Flower Garden Thanks

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

I have another card to share today from my scrap pile series. This time, I’m playing with some Distress watercoloring and the beautiful Flower Garden stamps by Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.

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We’re into April now, and I’m still keeping up with my goal of trying to use up some of my older supplies. This is Fancy Pant’s As You Wish collection, circa 2014, I think. Love the bold black and white in this line mixed in with brown. Such a perfect shabby combo, just right for a little bit of watercolor Distress.

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These peony flowers may not actually come in this golden yellow color, but I think it’s okay to break the rules sometimes. All in the name of using up some scraps! 😀

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I added in some of my go-to twine for a rustic look and a few favorite dies from My Creative time to finish things off.

Thanks so much for stopping by! It’s a super big day here at our house. My Little Missy turns 18 today!

I’m still wondering where on earth the time goes?

Have a great day!

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

Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials Surfaces ISW39532Ranger Surfaces BLACK CARDSTOCK ISB42105*Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps FLOWER GARDEN cms215May Arts NATURAL Twine String BurlapRanger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SCATTERED STRAW Ranger TIM21483Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad WILD HONEY Ranger TIM27201Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MOWED LAWN Ranger Summer TIM35008Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS Ranger TIM27188Ranger Studio Paint ARTIST BRUSHES Brush BRU40842Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS IBT40965

My Creative Time: Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More, Hello Frame Dies

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!

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.

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?

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

A Doodlebug Smile with Sizzix

Hello, hello my friends! Happy Wednesday. Today I have a cute little smile to share with you. A fun watercolor smile card I made this week for the Sizzix blog using new Doodlebug Designs stamps, embossing folders, and dies.

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I am really excited that Sizzix has been coming out with more and more coordinating stamp and die sets lately. This month, Sizzix is releasing several new sets from Doodlebug Designs, which I couldn’t wait to play with. Isn’t this little birdie just adorable?

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The bird is from the new A Little Birdy Told Me Framelits stamp and die set. I have been crushing on watercoloring lately, so that is what I did here, using a variety of Distress ink pads.

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I nestled a few tags shapes for some framework for my birdie. Added a new Sizzix stamp sentiment and a bit of Tim Holtz greenery, too. The papers are from BasicGrey’s beautiful new Tea Garden collection.

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The background is another fun new product from Doodlebug that Sizzix is releasing this month. A woodgrain embossing folder, done up in a bit more watercolor Distress. I’ve got a full tutorial up on the Sizzix blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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

Garden Beauties

Good morning everyone and happy Monday! We are finally home from California, happy and tired after all our activities with family and friends. It was so wonderful to get away, but now I’m feeling good about getting home and settling back into the old routine. I have missed my sweet pup, and I have missed hanging out with all of YOU.  I promise to come pay you a visit just as soon as I can.  Can’t wait to see what you have been up to!

Today I have a card to share that features the new challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room blog.  This week’s challenge, “Reflections”, is to create a project inspired by this lovely photo from Pottery Barn.

You can use the soft, neutral and shimmery colors in the photo or the theme … or BOTH! I found so much to be inspired by with this photo.  I love the color palette of the neutrals mixed with a touch of silver. I adore the shabby finish of the candlestick and the clean-lined edges of the mirror. Love the elements of nature combined with the metals. I love it all!

I used a mixture of neutral tones and light blue paper to mimic the reflective surfaces and color palette of the inspiration photo. A blend of white and cream tones adds a touch of depth and interest. The brown on the card base and flower stems represents the antique bronze finish in the photo candlesticks. I added a touch of shabbiness with Antique Linen distress ink and stamped my greeting in rich chocolate ink.

Our sponsor this week is Isabella’s Sketchbook.

Isabella’s Sketchbook is a digi-stamp boutique offering a variety of designs from delicate hummingbirds to vintage aprons. Isabella strives to offer designs that will assist you in creating your own beautiful work of art. This week’s winner will receive a $12 gift certificate to shop in Isabella’s online store.

I used Isabella’s Garden Beauties digital image for my project.  Printed the image directly onto a Jenni Bowlin ticket book page and colored the stems with a watercolor pencil and a blender pen.  I printed the image a second time onto cream cardstock and cut the blossoms out.  Adhered some of the flowers with pop dots to add dimension to the image, and colored the centers silver with my Stardust gel pen from Jetpens.

The lovely trims are from my dear friend, Kathy’s, Etsy shop. You will love it there.  Her shop is filled with beautiful hand-made treasures and unique trims and scrapbooking supplies too. Paper is The Girls’ Paperie, stamp from Stampin’Up’s Much Appreciated set.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you will check out this week’s challenge at the Tea Room and play along with us.  Can’t wait to see what you create!

Have a great day everyone!

Meowy Messenger

Good morning everyone!  Is it just me, or is this week zooming by more quickly than usual?  I had to stop and think was it truly Wednesday today,or only Tuesday?  Somehow, I feel like I’ve lost a day somewhere. 🙂

Hope you don’t mind if I take a moment to share some fun news with you all.  I’ve had a few projects picked up for the May issue of ScrapStreet Magazine, a wonderful online publication featuring lots of cool articles.  You can find me here, here, and here.  Thank you, thank you, ScrapStreet!

And today I have a fun card featuring this week’s Digital Doodles stamp release over at 2Peas called Meowy Messenger.

This adorable digital stamp is the perfect framework for greeting card sentiments or journaling blocks on scrapbook layouts.

I printed Meowy Messenger onto white patterned paper and using my craft blade, cut away the inside of the frame image.  I colored the cat and bird with my watercolor pencils and used my blending pen to add spots to kitty.  Layered the frame on yellow paper, added a double row of scallops, and machine stitched the panel in place.

Papers are from Basic Grey’s new Max & Whiskers line, which I thought were a perfect match for this fun stamp.  Finished the project with a bit of tight zig-zag stitching in the corners, gold adhesive pearls on the frame scrolls, vintage seam binding and a Prima Cameo Rose.  The sentiment is a combination of rub-ons from a Creative Cafe SwatchBook.

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!  Hope your weeks are going well!