Jewelry Made Easy!

I love to make jewelry, and have been making holiday gifts and birthday presents for my mom and sisters for years now. The jewelry I was making then was based on beads and chains. I was first introduced to jewelry making with papercrafting supplies with the launch of our Easy Peasy jewelry making books ¬and boy was I hooked!

Vintage Easy Peasy

Pretty & Playful Easy Peasy

The original books came with art and coordinating overlays, so you can collage your jewelry pieces. This is a great look when used with the microscope slides (and the art pieces are designed to fit these versatile sizes!) Simply, sandwich the paper and overlay between two glass pieces, slip into the frame and WOW!

Vintage 1"x3" Slide

Pretty & Playful 1"x1" Slide

The Vintage has been so popular that we reprinted it but, it now has the art and overlay art layered in one paper image. The new style is much easier to work with the glass tiles. Simply, apply a thin layer of crystal lacquer to the back of the tile, place the tile over the cut-out paper art. Let dry, then seal the paper with more lacquer and attach the bail.

The glass tiles are so versatile! So, we wanted to do more and we brought in these beautiful crystals from our friends at Mark Richards, which really sparkle on the tiles! Ann used alcohol inks in most of these projects to color the background and give the crystals an added boost of color. You can also use StazOn® to get a metallic effect.

Large Circle Tile with Crystals

Rectangle Tile with Crystals

What have you done with your papercrafting supplies to make jewelry? Leave me a comment and let me know your ideas!

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Premiere Papier Tole Personal Shopper Kit

I am so excited to announce our newest Personal Shopper Kit- Premiere Papier Tole! Now you can have the newest designs before anyone else on the planet! Papier Tole die-cut sheets are hugely popular for card making and scrapbooking projects, and they’re so easy to use! Our customers have been raving about the designs and the results!

Here are a few scrapbooking and card making projects using some of the Papier Tole sheets available on Paper Wishes. Look at how beautiful these 3-D embellishments are!

A Cuppa Papier Tole

Art Nouveau Foil Papier Tole

Playful Flower papier Tole

Victorian Roses Papier Tole

In the Premiere Papier Tole Personal Shopper kit you’ll receive TWO packs of Papier Tole sheets. The sheets may be foil Papier tole, pyramid Papier Tole or paper Papier tole. You’ll also receive coordinating papers and a full-color newsletter packed with card making and scrapbooking project ideas, plus, tips for using your new Papier Tole designs!

Premiere Papier Tole is every other month and the cost is $12.99, which includes shipping in the US and Canada. International members will receive a $2 shipping credit. Just for joining you’ll receive FREE 2 packs of foam squares. The first shipment is June 23.

Visit Premiere Papier Tole Personal Shopper to sign up today!

Here is a sneak peek of the 2 Papier Tole packs in the first kit:

Music & Roses Papier Tole

Artful Christmas Pyramid Papier Tole (sheet1)

Artful Christmas Pyramid Papier Tole (sheet 2)

Come join the fun! We’d love to have you as part of the Personal Shopper family!

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I love Disney! My first trip as a kid wasn’t until I was about 11 years old, which certainly isn’t old by any means, but I had been dreaming of going to Disneyworld for as long as I can remember! I can still remember that first entrance into the park, seeing Cinderella’s castle and Goofy…

My Mom has tons of great Disney pictures of us. Some day I’ll duplicate them and put them in their own special album, so my kids can see my trip to Disney. But, for now I live vicariously through LeNae (one of our fabulous designers) and her family’s adventures to the Magic Kingdom. She has done such a great job of documenting their Disney time, and with the help of our Disney Dazzles™, the scrapbooks have come together so nicely!

Here are a few precious pages LeNae has done using our Disney Scrapbooking Dazzles™.

Disney Princess Scrapbooking Dazzles™

Disney Magic Kingdom Scrapbooking Dazzles™

Disney Princess Scrapbooking Dazzles™

The Scrapbooking Dazzles™ come with 6 sheets of 12”x12” papers plus coordinating Dazzles™. There is Disney Princess and Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom Scrapbooking Dazzles™

Princess Scrapbooking Dazzles™

You can also get the smaller Disney Dazzles™ packs in Mickey Mouse and Princess. These come with die-cuts and fun greetings, plus 67-121 Dazzles™. These smaller packs are made to be card friendly, but I find the die-cuts and Dazzles™ look great on scrapbook pages, too!

Mickey Mouse Dazzles™

Princess Dazzles™

Leave me a comment and let me know about your Disney scrapbooking ideas!

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Beyond Scrapbooking & Card Making

I love to scrapbook and make cards, but when it comes to birthdays and the holidays I am always looking for fun project ideas that I can make for gifts. Two of my best friends’ birthdays are this month so I have been looking for ideas then low and behold I found some great ideas right under my nose, in the Class in A Box Personal Shopper Kits!

The first project I did was a Felt Dahlia Broach that was shown in the March 2011 kit. This broach is so easy to make and look at the gorgeous results! It’s pretty simple really, it just takes some cutting and a little time. The kit comes with all the patterns you will need for the 3 petal sizes. You will need a hot glue gun to create each petal and then all you have to do is arrange them on the circle base (also a pattern in the kit).

Felt Broach

The next project I did was the Book Journal from the April 2011 kit. This is for my friend who is an avid reader and loves to collect books. I love going to her house because it’s like visiting a library, and I get a book review with each book I borrow! This book journal is round but the idea can be easily adapted to create a square or rectangular journal too. In the kit you’ll get all the art and papers you see here, which makes this so easy to put together!

Cover of Book Journal

Inside Pages of Book Journal

Inside Pages of Book Journal

Inside Pages of Book Journal

And guess what? You can order these past kits to make your own projects! Check out the Class In A Box site to see what else our wonderful designers have created.

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Sneak Peek on New Punches

We’ve been super busy putting together the Summer Paper Wishes Wrap, and I’m so excited because it’s packed full of 77 brand new tools and products for cardmakers and scrapbookers! And, although this won’t be in the mail until the first week in June, I just have to show you some of my favorite new goodies!

New Punch It Punches from Purple Cows
These versatile punches let you create intricate designs on paper, photos, plastic and even craft foam, perfect for cardmaking and scrapbooking! Punch and emboss borders and patterns easily with the clearly marked guides on every punch.

Spring Punch It

Summer Punch It

Autumn Punch It

Solstice Punch It

Winter Punch It

Check out Susan’s beautiful design, using the Summer Punch It! Doesn’t it look like a lot of detailed work? I talked with Susan and it’s super easy with the Punch It. All you do is cut a square of the adhesive sheet, punch the four corners (aligning the sheet each time) and then punch the four sides¬. She then peeled off the backing from one side of the adhesive, covered in glitter and then pulled the other side of the adhesive off and attached to the card front–how easy and beautiful!

click for instructions

Susan used the double-sided adhesive sheets to add glitter but you could punch the edges of your background paper or the edge of your card front to create a border on your card and scrapbook pages. Or, back with a contrasting paper and create a custom card focal or scrapbook page embellishment.

I am so excited about these punches! They are available at today, so come check them out!

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Color Me™ Techniques

I love the Color Me™ papers! Have you played with them yet? Here are a few basic techniques that work well for scrapbooking and cardmaking projects.

Here is an example of using inkpads straight on a scrapbooking project for all over color. Simply rub the inkpad onto the paper, and then use a paper towel to wipe the ink off the white areas. Using this method with the Distress Inks will leave you with a nice shadow effect near the raised areas, which really adds to the dimension on this scrapbook page! I love the shadow effect, but if you want to get even coverage with the distress inks LeNae recommends using a cosmetic sponge. And, don’t be afraid to mix and mediums! LeNae used markers to color in the border here and even some Stickles to create a glittery effect on the flowers.

Direct to paper inking

On this card Ann used the Brilliance ink pads which have a nice point so she could get color into each Color Me™ flower and leaf. This gives the design a dramatic effect against the white background, for a totally different look.

Detailed inking

Blending colors is super easy and look at the result! Ann used a cosmetic sponge with the Chalk Inks (link) to create a beautiful continuity here. She simply dabbed the sponge onto the ink pad and applied to the paper in a circular motion to blend each color seamlessly on the scrapbook page. I’ve been told that you don’t need a sponge with the Chalk inks, but Ann used it here to blend the colors with more precision. Watch the webisode to see Ann demonstrate this exact technique!

Using a sponge

We are coming up with new scrapbooking and cardmaking techniques with the Color Me™ all the time! There is just so much to do with these versatile papers! Leave me a comment and let me know what you have done with the Color Me™ papers!

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I am so excited to announce the launch of our newest sister site! This site is a great resource for people who are new to cardmaking and even those who are experienced and looking for some great cardmaking inspiration.

The site is full of cardmaking tips and techniques like how to create a focal, different card folds and window cards. There are also videos demonstrating cardmaking techniques like:

Covering The Card Front Video

Ideas for the Card Inside Video

The best thing about this new site is that it’s a great tool you can always fall back on, especially if you’re stuck on a card and need a little boost of creativity. There are great ideas for using templates on your cards, some that even the most experienced cardmaker may not know. Also, tips for greeting and sentiments and even good ideas for Christmas cardmaking!

We’re even covering the basics like:

Adhesives Video

Inks Video

Chalking Video

There will be a new card project every month, so check back regularly to see what we’re doing! And, please let me know what you think.

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Sneak Peek of Super Cool Technique

Teresa did something amazing! You may know her from this week’s Cardmaking Week of Webisodes. She has created a shadow effect by using Dazzles™ as a mask. How beautiful!

Card Front

Card Inside

Teresa used the Nature’s Watercolors Paper Pack, Enchanted Moments Scrapbooking Dazzles™ and the Smooch Spritz in Limolicious and Splash.

Nature's Watercolors Paper Pack

Enchanted Moments Scrapbooking Dazzles™

Limolicious Smooch Spritz

Splash Smooch Spritz


So, it’s actually pretty easy! Simply, place your Dazzles™ on a piece of cardstock and spritz with your choice of color. Make sure you have good coverage around the Dazzles™. Then peel the Dazzles™ off the cardstock and place on your Craft Sheet so you can wipe off the ink from the Dazzles™. Let your inked cardstock dry completely. Then, replace the Dazzles™ slightly offset from the masked image to create the shadow effect. Teresa then used the gold Jewel Dazzles™ to accent the Enchanted Dazzles™. Super easy and what an elegant look!

This technique would look beautiful with any of the silver or gold Dazzles™, too! Check out some of these examples that Ann has put together.

Silver Sympathy Dazzles™

Gold Fern Dazzles™

Although the black Dazzles™ have the most dramatic effect, these are simply gorgeous! (Oh, and here’s a sneak peek at 2 new Dazzles™ designs that will be available in September, silver Sympathy Dazzles™ and gold Ferns Dazzles™).

We are always looking for new techniques with our Dazzles™! Let us know if you have come up with something, because we’d love to share it with all our readers!

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Cardmaking Week of Webisodes!

The Cardmaking Week of Webisodes is here! Well, actually it doesn’t start until Monday but I thought you’d a sneak peek into our first day. I am so excited to have the wonderfully talented Teresa Welch back to design the cards. And for those who have seen her designs in the past, you know what I mean!

The first day is Amazing Folded Cardmaking and these cards are AMAZING! The folds are based on Teresa’s best selling DVD Amazing Folded Cards. For this day Teresa gives us brand new designs featuring some of our brand new specialty papers! We even include the folding patterns for the cards in the webisode, so look for the download in the project gallery.

My favorite card is the neverending card. This card is so simple to make, and the results are gorgeous! The pictures don’t really do it justice; you need to see the webisode to get the full effect.

Neverending Card Front

Neverending Card Fold 1

Neverending Card Fold 2

Neverending Card Fold 3

Neverending Card Fold 4

These papers are great for cardmaking and because they’re 12”x12” they’re great for scrapbooking too! You must watch the webisode to see how Teresa has used the specialty papers to accent her cards–they’re beautiful!

Gold Stars Holographic Paper

Silver Lined Specialty paper

Gold Sparkles Holographic Paper

Silver Sparkles Holographic Paper


The Money Saver for this webisode is a great deal! You save over $10 on the DVD, Earth’s Palette papers and sheer ribbon. The Super Saver has all the specialty papers and the 2 butterfly embossing punches and you’ll save $10 over buying them separately. Super!

Amazing Folded Cardmaking Bundle

Super Saver

Let me know what you think about the webisode. Have you tried any of Teresa’s amazing folds?


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New Tools & Embellies!

The Summer Paper Wishes has been out only a few weeks now and I have to let you know of my favorite supplies for scrapbooking and cardmaking! The Smooch Spritz Inks I can’t resist the Smooch Spritz inks! The sprays offer great coverage, and they each have a glimmer that really adds to my scrapbook pages and cards! Use them with the Floral Circle Mask for scrapbook pages and the Fancy Border Masks for cards, like Susan did here.

Floral Circle Mask & Smooch Spritz

Fancy Borders Mask & Smooch Spritz

Chalk Pencils I love love love these new chalk pencils! You get the soft touch of chalk with the precision details of a pencil! They are perfect for page titles and journaling on scrapbook pages, then sentiments and pen details on cards. They also look great when used with the Butterfly Meadow template from Crafter’s Workshop (another one of my favs!) Simply color in the designs with your array of chalk colors! Check out the other 6”x6” templates for cardmaking and scrapbooking too!

Pearlescent Earthtone Chalk Pencils

Pearlescent Bright Chalk Pencils

Pearlescent Bright Chalk Pencils

Classic Bright Chalk Pencils

6"x6" butterfly Meadow Template

Glitter Ribbon
So, I absolutely cannot live without glitter ribbon! I use them as borders on scrapbook pages and cut them apart for focals on cards and albums. They are the perfect accent for all your papercrafts! I have a wide variety of all types of adhesive ribbon, but these glitter ones really give a nice sparkle to my scrapbooking and cardmaking projects!

What are your new favorite Paper Wishes items? I would love to hear, and pass it along to our other readers.

Cupcake Glitter Ribbon

Brocade Glitter Ribbon


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