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Hi Sweeties! Today I have some fun Sizzix inspiration to share with you. A spooky Halloween card made with Sizzix dies and one of my favorite old Halloween stamps. And this month, we were lucky enough to get to pick one of Graphic45’s newest collections to play with…. so of course I chose their Halloween line, An Eerie Tale. I hope you enjoy!

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Now I know this card truly isn’t very scary, so the sentiment I used is really just a bit of fun. That wagon full of pumpkins is way too cute to spook, in my book. I love that image. It is super old, but still one of my favorites. Makes me smile every time.

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After I colored in my pumpkin friends, I thought they could use a little “meadow” scene in which to play. So I added a sweet floral garden border sticker and a picket fence, die cut using Tim Holtz’s On the Fence die, to complete my look.

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One of my favorite ways to highlight a stamped image is to set it off in a bit of framework, which I did here with my ZigZag Circles framelits die set. Then I added my layers together with lots of pops dots for extra dimension.

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Then a vintage button, colored to match, and my silly chipboard sentiment, tied with trim. A very simple design, but a happy one!

If you’re looking to add to your Sizzix collection, I am happy to offer a special discount code for all 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! Wishing you all a fabulous day!

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

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Sizzix On the Edge Die – On the Fence

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Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)

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Sizzix Accessory – Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK – Circles, Zig Zag

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Hi everyone, and happy Monday! This month, the Sizzix blog has been running the first-ever Sizzix Challenge. We’re asking participants to create any Sizzix project based off the inspiration photo, and add it to the gallery by the end of the month. One lucky winner will get to take home a new Eclips2 machine, just for playing along.

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Throughout the month, several of the Sizzix design team members have taken the challenge, too, for a bit of extra fun. Last week, I joined in, with this friendship-inspired art tag created with lots of Tim Holtz goodies, and beautiful embossing folders by Rachael Bright.

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Now I just so happened to have some small dried flowers at home that remind me almost exactly of the flowers in the inspiration photo, so I knew I would be using those. Then it was just a matter of creating a framework for the flowers and a soft, washed background to recreate the look and feel of the inspiration piece. I tackled that with lots of Distress inks, the beautiful Damask Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Set, and something very fun, an embossing diffuser.

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It was my first time using an embossing diffuser, and I really like the way it turned out. If you’d like to see more, I have the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog.

There are still two days left to enter the Sizzix Challenge. You can find all the details and enter your project to the challenge gallery here. Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

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We’ve been having some fun on the Authentique blog this week, hopping with our friends from May Arts and Imagine Crafts. All three blogs have been filled with great projects, and better yet, all three blogs are giving away some wonderful prizes. Hope you’ve had a chance to check it out.
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You all know how much I adore the fall, so I couldn’t resist making a fall-inspired project to share. I call these pumpkins “paper pillows”, as they are constructed of a front and a back, stitched together and stuffed with fluff. They are super durable and dimensional, and just a whole lot of fun. I think they’ll add a really festive flair to my home for the season.
AudreyPettit-Radiant-PumpkinPillows2Creating paper pillows is actually quite easy, and I love that you can create them in any shape, size, or form, using whatever paper or supplies you have on hand. The papers I used for these little cuties are from our Radiant collection. Although Radiant is from our summer release, and contains bright and tropical prints and colors, it is definitely not just a summer collection. The warm orange, pink, and yellow tones also work perfectly for fall.
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To help the individual layers of my pumpkins really stand out, I added lots of heavy inking in a variety of fall Imagine Crafts colors.
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Then I added fun burlap stems, big bow ties, and rolled ribbon rosettes using a variety of trims from our partners at May Arts. I even made curly-q “vines” from natural hemp and tacky glue.
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I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Authentique blog, if you’d like to learn more.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Sweetie Peas! I hope you all have a very wonderful weekend!

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Hi Sweeties! We’re working with Simple Stories this week on the Therm O Web blog. I got to play with their adorable Cozy Christmas collection, and I must say, I went a bit crazy with it. I really love the natural, woodsy vibe and colors of this line, and hope you will, too.  I made lots of projects to share…first up, a money holder, and a quick tutorial to go along with it.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb SimpleStories Dec25MoneyHolderThese days, my kiddos are all about the bucks…. the moola, the loot, the banknotes, and the wampum. Especially my big boy, Mr. Pete. So it seems no holiday or special occasion goes by lately without the gift of cash. Not very exciting to give…….but quite happily received.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb SimpleStories Dec25MoneyHolder3One of the troubles with cash, however, is that it can be difficult to package to make it feel like an actual gift. I often do stick it in a box and wrap it up. After all, it is an expensive present! My mom likes to go to the bank and ask for a paper money holder. They, of course are the perfect fit, and can easily be enclosed in a large card. But really, those are awfully plain.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb SimpleStories Dec25MoneyHolder4The solution? Make your own paper money holder! It’s so easy, and you can dress them up or down to suit any holiday or event you may need.

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The inner pocket keeps the cash safe and secure, while the belly band slips on and off to hold the envelope closed. And the rest is up to you.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb SimpleStories Dec25MoneyHolder2If you’d like more detailed directions, I’ve got the full tutorial, along with three Cosy Christmas holiday cards, up on the Therm O Web blog. Better yet, we have an amazing prize package of Therm O Web adhesives and Simple Stories’ Sweater Weather collection to give away. To enter our Rafflecopter giveaway, simply click here. Good luck everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by!

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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:
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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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