Celebrate Pocket Card with Simon Says Stamp

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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?

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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.

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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!

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

Lawn Fawn KRAFT ENVELOPES Fawndamentals


Tim Holtz DISTRESS WATERCOLOR CARDSTOCK Ranger Ink TDA39549


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 MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965

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.

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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!!