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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