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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Monday, December 24, 2018

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: Merry Christmas from All of Us at Authentique!

We just took Christmas photos with Santa, and I couldn't resist creating a layout to document the fun occasion. I started with papers from the Jingle Collection, added a few Silhouette Design Store cuts (#281468, #282335) with my Silhouette, and a little bit of ink and dimensional adhesive.

 The dimension created with the foldover cut file makes this really interesting. A little Spectrum Series paper behind the trees, and there are some great shadowing effects. The Santa stamp is from Diamond Press, and is colored with markers.

For my second project, I created a birthday card using both Jingle and the Spectrum Series for my lovely neighbor who has a Christmas birthday! The Dala horse for me always celebrates Christmas, as my family would put out our Dala horses around Christmastime. This uses a steel die (Neat & Tangled) and a small stamp (Lawn Fawn).
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Monday, December 17, 2018

PGCB - Challenge #166 - Santa and his elves

I loved today's challenge for the Paper Girls Challenge Blog, Santa & his elves. I love Christmas. Seriously love Christmas. I love the lights, the smells, and of course the chocolate. Santa epitomizes Christmas to me, and I just love all of the cuteness that his elves can bring.

Crazy enough, I didn't have any images of of elves! So I looked online at the Silhouette Online Store for a few cut files. I liked a lot of them, but these adorable print and cut "stamps" from the Silhouette Online Store (#111379, #111949, #111952) stood out to me. I just loved the baked good aesthetic.

I colored these with my Prismacolor colored pencils to look like all of the characters from the movie "Elf". The paper is the Jingle Collection from Authentique Paper, and the stamp is from this year's Holly Collection by Felicity Jane Christmas Collection.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

PGCB 162: Halloween

Today the Paper Girls Challenge Blog are co-sponsoring a Halloween Challenge with Double Trouble Paper Crafting Challenge Blog as a double dare! Come create with us and make something Halloween related!
For today's card, I used some pieces of Authentique Paper's Nightfall Collection to create a quick and easy card with the scariest thing of all... GLITTER! The eyeballs are all from Doodlebug (I got them on clearance earlier this year and have been anxiously waiting to use them!).

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

Also, follow us on our new Instagram account for more chances to win! For this challenge use #PGCBchallenge162 and tag us @papergirlschallengeblog for an extra entry.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

DIAMOND PRESS: Mix and Match Nestable Holiday Tag Dies

Hello! It's almost Christmas. Okay, it's 15 weeks until Christmas, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't start working on Christmas cards, right?!?! Today I'm sharing with you the wonderful Diamond Press Mix and Match Nestable Holiday Tag Dies. I loved these. I tried to make each of my examples really different to showcase all of the ways that you could easily incorporate the Diamond Press Mix and Match Nestable Holiday Tag Dies into your stash. There are SO many options. The greatest part... you can also mix and match these Tag Dies with the other sets that Diamond Press has previously released! This ability stretches your die collection even further.

Fa La La La La La (Llama)

Just For You!

 Snow What Fun


 Happy Holly Days
  Diamond Press Mix and Match Nestable Holiday Tag Dies, Tidings Collection (Authentique), cardstock, ribbon, ink, holly and berries (Petaloo)

Merry Christmas
Diamond Press Mix and Match Nestable Holiday Tag Dies, Tidings Collection (Authentique), cardstock, ribbon, ink, wooden tree (ImageineCrafts)

With Love <3 b="">
Diamond Press Mix and Match Nestable Holiday Tag Dies, Vintage Christmas (Authentique), cardstock, ribbon, ink, holly & berries (Petaloo), star picks (Petaloo)

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Monday, September 3, 2018

PAPER GIRLS CHALLENGE #159 - Inspiration Photo

Hello! I wanted to share with you the fantastic challenge that the Paper Girls Challenge Blog has for you today.
This image was the inspiration for today's challenge:
Within this picture, I picked out the pinks, greens and blacks. I knew that I wanted to keep the background fairly neutral, so chose to use the green as a backing color, with kraft as the paper the stamp is stamped onto. Instead of using embossing powder (okay, I really just couldn't find my gold powder...) I used some Perfect Pearls after stamping my Hello Lovely (Concord & 9th) stamp with Versamark ink. 
Once this was stamped, I added color with my Jack Richeson Collegiate watercolor paints in metallics. Lastly, stamped and used Perfect Pearls for the sentiment, and the card was complete. 

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Friday, August 31, 2018

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: It's Back to School Time!

It's almost the start of the school for me and my kiddos this year. One thing that I am accustomed to do is take the First Day of School Pictures of my children, but really wanted something for my students at school to also use. This, and a great Tuesday Morning find of a customizable clipboard gave me the idea of creating something decorative for my classroom, that could double as a sign for my kiddos to take their own First Day of School Pictures.
The papers and stickers are all from the Accolade Collection. I really wanted to focus on graduation, so used the mortarboard side of Accolade Four and the graduation phrases side of Accolade Five.
 Each of the papers was carefully trimmed, then inked to look aged.
Since my school colors are black and gold, I used a simple satin ribbon with a button from my stash to finish this project. The best thing about the Accolade Collection is that it is neutral enough to go with any school colors. I could easily swap out the ribbon and button for any other color combination.
The printable is a free printable that I found online. I really liked the chalkboard effect and how it complemented the Accolade Collection.

Supplies Used:
Authentique Paper: Accolade Collection (Four, Five, Ten, Eleven, Details Stickers)
Other Supplies: DIY Clipboard, ribbon, Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap), button, Multi Media Matte (Ranger), printable (Designs by Nicolina) Pin It

Monday, August 20, 2018

PAPER GIRLS CHALLENGE BLOG: Challenge #158 - Summer Sweet Treats

For this challenge, I've been saving this super adorable stamp set from Avery Elle. I watercolored each of the images with bright colors, and paired each of the images with some fun things from my stash.

I love using things from my stash, and adding stamped and colored images along with those is an easy way to create fun and easy cards.
The last touches I added were clear gems, Clear Sparkle pen (Spectrum Noir) on the ice cream, and some glossy accents on the popsicle.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: A Fall Wreath with a Sneak Peek of the Pleasant Collection!

I love Fall. I love when the air turns crisp, the leaves start to fall, and the promise of cooler weather comes about. However, it's firmly August, and summer is here for now. I can wish just a little bit, and play with Authentique Paper's newest collection, Pleasant. I knew when I saw this collection, I needed to make a new Autumn wreath.

I started with a heart-shaped wreath from Michaels. I loved the simplicity of the grapevine wreath, and didn't want to overwhelm the organic nature of it with too much. This is why I chose the Silhouette cut shapes I did, as they allowed for some sense of the wreath underneath them.
I started with a heaver base of three flowers (Pleasant Six, Seven, Eight) using the same rolled flower design. Once those were glued together, I added the leaves so that the flowers would sit on top of them. Each of the leaves is glued at the stem, then once or twice towards the top of the leaf.
The flowers all use the same Silhouette cut file. Just by altering the color of your paper, and how you roll the edges, each flower can look slightly different. I also added gems inside each of the flowers. 
I loved all of the tone on tone colors that each of the flowers had. The subtle look was effective. I also added a simple bow under the flowers to pull together the blue in the patterned paper.

For the opposite corner of the wreath, I started with a few more of the same leaf cut files in some of the warm toned papers of Pleasant. I added a die cut from the Elements sheet, which I used dimensional adhesive to pop it up a bit.
 To mirror the other side, I added in another little ribbon bit and some gems.
Lastly, I used a large loop of burlap ribbon to create a slipknot and give some extra for hanging. The wreath is complete, and ready for the turn in the weather. I hope you're ready to see more of our Pleasant Collection!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: Christmas in July

For today's post, I have a trio of fun Christmas Tags using our Jingle Collection. It was easy to create some wonderfully colorful and fun tags with a few of the 12x12" papers, some stamps, and ribbon ends that I had in my stash. 
The first of the tags that I had was this fun cocoa flavored tag. I paired a sweet little cup of cocoa stamp set from my stash with the wonderful papers from Jingle Three.
The wonderful marshmallows were just too adorable. The adorable Santa image is from the NEW Jingle Elements, die cuts that are pre-punched out for you!
Tags are a great way to use up some of those smaller elements that are just lying around in your stash. In this case, the star has been hanging out in my stash for over a year. Use up those fun little details on tags!
I couldn't resist pairing this wonderful image from the Elements sheet on this tag. The adorable Santa just looked perfect against the marshmallows of Jingle Three.
The second of the trio of tags focused on the wonderfully, vintage Santa from the Jingle Eight cut-apart sheet. The doily behind the Santa was from the reverse of Jingle One. I loved the peek-a-book look of the patterned paper behind the main image.
Again for this tag, I used little scraps of ribbons to create the attachment bows. Don't be afraid of using just small ribbons. By using a tiny attatcher or stapler, you can secure even the smallest of ribbon scraps.
For the last tag, I pulled out one of my absolute favorite Christmas stamp and die sets, Light Parade by Brandi Kincaid. I just love this image of the little girl (there is also a boy). I colored her to mimic one of my own little girls, and paired a non-traditionally Christmas rainbow ribbon scrap with the fun patterns of Jingle Two.
I really loved the little Christmas tree snowglobes from the Jingle Two paper, and the sentiment from the Elements die cut page. The colored image works perfectly with all of the papers.
I hope this inspires you to start your Christmas tag collection going! I cannot wait to add these to my Christmas tag stash, for those extra-special presents!
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