Sizzix Tutorial- Friends Always Art Tag

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag
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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag2
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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag Tut1
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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag Tut2
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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag Tut3
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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag Tut4
Place the bottom portion of the tag into the Sizzix Tim Holtz Dot Matrix Texture Plate Embossing Folder.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag Tut5
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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag Tut6
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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag Tut7
Using a distressing tool, scuff up the edges of the tag. Then apply Frayed Burlap Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag Tut8
Add a heavy coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to the embossed portion of the tag.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag Tut9
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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag Tut10
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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag Tut11
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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag Tut12
Fill in the recessed portions of the butterfly with Picket Fence Distress Paint using a fine tipped paintbrush and allow to dry.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag Tut13
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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag3
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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix FriendsAlwaysTag4
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.

P1080276
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!

_____________________________

Supplies:

Medium_660236
Sizzix Bigz Die w/Texture Fades – Butterfly Duo

Medium_656649
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.

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

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

iCraft-Foils Color-Shot

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

AudreyPettit Thermoweb DecoFoil LoveFrame4

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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix CourageIsCard
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!

AudreyPettit Sizzix CourageIsCard2
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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix CourageIsCard3

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.

AudreyPettit Sizzix CourageIsCard4
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.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb GingerStockings3I’ve got more details, including a step-by-step tutorial and a downloadable version of my stocking pattern, up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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

A Joy Frame Tutorial with Sizzix

Hello Sweeties! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, surrounded by good food, good friends, and the love of family!

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame
I prepared my big turkey dinner last Sunday while Pete was home. So yesterday I was free and easy, and enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving meal out with friends. No cooking, no dishes, and no work for any of us…. just lots of laughter and good cheer with those I hold dear.

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame2

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m trying to really get going on my holiday projects. Today I have a sweet handmade gift idea and tutorial to share with you, made with the adorable new Tim Holtz Alterations Stacked Snowflakes die for Sizzix.

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame3
I love giving handmade gifts at the holidays, and being the holiday home nut that I am, my favorite gifts are home decor pieces, like this little frame. I found this sweet silver frame for under a dollar at my local thrift store. Talk about a score! Then with a bit of paper and a pretty hand-stitched fleece snowflake, I was able to put together a quick and easy heartfelt holiday gift…. practically for free.
I had so much fun making the shabby background with my Distress inks and paint, and am tickled I could incorporate one of my old childhood loves, hand embroidery. If you’re interested in learning more, I’ve put together a tutorial for all the steps. Let’s take a look.

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame Tut1

Start by measuring your frame opening and cutting a piece of paper to fit. Since we’ll be working with lots of paint and Distress products, you’ll want to choose a nice sturdy paper, such as manila cardstock or watercolor paper. I love having a bit of design to my background, so I went with a patterned paper from Authentique’s holiday collection, Believe. I’ve found that the nice thick linen texture to Authentique’s papers hold up well for mixed media projects.

Drip a bit of white acrylic paint over your background paper, and brush out with a foam brush using up and down swipes. Don’t try to cover the entire paper… just randomly brush the paint out, leaving some spots covered and some uncovered. Allow the paint to dry completely.

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame Tut2

Dab a bit of Weathered Wood Distress Stain onto a non-stick craft sheet and mist the stain with water.

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame Tut3
Drag the painted paper through the stain/water mix. The painted areas will resist the stain, whereas the unpainted areas will absorb the color.

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame Tut4
Using a ink blending tool, apply a small amount of Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to the paper. You can spritz the paper lightly with water to help blend the color, if needed.

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame Tut5
Tear bits of dictionary or book paper, apply tacky glue or glue stick to the back of the torn papers, and adhere them to the background paper. Sand over the text print using a sanding block. I like to see the text, without focusing on any of the words, so sand as needed to slightly obscure the print. Curl back any loose edges, too. That just adds to the unique texture of the finished piece.

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame Tut6
Add additional Distress inks, as desired. I went back over a few areas with Salty Ocean and Antique Linen ink.

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame Tut7
Add a few random swipes of Broken China Distress Paint. Mist lightly with water to blend, then allow paper to dry fully, or speed up the process with a heat tool.

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame Tut8
Stamp sentiment onto the bottom right corner using Jet Black Archival Ink. Place paper into the frame.

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame Tut9
Now it’s time to die cut some snowflakes. I love adding the soft touch of fabric and fleece to my projects, so I used coffee-stained Therm O Web Stitchn’Sew Interfacing. I absolutely love the shabby aged finish of soaking my felt and fleece in a bit of coffee and coffee grounds. You can see the variation in staining and the bits of grounds which remain after soaking. Of course if you are going to soak your fabric, make sure you let it dry completely before die cutting.

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame Tut10
Run your fleece through your die cutting machine using this standard die cutting sandwich for Bigz dies: Standard Cutting Pad, die, fabric or paper, second Standard Cutting Pad.
*Note: Here’s a tip I use when cutting fabric with lots of fibers, like this fleece interfacing…. place a thin piece of scrap paper, like this mailer ad, between your die and the fabric. That will keep all the tiny fibers from getting embedded in the die.

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame Tut11
Die cut the same snowflakes again, this time from cardstock.

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame Tut12
Cover the cardstock snowflakes completely with glue stick, then adhere to the fleece snowflakes. This gives the fabric a bit of extra stability. Now you can add embroidery if you wish, or just leave them as is. Either way looks great!

AudreyPettit Sizzix JoySnowflakeFrame4
Adhere both layers of die cut snowflakes to the frame opening using foam adhesive, then top with a pearl button. Final touch…. paint a small amount of clear Stickles glitter glue onto the background.

Hope I’ve given you a few quick and easy holiday gift ideas to try. Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Supplies:
Tim Holtz Alterations Stacked Snowflakes Bigz Die by Sizzix
Patterned Paper: Authentique Believe Collection
Dictionary Paper: The Kraft Outlet
Stamp: Stampin’Up
Fleece: Therm O Web Stitchn’Sew Interfacing
Ranger Ink Products: Distress Ink ( Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Antique Linen) ; Distress Paint ( Broken China) ; Star Dust Stickles ; Jet Black Archival Ink
Paint: Delta
Floss: DMC
Vintage Button
Adhesive: Therm O Web SuperStik Glue Stick, 3D Adhesive Squares

Violets are Blue with BasicGrey

JAD_BlogReveal_header

Although most of us are trying to get a start on our holiday projects these days, today I am going to do a bit of a time jump and share with you a fun Valentine-inspired card that I made with a brand new line from BasicGrey called J’Adore. J’Adore is the sweetest little lovey-dovey collection, perfect for all your love-themed projects, in a very beautiful and unique color combination for Valentine’s Day. It is quite different from the same ol’, same old… and I think you guys will really like it!

AudreyPettit BG J'Adore VioletsAreBlueAlthough most traditional Valentine’s lines are filled with lots and lots of pink, J’Adore brings a whole new range of colors into the mix, including turquoise, raspberry, and lime and olive green. I created a little love note card here incorporating the whole mix of color for a bit of a different take on the norm. And that really works for me.

AudreyPettit BG J'Adore VioletsAreBlue2

I really love the new vellum envelopes, so let that be the star of my design. I placed a 3×4 Lil’ Snippet card and fancy die cut label shape inside the envelope, then made a stitched liner from plain white cardstock. The little transparency hearts look like they are bubbling right out of the top.

AudreyPettit BG J'Adore VioletsAreBlue3A transparency strip sentiment cut down to size, lots of pretty candy buttons, and a bit of simple twine. I’ve got more details, including the complete supply list and free downloadable project sheet up today on the BasicGrey blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Ok, time to re-wind back into Thanksgiving mode. Tomorrow is my birthday, and this weekend, my boy will be coming home to spend an early Thanksgiving with us. I have so much to be thankful for… so many wonderful blessings. And at the top of that list, I always count YOU, my sweet friends! Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!