Paper Wishes 2017 Best Sellers & Favorite Things

Hi everyone! As 2017 comes to an end I thought I would share with you the products our customers and friends made our BEST SELLERS at Paper Wishes!

If you’re a stamper, then you know all about the wonderfulness of Stamping Platforms. I know they are a MUST-HAVE for me! I can’t even remember what I did before I had one.

The only difference between the Misti Stamping Tool and the Mini Misti Stamping Tool is the size and, of course, the price. If you like to only make cards then the Mini Misti may be for you. If you like a larger format to stamp other types of paper crafts then both the Misti and Tim Holtz Stamping Platform are perfect for you. All of these are among Paper Wishes best sellers for 2017!

The Misti Stamping Tool also has a Studio Bag (purchased separately) that is perfect for storage and stamping on the go!

Paper Wishes will have the New Tim Holtz Protective Sleeve in our Winter Catalog, available December 30!

If so many of you are using the Stamping Platforms you’re going to need fabulous stamps too. Another of 2017 top sellers is Hot Off The Press’s the Botanical Butterflies Stamps and Cutting Dies are just right for so many occasions and we show you just how to use them in the Botanical Butterflies Webisode.

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss may be my MOST favorite product of 2017. It’s so easy to use (the applicator sponge is built right in!), easy to clean up and the colors are vibrant! Susan also used a Dahlia Stencil to make this amazing card. See this card and other great techniques on our Glitter Kiss Webisode.

As you would expect Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads are another versatile favorite this year and were also among our top sellers! For this card, I used both Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain sponged on the paper and then stamped the Watercolor Roses image using only water to leave a water mark impression. We have a great Distress Oxide Webisode featuring these remarkable inks and I encourage you to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by and from all of us a Paper Wishes have a safe and Happy New Year!

LeNae Gerig

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Steampunk Pop-Up Box

Hello everyone! Recently my daughter created a Steampunk Fairy costume for a 4-H Fashion Show. The look included a skirt and blouse, which she sewed herself, a cinched waste belt, swashbuckling boots and, of course, jet pack fairy wings. She was asked several times, “What is Steampunk?” She explained that Steampunk is a science fiction fantasy genera, where the Victorian Era has elements of technology that shouldn’t have existed at that time. It’s just fun!

With all of that Steampunk energy at our house, you can imagine how excited she was when she saw what I was making last night!

Crafter’s Companion Time Traveller Stamp Collection by Sheena Douglass is fun and versatile to work with. I loved coloring the Time Machine balloon stamp using blue and green pens from Lights Spectrum Noir™ Pens Set. I covered the Pop-Up Box Die-Cut Card with Steampunk Paper Pack and added a bow from Steampunk Ribbon Set.

The Geared Up Stamp Set has assorted gears and sentiments that are perfect for Steampunk and masculine cards.

The Pop-Up Box comes with a sheet of acetate that you cut into strips and then adhere to the paper “beams” inside the box.

Add Happy Birthday Greetings Dazzles™ stickers and you’re all set!

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

LeNae Gerig

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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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