Tag Archives: Free Bird

Gel A Tins Wild Things Botanical Card

15 Mar

I have a beauty for you today.  Plus I have an idea for you try out while we are at it!


But for my card I turned it and used the sketch this way.

What I did first was to get all my supplies out to stamp on a piece of twill tape.

I just regular stamping ink in a dark color and randomly stamped the twill tape.

Since I was using the sketch, I cut all my papers and figured out what would go where, before I decided where to stamp on the papers.

Here I have all my papers stamped and I’m ready to assemble my card.

Here is the finished card.

The white part of the card is more of a cream color, I had a hard time getting the lighting right today! Sorry!

I just love this set.  There is so much you can do with this.  The images are all just gorgeous.

If you like my color and paper palette, I have Authentique Paper to thanks for that.  I am using their line called Free Bird Comfort & Familiar.

I will be entering this in Mojo Monday’s Challenge # 232.

I hope you enjoyed my idea, this would also work on certain ribbons, so I would love to hear if you try this out!  Let me know.

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


Authentique Paper March Sketch Challenge

3 Mar

It is that time again. What time?  Time to get on over to Authentique Paper’s blog and check out or sketch challenges and join us.

Why? Because they are fabulous sketches and you have the chance to win a paper pack from Authentique Paper?

Do you need any other reasons?  I thought not!

Here is the sketch I followed.

Here is what I came up with.

I had a blast with this sketch.  What do you think of those ONSIES?

They are courtesy of Jessica Weible Illustrations.

They are a digital stamp called String of Onsies.

Digital stamps are so much fun to work with.

I thought the onsies looked adorable in different papers from Free Bird, Blush & Delight collection.

I hope you have time to head on over to Authentique Paper’s blog and see what the other, wonderfully talented, design team members have come up with.

Be sure and join us on this challenge, you can’t go wrong, the sketches are really awesome designs!

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Gel-à-tins & Authentique Paper = Fabulous

15 Dec

Today I am using the set called Christmas Wreath.

To start out what I did was to very faintly stamp the wreath onto white paper.

I only wanted the shape and did not care about the image showing up too much.

Next, I pretty much made a mess with paint, again I only wanted the shape and was not too concerned with how it looked at this point.

I added some sparkle to the paint in case any or the painted wreath showed through in my final product.

I also die cut a couple of different sized leaves in different papers and die cut little pears also.

Then I took the 2 smaller stamps from the stamp set and stamped each leaf.

After I stamped them I ran them through a paper crimper a couple of times to distress them.

After that was done, I adhered them to the wreath background, creating a 3-d wreath.

I added some fibers and embellishments and embossed the saying in black on the card front.

Ahhh, I could just stare at this for hours I think the colors are so gorgeous and relaxing!

All of the decorative papers are from Authentique Paper’s Free Bird – COMFORT series.

The decorative corners are from Authentique Paper’s – Wonder Headlines.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I came up with this design.

I am just loving playing with these stamps and know you will love them too!

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

I have entered this card into Embellish.com’s color chalenge.


Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2011 {Day Three}

5 Nov

Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!

If you are here, you are almost done!  I sure hope you have gotten some great ideas the past 2 days!

We are on day 3  Here is the complete list for today’s blog hop.

Nov 6
Clearsnap – http://clearsnap.blogspot.com
Spellbinders  http://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/Community/Blog.aspx
Hampton Art – http://blog.hamptonart.com/
Zutter – http://binditall.blogspot.com/
Graphic45 – http://g45papers.typepad.com/
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
The Twinery – http://www.thetwineryblog.com/
Authentique Paper – http://authentiquepaper.blogspot.com/
Glue Arts – http://gluearts.blogspot.com/

Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap http://sabrinaalery.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison – Graphic 45 http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
Karen Taylor – Donna Salazar Designs – http://creativeyearnings.blogspot.com/

Beverly Sizemore – Hampton Art  http://bevscreativepath.blogspot.com/
Kazan Clark  – Spellbinders http://nunutoolies.blogspot.com/
Janeen Shember – Authentique Paper  http://suburbngypsy.blogspot.com/
Charlotte Jenkins – Clearsnap http://suepup.blogspot.com/
Grace Hester – The Twinery http://gracehester.typepad.com/
Nicole Eccles – Graphic45 –  http://nicoleeccles.blogspot.com/
Audrey Pettit – Donna Salazar Designs – http://audreypettit.wordpress.com/
Nan Paturzo – Zutter  – http://scrappynan.blogspot.com/
********  YOU ARE HERE*****   Jeannie DeGruccio – Authentique Paper  https://polkacabana.wordpress.com/
Tamara Tripodi – Glue Arts –  http://happylifecraftywife.com/
Julie Ranae Murray- The Twinery –  http://juliesopenwindow.blogspot.com/

If you are hopping along with us today: You should have come here from Nan Paturzo – Zutter http://scrappynan.blogspot.com/.

If you did, you are in the right place!

If you aren’t already a follower, we’d love to have you follow the blog!

We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season.
Now because I am one of the designers for Authentique Paper, I want to be sure you know about the giveaway on the Authentique Paper blog.
How does one of the 6×6 Bundles from EACH of our current 7 collections sound?
We’ll even throw in a few other Authentique Paper goodies as well!
{Note: Due to low stock because of the popularity of some of our collections,
we may need to substitute one or more of the 6×6 bundles shown above with a 6×6 Nest from the Free Bird Series at the time of shipment.}

Final details:
Leave a comment on each blog along the hop to be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors (including this great prize pack shown above)! The winners will be chosen randomly from all comments on the manufacturer blogs AND the designer blogs.
{Authentique Paper winner must have a US/Canada address.}Blog comments close on Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM {PST}.


Let’s move on to the Handmade Holiday Project I have made today.
I cut 6 pieces of paper 2 each at the following lengths: 4″ x 4″, 3″ x 3″ and 2″ x 2″. For each square size be sure to use 2 different patterns for each square.

I then needed to cut each square in 1/2″ strips.  I used my Cheery Lynn Designs called Wittle Wicker to save time and get perfect cuts.

I used some removable tape to keep the paper from moving while I cut the strips.

Here you can see all my strips cut and ready to go.

Nest I need to pierce a hole through all the strips on both ends about 1/4″ from the ends.

Here are the pins I am going to use for my projects.

This one pin has a little cap on it, but I need to take it off to start.

I have alternated my paper patterns on the pin, starting with the smallest length first.

This was kind of hard to take a picture of but after you have gotten all the strips for your smallest length on the pin, you need to attach the other end of the strips on the pin.  You need to start with the strip that you first put on and them keep putting the strips on in the order you placed them on the pin to begin with.

Here is what your ball will look like after you get the 1st set of strips on.

You will want to attach a rubber stopper to keep these strips in place.

Repeat the process 2 more times with the other lengths of paper.

Once all the layers are on that you want, you may embellish are desired.

Here are some pictures of my finished ornaments.  Bear with me, the day I got these done and took pictures, my camera died.  In my frenzy to hurry and try to find my battery charger, I left these outside and it started to rain!  Not so great for paper ornaments!!

The ornaments looked great on day 1.  But after their shower, their photo shoot on day 2 left my ornaments looking a little tired, oops!!

I took a bunch of pictures so hopefully you can see that they really are beautiful.

This is such a great idea for you to make with your kids.  Older ones since they are made with pins.

Authentique Paper has a color palette for anyone so chances are you will be able to please anyone on your Christmas list with these ornaments.

I personally love the layered ones since they are so colorful and pleasing.

Here they are, one final look!

I hope you are picking up some great ideas along the hop.

You have a couple more stops…be sure to head on over to

Tamara Tripodi – Glue Arts http://happylifecraftywife.com/

Thank you for stopping by and HAPPY HOPPING, you are almost to the end! Give yourself a pat on the back!

Fall Decor with Cheery Lynn Designs

7 Oct
Today I have such a fun project to share with you.  This is my first post with Cheery Lynn Designs with the new team members we have added!
I have made some cards for the upcoming seasons, but this is my first home decoration.
These letters, believe it or not are made out of paper.  My kids thought they were wood, but nope they are paper.
The patterns are from SVG CUTS.
I have used lots of dies to create the fall scenes on each letter.
For the letters “F” and “A”, I used the following dies: Tropical Flourish, Sweet Williams, Dimensional Small Leaves 2, Grass Border, Hearts 1 and Scare Me.
On the 2 “L’s” I used the following dies: Sweet WilliamsDimensional Small Leaves 2Grass BorderHearts 1Scare Me and Tractor and Corn.
Here is a closer look at the letters.
The insides of the letters are hollow, so I put beans on the inside to weight them down.
 This was such a fun project to make.
It is very fulfilling to think what I can make with these dies and I love to use them in ways you might not think of.  Such as using the Hearts 1 for my pumpkins and apples.
I hope I have inspired you to start thinking of Fall decor and all the fun holidays coming up.
This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post.
Dies used today:
Mushroom Stickers – EK Success
Extremely AWESOME Resin Mushroom – Jamie Severtson Dougherty

Elegant card with Authentique Paper & Stamps

3 Oct
Today’s card is made from all the patterns and papers from the Free Bird series called BLUSH.
I have mentioned before how to utilize both side of Authentique Papers and want to remind you that the Free Bird series, is a breeze to separate the 2 side from each other.
All my layered strips are just 1 ply of the paper.
One again I have a final product that almost looks like I made it with fabric.
The BLUSH from the Free Bird series was a perfect complement to the chandelier in the Authentique Paper set called Glowing Hours.
The phrase “Today is your day” is a NOTEABLE from the UNCOMMON line.
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s card.
Supplies used:
Cardstock : White & Black – American Crafts
Ink: Stampin’ Up!
Rhinestone Flower: Prima
Misc: Ribbon, trim & thread.

Authentique Paper “Secret Qualities”

25 Sep
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:
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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