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

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Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)

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Sizzix Accessory – Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies

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Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK – Tag Collection

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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

 

A Touch of Winter

So much of the country has experienced more than a little touch of winter this past week. Even here in the south, we’ve felt the chill with temperatures dipping down into the single digits. But while many people are buried under a few feet of snow, we’ve been lucky to just be cold.

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After all the festivities of the holidays, my house has been feeling as bleak as the weather outside. It sure feels empty and bare once the tree and decorations come down. Fortunately I have a few frosty friends to cheer me up. And with temperatures this cold, they’ve  been fitting in quite nicely around here.

P1040904This little basket of buddies are all new to me this year.  I made the little guy in the middle last month, and the others were presents. I do have quite the thing for primitives. Oui?

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I couldn’t decide exactly how I wanted mine to look. So I made one au naturale, with bare fabric tea dyed.

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And then I made a second guy, this time painted with a crisp coat of white.

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And together they are adding quite a bit of cheer to my living room mantel and hearth.

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Along with a few other frosty touches.

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Glittered and tinseled snowflakes. Icy blue mason jars and antique insulators. Tarnished silver and winter birds. A sweet snowy scene my boy painted way back during his early elementary days.

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Happy things to set the scene.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Hope you’re managing to keep warm. And hope you all have a very wonderful weekend!

Merry Christmas to You

The time has come, my friends. After all the preparations and all the anticipation, the big day is here. Now it’s time to just sit back and enjoy, share in the precious moments spent with those you love most.

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It’s peaceful and quiet here right now. One last blissful moment before all is said and done. Such a perfect moment to share my last holiday greetings with you, from my house to yours.

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Of all the gifts I have been blessed to receive, all my good fortunes in life, I count all of YOU at the top of my list. The visits here with me, the sweet comments you leave in your passing, mean more to me than you’ll ever know. So thank you, all of you, for your gift of friendship. I hope I’ve been able to return the gift in kind.

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And now, before all the paper starts ripping, the last little peek of my holiday house.

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Merry Christmas!!

Holiday Joy with BasicGrey

No matter how much warning I have that the holidays are coming, it always seems like Christmas manages to sneak up on me so quickly. And even when I make my best effort to get ahead of the game early, I always find myself going right down to the wire with holiday preparations. This weekend I whipped up a batch of my famous peanut brittle, and I made a pretty big dent in my wrapping…but there’s still more to go. Always seems there’s more to go.

AudreyPettit BG Monogram Joy5I still have a few holiday projects to share with you all, too. Today I have a holiday home decor altered frame up on the BasicGrey blog.

AudreyPettit BG Monogram Joy4I have long been a fan of BasicGrey’s amazing paper collections, but did you know they also make these large wall frames and chipboard monograms? The two-piece monograms fit perfectly inside the frame opening, and can be dressed up with patterned paper and embellishments, or left as-is for a classic and clean look. I love the idea of highlighting a single letter, for perhaps your family name or the first letter of your child’s name. Or, you can mix and match the shapes, like I did here with this festive holiday frame. The possibilities are truly endless.

AudreyPettit BG Monogram Joy3Isn’t that snowman fun? He is made from my Tim Holtz Alterations snowman die, paper pieced using papers from the Best of BasicGrey pad. I’ve got the full step-by-steps up on the blog, if you’d like to learn more.

AudreyPettit BG Monogram Joy2So, just two more days to go. Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s not ready!

 

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Heart & Home

BasicGrey Thanksgiving

Hello, my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. Things were very quiet here at our house, but that’s just how I like it.  To me, the Thanksgiving holiday is all about the celebration of family and home,  and I am so grateful to have both, thankful that my boy was home from college so that my little family could all be together for the day.  So when the BasicGrey team was asked to create projects sharing what Thanksgiving means to us, I could think of nothing more fitting than documenting my two biggest blessings together on one of my favorite type of projects, a funky junk upcycled thrift store frame.

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Little compartmentalized frames are a great way of adding a bit of festive cheer to your home décor, while documenting all the things you are most grateful for. This frame was the perfect fit for highlighting my two biggest blessings, my home and my sweet family.

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I try to always keep my eye out for frames like this on my junk hunts. You can often find unusual pieces for a real bargain. Then just add photos and a few basic scrapbooking supplies for a unique and personal decor accent that’s super inexpensive to make.

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I know you’ve seen this photo before, but it’s a real favorite of mine. Those two kiddos definitely hold the key to my heart.

AudreyPettit BG Persimmon Heart&HomeFrame4All the papers and embellishments are from the Persimmon collection. I have to say I’ve got a major crush on this line! I used my most favorite paper in the upper left corner along with a beautiful die cut transparency sentiment label. Instant easy title block.

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The little house was paper pieced using an adorable new house die from Sizzix and a variety of papers from the 6×6 pad. I added a fun chipboard bird and a couple of die cut banners and tiny alpha stickers. I like to remove the glass from the frame so that I can build upwards and add layers and depth. I think it adds a lot more interest that way.

The rest of the team has some truly amazing Thanksgiving projects to share with you on the BasicGrey blog that I know you will love. And anyone interested in some Black Friday deals? Now through Monday, you can save big on select Bundle Kits from BasicGrey, including 25th&Pine, Capture, Monograms, and more. You can find all the details here.

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And speaking of Black Friday….are any of you out there Black Friday shoppers? Braving the crowds today? Not me! I try to stay as far away from any stores or shopping centers on this day as I can. Nope, I much prefer staying snug at home over Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe I’ll tackle some Christmas decorating instead. But whatever YOU do, I hope you have a very wonderful day. And thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Thanksgiving

“The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” James E. Faust.

On this special day, as on every day, I pause to reflect on my many blessings, for which I am continually grateful.  I have been so deeply blessed with a wonderful home and the love and support of family and friends. Could not let this day pass without saying, once again, how very thankful I am for all of YOU, for your kindness and visits, the many sweet comments you leave here, and for the friendship you share.

Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving, from my house to yours!

Audrey Pettit- Thanksgiving Home 2013

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