Wednesday, January 31, 2018

AUTHENTIQUE PAPER: Party's that POP! with Authentique

Hello! I wanted to share a fun idea that would be easily repeatable for any holiday or occasion. I created two for Valentine's and St. Patrick's Day using our Lovestruck and Shamrock collections, but depending on what paper collection you use, you could also use them for weddings, showers, or my favorite, birthdays. 
I started with a set of Cake Pop / Push Pop plastic holders. I found mine on Amazon, but there are tons out there at other stores.
I looked for a set that was able to have a lid that could be resealable. 
Then I created all kinds of confetti. I punched matching paper until the paper couldn't take it anymore, then I cut those punched areas into strips and added those to my pile. Then, I cut mini strips of colored tissue paper, then cut those strips down to mini pieces. 
It's not horribly time consuming, but it will take more "fluff" than you originally think. 
Once all of your confetti and fluff is all cut and punched, put it aside to decorate your plastic holders. I found that the best glue for this was dry adhesive, so got out my Xyron 3" sticker maker. Any strong, non-liquid adhesive (edge-to-edge, strong runner, or strip adhesive) would work best since you will be adhering paper to plastic. 
I cut my paper down to 3x8", then added adhesive. It was enough paper to wrap around the plastic holder, with a little bit of extra coverage in the back to stick the paper to itself. Once you add your paper, decorate with stickers, firmly adhering those to the paper. Then stuff those plastic holders and stick on the lid! 
Once your confetti poppers are all put together, you do need a bit of force to make them pop open, but the results are worth it! 
I would probably use these for indoor use, as you could easily clean them up. 
 I hope that you create some fun party poppers of your own!
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Diamond Press Stamps and Die Sets - INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

Recently I was introduced to a fantastic (new to me) company, Diamond Press by the fabulous Beth Kingston of Kingston Crafts. Diamond Press has great stamp and die sets that make crafting super fun and easy. So easy in fact, my kiddos were able to craft and create without any assistance from me. They have a mini die cut and embossing machine that is just amazing.
Isn't it just the cutest? I was pleasantly surprised on both how easy it was to really use, as well as how well it works. I really loved how well all of the stamps and dies worked together. Some of the stamps have matching die cuts, and some of the die cuts work by themselves. There are even great sentiments that go along with each set.

Everyday Words Nesting Cutting Dies Bundle 
This die cut set made sweet tags that you can use with sentiments, or by themselves with a stamp. I added some gorgeous ribbons to dress these up just a little more. A super easy tag, that looks fabulous in just a few minutes. 
Check out the video for these tags!

This is probably one of my favorite stamp and die sets now. I just loved the little Kitchen-Aid style mixer. It's just too fun to add interesting colors to. These images were easy to color and add details to with both my Prismacolor pencils and Chameleon Markers. The fussy cut images were all edged in black marker to cover any cutting issues.
(I loved these cute recipe cards!)

I loved the stand-alone dies in this set. The bow was just a perfectly interesting bow with a lot of sweet detail, and the birds and butterflies were just too adorable when colored. 

Two crafters, Pam and Mistyana and I have a great giveaway* that we are launching on Instagram later today! Make sure to check out my Instagram later this morning for the details*!

*US residents only for this giveaway. Machine color to be determined by Diamond Press.
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