Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December Journal Page - Playing with Frosted Film

Hello and a very Happy New Year! It's just hours from becoming 2014 and I'm sliding in at the last minute with my final journal page inspired by Tim Holtz and his 12 Tags of 2013. Tim's December tag was so beautiful with his poinsettia embellishment using a combination of clear modeling film and Frosted Film. Be sure to check it out here.

If you've been following me through the months, you already know that I have been creating journal pages inspired by Tim's techniques. Because I'm making pages and not tags, I've had to make some adjustments so the pages aren't too thick or bulky. So, as much as I wish I could have replicated that gorgeous poinsettia, I had to pass on it for my purposes. But I made sure to try out the Frosted Film, which I hadn't done up to now, and I officially LOVE that stuff!

Here is my December page…

All of my pages are 6 x 8 inches.

I started off by covering my page with three stains and a few spritzes of water to blend.

Stenciled with Evergreen Bough.

Stamped some snowflakes with Cornflower Blue archival ink.

Then covered the whole page with Frosted Film.  Hard to really see the frosted effect here, but believe me when I say it's really cool. I love how it mutes back the background elements ever-so-slightly.

To adorn my page further, I colored pieces of grungeboard with various Distress inks and covered each with frosted film, then cut out the snowman parts from the Winter Wonder Alterations dies by Sizzix. His nose is painted with Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint. Then seam binding ribbon for a scarf. 

Learning experience here: I stamped and embossed this sentiment on the frosted film page, however I don't recommend it since it makes the film want to bubble and wrinkle. I would suggest doing the stamping first before applying the frosted film.

Here's my page again, complete. Simple but shimmery with all that lovely frosted film.

Now that the year is over, I'm ready to compile my pages into a book. I created two chipboard covers covered in papers from Tim's "Destinations" line, added some stamping and embellishing, and four antique book rings.

I love that I now have a complete journal with monthly themed pages to use as I wish. I'll be sure to share it with you when I put things onto my pages and cover the back sides with more art.

Thanks for an amazing year and here's to a wonderful 2014!


Friday, December 20, 2013

Frosted Window Panes...

Hello and Happy Friday everyone! I'm featured over on the Ranger blog today with my tutorial for a fun and incredibly impressive technique. A frosted window effect for a wintry holiday card. Check out my card below, then head over to Ranger to learn how I created it as well as a complete supply list.

Thanks for popping in today. Have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ice Skates Ornament

A quick share today of how I made this fun, easy ornament last week for an ornament swap. It utilizes one of Tim Holtz's newest Sizzix Alterations dies appropriately named Ice Skates.

Away we go…

The die cuts two big skates, each measuring 3 1/2 inches tall. I cut them from the blue side of some of Tim's "Holidays Past" paper stash.

I cut another set of skates from white chipboard and spread Glossy Accents across the blades, then sprinkled them with Stickles Dry Fine Glitter in Stardust.

I cut away the blades from the blue skates, then inked the edges of the boots with Broken China Distress ink.

On each boot, I applied some rub-ons from Tim's Christmastime Remnant Rubs.

Once the glittered blades were dry, I adhered the blue boots over the white.

I laced up the boots with this fuzzy white fiber string I had in my stash. To make this step easier, I first pierced the openings in the boots a little larger with my piercing tool, then used a thick needle to pull the string through.

For a finishing touch, I adhered a few of Tim's mirrored stars and some tinsel twine across the top of each boot, then attached a piece of white wire to hang it from my tree.

Very fun and quite easy to make.

Are you making any handmade ornaments this year? I'd love to hear about it.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Hustle & Bustle Crafting Weekend

Good Monday morning all! It's been a super busy weekend around here, as I'm sure it is with most of you this holiday season. I always find it so odd in Florida, this time of year. It's warm as heck, yet there's holiday stuff everywhere. And with all the busy goings-on around here with classes and CHA designs, I just haven't really been feeling it. But finally this morning, it's chilly and I'm actually starting to feel like Christmas is coming. My class schedule is done for 2013, I'm just now starting to shop, and I'm looking forward to spending time with the family.

Today I want to share some fun stuff I did over the weekend and tomorrow I'll share this easy handmade ornament using lots of Tim Holtz goodies. I'll take you through the steps how I created it and maybe you'll be inspired to make one of your own.

Friday was "Friday Follies," my monthly creative club. Formerly named "All Things Tim" this group has evolved into an "anything goes" type of group, and it's a crazy fun one. We are still big fans of Tim Holtz products, for sure, but we've expanded into other wonderful product lines that work well together like Graphic 45. Of course! There are nine in the group, but with the busy holiday season we were a cozy group of five this month. Here the gals are making my Place in Time desktop calendar.

We had a little pot-luck holiday party after the project was finished. I like to call this photo "Wining by the Tree."

A little closer look at my wine glass. This was a gift from my friend Patty. Looks just like me, eh?

Afterwards, we had a handmade ornament exchange. (I wish I had taken a photo of everyone's ornament, but sadly not.) This one was made by Dotti and wowed the group. Dotti used Dylusions sprays and doodling on paper, then cut pieces out and decoupaged a paper mache star. It was so gorgeous in person! Lucky Marty got this one in the swap.

This was the project we created. I'll be teaching this one again at The Gypsy Corner on Saturday, January 25th in Kissimmee, Florida. So if you're in the area, join us! 

And speaking of The Gypsy Corner, I taught my Twelve Days of Christmas mini album class there on Saturday. What a great group of ladies and what fun we had.

Check out these awesome aprons some of them wore to class. Katy in the middle, her mother-in-law Bettiann on the left and Bettiann's sister Alleen on the right. They created these fun aprons with doodles and dates of the creative adventures they've shared through 2013. And my class made the cut! What an honor. Thank you ladies!

Happy faces with their finished albums.

Here's a look at some of the mini album we created.

We used Graphic 45's small Staples tag album, Twelve Days of Christmas 8 x 8 paper and the banners card stock.

This will make a nice little keepsake of their Christmas photos this year.

Thanks to both groups of ladies this past weekend for taking time out of your busy holiday schedule to share a creative day with me. I enjoyed it so much and am looking forward to more in 2014.

Have a great day, everyone!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Place in Time 2014 Calendar

I don't know about you, but I think Graphic 45's "Place in Time" collection is the absolute best ever from the company. How genius this pack is because it has so many possibilities. Naturally, it is well suited for making calendars which is what I am sharing with you today, however it's perfect for scrapbookers who do pages every month according to season, for card makers, and for just about every craft project you can imagine.

Last year, I created this 8 x 8 easel calendar using Graphic 45's Place in Time and their easel album. I made this for the Eclectic Paperie blog. To see all the pages, some how-to's and close-up photos, go here.

And used some of the left over scraps to create this little desktop calendar. Details on how this was made can be found here.

This year, I created this small (and easy) calendar for my desk. I'll be working on the video tutorial next week and will share the details with you as soon as I'm finished. Just wanted to give you a sneak peek at what I'm up to.

I'll also share what to do with the leftover paper scraps from this calendar project in that video so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holiday Workshop - Another Successful One!

Hello and happy Monday! Yesterday was spent cleaning up and finalizing kits from my 7th Annual Holiday Workshop. And, oh yeah, putting up the Christmas tree. Still not finished decorating the house and am wondering if it will ever get done this year.

I won't stress over it. That's for sure.

Meanwhile, as promised, I want to share some photos from the holiday workshop this past Saturday at the Candlewood Suites here in Melbourne, FL. It was a great day spent with fellow crafters, filled with holiday music, snacks, and prizes.

Guests are busy creating cards, tags, gift bags, gift card holders and more. They moved from station to station to complete everything in about six hours.

Friends and co-workers Freddie and Alison stuck together all day. (see their cute little name tags?)

Harmony and Anne met for the first time and were table mates throughout the day, helping each other along the way.

Same with Tina and Lauren. It always helps to have a buddy to craft with.

Ahh, and my lovely assistant. Daughter Jamie, helping out to get her volunteer hours for high school. She's giving me her best Carol Merrill here.

Jamie worked on stamping the projects for kits.

Feeling festive with her lights and her not-so-ugly Christmas sweater. 

Tim Holtz's "Small Easel" Alterations die came in very handy for displaying my tip sheets for each table.

I love it when a die is this useful. I use it all the time! The tip sheets were at each table to help the guests with the small details for assembly. This frees me up from having to explain things throughout the day, and also helps the guests to avoid lots of questions or mistakes.

Thanks to each guest who brought a snack to share, we had plenty of munchies throughout the day. And also had lots of raffle give-aways and happy faces. Everyone went home with all of this for their holiday season.

Now it's time to package up all the kits. Thanks to all those who attended or purchased a kit. It was a great day! 

OH! and I have one pre-stamped kit left if anyone is interested. $53 plus shipping. Message me at AnnetteGreen@me.com.  First come, first served. I'll accept PayPal or ProPay transfers, or I can process a credit card over the phone. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Tomorrow's the big day

I've been slacking a bit on the blog front, I know. I'll be back this weekend with a re-cap of my 7th Annual Holiday Workshop. Tomorrow's the big day and it should be fun one. I'm prepping and packing and finalizing the last-minute details and I'm feeling ready.

Just have to stick the pin-backs to these custom name tags, mount all the stamps and then pack the car.

I'll be sure to take plenty of photos at the event to share with you Sunday. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

12 Days of Christmas Day 3 - My Altered Wine Bag

Today I'm featured over on the Graphic 45 blog with my altered wine bag. Each day a design team member is creating and sharing a project and tutorial for the BIG 12 Days of Christmas give-away. So be sure to hop over there and leave a comment for a chance to win this…

Here's a look at my altered wine bag. I have a full tutorial at this link.

Thanks for stopping by. Would love to know what you think of it, and if you'll give it a try.