Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Announcing a few WINNERS!!!



We are having a GREAT time at the trade show in Anaheim, CA...it's almost impossible to find a minute to sit down! We enjoying meeting so many NEW friends and retailers from all over the world! The support and encouragement we are receiving is overwhelming and we are so thankful to our fans and supporters! This is our very first CHA Winter trade show but with the warm welcome and compliments, we sure aren't feeling like the new kids in town!

So, a little late, which I feel like I've been saying a lot lately, but we've had eyes out there looking around Facebook and blogs, and we'd like to announce Sunday and Monday's CONTEST WINNERS...

Peggy Snodgrass

AND

Courtney V (Scraps & Chachki blog)

Please email your mailing address to contests@authentiquepaper.com and we'll get you a prize pack sent out as soon as we get home! We are going to choose TWO more winners - one later today and another tomorrow - so grab a badge (from the blog post announcing the contest) and wear it proudly!

Have a wonderful day and stay tuned for TWO more amazing Collection sneak peeks!

~Team Authentique



Monday, January 30, 2012

Be My Valentine: Celebrate Collection


How about another card set? The Celebrate collection is perfect for all types of celebrations or none at all if you prefer.

Sweet little red cupcakes, a tinsel heart and some twine all working their magic to bring joy to the receiver

Owls make everything just a little bit sweeter.These cards were so simple to put together that you could easily make a classes worth of them in no time :)

Hoo hoo hoo doesn't love this woodgrain paper?

A sweet trio of Valentine's for some sweet people on my list. With this versatile collection you'll be able to make invites, pages or packages that pack a whole lotta punch. Have a sweet day!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

As promised...an Authentique Paper contest!

Okay, we promised a contest last night on Facebook, so we HAVE to 'make good' and keep our promises... Are you looking for a way to participate in all of the Authentique Paper CHA excitement?

Below we've provided you with 5 BRAND NEW badges/blinkies you can post to your website, blogs, and Facebook profile...

Let's make this extra special, and while we are at the show, don't think we aren't thinking about our awesome fans not in attendance...

How about a contest where we check YOU out on Facebook? To participate in this contest, simply download one of our brand new badges. Next, switch out your current Facebook profile picture with one of our new images. We'll be watching on Facebook!!

Each day from Sunday through the last day of the tradeshow (Wednesday, Feb 1st) we'll choose a winner to receive an Authentique Paper prize pack, filled with BRAND NEW goodies!

Winners will be posted each day on our Facebook page (starting Sunday).

Watch our Facebook page closely to see if you've won! And be sure to come and visit us at our booth (#2632), if you happen to be at the show.






Thanks for participating!


~Team Authentique




Saturday, January 28, 2012

Authentique Mixed Media Album CHA Workshop with Jennifer Priest

I am so so soooo thrilled to be teaching this Workshop at the Winter CHA Show on Sunday January 29th! Authentique Paper's new Celebrate line is perfectly cheerful, with pops of red-orange and lovely teal. The textured matte finish of the paper and stickers are accented by a touch of sparkle from embellishments and spray inks that we'll be using in class.


CHA Workshop
January 29, 2011
6:30pm-8:30pm
CHA Trade Show, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
Room: 212
Difficulty: Intermediate
Supplies: Scissors or paper trimmer and liquid adhesive

Create a handmade mixed media scrapbook using the the Zutter Bind It All machine and the latest releases from Authentique Paper. We'll experiment with various ink products from Clearsnap, including Smooch Spritz, to create depth, shine, and pattern on the album pages in conjunction with Authentique Paper's richly textured paper lines. Inspire your customers with unique techniques and money saving ideas.

Instructor(s): Jennifer Priest

Sponsor(s): Authentique Paper LLC, Zutter, Xyron, Clearsnap, Want2Scrap, ilovetocreate.com, hydrangeahippo.etsy.com

The Workshop is sold out so we thought it would be fun to share a few sneak peeks of the inner pages with you here on our blog--this is the only place you can see this book!! Here we go...


The 12x12 stickers for this collection are awesome!!! There is something for any occasion you might have to celebrate, and then some.


One of my favorite things about the collection, which we will discuss in class, is that the "red" can vary between red and coral, depending on the embellishments chosen. We use both red and coral in the class for a really festive look.


This paper also "plays well" with vintage elements, like doilies and dictionary paper. The pops of black and grey play off the colors for a masculine effect.


And finally, the Collection lends itself nicely to the addition of a little navy, which we'll add with spray ink and unique trims in the class.


I hope you enjoyed the peek into the book we'll be creating at the show this weekend. If you were unable to join us, be sure to stop by the booth to say "hello" and follow us on Facebook!

Jennifer Priest
http://hydrangeahippo.blogspot.com

Friday, January 27, 2012

Plant Kindness & Gather Love


What a great saying to live by, right? It's Emily here today to share one of my favorite projects that I've done this far with Authentique's lovely papers. This was one of my big projects that I sent off to CHA, but since CHA is right around the corner, I thought I would give you all a peek at what I have been working on.

How about a bouquet full of beautiful flowers with the "Gathering" collection? Yes, this collection came out around Thanksgiving, but it is a great one for all seasons. I thought that these flowers would help me to remember that Spring is just around the corner. Though it's been snowy/rainy here, I now have a beautiful bouquet sitting on my table that will never die!

All of Authentique's collections are absolutely stunning, but I think that Gathering is still my favorite thus far. The colors in this collection are so rich and also delicate and can be used for almost any project!

Want to learn to make your own beautiful bouquet? Well, you're in for a treat! I've got a step-by-step tutorial prepared for you! Beware though, these flowers are time consuming and addicting to make! I didn't count, but I think it took me 30-40 flowers to fill this bouquet (and a lot of paper)... each one took about 20 minutes to make.

First you will need to cut your paper. For the small flowers I used 3x3 pieces (the 6x6 pads come in handy for this!) for the larger pieces I used the 12x12 sheets and cut them into 4x4 pieces. You will need 5 pieces of wither 3x3 or 4x4 to make one flower.

Fold paper in half to make a triangle. Make sure that the pattern side that you want your flower to be is the side showing.

Fold the two end pieces up to make a diamond shape, make sure all of you creases are firm. You may need to use a bone folder for this part.

Take the two top pieces and fold them back to meet the sides (I can't really think of how to explain to do this... so I will show another picture below)

This is what you should have now.

Now take and flatten out the top two pieces so they look like this.

Fold the little flaps back and crease, then tuck them inside.

Fold the two outside pieces on the crease that already exists and bring the two sides to meet, you will have a sort of cone shape that looks like this.

Glue the inside pieces together using hot glue (I used a high heat setting) then clamp them for a few minutes so the glue can get a firm bond.

Repeat these steps until you have all five petals.

Now glue the petals together, again using hot glue, make sure you hold each piece for a few minutes until the glue has set or the flower will fall apart and you will have glue gunk everywhere.

Before you add the last piece, if you are making a bouquet, I would suggest bamboo skewers. I added one in right before adding the last petal to the flower. Then I topped it off with a matching button.

Just a side note... when making these flowers, BE CAREFUL! Hot glue is very hot and it hurts really bad when you get burnt with it! Also, be prepared to go through A LOT of paper, I went through almost 2 full 6x6 pads and several sheets of 12x12, but the end product was all worth it :-)

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my project and tutorial! ♥

Products used:
Authentique: Gathering Collection- 6x6 bundle, 12x12 sheets, Headlines
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Sheer Iridescent Peach, Copper Glitz Ribbon
Assorted Buttons
Bamboo Skewers
Styrofoam Ball

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Emily Lanham - {Social Media/Design Team Coordinator}I am a stay at home mommy and wife and I reside in southern Ohio. I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, but I really got into the hobby (and collecting of all things crafty) about 7 years ago. Since then, I have come a long way as far as my creative ability goes. I've also turned my hobby into a career that I am able to do from the luxury of my own home and in my pj's if I want. There aren't too many that can say that they wake up every morning and go to work and absolutely 100% love what they do. I can. I am truly blessed with the "career" and many friends that I have acquired just by starting a mere hobby in the crafting industry. With crafting, the possibilities are endless, every day I find a new reason to love what I do, and that's how I know that I've found my niche in life.

emily@authentiquepaper.com
http://www.createserendipity.net


Heather Conklin - I am so excited to be a member of Authentique Paper's team! I have been an artist and creator my entire life, and spent much of my childhood drawing, painting and making jewelry. After marrying my college sweetheart, I sought for a way to preserve the memories of that day. A friend introduced me to scrapbooking, and an obsession was born. A few years later, with the birth of our daughter, I started making cards. I love preserving the memories of our family. I am also a high school visual arts teacher, and have even shared with my students my love for papercrafting. A lot of how I view crafting comes from my arts background, and what I learned through my many arts courses. I enjoy making tutorials, mini-albums, and sharing my creations with other people. http://goldiecar.blogspot.com/

Loes DeGroot - I have been scrapbooking since 2006 and I love it because of the variety of color-combinations and endless possibilities for creating fun projects! My true passion is photography and I recently enrolled in photography academy to further my knowledge and skills. I have been designing for a scrapbook store in the Netherlands for about 2 years and I also design for their magazine, Memory Makers. I have been  married for over 20 years and I have 3 children. I live in a small village in the North of Holland called Appingedam. I also love a good book and to sit by the fireplace with my husband and sip on a good glass of wine! www.handmadebyloes.com



Shellye McDaniel - I am a wife of 21 years, a mom of three and work part-time as a Labor & Delivery Nurse. I live in a small Northeast Texas town where folks still ride their horses into town!  I have been scrapbooking for about 15 years and have recently added cardmaking and other papercrafting projects to my list of love-to-do's.  When I'm not puttering with paper and glue, I also enjoy reading, baking, perusing the internet, antiquing, riding the "back roads" in my husband's vintage Bronco and spending time with family and friends.  I'm very excited to be sharing my love of paper, vintage and whimsy at Authentique! http://paperedcottage.blogspot.com/

Audrey Pettit - Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be here at Authentique! I currently live in North Carolina with my two adorable teenage kiddos, a wee hedgehog baby, and our adoptive Golden Retriever pup. I am a web director and social media coordinator for a local landscape design and garden center, as well as a part-time writer and photographer. In my spare time, I love to go antiquing and thrifting, read, and of course, play with paper. I have been papercrafting for about a dozen years now. Love learning, and sharing, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of the Authentique Design Team. http://audreypettit.wordpress.com

John Petersen - John’s “addiction” to paper began as a child- the touch and feel of paper, the different patterns and colors, the creativity waiting to happen!  Growing up in a household where art and creativity were encouraged, John learned to manipulate the surface of paper with paints, inks and almost any other medium available to make cards, books and other “projects” as his Mom liked to call them.  Being an avid journaler, John taught himself the art of bookmaking- from traditional Japanese binding techniques to altered books and everything in between.  John has been an educator in the paper arts and crafts industry for over 15 years, passionately sharing his tips and techniques in a variety of classes including card and bookmaking, photography, calligraphy and beading. http://www.artnewwave.com

Kay Fatula- My name is Karla but I'm better known as Kay--a nickname I received in college & it simply stuck. I've loved arts/crafts my whole life. I've been drawing since the time I picked up my first crayon. However, it wasn't until 2007 that I discovered scrapbooking & haven't looked back since. Scrapbooking provides a means for me to release my artsy side & to document my life in order to pass down to future generations. Along the way, I also discovered the art of stamping--I tend to stamp my own backgrounds & create my own designs. I also enjoy doing the occasional altered art. I've altered wooden frames, wooden boxes, mini albums & have done a couple of canvases. I reside in Northern NJ just 30 minutes away from New York City. I'm also fluent in both English & Spanish. By day, I'm a senior level Quality Analyst working for a Fortune 100 global company--I do most of my crafting late at night. I'm also a certified Zumba instructor--you can find me at the gym almost every evening shaking the night away! I'm married to a great guy that puts up with & supports my scrapbook & crafting addiction! I have one son & a small fur-baby by the name of Toby--both my boys are my little rays of sunshine.I am grateful for the opportunity to design for such a fantastic company. I'm looking forward to working with Authentique & to hopefully provide innovative inspiration to some of you along this new creative journey! http://www.embrace-serendipity.blogspot.com/


Hilary Kanwischer- I live in Palm Beach, Florida with my two children, Courtney (16) & Connor, (12).  I work as a Firefighter / Paramedic and I drive a fire engine, which my son thinks is pretty cool, and I've been at my department for 19 years now.  
I got into paper crafting about 15 years ago after walking into a scrapbook store looking for party invitations.  I was so blown away, (never even knowing places like that even existed), and as I stood there, in all that scrapbooking glory....I've never looked back! :)

In addition to paper crafting, I also love sewing, photography, road trips, snow, hiking, laughing, coffee, magazines, buttons, antiquing, primitive decorating, snow skiing, New York, Vermont, and Christmas, (I swear I could keep my home decorated for Christmas, all year long).  My dream is to one day, move with my kids to Vermont and open my own little country store. 

If I were to describe my style, it would be a little homespun, mixed with a little primitive and finished with a little vintage.  I love trying new techniques, though no project is quite finished for me until it's been run through my sewing machine, distressed, and doused with buttons and glitter.

Through the years, I have been so fortunate to have had my work published in various magazines and I currently design for Sizzix and Emma's Paperie.  The icing on the cake of my paper crafting career however, came when I received the invitation to be a part of the Authentique Design Team!  I am still trying to contain my excitement and I hope you will enjoy my creations, as much as I will enjoy, creating them.


Keely Livings- I’m so excited to be joining the Authentique design team.  I live in Georgetown, Kentucky where I am an advanced practice nurse and mom of 2 teenage boys. I’ve been papercrafting as long as I can remember. I love layering beautiful patterned paper and would describe my style as playfully vintage. I’m such a fan of Authentique products.   I love the fabulous weight and texture of Authentique paper products.  My favorite piece is always the 12x12 detail stickers.  My favorite pieces to create are layouts and altered art for my home.
http://www.bluegrassvintagegirl.blogspot.com

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

winter wonder

hello gypsies! the holidays are over but winter is not so i wanted to celebrate with a very special cabinet. 
whites and blues
snow and ice
glitter and sparkle
 i hope you are as inspired by winter as i am.
my next adventure is starting - the gypsy is going to CHA to see authentique at its very first show!
be sure to keep checking the authentique blog for CHAdventures!
visit suburbngypsy for CHA reports, critiques and random elements!

materials - "journey" collection papers
tissue tape - tim holtz
random elements and miscellaneous winterness

Monday, January 23, 2012

AUTHENTIQUE TUTORIAL: Free Bird Coasters

Hello Authentique fans! Heather here with a simple tutorial for making some pretty cute coasters using Authentique Free Bird

To start, you are going to need your tiles (I chose 4" untreated stone tiles just from my local hardware store), ModPodge or other crafting medium, spray shellac, a spongey applicator or brush, felt, contact or rubber cement and your papers (I chose to use the Blush and Delight Nest FBN001). You'll also need some basic papercrafting tools.

To start, I cut my papers down to 3 3/4". I know that my tiles were 4", but they sloped down a bit on the edges, and this just made the most sense, as the paper wouldn't peel off the edges if it was slightly smaller.

Also, because of the tiles that I chose, and the fact that I didn't want the edges to peel or pull up, used my corner rounder on all of the squares.

A nice covering of ModPodge on the tiles themselves. Untreated stone sucks some of the glue up, so you may find that you need more than you think.

And placing all of the lovely papers on top of the stone tiles. Another generous helping of ModPodge finishes them all off for the time being. It helps to work on these one at a time, otherwise the ModPodge dries too fast and you may get air bubbles.

If you want to embellish them at all, after the first coat is dry, use some paper elements to add some interest, and ModPodge those to the coaster. 

While the glue is drying, I just used scissors to cut out my felt pieces. They are slightly smaller than the 4", and I rounded the corners slightly (FYI: corner edgers don't help with felt). Again this is to prevent the edges from pulling up. I used contact cement for this, but you could probably use most glues or epoxies that aren't water based.

Here is the bottom of the finished tile!! Now it won't scratch the furniture. If you wanted to not deal with felt, you could also use those felt squares or circles that they have at hardware stores instead. 

When the layers of ModPodge had dried, I used the spray shellac on them to protect the paper. I probably will put a few layers of this on. I don't suggest using these right away... Give them a week or two to properly dry. If you choose to only ModPodge them, I suggest waiting a few weeks, just to make sure that you don't ruin all of your hard work. 


And the finalized tiles with all of the lovely Blush Free Bird. I purposefully chose to have two patterns and two solids, but did use all four of the papers (FBS101, FBS 102, FBS103, FBS104). I really love how lovely these all ended up, and cannot wait to give these away as a cute Valentine's gift. 

In fact, I even wrapped them up with some parchment paper and twine, so that one of the butterflies peeked through. And created a cute little tag out of the scraps with another butterfly to reflect the ones in the package.

Of course I hate crafting alone, so my wonderful and most dear friend Venetia created her own tiles using the same Nest as I did, although choosing to use the Delight Series instead (FBS110, FBS111). Hers ended up being just as lovely, though very different.

I hope this inspires you to find new ways to use Free Bird and your other favorite Authentique lines!! 

Supplies Used: 
Free Bird Nest Collections:  Blush FBS101, FBS 102, FBS103, FBS104 & Delight 110, 111
Additional Supplies Coasters: stone tiles, ModPodge, spray Shellac, contact cement, felt, butterfly punch 
Additional Supplies Tag: butterfly punch, AC glitter and rose ribbon, brad, Office Depot paperclip, Twinery Twine, parchment paper
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