2019 Sizzix Tim Holtz Christmas- Layered Pine

It feels like quite some time ago that Sizzix released their Chapter 3 holiday collection. And although I’ve shared all my fall and Halloween projects from this release, I am finally diving into the winter holidays here on my blog today. So with that, I am very happy to share my first Christmas project of the year featuring the Sizzix Tim Holtz Chapter 3 dies.


You all may remember back when Chapter 3 first came out that I was given a secret assignment to create some fabric projects with the Bigz dies from this collection… and that challenge was happily accepted. One of my favorite things about the holidays is seeing all the pretty decorations and shiny bright gift packages with big ribbons and bows. I love it when the outside of the package is as much of a gift as the inside. So for my first project, I made a festive fabric drawstring gift bag with the adorable Layered Pine die.


Of course the Layered Pine is a Bigz die and easily cuts heavier materials like the cotton denim and wool felt I used here. And since the die cuts two tree pieces (the larger base tree and the smaller accent), it’s easy to mix and match to really add definition to the layers. I placed the trees at the bottom of the bag, and then went around the edges with hand-embroidered blanket stitch. Stitched on buttons give the look of ornaments and add even more texture and dimension.


I used a pretty seam binding ribbon to tie off the bag. And of course added some favorite pom pom trim to the bottom edge and ribbon ends. Because everything is better with pom poms, in my book. 😀

If you didn’t get a chance to see yet, here is the full reveal of the Sizzix Tim Holtz Chapter 3 holiday release, along with all sorts of amazing project ideas to jump start your holiday makes!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


The die I used is linked below:

Sizzix - Christmas - Bigz Die - Layered Pine

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3- Cauldron Bigz

Hello crafty friends! I’m back today with another project that I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 release. As you may remember, I was given a special secret assignment for this release to create some fabric projects using the new dies. And today I’m here to share the last of my Halloween inspired fabric creations…. this time, a spooky witch’s spell pillow made with the new Cauldron Bigz die and the fabulous Handmade alphabet font.


Of course Bigz dies are perfect for using with thicker materials like the wool felt and fabrics I used here, and one of my favorite things about using fabric with die cuts is the ability you have to manipulate the pieces. Because fabric has give, I was able to expand the slit at the top of the cauldron and back the opening with a contrasting fabric, as well as tuck the wisp of smoke into the inside. Love how you can now see the contents of the cauldron just bubbling away.


I used Distress paint to add details to the scene, like the shadow below the cauldron, the bubbles rising above, and all the white pieces so that they stand out. And of course a witch’s brew needs a good spider, which is hanging to the side of the cauldron by a thread. I used a bit of alcohol ink on the spider to really make it shine.


I added a few hand-stitched accents to the cauldron handles, and edged the pillow with some favorite pom-pom trim. If you’d like any additional tips for using fabric with dies, check out some of my previous posts (These Old Bones) and (Skull & Crossbones Dolly).

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead. I’m planning to head to Richmond to visit my boy. We’ve got belated birthday celebrating to do, and this ol’ mamma can’t wait!

P.S.- I’ve added a few Halloween spooks to my AudOnes Prims Shop. Come take a peek!


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

Sizzix - Halloween - Bigz Die - CauldronSizzix - Bigz XL - Alphabet Die - HandmadeTim Holtz Idea-ology WICKED Metal Adornments TH93305Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Black SootRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Sunset OrangeSigno - White Uni-ball Impact Pen

Floss: DMC
Cotton Print Fabric, Wool Felt, Pom Pom Trim

Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 3 Release- Skull & Crossbones

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! Did you all have a chance to check out Tim’s fabulous new Sizzix Chapter 3 release on Facebook Live last week? Wasn’t it amazing? Over two hours of festive and frightening new products to gawk over, and tons and tons of fantastic projects and ideas to see. If you missed it, never fear… you can watch the replay (part 1 Halloween) below.

When I shared about the new holiday release on my last post, I hinted at a secret project assignment that Tim asked me to work on for the reveal, and I know some of you have already guessed what that was. Fabric! Yes, my twist was to apply the new dies to some of my AudOnes Prims. And boy, was I excited to give that a try! A huge thank you to Tim, Mario, and Paula for this super fun opportunity!


Those of you who have followed along on my AudOnes Prims venture know how much I love to create silly primitive rag dollies, so of course that was the very first project that I tackled. This cute and creepy little girl doll features some of my favorite things…. buttons and bows, Crossroads Denim and Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric, and a big spooky Halloween skull emblem right on the front that was made with the new Skull & Crossbones Bigz Die.


Because the Skull & Crossbones is a Bigz die, you can easily die cut all sorts of thicker materials with it, making it perfect to use with fabric projects like this. I used wool for both the skull and bones here, doubling up the layers for the bones in her hair. And just as you can use Distress Ink and Paint to add detail to paper projects, you can apply the same techniques to add depth, age, and dimension to fabric pieces, too.

Here’s how I do it.


Begin by die cutting the bones from heavy wool or wool felt. You can use thinner materials, but something thicker really works best. I’ll share tips for die cutting thin cotton fabric in an upcoming post.


Dab Distress Inks or Oxides onto a non-stick craft mat, and then spray the inks heavily with water using a Distress Sprayer. For this project, I used Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

*Note: use this technique only on fabric projects that you don’t plan on washing… as just like with primitive style tea or coffee staining, Distress inks will wash out in water.

Press the fabric die cuts into the ink mixture, twisting and swiping them through the inks to add color. Not dark enough? Let the fabric die and repeat the process again. Once you have the color where you like it, make sure to let the pieces dry completely.


When it comes to applying applique die cuts to fabric, I take a few shortcuts. The standard way would be to add an iron-on fusible interfacing to the back, or to attach the pieces with lots of pins. But I am hopeless with an iron, and often end up with pieces slipping or shifting with pins. So my trick is to stick my appliques down with Therm O Web Fabric Fuse adhesive. That way I can get the pieces exactly where I want them, and I know they’ll stay in place. And once it’s dry, you can go back and add stitching over the top if you wish. Love it.


For bigger die cuts, like the skull, I do like to go around the edges with a bit of machine stitching, but with the glue, that step isn’t necessary. For thinner dies, like the crossbones, I stacked two wool pieces together and simply stitched down the center. The double thickness helps add structure to loose flappy pieces, like the hair bows. And finally, you can add further details to the fabric dies, like using Distress paint to highlight the negative opening. Or adding buttons for eyes. Or tying multiple shapes together with a bit of ribbon or twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve got lots more holiday projects to share, so hope to see you all soon!


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

Tim Holtz Fabric Eclectic Elements 14759 MELANGE 12 INCH FABRIC CRAFTING PACKSizzix Bigz Die - Skull & CrossbonesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Hickory SmokeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Black SootTim Holtz Glass Media MatTonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors - 9.5 Inch Titanium ShearsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Sprayer - 2 Ounces

Other: Eclectic Elements Fabric, Crossroads Denim by Indygo Junction, Wool, Stampin’Up Ribbon, Buttons

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Fabric Friday- A Mother’s Day Bouquet with Therm O Web


Hi friends, happy Friday! Thanks for stopping by! Today I’m switching gears from paper crafts to share a little fabric project with you that I made for the Therm O Web blog this week. Easy-sew fabric tulip flowers. Something different for a Mother’s Day gift idea. Or just some spring flowers for your home decor since Mother Nature seems to be hiding on us this year.


These polka dotty flowers do make me smile, I have to say. They remind me of when my kids were little and had a play kitchen with pretend food. All those puffy items they could “buy” at the grocery store in their oversized plastic cart and bring home to their little kitchen. These flowers would fit right in there. Happy memories!


I think these look really sweet arranged in a vase like real flowers, and the best thing is, they will never fade. Those are my kind of flowers! Better yet, these “easy-sew” fabric tulips are truly just that… easy to sew. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.


Enjoy your weekend, friends! See you all soon!

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Fabric Friday- A Fairy House Pillow Tuck


I know many of my paper peeps out there can relate when I say that I have a pretty big stash of paper scraps that I have a hard time throwing away. And just like my mountain of paper scraps, I tend to collect, and keep, and hoard my fabric scraps, too. Because you just never know when that tiny sliver of fabric may come in handy!


You may remember this orange ticking print that I used recently on those shabby fabric carrots in my spring shop. After cutting all of those, I was left with quite a few scraps… too small for anything new, but too pretty to end up in the bin. So I challenged myself to find something to do with them…. and the other ten gazillion scraps I have lying around. And I came up with these. Sweet little fairy house pillow tucks.

I very much enjoy adding stitching to my projects, so I created a small fairy scene from a variety of bright and happy fabric prints, and embellished it with hand-embroidered details. The raw-edged applique gives that lovely frayed shabby look I love so well.

Of course, I barely made a dent in my mountain of fabric scraps, but I was pleased with some of the teensy details I was able to squeeze out of the tiniest of pieces. My clunky fingers could barely hold onto the center of those flowers, but I did it. So I’m calling that a win… even if I still have a ton of scraps to go!

I’ve added both of these pillow tucks to my shop page, and you can find them here if you’d like to take them home. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a super fabulous weekend!

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Rosette Ornament Balls with Therm O Web


Hello, Crafty Friends, and happy Monday! Just one week to go until Christmas is here! Everybody ready? Anybody ready? I sure know I’m not!


This past week was Christmas Ornament week on the Therm O Web blog, one of my favorite weeks of the year. Throughout the week, the designers shared lots of fabulous handmade project ideas using a fun range of materials from fabric to paper. And you all know me…. I couldn’t resist using a little bit of both for my project, stacked rosette ornament balls.


To me there’s something very nostalgic about the classic rosette design. They particularly remind me of the vintage-inspired glittered and be-sparkled ornaments of yore that I love to collect and treasure. This year, I’m giving the traditional rosette a bit of a modern update in this stacked ball design using new holiday papers from Simple Stories and some simple fabric and trims.


Super fun, and better yet, quick and easy to create, even last minute as it is. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for these up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope your week is off to a great start!


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

Simple Stories - Very Merry Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Happy HolidaysSimple Stories - Very Merry Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Peace On EarthSimple Stories - Very Merry Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Holiday CheerScor-Pal - Scor-Pal Eighths Measuring and Scoring Board - 12 x 12iCraft Adhesive™ Tape • 1/4 inFabric Fuse Liquid AdhesiveSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Paper Punch - Circle, 1.25 Inches, Large

Sizzix: Brenda Walton Millinery Leaves die
Indygo Junction: Crossroads Denim
Stampin’Up: chevron ribbon
DMC: floss
Other: pom poms, twine

Pumpkin Parts Pillow Tucks with Sizzix- a Tutorial

Hello, Crafty Friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!

It’s still awfully hot outside, but I am in full-on fall crafting mode here at my house. Once school starts, it seems rather official…. summer is over, and fall has begun. Regardless of the temperatures outside. 😀

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As hard as it is to see summer come to an end, I always welcome the arrival of fall. My most favorite season of all. I love everything about the fall, from the holidays to the leaves and colors and crisp air. And pumpkins… ohmyword, how I love pumpkins.

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Some of my happiest memories involve going to the pumpkin patch in my small rural town when I was a child. Yes, a real pumpkin patch, several acres wide, filled with pumpkins as far as the eye could see. Picking the right pumpkin was a serious process in my family. No hasty choices were allowed. You had to survey the field, narrow down the possibilities, and then make the final decision. My mom always wanted us to pick the oddballs, the weird, and the unusual. But me, I always wanted the perfect round orange beauty.

This weekend, I crafted up some sweet little pillow tucks, topped with the most perfect round orange pumpkin of them all. Such an easy process when you have a die to do all the work for you. I’ve got a quick tutorial to share with you, so let’s take a closer look.

AudreyPettit Sizzix PumpkinPartsPillowTucksTut11. Gather your supplies. You’ll need fabrics for the pillow backing, as well as the pumpkin, and the Pumpkin Parts Bigz die by Sizzix and Tim Holtz.

2. Die cut the pumpkin shape from orange and green fabrics. I used my favorite fabric from the Crossroads Denim collection by Indygo Junction. Since the Pumpkin Parts die is a Bigz steel-rule die, it cuts through heavier materials, like fabric, like a dream. Simply place your fabric pieces on top of the die, sandwich the die between two Standard Cutting Plates, and run the die through your die cutting machine.

3. Here are all the individual pieces from the die. The stem from green fabric, and the body and sections of the pumpkin from orange.

4. Assemble the individual pieces. I like to place a small amount of tacky glue on the back of the pieces to hold them in place.

AudreyPettit Sizzix PumpkinPartsPillowTucks Tut21. Fold the pillow backing fabric in half, with the right sides facing. Pin pillow pattern to the fabric. I created a simple rectangular pattern that was slightly larger than the size of the pumpkin from a piece of copy paper. Cut out the pattern.

2. Adhere or pin the pumpkin to the center of the front of the pillow backing. Blanket stitch around the edges of each section of the pumpkin.

3. Using the pillow pattern, cut two pieces of Therm O Web Stitch n’ Sew fleece. Put the pillow front and pillow back together, with right sides facing. Sandwich the pillow pieces between the two pieces of fleece, and pin together. Machine stitch around the edges of the pillow, leaving an opening ~ 2″ wide for turning.

4. Turn the pillows right side out. Add a button and a small piece of curly-q twine to the top of the pumpkin. (To get your twine to curl, dip a length of twine in tacky glue and then wrap it around a straw or skewer. Once the glue dries, the twine can easily be removed, yet retains its shape.) Stuff the pillows with poly-fill fiber, and whip stitch the openings closed.

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Happy Monday, Friends!

P.S.-   my Fall Shop opens this Thursday, September 1st at 12:00 noon EST.
I’m sharing sneak peeks all week on my AudOnes Prims Facebook Page! Hope you’ll come join in on the fun!


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

Tim Holtz Sizzix Die PUMPKIN PARTS Bigz 660031*May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapStitchnSew Fleece Sew-In High Loft (White 45 in. d/f x 1 Yard pack) pictureSizzix - Big Shot Plus Machine - White and GraySizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093

Fabric for pumpkins: Crossroads Denim Collection by Indygo Junction
Floss: DMC
Other: Buttons, Burlap Fabric, Poly-fill Fiber Stuffing, Tacky Glue

Bleu-bell Bunny with Therm O Web

Hiya Sweeties! So I had mentioned on Monday that I was ready for spring and flowers and bunnies, and that’s just what I’ve got for you today. Silly spring folk bunnies that I made using some of the new 2016 iCraft Deco Foil colors from Therm O Web.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil BleuBunniesThese little sillies are one of my own patterns, made with some of my most favorite fabrics. Fabulous black denim from Indygo Junction, and adorable patterned fabric from the Hello, World collection by Cori Dantini for Blend Fabrics.

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Look at those little faces. Colorful stacked buttons and lots of hand-stitching. And check out the shabby foiled noses and cheeks, made with the new Lilac and Spring Green 2016 deco foil colors.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil BleuBunnies3She is a French bunny. But of course! Ms. Bleu-bell Bunny.

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So silly! But so much fun! I’ve got the full tutorial for making these sweet folk art dolls up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

And you will find Ms. Bleu-bell in my new Spring Shop, which opens on Monday! So excited about that! Can’t wait to share with you what I’ve been up to!


The Therm O Web products I’ve used are listed and linked below:

iCraft® DECO FOIL™ Liquid Adhesive 2.1oz

Deco Foil a Fall Pumpkin with Therm O Web

Happy Wednesday Friends! Today is a happy day for me, and I am so excited that you all are here so that I can share it with you! Not only do I have a very fun project to share with you…. one of my most favorite kinds of projects of all…. I also get to share a little more information about the news I hinted at in my last post.

But first, here’s a peek at my project for the day.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil PumpkinDuo
Back to School time means it’s fall craft time at my house, and no fall would be complete without a pumpkin project. This year, I’ve crafted up a few shabby sweet fabric pumpkins using my favorite denim from Indygo Junction. These silly pumpkins have goofy giant grins and big button eyes, hand stitched leaves and curly-q vines… and this year, I’ve added in a touch of rustic glamour with the help of Therm O Web’s fabulous iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Sheets.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil PumpkinDuo3I am crazy about primitives! You guys know that by now! I just can’t help but smile over that silly pumpkin face.  I’ve got the full tutorial for these up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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And now the news I am so excited to share with you all! After much pondering and soul searching, I have decided to open up a little shop here on my blog, where I plan on offering some of my silly handmade primitive “AudOnes”. As a matter of fact, these little pumpkins will be the first item up in my shop, starting on September 1.

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I hope to have all sorts of fun fall and Halloween creations to share with you, that will be available for a limited time only. My Fall Shop opens next Tuesday, and will close again on November 1st to make room for my holiday items in my Holiday Shop. So if you see something that you like, I hope you will grab it!

A few more details:

My shop will be here on my blog, and you can get to it a couple of ways. Underneath my header photo is a navigation bar where you will find my shop tab…. or you can click on the shop logo in the top right corner of my sidebar, and that will take you there, too. Check out will be through PayPal so that everything is easy, convenient, and safe for all.

Items are all handcrafted by me from new, recycled, vintage, and organic materials and notions. And because they are handmade, expect some variation in each individual item. I’m trying to make multiples of each guy, but some will be truly one-of-a-kind, and I’ll mark it as so.

This is all new to me, and I’ve got a lot to learn. But I’m super excited about this new venture, and hope to grow my own teeny tiny business doing what I love most! Thanks for letting me share my news with you. And huge thanks, as always, for stopping by!

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Here’s a few quick links to some of the products I’ve used today:

Fabric Fuse Liquid Adhesive pictureiCraft® DECO FOIL™ Liquid Adhesive 2.1oziCraft® DECO FOIL™ Transfer Sheets • Pumpkin

StitchnSew Fleece Sew-In High Loft (White 45 in. d/f x 1 Yard pack)May Arts NATURAL Twine String Burlap

 

 

Quilt Market Deco Foil Bunnies with Therm O Web

Hi Sweeties, happy Wednesday! As some of you may know, the 2015 Spring International Quilt Market was this past weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Like CHA for papercrafters, Quilt Market is a time for fabric designers and textile artists to come together to share the latest collections and products. And like CHA, Quilt Market has classes and seminars, make n’ takes and demos, and lots and lots of booths filled with amazing textile projects.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoilBunnyPair2I would love to learn how to quilt some day, but for now, that skill is way beyond me. I can make a mean rag doll, though, and I was super excited to have several of my dolls requisitioned for the Therm O Web booth. Bunnies, to be precise…. lots and lots of bunnies… ’cause it seems that you never can have just one of those things.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoilBunnyPairHere are two of my silly Market bunnies together. You may recognize the guy on the left, as I’ve shared him with you here before…. but now he has a buddy! Both are made with Indygo Junction’s beautiful Crossroads Denim fabric, and both are embellished with Therm O Web iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Sheets. Since my original bunny was such a big hit, I was asked to make another larger version to showcase yet another fun way to use Therm O Web’s amazing new line of Deco Foil™ sheets.

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Now being rag dolls, I was going for a raggedy look with my foil fabrics, so I’ve been doing a bit of experimenting.  I’ve tried out a couple of different “stamping” techniques here, using the liquid Deco Foil Transfer Adhesive. The first, using the tip of a pencil eraser to create small dots of foiled areas. If you missed that tutorial, you can check it out here.

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And for the second, I’ve used a pair of wood-mounted stamps to create a fun foiled floral pattern. If you’d like to see how, you can check out my tutorial here.

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So these two went to market, and they took a pair of friends with them, too….

…..I sure hope they don’t bring any more buddies home with them!

Silly rabbits!