Just You, Me, & the Sea with BasicGrey

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Hello, hello! Happy Wednesday, my friends! Today I am up on the BasicGrey blog with a beachy home decor project. A little paper pillow tuck made with BasicGrey’s adorable new nautical collection, Adrift.

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The nautical look has been really popular recently in the papercrafting world, and that makes this ol’ gal happy, happy, I must say.  If you like beachy, you’re going to love Adrift. It is such a bright and vibrant line, great for beach and seaside layouts and cards, or for adding a touch of nautical flair to your home decor.

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You may have noticed. Little paper pillow are one of my favorite home decor projects. They are super quick and easy to make, and they can fit into any small nook or cranny in your home decor. I like to tuck them into a basket or bowl, or even use them like a pillow on couch or chair. Right now, it’s making me happy to have a little reminder of the sea after my four day trip to the beach last weekend.

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Although I have to say……. my little beach star is kind of clashing with all my winter snowmen….

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A Joy Frame Tutorial with Sizzix

Hello Sweeties! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, surrounded by good food, good friends, and the love of family!

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I prepared my big turkey dinner last Sunday while Pete was home. So yesterday I was free and easy, and enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving meal out with friends. No cooking, no dishes, and no work for any of us…. just lots of laughter and good cheer with those I hold dear.

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m trying to really get going on my holiday projects. Today I have a sweet handmade gift idea and tutorial to share with you, made with the adorable new Tim Holtz Alterations Stacked Snowflakes die for Sizzix.

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I love giving handmade gifts at the holidays, and being the holiday home nut that I am, my favorite gifts are home decor pieces, like this little frame. I found this sweet silver frame for under a dollar at my local thrift store. Talk about a score! Then with a bit of paper and a pretty hand-stitched fleece snowflake, I was able to put together a quick and easy heartfelt holiday gift…. practically for free.
I had so much fun making the shabby background with my Distress inks and paint, and am tickled I could incorporate one of my old childhood loves, hand embroidery. If you’re interested in learning more, I’ve put together a tutorial for all the steps. Let’s take a look.

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Start by measuring your frame opening and cutting a piece of paper to fit. Since we’ll be working with lots of paint and Distress products, you’ll want to choose a nice sturdy paper, such as manila cardstock or watercolor paper. I love having a bit of design to my background, so I went with a patterned paper from Authentique’s holiday collection, Believe. I’ve found that the nice thick linen texture to Authentique’s papers hold up well for mixed media projects.

Drip a bit of white acrylic paint over your background paper, and brush out with a foam brush using up and down swipes. Don’t try to cover the entire paper… just randomly brush the paint out, leaving some spots covered and some uncovered. Allow the paint to dry completely.

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Dab a bit of Weathered Wood Distress Stain onto a non-stick craft sheet and mist the stain with water.

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Drag the painted paper through the stain/water mix. The painted areas will resist the stain, whereas the unpainted areas will absorb the color.

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Using a ink blending tool, apply a small amount of Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to the paper. You can spritz the paper lightly with water to help blend the color, if needed.

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Tear bits of dictionary or book paper, apply tacky glue or glue stick to the back of the torn papers, and adhere them to the background paper. Sand over the text print using a sanding block. I like to see the text, without focusing on any of the words, so sand as needed to slightly obscure the print. Curl back any loose edges, too. That just adds to the unique texture of the finished piece.

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Add additional Distress inks, as desired. I went back over a few areas with Salty Ocean and Antique Linen ink.

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Add a few random swipes of Broken China Distress Paint. Mist lightly with water to blend, then allow paper to dry fully, or speed up the process with a heat tool.

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Stamp sentiment onto the bottom right corner using Jet Black Archival Ink. Place paper into the frame.

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Now it’s time to die cut some snowflakes. I love adding the soft touch of fabric and fleece to my projects, so I used coffee-stained Therm O Web Stitchn’Sew Interfacing. I absolutely love the shabby aged finish of soaking my felt and fleece in a bit of coffee and coffee grounds. You can see the variation in staining and the bits of grounds which remain after soaking. Of course if you are going to soak your fabric, make sure you let it dry completely before die cutting.

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Run your fleece through your die cutting machine using this standard die cutting sandwich for Bigz dies: Standard Cutting Pad, die, fabric or paper, second Standard Cutting Pad.
*Note: Here’s a tip I use when cutting fabric with lots of fibers, like this fleece interfacing…. place a thin piece of scrap paper, like this mailer ad, between your die and the fabric. That will keep all the tiny fibers from getting embedded in the die.

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Die cut the same snowflakes again, this time from cardstock.

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Cover the cardstock snowflakes completely with glue stick, then adhere to the fleece snowflakes. This gives the fabric a bit of extra stability. Now you can add embroidery if you wish, or just leave them as is. Either way looks great!

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Adhere both layers of die cut snowflakes to the frame opening using foam adhesive, then top with a pearl button. Final touch…. paint a small amount of clear Stickles glitter glue onto the background.

Hope I’ve given you a few quick and easy holiday gift ideas to try. Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Supplies:
Tim Holtz Alterations Stacked Snowflakes Bigz Die by Sizzix
Patterned Paper: Authentique Believe Collection
Dictionary Paper: The Kraft Outlet
Stamp: Stampin’Up
Fleece: Therm O Web Stitchn’Sew Interfacing
Ranger Ink Products: Distress Ink ( Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Antique Linen) ; Distress Paint ( Broken China) ; Star Dust Stickles ; Jet Black Archival Ink
Paint: Delta
Floss: DMC
Vintage Button
Adhesive: Therm O Web SuperStik Glue Stick, 3D Adhesive Squares

Happy Thanksgiving

2014 Thanksgiving House Tour

Hello, hello my sweet friends! I just wanted to sneak in here one day early to wish all of you in the States a super wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow! And, as promised, I have a few more photos to share of my home, all decked out in pumpkins, pilgrims, and turkeys for the holiday.

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I do love the rustic elegance of the great outdoors, especially during the fall harvest season. So this year, I kept my Thanksgiving mantel simple with touches of the natural beauty of sticks, berries and leaves.

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And those touches carry over into my entryway, too, where I’ve dressed up my bench with branches, more sticks, and plenty of acorns.

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Thank you all so much for stopping by and taking yet another house tour with me! I have much to be grateful for. My wonderful home, my sweet family, and for amazing friends, such as all of YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Harvest Pumpkin with Sizzix

Hello my friends, and happy Wednesday! Today I have some Sizzix fun to share with you. A fall-themed home decor project and tutorial made with my favorite die from Tim Holtz’s fabulous new Fall and Halloween Alterations release, Pumpkin Parts.

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If you haven’t seen the new Pumpkin Parts die yet, it’s name literally speaks for itself in that this die cuts 5 separate individual sections that you then layer and build up together to create one super cool 3D pumpkin.

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The detail on this die cut pumpkin shape is simply amazing and looks so lifelike with the ridges from the separate layers. I thought it would be fun to shabby  one up with lots of Tim Holtz Distress products and pop it into an old frame for a quick and easy autumn home decor project. Looks great for Halloween, and works well into the fall and Thanksgiving, too.

I have a quick tutorial to share with you for creating the shabby distressed finish of my pumpkin. So let’s get started.

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Here are the individual parts from the Pumpkin Parts die. Cute all on its own, but even better with the built-up layers. Since this a steel-edged die, you can die cut the pumpkin from any number of starting materials. I knew I wanted a strong, durable, dimensional pumpkin for my home decor frame, so I die cut mine from raw chipboard.
*For Sizzix Bigz dies use this basic Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Cutting pad, die (cutting side up), paper or material to be cut, second cutting pad.

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Paint the pumpkin parts with Distress Paint. I used Spiced Marmalade and Frayed Burlap. Allow the paint to dry completely.

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To give some definition and shadowing to the pumpkin parts, dab a darker color of Distress on the edges of each orange body piece. For this step, I used Ripe Persimmon Distress Stain.

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Using a foam blending tool, apply Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to the edges of all of the die cut pieces. This will help all the layers stand out from each other when finished.

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Apply a fairly heavy coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to the pumpkin parts, and allow to dry completely. I left the pumpkin stem matte, but you can crackle it, too, if you wish.

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Look at this amazing pumpkin once the crackle paint has dried! To bring out the crackling a bit more, you can wipe over the pieces with your foam blending tool and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

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As a final step before adhering the pieces together, we’ll add a bit more detail. Wipe the edges with additional Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, then add a light touch of Distress Glitter around the pumpkin stem and along some of the edges of the individual pieces. I like to use the Clear Rock Candy crackle paint for my glitter glue.

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Once everything is dry, glue the parts together using the crackle paint, Glossy Accents, or your favorite tacky glue. Embellish the stem with a bit of moss, hemp, and a button. I added a tag and harvest sentiment to mine. The tag is die cut using Tim’s 8-piece Tag Collection Framelits set. And all the paper is from Graphic45, our product partner on the Sizzix blog this month. Their beautiful An Eerie Tale collection.

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Pop the pumpkin into a simple 4×6 frame and there you have it, an instant home decor project. Hope you enjoyed! Oh, and looking ahead….

2014 Halloween Haunted HouseMy Halloween Haunted House tour continues on Friday. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

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Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)

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Sizzix Accessory – Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies

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Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK – Tag Collection

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Sizzix Bigz Die – Pumpkin Parts

Patterned Paper: Graphic45 An Eerie Tale
Distress Ink, Paint, Crackle, Glitter: Ranger
Ink: Stampin’Up
Trim: May Arts
Other: Moss, Button

 

A Touch of Winter

So much of the country has experienced more than a little touch of winter this past week. Even here in the south, we’ve felt the chill with temperatures dipping down into the single digits. But while many people are buried under a few feet of snow, we’ve been lucky to just be cold.

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After all the festivities of the holidays, my house has been feeling as bleak as the weather outside. It sure feels empty and bare once the tree and decorations come down. Fortunately I have a few frosty friends to cheer me up. And with temperatures this cold, they’ve  been fitting in quite nicely around here.

P1040904This little basket of buddies are all new to me this year.  I made the little guy in the middle last month, and the others were presents. I do have quite the thing for primitives. Oui?

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P1040907Everyone has been so busy lately, but the girls and I did manage to get together early in December to make these fellas. Mom says their heads are all wrong. But honestly, they just make me smile.

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I couldn’t decide exactly how I wanted mine to look. So I made one au naturale, with bare fabric tea dyed.

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And then I made a second guy, this time painted with a crisp coat of white.

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And together they are adding quite a bit of cheer to my living room mantel and hearth.

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Along with a few other frosty touches.

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Glittered and tinseled snowflakes. Icy blue mason jars and antique insulators. Tarnished silver and winter birds. A sweet snowy scene my boy painted way back during his early elementary days.

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Happy things to set the scene.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Hope you’re managing to keep warm. And hope you all have a very wonderful weekend!

Merry Christmas to You

The time has come, my friends. After all the preparations and all the anticipation, the big day is here. Now it’s time to just sit back and enjoy, share in the precious moments spent with those you love most.

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It’s peaceful and quiet here right now. One last blissful moment before all is said and done. Such a perfect moment to share my last holiday greetings with you, from my house to yours.

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Of all the gifts I have been blessed to receive, all my good fortunes in life, I count all of YOU at the top of my list. The visits here with me, the sweet comments you leave in your passing, mean more to me than you’ll ever know. So thank you, all of you, for your gift of friendship. I hope I’ve been able to return the gift in kind.

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And now, before all the paper starts ripping, the last little peek of my holiday house.

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Merry Christmas!!