Faith Inspired Bible Tote & Card

Hi everyone! A few days ago I was browsing the goodies in our Paper Wishes buyer, Bethany’s, office (wouldn’t you?) when I found, what I thought was a beautiful purse. No? Not a purse. It was an AMAZING Creative Devotional Bible Tote from American Crafts and it immediately went on my Christmas List!

It has wonderful colors of cream and gold with this gorgeous aqua lining. Look at all of these pockets!

As you can see the tote is beautiful as is, but I thought “hey, it’s made of canvas; I wonder if I can color it?”

 

I sprinkled Indigo and Turquoise Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst onto the canvas and used a Spritzer filled with water to mist the powder until it bled into this burst of color! I can’t wait to use mine and it would make a great gift too!

Remember you can recreate this technique with any light colored canvas purse or tote bag. Maybe it’s time to clean out those closets and refurbish some accessories?

This faith inspired card uses Song Birds Paper Pack, Ribbon Set, Prima’s Creating In Faith Mary Stamp and Spectrum Noir™ Pastels Pen Set. Don’t forget the sparkle with Grandma’s Roses Sequin Tin.

Prima’s Creating In Faith line of stamps features strong women from the Bible. They are so beautiful.

Here are some beautiful designs created by Prima.

Thanks for joining me today. Come back next week for some Steampunk inspiration. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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DIY Traveler’s Notebook

Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing you the Sizzix Scoreboard XL Journal Die. With this die I have the ability to make an unlimited number of hard cover journals, calendars, cookbooks, notebooks and so much more! A Traveler’s Notebook is one that is somewhat compact, has elastic or cord to tie it shut and it has inserts that can be divided into sections.

To make my notebook, I die cut 2 sheets of Paper Accents 8 1/2″x11″ White Chipboard and glued the spine together using Craft Tacky Glue.

After the glue dried I colored the spine and closure piece with Bronze ink from the Basics Cat’s Eye® Queue®.

I covered the front and back covers with Garden Walk Paper Pack and placed a border, words and butterflies from Garden Walk Scrapbooking Dazzles™ stickers.

I colored the butterflies with Turquoise and Pink Spectrum Noir™ Pens, blending darker shades with lighter shades.

I made 3 inserts for the notebook, cutting 12-15 sheets of simple copy paper (to cut down on the bulk and weight of the notebook) to 8″x 7 1/2″ and folding the pages in half. I decorated multiple pages (or you could do all of the pages) with Ferns 6″x6″ Stencil and 2 shades of green ink from Yellow/Green Cat’s Eye Queue Ink Pad Set.

I inked the page edges with the Bronze ink pad.

I made covers from Garden Walk Paper, cut to 8 1/4″x7 1/2″.

 

I used a 6′ length of twine (I used green Baker’s Twine) across the center of each paper section and through the holes in the notebook binding. (See the Journal Die product page for full instructions)

The final step involves threading both ends of the twine through the center hole in the center of the spine. I used a pencil to slide a knot flush with the spine.

For the closure, tie the die-cut closure piece to one of the twine tails and place on the open side of the book and knot in place. This piece will keep the twine from digging into the cover with wear.

The wonderful part of Traveler’s Notebooks is that they can be anything you want! And because you have the Sizzix Scoreboard XL Journal Die you can make them for family and friends. What great gifts!

I’m going to use one of my sections for Passwords because I can NEVER remember them!

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you have a great week and make time to make something pretty to share. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Tim Holtz Inspired Christmas

I have to confess that I’m a Tim Holtz fan! He uses familiar and timeless elements in his designs, with an edge.

This Center Step Card features Tim Holtz Thin Slits Holiday Knit Dies, Burgundy, Navy and Moka Suede Papers. The texture of the suede, makes the card feel like a REAL Christmas sweater!  I also used Tim’s Tidings Design Tape, Holiday Script Words Dies and Dimensional Stars Die cut from Hammered Gold Paper. Some Natural Jute Twine for the bow adds to the rustic theme.

 

The Tim Holtz Christmas 8″x8″ Paper Stack has cute vintage designs that pair perfectly with the Gift Card Package Die!

I love how the lid lifts off to reveal a gift card! I used Tiny Christmas Words Dazzles™ Stickers on the tag and black/ivory gingham ribbon from Christmas Wonder Ribbon Set next to the “December 25” that I cut from the Tim Holtz Christmas 8″x8″  Paper Stack.

That’s all for today! Enjoy the holidays and make something pretty! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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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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Heidi Swapp DIY Holiday Village

Glitter and Christmas seem to go hand in hand, but glitter can be a real mess. Right? That’s why I was so excited to use Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss on the adorable Heidi Swapp Holiday Village.

 

Each piece is sold separately so you can customize your village however you want.

 

I started with the Holiday Village Kraft Church, which comes flat so it’s easy to decorate and there are these great adhesive tabs so it’s a snap to put together. No glue needed!

I used a small paintbrush to apply Cosmic Shimmer Sahara Gold Glitter Kiss around the door and window pains. I used Cosmic Shimmer Silver Chrome Glitter Kiss for the roof.

For the larger areas I used the handy Glitter Kiss sponge applicator.

For the trees I used Cosmic Shimmer Sea Green Glitter Kiss or Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss Hunter Green, alternating colors for each tree that came with a house. The Glitter Kiss dries quickly, so it didn’t take long before I was able to add Mixed Media Effect Snow to the edges.

For added sparkle and a gingerbread look, I placed Twilight Jewels Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers along the roof edges and windows of the Large Kraft House.

The Small Kraft Chimney Cottage is adorable!

The Small Kraft Cottage is so tiny and cute!

 

The vellum windows look so pretty when battery tea lights are placed inside each house.

For a different look Susan decorated the roof and base of a Medium Kraft House with Christmas Cabin Paper Pack and Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers and Mixed Media Effect Snow.

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you found some inspiration for your holiday decorating. Happy crafting.

LeNae Gerig

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Halloween At Paper Wishes!

It’s Halloween at Paper Wishes and we celebrate with an Employee Pumpkin Carving Contest!

We get really creative with our produce!

Gail (From Webisodes!) Used Glitter Kiss To Make Her Entry Sparkle!

Scary Unicorn Made By Jennifer, Our Production Manager.

 

Bethany, Paper Wishes Buyer, Made This Adorable Garfield And He Looks Hungry!

 

Pre-Press Scott’s Daughter, Clara, Made This Scary Witch!

Company President, Paulette, Made A Horrifying Spider’s Nest!

I Made This Portly Owl Pumpkin!

Victoria, Paper Wishes Editor, Made A Hippy Chick Pumpkin!

Cristina, Marketing Administrator,  Made This Delicious Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Yummy!

Project Designer Debbie, And Her Granddaughter, Brooklyn, Made This Palm Tree Pumpkin! Aloha!

Rachelle, Our  Accountant And First Place Winner, With 22 Votes, Made An Adorable Lion!

 

Even Our Office Dog, Duffy, Got Involved!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

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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Christmas Card & Faith Card

Hello everyone! Do you like making special one-of-a-kind Christmas cards for family and friends or do you make several of the same kind and then move on to something new? Either way, it’s nice to have tools that we can use repeatedly.

I made these woodsy wreath cards using Dee’s Distinctively™ Cutting Dies Wreath Builder, Hot Off The Press 120 Merry Christmas Dazzles™ Stickers, Red Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers, Emerald Glimmer Paper, Christmas Cabin Paper Pack and Ribbon Set.

The Wreath Builder Dies make these cards quick to make. I cut leaves from 3 different green papers and then used a large stylus on a foam surface (mouse pad or craft foam) to curve each leaf.

Use Glue or Zots™ to place each leaf around the edges of a 2 1/2″ wide circle die-cut .

 

Place foam tape on the back of the circle and place on the card front.

 

Place a bow and large Red Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers as shown. I especially like that 120 Merry Christmas Dazzles™ Stickers features multiple greetings in the same font and color, which helps in making identical cards.

 

Looking to after Chritmas projects, Penny Black has a wonderful line of faith based stamps that I have seen used in Bible Journaling, but I wondered how I would use them on cards.

Here is what I came up with….

 

The same Penny Black Stamps, Gifts From Above and Spiritual Snippets, just used in a new way.

I paired the stamps with Onyx Glimmer Paper, Zen Butterflies Dazzles™ Stickers and Tim Holtz’s Metallic Distress Crayons to create the shimmery background.

For the background I colored white cardstock with lines of gold, bronze and silver crayon.

Then I misted the cardstock lightly with a Spritzer filled with water.

Finally, I smudged the moistened crayon with my fingertips and blotted with a dry paper towel. I added Zen Butterfly Dazzles™ Stickers and both Gifts From Above and Spiritual Snippets Stamps which are both so versatile when making cards of encouragement.

Thanks for stopping by! 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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