Wish Upon a Starfish with Sizzix

Helloooooo sweet friends! Happy Monday! Hope you all had an amazing weekend. We have been having a wonderful time here, and today things are just starting to get back to a normal routine. Last week, we took my big graduate off to Myrtle Beach for five luxurious days of surf and sun. We lounged on the beach. Bobbed in the waves. Swam in the pools, and visited the aquarium. I do miss it already, though it’s good to be home, too. So today, I thought I’d bring a bit of the beach to all of us with a fun nautical project I made awhile back for the Sizzix blog. But first, I wanted to share some fun news with you.

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This summer, I am so excited to announce that I will be joining May Flaum, from Craft with May, and an amazing line-up of guest instructors for Camp Scrap 2015! Camp Scrap is a month-long online class including over 40 new projects, five hours of video lessons and so much more. There will be cards, mixed media projects, layouts, and technique based tags… a little bit of everything… and you can sign up for the entire camp, or just bits and pieces. I know you’re going to love it. May is awesome! And check out this roster of guests: Ashli Oliver, Nancy Damiano, Nichol Magouirk, Paige Evans, Tammy Tutterow, Wanda Guess, Ashley Horton, Lydia Evans, and little ‘ol me. Class starts July 1st, and I hope you will join us! For all the details on Camp Scrap 2015, including class descriptions and registration, please click here.

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And now onto my project for today! A fun seaside gift box made with the adorable Sizzix Mini Pizza Box die, and BasicGrey’s nautical Adrift collection.

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This Mini Pizza Box die makes such a fun gift box, and it really is a great size for packaging all sorts of gifts and treats. Love that you could as easily fill it with jewelry as you could a cookie, for a big gift, or a small gift, or the perfect anytime gift. And, it also fits gift cards, making this one seriously useful container.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! The wifi connection wasn’t very good at the beach, so I’m a bit behind on blog visits….. but I hope to visit SOON! Have a great day!

Sizzix Tutorial- Hexagon Love Box

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Hello, hello! I’m back today with a fun Sizzix project and tutorial to share with you for creating this hexagon-shaped gift treat box from Jen Long’s popular Where Women Cook collection.

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I am a sucker for cute packaging ideas, and this Hexagon Box Bigz Die has quickly become a new favorite. Love the unusual shape, and at about 4 inches in diameter, this little cutie is perfect for boxing up any number of small treats or gifts.

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I’ve dressed my box up for Valentine’s Day, and filled it with sweets for my little sweetie. But change out the papers and theme and you’ve got a great box for any occasion. It’s so easy. Let’s take a closer look.

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The Hexagon Box die is a Bigz L die, which means it can be cut from a variety of materials, but for my project, I used patterned paper from BasicGrey’s Vivienne collection. To die cut with Bigz dies, use this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Standard Cutting Pad, Bigz die (facing up), paper or material to be cut, second Standard Cutting Pad.

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Die cut the hexagon box two times, once for the lid and once for the bottom. Lay the two pieces face down onto your work table. You will notice that the box pattern has two flaps on opposite sides that do not have the rounded tabs at the top. Adhere the smaller flap from one pattern onto the larger flap (the one with the side flaps) of the other.

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Then fold  all the remaining flaps upwards, and press the rounded top tabs down.

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Flip one of the box patterns over on top of the other and insert the rounded tabs into the corresponding slits. For a fun variety, I alternated my pieces so that I had both the yellow and the pink patterns showing.

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Now you can embellish the outside of your box any way you wish. I tied my box shut with some pretty vintage pink seam binding ribbon, topped with a few additional die cuts. First, a large scalloped circle die cut from floral paper using the Circles, Scallops Framelits Die Set. To die cut using Framelits or Thinlits dies, use this Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, Paper, Die (facing down), second Standard Cutting Pad.

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Repeat the process to die cut a fancy label from Tim Holtz’ 17-pc Labels Thinlits Set. Adhere the label to the center of the scalloped circle.

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To create the topper, die cut 5 of the largest heart shapes from a mixture of patterned paper using the new Heartfelt Bigz Die. Stack the hearts on top of each other, then machine stitch down the center of the hearts. Lightly bend up the sides of each heart layer until you have a bit of space between each one. Add the hearts to the center of the label shape. Finish off with a diction word sticker and a pretty Vivienne resin rose.

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

 

Supplies:

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Sizzix Bigz L Die – Box, Hexagon

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Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK – Circles, Scallop

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Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 17PK – Labels

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Sizzix Bigz Die – Heartfelt

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Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)

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Sizzix Accessory – Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair

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Sizzix Accessory – Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies

New iCraft Deco Foils with Therm O Web

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Hello, hello friends! Today I am super excited to share a brand new product from Therm O Web with you. Although best known for their line up of adhesives, sewing, and quilting supplies, Therm O Web also does offer a range of unique crafting items, with a very fun new product releasing just in time for CHA this year…. iCraft Deco Foils! These Deco Foils come in 17 beautiful colors and prints, and can be used on paper, wood, fabrics and more. Apply the new foils with our Deco glue, or try die cutting, punching, or hand cutting with our iron-on transfer sheets, or add dimension with our new white adhesive foam sheets. There are so many different ways to use the new foils, and I think you all are going to love them.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil WishGiftBoxI had so much fun playing with the new Deco Foils and creating projects for the Therm O Web CHA booth, and today I am happy to share the first of them here with you. This pretty gift box uses the silver star Deco Foil, applied with the liquid Deco Glue. The sparkle and shine is just unbelievable! And if you look very closely, you can see the tiny iridescent stars embedded in the foil.

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Isn’t that amazing? And I love the loose, organic flow I got from using the foil with the liquid glue and a wide bristle paintbrush. I simply squirted a bit of the glue at the bottom of a white shipping tag, and brushed it upwards with a 1″ flat brush. I repeated the process on plain white cardstock for the bow. After allowing the glue to dry completely, you apply the foil… and the fun thing is, the foil contours to every brush marks.

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And so pretty, too, right? Just imagine a whole rainbow of amazing shimmery foil color available at your fingertips. I think I could slap this stuff on everything!

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

Blessings- the More the Merrier

Although summer doesn’t officially end for several more weeks, once school begins, it always feels to me like fall is here.  The days are getting shorter, and there’s a bit of a chill in the air on these early mornings. I’ve had a particularly hard time letting go of summer this year, but I must admit that I’m looking forward to the season ahead…….my favorite season of all. Today I have a little fall project to share on the Sizzix blog. A tiny treat bag or gift holder made with Sizzix’s Mini Shopping Bag Die and Authentique’s adorable Autumn Seasons collection.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix Blessings BoxAs many of you know by now, I am a sucker for little gift bags and boxes of any kind, so of course the Mini Shopping Bag Die is right up my alley. The die is perfectly suited for cutting thicker materials, such as Sizzix Scoreboard or chipboard, for a super strong and sturdy finished box. As I was going for a bit of a natural, rugged look, I cut my mini bag with regular cardstock and added structure with patterned paper and burlap fabric.

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I tied the box with pretty burlap trim and added a burlap handle to the top. Layered cardstock stickers and a die cut doily dress up the front, while a rolled paper flower and die cut leaves add detail to the bow.

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I added a simple banner sentiment and a few vintage buttons to finish things off. I’ve got more details and step-by-step directions up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

I am definitely getting in the mood for fall right about now! How about you?

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sizzix die cutting supplies

Patterned Paper: Cardstock Stickers: Authentique | Trim: May Arts | Embellishments: Burlap; Buttons | Ink: Clearsnap | Other: Gesso

Create a Bow with Sizzix

I had so much fun playing with Bella Blvd’s adorable Sand & Surf collection earlier this week, that I pulled it back out again to share another fun gift wrapping idea, this time using Therm O Web adhesives AND Sizzix dies.

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I just love this bright little box, and once again, it was quite easy to make. Simply cover the lid of a recycled gift box with patterned paper, tie with ribbon, and top with a big happy bow. I’ve shared more details and photos on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to take a peek!

Happy Wednesday, my friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Therm O Web: SuperStik Glue Stick, 3-D Foam Squares
Bella Blvd.: Patterned Paper, Chipboard, Cardstock Sticker, Pin
Trim: Craft Supply

April Showers Bring May Flowers

If that old saying about April showers is true,  with the beginning of the month of May, it’s time to start thinking about planting some flowers. So today we thought it would be fun to showcase our own garden of creativity with our Fern and Forest Girl Paper Flower Kit on the Little Yellow Bicycle blog.

If you have not had a chance to play with any of the Paper Crafting Kits, then you are missing out. I think they are just about the most versatile embellishment package out there. The Fern & Forest Girl Kit alone contains 88 pieces of die cut shapes, banners, rosettes, and brads. Just think of all the combinations you could put together, like this sweet flower I made to dress up a simple gift box.
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With all the layer-building shapes available in Little Yellow Bicycle’s Paper Crafting Kits, creative possibilities are endless. Use them individually, or mix and match pieces to create truly one-of-a-kind embellishments. Simply start with one of the largest die cuts, and then keep adding pieces. Adhere some of the layers with foam dots to create even more eye-catching depth, and don’t be afraid to alter the shapes to suit your project. I added a bit of machine stitching and paint to my flower and leaves for a truly unique look.
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Nestled my flower onto a die cut doily which is tied with trim onto a small gift box. I used one of the papers from the 6×6 Paper Pad to dress up the lid of my simple box. The bow and flower easily slip right off and can be used by the recipient again. No fuss, no muss.
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I hope my happy little flower brings some real flowers this way……..and perhaps a bit of sunshine. After teasing us with a few sneak peeks, spring has completely disappeared on us again. Maybe that old saying really is true. One can dream! 🙂
For more April Showers inspiration, be sure to stop by the Little Yellow Bicycle blog. And thanks so much for stopping by today!
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LYB Products:
FNG-304 6×6 Paper Pack (24 sheets – 2 each of 12 designs)
FNG-305 Paper Crafting Kit (88 pieces)
FNG-279 Chipboard Shapes – with glitter accents (28 pieces)
NA-SP10 Stick Pins – Wood Buttons
Die- Sizzix for Stampin’Up
Trim- Stampin’Up (green seam binding), American Crafts (pink hemp), Craft Supply
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The Robin’s Nest & Epiphany Crafts

Hi Sweeties! Happy Wednesday! And happy first day of spring to you!

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This week, the Robin’s Nest is joining us on the Epiphany Crafts blog. I was given a handful of their pretty papers, but more intriguingly, a collection of their fun Dew Drops to play with. I spent some time pondering all the creative possibilities of the Dew Drop, and ended up settling on a pretty layered flower embellishment for a sweet little gift box. Together with an Epiphany Crafts Scallop Bubble Cap, they make for a very unique partnership that I hope you will enjoy.

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The gift box itself is a milk carton box pattern I made from soft floral paper and tied with seam binding ribbons. I added some stick pins to the top, along with a custom brad made from Epiphany Crafts Round 14 Shape Studio Tool and Round 14 Brad Setting.

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Made a hanging tag and sentiment banner. Then created my flower from die cuts. Topped it with the fun Dew Drops and Epiphany Crafts Bubble Cap.

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I have the full step-by-steps, along with the milk carton template, up on the Epiphany Crafts blog, if you’d like to take a peek.

If you haven’t heard we’re celebrating our 6,000th Facebook Fan with an unbelievable giveaway! We’re giving away a set of 6 Tools! Yes…6! Just click here to go to our Facebook page and enter to win! It’s easy peasy!

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

 

Season’s Greetings

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Hiya Sweeties! Happy Monday to you! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. Considering how close we are to Christmas day, I have to say that things were really very quiet and low-key here, which I am quite grateful for. My parents are here now, and we spent lots of time together playing dominoes, eating out, and just catching up. Saturday, I headed to Archiver’s for my annual holiday crop with the girlies. We all brought snackies to share and did a handmade gift exchange. Sunday we celebrated my parents’ 52nd wedding anniversary. Yes, Christmas may be only days away, but for a few precious moments, I got to stop and enjoy. And that’s a gift all in itself.

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Speaking of Christmas almost being here, we are sharing last minute gift ideas this week on the Therm O Web blog. I created a gift box treat container that’s quick and easy to put together and is perfect for any number of sweet treats, small trinkets, or even a gift card or two.

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I know there are many gift box dies available these days which would make this project even faster, but it’s really quite simple to create from scratch, as well. Love that you can modify this basic design to any size you want, making this perfectly customizable for any gift.

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I have my template, along with a complete supply list and step-by-step directions up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to take a peek.

Hope you all had a great weekend and are enjoying every moment of this holiday season! I know that’s a bit hard right now after the devastating tragedy of Sandy Hook! Hug those loved ones a bit tighter, and don’t let go! Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends!

Countdown to Christmas- Day 11

Hi everyone!  Are you all ready to start another weekend?  Can you believe we are officially only 2 weeks away from Christmas?  Yikes, I wish I could slow down the clock.  I still have so much to do to prepare.  I haven’t finished making my Christmas cards, and have yet to mail a single one.  Nor have I finished my shopping , or begun wrapping the presents.  I think I better stop before  I overwhelm myself with the “yet-to-dos” and be thankful for the “have-dones” and the beauty and magic of the entire season.  Sometimes it’s hard to slow down and just enjoy this special time.

One of the “have-dones” on my list today are these pretty jelly cookies I made for a cookie exchange party I will attend in the morning.

This recipe was graciously shared with me by my neighbor, and if you are interested in trying these yourselves, I will now share it with you.

Jelly Cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

¾ cup butter, softened

2/3 cups sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup jam

Frosting

1 cup 10x Confectioner’s Sugar

1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 350°F.

  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy.  Add vanilla and egg.  Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture until blended.
  3. Place dough on floured surface.  Divide dough into 4 equal pieces.
  4. Roll each dough piece into a 15” long log.  Place log on ungreased cookie sheet.  Pat log into a 15” by 1 ½” rectangular strip.  With the handle of a wooden spoon, mark a ¼” indentation down the center of the strip.  Repeat with each strip of dough.
  5. Evenly fill the indentation in each strip with jam.
  6. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes.  With spatula, transfer strips to wire rack to cool.
  7. To prepare frosting mix 1 cup confectioner’s sugar with 1 tablespoon water.  Drizzle frosting on top of cooled cookie strips.
  8. Transfer strips to cutting board and cut each diagonally into slices.

And now here’s a quick scrappy share.

This fun, polka-dotted box is by Petaloo.  It makes a great trinket box of gift box, and it comes with a blank mini accordion-fold album inside, perfect for a small brag book of special photos.

I embellished the top with a band of ribbon and a Heidi Swapp chipboard bookplate.  The bookplate covers a date sticker by Melissa Frances.  I then layered on a felt snowflake from Martha Stewart and Making Memories poinsettias and epoxy sticker, a smaller American Crafts felt flower, and a metal snowflake charm.  A quick and easy gift packaging idea!

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!