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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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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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I’m getting a very late start to things. It’s just such a busy and happy day for us here today. Not only are the wee folk finally both officially finished with school for the year, but my parents arrived last night, as well. Now I can finally give my sweet mom her overdue birthday present and the little heart pillow I made her for Mother’s Day. And since I’m doing some gift giving today, of course I need some pretty gift packaging to go along. Sizzix dies to the rescue!

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I don’t always have the right size gift boxes or bags on hand, but I’ve learned that it’s quite easy to make your own packaging, like this little gusset gift bag. I love that you can modify the size to suit your gift and that you can perfectly customize it for any theme or occasion. And made from scratch from just a bit of paper, this gift bag costs way less than the store-bought variety.

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For the basic construction of the bag, start with a single sheet of thin paper or even wrapping paper. I used an 8.5 x 11 piece of thin kraft paper layered with a sheet of dictionary paper. You can use a 12×12 sheet, or even paper from a roll, depending upon what size you want the finished bag.

Fold in the two sides so that they just slightly overlap in the middle.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix Enjoy Life GiftBag Tut1Secure the flaps with strong adhesive. Then fold up the bottom of the bag 1″. Open the bottom fold as shown.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix Enjoy Life GiftBag Tut2You now have sort of a top and bottom “flap”. Fold down the top flap halfway and fold up the bottom flap so that it slightly overlaps. Secure with strong adhesive.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix Enjoy Life GiftBag Tut3Using a bone folder or scoring tool, score 1/2″ in down each side of the bag.

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Now you can open up the bag, using the score lines on the side to create a valley fold.

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That is the basic construction. Trim the top down some if you wish.

Add color with watercolor pencils and gelatos to match your papers or theme. I also sanded my bag so the kraft paper beneath shows. You know how I like to have my junk look old and distressed…

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Then blend the color using a wet paintbrush. Here you can see that I’ve started the process at the top.

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To close the bag, punch two holes about an inch apart at the top of the bag. Thread ribbon through the holes to the back, wrap the ribbon around to the front and tie.

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Now decorate your bag. My mom likes flowers, so I made a big shabby flower for the center of my bow using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals and Tattered Leaves dies.

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Simply die cut several of the flower shapes from a variety of patterned papers. I used My Mind’s Eye’s The Sweetest Thing 6×6 pad for mine.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix Enjoy Life GiftBag Tut6Ink the edges of the flowers with brown ink and crumple each flower layer lightly in your hand. Smooth them out slightly and start stacking them together. I added 4 layers of flowers, and then added a hemp bow in the center.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix Enjoy Life GiftBag Tut7Then added the next smaller flower shape embellished with a custom bubble cap on top.

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Adhered the flower to the gift bag, along with a few extra trims, a pair of leaves inked and folded, and a ticket tag for the sentiment.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix Enjoy Life GiftBag4Now it’s time to let my mom open her presents!

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! We’re in the midst of Tropical Storm Andrea here in North Carolina, but life is good! Happy weekend to you!



Sizzix Bigz Die – Tattered Florals
Sizzix Bigz Die – Tattered Leaves
Kraft Cardstock, Dictionary Paper: The Kraft Outlet
Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye
Ticket Die Cut, Cardstock Sticker: Authentique
Round 25 Shape Studio Tool and Round 25 Clear Bubble Cap: Epiphany Crafts
Trim: Stampin’Up, Offray, Craft Supply
Ink: Clearsnap
Adhesive: Therm O Web

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Hi everyone! Can you believe we have hit mid-week already? My word, but the days just seem to zip by so quickly. But here it is Wednesday, and that means it’s time for me to share my card for this week’s Watch Us Wednesday tutorial over at The Kraft Journal.

I knew as soon as I saw the Carnivals, Parades, or Parties challenge line-up that it was the perfect excuse to break out one of my all-time favorite stamps. I wanted the image to have a lot of color to look bright and festive, like there’s a party in town, but this design doesn’t lend itself well to traditional coloring with its thin outlined detailing. Time for a little emboss resist.

Emboss resist is very easy to do with just a few simple stamping supplies. Start by applying color directly to your stamp using ink pads in various colors. You’ll want to use pigment inks for their slower drying times and cat eye pads or removable wedge pads like these Petal Point inks by Clearsnap make getting in all the little corners much easier than using regular-sized pads. Once I was colored up, I stamped my image onto a Large Manila Shipping Tag. Immediately pour clear embossing powder over the stamped image and heat set the powder using an embossing tool.

Give the image a few seconds to cool, and then apply color to the entire tag, rubbing your ink pads over the entire surface until you get the desired depth of color. Here I used both a lime green and a light blue ink pad to create a background scene for my carnival.

As a final step, rub a cotton ball, tissue, or cloth over the stamped image, removing any excess ink. The embossing will “resist” the ink, leaving a crisp and clean design underneath. Now you are ready to use your tag on any number of projects, like my festive party card.

The bottom of my tag got some lace trim, while the top got a hand-stamped sentiment strip cut into a banner. Layered the tag onto a stamped Library Pocket and library card, and finally onto a card base made from Brown Kraft Coverweight Cardstock and patterned paper. Wrapped the card with Blue Baker’s Twine and finished it off with a pair of toothpick flags.

So what do you think? Is the circus in town? :)

Hope you’ll play along with us this week at The Kraft Journal. You still have until Sunday, 6 pm EST to upload your kraft carnivals, parades or parties project to the gallery. All participants in our challenges for the month of August have a chance to be featured on our “Feature Me Fridays” posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft Outlet Store Voucher!  The more challenges you enter this month, the more chances you have to win!

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On Monday, I teased you all with a little sneak peek of my latest Kraft Journal project featuring this week’s theme challenge-flowers. And today, I’m excited to share with you the project in its entirety, including a very fun and very funky dimensional flower I created for our Watch Us Wednesday tutorial.

I love the look of handmade flowers on my projects. They are fun and playful and work well for any number of themes and styles. They add a ton of visual texture and the best part is, they are super easy to make using only a few simple supplies most of us already have on hand.

This little number was created from patterned paper, Vintage Dictionary Pages, and a few paper punches from my stash. It’s been thoroughly dowsed with water, scrunched, flattened, layered, and sprayed with mist. I added a simple stamped sentiment on a Round Metal Edged Grungy Prim Tag, and a button center tied with my favorite hemp cord.

Added the flower, along with another strip of Vintage Dictionary Pages, Natural Twill Tying Tape, and a paper doily to a plain Kraft Coffee Bag for a fun and festive gift bag idea, perfect for just about any occasion.

For detailed photos and step-by-step instructions for creating this flower, please click here. And don’t forget you have until Sunday, April 3rd at 6 pm EST to upload your kraft and flower projects to The Kraft Journal for your chance to win this month’s $15 voucher to The Kraft Outlet store. Can’t wait to see all your fabulous creations!


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It seems like every year at about this time, I take a step or two back and think about the state of things and try to set a goal or two for the coming year. Although I don’t tend to set resolutions for myself, I do like to make a few general plans, such as get more organized, spend more time playing with my kids, or learn to bake. And every year I tell myself that this is the year I WILL use my rather large collection of stamps more often, instead of just letting them collect dust and take up space. So with that thought in mind, I decided to break out my stamps and little-used supplies and revisit an old favorite technique of mine, emboss resist in black.

If you’re not familiar with this emboss resist trick, I’ll show you how to do it, so you can play, too. You need a few basic stamping supplies to get started. Here is what I used.

You’ll need clear embossing powder and a heat tool, along with pigment inks in the color of your choice. Pigment inks are slow drying, making them the perfect medium for heat embossing. Dye inks dry too quickly, and will set before you can add the embossing powder. I used Petal Point colorwheel inks from Colorbox, a couple of beasties that haven’t seen the light of day at my house in many a moon. Next choose a solid image rubber stamp. You’ll want a bold image for this technique, as outline stamps won’t give you the same results.

Apply color directly to the stamp image. The nice thing about the Colorbox colorwheel is that each wedge of ink is removable, allowing for easier coloring. I applied two colors of green and two shades of yellow to my stamp, starting with the lightest color and moving into the darker. This will muddy your ink pads slightly, but gives depth and dimension to your stamped image. Once all the color is applied, stamp your image onto white cardstock, add clear embossing powder, and heat set your image.

Give your embossed piece a moment to cool, and then liberally swipe the entire panel with black pigment ink. Don’t worry about your image, just smear the ink across the whole thing, repeatedly, until you get full coverage.

Now take a piece of tissue and wipe over the image, removing the ink from the embossed image. Here you can see where I’ve wiped a small portion clear on the bottom of the flower stems. Continue to wipe until all the black ink is removed from the embossed image.

Now you have a fun emboss resist image to use on your next crafty project. I used mine to make a card, along with a few of my current fave scrappy goodies.

More Lunch Box Kraft cardstock from the Kraft Outlet. My favorite go-to cardstock. And more Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 patterned paper. Just can’t get enough of that stuff.

I’m loving these new sentiment cling stamps Babette has just started carrying at the Kraft Outlet. I vow these little cuties will get a ton of use. Don’t want to have to revisit them come January next year.

So, how about it? Do you want to set a goal to USE your supplies more often this year with me?  Tell me….

What crafty goody needs to see the light of day more often at YOUR house?

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Welcome everyone! I’m so excited to kick off our Week of Winter Wonderland event at Webster’s Pages today. All week long, the design team is partnering up to bring you fun and festive mini-classes and challenges chock full of wonderful ideas for gift-giving this season.

Jaz Lee and I worked together to create an altered recipe card box and hybrid-digital recipe cards using our gorgeous Sweet Season collection.

These recipe cards were a snap to make using the fun Digi Motifs from the Sweet Season collection. Dress them up with a bit of pinked edging or machine stitching, and add detailing with glitter glue, puffy paint, or liquid applique. Tie sets together for a great gift idea this holiday. They would look fabulous in a hand-crafted recipe box, like Jaz’s stunning creation above, or more simply packaged in a clear cello bag or a layered jute wrapping. The possibilities are endless.

Now it’s YOUR turn! Play along with us this week, and you could win a Webster’s Pages Christmas Paper Collection of your choice. Each design team member will be choosing one winner from each mini-class, giving you 10 chances to win. So the more classes you participate in, the more chances you have to win! For information on today’s projects, including a full supply list and step-by-step instructions, go here.


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