Patriotic DIY Decor with Therm O Web

You all know by now that I just can’t let a holiday go by without a little seasonal decorating to go along. And as tomorrow is the 4th of July celebration here in the States, I wanted to share a super quick and easy DIY framed decor project that I made recently for the Therm O Web blog.


This American flag frame blends in perfectly with my summer-themed patriotic decor, and I love how easy it was to put together using some basic supplies that you may already have on hand. The frame itself is an old cheapie that I picked up at my local thrift store, with just such a project in mind. I removed the glass and gave the wood a quick whitewash of paint, then made a DIY fabric canvas using the chipboard backing that comes with the frame.

The stars and stripes were masked using dies from the GinaK Designs line and Purple Tape. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial, including some tips for creating the masks, up on the Therm O Web blog if you’d like to learn more.

I hope all my friends and family in the States have a wonderful 4th of July holiday! Any special plans in the works? I’ve got both of my college kids home this week, so this ol’ mama is celebrating big!

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The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web Gina K Designs SINGLE STICH RECTANGLE LARGE Set Nested Dies 18012Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceTherm O Web - iCraft - Repositionable Adhesive - Pixie Spray For Stencils - 3.8 OuncesTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 0.5 Inches x 15 YardsTherm O Web FabricFuse LIQUID GLUE Adhesive 9075*

 

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What’s on the Menu with BasicGrey

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The unfinished wood section of your local big box craft store is a great place to find unique and inexpensive home decor projects. I recently found this fun chalkboard frame at mine for only $1, and right away I thought what a cute menu board this would make, dressed up in BasicGrey’s new Barista collection.
AudreyPettit BG Barista MenuBoardI absolutely adore the colors and prints in Barista, and how all the black and white accents really play up the chalkboard theme. And seriously, what could be more perfect for a menu board than this fun food-related line?

AudreyPettit BG Barista MenuBoard2Altering wooden frames is always a fun project, and it’s really easy, too. I simply adhered thin strips of patterned paper to the edges of the frame, then made a pretty topper from a couple of layers of contrasting papers and one of the larger Barista journaling cards, trimmed down to fit my space.

AudreyPettit BG Barista MenuBoard3You can use your tape runner to adhere the papers, or almost any adhesive will do. But my favorite glue for adding paper to raw wood is Therm O Web’s SuperStik Glue Stick. Gives you a nice uniform coating of adhesive over the entire surface, and holds firm. Then a light sanding along the sides with a sanding tool or nail file removes the excess paper and seals the edges.

AudreyPettit BG Barista MenuBoard4You can find more details on today’s project over at the BasicGrey blog. And I’ll link you to the products used below.

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

Supplies:
BasicGrey Barista Collection
Latte 12×12 Paper

Hot Chocolate 12×12 Paper

Chai 12×12 Paper

Journaling Card Sheet

Element Stickers

Title Stickers

Chip Alphas

Die Cut Frames

Buttons, Sequins & Twine Pack Buttons, Sequins & Twine Pack

Therm O Web SuperStik Glue Stick

No-Sew Fabric Sachets with Therm O Web

Hellllllo Friends! Happy Wednesday! I am so excited! Just one day left on my countdown. The Boy comes home tomorrow! (insert ginormous goofy grin and arms-flailing happy dance here)…

AudreyPettit Thermoweb HeartSachetsSeriously…. in case you couldn’t tell…..I am beyond excited to have both my kiddos home again. And just in time for Mother’s Day. How completely fabulous is that? Do you all have big plans in the works for Mother’s Day this weekend? If you need any last-minute gift ideas, I have a really quick and easy idea to share with you today. These no-sew fabric sachets come together in no time at all… and they smell amazing, and look great, too. So if you’re scrambling for a gift idea, these are a great one to try.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb HeartSachets2I do love how soft and pretty these turned out. I kept my color palette neutral with pops of yellow and green for a springtime look. But of course you could use any fabrics and colors you want, and any shape, too, for that matter. Here’s a quick peek at my supplies.

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I used a couple of dies to create my shapes, as well as fabric, ribbon, and Therm O Web Fabric Fuse adhesive. A heart Framelits die from Sizzix, and the new Jr. Rolled Flower dies from My Creative Time. The fabric is French Vanilla Crossroads Denim by Indygo Junction, and a bit of Stitchn’Sew Therm O Web fleece for the flowers. But if you don’t have any dies, or die cutting machine, that’s okay, too…. I’ve got lots of tips and tricks for creating these no-sew sachets, along with a 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! One more day, Friends!!

2014 Halloween Haunted House Tour

2014 Halloween Haunted HouseHello Friends and happy Friday to all of you! It’s time today to continue on with my Halloween Haunted House tour. Let’s take a peek into my haunted sun room.

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My little sun room is probably my favorite spot in the house. It’s surrounded by windows and light, and tucked into the back corner of my house, it’s nice and private and cozy. I particularly love it in here now that it’s all decked out for the holiday. It’s a great spot to sit curled up with a blanket and a book.

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I’ve been collecting Halloween for years, and I know some of you have been touring with me for years, so many of these things may be old friends to you now. The skull lantern is new… the larger of my Pottery Barn clearance score from last year. The mummy is one of my craft guys. Bendable wire wrapped in strips of torn fabric.

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This bureau is an antique butler’s chest, and is my favorite piece in the room. Great spot to display a whole bunch of Halloween goodies!

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The ghost is one of this year’s weekly crafty play day creations. The base is paper mache, painted and draped in cheesecloth.

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The purple tinsel tree is new, too, and an absolute steal at only $5 from the thrift store.

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This rolly basket is an antique laundry cart, meant to haul wet laundry out to the clothesline. I’ve filled it with vintage linens and pillows, then stuffed with lots of Halloween stuffies.

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Mr. Ghoul is another craft project the girls and I made at our weekly crafty play dates.

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The paper bag pumpkin was made by my wee Missy Nik when she was just two years old. She painted the ceramic jack to the right of it for me years ago, too. Good grief, but these things are just beyond priceless to me.

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Some of my paper crafts of the past.

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Lots of Lori Mitchell figures and Nik’s old tissue ghosts.

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My reading nook, nestled amongst the ghosties.

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Tub O’ Jacks.

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And a black tree filled with felties.

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Nik and my ceramic studio friends, Big Jack and Little Jack. You can sure see the difference in our painting skills over the years. 🙂

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The back of my basement door and a spooky paper skelly. And finally, a peek at my table for yesterday’s annual Halloween luncheon with the girls.

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And with that, we come to a good place to stop for the day. Thank goodness, right? Good thing there’s only one week left until Halloween! Then we can move on and I can bombard you with Thanksgiving and Christmas! (insert evil laughter)

Worktable WIPs

Hi Sweeties, and happy Friday to you! Do you all remember this little guy?

AudreyPettit WIP clay bunnyMy poor, broken, patched up mess of a clay bunny? I told you all I would keep you updated on his progress, and I’m happy to report that he is now finished. Truthfully, he is still as much of a hot mess in his final state, as he was in his work-in-progress state.  But he’s been a good learning experience for me with a medium I’ve never worked with before. If there’s one thing I’ve learned….it’s that air-dry clay can be really touchy stuff.

AudreyPettit ClayLongBunnyEven with all his flaws, though, this little guy does make me smile. Just don’t look at him too hard, or he will break.

AudreyPettit ClayLongBunny2I recently got my hands on some antiquing medium and clear-coat varnish, and I’ve been slapping those puppies on everything, like Mr. Bunny here. Also on Mr. Pumpkinhead, who is now also in his finished state.

AudreyPettit ClayPumpkinManAnd Miss Rebecca Rabbit, too. She’s also gotten a new antiqued coat and glossy finish. And I think I’ll finally leave her alone now.

AudreyPettit PaperMacheRebeccaRabbitSo just like that, several of my recent worktable works-in-progress are now completed. But of course I’ve got new projects going on the back burner. The girls and I have been playing with fabric again. This time, we made some oh-so grungy and creepy voodoo dolls.

Voodoo dollsAnd then, just to prove that we don’t always have Halloween on the brain (snicker)….we’ve started in on a new paper mache project.

paper mache pup step twoThis time around, I’ve made a serious attempt to create a base armature for my piece before beginning the paper mache process. Unlike Miss Rebecca Rabbit who was just a wad of folded up newspaper. I think I’m learning a little bit as I go. 🙂

I’ve also been working on a very secret surprise for my dear friend Joanne. This month, Joanne turns the big 5-0, and the girls and I are slipping off to the beach this weekend to celebrate. Just for one quick overnight, but I know it’s going to be a ton of fun. To commemorate the event, I’ve been putting together a little craft project for us to work on while we are there..

AudreyPettit WIP KittiesGrungy, primitive kitty cat dolls….all primed and ready to be dressed up and embellished. Totally inspired by this adorable ladies-night-out project created by Julie Collings from The Adventures of Bluegirl blog. The girls know I’ve put together a craft project, but they have no idea what. Cannot wait to see how these turn out. Of course if there’s alcohol involved…there’s no knowing what we might end up with! 😉

I’ll keep you all posted!

Work Table Works in Progress

Hi Sweeties! It’s a quiet day here on my blog, so I thought I would pop in and share a few different types of projects I’ve had on my work table these past couple of weeks. I don’t know about you guys, but seems I can’t go more than a day or so without getting into something crafty. Right now I’ve got projects spilling out of my scrap room, and covering almost every surface in my house. It’s a total mess, but a creative happy mess. I’ve been experimenting with some new mediums, and playing with some old favorites, too. Thought maybe you’d enjoy taking a peek at some of my random works in progress.

First, an old favorite. I’ve been making bunnies again…

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Two new sweet little bunnies who are on their way to two very special bloggy buddies, via custom order. Still blushing to think anyone would want to buy one of my silly dolls, but thank you so much for asking, Patty and Maria! I hope you enjoy your new funny bunnies!

AudreyPettit RagDollBunny PairA few of my favorite fabric scraps, and a special request color combo of blue, green, and rose for my sweet friend, Patty.  I used vintage ric-rac from my grandmother’s sewing kit, and experimented with a handmade felt flower bud made from various odd-sized scraps. Love how unique each little rag doll turns out. They truly take on a personality of their own.

The girls and I have been trying out some new mediums lately, too. I do love to try new things, but I have to admit they don’t always turn out so well. Take this guy, for example.

AudreyPettit WireChick2The jury is definitely still out on this wire-wrapped chick. After having much more success making a wee wire nest last spring,  I was quite taken aback by how hard it was to keep all this crazy wire in place. He is definitely funky.

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I do like funky, though, so I’m giving him a chance….  One thing I know for sure. Wrapping all that wire gave me a serious case of the arthritis hands.

Do you all remember her?

P1050753She’s not too bad for one of my very first free-form paper mache creations, but I don’t know…something about her paint job has just been bugging me. Her dress felt too shiny and new, and my attempt at distressing turned out rather distressing. So she’s been back on my work table, getting a work over with staining medium and a very wet rag.

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And I’m much, much happier with her now.

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Another new medium the girls and I have been tackling is air-dry clay.

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Although I absolutely loved the consistency of this clay, it has been extremely difficult to work with as it is super fragile. This poor little bunny has been through the ringer, so please excuse his work-in-progress appearance. I would have chunked him in the bin long ago if not for the fact that I am determined to figure out how to fix him. What started out as a rather cute little guy became a cracked, split, and broken-eared rabbit during the drying process. He’s been patched with paper slurry, only to be broken again during painting. Patched with more clay, only to break three more times. Glued. Which failed. And now finally, dipped into a concoction of white glue, water, and flour. He’s one hot mess. But I’m still curious. I’ll keep you posted.

I had much more luck with this guy, who’s survived his drying and initial paint job with only one broken bird, who is now in the bin.

AudreyPettit WIP clay pumpkinheadYou know I couldn’t resist slipping a little pumpkin dude in here, cause you all KNOW it’s always Halloween somewhere in my little head. 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in my silly crafting ventures. Tell me friends….what’s new this week on YOUR work tables?

Glitter Dust Skull with Therm O Web

This week, the designers are sharing some spooky Halloween project ideas featuring Therm O Web’s super fun Glitter Dust spray on the blog. If you are looking for an easy way to add a subtle touch of glitter to your projects, Glitter Dust is for you. You can add it to cards and layouts, frames, home decor, and fabric creations, too. I bet there really isn’t anything you couldn’t pretty up with a touch of Glitter Dust, including my spooky, yet spiffy, Halloween skull.

AudreyPettitThermOWebGlitterDustSkullIsn’t he something? I believe he might be ready for the zombie ball in that fancy hat. And doesn’t he look glamorous with his coating of gold from Glitter Dust spray?

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This has got to be just about the easiest home decor project ever. The skull is a paper mache piece from the seasonal section of my big box craft store. Picked it up for only a couple of dollars when the Halloween items went on sale. The Missy Nik painted the skull for me with a mixture of white, cream, and light brown paint. Then, I gave him a good dosing with the Glitter Dust spray. The spray is clear with subtle flecks of glitter, so it’s easy to add just a small, subtle touch, like a spray mist, use it as a spot treatment, or go heavy, like I did here. Oh, the options..

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Made the hat from Authentique Thrilling patterned paper, and dressed it up with a paper flower and trims from SEI and May Arts. The star pick is Prima. I’ve got the step by step directions for creating this fun top hat up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! It’s less than a week away from Halloween now, and I still have much to share, including more of my Halloween house, and photos from Paige and Joanne’s tours. I’ll try to post those over the weekend……

There’s just no rest for the wicked!

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Supplies:
Therm O Web Glitter Dust™ Gold
Therm O Web Zots™ Singles Clear Adhesive Dots- Small
Therm O Web Zots™ Singles Clear Adhesive Dots- 3D
Therm O Web Sticky Lines- 1/4″
Therm O Web SuperTape- 1/8″

Patterned Paper: Authentique
Trim: SEI, May Arts, Glitz Designs
Star Pick: Prima
Flower: I Am Roses
Paint: Delta
Paper Mache Skull: Craft Supply

Handmade Holiday- Patriotic Picks

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! Hope you all are having a good week.

Today I have an easy DIY project to share that I made for the Epiphany Crafts blog. This week, we are featuring projects using the Star and Flower Shape Studio Tools. Just in time for a little patriotic decoration for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.

Although Memorial Day isn’t a holiday I go all out for, I do still like to add a few decorations to brighten things up. These patriotic picks are quick and easy, add an instant spot of cheer when mixed with a few flags, and best yet, are made from recycled materials we all have on hand. Here’s a few quick steps on what to do.

Gather your supplies: patterned paper, white paint, circle punch, glue gun, and toilet paper tubes. You can use any trims or embellishments that you want to decorate them with when you are finished.

Using a ruler and pencil, mark tubes along 1/2″ increments. Cut into 1/2″ strips. You will need 4 tubes to create 3 picks or ornaments.

Paint the rings white, and allow to dry thoroughly. While your tubes are drying, punch 3 circles from cardstock, chipboard, or whatever scrap paper you have. These won’t show, so it doesn’t matter what they look like. Then cut some 1/2″ x 6 strips of patterned paper and fold each piece in half to create 1/2″ x 3″ strips.

Working in small sections at a time, apply hot glue to a circle punch and adhere a paper tube ring, followed by a paper strip, and then another tube ring. Continue until the entire circle is covered. For my picks, I used 9 rings and 9 strips of paper each.

Then have fun decorating your ornaments. I created paper rosettes for mine, topped with a epoxy star made with the Epiphany Crafts Star Studio Tool and Star Bubble Caps. I added mica glitter to the rosettes and edged each with some vintage patriotic trim. Stamped some kraft banner strips with patriotic lines and tucked them into the rosettes with memo pins.

Tie some cord through the rings, and you’ve got a fun ornament. Or, glue a wooden skewer or chopstick to the back with hot glue for an instant holiday pick.  Change up the embellishments, and you can create ornaments for any holiday or season. I think these would make really cute snowflakes. May have to give that a try next winter.

For a complete supply list and step-by-steps, please visit the Epiphany Crafts blog. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you a wonderful day!