Friday, December 2, 2016

Bring on the Ugly Christmas Sweaters!

I knew when I ordered it, the Winter Sweater die (by Elizabeth Craft Designs) was going to inspire all kinds of fun ideas. And it didn't disappoint. This cute die by Elizabeth Craft Designs is... well...addictive, to be honest. Once you make one, another idea pops in your head and you make another, and another and another! Don't believe me? Well, just try to make only one. I challenge you!

The great thing is you can use stuff in your stash to adorn your sweaters. Grab those embossing folders, scraps of cardstock, felt, burlap, glitter, and go to town! And if you're making Ugly Christmas Sweaters, anything goes. The tackier the better.

I started with tacky. Bright, gaudy, and glittery. The trims on this one are from the Holiday Garlands 1 die set. I added glitter and some Glossy Accents to doll it up.

This one reminds me of something Beverly Goldberg would wear. An ivory felt sweater with glittery pink chains and snowflakes with pearl accents. These trims are from Holiday Garlands 2.

I remembered I had the Holiday Knit die set, so I created this ivory accent on a pink sweater trimmed with Metallic Trimmings.

Then I grabbed the Stitched Plaid texture fade and created this textured sweater by embossing ivory cardstock and blending two different reds over the surface. (Note: when creating an embossed texture to your sweater, die-cut the sweater first then run the sweater through the embossing folder). The neck, waist band, and sleeves are part of the Winter Sweater set, as is this very cute reindeer. I added a red gem for his nose.

As you can see, not all of my sweaters are "ugly" and actually look like a nice sweater you might find in a store. This one is a good example. I would wear this, wouldn't you? I made this one by die-cutting an ivory cardstock square using several of the Holiday Knit dies placed close together on the platform. (Make sure your square is large enough to fit the length of the dies, otherwise the pieces will fall apart.) Then adhere the ivory piece to a red cardstock square, and die-cut this unit with the Winter Sweater die with two passes in your die-cutting machine to make sure it cuts through all the layers. I added the neck, waist and sleeve bands last.

When you're playing around with different cardstock colors, keep the extra bits from the Holiday Knits die and use them as accents on another sweater. This one was first embossed with an old Stampin' Up embossing folder I had in my stash, then I added the trims, sleeves, waist and neck bands. Easy!

You can really get carried away with this sweater die! I was supposed to be making dinner by this time, but was having too much fun. Again, I layered two cardstock colors and used the Holiday Knits die.

So, now that you've created a bunch of sweaters, what will you do with them? I'll continue to play with mine and work them into designs and share them with you in the coming weeks. 

Today I thought I'd share a very simple and cute Christmas tree ornament I made with this last sweater (my personal favorite).

Die cut two chipboard ovals (4" tall) and two pattern paper ovals. I used the Tidings paper stash by Tim Holtz and black chipboard.

After adhering the pattern papers to each chipboard oval, add decorative ribbon in a loop between them, ink edges and glue the ovals together. You can clip clothespins around the edges for a strong hold while the glue dries.

Adhere rick-rack trim around the outside edge and a twine bow at the top. I like to use Beacon's Fabri-Tac for adhering ribbons. I set my ornament on a sanding block to dry completely. This way the rick-rack doesn't shift position.

Place plenty of foam tape on the back of your Christmas Sweater and adhere it to your ornament.

This would be a fun craft to do with the kids or grandkids. Just pre-cut all the pieces and let them mix and match to make their own fun sweater ornaments. This is a great way to use up random trims, buttons, glitter, sequins (whatever!) while having fun with the kiddos.

YOU can win a shopping spree at Elizabeth Craft Designs if you make a Winter Sweater creation and upload it to their Facebook Winter Sweater Contest going on now through December 16th. See all the details here.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I just thought of another sweater idea...

Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Vignette House Kit Winner!

Thank you for all the wonderful comments over the weekend. Nothing like a give-away to get excited for the holidays! By random generator, the number 14 was selected...

And the 14th comment on my blog was from Laura C. who wrote...

Congratulations Laura C! 

Please e-mail your mailing address to so I can send this fun kit off to you today!

Thanks again for everyone who stopped by to leave a comment. More projects are coming in 2017 and I LOVE doing give-aways, so stay tuned!

Friday, November 25, 2016

November Wrap-up: "You Have Me In Stitches"

Our November challenge over at Creative Carte Blanche has been themed: "You Have Me In Stitches" and today I'm wrapping it up with this sweet little holiday vignette box house. My early days of crafting began with quilting, sewing and cross-stitching. Nowadays I don't find much time for these beloved projects, but instead I incorporate stitching into my paper crafting projects. It adds a nice textural touch and it's quick and easy. Let me show you how I made this fun piece.

Cut pattern paper into 1" squares. Adhere to a rectangle of plain cardstock measuring 4" x 4 1/2". (The dimensions of the inside of the vignette box house.) Adhere the squares to the cardstock. You'll end up with 1/2" row at the bottom. That's okay. You'll be covering most of that later.

With tan thread in your sewing machine, and a denim needle, sew a small zig-zag stitch along all the seams. This only takes a few minutes. And it adds such great texture.

For those who don't want to drag out the sewing machine, there are wonderful alternatives like this stamp set from Technique Tuesday. (appropriately named "In Stitches")

Adhere the stitched unit into the box. Add coordinating pattern paper to the inside walls and the top rectangle of the "attic."

To dress up the framing, add some shimmer tape. I rub some Elmer's Extreme glue stick on the framing before placing the tape to ensure a good, long-lasting hold.

Add a banner with foam tape. I used Graphic 45's St. Nicholas banner die-cuts as well as a small pennant punch from Stampin' Up to create my banner.

Die-cut a 4" doily (or use a real doily) and trim to fit the floor of your house.

After placing text or paper behind an ornate plate, adhere it to the wall with strong metal glue, like e6000. Then color an Idea-ology Wreath with alcohol markers and adhere with metal glue to the top of your house. I also hot-glued some greenery in the "attic."

Here's a closer look at the metal wreath with color added.

Lightly shade an Idea-ology Decorative Deer with an alcohol marker. See the difference between the plain, uncolored deer on the left and the colored one on the right? Subtle. You can always shade or add accents later like I did.

While you have your alcohol markers out, create a little present by making red stripes on a 3/4" wood block, then glue a flower on top. Simple! 

Now you can embellish your house. I've dipped some metal bells and a pinecone charm into Mushroom alcohol ink before adhering in place.

A little Christmas tree in the corner, the present, bells...and yes, two deer IN my house. Why not?

Add a sparkly star to the top of your tree. This star was silver, so I dipped it into Butterscotch alcohol ink before adhering it with hot-glue to my tree's top.

For further embellishment, I added red tinsel around the outside of my house, then some antique brass keys and brad heads with metal glue. (Graphic 45)

I had this tiny cardinal in my holiday stash, so I glued him in there. You can fill in with berries, a flower, and a pretty bow.

I adhered these pretty, antique metal photo corners to the bottom corners of my house.

I left the outside of the house untouched because I like the wood exterior and gave just a light brushing of glue and a sprinkle of "snow" as a finishing touch.

These vignette box houses are so fun to adorn. You can add lights and more goodies, or even create a village with several different ones! 

By the way, this is a great craft project with friends and family. We have a Thanksgiving tradition with the women in my family to create together after dinner. Guys do the dishes and watch football and we get to PLAY!

For my American friends, I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely and filled with joy, family, friends, and good food. Thanks for stopping in today.

BUT WAIT! Would you like to WIN a free kit of this project? Simply leave a comment here today and you'll be entered in a random drawing. One lucky winner will be announced Monday, November 28th here on my blog. Good luck!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Marbled Pink Poinsettia Tag

'Tis a busy, busy week for most of us here in the States as we prepare for Thanksgiving this Thursday. I'm cooking for 10 this year and am looking forward to it. Yep, I'm one who loves to cook, loves all the prep work, loves having people over. The more the merrier! And Jamie's coming home for the first time since she left for college, so I'm pretty freakin' excited about that alone.

I'll be posting a fun holiday project this Friday here on my blog that the women in my family will enjoy creating on Thanksgiving Day. It's become a tradition for us while the guys watch football. I can't wait to share it with you, so be sure to pop in on Black Friday after you've tackled the shopping crowds. (something I don't do!)

...Today I'm featured on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with a pretty holiday tag using Susan's poinsettia dies.

I've got an easy-to-follow tutorial there to show you all the steps. The poinsettia might be one of my all-time favorite Susan's Garden dies because it's super easy and turns out so very realistic. Plus there are several variations of the poinsettia, so it's fun to play with color combinations. I chose the Marbled Pink variety for my project.

I hope you join me there, and if you do, make sure to leave a comment so I know you stopped by.

Thanks for stopping in. Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Farmhouse Door and Holly Wreath Christmas Card

I not only love all of the Susan's Garden Notes dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs, I also enjoy working with her CountryScapes line like this Carolina Farmhouse Door. Today I'm featured over on the ECD blog with a tutorial on this big 5" x 7" card. I share how I made the easy wreath from Susan's Holly & Berries die, and how I created the door panels with dimension. I hope you get a chance to go and check it out. Thanks for stopping here today. Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Graphic 45 kits in my Etsy today!

Hi everyone. Just popping onto the blog today to let you know I've listed a few extra kits from two recents classes. There are just a limited amount of each, so act fast if you're interested!

First up is my Enchanted Forest Decorative Box with Mini Album. You can read all the details about this kit in my Etsy Shop HERE.

And second is my BIG St. Nicholas Holiday Workshop Kit. Lots of cards, tags, gift card holders, and gift boxes. You can find out more HERE.

Thanks, and enjoy your week!

~ Annette

Saturday, November 12, 2016

New Nature Sketchbook is Here!

Hi everyone. Just a quick weekend post of an easel card I created yesterday when I opened my brand new package of Nature Sketchbook papers and die-cuts from Graphic 45. Have you seen this gorgeous collection? It most certainly is at the top of my all-time favorites list of Graphic 45 collections over the years.

You can view all of the collection here and you can find it in your local scrapbook stores right now.

I had some spare time yesterday, so I created a tutorial for you...

Check out How to Create a Nature Sketchbook Easel Card by Annette Green on Snapguide.

I hope you enjoyed the Snapguide tutorial. I have over 20 more guides of all kinds of different paper crafting projects. I hope you can check them out. Snapguide is a great app to have on your smart phone, so if you don't have it yet, make sure to go to your app store and get it. It's FREE! It's a wonderful source of a multitude of how-to's.

Thanks for popping in today. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.