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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