Glass Etching For The Holidays

Hi everyone! Do you remember Glass Etching from years ago? I sure do…lots of it on mirrors for some reason. Today I’m bringing you a NEW and better version, just in time to brighten your holiday home!

This frosted glass method gives the impression of actual glass etching that you can do at home in less than half an hour!

This Christmas themed Rustic Window would look pretty hanging it a kitchen window and it’s so easy to do!

Place Christmas Wonder Dazzles™ Stickers on the glass, while still in the frame, in order to get the placement correct. It is very important that all of the stickers are adhered well and make contact with the glass, or etching cream can sneak underneath. Remove the glass from the frame.

After stirring, place a generous amount of Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream onto the glass, over the Dazzles™ stickers. The cream can leave patterns on the glass from application, therefore; try to avoid round swirling motions and instead apply the cream in straight lines across the glass. I found success by increasing the drying time to 10-15 minutes.

Place the glass in the sink and gently wash away the etching cream. Remove the Dazzles™ stickers and blot the glass dry with paper towels.

Place the glass inside the frame and fold the metal brackets down. For additional security, I used hot glue on the corners.

I glued Red Petaloo Botanica Blooms to the top of the window frame and loops of Red Velvet Shimmer Ribbon (Hooray! Now available in 10 yard lengths, per a customer request!) among the flowers and leaves. Place Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers swirls and tiny snowflakes next to the flowers and directly onto the leaves. Embellish the etched holly and ornaments with dots of Red Stickles™ Glitter Glue and let dry.

This holly ornament uses the same process as the window.

Place the Stenciling Dazzles™ Stickers and apply Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream to the surface.

Rinse and remove the Dazzles™ sticker. After the ornament is completely dry, add Red Velvet Shimmer Ribbon and dots of Red Stickles™ Glitter Glue to the holly berries and let dry.

This ornament uses a snowflake from Silver Stenciling Dazzles™ Stickers as a mask placed on the ornament before the Glass Etching Cream is applied. After cleaning the glass, the “innie” pieces from the snowflake Dazzles™ sticker and Purple Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers were used as embellishment.

That’s all for today. The holidays are such a busy time, but please try and leave some time to relax and make something pretty for a friend or just for you! Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Angels & Butterfly Cards

Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing you things with wings, or Angels and Butterfly cards, which are 2 of my favorite ethereal images.

First up is a Frame Pop-Out Die-Cut Card using Sara Davies Guardian Angel Cutting Die.

The Frame Pop-Out Die-Cut Cards come ready to decorate with your favorite papers and embellishments which makes this card a snap to put together!

I love the intricate details on this angel. She is so beautiful!

I used gold and black papers, from Christmas Wonder Paper Pack, on the inside frame and sides and added Red Jewel Border Dazzles™ Stickers for sparkle.

I die cut the angel from Metallic Gold Paper,  backed it with Vellum and embellished the skirt with Red Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers and a bow made from Christmas Wonders Ribbon Set.

For the card front, I traced the frame pattern onto Red Christmas Wonder Paper and matted it with Vellum.” Merry Christmas”  was cut from Metallic Gold Paper using Christmas Script Greetings Cutting Dies.

This butterfly card contains some mixed media elements. After covering the card with Winter’s Butterfly tan text paper I tore papers for the border.

Next I used Flutterby Butterflies Stencil and a lavender ink pad along the right edge.

When using the  Layering Butterflies Stamps, I like to use the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and 2 shades of purple ink.

Finally, I used the Layering Butterflies Cutting Dies to die-cut each large butterfly, create a top layer from blue paper and I added foam tape under each wing to give a lift. Stamp some small dark purple butterflies and embellish with Stickles Silver Glitter Glue and add “Love” cut from both navy blue paper and Metallic Silver Paper using Script Greeting Cutting Dies.

That’s all for today. Have a wonderful week and try to leave some time to make something pretty and pass it on to someone else. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Snowman Card & Gift Bag Card

Hi everyone! If you’re ready to start making those winter cards I have a cute snowman for you.

Penny Black’s Snowman Smile Stamp & Die Set is just adorable! I stamped the snowman with Black Memento Ink and colored with Cool Greys, Reds and Turquoise Spectrum Noir™ Pen Sets.

I paired this cute little guy with Robin’s Red Paper Pack (so versatile) and Fancy Snowflake Embossing Folder colored with aqua blue ink pad from Blue Cat’s Eye Queue Pigment Ink Pad Set. I added some sparkle to the stamped and embossed snowflakes with Stickles™ Red Glitter Glue.

 

Here’s a little tip when die-cutting stamped images: Use Stencil Tape to secure the die centered over the image before running through your Die Cutting Machine. Why it took me so long to figure this out, I don’t know.

Sometimes I like to send a little something to my far away relatives for the holidays. I think the Waffle Flower Gift Bag Cutting Die will be just right for mailing gift cards this year. I used Christmas Cabin Paper Pack and Ribbon Set along with Christmas Scribble Shapes Dazzles™ Stickers.

 

Here’s a cute Waffle Flower video to show you how versatile this cutting die is:

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you found some inspiration for your next project. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Snow Globe & Window Card

Hi everyone! I’m back in the Christmas mood today so…more cards!

This cutie uses Christmas Wonder Paper Pack, Ribbon Set, Christmas Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers, Red Jewel Border Dazzles™ Stickers, Red Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers and Snow Globe Dazzles™ Stickers. It was quick and easy to make. My favorite!

Did you know that Paper Wishes provides a FREE download with backgrounds made for the Snow Globes?

Just align the sticker on the printed background and then cut it out! There is even some extra art to decorate the inside of your card or envelope.

This window easel card was fun to make! Don’t worry, I’ll show you how:

Making the easel card base is easy. Cut red cardstock to 5″x12″ and fold it in half (short sides together).

Ink edges of 4 3/4″x5 3/4″ green dot Winter’s Garden Paper Pack and glue to one side of the folded cardstock. Trace the inside of the large Lacy Rectangle Frames Cutting Die and use scissors or an Retractable Knife to cut away the rectangle to make a window.

Now it’s time to make the bottom portion of the easel.

Cut a 5″x6 1/4″ piece,  fold the top over 1/4″ and place a strip of Extra Sticky 1/4″ Wide Double-Sided Tape to the folded edge. This will fold inside the card when not standing.

Cut the Lacy Rectangle Frame from blue snowflake Winter’s Garden Paper. Glue Vellum Dots Paper behind the frame’s inside edge. Glue the frame centered on the card window.

Turn a Window Double-Embossed Foil Sticker over with the sticky side facing up. Color the back of the sticker with Brights Spectrum Noir™ Pens. It is important to know that if you color the front of the sticker the alcohol in the pens will remove the gold embossing.

Place the sticker on the center of the vellum window. Ink edges of 4 5/8″x 2″ blue snowflake paper black and foam tape to the bottom of the card. Place Long Christmas Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers and a bow sticker as shown. Prop the card front behind the foam taped greeting and place a battery tea light inside for a glow.

The NEW Paper Wishes Fall Catalog is available NOW online and will be in your mailbox this week.

Also, a NEW Week of Webisodes starts this week!

 

That’s all for today! Let me know in the “comments” if there is something you would like to see on the blog. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Thanksgiving Paper Crafts For You Table

Hello everyone! Thanksgiving is so dear to my heart and I love getting together with family and friends. Some of us do casual Thanksgivings, but my mother taught me how to set a proper table and it’s really the one time of year that I get a chance to go all out!

This year I’m making these cute personalized place setting cards for each dinner guest. Our family loves to laugh so I added a little note to each one. The Spellbinders® Turkey Cutting Die made assembling these cards Quick & Easy (which I love!). Cardstock and green dot paper from Timeless Treasurers Paper Pack, Jute Twine, a Brown Ink Pad and some computer journaling are all that’s necessary to make these fun little cards.

 

Why not make matching favors for your guests! These little Fry Boxes are already assembled and waiting to be covered with Timeless Treasurers green and brown dot papers, Spellbinders® Turkey Cutting Die and filled with candy corn!

To continue with my theme I used Art Impressions Full Of Thanks Stamp Set to make this fun card to send to a far away friend. Timeless Treasurers Paper Pack and Ribbon Set, Wood Texture Embossing Folder and 8 Circles and Scallops Cutting Dies make a cute background for this fancy turkey colored with Browns and Reds Spectrum Noir™ Pen Sets.

That’s all I’ve got for today. I’ll have a new batch of goodies for you next week. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

 

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Quick & Easy Christmas Cardmaking

Hi everyone! It’s officially fall and time to turn my attention to Christmas Cards! I don’t know about you, but I’m a fan of the Quick & Easy Christmas card that has lots of WOW!

 

This sparkly snowflake card is made using Winter’s Butterfly Paper Pack, Ribbon Set, White Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers, Black Tiny Christmas Words Dazzles™ Stickers, Paper House Home For Christmas Merry Laser Cut Card Pack and Cosmic Shimmer Lavender Glitter Kiss.

Here’s a little tip for you when using the Merry Laser Cut Card Topper. I placed it on white cardstock then covered it with the Cosmic Shimmer Lavender Glitter Kiss. I used several coats of glitter to cover snowflakes and found that after removing the Snowflake Laser Cut piece, I really liked the stenciled image that was left behind! So I made a card with it!

Once again, I used Winter’s Butterfly Paper Pack,  Ribbon Set and then I added some  Fuchsia Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers and Birthday Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers for the winter birthdays in my family.

10 Minute Cards:

 

Here are a few more examples of Quick & Easy Cards. I love these colorful little note cards and I paired them with 26 Christmas Metal Stencils Value Pack and Silver Chrome, Lavender, Sky Blue, Sea Green and Sahara Gold Glitter Kiss! Because Glitter Kiss dries so fast, I was able to make each card in 10 minutes or less! No Kidding!

I would suggest using Stencil Tape to keep things in place and masking off unwanted areas of the metal stencils.

Here is a little video from Creative Expressions that has lots of helpful tips for using Glitter Kiss.

That’s all for today. Enjoy your day and be sure to leave time to make something pretty. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

 

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Garden Walk Cardmaking

Hello everyone! I love this time of year when I can share more new and wonderful paper packs with you! Today is Garden Walk! These papers are inspired by botanical gardens, but the colors are also perfect for the fall season.

This first card features the Penny Black Serenity & Peace tree and Believe dies which are both so versatile.

The 4″ Round Paper Doily is easily customized by inking the edge with bronze ink from Basics Cat’s Eye® Queue® Ink Pads.

Die cut the Serenity & Peace tree from Double Sided Adhesive and place it over the doily.

After removing the backing I sprinkled Gemstones Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes over the adhesive and then used Scoochy Foam square to burnish off the excess flake. Don’t waste it! Return the excess flakes to the jar and use it again.

Cut the Penny Black Believe die from black cardstock and glue over the trunk of the tree.

For a completely different look I paired the Garden Walk Papers and Ribbon Set with the Prima Princess Collection Stella Stamp and Penny Black Vine Borders Cutting Dies.

After stamping the image with Black Memento Ink, I used FS7 from Pastels Spectrum Noir™ Pen Set to outline areas on the face and body.

Next I colored the skin with FS4, blending the darker shade with the light.

If coloring stamps with skin tones intimidates you, then consider spot coloring the image, omitting the skin tones and focusing on the flowers.

When coloring the flowers, I continued to use Pastels Spectrum Noir™ Pen Set as well as Purple and Pink Spectrum Noir™ Pen Sets. Once cut out I can easily substitute this spot colored image for the fully colored one on my card.

Thanks for joining me today. Remember to make some time during the week to craft something pretty. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

 

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Beautiful Paper Painting Papers

Hello everyone! I have more beautiful new papers to share with you today!

Paper Painting Paper Pack is a vibrant paper pack filled with colorful flowers and butterflies.

Gail made this amazing page using the coordinating Paper Painting Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers, Ribbon Set, Teal flower and Buttons Galore Fiesta Buttons collection. I love how Gail framed her photo using a large circle using the Easy Circles Template and curved the Dazzles™ Sticker words along the edge.

When I used Pink and Green Spectrum Noir™ Pen Sets to color the Penny Black Awaken Stamp I was pleased at how the vibrant colors in the Paper Painting Papers really made the image pop! I added an aqua bow from the coordinating Paper Painting Ribbon Set and a cheerful greeting from Everyday Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers to complete this card.

Gail made this beautiful poppy card using Layering Poppies Stamp Set and Pink and Yellow/Green Cat’s Eye Queue Ink Pad Sets. Using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform makes putting this card together a snap!

Stamp the background image onto ivory cardstock using medium pink ink. The magnets are handy to keep things in place while you stamp.

Align the next layer of the poppy directly over the first stamped background image.

 

Close the Stamping Platform cover to adhere the stamp.

Open the cover,  apply magenta ink, and stamp the image.

 

 

Finally, stamp the last poppy layer with dark pink ink as you did for the previous layers.

After stamping the leaves with 2 shades of green ink, add dots of  Stickles™ Gold Glitter Glue to the flower center for sparkle!

For more inspiration using the Paper Painting Collection, check out the September 6, 2017 Webisode. The Layering Poppies Stamp Set will be featured on September 13.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to leave a little time in your life to make something pretty. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Cozy Christmas Cabin

Hi everyone! I have a new paper pack to show you this week! Christmas Cabin is cozy, colorful and versatile!

The coordinating Christmas Cabin Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers provide just the right embellishment for pages, cards and other paper crafts.

This adorable family Christmas page also includes Red Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers, Christmas Cabin Ribbons, Yuletide Greetings Embellishment Bottle and a beautiful Botanica Red Flower.

I love that the Christmas Cabin Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers include sentiments that work for both scrapbooking and cardmaking.

This wreath on a picket fence card is made with Christmas Cabin Paper Pack and Ribbons, Long Christmas Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers, Tonic Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops, Yellow/Green Cat’s Eye Queue Ink Pad Set, and the New Layering Wreath & Pinecones Stamp Set.

To make the stamped wreath, I used 2 shades of green ink and the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp the wreath twice.

I made a quick video to show you how this wreath was made using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.

For more ideas using Hot Off The Press’s Christmas Layering Stamps check out this Webisode from August 30th.

Look what’s coming! The New Paper Wishes 2017 Fall Catalog! Check those mailboxes this week and if you aren’t signed up yet, click here to get your own.

Have a wonderful week and be sure to leave time to make something. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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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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