Tag Archives: Uncommon

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.

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 Stamps.com

Rose & Leaf Bold

Thank You Fancy

Other Supplies from Sweet Stamps.com

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!!

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

Authentique Paper, a family affair!

4 Sep

I am a happy, happy & proud mom today!  Why?

You all know I love my hobby and I do dedicate a lot of time to doing what I love.  It is what makes me happy, makes me feel important and I truly love what I do.

I often find myself in my craft room surrounded by children who often want to do exactly what I am doing.

At times it is annoying but at times it is truly fulfilling.

Yesterday was such a day.

I had finished my Authentique Paper sketch challenge and had thought to get my kids in on it.

My 7 yo so, bailed, he just was too stressed about the sketch, being a literal child, he though he had to use the word TITLE in his page and just could not get beyond that!

My 12 yo daughter had a tough time getting started but I help her a little in the beginning and let her know she had to do it on her own, I could not TELL her what to do.

I cut out things on the Expression that she wanted and gave her some tips on adhesives, etc. let her have free rein at MY TABLE!!

Here is the Authentique Paper Sketch for the current challenge:

Well, I am so proud to show you my daughters very 1st layout EVER based on this sketch.  Meaning this is the first page she has ever made!

What do you think?

 She decided on using the BLISSFUL for her layout.

This is our dog..Tico Torres DeGruccio.  He is named after Bon Jovi’s drummer!

 The thing about my 12 you making this layout…she said to me when she was working on this, “I finally get why you can do this all day!”  I asked her what she meant and she said, “This is just so much fun!”  I told her, “I love you and I am so proud of you!” then we both giggled realizing we are both paper junkies!

She had so much fun with her layout, she made this card later in the evening.

She wanted to make sure I put this online also.

 This is a card from on of my Deena Ziegler kits that I hoard like a squirrel with food in the winter.

Now, I get to show you my Authentique Paper layout for the Sketch challenge.

I have used products from the line called UNCOMMON.

My younger children and I have a thing for pugs.  We adore them!

 When my youngest daughter and I took my oldest daughter to Utah to drop her off at BYU, my little one got a chance to meet a cute little pug named Coco.

 They instantly connected and I got some cute pictures of them

On the way home we found this adorable polka dot purse with a pug inside and of course could not say no.

The new toy pug is now of course named Coco, after the real Coco.

Thank you for visiting today.

Please get on over to the Authentique Paper blog and join our challenge!  There is a fun Paper Goodie pack from Authentique Paper that will go to one lucky winner, so now you have your incentive!  Get on over there and PLAY!!

Have a great rest of your Sunday!

 Once again here is the link to the challenge.


Uncommon Girly Things

31 Aug
This is my first post for Authentique, I am so excited!!
This is a duplicate of what is up on the Authentique Paper Blog.
I have a couple of things to share that I have created for my girls.
First Let me show you a scrapbook page I made for my 4 yo.
**Warning** – You will see a lot of her!

To create this page, I tried combining a lot of NON-traditional products with my Authentique Paper products.

As you can see I have used paper and products from the UNCOMMON line.

The jewels and trinkets are all from Beverly’s Fabric & Crafts.

The large “P” is a wood cutout that I covered with some of the Foundations paper from the Uncommon line.

The wand you see on the page was made by a real live princess,(my 4 yo)
so I had to make it part of this page for her.

I love all the layer and definition of this page, not to mention how much I love the color and style of everything in the Uncommon line.

Switching gears, but still staying with the Uncommon products, here is a bracelet and other things all made with some fun products I picked up at Beverly’s Fabric and Crafts.

Here is a necklace made from a small bottle cap.

Here is a closeup to see the detail.

Here’s what it looks like on.

I also made a pair of earrings to match the bracelet and necklace.

Here is the set(and my daughter too!).

She really liked all of the pieces.

Here is a close up of the bracelet on.

I love to make things that are useful and have a purpose.
I challenge you to get some of your favorite Authentique Paper and see what you can make with products that are not your usual scrap booking type supplies.
If you make something be sure to share it with all of us on our Facebook Page.
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with your Uncommon projects for the day.

What happens when Authentique Paper and Tally Scrapper collide?

17 Aug

When Authentique Paper and Tally Scrapper collide, you get ME creating cards for a Tally Scrapper Challenge with all Authentique Paper, of course!

I had to post these pictures.

When I am making things, my kids are always right there by my side.

They have learned to ask if certain papers and supplies are for a “COMPANY” because if so, that means Do Not Touch!

I was busy making a set of 4 card for a Challenge on my favorite scrap place, Tally Scrapper.com

My little one saw me working with these tiny beads and said she wanted to do one. Normally I would tell her, “No, it’s a mommy job”, but for some reason today, I said, “Ok, you can try.”

I was floored that she was able to thread that tiny glass(seed) bead on the thread.

After, the first one, she just kept wanting to help.

I told her to “point” to the bead she just did, can you see it?  The card we working on is card #3 in this post today.

Card #1

I should tell you the challenge I made these for on Tally Scrapper can be found here: http://www.tallyscrapper.com/scrapbook_gallery_challenge.php?category_id=2&challenge_id=1235

 For this card I used my Authentique Paper – Glowing Hours stamp.

It was hard to get a good image of this since the chandelier is stamped on a shiny silver paper.

I dangled beads from it to accentuate the stamp.

I added spots of clear glass beads and the flower is made from a really old piano book I had a duplicate of.

 Card #2

I had done a blog post about this one already.


I was going to gather the paper.  I did the basting stitch and loved how it looked all 3D, so I did not squish it down to complete the gathered look.

 Here is a close up of the rippled ribbon paper.

 That cute butterfly is from {ippity} Stamp’s, Thankful for You.

Card #3

I added a lot of little extras to this one.

 Some exquisite fibers from my sweet mom’s things…

Some lace I gathered and sewed on the front, corrugated paper and finished off with a custom flower.

 Card #4

This card is just delightful to me.  Those are the glass beads my princess was helping me with.

 That gorgeous butterfly is a Cheery Lynn Design die called, Exotic Butterfly Medium #2. The silver in the back is cut from coordinating Cheery Lynn Designs Die called: Medium #1 Angel Wing.  This die cuts the perfect background layer for the Cheery Lynn Designs Exotic Butterflies.

 I added some extra dangling beads to make the card really stand out.

Don’t you think this is beautiful?

Let me know what you think of all today’s cards.

Here they all are together.

UNCOMMON is such a wonderfully fun line to work with.

There you have it…my pretties for today!

I hope you have enjoyed today’s post as much as I enjoyed making these cards to show you all!

Have a great Thursday…more fun stuff tomorrow with Cheery Lynn Designs and Cord’inations Paper!  YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!