Summertime with Photo Play Paper

Happy Monday, sweet friends! Hope you all have had a wonderful week since I last checked in, and that those of you in the states had a fabulous and fun-filled 4th of July holiday!

It’s been a very quiet, but productive week, here at my house. I think I’m still trying to adjust to the quiet of North Carolina living after my lovely three week visit with family out in California. But fortunately, there’s been lots to do in my craft studio. And the time, as always, just seems to slip by. Next week, the mid-year Mixed Media Event (formerly produced by Sierra Pacific Crafts (SPC) will take place in Salt Lake City. And that has kept me a busy, busy little bee, creating projects for the show using Photo Play Paper’s newest upcoming collections. It’s been Christmas in July in my studio…. and Halloween, too. Lots of favorites that I look forward to sharing with you soon.

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Now that trade show projects are slowing down, I had a chance to re-connect with my other love, fabric, this weekend…. and have started on a batch of sweet, shabby pumpkin folk for my fall shop openings. I’m super excited that the Rusty Bucket has requested some of my prims for their fall open house again this year. Must get to work, because it will be here before we know it. Inside my little world, it’s autumn already. But all that must wait. For right now it’s time to celebrate summer, and I have lots of fun to share with you. In between paper and fabric crafts, I’ve managed to break out my Americana summer decor, which I’ll share next time. And today, I have a summer-inspired card to share made with Photo Play’s adorable Summer Bucket List collection.


This little cutie captures some of my favorite summertime memories from when my kids were little. Playing games, camping under the stars, and toasting some marshmallows over an open fire, mixed with bright and happy colors and a touch of rustic woodgrain, that I adore.


Hope you’re making lots of fun summer memories this season, too!
Thanks so much for stopping by! See you all soon!


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

Photo Play Paper - Summer Bucket List Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackSigno - White Uni-ball Impact PenZIG - Memory System - Wink Of Stella - Glitter Brush Marker - Glitter Clear

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The “Extras” with Tim Holtz Assemblage

Hi Sweet Friends! Happy Monday, and a very happy 4th of July holiday to my friends and family here in the States!

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As many of you know, I have taken on a new hobby of jewelry making this past year, and have been having the most fun playing with the new Tim Holtz Assemblage collection. Today I am excited to share my latest jewelry pieces with you. These are what I’m lovingly referring to as the “extras”, made with the leftovers from my previous projects.


One of my favorite ways to use the Assemblage chain components is to combine bits and pieces of multiple strands to create a varied design. And one of my favorite outcomes of that is having smaller sections of chain leftover for new projects, like the bracelets I am sharing today. This first one is a double-wrap bracelet made with the beautiful pink rosary bead chain, decorated with sparkling accents and charms.


Jewelry projects like these are truly soooooo easy to create. Simply attach a jump ring to one end of chain, and a lobster claw to the other, and then add a few charms in between.  I used a mixture of Sparkling Rondelle and Diamonds & Pearls charms along with that adorable wishbone charm. I’m thinking of this one as my Lucky Charm piece.

The second bracelet is done in an oxidized silver finish using extras from the Gunmetal Link chain. I attached a lobster claw and jump ring at the ends again, along with a dangle of extra chain to act as an extender. And then I attached a Diamonds & Pearls charm and another Sparkling Rondelle for a bit of extra detail.


The center of the bracelet is decorated with one of my favorite pieces from the entire collection, the beautiful round shell charm from the Shell Flower & Links charms, which I topped with a Flower Rosette charm via a pair of gunmetal rings. So simple, and just so fun!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a lovely holiday for those celebrating this long weekend. Any special plans in the works?


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Tim Holtz Assemblage 18 INCH ROSARY CHAIN PINK THA20011Tim Holtz Assemblage 18 INCH GUNMETAL LINK CHAIN THA20006Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 3 SHELL FLOWER AND LINKS CHARMS THA20044Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 3 LUCKY CHARMS THA20038Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 3 GEMSTONE FLOWERS LINKS THA20032Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 12 DIAMONDS AND PEARLS CHARMS THA20028Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 8 SPARKLING RONDELLS CHARMS THA20046Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 12 LOBSTER CLAW CLASPS ASSORTED THA20051Tim Holtz Assemblage PACK OF 60 JUMP RINGS FINDINGS ASSORTED THA20063

Pop Into Fun with Photo Play Paper

Hi Friends! Happy Friday!
Waving a very happy hello to all of you from the heart of North Carolina!
We are finally back home from our fabulous three week vacation in California.


Even though our vacation is over, summer is still in full swing these days. We experienced some record-breaking heat out in California, and it’s sure none cooler back here in North Carolina. Nothing but blue skies and soaring temperatures for days to come. Perfect time to share a little summer fun card that I made for Photo Play Paper using their adorable Summer Bucket List line.


Snacks are always good year round, but there’s something about popcorn that really does make me think of summer. Perhaps it’s the bright sunny colors and circus-tent stripes that put me in mind. As you can see, I went heavy on the layers here. The popcorn accents are a mix of stickers and a cut-apart journaling card for the main panel. I coated the top kernels with glossy accents and placed them onto the card with foam adhesive for a bit of 3D popping action.


Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope you all are having a wonderful summer so far! Any big vacation plans in the works?


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

Photo Play Paper - Summer Bucket List Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsRanger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ounces

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Like Stars with Therm O Web

Hi sweet friends! Happy Thursday!

I am definitely keeping quite the varied blog schedule these days, but I hope you’ll bear with me while I’m still on vacation mode! We’re down to our last week here in sunny California, and I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by. Seems like there’s something going on every minute….but I wouldn’t have it any other way! My heart is definitely recharging spending time with my family in my childhood home, and visiting with friends near and dear.

Although I’ve spent the past twenty-three years in North Carolina, this little spot out here in Northern California will always feel like home to me. And I feel so incredibly blessed that when I return here, I get the chance to reconnect with friends from lots of different periods in my life, from my early schooldays through college, and then later working days, and even newer friends I’ve met through this wonderful hobby of papercrafting, too. This past weekend, I spent a day with my super sweet and talented friend, Wanda, from A Blog Called Wanda, and we had the best time chatting and laughing and shopping the day away. There’s just nothing like girlfriend time to recharge the old batteries! So it seemed rather fitting to share this friendship card today, with a sentiment that most definitely rings true.

This card features the fun new Fancy Foils and Foil-Mate products from the GinaK Designs line from Therm O Web along with papers from Photo Play Paper’s adorable Summer Bucket List collection. I am loving those shiny bright foiled polka dots in the background, and the two-toned foil look on the sentiment. I’ve got a full tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll leave you with a photo that I borrowed from my friend, Wanda, of the two of us!

Wishing you all a very wonderful day! XOXO


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Summer Bucket List Collection - 6 x 6 Paper PadTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Prime Time - 12 SheetsTherm O Web - Foil-Mates - 5.5 x 8.5 - Sentiments - True FriendTherm O Web - Foil-Mates - 5.5 x 8.5 - Background - Polka PartyTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Wild DandelionTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Red VelvetTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Double Stitch - Square - SmallTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Rectangle - LargeTherm O Web - Premium Dye Inkpad Sets - Prime TimeTherm O Web - Foil Laminator - 12 InchesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTherm O Web 3D MOUNTING SQUARES White Foam 3777

Adventure Awaits with Photo Play Paper

Hi sweet friends! Happy Tuesday! Hope your weeks are off to a great start!

 

The family and I have just returned from a quick trip into the beautiful Cascade mountain range of Northern California! We have spent probably a good 17 hours in the car over the past two days, and I am feeling every hour of them in these old bones of mine…. But what an amazing adventure! The perfect adventure, in fact, for a little travel journal, like this one I’m sharing for Photo Play Paper today.

This little notebook is the perfect small size for an adventure on the go, as you can easily slip this right into your back pocket without worrying about carrying anything extra with you. And I love that it came with its own attached pen. I dressed up the pen and notebook cover with fun papers and stickers from Photo Play Paper’s Boarding Pass collection. And if you’re on their mailing list, you will have received all the details and how-tos for this project, along with free cutting files, too, in your email last week.

My friends at Photo Play are offering a free Boarding Pass collection kit on their Facebook page, so be sure to stop by!  Comments are open until the 28th.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Before I go, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite moments from our trip!

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Beautiful Mount Shasta and Burney Falls!

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Lake Shasta

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Shasta Caverns

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And a goofy selfie at Lassen National Volcanic Park…. probably the only time I will ever experience 100 degree temperatures while standing in the snow!

Wishing you a wonderful day!

 

Scrapbook & Cards Today- Take 2

Hi Friends! Happy Friday!

Last week I had the great pleasure of guesting over on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog, sharing a pair of outdoorsy camp cards featuring Photo Play Paper’s new summer collections. I shared the first card in my last post, and today I am excited to share number two.

Once again, I combined papers from both the Campfire and the Lakeside collections for my background, and then made a fun paper-pieced scene for that adorable bear. Seriously cannot resist me a cute little critter.

I pulled in more of the stamp images this time to add a swag element to the top of the frame, and for the sentiment, too. Colored the images with Zig markers, and die cut them with the matching set of dies.

These fun Photo Play Paper lines are definitely making me ready for some summer adventures. We’re hoping to head north to the mountains this weekend, so perhaps a real bear, or two, will be on the agenda! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, too. And thanks so much for stopping by!

A Father’s Day Tutorial with Ranger Ink

Hello, Crafty Friends!
Thanks for stopping by!

Father’s Day Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com
I’m off to a bit of a late start to my week, with a Tuesday post instead of my usual Monday. It’s been busy here, with lots of things on my to-do list….. but busy in a very good way. Tomorrow we’re heading out on vacation. I’m going home, friends! Home to visit my family. 🙂


It’s a very rare occurrence for me, but this year I get to spend Father’s Day with my dad. And of course a special occasion like that calls for a handmade card. So I have pulled out some of my favorite inky Ranger and Tim Holtz goodies to create this retro, masculine Father’s Day card for him, which I’m very excited to be sharing this week on the Ranger Ink blog.


My parents live near San Francisco, so it seems only fitting to pull out this amazing Tim Holtz Cityscape die for his Father’s Day card this year. I love all the individual pieces that come in this collection, but for this card, I used one of the border dies to create a quick and easy city scene, layered onto a Stitched Rectangles die cut frame.


I pulled out some of the darker range of Distress inks to watercolor the buildings, and then added highlights to the vellum windows with a yellow Distress marker. The sky was water-colored, too, with a golden glow for a sunny background.


I added some stamps and splatters, and a grungy finish with opaque Texture Paste. Papers from the Memoranda paper stash and a die cut sentiment banner.

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

P.S.~ Today is the last chance to snatch up the few remaining goodies in my AudOnes Prims shop before I close for vacation. There’s still a couple of items from my nautical summer mini-release, and even a few remaining spring prims, as well. Last chance!

 

 

Have a wonderful day, everyone! I’m heading out tomorrow, but hope to visit and post while I’m away.  So, my friends, I will see you all soon!


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