Friday, December 30, 2011

Two Splendid Cards

Hello!

It's Tifany from Ink Blots by TRD.
As soon as I saw this layout from Brenda Smith here on the Authentique Paper blog, I knew I wanted to do something similar.
I love the random bits around the edge of her page...and the stitching! Ah! So cute!

I took the basic idea from Brenda's layout and applied it to these two cards:



I used a few scraps I had left over from the Splendid collection 6x6 bundle and punched them out with various squeeze punches.

I put a little bit of adhesive around the edge of the card front to keep them in place while I used my sewing machine to add some stitching.
{Tip: Keep the adhesive away from the area where you will be stitching. Gummy sewing needles are not fun.}


Each card uses a die cut from the Splendid collection Excerpts - perfect for a quick sentiment!


Thanks for stopping by today!


Old Friend Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill (French Vanilla);
Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Splendid collection - 6x6);
Die Cuts: Authentique Paper (Splendid collection - Excerpts);
Stitching: Machine;
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors, Round N Round Squeeze Punches); Martha Stewart/EK Success (Scoring Board);


Family Masterpiece Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill (Snow);
Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Splendid collection - 6x6);
Die Cuts: Authentique Paper (Splendid collection - Excerpts);
Stitching: Machine;
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors, Leaf Squeeze Punches); Martha Stewart/EK Success (Scoring Board);

Thursday, December 29, 2011

What a MIRACLE


Hello Authentique Paper blog followers! We hope you had a wonderful, safe, memorable, restful and peaceful Christmas...the new year is almost here! We previewed our newest Collection, "Miracle" on Facebook and we wanted to make sure all of our loyal friends and followers were able to see the Collection. We know and respect that some of you do not frequent or utilize Facebook, so we are going to try to make sure to post everything here to the blog as well!

We don't think babies are just babies, we think they are an absolute MIRACLE! We are pleased to introduce the newest member of the Authentique Paper family, a sweet and sophisticated - and not just for babies - collection, titled "Miracle"...


This Collection was set for release in January, which we know is only a few days away, but we are proud to say it is shipping NOW! If you are a consumer, please let your LSS know and if you are a retailer, we'd love to give you more information!

"There are two ways to live: Although nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is." -Einstein




Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Luminaria Tutorial for Any Occasion



Score a sheet of 8.5'x11" at
2.5",5",7.5", 10" and 10.25"
Turn it and score it at 2.5" all the way across.
Stamp your image


Cut out the windows

Stamp your image and emboss on the vellum

Color your image and then assemble the box.

The vellum warped a bit on mine when I colored it. I'll be sure to use a different method next time, but I still think it's beautiful.


Add a flameless tea light and you have a perfect Christmas decoration.
Here's another couple of designs that I made. These would be great for weddings, party favors or in groups at a dinner party







I hope you have a great day...don't forget to make some time to create!
Materials used:
Authentique Paper: Gathering, Uncommon and Wonder
Stamps: Unity and Stampin' Up
Punches: Fiskars, Martha Stewart and EK Success
Die: Spellbinders
Scor-pal scor board, clear and gold embossing powder, vellum, Stampin' Up inks

Monday, December 26, 2011

alterered jeans



hello everyone, suburbngypsy here. i hope you've had an awesome holiday season!

today's project started out with a little pair of jeans i couldn't get rid of. they were my daughter's, and they were just too cute to part with. but i didn't know what i wanted to actually do with them. and then i thought "ALBUM COVER" and so gypsies, here we go!

i used a combination of paper collections for this albumn - "uncommon", "gathering", "journey", "blissful", and "splendid" as well as some pieces from our "freebird" papers. i also used some cardboard from a xmas box for the inside covers, and miscellaneous buttons, flowers, and sparkly bits. i left the pockets intact and the make great extra little tag and keepsake pockets.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Splendid Things


Hello everyone! It's Emily here to share a quick little project that I whipped up this week! I was about to say that it is a non-Christmas post, but I guess it could be used for Christmas too!

I hear that the Wonder collection has been sold out pretty much everywhere, well, I understand why! It's a FABULOUS collection! If you haven't been able to find it to make your Christmas gifts with, have no fear! You can use some of the other amazing Authentique collections as well!

For my project today, I used my new Cameo... if you haven't heard about this little machine yet, you should really research it! I LOVE mine with a passion!!! I have had trouble in the past with other machines cutting thick quality paper (ie: Authentique paper), but this little machine cuts it like cake! :-) Ok, enough about my new found love with the Cameo, here's my project:


I made these darling little treat boxes using just 3 - 12x12 sheets of paper from the Splendid collection! Little boxes like these sell for a lot more than that in stores! Plus, these are really easy and quick to make! did I mention that the .svg file for these little boxes is free? If you want to make your very own boxes and you have a cutting machine that cuts svg files, you can get the file for free by clicking HERE.


These little boxes are great all year round! They would even be great to give sweet treats away in for Valentine's Day!

Here's a close-up of each little box:



Thanks for stopping by today and I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year too! ♥


Products Used:
Authentique: Splendid: Delight, Richness, Renown papers; Headlines, Icons, Tabloids
SVG Cuts: One-Piece Boxes SVG Kit

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas


Hi all! This is Jessica, I am the fearless book keeper here at Authentique Paper. I have to say, it is truly inspiring for this non-crafter (me) to be around all of the creativity in the office!


When Sam asked me about my favorite holiday memory, the first thing I remembered was my grandmother’s absolutely amazing tree. When I was little, we would visit her home during the Christmas season. This was the only time we were allowed in the special room where the Christmas tree was displayed; must have been a generational thing?!?! The room was decorated with large blue wing-back chairs and a beautifully upholstered sofa. The blues, creams and golds used in the decor of her home were nothing like you would see these days. The Christmas tree was stunning, it was 6ft tall, (large for those days) and fully flocked. The amazing gold lights had plastic flower covers (I used to think they were real and try to smell them.) No luck on the smell, but I think I burned my nose once or twice! The tree was decorated with giant (at least they seemed giant to me) glass balls in an array of pinks, blues, greens and creams. They came in an assortment of sizes and all of the colors seemed to dance within the branches of the tree. It was truly magical.



I often tour flower shops and tree festivals during this season to look for the same feeling I had when I would step into the magical room at my Grandmother’s house. From time to time I see trees decorated similarly, but not close enough. I wish I had just one box of those ornaments hung on that huge, flocked tree. This year I tried the next best thing. I hope you enjoy these projects made by our FABulous DT members using a variety of our collectons. Yes, they did step in and help me out...maybe next year I'll get the courage to share a few projects of my own creation, but for now, their projects are much more beautiful than my own!!! Merry Christmas to you all!

~Jessica



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Wednesday Authentique Friends!

Before we see Natalie's fabulous project for today, let's make some folks happy...shall we?

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The winner of the Authentique Paper Prize Pack from the Authentique Paper & Scor-Pal Blog Hop is:

Annette

Congratulations!

Annette, please send an e-mail with the subject "Authentique Paper/Scor-Pal Blog Hop Winner" and include your US or Canada mailing address to info@authentiquepaper.com to claim your Authentique Paper prize pack!

To find out the winner of the Scor-Buddy, please visit the Scor-Pal blog.
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Congrats ladies!!
can you believe it's only a   few days until Christmas
and I have still not finished up my cards! 
I guess I work better under pressure ;)
Today I one of my cards to share with you,
using Wonder papers, Excerpts, and tabloids...
 
Thanks for stopping by the Authentique Blog today!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

The time has come to post the winners of our "On Target" contest. First of all, thank you to all who participated and referred your friends. We appreciate all of the support and look forward to the future.

I thought of dragging this on like one of those reality contest shows, but that will just make everyone crazy so...

The grand prize winner for the $100.00 Target Gift Card is...Allie Gower!

Thank you, Allie, for all the referrals, we could tell you were working very hard to spread the word! Just behind Allie was Cheryl Hutcherson. It really was a photo finish!

The$50.00 Target gift card winners are:

Cheryl Hutcherson

Elizabeth DeHart

Charlotte Ball Kirby

Leif Erickson

Finally the winners of the $25.00 Target gift cards are:

Shawna Webster

Jenna Pearson


Now, for all of you winners, make sure to send your mailing address to contests@authentiquepaper.com OR if you would prefer, we can send you an e-gift card so you can receive it instantly and enjoy the benefit right away, please specify which method you would prefer when you send us an email! We MUST receive these addresses by Thursday to get your gift cards sent out.

Thank you all so very much. We love our fans and look forward to getting to know our new friends.

Happy Holidays!

~Team Authentique



Monday, December 19, 2011

"lo, how a rose"


welcome back authentique fans!suburbngypsy here with inspiration for the holiday season and beyond.

it's been an amazingly creative month. so many company challenges, so many incredible blog hops. and what would the season be without tim's "12 tags of christmas". after totally immersing myself in craftiness, i started to try putting everything i'd seen and learned into some sort of order. and i found myself wondering what would happen when i took two inspiring techniques and put them together. the result? tiny crystal roses!

these delicate little beauties are made with our "wonder" collection, but any of our papers would do. the heavier the paper the better the results, and the more white on the paper the more translucent your flower.

these first steps are inspired by one of tim holtz's "12 tags of christmas" techniques

the first thing you need is some very clear packing tape - yep! packing tape. and some paper - for these i used pieces from our "wonder" collection..
adhere the tape to your paper, burnish it down, then cut it out.

next dip the strip in very warm water. the warmer the water, the easier the next step is.

once the strip is completely wet, take it out and turn it over so the paper side is facing up. then rub rub rub away the paper. keep rubbing until no paper is left on the tape - you'll have an imprint left from the ink though, that creates a translucent strip.

pat the strip dry with a paper towel - don't use a heat gun! once dry, take a second piece of packing tape and tape the backside of the strip, creating a two-sided glossy strip of translucent paper.

now we're ready to make the roses. this is inspired by christina colon at the twisted muse.

next, cut 2" squares, then cut each square down to a circle. you can use a punch, but hand cutting will give your rose a more organic look. take your circles and cut them into spirals, leaving a round circle in the center.
now use tweezers, and starting at the end, twirl the paper around the tweezer tip. you'll see the paper curl into a cone shape, and once you've reached that little circle you left in the center, stop and pull the paper cone off the tweezers. keeping a good hold on the cone, let it open up and relax a little so you can see the "petals" start to form. use the tweezers and your fingers to loosen or tighten the layers. once you're close to a shape your like, dab a little hot glue on the circle you left at the end of your spiral, and press the flower gently onto it. you can continue to shape the petals while the glue sets.
once the hot glue has set, the final touch comes by applying a little bit of glossy accent along the edges of the petals, and dipping the flower in diamond dust.
by creating your own transparent "paper", the roses become luminous in a way paper can't match. you can vary the roses - buds to full blooms - by playing with how tightly you wrap the spirals. you can also play with the size of the petals by how thickly you cut your spiral - the wider the spiral the bigger the petals.

i hope you enjoyed today's technique tutorial. the tag i created to highlight the crystal roses is a compilation of lots of techniques - too many for one blog! so be sure to visit the caravan for more!

materials used
"wonder" - authentique papers
glossy accents
diamond dust
special thanks to tim holtz and christina colon for their inspiring work.
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