Wednesday, December 27, 2017

How to Create your own 2018 Planner

I hope you've had a lovely Christmas! It's almost 2018 and it's time to think about your new planner. Do you purchase a ready-made planner every year? Or are you like me and prefer to make your own? If you are, I've created a YouTube video tutorial on this very thing!

There are lots of printable calendar pages out there on the web, but somehow I still wasn't finding the layout I liked for my planner size, so I created my own printables and am sharing them with you for FREE. First up are the monthly pages. Clean and simple, ready to print and use however you desire. 

And if you like a vertical planner format for your weekly pages, I've provided these as well. Everything I've provided coincides with my how-to video.

I hope you enjoy the video and the freebies. Please let me know if you complete your own planner. I'd love to hear. Have fun!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Free Mini Calendar Printables are back again!

Hello friends. Once again I'm sharing my printable mini calendars for those little projects you might have or would like to create for 2018. A few years ago, I created this Graphic 45 Time To Flourish desktop calendar and included the mini calendar printouts. I've had many requests to continue providing these mini calendars so I'm sharing those below. Simply load an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of ivory cardstock in your printer and print. There are two pages. Cut out each month closely on the outer border.

You can view my how-to video on this desktop calendar on my YouTube channel at this link. (If you decide to make this project, be sure to read my correction in the description box regarding an incorrect measurement in the video.) To view my original blog post with more photos, go here.

Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year celebration. Lots of great things are coming in 2018. Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Recap of our First Creative Mountain Retreat

I'd love it if you'd join me in this recap of our first Creative Mountain Retreat hosted by Maggi Harding, Ginger Ropp and myself this past October. Plans are already underway for next year, so stay tuned to my social media when we make the big announcement!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Black Friday 50% Off My Kits!

Even I'M jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon. But you don't have to set foot out your door to shop with me. I'm marking down kits I have remaining in my Etsy shop 50% this Friday, November 24th!

My kits are all-inclusive meaning all the pieces are there, all the cutting is done (aside from minor fussy cutting), directions and step-by-step photos. It's ALL there. All you need are basic crafting tools and adhesive. The supply list of suggested items is always listed on the first page of the directions so you can gather your goodies up before you dig in.

So be sure to visit my Etsy Shop "Art by Annette Green" this Friday, starting at 12:01 a.m. through midnight. To take a quick look at the kits I have available, simply click on the KITS tab at the top of my blog.

Have a super Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

9th Annual Holiday Workshop is Coming!

It's that time of year again. My annual Holiday Workshop! I've been doing a Christmas workshop since 2008 and it's always a great time. We spend a full day creating all the things needed for the upcoming holidays: Tags, gift card holders, cards, treat boxes, and more tags!

This event is mostly attended by my local friends here in Florida, but anyone can come. I advertised this last month to my local contact list and we are nearly full, with just 5 seats left. So if you're interested, see all the details below, then contact me ASAP.

Sunday, November 12th
POW/MIA Community Building
5995 N. Highway 1, Melbourne, FL 32940
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(lunch included)

We will be creating the following:

10 Large Greeting Cards (2 each of 5 designs, envelopes included)

4 Large Tags

20 Small Tags (5 each of 4 designs)

4 gift card holders

2 three-dimensional treat containers

I've designed all the projects with Graphic 45's Winter Wonderland collection of papers, ephemera cards and chipboard, plus Petaloo flowers, May Arts ribbon and fun Cricut cuts. Pre-cut, pre-stamped and ready to go! Color photos and instructions too.

There will be goodies, games and prizes throughout the day and festive holiday music. I've got a BUNCH of give-aways and a grand-prize I'll be raffling off. There are a number of ways to earn raffle tickets:

Sign up: 5 tickets
Bring a friend new to my holiday workshop: 5 tickets
First time sign-up: 5 tickets
Travel more than 20 miles to get here: 5 tickets
Bring a snack to share: 3 tickets
Wear a festive holiday shirt, sweater, hat, antlers, whatever: 3 tickets

There are several affordable hotels in the Viera/Melbourne area so just Google the address of the event to find the closest one that suits your needs. (see above) We have a Holiday Inn , Hampton Inn and La Quinta right off the highway (I-95) with great shopping and dining nearby. (Hobby Lobby and Michaels included!)

For those who are interested in attending, or can't attend and would like to be placed on my wait list for a possible kit, please contact me at Kits will be issued only if all seats have not been filled, and would ship on November 13th for $75.00 plus $13.60 shipping. (U.S. customers only)

If you have any questions, please let me know. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Halloween & Fall Box Cards Tutorial

It's been a wet and wild weekend here in central Florida. Hurricane Irma plowed right up through the state like no other hurricane before her, at least as far as I can remember. We experienced some pretty intense winds, rain and power outages, but in the end were quite lucky not to have major damage to our home. It was stressful, just the same. During the storm (when we still had power) it was helpful to work on something easy in order to keep my mind busy. That's when I turned to my Cricut Explore machine. I decided on a Halloween box card because I LOVE Halloween and adore making box cards. Today I thought I'd share a quick tutorial for the box cards I made. If you're not into Halloween, I also share how I made slight adjustments to create a Thanksgiving/Fall card. Keep scrolling for that as well as the supply list.

Box cards are so cute and look so difficult, but they are super easy! And the Cricut file includes an envelope sized perfectly to the folded down box card.

I start by importing a basic box card design from SVGCuts and cut the base pieces from black cardstock.

I cut the accent pieces from various designer papers. I've used papers from Authentique's new "Bountiful" collection.

I decide which papers will be on my exterior and adhere them to the base.

I flip the base over and adhere the pieces to the interior panels.

I adhered the box together then added the two support strips inside. Everything is scored on the Cricut, so it's super easy to fold and go!

Rather than fussy-cut the fall leaves from this sheet, I used a maple leaf punch similar in size. Even though it's not the exact size as the leaves, once I inked the edges they looked great.

On the Cricut, I cut out several bats of various sizes from black cardstock. I stamped a tag with October 31 and added a sparkly brad, then die-cut the pumpkins and their parts from Elizabeth Craft Designs "Pumpkins" set.

Now comes the fun of assembly. Just layer and arrange however you like. Sometimes I use layers of foam tape to pop elements up.

To the base I added the wrought iron gate pieces, which are gray cardstock punched with an older Martha Stewart Crafts die.

In Cricut Design Space I searched "zig zag" and found these great border strips. I stamped Happy Halloween and popped it up with foam tape. Done!

Not into Halloween? Change up the elements a little and make a Thanksgiving/Fall card...

Same paper collection, different stamps. I eliminated the faces from the pumpkins and used lots of the stickers from the 12 x 12 sticker sheet which comes with the paper collection.

Visit your local scrapbook store for these great products, or shop online at

Martha Stewart Crafts Iron Fence Punch
Close to My Heart stamp sets: Halloween Greetings, Steampunk Scoundrels, Happy Thanksgiving
EK Success Maple Leaf punch

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a fabulous week!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Master Detective Kits Available!

It's Labor Day weekend, all, so I hope you're enjoying yourselves. Just a quick post to let you know I posted five Master Detective Kits in my Etsy Shop last night, and already two have sold! So if you're interested, be sure to get yours before they're gone.

Details and more photos can be found in my Etsy Shop HERE.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tour Graphic 45 and Running With Scissors

I've got another great video to share with you today. This time was a special treat, because I got to visit the Graphic 45 offices as well as tour the Portland and Seattle areas, and of course teach at the fabulous Running With Scissors scrapbook store in Kent, WA. I hope you get a moment to watch this fun video tour. It sums up this great trip perfectly!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Birthday Card Tutorial with Cafe Parisian & Frozen Treats

As many of you may already know, I get together with three friends once a month and spend the afternoon making cards each of us has designed. It's always my favorite time of the month because I not only create a card design, but I get to PLAY making other friends' designs! (I always love being the student for a change.)

Today I'd love to share with you this 5" x 7" birthday card I designed using Graphic 45's Café Parisian collection of papers and flowers, along with Celebrate tags. I love the new Frozen Treats die from Stampin' Up, don't you? I'll provide links to everything as I describe them in my tutorial below.

Before designing my actual card, I like to begin by selecting embellishments. Here I've popped out a few flowers and circles from the Café Parisian Flowers pack. These are great because they're card stock thick, pre-cut, and are printed on both sides. Talk about quick!

Next, I die cut various Café Parisian papers using Stampin' Up's Frozen Treats dies. I used both the 12 x 12 Paper collection and some from the Patterns & Solids.

I layered pattern paper behind a Celebrate ATC Ivory Tag, added some pretty May Arts ribbon, then die-cut the letters using an old QuiKutz alphabet die. (I cut it twice for more dimension.)

I cut a 5" x 7" card base from light blue cardstock, a 4 7/8" x 6 7/8" piece of dark blue cardstock, then a 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" pattern paper piece. The striped piece is 4 3/4" x 2 1/4" wide before punching the border, then a  4 3/4" border strip with the words and cherries. I lightly inked the edges of all the pieces with coordinating ink colors.

Assemble as shown.

On a soft mat with the flowers face down, gently stroke the petals outward-in with a large ball stylus to create dimension.

Then flip the flowers face up and "stir" the centers while pressing into the soft mat.

Layering elements as desired. I popped up the Celebrate tag with foam tape.

Keep on layering and having fun!

And don't forget the inside. Here I've used more Café Parisian papers (love those cherries!) and used Stampin' Up's soon-to-be-released "Labels to Love" stamp and Everyday Label Punch. Contact your Stampin' Up demonstrator September 1st to get yours.

What a fun card to create! Simple, right? So my question to YOU is do you make your own cards? If so, do you get together with friends or make them on your own?

I hope you've enjoyed my tute today. Not able to find Graphic 45 products in your local stores? 

Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kits are now available!


Quick Sunday Hello!

Just wanted to let you know I've listed seven different kits in my Etsy shop today. For a quick view, check my KITS tab at the top of this blog. To go straight to my Etsy shop to read all the details and costs, go here.

I'll be back in a few days with a fun card I'm working on this afternoon!

Enjoy your Sunday! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tutorial and Kits update

Hello everyone! I'm back from my Seattle trip and had a fabulous time teaching at Running with Scissors in Kent, Washington. I also spent time with fellow crafty friends, Ginger Ropp and Maggi Harding, visiting the Graphic 45 office in Portland, Oregon. Something I've been dreaming of for a while now. If you follow Graphic 45 on Facebook, you may have seen the Facebook Live we did last Friday. It was GREAT fun! You can still view it here if you like. Just scroll to Friday, August 11th.

I'll be sharing a video not only of the Running With Scissors shop, but also some great peeks at the Graphic 45 office and lots of fun photos and videos of my trip around Portland and Seattle. So hang in there for that soon.

Today I just wanted to let you know that I have posted my Enchanted Forest Box and Album Tutorial today. It's listed under the Tutorial tab at the top of this blog. There you'll see details and a link to my Etsy shop.

In the coming days, I'll be posting KITS! Yes, I've got just a handful of kits left over from my Graphic 45 teaching tour this year. If you follow my blog, you've seen all the fun classes I've offered. There is a very limited number of these, so if you like what you see, grab 'em up quick before they're gone!

The best way to know when I post kits is to "favorite" my shop on Etsy, or you can subscribe to my blog in the upper right corner, OR you can check my blog every day. Note: The subscribe option is great because it goes to your e-mail inbox, however it is delayed almost 24 hours from the time I post, which means by the time it gets to your inbox, it could already be sold out.

So I recommend "favoriting" my Etsy Shop, and you'll get a notice as soon as I list something new.

Just go here to make my shop a favorite.

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Tour of the Fabulous Scraporium!

Hello and welcome to another awesome scrapbook store tour. I recently taught three fun Graphic 45 classes at Scraporium located near Tampa, Florida, just a few hours from home. As you'll see as we stroll the aisles, it's a small store totally PACKED with everything you could dream of for your crafting and scrapbooking needs. And they have a large classroom where they host various classes for all levels of crafters. I hope you take a moment to watch this brief video. Enjoy!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Patriotic Banner Tutorial with French Country

A patriotic banner using Graphic 45's French Country collection? Sure, why not. I've got a fun and easy tutorial today in Snapguide, just in time for the 4th of July. This banner will stay up throughout the Summer in our home, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Here's the tutorial below. I hope you have a moment to check it out. Happy 4th to my fellow Americans!

Check out How to Make a Vintage Patriotic Banner by Annette Green on Snapguide.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Upcoming Classes: Tampa and Seattle!

I'll be finishing out the Summer with two upcoming weekends of classes. First up is Scraporium in Tampa, FL (one of my favorite Florida stores) where I will be teaching three classes the weekend of July 14, 15 and 16.

Friday July 14th evening: Guests can choose between Midnight Masquerade or Vintage Hollywood collections to make this useful Card & Tag Station.

Saturday, July 15th all day, we'll create this interactive and beautiful Portrait of a Lady 8" x 10" album filled with lovely imagery, envelopes, pull-outs, pockets and tags.

Sunday, July 16th all day, we'll create this fun and whimsical Olde Curiosity Shoppe chunky square tag and pocket album with matchbook box to store it in.

Please contact Denise directly at Scraporium to sign up for your spot, or for a take-home kit. My kits are always pre-cut, sorted neatly in organized bags, along with full step-by-step instructions with sharp color photos. All you need is adhesives and a few basic crafting tools.


And if you're over on the west coast of the U.S., I'll be teaching at Running With Scissors in Kent, WA (near Seattle) Saturday August 12th.  Fellow Graphic 45 Special Project Designer Maggi Harding and I will each offer a special class just for this store!

In the afternoon, we'll create my fun Master Detective briefcase and mini tag album. Lots of fun elements in this paper collection to play with, and loads of metal adornments to give it an authentic, vintage feel. This can be used for Halloween photos, as a special masculine gift, a memento from a mystery dinner party, or for that Sherlock Holmes fan in your life, just to name a few ideas.

In the evening, Maggi will teach this lovely layout trio using a variety of beautiful Graphic 45 collections. Maggi is a master at layouts, flowers, and gorgeous layering! This is class you won't want to miss. So, be sure to sign up quickly before these great classes fill up. Space is limited! Check their website for all the details, pricing, and supply lists first, then contact Running With Scissors to reserve your spot.

Hope to see you at one of these classes this Summer!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Take a Tour of the Fabulous Scrapbook Store and More

Now that I'm settled back home for a bit, I've composed another video tour of my latest teaching gig at The Scrapbook Store and More in Greenfield, Wisconsin right outside of Milwaukee. This fabulously huge, delightful store is one not to miss if you're in the Milwaukee area. Christine Slak, the owner, knows her stuff when it comes to not only stocking and marketing her wonderful store, but she's also a creative person; something you don't always see in scrapbook store owners. She often designs and teaches her own projects at the shop.

Many wonderful teachers come to her store, including but not limited to Eileen Hull, Dyan Reaveley and Frank Garcia. Therefore, I was honored to be invited to teach my Graphic 45 classes here after meeting Christine at Creativation 2017 (formerly CHA, the Craft and Hobby Association show in January). It was a full weekend packed with creativity. Christine was very accommodating and her customers were enthusiastic and so friendly! I hope you have time to enjoy this peek into this fantastic store...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Vintage Hollywood Masculine Pop-up Card Especially for Jeff

Hi again everyone. I've got a masculine-style card on the Graphic 45 blog especially for Jeff Filimoehala of the Graphic 45 family, who is celebrating his birthday today. I've provided a tutorial so you can try one yourself, so I hope you get a chance to check it out. Here's a peek below...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Master Detective Briefcase and Mini Tag Album

Graphic 45's new Spring releases are now in stores! This includes the fun "Master Detective" collection (think Sherlock Holmes meets Halloween) and fan-favorite "French Country" in the form of a Deluxe Collector's Edition. I thought I'd share a quick video of my first creation with Master Detective above. I'll be teaching this at Running With Scissors  Kent, Washington this August with my pal Maggi Harding who will also be teaching a fantastic layout class. (Click on my calendar tab above for info and links).

Friday, May 19, 2017

Portrait of a Lady Elegant All-Occasion Card

Good Friday morning all. I took some "me time" yesterday to create a pretty card with Graphic 45's Portrait of a Lady 12" x 12" Patterns & Solids collection. As I've said before, this is my year to use up what I have and try to resist always buying new. So I'm happy to say this card is a great representation of my goals. The only new product used was the paper collection itself. Everything else was already in my stash.

The card measures 5" x 7", my go-to size for card making. I've incorporated Cricut cuts for those doily elements you see in the background (square is from Anna's Elegant Embellishments, round is from Close to my Heart's Artiste) and added pretty buttons (oh, I have SO SO many buttons) and shabby chic elements like the key and brad from Graphic 45.

I tend to buy buttons all the time, whether I have a project in mind or not. So I have TONS of buttons in my stash. These came from my local Hobby Lobby. 

And like many of you, I also have tons of ribbon. I used a golden, sheer wired ribbon here and affixed the stamped tag with ivory waxed twine. The stamp and tag are from PaperTreyInk. Very old, but classic!

The tiny leafy branch die is from Elizabeth Craft Designs. And that big, beautiful flower is from Petaloo, my favorite place to get the BEST flowers.

Another great way to use up papers and scraps is to decorate the inside of the cards you make. This one is very simple, but I was happy to use up the scraps and add this old Hampton Art stamp of a pretty teapot.

So that's just a quick share today. Thanks for popping in and have a fabulous weekend!