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Wonder Advent Calendar Tree

With December just one day away, today is the perfect day to share an Advent calendar to kick off a month of Christmas and holiday festivities! Like many of you, I come across treasures to alter from time to time. About five years ago, I bought this Advent Christmas tree at Starbucks. (Yes, it has sat unused at my house until now - ha!) The front of it was truthfully not that pretty so I used the beautiful "Wonder" collection to make it beautiful! 

I simply covered each box front with patterned paper and then added number stickers, Wonder Noteables, Tabloids and Icons, Diction stickers, pearls and rhinestones to decorate.


To decorate the top of the tree, I used a doily die-cut, tissue trim, twine and a "Joy" sentiment from the Noteables die-cuts.


Here's a couple close-ups of the individual boxes. 


I also hot-glued tinsel trim around the perimeter of the tree.


Supply List:
Authentique Paper (Wonder Collection Patterned Paper: Expectation, Awe, Yearning, Curiosity, Anticipation; Wonder Noteables, Diction, Tabloids, Icons)
Melissa Frances tissue trim, tinsel trim, pearls, rhinestones
American Crafts chipboard, vinyl number stickers
Martha Stewart twine, doily die-cut

Thanks so much for looking!
Jill

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Easy Holiday Gift/Home Decor Idea

I have a fun and easy idea to pass on to you today.
I am using some paper from the Wonder 6 x 6 bundle and a plain glass frame.


To start off I cut a frame from a full size piece of Wonder's, off-white foundation paper.
The frame measures 5" x 7".
You can see all the shapes that have been cut out on the left.


I took each paper and put the right side of my cut out to the wrong side of the patterned paper I was using. This is so I do not get pencil marks left over from tracing.


You can see here that I was careful to number and match each patterned paper piece to the pattern piece I was using.


All the pieces are cut out, it is time to get ready for assembly.


Using a paint dabber, I edged all my cut outs and also the frame.


I also took the frame base and edged that with the paint as well.


I covered the frame back with a neutral piece of cardstock to cover the frame clamp holes.


Next I adhered the frame.


I knew I wanted to have the cut outs be slightly raised, so I put dimensional foam down first.


 Here is the first stage of the frame done.


Next, I took some vinyl and cut-out the word JOY.  I used a setting on my cutter that cuts through the vinyl, but not the vinyl backing.  Here you see that I have already cut and removed the excess vinyl and only the word JOY is on the backing.


This might be redundant for those who work with vinyl, but after I did the previous step, I took some mounting film and lifted the word off the vinyl backing.


What you see here is the vinyl attached to the mounting film. the sticky side of the film is on the back of the letters.  The mounting film will release the vinyl, once I attach the vinyl to the frame.


Here I have attached the word to the glass and I am peeling off my mounting film.


Step 2 , you can see below is all done.


Step 3 is optional.  What I did was to embellish the from of the glass further.


I added fibers, lace and beads to bring it all together.


It really is a beautiful piece and fairly easy and quick to make.


You could use this idea for any season or for any occasion based on what paper you use.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and that you can use this idea for the upcoming holiday season.
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today's post.

Supplies used:  
Wonder full sized Foundations
Wonder 6 x 6 Bundle
Stampin' Up! Pretties Kit (no longer available)
Grafix Arts - Metallic Foil Board
Frame .svg - My Crafty Files
Misc trims and fibers.

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Putting a Bird on Free Bird

Hello folks!! Heather here. I hope that all of your Thanksgiving feasts were wonderful, and that you were able to spend time with loved ones. Today for you, I have a nifty piece of decor that you too could whip up before the holidays!

Samantha showed me a fantastic pin over at Pinterest, and I was inspired to use the Free Bird Series to craft something similar. I even drew a lovely little chickadee to place on it! 
I chose to use Warmth for the wreath, as I felt that it reminded me of all of winter. It does have some lovely colors and patterns.
I didn't have a little chickadee, so I actually drew one up using my scrapbooking pens and a little bit of chalk ink. Yup... the yellow is chalk ink!
The wreath itself is simply concentric circles of cones of paper. I just cut the Free Bird pages in half using decorative scissors, then trimmed off one of the 3" sides with decorative scissors as well. Roll the paper into cones, then attach the trimmed edge to the cone with a glue dot.
To attach the cones to the wreath, each cone is pinned in place, then hot glued. I haven't quite made up my mind whether or not I want to replace the drawing with a little faux bird or not yet. At the moment, I rather like him.
I hope that you enjoyed my take on a fun decor project. Just another way to use those fantastic Free Bird papers!! Have a great start to the holiday season!!

Supplies Used: 
Authentique Free Bird Series: Warmth FBS 129, 130, 131 & 132
Additional Supplies: wreath form, American Crafts Memory Markers in Charcoal and Black, AC ribbon, AC white cardstock, Colorbox Chalk ink in Yellow Cadmium, stick

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Mini Thanks

Hello everyone! Happy Thanksgiving (tomorrow) to all my US readers. I was feeling the spirit of the season when I sat down to create this mini album. I have so many things to be thankful for and right at the top of that list is my 19 month old daughter, Harper. I printed out some pictures that I've taken with my iPhone in the last month in 5x7 size and got to work.


The majority of the papers in this mini album are from the Free Bird Delight and Blush color range, but I also felt inspired to mix the rich yellows and pinks with Blissful and Uncommon. 


I wanted to keep the design fairly simple and use the beautifully textured papers of Freebird to really emphasize the photos. 


I just love these Blissful Headlines tags. They sure made putting together this mini a breeze. They are so wonderfully designed, I didn't have to do much with the rest of my pages.


A little bit of dimensional foam really served to accent the Blissful Icon in the center of the doily. 


This Uncommon Headline Tag goes so well with the Freebird papers, you'd never know they're from different lines. 


I put a handwritten letter to my daughter in the envelope detailing how blessed I feel to be her mother and to get to watch her grow and learn. 


I hope you enjoyed looking at my mini today and also hope that you were able to find some inspiration in it.

Supplies Used: 
Paper: Authentique Freebird (Blush and Delight)
Embellishments: Authentique (Blissful Headlines and Icons, Uncommon Headlines and Icons); My Mind's Eye (stickers, brads, and buttons)
Alphas: Authentique (Petite Alphas); American Crafts

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Holiday Memories


Today we're excited to bring to you a fabulous project from a very talented crafter - Linda Auclair.

We wanted you to learn a little bit about Linda before jumping into her project, so here's the short version (in her own words):

My name is Linda Auclair, from New Hampshire. I’ve been married for 12 years to my wonderful husband, Tim. We have three great kids: Jonathan, who is a grad student at UPenn, Brigid (11) who is quite the crafter and photographer herself, and Aileen (9) who loves ballet, kitties, and color pink. My family is my inspiration and my greatest source of support. I have been scrapbooking for over ten years, and I love to make home decor items using my scrapbooking supplies. I'm honored to share my ornament project with you here on the Authentique blog.



And now let's hear from Linda about her ornament mini-album:

One of our favorite family traditions is to take photos of the kids under the Christmas tree every Christmas Eve. It is a holdover from my own childhood when my Mom and Dad would have my sister and I pose in our special Christmas Eve pajamas.


I love to compare the photos of my kids from year to year and see how much they have grown, which was my inspiration for the Christmas ornament I'm sharing with you today. I created a mini album using a small chipboard book which compiles my favorite Christmas Eve photographs.


I love the traditional colors and nostalgic feel of the "Wonder" collection by Authentique, and knew it would be great paired with my photos.




Thank you, Linda, for sharing your fabulous project with us today here on the Authentique Paper blog!

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Happy Monday Authentique Paper Lovers!

I am so excited to share a little 'how to' with you!

Are you thinking about Christmas yet?
The stores are all decked out and the radio is playing Holiday Music, so I guess it's time :)
Today I have an easy and fun tutorial for a paper machae' tree.

Here's a look at the basic supplies you will need

Trace around the bottom of the tree onto some chipboard, cut out and set aside.

Next, you want to punch out your circles.  AP's Wonder Collection is so PERFECT for this project!
After your circles are punched you want to add a strip of Scor-tape, or some other strong adhesive along the bottom, this will be your first row.
Start adding your circles.  

You may want to add a touch of glue to the over lapping part of the circles.
Keep on going until you reach the top.
adding some patterned paper to your circle, then hot glue to the bottom of the tree

Now decorate the tree as you would like, I uses some lace and vintage buttons.  I adhered them to the tree with a hot glue gun.  I then glued the tree to an old wooden vintage spool
Tada!
Easy and cute!
I hope you enjoyed my little project!
and thanks so much for stopping by the Authentique Blog!

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quilt of life

 
it's november, which for me means family, and reminiscing and family. so to celebrate, i created the "quilt of life". i'm very fortunate to have a mom who loves genealogy, and so our family has a wealth of photos dating back to the 1800s. six generations are on this quilt!

i used papers from our "free bird" series, grabbing and mixing and matching to create the quilt. to get a softer, more fabric-like effect, i dipped each piece in warm water and crunched it into a ball. then i opened them up and let them dry flat. because the paper is so thick it can take the abuse, and the end result is a softly rumpled look.

while the paper was drying, i printed out the photos on canvas. you can buy ink jet canvas at your local office supply store. i converted the photos to sepia tones, for a more antique look.

once the papers were dry, i tacked down the photos and other papers with a bit of adhesive, and then sewed each 6x6 panel - stitching the photos and paper trims onto the squares, and adding extra stitching for accents. then i sewed the squares into rows and stitched the rows together into the quilt.


final touches meant treating each square like a tiny page layout. i used authentique elements as well as lots of trinkets from my stash of random elements. i also used some bottle cap charms i've been experimenting with.

i hope this provides you with lots of inspiration. keep stopping by for more as the holiday season unfolds. for more from the gypsy, stop by my caravan!

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Authentique Paper WELCOME WAGON


Do you know we have a contest going on? As we speak {or read}...a great contest was announced last Thursday, and just so you know....there is still TONS of time to participate and win! The sooner you refer your LSS, the sooner you could receive a gift from Authentique Paper and be able to purchase our {fab} products locally! Scroll down in the blog posts to last Thursday and you can read all about it....

In keeping in line with the "thankful" and "giving" contest, we'd like to roll out the Authentique Paper "Welcome Wagon" and give a warm "hello" to {quite a few} new LSS who NOW carry Authentique Paper products! Thank you to everyone who referred their LSS, you will receive your gift very soon!

Please see the list below and check out their store as well as their Facebook page and website - but don't forget to check out our Facebook page too - we'd love to have you as a friend too!

WELCOME ABOARD...

Copy Station
Love to scrap.ru
Mad 4 Plaid Crafts
Sarah Larson Designs

We truly appreciate your support of Authentique Paper as we continue to build our new brand. We value the retailer and appreciate each of our consumers. Please continue to shop your LSS and find quality Authentique Paper products and as a retailer, please know we are here to support your efforts as you continue to be a representative of our brand.

All the best,

~Team Authentique



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Gathering Goes Cold

Hi...it's Tifany of InkBlotsbyTRD here.
Before I get show you my project, let's make some folks happy...shall we?

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The winners from the Authentique Paper/The Twinery blog hop are:

{Authentique Paper Prize Pack Winner}
debb

{The Twinery Sampler Pack Winner}
Debc06

Congratulations!


For the winner of the Authentique Paper prize pack, please send an e-mail with the subject "Authentique Paper/The Twinery Blog Hop Winner" and include your US or Canada mailing address to info@authentiquepaper.com to claim your Authentique Paper prize pack!

For the winner of The Twinery sampler pack, please visit The Twinery's blog to find out how to claim your sampler pack!

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I see the Gathering collection from Authentique Paper and the colors bring warmth to mind. The colors also seem perfect for Fall or Spring projects...but I wanted to push them a little bit into the cold winter season as well.


I got the idea to create a winter shadowbox from Sam (Authentique Paper's owner) and set out to get some additional inspiration online. I found a winter shadowbox that incorporated pearls to indicate snow, so I added that idea in (with the "diamonds" I was planning to use to give it an icy look).


I wanted to use the depth of the shadowbox, so I created a few layers of the scene and adhered them with foam tape and also hung a few pearls and gems at various depths to give it a little something extra.


The beautifully thick and textured papers from Authentique automatically add a beautiful richness to any project, and I think they are perfect for decor like this shadowbox.

To add a little decoration to the actual box-front I created a few folded rosettes and added some more "ice".
{Just as a side-note: these are the STURDIEST folded rosettes I have ever made. The thick paper in the Gathering collection makes for some very beautiful & incredibly stable pieces.}


I hope I've done Sam proud in how this shadowbox turned out.

Would you please do me a favor?

Please head on over to the Authentique Paper Facebook page and leave Sam a note telling her how you think I did on the shadowbox project.
{And if you don't already 'like' Authentique Paper on Facebook - be sure to do so. There will be lots of fun and exclusive stuff going on over there.}

If you are up for a little more web surfing, please also stop by my blog and let me know what you think of this project (& that you left a message on Facebook for Sam).

Thanks for stopping by today!


Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Gathering Collection);
Other: Shadowbox; Pearls; "Diamonds"; Clear Gems; Wooden Buttons; Clear Thread; Brown String;
Template: Tifany DeGough;
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Martha Stewart/EK Success (Scoring Board);

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Gratitude Adjustment


It's the Tuesday before the week of Thanksgiving. I feel like time is slipping away...before I know it, we'll be on a plane to Kansas {my home} to visit with family and friends...a few days away from the office will be a first for me {besides my European adventure, but we won't count those days}. Once Thanksgiving is here, it's all a slippery slope - November fades into December, and once December is here, the year is over. Blah.


{self-talk moment: I thought I loved the holidays, I sound super negative right now...but really, I am not negative, I hope it doesn't come across that way}


The one thing I do truly love about Fall is the energy in the air. I can physically feel it. I love to make hearty soups, curl up by the fire and cozy the night away. I have to give my mind the opportunity to decompress and process life. It's my time to reflect on the many things that are going well in my life and be grateful for the wonderful life I live. I think I need a "gratitude adjustment."



Gratitude is a tricky word, it is a lot more complex than I think we give it credit for. It's a pretty stellar word once you think about it and actually break down what it truly means. I came across the quote below the other day and it really stuck with me.


“Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep." - Felix Frankfurter


I am not the most expressive person, I am more of a listener than a talker. "They" say still water runs deep. That's more "me"...I'm not the best conversationalist but I love people and enjoy the company of others. So for me to be able to articulate my gratitude, it's a bit more challenging than it may be for others.


This is certainly the season for being appreciative and humbled at all of the many blessings we experience in our lives. While things may not be perfect, we can all think of how they might be worse. To dive deeper into the spirit of the season, I decided that for myself, I would to clarify the line between “being thankful” and “having gratitude”.



Being thankful is to acknowledge the contributions of others. While thankfulness symbolizes an understanding of such contributions, it doesn't necessarily represent a deep, heartfelt embrace of the contributions.


Having gratitude is to really feel and embrace the contributions of others as well as the power of the universe in your life. Gratitude moves the mental acknowledgement of being thankful to a deep feeling representing the meeting of "intellect" and "soul". That was kind of deep, sorry...


So, as we head into the holiday season, I'd like to challenge us all to ask ourselves, "Do I need a gratitude adjustment?" I am going to make a concerted effort to be thankful and have gratitude for the multiple blessings in my life. I could make a big list and share it with everyone, but that wouldn't be "me"...I think I'll keep this list in my heart and in my mind...


xoxoxo,

Sam





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Wooden Christmas Ornaments with Free Bird!

Hello Authentique fans, it's Heather! I have a really inexpensive idea for either a small decor item, or possibly a beautiful, and toddler-proof Christmas ornament. My little girl found this on an end-cap of one of the large chain craft stores. At first, she grabbed the more expensive birdhouse, but I was able to trade her for this smaller (and only $1!) one instead. She was happy throughout the rest of the shopping trip, and I wasn't out a lot of money.
While this step is completely optional, painting the pine birdhouse can tie all of the colors together. I chose black, and painted the inside as well. Since it was pine, the paint dries very quickly.
 
This is seriously the hardest step... Take a piece of copy paper, to figure out where the posts are. In this case, I was able to use an office hole puncher in order to slide the paper over the roosts. If you are using a larger birdhouse, you may want to cut the holes out with fine-point scissors.

I then grabbed my first piece of Free Bird ("Delight" FBS 111). Rather than measuring and cutting out, I was able to fit most of the pieces in without spending too much time measuring. In this case, the eave of the roof was 90 degrees, and I was able to use the corner of the paper as my angle. I then just creased the edges and cut them off so that the piece fit properly.
I had to use an X-Acto knife to slice the very bottom from the paper. Then, I felt for the holes in the birdhouse, and used the back of my X-Acto knife to slightly push in the edges of the entrances.
 
To cut the holes, I used a rotary nail file to "sand" them off. You could also use a wood file or even a thin nail file.
Mod-Podge the wood base, then the paper to make it all stick! I found out that the more Mod-Podge you use, the better it all sticks! Plus, it dries clear... So even if it looks like it's all weird... Wait a few hours. 
Repeat the same steps on the other sides of the birdhouse. I ended up using just one sheet of Free Bird for all of the sides! I then added a thin strip of a different paper ("Delight" FBS 112) for the bottom edge of the birdhouse. Rather than piece the paper, I diagonally cut a strip from corner to corner. I punched only part of a hole in the top, so that the roost would fit around the edge. Then, Mod-Podge'd it all down.
For the roof, I used half of a piece of "Delight" FBS 109. One side of the roof was simple, and just needed an edge punch to add some extra dimension to the roof. The other side needed to have some of the roof notched in with a hole punch so that it fit the rope. I just played with the amount I cut out until it fit right.

For the last detail, I added small strips of the same paper (FBS 109) to the front and back of the roof eaves.

When you have finished with your decoration, Mod-Podge the entire thing once more. Let it dry completely for a few hours.


I haven't shown this to my little toddler yet, but I know that she is going to love it. Best part, the total bill on this project (if you already have Mod-Podge and paint) is under $3!! Even if it doesn't last toddler hands... I can make another one for just a few dollars!

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Authentique Paper & The Twinery Blog Hop


The Introduction:
We here at Authentique Paper are so excited to be teaming up with The Twinery today!

If you aren't already a follower here on the Authentique Paper blog, please sign up as a follower. We have constant inspiration coming to you through daily posts as well as a challenge every month.

Here's the full hop order for today:
The Twinery – http://www.thetwineryblog.com/

The Prizes:
Authentique Paper is giving away an Authentique Paper prize pack ($20 retail value)
The Twinery is giving away a Colorful Bunch Sampler pack ($20 retail value)


The Details:
Leave a comment on each blog along the hop. The winners will be chosen randomly from all comments on the manufacturer blogs AND the designer blogs.
{Winners must have a US/Canada address.}


Blog comments close on Monday, November 14th at 11:59pm (Pacific) and the winners will be announced Wednesday, November 17th on the Authentique Paper blog and The Twinery's blog.


The Project:
The thick (& beautifully textured) papers we offer are heavy enough to stand up to the use of holiday decor. Since our papers are double sided, they are also perfect for a project that allows both sides of the paper to be seen.

In just a moment you'll be headed to our DT Coordinator's blog to take a peek at a set she created to adorn a Thanksgiving table - but first we wanted to share here how she made the box from her set using a sheet of our "Grow" paper from the Gathering collection.


To create this box, Tifany took a full 12"x12" sheet of paper and scored it 4" from each side of the paper (this creates 9 4"x4" square sections). On the four corner sections, she scored each from the very corner of the paper diagonally to the opposite corner of the section (where the previously created score lines meet). When the paper is folded up into the box shape, there will be two triangular flaps that should be folded toward each other (two flaps each on opposite sides of the box).


To keep the side flaps in place, adhere with a strong adhesive, then punch a hole and set an eyelet. Thread with The Twinery's Cappuccino twine and then add bow accents with Mandarin and Caribbean twine.


You can use a box like this to hold a few pinecones for a quick & easy Thanksgiving centerpiece or add some decorations to the outside and use it as a beautiful handmade container for a small gift. There are so many options - use your imagination!

Thanks for stopping by today!


The Next Stop:
Our DT Coordinator - Tifany DeGough


Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Gathering - Grow);
Twine: The Twinery (Cappuccino, Mandarin, Caribbean);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors, Scalloped Sentiment Border Punch); We R Memory Keepers (Crop-A-Dile); Martha Stewart/EK Success (Scoring Board);

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CONTEST - Where in the world is Authentique Paper?

{card created by Sam with Free Bird Series open stock 6x6 papers & Petite Type alpha stickers}

It's about time for a contest, don't you think? November is the known as the *thankful* month of the year, and December is the most popular *giving* month of the year, so in keeping with traditions, we thought it would be appropriate to run a contest - and this will be a BIG one - by being "thankful" first, and then "giving" in return!

Every day we receive comments and emails from people sharing their love and desire to purchase our products. As a new company, our distribution is increasing rapidly; however, there are still many consumers who do not have a LSS where they can purchase Authentique Paper products.

We appreciate people sharing their experience and eagerness to purchase our products, but we often do not learn of the name or location of the store. We have a thriving sales department with a couple of rockstar sales guys (David & Ryan) as well as a large database of retailers; but we know there are many more wonderful stores out there, so we are enlisting your help and as a thank you, we will reward you by giving away some stellar prizes!

{Rockstar sales guys}

Okay, on to the contest...

1. Refer your LSS to Authentique Paper and if they are not currently in our database, you will receive a prize from the Free Bird Series valued at over $10.00! Pretty simple, huh!?!?

{ a frenzy of Free Bird Series papers}

2. If the store purchases Authentique Paper products from us by 12/31/11, you will receive a JUMBO prize valued at over $50.00, consisting of all kinds of goodies!

3. In order to qualify, you must refer the store (follow instructions in #1), AND leave a comment both here on our blog, as well as on our Facebook page (under the post heading announcing this contest) letting us know you have sent an email referring a LSS. Please email us (contests@authentiquepaper.com) with the store name, city and state, contact person & phone number you are referring. You must also include your name, address & phone number so we will know where to send your JUMBO prize! Limit five winners per store, i.e., if multiple people refer us to the same store, we will reward up to five winners per store. Winners must have USA or Canada mailing address.

{card created by Cristine Redmond using the Free Bird Series}

This is a great way to get into the holiday spirit by sharing your affinity of Authentique Paper with your favorite LSS. Your LSS will benefit by carrying our products and making them available to their wonderful customers and you will be rewarded by playing matchmaker between your favorite paper crafting company (Authentique Paper, of course) and your favorite LSS!

Off you go - spread the word and good things will come your way! Thank you!

All the best,

Team Authentique







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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Winner

Congratulations to Christina Collins!

Christina - you are the BIG winner of the Authentique Paper giveaway from the Handmade Holidays blog hop!

Your winning comment was from Jennifer Priest's blog on day one of the hop where you said:
"This is so affordable, so unique, and I think it makes a great gift. Thank you for sharing this idea! I plan to make a few of theses as gifts and (shh!) one for myself. ;)"

Please send an e-mail with the subject "Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Winner" and include your US or Canada mailing address to info@authentiquepaper.com to claim your Authentique Paper prize!

Thanks to everyone who joined us in the hop and we hope to see you back here often!

{And be sure to scroll down and check out today's project and tutorial from DT member Brenda.}

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A Splendid Hand-Stitching Tutorial

Hello everyone! Brenda Smith here today with a tutorial on how to create the hand-stitched overlapped circle background like on this layout.

Supplies:

  • Circle punch (I used a 2")
  • a pencil and eraser 
  • a paper piercer 
  • a foam-like base for putting under your paper when piercing (I used my WRMK Sew Easy Stitching mat, but a foam mouse pad would work as well)
  • Embroidery needle, and floss (I used two different colors).



I started by making the base of the layout using papers from the Splendid collection. I used 2"x12" strips of paper on the top and bottom, another strip of 2"x12" paper above the bottom strip, and then put the photo in the middle. That left me with a 6"x8" space onto which I will stitch my background. Before I got started, I machine-stitched two scalloped borders on the top and bottom to finish off the base.



Now the fun, albeit time-consuming, part! Place one punched circle at the top, left-most spot of your empty space. Trace around it with a pencil (I forgot to take a picture of this before I traced the second circle, so please disregard the pencil marks you see in the above picture ;) ).



Move it to the right one spot so it is touching (but not overlapping) the circle you just drew. Continue on with the top row until you have drawn circles all the way across. Now make another row directly underneath the row you just made. Start at the left, making sure the top of the circle is touching the bottom of the circle above it.



Move it over to the right one spot and trace again. Continue until you've finished the row.


Now, for the second row, place directly underneath the first circle you traced. Trace the circle and then follow the same process as followed for the top row. Make a third row in this same manner.


Your first rows of circles will look like this. Now, for the overlapping part.


Place the circle in the middle of the first two circles in the first and second rows and trace. 


To make the semi-circle, let the punched circle lay on part of the photo while you trace. Now move to the right two spots, and trace another circle. Continue the row like this.


Start the second row with the same process described above. 


The bottom row will only be partial circles, so don't be afraid to let it hang off onto the patterned paper a little. 


Go up to the very top and place the bottom of the punched circle touching the top of circle below it. Trace a semi-circle. Continue the entire row like this. 


Your finished pattern should look something like this.


[Sorry about the weird font changes. Blogger is acting up.]  Now paper-pierce the holes for stitching, trying to keep the holes evenly spaced but not really worrying about it being too precise. Do be careful, however, to not have any holes pierced too closely together or too close to the edge of the paper (it can cause tearing). 


Once you've paper pierced all the holes, start with the stitching by doing a basic backstitch. This is done by going up hole 1 (starting at the backside of the paper) and knotting the thread at the back so it doesn’t pull through.



 Now down through hole 2, up hole 3, down hole 2, up hole 4, down hole 3, etc. 



What’s unique about how I stitched this is I stitched each color in an “S” shape by doing the left half of the first circle on the top, the right half of the circle right below it, the left half of the circle below it, etcetera. 



When stitching the second half of the circles I just did, I will do a reverse “S” (right half of the top circle, left half of the one below it, right half of the one below it, etc.). 

Stitch the entire 6”x8” space continuing on like this.  



Et voila! It’s finished! Continue on and embellish how you like. 



I will probably add more embellishment to this layout at a later time by adding buttons and smaller punched circles in the diamond-shaped spaces in between the circles. 
Thank you so much for taking a look, and have fun stitching! 
Supplies:
Paper: Authentique Splendid (Richness, Delight, Majesty)
Floss: DMC
Alphas: American Crafts

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Service with a smile


Our goal here at Authentique Paper is to provide the best customer service in the industry. I know that sounds so cliche - I know. But it's the truth - it's a part of our mission and something we strive for every single day.

Whether we are answering phone calls from a local scrapbook store owner, or responding to beautiful projects posted to our Facebook wall, we honestly aim to acknowledge and spend time with every person who takes the time to reach out to us.

{L to R: David, Melodee, Samantha, Bret}

One of the ways we can provide customer service is to ship orders on time (we strive for same day, or next day shipping). Please allow me to go on a bit of a tangent - I promise, I'll weave it all back in...My daughter, Alexandra (not of my flesh or of my bone, but still miraculously my own ~Anonymous), works in our company. She is 16 years old and one of the most remarkable human beings I have ever met. I feel honored to raise her along side her dad, Bret. Alexandra takes a city bus from our home to downtown Salt Lake City to attend the best public academic high school in the state. This school is also one of the most diverse schools in the area - something that is honestly rare in Utah, and it reminds me more of a college campus than a high school. She treats her schooling like it is college - she is self-motivated, attentive and focused on her future. We seldom have to ask her if she has homework, if she is on-time with assignments or has any major projects coming up. This kid is on it. It's crazy! I received her report card in the mail on Saturday, and in accordance with her effort, she earned all A's. This is the 5th straight term (Freshman - 1st term of her Junior year) where she has worked her guts out to earn the grades she desires. We aren't the pressure-type parents, she wants to earn the best grades possible so she can apply to and hopefully be accepted to just about any college she chooses. I know it sounds like I am gloating, but I am not. I am humbled by this child, rather, this young person. I interact with her every day - morning, noon and night, and she never ceases to amaze me.

{Alexandra}

I made her a card (it's actually a tag) using our Splendid Collection, to give to her with a small present to celebrate her report card. When I was making the card, I realized I was due to post on the blog today, so I thought I would share this quick and easy creation which could be altered in a myriad of ways to suit any occasion. Customer service has been on my mind a lot lately, and for some reason, making this card for Alexandra also triggered my thoughts of our customer service. I'm random sometimes, I know.




Back to Alexandra...she wanted an after school job, but she doesn't have a car (she's very "green" and prefers to take the bus or ride her bike), so we offered her a job to help package and fulfill odd tasks around the office & warehouse. She always has a smile on her face. She loves to sing and dance with herself. She is clever & witty, and pure entertainment.

Now to tie this into our customer service goal - when you talk to someone on the phone you can hear in their tone whether or not they are having a good day. Often you can sense a person's mood by the style of their email or social media post. Alexandra is the perfect example of someone who radiates goodness and who's kind-spirit and love of hard work shines on to whatever task she is completing. My point is...we love what we do at Authentique Paper. We have fun. We enjoy each other's company. We smile and laugh all the time. We work hard, and are not afraid to put in the hours necessary to prepare products or fill orders.

{Alexandra whistling and smiling while she works}

We try to go the extra mile and not just talk about what our goals are, but actually integrate them into what we do and who we are as a company. As Benjamin Franklin said, "Well done is better than well said." Actions truly do speak louder than words, so we continually strive to live up to the standard we have set for ourselves.

We hope when you purchase our products, whether you are a retailer or consumer, you can sense the pride and joy we experience when creating and shipping the product. We love hearing from you, and hope that if we impress you with our products or our service you will take a moment to tell a friend about our new company. Thank you for your continued support - great things are on the horizon!

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by the Authentique Paper blog!

xoxoxo,

Sam


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Altered Canvas

I am so excited to share my creation with you today.
I have made an altered canvas!


I have been playing around with some different shrink films from Grafix Arts.


I had this image of doing a tree and having different charms dangling off of it.


The tree is cut from my Cricut.  I colored it with permanent markers before I baked it. 


For all my charms, I scanned some of the Uncommon Noteables and printed them on to the Ink Jet Shrink film.


Although the color is not exactly the same as the real Authentique Paper colors, I liked how they look slightly antique.


I am still playing around with the coloring since the colors get more intense as the shrink film bakes.


To finish the canvas, I added lots of dangling glass beads and things.


This was so much fun to make, I loved the entire process.


I would love to hear what you think.


Well, that is it for me today.  I hope you have enjoyed my altered canvas.
This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today's post.

Products used today:
Authentique Paper - Uncommon line
Glass Beads
Jewelry findings
Wire
Lace & Trim
Adhesive Pearls

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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2011 {Day Three}

Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!



The Introduction:
If you are hopping along with us today: You should have come here from The Twinery's blog. If you did, you are in the right place! Welcome!
If you aren't already a follower, we'd love to have you follow the blog!

If you are one of our regular readers: Thanks for coming back! We love having you! Please join along in the hop - you can start at the Clearsnap blog.


Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!

Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!

The Hop List:

Clearsnap
Spellbinders
Hampton Art
Zutter
Graphic45
Donna Salazar Designs
The Twinery
Authentique Paper <-- You are here!
Glue Arts
Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap
Laura Denison – Graphic 45
Karen Taylor – Donna Salazar Designs
Beverly Sizemore – Hampton Art
Kazan Clark – Spellbinders
Janeen Shember – Authentique Paper
Charlotte Jenkins – Clearsnap
Grace Hester – The Twinery
Nicole Eccles – Graphic45
Audrey Pettit – Donna Salazar Designs
Nan Paturzo – Zutter
Jeannie DeGruccio – Authentique Paper
Tamara Tripodi – Glue Arts
Julie Ranae Murray – The Twinery


The Details:
To sweeten to Hop, we’re offering a gift for one of you!


How does one of the 6x6 Bundles from EACH of our current 7 collections sound?
We'll even throw in a few other Authentique Paper goodies as well!
{Note: Due to low stock because of the popularity of some of our collections, we may need to substitute one or more of the 6x6 bundles shown above with a 6x6 Nest from the Free Bird Series at the time of shipment.}

Leave a comment on each blog along the hop to be be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors (including this great prize pack shown above)! The winners will be chosen randomly from all comments on the manufacturer blogs AND the designer blogs.
{Authentique Paper winner must have a US/Canada address.}

Blog comments close on Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM {PST}.

The Project:


Today's project idea is from Tifany, our DT Coordinator.

This project is quick and easy (& beautiful) thanks to our deeply textured papers!


To start, grab some basic canning jars - you can find these in many stores usually in sets of 12 for under $10.

Pick some lovely patterned papers from one (or more) of our current collections and adhere the lid (without the band) with a strong adhesive to the back side of your patterned paper.

With Authentique Paper you have two beautiful sides to pick from...so you'll need to adhere the lid to the side you won't have showing.
{Tifany is using papers from our Blissful collection.}


When your adhesive is dry, trim the excess patterned paper from your lid. Put it on your jar, screw on the band, and you are finished!
{For these jars, Tifany has added twine from The Twinery and a pearl charm.}

Each finished jar costs less than $1!
As quick and inexpensive as these are they make great gifts for neighbors, family, and more.

If you'd like to decorate the tops of your jars a little more, grab your various Authentique Paper die cuts (Tabloids, Icons, Excerpts, Noteables, etc.) and add them with some dimensional adhesive for a little extra something.
Or if you don't want to add anything to the top, punch a little hole in the corner of your die cut and thread it with twine to tie it to the side of your jar for a quick and easy tag!


You can fill these jars with many different things to make great gifts.
Tifany will be filling these with candy and sending them to a few family members, but these would also be great filled with some easy jar mixes or homemade bath salts.

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!


The Next Stop:
Glue Arts

Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Blissful Collection - Happiness, Paradise, Felicity);
Twine: The Twinery (Charcoal, Buttercream);
Other: Pearl;
Tools: Fiskars (Scissors);

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November Sketch Challenge

{If you are here for Day 2 of the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop, please scroll down to the previous post.}


Welcome to the sketch challenge here on the Authentique Paper blog!


The Sketch Challenge will be posted on the first Saturday of each month. There will be two sketches posted {one card sketch and one layout sketch} for you to use as inspiration.

We would love for you to play along!
Just use the challenge inspiration to create as many projects as you'd like.
A winner will be randomly selected from all the qualified entries to receive an Authentique Paper prize pack!
{The more projects you create, the better your chances are of winning!}


{Sketches}

{Layout}


{Card}


{Details}
- You will have until Wednesday, November 30th at midnight {PST} to enter.
- You will need to create a separate entry/blog post for each submission. {You can submit as many projects as you want!}
- Use the Linky Tool at the bottom of this post to link directly to your blog post.
- You must provide a link somewhere in your blog post back here to the Authentique Paper blog.
- Anyone can play along, but you must use products from Authentique Paper on your project if you would like to be able to win.
- You must provide a supply list of Authentique Paper products used on your blog post.
- Winner must have a US or Canada mailing address only...sorry!

{Projects from the Authentique Paper Design Team}

{Natalie Dever}

{Misty Buck}

{Jill Cornell}

{Jeannie DeGruccio}

{Jeannie DeGruccio}

{Janeen Shember}

{Heather Conklin}

{Heather Conklin}

{Emily Lanham}

{Cristine Redmond}

{Brenda Smith}


{October Color Challenge Winner}


Congratulations!

Please send an e-mail with the subject "October Color Challenge Winner" and include your US or Canada mailing address to info@authentiquepaper.com to claim your Authentique Paper prize pack!


{Linky Tool}

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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2011 {Day Two}

Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!



The Introduction:
If you are hopping along with us today: You should have come here from The Twinery's blog. If you did, you are in the right place! Welcome!
If you aren't already a follower, we'd love to have you follow the blog!

If you are one of our regular readers: Thanks for coming back! We love having you! Please join along in the hop - you can start at the Clearsnap blog.


Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!

Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!

The Hop List:

Clearsnap
Spellbinders
Hampton Art
Zutter
Graphic45
Donna Salazar Designs
The Twinery
Authentique Paper <-- You are here!
Glue Arts
Jan Hennings – Glue Arts
Kim Sonksen – Donna Salazar Designs
Jamie Harper – Hampton Art
Jenny Suchin – The Twinery
Heather Conklin – Authentique Paper
Gloria Stengel – Graphic 45
Christine Emberson – Spellbinders
Julie Overby – Spellbinders
Mary Dawn Quirindongo – Clearsnap
Lea Sanders – Zutter
Tara Orr – Graphic45
Patti Milazzo – Glue Arts
Emily Lanham – Authentique Paper
Jessy Christopher – Donna Salazar Designs


The Details:
To sweeten to Hop, we’re offering a gift for one of you!


How does one of the 6x6 Bundles from EACH of our current 7 collections sound?
We'll even throw in a few other Authentique Paper goodies as well!

Leave a comment on each blog along the hop to be be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors (including this great prize pack shown above)! The winners will be chosen randomly from all comments on the manufacturer blogs AND the designer blogs.
{Authentique Paper winner must have a US/Canada address.}

Blog comments close on Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM {PST}.

If you are looking for some awesome crafty inspiration today, be sure to check out the second post for today here on the Authentique Paper blog to see some great projects from our Design Team AND find the newest sketches for this month's Sketch Challenge!
{The challenge goes live today at 5:00am PST.}

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!


The Next Stop:
Glue Arts

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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2011 {Day One}

Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!



The Introduction:
If you are hopping along with us today: You should have come here from The Twinery's blog. If you did, you are in the right place! Welcome!
If you aren't already a follower, we'd love to have you follow the blog!

If you are one of our regular readers: Thanks for coming back! We love having you! Please join along in the hop - you can start at the Clearsnap blog.


Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!

Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!

The Hop List:

Clearsnap
Spellbinders
Hampton Art
Zutter
Graphic45
Donna Salazar Designs
The Twinery
Authentique Paper <-- You are here!
Glue Arts
Sherry Cheever – Graphic45
Claire Towle – Hampton Art
Emily Leiphart – The Twinery
Andrea Budjack – Glue Arts
Lesley Langdon – Spellbinders
Daniela Dobson – Clearsnap
Natasha Naranjo Aguirre – Donna Salazar Designs
Lisa Day – Glue Arts
Lynne Forsythe – Zutter
Jennifer Priest – Clearsnap
Tifany DeGough – Authentique Paper
Holly Simoni – Spellbinders
Fleur Smith – Zutter
Stephanie Johnson – The Twinery
Robyn Weatherspoon – Clearsnap

The Details:
To sweeten to Hop, we’re offering a gift for one of you!


How does one of the 6x6 Bundles from EACH of our current 7 collections sound?
We'll even throw in a few other Authentique Paper goodies as well!

Leave a comment on each blog along the hop to be be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors (including this great prize pack shown above)! The winners will be chosen randomly from all comments on the manufacturer blogs AND the designer blogs.
{Authentique Paper winner must have a US/Canada address.}

Blog comments close on Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM {PST}.

The Project:

As you may recall, I created a magnetic bulletin board last week. Well, I thought I'd do another post to show you how I made the magnets and push pins from that project! If you need a refresher, here is the finished bulletin board:

Fun, right? For a tutorial on how I made this, you can go back to the original post here. For this tutorial, I am going to show you how I created the magnets and push pins.


Here are the supplies I used to make the magnets:

- craft glue
- magnets
- patterned paper cut into 1 inch circles
- bottle caps (I used the fancy flowery-looking ones for this project)
- clear, plastic cabochon tops

I started by placing some glue on the inside of the bottle cap, then putting the patterned paper circles on top. Push down well to make sure the paper is secure.


Next, I used the craft glue to adhere the magnet to the bottom of the bottle cap.

Flip over the magnet and place some craft glue (this step it NEEDS to be clear glue) on top of the patterned paper inside the bottle cap. Place the clear cabochon top on top of the glue and press down firmly to make sure all of the bubbles are pushed out.

This is what the magnets look like when they're done:

They turned out so pretty! Now it's time to make the push pins. Here are the supplies I used to create them:

I used my glue gun to place a small dot of glue onto one of the pins. Then I placed one of the cute little cabochon flowers on top.

And that's IT!! I can't believe how easy it was to make these! They are such a SIMPLE and CUTE way to dress up even the most plain bulletin board.


I hope this inspires you in some way to create gifts from the heart this holiday season! Cheers!

~ Cristine


The Next Stop:
Glue Arts

Supplies:

Authentique:
Patterned Paper: Blissful - Pleasant (back), Happiness (front)
Die Cuts: Blissful - Excerpts and Tabloids


Other:
Bottle Caps set
Buttons
Cabochon flowers
Cork board
Dragonfly brad
E-6000 adhesive
Felt
Flat-head bulletin board pins
Glue gun
MDF board
Metal sheets
Rubber Cement
Twine - The Twinery (in Lemondrop and Pink Sorbet)

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WONDER filled Advent

Now that we've seen the beautiful advent calendar that Samantha and Melodee made lets take a look at another version. :)

Hi there, hope your Halloween was fantastic and now that it's over let's move on to a brand new holiday!!! I've always wanted an advent calendar that you could put little trinkets or ideas for something to do on that day in. I happened upon this inexpensive chipboard one at Hobby Lobby and picked it up as fast as my hot little hands would carry it home. :)
The great thing about the Wonder collection for me is that it isn't "cute". I think it is sophisticated and I love that the colors are rich and although red and green they're not outdated in any way.
 
This advent calendar can be proudly displayed where my children can take turns pulling out each day's box and examining the contents.
I created the numbers in MSWord and printed them on a piece of paper from the collection.
Adding Stickles here and there on the patterns, word stickers and paper pieced embellies made it come together so nicely. Hope your holidays are filled with joy and love.

All Papers and Paper embelishments from Authentique Papers Wonder Collection
Papers: Curiosity, Anticipation, Expectation, Awe, Yearning, and Foundations
Diction, Petite Type, Notables, Tabloids, and Icons
Advent Box: Make It Christmas at Hobby Lobby
Pearls: Stampin' Up
Stickles: Ranger
Star Punch: Stampin' Up
Scalloped Punch: EK Success
Circle Punch: EK Success
Number Font: EcuyerDAX
Ink: Vintage Photo distress ink

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"Wonder"-ful Advent Calendar with Silhouette!


There's nothing like rushing Halloween out the door and completely skipping Thanksgiving and jumping feet first into the Christmas season...settle down, we aren't going to skip Thanksgiving, it is Bret's favorite holiday and probably my favorite as well! But, in order to create an advent calendar - you have to plan ahead!

We had the opportunity to use the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine; it's quite fancy, I will say, but once you get the hang of it, the possibilities are endless! I can now say that I am a true fan of the Cameo, and I will definitely become a regular user!


Now, onto my favorite part; our Wonder Collection! At the risk of sounding self-promoting, I will say, our Christmas Collection "Wonder" is awesome! I love the nostalgic, traditional designs and iconic elements that make up the Collection. The papers cut like a dream, and are heavy-enough weight to fold along the perfect score lines created by the Cameo, and hold their shape! Whether we (Melodee and I) created a drawer or a box, the quality of our papers can stand up to the competition without wavering.


We used approx 15 sheets of 12x12 paper, you could use more or less, depending on how savvy you are with using your scraps. The advent calendar says it requires 25-50 sheets of paper, but I like to be creative with the placement of the shapes to find ways to use leftover pieces, so as I mentioned, I used less paper.

We set aside two of each of our 4x6 and 6x8 die cut element cards: Noteables, Excerpts, Tabloids and Icons, as well as two of each Petite Type mini alpha stickers, Classic Type and the Diction mini-word stickers. We did not use every piece from each element and sticker, there are definitely extra pieces, but we enjoyed the variety and options available, especially because our die cuts are always double-sided! The size of the die cut pieces are a great fit for smaller projects such as the advent calendar, Christmas/holiday cards, picture frames, etc.


There were a few moments when Melodee and I were embellishing the advent boxes/drawers, where we hesitated to add too much extra because we didn't want to hide the beautiful paper design and pattern!

The great part of making a home decor item like this, is that you have created an activity your entire family can take part in for the whole month (well, almost) of December. I remember as a kid I LOVED when my mom finally put out the advent calendar. The daily anticipation just about killed me several times, but even the tiniest piece of chocolate seemed to bring me right back to life. Personally, I think sharing simple joys with your family and friends centered-around a home-made project are among the best!


Silhouette is offering a great deal starting today through November 11th - if you go to their website and enter the promo code: AUTHENTIQUE, you can save $10 on your purchase of this year's Advent Calendar. With your purchase, you are given a card where you enter a code and you can download all of the templates need to create boxes/drawers and backgrounds for the calendar. It was easy to use, a pleasure to design, and paired with the Authentique Paper Wonder Collection, you can create a beautiful project to enjoy this holiday season!

I hope you take advantage of this great offer from Silhouette and will use Authentique Paper for your advent calendar this year!

xoxoxo,

Sam


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Happy Halloween and Beyond!

Hello, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN from Heather!! My grandma's birthday is today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA!!) and she LOVES Halloween, a mini-album for her birthday using  Glowing seemed like a perfect birthday present!!

For the cover, I used a few of the pieces (Music Notes and Harlequin Patches) in various sizes, and edge punched the smaller piece. I then made a banner with strips of Foundations and Black Script paper, placed the Classic Type letters on the front. I added the year in Petite Type Square lettering.
In the inside of each of the pages, I used combinations of paper, Icons, Noteables and Tabloids.
On the first inner page, I used the diecuts with the Lace Spiderweb, Black Script & Foundations paper. On the second, Orange Brocade & Harlequin Patches with a Noteable.
For the second set of pages, I used Black Script for the larger piece (2nd page), and a combination of all of the papers for the first. I combined all of the diecuts as well. See how they are popped up with dimensional adhesive?? This way I can take some great photos and just stick them in the book before I hand it over.
For the last of the pages, I incorporated some of the Black Script, Black Gingham, Foundations and diecuts. On the second page, I used the Ledger, Cream Foundations and one of the Tabloids.
Here are some of the details in the book. I just loved using all of the diecuts to add more interest.
 *****
One of the most difficult thing about Halloween paper, is there is SO much cute paper, that can only really be used for one day in the year. With Authentique's Glowing Collection... This is not the case!!

When I saw the Geometric Fleur de Lis paper, I instantly thought of Thanksgiving. I don't know what it was about the design, but it made me think of the Thanksgiving table and placecards. I loved how the simple design wasn't overly "Halloweeny". I paired the patterned paper with various shades of brown cardstock, and it was perfect! Adding a woodgrain stamp, just solidified the Harvest theme and took away some of the Halloween elements.   
I stacked all of the pieces together, and used my Corner Chomper to diecut all of the edges. On each tablecard, there are five layers! Two pieces of brown cardstock, the Geometrical Fleur de Lis paper, Cream Foundations (that I woodgrain stamped) and a fussycut Fleur de Lis.
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I also used the Petit Type Square letters to add a name to each of the cards. These will make the perfect addtion to my Thanksgiving table!
I challenge you to use up all of your Halloween papers this year!! Even for non-Halloween items!! Have a Glowing Halloween!

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