Merry Christmas

We’ve made it, Friends! Through all the hustle and bustle of the past weeks, the worries of completing our overly large to-do lists, we have finally arrived at the moment we’ve been waiting for. The reason for the season. Merry Christmas to all! May the light and the spirit of the holiday fill your hearts with joy, laughter, and peace.

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The gang over at Authentique thought it would be fun to share one last holiday treat with you.  So we’ve gotten together to share some holiday ornament ideas on the blog today, all made with Authentique’s adorable Believe collection.

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I love adding a handmade ornament to my collection every year, and the team has come up with some really clever ideas that I can’t wait to try. For my ornament, I made a quick and easy holly berry wreath from tiny wooden spools wrapped in a variety of Believe patterned papers.

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Threaded the spools onto thin craft wire, and topped it off with a big candy stripe bow, a trio of pom pom berries, and hand-stitched felt holly leaves.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, today and throughout the past year. I count your sweet friendships as one of my biggest gifts of all! Merry Christmas, Friends!

Merry and Bright with Authentique

Hello Friends, happy Monday to you! We’re on the countdown in our house now. Only five more days until Christmas vacation. My boy is home for the holidays, and my parents will be arriving from California later this week, too.  So lots of happy excitement coming in the days ahead.

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Today I have a holiday gift tag to share with you that I made for the Authentique blog featuring their beautiful Believe collection, and another holiday favorite of mine, Tim Holtz’s Tattered Poinsettia die.

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Don’t know if you all have noticed, but I’ve been quite smitten with the Believe collection. It is, by far, my most favorite holiday collection this year. Love the prints and traditional color palette, mixed with pops of blue. This tag was die cut using Tim Holtz’s Tag and Bookplates die from 6×6 Bundle paper. I added a bit of lace trim and a pretty Authentic Life journaling card, accented with a few Diction word stickers, and of course that fabulous poinsettia.

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I die cut the poinsettia from 6×6 Bundle paper, too, then inked each piece with Distress ink. Love how deep and rich the color looks, yet you can still see the prints of the paper shining through.

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I added a Details hinge sticker to the top of the tag, and set it with some old, trusty eyelets. Bonus points for breaking out some supplies from the crypt. And scattered the tiny circle stickers leftover from the holes on the hinge around the rest of the tag. Giving myself some extra points for using every last little bit. 🙂

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

December 25 Tags with Sizzix

Still frantically trying to get myself ready for Christmas, and feeling like I’m getting nowhere fast. It’s like life is in partial completion these days. I’ve got some of my ornaments hung on the tree, and the house is halfway decorated…. a few presents have been purchased, I’ve mailed a couple of cards… but as of yet, not one thing is actually crossed off the ol’ to-do list. Anybody with me on this?

AudreyPettit Sizzix December25TagsAlthough I’ve kinda been spinning my wheels, yesterday afternoon hit me with a new sense of motivation when I got a text from Mr. Pete saying he had finished his last exam and was on his way home for Christmas break. My boy is home, my friends! It’s time to get the lead out!

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Yesterday afternoon alone, I made a serious dent in my holiday tubs, and I am determined to finish them off today. Next step will be wrapping. At least I am ready with some tags. Some quick, easy, and a wee bit funky tags I made for the Sizzix blog this week featuring brand new dies from Jen Long’s adorable Me & You collection.

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These cute tags are made from a mixture of dies from Jen’s new release, and I love the unique, slightly eclectic look I ended up with. The base of the tags are die cut from the Fancy Base w/ Layering Shapes Thinlits die set. I think the label shape is so pretty and unique, and can be used for so many different projects. With just the simple addition of a punched hole in the top, the fancy base becomes an instant tag.

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I added a stamped holiday greeting down the side, then gave the tags a good whitewash of paint and a rugged hemp bow. The arrows are from the Arrows Card Front Thinlit die. Holly and numbers are from the Calendar Months Thinlits die set. And the papers are from Authentique’s Believe collection.
I’ve got more information up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

So tell me, friends…. anyone else making a serious dent in their holiday to-do list yet?

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.

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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?

Hot Cocoa Sliders with Authentique

It hit me, in a brief little moment of panic this morning, that Christmas is now officially less than three weeks away. And of course, I am no where near ready. But if any of you are like me, and are looking for a quick and easy stocking stuffer or holiday sweet treat, I do have a super simple idea to share with you today. Hot cocoa sliders made with Authentique’s adorable Believe collection.

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These hot cocoa sliders are festive and fun, and are a great project to make in mass for all those friends, co-workers, neighbors, and teachers on your holiday gift giving list. They are just a simple paper sleeve, tied with a bit of ribbon. Undo the bow and pull on the ribbon, and the cocoa packet slips right out.

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The journaling cards from the Enhancements Cut Apart paper make it so easy to dress up the front of the sliders. And with a whole sheet of adorable printed sentiments to choose from, you can whip out a whole batch of sliders in no time. Just add a card, top it off with a round Details cardstock sticker, and you are done. I’ve got the full tutorial up on the Authentique blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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

A St. Nick Tag with Sizzix

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I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Santa Claus. Years ago, when I first started collecting ornaments for my Christmas tree, I only purchased Santas. Now I’ve branched out a bit, but Santa is definitely the predominant theme in my Christmas celebrations still. So it will probably come as no surprise that I actually squealed out loud over Tim Holtz’s new St. Nick Alterations die for Sizzix.

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I think he seriously may be just the cutest thing ever!

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So put him to work straight away on a fun mixed-media art tag for the Sizzix blog. Old St. Nick is decked out here in all his Christmas finery, with a soft fluffy beard and hat, accented with paint, Distress Ink and a touch of crystal clear glitter. I really love all the extra texture and detail you can bring to a die cut by adding in a bit of fabric to the mix.

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The beautiful script sentiment is from the new Holiday Script Thinlits die set, die cut in crisp, bold black. And the pretty patterned papers are from Authentique’s holiday collection, Believe. I’ve got more details and a step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you a wonderful day!

Very Merry Ornaments with Authentique and Petaloo

Our friends at Petaloo International have joined up with us for a week of fun, inspiration, and prizes on the Authentique blog. All week long, the designers have been showcasing seasonal project ideas featuring Authentique papers and Petaloo notions and trim.

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For my project, I made these festive paper ornaments using one of my all-time favorite dies from Papertrey Ink, the mitten.

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Each ornament is made up of two paper mittens, stitched together around the outside, and dressed up with lots of pretty trims, berries and leaves. I left the tops of the mittens open, turning these little cuties into pocket ornaments, perfect for filling with small trinkets or sweets.

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The pretty papers are from Authentique’s holiday collection, Believe, with the addition of a small bit of Faith paper used on the small round tags. The beautiful wide lace is Petaloo, as are the holly berry and twine clusters. I added some shabby hand-dyed crinkle ribbon and a pair of stitched paper leaves, too.

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The finished ornaments look great hanging on the tree or tied onto holiday packages, and can be filled with small treats for an instant holiday gift idea. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Authentique blog, if you’d like to learn more. And be sure to leave a comment while you are there for your chance to win an Authentique prize package.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!