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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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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Quick & Easy Christmas Cardmaking

Hi everyone! It’s officially fall and time to turn my attention to Christmas Cards! I don’t know about you, but I’m a fan of the Quick & Easy Christmas card that has lots of WOW!

 

This sparkly snowflake card is made using Winter’s Butterfly Paper Pack, Ribbon Set, White Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers, Black Tiny Christmas Words Dazzles™ Stickers, Paper House Home For Christmas Merry Laser Cut Card Pack and Cosmic Shimmer Lavender Glitter Kiss.

Here’s a little tip for you when using the Merry Laser Cut Card Topper. I placed it on white cardstock then covered it with the Cosmic Shimmer Lavender Glitter Kiss. I used several coats of glitter to cover snowflakes and found that after removing the Snowflake Laser Cut piece, I really liked the stenciled image that was left behind! So I made a card with it!

Once again, I used Winter’s Butterfly Paper Pack,  Ribbon Set and then I added some  Fuchsia Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers and Birthday Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers for the winter birthdays in my family.

10 Minute Cards:

 

Here are a few more examples of Quick & Easy Cards. I love these colorful little note cards and I paired them with 26 Christmas Metal Stencils Value Pack and Silver Chrome, Lavender, Sky Blue, Sea Green and Sahara Gold Glitter Kiss! Because Glitter Kiss dries so fast, I was able to make each card in 10 minutes or less! No Kidding!

I would suggest using Stencil Tape to keep things in place and masking off unwanted areas of the metal stencils.

Here is a little video from Creative Expressions that has lots of helpful tips for using Glitter Kiss.

That’s all for today. Enjoy your day and be sure to leave time to make something pretty. Happy Crafting!

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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Cozy Christmas Cabin

Hi everyone! I have a new paper pack to show you this week! Christmas Cabin is cozy, colorful and versatile!

The coordinating Christmas Cabin Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers provide just the right embellishment for pages, cards and other paper crafts.

This adorable family Christmas page also includes Red Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers, Christmas Cabin Ribbons, Yuletide Greetings Embellishment Bottle and a beautiful Botanica Red Flower.

I love that the Christmas Cabin Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers include sentiments that work for both scrapbooking and cardmaking.

This wreath on a picket fence card is made with Christmas Cabin Paper Pack and Ribbons, Long Christmas Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers, Tonic Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops, Yellow/Green Cat’s Eye Queue Ink Pad Set, and the New Layering Wreath & Pinecones Stamp Set.

To make the stamped wreath, I used 2 shades of green ink and the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp the wreath twice.

I made a quick video to show you how this wreath was made using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.

For more ideas using Hot Off The Press’s Christmas Layering Stamps check out this Webisode from August 30th.

Look what’s coming! The New Paper Wishes 2017 Fall Catalog! Check those mailboxes this week and if you aren’t signed up yet, click here to get your own.

Have a wonderful week and be sure to leave time to make something. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Beautiful Embossing Folders

Hello everyone! Today I have some gorgeous embossing folders from Crafters Companion to share with you.

The Country Garden Embossing Folder looks so sweet when painted with Citrus Green, Coral Calypso and Peony Pink Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. After covering the card with peach paper from Charming Paper Pack, I used a cotton swab to paint each embossed image (it was quicker than you think) and added some Gold Dust Stickles™ Glitter Glue to the centers of a few flowers. Wrap the card front with peach and green sheer ribbons from Mystic Garden Ribbon Set, hang a tag from Tiny Tags & Little Labels Cutting Die Set under the knot and place “Hello” Everyday Greetings Dazzles™ 3-Pack on the tag.

For a completely different look, I embossed black cardstock with the Regency Swirls Embossing Folder and used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to rub Indian Gold Mousse over the embossed surface.

I covered my card with Metallic Gold Paper, glued the embossed paper to the left and added some sparkle with Black Jewel Border Dazzles™. Lightly sand a large Butterflies Foiled Fancies™ and glue to the card front. Embellish with Black Jewel Dazzles™ and place Black Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles below.

This is the Ornate Lace Embossing Folder with Royal Aubergine Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, which is a deep royal purple. Beautiful!

This is the English Rose Embossing Folder with Pure Platinum Nuvo Embellishment Mousse which looks like antique silver. So elegant!

And finally, here is Regency Swirls Embossing Folder with Cornflower Blue Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. The swirls are so versatile and the blue is such a rich color!

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

LeNae Gerig

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Paper Crafts For Your Home

Hi everyone, I’m so excited to show you some 3-D paper crafts that make adorable home decor and great gifts!

These little garden boxes of succulents and cacti were easy and fun to make! I used Sizzix Thinlits Succulents 2-D & 3-D Die Set and cut the shapes from green, aqua, gray and lavender Pastel Cardstock, curved the petal by wrapping each around a pencil and then inked the edges purple, green, dark pink and aqua before assembling.

I glued floral foam (from my local dollar store) into large and medium size Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Boxes and tucked Spanish Moss (dollar store again) around the edges.

 

For additional dimension, I placed dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew on the round cactus sections and let dry. I followed the manufacturer’s instructions for assembling the 3-D pieces and hot glued them directly to the foam. I Tucked moss among the pieces to cover the foam, use Twilight Jewels sheer purple dot ribbon to make a bow for each box and glue, as shown.

To make a “Welcome” wall hanging I covered a chipboard “W” with barn wood Seaside Paper. I used Timber Brown StazOn™ Ink along the letter edges and bottom half of the Galvanized Metal Welcome Sign and hot glued the sign across the letter. I hot glued a cluster of paper succulents and moss to the bottom left, a single succulent and moss to the top right, and a tiny succulent overlapping the “Welcome” sign. I made a loopy bow from brown Seaside Ribbon Set and glue it to the top left side of the succulent. Place a Clear Self-Adhesive Hanger on the top back of the on the “W” center.

 

This 3-D hydrangea card includes a canning jar vase from Well Preserved Stamp Set, Garden Notes Hydrangea Cutting Die Set Inside/Outside Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers and Romantique Paper Pack  & Ribbon Set.

I cut the individual blossoms from both pink and light blue Romantique papers and inked each using a Pink Ink Pad. I used a stylus to gently curve the blossom petals and then glued them in a tight cluster, as shown. Glue a pink seed bead, from Pretty Princess Embellishment Bottle, to the centers of random blossoms. Die cut the leaves and stems from green Romantique Paper and ink edges with a green ink pad. To see this process, check out the Elizabeth Craft Weekly Webisode, which will air tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to set aside some time during these long summer evenings to make something special! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

 

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Pop It Up

Hello everyone! With two birthday parties to attend this week, I have birthday cards on my mind. That’s why I was so happy to have 2 new Stampendous Cutting Dies cross my desk yesterday!

The first is Fran’s Pop-Up Die Set which paired well with Pretty Poppies Cling Rubber Stamp Set and Pretty Poppies Cutting Die Set.

 

CARD FRONT

I created a custom card size by folding 5″x11″ lavender Pastel Cardstock in half and lining with both purple swirl paper from Bohemian Dreams Paper Pack and 4″x10″ teal Pastel Cardstock that I die cut with Fran’s Pop-Up Die Set.

INSIDE

I colored the poppies with Purple and Yellow Spectrum Noir ™Pen Sets and the vase with Green and Turquoise Spectrum Noir™ Pen Sets. I glued the vase to the bottom pop-up and blossoms to the tabs above.

I Colored the leaves with  Green Spectrum Noir™ Pens and glued them to the card back, among the blossoms. Then I added Card Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers and some sparkle with Mixed Berry Sequin Tin.

Here is a great video from Stampendous:

Want even more Pop-Up options? Fran’s Pop’cessories Die Set is packed with more tools to make Pop-Ups, Boxes, Bobblers, Stands and Hinges.

This cute Pop-Up Box fits perfectly into a 5″x6 1/2″ card, covered with Hopscotch Paper Pack. I colored the lion Party Animals Dazzles™ Sticker with Yellow, Red and Turquoise Spectrum Noir™ Pens.

Fran’s Pop’cessories Die Set also includes a Hinge feature that allows for images to be mounted inside of the Pop-Up Box.

There is also a cutting die to make a stand for images. How cute to make place cards and party decorations!

Here is another great Stampendous video:

I recommend checking out both of these Stampendous Cutting Dies! They make creating fun Pop-Up cards easy. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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