Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Graphic 45's new "Dreamland" collection

Today is Day 3 of the new Graphic 45 Summer releases and it's all about "Dreamland." Talk about dreamy! This collection is filled with beautiful blues and golden yellows and the imagery is fabulous. Sweet little children in jammies, tiny fairies, winged unicorns, child mermaids and mystical sailboats make this a very versatile collection for Baby, Children, Fantasy, or Birthday themes just to name a few.

Graphic 45 fans will be reminded of Mother Goose, Once Upon a Springtime and Fairie Dust in this precious collection, but with a different mix of colors. I created this fun home decor piece with a mini album tucked inside. Wouldn't this be great displayed in a child's bedroom? I've taken the ATC Matchbook Box and transformed it into a base and housing for the ATC Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album, then added a custom lid for the top. Ribbon and springy gold twine add to the dreamy feel.

Adding the Metal Ornate Corners and the Clawfeet to the base takes this piece to the next level as a home decor piece. You can even paint the metal pieces if you want a lighter feel.

I popped some sequins and little stars onto the front of my matchbook box to give it even more of a dreamy feel. And as you can see, the mini album fits inside and shows through the opening perfectly!

Just lift the custom lid and pull out the album.

I love the small size of this album. Perfect for popping in small photos and some journaling.

This collection releases this September, but you can win it before you can buy it by going to Graphic 45's blog and other social media and leave a comment to be entered for the random drawing.

I will be listing a tutorial in my Etsy shop in a few weeks, but in the meantime you can start gathering your materials you'll need. Here's a list to help you out:

Graphic 45:
Dreamland 12 x 12 collection (to come!)
ATC Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album - Ivory 4501813
ATC Matchbook Box - Ivory 4501814
Ornate Metal Corners 4501810
Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies 4501687
Antique Brass Metal Door Plates & Knobs 4501295
Antique Brass Claw Feet 4501027

Ribbon and trims, May Arts
Cardstock: ivory, yellow and blue
White Chipboard

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Graphic 45's Le Romantique Returns!

Day 2 of Graphic 45's Summer Releases is under way! Today is all about the return of the classic collection called "Le Romantique." You can view all the papers, chipboard and stickers in this Deluxe Collector's Edition on the Graphic 45 blog today. Be sure to check out Sandi Nagel's gorgeous Folio Secretary. It's stunning! And don't forget to leave a comment on the Graphic 45 website, as well as their Facebook and Instagram so you can be entered to WIN it before you buy it!

I've created a vintage style Book Frame (shown above) with Le Romantique and am sharing a tutorial on how you can make your own. Scroll past the photos to watch my video. I hope you enjoy!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Life's a Journey - a new travel collection by G45!

Hello all, and welcome back. Ooooh, this is gonna be a good week for Graphic 45 fans! The new Summer 2019 releases are coming and Graphic 45 is showcasing them today, tomorrow and Wednesday on their blog. Today, it's all about the new travel-themed collection called "Life's A Journey." Be sure to check out their blog today for photos of all the papers in this collection, along with the coordinating stickers, chipboard, ephemera cards and NEW die-cut assortment!

You're gonna love the bold colors and vintage travel imagery in this fun collection. I like it because it's not all "matchy-matchy" but, rather, a fun and eclectic mix. I've got a tutorial for this too, so scroll down to the video to check that out. Meanwhile, here's some more photos of the details. Enjoy!

Monday, July 8, 2019

13th (and final) Holiday Workshop!

Hello everyone and Happy Monday to ya! It's already that time again where I announce open registration for my biggest, most popular class of the year. It's my 13th (and yes, final) Holiday Workshop. Final in the sense that I won't be hosting an actual "class" after this year, but certainly may continue to design the workshop and perhaps sell a tutorial. See, we're going through some transitioning here at the Green household, planning for a big change next year, and thus putting certain things on hold for a bit. Don't fret though, I will continue to create pretty things and share them all with you throughout the year.

For now here are the details of my Holiday Workshop, featuring all the goodies in Graphic 45's newest Christmas collection "Joy to the World."

13th Annual Holiday Workshop
Saturday, November 9th, 2019
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Viera Community Center
2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Viera, Florida 32940
$125 (includes lunch and all supplies)

We will enjoy a fun-filled day of creating along with holiday music, prize give-aways galore, bottled water and coffee, sweets, a delicious lunch from Panera Bread and a Grand Prize Give-Away straight from the generous folks at Graphic 45!

Everyone will make:
10 large greeting cards (2 each of 5 designs, with envelopes)
4 Large Gift Tags
20 Small Gift Tags
4 Gift Card Holders (2 each of 2 designs)
2 Three-Dimensional Treat/Gift Holders

Here are some fun ways you can earn raffle tickets for prizes:
Early Bird Sign-up (before seeing photos of the completed projects) = 10 Tickets!
Brand new attendee to my Holiday Workshop = 10 Tickets!
Bring a friend new to my Holiday Workshop = 5 Tickets!
Travel more than 20 miles to attend = 3 Tickets!
Wear holiday attire (shirt, sweater, hat, whatever) = 3 Tickets!
Bring a 2-liter bottle of soda to share = 3 Tickets!
Plus fun little games so you can win bonus tickets!

About the Area:
There are several affordable hotels in the area, so just Google the community center's address above. This year's location is surrounded by fabulous dining and shopping at the Avenue Viera, which includes Hobby Lobby and Michaels stores!

Will there be kits available if I can't attend?
Space is limited to the first 36 students this year. If the event doesn't fill, I will sell the remaining kits to those on the Kit Wish List. First come, first served. Simply e-mail me at to be put on the waiting list. 

How Can I Register For the Event?

E-mail me at and provide the following:

1. RSVP that you're attending, provide your first and last name, and e-mail address. 
(Each guest must RSVP for only themselves and not a group.)

2. Once I e-mail you back to confirm your spot, I will reply with directions on your payment options. All payments are due in full upon registration.

3. Pay for your registration according to my e-mail reply and then you're IN!

What do I need to bring?
All class materials are supplied and pre-cut. You'll simply need a few basic crafting tools and adhesive. Once you're successfully registered and paid, you'll receive e-mail updates with specifics as the event gets closer.

This is a super fun event and great time to create all your handmade goodies for the holiday season in one day. I hope you can join us this year! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. This will help others who might have the same question.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Lost in Paradise Paper Bag, Tag and Envelope Album Class

Happy Independence Day to those in the States! I hope everyone is having a great week and have some fun plans for your weekend. Summer is definitely here, so I thought it was the perfect time to share another great tropical-themed, Summery project made with Graphic 45's "Lost in Paradise" collection. I'll be teaching this project August 17th hosted by Cupcakes-n-Unicorns, so if you're in the Central Florida area and would like to join us, simply click the link below to sign up.

I'm calling this my Lost in Paradise Paper Bag, Tag and Envelope Album. Be sure to watch my video below to take a walk-through of the project and everything that went into it.

Paper bags make great pages for mini albums and so do envelopes!

Flat paper sacks are hinged inside as well to make for even more interactive fun.

Plenty of spaces and tuck spots for photos and journaling, this album will be perfect for Summer vacations, trips to the beach, a tropical holiday or for your cruise photos.

Saturday, August 17th • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Melbourne Community Church
3030 West New Haven Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32904

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Jamie wins prestigious Zankel Scholarship!

I keep telling our art student daughter Jamie "This is the Year of Jamie." Many of you who have followed me here for years know of Jamie and her talents and accomplishments. She currently is a rising senior at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida and her Junior year has truly been amazing and so full of opportunities.

Her most recent accomplishment may be the biggest yet. She recently received the prestigious Zankel Scholarship from the Society of Illustrators in New York City, after being nominated by her college professors and then selected from hundreds of students around the country.

You can read her story here about the experience...

Needless to say, we are pretty darn proud of this amazing kid of ours. She's truly a hard-working, talented individual who is going places. Not only did she win $10,000 toward her senior tuition, this has opened doors to so many opportunities and possibilities for her future. We can't wait to see what's next for Jamie.