Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Super Simple Snapguide - Decorating File Folders

Hello and happy Wednesday, ya'll. I hope you're gliding through your week with a wink and a smile. I made a quick Snapguide this morning I'd like to share with you. I talked about dressing up file folders in one of my YouTube videos when sharing my Craft Room Organization tips and thought I'd show you how I made them. They are SUPER easy! And they look so pretty on my desk instead of those boring manila things.

Check it out and let me know what you think...

Check out How to Make Pretty File Folders From One Sheet of Paper by Annette Green on Snapguide.

Remember, you can follow me on Snapguide and never miss a new project when I post it. There's a Snapguide App for your phone too, which I like even better than viewing it on my computer.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Good Ol' Sport Father's Day Card with Snapguide

Hello again. My second post this fine Saturday. If you're in need of Father's Day inspiration, then the Graphic 45 blog is the place to visit today. There are four great ideas over there by the Design Team. Be sure to check them all out.

I created this 5" x 7" Father's Day card with a Snapguide to show you the steps for my pieced stamping technique that really made the images pop. You'll have to go check it out. Meanwhile, here's a few views of the card...

After you check out my Snapguide, click on the FOLLOW button so you don't miss any future guides I post. Now head over to the Graphic 45 blog to check it out along with Denise's and Arlene's creations. You're sure to be inspired!

Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge #3- Faux Tea Roses

Hello and Happy Memorial Weekend to ya! I hope you have some BBQing planned or something fun to do outdoors. I'm gonna go to my brother's house Monday for a cook-out and swimming and maybe even a little cocktail (or two) in the sunshine.

Today begins another great challenge from the Compendium of Curiosities III book by non-other than Tim Holtz, the master of all things vintage and distressed. You can find all the challenge details and FAQs here.  The lovely Linda Ledbetter is our hostess of this fun series of challenges, and all you have to do to participate is create your project and uploaded to her site at this link. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win. (Win? Keep reading below.)

We're working our way through this fantastic book of techniques and tips, and challenging you to join in the fun. This round's challenge is sponsored by the great folks at Inspiration Emporium who have a fabulous gift voucher to give away to one lucky random winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew Pick wins a big giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!

So let's get to it! This challenge can be found on page 65 in the book and it's called "Faux Tea Roses." While I can't share how it's done (that's for you to discover with your own CC3 book) I am happy to show you my creation and some of the steps & tips along the way.

My project is an altered mantle clock turned birdhouse. Lots of faux tea roses all around. They are SO much fun to make and quite addictive, I might add, so consider yourself warned.

I love shopping at garage sales, thrift stores and my local Goodwill. Recently I found these two wooden mantle clocks (without the clock parts) for 99 cents each. SCORE! For my project, I decided on the smaller one of the two.

From the new Wallflower paper stash and also from French Industrial (red stripe) I cut papers to cover my clock and inked the edges with Vintage Photo.

I decided the fixture at the top of my clock seemed a little small, so I unscrewed it and replaced it with this larger one that looks very similar. (Tip: I love to shop Hobby Lobby's aisle of knobs and fixtures when they are 50% off. I hoard up a bunch for future creations.)

I adhered the papers with good old glue stick (Elmer's Extreme is my current favorite) and then secured the fixture into place at the top. The color of the wood is so nice as is I decided not to paint it.

I recently purchased this great doily die and wanted to put it to use right away. I cut away the center circle of the doily for an opening to my birdhouse. And for a perch I used Graphic 45's metal staples Drawer Pull turned upside down.

After making several of the the Faux Tea Roses, I decided I'd like to have a few rose buds as well. First I started off with some small leaves snipped off of this die cut piece (after sanding the Kraft Core to distress it). 

Using the same method to make the Faux Tea Roses, only using less of the die cut, I created small buds and adhered three of the leaves tightly around the buds.

I got the hot glue gun cranked up while I made my roses, then put it to good use adhering everything to my clock. You'll notice I used some metal Idea-ology Foliage leaves around my roses.

I added my craft store birdie onto the perch and then filled in some spaces around my roses with smaller rose buds I had in my flower stash.

The top needed a little something too. More roses and metal leaves.

I attached a pretty charm, a Graphic 45 key, and one of Tim's mini sprocket gears onto some antique brass chain then added some strong metal glue to hold everything in place.

I forgot to mention that I put some nesty grass into the birdhouse before my bird went on.

I covered the back of the clock with more Wallflower paper, which in the right light you can see from the inside and of course it's pretty from the back side too.

There you go. Now it's YOUR turn to try out the Faux Tea Roses technique and create something grand. Have fun!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Botanical Themed Altered Frame

Just thought I'd throw a little teaser out there of a project I made recently for the Ranger blog. Hoping they will post it soon, so I can share it with you!

Hope you're having a good week! I'll see you Saturday morning with my next project for the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Prize Drawing Winner - Congrats!

Congrats to randomly selected No. 4 out of the commenters over the weekend. That means Karen Garrard is the winner! Here's the lovely comment Karen left me on my blog...

 Blogger Karen Garrard said...
Annette what a beautiful job you have done on this folio. I too have been going crazy of these. . . Love them! They can be used for so many different things. This is the second one I've seen with that beautiful bird on the front. He is very popular! That cute heart around birds neck is a nice touch and the feather is just stunning. Love how you added an envelope too. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me a comment. Truly appreciate it. Karen.x
May 16, 2014 at 5:17 PM
Karen, please e-mail me at with your mailing address and I'll pop these goodies in the mail to you right away. There's remnant rubs, Nature Adornments, and three handmade creations of mine: two cards and a tag. I hope you enjoy them!

Thank you ALL for such wonderful, encouraging comments over the weekend. I truly appreciate every single one. You really make my day so very happy when you take the time to comment. 

Enjoy your Monday everyone!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Botanical-Themed Collection Folio

Tim Holtz has got a great new product out there called a Collection Folio. There are two sizes, a large and small. Today I wanted to share with you a small one that I've altered to create a pretty botanical themed album using Wallflower paper. Right now it's adorned and waiting for photos and memorabilia, but I just couldn't wait to share it with you. I'm not sure what I'll do with it just yet anyways. We'll see...

I just can't tell you how GA-GA I am over this Wallflower paper, and so is everyone I know. For the front of my folio cover, I fussy-cut some images like the bird and feathers, then added some die-cuts (Spring Greenery & Garden Greens) and flowers along with a little heart charm

A nice sharp Xacto blade, Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and a little patience really makes this feather look real.

Kraft-Core leaves sanded for a distressed look.

Here's a peek at the inside when you first open the folio. I've added lots of papers with open areas to add photos and memorabilia later. And lots of ink distressing all over the place.

I love the layered look inside. There's a lot going on in here.

But first, let's talk about the "spine." Or at least that's what I'll call it. This stitched insert piece comes with the folio, loose, for you to do with as you wish. I ended up folding it over so that I had 6 flaps to work with instead of 3. Each flap overlaps 1/2 inch when folded over like this.

I just added a bead of Glossy Accents glue where I folded it over, to hold it together well at the fold. Then the whole thing gets glued into the folio. I didn't glue mine in until I built all the layers onto these flaps, just for ease of handling. 

I created various pages of different types and sizes. This first one is a kraft envelope I created with my Envelope Punch Board, then I added Wallflower paper and Botanical Remnant Rubs, and some Chit-Chat stickers for added embellishment. 

Tags are another option for pages. Why not? Here I've added a Distressed Doily die-cut, more greenery, and the butterfly from the Nature Adornments set.

And some of the portions in the Wallflower papers serve perfectly as pages on their own. 

A little stencil action here on this flap using Peeled Paint Distress Ink and Harlequin layering stencil.

The final page at the inside base of the folio is one large sheet of Wallflower paper, scored and folded to create a collection pocket for more photos, notes or memorabilia. 

This was great fun to create and I've already got plans for my large Collection Folio for my upcoming trip to London this summer. Can't wait to share that with you too!

Thanks for stopping in. Let me know what you think of my Botanical Collection Folio by leaving me a comment on today's post and your name will be entered into a special prize drawing for a few fun goodies I've been hoarding. (Psst, this is my thank you for reading through my entire post today.) I hope you have a fantastic weekend! I'll announce the lucky winner here on my blog on Monday. Good luck!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Thank You Card Made from an Upcycled Shopping Bag

Crafty people will get this. You shop at a store and they place your purchased goodies into a pretty shopping bag and you immediately think, "Oh, I can make something with this!"

That's exactly what happened to me after shopping at She Scrapbooks a few weekends ago up in The Villages.

But a little back story first. I've got this group of lady friends who I meet up with monthly on a Friday to create a project I've designed. We call our get-togethers The Friday Follies. (and for good reason) I may have mentioned them before. Let's just say it can get pretty crazy. Everyone is laughing (when someone is hitting someone else's car in my driveway), everyone's talking at the same time (much like Kindergardeners, LOL) and some get confused, others are cracking dirty jokes,... you get the picture. It's a miracle we ever get a project completed. But I love these gals and I'm so happy we can all share our love of creating and crafting.

(This is just some of the group. Quick! Group selfie at the rest stop!)

So this group likes to make an annual road trip somewhere together. Last year it was a scrapbook shop hop across the state of Florida. This year, we decided on one stop: She Scrapbooks. Two reasons for this choice: One, we've all heard great things about it. (Heck, Tim Holtz and many other big namers have taught there!) And Two, I wanted to meet the shop's owner Yvonne Blair. She and I have another connection via The Compendium of Curiosities Crew and former Ranger University grads (from different years).

So, we rented a Tahoe and off we went. It was about a two-hour drive and with all the laughing and chatter, we got there before we knew it. The shop was AMAZING, of course, and Yvonne was super sweet. And we had a great time shopping! Yvonne and her friendly staff handed out discount coupons to all of us at check-out so we were thrilled.

Now back to the shopping bags...

Wouldn't you save this bag to make something fun too?

I decided to send Yvonne a thank-you card made from her shopping bag. So I started cutting apart these great vintage newspaper ad images.

I grabbed some vintage-style pink card stock and distressed it by sanding and inking, added some black card stock as well, then just started layering and piecing things together on this 6" x 6" easel card.

I used My Minds Eye Lost and Found alphabet stickers I purchased in the store plus a Stampers Anonymous stamp I had ("Getting There"). 

Vintage style buttons and some seam binding I colored with Distress Stains.

I got the #Hashtags stamp set at the shop too. I've been wanting it for a while now.

Just for fun, I added some of the tags and pieces from the packaging of items I'd purchased in her store on the inside of my card.

The easel card folds down nice and flat for mailing. I created a 6 x 6 envelope to coordinate with my card using my Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers. If you don't have one of these yet, you really need to see a doctor 'cause something might be wrong with you. Seriously one of the best purchases I've EVER made. You can Google it and watch YouTube videos to check it out, but I think I'd make my own video soon. So stay tuned. If you don't want to miss it, simply go to my YouTube channel and subscribe to me. That way, you'll get an e-mail notice as soon as I've uploaded something new.

Thanks, that's all for today. Let me know if you have ever created anything with a shopping bag before. I'd love to hear!

And if you're ever in the Central Florida area, you need to stop at She Scrapbooks. She carries everything I used to make my card. If you can't make it there, then you can find these great items online at stores like