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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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. ;)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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 Sizzix.com. (sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time).

Supplies:

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Sizzix Bigz L Die – Elephant

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Sizzix Interchangeable Clear Stamps – Damask Greetings

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

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Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (Powder Blue & Teal)

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

Butterfly Treat Topper with Sizzix

Helllloooo my friends! Thanks for stopping by! Today I have a fun watercolor project up on the Sizzix blog to share, using the beautiful Limitations butterfly stamp and die set by Tim Holtz.

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I’m calling this little guy a layered butterfly “topper”, as it’s a super fun way to top all sorts of papercrafting projects.  A clip on the backside makes it really easy to add, or remove, the butterfly to just about anything. It’s great for layouts and cards, and also home decor, gift bags and packages, and so much more.  It’s the perfect embellishment for my little gift bag here, and I love that my recipient can recycle the butterfly for another use.

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I used a fun smooshing watercolor technique to add color to my butterfly using Distress Inks and recycled plastic packaging. I love that no matter how many times you do this process, no two butterflies will ever turn out exactly the same. Now how fun is that?

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I’ve got the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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If you are interested in any of the products I’ve shared with you today, I’ve got a special discount code for you (SZB2015), good anytime until December 31st for 15% off regular priced purchases at Sizzix.com. (sorry Sizzix only ships within the US at this time).

And don’t forget… have you checked out Camp Scrap yet?

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It’s not too late to register! Classes start Wednesday! You can check out all the details here.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Sweet Wishes with Therm O Web

Heeellllo Friends! Today is another busy day here at our house, and another quick post from me. It’s rather amazing how crazy graduation week can be. Who knew there were so many things to do? But we’ve got rehearsal under our belt now and I can finally see that finish line ahead. It won’t be long now!

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil SweetBirthdayWishesToday I have a sweet birthday card to share with you, made with pretty Deco Foils for our special foil feature on the Therm O Web blog this week. Since summer is officially here at our house, it seemed fitting to celebrate with ice cream!

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil SweetBirthdayWishes2This is the beautiful Melon Pink and Pumpkin Deco Foil Transfer Sheets. I absolutely adore this bright and happy color combo, don’t you? So pretty for summer, and just perfect for ice cream. I raided my old 6×6 paper pad stash to find papers to match.  And the adorable ice cream, sweet die cut, and sentiment stamps and dies are all from the May release over at My Creative Time.

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There are several ways to apply the Deco Foil sheets, but for today’s project I used the white double-sided adhesive foam. I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial and supply list up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and forgive me if I’m slow to getting around to visit with you. I hope to get caught up SOON!

Commemorate Money Holder with Ranger Ink

Hello, hello Friends, and Happy Memorial Day! To all our military personnel and their families, thank you for your ceaseless dedication and sacrifice in defending this great country of ours! You are truly America’s greatest heroes!

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Today I am super excited to be guest designing over on the Ranger Ink blog, sharing a project that may come in handy for a lot of us right now. So of course this is graduation time of year, and you all may remember that this is a super big year for us at my house. My wee Missy Nik will be graduating from high school in just a few short weeks, and as is often traditional on these occasions, I know she’ll be receiving some gift money from the family.

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Of course a special event like this needs a special gift wrap, and today I’ve got just such a project to share with you. A quick and easy money holder, perfect for cash, checks, notes, or gift cards, that can be easily personalized to suit any theme or style you wish. 

Commemorate Money Holder by Audrey Pettit | www.rangerink.com

Being for my little Miss, I was able to load this up with lots of pretty details in a soft blue and green color palette that is her absolute favorite. There’s a gorgeous stenciled background and beautiful new Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous Flower Garden stamps. Does that Abandoned Coral Distress not just pop off the page here? And the new Burlap Textured Surfaces paper and gold Deco Paper, too?

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I do hope she loves it! And I do hope this old momma holds it together!

If you’d like to learn more, I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial for my money holder up on the Ranger Ink blog today.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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 Market bunnies together. You may recognize the guy on the left, as I’ve shared him with you here before…. but now he has a buddy! 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….

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So true!

Happy weekend!

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Supplies:

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

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Sizzix Accessory – Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair