Monday, September 16, 2019

PAPER GIRLS CHALLENGE BLOG #184: Anything Goes! & a Taylored Expressions Blender Brush Review

The Paper Girls Challenge Blog is having one of the best challenges ever. Anything Goes! Yup! That means, make anything you want, and share with us. It's a total free-for-all, and I love that, because I was able to have a bit of fun testing out my new Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes and a great new stencil from Neat & Tangled. I also got to finally sit and play with my new Stampin' Up Inks
For the PGCB Challenge #184, I started with the Neat & Tangled Dimensional Triangles Stencil. I then took my Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes and my Stampin' Up Inks in the Classic Stampin' Pad Assortment In Color 2018-2020 and Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin' Pad.
From red - violet, I blended each color with the correct brush. To make the stencil stick more, I used a bit of spray adhesive to stick the stencil to the paper. I just used what I had, and it was a little TOO sticky... I've heard about the Pixie Spray, and I may try that later on instead.
Make sure to create something for the Paper Girls Challenge Blog! This challenge is Anything Goes, so ANY project that you are working on counts!!

I got these fabulous brushes from a suggestion from a close friend. I had always loved ink blending, but hated the streaking I got from the foam blenders (from dye inks). I'm a bit of a crazy inker, so anything that would make my ideas actually happen the way I imagine is always welcome.
I pre-ordered the Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes last week when they released. Part of the offer was this little silicone scrubber. I haven't used it yet, BUT look how fabulously it fits in the center!! This was a genius bit of design. I love when tools and their extra pieces fit together seamlessly. This means I won't lose it. 
I loved how each color handle of the Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes will work with that color family. I know that the brush looks a little splotchy, but man did they work smoothly. The handles are flexible, which means that you can vary your pressure without worry that one part will be splotchy on your project. The blending was smooth no matter where I worked. And they were SO SOFT! I'm very happy with my purchase, and cannot wait to use them more and more.




Supplies Used:
Stampin' Up Inks: Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick, Gorgeous Grape
Neat & Tangled Stencil: Dimensional Triangles
Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes
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Monday, July 15, 2019

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: Scholastic One Page Mini Album

Hello! I know that summer is in full swing, and most everyone is still eating popsicles and hanging out in the sun, but school is coming soon for some. Since I'm a teacher, documenting those fun school events can be daunting, so I like to plan ahead. This one page mini album is a quick and easy way to document some small photos, or have my own kiddos write their own version of fun events. Our new Scholastic Collection is the perfect foil for this mini album.
I looked through Pinterest for some inspiration of mini albums. I liked the smaller ones, and chose to use the tutorial for THIS MINI ALBUM as the base of my mini. It's a simple one sheet mini, that is easily created using a scoreboard and a bone folder.
The main paper was Scholastic Two, scored and folded at the 3", 6", and 9" marks, twisted, then scored again at 5.75". This created the pockets that will hold each larger strip of paper. 
To create more interest with the pockets, I used my paper cutter to create two diagonal cuts on the edge sections, and two different punches to create interest on the inside pockets. 
Each of the pockets in the mini have simple strips of paper that are cut slightly smaller than the pockets. For these, I used Scholastic Five and Six.
The two center strips also use stickers from the Details Sticker Sheet. To help with the stickiness on the back of the sticker that is showing, I punched a circle of paper to stick on the back.
Each of the sections of the mini album uses various pieces from the Scholastic Seven cutapart page and more of the Details Stickers. I also used a couple of smaller mats that are created from Spectrum cardstock in Mustard Seed and Old Glory. I love how there are always Spectrum cardstocks to match each collection. 
These fun vintage images from Scholastic Seven just make me smile. 
The lovely Details Stickers are just the perfect addition. I couldn't resist adding a few more everywhere. And the icon paper that is Scholastic Four is just fabulous. I love all of the cute little details. 
Thanks for looking, and I hope that this inspires you to create your own one page mini album.
Authentique Supplies: Scholastic Collection - One, Two, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Details; Spectrum Collection - Mustard Seed, Old Glory
Other Supplies: paper cutter, scoreboard, bone folder, punches, foam adhesive Pin It

Friday, July 5, 2019

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! I saw these fun little stars in the Dollar Spot in Target. Bins like this are great to find some alterable items. They often have inexpensive wooden or MDF board items that you can simple scuff up and glue your favorite papers to.
Today I used the Liberty Collection. I wanted to make sure that these simple stars popped, so thematically had them represent the colors of our flag: red, white and blue.
Each star has been taken apart to have the back of the metal covered on two (Liberty One, Four), and left plain on one. The red and blue stars also have been covered with patterned papers in mostly red (Liberty Seven) and mostly blue (Liberty Six) respectively.
The rosette in the center of each was made simply with a score board and some hot glue. These were meant to be smaller, so they are cut at 1.5" wide x 12" long, and each rosette has two strips glued edge to edge, then scored at .5".  For the rosettes, I used Liberty Two and Four.
I used some pretty old chipboard letters for this project, as they were the best match for this. The stark white stands out against the patterned paper of Liberty One
As a set, this small project holds some pretty big impact. Thanks for looking, and hope that you have a great holiday weekend! 

Supplies Used: Liberty Collection: (One, Two, Four, Five, Six, Seven), hot glue gun, scoring board, wooden and metal stars (Target $1 Spot

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Monday, May 20, 2019

PAPER GIRLS CHALLENGE BLOG #176: Your Favorite Drink

Good Morning from the Paper Girls Challenge!! It's May, and for most of us in the US, there are still a few weeks left of school. As a teacher, I am running on coffee. This challenge is PERFECT to share my love of everything java. For this challenge, create something that celebrates your love of beverages! It could be coffee, tea, orange juice, wine, you name it! Create a card, layout, or like my mini notebook below, something off the page.
Mini notebook (Heidi Swapp) with a few older stamps (Gossamer Blue - retired).
 A simple stamped cup (Concord & 9th), watercolored in two different color combinations.

We want to encourage all of our challenge participants to refer our rules and prize structure here: http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/p/how-to-play.html
Also, follow us on our new Instagram account for more chances to win! For this challenge use #PGCBchallenge176 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.
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Monday, April 15, 2019

PAPER GIRLS CHALLENGE BLOG: Challenge #174 - Spring Color Inspiration

Today's Paper Girls Challenge is all about Spring! I chose to use the color palette to create a color block card using a die that I got awhile ago.
I die cut the heart multiple times, then paper pieced the pieces together in a spectrum order.

After that was complete, I used some matching paper for the background, embossing it with a WRMK Next Level Embossing Folder. This one was from a few years ago.
Popped the heart up on some dimensional adhesive, added a sentiment from an old A.muse stamp set, wound up some Hand and Hearth twine, and done. The little banner was just trimmed on the ends for detail.
Come play with all of us at the Paper Girls Challenge Blog!

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Friday, April 12, 2019

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: Happy Easter Rainbow Egg Easter Decor with the Spectrum Series

Good Morning! Easter is one of the most fun holidays to decorate for with its bright pastels, fun egg shapes, and cute bunnies. This past year, I have loved the Target Dollar Spot for home decor items that are super easy to alter and create some fun holiday items. This great project was asking to be decorated with all of the rainbow colors from the Spectrum Series.
I started with a great wooden MDF beadboard egg decor item in white. From the start, I knew that I wanted to create a rainbow effect in each of the panels using the Spectrum Series.
I measured the panels, and cut each piece of paper (Limeade, Robin's Egg Blue, Orchid, Orange Blossom, Lemon Drop, Tickled Pink) to the exact size. Since the grooves between each panel were narrow, I didn't want to try to sand down, or trim each strip. Once each strip was glued down with liquid glue, I trimmed around the egg with a craft knife, then sanded the edges so it was smooth.
Once the entirety of the egg was covered, the decor piece needed a sentiment. I chose to use one that was fun and scripty. Happy Easter Sentiment from Jenny Highsmith was just what I wanted.
I cut this file from Bristol paper for its thickness. It was slightly thicker than our cardstock, which helped it not sink into any of the grooves. Remember to double cut thicker papers.
The flowers are cut from a retired Stampin Up large die. I trimmed down some papers so that I could just cut out the flower and the center that I wanted.
 
The buttons and enamel dots are all random things that I had in my stash of embellishments. These provided just smaller things to decorate.
Each of the flowers is glued together with hot glue, and then glued onto the board with hot glue. The buttons are also glued with hot glue. This will make them permanent.
Once the embellishments were down, I glued down the sentiment with some Multi Medium Matte from Ranger. I really liked this, as some of the glue had seeped out, and since it was matte, I could easily blot any smudges away without noticing afterwards. 
I hope that you have a great weekend, and get in some crafty fun with Authentique and our lovely products!
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Monday, March 4, 2019

PAPER GIRLS CHALLENGE BLOG: Challenge 171 - Pinspired Challenge

Hello! I love Pinspired challenges. For today's PAPER GIRLS CHALLENGE BLOG - Challenge #171 we have a Pinspired challenge for you.

I pinned this image quite awhile ago. I just loved the geometric patterns, the color, and the makeup. I knew that once I figured out this challenge, that I would create something like the project I have for you below.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/78039006029614431/feedback/?invite_code=8b352721f0c346a7982f774bd357ffe7&sender_id=78039143451459702

I knew how I would create a card that was similar to the Pinspired image above. I've had this die for quite awhile. For this card, I ended up using the die a total of six times, one for each color. Then, I placed in each piece in a random order.
 The sentiment used black paper and white embossing to mimic the eye makeup on the image.
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