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Summer Blooms & Sunny Brights

In an attempt to squeeze the very last drop out of summer, I have been combing the walls and halls here at Paper Wishes for some of my favorite floral collections. I have several birthdays coming up, and the vivid florals will help me to create some great end-of-summer birthday cards! I also have a ton of summer fun to document, and bright patterns will definitely help to convey exactly how much fun was had! But for your inspiration, I thought I would leave it to the pros. Here I’ve found some beautiful, bright and unique cards and scrapbooking pages, created by our Design Team, all using some of Paper Wishes’ most vibrant papers!

I love the boldness of our Bountiful paper pack. This is one that my mother and I would both agree on! I have never seen red and purple look so great together. It’s a classic floral theme, but with a color palette that keeps it looking modern. Click on the project images for instructions and supplies!

Designed by Teresa Welch

Designed by Teresa Welch

Designed by Debbie Samples

Designed by Debbie Samples

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Surprise!

Our Fresh Cut paper pack is another very bold floral that I really enjoy. The red and the teal are truly striking together, and they give your projects a bright, but still elegant look. I think this is also a great example of a paper that does double-duty. Maybe even triple. Meaning, I can see using these papers for Spring, Summer and Fall projects and I think it’s really important for papers to be versatile. If they’re not? Well, then you end up like myself, toting around an orange bag full of luau-themed paper for seven years. Yeah, that has to go.

Designed by Susan Cobb

Designed by Susan Cobb

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

When it comes to documenting your summer fun and activities, I don’t think you could find papers more appropriate than those in our Happy Days paper pack. These also have me dying to create a birthday-themed banner/bunting, although my crafting eyes are often far busier than my crafting hands! I’m sure you can relate.

Designed by Erica Hettwer

Designed by Erica Hettwer

Designed by Teresa Welch

Designed by Teresa Welch

Designed by Teresa Welch

Designed by Teresa Welch

Now… I have saved the best news for last. These paper packs (plus lots more) are on sale through Sunday. They are featured in our “Buy This, Get That” sale. Right now, if you purchase one of these collections at 20% off, Paper Wishes is going to throw in extra, bonus goodies FOR FREE! So not only will you get everything you need to create coordinated cards and pages at a great savings, but you will also score free stuff like Dazzles™, papers and cut-outs! There are also some great Halloween and Christmas collections on sale! Take a look – I’m sure you will find a great deal on something you love!

Also, this coming week we will be having another Week of Webisodes (WOW) event, where we share a new, free class with you every day! And this WOW is one that you won’t want to miss! We will be sharing with you five whole days of Designer Teresa Welch’s Christmas! And trust me – I’ve seen the cards and projects that will be featured and they are phenomenal. Teresa takes folded cards to a whole new level as always, and there are going to be LOTS of great Christmas ideas. Be sure to join Paulette and Gail for all five days of holiday fun!

So there are your Paper Wishes highlights for the week. I am looking forward to creating a few more sunny and bright birthday cards – hopefully you are feeling inspired and ready to capture that last bit of summer as well! Have a great weekend!

Michelle

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Our Natural World

9/3 UPDATE: Click on each project image for links to instructions and a supply list!

Lately I have seen some great projects that all have something in common – they draw upon the natural world for inspiration. And what better muse for creation than Mother Nature herself – beautiful, bountiful and ever-evolving. Some sort of change is always going on in the natural world that could spark a new creative idea. So with this in mind, I’d like to share with you some projects that are naturally inspired. At the same time, you are also going to be getting a sneak peek at some of the amazing projects and products that will be featured in our upcoming Fall 2014 Paper Wishes®! I’m just going to come right out and say it – our new Nuts About Squirrels Dazzles™ are very possibly my favorite Dazzles™ ever! This brand-new 4″x9″ Dazzles™ sheet has 30 adorable, brown animal stickers that feature squirrel focals along with everything else a squirrel would need to feel right at home – acorns, leaves, mushrooms, snails and love (hearts)! The project below is a sneak peek from our new catalog and it features Hot Off The Press’ Nuts About Squirrel Dazzles™ along with one of our brand-new paper packs, Honeysuckle, which I also LOVE.

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

This next card also makes fantastic use of the modern and vivid Honeysuckle paper pack, along with Honeysuckle Scrapbooking Dazzles™ that feature all sorts of great bee and flower images!

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

This next natural-themed project has a more traditional, botanical feel. This card uses Hot Off The Press’ brand-new Unforgettable paper pack and… CHECK OUT THE CARD. This card was created with Hot Off The Press’ newest card making template, the Pop-Up Slider Card template. Yes, you might put a little more heart and soul into making these cards, but seriously… you can make your card in any color. And there are five more brand-new templates that will be also available. Sold!

Designed by Debbie Samples

Designed by Debbie Samples

PW_14FALL-DScd1c.pg38   Now, remember what I mentioned last week? That there will be NEW Dee’s Distinctively cutting dies that allow you to create shapeable die-cuts? Well, here is a glimpse at a card that was created using some of these new dies and the Paper Blossom Paper Tool Kit.

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

And I just can’t help but show you one more project preview from the Fall 2014 Paper Wishes®. This card uses Brown Twigs and Leaves Dazzles™ which are not new, but check out the embellishments which are. These incredible flowers and butterflies are made of kraft-toned paper that also features polka dots, script and sheet music patterns.

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Obviously there are plenty of new projects and products in our upcoming catalog. These will all be available to everyone at Paper Wishes starting August 30th (unless you are a VIP – then you will get to see everything a whole day sooner!) Once the catalog has been released, I will update this blog with links to the instructions and supplies for all these projects! In my quest to find you naturally-inspired projects, I also took a look through our Customer Gallery, and I found a couple projects that I felt inclined to show you! These projects were submitted by birdsong67 (who likely has no idea that I am showing off her gorgeous pages) but hopefully she is a blog reader who will be excited to have a spotlight cast on her lovely projects. We tend to create a lot of cards around here, so I wanted to include a couple nature-themed scrapbook pages as well:

Designed by birdsong67

Designed by birdsong67

Designed by birdsong67

Designed by birdsong67

I absolutely LOVE all the elements that are going on in each of these pages. Her “Deer Family” page is just packed with eye-catching, natural details and her “Waiting” page is a fabulous example of tone-on-tone done right! Way to go birdsong67 – we’d love to see even more! And for anyone who doesn’t know, our Customer Gallery is a place for Paper Wishes’ customers to upload their pictures and show off their creativity to our Paper Wishes community. And who knows? Maybe your projects will receive the spotlight in a future blog entry!   I also hope you were able to watch this week’s webisode on Diamond Sheets! These rhinestone stickers by Buckle Boutique are available in lots and lots of colors (there’s even a rainbow sheet!) and they add a really impressive level of bling to any of your craft projects! I think the best feature of these, besides their incredible sparkle, is the fact that you can cut right through the stickers, allowing you to create sparkly sections in any shape! Paulette and Gail show us how you can even custom-color the clear Diamond Sheets with your Spectrum Noir™ pens! In our next webisode, we will be showing you some Holographic Sheets. These sheets have great color and texture, and definitely kick up the level of visual interest in your projects. And of course, our talented Design Team has found all sorts of unconventional ways to utilize the holographic material, so be sure to join us this coming Tuesday for some brilliant new ideas! Please have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you all get the opportunity to borrow a little bit of inspiration from Nature! Michelle

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Late Summer Inspiration

In mid-August, Paper Wishes’ hometown of Canby, OR hosts our local county fair. As the town fills with fairgoers, livestock trailers, and the smell of carnival food, we are reminded how dearly summer clings to its remaining weeks. The busyness of early summer has started to wind down, and if we are lucky enough we may be able to wrangle our children, grandchildren and other loved ones into joining us at one of our few remaining true American pastimes – the fair. So… in honor of this last-minute salute to summer, I wanted to share with you several projects that conjure the nostalgia of fairtime. These projects were created utilizing two of our very sweetest double-sided paper packs: Picnic and Home Grown. First, I will show you two cards and a scrapbook page from our Design Team, all using our Picnic Paper Pack (click on the images for supplies and instructions):

Strawberry Banner Friendship Card by Teresa Welch

Birthday Banner Card by Erica Hettwer

Birthday Banner Card by Erica Hettwer

Summer Fun by Susan Cobb

Summer Fun by Susan Cobb

I absolutely love the Picnic Paper Pack. The cheery colors and dainty patterns are so inviting that it almost feels like I am sitting in my great-grandmother’s kitchen (or consuming spoonfuls of award-winning strawberry jam – it’s wherever your fantasy takes you)! Next, here are two cards and a scrapbook page from our Design Team, this time using Hot Off The Press’ Home Grown Paper Pack (click on the images for supplies and instructions):

Smile Card by Susan Cobb

Smile Card by Susan Cobb

Sweet Treats by Ann Barba

Sweet Treats Card by Ann Barba

Peanut Butter & Jelly by LeNae Gerig

Peanut Butter & Jelly by LeNae Gerig

Wow – check out those layers on Susan’s Smile Card! Looks like it took a little time, but it’s a jaw-dropper! Another thing I love about these two paper packs is that they both transition easily from summer to fall, making them a really versatile addition to your paper collection.

In this week’s webisode, Paulette and Gail highlighted a few new fabulous tools, and I think we were all excited to learn that yes – Spectrum Noir™ pens do fit in the Perfect Airbrush color spritzer! You can use the Perfect Airbrush with all your favorite markers, and it’s so much simpler than airbrushing, especially if you are like me and love fast results! They also showed us a square cage cutting die from Inky Antics, and the Paper Blossoms Paper Tool Kit which allows you give your die-cuts shape and dimension  – very cool! I love the idea of three dimensional paper in general, and I heard from a little birdie that our upcoming Fall 2014 Paper Wishes® catalog will have some brand new cutting dies from Dee’s Distinctively that are specifically designed to take on fabulous shape with your paper shaping tools. It was a fun webisode, so be sure and watch it if you haven’t already!

Thank you for visiting our Paper Wishes Blog!

Have a great weekend, and I hope you all have the chance to create something wonderful!

Michelle

 

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Change, More Change and July’s Challenge Winner!

Welcome to August everyone! There is plenty to share this week! As you have probably already noticed, last week we updated the look of our website! We hope you’ll find it even easier to locate what you are looking for on our new, streamlined home page. Now, when you search our products you will have the ability to sort your search based upon price or how new the product is! We have also updated our product pages and now you can zoom in on every item! The link to our blog has moved to the blue bar at the bottom of the home page, along with a direct link to our message board, the Paper Wishes Forum! Our message board is an amazing, online community full of caring and creative people, some great projects and ideas, plus swaps and challenges!

Also, beginning this week, Amy will no longer be writing your Paper Wishes’ blog. We’ll miss her fabulous creativity and sense of humor, and we wish her all the best! As Paper Wishes’ editor and proofreader, I’ll continue to bring you all kinds of amazing, seasonal project ideas, and the very latest paper craft techniques. And fear not – I will also be sharing a brand new Design Challenge with you every month!

I’ll also be sure to give you the inside scoop on what is coming next from Paper Wishes so you will always be “in the loop!” Because trust me, there is always plenty of activity going on here at Paper Wishes!

If you enjoy challenges, be sure to click on the Straight from Paper Wishes thread at the top of the message board. This is where you will find our Monthly Design Challenge! Every month we give away a $15 Paper Wishes gift card to the member who submits the winning project! So be sure to check out the message board, and especially our Monthly Design Challenge. We would love to see you there, and your creativity could just win you $15 at Paper Wishes, and get your project featured right here in our Paper Wishes blog! For August, part of your challenge will be to create a project with an autumnal theme! I’m thinking back-to-school, I’m thinking fall leaves, and yes, I’m thinking FOOTBALL! A Seahawks card will score you bonus points! Kidding. Sort of. Click here to read more details about our August Monthly Design Challenge. Below I have added a few fall-themed projects just to set the mood! You can click on each image for a supply list and instructions.

Hello Card by Susan Cobb

Hello Card by Susan Cobb

Hello There Card by LeNae Gerig

Hello There Card by LeNae Gerig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Card by LeNae Gerig

Thanks Card by LeNae Gerig

Thanksgiving Family Recipe Folder by LeNae Gerig

Thanksgiving Family Recipe Folder by LeNae Gerig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And on a final, exciting note, I’d like to announce the big winner of our July Design Challenge, a Paper Wishes Forum regular:

Rhonda Swetlishoff of British Columbia!

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Congratulations! We absolutely loved your tea-riffic, monochromatic card! The metallic blue chalk and woven organdy ribbon really added some great, luxurious touches. Thank you for sharing!

Rhonda has been paper crafting since 1999 and she says, “I find that my papercrafting has improved over the years due to all the wonderful coordinating paper and embellishments that are available at Paper Wishes. These Hot Off The Press products are hot and so fun to play with!”

Thank you so much, Rhonda! That truly means a lot to receive such wonderful feedback from members like you! Now check out her winning project, below:

Rhonda's Winning Entry

Rhonda’s Winning Entry

As always, please feel free to share any thoughts or questions you may have in our blog comments section! We welcome your feedback!

Now – let’s all get out there and create something!

Michelle

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It’s Christmas in July!

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This week at Hot Off The Press we are celebrating Christmas in July! It’s that time of year where September begins to quietly sneak up on us. The kids will soon go back to school, and before you know it, you’re scrambling to finish up those Christmas cards! In honor of Christmas in July this year, I’m vowing to kick holiday procrastination to the curb, and to combat this I have some gorgeous holiday-themed cards and scrapbook layouts to show you. I hope they inspire you to get a head-start on some of your Christmas crafts as well!

Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without a sale, so I also made sure that all these projects feature products currently on sale now through Sunday! That’s right, now through Sunday you will receive 20% off on selected holiday items, and trust me – there’s a LOT to choose from!

Sunburst Quilt Christmas Card by Teresa Welch

Sunburst Quilt Christmas Card by Teresa Welch

This card features the Christmas Sweets Double-Sided Paper Pack and coordinating ribbons, both on sale. I absolutely love the “stitching” which Teresa cleverly drew on with a fine-tip marker! Sew, sew easy! Click here for project instructions!

Decorated Tree Christmas Card by Teresa Welch

Decorated Tree Christmas Card by Teresa Welch

Here is another card Teresa created using the same Christmas Sweets Double-Sided Paper Pack and the Fancy Christmas Tree Cutting Die by Paper Artist™. The die-cut tree is so elegant that it really doesn’t take much to dress it up – maybe just a few Red Jewel Dazzles, which are also on sale! Click here for project instructions!

Carter Family Christmas by Susan Cobb

Carter Family Christmas by Susan Cobb

This scrapbook layout features the same papers as the cards, and I love how Susan makes use of the Candy Cane Die-Cuts. She embellishes the entire page with adorable buttons (which somehow fell off of the project supply list, in case you were wondering) which gives the page a really cute, handmade look. Click here for instructions – and don’t forget to grab yourself a handful of buttons! For a totally different look, check out the following projects that were created using the Fresh Frost Double-Sided Paper Pack (also on sale):

Happy Birthday Card by Susan Cobb

Happy Birthday Card by Susan Cobb

Leave it to Susan to find a way to create an incredible birthday card from what are basically Christmas craft supplies! Here she uses Frosty Flakes 3D Foil Paper Tole to create stunning, wintery birthday card that would also work well for a man’s birthday! What a great lesson on how to look beyond the “intended purpose” of our papers and embellishments. Click here for instructions!

Snowflake Window Card by Teresa Welch

Snowflake Window Card by Teresa Welch

Teresa’s card (above) makes use of the Fresh Frost Double-Sided Paper Pack, Frosty Flakes 3D Foil Paper Tole, and the Paper Artist™ 3 Snowflakes Cutting Die Set. She used the cutting die set to create a snowflake window in the front of her card, which highlights the Frosty Flakes 3D Foil Paper Tole snowflake on the inside! And I can’t help but say it – I love the combination of papers she selected for this card.

Here’s one last piece of inside information for you… Just in case you are starting to feel guilty for mentally skipping past the entire season of fall – don’t! We have snuck plenty of harvest, autumn and Halloween-themed items into our Christmas Sale! Below is a greeting card created using some of our fall-themed sale items:

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Happy Harvest Card by Ann Barba

This card makes use of the Rich & Spicy Double-Sided Paper Pack, as well as our Copper Happy Harvest Dazzles™. Ann simply places her Dazzles™ onto white cardstock, trims around the Dazzles™ edge, and then colors in the white areas with markers. An easy way to end up with custom-colored embellishments for your cards and scrapbook pages! Click here for project instructions, and scroll to the bottom.

So here are some ideas to get you excited for the holidays, and hopefully you will use this chance to save 20% on the papers, cardmaking supplies, stamps and other crafting stuff you would end up purchasing anyway (and don’t be afraid to use your Christmas stash early)! Please click on Christmas in July, and join my crusade to end up with a stack of gorgeous, handcrafted Christmas cards that actually make it to the post office in time for them to be enjoyed all December long!

Amy

 

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Paper Wishes Scrapbooking Classes Personal Shopper Kits!

Don’t you love getting surprises in the mail? So do I! That’s why I am so in love with our Personal Shopper Kits! Every month you will have a package filled with yummy crafting goodies sent directly to your door! I love seeing that box in my mailbox, and opening it is just like Christmas!!! Each kit includes a newsletter overflowing with amazing project ideas from our HOTP Designers (including complete instructions), as well as tips and techniques! We have several kits to choose from, depending on your crafting interests.

One of my very favorite kits is our monthly Scrapbooking Classes Personal Shopper! For starters, each month in your kit you will receive 24 stunning 12″x12″ patterned scrapbooking papers! 12 of your papers come from a never-before-seen Hot Off The Press paper pack that has not yet been released, and 12 are signature papers designed exclusively for Scrapbooking Classes members! Your Scrapbooking Classes newsletter will then guide you through the steps to create 8 unique scrapbook pages, plus a greeting card!

Not only are you getting fresh ideas for your scrapbook layouts, but you are also learning the very latest techniques straight from our designers! The Scrapbooking Classes kit also includes lots of fun extras each month, including matching embellishments for your scrapbook pages, and some of the latest crafting products. In the last 6 months, our Scrapbooking Classes members have received some very cool products with their kits including Scrapbooking Dazzles™, clear acrylic stamps, paper tole die-cuts, mini templates, embossing paste, embossing tinsel, stencils and more!!! All in addition to the 24 papers and blank 5″x6 1/2″ card and envelope that are always included. Trust me, this kit will boost your scrapping skills and you will always stay current on the latest products and trends. So now is the perfect time to tackle that scrapbook I know you’ve been meaning to work on! Here are just a couple of the amazing pages that have been featured in recent kits:

 

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Nature Girl layout by LeNae Gerig

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LeNae shows us a technique to create a custom-colored Dazzles™ butterfly sticker!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature Walk Layout by Gail Booth

Nature Walk layout by Gail Booth

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Gail shows us how to combine double-sided adhesive sheets and glitter to create these sparkly dragonfly accents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture Perfect Memories layout by Gail Booth

Picture Perfect Memories layout by Gail Booth

 

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Gail shows us how to highlight Hammered Gold specialty paper with black ink!

So maybe you’re thinking, those are great but—I’m not a scrapbooker! It’s OK. We’ve got you covered. Paper Wishes offers a monthly or every-other-month kit to suit your style of crafting! So whether you enjoy cardmaking, stamping, or creating projects with templates, stencils, cutting dies or embossing folders, we have a Personal Shopper kit just for you! Do you LOVE embellishing your projects with Dazzles™ or Paper Tole? Yep—we have a kit for you as well. Your Personal Shopper craft kits will always come with the latest projects, innovative techniques, designer inside tips, AND did I mention the special “Members Only” pricing? Just for being a part of our Personal Shopper family, you will receive a special reduced price on one or more of our products with every kit.

I also love giving these kits as gifts to my family and friends. They’re just perfect for the crafter in your life who would like to try something new, and they are also great for those of us who appreciate the convenience of having the latest products come straight to us! Go to our Paper Wishes Personal Shopper page to learn more about our various kits, and see all the fabulous products, techniques and ideas that could be arriving on your doorstep! Please feel free to share your thoughts or questions in the comments section below, and watch for a more in-depth look at other Paper Wishes Personal Shopper kits in future blogs. Happy Crafting!

Amy

 

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Week Of Webisodes Stamp Camp!

Week Of Webisodes: Stamp Camp is finally here! A whole week of fantastic techniques and ideas to help kick start your creativity! Week of Webisodes (WOW) is an exciting event where we share five whole days of webisodes with our crafting family, focusing on a particular theme or papercraft. This week’s spotlight is on stamping, and WOW doesn’t even begin to describe the wealth of stamping ideas and techniques that will be presented. First off, the latest addition to our Stamp Camp series, Teresa’s Stamp Camp DVD #3 is featured, and it includes some of the many great techniques we will show this week. Teresa’s Stamp Camp DVD #3 includes 100 projects and 62 innovative stamping techniques, and Paulette and Gail are going to give everyone a sneak peek of what you can expect from this DVD! It’s going to be a fun-filled week of projects, and a goldmine of fresh ideas and inspiration that you won’t want to miss. Throughout the week you’ll also get to see a wide variety of stamping techniques from our HOTP designers as well! There is sure to be something new for you to try out!

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Here’s just a brief sampling of some of the fabulous cards you’ll see featured in our Stamp Camp webisodes! You’ll see projects created by Teresa Welch, as well as our incredibly talented HOTP Design Team!

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The projects below are featured in Stamp Camp Day 2: The Creative Palette. If you are not familiar with the Creative Monoprinting Palette, then listen up, because here is a product with basically infinite creative potential. Use the palette to mix colored inks and paints, create patterns and add unique effects with alcohol, water and other mediums. Press your paper, cardstock, stamps, brayers or anything else into your custom color, and use them to create gorgeous, one-of-a-kind projects and artwork.

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Click here for project instructions.

Be sure to hop on over to our Weekly Webisode Gallery and start watching these exciting, technique-packed videos! I promise you will walk away feeling inspired to try your own hand at many of these super fun techniques, and ready to create your own work of art!

Happy Crafting!

Amy

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Do You Dream In Dazzles™?

I really hope that all of you are already familiar with Dazzles™! They really are a fundamental component of many, many (dare I say all?) of the cards, scrapbook pages, gift tags, wall hangings and other paper crafts that we create here at Hot Off The Press, and for good reason! They truly are the most versatile “sticker” embellishment in the crafting cosmos! And it just so happens that right now they are on sale at www.PaperWishes.com until Sunday, July 13th, so that makes it a great time to stock up on more Dazzles™, or to try them out for your first time, whichever the case may be! In case you have never used Dazzles™ (and even if you have) I’d like to share a brief sampling of just some of the ways Dazzles™ can be used to enhance all your paper crafts.

 

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For starters, these tough plastic-y stickers are frequently described by Hot Off the Press’ customers as durable, forgiving, and foolproof. They are very high-quality and have a bit of thickness to them and therefore will not tear as you pull them off their sheet. Dazzles™ also allow for a bit of repositioning in case you don’t place them perfectly the first time. They adhere soundly to your projects, lending them a finished look – almost reminiscent of heat-embossing!

 

A typical Dazzles™ sheet includes large images perfect as card and scrapbook focals, and as accents that highlight your favorite photos. Also included are accent images, borders and/or sentiments. Below is a scrapbook page designed by Susan Cobb. I love her use of these camera Dazzles™ to draw the focus (pun intended) to the photo itself.

 

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This scrapbook page was a project in June’s Scrapbooking Personal Shopper kit! Visit www.PaperWishesPS.com to learn more about monthly scrapbooking kits!

 

One of the coolest features of Dazzles™ has got to be “backing.” Backing is how we refer to placing your Dazzles™ sticker onto a sheet of paper and then trimming around the Dazzles™ edge, leaving you with a beautiful filled-in image that can then be glued or foam taped onto your projects. I totally love having yet another way to use all those fun papers that I can’t seem to stop acquiring! As you can imagine, our card designers can get quite creative with their backing, piecing different papers onto the same Dazzles™ sticker, resulting in a beautiful, multi-colored image! Specialty holographic papers are also perfect for backing as they can add an exciting visual burst to projects, and can be strategically added to mimic shining light. Here is Ann Barba’s “Happy Birthday Holographic Card” which shows a Dazzles™ paper-piecing technique using holographic paper!

 

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Click here for instructions.

 

In addition to backing/paper-piecing, you can also create custom colored Dazzles™ by inking them with a product such as SurfaceZ or StazOn® inks. You can also place them onto white or ivory cardstock and color in the open areas with Spectrum Noir alcohol pens, Art Grip Watercolor pencils, watercolors or whatever you enjoy using. The raised plastic edges work well to retain your color, and to prevent bleeding and unwanted blending. Below, LeNae colored her Dazzles™ in with Spectrum Noir alcohol pens. The following card (also by LeNae) features a Dazzles™ that she backed onto a light-colored patterned paper and then colored in with Art Grip Watercolor Pencils. Sometimes we are hesitant to color onto something that is already patterned, but LeNae shows us how great this combination can turn out!

 

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Click here for instructions.

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This card was a project in our March Premiere Dazzles™ Personal Shopper kit! Visit www.PaperWishesPS.com to learn more about monthly Personal Shopper kits!

 

You can also place your Dazzles™ onto something besides paper or cardstock – say double-sided adhesive sheets! Once you have done that, you can fill in the open, now-sticky areas with glitter, or even copper leaf as Susan has done in her “Soar Card,” below. So many options! You can even flip your Dazzles™ over and glitter the adhesive side! Burnish well, and you now have a shimmering, sparkling Dazzles™ ready to do your creative bidding!

 

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Click here for instructions.

 

I asked our team of Hot Off The Press designers which Dazzles™ they loved and used the most, and I received some great feedback. Debbie said that Dazzles™ Words were important, and rightly so! What could be simpler than choosing your perfect word, phrase or sentiment and placing it directly onto your card or project?! Gail also shared that she frequently uses Jewel Dazzles™ and Jewel Border Dazzles™ which add just the right amount of sparkle without the hassle of inserting a brad and creasing your project or having to hide the flanges. Dazzles™ allow you to skip all the hassle, and conveniently provide the bling without the bump! Especially nice when you want to mail your cards. I love the Jewel Dazzles™ that accent Gail’s “Spread Your Wings Card” below. There is also a Jewel Border Dazzles™ running along the left side of the card. Very striking!

 

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Click here for instructions.

 

Now, there is one more thing that you must know about – the Dazzles™ “innie.” When you peel off your Dazzles™ sticker, you are left with a vacated space. Trim around the edge of that space, and you have yourself a whole additional Dazzles™ image to use! Luckily, the folks at Hot Off The Press try to think of everything, and so they have included in every package of Dazzles™ an innie transfer sheet to make it super easy to use all of those innies, in essence doubling your Dazzles™ sticker sheet! Dazzles™ also include a project idea, tips and techniques in each package so you are really set up for success!

 

Obviously I could go on and on. There is a Dazzles™ sticker to compliment absolutely any and every project, and our graphic designers are constantly dreaming up more new Dazzles™ to help spur our creativity. And right now through Sunday, July 13th,  if you buy 4 (or more) Dazzles™ at www.PaperWishes.com, you will receive 20% off all your Dazzles™!

 

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Honestly, they are your perfect embellishment, with so much value in terms of their quality and the sheer number of stickers and innies (which I lovingly call your sticker “mileage”), as well as your decorating options, and of course, the visual impact! And all for not-very-much money! So there you have it. Take a moment to browse through Hot Off The Press’ Dazzles™ because there’s just no excuse not to have a few of these essential embellishments on hand! Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Amy

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Girlfriends Getaway

Do you know what’s coming up in September? Once again, it’s that time of year… time for Hot Off The Press’ Annual GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY! The single greatest crafting day of the year!!! If you live anywhere reasonably close to Canby, Oregon (or even if you aren’t so close!) you owe it to yourself to join us at this year’s HUGE annual crafting event.

If you’ve never joined us for Girlfriends Getaway, then let me give you an idea of what you can expect. When you arrive, you’ll be welcomed by the friendliest people who are completely excited to see you there! You’ll be surrounded by tables brimming with lots of yummy products, and a prize table that seems to go on FOREVER! Last year was my first year attending, and I had the most amazing time! The atmosphere is so welcoming and friendly that it truly feels like you are hanging out with 70 of your closest girlfriends.

The day is overflowing with boundless creativity, and your goodie box is TO DIE FOR! Your crafting supplies come in a pizza box packed with everything you need to create the day’s projects and Paulette guides you through each project with step-by-step instruction. And just to add to the excitement, after each project there is a drawing for even more free goodies and gift bags! Our projects included both cards and scrapbook pages, plus a really unique specialty project, and last year we used some really fun products like embossing paste and microglitter–included in your crafting supplies, of course!

Whether you consider  yourself a cardmaker, a scrapbooker, or a papercrafter, you are going to have an incredible time. I can’t wait to see what Paulette has in store for us this year! It’s a day you can’t miss, so grab your favorite girlfriends and sign up by contacting Lori at lsesko@hotp.com, or come alone and make new friends who share your enthusiasm for combining fun and paper! Either way, you don’t want to miss this once-a-year crafting event. Space is limited and we are filling up fast so be sure to reserve your seat soon! We can’t wait to see you there!

Amy

 

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June Designers Challenge Winner

We are happy to announce this months Winner for the Paper Wishes® Designers Challenge in the message board! Each month crafters are given a few challenges to go along with a sketch. This month for the Designer Challenge crafters were asked to showcase texture, layers, and embellishments! The winning card definitely met all these criteria, and then some!!! The winner for June is . . . . .

JUDY H

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Judy used Paper Artist Flower Frenzy cutting die from the June Cutting Die Personal Shopper kit to create these beautiful blooms! We just love the layers she used to create this lovely card! Judy used a variety of Dazzles™ to add sparkle to this card, such as Get Well Gold Dazzles™ , Gold Thin Line Dazzles™, Pink Jewel Dazzles™, Teal Jewel Dazzles™ and Purple Jewel Dazzles™!   Judy’s use of all those Dazzles are absolutely perfect . . . . but then again I think you can NEVER have too many Dazzles!  Congratulations Judy!

 

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Join us on our message board our monthly designers challenge! You’ll be able to chat with other crafters, and be inspired to create you own one of kind projects!

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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!