Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Getting "Fresh" with Cat's Creations Scrapbooks!

Today we are thrilled to feature one of our retailers, Cat Beaty from Cat's Creations Scrapbooks in Mineral Wells, TX. We just love the mini album class she has created using our  new "Fresh" collection! 

Cat's "Fresh" Mini Album 
Here's a little bit about Cat's Creations Scrapbooks from Cat herself!

Our store is 3200 square feet of bright colors and FUN! FUN! FUN!.  We carry all the latest and greatest in product to keep the ladies happy.  We carry full collections of the lines, not pieces and parts.  We offer a wide variety of collections & vendors, a ribbon wall to die for, lotsa bling and we will try most anything on our pages, albums and craft projects. We offer classes, Kids Kamp, crops (we have colored tables and each cropper gets their own table), retreats, and have even done a few cruises.

We pride ourselves on our custom albums, like this one, using a combination of our Accucut dies and my husband's ability to cut album covers from wood for us.  These turn into beautiful show pieces for your coffee table.  We encourage our ladies to think out of the box and add their own personality & creativity to our classes. It is so much fun to see how different they all turn out. We try to teach several new techniques with each custom album class. 

I love to create and I love to teach others how to turn their creativity loose.  This is such a wonderful hobby that is shared by so many.  I have seen it bring so many family members together in a special bond in the past 8 years.  That is what makes owning the store the best--my wonderful customers!

If you are in the area and interested in taking Cat's "Fresh" album class, make sure you check out her class schedule

Stop by Cat's Facebook Page and let her know we sent you by to say hello!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

OWH Blog Hop

We are very proud to be able to be a part of this wonderful blog hop! Our "Glory" collection fit the mold perfectly for the OWH cards. If you have not seen this collection yet, here's a little bit about "Glory"... 

Nostalgia and tradition are the hallmarks of our this collection.  Although perfect for 4th of July based events, the versatile papers are useable througout the year. Inspired by true vintage findings, the warm cream and tea-stained look of the papers and accents, make all types of projects created with Glory, feel like they have been a part of the family for generations.

Here are a few OWH cards made by our fabulous design team:

{Loes de Groot}
Sketch 85

{Loes de Groot}
Sketch 100

{Heather Conklin}
Sketch 120

Make sure you leave unique comments! We have some "Glory" to give away to one lucky commenter! 

We want to thank those who serve & fight our country. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Earth Friendly Friday

We are starting a new segment here on the Authentique blog. Friday's will now become a little more "Earth Friendly!" Our Design Team is very creative, they always find ways to recycle and make the most beautiful creations. We thought that by sharing our ideas, tips, & tricks here on the blog, maybe one by one we could all become a little more earth friendly with our crafting projects.

Today, Loes shares a beautiful project that anyone can make with a few little items that we all have laying around the house!


 I love the new Friday blog series over here, earth friendly! As scrappers, we have so much material to scrap with and we forget there's so much other stuff around us were we can make beautiful things.

Today, I challenged myself to make some ting with a toilet paper roll and some empty packaging. 

Here is what I recycled for my project.

I made a cute little map with a little tag inside.

I crushed the toilet paper roll and wrapped it in with paper from the "Carefree" collection. To close one side, I used the detail stickers from the collection.

For the flower, I did that with the empty packaging! 

I made a little tutorial for you so you can make this flower also!

First you have to punch some flowers two big and two small
 from the paper and of the packaging 


         Second, put some glossy accents on the packaging flowers and stick them to the paper flowers.

Third, let it dry for a moment, after that put the heatgun on the flower. The plastic packaging after this is a little bit soft so you can bend the flower into shape. Do the same for the smaller flower.

Last, put the flowers together. I put a big brad in the inside to make a center.

I hope a give you a little bit of inspiration and hope to see a lot of "earth friendly" flowers after this!

Also, check out our board on Pinterest!

Products Used: 
Authentique: Carefree collection- 6x6 bundle, detail stickers, element stickers

Thursday, May 24, 2012

We're rolling out the Welcome Wagon!

We've taken the plunge and decided it was time to give me {Sam} a helping hand in the social media department...I've asked Emily Lanham to join Team Authentique as the Design Team and Social Media Coordinator! Emily has worked with us for about a year, and she has been a steady, helping hand...always willing to work hard and best of all, with a smile on her face! Please help us officially welcome Emily to our team!

But wait, there is more exciting news to share! We are pleased to introduce you to three new members we've invited to join the Authentique Paper Design Team! We are always on the search for talent that catches our eye and we are very excited to expand our horizons and see what these creative ladies have in store!

Angie Blom

Hello, my name is Angie Blom and I am a stay at home mom of two growing kids, one seventeen boy Alex and one 6 year old girl Sydney, I have been married for close to 25 years and love every minute of it. My husband is the sweetest man and supports me in all the crafty things I do. I have been scrapbooking for 15 years and counting, cardmaking for 4 years and a mixed media artist for the last year. I love to dabble in any type of art, from paper to photography. I also design stamps for Unity Stamp Company, the same company that Authentique has to make their wonderful stamps as well. I just love this company for the quality of papers and embellishments and look forward to making some beautiful project to share with you all. I love to sing, dance and act crazy.. drives my kids nuts.. I love to document my everyday life, because I know my memory will go and I will need to have some proof of my existence.. so this line of work is good for my soul. I want to leave let my kids know that you can achieve anything, anytime in you life.. I feel like my life is starting to become the dreams I have dreamt. It is never too late to reinvent your future. I am looking forward to working and getting to know the Authentique family and the creative followers.  Have a wonderful day everyone!!

Guiseppa Gubler

Usually, when I throw out my name Guiseppa, most people never forget who I am. I think having a unique name has been fun and really helpful in many aspects of my life, including I said, most people never forget the name. Some people also call me Seppa (its' just a little easier). Anyway...I answer to both. My name is originally Italian, but comes form a Danish grandmother. I have been scrapbooking for about 15 years now. I jumped on the scrapbooking band wagon when it was so new, so I have seen a lot of changes in the industry. I spend a lot of time scrapbooking (one of the benefits of having children in school all day). I have now created over 70 albums since I began. I have designed for several manufacturers, kit clubs and have some publications in Creating Keepsakes Magazine, Scrapbook Trends Magazines, Scrapbooks Etc. Magazine as well as several idea books. I have been married to my number one supporter Sam for nearly15 years now and we have 3 children; Braden  age 15, Janica 13, and our little Angel Sterling passed away seven years ago from "The Bubble Boy Disease."  Never has scrapbooking meant so much to me as when he passed away. I have all of those wonderful memories of him preserved through scrapbooking. When I am not scrapbooking you will find me outdoors; camping, fishing, hiking and riding 4 wheelers. I love time with my family and in the summertime we often escape to the great outdoors. I am really excited to join the Authentique Design Team and to work with quality crafting products. I can't wait to share my ideas and love for crafting with others.

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!

Stay tuned for unique projects and creations, we have some really fun blog hops, special events and all around goodness to share! Don't forget to stop by our Facebook, Pinterest and Flickr pages/galleries for tons of inspiration and ideas!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Guest Designer: Nicole Rixon

This month, we are trying something new on the Authentique blog... That's right, we are going to start featuring guest designers! We love that you choose to use Authentique Paper products in your creative projects and as a way of thanking you for the tremendous support, we are going to begin featuring some of our fans right here on the blog. 

Today's guest designer is a very sweet girl who is chock-full of talent and creativity. For those of you who don't know her, Nicole Rixon is the Owner & Illustrator of Sweet Stamp Shop.
Though her designs are very whimsical and cutesy, we think she has done a wonderful job pairing her "sweet" stamps up with our products. Adding cute to vintage is often hard to do, but we think Nicole has hit the nail on the head and she shows us the versatility of Authentique products! 

Here's a look at a few cards & tags she has made using "Carefree"

Nicole is also sharing a few cards that she made with one of our most popular collections, "Blissful"

Be sure to stop by Nicole's personal blog and say hello, and please let her know we sent you! 

Also, check out our "We Spy..." board on Pinterest! If we spy fabulous projects using Authentique products, we might just feature you in a future blog post!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Fresh"....this way to the beach!

The Beatles said, “All you need is love...” we just added “and the beach!” Our Fresh collection is reminiscent of the olden days of summer, celebrates sandy toes and invites ocean-blue water. As the sun warms the soul and refreshes the mind, so also, this line is soft and relaxed, creating the exact emotion one hopes for when laying on the beach. Hints of red pop in and out, warming the cool blues and neutral tones. 

Six double sided papers are the backbone of the Fresh Collection, and the designs and patterns are brought to life even more because we printed this line on our signature, heavy-weight, textured cardstock. 

"Free" 12x12 paper

"Clean" 12x12 paper

"Light" 12x12 paper

"Clear" 12x12 paper

"Pure" 12x12 paper

"Crisp" 12x12 paper

As always, our sticker accent sheets are printed on a custom-made matte-stock sticker, which allows for better coordination with our rich textured paper. With expressions like “beach babies” and “ladies must wear bloomers...” Fresh is family-friendly and suitable for all ages. {Be sure to click on the image of the 12x12 "Details" to get a closer look at the nostalgic icons and phrases!}

12x12 "Details" {cardstock stickers}

12x8 "Elements" {Diction mini-words & Petite Type alpha stickers}

We also offer a 6x6, reduced design "Bundle" with coordinating solid colors printed on the back of the papers. A collection kit, which includes TWO of each paper, the 12x12 and 12x8 sticker sheets rounds off this versatile and calming collection.

Stop by your LSS or favorite online retailer to purchase "Fresh" - it is hitting the shelves right now!

Also, visit our website to view our other new collections...or click over to our Facebook or Pinterest page to view projects created by our fabulously talented Design Team.

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