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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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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Cozy Christmas Cabin

Hi everyone! I have a new paper pack to show you this week! Christmas Cabin is cozy, colorful and versatile!

The coordinating Christmas Cabin Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers provide just the right embellishment for pages, cards and other paper crafts.

This adorable family Christmas page also includes Red Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers, Christmas Cabin Ribbons, Yuletide Greetings Embellishment Bottle and a beautiful Botanica Red Flower.

I love that the Christmas Cabin Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers include sentiments that work for both scrapbooking and cardmaking.

This wreath on a picket fence card is made with Christmas Cabin Paper Pack and Ribbons, Long Christmas Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers, Tonic Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops, Yellow/Green Cat’s Eye Queue Ink Pad Set, and the New Layering Wreath & Pinecones Stamp Set.

To make the stamped wreath, I used 2 shades of green ink and the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp the wreath twice.

I made a quick video to show you how this wreath was made using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.

For more ideas using Hot Off The Press’s Christmas Layering Stamps check out this Webisode from August 30th.

Look what’s coming! The New Paper Wishes 2017 Fall Catalog! Check those mailboxes this week and if you aren’t signed up yet, click here to get your own.

Have a wonderful week and be sure to leave time to make something. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Winter’s Butterfly

Hello everyone, I have a wonderful new paper collection to show you! Winter’s Butterfly Paper Pack combines the unexpected themes of butterflies and snowflakes beautifully!

I love the page that Debbie made using Winter’s Butterfly Papers, Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers and Purple Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers.

This stunning butterfly card features the Christmas Clearly Creative Kit, which includes 5 sheets of printed acetate, each with a different Christmas theme. Susan used Tim Holtz® Alcohol Inks Eggplant, Cranberry & Lettuce  and Pool to color the back side of the acetate (if you color the front the alcohol in the ink will remove the printed image). She then backed the colored acetate with Clear Glitter Sheets for sparkle! A bow made from Winter’s Butterfly Ribbons adds the finishing touch.

For this card, I altered Jeweled Snowflake Dazzles™ Stickers with Purple Spectrum Noir™ Pens.

While the Jeweled Snowflake Dazzles™ Stickers were still on the backing sheet I colored them with Spectrum Noir™ Purple (PL4) Pens.

Then I added a darker shade of purple (LV3) to add some contrast.

After placing the Dazzles™ Stickers on the card, I colored in some of the jewels with dark purple (LV3) and then added drops of Bottle Green and Oyster Grey Nuvo Crystal Drops for dimension.

A large purple flower from Petaloo Botanical Blooms Lavender/Purple and Winter’s Butterfly Ribbon on the top left corner finishes this card.

That’s all for today! Don’t miss our New Week Of Webisodes, August 28-September 1 and 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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Beautiful Embossing Folders

Hello everyone! Today I have some gorgeous embossing folders from Crafters Companion to share with you.

The Country Garden Embossing Folder looks so sweet when painted with Citrus Green, Coral Calypso and Peony Pink Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. After covering the card with peach paper from Charming Paper Pack, I used a cotton swab to paint each embossed image (it was quicker than you think) and added some Gold Dust Stickles™ Glitter Glue to the centers of a few flowers. Wrap the card front with peach and green sheer ribbons from Mystic Garden Ribbon Set, hang a tag from Tiny Tags & Little Labels Cutting Die Set under the knot and place “Hello” Everyday Greetings Dazzles™ 3-Pack on the tag.

For a completely different look, I embossed black cardstock with the Regency Swirls Embossing Folder and used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to rub Indian Gold Mousse over the embossed surface.

I covered my card with Metallic Gold Paper, glued the embossed paper to the left and added some sparkle with Black Jewel Border Dazzles™. Lightly sand a large Butterflies Foiled Fancies™ and glue to the card front. Embellish with Black Jewel Dazzles™ and place Black Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles below.

This is the Ornate Lace Embossing Folder with Royal Aubergine Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, which is a deep royal purple. Beautiful!

This is the English Rose Embossing Folder with Pure Platinum Nuvo Embellishment Mousse which looks like antique silver. So elegant!

And finally, here is Regency Swirls Embossing Folder with Cornflower Blue Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. The swirls are so versatile and the blue is such a rich color!

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

LeNae Gerig

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