28 February, 2015

A Lovely Rose Layout by Dana Tatar - Butterfly Garden Collection

Hi! Dana here today sharing another Winter themed layout using the gorgeous Butterfly Garden collection. The cool blues and purples present on these beautiful papers are perfect for documenting the colder months of the year.

I cut images from the Butterfly Cut and Create Ephemera Sheet and layered them between sheets of 6x6 patterned paper from the Butterfly Collection Mini Pack to build up a colorful base to mount my photo on.

I created a small embellishment from fussy cuts, a flower, which I colored with mist, and a metal filigree from the Temptations in Blue Embellishment Bundle.

These beautiful butterflies appear on several of the patterned papers in this collection. I cut them out and added a coat of glitter to the wings.

I cut this sentiment from the Butterfly Cut and Create Ephemera Sheet for use as the title of this page.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Meg's Garden Supplies:
12x12 A French Butterfly
4x12 A Butterfly Garden at Night Strip
6x6 Butterfly Collection Mini Pack
The Butterfly Collection Cut and Create Ephemera Sheet
Temptations in Blue Embellishment Bundle

26 February, 2015

Match box Album, Step card and LO by Trish

 Hello Trish here for my first post as a DT member using the Megs Garden Butterfly collection

Matchbox Album
Here I used the 4x12 strip from Megs Garden Butterfly collection
and a matchbox
I added flowers and threads,ribbon and,butterfly from the blue selection goodie bag
from Megs Garden

Step card
I used the card pack from the butterfly collection
Megs Garden gorgeous lace
Addded some pearls and fussy cut the butterfly
Side view card

 Love LO
I again used Megs Garden butterfly collection paper on my LO
I added a Sue Wilson bow,Megs garden Doileys that I used as a mask also
Sprayed with TA glimmer mist,i coloured some of the lace with glimmer mist also

Sue Wilson bow to finish off
I  embossed the flourish with Ranger embossing powder and used the flower trinket
lace and flowers from Megs Garden
Thanks for taking a stroll through Megs Garden with me ,till next time

24 February, 2015

Meg's Garden Design Team project: A Different Age

Hello readers. Welcome to another blog post of mine. 

I wanted to try something a little new and different with this DT project. I loved the new papers at Meg's Garden because of the subtlety of the design on them. From there I was inspired the try doing most, if not all, the embellishments in all white. 

I started by doing some texture medium stenciling with a damask stencil...or two in the back ground. I chose a irridescent blue mostly because that color fitted for me. and then I did some senceling over the top of that with just the texture past.  I then did some misting with the Navy Blue spray in the heidi Swapp Colour Shine range.

Then came the fun bit. Gessoing all the metal and chipboard embellishments. It takes a little while and you have to do a couple coats but the finished product is awesome!

I also used the Cottage Foliage dye cut and also some sprays that I cut with my Silhouette just to add a bit more depth.

Compiling the whole thing from there was pretty easy. I started to just build up with bgg pieces on the background and then tucking things in and adding the dye cuts and finally the paper flowers.

Once it was all dry I did think about adding some green leaves but it just didn't look right. I also gessoed a leaf and it still didn't look right, so I left it as is.

Product List
Paper Flowers

22 February, 2015

"Gather Your Dreams" - Mixed Media Collage Canvas

A big hello to Meg's Garden fans and friends! Sarah here today and I am so excited to share my first Meg's Garden Design Team project with you! The Butterfly Collection is just so beautiful to work with and one of my favourite pages in the collection is the "cut & create" page, which is just full of beautiful little bits of ephemera that can be layered and collaged; so I decided to use the cut & create elements to create a collage canvas.
I started off by cutting an 8x10 piece out of the "Another Delicate Garden for Butterflies" paper to fit the top of my canvas - this paper has a very subtle pattern which peeks through the shimmery watercolours in places. I used a butterfly stencil and modelling paste on the background paper before painting it. I then cut out all the little ephemera from the "cut & create" paper and created my collage, working from the bottom right to the top left corner. I tucked pieces of lace from the Meg's Garden store in with the collaged papers for added texture. I fussy cut the butterflies and title from The Butterfly Collection papers and added them on top of the collage with a collection of flowers from the Meg's Garden store and from my stash. I used the shimmering watercolours on the flowers and to splatter the canvas. I also tucked in a few metal elements from Meg's Garden. Finally, I added a few different sized half-pearls from my stash. Here are some close-ups and different angles of the finished canvas!

Thanks so much for stopping by the Meg's Garden blog today! I hope you liked my "Gather Your Dreams" canvas!

Meg's Garden Products Used:
The Butterfly Collection papers - cut & create; Another Delicate Garden for Butterflies and The Butterfly Mini Pack.
Vintage Trinkets - Filigree Flower, Extra Long Filigree and Butterfly.
Cotton Lace (Cream)
Small Roses (White 1cm)

20 February, 2015

The new collection: Forgotten Meadows

Hello creative readers.

Today I want to talk about the new collection at Meg's Garden called Forgotten Meadows that I designed.

The inspiration for the collection comes from one of my favourite movies that I watch a few times a year. Howards End (1992) starring Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgraves.

Set at the beginning of the 20th century in England. Vanessa Redgraves play the wife of a successful businessman who is very sick, and wants dearly to show her family home Howards End to her new friend played by Emma Thompson.  The part that inspired the collection was something Vanessa Redgraves said about the Howards End cottage. " It's in the morning my house looks most beautiful." This is because in the film the cottage is surrounded by meadows of grass and flowers and the way the morning sunlight hit the meadows is just beautiful.

My direction for this collection was a softer romantic feeling with a very subtle vintage aged look. I hope you like it and find it as inspiring as I was to make it. The collection is available in the 12 in single side papers, the mini/cardmakers pack, and a book kit as a digital download or printed medium.
So, head over to the webstore and buy your self the new collection and happy crafting!

Bye for now
Meg & Kerry-Jean

18 February, 2015

Meg's Garden Design Team Project: Butterfly Book Kit

Hello there crafters 

I am finally getting back into the swing of things after recovery, Chrissy, New Years and also moving house. Seems I like to jam a lot of things in to a small space of time. 

All that said, I still found some time to make a mini album with the Butterfly Book Kit available from Meg's Garden. 

The mini is of course Kathy Orta's All Occasions Mini of which I have made about 10 in all and really do enjoy creating them. I have added a youtube video at the bottom of this post so you can see the mini in action.  The one difference is I used a different hinge method which I actually prefer to the hidden hinge.

I pulled out all of my flowers from my Meg's Garden stash and went a little nuts, but really love the final product. I added a few Kaisercraft wood embellishments which are covers in crackle paint from Rangers to add to the overall feel I was going for. 

I even went as far as to add flowers and leave to the pages on the inside. And using the stacking hinge method meant I had a lot more space between the pages to add things. 

I included a lot of model paste stenciling and also some ink stenciling to give the pages some more dimension.

Here is the video, and remember to leave any comments or questions to this blog post or the video. 

Thanks for visiting.

Product list
Vintage Brads

16 February, 2015

Bohemian cards

Hello, everyone!
Veronika here to share with you my new cards with the papers from Butterfly Garden Collection  from Meg's Garden.
Papers with butterflies are really amazing! And you can find them in two sizes to create layouts or books and small pack of paper - for cards. I prefer to use both variants. It gives me more opportunities and more freedom for creative work. And the large paper sheets have a silk surface, very pleasant and very good for working with paints.

  List of materials available from Meg's Garden
Butterfly Garden Collection
Please check out all the wonderful products on

Thanks for looking, Veronika

14 February, 2015

Adore Layout By Sue Smyth

Adore Layout 
By Sue Smyth 

Hi Bloggers 

Today I am sharing a gentle little layout using Butterfly Garden papers 
The soft blues work perfectly with a red or orange as a contrast.
But first I wanted to alter the paper, not much but just 
to add icing to the cake!

After randomly punching the edges,
the first step is to dry brush gesso over a stencil around the paper
and create 3 tears in the sides of the paper.
When dry spray over a turquoise and Denim blue spray ink. and dry off 
with a heat gun.
Curl the tears with your fingers to give a good shape. 
Flick over white, turquoise and black spray inks
for a random splatted look.

Next whip out that gesso brush and add some more, add it to the trinkets and flowers.
Gesso gives a flat white substance for any water based spray to 
soak into and colour.

To do my butterflies, I always like to glue them to scrap
cardstock first. Then fussy cut them. This gives the
wings a bit of strength. 

I have then carefully outlined the wings of the butterflies
and dipped them in fine black glitter.

To glam up the silver trim, first coat with gesso to lessen 
the brassy shine. I have then placed a drop of good 
gel glue in each and popped in a turquoise glass bead. 
One way to use up those seed beads!

When dry it looks nicely antique and great!

The over all effect is cool, with a shabby chic look.
Add a cluster of flowers. I have layered up my flowers
with trinkets and smaller blooms.

You might also notice I have cut a trinket in half and placed it 
either side of the photo, this gives a cohesive look and is 
one way to make embellishments go further.

Tuck glass beads and a generous bow from seam binding.
Take ordinary white binding and spritz with water, when damp
spray over the colour ink you like to match the layout.

This metal trinket is vamped up by adding gesso to the wings, then 
spray with a soft pale blue ink. 
Then apply a line of Dimensional magic to the centre
and apply black pearl seed beads, for a textured 
rich look.

Add a small title, you don't have to have a large title 
to have impact. Because there are words already
on the paper, it  dosn't need many more
and  this small metallic blue title stands out

11 February, 2015

Petite Parfum Potion Book By Sue Smyth

Petite Parfum Potion Book
 by Sue Smyth 

Hi Bloggers
Today I am sharing a special little project, that I just love.
It is a mini book featuring The Butterfly Garden Collection 

I took my cue from one of the labels in the set
Parfum Camia
which I gather means flower perfume, so I made this little 
book. I imagined another time when a well to do 
young lady would make notes in this book of her 
favourite flowers or perfumes.

I have cut 2 chipboard covers measuring 9 x 7cm and 
covered them with patterned paper and lace

For the book cut 8 panels measuring 14 x 9cm and score 
and fold at 7 cm.
Adhere all folded panels together back to back,
ink edges and adhere ribbon
over to top panel and bottom panel
before gluing the covers over
the top.

Fill a small glass vial with seed beads and swipe 
cork and glass with gesso for a shabby look.

Trim blue flowers from the ribbon they are
adhered to.
Use a heat gun to melt a little, this 
will straighten the petals and make them 
flatter and easier to work with.

Refer to my previous post to find out 
how to create a tinsy butterfly like mine.

Trim an element from lace and
adhere to bottom of oval frame.
Add a gemstone to the centre as 
Dont forget to add the hardware handle,
which I have swiped with a little gesso.

Trim an element from the silver trim
dry brush with gesso and drop
a small amount of gel glue 
to the centre, add a clear or pearl glass bead.

Wrap fibres around frame and decorate with more flowers
and a trimmed Parfum Camia 
panel altered to form a scroll. Also 
fussy cut the perfume bottle and tuck
beside the vial.

I hope you have a go at making this, it was such fun 
and so small it will not take up lots of room 
in your craft space.
It also makes a beautiful gift

Megs Garden Materials 

Happy Crafting