Crafter’s Companion

Hi everyone! This week Paper Wishes has 20% select Crafter’s Companion Cutting Dies and Embossing Folders! Click here to see it all.

Take a look at these cute cards!

Thanks for stopping by. Share a card and brighten someone’s day! Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Spice Market Collection

Hello everyone! Today I’m happy to bring you the Spice Market Collection! This collection has a gorgeous look that is both unique and versatile!

The Spice Market Paper Pack features a beautiful mandala theme and rich colors.

Debbie made this page featuring her grandson. Adorable!

The Spice Market Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers include amazing details.

For this card, I backed areas of the Dazzles™ Stickers with paper and added  embellishments from the Spice Market Embellishment Bottle, Ribbon Set 

and these amazing Acetate Dimensional Butterflies Stickers!

Thanks for joining me today. Don’t forget to make something pretty and share it with others. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Shaker Cards

Hi everyone! I have some sweet shaker cards for you today!

Our friends at Creative Expressions brought us this darling Fairy Snow Globe Scene Cutting Die Set, Snow Globe Cutting Die Set and finally the cut Domed Treat Cups that are perfect for sequins, beads or candy!

For the card I used Illuminate Paper Pack, Embellishment Bottle and Ribbon Set.  I die cut the fairy scene from Purple Triple Finish and the globe from Silver Triple Finish Self Adhesive Papers, then used Gold Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles™ for the “Happy Birthday” greeting. 

Here’s a fun card using only the Snow Globe Cutting Die Set and Domed Treat Cups. To create the card I covered a Center Step Die-Cut Card with Blue Circles and Green Circles Holographic Papers

To make the dome opening I traced the inside of the globe opening (from the cutting die) onto the card inside back and used scissors to cut it out. Then I used Extra Sticky Tape to secure the dome into place and added candy.

Then I backed an Octopus Hugs Dazzles™ Sticker with Blue Circles Holographic Paper and foam taped the cute octopus onto Green Circles Holographic Paper and taped it to cover the dome edges on the inside of the card (with the octopus now centered inside the dome).

Now to finish the outside of the card I used the Snow Globe Cutting Die and Stencil Tape to die cut the globe and base from Pewter Triple Finish Self Adhesive Papers. I peeled the backing from the self adhesive paper and placed the snow globe base around the dome.

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you give shaker cards a try. They are so fun to make and receive! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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National Scrapbooking Day!

Hi everyone! In honor of National Scrapbooking Day & Mother’s Day we are featuring a “Special Woman In Your Life” page contest.

There is your page layout. Our winner will use this as inspiration, making it their own by using Paper Wishes® Products.

Here is my page. I used Buttercup Paper Pack, Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers, Embellishment Bottle and Ribbon Set. And for sparkle I used Rose Gold Triple Finish self adhesive paper behind Dazzles™ rose stickers and die-cut circles.

Be sure to check back next week for the winner! Happy scrapping!

LeNae Gerig

 

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NEW Artful Card Kits Are Here!

Hello everyone! Hot Off The Press has 2 NEW gorgeous Artful Card Kits! Sunshine & Smiles and Let It Shine Artful Card Kits come with everything you need to make darling cards like these.

Each kit contains coordinating papers, cut-out greetings and gorgeous die-cuts! I love bringing these kits along on trips. So easy to pack and I can be crafty on the go!


However, by adding coordinating embellishments you can take your cards to the next level! Here I added Illuminate Embellishment Bottle,  Enamel Dots and Ribbon Set

This card has plenty of sparkle thanks to the Sparkle & Shine Embellishment Bottle, Enamel Dots and Ribbon Set.

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

LeNae Gerig

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It’s Someone’s Birthday! Are You Ready?

Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing you some birthday card inspiration!

This whimsical card is sure to bring a smile to the birthday boy or girl’s face, no matter his or her age! The Dare 2B Artzy Alpaca Cake Stamp Set also comes with other adorable “everyday” greetings. I colored my Alpaca using Spectrum Noir™ Pens and for the background I used BoBunny Double Dot Damask Cardstock and 10 Tags & Trims Cutting Die Set

The Art Impressions line of Circlet Mini Tryfolds are little circular stamps (with dies) that make the most adorable cards with layered images! I want them ALL! This Birthday Circlet Set might be my favorite. 

I was surprised by how easy they are to use! The clear instructions walk you through the steps of stamping and then die cutting each folded layer. 

I chose to use Spectrum Aqua™ Markers because I could control the amount of liquid that went onto the cardstock. Alcohol Pens would bleed too much, showing through to the opposite side. After coloring the images I placed Script Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers.

The Spectrum Aqua™ Markers have both bold and fine point tips which make them great for coloring in tiny spaces. I also used a little water and a Watercolor Brush #1 to paint over the colored areas.

Once again I used BoBunny Double Dot Damask Cardstock and cute Cupcake/Stripes Washi Tape.

Here is a quick little video from Art Impressions to show you just how these cute stamp sets work:

For even MORE Circlet Mini Tryfolds card ideas, check out the March 15 Paper Wishes Webisode!

That’s all for today. Don’t forget those birthdays coming up and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Quick & Easy Cards & Storage

Hello everyone! Yesterday was a typical rainy spring day here in Oregon, but I took advantage of the “inside day” to do some Make Ahead Cards. That’s what I call cards that I don’t create individually for a particular person and they are usually Quick & Easy.

Each of these cards took less than 20 minutes to make and they all use Sizzix Springtime Paper Pad.

The 4″x6″ pad has 36 (multiple of each design) decorated tear-out pages and can be glued directly to a card front or matted first and then decorated. The watercolor look is beautiful and so versatile!

For this card I matted the 4″x6″ paper with black cardstock, added Black Jewel Border Dazzles™, Birthday Greetings Stamp Set greeting and a simple Crepe Ribbon bow.

This card features papers from Trail Blazer Paper Pack, Script Greetings Cutting Dies, Teal Mirror Round Jewel Dazzles™ and a Jute Twine bow.

This next card has lots of sparkle!

I used Brilliant Brights Marvelous Mirri Pad for the gold and pink background. And then Double-Stick Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers sprinkled with Peony Pink Silk Microfine Glitter.


I like to store my Make Ahead Cards in a Card & Craft Organizer, by category so they are easy to find when I want to send a Thank You card or (gasp) I have forgotten to make a Birthday Card for a friend! We’ve all been there, right?

Want a great gift idea? Make a supply of cards to fill the box and give to a non-card making friend. They will love having special cards on hand to send to family and friends.

Don’t forget to check out out Week Of Webisodes, happening now! The entire week features NEW Hunkydory crafts!

That’s all for today. Remember to leave some time in your busy schedule to make something pretty. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Elizabeth Craft Cutting Dies

Hello everyone! Today I want to show you how quick and easy it can be to use these creative cutting dies from Elizabeth Craft. 

I used the Flying High Die Set by Becky Seddon and while coloring the die cut image from one card, I created a stenciled image to make a second card!

I’ll walk you through the steps:

After die cutting a circe and plane/clouds image from white cardstock I layered the 2 pieces. Then I used a Stylus and Pad to apply Faded Jeans, Broken China, and Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads to color the white cardstock image.

 Lightly spritz with water.

When the inked die cut image is removed a useable stenciled image remains.

I inked a second image with Peeled Paint Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad and cut out the plane. Then I foam taped it to the card covered in Trail Blazer papers, Natures Touch Ribbons and Script Greetings Cutting Dies.


Another adorable and versatile cutting die is the Romantic Bouquet Cutting Die.


I covered the front with Sky Blue Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss. I secured a folded piece of Lavender Glimmer Paper inside the card with lavender grosgrain ribbon and added a “Smile” die cut greeting. 

I also used the Romantic Bouquet Cutting Die to make these sweet little note cards. It took just minutes to die cut one side of a colored blank card and line it with white cardstock. These would make a great gift, don’t you think?

That’s all for today. I hope you have a creative week. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Unicorn Happy!

Hello everyone! You may have noticed that unicorns are back and they are as fun and magical as ever!

To decorate this Canvas Tote Bag, I used a 6×6 Unicorn Stencil and Indian Pink, Ocean Teal, Purple Mist and Gold Treasure Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish.

It was helpful to use Stencil Tape to secure the Unicorn Stencil to the canvas and then mask off the edges using sticky notes.

Divide the unicorn into 3 parts and apply Ocean Teal, Purple Mist, and Indian Pink Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish then blend where the colors meet.

Repeat and use the same 3 colors for the message.

Use the star cluster area of the stencil and Gold Treasure Metallic Gilding Polish to create a frame around the message.

If your Tote Bag is a gift, don’t forget the tag! The 10 Tags & Trims Cutting Die Set comes with a small butterfly die that added just the right embellishment to this colorful tag. Notice how amazing the Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish looks on the black cardstock!

Debbie used Hot Off the Press Unicorn & Castles Dazzles™ Stickers to make this magical card. I love the use of Silver Sparkles Holographic Paper as a mat.

Thanks for stopping by today. Life is too busy, leave a little time to make something pretty and share it with someone who needs a boost. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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New Beautiful Borders Engraved Dazzles™ Stickers

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you Paper Wishes New set of Beautiful Borders Engraved Dazzles™ Stickers! This line of Dazzles™ is different because they have a transparent finish and the gold and silver embossing is bolder and includes etching. They are really stunning!

The set comes with 5 sheets of gold and 5 sheets of silver. So many possibilities!

 

For this card, I used a Center Step Die-Cut Card, Paper Painting Paper Pack and Ribbon Set, Gold Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles™ Stickers and Bright Spectrum Noir™ Pen Set.

When using Spectrum Noir™ on Beautiful Borders Engraved Dazzles™ Stickers, or any alcohol-based pen, it is important to color on the back of the sticker (yes, the sticky side). If you color on the front, the alcohol will remove the embossed metallic finish. Fortunately, Spectrum Noir™ Pens are designed to adhere to slick surfaces, so the color won’t come off.

For this rose card I used both paper and chalk on the back of the stickers. Ruby Rose Paper Pack and Ribbon Set made just the right background for these pretty roses.

Once again I turned the sticker over and this time I brushed some green chalk onto the ferns and leaves.

I backed the double rose sticker (separate sticker not part of the border) with mauve paper that I first smudged with dark red chalk.

Then I added dimension by aligning the rose images and foam taping one over the other.

Thank you for stopping by. Remember to leave a little time to make something pretty! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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