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

Hello everyone some of you may have received an incomplete blog post last Friday. Oops! The web guys have added extra steps to prevent future oopsies. Be sure to take a look at the bottom of the blog because you may have missed out on something.


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.




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.


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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Pop Up & Watercolor Cards

Hello friends, today’s blog features cards that don’t take long to make and offer a BIG impact.

This sweet bird card was quick and easy to make thanks to the Stampendous Pop Up Stages Die Set,  Song Birds Paper Pack and Ribbon Set. The Song Birds Stamp Set offered the perfect greeting.

Stampendous has a great video on how to use the dies. Click here to view.

For the inside I used Song Birds Foil Paper Tole which helped speed things up because I didn’t have to create the pop up images. Notice that I stamped along the bottom using Song Birds Stamp Set.




This next card features a simple watercolor stamping technique. This look is really on trend, but I think it can intimidate some people so I made a quick little video to demonstrate just how simple it is.




This techniques works best with stamps that don’t have a lot of detail. I used Bejeweled Stamp from Penny Black, which is a cling rubber stamp and you will need a large 4″x6″ acrylic block. For coloring I used Spectrum Noir Aqua Essentials pens which have both a fine tip and brush tip. I love this brush tip and it’s perfect for the watercolor technique!


You can use cardstock for this technique, but I find that it warps slightly when wet. I chose watercolor paper and a Spritzer filled with water. Finally, I stamped a greeting using Special Thoughts stamps set and black Memento Ink. I selected Charming Paper Pack for the background papers and added a little natural jute twine to keep with the garden theme.

Then I simply colored the stems, leaves and blossoms using the Aqua pens, spritzed with water and stamped my watercolor image. It’s that simple!



If you’re intimidated by coloring directly on to your stamps, you will be amazed at how easy this technique is to recreate, check out this little video.


Thanks for stopping by and checking out what Paper Wishes has to share. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig


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Paper Crafting Galore!

Hello friends! This week I have so much so show you so let’s get right to it!

When Ellison’s Mini Album cutting die landed on my desk this week I was immediately impressed with all of the fun elements and details that came with this die collection. I thought with this one die set you could easily make a series of mini albums for someone living far away with no fuss or muss.


Bethany saw this Tea Light Box Cutting Die project at the Spellbinders booth at the Creativation show last month. She thought I would LOVE it and she was right!

How amazing to make your own seasonal tea light holders or little gift boxes! And for weddings! I bought over 100 tea light holders for my wedding. I wish I would have had this die!

I would recommend using a battery-operated candle. The box is paper, after all.



New Spectrum Noir Pens are here! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them so I used the Nature set with the Sunny Vase Stamp, Sunny Vase Die, Painted Lace Paper Pack and Jute Twine. Don’t forget to add foam tape to give some lift to the top flower.

I colored the blossom center with RB4 & RB2 brown pens and the petals with RB2 brown, BO4 orange and GY4 golden yellow.

After coloring the vase with AB1 & AG1 pens, I wanted the vase to shine so I added drops of Crystal Lacquer to the teardrop pattern.

Crystal Lacquer has been around for years and it’s a great way to add some clear dimension to your projects. Just remember never shake the bottle or you will get air bubbles!

If you are new to cardmaking or even if you’re experienced, consider dropping by our newly updated Cardmaking 101 site. There are lots of quick videos to help you get started or to review a technique.

Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Designer Challenge!

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! To celebrate the day we are having a Designer Challenge, featuring my fellow Paper Wishes Design Team members Susan, Gail and Debbie! The 4 of us have been working together for years, each bringing something different to the team. I proposed that all of us use the same materials to create the card of our choice to highlight our own unique styles.

We were each given the same components from Little Birdies Artful Card Kit and Ribbon Set as well as a variety of Jewel Dazzles™ and Jewel Border Dazzles™ in Black, Red, Gold and Lime. Both Red and Gold Stickles Glitter Glue were also available.

I love what Susan did with her card! It’s so pretty and feminine. Here is what Susan said about her card:

“I chose to do a simple cutaway-style card, created by trimming off 1″ from the opening edge of the card front. Visually, the contrasting paper on the inside becomes part of the card front. I featured the pretty border of the light pink paper near the cutaway edge which draws the eye to it, and placed the large love birds oval die cut so it overlaps the edge of the front and the darker pink paper on the inside.”








Debbie’s card is a real show stopper! Our die-cut easel cards don’t take long to make and I always think they look so cute on display. Here is what Debbie had to say about her card:

“The heart shapes on this Artful Card Kit immediately made me think of the Triple Heart Easel Die-Cut Card. It really made for a quick and easy card! Just make sure to fold the flap for each heart really well so they stay in place when standing.”

Gail’s beautiful cutaway/easel card would make a cherished Valentine for anyone! I love the knotted ribbon border! Here is what Gail said about her card:

“I love this combination cutaway/easel card, because the greeting can be seen even when the card is open and on display! The variety of die-cut sizes make them perfect for this style of card. Open your card and cut 1/2″ from the bottom edge of the front panel, then cut 2 1/4″ from the left side, just up to the fold. Cover the front and inside with your papers, then score across the center of the front panel and mountain fold to make your easel. Then just foam tape your die-cuts in place. Be sure to only attach the large heart onto the bottom half of your front card panel, so it will still mountain fold, and use a foam taped die-cut on the inside to prop up our easel. I loved threading the knotted ribbons through the heart frame. So fun!”

Finally, here is my contribution. I kept it pretty simple, making a border from the rose die-cuts and foam taping the center roses to add some lift. I separated red heart with birds from its pink frame heart and placed the black/gold border between them. I coordinated the bow with the lime green paper on the card bottom so things looked pulled together and I had to get some glitter glue in there so I put it on the flower centers and border.

If you love Artful Card Kits as much as our design team does, then you will be excited to know that Paper Wishes has 2 NEW kits coming in March: Romantic Butterflies & Watercolor Butterflies. Click here to check out all of our Artful Card Kits. I’m sure you’ll find one that is just right for you.









With all of the stress and disharmony in the world today, Paper Wishes wants to promote KINDNESS. We think one way to do this is by sending good wishes and being little kinder on a daily basis. February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day and we support that! An extra “Thank You” and a smile can go a long way. To help you spread kindness we are including a FREE download today and encourage you to share the love and brighten someone’s day with a card.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out what Paper Wishes has to share. Happy Valentine’s Day and remember to share love and kindness with others. It will make others feel great and simply make you a happier human being. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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A Touch Of Spring

Hello Everyone! When I walked onto my back porch this morning there were actually buds on some of the flowering plants in my yard! (Nevermind that there is snow forecast for tomorrow!) This little glimpse of spring inspired the cards for today’s blog.

Over the past few weeks, the cards I have shown you are pretty strong on both texture and sparkle. I think both techniques are easy ways to give a handmade card a little something extra. Adding texture and dimension to a card can be as easy as adding a bow or using foam tape to give lift to a cut-out image. And sparkle? Well, it’s fun and whimsical, but also highlights those little details that you worked hard to achieve and they should be noticed, right?

The moment I saw the Lilac die set from Dee’s Distinctively Dies I just knew I would curl the flower petals to look like the Lilac bush in my  garden. I chose Picket Fence Paper Pack because of the beautiful colors and garden theme. I used a large stylus tool and, of all things, the back of my foam mouse pad, to achieve this look. Just a little rub on each petal makes them round. After assembling the blossoms I glued iridescent sequins to the center of many flowers to add some sparkle! I paired the lilac blossoms with Dee’s Calla Lily Leaf die, cut from green text paper, and brown cardstock for the veins.

On Wednesday, February 8 be sure to stop by our Weekly Webisodes and see more great cutting die projects with Paulette and Gail.







If you haven’t had the chance to play with the Watercolor Roses Stamp Set  I encourage you to give it a try right away! These large rose images are so versatile and fun to use. You can color them with pencils or Spectrum Noir Pens or traditional  watercolors.  I wanted to try something different and thought Fuchsia and Tangerine Color Burst powders would provide the vibrant color and Rich Gold Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder would provide the sparkle I was looking for.  You don’t need to know anything about watercolor painting to get this look and to prove it I made a little video to demonstrate just how easy it is. (Check it out below.)










I gold embossed the triple rose image onto watercolor paper and used a watercolor paintbrush and clear water to wet each rose petal. Then add the Color Burst powders, each mixed with water. Next, I added diluted gold Pixie Powder to the petals edges. Because the petal was wet before I painted on the color, the color will bleed, but only within the wet petal area. When I add the gold color, those 2 colors bleed/blend together, like magic! The key is to keep your brush very wet. I painted the leaves with water then Olive Green Color Burst and water, then went back over the center of each leaf to darken it.


Of course, I had to add a little dimension with half pearls from Just Peach Embellishment Bottle, gold crepe ribbon and Gold Jewel Border Dazzles™ along the borders between the green and pink dot Colorists Papers.


Are you new to stamping? Or have to done it FOREVER and want to get your friends involved? Well, recently we updated our 101 sites (Scrapbooking 101, Cardmaking 101 and Stamping 101) and they are filled with more of my short little how to videos. They can be found on the bottom of the Paper Wishes home page or you can click here to visit Stamping 101.

Thanks for stopping by and loving cardmaking right along with me. Have a wonderful week and please feel free to leave a comment. I LOVE to hear from you. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Cutting Die & Stamp Sets, The Best Of Both Worlds

Hi Everyone, winter is in full bloom and the days can seem long and dark.  I was inspired by one of our readers, Linda, who wrote about January being her time to  “craft, organize, journal, do things that rejuvenate me and my spirit.” I LOVE that way of thinking and have decided to take it right into February! I’m taking advantage of the quieter days at our house and using the new Spellbinders Owl and Koi Stamp & Die Sets to make some new cards to share with all of you.

I made a card similar to this one for my Father-In-Law’s Birthday last week. Don loves the outdoors and I found the Owl Stamp & Die Set and Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Earth Set worked well for the masculine look I was going for. He was particularly impressed with the textured wood grain background!





I cut a 2 1/2″ wide circle, using 8 Circles and Scallops Cutting Dies, to make a hole in the center of  tan cardstock. Then I used the Wood Texture Embossing Folder to add wood grain to the cardstock. To add some contrast, I used the surface of  a brown ink pad over the embossed areas and then inked the edges.

When stamping the owl image, it is important to use Memento ink with the alcohol based Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Pens to prevent a reaction with the alcohol pens. Finally, after coloring the owl and bugs I added a little gold glitter glue so he knew it was from me before he opened the card!



The Koi Stamps & Die Set inspired me to use Mirror Dazzles™ Sheets to add some sparkle! If you aren’t familiar with this product, the sheets are the same material that we make our Dazzles™ stickers from. So really, when I stamp and die cut the sheets, I’m making my own stickers!


The surface of the Mirror Dazzles™ Sheets are slick and not porous so it is necessary to use a permanent ink like Black StazOn®. I used white cardstock for the water lily flowers and colored them with yellow and pink Spectrum Noir™ pens and, of course, added a little gold glitter glue to the center of each.






Depending on the type of stamps you are using, clear stamps for example, it is better to die cut first and then stamp the image. However, some sets, like the ones above are cling rubber stamps (you can’t see through them to see where to stamp the image precisely on the die cut piece) and you are meant to stamp first and then die cut the image. If you have ever had difficulty using Stamp & Cutting Die sets check out this little video.

Have you started on those Valentine’s Day cards yet? Don’t worry Paper Wishes is looking out for you! Here is a special Valentines treat to help you make all of those wonderful cards. Click on the image for a Free Download of Valentines tags. Click on the image to print.

Before I sign off I want to let you in on one of the latest craft trends that Paulette and Bethany learned about at the Creativation show last week. Edible Art is all the rage and designers and manufacturers are making it so easy to learn and master. Let Paper Wishes know what you think about this yummy Sweet Sugarbelle’s Cookie Decorating Kit from American Crafts. Would you like to see more? What kind of edible crafts do you enjoy making? Let us know in the comment section. We love your feedback!

Now I’m inspired! I think I’ll make some Edible Art cookies as a Valentine’s Day treat for my family. Until next week, happy crafting everyone!

LeNae Gerig

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Monthly Craft Subscriptions Are Fantastic!

Have you noticed how popular monthly subscription boxes are? They contain everything from dog toys to treats for humans! They are filled things that bring you joy AND they are delivered right to your door! I belong to a few myself and when those boxes are delivered I think my heart rate increases. It’s like it’s my birthday and my favorite relative has sent me something really special…just for me!

Paper Wishes has 9 monthly/bi-monthly craft kits called Personal Shopper and today we will take a peek inside the Premiere Cutting Die Personal Shopper. This kit has so much to offer! Every month you will get one never-before-seen Cutting Die, FREE SHIPPING and a full color step-by-step newsletter with 4 projects and instructions. All for just $19.99! When we include a less expensive cutting die, you will receive a collection of specialty papers. Oh, and I don’t want to forget to mention the members-only special offers discounts!

I filmed a little video taking you along as I open up one of our Premier Cutting Die Personal Shopper kits so you know exactly what to expect when yours arrives.

The January Premiere Cutting Die Personal Shopper features the 3 Flower Spray Cutting Die which is so versatile. Here Debbie overlapped two of the die cuts.

This card features the cutting die cut from Burgundy Suede paper and backed with Vellum Dot paper and both of the papers are included in this months kit!


Ink is applied to the paper behind the cutting die before it’s actually glued in place. Art Daubers are really handy tools to use with this technique.


If you’re new to Cutting Dies, remember, you’ll need a Die Cutting Machine. I like the Big Shot because it’s easy to use, doesn’t take up too much space and works equally well with Cutting Dies and Embossing Folders.



This page includes Forest Suede Paper and notice how the bottom portion of flower stems were cut away and used as corner embellishments. For a different look you might cut the blossoms away and use them as a card focal.

That’s all for today. If there are other Paper Wishes Personal Shopper Subscriptions you are curious about, let me know in the comment section and I will try to feature them in future blogs.

LeNae Gerig



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