How To: Fabric Scraps on Tags

Happy Friday, crafty friends! Today I’m back to wrap up a week of fabric inspiration here on the blog with one last project. So far this week I’ve shared an easy-sew fabric project bag and a fun technique for adding fabric die cuts to paper-crafts. And today I’m once again showing a super simple and sweet way to incorporate fabric with paper. This time, on a set of gift tags featuring pleated fabric borders and ties.

It seems I can’t make anything without being left with a pile of scraps and leftovers, and the same holds true for working with fabric. Honestly, those scraps usually end up in the trash. But this time, I decided to put the scraps to use, and came up with these cute gift tags, perfect for wrapping up some small gifties I had for my BFF’s birthday celebration last week.

You all know I’m a sucker for cute little critters, so I couldn’t resist the Party on the Farm stamps and dies from Hello, Bluebird. The sweet farm animals were colored with Copic markers, die cut with the coordinating dies, and popped onto the tags with foam tape for a bit of dimension. I used a very old tag die from Papertrey Ink to make the tags and two different colors of Gina K Designs blue cardstock. Another oldie from my stash, the Fiskars cloud punch, added a little accent to each tag.

Of course I used the fabric strips to tie the tags to the cello gift bags. But I also made pleated borders across the bottom of the tags with more leftover fabric strips. And it’s very fun and easy to do. Simply add a thin line of Therm O Web Fabric Fuse glue across the tag, spread it even thinner with your finger, and then add the fabric, bunching and pleating the fabric strip as you go. The glue holds the fabric in place, while giving you enough open time to manipulate the strips as needed. I added a line of machine stitching down the center of the fabric to keep it in place, and topped it all off with some stamped sentiment banners.

It felt really good to use up some scraps instead of adding them to the trash heap, and I love how the blue sky backgrounds of these tags coordinate so nicely with the new Speckled Egg Distress ink I gifted my friends. How about you all? Have you snatched up the new color yet? Is it perfect, or what?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below: - Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Neenah Solar White - 50 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Speckled EggRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Reinkers - Speckled Egg

Hello, Bluebird Party on the Farm stamps and dies
Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #1 die
Fiskars Cloud Punch
Blend Fabrics Seeds by Cori Dantini
Copic Markers



Boooooo Happy Halloween with Ranger Ink

We’re coming down to the wire, friends! Halloween is just days away. But last minute as it is, I’m back with one last Halloween project for the season. This time, a pair of haunted gift tags that I made for the Ranger Ink blog.

I just love these two silly ghosts, don’t you? They are from the Frightful Things die set from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release, one of my favorite sets from this year’s holiday release. I paired the ghosts with spiderwebs from the same set, and popped them all against crisp black tags for contrast. The negative spaces were filled in with letters from the Alphanumeric Labels die set, inked in soft lilac Distress for a classic Halloween color combo.

These will be so cute tying up some Halloween goody bags for those special spooks. Happy Halloween, everyone!

And as always, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for this project up on the Ranger Ink project page, if you’d like to learn more!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackSizzix - Halloween - Thinlits Die - Frightful ThingsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric LabelTherm O Web Gina K Designs BLACK AND WHITE GINGHAM Fancy Ribbon 18048Hemptique BLACK Hemp Cord Twine 029294Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Metallic - Brushed PewterRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Stickles Dry Glitter - Clear Rock Candy - 3 Ounces


Sizzix Tutorial- An Elephant Never Forgets

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! So last time, I mentioned that July is a big birthday month for me. Today, the girls and I are getting together to celebrate the birthday of my dear friend Paige, and of course you know that means that some pretty gift packaging is in order. ‘Cause you all know I can’t let a festive occasion go by without some festive gift wrap.

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Do you ever see something, and immediately it makes you think of someone special? Well, that’s just what happened to me as soon as I laid eyes on this adorable new Sizzix Elephant die from Brenda Walton, with my friend Paige. Now to be totally truthful, it’s actually Paige’s husband who’s had a longtime love affair with elephants, dating back to his earliest childhood toy. But that sweet toy elephant, which he still has by the way, could melt a heart of stone, and yes…. I absolutely couldn’t resist adorning her birthday package with my own little elephant.

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This elephant makes such a super cute shaped tag, for a bit of a different twist on the standard gift tag. And better yet, it’s really easy to put together when you have a die that does all the work for you. I think this die just screams for paper piecing, with all the individual shapes that make up the whole. And that’s just what I’ve done today. I’ve got a quick tutorial to share with you. So let’s take a closer look.

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To begin, of course you need some cute gift wrap. Now most of you know that I am a complete sucker for brown paper packages. I think they work great for anyone, anytime, and love that they can be dressed up or down for just about any occasion. Today I’ve added some bright and happy polka dots to my paper using a good old Distress Paint dabber. So easy! You gotta love that!

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Here’s a peek at the adorable Elephant Bigz L die and the assortment of patterned paper I put together to use. The papers are all leftovers from the Crop and Create: Delivered spring kit…. a beautiful mixture of Crate Paper Open Book and American Crafts Shimelle. I’m giving myself bonus points for using up my scraps. 😉

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Since the elephant is a Bigz L die, all you need for die cutting is your Big Shot machine and a pair of Standard Cutting Pads. Use this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Standard Cutting Pad, die (cutting side up), paper, Standard Cutting Pad.

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Die cut the elephant once from plain cardstock and once from patterned paper. Set the cardstock piece aside for now. Die cut the elephant accessories (ear, blanket, saddle) from contrasting patterned paper. To help define each individual part, edge each piece with brown Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.

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Now comes the fun of putting your elephant together. Adhere the blanket and saddle to the top of the elephant first, and then add the ear over the top. I adhered the top of the ear flat against the elephant’s head, but added a bit of foam adhesive under the bottom so the ear would jut out just a bit. A candy dot for the eye. Some rick-rack trim for detail.

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Finished off with a bit of machine stitching…. cause it’s all about the details, right?

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Now to hide all the ugly stitching on the backside, adhere the cardstock elephant we die cut before to the back of the patterned version.

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Punch a hole in the elephant’s back and thread with baker’s twine. Add a cute stamped greeting. I used the adorable new Happy Birthday to You Framelits w/ Stamps set by Lori Whitlock.

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Die cut the flag banner from the Elephant die from cardstock. Personalize it with another cute stamped greeting, this time from the Damask Greetings Interchangeable Stamps from Jen Long.

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The banner flag does come with a matching pole, but I decided to throw a little whimsy in by using an actual stick from my garden. Love added a little rugged touch in with my cute.

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Look at those stinkin’ cute little feet! I can barely stand it!

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So fun! I just love it! Can’t wait to see Paige’s face!

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


If you’re interested in any of the products I’ve used today, here’s some quick links to the supplies I’ve used. Don’t forget, I’ve got a special discount code for Sizzix products! Use code SZB2015 anytime before December 31st for 15% off regular priced purchases at (sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time).


Sizzix Bigz L Die – Elephant

Sizzix Interchangeable Clear Stamps – Damask Greetings

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK w/Stamps – Happy Birthday to You

Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)

Sizzix Accessory – Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Mint)

Silver & Gold with Therm O Web

Hello, Friends! Happy Monday! Just a couple more days, now, until Christmas. Are you all ready?

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I’ve still got the bulk of my wrapping to do, but then I do believe I’ll be done. Good thing, too, as we’re coming right down to the wire.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb 3BirdsBoxes2I do have my mom’s packages all ready, though…. done up in silver and gold, using some beautiful products from our partners on the Therm O Web blog, 3Birds Design.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb 3BirdsBoxes3I absolutely love a bit of sparkle and shine at the holidays, and even super last minute like this, these packages were actually quite quick and easy to put together.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb 3BirdsBoxes4The 3Birds embellishment boxes are amazing. So jammed packed full of adorable pre-made accents, the only difficult step is choosing which pieces to use. I simply started with a base of glitter paper, then stacked on the goods.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb 3BirdsBoxes5Two boxes down! But umpteen more to go.
Baby steps, right?

Warm in My Heart with Sizzix

Hello, hello Friends, and happy first of December to you! The time is here! Time to get cranking on those holiday projects. Today I have a fun idea to share for creating a pretty holiday gift wrap using new dies from Tim Holtz’s Winter Alterations collection.

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I love using die cuts to dress up my packages. Love that you can cut as many pieces as you need to dress up a whole mountain of boxes without ever running out. These fun new prancing deer and snowflake die cuts are a few of my favorites for holiday and winter gifts this year.

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The deer is a nice large size, making it the perfect focal point for larger projects, like this gift box. And the snowflakes are always fun, too. I really like that the die has four different sizes and shapes of snowflakes that can be stacked together to make 3D embellishments.

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I coated my deer die cut with lots of Distress inks, and gave him a bit of a crackle paint finish. Popped him onto my package using foam adhesive for extra dimension. The snowflakes were simply die cut from pretty blue patterned paper. I added a light touch of clear Stickles glitter and adhered them with more foam dots.

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The paper and tags are from authentique’s new winter line, Cozy. I am smitten with that sweater knit print. Perfect match for my favorite kraft wrap. I’ve got more details, and a complete supply list up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday. Now it’s Time to crank up the Christmas music and bring on the HoHoHo!

Sizzix Tutorial- Hearts Framelits Gift Box

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I am a big fan of making my own gift boxes, packages, and wraps. Homemade wrapping just seems so much more personal than store-bought, and I love being able to customize my gifts to perfectly fit each recipient for whatever occasion may be at hand.  Recently I came across a really cute box idea on Pinterest made from oval die cuts, and I was immediately smitten. Although I don’t have any oval dies at home I was able to recreate a very similar look using something I do have on hand, the Framelits Hearts die set.

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This sweet little box is so quick and easy, and requires only a few basic supplies to put together. I love that I was able to adapt the project to use dies that I already have in my collection. Don’t have oval or heart dies? Try using any larger circle, label, or frame dies you do own. The same basic process will work with any number of shapes and sizes.

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This is BasicGrey’s beautiful new Grand Bazaar collection, by the way. So bright and happy and bold and exotic, all wrapped into one. And I have the complete step-by-step tutorial for my Hearts Framelits gift box up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

remember the fallen

On this special day, I want to take a moment to say to all our veterans and servicemen and women, whether at home or abroad, active, reserves, or retired…
Thank you! Thank you for your duty, sacrifice and selflessness….you will not be forgotten.
Happy Memorial Day

Suave Gift Card Envelopes with Authentique

These last two days have been pure spring here. Yesterday even reached a high of 78. What bliss! I tried to pack as much outside activity as I could into this little window of time, with long walks around the lake and lounging in my old camp chair in the sunshine on the back deck. Of course today we’re back to cold, gray, and rainy, but it sure was heaven while it lasted. I hope you all have had a spot of spring touch your neck of the woods, too.

AudreyPettit-Suave-DapperGiftCardEnvelopesToday, the girls and I are getting together for our weekly crafty play date. This time, we’re trying our hand at kind of a new medium for us…paper mache. I’ve got the tearing of paper and soaking in paste down pat. It’s just the building of the form underneath that is the great unknown. We are trying to make folk art bunnies, but I must admit…so far, mine looks like a bottle of salad dressing. 🙂

AudreyPettit-Suave-DapperGiftCardEnvelopes4Hopefully, my other paper crafting skills are a wee bit more recognizable. Like these fun gift card envelopes I made this week for the Authentique blog featuring their adorable new guy collection, Suave.

AudreyPettit-Suave-DapperGiftCardEnvelopes3I love giving gift cards for birthdays, holidays, and pretty much any special occasion.  But what I don’t particularly care for are the little envelopes that most gift cards come with.  They’re too plain, and quite frankly…downright boring. And who wants boring? Especially when it is so easy to create your own custom gift wrap, in very little time, with only a few basic supplies.


 Love that you can quickly change the look and theme to these by switching up the colors and papers you use. It’s so easy, and fun, too. I’ve got the complete step-by-step directions up on the Authentique blog, if you’d like to learn more.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Birthday Wishes

I’ve been a busy bee this week. Been holed up in my scraproom trying to get packed for a little getaway this weekend. Me and the girls are heading to the beach for a few days of R&R. We’ve booked rooms at a beautiful retreat center right by the beach with a bungalow all to ourselves for scrapping, 3 meals a day provided plus snacks, and sweet little cabins to sleep in.

I’m so very excited, I can hardly wait! I’m already dreaming about dipping my toes in the ocean and taking some walks along the beach. The retreat center has the most marvelous back deck filled with rocking chairs that overlooks a pond with a fountain. I’m planning on parking my bottom in one of those chairs and soaking up the serenity around me. And if I’m lucky, I’ll get some scrapping done, too. I’m sure packing enough to get something done. We’ll see, though.

My friend, Michelle, has just had a birthday, and we will be celebrating it at the beach. I made this birthday card for her with lots of pretty goodies from Lily Bee’s gorgeous Handmade collection. Patterned paper, a Journaling Index Card, cardstock stickers, and Bag o’ Bits die cuts. And of course I threw in a few Epiphany buttons, too. 🙂

Have you heard the news? LESSology is celebrating their birthday this month, too. And they are having a PARTY with a special challenge, guest designers, and a big birthday prize. I am thrilled to be joining in on the festivities with a special guest designer project that I will be back to share on Friday. And in the mean time, head on over to the blog so you don’t miss any of the fun.

Thanks for stopping by everyone! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Crawling By With a Birthday Hi

Thank you, thank you to everyone for all the sweet happy birthday wishes to Pete these last few days. The birthday boy had a wonderful day. Presents were joyously ripped into, a birthday dinner and cookies were warmly devoured, and a sleepover with his best buddy produced an all-nighter of gaming on the X-Box with his new birthday loot. What could be better than that?

Although it was Pete’s special day, the rest of the family was not forgotten.

Ever since my kids were teeny tiny, I would always get the second child a small gift on the other one’s birthday. It was a tradition that was passed down to us from a neighbor, and as most traditions go, this one stuck. Now both my kids get excited for birthdays, regardless of who is having one. I think Crissy will be getting excited from now on, too. 🙂

For Nik’s little present, I came up with a fun Halloween gift-wrapping idea that I thought I would share with you. (Sorry for the spider scare, Patty!)

This wrap is quick and easy, uses a minimum of supplies you probably already have on hand, and is a great project to do with your kids. Start by wrapping your gift in paper. I used plain kraft mailing paper, but I think any fall or Halloween colored paper would look great, too.

Lightly draw a spiderweb in pencil on the top corner of the package. Apply a thin line of white craft glue over the pencil lines and add string, yarn, or hemp cord over the pattern. Work in one small section at a time to keep the project from getting too messy. Erase any stray pencil marks.

Of course a spiderweb needs a spider, so I made a fun one from a vintage button and brads to dress up a kraft shipping tag. A few rub-ons and trim finish things off.

For another fun spiderweb idea, check out this post of a Halloween wreath project Nik and I did together several years ago.

And now, I’ll leave you with one final photo from our big day yesterday. It’s my most favorite of the day.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ll be back tomorrow with another fall project idea that I created for Donna Salazar Designs. Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Tag, You’re It!

Evening everyone!  And what a lovely evening it is as we start our break for the long holiday.  This is truly a marvelous time of year.  I am grateful for so many things……….for friends and family, for my two wonderful kiddos, for our health and our home.  Life is good!  And with these warm thoughts in mind, I want to take a moment to thank all of you visitors and faithful readers of my blog.  You all mean the world to me!

As Thanksgiving sneaks closer and closer, I’m realizing how few days are left until Christmas is upon us.  I often have a tendency to put things off to the very last minute, but this year, I’m trying to be better.  I’ve been working on my annual ornaments and I came up with an idea for my neighbor gifts this year.  I’ve decided to give out sets of tags, as they are both useful and fairly easy to make.  And not only that, they use a minimum of supplies.  I’ve created 5 sets of tags so far from the images on two sheets of patterned paper, and I still have several sets yet to finish.

They are simple in design, but I think they make up a mighty cute package.  I cut the tag shape with a punch using up some old cardstock supplies that I have on hand.  This set was made with KI and My Mind’s Eye winter paper.  I also used some matching KI patterned paper to wrap up a small present for a friend.

After punching the tag, I simply adhered a Christmas tree cut out and then added a snowman cut out that’s been popped up for a touch of dimension.  I added some sparkly detail to the trees and snowmen using a glitter pen.  The effect is subtle, and doesn’t show well in the photos, but looks wonderful in real life.

Each tag is just a little bit different, with the various tree and snowmen images.  This individual quality makes them feel more homemade to me and special.  And heck, they just make me smile.

Well, I’m off to cut some more snowmen out!  Hope you have a wonderful evening.  Thanks so much for stopping by!