Michelle’s Top 5 Christmas Favorites of 2015!

 

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Christmas card season is finally here and to celebrate, I wanted to share my favorite Christmas cardmaking items of the year—with a project idea for each! I hope you’ll pick up some new ideas from this hearty dose of holiday cheer.

Click on any product image to learn more, and see additional project ideas! Click on any project to learn how it was created. And now through Sunday, use coupon code THX2015 to take 20% off the highest priced item in your order! Woohoo! I’m really not trying to be sales-y. I just want you to get your discount! 😀

 

Home for the Holidays Stamp Set
23 silicone stamps to create your very own wonderful Christmas scene! The card features Kreativ-Creme for perfect, dimensional snow drifts.

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9 Tiny Christmas Things + Shadows Cutting Dies

16 adorably festive cutting dies to create super cute card & gift tag accents!

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Hanging Ornaments Embossing Folder

LeNae recommends this folder for quickly whipping up a batch of Christmas cards!

 

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Click here for LeNae’s tips!

 

Wonderland Artful Card Kit

7 papers, 69 die-cuts, 26 cut-outs and I can use this kit into next year to create lots of beautiful, handmade winter cards! The stamped background was created using Half & Half: Snowflakes Cutting Die & Stamp Set.

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Half & Half: Stockings Cutting Die & Stamp Set

14 stamps and 2 cutting dies to mix and match for adorable holiday focals and accents!

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So there you have them—my personal Top 5 Christmas favorites! I’m hoping I’ll be able to make a few cards this coming weekend because it seems once Thanksgiving is here, the days until Christmas will fly!

Do you have a favorite? Please share in the comments below! Now, let the Christmas cardmaking commence!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Celebrating 10 Years of Webisodes: Q & A with Paulette

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It’s our birthday! To celebrate 10 amazing years of Paper Wishes Webisodes, we’ve created an extra special webisode this week, giving you a snapshot of all the wonderful ideas, techniques and laughs to come out of an incredible 710 webisodes (that’s over 500 hours!) Over the years, Paulette Jarvey has had several co-hosts, including Sara Naumann, Ann Barba, and current co-host Gail Booth. But Paulette has been there throughout, and last week I sat down with her to ask some of the questions I’ve had about our webisodes, and I thought I would share! 🙂

 

MG: How did the idea come up to create your webisodes? What was your initial goal for webisodes?

PJ: Webisodes came out of all the classes I’ve taught in the US, Canada, England and Australia. Hot Off The Press began as a craft book publisher, so teaching and showing how to make things is in our DNA. With the possibility of the growth via the internet (remember, this was 10 years ago), we thought that doing webisodes would be a natural extension of the teaching. We’re also great believers in sharing how to use products.

 

MG: On average, how many people currently view your webisodes?

PJ: 7,000-11,000 watch each show—multiply that number by 5 during a Week of Webisodes! What’s amazing is how many people watch previous webisodes—even those beginning ones!

 

MG: What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you on camera?

PJ: Probably the time Ann nearly sprayed me with Glimmer Mist sprays.

 

MG: Do you have a favorite webisode?

PJ: Not a specific webisode, but I am so very proud of Gail. She was happy to do the webisodes when she was hired. She had performed in some local plays, but she has grown and become so wonderful on the shows. Not only is she creative, but she enjoys sharing her creativity and she’s a delight to work with. She makes my job easier. I’m a fortunate woman!

 

MG: Has anything mildly disastrous ever occurred on a webisode? How did you deal with it?

PJ: The most disastrous thing was the coughing fit that happened to me when we were shooting Paper Wishes Live! I had to quickly exit the studio and wonderful Gail stepped in—flawlessly, I might add. At the time, it seemed not mildly disastrous, but really disastrous!

 

MG: If you could host a webisode with anyone famous, fictitious or real, who would it be and why?

PJ: I grew up reading Nancy Drew and she was an influence on me. She always knew what to do and most of the time it was a creative solution. So that’s it, Nancy and me!

 

MG: You’re stranded on an island with Gail, Ann and Sara… who is building the hut, who is decorating the hut, and who is making dinner? Assuming, of course, that you’ll be busy planning future webisodes…

PJ: Gail would engineer a way out off the island, Ann would clean and decorate the hut. Sara would find something creative to do with the items on the island. Yes, I’d be dreaming up new shows and coming up with new product ideas. Time on an island might also be the perfect chance to devote time toward new product development—that’s my full-time job.

 

MG: What is your webisode “dream location” if you could film anywhere?

PJ: On this rainy day, the tropics sound lovely.

 

MG: Does Mike (Jarvey) ever watch your webisodes? Does he offer “advice?”

PJ: Now that he is retired I wonder if he will watch. He offers advice on some things, but not the webisodes. Currently, we’re working on his suggestions to better show the holographic papers and our new Foiled Fancies™ (oops, I just gave away a new product line for 2016)!

 

MG: Are you planning to do anything different for future webisodes?

PJ: I personally read all the comments, so I’m always looking at what people want, and what they like or don’t like. My goal is to show new products and to creatively “marry” them with other things. Like Color Burst. It’s a great, fun product and we’ll be putting it with stamps, paper tole, flowers, templates and more in an upcoming webisode. We’re always on the look out for what’s new, and we’ll bring them to the shows!

 

MG: What’s the most important thing you have learned after filming over 700 webisodes?

PJ: Planning has become even more important. Sometimes we have filmed a webisode only to learn the manufacturer’s product won’t be here on time, and that’s frustrating for us and the viewers. If we plan far enough in advance, we can more easily make substitutions!

 

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I just want to say congratulations to Paulette and her team on 10 years of webisode success! It entails a lot of work, not just from Paulette and her co-hosts, but also from our cameraman John (who has absorbed an amazing amount of crafting knowledge), and our web team, who edit and maintain all the webisodes! It’s a big job, but underlying it all is a whole lot of continuing passion and creativity! Keep it up guys!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper  Wishes Blog

 

PS—Don’t miss the extra special webisode here! Notice anything different…? 😉

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Paper Wishes Celebrates the Marine Corps’ 240th Birthday!

Semper Fi, Marine!”

This is a greeting you’ll hear among Marines each year on November 10th, the official birthday of the Marine Corps. On this day, retired Marine Mike Jarvey brings in bottles of sparkling cider to share with Paper Wishes employees so all may share in a toast. This is one of the most touching things I encountered during my first year with Paper Wishes, perhaps in part because my own grandfather also served as a Marine. While he is no longer here, I embrace this chance to reflect on him, not just as my grandfather, but also as part of the deeply loyal brotherhood known as Marines.

 

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Here are images from the card Mike Jarvey created to honor this special day:

 

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Thank you to Mike, and all the Marines out there, both past and present. Through your loyalty to the Marines and your service to this country, you’ve earned our nation’s sincere gratitude at many levels—among communities, families and individuals. So if you know someone who served in the Marines, today’s the day to tell them, “Semper Fi, Marine!”

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Behind the Scenes: Wintery Blossoms at Paper Wishes!

Okay, so I know it’s not actually winter yet. But I wanted to show you all the white camellia that blooms at Paper Wishes during November and December! No matter how cold it gets, this blossoming plant continues to provide some much-needed pollen for our local bees!

 

Walkway from the office to the warehouse and filming studio!

Walkway from Paper Wishes’ offices to the warehouse and filming studio

 

Look how much pollen this little guy gathered!

Look how much pollen this little guy gathered!

 

I think it’s wonderful to have such inspiring bits of nature right here at our workplace! Is nature knocking on your doorstep? I’d love to hear—share in the comments below!

 

Have a wonderfully inspired day!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Winter’s Garden Cards from Teresa and Susan!

With Halloween now behind us, it feels safe to start delving into the holidays with a little Christmas cardmaking! Hot Off The Press’ 2015 Christmas Collection is called Winter’s Garden and it’s a fun, new look for Christmas! We’ve updated the traditional “Christmas red” by adding lime green, sky blue and chocolate, and I’m more than in love with the tiny holly pattern.

Here are two gorgeous cards from two of our top designers, Teresa Welch and Susan Cobb. These ladies are always creating inspiring projects, and I just had to share! Below, Teresa’s card makes use of Winter’s Garden Foil Paper Tole—a quick and easy route to a stunning focal! For a cleaner look, she’s used Winter’s Garden Die-Cuts on the inside. Don’t be afraid to mix and match the two!

 

Layered Ornaments Christmas Card by Teresa Welch

 

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Supplies:

  • Winter’s Garden Double-Sided Paper Pack (link)
  • Tan cardstock (link)
  • Winter’s Garden Die-Cuts (link)
  • Winter’s Garden Foil Paper Tole (link)
  • Home for the Holidays stamp set (link)
  • Red Jewel Dazzles™ (link)
  • Silver Pearl Flower Dazzles™ (link)
  • Winter’s Garden ribbon set (link)
  • 6¼”x9¾” oval white paper doilies (link)
  • Timber Brown StazOn® ink pad (link)
  • Acrylic stamping block (link)
  • Foam tape (link)
  • Adhesive (link)
  • 5″x6½” white card & envelope (link)
  • Craft glue

 

Below, we have Susan’s card that also features Winter’s Garden Foil Paper Tole, and she has added sugared berries and a red blossom for even more impact! Both cards make use of Jewel Dazzles™, and these babies just make everything a little more special! They add bling to your projects (without the bump!) and really, you can’t have too many. 🙂

 

Merry Christmas Card by Susan Cobb

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Susan’s Tip: I pulled apart clusters of the Green Sugared Berries and added them individually at the edges of the paper tole embellishment as 3-dimensional accents. Ink the gold Dazzles™ “Joy” with metallic silver ink and let dry before adding it to the round die-cut on the inside.

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Notice that both of these ladies chose to use doilies in their card designs! This adds a really sweet, vintage touch to each of these cards, which pairs really nicely with that charming holly pattern! Click on any item below to see more detail:

 

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Inspired enough yet? I know I am! I look forward to making Christmas cards each year, and having a coordinated set makes it so much easier for me! And do you see that giant red grosgrain?! Be still, my beating heart! Anyway, I think I’ve drooled enough for the time being. Hope you enjoyed these lovely cards as much as I have. Have you started on your Christmas cardmaking yet? Let me know!

 

Take care & have a great weekend!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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