Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Travel Teaching at Violettes Scrapbook Store

Hello and holy cow! It's not only December, it's already the 2ND WEEK of December! It's been a whirlwind around here lately, thus the reason I haven't posted in almost a month.

I've been prepping for weeks and weeks for my two big classes, plus my baby girl Jamie turned 18 last week so I had to take a day off to surprise her and take her to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. Lucky for us, it's only an hour away. We had a fantastic time, just us girls. One I will always remember. This year is filled with sentimental moments like this since it's her last one here at home. But don't get me started...

Back to Violettes. I have traveled to teach a few times, but this was my first big gig at one of the very best scrapbook stores in Florida. I have been working for weeks preparing kits and finally the day came this past Saturday. I was SO ready and super excited. We had a really great day and I met so many wonderful ladies. And Violettes is beyond amazing. A beautifully laid-out store with many many rooms to explore. If you're ever in the Lakeland area, you simply must stop in. You'll be glad you did. And it's just under a 2-hour drive for me, so I'm hoping to return to teach again and again.

My first class was the Graphic 45 Holiday Card and Tag Holder using A Christmas Carol papers, Kraft Book Box, Claw Feet, Chipboard and more goodies to embellish.

Mary and Diana from Violettes helped me set up when I got there. I prepared the kits in festive holiday bags with a blank tag for guests to create a name tag. Each guest also received a set of instructions with photos to follow along easily.

Florence was my lovely assistant for the first class. This project came together smoothly with her help. What an amazing classroom, don't you think? Plenty of table space and room to move about.

They seem pretty happy to have finished their projects, don't you think? Such a great group.

Florence sent me this photo of us. Although a bit blurry, I had to share it with you. She was such a delight and a fantastic assistant.

The second class was my Yuletide Configurations Book, made with all things Tim Holtz: Mini Configurations Book, Yuletide paper stash and Design Tape, Jingle Brads, Holiday Letterpress, and many many dies.

Many of the guests from the first class stayed for this one, in addition to some new faces. 

Work in progress. Guests had to cut away the four corners of each of the papers for their configurations book, but I told them to hold onto those little squares rather than throwing them away...

...because you can always put those little squares to good use. I demonstrated this tag I created with my scraps. Simple yet pretty, and I love that those scraps didn't just go to the trash.

Finished projects! Everyone's turned out great and we had such a good time crafting together. I appreciate these ladies coming out to join me for my classes, and I can't wait to teach at Violettes again in the Spring. So stay tuned here and also make sure you get on Violette's e-mail list because they advertise a month ahead and classes fill up quickly!

I leave you with this tag I created as my name tag at Violettes. I tacked my name on there very lightly so I can remove it and use it on a gift this holiday season. I have always loved Tim's Gingerbread die. I added the smallest bow from his "Bow Tied" strip die, and embellished with the new "Holiday Knit" thinlits die. I do believe this set is my new favorite! 

Well, that's a little look at why I've been missing in action lately. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are now fully in the Christmas spirit! Thanks for stopping in today.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Poinsettia Card with Susan's Garden Notes Die

Hey everyone. A quick share today of one of my first Christmas card designs this year. I'm determined to start early and be ahead of the game this time around. In the past, I've waited until the last minute and cranked out a bunch of the same, identical card. Honestly, that might be efficient, but it's a bit boring from a creativity standpoint. This year, I'm going to make cards one by one, just as my heart desires for the design, and hopefully everyone on my card list will get a completely different card from me. That's the plan anyways.

My card today features the beautiful Poinsettia die from Susan's Garden Notes collection (Elizabeth Craft Designs), Carta Bella's pretty Christmas Wonderland papers, and a few stamps from Tim Holtz/ Stampers Anonymous.

My card is 5" x 7" and includes cardstock from Close To My Heart (Ruby and Gray Wool). Gray Wool is retired, but Slate would be a close second if you were recreating this card.

The Merry Christmas stamp is from the Stampers Anonymous "Old Fashioned Christmas" set and the pine boughs are from the "Mini Blueprints 7" set.

Carta Bella's Christmas Wonderland collection. I won this in one of their challenges!

And here's that fabulous die put into action. I absolutely LOVE this die, and I love how Susan has designed a whole new collection of dies that lie more flat when assembled. That line is called Garden Notes and each one is just as pretty as the next. 

Rather than create my own video (why reinvent the wheel?) I'm sharing Susan's video for this die assembly below. By the way, Susan has a YouTube video tutorial for every single die she designs. I LOVE that!

A simple inside for now. I might add more later.

That's it for me today. I think I'll set a goal for myself to make 25 different cards, starting next week and by December 14th, I'll be ready to mail them out.

How about you? Do you make your own Christmas cards? And if so, do you make them all the same or change them up? I'd love to hear. Meanwhile, have a great day!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Village Dwelling Fun!

Oh my goodness, crafters, don't say I didn't warn you: Tim Holtz's new Village Dwelling die and the compatible Village Winter die make creating tiny houses totally addictive! There, you've been warned. Now if you're of an addictive nature, I say close out this blog and move on to something else.

LOL! Okay, seriously, creating different styles of little houses is super great fun and if I didn't need to sleep, cook, or pay attention to my family, I could make a million of these! I've decided to make mine into Christmas ornaments, but I can totally see a winter village with little battery-operated tea lights in each house. And, yes, I am most likely going to purchase the Bell Tower die as well. (Duh.)

I've decided to teach my Friday Follies club members the three different houses this month. By creating three completely different styles, this exposes my group to different techniques and products which is what my monthly classes are all about.

Let's take a closer look at each...

The Gingerbread House. 
This house includes textured brown cardstock, colored gems, Snow Writer paint, Festive Berries Distress Glitter, Yuletide Fasteners, ric-rac and striped ribbon, a resin gingerbread boy, and two tiny candy canes.

Silver & Gold House.
This one features Metallic Kraft-Core cardstock, tinsel twine, glitter cardstock, and some gold pearl garland and a sweet little bell on the front door.

A frosty snowflake adorns the top of the door's awning.

The New England House.
I couldn't resist making this one on top of a round log base which I found at Hobby Lobby. The clapboard siding, the deep red and slate gray roof all remind me of New England home styles.  Sheets of white fleece cut easily with the Village Winter die for the snow on top.

Tiny wreath and trees are from Hobby Lobby.

This little cardinal is also from Hobby Lobby. You can find all kinds of tiny treasures there! I loved shopping for all these goodies!

Here's another look at all three. I can hardly wait for class this Friday so the ladies can enjoy making these. I'm planning to post a few short broadcasts from class on my Periscope this Friday, so if you'd like to see the class in action, make sure to follow me @AnnetteGreen. Periscope is a free app which allows you to see LIVE video of whoever you follow. You'll receive an audio cue when I go live, then all you do is jump on your phone or tablet and watch. You can even leave comments or ask questions. It's great fun!

You can find all the great Tim Holtz products I used most craft stores and at SimonSaysStamp.com plus all the other goodies in your local Hobby Lobby store.

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a wonderful week! 

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Journal Buddy Blog Hop!

Hi everyone and happy Friday! Yay! Let's have some creative fun by hopping on a little blog hop today, shall we? A handful of my favorite creative pals and I are sharing our "anything goes" creations using the Journal Buddy by Yvonne Blair Designs. This fun little flexible tool is great for keeping lines straight, using the wavy edge (which I incorporated in my design)  for all sorts of effects, and so much more. You're sure to be inspired by the talented artists sharing their creations with the Journal Buddy. Join us in this fun hop, leave a comment on each of our blogs and you'll be entered to win...

A Journal Buddy and Yvonne's 4" x 8" Inky Art Journal!

Blog Hop Artists Include:

Annette Green (You're here!)
Cheryl Boglioli www.cherylboglioli.com/blog
Linda Ledbetter www.lindaledbetter.com
Yvonne Blair www.yvonneblair.com

My creation uses the Journal Buddy along with the new and super cute 4" x 8" sized Inky Art Journal. I have to say NOT ALL ART JOURNALS ARE THE SAME. If you're an art journaler, you know the hassle of pages that don't stay open flat. You clamp them, you tape them down, and you just can't stamp well on them because they won't lay flat. WELL, let me tell you: Yvonne's Inky Art Journals lay flat. Every single page! They are specially designed to do so an they are a dream to work with. The pages are super thick and nothing seeps through, even without gesso.

With that said, let's get the show on the road!

I used the 4" x 8" Inky Art Journal and created this fun spread using Yvonne's Journal Buddy and her wonderful stamps from Impression Obsession. (More details on those in a moment.) I was inspired by artists like Candy Colwell and others I follow who have used magazine people in their art journals. I had never tried it before and started flipping through magazines recently and found this cute girl's freckly face and wrinkled-up nose, and she just made me smile!

To begin, I laid a few die-cut waxed paper doilies on my pages. These were leftovers from some cardstock die cuts I made recently. They help the detailed pieces pop right out of the die easily, and they stay intact nicely so I keep a stack of them just in case.

I totally forgot to gesso the pages, I was so excited to get started. But it didn't matter one bit and I liked the manila coloring of the doilies. I sprayed my pages with Tattered Rose Distress Stain Spray.

Next, I stenciled the Tim Holtz "Flourish" with Bundled Sage Distress Ink in the doily spaces.

Then I stamped Poppies Alone with two different ink colors across the bottom and up the sides a bit. This is one of Yvonne's stamp designs for Impression Obsession.

I stenciled more flourishes in the pink areas to fill it out more.

Then I swirled inks where the poppies are stamped. 

I used a fingertip sponge dauber to control where the ink went.

I cut my girl out of the magazine and laid her into position without adhering her yet. I used the Journal Buddy to make a pencil mark across the page and the girl's forehead.

Then I cut along the line and adhered my girl onto the page.

Across the wavy line I hand lettered "I Choose Happy" thickening the letters. I added a soft shadow around my girl's face with a Stabillo art pencil and smudging it with a damp finger.

I laid the Journal Buddy back down on my pages and blended some Salty Ocean Distress Ink above, then used a marker spritzer and a Salty Ocean Distress marker to make a splattered texture.

Rather than stamp directly onto the journal page (it always scares me that I'm going to mess up) I stamped instead on a piece of tracing paper with black archival ink. I cut closely around the stamped areas and adhered the piece to my page with multi-medium. It's magical how it just disappears! This great stamp is also from Yvonne and is called Choose Happy.

Onto a plain piece of white printer paper, I stamped a script background, then spritzed with several colors of Dylusions spray inks. I punched tiny flowers once it was dry.

The flowers adorn the wavy edge at the top and are also adhered around the pages. I added some script stamping to fill in some of the open areas of my pages with red ink to tie everything together.  

I punched a few more flowers from green cardstock, then cut them apart to make tiny leaves and I mixed those in here and there around my pages.

To finish off, I used a Pumice Stone Distress marker to make a soft shadow on my adhered pieces. These pineapples were an afterthought. They came from some Basic Grey scrapbook paper in my stash. They were pink, so I thought they'd be fun to add in here. I love this stamped sentiment, don't you? It's so true, and it was the inspiration for my pages today.

I hope you enjoyed it, now continue on the blog hop to see what these other creative gals have up their sleeves. Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween Weekend Recap

Hello everyone and happy Monday. (Some of you might ask, "Is there such a thing?") It's been a fun-filled and busy weekend here and I thought I'd share some of with you.

Halloween is always my favorite holiday and the feeling doesn't ever seem to die (uh, sorry) over the years. You'd think I'd outgrow it, but I just don't. I love it too much. The house gets transformed, we dress up, and we make lots of fun foods. This year, Jamie had a small get-together with her friends for Halloween so we spent a lot of great mother/daughter time making goodies together.

Molded chocolates are easy and fun.

Decorated chocolate sugar cookies. We kept it simple with the designs this year.

Chubby witch fingers made from Pillsbury bread dough and plan whole almonds for fingernails.

We also made mummy dogs (hotdogs wrapped in bread dough), popcorn/candy corn balls, flatbread shapes with pizza dipping sauce, but I failed to get a photo of everything.

Jamie and her buds watched scary movies and played games. And ate, of course.

Meanwhile, Paul and I went to a Halloween party of our own. Just a couple of zombies in Halloween costumes. These M&M costumes got resurrected from the attic. We first wore them when Jamie was 3 years old and was a blue M&M, her favorite. 

Getting into character. 

Looking good, eh?

And of course, there were many Halloween crafts this year. I've posted most of them already, but these were some quick treat bags I made with the We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board and Graphic 45's Rare Oddities papers.

Then Sunday came and it's November already. This Florida girl would never believe it if she didn't turn the calendar page. It's so warm here still and muggy! Icky.

It was a big clean-up job for Jamie from the Halloween party, but she did a fantastic job. Sunday morning was spent setting up for my afternoon Fall card class, which included moving most of the living room furniture out to the back porch. This is one of my most popular classes each Fall. I had a house full of ladies creating together and we had a great time.

Several of the cards involved veining and cupping leaves using Susan's Garden Tool Set and her lovely dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Here's another look at the cards we made. I just love Graphic 45's Botanicabella collection, don't you?

Well, today I would've like to rest, but there's so much coming up, there simply is no time for that! I'm working on a fun journal spread that I can't wait to share with you in a very special Blog Hop this Friday, so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great week!