Happy Easter Home Decor with Photo Play Paper

Hello crafty friends! I’m back with another Easter project for my week of holiday inspiration featuring Color Play’s adorable Easter Wishes collection. Today I have a home decor piece to share made from an old recycled frame and another one of my favorite cut-apart journaling cards from the kit.. and this time I added a homespun touch with of a bit of hand-stitching.

I usually start an altered frame project by removing the glass and giving the wood a good sanding, followed by a shabby paint job. Patterned paper was added to the back insert, and evenly-spaced holes were punched along the script lettering of the 4×6 journaling card using a paper piercer. The letters were back-stitched with embroidery floss, and the card was added to the frame with foam adhesive. A few stickers and triangle photo corners finish the design.

This frame is so happy and cheerful. Definitely much-needed at this time. I hope you are keeping busy and keeping your spirits up, too. And most of all, I hope you keep well!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Color Play - Easter Wishes Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitTonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Retractable Craft PickRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket Fence

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!

Fourth of July Sale

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*



All American 4th of July

Happy 4th of July to my friends and family here in the States! May your day be filled with fireworks and fun in celebration of this great country of ours!

As you all know by now, I don’t like to let a holiday pass without a bit of seasonal decorating. And that is especially true for the 4th, when I deck my house out in Americana for the summer. Today I have one last patriotic home decor project to share that I made with Photo Play Paper’s adorable Red, White, & Blue collection. And I thought we could take a wee house tour while we were at it, too.

The Red, White, & Blue collection has really fabulous printed journaling cards, which make really easy home decor projects, like this cute 5×7 altered desk frame. I gave the frame a quick whitewash and sanding, and then added a thin line of patterned paper trim around the inside edge of the frame. The 4×6 journaling card was dressed up with a few cardstock stickers and embellished with Ranger crackle paste and ink in all four corners, then layered with a pair of patterned papers. I like to remove the glass from frames so that I can build up depth with lots of foam adhesive without any limitations.

Best thing about small frame projects is that they can fit in just about anywhere. This one is on top of my antique butler’s chest in the sunroom, along with lots of other patriotic pieces collected or passed down through the years. I hope you enjoy taking a little peek.

The rest of the sunroom.

And into the living room.

And finally, the dining room. Which this year took on a cross between Americana and the beachy blues I used in the front entryway.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Holiday!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Red, White and Blue Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Happy Happy Days with BasicGrey

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Hello my friends! Happy Friday, and Happy May Day to you all! I know the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, but honestly……..we are a bit too heavy on the showers lately, and awfully light on the flowers. It’s downright gloomy, to be honest. But I don’t let that bother me. My Wee Missy is graduating high school next month. And Mr. Pete is moving out of the dorms and back home for the summer in less than a week. So the sky may be cloudy, but there are happy days ahead!

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Today I wanted to share this home decor project I made recently for the BasicGrey blog. I thought this sweet floral frame would be perfect on my entryway table for the spring and upcoming summer months. Really love this combination of bold colors and prints that I put together using papers from both the Vivienne and the Prism collections. I simply started with that pretty floral chipboard piece and found a variety of prints to match.

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I added a few Vivienne die cuts to coordinate, and then used a mixture of adorable candy buttons to tie it all together. Love how well the BasicGrey collections work together.


So of course tomorrow is National Scrapbook Day. Do you all have big plans? I’m going to be over on the BasicGrey blog, sharing a couple of projects and tutorials featuring some fun ways to use BasicGrey/Hero Arts stamps and stencils. Maybe I will see some of you there?


Deco Foil Valentine Frame with Therm O Web

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Valentine’s week continues here on the blog today with another love-themed project share. This time, it’s a little home decor project I made recently for the 2015 CHA Mega Show using Therm O Web’s fabulous new line of Deco Foils.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil LoveFrameI have to say, this is one of my favorite Deco Foil projects, ever. Wish you could see how shiny and beautiful this foil looks in person. The red is so vibrant….. absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day. Love it paired with bold black and just a light soft wash of pale pink. Makes your eye zoom straight to the hearts here, before taking in the cool background. Just what I wanted.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil LoveFrame2I love how the texture on the hearts turned out. This is the look you can achieve when using the liquid Deco Foil glue with the Deco Foils, and I’ve shared this technique with you before on the pretty Deco Foil gift box I shared here recently on the blog. For this effect, I simply applied some liquid Deco glue onto plain white cardstock, then brushed the glue out using a back and forth motion with a wide, flat paintbrush.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil LoveFrame3Once the glue has dried to become completely tacky, it is ready for the foil. I absolutely love how every brush mark shows, creating a unique striae not unlike woodgrain. Once the foil is applied, the piece can be cut, punched, die cut, torn… whatever you wish. I used Tim Holtz’s adorable Love Struck Alterations die here to create my hearts and arrows. I cut slits in the hearts to thread the arrows through, and added tiny hang tags made with a PTI die and my favorite alpha stamps. The shabby background is a work of he{art}, too. I had so much fun making it with my Distress inks and paint, stamps, and torn dictionary paper. I liked how it turned out so much, I recreated the process again on a smaller piece so that I could share a tutorial with you. Click on the link, if you’d like to learn more:
Joy Frame Tutorial

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

Deco Foil Valentine with Therm O Web

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Hello, hello friends! Happy mid-week to you all! Today I have a sweet home decor project to share with you. A little Valentine decor I made for Therm O Web using their fabulous new Deco Foils.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil LoveValentinePillowOf course Valentine’s Day is all about the love. And what better way to show your love than with a great big heart. So for Valentine’s this year, I’ve made one of my favorite home decor projects… a big ol’ paper pillow. This time in the shape of a heart, done up in pretty pinks and red for the holiday.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil LoveValentinePillow2Every good Valentine needs a little love note. I’ve attached mine in a glassine envelope, dressed up with doilies and die cuts, and tied up in some of my favorite trims.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil LoveValentinePillow4The real star of the show to me, though, is the pretty love script sentiment, covered in red Deco Foil. It’s so easy to do just using your favorite dies and Therm O Web’s double-sided adhesive foam. I’ve got the how-to’s up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil LoveValentinePillow3Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Therm O Web Mini Tape Runner
Therm O Web iCraft® Deco Foil ™ White Double-Sided Adhesive Foam
Therm O Web iCraft® DecoFoil™ Red

Patterned Paper, Journaling Card, Cardstock Sticker, Die Cut: Authentique Paper
Die: Sizzix (Love Phrase)
Glassine Envelope, Candy Dots: BasicGrey
Trim: Maya Road (baker’s twine), Offray (tulle)
Doily: Wilton
Polyfill Fiber Stuffing

2014 Halloween Haunted House Tour

2014 Halloween Haunted HouseSpooky greetings, Friends! Today is the day. Time to begin my 2014 Halloween Haunted House Tour. Here you will find all things spooktacular as I unveil just the start of things to come this holiday season. I’ve got thrills and chills to share with you, and waaaay more photos than you would ever wish to see. So grab a cup of coffee, buckle your seat belts, and sit back. Enjoy the tour!


Today I thought I would start the tour with my front entryway table and bench, as they are the first things you see as you enter my home. I know many of you have taken a Halloween tour with me before, so I’ll mostly let the photos do the talking.  But let me know if I can answer any questions.






Many of these things you’ve probably seen once or twice before, but I do slowly add to my collection every year. This is one of my new guys, picked up on clearance after Halloween last year from Pottery Barn. I got a bigger one, too, which you will see later on the tour. I stuffed this one full of recycled packaging paper and added an antique silver fork at the base. Bon Appetit!

The wee Missy Nik’s handcrafted zombie buddy from last year, made from painted wire and an old wooden spool. The head is an acorn that was painted by my friend Joanne’s husband, Kurt. He is incredibly talented, isn’t he?

My zombie buddy. Spool and wire again, but made this guy’s head from Sculpey clay.


The ghost is made from simple recycled cardstock, hand cut, textured with a bit of tissue paper, and painted. So cheap and easy. Another craft project from years gone by.

Nik’s handmade fabric bat and a plastic skeleton from an old Scholastic learning kit. Nothing is safe from me. And another amazing Pottery Barn clearance item, the ceramic skull vase.



Dollar Store creepy cloth over the banister. I made the wreath several years ago as a knock-off Pottery Barn design. It’s an old dress-up black feather boa pinned to a craft store wreath form, topped with a cute felt pumpkin and cat head wreath my mom found at a yard sale.


Do you see those amazing zombie head ornaments? More hand-painted acorns from my friend, Kurt.






Happy Hauntings to you, my friends! We’ll pick up the tour again another day. Thanks so much for stopping by, and wishing you all a very wonderful weekend!

Life & Nature with Authentique

Hello, Friends, and happy Monday to you! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We’ve now had about five days of non-stop rain and gloom, which seems so strange and un-seasonal for this time of year. It’s definitely starting to alter the summertime vibe around here. And I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready for summer to end. But even if the weather’s not too bright and happy, my project for today is. It’s a fun frame I made recently for the Authentique blog, featuring a creative way to use the new 8×10 Authentic Art Prints.


Creating framed home decor with the new Authentic Art Prints is so quick and easy, and is my favorite thing to do with these fabulous 8×10 prints. Love that you can simply slip them inside a store-bought frame for an instant piece of art for your home. Or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, the Art Prints are also perfect for deconstructing and layering for more detailed and three-dimensional pieces, like my shadowbox. Either way, you’re going to love all the creative possibilities of these new prints.


I created my shadowbox as a gift for a friend, who fell in love with the quote from one of the Harmony Art Prints, and the butterfly patterned paper from the 12×12 papers. With just a bit of fussy cutting, and a few finishing accents, I was able to combine her favorites into one frame that will be perfect for dressing up her new art studio. I’ve got the complete tutorial and step-by-step directions up on the Authentique blog, if you’d like to learn more.


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

An “Anchored” Mini Album with Authentique

Hi everyone, and happy Monday to you! If you are looking for my Hero Arts & BasicGrey Grand Bazaar Blog Hop post, please click here. Huge thanks to all of you who visited during the hop and left such sweet comments. What fun it has been to read through them all! 🙂

My countdown to summer vacation continues. The Missy Nik has two finals today and one tomorrow, and then we are done! What a happy and exciting feeling to be staring down the barrel of a nice, long, lazy break. It is most welcome here! So in honor of the upcoming summer holiday, I have a fun summery project to share with you. A beach-themed mini album I made for the Authentique blog recently featuring their adorable nautical collection, Anchored.


A couple of summers ago, my little Miss was fortunate enough to spend a week at the beach with a good friend. The girls had all sorts of wonderful adventures, and I ended up with lots of great photos to scrap. Perfect excuse for creating a mini album.


And with its nautical theme, Anchored was the perfect collection to use.


To create my mini album, I stuck with a general design theme. One page is covered with a photo..


While the other is dressed up with pretty Anchored papers and cardstock stickers.


And since the pages of my chipboard album are small, I added pockets to the decorated sides that hold tags with all the journaling of their adventures.




Ah, so fun! I do adore this collection! So perfect for summertime and the beach, and how great would this be for the 4th of July? And are you looking for some other creative project ideas using the Anchored collection? Stop by the Authentique blog to see my pair of Anchored framed art prints. I’m thinking beach cottage, or little boy’s room…or so much more…

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


Authentic Art Prints with Authentique

Hello Sweeties! Happy Wednesday to you!

AudreyPettit-Favorite-FavoriteThingsFrameI’m back from the beach and celebrating Joanne’s big 50th birthday, and we had a really wonderful time. The hotel was beautiful, and Wilmington was beautiful. It did rain on Sunday, but we trudged out to the shore anyway, and just sat our bottoms down in the wet. Pretty much had the whole beach almost completely to ourselves. Guess we are the only ones fool enough to sit out there in the rain. 🙂

AudreyPettit-Favorite-FavoriteThingsFrame3I have a few photos to share with you from our adventure, but first I wanted to show a project I made with another fun new product from Authentique’s beautiful new collection, Favorite. Last week, I shared a project using Authentique’s new 3×4 Authentic Life Cards, and today, I have a framed home decor project featuring their new 8×10 Authentic Art Prints.

AudreyPettit-Favorite-FavoriteThingsFrame2The Authentic Art Prints are so pretty, all on their own, they really don’t need much else in the way of embellishments. Just a bit of trim, and a few simple photo corners, nestled onto one of the beautiful 12×12 patterned papers. Instant art for your home.

Blockade Runner BeachAnd now, here’s a peek at the beach. This was the view from our hotel room. You can see how manicured and well-kept the hotel grounds are. There were so many beautiful flowers throughout the grounds and lobby, and a huge grassy area, too. The beach area was undergoing a sand reclamation project while we were there. If you look at the beach line you can see the long brown pipe laying across the sand. That pipe was bringing sand from high areas down to places where the beach has almost completely eroded away. Without these efforts, there would not be any sand left at this beach.

Blockade RunnerHere is the view looking back toward the hotel from the beach boardwalk. We had one of the nice balcony rooms on the top floor.

And remember our kitty cat project? Well here they are!

CatsFrom left to right: Joanne’s, Paige’s, and mine.

I think they turned out pretty well, but better yet, the girls loved my surprise. And that really makes me smile!

Today is my 6 year blog anniversary. My word, how time flies! Thank you all so much for all your many sweet comments and visits here with me. I appreciate each and every one of them more than you will ever know!