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Sweetie Peeps

Wishing all my Sweetie Peeps a very joyous, blessed Easter day, from my Easter house to yours!

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AudreyPettit PPRS God'sGardenCard

One of my favorite parts of working with stamps is the fact that you can combine individual images in so many different ways to create tons of unique focal points, like this peaceful garden scene. I am smitten with this little wooden fence image from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps The Four Seasons Clear Stamp Set. It always makes me think of roaming through pastures on a beautiful spring day. Just the mood I was going for on my guest designer card for the PPRS blog today.

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Thought the pasture scene paired well with those sweet butterflies from the Scalloped Oval 4- Floral Clear Stamp Set. I used scraps of watercolor paper and paint for them. Fussy cut and added them to my meadow created with colored pencils and old chalk pastels. I stamped the beautiful verse from The Four Seasons set onto cream cardstock, edged in pastels, for a bit of a contrast. Stitched the panel onto my pretty patterned paper card base.

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By adding just a small dot of adhesive in the center of the butterfly, the wings can by lightly bent up to give a bit of extra depth and dimension. Finally, the card was finished with a few of my favorite trims.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a very joyous and blessed Easter holiday with friends and family!

 

Raggedy Rabbits

Lately, the girls and I have become smitten with rag dolls. All kinds of rag dolls, monster dolls, and zombies. I know they are not everyone’s cup of tea, but I think they are simply adorable, and my zombie Pinterest board is overflowing with projects I’d like to make.

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I am particularly taken with Junker Jane’s amazing work. And Valerie Weberpal and Julie Arkell…..and too many more to name. Yes, I am crazy for these creations.

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Fortunately, my crafty pals are crazy for them, too.  So we’ve been trying our hand at a few of them on our recent crafty play dates. And since it’s Easter time right now, of course we’ve been making rabbits.

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This is Polka Dottie Lottie, named for all the fun polka dot fabrics and ribbon on her, and inspired by this sweet bunny by Mindy Lacefield. I’m loving the bright orange and green color palette to her. So perfect for spring. She’s got a bit of vintage lace and vintage millinery, too. And a wide band of cream lace around her collar that I’ve been hanging onto for something special. Makes me smile.

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Then there’s this little cutie, inspired by this stinkin’ cute bunny. Bobbins & Bits fabric by designer Pat Sloan for Moda Fabrics, and more vintage millinery. So happy to find a good use for some of my favorite vintage pieces.

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As my dad would say…..they are so ugly that they’re cute. :)

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Yes, I am smitten.

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And fortunately, they all seem to be getting along well…..

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

 

 

Audrey Pettit Sizzix EasterElementsPillow

Hi Sweeties! I’m back today with another fun fabric Easter bunny project to share with you. This time, a little hand-stitched pillow tuck I made for the Sizzix blog using the adorable Easter Elements die by Tim Holtz.

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For an instant gratification girl like me, these little pillows are the perfect project because they are so quick and easy to make. Especially with the help of my Sizzix dies, which cut through felt and fabric just as easily as they cut through paper. Just cut, then hand-stitch to a small scrap of plain muslin or linen.

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The bottom of the scrap of muslin had a fun frayed edge, so I spritzed it with a bit of green spray ink and turned it up for an extra layer of grass. Spritzed the rest of the fabric with blue spray ink for the sky. I added some simple green stitches for a grassy border, and then just winged a single pretty wildflower. Added a backing of matching brown felt and a stamped kraft tag. Easy Peasy, and cute, too… my favorite kind of project!

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

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AudreyPettit Thermoweb EasterBunnyTreats

Hi Sweeties! I’m sneaking back in today with a surprise extra post. I don’t want to let Easter week slip by without sharing my new Easter projects with you. You all know I can’t just let a holiday pass by! So I hope you don’t mind if we have a busy week here on the blog. I’ve got lots of fun little bunny rabbits to show, starting with these softie felt pocket pouches I made for Easter Treats Week on the Therm O Web blog.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb EasterBunnyTreats2These cute little felt pockets are the perfect size for holding some special holiday candy treats or small gifts. Or how cute would these be as a table setting on your Easter table with a napkin and silverware tucked up inside? I’m thinking the soft felt would make this a great jewelry pouch, too. And being made from fabric, these little pockets are completely re-usable. So many ideas.

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Of course my two sweeties are awfully partial to sweets, so candy tied up in a cello bag with a big bow for me.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb EasterBunnyTreats4I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun Easter bunny project using Sizzix dies. Hope to see you all then!

Special Agent

I’m excited to be playing along this month as a Special Agent over at the CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration blog. Case File #118 is now open for investigation.

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Along with the lovely color palette and case file clues, it’s sketch week, too. The challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create a layout based off the sketch using all five colors, at least two clues from the evidence, and one clue from the testimony. Here’s how I solved the case.

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Here are my two kiddos. My sweet, adorable, goofball kiddos, posing for family photos on Christmas day. I don’t ask for much….just a couple of decent pictures, that’s all. And I guess I did get one. But there’s a weird magnetism between those two. They just can’t sit next to each other for more than a moment without some kind of shenanigans kicking in. Some wrestling, or tickling, or squashing, or in this case, a good old poke in the eye. Seems to be how they show affection for each other. I do believe it must be love.

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Not sure how expertly I cracked the case this week. I seem to have had a wee spot of trouble with the color scheme. What looked in my scraproom to be Eyeshadow - seafoam green, taken from her eyeglasses -, and Eyeliner - bright teal, taken from her headband  – in fact just look like one color in the true light of day…..and what I was convinced was Blush - dark cantaloupe, taken from her hair  -  now appears to be simply tones of pink. But hey….besides that clear epic fail of the color scheme, I would say I nailed it! Haha

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The clues I used:
White background
Arrows
Doodling/ Pen work
Fabric

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And for my testimony, I chose to hide my journaling in a pocket behind the first photo.

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Even with a bit of a miss on the color palette, I had a ton of fun working with this week’s case file.  And I’m happy to say I once again managed to use some super old items from my stash. To learn more about CSI Case File #118, and to see how the rest of the detectives solved this week’s crime scene, please visit the Color, Stories, Inspiration blog.

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

Happy Friday, Sweeties! Today I have a happy, spring-inspired card to share with you featuring an adorable red rubber image from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp called Hearts Doily.

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The Hearts Doily is such a pretty image, and I love how versatile it is, too. Not only does it make a fabulous background print when stamped repeatedly, the doily is also a great focal image when used alone. I think the doily would make a great snowflake image…although I know we are all rather sick of snow right about now. For my card today, I decided to think spring, and used the doily to create a lovely layered flower, instead.

AudreyPettit PPRS MadeWithLoveCard2This fun flower combines two of my most favorite things… playing with paper and playing with fabric. Since the Hearts Doily image doesn’t come with a stem and some leaves, I got creative making my own. The stem is a thin snip of grosgrain ribbon, adhered in a curved line across the center of my tag. I hand-cut the pair of felt leaves, and added a bit of stitching before tacking them to the top of the stem.

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The flower itself was made with two layers of Hearts Doily. I fussy cut the first layer, and punched out the center of the second doily with a scalloped circle punch. Topped them both with a pair of pretty buttons.

AudreyPettit PPRS MadeWithLoveCard4 Stamped the doily image repeatedly on the card base in matching red and pink ink to create my own custom print. Such a perfect match with the pretty patterned papers I used from BasicGrey’s Herbs & Honey collection. I’ve got more details up on the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps blog, if you’d like to learn more.

It’s finally feeling like spring here. The trees are all in bloom, and the wild wisteria is starting to put on it’s show. It’s quite late this year, but better late than never. Hope things are turning warm and sunny in your neck of the woods, too!

 

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