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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Special Occasion Paper Crafts

Hi everyone! Even though the holidays are over, I find that I’m still in a party mood! A friend is getting married soon and I am honored to be giving her a Bridal Shower!

Bridal Guru David Tutera has partnered with Sizzix® and brought us these beautiful cutting dies, perfect for your special occasion paper crafts! The Sizzix® Thinlits Die Set Lantern is a snap to make with Pastel Cardstock and Vellum!

This delicate Butterfly Favor Box is so sweet and perfect for a Bridal Shower and Wedding.

 

For an entirely different look, perfect for a birthday party or anniversary, I used Gold Sparkles Holographic Paper, Vellum, Red Holographic Ripple and then I added Dazzling Blue Nuvo Glitter Drops among the flowers and leaves. The lanterns glow beautifully when a battery votive is placed inside!

Use 1/4″ wide Extra Sticky Tape to assemble the die cut panels.

This sparkly box would make a fun birthday party favor! I used Blue Circles Holographic for the box and Gold Sparkle Holographic for the panels and butterfly. Little dots of Dazzling Blue Nuvo Glitter Drops add the finishing touch!

That’s all for today! Check back next week for more paper crafting 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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Indigo Lace Paper Pack

Good news everyone! The Indigo Lace Collection is here! This is gorgeous stuff and I can’t wait for you to see how beautiful and versatile it is.

The colors in the Indigo Lace Paper Pack are stunning! Blues, white, ivory, gray and beige all come together in lace, flower and barn wood papers.


For this card front I used a corner paper, added Doilies & Lace Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers border along the bottom edge and used metallic silver Indigo Lace Ribbon as the closure.


The Heart Pop-Out Die-Cut Card makes such an impact when opened. It’s one of my favorite de-cut cards! I embellished the inside of the card with Doilies & Lace Scrapbooking Dazzles™, Happy Script Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers and I White Embossed a BoBunny Wood Heart to add to the bow.

I used Creative Expressions Silver Dream Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish on the surface of a 4″ Heart Paper Doily to give it some shimmer. The Gilding Polish is wonderful to work with! It’s so silky!

I also added it around the card edges.


Teresa made this gorgeous wedding page. I love how she layered additional colored paper doilies onto the page!

For this card I colored the back of Silver Engraved Flower Dazzles™ Stickers (so as to not remove the silver engraving with the alcohol pens) with Blue Spectrum Noir® Pens and placed them over an offset die-cut circle.

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

That’s all for today! Have a wonderful week and please leave some time for creative fun and make something pretty! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Charleston Valentine & NEW Dazzles™ Stickers

Hi everyone! Today I would like to introduce you to The Charleston Paper Pack Collection.

The vintage collection, inspired by the Roaring 20’s, is both unique and versatile!

I made, what I think, is a masculine Valentine using Heart Window Flap Die-Cut Card, The Charleston Paper Pack, The Charleston Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers, Ribbon Set, Letterpress Paper Tole and the Farmhouse Embellishment Bottle. 

Debbie made this amazing “Date Night” scrapbook page using The Charleston Paper Pack, The Charleston Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers and Letterpress Paper Tole. I love how she cut away the paper at the top left and slipped the photo mat underneath!

Each Hot Off The Press Paper Pack comes with a FREE digital download of wonderful coordinating art for your projects.

 

And I don’t want to forget New Dazzles™ Stickers from Hot Off The Press, featured in Paper Wishes NEW 2018 Winter Catalog! The Cactus Dazzles™ Stickers make me smile!

Don’t forget that paper crafting is a sure way to chase away the winter blues. So make something pretty today! 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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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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