Looking To The New Year!

Hello everyone, Christmas is over, but let’s keep celebrating to the New Year! I just love a new start, don’t you? On New Year’s Day I pack up all of the Christmas decorations and get my house back in order. I do this because I like to start the year at least attempting to be organized and because my teenager daughter is a New Year’s Baby (by a few days) and we like to celebrate her without a Christmas tree in the background.

One of my New Year’s traditions is to get a jump on making some handmade cards for upcoming celebrations, or just keeping in touch. The week between Christmas and New Years proves to be pretty quiet for our family so it’s a perfect time to get in a little crafting. Recently I discovered that if I cut one of our large Giant 8″x9″ Dazzles™ stickers into quarters that I can make a set of 4 cards! This also gave me the opportunity to use Earth Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Set, which I love, and because they are Spectrum Noir™ pens they blend beautifully. I filmed a speedy little video demonstrating how to cut, place and color these versatile Dazzles™ stickers.

I added Card Greeting Dazzles ™ Stickers to each card to create a nice variety.

 

 

Another New Year’s tradition for me is to buy a new calendar and family planner. Have you noticed how popular planners have become again? I like to think it’s because people are tired of scheduling events into their electronic devices. We want something tactile that the whole family can see at a glance. I also really like the planners that let me be creative by personalizing it with color and fun design. That’s why I’m so excited about the Be Happy Coloring Planner! Not only did I get to color the front and back covers, but each month I can color a new cover page. There are so many cute features to this planner too: Monthly and weekly calendar views with blank dates squares so you can start any time of the year. Also weekly sheets for those all important “to-do” lists and side bar areas for notes. I found the Brights Spectrum Noir ™ Pens worked well for coloring the Kraft paper cover and this set of 24 pens has such a wonderful array of colors! I like to add a little sparkle (who doesn’t) to my projects and the Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens were just the thing! The Sparkle pens are water based and will not blend or smudge your colored designs, they just add some WOW to your projects.

You can use colored pencils or even watercolors to color your planner!

Spectrum Noir™ Bright Set created a really vibrant cover!

 

 

 

 

 

After coloring with Spectrum Noir™ alcohol pens, I added clear glitter to the title and flowers using the Crystal Clear Sparkle pen.

Don’t for get to check out What’s New Wednesday and keep your eyes peeled for the New Winter 2017 Paper Wishes catalog arriving the first week in January (or if you are up late celebrating the New Year why not check it out online on December 31!). Next week I’ll have another new project for you, featuring Distress Crayon techniques. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

 

 

  


   

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Hello From LeNae & The Design Studio

Hello everyone, this is my very first blog entry and I’m so excited to share all of the great things happening at Paper Wishes with you! My name is LeNae and I have been on the design team with Paper Wishes for 22 years (gasp!). During that time I have had the opportunity to learn lots of techniques for creating different styles of projects for the Paper Wishes Catalog, Webisodes, Personal Shoppers Monthly Kits and many other places you see Paper Wishes and Hot Off The Press products. It is my job to find new and innovative ways to use products for you.

Anyone who knows me understands that I love books, not just reading them, but filling them with endless notes, lists, thoughts and recipes. Several years ago I tried my hand at handmade books and I enjoyed it so much. However, it did take a fair amount of time just to gather the supplies. You can imagine how excited I was to find handmade book kits on our buyer, Bethany’s, desk. The Designed By Me Accordion Album and Blank Book are very easy to put together and everything is pre-cut! All you need to complete your book it a few basic supplies and some pretty paper for the front cover. Here’s what Susan did with the front cover, and I just love it!

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Be sure to visit What’s New Wednesday to check out these amazing Handmade Book Kits!

I have great news to share! Our Winter 2017 Paper Wishes Catalog will be arriving in homes the first week of January! (you can see it all online on December 31, but you didn’t hear it from me). As a member of the Design Team I was able to play with these new goodies for several weeks and I can tell you there are so many amazing products! Each week I hope to bring you a new project featuring some can’t live without products. Here is a sneak peak at what you will find in the upcoming catalog.

more-than-coffee-cdThis card features, Hot Off The Press Timeless Treasures Paper Pack, Coffee Mugs Dazzles™ stickers and Lilac Lane’s Cotton Candy Embellishment Bottle. I love these Dazzles™ stickers, so fun to use on birthday cards. How cute to slip a coffee gift card inside and send to a friend!  The papers are so versatile and they feature brown polka dots, which are my favorite! These papers will be added to my personal stash for sure so remember to check these out in the New 2017 Winter Catalog.

Occasionally, I get questions about how to back Dazzles™ stickers with paper. I filmed a quick little video, at home on my kitchen counter when everyone was in bed and asleep. Just me and my dog Oscar. I hope it is helpful!

Do you like a good paper crafting contest? I sure do so we are launching a Facebook contest featuring this card. Just click here to check it out and you could win some fabulous prizes!

 

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Well, that’s all for this week, my new friends. I will be checking back in soon with more news on everything Paper Wishes. Happy crafting!

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Feeling Festive + WNW Preview

Holidays have arrived at Hot Off The Press! We grabbed these adorable photo props and headed off to visit each department for a Christmas photo shoot!

 

Here is most of our Design Team, the amazing ladies who create all our cards & other projects (just missing Gail who was home sick!)

 

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LeNae, Debbie & Susan from our Design Team

 

Blaire and Kristen work in Graphics and are responsible for creating all of that art on our gorgeous products from Hot Off The Press! Our Art Director Kyla was on vacation.

 

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Blaire & Kristen from Graphics

 

Meet Betsy, who joined our team this year as our new Sales Assistant!

 

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Betsy our Sales Assistant

 

Scott edits all our images and Victoria uses them to create the Paper Wishes catalog!

 

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Scott & Victoria from Prepress

 

 

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Bethany, Cristina & Michelle from Marketing!

 

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Kurt & Victor from System Administration-humm, Kurt looks grumpy!

 

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Some of our Christmas “elves” who pick, pack and ship your orders.

 

You can get your own adorable DIY (decorate-it-yourself) photo props, 4011617, to make all your holiday parties and photos extra festive!

Christmas Photo Props from Kaisercraft

Christmas Photo Props from Kaisercraft

 

Express your own holiday spirit while embellishing them, or customize to match your holiday theme! Everyone will want to get in on the photos, and you’ll be left with wonderful memories!

As always, What’s NEW Wednesday will be bringing you some new arrivals next week, and I’m excited to announce that we’ve brought in Adhesive Vinyl as well as Transfer Tape! The vinyl works with all cutting machines and Debbie has used it with digital download, 3001007, to create this lovely, vintage-style wall hanging!

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Be sure to come back on Wednesday to see all of our New Arrivals! Thanks for stopping by!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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WNW Preview: Illustrator Markers Are Practically HERE!!!

NEW Illustrator Alcohol Markers from Spectrum Noir™ and Crafter’s Companion will be here on Wednesday, and if you ever needed something new to add to your wish list, this is it! I’ve been excited to give these a try so I snuck these samples from our buyer’s office (thanks, Bethany!) and ran off to give ’em a try! Below, I used the Earth Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Marker set in our Feathered Friends for Colorists Book:

 

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I also caught Gail giving them a try! Here, she’s using our Colorists Double-Sided Paper Pack (one of my faves) and Illustrator Hues & Tints sets!

 

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Gorgeous! These are pretty much the perfect marker. The brush tip allows you to seamlessly add color to larger areas, while the super fine tip lets you fill in those tiny, detailed spots that many of today’s coloring books have. And obviously they’re perfect for coloring in your stamped images as well.

 

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These are an amazing addition to your marker collection, and we especially love them for coloring the details of our stamped images! Just be sure to use a waterbased dye ink such a Memento™.

Also arriving this Wednesday is the Precision Press from We R Memory Keepers! For perfectly precise stamping, look no further…

 

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Precision Press from We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press from We R Memory Keepers

 

The Precision Press is absolutely perfect for some of the layered stamps sets you’ve seen like Hot Off The Press’ Layering Flowers Stamp Set. It ensures your stamped images will be precisely aligned for a flawless, professional results like this:

 

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Click here for LeNae’s instructions

 

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Click here for LeNae’s instructions

 

I love this stamp set so I’m excited to announce that Hot Off The Press has new layered stamps coming in January!! Paper Wishes has even gone to the effort of pinning down which ink colors layer the best and we’ve made them available to you in coordinated Cat’s Eye® Queue sets from Clearsnap®—and these sets are a Paper Wishes exclusive!

 

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I hope this splash of color has brightened your December! Don’t miss this chance to order Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Markers 2 days before they will be available anywhere else in the USA! They make a fabulous gift for any color or craft enthusiast (even yourself), especially paired with one of our Colorist Books! Get yours this Wednesday, December 7th—just visit What’s NEW Wednesday!

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Christmas Cardmaking Kickoff + WNW Sneak Preview

As I’ve done in years past, when Christmas comes around I like to round up some of my favorite holiday projects just to give you a little extra inspiration! But first, here’s your What’s NEW Wednesday preview:

I have a couple of finds that I’m super excited about! The first is We R Memory Keepers’ Mini Alphabet Punch Board! This board allows you to create unlimited letters & numbers from patterned paper, cardstock and more! The letters & numbers measure 1.5″x2.5″.

 

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Susan made this cute “Celebrate Banner” but it would also be fun to create a special Christmas or New Year’s banner… (I clearly have ‘holidays’ on the brain!) Honestly, this is such a great tool that I’m sure we’ll find all kinds of uses for it!

 

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Another one of my favorites are these NEW Coloring Bookmarks!

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Seasons Coloring Bookmarks – 12 pack

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Floral Coloring Bookmarks – 12 pack

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Home Coloring Bookmarks – 12 pack

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Each set (Floral, Home and Seasons) comes with 12 bookmarks for you to color and trust me, you’re going to want these once I spill the beans on what’s coming up next Wednesday (12/7).

 

If you’re a Spectrum Noir™ enthusiast, I have a treat for you!

 

Next Wednesday we’ll have the USA exclusive release of the NEW Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Markers as we’re making them available 2 days before anyone else!!! These markers were designed with illustrators and coloring addicts in mind, and they feature dual tips with brush and super fine nibs. This makes them perfect for linework and detailed coloring!

 

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We’ll have 8 different sets available, each with 6 pens! And all of them are designed to complement the Spectrum Noir™ family of markers. I can’t wait to get my hands on these!

 

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So there’s my big secret—you all know now! So be sure to come back on Wednesday for What’s NEW Wednesday, our new webisode, and stay tuned for our exclusive, early release of NEW Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Markers from Crafter’s Companion! Hooray!

This fall we released our Christmas Wonder Collection, and you might’ve seen my August post on this collection. Well, our design team has continued creating projects with this wonderful collection, so here are even more stunning card ideas.

 

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This first card is so gorgeous! The large wreath focal Susan created uses Hot Off The Press’ NEW Viney Wreath Stencil and NEW Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes. It’s such an elegant look! Gold Jewel Dazzles™ and Gold Jewel Border Dazzles™ add the finishing touches.

 

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Click here for Susan’s instructions

 

Here’s another gorgeous example from Susan, and this technique was taken right from one of the projects we made at Girlfriends Getaway! This magical Christmas version features an amazing, glittered background topped with shiny gold Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Dazzles™. This is a really special card that’s also fun to create!

 

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Click here for Susan’s instructions

 

Our next card is from LeNae, and while she too uses Christmas Wonder papers, she takes the look in a slightly different direction. Her rainbow snowflakes are wonderfully whimsical, and she also uses Hot Off The Press’ NEW Fancy Christmas Greetings stamp set! I love this adorable holiday look!

 

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Click here for LeNae’s instructions

 

Apparently this is the “Susan Show” today because our final card also comes from Susan. It features a luxurious, gold-embossed die-cut she made using Hot Off The Press’ Angel Cutting Die and WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Embossing Powder.

 

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Click here for Susan’s instructions

 

Christmas Wonder Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers are not just gorgeous—they’re versatile too, allowing you to create your favorite holiday look, and there’s still time to order yours for holiday cardmaking! And don’t forget—if you live nearby, we now feature FREE In-Store Pickup! Skip the shipping charge and skip the wait!

 

Take care!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes

 

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Oh So Thankful (And Black Friday Begins NOW!)

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Happy Thanksgiving from Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes!

 

It’s Thanksgiving week! In our hometown of Canby, Oregon, the crisp, cold weather has finally arrived, and it’s starting to really feel like the holidays (in fact I’ve already spotted a few Christmas lights)! While talking about plans for the upcoming holiday weekend, I asked some of the others here to share what they were feeling thankful for:

 

“I am thankful for the blessings that are my family, my friends and my home.”

LeNae Gerig, Design Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“As ever, I am thankful for my two amazing boys, Lance & Connor! Also very thankful for a kind and caring boyfriend (hi Ken!) and that I am able to live a creative life through work. A dream come true!”

Gail Booth, Webisodes & Design Team

 

 

 

 

 

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“I’m thankful for the Marine Corps. Without them my parents would not have met and I would not have been born. Without them I would not have met my husband. Semper Fi!”

Paulette Jarvey, Owner & President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here we are (at least most of us)! Guess what we’re thankful for?

 

YOU!

 

 

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You are the reason we do what we do here. Paper Wishes is a small, family-owned business, and as much as we love to inspire you and all of the Paper Wishers out there, it’s ultimately YOUR creativity that keeps us going! So thank you, and from all of us here at Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes:

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to check out the What’s NEW Wednesday Sneak Peek below! Also, in addition to our Wednesday Webisode, there will be a BONUS Thanksgiving Webisode that airs on Thursday that will feature some amazing Christmas Baubles cutting dies! We will also have special deals each day this week so there’s lots going on! See you soon!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

What’s NEW Wednesday: Sneak Peek for November 23rd

Look what LeNae’s up to! We have fun, new holiday home decor that comes ready for you to embellish! Available Wednesday!

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WNW Sneak Peek + 5 Thanksgiving Card Ideas!

 

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As promised, here are some of the highlights of this week’s What’s NEW Wednesday arrivals! “Bauble” is of course, the UK term for ornament, and UK-based Tonic Studios has just released these beautiful, versatile bauble dies. I love the idea of creating handmade, die cut ornaments, and these allow you to create as many as you want!

Our in-house design team has used them in some wonderful ways, creating ornaments, cards and even a page! You’ll be able to see all of these ideas and more during our upcoming Thanksgiving Bonus Webisode that will be airing on Thanksgiving, November 24th!

 

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By LeNae Gerig

 

You’re going to love using these dies on all your holiday projects!

 

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And here’s a new way to add a big surprise to any wedding, birthday or thank you card using the Pop-Up Gift Box Cutting Die Set from We R Memory Keepers!

 

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By Susan Cobb

 

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These dies create a wondrous little gift box that pops out from your card inside, revealing a gift card, cash or other treat! I love this idea!!! Don’t miss these new items and more—available tomorrow on What’s NEW Wednesday.

Now as promised, here are five gorgeous cards that share this season’s message in five different ways.

LeNae’s “Many Thanks” card has been one of my favorites this season! She placed her Framed Leaves Dazzles™ on Double-Sided Adhesive, and then sprinkled with Crystal Microglitter. After burnishing the microglitter, she actually COLORED her her glitter with Spectrum Noir™ markers for the stunning, sparkling look below!

 

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Click here for LeNae’s instructions

 

Here’s another one I’ve been saving all year—Susan created this “So Very Grateful” card when we released our Botanical Leaves Stamps & Botanical Leaves Cutting Dies, and it’s a truly elegant look that would work especially well for a male recipient!

 

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Click here for Susan’s instructions

 

If you love embossing folders, and the dimension they create, check out Debbie’s “Thanks” card below! She used Hot Off The Press’ Thanks & Tree Embossing Folder, and inked the design with StazOn® Metallic Copper Ink! She then matted the pieces on Metallic Gold Specialty Paper and added Gold Jewel Dazzles™. What a quick way to get such a luxurious look!

 

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Click here for Debbie’s instructions

 

Our next card idea features a lovely wreath that Debbie created using Hot Off The Press’ Viney Wreath Stencil. She inked her wreath, flowers and bow using a variety of Distress inks; then layered the pieces with foam tape! The quote is from Zen Leaves Dazzles™ Stickers.

 

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Click here for Debbie’s instructions

 

Here’s another adorable card from Debbie, and she created this one just for the blog! This time her metallic look comes from Mirror Dazzles™ Sheets. These come in set of 10 different colors and are PERFECT for die cutting!

 

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Debbie also used some of my other favorites on this card—Hot Off The Press’ Truck O’ Goodies Cutting Dies; Birch Trees Stencil (for the background) and the patterned papers are from the Cider Artful Card Kit!

This week we’re also saying “Thank YOU!” with our Thanks & Giving Promotion—use promo code THX2016 to take 20% off the highest priced item in your order! Good through November 19th!

 

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Thanks again to everyone for being part of the Paper Wishes family! Have a wonderful week ahead!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

Don’t forget! Friday marks the end of Mom’s Warehouse Sale and the beginning of new 50/50 Fridays! Our new clearance section will feature 50 items at 50% off available for a whole week. New items every Friday!

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Sneak Preview: What’s NEW Wednesday & Hunkydory WOW!

We have some amazing finds for you this coming Wednesday—especially if you’re a Hunkydory fan! Here are two new stamp sets from Hunkydory (below)—one for the holidays, and one for birthdays! I just love those fuzzy Christmas owls, and will look forward to using the birthday set year round!

 

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By LeNae Gerig

 

LeNae’s card also uses Hunkydory’s new Essential Book of Foiled Cardstock! There are two sets, masculine & feminine, and both are truly stunning!

 

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For The Men

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For The Ladies

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My final favorite actually comes in 9 different designs and they’re all pretty incredible! Hunkydory’s Stylish Silhouettes are finely detailed, laser cut designs ready for you to clip apart and add to any project! Here are a couple of my favorite sets:

 

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Stylish Silhouettes Christmas Cheer

 

Just take a look at Gail’s card, below! She’s used the Stylish Silhouettes shown above for her focal and greeting, and the inked edges create a such gorgeous, finished look!

 

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Gail’s card above also features Gold & Silver Mirri Die-Cuts—these are made exclusively for Paper Wishes! Just pop them out and they’re ready to add to your projects!

 

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All these items & more will be available this Wednesday!  Plus, it’s a Week of Webisodes featuring new project ideas every day starting on Saturday (today for VIPs!)—all featuring new holiday goodies from Hunkydory! There’s plenty of ideas and inspiration—so don’t miss a single day! Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Goodbye Pumpkins, Hello Turkeys!

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Halloween at Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes was another great success! We held our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and there were some really fun and creative entries as always!

Everyone voted for their top 5 favorites which were tallied up by Scott (aka The Fun Dude).

 

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We also had a surprise visit from our favorite trick or treater, Paulette’s granddaughter, Penelope!

 

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Scott shared this year’s Top 5 Halloween Candies (#1 is Kit Kat, #2 is Reese’s, #3 is Smarties, #4 is Starbursts & #5 is Nerds) and then the contest winners were announced!

 

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1st Place: Gail Booth & The Google Pumpkin!

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2nd Place: Paulette & her Fairy House Pumpkin

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3rd Place: Kelcie from Graphics & the Carved Owl Pumpkin!

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4th Place: LeNae & her SCARY friend…

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And I was lucky enough to win 5th Place!

 

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Congrats & thank you to everyone who participated!

 

Afterwards, Penelope did a little reverse trick-or-treating, visiting each of us to share some candy! What a sweetie!

So now that we’ve all survived Halloween, it’s time to welcome November, and begin thinking about Thanksgiving. Have you seen this cute Thanksgiving Turkey stamp & cutting die set from Sizzix!? I just love potential for gorgeous layering, as well as the greeting, “Gobble until you wobble!” Too funny!

 

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Click here to learn more!

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Happy November!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Song Birds Collection + Bonus WNW Sneak Peek!

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Have you seen our beautiful Song Birds collection yet? In lovely shades of pink, blue and tan, this versatile collection includes 12″x12″ double-sided scrapbooking papers, Dazzles™ stickers, Foiled Fancies™ embossed die-cuts, and some of my favorite Foil Paper Tole ever! (Those birds are just so sweet!)

As usual, our Design Team has done some amazing things with this collection—just take a look! LeNae’s card below features Song Birds papers, plus Song Birds Foiled Fancies™! She’s sanded the Foiled Fancies™ and stamped them using our Fancy Patterns stamp set. What a gorgeous result!

 

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Click here for instructions!

 

The card below also features sanded Foiled Fancies™ with the addition of Song Birds Scrapbooking Dazzles™ stickers. Backing Dazzles™ is probably one of my favorite things—all you do is place the outline sticker onto your desired paper, and then cut next to the Dazzles™ edge for a fast, beautiful accent!

 

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Click here for instructions!

 

This collection is also perfect for creating stunning scrapbook pages. Here, LeNae has added Scrapbooking Dazzles™, and the nest with wreath embellishment is from Song Birds Foiled Paper Tole!

 

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Click here for instructions!

 

Click on any item below to learn more:

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Song Birds Foiled Fancies™

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Song Birds Ribbon Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey and while you’re here, here’s a bonus sneak peek at What’s NEW Wednesday! I’m super excited for our latest collection of 20 Never-Before-Seen Christmas Dazzles™! This set has all your favorite Christmas Dazzles™ in exclusive, brand new colors and finishes! Stock up on these for beautifully easy holiday cardmaking! Available starting this Wednesday for just $19.99!

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Also just in time for Christmas, What’s NEW Wednesday will also feature NEW 3D Shading Cling Rubber Stamps—just stamp your image in black, and then color for a realistic, dimensional look! 6 styles will be available Wednesday!

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Come back in two days to see these new items and more!

 

Have a wonderful day!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Welcome to Paper Wishes’ Papercraft and Scrapbooking Blog! Our card making and scrapbooking blog is the place to visit for inspired project ideas, the latest craft techniques, and the inside scoop on all things Paper Wishes! Visit our card making and scrapbooking blog to see the latest card designs and scrapbook layouts from the Paper Wishes Design Team, discover new paper craft tools and products, and to learn about upcoming events! Make sure to visit our card making and scrapbooking blog often so you don’t miss a moment of crafting fun!