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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Tim Holtz Inspired Christmas

I have to confess that I’m a Tim Holtz fan! He uses familiar and timeless elements in his designs, with an edge.

This Center Step Card features Tim Holtz Thin Slits Holiday Knit Dies, Burgundy, Navy and Moka Suede Papers. The texture of the suede, makes the card feel like a REAL Christmas sweater!  I also used Tim’s Tidings Design Tape, Holiday Script Words Dies and Dimensional Stars Die cut from Hammered Gold Paper. Some Natural Jute Twine for the bow adds to the rustic theme.

 

The Tim Holtz Christmas 8″x8″ Paper Stack has cute vintage designs that pair perfectly with the Gift Card Package Die!

I love how the lid lifts off to reveal a gift card! I used Tiny Christmas Words Dazzles™ Stickers on the tag and black/ivory gingham ribbon from Christmas Wonder Ribbon Set next to the “December 25” that I cut from the Tim Holtz Christmas 8″x8″  Paper Stack.

That’s all for today! Enjoy the holidays and make something pretty! 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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Angels & Butterfly Cards

Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing you things with wings, or Angels and Butterfly cards, which are 2 of my favorite ethereal images.

First up is a Frame Pop-Out Die-Cut Card using Sara Davies Guardian Angel Cutting Die.

The Frame Pop-Out Die-Cut Cards come ready to decorate with your favorite papers and embellishments which makes this card a snap to put together!

I love the intricate details on this angel. She is so beautiful!

I used gold and black papers, from Christmas Wonder Paper Pack, on the inside frame and sides and added Red Jewel Border Dazzles™ Stickers for sparkle.

I die cut the angel from Metallic Gold Paper,  backed it with Vellum and embellished the skirt with Red Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers and a bow made from Christmas Wonders Ribbon Set.

For the card front, I traced the frame pattern onto Red Christmas Wonder Paper and matted it with Vellum.” Merry Christmas”  was cut from Metallic Gold Paper using Christmas Script Greetings Cutting Dies.

This butterfly card contains some mixed media elements. After covering the card with Winter’s Butterfly tan text paper I tore papers for the border.

Next I used Flutterby Butterflies Stencil and a lavender ink pad along the right edge.

When using the  Layering Butterflies Stamps, I like to use the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and 2 shades of purple ink.

Finally, I used the Layering Butterflies Cutting Dies to die-cut each large butterfly, create a top layer from blue paper and I added foam tape under each wing to give a lift. Stamp some small dark purple butterflies and embellish with Stickles Silver Glitter Glue and add “Love” cut from both navy blue paper and Metallic Silver Paper using Script Greeting Cutting Dies.

That’s all for today. Have a wonderful week and try to leave some time to make something pretty and pass it on to someone else. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Snow Globe & Window Card

Hi everyone! I’m back in the Christmas mood today so…more cards!

This cutie uses Christmas Wonder Paper Pack, Ribbon Set, Christmas Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers, Red Jewel Border Dazzles™ Stickers, Red Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers and Snow Globe Dazzles™ Stickers. It was quick and easy to make. My favorite!

Did you know that Paper Wishes provides a FREE download with backgrounds made for the Snow Globes?

Just align the sticker on the printed background and then cut it out! There is even some extra art to decorate the inside of your card or envelope.

This window easel card was fun to make! Don’t worry, I’ll show you how:

Making the easel card base is easy. Cut red cardstock to 5″x12″ and fold it in half (short sides together).

Ink edges of 4 3/4″x5 3/4″ green dot Winter’s Garden Paper Pack and glue to one side of the folded cardstock. Trace the inside of the large Lacy Rectangle Frames Cutting Die and use scissors or an Retractable Knife to cut away the rectangle to make a window.

Now it’s time to make the bottom portion of the easel.

Cut a 5″x6 1/4″ piece,  fold the top over 1/4″ and place a strip of Extra Sticky 1/4″ Wide Double-Sided Tape to the folded edge. This will fold inside the card when not standing.

Cut the Lacy Rectangle Frame from blue snowflake Winter’s Garden Paper. Glue Vellum Dots Paper behind the frame’s inside edge. Glue the frame centered on the card window.

Turn a Window Double-Embossed Foil Sticker over with the sticky side facing up. Color the back of the sticker with Brights Spectrum Noir™ Pens. It is important to know that if you color the front of the sticker the alcohol in the pens will remove the gold embossing.

Place the sticker on the center of the vellum window. Ink edges of 4 5/8″x 2″ blue snowflake paper black and foam tape to the bottom of the card. Place Long Christmas Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers and a bow sticker as shown. Prop the card front behind the foam taped greeting and place a battery tea light inside for a glow.

The NEW Paper Wishes Fall Catalog is available NOW online and will be in your mailbox this week.

Also, a NEW Week of Webisodes starts this week!

 

That’s all for today! Let me know in the “comments” if there is something you would like to see on the blog. Happy crafting!

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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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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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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