By the Sea with Therm O Web & Graphic45

Hiya Sweeties, and happy Wednesday to you! Finally waking up to a bit of sunshine today after about a week and a half of non-stop gloom and rain. Sure is doing my heart some good to see the sun again. Ahhh, summer is back! Perfect time for a little summery, beach project with Therm O Web and our product partners on the blog this week, Graphic45.

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I just adore Graphic45’s By the Sea collection. So perfect for documenting all those happy summertime memories in a fun and artsy way.  I thought a collage box would be a great way to display some of the seashells the little Missy tends to drag home from the beach every year. These shells here are from her big 16th birthday trip back in April. Definitely a special time for us, and one that I’m happy to preserve for her for all time.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb ByTheSeaCollage2I’ve had this adorable Maya Road 3D chipboard house collage box in my stash of things waiting to be altered for quite some time. I knew the box was just what I wanted, but then it struck me.. that when turned upside down, the house resembles a sailboat shape. A very funky junky sailboat shape, to be sure……..but that’s the fun of it, right?

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So I embellished the roof of the house to resemble the hull of a boat, and added some banner flags on a wooden skewer to the top. I don’t think my boat would actually get too far, trying to navigate with those sails…. 😉

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Graphic45 papers just scream for some fussy cutting, don’t they? I had fun choosing my beachy icons, and adding them into the collage. Different thicknesses of foam adhesive pop the images at different depths for lots of dimension and detail.

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

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The team is sharing lots of fun Graphic45 projects on the blog all week, and we’ve got an amazing giveaway for you, too, filled with Therm O Web adhesives and Graphic45’s By the Sea and Mother Goose collections. Stop by daily to increase your chances to win. Good luck everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by!


An “Anchored” Mini Album with Authentique

Hi everyone, and happy Monday to you! If you are looking for my Hero Arts & BasicGrey Grand Bazaar Blog Hop post, please click here. Huge thanks to all of you who visited during the hop and left such sweet comments. What fun it has been to read through them all! 🙂

My countdown to summer vacation continues. The Missy Nik has two finals today and one tomorrow, and then we are done! What a happy and exciting feeling to be staring down the barrel of a nice, long, lazy break. It is most welcome here! So in honor of the upcoming summer holiday, I have a fun summery project to share with you. A beach-themed mini album I made for the Authentique blog recently featuring their adorable nautical collection, Anchored.


A couple of summers ago, my little Miss was fortunate enough to spend a week at the beach with a good friend. The girls had all sorts of wonderful adventures, and I ended up with lots of great photos to scrap. Perfect excuse for creating a mini album.


And with its nautical theme, Anchored was the perfect collection to use.


To create my mini album, I stuck with a general design theme. One page is covered with a photo..


While the other is dressed up with pretty Anchored papers and cardstock stickers.


And since the pages of my chipboard album are small, I added pockets to the decorated sides that hold tags with all the journaling of their adventures.




Ah, so fun! I do adore this collection! So perfect for summertime and the beach, and how great would this be for the 4th of July? And are you looking for some other creative project ideas using the Anchored collection? Stop by the Authentique blog to see my pair of Anchored framed art prints. I’m thinking beach cottage, or little boy’s room…or so much more…

Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a very wonderful day!


Besties with Therm O Web

Recently, my good buddy, Jon, celebrated his big 50th birthday. Of course a special occasion like that calls for a very special gift, and I’ve been pondering for quite some time just what I should do. But when I heard that Maya Road was teaming up with Therm O Web this week, I had my answer. Why not use one of Maya Road’s fabulous chipboard albums to create a mini album for Jon with all the photos I took when he came out here to visit? Bingo!

AudreyPettit Thermoweb MayaRoadAlbum2Now Jon came out to North Carolina to visit me oh, about a year and a half ago, so you can see I don’t move too quickly on things. I’m sure that boy had given up on the notion that I would ever send him a photo, let alone an entire album. So I think he was truly surprised by his gift.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb MayaRoadAlbumI really love how it turned out, too. I used Maya Road’s awesome 5-ring album, which was the perfect size. And with 9 chipboard pages, I was really able to add a lot of photos. Just what I needed.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb MayaRoadAlbum3Besides using a lot of photos, I also used a lot of old stash goodies I’ve been hoarding forever. For the first time ever, I actually used up every single sticker from a sheet, including even cutting up some of the negative shapes to use. And I believe that alone deserves a small congratulatory pat on the back. 😉

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For the inside pages, I stuck with my usual plan of attack for mini albums….coming up with a basic design and repeating it throughout the album. I think the whole album really flows well that way, and it does cut down on overall design time. A definite plus when you’ve got a lot of pages to cover.

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Papers, alpha stickers, and word strip stickers are from an older boy line from Authentique called Strong. Maya Road Kraft Library Cards and Envelopes keep my journaling hidden and hold extra photos, too.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb MayaRoadAlbum6I went a little crazy with some grungy stamping, and oh, my word, did I ever use some old stuff. Maybe you recognize some of it?

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Lots of pockets for hidden journaling, behind the photos as well as from the envelopes and pouches. I’ve got all the details and how-to’s up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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AudreyPettit Thermoweb MayaRoadAlbum12I’m so tickled with how it all came out, but best part? Jon said it was the best gift he’s ever received! Now how awesome is that?

Thanks for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a fabulous day!

Therm O Web SuperStik Glue Stick
Therm O Web SuperTape™ 1/4″ and 1/8″
Therm O Web 3D Zots™ Clear Adhesive Dots
Therm O Web Mini Tape Runner

Maya Road:
5 Ring Mini Album
Canvas Tags
Kraft Library Cards w/ Envelopes

Patterned Paper, Alpha Stickers, Word Stickers: Authentique
Cardstock Stickers: Teresa Collins
Stamps: BasicGrey, Studio Calico
Journaling Cards: Little Yellow Bicycle, Studio Calico, Crate Paper, October Afternoon
Stitched Pockets: Studio Calico
Ink: Stampin’Up, Clearsnap, Ranger


To the One Who Holds My Heart

There’s talk of more snow and ice falling in our area over the next few days. Being the good girl that I am, I’ve already been out to the store to pick up my requisite loaves of bread….so we should be good to ride out the storm in relative ease. The only possible trouble being that with ice, oftentimes comes a loss of power. And no power, of course, means no internet, and no blogging…and that is no fun. So just in case, just to be prepared, here’s a pre-scheduled post for ya today. And here’s to hoping I’m happily parked on the couch right now, watching the Olympics!

AudreyPettit Thermoweb AuthentiqueValentineTreatSo this week is all about Valentine’s Day, and today I have a sweet treat to share with you that I made using goodies from Authentique, our product partner this week on the Therm O Web blog.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb AuthentiqueValentineTreat3This is the adorable Smitten collection, and as you can see, I’ve used another of the fabulous Deco Glitter Dust Frames from Therm O Web. This time, one of the Polaroid-style frames in silver. Such a great way to call attention to my focal point sentiment on this little sweet treat package.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb AuthentiqueValentineTreat4I love the look of sweets packaged up in glassine bags. It’s fun to get a small peek of what’s inside without giving away everything.  My only problem is I don’t often have the size bags I need on hand, especially when I’m interested in packaging some larger sweets, like this full-sized candy bar and long lollipop sticks.   Fortunately, it’s super easy to create your own custom treat bags using parchment paper and strong adhesive, like Therm O Web’s SuperTape.

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

AudreyPettit Thermoweb AuthentiqueValentineTreat2I’m giving this little sweetie to the Missy Nik, and am hoping she will be my Valentine this year. Maybe with a bribe like this for candy, she’ll agree!

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

“Smitten” True Love Wall Hanging

I’m back from my weekend scrapping adventure in Myrtle Beach, where as predicted, I did not accomplish too much in the way of scrapping. Get a large group of crazy ladies together, and there’s bound to be more talking, laughing, and goofing off, than any real work being tackled. Even so, it was really nice to get away. I love the beach….even if it was too cold for more than a few brief minutes walk along the shore.  Just to be there, watching the waves crash and listening to the sound of the surf, is a rejuvenating experience to me.

AudreyPettit-Smitten-TrueLoveHangingBut now I’m back, and ready to share some fun projects with you. I’ve got a busy week here on the blog that I’m really excited about, starting with a sweet Valentine hanging today that I made with Authentique’s adorable Valentine collection, Smitten.

AudreyPettit-Smitten-TrueLoveHanging3As you all probably know by now, I am a huge fan of holiday decorating, and little wall hangings such as these are one of my favorite quick and easy project ideas. For this hanging, I made use of some leftover pages of an acrylic mini album that I’ve been saving. By connecting two pages together through their pre-existing holes and adding a wire to the top for a handle, you have the perfect base for a wall hanging. So quick and fun, and a great way to stretch your scrapbooking supplies!

I added some messy paint to the base, and then loaded my hanging up with papers and embellishments. I have the complete step-by-step directions and supply list up on the Authentique blog, if you’d like to learn more.
AudreyPettit-Smitten-TrueLoveHanging2Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! I leave you with some photos of my crazy scrapbooking gals…
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CraftyGals Beach Retreat-Kathie, me, Nicole

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CraftyGals Beach Retreat-Pam, Mary, Doreen, Michelle, Kathie, me

…I’m sure you can tell why we get nothing done!

Glitter Dust Deco Frames with Therm O Web

Therm O Web is best known, of course, for their fabulous line up of adhesives, sewing, and quilting supplies, but did you know they also have a collection of adorable Glitter Dust products, including spray dust and photo corners? And now this week, Therm O Web is introducing a new product into the Glitter Dust family that I know you will love, Glitter Dust™ DECO Frames.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb GlitterFrames SoLuckyTagIf you are like me, and adore the look of glitter on your projects, but hate working with loose glitter, then these new frames are for you! Glitter Dust™ DECO Frames are peel-and-stick adhesive backed and virtually stick to any surface. And best of all, the glitter doesn’t flake off. No, not one bit.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb GlitterFrames SoLuckyTag3The Glitter Dust™ DECO Frames are available in three shapes… Ornate, Scallop Circle and Polaroid, and in four different colors. I used both the Polaroid and Ornate frame here to create this fun little tag that was featured this week at the Therm O Web CHA booth.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb GlitterFrames SoLuckyTag2Isn’t the gold so rich and beautiful? And it perfectly matches the Glitter Dust photo corners already available. Here I used the frames as-is, to show you how pretty the color is. The Polaroid style adds a fun framework to my focal image, drawing the eye right to the birdcage and rolled paper rose. The Ornate frame acts mostly as a small accent at the bottom. I simply trimmed off one edge of the frame and slipped it under the papers. Now the rest can be saved for another project.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb GlitterFrames SoLuckyTag4I’ve got a second fun project featuring the new frames up on the Therm O Web blog today, if you’d like to see more. And be sure to check out all the great ideas from the rest of the team this week while you are there! Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a very wonderful weekend!



Therm O Web Glitter Dust™ DECO Frames
Patterned Paper, Die Cuts: Teresa Collins Everyday Moments Collection
Dies: Sizzix Sizzlits Die Flower- Rose 3D (used with October Afternoon paper), Movers & Shapes L Die- Tag & Bookplates
Decorative Pins: Maya Road
Trim: May Arts

Buckets O’ Fun with Authentique

Sharing some more spooky Halloween fun with you today featuring Authentique’s adorable Thrilling collection. This time, a little wooden bucket filled with some tasty Halloween treats.


Mmmmm…….that looks delicious, right? These were the hors d’oeuvres at my recent Halloween dinner party, and I do believe they were a big hit. I had quite a few requests for the recipe.


The little bucket started as an unfinished wood piece from the big box craft store. I love searching those stores for fun items to alter like this, especially the seasonal sections. Right after a holiday, you can pick these types of items up for a song.


First step was to paint the bucket, inside and out, with a coat of black paint. Then add patterned paper to the bucket and handle. That can be a bit tricky for pieces that are rounded, especially this one that is slightly wider at the top than at the bottom, but I have a trick for that. You can see the full step-by-step directions on the Authentique blog.

AudreyPettit_August_Thrilling_TrickorTreatBucket4Once the bucket was papered, I added lots of pretty trims, a spooky black velvet flower, and a creepy canvas tag. Gives me the shivers…


The final touch? A few banner flags on a painted, recycled coffee stir stick. Fill the bucket with snacks, and you are good to go!


Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a very wonderful week!



Authentique Thrilling Collection:
Moonlit 12×12 Paper
6×6 Bundle
Details 12×12 Sticker Sheet
Canvas Tag: Maya Road
Flower: Petaloo
Trim: May Arts, Webster’s Pages
Ink, Fireworks Spray Ink: Tsukineko for Imagine Crafts
Wooden Bucket: Craft Supply
Paint: Delta
Other: Wooden Coffee Stick