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…

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Paper Pumpkin Pillows with Authentique

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.
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.
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.
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.
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!

Cozy Christmas with Therm O Web and Simple Stories

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 really love the natural, woodsy vibe and colors of this line, and hope you will, too.  I made several projects, and today I will share the first here. 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!

Life is Good with Sizzix

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Sizzix Tutorial- Embossed Gift Tags Birthday Card

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 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

Life & Nature with Authentique

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.

Small Things with BasicGrey

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