Final Update: Paper Wishes LIVE Schedule!!!

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Happy Friday to everyone!!! Due to Memorial Day, today’s our last working day before Paper Wishes LIVE so it’s going to be busy! We’ll be going over all the final details and getting lots and lots of BRAND NEW products and projects ready to show you. And when I say lots and lots, I mean it’s going to be like a webisode x10. We did our final test run yesterday, and there was definitely a sense of excitement in the air! Now we just need Sara and our special guest to arrive ;)! Below you’ll find the final schedule.

(Note: All times are Pacific Standard Time)

9 am—10 am: PREMIERE: New Inside/Out Cards from Hot Off The Press!
(plus Vellum Magic, Double-Stick Dazzles™ stickers, Fancy Feathers Collection)

10 am—10:30 am: Break

10:30 am—11:30 am: PREMIERE: New Templates & New Dazzles™ from Hot Off The Press
(plus Never-Before-Seen Dazzles™, Father’s Day Special)

11:30 am—noon: Break

12 pm—1 pm: PREMIERE: New Die-Cut Cards & New Embossing Folders from Hot Off The Press
(plus Sara Naumann’s Mixed Media Made Easy DVD, and Special Guest with a Special Kit!)

We realize that many of you may be busy or at work on Tuesday, so YES—the Paper Wishes LIVE hourly segments will be recorded and available for viewing later in the day. We’ve got you covered! Can’t wait to see you all at PaperWishes.com for Paper Wishes LIVE on Tuesday starting at 9am PST/12pm EST!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Behind-the-Scenes: Paper Wishes LIVE Test Run!

Testing! Testing! Paper Wishes will be going LIVE in less than two weeks! Holy moly! Everyone here has been busy getting ready for the big day and there’s so much to get done! Our camera man, John, has his hands full getting the Paper Wishes studio ready, from painting to installing new microphones to raising the cameras—whew!

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Today we held our first test run to make sure that everything happens as it should, and I thought I’d share a quick picture that our Marketing Manager Cristina took as she tuned in to our practice session!

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While it looks like Paulette is just playing around, she was actually testing the white table background, while Gail carefully supervises. Doing this practice run has me even more excited than I was before! Be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 26th (the day after Memorial Day) and we’ll see you there at 9am PST—LIVE! You won’t want to miss the techniques, the projects or the fun times! We can’t wait!

 

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Artful Watercolor Card Making Project Using Triple Label Easel Template

Hello everyone! After all of the National Scrapbooking Day excitement, I feel that a great card making project is definitely in order! Our last Week of Webisodes was full of Ann Barba’s stunning projects, and here’s one of my favorites! This card was featured on Day 1: New HOTP Templates. Ann used a couple of brand new products from Hot Off The Press including the new Label Triple Easel Card template, along with our so, so pretty Artful Watercolor scrapbooking papers – take a look!

Happy Birthday To You Label Triple Easel Card by Ann Barba

Happy Birthday To You Label Triple Easel Card by Ann Barba (Flat Card Showing Large Label)

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Front View of Medium Label

Front View of Small Label

Front View of Small Label

Designer’s Tip: On easel cards, it’s fun to have things going above the easels (or labels in this case) so that you can easily see them once the card is fully set up. And the little bird on the smallest label is actually part of the background paper!

Supplies:

  • Label Triple Easel Card Template (link)
  • Made By Me Stamps (link)
  • Artful Watercolor Paper Pack (link)
  • Artful Watercolor Ribbons (link)
  • 8″x8″ Cardstock (link)
  • Ivory 3mm adhesive pearls (link)
  • Zing! Lavender Opaque Embossing Powder (link)
  • VersaMark™ ink pad (link)
  • Jet Black StazOn® ink pad (link)
  • acrylic block (link)
  • heat gun (link)
  • Perfect Printing Pouch (link)
  • white cardstock (link)
  • Zots™ adhesive dots (link)
  • glue stick (link)
  • foam tape (link)
  • scissors (link)
  • craft knife (link)
  • metal-edged ruler (link)
  • cutting mat (link)
  • fine-tip black pen (link)

Instructions:

  1. Cut all 3 bases out of white cardstock. Score and fold along the fold lines.
  2. Large base: Fold the base closed; place with the fold on the top. Cover the top section (above the middle score line) with dark purple textured paper.
    Medium base: Cover the top section with dark purple watercolor paper.
    Small base: Cover the top section with blue watercolor paper.
  3. Large label: Cut the label from purple floral paper and mat on pink cardstock, leaving a 1/16″ border. Cut a medium label from pink/purple watercolor paper. Swipe the Perfect Printing Pouch over it. Stamp a swirl in the upper right and lower left with VersaMark™ ink. Stamp the greeting in the center. Emboss with lavender embossing powder. Mat onto teal cardstock with a 1/16″ border. Foam tape to the center of the large label. Cut around one of the white flowers on the purple floral paper. Mount it on purple cardstock and trim close around the edges (leave no border). Foam tape the flower to the upper left of the large label, overlapping the medium label (you’ll need 2 layers of foam tape toward the outer edges). Apply 3mm adhesive pearls around the center of the white flower and 1 on each swirl as shown. Tie a bow with the tan and fuchsia twine and Zot™ to the bottom right of the medium label.
  4. Medium label: Cut the medium label from watercolor ephemera paper with a half of a butterfly wing showing on the left side. Mat onto teal cardstock with a 1/16″ border. Stamp “Count your life by smiles, not tears” on blue watercolor paper, and cut out in a rectangle. Mat on purple watercolor paper with a 1/16″ border and foam tape to the right side of the label. Add a small row of adhesive pearls to the top right and bottom left of the sentiment.
  5. Small label: Place the small label shape of the template over the watercolor ephemera paper with the green bird going off the top left of the label. Trace the label with a pencil. Remove the template and cut around the label and around the bird. Erase any pencil lines. Mat the piece on pink cardstock, leaving a 1/16″ border around the label shape but no border around the bird. Stamp “Count your age by friends, not years” on purple watercolor paper, and cut out in a rectangle. Mat on teal cardstock with a 1/16″ border and foam tape to the right side of the label as shown. Add a small row of adhesive pearls above and below the sentiment.
  6. Assembly: Assemble all the pieces (except the stopper) of the Triple Label Easel card according to the template instructions.
  7. Covering the bases: Cut 4″x4 5/8″ horizontal stripe paper. Slice 1 3/8″ off the top and glue it to the space between the large and medium easels, sliding it slightly underneath the fold of the medium easel base. Slice off another 1 1/8″ and glue in between the medium and small easels, sliding it slightly underneath the fold of the small easel base so that no white is showing. Try to match it up perfectly with the previous piece. With the remaining 2 1/8″ of stripe paper, cover the front section under the small easel, aligning it with the previous strip so that no white is showing. Trim any excess.
  8. Stopper: Stamp the “Homemade with love” label on blue watercolor paper, and cut around. Mat on purple watercolor, leaving a rectangle mat. Mount on white cardstock (for sturdiness), leaving no border. Foam tape centered to the card, 1/4″ from the bottom edge. Sign the label before delivering.

I love this card for a lot of reasons, but I really appreciate how many elements actually came from the paper itself. Our art director, Kyla, shared with me that these papers actually feature hundreds of individual layers of artwork, and that’s one of the reasons these papers can truly stand alone. Any embellishing just takes them to the next level, making these papers an awesome choice for easy, gorgeous card making!

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I would like to wish all our moms out there a beautiful day! Moms (and Grandmas too!) are so busy these days. Being a mother of three girls under three years old, I get it! So relax and let everything go for just one day and who knows? Maybe you will get to make a big, crafty mess with the perfect excuse to leave those supplies out!

Happy Mother’s Day! And to my own mom who just had to be in Hawaii for Mother’s Day, “Aloha!”

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

PS – Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Paper Wishes Live on May 26th!

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National Scrapbooking Day Challenge Winner!!!

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in our National Scrapbooking Day Sketch Challenge!!! It was such a pleasure getting to see the wonderful work that everyone put into their pages! It’s also a privilege to share in these small snapshots from our readers’ lives, so thank you!

I printed off all the entries for Paulette and our design team to place their votes, and a winner has emerged!

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Winning NSD Challenge Page from Marilyn Shaw

First place and a $25.00 gift certificate for Paper Wishes goes to Marilyn Shaw for her “I’m Lovin’ It!” scrapbook page! Congratulations!!! Marilyn says, “I used the Trail Blazer paper and Dazzles™ from my Scrapbooking Personal Shopper. I used stamping as my technique using the Artful Affirmations Stamp set. Gold specialty paper. My daughter sent me this picture of my grandson, Leo. She took it with her cell phone so its not the best photography, but I really loved the picture.”

Well done, Marilyn! This page was so striking, and I loved how you cleverly rotated the sketch 90 degrees! The super cute grandbaby wasn’t hurting your odds, either. Just saying :)! So congratulations again, Marilyn, and I’ll be emailing you soon about your prize!

Thanks again to everyone who participated, and please be sure to sign up on the left for our blog email list! It’s the best way to find out about future Paper Wishes contests, events, and and of course, new project ideas!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Paper Wishes Goes LIVE!!!!!

*** NOTICE: If you’re looking to submit your National Scrapbooking Day (NSD) Sketch Challenge entry, please post a photo of your page in the comments section of the NSD Sketch Challenge posting, here.

You still have all weekend to join in on the National Scrapbooking Day fun! At the bottom of this post, see the two different sketches — you can print them off and refer to them for Paper Wishes National Scrapbooking Day Challenge! Submit your entry before 8am PST on Monday, May 4th.

BUT! The fun won’t end after National Scrapbooking Day. Later on this month, Paper Wishes will be doing something we have never done before! On Tuesday, May 26th, Paper Wishes’ website will be going LIVE! You’ll be able to catch Paulette along with guest designers Ann Barba, Gail Booth and Sara Naumann as they show you some incredible projects and new techniques with the very latest products from Paper Wishes!

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This live event celebrates the launch of totally new die-cut card packs and card making templates, as well as our brand new “Inside Out” Die-Cut Cards! (These are so new, I don’t even know what they are yet – so that should be an exciting surprise!)

For our webisode viewers, it will be like a webisode, but 100% LIVE. No second takes, no editing. I hope to be there just to watch the fun unfold! And when you join in, you’ll have a front row seat to all the project ideas, technique tutorials and and what could be a decent amount of live-camera kookiness. As always, we’ll also be offering money-saving bundles if you’d like to create the amazing cards and scrapbook pages that will be featured.

We’d also like to invite you to comment along on our Blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and your comment or question could be answered live! Don’t miss this web event at PaperWishes.com on Tuesday, May 26th (the day after Memorial Day)! It’s going to be a whole lot of wild, creative fun and we can’t wait to see you there!

Stay tuned for more details, and this weekend I hope you take a little time to create something you love—like a scrapbook page ;-)!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

PS – Here are the National Scrapbooking Day sketches to print!

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Get Ready! National Scrapbooking Day Sketch Challenge!

Happy Tuesday to you all! My head has finally stopped spinning after last week’s release of Hot Off The Press’ four amazing new scrapbooking collections, and the timing couldn’t be any better because this Saturday, May 2nd is National Scrapbooking Day!

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by Susan Cobb (click here for instructions)

 

Paper Wishes is hosting our National Scrapbooking Day Sketch Challenge and it begins today!! We’ve made it super easy to participate. There are two layout sketches to choose from—just pick a sketch, pick a technique, and start scrappin’! It doesn’t have to be incredibly technical – around here, the word “technique” really runs the gamut. So just go for it! When you’re done, simply post a photo of your page and your supply list in the comments section below, and you could win $25 to Paper Wishes! Here are the details:

 

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In the crafting world, this is about as close as it gets to an actual holiday without it actually being one. And Paper Wishes has everything you’ll need to make it the best National Scrapbooking Day ever—from supplies to inspiration to product support! Most of us create scrapbooks as a way to preserve and celebrate our happiest moments. National Scrapbooking Day is the perfect excuse to spend a little time and creativity on some of your favorite memories—the important thing is to just get started!

I included the page above to get those scrapbook wheels turning, and you can click the image to see exactly how it was created using Hot Off The Press’ brand new Artful Watercolor scrapbooking papers! For even more scrapbooking inspiration, check out our Week of Webisodes with truly incredible project ideas every single day this week!

I hope you’re super excited to choose a sketch and create your very own National Scrapbooking Day page! Remember, post a photo of your page in the comments section below by 8am on Monday, May 4th for a chance to win $25 to Paper Wishes! Post any questions you might have too! Now, let’s pop the tops off those glue sticks and start celebrating!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

PS – Here are the National Scrapbooking Day sketches to print!

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PROJECT: Heart Triple Easel Card from Teresa Welch

Today I’m sharing with you an incredible card from designer Teresa Welch (and I’m pretty certain that incredible is the only kind of card that woman makes!) It was featured on our webisode back in January – take a look!

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Supplies:

  • Emma’s Garden Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers (link)
  • Dark brown cardstock (link)
  • Emma’s Flower Garden Dazzles™ Stickers (link)
  • Heart Triple Easel Die-Cut Cards (link)
  • 5 mm ivory pearl stickers (link)
  • 3 mm ivory pearl stickers (link)
  • Foam tape (link)
  • Adhesive (link)

Instructions: 

  1. For the card: Place your large base with the fold at the top. Glue 4 3/8″x2 5/8″ Emma’s Garden tan diamonds paper centered on 4½”x2¾” dark brown cardstock. Glue to the large base along the upper fold. Place 4 3/8″ Dazzles™ border across the tan diamonds paper ¼” from the top. Cover the inside with Emma’s Garden brown diamonds paper.
  2. Place your medium base with the fold at the top and cover the inside with brown diamonds paper. Place your small base with the fold at the top and cover the inside with brown diamonds paper. Glue the bottom edge of the medium base centered along the bottom edge inside the large base. Glue the small base centered along the bottom edge inside the medium base.
  3. Place a corner flower Dazzles™ on the Emma’s Garden papers shown. Cut along the Dazzles™ edges as shown and glue to the lower right corner. Back the single flower Dazzles™ as shown and place on the lower left. Foam tape a 5/8″ Dazzles™ flower centered near the bottom edge as shown.
  4. For the large heart: Cover the large heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the large heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden teal floral paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the flower Dazzles™ shown with Emma’s Garden papers and glue as shown. Place “hello friend” Dazzles™ across the center. Place the pearls on the flower centers as shown, and set aside.
  5. For the medium heart: Cover the medium heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the medium heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden tan diamonds paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the Dazzles™ rose with Emma’s Garden papers and glue as shown. Place two small Dazzles™ flowers and pearls as shown, and set aside.
  6. For the small heart: Cover the small heart die-cut with dark brown cardstock. Trace the small heart pattern onto Emma’s Garden pink floral paper. Cut out and glue to the center. Back the 1¾”x7/8″ Dazzles™ flower with Emma’s Garden papers and glue at the lower right. Place Dazzles™ “thinking of you,” small flowers, and the pearls as shown.
  7. Assembly: Glue the bottom of the small heart aligned with the matching point on the front of the small card base front. Close the medium base and glue the bottom of the medium heart aligned with the front medium card base, making sure the small heart is covered when the card is closed. Repeat to glue the large heart in place, making sure it covers the other hearts. Fold each base to display the card as shown.

Honestly, I am really impressed with this card as it is so lovely, but the supply list is still so short! Sometimes, gorgeous paper and some coordinating Dazzles™ are all it takes! Teresa herself designed these adorable Triple Heart Easel Cards and now you’ll have two different ways to make them! The card above was created using the Heart Triple Easel die-cut card package below. These come in a pack of three, and are SO MUCH FUN because you dive right in and start decorating. It’s instant gratification – who doesn’t love that?!

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But! Sometimes we dream of making a black card. Or a pink card. Or any color besides white! So in one week, our Summer 2015 Paper Wishes catalog will feature several new templates including Hot Off The Press’ new Heart Triple Easel Card Template, making it simple to create these magnificent cards in any color!

As I said before, this template will be available when our new catalog comes out next Friday. But do you know what I really don’t like? When somebody shows me something that I can’t buy yet. So frustrating! But don’t worry friends, I’ve got you covered!  Today I found a sneaky way for you to get this template before it’s released, and two more, below!

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This bundle of items is already available on the Paper Wishes website! Mysterious circumstances perhaps, but it’s there for you to take a look! The Star Triple Easel Card Template you see above is equally amazing, and the Center Step Card Template is a best-seller that’s already available. I hope you find this cardmaking project as awesome as I do! May it inspire you to create one of your own! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Coloring Technique: How to Use NEW Spectrum AQUA™ Watercolor Markers

Notice anything different? YES! Paper Wishes’ blog has a beautiful, clean new look and I just love it! What a wonderful place for showing you all the beautiful projects and all the behind-the-scenes fun that happens here at Paper Wishes!

As you probably know, Paper Wishes’ 2015 Spring Mini Catalog is out! I was looking through mine today, and one of my favorite projects is Susan Cobb’s Hogs & Kisses Card – take a look!

Hogs & Kisses Card by Susan Cobb

Click here for project instructions

This card just blows me away! I’m a huge fan of the Emma’s Garden papers, I love the new Hogs & Kisses small stamp and I always love Susan’s attention to detail. The most exciting part, however, is the coloring that was done with the new Spectrum AQUA™ markers! These water-based markers are designed to give you a watercolor look (in a convenient marker format) and they come in four different color sets:

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I was anxious to find out what our Design Team thought of them, so I went back and pestered Gail into doing a quick demonstration of just how these pens work. The pens have both a brush tip, and a very fine tip that’s perfect for outlining and detail work!

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Gail tested these on watercolor paper since the markers are meant to be combined with water. On the left, Gail first shows how the pens write and blend without using any water. The right side, however, shows the real magic of these watercolor markers!

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Direct to (Dry) Watercolor Paper

To get this look, Gail has scribbled her pens onto an acrylic stamping block, and added a small amount of water to create a paint. This paint can then be picked up with a paintbrush or water brush (another cool tool) and used to color your projects.

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Creating paint with Spectrum AQUA™ markers

This is the same technique Susan used to color her stamped focal. Click here for Susan’s complete instructions, helpful tips, and the supplies she used to create her adorable Hogs & Kisses card!

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Remember, ALL of the projects you see in Paper Wishes catalogs can be found on our website, along with complete instructions!

We’re here to show you what’s new and keep you inspired! Be sure to stay in the creative loop by signing up for our email updates (on the upper right), so you’ll never have to miss a new project or technique! Feel free to comment on what you think of this week’s project or on what you’d like to see more of in the future! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

Michelle Gustafson
Paper Wishes Blog

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Project Ideas Using Happy Days Scrapbooking Papers and Paper Dolls Stamp Set

It’s always exciting to see what others are creating with Hot Off The Press products! Today I came across the February/March 2015 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts, and was thrilled to see a great article featuring mixed-media collage artist Sara Naumann showing how she uses the Perfect Airbrush spritzer for backgrounds, stenciling and more! For those of you don’t know, Sara was also our previous marketing manager and webisode presenter!

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In the article, Sara shares ideas using Hot Off The Press’ Happy Days Scrapbooking Papers and Paper Dolls stamp set, as well as tips for using the Perfect Airbrush (aka the Distress Marker Spritzer Tool) and her techniques for achieving different looks with it. Here are just a couple of the projects that were featured:

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Choose to Shine by Sara Naumann

 

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Collect Moments by Sara Naumann

Below, you will find links for the stamps, scrapbooking papers, and the Perfect Airbrush if you’d like to take a closer look!

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Paper Dolls Stamp Set from Hot Off The Press

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Happy Days Scrapbooking Papers from Hot Off The Press

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Perfect Airbrush Color Spritzer

 

I just love Sara’s cards – so light and cheerful! Nicely done!

If you’d like to see more of Sara’s projects, be sure to check out her Mixed Media Made Easy DVD featuring 100 projects, each with a unique mixed media technique! Click the image below for more info and a sneak peek at some of the amazing projects!

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I hope you’re all feeling as inspired as I am! Come back and visit our blog this Friday for a big surprise! I’ll see you then!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

 

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Paper Wishes Staff Easter Egg Hunt!

 

Every year Hot Off The Press/Paper Wishes holds an Easter Egg hunt for its employees! Here are some pictures of this year’s fun! It was a little cold out, but we were all happy it wasn’t raining!

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HOTP/Paper Wishes staff getting ready to hunt for eggs!

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I think I see the Easter Bunny!

The hunt is on!!!

The hunt is on!!!

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Looking very carefully…

Our Catalog Queen, Victoria found the difficult-to-find wooden bunny!

Our Catalog Queen, Victoria, found the “Starbucks” bunny!

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Mike and Paulette Jarvey enjoying the Easter fun!!!

Below are some of the employee comments that were shared:

“Thanks so much for the fun egg hunt! I didn’t have to hurt anyone this year so that was good.” – LeNae, Design Team

“I sacrificed fun for the team…cuz I’m like that. There were three calls that would have gone to voice mail and we don’t want that!” – Melissa, Customer Service

“THANK YOU it was fun!!” – Debbie, Design Team

 

So a big THANK YOU goes to Mike and Paulette Jarvey (and to our Fun Committee)! I feel lucky to work for a company that places such a high value on employee happiness and fun! Be sure to visit our blog next week for a new technique, a new project and more inspiration to fuel your creativity! Have a beautiful weekend, and I wish you all a Happy Easter!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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