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...

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


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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!



Friday, May 12, 2017

Take a tour of Palette & Paper of Indianapolis

I'm back from teaching at Palette & Paper in Indianapolis, and what a wonderful weekend it was. All went smoothly, the store was delightful, and the students were all so incredibly kind. Paul accompanied me on this trip and was able to spend time with an old friend while I was busy. He also scoped out downtown. So after my classes were over we stayed at The Alexander for two nights and explored the city while also enjoying our 25th anniversary! It was a great weekend.

I wanted to share a little video I created on my phone of Palette & Paper so you could experience what a quaint and delightful shop it is. The owner, Mare Mullineaux, is so sweet and accommodating and her store feels like a cozy home for friends to gather. Her husband Bill has helped with many handy fixtures in the spacious classroom. I hope you can get a sense of it from this video.





As we all know, shops like these have been disappearing over the years so it's important to remember that it's up to US as customers to support our local stores to keep them open. Sure the local craft store has coupons, and it's "easy" to simply order online, but it's the Mom & Pop stores like Palette & Paper that carry the specialty items for us. Products like Graphic 45, Stampers Anonymous, Prima and so much more.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Indianapolis, here I come!

For weeks I've been prepping for upcoming classes. I used to think it was the glamorous life to travel teach, but it's a lot of work! You've got to be on the ball (ahead of the ball really. But it's always fun to teach in new stores and get to meet new Graphic 45 fans.

Now I'm wrapping up all the details for my first teaching gig of the year (...had to cancel Canada. Long story.) in Indianapolis next weekend at Palette & Paper. Paul will be joining me on this trip since it's our anniversary weekend. He also has a college friend who lives there he can visit. So it should be a fun trip for both of us.

Palette & Paper is hosting a weekend of fun for National Scrapbook Day 2017 and I'm honored to part of the celebration! Friday evening, we'll be making this fun Midnight Masquerade treasure box.



Saturday we'll be making this big beautiful Portrait of a Lady album filled with interactive pages, pockets, pull-outs, and envelopes. What a special Mother's Day gift this would make! Or wedding, or birthday, or graduation...


Sunday afternoon, we'll create this lovely Nature Sketchbook mixed media album/planner. I've included ephemera cards, chipboard, die-cut flowers, policy envelopes and printed monthly pages to use as a calendar or planner. 


I've also got a cute make-n-take up my sleeve for the weekend. So if you're in the Indianapolis area and would like to join me, register with Palette & Paper QUICKLY, as there is limited space available for these classes. REGISTER HERE.


Thanks for popping in. I'll be sharing my travels with you on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter next weekend, so be sure to follow me! Links are in the righthand column of my blog.


Have a great week!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Crazy Dogs Happy Wishes Card

I've only played with my Crazy Dogs stamp set from Stampers Anonymous once. I love this set, but haven't made time to play with it until this past weekend. I wanted to make a super cheerful Easter card for a friend, and incorporate the new Distress Oxides too. So today I thought I'd share how I made it...


First I got out my Distress Oxides and decided which colors I'd like to use. Then I cut a 6 3/4" x 4 3/4" piece of Ranger Mixed Media Cardstock. After smooshing the colors onto my non-stick craft mat (directly from the open ink pads) and spritzing them with water until I got nice beads, I then dipped and tapped my cardstock into the colors, moving around a bit and taking a peek each time I lifted it. Notice I said dip and tap. I've found Oxides give them best effect if I just softly dip and tap around into the colors. Once I was happy, I heated it dry with my Heat-it tool.


I grabbed two more colors (darker ones this time) and repeated the steps. 


After looking at it, I decided to add more Worn Lipstick (my current favorite Oxide) and then I was happy.


To fill in those open spaces, I stenciled more Worn Lipstick here and there. I love this new Ornate stencil from Stampers Anonymous. It's so pretty.


Next, I stamped these cuties from the Crazy Dogs set using Jet Black Archival ink onto the same Mixed Media Cardstock then fussy cut each one out. I used my water brush and my new Transparent Watercolours by Talens. They are so intense and easy to work with, and the water brush is neater than a paintbrush and cup of water. I enjoyed coloring and shading all these fun pieces. You'll notice I also stamped some accessories for my dogs from the Crazy Things stamp set.


Putting a hat on a dog is never easy, but a snip or two with my scissors was all I needed to get my hat around those puppy ears.


Same goes with this guy's hat. Doesn't that bow tie look so cute too?


Now the fun of layering everyone onto the card.


I used foam tape to pop up my two outer doggies.


I added Happy Wishes to the top left of the card, but it didn't seem to stand out enough...


...so I went in with a gray marker and created some shadows to help it out.


This card just makes me smile, it's so goofy and crazy and fun.


I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial. Have a great week and thanks for popping in!


                                       
                                       







Thursday, April 6, 2017

Strawberry Box Card

Time for some more Cricut fun! I totally love SVGCuts.com projects, and found this cute strawberry box card on their site in the Box Cards SVG Kit. I purchased the kit a few weeks ago. (You may remember the St. Patrick's Day box card I posted here.) I like to spend my spare time either art journaling or creating a fun, easy Cricut project like this. Two very different things, but both creative outlets.

I love using Graphic 45 papers for my Cricut projects, because - duh - they make the BEST papers in the industry. Here I've used an older collection, Time to Celebrate. Such a cheery, bright collection perfect for Spring, birthdays, or anything happy! This little strawberry box card was so fun and easy to make, I just had to share.



I simply downloaded the SVG file to my computer then imported it into Design Space and started cutting all the pieces. I used Poppy cardstock from Close To My Heart for the box pieces, plus I cut the box pieces a second time with a Topiary green cardstock. You'll see why in a moment.


Assembly is easy. And SVGCuts supplies a tip sheet with every file. I love to print them out in color and keep them in a notebook for future reference. Here I've begun to adhere the papers to the box.


Then flipped it over for the flaps that'll show from the top of the box.



I used the Topiary green cardstock pieces as my base for my insert panel assembly, then layered the Poppy cardstock handle in place, along with all the strawberries and leaves.


The white flowers are next with a dot of yellow from my Pearl Paint Pen. I set that aside to dry while I had some lunch.


After all the papers were on the box, I assembled it. 


Then it's just a matter of bending the insert panels on the score lines and adhering them in place. SVGCuts includes the numbers 1 - 5 on the cuts so you get them in the right order, working front to back. They make it super simple!


I grabbed a coordinating chipboard tag and stamped my sentiment, then adhered it to the front of the box. It all came together in less than 2 hours. The whole thing folds flat and fits into an envelope, which, of course, is also included in the SVG file. Gotta love that.


Thanks for popping in. I'd love to know if YOU use a cutting machine like a Cricut, Silhouette, etc? I hardly ever used my Cricut machine for the first few years, but now that the Explore is wireless and I can control my designs in Design Space, I find that I use it all the time.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Artsy Card with Dina Wakley Media

A dear friend of mine who has been in remission for many years recently learned she has cancer again. It hurts my heart so. As a friend, what can I do? I remember she told me once how she loved getting cards during the most difficult times so I created a special, artsy card this morning using only paints, inks, stamps and stencils. No flowers, no ribbon, just art. I hope it brightens her day just a little. Let me share how I made it. A complete product list is at the end of the post.


My finished card measures 4 3/4" x 6".


Begin by squeezing a few colors onto a Gelli Plate. I love Dina Wakley Media heavy-body acrylic paints.


Spread the colors with a brayer just enough to blend, not mix completely, then use a painter's comb like this, or any other texture tool to make a pattern in the paint.


Cut a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Mixed Media Cardstock and press one into the Gelli Plate (left photo). If you're happy, stop. I wanted a lighter, more artsy look, so I spritzed the Gelli Plate with water and pressed a second piece of cardstock into it. (right photo) This is better!


Squeeze paint onto a non-stick craft sheet and use a blending foam tool to lightly pick up some color. Gently blend the color through a stencil along the right edge of the cardstock. I used Stampers Anonymous Flourish stencil.


Repeat with another color and stencil in the upper left corner. I used Dina Wakley's Four Women stencil.


Stamp an image and sentiment with Jet Black Archival ink. This fun stamp is from Dina's Fashion Forward set. I found this at my local Hobby Lobby!


If desired, paint in the girl. I painted only her skin because I liked the texture and color behind her clothes. I had some leftover paint on my craft sheet so I brushed some onto a stamp from Dina's Texture set and stamped it below the face.


On another piece of cardstock I brushed dry strokes of the paint colors left over on my craft sheet. This will be for the inside of my card.


Stencil some hearts with a bold color. I did this on the inside as well. Also, I cut a wavy piece from my original Gelli print for the sentiment inside. Nothing goes to waste!


Stamp images in the lower left corner, if desired, and inside your card. I used Watering Can Archival ink for my flowers. These are from Stampers Anonymous new Flower Jar set. I also layered some pale pink stamping from the Textures stamp set in various areas.


The middle of my card seemed a little empty so I punched some flowers out of the original Gelli print and adhered them flat. I also went over the stamped lady with my Fude Ball pen where I had painted over those lines earlier.


I mounted both the front and the inside pieces to a compatible pink cardstock (Smoothie, from Close To My Heart) then adhered that unit to a black card.


Here's the finished card once again. Now I'm off to make an envelope and pop this in the mail.

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you have a fabulous day!