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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?

Counting My Blessings card by Audrey Pettit | Authentique Faith Collection

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.

Choosing Happiness Art Plaque | Audrey Pettit

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.

Choosing Happiness Art Plaque | Audrey Pettit

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.

Choosing Happiness Art Plaque | Audrey Pettit

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.

Choosing Happiness Art Plaque | Audrey Pettit
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!

Hello, hello! Happy Monday, Friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We’re waking up to another gray and rainy day here. Just one more day in an endless chain, it seems. At this point, I’m wondering who has hijacked our summer, and if they will kindly bring it back..

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Today I have a quick project to share with you that I made this weekend for the Sizzix blog. An altered gift box for a friend’s upcoming birthday, dressed with pretty patterned papers and trim, and decorated with my favorite Sizzix decorative strip dies.

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For my gift box, I started with a plain box from one of those big box chain stores. I covered the lid with pretty papers, then added a big bow, thanks to the help of the Bow-Tied Decorative Strip Die by Tim Holtz. This month, the Sizzix team is partnering with Authentique. This is their beautiful Harmony collection.

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Once I had my bows die cut and assembled, I simply staggered the shapes, stacking them together and adhering in the center with tacky glue. A pretty button in the center finishes the bow perfectly. Then for a fun accent, I tucked a few banners die cut using the Tattered Curvy Banners Decorative Strip Die around the bow. I’ve got a few more tips and instructions up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! I have to admit, this is going to be a tough week for me. The boy goes back to college on Friday. I miss him already!

P.S. I’m super excited to be able to share a special discount code with 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.)

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

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Hello Sweeties! I’ve gotten myself a bit off schedule on the blog here this week, but I’m back today with the second of two cards I made for the BasicGrey blog recently featuring their beautiful new holiday line, Evergreen.

 

AudreyPettit BG Evergreen MerryWishesCard2This time, I stuck with a more traditional holiday color palette of red and green, although with a bit of a twist. Love that the range of reds in the Evergreen collection varies from light red or pink all the way through to dark red or burgundy. Gives so much interest and variation in an otherwise traditional color scheme. I took advantage of that by layering lots of pretty Evergreen patterned papers here, along with one of the 3×4 Snippets. Adhering the top panels with pop dots adds even more definition to all those fabulous layers.

AudreyPettit BG Evergreen MerryWishesCard3Just a bit of cotton batting, layered between papers and trimmed with pinking shears adds a whole new layer of texture and detail. Love the added softness a bit of fabric brings to the party.

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a very wonderful day!

Supplies:
BasicGrey Evergreen Collection:
Collection Pack
Die Cuts & Transparencies
Printed Chipboard Shapes
Mini Snippets
Metal Shapes
Candy Buttons- white and black
Trim: Stampin’Up, The Kraft Outlet
Cotton Batting: Sewing Supply

 

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