Thursday, March 31, 2016

"Dapper" Masculine Cards & More Workshop

Hi again everyone. I have a quick share for you today. It's my upcoming Masculine Cards & More Workshop. See details below.

Sunday, May 22nd, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Melbourne, Florida
Cost: $30

Kits will be available in limited quantities on my Etsy site starting May 23rd, so be sure to hop over there first thing that morning.

Here's a look at each project in this workshop:

Three cards and one cute shirt gift box/treat holder which all feature the new Dapper paper stash from Tim Holtz along with his newest gears, many of his dies, and stamps too!

Contact me at to hold your spot in class.

Thanks, and have a great day!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Cherry Blossoms Baby Keepsake Box & Easter Sunday

Good Monday morning all. I hope you had a nice Easter, for those who celebrate it. Ours was lovely, visiting with family, eating great food, and playing games. (I'll share some of that at the end of this post.)

Today I'm featured over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this baby's keepsake box adorned with pretty Graphic 45 papers and I'm showcasing the Cherry Blossom die from the Susan's Garden Notes line. I've got an easy tutorial to make the box and flowers there, so be sure to check it out. This week I'll be working on a baby mini album to go inside, so I'll be sure to share that with you when it's completed. I'm going to a baby shower soon, so I better get busy!

The Cherry Blossom is so very easy to make, you'll want to make a hundred of them! I like them so much, I created this 5" x 7" Easter card for my parents, as some of you may have seen on my social media sites over the weekend.

It features more pretty Graphic 45 papers, namely Once Upon A Springtime, plus one of Tim Holtz's newest dies "Mixed Media #2" with that pretty flourish cut-away layer. My parents really seemed to love the card, and I'm sure it will be added to the box of others my mom has collected over the years.

If you've followed me long enough, you know that I love to cook and to bake. The baking has become less and less these days, only because of the whole stupid "don't eat too much sugar at your age" thing. (You mid-age ladies know what I mean.) But on special occasions, I still like to bake something extra sweet and fun so I whipped up a batch of sugar cookies using some of my favorite Springtime cookie cutters (you wouldn't believe the collection of cutters I've got!) and made up some royal icing tinted with some soft pastels colors.

Then the fun part. Decorating them. People often ask me if I have some special recipes for the cookies and the icing, and honestly I have always used Martha Stewart's for both. (I skip the alcohol and vanilla in her updated version and use lemon zest and lemon juice instead, like her original recipes.) I used to be such a big fan of hers when she first started on television, long before the talk show style currently on air. Not a lot of people really knew her back then, before her name was on everything you see in stores now, and I much preferred her shows then. The cookies turned out very nice and they are super delicious, according to my family. My college-aged nephew couldn't stop eating them, so I sent him home with the left over ones. He was so happy!

My brother Steve and his wife Brenda have spent the past 6 months having major renovations done in their home, and finally they were complete. So they invited the family over for Easter dinner. Here's the ta-da photo of their new kitchen. It is absolutely gorgeous!

Oftentimes during our get-togethers there's some idle time where we're just sitting around chatting and goofing off on our phones...

I'm sure gonna miss this kid when she goes off to college in the Fall.

She's the best.

The rest of the day was filled with games, fantastic food (what a spread they had!) and lots of laughter. 

And cookies.

I hope YOUR day was filled with love and joy as well. Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Two new Graphic 45 classes

Hello again! I hope you're having a good week so far. I thought I'd share with you some of my upcoming classes using some of the new beautiful Graphic 45 collections.

Enchanted Forest Book Box & Tag Album

Two class date offerings:

April 23 (Saturday) Violette's Scrapbook Store, Lakeland, FL (SOLD OUT)

May 1 (Sunday) Melbourne, FL 1:00 - 5:00
Cost: $50

Email me at to RSVP and I'll send you supply details.

This fun project includes the new Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest collection, Ornate Metal Clock Keys, Door Knob and Plates, and the kraft book box and tags. Each page contains delightful imagery and pockets and tags to fill with photos and journaling. 

Cityscapes Chunky Travel Album

April 23 (Saturday) Violette's Scrapbook Store, Lakeland, FL  10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $40
Contact Violette's directly to RSVP

This chunky tag album can be reconfigured so that it hangs vertically on a wall (which is how I will eventually use mine.) This fun album features the new Cityscapes collection, metal embellishments, and the new black square tag album used in a clever combination. Great for displaying travel photos or easily adapted to become a Father's Day gift with these masculine papers.

Hope you can make one of these fun classes.

Be sure to sign up with your e-mail address on the Violette's Scrapbook Store website so you don't miss out on upcoming events. They are located in central Florida and the store is absolutely a DREAM! I will be teaching there several times in 2016 and the classes fill pretty fast, so RSVP quickly.

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Distress Crayon comparison by Sandy Allnock

I've been promising for weeks that I would create a video comparison of the new Distress Crayons by Ranger to similar products like Neo-color Crayons and Gelatos, however due to this respiratory infection that's kept my voice in a constant gruffy state and my throat all nasty with annoying mucus clearing fun, I have had to postpone it.

This week, I see that Sandy Allnock has created a wonderful comparison video of her own. (Thanks for the heads up, Tim Holtz.) So I figured, why should I reinvent the wheel when she's done such a great job of it already? Check it out below. She's compared Distress Crayons with Gelatos and Prima Oil Pastels. I found it very informative and helpful, and hope you will too.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Spring Banner & Basket from an altered ATC Book Box & Tags

My monthly group of ladies fondly called "The Friday Follies" requested a Springtime banner as our project this month, so I grabbed some Graphic 45 ATC tags and Once Upon a Springtime papers and got busy. Then I thought, "Why not alter an ATC book box and make it into a little basket to store the banner when it's not being used?"

Here is a simple and easy-to-follow Snapguide tutorial sharing how I made it below. Do you have the Snapguide app on your phone or tablet yet? If not, what are you waiting for? It's packed with all sorts of tutorials of everything imaginable! From Arts and Crafts, to foods, to home repairs. You name it, there's probably a Snapguide for it.

Check out How to Create an Easter Banner & Mini Basket by Annette Green on Snapguide.

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you have a fabulous weekend. Do something crafty!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Creative Carte Blanche - Corrugated, Metal & Lace

Hello again everyone and welcome to another Creative Adventure from Creative Carte Blanche. The The uber-talented Candy Colwell is our hostess this month and her challenge for us is to incorporate three things that don't normally go together: Corrugated, Metal and Lace.

At first, I was clueless as to what I would create. Sometimes things instantly come to mind, but this time it just wasn't happening. (I'm sure many of you can relate.) So rather than panic, I simply started to organize and tidy up my craft space, which was much-needed anyway. In doing so, I came across a 12" x 12" tin ceiling panel I had tucked away and that's when it hit me. This would be the perfect base for this challenge so I decided upon a fun, whimsical wall hanging for my craft room.

One of the things I especially enjoyed while making this is that I used dies and flowers and papers that I already had in my stash. No additional trips to the craft store, and I got reacquainted with some old favorites. I love that, and I certainly need to do more of it.

Let me share how it all came together...

From a box in my garage, I cut off one of the flaps, neatly trimmed it to 4 1/2" x 9" with a craft knife, then peeled away the paper layer from one side to reveal the corrugated. I intentionally wasn't super neat about this step so as to give it more of an organic feel.

My vision was an earthy, warm background so I painted several warm colors onto the corrugated using Distress Paints like Ripe Persimmon, Fossilized Amber, Ground Espresso, and Fired Brick. While it was still wet I sprayed a few mists of Perfect Pearls Copper.

This 12" x 12" tin ceiling tile is from the Salvaged line from BCI Crafts. It had a bit too much gold in it for my plan, so I toned it down with more Distress Paint and Copper mist. (Left photo shows the difference as I began to test the paint in the upper left corner, and right photo shows the end result.)

Once the tile was completely dry, I began to layer elements onto it, introducing Wallflower paper and lace trims. Originally my lace pieces were all bright white, so I toned some down with Antique Linen Distress Ink on a blending tool and others with Distress Stain for a deeper color. I also used the Distress Stain to age the paper slightly to match the tone and feel of the other elements. 

Next I fussy cut flowers and leaves from the Wallflower paper stash and gave the edges a bit of inking with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.

I cut a large manila tag down to 6", then stamped the honeycomb, bee and sentiment. These are each from different stamp sets from Stampers Anonymous. The outer edges are inked first with Vintage Photo then the outer edges only with Ground Espresso.

After tying some lace through the large tag, I began to assemble a few of the elements; some with foam tape for dimension, others directly onto the background.

To fill things out a little more, I die-cut some Garden Greens leaves and mixed them in. On my large tag I added Elementary Flashcards "Make" and "Time" plus the word "to" using the Wordplay die.

I have sorely neglected these dies, only having used them once or twice since I purchased them, so I was happy to get them out again! I cut several out of manila cardstock and stamped them with different colors of archival inks.

I embossed the ones who had a matching embossing folder (all but the smallest butterflies) then sprayed each with a Distress Stain and heat set them until dry. Then I used my new Distress Crayons to scribble various colors over the raised areas then spritzed them with water to watch them meld into one another. Sometimes I used my finger to push the colors around, other times I just let them do their thing. I'm telling you, I LOVE these crayons!

The colors, while very bright and cheery, seemed a bit too bright for the feel of my piece so I eventually toned them down with a blend of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

After bending and shaping wings, I adhered the pieces down. (As you can see, the largest butterfly didn't make the cut.) Then I mixed in some Petaloo flowers here and there to fill in spaces.

Here's another look at the finished piece. I hope you'll join in with us with your own creation over at Creative Carte Blanche. It's been great fun seeing what inspires you and what you've created thus far. Give this one a try and see where it takes you!


Friday, March 4, 2016

Voyage Beneath the Sea "Love" Card

Hi All! I'm working away on class projects for the upcoming SOLD OUT Graphic 45 cruise which means I can't show you a thing yet, BUT, I can share a fun card I created for the Graphic 45 booth at CHA this year using the fantastic new Voyage Beneath the Sea collection. Make sure to visit the Graphic 45 blog today to see more close-ups and details of this card.

The new collection is hitting stores now, so make sure you stock up! I'm currently working on a summer album with this wonderful collection and the new Square Tag and Pocket Album, which I'll be able to share with you next week and let you know where and when you can take the class or purchase a kit. Stay tuned for that post to find out how you can have a chance to win a FREE kit!

Thanks for stopping in today. Now hop on over to Graphic 45 and leave 'em some love over there and you'll be entered to win their awesome prize package. Good luck!