Monday, April 20, 2020

Little Birdie Crafts Haul and LOTS of Projects

If you've never heard of Little Birdie Crafts, I'm here to educate you today. I've received a wonderful haul of goodies from this fabulous company and I challenged myself to create as many things as I could with all of it. A mini album, 3 spiral notebooks, a boxed card set, cards, and some super cute birdhouses and I still have some stuff left over to play with! Check 'em out below, then take a peek at my video of all the great products I used and a closer look at each project. Since I'm in the middle of moving, I've be listed everything I've created in my Etsy Shop now.








To get your own Little Birdie Crafts goodies, simply go here.
Be sure to use my coupon code: Annette5 to save on your purchases!
Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you are staying safe, healthy and happy.





Friday, April 10, 2020

DIY Blending Brush Holder

I've had an idea for storing my blending brushes for some time now and have finally gotten around to completing it. With us moving soon, I'm happy I took the time to get this done. This is a simple DIY project you can complete in an afternoon. And it would work nicely with any tools or brushes you like to keep organized in front of you on your work table.

The possibilities are endless for customizing your own by using different paint, washi tape and perhaps some other clever base. 

I've created a video of my process, the materials I used, and some things I learned along the way. I hope you have a moment to check it out. If you try it, I'd love to hear about it, so be sure to come back and let me know here or tag me on social media. As always, my links to all my social media are here in the righthand column of my blog.



Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Greenville Planner - Selling Our Home

It's Greenville Planner time again and boy oh boy, it's incredible that we are actually moving forward in our moving plans during this whole Covid-19 pandemic. The very first viewers of our house have made an offer and we're in the process now of going through all the necessary steps to close by the end of April. I've been documenting our progress and have a new layout to share today over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with lots more photos and details there.

To extend the space needed for more journaling, I've added this fun fold-out with a pocket and some journaling tags. It's super easy and a great way to sort of hide your private thoughts while also trying to document them. I share the dimension and details on the ECD blog too.


Here's a list below of everything I've used for this layout. The list is also located at the end of my full post on the ECD blog. Thanks for stopping by!





Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Easter Gift Bag and Cute Tag


Easter is a little over a week away and–since we're all stuck at home–why not make up some fun Easter goodies? I've created this super cute gift bag with coordinating Happy Easter tag using Elizabeth Craft Designs dies and stamps, and sharing a brief tutorial below. I'm joined with several other designers over on the ECD blog today, so be sure to hop over there and check out even more ideas.

Take a look at the easy steps to make this yourself then scroll to the end for a complete list and links to all the products I've used.


I've used bright and cheerful papers from Graphic 45's Time To Celebrate collection. First, die cut the tag shown (Planner Essentials 4) several times from different papers. I used ivory cardstock for the base of mine, and trimmed 5/8" off the bottom of the peach polka-dot tag. Die cut three flower-shaped hole reinforcers (Planner Essentials Reinforcement Variety Pack). The mint colored piece measures 2 5/16" x 2 1/2". Die cut the word Easter (Planner Essentials 23) saving the bits from the E's and the A.


Layer the pieces onto your base tag, gluing the bits from the E's and A into place. Stamp the word Happy (CS091 Spring Sentiments) above Easter.


To help the word Easter stand out better, I drew a drop shadow with a fine point Sharpie pen.


Die cut the bunny's head and the carrot (1459 Bunny) and shade the pieces as desired with inks then assemble and adhere with dimensional foam tape to pop them up. I've added another flower hole reinforcement to the top of this tag and tie two strands of waxed ivory twine.


Die cut the rose (Planner Essentials 6) from two different coordinating papers. 


Onto a piece of ivory cardstock, adhere the outline shape first, then fill in the inside pieces. Trim out the rose leaving a 1/8" border.


Create a simple gift bag. There are several ways to do this. I've used Lori Whitlock's Gift Bag SVG file, but you could also use the Gift Bag Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers, make your own from cardstock. Here's a great tutorial if you need one. Or you can always use an existing bag and decorate it how you like.


I've added these plaid accent pieces to dress up the bag further and to give it more stability.


Attach your rose and tag to the front of the bag, add ribbons for handles and you're done! You may notice I've added more of those flower shaped hole reinforcers to my bag. It just dresses things up even more.


Thanks for checking it out. Don't forget to check out the other designers' ideas over on the ECD blog today.


Here are the links to all the goodies I used on my project:






Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Fruit and Flora Unique Z-fold Card Set and Gift Box


Hello everyone. I hope you're all doing okay, staying safe and making the most of the current situation. I personally have never done so much card making and crafting in my life as I have the past two weeks! It keeps me sane, it keeps me calm, and makes me feel super good inside.

Today I've got a tutorial to share with you for some pretty cards and matching gift box. The cards are created with a twist on the traditional Z-fold technique so I hope you check it out and give it a try. Simply watch my video below for all the info. Thanks for stopping in. Have the best day you can.