Thursday, November 12, 2015

Poinsettia Card with Susan's Garden Notes Die

Hey everyone. A quick share today of one of my first Christmas card designs this year. I'm determined to start early and be ahead of the game this time around. In the past, I've waited until the last minute and cranked out a bunch of the same, identical card. Honestly, that might be efficient, but it's a bit boring from a creativity standpoint. This year, I'm going to make cards one by one, just as my heart desires for the design, and hopefully everyone on my card list will get a completely different card from me. That's the plan anyways.

My card today features the beautiful Poinsettia die from Susan's Garden Notes collection (Elizabeth Craft Designs), Carta Bella's pretty Christmas Wonderland papers, and a few stamps from Tim Holtz/ Stampers Anonymous.

My card is 5" x 7" and includes cardstock from Close To My Heart (Ruby and Gray Wool). Gray Wool is retired, but Slate would be a close second if you were recreating this card.

The Merry Christmas stamp is from the Stampers Anonymous "Old Fashioned Christmas" set and the pine boughs are from the "Mini Blueprints 7" set.

Carta Bella's Christmas Wonderland collection. I won this in one of their challenges!

And here's that fabulous die put into action. I absolutely LOVE this die, and I love how Susan has designed a whole new collection of dies that lie more flat when assembled. That line is called Garden Notes and each one is just as pretty as the next. 

Rather than create my own video (why reinvent the wheel?) I'm sharing Susan's video for this die assembly below. By the way, Susan has a YouTube video tutorial for every single die she designs. I LOVE that!

A simple inside for now. I might add more later.

That's it for me today. I think I'll set a goal for myself to make 25 different cards, starting next week and by December 14th, I'll be ready to mail them out.

How about you? Do you make your own Christmas cards? And if so, do you make them all the same or change them up? I'd love to hear. Meanwhile, have a great day!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Village Dwelling Fun!

Oh my goodness, crafters, don't say I didn't warn you: Tim Holtz's new Village Dwelling die and the compatible Village Winter die make creating tiny houses totally addictive! There, you've been warned. Now if you're of an addictive nature, I say close out this blog and move on to something else.

LOL! Okay, seriously, creating different styles of little houses is super great fun and if I didn't need to sleep, cook, or pay attention to my family, I could make a million of these! I've decided to make mine into Christmas ornaments, but I can totally see a winter village with little battery-operated tea lights in each house. And, yes, I am most likely going to purchase the Bell Tower die as well. (Duh.)

I've decided to teach my Friday Follies club members the three different houses this month. By creating three completely different styles, this exposes my group to different techniques and products which is what my monthly classes are all about.

Let's take a closer look at each...

The Gingerbread House. 
This house includes textured brown cardstock, colored gems, Snow Writer paint, Festive Berries Distress Glitter, Yuletide Fasteners, ric-rac and striped ribbon, a resin gingerbread boy, and two tiny candy canes.

Silver & Gold House.
This one features Metallic Kraft-Core cardstock, tinsel twine, glitter cardstock, and some gold pearl garland and a sweet little bell on the front door.

A frosty snowflake adorns the top of the door's awning.

The New England House.
I couldn't resist making this one on top of a round log base which I found at Hobby Lobby. The clapboard siding, the deep red and slate gray roof all remind me of New England home styles.  Sheets of white fleece cut easily with the Village Winter die for the snow on top.

Tiny wreath and trees are from Hobby Lobby.

This little cardinal is also from Hobby Lobby. You can find all kinds of tiny treasures there! I loved shopping for all these goodies!

Here's another look at all three. I can hardly wait for class this Friday so the ladies can enjoy making these. I'm planning to post a few short broadcasts from class on my Periscope this Friday, so if you'd like to see the class in action, make sure to follow me @AnnetteGreen. Periscope is a free app which allows you to see LIVE video of whoever you follow. You'll receive an audio cue when I go live, then all you do is jump on your phone or tablet and watch. You can even leave comments or ask questions. It's great fun!

You can find all the great Tim Holtz products I used most craft stores and at plus all the other goodies in your local Hobby Lobby store.

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a wonderful week! 

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Journal Buddy Blog Hop!

Hi everyone and happy Friday! Yay! Let's have some creative fun by hopping on a little blog hop today, shall we? A handful of my favorite creative pals and I are sharing our "anything goes" creations using the Journal Buddy by Yvonne Blair Designs. This fun little flexible tool is great for keeping lines straight, using the wavy edge (which I incorporated in my design)  for all sorts of effects, and so much more. You're sure to be inspired by the talented artists sharing their creations with the Journal Buddy. Join us in this fun hop, leave a comment on each of our blogs and you'll be entered to win...

A Journal Buddy and Yvonne's 4" x 8" Inky Art Journal!

Blog Hop Artists Include:

Annette Green (You're here!)
Cheryl Boglioli
Linda Ledbetter
Yvonne Blair

My creation uses the Journal Buddy along with the new and super cute 4" x 8" sized Inky Art Journal. I have to say NOT ALL ART JOURNALS ARE THE SAME. If you're an art journaler, you know the hassle of pages that don't stay open flat. You clamp them, you tape them down, and you just can't stamp well on them because they won't lay flat. WELL, let me tell you: Yvonne's Inky Art Journals lay flat. Every single page! They are specially designed to do so an they are a dream to work with. The pages are super thick and nothing seeps through, even without gesso.

With that said, let's get the show on the road!

I used the 4" x 8" Inky Art Journal and created this fun spread using Yvonne's Journal Buddy and her wonderful stamps from Impression Obsession. (More details on those in a moment.) I was inspired by artists like Candy Colwell and others I follow who have used magazine people in their art journals. I had never tried it before and started flipping through magazines recently and found this cute girl's freckly face and wrinkled-up nose, and she just made me smile!

To begin, I laid a few die-cut waxed paper doilies on my pages. These were leftovers from some cardstock die cuts I made recently. They help the detailed pieces pop right out of the die easily, and they stay intact nicely so I keep a stack of them just in case.

I totally forgot to gesso the pages, I was so excited to get started. But it didn't matter one bit and I liked the manila coloring of the doilies. I sprayed my pages with Tattered Rose Distress Stain Spray.

Next, I stenciled the Tim Holtz "Flourish" with Bundled Sage Distress Ink in the doily spaces.

Then I stamped Poppies Alone with two different ink colors across the bottom and up the sides a bit. This is one of Yvonne's stamp designs for Impression Obsession.

I stenciled more flourishes in the pink areas to fill it out more.

Then I swirled inks where the poppies are stamped. 

I used a fingertip sponge dauber to control where the ink went.

I cut my girl out of the magazine and laid her into position without adhering her yet. I used the Journal Buddy to make a pencil mark across the page and the girl's forehead.

Then I cut along the line and adhered my girl onto the page.

Across the wavy line I hand lettered "I Choose Happy" thickening the letters. I added a soft shadow around my girl's face with a Stabillo art pencil and smudging it with a damp finger.

I laid the Journal Buddy back down on my pages and blended some Salty Ocean Distress Ink above, then used a marker spritzer and a Salty Ocean Distress marker to make a splattered texture.

Rather than stamp directly onto the journal page (it always scares me that I'm going to mess up) I stamped instead on a piece of tracing paper with black archival ink. I cut closely around the stamped areas and adhered the piece to my page with multi-medium. It's magical how it just disappears! This great stamp is also from Yvonne and is called Choose Happy.

Onto a plain piece of white printer paper, I stamped a script background, then spritzed with several colors of Dylusions spray inks. I punched tiny flowers once it was dry.

The flowers adorn the wavy edge at the top and are also adhered around the pages. I added some script stamping to fill in some of the open areas of my pages with red ink to tie everything together.  

I punched a few more flowers from green cardstock, then cut them apart to make tiny leaves and I mixed those in here and there around my pages.

To finish off, I used a Pumice Stone Distress marker to make a soft shadow on my adhered pieces. These pineapples were an afterthought. They came from some Basic Grey scrapbook paper in my stash. They were pink, so I thought they'd be fun to add in here. I love this stamped sentiment, don't you? It's so true, and it was the inspiration for my pages today.

I hope you enjoyed it, now continue on the blog hop to see what these other creative gals have up their sleeves. Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween Weekend Recap

Hello everyone and happy Monday. (Some of you might ask, "Is there such a thing?") It's been a fun-filled and busy weekend here and I thought I'd share some of with you.

Halloween is always my favorite holiday and the feeling doesn't ever seem to die (uh, sorry) over the years. You'd think I'd outgrow it, but I just don't. I love it too much. The house gets transformed, we dress up, and we make lots of fun foods. This year, Jamie had a small get-together with her friends for Halloween so we spent a lot of great mother/daughter time making goodies together.

Molded chocolates are easy and fun.

Decorated chocolate sugar cookies. We kept it simple with the designs this year.

Chubby witch fingers made from Pillsbury bread dough and plan whole almonds for fingernails.

We also made mummy dogs (hotdogs wrapped in bread dough), popcorn/candy corn balls, flatbread shapes with pizza dipping sauce, but I failed to get a photo of everything.

Jamie and her buds watched scary movies and played games. And ate, of course.

Meanwhile, Paul and I went to a Halloween party of our own. Just a couple of zombies in Halloween costumes. These M&M costumes got resurrected from the attic. We first wore them when Jamie was 3 years old and was a blue M&M, her favorite. 

Getting into character. 

Looking good, eh?

And of course, there were many Halloween crafts this year. I've posted most of them already, but these were some quick treat bags I made with the We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board and Graphic 45's Rare Oddities papers.

Then Sunday came and it's November already. This Florida girl would never believe it if she didn't turn the calendar page. It's so warm here still and muggy! Icky.

It was a big clean-up job for Jamie from the Halloween party, but she did a fantastic job. Sunday morning was spent setting up for my afternoon Fall card class, which included moving most of the living room furniture out to the back porch. This is one of my most popular classes each Fall. I had a house full of ladies creating together and we had a great time.

Several of the cards involved veining and cupping leaves using Susan's Garden Tool Set and her lovely dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Here's another look at the cards we made. I just love Graphic 45's Botanicabella collection, don't you?

Well, today I would've like to rest, but there's so much coming up, there simply is no time for that! I'm working on a fun journal spread that I can't wait to share with you in a very special Blog Hop this Friday, so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great week!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Holiday Cards & Tags Workshop is Here!

Good Monday morning all! As promised in my last post, I'm here today to share my Holiday Cards & Tags Workshop Tutorial which is ready for you in my Etsy shop now.

My $12.00 tutorial includes lots of detailed photos and step-by-step directions you'll find easy to follow as you create the projects you see in the photo above. 

The tutorial also includes a link to my customized Cricut file designed to help you easily cut the pieces and parts to make the following:

8 Standard Size Greeting Cards
4 Gift Card Holders
and 12 Gift Tags

For you to have access to my Cricut files, you'll need the Close To My Heart "Artistry" Cricut cartridge and Cricut's Design Space online software.

As I stated in my last post, you can make multiple sets of this workshop with more papers and just a few more embellishments. See the full supply list in my last post for all the details.

Whether you use my tutorial to make these for yourself or to teach your customers and friends, you're sure to enjoy the ease of this workshop. The design work is done, the customized Cricut cuts are done, the directions are typed, so all your brain has left to do is follow along and enjoy!

Thanks so much. Let me know if you have any questions and I will promptly reply right here on my post for all to see the answers.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Holiday Workshop Coming Soon!

Hello everyone. I hope you're having a good week. If you've followed me very long, you know that I usually host my annual Holiday Workshop around November, however due to so many other commitments I have been unable to keep this up the past few year. It breaks my heart when people ask me if I'll be doing it again this year. I wish I could. Really I do. It's a really fun day for me as well as my guests.

So I got to thinking about it and thought I would offer the same type of workshop I would normally host, only in a tutorial format rather than as an event. We're all so busy these days, I figure it might be a good idea for YOU as well as me.

In this line of thinking, I designed my Holiday Workshop 2015 using Close To My Heart's product line and newest Cricut cartridge "Artistry." I've created 8 cards, 12 small gift tags, and 4 gift card holders. I'll be posting all the details on my blog Monday, October 26th, but thought I'd share a little sneak peek today.

Another reason to share this with you today is so you can order your supplies in advance and make sure to include the October Stamp of the Month "Twinkle" in your order. If you don't have a Close To My Heart consultant, I recommend my friend Jacki Tibbitts.

Supplies needed for this project:
Artistry Cricut Cartridge
Cricut Design Space online software
Close To My Heart “White Pines” paper pack (X7200B)
Close To My Heart Red Enamel Gems (Z3090)
Close To My Heart Thick Twine, Fern (Z3093)
Close To My Heart Snowflake Charms, Faux Silver (Z3135)
Close To My Heart Jingle Bell Charms, Faux Silver (Z3136)
Holly Jolly Christmas  stamp set (D1657)
Twinkle October Stamp of the Month stamp set (S1510)
1 sheet Champagne and 2 additional sheets of Colonial White cardstock
Scoring tools
Corner Rounder Punch
Foam tape
Sponge Daubers for inking edges (optional)
Crop-a-dile hole punch
Adhesives: tape runner, E6000, and Alene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue

Ink pads: (CTMH) Cashmere, Fern, Glacier, Cranberry, and Chocolate.

Starting Monday on my Etsy site, I'll be offering my complete tutorial in PDF with step-by-step clear instructions and photos as well as the link to my Cricut files I've created specifically for this workshop for $12. 

The great part is it's SUPER easy! Most of the cuts are on the Cricut and the rest are simple cuts with your paper trimmer. You'll have such fun with this! And if you need more cards and tags, well, all you have to do is order more of the paper and the charms to get you there. You'll have plenty of the Red Enamel Gems and the Fern Thick Twine to do another set of everything.

Here's another peek at the workshop below. Stay tuned on Monday for the link and more details. And if you have any questions in the meantime, let me know here. Thanks and have a great day!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Two Holiday Class Offerings Around Florida!

Hey friends. After designing all sorts of fun Halloween projects, I've now moved on to Christmas! I've been working away in my studio designing projects for the holidays that I'd love to share with you today.

Although I've been teaching classes and workshops locally for over 12 years now, I've only just begun to branch out and start offering my projects around Florida. I'm excited to announce two projects I've got on the books for the next couple months...


First is this Holiday Card & Tag Keeper using Graphic 45's Christmas Carol Collection. I'll share how to transform Graphic 45's Kraft Book Box into a lovely holiday display piece where you can store Christmas cards or pretty tags you can attach to your holiday packages. Three kraft tags are included in the project. We'll work with the new ornate metal claw feet, coordinating chipboard, trims and ornate brads, and I'll share a fun and easy accordion fold technique for the inside to support cards and tags.

I'll be teaching this class at Violettes Scrapbook Store in Lakeland, Saturday, December 5th and at Whim-so-doodle in St. Petersburg, Saturday, December 12th. Click on the links to contact these fantastic stores for all the details and to sign up.

Second is my Yuletide Configurations Book using all sorts of fantastic Tim Holtz Idea-ology products. We'll create this festive display piece using the new Holiday Letterpress letters, Jingle Brads, Holiday Design Tape, Boxwood Twine and the new Yuletide paper stash in the mini configurations book. And I'll share lots of great techniques for making the most of Kraft Core card stock die-cuts from a plenitude of Tim's dies.

I'll be teaching this project at both stores listed above on the same dates, so please contact them directly to sign up.

In addition, I'll be teaching this one locally (Melbourne, FL) on Sunday, November 22nd. Contact me directly at for details if you're interested in this class date and I'll send you a detailed PDF.

I'm super excited and hope this is the start of more travel teaching in 2016!

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great day!