Love & Friendship Cards

Hello friends! Today I have some sweet card treats for you! Stampingbella is one of my favorite stamp companies because they have adorable artwork.

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Isn’t this card the sweetest? Debbie used Joy Ride Paper Pack, Pink Jewel Border Dazzles™ Stickers, Butterfly Girl Brianna Stamp and Words Sweet Stamp Set for the greeting.

Debbie used Spectrum Noir Pens to color her Butterfly Girl and even added Coral Coast Sparkletz to the wings.

Debbie also used a Stylus to shape the Pastel Cardstock flowers made with Shapeabilities Flower Cutting Dies. She added a little ink to the edge of each petal before gluing the blossoms together.

For this card I used Lemonade Paper Pack and Up, Up & Away Stamps.

I cut the Varied Hearts Border from black cardstock and again from red daisy paper. I filled in the black border with hearts from the red daisy border as shown.

After coloring with Spectrum Noir Pens I used Cosmic Shimmer Fluffy Stuff on the unicorn mane to add dimension.

For a final touch of sparkle I glued Red Hearts Sparkletz among the stamped hearts.

Thanks for joining me today! And remember, to purchase any of the items featured today just click on the underlined links and you will be taken to the Paper Wishes product page.

Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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ABC & 123 Cutting Dies

Hi crafty friends! Today I’m excited to bring you some cute cards that use Alphabet Letter Die Set (with Filigree Pattern Overlay) and Number Cutting Die Set. Both are from Practical Publishing and are versatile must-have tools for any paper crafter.

For this sweet card Debbie pared The Charleston Paper Pack with Silver Sparkles Holographic Paper.

She cut the large “H” and “B” from burgundy paper, using Alphabet Letter Die Set. She topped each letter with Filigree Pattern Overlay cut from Silver Sparkles Holographic Paper. So pretty! She finished the words using silver Happy Birthday Dazzles™ Stickers.

Debbie colored the Bree Loves Buttercream stamp with La Plume Markers and added additional sparkle to the card by gluing Rainbow Sparkletz to the bow and crown.

To keep the Birthday theme going I used Dots & Stripes Paper Pack, Balloon Cutting Dies to create this fun card.

I die cut a circle from the card front using 8 Circle Double Stitched Cutting Dies. I glued Silver Ripple Holographic Paper numbers (using Number & Suffix Die Set) to the card inside back.

Die cut balloons from black and red dot papers and glue and foam tape to the card with some extending off the edges. Place Happy Birthday Dazzles™ Stickers along the bottom of the card.

It’s also a fun idea to foam tape a number to the center of a balloon!

Here’s a quick little video from Practical Publishing featuring their Card Making Magic Collection, which includes all of the cutting dies used here today.

Thanks for joining me today. Be sure to stop by next week when I feature cards from Anna Griffin’s card making kit, All About Love. Happy Crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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NEW Penny Black Valentine Stamps

Happy New Year crafty friends! The Paper Wishes staff is excited to bring you some sweet Valentine cards, made with Penny Black stamps!

Debbie used Back Porch Paper Pack, Hearts Around Cutting Dies, Flower Flourish Cutting Dies and Happy Hugs Clear Stamps to create this adorable “Happy Hugs” card.

I love how she added a pop of color with dark pink ink from Pigment Ink Pad Bonanza! And for sparkle, Red Jewel Border Dazzles™Stickers and Red Heart Jewel Dazzles™Stickers. She even added a tie of brown Jute Twine which adds another rustic touch.

This sweet Valentine uses Buttercup Paper Pack, Red Hearts Holographic Paper, All My Loves Stamp Set, Words Sweet Stamps, Love & Miss You Cutting Dies and Peppermint Jazz Sparklets Embellishments.

To get this look, stamp the image 3 times. Once on Red Hearts Holographic Paper and twice on white cardstock. Cut out the “LOVE” image as shown.

Cut paws and rose only from one cardstock image and color with Spectrum Noir Pens. Color the entire bear on the remaining cardstock image, using Spectrum Noir Pens. Glue the holographic LOVE image to the full bear image.

Die cut the “you,” from Love & Miss You Cutting Dies, from Red Herts Holographic Paper and glue Peppermint Jazz Sparkletz Embellishments around the stamped image.

For more Valentine inspiration using Penny Black Stamps and Cutting Dies, checknout our Weekly Webisode, Tomorrow January 2nd. Thanks for joining me today and from all of us at Paper Wishes, Happy New Year!

LeNae Gerig

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Friendship & Flowers

Hello friends and happy holidays to you all! I hope you’ve had the opportunity to share the season with friends this week. Speaking of friends, we have made some lovely friendship inspired cards and can’t wait to share them with you!

The Flower Flourish Cutting Dies make a beautiful flower vine! I used green Pastel Cardstock, Flowers, Flourishes & Feathers Paper Pack and Stitched Stackers Cutting Die for the card background, vine and flowers.

I sponged green ink, from Pigment Ink Pad Bonanza, on the edges of the green vines, leaves and flowers.

I die cut large and small flowers from both lavender and purple Flowers, Flourishes & Feathers Paper Pack and used a paintbrush handle (an excellent substitution if you don’t own a stylus) and foam mouse pad to curve each petal. I also inked the petal edges with either lavender or burgundy ink.

And for the finishing touches I added half pearls from Jelly Fish Sparkletz Embellishments, Pink Flowers, Flourishes & Feathers Ribbons and a greeting from Smile Today! Stamp Set.

Debbie made this beautiful card using Vase Garden Cling Rubber Stamp, Ribbon Stackers Cutting Dies, Black/White & Colors Too Paper Pack and the Choose Happy Stamp Set.

After coloring her image with Le Plume Pens, Debbie cut out the image and added Crystal Lacquer (coming soon to Paper Wishes) to the vase portion.

When the Crystal Lacquer dries the glossy finish looks like water in the vase.

Debbie also added Peppermint Jazz Embellishments to the poppy centers and black buttons to the card front.

Thanks for joining me today! And from all of us at Paper Wishes, Happy New Year!

LeNae Gerig

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Valentine’s Sneak Peek

Hi everyone! Today I’m happy to bring you a sneak peek at our collection of Penny Black Valentine’s Day Stamps.

This card features the Love In Bloom Stamp Set, Curved Stitch Cutting Die borders and Black/White & Colors Too! Paper Pack and Ribbon Set.

I used the Shabby Shutters Distress Oxide Ink for the the “grass” and stamped the tree with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. To add a little sparkle I placed Red Heart Jewel Dazzles™ Stickers over some of the stamped hearts.

After coloring the remaining stamped hearts with a Pink Spectrum Noir Pen (Skintone/Pale Hues) I stamped a greeting from Words Sweet Stamp Set.

Both stamp sets are adorable and so versatile too!

Take a look at what Debbie did with the heart, dove and bow stamps.

Debbie used Le Plume Water Color Markers in Pine Green, Brown and Persimmon along with a watercolor paintbrush and water to soften the colors.

For a different look Debbie used a masking technique and Yellow, Pine Green, Violet and Steel Blue Le Plume Watercolor Markers.

Thanks for joining me today. Next week I’ll have a special Paper Wishes Christmas Blog for you. Merry Christmas and happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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Distress Oxide Ink Pads

Hi everyone! Have you tried Ranger’s Distress Oxide Ink Pads? I haven’t used them in awhile and after playing with them today I remember why I’m a fan!

If you haven’t tried them, here’s a recap: The inks are a fusion of both pigment and dye ink. What you get is an opaque ink that works great on both light and dark cardstock.

To create my background I used Dried Marigold Distress Oxide Ink and then I added Pine Needles Distress Oxide Ink Pad.

I really like the chalky look of the Distress Oxide Ink and it blends and moves around the paper beautifully.

Next I used the All Over Swirls Stencil and Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide Ink to add another layer to my background.

The final step in creating my background was to mist the inked paper from about 12” away. I didn’t want to get it too wet, just enough to “activate” the Oxide and make the ink really pop!

I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad and Stamp A Garden Stamp Set on the Distress Oxide Ink background.

I applied Pine Needles Distress Oxide Ink to one half of some scrap white cardstock and Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide Ink to the other half.  I stamped 3 line art butterflies from the Stamp A Garden Stamp Set, cut them out and Foam Taped them to the card for dimension.

One of the great things about Distress Oxide Ink Pads is that they are very opaque and the ink literally sits on top of the cardstic without soaking in. That’s why it works so well on dark cardstock. I stamped this greeting using Dried Marigold Distress Oxide Ink Pad.

Thanks for joining me today. See you next week with Apple Blossom Embossing Folder techniques. Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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A Stampendous Christmas!

Hello crafty friends! I’m excited to bring you wonderful Christmas stamps from our friends at Stampendous.

When I saw this Natvity Stamp it reminded me of stained glass and I knew I would use it on a window card.

After Black embossing on Heat Resistant Acetate I covered a 5” square card with Christmas Tidings paper.

Then I approximated where my window would go.

I used a Retractable Pen Knife to start my window.

And then, after placing the Acetate behind the window, I carefully began to tear an opening.

Before gluing the stamped image behind the torn away window I colored it with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink Pens. Burgundy (Red Pen Set) Blue (Turquoise Pen Set) and Yellows (SkinTone/Pale Hues Pens). I also added a burgundy Crepe Ribbon bow.

Here are some more Christmas projects made by Stampendous’s talented design team.

This sweet card uses Snowman Cardinals Cling Rubber Stamp & Dies Set.

This darling gift bag uses Cool Penguin Clear Stamp & Die Set. I love the cute little hat and sweater stamps that dress up the little guy.

And finally, this versatile Music 8″x8″ Cling Rubber Stamp can be used all year around to create beautiful backgrounds.

Thanks for joining me today. Be sure to check out some of your favorite must have items that are back in stock at Paper Wishes. We also have a new “Contact & Request” page. It’s the big pink square on our home page labeled “REQUESTS.”

Happy crafting,

LeNae Gerig

 

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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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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.

Don’t forget to check out our HUGE 60% Off Sale at Paper Wishes…while it lasts. We have something new we are working on so subscribe now and don’t miss a thing!

Happy crafting,

LeNae Gerig

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Summer Wreath Card

Hi everyone! Today I have some fun new products for you. The Pretty Everyday Wreath Cutting Dies and Happy, Hello, Love & Thanks Stamp Set. Both are completely necessary for my crafty stash. Let me show you why.

My card uses one of my favorite Paper Packs, Buttercup, with a dash of Rose Gold Triple Finish Self Adhesive Paper.

The cutting dies make backing each flower with Rose Gold Triple Finish a snap!

Finally, I added a little sparkle to the center of the flowers, using my favorite Gold Glitter Glue.

Also, I have some good news! Paper Wishes has extended it’s 40% off sale through July 14 so don’t miss it. Thanks for joining me today! Happy crafting!

LeNae Gerig

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