Sneak Peek! NEW Christmas Wonder Collection from Hot Off The Press

 

Well friends, here it is! Christmas Wonder is Hot Off The Press’  holiday collection for 2016, and I have to say, these designs really do inspire that feeling of holiday magic! Christmas Wonder features an elegant vintage poinsettia motif with a fun, modern touch—lots of golden, shimmering sparkles! This collection has something for everyone, no matter your crafting style, with coordinating papers, Dazzles™ stickers, embellishments & more.

Here’s a look at a few Christmas Wonder projects from our lovely & talented designer, Gail Booth!

 

Joy Card

Joy Card from Gail Booth

by Gail Booth

Merry Christmas Center Step Card

Gail Booth

by Gail Booth

 

Believe Page

by Gail Booth

by Gail Booth

 

Get ready to fall in love with Christmas this year! With stunning double-sided papers, the shiniest, flashiest gold Dazzles™ you’ve ever seen & other coordinating items, your cards, pages, gift tags and more are sure to absolutely delight your friends and family. The Christmas Wonder Collection will be available September 3rd at PaperWishes.com! Don’t want to wait?

 

Join us for our webisode on Wednesday, August 31st to purchase Christmas Wonder early!

 

I hope you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look at Paper Wishes’ 2016 holiday collection from Hot Off The Press—Christmas Wonder! Mark your calendars & stop by next week to discover Christmas Wonder, along with fabulous, new projects from Teresa Welch! Have a great weekend!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

Christmas Wonder from Hot Off The Press

Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Papers

Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Papers

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Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers

 

Christmas Wonder Foiled Fancies™

Christmas Wonder Foiled Fancies™

Christmas Fancy Patterns Stamp Set

Christmas Fancy Patterns Stamp Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Freebie Download (We’re On A Roll!)

Happy Friday! We have another stunning quote for you to print from our Art Director, Kyla! What I love about this one (besides that fact it’s SO TRUE) is that it looks like what would result if you were to combine our Bohemian Dreams & Letterpress collections (see below)!

Click here to download!

Click here to download!

 

Now to prove my point! If you love the look of this quote, check out our papers and more, below!

Bohemian Dreams 12x12 Scrapbooking Papers

Bohemian Dreams 12×12 Scrapbooking Papers

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Letterpress 12x12 Scrapbooking Papers

Letterpress 12×12 Scrapbooking Papers

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Bohemian Dreams Paper Tole

Letterpress Paper Tole

Letterpress Paper Tole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers & Lace Foiled Fancies™

Flowers & Lace Foiled Fancies™

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Letterpress Die-Cuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a card Susan created using Bohemian Dreams as well as the Layered Labels Design Tool Kit #10 Template:

Click here for instructions!

Click here for Susan’s instructions!

 

And for the Letterpress fans—an amazing scrapbook page from Gail:

Click here for instructions!

Click here for Gail’s instructions!

I just love the romance of this page! Thanks Kyla, for your inspiring art! Looks like I’m going to be up to my elbows in Bohemian Dreams this weekend!

How about you? Let us know what you’ll be creating in the comments below! And tell me your favorite—Bohemian Dreams? Or Letterpress?!

 

Have an incredible weekend!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Friday, Paper Wishers: FREE Printable Download!

*** Update: We have updated the artwork download below, removing an extra “the.” Our apologies for any inconvenience!

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Welcome! We are updating the look of the Paper Wishes Facebook page with this artwork from Kyla, our wonderfully creative Art Director. (For anyone who follows the Paper Wishes dogs, this is Wiley’s mom.)

 

Kyla Cesca, Art Director at Paper Wishes & Hot Off The Press

 

Wiley showing off one of his many tricks (and a little Oregon State pride)!

 

Kyla thought our Paper Wishers might enjoy this gorgeous design as much as we do! So she went ahead created a special 8.5″x11″ printable piece (below) just for you!

Click here to download your free 8.5″x11″ printable!

 

Print this beautiful page and slip it into the front of a binder, add it into a journal or even frame it. We hope you enjoy this beautiful, daily reminder to make the best of everything!

Here at Hot Off The Press, we’ve been busy as always. We just finished putting together our 2016 Fall Paper Wishes® catalog (online Sept. 3rd) and I’ll be bringing you some sneak peeks here on the blog, and also on the Paper Wishes Facebook page. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us there too!

Again, thank you for being a part of the Paper Wishes family! I wish you all a wonderful, paper-filled weekend! 😀

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

PS—For even more fun from Paper Wishes, sign up for our weekly Inspired newsletter here. You’ll get a weekly dose of project ideas, product highlights, sneak peeks and more!

 

 

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5 Exciting Stencil Paste Ideas You’ve Got To Try!

Stenciling is incredibly fun! It might even be one of my favorite things about crafting! Stenciling has all the fun of painting, while also being quick and often foolproof. For many of us, inking our stencils is the go-to. But using a paste with your stencil lends texture and dimension that can really elevate the look of your project!

It’s very easy to use a wide variety of pastes with your stencils. Simply place your stencil where you’d like your design. You can use the whole stencil, or just part of the design (use stencil tape to hide the parts you aren’t using). I also recommend using stencil tape to secure your stencil in place to prevent shifting.

Then, simply spread a thin layer of paste across your stencil (go easy, you can always add more). Remove your stencil and wash it right away. Allow your image to dry completely. Congratulations—you’re going to love experimenting with all the fun looks you can achieve! Here are some of my favorite pastes for stenciling.

 

Asphalt Paste

Adds a dark, gritty texture that is perfect for urban themes, Halloween and more!

By Debbie Samples

By Debbie Samples

Learn more about Faber-Castell’s Asphalt Texture Paste here.

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Glass Bead Glitter Gel

This stuff is truly beautiful and amazing—I just had to show you a couple of examples. Perfect for Christmas card making, you can layer this sparkling gel over an inked design for colors with texture and sparkle!

By Teresa Welch

By Teresa Welch

 

You can also stencil it directly onto acetate for clear, glittery sparkle! Here, the acetate was placed over a self-adhesive mirror sheet for a double-dose of shine.

By Ann Barba

By Ann Barba

Learn more about Faber-Castell’s Glass Bead Glitter Gel here.

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Pearlescent Embossing Paste

This pearly, glistening paste adds a little bit of magic to your projects! One of Teresa’s tips for this product? Tint your Pearlescent Paste with ink refills to customize your look!

By LeNae Gerig

By LeNae Gerig

Learn more about Dreamweaver’s Pearlescent Embossing Paste here.

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Crackle Embossing Paste

This is a super fun one—a paste that gives this wonderful crackling effect! Gail added Crackle paste over a dried layer of black embossing paste.

By Gail Booth

Learn more about Dreamweaver’s Crackle Embossing Paste here.

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Glossy Black Embossing Paste

We carry a variety of embossing pastes in black, white, silver, gold, and copper, but for an extra special look try Glossy Black Embossing Paste! It adds gorgeous, patent-leather shine that will definitely enhance your cards, scrapbook pages, art journals and more!

By Gail Booth

By Gail Booth

Learn more about Dreamweaver’s Glossy Black Embossing Paste here.

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I hope you enjoyed this peek at just a few of the stenciling options available here at Paper Wishes! You’ll have the best result with these pastes by spreading them with a straight edge of some sort. You could use an old gift card, but here are a couple of other options:

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Palette Knives 3-Pack

Paste Spreader (Dreamweavers)

Paste Spreader (Dreamweavers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by our blog! Let me know if you try any of these ideas, and feel free to share your photos below. I hope you make it a point to have some fun playing with stencils soon. 😀

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

PS—Here are some of my favorite new Hot Off The Press stencils:

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Paper Wishes® Events: Girlfriends Getaway 2016!

 

Get out your cutting mats & clear your calendars!

Every year, papercrafters unite in Canby, OR to attend Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes’ Girlfriends Getaway. It’s an incredible all-day event filled with card making & scrapbooking, free giveaways, lunch and lots of laughs! Girlfriends Getaway 2016 will be held this year on Saturday, September 17th at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds.

Spaces are very limited so be sure to reserve your spot ASAP.

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Feel free to post any questions you may have in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them! See you in September! 😀

 

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Our 2016 National Scrapbooking Day Challenge Winner Is…

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Hello friends!

Our National Scrapbooking Day Challenge has ended, and we’ve gone over all the entries received here on the blog and on Facebook! There were quite a few entries even though our contest coincided with Mother’s Day weekend, but in the end, there can only be one winner.

The designer of the winning scrapbook page is… Linda Holt!!! 😀

Congratulations to Linda, and here’s a look at her page:

 

Designed by Linda Holt

 

Fabulous job, Linda! We loved the techniques that you used, plus your wonderful journaling truly embodies WHY we create scrapbook pages & albums! You’re the winner of a $50 gift certificate to Paper Wishes so hopefully you can put that toward something on your wish list. Watch your inbox for an email from us! 😀

Also a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our NSD Sketch Challenge! It’s always amazing to see both the creativity, and the real moments captured in your scrapbook pages, and it’s an honor that you share them with us! Keep on creating, and we’ll be right here to inspire!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Paper Wishes® Contest: National Scrapbooking Day 2016 Sketch Challenge!!!

Hello Paper Wishers! It’s that time of year again—Saturday, May 7th is National Scrapbooking Day, and we’re ready to celebrate! Now all we need is you!

Perhaps you scrap daily, or maybe it’s been a little while since you made a page. Either way, here’s a fantastic excuse to grab a favorite photo (or two or three…) and have some fun creating a page all about you. Your family. Your life.

Read below to find out all the details! Then, just post an image of your page here on the blog, or on our National Scrapbooking Day Challenge Facebook Event! There aren’t too many rules. We mostly just want you to have a great time creating something you love! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 10th so get scrappin’! Post any questions you might have here or on Facebook and I’ll get the answers!

 

“Scrappy” Holidays!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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A New Way To Connect With Paper Wishes!

 

Our Paper Wishes customers are just like family to us. And like a real family, we like to keep in touch! There are so many ways that you can connect with us here at Paper Wishes!

  • Check out our Weekly Webisodes! Every Wednesday, watch Paulette & Gail as they share new products complete with tips & technique, plus incredible project ideas that will have you absolutely inspired!
  • On the Paper Wishes Blog, you can find stunning and seasonal project ideas, the latest & greatest new crafting products, contests and giveaways, plus behind-the-scenes peeks of Paper Wishes!
  • You can also find us on Facebook & Twitter! Here, you will find more amazing project ideas, contests & giveaways, notices of our sales and even more behind-the-scenes fun!

 

Not enough for you?

That’s okay—starting April 21st, we are bringing you something new!

 

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“Explore the world through someone else’s eyes.”

 

Periscope is an app that lets us broadcast live video directly to you.

Straight from Paper Wishes.

No scripts, no editing, no second chances.

Maybe best of all, Periscope lets you interact directly with us in real time. Ask questions, make a comment or just show us some love!

 

How can you watch Paper Wishes through Periscope? Two ways.

  1. Smartphone or Tablet: Periscope is a free app available for your iOS or Android device. Download the Periscope app from the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store, and enable notifications. Be sure to follow Paper Wishes (our “handle” is @PaperWishes)! You’ll receive an alert when we’re broadcasting live (which makes this the best option for viewing).

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  1. Desktop Computer (Mac or PC): You can also catch Paper Wishes’ LIVE Periscope broadcasts on a desktop computer using your Twitter account (sign up here for free)! Then, be sure to follow @mypaperwishes. You’ll be notified through Twitter when we go live!

 

However you choose to watch, Paper Wishes’ LIVE Periscope broadcasts will be available for 24 hours following the broadcast. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun, and probably even more laughs, so get ready to join us on Periscope! Download the Periscope app by April 21st when Paper Wishes will go LIVE at a special event. Don’t miss a moment!

If you have questions, ask them in the blog comments. It will probably help someone else, and I will do my best to answer them all!

See you soon!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Spring 2016: Card Kits, Planners, Watercolors & Spring Cleaning!

 

Here at Paper Wishes, spring has officially sprung! Just as we’re seeing signs of new life outside, we have lots of fresh new items that debuted in the Early Spring 2016 Paper Wishes® Special Edition catalog (all available now at PaperWishes.com)! This catalog has a lot to get excited about, so here’s a peek at a few of my favorites (love my job)! 🙂

 

Rose Garden Foiled Die-Cut Topper Kit 

First I want to share something that’s both new and spectacularly gorgeous—the Rose Garden Foiled Topper Kit! Gail demo-ed this kit during her appearance on HSN and it completely sold out. If you didn’t get yours, here’s your chance! Supplies are limited.

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A luxurious, foiled card topper kit in vivid fuchsia, lime and teal florals.

  • 160 stunning, gold-foiled die-cuts
  • 16  patterned papers (8.5″x11″)
  • 24 blank white cards (5″x6.5″) and 24 envelopes
  • idea sheet

Here are a couple of project ideas, although clearly you’ll have TONS of beautiful options to play with!

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Some of the toppers are so large that they make a perfect shaped card! Designed by Debbie Samples.

 

 

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You can layer the toppers, and yes—that beautiful, lacy paper is part of the set! Designed by Gail Booth.

 

Carpe Diem Planner Collection

Another favorite (especially among Paper Wishes employees) is the Carpe Diem Planner Collection from Simple Stories! Apparently, we all needed to get organized—but doing so also had to be fun and creative. The planner already comes with everything you need. Then, just choose coordinating Carpe Diem planner extras to customize it—take a look!

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Carpe Diem Planner in Platinum

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Carpe Diem Planner in Coral

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Carpe Diem Planner in Black

 

 

 

Planner-insides

Planner comes with foiled acetate insert; 12 monthly calendar pages; 12 monthly tabbed dividers; 72 weekly inserts; 7 decorative inserts; one A5 notepad tablet

 

Here are all the fun extras—with even more coming in April 2016!

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Carpe Diem Magnetic Bookmarks

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Carpe Diem Bits ‘N Pieces Die-Cuts

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Carpe Diem Sticky Note Bookmark

 

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Carpe Diem Pocket Inserts

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Carpe Diem Calendar Stickers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And one of our graphic designers, Kristen, had a fabulous idea—use the weekly pages as a journal! You can still plan ahead on the monthly calendar AND have a place to jot down those precious daily moments that we forget all too easily! Genius!

 

Stackable Caddy Organizer (Deflecto)

Embracing some much-needed organization, I also picked up one of these!

caddyMoms and grandmas, do you see this!? This caddy features three compartments with snapping lids to keep little fingers out! You can even turn the containers so the lid latches on the inside (close to the handle) keeping your “helpers” away from anything sharp, sticky or permanent. The lids are removable if this isn’t a concern for you, but you probably have a good sense of where I’m coming from… 😉 Another cool feature? You can stack multiple caddies and lock them together. This is a storage solution that I LOVE and it’s perfect to hold all your “basics.”

 

NEW Watercolor Basics

Another fun trend we are seeing lots of is watercolor. Personally, I love to paint. A simple watercolor background is an easy way to give your cards, pages and projects an extra layer of mixed-media-loveliness, so I’m very excited that PaperWishes.com now carries everything you’ll need to get started!

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Tri-fold Watercolor Tin

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No. 1 Watercolor Brush

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9″x12″ Watercolor Pad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watercolor Coloring Book

Here’s one of the pages from this incredible watercolor coloring book. I haven’t tried this book out yet, but it’s definitely on my wish list (along with this one).

 

So there you have just a few of my Spring Special Edition favorites! Post any comments or questions you might have below, and I’d love to hear—what were some of your favorites?

See you soon!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Behind-the-Scenes: Paper Wishes’ Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

It’s official—spring has sprung! Thursday was our annual employee Easter Egg Hunt, and surprisingly we had clear skies (not typical for an Oregon Easter)!

 

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Our tulips came up just in time for some Easter fun!

 

 

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Paulette and others waiting for the hunt to start!

 

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Just joking around…

 

Nathan, our Warehouse Lead, used highly-trained Eva to sniff out hidden eggs!

 

Our AWESOME Sales Manager, Carol, and myself!

Our AWESOME Sales Manager, Carol, and myself!

 

Poor Paulette found only TWO eggs—thank goodness there’s a prize for that!

 

Two of our Graphic Designers, Kristen & Kelcie, getting their prizes from event emcee, Scott!

Two of our graphic designers, Kristen & Kelcie, getting their prizes from Paper Wishes “Fun Committee” Leader, Scott!

Partners in crime! Bethany, our Personal Shopper Kit administrator, and myself.

Partners in crime! Bethany, our Personal Shopper Kit Administrator, and myself.

 

Bethany hid little “Peter Rabbit” somewhere in the building for employees to find! The winner received a chocolate bunny.

 

I hope you all have your Easter cards finished because the big day is almost here! Next week I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite new Paper Wishes crafting finds, so stay tuned for that. Have a fabulous Easter weekend everyone!!!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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