DIY Photo Clipboard

Hello friends! Today I have some fresh inspiration for you featuring an Acrylic Clipboard, Stampendous 8″x8″ Script Stamp, a Bodacious Flower Template and Script Cutting Dies!

One of the things I like best about Clipboard as photo frames is that you can change the photos often or even display Christmas cards!

Consider displaying them in groups for more impact.

For my clipboard, I applied VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad to the surface of the 8″x8″ Script Stamp.

I stamped onto Burgundy Suede Paper, pressing firmly on all parts of the stamp. (Tip: When you remove the stamp, you won’t be able see the stamped impression because VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad is clear.)

I sprinkled the stamped image with White Super Fine Embossing Powder.

After taping off the excess Embossing Powder, heat with a heat gun until each area of image changes color.

I used the Bodacious Blooms Template to make easy flowers, alternating embossed Burgundy Suede and Holly On Green Paper.

Follow the template instruction for folding squares of paper and tracing patterns for the size and style flower you chose. I used a 4 1/2″ Molly, 3 1/4″ Debra and 3″ Molly shapes for my flower.

I Inked the flower edges with Black Ink and layered them with Foam Tape. Then I placed 3 Circle Gems on the center to complete my flower.

Inside Information: You may be wondering why I decided to heat emboss on suede paper instead of directly onto the clipboard. Initially, this was my thought and the embossing on the clear clipboard DID look amazing! However…

it also curved and warped my “acrylic” clipboard beyond help (I even tried heating it again and pressing between 50 lb. boxes of paper!) Lesson learned.

I used a Script Stamp for my clipboard, but you could also use the Music 8″x8″ Stamp. Furthermore, I made my Clipboard with a Christmas theme, but you could use any color of Suede or Patterned Papers and create an everyday themed clipboard.

Thanks for joining me today and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Hunkydory Christmas!

Hello crafty friends! I’ve got some wonderful news! November 21 is the relaunch of our Paper Wishes Webisodes and you’re getting a sneak peak today!

This is the Hunkydory Cardmaking Collection Magazine & Kit #6. It’s packed full of Christmas card fun! So many cute papers, cardstock, cutting dies, stamps and an embossing folder.

On November 21 Paper Wishes Webisode I will be showing cards and techniques from the Hunkydory Cardmaking Collection Magazine and Kit #6. Here is just one example.

I altered this stamped village scene, featured in the Hunkydory Magazine, by adding Gold Star Holographic Paper (included in the kit)and more gold embossed snowflakes.

The stamped village scene includes a masking technique.

Cut out the village and color with Spectrum Noir Pens, both dark and light gray.

For more about this Hunkydory Kit, cards and techniques join me for Paper Wishes Webisodes, Wednesday, November 21.

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Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Autumn Page & Card

Hello friends, I don’t know about you, but I find that I take the most pictures during autumn. With back to school and all of the Halloween and Thanksgiving festivities I have so many cute photos! If you are a scrapbooker like me you’re always on the lookout for page ideas and supplies.

The Falling Into Autumn Paper Pack includes 12 beautiful papers, 2 each of 6 designs, that include all of the rich colors we love this time of year: Golden yellow, brown, teal, burgundy and dark orange.

I paired the Falling Into Autumn Papers with Steampunk Die-Cuts because adding a few gears was fun to use with the “Kids with Dad” theme.

 

Notice that I placed the Steampunk Die-Cut frame directly over the photo. I did this because it’s almost like zooming into the subjects faces.

(Tip: this same technique could be used on a card front, replacing the photo with a stamped image or Dazzles™ Sticker greeting.)

This fun birthday card was easy to make. I covered each half of the card with both golden brown and teal Falling Into Autumn Papers. I used my paper cutter to cut the gear border in half (lengthwise) and glued it to the top and bottom edges. I even cut a small label in half and used the pieces on each side of the large label to make a border.

A little foam tape under the balloon and butterfly provided dimension and then I finished with a Black Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles™ Sticker.

Thanks for joining me today. Don’t forget that our HUGE 60% Off Sale Ends on Saturday, November 17. 

After the sale ends Paper Wishes will be launching NEW Products for Christmas and Webisodes will be back! Here’s a sneak peek for our November 21 Webisode.

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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A Special Halloween Treat

Hi crafty friends, as Halloween grows near Paper Wishes has put together a special treat for you. This Halloween Kit includes everything you see here:

 

Back Dazzles™ Stickers with paper for adorable page embellishments. I like to use chalk or alcohol pens to add shading to the Dazzles™ characters.

For this card Susan backed the Dazzles™ Stickers with glitter paper.

Debbie cut apart the vinyl tag to make a card greeting. Very cleaver!

A dark background really makes these bones pop!

Double-Pocket Treat Die-Cut Cards are also included in this bundle.

They make sweet gifts for friends any time of year.

I like putting a sweet note on the tags and packets of tea in the pockets.

That’s all for today. Thanks for joining me and I’ll be back next week with some festive holiday decorations and gift packaging. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Cards With Sparkle!

Hello crafty friends! Today I’m brining you cards with sparkle!

This poinsettia card features Sara Davies Glamour Glitter Cardstock, which comes with Pink, Black and Silver glitter cardstock sheets.

After covering the card with black and silver glitter sheets I used Sara Davies Flourishing Frame Cutting Die to make an elegant black glitter border.

The Poinsettia Dazzles™ Stickers are gorgeous when backed with the pink glitter cardstock. I placed White Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers on the center of each to coordinate with the silver background.

I wanted to keep this card neutral so I used only the black and silver Glamour Glitter Cardstock . The Sara Davies Venetian Mirror Cutting Die made a prefect backdrop for the striking yellow flowers.

To make the tag I cut a long rectangle from black glitter cardstock and cut a “v” shape on one end.  I used a white Inside/Outside Greetings Dazzles™  sticker for contrast and glued the tag under the blossom edge. A black loopy bow was the finishing touch.

Thanks for joining me today. I’ll be back on Thursday with a Halloween Treat! Until then, happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Big Die-Cut Crafts

Hi crafty friends! Today I bring you cards and pages made from Birthday Die-Cuts Booklet and Feminine Die-Cuts Booklet. The images are large and colorful and they make the sweetest projects.

This cute elephant (from the Birthday Die-Cuts Booklet)  is one of my favorites. It was a snap to make using the Center Step Card Template.

I love the technique on this bicycle card! Extend the image off the edge and trim it even with the card edge.

This fun Birthday page was so simple to put together. Once again I used the Birthday Die-Cuts Booklet along with solid cardstock and the Build A Banner Template.

This purse card (using the Feminine Die-Cuts Booklet) is adorable and was very quick to make.

You can even use the Die-Cut shapes to make shaped cards. For this Teapot card I glued the die-cut to the front of a blank card, aligning the folded edge just under the pot lid. I used small scissors to cut around the die-cut edges.

This is what it looks like on the inside.

This scrapbook page uses Chalkboard Paper Pack, the Feminine Die-Cut Booklet and some flowers to create a precious Family themed page.

Here is a quick little video about the Die-Cut Booklets:

You can buy both Die-Cut Booklets for a great price! Check it out here.

Thanks for joining me today and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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In the mood for Color Me™ Card Toppers

Hello crafty friends! Last night I was in the mood for coloring and I decided that Color Me™ Card Toppers were just the thing. I love them because they are fun to color and don’t take long to complete. When you’re done coloring you just glue them to the front of a blank card and you’re ready for mailing!

The Color Me™ Fern Card Toppers are one of my favorites and the Primary Tones Chameleon Pens offer just the right colors.

Each Topper set comes with blank and printed tags.

 

If I get a little sloppy with my coloring, it’s no big deal because the gold embossing on each Topper is very forgiving. The ink will sit on top of the embossing (depending on what coloring product you use) and I can just wipe it away with my finger tip and move on.

Once again I used the Chameleon Pens for the Color Me™ Christmas Post Card Toppers. Each pack of Toppers includes 2 sets of 3 different designs plus sheets of tags.

So there you have it! The next time you need a little coloring therapy, try Color Me™ Card Toppers and at this special price you can stock up!

Thanks for joining me today and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Robin’s Red

Hello friends and welcome back! Today we will be focusing on one of my absolute favorite paper collections, Robin’s Red! This week Paper Wishes is offering the collection in a bundle for the AMAZING price of $13.97! Click HERE to get the deal.

This Pop-Up Box Die-Cut Card is just an explosion of fun!

The Pop-Up Box looks complicated, but it couldn’t be easier to make.

For this Interlocking Frame Die-Cut Card I used the Wood Texture Embossing Folder on the die-cut frame before foam taping it to the card front. I added a little black ink to the edges to bring out the texture.

(TIP: Did you know that you can use a rolling pin to emboss paper inside an Embossing Folder, if you don’t own a machine?)

And finally, this sweet card was made using Robin’s Whimsy Paper Tole. I love the heart balloons!

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Happy Crafting

LeNae Gerig

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