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Happy Monday, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!  I have a sweet birthday card and a quick tutorial to share with you, featuring the latest dies and embossing folders by Lori Whitlock for Sizzix.

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The set I am using today, Lori’s Embossed Gift Tags Thinlits and Textured Impressions, was designed with gift tags in mind, and I know it will quickly become one of my favorite go-to supplies for gift packaging. But today, I’m going to show you how easy it is to incorporate gift tags into other papercrafting projects, like this fun birthday card.

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The matching embossing folders, I think, are what really make this cute set. The birthday, thank you, and baby themes are something I can get a lot of use out of, and I love that the dies have different layering pieces, allowing you to cut out just portions of the images, as needed. Isn’t that little cupcake adorable? Yes, there is a die just for that.

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I think the embossed gift tag makes such a fun focal point for my little birthday card. And it was super easy, too. Here’s all you need to do.

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Let’s start with the tag. Begin by die cutting the largest tag shape from pretty patterned paper. I used the Harmony collection by Authentique, our product partner this month on the Sizzix blog. If you’re not familiar with the die cutting process, I recommend using the Magnetic Platform with the Thinlits dies, using this basic Sizzix sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, Thinlits die, paper, topped with a second Cutting Pad.

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Next, die cut the largest layering label shape from contrasting patterned paper. One cool thing about the Magnetic Platform is that you can perfectly place your dies and have them stay put, with no fear of shifting or moving. In this case, I like to reverse my die cutting sandwich just a bit, by placing the paper first, then adding the Thinlits die on top, face down. This allows me to visualize exactly how the finish die will look, and that’s key when die cutting particular areas of patterned paper, or die cutting around stamped images.

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Once the label is die cut, place it into one of the matching embossing folders.

Here’s a little tip: I found that I couldn’t quite center my die cut label inside the folder as I wanted without bending the top tip a bit. To avoid that, I made a small slit in the crease of the folder so that I could poke the top of my label through.

Run the embossing folder through your die cutting machine using the Extended Cutting Platform open to Tab 1.

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Isn’t it cute?

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Now we’ll die cut just the cupcake to add an additional layer. First, insert patterned paper into the embossing folder, and run it through your die cutting machine. Then place the cupcake die over the embossing image. Here’s where the Magnetic Platform came in really handy. Love that I could place my images so that one little flower ended up at the top of the cupcake. Makes me think there’s a cherry on top.

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Lightly sand over the embossed areas, revealing the white core underneath.

AudreyPettit Sizzix HappyBirthdayCupcakeCard Tut7I wanted a bit of additional texture, so I added Distress Crackle Paint to the frame of the label and the icing of the cupcake. Allow crackle paint to dry completely before moving onto the next step. Once the crackling begins to appear, you can speed up the rest of the drying process with a heat tool.

Then die cut the smallest bow from Tim Holtz’ Bow Tied Decorative Strip Die from yellow patterned paper using the Extended Cutting Platform. Assemble bow to add to the top of the tag.

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Cut a panel of patterned paper to fit the front of a 3.5 x 5 card base. Cut a 1.5 x 5 strip of paper and cut a V-notch into one end. I like to add brown ink to the edges of all my paper pieces to give a bit of contrast between layers. Adhere the banner strip down the center of the card base, followed by the large die cut tag shape. Then top the tag with the embossed label and cupcake shapes, using foam adhesive between for a bit of extra dimension. Lightly swipe a yellow ink pad over the sanded embossing. Finish with the die cut bow and a few pearl buttons.

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I think my finished card makes a beautiful set with the gift package I made recently, don’t you?

I hope you enjoyed my quick tutorial. 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!

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

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Hello, Friends, and happy Monday to you! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We’ve now had about five days of non-stop rain and gloom, which seems so strange and un-seasonal for this time of year. It’s definitely starting to alter the summertime vibe around here. And I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready for summer to end. But even if the weather’s not too bright and happy, my project for today is. It’s a fun frame I made recently for the Authentique blog, featuring a creative way to use the new 8×10 Authentic Art Prints.


Creating framed home decor with the new Authentic Art Prints is so quick and easy, and is my favorite thing to do with these fabulous 8×10 prints. Love that you can simply slip them inside a store-bought frame for an instant piece of art for your home. Or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, the Art Prints are also perfect for deconstructing and layering for more detailed and three-dimensional pieces, like my shadowbox. Either way, you’re going to love all the creative possibilities of these new prints.


I created my shadowbox as a gift for a friend, who fell in love with the quote from one of the Harmony Art Prints, and the butterfly patterned paper from the 12×12 papers. With just a bit of fussy cutting, and a few finishing accents, I was able to combine her favorites into one frame that will be perfect for dressing up her new art studio. I’ve got the complete 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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Hello, hello friends! Happy Monday! Recently, I shared a peek of a card I made for the BasicGrey blog, along with hints of a tutorial sharing how I created this fun background and framework using the new BasicGrey/Hero Arts stamps and stencils. And today I am here to share the full project and process.  I hope you enjoy!
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As a stamper, I love the fact that BasicGrey and Hero Arts have partnered up to provide us all with amazing stamps that perfectly coordinate with every BasicGrey line. Having an arsenal of stamps at hand really opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities. And how wonderful that all the guess work of mixing and matching stamps with papers has already been done for us.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard2For the Grand Bazaar collection, Hero Arts has introduced a new product to go along with their line-up…stencils. And today I’ve got a sweet card project to share using both the new stencils and the stamps, as well as a few tips and techniques for you to try.

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Stencils are very popular these days, and there are lots of fun techniques that you can do with them. For the interesting background I created on today’s card, I started by applying ink through the stencil onto a panel of white cardstock using a stamping sponge.

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Lift the stencil off of the cardstock, then mist the front of the stencil liberally with water…

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Then turn the stencil face down, line up the sponged pattern with the openings of the stencil, and press the stencil onto the cardstock. Use your fingers to press all over the entire surface of the stencil.

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Then remove the stencil and check out the cool pattern you just created! Once the paper has had a chance to dry, cut down the panel to fit your layered card base.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard Tut7I love the look of Polaroid-style photo frames on cards. The fun frame I used here is actually the negative die-cut frame opening leftover from another project, but I thought it was just too pretty to throw away. It’s embossed and watercolored, using the adorable Diamond Background cling stamp, then cut down slightly to fit my card front.

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To create this look, begin by stamping the background stamp onto a panel of white cardstock using clear embossing ink, then heat emboss with white embossing powder.

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Then apply ink color over the embossing using your ink pads and a very wet paintbrush.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard4Allow the paper to dry, then add the framework to the card front. You can add decorative machine stitching like I did, if you wish.

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Stamp the adorable fox from the Small Things clear stamp set onto a scrap of white cardstock using pink ink. I very lightly spritzed my inked image with water before stamping, which gave me a bit of a mottled appearance on my finished image.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard Tut6I then added a bit of watercolor to the image before fussy cutting it out and adhering it to the bottom corner of my frame with pop dots for a bit of dimension.

AudreyPettit BG GrandBazaarSmallThingsCard5Stamping my sentiment from the Small Things set onto clear vellum allows the pretty background to show through.  I added a few black candy buttons, and a pretty bow made from trims and a Grand Bazaar die cut and resin flower, for a final bit of pizazz!

BasicGrey Grand Bazaar collection:
Istanbul 12×12 Paper
Taksim 12×12 Paper
Byzantine 12×12 Paper
Die Cuts & Transparencies
Resin Flower Stickers
Candy Buttons- Black and White

BasicGrey/Hero Arts Grand Bazaar collection:
Small Things Clear Stamp Set
Diamond Background Cling Stamp
Quilt Motif Stencil

Cardstock, Vellum: Stampin’Up
Ink: Hero Arts, Clearsnap, Stampin’Up
Embossing Powder: Stampin’Up
String: Craft Supply

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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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Hi Sweeties, and happy Friday! Our first full week of summer vacation is coming to an end already, and my, how it has flied! Only one week in, and I’m already wishing I could slow things down a bit.

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Today I have a fun fabric project to share with you that I made for Therm O Web. It’s a fusible-fleece lined tote bag made with the adorable Hello World fabric collection by Blend Fabrics, our amazing product partner on the blog this week.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb BlendFabric HelloWorldTote6Tote bags of all shapes and sizes have become one of my top favorite products these days. Of course they are fabulous for carrying all sorts of things, like books or craft supplies, or even just a wallet and car keys. Lately, I’ve taken to keeping a supply on hand in my car for shopping bags.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb BlendFabric HelloWorldTote3I mean, totes are way cuter than any store plastic bag, and much more environment-friendly, too. And better yet, they are one of the easiest sewing projects to complete, even for novice sewers, like me.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb BlendFabric HelloWorldTote4I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for creating this project up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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Hi everyone, and happy Wednesday! If you are looking for my Hero Arts & BasicGrey Grand Bazaar Blog Hop post, please click here. Huge thanks to all of you who visited during the hop and left such sweet comments. You still have until 11:59pm PST tonight to leave comments along the hop to win one of two amazing Grand Bazaar prize packages. Good luck!

AudreyPettit Thermoweb GetawayCardSetThis week, the design team is sharing fun and creative uses for Zots adhesive dots on the Therm O Web blog. Of course most folks know that Zots glue dots are perfect for adhering embellishments to paper, or just about anything else for that matter. But Zots can also be used in many more creative ways to actually become the embellishment, all on their own.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb GetawayCardSet2On the blog are all sorts of fabulous ideas for adding glitter or flower soft to Zots dots and Zips lines, and heat embossing, too. For my project, I came up with an easy way to make faux wax seal embellishments with 3D Zots.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb GetawayCardSet3These wax seals are so fun and versatile, and are surprisingly easy to make. Simply cover a 3D Zots dot with embossing powder, heat until melted, and impress with a small rubber stamp to create a pattern.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb GetawayCardSet4Simple and fun, right? And better yet, the seals can be made with any color embossing powder, and impressed with any number of texture plates, stamps, or even household items, for tons of unique handmade embellishment ideas.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb GetawayCardSet5I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial, along with some tips and tricks I discovered along the way, up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! It’s our first day of summer vacation today! Can I get an Ah-Yeah?

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BasicGrey | Mon Ami

Happy Monday, Sweeties! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today I have a card to share with you that I made for the BasicGrey blog, along with a fun technique for creating an interesting paper pieced pattern using only a simple square paper punch.

AudreyPettit BG MonAmi HelloCardThe fun thing about paper piecing is that you can combine your pieces many different ways, using many different shapes and patterns, and create many unique looks. Play around and see how many patterns you can come up with, or go for a completely random mix, whichever you prefer. On my card today, I used a variety of papers from the Mon Ami 6 x 6″ paper pad  to create a fun chevron-stripe paper pieced background that is both eye-catching and super simple to do.

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Paired it with one of my shabby handmade flowers and some die cut branches layered onto a Mon Ami scalloped circle sticker. Added some pretty candy buttons and a stamped sentiment from The Details Capture clear stamp set. I stamped the image in red, then filled it in with a golden yellow to match.

AudreyPettit BG MonAmi HelloCard2I’ve got the complete step by step tutorial for creating my paper pieced background up on the BasicGrey blog, if you’d like to learn more.

So this weekend, since it is officially spring now and all, I decided to go ahead and pack up all my snowmen and winter decor. I’m ready for sunshine, and bunnies, and flowers, and baby chicks, and sweet spring things….

But now our forecast is predicting more possible snow for us tomorrow… I guess Old Man Winter is laughing. Perhaps that’s what I get for telling him to go away. Sigh


Mon Ami 6×6 Paper Pad
Mon Ami Title Stickers
The Details Capture clear stamp set
Candy Buttons- Red and Cream

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