Springtime with the Sizzix Making Journal

Hello, crafty friends, happy Friday! Hope you are all doing well, and I hope you managed to have a lovely Easter weekend, even with the quarantine orders to stay at home. It was very quiet here at my house, and has been throughout the week, but I must say… the days sure go by fast. And Finley and I are making the most of the beautiful springtime weather we’ve been having in between our days of wind and rain.

Speaking of springtime, today I am sharing this sweet spring-inspired home decor frame on the Sizzix UK blog, The Making Journal. This framed project uses three of the new Tim Holtz die sets from the Chapter 2 release, including my absolute favorite, Feathered Friends. I live on the East Coast, and love to see the bluebirds that return to my yard at this time of year. To me, they are a perfect harbinger of the spring season.

I love cost-effective decor projects, like this thrift-store frame re-do. I paid less than a dollar for this sweet green-striped frame, and by using my dies and supplies I already had on hand, I created this altered frame for next to no cost. How awesome is that?

If you’d like to learn more about this project, or check out the step-by-step tutorial, be sure to stop by The Making Journal blog. And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - MemorandaSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Feathered FriendsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die- Funky WreathSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Tiny Type LowerSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - CrackleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Old PaperTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Rusty HingeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Blueprint SketchTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Shabby ShuttersRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 4 OuncesTherm O Web - iCraft - Mixed Media - Adhesive - 2.1 Fluid Ounces

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*



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?


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!