23 February, 2018

Happiness ~ In the Watercolour Garden

Hello Mary here to share a layout with you , using the "In The Watercolour Garden "paper to document a happy moment captured on my daughters wedding day.


With the lovely delicate lace pattern around the paper I think it is lovely for a wedding layout.

I have layered up images from the cut and create sheets behind the photo and inked the edges for definition. I love the gold Victorian photo corners  that I have placed at opposite corners of the photo. The large butterfly I have fussy cut from a cut and create sheet. The flair is from my stash.

I finished if with a cream narrow ribbon bow added to the flower image on the paper.
Thank you for calling by, for all these gorgeous products visit Megs Store
Happy Creating
Mary x

19 February, 2018

2017 by Meredith Hilly

Hello everyone. The page I did today was a 12x12 book cover for 2017.
I carefully choose different items and pictures that represent the past year. 

I was able to use one of the new dies from Megs garden. The circle of leaves is a lovely way to draw your eye to the picture. I cut and folded the fan from Megs papers to give it a 3D feel.

I used a feather from my Guinea fowls to go with the ink nib.

Thanks for having a look at my page. Enjoy your day.

Megs Garden.

18 February, 2018

To have and to hold...

Hello again...
This time I have had the opportunity to use Meg's NEW range of Shabby Chic A4 papers
Today, I used the marl grey spotted pattern paper in a layout on a plain white 12x12 page.
I scrapped a black and white photo from my wedding day, on the 1st of February 2015, so we have recently had our 3rd Anniversary.
This is the pattern paper below that suited the black and white photo for this wedding day layout.
I have used a circle doily from Meg's store along with these little ivory rosebuds
I used a wedding title to finish the layout off.
Oh my goodness, Look at that beautiful die, from Meg's Garden
It's called Elegant Lines - Small, click here to see all the amazing new cutting dies over at Meg's Garden.  I want to purchase them all!!! I have limited myself to 3 so far so to see more of my work with these new dies, stay tuned.
I hope to back again soon with more delights from Meg's Garden.
Take care

15 February, 2018

New & Inspiring Products

Hello Paper Artists
There is always room in the stash for some new goodies

New Dies 

and more ...


More Alte Stamps with Coordinating Dies & Alte mini ink cubes

48 colours - reinkers to order - exciting & inspiring colours


Ephemera Papers:
available in digital download & printed

 6 Papers of Fairies & Fairy poetry on A4
also have 2 fairy dies - perfect for Fairy cards & Mini Fairy books

6 Papers of Vintage Ephemera on A4
and more on the drawing board with next Collection
http://megsgarden.com/contents/en-us/d10777.html for printed
http://megsgarden.com/contents/en-us/d10776.html  for digital

Some gorgeous new Flowers

Wild Roses - perfect for a colour statement in a bouquet

 Enamel Dots
10 colours in shades & sizes - buy all or as many packs as you want

Self Adhesive Rhinestones
5 packs - each with colour ranges & sizes - 
buy all or as many as you want

What a way to continue a magical year of inspiration!       

Bye for now

Little Planner Book

Hi Bloggers

Have been looking at planners lately - they are very popular & look like fun to make.
But how can they fit every life?

I do not plan meals;  have no kids to taxi to sports & culture events;   also do not need to plan my day by the hours.  So I decided to do a planner just for me to see how it goes.

It was difficult to define what I needed.  

I found that I had huge scraps of papers with thoughts, words that would be good on ephemera pages, things needed to be reordered, names for collections of papers - these were stapled together & were quite a fat bundle.  

1.  I set up a small spiral bound book for orders & reorders only - 11x17cm - once the order/reorder is done, I just tear out the page & toss - no need for a planner.

2.  I left my scraps of paper which have been bundled together & ignored for the moment - so easy!

3.  What was left were major projects:

  • an advertising campaign in AU Simply Cards  is driven be things to do by date.  This, therefore needs its own 'Planner'

  • next paper collections for the year - this is driven somewhat by date but by almost going backwards from when it will be published to when it needs to be printed allowing for their queue; in order to get it to the DT Ladies to have their projects ready for the blog.  Then it gets very messy doing files for download, files & pics to website & etsy etc.  I have a whole program for all of this so no 'Planner' needed.
I then really had no choice but to go back to my scraps of paper:

A decision was made to sort the scraps into categories - I defined 3 kinds - this led me to creating a mini planner book that could grow with more categories & have paper tidied/added/tossed as it was used & also deep pockets for keeping things tidy
Paper used in this one is is French Chic

Front cover has a flap with a ribbon wrap to close. It also has an extension on the flap & edge of front to allow the planner to hold more paper & signatures as needed.
Opening the flap 

Inside the cover there is a deep pocket for stuffing with contents before filing into a signature

Back of 1st signature & front of 2nd

 Inside each signature there is another deep pocket & pages of lined paper - these came from a cheap A4 exercise book & are not attached to the signature but kept in place with 3mm ribbon. You could also use thin string, hair pony tail elastic or hat elastic
2nd & 3rd signature

Back of 3rd signature & inside back cover of planner. I have added a monthly calendar in order to track dates - this is printed from Outlook Calendar in Folio size.  The calendar can be placed anywhere you want.

The second planner is similar to the first in size & uses clips to hold the 3 signatures & their contents.
The papers used are from the Slightly Grunge Collection with Dark Brown Cardstock with a vintage trinket cut in half as a deco

The calendar, which is magnetic, is attached by a magnet on the inside of the cover - can be moved wherever it is needed. Very handy

A monthly calendar printed from Outlook - folio size or you could print A4 & fold in half

The paper attached here is created in Excel with gridlines chosen.  This is a great method to jot down 'to dos'

Inside each signature is lined paper using a rubber band.  I started  each with 3 double sheets

Back of planner has a deep pocket for 'whatever' is needed.  It could be a recipe torn from a magazine, a picture of a project that looks exciting or a schedule of 'whatever'

I hope this gives you some ideas for your own planner.
Dimensions:  Cover 15 x 23cm
Signature cardstock: 14 x 22cm
Lined Paper:  Use the centre of the exercise book  13.5 x 20.5cm

The book can be made larger or small as you wish - it will be further defined by whether it is on a counter or your purse.  Make it in any colour, any size, add plain paper for doodling or creating an idea for a terrific card or future project.

You could also use it as a craft art book - 'Ideas'

Bye for now

14 February, 2018

Shabby Chic Cards set No.1 by Leanne

Hello everyone,
I would like to share with you some cards I have created using the stunning patterned papers from the Shabby Chic collection.
Each card features layers of patterned paper, lace, fussy cut images & embellishments.
Head over to Meg's Garden online store to purchase all of your supplies & start creating today.

Until next time.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a wonderful day & happy creating.

12 February, 2018

Shabby Chic Backgrounds

Hello fellow crafters, Mary here to share a couple of cards I created using the New Range ~ Shabby Chic Backgrounds
The card packs make life so easy and card making a breeze

Meg also has a selection of new dies in the store and I loved creating with this die. I often get frustrated with dies when they don't cut properly, but this die was fantastic to use, I can see it being a favourite for me. The squiggle die I have used is one I have at home.
I have taken two images from the cut and create sheet and layered them on top of each other, added the flower dies underneath added the gorgeous cream flower and anchored it with the satin edged organza ribbon and pearl trim , all from Megs Store.

For this card I used the lovely soft striped card base and layered the die cut image and then added the butterfly and rose image fussy cut from the Shabby Chic cut and create sheet , finishing off with the soft pink organza , satin edged ribbon.
The card packs  are pre cut for you and you recive two of each pattern in the pack. Click on the link for all the information of the card packs.
Thank you for calling by . You can get the card packs and all your embellishment needs at The Store , and don't forget to take a look at the gorgeous selection of new dies in stock.

Happy Creating
Mary x