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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Fine Tip

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Brush Tip

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!

Direct to (Dry) Watercolor Paper

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.

Creating paint with Spectrum AQUA™ markers

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
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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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Project Idea: How to Create the Easiest DIY Chalkboard Ever!

Sorry for not posting last Friday! It was a super busy day here at Paper Wishes, and we’ve been working hard on lots of new project ideas that will be coming soon! But I wanted to make sure you all saw this project from Paper Wishes’ latest Spring 2015 Mini Catalog because it’s very, very cool…

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What sets this chalkboard apart from others? You create it yourself! It’s sized to be covered with your favorite scrapbook papers and the chalkboard surface is added with this amazing new Chalkboard Marker, designed to create chalkboard surfaces on paper, wood and even terra cotta!

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You can then decorate your chalkboard surface. Obviously you could use “school” chalk, but if you’d like more impact, I would opt for these…

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LeNae’s Tip: These colorful, water-based chalk markers erase easily with a damp cloth – reuse the chalkboard and markers over and over!

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Paint the edges the Chalkboard frame with the black Chalkboard Marker and let dry. Apply a thin coat of Tacky Craft Glue to one side of the chalkboard frame and cover with Hopscotch green border paper (with the border along the top). After covering with paper, turn the frame over and use a craft pen knife to cut away the excess paper from the frame edges. Use the knife to poke through the paper covering the tiny hole near the bottom of the frame. Repeat for remaining sides. Use the sanding block to lightly sand the paper edges to remove any nicks and smooth the edges. Place lengths of Black Jewel Border Dazzles™ along the edges of the window opening. Place a large Red Jewel Dazzles™ on each corner.
  2. Use the Chalkboard Marker to apply black paint to one side of each square wood piece. Let dry and repeat. Let dry again and use the sanding block to lightly sand the surface of each board to remove any streaking. Cover the back of the boards with patterned paper. Apply Tacky Glue around the edges on the backside of each frame. Place the chalkboard side down and let dry.
  3. Hinges: To secure the 2 frames together at the top, turn the frames over and place the top of each end-to-end. Place the 2 tiny silver hinges overlapping each frame and secure with 8 tiny screws (included).
  4. Thread a length of Hopscotch red/white baker’s twine through the back of the frame front. Tie a loop or bow at one end of the twine on the front of the frame and thread the remaining twine through the back of the other frame. Tie a loop on the frame front with about 4” of twine between the frame to keep them in place.
  5. Use yellow dot ribbon to make a loopy bow. Use a length of red dot ribbon to make a bow and glue to the center of the yellow bow. Glue the bows the top left side of the frame front.
  6. Use the water-based chalk markers to decorate the chalkboard surfaces. You can reuse them for many occasions by wiping clean with a damp cloth.

Now, part of my due diligence requires testing these markers thoroughly, and I am happy to report that they work fantastic!! And not only on chalkboard surfaces, but also on your marketing manager’s magnet board. And her window. Sorry, Cristina!

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So if you are looking for an easy way to create your own chalkboard or chalkboard surfaces, I’d pick this DIY chalkboard, the Chalkboard Marker and some Neon Chalk Markers. They are a ridiculous amount of fun, and are so perfect for weddings, birthdays, menus or even for keeping your family on the same page (Ha! A girl can dream…).

 

Michelle Gustafson

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Using New Inka-Gold Wax Paste With Stencils

 

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Created by Susan Cobb

Happy Friday everyone and thanks for stopping by! Today marks the first day of spring and I am soooo ready for it! For me, spring is generally that time of year when I like to incorporate a bit of new-ness into my own life. Maybe we’re supposed to do that in January, but nope, not me. In January I’m still hibernating.

But then spring arrives, and I start feeling ready for something new. And preferably colorful. Something like these new Inka-Gold Wax Pastes!

Inka-Gold (Rose Quartz)

Inka-Gold (Rose Quartz)

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Inka-Gold (Green Yellow)

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Now, there is a little need-to-know background info I’d like to share about myself before we go on… Yes, I make cards. Yes, I can cobble together a scrapbook page. But my day job? I write, I edit, I proofread. I love to find errors. But a professional crafter I am not. So if I can be successful with this fun, colored paste, then you can too!

First off, I was quite impressed by the amount of paste you get! The jar is much bigger than I’d expected.

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I decided to test the product with our new Woven Lattice stencil. A normal human would probably want to use a mini squeegee or an old gift card to swipe this stuff across your stencil, but I’m a hands-on, don’t-make-me-wait sort of person. So I just used my fingers! The wax paste is a firmer paste, yet it applies over the stencil easily.

Disclaimer: As I said before – I’m not a professional at this. On my first attempt, I just went for it! I smeared a nice, big pearly glob of paste right across my stencil, and ended up with a pretty rough-looking design.

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Lesson learned. For my second try, I held my stencil in place just a bit more firmly (as my rebellious nature still wouldn’t allow me to just go get a piece of stencil tape). I also used a bit less paste than before, and the results were fantastic!

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One of the cool properties of this paste is that once it dries (and bonus – it’s a relatively quick-drying product!), you can use a paper towel or soft cloth to buff the surface for additional shine! Buffing seems to ever so slightly bring out the silvery pearl finish, and will also neaten any rough edges. Personally, I think it looks great either way. It just depends on the look you prefer.

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I buffed just the top of the stenciled image (above) to give you an idea. I’d also advise you to buff carefully so your project doesn’t pick up the color from the paper towel you buff with.

And for our grand finale, take a look below. This is the kind of incredible card you can create using Inka-Gold Wax Paste! Just click on the image for project supply list and instructions!

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Created by Susan Cobb

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Everyone (and especially Jenni Bowlin fans) will want to check out our Monday Madness Flash Sale on Monday, March 23rd! I just got a sneak peek at the items, and you’ll definitely want to “catch this bundle of crafting supplies before it flies away!”
  • Free class! Our webisode on Tuesday will show you a new way to create your own stamps at home! Yes, you read that right! Watch our webisode Tuesday to learn how! 

This weekend we’ll be taking our three girls (all under age three!) on the 3-hour drive to Grandma’s house, so cross your fingers for a calm and uneventful trip! Enjoy your spring weekend, and I hope you take the time to create something you love. Or at least like (because sometimes that’s just how it works out)! 😉

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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Technique: Inking Metal Sheet Die-Cuts

In last week’s webisode we talked about all kinds of ways to use Spellbinders’ Metal Sheets in your scrapbooking and card making projects!

Metal Sheets are exactly that – thin sheets of metal. They basically feel like very thick foil, yet are thin enough for easy die cutting.  They come in Precious Metals or Jewel Tones.

Precious Metals (12 Pack)

Precious Metals (12 Pack)

Jewel Tones (12 Pack)

Jewel Tones (12 Pack)

Inking your gorgeous metal die-cuts adds depth and richness, or can give an aged or patina-ed look. Two products you can use to ink metal sheets are Spectrum Noir™ alcohol pens and StazOn® ink pads since both work well on slick, non-porous surfaces.

This incredible scrapbook page from Susan uses Metal Sheets for the die-cut frames and flourish, and also to back her Dazzles™.

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Click the image for project instructions

Susan then inked her flourish, frames and Dazzles™ with brown Spectrum Noir™ pens to get multiple tones of copper. Look how gorgeous her results are!

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You can also use StazOn® to ink your Metal Sheets, and that’s just what LeNae has done with the metal die-cut label on her card, below.

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Click the image for project instructions

This is such a stunning card! I love it! She inked the edges of the metal die-cut label with Jet Black StazOn® and it really makes this element stand out. It can be helpful to use a cotton swab to apply ink on some of the more detailed areas. Also, notice how she chose not to ink the “Love” greeting, making it stand out nice and bright against her background.

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Metal Sheets are a fantastic way to create super luxurious accents and embellishments, and inking will help to enhance that effect. So pick up some Metal Sheets here, and give this technique a try. I think you’ll really love the results!

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • New Spring 2015 Mini Catalog! Our latest online catalog will be available starting Monday – today for VIPs!
  • Week of Webisodes! This coming week it’s Ann’s First Look at Paper Wishes Spring 2015! Come back for a new webisode every day this week featuring TONS of project ideas!!!

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  • St. Patty’s Day Sale! 20% off your highest priced item with coupon code: PAT2015 (Valid through Tuesday, March 17th)

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Have a wonderful weekend, and a very green St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you find a little time to create something you love!

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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Spring Has Sprung at Paper Wishes!

Even though it’s only the beginning of March, it is apparent that spring has already descended upon Paper Wishes! Just take a look (click the picture to view in it’s full glory)…

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What a great place to work! I’ll be honest, I was actually searching for a fern fiddlehead because I thought there could be a nice tie-in with our brand new Hello Fern cutting dies that I showed you last week! But our landscapers seem to be incredibly efficient at removing any sort of “pesky new growth” so instead, we all win with a shot of these pretty flowers! You could almost say it’s a “Floral Frenzy” out there… Ha!

The Creative Keepsake Scrapbook Convention last weekend was a huge success, and we really loved getting to meet and exchange ideas with so many people! The booth nearly sold out a couple times, but was quickly restocked so everyone could go home with the crafting goodies they needed (or wanted, but you know how that goes…)!

What’s going on here at Paper Wishes? Well, I’m ready to declare that March Madness has arrived on Spring’s coattails because, personally, I’ve never been busier, and we’re getting ready to send out your new Spring 2015 Paper Wishes mini catalog next week – woohoo!

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Sale! It’s down to the final two days of our Black & White Sale! Select black and white items are 20% off – click here to shop now!
  • Webisode! This coming Tuesday, our webisode will feature Premium Metal Sheets. These add a really impressive touch to your projects! Click here to see the metal sheets and a project sneak preview! Also… the following week will be a WOW (Week of Webisodes) week, so stay tuned for a possible sneak preview sometime in the next week.
  • Monday Madness! This coming Monday will feature another Monday Madness flash sale. Our Madness Manager, as I will henceforth affectionately refer to her, wouldn’t reveal the sale items to me, so I’m sure it’s going to be something good!

And don’t forget Sunday begins Daylight Savings Time! I hope you’re blessed with a little bit of spring wherever you are, and if not, well just take in the above photo one more time (sorry, New York)! I also hope that you take a little time to get crafty!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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Hot Off The Press at CK Scrapbook Event in Portland!

Hot Off The Press will be at the Oregon Convention Center today and tomorrow (February 27th & 28th) for Creating Keepsakes’ Scrapbook Convention! This two-day convention offers scrapbooking and cardmaking classes, door prizes and great deals on craft supplies!

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Hot Off The Press has two booths—one has all our very latest including stamping supplies, embossing folders, cutting dies, scrapbooking papers, craft templates, Dazzles™ scrapbooking stickers and more! The second booth is packed with craft supplies priced so low, I actually had to google how to type a ‘cents’ symbol. I’m talking an entire booth of card making and scrapbooking supplies for a dollar or less with some items as low as 25¢! You never see savings like this!

Here are some of the products you will find at our booth (plus a couple bonus project ideas)! I love the Hello Ferns cutting die set, below:

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Our Daydreams Artful Card Making Kit and Floral Frenzy stamps, below, combine with coordinated cutting dies for an awesome result!

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And the savings doesn’t stop — Disney© craft supplies will be 25% off! Come visit us, get that creativity flowing and leave with tons of fresh new crafting ideas!

Oregon Convention Center
Hall D
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

Friday, Feb. 27th: 10am-6pm
Saturday, Feb. 28th: 9am-5pm

 

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Webisode! Our webisode this coming Tuesday will feature Hunkydory’s Smudge & Mitten Card Making Kit. I love this one… it’s not your typical Hunkydory and the projects are out of this world! Watch Paulette and Gail this Tuesday to see what I mean!
  • Sale! Our Black & White sale starts Monday, March 2nd! Get 20% off select “Black & White” Hot Off The Press craft supplies through Sunday, March 8th!

 

So come see us at the Oregon Convention Center February 27th & 28th, and tell Paulette hello! It’s going to be a blast! Then, take that inspiration home and create something you love.

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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Up Close Look: Nature’s Walk Artful Card Making Kit & Projects

Hopefully you’ve taken a look at your Spring 2015 Paper Wishes catalog! I wanted to spotlight one of my new favorites, Paper Wishes’ Nature’s Walk Artful Card Kit. There are so many reasons I love this Artful Card Kit! I’m a huge fan of anything inspired by nature, and obviously this one fits the bill. The papers have striking, deep tones (and that great woodgrain paper!), making this Artful Card Kit an excellent choice if you’re making a card for a guy! And there’s definitely enough “prettiness” there to make it a great choice for feminine projects too! Check out the Nature’s Walk papers (including greeting cut-outs). You can click on any image to see a larger, detailed view!

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As you can see, it’s got awesome colors that give you lots of options! And as if the gorgeous papers weren’t enough, the kit includes these three sheets of incredible cardstock die-cuts…

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And here are a couple of simple yet still elegant cards that you can create with this kit. The card below also makes use of the Paper Artist™ Wind & Waves Embossing Folder, which adds an interesting, textured background for our sweet pair of deer.

Embossed Celebrate Card by Teresa Welch

Embossed Celebrate Card by Teresa Welch

And here is a card from Ann that I like simply because it shows you what a stunning card you can create just from the Artful Card Kit components and a bow. Beautiful, coordinated and fool-proof. I love it!

Have A Great Day Card by Ann Barba

Have A Great Day Card by Ann Barba

For the same convenience, but a completely different look, check out our Daydreams Artful Card Kit!


Paper Wishes Highlights: 

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  • Monday Madness! Monday Madness is a 24-hour flash sale happening every Monday starting this coming Monday, February 23rd! You won’t want to miss a single sale featuring must-have craft supplies —  discounted up to 50% off retail! It’s going to be a great way to build your crafting stash at a significant savings! Don’t miss out!
  • Webisode! Tuesday we have a brand new webisode with Paulette, Gail and projects featuring Dee’s Distinctively Secret Garden Cutting Dies! Yes, these are the cutting dies that create shapeable paper embellishments – I love them! And you are going to love the new card making and scrapbooking ideas!
  • Product Update! Paper Wishes’ silicone stamp sets are crafted from high-quality, medical-grade silicone – actually making them superior to acrylic stamps! So while they are clear stamps, we will no longer be referring to them as “acrylic.”

This weekend I’ll be plotting ways to stir up a little “Monday Madness” around the Paper Wishes office, just to keep everyone on their toes! Enjoy those initial, small stirrings of spring and have a great weekend. I hope you take a little time to create something you love!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Paper Wishes!

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and I wanted to show you a Valentine-esque card that could also work year-round for other occasions! And I’ve found an awesome card to share. Many of you will already be familiar with the Paper Artist™ 12 Flower Frenzy cutting dies and now Hot Off The Press has just released a coordinating Flower Frenzy stamp set! LeNae has combined both to create this extra sweet “Hello Card,” below. And wow, these flowers really pack a punch!

Created by LeNae Gerig

Created by LeNae Gerig

LeNae die cut her flowers from Hot Off The Press’ Hopscotch Double-sided Scrapbooking Papers which honestly, I find to be an interesting choice. Hopscotch papers are super bright, cheerful and fun! They don’t scream “make me a flower” and yet they are an outstanding choice, giving the card more of a playful look. That’s what I love about the Paper Wishes Design Team – they are always doing something unexpected! Check out the Swinging Heart in the center… it swivels as the recipient opens the card. So fun!

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While I think this card is just perfect for someone special on Valentine’s Day, it would be appropriate for all kinds of other occasions. And by happy coincidence, the Flower Frenzy stamp set comes with flower images AND greetings and sentiments for your cards, making it easy to customize your cards and projects. Here are the cutting dies and stamps:

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This card is one of the projects from January’s Stamps Only! Personal Shopper Kit. If you are a stamper always looking for the latest and greatest, I would strongly urge you to check out our monthly Stamps Only! Personal Shopper Monthly Kits. Each month you can have the latest stamps and new techniques sent right to your front door and shipping is free!

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Our webisode next week features even more stamping fun! Paulette and Gail will be showing you Hot Off The Press’ very latest silicone stamp sets along with some amazing project ideas!
  • Be on the lookout for the latest Paper Wishes catalog – it’s arriving in home this week! If you haven’t received yours, you can also browse our Online Catalog!
  • The countdown to Monday Madness has started!!! Starting on Monday, February 23rd, Paper Wishes will be bringing you a whole new way to save! Don’t miss it!

I hope you love this week’s project as much as I do! Love is the theme this weekend, so indulge in whatever makes you feel loved! Whether you spend some extra time with the family, consume a healthy ration of dark chocolate or simply break out the stamps and scissors, have a great weekend and keep creating!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes’ Editor/Proofer

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