I've been hearing a lot about Authentique but hadn't been able to see it or play with it. So I was really delighted when I saw this challenge. I was even happier when I saw the paper. So very pretty. Paper Vineyard has 4 of their collections in the store. I'll be grabbing up more from the Blissful line as well as lots of papers from the Uncommon line. They've also got Journey & Glowing. And if those papers aren't enough to entice you into the store - EVERYTHING is 25% off thru the end of the month!
In addition to using the Authentique papers we were to highlight our favorite tool. I'm so bad at following directions. *sigh* I couldn't choose just one tool. I'm a total tool geek & believe that tools should make your crafting time faster & easier. I NEVER seem to create anything without my Fiskars 6" trimmer, Zip Dry adhesive & Tweezer Bee tweezers. And more often than not you'll also find Spellbinders Dies on my projects. All of these tools do just that for me.
Here's the card I created for the challenge. I had a Core'dinations card base (love those too!) that perfectly matched the Blissful line. I distressed the edge of my patterned paper and stitched a strip of matching patterned paper near the top. Some dark grey grosgrain (love how the stitching around the card is mimicked with the saddle stitch on it) under a die cut, embossed and sanded Picot Edge Circle. I added a few more Spellbinder die cut & embossed circles on top of it with a stamped message. I kept this one non-theme specific so I can use it for any number of occasions.