Monday, April 16, 2018

Card Tutorial with Graphic 45's "Communique"

Hi everyone! Today I've got a special card tutorial for you. It's special because it's not only dimensional and interactive, it's for a very important and amazing person at Graphic 45. (Shhh...more at the end of this post on that.) It's a 5" x 7" shutter card using "Communique" which is available as a Deluxe Collector's Edition (DCE) from Graphic 45.

Shutter cards are fun, easy and quite impressive when opened and displayed. I've used an SVG from but you can find many versions and instructions for shutter cards all over the internet. I made some adaptations to Lori's cut file as you'll see in the tutorial. Here's how I made it...

A little birdie told me that this person's favorite color was red and one of her favorite collections was Communique, so I proceeded to cut the red cardstock base and the paper pieces on my Cricut machine. 

I chose to add another panel for my card front to make the open card even more impressive. I simply cut an additional piece of red cardstock 5 1/2" x 7" and scored down the left side. This will be an attachment point, as you'll see. I adjusted the cut file in my Design Space software to cut an additional red cardstock piece for added support to the card "back". This is optional, of course. I like to make good, sturdy cards. Nothing flimsy.

This is how it looks with the cover piece attached. The other piece is attached to the back on the far right end, like I said, for added support.

Attaching the paper pieces is super easy. They are designed to "nest" inside the cardstock areas with a 1/8" border of red showing. This frames it out nicely.

In the Communique DCE, you not only get the paper collection, but the chipboard and a 12 x 12 sticker sheet as well. I layered stickers and some cut-aparts inside the card. I always start with the inside of my cards so I can later work on the front where most of the bulk and dimension come into play. If I did the front first, I'd have to battle with the bulk while working on the inside. Not cool.

Next, I cut papers for my cover, and worked in some May Arts ribbon and a scalloped border sticker. I mailed this card away before jotting down the measurements, but hopefully you can figure them out by looking at the grid in the background. (Each square = 1/2")

I layered these elements as a unit before adhering them to the card front because the border strip (with ribbon) wraps around everything. Below the scalloped border sticker, you can see that I  scalloped the bottom of the black paper, too.

I selected chipboard pieces, then layered a die-cut lace doily behind the large chipboard and tied an antique key to the button chipboard with some red twine. The lace doily is from one of Graphic 45's new die sets. 

I've used the Square Tag & Clock die set on the right. These new dies are all so versatile to use with not only Graphic 45's various tags, but to add embellishment to your projects.

With the card folded flat, I assemble the layers.

I decided the chipboard needed something more, so I die-cut the clock out of ivory cardstock, trimmed away the inner circle and layered it onto the chipboard piece. 

To dress up the inside a little more, I fussy cut the gramophone and layered the alphabet stickers to spell out my words.

I used thin strips of black cardstock to layer the letter stickers and keep them together until time to adhere them into place. I used scrap pieces of black chipboard rather than foam tape on the back of my gramophone.

I added them to the inside flap of the card like so.

And the card is finished.

And the inside looks impressive when opened up.

Communique is still available! It's one of those classic collections that represent Graphic 45 perfectly. You can find it here.

So, whose birthday card is this? 
It's for Aimee Filimoehala, Graphic 45's Director of Operations. Her birthday is this Wednesday, the 18th of April, so be sure to hop over to the Graphic 45 blog or her social media this Wednesday and wish her a happy day. Aimee does an amazing job at keeping Graphic 45 current, developing new product ideas and designs, and has about a million other responsibilities for which we should all be eternally grateful.

Happy Birthday Aimee! And thanks for all you do!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Video blast of 7 Graphic 45 projects I'll be teaching this year!

Hello everyone. This is gonna be a fun, creative year! I'm getting ready to visit two wonderful scrapbook stores this Spring and I thought I'd share what I'm teaching here in one spot. I've created a brief video walk-through of each of the seven different projects, created with the newest Graphic 45 collections like Little Women, Floral Shoppe, Sun Kissed and Botanical Tea plus a Fairie Dust project too. I hope you have a moment to check them out below.

The store names and links are listed in the description box of each project video and I've also added these to my Calendar. Just click on the Calendar tab at the top of my blog page. 

I'd love to have you join me in one of these classes this year!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Little Darlings Baby Card with Cricut cuties!

At my age, I don't encounter many friends having babies like I use to, so I'm always delighted when I get the opportunity to make baby gifts and cards. Today I'm doing a quick share of a fun little baby card that features super cute SVG cuts using my Cricut machine.

I've used Graphic 45's Little Darlings Deluxe Collector's Edition for the papers and chipboard, and Miss Kate Cuttables for that cute little squirrel.

The actual card base, which you'll see in the next few photos, is also cut on the Cricut. It comes from Close to my Heart's Artfully Sent cartridge and is called "Baby Pop-up Card." As you can see on the cutting mat above there's also a Baby Fox, very similar to the Baby Squirrel. Both are from Miss Kate Cuttables. I'm sharing this screen so you can see the layers it takes to make these little cuties.

So so cute, right?

Here's the inside of the card. That baby fox is darling, is he not? And the Little Darlings collection is perfect for this baby card.

Here's a side view of that fun pop-up of the letters. It's such a simple assembly, yet impressive!

I created a raised pocket from the "For Baby" cut-apart, then slipped in a folded tag onto which I wrote my message; just another little interactive feature to this sweet baby card.

The card accompanied a handmade baby blanket with matching burp cloths and bibs (two of each). This was something I use to do quite a while back; making and selling baby things. Some days I miss it, so I really enjoy when the opportunity arises again. My neighbor is due to have another baby this Spring, so I'm looking forward to shopping for her flannels soon!

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great week!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Cruise & Crop Video and My 2018 Schedule

Hello all, and although the Patriots lost last night, I am wishing you a Happy Monday.

I've returned recently from my first teaching adventure on Cruise & Crop's January cruise to Cozumel, hosted by Scraporium, one of my favorite Florida scrapbook stores. I made a short video recap of this fun time, so I hope you enjoy watching.

Also, I'll be finalizing the exact dates for my teaching schedule this year, but for now I'm sharing what I do know at this time. (Dates are subject to change, so stay tuned for updates)

January 25 - 29  Scraporium's Cruise & Crop

April 6 - 8  The Scrapbook Store & More in Greenfield, Wisconsin

May 4 - 6  Simple Pleasures in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Summer months TBA (waiting to firm up a few bookings)

September 28 - October 1  Your Creative Mountain Retreat in Hendersonville, North Carolina

November 10  My 10th Annual Holiday Workshop in Melbourne, Florida

In between these teaching gigs, you can find me on my YouTube channel (click on that big YouTube tab in the right hand column of my blog) with new projects, tutorials, and craft tips for keeping organized. I also share a brief video on my channel of each store I've visited.

Later this week I'll be sharing a fun and easy Valentine project using two very different Graphic 45 paper collections. The video will also include some tips on using SVG files for your cutting machine, as well as the new little Mini Envelope Punchboard and why you need this small version of the very popular Envelope Punchboard from We R Memory Keepers.

You'll also find me through Graphic 45, as I continue to serve as a Special Projects Designer for this wonderful company. I'm designing projects for their new Club 45 program alongside Maria Cole and Kathy Clement, plus I help with project designs for Graphic 45 to teach around the globe on their travels. And as always, you can get FREE project sheets complete with cutting measurements and step by step instructions from their blog here. They update these all the time, so make sure you subscribe to their blog so you don't miss anything new.

I'm so happy to stopped in today. Leave me a comment so I know you did! I'd be delighted to hear from you.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Sold Out Retreat! Waiting List Now Open.

Hello everyone. As expected, our 2018 retreat sold out quickly. Wow! We're super excited to see so many of our friends from the first retreat coming again in addition to welcoming quite a few new faces.

If you missed out, or weren't decided when we held registration, there's always the Waiting List. There's no obligation at all. Just let us know you are interested in coming if there is a cancellation, and we'll add you to our list. Last year we had four cancellations, so odds are we'll have a few this year as well.

Simply e-mail me, Annette Green, at if you'd like to be added to the list. I'll need your e-mail and phone number. That's it.

For all the info about this retreat, hop over to the Your Creative Retreat Blog. Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2nd Annual Creative Mountain Retreat is Coming!

Hello Friends, exciting news! Ginger Ropp (the famous My Sister’s Scrapper) and I are hosting another fabulous Creative Mountain Retreat at the same great location at the Echo Mountain Inn in beautiful Hendersonville, North Carolina in the Fall of 2018. And we’d love it if you could join us. 

We’re in the process of finalizing reservations from our previous guests (one of the perks of having attended: first dibs for the next one!) then we'll open up registration this Thursday, January 11th to the public! We’ll have a limited amount of rooms available, so reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. And if last year is any indication, we’ll sell out QUICKLY. So don’t miss out this year!

To get the details before the 11th, hop on over to the Your Creative Retreat blog to read more.

If you want to check out a video from our inaugural retreat, go here

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

How to Create your own 2018 Planner

I hope you've had a lovely Christmas! It's almost 2018 and it's time to think about your new planner. Do you purchase a ready-made planner every year? Or are you like me and prefer to make your own? If you are, I've created a YouTube video tutorial on this very thing!

There are lots of printable calendar pages out there on the web, but somehow I still wasn't finding the layout I liked for my planner size, so I created my own printables and am sharing them with you for FREE. First up are the monthly pages. Clean and simple, ready to print and use however you desire. 

And if you like a vertical planner format for your weekly pages, I've provided these as well. Everything I've provided coincides with my how-to video.

I hope you enjoy the video and the freebies. Please let me know if you complete your own planner. I'd love to hear. Have fun!