Graduation Is On Its Way!

Hi everyone! It’s almost summer and that means it’s time to celebrate our Graduates!

First up is a fun Star Triple Easel Die-Cut Card, featuring Graduation Dazzles™ Stickers! I customized the card with the graduate’s school colors using green dot paper from Colorists Paper Pack and then added some sparkle with Gold Ripple Holographic Paper (it comes in other colors too) and Velvet Glitter Ribbon.

Here’s a different look, using the same Graduation Dazzles™ Stickers, Colorists Paper Pack, Colorists Ribbon, White and Black Cardstock and a Blank White Card.

Make a quick & easy monogram letter (first/last name of grad or even initial of their school) for your graduate using a Letterpress Wood Block Letter, stenciled with the All Over Swirls Stencil, Glossy Black Embossing Paste and Squeegee. You can also use this technique on portions of our Paper Mache and Chipboard Letters! How fun to spell out the word “GRAD” for your celebration centerpiece!

Here is a quick little video to show you how it’s done:

Another great card idea is to make a Lock-Itz card using the Flutterby Die, Twilight Jewel Paper Pack, Pink Jewel Border Dazzles™ Stickers, Pink Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers and Everyday Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have some Graduation Inspiration!

Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Something For Dad & Family Celebrations!

Hello everyone! Father’s Day is approaching and I have a little crafty inspiration for you!

This Coaster Set features photocopy transfers and Family & Friends Black Dazzles™ Stickers on one side and Coffee Mugs Dazzles™ Stickers on the other! To make this set you will need several good quality photocopies, Translucent Embossing Paste and a Mini Squeegee. The steps to transfer a photocopy are very easy and I’ll walk you through them.

First, use the Mini Squeegee to apply Translucent Embossing Paste to one side of a coaster. The embossing paste is 100% acrylic emulsion which makes it water-soluble, but it becomes water-resistant when dry.

Place the photocopy picture-side down on the paste-covered coaster. You may want to reverse your photo, using digital photo software, if your image contains numbers or letters because the image will be reversed once transferred.

Use the Mini Squeegee to smooth out the back of the photocopy to remove any air bubbles or thickness in the paste. Let the paste dry for at least 8 hours.

Wet the paper side of the coaster with water and gently begin to rub the paper layer away until the photo image begins to reveal itself.

Add more water if necessary and continue to rub away the paper fibers. When you are finished removing the paper fibers, let the coaster dry for several hours.

Use the Mini Squeegee to apply a thin layer of Translucent Embossing Paste to seal each photocopy side of the Coaster Set and let dry. Paint the wood side of each coaster piece and the stand with Gold Cosmic Shimmer Paint and let dry. Personalize with “Dad” or “Grandpa” Family & Friends Black Dazzles™ Stickers. Use Craft Tacky Glue to glue the holder side pieces into the base and let dry. Place Coffee Mugs Dazzles™ Stickers on the coaster holder sides and on the gold painted back of each coaster (you will need several sheets of Dazzles™ Stickers if you want large coffee mugs on all of the coasters).

 

I like the idea of doing a “Family” banner, using 8″ Tall Chipboard Letters that can be used year round or brought out for special family celebrations, like Father’s Day.

Each letter is uniquely decorated. I found the best way to approach this was to do a little planning and lay out the letters and cover each with a different patterned paper from Romantique Paper Pack. Punch 1/8″ evenly spaced holes across the top of the letters using a power punch like Crop-A-Dile.

Lightly sand Swirls & Flourishes Foiled Fancies™ with a sanding block and glue to the letters using Craft Tacky Glue. Embellish letters with Romantique Ribbon Set, Pink and Yellow Rosettes and Pink Mini Roses. For a finishing touch I added buttons and half pearls from Cotton Candy Embellishment Bottle and Acetate Butterflies. Thread the letters with a length of Blueberry Twine Cording and tie loops at each end for hanging.

Thanks stopping by and I hope you come away with some inspiration for your family celebrations!

Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Jars, Jars ‘n More Jars

Hello everyone! Today I want to confess my obsession with mason jars! They are just so versatile! Maybe you love them as much as I do?

I’m so excited that Paper Wishes now has Tim Holtz Mini Mason Jars! They are 3 7/8″ tall, come in a 3 pack and they are so cute! I couldn’t wait to play with them.

 

I used one jar to make a Memory Jar featuring my parents as young newlyweds. It was a quick project and I love how it turned out! I placed a small black & white photo inside the jar and added some Savannah Stroll Buttons for color.

 

I covered the top of the jar lid with pink Romantique paper, wrapped some Romantique Ribbons around the lid and tied a bow to the left of center. I used some hot glue to attach a Pink Rosette and leaf to the bow center. Once the lid was secure I placed “Together” from Family & Friends Black Dazzles™ Stickers on the top of the lid.

I used another jar to make a little tea light holder. Because I used a battery operated tea light I was able to keep the lid on, which made it a little different. I tore some black and ivory Romantique paper and used the shadow for the heart shaped die, from 10 Tiny Things + Shadows Cutting Dies, to cut a heart in the center of the torn paper strip. I wrapped a Black Jewel Border Dazzles™ Sticker around the lid to add a touch of sparkle! And the heart cut-out from the front? I glued that to the top of the lid.

This jar uses a combination of Cranberry and Eggplant Alcohol Inks, which are so easy to sponge (using a Cosmetic Sponge) onto the outside of the glass.

I sponged Eggplant onto the lid and after drying for about 1 minute I placed a small Zen Butterfly Dazzles™ Sticker onto the center. Using the corner of a Cosmetic Sponge, I dabbed some Cranberry Alcohol Ink onto the openings on the butterfly wings. This project took about 10 minutes to make, (No kidding!) I can make a set of 3, using different colors of Alcohol Ink, and use them to store this & that in my craft space or use it as a vase!

 

Why not continue my love of jars onto cards? I stamped a jar from the Well Preserved Stamp Set onto Acetate the using Black StazOn® Ink Pad, and then used Silver Linen Paper for the lid.

I used Waffle Flower Crafts Succulent Stamp and Cutting Die Set and the Black StazOn® Ink Pad to stamp and die-cut succulents from both Lavender and Emerald Glimmer papers. I also used purple and green ink pads and stamped succulents on white cardstock. Add some sparkle with a little glitter and sequins from the Mixed Berry Sequin Tin.

To continue my Mason Jar theme…Iris Folding! This Iris Folding #2 Template makes Iris Folding a snap! (Sorry Home Grown Paper Pack is sold out, but out substitute Picnic Paper Pack)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you found something to inspire you to use some jars in your crafting.

Happy crafting,

LeNae Gerig

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We Have A Winner!

Hi Everyone! Our National Scrabooking Day Challenge had ended, and we’ve gone over all of the entries received. It was not an easy choice, with so many great pages to chose from, but in the end, there can only be one winner.

And the designer of the winning scrapbook page is….Daria Sikorski!

Congratulations Daria! We loved your paper choice, use of Dazzles™ stickers, photo technique and the subtle changes you made in the layout to make it your own. And how sweet to honor your daughters in this way! I will be contacting you shortly. Here is a look at Daria’s entry page:

Designed by Daria Sikorski

Also a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our NSD Sketch Challenge! We love seeing so many creative scrapookers sharing their work and their lives with us!

There is a new blog post today featuring the Seaside Paper Collection. Check it out!

LeNae Gerig

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Seashells By The Seaside

Paper Wishes is located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is a short drive from the Oregon coast. Collecting seashells is a part of growing up here and it’s the inspiration behind our nautical themed Seaside Collection.

This beachy card features Seaside Papers and Ribbons, Build A Banner TemplateSeashells Dazzles™ stickers and a stained glass technique using Stickles™ Glitter Glues, Acetate and the Texture Shells Cutting Die.

To make your own stained glass, glue the brown cardstock Texture Shells Die-Cut on Acetate and cut out.

Turn the shells die-cut over and squeeze Jade, Sea Spray and Sunflower Stickles™ onto the Acetate covering the back.

Before the glitter glue dries, smooth it out using your fingertips so that the glitter dries flat.

Once dry, turn the die-cut over and glue to the bottom edge of the card. You can also use this stained glass technique using Seashells Dazzles™ stickers.

 

The Texture Shells Cutting Die is very versatile and can be used to create very different looks. For this metallic gold and blue card I used Gold Ripple Holographic Paper, Seaside Paper Pack, Party Time Sequin Tin, Gold Glitter Happy Birthday Greetings Dazzles™ stickers and Gold Velvet Glitter Ribbon.

To make the seashell border I die cut 2 Texture Shells from Gold Ripple Holographic paper and trimmed one end of one die-cut so that is would nest next to the other die-cut a little more closely. Don’t forget to add sequins! I found that a little glue stick is enough to hold them firmly to the card.

These amazing scrapbook pages, created by Debbie, are just filled with nautical themed must-have items! Seaside Paper Pack, Seaside Ribbon Set, Seashells Cutting Dies, Mermaid Dazzles™ stickers and Seashells Dazzles™ stickers. Debbie added gold elements with Hammered Gold paper and our new fabulous Words Foiled Fancies™!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you feel inspired to make something wonderful! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Paper Wishes Blog Scrapbooking Sketch Contest

Hi everyone! You could win $25.00! Check below for our Paper Wishes Blog Sketch Contest to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day on Saturday, May 6th! You have the whole weekend to get your scrapbook page completed, following our sketch, and post a photo of your page on our comments section BY MONDAY, MAY 8TH.  Don’t forget to feature Paper Wishes items. We can’t wait to see your pages!

 

Remember your page must be uploaded to the Paper Wishes Blog Comments by Monday, May 8th (12:00 am Pacific Standard Time). We will select the winner of a $25.00 Paper Wishes Gift Certificate on Tuesday,  May 9th, and announce here on the Paper Wishes Blog, the Inspired Newsletter (emailed to over 125,000 people) and on Facebook. Good luck and happy scrapping!

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Something For Mom & You

Hello everyone! Today I have some wonderful spring gift ideas perfect for Mother’s Day or your own home.

This 2 tone “Choose Happiness” standing wood sign is just so happy and cheerful and what a good reminder for us all! Quantities are limited on this Paper Wishes favorite so don’t delay and order yours today!  The sign is a great size, 19 3/4″ long and 10 1/4″ tall. Perfect for a shelf or windowsill.

 

I gave the wood pieces (there are 2, including the stand) a quick sand to remove a few fuzzies and then I used a foam paintbrush to paint Peacock Cosmic Shimmer Paint on the bottom “HAPPINESS” portion of the sign and Malachite Cosmic Shimmer Paint on the top “CHOOSE” part of the sign.

 

I used the foam paintbrush to lightly sponge where the 2 paint colors meet to blend them. Paint the base Peacock, let the paint dry and place a few dots of Craft Tacky Glue along the bottom edge of the words piece and slide into the painted wood base.

Punch out Acetate Butterflies in several different sizes and fold their wings slightly. Use a dot of Craft Tacky Glue on the back of the butterfly bodies and place on the letters. Let dry.

Here’s a little inspiration for your handmade Mother’s Day card. The Sunday Musings Papers and Ribbon pair perfectly with the Rose Decorative Die & Stamp Set. I used Words Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers for the greeting and personalized it with Friends & Family Black Dazzles™ Stickers “Mom”. Add some sparkle with Gold Dust Stickles® Glitter Glue!To create a watercolor look I chose Essentials Spectrum Aqua™ Markers. This is such a quick & easy technique to do and nearly foolproof!

Color the surface of your stamp with Fawn and Meadow for the rose, moss for the leaves and Terracotta for the stems.

Mist with water (Spritzer).

And stamp on Watercolor Paper.

Die cut the stamped images using a die cutting machine.

Why not make a coordinating Flower Card/Photo Holder? Paint the wood flower with Peacock Cosmic Shimmer paint and let dry. Cover the flower center with Gold Dust Stickles® Glitter Glue and a stamped/die cut twig from Rose Decorative Dies & Stamp Set. Embellish the wire holder and photo with Sunday Musings Ribbons and you’re done!

Did you know that Saturday, May 6, is National Scrapbook Day? Be on the lookout for our Paper Wishes Blog Scrapbooking Sketch Contest coming to your inbox later this week!

Gail used Sunday Musings Paper Pack, large and small slide mounts to make this sweet “Mom & Sons” page.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week and remember to make time to play! Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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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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