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Come Meet Erica Hettwer! HOTP’s Newest Designer!

Welcome, Erica Hettwer, the newest member of our PW/HOTP Family!  I had a moment to sit and chat with Erica, once she settled in.

Erica Hettwer - Craft Project Designer

We are delighted that Erica’s is part of our family and I love her energy and creative spirit. It’s always exciting to see the “talents” of our designers, and Erica comes from a long history of crafting. Take a moment to find out a bit more about Erica.

 A little about Erica –

I was born and raised here in Canby, Oregon and so working here is quite literally a dream come true. I’ve been married for almost eight years now to my tall, dark and goofy husband, Andrew. We’ve got two kiddos. Mickey is six and a half and Audrey’s just about to turn four. We live on a couple acres just south of town and have a dog, cat, goat and a cow! I’m hoping to add some chickens to the mix in a few years.

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I started crafting at young age as I come from a long line of quilters. My mom taught me how to cross-stitch in the 4th grade and my granny taught me how to crochet about the same time.

I’ve been on scrapbooking design teams and have been lucky enough to have some cards published in magazines like Paper Crafts and Scrapbook Trends. I’m really excited about getting my first layout in the Sept/Oct issue of Creating Keepsakes!

What exactly will you working on?

I’m a Project Designer here at Hot Off The Press and I love it! I get to create cards and scrapbook pages all day. I’m also starting to do product videos so if you hear me sounding a little nervous during some of them, its because I’m so new!  I also work mostly from home so I can still be with my kids and that is the very best part of this job.

What inspires your creativity?   

I love challenges. My favorite part of this job is getting pretty strict guidelines, “use this and make this” and then finding a creative and fun way to make that work. Something about that just gets my creative juices flowing. Another way I get inspired is by cleaning my craft room. Just seeing all the fun stuff I have gives me ideas and then off I go! Of course, my room never really gets cleaned though. ;-)

Favorite tool you love to work with:    

My favorite everyday tool is the Tonic Paper Trimmer. It cuts so straight and the size markings are nice and easy to see. I also love HOTP stamps. They give such a clean impression and have some great designs!

Favorite “tricks” when creating?

One of my favorite tricks is fussy cutting. I love either cutting out images from my papers to use as embellishments or cutting along the edge of a pattern to create my own custom border!

Have you found something you can’t like without, in other words, a favorite product?

I’m crazy about the new Happy Days line. The colors are just amazing and my One Little Word for this year is Happy! I also adore all of the crepe ribbons in our ribbon packs. They have a casual elegance that I can’t get enough of.

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Thanks Erica for taking some time and letting us into your world.  As you walk down the halls here at HOTP, you can hear Erica’s delightful giggles. Not that she’s messing around, ;-) she just brings her attitude of sunshine!

Again, Erica, welcome to Paper Wishes & HOTP – we are excited you are here!

Thanks for reading my little blog!

~ Cristina

 

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It’s not a sham…You Rock!

It’s not a Sham, You Rock! Come Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with PaperWishes.com and take 15% OFF the highest priced item in your order! Now thru March 17, 2013! Use coupon code STPAT13

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Weekly Webisode on Paper Wishes.com

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Did you know we offers free classes, every Wednesday? YES! Weekly Webisodes, airs each Wednesday on Paperwishes.com. as we bring you new products along with tips & techniques just for you!

This week features Hot Off The Press, NEW COLOR ME™ Card Toppers. Come watch Paulette & Gail as they bring new techniques, inspiration and creative ways to use these toppers, as they aren’t just for Cards!  If you haven’t noticed these Card Toppers are FABULOUS (take a look down below)! Don’t forget to check out the MONEY SAVER! Soo many goodies, we know you can’t live without!!

Click here to watch now.  Come Play With Us!

Some projects from this week’s COLOR ME™ Card Toppers (GOLD):

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Gold Hearts

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Gold Ferns

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Gold Roses

To view more projects – click here

Thanks for reading our Paper Wishes Blog! And don’t forget to Smile -cause it’s the BEST accessory you can wear

~ Cristina

 

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New Catalog & New Products plus TONS of inspirations!

Paper Wishes® & Hot Off The Press have landed in sunny California!  It’s that time of the year where all the crafts’ manufacturers are showing their latest products at the Craft & Hobby Association Winter in sunny California.

With the release of the  NEW 2013 Winter Catalog we’ve included 413 NEW items! Sooo much to show and tell :)

Here are some highlights of products from Hot Off The Press! A little something for everyone!

Let’s begin with the Paper Collections!

We’ve introduced 4 new designs to freshen up your paper crafting including: Happy Days Double Sided, White Truffle, Penelope and Painted Flowers.

Happy Days Double-Sided Paper Pack (HOTP 4104191)White Truffle Paper Pack (HOTP 4104193)Penelope Paper Pack (HOTP 4104195)Painted Flowers Paper Pack (HOTP 4104196)

Along with each paper pack – we’ve designed beautifully coordinated products including Die Cuts, Papier Tole, Stamps and Dazzles™ plus soo much more! 

White Truffle & Painted Flowers Die-Cuts!

We hope you’ll love them as much as we do. They coordinate with existing lines: White Truffle and Painted Flowers

White Truffle Die-Cuts (HOTP 4103408)Painted Flowers Die-Cuts (HOTP 4103409)

 

 

 

New Papier Tole, adds all those final touches to all your cardmaking or scrapbook layouts. They’re so much fun to assemble, requires no cutting – just simply punch and attach! 

Showing: White Truffle 3-D Papier Tole, Painted Flowers 3-D Papier Tole, Happy Days 3-D Papier Tole, Stitched with Love 3-D Papier Tole (Foil) and Painted Flowers 3-D Papier Tole (Foil)

White Truffle 3-D Papier Tole (HOTP 4108035)22 Flowers 3-D Papier Tole (HOTP 4108038)Happy Days Papier ToleStitched With Love 3-D Foil Papier Tole (HOTP 4108048)Painted Flowers 3-D Foil Papier Tole (HOTP 4108049)

 

STAMPS !

How can we forget our lovely Paper Wishes® aficionados stampers, we have a lovely range that coordinates perfectly with papers, die-cuts, papier tole and the list goes on and on!

Happy Patterns Stamp (HOTP 4101105)Flowers Silhouettes Stamp (HOTP 4101107)Heart to Heart Greeting Stamp (HOTP 4101108)

Hello Stamp (HOTP 4101109)Cake Small Stamp (HOTP 4101110)Gifts Small Stamp (HOTP 4101111)Love and Heart Small Stamp (HOTP 4101112)You're My Type Small Stamp (HOTP 4101113)Hoot Hoot Small Stamp (HOTP 4101114)

Dazzles™

Do you Dream in Dazzles™?  If you haven’t…you might just do so now! As we’ve added sooo many new Dazzles™ goodies! New Dazzles™ ranging from the Cross Stitch, Borders, Mix ‘Ems and Scrapbooking Dazzles™, we are sure you’ll find something you just can’t live without!

Cross Stitch Dazzles Silver (HOTP 4102431)Cross Stitch Dazzles Gold (HOTP 4102430)Lacey Butterfly Silver Dazzles (HOTP 4102434)Lacy Butterfly White Dazzles (HOTP 4102435)540 Black Jewel Dazzles (HOTP 4102436)

 Silver Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102441)Red Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102438)Green Jewel Border DazzlesGold Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102440)Black Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102437)

Blue Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102442)Pink Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102443)Purple Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102444)Birds & Houses Brown Dazzles (HOTP 4102450)Mix 'Ems Cupcake Dazzles, 3-Color Pack (HOTP 4102445)

White Lacy Frames Scrapbook Dazzles (HOTP 4102814)Happy Thoughts Scrapbooking Dazzles (HOTP 4102815)

 

Artful Cards Kit

We haven’t forgotten how much you love the Artful Cards Kit! We’ve added two new kits, Lemonade Stand and Red Velvet.

Lemonade Stand Artful Card Kit (HOTP 4107266)Red Velvet Artful Card Kit (HOTP 4107267)

 

Color Me™! Toppers & New 12×12 Papers!

Another favorite is the Color Me™ Card Toppers, 3 brand new designs: Gold Hearts Cards Toppers, Gold Ferns Toppers and Gold Roses Card Toppers.

Color Me Gold Heart Card Toppers (HOTP 4107061)Color Me Ferns Card Toppers (HOTP 4107062)Color Me Gold Roses Card Toppers (HOTP 4107063)

NEW 12X12 Color Me™ range which is a must have in your craft stash: Chocolate Paper Pack, Hexagon Quilt, Chevrons, Floral, Pretty Tiles, Stripe and tag & borders.

Color Me Chocolate Sample Pack (HOTP 4104208)Color Me Chocolate Hexagon Quilt (HOTP 4120774)Color Me Chocolate Flowers/Floral (HOTP 4120776)Color Me Chocolate Tiles (HOTP 4120777)Color Me Chocolate Stripes (HOTP 4120778)Color Me Chocolate Tags & Bordes (HOTP 4120779)

 

 

Templates!

Do you love templates ? 4 new templates to add to your collection including: Teresa’s Iris Folding Template #1, Bodacious Blooms Template and the Design Tool Kits #3 and #4! Templates are so handy to have by your side when crafting!

Teresa's Iris Folding #1 Template (HOTP 4107398)Bodacious Blooms Template (HOTP 4107407)Design Tool Kit #3 (HOTP 4107409)Design Tool Kit #4 (HOTP 4107410)

 

NEW DVD by Teresa Welch, learn how to assemble fabulous cards with step by steps instructions. Featuring nearly 7 hours of videos plus 100 Moveable parts Cards!

 Teresa's Movable Parts DVD (HOTP 4101521)

 

 

New Products! Including 6×6 papers, plus NEW Cutting Dies!!

New Rosemary & Thyme 6×6 papers pack, perfect for quick rectangular or square cards, also for making tags or shaped motives using our templates.

Rosemary & Thyme 6X6 Paper Pack (HOTP 4104209)

 

Another New to Paper Wishes® comes NEW Cutting Dies! We’ve started off with 3 New Dies including:

Bodacious Blooms, Pair of Swirls and Woven Lattice! Intricately detailed dies and work with most die cutting machines!

Bodacious Blooms Cutting Dies (HOTP 4105303) Woven Lattice Dies (HOTP 4105302)

 

We’ve added a New Personal Shopper kit – Premier Cutting dies! – Click here for complete information :)

WOW! Love all the new products designs, colors and all of the above! Tell us what you love and just simply can’t live without.

A special thanks to Fabrizio Martellucci! Make sure you catch Fabrizio Martellucci, on his blogs, PaperMood,  featuring  products from Hot Off The Press!

Thanks for reading my little blog :)

~ Cristina

 

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12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes® – Day 10

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Welcome to Day 10 of 12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes®!

Thanks for joining me today, as I find “hidden” treasures from our Paper Wishes Webisodes.  Just in case you missed last week’s posts, here’s a link to our Weekly Webisode & Gallery Archive – click here.

All the projects featured from the last week – all came from our Weekly Webisode over the years.   Soooo much inspiration and not just for the holidays!

In the theme of Gift Giving – Let’s see the goodies I found today!

Today’s projects come from Shape Studio – Click here to watch now

Aired: December 13, 2011 (On my mom’s birthday)

I’ve been a crafter for many years; however being able to work here at Paper Wishes™ has opened my eyes to so many great products. One being Shape Studio, or in other words – mini Crockpots! (You’ll have to watch the webisode to see why) ;-)

These little crockpots have sooo many great uses for them. As you can see for yourself in some of the projects I’ve highlighted down below.

I forgot that Ann used a little picture of Emerson (my little guy) to show an example…awwww.

They are great to use on cards, to make jewelry and I’m sure you’ll be inspired to use them in other projects as well. You can do a simple search for Shape Studio on PaperWishes.com and see the assortment of products we have available.  (Click here)

First project is  “Happy” embossed tag necklace
By: Susan Cobb

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This is one of my favorite necklaces – Susan did a great job of putting this all together.

Click here for complete instructions for this project.

 

Here’s another great way to use these crockpots –

Presents by Lodell

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Very cute across the top on the card. Click here for complete instructions for this project.

Click here to see all projects from this webisode:

I hope you enjoy today’s projects! Join me tomorrow for Day 11 Of 12 Days of Christmas J

Also – Don’t forget to check out – Spirit of Giving – 7 Days of Surprise Savings with Paper Wishes®!! Click here to check out today’s savings!

Thanks for reading my little blog ~ Cristina

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12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes® – Day 9

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Welcome to Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes®!

Thanks for joining me today, as I find “hidden” treasures from our Paper Wishes Webisodes.  Just in case you missed last week’s posts, here’s a link to our Weekly Webisode & Gallery Archive – click here.

 

All the projects featured from the last week – all came from our Weekly Webisode over the years.   Soooo much inspiration and not just for the holidays!

In the theme of Gift Giving – Let’s see the goodies I found today!

Today’s projects come from Bangle BraceletsClick here to watch

Aired: October 19, 2011

When I first saw these bangles – I was amazed with the work that our designers put into them. They used crystal stickers, smooch inks, metallic inks, embossing inks, Dazzles™, stamps, glaze and the list goes on and on.

You can put just about anything on these bangles and personalized them as well. A great little gift – to make for someone or even yourself! Come check out a couple of my favorites but, I found it very hard to pick just two!

 

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Artful embossed bracelet
By: Susan Cobb

To see complete instructions for the Artful embossed bracelet, click here.

 

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Turquoise/silver stenciled bangle
By: Ann Bernklau

To see complete instructions for the Turquoise/silver stenciled bangle, click here.

 

Click here to see all projects from this webisode

I hope you enjoy today’s projects! Join me tomorrow for Day 10 Of 12 Days of Christmas :)

Also – Don’t forget to check out – Spirit of Giving – 7 Days of Surprise Savings with Paper Wishes®!! Click here to check out today’s savings!

Thanks for reading my little blog ~ Cristina

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12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes® – Day 8

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Welcome to Day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes®!

Thanks for joining me today, as I find “hidden” treasures from our Paper Wishes Webisodes.  Just in case you missed last week’s posts, here’s a link to our Weekly Webisode & Gallery Archive – click here.  All the projects featured from the last week – all came from our Weekly Webisode over the years.   Soooo much inspiration and not just for the holidays!

In the theme of Gift Giving – Let’s see the goodies I found today!

Today’s projects come from

Kaisercraft Webisode
Air Date: August 7, 2012 – Click here to watch now

What a great this would make! Susan did such a beautiful job creating this frame. She used HOTP’s Sunshine & Shadow paper pack. One of my very favorites! You can click here to see how she put this all together.

Customize Pink & White Frame by Susan Cobb

 Click here for complete instructions

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9-Drawer Craft Storage Chest by Ann Barba

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Another fun little gift – comes this 9 Drawer storage unit. Think “outside” the box! HAHA This great little storage would be great for just about anything. When I first saw these – my mind went to my kids, of course. This would be great for my 10-year-old son, Diego and all his little toys that I’m always stepping on. It would be fun to decorate it in his theme room colors. Or even better grabbing some of the Lego papers, Paper Wishes carries.

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To see complete instructions for the 9-Drawer Craft storage – click here.

I hope you enjoy today’s! Join me tomorrow for Day 9 Of 12 Days of Christmas :)

Also – Don’t forget to check out – Spirit of Giving – 7 Days of Surprise Savings with Paper Wishes®!! Click here to check out today’s savings!

Click here to get your savings today!

Thanks for reading my little blog ~ Cristina

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12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes® – Day 7

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Welcome to Day 7 of 12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes®!

Thanks for joining me today, as I find “hidden” treasures from our Paper Wishes Webisodes.  Just in case you missed last week’s posts, here’s a link to our Weekly Webisode & Gallery Archive – click here.  All the projects featured from last week all came from our Weekly Webisode over the years.   Soooo much inspiration ~ not just for the holidays.

This week is all about last minute gift giving. I love it when I receive hand-made gifts. Albums, cards, framed pictures…all types of goodies.  I’d like to share some ideas for Gift Giving this week – as we get closer and closer to Christmas!

 

Today’s projects come from: Patina Vintaj Jewelry
Aired: August 14, 2012

Click here to watch this webisode.

 

Fern Necklace by Ann Barba

Click here for complete instructions:

 

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Making jewelry isn’t something that I normally like to create. However this webisode gave me some great tips & inspiration to create some pieces as a gift set.  I love the colors of the patina and the images on the metal embossing plates are wonderful!

Another option is this beautiful Reversible Butterfly necklace. One side is embossed other side is debossed. Very Cool! And if you watch the webisode, Ann goes over some pretty cool techniques.

Reversible Butterfly Necklace by Ann Barba

Click here for complete instructions:

 

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Another great gift idea, is Paper Wishes® Personal Shopper Kits!

Have you stopped by to check out our Personal Shopper kits? You’ll find one for just about everyone on your crafters list! Or remind your friends, husbands, and boyfriends that these make a great gift! Click here for more information or click down below.

And Coming Soon for 2013!!  New Premiere Cutting Die Monthly kit!!

Every month members will receive the premiere release of a NEW cutting die plus a newsletter full of tips, tricks and ideas for using the dies. It might be a simple die or as the first set, members will get 4 Bodacious Blooms dies. WOW! The cost is $19.99, includes shipping for USA & Canada. Cancel anytime! Come play with us!! For more information or to sign up for this monthly kit, please contact Debbie at dsamples@hotp.com

We hope you enjoy today’s projects! Join me tomorrow for Day 8 Of 12 Days of Christmas :)

Thanks for reading my little blog ~ Cristina

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12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes® – Day 6

Welcome to Day 6 of 12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes®!

Thanks for joining me today, as I find “hidden” treasures from our Paper Wishes Webisodes.  Just in case you missed yesterday, here’s a link to our Weekly Webisode & Gallery Archive – click here. 

Today’s projects come from Christmas & Artful Stamps
Original Air Date: November 15, 2011 – Click here to watch now.


 

First project created by Susan Cobb, is a super cute gift bag. As you can see any old bag can be jazzed up. Come check out how Susan created this gift bag using HOTP’s Christmas Stamp & Punch stamp set & Vintage Christmas Paper Pack.

“Noel” gift bag by Susan Cobb

Click here to see complete instructions for this card


“Merry Christmas” holly border card
By: LeNae Gerig

This card was also created by using HOTP’s Christmas Stamp & Punch stamp set & Winter Delights paper pack. Very pretty! Click here to see complete instructions for this card


Stamp: Christmas Stamp & Punch Stamp Set

Love all the Christmas inspiration! This week, if you place an order on PaperWishes.com – your package will ship for $5.00! YES!! This week only until December 16, 2012!  Don’t miss the chance to save on your shipping!

 

Join me Monday, December 17th, 2012 for Day 7 Of 12 Days of Christmas :)

Thanks for reading my little blog ~ Cristina

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12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes® – Day 5

 

 

Welcome to Day 5 of 12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes®!

Thanks for joining me today, as I find “hidden” treasures from our Paper Wishes Webisodes.  Just in case you missed yesterday, here’s a link to our Weekly Webisode & Gallery Archive – click here.

 

Today’s projects comes from Christmas Personal Shopper
Original Air Date: November 22, 2011

Ho Ho Ho Santa Card By: Ann Bernklau

Click on the card for complete instructions.

 

Let it Snow card By: Ann Bernklau

Click on the card for complete instructions.

 

All these projects came from the Money Saver that was offered with this webisode. Click here to see the bundle:

Very affordable and very simple! And I love the “non” traditional colors of the “Let it Snow” card! Purple and blue have always been a favorite of mine. :)

To see more projects from Christmas Personal Shopper Webisode – Please click here

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects! Join me tomorrow for Day 6 Of 12 Days of Christmas :)

Thanks for reading my little blog ~ Cristina

Happy Birthday to my beautiful Mother ~ Lucia :)

Love you mom!

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