Like Stars with Therm O Web

Hi sweet friends! Happy Thursday!

I am definitely keeping quite the varied blog schedule these days, but I hope you’ll bear with me while I’m still on vacation mode! We’re down to our last week here in sunny California, and I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by. Seems like there’s something going on every minute….but I wouldn’t have it any other way! My heart is definitely recharging spending time with my family in my childhood home, and visiting with friends near and dear.

Although I’ve spent the past twenty-three years in North Carolina, this little spot out here in Northern California will always feel like home to me. And I feel so incredibly blessed that when I return here, I get the chance to reconnect with friends from lots of different periods in my life, from my early schooldays through college, and then later working days, and even newer friends I’ve met through this wonderful hobby of papercrafting, too. This past weekend, I spent a day with my super sweet and talented friend, Wanda, from A Blog Called Wanda, and we had the best time chatting and laughing and shopping the day away. There’s just nothing like girlfriend time to recharge the old batteries! So it seemed rather fitting to share this friendship card today, with a sentiment that most definitely rings true.

This card features the fun new Fancy Foils and Foil-Mate products from the GinaK Designs line from Therm O Web along with papers from Photo Play Paper’s adorable Summer Bucket List collection. I am loving those shiny bright foiled polka dots in the background, and the two-toned foil look on the sentiment. I’ve got a full tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll leave you with a photo that I borrowed from my friend, Wanda, of the two of us!

Wishing you all a very wonderful day! XOXO

Adventure Awaits with Photo Play Paper

Hi sweet friends! Happy Tuesday! Hope your weeks are off to a great start!

 

The family and I have just returned from a quick trip into the beautiful Cascade mountain range of Northern California! We have spent probably a good 17 hours in the car over the past two days, and I am feeling every hour of them in these old bones of mine…. But what an amazing adventure! The perfect adventure, in fact, for a little travel journal, like this one I’m sharing for Photo Play Paper today.

This little notebook is the perfect small size for an adventure on the go, as you can easily slip this right into your back pocket without worrying about carrying anything extra with you. And I love that it came with its own attached pen. I dressed up the pen and notebook cover with fun papers and stickers from Photo Play Paper’s Boarding Pass collection. And if you’re on their mailing list, you will have received all the details and how-tos for this project, along with free cutting files, too, in your email last week.

My friends at Photo Play are offering a free Boarding Pass collection kit on their Facebook page, so be sure to stop by!  Comments are open until the 28th.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Before I go, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite moments from our trip!

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Beautiful Mount Shasta and Burney Falls!

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Lake Shasta

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Shasta Caverns

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And a goofy selfie at Lassen National Volcanic Park…. probably the only time I will ever experience 100 degree temperatures while standing in the snow!

Wishing you a wonderful day!

 

Scrapbook & Cards Today- Take 2

Hi Friends! Happy Friday!

Last week I had the great pleasure of guesting over on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog, sharing a pair of outdoorsy camp cards featuring Photo Play Paper’s new summer collections. I shared the first card in my last post, and today I am excited to share number two.

Once again, I combined papers from both the Campfire and the Lakeside collections for my background, and then made a fun paper-pieced scene for that adorable bear. Seriously cannot resist me a cute little critter.

I pulled in more of the stamp images this time to add a swag element to the top of the frame, and for the sentiment, too. Colored the images with Zig markers, and die cut them with the matching set of dies.

These fun Photo Play Paper lines are definitely making me ready for some summer adventures. We’re hoping to head north to the mountains this weekend, so perhaps a real bear, or two, will be on the agenda! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, too. And thanks so much for stopping by!

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Hi Friends! Waving a giant hello to you all from the sunny state of California!

This past week I had the great pleasure of sharing a guest post over on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog, and today I am happy to share one of my card projects here with you, too. Since it’s now June, and I am in vacation mode, it seemed the perfect time to play with Photo Play Paper’s new outdoorsy summer collections, Lakeside and Campfire.

I absolutely adore these new nature-inspired collections, and love how beautifully they work together. I am a sucker for cute little critters, so couldn’t resist using this adorable bear stamp for both of the cards I made, and mixing a bit of paper from both collections to complete my scenes.


I stamped the bear onto watercolor paper and colored the image with Zig Clean Color markers before die cutting with the coordinating die shape. Love how the bear is just peeking in from the corner of the frame.

I’ve got more details and a complete supply list, as well as a second camp card to share, up on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog, if you’d like to see more. And be sure to enter the prize giveaway HERE for a chance to win these awesome Photo Play Paper stamps, dies, and collection kits.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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A Father’s Day Tutorial with Ranger Ink

Hello, Crafty Friends!
Thanks for stopping by!

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com
I’m off to a bit of a late start to my week, with a Tuesday post instead of my usual Monday. It’s been busy here, with lots of things on my to-do list….. but busy in a very good way. Tomorrow we’re heading out on vacation. I’m going home, friends! Home to visit my family. 🙂


It’s a very rare occurrence for me, but this year I get to spend Father’s Day with my dad. And of course a special occasion like that calls for a handmade card. So I have pulled out some of my favorite inky Ranger and Tim Holtz goodies to create this retro, masculine Father’s Day card for him, which I’m very excited to be sharing this week on the Ranger Ink blog.


My parents live near San Francisco, so it seems only fitting to pull out this amazing Tim Holtz Cityscape die for his Father’s Day card this year. I love all the individual pieces that come in this collection, but for this card, I used one of the border dies to create a quick and easy city scene, layered onto a Stitched Rectangles die cut frame.


I pulled out some of the darker range of Distress inks to watercolor the buildings, and then added highlights to the vellum windows with a yellow Distress marker. The sky was water-colored, too, with a golden glow for a sunny background.


I added some stamps and splatters, and a grungy finish with opaque Texture Paste. Papers from the Memoranda paper stash and a die cut sentiment banner.

I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more!

P.S.~ Today is the last chance to snatch up the few remaining goodies in my AudOnes Prims shop before I close for vacation. There’s still a couple of items from my nautical summer mini-release, and even a few remaining spring prims, as well. Last chance!

 

 

Have a wonderful day, everyone! I’m heading out tomorrow, but hope to visit and post while I’m away.  So, my friends, I will see you all soon!


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The Granby Necklace with Tim Holtz Assemblage

Hello, Crafty Friends!
Happy, Happy Friday!

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I have been having the most fun playing with the new Tim Holtz Assemblage collection, and today I am excited to share my latest jewelry piece with you! This one I am calling my Granby necklace, once again named for the beautiful tag charm I used.


I know I’ve mentioned lots of things that I love about this jewelry line, but I have to say it again… each piece is so beautifully crafted, and I’m in awe of just how many different finishes and findings there are to choose from.


So far, I’ve managed to make necklaces in both a gunmetal and antique brass finish (click here and here if you missed those posts), and today I have a bright silver piece to share, accented with my most favorite stone ever, turquoise. Once again I’ve taken lots of photos, and will walk you through the assembly process for all of those wishing to create their own Granby accessories.


One of my favorite things about creating my own handmade jewelry is having the ability to mix and match many different pieces into one. For this necklace, I have combined three silver chains, and love the visual texture that adds. And better yet, I still have pieces of leftover chain that are perfect for making a matching bracelet. Bonus! For this necklace, I began with the Silver Textured Loop chain, with a Flat Toggle clasp added in the middle. At the right end, I added a Diamonds & Pearls charm and and one of the smaller Turquoise Medallions.


From the bottom of the medallion, I added two chains, a 5″ length of Silver Delicate Loop chain, and a 7″ length of Silver Link chain. Simply open up a link on any of the chains to create lengths in any size. At the halfway point on the Silver Link section, I added the focal point dangle, made from many pieces but soooo easy to put together. First I attached a Pearl & Ornate Frame Pendant, with a Sparkling Rondelle added to the same jump ring. From the frame itself, hangs the Tags Charm followed by another Diamonds & Pearls charm.


At the other end is a repeat of elements. The chains are attached to the second Turquoise Medallion, and then the medallion links to the other side of the necklace. I also added another Diamonds & Pearls charm to pull it all together.

So fun, and really easy, too! Remember all Tim Holtz Assemblage products are available through Joanne Fabric & Craft stores or online at joann.com, and now through Simon Says Stamp, too.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


The products I used are linked below:

Tim Holtz Assemblage 18 INCH DELICATE SILVER LOOP CHAIN THA20012Tim Holtz Assemblage 18 INCH SILVER LINK CHAIN THA20013Tim Holtz Assemblage 18 INCH SILVER TEXTURED LOOP CHAIN THA20015Tim Holtz Assemblage PEARL AND ORNATE FRAME PENDANT THA20077Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 3 MEDALLIONS CHARMS TURQUOISE THA20049Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 3 TAGS CHARMS THA20048Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 12 DIAMONDS AND PEARLS CHARMS THA20028Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 8 SPARKLING RONDELLS CHARMS THA20046Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 6 FLAT TOGGLES CLASPS THA20052Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 60 JUMP RINGS FINDINGS ASSORTED THA20063

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AudOnes Prims Nautical Summer Mini-Release

Hi Friends!
I am so happy today to share with you the release of my new nautical summer collection at AudOnes Prims! This is a very small release, available for one short week only before I put my shop on summer vacation. But I’m super excited to share it with you, and I hope that you will love it as much as I do!


Tomorrow is the first of June already, and like many of you, I’ve got summer on my mind. I am so ready to hit the beach, and soak up the sun. And that is what has inspired my latest collection. This mini release is filled with the cutest little sea creatures, made from the most adorable seaside fabric collection ever.


In honor of my reveal today, I decided to spruce up my front entryway in a beach theme to match. Great excuse for a little summer decorating to kick off the season, and a chance to get a peek at my new shop goodies, too.


As many of you already know, I have a small “thing” for transferware dishes, and love to collect them in all colors and patterns. I usually pair the blues with red for an Americana theme for summer, but this time I kept to a crisp blue and white palette for a more beach cottage kind of look, mixed in with lots of my favorite things.


As always, my decorating is an absolute mish-mash, but it’s this random assortment of life’s treasures that do bring the most joy. I’m really liking how the new prims fit right in. That whale is looking pretty happy to be here, don’t you think?


My new nautical collection consists of a couple of sea friends pillows and some cute critters, too. I’m sure you’ll be able to spot them all!




My new summer mini-release will be available in my shop at 10:00 a.m. EST this morning.
I do hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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