All Hallow’s Eve with Authentique

Hello Friends! Two more days until Halloween! One of my most favorite days of all! With the big day so quickly approaching, I know it is just about time to put away the spooks for another year… but today I am back with one last Halloween project to share. A door hanger made with Authentique’s haunted Spirited collection and design templates from our product partner, Kiwi Lane.

I absolutely adore the haunted house image on the 12×12 Eerie paper, so decided to showcase it on today’s project. With just a bit of ink, paper, and the fun Mini Scallops template from Kiwi Lane, I transformed a simple piece of paper into a super spooky wall hanging.

I had fun adding color and detail to the scene with Distress Ink, Markers, and Stickles Glitter. And I added texture with cotton batting and lots of trims. Love the combo of spooky and soft.

I used the Mini Scallops shape as both a template, creating a scalloped border across the bottom of the hanging, and as a mask to make the inked borders across the side and top. I really like how the masked image looks a bit like curtains on a stage, and creates a cool framework for my title sign, diction stickers, and haunted house.

I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Authentique blog, if you’d like to learn more about today’s project.
Thanks so much for stopping by! And looking ahead, I’ve got a wee bit more Halloween Haunted House Tour to share with you on Friday…

2014 Halloween Haunted House

Just a Little Something with Sizzix

Hello, hello, Friends, and happy Monday to you all! Today I have some Sizzix inspiration to share with you. A pretty fall-themed gift packaging idea made with amazing new dies from Stephanie Barnard and Tim Holtz.

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With all the fancy gift wrapping options out there, I still gravitate to plain kraft paper. It never fails… I am just a sucker for brown paper packages. To me, they are classic and timeless, work perfectly for any event and any person on your gift-giving list, and are super easy to dress up or down to fit any occasion.

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To celebrate fall birthdays this month, I thought it would be fun to create a fall-inspired gift packaging using some of the amazing new Alterations dies by Tim Holtz. This is the gorgeous new Layered Leaf die and texture plate, along with the new Jumbo Tattered Pine Cones. Both of these dies are a nice large size and are just perfect for decorating larger projects, like this big gift box.

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I really love how the leaves turned out. Such pretty color and really amazing texture, thanks to the matching embossing folder that comes with the set. I dipped the leaves in lots of fall-colored Distress inks, then coated them in Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and Rusty Hinges Glitter. The fun little tag and sentiment come from the new Tags Framelits Die and Stamp Set by Stephanie Barnard.

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I’ve got a full, step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Harvest Pumpkin with Sizzix

Hello my friends, and happy Wednesday! Today I have some Sizzix fun to share with you. A fall-themed home decor project and tutorial made with my favorite die from Tim Holtz’s fabulous new Fall and Halloween Alterations release, Pumpkin Parts.

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If you haven’t seen the new Pumpkin Parts die yet, it’s name literally speaks for itself in that this die cuts 5 separate individual sections that you then layer and build up together to create one super cool 3D pumpkin.

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The detail on this die cut pumpkin shape is simply amazing and looks so lifelike with the ridges from the separate layers. I thought it would be fun to shabby  one up with lots of Tim Holtz Distress products and pop it into an old frame for a quick and easy autumn home decor project. Looks great for Halloween, and works well into the fall and Thanksgiving, too.

I have a quick tutorial to share with you for creating the shabby distressed finish of my pumpkin. So let’s get started.

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Here are the individual parts from the Pumpkin Parts die. Cute all on its own, but even better with the built-up layers. Since this a steel-edged die, you can die cut the pumpkin from any number of starting materials. I knew I wanted a strong, durable, dimensional pumpkin for my home decor frame, so I die cut mine from raw chipboard.
*For Sizzix Bigz dies use this basic Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Cutting pad, die (cutting side up), paper or material to be cut, second cutting pad.

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Paint the pumpkin parts with Distress Paint. I used Spiced Marmalade and Frayed Burlap. Allow the paint to dry completely.

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To give some definition and shadowing to the pumpkin parts, dab a darker color of Distress on the edges of each orange body piece. For this step, I used Ripe Persimmon Distress Stain.

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Using a foam blending tool, apply Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to the edges of all of the die cut pieces. This will help all the layers stand out from each other when finished.

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Apply a fairly heavy coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to the pumpkin parts, and allow to dry completely. I left the pumpkin stem matte, but you can crackle it, too, if you wish.

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Look at this amazing pumpkin once the crackle paint has dried! To bring out the crackling a bit more, you can wipe over the pieces with your foam blending tool and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

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As a final step before adhering the pieces together, we’ll add a bit more detail. Wipe the edges with additional Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, then add a light touch of Distress Glitter around the pumpkin stem and along some of the edges of the individual pieces. I like to use the Clear Rock Candy crackle paint for my glitter glue.

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Once everything is dry, glue the parts together using the crackle paint, Glossy Accents, or your favorite tacky glue. Embellish the stem with a bit of moss, hemp, and a button. I added a tag and harvest sentiment to mine. The tag is die cut using Tim’s 8-piece Tag Collection Framelits set. And all the paper is from Graphic45, our product partner on the Sizzix blog this month. Their beautiful An Eerie Tale collection.

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Pop the pumpkin into a simple 4×6 frame and there you have it, an instant home decor project. Hope you enjoyed! Oh, and looking ahead….

2014 Halloween Haunted HouseMy Halloween Haunted House tour continues on Friday. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)

Sizzix Accessory – Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK – Tag Collection

Sizzix Bigz Die – Pumpkin Parts

Patterned Paper: Graphic45 An Eerie Tale
Distress Ink, Paint, Crackle, Glitter: Ranger
Ink: Stampin’Up
Trim: May Arts
Other: Moss, Button


Toxic Treats with Authentique

Hello, hello! Happy Monday to you. I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. My boy was home, so it was a very happy weekend for this ol’ momma. And big happenings in the works as this week, I’m hosting my Haunted Halloween luncheon. You all know I’m determined to win the spookiest Halloween House title again, and this year, I am an absolute shoe-in. Paige is not even hosting this year due to a recent knee surgery, so that means it’s down to just me and Joanne. My competition has been cut in half, my friends! That championship title is in the bag!


Sharing a toxic treat container with you today. Made with a fun container die from Sizzix and Authentique’s new Halloween collection, Spirited.

A painted chipboard handle for a bit of strength. A pair of Details cardstock stickers turned into hang tags. A bit of trim and a vintage button. Some terribly toxic treats to give or to keep.

Guaranteed to make you shriek!

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks once again for your sweet comments on my last Halloween Tour post. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Stitchn’Sew Ghosties with Therm O Web

Sharing some more Halloween fun with you today, and a super easy sewing project.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb StitchnSew GhostsA pair of spooky Halloween ghosties made with Therm O Web Stitchn’Sew felt interfacing.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb StitchnSew Ghosts2All you need for these cuties is a bit of interfacing, black felt, and stuffing, and a few basic sewing skills. If you don’t have a sewing machine, both can easily be sewn by hand. Then add your favorite embellishments and trim, and maybe an old rusty wire for a hanger. I dunked mine into a coffee bath to get them nice and grungy, too.

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Hope you are all doing well, my friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Oh, and by the way…

2014 Halloween Haunted HouseMy Halloween Haunted House tour continues on Friday….

A Spirited Halloween

Happy Monday, everyone! Thank you all for the sweet comments you left on part one of my Halloween Haunted House Tour. I’m really tickled that you enjoyed it, and I’ll pick up the tour again this Friday. For today, I have some more Halloween to share with you. This time, a card made with Authentique’s new Halloween collection, Spirited.

This card features one of the journaling cards from the Enhancements Cut Apart paper. The 3×4 and 4×6 Enhancements are perfect for pocket scrapbooking, but they also make quick and easy focal points for cards.  Love the sentiment on this one and really wanted to let it shine.

I added a light wash of color to two of the lines with Distress ink. Great way to highlight a few key features. Then added the panel to my card base, pieced from a mixture of 12×12 and 6×6 Bundle papers.

The webs are die cut from my Papertrey Ink web die. The spider is from Sizzix. I coated both with Art Anthology black glitter paint for a final spooky touch.

Gives ya the shivers, doesn’t it? ;)

Under My Spell with Sizzix

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Hello, hello! Happy Monday friends! I have some spooky Sizzix fun for you today. A Halloween art tag made with some favorites from Tim Holtz and Brenda Walton.

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I’ve been having the most fun playing with Tim’s Distress products. I picked up a bunch while I was out in California this past summer, and put them all to use on this tag. There’s ink, metallic paint, glitter, marker, and crackle paint here. I think I was going for a more-is-more kind of look. ;)

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The poison bottle is one of Tim’s Halloween Blueprint stamps from Stampers Anonymous. I picked those up out in California, too. And I’ve been counting the days until I could put them to use.

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I love how the finish on the bottle came out. I did a bit of watercoloring, then added in a touch of glitter and Vintaj patina, followed by a super heavy coating of Distress crackle paint.

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The little ghostie charm is old, old, old, and was a very brassy gold before he got a make-over with Vintaj patina ink.

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Paper and stickers are from Authentique. A mixture of this year’s and last year’s Halloween collections. Tissue tape, pin, and staples from Tim Holtz. The embossing folder is Brenda Walton’s Elegant set. Then a bit of lace and trim finish things off.

For more details and a supply list, stop by the Sizzix blog. And don’t forget, I have a special discount code, good for 15% off of your regular priced purchase on 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! Did anyone make cards this weekend for World Card Making Day?