Strawberry Festival with Therm O Web

Happy Friday, Friends!

Every once in awhile, the Therm O Web team gets the opportunity to work with some of the latest and greatest fabric collections on the market. This month, the team had the chance to play with Jennifer Heynen’s adorable new Strawberry Festival line.

Jennifer’s fabric collections are always so bright and happy, and Strawberry Festival is no exception. Since strawberry season is upon us here in North Carolina, I thought it was only fitting to go quite literal with my project. So what better time to create a few shabby sweet strawberry bowl fillers than now?

AudreyPettit Thermoweb StrawberrySetThese fun strawberries are so easy to create, even for beginner sewers. And they look as great tucked into a bowl for some quick and easy seasonal home decor as they are functional as a pin cushion in the craft room.

audreypettit thermoweb strawberriesI used a variety of adorable Strawberry Festival prints to create my berries. The stems and toppers are from my own Distress-dyed fabric. And some golden seed beads from 28 Lilac Lane made for the perfect berry seeds, didn’t they? I have a full tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

audreypettit thermoweb strawberries2I had so much fun with my berries, I decided to make mini versions for one of my silly rag dolls. Meet Susie Strawberry.

audreypettit Thermoweb StrawberryGirl
Susie and my strawberry prims will be available in my new Summer Shop on Sunday. So mark your calendars, if you are interested, for my grand opening!
Sunday, May 1st
10:00 am EST

There’s lots of fun summery, beachy, nautical, and patriotic primitives and rag dolls for you, including quite a few one-of-a-kinds! Hope to see you then!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Sizzix Tutorial- Just Because with Tim Holtz

Hello Friends and welcome!

Today I have another CHA project to share with you that I made for Tim Holtz and the Sizzix Alterations booth, featuring lots of fabulous Tim Holtz dies and products, both new and old.

AudreyPettit TimHoltz JustBecauseCard

This shabby floral card features Tim’s new Stitched Ovals Thinlits die set, which has quickly become a top favorite of mine. The center oval and the scalloped border both come from this new set. And I filled in the frame with an older Tim Holtz classic die set, Tiny Tattered Forals, for a sweet and girly card design.

AudreyPettit TimHoltz JustBecauseCard3

This card also features lots of metallic accents, including Distress Glitter Dust, Distress Metallic Cardstock, and the new Gilded Accents Remnant Rubs. And there’s even some of the new Substrate Sheets paper on the border and background. Love the contrast of the grungy Distress inking mixed with the elegant touches of sparkle and shine. And the dimension on those spiral flowers just makes this ol’ gal happy, too.

I’ve got a quick Sizzix tutorial to go along with today’s card. So let’s take a closer look.

AudreyPettit TimHoltz JustBecauseCard Tut1

Here’s a peek at the Stitched Ovals Thinlits die set and some of the paper that I used. The card is a 5″ square finished, and the metallic cardstock is the third layer. So to begin, I cut a 4.5″ square from gold metallic cardstock and centered the mid-sized stitched oval on the paper.

AudreyPettit TimHoltz JustBecauseCard Tut2
For die cutting with wafer thin dies, we recommend using the Magnetic Platform and this standard die cutting sandwich for Framelits and Thinlits dies: Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.

AudreyPettit TimHoltz JustBecauseCard Tut3
Remove the center oval and set it aside for another project. Then cut the oval die one more time from Ranger Watercolor Paper.

AudreyPettit TimHoltz JustBecauseCard Tut4
I like to sand my paper to create a softer, shabbier finish on the metallic cardstock. Using a sanding block, sand in one direction, moving up and down only. Then turn the paper 90 degrees and repeat the process. You’ll end up with a distressed, almost linen-like texture on the metallic cardstock.

Then randomly apply numbers from the new Gilded Accents Remnant Rubs to the entire frame.

AudreyPettit TimHoltz JustBecauseCard Tut5

Working on a non-stick craft sheet, dab Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink onto the sheet. Spritz the ink liberally with a Distress Sprayer, and then press the smooth side of the watercolor die cut down into the ink mixture. Allow the paper to dry, or speed up the process with a heat tool. You can repeat this step if you want to add any additional color.

AudreyPettit TimHoltz JustBecauseCard Tut6
To create some interest on the background, I added some script text stamped in Tattered Rose Distress Ink.

AudreyPettit TimHoltz JustBecauseCard Tut7
Since the Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits set doesn’t include any stems, I stamped one onto the bottom of the oval die cut using Brushed Corduroy ink. I wanted to add two flowers to my finished design, so here you see me wiping away the ink from one of the leaves before I stamped. Now the branch of that leaf looks like a stem for my second flower.

AudreyPettit TimHoltz JustBecauseCard Tut8
Then I watercolored the stem and leaf using more ink smooshed onto my craft mat mixed with water.

AudreyPettit TimHoltz JustBecauseCard Tut9
For one last bit of detail on my background before beginning to assemble the card, I added Distress Glitter Dust to the edges of my die cut. And of course I like things shabby and distressed, so I apply my glitter by dipping an old paintbrush into Multi Medium Matte, and painting random areas around the edge of the oval with the adhesive before pouring on the glitter.

AudreyPettit TimHoltz JustBecauseCard4
Here you can see a close up detail of that touch of Distress Glitter Dust, and the amazing shine from the Gilded Remnant Rubs applied to the sanded cardstock.  The flowers were created in the same way as I made the background oval, by swiping watercolor cardstock through a mixture of Distress Ink, and then die cutting two of the spiral flowers from the Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits die set. I mopped up the remaining ink with some Idea-ology crinkle ribbon to create a matching trim for the bottom of the card.

AudreyPettit TimHoltz JustBecauseCard2
The base of the card is made from the new Substrate Sheets paper, and the scalloped border below the ribbon is, too. I added a layer of sanded Distress Cardstock, and finished off with a sentiment made from Chit Chat stickers.

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

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

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Core'dinations KRAFT CORE METALLIC 12 x 12 Paper Stack GX196001Tim Holtz Core'dinations DISTRESS ColorCore 12 x 12 Cardstock GX190000RESERVE Tim Holtz Idea-ology SUBSTRATE SHEETS Paperie TH93291RESERVE Tim Holtz Sizzix STITCHED OVALS Thinlits Die 661188Tim Holtz Sizzix TINY TATTERED FLORALS Thinlits Die 660227Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps FLOWER GARDEN cms215Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps REFLECTIONS CMS111Tim Holtz Idea-ology GILDED ACCENTS REMNANT RUBS Findings TH93287Tim Holtz Idea-ology 1088 CHITCHAT STICKERS TH92998Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger TIM19497Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ABANDONED CORAL TIM43188Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger TIM20240Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Dust VINTAGE PLATINUM TDR49753Tim Holtz Idea-ology CRINKLE RIBBON TH93020Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425Sizzix MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR WAFER-THIN DIES Accessory 656499Sizzix Big Shot Kick STANDARD CUTTING PADS 1 Pair 655093Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces TDA47414Ranger 4 Oz. MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Paint Glue INK41535Tim Holtz Idea-ology SANDING GRIP Block Tool Sand TH92482Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677

December Greetings with Ranger Ink

Hi Friends! Happy Monday! I am very excited to be guesting today on the Ranger Ink blog. And in honor of the holiday season I have some bright and festive holiday tags to share, featuring the adorable Mini Blueprints Christmas stamps by Tim Holtz.

AudreyPettit Ranger DecemberGreetingsTags
I added lots of sparkle to these tags with the gorgeous new Distress Glitter Dust, and went with one of my favorite color combos for the holidays- pink and green with a touch of kraft. I do love the rustic, natural feel that kraft brings to the party. Like brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things.

AudreyPettit Ranger DecemberGreetingsTags2
I have a really easy trick for adding an even strip of glitter, like you see on my borders here. And by “painting” on some liquid adhesive, like Multi Medium Matte, you can quickly add a bit of sparkle to embellishments, die cuts, and even stamped images like mine.

AudreyPettit Ranger DecemberGreetingsTags3
I really love the sweet and shabby look to these. But I think my favorite part has got to be the fun plaid background I made with Distress Markers. It’s a super easy technique that can be done with any water-based markers, and the results are unique and funky and fabulous, every time.

December Greetings Gift Tags by Audrey Pettit |

I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger blog, if you’d like to learn more. And I’ll link you to all of the products I used below.

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


Ranger 8.5 x 11 KRAFT CARDSTOCK Inkssentials Surfaces ISM35244Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints Strip CHRISTMAS 4 Cling Rubber Stamps THMB020Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits TAG COLLECTION Wafer Thin Die Set 658784Tim Holtz Idea-ology SEASONAL CHITCHAT Stickers TH93050Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BRUSHED CORDUROY Ranger TIM21421Tim Holtz Distress Markers GATHERED TWIGS Ranger TDM38207Tim Holtz Distress Markers MOWED LAWN Ranger TDM38221Tim Holtz Distress Markers FESTIVE BERRIES Ranger TDM38191Tim Holtz Distress Markers PUMICE STONE Ranger TDM32625Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Dust VINTAGE PLATINUM TDR49753Tim Holtz Idea-ology CRINKLE RIBBON TH93020Tim Holtz Idea-ology LINEN RIBBON TH93102Fiskars SCALLOP SENTIMENT Border Punch 02860Ranger 4 Oz. MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Paint Glue INK41535Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677Ranger Inkssentials MINI MISTER Spray Bottle Tool IMMR13593

Ranger Inkssentials US HEAT IT CRAFT TOOL HIT00471 United States UseRanger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Tim Holtz Distress SPLATTER BRUSH TDA478413M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent

Party Favor Coffin Box with Ranger Ink

Coffin Favor Box by Audrey Pettit

Hello my friends, and happy Monday! Today I am excited to share a spooky fun treat with you that is perfect for your Halloween gatherings this year. It’s a party favor coffin box, made for my guest designer post today on the Ranger Ink blog using brand new Tim Holtz Halloween dies from his fall release.

Coffin Favor Box by Audrey Pettit

These boxes are easy and fun to make, thanks to the help of some amazing new Tim Holtz dies. This is the Coffin Box Movers & Shapers die, embossed with the Wood Planks texture fade. I love that this is a real working box. Fill them with candy or any small trinkets or gifts for a fabulous table setting or take-away gift favor. Your guests will enjoy opening the boxes to find the hidden surprise inside, and better yet, can enjoy adding these boxes into their holiday décor for the rest of the season.

Coffin Favor Box by Audrey Pettit

The box has been adorned with a trio of scary ghosts and their bat friends. I really love the super shabby distressed finish I got on the ghosts using Distress Ink, Paint, and Crackle Paint. Such a great contrast with the high gloss of the bats.

Coffin Favor Box by Audrey Pettit

If you would like to learn more about these fun favor boxes, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog. And if you’re interested in any of the products I’ve used, I’ll add the list with links for you below.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day! Products:
Use discount code SZB2015 anytime before December 31st for 15% off regular priced purchases at (sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time).


Other Products:

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad BLACK SOOT Ranger TIM19541Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad FRAYED BURLAP Ranger TIM21469Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad GATHERED TWIGS Ranger Fall TIM32823Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger TIM19497Tim Holtz Distress Paint PICKET FENCE Ranger TDD36425Tim Holtz 4 Oz Crackle Paint ROCK CANDY Distress Clear Ranger TDC31888Tim Holtz Distress Markers BLACK SOOT Ranger TDM32458Ranger 4 Oz. MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Paint Glue INK41535Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677Ranger Inkssentials US HEAT IT CRAFT TOOL HIT00471 United States UseRanger Inkssentials MINI MISTER Spray Bottle Tool IMMR13593Tim Holtz Tonic CRAFT KNIFE Tool Blade Retractable w Spares

Hooray For You Flip-its with Sizzix & Stephanie Barnard

Hello my friends! Happy Wednesday! Today I have something a little different to share with you. My first ever Flip-its card, made with brand new dies by Stephanie Barnard for Sizzix.

AudreyPettit Sizzix OvalFlipItsHoorayForYouCard
This cute card is made with a brand new Flip-its Framelits die set from Stephanie’s August release, along with one of her new Triplits die sets, too. The card is the new Scallop Oval Card Framelits Flip-its die set, and it comes with the Flip-its oval base you see here, as well as all the layering pieces for creating the perfect mats, and lots of fun embellishment and sentiment dies for dressing up your card.

AudreyPettit Sizzix OvalFlipItsHoorayForYouCard2
I added lots of layers using the included accessory dies, and then embellished with a fun dimensional pinwheel made with the new Pinwheels Triplits die set. Love how detailed the card turned out, but better yet, how easy it is.

AudreyPettit Sizzix OvalFlipItsHoorayForYouCard3
I’m still working with Carta Bella’s Rustic Elegance collection, trying to use up some of those scraps. The die cut frame is from BasicGrey’s Barista line. The brad is BasicGrey, too, but sadly, no longer available. I’ll link you to the rest of the supplies below, though. And I’ve got a tutorial for creating this Flip-its design up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

AudreyPettit Sizzix OvalFlipItsHoorayForYouCard Tut11

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

Supplies: Products:
Use discount code SZB2015 anytime before December 31st for 15% off regular priced purchases at (sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time).


Other Products:

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Carta Bella RUSTIC ELEGANCE 12 x 12 Collection Kit CBRE41016BasicGrey BARISTA Cardstock Die Cut Frames BTA4889Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival WATERING CAN Ink Pad AID39006


Celebrate Pocket Card with Simon Says Stamp

AudreyPettit SSS CelebratePocketCard
Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by today! I’m sneaking back here a day early from my regularly scheduled posts with a special surprise. I am so excited to share that I am guesting today over on the Simon Says Stamp blog! And I have got a fun birthday project for you. It’s a pocket-envelope, gift-card-holder card. Now how’s that for a bit of a tongue-twister?

AudreyPettit SSS CelebratePocketCard2

I know you guys are probably like me, and are always in need of birthday cards, right? This weekend, I had a very special birthday to celebrate, and instead of a gift, the girls and I chipped in together to get a gift card for the birthday girl for a luxurious day at the spa. Now I know you can present a gift card in those plain little envelopes, but that seems a little boring. So I’ve come up with a fun alternative. It’s a pocket, and a card, and a gift-card holder, all in one.

AudreyPettit SSS CelebratePocketCard3
I’ve got all the details, along with a step-by-step tutorial up at Simon Says Stamp, and I would love it if you guys would stop by for a peek! Thank you all so much, and huge thanks to the team at Simon Says Stamp for having me today!


All supplies used are available at the Simon Says Stamp shop, and are linked for you below:

Lawn Fawn KRAFT ENVELOPES Fawndamentals


Simple Stories SUMMER VIBES 6 x 6 Paper Pack 6322*

Simple Stories SUMMER VIBES Snap Cards 6323

Simple Stories SUMMER VIBES Ephemera Bits And Pieces 6329

Simple Stories SUMMER VIBES Chipboard Frames 6338

Simple Stories SUMMER VIBES Enamel Dots 6331

BasicGrey BARISTA Cardstock Die Cut Frames BTA4889

Sizzix Framelits HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU Combo Wafer Thin Die And Stamp Set 660287

Tim Holtz Layering Stencil LATTICEWORK THS019

Tim Holtz Idea-ology TINY ATTACHER Stapler Tool Mini Staples TH92800

EK Success 1 1/4 INCH CIRCLE Punch 54-31000

Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET 15 X 18 Reusable NSC20677

Ranger Large 2 oz MISTER BOTTLE Inkssentials MIS30676


Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TATTERED ROSE Ranger TIM20240
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger TIM19497

May Arts NATURAL Twine String Burlap

Sizzix Tutorial- An Elephant Never Forgets

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! So last time, I mentioned that July is a big birthday month for me. Today, the girls and I are getting together to celebrate the birthday of my dear friend Paige, and of course you know that means that some pretty gift packaging is in order. ‘Cause you all know I can’t let a festive occasion go by without some festive gift wrap.

AudreyPettit Sizzix CelebrateElephantTag
Do you ever see something, and immediately it makes you think of someone special? Well, that’s just what happened to me as soon as I laid eyes on this adorable new Sizzix Elephant die from Brenda Walton, with my friend Paige. Now to be totally truthful, it’s actually Paige’s husband who’s had a longtime love affair with elephants, dating back to his earliest childhood toy. But that sweet toy elephant, which he still has by the way, could melt a heart of stone, and yes…. I absolutely couldn’t resist adorning her birthday package with my own little elephant.

AudreyPettit Sizzix CelebrateElephantTag3
This elephant makes such a super cute shaped tag, for a bit of a different twist on the standard gift tag. And better yet, it’s really easy to put together when you have a die that does all the work for you. I think this die just screams for paper piecing, with all the individual shapes that make up the whole. And that’s just what I’ve done today. I’ve got a quick tutorial to share with you. So let’s take a closer look.

AudreyPettit Sizzix CelebrateElephantTag Tut1
To begin, of course you need some cute gift wrap. Now most of you know that I am a complete sucker for brown paper packages. I think they work great for anyone, anytime, and love that they can be dressed up or down for just about any occasion. Today I’ve added some bright and happy polka dots to my paper using a good old Distress Paint dabber. So easy! You gotta love that!

AudreyPettit Sizzix CelebrateElephantTag Tut2
Here’s a peek at the adorable Elephant Bigz L die and the assortment of patterned paper I put together to use. The papers are all leftovers from the Crop and Create: Delivered spring kit…. a beautiful mixture of Crate Paper Open Book and American Crafts Shimelle. I’m giving myself bonus points for using up my scraps.😉

AudreyPettit Sizzix CelebrateElephantTag Tut3
Since the elephant is a Bigz L die, all you need for die cutting is your Big Shot machine and a pair of Standard Cutting Pads. Use this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Standard Cutting Pad, die (cutting side up), paper, Standard Cutting Pad.

AudreyPettit Sizzix CelebrateElephantTag Tut4
Die cut the elephant once from plain cardstock and once from patterned paper. Set the cardstock piece aside for now. Die cut the elephant accessories (ear, blanket, saddle) from contrasting patterned paper. To help define each individual part, edge each piece with brown Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.

AudreyPettit Sizzix CelebrateElephantTag Tut5
Now comes the fun of putting your elephant together. Adhere the blanket and saddle to the top of the elephant first, and then add the ear over the top. I adhered the top of the ear flat against the elephant’s head, but added a bit of foam adhesive under the bottom so the ear would jut out just a bit. A candy dot for the eye. Some rick-rack trim for detail.

AudreyPettit Sizzix CelebrateElephantTag Tut6
Finished off with a bit of machine stitching…. cause it’s all about the details, right?

AudreyPettit Sizzix CelebrateElephantTag Tut7
Now to hide all the ugly stitching on the backside, adhere the cardstock elephant we die cut before to the back of the patterned version.

AudreyPettit Sizzix CelebrateElephantTag Tut8
Punch a hole in the elephant’s back and thread with baker’s twine. Add a cute stamped greeting. I used the adorable new Happy Birthday to You Framelits w/ Stamps set by Lori Whitlock.

AudreyPettit Sizzix CelebrateElephantTag Tut9
Die cut the flag banner from the Elephant die from cardstock. Personalize it with another cute stamped greeting, this time from the Damask Greetings Interchangeable Stamps from Jen Long.

AudreyPettit Sizzix CelebrateElephantTag2
The banner flag does come with a matching pole, but I decided to throw a little whimsy in by using an actual stick from my garden. Love added a little rugged touch in with my cute.

AudreyPettit Sizzix CelebrateElephantTag4
Look at those stinkin’ cute little feet! I can barely stand it!

AudreyPettit Sizzix CelebrateElephantTag5
So fun! I just love it! Can’t wait to see Paige’s face!

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


If you’re interested in any of the products I’ve used today, here’s some quick links to the supplies I’ve used. Don’t forget, I’ve got a special discount code for Sizzix products! Use code SZB2015 anytime before December 31st for 15% off regular priced purchases at (sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time).


Sizzix Bigz L Die – Elephant

Sizzix Interchangeable Clear Stamps – Damask Greetings

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 4PK w/Stamps – Happy Birthday to You

Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)

Sizzix Accessory – Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Mint)