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spooky treat bags

halloween is my very favorite time of year. it's spooky, and creaky, and it's not just for kids. adults can get into the spirit of things too. saturday is oct 1, and at our house it means the count down to halloween begins. 31 days of tricks, treats, creaks and groans. witches and bats, and ghosties and cats. and what better way to start the season than with a "glowing" treat bag!
using the Glowing collection of papers and trinkets, i created three treat bags that anyone would howl for. the Haunted House bag features a rickety fence and hand-knotted bag closure.


the Boney Head bag is gathered and tucked, decorated with tags and of course, a boney head. there are a couple of paper scrunch rib bones as well. i spritzed the paper, crumpled and then twirled it into spooky bones that sculpt and hold their new shape wonderfully.

paper curls, cobweb punches, and a cheery Jack make this bag my personal fav. i love that the paper takes to curling so well! fabulous corkscrews and spirals make for extra seasonal swag.
 
i'm really looking forward to more spirited projects this month and hope you are too!

Product List
Papers, trims and tags - Glowing Collection
Die cuts - Tim Holtz for Sizzix
Inks - Distress Inks in "Black Soot" and "Rip Persimmon"
Cobweb punch - Martha Stewart

for more spooky fun, stop by the gypsy caravan www.suburbngypsy.blogspot.com

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Using Authentique as the perfect accent & finishing touch

It is strange how now that I am using Authentique Paper's paper and supplies all the time, I seriously question how I have gotten by without them up until now.
It seems for anything I need to do, I always wind up using something from Authentique Paper.
Take for example this Halloween Card I made.
I made this card for {ippity} stamps and I needed some cute phrases to finish it off.
Where do I turn?


Yep, you've got it, GLOWING!  The perfect accents for this card.  
The Icons and Noteables are must haves.  I use them all the time!
"too cute to spook", perfect for these innocent mushrooms!


Next you will see in this card how the SPLENDID papers with a little bit of some ruffled FREE BIRD, was the perfect mix for this card. Also the pink card base, is from the UNCOMMON line.


What I love most about Authentique Paper is the endless combinations with all the collections.


So many of the lines can be mixed together, so don't be afraid to add some Uncommon to your Splendid with a dash of Free Bird on top.


For all you paper aficionados, have you tried just piercing your paper for added detail?


The secret to this really working is to put some dimensional foam between your pierced paper and the background layer.


You can see that even though I have 3 different Authentique Paper lines on this card, they all work perfectly together.


Don't be afraid to mix and match.  What combinations can you dream up?  Be sure to share them with us on our FACEBOOK page.

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

Products used in today's cards:

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She is...

To be honest, I had an entirely different layout scheduled for my post today. I made it a couple weeks ago when I first got my Authentique goodies and thought I would get ahead and make all my projects far in advance. Late last week, I received my share of Free Bird and it was love. How could I not cut into it right away and make something? Firstly, these 6x6 papers are TEXTURED! Be still, my heart. After staring at each individual Free Bird paper for quite a while, I finally settled on using Fair-Weather first. The color combinations are so striking in person, and I had just the picture of my daughter, Harper, to use on this layout.



I used all four Fair-Weather papers on this layout, but still have about half of each paper left over and will certainly be making use of every last scrap. I made a border all around the page by hand-trimming and using border punch scraps. I really like the mish-mashed look of the border by itself, but in order to give it more emphasis, I drew curlicues all around the edge and then paper-pierced and hand-stitched.

















Just look at that texture! Swoon. And the colors, the houndstooth, I love it all. 



















Supplies:
Patterned Paper- Authentique Free Bird Fair-Weather
Cardstock- Michaels Brand Kraft
Embroidery Floss- DMC 

Keep a look-out at your LSS for Free Bird. It really is SO beautiful in person. 

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Beautiful Girl

Hello Authentique fans,  it's Heather again!

I have to start this post with a confession: I love my Hipstamatic photo app. When I printed this photograph, I knew that I wanted to use some of the pink colors from the Uncommon line that Authentique sent, to showcase my little munchkin off. 

I started by using the back of the Gifted paper from the Uncommon line. I really liked how the text, and simplicity allowed for more color in the embellishments. Rather than using a bold mist, or a liberal swipe of acrylic paint, I made a simple solution of white acrylic and water. Instead of spraying, I just splattered some on for interest.

I really enjoyed how the Uncommon papers worked against the Journey stickers and Splendid die cuts. I used some of the buttons, brads, and a metal flower that I had in my stash.

I also stitched a contrasting color of twine on one of the die cuts. I haven't really quite decided if I really want to add any journaling onto the tabs. So far... I've decided against it.

On one of the die cuts, I used a little bit of Glossy Accents to make the sentiment stand out.

Rather than keep the title straight, I used a piece of circle paper to position the letters in the right spot. I also reflected the circle in the metal flower and the curves in the stitching.

*****
I also created a card with some of my scraps. This one is for a lovely scrappy friend who just had her fourth baby, a little girl!!



I hope you enjoy! ~Heather

Layout Supplies:
AUTHENTIQUE patterned papers: Uncommon Gifted (back), Uncommon Foundations (back)
AUTHENTIQUE die cuts: Uncommon Icons, Splendid Icons, Splendid Tabloids, Journey Classic Type
Other Supplies: Basic Grey buttons, Twinery twine-Lilac, American Crafts brads, Sassafras Lass Vintage Brooch, Glossy Accents, homemade white acrylic spray

Card Supplies: 
AUTHENTIQUE patterned papers: Blissful 6x6 
AUTHENTIQUE die cuts: Blissful Icons and Excerpts
Other Supplies: American Craft buttons, Hero Arts stamp, Twinery twine

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Free Bird Fair-Weather Card Set


Hi there! It's Misty again with a card set that is NOT for the birds. I am loving the new Free Bird papers from Authentique Paper. They are PERFECT for card making.
The Fair-Weather collection is one of my true favorites and I can't wait to get some more!!! Many of you who know me know that I have a personal goal to send joy through hand made cards I create (I was inspired by my dear friend Kristy) and I'm happy to tell you that I have now made and delivered over 80 cards to friends and family...so, for me, this was the perfect assignment.


I wanted this set of cards to be uniform in some ways but still be individual. So I covered each card in a foundation paper from the Wonder collection. Next I used a small embossing folder to make an impression on the front of each card. Then I got to work creating.
I cut a one inch strip from each of the Fair-Weather papers and adhered it to the left hand side of the card and then rounded the corners.
Petite Type Circle Letters from the Journey Collectoin


Here I added some words from the Blissful Diction set

Classic Type from the Journey Collection
I hope you enjoyed this little collection of joy and maybe you can use some Free Bird papers of your own to send a little joy! Have a great day!

Supply List:
Free Bird: Fair-Weather
Wonder: Foundations
Journey: Excerpts, Petite Type Circle Letters, Classic Type
Blissful: Diction
Stamps: Stampin' Up Priceless and Bliss
Inks: Stampin' Up Crushed Curry and Taken with Teal
Ribbon: We R Memory Keepers
Corner Chomper, Cuttlebug, Zig Marker

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Authentique Paper "Secret"

I am so excited to post this tutorial her today.
I am working with the new line of papers called FREE BIRD.
These are 6 x 6 papers that will be sold individually and what is so awesome about them is that they are the same quality as the bigger Authentique Paper 12 x 12 sheets, textured and wonderful!


The buss with the Authentique Paper Design Team right now is that we all love the designs and the papers in this new FREE BIRD series, we almost do not want to use them.
If you are a true paper junkie like me as much as I love double sided paper, it can sometimes cause anxiety in me.  I look at both sides and think, I can't possibly use ONE side and not the other.  How do you choose which side to use?  I want BOTH.  Today I am sharing one of my BEST KEPT secrets with you.  The textured papers that Authentique Paper produces are such high quality, durable and strong papers you can literally separate the double sided papers into 2 pieces of paper.
Yes...2 completely separate pieces!!

First you are going to need to break down...break down...break down the fibers in the paper.


To do this, I started by putting the sheets of paper through my crimper, over and over again.  About 3o times at least.  After that I just kept bunching it and crumpling it by hand.


It is important to note, I did not wet the paper in any way at all.


When I start seeing the edges are separating, I know I can start taking the pieces apart.


At first I used a spatula to carefully hold the one side down while I tugged on the other side.


But after doing this a couple of times, I found the easiest way is just to very gently separate a small section, rotate, tug, rotate and keep doing this until the pieces are free from each other.  
You will end up with 2 intact pieces of paper you can play with.


The other side looks like a fuzzy white piece of cotton.


Here are some other pieces of the FREE BIRD series I have already separated and have cut them in strips.


I uses a small dress form die cut from chipboard as my base.  You can use this single layer of paper almost like it is fabric.  The paper at this point is as flexible as a piece of fabric.  Really!


Here I have made the bodice piece for my tiny dress. 


Then I made the ruffles for the skirt.


Here are the pieces all ready to be assembled.


Using hot glue and some imagination, this is how the dress turned out.


I had made a focal point for my card, but it did not show up well as I used the same shades of green for my card base and embellishment, so I decided to make a ruffle to frame my circle embellishment.


I just attached a bunch of strips, end to end and gathered them to make the ruffle you see in this next picture.


The neat thing is, after making this card, I still have pieces left.


Isn't that awesome?
Who knew you could pretend paper was fabric and sew a dress out of it?(Other than me!)


My point in sharing this is to show you Authentique Paper's:
DURABILITY
FUNCTIONALITY
VERSATILITY
POSSIBILITIES, which are endless.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.  Think of how many fun projects you can make with this fun paper and if you use my technique, you can double the amount of projects you make!
Have fun and happy paper crumpling!!!  This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today's post.

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Happy Saturday AP fans!

I'm so excited to share my goodies with you today!
I'm sure (at least I HOPE) you've heard about Authentiques new "FREE BIRD" series
it is open stock 6 X 6 sheets of beautiful double sided textured patterned paper. 
LOVE the concept for a few different reasons
1.  The price point is great .35 retail, especially if you like to layer, this way you don't have to spend $1.00 + for an entire page, you can get 3-4 different designs for about the same price. Genius!
2.  the smaller patterns are PERFECT for cards :) 
3. AMAZING designs and colors, all done in the heavy weight textured paper that AP does so well.
My first two cards feature the "Poised" Collection
thought they went perfectly with these stamps from Unity.
I also made a 12 X 12 layout using the Free Bird "Delight" Collection along with bits and pieces of the Blissful and Splendid collections.  The colors really worked well with the tie dyed shirt my dd's friend is wearing. 


Notice my title.  I altered it with different stickers to get it to say what I wanted it too.  I also colored in the yellow design with my green copic marker and it matched perfectly!
So glad you stopped by the Authentique blog today! now RUN to your LSS and shop for AP :)

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A Patchwork Heart

I made this canvas for my aunt a while back... her office is in a beautiful purple & green color scheme. She asked that I make her a piece of art that would go with her colors. 
 The special thing about this canvas is that there is something meaningful for both of us written underneath all the layers of paint and paper. She knows it's there, but it's hidden. :) I love that added private touch to the artwork.

Authentique Supplies Used:

Splendid Patterned Paper- Magnificence, Brilliance, Richness, Foundations

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Glowing: The Loot

I absolutely adore the Glowing collection and it's elegant patterns in spooky colors. And as September is coming to a close, I'm gearing up for fall and Halloween. I was starting to get into the orange and black mindset as I scrapbooked these photos of my Little Red Riding Hoods from Halloween last year. 


I cut the diamonds from the "Harlequin Patches" patterned paper and used them as a banner at the top of the layout.


The "Diction" stickers are fun to pick and choose from when writing your journaling. 


The Foundations are perfect for layout backgrounds and I added an extra splash of orange color with some splatters of mist. 


I created a grid of several photos and highlighted them with Noteables die-cuts. 


Supplies:
Authentique Paper: Glowing Patterned Paper (Cream Gingham, Music Notes, Orange Brocade, Harlequin Patches, Orange Grunge Dot); Glowing Diction; Glowing Classic Type; Glowing Petite Type Squares; Glowing Headline Front; Glowing Noteables; Glowing Icons
Jenni Bowlin bingo card
Prima flower
Making Memories chipboard alphabet
My Mind's Eye brads
ribbon

Thanks for looking!
Jill

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freckle face

hello authentique fans!
today marks my first official authentique post. yes i posted in september, but that wasn't a sparkly brand new project like today's!

i was asked to design either a layout or a minibook, and after some pondering i thought "hey! why not do both?"

so here we go!

i have this wonderful picture of my daughter that inspired this layout. her freckle face and impish smile were a perfect match for some of the "blissful" collection. the "prosperity" sheet is full of great rulers, which is what i used to make the hand-curled ruler border. i added scraps of other rulers and related trims, and started to get a real "school time" feel going. i added the the top border by trimming some "distinct" paper from the "uncommon" collection. the deep pink is a perfect match and a great example of mixing the authentique collections a bit.

and surprise! there's a minibook! tucked into a paper lunch bag, to go along with our school feel. this is a tiny book made from one of the "blissful" tags and paper pieces. i used some of the collection's "icons" and "noteables" to embellish it, as well as to create the tag dangles.
some random elements - paper flowers and vintage buttons, baker's twine and distress ink, finish off the layout and minibook as well.

thank you for stopping by the blog, and i hope i made your freckle face smile! - janeen shember

product list
"blissful" collection - papers, "icons", "noteables"
"uncommon" collection - "distinct" paper
"diction" word stickers
ranger ink - "frayed burlap" distress ink
random flowers and vintage buttons
assorted ruler trim
tiny piece of baker's twine

for more smiles visit my blog at www.suburbngypsy.blogspot.com

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A Little Hello

I love the 6x6 Bundles from Authentique Paper...they are small, affordable, and have all the great designs from the collection.
As a cardmaker I especially enjoy the smaller print size.


I also enjoy making mini cards. I love all things small and I also am not good with words...so small cards = less space to write.

I used one sheet from the Blissful 6x6 Bundle to create these two mini cards:


These came together very quickly - just cut the 6x6 sheet down to 3x6, score to create two 3x3 cards, add a stamp, and then add a great pop of color with these:


There are plenty of letters for creating any sentiment you choose.
Easy and quick!

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tifany

Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Blissful 6x6 Bundle);
Stickers: Authentique Paper (Blissful Petite Type Square);
Stamps: Unity (Born An Original - Authentique Itty Bitty);
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer); Martha Stewart/EK Success (Scoring Board);

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Today I....

Hi Everyone!!! This is Amy Parker, and I am so excited to be posting my first post here at Authentique! :D I was gonna cover two things today, and I really hope you will be inspired by both of them.

Over the years, since I have started scrapbooking, I have noticed that I tend to not use large blocks of patterned paper on my layouts. I like strips of it or hints of it here and there, or in shapes or something. Anything, as long as it isn't just a rectangle or square, but is altered in some way. I am not sure why, but something in my just has to chop it up into something different! LOL! But I will admit, I am very jealous of those scrappers who can pull off blocks of patterened paper on their layouts. I have tried so many times in the past, and been so disappointed that my layouts came out looking NOTHING like theirs, or even remotely as good.

Well, I decided to give it one more try this time. And again it just wasn't working for me. I had my piece of paper behind my photo and it just looked so flat. Then a lightbulb went off! And this may not be anything new to lots of other scrappers out there, but I was so excited when I got this idea that I was literally bouncing in my chair while cutting the paper! :P Anyway, one thing I am addicted to on my pages is texture. I LOVE creating depth and movement on my pages with different texture techniques. Now I don't mean mixed mediums and whatnot (although those are fun!), what I mean is layers upon layers upon layers of papers, embellishments, and pretty much anything that I find in my house that will work. :D So this idea I had was to create the same color block with the patterend paper, in the same spot as I intended before, but this time I chopped the paper into a whole bunch of squares and rectangles (just free-handed it)and just started stacking them on top of one another. :D This created a very layered and piecey and textured look! I was soooo happy with it! And because I seem to NEVER be able to do a layout without sewing anymore, I stitched vertical lines across my paper pieces. This created even more texture and I just love it!


This technique is really easy and so fun, and freeing! I know I will certainly be doing it more in the future! :D



So the subject of my layout you may notice is not the happiest in the world. Since we became a family of four, we have mostly been indoorsy kind of people. Or at least stay in the front yard kind of people. So for our first real big outing as a family of four we went to the County Fair a couple weekends ago. We had a wonderful time, and the Munchkin (just in case you aren't familiar with my blog-that is what we call our eldest daughter Creedence, and that nickname comes as natural to us all as her actual name) was beside herself she was so excited! She went on rides and saw livestock and played games! It was seriously like the best day of her life so far. Up until the last 15 minutes we were there. While eating some food that we picked up last minute while heading back to the front gate area, both Jed and I took our eyes off Creedence. It was only seconds, but that was all it took and she was completely out of our sight. Seriously I am shaking as I type this I am still so scared by what happened. Luckily there was a guy who saw where she went and he helped me find her, as Jed had to stay with Aurelia in the stroller. I felt like I was running in circles, my mind was racing yet empty at the same time and I could hear my heart pounding in my head. The whole thing lasted for no more than 5 minutes as I saw her little ponytail in between some chairs in front of the stage area, and I ran at her and grabbed her. And I just started bawling. Almost losing her was the scariest thing I have ever been through, and the that was hands down the worst day of my life. I felt sick for days afterward. And I made a promise right then and there-to Creedence, to my husband, to our youngest Aurelia, and to myself-I would never ever let go of her hand again like that. Ever. My heart can't go through that ever again.

I shared the story behind my layout with you because it goes along with the next thing I wanted to tell you about. I use scrapbooking as a form of therapy. It is extremely helpful for me to have this outlet, and to be able to let those feelings and emotions go by scrapping them. I felt the need to get this particular memory down on paper, as it was not only a milestone in my mommy years (not a good milestone but something I learned a huge lesson from), but it was also a big day in our family, and one that I never want to forget. I wanted you all to see that it is just as important to document the hard times, as it is the good times. Don't be afraid to scrap something difficult, cause it is incredible how therapeutic it is to get it down on paper, and that has helped me so much through the years.



Well I hope you all enjoyed my first posting here at Authentique! (And I hope I didn't talk your ear off! LOL!)

~Amy

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It's All About Making it Work: Customize It


Hey there!
Today I'll be sharing with you my very first tutorial for Authentique Paper using  my layout for the Authentique Paper Sketch Challenge. Hope you enjoy.


While creating this layout I really wanted an orange set of letters to go on my banner for this layout...unfortunately... I did not HAVE an orange set of letters. I did, however, have these pink letters and they were felt...yippee. So, what's a girl to do?!??! Why, customize!
So I got out my inking tools and went to work. I first tried spritzing with glimmer mists, to watery, hardly any color. Then I tried alcohol inks, TOO concentrated and didn't spread. Then I turned to my old standby SU ink refill. PERFECT (Does anyone else feel like they're reading a poor rendition of the three little bears?)
I dried them a bit on my craft mat and then some more when I had put them in place.
Here's the finished/dried letters. I like the variegation that the inking adds. You can do this with any type of letter from paper to foam...GO FOR IT!
Have a super day and don't forget to make some time to create.

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September Color Challenge

Welcome to the first color challenge here on the Authentique Paper blog!


We will have two challenges per month:
Sketch Challenge - 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.
Color Challenge - The Color Challenge will be posted on the third Saturday of each month. There will be a color palette posted 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!}


{Color Palette}



{Details}
- You will have until Wednesday, September 28th at midnight {PST} to enter.
- You will need to create a separate 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.

{Projects from the Authentique Paper Design Team}

{Virginia Tillery}

{Tifany DeGough}

{Misty Buck}

{Jeannie DeGruccio}

{Heather Conklin}


{September Sketch Challenge Winner}


Congratulations!

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


{Linky Tool}

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A Splendid Moment

Like my last project, I decided to scrap a picture that is not my own. I saw an amazing picture of my bestie, her daughter and her niece and I immediately thought of the Splendid collection. This collection is so versatile and can be combined in so many ways. I love that I could pull bits and pieces of the collection together in a way that complements the colors in the picture.

I love how the papers I used all have the same colors as seen in the picture.

I was looking to add a whimsical touch to the layout since it features two adorable little cherubs, so decided to make my own felt flowers. They were super easy to make and I love what they add to the layout. The Icon die cut I used for the title couldn't be more appropriate for this layout. You can't see it all because of the glare in this picture, but it says "pieces of my heart." I used Glossy Accents to pretty it up a bit.

I distressed some of the papers and I used a subtle twine color to stitch the circles onto the page.

I have recently become a fan of banners. They are so easy to create and add another touch of whimsy to the layout. I used my Silhouette to cut them out and then used floss to stitch them down.

As hard as it is to make a layout for someone else, especially using pictures they took themselves, it gives me an amazing feeling knowing that I could enhance the beauty within the picture.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my layout!

~ Cristine


Supplies:


Authentique:
Patterned Paper: Splendid - Foundations (back), Richness (back), Delight (back), Renown (front and back), Magnificence (front)
Die Cuts: Splendid - Tabloids and Icons


Other:
Kraft paper - Joann Crafts
Floss - WRMK, DMC
Twine - The Twinery (in Honeydew)
Glossy Accents - Ranger Ink
Buttons
Felt

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Uncommon is perfect!

for these pictures of my beautiful daughter!  
yeah, proud mommy here :)
It's Natalie here with my first post here on the Authentique Paper Blog!

for the base of my layout I used the Foundations Inside top.  I loved the  brighter pink with just a hint of pattern, makes for some totally cool texture to the page.
I then layered with my current favorite paper ever, Unique.
 
added some strips of distinct and gifted 'backs'.
layering with headlines, and tabloids.  
and spelled out her name with the cool circle type letters!
Well, I hope you like my first blog post :) can't wait to share again!

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6X6 Fun

Hello everyone! Brenda Smith here. I'm so excited to share with you my first official post on the Authentique blog. I wanted to come up with something unique, so when I came across an illustration of a solar system, I knew what I wanted to do.


I love the Authentique 6x6 paper pads. They are perfect for making cards. However, I am normally a little challenged when it comes to figuring out how to use them on layouts. I challenged myself to almost exclusively using the Uncommon and Blissful 6x6 paper pads for this layout. I did cheat a little bit and used the backside of the Blissful Happiness paper for my background paper and I fussy-cut the flowers from the frontside of the paper. 


I freehanded the triangles around the photo with papers from the Uncommon 6x6 pad. Then I layered the fussy-cut Happiness flowers with paper-punched circles and flowers from the 6x6 pads and the Uncommon Foundations paper, and some brads and buttons from my stash. 



I drew the journal lines at an angle in an attempt to keep the focus drawn in to the photo. 


Supplies:
Patterned paper- Authentique (Blissful: Happiness paper; Uncommon Foundations; Blissful and Uncommon 6x6 pads)
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Buttons: Crate Paper; vintage
Stitched flowers: Sassafras 
Brads: My Mind's Eye

Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful day! 



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Christmas Card Trio with Wonder

Do you know how many more Christmas card making days you have left?
I estimate about 96 days, taking into account getting your cards in the mail a week before Christmas.

I have come up with 3 cards today that would be very simple to mass produce.
These are called Easel Cards.

Here is Card 1

All the patterned paper is from WONDER with the exception of my music paper, which is just from an old piano book I use for crafting.

These are such a nice card, and would be lovely to give away to the extra special people you want to give cards to this Christmas.

All 3 cards today have all the same "recipe".

They are all 4.25" by 5.5", they all have a paper gathered ruffle,
(Card 2)

polka dot ribbon, embellishments using Excerpts and Icons,

words from Diction,

a custom pieced die cut with Authentique Paper,

and paper flowers and hearts made with Wonder paper.

(Card 3)

For the inside base of the card I stamped the holly stamp lightly from the Wonder of It stamp set.

The beauty of these cards are there are so many different ways to fold them when creating your easel.

I have done 1 of each, right triangle, left triangle and middle folded easels.

These did not take very long to make and if I had had everything pre-cut, I really could get a lot of these done in a short amount of time.

They look fabulous on display and can you imagine what a treat it would be to get one of these in the mail?


I hope you have enjoyed my cards today. The Wonder paper and all the things that coordinate with it are such gorgeous papers to play with. This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today's post. Have a great week.

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Tutorial: Halloween Decor

Good morning! I have a fun tutorial to share with you today to create your own Halloween decor - perhaps a spooky sign for your front door? The "Glowing" collection is perfect for all your Halloween home decor and now is the perfect time to get creating! Take a look at my "Happy Haunting" sign:


I picked up this black metal sign at my local Michael's a couple weeks ago (and I'm so proud of myself for using something I bought right away - admit it, you do it too!) :) I tied some black glitter tulle in a bow on the top on the wire hanger. 

 

To distress my patterned paper, I simply used some black paint and a foam brush. 


Once that was dry, I machine stitched around the edges for a little extra texture. 


I used a wet adhesive to adhere the patterned paper to the metal sign and then tied a piece of orange ribbon around the front of the sign in a knot. I also glued a die-cut piece from the "Glowing" Icons sheet to the bottom. 


Next, I cut a piece of this mirrored sprig that I found in the Christmas section at my local Hobby Lobby. It was black and silver so it went with this project perfectly. 


I hot-glued the sprig (that ended up looking like a really cool tree) to the bottom of the sign. 


The ghost was cut from a Halloween pick that I bought at Hobby Lobby and hot glued to the center of my tulle ribbon. The little "Boo" die-cut is from the "Glowing" Noteables sheet. 


And here's the finished piece again! 


A couple close-ups....


Boo! :)


Supplies:
Authentique Paper: Glowing Patterned Paper (Newsprint, Harlequin Patches); Icons Front; Noteables Front; Headline Front
Michael's metal sign
Black glitter tulle
twine
black paint
assorted Halloween "floral" picks
Jenni Bowlin button

Thanks for checking out my tutorial! All of us at Authentique Paper would love to see your spooky creations! :)

Jill

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Splendid

I love the 6x6 Bundles from Authentique Paper for creating cards, but even if I cover the front of a standard A2 card, I still have small scrap strips left over.

I don't want to throw away those beautiful scraps, so I save them to use for cards like these:


Using a few coordinating strips as a base gives a great start to any card (and is an easy way to make a quick coordinating card set).


You can create a simple look by adding a simple stamped sentiment, or you can add layers of embellishments to create a vintage look.


For this card set I layered on doilies, vintage playing cards, buttons, twine, string, and twill ribbons.


What do you do with your scraps?

Thanks for coming by today!

-Tifany

Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper (Splendid 6x6 Bundle);
Cardstock: Kraft Outlet (Kraft);
Twine: The Twinery (Honeydew);
String: May Arts (SM10);
Ribbons: May Arts (382-34-27); (Pink Twill);
Other: (Buttons); (Vintage Cards); (Paper Doily);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Martha Stewart/EK Success (Scoring Board);

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"Splendid"ly Authentique...

Good Morning! As my first post for Authentique, I decided to make both a layout and a card using Splendid papers. Before joining the Authentique Design Team, I had not had the chance to play with either line, and I loved finding ways in which to mix the different colors.
 
(Supplies Used AUTHENTIQUE: Splendid patterned papers-Delight Back, Richness Back, Foundations Back, Renown Back, AUTHENTIQUE die cuts: Splendid Icons & Tabloids, AUTHENTIQUE Petite Type Squares)
(Other Supplies: kraft cardstock, American Crafts buttons, Twinery twine, Basic Grey brads, Glossy Accents, Signo white pen)

I really wanted to create a layered look, but wanted to keep the look of the layout soft. To achieve this, I used a base of kraft paper, and let the colors of the Splendid line speak for themselves. As you can see, I really like using the backs of patterned paper! 
For a lot of the smaller accents, I used Glossy Accents to make the great details in the Icons and Tabloids just a little extra sparkle.

I also chose to cut off the end of the quote on the Icons piece. I felt that for these images, it created just the perfect sentiment.
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For my card, I used some of the scraps that I had leftover from my layout. I used white cardstock for the base, and layered the Splendid "Delight" Back (pink) with the Splendid Foundations Back (green). I then added twine, a button, and a Blissful Icon for the sentiment. I also used a paper punch on the green Foundations paper.
(Supplies Used: AUTHENTIQUE Splendid-Delight (back), Foundations (back); AUTHENTIQUE die cuts: Icons-Blissful)
(Other Supplies: Twinery twine-Blossom, Basic Grey button, Staedler pen-yellow, Signo White pen, Martha Stewart punch)

To tie in the yellow on the Splendid paper, I faux stitched the white cardstock with a yellow pen, and then "stitched" the green Foundations in white gel pen. I loved how the pink in the Blissful Icon popped on the Splendid paper!
I hope you enjoyed today's projects!

Heather

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He Loves Her

Good morning! I'm very excited to be sharing a layout with you today using the gorgeous "Splendid" collection. I created this layout using photos of my husband with one of my daughters and kept the focus on their special relationship. 


I have a fairly simple scrapping style but I like to add a lot of visual interest to my layouts through small details. 


I love clustering embellishments as I did here with some punched butterflies, pearls, patterned paper and a die-cut. 



This section was created by layering die-cuts, a punched butterfly, pearls and a resin flower. 


Supplies:
Authentique: Splendid patterned paper (Foundations back, Majesty back, Richness back, Delight back, Magnificence back); Splendid Noteables; Splendid Headlines back; Splendid Icons; Splendid Tabloids
Prima resin flower
K & Co., American Crafts chipboard alphabet
Martha Stewart butterfly punches
Melissa Frances pearls

Have a great day!
Jill

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Bewitched and Glowing


I was asked to create a card for today's post and I'm so happy that I was.
I stumbled across this digi stamp at Creepie Cute Stamps and just had to download her. She was so sweetly BEWITCHING and went perfectly with Authentique's Glowing collection. I had so much fun watercoloring this image. I don't normally like many Halloween papers but these papers are just too yummy.

I used the Newsprint paper for the base and the Harlequin Patches paper to pop up the stamped image.
The "Bewitched" stamp is from the Glowing Icons set.

I used my Old Paper Distress Ink on the edges of the stamped panel. I used an edge punch and some architectural trace paper to get a ethereal webbing look under the image.

I embossed some chip board and ran a white ink pad over it. I then punched out this tree.
Other supplies

Stampin' Up Inks: Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Orchid Opulence
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Honey Wheat
Ribbon: Spook Hallow Joann's
Design Ad Marker in Gray
White Gel Pen
Baker's Twine
Orange Button

EK Success: Whale of a Punch Tree

I hope you are all having a super day!!! Make some time to create. Please visit my blog HERE to see the challenges I've linked to.

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My Blissful Heaven

Hello all! This is my first post, not only as an Authentique Design Team member, but as a Design Team member period! I'm so excited that I've been given this opportunity and if I can inspire just one person, well then my day has been made. :)

For my project today, I have created a layout using the Blissful line.

I have to admit, this is probably the second time I have scrapped a picture that I didn't take or that didn't have one of my own cuties in it, but when I saw this picture from my friend I knew that I needed to scrap it with the Blissful line. I absolutely LOVE the pops of pink in this collection.

I used the plain gray side of the Foundations that come with the Blissful line and cut it into the shape I needed. Then, I hand stitched around the edge to make it stand out more, since I didn't want to ink the edges of this sheet. I cut out some of the flowers from the Happiness sheet and curled the edges to add a little dimension, then I dressed them up with a brad and button. I also found the perfect beaded flourish to help fill in some of the white space on the side.

I added some embellishments to the upper side of the picture to help balance out the picture. It's so easy to dress up simple buttons by using some twine or floss.

I love the stamp accents on the Icons and Tabloids sheets, so I decided to use some of them to create a banner. I used pink cardstock and foam adhesive to help them stand out a bit.

I don't know if you've seen my blog, but I consider myself a bit of a scrappy novice. I am terrified of embellishments and I could probably stand to be a little more confident in my work. (Aren't we our own worst critics?!) Although I have to admit, this layout makes me proud that I do what I do. Anyone can throw some pictures in a photo album, but when you take the time to dress them up a bit and personalize them with your own touches, the picture itself means that much more. The Blissful collection inspired me to dress up this picture for my friend and I'm more than honored to have done this layout for her.

I hope you find inspiration in Authentique's collections, too!

Supplies:

Authentique:
Patterned Paper: Blissful - Felicity, Happiness, Foundations
Die Cuts: Blissful - Tabloids and Icons


Other:
American Crafts - Button
Basic Grey - Button
Making Memories - Brad
My Mind's Eye - Lime Twist {Out of the Blue} "Playful" twine & Lost and Found 2 {Sunshine} "Two of Us" pearls
WRMK - floss
Sassafras Lass - In Stitch buttons

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Notepad Cover {Tutorial}

Starting today, you can stop by the Authentique Paper blog the first four Sundays of each month and find a fabulous tutorial from one of the Authentique Paper Design Team members.

Today I {Tifany} will be showing you how to create a notepad cover for a 5x8 notepad from just a single 12x12 sheet of Authentique's beautiful paper.


Start by scoring your 12x12 sheet at 5", 5.25", 10.25", and 10.5".
Rotate your paper a quarter turn and score at 1", 1.25", and 9.25".

{I like to score on the side of the paper that will be the inside of the cover.} 

Cut along the score marks as shown below. 

{Score marks are red lines and cut marks are black lines.}

You will be left with this:

{I like to pre-fold at the score lines to make assembly easier.}

Insert the notepad and glue in place. Glue along the left edge of the bottom flap to create the pocket. 

{I trimmed off a bit of the inside corner of the pocket flap to create the angle.}

To create the closure, use two of the circle die cuts from the Icons sheet, add a bit of string and add a small amount of adhesive in the center of each die cut to hold in place. 


Punch a hole in the center of each circle and set an eyelet. 

{Now you can close the cover just by wrapping the string around the die cuts in a figure eight.}

To make the notepad itself a bit more personalized, I added stamped images and sentiments every few pages. 


I took some of the paper that was cut away from the original 12x12 sheet of paper and made a small coordinating card - now it's a fun little gift set! 


Thanks for stopping by today!

-Tifany

Supplies: 
Patterned Paper: Authentique Paper ("Original" from the Uncommon Collection);
Die Cuts: Authentique Paper ("
Icons" from the Uncommon Collection); 
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company ("Share Your Smile" - Authentique Itty Bitty);
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black);
String: May Arts (SM09);
Other: (
Eyelets - Silver);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); Martha Stewart/EK Success (Scoring Board); We R Memory Keepers (Crop-A-Dile II - Big Bite);


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September Sketch Challenge

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


We will have two challenges per month:
Sketch Challenge - 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.
Color Challenge - The Color Challenge will be posted on the third Saturday of each month. There will be a color palette posted 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, September 14th at midnight {PST} to enter.
- You will need to create a separate 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.

{Projects from the Authentique Paper Design Team}

{Amy Parker}

{Brenda Smith}

{Cristine Redmond}

{Emily Lanham}

{Heather Conklin}

{Heather Conklin}

{Janeen Shember}

{Jeannie DeGruccio}

{Jill Cornell}

{Misty Buck}

{Natalie Dever}

{Tifany DeGough}



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The Best Thing...


I'm a big fan of making crafts from recycled objects. Especially ones that I have just laying around my house! Why throw it away when you can create with it!

Here's one of my favorite things to alter:

Yep, empty toilet paper rolls! I've seen several projects make out of toilet paper rolls, so at the beginning of Summer, I tried my own project with these and I was hooked!

I'm a mini album maker for the most part, so of coarse I had to make a mini with my recycled toilet paper rolls! When making these albums, I think the key part is to paint them to match your paper that you are using. I showed the first album that I made with them to my mom and she said "Where's the toilet paper rolls?" She didn't recognize them since I had painted them!

Here's a mini album that I made using the beautiful Uncommon line:

And yes, this IS indeed made from cardboard toilet paper rolls! Since these albums are kind of small, they are good to hold wallet photos or little quotes. I also love that they have open ends to stick tags for hidden journaling or extra photos.







I just love the elegance of this paper line! Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you can take a little inspiration from my project and create a mini toilet paper roll album of your own!

Products used:
Authentique
Uncommon Tabloids, Icons, Foundations, Patterned paper: Unique, Gifted, Special, Distinct

Other
Ribbon SE01 & 390-58-10
Pink by Design Stamps "To The Moon" set
Heidi Grace Decorative Pins
Recollections Boutique Fleur Mulberry Paper Roses
MME Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky "Hello" Twine


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Friends, Blog and Facebook Contest



Welcome to the Authentique Paper blog! There are two days left in this fun, simple, and friendly contest...Here's what you need to do in order to qualify:

1. Change your profile picture to one of the two "I {heart} Authentique" badges. {Shown above & on the right-hand sidebar of the blog}

2. Subscribe to our BLOG {Also on the right-hand sidebar, just under the FB badge/profile picture Icons.

3. Share with your friends how much you love Authentique Paper by asking them to become an Authentique fan on FB and a follower of the NEW Authentique Paper blog! Be sure to have your friends tell us who sent them our way.

Just like Tuesday and Wednesday, today we will be searching through our Blog followers as well as on Facebook and our Facebook page to randomly select a winner to receive the 6x6 paper pad of their choice! Good luck!

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A "Blissful" Welcome Sign

I love finding little odds & ends at the Dollar Store and decorating them with scrapbooking products to suit my taste... and this little sign was the perfect candidate for what I wanted to do with some Authentique products.
I covered it with some of the "Foundations" bi-fold solids cardstock from the Blissful Collection, and then added some fun touches using coordinating patterned paper from both the Blissful & Uncommon Collections, and some vintage book pages I had laying around. Enjoy!


Authentique Products Used:
Uncommon- Gifted Patterned Paper
Blissful- Tabloids, Foundations Cardstock, Happiness Patterned Paper, Felicity Patterned Paper, Euphoria Patterned Paper
Journey- Classic Type

Created by: Virginia Tillery

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