Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Announcing a very Lively collection & some sister-love!

I have always struggled with what to give as a gift to my siblings, especially as we've grown older and sadly, farther apart - in both distance and in our relationships with each other. My sister, Sally, is 16 months older than me, so many people often thought we were twins. My mother always dressed us alike, did our hair the same, etc., so it was confusing, at times to tell who was Sally and who was Sammy. We love each other at the core because we have gone through so many defining moments in our childhood together, and we have plenty of good memories to look back on.
At any rate, Sally's birthday is at the end of June, and for the first time in a few years, I am actually prepared to send her a thoughtful, handmade gift. It's not flashy or expensive, the idea came straight from my heart. My sister has always been a very "Lively" person - friendly, a cheerleader/drill team member, loved by everyone, friends with many groups, etc...and she did it in her own way.  I choose "Lively" for my project because of the bright colors, the energy and vibrance they elude, and because the theme of the collection is to live your life, enjoy the simple moments, and to celebrate living, every day!


When I sat down in the craft room, I instantly wanted to make my sister a gift she could enjoy more than just on her actual birthday. Since she is turning 32, I decided to alter a simple dollar-store jar to hold 32 little handmade cards and write something I like/love/admire about her. Hopefully she will read them a day at a time, and perhaps on one of the down-days we all have, my little hand-written memory will lift her spirits and make her smile.

For the tag attached to the front of the jar, I used layered 3x4 pieces of patterned paper as a base and then I junked it up with the Petite Type alphabet stickers from the 12x8 "Elements" as well as the little "my favorite" sticker  and the pointing finger sticker from the 12x12 "Details" sheet.

For the top of the jar, I used a technique taught to me by DT member Janeen - creating little rosettes is so easy and they look absolutely adorable adhered to the top of the glass.

Each little card (there are 32 total) has a compliment, a thank you, a memory, or something I admire about my big sister. I used all of the papers from the collection, the texture and weight made them feel so substantial and long-lasting, I know they will withstand the test of time, and I dearly hope she saves this sentiment forever!

 Ta da! All finished and ready to be packed up and sent off so she receives her present ON her actual birthday! As an adult, it's hard to figure out what to get/give your friends for gifts or special occasions, and this idea really came full circle with our new "Lively" collection.


Oh...of course, I had to make a matching birthday card, using the 12x8 un-coated stickers, which inked beautifully, may I add...and they added the perfect little touch to off set my not-so-great handwriting! One of my favorite quotes I pulled from the 12x12 sticker "Details" sheet and placed it on the back of the card.


So...we are pleased to introduce you to another new collection from Authentique Paper, "Lively"


 12x12 "Details" un-coated adhesive cardstock stickers

12x8 "Elements" un-coated adhesive cardstock stickers

6x6 "Bundle" - 36 sheets, each with a coordinating solid color on the back!

Collection Kit which includes 12 patterned papers, the Details & Elements stickers

As always, click over to our website to view the individual paper images, they are too pretty to miss! 

Be sure to leave us a comment here on the blog AND on our Facebook page for a chance to win a "Lively" prize pack before it is even officially released!

Have a great day and remember how easy it is to brighten someone's day with a gift made with love and a splash of pretty paper!

xoxoxo,
Sam



156 comments:

  1. what a wonderful idea for a gift. love the little cards inside and pretty cover for the jar. Your sis will truly love it.

    Luanne

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  2. What a sweet little gift!! She will be awestruck I'm sure :) I love the colors of this collection too! Thanks for a chance to win!!

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  3. Cute project! Love the colors on this new line!

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  4. Sam, how sweet!! This is a perfect gift for your sister - she'll love it! OK..out of all the collections (I think I have all; just bought two more from Creative Cuts & Crafts in Elmhurst IL - finally got out there!) - this is my favorite! The story behind it and your sister's personality sounds familiar....maybe because we're both June babies! LOL!! This will be my next acquisition! HA! Can't wait to see you all at CHA :)

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  5. What a great gift! Your sister is sure to love it!!

    And I love this new collection! Gorgeous!!

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  6. Great project, and I'm loving this new collection, great colors and patterns!

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  7. Great idea! I love it! I wonder if it would take long to make 4 of them?

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  8. I love the different floral patterns in this new Lively collection.

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  9. What a creative gift and another amazing collection!!!

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  10. Gorgeous new collection. I love the gift you made your sister. Very special.

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  11. super great paper. love the colours.
    and again thanks for the price we got from the challenge of may.

    loves the twins.

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  12. Happy birthday to your sister! I know she will love and appreciate your thoughtful gift. I really like the colors in this new collection and of course the uplifting messages. Thanks for the chance to win!
    -Suzanne

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  13. I was just looking at this over on Facebook. It's such a lovely collection! Beautiful bright colors and I love the pop of green!

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  14. I love this story! The jar of 32 things is a terrific idea, thank you for sharing it. The new collection looks awesome.

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  15. Beautiful new collection! Love the jar! Awesome!!

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  16. It's GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  17. I always LOVE your papers and it looks like this one will be no exception.

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  18. Looks like a beautiful collection.

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  19. This collection is beautiful.

    StefanieH

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  20. Gorgeous papers! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  21. A wonderful keepsake for your sister. Being one of three girls, I know the connection that sister's have and I am certain it will be treasured! Love this new collection!

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  22. These collections keep getting better and better! I love them all and this one is beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  23. What a wonderful gift and so very personal.
    Gorgeous, gorgeous papers in this new Lively collection.
    Love the bright colors and just looking at it makes me get a great big smile. Can't wait for the release.

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  24. Oh, these papers look so pretty and lively. Perfect name for the collection! And a very thoughtful gift for your sister too!

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  25. These are great! What a beautiful present to give!
    Thanks for the chance at this pretty collection :)

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  26. Love your ideas for a gift! Pretty paper collection!

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  27. I love the colors. Its adult girly. I have have two older sisters and this would be great!

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  28. wonderful idea for your sister. A jar full of wonderful memories and compliments is priceless

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  29. Beautiful !! I love these colors. Orange is my favorite color. You just do not see to much orange these days. Another great one from Authentique !!

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  30. I think you got the name just right. I just want to have fun with it!

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  31. I LOVE the idea you had for your sister, I am sure she will absolutely love it!!!!! It is so much better than "just" a card, I just hope she doesn't see this and have her wonderful surprise ruined!
    I love your paper lines and everything that goes with them....release after release!!

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  32. Love this collection! Would make a great paper to use for those special women in your life!

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  33. O what a lucky lucky sister :)) SHE WILL LOVE IT!!! I know I would.......gorgeous!!!!!!!

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  34. Wow! That is so sweet! The collection is beautiful! Melanie

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  35. These papers are so pretty! Would love to win :)
    Marjorie

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  36. Beautiful! Beautiful! And even more beautiful!

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  37. Oh what a pretty collection. I love it!

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  38. What a very beautiful line and gift,I would feel so honored if one of my little sisters had made this for me.! I am sure she will cherish it.

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  39. looks like a great collection! I love the addition of the citron color. I'd love to win!

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  40. So pretty! That would find a good home in my album!

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  41. Beautiful collection! Every gift I give is handmade. It always means so much more than something you just buy.

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  42. So pretty. Your gift to your sister will certainly be cherished. Love it! And, love the collection. Thank you.

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  43. IT'S BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION !!! Beautiful gifts for your sister too.

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  44. Sisters are so special...loved hearing about yours! Lively is gorgeous!!

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  45. I love the idea of this jar....it would totally be a cute for a teacher's gift.And I just love the colors and patterns of the new collection "Lively". Cannot wait to get my hands on--hopefully sooner than later ;)
    ~Kerri

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  46. love your beautiful, thoughtful gift. Those papers are fabulous! thanks for sharing and for a chance to win!

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  47. What a beautiful collection of paper - and such a sweet gift! I am totally lifting this idea for my own siblings...family...friends! LOVE it!!!

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  48. Your project is beautiful, and I'm sure your sister will love it! And Lively is just gorgeous!!! I love the colors and pretty designs!

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  49. The collection is wonderful. I love the projects you made. Thanks for the chance to win some of this fabulous collection.

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  51. Beautiful collection and what a lovely gift for you sister. Makes me think about doing something similar for my sister in October! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  52. This is some of the cutest paper ever!!!! Thanks for all of the inspiration.

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  53. Beautiful projects with BEAUTIFUL papers!

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  54. I think I "NEED" this collection. It is so lovely. My older sister is only 10 months older than I am and everyone thought we were always twins. (Especially since we were the same age for 2 months.) My mom dressed us alike, just in different colors. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift for your sister.

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  55. What a beautiful collection! I can hardly wait to get my hands on it!

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  56. I love this beautiful feminine collection! I would love to have an opportunity to make some birthday cards out of this!

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  57. Drooling over the beautiful paper. Love it!!!!!!@

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  58. The "Lively" colors and patterns are terrific. I am inspired to create a friendship layout with lots of energy.

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  59. Beautiful paper....Love it!!!!

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  60. I always love your papers! Keep 'me comin!

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  61. I would treasure this gift forever.

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  62. What a lovely gift! I don't know if I can pace myself and read only one note per day! :)

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  63. Beautiful paper pack and beautiful projects!

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  64. Lively - what a beautiful Family paper!

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  65. Great idea for your sister - she's sure to love it :D Beautiful papers and sticker sheets! LOVE the new collection!

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  66. What a great idea! I'm sure she will love it. I'd have a tough time limiting myself to one a day!

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  67. What a sweet gift! I LOVE Lively! Can't wait to get it!!

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  68. This is a really thoughtful gift. She'll enjoy it for years to come.

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  69. Absolutely beautiful paper! And what an awesome gift.

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  70. I love the look of this collection! Great job!!!

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  72. What an awesome project! My sister and I are 2 1/2 years apart and somehow people always thought we were twins. Weird. So we played it up and would try to dress similarly on holidays. Great collection!

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  73. really cute paper collection, love the colors, and I love your project:)

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  74. Oh I need this paperline! So nice! Very lovely :)

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  75. Oh sooo pretty! I need this line too!

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  76. Lovely project, both in creativity and thoughtfulness! The new line is awesome and almost moved Glory out of my top pick!!! LOL!

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  77. Love your sweet little affirmation jar and I know your sister is going to love it too! This new Lively collection is so yummy...love the mix of brights, pinks and brown. This is something I would use A LOT!

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  78. This is gorgeous!!! I love the pinks and browns and yellows together! Thanks so much!

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  79. Wow, I love that collection! I need one ! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  80. This is by far one of the sweetest gifts I have seen! Thank you for sharing suck a lovely project and new collection! So excited for this one, thanks for the chance to win !

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  81. This is one of the loveliest gifts I've seen, both due to the gorgeous papers, and the Heartfelt sincerity of the message it contains. I'm sure she'll treasure this. TFS

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  82. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift! I may have to use your idea for my sister's birthday. We are 13 months apart and also shared everything growing up. She now lives 2000 miles away and we try to see each other at least annually. I'll be just a little more challenged since she is turning 50!

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  83. WOW! Beautiful gifts. I just love this paper, so beautiful with the pink, yellow and brown and fun graphics. Would love to win.

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  84. Love how this line is girly yet BOLD! Thanks for the peek!

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  85. I absolutely love the colors and graphics of this collection. Need to win it because I can't buy it from my LSS.

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  86. Oh What a wonderful and thoughtful gift for your sister. Love how you used the color papers to create your memories on and the tags and embellishments you used. This is a fantastic collection that any of us would love to win.

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  87. and yet another beautiful collection! Your papers are just amazing and so easy to work with.

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  88. Sometimes....we extend our hearts and allow ourselves another chance....to re-introduce ourselves to someone we love and cherish....it takes a special thought, gesture, or personal touch...reminding ourselves as well as the one intended....that we are all human, we all make mistakes and when all is said and done....we want warmth from the ones we love. "Lively" is a great way to show that to your sister...sounds like a fitting phrase for someone that has never really left your being....remembering always....when the heart and mind are connected.....the heart...knows no distance...:o) I am sure she will be pleased.

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  89. What an amazing collection! I love it all!

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  90. What a beautiful new collection. Love it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  91. What an amazing new collection. Love the colors. And your birthday present is awesome. Who wouldn't love it. I would love to win this collection. Thanks for the chance.

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  92. Great projects and such beautiful colours too!

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  93. Lovely collection and what a wonderful gift for your sister!! So very sweet of you.

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  94. Very nice gift(I may steal that idea) & lovely paper

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  95. Love the new collection..

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  96. These projects are gorgeous! What a sweet heartwarming gift!

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  97. What a beautiful collection...and a beautiful gift for your sister!

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  98. Aw! This is the sweetest thing ever!

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  99. I would love to win Lively! what a great gift idea!

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  100. What a gorgeous collection! And love your project!

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  101. I absolutely love this collection. The color combos and patterns are amazing. And the gift idea....I might just have to use that one in the future. :)

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  102. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift for your sister! The colors and patterns of this paper are so fun and versatile. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  103. Wendy Von-NiessenJune 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    I would love to win a "Lively" prize pack ... looks like a great product .... Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win and to have some of your new product :)

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  104. Oh, this collection is so wonderful! I love the colors and especially that pop of green! Your card and little messages are such a fun idea...your sister is going to be thrilled!

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  105. The colors in this collection have my name all over them! I am so excited at the chance to win! Thank you!

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  106. Another awesome collection from Authentique! Thanks for offering the chance to win it!

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  107. I love the patterns and colors of this collection! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  108. Beautiful!! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  109. What a beautiful collection.
    Your sister's birthday gift is amazing. It is obvious you have put a lot of time and care into making it. I hope that she will love this very special memory jar and card.

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  110. Such a cute idea for your sister's birthday!! Handmade gifts from the heart are the BEST!!! What a beautiful collection as well!!!

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  111. Another must have AUTHENTIQUE paper line. So love it!!! and darling projects too!!!

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  112. Perfect for me for shapenote singing cards. We sing out loud!!!

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  113. What a wonderful gift idea! Great colors and patterns in this line.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  114. What a thoughtful and beautiful gift for your sister! I also love to make altered projects for my family. I just altered 2 wood cigar boxes for my father and father in law for Fathers Day. The new collection is lovely, a very soothing color palette and versatile designs. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  115. I'm terribly sorry but I seem to have drooled alyl over your blog-but I just couldn't help myself! Your project is so beautiful, such a sweet idea, and those papers are gorgeous, I cannot wait to see it in person! Ok clean up on aisle 7!

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  116. I'm terribly sorry but I seem to have drooled alyl over your blog-but I just couldn't help myself! Your project is so beautiful, such a sweet idea, and those papers are gorgeous, I cannot wait to see it in person! Ok clean up on aisle 7!

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  117. I'm terribly sorry but I seem to have drooled alyl over your blog-but I just couldn't help myself! Your project is so beautiful, such a sweet idea, and those papers are gorgeous, I cannot wait to see it in person! Ok clean up on aisle 7!

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  118. Victoria CollinsworthJune 20, 2012 at 5:56 AM

    So adorable, would love to make something for my two girls with this paper...
    Thanks,
    Victoria Collinsworth

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  119. What a beautiful, feminine collection.

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  120. This truly is a "LIVELY" collection of bright, sweet, beautiful papers! Very endearing gift idea:)

    ~Vanessa W

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  121. fantastic collection from Authentique! TFS & thanks for the chance to win :-)

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  122. I love this so much, Sam! I know that Sally will be so happy to receive it :)
    Lively lives up to the name... Y'all will love it!

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  123. I love the time you took to share your special relationship with your sister. What a wonderful project - how can she not just love it! And the collection - the colour palette is wonderful! Love it!

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  124. What a great idea and I admire such sisterly love. Lively is such a wonderful colour palette! Fabulous sayings too!

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  125. Totally love the colors and the jar idea - this would be great for anyone! Might even be a fun teacher's gift from the class!

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  126. Love the colours and patterns of this line. They would be perfect for scrapping my new baby girl.

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  127. I am so in love with this beautiful new collection!! Well done (as usual)! :)

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  128. What great papers. I also loved your blog entry...

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  129. I really like your gift idea. This is a pretty collection, and I love the colors in it.

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  130. love the papers and how you used them for your sister ...i will surly have to do this for my sister some day ...i also want to use this collection to make her a book for her new grand baby ...i can see so many uses for it ...

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  131. This is just a lovely idea for a gift! So simple and yet so filled with LOVE! This collection is beautiful too!

    Hugs,
    Chriss
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  132. I am "hearting" this collection! I plan to use this paper to do a photo album for my nephews 8th wedding anniversary cruise photos. I love when paper makes me giddy!!

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  133. Beautiful collection--especially in love with the bird paper.

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  134. Love Lively! I can not wait to get my hands on some!


    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  135. I think your idea is super sweet and very moving. Hope your sister appreciates and enjoys her present, and I know all of us Authentique fans will love playing with this collection.

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  136. beautiful collection and LOVE LOVE your gift for your sister. She will treasure this for ever.

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  137. What a great idea for a gift for your sister! Love it! I really like the selection of paper too - here's hoping I win! Thanks

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  138. Beautiful collection, and the gift idea. I think I will be making one for my sister. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  139. OHHHHH, THIS LINE IS BEAUTIFUL...LOVE IT.

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  140. What beautiful papers... I love the colors. Everything you've created with it is beautiful! I LOVE PAPER and everything that goes with it! Thanks for sharing your ideas and the giveaway!

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  141. That is a "Lively" collection!!! I absolutely {{{Love}}} it!!!!!!!! Sally is such a lucky girl to get a wonderful gift like this!

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  142. Authentique has become my favorite paper line. I love that it is packaged together...and THEN, it has the most marvelous weight! It is the best paper out there - for sure!

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  143. Looking good! Love the colors. Love the designs. Hey, I just love Authentique!

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  144. This is a beautiful line papers from Authentique. I also love the other papers, but this is so nice, I like to win it !!!

    Great love Ria Schel

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  145. love the colors in this new collection - would make my day to win it!

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  146. Not only is this lively, it is lovely as well! Thanks for sharing!

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