2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour II

Hello Friends! Happy Monday!

Welcome back to day two of my 2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour. Today I thought we’d pick up where we left off last week, and head into my haunted sunroom.

The sunroom is probably my most favorite room in my house because of all the light that streams in through two solid walls of windows. Here I’ve got a pair of comfy reading chairs that are perfect for perching and taking in all the spooky spooks.

This year I’ve got a bit of a theme going in the sunroom…. black cats, and lots of them. They are pretty much everywhere, starting on the feather wreath on the back deck door, and winding all throughout the room.

I’ve got black cat ornaments on my tinsel tree. Another pulling a pumpkin sled. And another one taking a ride in the back. And that’s just the beginning.

I haven’t stopped to count how many cats are actually here, but I think it’s now fairly official. I have become a crazy cat lady! I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.

In other spooky spots, there are some haunted mansions in the window frame. The mobile is this year’s Halloween card from my sweet mom. She always finds the most unique cards ever.

My vintage laundry cart is filled with pumpkins and prims.

More black cats, of course. And there’s Mimsie the Mummy from my fall shop last year.


My Missy Nik made those kleenex ghosties when she was wee little, and nostalgic me….  I saved them. Such a perfect way to spook up a tiny Halloween tree and bring back lots of happy memories.

Cats in baskets.

And cats in trees. And of course a witch needs a good cat companion, too.

And we’ll top it off with a pumpkin or two.

Here’s a good stop for today, at the door near the dining room entrance. We’ll pick up here next time.
And until then…
Happy Haunting!


2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour

Hi Friends! Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. And hope that those of you to the southeast of here made it through the storm safely. Besides being pelted with over 6″ of rain, we were very lucky. Where many were without power and dealt with major flooding here in the heart of North Carolina, we managed to escape it all. It’s been a tense few days, though, for so many people. And I know I’m not the only one who is super relieved to see hurricane Matthew disappear.

After days of solid grey gloom, I was so happy to see the sun return on Sunday. Perfect for a little photo shoot of my Halloween haunted house. Because it’s time my friends… time to start my 2016 Halloween Haunted House Tour.

2016-halloween-haunted-houseEvery Monday, now through Halloween day, I’ll share a stop along my haunted house tour. Today I thought we’d start with my living room, and my haunted Halloween mantel. I’ve got lots of photos to share. So grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy the tour!


I know many of you have been touring with me these past few years, so some of these scenes will be familiar to you. I try to change things up every year, but there are a few spooky spooks that “need” to be in a certain spot, or it just wouldn’t be Halloween. Take my skeletons, for example. They belong on the mantel. No ifs, ands, or buts.

My ceramic Mr. Bones, and skeleton painting done by my son in high school, are a couple of my most favorite Halloween things, so they tend to set the tone for the mantel each year. This time, they are chilling with the rest of the gang…. lots of pumpkins, ghosts and eyeballs, and of course a creepy spider or two.

Many of these treasures are handmade, by me, and by my kiddos growing up over the years.  My Missy Nik’s painted gourd ghost from when she was wee little. A painted eyeball portrait done by her in much later years. And a prim pumpkin head and paper mache ghost made during my weekly crafty play dates with the girls.

That jovial skeleton is actually a card, given to me by my mom a few years back. He is completely bendable and posable, and gets up to all sorts of shenanigans. I always have lots of fun with him.


A peek at my coffee table.

And what’s beneath.

And the hearth. Check out this cool skeleton dude the girls and I made this fall. He took us four weeks of crafty play dates to complete… but he was worth it.

I may have to name him Mr. Bones Too.😀


The wreath marks the path into the sunroom, which we’ll pick up on the tour next time. Until then…
Thanks so much for stopping by!
And Happy Haunting to YOU!


What a Tangled Web

Hello Crafty Friends! Happy Friday!

It’s a rainy and gloomy day here today. Just the start, I’m afraid, of hurricane Matthew making it’s way up the southeastern coastline. The forecasters are predicting heavy rain for us, with the possibility of flooding and power outages…. but that’s nothing to what many will see in the next few days. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, friends! Hope all of you in the path of this storm stay safe and sound!

After a couple of days of Christmas projects, I’m getting back to some Halloween today and one of my favorites. Hand stitching. And an altered Halloween frame.

Several months ago, I scored a batch of simple wooden frames at my local junk shop that were just calling for some stitchy projects. Of course, loving Halloween as much as I do, I couldn’t resist starting with some spooks. So I sketched out a little Halloween scene, complete with spiderweb and spiders and a witch’s hat, too. And then had fun with paints, ink, and floss.

I’ve tried inking my fabric before, but thought this time I’d mix it with paint to add color and detail to the scene. The hat and web were stitched, and then painted. I added tiny lines to the web, and even tinier eyes to the spiders. The yellow background glow is painted, too… a perfect resist for the ink I added next. I’m not going to win any drawing competitions, but I sure had fun combining my love for stitching with my love for ink and paint. My own mixed media approach to traditional embroidery.

Well… maybe not too traditional with the witch apparel and spiders!😀

I’ve added this spooky sweet Halloween frame to my Fall Shop, in case you’d like to take it home.

And stay safe, all you East Coasters! Thanks for stopping by!


Halloween Inspiration Series with Tim Holtz

Hello, Crafty Friends! Happy Monday!

Today I wanted to share a peek of a project that I am so honored and excited to have posted over on the Tim Holtz blog, as part of a month-long Halloween Inspiration Series! The projects you will see there throughout the month are filled with all the latest and greatest Tim Holtz Holiday products, that I know you are going to love! Tons of new 2016 Halloween Idea-ology, and new Sizzix Alterations dies, too. Plus plenty of inspiration and project tutorials to get your creativity soaring.

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For my project, I made a haunted bi-fold frame base from recycled cardboard, and then added lots of spooky details with new papers and deco sheets, dies, and amazing Idea-ology bits and bobs.

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I love projects like this frame base that could be used in so many different ways. Simply change out the papers and accents, and you have a great home decor piece for any season, theme, or holiday you wish. It’s really easy, too. I’ve got the complete step-by-step directions and supply list on the Tim Holtz blog, if you’d like to learn more. Hope you’ll check it out!

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

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash MATERIALIZE 8 x 8 Cardstock Pack TH93303Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Ranger Inkssentials 8.5 X 11 MANILA CARDSTOCK Surfaces ISM28246Tim Holtz Idea-ology HALLOWEEN Deco Sheets TH93314RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix DRIP EDGE Thinlits Die 661585RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix MIXED MEDIA HALLOWEEN Thinlits Die 661588Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Mini Cabinet Cards - SophisticateTim Holtz Idea-ology CURIOSITIES Ephemera TH93306Tim Holtz Idea-ology GOTHIC Remnant Rubs TH93308Tim Holtz Idea-ology BROOMSTICKS TH93318*Tim Holtz Idea-ology MATERIALIZE Design Tape TH93316Tim Holtz Idea-ology INCANTATION Metal Word Bands TH93307Tim Holtz Idea-ology WICKED Metal Adornments TH93305Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger TIM19497Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILTED VIOLET Ranger TIM43263Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SHADED LILAC Ranger Spring TIM34957Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CARVED PUMPKIN Ranger TIM43201Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad VICTORIAN VELVET Ranger TIM27195Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDD36425Tim Holtz Distress Paint BLACK SOOT Ranger TDD36302Ranger 4 ounce MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Paint Glue INK41535Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Tim Holtz Idea-ology TINY ATTACHER Stapler Tool Mini Staples TH92800Sizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093Tim Holtz Idea-ology SANDING GRIP Block Tool Sand TH92482Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677

Fresh From the Garden with Sizzix

Hello Crafty Friends! Thanks for stopping by!

Today I have a DIY home decor project to share, made with a new line of home decor dies by Sizzix and Lynda Kanase.

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This fresh from the garden hanger is made with a new Thinlits Plus die set called Ampersand, and it is fabulous for home decor projects like this. The Plus size means that these die sets are larger than regular Thinlits set, making them perfect for larger focal point and projects.

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I loved the large wavy banner from this set, and decided to use it as the base for this little door hanger. I die cut the banner twice, once from patterned paper and once from heavyweight watercolor cardstock, to give the base some strength and stability. And then decorated the banner with lots of pretty flowers and swirls.

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There’s lots of fun flower shapes included in this set, giving you plenty of different options for floral designs. Love that you can basically layer as many pieces and shapes as you wish. I added foam tape between some of the layers to add dimension, and topped my flowers with pretty buttons from 28 Lilac Lane.

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I love bringing a touch of the garden indoors for the summer. And this is such an easy project when dies do all the work for you. I’ve got a full step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Happy Wednesday, Friends! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

PhotoPlay Paper - Happy Glamper Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - PennantsPhotoPlay Paper - Fresh Picked Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - TagsPhotoPlay Paper - Fresh Picked Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Garden FreshRanger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Bazzill Basics - 12 x 12 Cardstock - Canvas Texture - YellowSizzix - Thinlits Plus Die - Ampersand28 Lilac Lane - Decorative Embellishment Bottle - Hello SunshineTim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT409653M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE PermanentSizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and Gray



Proud To Be with Therm O Web

Hello, Friends! Happy Friday!

This week, vendors, artists, and crafters gathered in Salt Lake City for the third annual Sierra Pacific Crafts Mixed Media Show. And this year, for the first time, Therm O Web attended, showing off the latest addition to the Deco Foil line up….. Watercolor Deco Foils. And our new Mixed Media Sheets, too.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ProudToBeCanvasSo of course this show is all about mixed media, and since America just celebrated its independence day, I combined the two to make a patriotic altered canvas, perfect for adding a touch of Americana to my home decor for the summer.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ProudToBeCanvas3True to mixed media style, this 8×8 canvas is filled with layers. The background started with patterned paper, followed by layers of paint, stain, markers, and modeling paste. I used a Tim Holtz star layering stencil to create a subtle texture, and then added shiny bright detail with the new watercolor foils.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ProudToBeCanvas4If you look closely at the foiled areas, you can see the variation in color to the new watercolor foils. The Amber foil, used on the sparklers, has a beautiful metallic shine in a gold, silver, and copper watercolor wash. The Lapis foil, used to accent the firecrackers and the background, ranges  from shades of blue into metallic silver.

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My funky junk firecrackers were free-hand cut and doodled. Those poor things have been sanded, torn, inked, painted, and stained, for an aged feel. Think I may have nailed that part!  I added rope wicks that I actually set on fire, for a bit of lifelike char. All in the name of art. Haha😉

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ProudToBeCanvas2The papers are oldies, but goodies. The Freedom collection from Authentique. I pieced several prints for the firecrackers. And cut the sentiment from the papers, too.

I’ve got a full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

And here’s a peek at our 5 New Watercolor Deco Foil Transfer Sheets. From left to right: Amber, Emerald, Amethyst, Lapis and Summer Rainbow (coming soon!)



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

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Prima Flowers 8 X 8 WATERCOLOR CANVAS PANEL 585686iCraft® DECO FOIL™ Liquid Adhesive 2.1ozTim Holtz Layering Stencil STARS THS008Faber-Castell MANGA BLACK PITT Artist Pens 167132Tim Holtz Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDD36425Tim Holtz Distress Paint BROKEN CHINA Ranger TDD36319Tim Holtz Distress Paint BLACK SOOT Ranger TDD36302Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stain ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger TDW29816Tim Holtz Distress Markers GATHERED TWIGS Ranger TDM38207Ranger TEXTURE PASTE 4oz INK44444Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium MATTE TDA47933




Some Serious Summer Fun with Photo Play Paper

Hello Crafty Friends! Happy Wednesday!

Recently I had the great pleasure of creating some projects for Photo Play Paper using their new summer lines. And today I have a bright and happy home decor frame to share, featuring their adorable pool-side collection, Summer Daydreams.

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This long skinny desk frame is a favorite of mine, and was an absolute steal at about a dollar at my local junk shop. The dark wood didn’t quite fit my shabby junk style, so I painted and sanded the frame, and now it suits me well. I like it so much, in fact, that I keep swapping out the insides to fit with the holiday or season. And since we are in full-on summer mode these days, I changed out my frame to this happy summer scene.

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Summer Daydreams has the perfect patterned papers for an outdoors garden scene. I placed the sunburst print for sky, and added a fringed border of green grass below. Then a bit of die cuts for the clouds.

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I made some teeny tiny poles to hold the clothesline, and snipped apart the flip flop sticker to fit. Some bitty twine bows and sentiment sticker finish my scene.

I have had the absolute joy of having my parents here visiting for the entire month of June. It’s been so wonderful having a full house, but as all things inevitably do end, today they are heading home. I took a little bloggy break on Monday so that I could spend every last moment we had together. And we have had some wonderful moments. By my count, we have managed to

Bake three pies
Build 7 puzzles
Plant 17 new flowers
Play countless games of Dominoes and Yahtzee
and decorate my house for summer

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Here’s a peek at my mantel, done up this year in rustic, woodsy style with my stick stars and flag, and lots of earthy browns.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I owe you all some bloggy visits. I’ll be around soon!

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

PhotoPlay Paper - Summer Daydreams Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackNeenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsAmerican Crafts - Hemp Twine - Rosebud3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent

Cloud Border Die: Taylored Expressions