Friday, October 9, 2015

Using the Groove Tool to Create Halloween Treat Holder Tags

Happy Friday everyone! Thanks for stopping by today. I'm still enjoying lots of Halloween crafting and today is no exception. I've got some easy and fun Halloween Treat Holder Tags to share with you, made with Graphic 45's Rare Oddities collection which includes a video tutorial. I'm featured over on the Graphic 45 blog sharing this project alongside my fellow Special Projects Designer Gloria Stengel

All month, the gang's been sharing their creations using The Groove tool by Art-C. This fun little gadget can be found in major craft stores and includes all that you see here. Additional attachments are sold separately for easy replacement. My video shows how easy and fun this handy tool is, so be sure to hop over to the Graphic 45 blog and check out how I used it to make these treat holders.

Thanks again for stopping by.  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

DIY Halloween Jewelry using Tim Holtz products

In case you missed it on my Facebook and Instagram over the weekend, here's my easy Snapguide tutorial for making your own spooky Halloween necklace for the season using lots of Tim Holtz goodies. And scroll below to see my Halloween charm bracelet I completed in less than a half hour!

Check out How to Make a Spooky Halloween Necklace by Annette Green on Snapguide.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Just for Fun - Steampunk Halloween Card

Hello and happy Friday once again. It's a Just for Fun Friday here on my blog and today I'm sharing a non-traditional Halloween card. I'll be getting together with friends for some cardmaking tomorrow which works out nicely since it's World Card Making Day. In the spirit of this fun day, I thought I'd share a Snapguide tutorial on how to make this card. See below, and enjoy!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

My 3rd Annual Fall Card Workshop is coming

What better time of year to host a Fall card-making workshop than the 1st day of November. It's that time again where I host this fun class in my home here in Melbourne, Florida. 
Here's a peek at the four cards we'll be making below...

Two cards measure 5" x 7" (one vertical, one horizontal) each with a unique shaped cut; one 5" x 5" scalloped square card, and a 4" x 6 1/2" tag-shaped card. 

The class is Sunday, November 1st from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $25

The technique focus will be creating realistic fall leaves featuring dies and tools designed by Susan Tierney Cockburn, and the product used is the lovely Botanicabella Deluxe Collector's Edition by Graphic 45, which includes not only the paper collection, but the coordinating sticker sheet and chipboard as well. 

It's going to be a fun afternoon of card-making, fall snacks, warm cider and friendship.
The cost is only $25 per guest. Guests who RSVP will receive a supply list of inks and tools to bring as the class approaches. Everything will be pre-cut and ready to go.

(sorry, no take-home kits for this workshop)

You may be wondering why I host classes in my home rather than a public facility. The answer is, I love my home and have it decorated for the season and have plenty of room for an average class size. In the event of a exceedingly great response to this or any class, I can make other arrangements to accommodate a larger crowd. I simply enjoy hosting it here in my home.

You may also be wondering why I don't always offer take-home kits for my classes. The reason for this is that a technique class like this is very difficult to communicate through a typed tutorial. Some things are just visual, ya know?

So, if you're in the local central Florida area and are interested in this fun class, please RSVP by October 5th since space is limited. You can reply by e-mailing me at

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Guest Designer for A Vintage Journey - Altered Fall "Welcome" Frame

Hello and happy "almost the weekend" everyone! I'm excited to share a project with you I've created especially for the wonderful folks over at A Vintage Journey today. A Vintage Journey is a challenge blog for those how love to make vintage/shabby projects and mixed media or journaling artwork, strongly influenced by the work of non-other than Tim Holtz. Each month, they invite a guest Creative Guide to join in the current challenge. This month's theme is "Home Sweet Home" and I was thrilled to be asked to play along!

Above, I've given you a bit of a teaser of the finished project. And this is what I started with...

A 99 cent frame from the local thrift shop.

You'll have to hop over to the A Vintage Journey blog to see how I transformed this into a wonderful Fall frame to welcome my family and friends when they enter my home this season. I've used a couple of my favorite Tim Holtz techniques and products, so be sure to check it out.

Have a fabulous weekend and thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Undertaker Is In

Hello everyone! Hope your Wednesday is going well so far. I've been creating a fun Halloween card this morning that I'd love to share with you. It's created with All Things Tim, as I like to say, meaning all Tim Holtz products. Check it out...

The Undertaker! My current favorite Stampers Anonymous stamp set for the season. He takes front and center on my 5" x 7" card. Let me take you through how I made this card, and I'll share the links to all products at the end of the post.

My card base is black Kraft Core card stock folded to make a 5" x 7" card. I cut a burnt orange piece 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" and a light tan piece 4 1/2" x 6 1/2".

From the 8" x 8" Regions Beyond paper stash I cut 8 pieces 5" x 1 1/2". 
(I added an eighth piece later.)

Working on my non-stick craft sheet, I adhered the strips (after inking the top edges with Black Soot Distress Ink) onto the light tan card stock, turning and tilting the strips as I moved my way down. I did this on the non-stick craft sheet because the strips have sticky adhesive on them and are hanging over the edge of the light tan card stock. This makes it easy to peel up and trim later.

I trimmed all the overhanging paper strips and inked around the perimeter with more Black Soot.

After sanding the edges of the black and the burnt orange card stock pieces, I adhered the three elements together.

My light is rather bright in this photo so you can really see the reflection on the ornate frame. I die-cut it from Tim's Kraft Core Metallic Collection, using the Bronze color. I sanded the surface a bit to make some scratches, then inked the outer edges with Black Soot. The inside of the frame is tan Kraft Core card stock.

I stamped the large "Undertaker" (there are two sizes in this great set) with embossing ink and embossed it with black embossing powder. Once it was cool, I shaded a soft yellow along the left side of his face, then cut him out close to the stamped edge.

Next I stamped this image onto more of the light tan card stock. I free-hand cut the banner quickly and loosely so it looks a bit distressed. 

I have to wonder if "James Fallon" is a nod to the funny man Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show...? (I'm a big fan, so it got my attention.)

I popped up the Undertaker with foam tape then added the banner with more foam tape, just in the center, and glued down the ends. This gives it some dimension.

I die-cut the medium size bow from the Bow-Tied strip die using Black Kraft Core card stock and adhered it below the Undertaker. Like a bow tie, of course. Below the bow is one of my favorite new embellishments this season called Crypt Cameos. There are five different cameos in each pack and they are substantial! I could easily make a fun necklace out of one of these. Maybe that's next on my agenda...

Here's a look at the completed card one more time.

Oh, and we can't forget the inside of the card. More stamps in the Undertaker set. I really love the Happy Halloween font, don't you?

Friday, September 18, 2015

Rare Oddities Halloween Banner

Hello and happy Friday to ya! Today my monthly Friday Follies group is making this fun Halloween banner. I thought I'd share it with you, even though I don't have the twine inserted in the pennants yet. But I think you'll get the idea.

(Be sure to click on the image to see a much larger view.)
I've used Graphic 45's new Rare Oddities collection in the 12 x 12 papers and the Chipboard 2, plus some fun Tim Holtz goodies that I'll tell you about in a sec.

Let's take a look at each pennant in the banner a little more closely...

I've used two different Idea-ology packs from Tim this season: Regions Beyond Fasteners (large brads, small brad gems, and small brad pearls) and Oddities Adornments (word charms and Halloween creatures). I've also worked in the Apothecary Remnant Rubs in the background.

I've incorporated a few die-cut pieces, also from Tim/Sizzix Alterations. You may have noticed the leaves in the first pennant, and the flourishes on this one. Both are from the Festive Greenery die. I've fussy cut some images from the Rare Oddities papers and layered them with varying levels of foam tape for interest and dimension.

The die cut branches are from the Autumn Gatherings die. You may have noticed by now that all these die cuts are cut from Black Kraft Core cardstock and lightly sanded for a distressed look.

The little skull & crossbones is from last year's Crossbones Adornments. It's attached to a clear fragment and dangling from a jump ring.

Do you see the little pumpkin charm? He's also from the Oddities Adornments. These are super cute and I can see why they are out of stock. I scrambled to get enough for my class today! And some of them are arriving this afternoon. Just in time!

This banner was so much fun to make and I can't wait to hang it up. I'll be using black craft cord I found at Hobby Lobby. I'll be sure to take another photo when it gets closer to Halloween. We're having a party for my daughter and her friends this year, so I'll have a lot to share!

Thanks for popping in today. Hope you liked the banner. Have a great weekend!