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:

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4522 6×6 Paper Pad
4523 SN@P! Cards
4528 6×12 Chipboard
4529 Bits and Pieces
4535 Washi Paper Tape

 

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
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Green Tea 12×12 Paper
Spiced 12×12 Paper
Jasmine 12×12 Paper
Chai 12×12 Paper
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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)

 

Hello There with BasicGrey

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Hello Sweeties! Happy Monday. I’m on the countdown here. It’s going to be a great week. Just four days until my boy is home for the summer! Of course the Little Missy still has about a month to go, so she’s not too happy about the whole situation. But me? I’m glad the college year is almost over….
..and I’m sure Mr. Pete would agree! :)

AudreyPettit BG SouthPacific HelloThereRecently, I shared the first of two masculine card designs I made for the BasicGrey blog featuring their new South Pacific collection, and today I wanted to show the second. Although South Pacific is filled with bright colors and tropical prints, there’s a ton of range in this line that makes it work for all sorts of occasions.

AudreyPettit BG SouthPacific HelloThere2This second card also uses the deeper colors in this paper range, in a rich blue and green color palette that works well for masculine designs. Although the sentiment panel does have a touch of pink in it, the patterns in the rest of the design keep the card from swaying over to the feminine side. And the map print and postage stamp really say “dude” to me.

AudreyPettit BG SouthPacific HelloThere3Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Did you do anything special for National Scrapbook Day? I’d love to hear!

Happy Happy Days with BasicGrey

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Hello my friends! Happy Friday, and Happy May Day to you all! I know the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, but honestly……..we are a bit too heavy on the showers lately, and awfully light on the flowers. It’s downright gloomy, to be honest. But I don’t let that bother me. My Wee Missy is graduating high school next month. And Mr. Pete is moving out of the dorms and back home for the summer in less than a week. So the sky may be cloudy, but there are happy days ahead!

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Today I wanted to share this home decor project I made recently for the BasicGrey blog. I thought this sweet floral frame would be perfect on my entryway table for the spring and upcoming summer months. Really love this combination of bold colors and prints that I put together using papers from both the Vivienne and the Prism collections. I simply started with that pretty floral chipboard piece and found a variety of prints to match.

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I added a few Vivienne die cuts to coordinate, and then used a mixture of adorable candy buttons to tie it all together. Love how well the BasicGrey collections work together.

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So of course tomorrow is National Scrapbook Day. Do you all have big plans? I’m going to be over on the BasicGrey blog, sharing a couple of projects and tutorials featuring some fun ways to use BasicGrey/Hero Arts stamps and stencils. Maybe I will see some of you there?

 

Happy Together with Simple Stories

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Hello my friends, and happy Wednesday! I’m playing a bit of catch up here on the blog today, and am sharing a card I made for the Simple Stories blog last month using the adorable Say Cheese II collection.

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I used lots of papers from the 6×6 Paper Pad to create my pieced background, but I also threw in one bolder striped print from the 12×12 papers. I always think mixing the different sizes and scales of the prints is an easy way to add a lot of interest to the finished design.

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I made my own tag from one of the 6×6 papers, too.  And the hole re-enforcer on the tag? That’s actually a Bits & Pieces balloon die cut… but folded over the top you would never know. :)

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are all having a wonderful week!