Monday, July 28, 2014

Scrapbook Adhesives Blog Hop Day 1

Hello and happy Monday everyone! It's a great day to start a Blog Hop with Scrapbook Adhesives, creators of reliable and easy-to-use adhesives perfect not only for scrapbooking, but also card making, mixed media, home decor and more. Everything from permanent adhesive for archival use, 3D foam for dimension, and repositionable adhesive for multi uses. They've got it ALL covered!

Today you can hop along the fabulous designers' blogs listed below to see their creations using Scrapbook Adhesives products, then stay tuned to the Graphic 45 blog for the rest of this week's featured artists and their wonderful projects. You're sure to be inspired and you may learn something new about Scrapbook Adhesives' product line.

And of course there's a prize give-away if you comment 
on each blog, so be sure to do so and check the 
Graphic 45 blog for prize details!

Andrew Roberts - Australia

Annette Green - USA YOU ARE HERE
Donna Espiritu - Saudi Arabia
Ginger Ropp - USA

My Scrapbook Adhesives featured project is a Photo Triptych Display from our family trip. How fun it was to create this display of our favorite photos from our recent London vacation in this triptych-style decor piece! Made from three 5” x 7” flat canvases and the Come Away With Me collection of 8” x 8” papers and the Chipboard 2 pack, this was the perfect Graphic 45 collection for our travel photos. Plus it was fun, easy and quick to pull together in an afternoon with the help of Scrapbook Adhesives products. You can check out more photos below the supply list, plus my Snapguide tutorial which takes you step-by-step so you can make your own.

Graphic 45 8” x 8” Come Away With Me papers
Graphic 45 Come Away With Me Chipboard 2
Garphic 45 Shabby Chic brads (4)

Dark Cashmere cardstock, Core-dinations Signature Series cardstock for Graphic 45
Sweet Apricot cardstock, Core-dinations Signature Series cardstock for Graphic 45
Scrapbook Adhesives EZ Runner
3L Dodz Medium Glue Dots
Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3D Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives Craft Photo Corners
2 Metal Hinges, Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Edge distressing tool or scissors
Dark brown ink pad for inking edges
Medium brown acrylic paint
Three 5 x 7 flat canvases
Crop-a-dile or strong hole punch

I'd love to know how you like the project, so be sure to leave a comment. Then hop along through the other fantastic designers to see what they've created next!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Graphic 45 Color Challenge with An Eerie Tale

All this week on the Graphic 45 blog, Design Team members have been challenged to select three colors from the Core-dinations Signature Series card stock line (either from the Lights and/or Darks) as an inspiration kick-off for a simple project. What fun a challenge is!

Today I'm featured alongside fellow team members Keri Sallee and Lori Williams with my 3-color selection as I share a quick and easy tag mini album using the new An Eerie Tale collection. Yes, it's the seasonal Halloween paper, but you'd never know it from my mini.

Check it out below, then make sure you go to the Graphic 45 blog and see even more photos and my video tutorial so you can make one of these simple albums yourself. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

London 2014 Final Two Days

It's been crazy busy around the Green household lately. With new wood floors installed last Monday and then new carpet throughout the rest of the house this past Monday, it's been hard to keep up on all my regularly scheduled stuff. Somehow I still managed to hold a card workshop, finish and ship my CHA projects off to Graphic 45, and complete my Compendium Crew project. Not to mention deliver a kid to VBS daily for a week of volunteering, help get her driver's permit, and try to put the house back together after all the flooring work. Whew!

So finally I am wrapping up our London trip today. We had a half day before leaving the Soho area and heading to Gatwick Airport, so we had a light breakfast and headed out for some last minute fun.

Jamie had spotted this fantastic store a few days ago called "Forbidden Planet" which is apparently the world's largest and best-known science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment retailer. So we checked it out. She was in heaven. The place was huge and filled with everything you could imagine from Doctor Who to Marvel Comics to Pokemon and tons more. We spent a good hour or more in that place.

We had to go back to our favorite spot (Tonkotsu) for just one more meal. This time we sat outside watching passersby as we sipped on our mint water and waited for our lunch.

Once again, a fabulous meal. We asked the waiter the secret about those eggs unfortunately his lips were sealed. I have tried to mimic them since we've been home, but there's something still missing.

The waiter enticed us with his description of the mochi balls for dessert, so we had to try them. 

Mochi is made from sweetened rice but these balls were also filled with different, unique flavors of ice cream! Wow, were they good!

We still had another hour to kill before we could check out of the Nadler Hotel, so we stopped for a quick Starbucks. This was the first time we indulged in an American coffee since arriving in London. I guess we were feeling like it was time to return back home.

Rather than battle the streets and subway with our luggage again, we opted to call a shuttle service to get us to the train station that would eventually take us to Gatwick Airport.

A quick, blurry selfie in the cab. 

Gatwick Station. We already had our return tickets, so all we had to do was hang out for a bit, then hop on our train.

We booked our last night at the Sofitel which is conveniently connected to the airport. Although it could not compare to the Nadler, it was very nice.

Gatwick Airport is quite a nice place to hang out, shop, eat and people watch. Here Paul and Jamie are observing all the options for dinner.

A view of the Sofitel's lobby from our floor. Like I said, a very nice place.

In the airport, Jamie and I discovered a store called Cath Kidston. Famous for their vintage inspired floral prints and eclectic English country house style, they specialize in wallets, purses, totes and tons of other cute stuff. (think Vera Bradley only WAY BETTER, in my opinion) Seriously, I loved this product line. (Can you tell?) This is a cute little cross-body passport clutch that I bought there and have used as a purse since we've returned to the states. The fabric is oil cloth, I believe. A coating that is totally wipe-able, not machine washable. (By the way, I got this cute sundress at a great store called UNIQLO. Much like The Gap. I later learned that there are a handful of these stores in the states, mostly in the Northeast and a few in California.)

But back to Cath Kidston, I loved the product line so much, I ordered this larger purse today, as a matter of fact. No stores in the states just yet, but I would bet that it would be a BIG hit here. I also got a great little tote from the airport Harrod's store and some chocolate for the plane ride. We never made it to the big Harrod's, so this had to do.

Enough about shopping. We grabbed some dinner then settled into our hotel room for the night and watched more of the World Cup. In the morning, we had a wonderful breakfast then hopped on our plane for the very long flight home. An afternoon flight was SO much better than evening, in my opinion. I watched a couple movies on the way home, read a book, walked around a lot, then finally we were in Orlando.

This is Customs. Holy crap, right? We got in line and moved like snails along with everyone until we realized that since we were U.S. citizens returning to the country, we didn't have to be in this long line but rather a much shorter one on the other side of the room. Whew! So off we went, got through quickly, grabbed our luggage, hopped in the car and headed home to Melbourne. (An hour's drive)

London was an absolute dream. A wonderful place to visit that I would highly recommend to anyone. Our little family of strong-willed personalities got along famously and felt that we fully experienced the city to suit our personal likes and needs perfectly, and particularly enjoyed staying in Soho. 

And even after all those wonderful meals and desserts, would you believe I didn't gain a single pound? That's because we were moving all day every day. It really made us realize how sedentary we are on a daily basis here in our town, and we've made a commitment to be even more active than we usually are, and eventually seek a new place to live where we can walk or bike to most everywhere we need to go. (Not moving anytime soon, though. Gotta get this kid through college first.) 

No matter how great a vacation is, somehow it always feels so great to be home. I wonder if you all feel the same. I also wonder, do you do what I do before you go on a trip: I clean the house really well, make sure everything is put away neat and tidy. Why? If something were to happen to me and my mother had to come in the house, I wouldn't want her to have to deal with a mess or think badly of me. Is that not crazy or what?

Crazy or not, it's really nice to come home to our cute little clean house. 

Thank you all for following along, leaving such nice comments along the way, and enjoying our London trip with us. If you travel soon, please let me know and I'll happily follow along with you in return!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III #7- Painted Industrial

Welcome to another great challenge from A Compendium of Curiosities Volume III. Challenge #7 is "Painted Industrial" and can be found on page 46 of this fantastic book. You can read all about how to enter this challenge and ways you can WIN big prizes at the end of my post. But first, I'd love to share my industrial creation today.

This technique is so incredibly easy yet yields the most impressive results ever! I whipped up this wall plague in just a few hours. And most of that time was waiting for the paint and glue to dry.

I had this 5" x 7" wooden plaque in my stash so I grabbed it and laid down two coats of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. Didn't need to do the center because I'll be covering it up in a sec.

Oooh... I do love this technique so much. I wish I could share how to do it, but that's YOUR job and why we want you to join in the challenge. Discover new techniques, try new things, make pretty stuff! I added a bit of red shimmer tape to separate my two patterns here. I grunged up the tarnished brass plaque with some Black Soot Distress Paint on my finger, quickly rubbing it around the edges.

I just got received my Layered Bee Alterations die and coordinating Texture Fade (also got the butterfly and dragonfly, just love them all so much), so I knew I had to use it today. The bee has been painted with Tarnished Brass Distress Paint after the same steps in the "technique." I added a bit of Black Soot with my finger in a later step to tone down the brightness of the brass. And as you can see, I added some Idea-ology pieces to embellish.

I screwed in some tiny eye hooks and a bit of chain for hanging.

Here's the finished piece again. It looks so cool hanging in my craft room. I surely hope you give this technique a go. It's foolproof and fun!

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Do you have the fabulous Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book by Tim Holtz? (the master of all things vintage and distressed.) If not, you can find one at your local craft store, scrapbook store, or you can get a signed copy by Tim himself by going here. 

You can find all the CC3 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 upload to her site. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win...

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's Choice scores a giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!

Now get your industrial creative juices flowing and have some fun in this challenge!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

London 2014 Day 8

Hello and welcome back to my London vacation recap. Thanks for your patience on this continuation. The house has been turned upside down the past few days with wood flooring installation and now we're preparing for carpet replacement in just a few short days. Crazy!

Only two more days to share of our trip. Day 8 was our last full day in London. We were a bit lazy getting up after our evening out on the town the night before, so we decided to enjoy a simple breakfast in the room. We munched on biscotti, cheese and of course our in-room coffee then headed out for a day of ART.

But first, a light snack. (It's always about food isn't it?) This was just enough to fuel me for several hours in an art gallery.

We headed to Trafalgar Square to visit the National Gallery. Although there are many galleries and museums, we chose the National Gallery for the famous works of da Vinci, Raphael, Rubens, Renoir, Monet, to name just a few. We learned very quickly that no photography was allowed and that meant cell phones as well. So nothing to share here, unfortunately. If you have the time, allot an entire afternoon to this one. We only spent a few hours here but wished we had time for more.

We stopped for lunch at a place we'd been passing by every day during our trip. Basaba Eathai. It was always packed with people and we were curious if it was all it seemed to be. It certainly was! This is my delicious lunch: grilled salmon, coconut rice, and spinach salad. Perfection!

We also became quite fond of the gelato in London. Specifically, Snowflake Luxury Gelato. Omygoodness, this stuff was sinful. I was happy they offered small portions. The selection changed daily but I always seemed to find something with chocolate and coffee. Yum!

We went back to our hotel room to relax and freshen up a bit, then quickly got on the tube to Tate Modern. The entire other end of the art spectrum, Tate Modern hosts 7 levels of very modern art. Now I have to admit, my family and I are definitely not refined enough to appreciate modern art. We just don't get it, quite frankly, and found that we were doing more giggling than appreciating.

With that said, however, there were works that did happen to intrigue me, this being one of them. Almost like an appliqu├ęd quilt, this piece was interesting. And rather than trying to explain what it conveys, I'll just share the description...

I found it interesting.

It felt like a sort of scrapbook to me.

These lithographs were giving me artistic inspiration. 

And while this may look like a huge jellyfish-type of creature from afar...

Upon closure inspection you see the lacing and hand stitching. When I read the description, it was something to do with flesh and sex and boys by a river. So there you go. (giggle)

After our Tate Modern experience we headed back to toward the tube station. We passed this cute little place and I had to snap a photo. It seemed like a happy little place.

By the time we got off the tube, it was almost time for the World Cup to begin. England was about to play Uruguay so we searched for a pub that might be showing the game. We looked in the window of Byron's and noticed a large projection of a soccer game on the wall, so we decided this was our dinner spot. A good ole burger and beer joint.

We quickly realized the soccer game projected on the wall was simply an old soccer game projected on the wall. Not a television projection. So we enjoyed our drinks and eventually our delicious burgers.

This is our cute waiter laughing as I told him how we realized the game we were waiting for on the wall was not coming.

We finished our burgers and headed back to the hotel to watch the actual game, in which England (sadly) lost. We enjoyed watching, nonetheless, then packed most of our things for our departure tomorrow afternoon. I was feeling torn. I could have happily stayed in London longer, but I was feeling ready to get back home too. 

Day 9 and 10 to come in my next and final London recap post. Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Good Ol' Sport Display Tray

Hello and happy Thursday all. Today I interrupt my London recap posts for a great project for the guys out there. It's a display tray from the craft store filled with wonderful Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport papers and embellishments; ready to fill with your favorite sports photos of your family athlete.

I'm featured over on the Graphic 45 blog with this project today, along with a YouTube video filled with tips and hints throughout. Take a look at my project here, then jump over there and check it all out, along with more projects from fellow Design Team members Lori Williams and Nadya Lifa. And be sure to leave a comment on the G45 blog or Facebook page so you get a chance to win their give-away prize pack. Who wouldn't want to win that?!

And speaking of Good Ol' Sport, be sure to read to the end of my post here to see my four-card workshop/kit offering!

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If you're in the local Central Florida area, 
I invite you to join me in a fun card making workshop with 
Graphic 45's masculine Good Ol' Sport collection. 

Sunday, July 20th, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Cost: $25

Two 5 x 7 cards, one easel card, and one pop-up card. Envelopes included.

(pop-up card, inside)

If you can't attend but would like a pre-stamped take-home kit, please e-mail me at with your contact info. Shipping costs will apply. PayPal invoice will be sent to you. Kits will ship July 21.

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you have a fabulous day!