Friday, April 12, 2013

Authentique/Taylored Expressions Project Inspiration Blog Hop - Day 2


Hi Everyone!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Authentique-Taylored Expressions Blog Hop! Woohoo! If you are coming here from Kay Fatula's wonderful blog then you are in the right place, or you can start at the beginning of today's hop at Taylor's blog! I am so excited that the Baker's Dozen DT is teaming up with the Authentique DT to showcase the wonderful papers from Aunthentique and its perfect fit with all of the awesome TE stamps and dies!

Some of you might know that I love to check out garage sales on the weekend - there is something so exciting about seeing possibilities in pieces and then transforming them into something else. Recently, I found this cork board piece for a $1 at a garage sale - HOW could I pass that deal up?! I love all the fun designs and colors from Authentique - so much fun - I love that they have both 12x12 paper sizes for projects like this one as well as 6x6 paper pads for smaller projects like cards. For this project I thought it would be fun to use the large 12x12 gorgeous papers with some Mod Podge to cover up this cork board:

I saw so much possibility of altering this with all the lovely papers of the Strong Collection from Aunthentique and decided to make it for a very special friend of mine to keep near her desk so she can stay organized with her to-do list :) Here is what my finished project looks like:


I love this sentiment from Henry David Thoreau from the New Beginnings stamp set: "Go Confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the Life you've imagined." It always breathes new life into me when I read this sentiment - there are so many things that I want to do in this precious life and reading this quote always makes me feel like there is no place for self-doubt or fear - sometimes you've just got to move forward (however small the step) towards your dreams, your big goals and your passion. I cut out this lovely sentiment and created a mat using the Labels Stacklets 3 and then added some pearls to the side of the sentiment:

I love the hints of blue in this collection (from navy to this beautiful turquoise color) and so I primed the entire piece and then painted it bluish turquoise with some craft acrylic paint. I measured out the arc area and then cut that out with some Choice Buttercream cardstock. On to this I sponged some clouds using the Cloud Border Die and then using the Birds and Branch Dies (set of 5) I die cut the branches from Authentique's Strong collection and then die cut it again with some different DP from the same collection for the leaves. 

I love these papers in this collection - they are so versatile - which makes it fun to use with all of Taylor's dies to create this project! The sun and clouds were also die cut from the same collection using the Sunny Days with Coordinating Dies and the butterfly is a die cut using the Flutter-bys die set. I added sweet little bird on the branch from the Tweet Hearts stamp set - here is a closer picture of the image part of cork board:

Project Ingredients:
Stamps: New Beginnings stamp set for the sentiment and bird on the branch is from the  Tweet Hearts stamp set from Taylored Expressions
Papers: Strong Collection from Authentique
Accessories: Corkboard, liquid pearls, Best Glue Ever, Mod Podge, bling, pearls, and dimensionals

The original cork board had a lots of holes in it - so I decided to take a larger section form the 12x12 papers in this collection and then adhered it to the cork board - great fun way to cover up some broken cork :)  Just for fun, I wrote a note to remind me to " Buy some stamps" :) HAHAHA - never need a reminder for that though!

I had lots of fun creating this project and the only hard part was deciding which of these beautiful papers and stamps to choose from :) Speaking of fun, Taylored Expressions is offering a 10% coupon code (TENOFFDIES) for dies during the hop that is good for ALL of the dies in the TE store that is good from now through April 19!

AND there is also an
Authentique/Taylored Expressions prize pack GIVEAWAY for one lucky commentator from ALL the blogs on the hop yesterday and today! Here is the blog roll from yesterday and today to check out and leave comments - please hop along with me and check out these amazing designers and their gorgeous creations!

Day 1- April 11th

Day 1- April 12th


Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

60 comments:

Buffy Esser said...

Oh this is such a lovely idea and it turned out beautiful I am sure you friend will love it! I love the colors you used and the sentiment is beautiful!

Audrey Pettit said...

Soo creative and so fun!

Jennifer Shults said...

Wow Sankari! This is amazing. I love to see you transform things like this... you are so crazy talented. WOW!

rush said...

nice project! thank you for sharing.

Sarah Biswabic said...

Your board turned out so adorable!
Love it! bbiswabic@new.rr.com

Beastybunny said...

Fantastic project! Love the papers you chose! Just perfection!

sharon g said...

That is amazing. I would have just thrown it away without thinking of re-doing it. It is SO springy and cute!!!

Cindi Flass said...

Wow! What a difference. It's amazing how beautiful you can make things. I love the colors and papers. Great scene on the top.

Linda Irwin said...

Your vision of turning something dull to wow is an inspiration.

Linda Irwin said...

Your vision to turn something dull into WOW is an inspiration.

Linda Irwin said...

Great inspiration to turning a dull thing into a WOW thing.

Wanda G (stampcat) said...

Wow, you had such a vision with that old corkboard, and you turned it into a fabulous project! Such a neat idea, Sankari, and perfectly done. I'm sure your friend will love it. :-)

Miriam Prantner said...

Gorgeous! Loving the turquoise and the adorable scene you created. I love this!

Sherrene Higgins said...

I adore your fantastic cork board. I am sure your friend will love it. What a fantastic idea to sponge the clouds with the border cloud die. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

Denise Bryant said...

Great project! I'm amazed at the dimension you created on this piece. I just love it! Great use of the fun dies and beautiful papers!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Fabulous, Sankari! What an amazing transformation and now you have a gorgeous piece for your lucky friend!

Mary Mac said...

This has to be on of my favories and would be perfect for my niece.

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Holy moly, Sankari!!! This is absolutely STUNNING. Love that quote, too! Here's to moving forward. :)

Tinkertaylor said...

What a transformation...lucky friend to receive this beautiful gift.

Shaughn Woodruff said...

WOW! What an amazing project, turned out fabulous! Your friend is sure to love it! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent!

Marcia said...

What a sweet project.

Kathleen White said...

This project reminds me of an old time radio. What fun!!

Laraine R said...

Gorgeous! So creative!

Natalie said...

Too funny (buy more stamps!! ha!), what a fun project and you've created a masterpiece, love it!!

Sheryl said...

Absolutely stunning!! I love the dimensional scene at the top. This is so cool!

Rosemary said...

Dang!! That is the cutest corkboard I have ever seen!

Nancy said...

What a great project!

Beatrice Lawson said...

Your friend is so lucky! I am sure she will love seeing this on her desk! Love the sentiment stamp best, it is a lovely quote.

Tonya said...

Very Cute I love it!

SuZeQ said...

GREAT recycling ... thanks for the ideas.
kosec@sbcglobal.net

Susan De Abate said...

Love to see re-purpose stuff. This is awesome. The colors are wonderful.

Shannon White said...

WOWIE!!! This is Absolutely Gorgeous Sankari!! Love the Sweet Scene you've created!! Such a Big and Wonderful transformation for the cork board! 8-) Your Friend is SOOO Lucky to have you in her Life, She will LOVE this!! (Anyone would!! ) Just Love every Sweet Sunny Detail Lady! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

Shannon White said...

WOWIE!!! This is Absolutely Gorgeous Sankari!! Love the Sweet Scene you've created!! Such a Big and Wonderful transformation for the cork board! 8-) Your Friend is SOOO Lucky to have you in her Life, She will LOVE this!! (Anyone would!! ) Just Love every Sweet Sunny Detail Lady! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

Carla said...

Great looking board.
So creative!
Carla from Utah

Jill Blanchett said...

Your work is always so inspiring! Beautiful and creative as always. Do I hop around some more or go down to my stamp cave and get creating?? Decisions, decisions.

pam said...

amazing! keep up the good work

Melissa Milby said...

Such a beautiful and inspirational card!

Rosy Newlun said...

Now this is one brilliant idea - to refurbish a cork board and to cover an older broken cork!!!!

Sue D said...

Wonderful idea to alter this and it turned out so cute!

keeleykats said...

Fabulous project, your attention to detail is amazing! Great sentiment for a message board.

C Brown said...

Such a cute memo board!

Paula Fuller said...

A wonderful gift idea. You are so talented.

JPScraps said...

Beautiful project! Fun and functional.

Elena C said...

What a great project...great as a gift too!!! I really like the colors and the little bird is perfect!!!

Natasha G.P. said...

The bird and butterfly look is very pretty. Nice job.

Crafty Aunt Dee said...

That was a dollar well spent. Faulous altered project that looks so expensive with all the wonderful Authentic papers. Great job.

Rea' said...

What a wonderful gift ( love those thrift store finds too!)... like how you used the Strong Collection and I so love the sentiment; those label stacklets are awesome!

Iris said...

Great looking project. Iris

Davi said...

Awesome job on the makeover!! The pretty dps with the aqua really are beutiful and the sweet scene in the top is darling! Your friend will be delighted with her new board :)

Stephanie said...

WOW, what a transformation! So Cute!

Lynne in NI said...

Oh WOW, what a fabulous gift for your friend! TFS :)

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

WOW!!! I LOVE this! I never look at things and think how to change them to fit my style, so cool! I love the papers and the sentiment is awesome! beautiful work!

Heather (goldiecar) said...

I simply adore how you altered the corkboard!!! Amazing project. Heather, Authentique DT

JessicaK said...

All that loveliness started from a corkboard - amazing! Beautiful piece from start to finish. I love all the tiny pieces that fit together so perfectly.

Teresa said...

Great project and gift idea! t.igo

Trisha said...

So hard to believe that your beautiful memo board started as a dollar garage sale find. Great job.

Marsha J Reed said...

Love the memo board. Now I need the die as I just got an idea for a project. Can't wait to get started.

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

What beautiful creations!!! Very well done!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Huggies ~
Sharron♥

mtscrapgal said...

How clever of you to take someone's cast-off and turn it into a treasure for your friend. I love the papers and dies you used.It's a stunning project. Thanks

Amy#8546(TheTigersHaven) said...

What a great idea!!! They are so pretty and useful. I love it!!!