Christmas Social

Hello crafty friends, today I’m bringing you some Christmas card inspiration with a sprinkle of snow.

This sweet mouse card uses Christmas Social Papers and Janie’s Mice Christmas Stamp Set.

 

This Christmas Social Paper had both Christmas and Winter themed papers.

Janie’s Mice Christmas Stamp Set features the cutest little mice!

To make the card, cut 1/2″ from the bottom edge of a folded 6 1/2″x5″ White Card.

Open the card and fold the top and bottom edges to make 2″ wide flaps that have a 1/2″ wide space between them.

For the card front, I colored the mouse with tan, pink, red and green Spectrum Noir Pens. When I used Grey Mist Nuvo Jewel Drops on the cookie center, and placed it near my heat vent to dry, something interesting happened. The translucent product actually crackled (most likely from the fast drying) and I decided that I liked the look. It reminds me of sugar icing.

I foam taped the stamped square image on the top card flap only.

I glued red swirl paper to the card inside back, covering the original fold line, and then glued stamped images so that they were hidden by the card front flaps.

The snow themed paper in the Christmas Social Paper Pack went well with the snow mouse stamp!

I used the Christmas Gift Card Holder to make a cute mitten gift card holder.

A White Round Mini Brad makes a hinge out of the mitten cuff. Just slip the gift card inside the pocket.

Thanks for joining me today! Don’t forget Paper Wishes HUGE 60% Off Sale ends on November 17 and then we will be launching NEW PRODUCT! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Season Of Thanks

Hi crafty friends! November is a month where we remember to be thankful for family and friends. Maybe you send lovely fall themed “Thankful” cards to brighten someone’s day, but why stop there?

Here are a few cheerful “Thank You” cards that you can make and send all year.

For this card I used the Label Triple Easel Die-Cut Card. One of the many things I love about the Triple Easel Die-Cut Cards is that they look like you spend hours engineering and decorating them, but this card took less than one hour to make.

After covering my card pieces with Fresh Cut Paper, I applied black ink to the edges, stamped my message (using Happy, Hello, Love & Thanks Stamp Set) and then foam taped Fresh Cut Die-Cuts flowers to the easel labels.

I’m in love with the Happy, Hello, Love & Thanks Stamp Set. Take a look at all of the message combinations you can make!

For this card I used Script Greetings Cutting Dies and once again Fresh Cut Paper and Fresh Cut Die-Cuts.

I added red and blue Enamel Dots to the flower center and near the greeting.

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Happy crafting,

LeNae Gerig

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Little Christmas Cheer Boxes

Hello crafty friends! Today I have some festive Christmas packaging that I hope you’ll enjoy. The Sizzix 3-D Blocks & Cubes XL Cutting Die makes 3 sizes of little boxes that are perfect for gifting. 

For this gift box/place setting I used the large, 2 1/2″ square Sizzix 3-D Blocks & Cubes XL Cutting Die, cardstock, patterned paper and 9 Tiny Tags & Little Labels Cutting Die Set.

For these cute gift boxes (2 1/2″, 2″ and 1 1/2″ boxes) I used Silver Linen Specialty Paper, Red Holographic Ripple, Gold Sparkles Holographic Paper and the 9 Tiny Tags & Little Labels Cutting Die Set.

These little boxes can be used all year long!

Each box is made from 2 die cuts and doubled sided tape is helpful when assembling the boxes.

I hope these little boxes inspire your gift wrapping all year long! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

 

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What Can You Do With White Paper Bags?

Hi crafty friends, as I gear up for the holidays I’ve put together a few ideas for using a simple, everyday item: White Paper Bags.

This extra large snowflake was made with 8 large White Paper Bags and it was so easy to make. Here’s how to make your own.

Stack 8 bags, making sure they are all facing the same direction.

Use hot glue to draw an upside down “T” shape on the surface of each bag to glue them together.

Make the cuts as shown through the bag layers. I cut the top layers first and then worked my way down.

Open the layers and carefully pull them apart.

To secure the open edges permanently, place dots of hot glue along the inside edge. If you want to reuse the snowflake then secure with white paper clips instead of glue.

To hang, use a 1/8” hole punch near a point and thread with fishing line.

I like to hang my snowflakes in odd numbers and at different lengths.

Three extra large snowflakes take a total of 24 White Paper Bags to make.

I used Winter Window Cutting Die to make luminaries!

I placed the cutting (die face up) on the inside of the bag and then ran it through my die cutting machine.

They are beautiful lined up on a (dry) winder night. I recommend using battery operated tea lights.

Use Christmas Lace Die-Cuts to decorate bags for gifts and treats!

Thanks for joining me today. Come back on Thursday for Christmas cards with moveable parts. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Uncharted Waters Collection

Hi crafty friends, I was cruising the isles of Paper Wishes warehouse (I do that when I need some inspiration) and I came across the Uncharted Waters Collection by Glitz Design. There were so many cute things!

For this page I used 12″x12″ Pastel Cardstock for the background. This cardstock pack has a great shimmer and the price is unbelievable! I added Uncharted Waters Paper Layers and then slid a family photo behind an overlay frame from Uncharted Waters Peek-A-Boo. The Uncharted Waters Paper Garland is too cute and the Uncharted Waters Cardstock Journaling Stickers are just the right fit to complete this page. 

I used my extra pieces to make this card. 

For a different look use the Uncharted Waters Collection and a Sarah’s Surfaces 8″x8″ Album to make a quick summer album. 

To continue this nautical theme I used Nautical Dazzles™ Stickers and one of my favorite paper sets, Seaside Paper Pack.

Thanks for joining me today and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

 

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Die-Cut Card Ideas

Hi crafty friends! Today I have some fresh inspiration for you. Both of the die-cut cards I’m featuring today use this 12″x12″ Floral Paper Pad. It’s a really versatile collection and, as you will see, both cards are very different from one another. 

This first card uses a Tonic Cutting die called Boho Beautiful. It’s reminiscent of the flower child generation. I used 6″x6″ Textured Cardstock Sheets and cut the image from white cardstock and backed it with gray, then added the blue details. A simple script greeting from Card Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers completed the look. 

Unfortunately, at some point, we all have need for this next card. Sympathy cards are always difficult, but I find that I reflect on that person when I’m creating a special card for their family. Somehow this is peaceful for me. 

For this card I used a Large Rose Cutting Die and With Sympathy Sentiment Cutting Die and the flourish was cut from a background found in the 12″x12″ Floral Paper Pad.

Don’t forget Paper Wishes is having a Back To School Sale happening now!

Thanks for joining me today. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Creative Corners Cutting Die

Hi everyone! I have crafted up some cards using the NEW Creative Corners Cutting Die from Hot Off The Press. The die set comes with 3 pieces that are perfect for both masculine and feminine cards.

This card features small corners cut from Brown Crocodile Specialty Paper, which I think gives it a masculine flair, although I love a good reptile print myself! I love the touch of metallic from the Gold Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles™ Stickers

This next card has a delicate feminine feel. I used the large corner dies to cut Silver Holographic Ripple Paper and pink swirl from Rooted In Love Paper Pack. So quick to make too!

This is a special week at Paper Wishes! Our owners, Paulette and Mike, are celebrating their 53 Wedding Anniversary! 

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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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On The Hunt For Easter Egg Crafts

Hello everyone! I have always loved decorating Easter eggs and today I have some “next level” Easter eggs for you! These gilded eggs are stunning and surprisingly simple to do!

 

It is important to note that I used blown out raw eggs for these techniques. Never use eggs that you intend to eat.

If you have never blown out a raw egg, it’s very easy to do. I used a thumb tack to make a tiny hole on each end of a raw egg and then placed my mouth covering one end and blew out the contents. I washed the egg shells and let them dry before coloring with food coloring.

After the colored eggs dried I sponged on some IndigoBlu FlitterGlu, which is a wonderful glue that stays tacky even after drying, making it perfect for stamping and gilding eggs!

I dipped each of the tacky eggs into a different color of Nuvo Gilding Flakes: gold, copper and silver.

I used Scoochy Foam to buff off the excess gilding and polish the eggs.

 

Alcohol inks make it easy to achieve a marbled look on your eggs.

I used Tim Holtz Rustic Lodge Alcohol Inks in Bottle and Denim. Use gloves (or your fingers will be stained for days) and move the colors around on the egg.

Then I added drops of Blending Solution which allowed the colors to bleed. The solution also provides a nice shine to the eggs.

And finally, an Easter egg window card to send to someone far away.

 

To make the window I glued a 4 3/4″ square of The Sweet Life green dot paper and a 3″ white cardstock scalloped circle die-cut to the card front.

Center a 2 1/2″ circle cutting die on the scalloped circle and secure with Stencil Tape.

 

Open the card, lay flat and run through the die cutting machine.

 

Die cut an Easter egg and Script Greeting “happy” from Gold Sparkle Holographic Paper. Back the egg with pink paper from The Sweet Life Paper Pack and glue the egg to the back of the window edge. Embellish the egg and scallops with Fuchsia Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers and glue the “happy” die cut below the window.

That’s all for today. I hope you have an egg-ceptional time with your Easter crafts!

LeNae Gerig

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