19 March, 2018

Gift envelopes with alchemy 101 | Marina Gridasova

Hello Meg's Garden fans!
Marina is here today and I want to share with you my new projets with  Alchemy 101 collection. You know this is vintage collection with mixed-media look but also it's perfect for men works. Want to see the proofs? Here they are!  :-) Three different gift envelopes with one Alchemy 101 collection :-)
the first one
 some close-ups:

 I wanted to create different works, so decided to use contrast papers and here background is in cold grey tones and central cluster is in warm brown tones. For all envelopes as first step I fussy-cutted all the details from Ephemera sheets and after just layered all of them before got the perfect result.

the second one:

 here I used warm colors for the background and added dark elements for the contrast. the big clock is perfect for the main accent :-)

and the last one for today
 a few details:

this envelope is my fav :-)  because it is in light colors, despite the vintage appearance of the collection and the abundance of brown. and the best part of it this little pretty tag :-)

Hope you were enjoyed and inspired by my works and this collection and will create your oun Alchemy 101 projects!
Have a great day,

17 March, 2018

Beautiful Day Cards

Hello everyone! I hope that all is well. Today I am sharing two cards that have made using the same stamp set. I have used the Altenew Beautiful Day stamps and coordinating dies to create my cards. I am a huge fan of the Altenew stamps. They have such beautiful stamp layering sets that are elegant and versatile to create cards with. These sets along with the inks are available from Meg's Garden.

For my first card, I stamped my card onto watercolour paper and heat set it with gold embossing powder. I used a combination of distress markers and Tombow markers to colour the stamps in.

For my second card, I used the Altenew ink to stamp the images, and the coordinating dies to cut them out. I used the following inks for the flower: pink diamond, pinkalicious, rubellite and razzleberry. For the leaves I used frayed leaf, forest glades and evergreen.

I used foam tape between my layers to add dimension.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs from Cathy

15 March, 2018

More Cards with Dies & Shabby Chic Backgrounds

Hi Bloggers
Three more cards:

First card is simpler than most:

  • ivory cardstock with a grey mat under the Shabby Chic cream & white patterned paper
  • champagne organza ribbon is tied under the gray mat to the front of the card
  • the cut & create flower is from the sheets with this collection; the edges are distress to cover the white core of the paper (also a great way to hide errors in fussy cutting)

  • only 1 side of the inside of the card is used.
  • grey mat has a pocket with tags & decorated on the edge with die m3129  Edge with curls.
  • the pockets hold tags tied with cream satin ribbon for sentiments, journaling of any other insert

Second card:

  • uses the same patterned Shabby Chic Background as the first
  • I decided to experiment with colours on this one - the card is made with grey cardstock with an ivory mat.
  • the edge of the cream & white patterned paper is torn & distressed - Frayed Burlap
  • a chocolate organza ribbon is tied around the top of the card which opens up - anchored with clear glue dots
  • a brass corner charm is glued to the bottom corner
  • a white paper flower with black stamens, 3 chocolate small roses & taupe satin ribbon added just below the half mark of the card.  A green stem is used as a small colour element

  • only the bottom half of the inside of  the card is decorated
  • an ivory mat is added, a brass corner charm for the corner, the small oval frame (the smaller frame from Scalloped Oval Frame die p6745 holds one of the vintage ladies from the Cut & Create Vintage Ladies pack 28139 (digi & printed)
  • the vintage beauty is finished with some pearls & a taupe ribbon

Card number three:

After 2 simpler cards I let my head go to get very busy with some embellishing & inside card decorating
Especially when the papers are in blues.

  • blue cardstock is the base for the blue & white multi media patterned paper
  • the netting is tied in a knot; 2 puffy white roses, 3 white mini rosebuds & a blue iris satin ribbon added.  The stems of the puffy roses are curled & added.
  • the die used is Elegant Lines m242 but it is actually cut in half horizontally, blush pearls added & the 2 pieces added above & below the floral embellishment
  • pearls were also added to the 2 large roses - probably not necessary

  • inside the card I was very busy
  • on the left side I created a pocket on top of the panel of patterned paper. A vintage beauty & some tags were inserted. Lace along the edge & some velvet flowers & rose paper leaves decorate the front of the pocket

  • the right side of the inside of the card has a vintage beauty anchored on 1 side only for tags & inserts.
  • the die cut is done in a dark lavender & is the same one as the front - Elegant Lines

  • a close up of the front of the card
I think these 2 posts cover the details of the 5 cards made using Shabby Chic Backgrounds with Dies.

Have fun creating your cards. Step outside your comfort zone with colours, textures & embellishments.  There is nothing better than when giving someone a card, that they say how 'gorgeous, beautiful, elegant etc' for the front & when it is opened they say even more!! Oh Wow!!  The card is a finished art piece.

Experiment when using your dies - because the die is pictured vertically does not mean you have to use it that way - try it tucked under a floral embellishment & coming out at an angle;  use just pieces of it; cut off flowers from a frame; cut it in half.  Keep you cardstock scraps to experiment with.

I would love to hear from you on your ideas using dies.

Bye for now

13 March, 2018

Two Cards using Shabby Chic Backgrounds

Hi Bloggers

With new dies & new papers on my work table, what does a girl do?

She just has to try some of them out - just to make sure they are OK to sell of course! Not just for fun!

 The first card is in pastel dusty pinks:

  • Pale pink Spotted paper on ivory cardstock with pink matting
  • pink antique nylon ribbon is wrapped around the inside of the card & tied into a bow on the front - I use clear clue dots to keep the lace in place & to anchor the ties where I want them
  • white puffy rose is inserted through a rose die (m356) with its edges tinged with my blusher, pale pink rosebuds, rose leaves, cherry blossoms, pink tassel & pale pink satin ribbon
  • waterfall 1 die (m376) with blush pearl highlights

  • inside the card shows the ribbon wrap with tags for sentiments
  • pale pink rose, a clock from cut & create sheet of Shabby Chic Backgrounds foam mounted on pink cardstock & a white doily

 The second card uses green as a highlight color:

  • Silver grey damask on ivory cardstock
  • Champagne organza ribbon in a bow with a hatpin, pearl & green bead is pinned through the bow
  • green paper leaves, cherry blossoms & an apple blossom flower on the side of foam mounted oval frame die (p6745) with cut & create ephemera flower

  • the oval (from the same die on the front of the card) is foam mounted with a small embellishment
  • the green die cut is from die m242 - Elegant Lines
  • the other inside is a panel from the same patterned paper with a die cut flower from the same paper - this die is an old one from my stash

Hope the 2 cards give you some ideas for your 'card ideas file' as well as showing some of the die cuts in action

Bye for now

12 March, 2018

Shabby Chic Card set No.3 by Leanne

Hello everyone,
I would like to share my 3rd set of cards made from the Shabby Chic Background collection of patterned papers. As with the previous sets of cards I have once again embellished with lace, ribbon, fussy cut images & metal charms. I have also created a circle step card & a Z fold card just for something a little bit different. Both are easy to create.

Until next time,
Keep creating beautiful things to inspire & share.

11 March, 2018

Happy Mail

Hello everyone
Bec here, with some happy mail for a friend.
I used Meg's Garden Shabby Chic Background Papers range with the candy stripe pink paper and the pastel pink polka dot paper.
I made a flip book with little envelopes and because I filled the envelopes too much, could only close it in half not completely.
So I used a Hello sticker on front and Dear Jo on what would have been the back page.
I used the cut and create ephemera above Dear Jo and it was perfect to fill the blank page.
I used a Velcro dot to seal the envelope 
(left to right)
I have used Meg's heart doily and some leftover from the A4 paper to create this little brad flower.  In this pocket envelope I put the little note.
On the second pocket envelope I have made a little selection of collectables from my stash.  I have put Life is better with Friends sticker on this pocket because we don't often get together as the group of friends but when we do, Life certainly feels better.
I have used a tiny satin ribbon from Meg's goodies.
The third envelope pocket is full of chippies,(and probably the reason I couldn't completely fold this flipbook up to it's smallest size). The lace on the pocket is the Lace Flowers 18mm from Meg's Garden lace range.
In the last envelope pocket I have made a washi sampler for my friend, hopefully she likes to bright colours.
I have created a tiny video to show you the end result in person follow the link to my instagram to see the video.
I hope you have enjoyed stopping by today, I look forward to showing you more of my creations with Meg's Garden products. 
You really must pop to her website to see all the gorgeous new items she has, there is literally something for everyone!
Take Care
All the Best
from Bec