Monday, July 8, 2019

13th (and final) Holiday Workshop!

Hello everyone and Happy Monday to ya! It's already that time again where I announce open registration for my biggest, most popular class of the year. It's my 13th (and yes, final) Holiday Workshop. Final in the sense that I won't be hosting an actual "class" after this year, but certainly may continue to design the workshop and perhaps sell a tutorial. See, we're going through some transitioning here at the Green household, planning for a big change next year, and thus putting certain things on hold for a bit. Don't fret though, I will continue to create pretty things and share them all with you throughout the year.

For now here are the details of my Holiday Workshop, featuring all the goodies in Graphic 45's newest Christmas collection "Joy to the World."

13th Annual Holiday Workshop
Saturday, November 9th, 2019
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Viera Community Center
2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Viera, Florida 32940
$125 (includes lunch and all supplies)

We will enjoy a fun-filled day of creating along with holiday music, prize give-aways galore, bottled water and coffee, sweets, a delicious lunch from Panera Bread and a Grand Prize Give-Away straight from the generous folks at Graphic 45!

Everyone will make:
10 large greeting cards (2 each of 5 designs, with envelopes)
4 Large Gift Tags
20 Small Gift Tags
4 Gift Card Holders (2 each of 2 designs)
2 Three-Dimensional Treat/Gift Holders

Here are some fun ways you can earn raffle tickets for prizes:
Early Bird Sign-up (before seeing photos of the completed projects) = 10 Tickets!
Brand new attendee to my Holiday Workshop = 10 Tickets!
Bring a friend new to my Holiday Workshop = 5 Tickets!
Travel more than 20 miles to attend = 3 Tickets!
Wear holiday attire (shirt, sweater, hat, whatever) = 3 Tickets!
Bring a 2-liter bottle of soda to share = 3 Tickets!
Plus fun little games so you can win bonus tickets!

About the Area:
There are several affordable hotels in the area, so just Google the community center's address above. This year's location is surrounded by fabulous dining and shopping at the Avenue Viera, which includes Hobby Lobby and Michaels stores!

Will there be kits available if I can't attend?
Space is limited to the first 36 students this year. If the event doesn't fill, I will sell the remaining kits to those on the Kit Wish List. First come, first served. Simply e-mail me at to be put on the waiting list. 

How Can I Register For the Event?

E-mail me at and provide the following:

1. RSVP that you're attending, provide your first and last name, and e-mail address. 
(Each guest must RSVP for only themselves and not a group.)

2. Once I e-mail you back to confirm your spot, I will reply with directions on your payment options. All payments are due in full upon registration.

3. Pay for your registration according to my e-mail reply and then you're IN!

What do I need to bring?
All class materials are supplied and pre-cut. You'll simply need a few basic crafting tools and adhesive. Once you're successfully registered and paid, you'll receive e-mail updates with specifics as the event gets closer.

This is a super fun event and great time to create all your handmade goodies for the holiday season in one day. I hope you can join us this year! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. This will help others who might have the same question.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Lost in Paradise Paper Bag, Tag and Envelope Album Class

Happy Independence Day to those in the States! I hope everyone is having a great week and have some fun plans for your weekend. Summer is definitely here, so I thought it was the perfect time to share another great tropical-themed, Summery project made with Graphic 45's "Lost in Paradise" collection. I'll be teaching this project August 17th hosted by Cupcakes-n-Unicorns, so if you're in the Central Florida area and would like to join us, simply click the link below to sign up.

I'm calling this my Lost in Paradise Paper Bag, Tag and Envelope Album. Be sure to watch my video below to take a walk-through of the project and everything that went into it.

Paper bags make great pages for mini albums and so do envelopes!

Flat paper sacks are hinged inside as well to make for even more interactive fun.

Plenty of spaces and tuck spots for photos and journaling, this album will be perfect for Summer vacations, trips to the beach, a tropical holiday or for your cruise photos.

Saturday, August 17th • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Melbourne Community Church
3030 West New Haven Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32904

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Jamie wins prestigious Zankel Scholarship!

I keep telling our art student daughter Jamie "This is the Year of Jamie." Many of you who have followed me here for years know of Jamie and her talents and accomplishments. She currently is a rising senior at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida and her Junior year has truly been amazing and so full of opportunities.

Her most recent accomplishment may be the biggest yet. She recently received the prestigious Zankel Scholarship from the Society of Illustrators in New York City, after being nominated by her college professors and then selected from hundreds of students around the country.

You can read her story here about the experience...

Needless to say, we are pretty darn proud of this amazing kid of ours. She's truly a hard-working, talented individual who is going places. Not only did she win $10,000 toward her senior tuition, this has opened doors to so many opportunities and possibilities for her future. We can't wait to see what's next for Jamie.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Lost in Paradise Trinket Box and Itty Bitty Mini Album

Lost in Paradise is here! Graphic 45 has done it yet again with a gorgeous tropical paper collection! I've created a fun little project today, and have another BIGGER one in the works for my Etsy shop (coming soon.) Here's a look at the project for today, and then take a closer look in my walk-through video below. And remember, you can purchase Graphic 45 collections directly from their website right here, or at your local scrapbook store.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

New video post: How to make Faux Oil Cloth Mini Notebooks

Hey everyone, do you like the look and feel of oil cloth? Do you even know what oil cloth is? Well, I've got a fun, new video tutorial on how to make little notebook covers using fabric and Heat & Bond glossy vinyl to get a faux oil cloth effect. Each of the four notebooks is unique from one another and feature different methods and page styles and Graphic 45 papers. You'll want to rush out and get Eileen Hull's "Notebook" die once you've seen how easy this project is. So hop over to my YouTube channel and check it out. Here's the link. 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Two-way Slider Card with Kaleidoscope for Aimee

It's a special birthday over on the Graphic 45 blog today and I'm delighted to share in the celebration. Be sure to hop over to the Graphic 45 blog and wish Aimee a happy day. 

I made her a special card with the brand new Kaleidoscope collection and wanted to share some photos with you. But first, let's check out the fabulous Aimee. I love to follow her on Instagram because she is living her life to the fullest. She inspires with her adventurous spirit, her love of nature, her sweet pup Henry, and her amazing photography. If you don't already, be sure to follow her there as aimee.fili

It's always a bit stressful making cards for the Graphic 45 gang because I want to be sure to represent the paper collections well, and because they've seen so many beautiful creations it seems like an ordinary card just wouldn't do. So I searched Pinterest and YouTube to find a clever card idea with a little wow factor and found a tutorial for a two-way slider card. (Something I've never done before.)

The card measures 5" x 7" with a black cardstock base. I've used the Kaleidoscope 8" x 8" papers, some 12" x 12" Patterns and Solids, Tags and Pockets, and the new Matte Pearl Gems. 
(Scroll through the end for the link to the tutorial I followed.)

When you pull on the side tab, the peacock and elephants move at the same time but in different directions! Whoa, that absolutely blew my mind when I saw that. Even knowing how it's accomplished, I still can't believe it works so well. LOL! I placed the inspirational quotes behind the animals so they were revealed when pulling on the tab.

The inside panels are framed with the purple side of one of the Patterns and Solids, then the beautiful zebra image from the signature page is cut out on the left. I stamped Happy Birthday onto plain ivory cardstock, then got out my Distress Oxides to colorize the outer edges and also to stamp the peacock feather in the lower right corner.

I have to say the assembly is a little bit tricky and you have to watch her video a couple of times to get it right, but it works really well and is such an impressive card in the end.

I embellished here and there with the new adhesive-backed Matte Pearl Gems. I used the silver color, but they also include gold and black ones in the pack; lots of them and in various sizes too.

I popped this small flower on the lower corner which matched the collection perfectly.

Inside left

Inside right

Dawn at ItsOnlyADream97 made the tutorial that I followed. (I made adjustments for my 5" x 7" size.)  Hope you can check it out. Here's her link.

Thanks for stopping in and sharing a special birthday wish to Aimee with me.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Revamped By The Sea album PLUS A Proper Gentleman album using the same tutorial

FRIYAY! It's Friday. Happy weekend to ya. I decided to revamp my By The Sea Tag & Policy Envelope Album before releasing the tutorial, and while I was at it I decided to make the same album using A Proper Gentleman Deluxe Collectors Edition just to show that one tutorial can take you far. I can imagine making this same album out of many, many collections.

I've listed the tutorial in my Etsy shop today, and also listed each of these albums for sale, and whipped up a quick video to share with you. I hope you take a moment to check it out. My Etsy shop is here.