Christmas Social

Hello crafty friends, today I’m bringing you some Christmas card inspiration with a sprinkle of snow.

This sweet mouse card uses Christmas Social Papers and Janie’s Mice Christmas Stamp Set.


This Christmas Social Paper had both Christmas and Winter themed papers.

Janie’s Mice Christmas Stamp Set features the cutest little mice!

To make the card, cut 1/2″ from the bottom edge of a folded 6 1/2″x5″ White Card.

Open the card and fold the top and bottom edges to make 2″ wide flaps that have a 1/2″ wide space between them.

For the card front, I colored the mouse with tan, pink, red and green Spectrum Noir Pens. When I used Grey Mist Nuvo Jewel Drops on the cookie center, and placed it near my heat vent to dry, something interesting happened. The translucent product actually crackled (most likely from the fast drying) and I decided that I liked the look. It reminds me of sugar icing.

I foam taped the stamped square image on the top card flap only.

I glued red swirl paper to the card inside back, covering the original fold line, and then glued stamped images so that they were hidden by the card front flaps.

The snow themed paper in the Christmas Social Paper Pack went well with the snow mouse stamp!

I used the Christmas Gift Card Holder to make a cute mitten gift card holder.

A White Round Mini Brad makes a hinge out of the mitten cuff. Just slip the gift card inside the pocket.

Thanks for joining me today! Don’t forget Paper Wishes HUGE 60% Off Sale ends on November 17 and then we will be launching NEW PRODUCT! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Hidden Floral Greetings Stamp Set

Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing you a NEW Stamp Set from Hot Off The Press. Hidden Floral Greetings is a beautiful stamp set with versatile sentiments, such as Thank You, Happy, Love and Just A Note, tucked among floral images.

I made this sweet card using Buttercup Paper Pack and Ribbon Set.

When using larger and very detailed stamps I like to use a Stamp Platform. That way all areas of the image get the same amount of pressure and come out perfectly every time.

I wanted to keep my card color scheme simple so I only used Spectrum Noir Pinks, Yellows and Cool Gray Pen Sets.

Don’t forget Paper Wishes is 40% off this week. Don’t miss out! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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New Beautiful Borders Engraved Dazzles™ Stickers

Hi everyone! I’m excited to show you Paper Wishes New set of Beautiful Borders Engraved Dazzles™ Stickers! This line of Dazzles™ is different because they have a transparent finish and the gold and silver embossing is bolder and includes etching. They are really stunning!

The set comes with 5 sheets of gold and 5 sheets of silver. So many possibilities!


For this card, I used a Center Step Die-Cut Card, Paper Painting Paper Pack and Ribbon Set, Gold Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles™ Stickers and Bright Spectrum Noir™ Pen Set.

When using Spectrum Noir™ on Beautiful Borders Engraved Dazzles™ Stickers, or any alcohol-based pen, it is important to color on the back of the sticker (yes, the sticky side). If you color on the front, the alcohol will remove the embossed metallic finish. Fortunately, Spectrum Noir™ Pens are designed to adhere to slick surfaces, so the color won’t come off.

For this rose card I used both paper and chalk on the back of the stickers. Ruby Rose Paper Pack and Ribbon Set made just the right background for these pretty roses.

Once again I turned the sticker over and this time I brushed some green chalk onto the ferns and leaves.

I backed the double rose sticker (separate sticker not part of the border) with mauve paper that I first smudged with dark red chalk.

Then I added dimension by aligning the rose images and foam taping one over the other.

Thank you for stopping by. Remember to leave a little time to make something pretty! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Faith Inspired Bible Tote & Card

Hi everyone! A few days ago I was browsing the goodies in our Paper Wishes buyer, Bethany’s, office (wouldn’t you?) when I found, what I thought was a beautiful purse. No? Not a purse. It was an AMAZING Creative Devotional Bible Tote from American Crafts and it immediately went on my Christmas List!

It has wonderful colors of cream and gold with this gorgeous aqua lining. Look at all of these pockets!

As you can see the tote is beautiful as is, but I thought “hey, it’s made of canvas; I wonder if I can color it?”


I sprinkled Indigo and Turquoise Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst onto the canvas and used a Spritzer filled with water to mist the powder until it bled into this burst of color! I can’t wait to use mine and it would make a great gift too!

Remember you can recreate this technique with any light colored canvas purse or tote bag. Maybe it’s time to clean out those closets and refurbish some accessories?

This faith inspired card uses Song Birds Paper Pack, Ribbon Set, Prima’s Creating In Faith Mary Stamp and Spectrum Noir™ Pastels Pen Set. Don’t forget the sparkle with Grandma’s Roses Sequin Tin.

Prima’s Creating In Faith line of stamps features strong women from the Bible. They are so beautiful.

Here are some beautiful designs created by Prima.

Thanks for joining me today. Come back next week for some Steampunk inspiration. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Snowman Card & Gift Bag Card

Hi everyone! If you’re ready to start making those winter cards I have a cute snowman for you.

Penny Black’s Snowman Smile Stamp & Die Set is just adorable! I stamped the snowman with Black Memento Ink and colored with Cool Greys, Reds and Turquoise Spectrum Noir™ Pen Sets.

I paired this cute little guy with Robin’s Red Paper Pack (so versatile) and Fancy Snowflake Embossing Folder colored with aqua blue ink pad from Blue Cat’s Eye Queue Pigment Ink Pad Set. I added some sparkle to the stamped and embossed snowflakes with Stickles™ Red Glitter Glue.


Here’s a little tip when die-cutting stamped images: Use Stencil Tape to secure the die centered over the image before running through your Die Cutting Machine. Why it took me so long to figure this out, I don’t know.

Sometimes I like to send a little something to my far away relatives for the holidays. I think the Waffle Flower Gift Bag Cutting Die will be just right for mailing gift cards this year. I used Christmas Cabin Paper Pack and Ribbon Set along with Christmas Scribble Shapes Dazzles™ Stickers.


Here’s a cute Waffle Flower video to show you how versatile this cutting die is:

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you found some inspiration for your next project. 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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Pop It Up

Hello everyone! With two birthday parties to attend this week, I have birthday cards on my mind. That’s why I was so happy to have 2 new Stampendous Cutting Dies cross my desk yesterday!

The first is Fran’s Pop-Up Die Set which paired well with Pretty Poppies Cling Rubber Stamp Set and Pretty Poppies Cutting Die Set.



I created a custom card size by folding 5″x11″ lavender Pastel Cardstock in half and lining with both purple swirl paper from Bohemian Dreams Paper Pack and 4″x10″ teal Pastel Cardstock that I die cut with Fran’s Pop-Up Die Set.


I colored the poppies with Purple and Yellow Spectrum Noir ™Pen Sets and the vase with Green and Turquoise Spectrum Noir™ Pen Sets. I glued the vase to the bottom pop-up and blossoms to the tabs above.

I Colored the leaves with  Green Spectrum Noir™ Pens and glued them to the card back, among the blossoms. Then I added Card Greetings Dazzles™ Stickers and some sparkle with Mixed Berry Sequin Tin.

Here is a great video from Stampendous:

Want even more Pop-Up options? Fran’s Pop’cessories Die Set is packed with more tools to make Pop-Ups, Boxes, Bobblers, Stands and Hinges.

This cute Pop-Up Box fits perfectly into a 5″x6 1/2″ card, covered with Hopscotch Paper Pack. I colored the lion Party Animals Dazzles™ Sticker with Yellow, Red and Turquoise Spectrum Noir™ Pens.

Fran’s Pop’cessories Die Set also includes a Hinge feature that allows for images to be mounted inside of the Pop-Up Box.

There is also a cutting die to make a stand for images. How cute to make place cards and party decorations!

Here is another great Stampendous video:

I recommend checking out both of these Stampendous Cutting Dies! They make creating fun Pop-Up cards easy. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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