2016 World Card Making Day Winners!

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Congratulations to Linda & Daria who won our 2016 World Card Making Day Contest with these gorgeous cards! They definitely capture the spirit of Thankfulness and will each receive a gift certificate to Paper Wishes. As always, all your entries were submitted to the Paper Wishes staff yesterday who voted for their favorites. It was fun to see so many beautiful cards in so many different styles! You are truly a talented bunch!!

I also wanted to say congratulations to Judy Headrick who won the World Card Making Day Challenge over on our Message Board! Their challenge was to create an interactive or multi-fold Halloween card, and Judy knocked it out of the park with her Halloween Booklet Card:

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Judy will also receive a Paper Wishes gift certificate! So much creativity—nicely done, ladies!

A big THANK YOU to absolutely everyone who participated and made this contest a big success! Also, just a reminder that today is our first ever What’s NEW Wednesday! Click the image below to see everything new this week!

Happy Fall!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Something NEW for Wednesdays!

 

The rumors are true—there will be no October Paper Wishes catalog!

To bring you even more new products and ideas AND to make it easier for you to shop, Paper Wishes is  excited to announce we’ll be adding NEW items every week! Just look for:

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  • Every Wednesday, we’ll be adding fabulous & creative new items to our site for you to shop anytime!

 

  • Now, you don’t have to wait for a new catalog—just visit us every Wednesday to see the latest arrivals.

 

  • “What’s NEW Wednesday” kicks off on this coming Wednesday, October 5th so be sure to come back & join us in one week to discover what’s new including new cutting dies from Hot Off The Press, new Thanksgiving stamps and lots more!

 

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Just one of our new dies available on October 5th!

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Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you this coming Wednesday!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Join Us for World Cardmaking Day 2016!!!

 

The arrival of fall means that World Cardmaking Day is just around the corner, and this year it falls on Saturday, October 1st! In the past, we’ve done sketch challenges, but this year I thought we’d try something new.

Working at Paper Wishes, I’m thankful everyday for the love, support and creativity that comes directly from our Paper Wishers. You applaud and cheer our successes, and if we make a mistake, together we work to make it right (hey, no one’s perfect)! But above and beyond that, your creativity is practically infinite! You post pictures in our galleries, on Facebook and even mail us the amazing projects you create. You’ve created a wonderful community on the Paper Wishes Message Board where you connect and craft with boundless enthusiasm. You travel from out-of-state to attend our local Girlfriends Getaway just to create with us!

You choose Paper Wishes, and support Hot Off The Press products. And that’s the biggest (and most humbling) reward because truly, we’re here to inspire your creative spirit. When you buy our products, it means we’ve done our job.

 

Some of our girlfriends! 🙂

 

So this year for World Cardmaking Day, I thought I’d challenge you all to create cards around a simple theme: Thankfulness.

While you could also be inspired by the season, this “thankfulness” theme can be interpreted any way you wish! Maybe it’s a fall-themed greeting card, but it could also be a  “thank you” card! Or a special card created just for someone you’re thankful for. Whatever you decide, we want you to join us in creating a special Thankfulness card!

 

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Post your card(s) here in the comments, or post them to our Facebook WCMD event page! Our contest closes on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 8am PST so you have one week to express your creativity and show us what “thankfulness” means to you. I can’t wait to see!

Thank you all for being part of the Paper Wishes family!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

***PS*** The Paper Wishes Message Board will be hosting even more World Cardmaking Day fun—view the details here!!!

Stop by and register to join our Message Board community (it’s free!) for all kinds of cardmaking and scrapbooking fun! They’ll definitely keep you inspired with unique swaps, challenges and activities year round!

Once you’ve registered, check out Sam’s post on getting started: New To The Board? Start Here!

 

See those pink shirts? Say hello to some of the Paper Wishes Message Board!

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LeNae & Michelle Explore A “Magic Kingdom!”

Somehow we’re (amazingly) already halfway through September! Next week we say goodbye to summer & hello to fall. This week LeNae wanted to document some of the summer fun that she had, so she headed out to the Paper Wishes warehouse to find the perfect scrapbook supplies—and I tagged along! Watch below to see what we found:

 

 

Wow! Who knew there were so many hidden treasures out there?! I can’t wait to go back for more! But in the meanwhile, here’s a peek at LeNae’s album cover and one of the layouts she created:

 

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Buy These Supplies Here!

 

For the album cover, remove the posts and sheet protectors from the album. Lay it right side up and flat on a protected surface. Apply the surface of a “juicy” black ink pad directly onto the album (or you could cover with acrylic paint). Run a line of Tacky Glue along the back of the ribbon and place along the spine; let dry.

Use a pen knife to make a small cut through the ribbon where the post holes are located. Place the sheet protectors back in album and replace the posts.

To decorate the album, glue the 6”x6” Magic Kingdom Mickey banner paper onto red cardstock, leaving 3/8” borders. Glue to the album front. Glue the large die-cut ticket to the cover, and foam tape balloons and star die-cuts as shown. Write or print on the small ticket die-cuts; glue and foam tape to the lower right album corner.

 

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Cut cardstock to 8”x8” and glue 6”x6” Magic Kingdom papers off-set as shown. Use Zots™ to secure the chipboard to the pages. Back the Dazzles™ onto white cardstock and cut out. Color Mickey Mouse Dazzles™ with markers.

Sounds easy, and what a fun look! This certainly makes me want to scrapbook some of our family’s summer adventures! If you love what LeNae’s created, you’re in luck because we’ve created a special-priced bundle just for you! Here’s what LeNae used:

 

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Click here to view this collection—only $19.99!

 

It’s absolutely perfect for a trip to Disneyland or Disney World, and it’s also perfect for kids, grandkids and kids at heart! 🙂

Let us know if you liked our warehouse adventure in the comments below!

 

Take care!

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Paper Wishes Celebrates “Live Creative” Day!

September 14th is National Live Creative Day and we all know that creativity comes in many, many forms! The people who work at Paper Wishes are certainly a creative bunch, and their creativity is manifested in lots of ways beyond card making and papercrafting (although there’s lots of that too). I’d like to share with you some of the people I work with here at Paper Wishes, and the creative endeavors that they pursue!

LeNae is a member of our Design Team, and as of this September, she’s been at Paper Wishes for 22 years! She is all kinds of creative, and environmentally conscious as well. She felted an old wool sweater in hot water and sewed it into a very pretty tote bag!

 

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Meet Melissa from Customer Service! Her customer service skills are surpassed only by her fabulous sense of humor and possibly her horsemanship! Here she is riding while wearing what’s been dubbed as the “Hel-hat!” Melissa created this striking helmet/hat combo to protect herself from falls as well as sunburn! Very creative!

 

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Kelly is one of our wonderful, irreplaceable Warehouse Assistants, and she’s also an incredibly gifted quilter! Here are two of her latest projects—a couple of fall-themed mini quilts!

 

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Brittany is our new Editor/Proofer and she probably has one of the most decorated offices here! She has created lots of rustic-yet-glittery art for her walls—here she is with one of her favorite, colorful accents!

 

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You all know Gail from our webisodes, and she’s a true artist! Here are just two of the many drawings and illustrations she’s created.

 

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The Christmas Tree is from a series of drawings she created for her family, and “Disconnected” is an illustration that was published in Perceptions, a local art & poetry publication. Here’s a closeup!

 

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Next up is Cristina from Marketing! She uses her Silhouette Cameo to create amazing invitations, signs & more! Here’s one of her recent projects…

 

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Victoria, another longtime member of the Paper Wishes team, creates our Paper Wishes catalogs, Personal Shopper newsletters and lots more! An avid spinner and knitter, she hand knitted this shawl from silk & wool yarn she spun herself—wow!!

 

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And finally, here’s me! After photographing everybody else, I figured I’d better pony up with something too! Here are a couple of the cards I’ve had fun making recently!

 

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AND I plan on making even more cards at Girlfriends Getaway on Sept. 17th! This year I’ll get to be there, along with my mom, to get in on the fun and hopefully provide a little behind-the-scenes coverage!

This is a sold-out event, but you can still craft along with us by ordering the 2016 Girlfriends Getaway Kit! The kit comes with everything you need to create the same projects we will make at Girlfriends Getaway PLUS you get Paulette’s DVD that guides you through step by step! There is a limited number of kits and soon you’ll be able to sign up to be notified when the kit becomes available so stay tuned! 😀

What will we be making at Girlfriends Getaway this year? I’m glad you asked because I have one more creative item to share with you! Susan from our Design Team came up with this fabulous clock (yes, a real clock!) that everyone who attends Girlfriends Getaway (or orders the kit) will have a chance to make—take a look!

 

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I love this, and I can’t wait to create one at Girlfriends Getaway! I hope you enjoyed getting to meet some of the Paper Wishes team, and we hope that you will find a special way to celebrate National Live Creative Day! Let us know what you’ll be creating in the comments below—share a photo if you have one! We’d love to see!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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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!

 

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Joy Card from Gail Booth

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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

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Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers

 

Christmas Wonder Foiled Fancies™

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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

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Flowers & Lace Foiled Fancies™

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

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Click here for Susan’s instructions!

 

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

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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

 

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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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