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Hot Off The Press at CK Scrapbook Event in Portland!

Hot Off The Press will be at the Oregon Convention Center today and tomorrow (February 27th & 28th) for Creating Keepsakes’ Scrapbook Convention! This two-day convention offers scrapbooking and cardmaking classes, door prizes and great deals on craft supplies!

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Hot Off The Press has two booths—one has all our very latest including stamping supplies, embossing folders, cutting dies, scrapbooking papers, craft templates, Dazzles™ scrapbooking stickers and more! The second booth is packed with craft supplies priced so low, I actually had to google how to type a ‘cents’ symbol. I’m talking an entire booth of card making and scrapbooking supplies for a dollar or less with some items as low as 25¢! You never see savings like this!

Here are some of the products you will find at our booth (plus a couple bonus project ideas)! I love the Hello Ferns cutting die set, below:

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Our Daydreams Artful Card Making Kit and Floral Frenzy stamps, below, combine with coordinated cutting dies for an awesome result!

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And the savings doesn’t stop — Disney© craft supplies will be 25% off! Come visit us, get that creativity flowing and leave with tons of fresh new crafting ideas!

Oregon Convention Center
Hall D
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

Friday, Feb. 27th: 10am-6pm
Saturday, Feb. 28th: 9am-5pm

 

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Webisode! Our webisode this coming Tuesday will feature Hunkydory’s Smudge & Mitten Card Making Kit. I love this one… it’s not your typical Hunkydory and the projects are out of this world! Watch Paulette and Gail this Tuesday to see what I mean!
  • Sale! Our Black & White sale starts Monday, March 2nd! Get 20% off select “Black & White” Hot Off The Press craft supplies through Sunday, March 8th!

 

So come see us at the Oregon Convention Center February 27th & 28th, and tell Paulette hello! It’s going to be a blast! Then, take that inspiration home and create something you love.

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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Up Close Look: Nature’s Walk Artful Card Making Kit & Projects

Hopefully you’ve taken a look at your Spring 2015 Paper Wishes catalog! I wanted to spotlight one of my new favorites, Paper Wishes’ Nature’s Walk Artful Card Kit. There are so many reasons I love this Artful Card Kit! I’m a huge fan of anything inspired by nature, and obviously this one fits the bill. The papers have striking, deep tones (and that great woodgrain paper!), making this Artful Card Kit an excellent choice if you’re making a card for a guy! And there’s definitely enough “prettiness” there to make it a great choice for feminine projects too! Check out the Nature’s Walk papers (including greeting cut-outs). You can click on any image to see a larger, detailed view!

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As you can see, it’s got awesome colors that give you lots of options! And as if the gorgeous papers weren’t enough, the kit includes these three sheets of incredible cardstock die-cuts…

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And here are a couple of simple yet still elegant cards that you can create with this kit. The card below also makes use of the Paper Artist™ Wind & Waves Embossing Folder, which adds an interesting, textured background for our sweet pair of deer.

Embossed Celebrate Card by Teresa Welch

Embossed Celebrate Card by Teresa Welch

And here is a card from Ann that I like simply because it shows you what a stunning card you can create just from the Artful Card Kit components and a bow. Beautiful, coordinated and fool-proof. I love it!

Have A Great Day Card by Ann Barba

Have A Great Day Card by Ann Barba

For the same convenience, but a completely different look, check out our Daydreams Artful Card Kit!


Paper Wishes Highlights: 

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  • Monday Madness! Monday Madness is a 24-hour flash sale happening every Monday starting this coming Monday, February 23rd! You won’t want to miss a single sale featuring must-have craft supplies —  discounted up to 50% off retail! It’s going to be a great way to build your crafting stash at a significant savings! Don’t miss out!
  • Webisode! Tuesday we have a brand new webisode with Paulette, Gail and projects featuring Dee’s Distinctively Secret Garden Cutting Dies! Yes, these are the cutting dies that create shapeable paper embellishments – I love them! And you are going to love the new card making and scrapbooking ideas!
  • Product Update! Paper Wishes’ silicone stamp sets are crafted from high-quality, medical-grade silicone – actually making them superior to acrylic stamps! So while they are clear stamps, we will no longer be referring to them as “acrylic.”

This weekend I’ll be plotting ways to stir up a little “Monday Madness” around the Paper Wishes office, just to keep everyone on their toes! Enjoy those initial, small stirrings of spring and have a great weekend. I hope you take a little time to create something you love!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Paper Wishes!

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and I wanted to show you a Valentine-esque card that could also work year-round for other occasions! And I’ve found an awesome card to share. Many of you will already be familiar with the Paper Artist™ 12 Flower Frenzy cutting dies and now Hot Off The Press has just released a coordinating Flower Frenzy stamp set! LeNae has combined both to create this extra sweet “Hello Card,” below. And wow, these flowers really pack a punch!

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

LeNae die cut her flowers from Hot Off The Press’ Hopscotch Double-sided Scrapbooking Papers which honestly, I find to be an interesting choice. Hopscotch papers are super bright, cheerful and fun! They don’t scream “make me a flower” and yet they are an outstanding choice, giving the card more of a playful look. That’s what I love about the Paper Wishes Design Team – they are always doing something unexpected! Check out the Swinging Heart in the center… it swivels as the recipient opens the card. So fun!

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While I think this card is just perfect for someone special on Valentine’s Day, it would be appropriate for all kinds of other occasions. And by happy coincidence, the Flower Frenzy stamp set comes with flower images AND greetings and sentiments for your cards, making it easy to customize your cards and projects. Here are the cutting dies and stamps:

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This card is one of the projects from January’s Stamps Only! Personal Shopper Kit. If you are a stamper always looking for the latest and greatest, I would strongly urge you to check out our monthly Stamps Only! Personal Shopper Monthly Kits. Each month you can have the latest stamps and new techniques sent right to your front door and shipping is free!

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Our webisode next week features even more stamping fun! Paulette and Gail will be showing you Hot Off The Press’ very latest silicone stamp sets along with some amazing project ideas!
  • Be on the lookout for the latest Paper Wishes catalog – it’s arriving in home this week! If you haven’t received yours, you can also browse our Online Catalog!
  • The countdown to Monday Madness has started!!! Starting on Monday, February 23rd, Paper Wishes will be bringing you a whole new way to save! Don’t miss it!

I hope you love this week’s project as much as I do! Love is the theme this weekend, so indulge in whatever makes you feel loved! Whether you spend some extra time with the family, consume a healthy ration of dark chocolate or simply break out the stamps and scissors, have a great weekend and keep creating!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes’ Editor/Proofer

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Paper Wishes Blog Back From Maternity Leave!

Hello again! Let me start off by apologizing for the lack of recent posts! I assure you though, I have a great excuse. And here she is…

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Aida Violet

Yes, the Paper Wishes blog went on maternity leave over the holidays, as I had my third baby girl who is just the sweetest, happiest baby ever! Now that I am back at Paper Wishes (albeit with baby on the brain), I’d like to share a couple of baby-themed projects!

This first scrapbook page has a great, clean look, and I love that it is simple enough to finish in an evening (or less)—win! LeNae used the appropriately-named Sew Cute Paper Pack along with Hot Off The Press’ Easy Circles Template to create her background. The baby rattle embellishment is from Hunkydory’s Little Rattles Card Kit, and then the page is finished off with a few Dazzles™—they add the perfect amount of sparkle!

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

LeNae’s card below is another baby-themed favorite of mine! She used Stampendous’ Happy Hopper “Bunny Love” stamp and has beautifully colored her little rabbits with Spectrum Noir™ pens, a favorite product here at Paper Wishes! The paper is from our Kindred Spirits Double-Sided Paper Pack. I used this same stamp to create Thank You cards after my baby shower, and I was really impressed with the fine detail.

Designed by LeNae Gerig

This last card is my baby-favorite because it’s actually the card I received from my awesome and thoughtful coworkers here at Paper Wishes! Sorry, no instructions for this one. After joining the Paper Wishes team last year, it has been my good fortune to be surrounded by people who are not just talented and creative, but caring too! During my pregnancy, not a day passed without people stopping by my office to ask how baby and I were doing (and telling me to hurry back)! Well, I am back and definitely ready for a brand new year full of incredible papercrafting projects and techniques.

Created by Susan Cobb

Created by Susan Cobb

Paper Wishes Highlights

  • Our webisode this coming Tuesday combines two things I love—paper and cupcakes! Paulette and Gail will show you how to create adorably-packaged, homemade cupcakes in professional-looking wrappers and boxes for your friends and family. They will be so impressed—don’t miss this one!
  • February 9th–15th Paper Wishes is offering a Valentine’s coupon good for 20% off your highest priced item! Enter promo code SWEET2015 at checkout starting Monday (valid Monday through Sunday only). There will also be a FREE Valentine’s download—how sweet!

This year, Paper Wishes is working on even more new ways to elevate your creative skills. I’m so excited for what’s to come, so make sure you stay tuned for updates.

Take care, and as always—keep creating!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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Winter Rainbow at Paper Wishes!

I wanted to share this beautiful image with all of you! Here’s a spectacular double rainbow that owner Mike Jarvey spotted here at Paper Wishes. So glad he took a picture! As you can see, this rainbow ends at Paper Wishes’ warehouse – clear proof that there really is treasure at the end of the rainbow!

Photo courtesy of Mike Jarvey

Photo courtesy of Mike Jarvey

 

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Our Tasty Week promotion is still running now through Sunday! Receive 20% off on some Sweet & Tasty items! Click here to shop the sale!
  • Tuesday’s webisode will be featuring Hunkydory’s Return to Patchwork Forest Luxury Card Kit and I just can’t get enough of the adorable forest animals featured in this collection! Make sure you watch our webisode for some great project ideas!

 

I hope you have all had a great week. Less than two weeks to go until Christmas – oh, how December is flying! Have a fantastic weekend and make a little time to create something wonderful. Whether you spend a few moments getting creative with paper, sewing or even making a special meal for your family, it’s sure to add just that much more enjoyment to your holiday season!

Happy Holidays!

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes’ Editor/Proofer

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Paper Wishes Updates and November’s Design Challenge Winner!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We celebrated here at Paper Wishes with an employee potluck (conveniently held next door to my office). And we definitely feasted – on everything from chili to cornpone to black-eyed peas and beyond. Everything was delicious! I’m so grateful the Paper Wishes Team is as adept in the kitchen as they are here at work! ;)

Now, Christmas season is upon us in full swing – woohoo! I’m feeling ahead in some respects, but behind in others. Remember my lofty aspirations of having Christmas cards finished by now? Ha! That has been rescheduled for this coming weekend, unless my 2-days-overdue-not-that-I’m-counting baby decides to arrive first! (Please………)

November’s “Less Is More” Design Challenge had participants creating a coordinating set of four ‘minimalist’ cards – a tall order for such a busy month! And we were rewarded with some beautiful entries. Our winner for November is Daria Sikorski (bbcmom)! Check out her stunning card set, below:

Designed by Daria Sikorski

Designed by Daria Sikorski

Daria created her set using cardstock, Paper Artist™ 8 Circles & Scallops and 6 Layered Labels & 2 Swirls cutting dies, and several HOTP stamp sets including Kindred Spirits and Simply Susan! The contrast is so, so striking – impressive cards, Daria!!! Thank you for participating!

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • I hope you’ve had a chance to watch this week’s webisode featuring Hunkydory’s Decadent Moments Luxury Card Kit! I love the whole ‘art deco’ look. To me, it just screams New Year’s (or any other special occasion)!!! Next week’s webisode will feature NEW Dee’s Distinctively cutting dies and let me tell you – the projects are amazing (as always) and not to be missed!
  • Saturday, December 6th is St. Nick’s Day and Paper Wishes will be offering some very special pricing on Santa stuff!!! Then Monday begins “It’s A Tasty Week…” National Pastry Day, Brownie Day and Ice Cream Day are all coming and we’ll be celebrating with delicious discounts on all the “tasty” things we have!
  • Also, December’s Design Challenge has been posted and I am sorry to say it will be our last Paper Wishes Monthly Design Challenge. A few forum members have expressed their regret over this, and I would like to say that while the challenge may be going away, we are actively looking into different ways to grow our Paper Wishes community and add additional channels for inspiration, creativity and learning! Exciting things are coming in 2015 so be sure to follow our blog for updates!

Have a fantastic weekend, and I truly hope you make a little time to create something you love!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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Thankful For A Wonderful (Well-Documented) Family!

Thanksgiving is this coming Thursday, and personally, the one thing that I am most thankful for is my family. So rather than round up a bunch of cards embellished with fall leaves and turkeys, I thought I’d show you some of my favorite family-themed scrapbooking pages from the past year. These pages are all from Designer LeNae Gerig, and can be found on Paper Wishes’ Scrapbooking 101 site. If you haven’t visited before, or if it’s been a while, you need to take a look! The site is packed with lots of scrapbooking tips and tricks, articles and of course, project ideas! Click on each image below for supplies and instructions.

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Uses Paper Wishes’ Chalkboard Paper Pack, Design Tool Kit #5 and Opaque White Pen.

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Uses Paper Wishes’ Halloween Papers and Spooky Dazzles™!

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Uses Paper Wishes’ Silver Linen Paper, Color Me™ Silver Swirls Paper and the Easy Sunburst Template!

The thing I love about each of these pages is the layout! I love unique layouts, and I found each of these inspiring in some way.

As a parting gift, I’d like to share a short scrapbooking article by LeNae called Advice From A Been-There Beginner. LeNae offers some fabulous scrapbooking insight and wisdom. And by wisdom, I really mean the sense of fun that she imparts on scrapbooking. Her article made me laugh (patterned scissors!), and gently reminded me of all the reasons my inner perfectionist does NOT have to show up at my craft table! At least, not every time…

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Our webisode this coming Tuesday will feature one of my very favorite new products — Spectrum Noir™ Colored Pencils! These super-vibrant pencils are incredible for layering color.  Just wait until you see Gail’s Spectrum Noir™ Busy Bees Card – you’ll see what I mean!
  • We love our Paper Wishes customers! So in the spirit of “Thanks” and “Giving,” we’d like to offer you 20% off the highest-priced item in your order! Simply enter code: THX2014 at checkout to receive your discount! Now through Sunday!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Let that inner perfectionist take a backseat, and make a little time to create something you love! Even if it’s a test-run of your pumpkin pie recipe! ;-)

Michelle

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Christmas Card Make-A-Thon!

Today we are two weeks from Thanksgiving and then Christmas Season is here!!! December always seems to pass so quickly, so this year I am deeming these next two weeks my Christmas Card Make-A-Thon!

The goal is to be finished with my Christmas cards before December 1st. What?! I know. Part of the reason is because I am expecting the arrival of a new baby girl (!) somewhere in the neighborhood of December 3rd. You can see the benefit to having my cards done in advance!

This year, to streamline the process a bit, I’ll be making use of Hot Off The Press’ Winter Wishes and Merry & Bright Artful Card Kits (ACK)! These holiday card making kits include coordinating papers plus lots of die-cuts and cut-outs. They also have a slightly more modern feel than those from Hunkydory. And now through Sunday, these Artful Card Kits are on sale for only $7.99 (regular retail $9.99)!

I feel like I’ve shared quite a few project ideas using Winter Wishes, but I don’t want to overlook our other new ACK, Merry & Bright!

Created by Debbie Samples

Created by Debbie Samples

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Here is one more card that LeNae created, this time using the Winter Wishes ACK. I really like the simplicity of this card, as well as the contrast. I really, really like the idea of being able to easily create a number of vibrant and unique cards from a set of papers and die-cuts. The die-cuts make gorgeous embellishments on their own (foam tape is your friend), or if time allows you can add extra ribbon or whatever you choose!

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Our webisode this coming Tuesday will feature Hobby House Card Toppers! These adorable card toppers are already colored in – another great way to speed up your holiday card making or ornament making! Be sure to check out our webisode this coming Tuesday for some fabulous project ideas!
  • We want your feedback! Paper Wishes wants to know what topics would you like to have more information about or see demonstrated? Please leave thoughts or suggestions in the comments below!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend – it’s going to be a great chance to get started on some Christmas cards (and possibly assemble some freezer meals)! Make sure you take a little time to create something you love!

Michelle

 

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Feeling A Little Christmas-y….

I hope you’ve been enjoying our Week of Webisodes! It’s been a week packed with adorable Hunkydory Christmas projects and I am absolutely crazy for Hunkydory’s Contemporary Christmas card kit… I love the bold and bright colors paired with the little squirrels and foxes!  Pink, black and silver-foiled Christmas cardstock?! Um, yes please!!! Click here to view all the gorgeous die-cuts and cardstock sheets you’ll receive with this kit!

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by Susan Cobb

Created by Susan Cobb

I also love the Hunkydory Selection Box card kit – just take a look at Gail’s Spinner Slide Card (below)! I have been seeing lots of slider cards lately and Gail has really done a fantastic job with this one! The little sliding reindeer spins and slides so freely – he just frolics all over the front of this card and I love it. Click on the card below to view Gail’s method for creating the perfect spinning/sliding card!

Created by Gail Booth

Created by Gail Booth

 

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Monday kicks off our Holiday Headquarters promotion! Starting Monday you’ll receive 20% off on all Hot Off The Press Christmas items! So yes, that means Christmas Cheer Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers and Naughty & Nice Stamps! It also means Paper Artist™ embossing folders and cutting dies! So check out these gorgeous projects for a little inspiration and get your wish list ready!
    Created by Teresa Welch

    Created by Teresa Welch

    Created by Gail Booth

    Created by Gail Booth

    Created by LeNae Gerig

    Created by LeNae Gerig

    Created by LeNae Gerig

    Created by LeNae Gerig

  • This coming Tuesday our webisode will feature the newest Die’sire Dies from Crafter’s Companion. These amazing dies are incredibly detailed AND they both cut and emboss!!! Be sure to check out the webisode this coming Tuesday to get great project ideas, plus techniques and tips from Paulette and Gail!  They will show you how to get the very best results from these incredible dies.
  • And don’t forget — it’s a new month and with that comes a new Monthly Design Challenge. And we have a fun surprise for you! Rather than the usual card/page, this month we are creating a set of 4 simple/minimalist cards! It’s quick and easy to register for our message board — just click on the register link on the upper left side of the page! Come join the fun and submit a picture of your card set – you could win $15 to Paper Wishes®. Click here for more details.
  • Last but definitely not least, it’s time to say CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of our October Design Challenge, Penny Douphinett!!! Our challenge for the month of October was to create a folded or shaped card, and her triangular Christmas card is definitely unique!

Penny says, “I am one of the swaps team organizers on the message boards. Paper Wishes was my first on-line purchase when I started papercrafting 10 years ago. I’ve been very happy to watch PW expand its product line to include dies and stencils. This was my favorite challenge, I really enjoy any kind of 3D project so this was right up my alley.

Here is her winning entry:

Created by Penny Douphinett

Created by Penny Douphinett

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Created by Penny Douphinett

Alright, I think we have plenty of Christmas in the air now. I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Take a little time to do something creative!!!

 

Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paper Wishes Pumpkin Carving Contest!

I hope you had a great Halloween! Last Thursday, Paper Wishes® held our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest for employees and their families! Employees gathered in the lobby for the contest results AND a whole bunch of candy!

Owners Paulette & Mike Jarvey clearly terrified by the frightening entries!

Owners Paulette & Mike Jarvey clearly terrified by such frightening entries!

Scott, our gracious Pumpkin Carving Contest coordinator!

Scott, our gracious Pumpkin Carving Contest coordinator!

This year we had winners in four categories including Most Creative, Scariest, Grossest and Funniest. Here are the winning entries, determined (appropriately) by popular vote:

The (Prettiest) Grossest Pumpkin made by Scott’s daughter!

The Most Creative Pumpkin!

The Land of Oz – Most Creative Pumpkin!

The Funniest Pumpkin!

The Scariest Pumpkin (Mine!)

The Scariest Pumpkin (mine!)

There were a lot of great entries this year, and I just wanted to show off a few more (well ok, all the rest) below:

Paulette's adorable mummy gourds!

Paulette’s adorable mummy gourds!

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Everybody had a great time and it was so fun to see such a variety!!! The winners were awarded gift cards for coffee or ice cream, and I know we are all looking forward to next year!!

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Today kicks off another Week of Webisodes (WOW)! This WOW will feature 5 days of new projects from 5 different Hunkydory Christmas Card Kits! Hunkydory has some great designs for Christmas this year, so whether you are looking for cute, contemporary or elegant cards, you won’t want to miss out!

Believe it or not, November is finally here! Christmas card-making “season” will begin in earnest, and I’ll have lots of new Christmas card ideas and inspiration to show you – I’m so excited! I hope you all had a very fun, very safe Halloween, and were able to spend some time on your creative endeavors!

Michelle

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