Wednesday, March 28, 2012

AUTHENTIQUE: Keychain Tutorial

Hello Authentique fans, Heather here with a great little tutorial. I was browsing Pinterest quite awhile ago, and came across this great little pin of a keychain using old gift cards. I never got the link to work, but the basic directions seemed easy enough to try to attempt to make.
I started with some basic supplies: Corner Chomper, Crop-o-Dile (you could probably also use a good paper hole punch), 1" punch, ModPodge, paintbrush (for the ModPodge), and some kind of key chain or ring to hold the pieces together. 
Authentique Paper products: 6x6 pad, Details, Elements (I used Delightful)
Start by cutting the giftcards down to a 1" by the length of the cards. Each card was a little wider than 2", so I ended up having to make an extra cut along one of the pieces.
Corner chomp the corners to round them.
Cut paper to match the size. I chose to double side each piece with a pattern on the front, and a plain piece on the back.
Use a small punch to punch out a few photos. Wallet sized photos work really well for this.
Lay out all your pieces, and add any extra bits (Diction, Elements, etc.)
Then ModPodge them all together onto the card base. Add the photo and ModPodge that as well.
Let dry.
Then use your Crop-o-Dile or hole punch to pop holes in the top, thread your choice of keychain through the holes, and use!!
Hope you had fun with this little tutorial! Enjoy using your Authentique Paper Collections in new ways!

Supplies Used: 
Delightful Collection: 6x6 pad, Elements, Details; Wonder Collection Large Type
Additional Supplies:
Corner Chomper, Crop-o-Dile, 1" punch, paper cutter, ModPodge, paintbrush, old gift cards, key chain of some kind
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Just a little FYI:
Linda Anderson won the little Scrappy Giveaway that I had posted a couple of weeks back.

So far in the box, is a bunch of rubons, ribbon, chipboard, some stickers, a bit of paper, etc.

It's mainly embellishments. :)

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Last Chance for Today's Giveaway...

Just a quick reminder to make sure that you comment on this post:

For a fun prize. The box that I had was a little small, so I had to upgrade. I haven't gone through paper yet... So it could be changing again.

Spring cleaning CAN be fun when you're going to have a giveaway! Pin It

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

AUTHENTIQUE: A "Loyal" Matching Gift Set

Hello Authentique fans, Heather here with another blog post. This time I'm focusing on how to use those little scraps and Details stickers. For today's post, I have a card and matching bag with a gift tag. I find that it is often really nice to take the extra step from simply making a lovely card, to decorating a little kraft bag with scraps and stickers to match. 

For the bag itself, I took scraps and pieces of the Loyal Collection (Honest, Brave, Durable) and solids from the Free Bird Nest including Comfort and Familiar. I really wanted to use the little Detail with the silhouette of the man's hat and mustache, so used a fun mustache stamp in both a chalk ink (tag) and using clear embossing powder (the bag).
It was pretty easy to take small pieces of the Loyal and Free Bird papers, notch opposite corners using my Corner Chomper, and laying them all in their future spots before gluing down. I filled in spaces with Diction phrases, or Details stickers, then added a couple of matching buttons.
I hardly ever get to use this fun mustache stamp, but it was perfect for this tag!
 The card was simply the jumping off point, and has similar details using Steady, Brave and Honest papers, along with another backing of Free bird, Detail stickers, button and ribbon. I used dimensional adhesive to make the mustache Detail stand out.
This is a fun little gift set. I figure that I'll probably save this for someone's birthday later this year.
I hope that if you have a bunch of leftover scraps, that you find a great use for all of them like this gift set. It's such an easy way to create something cute and creative to share with others.

Supplies Used: 
Loyal Collection: Steady, Brave, Honest, Durable, Elements, Details
Free Bird Nest Collections:  Comfort and Familiar 
Additional Supplies: 
buttons, dimensional adhesives, ribbon, stamps, twine, embossing powder, kraft gift bag, card base Pin It

Monday, March 5, 2012

AUTHENTIQUE for ScrapbookSteals!!

I forgot to post this earlier... It's been one of those weeks (I know it's only Monday...)

Scrapbooksteals, one of my FAVORITE sites!! has another version of their Monday Card Madness available for fun. Here's the cute sketch...
And here is my version of the wonderful Kristy Lee's fantastic MCM. I love Journey, and it's on sale until it's sold out!! Every day, at 9 am and 9 pm MST!!
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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Tuesday Trigger and a Scrappy Giveaway!!

I really wanted to do this weeks Tuesday Trigger from MoxieFabWorld. It is this adorable little house with a bird and some measuring tape.
Instead of simply using this image as a starting point, I wanted to use these adorable square cardstock bases that I got at TJ Maxx for $1.99. Sometimes I find the neatest things in the most random of places. I then took a bunch of scraps and leftover pieces and created a little house. Since the little card needed a sentiment, I created a puff of smoke from the chimney, and used ChalkInks to create a smoky sentiment.
I also used a couple of my Stickles, both for the grass and the cloud to add more interest. I loved using the ricrac and the pompom ribbons! All-in-all, I kind of like this little card. I'm hoping that someone moves soon, so that I can use this little card. 


AND!!! I wanted to celebrate my 150th post!! I was tidying my scrappy area, and realized that I have a TON of stuff that either A) I've only used a little bit, or B) I've never used. I probably should send some love elsewhere, and want you my lovely readers to get some of my scrappy goodness. There is already an AC Remarks Alpha (new), a Cosmo Cricket TinyType numbers set (new), some embellishments, a couple of gently used AC journaling books that I just don't use anymore, a (new) 6"x6" mini book and a few odds and ends.

Just to let you know, gently used to me, means less than half-used sticker books, cardstock and patterned paper that is not smaller than 6"x6" (perfect for cards!), or open product. I will not knowingly include anything that is bent or damaged.

I want to add more to the box as more people are involved, and so have two ways to enter this. 

1. Simply make a comment (please make sure you leave an email, or link to a blog so I can contact you!)
2. Be a follower (I will confirm this), and make a second comment (ditto to the contact info!)

I'll let the contest run until 11:59 PM, March 15, 2012. Open to US and Canada residents only. Winner chosen by

Project 100: 66/100
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Saturday, March 3, 2012

AUTHENTIQUE: March Card & Layout Sketch Contest

This months Authentique Paper Sketch Contest is going to be fun!! As in, flirty little banner fun! I actually really liked this sketch, and wanted to show off a little bit of Loyal and Delightful. As you've probably surmised, I already have one little girl. And as you may not know, we have one more on the way! We found out that what I could have sworn was a he (totally different pregnancies... I mean chocolate was icky!), is actually a little she... 

So the boyish papers of Loyal were off limits, right? No! Not one bit! I simply used the more muted versions on both the background (Faithful), the backing on the banner (Steady), and the mat (Devoted) for the photograph. Then I layered pieces of Delightful, to make it a little more feminine.
The sweet little sentiment that was actually a Delightful Diction phrase was just too perfect too, "Little girls dreams are of magical things".

For the card, I used a matching blue cardstock base, layered and embellished entirely with Loyal products. The base of the decorated portion is simply Steady, with a Durable fussy-cut section, layered with a matching ribbon. The banner is a bit of twine, using the hinge stickers from the Details page, that are cut in half and pop-dotted. I added a little bit of bling with some green rhinestones. For the sentiment, I just took a Details sticker, embossed a sentiment and added it to the card.

If you want to play along, simply create a great card or layout using one of the following sketches. Be sure to post in on the Authentique Paper blog for some fun prizes! Good luck!
 Layout Sketch
Card Sketch
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