I’m a Little Crabby with BasicGrey

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Hello, hello and happy Monday to you! Hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend. It was a busy one for us, but a very happy kind of busy. The Little Missy and I have just returned from a lovely three days at the North Carolina shore, celebrating a special birthday of a very special friend. What a fabulous time we have had! I’ve been quite spoiled, my friends… with perfect weather, great friends, and a condo right on the beach with a private strip of sand practically all to ourselves. It doesn’t get much better than that. I am a lucky, lucky girl.
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I had every best intention of getting some more of my holiday cards completed this weekend, but of course that never happened. I was waaaay too distracted by talk and snacks to get anything done. But in honor of my beach trip, I do have a fun nautical project to share with you today. A little crabby home decor piece, made with BasicGrey’s adorable beach collection Adrift.

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I found this wooden crab shape on clearance at my local big box craft store. Such a great deal at only $2, and so fun to dress up with my favorite beachy papers. I mixed lots of prints here for some eye catching interest, and grunged things up with a bit of sandpaper and white paint. Added a couple of hang tags, and a big double bow. Simple, shabby beach cottage charm.

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I’ve got more details up on the BasicGrey blog, if you care to take a peek. And I’ll link you to all the supplies below. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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The Stars & Stripes with Simple Stories

I’ve got a couple of patriotic projects to share with you today, just in time for the Fourth of July, made with Simple Stories’ new 12×12 Collection Kit, Stars & Stripes.

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Stars & Stripes is such a great collection. Of course it’s perfect for all your summer papercrafting needs, but I have to say that I am crazy for the ol’ red, white, and blue any time of the year. I think my favorite thing from this collection has got to be that adorable surf wagon, and I couldn’t resist using it in both projects today. It’s got that laid-back California surfer vibe I remember from my early days.

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First up, a quick and easy home decor frame, made with one of the larger 4×6 journaling cards. I had just enough room for a couple of layers of papers underneath, and because I removed the glass, I could build up layers on top, too.

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I simply added a twine tie, and a few Stars & Stripes stickers. Thought the scalloped border made an awesome “road” for my wagon to cruise on. Super simple, and fun.

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And because I love that little car so much, I made a matching card using the smaller cardstock sticker.

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A smaller 3×4 journaling card this time and Stars & Stripes stickers.  I popped some of them up with foam dots for a bit of depth in my little scene. I’ve got the details, along with the complete supply list, up on the Simple Stories blog, if you’d like to learn more

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Just a few more days until the 4th! Have any fun plans in the works?

Remember This Day with BasicGrey

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AudreyPettit BG TeaGarden RememberHangingHello Sweeties! Happy Friday! We are in celebration mode here at my house today.  What I didn’t really realize was that, because of some brand new end-of-year testing changes and senior exemptions, etc, etc…. well….. that we only have two more days of school next week. And then we are done! Finished! And ohmyword, then my wee Missy Peanut will be graduating! And as you can imagine, I am a whirlwind of emotion about that….

AudreyPettit BG TeaGarden RememberHanging2Today I have a sweet home decor project to share with you. A shabby chic wall hanging I made with BasicGrey’s beautiful Tea Garden collection. I must say, I really do love a good wall hanging. They are such an easy way to add a bit of handmade or seasonal decor to your home, and there is always a little nook or cranny they could be stuck into, or a spare doorknob they could hang from. This particular hanging, with the sentiment on this sticker, seems so fitting for the happenings in our house right now, and is a motto I am trying to embrace. Time just moves so quickly, and kids grow up so fast. I am really trying to stop, slow down, and remember each day.

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Lots of layers of pretty Tea Garden papers, and a bit of corrugated cardboard for structure. The beautiful flowers were fussy cut from the 12×12 papers. A label sticker sentiment on the top corner, layered over additional banner and border strips. I even made a shaker element on the side using recycled plastic packaging and handmade sequins. I’ve got more details up on the BasicGrey blog, if you care to take a peek!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you all have a wonderful, amazing weekend! And cheers to a three-day weekend here in the states!

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Supplies:
Rose Hip 12×12 Paper
Earl Grey 12×12 Paper
Green Tea 12×12 Paper
Spiced 12×12 Paper
Jasmine 12×12 Paper
Chai 12×12 Paper
Element Stickers
Border Punch: Fiskars
Trim: Stampin’Up (chevron twill), vintage seam binding
Clothespin: Little Yellow Bicycle
Paint, Ink: Ranger Distress

A Deco Foil Shamrock with Therm O Web

Yesterday I decided it was time to put away all my snowmen and winter decor. It’s kind of a herculean task, and one I don’t really look forward to, but I think we’ve truly turned the corner here in North Carolina. And it’s time. So I spent most of the day packaging up my boxes and tubs, and making about 50 thousand trips up and down the stairs. And now things are looking a little stark and bare in my house.

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Of course I have many, many tubs of spring and Easter to bring out, and that will be the next step. But then I thought that, for a few days at least, I could enjoy some St. Patty’s Day things, if I had any…. so in comes today’s project. A fun little framed shamrock decor made with Therm O Web’s fabulous new Deco Foil and lots of shabby Distress goodness.

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I have to say, I really am crushing on that shiny green foil. Love the shabby chippy look of it mixed with that washed Distress background. It’s right up my funky junk alley. I used the liquid Deco Glue and a flat paintbrush to get the striated foil application once again. The shamrock was made with Tim Holtz’s fabulous new Sizzix Alterations Heartfelt die. I busted out one of my super old Stampin’Up stamps and a sweet vintage button and twine to add some extra detail.

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My funky little frame is now gracing the table in my front entryway, along with a few other things I managed to pull together for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s not much, but it does make me smile… I’m hoping it brings a smile to your face, too.

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I don’t know how you all feel about monster dolls, but we are crazy for them here at my house. The Girls and I have been making quite a few of them lately at our weekly crafty play dates, and of course we had to try our hand at a St. Patty’s version. Here is my guy, all decked out in his finest duds.

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Don’t you love his top hat and all his fancy finery?

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I’ve added a few of my other favorite “green” and “lucky” items to complete the scene. A perfect heart-shaped rock I found out on the nature trail one day. Some round “lucky” pebbles I collected from the beach. Nik made me that little chenille froggy when she was wee tiny little.

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Love having a big basket underneath my table, as it’s the perfect spot for piling up lots and lots of stuff. I’ve got some vintage linen here, and vintage table wear, too. The bright green Majolica plate screams St. Patty’s, without being themed in the least.

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The paper shamrock is an old, old project of mine, the very first one that I made as a member of the Glue Arts design team. It’s one of my favorite “paper pillow” projects, made from a recycled grocery bag. Ah, happy memories! And last, but not least, here is my wee Nik’s St. Patty’s monster doll. So adorable! She has a great eye for color and pattern, too, and is becoming quite the expert doll maker. I love that she loves to make them as much as I do.

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! I’ve got a full tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more about my shamrock Deco Foil frame. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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!

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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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P1070325My front table holds my prized turkey, and of course some Lori Mitchell figurines. I can’t really go through a holiday without a few of those! :)

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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!