“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.

Some fun(ny) cards

I’ve had in my stash for some time a Stampotique stamp  that my husband picked up on one of our trips to a large craft store.  I liked it too,  but it wasn’t really my thing at the time, or so I thought.  Also in my stash was a collection of Dyan Reaveley sayings that I thought were amusing and not too nasty as some of these can be.  So I decided to combine the characters with the sayings.  Here is my first card with the stamp my husband chose.

Rainbow sprinkle card

I really like this little stamp and I think the words are perfect for her don’t you?

Having now added a few more Stampotique’s to my collection I decided to make a series of cards using the same techniques and matching the sayings to the image.

The next card I made:

Dinner is poured

Another cute Stampotique character.  I extended her skirt and gave her a glass of pink champagne too.  The floor is an Art Deco panel die, from Ultimate Crafts.

I’ll share another of the cards in this series in a day or two.

Products used:

  • Versafine black ink
  • Faber Castell colouring pencils
  • Stampin’ UP! Designer paper
  • Stampotique stamp
  • Dyan Reaveley (Ranger Dylusions) sayings
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Washi Tape
  • Ultimate Crafts Die
  • White paint pen
  • Micron Archival Ink Pens

 

Happy Crafting.

 

 

 

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.

TINY BOX WITH PICTURE GALLERY INSERT and secret compartment

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It’s been a rainy and pretty miserable few days in Melbourne over the weekend, though the sun has shone brilliantly today and it was nice to resume my daily walks around the lake.  With winter on the way we must make the most of the sunshine while we can. Secretly, I enjoy rainy days, no excuse needed to stay home and hopefully get into the craftroom.

I’ve always enjoyed miniatures and the more detail the better. This little box is based on a 3″ x 2″ matchbox.  Although I took the dimensions from a matchbox, my box is made from scratch using some lightweight, white card, slightly heavier than cardstock.

The structure of the box is quite sturdy. I am not a fan of flimsy boxes and with the glitter finish on the front of this it has a nice strong feel.

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I decorated the outside of the box using a pretty serviette/napkin. (You can find many youtube videos on the glitter napkin technique if you are interested).  I made a small scroll which I decorated with tiny flowers, to go underneath the little handle inside the box. The handle enables you to  lift the insert up and there is space inside for a small keepsake.  I created a tiny gallery of vintage photographs and attached a slide-under piece to the inside lid of the box as shown above. The back sheet of the photo gallery slips underneath and stays put when the lid is closed. The box fastener is fashioned from a metal filigree element, these are easily bendable with small longnose pliers.

More photo’s of the inside and outside of the box.  I so enjoyed making this project. I hope you enjoy it too.

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So glad you visited my blog today.

Barbara

 

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.

 

 

Spellbinders Wedding Series

This Die set is perfect for a simple but pretty wedding congratulation card.

The die set contains a Card,  Envelope and Liner with two fancy cutting pieces that can be used in a few ways.  There is also a curly label surround.

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I started with a piece of white embossed cardstock from a Stampin’ UP! collection of several years back, so no longer available.  I cut the flap section with one of the envelope decorative panels.

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I added a simple lace belly band and rose from Meg’s Garden to hold the flap closed without having to resort to tape or glue.    I stamped the greeting in Versamark and silver embossing powder and mounted the card on silver foil cardstock also from Stampin’ UP!

I made a few of these using different designer papers and ribbon and flowers.

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Thanks for stopping by today.

Barbara