Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Ephemera Queen Double Mini Album

Have you seen Graphic 45's new "Ephemera Queen" collection? It's colorful, playful, and perfect for so many occasions: Birthday, Anniversary, Women, Friends, Girls, and so much more. It's such a happy collection, I had to dig into it right away and create this fun double mini album using two of the Graphic 45 ATC Tag & Pocket albums to create one big album in a gatefold style. The best part? I've created a tutorial so YOU can make one too. Just check out the video below, then gather your Graphic 45 goodies and get started. You can find everything you need here.

Here's the video tutorial. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

New layered flower and pizza box dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

It's time for another Elizabeth Craft Designs group post and our current theme is FLOWERS! Perfect timing, too, since ECD has just released eight new flower dies and this wonderful pizza box. Be sure to hop over to their shop and check them all out. They are really fun to layer up and make your own beautiful bouquets. Several designers have created flower projects as well, so be sure to check those out on the blog today. For me, I'm sharing a little tutorial on how I created my flowers and this wonderful gift box, perfect for Fall time.

I've featured the Florals 4 die. First, die cut the three flower pieces three times from white cardstock, like Soft Finish Cardstock (see product links below). For my flowers, I wanted a Fall feel, so I used warm colors. Blend a honey-yellow ink to the outside edges of each.

Using a smaller blending tool, blend a medium orange in the centers and work your way a little to blend the two colors.

Using an even smaller blender, or a cotton swab like I did, blend some red to the centers of the smallest petal pieces, then to the outer edges of all the pieces.

Using the same type of coloring method, blend color onto the buds and the leaves. I like to always use at least two tones of a color rather than just one, as you can see in the green leaves.

To really give that Fall feel, add a bit of red ink to the leaves.

Onto a cushioned mat, lay the flower petals face down and "stir" with a large ball stylus. If you don't have one, you can use a small spoon to get a similar effect. Your goal is to soften the paper fibers and make little "crinkles" on the outer edges.

Flip the flower face up and repeat. It really starts to look like a real flower petal.

Shape the remaining pieces in the same manner. If desired, you can use a red marker to draw in some lines to the flower centers. Add a center to each flower using whatever you have on hand. I used an adhesive pearl for mine. Pearl drops are great too, or glitter, or a large bead.

Die cut the pizza box and the pieces shown here. (There are even more pieces to play with in this set!) I used the Worn Wood paper collection for my box and a burnt orange cardstock.

Assemble the box and layer up the detail pieces. I used foam tape for added dimension, and of course inked all my edges with a dark brown ink.

Now you can adhere your flowers, buds and leaves how you like!

I guarantee once you make one, you'll want to make a bunch! Wouldn't this be a great little teacher gift, or hostess gift for Thanksgiving?

Thanks for stopping by, and remember, comments are disabled on the ECD blog, so be sure to leave your comments here instead. Here's a list and links to all the products I used today. Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Prize pack winner announced!

Hello again my crafty friends. Today is the day I announce my blog prize winner from our special Birthday Blog Hop last week for Ginger Ropp, aka "My Sisters Scrapper". Thank you all for helping us celebrate Ginger's special day. You sure showed a LOT of love!

By random number generator, after inputting the number of comments, my winner 

of the Fashion Forward prize pack is...

Congrats Francy, from Oklahoma!

Francy, please email me at AnnetteMGreen@gmail.com with your mailing address so I can ship your prize pack off today.

Don't forget to also check in with Ginger, Kathy and Ginny on their blogs this week as they will also be announcing winners.

Here are their links again:




Friday, September 4, 2020

A Very Special Birthday Blog Hop

It's a special day today as we are celebrating our crafty friend Ginger Ropp who is turning 65 today! Please join me, Kathy Clement, and Ginny Nemchak as well as Ginger herself as we each share a fun birthday-themed creation via a Birthday Blog Hop. All YOU have to do is leave us a comment on our blogs (and subscribe if you haven't already), wish Ginger a Happy Birthday, and then you'll be entered to win a give-away from each of us by random draw. I'll be announcing the winner on Tuesday, the 8th here and on my social media.

Ginny (Polly's Paper Studio)

Kathy (Kathy by Design)

Ginger (My Sisters Scrapper)

I created this super cute Double Gatefold Barn card for Ginger using Lori Whitlock's SVG file as described in the assembly video below.

I made additional barnyard cuties, grass, sunflowers and did some stamping to make it extra special. It's such an easy and fun card to create, so be sure to check out the video with some assembly tips PLUS bonus photos of Ginger and me at the end. (We've known each other quite a while now!)

Don't forget to leave a comment, wish Ginger a Happy Birthday, then visit the other designers and do the same. My give-away is a Fashion Forward Prize Pack! I'll draw a winner next Tuesday, the 8th.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Greenville Planner - Make new friends and keep the old

It's Planner time again and today I'm sharing some more of my documented pages from our move to Greenville, South Carolina. We're officially residents with driver's licenses, vehicle and voter registrations! We've begun hosting our first visitors from Florida and are making new friends as well, and that's what my pages are all about today. You can find all the details and steps on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today, so be sure to hop over and check it out.

The ECD blog still isn't allowing comments, so feel free to come on back and leave your comments here after visiting them. I've included the list of supplies I used below as well as on their blog for your convenience. I hope you enjoy!