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Two Splendid Cards

Hello!

It's Tifany from Ink Blots by TRD.
As soon as I saw this layout from Brenda Smith here on the Authentique Paper blog, I knew I wanted to do something similar.
I love the random bits around the edge of her page...and the stitching! Ah! So cute!

I took the basic idea from Brenda's layout and applied it to these two cards:



I used a few scraps I had left over from the Splendid collection 6x6 bundle and punched them out with various squeeze punches.

I put a little bit of adhesive around the edge of the card front to keep them in place while I used my sewing machine to add some stitching.
{Tip: Keep the adhesive away from the area where you will be stitching. Gummy sewing needles are not fun.}


Each card uses a die cut from the Splendid collection Excerpts - perfect for a quick sentiment!


Thanks for stopping by today!


Old Friend Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill (French Vanilla);
Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Splendid collection - 6x6);
Die Cuts: Authentique Paper (Splendid collection - Excerpts);
Stitching: Machine;
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors, Round N Round Squeeze Punches); Martha Stewart/EK Success (Scoring Board);


Family Masterpiece Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill (Snow);
Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Splendid collection - 6x6);
Die Cuts: Authentique Paper (Splendid collection - Excerpts);
Stitching: Machine;
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors, Leaf Squeeze Punches); Martha Stewart/EK Success (Scoring Board);

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Splendid Things


Hello everyone! It's Emily here to share a quick little project that I whipped up this week! I was about to say that it is a non-Christmas post, but I guess it could be used for Christmas too!

I hear that the Wonder collection has been sold out pretty much everywhere, well, I understand why! It's a FABULOUS collection! If you haven't been able to find it to make your Christmas gifts with, have no fear! You can use some of the other amazing Authentique collections as well!

For my project today, I used my new Cameo... if you haven't heard about this little machine yet, you should really research it! I LOVE mine with a passion!!! I have had trouble in the past with other machines cutting thick quality paper (ie: Authentique paper), but this little machine cuts it like cake! :-) Ok, enough about my new found love with the Cameo, here's my project:


I made these darling little treat boxes using just 3 - 12x12 sheets of paper from the Splendid collection! Little boxes like these sell for a lot more than that in stores! Plus, these are really easy and quick to make! did I mention that the .svg file for these little boxes is free? If you want to make your very own boxes and you have a cutting machine that cuts svg files, you can get the file for free by clicking HERE.


These little boxes are great all year round! They would even be great to give sweet treats away in for Valentine's Day!

Here's a close-up of each little box:



Thanks for stopping by today and I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year too! ♥


Products Used:
Authentique: Splendid: Delight, Richness, Renown papers; Headlines, Icons, Tabloids
SVG Cuts: One-Piece Boxes SVG Kit

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Happy Wednesday Authentique Friends!

Before we see Natalie's fabulous project for today, let's make some folks happy...shall we?

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The winner of the Authentique Paper Prize Pack from the Authentique Paper & Scor-Pal Blog Hop is:

Annette

Congratulations!

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

To find out the winner of the Scor-Buddy, please visit the Scor-Pal blog.
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Congrats ladies!!
can you believe it's only a   few days until Christmas
and I have still not finished up my cards! 
I guess I work better under pressure ;)
Today I one of my cards to share with you,
using Wonder papers, Excerpts, and tabloids...
 
Thanks for stopping by the Authentique Blog today!

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"lo, how a rose"


welcome back authentique fans!suburbngypsy here with inspiration for the holiday season and beyond.

it's been an amazingly creative month. so many company challenges, so many incredible blog hops. and what would the season be without tim's "12 tags of christmas". after totally immersing myself in craftiness, i started to try putting everything i'd seen and learned into some sort of order. and i found myself wondering what would happen when i took two inspiring techniques and put them together. the result? tiny crystal roses!

these delicate little beauties are made with our "wonder" collection, but any of our papers would do. the heavier the paper the better the results, and the more white on the paper the more translucent your flower.

these first steps are inspired by one of tim holtz's "12 tags of christmas" techniques

the first thing you need is some very clear packing tape - yep! packing tape. and some paper - for these i used pieces from our "wonder" collection..
adhere the tape to your paper, burnish it down, then cut it out.

next dip the strip in very warm water. the warmer the water, the easier the next step is.

once the strip is completely wet, take it out and turn it over so the paper side is facing up. then rub rub rub away the paper. keep rubbing until no paper is left on the tape - you'll have an imprint left from the ink though, that creates a translucent strip.

pat the strip dry with a paper towel - don't use a heat gun! once dry, take a second piece of packing tape and tape the backside of the strip, creating a two-sided glossy strip of translucent paper.

now we're ready to make the roses. this is inspired by christina colon at the twisted muse.

next, cut 2" squares, then cut each square down to a circle. you can use a punch, but hand cutting will give your rose a more organic look. take your circles and cut them into spirals, leaving a round circle in the center.
now use tweezers, and starting at the end, twirl the paper around the tweezer tip. you'll see the paper curl into a cone shape, and once you've reached that little circle you left in the center, stop and pull the paper cone off the tweezers. keeping a good hold on the cone, let it open up and relax a little so you can see the "petals" start to form. use the tweezers and your fingers to loosen or tighten the layers. once you're close to a shape your like, dab a little hot glue on the circle you left at the end of your spiral, and press the flower gently onto it. you can continue to shape the petals while the glue sets.
once the hot glue has set, the final touch comes by applying a little bit of glossy accent along the edges of the petals, and dipping the flower in diamond dust.
by creating your own transparent "paper", the roses become luminous in a way paper can't match. you can vary the roses - buds to full blooms - by playing with how tightly you wrap the spirals. you can also play with the size of the petals by how thickly you cut your spiral - the wider the spiral the bigger the petals.

i hope you enjoyed today's technique tutorial. the tag i created to highlight the crystal roses is a compilation of lots of techniques - too many for one blog! so be sure to visit the caravan for more!

materials used
"wonder" - authentique papers
glossy accents
diamond dust
special thanks to tim holtz and christina colon for their inspiring work.

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A Wonderful Time of Year

Happy Friday everyone! For today's project, I decided to tackle something I've never done before...decorating naked wood. The whole idea has always sounded so daunting to me, but now that I've done it I realize what I've been missing out on!

I found a Noel wood block set at my local big box store. I thought this would make a great gift for a friend.

I traced the letters onto the paper then cut them out. After adhering them to the wooden letters with my Xyron sticker maker, I inked the edges with a brown cat's eye ink pad. Then I cut out the papers for the wooden blocks and used my sticker maker to adhere those as well.

It's hard to see from the picture, but once I was done with the blocks, I sanded the edges to get rid of the overlapping paper on the corners. It adds a more worn look to the blocks, which I liked.

I inked the edges of the blocks, added the letters and embellishments and the project was complete! Super easy and SUPER cute!!

Like I said, these would make great gifts for the homemade decor lover. I was going to give them to a friend but decided to keep them for myself. Is that wrong? :)

I hope this inspires you to take on a project that you've never tackled before. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

~ Cristine

Supplies:

Authentique:
Patterned Paper: Wonder - Anticipation, Expectation and Yearning

Other:
Adhesive - Xyron
Buttons - Basic Grey
Ink - Colorbox Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan
Twine - The Twinery

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Back to Basics





Hi everyone! I'm David. I am dedicated to the sales department, and I have the opportunity to work with all of the amazing ladies at Local Scrapbook Stores on a daily basis! Hopefully you've been able to find Authentique Paper products at your LSS, but if not, please send them our way! {It's in my blood, I had to throw in the sales pitch!} Anyway, I am sure you know why I'm writing today's blog post - Sam recently asked us all to take a turn and share some of our favorite Christmas memories on the blog. I tried to think of the most elaborate Christmas, the best trip, or the year that I got the entire GI JOE collection, but none of those are as memorable as the one I want to share with you today...


Like me, my dad was a salesman. Some years were great and others not so much. In my youth I never knew about the 'ups and downs' of a sales career. Now that I am older, raise kids of my own, and reflect back to my childhood, I have had some great talks with my dad about how hard he worked to provide for our family. There is no doubt that the Christmas season can be a very stressful time of year for many families. It is easy to justify stretching the budget when your littlest one looks up with that face on Christmas morning that unspoken, but loud as can be, "I can’t believe Santa knew how much I wanted this gift." To me, this season is about having fun with the kids and remembering what Christmas is all about. Santa is just the icing on the cake!

Okay, back to my memory, I think I got a little side track setting the stage, I hope my intro wasn't too dramatic....

It was one of those years Dad didn't do as well as he had in the past - he was actually in between jobs during the holidays. We lived in the Northwest part of the country and my Dad took a job installing cable TV to try and make a little extra money. As a kid I just thought it was cool that I had a COX cable van parked in front of the house. My dad worked very hard to keep the family in a warm house and to put food on the table, but there wasn't much left for Christmas.

When I look back, I refer to this Christmas as our "Montana Christmas". My grandparents had a humble little cabin in Whitefish, Montana. It seemed to take all day to drive to the cabin, and needless to say, my two brothers, sister and I were not cheerful children by the time we arrived. The cabin was a one bedroom, with a little loft above the garage where the kids would sleep. (We would all run from one side of the loft to the other, at the same time, and we could actually feel the garage lean from side to side. I can only imagine what would have happened to our back-sides if Grandpa would have seen us in action.)

This one year in particular, my parents did a great job of taking our less than ideal financial situation and telling us we were going to have a “Back to Basics” Christmas. As kids, we complained about how boring it was going to be...you know, boring stuff like cutting down our own tree to decorate, building a fire each day to keep the cabin warm! We were told to make of the gifts we wanted to give to each other. Some of us drew pictures, others made things out of paper, and we tried to whittle things out of wood. There was only one rule: It all had to be handmade, by yourself. (I am sure the "Montana Christmas" is where I began my love for this industry and realized a handmade gift means so much more than a store bought one.)


So, for my blog post today, I thought these little handmade gifts I created for my Mom and Dad with the Free Bird Series, were a good reminder that you can never go wrong with a “Back to Basics” Christmas. I think these would be nice to fill with candy or popcorn and hang on your neighbors door. They are simple and easy to make, but show that you took the time to create a gift for your friend or loved one.


I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, and I hope you will find a little extra time to "make" a gift or card for the few special people in your lives. Maybe, it will be the Christmas they remember more than any other Christmas.... Thanks Mom and Dad for all the efforts you put into the Holidays every year!


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Authentique is "on TARGET"


We have had a wonderful year building the Authentique Paper brand during 2011. Since we are "on Target,” we wanted to reward you, our loyal fans, for helping us grow!

Extra money is great this time of year, so we are providing you & your friends an opportunity to win a Target gift card...compliments of Authentique Paper!


There are 3 ways to win:

1. As a current fan of our Facebook page, if you recruit 10 new friends to our page and they “Like” the Authentique Paper page, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Target gift card. (5 available)

*** To make it even better…all of your recruits {our new friends} will also be entered into a separate drawing for a $25 Target gift card. (5 available)

2. For those of you who are really go-getters, if you recruit 20 friends and they “Like” the Authentique Paper page, you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Target gift card. (5 available)

*** Also…all of your recruits {our new friends} will also be entered into the drawing for the $50 Target gift card.

3. Finally, we better stop before we give away the farm, but, we’ll top this all off and reward the fan who recruits the most “likes” and they will win a bonus $100 Target gift card.

Note - if a new friend of Authentique Paper then recruits at least 10 or more of their friends, they will be entered into both drawings.

Here’s how you enter:
  • Let all of your friends know about Authentique Paper, have them "Like" our page and post to our wall saying you sent them. In order to qualify, they must be a new fan of Authentique Paper. Once you have recruited at least 10 or 20 friends, you must send us an email (contests@authentiquepaper.com) with your name and the names of your recruits.
  • Contest runs between now and Monday, December 19th at 9:00am MST.
  • Contest is open to U.S. residents only (sorry, there aren't Target stores in other countries yet)
  • Winners will be announced on our Blog and Facebook Page on Tuesday, December 20th.

For all of our non-US based fans, we are taking suggestions on our Facebook page for a non-US based contest prize - we love and appreciate ALL of our fans, and we don't want anyone to feel left out, so please help us out with some ideas! Are there any online based stores you'd like to receive gift cards from???

Good luck!!!



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Tiny altered canvases

If you need a really last minute gift, how about shrinking your expectations and use a smaller item.
Mini canvases are perfect for this.  You can get them done quickly and they are really a treasure to the recipient.
Here are a couple I have done using Authentique Papers.


Using small scale things really is not that hard.


You just need to scale your normal skills a little smaller.


Personally, I love tiny stuff.


You could also use these decorated mini's as gift tags...


...or even Christmas ornaments.


 Just use your imagination, there is never a right or wrong with gift making.
Products used:

This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today's post.

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Authentique Paper & Scor-Pal Blog Hop



The Introduction:
We here at Authentique Paper are so excited to be teaming up with Scor-Pal 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.

And if you aren't already a fan of Authentique Paper on Facebook, please head on over and "like" us. Our Facebook page is full of beautiful projects from fans all over the world (we want to see yours, too!) - and there are even fun giveaways and exclusive peeks into the Authentique Paper world.

Here's the full hop order for today:
Authentique Paper <--- You are here!
Tifany DeGough
Steph Ackerman
Emily Lanham
Gini Cagle
Misty Buck
Lisa Andrews
Brenda Smith
Katie Tate
Cristine Redmond
Kittie Franken
Scor-Pal

The Prizes:
Authentique Paper is giving away a fabulous prize pack ($20 retail value)

Scor-Pal is giving away a Scor-Buddy ($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, December 19th at 11:59pm (Pacific) and the winners will be announced Wednesday, December 21st on the Authentique Paper blog and the Scor-Pal blog.

The Project:
In just a moment you'll be headed to our DT Coordinator's blog to take a peek at some handmade gift card holders - but first we wanted to share here a double pocket card created using a Scor-Pal and our Blissful collection.


This double pocket card can be created in just a few minutes and is perfectly sized to hold one (or two) gift cards for a lucky recipient.
{It can also be used to hold movie tickets or tags.}


It opens up like a regular greeting card so you can include a special message with the little treats that you've tucked inside the pockets.

Enjoy the hop!


The Next Stop:
Our DT Coordinator - Tifany DeGough


Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Blissful Collection);
Die Cuts: Authentique Paper (Blissful Collection - Noteables);
String: May Arts (Black, Cream);
Twill: LittleRedCottage - etsy (Measuring Tape Twill);
Adhesive: Scor-Pal (Scor-Tape - 1/4");
Tools: Scor-Pal (Scoring Board); We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper - 1/4" and 1/2" Round); Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors, Round N Round Squeeze Punch); Tim Holtz (Tiny Attacher);

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12 Joyful Tags {Tutorial}


Hi there!

It's Tifany from Ink Blots by TRD and today I'm coming to you with a tutorial on how to use this "Surprise" sheet of Authentique Paper's Wonder collection:


And easily turn it into 12 great Christmas tags:


First we will need to create the rosettes (or medallions) for the tags.
{And may I just say in advance that I am fully aware now of why companies use hand models. And no...I don't ever have the hope of becoming one.}

Start by scoring a "Curiosity" sheet of paper every 1/4".
{Tip: I scored the whole 12"x12" sheet at once and then cut it into 12 strips to make my 12 medallions. Much easier than trying to score 12 strips!}

Once your sheet is scored, cut it into 12 1" wide strips and begin to accordion fold each strip.


Use a secure adhesive to adhere the folded strip into a circle.
{Tip: Trim off one section from one end of each strip so that only one section is overlapping to form the circle. This will create less bulk at the overlapping area.}

Using the Foundations paper, punch 12 scalloped circles. Stamp each circle with your sentiment and heat emboss. Then, using some of your Authentique Paper scraps, punch a circle for the back of each medallion.


Use a strong adhesive and place it on the scalloped circle (back piece). Place your accordion folded circle around the back piece and squeeze just at the tops and press down to create the medallion.
{Tip: Use both hands for this process. I used both hands for the actual creation of each rosette, but had to use one hand here to take the picture.}


{Tip: You can adjust the size of your rosette by the amount by how much you squeeze the accordion folded circle in toward the center. You can adjust the final size of a rosette that started with a 1" wide strip (like we have done) from anywhere between 2 1/4" to about 3".}

After your adhesive is secure, add the scalloped circle with your sentiment to the front of your medallion.


{Tip: I use a couple large acrylic blocks to give a little bit of weight to hold my pieces in place while the adhesive is drying.}

While your adhesive is setting up, separate each of the numbered cards from the "Surprise" paper with your paper trimmer. When the adhesive is dry, adhere one medallion on each card.


{Tip: I used the number on each card as a reference for where I would place each rosette. The varied placement on each card gives every tag an individualized look.}

Add some string or twine to each card, punch a hole and thread with ribbon or seam binding...and you've now got 12 beautiful tags perfect for the holiday season!
{Tip: You can use these tags for gifts, but don't stop there - they would also make great embellishments for holiday themed scrapbook pages, tree ornaments, and would even look great strung together as a garland!}


Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Wonder Collection - Surprise, Curiosity, Foundations);
Stamps: Market Street Stamps (Simple Joys);
Ink: VersaMark (Watermark);
Embossing Powder: American Crafts (Zing - Black);
Other: May Arts (Burlap String); Hug Snug (Seam Binding - Chalk White);
Adhesive: Ranger (Matte Accents);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors, Seal of Approval Squeeze Punch); Martha Stewart/EK Success (Scoring Board);

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A Gathering Mini Album

Hello Authentique Fans, Heather here! I have a great little mini book for you today. I love mini's! They make the best little presents, especially for family that we don't get to see on a more regular basis. Plus, you can use up all those doubles of photos that you normally don't scrap with.
Instead of going with a Christmas theme, I decided to use my Gathering Collection. The 6x6 pad made the perfect backgrounds for the mini pages, as all of the great Authentique patterns are miniscule. 
I love how I was able to mix and match all the great pieces from the Gathering Collection to create this: various papers, Diction, Noteables, Icons, Tabloids, Petite Type (Orange & Aqua), Classic Type and Expressions.
The quotes in the Tabloids and Noteables make perfect mini-titles.
And I love how all the colors are just great for photos!
I even added some ribbon to help finalize the look.
Here are a few closeups. The quotes are just precious for family photos.

I already know who is getting this mini, but I'm inspired to possibly make a few more over the weekend! I hope that you have fun with your Authentique this weekend too!!

Supplies Used: 
Authentique Gathering Collection: 6x6 Paper Bundle, Icons, Tabloids, Noteables, Expressions, Petite Type (Orange & Aqua), Classic Type
Additional Supplies: AC This to That, May Arts ribbon (blue), floral ribbon (coral), Bind-it-All system and binding

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"Fish"ing you a Merry Christmas


Hi everyone! Ryan here…one of the newest members of Team Authentique. I joined the sales department in October, and I am a transplant from the great state of Minnesota. I am actually looking forward to some warmth during the winter here in Utah. Compared to winters in Minnesota, so far it has been like a tropical vacation.


When I look at our Free Bird Series, my thoughts go back to Christmas Eve at my grandparents’ lake house. The rustic colors remind me of the days of ice fishing out on the lake. Each Christmas Eve day we would all trudge out on the lake to try our hand at catching some fish. We would spend the whole day outside; we didn’t even notice the cold.

A little after dark we would head back into the warm house for dinner. Now, you would think that would be a welcome break from the cold of the lake, but alas...it was not. There was tradition in my family to have Lutefisk as our Christmas dinner. Lutefisk is a traditional dish from the Nordic Countries. It is made from aged whitefish, then dried and salted. It is gelatinous in texture, and has an extremely strong, pungent odor. Some of my family would eat this dish each year, but I tried it once and never had it again.



After dinner we would gather in the living room and take turns opening presents. We went from youngest to oldest opening them one at a time. Being the oldest, I had to wait until my sister opened her presents. We would stay up late and hang out by the fire. The cold of the day on the lake and the crazy, traditional Christmas Dinner would fade away as we were able to just spend time as a family.

As I look forward to going back home for Christmas, Melodee helped me make some cards for my family using the Free Bird Series {the 6x6 open stock papers} and I thought I'd share one with you today. Hopefully these will help my family remember those great times at the Lake.


I wish you all a great holiday season and I hope you are able to create some memories - my recommendation? No Lutefisk.

~Ryan



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A Christmas Break

Hello all! I sure have been enjoying seeing so many Christmas-themed projects pop up everywhere as they have been giving me so much inspiration. I still have yet to scrap last year's Christmas photos so inspiration is just what I need. But I thought I would offer you all a break from Christmas projects and show you a layout I made using Uncommon and Blissful.


I was inspired by this adorable photo of my daughter. I just love how well the different Authentique collections go together.


I fussy cut a flower from the Blissful Happiness paper and used it as the main embellishment on this page. 



I love this die cut from the Uncommon Icons that says, "You are my favorite." Paired with an H from the Uncommon Classic Type, I think it made for the perfect finishing touch to this layout. 

That's all I have for you today, folks. Thank you so much for looking. 

Supplies used:
Paper: Authentique Uncommon and Blissful
Stickers: Authentique Uncommon Classic and Blissful Petite Type Circle; Sassafras Alphas
Embellishments: Authentique Uncommon Icons; My Mind's Eye brad; Sassafras flower


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It's a Blue, Blue Christmas


Hi everyone. It's Melodee here. Sam had the "great" idea of having all of us share a Chritmas memory and I volunteered to be the guniea pig...so, off on my "Journey" we go!


When I was a child, we had two Christmas trees. For the one we kept downstairs, we made popcorn strings and paper stars. We hung funky glass balls and those C7 multi-colored lights. The whole family gathered to decorate it. It was the kid tree.

Upstairs in the “front” room, that one room where children can’t touch anything, where it is always quiet and a little dusty, my parents set up the other Christmas tree. The room had this amazingly soft light blue carpet. At times, not Christmas, I used to steal away to this room. My sister and I could draw pictures in the carpet because though it was old, people rarely walked on it; the pictures would last for days.

This room has an amazing picture window in the center of the largest wall and the north west corner with a window on each side. In that corner window, the perfect tree would rest throughout December. It was white aluminum. Perhaps it was imitating a frosted tree. The white of the tree mimicked the white walls. I grew up in the 70s, so we had that velvet wallpaper in many rooms of the house. In this room, the wallpaper was white with white velvet.

They only used blue glass balls on the tree. I think I once got to hang a couple, but the placement was too precise for my haphazard ways. My dad usually moved the ones I put up, to make it more even. I think he only noticed on the day they set up the tree because, of course, my sister and I would sneak into the room and rearrange the balls, the precious nativity, and anything else that would move without breaking.

The tree was too beautiful for the ordinary C7 lights; they had not invented the delicate white lights yet, so my parents used a floodlight to set off this tree. The light cast a blue hue on the corner, and the tree had a mechanism to rotate round.

We lived at the top of one side of a gully. I remember driving home after dark many nights back then. Going down one side of that gully, I would look toward the house, waiting. The car made its way to the top of the other side, and suddenly I could see the blue glow from that corner window. The spinning balls only increased the glitter. Somehow that blue glow always held a different meaning of Christmas for me. We opened the child-wrapped, home-made presents downstairs. Christmas upstairs was always quiet and lovely, perfect.


As I was looking at the Journey Collection, this flood of memories of my childhood "Perfect Christmas Room" came rushing back. It was then that I decided on the 'Perfect' present for my Mother. I created this album with some of her old photos. I hope when she opens it, she will also remember that Perfect Blue Christmas Room. The perfect white tree, the perfectly placed blue glass balls, and that flood light. Merry Christmas, Mom.






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It’s a WONDER-ful time of the year!

Hi everyone!
It’s Trisha Ladouceur here today sharing a few fun tags with you using the fabulous “WONDER” collection by Authentique. I have the privilege of being one of the AUTH-orized educators for Authentique, sharing my passion for paper crafting with ladies at retail stores and scrapbook events around the world!

With the holidays being right around the corner and most of frantically working to finish up our to-do list that seems to grow exponentially by the minute I thought I would share a few of the tags and then the cards WITH instructions just in case you want to create your own set to send to a lucky recipient!

What’s fun about these tags is that they have been designed to serve a dual purpose. They are created with little pockets that will hold a gift card perfectly. Just think how much a teacher, neighbour, friend or family member would love to receive a hidden treasure when they get your creation in the mail!

So...let’s get started!

First up, gift tag number 1...


This tag is created with assorted WONDER papers and co-ordinating embellishments.


I added a wee bit of twine and a few buttons along with some die cut greenery and pine cones (created from Sizzix Dies) using Authentique paper and card stock.

TAG #2....


The second tag is of a similar concept but notice how I partially cut around the tree? This allowed me to tuck the pocket beneath the tree so as not to lose this beautiful graphic beneath the pocket but to pull it to the forefront where it would get the attention it deserves.


One other thing I want to draw you attention to on this particular tag... I added a drop of Glossy Accents to each of the red ornaments on the tree. This is a great way to add a little bit of dimension to an otherwise flat piece of paper. It captures ones attention and makes them take a second look. So easy yet so fabulous of a end result! Give it a try... you won't regret it!


Now for the final tag... this time, I took photos along the way so I could walk you through some of the steps to show you just how easy it is to create your very own Gift Card Enclosure Gift Tag. The concept remains the same and by using all papers and embellishments from within the Authentique "WONDER" Collection of papers, die cuts and stickers, you are pretty much guaranteed success each and every time!


Step 1: Cut pocket to 3-1/2" wide X 4" tall. Score top edge at 1" and the other 3 sides at 1/2" from the edge. Notch corners as shown. Use a decorative border punch along top edge.


Step 2: Layer a second punched piece of paper and glue down.


Step 3: Use a circle punch as shown to create a semi circle at the top of the pocket.


Step 4: Create your base tag. You can either use a die or I simply covered a number 8 tag with the patterned paper shown here. If you need to cut your own tag, the dimensions are 3-1/8" wide X 6-1/4" tall.


Step 5: Adhere a 2-7/8" wide X 4" tall piece of patterned paper near the lower edge of the tag (keep it equally spaced along the 2 sides and bottom).


Step 6: Attach die cut border strip along lower edge on the BACK side of the tag. Trim excess.


Step 7: Cover seam with trim of your choice. In this case, I used Bazzill pom pom trim and some pine garland I had in my craft stash. You can add a couple of staples at either end if you so choose.


Step 8: Layer die cut embellishments on front of pocket. Tie some Jute around garland.


Step 9: Finish this Gift Card Tag off by adding 2 photo corners to top of pocket background and a die cut postage stamp to the center of the jute that was tied around the garland. Build an embellishment cluster at the top of the tag by creating holly leaves and pine cones using Authentique patterned paper and card stock. Tie some jute through a hole punched in the mini tag and tie a bow around the pine cones.

If you really want to take this tag one step further, add some Petite Type stickers or create a message using the Diction stickers.

As you can imagine, the options are endless when using the Authentique WONDER collection of papers and embellishments when creating tags like these.

As the end of 2011 draws near, I want to take the opportunity to wish each and everyone of you a happy holiday season and a joyous new year! I hope to see you at an Authentique class in 2012.

Trisha

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Giving thanks & passing out the SWAG!


We are still holding our referral contest - it's a chance to be thankful and receive a gift for your giving spirit...a win-win for you, Authentique Paper & your LSS! Haven't heard about the contest yet? Here's the link...it's super easy to enter, we'd highly recommend it!

A few weeks ago {time sure flies this time of year} we rolled out the "Welcome Wagon" and introduced quite a few new stores that now carry Authentique Paper products!


We sent out the first round of gifts - a Free Bird Series prize pack valued at over $11.00. We promised it would be a $10 value, but we decided to be extra generous! Thank you to the lovely ladies listed below - we truly appreciate your time & energy! Time to stalk your mailbox!

Kristin Perez
Gail Owens
Amber Sheaves
Beatrice Lawson
Nicole Fry
Julie Overby
Naomi Gong
Christy Uttley
Cynee Kawa
Caroline Sterling
Kathy Neary
Cassi Darwin
Keesha Cooper
Kelly Sasman
Kendra Klincker
April Walker
Ann Jobes
Pam Spradlin


We sent out prizes to those of you who referred a LSS to us that was not in our current database. If the stores you refer purchase Authentique Paper products by the end of the year, we will send you a JUMBO prize, valued at $50!

Don't delay - today is a great day to take a moment and refer your LSS to Authentique Paper!

Thank you again - we appreciate and value our loyal fans and retailers!


All the best,

Team Authentique

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December Sketch Challenge

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, January 4th 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}


{Brenda Smith}


{Cristine Redmond}


{Emily Lanham}


{Heather Conklin}


{Janeen Shember}


{Jeannie DeGruccio}


{Jeannie DeGruccio}


{Misty Buck}


{Natalie Dever}


{Tifany DeGough}


{November Color Challenge Winner}


Congratulations!

Please send an e-mail with the subject "November 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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Beautiful Things

Hello Everyone! Happy 2nd Day of December! I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by already! For my project today, I thought I would take a little brake from Christmas projects and make something from a line that I haven't used much of. I don't know if it's just my fear of cutting up beautiful paper or what, but the Journey collection is one of my faves!

Over the past year I've gotten more into making teeny tiny mini albums. Making a mini album is one thing, but I have found ways to make even smaller albums to fit wallet sized photos. I love albums this small because they are easy to carry along in your purse, sort of like a little brag book!


For today's project, I made a teeny tiny mini paper bag album. I found the cutest little paper bags not too long ago and I just HAD to have them! You probably can't tell from the photos, but the papers that I cut for this album are 3x3 in size.


I just LOVE the quote. I thought it would make for a perfect little girly album.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Products used:
Authentique: Journey- Excerpts, Papers- Explore, Voyage, Promenade, Stroll
Prima: Fantasy Snow Butterflies
Heidi Grace: Decorative Pins

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