Friday, April 24, 2015

Vintage Grunge with Angela from Bigmouth Scrappers!

I am Angela Medina, I work as the manager, designer, and instructor for Bigmouth Scrappers. There isn't a medium or product out there that I don't love to work with, but if I had to chose a favorite, it would be mixed media and distress. I love to teach people to step outside of their comfort zone and just do it! Mixed media is the perfect platform for exploring new ideas and techniques that many have not thought to do before.  I am also on the Cheryl Mezzetti, Perfect Paints Design Team. In addition to mixed media, you'll often find me creating 3D structures which I almost always love to "grunge" up. My passions are designing, teaching, and traveling, and I am blessed to be able to pursue all three at the same time! 

I will be teaching my first "professional' booking, on a cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, with , You still have time to sign up to join this rock star cast and myself for an amazing Mixed Media Crafting Adventure! Check it out at 

The Vintage Gas Station:
This was created partially from Laura Dennison's Gas Station Tutorial and I changed a few things. I used papers from Authentique's Durable Collection, Kaisercraft's Basecoat and metals from Prima, 
Idea-ology and Industrial Chic.
I truly love Authentique's paper collections....but THIS one....they knocked it out of the park with Durable.  I can't stop creating with it! I love it so much, I had to order it twice for the store.

M is for My Guy 
Vintage Vest Mini Album
I used papers from the Durable Collection from Authentique, along with journal cards. The "buttons" are Hitch Fasteners from Idea-ology. I just love this line and as soon as I saw the stripes, I knew it had to go on a vest to make a masculine mini album. 

A little info on the store:

Bigmouth Scrappers is located in Forney, Texas, about 20 minutes east of Downtown Dallas. It is owned by Cynthia Sanders and we have been open since 2011. We started out as a tiny one room store not more than 400 sq ft and now we are over 5000 sq ft, with a 2000 sq ft crop room.  We are a Premier Store for Authentique and we carry other lines such as Graphic 45, Prima, Teresa Collins, Kaisercraft and many more.  We are not your "typical" scrapbook store...we are much more! It is a true artist's any given time we will have scrapbookers, quilters, crochet/knitters, mixed media/canvas artists and even cake decorators!  We even have 4 sewing machines set up to work on.

We are a little off the beaten path, but I promise worth the drive!  When you walk in, you have to look up, down and all around to catch every little detail. There are chicken nests on the wall and ladders hanging from the can walk through each room and see something you missed everytime.

We have classes every Saturday and this is our biggest year with big name designers like Jim "The Gentleman Crafter" Hankins, Frank Garcia, Cheryl Mezzetti, Jen Starr, Limor Weber, Jamie Dougherty, Carol Winger and Lance Anderson.

We also have the Ruby Rose Retreat across the if you are out of the area, come hang out with us for a weekend and stay there. It has 3 bedrooms that sleeps 6 people and it looks like something out of Country Living Magazine....but cuter! It's decorated in linens, burlaps and laces. There are custom crop tables there or you can come across the street to the store and hang out there.


Since it's the weekend, let's do a fun "Durable" giveaway! For your chance  to win, leave a nice comment for Angela here on this post. Also, be sure to grab our "Durable" icon and share on facebook and instagram! If we see you "wearing" it on your profile, that doubles your chances of winning! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Seaside" Card Creations

Hello Authentique friends!  I'm happy to share my latest cards created with the fabulous "Seaside" collection.   

 Can you feel the sand between your toes?  ...hear the seagulls?  ...smell the sea air?   The "Seaside" collection brings every detail of the beach to your projects.

I created 2 cards measuring 5 1/2" x 4".  The first card has a vertical design with lots of layers.  I cut patterned paper in various sizes of rectangles and mounted with dark blue cardstock.  I used a wooden doily to add a rustic texture and mounted the title diecut with adhesive foam.  Lots of great collection stickers give this card such fun details.

The second card has a hortizontal design and would be great to hold photos of your latest beach vacation.  I included lots of circle diecuts that create a great contrast with the rectangle card design. I also added a chipboard star for texture.  I like backing the patterned paper shapes with a dark cardstock to define each design. 

Aren't the details of this collection amazing?  The patterned papers, stickers, and diecuts bring the "Seaside" to all of your projects. 

Want2Scrap chipboard star, self-adhesive pearls
wooden doily
Colorbok kraft cardstock
E6000 industrial strength adhesive
Therm-o-web 3D foam squares
ScorPal ScorTape

Monday, April 20, 2015

Wishing you a Happy Birthday with Durable

Creating great cards is quick and easy with the "Durable" collection.  I created this card for my son's 17th birthday.  All of the elements of the collection come together to fabulously.

I gathered my supplies shown below.  I cut black cardstock to create a 5"x5" card base.

The patterned papers in the "Durable" collection are perfect for all of your masculine projects.  The brick pattern of the "strong/impervious" 12x12 paper is one of my favorites.  The "details" 12x12 cardstock stickers, "authentic life cards" 3x4 pocket-crafting cards, "petite type" alphabet stickers, and 6x6 "bundle" were used in creating my card.

I cut the "strong/impervious" 12x12 paper to measure 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" and adhered to front of 5"x5" card base. Next, I mounted the blue pocket-crafting card with black cardstock and adhered to the center of the card.  I then adhered the "Make today so awesome" cardstock sticker with dimensional foam adhesive squares. The alphabet stickers and additional cardstock stickers were the perfect finishing touches to this card.  I love how the  "petite type" alphabet stickers make projects so easy to personalize.

Authentique "Durable" collection
ScorPal ScorTape adhesive tape
Therm-o-web 3D foam squares
black cardstock

Friday, April 10, 2015

Down by the Sea(side)

When I first saw the Seaside Collection, I knew that I wanted to create this gorgeous card. I had purchased the Silhouette cut file quite awhile ago, saving it for the perfect papers. The shells, coral and seaside patterns were perfect foils for this project.
In the closed position, the pops of bright red look amazing against the light aquas, creams, and blues. To add to the beachy look, I inked most of the edges of the die cut pieces.
To get the mermaid, I used a few pieces of  Core'dinations cardstock in Pastels. The weathered cardstock mimicked the weathered look of Seaside.
Added a few bubbles behind her, and she's perfect. 
To add the sentiment, I used a die cut from the Components sheet. 
Lastly, I added a piece of May Arts ribbon to complete the card. When it's closed, just tie it into a bow.
Authentique's paper is so thick and amazing, that it also makes perfect envelopes. This one was created using a piece of Seafarer and an envelope punch board.
This layout is a great way to showcase how really amazing papers can create really quick layouts. I used my Silhouette to cut this perfectly amazing title, and added pieces from the Components die cuts, Details sticker sheet and Petite Type alphabet stickers to finish it.
Authentique Paper: Seaside Collection (12x12 papers, 6x6 Bundle, Components, Petite Type, Details Stickers
Other Supplies: Core'dinations Cardstock (Pastels), Silhouette files, May Arts ribbon, Zip Dry, Xryon 1.5" Sticker Maker, Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Homespun Easter Basket with "Treasure"

Happy Spring!  I'm excited to share my Homespun Easter Basket created with the lovely "Treasure" collection.

I started with a hot chocolate canister that I covered with patterned paper.  I then added a paper handle.  Next, I wrapped ribbon around the container.

I added a paper doily to the front and began to decorate. I cut and inked a patterned paper circle to fill the inside of the doily.

I added a chipboard decorative frame and embellished with "Treasure" diecuts and stickers.

I embellished the bow with a cute little bunny cut from patterned paper and fabric tag with a word sticker.

To complete the project, I adhered chipboard wings to the back of the basket, filled with grass, and mini eggs.
Authentique "Treasure" collection
Want2Scrap chipboard frame, chipboard wings, pearl swirl, heart stick pin
Offray ribbon
E6000 adhesive
Tsukineko Memento Luxe ink
mini flowers, Easter grass, mini eggs, fabric tag, charm

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Announcing "Seaside" by Authentique Paper

There is something about being close to the water, it's scary yet freeing at the same time. It's rare to meet a person who doesn't like the ocean and it's been said "the cure for everything is saltwater, sweat, tears and the sea." We agree. 

Do you remember our "Fresh" and "Anchored" collections? They were awesome. We're pleased to announce that Fresh and Anchored had a baby and named it "Seaside."

Sandy taupe, weathered white, classic navy blue and our custom blended red-orange make up the color pallet for this calming yet invigorating collection! The papers are distressed with a weathered look and feel, almost as if they've been exposed to the elements. The patterns are versatile - use this collection for anything from beach days to making an album for a military member or veteran. We hope you'll enjoy this timeless collection as much as we did creating it!

"Maritime" 12x12 Paper- SEA101
Mixed pattern border stripe / Mini red anchors

"Adrift" 12x12 Paper- SEA102
Anchored flourish embellished edges / Never ending waves

"Voyage" 12x12 Paper- SEA103
Multi color and width stripe / Mini weathered white stars on sand

"Captain" 12x12 Paper- SEA104
Pinstripe anchors on navy / Sand, sky blue and navy organized dot

"Aquatic" 12x12 Paper- SEA105
Seashell paisley / Sea life swirl

"Seafarer" 12x12 Paper- SEA106
Intricate red and sand damask with anchors / Tone on tone sandy vertical stripe

"Journey" 12x12 Paper- SEA107
Birds flying high / Red and sky blue vertical stripe

"Buoy" 12x12 Paper- SEA108
Mini life preservers / Classic navy and white horizontal stripe

"Navigate" 12x12 Paper- SEA109
Nautical elements inside rope / Cresting waves

"Oceanic" 12x12 Paper- SEA110
Under water and beach side design / Coral on sky blue

"Coastal" 12x12 Paper- SEA111
Interlocking ropes / Navy, red and weathered white organized dot

"Waterfront" 12x12 Paper- SEA112
Flowing ocean flora / Red stars on weathered white

"Enhancements" 12x12 cut apart- SEA113
Double sided 3x4 cut apart cards for card making, journaling, pocket crafting, mini albums and just about anything else you can think of!

6x12 Components- SEA114
Double sided pre-cut cardstock accents

 12x12 Details Sticker- SEA115
Details, details, details - so many mini pieces of art work on our custom matte finish cardstock adhesive
Petite Diction- SEA116
Mini "diction" word stickers - the perfect addition to any project!

Petite Type- SEA120
Sky blue mini alphabet stickers - there are 190 stickers on this Petite Type sticker!

Authentic Life Cards- SEA121
36 "Authentic Life Cards" 3x4 size, a perfect grab-and-go item you'll want to have in your stash

6x6 Bundle- SEA117
24 reduced scale 6x6 papers, double sided and don't forget the bonus tag inside the front cover!

12x12 Paper Pad- SEA118
The 6x6's big brother/sister - 24 sheets of 12x12 pattern paper, double sided and gorgeous!

 Collection Kit- SEA119
Our kit for "Seaside" includes 12 double sided pattern papers, Components cardstock die cuts, Details, Petite Type and Petite Diction stickers. 

Our announcements wouldn't be complete without some amazing inspiration projects from our Design Team!

Card by Design Team Member Heather Conklin

Layout by Design Team Member Heather Conklin

Journal by Design Team Member Jess Kinderstampo

Home Decor by Design Team Member Keely Livings

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