Let Freedom Ring with Photo Play Paper

It’s 4th of July week for us here in the States.  A time for picnics and barbecues, fireworks and family, and all things red, white, and blue.

You all know by now that I am a big fan of all the holidays, and rarely let one go by without a little seasonal home decorating. Today I wanted to share one of my DIY home decor projects with you, 3D paper firecrackers. And if you are on Photo Play Paper’s email list, you would have received all the how-to’s for constructing these in your inbox last week. If not, keep reading for more details on that.

Photo Play’s Red, White, & Blue collection is perfect for creating that vintage Americana look that I love so well. I kept the vintage style going with a bit of ruffled crepe paper and lots of shabby brown ink around the edges. Reminds me of old paper ornaments and decorations from years gone by.

I am always happy to find projects that require very few supplies, and better yet, can be made from things you already have on hand.  These paper firecrackers are super simple, and that’s a big plus, too. And they are easy enough to make in bulk to dress up a holiday table or give away as party favors… even last minute as it is.

The key to these is strong adhesive! Score-tape or red-line tape, and lots of hot glue. If you missed out on the directions, and would like to give these a try, you can download the complete instructions HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends. Hope you have a wonderful week! Any big holiday plans for the 4th?

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

Photo Play Paper - Red, White and Blue Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTherm O Web - Super Tape - Double Sided Tape Roll - 1/2 Inch x 6 yardsAmerican Crafts - Adhesives - Glue Gun - Sticky Thumb - Cordless Hot Glue Gun

White Crepe Paper
Hemp Twine
Wooden Chopsticks, Skewers, or Sticks
White Acrylic Paint

Sweet Freedom with Therm O Web

I’m back today with another patriotic card to share. This time it’s the second card I made last week for the Therm O Web blog featuring Fancy Foils and dies from GinaK Designs along with the adorable Red, White, & Blue collection by Photo Play Paper.

Just a simple layered background, with border strips and twine around the center. Die cut ephemera and a cardstock sticker for the sentiment. I created a frame for the Lady Liberty journaling card from nested GinaK stitched rectangle dies. The red stars were also die cut from GinaK cardstock using the same set.

And once again, I added a thin edge of shiny bright Fancy Foil to the frame using the deco foil adhesive pen. So easy to do, and doesn’t require any extra tools. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. My parents have returned home from their long summer visit with us, so things are quiet here again. Should be heading back into my normal routine this week. Perhaps that will mean a bit more time in the craft room? How about you? Any big plans for the week?

P.S.- All Photo Play Paper products are still currently on sale at Scrapbook.com, including the fun Red, White, & Blue collection I’ve used today.
(click on the photo icons below to shop)

And don’t forget to check out the sizzling summer sale, ending today!

Sizzling Days 7 - Clearance Sale


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Letter It Collection - Cardstock - IvoryTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Red Velvet - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Red, White and Blue Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackTherm O Web Gina K Designs SINGLE STICH RECTANGLE LARGE Set Nested Dies 18012Therm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Radiant RedDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - Adhesive Pen - .34 Fluid OuncesTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Good ‘Ol Fashioned Summer with Therm O Web

Seems I am still keeping quite the wacky posting schedule these days, but at least there looks to be a light at the end of the tunnel. After working a full-time schedule this spring, I am finally back to part-time…. and that means more time for play in the good ‘ol craft room! I sure have been missing my paper. Now I just need to carve out a date with my piles of fabric..

I love me some Americana for the summer months, and with the 4th of July quickly approaching, I’ve been having fun playing with Photo Play Paper’s adorable Red, White, & Blue collection. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing lots of patriotic projects with you, starting today with a petite 3.5×5 card I made for the Therm O Web blog featuring Fancy Foil fun from GinaK Designs.

I love a bit of sparkling foil for the Fourth. Perfect accent for fireworks and parades. This technique is super easy to do with just the use of a simple foiling pen, and better yet, doesn’t require the use of a heat laminator. You can check out the Therm O Web blog for details on that, if you’d like to learn more.

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

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackPhoto Play Paper - Red, White and Blue Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackPhoto Play Paper - Red, White and Blue Collection - EphemeraTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Decorative TagTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Radiant RedTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - Adhesive Pen - .34 Fluid OuncesTherm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE AND GOLD Sheer Satin Fancy Ribbon 18001Fiskars - Border Punch - Scallop SentimentEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner Rounder

Sizzling Days 1 - 7 Brands on sale

P.S.- Have you been following along with Scrapbook.com’s 7 Sizzling Days of Summer sale?
(Click on the photo banner above and below to check out today’s amazing deals and bonus freebie!)

Sizzling Days 4 - Card making sale


The Summer-Inspired Americana House Tour

Hi Sweet Friends! Happy Monday to you! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
It is completely grey and overcast here in my neck of the woods, so rather a gloomy start to the week for us. But I am not going to let those grey skies get me down. Because I have just returned from a lovely weekend away at the beach with the girls. And there’s nothing like girlfriend time, and beach time, to soothe all ills and lift the spirits. I am a very happy (and slightly sunburned) lucky girl this morning….. ready to tackle any gloom ahead. Hope you all made some great summertime memories this weekend, too.

Today I wanted to switch gears from papercrafts to a post dedicated to my sweet mom, who loves to see my house decorated for the different seasons and holidays, but rarely gets the chance to see it in person. So welcome, all! I hope you enjoy! Here’s a peek at my summertime decor.

My passion for things old and timeworn definitely comes from my mom and dad, who started me out antiquing when I was still in high school. I would scour the thrift shops for vintage clothes and jewelry, and still to this day proudly display some of the dishes and treasures I managed to find way back then. If it’s rusty or chippy, there’s a good chance you’ll find it here. I am, after all, a funky junk girl at heart.

I usually go with a patriotic red, white, and blue Americana theme for the summer months. But this time I’m changing things up a tad to go with more of a nautical beach cottage look in spots, in keeping with my ocean-themed summer mini-release in my shop this year. You may remember seeing my beachy entryway decor from an earlier post this summer (click HERE if you missed that post.) So my summer sideboard this year is done up to match in soothing ocean blues.

While the rest of the house is in keeping with my traditional red, white, and blue.

Happy Summer, Friends, from my house to yours! ❤


Pursuit of Happiness with Therm O Web

Happy Wednesday, Crafty Friends!

Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching here in the States, and in honor of the holiday, I have got a patriotic card project to share with you today featuring the new Therm O Web Fancy Foils and Foil-Mates product line by GinaK Designs.

I love a good vintage-inspired Americana design, and this older Freedom paper collection from Authentique is one of my all-time favorites. I absolutely adore the contrast of the shiny bright deco foil pattern against the aged background. Such a great shabby-chic combo.

Of course Americana is all about the stars and stripes, which I’ve added here with the new GinaK products. The background striped panel is one of the new Foil-Mates sheets, foiled with Gina’s new Red Velvet Fancy Foils. I used her Premium Cardstock and some of her new dies, too, to create the framework and accents. A great way to add some detail to a simple journaling card focal piece.

I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Prime Time - 12 SheetsTherm O Web - Foil-Mates - 5.5 x 8.5 - Background - Stars and StripesTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Red VelvetTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Rectangle - LargeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Marker - Barn DoorRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - RoundTherm O Web 3D MOUNTING SQUARES White Foam 3777Therm O Web - Foil Laminator - 12 Inches

Patterned Paper, Journaling Card: Authentique Freedom Collection
Twine: The Twinery



Proud To Be with Therm O Web

Hello, Friends! Happy Friday!

This week, vendors, artists, and crafters gathered in Salt Lake City for the third annual Sierra Pacific Crafts Mixed Media Show. And this year, for the first time, Therm O Web attended, showing off the latest addition to the Deco Foil line up….. Watercolor Deco Foils. And our new Mixed Media Sheets, too.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ProudToBeCanvasSo of course this show is all about mixed media, and since America just celebrated its independence day, I combined the two to make a patriotic altered canvas, perfect for adding a touch of Americana to my home decor for the summer.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ProudToBeCanvas3True to mixed media style, this 8×8 canvas is filled with layers. The background started with patterned paper, followed by layers of paint, stain, markers, and modeling paste. I used a Tim Holtz star layering stencil to create a subtle texture, and then added shiny bright detail with the new watercolor foils.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ProudToBeCanvas4If you look closely at the foiled areas, you can see the variation in color to the new watercolor foils. The Amber foil, used on the sparklers, has a beautiful metallic shine in a gold, silver, and copper watercolor wash. The Lapis foil, used to accent the firecrackers and the background, ranges  from shades of blue into metallic silver.

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My funky junk firecrackers were free-hand cut and doodled. Those poor things have been sanded, torn, inked, painted, and stained, for an aged feel. Think I may have nailed that part!  I added rope wicks that I actually set on fire, for a bit of lifelike char. All in the name of art. Haha 😉

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ProudToBeCanvas2The papers are oldies, but goodies. The Freedom collection from Authentique. I pieced several prints for the firecrackers. And cut the sentiment from the papers, too.

I’ve got a full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

And here’s a peek at our 5 New Watercolor Deco Foil Transfer Sheets. From left to right: Amber, Emerald, Amethyst, Lapis and Summer Rainbow (coming soon!)



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

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Prima Flowers 8 X 8 WATERCOLOR CANVAS PANEL 585686iCraft® DECO FOIL™ Liquid Adhesive 2.1ozTim Holtz Layering Stencil STARS THS008Faber-Castell MANGA BLACK PITT Artist Pens 167132Tim Holtz Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDD36425Tim Holtz Distress Paint BROKEN CHINA Ranger TDD36319Tim Holtz Distress Paint BLACK SOOT Ranger TDD36302Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stain ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger TDW29816Tim Holtz Distress Markers GATHERED TWIGS Ranger TDM38207Ranger TEXTURE PASTE 4oz INK44444Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium MATTE TDA47933




A Good Day with Sizzix and Tim Holtz- A Tutorial

Happy Monday, Crafty Friends!
And Happy 4th of July!

My dear friend, Paige, had her big 50th birthday this weekend. The girls and I are getting together in a few days to celebrate, and in the mean time, I’ve been working on her card. It’s a tag and a card, all rolled into one, made with some of my favorite Sizzix Tim Holtz dies. And today I wanted to share it with you.

AudreyPettit Sizzix GoodDayTag
I think my most well-loved Sizzix die has got to be this Tag & Bookplates die by Tim Holtz. It’s just the perfect size for art tags or gift tags, or even card tags, like I’ve made here. This will work great for hanging on Paige’s gift bag. And what I like is that this tag opens up with plenty of room for a note on the inside.

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I keep gravitating back to this Barista collection by BasicGrey. Love the color combo so much, and since Paige is a neutral-lover like me, I think she will like it, too. I pieced several prints for the background of the tag, and die cut one of Tim’s new doily dies from patterned paper, as well. And then topped them all with a few of Tim’s new Wildflowers, water-colored to match.

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Here’s a quick tutorial, if you’d like to learn more.

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Begin by die cutting one whole tag and one partial tag from patterned paper. I die cut the hole re-inforcer, included on the die, as well. When die cutting with Bigz dies like this, simply sandwich the die and paper between two standard cutting pads before running through your die cutting machine.

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Next, die cut the new Doily #2 Thinlits die from contrasting patterned paper. Here it is after going through my machine, and you can see how intricate this cut is. Instead of trying to poke all those little pieces out one by one, here’s a good tip.

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Place the die and stuck paper down onto the Sizzix Foam Pad, and roll over the back with the Die Brush. The paper will pop right out of the die, and the brush will remove all the little inner pieces, too.

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Adhere the partial tag onto the bottom of the whole tag, trimming off any excess, as necessary. Add the doily to the center, cutting off the outside edges.  Lightly ink over the edges of the tag and doily with brown Distress Ink and an ink blending tool. Add a thin strip of paper over the seam where the two paper edges meet, and tie a ribbon around the middle of the tag.

AudreyPettit Sizzix GoodDayTag Tut5
Die cut a variety of Wildflower Thinlits from watercolor paper. I used three pieces for my tag.

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Watercolor the flowers using Distress Inks mixed with water and a wet paintbrush. I pulled colors from my patterned papers for my flowers. Pumice Stone and Black Soot for stems, and Mustard Seed and Wild Honey for the flowers.

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Add die cut flowers and sentiment sticker to the left side of the tag, popping up a few areas with foam tape for dimension. Apply clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the flower heads.

To create the card opening, die cut another whole tag from matching paper. Using a bone folder or scoring tool, score across the top of the tag. Fold the top flap back and forth a couple of times to loosen the hinge. Apply adhesive to the top flap, and adhere the two tags together.

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Now your tag opens like a card, with lots of space for messages and notes.

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It’s overcast and rainy here today, so not a great day for picnics and fireworks. I hope that whatever you are doing today, it’s filled with bright, sunny skies. And from my holiday house to yours…

AudreyPettit Summer2016Sideboard

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Happy Independence Day!!

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

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers Shapers Alterations Die Cutting Template Tag BookplatesSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - WildflowersSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Doily 2Sizzix Clear Stamps BIRTHDAY 659798Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Mustard SeedTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILD HONEY Ranger TIM27201ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker 025320Sizzix - Accessory - Die Brush and Foam Pad for Wafer-Thin DiesRanger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT409653M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE PermanentSizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425Sizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

BasicGrey Barista Collection: Patterned Paper, Cardstock Sticker, Embellishment Kit

Some Serious Summer Fun with Photo Play Paper

Hello Crafty Friends! Happy Wednesday!

Recently I had the great pleasure of creating some projects for Photo Play Paper using their new summer lines. And today I have a bright and happy home decor frame to share, featuring their adorable pool-side collection, Summer Daydreams.

AudreyPettit PPP SummerDaydreams SummerFunFrame
This long skinny desk frame is a favorite of mine, and was an absolute steal at about a dollar at my local junk shop. The dark wood didn’t quite fit my shabby junk style, so I painted and sanded the frame, and now it suits me well. I like it so much, in fact, that I keep swapping out the insides to fit with the holiday or season. And since we are in full-on summer mode these days, I changed out my frame to this happy summer scene.

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Summer Daydreams has the perfect patterned papers for an outdoors garden scene. I placed the sunburst print for sky, and added a fringed border of green grass below. Then a bit of die cuts for the clouds.

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I made some teeny tiny poles to hold the clothesline, and snipped apart the flip flop sticker to fit. Some bitty twine bows and sentiment sticker finish my scene.

I have had the absolute joy of having my parents here visiting for the entire month of June. It’s been so wonderful having a full house, but as all things inevitably do end, today they are heading home. I took a little bloggy break on Monday so that I could spend every last moment we had together. And we have had some wonderful moments. By my count, we have managed to

Bake three pies
Build 7 puzzles
Plant 17 new flowers
Play countless games of Dominoes and Yahtzee
and decorate my house for summer

AudreyPettit Summer2016Mantel
Here’s a peek at my mantel, done up this year in rustic, woodsy style with my stick stars and flag, and lots of earthy browns.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I owe you all some bloggy visits. I’ll be around soon!

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

PhotoPlay Paper - Summer Daydreams Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackNeenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsAmerican Crafts - Hemp Twine - Rosebud3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent

Cloud Border Die: Taylored Expressions

Three Cheers for the Red, White, & Blue

Happy Monday!

And happy Memorial Day to my American friends!

AudOnesPrims USAFirecrackers
So of course today is a patriotic holiday for those of us in the U.S. A day to celebrate this great country of ours, and to honor and remember all of our service men and women, past and present.

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Now I know I have mentioned this once or twice before, but I am a patriotic girl, through and through. Now that summer has “officially” started, it’s time to break out the red, white, and blue.

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It’s been a quiet, rainy weekend here. Perfect excuse to hide away in the craft room, and whip up some new silly prims… like these little firecracker bundles.

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Just a fun bowl filler for the summer months. Great individually or stacked up all together. These little guys have been hand-painted and antiqued, and even slightly charred. I made my own grungy tags, and then tied up each bundle with a big shabby bow. Huge thank you to my sweet bloggy friend, Lynn at From My Bungalow, for the adorable alphabet stamp set I used on the tags.

AudOnesPrims OldGloryFrame

Recently I got my hands on a few itty bitty wooden frames for some of my wee itty bitty stitchery. This Old Glory print, hand-stitched in my own messy handwriting onto tea-stained cotton canvas, seemed particularly fitting for this day. I used black floss to match the black finish of the frame. And on the background, I created a watercolor flag using Distress inks and paint.

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These new goodies have been added to my Summer Shop, in case you are interested. You can find them, along with all the rest of my summer prims, here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And to our country’s service men and women, our veterans, and all their families, thank you, for your dedication, service, and sacrifice!

Main Street Parade with Photo Play Paper

Happy Monday, everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Recently I had the great pleasure of creating some projects for Photo Play Paper using their new summer lines. Today I wanted to share a fun home decor project I made with their adorable patriotic Americana collection, Main Street Parade.

AudreyPettit PPP MainStreetParade ParadeHanging

Main Street Parade is all about summer celebrations, like picnics, barbecues, and of course the 4th of July. In my neck of the woods, no 4th of July celebration is complete without our annual downtown parade. The sights and sounds of which I tried to capture in this small town Americana wall hanging.

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Once again, my patriotic scene is made up of a variety of fun Main Street Parade cardstock stickers. I placed some directly onto the background paper, and popped up the rest with foam adhesive to give a sense of depth and space. Light inking creates the look of a bright blue sky.

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I added several layers of patterned papers to frame my scene, and placed all onto a base made of painted recycled cardboard for my favorite shabby look.

This is definitely putting me in the mood for some summer fun. How about you?

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

PhotoPlay MAIN STREET PARADE 12 x 12 Collection Pack MS2220Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassTim Holtz Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDD36425Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT409653M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent