Guest Designer: Heather Leopard

Today we have Heather Leopard with us as a guest designer! We have been very excited about her post since she sent over all of the festive projects that she made! We just couldn't wait to share with you all! 

I'm a mommy to 2 adorable girls and a wonderful step-son with a hubby who supports my crafty obsessions. I'm lucky enough to work at home for a major tech company utilizing my marketing background and passion for social media. After the kids are tucked into bed at night, I'm usually found in my craft room playing with papers, scissors and embellies. My style is eclectic a.k.a random…I go where the pictures, paper and embellishments take me. Sometimes it involves lots of layering, painting, masking and misting and sometimes I go for clean & simpler. I design for American Crafts, Lily Bee Design and Little Yellow Bicycle. I also manage the social media activity for Scrapbook Circle kit club. The adventurous side of me loves to scuba dive with my hubby and I have encountered the most beautiful and also the scariest of things under the sea, including random encounters with hammerhead and nurse sharks! 

I have gotten so many compliments on these trees and they were so easy to make! See the step by step instructions on my blog.

I created these tags to be the focal point for several gifts I will be giving this year. After cutting the tags, I used mists and paint to dress up the base of the tags. I then used a combination of fibers, paper and stickers to create little “scenes” for each card. The papers and stickers in this collection did all the work and demonstrate the reason for the season on their own.

I was trying to go for a glowing light effect with this card, like when you see lights on a tree from a distance. I simply dripped mist on it by removing the spray nozzle and tapping it to the top of the card. The mist dripped down to give this effect. I added some red paint to the base once dried. I topped it off with paper, a sticker frame, burlap and then I added red canvas ribbon around the sticker and a black bow to make the sentiment pop.

The paper from the 6x6 paper pad did most of the work for me on this tag. The winter scene and December calendar is my focal point with the Santa sticker. We all know the real meaning of Christmas but Santa is a good reflection of the Magic of Christmas.

I cut this tag straight from the paper. I just love the music sheet and cardinal. I added some white feathers, twine and the sentiment and voila!

This is a simpler card but it’s one of my favorites. I just added some paint to the base and then I cut strips of the candy cane looking paper from the 6x6 pad and alternated the pattern to give it a chevron feel. I topped it off with the sticker sentiment wrapped in red/white striped twine.
This card is a bit unique in that it starts out looking like a matchbook. The front is decorated with a simple sentiment, ribbon, poinsettia and bling.

The front flap is tucked in and when you pull it out, it reveals a pocket on the inside. I added some burlap under the Hope sticker but it didn’t pop off the cream pocket so I went back and added green paint. 

You can add a gift card or a note.

Be sure to stop by Heather'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!


  1. Love all the projects, especially the Tree trio. Went to the blog but can't find the tutorial. Help please

    1. Hi Jackie - thanks for the sweet words about my projects. You can find the tutorial at the bottom of this post:

    2. Thanks Heather. Wasn't sure what you were using for backing on the trees Hope you won't mind if I lift this. Such a cute idea!

  2. Wonderful projects and teh trees are wonderful - Loved your 3d trees from wood on your blog as well as see4ral of your cards - their fabulous. Great job

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  4. Beautiful Heather! I love your work and know it is a passion for you. My fave is the tree trio!

  5. Gorgeous work Heather! Those trees are fabulous!

  6. Lots of wonderful Christmas projects! Very well done!

  7. Lovely projects! You got a lot of mileage out of those papers. The trees are super cute!

  8. Love the tags and those trees are adorable !

  9. Heather, great showcase of the Authentique!!! Good eye mgm't you picked a great guest designer to showcase quality!!!
    ava g

  10. The trees are just so sweet, I have saved the instructions on and plan on trying them.

  11. Heather, beautiful work!!! I love making tags, love yours!!!

  12. Heather, you did an amazing job! So well done, and love how so much of it is interactive, and you make the colors pop, especially the last card that can hold something inside!


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