Thursday, 31 October 2013

Farewell & Hello.....

It is with much sadness that we bid our old 
design team farewell. They have all been such great inspiration
 to us all & a great pleasure to work alongside. Thanks ladies for
 being such wonderful ambassadors for Green Tara.

It is with great excitement that we formally welcome our
NEW design team as well as some returning members too.
Our new team hails from all over the world & between
 them, they  bring so much talent & diversity.
They start showcasing their beautiful work, both here
 on the blog & facebook  in November.

So without further ado, please welcome the
Green Tara Design Team.

Jelissa Mei - Singapore

My name is Jelissa Mei and I hail from sunny Singapore where it's
summer nearly all year round. I work full-time as a forensics scientist 
and as a mother of two rowdy boys aged 1.5 and 3.5. I started
 out by taking photos when I scuba-dived and that evolved into to
 taking pictures of my sons when they were born. That was when
 I discovered scrapbooking as a unique and beautiful way of preserving 
those cherished childhood memories. I hope to make wedding gifts 
out of these creations to give to my boys one day, to remind them
 that they are precious and to hold on to the important things in life.

 Maria Featon - Australia

My name is Maria Featon & I am a wife and mother from lovely
 Southeast Queensland, Australia. I discovered scrapbooking when my
 daughter was born in 2008 and it quickly became an obsession!
 I loved it so much I went on to work in the papercrafting industry in
 various roles including retail management and teaching. I am now happily
 employed at The Scrap N Patch as a retail assistant and teacher of
scrapbooking, card making and mixed media classes. My style varies
 a bit, but the common theme is texture and dimension. I love the
 versatility of Green Tara products to suit my different creative moods.
It's a real honour to be joining the design team and I look forward to
 creating alongside such an inspirational group of ladies. 

 Pascale B. - France

"Hi, my name is Pascale. I'm live in France, near Tours, 
with my two teenagers. I started scrapbooking at the end 
of 2010.  One of my hobbies is photography and over the
 years I've taken a lot,  really a lot, of pictures, but they always
 stay in my computer.  I've always like handicraft. So scrapbooking is
 just a way to combine two of my hobbies. A way to express my 
creativity and to showcase my photos. Since I began to scrap, flowers are
 part of my layouts, and I gradually started to use mixed media as well. 
I don’t know how to define my own style,  perhaps something like
 free vintage shabby style could be a good definition.
 But it’s up to you to judge :) "

Sandrine Dawes - Australia

“My name is Sandrine, I am French but call Australia home, I live in 
Western Queensland in a little town called Roma.I have been 
scrapbooking for 6 years, it is a very important part of my life, it is a
 great creative release, I love creating memories of my family especially
 my children. 12×12 layouts and mini albums are my favourite things
 to create! My style is definitely shabby, love love love soft colours and
 designs, I love incorporating lots of different textures in my work.
 I also design for Scrapping Outack and Imaginarium Designs Chipboard.
 I am very proud and honoured being on the Green Tara Design Team!”

Shinobu Hiramatsu - Japan

Hello everyone!!
My name is Shinobu Hiramatsu.
I am so excited and happy to be here on the Green Tara Design team!!
I am 35 years old and I live in Chiba Japan with my 4 beautiful
children and wonderful husband.
I'm not good at English, but I am studying it with joy.
I discovered scrapbooking in 2006, but was unable to scrap so much
 because my physical condition was not good for three of my  pregnancies.
Now, I'm very well and addicted to scrapbooking so much!!
I love to use flowers, lace, trims and misting with some photos of my children.

Susan Longman - Australia

My name is Susan Longman and I am from Tasmania Australia.
 I am a SAHM that runs a couple home industries while  my children
 are at school. I am a professional face painter and I have a handmade
 embellishments business on FB.  I have always indulged in a creative
 past time and love that my artistic side is now something I can do fulltime.
I have 2 amazing children, Ashton my boy who is 9 and Eve my daughter
who is 71/2. They are my whole life and the subject of almost all of
 my layouts. My man, Rob and I have been together 12 years and he is
 amazing about my love for this craft and supports me in every part of it,
 including my spending. I am really excited to be on the Green Tara DT
 and look forward to sharing my creation using their gorgeous products.

 Ulrika Blomfelt - Sweden

My name is Ulrika Blomfelt aka LillBlomman.  If I translate LillBlomman
 into English it kind of means Small Flower. I live close to Stockholm, 
Sweden’s capital, with my hubbie Anders, my son Viggo and our dog Molle. 
When I´m not in my studio I love to take care of my family, home and garden.
  I started scrapbooking in April 2006 and love it more and more each day.
 I feel the best when I get to create a few moments each day in my studio
 I love everything about Scrapbooking and all that comes along with it. 
I am a scrapbooker who creates in all genres as alter, layouts,
 cards and mixed-media. I like to set my creativity free and always
 learn more and develop in my art.
I´m really looking forward to working  with all lovely products from
 Green Tara and being a part of this talented Design Team!

Di Garling - Australia
Design Team Co Ordinator

Hi my name is Di Garling. I am married to a very patient man, I have
two grown up sons & unfortunately I am now an empty nester.
 I own a Scrapbook shop called "Di's Scrapbooks" located on
 the sunny Central Coast of NSW in Australia at a place called
The Entrance, where I teach both scrapbooking & cardmaking.
 I do a lot of the design work for my shop too which I started back
in  2006.  I think I am obsessed with all things paper. I am also
Design Team Co ordinator for 2 Crafty Chipboard, so my
life is pretty busy, & I wouldn't have it any other way.
 I have been  DT Co ordinator for Green Tara for two & a half years
 & I am so happy to be back again to hopefully inspire you.

Jan Rankine - Australia

Hello everyone - my name is Janece Rankine, usually known as Jan.
 I live on the Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia with my
daughter and grandson and a Chihuahua who thinks she is a Great Dane.
 I also have two sons and another two grandchildren. I love scrapbooking
 and I teach classes as well as being on the Design Team at
 Di's Scrapbook Shop at The Entrance.   I've been on the
Green Tara Design Team for a couple of terms now and I love
working with their beautiful products.  I've dabbled in lots of craft over
 the years - at the moment I'm into Parchment Craft as well as scrapbooking
 and a little bit of cardmaking. Off The Page projects fascinate me
 as well. I'm looking forward to sharing my work and interests
 with you in the future.

Linda Thompson - Australia

Hi my name is Linda, I married my soul mate in 1997 and
we have 8 children 2yrs to 20ys with only one boy.
 We also have a 1yr old grandson.
We live in NSW Australia and I'm a SAHM. I have been
 scrapping for 9yrs. After the birth of a very premature baby,
a friend took me to a class to take my mind of my sick daughter,
after that I was addicted.  In those 8yrs I have had the pleasure
 to be on the Green Tara DT for 3yrs along with several other
 Design Teams. I have been lucky enough to have a supportive
partner who helped me own my own scrapbooking store for 6yrs.
 I used to only do pages but have recently discovered I really enjoy
altered art and OTP items too. I would have to say I am addicted
 to flowers & chipboard.  I love to use inks & mists on just about
 everything I do. With 7 girls just about all my pages etc are very
 girly but now with a new grandson I can finally throw some
 boyish things in there too, but I do hope he likes flowers!!!
I am excited to be continuing with Green Tara and look
forward to sharing my inspiration with you all.

Rachael Funnell - Australia

Hi there, my name is Rachael Funnell & I am 36 years young......
 I live on the outskirts of Cowra  NSW Australia with my wonderful 
husband Jason.  I have  been with this amazing man  for 18years now 
& together we run a small business..... We have two beautiful children,
 Ethan (almost 11) & Chloee (9)..... Just like you, I am addicted to 
scrapbooking. I started just over 5 years ago & am still loving it!!
 I am super happy  to be staying on for another term & hope I can 
inspire you with all the Green Tara goodness that they have to offer.... x

Well there you have the NEW Green Tara Design Team.
Stay tuned & prepare to be impressed when these
talented ladies work their magic with our beautiful products.

Until next time
Green Tara

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

My Farewell Projects by Mistra Hoolahan

Today I have to share with you my very last posts as a member
 of the Green Tara Design Team.

Our gorgeous goddaughter stopped with us a few days on her way
down south, and again on her way back home, and as always it
was so wonderful to see her.  Unfortunately like all 16yo girls,
trying to get a photo of her is near impossible, so when I get
 some they become my treasures!

This layout was a quick snap of Kel an her… Kel as always
 being a total goose, and Courtney trying to best to tolerate him.

"Love these Two"
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I adore this Sage Satin Rosette, the colour is most divine and was 
perfect for these papers.  I felt the shape of it also would be a 
lovely compliment to the Cogs I've used on the layout.

The white flower clusters soften the cog clusters...

I have used the Flat Petals under the flowers and cogs as it
 emulates the teeth on the cogs...


I started this layout wayyyy back in February this year… and I just
couldn't quite get it happening.  This weekend gone I pulled it out
again and it all came together so easily.  Just goes to show that
sometimes it's best to just walk away and try again later!


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The one part of the layout that was working for me were the
Green Tara flowers.  I had chosen my favourite Cherry Blossoms,
Sakura, flat Petals, Roses and a Moss Wild Rose.

The White Flower Lace Ribbon helped add just that little more white to
 balance the layout.  This lace is very versatile, it can be layered, used
 as is or cut up to add tiny accents.


For my very last share I decided to make a sweet little gift box topped
 with some beautiful flowers and my favourite ribbon.

"Gift Box"
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I edged the lid of the box with Silver Diamante Trim, adding some
 elegance to the box and tying in the silver butterfly charm
and foil pattern on the paper.

The lovely lavender and lilac tones worked so well together…

It has truly been an honour to have been a part of this wonderful team
 for the last few years… I still remember my absolute excitement when 
I received the phone call asking me to join the team.  It really was a 
dream come true!  Thank you Alison and Di for everything, it has been 
a fabulous experience working with such quality products, and people!  
I promise I won't be a stranger… Green Tara products are well and 
truly in my creative 'Blood'!  xoxo

Green Tara Products Used:

"Love These Two"

Primula 4.5cm, White - XF9325WH
Cherry Blossoms, White - FLC22WH
Satin Rosette, Sage - XF9330SA
22 Petals Pack - P22WH

Lace 5cm, White - L2902W


Roses 3cm, White - FDR024WH
Cherry Blossoms, White - FLC22WH
Wild Rose 7cm, Moss - XF9318MO
Sakura 5cm, White - XF9221WH
22 Petals Pack, White - P22WH 

Lace Ribbon, White Flower - RB6813WH

"Gift Box"

Damask 8cm, Lavender - XF9225LAV
Sakura 5cm, Lilac - XF9221L
Satin Rosette 5cm, Palest Lilac - XF9330PL
Roses 1.5cm, Lavender - FDR003L

Silver Diamante Trim, Wave - RBY25
Coloured Jute Ribbon, Lavender - RB407LAV
Lace Ribbon, Flower White - RB6813WH

Saturday, 26 October 2013

My Last Creations for Green Tara
By Marie-Josee

Hello all,

Today is my last post for Green Tara. First, I want to thank everybody
 for this wonderful opportunity and tell all members of the team how much
I appreciated my term with them. I also want to give a warm welcome
 to the new Green Tara girls! :)

Today, I have three altered projects for you, all based on the same
collection by My Mind's Eye. Here they are!

Hot Air Balloon Canvas
I created the background of this 5 x 7 mixed media canvas with
Luminarte products  (Silks and Twinkling H2O's), gesso, black ink,
 stamps and black pen.

I used a big flower under my hot air balloon chipboard. Those flowers
are sold in pack containing 22 flowers of various shapes and sizes.
 This one is the biggest of the package. The color is Sky Blue.

Then I created a bow with jute ribbon (color ivory), which I glued 
to my chipboard. I also added some thread and a tiny rose on top. 

Green Tara products used:

Mixed Media Tag

I created the background of this mixed media tag with Twinkling H2O's
 watercolors, washi tape, stamps and black ink.

Then, I added a chipboard, some skeleton leaves as well as 
two flowers, an azalea and a tiny rose.

I created a huge bow with a piece of pink polka dot ribbon.

 Green Tara products used:

Gift box

I used a spice container to create this tiny gift box. First, I covered it 
with patterned paper and stickers and added details with
 stamps, black ink and mists. 

I decorated the top with a blue flower from the same package 
I mentioned above (pack of 22 flowers). This time though, I chose
 a smaller flower, but one that was slightly bigger than my lid.

Then, I added a bow made with a piece of jute ribbon, a a skeleton leaf
 and a tiny rose. I also added a bit of white acrylic paint to my flowers.

  Green Tara products used:

Thanks again for all your nice comments during my term with Green Tara!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

My farewell - Vicky Varvadouka

"Mixed media canvas"

This is my farewell post...I had a great time creating with Green Tara's amazing products!!!
A HUGE thank you to Alison O'Reilly who believed in me and for all the lovely goodies she sent me!! She is VERY generous and a big thank you to Di Garling for being a wonderful coordinator!!
It has been a wonderful experience!!!

Now, let's go on to my projects!
I had a blast creating this canvas which is a gift to a friend! All mediums used are 13@rts and flowers/ribbons are of course Green Tara!

Here you can see a red lace pearl flower, a cream cherry blossom, Aster batik, olive satin rosette and cobweb ribbon!!

and here I have used the Aster batik, red lace pearl, a moss wild rose and cobweb again.

"Photo album"
I love making albums so here is one with yellow and lilac/purple colors!

A big butterfly with a magical tail which is actually a huge Green Tara cluster with:
lilac camellia, azaleas, roses and cherry blossoms!!

"Photo album"
and another one with: Aster batik, azaleas,cherry blossoms,roses, lace, diamante trim,twisted organza pearl! (on the wires)cobweb,lace, satin frill, organza

"Christmas tags"
For these tags I have used sequin ribbon, gold fine metallic mesh and self adhesive trim gold!

Thank you for visiting the Green Tara blog today!
 I hope you have  enjoyed all of my posts and been inspired to go
 play with your Green Tara  goodies!!!
I will cherish this experience!

Remember to also visit GT's Facebook page!

Thank you Green Tara!!
Have a nice day!!!
Hugs from Greece!!xx
Vicky Varvadouka

Vicky Varvadouka

Sunday, 20 October 2013

October Creations by Rachael Funnell

Hello there Rachael with you today.... 
I have two layouts & a tag to share!!
With my first layout of my hubby & SIL.I wanted to work 
with the blues & greens from the photo, I knew straight away I
 was going to add some of the gorgeous 2 toned 
Cherry blossoms in Blue & Green.
Also in the cluster on the right side are some petals,
 black stamens & green ferns which I have rubbed lightly 
with some black ink...  

Then across the bottom of photo is a strip of Sliver Diamante Trim,
 then with the black Raffa, I wanted to have strips but found it
 was looking all a bit thick, so I pulled & ripped it into thinner strips,
 then added a Wire Heart.  I also have strips of  washi tapes -
10 favorite things, Love & Film strip....

Green Tara Products Used
CODE: WT8382
CODE: WT8367
CODE: WT8385

Next up is this layout of my Daughter & two  of her Cousins...

Lots of Green Tara goodness in this one....
A gold trim across the bottom of photo, there is Cherry blossoms, 
 Green & cream petals, rose buds, gold stamens,
 Copper paper leaves, Organza pearl flower, and 
 pale pink & pale yellow Azaleas.

A beautiful strip of Lime satin edge organza ribbon which I have tied
up into a bow & tucked it just under some fussy cutting...

Then in the bottom right corner, I have a yellow & pale pink rose buds 
 & strips of Love & Small black & pink stars washi tape....

Green Tara Products Used:
CODE: WT8367
CODE: WT8254

Lastly from me today is..
This tag I created for one of my mothers friends who is dealing with
some personal issues right now!


I have a gorgeous yellow Heirloom flower & peaking out the sides 
 I have used the white stamens, also I have used  a couple of white 
Cherry blossoms & some aubergine petals....

Green Tara Products Used: 

Thanks for stopping by