Creativation 2017- One of a Kind with Ranger Ink

Happy Friday, Crafty Friends!

Today I have another Creativation show project to share. This time, a soft and shabby floral card I made for the Ranger Ink booth.

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I am a sucker for browns and neutrals of all kinds, and tend to gravitate towards these colors often in my designs. Love them mixed with the soft pinks I used here. It’s a great feminine combo, and a good match for this Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp. Still one of my all-time favorite sets.

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The focus of this project was on Distress Inks and Markers, and I tried to feature several techniques using those products here. The flower image was stamped and watercolored with Distress Inks, for a bit of a no-line coloring look. The backgrounds have been ink blended and grunged with Vintage collage medium and touches of glitter. I stamped a light text print with Distress onto the back of the oval die cut, too.

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To call some extra attention to the pretty embossed background, I traced areas of the pattern with a dark brown Distress Marker, and then lightly spritzed the area with water to allow the ink to smooth and blend. A fun technique that could be done in so many different colorways, or combination of colors. And a different way to stretch the use of your basic supplies.

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


The supplies I’ve used are linked below for your convenience:

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps REFLECTIONS CMS111Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps FLOWER GARDEN cms215Tim Holtz Sizzix STITCHED OVALS Thinlits Die 661188Tim Holtz Sizzix DIAMONDS Texture Fades Embossing Folder 660243RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology CLIPPINGS Stickers Paperie TH93583Tim Holtz Idea-ology CRINKLE RIBBON TH93020Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FESTIVE BERRIES Ranger TIM32861Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger TIM20240Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Glitter Dust VINTAGE PLATINUM TDR49753Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium VINTAGE TDA47940We R Memory Keepers Cropadile CORNER CHOMPER Radius 70904-6Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842

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Sizzix Tutorial- A Crazy Dog Valentine Tag

Happy Monday, Crafty Friends!

And Happy Valentine’s week! Tomorrow is the big day and we’re almost out of time, but today I am sneaking in with one final Valentine project. I’ve got a little last-minute gift tag topper to share, made with my favorite Crazy Dogs and Things from Tim Holtz.

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This silly sweet gift tag is perfect for tying onto a simple treat bag or box. I punched a hole in the top of the tag, and tied it onto my goody bag along with a pair of decorative pencils. Or just tuck the tag into an envelope and it makes a great shaped card idea, too.

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These silly dogs make me smile, every time. Love that there are lots of fashion accessories and extras that coordinate with this line that can be used for all the different holidays and occasions.

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I added heart accents to my tag, and some pretty PhotoPlayPaper Valentine paper, to dress up this little holiday goody bag. I’ve got a quick Sizzix tutorial to share how, so let’s take a closer look.

audreypettit-sizzix-crazydogsvalentinetagtut11. Die cut a heart frame from patterned paper. To die cut the frame, nest two Hearts Framelits dies, and die cut using this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich for Thinlits and Framelits dies:
Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, Framelit dies (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.

2. Die cut the largest heart shape again from both white cardstock and watercolor paper. You should now have two solid heart shapes and one heart frame.

3. Dab a variety of Distress Ink colors onto a non-stick craft mat and spray the ink with water. Press the smooth side of the watercolor paper heart into the ink mixture. Allow the ink to dry, or speed up the process with a heat tool. Repeat this step to intensify the color, if desired.

4. Place a stencil over the inked heart, and apply a darker color of Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.

audreypettit-sizzix-crazydogsvalentinetag-tut25. Stamp a dog image and Valentine greeting onto watercolor paper using black archival (waterproof) ink. Die cut the dog using the matching die. Cut the sentiment into a thin strip, and then snip the ends into banner notches.

6. Watercolor the dog image using Distress Inks.

7. Apply a thin bead of liquid adhesive to the edge of the inked/stenciled heart shape. Adhere lace trim to the edge of the heart. Make small snips into the lace to allow it to bend around the tight corners easier.

8. Apply red Distress Ink to the edges of the patterned paper heart frame and the sentiment strip. Adhere the frame to the inked/stenciled heart. Add foam adhesive to the back of the dog and sentiment strip, and adhere them to the tag. Stamp and die cut a heart candy box. Watercolor the image, and adhere it to the tag base. Add Glossy Accents to the dog’s eyes and collar, and to the bow on the heart.

audreypettit-sizzix-crazydogsvalentinetag-tut39. Using a bone folder or scoring board, score across the top left corner of the heart die cut from white cardstock. Bend the flap back and forth a bit to loosen the hinge. Apply strong adhesive to the flap section only, and adhere the two heart shapes together. Now you have a tag or a card with room for a handwritten note inside.

10. Punch a hole in the top left corner of the tag. Thread with twine and tie onto your gift package.

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I hope you all have a super sweet Valentine’s Day, my friends!
Thanks for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below for your convenience:

PhotoPlay SO LOVED 12 x 12 Collection Pack SL2419Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsRanger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Sizzix Framelits HEARTS Wafer Thin Die Set 657561Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2016 CRAZY DOGS CMS271Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits CRAZY DOGS Wafer Thin Die Set 661593Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps CRAZY THINGS CMS237Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits CRAZY THINGS Wafer Thin Die Set 660953Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps CRAZY TALK CMS236Simon Says Stamp Stencil FALLING HEARTS SSST121333May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Spun SugarTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FESTIVE BERRIES Ranger TIM32861Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093Sizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499

Valentine Pocket Pouches with Therm O Web

Happy Friday, Sweet Friends!

Today I have a Valentine treat holder idea to share that I made recently for the Therm O Web blog. A pair of sweet and simple fabric pocket pouches, perfect for a few holiday treats, and easy enough to make in bulk, even at the very last minute.

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We don’t go big on Valentine’s Day at my house. Neither one of my kids has much of a sweet tooth, but I rarely let the day pass without gifting some small treat or trinket. This year, it’s a few Lindt chocolates tucked into these little fabric pouches. A fun alternative to the traditional paper gift bag.

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The basic construction of these pouches is super easy, and the great thing is they can be made from any remnant fabric scraps you may already have at home. I lined the pouches with Therm O Web Stitch n’ Sew fleece for extra stability, and tied the tops off with some favorite ribbons and trim. Add a quick love note or hang tag, and you are good to go.

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Simply start with a rectangle of fabric, fold in the sides, and secure with a bit of stitching. For a no-sew option, try Therm O Web’s Fabric Fuse adhesive. And for further instructions, check out my step-by-step tutorial on the Therm O Web blog.

Happy weekend, Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - WallflowerNeenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - HeartfeltTim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784StitchnSew Fleece Sew-In High Loft (White 45 in. d/f x 1 Yard pack) pictureTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet - Pink Melon - 5 PackTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - Liquid Adhesive - 2.1 Fluid OuncesRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Archival Ink Pads - Potting SoilTherm O Web FabricFuse TAPE Adhesive 3346

Stamps: So Sweet Seasons by Close To My Heart
Other: Fabric, Trim, Fabric Brads

You are Loved with PhotoPlay Paper

Hi Friends! Happy Wednesday!

I’m getting a bit of a late start today, and if I don’t watch out, Valentine’s Day will be here before I get the chance to share all my Valentine projects for the year! So today I’m going to jump into another Valentine card that I made recently for PhotoPlay Paper featuring their sweet So Loved collection.

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So loved has a really great color combo… lots of traditional bright reds, white, and pink that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. I really love the addition of the bold black. So for this card, I made sure to add lots of extra black to make everything pop.

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The background is pieced from several patterned papers, with some smaller paper strips cut into a banner shape across the bottom. I loved the large circle sticker from the Elements sheet for the main focal point, and just called a bit of extra attention to it with additional layered stickers and a bit of twine. White gel pen faux stitching add the final touch. Sweet and simple and better yet, easy to mail.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today! Wishing you a wonderful day!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below for your convenience:

PhotoPlay SO LOVED 12 x 12 Collection Pack SL2419Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLACK Black8Sizzix Framelits CIRCLES DOTTED Wafer Thin Die Set 661560Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE Two Pack 1919994Doodlebug BEETLE BLACK Doodle Twine

Creativation 2017- Bloom with Tim Holtz

Hello, Friends! Happy Monday!

Today I’m back with another Creativation CHA show project to share. This time, an altered canvas frame that I made for Tim Holtz, loaded with lots of fabulous new Sizzix and Idea-ology goodies.

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This sweet canvas is absolutely bursting with fun new products. There’s new papers and embellishments, a new wooden frame, and, of course, new dies and an embossing folder, too. All tied together into one pretty little home decor package.

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I really love all the details of this frame, but I think my favorite part has got to be that textured background, made with the new Lace embossing folder. The pattern reminds me of vintage textured wallpaper, so that is the look I tried to recreate here, with ink and paint and a good dose of Vintage Collage Medium.

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The pretty violets are from the new Botanical Layers, layered onto a fragment of one of the new Salvaged Baseboards. The gold pieces were die cut with the new Scroll Bigz die from metallic cardstock, sanded, aged, and snipped apart to tuck among the flowers. I added a new Clippings Sticker and a wee twine bow. Those awesome letters are die cut with the new Broadway Bigz XL die.

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There’s new paper from the Memoranda Paper Stash layered with linen fabric on the background. And the wooden frame is one of the new Mini Framed Panels that come in a set of four (two frames and two panels). Think I’m going to need those in bulk!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope your week is off to a fabulous start!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below for your convenience:

Tim Holtz DISTRICT MARKET Burlap Panel BARE 6 x 8 TH93062RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology MINI FRAMED PANELS Structures TH93582Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology 12 x 12 Paper Stash MEMORANDA Paperie TH93550Tim Holtz Core'dinations KRAFT CORE METALLIC 12 x 12 Paper Stack GX196001 *Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix SCROLL Bigz Die 661816 RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix BROADWAY ALPHA Bigz XL Die 661820RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix LACE Texture Fades Embossing Folder 661824RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology BOTANICAL Layers Paperie TH93554RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology SALVAGED BASEBOARDS Paperie TH93556RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology CLIPPINGS Stickers Paperie TH93583Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium VINTAGE TDA47940Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILTED VIOLET Ranger TIM43263Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SHADED LILAC Ranger TIM34957Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad VICTORIAN VELVET Ranger TIM27195Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix EXTENDED MULTIPURPOSE PLATFORM 658992Sizzix EXTENDED CUTTING PAD 661343Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965

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Creativation 2017- The World to Me with Therm O Web

Hi Friends! Happy Friday!

Today I have another Creativation CHA project to share with you. This time, a card and tag set I made for Therm O Web using a brand new product to the deco foil line up, Gel Transfer Medium.

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If you’ve been following deco foil along the years, you know that there are many different ways to apply the foil sheets, and that foil works great on paper, fabric, and just about any surface under the sun.

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Now Therm O Web has come out with yet another way to utilize the foil, and I think this may be my favorite way yet. The new Gel Transfer Medium works somewhat like texture paste, and allows you to add foil using all your favorite stencils. How cool is that?

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Simply apply the Gel Medium to paper using a palette knife and stencil, just like you would a regular texture paste. Allow the gel to dry, cover the pattern with a sheet of foil, and run it through a laminator to set. Works with any stencil, and how cool to find a new way to use supplies you may already have on hand.

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I pulled out a couple of my favorite old Hero Arts BasicGrey stencils for my projects. The You & Me Simple Set from Simple Stories, and a few old goodies from BasicGrey.

The new Gel Transfer Medium will be available in March. And in the mean time, you can check out the full tutorial on these projects on the Therm O Web blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Weekend!


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

Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsSimple Stories - You and Me Collection - Simple Sets - 12 x 12 Collection KitTim Holtz Sizzix Die TAG & BOOKPLATES Movers And Shapers 656938Hero Arts Stencil FLAG PATTERN BasicGrey SA038 Hello You Hero Arts Stencil DECO DESIGN BasicGrey SA029 BasicGrey - Saturday Morning Collection - Cork Stickers - Printed ShapesTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Transfer Sheet - Amber Watercolor - 5 PackMay Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapWe R Memory Keepers - Crop-A-Dile - Corner Chomper ToolTherm O Web - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Foam Adhesive - WhiteTherm O Web - Foil Laminator - 12 InchesSizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

BasicGrey Enamel Dots
Therm O Web Deco Foil Transfer Gel Medium (Coming Soon)

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Creativation 2017- A Journey of Moments with Tim Holtz

Hellooooo Sweet Friends! I’m back!

After a super crazy and busy month, I can finally say that I am back to my regular schedule. CHA Creativation projects are done, the show is now over, and I’ve just returned from my annual scrapbooking retreat in Myrtle Beach.  It’s been a whirlwind month, but I’m back on track. And that means I can finally start sharing my show projects with you.

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This year I was honored and blessed to work with four amazing companies and create 28 projects for the Creativation 2017 CHA trade show this past weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. It’s been busy, busy, but I’m so excited to share all the fabulous new products and projects I’ve had the chance to work with. Today I thought I’d start with my favorite card, made for Tim Holtz using lots of new Sizzix and Idea-ology goodies.

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This card is a great mix of the old and the new. I used layers of black and gold cardstock that were sanded and aged with Distress crayon and vintage collage medium. The frame is from my old favorite Stitched Rectangles die set, and I mixed in some old greens and word dies, too. Then comes in all the new stuff.

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The background was made with the new Leafy embossing folder, de-bossed onto watercolor cardstock and then hand painted with a variety of Distress inks. The new Scroll Bigz die adds extra fluff to the floral bouquet. Then there’s new Clipping Stickers that help build the sentiment, and a new Index Clip across the top of the frame for a bit of pizazz. New Travel Design Tape, and the new Bouquet flowers, too, that were inked and stained to match.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll be around to visit soon!


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

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLACK Black8Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Tim Holtz Core'dinations KRAFT CORE METALLIC 12 x 12 Paper Stack GX196001 *RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix LEAFY Texture Fades Embossing Folder 661826RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix SCROLL Bigz Die 661816 Tim Holtz Sizzix STITCHED RECTANGLES Thinlits Die 661189Tim Holtz Sizzix FRIENDSHIP WORDS BLOCK Thinlits Die 660213Tim Holtz Sizzix GARDEN GREENS Thinlits Die 661206RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology TRAVEL Design Tape Paperie TH93352RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology CLIPPINGS Stickers Paperie TH93583RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology BOUQUET Findings TH93569RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology INDEX CLIPS Fasteners TH93574Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CRUSHED OLIVE Ranger TIM27126Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TWISTED CITRON Ranger TIM43294Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BUNDLED SAGE Ranger TIM27102Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FOSSILIZED AMBER Ranger TIM43225Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons SET 3 TDBK47926Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceTim Holtz Distress Spray Stain TARNISHED BRASS Ranger TSS42549Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium VINTAGE TDA47940Ranger 4 ounce MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Paint Glue INK41535May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapSizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677