Sizzix Tutorial- A Crazy Dogs Trick or Treat

Hello Crafty Friends! Happy Friday!

 I have a fun Halloween project and Sizzix tutorial to share today. It’s a spooky silly Halloween card, done in my favorite Distress style, featuring those adorable Crazy Dogs from Tim Holtz.


This little cutie spotlights lots of new goodies from Tim’s fabulous 2016 Halloween Release, as well as some classic everyday basics, too. Halloween is just over a week away, so it’s high time for some treats. And that is no trick!

Ever since Tim released his original Crazy Birds, followed up by the Crazy Cats, I’ve been hoping for some Crazy Dogs, because I am a total dog person. These images are so much fun to color, and I am so impressed with how closely to the outline the matching Sizzix dies cut. I couldn’t resist adding a Crazy Things witch hat to my little pup friend, and coloring his accessories in a Distress Halloween color palette. And what do you think of that bone? I don’t think he’s letting go of it, friends… so watch your fingers.


I just love all of Tim’s new Halloween products, and used some of my favorites here. The new Materialize Paper Stash, and new Gothic Remnant Rubs. And don’t forget that realistic Idea-ology bone. All paired with some great everyday basics, like the Wallpaper and Wood background stamps I used here, and the Stitched Rectangles Framelits dies.

I’ve got a quick Sizzix tutorial to share with you, so let’s take a closer look.


  1. Stamp a Crazy Dog image onto watercolor paper using Jet Black Archival Ink.
  2. Color the image using Distress Inks. To watercolor with Distress, simply press your ink pad onto a non-stick craft sheet, mix the ink with a bit of water, and apply the color using a wet paintbrush.
  3. Apply Fossilized Amber Distress Ink to a piece of watercolor cardstock using a mini ink blending tool. Cover an area that is slightly larger than the third largest Stitched Rectangle die.
  4. Finally, die cut your image and the rectangle using this standard die cutting sandwich for Thinlits and Framelits dies: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.

audreypettit-sizzix-crazydogstrickortreatcardtut25. Ink the Wood cling stamp with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink, and spray the stamp liberally with clean water using the Distress Sprayer. Press the die cut rectangle down onto the stamp, applying pressure over the entire surface with your fingers. Set the paper aside to dry.

6. Nest the second and third largest rectangle dies, and hold them together with a piece of washi or post-it tape. Die cut the frame once from black cardstock, and once from a piece of craft foam.

Add patterned papers to a black card base that opens to the right. Round the two right corners using a corner rounder punch. Stack the black frame onto the foam frame, and nestle the wood print background into the frame. Add a stamped sentiment banner, and rub-on spider. Stamp, color, and die cut the witch’s hat to add to the dog. Add Glossy Accents to his eyes and teeth. Add clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the hat band and collar. And finally, stitch a bone onto the dog’s collar.

He’s all ready for his close-up. And for Halloween, too!

Looking for more Halloween inspiration? Check out this awesome Halloween Recap on Tim Holtz’s blog, filled with lots of spooky project ideas and tutorials from some amazingly talented designers.


Happy Haunting, Friends! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash MATERIALIZE 8 x 8 Cardstock Pack TH93303Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLACK Black8Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Sizzix STITCHED RECTANGLES Thinlits Die 661189Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits CRAZY DOGS Wafer Thin Die Set 661593Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2016 CRAZY DOGS CMS271Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits CRAZY THINGS Wafer Thin Die Set 660953Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps CRAZY THINGS CMS237Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps CRAZY TALK CMS236Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps WALLPAPER and WOOD cms126Tim Holtz Idea-ology GOTHIC Remnant Rubs TH93308Tim Holtz Idea-ology RESIN BONEYARD BONES Findings TH93304*ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker 025320Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad HICKORY SMOKE Ranger TIM43232Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FOSSILIZED AMBER Ranger TIM43225Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad RUSTY HINGE Ranger TIM27157Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842We R Memory Keepers Cropadile CORNER CHOMPER Radius 70904-6Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093



A Season’s Greetings

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

When I was off on my scrapbooking beach retreat a couple of weeks ago, I started working on my Christmas cards for the year. I finished 16 cards at the retreat, all made with a favorite old holiday collection, BasicGrey’s 25th & Pine. Today I have one of those cards to share with you.

I am a sucker for vintage glass ornaments, so this sweet paper version is one of my favorite pieces from the collection. I added the ornament to a large chipboard oval, and dressed it up with sequins, twine, and tag.

The card base is a simple pieced background, with papers cut on a diagonal. It’s a mix of 6×6 and 12×12 prints for a bit of interest. And I used some tiny scraps for border and flags.

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

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

Fiskars SCALLOP SENTIMENT Border Punch 0286028 Lilac Lane NEUTRALS Sequin Tin LL300May Arts NATURAL Twine String Burlap

BasicGrey 25th & Pine collection: Patterned Paper, 6×6 Paper Pad, Chipboard Stickers, Die Cuts & Transparencies Pack



A Foxy Fall Birthday

Happy Friday, Friends!

The girls and I are getting together tomorrow to celebrate my friend, Norma’s, birthday. So this week, I sat down to work on a birthday set for her.

I really love pretty gift packaging. And you all know me by now… brown paper packages are one of my most favorite things. But Norma’s plain old gift bag was in serious need of some dressing up. And since she has an autumn birthday, this was a perfect excuse to pull out a few of my favorite  fall collections and put together a little woodland harvest gift set.

Do you all recognize these papers? Super oldies from WeRMemoryKeepers and Imaginisce that must be five years old now, but they still make me smile. Love those little woodland critters. One of the best things about hand-delivering birthday treats is that you don’t have to worry about the bulk. So I had fun with the layers and dimension here, and pulled out some of my favorite old tricks that I haven’t used for awhile. Girly scallops and machine stitching. And the old timey sweetness of a vintage doily.

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

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

Bazzill Basics - 12 x 12 Cardstock - Criss Cross Texture - Cream PuffRanger Ink - Inkssentials - 8.5 x 11 Cardstock Pack - KraftSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Fall FoliageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Doily 2Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched OvalsSimple Stories - Life In Color Collection - Enamel DotsMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Fired BrickRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Squeezed LemonadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Wild HoneyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Spray Stain - Tarnished Brass

Imaginisce Happy Harvest Collection: patterned paper, chipboard stickers
WeRMemoryKeepers Autumn Splendor Collection: textured cardstock pad, embossed stickers

Joy to the World with Therm O Web

Happy Wednesday, Crafty Friends!

Thank you so much for the sweet comments on the start of my annual Halloween Haunted House Tour! You all know that this is my favorite time of year, when the holidays begin. But it’s also a crazy time of year, too, as the days just seem to pick up speed from here on out. It will be Christmas before we know it. With that said, I’m switching holidays again today, and am sharing a Christmas card. Made for the Therm O Web blog featuring fun ways to use their iCraft adhesive tapes.

audreypettit-thermoweb-joytotheworldcardI love the look of glitter on paper projects, especially ones for the holiday. But ugh, glitter… It just gets everywhere. And sometimes seems to stick on everything except your project. I’ve found a pretty good trick for adhering loose glitter, though….   Therm O Web’s iCraft adhesives.

audreypettit-thermoweb-joytotheworldcard2That double-sided adhesive is strong enough to hold any loose glitter firmly in place, and can be cut, punched, or die cut any way you wish. I made a layered glittered banner strip for my sentiment here, and accented with punched glittered stars. Love how they bring a touch of glam to my otherwise rustic design.

audreypettit-thermoweb-joytotheworldcard3The tape is available in all sorts of widths, and even full sheets, too. I’ve got a tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Dear Santa Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Collection PackSimple Stories - Snow Patrol Collection - Simple Sets - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Elements 2EK Success HEART & STAR Punch Set Mini 54-10075Doodlebug Design - Chunky Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteDoodlebug Design - Chunky Doodle Twine - LadybugRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Glitter Dust - Vintage PlatinumTherm O Web 0.50 INCH iCraft Adhesive Double Sided 3375


Jingle All the Way with Therm O Web

Happy Wednesday, Crafty Friends!

It’s not like me to be getting this much of a head start on the holiday season, but today I have another Christmas project to share with you. This time, a card and gift set, made for the Therm O Web blog featuring the new watercolor Deco Foils.

I’m still working on using up some scraps, so started this set with some old favorites. Old oval dies from Papertrey Ink that I just don’t use enough. And adorable old paper from Lawn Fawn’s Peace, Joy, Love collection. A fun look for the holidays, and a great match with Therm O Web’s new Emerald Watercolor foil.

The holly leaves are another older die from Sizzix, cut from double-sided foam and covered with the new foil. I added buttons for holly berries, and twine ties, too. Die cuts from Simple Stories for the sentiment. And for a final touch, one of Tim Holtz’s fabulous new doily dies.

I’ve got written instructions for both projects up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.
Thanks for stopping by today! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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

Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLACK Black8Sizzix - Where Women Cook Collection - Bigz L Die - Box, Fancy PillowSizzix Originals Die HOLLY AND BERRIES #3 660679Tim Holtz Sizzix DOILY 2 Thinlits Die 661498Deco Foil™ White Foam AdhesiveDoodlebug LADYBUG Doodle Twine28 Lilac Lane DRAGON FIRE Embellishment Bottle Kit LL204

Lawn Fawn Peace, Joy, Love 6×6 Paper Pad
Papertrey Ink oval dies


Dream a Little Dream with Therm O Web

Hello, Friends! Happy Friday!

Over this past summer, Therm O Web was in Salt Lake City to attend the third annual Sierra Pacific Crafts Mixed Media Trade Show. The focus of this show was to share projects and ideas featuring our new Mixed Media craft sheets, and our new watercolor Deco foils, too.

audreypettit-thermoweb-decofoil-dreamcanvasI created a pair of mixed media canvases for the show. One, a patriotic Americana altered canvas that I’ve shared here already. And today, I have the second… A shabby sweet burlap canvas with a fun mixed media art tag.

audreypettit-thermoweb-decofoil-dreamcanvas2I really love how the art tag turned out. It’s got lots of my favorite elements on it. Some girly grungy flowers made from the new Therm O Web Mixed Media Sheets and dies from my sweet friend, Tammy Tutterow’s, premier collection with Spellbinder’s. Some handmade stitchy felt leaves to speak to the fabric lover in me. And a bit of nature thrown in in the form of rugged Tim Holtz cork paper and real twigs from my yard.

audreypettit-thermoweb-decofoil-dreamcanvas3I love the sort of reckless abandon that comes from applying Deco foil with the liquid adhesive and an old paintbrush. The brush allows for great variation in the application, and gives an amazing texture, too. Just look at that cool watercolor wash on the background of the tag made with the new Emerald Watercolor foil. So fun. I added foil to the center of the flowers using the same technique, too.

audreypettit-thermoweb-decofoil-dreamcanvas4If you’d like to learn more about the new Mixed Media Sheets, Watercolor Deco Foils, or today’s project, be sure to pop over to the Therm O Web blog and check out my full step-by-step tutorial.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m off in the mountains today for a very belated 50th birthday celebration for my dear friend, Paige. It’s going to be a great weekend! Hope you have an amazing one, too!

Wicked Spooky Halloween Treats with Sizzix

Happy Monday, Crafty Friends!

Today I have a wickedly spooky Halloween sweet treat idea to share, made for the Sizzix blog featuring favorite new Alterations dies and Idea-ology bits and bobs from Tim Holtz’s amazing 2016 Halloween release.

There are a couple of seasonal treats that we look forward to each year. For me, it’s candy corn. And pumpkin spice lattes. For my Missy Nik, it’s pumpkin cookies by Little Debbie. Usually they are in all the stores at this time of year, but for some reason, this year they’ve been harder to find. A perfect candidate for some special treats to tuck into her work lunchboxes.

I love packaging ideas like this for their ease and simplicity. These matchbook-style pocket sleeves come together really quickly, and are a great idea for making in bulk. Better yet, they can be made in many sizes to fit any number of sweets or small gifts you have on hand.

I really love peek-a-boo packaging. And these adorable new Halloween Mixed Media dies by Tim Holtz are so perfect for creating cut-away windows, giving just a hint at the goodies inside. I dressed my containers up with a bit of twine and new Idea-ology spider charms and Curiosities ephemera cards, and topped them off with sentiment banners made with the new Halloween Words Thinlits.

Quick and easy, and oh-so spooky cute! I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a very spook-tacular day!

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

Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsTim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix MIXED MEDIA HALLOWEEN Thinlits Die 661588Tim Holtz Sizzix HALLOWEEN WORDS THIN Thinlits Die 661587Tim Holtz Idea-ology CURIOSITIES Ephemera TH93306Tim Holtz Idea-ology WICKED Metal Adornments TH93305Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILTED VIOLET Ranger TIM43263Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SHADED LILAC Ranger Spring TIM34957Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CARVED PUMPKIN Ranger TIM43201Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TWISTED CITRON Ranger TIM43294Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093Tim Holtz Idea-ology TINY ATTACHER Stapler Tool Mini Staples TH92800Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677

Baker’s Twine: The Twinery