19 April, 2014

Mini Accordion Book

Hello Bloggers

An accordion book using the Damask Garden papers shows how well the blues & greens in the collection work so well together   
        

Cover of the book. To make a transparency extremely effective, fold down on each side of the body. Score the folds & allow the wings to fly.  Double sided tape on the body attached the butterfly perfectly.  The bees wings were also folded up a little to give dimension.

Inside front cover & page 1 - the lady is my Great Grandmother. I love double mounting


 The accordion book has 6 pages - 2 inside the covers & 2 opposing pages.  To add more pages you can use cardstock pasted to the pages. The middle of the accordion book had flaps added to both pages using cardstock.

Inside the second flaps

Inside back cover - room for tags, music transparency & of course, some lace

Back cover which should never be ignored


Hope this gives you some ideas - I love the accordion book kits  - they just wait to be painted, embellished, papers added & more ....

Bye for now
Meg
www.megsgarden.com

18 April, 2014

Art on a Heart using the Damask Garden Papers

Hello Bloggers

Today we focus on another of the Damask Garden promo projects with an off the page projects:

'Art on a Heart'

Cut the chipboard to the size you want & sand the edges.  Trace the heart onto the patterned paper, cut & glue to the heart. The edges can be either distressed (here they were done with Faded Jeans blue) or painted. Punch holes in the tops to add ribbon. 

 A piece of lace was placed off centre, 3 flowers were fussy cut, curled, distressed & added to the heart using foam mounts. Diamante trim was added to the centres of the flowers & pearls glued into their centres. A jewelled pin was then added.


The final touches were labels cut from the Damask Garden paper which were mounted on chip with another piece of patterned paper & then tucked under the top of the lace & under the bottom flower. A piece of music transparency was also added for whimsy.




This is a pic of the chipboard before anything was done.  You are welcome to copy & paste this to do your own creation.  It can be made any size.

Could not have a promo without doing a couple of projects of my own.

Bye for now
Meg
www.megsgarden.com

16 April, 2014

Belle Chloe LO & card With Love from Annette

 Hello Bloggers


Annette shares 2 fabulous projects with us:

'hello all, 
Today I'm sharing 2 projects 
created for 
using
collection 
showcased in Adelaide recently.

my layout 

I have always loved this photo of my DGD  
it reminds me those beautiful  old fashioned post cards

BELLE CHLOE

"the eyes are the window of your soul"

grey cardstock background
trimmed 1cm of edges off  ...Blue & Cream Damask P6368

punched inked & distressed edges
cut smaller square of... Damask birds & Bees P 6370 
 repeated process
mount photo onto grey card distress edge
cut a strip of  Blue Bell Jardiniere P6380 & ‘V’ one end also cut out label



fussy cut flowers, leaves, bird plus label ink edges 



painted chipboard bird cage black, adhered bird on branch over..
Assemble page 
adding lace ribbon & centres  in flowers RBY36
a clear gem in flower centres for extra sparkle 



Finish with white roses 005wh & tiny rosebuds gt-wh & title 
extras 
Martha Gardener punch 
versa mark ink 
lace 
piece of ribbon

**************************
my card

WITH LOVE


card size 14.5 x 14.5 cm
cut paper  Framboise Fleur  P6371
distress edges & ink 
fussy cut flowers & leaves
Damask labels P6382



ink clock with olive & brown 
assemble 
add gems, crystal leaf & bead 
tuck lace under leaves, flower & clock



tie soft bow  & tag with desired greetings 
extras...
versamark ink ... olive & bark 
gems.... prima 
(chippy clock, crystals, lace & peacock feather are from my stash) 

I'm sure you'll agree with me this paper collection is gorgeous 
Thanks for popping by 
Happy Scrapping 
Hugz Annette '

Both projects are stunning - well done Annette & thank you so much for sending them to us for the promo.  Your DGD is so beautiful & the LO has indeed used the photo beautifully. Your distressing, fussy cutting & layering fantastic.  The card is fabulous - the peacock feather perfect.

Bye for now
Meg
www.megsgarden.com

14 April, 2014

Damask Garden card from Kerry-Jean

Hello Bloggers

Kerry-Jean continues with our  The Damask Garden Collection promotion.  




'This has to be one of my favorite cards so far this year.

for my patterned paper and cut out the one of the pretty labels on the one paper in the collection. I also incorporated a piece of  French Writing Ephemera 3377 and More Butterflies Tr004 in the card.

I painted one of the Butterfly oval laser frame fr003 cream and inked the edges to age the frame a little bit. I also cut a pretty frame design on my Silhouette Cameo to put behind the frame.

Small Latte Paper Roses latte roses are a basic addition to the composition but I highlighted the with the Green paper leaves - sm gr leaves sm and added those very pretty Vintaj Woodland Leaf Charm p275 for a little bit of exquisite. 

I added the Coffee Burlap/Jute 38mm burco to break up with intense green in the background.





Beautiful card Kerry-Jean - well done.  Love all the layers, the 2  frames and the embellishments used.  The butterflies flittering on the card give it an ethereal effect; the woodland charms add another texture as does the burlap ribbon.  The dodo vine curls enhance the paper flower posies nicely with the gorgeous distressing around the edge.

Bye for now
Meg
www.megsgarden.com

12 April, 2014

Blooms & a Butterfly Easel Card from Heather

Hello Bloggers

Heather is here to show us her Damask Garden Easel card:

'Hello and a warm welcome
to Megs Garden 
Heather with you on this glorious Day in April.
I am showcasing another card with the divine Damask Collection.
 this time I have created an easel card 
with the bold and beautiful fussy cut blooms .
I added some white and black Rose buds and some open paper flowers.
The chipboard frame is half hidden under the layers
and a Transparent Butterfly rests gently among the blooms. 
BLOOMS and a BUTTERFLY.
EASEL CARD

I built the layers and fussy cutting
on a foundation of Black card.

Megs Garden items used 
The Damask Garden Collection:
Blue and cream Damask P6368
 Blue Belle Jardiniere P6380

Off White Open Rose

Mini Rosebuds - White 1cm 
Small rectangular Parisian frame
More Butterflies NEW 2/14



This darling little butterfly resting among the blooms adds the perfect touch .


I brushed a little Pan Pastel /Black over the tip of the open paper flowers to blend in with the papers.


 the French inspired label and a chippie border strip
 is perfect for adhering at the bottom of the card to hold the easel fold in place .


thanks so much for popping by and checking out my Project 
here at Megs Garden 'Delights'.
until next time, happy scrapping x'

A very beautiful & elegant card - well done Heather. This card showcases the paper collection so well.  Love the layering, the embellishments & the perfect touch of Pan Pastel black on the white roses. Absolutely wonderful!!

Bye for now
Meg
www.megsgarden.com

10 April, 2014

Marg's Damask Garden easel card

Hello Bloggers

 Marg shares her gorgeous card with us:

'Hello everyone and welcome to the blog.
Today I'd like to share with you an Easel Card created with Meg's Garden's stunning Damask Paper Collection.  These papers were designed by Denise Boddey and have such a lot of fabulous detail on them which are perfect to use for card making or scrapbooking just as they are, but are also simply wonderful for fussy cutting.
Here is the card closed.


 All of the paper elements used here were taken from the papers.  Some are from leftover pieces from the 12 x 12 sheets and some from the Mini Pack.  I will leave a list of Meg's Garden products at the bottom of this post.
This is how the card looks standing up.


 I hand sewed around the edge with some embroidery cotton, added some strips of my favourite Washi Tape and dabbed a little gesso on the edge.  I like to add little touches like this simply to make it more my own.  The flowers were fussy cut twice and then slightly curled and layered.  I fussy cut the labels from another sheet of the paper and mounted them on some card for extra dimension and strength.  The chipboard flourishes are from a single piece which was coloured and clear embossed and then cut into pieces to fit in with the cluster.  The frame was also coloured and then clear embossed.  Unfortunately when I did the doodling on the frame it was quite late at night and I was very tired, hence it is not very well done but, having used a Sharpie, it also could not be removed.  One lives and learns doesn't one!!  LOL


 I've used a wooden flourish to anchor the card when standing and the small labels were fussy cut from the Mini Pack and mounted on some card for dimension.


Just a closie of the labels.  Even though these are quite small there is still a lot of detail on them.

  A view of the inside of the card ...


 ... and some closies of the front.


 The gorgeous vintage brads used for the flower centres are also available at Meg's Garden.




This card almost didn't get completed.  I had all the elements laid out ready to stick down when I saw a card made by one of my Teamies (Heather Jacob no less) and she had used almost the same elements that I had.  Shock!!!  Horror!!!  In the end though, hers is very different from mine so I am glad I went ahead with it anyway.  

List of Meg's Garden Products -
The Damask Garden Collection:
Blue Belle Jardiniere 12 x 12 Paper - P6380
Blue & Green Damask 12 x 12 Paper - P6368
Framboise Fleur 12 x 12 Paper - P6371
Damask Mini Paper Pack - S120
Vintage Brads - vpb

Thank you so much for visiting.  Please take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg'

A very beautiful easel card - well done Marg. So pleased you did not give up on it because Heather's card is different & we always need to see projects that use similar elements but are different.  Totally love the way all your elements hang off the card when it stands - really unusual.

Bye for now
Meg
www.megsgarden.com




08 April, 2014

Marg's Damask Garden Caddy

Hello Bloggers
Marg shares her Damask Garden promo caddy with us & also shows us how to do it:

'Hi everyone and a very warm welcome to the blog.  Thank you so much for visiting.
Today I'd like to share with you a Caddy I created from scratch.  I have to warn you though that this is going to be a pretty long post as I've created a Step by Step Tutorial as well.  So, I do hope you won't be put off.  Anyway, here goes.
First up, a little sneak peek of the finished piece.  
I hope this will entice you to stay till the end.  LOL!!


Step 1 ...  You need to determine what type of box you want.  In my case, I needed a box in which I could keep my Art Journals and a few supplies, such as Water Colour Pencils and Crayons.  So for that purpose, I decided I wanted a Caddy so I could have my Journals in one side and my supplies in the other.  You also need to decide what size you want your box to be and that, of course is determined by what you wish to keep in the box.  I measured the height, width and depth of the Journals and supplies and this is the design I came up with.


Step 2 ... Work out what pieces are needed for the box and the size they need to be.


As you can see, the size of these pieces corrolate to the dimensions on the original drawing.

Step 3 ... Cut out the pieces needed from your choice of product.  You can use cardboard or chipboard or any other material which has some strength to it.  I have actually used paperboard which is available from the Newsagent.  This is very similar to Chipboard but it does work out a little cheaper.



As you can see, the sizes of the pieces cut out are the same as the sizes on the drawing.  For the centre panel, the straight edge is 8" high and then I used a plate to draw the curve.  The heart shape was cut out using a Fiskars Cutter and Heart Template.  It didn't actually cut all the way through the board but I simply cut the rest of the way with a craft knife.  On the base, draw a line at the half way mark.  This is the guide for placement of the handle.  You should also mark the half way point on the longer side pieces for the same reason.  I forgot and had to do it after it was put together which was a bit of a pain. LOL



 Step 4 ...  To join the pieces together you need to cut some strips of card stock.  They should be about one and a quarter inch wide.  Then score them down the middle lengthwise and place double sided tape on each side of the score mark.


 Step 4 ...  Adhere the joining strips to each piece of the box.  For the base you will need to adhere a joiner on all sides as shown below.



 For the sides you will only need to adhere a joiner on one side edge of each piece.

For the handle you will need to adhere the joiners on both sides at the bottom and also on both sides of the side edges but only up to the height of the box.  In my case that was 5". 

 I have only shown it on two sides here but you will have to place the joiners on the other side edge as well.


Step 5 ...  Now we can start to put the box together.  When joining the side pieces to the base I found it was a good idea to first, take the backing off the double sided tape and then stand the side piece up along the base and push the joiner onto it making sure it sticks down really well.
  

As you can see below, it leaves that little bit of space between the two pieces which is necessary for movement in joining the side edges together later.  If you butted these two pieces together, you would not be able to lift the sides up to join them.  


Make sure you have one side joiner at each corner of the base. Here you can see how it looks with the sides attached.  


Now you can lift up each side piece and join the corners together ...


 ... and here is the basic box all joined up.  Now it's time to insert the handle.
Take the backing off the double sided tape on one of the bottom joiners, line the handle up to the centre guideline and stick the joiner to the base of the box.  Then stick down the joiner on the other side of the handle base.  Once it is stuck to the bottom you can then adhere the handle to the sides, lining it up on the guideline as shown. 


 Here is the basic box all ready to be decorated.  I really do hope you are still with me.  I did warn it was going to be a long post, didn't I ?????



So now I can show you the completed box.
TA!! DAAAAA!!



 To cover the box, I have used three different papers from Meg's stunning Damask Collection.  I will give you a list of all Meg's Garden products used at the bottom of this post.
 Although these papers don't need a lot of enhancement I did decide to do some masking and stenciling to make it more uniquely my own.



I've also used some Washi Tape and did some fussy cutting  as well.   Ran the frame on the front  through an embossing folder, coloured it with Black Soot Distress Ink and Versa Color Gold, and then it was clear embossed.  The quote was printed on some scrap DP and also clear embossed.  The clock  and the label were fussy cut from Meg's papers. 


 The sides were decorated with stencils, stamps, washi tape, a bling flourish and some flowers. On this side I fussy cut the label from another sheet and mounted it on some paperboard to give it a bit of dimension.



 I also fussy cut some of the leaves from the papers.



 A closie of the stamping and stenciling.



This is the other side before ...



 ... and after decorating.



 The inside ....



... and the handle.



I had a great time making this box and I hope I made the instructions clear enough for you to follow.  I also hope I didn't bore you to tears with such a long post and thank you so much for your patience.

As promised, here is the list of Meg's Garden Products used:
The Damask Garden Collection:
Blue Belle Jardiniere 12 x 12 Paper - P6380
Blue & Green Damask 12 x 12 Paper - P6368
Framboise Fleur  12 x 12 Paper - P6371
Forget me Not Mini Pack - S113
Old World Time - 1037
Small Rectangular Parisian Frame - fr005

Thank you so much for visiting and enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless
oxox Marg'


What an awesome caddy - well done Marg.  I saw is in real life & it is so fabulous - very sturdy & beautifully done.  The decorations on the caddy were fantastic - the stamping & embellishments well chosen.  Thank you for the efforts in showing us how to do it - the instructions are really clear & detailed.

Bye for now
Meg
www.megsgarden.com