2021 Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 Release- Funky Nature

Happy Monday, crafty friends! Hope you all had a lovely weekend! Today I am back with another project that I created for the 2021 Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 release. This is a domed gift-topper ornament that I made with the fabulous new Funky Nature set.

As you can see from the photos, it is difficult to capture this project without the glare. And that’s because of the awesome Sizzix Shaker Dome that I used to create this sweet nature assemblage. I knew Sizzix made tiny domes, but did you know that they also make several other sizes of domes as well, including this larger 3.5″ circle dome I used here?

I love this larger dome size for making package toppers, and how perfect are these for ornaments for your tree? I used the new Funky Nature die set to create an assortment of natural elements to tuck inside the dome. There are feathers and leaves and branches, and a trio of the most adorable speckled eggs. I absolutely love the detail on those eggs. The second layer has all those amazing and intricate cut outs that give it such life-like detail. Blows my mind what can be done these days with dies.

To create this topper, I used two circle die sets to create the scalloped outline and inner window, and layered the background with beautiful older Tim Holtz paper from the Wallflower paper pad. The nature elements were die cut from a mixture of kraft stock cardstock and watercolor paper that was inked in beautiful neutral colors of Distress ink. I also tucked in some real feathers, twigs, and moss, gathered along my woodland walks.

So pretty for spring! I’m SO ready!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you an awesome week ahead!

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

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 12 x 12 Paper Stash - WallflowerIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 4.25 x 5.5 - 20 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Dies - Funky NatureSizzix - Framelits Die - Scallop CirclesSizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK - Circles, 1 1/4", 2", 2 1/2" & 3 1/2"Sizzix - Making Essentials Collection - Shaker Domes - 3.5 Inch CircleTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique LinenTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Mini - Ground EspressoRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Hickory SmokeTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black Soot

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Merry Merry Ornaments with BasicGrey


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Happy Monday, Friends! We’re on the home stretch now. Just a few days left until Christmas. I don’t know about you all, but it’s usually at about this point in the game where I tend to make peace with what I have and have not accomplished on my holiday list. I mean, there just comes a time when there simply isn’t enough time left, and that is my excuse to finally stop. So whereas last week was crazy town…. this week, all is calm. I hope you are finding the peace and joy in the season, too.

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I like to keep my eye out for any kind of surface or shape that would be suitable to alter, and recently I discovered this wood veneer ornament shape in the seasonal section of my local big box craft store. Love how it looks now, decorated with BasicGrey Juniper Berry papers and embellies. Makes a great project to gift or to keep, and looks good as a stand-alone decoration, or as an ornament on the tree. And better yet, it’s quick and easy enough to whip out, even at the very last minute.

AudreyPettit BG JuniperBerry MerryMerryOrnament3I used several layers of my favorite Juniper Berry papers to cover the base shape, and then decorated it with additional strips of paper, cardstock stickers and die cuts. I added a Juniper Berry round chalkboard tag to the very center, with bells tied to the string. Sequins from the Embellishment Pack add sparkle. And because I always like a rustic touch, I made a hanger from a stick and some old funky junk wire to balance things out.

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

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

BasicGrey - Juniper Berry Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Good CheerBasicGrey - Juniper Berry Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Fa La LaBasicGrey - Juniper Berry Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Lump of CoalBasicGrey - Juniper Berry Collection - Christmas - Journal StickersBasicGrey - Juniper Berry Collection - Christmas - Embellishment PackBasicGrey - Juniper Berry Collection - Christmas - Mixed Tags

A Wooden Mitten with Authentique

I love keeping my eye out for unusual items to alter, and recently I came across this cute wooden mitten ornament at the thrift store. The original paint job and decals didn’t go with my decor, but I knew it would be easy to alter and up-cycle using some of my favorite scrappy supplies.
With just a bit of paint and a few touches, I now have an adorable ornament to love or to gift. And it was easy, too, thanks to the help of some fun Kiwi Lane Design templates, our product partner this week on the Authentique blog.
The holly was made with Kiwi Lane’s Christmas Accessory template set and Authentique Joyous 6×6 Bundle paper. I added machine stitching down the center of each leaf and then lightly folded them for a bit of lifelike dimension. Then some ink and mica glitter to the edges before tucking them up into the bow. The tag is from the 12×12 Statements sheet, dressed up with some Details stickers. So easy, and so fun!
AudreyPettit-Joyous-KiwiLane-WoodenMitten2We have many more fabulous projects to share with you on the Authentique blog, so do stop by and take a peek. Be sure to leave a comment while you are there for your chance to win an amazing prize package filled with Authentique and Kiwi Lane goodies, too!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Countdown to Christmas- Day 10

Hi everyone!  Thanks for stopping by to check out my countdown to Christmas.  I have a bunch of things I would love to share today, starting with this wonderful present I received from my friends Jon and Cova for my birthday recently.

Cova makes these beautiful beaded and wire dragonflies, and  they are absolutely amazing.   If you have a nature lover on your holiday list this year and are searching for the perfect gift idea, then this might be just what you’re looking for.  Leave me a comment, and I’ll send you out her info.  I know Cova can customize a dragonfly just for you.

I also have more photos of my holiday house to show.  This is my bench in the front entryway.  It makes a great landing place for all sorts of holiday decor.  This year, I’ve decked it out with several small trees and have wrapped the banister in garland.

One tree I’ve left au naturale, one tree is holding my annual ornaments, and the third I’m calling my red and white tree.  I love having a variety of trees so that I can do theme decor, like with my pink tree in the sunroom I showed earlier.  Notice also that I’ve hung the kids’ stockings from the banister, for a unique spin on a classic holiday tradition.

And for a quick scrappy share, I have another ornament that I’ve crafted this season.  I made several versions of these last year, and had one remaining that I had left unfinished. He’s not unfinished anymore!

I added to last year’s design by giving this snowman angel a fancy tie at the neck and some fuzzy earmuffs.  I also added some Martha Stewart crystal clear glitter to the entire outline, his carrot nose, and the holly leaf.

I created the body from chipboard using my hand-held circle punches.  Added dictionary paper to the circles, sanded them, and then gave them a light whitewash of paint.  Inked the edges with light brown ink before added a thin line of glitter.  Used mini brads for the eyes, and flocked brads for the earmuffs.  The nose is just a simple triangle of orange card stock that I bent up a bit and lightly inked to give it a more worn look.

Thanks again for stopping by everyone!  Hope you have a wonderful evening!

The 12 Days of Christmas Crop- Day 6

Evening everyone!  I hope by now you have all had a chance to check out the fabulous and fun crop going on over at Webster’s Pages’ inspireME site. 12 days of great projects and inspiration to jump start the holidays.  Today’s project makes a wonderful holiday gift idea, or a fantastic everyday project, too.  Here is a peek of design team member, Jaz’s acrylic mini album.

I absolutely adore how she did her cover.  You all NEED to check it out!  Here is the link to see the complete instruction to today’s project.

I am up tomorrow with my special project.  So excited to share it with you.  I’ll also be hosting a live chat at the inspireME site tomorrow at 5 pm EST.  I hope to see you all there!

I’ve been busy lately creating a few things for my Etsy site.  Here’s a fun altered project I’ve been working on.

I found this wooden reindeer cut out at my local craft store.  It measures approximately 11″ x 12″.  Covered it with some cheery BoBunny holiday paper.  I added reins using blue pompom trim from Webster’s Pages and then added a poinsettia die-cut from K&Co. for the “saddle”.  To give the poinsettia a bit of strength and stability, I layered it on some chipboard first.

Lastly I added a multi-layered bow at the neckline using several ribbons and tulle.  Added a K&Co. rub-on directly to the sheer ribbon.  Also added a piece of a holiday pick, a blue snowflake eyelet with gemstone center, and some baker’s twine.

This guy was so much fun to make.  I’ve really been loving the altered projects lately.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow to seek some peeks of the altered project I did for the Webster’s crop. 😉

Have a great evening everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!

The 31 Days of October- Day 9

Geezzz…….I almost blew it tonight.  Almost went to bed without posting something for my 31 days of October!  Only 9 days in, and I’m already almost forgetting about it!  Silly me!

And I have some good stuff to share, too!


Look at this cute surprise I found for Nik today.

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This adorable little jack o’lantern is a nightlight.  Is that not just too cute??

And now for a crafty project, here’s a little bat magnet  to spook and inspire.


The bat is a wooden shape I bought at my local craft store.  I covered the front with patterned paper, and then embellished it with some ribbon, part of a fall pick, and a couple of paper strips with Halloween words.  I made the eyes by layering gems on top of buttons.  I hot glued a magnet on the back, but this also looks cute as an ornament.


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Glad I didn’t blow it tonight!  Thanks so much for stopping by!