Let Freedom Ring with Authentique

Happy Fourth of July, my friends! By now, I’m sure celebrations are well underway for this special long holiday weekend, and I hope you have lots of fun plans in the works. It’s overcast and raining here in my neck of the woods, so no barbeques today, but I do have a couple of fun patriotic projects to share with you, made with Authentique’s adorable Freedom collection.

Lots of fun patriotic papers from the 6×6 paper bundle, and an awesome sentiment thanks to the Enhancements Cut Apart paper journaling card. I do love those sheets for quick and easy card designs.

My Little Missy calls this my “tye-dye” card with that Distress watercolor background. Such an easy technique, and fun, too. I added sanded Distress cardstock, and machine stitching in bright red. A mix of trims and a good ol’ USA sticker to finish off.

I also have a home decor project to share, ’cause you all know I can’t let a holiday pass without decking out my house in holiday spirit.

A patriotic wall hanging, made with pretty Freedom papers and stickers and my favorite wall hanging resource, recycled corrugated cardboard.

Another great Enhancements journaling card, dressed up with red candy dots and a sweet vintage button, layered with lots of pretty papers and a bit of soft cotton batting. More stitching. Lots of shabby paint. And a torn strip of happy checkered fabric for the hanger.


Happy Independence Day, my friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stars & Stripes with Simple Stories

I’ve got a couple of patriotic projects to share with you today, just in time for the Fourth of July, made with Simple Stories’ new 12×12 Collection Kit, Stars & Stripes.

Stars & Stripes is such a great collection. Of course it’s perfect for all your summer papercrafting needs, but I have to say that I am crazy for the ol’ red, white, and blue any time of the year. I think my favorite thing from this collection has got to be that adorable surf wagon, and I couldn’t resist using it in both projects today. It’s got that laid-back California surfer vibe I remember from my early days.

First up, a quick and easy home decor frame, made with one of the larger 4×6 journaling cards. I had just enough room for a couple of layers of papers underneath, and because I removed the glass, I could build up layers on top, too.

I simply added a twine tie, and a few Stars & Stripes stickers. Thought the scalloped border made an awesome “road” for my wagon to cruise on. Super simple, and fun.


And because I love that little car so much, I made a matching card using the smaller cardstock sticker.

A smaller 3×4 journaling card this time and Stars & Stripes stickers.  I popped some of them up with foam dots for a bit of depth in my little scene. I’ve got the details, along with the complete supply list, up on the Simple Stories blog, if you’d like to learn more


Thanks so much for stopping by! Just a few more days until the 4th! Have any fun plans in the works?

Butterfly Treat Topper with Sizzix

Helllloooo my friends! Thanks for stopping by! Today I have a fun watercolor project up on the Sizzix blog to share, using the beautiful Limitations butterfly stamp and die set by Tim Holtz.

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I’m calling this little guy a layered butterfly “topper”, as it’s a super fun way to top all sorts of papercrafting projects.  A clip on the backside makes it really easy to add, or remove, the butterfly to just about anything. It’s great for layouts and cards, and also home decor, gift bags and packages, and so much more.  It’s the perfect embellishment for my little gift bag here, and I love that my recipient can recycle the butterfly for another use.

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I used a fun smooshing watercolor technique to add color to my butterfly using Distress Inks and recycled plastic packaging. I love that no matter how many times you do this process, no two butterflies will ever turn out exactly the same. Now how fun is that?

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

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If you are interested in any of the products I’ve shared with you today, I’ve got a special discount code for you (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).

And don’t forget… have you checked out Camp Scrap yet?

It’s not too late to register! Classes start Wednesday! You can check out all the details here.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Beach Week- The Adventure Begins with BasicGrey

It’s Friday already, and that means it’s time to wrap up my theme beach week here on the blog. Today I’ve got a bit of a mash-up of projects to share with you. First up, another card made with BasicGrey’s summer nautical collection, Adrift.

audreypettit BG Adrift AdventureCardI love this bright color palette of orange and blue. Those were my son’s very favorite colors growing up, and just that makes this simple card design stir something deep in this ol’ momma’s heart. Pretty Adrift patterned papers. Chipboard, die cut, vellum tape, and transparency. I added white paint to the back of the starfish, so they would really shine. A bit of stitching, and a natural rope tie, too.

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And now for something completely different…. how about one of my silly rag dolls? A beach-y, nautical pirate rag doll, that is. Arrrrgh, Mateys! Time to walk the plank!

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and huge thanks for all your sweet comments on my beach projects this week! I hope you’ve enjoyed theme week as much as I have! Happy weekend, my friends!

Beach Week- Beside the Seaside with Authentique

Happy Wednesday, Friends! I’ve got another beachy project for you today. This time, a nautical gift set using the adorable Seaside collection from Authentique.

Every time Authentique releases their summer beach line, I think they couldn’t possible top their last one… but every time they do. Seaside is amazing. Beautiful prints, and a fantastic patriotic color scheme that is right up my alley.


I paired Seaside with some of my favorite Tim Holtz dies to make a fun underwater scene for my mini notecard and matching gift box.

I am crazy about that Movers & Shapers mini seahorse die, and it was the perfect size for my little window on this 3.5″ x 5″ notecard. I did some inlaid die cutting on the oval opening, using a mix of prints from both the 12×12 and 6×6 papers.

The Tim Holtz Holiday Greens dies make for awesome coral and kelp. I added Distress ink to them, and a super heavy coating of Distress Crackle Paint to the seahorse and starfish. Twine ties and sequin water bubbles.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve enjoyed day two of beach week here on the blog. I’ll be back next time with some more nautical fun. Until then!

Beach Week- Set Sail with BasicGrey

Hellooooo Friends, happy Monday! As I was doing a bit of mental inventory this morning of projects to share, I realized I had a bit of a theme developing. So I thought, why not make this week theme week here on the old blog… beach week, to be precise. Seems rather fitting for this first official week of summer! Let’s head to the beach!

AudreyPettit BG Adrift DreamsSailCardToday I’m kicking off the week with a nautical card made with BasicGrey’s fabulous Adrift collection.

AudreyPettit BG Adrift DreamsSailCard3That silly whale die cut is just about my favorite thing from the Adrift line. So cute and fun! I built him some framework using a journaling card and a few additional beachy accents. Candy buttons for water bubbles. A strip of nautical washi tape and a twine tie. I threw in a bit of Distress watercoloring, too.

AudreyPettit BG Adrift DreamsSailCard2Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and a magical Father’s Day yesterday! I feel so incredibly blessed to have been able to spend the day with my own dad, which happens only once in a blue moon. I made him a great big steak dinner, and key lime pie, too. We played Uno, and a rousing game of dominoes. I lost both, but I tell you what…..

I am a lucky, lucky girl!

Summer Camp Treat Bag with Sizzix

Hi friends! Happy Friday! I’ve got more fun gift packaging for you today. This time a summer camp treat bag, made for the Sizzix blog using dies and products from Eileen Hull’s adorable new Vintage Travel collection.

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I am crazy for these little brown bags with the happy polka dots. So fun, and so easy for creating some great looking packaging. I simply tied the bag up with ribbon, and made a quick hang tag to clip to the top.

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This new travel trailer die set is so adorable, don’t you think? I seriously love that each part is created with it’s own individual die, making it super easy to paper piece. The grass border and textured embossing folder are also new, from Eileen’s Vintage Travel line. I’ve got the details, along with a complete supply list, up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! If you are interested in any of the products I’ve shared with you today, I’ve got a special discount code for you (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). Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!