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AudreyPettit BG Evergreen SnowmanBox
Happy Monday Sweeties! Did you all have a fabulous weekend? Hard to go wrong with a weekend, I know… but I must say that this one was particularly amazing.  The crafty gals and I were off in Ashe County, North Carolina, in the Blue Ridge mountains for our annual fall scrapbooking retreat. Three days of scrappy fun with good friends and good food in some of the most beautiful countryside you will ever see. I got to do a little bit of shopping and antiquing, spent some time on the rockers on the big porch, took a small nature hike, and even managed to get some crafting in. Better yet, I’ve come home with some truly amazing memories. And you’ve gotta love that!

AudreyPettit BG Evergreen SnowmanBox3Today I have a fun paper mache snowman project and tutorial to share with you that I made for the BasicGrey blog using their adorable holiday collection, Evergreen.

AudreyPettit BG Evergreen SnowmanBox2The base for my snowman is a chipboard box mini album from Maya Road that I’ve had in my stash for quite some time. I covered  the sides with two different prints from the Evergreen 6×6 Paper Pad, and painted and inked the rest for a shabby vintage finish. Added chipboard and a cardstock sticker, and wrapped the box in satin ribbon before attaching my super cute snowman friend.

And speaking of that snowman, I made him from scratch, too, from tin foil and paper mache. Here’s a little peek at his humble beginnings.

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He’s quite the silly fellow with his pointy hat….but so much fun.

AudreyPettit BG Evergreen SnowmanBox4I gave him a coat of crackle paint and mica glitter to finish him off, and a little holiday banner, too.

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I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial, including all my tips for creating a paper mache sculpture, up on the BasicGrey blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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

Supplies:
BasicGrey Evergreen Collection:
6×6 Paper Pad
Title Stickers
Printed Chipboard Shapes
Printed Chipboard Alpha
BasicGrey Fresh Cut Collection:
Pom Poms

Box: 3″ Vintage Memory Box w/ Coaster Album by Maya Road
Photo Corners, Adhesive: Therm O Web
Trim: Craft Supply
Mica Glitter: Stampendous
Paint: Plaid, Art Impressions
Ink: Clearsnap

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Hello Sweeties! Happy Friday! I am up on the Sizzix blog today with a fall-inspired project and tutorial, and I wanted to share a peek of it here with you, too.

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You all may remember that it was my boy’s birthday earlier this month. And you all know me by now, that means a fun packing idea was in order. Since Pete is off at college these days, I decided to put together a tower of some dorm room necessities for his gift…. like a plate for those late night munchies, a big ramen bowl, snacks, and his personal favorite, the dolla dolla bills. Then all I needed was a festive tag.

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Since Pete’s birthday is in the fall, it was just the right time to break out one of my all-time favorite fall Sizzix sets, Tim Holtz’s Leaf Blueprint Framelits Stamp and Die Set. The graphic, slightly grungy feel to the leaf image works so well for a masculine design like this. I used a bunch of Distress Inks and Stains to create a fall-ish color palette on my background and leaf. Dragged my wood sentiment through the inks to give it a distressed finish, too. Mixed the stamped and die cut leaf image with BasicGrey Second City patterned paper for a retro-looking finish that blends perfectly with the gift. So happy when it all comes together like that.

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I love that the Blueprints sets come with matching dies that allow you to cut out the entire image, or just portions there of. I cut several pieces so I could build my leaf image, with foam adhesive between some of the layers for added dimension. Gives the tag a fun peek-a-boo quality when seen from the side. I always enjoy that little bit of unexpected whimsy, don’t you?

If you’d like to learn more about my layered leaf blueprint tag, pop on over to the Sizzix blog. I’ve got a full step-by-step tutorial with all the details there today. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

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Hello Friends! Over the past week or so, I’ve been sharing some cards with you that I made for the recent product match up between BasicGrey and Therm O Web. And today I thought I would keep that ball rolling with another fun match up card, this time a holiday card I made for the Therm O Web blog featuring BasicGrey’s adorable Christmas collection, Evergreen.

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I love the look of lots of layers of patterned papers, so for this design I used a mix of papers for an easy pieced background, followed by layers of a 3×4 Snippets journaling card and chipboard shapes. I cut the floral chipboard piece in half so that I could tuck them behind the larger sentiment block. It’s a bit of an nontraditional Christmas look, but I really do like it.

AudreyPettit-Thermoweb-MerryChristmasToAllCard2Kinda puts me in mind of a winter wonderland….

….although I must say, it’s rather hard to think about Christmas right now when I’ve got Halloween on the brain!! :)

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Happy Friday, Friends! Over the past couple of weeks, the fine folks at BasicGrey and Therm O Web have partnered up to bring you tons of inspiration and project ideas using Therm O Web adhesives with BasicGrey collections. I hope you’ve had a chance to pop over to both blogs to see all the amazing creations the teams have come up with for you, and gotten yourself entered to win one of two fabulous prize package giveaways, too. Today is the last day to enter, so hurry on over. Trust me… this is one prize drawing you won’t want to miss.
AudreyPettit BG SecondCity HelloThereCard For my project, I pulled out the adorable Second City collection and lots of Therm O Web goodies to create a pair of fun cards, and I am happy to share the first of them here with you today. I know you all are familiar with Therm O Web’s adhesives, but did you know they make fun embellishments, too? I focused on one of these newer embellishments in my cards today, the Glitter Dust Deco Photo Frames.

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For my first card, I used a purple scalloped circle Glitter Dust frame to highlight the focal feature of my design. Love how the printed chipboard and flair button nestle perfectly within the frame. Layering the frame with additional die cuts and embellishments draws lots of attention to my focal point, and is a great tip when using smaller accent pieces, like the flair button. I used 3D Adhesive Squares on the sentiment strip for a bit of extra dimension and drama, too.

AudreyPettit BG SecondCity HelloThereCard3I’m not normally a purple girl, but I am loving the combo here. So bright and happy, and really eye catching for fall. I used more purple on my second card, too, which you can see over on the BasicGrey blog today. And don’t forget about our amazing prize packages..

How would you like to win a box of Thermo-O-Web adhesives and, of course, some BasicGrey goodies to use the adhesives on? This fantastic prize package is up for grabs!

 

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There is one prize giveaway on the BasicGrey blog, and a second one over at Therm O Web, so double your chance to win. Good luck everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by!

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Hello There Card
Supplies:
BasicGrey Second City
6×6 Paper Pad
Printed Chipboard Shapes
Die Cuts & Transparencies
Metal Flair
Candy Buttons- Teal and Pink

Therm O Web
Glitter Dust Scallop Circle Frame Assortment- Purple
Memory Tape Runner XL
3D Adhesive Squares
Zots Clear Adhesive Dots- Medium

 

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Happy Wednesday, Friends! I am so excited to share this next project with you. I’ve got some spooky fun for you today. I have made a pair of quick Halloween treat bags using some of my favorite Sizzix Tim Holtz stamps and dies. Now I know you all know me by now, and know how much I adore Halloween. I’ve been counting down the days until I could begin sharing this year’s creepy creations with you. I’ve got my house almost completely haunted by now, and I really love how it’s been turning out.  Can’t wait to begin sharing that with you, too. I’ll take you all on the tour soon. So there’s lots of fun things in store here on the ol’ blog this Halloween. For today, let’s kick off the season with some spooky treats.

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Aren’t these fun? And horrifyingly cute? I must say, I just adore these little treat bags. Such a great size for a bite of candy or a small trinket. I’m planning on filling these with some Halloween treats to give to the girls at our annual Haunted Halloween House Tour luncheon. I think these will make fabulous party favor table decor.

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The little treat bags were created with the Tim Holtz In the Bag Movers & Shapers L die. Really a useful die for so many seasons and occasions, as you can embellish it in any way you like.  I added a paper handle at the top and attached a simple hang tag to the side. And then of course dressed up the bag with some favorite Halloween images.

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The spooky skulls and tags were made with Tim Holtz’s Skull Blueprint Framelits die set. I absolutely love Tim’s Blueprints series of stamps with matching Framelits die sets. They make creating detailed projects, like these spooky skull and crossbones so easy and fun. I like to die cut several layers of the images, attaching them back together with 3D foam squares between the layers, for really eye catching and interactive designs.

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And of course these spooky skulls just scream for some grungy Distress Ink and Paint, right? I pulled out some of my favorite Halloween distress colors here, including a bit of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint for a touch of deathly shimmer, and Rusty Hinge Distress Glitter for some sparkle and shine. I added a few ink splatters, too, and painted the crossbones with Distress Crackle Paint, for good measure. Because you know every good Halloween skull needs to look it’s best.

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I hope you enjoyed my first Halloween project of the year! You can find more detailed instructions on the Sizzix blog, in case you’re interested.

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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SEC_blog_headerHello, hello friends! Hope your weeks are off to a great start. Seems like Mother Nature has suddenly flipped a switch on us. We’ve gone from unseasonably hot weather to the cool of fall, overnight. I’m going to miss summer, but I’m ready. Maybe now my Halloween decorations won’t feel so out of place.  :)
AudreyPettit BG SecondCity LittleMomentsCard

Recently, I had some cards posted on the BasicGrey blog featuring Kelly Purkey’s Second City collection with a highlight on the adorable die cut Photo Frames. I’ve shown two of them here already, and today I’d like to share the last one with you.

AudreyPettit BG SecondCity LittleMomentsCard3This last card uses one of the Polaroid-style photo frames die cuts, which does double-duty here.  Not only does the cute Insta-frame act as the sentiment of the card design, it also is a fun way to frame some additional embellishments, like these die cut leaves. And don’t forget that you can design right on top of the photo frames, as well as underneath them. Here I added a cardstock sticker label behind the frame for an interesting background, and then added die cuts on top of the frame, too, popped up with foam dots for lots of depth and dimension.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, you can see all three of my Second City Photo Frames cards on the BasicGrey blog. I’ve also got a free project sheet there including all the directions for re-creating my cards, in case you are interested. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Wishing you all a wonderful week!

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Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day, my friends! Just popping in quickly to share another of the cards I had up last week on the BasicGrey blog. This is Kelly Purkey’s adorable Second City line, and my challenge was to highlight one of my favorite embellishments from the collection, the die cut Photo Frames.
AudreyPettit BG SecondCity GoodStuffCardI love the variety of frames that come in the Photo Frame pack in lots of different shapes and sizes. My second card shows one of the unique shaped photo frames, the speech bubble. I think this would be a lot of fun framing some journaling on a scrapbook page, or in my case, the speech bubble is a great way to highlight a sentiment on a card. The addition of the frame really helps to call extra attention to the greeting, turning a simple sentiment into the real star of the design.

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I’ve got one last Second City Photo Frames card up on the BasicGrey blog, if you’d like to take a peek. And thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. I’m heading up to see my birthday boy today. 19! How on earth does that happen??

P.S.- don’t forget to enter my Ruby Rock It giveaway. I’ll draw a winner on Friday.

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