Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Ephemera Queen Double Mini Album


Have you seen Graphic 45's new "Ephemera Queen" collection? It's colorful, playful, and perfect for so many occasions: Birthday, Anniversary, Women, Friends, Girls, and so much more. It's such a happy collection, I had to dig into it right away and create this fun double mini album using two of the Graphic 45 ATC Tag & Pocket albums to create one big album in a gatefold style. The best part? I've created a tutorial so YOU can make one too. Just check out the video below, then gather your Graphic 45 goodies and get started. You can find everything you need here.






Here's the video tutorial. Enjoy!




Sunday, September 13, 2020

New layered flower and pizza box dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs


It's time for another Elizabeth Craft Designs group post and our current theme is FLOWERS! Perfect timing, too, since ECD has just released eight new flower dies and this wonderful pizza box. Be sure to hop over to their shop and check them all out. They are really fun to layer up and make your own beautiful bouquets. Several designers have created flower projects as well, so be sure to check those out on the blog today. For me, I'm sharing a little tutorial on how I created my flowers and this wonderful gift box, perfect for Fall time.


I've featured the Florals 4 die. First, die cut the three flower pieces three times from white cardstock, like Soft Finish Cardstock (see product links below). For my flowers, I wanted a Fall feel, so I used warm colors. Blend a honey-yellow ink to the outside edges of each.


Using a smaller blending tool, blend a medium orange in the centers and work your way a little to blend the two colors.


Using an even smaller blender, or a cotton swab like I did, blend some red to the centers of the smallest petal pieces, then to the outer edges of all the pieces.


Using the same type of coloring method, blend color onto the buds and the leaves. I like to always use at least two tones of a color rather than just one, as you can see in the green leaves.


To really give that Fall feel, add a bit of red ink to the leaves.


Onto a cushioned mat, lay the flower petals face down and "stir" with a large ball stylus. If you don't have one, you can use a small spoon to get a similar effect. Your goal is to soften the paper fibers and make little "crinkles" on the outer edges.


Flip the flower face up and repeat. It really starts to look like a real flower petal.


Shape the remaining pieces in the same manner. If desired, you can use a red marker to draw in some lines to the flower centers. Add a center to each flower using whatever you have on hand. I used an adhesive pearl for mine. Pearl drops are great too, or glitter, or a large bead.


Die cut the pizza box and the pieces shown here. (There are even more pieces to play with in this set!) I used the Worn Wood paper collection for my box and a burnt orange cardstock.


Assemble the box and layer up the detail pieces. I used foam tape for added dimension, and of course inked all my edges with a dark brown ink.


Now you can adhere your flowers, buds and leaves how you like!


I guarantee once you make one, you'll want to make a bunch! Wouldn't this be a great little teacher gift, or hostess gift for Thanksgiving?

Thanks for stopping by, and remember, comments are disabled on the ECD blog, so be sure to leave your comments here instead. Here's a list and links to all the products I used today. Thanks for stopping in!






Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Prize pack winner announced!


Hello again my crafty friends. Today is the day I announce my blog prize winner from our special Birthday Blog Hop last week for Ginger Ropp, aka "My Sisters Scrapper". Thank you all for helping us celebrate Ginger's special day. You sure showed a LOT of love!


By random number generator, after inputting the number of comments, my winner 

of the Fashion Forward prize pack is...


Congrats Francy, from Oklahoma!


Francy, please email me at AnnetteMGreen@gmail.com with your mailing address so I can ship your prize pack off today.

Don't forget to also check in with Ginger, Kathy and Ginny on their blogs this week as they will also be announcing winners.

Here are their links again:

Ginger

Kathy

Ginny



Friday, September 4, 2020

A Very Special Birthday Blog Hop

It's a special day today as we are celebrating our crafty friend Ginger Ropp who is turning 65 today! Please join me, Kathy Clement, and Ginny Nemchak as well as Ginger herself as we each share a fun birthday-themed creation via a Birthday Blog Hop. All YOU have to do is leave us a comment on our blogs (and subscribe if you haven't already), wish Ginger a Happy Birthday, and then you'll be entered to win a give-away from each of us by random draw. I'll be announcing the winner on Tuesday, the 8th here and on my social media.

Ginny (Polly's Paper Studio)

Kathy (Kathy by Design)

Ginger (My Sisters Scrapper)


I created this super cute Double Gatefold Barn card for Ginger using Lori Whitlock's SVG file as described in the assembly video below.


I made additional barnyard cuties, grass, sunflowers and did some stamping to make it extra special. It's such an easy and fun card to create, so be sure to check out the video with some assembly tips PLUS bonus photos of Ginger and me at the end. (We've known each other quite a while now!)






Don't forget to leave a comment, wish Ginger a Happy Birthday, then visit the other designers and do the same. My give-away is a Fashion Forward Prize Pack! I'll draw a winner next Tuesday, the 8th.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Greenville Planner - Make new friends and keep the old


It's Planner time again and today I'm sharing some more of my documented pages from our move to Greenville, South Carolina. We're officially residents with driver's licenses, vehicle and voter registrations! We've begun hosting our first visitors from Florida and are making new friends as well, and that's what my pages are all about today. You can find all the details and steps on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today, so be sure to hop over and check it out.

The ECD blog still isn't allowing comments, so feel free to come on back and leave your comments here after visiting them. I've included the list of supplies I used below as well as on their blog for your convenience. I hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Anniversary "Slimline" Tag Card tutorial

Slimline cards seem to be all the rage these days, so I decided to put my take on it using Graphic 45's large black tags as my base to make my parents a Happy Anniversary card. They're celebrating 59 years today! That's something to be proud of, for sure. I've used Graphic 45's older "Mon Amour" papers and chipboard, Red Rose Bouquet, two different die sets, and some black seam binding ribbon. I'll list all the products and links at the end of this post. (Mon Amour might be hard to find, so use what you have if you can't find it.)

Here's how I made this card...

Join two large black tags. I used black masking tape, but you could also use a 1-inch strip of black cardstock scored down the center if you prefer. If using tape, apply some to both sides. If using cardstock, just put it on the inside of your card.


Trim any excess tape to match the shape of the tags, then adhere two 14" pieces of ribbon, one to end side as shown. These will get covered by paper later.


To make gold accents, place Graphic 45's Architectural Washi Tape (Gloss Gold) onto the top edge of a piece of printer paper and burnish it well with a bone folder. (Yes, if you prefer gold cardstock, you can use that, however I love the shade and finish of G45's washi tape). By adhering the tape to paper, you can now die-cut it!


Now you can die-cut this beautiful accent border from G45's "Policy and Decorative Dies" set.


Continue adding rows of the gold washi tape (butted together with NO overlap) to the printer paper, burnish, then die-cut more elements. The seams will be obvious now, but when the card is finished they're hardly noticeable. 


Die-cut the fancy frame piece from thick black cardstock and don't pop out any of those inner pieces. We wan those to show through the gold one.


Adhere the gold frame to the black one. My black cardstock was thick enough that the inner pieces stayed intact without falling out, but if yours isn't you can add some scotch tape to the back side to keep them in place.


Cut out the couple and adhere into the back of the frame. Use the Large Tag Die to cut papers from the 8 x 8 Mon Amour collection. The die is bigger than 8" so choose combinations of papers like I've shown here. To separate the two papers, you can add a border strip. This also adds a bit of red to the card. Adhere the photo corners (I trimmed mine so they're rounded like the tag paper) and the decorative border, trimming as needed to fit.

Use foam adhesive to pop up the frame, then adhere some chipboard pieces for added embellishment. I've rubbed Vintage Gold Metallique Wax to the outer edges of my chipboard pieces before adhering. This gives a nice finished look that ties in with the feel of this card.


Again, use the Large Tag Die to cut papers. You can also slice a 1/8" strip from your washi paper for a gold accent. Fussy cut the couple and ink the edges.


Adhere these papers, washi and fussy-cut to the inside of your card.


Cut a rectangle (or die-cut a postage stamp shape) from a neutral paper in the collection and write or stamp your sentiment. Add a cluster of fussy cut flowers along the bottom edge, if desired. 


Arrange some red Roses and leaves as desired and adhere in place with strong glue.
As you can see in this photo, I eventually added another 1/8" gold strip across the top of the card.


Here's a close-up of the rose cluster and leaves and spring on the upper left corner of the card...


...and the cluster along the right edge. I've used most of the smaller roses for this card and saved the large ones for another project. To mail a card like this, I suggest skipping the envelope, wrap the card up in pretty tissue paper, and mail in a padded envelope. My parents received their card yesterday and said it arrived in pristine condition!

Thanks for stopping in today for this tutorial. Using Graphic 45 tags makes this slimline card extra special. Here's a list and links to all the supplies I used...


Graphic 45 Mon Amour papers and chipboard


Monday, August 10, 2020

Who do you miss during the pandemic?


 "Miss You" is the theme for the Elizabeth Craft Designs design team this week which is perfect during the pandemic while we're not able to gather with those we love. Check out the ECD blog to see all the great inspiration for "Miss You" themed cards when you get a chance.

Here is my fun little froggy card made with some great new dies, including that pretty background die, from Joset. I'm including a list of the dies I used with links to each below. The Frog is such a fun one because the die set includes other legs and pieces so you can pose him several different ways. He even has a crown. (think Prince Charming) He just makes me smile when I look at him, and I hope he does the same for my sweet Mom down in Florida when she gets this card. 

Thanks for stopping (or should I say Hopping) in today. Have a great week!