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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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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

Inside of card

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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