A Grateful Heart with Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements

Hi Sweet Crafty Friends!

It is with a very grateful heart that I sit down to write this post today. Grateful that my colonoscopy is now OVER. Grateful that the results were negative and that I don’t have to do that again for another ten years. But mostly, SO grateful for all of your sweet comments and concern!

Sharing one of my shabby sweet sewing projects today. A very grateful heart, made with my latest crafty obsession, Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric.

You may remember some similar vintage hearts that I made recently for my shop, right? This little cutie is made from all of the leftovers from that project. A little pile of crafty goodness that I couldn’t force myself to throw away. Just random shapes and sizes, curved edges and straight. All too pretty to go in the trash. Maybe it’s just me. But I cannot bare to let a single thread of this beautiful fabric go to waste. The solution? A bit of shabby patchwork, wonky style.

I really love how this turned out, with a bit of an overlap here, a bit of a bare patch there. Imperfect and shabby…. just how I like it. Topped with a few of my treasured vintage pearl buttons and velvet millinery pieces. And a hand-stamped banner flag, too.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And thank you all for your well-wishes! I am truly grateful for all of YOU!


Creativation 2017- Good Vibes with Photo Play Paper

Hello, Friends!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

I figured I could use some good vibes today, so this seemed the perfect card to share. Today is colonoscopy prep day. Totally routine…. just that time in my life when such things become necessary. But I’m sure not looking forward to it, and I’m already missing the food I won’t be able to eat later today.
All that glorious food! 😉

This is the adorable Rhapsody collection by Photo Play Paper. One of twelve new collections released this year for Creativation CHA. Love the hippy dippy bohemian vibe to this one.

Sending out lots of good vibes to all of you, my sweet friends! And I could use any spare ones you may have today, too!
Hope you all have a wonderful day! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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

PhotoPlay RHAPSODY 12 x 12 Collection Pack RH2456Sizzix Framelits CIRCLES DOTTED Wafer Thin Die Set 661560Fiskars SCALLOP SENTIMENT Border Punch 02860We R Memory Keepers Cropadile CORNER CHOMPER Radius 70904-6

Enamel Dots: BasicGrey

Seeds of Kindness with Therm O Web

Hello Friends!
Happy Friday!

Did you all know that March is National Craft Month? A whole entire month dedicated to all the crafty peeps out there, like you and me! I don’t know about all of you, but that sounds like a month I could sink my teeth into.

If I had to describe myself in just a few words, “crafty” would definitely be one of them. Over the years, I think I’ve tried just about every craft out there, some with much more success than others.  You all already know that I’m crazy for paper. And crazy for fabric, too. And recently, I’ve jumped back into jewelry again. As a matter of fact, I’m having the girls over for a jewelry making party soon.

This month, Therm O Web is hosting a very special party for National Craft Month, with awesome sales promotions, free shipping, a photo a day challenge on Instagram, and of course… lots and lots of amazing prizes. Be sure to follow Therm O Web on Instagram to play along, and check out their Facebook page for all the details! You won’t want to miss out on all the fabulous loot they are giving away!

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I’m joining in on the fun today with a project I shared on the Therm O Web blog this week. A sweet little spring-inspired gift idea, flower seed pocket pouches. Perfect for all those spring birthdays on your list, or that special gardener in your life.

These happy pockets are made with lots of oldies but goodies from my stash. Papers from BasicGrey. Dies from Brenda Walton for Sizzix and My Creative Time. And of course a bit of shiny bright Deco Foil, too. If you’d like to learn more about these seed pouches, you can find the full tutorial on the Therm O Web blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Friends! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! It’s going to be beautiful here again….. but I’m pouting. Colonoscopy prep starts for me this weekend. Talk about a Debbie Downer!

In Like a Lamb

Hello Sweet Friends! Happy Wednesday, and happy first day of March!

We are expected to hit a high of 83 degrees today. I know I mentioned this the other day, but really, this is unseasonably warm weather for this time of year. I think that old phrase, March comes in like a lion, falls way short of the mark. Looks like March is coming in like a lamb, and probably will leave like one, too… or perhaps some even gentler animal, like a baby chick or a baby harp seal.

My poor winter snowmen have been quite out-of-place these past couple of weeks. We’ve been trying to hold on, waiting for winter to make an appearance, but I’ve finally given up. So my frosty friends are now making their way into storage, and a few shamrocks are coming out instead.

While I tend to go overboard for many of the holidays, I don’t do much for St. Patrick’s Day. When Easter is early, I usually skip it completely. But Easter is later this year, and that gives me an excuse to break out a few lucky charms.

As a hunter and gatherer, I have managed to collect enough “schtuff” over the years for a few small scenes. Anything with a bit of green will do. Vintage transferware dishes. An old trusty rusty watering can. A few precious Majolica plates. And of course some of my own funky junk handmade pieces. I gotta have a few of those.

Over time, I’ve managed to amass quite the collection of handmade bits. Clovers from paper bags. Clovers from foil. Water-colored clovers. Shabby hand-painted clovers from fabric. And of course, a pair of leprechaun monster dolls (made by my Missy Nik and me), too.

I think the older I get, the more I appreciate the sentimentality of homemade. So you know how that goes….

A little bit of decorating leads to a little bit of crafting, for more things with which to do a little more decorating!

My poor basket looked a little bare, so I figured a few more shamrocks were in order. Prim shabby shamrocks made from my latest crafty love, Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric.

I used some adorable Ledger fabric from the Wallflower collection for the backing, creating a bit of messy patchwork from torn and stitched strips of fabric. I really love the worn collage look that brings. The shamrocks have been pieced from fabric hand-tinted with Distress Inks, and topped with my favorite twine and vintage pearl buttons.

I made a few for me, and there’s some for you, too, if you’re interested. Just listed in my AudOnes Prims Shop.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Sending warm breezes your way!


Creativation 2017- Welcome Spring with Photo Play Paper

Hello, Friends! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

It has been the most beautiful weather here lately. I know I’m not alone in saying it’s actually been quite unseasonably warm. Warm enough for t-shirts. Warm enough that all our trees have already bloomed. Warm enough to enjoy a picnic on the beach, which I actually got to do this past week. It truly feels like spring has arrived. So a springtime card seemed fitting for today.

This is another card that I made for the Photo Play Paper booth at the CHA Creativation show this year. It’s a combination of two of their new spring-themed lines, Bloom and Hoppy Easter. I mixed prints from both of the collections, and fussy cut the kites from one of the patterned papers. The sentiment and focal point is made from two of the cut-apart journaling cards, trimmed out and stacked with scalloped borders for extra detail.

I did some partial stamping to add a tail string for the kites, and finished off with a few 28 Lilac Lane sequins. I love these soft colors.

Is it spring in your neighborhood yet? When we came close to hitting 80 degrees here this weekend, that really did it for me. My house is still filled with winter snowmen, and those poor babies are so out of place. I spent most of yesterday starting to pack them away….. and you know how that goes…. bare spots leads to more decorating, which leads to crafting of more things to do more decorating!

I’ve got my front entryway ready for St. Patty’s and a new shabby prim for all you Irish lovers out there. I’ll share those next time. Until then, hope your weeks are off to a great start!

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

Photo Play Paper - Bloom Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackPhotoPlay HOPPY EASTER 12 x 12 Collection Pack HE2446Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets28 Lilac Lane ATTIC FINDINGS Embellishment Kit LL103Doodlebug BUMBLEBEE Doodle TwineFiskars SCALLOP SENTIMENT Border Punch 02860

Tattered Love with Sizzix

Heya, Crafty Friends! Happy Friday!

Today I have a set of spring-inspired Sizzix tags to share with you, made with new products from the Tim Holtz collection.

Like many of you out there, I have been a long time fan of Tim Holtz’s “Tattered” line of Sizzix Alterations dies. The original Tattered Florals Bigz die was one of the very first Sizzix dies I ever purchased, and over the years I’ve collected the leaves and pinecones and tiny florals, too. So I’m sure, then, that it will come as no surprise that I was over-the-moon excited to see this latest addition to the Tattered family, Small Tattered Florals Thinlits.

I love the vintage feel to these tiny flowers. They put me in mind of the old-fashioned cabbage roses and peonies often found in grandma’s garden, or the cherry blossoms starting to line the streets of my neighborhood these days. A perfect homage to spring.

I love soft pastels for this time of year, so pulled out a variety of my favorite spring colors of Distress to use here, with matching colors of cardstock. And to complete my vintage look I added in a beautiful embossed background made with a new Tim Holtz Texture Fade, and some new Thinlits sentiment word dies, too.

If you’d like to learn more about this project, check out my full step-by-step tutorial on the Sizzix blog. And I’ll link you to the new supplies below.

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

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

Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000Ranger 8.5 x 11 KRAFT CARDSTOCK Inkssentials Surfaces ISM35244Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix SMALL TATTERED FLORALS Thinlits Die 661806RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix SENTIMENT WORDS THIN Thinlits Die 661807RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix LATTICEWORK Texture Fades Embossing Folder 661825May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PICKET FENCE TIM40781 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad DUSTY CONCORD Ranger TIM21445Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad AGED MAHOGANY Ranger TIM21407Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad VICTORIAN VELVET Ranger TIM27195Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger TIM20240Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium VINTAGE TDA47940Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414

Creativation 2017- The Scenic Route with Photo Play Paper

Hi Crafty Friends!

I’m back today with another CHA Creativation show project that I made for Photo Play Paper. This time, an adventure card featuring their new travel line, Boarding Pass.


Summer vacation will be here before we know it. Time to dream, and make plans…. and work on your stockpile of bon voyage cards, like me. I had fun with my corner rounder and white gel pen on this one, creating some faux stitching around the edges of my paper layers. Reminds me of the stitching on an old leather briefcase or valise, and seemed quite fitting for my travel theme.

The background is layered with several patterned papers from the collection. I particularly loved the stripes and map print, so featured them here. The explore card and sentiment strip are from the cut-apart journaling card sheet. The Scenic Route strip is from a larger card that was cut down to size. I added a bit of twine and some tiny staples, and tucked a ticket sticker behind, for some extra detail.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And may you always explore the scenic route!

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

Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE Two Pack 1919994May Arts OLIVE Twine String BurlapAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology - Tiny Attacher with 100 Tiny StaplesWe R Memory Keepers Cropadile CORNER CHOMPER Radius 70904-6

Photo Play Paper Boarding Pass 12×12 Collection Kit