Quilt Market Deco Foil Bunnies with Therm O Web

Hi Sweeties, happy Wednesday! As some of you may know, the 2015 Spring International Quilt Market was this past weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Like CHA for papercrafters, Quilt Market is a time for fabric designers and textile artists to come together to share the latest collections and products. And like CHA, Quilt Market has classes and seminars, make n’ takes and demos, and lots and lots of booths filled with amazing textile projects.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoilBunnyPair2I would love to learn how to quilt some day, but for now, that skill is way beyond me. I can make a mean rag doll, though, and I was super excited to have several of my dolls requisitioned for the Therm O Web booth. Bunnies, to be precise…. lots and lots of bunnies… ’cause it seems that you never can have just one of those things.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoilBunnyPairHere are two of my silly bunnies together. You may recognize the guy on the left. Both are made with Indygo Junction’s beautiful Crossroads Denim fabric, and both are embellished with Therm O Web iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Sheets. Since my original bunny was such a big hit, I was asked to make another larger version to showcase yet another fun way to use Therm O Web’s amazing new line of Deco Foil™ sheets.

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Now being rag dolls, I was going for a raggedy look with my foil fabrics, so I’ve been doing a bit of experimenting.  I’ve tried out a couple of different “stamping” techniques here, using the liquid Deco Foil Transfer Adhesive. The first, using the tip of a pencil eraser to create small dots of foiled areas. If you missed that tutorial, you can check it out here.

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And for the second, I’ve used a pair of wood-mounted stamps to create a fun foiled floral pattern. If you’d like to see how, you can check out my tutorial here.

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So these two went to market, and they took a pair of friends with them, too….

…..I sure hope they don’t bring any more buddies home with them!

Silly rabbits!

No-Sew Fabric Sachets with Therm O Web

Hellllllo Friends! Happy Wednesday! I am so excited! Just one day left on my countdown. The Boy comes home tomorrow! (insert ginormous goofy grin and arms-flailing happy dance here)…

AudreyPettit Thermoweb HeartSachetsSeriously…. in case you couldn’t tell…..I am beyond excited to have both my kiddos home again. And just in time for Mother’s Day. How completely fabulous is that? Do you all have big plans in the works for Mother’s Day this weekend? If you need any last-minute gift ideas, I have a really quick and easy idea to share with you today. These no-sew fabric sachets come together in no time at all… and they smell amazing, and look great, too. So if you’re scrambling for a gift idea, these are a great one to try.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb HeartSachets2I do love how soft and pretty these turned out. I kept my color palette neutral with pops of yellow and green for a springtime look. But of course you could use any fabrics and colors you want, and any shape, too, for that matter. Here’s a quick peek at my supplies.

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I used a couple of dies to create my shapes, as well as fabric, ribbon, and Therm O Web Fabric Fuse adhesive. A heart Framelits die from Sizzix, and the new Jr. Rolled Flower dies from My Creative Time. The fabric is French Vanilla Crossroads Denim by Indygo Junction, and a bit of Stitchn’Sew Therm O Web fleece for the flowers. But if you don’t have any dies, or die cutting machine, that’s okay, too…. I’ve got lots of tips and tricks for creating these no-sew sachets, along with a full step-by-step tutorial, up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! One more day, Friends!!

Sizzix Tutorial- Friends Always Art Tag

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Hello, hello friends, and happy Friday to you! Today I am excited to share a Sizzix tutorial with you for this fun art tag, made with the gorgeous Butterfly Duo die and Dot Matrix embossing folder by Tim Holtz. This tag features pretty Distress Inks with a very cool linen-texture technique, a bit of simple painting, and lots of shabby crackle glaze, too. I really love how it turned out, and I hope you do, too.

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Isn’t the background texture on this tag amazing? This linen look is something I first saw on my sweet friend, Tammy Tutterow’s blog, and I’ve been anxious to try it ever since. It’s a super easy technique, and really lots of fun to do. And I’m smitten with the new Butterfly Duo die. The texture that results from the matching embossing folder really can’t be beat. I love the whole shabby look of this. Let’s take a closer look.

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Working on a Ranger #8 manila tag, swipe Picket Fence Distress Paint repeatedly across the tag from bottom to top, using straight lines only. Allow the tag to dry, or use a heat tool to speed up the process. Then swipe the paint repeatedly across the tag from side to side, once again using only straight lines. Dry tag with a heat tool. Repeat both steps a second time, drying the tag between each step.

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Randomly dab a mixture of Distress Inks onto a non-stick craft sheet. I used Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough, and Mustard Seed. Spritz the inks liberally with water until beads of ink form.

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Swipe the front of the tag through the ink mixture, making sure to cover the entire tag. Dry the tag with a heat tool. You can repeat this process to darken the color, if you wish.

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Place the bottom portion of the tag into the Sizzix Tim Holtz Dot Matrix Texture Plate Embossing Folder.

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Then run the tag through your Big Shot die cutting machine using the extended platform open to tab 1, and this Sizzix embossing sandwich: Extended Multipurpose Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, embossing folder, Standard Cutting Pad.

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Using an ink blending tool, apply additional Distress Inks to the tag. I added a bit of Mustard Seed to a few areas on the top of the tag to bring out more of the yellow, and added Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint to the bottom embossed portion only.

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Using a distressing tool, scuff up the edges of the tag. Then apply Frayed Burlap Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.

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Add a heavy coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to the embossed portion of the tag.

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And immediately scrape off the excess crackle paint using a scraper or scrap piece of cardboard or chipboard. This will remove most of the crackle finish from the top of the embossed area, while leaving it in the recessed portions. Allow the crackle paint to dry completely. Once the crackle lines begin to appear, you can finish the process with a heat tool, if you wish.

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Now add details to the finished tag, like patterned paper strips, chit chat word stickers, and vintage ephemera. Machine stitch around the word stickers and bottom edge of the patterned paper. Add Tiny Attacher staples to some of the ephemera pieces. Use pop dots to elevate a round ephemera label.

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Using the new Butterfly Duo Die, die cut one butterfly from manila cardstock. Then place the butterfly into the matching texture fade embossing folder, and emboss using the same steps as outlined above.

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Fill in the recessed portions of the butterfly with Picket Fence Distress Paint using a fine tipped paintbrush and allow to dry.

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Dab yellow Distress Inks onto a non-stick craft mat. I used a combination of Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed. Mist the inks liberally with water. Then drag the butterfly die cut through the ink mixture and dry with a heat tool.

Cut about 1.5′ of crinkle ribbon and sop up any remaining ink from the craft sheet with the ribbon. Dry the ribbon and set it aside.

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Tie the crinkle ribbon around the bottom of the tag, looping the extra length into a sloppy figure eight. Secure the sides of the ribbon with a tiny staple.

Coat the butterfly with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and allow to dry. Embellish the butterfly with twine antennae and candy dots. Adhere the butterfly to the round label section using pop dots. The crackle paint will naturally curl the butterfly wings for even extra dimension. Love that little added bonus. And I think having that small bit of crackle at the bottom of the tag really pulls it all together.

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Here’s a close up shot of that fabulous linen background. It’s so soft and subtle, yet adds a lot of charm and character, doesn’t it? Can’t wait to try it all again.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We got that extra layer of snowfall last night, so I believe we are in for the weekend.

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It’s beautiful, but it does make me think of one of my favorite local memes….

John Candy Walley World - Sorry folks  North Carolina is closed!

So true!

Happy weekend!

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Supplies:

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Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades – Butterfly Duo

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Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders 2PK – Dot-Matrix & Gridlock Set

Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)
Sizzix Accessory – Multipurpose Platform, Extended
Sizzix Accessory – Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair

True Heart Tattered Florals with Ranger Ink

True Heart Tattered Floral Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Hello, hello Friends! So glad you could stop by! Today is a very happy day for me, and I am soooo excited to share my project with you! If you all could use a little burst of spring right about now, I’ve got one for you today…. with this pretty tattered floral card I made for a guest post over on the Ranger Ink blog.

True Heart Tattered Floral Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Although we’ve had a fairly mild winter here, the last week of ice and snow has definitely made me ready for soft sunny skies, warm air, and lots of pretty flowers. And since the real flowers are weeks, if not months, away, I thought I would make my own spring garden with the help of some of my all-time favorite Tim Holtz goodies.

True Heart Tattered Floral Card by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Love how soft and shabby my project turned out, and how life-like the flower looks, too. It never ceases to amaze me how many unique flower creations I can manage to make from the Tattered Florals die, no matter how many times I use it. I think it was the very first Tim Holtz die I ever bought……and I don’t think I will ever tire of it.

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Sigh…. such pretty pastel colors! And lots of inky fun! I’ve got the complete, step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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

Deco Foil Valentine Frame with Therm O Web

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Valentine’s week continues here on the blog today with another love-themed project share. This time, it’s a little home decor project I made recently for the 2015 CHA Mega Show using Therm O Web’s fabulous new line of Deco Foils.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil LoveFrameI have to say, this is one of my favorite Deco Foil projects, ever. Wish you could see how shiny and beautiful this foil looks in person. The red is so vibrant….. absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day. Love it paired with bold black and just a light soft wash of pale pink. Makes your eye zoom straight to the hearts here, before taking in the cool background. Just what I wanted.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil LoveFrame2I love how the texture on the hearts turned out. This is the look you can achieve when using the liquid Deco Foil glue with the Deco Foils, and I’ve shared this technique with you before on the pretty Deco Foil gift box I shared here recently on the blog. For this effect, I simply applied some liquid Deco glue onto plain white cardstock, then brushed the glue out using a back and forth motion with a wide, flat paintbrush.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil LoveFrame3Once the glue has dried to become completely tacky, it is ready for the foil. I absolutely love how every brush mark shows, creating a unique striae not unlike woodgrain. Once the foil is applied, the piece can be cut, punched, die cut, torn… whatever you wish. I used Tim Holtz’s adorable Love Struck Alterations die here to create my hearts and arrows. I cut slits in the hearts to thread the arrows through, and added tiny hang tags made with a PTI die and my favorite alpha stamps. The shabby background is a work of he{art}, too. I had so much fun making it with my Distress inks and paint, stamps, and torn dictionary paper. I liked how it turned out so much, I recreated the process again on a smaller piece so that I could share a tutorial with you. Click on the link, if you’d like to learn more:
Joy Frame Tutorial

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

Courage Is… with Sizzix

szus_designteam_badgeI am so super excited to be kicking off another year with the Sizzix Design Team! What a blessing it has been to get to work with such amazing products from so many amazing designers, and to share it all with you. I am really looking forward to another year of fun and inspiration, and lots of new goodies, too. Today I am kicking off the new year on the Sizzix blog with some brand new Tim Holtz from his winter CHA Alterations release.

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I am in love with that quote! Such a great message, and one I am trying embrace this year. Seemed such a perfect fit with one of Tim’s new butterflies from his Butterfly Duo Bigz Die. I really love the two together. This card is really a bit of a gentle reminder to myself, and hopefully to all of you, too, that’s it’s okay to be yourself… to just be YOU!

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Isn’t that butterfly amazing? So much depth and detail to the image, thanks to the matching Texture Fade embossing folders that comes with the die. Here I die cut two of the swallowtail butterfly images, and stacked them together with pop dots for lots of dimension. The wings have been lightly bent up, too, for some extra lift. Decked the butterflies out in Distress ink and paint, and a bit of metallic spray stain, too. Then topped it off with one of Tim’s new Idea-ology Heirloom Roses.

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The fun background was made with another amazing new Alterations 4-piece die set called Mixed Media. So great for adding a unique, architectural element to your papercrafting projects.

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I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for creating this card up on the Sizzix blog today, if you’d like to learn more.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Tomorrow I’m heading off to the beach to my annual scrapbooking retreat with the girls. Four days of laughing, eating,  and gabbing with a great group of friends……and hopefully cropping, too, if I can get myself packed!

Ginger Stocking Ornaments with Therm O Web

Hiya Sweets! Happy Wednesday! Today I have a little fabric project to share with you. Some cutie pie holiday ornaments I made for Therm O Web featuring the adorable Chalkboard XMas fabric collection from our product partners this week, Windham Fabrics.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb GingerStockingsGinger stuffed stocking ornaments! A great addition to your holiday decor this year or a wonderful quick and easy gift idea for family and friends. Isn’t this fabric collection Fun? Love seeing the popular look of chalkboard design brought to life in fabric.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb GingerStockings2Love that these do double duty as not only cute ornaments, but they also can be stuffed with small trinkets to make an instant holiday treat container, too. Recently the girls and I made primitive gingers during one of our weekly crafty play dates and I thought I would try my hand at a smaller version for my ornaments here, all dressed up with matching fabric scarves. They tuck nicely inside the stockings, along with simple chenille stem candy canes.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb GingerStockings4The stockings are lined with Therm O Web’s Stitchn’Sew fleece interfacing. I am quite smitten with that stuff, I must say. It works great as a craft felt, plus has the added benefit of adding stability to your fabrics.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb GingerStockings5I love look of the fabrics so much that I kept the stockings sleek and simple, using a pattern of my own design. Just a bit of trim at the top, and an old rusty funky-junk bell. Then add a small gift, maybe a few treats and sweets, or a few of your favorite things.

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