I love all the pages, again the beautiful bird bath that I used as a feature by colouring the birds in green. I did use 3 green copic pens then I added the red the word adore is in the kit this was inked with magenta, I fussy cut a butterfly and added a small photo.

Page 12:

Another beautiful page, I have used a vintage photo Megs Garden and I used the small round doily, I have cut the centre out and threaded some of this wonderful fringe trim around the doily. I added another label from the kit and another word dream both inked in magenta.

Page 13:

I kept the theme going with birds and cages on this page. I used a piece of the emphera and I fussy cut the centre out I then placed a photo behind it inked it with magenta and added a sparkly bow. The bird cage has been painted also the bird, I then covered the bird with gloss accents, and the cage has a coat of Kindy glitz. The little charm butterfly from Megs Garden adds some more interest in the page. The little bird on the top of the cage was painted red and Kindy glitz added. The 2 acetate butterflies I cut from the sheet, I have added some rhinestones.

Page 14:

I made a pocket to this page and added lots of little tags and tickets also a flower charm the word cherish is in the kit. I did add the small post card to the page a little pink bow and I made another small frame with cardboard emphera and glossy accents all have been inked with magenta or vintage ink.

Page 15:

I made up the envelope in the French garden kit then added the 2 cads playing from the emphera teamed with a beautiful vintage picture. I used a rose collectable on the bottom. The envelope also has tags and tickets in it.


I put the word exquisite in a frame inked it and topped with glossy accents. I cut 1” square inked edges and used a rub-on to add the words. Along the bottom of the page I ran a piece of ribbon and a heart from my stash. I di cut a butterfly, cut out and inked the word dream. When everything was in place I added a few rhinestones.

Page 17:

More beautiful pages and emphera, the word friends has been cut out and placed using 2 way 3d tape and I have added a chippy bow to the cage, a photo and I love you chippy. Glossy accents have been added to this and the bow.

Page 18:

I have ran a piece of this beautiful ribbon from Megs Garden down the left side it’s beautiful and soft. I added a photo of Charlotte some more Megs Garden beautiful flowers, a small pink bow and a couple of fussy cut butterflies. I also placed some cut out emphera to the bottom centre adding a beautiful metal butterfly and brad.

Page 19:

This page is pretty in pink a photo at the top, punched circle in paper and the small circle in the kit has been inked and glossy accents has been added. The envelope was covered with a doily with a red tassel added and the little clip to close it edged in ribbon, flowers added and I have made stick pin.

Page 20:

This page has emphera on the top and a photo of Miss Charlotte. The photo was placed on top of some emphera which was made into a pocket on the left the pocket has more photos and letters

Back Cover

This has some journaling paper and a photo all inked in vintage and magenta, the back of the book has been left quite plain the velvet ribbon has the other side of the lock on it.

The rings have been added and small pieces of ribbon trims and tassels have been added to all rings.

Hope you all like it and looking forward to my next projects. Suzanne