25 February, 2014

Adriana Bolzon - Damask Garden layout

Hello Bloggers

Adriana starts our Design Team using the new papers with her beautiful LO:

'Hi there everyone, 
Adriana here today, on the Meg's Garden blog sharing a layout with you all using the latest paper collection "Damask Garden"
designed by Denise Boddey.

The photo in my layout is a very 
old photo of my Grandmother with her sister, 
father and mother.
It is a very special photo of our family history.

The papers I used are;
"Damask Birds & Bees"
"Damask shades of Green"
"Damask Blue Belle Jardeniere"

I Punched a side border on each of these papers and added lace and flower
clusters on the bottom of the layout, 
with touches of diamante bling and pearls.

All the flowers, laces and ribbons are all
available from Meg's Garden website.

I could not resist to fuzzy cutting the little busy bees from the Birds and Bees paper, embossing some honeycomb chipboard from "Imagarium Designs" 

Materials used from Meg's Garden website
here are the links to all the products...have a look!!!!
Lace trims Organza lace trims
Burlap trim for the little nest.

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'

Love the LO - well done Adriana.  What a gorgeous heritage photograph & memories.  The flowers, the little nest of pearls as well as the fuzzy cut bees make a beautiful accent; the framing of the photograph is perfect with the lace doily, cardstock & photo corners; the skeleton mesh & honeycomb chip make it eeven more special.

Bye for now

20 February, 2014

Heather amazes us with an unusual LO

Hello Bloggers

Heather explains her project:

'Hello and a warm welcome to Meg's Garden .
Heather with you today, showcasing one of the older paper collections, combining a rustic/grunge theme with fussy cut flowers. .
I rarely use yellow on my work but this paper is so divine I made an exception.
Wild Flowers Field P6273


I chose to use a foundation of “Dark kraft paper “ with stitching and stamping.
I fussy cut the yellow blooms and layered them at the bottom of the photo , along with the old world clocks, secured them with a bling brad ..

I added some rusty hinge ink and crackle paint to the clocks, to age them even more. 
I diecut some tags with the Top Hat & Automobile collection.
( these are partly hidden on the bottom right hand side of the photo . )

For my final touch I included some white and yellow Azaleas,  love these blooms .

Meg's Garden items used

A collection of time pieces to add to any project .

Top hat & Automobiles collection .

Thanks for popping by and taking a look at my work … why not have a play with some of these paper collections, you will have such fun .
Until next time , take care and big hugz from me x'

Wow - what an unusual collection - well done Heather.  Love the layering & what a fussy cutting job on those yellow flowers!!  The azaleas with tiny rosebuds are a perfect addition & brings all the browns & yellows together.  Love the way you have aged the clocks.  The whole LO is marvellous.

Bye for now

17 February, 2014

Kerry-Jean loves Top Hat Papers

Hello Bloggers

Kerry-Jean present her card:

'As I am so in love with the "Top Hat & Automobiles Collection" from Meg's Garden, it was fitting I make a card with it. Instead of making is a little feminine as I did in my January project for Meg's garden, I worked on just having that quintessential masculine feeling. The "Top Hat & Automobiles Collection" has some wonderful motifs in it, from the top hat to the old style light bulbs and gears/cogs.

So I did a lot of fussy cutting to get the hat and label shape a long with the light bulbs and watch. Having a easel card made sense to show off the beautiful motifs. 

Over all I used the following products in this design:

Other products used:
Wood Embellishment
News Script transparency'

Totally fantastic - well done Kerry-Jean.  What a fussy cutting fantasy.  Love the layers with a touch of burgundy; the easel card is fabulous & showcases the paper perfectly.  The transparency gives another dimension to the card.

Bye for now

13 February, 2014

An Altered Box by Marg

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Marg shows us  her altered box

Altered Box

'Hello everyone, 
Margaret back again to show you an Altered Box I made with the Forget Me Not Collection Mini Pack.
I needed a box for some index cards I had and was actually going to make one from scratch but, when I went to the Quilt and Craft Fair here in Adelaide a few months ago, I purchased a small LED lamp and discovered that the box it came in was the ideal size to hold my cards.

There was one problem though, it wasn’t deep enough.  So I measured the depth needed for the index cards and added a strip of paper board all around the base of the box ….

… so now the lid sits high enough and the cards fit beautifully. 

The strip around the bottom of the box was covered with some of the paper and then I simply glued a lovely bit of lace all around the edge.  The lid was covered with a different sheet of the paper and then I started embellishing … this is the part I really enjoy!!  

Attached a small hanging sign on the front which was lightly coloured with Versa Color Lapislazuli and then clear embossed.  The embossing toned down the brightness of the colour so it blended better with the shade of the papers.  Cut a piece of printed paper to cover the front of the sign and then attached the metal flourish.  The blue flowers used are from Dusty Attic and are available at Meg’s Garden.com and the leaves were cut with my Silhouette. 

On the left side I allowed the leaves to trail down the box, using some tiny pearls to represent the berries  …

… but the right side was left clear.  

I also trailed some of the same leaves down the back.

Glued a diagonal strip of contrasting paper from the Dreaming in the Meadows paper pack across the top and added a small piece of gauze to soften the cluster.  The white paper flower is also available from Meg’s Garden and was sprayed in the centre with some diluted Faded Jeans Distress Ink.    Along with the DA flowers and the leaves I also used some home-made gem sprays.

Here you can see how well my index cards fit.  It’s like the box was specifically made for them.

Thoroughly enjoyed altering this little box and so pleased I found a use for it before I threw it away. 
Meg’s Garden Products used:
Forget Me Not Mini Paper Pack
Dreaming in the Meadows Mini Paper Pack
Dusty Attic Blue flowers
White paper flowers

1.6cm white lace'

What a wonderful way to create the size box you need - well done Marg.  Great ideas for your alteration - finding a box with the right dimensions is almost impossible - now it does not matter.  Love the way you used 2 different stripes - it is very effective. Your embellishing is gorgeous.

Bye for now

11 February, 2014

A Heritage Picnic from Kerry-Jean

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Kerry-Jean takes us on a Heritage Picnic
'I really wanted to work with the "Top Hat & Automobiles Collection" from Meg's Garden, I just had to find a suitable photo for the layout. I started going through photos of my grandparents from when they were young, the 1920/1930 and came across some pictures of a picnic.  

I felt the photo complimented the paper collection perfectly, especially that sepia tone. I used the Take a Roadster for a Spin P6357 page and fell in love with those floral arrangements on the edges. I wanted to extend that motif through the layout, so using some of Meg's Small White paper Roses I sprayed some of them a lovely deep red and worked out the arrangement with those gorgeous Green Paper Leaves that I bent and tweaked a little to give a more natural look.

I used the transparency Butterflies Tr015  and Old World Time TransparencyTr1037 also which I think are just fantastic to use. The tags used in behind the photo are from the Vintage Ornate Tags 1036  and Vintage Tags 1031. Some really great new papers are the French Ephemera Pack S130 which the music sheet is from. 

I feel I captured a wonderful moment of my grandparents life 50 years before I was even born.' 

This is so fantastic - well done Kerry-Jean. Love the layering & all the elements. The painted red roses really pull it all together. The photo of your grandparents is terrific.

Bye for now

07 February, 2014

New Collection - ART papers

Hello Bloggers

This is the 3rd collection & was inspired by what I saw at CHA in January.
Lots of  inks, sprayers, misters, masks, dies, canvas, burlap & more available.

Instead of using a blank canvas or cardstock, an interesting paper would be easier to design with.

Take your photo or a pic, decide on the colours to be added, embellishments to be chosen, masks to be used, burlap tapes or twine & you have an immediate mixed media project.

These papers are called ART 1 Collection:

all are interesting, some have colour to enhance or shade out with gesso or paint,  but all are totally ready for mixed media OR NOT as your mood or creative vibes dictate.

Corrugated Iron  3500

Freestyle in Apricot  3501

Light Brown Crackles  3502

Chalkboard  3503

Burlap  3504

White Burlap  3505

ART 1 Papers Mini Pack  S132

Click here to go to the ART 1 Collection

Bye for now

New Collections - for the blokes

Hi Bloggers

This is the 2nd collection - also designed by Denise Boddey whose  son, Luke, is a bike enthusiast.  We have been asked for more papers like the Top Hat Collection that can be used for projects for men.  But that is not their only use - we have had some really extraordinary projects using the Top Hat Collection.  Both Heather & Kerry Jean have that collection as one of the current favourite.

This is The Bike Cogs Collection:

Cogs & a Compass  P6374

Green Design for a Bike  P6375

Cogs on Stripes  P6376

Travel with Cogs  P6377

Bikes  P6378

Blue Cogs  P6379

Bike Cogs Mini Pack S121

Bye for now

New Collections - The Damask Garden Collection

Hello Bloggers

We have 3 new collections which will be sent in 3 blogs in order to showcase each one:

The 1st is designed by Denise Boddey.
It is an extremely elegant & beautiful collection of 9 papers in 12x12" with 4x12" strips as well as  a mini pack of 12 papers (2 of each design). 

The  Labels paper is designed for Project Life inserts but is certainly not exclusive for this purpose.

Each of the colours of the papers have been specifically chosen to be able to work together

This collection is going to be seen in some very gorgeous projects.  The DT have been waiting patiently.

The Damask Garden Collection

Blue & Cream Damask  P6368

Belle Jardiniere  P6369

Damask Birds & Bees  P6370

Framboise Fleur  P6371

Damask Garden  P6372

Damask in Shades of Green

Blue Belle Jardiniere  P6373

Gates into the Damask Garden  P6381

Damask Labels  P6382

Damask Mini Pack  S120

Pull out your laces, flowers, ribbons & die cuts for this set of papers

There is also a new Butterfly Transparency - it was designed as an accompanying paper - greens & blues predominate on the transparency

More Butterflies TR004

Christmas prices are continuing  ie a 20% reduction in price for the large papers.

Bye for now