Steampunk Collection + Masculine Card Ideas!!!

 

Sometimes “pretty” comes easy, while “manly” remains a little more elusive. How do you make a pretty (or rather, manly) card for a man? Paper Wishes designers to the rescue! Below are some of my favorite masculine looks our incredible design team created using Hot Off The Press’ new Steampunk Collection!

Susan created the card below using Steampunk Foiled Fancies™ which are gold-foiled, deeply embossed die-cuts just waiting for your creative touch! Ink them, sand them, or add paint, markers and more for incredible effects. Susan colored her Foiled Fancies™ hot air balloon, gears and butterfly with Spectrum Noir™ markers. She then stamped black designs from the Fancy Patterns stamp set using Black StazOn® ink. Click on the project for details.

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Click here for Susan’s instructions!

 

Here’s a gorgeous card from Teresa who has embellished a Steampunk Foil Paper Tole “winged clock” with tiny, self-adhesive copper “nailheads.” She’s also used the Steampunk stamp set and Gold StazOn® ink for her card greeting! I just love this look, especially with that brown twill ribbon!

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Click here for Teresa’s instructions!

 

On this version, Gail customized her Foiled Fancies™ by inking them with black StazOn®, and applying rubbing alcohol over the top for a pewter look. She then combined her Foiled Fancies™ with Steampunk Scrapbooking Dazzles™. She backed her Dazzles™ heart and gears with Mocha Suede specialty paper, then layered her pieces together with foam tape. Wonderful dimension!!

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Click for Gail’s instructions!

 

Steampunk is the perfect collection for creating masculine cards, with deep brown and golden tones, teal accents and “manly” motifs like gears, top hats and more. You’ll be able to make the perfect birthday card for your husband, son, father, brother or any other special guy!

 

I hope you have a love-filled Valentine’s Day! <3

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Brighten Up With Our “Colorist” Collection!

The February sun is shining down on Hot Off The Press today, and I could’ve swore I felt the tiniest twitch of spring fever. Not full-blown-can’t-focus-must-clean-my-house spring fever. Just a pinch. Enough to remind me that, eventually, winter will give way to springtime.

To shake off some of the winter grays, I’m sharing our new Colorist Collection with you! The 12″x12″ paper pack features black and white outline artwork on one side, with vibrantly colored, dotted patterns on the other! These are some of the most versatile papers for papercrafters EVER! The black and white motif, contrasted against the bold colors and simple polka dots allows these papers to really travel through the seasons.

Below, Gail’s adorable easel card was covered with Colorist papers, and her framed robin focal (cut from the Feathered Friends Colorist book) was colored in with Spectrum Noir™ markers. I love how she used a ribbon bow to prop up her card front! And the floral background paper inside is so striking when left black and white! Click on the card for Gail’s supplies and instructions.

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Susan’s card below features Colorist Scrapbooking Dazzles™ stickers, and I love the look of this card! For her greeting, she simply placed the Dazzles™ “Celebrate…” sticker onto matted Colorist papers. The flowers were made by placing Dazzles™ flower stickers onto Double-Sided Adhesive. She covered the adhesive with Crystal Micro Glitter, and backed the flowers with Colorist papers for beautiful sparkle and shine! Click her card for more details.

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Here’s a scrapbook page that LeNae created using Colorist papers, Colorist Scrapbooking Dazzles™ and Colorist ribbon. You can color these papers any way you like. Use markers, colored pencils, chalk, ink, anything… and make it your own! :-)

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This last card easily makes my “Top 10” list—take a look! LeNae has covered a Center Step card with Colorist papers that she colored in with ArtGrip Watercolor Pencils. The focal is Florals for Colorists Paper Tole which is a quick and easy way to get a gorgeous, playful look like this! You can click on the card for supplies and instructions.

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This paper pack is a natural choice for Easter (and beyond)! Click any of the products below for more info (and more project ideas too!)

 

Thanks for stopping by! 😀

 

Michelle Gustafson

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5 Sweet Valentine’s Day Card Ideas!

Valentine’s Day is coming up so I wanted to share some great Valentine ideas using Hot Off The Press’ Love + 5 Hearts cutting die set! It’s a versatile cutting die collection with a variety of heart sizes and designs, and “Love” in a gorgeous script font. I’m highlighting my favorite parts of each card, but click on any card for full instructions and supplies used. :-)

 

Below, Amy’s card uses the absolutely adorable Penelope Scrapbooking Papers (and quite honestly, I’m sitting here wondering why I haven’t got a set of them yet—ha)! I love that she die cut a white heart doily frame, and then places it over a white die cut mat. The effect is very sweet, and I love the dimension it adds! The studded border was created with Flamingo Liquid Pearls™ but you could also use Stickles™ glitter glue or new Nuvo Crystal Drops. So pretty! Click on the card for Amy’s instructions.

 

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Studded Heart Card designed by Amy Hurley-Purdie

 

This next card features a match made in heaven! Gail used Hot Off The Press’ new Heart Window Flap Die-Cut Cards which are perfectly sized for Love + 5 Hearts cutting dies! The swirly heart focal was die cut from gorgeous Pearl Adhesive Sheets and combined with vibrant Honeysuckle papers to create this stunner. Click on the card to see Gail’s directions.

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If you enjoy stenciling, check out LeNae’s card below, created using the All Over Swirls Stencil from Hot Off The Press. I love the simplicity, plus it’s easy to make this card quickly and in any color! LeNae used a heart die-cut to mask the heart shape in the center—then she inked over it using a stylus for the soft, blended look you see. This is a great card for a guy! Click on the card for LeNae’s instructions.

 

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Stenciled Heart Card designed by LeNae Gerig

 

Susan made this awesome shaker card, below, using Emma’s Garden papers along with the Love + 5 Hearts cutting dies. Unfortunately, some of the heart embellishments are no longer available, but Susan shares her great instructions on creating a lovely shaker card, and it’s a simple matter to substitute other papers or embellishments—just click on the card!

 

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Heart Shaker Card designed by Susan Cobb

 

Finally, one more card from Amy with a different look. She made this card with Simply Susan Double-Sided Papers and I love the colors, and well as the chevron. This is another card idea that’s perfect for guys! She used the Heart to Heart stamp set which is yet another great find for Valentine’s crafting as it has tons of sentiments all about love! Click on the card for Amy’s directions.

 

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Chevron & Hearts Card designed by Amy Hurley-Purdie

 

Love + 5 Hearts cutting dies have been around for a couple years now, so chances are you might already have them! If not, you might want to add them to your wish list as hearts get used so often! I hope this post inspires you to start creating some Valentine’s Day love!

 

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Michelle Gustafson

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NEW Feathered Friends & Zen Dragonflies Colorist Books!

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Today I wanted to show you the two latest Colorist books from Hot Off The Press! These cute little coloring books feature gorgeous designs, each printed on its own cardstock page and sized perfectly for a card. Yes, we know coloring is therapeutic, but let’s put our coloring to work for us and use it to create a special focal, whether for a card, page or even a gift bag!

Last week Paulette and Gail were at the CHA MEGA Show in Southern California, and alas—it was discovered we needed samples for the new books. So Gail and our awesome buyer, Kayla, found themselves in the hotel room coloring. You’ll get to see Kayla’s card on an upcoming webisode!

 

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Our two new books are Zen Dragonflies for Colorists and Feathered Friends for Colorists, and the images are some of my favorites so far!

 

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Here’s a sample from Zen Dragonflies that LeNae colored with Spectrum Noir™ pens, and accented with Stickles™ glitter glue! This piece would look amazing on a card. Just stamp a greeting onto one of the labels or tags that come with the book, add a bow if you like, and you’re done!

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Here’s another design from Zen Dragonflies. Debbie colored her page with Spectrum Noir™ Blendable Pencils, matted it on Purple Circles Holographic paper and glued it to a gift bag—so clever! I zoomed in so you’ll be able to see the design, as well as the little gift tag hanging from the handle. Each Colorist book includes 2 sheets of matching labels and tags to use however you like (our graphic designers think of everything)!

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Feathered Friends is our other must-have Colorist book! Gail did an incredible job coloring this sample, and she used something that most of us already have—ink pads! She used Art Daubers to color the frame (you “wear” the daubers on your fingers—cool!) Then she tapped the inks onto a craft sheet or acrylic block, and actually used a paintbrush to “paint” her owl. Great ideas, Gail!

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And now for the coup-de-grace, Gail’s stunning Owl Center Step Card! The simplicity of the card highlights the awesome job she did coloring her owl. She used Spectrum Noir™ pens to color her owl, and if you haven’t tried these markers yet, put them on your wish list!! There are TONS of colors available, and they are grouped into color families for seamless blending. Love them!

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I hope these projects will inspire you to take your coloring out of the book, and onto a card! Make your coloring count! 😀

 

Have a wonderfully creative day!

 

Michelle Gustafson

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Sunshine & Raindrops Dazzles™ Stickers + Project Ideas!

Happy Tuesday, Paper Wishers!

It looks like Paulette, Gail and the others are having an amazing time at the CHA 2016 MEGA Show in Anaheim, CA. They will be back home tomorrow, and I can’t wait to see what they’ve discovered!

Today I’m going to show you my favorite new Dazzles™ stickers—Sunshine & Raindrops! They feature an adorable little girl under an umbrella, along with clouds, raindrops, sunshine and a rainbow. These super cute stickers have a trendy weather theme that works for all four seasons! I was so excited when these Dazzles™ came out that I pretty much had to take them home and make a card. Immediately. So here’s the card I made, plus a couple of really stunning cards from the true professionals—our lovely Design Team!

 

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Below, Gail’s Rainbow Card was made using Blue Circles Holographic Paper and Ultra Smooth White Cardstock. The Ultra Smooth Cardstock is perfect for achieving a smooth, blended look using Spectrum Noir™ markers. Click on the card for supplies and Gail’s tips on how you can create this same softly blended look. This card is so striking!

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Teresa’s fabulous Pop-Out Swing-Fold Rain & Sun Card, below, features a brand new folded card design that she shares on her latest DVD: Teresa’s Frenzy of Folded Cards! She colored in her Dazzles™ using Spectrum Noir™ Blendable Colored Pencils. Click on the card to see the surprising swinging pop-out center of this card, along with Teresa’s supplies and tips for coloring!

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I hope you love these new Sunshine & Raindrops Dazzles™ as much as I do! You can click below to see these Dazzles™ up close. And here’s a bonus: Hot Off The Press has also created a coordinating small stamp (which I also love, of course)! I plan on picking up the stamp, plus more Dazzles™ to create some fun cards for springtime. Thanks for stopping by—be sure to come back for new project ideas and inspiration!

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Have a wonderfully creative day! 😀

 

Michelle Gustafson

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PS—Love Gail’s Rainbow Card? Save on supplies for her card here!

 

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NEW January 2016 Stamp Sets from Hot Off The Press

 

Happy 2016!

I hope you are all ready for a great year to come—it’s going to be packed with tons of awesome project ideas, creative new techniques, and inspiring craft products (like our NEW Foiled Fancies™)! I can already tell I’m going to be a busy girl! Today I’m showing you four new stamp sets from Hot Off The Press, along with some of my favorite projects from the new catalog. These stamps sets are made of a clear, high-grade silicone that gives an incredibly detailed impression and won’t yellow.

 

Check out our stunning new stamp sets below, and click on any project for tips and more!

 

Mystic Garden

The Mystic Garden stamp set contains 17 enchanting stamps with focals, accents and greetings! Part of the Mystic Garden Collection which includes Mystic Garden Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers, Mystic Garden Paper Tole and Mystic Garden Foiled Fancies™.

 

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Steampunk

This Steampunk stamp set comes with 22 focal, accent and greeting stamps! Part of the Steampunk Collection which includes Steampunk Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers, Steampunk Foil Paper Tole, Steampunk Foiled Fancies™ and Steampunk Scrapbooking Dazzles™. Die-cuts are available in the Steampunk Artful Card Kit!

 

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Floral Fantasy

This stamp set contains 13 harmonious stamps including focals, accents and a greeting! Part of the Floral Fantasy Collection which includes Floral Fantasy Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers, Floral Fantasy Foil Paper Tole, Floral Fantasy Foiled Fancies™ and Floral Fantasy Scrapbooking Dazzles™.

 

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Thank You!

This super fun Thank You! stamp set contains 28 designs (wow!) including greetings and accents! Used here with Colorists Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers and Florals for Colorists Paper Tole.

 

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I never get tired of seeing all the amazing cards our design team creates—they definitely have me feeling ready to start on a new stack of cards for 2016! What about you? Which stamp set is your favorite? Tell me in the comments below! I love to hear! 😀

 

Wishing you an amazing start to a brand new year!

 

Michelle Gustafson

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Merry Christmas from Paper Wishes!!!

 

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Traditionally, Christmas is when people slow down to take some time for themselves, to rejuvenate and enjoy their families. But here at Paper Wishes, things have barely slowed. In fact, they haven’t slowed. With a new catalog coming soon, preparations to be made for the Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show in January, and some other BIG plans in the works that I probably can’t reveal yet, everyone here (and most of all, Paulette) is going 110%.

For us, sharing the love of papercrafting, and striving to continually offer new, different and wonderful products is what drives us. It’s the passion that lies at the core of what we do every day. But despite the work, here is just some of the Christmas fun that we’ve had over the past month!

 

Our Christmas tree in the employee lunchroom!

Our Christmas tree in the employee lunchroom!

 

Debbie on our Design Team decorated with these oversize ornaments, and a couple great family photos!

Debbie on our Design Team decorated with these oversize ornaments, and a couple great family photos!

 

Kayla, our buyer, put this advent calendar project to good use! (And I got the last candy!!!)

Kayla, our buyer, put this advent calendar project to good use! (And I got the last candy!!!)

 

Bethany, our Personal Shopper Administrator, and myself at our Semi-Secret Santa gift exchange!

Bethany, our Personal Shopper Administrator & frequent partner in crime, and myself at our gift exchange!

 

Christmas cookies courtesy of Paulette and granddaughter Penelope!!!

Delicious Christmas cookies courtesy of Paulette and granddaughter Penelope!!!

 

We have squeezed some great times into a very busy month! I’d like to thank Paulette, and all my co-workers who have helped bring Christmas magic to Paper Wishes this year. And most importantly, I want to thank all of our Paper Wishers for the incredible creativity and kindness you’ve shown! You truly are the very best part of Paper Wishes!

 

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

 

Michelle Gustafson

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What’s Your Paper Wish? Final Winner + A Prize For All!!!

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Happy Tuesday! Today we’re announcing the final winner of our What’s Your Paper Wish? Facebook video giveaway! To see who our final winner is, watch below!

 

 

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Rhonda Swetlishoff, you’re our winner!

Your “Paper Wish” for Hot Off The Press’ Truck O’ Goodies Cutting Dies, Wonderland Artful Card Kit & Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers will be granted!

Visit our Facebook page for Rhonda’s video!

 

Rhonda, thanks for participating and for uploading your great video! You are so festive and your video really brought a smile to my face! :-)

So that’s it for our What’s Your Paper Wish? giveaway! I’d really like to thank everyone who jumped in and participated! We had so many great videos and comments, and I loved getting to meet so many Paper Wishers! Now—remember how we said that everyone who participates receives a prize? Just click on the link below!

 

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

 

Michelle Gustafson

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What’s Your Paper Wish? Week 2 Winner Announced!!!

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It’s Tuesday again, and today we’re announcing the Week 2 Winner of our What’s Your Paper Wish? Facebook video giveaway!

Before revealing this week’s winner, I just want to tell you how fun it’s been to see your videos! It feels like I’m getting to meet some of our Paper Wishers, and seeing the enthusiasm and excitement, not just over the giveaway, but about papercrafting is really awesome! This creative passion is the common thread that runs through all of us, and it’s been really wonderful to watch your videos from all over the US and Canada! I’m hoping to meet even more of you during our final week, and I’d love to hear from our Paper Wishers in the UK, Australia and elsewhere!

To see our Week 2 Winner, watch the video below:

 

Congratulations!

Karen Phillips, you’re our winner!

Your Paper Wish for the Gelatos® Tropical Mixed Media Set & Pastel Chalk Set will be granted!

Visit our Facebook page for Karen’s video and details on how to enter!

 

Karen, we loved your video and all the projects you shared, and your deep appreciation for the Scor-Pal (it’s a favorite around here!) I’d also like to mention that Karen and I are not related. It seems we share the same maiden name—totally coincidental! There’s still one week left in our What’s Your Paper Wish? Facebook video giveaway, so visit us on Facebook and upload your video! It’s easy and you could have your Paper Wish granted! Plus, all who enter will win a prize!

I apologize for keeping this brief—we have less than 3 weeks until the January 2016 Paper Wishes® catalog comes out! So time for me to get back to work. I hope you’re all enjoying a wonderful holiday season! :-)

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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What’s Your Paper Wish? Week 1 Winner Announced!

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Oh. my. gosh. I just logged into the Paper Wishes Blog for the first time in over two weeks and it feels GREAT!

As many of you might be (painfully) aware, we’ve been experiencing some web troubles resulting from a system upgrade. This has caused big problems for people with logging in and ordering, and we are deeply sorry for the inconvenience. It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks, but our web team has been hard at work and things are close to being back to normal—phew!

Our system issues also had me locked out of the blog, which has been driving me a bit crazy. But finally yesterday, our web guys repaired the blog and I’m back in business—woohoo! And it’s just in the nick of time because I have a winner to announce!

Today we’re announcing our first week’s winner in our What’s Your Paper Wish? Facebook video giveaway! Watch the video below:
 

 

Congratulations!

Ruth Mickelson, you’re our winner!

Your Paper Wish for a $50 Paper Wishes® gift certificate will be granted!

 

Visit our Facebook page for Ruth’s video and details on how to enter!

 

There are still two weeks of our giveaway left, so visit us on Facebook and upload your video! It’s easy and you could have your Paper Wish granted! Don’t forget, all who enter will win a prize! Be sure to stay tuned… Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be bringing you an inside look at Hot Off The Press’ newest papercraft collections (coming January 2nd!) and some great new project ideas! I hope you’re enjoying your holiday season, and thank you all again for the patience you’ve shown over the last two weeks!

It’s great to be back!

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Michelle Gustafson

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