Crossroads Denim Bunny with Therm O Web & Indygo Junction

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Hello, hello! Happy Friday, Friends! This week, I’ve been sharing lots of Easter projects here on the blog. So I thought I would round out the week with yet another fun Easter share. This time, a little fabric project I made for the Therm O Web blog.

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This week we are excited to be hopping with our friends at Indygo Junction, sharing projects featuring Therm O Web sewing and adhesive products along with the gorgeous denims from the Crossroads Denim collection by Amy Barickman.

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I am a huge lover of rag dolls, and since spring has finally arrived, I decided now was the perfect time to make a bunny doll using the beautiful denim fabrics from the Crossroads collection.

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I love rag dolls, as there is really no need to worry about patterns or making sure everything is perfect. In my opinion, the more “raggedy” and homemade they look, the better, which works out just fine for me.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb IndygoDenimBunny2I pulled out lots of my favorite bits of hoarded trims to dress up my bunny, and even added a few vintage buckles and findings from my grandmother’s sewing kit. And since Therm O Web now has this amazing line of Deco foils, I added a bit of that, too, to create my own unique custom fabric design. So easy, and so fun! I’ve got a complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

And by the way… did you all know that March is National Craft & Quilt month? Some of your favorite companies have gathered together to celebrate with tons of amazing prize giveaways, including a special bundle of Therm O Web Deco Foils. This week is GRAND PRIZE WEEK! Be sure to stop by the blog to learn more!

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

Hello Easter with Sizzix

Hello, hello Friends, and happy Wednesday! Today is a happy day in our house! After losing the beginning of our spring break for snow make up days, today is the last day of school before we start our wee mini baby spring break tomorrow. I know two days off isn’t much of a spring break… but I’m thinking of it more as an extra long weekend. And that is still A-Okay in my book!

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This week, I’ve got a bit of an Easter Theme going here on the blog. Today I thought I would continue on with another card idea, this time one I made for the Sizzix blog using lots of favorite Tim Holtz dies and bright and happy papers from BasicGrey’s Vivienne collection.

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One of my absolute favorite images for Easter projects is this fabulous big chocolate bunny from the Tim Holtz Easter Elements Bigz die. I really love the large size of this bunny, and have used it for so many different kinds of projects. For today’s card, I’ve framed my rabbit in a little garden scene, complete with lots of green grass and spring flowers. And I’ve used a couple of different techniques for adding extra interest to my die cuts with stamps, embossing, and watercolor ink

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I do love the embossed flowers I added to the bunny’s behind, and the washed ombre effect on the framework is kind of fun, too. I’ve got a complete tutorial on all of that over at the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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

Hoppy Easter with Authentique & Petaloo

Hello my friends, and happy Monday! Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments on my cards for My Creative Time last week. I had so much fun playing along with the MCT team for their 41st Edition Release week, and appreciated each and every visit from you. This week, the Authentique team is hopping with our friends at Petaloo, sharing Easter projects featuring the adorable Treasure collection and Petaloo flowers, notions, and trim. I am first up today with a set of quick and easy Easter cards.

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One great thing about card sets is how time saving they are. Once you figure out your design, the cards come together really quickly. I started with a simple base of patterned paper, with a strip added to the left hand side. Using the same design for all really speeds up the process and keeps the set uniform, but changing up the papers makes each card unique.

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The adorable 3×4 journaling cards from the Enhancements paper make wonderful sentiments and focal images for cards. And with their large size, you really don’t need much else. I added a variety of die cut tabs to the top of the Enhancements and layered them onto a mat of patterned paper. By matching the paper to the prints on the tabs, the two look like all one piece and give a really seamless flow.

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To dress up my cards, I used Petaloo’s fabulous textured burlap flowers in ivory. A bit of dabbed paint coordinates the flowers to each card. I cut apart one of the green burlap flowers to create a pair of leaves for each one, too. Last touch was to add Petaloo trims in crochet lace and pom poms.

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Super simple and cute, and hopefully… even flat enough for mailing! :)

Be sure to stop by the Authentique blog this week for lots more Easter inspiration and project ideas. And leave a comment while you are there for your chance to win an Authentique/Petaloo prize package. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

A Deco Foil Shamrock with Therm O Web

Yesterday I decided it was time to put away all my snowmen and winter decor. It’s kind of a herculean task, and one I don’t really look forward to, but I think we’ve truly turned the corner here in North Carolina. And it’s time. So I spent most of the day packaging up my boxes and tubs, and making about 50 thousand trips up and down the stairs. And now things are looking a little stark and bare in my house.

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Of course I have many, many tubs of spring and Easter to bring out, and that will be the next step. But then I thought that, for a few days at least, I could enjoy some St. Patty’s Day things, if I had any…. so in comes today’s project. A fun little framed shamrock decor made with Therm O Web’s fabulous new Deco Foil and lots of shabby Distress goodness.

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I have to say, I really am crushing on that shiny green foil. Love the shabby chippy look of it mixed with that washed Distress background. It’s right up my funky junk alley. I used the liquid Deco Glue and a flat paintbrush to get the striated foil application once again. The shamrock was made with Tim Holtz’s fabulous new Sizzix Alterations Heartfelt die. I busted out one of my super old Stampin’Up stamps and a sweet vintage button and twine to add some extra detail.

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My funky little frame is now gracing the table in my front entryway, along with a few other things I managed to pull together for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s not much, but it does make me smile… I’m hoping it brings a smile to your face, too.

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I don’t know how you all feel about monster dolls, but we are crazy for them here at my house. The Girls and I have been making quite a few of them lately at our weekly crafty play dates, and of course we had to try our hand at a St. Patty’s version. Here is my guy, all decked out in his finest duds.

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Don’t you love his top hat and all his fancy finery?

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I’ve added a few of my other favorite “green” and “lucky” items to complete the scene. A perfect heart-shaped rock I found out on the nature trail one day. Some round “lucky” pebbles I collected from the beach. Nik made me that little chenille froggy when she was wee tiny little.

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Love having a big basket underneath my table, as it’s the perfect spot for piling up lots and lots of stuff. I’ve got some vintage linen here, and vintage table wear, too. The bright green Majolica plate screams St. Patty’s, without being themed in the least.

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The paper shamrock is an old, old project of mine, the very first one that I made as a member of the Glue Arts design team. It’s one of my favorite “paper pillow” projects, made from a recycled grocery bag. Ah, happy memories! And last, but not least, here is my wee Nik’s St. Patty’s monster doll. So adorable! She has a great eye for color and pattern, too, and is becoming quite the expert doll maker. I love that she loves to make them as much as I do.

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! I’ve got a full tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more about my shamrock Deco Foil frame. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Take Note with BasicGrey & A Winner!

 

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Hi everyone! Did you all see the news last week? BasicGrey announced the release of two brand new collections on their blog. And today, I have a card to share with you featuring the first of these new lines, South Pacific.

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If you weren’t dreaming of warmer days and tropical waters before, you may just be now. South Pacific is the perfect summer getaway collection, filled with bold island colors, travel-inspired ephemera, and exotic florals.  I don’t know about you all, but I am ready for the beach!

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One of my favorite things about this collection is the slightly vintage feel to some of the imagery. There are old timey travel tickets and stubs that are a definite nod to the past, mixed with bold, retro prints. And the colors are intense. I’m thinking…. Lily Pulitzer….

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I can so see some of these designs on Lily’s classic resort wear, can’t you?

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If you haven’t had a chance to see the full South Pacific collection yet, be sure to stop by the Basicgrey blog. I’ve got a second card to share there, along with lots of other amazing projects by the rest of the team, that I know you will love.

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And now, I have a winner to announce for a free spot in PageMaps U’s first cardmaking class of 2015! By random generator, the winner is:

PageMapsU winnerMaria, who said:

How awesome…a new cardmaking class! And, your sneak peaks look wonderful with those fun balloons! Well, my favorite embellishments are sequins, gems, and ribbon! Thanks so much for the chance to win!:-)

Congratulations, Maria! Please email me at audreypettit@earthlink.net.

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

Hello Love with Simple Stories

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Hello, hello my friends and happy Monday to you! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Our weather has finally turned the corner, and we’ve had the most beautiful warm days here. Warm enough to want to pull up a chair outside and soak up all the sunshine. Which I did, of course, as much as possible. Here we had a two-hour delay for ice on Friday morning, followed by blissful sunny T-shirt days the next…. sounds like our typical North Carolina spring has arrived to me.

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Today I thought I’d play a bit of catch-up here on the blog, and share this card that I made recently for the Simple Stories blog, using the adorable Say Cheese II collection.

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Lots of layers of papers here… both 6×6 and 12×12, because I love a mix of size and scale. The heart has been fussy cut from the Elements paper. I sanded the edges of a chipboard frame to add extra definition between the layers. Added a stamped sentiment and baker’s twine, and an arrow Adornments from Tim Holtz.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! And don’t forget…..

cardbanner_600If you’re interested in winning a free spot to the upcoming PageMapsU class, please leave me a comment on my giveaway post. I’ll draw a random winner this Wednesday. Good luck everyone!

Hello Awesome with BasicGrey

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Hi everyone! I have a couple of Easter card ideas up on the BasicGrey blog today, and I wanted to share the first of them here with you, too.

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AudreyPettit BG Prism HelloAwesomeCard4Don’t you just love that big ol’ bunny? Such a great die cut, that you really don’t need much else. I added a quick knot of trim and a few tiny flowers, and my bunny is good to go. Absolutely love how he looks, nestled amongst that beautiful Hello Frame die from My Creative Time’s February release. I inked just the hello portion of the die cut with pink Distress, and layered it onto a Stitched 3×4 Journal die cut for a perfect fit.

AudreyPettit BG Prism HelloAwesomeCard3Thanks so much for stopping by! Today is a wonderful day! The girls and I are going to be trying our hand at paper mache in a little bit, then later today…. my boy is coming home for spring break! Yippee! Hope you all have a wonderful day, too!

P.S. ~ don’t forget to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a free spot in PageMaps U!

cardbanner_600P.P.S. ~ If you’ve been wanting to pick up some amazing stamps and dies from My Creative Time, now is the time! They are having a 48 hour FLASH sale that is going on NOW!!!  Starts, Today, Friday March 6, 2015 at 7am PST & will end on Sunday, March 8, 2015 @ 7am PST!  Use the code FLASH at checkout to received 20% off your entire order of in-stock items ONLY! Start shopping HERE!

Supplies:

Hello Awesome Card:
BasicGrey Prism Collection
6×6 Paper Pad
Die cuts & Transparencies
Pink Candy Dots

My Creative Time:
Hello Frame Dies
Stitched 3×4 Journal Die