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Authentique Paper + Helmar Adhesives = Amazing

19 Jan
Authentique Paper and Helmar are teaming up this week to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper products and Helmar adhesives!

After you check out my post (below), be sure to head on over to the Helmar blog to find out what the talented members of their Design Team have created.
I have this wonderful sewing book called One Yard Wonders!  It has some fabulous ideas and they are all for fabric.  But, I had an idea awhile ago that I wanted to try and take a pattern, shrink it and make it with paper.  I decided to try this with an apron pattern from this book.
Here I have all my pattern pieces cut out and ready to go.
Using Helmar’s Premium Craft Glue I tapped my seam allowances down.  The Premium Craft Glue was perfect since 1, it dries very quickly and 2, after it is dried I can sew on small amounts of it without gumming up my sewing needle.  HOORAY!!
 For attaching the ruffle I used Helmar’s Quick Fix Permanent Adhesive Runner.
I just slid the runner across the top of my piece..
..and scrunched my paper up to make the ruffle.
 The Quick Fix Runner kept the ruffle right in place.
Here you can see that I have added the bodice/bib and waist band.
I then added a paper bias to the sides.
Here is the finished apron, now I need to add the pockets.
Because I wanted the pockets to stand-out a little, I used some 1/4″ Zap Dots on the top of the pocket and then some Professional Acid Free Glue on the bottom of the pocket.  This made the pockets look slightly puffy, which is what I wanted.
To curl the apron strings, I wound them around something and them lightly coated them with a dab of the
Professional Acid Free Glue.
All done, can you see how the Professional Acid Free Glue made the curl stay in the paper?
Fabulous stuff!
For my card base, since I was using my machine, I used just a dab of glue from my Helmar’s Quick Fix Permanent Adhesive Runner.  You would NOT want this adhesive to come in contact with your sewing machine needle, it is very sticky and would cause major problems.

 I only used the adhesive to tack down the middles of all my background papers to secure them as I did the sewing.

For the card sentiment, I just used scraps that I had.  Even the leftovers from my ICONS, make perfect borders for small things like tags.
To adhere my items to the card front, I used the 1/2″ Zap Dots on the backs of the apron and tag.
Here is the final product!
My mini apron card.
This would make a perfect Mother’s day card, don’t you think?
Here is a close up of the apron.

I am so happy my idea worked!  Now I will be scouring through my patterns to see what else would be fun to make out or paper!

Thanks for visiting today.  I am very grateful to Helmar for the use of their awesome adhesives.  The Helmar products really made this project do-able!
I hope you  have enjoyed this tutorial.
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

Very Thankful for this Altered Canvas with Authentiqe Paper & Grafix Arts

7 Nov
I am so excited to share my creation with you today.
I have made an altered canvas!
Incase you are wondering why I am calling this a very thankful altered canvas, it is because I am thankful to many people who have contributed to this design.
First, the makers of the canvas base.  Canvas Corp. makes all these fabulous products to alter.  Not only do they have awesome paper, they have a whole line of canvas and twine and home deco stuff.  I swear they have everything!  So thank you Canvas Corp for the awesome Canvas.
Second,the makers of the plastic I used for the charms and tree, Grafix Arts.  Have you heard of this company?
They have a ton of specialty paper and plastic products that take crafting to a whole new level.  I have been focusing on working with their Shrink Films and wow, I can’t begin to tell you what a blast I have had with their things!
Lastly, but not because of any reason , just the order my fingers chose today…I need to thank Authentique Paper.  They are of course the paper company that is the star of this canvas.  I am so grateful for the entire staff at Authentique Paper.  Beautiful people making beautiful paper products.  They have been beyond kind and generous and I truly love them all for so many reasons.
All three companies have been extremely generous and I have to say how humbled I am to have them allow me to put my name on things while representing their companies and products.
Ok, I hope you can understand why I feel a need to say a big thanks and why I am very thankful for this project today~!
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:
Glass Beads
Jewelry findings
Lace & Trim
Adhesive Pearls

Sweet Stamps Easel Challenge

25 Oct

Hooray, it’s Tuesday!  That means what?

A new Sweet Stamps challenge.

This could possibly be my FAVORITE challenge!

Easel Card

I love making these cards.

The concept is to make the top of the card so it opens and stays propped up, like an easel.

I mounted my whole easel card on a larger card base and this is the inside of my card.

Lots of layers, lots of dimension to this card.

I simply adore the way it all came together.

I used the following stamps from Sweet

Rose & Leaf Bold

Thank You Fancy

Other Supplies from Sweet

Uncommon 6×6 Authentique Paper Pad

Cheery Lynn Designs Little Stackers

Misc. Supplies

Authentique Paper Noteables

We love for our friends to join in on our challenges, so head on over to Sweet Stamps blog and see what out Design Team members have come up with.

Remember every weeks challenge has a $20 gift certificate up for grabs for a lucky random participant!

This is a perfect way to try out the sweetest stamps out there!

Sweet Stamps!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Happy paper crafting, now go have some fun!!

Criss-Cross Card…Have you made one?

27 Sep


I saw this card pattern awhile ago and really wanted to try it.

I was very excited when I saw that our challenge this week was for this type of card!

For this Criss Cross card, I used this tutorial.

I was amazed at how easy it was to make.

For this card I used the following Sweet Stamps:

Triple Tulips


My paper is from Authentique Paper. I am convinced they might be the best paper company ever!  Be sure to see my tutorial HERE as to why I think this and HOW I made my paper border.



Have you ever just pierced your paper for a nice effect?

Pierce the holes and put some dimensional foam between the pierced paper and the layer underneath to show off the piercing.

Here is the card all put back together with the insert slightly lifted out, so you can see how this card works.

I encourage you to join our challenge here:

The Criss Cross card is amazingly simple and very satisfying to make.

You can win a $20.00 gift cert. to the Sweet Stamps store, so what are you waiting for???

This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s Sweet Stamps challenge card!






2nd Annual Paper Issues Blog Hop

16 Sep

I am so excited to be part of Paper Issues 2nd blog hop.  You will be treated to the best designers along the way.  We have all made some very fun things for you.

I have made a little card to follow our new theme,which starts today, called TREE HUGGER.

This hop which starts at 9am eastern, will run through Sunday the 18th 11:00pm eastern.

Also, the Paper Issues ETSY store is offering you a coupon code to use during the hop which will give you 25% off your order.

The coupon code for the Hop is HOP25.


A lot of us have RAK’s to give away.  There are 3 different groups.

Scrapbook/Art Journal hop starts at this link:

Altered Project Hop starts at this link:

and the Card Hop starts HERE!! (ME)

Without further ado, here is my card for you all!

I used this adorable Digital Stamp from Tiddly Inks called:

Tree Hugger

I used a mixture of papers, some from Pink Paislee, Authentique Paper, Doodlebug Inc. and Stampin’ Up!  cardstock.

This card was so fun to make.  All the bright colors just make me giddy!

I love how the tree goes over the top of the page.  I put little extra touches here and there, see if you can spot any!  Can you see my button flower, my bead flower and the bling?

Well since you are here on the first stop for the CARD HOP, it is only fair for you to be tempted by the RAK/BLOG CANDY I am offering.

We will announce all the winner’s on Monday the 19th, some time.

My RAK is all Authentique Paper goodies.  All the papers measure 6 x 6.

I have included a sampling of each and every line they currently offer!

Isn’t this a great way yo start your weekend?

To be eligible for MY RAK,

you must be a follower of my blog,

you must leave a comment

and you get an extra entry if you FRIEND me on Facebook!

That is up to 3 chances you have to win this RAK.

I will make sure the 2 required requirements have been met when drawing a winner.

Now, if you would be so kind to head on over to:

Bethany Crowell –

She is the next contestant on THE PAPER ISSUES HOP!! (Done in my best Bob Barker voice!)

If you get lost, here is the order of the card hop:

1. Jeannie DeGruccio –  (YOU ARE HERE!!!)

2. Bethany Crowell –

3. Corri Garza –

4. Cathy Dippolito –

5. Gretchen McElveen –

6. Diana Fisher –

7. Kristy Dalman –

8. Kelly Ratcliff-

9. Ruby McGuire –

10. Jess Mutty –

Sweet Stamps New Challenge = STITCHING

13 Sep


Today on Sweet Stamps blog our new challenge is starting.

The theme is = STITCHING (real or faux)

I never thought I would be one to use my machine on craft projects but I came to terms with this a while ago and now I love stitching on my paper crafts!

For this card what I did was to stamp the FORGET ME NOT stamp on an off-white piece of paper.

 Then I took that and followed the outline with a satin stitch on my machine.


Because the satin stitch is such a close-knit stitch, it served at piercing the entire heart out of the paper after I was done stitching.

The result was that I was left with the stitched outline of the heart, only.


I then re-stamped the image and attached the stitched frame and built around the frame with flowers.

Then I made the little tag with the HI stamp.

I can’t tell you how gorgeous this card turned out…the pictures don’t do it justice.


The FORGET ME NOT stamp was the perfect stamp for this method.

If you have ever thought about trying your hand at stitching, this is the perfect time to challenge yourself,

Here is the link to go check out this challenge.


Papers – Authentique Paper

Stamps – Sweet Stamps

Dies – Cheery Lynn Designs