Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"This is the Day" Faith Card and Cupcake Throne

Hello, friends!  Keely here to share my latest project, "This is the Day" Card and Cupcake Throne with the beautiful Faith collection.  This lovely collection is so versatile.  The soft shades and patterns of this collection make it perfect for weddings, birthdays, Christenings, and every other occasion.

I combined the Faith collection with green cardstock.  I used my Spellbinders dies to cut lacey circles and leaves.  I searched Google for a pattern for a cupcake throne and assembled.  The pattern is very basic and can be decorated in so many ways.

I started with a "Faith" A2 pre-scored card and started layering. I wanted lots of dimension, so I used foam adhesive squares to adhere the layers of circles and the sentiment.  Isn't the "Happy Thoughts" journaling square cute?  I just loved it and had to add it to the top of my card.

I wanted a delicate accent to complement the card and cupcake throne.  The Want2Scrap tiny pearls were perfect.

I added sentiment stickers to each side of the Cupcake Throne and finished with a twine bow.

Hop over to the Authentique website to check out "Faith" and all of our beautiful new collections.

Authentique "Faith" collection: "card making stack" A2 size cards, "details" 12x12 cardstock sticker, "petite diction" mini word sticker, 12x12 paper pack
Want2Scrap tiny self-adhesive pearls
GlueArts dimensional adhesive
Spellbinders dies: Lacey Circles, Foliage
Green cardstock

We have a couple winners to announce from our "Faith" announcement last week! 

Congrats to:
Margaret Schraub & Tammie Kimray for winning our Facebook share contest 

We also decided to chose a winner from the blog comments (even though we didn't announce that we would do that)... we were feeling generous! 
Congrats to:
Oh I love this new collection! I love the soft, muted tones with the pops of yellow and it is most definitely unique and fabulous. As are the contributing designer's lovely and inspiring sample projects using this new line. This is a gorgeous collection and I thank you for the lovely presentation and for sharing some of your thoughts on the creation of the line. I appreciate your honesty!

Thank you all for sharing "Faith! All winners please send an email to with your mailing address and "Faith" winner in the subject line. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Choose Happiness Altered Plaque with Faith

Hi everyone, it's Audrey, and today I have a fun inspirational project and tutorial to share with you featuring our beautiful new Faith collection.

I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness! Don't you love that? Out of all the pieces of this gorgeous new collection, that sentiment spoke to me the most, and I immediately knew I wanted to create an inspirational piece that I could set out in my home to remind me of this important fact every single day.

Part of my current path to happiness includes exploring my artistic side, so for this project I pulled out a variety of materials and mediums to play with, including paint and inks, fabric and trims, and even a bit of metal. And the result is this fun mixed-media art plaque, perfectly suited to my personal style, that shows a whole other side to this faith-based collection.

I had so much fun creating this project, and wanted to share my process with you. If you'd like to make your own inspirational art plaque, here's all you need to do.

First, gather your supplies:
Faith 12x12 patterned paper
Faith Enhancements Cut Apart paper
Faith Details cardstock stickers
Chipboard Album, Metal Butterfly: Maya Road
Butterfly Die: Sizzix
Stamp: Hampton Arts/Authentique
Distress Ink, Vintaj Patina Ink: Ranger
Paint: Delta
Trim: Glitz Designs, American Crafts
Candy Dots: Ruby Rock It
Fabric, Button: Sewing Supply
SuperStik Glue Stick, 3D Adhesive Squares: Therm O Web

If you're anything like me, you probably have a stash of unused chipboard mini albums, like this pretty one I used from Maya Road. I loved the shape and size to this one, and thought it would make a fabulous plaque when using just one page from the album. First step was to remove a single chipboard page, then trace around it onto Faith 12x12 patterned paper.

Cut the traced shape out then adhere the paper to the chipboard base. I recommend using Therm O Web's SuperStik glue stick for a nice uniform coating of adhesive. Sand the edges to remove any excess paper.

Select a stamp image that you would like to use on your background. I chose a script stamp from Authentique/ Hampton Arts. Ink the stamp with paint, and stamp image randomly across the entire background. The paint will act as a resist to any ink you add on top. As you can see, I stamped my image several times between inkings to get both light and dark images.

Dab Distress Ink Minis onto a craft sheet. I used Peacock Feathers and Mustard Seed.

Spritz the ink liberally with water, then press and swipe your chipboard piece through the ink.

On a clean spot on your craft sheet, dab a bit more of the Mustard Seed Distress ink, and swipe an Enhancements journaling card through the ink. Allow both pieces to dry completely. The journaling card wasn't big enough to span the entire width of my background, so I cut the piece in two before adhering the card to the sides of my plaque. We'll add something else in the center, so don't worry about the gap. Trim the paper from the edges, and sand to remove any excess. Ink the edges of the plaque with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

Tie trim around the right side of the plaque. Trim another journaling card from the Enhancements sheet. Ink the edges, then machine stitch the card to a panel of cotton fabric.

Adhere cotton panel to the center of the plaque using foam adhesive for dimension. Drag white twill trim through any remaining ink on your craft sheet and allow to dry. Tie trim into a bow and adhere bow to the top of the plaque.

Layer the sentiment cardstock sticker onto Faith patterned paper and trim around it. Using a fine tip paintbrush and the Mustard Seed ink, add watercolor detail to parts of the sticker and journaling card. Adhere sticker to the journaling card using foam adhesive.

Apply round cardstock sticker to the left side of the Enhancements card. Die cut two butterflies from Faith patterned paper using the Sizzix Mini Butterflies movers and shapers die. Watercolor one butterfly with Peacock Feathers Distress ink. Stack the two butterflies together, with inked one on top, and machine stitch down the center, leaving the threads long on both ends. Lightly bend up on the top butterflies wings, then adhere to the circle sticker.
Add white Patina ink to a Maya Road metal butterfly and spread the ink around with your finger. Allow the ink to dry, then adhere the metal butterfly onto the paper one.

Ink a metal button the same way you did the butterfly, and adhere to the bow. Add a few candy dots to finish things off.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Announcing: "Faith" by Authentique Paper

Soft and free flowing, the first of our Autumn releases is the beautiful "Faith" collection. Not specifically religion-based, rather influenced by spirituality and the calm associated with faith, this line is applicable to many occasions.
As a brand, we create art for the sake of preserving memories. Spirituality and faith are a big part of many people's lives; however, creating a collection for a range of views can be tricky! Just as a picture speaks a thousand words, we feel color can convey similar emotions. The color palette for "Faith" is muted, intended to provide a subtle background for your projects. The designs are rich and striking, to offset the softer color tones. Towards the end of the design process, we felt the papers needed something, we went back and added a pop of yellow. After all, Authentique Paper never does the expected...we put our own twist on just about everything, and we love the warmth yellow added to the collection as a whole! 

We wanted the paper designs to be usable for weddings, babies, family history and everything in between. We are pleased with the way this line turned out, it took on a personality of it's own...and we hope you feel the purity and choose to use these designs to preserve the special moments captured in your life.

"Faith" features six double sided papers, an Enhancements cut-apart paper, a coordinating solid, 6x12 Components pre-cut accent, 12x12 Details sticker, 6x6 & 12x12 paper pads, a Card Making Stack, and the collection kit. Oh, of course, this collection is printed on our signature heavy-weight TEXTURED cardstock!

"Divine" 12x12 paper- FAI001 
(Inspired by Sam's (our owner) grandmother's wallpaper from the 1950's)
Music note vertical stripe w/ dove side design / Mini-scale viney-floral

"Gentle" 12x12 paper- FAI002 
(Hello multi use paper - wedding, family history, etc.!)
Lacey floral / Cream & khaki gingham

"Symbolic" 12x12 paper- FAI003 
(this paper has received the most attention when we previewed to retail store owners last month - it's absolutely stunning in person!)
Stained glass / Etched Roman numeral rows

"Reverent" 12x12 paper- FAI004 
(Inspired by bed linens in Sam's great aunt's home)
Music note background floral clusters / Geometric mosaic

"Confirmation" 12x12 paper- FAI005 
(Inspired by a crocheted table runner passed down in the family)
Crochet lace / Mini dot

"Sacred" 12x12 paper- FAI006 
(Authentique Paper's twist on a traditional fleur de lis)
Fleur de lis birds / Multi width vertical stripe

Since the colors are so soft, we'll highlight a few of the sayings on the "Enhancements" (FAI007):
A moment to remember, Happy thoughts only, Personal goals, Special moments & I am thankful for, just to name a few...
3x4 cut-apart cards for pocket crafting, card making, scrapbooks & more / Three unique pattern sections so all of the cards are double sided

"Foundations One" FAI008
Lightly distressed coordinating solid color cardstock - our colors are so unique, it's sometimes hard to find the perfect match - so we've taken the guess work out!

12x12 "Details" sticker- FAI009
With over 60 pieces of super-sticky, custom made adhesive cardstock, this sticker has generic religious overtones, but nothing too specific!

6x12 "Components" paper accents- FAI010
Double-sided cardstock die-cut accents - beautiful words of encouragement & thoughtfulness

"Petite Type" stickers- FAI014

Our mini alphabet & words stickers are just the right size - not too many, not too few, just enough so you can truly use every piece! Also printed on our custom-made matte finish adhesive cardstock.

"Petite Diction" stickers- FAI015

Card Making Stack- FAI200
Our 3rd collection to offer a card making stack - pre-scored size A2 cards, printed on textured cardstock with white on the inside, you can make 18 cards in a matter of minutes!

Collection Kit- FAI012
A little bit of everything - over 400 pieces - papers, stickers & die cut accents!

6x6 Bundle- FAI011
24 sheets of reduced scale designs, double sided with a coordinating solid on the back of each paper + a bonus "tag" on the back cover of the paper pad!

12x12 Paper Pad- FAI013
20 sheets of 12x12 pattern paper - for the paper hoarder ;)

Our Design Team has generously created a variety of projects to highlight the versatility of this collection, let's take a look!

Card by Design Team Member Audrey Pettit

Home Decor by Design Team Member Audrey Pettit

Gift Set by Design Team Member Keely Livings

 Layout by Design Team Member Keely Livings

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@authentiquepaper) for updates & details on how to win this collection! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Have a "Radiant" Birthday!

Hey Authentique fans! Heather here with a fun birthday set using the wonderful Radiant Collection. I have included SO much in this set: large box card decor piece, cupcake box, treat holder, small gift wrap with tag, birthday card AND a fun party hat!
To start, I created a large 8x10" box card. I used a fun Silhouette cut for this, using kraft paper as the base of my card, then adding a bunch of different patterned papers for all of the wonderful colors. I used a combination of the 12x12 papers and the 6x6 Bundle. This way, I was able to mix up the sizes of patterns throughout the piece.
I added quite a few solids by including the Foundations One and Two papers as well. Adding a little bit of twine (Twinery-Lilac Stripe), made all of the balloons just a bit more realistic.
To make this a little more festive for the recipient, of course I had to add some sparkle with a ton of sequins!
The fun sentiment was created using a Technique Tuesday die (Straight Talk Happy) and the fun Petite Type Alphabet Stickers.
The rest of the pieces are just as fun!
The cupcake box uses a combination of Whimsical & Smiling papers, along with a few of the fun Components die cuts.
Make sure that you check out the reverse of those for some fun new patterns! The candy favor uses a fun Silhouette cut bow, a little extra paper, and a pretty flower brad.
Pillow boxes are a fun way to give a few smaller presents. This box uses Glorious papers, some May Arts ribbon, and I used another Components die cut with a Target Dollar Spot tag. To add a little more interest, I faux stitched the tag and used dimensional adhesive to pop up the sentiment.
The cute birthday card utilizes papers from the 6x6 Bundle and some white cardstock. I added matching twine and a Lawn Fawn stamp and coordinating sentiment (Love You Tons, Year Three)
Lastly, I made a fun party hat with Beaming, and added a fun rosette using Playful and a sentiment from the Components die cuts sheet. A little more twine and matching May Arts ribbon completes it!
I hope you enjoyed seeing the fun way that you can stretch your paper collections for party decor as well as your scrapbook and card uses!
Supplies Used:
Authentique Paper Products: Radiant Collection-Playful, Glorious, Beaming, Smiling, Whimsical, Sprightly, Foundations One Distressed Solid, Foundations Two Distressed Solid, Details 12x12 cardstock stickers, Components 6x12 paper die cuts, Petite Type alphabet stickers, 6x6 Bundle
Additional Supplies: Core'dinations Core Essentials 6x6 Brights, Lawn Fawn (Love You Tons stamp & die, Year Three), tag, sequins, kraft paper cardstock, Silhouette Cameo, Twinery Twine (Lilac), May Arts ribbons,  treat tube, Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black), Spectrum Noir pens, Technique Tuesday die (Straight Talk Happy)
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