Make Art Tag with Wendy Vecchi & Ranger Ink

Happy Friday, crafty friends! I’m back today with a sweet and simple tag project that I made with some new Make Art goodies from Wendy Vecchi and Ranger Ink. This tag combines two of Wendy’s Stamp, Die, and Stencil Sets and a fun technique of mixing Copic coloring with pearlescent Liquid Pearls paint.

What I really love about this coloring technique is how soft and subtle the shimmer effect is, that is almost a surprise reveal as you tilt and turn the tag to the light. Simply stamp, die cut, and color the image, as usual… and then add a top coating of Liquid Pearls mixed with water as a light watercolor wash. You can see here, in this angled view, the soft pearl finish you get.

I added Liquid Pearls wash to the leaves, too, and dotted the paint onto the berries for a bit of dimension. Really quick techniques that are so easy to do.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! And thanks so much for stopping by!

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Gina K Designs - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Make Art - Stamp, Die, and Stencil Set - BravoRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Make Art - Stamp, Die, and Stencil Set - Merci and MoreTsukineko - Memento - Fade Resistant Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo BlackTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Scattered StrawRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Make Art - Liquid Pearls - SunflowerRanger Ink - Wendy Vecchi - Make Art - Liquid Pearls - Prickly PearMay Arts YELLOW Baker's Twine Twisted Ribbon 41227*Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round


Mr Snowman Gift Card Holder with Sizzix

Hello crafty friends! It’s the day before Halloween and my house is still filled with pumpkins and spooks, but as is often the case in the craft world, it’s time to move on to the next season. So today I’m super excited to be doing something I haven’t done in quite some time…. sharing a project on the Sizzix blog. This time, it’s the Sizzix UK blog The Making Journal and my project share is this sweet Mr. Snowman gift card holder tag.

The focus of my project was featuring Tim Holtz dies from the latest Sizzix Chapter 4 release, and I used two of my favorite new sets on this tag today. This is the adorable Mr. Snowman die from the new Colorize line, and the background was made with the Alpine set which makes incredible scenery for so many different designs. The tag and all the pieces were die cut from a combo of Distress watercolor cardstock and Distress Kraft Stock cardstock, and I went in with Distress Oxides and Inks to add color and definition to all the layers and pieces. Dyed trim was added to the top of the tag, and I made a quick and easy sentiment banner with simple twine and die cut Alphanumeric Label letters.

I call this a 2-fer project, because it really is two projects rolled into one. Not only is this adorable snowman tag a great packaging gift tag or decorative art tag, it also does double duty as a gift card holder. I love time saving ideas like this when the busy holiday season comes around.
If you’d like to learn more about the process, or check out the full step-by-step tutorial, be sure to pop on over to the Sizzix UK blog The Making Journal.

The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackIdea-ology - Tim Holtz - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Christmas - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - Mr. Snowman, ColorizeSizzix - Tim Holtz - Thinlits Die - AlpineSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked TagsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Alphanumeric LabelDoodlebug Design - Doodle Twine - Lily WhiteRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Spray - Iced SpruceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Iced SpruceRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Faded JeansRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Chipped SapphireRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Dried MarigoldRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Stickles Glitter Glue - Frosted Lace

Merry and Bright with Authentique

Hello Friends, happy Monday to you! We’re on the countdown in our house now. Only five more days until Christmas vacation. My boy is home for the holidays, and my parents will be arriving from California later this week, too.  So lots of happy excitement coming in the days ahead.

Today I have a holiday gift tag to share with you that I made for the Authentique blog featuring their beautiful Believe collection, and another holiday favorite of mine, Tim Holtz’s Tattered Poinsettia die.

Don’t know if you all have noticed, but I’ve been quite smitten with the Believe collection. It is, by far, my most favorite holiday collection this year. Love the prints and traditional color palette, mixed with pops of blue. This tag was die cut using Tim Holtz’s Tag and Bookplates die from 6×6 Bundle paper. I added a bit of lace trim and a pretty Authentic Life journaling card, accented with a few Diction word stickers, and of course that fabulous poinsettia.

I die cut the poinsettia from 6×6 Bundle paper, too, then inked each piece with Distress ink. Love how deep and rich the color looks, yet you can still see the prints of the paper shining through.


I added a Details hinge sticker to the top of the tag, and set it with some old, trusty eyelets. Bonus points for breaking out some supplies from the crypt. And scattered the tiny circle stickers leftover from the holes on the hinge around the rest of the tag. Giving myself some extra points for using every last little bit. 🙂

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

Wish List with Authentique

It is with a lovely sense of relief that I can finally state that the last of my CHA projects have been boxed up and shipped out. As of this morning, I am done…finished….and breathing a big happy sigh. Just in time, too, as CHA starts next week. Now I can just sit back and watch all the excitement from the cozy comforts of my armchair. What a fun and happy time for us all.

AudreyPettit-Wishes-WishListTagToday I am super excited to be able to start sharing my CHA projects with you. This little tag is a sneak peek of a project I made for the Authentique booth featuring their new birthday collection called Wishes. Such a cute collection for celebrations and birthdays, filled with bright happy colors and adorable party images. Doesn’t that big cupcake just make you smile?

AudreyPettit-Wishes-WishListTag2I am a huge fan of Authentique’s Cut Apart Enhancement sheets. The printed 3×4 journaling cards are perfect for pocket scrapbooking, and also make great accents for regular pages, cards, or tags, like I’ve done here. I simply cut one of the cards from the 12×12 paper and layered it onto my tag base. The cupcake and banners, fussy cut from patterned paper, are popped up on top. A few vintage buttons and trim, a little bit of glitter, and done.


Can you believe??? Wishes is just one of ten Authentique collections being showcased at CHA next week. They’ve been quite the busy bees, don’t you think?

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

Noted: Boo

I’ve got more spooky fun for you today.  A Halloween tag I made with lots of yummy BasicGrey goodies and the fabulous new Tim Holtz Framelits Retro Halloween Stamp and Die Set. And this time I tried a bit of a new technique with the dies.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix Boo Tag

Don’t you just love that fun skeleton and his bat buddy? They really are a lot of fun to play with. Today I gave them a really grungy look with a bit of a different twist. These little guys are embossed and die cut from fabric.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix Boo Tag3

I love playing around with texture on my projects.  Mixing textures is a great way to add that little extra eye catching detail, and incorporating fabric is one easy way to do so. The fun canvas look adds a whole new level of visual depth to this tag, doesn’t it? The grungy, somewhat imperfect finish contrasts nicely with the blend of papers and embellishments on the rest of the tag, for a bit of a shabby chic design. My favorite look.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix Boo Tag2

I added just a tiny bit of color to my friends, and popped them onto a tag made from lots of BasicGrey goodies. It’s a mixture of Carte Postale and Capture…6×6 paper pad, die cut frame and envelope, vellum tape and oooooold alpha stickers. All the pretty trim is May Arts.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix Boo Tag4

Over the summer, the girls and I picked up a few remnant pieces of fabric from the Goodwill bins for around a dollar. All my recent crafty projects have used that dollar fabric, including these guys here. Super cheap and super fun and easy to do.  I’ve got the complete step by step directions for creating fabric-covered die cuts up on the Sizzix blog, if you’re interested in learning more.

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


Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Patterned Paper, Die Cuts, Vellum Tape, Mini Envelope, Alpha Stickers: BasicGrey | Trim: May Arts | Button: Maya Road | Ink: Ranger | Embossing Powder, Chalk Pastels: Stampin’Up

A Little “Thrilling” Without the Thrill

Happy Monday, my friends, and happy Labor Day to all of you in the States. Today is a big, big day in our house. Today my boy, Pete, turns the big 18! So the Missy Nik and I are making a road trip to go spend the day with him. I am so excited to see him I can barely stand it. Think I’m going to squeeze that child in two!

AudreyPettit-Thrilling-HappyFallSetBefore we hit the road, I have a fun fall project to share featuring Authentique’s adorable Thrilling collection. If you are at all familiar with Thrilling, you know that it is mainly a Halloween collection, but today, the team thought it would be fun to showcase this line in a whole new light.

AudreyPettit-Thrilling-HappyFallSet3To me, autumn is all about warm colors of orange and yellow, but there’s also nothing that screams fall more to me than a nice mix of neutrals. So for my project, I pulled out papers in a white, black, and cream color combo and added in a bit of kraft for a fun fall look on this card and tag gift set. I don’t think you’d ever guess that this was a Halloween line.


The rest of the team has come up with some more amazing non-Halloween Thrilling projects to share with you today on the blog, if you’d like to take a peek. And if you leave a comment while you are there, you have a chance to win the entire Thrilling collection for yourself.


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




Authentique Thrilling Collection:
6×6 “bundle”
8×12 “elements” sticker
Cardstock: The Kraft Outlet, Stampin’Up
Dies: Sizzix, Papertrey Ink, Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
Embossing Folder: Sizzix
Trim: May Arts
Decorative Pins: Maya Road
Ink: Imagine Crafts for Tsukineko
Buttons: craft supply

Toasty Toes

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I have a quick scrappy share for you this morning before I head out the door and start the day.  I made this tag just for fun using some of my older stamps and goodies from my stash.  One of my goals for this year is to use my stamps more.  I sure have enough of them! 😉

This uses the Snow Family Wishes (1998) set from Stampin’Up!  Stamped the greeting directly on the Melissa Frances tag and added two snowmen that I stamped on a separate piece of white cardstock, cut out, and popped on foam dots for dimension.  I water-colored the snowmen using both my watercolor pencils and chalk pastels, and lightly sprayed them with Blue Skies Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels.  Gave the snowmen some french knot buttons, too.

Added a strip of polka dotted paper and several trims, plus a pair of star buttons as a final detail.

Feels good to use up old stuff, doesn’t it? That way, you can make room for some new.  And who doesn’t like that??

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a great day!

Cardalicious #14

Good morning everyone!  So, I am really loving this American Idol stuff.  I am hooked!  I was almost holding my breath last night as they announced the three top people to move on to the next round.  I picked two out of the three, but have to say that Michael really surprised me.  I think he’s very likable, but honestly not that good.  Thank goodness Danny moved on……love that guy.  What do you all think?

I’m thinking there is seriously too much good stuff to watch on tv these days.  I am a reality show junkie.  Now that I’ve gotten snagged on American Idol, and the Amazing Race has started again, as well as Survivor, and the Bachelor is on, too…….well, you get the picture.  No wonder I’m not getting much scrapping done, huh?

But I do have a card to share with you all this morning for the next challenge over at the Cardalicious blog.  This week’s challenge is to make a friend card using the color green and ribbon.  Very fun!  I do hope you’ll all come and play along with us.  Here is my DT card.


I love it when I get a chance to use up old goodies from my stash, and that is just what I did with this card.  I still love these old American Crafts a la Carte papers.  I love having a pattern in my papers that I can fancy cut and use as a focal image.  It does take some time, but it is probably my most favorite technique.  For this card, I hand-cut the floral spray and layered it over a white shipping tag.  I had a small piece of the lime green Creative Imaginations die-cut paper that had been lying on my scrap desk for months and months, which just so happened to be the perfect size for this card.  It was just too pretty to throw away, and I really like how the lime looks with the olive green.  The ribbon is some of my favorite trim from Webster’s Pages.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I always love to hear from you all!

Cardalicious #11

Hi everyone!  Where has the day gone?

I honestly cannot believe how fast the days are flying by.  I have so many intentions of accomplishing a huge list of “things to do” during the day, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening.  Some of that may be due to the fact that I’ve got my little peanut home with me.  Nik tracked out of year-round school yesterday and will be home with me for the next 2 1/2 weeks.  I sure love having my girl around, and we’ve been having some special one-on-one time that I’m really cherishing.  Guess all those other things just don’t seem as important.  They can wait, right?

Today Nik and I went for a bike ride together.  I haven’t been on a bike in years!  I’m wondering if I’m going to be able to get out of bed tomorrow.  Might have a few clenched muscles to deal with. But it was worth it, for sure.  Just look at her happy face.


And check me out.  I’m actually on that thing.  Had to get Nik to take some pictures of me to prove I really did it!



Not only did I really do it, I enjoyed it as well.  I hope to take many a bike ride over the next several weeks.  Then maybe I can get Peter to bike with me when he tracks out next.  What do you think the odds of that happening are? 😉

In scrappy news, the new challenge is up at the Cardalicious blog, and I have my card to share.  This week’s challenge is to make a card using a journaling card/tag and the colors green and orange.


I used a combo of green and orange patterned papers from Fancy Pants and Webster’s Pages, ribbon from SEI, and epoxy buttons from MM.  Went a little crazy with the journaling card part of it.  Both the greeting pieces and the focal flowers I cut from some Webster’s Pages journaling cards.  But, I didn’t think that was so obvious, so then I threw in a Hambly journaling transparency behind one flower and a My Mind’s Eye journaling card for good measure.  Think I’ve got it covered now!

Hope you all will come and play along, and do check out the blog for some wonderful inspiration from the other DT members.

Have a great evening!

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone!  Welcome 2009!  Here’s to a great year for everybody!  I am really looking forward to the promise of a fresh start and a new year.  I’ve been seeing lot of blogging friends talking about choosing one word to symbolize their hopes and dreams for 2009. I don’t usually make resolutions or set any particular goals for the year, but I have thought that maybe I, too, would choose a word for the year and try to acheive it.  I’ve been thinking about it for several days and have gone through lots of possibilities.  “Peace” and “serenity” have definitely crossed my mind just because that sounds so nice.  Also would love to acheive better “health” for my daughter this year.  But after giving it some serious consideration, I’ve decided to go with “fun”.  What better goal than to try to have more fun, to enjoy life to the fullest.  So, that’s what I’m going with.  Oh, I do already have some fun…..but who wouldn’t like more, right? 😉

And to start off my New Year’s resolution with a bang, I put my “fun” plan straight into action by joining my Paper-Playground buddies for a bit of shopping at Archiver’s and lunch out.  What could be better than some new scrapbooking supplies, friends,  and food?  Sounds like a great combination to me.  I know I am supposed to be curtailing my shopping and “shopping from my stash” instead…..but I know you all won’t hold it against me.

And speaking of Paper-Playground, are you all ready to see the new January kit?  Just came out today, and it’s a beauty.  I think you guys will really like it.



The paper is a combination of patterns from Melissa Frances, Making Memories Poolside Paperie, and Autumn Leaves.  Here is a close up of the paper.


And here are a few more detail photos.



Thanks for letting me share!  I do get so excited about our kits.  Think it’s just one of the best jobs in the world getting to put these together each month.  Kits are available now on the Paper-Playground website and will ship on the 15th.  I’ll be back tomorrow to share some projects.

Happy New Year!