Friday, September 30, 2011

spooky treat bags

halloween is my very favorite time of year. it's spooky, and creaky, and it's not just for kids. adults can get into the spirit of things too. saturday is oct 1, and at our house it means the count down to halloween begins. 31 days of tricks, treats, creaks and groans. witches and bats, and ghosties and cats. and what better way to start the season than with a "glowing" treat bag!
using the Glowing collection of papers and trinkets, i created three treat bags that anyone would howl for. the Haunted House bag features a rickety fence and hand-knotted bag closure.

the Boney Head bag is gathered and tucked, decorated with tags and of course, a boney head. there are a couple of paper scrunch rib bones as well. i spritzed the paper, crumpled and then twirled it into spooky bones that sculpt and hold their new shape wonderfully.

paper curls, cobweb punches, and a cheery Jack make this bag my personal fav. i love that the paper takes to curling so well! fabulous corkscrews and spirals make for extra seasonal swag.

i'm really looking forward to more spirited projects this month and hope you are too!

Product List
Papers, trims and tags - Glowing Collection
Die cuts - Tim Holtz for Sizzix
Inks - Distress Inks in "Black Soot" and "Rip Persimmon"
Cobweb punch - Martha Stewart

for more spooky fun, stop by the gypsy caravan

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Using Authentique as the perfect accent & finishing touch

It is strange how now that I am using Authentique Paper's paper and supplies all the time, I seriously question how I have gotten by without them up until now.
It seems for anything I need to do, I always wind up using something from Authentique Paper.
Take for example this Halloween Card I made.
I made this card for {ippity} stamps and I needed some cute phrases to finish it off.
Where do I turn?

Yep, you've got it, GLOWING!  The perfect accents for this card.  
The Icons and Noteables are must haves.  I use them all the time!
"too cute to spook", perfect for these innocent mushrooms!

Next you will see in this card how the SPLENDID papers with a little bit of some ruffled FREE BIRD, was the perfect mix for this card. Also the pink card base, is from the UNCOMMON line.

What I love most about Authentique Paper is the endless combinations with all the collections.

So many of the lines can be mixed together, so don't be afraid to add some Uncommon to your Splendid with a dash of Free Bird on top.

For all you paper aficionados, have you tried just piercing your paper for added detail?

The secret to this really working is to put some dimensional foam between your pierced paper and the background layer.

You can see that even though I have 3 different Authentique Paper lines on this card, they all work perfectly together.

Don't be afraid to mix and match.  What combinations can you dream up?  Be sure to share them with us on our FACEBOOK page.

This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today's post.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

She is...

To be honest, I had an entirely different layout scheduled for my post today. I made it a couple weeks ago when I first got my Authentique goodies and thought I would get ahead and make all my projects far in advance. Late last week, I received my share of Free Bird and it was love. How could I not cut into it right away and make something? Firstly, these 6x6 papers are TEXTURED! Be still, my heart. After staring at each individual Free Bird paper for quite a while, I finally settled on using Fair-Weather first. The color combinations are so striking in person, and I had just the picture of my daughter, Harper, to use on this layout.

I used all four Fair-Weather papers on this layout, but still have about half of each paper left over and will certainly be making use of every last scrap. I made a border all around the page by hand-trimming and using border punch scraps. I really like the mish-mashed look of the border by itself, but in order to give it more emphasis, I drew curlicues all around the edge and then paper-pierced and hand-stitched.

Just look at that texture! Swoon. And the colors, the houndstooth, I love it all. 

Patterned Paper- Authentique Free Bird Fair-Weather
Cardstock- Michaels Brand Kraft
Embroidery Floss- DMC 

Keep a look-out at your LSS for Free Bird. It really is SO beautiful in person. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Beautiful Girl

Hello Authentique fans,  it's Heather again!

I have to start this post with a confession: I love my Hipstamatic photo app. When I printed this photograph, I knew that I wanted to use some of the pink colors from the Uncommon line that Authentique sent, to showcase my little munchkin off. 

I started by using the back of the Gifted paper from the Uncommon line. I really liked how the text, and simplicity allowed for more color in the embellishments. Rather than using a bold mist, or a liberal swipe of acrylic paint, I made a simple solution of white acrylic and water. Instead of spraying, I just splattered some on for interest.

I really enjoyed how the Uncommon papers worked against the Journey stickers and Splendid die cuts. I used some of the buttons, brads, and a metal flower that I had in my stash.

I also stitched a contrasting color of twine on one of the die cuts. I haven't really quite decided if I really want to add any journaling onto the tabs. So far... I've decided against it.

On one of the die cuts, I used a little bit of Glossy Accents to make the sentiment stand out.

Rather than keep the title straight, I used a piece of circle paper to position the letters in the right spot. I also reflected the circle in the metal flower and the curves in the stitching.

I also created a card with some of my scraps. This one is for a lovely scrappy friend who just had her fourth baby, a little girl!!

I hope you enjoy! ~Heather

Layout Supplies:
AUTHENTIQUE patterned papers: Uncommon Gifted (back), Uncommon Foundations (back)
AUTHENTIQUE die cuts: Uncommon Icons, Splendid Icons, Splendid Tabloids, Journey Classic Type
Other Supplies: Basic Grey buttons, Twinery twine-Lilac, American Crafts brads, Sassafras Lass Vintage Brooch, Glossy Accents, homemade white acrylic spray

Card Supplies: 
AUTHENTIQUE patterned papers: Blissful 6x6 
AUTHENTIQUE die cuts: Blissful Icons and Excerpts
Other Supplies: American Craft buttons, Hero Arts stamp, Twinery twine

Monday, September 26, 2011

Free Bird Fair-Weather Card Set

Hi there! It's Misty again with a card set that is NOT for the birds. I am loving the new Free Bird papers from Authentique Paper. They are PERFECT for card making.
The Fair-Weather collection is one of my true favorites and I can't wait to get some more!!! Many of you who know me know that I have a personal goal to send joy through hand made cards I create (I was inspired by my dear friend Kristy) and I'm happy to tell you that I have now made and delivered over 80 cards to friends and, for me, this was the perfect assignment.

I wanted this set of cards to be uniform in some ways but still be individual. So I covered each card in a foundation paper from the Wonder collection. Next I used a small embossing folder to make an impression on the front of each card. Then I got to work creating.
I cut a one inch strip from each of the Fair-Weather papers and adhered it to the left hand side of the card and then rounded the corners.
Petite Type Circle Letters from the Journey Collectoin

Here I added some words from the Blissful Diction set

Classic Type from the Journey Collection
I hope you enjoyed this little collection of joy and maybe you can use some Free Bird papers of your own to send a little joy! Have a great day!

Supply List:
Free Bird: Fair-Weather
Wonder: Foundations
Journey: Excerpts, Petite Type Circle Letters, Classic Type
Blissful: Diction
Stamps: Stampin' Up Priceless and Bliss
Inks: Stampin' Up Crushed Curry and Taken with Teal
Ribbon: We R Memory Keepers
Corner Chomper, Cuttlebug, Zig Marker

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Authentique Paper "Secret"

I am so excited to post this tutorial here today.
I am working with the new line of papers called FREE BIRD.
These are 6 x 6 papers that will be sold individually and what is so awesome about them is that they are the same quality as the bigger Authentique Paper 12 x 12 sheets, textured and wonderful!

The buzz with the Authentique Paper Design Team right now is that we all love the designs and the papers in this new FREE BIRD series, we almost do not want to use them.
If you are a true paper junkie like me as much as I love double sided paper, it can sometimes cause anxiety in me. I look at both sides and think, I can't possibly use ONE side and not the other. How do you choose which side to use? I want BOTH. Today I am sharing one of my BEST KEPT secrets with you. The textured papers that Authentique Paper produces are such high quality, durable and strong papers you can literally separate the double sided papers into 2 pieces of paper.
Yes...2 completely separate pieces!!

First you are going to need to break down...break down...break down the fibers in the paper.

To do this, I started by putting the sheets of paper through my crimper, over and over again. About 3o times at least. After that I just kept bunching it and crumpling it by hand.

It is important to note, I did not wet the paper in any way at all.

When I start seeing the edges are separating, I know I can start taking the pieces apart.

At first I used a spatula to carefully hold the one side down while I tugged on the other side.

But after doing this a couple of times, I found the easiest way is just to very gently separate a small section, rotate, tug, rotate and keep doing this until the pieces are free from each other.
You will end up with 2 intact pieces of paper you can play with.

The other side looks like a fuzzy white piece of cotton.

Here are some other pieces of the FREE BIRD series I have already separated and have cut them in strips.

I used a small dress form die cut from chipboard as my base. You can use this single layer of paper almost like it is fabric. The paper at this point is as flexible as a piece of fabric. Really!

Here I have made the bodice piece for my tiny dress.

Then I made the ruffles for the skirt.

Here are the pieces all ready to be assembled.

Using hot glue and some imagination, this is how the dress turned out.

I had made a focal point for my card, but it did not show up well as I used the same shades of green for my card base and embellishment, so I decided to make a ruffle to frame my circle embellishment.

I just attached a bunch of strips, end to end and gathered them to make the ruffle you see in this next picture.

The neat thing is, after making this card, I still have pieces left.

Isn't that awesome?
Who knew you could pretend paper was fabric and sew a dress out of it? (Other than me!)

My point in sharing this is to show you Authentique Paper's:
POSSIBILITIES, which are endless.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Think of how many fun projects you can make with this fun paper and if you use my technique, you can double the amount of projects you make!
Have fun and happy paper crumpling!!! This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today's post.

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