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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We Have A Winner!

 

Heather Beckett is our 1st Place Winner and a $25 Paper Wishes® Gift Certificate! Heather our team loved your fall theme! Great use of Hot off The Press’s Truck O’ Goodies Cutting Dies!

Debbie Castle is our Runner Up and the winner of a $15 Paper Wishes ® Gift Certificate! Debbie, great use of Clearly Creative Card Kit!

Thanks for all of wonderful submissions for World Card Making Day!

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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WORLD CARD MAKING DAY CONTEST!

Hi everyone! World Card Making Day is this week! Paper Wishes is celebrating with a fun card making challenge! Check out the details below and upload your BEST “Thank You” or “Thankful” Card for a chance to win some great prizes from Paper Wishes!

I can’t wait to come in on Monday morning and find our “Comments” filled with amazing cards! Hurry and upload those cards right away!

LeNae Gerig

 

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Halloween Paper Crafts

When I was a child one of my favorite things was coming home from school, on a sunny day in October, and discovering that my mom had decorated the house for Halloween! I love Halloween!

These decorated 8″ Chipboard Letters were so quick & easy to make thanks to the Halloween Collection paper crafting bundle and a few adorable Chipboard Jack O’ Lanterns. Here’s a tip when covering chipboard with paper: after gluing the paper to the letter, turn it over and cut the paper even with the letter edges. Perfect fit every time!

This spooky card was a snap to put together! After cutting a blank card to 5″ square I covered it with black cardstock and then glued a 4 3/4″ square of spiderweb paper, from the Halloween Collection, to the center. A green circle, using 8 Circles & Scallops Cutting Dies, made a cute backdrop for a Spooky Chipboard Ghost, covered with white cardstock. I added some sparkle with Glass Bead Glitter Gel on the ghost and “Spooky.” And finally a bow at the top left corner finishes the card.

Susan made this adorable page using Silver Jewel Border Dazzles™ Stickers and Silver Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers, Spooky Ghost Chipboard and the Halloween Collection. So cute!

And finally, Halloween would not be complete without goodies for the Trick-Or-Treaters! These adorable To Go Boxes come in a six pack and are easy to embellish using the Halloween Collection. How cute to pack with goodies and send to a grandchild who lives in another state or your college student’s dorm room!

Thanks for joining me and indulging my Halloween fun! Have a great week and make sure to leave time to make something pretty. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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