Creativation 2017- The Scenic Route with Photo Play Paper

Hi Crafty Friends!

I’m back today with another CHA Creativation show project that I made for Photo Play Paper. This time, an adventure card featuring their new travel line, Boarding Pass.


Summer vacation will be here before we know it. Time to dream, and make plans…. and work on your stockpile of bon voyage cards, like me. I had fun with my corner rounder and white gel pen on this one, creating some faux stitching around the edges of my paper layers. Reminds me of the stitching on an old leather briefcase or valise, and seemed quite fitting for my travel theme.

The background is layered with several patterned papers from the collection. I particularly loved the stripes and map print, so featured them here. The explore card and sentiment strip are from the cut-apart journaling card sheet. The Scenic Route strip is from a larger card that was cut down to size. I added a bit of twine and some tiny staples, and tucked a ticket sticker behind, for some extra detail.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And may you always explore the scenic route!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE Two Pack 1919994May Arts OLIVE Twine String BurlapAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny StaplesWe R Memory Keepers Cropadile CORNER CHOMPER Radius 70904-6

Photo Play Paper Boarding Pass 12×12 Collection Kit

Creativation 2017- Hello Bloom with Photo Play Paper

Happy Monday, Crafty Friends!
I hope your week is off to a great start!

Today I have another of my Creativation show projects to share. This time, a spring-inspired card made with one of Photo Play Paper‘s twelve newly released paper collections, Bloom.

A simple mix of patterned papers for the background, in one of my all-time favorites combos… polka dots and plaid. A bit of trim and twine tied with a button. The vase of flowers is one of the cut-apart journaling cards. And the sentiment is from the set of matching Bloom stamps.

Hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks so much for stopping by!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below for your convenience:

Photo Play Paper - Bloom Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackNeenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsPhoto Play Paper - Bloom Collection - Clear Acrylic StampsRanger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468

Trim: May Arts ruffled tulle, American Crafts twine

Creativation 2017- One of a Kind with Ranger Ink

Happy Friday, Crafty Friends!

Today I have another Creativation show project to share. This time, a soft and shabby floral card I made for the Ranger Ink booth.

I am a sucker for browns and neutrals of all kinds, and tend to gravitate towards these colors often in my designs. Love them mixed with the soft pinks I used here. It’s a great feminine combo, and a good match for this Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp. Still one of my all-time favorite sets.

The focus of this project was on Distress Inks and Markers, and I tried to feature several techniques using those products here. The flower image was stamped and watercolored with Distress Inks, for a bit of a no-line coloring look. The backgrounds have been ink blended and grunged with Vintage collage medium and touches of glitter. I stamped a light text print with Distress onto the back of the oval die cut, too.

To call some extra attention to the pretty embossed background, I traced areas of the pattern with a dark brown Distress Marker, and then lightly spritzed the area with water to allow the ink to smooth and blend. A fun technique that could be done in so many different colorways, or combination of colors. And a different way to stretch the use of your basic supplies.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below for your convenience:

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps REFLECTIONS CMS111Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps FLOWER GARDEN cms215Tim Holtz Sizzix STITCHED OVALS Thinlits Die 661188Tim Holtz Sizzix DIAMONDS Texture Fades Embossing Folder 660243RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology CLIPPINGS Stickers Paperie TH93583Tim Holtz Idea-ology CRINKLE RIBBON TH93020Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FESTIVE BERRIES Ranger TIM32861Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger TIM20240Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Glitter Dust VINTAGE PLATINUM TDR49753Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium VINTAGE TDA47940We R Memory Keepers Cropadile CORNER CHOMPER Radius 70904-6Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842


He{art} Doll with Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements

Happy Wednesday! Hope all my Sweeties out there had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Today I’m switching gears from papercrafts to one of my little fabric projects. After a rather long hiatus from sewing these past few months due to the holidays and CHA, I have been going through fabric withdrawals. But a few dates with my sewing machine has me good as new. And now I have a new raggedy folk art doll to share with you.

Do you ever have supplies in your stash that you love so much, you’re afraid to use? That’s exactly the case with me here. This little dolly is filled with things I’ve been hoarding…. vintage treasures, trinket treasures, and my precious stash of Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric. But things tucked away into closets don’t bring much happiness. Not like a new little art dolly does.

One of my favorite parts of the doll making process is picking out which bits and bobs to use, and seeing the personality evolve from start to finish. I am just a sucker for neutrals and text-print, so this combo really speaks to me. And since I went with Tim Holtz fabric, I thought why not add some other favorites from his line, too?

As with paper, I tend to keep every little fabric scrap, and it’s a good thing I do. You never know when that little piece is going to come in handy. All the fabric I used here is from just one of the Eclectic Elements 12″ Fabric Crafting Pack. Leftovers from a previous project I made here. I’ve been working on my dressmaking skills, and love how her dress turned out. I made a ruffled skirt from the clock print, a top from the dictionary print, and legs from a typography print. Her underskirt and belt are made from remnant taffeta. I added some lace trim for a bit of color, and little pom poms for shoes. And for a perfect color match, I stained the pom poms with Distress Ink, too.

The face has been pieced from a variety of fabrics, with a bit of hand-stitching and vintage buttons for eyes. I dyed the pink fabric on her eyes and mouth with Distress Ink, and used an ink blending tool to apply a bit of soft Distress to her cheeks. The hair is from a piece of vintage velvet I’ve had for years, and the hair bow is made from vintage millinery…. treasured pieces I’ve been afraid to use, but so glad I finally did. This little dolly has truly captured a piece of my heart. So an Idea-ology (heart) typed token seemed the perfect finishing touch.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Friends! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below for your convenience:

Tim Holtz Fabric Eclectic Elements 14743 LABELS 8PC FAT EIGHTHTim Holtz Idea-ology TYPED TOKENS TH93203Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad VICTORIAN VELVET Ranger TIM27195Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger TIM20240Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FRAYED BURLAP Ranger TIM21469Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDF53170Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677

Other: fabric, lace, buttons, floss, polyfill fiber stuffing

Sizzix Tutorial- A Crazy Dog Valentine Tag

Happy Monday, Crafty Friends!

And Happy Valentine’s week! Tomorrow is the big day and we’re almost out of time, but today I am sneaking in with one final Valentine project. I’ve got a little last-minute gift tag topper to share, made with my favorite Crazy Dogs and Things from Tim Holtz.


This silly sweet gift tag is perfect for tying onto a simple treat bag or box. I punched a hole in the top of the tag, and tied it onto my goody bag along with a pair of decorative pencils. Or just tuck the tag into an envelope and it makes a great shaped card idea, too.

These silly dogs make me smile, every time. Love that there are lots of fashion accessories and extras that coordinate with this line that can be used for all the different holidays and occasions.


I added heart accents to my tag, and some pretty PhotoPlayPaper Valentine paper, to dress up this little holiday goody bag. I’ve got a quick Sizzix tutorial to share how, so let’s take a closer look.

audreypettit-sizzix-crazydogsvalentinetagtut11. Die cut a heart frame from patterned paper. To die cut the frame, nest two Hearts Framelits dies, and die cut using this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich for Thinlits and Framelits dies:
Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Framelit dies (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.

2. Die cut the largest heart shape again from both white cardstock and watercolor paper. You should now have two solid heart shapes and one heart frame.

3. Dab a variety of Distress Ink colors onto a non-stick craft mat and spray the ink with water. Press the smooth side of the watercolor paper heart into the ink mixture. Allow the ink to dry, or speed up the process with a heat tool. Repeat this step to intensify the color, if desired.

4. Place a stencil over the inked heart, and apply a darker color of Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.

audreypettit-sizzix-crazydogsvalentinetag-tut25. Stamp a dog image and Valentine greeting onto watercolor paper using black archival (waterproof) ink. Die cut the dog using the matching die. Cut the sentiment into a thin strip, and then snip the ends into banner notches.

6. Watercolor the dog image using Distress Inks.

7. Apply a thin bead of liquid adhesive to the edge of the inked/stenciled heart shape. Adhere lace trim to the edge of the heart. Make small snips into the lace to allow it to bend around the tight corners easier.

8. Apply red Distress Ink to the edges of the patterned paper heart frame and the sentiment strip. Adhere the frame to the inked/stenciled heart. Add foam adhesive to the back of the dog and sentiment strip, and adhere them to the tag. Stamp and die cut a heart candy box. Watercolor the image, and adhere it to the tag base. Add Glossy Accents to the dog’s eyes and collar, and to the bow on the heart.

audreypettit-sizzix-crazydogsvalentinetag-tut39. Using a bone folder or scoring board, score across the top left corner of the heart die cut from white cardstock. Bend the flap back and forth a bit to loosen the hinge. Apply strong adhesive to the flap section only, and adhere the two heart shapes together. Now you have a tag or a card with room for a handwritten note inside.

10. Punch a hole in the top left corner of the tag. Thread with twine and tie onto your gift package.

I hope you all have a super sweet Valentine’s Day, my friends!
Thanks for stopping by!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below for your convenience:

PhotoPlay SO LOVED 12 x 12 Collection Pack SL2419Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsRanger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Sizzix Framelits HEARTS Wafer Thin Die Set 657561Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2016 CRAZY DOGS CMS271Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits CRAZY DOGS Wafer Thin Die Set 661593Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps CRAZY THINGS CMS237Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits CRAZY THINGS Wafer Thin Die Set 660953Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps CRAZY TALK CMS236Simon Says Stamp Stencil FALLING HEARTS SSST121333May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Spun SugarTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FESTIVE BERRIES Ranger TIM32861Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093Sizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499

Valentine Pocket Pouches with Therm O Web

Happy Friday, Sweet Friends!

Today I have a Valentine treat holder idea to share that I made recently for the Therm O Web blog. A pair of sweet and simple fabric pocket pouches, perfect for a few holiday treats, and easy enough to make in bulk, even at the very last minute.


We don’t go big on Valentine’s Day at my house. Neither one of my kids has much of a sweet tooth, but I rarely let the day pass without gifting some small treat or trinket. This year, it’s a few Lindt chocolates tucked into these little fabric pouches. A fun alternative to the traditional paper gift bag.

The basic construction of these pouches is super easy, and the great thing is they can be made from any remnant fabric scraps you may already have at home. I lined the pouches with Therm O Web Stitch n’ Sew fleece for extra stability, and tied the tops off with some favorite ribbons and trim. Add a quick love note or hang tag, and you are good to go.

Simply start with a rectangle of fabric, fold in the sides, and secure with a bit of stitching. For a no-sew option, try Therm O Web’s Fabric Fuse adhesive. And for further instructions, check out my step-by-step tutorial on the Therm O Web blog.

Happy weekend, Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - WallflowerNeenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - HeartfeltTim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784StitchnSew Fleece Sew-In High Loft (White 45 in. d/f x 1 Yard pack) pictureTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet - Pink Melon - 5 PackTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - Liquid Adhesive - 2.1 Fluid OuncesRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Potting SoilTherm O Web FabricFuse TAPE Adhesive 3346

Stamps: So Sweet Seasons by Close To My Heart
Other: Fabric, Trim, Fabric Brads

You are Loved with PhotoPlay Paper

Hi Friends! Happy Wednesday!

I’m getting a bit of a late start today, and if I don’t watch out, Valentine’s Day will be here before I get the chance to share all my Valentine projects for the year! So today I’m going to jump into another Valentine card that I made recently for PhotoPlay Paper featuring their sweet So Loved collection.

So loved has a really great color combo… lots of traditional bright reds, white, and pink that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. I really love the addition of the bold black. So for this card, I made sure to add lots of extra black to make everything pop.

The background is pieced from several patterned papers, with some smaller paper strips cut into a banner shape across the bottom. I loved the large circle sticker from the Elements sheet for the main focal point, and just called a bit of extra attention to it with additional layered stickers and a bit of twine. White gel pen faux stitching add the final touch. Sweet and simple and better yet, easy to mail.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Wishing you a wonderful day!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below for your convenience:

PhotoPlay SO LOVED 12 x 12 Collection Pack SL2419Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLACK Black8Sizzix Framelits CIRCLES DOTTED Wafer Thin Die Set 661560Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE Two Pack 1919994Doodlebug BEETLE BLACK Doodle Twine