Cut & Emboss Embellishments

Hi everyone! This week I have been playing with Momenta Cut & Emboss Sets. I was impressed with how easy it was to create a really nice embossed die-cut embellishment for my cards. I LOVE butterflies and started with the Butterfly Cut & Emboss Set first.

I used Watercolor Paper and some Stencil tape to keep the butterfly embossing die positioned over the die-cut image. Once in position, I placed the butterfly embossing plate and watercolor butterfly on a Silicone Rubber Embossing Mat. The spongy mat gives the embossing plate something to press into when it’s run through a Die Cutting Machine.

The Creative Impressions Essentials Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolor Palette contains a great spectrum of colors. I selected blues and greens for my Watercolor Paper butterflies.

First I painted the embossed background with very watery blue paint and then I painted the de-bossed portions of the wings with both blue and green watercolors. Once dry, I added some sparkle with Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops onto the de-bossed portions and let dry.

I placed my butterflies on Twilight Jewels Paper and a Bendi Die-Cut Card. Lime Jewel Border Dazzles™ Stickers along the top and bottom card edges, Birthday Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers and white velvet glitter ribbon from Twilight Jewels Ribbons added the finishing touches.

When I first saw the Bird Cut & Emboss Set I knew I was going to use it with Song Birds Paper Pack, Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers and Ribbon Set! I cut and embossed my sweet little bird from black cardstock and then brushed Indian Gold Nuvo Embellishment Mousse over the embossed surface. I foam taped the bird to the card and then added some gold around the edges of my card.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you come away inspired to make something today. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Beautiful Embossing Folders

Hello everyone! Today I have some gorgeous embossing folders from Crafters Companion to share with you.

The Country Garden Embossing Folder looks so sweet when painted with Citrus Green, Coral Calypso and Peony Pink Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. After covering the card with peach paper from Charming Paper Pack, I used a cotton swab to paint each embossed image (it was quicker than you think) and added some Gold Dust Stickles™ Glitter Glue to the centers of a few flowers. Wrap the card front with peach and green sheer ribbons from Mystic Garden Ribbon Set, hang a tag from Tiny Tags & Little Labels Cutting Die Set under the knot and place “Hello” Everyday Greetings Dazzles™ 3-Pack on the tag.

For a completely different look, I embossed black cardstock with the Regency Swirls Embossing Folder and used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to rub Indian Gold Mousse over the embossed surface.

I covered my card with Metallic Gold Paper, glued the embossed paper to the left and added some sparkle with Black Jewel Border Dazzles™. Lightly sand a large Butterflies Foiled Fancies™ and glue to the card front. Embellish with Black Jewel Dazzles™ and place Black Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles below.

This is the Ornate Lace Embossing Folder with Royal Aubergine Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, which is a deep royal purple. Beautiful!

This is the English Rose Embossing Folder with Pure Platinum Nuvo Embellishment Mousse which looks like antique silver. So elegant!

And finally, here is Regency Swirls Embossing Folder with Cornflower Blue Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. The swirls are so versatile and the blue is such a rich color!

That’s all for today! Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Paper Crafts For Your Home

Hi everyone, I’m so excited to show you some 3-D paper crafts that make adorable home decor and great gifts!

These little garden boxes of succulents and cacti were easy and fun to make! I used Sizzix Thinlits Succulents 2-D & 3-D Die Set and cut the shapes from green, aqua, gray and lavender Pastel Cardstock, curved the petal by wrapping each around a pencil and then inked the edges purple, green, dark pink and aqua before assembling.

I glued floral foam (from my local dollar store) into large and medium size Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Boxes and tucked Spanish Moss (dollar store again) around the edges.

 

For additional dimension, I placed dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew on the round cactus sections and let dry. I followed the manufacturer’s instructions for assembling the 3-D pieces and hot glued them directly to the foam. I Tucked moss among the pieces to cover the foam, use Twilight Jewels sheer purple dot ribbon to make a bow for each box and glue, as shown.

To make a “Welcome” wall hanging I covered a chipboard “W” with barn wood Seaside Paper. I used Timber Brown StazOn™ Ink along the letter edges and bottom half of the Galvanized Metal Welcome Sign and hot glued the sign across the letter. I hot glued a cluster of paper succulents and moss to the bottom left, a single succulent and moss to the top right, and a tiny succulent overlapping the “Welcome” sign. I made a loopy bow from brown Seaside Ribbon Set and glue it to the top left side of the succulent. Place a Clear Self-Adhesive Hanger on the top back of the on the “W” center.

 

This 3-D hydrangea card includes a canning jar vase from Well Preserved Stamp Set, Garden Notes Hydrangea Cutting Die Set Inside/Outside Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers and Romantique Paper Pack  & Ribbon Set.

I cut the individual blossoms from both pink and light blue Romantique papers and inked each using a Pink Ink Pad. I used a stylus to gently curve the blossom petals and then glued them in a tight cluster, as shown. Glue a pink seed bead, from Pretty Princess Embellishment Bottle, to the centers of random blossoms. Die cut the leaves and stems from green Romantique Paper and ink edges with a green ink pad. To see this process, check out the Elizabeth Craft Weekly Webisode, which will air tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to set aside some time during these long summer evenings to make something special! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

 

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Pop It Up

Hello everyone! With two birthday parties to attend this week, I have birthday cards on my mind. That’s why I was so happy to have 2 new Stampendous Cutting Dies cross my desk yesterday!

The first is Fran’s Pop-Up Die Set which paired well with Pretty Poppies Cling Rubber Stamp Set and Pretty Poppies Cutting Die Set.

 

CARD FRONT

I created a custom card size by folding 5″x11″ lavender Pastel Cardstock in half and lining with both purple swirl paper from Bohemian Dreams Paper Pack and 4″x10″ teal Pastel Cardstock that I die cut with Fran’s Pop-Up Die Set.

INSIDE

I colored the poppies with Purple and Yellow Spectrum Noir ™Pen Sets and the vase with Green and Turquoise Spectrum Noir™ Pen Sets. I glued the vase to the bottom pop-up and blossoms to the tabs above.

I Colored the leaves with  Green Spectrum Noir™ Pens and glued them to the card back, among the blossoms. Then I added Card Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers and some sparkle with Mixed Berry Sequin Tin.

Here is a great video from Stampendous:

Want even more Pop-Up options? Fran’s Pop’cessories Die Set is packed with more tools to make Pop-Ups, Boxes, Bobblers, Stands and Hinges.

This cute Pop-Up Box fits perfectly into a 5″x6 1/2″ card, covered with Hopscotch Paper Pack. I colored the lion Party Animals Dazzles™ Sticker with Yellow, Red and Turquoise Spectrum Noir™ Pens.

Fran’s Pop’cessories Die Set also includes a Hinge feature that allows for images to be mounted inside of the Pop-Up Box.

There is also a cutting die to make a stand for images. How cute to make place cards and party decorations!

Here is another great Stampendous video:

I recommend checking out both of these Stampendous Cutting Dies! They make creating fun Pop-Up cards easy. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Summer Days

Hello everyone! I don’t know about you, but I have lots of friends with summer birthdays to celebrate so I’m bringing you a few ideas for inspiration.

This card uses Nonna’s Garden papers, Sue Wilson Rose Oval Die Set from Creative Impressions, peach Crepe Ribbon, Grandma’s Roses Sequin Tin for some sparkle and my go-to stamps for birthdays, Birthday Greetings Stamp Set. This card came together so fast! I think I spent 20 minutes making it, giving me more time to spend on the gift.

This decorated Paper Mache Oval Box that Susan made would be a perfect gift-filled with something yummy, of course!

Susan stained the box using the surface of a Black StazOn® Ink Pad and then covered the lid with Striped Textured 3-D Paper. She cut one of the stripes from the paper and glued it around the box sides. For the decoration she foam taped White Truffle 3-D Paper Tole to the box top and sides. A sweet red dot bow from Bohemian Dreams Ribbon Set finished this adorable gift/trinket box.

For more inspiration be sure to check out the Webisode on 7-26, featuring Paper Mache Boxes!

That’s all for today. Enjoy those summer days and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Under The Sea

Hello everyone! I spent my morning playing with Hunkydory 50 Shades of Mirri-Ombre cardstock. There are so many uses, but here’s just one:

I used the wood panel paper from Seaside Paper Pack and made a porthole by using copper Mirri-Ombre cardstock and nesting circles from 8 Circles And Scallops Cutting Dies. I used a 1/4″ hole punch to make porthole rivets and the Seahorse Cutting die cut from orange/yellow Mirri-Ombre cardstock. A simple greeting from Heartfelt Greetings Stamp Set did the trick. I die cut seaweed from purple/aqua cardstock and added some green and blue Party Time sequins for sparkle!

The Under The Sea Clear Stamp Set is filled with adorable sea creatures that I colored with Spectrum Noir™ ColourBlend™ Pencils-Naturals. To continue my Under the Sea theme I added drops of Crystal Lacquer. Once dry I think they look just like water drops!

For the card background I used the surfaces of blue and green inkpads from Rain Forest Pigment Ink Pads and a strip of scrap paper with a torn edge. I placed the torn edge along the card top and applied blue ink with a swirl motion and then placed the torn edge along the bottom of the card and used a moss green ink pad.

That’s all for today! Don’t miss our Week Of Webisodes featuring paper crafts from Hunkydory all week long!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Chalk Paint

Are you curious about chalk paint? What is it and what does it do? Chalk Paint is actually a trademarked brand by British artist Annie Sloan, but other companies have developed similar paints. Chalk paint can be used on wood and it creates a chalky look that can easily be distressed for a vintage look. When diluted with water it can even dye fabric!

Ken Oliver Chalky Base Paint is a white chalk paint that is made to use as-is or to tint with your favorite Color Burst powders. This makes the paint completely customizable, which is a great feature!

 

For this whimsical birdhouse (quantities are limited), I mixed Ken Oliver Chalky Base Paint White with Color Burst Ultramarine Blue to get my favorite shade of robin’s egg blue.

To give the birdhouse a shabby chic look, I painted directly over the torn paper edges of the aqua blue Robin’s Paper Pack. After assembling the house using Craft Tacky Glue I embellished it with Robin’s Red Die-Cuts, White Rick Rack From Picnic Ribbon Set and White Wildflowers.

I continued the look of my birdhouse with a cute Wood Desk Caddy. Again I used the Ken Oliver Chalky Base Paint White and the Color Burst Ultramarine Blue to make robin’s egg blue paint. I used the end of my paintbrush handle to make white dip dots from the white chalk paint. Instead of chalk, I used Painted Lace Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers on the chalkboard front and embellished the box with red gingham from Picnic Ribbon SetWhite Wildflowers and Winter Blue Buttons. So cute for my crafting space!

I encourage you to give Ken Oliver Chalky Base Paint White and Color Burst powders a try and customize colors to your hearts content! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Sizzix DIY Succulent Wreath Kit

Hi everyone! Adorable succulents are everywhere and make great gifts and accents for your home. Personally, I’m obsessed with them and so is my 17 year old daughter. So you can imagine how excited we were to see the Sizzix DIY Succulent Wreath Kit! Realistic succulents made from paper? You bet!

The kit comes with everything you need to make the wreath, with the exception of a hot glue gun and, if you desire, ink pads to use on the leaf edges.

If wreaths aren’t your thing, consider using some or all of the succulents to create a mini garden in a terracotta pot!

You can easily make one potted garden and still make a wreath, as it is very lush and full, or consider making 10 or more pots full of succulents! What cute table centerpieces for an event or in a grouping in your home!

I picked up the supplies to make the potted garden at my local Dollar Store. I glued floral foam into a 4 1/2″ wide terracotta pot and glued moss around the edges.

Before assembling the die-cut succulent pieces, I inked the bright green leaf edges with light aqua ink from Blue Cat’s Eye Queue Pigment Ink Pad Set,  and the edges of the moss green leaves with dark pink ink from Pink Cat’s Eye Queue Pigment Ink Pad Set. After curling leaves around a pencil to give them some dimension, I assembled the succulents according to the Sizzix instructions and used hot glue to secure the plants to the foam.

The light green air plants were a snap to make and curving the leaves gives them a very realistic look.

Sizzix did a great little video demonstrating how to make teach type of succulent in the kit.

I encourage you to give the Sizzix DIY Succulent Wreath Kit a try and make it your own by experimenting with different containers.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Mixed Media Journals & Planners

Hi everyone! Have you noticed how popular journals and planners have become? I think it’s because many people crave both a creative outlet and something tactile, instead of putting our reminders and memories into something electronic. Journals and planners are also portable, which makes them ideal to take along with you.

Ranger’s Dylusions Creative Dyary (named for designer Dyan Reaveley) has 56 double-sided cardstock sheets that contain undated weekly pages on the left and decorated background pages on the right.

I love that some of the pages are perfect for coloring (when you’re on the go just take your pens or pencils with you) and others are mixed media backgrounds that are perfect for Dazzles™ Stickers and stamping. For this page I used Zen Butterflies Dazzles™ Stickers and I colored them with Spectrum Noir™ Metallic Pencils.

Personally, I’m a planner girl. I like to record coming appointments and dates to keep organized. I highlight certain events or dates with the Dylusions Creative Dyary Clear Stamp Set and then I add notes, after that day has passed, where I might use Dazzles™ Stickers and record funny things that happened or people I met. I don’t worry about how pretty it is because it’s just for me! The Dylusions Creative Dyary Clear Stamp Set can be used to make a planner or calendar out of any journal. It’s a great tool to have around.

On the Mixed Media side I added Paisley Patterns Stamps and colored them with Spectrum Noir™ Metallic Pencils. A little Washi Tape kept my journaling note in place and hid info that I didn’t want to forget.

There are so many types of Journals & Planners available today and it can be hard to decide which is best for you. I made a quick little video to show you what’s available.

Summer is a great time to get started with your Journal or Planner. I encourage you to give it a try. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

 

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Mixed Media Made Simple

The term Mixed Media can intimidate some people, but really it’s just layering multiple products (or mediums) on your project. Something you might do without even thinking about it.

For example, this Birthday card, uses Artful Watercolor Papers (which feature watercolor and stamped backgrounds). Next, I added a small numbers stencil from 301 Mixed Media Stencil Collection and Rose Postcard Stamp, which is stamped once on Artful Watercolor tan paper and once on pink. I smudged a little green chalk to color the leaves and then I cut out the pink stamped image and foam taped it over the tan image.

After stenciling large numbers, from 301 Mixed Media Stencil Collection, using Amethyst Purple Nuvo Glimmer Paste, I added “happy birthday” Card Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers, purple Jute Twine and Mixed Berry Sequins to add more sparkle!

Journals and binders are so popular right now, and I thought why not use a Sara’s Surfaces 8″x8″ Album to make by own custom binder, using Mixed Media? First I colored the album cover edges with the surface of a Brown Ink Pad. Then I glued blue and teal torn Seaside papers to the cover.

Next, I made some custom colored embossing paste by mixing Pthalo Green Color Burst with White Embossing Paste (using my favorite Mini Squeegee).

I placed the “Inspire Your Self” stencil, from 303 Mixed Media Stencil Collection, angled on the cover and smoothed the green paste over the words. Remove the stencil and let the paste dry.

Next, I made more custom colored embossing paste by mixing Ultramarine Blue Color Burst and White Embossing Paste and applied it over All Over Swirls Stencil on both the cover and on ivory cardstock (to make pages with later).

Before the embossing paste dries, use a baby wipe or moist paper towel and rub over the stencil and paste to soften the edges. Remove the stencil and place it on a different area of the cover. Use the same baby wipe to rub excess color over the stencil and onto the cover for a softer stenciled image. Stamp Sea Turtles onto ivory cardstock and color with green and blue Brights Spectrum Noir Pen Set. Cut out and glue to the cover along with blue and green Party Time Sequins.

Turn clear sheet protectors, included with (8″x8″ Sara’s Surfaces Album) into storage pockets, use Cosmetic Sponges to sponge Timber Brown StazOn® Ink Pad over the surface on 303 Mixed Media Stencil Collection images. To keep things in place, Hole Punch the sheet protectors near the top edge, load up with all types of memorabilia and thread with Seaside Ribbons. To make pages, cut cardstock to 9 1/4″x 8 1/8″ and repeat the techniques used on the cover to stencil page corners and stamp turtles directly onto the pages. Embellish with blue and green Party Time Sequin.

You see? Getting that Mixed Media look you’ve heard so much about isn’t difficult at all. Just play and have fun using your favorite products! Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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