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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

megs garden nature book by sue smyth

Natures Field Guide 
By Sue Smyth 

Nothing inspires me more than nature, so the awesome 
Butterflies and Natures Wonders Stamp collection
available on Megs Garden website was an instant
spark for me.
I have combined the stamps with the Butterflies
and Natures Wonders paper kit to make this
Field guide to Natures Wonders.
And this time I really wanted to do a hand stitched binding
so be sure to look below for a mini tutorial on 
how to bind a book.

The gorgeous butterflies have been glued to white cardstock
then fussy cut, spray with spray glitter and adhere 
by the centres only so the wings
can be curved upwards in flight.

I have stamped the title onto white cardstock and overlayed 
it onto a fancy metallic frame.
Add lots of paper flowers from Meg's Garden to 
create a focal point at the top of the cover.

Handy Hint
Dry brush the centres of paper flowers 
with a darker pink ink for a
more realistic look.
You just need a small stiff brush

I have used old twigs covered in lichen
from the garden to 
create a frame. 
My new favorite tool is a mini 
I have cut a panel from the paper kit 
to insert inside with 3 D foam tape.
And adhered the lot onto a panel
of cardstock with a hand stitched edges.
Add trinket bee's and metal corners, some fibres
and there you have a cover.

It can be used as an journal or mini album
I have left the inside pages rather
plain so that photo's or ephemera 
can be placed over top.
Here are some of my pages, I have simply
used the papers as a collage and 
incorporated stamps when ever I wanted. 

Back Cover 

First cut chipboard to 11 x 14 cms to form covers and cover with 
Butterfly garden papers.

Cut as many pages as you like, mine measure 14 x 22 cm
 and I have 8 panels. 
Perforate the centre with a metal piercing tool.
Stamp and ink randomly around the sides with sepia
ink and a script stamp. 

Now sew centres with brown floss and a sturdy needle.
This takes some time but is worth it!

Stitch all sides with a back stitch so it show on the spine
and the middle of the folded page.

Hold together with a bull dog clip so they
are placed neatly and will not move.

Now over sew at 7 points on the spine with floss, making
sure to catch every folded edge.

When you are happy with the stitching,over stitch with green for
a contrast and adhere covers to first and last page.
Add stained seam binding under covers or as 
I have over them and cover with decoration.


Happy Crafting all


Saturday, March 21, 2015

imaginarium post

By the Sea Canvas and
Butterfly Canister 
By Sue Smyth 

Hi Bloggers
I have a few projects to share with you today, a Mermaid Canvas 
called By the Sea, a Sweet Easter Bird branch and 
lastly a Butterfly Canister 
The first two actually don't use as much chipboard
as I am used to, I love to use lots, so this
is a bit different for me.

To get the very ornate borders, I have glued two 
cheap plastic frames to a canvas. The gap 
in between I have filled with chipboard shapes for texture..

In the centre of the frame I have used
texture paste and a stencil to create texture and a spot
for my resin mermaid to sit.

The title is chipboard alphabet embossed with 
aged gold powder and rubbed over with black ink.

I have also snipped up a piece of chipboard to
 create a net like effect above and below the mermaid, I have 
added small pearls to the intersections of the net.

Once I have glued all of the frames and chipboard down, I have 
painted the lot with gesso, then sprayed with 
turquoise, blue and green dylusions.

Dry and add more layers to get a deep effect. When it is
dry rub over the raised areas with gold metallic paint

Snip up Loolabelle's circular cross chipboard, paint with metallic blue. 

While wet sprinkle with turquoise glitter. Allow to dry
and decorate with small pearls

At the bottom of the small frame, I have added lots of shells,
dyed muslin and a small bottle filled with metallic seed beads.


Butterfly Canister 

I love storage, so for my next project I have made 
a canister that I can store ribbons, flowers etc in.
I have started with a corrugated cylinder, but you could
just as easily adhere corrugated card to an ordinary mache box.

Spray the whole canister with matt black spray paint
then rub over with gold metallic paint.

Kates Doily chip is embossed with aged 
gold embossing powder then spritzed with 
black dylusions and I have wiped off the 

The pearl strip around the edge have been sprayed with 
matt black paint too as
I wanted them to be black!

The trim on the bottom is chipboard
sprayed matt black.
Then rub over with graphite inka gold
apply gold liquid pearls and while 
wet sprinkle with a little gold glitter, for a 
nice glittered raised look.

I have added pins as extra antenna !

To make the butterfly, first spray with 
matt black spray paint, then rub
the centre with blue, purple and graphite 
inka golds, keep adding until you have the 
look you are after.
I always like at iridescent look and combining 
these colours will give you that.
Then add lots of gold glitter glue to the edges.
Finish with lots of iridescent seed beads in the


Bonus Project
Sweet Easter Bird decoration 

This project is just a little bit of fun, to make the nest
I have cut chipboard into lots of thin strips.
Wet it and scrunch up into a nest shape.
then adhere onto Chipboard circle shape. 
Dry brush with gesso, spray with brown 
spray ink, then spray with glitter spray.

To decorate the leaves, I have painted them white
with gesso and then dabbed Whipped spackle over top.

When dry spritz with olive green glimmer mist or any
green spray.
Add lots of flowers, moss, pearls, a bird, her eggs and tinsy

This will sit on the table for Easter.

Happy Crafting