Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hilary's "Mysterious" pumpkin marquee & treats

Design Team member Hilary shares her Mysterious projects today and as always, she never disappoints! 

Hey everyone, I'm am beyond excited to be creating for Halloween!  It's one of my most favorite times of the year, and when the new Mysterious collection from Authentique Paper arrived at my door, I couldn't wait to get started.  I created a collection of goodies from gift bags, to a fill-able pumpkin and even a super-sweet pumpkin marquee, which are so popular these days! 

The little gift bags were created by using pattern papers from the Mysterious collection and on the front side of the Mysterious Six paper, there are adorable 3x4 cut-apart tag/cards that can be used for a variety of projects.  I used a die from Tim Holtz called, "In the Bag," simply assembled the gift bags and adhered a die cut directly to the front.  Then for the handles,  I hot glued rope to the top.  So simple and fun!

A full-size Reese's bar fits nicely inside, and who wouldn't want to find a delicious and adorable treat in their bag on Halloween? 

The fill-able pumpkin was created by using my Sizzix Eclips2 electronic die cutting machine along with the pumpkin from the "Bedtime Stories" collection from SVG Cuts.  The face was die cut from black cardstock using the "Mini Scary Jack-O-Lantern" set from Tim Holtz and my Sizzix Big Shot die cutter.  

Embellishing the stem with the "Details" 12x12 adhesive cardstock stickers finishes the project off. Authentique's stickers are always the best quality - heavy-weight, cardstock, which means it has a matte finish (instead of the glossy finish) which is super sticky, so you don't have to worry about them popping off of your project! A bonus - they custom make the sticker material, it is unique to Authentique!

....and remember to fill it up with treats before placing him at his final resting spot. 

For my final project, I couldn't resist creating a marquee pumpkin, which very trendy these days, and this was entirely way too much fun to put together.  I again used my Sizzix Eclips2 electronic die cutting machine along with the Pumpkin Marquee sign from the "Give Thanks" collection from SVG Cuts.  I also used the same Mini Scary Jack-O-Lantern die as in the pumpkin project above, to bring a bit of Halloween to the marquee.  

I hope you enjoyed my projects today and I hope I've inspired you to create a few of your own. 

Happy Fall everyone!

Authentique Paper Supplies:

Mysterious 12x12 papers 
Mysterious Details 12x12 cardstock stickers

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cuddle up! Mini Album with video tutorial

Authentique's Cuddle: Boy & Girl collections have been my favorite baby-themed papers.  The soft colors & vintage designs plus the classic pink for girls & blue for boys are a pleasure to work and create with!

In continuing with the mini album phase that I seem to be going through, I've created matching boy & girl accordion, zig zag mini albums, perfect to hold wallet sized 2 x 3 inch photos.

I was inspired for these mini's from a Pinterest photo I stumbled upon.  I saw the photo & found it 'different' from the typical accordion-style albums and decided I would give replicating the mini a shot! Here's the end result.

The mini albums measure 5 3/4" x 2 3/4" inches & can hold up to 11 wallet sized photos!  

I'm not sure if the original mini had pockets, but I made pockets for my version.  I'm big on journaling & always have to have a place in my project to add my thoughts, dates, sentiments etc.

The album can hold photos on both sides & is just right for a small, quick gift or for your own memorabilia.

Speaking of having a keepsake of your own...I loved this little mini so much that I made the boy version of it for myself.  As you can see, I've already filled it with pictures of my own little guy.  The photos are of him during his first 12 months.

On the cover of both albums I included a sentiment from the "Components" 6x12 cardstock die cut accent sheet. These sentiments add the perfect finishing touch to this little mini.

I've created a tutorial on how I went about creating this mini.  Enjoy!

Products Used:
Authentique Paper: Cuddle: Boy Collection, Cuddle: Girl Collection
Embellishments: Cuddle: Girl Details, Cuddle: Boy Components & Details
Other: Mini Flocked Teddy Bear, Rhinestones Swirl, Pearl Swirl, Fabric Flowers, Mulberry Paper Spray

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