I am so excited to be up on the BasicGrey blog today, sharing some cards featuring Kelly Purkey’s Second City collection. I have had so much fun playing with this adorable line. The bold colors and graphic prints are just up my alley, and I am smitten with the die cut transparency photo frames. I love them for scrapbook and pocket pages, but they are also wonderful for framing focal images on cards.  I’ve used the frames several ways on my card projects, and today I am sharing the first of those cards with you here.

AudreyPettit BG SecondCity WishYouWereHereCardOne of the great things about the Photo Frames pack is the variety of frames that you get in lots of different shapes and sizes, from small slide-mount frames, to tags, to larger Insta-frames. Some of the frames have clear transparencies, while others have fun printed images that are great for layering, and give you lots of design options. On my first card, I created a 3D city scape scene by adding one of the printed photo frames over a cardstock sticker, with a bit of foam adhesive between the layers.

AudreyPettit BG SecondCity WishYouWereHereCard2I love the illusion of depth created by using pop dots between the frame and the background. And by layering a city scape on top of another city scape, you really emphasize that feeling of space.

AudreyPettit BG SecondCity WishYouWereHereCard3You can see more of my Second City photo frames cards over on the BasicGrey blog. And if you are interested in more details on my projects today, I’ve got a full downloadable free project sheet for you there, too.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


Happy Monday, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!  I have a sweet birthday card and a quick tutorial to share with you, featuring the latest dies and embossing folders by Lori Whitlock for Sizzix.

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The set I am using today, Lori’s Embossed Gift Tags Thinlits and Textured Impressions, was designed with gift tags in mind, and I know it will quickly become one of my favorite go-to supplies for gift packaging. But today, I’m going to show you how easy it is to incorporate gift tags into other papercrafting projects, like this fun birthday card.

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The matching embossing folders, I think, are what really make this cute set. The birthday, thank you, and baby themes are something I can get a lot of use out of, and I love that the dies have different layering pieces, allowing you to cut out just portions of the images, as needed. Isn’t that little cupcake adorable? Yes, there is a die just for that.

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I think the embossed gift tag makes such a fun focal point for my little birthday card. And it was super easy, too. Here’s all you need to do.

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Let’s start with the tag. Begin by die cutting the largest tag shape from pretty patterned paper. I used the Harmony collection by Authentique, our product partner this month on the Sizzix blog. If you’re not familiar with the die cutting process, I recommend using the Magnetic Platform with the Thinlits dies, using this basic Sizzix sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, Thinlits die, paper, topped with a second Cutting Pad.

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Next, die cut the largest layering label shape from contrasting patterned paper. One cool thing about the Magnetic Platform is that you can perfectly place your dies and have them stay put, with no fear of shifting or moving. In this case, I like to reverse my die cutting sandwich just a bit, by placing the paper first, then adding the Thinlits die on top, face down. This allows me to visualize exactly how the finish die will look, and that’s key when die cutting particular areas of patterned paper, or die cutting around stamped images.

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Once the label is die cut, place it into one of the matching embossing folders.

Here’s a little tip: I found that I couldn’t quite center my die cut label inside the folder as I wanted without bending the top tip a bit. To avoid that, I made a small slit in the crease of the folder so that I could poke the top of my label through.

Run the embossing folder through your die cutting machine using the Extended Cutting Platform open to Tab 1.

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Isn’t it cute?

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Now we’ll die cut just the cupcake to add an additional layer. First, insert patterned paper into the embossing folder, and run it through your die cutting machine. Then place the cupcake die over the embossing image. Here’s where the Magnetic Platform came in really handy. Love that I could place my images so that one little flower ended up at the top of the cupcake. Makes me think there’s a cherry on top.

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Lightly sand over the embossed areas, revealing the white core underneath.

AudreyPettit Sizzix HappyBirthdayCupcakeCard Tut7I wanted a bit of additional texture, so I added Distress Crackle Paint to the frame of the label and the icing of the cupcake. Allow crackle paint to dry completely before moving onto the next step. Once the crackling begins to appear, you can speed up the rest of the drying process with a heat tool.

Then die cut the smallest bow from Tim Holtz’ Bow Tied Decorative Strip Die from yellow patterned paper using the Extended Cutting Platform. Assemble bow to add to the top of the tag.

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Cut a panel of patterned paper to fit the front of a 3.5 x 5 card base. Cut a 1.5 x 5 strip of paper and cut a V-notch into one end. I like to add brown ink to the edges of all my paper pieces to give a bit of contrast between layers. Adhere the banner strip down the center of the card base, followed by the large die cut tag shape. Then top the tag with the embossed label and cupcake shapes, using foam adhesive between for a bit of extra dimension. Lightly swipe a yellow ink pad over the sanded embossing. Finish with the die cut bow and a few pearl buttons.

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I think my finished card makes a beautiful set with the gift package I made recently, don’t you?

I hope you enjoyed my quick tutorial. And don’t forget, I have a special discount code to share with you, good for 15% off of your regular priced purchase on Sizzix.com. This discount is good through the end of the year. Just use code SZ10B at checkout. (Sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a fabulous day!

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Hello, hello my friends! Happy Friday! Is everybody ready for the weekend? I’ve got a big smile on my face this morning. Pete is coming home today for the weekend. His precious baby computer was out for repairs when he left last week, and he’s been counting the days until he could come home and pick it up. Now, I know his excitement has nothing to do with seeing me….but I’ll take my boy any way I can get him! :)

Counting my Blessings Card by Audrey Pettit | Authentique Faith collection

So the other day I shared a mixed-media art plaque featuring Authentique’s new Faith collection that was filled with lots of vibrant color. And today I’ve got another project to share, showing Faith’s natural side.

Counting My Blessings card by Audrey Pettit | Authentique Faith CollectionAlthough Faith’s color palette is filled with very soft and muted neutrals, it does have a wide variation in color tone, which I tried to highlight here on my card. I love the combo of crisp white with warm cream and beige, with touches of pale yellow thrown in. The darker solid paper and stitching really help anchor the lighter papers, don’t you think?

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I played up the softness of the design by adding one of my favorite accents, a layer of plush cotton batting. Rugged hemp and feminine florals finish off my shabby chic design.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

Hiya Friends! Happy Wednesday! I’m back today with another mixed-media project. This time, a home decor altered plaque made with Authentique’s new inspirational collection, Faith.

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I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness! Don’t you love that? Out of all the pieces of this gorgeous new collection, that sentiment spoke to me the most. So I decided to create an inspirational piece that I could set out in my home to remind me of this important fact every single day.

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Part of my current path to happiness includes exploring my artistic side, so for this project I pulled out a variety of materials and mediums to play with, and got messy again with my paints and ink.

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The result is this fun and vibrant art plaque, perfectly suited to my personal style, that shows a whole other side to this faith-based collection. I’ve got a full step-by-step tutorial on the Authentique blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you a wonderful day!

Hello, hello my friends, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am very pleased to report that not only did I survive this past weekend, I am actually doing quite well. Pete is officially settled into the dorms and is starting up his fall classes this morning. Although I don’t think this will ever be easy on me, it did my heart some good to see the happy reunion of Pete and his buddies, who were anxiously waiting in his room for us to arrive. Those boys are going to have a great year. Of that I am sure.

Sizzix Tutorial | Happy Birthday Butterfly card by Audrey Pettit

This week, I am excited to share with you a few fun mixed-media projects I’ve been working on recently, starting today with this pretty butterfly birthday card made with Tim Holtz’s amazing new Layered Butterfly die.

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Tim’s new Layered Butterfly, Dragonfly, and Bee dies are so much fun to work with, as they are big and beautiful, and have so much amazing detail thanks to the matching embossing folders that come with the sets. For my project, I pulled out my inks, paint, and glitter to create a unique and eye catching background and distressed butterfly, and set it all off with a 3-D card base created with the Dimensional Cutting Pad.

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The Dimensional Cutting Pad has a raised groove down the center, which when placed over dies will cut only the outer edges and not where the groove is. It’s perfect for dies like this butterfly, as it leaves the center body attached to the paper but allows you to bend up the wings.

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I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more. And don’t forget, I have a special discount code for you all, good for 15% off of your regular priced purchase on Sizzix.com. This discount is good through the end of the year. Just use code SZ10B at checkout. (Sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a fabulous day!

Hi Sweeties! Happy Friday! Today is the day. We are moving Pete back into the dorm this afternoon. Good thing is, he seems ready…….bad thing is, I’m not. Even though it’s been a nice, long summer, it’s still hard to let go.

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But even though today is a bit hard on this ol’ momma, I’m super excited for all that is in store for my boy this year. The college life is a good life. And this year should be even better than the last. He knows the routine this year. Knows the campus. Has good buddies to go back to. Has a bigger dorm room, with space even for a couch. Simple pleasures. Today I am focusing on those simple pleasures.

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Today, then, seems a perfect day to share this card I made quite some time ago. It’s one of my BasicGrey CHA projects, made with the adorable Herbs&Honey collection. I just love that transparency plant pick, and the wee tiny bottle cap charm. Simple things that make me smile.

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Just what I needed on a day like today!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a very wonderful weekend!

Hiya Sweeties, and happy Wednesday to you! Finally waking up to a bit of sunshine today after about a week and a half of non-stop gloom and rain. Sure is doing my heart some good to see the sun again. Ahhh, summer is back! Perfect time for a little summery, beach project with Therm O Web and our product partners on the blog this week, Graphic45.

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By the Sea altered collage box | Audrey Pettit

I just adore Graphic45’s By the Sea collection. So perfect for documenting all those happy summertime memories in a fun and artsy way.  I thought a collage box would be a great way to display some of the seashells the little Missy tends to drag home from the beach every year. These shells here are from her big 16th birthday trip back in April. Definitely a special time for us, and one that I’m happy to preserve for her for all time.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ByTheSeaCollage2I’ve had this adorable Maya Road 3D chipboard house collage box in my stash of things waiting to be altered for quite some time. I knew the box was just what I wanted, but then it struck me.. that when turned upside down, the house resembles a sailboat shape. A very funky junky sailboat shape, to be sure……..but that’s the fun of it, right?

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So I embellished the roof of the house to resemble the hull of a boat, and added some banner flags on a wooden skewer to the top. I don’t think my boat would actually get too far, trying to navigate with those sails…. ;)

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Graphic45 papers just scream for some fussy cutting, don’t they? I had fun choosing my beachy icons, and adding them into the collage. Different thicknesses of foam adhesive pop the images at different depths for lots of dimension and detail.

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I’ve got a full, step-by-step tutorial on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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The team is sharing lots of fun Graphic45 projects on the blog all week, and we’ve got an amazing giveaway for you, too, filled with Therm O Web adhesives and Graphic45’s By the Sea and Mother Goose collections. Stop by daily to increase your chances to win. Good luck everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by!


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