“Less is More” Butterfly cards

Sometimes I forget to use the gorgeous designer papers that I have. I get caught up in the stamping and matching dies, and it is only when I am finished that I realise my huge stash of gorgeous paper is still intact.  This weekend I set about changing that, so I set a personal challenge to make some cards using pretty papers and very little else.  For my focal images I selected some of the new Card Papers from Meg’s Garden which depict butterflies.  I chose matching cardstock to offset the designs and to add some interest.

To enhance my cards I used Stitched square and rectangular Dies.  All of my cards are similar in design, but each is also unique in its own way.

Card  No.1 – Shown next to original 6″ x 6″ paper.   I didn’t want to waste anything, so I also cut the lower butterfly to use inside my card.

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Card No. 2 – Shown with original paper.  I added a 1/4″scored border around the outside of the layered pieces.  The feather was fussy cut from the same piece of paper.

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Card No. 3 – I added more scored lines around the outside of the card. Card 3 Meg's Card Paclks Butterflies - Copy

All three cards together:

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The hardest part of making these cards was deciding on the shape and orientation in order make the most of the papers.  Butterflies are favourites for card makers and I think you will agree these are lovely with their soft pastel shades.

I hope you enjoyed this idea of ‘less is more.’

Items used:

  • “In the Watercolour Garden” S137 and S137-2 Paper packs
  • Stitched Dies
  • Cardstock: White, grey, taupe and tangerine

Happy Monday and Happy Crafting Everyone.

Cards using Meg’s Garden “Rose Quartz” and “Watercolour in Blues” Card Packs

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I really enjoyed these paper packs from Meg’s Garden, which are specifically designed for Card Makers.  They come in packs of 12 (2 of each design) 6″ x 6″ papers. Each one is truly pretty.

This is a card from the Rose Quartz collection: Finished card is shown next to the card pack.

Card 1

To begin I cut the 6″ x 6″ paper into three sections and glued them to a co-ordinating piece of cardstock. The design on the paper is a cherry blossom twig, so I punched out some small flowers from the left over pieces of paper and following the design on the paper,  placed the flowers along the twigs. I laid some ribbon trim down the vertical length of the card and trimmed off tiny flowers from the same ribbon to place in the centre of each punched flower.

My next card is from the “Watercolour in Blues” paper pack.

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This is a really simple card to make as I used the beautiful design on the paper as the focus of the card. I matted it onto a piece of pale grey cardstock.  I stamped a verse and heat embossed it, then added a few tiny diamonté to finish the card.

The front of my next card is also from the “Watercolour in Blues” Paper Pack:

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Again quite a simple card to create allowing the design of the paper to be the focal point. I cut a small framed rectangle to one  side of my square card so that the selected portion inside the card would be exposed.

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The paper used on the inside of the card comes from “In the Watercolour Garden” paper pack. So with the addition of the greeting and a few sequins and diamontes, my card is finished. I love the music notes on this paper collection.

I hope you enjoyed these cards and were inspired to have a go at making your own cards using pretty paper as your inspiration.

I have another two packs of these lovely papers to play with, and will do another post when I have more cards to show you.

If you have a moment drop into Meg’s Garden and see more of the gorgeous papers and other collections.

Products Used for these Cards:

From Meg’s Garden

  • Rose Quartz Card Pack S129
  • Watercolour in Blues Card Pack  S130
  • In The Watercolour Garden Card Pack S137-2
  • Daisy ribbon

From Barbara’s stash

  • MFT Peekaboo Window Die
  • Keep Your Faith Sentiment Stamp
  • Small Flower Punch
  • Cardstock and embellishments

 

Happy Crafting Everyone.

 

 

Album Using Wire Binding System

This album has been created with the latest paper collection from the Meg’s Garden Range. The collection is called “Lavende.”

 

I have long coveted the Cinch Binding Machine by We r memory keepers and was lucky enough to be offered the loan of one recently.  This is my very first album using this binding system and I have learned that you can’t be frugal with the binding wire size.  I thought a 1 1/4″ binding wire would be sufficient for my needs but I really could have gone with a larger size. I didn’t realise this until I started to embellish my album. So I have learned a lot.

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The Front cover of this album is embellished with papers from the  Lavende collection, I fashioned the scrolls from seperate sheets of the paper and adhered them to the first layer. The papers in the Lavende collection come in various sizes, I chose the book papers to make my album. These come on an 8″ x 11″ sheet and each sheet contains two book pages measuring 5″ x 7″.  So that is the size that I made my album. The front covers are made from 12″ x 12″ medium weight bookboard which I cut to size.

This album was so easy to decorate, using the cut apart sheets that come with the collection, once I had chosen the pages I would use.  All of the detail comes from the collection itself.  I used some La Blanche stamps (also available from Meg’s Garden) to add interest to the pages.

I made tiny pockets by fussy cutting some pieces, as in the bowl of lavender above. My lady in the hat sits nicely behind the flowerpot and doesn’t move when I turn the pages.  N.B. if you want to do this, always use a wet glue to adhere the pocket piece leaving room for your photo to slot in behind it. Double sided tape will not work in the same way and you will find things move about and fall out with that method.

I added some pages of varying sizes in vellum and window sheet  I also used some die cuts from my own stash .

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And I couldn’t leave out these gentlemen from the Gentleman’s Ephemera cut aparts. The clock is another of the La Blanche stamps.

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Above – A little bit French

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She likes to travel – suitcase and clock by La Blanche stamps.

She’s no wallflower.

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She’s very sweet.

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I hope you enjoyed this look at my Lavende Album.  Do check out what is available at Meg’s Garden. You will not be disappointed with her range of papers and embellishments. Many of Meg’s paper collections are available as digital downloads saving on postage.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Card with decorative frame

 

Barbara here with another card using the gorgeous “White Flowers on Green” Paper Collection from Meg’s Garden.

I thought I would share with you how I created the green frame for this card. The frame, also from Meg’s Garden comes as plain chipboard.

The first step is to cover the image both sides with white Gesso and wait for it to dry. Note I have shown another frame in it’s original state before applying Gesso.

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I then coloured the frame using Copics, Ranger Distress markers and Pantone Tria markers. I also added some accents with a White Paint Marker.DSC05123

Once I had finished colouring to my liking, I added a coat of Ranger Glossy Accents to finish my frame.

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Once it is completely dry, (best to leave overnight as sometimes the urge to touch can spell disaster),  it is ready to be added to a card or album.

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Thank you for visiting my blog today.

 

Introducing a new Collection From Meg’s Garden

Hi Everyone,

As a member of Meg’s Garden Design Team, there is nothing more exciting than ‘new’ crafting products to create with.

This lovely Paper Collection from Meg’s Garden is called simply, “White Flowers on Green.”   In the following video you will see an example of the Book Pages, the A4 papers and the cut apart pages.

 

All of the papers are perfect for shabby chic or vintage lovers to add ribbons, pearls, flowers & laces to their projects. They are also perfect for card makers and, as with all Meg’s Garden collections, there are so many possibilities.

At just $12.95 for the full set of A4 papers, they constitute great value too. The Mini Book pages are also $12.95

While you are sifting through Meg’s website, take a look at the accessories.  So much to get excited about from card making and scrap booking, to mini albums. Gorgeous ribbons and filigree metal embellishments, silk flowers velvet flowers and mulberry paper flower favourites.  There really is something for everyone. Don’t forget to check the Clearance section for some real bargains on stamps to mention just one.

 

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This is a card that I made using the collection. The soft green is one of my favourites.  The silk flower on top of the clock is one of several colours you can choose from. The pretty lady in her bonnet is from one of the cut apart pages.

Thank you for stopping by today

Happy crafting.

 

 

Paris Fashion Parade –

Hi Everyone,

Another small grouping of  tags, this time featuring all the lovely ladies of fashion.

Again I have used the Parisian Gardens paper collection from Meg’s Garden as the background for the tags.  together with lots of fussy cutting from the Lady’s Ephemera pages.

ladys-ephemera-in-frame-3 I mounted the three tags onto Black card stock and then onto the glass of a ‘redundant’ picture frame.

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I hope you are inspired to make some tags.  And also to visit Meg’s Garden to see some of the gorgeous papers and accessories available there.

 

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

 

Barbara

 

 

 

 

Parisian Gardens

Hello All, today I am sharing some tags I made for  Meg’s Garden.

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Having a general clean out in my craftroom I came across a pack of vanilla tags that I’d forgotten about. We crafters don’t like to waste anything as you know, and together  with the gorgeous Parisian Gardens Paper collection from Meg’s Garden , I decided to create some tags.

The tags are approximately 4″ x 6″ and have a nice shaped top.  To begin, I traced the shape of the tag onto my chosen designer paper and cut it out. There is a hole with a fairly large eyelet in the top of each tag and I wondered how I could cover the tag neatly. Luckily I discovered that my 1/2″ punch fitted  perfectly  around the eyelet. I glued the paper to the tag and sponged the edges before embellishing.

I used images from a few different Meg’s garden paper collections to complete the tags – for a full list of products used see bottom of this post. As well as the Cut and Create sheets that come with the Parisian Gardens collection I used images from the Lady’s Ephemera collection too.

Here is a closer look at each tags:

 

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Sorry for orientation of the last photograph – I accidentally deleted a folder containing the edited version. This is my favourite of the three.

  • Cut and Create sheets from Parisian Gardens collection
  • Lady’s Ephemera Pages
  • Spring Pastels Paper Collection
  • Words from All of the above collections
  • Flowers and leaves – Meg’s Garden
  • Ribbon  – Meg’s Garden
  • keys and metal heart –  Meg’s Garden
  • from my stash – buttons, chains, metal bicycle, inks, netting, elaborate heart, twine, bling.

What I like most about making these types of tags is that they can so easily be turned into pretty greeting cards. They would also make excellent additions to your mini albums and other vintage creations.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Tip: There are some fabulous bargains available in the Meg’s Garden Clearance section.

Barbara