A Few Good Things with BasicGrey


AudreyPettit BG TeaGarden GoodThingsSetOne of my favorite things to give my mom for Mother’s Day is a set of handmade cards. She loves pretty cards, and loves to mail them out for every occasion, and since she doesn’t make any herself, she always appreciates getting some of mine.

AudreyPettit BG TeaGarden GoodThingsSet2For a special event like Mother’s Day, I wanted to make sure to create a special packaging to present my gift in. This card folio is perfect for holding a set of cards and envelopes, with pockets on the inside, and ties closed easily with a bit of your favorite ribbon. I created the folio with gorgeous papers from the new Tea Garden collection, which I know my mother is going to love.

AudreyPettit BG TeaGarden GoodThingsSet3Untie the ribbon, and the folio folds open to reveal two side flap pockets that fit cards on one side, and envelopes on the other. For the cards, I used the beautiful BasicGrey/Hero Arts Tea Garden stamps to create a set of soft watercolor cards with a slight vintage flair. I’ll share more details on these cards, along with all the steps and directions on a special post on National Scrapbook Day.


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

I Am Grateful with Simple Stories

Hi everyone, and happy Friday! Yay for the weekend, right? I know I am always grateful when the weekend rolls around. So I thought today would be the perfect day to share this fun thank you card I made recently for the Simple Stories blog, featuring the adorable I Am collection.

I absolutely adore the script font of this beautiful wood veneer sentiment, and wanted to make it the focal point of my card. Love the large size and how it takes center stage in this simple card design. I decided to alter the wood veneer a bit, to make it stand out even more.

The Wood Veneers are beautiful in their natural state, but are also super easy to alter and embellish to create your own unique embellishments. The “grateful” sentiment piece used here was colored with a Worn Lipstick Distress Marker, which was a perfect match for one of the striped 4×6 SN@P cards from the collection. It only took a minute to color, and I love how the sentiment really pops off the card now, especially layered against a bit of black paper from the 6×6 Paper Pad.

A smaller 3×4 SN@P Card and papers from the 6×6 pad make up the base of the card. I wrapped the card with yellow twine and added a chipboard flower to the bow. Then to help frame the focal sentiment, I added a few small flowers from the Wood Veneers, this time colored with markers and given a coat of glossy accents. Love how the wood finish looks with all that shine.

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


A Doodlebug Smile with Sizzix

Hello, hello my friends! Happy Wednesday. Today I have a cute little smile to share with you. A fun watercolor smile card I made this week for the Sizzix blog using new Doodlebug Designs stamps, embossing folders, and dies.

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I am really excited that Sizzix has been coming out with more and more coordinating stamp and die sets lately. This month, Sizzix is releasing several new sets from Doodlebug Designs, which I couldn’t wait to play with. Isn’t this little birdie just adorable?

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The bird is from the new A Little Birdy Told Me Framelits stamp and die set. I have been crushing on watercoloring lately, so that is what I did here, using a variety of Distress ink pads.

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I nestled a few tags shapes for some framework for my birdie. Added a new Sizzix stamp sentiment and a bit of Tim Holtz greenery, too. The papers are from BasicGrey’s beautiful new Tea Garden collection.

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The background is another fun new product from Doodlebug that Sizzix is releasing this month. A woodgrain embossing folder, done up in a bit more watercolor Distress. I’ve got a full tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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

Sizzix Tutorial- Let’s Explore

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 new Tim Holtz Alterations dies from the March release.

Tim’s March release is all about exploration and travel, and is filled with fun global inspired products. I used three of his new sets here, mixed with an earthy palette of Distress and Idea-ology to create a shabby, grungy travel card that’s perfect for someone setting off on a vacation, or starting a new journey in life.


This is the Postage Dots Thinlits and Mini Airplane & Cloud Movers & Shapers from the March release. And the sentiment is from the new Adventure Words Block Thinlits set. I added lots of layers of Core’dinations Distress cardstock, and some Idea-ology Wallflower patterned paper and Thrift Shop Ephemera, too. Remnant Rubs add a bit of extra detail as well.

I love the way the world looks in miniature when viewed from the window of an airplane. Almost like a giant patchwork quilt. And that’s exactly what this panel die cut with the new Postage Dots die reminded me of, and what I tried to re-create on my card. I really adore the rich, earthy color I got using some of my favorite colors of Distress.

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To create my main panel, I die cut the larger Postage Dots die 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.

The Postage Dots die pierces 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.

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.

Then my panel was ready for color, which I applied by masking off each section with post-it notes, and inking with a Ranger ink blending tool. Once each section was colored, I lightly spritzed the panel with water to blend and bloom the ink.

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The sentiment lettering was die cut also from manila cardstock using the Sizzix sandwich mentioned above, and inked with blue Distress. I used the positive letter cuts from the Word Blocks dies, but you could just as easily use the negative space to create some fun and unique title work. The airplane and cloud were die cut using Tim Holtz Grungeboard. Since the Mini Airplane & Cloud dies are Movers & Shapers dies, you will need to use the Movers & Shapers Base Tray and this die cutting sandwich: Standard Cutting Pad, Base Tray, die (cutting side up), paper, Standard Cutting Pad.

I inked and painted the airplane and cloud, then added a shiny coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. Added them to my card using foam adhesive. Then finished off with a few rubs and a bit of twirled string for the plane’s contrail.

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



Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK – Mini Airplane & Cloud

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 13PK – Adventure Words: Block

Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 2PK – Postage Dots

Sizzix Movers & Shapers Accessory – Base Tray, L

Sizzix Accessory – Die Brush & Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin Dies

Sizzix Accessory – Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies

Sizzix Accessory – Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair

Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)





The Sweet Life Bunnies with Therm O Web

Hello, hello, and happy Friday, Friends! Today I have another fun fabric project to share with you.

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This week, the Therm O Web team has been playing with a brand new fabric collection by designer Pat Sloan for Moda Fabrics called The Sweet Life. This fabric is bright and beautiful, in a warm and happy color palette filled with Pat’s signature bold floral and geometric prints.
We are super excited that Pat has offered a fabulous prize package to give away of not only her new fabric collection and favorite Heat n’ Bond products, but her latest book on sewing appliques, as well. Read on to learn more.
AudreyPettit Thermoweb HowdyDoodyBunnies2Many of you know by now that I love to make rag dolls, so for my project, I made a pair of silly bunnies to add to my spring collection. Rag dolls are one of my favorite types of projects to make because they are fun and quirky and are super easy to make, even for beginning sewers.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb HowdyDoodyBunnies3 I call these little cuties “tube” bunnies, as they are basically a rolled tube of fabric, stitched closed at the top and bottom. I made my “tubes” into bunnies for the spring, but you can easily change out the shape of the ears to create any number of animals or creatures, and change out the fabric to suit any style or theme. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb HowdyDoodyBunnies4The rest of the team has been busy creating lots of adorable The Sweet Life projects to share with you all this week and next, so be sure to stop by the blog often to check them out. And don’t forget to enter our Rafflecopter giveaway while you are there, for your chance to win a The Sweet Life prize package.


B1284_Pat_Sloan_Teach_Me_FINALThanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

The Sweet Life Bunnies

Therm O Web Heat n’ Bond® Fusible Fleece Interfacing
Therm O Web Fabric Fuse™Glue
The Sweet Life fabric collection by designer Pat Sloan for Moda Fabrics
Crossroads Denim collection by Indygo Junction (Pistachio and French Vanilla)
Floss: DMC
Chalk Pastels: Stampin’Up
Polyfill Stuffing

Father’s Day with BasicGrey

Hi Friends! Happy Wednesday!

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Yesterday, I was up on the BasicGrey blog with a couple of masculine card designs featuring the new South Pacific collection.  And today I thought I’d share the first of them here with you, too.

AudreyPettit BG SouthPacific Father'sDay2My first card is a Father’s Day project, done up in a retro collage-style design that works perfectly for masculine cards. For this project, I stuck with the deeper, richer colors in this collection, in the blue and teal range, and paired them with neutrals and natural elements like twine.

AudreyPettit BG SouthPacific Father'sDay3I heavily inked this card, and distressed some of the paper edges to create a time-worn look. Then layered in lots of masculine elements like postage stamps, ledger papers, and ticket stubs.

I’ve got a second masculine South Pacific card up on the BasicGrey blog, if you’d like to see more. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day.

Best Day Ever with Simple Stories

Hi everyone, and happy Monday to you! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and a blessed Easter with family and friends. Today is another special day in our house. It’s my little Missy’s birthday today. She is 17 years old. My goodness, how time does fly!

We’ve got plans to go out for a fancy dinner later, and maybe catch a movie or take in the sights at the mall. We’re just going to let our whim take us where it will. It’s going to be a great day! Perhaps even the best day ever! :)

So today seems a fitting day to share this fun card I made recently for the Simple Stories blog featuring the adorable Say Cheese II collection.

I absolutely adore this collection! Of course, who doesn’t love a paper line dedicated to the happiest place on earth, right? But for this project, I’ve swapped out Mickey for another fun trend in the paper crafting world these days… a coffee and tea theme. Aren’t those tiny cups cute? And I made my own itty bitty tea tag to go along. Does make me smile. Hope it does you, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all the best day ever!

Best Day Ever Card:
4323-SN@P! Cards
4339-Layered/Stitched Tags
4338-Chipboard Frames
4329- Bits & Pieces Die Cuts
4331- Enamel Dots