Designer Week and We're Rolling out the Welcome Wagon!

We are kicking off  "Designer Week" today! We want to showcase all of our amazing designers and we thought our fans may want to get to know the people behind the amazing projects featured on our blog. 

We are starting out with two BRAND NEW designers to our team. Please join us in giving them a warm welcome to the Authentique Paper Design Team! 

Erica Houghton

Hi!! My name is Erica Houghton. My husband, Ben, and I live outside of Washington DC in Alexandria, Virginia. When I’m not working or sitting in traffic you can find me at my dining room table creating,  curled up with a good book, headed out the door for a run, or sightseeing and traveling.  My papercrafting style is shabby-chic – I love glitter, rhinestones, and anything else that has glitz,  glamour and a lot of sparkle. I’m totally addicted to patterned paper so I’ve resorted to using lots of  layers in order to use all of the wonderful papers that come in each collection. I never feel my pages are  complete until I’ve added flowers, ribbon and machine stitching. I enjoy creating a variety of projects  including layouts, cards, tags, off the page projects and a mini album every now and then. 

 In addition to creating for various design teams I also enjoy teaching classes at LSS’s because I love  sharing my passion for papercrafting with others. 

To see all of my creations please visit me at: Erica Houghton Designs

10 random facts about you
1. I’m an identical twin
2. I have two furbabies – Gizmo and Taco (they are the sweetest rescue dogs)
3. I’ve run a half marathon in Alaska
4. I love football – go Detroit Lions!
5. I’m a morning person
6. I collect Christmas ornaments from every State or Country in which I travel
7. I love to clean
8. I detest feet
9. I am OCD about having no emails in my inbox – I deal with each as it arrives.
10. I’m addicted to birthday cake Oreos 

5 must have tools for crafting
1. Sewing machine – I love adding stitching to my projects
2. Punches – I’m addicted to my Martha Stewart deep fan punch
3. Fiskars 5”x12” ruler – I can’t stand my paper being crooked
4. Bone folder – I love making cards
5. Wire cutters

3 of My Favorite projects created with Authentique Paper products:

Jess (Kinderstampo)

I'm a mom, foodie, mixed media fanatic and just an overall lover of all things handmade. If you can't find me crafting I'm probably in the kitchen trying to whip up a new recipe or bake a new cookie.  My family is my everything and I incorporate them into everything I do. 

10 random facts about you
Love to laugh
Love to cry 
Obsessed with traveling 
Will try any foods once 
Cheese is my favorite food 
Not a fan of chocolate 
Mrs Prindables Triple Chocolate Apple could possibly be my favorite gift for any occasion. 
Love experiencing new things (food, culture, art mediums) 
Jordan is my favorite place in the world 

5 must have tools for crafting
A good pair of scissors
Paper Trimmer
Sizzix Bigshot
A pencil

3 of My Favorite projects created with Authentique Paper products:

Welcome to the team ladies! 

We want to offer up a little prize pack to a lucky fan! Simply come back each day this week and get to know more of our design team, leave a unique comment and you are entered to win! 


  1. Very Awesome, I see tons of unique and cool projects in the future.

  2. Welcome and am
    enjoying all the
    pretty creations!
    Carla from Utah

  3. Big congrats to these girls! The projects all look truly gorgeous!

  4. Welcome ladies...wonderful projects!

  5. Congrats Erica and Jess, your projects are beautiful!

  6. Loved reading your bio and looking at your awesome projects!

  7. Welcome, ladies! It is nice to meet you and learn a little about you both. I am looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful work!

  8. Congrats on your new team assignment! Your projects are beautiful!

  9. Congrats Erica and Jess!!! Looking forward to seeing more projects from both of you

  10. The layouts are beautiful. Love the last page of Jess' selection.
    fun to hear her say she's a foodie. Another great way to use your creative talents.
    Welcome ladies.

  11. Congrats ladies. Your layouts are beautiful and I can't wait to see all the inspiration the new year brings.

  12. Congratulations ladies!!! Your projects are stunning!!! sweet friend!!! So excited for you! You are an amazing and very talented proud of you!!! Can't wait to see more!!! Congrats!!! <3

  13. Congrats girls. I love both of your styles. Your layouts are simple amazing. I can't wait for your next reveal.

  14. I enjoyed reading about the two new designers and seeing what they've created. So beautiful.

  15. Welcome and congrats on new venture

  16. congrats to the new team members! Gorgeous projects - looking forward to seeing more from them!

  17. Welcome Erica and Jess ; Congratulations to both of you ... How exciting your projects are AMAZING !!

  18. Congratulations to Erica & Jess! Gorgeous projects! One of you is new to me, so I'm off to visit blogs.

  19. Welcome Jess and Erica! I love your beautiful projects! husband is completely grossed out by feet too and will get the willies if he has to look at them. And Jess, that's blasphemy that you don't like chocolate. It's one of the staples on my food pyramid. LOL

  20. Nice to meet Erica and Jess! I love getting a peek at some of your projects!

  21. It is nice to read the bios of your two new designers. I look forward to seeing future projects made by them because I know they will be good.

  22. Erica, welcome and enjoy the journey here at authentique. Take lots of pictures of those pup's, start a scrapbook just for them. Jess, thanks for sharing your lovely inspirational projects

  23. How fortunate you both are to work with one of the leaders in paper crafting! LOVE everything about Authentique!

  24. Beautiful projects, congrats to the new team members. Can't wait to see what you create in the upcoming year!

  25. Welcome to the team. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous projects with us and letting us in on some of their likes and personal bits.

  26. Love that beautiful embroidery hoop! And the halloween project is just as cool! Congrats to you both. Great work! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  27. Thanks for sharing! I love learning about designers and seeing their spaces...clean and messy!


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