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

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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!)

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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

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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

Three Cheers for the Red, White, & Blue

Happy Monday!

And happy Memorial Day to my American friends!

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So of course today is a patriotic holiday for those of us in the U.S. A day to celebrate this great country of ours, and to honor and remember all of our service men and women, past and present.

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Now I know I have mentioned this once or twice before, but I am a patriotic girl, through and through. Now that summer has “officially” started, it’s time to break out the red, white, and blue.

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It’s been a quiet, rainy weekend here. Perfect excuse to hide away in the craft room, and whip up some new silly prims… like these little firecracker bundles.

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Just a fun bowl filler for the summer months. Great individually or stacked up all together. These little guys have been hand-painted and antiqued, and even slightly charred. I made my own grungy tags, and then tied up each bundle with a big shabby bow. Huge thank you to my sweet bloggy friend, Lynn at From My Bungalow, for the adorable alphabet stamp set I used on the tags.

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Recently I got my hands on a few itty bitty wooden frames for some of my wee itty bitty stitchery. This Old Glory print, hand-stitched in my own messy handwriting onto tea-stained cotton canvas, seemed particularly fitting for this day. I used black floss to match the black finish of the frame. And on the background, I created a watercolor flag using Distress inks and paint.

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These new goodies have been added to my Summer Shop, in case you are interested. You can find them, along with all the rest of my summer prims, here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And to our country’s service men and women, our veterans, and all their families, thank you, for your dedication, service, and sacrifice!

Friday Fun- The Easter Tour

Hello Sweetie Peeps!

Thought we would have a little more Friday Fun today! In celebration of Easter weekend, it’s the perfect time to finish up my Easter house tour.

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So you all know by now that I love a holiday, and rarely let one pass without a wee bit of decorating. And of course Easter is no exception. When my kids were little, I really went all out… with bright colors and pastels and shiny foil… you know. The works.

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But now I like things a bit more au natural.

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So my Easter house is filled with lots of neutrals and elements from nature. Bunnies and greens, nests and eggs, and maybe a bird or two.

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And of course I like a funky junk mix of new and old, everyday items with seasonal, and lots of handmade goodies thrown in for good measure.

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It’s just a peek of things from my Easter house. There’s more parts of the tour here and here, in case you missed it and would like to see.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a very happy holiday weekend!

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on it’s Way

Hello, Sweetie Peeps!

The other day, I was prowling through my favorite local junk store, and came across the cutest little bunny rabbit desk frame. I know Easter is just a few days away, but I seriously couldn’t resist. So perfect for altering. So perfect for a bit of home decor. You all know  how I am about frames!

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So of course that little bunny frame went home with me. And then it came along on my beach retreat this past weekend, where it was promptly altered with a wee bit of stitchery.

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The frame itself already had so much great character that I wanted to keep the stitching simple in comparison. So I chose a few words from an old childhood favorite song for my needlework, stitched in my own raggedy hand-writing onto soft cotton flannel.

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Really sweet and simple, with lots of attention on that adorable frame. And promptly added to my front entryway table with a few other favorite Easter things.

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A nest. Some garden greens tucked into my trusty antique watering can. And a new precious Easter bunny that I am absolutely crazy about.  (Thank you so much, Kathie!)

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My silly little handmade paper mache chick I made last year.

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And a few more of my handmade dollies tucked into the basket below, in both fabric and more paper mache.

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Such silly things that make me smile.

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I know it is very last minute…

But I’ve added my bunny Hippity Hoppity frame to my Spring Shop. You can find it here.

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