Cork Fabric Crafts

Hello crafty friends! Debbie and I have been working away and having fun using Cork Fabrics with our paper crafts. When working with cork it’s ALL ABOUT texture!

We have two NEW Cork Fabric designs that we are really excited about!

Tip: To purchase any of the items featured today just click on the underlined links and you will be taken to the Paper Wishes product page.

This one is called Colorful Flowers and it has gold foiling sparkles along with the texture of real cork.

And this one is called Rose Gold Foiling. It’s GORGEOUS!

Debbie made this darling purse card with the Happy Birthday Dazzles™ Sticker popping out from the bag.

She used the Pretty Little Purses Template to trace the shape onto the back of the cork. After cutting it out she used glue and paper clips to secure the purse folds until the glue dried. Then used the Mosaic Gems 3D Embossing Folder with kraft cardstock for even more texture on the card background.

For my Center Step Card I combined Burgundy Suede Paper with the Colorful Flowers Cork. The combination makes for a card that is both pretty to look at and fun to touch. I die-cut both textures using Retro Wave Frames and then added Shine Bright die-cut greeting from Rose Gold Foiling Cork.

TIP: I found it helpful to use the Precision Base Plate when die cutting the words from the cork because of the scroll font. The plate helped make a cleaner cut.

And finally, Debbie used the 3-D Flowers Template and Rose Gold Foiling Cork to make a lovely flower embellishment for the corner of a frame.

Remember to purchase any of the items featured today just click on the underlined links and you will be taken to the Paper Wishes product page.

Thanks for joining me today! 

Happy crafting

LeNae Gerig

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Love & Friendship Cards

Hello friends! Today I have some sweet card treats for you! Stampingbella is one of my favorite stamp companies because they have adorable artwork.

Tip: To purchase any of the items featured today just click on the underlined links and you will be taken to the Paper Wishes product page.

Isn’t this card the sweetest? Debbie used Joy Ride Paper Pack, Pink Jewel Border Dazzles™ Stickers, Butterfly Girl Brianna Stamp and Words Sweet Stamp Set for the greeting.

Debbie used Spectrum Noir Pens to color her Butterfly Girl and even added Coral Coast Sparkletz to the wings.

Debbie also used a Stylus to shape the Pastel Cardstock flowers made with Shapeabilities Flower Cutting Dies. She added a little ink to the edge of each petal before gluing the blossoms together.

For this card I used Lemonade Paper Pack and Up, Up & Away Stamps.

I cut the Varied Hearts Border from black cardstock and again from red daisy paper. I filled in the black border with hearts from the red daisy border as shown.

After coloring with Spectrum Noir Pens I used Cosmic Shimmer Fluffy Stuff on the unicorn mane to add dimension.

For a final touch of sparkle I glued Red Hearts Sparkletz among the stamped hearts.

Thanks for joining me today! And remember, to purchase any of the items featured today just click on the underlined links and you will be taken to the Paper Wishes product page.

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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Halloween Crafts

Hi everyone! I have some sweet Halloween crafts for you today. First, is a little something for your Trick-Or-Treaters. I used the Double-Pocket Treat Die-Cut Cards, Haunted Findings Paper Pack, Halloween Cuties Dazzles™ Stickers, 6″x6″ Textured Cardstock and Evan’s Town Ribbons.

Now that you have the treats taken care of, don’t forget some cute decorations. This banner was quick to put together because I used the Nested Pennant Creative Cutting Dies and Nested Circles Creative Cutting Dies to make the base.

For the background I used Haunted Findings Paper Pack and 6″x6″ Textured Cardstock.  The black and brown die cut letters are Chocolate Monograms which I embellished with ribbon and Orange Mini Flowers.

For this fall themed card, once again, I used the versatile Haunted Findings Paper Pack. I lightly sanded the leaves, flowers and acorns from Fall Die-Cuts and the orange twill ribbon is from Evan’s Town Ribbons.

Don’t miss out on our site wide sale! 55% off regular priced items!

Thanks for joining me today. Happy crafting!

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Shaker Cards

Hi everyone! Hot Off The Press has new Fantastic Frames & Phrases Dazzles™ Stickers that make fun and easy shaker cards!

I cut and layered my papers from  The Little Things Paper Pack to fit my card front, then cut an Adhesive Foam Sheet to size, creating the two pieces of my card topper.

Then I die cut the layered paper and foam with the Hot Off The Press Shaker Card Cutting Dies.  Tip: Don’t adhere the paper to the adhesive foam side).


After separating the layers, I placed an Acetate Sheet on the adhesive side and smoothed the surface to make sure all of the die cut edges were adhered well to the acetate (otherwise sequins can escape).

Then I realigned the paper with the acetate covered foam and glued it in place.

Then I placed little piles of Denim Blues Sequins on the card front, where the die-cut openings would be and glued the card topper to the card front. To finish, I placed the Fantastic Frames & Phrases Dazzles™ Stickers on the card front, die cut another balloon shape, and foam taped it between the balloon windows.

Here is another example using Ruby Rose Paper Pack, Fantastic Frames & Phrases Dazzles™ Stickers and Ruby Rose Sequins.


For this card I used Twilight Jewels Paper Pack and Ribbon Set, Fantastic Frames & Phrases Dazzles™ Stickers and Mixed Berry Sequins to make a window card using Acetate between the card front and the Dazzles™ sticker.


That’s all for today! Thanks for stopping by for a little dose of inspiration. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Rooted In Love Paper

More NEW Hot Off The Press Paper! The Rooted In Love Collection is rich in texture and colors and is perfect for everything from family to garden themed paper crafts.

This card uses the Rooted In Love Paper Pack, Dazzles™ Stickers and Ribbon Set as well as an Oval Paper Doily. I also Gold Embossed a BoBunny Laser Cut Chipboard Butterfly.

I love that the Rooted In Love Dazzles™ Stickers are a combination of black and gold! Mixing them together on a single project really adds interest and sparkle!

I used the surface of a VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad on the surface of the butterfly and then sprinkled with Gold Embossing Powder. I then heated the image with Heat It Craft Tool to create a gorgeous, customized butterfly!

For this page Debbie altered the color of the gold Rooted In Love Dazzles™ Stickers by coloring them with a Brown (EB8) Spectrum Noir™ Pen. She even added a little cat from The Cat’s Meow Dazzles™ Stickers! Cute!


Don’t forget! Each Hot Off The Press Paper Pack comes with a FREE digital download of amazing coordinating art for our projects.

That’s all for today. I’m currently working on a new Premier Scrapbooking Personal Shopper Monthly Kit. I LOVE the papers and I think you will to! Happy crafting everyone!

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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Glass Etching For The Holidays

Hi everyone! Do you remember Glass Etching from years ago? I sure do…lots of it on mirrors for some reason. Today I’m bringing you a NEW and better version, just in time to brighten your holiday home!

This frosted glass method gives the impression of actual glass etching that you can do at home in less than half an hour!

This Christmas themed Rustic Window would look pretty hanging it a kitchen window and it’s so easy to do!

Place Christmas Wonder Dazzles™ Stickers on the glass, while still in the frame, in order to get the placement correct. It is very important that all of the stickers are adhered well and make contact with the glass, or etching cream can sneak underneath. Remove the glass from the frame.

After stirring, place a generous amount of Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream onto the glass, over the Dazzles™ stickers. The cream can leave patterns on the glass from application, therefore; try to avoid round swirling motions and instead apply the cream in straight lines across the glass. I found success by increasing the drying time to 10-15 minutes.

Place the glass in the sink and gently wash away the etching cream. Remove the Dazzles™ stickers and blot the glass dry with paper towels.

Place the glass inside the frame and fold the metal brackets down. For additional security, I used hot glue on the corners.

I glued Red Petaloo Botanica Blooms to the top of the window frame and loops of Red Velvet Shimmer Ribbon (Hooray! Now available in 10 yard lengths, per a customer request!) among the flowers and leaves. Place Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers swirls and tiny snowflakes next to the flowers and directly onto the leaves. Embellish the etched holly and ornaments with dots of Red Stickles™ Glitter Glue and let dry.

This holly ornament uses the same process as the window.

Place the Stenciling Dazzles™ Stickers and apply Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream to the surface.

Rinse and remove the Dazzles™ sticker. After the ornament is completely dry, add Red Velvet Shimmer Ribbon and dots of Red Stickles™ Glitter Glue to the holly berries and let dry.

This ornament uses a snowflake from Silver Stenciling Dazzles™ Stickers as a mask placed on the ornament before the Glass Etching Cream is applied. After cleaning the glass, the “innie” pieces from the snowflake Dazzles™ sticker and Purple Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers were used as embellishment.

That’s all for today. The holidays are such a busy time, but please try and leave some time to relax and make something pretty for a friend or just for you! Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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NEW Twilight Jewels Brings The Sparkle!


Hello everyone! Have you seen Paper Wishes NEW Twilight Jewels Collection? The beautiful jewel tone colors and sparkly celestial theme make me what to jump right in and craft!

Just in time for Mother’s Day! Susan made these amazing Paper Mache Letters, perfect for your mom or your craft space! Susan painted each 8″ tall letter with Cosmic Shimmer Pink Plum Paint and after they dried she used glue stick on the front surface of each and covered with a different patterned paper from Twilight Jewels. She embellished the letters differently using Twilight Jewels Scrapbooking Dazzles™ stickers and Ribbon Set. She used Soft Pink Ranunculus silk flowers, Tiny Tags & Little Labels Template to make a sweet “Happy Mother’s Day!” tag and Savannah Stroll Buttons for the final touch!


123 white Dazzles™ with silver foil edging!


The Twilight Jewels Scrapbooking Dazzles™ are perfect for embellishing with Jewel Dazzles™, Sequins, Pearls, Stickles Glitter Glue and Nuvo Crystal Drops.


Add even more sparkle to Paper Mache Letters with Glitter Embossing Powder! First, I painted the letter with Peacock Cosmic Shimmer Paint, then I used the surface on the VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad to apply sticky embossing ink to the letter surface. After that I sprinkled Calypso Glitter Embossing Powder over the inked surface and heated with heat gun to melt the embossing powder onto the letter surface. Embellish the letter with a little ribbon from Wildflower Ribbon Set and a Purple Rose and you’re done!


This is such a quick and easy project and it would make a great gift.

Here is a quick little video to show you how easy it is to make your own monogram letter:


For this sparkling page, I embellished the Twilight Jewels Scrapbooking Dazzles™ stickers with teal half pearls from Gemstone Embellishment Bottle.

This Center Step Die-Cut card uses NEW Words Scrapbooking Dazzles™ black stickers over a 3 1/4″ wide die-cut circle from 8 Circles and Scallops Cutting Dies. Add a sweet pink flower and coordinating ribbon and you’re done!

I hope you enjoy the Twilight Jewels Collection as much as I do. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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New Catalog & New Products plus TONS of inspirations!

Paper Wishes® & Hot Off The Press have landed in sunny California!  It’s that time of the year where all the crafts’ manufacturers are showing their latest products at the Craft & Hobby Association Winter in sunny California.

With the release of the  NEW 2013 Winter Catalog we’ve included 413 NEW items! Sooo much to show and tell 🙂

Here are some highlights of products from Hot Off The Press! A little something for everyone!

Let’s begin with the Paper Collections!

We’ve introduced 4 new designs to freshen up your paper crafting including: Happy Days Double Sided, White Truffle, Penelope and Painted Flowers.

Happy Days Double-Sided Paper Pack (HOTP 4104191)White Truffle Paper Pack (HOTP 4104193)Penelope Paper Pack (HOTP 4104195)Painted Flowers Paper Pack (HOTP 4104196)

Along with each paper pack – we’ve designed beautifully coordinated products including Die Cuts, Papier Tole, Stamps and Dazzles™ plus soo much more! 

White Truffle & Painted Flowers Die-Cuts!

We hope you’ll love them as much as we do. They coordinate with existing lines: White Truffle and Painted Flowers

White Truffle Die-Cuts (HOTP 4103408)Painted Flowers Die-Cuts (HOTP 4103409)




New Papier Tole, adds all those final touches to all your cardmaking or scrapbook layouts. They’re so much fun to assemble, requires no cutting – just simply punch and attach! 

Showing: White Truffle 3-D Papier Tole, Painted Flowers 3-D Papier Tole, Happy Days 3-D Papier Tole, Stitched with Love 3-D Papier Tole (Foil) and Painted Flowers 3-D Papier Tole (Foil)

White Truffle 3-D Papier Tole (HOTP 4108035)22 Flowers 3-D Papier Tole (HOTP 4108038)Happy Days Papier ToleStitched With Love 3-D Foil Papier Tole (HOTP 4108048)Painted Flowers 3-D Foil Papier Tole (HOTP 4108049)



How can we forget our lovely Paper Wishes® aficionados stampers, we have a lovely range that coordinates perfectly with papers, die-cuts, papier tole and the list goes on and on!

Happy Patterns Stamp (HOTP 4101105)Flowers Silhouettes Stamp (HOTP 4101107)Heart to Heart Greeting Stamp (HOTP 4101108)

Hello Stamp (HOTP 4101109)Cake Small Stamp (HOTP 4101110)Gifts Small Stamp (HOTP 4101111)Love and Heart Small Stamp (HOTP 4101112)You're My Type Small Stamp (HOTP 4101113)Hoot Hoot Small Stamp (HOTP 4101114)


Do you Dream in Dazzles™?  If you haven’t…you might just do so now! As we’ve added sooo many new Dazzles™ goodies! New Dazzles™ ranging from the Cross Stitch, Borders, Mix ‘Ems and Scrapbooking Dazzles™, we are sure you’ll find something you just can’t live without!

Cross Stitch Dazzles Silver (HOTP 4102431)Cross Stitch Dazzles Gold (HOTP 4102430)Lacey Butterfly Silver Dazzles (HOTP 4102434)Lacy Butterfly White Dazzles (HOTP 4102435)540 Black Jewel Dazzles (HOTP 4102436)

 Silver Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102441)Red Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102438)Green Jewel Border DazzlesGold Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102440)Black Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102437)

Blue Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102442)Pink Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102443)Purple Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102444)Birds & Houses Brown Dazzles (HOTP 4102450)Mix 'Ems Cupcake Dazzles, 3-Color Pack (HOTP 4102445)

White Lacy Frames Scrapbook Dazzles (HOTP 4102814)Happy Thoughts Scrapbooking Dazzles (HOTP 4102815)


Artful Cards Kit

We haven’t forgotten how much you love the Artful Cards Kit! We’ve added two new kits, Lemonade Stand and Red Velvet.

Lemonade Stand Artful Card Kit (HOTP 4107266)Red Velvet Artful Card Kit (HOTP 4107267)


Color Me™! Toppers & New 12×12 Papers!

Another favorite is the Color Me™ Card Toppers, 3 brand new designs: Gold Hearts Cards Toppers, Gold Ferns Toppers and Gold Roses Card Toppers.

Color Me Gold Heart Card Toppers (HOTP 4107061)Color Me Ferns Card Toppers (HOTP 4107062)Color Me Gold Roses Card Toppers (HOTP 4107063)

NEW 12X12 Color Me™ range which is a must have in your craft stash: Chocolate Paper Pack, Hexagon Quilt, Chevrons, Floral, Pretty Tiles, Stripe and tag & borders.

Color Me Chocolate Sample Pack (HOTP 4104208)Color Me Chocolate Hexagon Quilt (HOTP 4120774)Color Me Chocolate Flowers/Floral (HOTP 4120776)Color Me Chocolate Tiles (HOTP 4120777)Color Me Chocolate Stripes (HOTP 4120778)Color Me Chocolate Tags & Bordes (HOTP 4120779)




Do you love templates ? 4 new templates to add to your collection including: Teresa’s Iris Folding Template #1, Bodacious Blooms Template and the Design Tool Kits #3 and #4! Templates are so handy to have by your side when crafting!

Teresa's Iris Folding #1 Template (HOTP 4107398)Bodacious Blooms Template (HOTP 4107407)Design Tool Kit #3 (HOTP 4107409)Design Tool Kit #4 (HOTP 4107410)


NEW DVD by Teresa Welch, learn how to assemble fabulous cards with step by steps instructions. Featuring nearly 7 hours of videos plus 100 Moveable parts Cards!

 Teresa's Movable Parts DVD (HOTP 4101521)



New Products! Including 6×6 papers, plus NEW Cutting Dies!!

New Rosemary & Thyme 6×6 papers pack, perfect for quick rectangular or square cards, also for making tags or shaped motives using our templates.

Rosemary & Thyme 6X6 Paper Pack (HOTP 4104209)


Another New to Paper Wishes® comes NEW Cutting Dies! We’ve started off with 3 New Dies including:

Bodacious Blooms, Pair of Swirls and Woven Lattice! Intricately detailed dies and work with most die cutting machines!

Bodacious Blooms Cutting Dies (HOTP 4105303) Woven Lattice Dies (HOTP 4105302)


We’ve added a New Personal Shopper kit – Premier Cutting dies! – Click here for complete information 🙂

WOW! Love all the new products designs, colors and all of the above! Tell us what you love and just simply can’t live without.

A special thanks to Fabrizio Martellucci! Make sure you catch Fabrizio Martellucci, on his blogs, PaperMood,  featuring  products from Hot Off The Press!

Thanks for reading my little blog 🙂

~ Cristina


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