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Clearly Inspired Christmas Cards!

In this week’s webisode on WOW! Embossing Powders, Paulette and Gail featured two Christmas cards created with Heat Resistant Acetate and these projects were so gorgeous, I just had to show them off again! The lights in the studio are so bright that it can be difficult to tell just how much visual interest and texture these cards really have. I didn’t want you to miss out! Click on each image for instructions and supplies.

This first card actually uses the acetate in two different ways. The first piece of acetate is embossed with an embossing folder. Susan then dabbed Picket Fence Distress Paint onto the words from the back, and wiped away the excess. This gave her background a very cool chalkboard look that works well with the letterpress-style embossing folder.

THEN Susan took it another step further by die cutting her reindeer and snowflakes from acetate. She inked them with VersaMark™ and heat-embossed them with WOW! Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder. Check out the texture! I just love it!!!

Designed by Susan Cobb

Designed by Susan CobbDesigned by Susan Cobb

This next card from LeNae has a sweet little snowman image heat-embossed onto the Heat Resistant Acetate with WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Ultra High embossing powder. Not only do I LOVE the gold and ivory combo, but again, the dimension and texture you get from the Ultra High embossing powder makes this card extra-special. You could even say it has has a real WOW-factor. Haha.

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

 

WOW! Ultra High embossing powders have a coarser grain than regular embossing powders which gives them fantastic height and dimension. I just love the little individual snow droplets too! No special technique required to create them—they are just stray embossing powder granules that LeNae left in place before heat-setting from the underside of the acetate. What an easy way to get a fabulous snowy effect! And notice the snowman shows up beautifully, even the fine lines.

 

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And here is one more wintery card from our Ann’s Fall Look: Cutting Dies webisode a few weeks back. It’s a shaker card she created using Heat Resistant Acetate for the window. Using the Heat Resistant Acetate allowed Ann to heat-emboss the snowflake and ice skate images on the window front, and they look SO CUTE paired with her snowy shaker “filling” (White Encrusted Jewels embossing elements). For this card, Ann used our Super Fine White embossing powder which really helps to capture all the stamp details. The window frame was created with the Paper Artist™ Layering Frames cutting die set and a beautiful 12″x12″ Pearl Sheet that changes from pink to iridescent depending on the angle of light.

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Heat Resistant Acetate gives you so many more creative options over standard acetate. I also wanted to share an awesome tip for working with acetate that Ann mentions in the instructions of yet another Acetate-Christmas Card (here).

Ann says: “To help the acetate lay flat on the front of the card, I scored two lines about 1mm apart and creased them well, creating a very narrow spine to fit over the card fold.”  This technique really does help your acetate flap to lay flat against the card—genius!

Click here to view even more ideas and inspiration for projects with Heat Resistant Acetate!!!

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • You still have 3 days left to take advantage of our Breast Cancer Awareness Promotion 20% off of everything pink!!! Plus, we have created a special set of FREE Tags & Labels for you to download and print!
  • Our webisode this coming Tuesday features some truly fabulous projects created using IndigoBlu’s gorgeous rubber cling stamps and Megaflake metal leaf! These multi-colored metallic flakes add such a luxurious touch to your holiday cards… Just wait until you see what our Design Team has done!!

 

I hope you all enjoy our last October weekend, and that you take a little time to create something you love!

Michelle

 

 

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Not Your Normal Cards!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed World Card Making Day! We had some fun contests and challenges, and the fun hasn’t ended! Right now you can still join our October Card Making Contest that takes place on the Paper Wishes Message Board and this month the challenge is to design a card that is uniquely shaped or folded! So I went in search of a little inspiration for you all! Don’t forget to click on each image for supplies and instructions!

This first card was designed by Teresa Welch, who always has a new folded card up her sleeve. This one is simple to create and uses Hot Off The Press’ new Winter Wishes Artful Card Kit (ACK). The easel portion simply gets propped up behind the adorable die-cut embellishments on the inside of the card.

Easel Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Easel Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Here is another card Teresa designed using the same ACK, combined with Silver Ripple holographic paper and Silver Jewel Dazzles™ stickers. The front focal flap lifts upward, and the lower circle-covered section unfolds, revealing a pocket inside the card! So cool! The pocket is perfect for a gift card or family photo!

Front Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Front Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

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Inside of card

This Oval Swing Card was created using the Oval Swing Card template and the Gingerbread ACK. The thing I love about these templates is that you can easily create an unlimited number of moveable cards IN ANY COLOR. No more plain white cards! Although as Teresa shows us below, sometimes white is still the perfect choice.

Oval Swing Card designed by Teresa Welch

Oval Swing Card designed by Teresa Welch

This spooky, sparkly Halloween card was designed by Debbie Samples, and features a blank Center Step Card as its base. The blank Center Step cards have been pre-cut and even pre-folded for your convenience! Just dive right in and start decorating (my favorite part)! Debbie used Hot Off The Press’ Halloween Papers along with the Twisted Tree Cling Rubber Stamp and Spoonful of Midnight Embossing Powder & Elements from Stampendous to create this haunting look!

Center Step Card designed by Debbie Samples

Center Step Card designed by Debbie Samples

This card is not quite as seasonal as the others, but it’s a beautiful example of a Cascading Card and why not show a little love year-round?! The front pulls out accordion-style for display, and the folding panels give you lots of options for embellishing. This card was created with Hot Off The Press’ Red Velvet Paper Pack and Sweetie Pie Dazzles™, as well as the Paper Artist Love and 5 Hearts cutting die set.

Cascading Card designed by Teresa Welch

Cascading Card designed by Teresa Welch

And a final example of of a very cool Double-Fold Pop-Out Card! I love this card – the Butterfly Garden ACK papers are beautiful, and I love the symmetry of the pop-out section. Lots of visual impact here!

Double-Fold Pop-Out Card designed by Teresa Welch

Double-Fold Pop-Out Card designed by Teresa Welch

So – are you ready to learn the real reason behind my sudden folded-card fixation? Here at Paper Wishes, we have been working hard on a brand new DVD! Teresa’s Uniquely Folded Cards DVD has been scheduled for release in January! And trust me, it is packed with tons of projects that you are going to want to create, so mark your calendars and dust off your rulers!!!

Paper Wishes Highlights

  • Monday begins National Breast Cancer Week – a week near and dear to many of us. In fact, Paulette Jarvey, our founder and President is a breast cancer survivor. “I hope every woman will have an annual mammogram—it saved my life and might save yours,” she shares. To honor and support those who have had their lives affected by breast cancer, we have created a special promotion. Starting Monday, Paper Wishes will be offering a 20% discount on everything pink! This special offer will run through Sunday and what a great time to let those affected by breast cancer know that your thoughts are with them!
  • Our webisode this Tuesday will be featuring WOW! Ultra High Embossing Powders, and I am really excited for this one! WOW! Ultra High Embossing Powders do exactly what the name implies, creating an extra-thick layer of embossing that adds fantastic texture to your images. Embossing powders are just one of those things I get really excited about, so if you haven’t seen or used WOW! Ultra High powders yet, don’t miss this webisode!!
  • The Fall 2014 Paper Wishes Special Edition is out! Hopefully you received your copy and have had a chance to flip through, but you can also take a look at all the new products in our Virtual Catalog! Don’t miss out on all the fun Halloween projects featured in this catalog update!

Well, the fall rain has arrived here in Oregon, which is Nature’s way of telling me to grab a snack, watch a webisode and get inspired to create that next project! I hope you all have a great weekend, and make a little time to create something you love!

Michelle

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World Card Making Day & Challenges!!!

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As you are all hopefully aware, Saturday is the 9th annual World Card Making Day! To celebrate such a momentous day, Paper Wishes® along with message board hosts have planned several special challenges with gift certificates for the winners – just to add even more fun to the occasion! There will be two challenges running on Saturday through midnight, plus a third that will run through both Saturday and Sunday! Be sure to check out the Swaps & Challenges section of our Message Board for the details!

Also, I told you last week I would include a little inspiration for your card making projects this weekend, so here are a couple sneak peeks of projects that are in our Paper Wishes Fall 2014 Special Edition catalog! The Special Edition comes out October 11, 2014, so I hope you are ready for even more awesome new craft supplies! Click each project to see a larger, clearer image, and I will soon be updating each one with a link to the project instructions! Below is a super cute Halloween card from LeNae that features our Halloween Papers, new Hazel’s Halloween Card Toppers, the Lacy Rectangle Frames cutting die set, and of course, some ribbon and bling!

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Here’s another stunning card from Gail… You can create this gorgeous look simply by inking and stamping your cardstock (or paper) before sending it through your die cutting machine! She then backed her die-cuts with suede papers to highlight the elegant swirls and scrolls! The cutting die she used is the Decadence Die-sire Cutting Die that does double-duty – die cutting AND embossing!

Designed by Gail Boothe

Designed by Gail Boothe

 

And for your last bit of inspiration, I’d like to present this lovely “Happy Thanksgiving” card, submitted by our September Design Challenge winner:

Linda Holt of Laurel, MD

Winner Linda's Happy Thanksgiving Card

Winner Linda’s Happy Thanksgiving Card

Linda’s gorgeous “Happy Thanksgiving” Card showed off some great resist stamping techniques! She used the iron-off method, which removes an embossing powder resist. What a stunning, polished card! Congratulations Linda!!! Create your own inspired version using the Mini Chicken Wire Template and our Cider Artful Card Kit

Linda says, “My card emerged out of playing with supplies and techniques – the true inspiration for the piece was the Fall Swap on the message board, and those dimensional card toppers.”  Thank you for your entry, Linda!! Beautiful work! 

And with the arrival of October, we have started a new monthly Design Challenge. The theme of October’s Challenge is to create your wildest, most impressive, uniquely folded or shaped card! Hopefully that’s not too much of a curveball! There are just so many amazing folded cards that you can create (and you don’t need a degree in engineering). For full details, click here!

 

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Next week is another WOW week with new webisodes every day! The Week of Webisodes beginning Monday is called Ann’s Fall Look, and you’ll get a sneak peek at some of our brand new scrapbooking and card making supplies that you will find in our Paper Wishes Fall 2014 Special Edition! Ann will show you the latest cutting dies, embossing folders and more, along with lots of fantastic projects!

 

  • As I mentioned above, our Paper Wishes Fall 2014 Special Edition will be live on PaperWishes.com on October 11, 2014! There is so much fun and festive stuff in there – you’ll find all the inspiration you need to get started on your holiday projects including brand new cutting dies, embossing folders, stamps and stencils! So watch for yours in the mail, or take a look at our Virtual Catalog that will be available at PaperWishes.com.

 

  • And… just to make World Card Making Day even more special, we have created a special Creative Card Maker’s Bundle! Now through October 31, 2014 you can purchase over $60 worth of card making supplies for only $19.99! 1058 Card Making Goodies…in the bundle! This is a great chance to re-stock for the winter!  Click here to see the deal.

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I hope you all embrace World Card Making Day, and I hope you all join in the fun by playing along with one of our card making challenges – you could win a Paper Wishes gift certificate! Have a great weekend, and I hope you create something beautiful!

 

Michelle

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Girlfriends Getaway Pictures and Paper Wishes Gossip!

It was a record year for our annual Girlfriends Getaway with 163 participants! It truly was an amazing, fun-filled day packed with great projects, tons of goodies and prizes, and loads of laughter (plus the occasional burst of glitter and metal flakes)! Click each image to see a larger, clearer version!

The tables are all ready for our 163 participants!

The tables are all ready for our 163 participants!

The secret tables really piqued some people's curiosity!!!

The secret shopping tables really piqued some people’s curiosity!!!

Look at those goody bags!!! Because we all love free stuff.....

Look at all those prizes!!!

Successful ornament-makers!

Successful ornament-makers!

Paper Wishes' graphic designer Kristen - work hard, play hard!

Paper Wishes’ graphic designer Kristen – work hard, play hard!

Here is a picture of our Grand Prize Winner! Thank goodness she had the perfect vehicle to bring her prizes home…

The Grand Prize Winner and her slight logistics issue...

The Grand Prize Winner and her slight logistics issue…

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The 2014 Girlfriends Getaway was a fantastic success, and we especially want to thank all our participants who joined in the creative fun! We hope to see you all again next year!

Today is also the last day for Paper Wishes’ accountant Cory, and he will be greatly missed! Accountants are not typically known for their pranks and comedic qualities, so I have no doubt that his office shenanigans will be remembered and retold for a very long time. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors!

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Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • In other Paper Wishes’ news, we are just wrapping up a whole Week of Webisodes dedicated to our Scrapbooking Classes Personal Shopper kits! This is a fantastic chance to take a peek at the seldom-seen scrapbook pages that our Scrapbooking Classes members create each month. Be sure to take a look – you are going to get TONS of ideas for your own scrapbook pages!
  • Disclaimer: Blatant, unabashed marketing pitch…
    It’s also a great time to join Scrapbooking Classes Personal Shopper – members receive 24 gorgeous papers, 12 of which are created exclusively for Scrapbooking Classes members! Plus, your monthly kit includes lots and lots of embellishments, ribbons, accents and other coordinating products! The items are different each month, but in the past, the kits have included stamps, embossing folders, stencils and even Spectrum Noir™ pens! It’s a great value, plus a whole lot of fun! Click here for more information.
  • Our webisode this coming Tuesday is going to be another one you won’t want to miss, as it will feature projects created with some incredible, brand-new Dee’s Distinctively Cutting Dies! The cutting dies are designed to work with the Paper Shaping Tool Kit which allows you to add dimension and curve to your die-cuts!
  • Also, you still have four more days to complete your projects for the September Design Challenge! We’ve seen some fabulous entries already, but there is still plenty of time to create a card or page! The September Design Challenge will officially end at midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 30th, so roll up your sleeves, break out your stamps and submit a picture of your September Design Challenge project. You could win $15 to spend at Paper Wishes!

I think that about wraps it up for another week here at Paper Wishes! Next week I’ll be announcing our September Design Challenge Winner AND bringing you some inspiration just in time for the 9th annual World Card Making Day! Have a great weekend, and I hope you make a little time to create something amazing!

Michelle

 

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Girlfriends Getaway 2014 Is Here!

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It’s finally here!!! Hot Off The Press’ 2014 Girlfriends Getaway is this Saturday and let me tell you – our entire office has been swept up in a whirlwind of preparation for our favorite annual event! The design team, our photographer, marketing… Absolutely everyone here is contributing something to make this the biggest and best Girlfriends Getaway yet! Even Belle, fur-child of Hot Off The Press owners Mike and Paulette Jarvey, is excited to dive into the coveted pizza box that comes packed with Girlfriends Getaway goodies! She’s a girl too, after all!

 

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Belle is ready for her first project!!!

 

On Tuesday, Paulette gave me sneak peek at this year’s Girlfriends Getaway projects, and you are all going to be stunned! I can’t divulge all the details yet, but somehow Paulette has found a way to include everything you will need to create some extremely impressive projects that showcase some amazing new techniques. Participants will have the option to create cards OR scrapbook pages (so there’s something for everyone!) plus there is also a glass ornament and an 11″X5″ Sara’s Surfaces album. Ooooh… the album. I can’t share pictures yet, but the album cover that you’ll create is truly next-level. I’ll give away this much… Copper embossing paste!

Girlfriends Getaway 2014 has been sold out for well over a month, but fret not! As usual, the exact same kit that participants receive will also be made available for you to purchase, along with a DVD that will guide you step-by-step through all the projects. It’s the next-best thing to actually attending! Right now, you can pre-order your Girlfriends Getaway Kit and it’ll be shipped to you on October 10th. So if you didn’t sign up in time, or if distance prevented you from attending, here’s a way that you can still take part in all the creative fun!

 

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Just look again at all the goodies that come in your kit – there are: 3 sets of 12″x12″ scrapbooking papers, a brand-new Artful Card Kit, a ton of different Dazzles™, gold leafing, tags, ribbons & cording, a glass ornament, a 5″x11″ Sara’s Surfaces album, Liquid Pearls™, Stickles™ Glitter Glue PLUS there’s even stuff that we didn’t show in the photo, including copper embossing paste, blue glitter embossing powder, a 6″x6″ stencil and a Design Tool Kit! You’ll also receive 3 different pre-embossed specialty papers (acetate, holographic and kraft cardstock) that will make it easy to try out a new technique (or two or more)! Each of the 3 embossed pieces will have its own special technique. Sorry – the rest is classified! Remember, you will also have Paulette’s DVD guiding you through all these new techniques! And I’m not kidding here. There’s even more stuff included in your kit – too much to list!

We have saved our very best projects for this once-a-year event, so you won’t want to miss out on getting your Girlfriend’s Getaway Kit! Saturday is going to be a blast and I will be sharing the pictures soon! Have a great weekend, and I hope you all have a chance to create something new and exciting!

 

Michelle

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Paper Wishes Fall 2014 Catalog Highlights! Project Ideas!

September is finally here, and I couldn’t be more excited! To me, September means the start of the holiday season, the start of football season AND free license to haul out all of my fall decorations! But to the paper crafts community, September heralds yet another exciting event – the release of Paper Wishes’ Fall 2014 catalog! This issue, as always, is completely packed with innovative and inspired project ideas AND fun new products! Our Design Team puts a great deal of work into creating stunning and innovative projects just for the catalog (and sometimes the small images don’t do them justice). So here are some of my Fall catalog favorites. Click on any project for complete supplies and instructions!

Here’s a brand new paper pack that I would describe as a holiday stunner! Our Christmas Cheer Double-Sided Paper Pack features the popular “Chalkboard” look with a Christmas twist! Gail has used this paper combined with Silver Snowflakes Holographic and Black Suede papers to create a smashing look for her Christmas Memories Side Step Card (below). I LOVE the sentiment paper covered with wonderful Christmas expressions! Perfect for cutting apart! Click on the papers to see them larger, and click here for even more project ideas that feature this trendy Christmas look!

Designed by Gail Booth

Designed by Gail Booth

Christmas Cheer Double-Sided Paper Pack

Christmas Cheer Double-Sided Paper Pack

Our Darkroom Double-Sided Paper Pack is another new scrapbooking paper collection that comes in tones just perfect for autumn or even masculine projects! And just look at the Smile! Card (below) that LeNae designed! It’s full of great touches, from the swinging rectangle to the surprise photo that has been placed inside. I love including a photo in cards – it makes them so personal!!! You can find the swing rectangle card (and other similar styles) on our website, either as a package of blank die-cut cards that are ready to go or… buy the template! This allows you to create an infinite number of these cards in any color you choose! But I digress.

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Darkroom Double-Sided Paper Pack

Darkroom Double-Sided Paper Pack

Another great find in the Paper Wishes Fall 2014 catalog is our new GIANT jars of Ultra High embossing powder that each contain 5.33 oz of embossing powder – more than 5x what you would get from a standard 1 oz jar. These big jars will get you through all your Christmas crafts without running out. These Ultra High powders give extra depth to your projects and are available in Black, White, Gold, Silver, Copper, Green Glitter, Red Glitter and my personal favorite, Clear.

And here’s an early Christmas surprise for you – we felt the paper and virtual catalog prices for Ultra High black, white, gold, silver, copper and clear powders were just too high. So we have lowered the prices! Now, when you go to order black, white, gold, silver or copper Ultra High embossing powers, they will show up as only $14.99, and Ultra High Clear is just $10.99! What a perfect opportunity to stock up on a bottle or two! Or three…

Check out Gail’s Tinsel In A Tangle Card that uses both the red and green glitter powders as well as clear for a sparkly, festive Christmas card!

Designed by Gail Booth

Designed by Gail Booth

Here is another card idea from Debbie that uses Ultra High Clear embossing powder as well as one of eight adorable new Christmas House Mouse cling rubber stamps from Stampendous. It’s a little hard to tell from the photo, but the ornament, Christmas light and book cover have all been covered in VersaMark™ and embossed clear to give her card extra shine and dimension. You’ve got to try this!

Designed by Debbie Samples

Designed by Debbie Samples

Lastly, I’d like to show you some AMAZING projects our Design Team has created using the new Paper Artist™ Fancy Joy & Wreath Cutting Dies. This is a super versatile set of cutting dies that features a wreath, a bow and the word “Joy.” The die-cuts can then be combined in some really great ways… our design techs are so creative!!! I love how the wreaths are layered in the card below, with some of the holly entwined!

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Here are another couple projects featuring the Fancy Joy & Wreath cutting die set. These projects aren’t from the catalog, but I couldn’t resist showing them off! I really love these dies!

Designed by Susan Cobb

Designed by Susan Cobb

Designed by Debbie Samples

Designed by Debbie Samples

 

Don’t forget – you can find instructions for the other projects from our catalog at PaperWishes.com!

Upcoming Webisode: In our webisode this coming Tuesday, Paulette and Gail are going to be showing you all of our very latest Dazzles™ with some fresh ideas on how you can incorporate them into your cards and other projects. Without giving away too much, I can tell you that there will be some especially great birthday card ideas, so if you have some birthdays coming up you are going to want to check out this webisode!

August Design Challenge Winner Announced: On a final note, I’d like to share the winning entry from Paper Wishes August Design Challenge! Thank you Daria, for your square-shaped, glittery fall-themed card! The Design Team and I agree – it’s a gorgeous card! Nicely done.

Submitted by Daria aka bbcmom

Submitted by Daria aka bbcmom

Our winner, Daria Sikorski, is a retired office manager, wife, mother of three beautiful daughters and grandmother to 3 beautiful granddaughters. She says, “I’ve been involved in many different crafts most of my life but got into scrapbooking/card making about 15 years ago. I just recently discovered Paper Wishes and fell in love with the product. The way everything goes together makes it easy to produce lovely creations. The webisodes have helped to me expand my horizons. I have also found this message board a great help and inspiration for my creativity.

Wow, thanks Daria! We are so glad to be a part of your creative journey!!! So please everyone – don’t forget to check out both our Weekly Webisodes and the Paper Wishes Message Board for lots of fun and great ideas! If you are interested in winning $15 to Paper Wishes, just click on Straight From Paper Wishes and find the current month’s “Design Challenge” thread. Yes, it’s a contest, but it’s all in the name of fun, creativity and inspiration! Don’t be shy!

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend, and can take a little time to create something you love!

Michelle

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Summer Blooms & Sunny Brights

In an attempt to squeeze the very last drop out of summer, I have been combing the walls and halls here at Paper Wishes for some of my favorite floral collections. I have several birthdays coming up, and the vivid florals will help me to create some great end-of-summer birthday cards! I also have a ton of summer fun to document, and bright patterns will definitely help to convey exactly how much fun was had! But for your inspiration, I thought I would leave it to the pros. Here I’ve found some beautiful, bright and unique cards and scrapbooking pages, created by our Design Team, all using some of Paper Wishes’ most vibrant papers!

I love the boldness of our Bountiful paper pack. This is one that my mother and I would both agree on! I have never seen red and purple look so great together. It’s a classic floral theme, but with a color palette that keeps it looking modern. Click on the project images for instructions and supplies!

Designed by Teresa Welch

Designed by Teresa Welch

Designed by Debbie Samples

Designed by Debbie Samples

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Surprise!

Our Fresh Cut paper pack is another very bold floral that I really enjoy. The red and the teal are truly striking together, and they give your projects a bright, but still elegant look. I think this is also a great example of a paper that does double-duty. Maybe even triple. Meaning, I can see using these papers for Spring, Summer and Fall projects and I think it’s really important for papers to be versatile. If they’re not? Well, then you end up like myself, toting around an orange bag full of luau-themed paper for seven years. Yeah, that has to go.

Designed by Susan Cobb

Designed by Susan Cobb

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

When it comes to documenting your summer fun and activities, I don’t think you could find papers more appropriate than those in our Happy Days paper pack. These also have me dying to create a birthday-themed banner/bunting, although my crafting eyes are often far busier than my crafting hands! I’m sure you can relate.

Designed by Erica Hettwer

Designed by Erica Hettwer

Designed by Teresa Welch

Designed by Teresa Welch

Designed by Teresa Welch

Designed by Teresa Welch

Now… I have saved the best news for last. These paper packs (plus lots more) are on sale through Sunday. They are featured in our “Buy This, Get That” sale. Right now, if you purchase one of these collections at 20% off, Paper Wishes is going to throw in extra, bonus goodies FOR FREE! So not only will you get everything you need to create coordinated cards and pages at a great savings, but you will also score free stuff like Dazzles™, papers and cut-outs! There are also some great Halloween and Christmas collections on sale! Take a look – I’m sure you will find a great deal on something you love!

Also, this coming week we will be having another Week of Webisodes (WOW) event, where we share a new, free class with you every day! And this WOW is one that you won’t want to miss! We will be sharing with you five whole days of Designer Teresa Welch’s Christmas! And trust me – I’ve seen the cards and projects that will be featured and they are phenomenal. Teresa takes folded cards to a whole new level as always, and there are going to be LOTS of great Christmas ideas. Be sure to join Paulette and Gail for all five days of holiday fun!

So there are your Paper Wishes highlights for the week. I am looking forward to creating a few more sunny and bright birthday cards – hopefully you are feeling inspired and ready to capture that last bit of summer as well! Have a great weekend!

Michelle

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Our Natural World

9/3 UPDATE: Click on each project image for links to instructions and a supply list!

Lately I have seen some great projects that all have something in common – they draw upon the natural world for inspiration. And what better muse for creation than Mother Nature herself – beautiful, bountiful and ever-evolving. Some sort of change is always going on in the natural world that could spark a new creative idea. So with this in mind, I’d like to share with you some projects that are naturally inspired. At the same time, you are also going to be getting a sneak peek at some of the amazing projects and products that will be featured in our upcoming Fall 2014 Paper Wishes®! I’m just going to come right out and say it – our new Nuts About Squirrels Dazzles™ are very possibly my favorite Dazzles™ ever! This brand-new 4″x9″ Dazzles™ sheet has 30 adorable, brown animal stickers that feature squirrel focals along with everything else a squirrel would need to feel right at home – acorns, leaves, mushrooms, snails and love (hearts)! The project below is a sneak peek from our new catalog and it features Hot Off The Press’ Nuts About Squirrel Dazzles™ along with one of our brand-new paper packs, Honeysuckle, which I also LOVE.

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

This next card also makes fantastic use of the modern and vivid Honeysuckle paper pack, along with Honeysuckle Scrapbooking Dazzles™ that feature all sorts of great bee and flower images!

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

This next natural-themed project has a more traditional, botanical feel. This card uses Hot Off The Press’ brand-new Unforgettable paper pack and… CHECK OUT THE CARD. This card was created with Hot Off The Press’ newest card making template, the Pop-Up Slider Card template. Yes, you might put a little more heart and soul into making these cards, but seriously… you can make your card in any color. And there are five more brand-new templates that will be also available. Sold!

Designed by Debbie Samples

Designed by Debbie Samples

PW_14FALL-DScd1c.pg38   Now, remember what I mentioned last week? That there will be NEW Dee’s Distinctively cutting dies that allow you to create shapeable die-cuts? Well, here is a glimpse at a card that was created using some of these new dies and the Paper Blossom Paper Tool Kit.

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

And I just can’t help but show you one more project preview from the Fall 2014 Paper Wishes®. This card uses Brown Twigs and Leaves Dazzles™ which are not new, but check out the embellishments which are. These incredible flowers and butterflies are made of kraft-toned paper that also features polka dots, script and sheet music patterns.

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Obviously there are plenty of new projects and products in our upcoming catalog. These will all be available to everyone at Paper Wishes starting August 30th (unless you are a VIP – then you will get to see everything a whole day sooner!) Once the catalog has been released, I will update this blog with links to the instructions and supplies for all these projects! In my quest to find you naturally-inspired projects, I also took a look through our Customer Gallery, and I found a couple projects that I felt inclined to show you! These projects were submitted by birdsong67 (who likely has no idea that I am showing off her gorgeous pages) but hopefully she is a blog reader who will be excited to have a spotlight cast on her lovely projects. We tend to create a lot of cards around here, so I wanted to include a couple nature-themed scrapbook pages as well:

Designed by birdsong67

Designed by birdsong67

Designed by birdsong67

Designed by birdsong67

I absolutely LOVE all the elements that are going on in each of these pages. Her “Deer Family” page is just packed with eye-catching, natural details and her “Waiting” page is a fabulous example of tone-on-tone done right! Way to go birdsong67 – we’d love to see even more! And for anyone who doesn’t know, our Customer Gallery is a place for Paper Wishes’ customers to upload their pictures and show off their creativity to our Paper Wishes community. And who knows? Maybe your projects will receive the spotlight in a future blog entry!   I also hope you were able to watch this week’s webisode on Diamond Sheets! These rhinestone stickers by Buckle Boutique are available in lots and lots of colors (there’s even a rainbow sheet!) and they add a really impressive level of bling to any of your craft projects! I think the best feature of these, besides their incredible sparkle, is the fact that you can cut right through the stickers, allowing you to create sparkly sections in any shape! Paulette and Gail show us how you can even custom-color the clear Diamond Sheets with your Spectrum Noir™ pens! In our next webisode, we will be showing you some Holographic Sheets. These sheets have great color and texture, and definitely kick up the level of visual interest in your projects. And of course, our talented Design Team has found all sorts of unconventional ways to utilize the holographic material, so be sure to join us this coming Tuesday for some brilliant new ideas! Please have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you all get the opportunity to borrow a little bit of inspiration from Nature! Michelle

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Late Summer Inspiration

In mid-August, Paper Wishes’ hometown of Canby, OR hosts our local county fair. As the town fills with fairgoers, livestock trailers, and the smell of carnival food, we are reminded how dearly summer clings to its remaining weeks. The busyness of early summer has started to wind down, and if we are lucky enough we may be able to wrangle our children, grandchildren and other loved ones into joining us at one of our few remaining true American pastimes – the fair. So… in honor of this last-minute salute to summer, I wanted to share with you several projects that conjure the nostalgia of fairtime. These projects were created utilizing two of our very sweetest double-sided paper packs: Picnic and Home Grown. First, I will show you two cards and a scrapbook page from our Design Team, all using our Picnic Paper Pack (click on the images for supplies and instructions):

Strawberry Banner Friendship Card by Teresa Welch

Birthday Banner Card by Erica Hettwer

Birthday Banner Card by Erica Hettwer

Summer Fun by Susan Cobb

Summer Fun by Susan Cobb

I absolutely love the Picnic Paper Pack. The cheery colors and dainty patterns are so inviting that it almost feels like I am sitting in my great-grandmother’s kitchen (or consuming spoonfuls of award-winning strawberry jam – it’s wherever your fantasy takes you)! Next, here are two cards and a scrapbook page from our Design Team, this time using Hot Off The Press’ Home Grown Paper Pack (click on the images for supplies and instructions):

Smile Card by Susan Cobb

Smile Card by Susan Cobb

Sweet Treats by Ann Barba

Sweet Treats Card by Ann Barba

Peanut Butter & Jelly by LeNae Gerig

Peanut Butter & Jelly by LeNae Gerig

Wow – check out those layers on Susan’s Smile Card! Looks like it took a little time, but it’s a jaw-dropper! Another thing I love about these two paper packs is that they both transition easily from summer to fall, making them a really versatile addition to your paper collection.

In this week’s webisode, Paulette and Gail highlighted a few new fabulous tools, and I think we were all excited to learn that yes – Spectrum Noir™ pens do fit in the Perfect Airbrush color spritzer! You can use the Perfect Airbrush with all your favorite markers, and it’s so much simpler than airbrushing, especially if you are like me and love fast results! They also showed us a square cage cutting die from Inky Antics, and the Paper Blossoms Paper Tool Kit which allows you give your die-cuts shape and dimension  – very cool! I love the idea of three dimensional paper in general, and I heard from a little birdie that our upcoming Fall 2014 Paper Wishes® catalog will have some brand new cutting dies from Dee’s Distinctively that are specifically designed to take on fabulous shape with your paper shaping tools. It was a fun webisode, so be sure and watch it if you haven’t already!

Thank you for visiting our Paper Wishes Blog!

Have a great weekend, and I hope you all have the chance to create something wonderful!

Michelle

 

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Change, More Change and July’s Challenge Winner!

Welcome to August everyone! There is plenty to share this week! As you have probably already noticed, last week we updated the look of our website! We hope you’ll find it even easier to locate what you are looking for on our new, streamlined home page. Now, when you search our products you will have the ability to sort your search based upon price or how new the product is! We have also updated our product pages and now you can zoom in on every item! The link to our blog has moved to the blue bar at the bottom of the home page, along with a direct link to our message board, the Paper Wishes Forum! Our message board is an amazing, online community full of caring and creative people, some great projects and ideas, plus swaps and challenges!

Also, beginning this week, Amy will no longer be writing your Paper Wishes’ blog. We’ll miss her fabulous creativity and sense of humor, and we wish her all the best! As Paper Wishes’ editor and proofreader, I’ll continue to bring you all kinds of amazing, seasonal project ideas, and the very latest paper craft techniques. And fear not – I will also be sharing a brand new Design Challenge with you every month!

I’ll also be sure to give you the inside scoop on what is coming next from Paper Wishes so you will always be “in the loop!” Because trust me, there is always plenty of activity going on here at Paper Wishes!

If you enjoy challenges, be sure to click on the Straight from Paper Wishes thread at the top of the message board. This is where you will find our Monthly Design Challenge! Every month we give away a $15 Paper Wishes gift card to the member who submits the winning project! So be sure to check out the message board, and especially our Monthly Design Challenge. We would love to see you there, and your creativity could just win you $15 at Paper Wishes, and get your project featured right here in our Paper Wishes blog! For August, part of your challenge will be to create a project with an autumnal theme! I’m thinking back-to-school, I’m thinking fall leaves, and yes, I’m thinking FOOTBALL! A Seahawks card will score you bonus points! Kidding. Sort of. Click here to read more details about our August Monthly Design Challenge. Below I have added a few fall-themed projects just to set the mood! You can click on each image for a supply list and instructions.

Hello Card by Susan Cobb

Hello Card by Susan Cobb

Hello There Card by LeNae Gerig

Hello There Card by LeNae Gerig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Card by LeNae Gerig

Thanks Card by LeNae Gerig

Thanksgiving Family Recipe Folder by LeNae Gerig

Thanksgiving Family Recipe Folder by LeNae Gerig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And on a final, exciting note, I’d like to announce the big winner of our July Design Challenge, a Paper Wishes Forum regular:

Rhonda Swetlishoff of British Columbia!

(aka Bootsie)

Congratulations! We absolutely loved your tea-riffic, monochromatic card! The metallic blue chalk and woven organdy ribbon really added some great, luxurious touches. Thank you for sharing!

Rhonda has been paper crafting since 1999 and she says, “I find that my papercrafting has improved over the years due to all the wonderful coordinating paper and embellishments that are available at Paper Wishes. These Hot Off The Press products are hot and so fun to play with!”

Thank you so much, Rhonda! That truly means a lot to receive such wonderful feedback from members like you! Now check out her winning project, below:

Rhonda's Winning Entry

Rhonda’s Winning Entry

As always, please feel free to share any thoughts or questions you may have in our blog comments section! We welcome your feedback!

Now – let’s all get out there and create something!

Michelle

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