Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wonder Advent Calendar Tree

With December just one day away, today is the perfect day to share an Advent calendar to kick off a month of Christmas and holiday festivities! Like many of you, I come across treasures to alter from time to time. About five years ago, I bought this Advent Christmas tree at Starbucks. (Yes, it has sat unused at my house until now - ha!) The front of it was truthfully not that pretty so I used the beautiful "Wonder" collection to make it beautiful! 

I simply covered each box front with patterned paper and then added number stickers, Wonder Noteables, Tabloids and Icons, Diction stickers, pearls and rhinestones to decorate.

To decorate the top of the tree, I used a doily die-cut, tissue trim, twine and a "Joy" sentiment from the Noteables die-cuts.

Here's a couple close-ups of the individual boxes. 

I also hot-glued tinsel trim around the perimeter of the tree.

Supply List:
Authentique Paper (Wonder Collection Patterned Paper: Expectation, Awe, Yearning, Curiosity, Anticipation; Wonder Noteables, Diction, Tabloids, Icons)
Melissa Frances tissue trim, tinsel trim, pearls, rhinestones
American Crafts chipboard, vinyl number stickers
Martha Stewart twine, doily die-cut

Thanks so much for looking!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Easy Holiday Gift/Home Decor Idea

I have a fun and easy idea to pass on to you today.
I am using some paper from the Wonder 6 x 6 bundle and a plain glass frame.

To start off I cut a frame from a full size piece of Wonder's, off-white foundation paper.
The frame measures 5" x 7".
You can see all the shapes that have been cut out on the left.

I took each paper and put the right side of my cut out to the wrong side of the patterned paper I was using. This is so I do not get pencil marks left over from tracing.

You can see here that I was careful to number and match each patterned paper piece to the pattern piece I was using.

All the pieces are cut out, it is time to get ready for assembly.

Using a paint dabber, I edged all my cut outs and also the frame.

I also took the frame base and edged that with the paint as well.

I covered the frame back with a neutral piece of cardstock to cover the frame clamp holes.

Next I adhered the frame.

I knew I wanted to have the cut outs be slightly raised, so I put dimensional foam down first.

 Here is the first stage of the frame done.

Next, I took some vinyl and cut-out the word JOY.  I used a setting on my cutter that cuts through the vinyl, but not the vinyl backing.  Here you see that I have already cut and removed the excess vinyl and only the word JOY is on the backing.

This might be redundant for those who work with vinyl, but after I did the previous step, I took some mounting film and lifted the word off the vinyl backing.

What you see here is the vinyl attached to the mounting film. the sticky side of the film is on the back of the letters.  The mounting film will release the vinyl, once I attach the vinyl to the frame.

Here I have attached the word to the glass and I am peeling off my mounting film.

Step 2 , you can see below is all done.

Step 3 is optional.  What I did was to embellish the from of the glass further.

I added fibers, lace and beads to bring it all together.

It really is a beautiful piece and fairly easy and quick to make.

You could use this idea for any season or for any occasion based on what paper you use.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and that you can use this idea for the upcoming holiday season.
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today's post.

Supplies used:  
Wonder full sized Foundations
Wonder 6 x 6 Bundle
Misc trims and fibers.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Putting a Bird on Free Bird

Hello folks!! Heather here. I hope that all of your Thanksgiving feasts were wonderful, and that you were able to spend time with loved ones. Today for you, I have a nifty piece of decor that you too could whip up before the holidays!

Samantha showed me a fantastic pin over at Pinterest, and I was inspired to use the Free Bird Series to craft something similar. I even drew a lovely little chickadee to place on it! 
I chose to use Warmth for the wreath, as I felt that it reminded me of all of winter. It does have some lovely colors and patterns.
I didn't have a little chickadee, so I actually drew one up using my scrapbooking pens and a little bit of chalk ink. Yup... the yellow is chalk ink!
The wreath itself is simply concentric circles of cones of paper. I just cut the Free Bird pages in half using decorative scissors, then trimmed off one of the 3" sides with decorative scissors as well. Roll the paper into cones, then attach the trimmed edge to the cone with a glue dot.
To attach the cones to the wreath, each cone is pinned in place, then hot glued. I haven't quite made up my mind whether or not I want to replace the drawing with a little faux bird or not yet. At the moment, I rather like him.
I hope that you enjoyed my take on a fun decor project. Just another way to use those fantastic Free Bird papers!! Have a great start to the holiday season!!

Supplies Used: 
Authentique Free Bird Series: Warmth FBS 129, 130, 131 & 132
Additional Supplies: wreath form, American Crafts Memory Markers in Charcoal and Black, AC ribbon, AC white cardstock, Colorbox Chalk ink in Yellow Cadmium, stick

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mini Thanks

Hello everyone! Happy Thanksgiving (tomorrow) to all my US readers. I was feeling the spirit of the season when I sat down to create this mini album. I have so many things to be thankful for and right at the top of that list is my 19 month old daughter, Harper. I printed out some pictures that I've taken with my iPhone in the last month in 5x7 size and got to work.

The majority of the papers in this mini album are from the Free Bird Delight and Blush color range, but I also felt inspired to mix the rich yellows and pinks with Blissful and Uncommon. 

I wanted to keep the design fairly simple and use the beautifully textured papers of Freebird to really emphasize the photos. 

I just love these Blissful Headlines tags. They sure made putting together this mini a breeze. They are so wonderfully designed, I didn't have to do much with the rest of my pages.

A little bit of dimensional foam really served to accent the Blissful Icon in the center of the doily. 

This Uncommon Headline Tag goes so well with the Freebird papers, you'd never know they're from different lines. 

I put a handwritten letter to my daughter in the envelope detailing how blessed I feel to be her mother and to get to watch her grow and learn. 

I hope you enjoyed looking at my mini today and also hope that you were able to find some inspiration in it.

Supplies Used: 
Paper: Authentique Freebird (Blush and Delight)
Embellishments: Authentique (Blissful Headlines and Icons, Uncommon Headlines and Icons); My Mind's Eye (stickers, brads, and buttons)
Alphas: Authentique (Petite Alphas); American Crafts

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holiday Memories

Today we're excited to bring to you a fabulous project from a very talented crafter - Linda Auclair.

We wanted you to learn a little bit about Linda before jumping into her project, so here's the short version (in her own words):

My name is Linda Auclair, from New Hampshire. I’ve been married for 12 years to my wonderful husband, Tim. We have three great kids: Jonathan, who is a grad student at UPenn, Brigid (11) who is quite the crafter and photographer herself, and Aileen (9) who loves ballet, kitties, and color pink. My family is my inspiration and my greatest source of support. I have been scrapbooking for over ten years, and I love to make home decor items using my scrapbooking supplies. I'm honored to share my ornament project with you here on the Authentique blog.

And now let's hear from Linda about her ornament mini-album:

One of our favorite family traditions is to take photos of the kids under the Christmas tree every Christmas Eve. It is a holdover from my own childhood when my Mom and Dad would have my sister and I pose in our special Christmas Eve pajamas.

I love to compare the photos of my kids from year to year and see how much they have grown, which was my inspiration for the Christmas ornament I'm sharing with you today. I created a mini album using a small chipboard book which compiles my favorite Christmas Eve photographs.

I love the traditional colors and nostalgic feel of the "Wonder" collection by Authentique, and knew it would be great paired with my photos.

Thank you, Linda, for sharing your fabulous project with us today here on the Authentique Paper blog!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Monday Authentique Paper Lovers!

I am so excited to share a little 'how to' with you!

Are you thinking about Christmas yet?
The stores are all decked out and the radio is playing Holiday Music, so I guess it's time :)
Today I have an easy and fun tutorial for a paper machae' tree.

Here's a look at the basic supplies you will need

Trace around the bottom of the tree onto some chipboard, cut out and set aside.

Next, you want to punch out your circles.  AP's Wonder Collection is so PERFECT for this project!
After your circles are punched you want to add a strip of Scor-tape, or some other strong adhesive along the bottom, this will be your first row.
Start adding your circles.  

You may want to add a touch of glue to the over lapping part of the circles.
Keep on going until you reach the top.
adding some patterned paper to your circle, then hot glue to the bottom of the tree

Now decorate the tree as you would like, I uses some lace and vintage buttons.  I adhered them to the tree with a hot glue gun.  I then glued the tree to an old wooden vintage spool
Easy and cute!
I hope you enjoyed my little project!
and thanks so much for stopping by the Authentique Blog!

Friday, November 18, 2011

quilt of life

it's november, which for me means family, and reminiscing and family. so to celebrate, i created the "quilt of life". i'm very fortunate to have a mom who loves genealogy, and so our family has a wealth of photos dating back to the 1800s. six generations are on this quilt!

i used papers from our "free bird" series, grabbing and mixing and matching to create the quilt. to get a softer, more fabric-like effect, i dipped each piece in warm water and crunched it into a ball. then i opened them up and let them dry flat. because the paper is so thick it can take the abuse, and the end result is a softly rumpled look.

while the paper was drying, i printed out the photos on canvas. you can buy ink jet canvas at your local office supply store. i converted the photos to sepia tones, for a more antique look.

once the papers were dry, i tacked down the photos and other papers with a bit of adhesive, and then sewed each 6x6 panel - stitching the photos and paper trims onto the squares, and adding extra stitching for accents. then i sewed the squares into rows and stitched the rows together into the quilt.

final touches meant treating each square like a tiny page layout. i used authentique elements as well as lots of trinkets from my stash of random elements. i also used some bottle cap charms i've been experimenting with.

i hope this provides you with lots of inspiration. keep stopping by for more as the holiday season unfolds. for more from the gypsy, stop by my caravan!
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