In the Meadow with Ranger Ink

Happy Fri-Yay, crafty friends! Are you all ready for the weekend? It’s always such a happy day when Friday rolls around again, and what a beautiful day it is, too. I just got bundled into my winter coat and hat and set out to walk the dog, only to quickly find out that it’s actually about 60 degrees today. Obviously I didn’t bother to check before I headed out, and clearly, just like Bernie with his woolly winter mittens, I am prepared for winter.

And even though we’re far from any real snow around here, I do have some frosty friends to share with you today. These snowy tags feature some fun snowman stamps from Tim Holtz and Stamper’s Anonymous and lots of layers of Distress products, from Archival Distress to Distress Oxide to regular Distress Ink. Throw in some Distress Paint and Distress Grit Paste, and finish things off with a bit of Distress Texture Paste, for good measure. Each product brings its own unique qualities to the design, and I love how these simple tags look opaque in some areas and translucent in others, with a great textured tactile finish all over.

I used Tim Holtz Sizzix dies to cut the tags and add the crochet paper trim to the bottom. Simple ribbon ties were added to the top, along with some long-hoarded Idea-ology ice skate trinkets.

I’m very happy to have the full step-by-step tutorial for creating these tags up on the Ranger Ink Project Page, if you’d like to learn more.
Happy weekend, friends! And thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Paper Pad - Kraft-Stock - BlackoutStampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Christmas - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Tattered ChristmasTim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Crochet 2Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Archival Ink Pads - Mini Kit - ThreeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Squeezed LemonadeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Broken ChinaRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Carved PumpkinTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Gathered TwigsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Pumice StoneTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Black SootTim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDF53170Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint MUSTARD SEED Ranger TDF53125Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Grit Paste - 3 Ounces - TranslucentRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Texture Paste - 3 Ounces - CrackleRanger Ink - Stickles Glitter Glue - Frosted LaceTherm O Web Gina K Designs MASKING MAGIC Mask Paper 18123

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Stampin’Up Ribbon

February Wrap-Up

Hello crafty friends, and happy 1st of March! Hope you are all having a lovely, cozy weekend. As February draws to a close, I thought it would be fun to do an end of the month wrap-up, and share a few non-papercrafting things that have been going on around here.

With spring right around the corner, it is well time to take down my winter snowmen. But before I do, I wanted to share a little bit more of my frosty decor with you, starting here at my front entryway table.

I seem to be having a trend lately of gravitating more and more to a natural or woodland whimsical style, mixing old with new and primitive with handmade.

Of course I love containers of all kinds, as they are perfect for grounding groupings and piling many, many items together. I do really like bundles.

I was lucky enough to have my mom visiting when the winter decor came out, so she got in on all the decorating. And it was her vision that brought about my dining room display this year.

I always keep out my vintage ironstone pieces, and they work particularly well with a snowy winter design. I love to mix in my Johnson Brothers Friendly Village transferware with the snow scenes, and this year, Mom added in a few other winter-themed dishes that are often rather neglected.

Some of the items I have out for Christmas get moved to the sideboard for January. Mom did a great job of rounding up anything snowy, and I love that she kept out my Christmas mice, too.

A few winter vignettes were captured under cloche jars.

Vintage hammered aluminum and silverware pieces add a bit of metallic shimmer and shine.

It will be hard to put away all my winter snowmen, as they really are my favorites. But spring is coming….and it’s time for some bunnies.

And last, but not least, I’m excited to share my finished cross stitch pattern that I started in January at my crafty retreat.

As you can see, I finished the stitching, and I also fully finished the design. The stitched piece was mounted on sticky board, and edged with crochet trim. That was added to another piece of sticky board that I covered in flannel fabric. The frame was a wine-themed decor piece I found at the thrift store for under $2. I painted over the wine panel with black paint, and the burlap backing looked too light to me, so I mixed some walnut ink crystals in water and dabbed it on with a sponge brush. Then a simple burlap bow was added to the top.

I was worried that I wouldn’t get the piece finished in time for Halloween, but boy, did the stitching go fast. Can’t wait to get started on my next design.

Thanks for sticking with me on this non papercrafting post. I hope you enjoyed.
And next time, it will be back to paper!

Snow Much Fun with CardMaps

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Happy Thursday, crafty friends!

I’m back today with another card to share that I made for the January 2020 CardMaps sketches on the PageMaps blog. Here is the fun sketch that I used, and here is my take on it featuring a super cute, but older, collection from Simple Stories called Sub Zero.

It is supposed to start snowing here this afternoon. If that happens, it will be our first snowfall of the season, and I am super excited. It’s been feeling so spring-like that our cherry and redbuds trees are already in bloom, and I was beginning to think that snow would never happen for us this year. Hopefully my card for today will be a good luck charm, and bring on the real stuff.

I closely followed the sketch design, with some simple layering of patterned paper and a stacked sentiment label at the top. I used an old die from Papertrey Ink to add the notebook detailing along the bottom.

With our forecast for snow, I thought it would be a perfect time to share a little bit of my winter decor before it comes down at the end of the month. With our trees blooming, I was feeling a little silly having my winter snowmen still out….but now I’m glad they are. Hoping they, too, will be good luck charms for the real deal today. So with that, here’s a peek at my snowy mantel.

I love a natural vibe to my decorations, so the mantel is a mixture of rustic, soft, and glittery elements in a woodland scene. My favorite shabby chic type of combo!

The wooden tray on the bottom is actually a vintage cabbage slicer that my mom gave me some years ago, and just so happens to be a perfect fit for the mantel shelf. I stacked it with wicker-style deer, a pair of prim snowmen, a cottony wispy tree, and a trio of jumbo sparkling snow balls.

The right side has more of the same, along with my favorite handmade snowman prim and a vintage sled that I love to use this time of year.

Keep your fingers crossed for snow! And thanks so much for stopping by!


Snow-One Like You with Therm O Web & Newton’s Nook

Happy Friday, friends! Today I’m taking a short break from my scrappy Christmas card series to share a card that I made recently for the Therm O Web blog when we partnered up with the gang at Newton’s Nook. But kind of interestingly… and completely coincidentally, the patterned paper I used here is from those two scrappy kits that I’ve been trying so desperately to use up. Go figure!

I am an absolute sucker for snowmen, and I really couldn’t resist this sweet group of them from Newton’s Nook’s Frozen Fellowship stamp set. Love that these snowman are actually one big image, which I stamped onto Therm O Web heavyweight cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I did some fussy cutting around the top of the image, and popped the panel up for dimension. The sentiment, also from the same set, was embossed with white embossing powder. And then of course there is that pesky patterned paper that seems to multiple when I’m not looking.

I’ve got the tutorial for this project up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

My parents are due to arrive tonight for a nice long holiday visit. And Pete is finishing up the last of his finals today, so I am a happy camper. It’s going to be a great weekend! Hope you all have a fabulous one, too!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web Gina K Designs RED VELVET Premium 100 LB Cardstock 18090Echo Park - I Love Christmas Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitNewton's Nook Designs FROZEN FELLOWSHIP Clear Stamp Set NN1711S05We R Memory Keepers - Happy Jig - Wire Baker's Twine - Red - 3 YardsTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo BlackTsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001Ranger Embossing Powder WHITE EPJ36685

Photo Play Paper Dear Santa 12×12 Paper: FaLaLa
Copic Markers

An Old Fashioned Christmas with Photo Play Paper

Hello, hello friends, and happy Wednesday! I’m taking advantage of a relatively quiet morning here at my house to share with you all another holiday card that I made at my scrapbooking retreat back in October. Emphasis this year is trying to use up leftovers from a pair of favorite older holiday collections. This card was made with the adorable Dear Santa kit from Photo Play Paper.

This time, I pulled some of the brown woodgrain print from the papers to pair with another favorite of mine, kraft. I do so love the look of red, white, and natural kraft for the holidays.

To add some interest to the background I used a Hero Arts stencil and white ink with a blending tool. Popped up the sentiment banner and bells for a bit of extra dimension, too.

I felt pretty good about getting my holiday cards done in October, but I’m chagrined to say that I haven’t gotten any of them in the mail yet! Oy…. I need to get a move on! Hope holiday prep is going a bit smoother at your house!

P.S.- Don’t forget to check out my new Holiday Mini Release in my AudOnes Prims Shop!

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

Photo Play Paper - Dear Santa Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers - AlphabetPhoto Play Paper - Dear Santa Collection - Christmas - 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers - ElementsTherm O Web Gina K Designs WHITE Premium 120 LB Cardstock 18016Carta Bella Paper - Bulk Cardstock Pack - 25 Sheets - KraftSimple Stories - Say Cheese II Collection - Enamel DotsRanger Ink - Pigment Ink Pad - Glacier WhiteEK Success - Paper Shapers - Slim Profile - Mini Punch Set - 2 Pieces - Corner RounderRanger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965

Photo Play Paper Dear Santa 12×12 Collection Kit



A Frosty Friend with Therm O Web

Happy Friday, Crafty Friends!

My scrappy group has a fun annual holiday tradition. Every December we get together and do a big potluck brunch, and everyone brings a handmade gift to exchange. Oftentimes we just draw numbers to see who gets what package. But this year, we did one of those snatch and steal games where everyone gets one chance to take someone’s gift. That simple act brought a whole new element into the game, I tell you what. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

Of course this party was the perfect excuse to craft up one of my favorite fabric prim creations. This is the little friend that I made… a wee frosty snowman, all dressed up for Christmas.

Recently I scored some vintage Jello molds at my local junk store, and I thought they would be a great container for my little guy. Love that he can now stand upright without toppling over, and it was just the right size for building a snowman and adding a few fashion accessories.

The snowman is made from my favorite fabric for frosties, Therm O Web Stitch n’ Sew fleece. I made the hat, eyes, and coal buttons from felt, and the arms from chenille stems. A hand-stitched mouth, and a nose carved from wood. I gave him a candy cane and pine-bough wreath to hold. And finally, doused him in a good coat of flaky mica glitter.

I do love making snowmen at the holidays, and I’m so happy with how he turned out. This little guy was snatched twice at the party, so I think he went over well. I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial for him up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.


And interested in winning some of the Stitch n’ Sew fleece I used to create your own holiday snowmen? Then be sure to enter this amazing giveaway while you are there!

Thanks for stopping by, Friends! How are your holiday preparations coming along?ย  I finally finished my tree yesterday, so now the bulk of my decorating is done. One thing out of many to check off that list. Baby steps, right?

Shop Small Saturday with AudOnes Prims

Hello sweet friends!
Happy Saturday. Happy Small Business Saturday, that is!

I am so excited for this special day for small shop owners, like me. I couldn’t let the day pass without some fun things to share with you! I have filled my shop with a brand new line-up ofย  holiday creations. Some special guys that kinda steal my heart. I hope you will enjoy.

All my new items today are one-of-a-kind works of he(art), that I hope will fill your holiday home with lots of cheer. Lots of sweet and shabby snowmen and their little friends, in need of a new home.

I’ve had so much fun with this new release, and I hope you love it, too. All my new items are loaded to my Holiday Shop and are ready to go.

Plus, you’ll find special markdowns on all remaining prims from my shop opening, too. This is a one day sale, so be sure to hurry! And don’t forget, today only, I’ll refund your shipping costs on all orders over $75.

It all starts HERE!

Happy shopping!

Small Business Saturday at AudOnes Prims

Hello, hello, Crafty Friends!
Happy Black Friday.
Hope all of my friends in the States had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Did you all have big plans yesterday? I went out to the most amazing seafood buffet with friends. So nice and simple, and such a peaceful way to spend the holiday. Today, of course, kicks off the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Now I personally am not one for the Black Friday crowds. As a matter of fact, looking back, I don’t think I’ve ever gone shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. No, I prefer the quiet at home. .. taking down the fall decor and starting to put up the tree. But I have been known to take advantage of a great online deal or two, though! ๐Ÿ˜€

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, and if you are doing some shopping, I’ve got some great deals for you! I am celebrating this special day for small shop owners with markdowns, free shipping, and a brand new holiday release at AudOnes Prims!

If you’re looking for truly unique holiday gifts, I hope you will come take a peek. This new release is filled with my favorites…. snowmen and gingers, and maybe even a Christmas mouse. And all are special handmade one-of-a-kinds.

Tomorrow only, enjoy:

  • markdowns on all remaining previously-released holiday prims
  • free shipping on all orders over $75 (shipping charges on orders over $75 refunded via PayPal)
  • a new line-up of one-of-a-kind holiday prims

It all starts at 10:00 a.m. EST

right HERE

Happy Holidays!

Warm Winter Wishes, & a Little SALE, too

Hello, Friends! Happy Monday!ย  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

I was looking at my calendar this weekend, and was a bit surprised to see that this is the last full week of February already. And that’s when it hit me. It’s time to take down the snowmen. Winter is officially over in my house as of now.

It’s time for spring and flowers and bunnies and such. But before I pack everything away, I thought I’d share a bit of my winter home with you. And some news from my AudOnes Prims Winter Shop, too.

So you all know by now that I can’t hardly let a season or holiday pass without doing a bit of decorating. It keeps things cheerful and fun, and changes up the look of my decor without having to invest in big pieces.

I hope you enjoy this quick peek at a few of my favorite winter things…

Lots and lots of snowmen. Ice and crystals and glitter.

Kids artwork, that I absolutely adore. Pete painted this happy winter scene in third grade. That’s me and him sledding down the hill outside our house, with our dog, Coti, watching on the sideline.

A silver and gold winter woodland in my sunroom…


And my favorite winter transferware dressing up my dining room.

My sweet mom arranged my antique sideboard for me before she left in January. Didn’t she do an amazing job?




Tucked throughout the sideboard are lots of our handmade snowmen. Paper, clay, cottonball, and fabric snowmen, made by me and my little Missy Nik over the years. The dishes are a variety of snow scenes from Johnson Brothers, Friendly Village collection.

As much as I love snowmen, they’ve got to go…….

Which leads me to this last bit of news.

AudOnes Prims Winter Shop Clearance SALE!!

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We’re down to the last few days of my Winter Shop, and there are still a few snowmen that need a good home. So these last few guys have been marked down and reduced to clear. All remaining snowmen are now 30% off!

So if you’ve got any snowmen lovers at your house, or are looking to stock up on some great deals on holiday gifts for next year, now is your chance! Click here to shop now!

Holiday Shop Update

Happy Wednesday! I’ve got some new additions for my Holiday Shop today, and thought I would share them here with you.

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I am such a sucker for snowmen. Love them throughout the holidays, and all winter long, too. So today I have lots of silly snowmen to share, starting with this lot here…. a big ol’ batch of prim “flatie” snowmen ornaments.

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I’m laughing a bit over these guys because they were quite the experiment. I wanted them to be very rustic and very….. well, stiff. Stiff as a board, to be precise. So I stitched them up and then I doused them with starch. And coffee. And cinnamon. And then I baked the heck out of them. Yes, I literally baked them. And trust me… they are quite stiff! hahaHA

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And my oven smells really good now, too!

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Then there’s this guy. A bigger, one-of-a-kind snowman that’s quite near and dear to my heart. He’s all dressed up in his winter flannels with hat and scarf and he’s ready to make the cold, long trek to your house.

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I had fun with this guy. Used some of my favorite vintage buttons on him, and hand-stitched and hand-painted the face. I made a shabby sweet bundle of candy canes for him to hold, too, tied up with pretty glittered leaves and berries.

AudOnes CandyStripeSnowman4I found some fun crochet trim that I used for his scarf. And I made a matching pom pom for the top of his hat. And I even hand-carved his nose from a branch. My first time whittling! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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These are available now in my shop, along with more details and information. I hope you enjoy! And thanks so much for stopping by!