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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Die’sire Fancy Edge’ables™

Hello everyone! Have you seen the Die’sire Fancy Edge’ables™ cutting dies by Crafter’s Companion?

These little 5 1/4″ long border cutting dies are so versatile and make creating amazing projects easy. This easel card uses the Die’sire Fancy Edge’ables Butterfly Dreams cutting die. I simply cut two borders from white cardstock and one from black. The butterflies give the card dimension when you pull the wings forward.

These dies have an embossing feature and I found using the Texture Accessory Silicone Rubber  Embossing Mat was necessary to bring the embossing forward. (For more on this check out the product page for Die’sire Fancy Edge’ables Butterfly Dreams and click on the image for instructions).

I used the Die’sire Fancy Edge’ables Jardin cutting die to make this frame.

It was very easy to do. I die cute four Die’sire Fancy Edge’ables Jardin borders from navy blue Lapis Lazuli Glimmer Paper and then glued the border pieces to Silver Linen Specialty Paper and cut around them, leaving a 1/16″ border.

After that I used Sticky Tape to mount the borders around a rectangle of Silver Linen Specialty Paper and cut off the top and bottom corners, leaving the bottom straight edge. 

I made a stand by scoring the edge of a 2 1/2″x 4 1/2″ rectangle and then making a diagonal cut as shown.

And then I used Sticky Tape to secure the stand to the back of the frame.

I embellished the front with a photo mat made from Indigo Lace Paper, Silver Ribbon, Royal Blue Flowers and White Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers.

That’s all for today. If spring hasn’t reached you yet, just think of the rain and snow as an excuse to stay indoors and make something pretty. Happy crafting.

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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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Faith & Wedding Cards

With Easter and Wedding Season fast approaching, today I’m bringing you some cards that can be used for a variety of occasions.

This Boho Cross Stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs would be perfect for baptisms, confirmations, weddings, funerals and, of course, Easter.

This card was a snap to make. I gold embossed the Boho Cross image onto white cardstock. Then I cut it out, leaving a 1/16″ border, and then added some Teal Mirror Round Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers. The little “Blessings” is from Gold Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles™ Stickers and can easily be changed to fit the occasion.

The Hammered Gold Paper background is layered with white cardstock embossed with the Label With Dots Embossing Folder.  I then brushed the edges and embossed surface with Indian Gold Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse using a Cosmetic Wedge.

This card would be lovely for an Engagement or Wedding.

The vertical Faith, Hope & Love Stamps are perfect for banner flags. Alternating the blue tile and white wood Indigo Lace Papers provided nice contrast.

The coordinating Royal Blue Chantilly Mixed Blooms flower layered over the ivory bow from the Indigo Lace Ribbon Set adds just the right pop of color!

That’s all for today. I hope you found a dose of inspiration here. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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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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For The Family

Hi everyone! I love paper collections that are versatile and Paper House’s One Big Happy Family Collection is just that!

I had no trouble coming up with lots of projects perfect for my family.

For this masculine “Dad” page I used the One Big Happy Family Paper Pad, which includes lots of stickers and cut outs! Also the Gold Foil Bird Overlay, some Jute Twine and Winter Blues Button Embellishment Bottle.

A card for a cousin (there are also stickers for brothers, sisters, grandparents, moms & dads) uses both the One Big Happy Family Paper Pad and the Mixed Card Pack, which contains card-sized die-cuts and overlays.

Using overlays can be tricky. I find that “hiding” the adhesive, either under the printed image or under an area that will be covered by a photo or embellishment, is a good trick.

A Sara’s Surfaces 6″x6″ Album provides for a wonderful blank surface to create a Family themed album or even an album specifically dedicated to an individual, like a grandmother.

That’s all for today. Have fun and make something pretty this week. Happy crafting!

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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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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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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