New HOTP Products

Hi everyone! Hot Off The Press has some great new products! I begged for the 8 Squares & Scallops Metal Cutting Dies because I use the circle version nearly every day. The nested scallops and squares are the perfect size for your stamped cards. 

The “YOU” Cutting Dies and “You” Greetings Stamp Set make for a whimsical and bold card focal. I love them and think they will get heavy rotation among my card making tools.

The Easy Watercolor Butterflies Stamp Set is AMAZING! It’s a layering stamp set and truly easy to use because the images are meant to have a watercolor look.

Here’s how it works:

First stamp the outline image using brown or black ink.

Then stamp the largest solid image in the lightest ink color. Notice that the images are slightly offset?

Finally stamp a smaller butterfly image using a darker color, inking the entire surface of the stamp and another color on the outside edges.

That’s all for today. Remember to leave time to make something pretty and share it with a friend. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Paper Crafting Embellishments

Hello everyone! This week cute embellishments have been on my mind and coincidently Paper Wishes is having a huge blow out sale on Queen & Company Paper Straw Stylish Stix. All for just .50 each!

Perfect for summer cards and crafts!

Don’t for get birthdays. Look at those cute candles!

Pinwheel cards or REAL working pinwheels using Playful Pinwheel Template.

And don’t forget about the holidays!

Sweet Halloween card and make a fabulous wreath!

To make your own 50’s inspired paper straw wreath you’ll need 5-6 packs of Stylish Stix (any color), and an 8″ cardstock circle base using Easy Circles Template and a hot glue gun. So easy!

For even more ideas using Stylish Stix, check out our Webisode (it’s an oldie but a goodie) here.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Spice Market Collection

Hello everyone! Today I’m happy to bring you the Spice Market Collection! This collection has a gorgeous look that is both unique and versatile!

The Spice Market Paper Pack features a beautiful mandala theme and rich colors.

Debbie made this page featuring her grandson. Adorable!

The Spice Market Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers include amazing details.

For this card, I backed areas of the Dazzles™ Stickers with paper and added  embellishments from the Spice Market Embellishment Bottle, Ribbon Set 

and these amazing Acetate Dimensional Butterflies Stickers!

Thanks for joining me today. Don’t forget to make something pretty and share it with others. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Exclusive Deal For Blog Readers

Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to bring you Paper Wishes Blog readers a great offer. Paper Wishes is offering you this card making kit for 50% OFF RETAIL PRICE of $49.95! So that makes it only $24.98 Exclusively for Paper Wishes Blog readers!

2 packs of beautiful Triple Finish Self Adhesive Sheets (Rose Gold and Gold), 2 packs of Interlocking Die-Cut cards (Frames & Hearts) and 1 Botanical Butterflies Cutting Die!

Simply click here to get this exclusive deal. Don’t let this one get away and happy crafting!

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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It’s Someone’s Birthday! Are You Ready?

Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing you some birthday card inspiration!

This whimsical card is sure to bring a smile to the birthday boy or girl’s face, no matter his or her age! The Dare 2B Artzy Alpaca Cake Stamp Set also comes with other adorable “everyday” greetings. I colored my Alpaca using Spectrum Noir™ Pens and for the background I used BoBunny Double Dot Damask Cardstock and 10 Tags & Trims Cutting Die Set

The Art Impressions line of Circlet Mini Tryfolds are little circular stamps (with dies) that make the most adorable cards with layered images! I want them ALL! This Birthday Circlet Set might be my favorite. 

I was surprised by how easy they are to use! The clear instructions walk you through the steps of stamping and then die cutting each folded layer. 

I chose to use Spectrum Aqua™ Markers because I could control the amount of liquid that went onto the cardstock. Alcohol Pens would bleed too much, showing through to the opposite side. After coloring the images I placed Script Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers.

The Spectrum Aqua™ Markers have both bold and fine point tips which make them great for coloring in tiny spaces. I also used a little water and a Watercolor Brush #1 to paint over the colored areas.

Once again I used BoBunny Double Dot Damask Cardstock and cute Cupcake/Stripes Washi Tape.

Here is a quick little video from Art Impressions to show you just how these cute stamp sets work:

For even MORE Circlet Mini Tryfolds card ideas, check out the March 15 Paper Wishes Webisode!

That’s all for today. Don’t forget those birthdays coming up and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Quick & Easy Cards & Storage

Hello everyone! Yesterday was a typical rainy spring day here in Oregon, but I took advantage of the “inside day” to do some Make Ahead Cards. That’s what I call cards that I don’t create individually for a particular person and they are usually Quick & Easy.

Each of these cards took less than 20 minutes to make and they all use Sizzix Springtime Paper Pad.

The 4″x6″ pad has 36 (multiple of each design) decorated tear-out pages and can be glued directly to a card front or matted first and then decorated. The watercolor look is beautiful and so versatile!

For this card I matted the 4″x6″ paper with black cardstock, added Black Jewel Border Dazzles™, Birthday Greetings Stamp Set greeting and a simple Crepe Ribbon bow.

This card features papers from Trail Blazer Paper Pack, Script Greetings Cutting Dies, Teal Mirror Round Jewel Dazzles™ and a Jute Twine bow.

This next card has lots of sparkle!

I used Brilliant Brights Marvelous Mirri Pad for the gold and pink background. And then Double-Stick Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers sprinkled with Peony Pink Silk Microfine Glitter.


I like to store my Make Ahead Cards in a Card & Craft Organizer, by category so they are easy to find when I want to send a Thank You card or (gasp) I have forgotten to make a Birthday Card for a friend! We’ve all been there, right?

Want a great gift idea? Make a supply of cards to fill the box and give to a non-card making friend. They will love having special cards on hand to send to family and friends.

Don’t forget to check out out Week Of Webisodes, happening now! The entire week features NEW Hunkydory crafts!

That’s all for today. Remember to leave some time in your busy schedule to make something pretty. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Elizabeth Craft Cutting Dies

Hello everyone! Today I want to show you how quick and easy it can be to use these creative cutting dies from Elizabeth Craft. 

I used the Flying High Die Set by Becky Seddon and while coloring the die cut image from one card, I created a stenciled image to make a second card!

I’ll walk you through the steps:

After die cutting a circe and plane/clouds image from white cardstock I layered the 2 pieces. Then I used a Stylus and Pad to apply Faded Jeans, Broken China, and Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads to color the white cardstock image.

 Lightly spritz with water.

When the inked die cut image is removed a useable stenciled image remains.

I inked a second image with Peeled Paint Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad and cut out the plane. Then I foam taped it to the card covered in Trail Blazer papers, Natures Touch Ribbons and Script Greetings Cutting Dies.


Another adorable and versatile cutting die is the Romantic Bouquet Cutting Die.


I covered the front with Sky Blue Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss. I secured a folded piece of Lavender Glimmer Paper inside the card with lavender grosgrain ribbon and added a “Smile” die cut greeting. 

I also used the Romantic Bouquet Cutting Die to make these sweet little note cards. It took just minutes to die cut one side of a colored blank card and line it with white cardstock. These would make a great gift, don’t you think?

That’s all for today. I hope you have a creative week. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Unicorn Happy!

Hello everyone! You may have noticed that unicorns are back and they are as fun and magical as ever!

To decorate this Canvas Tote Bag, I used a 6×6 Unicorn Stencil and Indian Pink, Ocean Teal, Purple Mist and Gold Treasure Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish.

It was helpful to use Stencil Tape to secure the Unicorn Stencil to the canvas and then mask off the edges using sticky notes.

Divide the unicorn into 3 parts and apply Ocean Teal, Purple Mist, and Indian Pink Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish then blend where the colors meet.

Repeat and use the same 3 colors for the message.

Use the star cluster area of the stencil and Gold Treasure Metallic Gilding Polish to create a frame around the message.

If your Tote Bag is a gift, don’t forget the tag! The 10 Tags & Trims Cutting Die Set comes with a small butterfly die that added just the right embellishment to this colorful tag. Notice how amazing the Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish looks on the black cardstock!

Debbie used Hot Off the Press Unicorn & Castles Dazzles™ Stickers to make this magical card. I love the use of Silver Sparkles Holographic Paper as a mat.

Thanks for stopping by today. Life is too busy, leave a little time to make something pretty and share it with someone who needs a boost. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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