Vintage Charm

Hi everyone! Today I have some adorable “vintagy” paper crafts, that have lots of 3-D elements, for you to swoon over.

The first is a vintage clock that Debbie made using the Tim Holtz’s Assemblage Clock and she customized the color by applying Rustic Lodge Alcohol Inks and a cosmetic sponge. The clock is designed to come apart, which made it easy for Debbie to embellish with Homeward Bound papers and Embellies. She included her own 3″ tall sepia family photo, Rosette Spice Flowers, Cream Crepe Ribbon as well as Copper Jewel Border Dazzles™, Travel Vinyl Tags, Artsy Collage™ Travel Paper Art and Artsy Additions Travel Charms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think this clock would work equally well with a contemporary theme and color photos. What a great Mother’s Day/Father’s Day gift!

This card features the very versatile Circle Vine Cutting Die by KaiserCraft. I cut two circle vines from green Picket Fence paper and inked the edges with brown ink. I layered the circles on a card covered with striped Picket Fence paper with the border along the bottom edge. I used Zots™ to secure the lavender rose, leaves and purple bow from Picket Fence Ribbon Set. The postage stamps and tiny flowers are from Picket Fence Paper Tole and I used foam tape to give them a little lift.

 

I used Zots™ to secure 2 small acetate butterflies among the flowers and “Sending Warm Thoughts” and tiny butterfly Inside/Outside Greeting Dazzles™ stickers on the card, overlapping the circle vines die cuts, as shown.

I also added Mixed Berry Sequins to the lavender rose, tole flower centers and randomly placed them on the card. To adhere, I simply drug an individual sequin across the glue stick surface. I find this is just the right amount of glue to keep them in place.

 

 

That’s all for today. Hope you enjoyed some 3-D inspiration. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Shake It Up!

Hello everyone, today we will be taking a look at cards designed with pure joy in mind…Shaker Cards! Fun to send for birthdays and any time someone needs a giggle.

Take a look at this adorable gumball shaker card that Debbie made. It was inspired by her granddaughter and she even filled it with candy! Debbie covered the card with The Sweet Life Paper Pack & used Pink Hearts Holographic Paper on the inside. She used Shaped Shaker Small Circles cutting die set to cut the star shapes and the round hole for the self-adhesive Shaker Small Circles Inserts. She stamped the gumball machine images using Sweet Treats Shaker Clear Stamp Set glued to the card front.

Card inside: Back Shaker Small Circle Inserts with paper and glue to the card inside.

This next card has a mini shaker feature that you can easily make using 8 circle cutting dies and embellish with Dazzles™ stickers.

I used Botanical Frames Paper Pack and Scrapbooking Dazzles™ stickers to create the card, coloring the white cardstock backed Dazzles™ stickers with Tones Spectrum Noir Illustrator pen set (my favorite).

To create the mini shaker portion of the card I cut white craft foam 2 3/8″x2 1/4″ and Botanical Frames striped paper to the same size. Placing the paper on the foam (but not gluing) I ran both through a die cutting machine, cutting a 1 7/8″ wide circle in both the paper and foam.

Cut a piece of acetate to the same 2 3/8″x2 1/4″ size and glue to one side of the craft foam (using glue stick). Make sure the area around the circle is glued down snugly to prevent losing the sequins.

 

Cut green paper to 2 5/8″x2 3/8″ and glue to the front of the card. Place a pinch of Grandma’s Roses Sequins on the center and glue the die cut foam rectangle over the top (foam side down and paper side up). Embellish the acetate widow with a Dazzles™ sticker (I used Botanical Frames Dazzles™ Scrapbooking Stickers).

Here is a quick little video for the mini shaker card:

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Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

 

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Birds & Bunnies

Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you some projects to get you thinking about spring and Easter! I’m wondering if any of you like to add touches of spring to your home decor like I do? I don’t go all out, like I do for Christmas, but a few accessories here and there can help to chase the gloomy rainy days away (if you live in the Pacific NW).

I made this sweet wood birdhouse by painting the base and edges with Gold Cosmic Shimmer paint and then covering the walls using Song Birds Paper Pack and Song Birds Foil Paper Tole. Fortunately, the bird house comes in pieces and can easily be put together by connecting notches with a little Craft Tacky glue. So easy to do!

 

After the sides of the house were complete, I placed the Rose Stencil on a piece of the roof and used a mini squeegee to apply white embossing paste. After cleaning the stencil I repeated the process on the other roof piece.

 

Let the embossing paste dry thoroughly (several hours) and paint both roof pieces with gold Cosmic Shimmer paint. After the paint dries I used an art dauber to apply brown StazOn® ink to give an antique finish.

After gluing the roof pieces to the house top, add the finishing touches of Chocolate Chip Vintage Lace Tape, blue buttons,  a pink rose and brown grosgrain ribbon to make a bow.

This Easter card just makes me happy!  The Easter Blessings stamp set from Art Impressions is adorable! How can you not fall in love with frolicking bunnies? After stamping with black Momento ink on white cardstock, I used Pastel Spectrum Noir pens to color the images.

The torn Painted Lace papers work well for whimsical grass and sky and I tucked delicate Easter eggs (3 Easter Eggs Cutting Die) behind the torn edges. Finish with a pink grosgrain ribbon, from Painted Lace Ribbon Set, to make a bow.

Don’t forget to stop by our Weekly Webisodes, Wednesday 15th, and join Paulette and Gail for more Easter crafts!

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Embossed Bouquet & PopCard Elephant

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This sweet pink & green card features the NEW Paisley Bouquet stamp set from Joy Clair. The images are very detailed so I used Black Super Fine Embossing Powder which is perfect for this type of stamp. After I cut out my  images  I colored them with Spectrum Noir Illustrator Tones Set and added details like black Jute Twine and Black Jewel Dazzles™ stickers for a little sparkle. And I don’t want to forget to mention that I used Layered Labels Design Tool Kit #10 to make the shaped card flap.

 

 

Over the past 8 weeks I have had several readers comment that they are having issues with heat embossing.  I was going to film a quick little video in the hope that it would clear up some of their issues. Then I remembered that I had recently filmed an update on heat embossing for our Stamping 101 videos. Take a look and I hope this helps.

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Next up is an elephant Popcard and Popcard Template Cutting Die from Art Impressions! This card has an adorable paper engineering surprise inside. I used Hopscotch Paper Pack, 8 Circles and Scallops Cutting Dies, Cool Greys, Reds, Yellow and Turquoise Spectrum Noir Pens and (sneak peak) Happy Birthday Greetings Dazzles™ stickers available this spring.

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This card was so fun to make and I encourage you to give it a try. I have even included a quick little video to help you get a better look.

On Wednesday, March 8, Paper Wishes own Gail Booth will be on HSN, featuring some must have Paper Wishes products. Click here and select Wednesday’s schedule to check out the schedule so you don’t miss a thing. Have a great day and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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