Get Inspired by Annette Green!
Welcome to Day 2 of our National Craft Month Design Team interviews! Today, we get an in depth look at Annette Green's love for crafting and creating. Annette is such an incredible designer, and we know you will love to get to know her better!
An Interview with Annette Green
1. Why do you craft?
Because I LOVE to make things with my hands and I love the sense of productiveness in it. Oftentimes when in need of something, I don’t run to the store. I first think to myself, “Can I make it myself?” There’s so much satisfaction that comes from that, plus it’s just plain fun to make stuff! I get lost in this wonderful world of creativity and think of nothing outside of what I’m doing in that moment. Pure bliss!
2. What do you feel is your crafting forte - cards, minis, altered art, layouts, etc.?
While I LOVE altering items and making mini albums, I guess my forte is cards. I like the small scale and therefore sense of gratification in completing one in a short amount of time. And they make people so happy! (Just ask my mom. She gets all my very best cards and keeps every single one.)
3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?
I’m constantly inspired by other designers, and projects I see on blogs and Pinterest. If I’m ever feeling “dry” I just scroll through Pinterest for a good hour and then I feel recharged and ready to go!
I don’t need much motivation to be creative, but deadlines usually help. I live in my craft room all day every day but I’m a bit of a procrastinator. In some weird way, I thrive under pressure, so deadlines are great for me.
4. What do you do with your projects once they’re complete?
Because I like to keep things fresh and festive around my home, I change out my decor items around the house according to season, so I use my creations for this oftentimes. Other projects I give away as gifts or blog give-aways, or for fundraisers. And some items are permanent fixtures in my home. My favorite is my vintage kitchen display using French Country.
5. What is the funniest craft disaster you’ve ever had?
While I’ve never had an actual craft disaster, I’ve had plenty of things go wrong during a class I was teaching. Recently, I demoed a technique with a stencil and blending solution and when I lifted away the stencil for the big reveal, nothing had happened. I tried it two more times and still nothing. I finally starting swearing like a sailor, and got a huge laugh. Another one happened when I was teaching a class and walked over to grab my large craft tote which I had packed with TONS of tools, supplies, pens--you name it--and in my rush, only grabbed one of the two handles and every single item poured out all over the floor in front of everyone. I simply looked down, looked up at everyone and did my best “Ta-da!”
We love it! "Ta-da" is the best response. Thanks for sharing with us your crafting "bliss", Annette!
Now, Annette shares with us one of her crafting forte projects - a gorgeous Time to Celebrate card! She even has a tutorial for this beautiful card. Love this!
Time To Celebrate is my current go-to collection for creating all occasion handmade cards. So when I needed a wedding card, I knew right where to look. Since I like to ink distress the papers’ edges on everything I create, I found a great match of inks for the minty greens and deep peachy pinks in this collection. And with the help of the beautiful cut-aparts and chipboard, there was no need for stamping at all. My Snapguide tutorial shares a stenciling technique over pattern paper that really adds depth and dimension.
1 Time To Celebrate 12 x 12 Signature Page
1 Time To Celebrate 12 x 12 Congratulations
1 Time To Celebrate 12 x 12 You’re Invited
1 Time To Celebrate 8 x 8 Party Perfect
1 Time To Celebrate 8 x 8 You’re Invited
1 Time To Celebrate 8 x 8 Let’s Get Together
1 Time To Celebrate 8 x 8 Congratulations
Time To Celebrate 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids
Time To Celebrate Chipboard 1
Seam binding ribbon
Inks: Ranger’s Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio
Marker: Cracked Pistachio
Stencil: Stampers Anonymous “Flourish”
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We are so glad you joined us to get to know Annette better. She's so fabulous! Join us tomorrow for more interviews, more tutorials, and more fun!
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