Blessings- the More the Merrier

Although summer doesn’t officially end for several more weeks, once school begins, it always feels to me like fall is here.  The days are getting shorter, and there’s a bit of a chill in the air on these early mornings. I’ve had a particularly hard time letting go of summer this year, but I must admit that I’m looking forward to the season ahead…….my favorite season of all. Today I have a little fall project to share on the Sizzix blog. A tiny treat bag or gift holder made with Sizzix’s Mini Shopping Bag Die and Authentique’s adorable Autumn Seasons collection.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix Blessings BoxAs many of you know by now, I am a sucker for little gift bags and boxes of any kind, so of course the Mini Shopping Bag Die is right up my alley. The die is perfectly suited for cutting thicker materials, such as Sizzix Scoreboard or chipboard, for a super strong and sturdy finished box. As I was going for a bit of a natural, rugged look, I cut my mini bag with regular cardstock and added structure with patterned paper and burlap fabric.

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I tied the box with pretty burlap trim and added a burlap handle to the top. Layered cardstock stickers and a die cut doily dress up the front, while a rolled paper flower and die cut leaves add detail to the bow.

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I added a simple banner sentiment and a few vintage buttons to finish things off. I’ve got more details and step-by-step directions up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

I am definitely getting in the mood for fall right about now! How about you?


sizzix die cutting supplies

Patterned Paper: Cardstock Stickers: Authentique | Trim: May Arts | Embellishments: Burlap; Buttons | Ink: Clearsnap | Other: Gesso

Harvest Time with Authentique

When my kiddos were little, one of our favorite fall family traditions was taking a trip out to our local corn maze. Of course I always brought my camera along, and of course, I always ended up with lots of photos from this event each year. Perfect excuse for a mini album project today with Authentique’s new fall collection, Seasons Autumn!

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For this mini album, I chose a smaller chipboard album from Maya Road as my starting point. My personal tip with mini albums is to keep the inner pages uniform and simple in design. Once I figure out a design, I’ll repeat the same elements on every page throughout the album.  Your album ends up with a nice cohesive feel, plus this cuts ways back on overall project completion time.

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But I do like to have fun with the covers. Since I don’t usually add photos to my covers, this is the place where I can really go to town.

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Check out these photos of my wee ones! My gosh, how tiny they were!

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The pages are little, too, so there’s not much room for more than photos and perhaps a few word strips and stickers.

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This last year was the first year we didn’t go to the corn maze….

My wee littles aren’t so little anymore. Good thing for photos!

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There are more details and photos on the Authentique blog, if you’d like to learn more.

And now the time has come. Wee baby Pete from the mini album is suddenly all grown up. Today he moves into his dorm. Wish us luck……..

I’m going to need it!


Products Used:
Authentique Autumn “Seasons” Collection:
“autumn one” 12×12 paper
6×6 “bundle”
“enhancements” 12×12 cut-apart paper
“components” 6×12 cardstock sticker accents
Authentique Strong Collection:
12×8 “elements” stickers
 Chipboard Mini Album: Maya Road
Trim: May Arts
Flower and Decorative Pins: Petaloo
Ink: Imagine Crafts for Tsukineko
Buttons: Foofala
Border Punch: Stampin’Up