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Where, oh where, does the time go? In just a few short days, a whole new month will roll around, and it will be time to start saying goodbye to summer and thinking about back to school. I’ve got just a tiny bit of time left to share a little Christmas in July with you, with this little mini card featuring BasicGrey’s fabulous new holiday line, Evergreen.

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I absolutely adore the metal snowflake embellishments from the Evergreen collection, and let a pair of them take center stage here. I simply stacked two of the snowflakes with a small round die cut and a white candy button for an easy and eye catching focal point, added to the card base on a pop dot for a bit of dimension. I think this snowflake is pretty enough to be removed from the card and hung on the tree, don’t you?

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One of the Mini Snippets journaling cards makes a great frame to highlight the snowflake. I added a decorative chipboard piece for a quick and easy sentiment, and a few more candy buttons, too. An oval die cut from the Die Cuts & Transparencies pack cut in half and tucked on either side of the Snippet card adds a final bit of detail.

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I am smitten with this new line! Such beautiful patterns and prints, and a color palette that’s right up my alley. You can see more fun Evergreen projects on the BasicGrey blog, including a second holiday card I made here, with lots and lots of yummy layers in a totally different color combo.

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday.

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

Hello Sweeties! I’m back from summer vacation and am playing a bit of catch up here on the old blog today. The past few days really slipped away from me, but I’m back now, and am so looking forward to getting around to see what you all have been up to. Summer vacations are amazing, but it’s also good to be home!

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One of the last things I did before heading to California was play and experiment with a few of my favorite Sizzix and Tim Holtz goodies. And today I would love to share with you the result, a fun mixed-media art tag in my favorite shabby chic style.

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I have been having the most fun getting inky and messy lately with Distress inks, paints, and stains, and today’s tag is no different. Love how all the layers of medium build upon each other to create a completely unique background every time.  Of course I started this tag by die cutting Tim’s fabulous Tag & Bookplates die from heavy manila cardstock, then I added color by swiping the tag through a variety of Distress stains. This time, I added in a bit of embossing to add an additional layer of texture, too, using Tim’s Ink Splats texture plate.  Sanding and inking a few areas of raised embossing, along with additional paint and ink along the edges adds a vintage feel that I just love. I added in a Idea-ology reinforcer to the top of the tag, and strips of tissue tape to the side. That tissue tape is actually from Tim Holtz’s Halloween collection, but a girl needs to use what she has…and you all KNOW I don’t mind a bit of Halloween here and there! ;)

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I have been trying to tell myself to follow my heart lately, so when I found this super duper old rub-on from DaisyD’s while cleaning out my scraproom lately, I took it as a sign, and this quote became the inspiration for my tag. Although the original rub-on was in the form of a tag, it was easy to cut it all apart to create word strips. I even used the remnants of the tag to add extra detail to the top corner of my tag, as well as on the heart. Of course I didn’t want my rubs to look too shiny and new, so I gave them all a good sanding and inking to help them blend right into the tag background. Now they look like they’ve been there forever.

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I could think of no better image to go along with my sentiment than a heart, and the beautiful heart from Tim Holtz’s Love Struck die was the perfect shape and size. I die cut the shape from a scrap of cardstock, then shabbied it up with ink and crackle medium, with stain added over the top to bring out even more of the pretty crackle finish. I added stained ribbon over the top, tied into a bow and secured with the Tiny Attacher. The flowers were die cut from fabric using Brenda Walton’s Summer Florals Decorative Strip Die. I love how shabby they turned out! Then, to pull in another one of my loves, I added a pair of hand-stitched felt leaves. A few clear beads add the finishing touch.

It feels so good to be back and sharing with all of you again! 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.)

And in more fun Sizzix news, did you all see this amazing giveaway opportunity? Hurry, though, as today is the last day to enter. Click here to enter and for more details.

Good luck everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Hello, hello friends! Happy Monday! Recently, I shared a peek of a card I made for the BasicGrey blog, along with hints of a tutorial sharing how I created this fun background and framework using the new BasicGrey/Hero Arts stamps and stencils. And today I am here to share the full project and process.  I hope you enjoy!
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As a stamper, I love the fact that BasicGrey and Hero Arts have partnered up to provide us all with amazing stamps that perfectly coordinate with every BasicGrey line. Having an arsenal of stamps at hand really opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities. And how wonderful that all the guess work of mixing and matching stamps with papers has already been done for us.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard2For the Grand Bazaar collection, Hero Arts has introduced a new product to go along with their line-up…stencils. And today I’ve got a sweet card project to share using both the new stencils and the stamps, as well as a few tips and techniques for you to try.

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Stencils are very popular these days, and there are lots of fun techniques that you can do with them. For the interesting background I created on today’s card, I started by applying ink through the stencil onto a panel of white cardstock using a stamping sponge.

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Lift the stencil off of the cardstock, then mist the front of the stencil liberally with water…

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Then turn the stencil face down, line up the sponged pattern with the openings of the stencil, and press the stencil onto the cardstock. Use your fingers to press all over the entire surface of the stencil.

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Then remove the stencil and check out the cool pattern you just created! Once the paper has had a chance to dry, cut down the panel to fit your layered card base.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard Tut7I love the look of Polaroid-style photo frames on cards. The fun frame I used here is actually the negative die-cut frame opening leftover from another project, but I thought it was just too pretty to throw away. It’s embossed and watercolored, using the adorable Diamond Background cling stamp, then cut down slightly to fit my card front.

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To create this look, begin by stamping the background stamp onto a panel of white cardstock using clear embossing ink, then heat emboss with white embossing powder.

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Then apply ink color over the embossing using your ink pads and a very wet paintbrush.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard4Allow the paper to dry, then add the framework to the card front. You can add decorative machine stitching like I did, if you wish.

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Stamp the adorable fox from the Small Things clear stamp set onto a scrap of white cardstock using pink ink. I very lightly spritzed my inked image with water before stamping, which gave me a bit of a mottled appearance on my finished image.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard Tut6I then added a bit of watercolor to the image before fussy cutting it out and adhering it to the bottom corner of my frame with pop dots for a bit of dimension.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard5Stamping my sentiment from the Small Things set onto clear vellum allows the pretty background to show through.  I added a few black candy buttons, and a pretty bow made from trims and a Grand Bazaar die cut and resin flower, for a final bit of pizazz!

Supplies:
BasicGrey Grand Bazaar collection:
Istanbul 12×12 Paper
Taksim 12×12 Paper
Byzantine 12×12 Paper
Die Cuts & Transparencies
Resin Flower Stickers
Candy Buttons- Black and White

BasicGrey/Hero Arts Grand Bazaar collection:
Small Things Clear Stamp Set
Diamond Background Cling Stamp
Quilt Motif Stencil

Cardstock, Vellum: Stampin’Up
Ink: Hero Arts, Clearsnap, Stampin’Up
Embossing Powder: Stampin’Up
String: Craft Supply

AudreyPettit Sizzix WishBigTag

Hello my sweets, and a very happy Friday to you all! It has been a whirlwind week for me this past week, but I’m having such a wonderful time getting to spend a few precious moments with my family out here in California. We just returned late last night from our mini-vacation out in Yosemite National Park, with side trips to King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Park. Besides the countless hours spent in the car getting to and fro, we saw literally thousands of majestic pine, redwood and sequoia trees throughout the parks, as well as stunning vistas of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Unfortunately, severe drought here has dried up almost every drop of water in Yosemite’s famous waterfalls, but the beauty of the area is simply beyond compare.

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I know I am much overdue in paying you all a visit, and I hope to get around to your blogs in the next few days. In the mean time, I have a fun project and a tutorial to share with you today. It’s a mixed-media art tag I made for the Sizzix blog this week featuring Tim Holtz’s new Frameworks dies and his ever-popular Tattered Florals.

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Tags are a great little canvas for creating mixed media art pieces. They are large enough for space to explore some new techniques, but small enough to not feel too overwhelming if you are just starting out. Love that you can enjoy art tags all on their own, or use for them as gift tags or decor pieces. Plus, they really are so much fun to make.

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The best part of creating art tags is simply to let loose and enjoy the creative process. I love to see each layer evolve as it unfolds. No two pieces ever turn out exactly the same. For my tag, I got a bit messy with Distress ink and stain, and experimented with a dimensional pattern-building paste. Then layered on some pretty honeycomb made from one of the new Frameworks dies, and a big happy blossom.

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I took tons of photos of each step, and have the full tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

 

Hello, Sweeties! I’m sneaking in on an “off” day today to share a project with you all before the family heads out for Yosemite national park tomorrow. It’s going to be a long five-hour drive and a very early start, so once again, sorry for not being around the computer much these days. But then, that’s what long summer days are for, right?
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Today I have a mini notecard set to share with you that I made for Authentique. This is the beautiful Radiant collection and the wonderful sentiments are from the Framed Fonts clear stamp set by Avery Elle, our product partner on the Authentique blog this week.

AudreyPettit-Radiant-AveryElleNotecardSet2The notecards are rather simple in design, to allow those fun subway art style sentiment images to really shine. Just some Radiant solid foundation paper in the background, layered with a happy, vibrant yellow print. Love that wide striped grosgrain ribbon from May Arts. Definitely helps to anchor the central focal point sentiments.

AudreyPettit-Radiant-AveryElleNotecardSet3Layering the sentiment frames with two different label shapes, die cut from Radiant patterned papers, calls lots of extra attention to the images, too,  and is a great way to turn a simple sentiment into a dramatic focal point. A few buttons and flowers add a final pop of color. You can find more details, along with lots of other fun Avery Elle projects this week, on the Authentique blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope to get around to visit with all of you soon!

Hi Sweeties! Thanks for stopping by! Today I have a very grungy, rugged card to share with you that combines two of Authentique’s fabulous new summer collections, Adventure and Accomplished.

 
Out of all of Authentique’s new summer releases, both Accomplished and Adventure struck me as having more masculine prints. And although these collections don’t seem to “go together” very well at first glance, I thought it would be fun to pair the two lines to create a rugged, manly man card for my sweet dad.

I love how this turned out. Sometimes combining the most unlikely elements results in a truly unique and one-of-a-kind design. I had fun getting grungy with ink, paint, and sandpaper here, and experimented with a cool new lattice die from Tim Holtz, too. I took lots of photos of my process to share with you, in case you’d like to give this a try. You can find the full step-by-step tutorial on the Authentique blog here.
Sorry if I’ve been slow in getting around to visit with all of you. I haven’t been spending much time near a computer these last few days. I’m off in California right now, soaking up every little bit of time I get to spend with my family. These moments are precious. Gotta make the most of them. Hope you all are having a fabulous weekend, too.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ExploreTravelJournalSummer is in full swing, and that means vacation plans are in the air. This year I decided to make a mini travel journal for our annual family holiday. It’s the perfect spot for writing down all the details of your trip, and you can easily add photos, sketches, and memorabilia, too.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ExploreTravelJournal2Not only that, this travel journal is small and lightweight enough to easily carry around with you. A definite bonus when you are traveling.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ExploreTravelJournal3Love that you can create a journal from scratch, using only a few sheets of paper, in whatever style or design you wish. For my journal, I used the adorable Getaway collection from Echo Park, our fabulous product partners on the Therm O Web blog this month.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ExploreTravelJournal6The inside of the journal unfolds into a simple notebook made from Bristol sketchbook paper. I used a paper piercer to create holes for a very quick and easy binding. Such a simple design, but the perfect blank slate.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ExploreTravelJournal5And just in time, too, as our adventure begins tomorrow! I am ready to make some memories.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ExploreTravelJournal4If you are interested in learning how I created my travel journal, stop by the Therm O Web blog. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial and supply list up there.

And have you heard the news? Therm O Web is having a contest. A Crafty Corners Contest!

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We’re challenging you to create a project with our Decorative & GlitterDust Corners! Plus we’re giving away some $$ to the lucky winners! Click here for all the details.

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

 

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