A Stampendous Christmas!

Hello crafty friends! I’m excited to bring you wonderful Christmas stamps from our friends at Stampendous.

When I saw this Natvity Stamp it reminded me of stained glass and I knew I would use it on a window card.

After Black embossing on Heat Resistant Acetate I covered a 5” square card with Christmas Tidings paper.

Then I approximated where my window would go.

I used a Retractable Pen Knife to start my window.

And then, after placing the Acetate behind the window, I carefully began to tear an opening.

Before gluing the stamped image behind the torn away window I colored it with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink Pens. Burgundy (Red Pen Set) Blue (Turquoise Pen Set) and Yellows (SkinTone/Pale Hues Pens). I also added a burgundy Crepe Ribbon bow.

Here are some more Christmas projects made by Stampendous’s talented design team.

This sweet card uses Snowman Cardinals Cling Rubber Stamp & Dies Set.

This darling gift bag uses Cool Penguin Clear Stamp & Die Set. I love the cute little hat and sweater stamps that dress up the little guy.

And finally, this versatile Music 8″x8″ Cling Rubber Stamp can be used all year around to create beautiful backgrounds.

Thanks for joining me today. Be sure to check out some of your favorite must have items that are back in stock at Paper Wishes. We also have a new “Contact & Request” page. It’s the big pink square on our home page labeled “REQUESTS.”

Happy crafting,

LeNae Gerig

 

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Holly & Snow

Hello crafty friends! Today I’m bringing you Holly & Snow themed cards using Practical Publishing Cutting Dies.

I used the 6″x6″ Holly Cutting Die and Merry Christmas Cutting Die to make this sweet Gold Embossed card.

The technique to randomly emboss the black cardstock holly is so easy to do and you can watch it on the November 28 Paper Wishes Weekly Webisode, which features the cutting dies.

This snowflake card features the 6″x6″ Snowflake Cutting Die. For sparkle I placed Silver Jewel Border Dazzles™ Stickers on the die cut snowflake.

Both of the cards use Cosy Christmas 6″x6″ Paper Pad which has a cute collection of rustic Christmas themed papers.

To make a card collection as a gift, the 6″x6″ Card & Box Cutting Dies made the perfect storage box for my 6″x6″ cards (this box die requires a die cutting machine with a 9″ wide platform). I used Silver Sparkles Holographic Paper for the box and Heat Resistant Acetate for the window. I even added some Gold Embossed butterflies using the All Around Greetings Clear Stamps.

Thanks for joining me today and for more ideas and techniques, using the products from todays blog, please check out our NEW Paper Wishes Weekly Webisode, on Wednesday, November 28.

Happy crafting everyone!

LeNae Gerig

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Helen Griffin Stamps

Hello friends and Happy Thanksgiving! Everyone here at Paper Wishes is thankful for you, our loyal customers!

Today I’m bringing you some holiday inspiration. The Traditional Christmas Stamp Set by Helen Griffin has a sweet assortment of Christmas card making images.

I created a 5″ card with a collage look and used both the Traditional Christmas Stamp Set and the Wood Texture Embossing Folder.

I tore the edges of blue cardstock, from Pastel Cardstock, and stamped a brown twig wreath. I die cut a 3″ wide tan cardstock circle and embossed it with Textured Wood Embossing Folder. After inking the embossed surface, I set the circle aside.

I stamped some green pine boughs and brown twigs to extend from the wreath as shown. I also stamped a brown music border and “Season’s Greetings” using black ink above the border.

I glued the torn square to a green covered 5″ card and the embossed circle offset over the twig wreath. I stamped the bow and 2 birds onto white cardstock using black Memento Ink. I colored with bow with two shades of Red Spectrum Noir Pens and the birds with Skintone/Pale Hues Spectrum Noir Pens. After cutting out the images, I glued them to the card front.

Finally, this gorgeous pine wreath card was created by the stamp set designer, Helen Griffin. I love the mix of green inks that she used on the pine boughs! It looks thick and lush.

Thanks for joining me today! Enjoy the day and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

 

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Hunkydory Christmas!

Hello crafty friends! I’ve got some wonderful news! November 21 is the relaunch of our Paper Wishes Webisodes and you’re getting a sneak peak today!

This is the Hunkydory Cardmaking Collection Magazine & Kit #6. It’s packed full of Christmas card fun! So many cute papers, cardstock, cutting dies, stamps and an embossing folder.

On November 21 Paper Wishes Webisode I will be showing cards and techniques from the Hunkydory Cardmaking Collection Magazine and Kit #6. Here is just one example.

I altered this stamped village scene, featured in the Hunkydory Magazine, by adding Gold Star Holographic Paper (included in the kit)and more gold embossed snowflakes.

The stamped village scene includes a masking technique.

Cut out the village and color with Spectrum Noir Pens, both dark and light gray.

For more about this Hunkydory Kit, cards and techniques join me for Paper Wishes Webisodes, Wednesday, November 21.

Check out all of our NEW products for Practical Publishing!

Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Autumn Page & Card

Hello friends, I don’t know about you, but I find that I take the most pictures during autumn. With back to school and all of the Halloween and Thanksgiving festivities I have so many cute photos! If you are a scrapbooker like me you’re always on the lookout for page ideas and supplies.

The Falling Into Autumn Paper Pack includes 12 beautiful papers, 2 each of 6 designs, that include all of the rich colors we love this time of year: Golden yellow, brown, teal, burgundy and dark orange.

I paired the Falling Into Autumn Papers with Steampunk Die-Cuts because adding a few gears was fun to use with the “Kids with Dad” theme.

 

Notice that I placed the Steampunk Die-Cut frame directly over the photo. I did this because it’s almost like zooming into the subjects faces.

(Tip: this same technique could be used on a card front, replacing the photo with a stamped image or Dazzles™ Sticker greeting.)

This fun birthday card was easy to make. I covered each half of the card with both golden brown and teal Falling Into Autumn Papers. I used my paper cutter to cut the gear border in half (lengthwise) and glued it to the top and bottom edges. I even cut a small label in half and used the pieces on each side of the large label to make a border.

A little foam tape under the balloon and butterfly provided dimension and then I finished with a Black Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles™ Sticker.

Thanks for joining me today. Don’t forget that our HUGE 60% Off Sale Ends on Saturday, November 17. 

After the sale ends Paper Wishes will be launching NEW Products for Christmas and Webisodes will be back! Here’s a sneak peek for our November 21 Webisode.

Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

 

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Christmas Social

Hello crafty friends, today I’m bringing you some Christmas card inspiration with a sprinkle of snow.

This sweet mouse card uses Christmas Social Papers and Janie’s Mice Christmas Stamp Set.

 

This Christmas Social Paper had both Christmas and Winter themed papers.

Janie’s Mice Christmas Stamp Set features the cutest little mice!

To make the card, cut 1/2″ from the bottom edge of a folded 6 1/2″x5″ White Card.

Open the card and fold the top and bottom edges to make 2″ wide flaps that have a 1/2″ wide space between them.

For the card front, I colored the mouse with tan, pink, red and green Spectrum Noir Pens. When I used Grey Mist Nuvo Jewel Drops on the cookie center, and placed it near my heat vent to dry, something interesting happened. The translucent product actually crackled (most likely from the fast drying) and I decided that I liked the look. It reminds me of sugar icing.

I foam taped the stamped square image on the top card flap only.

I glued red swirl paper to the card inside back, covering the original fold line, and then glued stamped images so that they were hidden by the card front flaps.

The snow themed paper in the Christmas Social Paper Pack went well with the snow mouse stamp!

I used the Christmas Gift Card Holder to make a cute mitten gift card holder.

A White Round Mini Brad makes a hinge out of the mitten cuff. Just slip the gift card inside the pocket.

Thanks for joining me today! Don’t forget Paper Wishes HUGE 60% Off Sale ends on November 17 and then we will be launching NEW PRODUCT! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Season Of Thanks

Hi crafty friends! November is a month where we remember to be thankful for family and friends. Maybe you send lovely fall themed “Thankful” cards to brighten someone’s day, but why stop there?

Here are a few cheerful “Thank You” cards that you can make and send all year.

For this card I used the Label Triple Easel Die-Cut Card. One of the many things I love about the Triple Easel Die-Cut Cards is that they look like you spend hours engineering and decorating them, but this card took less than one hour to make.

After covering my card pieces with Fresh Cut Paper, I applied black ink to the edges, stamped my message (using Happy, Hello, Love & Thanks Stamp Set) and then foam taped Fresh Cut Die-Cuts flowers to the easel labels.

I’m in love with the Happy, Hello, Love & Thanks Stamp Set. Take a look at all of the message combinations you can make!

For this card I used Script Greetings Cutting Dies and once again Fresh Cut Paper and Fresh Cut Die-Cuts.

I added red and blue Enamel Dots to the flower center and near the greeting.

Don’t forget to check out our HUGE 60% Off Sale at Paper Wishes…while it lasts. We have something new we are working on so subscribe now and don’t miss a thing!

Happy crafting,

LeNae Gerig

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Vintage Cards & Scrapbook Page

Hello friends, today I’m bringing you some paper crafts with vintage style. Layering vintage elements is the key to this look. I started with a 12″x12″ cardstock background and then overlapped 5″x7″ papers, photos and die-cuts, arranging them both horizontally and vertically to fill empty space.

To make this sweet page I used Pastel Cardstock, Hello Friend Paper Layers and Hello Friend Whatnots.

I love the color scheme in this collection: Tan, Brown, Cream, Peach and Pink.

For this card I layered paper and stickers. To create a focal, I tore the image of the woman from the corner of a  5″x7″ paper.

I used Cashmere Dame Paper Layers, Hello Friend Title Stickers and a Pink Mini Paper Rose.

Thanks for joining me today. Don’t forget to shop Paper Wishes HUGE 60% Off Sale happening now.

Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Pendant Necklaces

Hello crafty friends! Today I have some easy handmade Jewelry Pendant inspiration for you. Just in time for holiday gift giving.

The Pendants come in a 2 pack so you can make one as a gift and keep one for yourself. With Paper Wishes HUGE 60% Off Sale the Pendants are only $1 Each!

I added an Glass Domed Oval to my Silver Oval Pendant and it has the look of an heirloom piece of Jewelry. I’ll show you how I did it.

I used the Vintage Easy Peasy Jewelry book for my art work and traced around the Glass Domed Oval and cut it out.

I layered more pieces on to the paper oval: A round clock cut-out, also from Vintage Easy Peasy Jewelry book, 2 hearts and a “Happy” Dazzles™ Sticker from Gold Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles™ Stickers.

I used glue stick to glue the paper oval into the Silver Oval Pendants and then added a few drops of Crystal Lacquer (or similar product).

And finally I placed the Glass Domed Oval inside the pendant and pressed down with my finger tip to spread the liquid evenly under the glass oval. Let dry for 6-8 hours.

For the photo pendant I traced the Glass Domed Oval around the photo and cut it out. I used glue stick to glue the photo to the back of the Gold Oval Pendant and added Red Heart Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers and Gold Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles™ Stickers before adding Crystal Lacquer and the Glass Dome.

For this Gold Square Pendant I glued a square of yellow paper to the inside back and then the “dream” cut-out from the Vintage Easy Peasy Jewelry book. After placing the “Just” Gold Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles™ Sticker I attached a Glass Domed Square using Crystal Lacquer.  A Gold Chain was the perfect finishing touch.

Thanks for joining me today. Don’t forget to take advantage of our HUGE 60% OFF Sale at Paper Wishes. Happy crafting!

 

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