Wednesday, 25 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.

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Always looking so mischievous

Hi there readers, welcome again to another post. 

This is another one of those quick layouts I did in December. This is of a really good friend of mine who has a habit of looking a bit mischievous when I get photos of him.

As mentioned previously this layout like the others was done quickly with embellishments I could get my hands on quickly. I used some stenciling with texture paste and also inking. With this layout I also added a bit of crackle paint.  Some of the embellishments are Prima clocks, Creative Embellishments circles chippies, some film strip from Tim Holtz. I also had a Silhouette Cameo film strip in my stash too.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Meg's Garden 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

My Big Brother

Hey Crafters, 

After my move 4 weeks ago, I found some layouts I had been working on during December.

During December, while in my second stint of recovery from my surgery, I pulled out some photos of my brother and did some quick layouts. I had some recent photos from his visit to Adelaide in 2014 and a few I pinched off his Facebook gallery. 


I didn't spend too much time of planning these layouts and just grabbed papers and embellishments and put it all together in under an hour. I rather enjoyed the process, sometimes it is just good to do things a little differently. Stops activities from becoming predictable. 

The idea was to use methods and techniques I hadn't for a while. Stamping and sprays and things along that line. Also pulled out embellishments that I haven't used for a while. Overall it was a load of fun and now that my craft corner is set up I might do this regularly. 

Thursday, 19 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.

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Friday, 13 February 2015

Customer 21st Card

Hi there card makers.
I got a call from a family member while in the middle moving. luckily enough it didn't take me long to unpack the craft kit and create this for their friends upcoming 21st in January. 

Friday, 6 February 2015

pacific Rim

Hey there crafters.

Being a rather serious about sci fi and especially sci fi with ROBOTS! I made this double layout.

Pacific Rim rocked my socks off.  It was just a whole lot of fun to watch and the merchandise was just awesome, if not difficult to get here in Australia.

I wanted pay homage to my love for Pacific Rim so did this double layout using some of the "blueprint" designs of the jaegers I found online.

I rummaged through my stash of various embellishments and found some chippies and silver embossing powder and some of my texture stamps from kaisercraft.

I like that I ended up with.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

A birthday card from the archives

Crafters and readers, look what I found in my photo collection!

I made this back in August I think of 2014 as a custom card for a friend and forgot all about it thanks to being ill. 

I still love making easel cards. You can just do so much with them.

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