Thursday, April 17, 2014

An 'Elegant' Dress

Hello again Authentique fans!  Out of all the latest collections from Authentique, I found that the 'Classique: Elegant' collection was the most befitting for a dress form.  I just loved the colors & the whole 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' feel this paper line had.  So you can say that the paper was what inspired me to create my very first dress form.
This dress form measures approximately 12" inches in height & it was quite a find for me & in the most unlikeliest of places.  I found this particular wire dress form at a party supply store around the corner from my gym.  Who would've thought a party supply store would carry dress forms!?  Well, turns out this particular one did just that.

As previously mentioned this was my very first dress form and I literally 'winged' the whole design of the dress.  I had an idea, a vision in my head and it took me a few hours to translate my vision into a reality.  In the end I created a sort of 'cone' shaped design as the bottom part of my dress.  With this cone shaped approach there are other fancier ways one can make this dress but since this was my very first attempt--I decided to keep it simple.
The back of my dress was designed by complete accident.  You see that fan shaped design that ended up being the tail of the dress?  Well, that was originally supposed to go on the front of the dress.  However, when I completed the fan it just didn't look 'right'.  So off came the fan & it sat on my desk as I completed the rest of the dress form.  The light bulb for adding the fan as a tail to my dress didn't come until this project was pretty much completed.  I just didn't want to throw this little fan away & wanted to somehow incorporate it into my dress.  After much fuddling this fan ended up looking just right as an embellishment to the back of my dress.
Around the waist I added a floral vine, a large black & white silk flower, stick pins & ribbon.  The top part of the dress was embellished with a bit of black pearl string and a piece of white lace.
I hope this project inspires some of you to try something new.  This was a completely new experience for me & it certainly will not be my last dress form!  I hope to try more dress forms in the near future.  

In my mind this was my tribute to the movie 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and to the main actress of the movie--who also happens to be a fave of mine--Audrey Hepburn.  

Enjoy the rest of the week!
Products Used:
Authentique Paper: Classique: Elegant Collection
Other: Wire Dress Form, Ribbon, Silk Flower. Lace Trim

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guest Designer: Keri Sallee

Today we have Keri Sallee with us showcasing some amazing projects that she created from our "Classique: Elegant" collection. you may remember Keri, she's guest designed for us in the past. We love her work so much that we asked her to come back. We know you will love what she has created to share today! 

I wanted to do something different with the Classique: Eegant collection so I decided to do a bright colored mixed media piece to contrast with the blues and blacks of the collection. I started with collaging pieces of vintage music as my background. I used Hedi Swapp's Burst stencil with her Color Shine in Mustard. To add dimension, I added Faber-Castell Gelatos in orange and yellow and blended them with my Mustard Color Shine. I then added spots of copper ultra thick embossing enamel with my vintage Heidi Swapp Stamps, stamped images and silver modeling paste using my Prima Marketing Stencil.

I used my Bird die from Sizzix and the Classique: Elegant collection, the marquee sticker from the Classique: Elegant collection and rolled flowers to finish off my mixed media canvas.

Vintage Sheet Music, Paint-Faber Castell Gelatos, Heidi Swapp, Synta Inc; Stamps-G Studio, Heidi Swapp, Stampabilities; Modeling Paste: Liquitex; Matte Gel Medium: Liquitex; Stencil: Heidi Swapp,  Prima Marketing; Bird Die: Sizzix; Enamel accents: Ranger; Embossing Enamel: Suze Weinberg's; Embossing Ink: Tim Holtz for Ranger; Ink: Archival Ink by Ranger

The 1 1/2 inch circular stickers from the Classique: Elegant sticker sheet were perfect fits for my 1 1/2 inch bezels. 

I layered words I cut from the same sticker sheet, added some fun metal embellishments and topped it all off with Ice Resin. 

Bezels: Hobby Lobby; Resin: Ice Resin; Stickers and Words: Authentique; Butterfly Rubon: Paper Studio; Crown: Tim Holtz; Key: 7Gypsies

 Materials: Zebra Charger from Hobby Lobby, Shape Die from Spellbinders, Flower Dies from Sizzix, Gems from Want2Scrap, Paint-Tattered Angels 

Be sure to visit Keri's personal blog and say hello, and please let her know we sent you! 

Also, check out our "We Spy..." board on Pinterest; and don't forget to share your projects with us on Facebook!  If we spy fabulous projects using Authentique products, we might just feature you in a future blog post!

Monday, April 14, 2014

For The Princess

Hello!  It's Shellye with you on this fine Monday!
If you're any kind of a pack rat like me, then you
quite possibly could have one or two of those cute little
wooden boxes that paper flowers or embellishments come in...
or a cigar or paper mache box would also work.

I've used mine to create an Elegant embellished box befitting any princess!
 I painted the base of the box with a black acrylic paint to begin. If you don't want to fuss with cutting the paper around the clasp, then leaving that area painted is a good way to go :)

I took a Maya Road chipboard 'girl' and covered her with one of the 6X6 papers.  Across her front, I attached a sash of blue vintagey trim that I further embellished with some pearl/rhinestone picks that I found in the bridal section of Hobby Lobby.  Next, I painted a chipboard crown from Leaky Shed Studio and glued to the top of the girl. I bent the legs of the chipboard girl, applied high tack glue to the bottom and then
was able to attach the girl to the glass inset of the lid.

 I edged around the glass opening with some braided upholstery trim. For the flowers, I used a die by My Favorite Things and two patterns from the 6X6 Elegant Paper. 
 Lastly, I added a border of black/white dot ribbon to the bottom of the box and used the same ribbon as an accent bow for the front.  This would also make a cute table decoration for a bridal shower or
other fun girlie event!  What girl wouldn't love a 'Tiffany' themed party!

Thanks for stopping by!

Authentique Products: Classique-Elegant: Elegant One Paper; 6X6 Paper Bundle; Components 6X12 Stickers

Other Products: Ribbon- May Arts; Chipboard Girl- Maya Road; Flower Die- My Favorite Things; Glue- Beacon 527 Multi-Purpose; Crown- Leaky Shed Studio

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Swirlydoos April Kit Club

Welcome to:
April Scrapbook Kit Reveal & Blog Hop!

If you came here from,Paulien's blog then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today !! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! Make sure you have LIKED & FOLLOWED Swirlydoos on Facebook!!!

Swirlydoos is proud to bring you our beautiful April collection:


Are you a subscriber? If so, your kit is on it's way! If not, check out the Swirlydoos store to see if there are any April kits or add ons in the store!

Has it sold out? - become a subscriber and not only will you never miss a kit again, but you'll also pay less for your monthly scrapbook kits!
*Mention this blog hop and save 10% on your first kit*

 Never miss one of our kits again!

We have some absolutely beautiful scrapbook projects for you to see today !!  

We are offering up an Authentique Prize Pack to give away today. 

So, let's get started! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!! 

You have until midnight, eastern time, on Sunday 4/13 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Monday 4/14. In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. 
Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence. 
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can't wait to hear from you.

My special word is : THE

The party continues over  at Irene's Blog Have fun!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Making Mini Albums with Top Dog Dies!

Authentique Paper and Top Dog Dies are teaming up this week to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper and Top Dog Dies products!

After you check out the projects here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the Top Dog Dies blog to find out what the talented members of their Design Team have in store for you today!

Keely Livings

Hi friends!  Keely here with my latest Authentique project featuring Top Dog Dies.  I have to tell you...I'm in love with these dies!  I designed my mini calendar with Top Dog Dies Cherish Doilies & Tags Die Set and Circle Mini Album Die.  These dies are so easy to use and worked perfectly with my Sizzix Big Shot.  I'll be designing lots of projects with these dies.

I chose the Authentique collection "Anchored" for this calendar.  I love the red, white, and blue, the stars and stripes, and sailing images.  What a great, versatile collection!

I have a simple method for creating mini albums and projects like this calendar.  Choose a few repeating items and continue those on each page. Each page includes the chipboard stars, patterned stripes, the mini calendar pages, great Top Dog doilies/tags, and red pearls.  These repeating items unify your project and make creating albums fun and easy.

Authentique "Anchored" paper collection
Top Dog Dies TC027 Cherish Doilies & Tag Die Set, TW022 Circle Mini Album Die
Tsukineko Memento Luxe Ink
Want2Scrap Adhesive Pearls, Chipboard numbers
Offray ribbon, twine
Scor-Pal Scor-tape

Heather Conklin

Good Morning Authentique Fans! I had the pleasure of making this fun mini book using Top Dog Dies. I'm a little new to the manual die cutting world, and when I saw these dies, I was in love. They cut amazingly well! To start, I used a lightweight chipboard, and the Circle Mini Album die from Top Dog Dies.
When I saw this die, I was a bit intimidated, as it is wood backed and the die is hidden in the foam. My Sizzix made simple work of it, and Top Dog Dies has a great set of instructions for each type of die and their compatible machines. I then used my Xyron 9"Creative Station to adhere the paper to the chipboard, but then got lazy and tested to see if I could adhere the paper to the chipboard and then cut it, saving a time consuming step of matching up the paper to the chipboard. Seriously, this die cut through 2 layers of textured Authentique Paper from the Classique: Elegant Collection and the chipboard in one cut.
I then used my die cut machine and the Cherish Doilies and Tags Set and Bottles #1 Die Set to decorate the inner pages of each page of my mini. I really love the intricate nature of each of the doilies, and the perfume bottles are super feminine and work really well with the Classique: Elegant papers.
I added just a few touches from the Classique: Elegant die cuts, layering smaller doilies throughout. The 6x6 Bundle made perfect inner doilies, as the patterns are smaller and great for the mini pages.
When I got to the cover, I added a die cut from the Classique: Elegant Collection, a Maya Road dress form and stick pin, a few flowers, brads and enamel dots. I chose to add just a little touch of ribbon to add some additional color and tie in the enamel dots.
Supplies Used:
Authentique Classique: Elegant Collection:Three, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Components Stickers/Die Cuts, 6x6" Bundle
Top Dog Dies: Circle Mini Album, Cherish Doilies and Tags Set, Bottles #1 Die Set
Additional Supplies: Xyron 9" Creative Station, Xyron/Teresa Collins 2 Hole Punch, rings, Heidi Swapp flower, Prima Cabachon flower, enamel dots, Maya Road (Metal Vintage Trinkets Dress Form Hangers, Trinket Pins Heart-Cream & Red), May Arts ribbon, Sizzix Big Shot

Be sure to check back through Friday for more project inspiration! We have an Authentique Prize Pack to give away to one of our lucky commenters (please leave unique comments!)

Also, make sure you stop by the Top Dog Dies Facebook Page and tell them Authentique Paper sent you!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Top Dog "Breakaway" Treat Bags

Authentique Paper and Top Dog Dies are teaming up over the next week to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper and Top Dog Dies products!

After you check out the projects here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the Top Dog Dies blog to find out what the talented members of their Design Team have in store for you today!

Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today sharing with you my project using the "Flourish" collection from Authentique Paper and the "Mini Album Circle Die" along with the "Cherish Doilies and Tags" die from Top Dog Dies.  When I first received these dies, I was playing around with them, and it was when I placed the doily on top of the circle, and the fit was so perfect, I knew these would be perfect for a "breakaway" treat bag for Easter.  I have many little nieces & nephews that would love to receive these and they are so incredibly easy to make, and then "break" into!  They will surely enjoy much as I did making them!
I hope you enjoy!

The "Circle" die is seriously the perfect size to for these and the doily just frames the mini jellybeans just perfectly.  

After creating these simply embellish with bows, tags and flowers. 

To make these, simply die cut as many circles from the "Mini Album Circle Die" as you want treats. Next, die cut transparency paper using the same "Circle Die", then die cut the largest doily from the "Cherish Doilies and Tags" die, the same number for as many treats bags.  Tip:  Before die cutting the doily, I laid my paper down on Therm O Web's "I-Craft Adhesive Sheets", which are amazing to use when die cutting doilies, because adhesive will completely cover the backing of the doily once it's run through your die cutter, and the protective sheet removed. 

Then simply lay your doily down on your circle, and press where you want it to stay.  Next, machine stitch a transparency circle almost the entire way around, stopping at the top.  It's at this point you will add your jellybeans, (or other sweet mini morsel), then stitch the opening at the top closed.  Your project will 'buckle' a little bit, from the jellybeans, so don't add too many.  I inserted just enough to cover the inner circle of the doily.  Then all that's left is to embellish the top.  I simply added a ribbon bow, tags and a felt flower to finish.  You can choose to stamp the smallest tag from the "Cherish Doilies" set, and tuck it in the corner of flower if you like!  Voila!  

Simple and sweet and your little ones will love tearing into the backs of these to get to the goodies on the inside. 

I hope you've enjoyed my project today, and I hope these inspire you to create your own. 
Supplies used:  
Authentique Paper, "Flourish" Collection and Details Stickers
additional supplies needed:  die cut machines, (such as a Big Shot from Sizzix), transparency paper, sewing machine, ribbon, felted flowers, twine, I-Craft Adhesive Sheets from Therm O Web, alphabet stamps and ink, jellybeans. 

Be sure to check back through Friday for more project inspiration! We have an Authentique Prize Pack to give away to one of our lucky commenters (please leave unique comments!)

Also, make sure you stop by the Top Dog Dies Facebook Page and tell them Authentique Paper sent you!
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