2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 16

Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress with you.

This week, I still had supplies out on my table from last week…. so I used those to create one winter-themed holiday card using the very cute, but quite old, Sub Zero collection from Simple Stories.

One thing I really love about Simple Stories is how many printed journaling cards they include in their kits, and this mountain slopes card comes from one of three cut-apart sheets in the collection. I layered the card onto striped patterned paper and added a pair of photo corner accents to the top edge. The gondola is a cardstock sticker that was popped up with foam tape in the center of the card. The die cut stitched frame is actually sized for a #6-sized card, but with a bit of cutting and mitered corners, it now perfectly fits the 3×4 image. More white cardstock, patterned paper strips, and twine finish the design.

It has been a crazy week here, and I haven’t had time to post much, so I’m sorry for my absence. I went back to work, and am trying to re-adjust to my new schedule, and am remembering how much work cuts into your free time! Haha! And after being home with online studies since last March, Pete is heading back to Richmond tomorrow to start his last year of pharmacy school… so I have been trying to make and freeze dinners for him and spend every spare minute with him that I can. And we are smack dab in the middle of the gas crisis, which has added to all the craziness. We got word that there’s a station not far away that currently has some premium gas, so Pete has made a run for it. Keep your fingers crossed that he gets in. And wish me luck dealing with empty nest syndrome, all over again.

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


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

 

Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12 Paper Pad 365096 Photo Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - Stitched Frames
Simple Stories Sub Zero 12×12 Kit
Stampin’Up Twine

2021 Christmas Card Project- Week 7


Happy Friday, crafty friends! As I mentioned in a previous post, from now until December I am on a mission to make at least one holiday card a week during a crafty Zoom session with my friend, Kathie. It’s one way to stay connected to friends and family during these quarantine days, and a great way to build up my stash of cards for the year at the same time. I am calling this my 2021 Christmas Card Project, and each week I hope to share my progress with you.

For week 7, I made a pair of cards using the Simple Stories Jingle All the Way collection.


I used the 6×8 paper pad and die cut ephemera bits for these cards. The first card features a 3×4 cut-apart journaling card that was included in the pad. I layered it onto a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die cut, and edged the top and bottom with die cut scalloped border. Little triangle photo corners, a tab top, and a twine tie finish the design.


I did some machine stitching on the second card, which I haven’t done in quite some time. But I love how that defines the seam line of the two papers and anchors the die cuts at the side. The tag is layered die cut bits with more of the scalloped border across the bottom and a twine tie on top. Both cards are based off older CardMaps sketches from July 2018.

Another week down, and two more cards added to my stash!
Happy weekend, friends!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Simple Stories - Jingle All The Way Collection - 6 x 8 Paper PadSimple Stories - Jingle All The Way Collection - Ephemera - Journal BitsLawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Large Stitched 4 Bar RectanglesPhoto Play Paper - Say It With Stamps Collection - Dies - BordersDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - LadybugDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily White

Spring Shop Update at AudOnes Prims


Happy Monday, friends! I’ve been working away behind the scenes on some new spring shop goodies, and they are finished, and listed, and I’m so excited today to share them with you!


If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have already seen a peek at these. And some of you may remember a similar version of this sweet Old Mother Goose from previous years. She was truly one of my most favorite prims, and when I came across this vintage-looking floral fabric, I couldn’t resist making her again.


One thing I did differently with Mother Goose this time is to craft up a floppy burlap nest to go along. The old gal fits perfectly in a basket or bowl, but is a bit wobbly on her feet all on her own. The new nest helps keep her on her toes.


Another pair you might recognize are these adorable folk-art rabbit dolls, Lili and Lala Lapin. I had crafted these for my shop years ago, but I recently uncovered another set that were still in pieces. So I stitched them up, and added a few new embellishments, and think they are just the cutest things.


Lastly, I have some polka dotty egg bowl fillers, done up in a rainbow of bright colors.


These over-sized eggs just make me smile. I am such a sucker for polka dots!


All these items have been listed in my AudOnes Prims Shop, if you are interested. You can click on the link on my sidebar or menu at any time, or simply click HERE. If there’s a certain color of egg you’d like, just leave me a comment below.

Thanks so much, friends! I hope you enjoy!

February Home Tour- The Entryway


Happy Tuesday, friends! I’ve been inspired by my recent heart-making frenzy of the past couple of weeks to do a bit of Valentine decorating, and today I thought I would share my new entryway update with you.


I don’t normally decorate for Valentine’s Day. The holiday just comes and goes so quickly, and I usually like to keep out my winter snowmen until March. But this year, because I’ve been making so many hearts, Valentines are on my mind.


Since I am more of a snowman type of gal, I don’t have many Valentine decorations, but this did give me the perfect excuse to display some of my handmade rag dollies. I don’t keep many of my creations, but these right here have always been my favorites.


I have just finished one last set of prim hearts for the season, and thought they would look sweet piled into this old apple basket. Once again, these are made from some of my favorite Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabrics that I’ve been hoarding in my stash. If you saw the patchwork heart I made recently, then you may recognize the small “patches” made from those scraps that I added to these hearts, along with a snippet of lace and vintage pearl button. And in honor of my recent return to cross-stitching, I added hand-stitched X’s all around the outline of these shabby sweet bowl fillers. These cuties have been added to my AudOnes Prims Shop, if you’d like to take any of them home.

Speaking of cross-stitch, this is a “save the stitches” framed cross stitch piece that I found at my favorite local charity shop. I don’t know how old the stitching is, but I’m guessing quite, from the discoloration of the linen…. and that dated framing screams 80’s to me. It is probably a section of some larger piece that someone saved behind glass. Sure wish I knew the history.


Underneath the table, is my usual mish-mash of decor items bundled into a favorite handmade basket.


It’s been quite fun, trying something new.


If February goes anywhere near as quickly as January did, then Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. But as I had hoped to do, I did get my dining room sideboard decorated yesterday, and it feels so bright and cheerful compared to the darker tones of last month. I’ll take some pictures, and share with you all soon.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mr. Rabbit with Tim Holtz


Happy Sunday, crafty friends! I am so excited today to begin sharing my makes for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 release for 2021! This release is available NOW, and if you didn’t get the chance yesterday to watch the live show, filled with tons of amazing project inspiration, you can catch the replay on the Tim Holtz YouTube channel.


I am so, so thrilled to have been able to create projects for this release. The new die sets are just amazing, and I’m sure you will find many new favorites to add to your wish list. There are adorable new characters in the popular Colorize line, new seasonal selections and steampunk classics, lots of stunning flowers and new funky designs. I think my personal favorite is this guy right here, Mr. Rabbit. So today I am sharing my favorite make from this release, a wool applique pillow with lots of hand-stitching and gorgeous new Tim Holtz fabrics from his Eclectic Elements collection.


Mr. Rabbit is a Bigz die, which means its steel edges are perfect for die cutting thicker materials, like the heavy wool felt that I used here. After die cutting the rabbit, I pinned it in place on a pillow top that I made from the new Abandoned Eclectic Elements fabric line, and then hand-stitched around the outline and detailing with a combination of blanket and outline stitches. I satin stitched the nose, and added a flat black bead for the eye. A chocolate-brown pom pom gives Mr. Rabbit a bit of dimension with a fluffy cotton tail.


The pillow back was made from the same heavy wool I used on the rabbit. I quilted the pillow front, and added a big button and ruffled ribbon and trim to finish the design.

Do you have a favorite from the new Chapter 1 release? I would love to hear!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tim Holtz Sizzix MR. RABBIT Bigz Die 665223

 

Cathedral Window Ornies with Tim Holtz

It’s here! Christmas is here! And with it comes my last holiday-themed project for this year… a pair of mixed-media ornaments that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 4 Release featuring the fabulous Bigz die Cathedral Window.


I love a good Bigz die that opens up a world of possibilities for die cutting materials thicker than regular paper and cardstock. These cathedral windows were die cut from several layers of thick chipboard which were then glued together, and I love how sturdy and durable they are. I coated the chipboard with Distress paint and grit paste, topped off with Ranger crackle texture paste and mica flakes. The finish reminds me of those old vintage Putz house designs that I adore.


I used Ranger alcohol inks to tint some acetate sheet, and backed the ornaments with that for a stained glass effect. Alcohol inks were also used to tint some Idea-ology baubles which were added to the bottom of the window. The paper dolls were tinted with Distress inks. That is the new and amazing Winged 3D Impresslit texture fade, die cut from metallic cardstock, that is added to the back of the paper dolls. So so pretty for Christmas.

I know this isn’t the holiday we all would hope for, but I do hope you have a very wonderful Christmas anyway. Thank you, as always, for all your visits and sweet comments that you have left here throughout the year. Merry Christmas, friends! Hugs to you all!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash METALLIC KRAFT STOCK TH93586Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz Die - Cathedral WindowTim Holtz Sizzix WINGED 3D Impresslits Cut and Emboss Folder 664248Tim Holtz Idea-ology PAPER DOLLS TH93555Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDF53170Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Mica FlakesTim Holtz OPAQUE 3oz Distress Grit Paste Ranger tda71792Tim Holtz CRACKLE 3oz Distress Texture Paste Ranger tda71303Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger TIM20240Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SCATTERED STRAW Ranger TIM21483Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CRACKED PISTACHIO TIM43218Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS Ranger TIM27188Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Set GOLD AND SILVER Metallic Mixatives Ranger TIM21247Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink CARAMEL Ranger TIM21971Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Aqua
Idea-ology Baubles

A Gift Wrap Pillow with Tim Holtz

Happy Monday, crafty friends! It’s here… Christmas week is actually here. And although it’s getting late for holiday projects, I do have a couple left to share with you this week. Today I’m showing a fabric pillow that I made for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Facebook Live in November, featuring the adorable Gift Wrap Bigz die from the Chapter 4 release.


Gift Wrap is a Bigz die, which means it’s perfect for die cutting thicker materials like the wool felt I used to make the colorful presents on this sweet pillow. I went with some traditional holiday colors on this holiday make, but mixed them with several different shades of blue, and I really like how it turned out. It’s easy to see that these cute packages could be used for way more than just Christmas.


Although the tiny gift tags topping the presents and the Tiny Type alphabet letters are both from Thinlits die sets, I did manage to die cut felt with them and use the tags to dress up the tops of the bows. I added machine stitching around the boxes, and made some wonky hand-stitches across the ribbons for that handmade touch. A bit of pom pom trim and some holly leaves and berries finish the design.

I hope you all have an absolutely festive and merry holiday week, my friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Bigz Die - Gift WrapSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Christmas - Thinlits Die - Gift TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric Tiny Type LowerSizzix - Christmas - Tim Holtz - Bigz L Die - Festive Stems

Fabric: Crossroads Denim Collection by Indygo Junction
Craft Felt
DMC Floss
Petaloo Pom Pom Trim

Yuletide Holiday with Therm O Web


Happy Monday, crafty friends! How are the holiday preparations coming along at your house? Although I still have a long way to go, I’m excited to say that I got a bit of decorating done this past weekend, and I absolutely love how festive things are starting to look. I hope to share a tour of the dining room soon. But in the mean time, I thought today I would share a peek at a new addition to my sideboard display this year…. some adorable holiday tomato pincushions that I made recently for the Therm O Web blog.


One of my favorite things about the Therm O Web team is being able to play and create with both paper and fabric. So when they asked me recently to make a holiday themed fabric project, I jumped at the chance. If you are at all fond of sewing, or perhaps just collecting vintage things, then I’m sure you’re familiar with the tomato pincushions that these cuties are fashioned after. I just love the nostalgia of these trinkets, and how fun don’t they look in this Tim Holtz Yuletide fabric!


There’s very little sewing involved in the making of these pincushions, and I know that even very beginner sewers could tackle these with ease.  I think these would look so cute made up in different fabrics for the seasons and holidays. And they make a great gift idea, too. If you’re interested in learning more, be sure to check out my step-by-step tutorial on the Therm O Web blog.


Or, you can find these available for sale now in my AudOnes Prims Shop!

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

2020 Halloween Haunted House Tour


Happy Saturday, friends! It’s just one week away from Halloween, and time to get on with this year’s annual Haunted House Tour. Today I thought we’d take a peek at my front entryway.


The entryway table is topped with a vintage hammered aluminum tray, and stacked with some basic, everyday pieces that I like to use as the foundations for my decor. In the back I have a tall Longaberger basket that is great for bundling, and adds some much needed height to the display.


Also on the table top is one of my absolute favorite antique pieces, a wooden shuttle scoop… used, I believe, for scooping rice. I placed several vintage books inside the shuttle along with a gorgeous, multi-colored vintage-inspired paper Halloween tree.


The tree is dressed with mercury glass garland and a pair of clip-on crows. I finished a little stitching this month, and have turned it into an ornament for the tree. This is an adorable Prairie Schooler pattern, stitched on fabric that I dyed with Distress spray ink.


This other ornament is one that I made years ago, when I was on the Authentique Paper design team. The postage stamp image and the spider are stickers from one of their Halloween lines. I colored the image with Distress and topped them with clear crackle. Then layers of inked stamped fabric and felt. A real multi-media design. I’ve finished a few more cross-stitch pieces, and still hope to get them added to the tree this year.


The bottom shelf contains my favorite handmade basket, as usual, filled with metal pumpkins and handmade prims. And a vintage print I picked up one year at the thrift store.


Across from the entry table is my vintage wooden bench.


Here you’ll find more vintage hammered aluminum and vintage enamel-ware buckets. Lots of happy jack-o lantern decor, too.


The pumpkin-head scarecrow doll is one of my own handmade prims. The witch hat and pumpkin in the front are folk-art paper mache. Then another of my cross-stitch pieces that I stitched this month. This one is a pattern by With Thy Needle and Thread called Basketful of Autumn Time. I ran out of sticky board, so will go back to this project for fully finishing sometime in the future. But for now, I couldn’t resist putting it out.


I am a sucker for vintage style, so these Halloween feather trees and the paper mache Putz-style house are right up my alley. I’ve added in a few of my favorite handmade card projects from the past couple of years.


And then one final display on my credenza nearby.


Folk art dolls, bottle brush tree, and a wire votive holder tree, all stacked on an antique wooden cabbage slicer.

Haven’t finished your Halloween decorating yet? There’s still a few remaining items available in my AudOnes Prims Shop. To check them out, click HERE

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful week! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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2020 Halloween Haunted House Tour

Hello Friends! You all know what time it is, right? October is well underway, and that means it’s time for spooks and ghosts and goblins in my 2020 Halloween Haunted House Tour. Let’s get started today with a visit to my sunroom.

I think I’ve mentioned in the past that my sunroom is my favorite room in my house, and is the room I tend to spend the most time in. So of course this room holds some of my most favorite things, and this year, I’ve tried to keep the decorations a little more warm and cozy…. perfect for curling up with a cup of coffee and a comfy blankie.

My big chair sits opposite this antique butler’s chest, so this is the view I tend to look at the most. I am absolutely in love with that primitive witch doll, so she takes center stage. And of course I must have at least a couple of Lori Mitchell figurines added to the mix.

I’ve had this 3-foot white tree on top of my chest for most of the year, and although I thought it would come down for Halloween, I couldn’t part with it. So it stays, with some sweet feltie pumpkin ornaments for decoration.

This cross stitch piece is one I completed this summer, and am so excited to have on display. This is the Ghoul Tidings pattern by Plum Street Samplers, stitched on 14 count tea-dyed Aida with a hodge-podge of fancy floss from my stash. I finished the piece on sticky board, mounted with some Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric and pom pom trim. I added the stitched piece to a frame from Hobby Lobby, and topped it with a big poofy bow.

This black tree was one of the first big Halloween decor items that I ever bought, and it remains one of my top favorites things to this day. I have a collection of very sweet felt ornaments that I like to hang from it. This year the tree is tucked into a giant cauldron that was a gift from my Halloween-loving mum. Thanks, Mom!

Around the tree I’ve gathered some of my other favorite folk art felt pillows, stuffies, and dolls. I think they all look great together.

 

More Lori Mitchell figures, a black wire tree, and my Frankie bucket head. Some of you may remember those Frankenstein ornaments that I made for my shop in the early years. I tucked a pair of those into the top of the bucket for a touch of whimsy.

 

This rolling cart is a vintage laundry basket used to roll clothes out to the clothesline, and it’s become a favorite spot to tuck pillows and blankets and linens. And of course for Halloween it’s stuffed with pumpkins, too.

A black witch cat that was made by me. And a pair of pumpkin-headed dolls that are new to me this year.

And here we are around to the other bookcase, and a collection of silly jack o’lantern dolls.

The year is going by so quickly! Can’t believe Halloween will soon be here.
In case you haven’t had a chance to pop into the shop, I still have a few handmade and collected goodies available… like Bubba the Bat here. (Click HERE to shop)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend, and happy haunting!

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