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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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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Garden Walk Cardmaking

Hello everyone! I love this time of year when I can share more new and wonderful paper packs with you! Today is Garden Walk! These papers are inspired by botanical gardens, but the colors are also perfect for the fall season.

This first card features the Penny Black Serenity & Peace tree and Believe dies which are both so versatile.

The 4″ Round Paper Doily is easily customized by inking the edge with bronze ink from Basics Cat’s Eye® Queue® Ink Pads.

Die cut the Serenity & Peace tree from Double Sided Adhesive and place it over the doily.

After removing the backing I sprinkled Gemstones Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes over the adhesive and then used Scoochy Foam square to burnish off the excess flake. Don’t waste it! Return the excess flakes to the jar and use it again.

Cut the Penny Black Believe die from black cardstock and glue over the trunk of the tree.

For a completely different look I paired the Garden Walk Papers and Ribbon Set with the Prima Princess Collection Stella Stamp and Penny Black Vine Borders Cutting Dies.

After stamping the image with Black Memento Ink, I used FS7 from Pastels Spectrum Noir™ Pen Set to outline areas on the face and body.

Next I colored the skin with FS4, blending the darker shade with the light.

If coloring stamps with skin tones intimidates you, then consider spot coloring the image, omitting the skin tones and focusing on the flowers.

When coloring the flowers, I continued to use Pastels Spectrum Noir™ Pen Set as well as Purple and Pink Spectrum Noir™ Pen Sets. Once cut out I can easily substitute this spot colored image for the fully colored one on my card.

Thanks for joining me today. Remember to make some time during the week to craft something pretty. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

 

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Beautiful Paper Painting Papers

Hello everyone! I have more beautiful new papers to share with you today!

Paper Painting Paper Pack is a vibrant paper pack filled with colorful flowers and butterflies.

Gail made this amazing page using the coordinating Paper Painting Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers, Ribbon Set, Teal flower and Buttons Galore Fiesta Buttons collection. I love how Gail framed her photo using a large circle using the Easy Circles Template and curved the Dazzles™ Sticker words along the edge.

When I used Pink and Green Spectrum Noir™ Pen Sets to color the Penny Black Awaken Stamp I was pleased at how the vibrant colors in the Paper Painting Papers really made the image pop! I added an aqua bow from the coordinating Paper Painting Ribbon Set and a cheerful greeting from Everyday Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers to complete this card.

Gail made this beautiful poppy card using Layering Poppies Stamp Set and Pink and Yellow/Green Cat’s Eye Queue Ink Pad Sets. Using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform makes putting this card together a snap!

Stamp the background image onto ivory cardstock using medium pink ink. The magnets are handy to keep things in place while you stamp.

Align the next layer of the poppy directly over the first stamped background image.

 

Close the Stamping Platform cover to adhere the stamp.

Open the cover,  apply magenta ink, and stamp the image.

 

 

Finally, stamp the last poppy layer with dark pink ink as you did for the previous layers.

After stamping the leaves with 2 shades of green ink, add dots of  Stickles™ Gold Glitter Glue to the flower center for sparkle!

For more inspiration using the Paper Painting Collection, check out the September 6, 2017 Webisode. The Layering Poppies Stamp Set will be featured on September 13.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to leave a little time in your life to make something pretty. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Winter’s Butterfly

Hello everyone, I have a wonderful new paper collection to show you! Winter’s Butterfly Paper Pack combines the unexpected themes of butterflies and snowflakes beautifully!

I love the page that Debbie made using Winter’s Butterfly Papers, Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers and Purple Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers.

This stunning butterfly card features the Christmas Clearly Creative Kit, which includes 5 sheets of printed acetate, each with a different Christmas theme. Susan used Tim Holtz® Alcohol Inks Eggplant, Cranberry & Lettuce  and Pool to color the back side of the acetate (if you color the front the alcohol in the ink will remove the printed image). She then backed the colored acetate with Clear Glitter Sheets for sparkle! A bow made from Winter’s Butterfly Ribbons adds the finishing touch.

For this card, I altered Jeweled Snowflake Dazzles™ Stickers with Purple Spectrum Noir™ Pens.

While the Jeweled Snowflake Dazzles™ Stickers were still on the backing sheet I colored them with Spectrum Noir™ Purple (PL4) Pens.

Then I added a darker shade of purple (LV3) to add some contrast.

After placing the Dazzles™ Stickers on the card, I colored in some of the jewels with dark purple (LV3) and then added drops of Bottle Green and Oyster Grey Nuvo Crystal Drops for dimension.

A large purple flower from Petaloo Botanical Blooms Lavender/Purple and Winter’s Butterfly Ribbon on the top left corner finishes this card.

That’s all for today! Don’t miss our New Week Of Webisodes, August 28-September 1 and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Cut & Emboss Embellishments

Hi everyone! This week I have been playing with Momenta Cut & Emboss Sets. I was impressed with how easy it was to create a really nice embossed die-cut embellishment for my cards. I LOVE butterflies and started with the Butterfly Cut & Emboss Set first.

I used Watercolor Paper and some Stencil tape to keep the butterfly embossing die positioned over the die-cut image. Once in position, I placed the butterfly embossing plate and watercolor butterfly on a Silicone Rubber Embossing Mat. The spongy mat gives the embossing plate something to press into when it’s run through a Die Cutting Machine.

The Creative Impressions Essentials Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolor Palette contains a great spectrum of colors. I selected blues and greens for my Watercolor Paper butterflies.

First I painted the embossed background with very watery blue paint and then I painted the de-bossed portions of the wings with both blue and green watercolors. Once dry, I added some sparkle with Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops onto the de-bossed portions and let dry.

I placed my butterflies on Twilight Jewels Paper and a Bendi Die-Cut Card. Lime Jewel Border Dazzles™ Stickers along the top and bottom card edges, Birthday Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers and white velvet glitter ribbon from Twilight Jewels Ribbons added the finishing touches.

When I first saw the Bird Cut & Emboss Set I knew I was going to use it with Song Birds Paper Pack, Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers and Ribbon Set! I cut and embossed my sweet little bird from black cardstock and then brushed Indian Gold Nuvo Embellishment Mousse over the embossed surface. I foam taped the bird to the card and then added some gold around the edges of my card.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you come away inspired to make something today. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Christmas Cardmaking Kickoff + WNW Sneak Preview

As I’ve done in years past, when Christmas comes around I like to round up some of my favorite holiday projects just to give you a little extra inspiration! But first, here’s your What’s NEW Wednesday preview:

I have a couple of finds that I’m super excited about! The first is We R Memory Keepers’ Mini Alphabet Punch Board! This board allows you to create unlimited letters & numbers from patterned paper, cardstock and more! The letters & numbers measure 1.5″x2.5″.

 

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Susan made this cute “Celebrate Banner” but it would also be fun to create a special Christmas or New Year’s banner… (I clearly have ‘holidays’ on the brain!) Honestly, this is such a great tool that I’m sure we’ll find all kinds of uses for it!

 

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Another one of my favorites are these NEW Coloring Bookmarks!

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Seasons Coloring Bookmarks – 12 pack

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Floral Coloring Bookmarks – 12 pack

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Home Coloring Bookmarks – 12 pack

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Each set (Floral, Home and Seasons) comes with 12 bookmarks for you to color and trust me, you’re going to want these once I spill the beans on what’s coming up next Wednesday (12/7).

 

If you’re a Spectrum Noir™ enthusiast, I have a treat for you!

 

Next Wednesday we’ll have the USA exclusive release of the NEW Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Markers as we’re making them available 2 days before anyone else!!! These markers were designed with illustrators and coloring addicts in mind, and they feature dual tips with brush and super fine nibs. This makes them perfect for linework and detailed coloring!

 

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We’ll have 8 different sets available, each with 6 pens! And all of them are designed to complement the Spectrum Noir™ family of markers. I can’t wait to get my hands on these!

 

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So there’s my big secret—you all know now! So be sure to come back on Wednesday for What’s NEW Wednesday, our new webisode, and stay tuned for our exclusive, early release of NEW Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Markers from Crafter’s Companion! Hooray!

This fall we released our Christmas Wonder Collection, and you might’ve seen my August post on this collection. Well, our design team has continued creating projects with this wonderful collection, so here are even more stunning card ideas.

 

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This first card is so gorgeous! The large wreath focal Susan created uses Hot Off The Press’ NEW Viney Wreath Stencil and NEW Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes. It’s such an elegant look! Gold Jewel Dazzles™ and Gold Jewel Border Dazzles™ add the finishing touches.

 

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Click here for Susan’s instructions

 

Here’s another gorgeous example from Susan, and this technique was taken right from one of the projects we made at Girlfriends Getaway! This magical Christmas version features an amazing, glittered background topped with shiny gold Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Dazzles™. This is a really special card that’s also fun to create!

 

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Click here for Susan’s instructions

 

Our next card is from LeNae, and while she too uses Christmas Wonder papers, she takes the look in a slightly different direction. Her rainbow snowflakes are wonderfully whimsical, and she also uses Hot Off The Press’ NEW Fancy Christmas Greetings stamp set! I love this adorable holiday look!

 

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Click here for LeNae’s instructions

 

Apparently this is the “Susan Show” today because our final card also comes from Susan. It features a luxurious, gold-embossed die-cut she made using Hot Off The Press’ Angel Cutting Die and WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Embossing Powder.

 

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Click here for Susan’s instructions

 

Christmas Wonder Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers are not just gorgeous—they’re versatile too, allowing you to create your favorite holiday look, and there’s still time to order yours for holiday cardmaking! And don’t forget—if you live nearby, we now feature FREE In-Store Pickup! Skip the shipping charge and skip the wait!

 

Take care!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes

 

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Oh So Thankful (And Black Friday Begins NOW!)

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Happy Thanksgiving from Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes!

 

It’s Thanksgiving week! In our hometown of Canby, Oregon, the crisp, cold weather has finally arrived, and it’s starting to really feel like the holidays (in fact I’ve already spotted a few Christmas lights)! While talking about plans for the upcoming holiday weekend, I asked some of the others here to share what they were feeling thankful for:

 

“I am thankful for the blessings that are my family, my friends and my home.”

LeNae Gerig, Design Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“As ever, I am thankful for my two amazing boys, Lance & Connor! Also very thankful for a kind and caring boyfriend (hi Ken!) and that I am able to live a creative life through work. A dream come true!”

Gail Booth, Webisodes & Design Team

 

 

 

 

 

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Michelle Gustafson, Paper Wishes Blog & Social Media

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Melissa, Customer Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m thankful for the Marine Corps. Without them my parents would not have met and I would not have been born. Without them I would not have met my husband. Semper Fi!”

Paulette Jarvey, Owner & President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here we are (at least most of us)! Guess what we’re thankful for?

 

YOU!

 

 

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You are the reason we do what we do here. Paper Wishes is a small, family-owned business, and as much as we love to inspire you and all of the Paper Wishers out there, it’s ultimately YOUR creativity that keeps us going! So thank you, and from all of us here at Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes:

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to check out the What’s NEW Wednesday Sneak Peek below! Also, in addition to our Wednesday Webisode, there will be a BONUS Thanksgiving Webisode that airs on Thursday that will feature some amazing Christmas Baubles cutting dies! We will also have special deals each day this week so there’s lots going on! See you soon!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

What’s NEW Wednesday: Sneak Peek for November 23rd

Look what LeNae’s up to! We have fun, new holiday home decor that comes ready for you to embellish! Available Wednesday!

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WNW Sneak Peek + 5 Thanksgiving Card Ideas!

 

What’s NEW Wednesday: Sneak Peek for Wednesday, November 16th

As promised, here are some of the highlights of this week’s What’s NEW Wednesday arrivals! “Bauble” is of course, the UK term for ornament, and UK-based Tonic Studios has just released these beautiful, versatile bauble dies. I love the idea of creating handmade, die cut ornaments, and these allow you to create as many as you want!

Our in-house design team has used them in some wonderful ways, creating ornaments, cards and even a page! You’ll be able to see all of these ideas and more during our upcoming Thanksgiving Bonus Webisode that will be airing on Thanksgiving, November 24th!

 

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By LeNae Gerig

 

You’re going to love using these dies on all your holiday projects!

 

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And here’s a new way to add a big surprise to any wedding, birthday or thank you card using the Pop-Up Gift Box Cutting Die Set from We R Memory Keepers!

 

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By Susan Cobb

 

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Surprise!

 

These dies create a wondrous little gift box that pops out from your card inside, revealing a gift card, cash or other treat! I love this idea!!! Don’t miss these new items and more—available tomorrow on What’s NEW Wednesday.

Now as promised, here are five gorgeous cards that share this season’s message in five different ways.

LeNae’s “Many Thanks” card has been one of my favorites this season! She placed her Framed Leaves Dazzles™ on Double-Sided Adhesive, and then sprinkled with Crystal Microglitter. After burnishing the microglitter, she actually COLORED her her glitter with Spectrum Noir™ markers for the stunning, sparkling look below!

 

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Click here for LeNae’s instructions

 

Here’s another one I’ve been saving all year—Susan created this “So Very Grateful” card when we released our Botanical Leaves Stamps & Botanical Leaves Cutting Dies, and it’s a truly elegant look that would work especially well for a male recipient!

 

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Click here for Susan’s instructions

 

If you love embossing folders, and the dimension they create, check out Debbie’s “Thanks” card below! She used Hot Off The Press’ Thanks & Tree Embossing Folder, and inked the design with StazOn® Metallic Copper Ink! She then matted the pieces on Metallic Gold Specialty Paper and added Gold Jewel Dazzles™. What a quick way to get such a luxurious look!

 

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Click here for Debbie’s instructions

 

Our next card idea features a lovely wreath that Debbie created using Hot Off The Press’ Viney Wreath Stencil. She inked her wreath, flowers and bow using a variety of Distress inks; then layered the pieces with foam tape! The quote is from Zen Leaves Dazzles™ Stickers.

 

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Click here for Debbie’s instructions

 

Here’s another adorable card from Debbie, and she created this one just for the blog! This time her metallic look comes from Mirror Dazzles™ Sheets. These come in set of 10 different colors and are PERFECT for die cutting!

 

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Debbie also used some of my other favorites on this card—Hot Off The Press’ Truck O’ Goodies Cutting Dies; Birch Trees Stencil (for the background) and the patterned papers are from the Cider Artful Card Kit!

This week we’re also saying “Thank YOU!” with our Thanks & Giving Promotion—use promo code THX2016 to take 20% off the highest priced item in your order! Good through November 19th!

 

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Thanks again to everyone for being part of the Paper Wishes family! Have a wonderful week ahead!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

Don’t forget! Friday marks the end of Mom’s Warehouse Sale and the beginning of new 50/50 Fridays! Our new clearance section will feature 50 items at 50% off available for a whole week. New items every Friday!

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Sneak Preview: What’s NEW Wednesday & Hunkydory WOW!

We have some amazing finds for you this coming Wednesday—especially if you’re a Hunkydory fan! Here are two new stamp sets from Hunkydory (below)—one for the holidays, and one for birthdays! I just love those fuzzy Christmas owls, and will look forward to using the birthday set year round!

 

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By LeNae Gerig

 

LeNae’s card also uses Hunkydory’s new Essential Book of Foiled Cardstock! There are two sets, masculine & feminine, and both are truly stunning!

 

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For The Men

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For The Ladies

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My final favorite actually comes in 9 different designs and they’re all pretty incredible! Hunkydory’s Stylish Silhouettes are finely detailed, laser cut designs ready for you to clip apart and add to any project! Here are a couple of my favorite sets:

 

Stylish Silhouettes Beautiful Baubles

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Stylish Silhouettes Christmas Cheer

 

Just take a look at Gail’s card, below! She’s used the Stylish Silhouettes shown above for her focal and greeting, and the inked edges create a such gorgeous, finished look!

 

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Gail’s card above also features Gold & Silver Mirri Die-Cuts—these are made exclusively for Paper Wishes! Just pop them out and they’re ready to add to your projects!

 

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All these items & more will be available this Wednesday!  Plus, it’s a Week of Webisodes featuring new project ideas every day starting on Saturday (today for VIPs!)—all featuring new holiday goodies from Hunkydory! There’s plenty of ideas and inspiration—so don’t miss a single day! Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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