NEW Twilight Jewels Brings The Sparkle!


Hello everyone! Have you seen Paper Wishes NEW Twilight Jewels Collection? The beautiful jewel tone colors and sparkly celestial theme make me what to jump right in and craft!

Just in time for Mother’s Day! Susan made these amazing Paper Mache Letters, perfect for your mom or your craft space! Susan painted each 8″ tall letter with Cosmic Shimmer Pink Plum Paint and after they dried she used glue stick on the front surface of each and covered with a different patterned paper from Twilight Jewels. She embellished the letters differently using Twilight Jewels Scrapbooking Dazzles™ stickers and Ribbon Set. She used Soft Pink Ranunculus silk flowers, Tiny Tags & Little Labels Template to make a sweet “Happy Mother’s Day!” tag and Savannah Stroll Buttons for the final touch!


123 white Dazzles™ with silver foil edging!


The Twilight Jewels Scrapbooking Dazzles™ are perfect for embellishing with Jewel Dazzles™, Sequins, Pearls, Stickles Glitter Glue and Nuvo Crystal Drops.


Add even more sparkle to Paper Mache Letters with Glitter Embossing Powder! First, I painted the letter with Peacock Cosmic Shimmer Paint, then I used the surface on the VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad to apply sticky embossing ink to the letter surface. After that I sprinkled Calypso Glitter Embossing Powder over the inked surface and heated with heat gun to melt the embossing powder onto the letter surface. Embellish the letter with a little ribbon from Wildflower Ribbon Set and a Purple Rose and you’re done!


This is such a quick and easy project and it would make a great gift.

Here is a quick little video to show you how easy it is to make your own monogram letter:


For this sparkling page, I embellished the Twilight Jewels Scrapbooking Dazzles™ stickers with teal half pearls from Gemstone Embellishment Bottle.

This Center Step Die-Cut card uses NEW Words Scrapbooking Dazzles™ black stickers over a 3 1/4″ wide die-cut circle from 8 Circles and Scallops Cutting Dies. Add a sweet pink flower and coordinating ribbon and you’re done!

I hope you enjoy the Twilight Jewels Collection as much as I do. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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NEW Romantique Collection Is Here!

Hello everyone! Now that the Paper Wishes Spring catalog is available online, I hope you have had a chance to take a peek at the NEW must have products! Today I’m going to focus on the Romantique Collection, which is one of my new favorites!

The Romantique Scrapbooking Dazzles™ stickers combine 2 different finishes, black & gold, so you can mix and match! For the layered card, I featured torn Romantique paper and I backed the flower portion of the black Eiffel Tower sticker with white cardstock and colored the flowers with both pink (centers) and peach (petals) from Pastels Spectrum Noir Pens™ set. I added some contrast with the gold Dazzles™ stickers with flourishes and gold flower centers (which were taken from the centers of the gold flower Dazzles™).

One of the great things about the Romantique Collection is how versatile it is. The papers work well for travel (not just to Paris) and everyday family life.

These amazing travel pages were created by Debbie! I love that she used the border Dazzles™ along the edges of the photos and added ivory flowers and ribbons to the corner of a large photo.

For a completely different look and theme, Gail cut around several floral and greeting tiles, from the black tile Romantique paper, and then sanded the edges for a distressed look. She created a halo effect by adding White Opaque StazOn® ink around the photo edges. She added Metallic Silver StazOn® ink around polka dot Typeset Layered Flowers Paper Tole and then layered portions of the flowers with foam tape.


















This darling 5 Drawer Shelf by Kaisercraft is perfect for my scrapbooking space! It comes unfinished and ready to assemble with a slot system that is a snap to put together.

After painting only the edges and shelves with Cosmic Shimmer Graphite Paint, I covered each interior side of the wood with glue stick and pink Romantique Paper. Turn the wood pieces over and trim excess paper using a craft knife for a perfect fit and cutting away paper for the slots. Cover the front, back and sides with paper, but don’t cut away paper for the slots…they don’t need to show. When assembling the covered unit I added a drop of Craft Tacky Glue and let dry. This makes the shelf unit very sturdy and solid. The chipboard drawer fronts are covered with glue stick and then paper and I used a line of Craft Tacky Glue on the seams to glue them together.



Don’t miss Paulette and Gail all week (April 17-21) with an all New Week Of Webisodes, featuring new products and techniques you won’t want to miss!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Not Your Everyday Coloring

Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you some special coloring projects. I love coloring. It’s so relaxing and calming, but it can get a little monotonous so I like to mix it up now and then. For example I LOVE these Colorista  Dark 6″x6″ Exquisite Florals & Under the Sea Pencil Pads! They are clear embossed/black cardstock coloring pages that look amazing with Spectrum Noir Metallic Pencils.

The images are fun to color and the Metallic Pencils are very opaque and really stand out on the black background. I think they would be fun to use on cards, just crop them down a bit and add a Dazzles™ sticker greeting.

When you need a break from coloring on paper, why not try Galvanized Metal? This is not the same old metal from the garage or flower shed, now it comes in shapes and you can color it and customize it to match your home decor. The 3-D Butterfly has wings that can be manipulated so that it will look like it’s in flight.


















There is also a little hanger on the back. How cute to place 3 on a wall around photos or in a child’s bedroom above the bed!











Debbie used Turquose Inka Gold, Green/Yellow Inka Gold, Emerald Inka Gold, Inka Brown Gold and Violet Inka Gold to create a Rainbow effect on her butterfly. She used her fingertips (remove a small amount from jars and place on a craft sheet to prevent jar contents from being contaminated and molding) and a small paintbrush to apply the Inka Gold and then used a soft cloth to buff between applications. She also used a little water on the brush to blend the colors. As a final step she misted the butterfly with Gold Dust Glitter Spray for some added sparkle! For more fabulous ideas using Galvanized Metal, check out Wednesday, April 12 Webisode! You won’t be disappointed!

Here’s a quick little video. Enjoy!


Thanks for joining me today! Don’t forget the NEW Paper Wishes Spring 2017 Catalog will be available to view online April 15 (VIP’s the day before on April 14th).
















Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Zentangle Stamps!

Hi everyone! Today I have some adorable Zentangle style stamps to show you. What is Zentangle? It’s a structured way of drawing small patterns within a confined space. I find it really fun and relaxing; however, if you don’t have the time, but like the look, just stamp it!

This Kaisercraft Decorative Die Stamp Rabbit set makes it easy to get the Zentangle look in just minutes. I also used Hunkydory Monochrome Perfect Background papers, pink grosgrain ribbon from Botanical Frames Ribbon Set, foam tape to give lift to the die cut flower and a Pink Jewel Dazzles™ sticker on the flower center to draw attention.

I left the rabbit black and white, but you can add color to your image using LePlume Markers like I did for the owl journal below. I love these markers because, not only are they watercolor, they also have brush AND fine tips which make coloring detailed images much easier. To make this journal I used black StazOn® ink to stamp the Owl Decorative Die Stamp (so that the image would not run when water was added) onto watercolor paper and then used pine green, tropical, steel blue, sepia and brownish gray markers along with a watercolor paintbrush and water.

Because the images are so detailed I found it easier to color a small area and then use the watercolor brush and water to drag the color over the larger area. The Decorative Dies & Stamps are meant to cut sections from the larger image and layer over the original large image to add dimension. So after coloring the first image, I stamped another image (on watercolor paper) and die cut the shapes from this image, colored them (just like the large image) and foam taped them over the original image.

To compete my blank journal, I used Splendid Stripes Perfect Backgrounds Paper Pad, brown ink pad, Jute Twine and finally black ink to stamp “Be happy” on the lower right corner. This journal is blank inside, perfect for customizing for your own needs. To add some decoration to the inside, I stamped the owl, extending off the edge of the page and then added a thin strip of striped paper next to the binding.

That’s all for today! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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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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