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

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Because You Knew with Authentique

Hello Friends, thanks for stopping by! Today I have a tag to share with you, made with a sweet new collection from Authentique called Devoted.

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I know from the look of my tag, and the name of the line, you are probably thinking that Devoted is a love themed collection…. and I guess that is true in a way, if you love your pets. Because that’s what Devoted is. The cutest dog and cat pet collection you ever did see.

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But as always, Authentique’s themed lines can be used for so much more. I used one of my favorite journaling cards here on my simple tag, and love that it could be used for many different occasions. New baby, a note to your child, or yes…. for that someone special.

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I added a mix of trims in a range of neutral colors for detail and texture. Tucked a journaling card from the Legacy collection behind for a small pop of extra color. Love how well Authentique collections work together.


And speaking of Authentique collections, have you checked out the blog this week? Yesterday they revealed one of two new Christmas lines, and tomorrow….. tomorrow is the big Halloween reveal! And you all know how I feel about that! 😀

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Supplies:


Devoted Collection Kit


Legacy Collection Kit


Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die- Tag & Bookplates

 

 

Let Freedom Ring with Authentique

Happy Fourth of July, my friends! By now, I’m sure celebrations are well underway for this special long holiday weekend, and I hope you have lots of fun plans in the works. It’s overcast and raining here in my neck of the woods, so no barbeques today, but I do have a couple of fun patriotic projects to share with you, made with Authentique’s adorable Freedom collection.

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Lots of fun patriotic papers from the 6×6 paper bundle, and an awesome sentiment thanks to the Enhancements Cut Apart paper journaling card. I do love those sheets for quick and easy card designs.

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My Little Missy calls this my “tye-dye” card with that Distress watercolor background. Such an easy technique, and fun, too. I added sanded Distress cardstock, and machine stitching in bright red. A mix of trims and a good ol’ USA sticker to finish off.

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I also have a home decor project to share, ’cause you all know I can’t let a holiday pass without decking out my house in holiday spirit.

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A patriotic wall hanging, made with pretty Freedom papers and stickers and my favorite wall hanging resource, recycled corrugated cardboard.

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Another great Enhancements journaling card, dressed up with red candy dots and a sweet vintage button, layered with lots of pretty papers and a bit of soft cotton batting. More stitching. Lots of shabby paint. And a torn strip of happy checkered fabric for the hanger.

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Happy Independence Day, my friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!

A Santa Set with Authentique

This year, as every year, I find myself faced with my typical holiday card-making dilemma. The problem lies not in the making of cards, oh no… because I do have a stash of Christmas cards ready at hand. No, the problem is that the majority of them don’t seem to want to squeeze themselves into a regular envelope for easy mail-ability, no matter how hard I try.

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Today, however, I’ve tackled that problem, and have a set of fun, festive, AND postage-friendly cards to share with you that I made with Authentique’s adorable holiday collection, Believe.

AudreyPettit-Believe-MerryChristmasSet2To me, one of the easiest ways to make cards in bulk is to use stamps and dies for the focal images. And good thing is, they keep things flat, too. The Santa and sentiment images are from Tim Holtz’s Retro Christmas stamp and die set. I threw in my favorite frame die from Papertrey Ink, as well.

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Paper is thin, so here’s where you can add lots of detail and definition without adding bulk. I used two solid Foundation papers for the bottom layers followed by one print. Machine stitching around the card edges is another way to add an extra pop of detail without adding thickness.

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Add a few sequins, and a simple knot of trim, and there you have it. A quick and easy card design that’s fun and cute and fits into a regular envelope, too. I’ve got a few more details up on the Authentique blog, if you’d like to learn more.

So how about YOU? Coming along on your holiday cards?

Toxic Treats with Authentique

Hello, hello! Happy Monday to you. I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. My boy was home, so it was a very happy weekend for this ol’ momma. And big happenings in the works as this week, I’m hosting my Haunted Halloween luncheon. You all know I’m determined to win the spookiest Halloween House title again, and this year, I am an absolute shoe-in. Paige is not even hosting this year due to a recent knee surgery, so that means it’s down to just me and Joanne. My competition has been cut in half, my friends! That championship title is in the bag!

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Sharing a toxic treat container with you today. Made with a fun container die from Sizzix and Authentique’s new Halloween collection, Spirited.

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A painted chipboard handle for a bit of strength. A pair of Details cardstock stickers turned into hang tags. A bit of trim and a vintage button. Some terribly toxic treats to give or to keep.

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Guaranteed to make you shriek!

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks once again for your sweet comments on my last Halloween Tour post. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

A Spirited Halloween

Happy Monday, everyone! Thank you all for the sweet comments you left on part one of my Halloween Haunted House Tour. I’m really tickled that you enjoyed it, and I’ll pick up the tour again this Friday. For today, I have some more Halloween to share with you. This time, a card made with Authentique’s new Halloween collection, Spirited.

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This card features one of the journaling cards from the Enhancements Cut Apart paper. The 3×4 and 4×6 Enhancements are perfect for pocket scrapbooking, but they also make quick and easy focal points for cards.  Love the sentiment on this one and really wanted to let it shine.

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I added a light wash of color to two of the lines with Distress ink. Great way to highlight a few key features. Then added the panel to my card base, pieced from a mixture of 12×12 and 6×6 Bundle papers.

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The webs are die cut from my Papertrey Ink web die. The spider is from Sizzix. I coated both with Art Anthology black glitter paint for a final spooky touch.

Gives ya the shivers, doesn’t it? 😉

Enjoy Today with Sizzix

Hello, hello! Happy Monday, Friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We’re waking up to another gray and rainy day here. Just one more day in an endless chain, it seems. At this point, I’m wondering who has hijacked our summer, and if they will kindly bring it back..

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Today I have a quick project to share with you that I made this weekend for the Sizzix blog. An altered gift box for a friend’s upcoming birthday, dressed with pretty patterned papers and trim, and decorated with my favorite Sizzix decorative strip dies.

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For my gift box, I started with a plain box from one of those big box chain stores. I covered the lid with pretty papers, then added a big bow, thanks to the help of the Bow-Tied Decorative Strip Die by Tim Holtz. This month, the Sizzix team is partnering with Authentique. This is their beautiful Harmony collection.

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Once I had my bows die cut and assembled, I simply staggered the shapes, stacking them together and adhering in the center with tacky glue. A pretty button in the center finishes the bow perfectly. Then for a fun accent, I tucked a few banners die cut using the Tattered Curvy Banners Decorative Strip Die around the bow. I’ve got a few more tips and instructions up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! I have to admit, this is going to be a tough week for me. The boy goes back to college on Friday. I miss him already!

P.S. I’m super excited to be able to share a special discount code with you all, good for 15% off of your regular priced purchase on Sizzix.com. This discount is good through the end of the year. Just use code SZ10B at checkout. (Sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time.)

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Authentique and Avery Elle

Hello, Sweeties! I’m sneaking in on an “off” day today to share a project with you all before the family heads out for Yosemite national park tomorrow. It’s going to be a long five-hour drive and a very early start, so once again, sorry for not being around the computer much these days. But then, that’s what long summer days are for, right?
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Today I have a mini notecard set to share with you that I made for Authentique. This is the beautiful Radiant collection and the wonderful sentiments are from the Framed Fonts clear stamp set by Avery Elle, our product partner on the Authentique blog this week.

AudreyPettit-Radiant-AveryElleNotecardSet2The notecards are rather simple in design, to allow those fun subway art style sentiment images to really shine. Just some Radiant solid foundation paper in the background, layered with a happy, vibrant yellow print. Love that wide striped grosgrain ribbon from May Arts. Definitely helps to anchor the central focal point sentiments.

AudreyPettit-Radiant-AveryElleNotecardSet3Layering the sentiment frames with two different label shapes, die cut from Radiant patterned papers, calls lots of extra attention to the images, too,  and is a great way to turn a simple sentiment into a dramatic focal point. A few buttons and flowers add a final pop of color. You can find more details, along with lots of other fun Avery Elle projects this week, on the Authentique blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope to get around to visit with all of you soon!

Anchored NoteCards with Authentique

 

AudreyPettit-Anchored-SailAwayNotecardsI am one giddy momma this morning! Operation Dorm Move-Out went off without a hitch yesterday, and my boy is now officially home for the summer! Of course there is much jealousy on the part of the Little Missy, who still has another month to go before her summer begins, and much mirth on the part of the boy, who gets to gloat in the meantime…..but all I feel is happy, happy, happy! Best Mother’s Day present on earth!

AudreyPettit-Anchored-SailAwayNotecards2I’ve gotten a bit behind in sharing some of my Authentique projects with you. This is a little notecard and matching envelope set I made for the Authentique blog featuring the adorable Anchored collection, and the Photo Mat die from our recent product partner, Top Dog Dies.

AudreyPettit-Anchored-SailAwayNotecards3The old-timey Polaroid style frames are very hot trends in the market right now. I love how well they work for just about any papercrafting project. Of course the frames are perfect for photos, but they are also great for accenting journaling cards or embellishments, or framing focal images on cards, like I’ve done here.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. And to all you fabulous mother’s out there, wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Make Years Count with Sizzix

Back today with another project for Sizzix, this time a quick birthday card set in a happy springtime color palette.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix YearsCountCardSetAfter this recent round of storms that hit the country this week, I’m sure we all could use a little spring right now. Even here in the south, in the heart of North Carolina, schools were closed for the day yesterday. Seems like this is the winter that never ends. But maybe these bright butterflies will bring hope.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix YearsCountCardSet3I love the classic shape to these Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Butterflies, and they are such a perfect size for cards. Simple scalloped circle cut outs made with nesting Thinlits dies make quick and easy window frames, and keep all the attention on the pretty butterflies.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix YearsCountCardSet4I added a fleck of color to each die cut opening, then used matching paper down the left side. This is the pretty new Flourish collection by Authentique. A favorite birthday sentiment in the corner. I popped the stamped panel up on pop dots for a bit of dimension. Vintage pearl buttons dress up the center of each butterfly.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix YearsCountCardSet2A classic simple design, and so easy to switch up for different themes or events. Pop on over to the Sizzix blog for more details.

And don’t forget….March is National Craft Month.

national craft monthLots of great deals going on.

thermoweb saleThanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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