Thursday, November 30, 2017

Recap of our First Creative Mountain Retreat

I'd love it if you'd join me in this recap of our first Creative Mountain Retreat hosted by Maggi Harding, Ginger Ropp and myself this past October. Plans are already underway for next year, so stay tuned to my social media when we make the big announcement!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Black Friday 50% Off My Kits!

Even I'M jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon. But you don't have to set foot out your door to shop with me. I'm marking down kits I have remaining in my Etsy shop 50% this Friday, November 24th!

My kits are all-inclusive meaning all the pieces are there, all the cutting is done (aside from minor fussy cutting), directions and step-by-step photos. It's ALL there. All you need are basic crafting tools and adhesive. The supply list of suggested items is always listed on the first page of the directions so you can gather your goodies up before you dig in.

So be sure to visit my Etsy Shop "Art by Annette Green" this Friday, starting at 12:01 a.m. through midnight. To take a quick look at the kits I have available, simply click on the KITS tab at the top of my blog.

Have a super Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

9th Annual Holiday Workshop is Coming!

It's that time of year again. My annual Holiday Workshop! I've been doing a Christmas workshop since 2008 and it's always a great time. We spend a full day creating all the things needed for the upcoming holidays: Tags, gift card holders, cards, treat boxes, and more tags!

This event is mostly attended by my local friends here in Florida, but anyone can come. I advertised this last month to my local contact list and we are nearly full, with just 5 seats left. So if you're interested, see all the details below, then contact me ASAP.

Sunday, November 12th
POW/MIA Community Building
5995 N. Highway 1, Melbourne, FL 32940
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(lunch included)

We will be creating the following:

10 Large Greeting Cards (2 each of 5 designs, envelopes included)

4 Large Tags

20 Small Tags (5 each of 4 designs)

4 gift card holders

2 three-dimensional treat containers

I've designed all the projects with Graphic 45's Winter Wonderland collection of papers, ephemera cards and chipboard, plus Petaloo flowers, May Arts ribbon and fun Cricut cuts. Pre-cut, pre-stamped and ready to go! Color photos and instructions too.

There will be goodies, games and prizes throughout the day and festive holiday music. I've got a BUNCH of give-aways and a grand-prize I'll be raffling off. There are a number of ways to earn raffle tickets:

Sign up: 5 tickets
Bring a friend new to my holiday workshop: 5 tickets
First time sign-up: 5 tickets
Travel more than 20 miles to get here: 5 tickets
Bring a snack to share: 3 tickets
Wear a festive holiday shirt, sweater, hat, antlers, whatever: 3 tickets

There are several affordable hotels in the Viera/Melbourne area so just Google the address of the event to find the closest one that suits your needs. (see above) We have a Holiday Inn , Hampton Inn and La Quinta right off the highway (I-95) with great shopping and dining nearby. (Hobby Lobby and Michaels included!)

For those who are interested in attending, or can't attend and would like to be placed on my wait list for a possible kit, please contact me at Kits will be issued only if all seats have not been filled, and would ship on November 13th for $75.00 plus $13.60 shipping. (U.S. customers only)

If you have any questions, please let me know. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Halloween & Fall Box Cards Tutorial

It's been a wet and wild weekend here in central Florida. Hurricane Irma plowed right up through the state like no other hurricane before her, at least as far as I can remember. We experienced some pretty intense winds, rain and power outages, but in the end were quite lucky not to have major damage to our home. It was stressful, just the same. During the storm (when we still had power) it was helpful to work on something easy in order to keep my mind busy. That's when I turned to my Cricut Explore machine. I decided on a Halloween box card because I LOVE Halloween and adore making box cards. Today I thought I'd share a quick tutorial for the box cards I made. If you're not into Halloween, I also share how I made slight adjustments to create a Thanksgiving/Fall card. Keep scrolling for that as well as the supply list.

Box cards are so cute and look so difficult, but they are super easy! And the Cricut file includes an envelope sized perfectly to the folded down box card.

I start by importing a basic box card design from SVGCuts and cut the base pieces from black cardstock.

I cut the accent pieces from various designer papers. I've used papers from Authentique's new "Bountiful" collection.

I decide which papers will be on my exterior and adhere them to the base.

I flip the base over and adhere the pieces to the interior panels.

I adhered the box together then added the two support strips inside. Everything is scored on the Cricut, so it's super easy to fold and go!

Rather than fussy-cut the fall leaves from this sheet, I used a maple leaf punch similar in size. Even though it's not the exact size as the leaves, once I inked the edges they looked great.

On the Cricut, I cut out several bats of various sizes from black cardstock. I stamped a tag with October 31 and added a sparkly brad, then die-cut the pumpkins and their parts from Elizabeth Craft Designs "Pumpkins" set.

Now comes the fun of assembly. Just layer and arrange however you like. Sometimes I use layers of foam tape to pop elements up.

To the base I added the wrought iron gate pieces, which are gray cardstock punched with an older Martha Stewart Crafts die.

In Cricut Design Space I searched "zig zag" and found these great border strips. I stamped Happy Halloween and popped it up with foam tape. Done!

Not into Halloween? Change up the elements a little and make a Thanksgiving/Fall card...

Same paper collection, different stamps. I eliminated the faces from the pumpkins and used lots of the stickers from the 12 x 12 sticker sheet which comes with the paper collection.

Visit your local scrapbook store for these great products, or shop online at

Martha Stewart Crafts Iron Fence Punch
Close to My Heart stamp sets: Halloween Greetings, Steampunk Scoundrels, Happy Thanksgiving
EK Success Maple Leaf punch

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a fabulous week!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Master Detective Kits Available!

It's Labor Day weekend, all, so I hope you're enjoying yourselves. Just a quick post to let you know I posted five Master Detective Kits in my Etsy Shop last night, and already two have sold! So if you're interested, be sure to get yours before they're gone.

Details and more photos can be found in my Etsy Shop HERE.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tour Graphic 45 and Running With Scissors

I've got another great video to share with you today. This time was a special treat, because I got to visit the Graphic 45 offices as well as tour the Portland and Seattle areas, and of course teach at the fabulous Running With Scissors scrapbook store in Kent, WA. I hope you get a moment to watch this fun video tour. It sums up this great trip perfectly!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Birthday Card Tutorial with Cafe Parisian & Frozen Treats

As many of you may already know, I get together with three friends once a month and spend the afternoon making cards each of us has designed. It's always my favorite time of the month because I not only create a card design, but I get to PLAY making other friends' designs! (I always love being the student for a change.)

Today I'd love to share with you this 5" x 7" birthday card I designed using Graphic 45's Café Parisian collection of papers and flowers, along with Celebrate tags. I love the new Frozen Treats die from Stampin' Up, don't you? I'll provide links to everything as I describe them in my tutorial below.

Before designing my actual card, I like to begin by selecting embellishments. Here I've popped out a few flowers and circles from the Café Parisian Flowers pack. These are great because they're card stock thick, pre-cut, and are printed on both sides. Talk about quick!

Next, I die cut various Café Parisian papers using Stampin' Up's Frozen Treats dies. I used both the 12 x 12 Paper collection and some from the Patterns & Solids.

I layered pattern paper behind a Celebrate ATC Ivory Tag, added some pretty May Arts ribbon, then die-cut the letters using an old QuiKutz alphabet die. (I cut it twice for more dimension.)

I cut a 5" x 7" card base from light blue cardstock, a 4 7/8" x 6 7/8" piece of dark blue cardstock, then a 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" pattern paper piece. The striped piece is 4 3/4" x 2 1/4" wide before punching the border, then a  4 3/4" border strip with the words and cherries. I lightly inked the edges of all the pieces with coordinating ink colors.

Assemble as shown.

On a soft mat with the flowers face down, gently stroke the petals outward-in with a large ball stylus to create dimension.

Then flip the flowers face up and "stir" the centers while pressing into the soft mat.

Layering elements as desired. I popped up the Celebrate tag with foam tape.

Keep on layering and having fun!

And don't forget the inside. Here I've used more Café Parisian papers (love those cherries!) and used Stampin' Up's soon-to-be-released "Labels to Love" stamp and Everyday Label Punch. Contact your Stampin' Up demonstrator September 1st to get yours.

What a fun card to create! Simple, right? So my question to YOU is do you make your own cards? If so, do you get together with friends or make them on your own?

I hope you've enjoyed my tute today. Not able to find Graphic 45 products in your local stores? 

Have a fabulous day!