Monday, April 30, 2012

A "Glory-ous" Banner


Before I share my little project with you today, we have a winner to announce from May Arts week!

Great projects! Love how bright and springy these are, and the flowers are really beautiful. Love how you used the ribbon for the stems and popped out all those hearts!
 

Please send an e-mail with your mailing address to contests@authentiquepaper.com with "May Arts Week Prize Winner" in the subject line and we will get that prize pack & 3 spools of May Arts twine out to you!
With the end of April finally here, it's time to get those patriotic hats out and jump into May! Maybe I'm a little early for Memorial Day or Independence Day celebrations, but I couldn't resist creating a project for the star-spangled Holidays! I have been hanging on to "Glory" for a few weeks now trying to decide what to make. I hate to waste my pretty paper on a project that I don't like!
After lots of contemplation, I decided to go with one of my new favorite things to craft... a banner! I tried to make the banner more patriotic and not geared toward any specific holiday so it can be used on several different occasions. The banner itself is just a little canvas album that I took apart and misted then threaded it onto a string of ribbon. Weather you're feeling a little patriotic, or you just love the colors red, white, & blue, make sure you stop by your local scrapbook store and pick up "Glory"! You won't be disappointed, I promise!


Products Used
Authentique: Glory- 12x12 Paper: Honor, Pride, United, Liberty; 12x12 Details Stickers

Saturday, April 28, 2012

We are grateful to be the Spotlight Vendor for Artful Crafts' Centerstage this month {April}.  Artful Crafts was started in New Zealand by Liz and Graham Gregory.  Liz is a retired school teacher and long-time craft enthusiast. Her lovely and supportive husband works tireless hours on the website.  Please take a minute to check out the spotlight on Authentique Paper here. 

We are lucky to have Sandy Ang from Artful Crafts' design team show off her skills in the projects below.  Sandy is based in Singapore, but designs for Australian manufactures and kit clubs.  For more inspiration, check out her Artful Crafts gallery!

Sandy has been creating with our Celebrate collection, and she has made a fun birthday invitation:

Here are a few fantastic book marks, also created with our Celebrate collection:


If you'd like to create bookmarks of your own, the instructions to create these bookmarks can be found here.

In addition to the fun and bright projects above, Sandy also used our Loyal collection to create a mini book to document her vacation to London:

To see more of the pages from the mini album, please visit the Artful Crafts blog .

Thank you again to the Artful Crafts team for spotlighting Authentique Paper, we are honored to have such great fans all around the world!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Beautifying Simple Gifts With Authentique & May Arts




Authentique Paper and May Arts are teaming up this week to bring you tons of Mother's Day themed inspiration!

After you check out the projects created here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the May Arts blog to find out what the talented members of the May Arts Design Team have come up with.

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For the past few Mother's Days, I've made things for my lovely mother and mother-in-law. This year has been a little busier than most, and I think I'm going to take a breather and choose a slightly easier path... Gift cards! There is only one problem, gift card envelopes are kind of ugly. So I found a few PDF's and SVG cuts for the following cards. 

These three were the easiest things to make! I simply followed this tutorial (and PDF) to create them. They were so easy! I actually preferred these to the ones that I cut with my electronic die cut machine. It was really nice to be able to use scissors and achieve something so pretty!

Here is an open card with a card in it so that you can see what the finished product looks like.
 
This cute little box which is the perfect size for a gift card was created using this template. It's really nice that there is an option for both a PDF and a SVG version. I cut this, then just messed with a generic heart shape to layer on the top of the closure. It's not perfect, but it's really cute.
This was just a super simple folded paper that I used my X-Acto to cut little holder marks to hold the card. I simply used a gift card holder that I had been given as my template.
A few things I figured out while making these:
  • If you want to use the PDF template, you can use a light holding adhesive to temporarily attach the tracing sections to the paper so that it stays still (Authentique paper is great for this, as it's so thick!) I used my ATG, then my hand to "unstickify" the glue a little bit.
  • It is really easy to wrap neat ribbons around a simple gift card holder to make it more special. 
  • I found that if my ribbon was wrinkled, my flat iron worked really well to smooth it out. I used the lowest setting possible.
I hope that you have fun making even the simplest of gifts just a little more special! Happy Mother's Day!
Authentique Paper Products: "Gathering": Tabloids, Icons, Foundations, Bloom, Harmony, Flourish, Grow, Reminisce, Classic Type, Petite Type
May Arts Products: All ribbon products by May Arts
Other Supplies: Colorbox Chalk Ink, dimensional adhesive, Basic Grey buttons and brads

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Unbroken chain

Authentique Paper and May Arts are teaming up this week to bring you tons of Mother's Day themed inspiration!

 

After you check out the projects created here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the May Arts blog to find out what the talented members of the May Arts Design Team have come up with.

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Welcome everyone to this week's fabulous Authentique and May Arts blog hop. We are all providing inspiring Mother's Day themed projects this week. I decided to celebrate the women in my family - my unbroken chain of mothers and daughters beginning with....
my great grandmother, Johanna Larson 
her daughter was Marion Cronander, 
who was the mother of Marilyn Laskey,
whose daughter is Janeen Vitalie
who is the mother of Sicily Shember  
whose daughter someday will be a mother...












Happy Mother's Day! I hope you have been inspired to create your own unbroken chain whether 
Mothers and Daughters ~ Fathers and Sons
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Materials Used
"Gathering" collection from Authentique
ribbons and trims from May Arts
bits of this and that
Love

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The ribbons of your love.....


Authentique Paper and May Arts are teaming up this week to bring you tons of Mother's Day themed inspiration!


After you check out the projects created here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the May Arts blog to find out what the talented members of the May Arts Design Team have come up with.


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Mother’s Day is a lovely day in our home...laying around, eating good food, and of course I think about my own mother and mother in-law.
This week’s theme is Mother’s Day and I love it because it allowed me to create a layout where I could honor my own mother.



Authentique's use of emotion-based quotes and phrases is a perfect match to my style, as I really love quotes as well. I used the Petite Type alphabet stickers to add this quote to my layout:
"Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart."



 After I found the quote above, I knew exactly what I wanted to create using Authentique Paper and May Arts...how much fun is this!?
I like to work with foamtape on my layouts, it really allows you to create so much more depth on a project.
We have seen some incredible projects on the blog both last week and so far this week, I hope you enjoyed my layout today and are inspired to create something to   honor your mom! You can never tell a mother enough how much you love them...
Make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at May Arts each day this week, we've got 3 spools of lovely May Arts Twine & an Authentique Paper Prize pack to give away! Also, make sure you stop by the May Arts facebookpage and tell them that Authentique Paper sent you!

Products Used:
Authentique Paper: "Glory" collection, 12x12 Details stickers, 12x8 Elements stickers
May Arts: Various ribbon


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mother's Day Mini Album

Authentique Paper and May Arts are teaming up this week to bring you tons of Mother's Day themed inspiration!

After you check out the projects created here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the May Arts blog to find out what the talented members of the May Arts Design Team have come up with.

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I am so excited to share my project with you today using one of my personal favorite Authentique collections and some very cool ribbons from May Arts.
Since the theme this week is Mother's Day, I decided to make my Mother-in-Law a mini album.
I knew she would love the colors in the Gathering collection. 
I started off with a chipboard album from Maya Road and covered it with different patterns.
I was so excited about this "sheer frayed flowers ribbon" I ended up cutting out the flowers and using them as an embellishment throughout the album.  
I added buttons, butterflies and other ribbons to give them even more interest. 
thanks for stopping by the Authentique blog today!

Make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at May Arts each day this week, we've got 3 spools of lovely May Arts Twine & an Authentique Paper Prize pack to give away! Also, make sure you stop by the May Arts Facebook Page and tell them that Authentique Paper sent you!


Monday, April 23, 2012

"Delightful" Mother's Day Gifts

Authentique Paper and May Arts are teaming up this week to bring you tons of Mother's Day themed inspiration!

After you check out the projects created here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the May Arts blog to find out what the talented members of the May Arts Design Team have come up with.

This week's theme is Mother's Day. With the holiday quickly approaching, it's nice to get ideas on what to give to Mom. Cards are a given, if you are a paper crafter, more than likely, you always tend to make your own cards rather than buy them, right?

Once you have the perfect gift, what about gift wrap to match the lovely card that you made? Yes, you can use paper & ribbons for that also!

I wrapped my little gift with paper from the "Delightful" collection and then added some net ribbon. I also made some little roses to match. I thought they would add something a little different than the typical bow on top.

I made my little card based on the sketch for our April Sketch Challenge! Have you played along yet? If not, make sure you check it out! You have a little over a week left to get entries in!

Make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at May Arts each day this week, we've got 3 spools of lovely May Arts Twine & an Authentique Paper Prize pack to give away! Also, make sure you stop by the May Arts Facebook Page and tell them that Authentique Paper sent you!

With that said, we do have a winner from last week's giveaway...


Beautiful album! The colors in Carefree are lovely.

Please send an e-mail with your mailing address to contests@authentiquepaper.com with "Maya Road Week Prize Winner" in the subject line and we will get that prize pack out to you!

Products Used:
Authentique- Delightful Collection
May Arts- EM02, JD28, EN46, EA28

Friday, April 20, 2012

Genuine Friends Maya Road Mini album

Authentique Paper and Maya Road are teaming up this week to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper and Maya Road products!


After you check out the inspiration here on the Authentique Paper blog today, be sure to head on over to the Maya Road blog to find out what the talented members of the Maya Road Design Team have created.


Hi, it's Natalie here and today is my turn to share with you what I've created using Maya Road and Authentique.  


The first thing I did was to use my Distress Stain in Picket Fence and ink up all the scallop edges, so much easier than cutting paper to match....I then took an exact o knife and using one of the straight edges triangle banners,  cut all my papers.  The painted edges go perfectly with the papers and give it a 'lacy' type look...LOVE it!

Here's a look at my album!

The front cover:





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