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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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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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BasicGrey’s Capture pocket scrapbooking system is the perfect format for scrapping the tons of photos and memorabilia I collected from our family trip to Washington DC last summer. I’ve been wanting to put together an album for Pete as part of his graduation present, but I’ve been hesitating taking on such a big project. For an instant-gratification girl such as myself, a whole album seems like a lot of work! ;) But I’m happy to say that I finally took the plunge, and created my very first ever pocket style scrapbook pages using the adorable Highline Collection for the BasicGrey blog this week.

AudreyPettit BG Highline Capture HelloPocketPagesDid you know that all of the new BasicGrey collections also come with coordinating products for the Capture album system? Here I used two different styles of 6×8 pocket pages along with lots of fun Highline Capture embellishments and papers to create a double page layout of our first stop of the trip, the National Air & Space Museum.

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I had quite a few photos from our day in the museum, and wanted to include as many as I could. With the pocket pages, I was able to include six photos, and still had plenty of room left over for embellishment. That is one of my favorite things about the Capture album system…there’s plenty of room for everything.

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The Capture Snippets journaling cards work perfectly with the pockets, and are super fun and easy to cut apart and layer to create custom embellishments. I layered two pieces of Snippets, along with a die cut arrow and alpha stickers from the Waterfall Theme Pack for the title block pocket here. I like to add machine stitching, too, for a bit of extra texture and detail.

AudreyPettit BG Highline Capture HelloPocketPages4Another 3×4 Snippets card layered with Highline cardstock stickers and tape strips makes a creative space for adding journaling. Used a woodgrain Polaroid frame from the Highline Photo Frames around one of the photos, too.

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For a bit of extra interest, I added a few embellishments to the top of the pocket protectors, like chipboard, brads, and candy buttons. A bit of Capture vellum date tape, too.

AudreyPettit BG Highline Capture HelloPocketPages6Capture Attach Me stickers. I know those are going to get a lot of ton of use in my DC album to hold all the maps, pamphlets, and brochures we collected along the way. They are so perfect for adding in those little extras that don’t fit into the pockets.

I’m so glad I finally finished my first DC pages! Hopefully…someday….I’ll get around to page two! :)

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Supplies:

Capture Journaling Binder – ImaginationCapture Printed TapeCapture Attach Me Stickers – Emerald/SeafoamHighline 6×6 Paper PadHighline Waterfall Pack, Highline SnippetsHighline Frames with Acetate Overlays, Highline Sticker Shapes, Highline Title Stickers, Highline Printed Chipboard Shapes, Highline Vellum Tape, Highline Mixed BradsBasics 4334 Candy Buttons

 

After a malfunctioning alarm clock, and a  mad, frantic, last-minute dash to get to school on time, it seems that spring break has officially come to an end, and we suddenly find ourselves back in the old routine. The Little Miss tried to use the late alarm as an excuse to go ahead and take one more vacation day today. She does make me laugh, that little one, but of course I won out in the end.  And fortunately we have enough wonderful memories of this past week to smooth out any bumps along the road this morning. Well, for me at least, anyway…

Special Agent

I am so excited to say that I am joining the CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration team as a special agent for the month of April. Case file #117 is now open for investigation.

CSI117flatThe challenge, should you chose to accept it, is to create a layout using all five colors from the color scheme, at least three clues from the evidence, and one from the testimony. Here’s how I solved the case.

AudreyPettit CSI#117 WinterStoryI know that most of us are pretty darn sick of winter by now, but it’s still a pretty hot topic of discussion around here. With seven days of school closings due to snow, and two more due to ice, this winter is one for the record books. Definitely scrap worthy. And I just couldn’t resist playing with these cutie pie snow pictures of my two favorite girls.

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Circles, metal, ransom lettering, rub-ons, chalk/pastels, and arrows.

AudreyPettit CSI#117 WinterStory3For my testimony, I tried to write a poem…..
Please don’t judge too harshly! ;)

AudreyPettit CSI#117 WinterStory4And although not part of the challenge case file, I’m giving myself extra points for using some super old stash goodies…from that pile I’ve left in the middle of my desk. Like the round journaling cards from LYB’s Clothesline collection, and the ancient winter rub-ons from Melissa Frances. The old Teresa Collins paper, too. I have to say, leaving things in plain sight to drive me crazy does seem to work.

AudreyPettit CSI#117 WinterStory5Besides all the old, I used some new paper and word stickers from Authentique’s Elegant collection, and journaling tablet pages and arrow stamps from BasicGrey’s Capture line. Added lots of stitching to the page, highlighted with chalk pastels. Another oldie but goodie from my stash.

AudreyPettit CSI#117 WinterStory6Huge thanks to my friend, Rebecca, for cutting my winter title on her Silhouette. And another huge thanks to Debbi, for allowing me to join along this month at CSI. The CSI Detectives and Guests did such an amazing job with this week’s case file. To learn more about CSI and this week’s fun challenge, be sure to stop by the Color, Stories, Inspiration blog!  And tell them Audrey sent you!

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

Hi Sweeties! Waving hello to you from the sandy shores of Carolina Beach! I’m back today with another guest designer project for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. This time, a pretty card in a soft springlike palette, featuring one of my favorite things…. a fluffy, shabby chic handmade flower.

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There are lots of beautiful pre-made floral embellishments available on the market these days, but I really enjoy making my own.  Handmade flowers just add that little touch of personality and character that are completely unique to you.

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For my card today, I created a frilly, shabby chic flower using a traditional floral stamp and die set , the Hibiscus 2 Clear Stamp Set and matching Dies.  And then I threw in another Prickley Pear die set that might seem totally unrelated, the Steampunk Gears. I think the combination is unexpected, whimsical, and just plain fun.

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The papers are from BasicGrey’s Highline collection. 6×6 Paper Pad. Added in some candy buttons and soft matching twine. The beautiful sentiment is from the Flourished Ovals 2 Fall Clear Stamp Set. I’ve got the details for creating my flower up on the Prickley Pear blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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

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