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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Uses Hopscotch Paper Pack, 9 Little Words Cutting Dies, White Jewel Border Dazzles™ & Silver Bling Rhinestones

 

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!

Designed by Gail Booth

Designed by Gail Booth (Click for details)

 

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!

Designed by Teresa Welch

Designed by Teresa Welch (Click for details)

 

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

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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™.

 

Designed by Gail Booth

 

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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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Designed by Gail Booth

 

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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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Designed by Debbie Samples

 

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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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Designed by Gail Booth

 

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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

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas from Paper Wishes!!!

 

Merry Christmas Eve!

 

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

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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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!

 

 

Congratulations!

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!

 

Click here for your FREE prize!!!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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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

Paper Wishes Blog

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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!

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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