Monday, July 20, 2020

PAPER GIRLS CHALLENGE #204 - Christmas in July

While some of you may be experiencing a heat wave, the gals over at the Paper Girls Challenge Blog is already thinking about Christmas! Christmas in July is this week's challenge. Grab those new papers that are coming out (like Authentique Paper's Magical Christmas!!) and those amazing stamps and dies, and create something that is Christmas-themed. Don't want to think ahead... Scrap those pictures from last Christmas that you haven't even looked at yet!
For this card, I started with the Mama Elephant Slimline Basic die set. I love slimline cards (if you've seen the past few projects, you'll totally understand my obsession!!), and this die set is fabulous for creating easy-peasy slimline cards.

I also used the NEW Diamond Press Believe in Magic #247188 stamp and die set. I colored all of the stamped images with my Chameleon markers, then backed it all with the wonderful NEW Authentique Paper A Magical Christmas (Four). Pin It

Friday, July 3, 2020

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: Happy 4th of July

Happy Fourth of July! I wanted to grab a few of my older papers from the Liberty collection and create something that would be both fun and functional.

The pinwheel is a five-point 3D pinwheel, that has been glued to a straw. Instead of the center that was present in the cut file, I just added a simple vintage brad. This was then glued into the inside of the star gift bag. Gluing it in the bag makes the placement of the pinwheel permanent. Hot glue works the best for this.
The front of the star gift bag is a layered front. The star is simply white cardstock that has been glued using liquid glue, and then the layers of the Liberty collection papers are layered with foam adhesive.
To top this packaging off, simply find white or white patterned tissue and add in your present. No present... This also doubles as a home decor item! Hope this inspires you, and have a great 4th of July.
Other Supplies: white cardstock, foam adhesive, Silhouette Cameo 3, cut files (#135146, #61640), tissue paper, straw, hot glue gun

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Monday, June 15, 2020

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: Happy Father's Day Group Blog Post - Day One with Kathy & Heather

Over on the Authentique Blog, we are celebrating all of our wonderful fathers, dads, sons, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures.
Hello, and Happy Father's Day week! If your house is anything like mine, you've been working, teaching, and have been spending ALL the time with your kiddos. This Father's Day, I really want to thank my lovely husband for all of the hard work that we have done this season. 
 I started with this fabulous Dad Accordion Fold Card by Lori Whitlock. I really liked the little tools that were on it. It was also fun and graphic. The base for this card was Manly Four. I really liked the dark blue tone of this paper. 

Each of the letters was cut from various sides of the Manly Collection papers. I used Manly Three, Four and Five respectively.
The tools were cut from a combination of brown cardstock, Manly Four and Spectrum cardstock in Silver Dollar. All of the pieces are popped up using foam adhesive. This creates depth and interest.

Once each was cut, I inked them all lightly with Stampin' Up ink in Tip Top Taupe

Once the card was complete, I used the A2 Notecard Envelope Box, sizing it to my card. To create some more interest on the front and make it more gift-like, I also cut the Best Dad Handlettering Brush Script from Manly Five and offset it. After inking both pieces, I added it to the envelope.
 This was a fun card to put together, and I know that it will be a fun card to display on Father's Day. 
Supplies Used: Authentique Manly Collection (12x12 Paper Pad, Manly Three, Manly Four, Manly Five), Spectrum Series (Silver Dollar), brown cardstock, kraft cardstock, foam adhesive, ink
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Friday, May 15, 2020

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: Everything You Need for a Birthday Kit with the Hooray Collection

Hello! Birthdays look a little different right now. Video birthdays, calling, being apart from the ones that you want to celebrate can be difficult. This Hooray collection birthday kit includes everything you need except cake! I'm sending this one out with a mug cake package so that my recipient can celebrate, even though I cannot be with them.
I started with a base of Hooray One, and cut that to accommodate the 5x7" envelope that I knew that I was going to make. I folded this about 3 1/4" on both sides, so that the envelope could be adhered to the center. The belly band was a larger strip of Hooray Three that I waited to glue together until the entire project was complete. The bow was a strip of cardstock layered with Hooray Three. A little bit of foam tape let the Details cardstock sticker stand out.
Inside, I took two large dies and created layered die cuts by tracing the outer edges onto a piece of Calendar collection cardstock (July) and another piece of red cardstock. The little bit of striped cardstock came from a leftover strip of Hooray Six after making the envelope. The banner pieces from the Details sticker sheet was perfect to create some interest as you are opening the birthday kit.
Another Details cardstock sticker and some more striped Hooray Six allow for some easy interest as the recipient opens the birthday kit. 
Once the entire birthday kit is opened, you can see all of the fun pieces that create this special project. 
In the right flap, there is a tag (cut from the collage images on Hooray One using a die set) that is lightly adhered with a removable glue dot. This way, your friend can add that tag to their own present. The candles are also attached to the card using removable glue dots, and then banded to their card so they don't get moved in transit. This flap uses a combination of Hooray Two, Four, Eight and papers from the Hooray 6x6" Bundle.
The right hand side has a little pocket created with pieces of Hooray Two and cutaparts from Hooray Eight. You could also use this pocket to tuck in a gift card. There is also an envelope (cut from vellum so you can see inside) created using an envelope tool that holds confetti created by punching strips of leftover paper once the project was complete. Once those are decorated with some of the Details stickers, they are perfect.
The large dies were perfect for this, as they filled a larger space were cut from red cardstock and the blue side of July cardstock from the Calendar collection. I really wanted to play off the red in the striped paper.
The bottom section uses another die from the same set, and a cutapart from Hooray Eight. To make the cutapart fit the area, it had to be cut down quite a bit.
I kept the card inside this project flat so that it fit inside the envelope. I layered red cardstock with a Hooray Eight cutapart, a base of Hooray Two, and a pair of stickers from the Details cardstock sticker sheet.
I cannot wait to send this on to a lovely friend.
I hope that this inspires you to find alternate ways to celebrate your family and friends during this time.
Authentique Products: Hooray Collection (One, Two, Three, Four, Six, Eight, Details, 6x6" Bundle)
Other Supplies: cardstock, vellum, envelope punch board, confetti punch, tag dies (Felicity Jane), sentiment dies (Diamond Press), twine, foam tape, candles Pin It

Monday, April 6, 2020


For this fabulous Paper Girls Challenge of Florals, I didn't have to go too far to find some flowers. Since I added a few things to my Capsule Crafting collection, I had a wonderful project just ready to share.
This project uses the Concord and 9th Wonderful Florals stamp and die set, colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Stamp Market Color Crush paper, and a We R Memory Keepers Next Level Embossing Folder

Check out more information on how I compiled my Capsule Crafting Collection based on Kristina Werner's Capsule Crafting list.

We want to encourage all of our challenge participants to refer our rules and prize structure here:

Also, follow us on Instagram for more chances to win! For this challenge use #PGCBchallenge197 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.
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AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: Happy Easter Week from all of us at Authentique!

It's almost Easter and that means we are going to share some fabulous Easter and Spring projects with you! We have had so much fun creating some wonderful things, especially since the world is in such upheaval.
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Hello, and Happy Monday! Heather here, and I created this fabulous Watering Can Box with 3D Daffodils. Daffodils are so prevalent in the Pacific Northwest, there are even parades for them.
For this project, I used a fabulous cut file from the Silhouette Store by a designer named Tanya Batrak.
I really wanted to stay true to the coloring of the watering can (and it even tricked my husband when I was putting it together!), so grabbed cardstock from the Spectrum Series, using both sides of Silver Dollar to get both the stripes and dots in my project.
The tag was a little tag cut from some of the Cottontail Eight and a few of the Elements die cuts. Using foam adhesive in between the layers created some fun interest.
The daffodils are a combination of simple, white cardstock, Lemon Drop Spectrum, and the March cardstock from the Calendar Collection Solids cardstock pad.
I am really happy about how this project turned out. I think that the Cottontail tag lends itself both to Easter, but is Spring enough to last the season. This will be a really fun decor item to leave out during the next few weeks to brighten our spirits.
To round out today's post, I have two Easter cards that I created a bit ago. I really loved how colorful the Cottontail collection was, and how easy it was to pull together a few cards featuring the Easter images.
The first card is a combination of papers from the 6x6 Bundle and the cut-aparts from Cottontail Eight. A little die cut border, and trimming down the cut-apart make this card sparkle. Remember, if you want just a little pop of additional color, use your Spectrum series as your card base.
The last card also uses some border dies for interest, layers a wood veneer rabbit that I stole from a banner found in the Dollar Spot, and a few of the die cuts from the Elements die cuts page. Thanks for "hopping" along with us today, and we cannot wait to share with you some more projects this week!

Authentique Paper:
Cottontail collection: (6x6 bundle, Elements die cuts, Three, Five, Six, Eight), Spectrum Series: (Orange Blossom, Silver Dollar), Calendar Collection: (March cardstock)
Other Supplies:
foam adhesive, die cuts, white cardstock, wood veneer rabbit, hot glue, Art Glitter Glue, Silhouette Cameo, cut file (#317513)
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Come back Wednesday and Friday of this week for more Easter and Spring projects!
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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Capsule Crafting - March Edition

My craft room is a disaster. If there's one thing that will happen from being stuck at home for weeks on end... it's going through and getting rid of all of the things that are just not being used. However, there's a TON of stuff that I actually DO want to use. More. A few weeks back, Kristina Werner was posting about her "Capsule Papercrafting List" and actually using more, with less. Ingenious.

Here is my Capsule Papercrafting Supplies for March. I plan on making at least 10 cards, or some other projects with these. Maybe more! Who knows. ALL materials (except the Authentique Bundle - as I design for them) have been purchased exclusively by me, and are only used for my personal projects.

I wanted to include a few various companies and ideas. Or things that I've had for awhile and really haven't used much, if at all. Concord & 9th: Feathered Bundle, Here's the Scoop Bundle, Wonderful Florals, The Stamp Market: Friendly Bunch Stamp Set, Neat & Tangled: Dazzling Stamp & Die, Stampin' Up (this is a retired dots stamp from forever ago...)

Some of the tools I will use. These are specific things. Dies - stencils - floss
Waffle Flower: A2 Layer Dies, Lawn Fawn: Flippin' Awesome Dies & Lawn Trimmings, random die from Amazon (gift), DMC Floss: 604, 165, 964, 702, 3812, 962, 3712, 352, Neat & Tangled: Dimensional Triangles Stencil, heart stencil - (I forget what brand)

These are a bit of everything... Authentique Paper: Refreshed 6x6" Bundle, Pink Paislee: Moonstruck cork stickers, Felicity Jane: Essentials Puffy Alphabet, Shimelle: Enamel Dots, Clique Kits: bits of a past kit, Gelly Roll: wide white pen, Chameleon: black pen

These are my colors. Stamp Market Color Crush paper - just leftovers from past projects, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Wonder Forest Paintbrushes, waterbrush, some already colored images from Jessa Feig (she is AMAZING!!)

I purchased the entire Color Crush set a few weeks back. The lovely people at Stamp Market even fixed an error quickly. I love them! I also snagged the newer Black, Navy and No-Line inks!

Lastly, it's the basics. VersaMark Ink, VersaFine Ink, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, and an acrylic block.

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