Smiles Across the Miles with Simple Stories

Today is the day, my friends. The last day of school, and the last time… the very last time I will ever pack a lunchbox and send a wee one off to the bus stop in the morning. It’s a day for celebration, of course, but I will admit that this old momma is pretty emotional. That fifteen years could fly by in the blink of an eye, and leave me now standing on the other side looking back, is a bit of a shock, a whirlwind of memories and moments, a mix of happiness and sadness…. all jumbled up together.

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But for my wee Missy Nik, today is simply a day for rejoicing. A happy day. So today I thought I would share a bright and happy card with you that I made recently for the Simple Stories blog, featuring the adorable I Am collection and lots and lots of sweet polka dots.

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To me, there is nothing quite as happy and fun as a bunch of polka dots, and I have combined a ton of them here. There’s dots on the background paper, and dots from a mix of SN@P journaling cards, and even dots on the washi tape, too. Does make me smile. I think it livens things up, don’t you?

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Thank you so much for stopping by! This card goes out to all of you. I’m sending smiles across the miles to all of YOU, my friends. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

Supplies:

Smiles Across the Miles Card:
4516 Creative 12×12 paper
4522 6×6 Paper Pad
4523 SN@P! Cards
4528 6×12 Chipboard
4529 Bits and Pieces
4535 Washi Paper Tape

 

Commemorate Money Holder with Ranger Ink

Hello, hello Friends, and Happy Memorial Day! To all our military personnel and their families, thank you for your ceaseless dedication and sacrifice in defending this great country of ours! You are truly America’s greatest heroes!

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Today I am super excited to be guest designing over on the Ranger Ink blog, sharing a project that may come in handy for a lot of us right now. So of course this is graduation time of year, and you all may remember that this is a super big year for us at my house. My wee Missy Nik will be graduating from high school in just a few short weeks, and as is often traditional on these occasions, I know she’ll be receiving some gift money from the family.

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Of course a special event like this needs a special gift wrap, and today I’ve got a just such a project to share with you. A quick and easy money holder, perfect for cash, checks, notes, or gift cards, that can be easily personalized to suit any theme or style you wish. 

Commemorate Money Holder by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Being for my little Miss, I was able to load this up with lots of pretty details in a soft blue and green color palette that is her absolute favorite. There’s a gorgeous stenciled background and beautiful new Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous Flower Garden stamps. Does that Abandoned Coral Distress not just pop off the page here? And the new Burlap Textured Surfaces paper and gold Deco Paper, too?

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I do hope she loves it! And I do hope this old momma holds it together!

If you’d like to learn more, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for my money holder up on the Ranger Ink blog today.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Remember This Day with BasicGrey

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AudreyPettit BG TeaGarden RememberHangingHello Sweeties! Happy Friday! We are in celebration mode here at my house today.  What I didn’t really realize was that, because of some brand new end-of-year testing changes and senior exemptions, etc, etc…. well….. that we only have two more days of school next week. And then we are done! Finished! And ohmyword, then my wee Missy Peanut will be graduating! And as you can imagine, I am a whirlwind of emotion about that….

AudreyPettit BG TeaGarden RememberHanging2Today I have a sweet home decor project to share with you. A shabby chic wall hanging I made with BasicGrey’s beautiful Tea Garden collection. I must say, I really do love a good wall hanging. They are such an easy way to add a bit of handmade or seasonal decor to your home, and there is always a little nook or cranny they could be stuck into, or a spare doorknob they could hang from. This particular hanging, with the sentiment on this sticker, seems so fitting for the happenings in our house right now, and is a motto I am trying to embrace. Time just moves so quickly, and kids grow up so fast. I am really trying to stop, slow down, and remember each day.

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Lots of layers of pretty Tea Garden papers, and a bit of corrugated cardboard for structure. The beautiful flowers were fussy cut from the 12×12 papers. A label sticker sentiment on the top corner, layered over additional banner and border strips. I even made a shaker element on the side using recycled plastic packaging and handmade sequins. I’ve got more details up on the BasicGrey blog, if you care to take a peek!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you all have a wonderful, amazing weekend! And cheers to a three-day weekend here in the states!

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Supplies:
Rose Hip 12×12 Paper
Earl Grey 12×12 Paper
Green Tea 12×12 Paper
Spiced 12×12 Paper
Jasmine 12×12 Paper
Chai 12×12 Paper
Element Stickers
Border Punch: Fiskars
Trim: Stampin’Up (chevron twill), vintage seam binding
Clothespin: Little Yellow Bicycle
Paint, Ink: Ranger Distress

Quilt Market Deco Foil Bunnies with Therm O Web

Hi Sweeties, happy Wednesday! As some of you may know, the 2015 Spring International Quilt Market was this past weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Like CHA for papercrafters, Quilt Market is a time for fabric designers and textile artists to come together to share the latest collections and products. And like CHA, Quilt Market has classes and seminars, make n’ takes and demos, and lots and lots of booths filled with amazing textile projects.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoilBunnyPair2I would love to learn how to quilt some day, but for now, that skill is way beyond me. I can make a mean rag doll, though, and I was super excited to have several of my dolls requisitioned for the Therm O Web booth. Bunnies, to be precise…. lots and lots of bunnies… ’cause it seems that you never can have just one of those things.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoilBunnyPairHere are two of my silly bunnies together. You may recognize the guy on the left. Both are made with Indygo Junction’s beautiful Crossroads Denim fabric, and both are embellished with Therm O Web iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Sheets. Since my original bunny was such a big hit, I was asked to make another larger version to showcase yet another fun way to use Therm O Web’s amazing new line of Deco Foil™ sheets.

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Now being rag dolls, I was going for a raggedy look with my foil fabrics, so I’ve been doing a bit of experimenting.  I’ve tried out a couple of different “stamping” techniques here, using the liquid Deco Foil Transfer Adhesive. The first, using the tip of a pencil eraser to create small dots of foiled areas. If you missed that tutorial, you can check it out here.

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And for the second, I’ve used a pair of wood-mounted stamps to create a fun foiled floral pattern. If you’d like to see how, you can check out my tutorial here.

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So these two went to market, and they took a pair of friends with them, too….

…..I sure hope they don’t bring any more buddies home with them!

Silly rabbits!

Sizzix Tutorial- Heartfelt Thanks

Hi everyone, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Today I have a quick Sizzix tutorial to share with you featuring a fun mix of Tim Holtz Alterations dies, both new and old, as well as some of his new Textured Surfaces

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Those of you who’ve known me for awhile know that I’m basically a shabby gal deep down at heart, and this shabby little card really does make this ol’ gal quite happy. I am crazy about the new Tim Holtz Textured Surfaces. Love the natural and rugged touch they add, and as the name implies, love that texture. I’ve used two of the new surfaces here, with the burlap background and the cork hearts.  I think they add a ton of charm, and best thing? You can alter, paint, ink, cut, tear, punch and yes, die cut, the Textured Surfaces for all sorts of crafting possibilities.

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Along with the new surfaces, I’ve used a fun mix of Sizzix Alterations dies for my card. Layered onto the burlap background is a panel of patterned paper that was die cut with one of my favorite older dies, the Movers & Shapers Postage Stamp Frame. I stitched around the edge of the frame, and then adhered it onto the burlap using strong red-line adhesive. Love the detail of that postage stamp edge, and talk about easy.

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The main panel is from the Thinlits Postage Dots die set that was part of the travel themed March release. I stamped some script verse onto the panel with Picket Fence Distress Paint, and then inked the paper with soft pink and brown inks. Stitched each section for a bit of extra detail. Here’s how.

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To create my main panel, I die cut the smaller of the two Postage Dots dies from manila cardstock using this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich for Thinlits and Framelits dies: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.

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The Postage Dots dies pierce all those tiny holes you see separating the sections.. but as often the case with such intricate dies, some of the tiny pieces may be left behind. That’s where a new Sizzix tool, the Die Brush, comes in mighty handy.

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Simply lay your die cut down onto the foam pad included in the kit, and roll over the top with the die brush. The bristles of the brush get down into the cuts and grooves, and remove all the tiny pieces for you.

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I added a large paper banner strip to the postage frame background, topped with a bit of Tim Holtz tissue tape, remnant rubs, and shiny mirrored stars. The hearts are from the Sizzix Heartfelt Bigz die, from Tim’s January release. Great thing about Bigz dies is that they can die cut any number of materials, including this fabulous cork paper, using this standard die cutting sandwich for Bigz dies: Standard Cutting Pad, Bigz die (cutting side up), paper or material to be cut, Standard Cutting Pad. I painted the edges of the hearts with Picket Fence paint, and added some Remnant Rubs. The Thanks sentiment was also painted, and added to the bottom of the postage dots frame. It is from the Handwritten Celebrate Thinlits die set.

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you are interested in any of the products I’ve shared with you today, I am happy to share a special discount code SZB2015, good anytime until December 31st for 15% off regular priced purchases at Sizzix.com. (sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time).

Hope you all have a wonderful day!
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Supplies:

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Sizzix Movers & Shapers Die – Postage Stamp Frame

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Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK – Postage Dots

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Sizzix Bigz Die – Heartfelt

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Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 7PK – Handwritten Celebrate

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Sizzix Accessory – Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin Dies

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Sizzix Accessory – Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies

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Sizzix Accessory – Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair

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Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)

 

My Creative Time 43rd Edition Release Blog Hop

b6182-43rdeditionbannerWelcome to the My Creative Time 43rd Edition Release Blog Hop! Today is a happy day, because finally it is release day for all of the wonderful products you’ve been seeing in the sneak peeks throughout this past week. And to celebrate, we are taking one more look at the new stamps and dies from this month’s special birthday release. You should have arrived from Veronica’s blog, but if you’ve gotten lost anywhere along the way, you can always pop back to the start at My Creative Time.

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I am so excited to have had the opportunity to play along this week, and in honor of this absolutely adorable birthday-themed release, I have one last birthday card to share with you. This is the super cute Light the Candles stamp set and matching dies.

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There are sooooo many cute sentiments in this set. It was too hard to chose, so I decided to stack a couple of my favorites to create one long, extended greeting. And then I filled in the background with some XOXO’s for a little extra detail. Love how it ends up looking like my own custom patterned paper.

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For my cupcake, I used a combination of stamps and dies from the Light the Candles set, and did a bit of water-coloring and paper piecing, both. I chose colors, of course, from the papers, and pulled in a bit of the gingham from the background for my cupcake frosting. So silly, but so completely sweet!

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And now here’s a full look at the Light the Candles stamp and die set!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am the last stop along the hop. But before we go, here’s a bit of information for you about today’s release.

“FREEBIE STAMP”
For our “Freebie” stamp for this release, we are giving away this ADORABLE stamp and die set “Sweet Wishes” to the FIRST 150 shoppers! If you are one of the first 150 shoppers, you do not have to add this set to your cart, as it will be entered automatically. After that, this set will be available for purchase in the shop, along with the rest of today’s release.
***BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY***
For our blog hop giveaway, Emma is giving away a $50 gift card to the “My Creative Time” store to ONE LUCKY winner! ALL you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the MORE chances you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case “YOU” are the lucky winner! 
 ***SALE ALERT***
ALSO, DON’T FORGET our sale starts RIGHT NOW here: http://shop.my-creative-time.com/New-Release_c40.htm! Use the code: MAY2015 to receive a discount off your entire purchase! This sale applies to “IN-STOCK” items ONLY. This sale will end on Friday, May 22nd @midnight PST.
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Supplies:
My Creative Time Light the Candles
Watercolor Paper: Strathmore 140 lb. Cold Press
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Fresh Cut collection
Twine: The Twinery
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink- Watering Can; Ranger Distress Ink- Tumbled Glass, Festive Berries, Peeled Paint; Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink- Lime Pastel
Corner Rounder: Stampin’Up

Celebrate You with My Creative Time

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Hi everyone, and welcome back to Day Four of sneak peeks at My Creative Time! It’s the last day of sneak peeks today, and we have one last birthday set to share with you. This time, a super cute mini gift bag die and coordinating birthday stamps called Chalkboard Birthday.

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This adorable shopping bag gift bag is the perfect size for packaging small gifts or treats, and makes a wonderful money or gift card holder. Love it for birthdays, paired with the matching stamps from the set, but how cute would this be for graduation, too? I’ve got one of those coming up in my house in just a few short weeks, and this little gift bag is going to come in mighty handy.

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I’ve got the perfect little gift to fit in my bag, for my wee Missy Nik who is graduating from high school this year. So I’ve made this bag in honor of her, from a favorite sweet gingham print and lots of soft, pretty colors. The celebrate banner and candles have been stamped on light pink patterned paper, and watercolored with Distress inks. They are from two different images that I combined with a bit of masking, and then fussy cut to layer on a Scalloped Stitched Oval die cut. The tiny stars are from a third chalkboard image that were selectively stamped onto the background. I added Stickles glitter and Glossy Accents to the candle flames for a bit of shimmer and shine.

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Be sure to stop by the My Creative Time blog to see lots more fun sneak peek projects from the team. And interested in a chance to win?

***Sneak Peek giveaway!***

Emma will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner!
ALL you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the more chances you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case “YOU” are the lucky winner! 
For EXTRA entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even instagram it- #mycreativetime
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Supplies:
My Creative Time Chalkboard Birthday
My Creative Time Scalloped Stitched Oval Dies
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper Open Book collection
Ink: Ranger- Jet Black Archival, Distress Ink (Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose, Squeezed Lemonade)
Stickles: Ranger Star Dust
Glossy Accents: Ranger
Trim: May Arts