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.

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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.
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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.

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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Monday, February 18, 2019

PAPER GIRLS CHALLENGE BLOG: Challenge #170 - Now & Then

Today's challenge is to compare two different things. I chose to compare snowstorms five years apart. Snow is pretty rare in the Pacific Northwest, so it's kind of fun to look at the two very different snowstorms. 2014 was pretty tame, as it dumped between 12-14 inches at our house in the span of just a few days.
I used my Lindsey kit from Felicity Jane. I loved being able to use all of the great Valentine's style for a non-lovey project. I used a few Silhouette Online Store cut files (#104197-Felicity Jane, #220866-Paige Evans). The only thing that wasn't from the Lindsey kit from Felicity Jane was a single Thicker from YEARS ago
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: Happy Valentine's Day from the Design Team!

I turned a Target Dollar Spot ornament and pieces from the Romance Collection into a fabulous Valentine's wall hanging. You could easily use this as a larger ornament or home decor item. The twine is also detachable, so if you wanted a small stand, that would also work. 
The heart is hand cut from a piece of Romance Three. Before it was inked with Distress Oxide inks, I also used a Lawn Fawn Reverse Stitched Scallop Circle Window die in the place where the heart's "heart" would be. This was where I added the interest to this piece.
I layered die cuts from the Elements die cut sheet, as well as various flowers and Pretty Pink Posh Water Droplets. The last detail was to glue a piece of 3/8" Mini Pom Pom Ribbon in White by May Arts
 Supplies: Authentique Romance Collection and Die Cuts, Target Dollar Spot ornament, Dimensional Adhesive, ribbon (May Arts), water droplets (Pretty Pink Posh), flowers (Petaloo - retired), Oxide Ink (Distress - Ranger), dies (Lawn Fawn)
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Monday, December 31, 2018

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: "Love You Forever" Accordion Mini Album

I know that the New Year is coming up soon, but I really wanted to share with you this fun little "Love You Forever" Accordion Mini Album. To start, I used the wonderful Accordion Mini Album cut file by Paige Evans. She has a ton of great files, and quite a few mini albums. Make sure to watch the YouTube video she has for this if you get stuck. I followed the tips that she used for not taping the top of the middle pages to allow for extra tags.
The outer cover was a combination of Romance Three and Eight. I backed the image from Eight with a little bit of Five. Inking the edges a little bit gives the perfect amount of contrast between papers.
The inside focuses on the various patterns, highlighting the lace image from Romance Two. A sweet sentiment from the 12x8" Elements sheet sets the mood.
Once all of the pages were put together, I added the tags into the middles of each of the paired papers. 
A pretty gold threaded twine adds the perfect amount of sparkle. 
Once the accordion pages were all glued together, I added bits of cut papers from the 12x12 papers, and the cut-a-parts from Romance Eight
The opposite side is equally decorated. You could easily add mini photos or wallet sized photos to this as well. The pieces from the Elements 12x12" sheet have perfect sentiments and details to add more interest to your project.
The cut tags are a perfect space to write little messages to your beloved. Special memories, ephemera, or things that you loved about them would be a great place to start. 
Each tag is topped with the sparkly twine. Easy to remove to read.
The entire accordion is glued into the cover. I loved pairing different patterns together. Here, Romance Two, Three and Five all play nicely together.
A great side shot of the entire album all folded up. I love all of the different shades of pink and red that the Romance Collection has.
I hope that this inspires you to create a mini album for a loved one that you have. You don't have to create something huge from scratch, a simple cut file can help you start to create your perfect Valentine. 
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