Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Holly Jolly Christmas Inspiration with "Believe"

To me, the holidays are all about reaching out and connecting with friends and family, and one of my favorite ways to do that is by sending special handmade cards. I know my family always appreciates homemade, and I love being able to put that little touch of he(art) into my gift giving.

I am all about the layers in my card designs. Love the look of lots and lots of patterned papers and prints mixed together. But adding too many layers is not very cost effective when it comes to mailing, so I've come up with a little trick. By using strips of patterned paper all on one level, I can get the look of lots of layers, without all the bulk. This card actually only has two layers of paper, although the pieced paper strips give the illusion of much more. This is a great technique for using up some of those paper scraps we all tend to collect, too.

I did add a bit of ribbon to my card, but tried to keep all of the elements relatively flat and postal friendly. A paper banner strip and oval frame, cut from the Authentique Life Cards, creates an eye catching framework for that fun Santa image. Details cardstock stickers and die cut Components punch outs add the finishing touch.

Of course the holidays are all about the packages, too, so for my second project, I've made a pretty gift tag, perfect for dressing up those boxes and bags.

The base of the tag was die cut using the 6x6 Bundle paper and Tim Holtz' Tag and Bookplates die for Sizzix. I added an Authentic Life Card to the center, and a bit of lace trim to the bottom. Machine stitching adds a little extra detail.

For a bit of a fun twist on the traditional tag topper, I added one of the hinge stickers from the Details sticker sheet, placed over the hole opening at the top of the tag, and folded over to the back. I removed the tiny die cut circles from the hinge sticker and replaced them with matching eyelets, then threaded string through the center hole. Those leftover tiny circle stickers were then randomly scattered across the tag for a small, yet eye catching embellishment. They remind me of those candy dots that are so popular these days.

I added some small Diction stickers to complete my sentiment, then topped the tag with that beautiful poinsettia. That little pretty was made with additional 6x6 Bundle papers, the Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die, and lots of Distress Ink added right over the top of the die cut papers. I love how the ink totally alters the look of the patterned papers.

I hope I've given you some fun ideas for using our fabulous new holiday collection. Happy crafting!

Authentique Believe Collection:
6x6 "bundle"
"authentic life cards" - 3x4 & 4x6
"details" 12x12 cardstock sticker
"components" 6x12 paper die cut
"petite diction" mini word sticker

Sizzix Dies: Movers & Shapers Tag and Bookplates, Tattered Poinsettia

Trim: Stampin'Up, Craft Supply
Eyelets: Making Memories
Button: Foofala  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Counting My Blessings with "Faith"

Recently, I shared a home decor mixed-media project here on the blog, showing how easy it is to alter and embellish Faith by adding spots of bright color to this otherwise neutral line. But today I want to show the softer side of Faith by focusing on its subtle color palette, with monochromatic designs that really pop.

Although Faith has a distinctly neutral color scheme, it does contain a wide variation of color tones, which I tried to highlight here on this card. I love the combo of crisp white mixed with cream and beige, with touches of soft yellow thrown in, too. The solid ochre colored paper I used in the background, from the 6x6 paper bundle, anchors and frames the design, and really sets the subtle colors off.

To add extra interest to my projects, I like to mix the 12x12 papers with the 6x6 Bundle papers. The variation in scale, and the visual texture between the linen and smooth papers add subtle, yet eye catching detail. A layer of soft cotton batting adds another dimension, too, and machine stitching helps add definition between the papers.

For my second project, I made a pretty gable gift box and matching tag, blending and mixing the neutral papers with neutral trim and embellishments for a soft, monochromatic look.

Once again I combined papers from the 6x6 Bundle, used to make the flower and tag, with 12x12 paper, for a fun mix of texture and scale. A thin strip, trimmed from the Enhancements paper and accented with a diction sticker, makes a quick and easy banner flag to dress up my tag. Love how it looks! So much variety from just a simple neutral color palette.

Authentique Faith Collection:
12x12 Paper "divine"
6x6 Bundle
Enhancements Cut Apart Paper
Details Cardstock Stickers
"petite diction" Mini Word Stickers
Flowers: Petaloo
Dies: Sizzix
Trim: May Arts, Stampin'Up, Craft Supply
Button: American Crafts
Ink: Clearsnap
Batting, Pinking Shears: Sewing Supply

Monday, August 25, 2014

Women of Faith

Hello!  Shellye here with a layout using the new "Faith" Collection.  We recently had a ladies' luncheon at our church and the collection went along perfectly with the shabby chic theme!

In my photo editing software, I chose the sepia color for my photos and then printed them out into a wallet size.  I cut a mat of patterned paper just a bit larger than the grid of pictures and then mounted it onto the background paper with foam adhesive.

I cut out two of the medallions from the Symbolic paper and added them at the top and bottom of the photo grid.  Along the top I attached a white border of lace trim...I love the softness that it brings to the page!

A paper doily and some hand-stitching gave some extra detail to the bottom of the page.  I used one of the border stickers and Petite Type stickers for the sub-title.

This collection is very versatile...use it in conjunction with another collection or mix in a contrasting color such as dark grey, gold or even black!  
Thanks for stopping by today!
Authentique Products: Faith Collection- Gentle Paper; Symbolic Paper; Reverent Paper; Sacred Paper; Details Cardstock Stickers; Petite Type Alphabet Stickers; Components Paper Die cuts
Other: May Arts- Lace Trim

Friday, August 22, 2014

Announcing: "Believe" by Authentique Paper

Fact: Christmas music plays year-round in the Authentique Paper art department. It's true...sandwiched between George Michael, Pearl Jam, and Justin Timberlake like it's no big deal. We love designing each and every collection, but Christmas seems to provide endless inspiration. It's never too early for Christmas around here, we're always ready for the most wonderful time of the year and we "believe" any time is Christmas time! 

Authentique Paper Christmas collections are all created using consistent "base" colors - red & green...mix and match your from previous years to double the pleasure and the fun! After all, consistency from a brand is what we all look for, right? This year we've included a pop of blue to freshen the color palette and add a bit of whimsy to the nostalgic patterns.

The twelve papers are double sided with an intricate pattern on one side and a more subtle pattern on the other. Is "Believe" printed on our signature heavy weight TEXTURED cardstock??? YES!

"Innocence" 12x12 paper- BEL001
Doily snowflakes & icons / cream tone thin vertical stripe

"Wonderment" 12x12 paper- BEL002
Nostalgic Santa side design / Red writing paper

"Novelty" 12x12 paper- BEL003
Random Christmas collage / Newspaper columns

"Universal" 12x12 paper- BEL004
Poinsettia and pinecone clusters / Green & cream thin horizontal stripe

"Tidings" 12x12 paper- BEL005
Favorite plaid / Cream tone dots

"Adorn" 12x12 paper- BEL006
Pattern-filled ornaments & holly leaves / Green & cream gingham

"Friendship" 12x12 paper- BEL007
Gingerbread people & Blue writing paper

"Homeward" 12x12 paper- BEL008
Red swirls w/ mini blue dot background / Light blue & cream thin vertical stripe

"Essence" 12x12 paper- BEL009
Holly leaf diamond pattern / Sheet music

"Ideal" 12x12 paper- BEL010
Mini pine trees / Red dots on dark bark

"Wonderland" 12x12 paper- BEL011
Christmas tree damask / Cream and greens houndstooth

"Pleasing" 12x12 paper- BEL012
Retro snowflakes / Mini red dots on light blue background

"Enhancements" 12x12 cut apart BEL013
4x6 and 3x4 "cut-apart" cards for pocket crafting 

"Foundation One" 12x12 paper- BEL014
Perfect green & blue lightly distressed solid

"Foundation Two" 12x12 paper- BEL015
Classic red & bark brown lightly distressed solid

"Details" 12x12 sticker- BEL016
Too many pieces to count on this 12x12 cardstock sticker...we lost count after 160!

"Components" 6x12 paper accent - BEL017
Double sided cardstock paper accents - pair this item with the Card Making Stack below and you can make projects in a snap!

"Petite Type" & "Petite Diction" stickers - BEL021 & BEL0222
Plenty of mini-alphabet stickers and just the right amount of mini word & phrases!

Authentic Life Cards- BEL200
New to our "Believe" collection, we added 4x6 size cards to the "Life Cards"...Each of the 3x4 or 4x6 cards have a sentiment on one side and a journaling prompt on the other. Included in this stack are 24 cards: if you love both sides, don't worry, you get two of each so you won't have to choose which side to use!

Card Making Stack- BEL500
Our Card Making Stacks have been a HUGE hit - 18 pre-scored, textured cards make for quick and easy cards! Don't miss out on this item!

Collection Kit- BEL019
Our collection kit has over 400 pieces - 12x12 papers, cardstock paper accents & stickers!

6x6 Bundle- BEL018
24 reduced scale 6x6 designs with coordinating solids on the back of each paper!

 12x12 Paper Pad- BEL020
20 sheets of 12x12 beautifully patterned papers

Card by Design Team Member Hilary Kanwischer

Card by Design Team Member Audrey Pettit

Tag by Design Team Member Audrey Pettit

Card by Design Team Member Heather Conklin

Card by Design Team Member Shellye McDaniel

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