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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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This week on the Authentique blog, we are showcasing projects created with our newest summer collections along with lots of pretty sequins from our product partner,  Pretty Pink Posh!

 

As many of you know by now, I am a huge fan of pretty packaging, and I love to make my own gift sets using my stash of papercrafting supplies.

 

It’s so easy to do, and is way less expensive than store-bought gift wrap. Better yet, with handmade packaging, you can customize your gifts to perfectly suit any theme or occasion. For my mother’s recent birthday, I put together this bright and happy Radiant set that totally captures her bright and happy spirit.

 

One of my favorite tricks with gift wrap is to alter an existing plain box, like I did here. It just takes a minute or two to add patterned paper to the top and sides of the lid, then dress them up with die cuts, bows, and a bit of trim.

 

I added in some of the new Authentic Life Cards, and pretty die cut bows made with the Tim Holtz Bow Tied decorative strip die. Love how the sequins turn this gift set into an instant party.

You can find more details about today’s project on the Authentique blog. Be sure to leave a comment while you are there to get entered in this week’s fabulous prize drawing, too. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you all had a wonderful long holiday weekend!

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Hi Sweeties, and happy Wednesday! Today I have a quick inspiration project to share on the Sizzix blog. A thank you notecard featuring a brand new stamp and die set by Stephanie Barnard called Flowers & Tags.

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I think this Flowers & Tags set will quickly become a new favorite. That big, happy yellow sunflower just makes me smile, and I love that this set has several flower and leaf images to choose from, along, of course, with matching dies. There are also four basic sentiments and tag dies made to size, which makes creating useful notecards like my thank you note so quick and easy.

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I thought a yellow sunflower was a perfect match for these adorable Fancy Pants As You Wish papers. Love the homey, rustic feel they both have that works so well together.

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I stamped the flower on watercolor paper and gave it a wash of soft yellow and pink inks before die cutting it with the matching flower die. While the watercolor paper was still wet from the painting, I scrunched it up a bit in my hand to give it some shape before adhering it to the inside flap of that sweet As You Wish envelope. Topped it with a wooden button I stained with antiquing medium, and tied a big bow around the envelope from which to hang my sentiment tag. For a final detail, I made an envelope liner from another new Sizzix die set called Elegant Labels. Love the contrast of the two fancy edges side by side.

I’m super excited to be able to share a special discount code with you, my blog friends, 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, my friends! Only two more days until our big 4th of July holiday here in the states! Anybody got big plans?

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On the blog this week, we are featuring one of Authentique’s BRAND NEW products…. the Authentic Life Cards. These cards come in 4 of Authentique’s new summer collections- “Favorite,” “Classique: Pretty,” “Radiant,” and “Harmony.” And all this week, the team will be sharing lots of creative ways to incorporate these fabulous new cards into your scrapbooking, card making, home decor projects, and more.
Many of you know by now my love for pretty packaging. It really is simple to add paper and ribbon to a plain old gift box, and dress them with matching accessories to fit whatever theme or style suits you. Your friends and family will love all the extra “effort” you went to, and you will love how easy it truly is.
 

 This sweet gift set using the Harmony collection is tailor-made for my friend, Paige’s, birthday this week. The colors are so her.
 

I stuck with yellow and blue prints here in her favorite color palette, and added similar elements throughout to keep things uniform.
Die cut bows and ticket stubs, candy dots and hand-stamped banners. I also threw in several of the fabulous new Authentic Life Cards, with a few different ways of using them.
 

I’ve shared just a few tips and ideas for using the new Authentic Life Cards on the Authentique blog today, if you’d like to learn more. And what inspiration week would be complete without a GIVEAWAY?
 
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We want to give away a couple of sets of our new Authentic Life Cards. Simply join us on the Authentique blog every day this week, and leave us a comment letting us know what you would use these cards for. We will pick and announce a winner this weekend. Bonus entries to those who share our posts on facebook throughout the week!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Lately, I’ve gotten on quite the big DIY kick. In an effort to make healthier lifestyle choices for me and my family, I’ve been experimenting with making my own health and beauty products with all natural ingredients. So far I’ve tried out headache salve and achy muscle cream, moisturizer, and shaving butter. I’ve even made my own laundry soap and lavender-scented fabric softener. I have definitely become a believer in the power of essential oils, and I think their benefits are worth sharing. So for my friend Susie’s birthday recently, I decided to put together a gift set for her with some of my handmade products and favorite gentle Castile soaps.

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Of course with handmade health and beauty products like this, it’s essential to properly label them with directions for their use. Otherwise, of course, nobody would know what on earth they are or how to use them. That’s where my computer and Sizzix dies came in handy. In no time at all, I was able print out labels and instructions on plain cardstock in a pretty lavender colored ink that matched my theme. And then I turned to my Sizzix dies to dress them up and make them pretty.

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The Jar Lids die and embossing folder set from the Where Women Cook line was the perfect fit for embellishing the tops of my containers.  I mean, seriously perfect. And I knew I wanted to use tags, too, tied with big pretty bows around the neck of the bottles. So simple to do with the thin framelits dies, where you can place the dies directly over your printed sheet and move them around until you have the text centered just right. But it’s a bit more tricky to get perfect placement with the larger Bigz or XLBigz  dies, like I used here. But I’ve got some great tips for you.

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Here’s where I started, with my filled containers, all ready to go.

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On my computer, I printed out product labels and instructions for their use, leaving enough space around each for die cutting. I used a pretty natural cardstock from Stampin’Up that has light flecks of recycled papers throughout, and changed the font and color in my word document. You may notice that I did a little piecing with my paper…that’s because I didn’t have a full sheet in my stash. I simply added a bit of removable adhesive to the backs of the cardstock, and attached it to regular copy paper before running it through my printer.

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The tricky part is getting the printed text to line up perfectly within the space of the die.  But here’s a great tip. Die cut a large piece of scrap paper with your chosen die first. Remove the positive shapes and retain the negative panel. Place it back over your die, lining up the die cut openings with the die below. Then slip your printed piece of cardstock under the negative, and center the text using the negative outline as your guide. Place your cutting pad over the top, and run the whole thing through your die cutting machine.

I used the Tags #3 and Jar Lids dies here, but this trick works for basically any large die, for perfect placement every time.

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Once I had my shapes die cut,  I added a few stamped images for embellishment. Since my products are lavender-scented, I went with a soft floral stamp set stamped in tones of lavender and green.

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The Where Women Cook Jar Lids comes with a matching texture embossing plate. After die cutting the lid shape and stamping a few branches, I embossed the lid and sponged the whole with lavender ink before adhering to the tops of my containers. The tags were just tied on with string and trim in big happy bows.

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To give my tags a soft and worn look with a vintage feel that I love, I did the water flick trick that is so popular these days. Simply wet your hand under the sink, and drip or flick water onto the finished tags and labels. But go gentle, or you will wash away all the printing.

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I hope I’ve given you some fun ideas for your next die cutting project. And I’m also super excited to be able to share a special discount code with you, my blog friends, 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.)

Happy Friday, my friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Cardstock, Stamps, Ink: Stampin’Up
Trim: Papertrey Ink, Craft Supply
Buttons: Maya Road

 

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Hi Sweeties, and happy Wednesday! So glad you could stop by for a visit. I have a fun project to share with you featuring Authentique’s new summer collection, Adventure. Last week, I shared a card showing the softer, more feminine side of Adventure, and today, I’m going to show you its rugged side.

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Adventure is a very campy, outdoorsy collection, and I thought it would be the perfect line of papers for a rustic summertime wall hanging. This little guy with its “fresh catch of the day” is dressing up the back of my kitchen door for the season.

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I don’t do a lot of camping or fishing these days, but this little hanging makes me smile. I may not camp much now, but this sure brings back some happy childhood memories.

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I love to use recycled materials in my home decor pieces, and old cardboard boxes are one of my all-time favorite bases for projects like these. Since shipping boxes come in all shapes and sizes, the creative possibilities are endless.

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I made a simple pattern for the fish, layered two pieces together, and stuffed them with fluff before stitching them closed. The bit of padding gives them weight and a little lifelike dimension. I’ve got the full tutorial and step-by-step directions up on the Authentique blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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

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