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12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes® – Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 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 project comes from Holiday Goodies, JOY Banner
Original Air Date: October 18, 2011 – Click here to watch now

This Seasonal Joy Banner created by Susan Cobb, uses HOTP’s Build a Banner template along with Vintage Christmas Paper pack. This is a great way to add a little holiday “Joy” to your home or office.


13 days til’ Christmas! Do you need some last minute gift ideas? Or does someone need a gift ideas for you???  Did you know that you can email your “Wish List” to your friends, sister, brother, cousin…. husbands, boyfriends, kids…. basically anyone who has an email address! How cool is that? Simply sign up for an account on and start adding items to your wish list! Click and the item will be automatically added to your Wish List. You can then scroll to the bottom of your list, where you’ll see the option to send your Wish List to a friend. Easy! Enjoy and thanks for being a part of the Paper Wishes family.

I hope you today’s project! Join me tomorrow for Day 5 Of 12 Days of Christmas :)

Thanks for reading my little blog ~ Cristina

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12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes® – Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 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 project comes from  Papier Tole II
Original Air Date: September 20, 2011 – Click here to watch now

First card was created by Teresa, is using HOTP’s Sparkling Snowflakes Foil Papier Tole along with the COLOR ME Silver Sampler pack. You can click here to see complete instruction for this card.

Snowflake Greetings by Teresa Welch


Lacy Star & Santa Christmas Card by Teresa is using HOTP’s Lacy Paper Pack along with Artful Christmas Pyramid Papier Tole. Love how this card came together. The Lacy Paper pack, doesn’t have “traditional” Christmas colors, however its still VERY beautiful and well put together. Click here to see complete instructions for this card.


So many wonderful ideas and inspiration! Christmas Papier Tole is a must for any crafting project! And this week, if you place an order on – your package will ship for $5.00! YES!! This week only until December 16, 2012!



I hope you enjoy these projects! Join me tomorrow for Day 4 Of 12 Days of Christmas J

Thanks for reading my little blog ~ Cristina

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12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes® – Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes®!

Thanks for joining me today, as I find more “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 project comes from Endless Christmas Cards September 21, 2010 – Click here to watch now


Christmas Ornament pop-up card designed by Ann, was created using 3-D Pop-Up Christmas card Template. This card, is simply amazing! If you watch the webisode, Paulette goes into details on how to create a 3-D Pop Up card!


With the 3-D Pop-Up Christmas Card Template you, get 5 different shapes including a snowflake, an ornament, a Christmas tree, the word JOY and a Poinsettia. 

To see more cards from this webisode – please click here.

I love how simple, but yet they seem so complicated. You’ll have people wondering how on earth you put these wonderful cards together!


Are you looking for a last minute gift idea? 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 one 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

I hope you enjoy these projects! Join me tomorrow for Day 3 Of 12 Days of Christmas :)

Thanks for reading my little blog ~ Cristina

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12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes®


Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas projects ~ The next 12 days, I’ll be featuring fun Christmas project along with some other goodies. There’s so many little hidden treasures from past webisode, I didn’t want you to miss out. When your in need to be inspired, head to our Weekly Webisode & Gallery Archive.  You’ll find tons of inspiration!

This project comes from Webisode Elegant Christmas Notes Book – aired October 17, 2011


This Elegant Christmas note book was created by Susan Cobb





Click here to see complete instructions  or Click here to watch Paulette & Ann!

We hope you enjoy this project! Join me Monday, Dec 10th for Day 2 of 12 Days of Christmas :)

Don’t forget to grab your Gift Certificates! Save 10% until, Sunday December 9, 2012.


Thanks for reading my little blog ~ Cristina

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Amazing Metal Stencils – EBOOK Free Download!


Click here to get your 10% Off Paper Wishes – Gift Certificates! – You can either purchase now and have the email sent to you ASAP or have it delivered on December 25th!


We hope you enjoy your Gifts ~ It’s a great way to start off your Holiday Season!!

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Cyber Monday is here! Spectrum Noir Pens!


Staring today – at you’ll be able to save 10% on all Spectrum Noir Pens. Click here to see the full collection and assortment of pens!

Spectrum Noir pens are a must-have for any serious crafter who likes their coloring – especially stamping enthusiasts! The markers are alcohol-based, acid-free and fast drying, which means they won’t bleed. Spectrum Noir marker pens are available in 168 colors which can be mixed on the surface, or layered over each other for professional blending.


Click on this link – to check out a Product Video!



Projects using Spectrum Noir Pens:





This sale will end Wednesday, November 28, 2012!

Don’t miss this chance to save 10% on these fabulous pens!









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The Story of her Marine’s

One of the stories that Paulette shared with me when I first arrived here at Paper Wishes™ was the story of her Marine. I thought it seemed fitting for her to share with all of us on Veteran’s Day.  Written in her own words –

My first Marine was my Dad. He proposed to my mother on their first date and they were married six weeks later. I was born on the Marine Corps base at Camp LeJuene, North Carolina. We only lived there for six months before moving to California when Dad got out of the Marine Corps.

I met my husband, Mike, and two other Marines while they were at California State Collage Fullerton looking for girls. I qualified! I gave them a tour of the campus but it took Mike several weeks to get up the courage to ask me out. We dated for six weeks and then he proposed. I was shocked! I thought it over and accepted (actually I was joking but he took me seriously and I didn’t want to hurt his feelings). But then I realized marrying Mike was the right thing to do. I wanted to get married right away because he was going overseas for a year. He said to talk to my mother. Little did he know about her six-week courtship? Mom said he seemed like a good guy and if he is who I wanted, to go for it. Six weeks later we were married on my parents’ anniversary. Six weeks after that Mike was shipped overseas first to Japan then to Vietnam. Every Saturday he sent me a red rose with a note. The red ribbons on each rose were our first Christmas tree ornaments. While he was gone, we wrote each other everyday and we still have those very tender letters. When he returned from Vietnam we were stationed in North Carolina where Mike completed his military duty. Every year on our anniversary he gives me a red rose for each year and a pink rose to begin the next year. What a guy!

Paulette’s parents on their wedding day with her grandparents

Paulette’s Parents on their wedding day



MIke Jarvey, 1962 (Boot Camp photo)

MIke Jarvey – The only pic Paulette
had while Mike was overseas



Paulette & Mike on their wedding day




I remembering sitting in Paulette’s office on her anniversary day when she received the roses. It was then when she explained the “pink” rose to me and as she told me the story her eyes filled with tears…of course as a women no one can ever be tearful alone in my presence.  :) I love hearing the history and the memories that she has created. Thank you for sharing Paulette.


We proudly salute all of our Veterans & active Military men and women. Thank you for your services.


Thanks for reading my little blog –

~ Cristina

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Come Meet Abbie Friesen! HOTP’s Newest Designer!

Abbie taking a break for a quick pic ~ SMILE


I had a moment to sit and chat with Abbie, once she settled into Paper Wishes™ & Hot Off The Press.

Most days you’ll find Abbie with her headphones on and working on her crafting projects, but as many of us at HOTP, we have a couple of roles we get to play. Abbie not only is talented in the “creating” world but her background also comes with talents in the Graphics world. Lucky us!!! From time to time you’ll also find her in the Graphics Department – helping and designing where needed.

Abbie creating in the Graphics Department :)

Some of Abbie’s Favorites & Inspirations -


Abbie’s Favorite craft

I enjoy mailing homemade cards to my family and friends who live out-of-state. It is a great way to connect to them, and I enjoy engaging myself in a creative project and to have fun with it.


Gathering her inspiration -

I try to listen to the sounds around me while I work on projects. Lovely and fulfilling images come to mind that I put back into the work. And when I am uninspired, I go straight for my headphones and listen to music. Of course, I also go to the computer and search online when there is time. Pinterest is great!


A history lesson by Abbie –

My first crafting project was also a small business endeavor I began when I was nine–producing cheap stationary sets for my family to buy. The business didn’t last very long, but my enthusiasm for design and creating did. When I was older my cousin sold scrapbook supplies and introduced me to a serious side of crafting. And graduating with art degree in college was great preparation for the crafting and creating I do today. :)

I was last employed for a small private school in Salem. I began designing materials for their admissions department, and the position eventually expanded to also include communications and marketing. It’s a switch for me to have coordinated school publicity and now be given creative projects to work on at HOTP, and I think focusing on my roots in art is good for me. I sure enjoy it, even on my bad days. :)


First day’s are always fun….

My first day at HOTP was somewhat of a blur. Coworkers shared about the different kinds of projects and product techniques, initially flying over my head by the end of the day. But everyone encouraged me to jump into a project and begin experimenting with the materials to help their insight begin to marinate that day. Now I sit in my workstation at HOTP and gather, measure, cut, glue, Zot™, and share in feedback sessions with other designers. On any given day, I can be found also helping in graphics and prepress using my computer skills.


Something exciting you are working on or about to work on…

  • There are many projects I have not worked through yet, but I will say Girlfriend’s Getaway was fun! :)
  • I get excited about the new products I get a preview of at HOTP, helpful for a heads-up planning of future projects. And getting a jump on the creative possibilities for them is exciting for sure.


On a personal note –


Abbie with friends & family :)

I grew up in the Midwest where my family still lives today. And while I am the independent girl living a flight away from them all, I am okay with the travel. I quite enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest and being near great friends who have become like family to me over the years. A bonus is living among the wooded landscapes, ocean beaches, and snow-capped mountains!


My interests help describe me best, not only because I use them frequently at HOTP, because my interests are varied.

-  Vocal and Instrumental Music

-  Biology

-  Fine and Computer Arts

-  Athletics

-  Creative and journal writing

-  Playing with technology


High School Girls Softball coaching – Leading her girls to State Finals




Thanks Abbie for taking some time and letting us into your world :) Welcome to Paper Wishes & HOTP – we are sure glad you are here!


And don’t forget to SMILE, it’s the best thing you can wear!

Thanks for reading my little blog

~ Cristina :)



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Girlfriends Getaway!


What is Girlfriends Getaway? That was the first questioned I asked! I wasn’t able to attend last year, since I had just given birth to my son Emerson <3

Well, if you aren’t familiar with GG, let me tell you about this wonderful event! Each year, for one day Paulette Jarvey (owner) of Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes® holds an event of creativity. This year she featured so many fun projects – from creating cards or a page, creating an album, some different techniques with tags and creating a mini book!

Sandy showing her Butterfly Card

98 attendees joined us this year! The day started off with great energy as everyone arrived with moms, sisters, best friends, friends and I’m sure along the way, new friends were made! I know made some new ones – as Kris, Hailie and I helped out with passing out glue sticks, free prizes, M&M’s, glitter and so much more! I loved the interaction I had with many of the ladies – I got to see their projects, I met sisters, moms, cousins, best friends and I was even bribed with picking their names out of the prize basket. But they did eventually win! (NO bribe was needed)…LOL


We had a couple of ladies who traveled from out of the area, Sue Beaupre, from Winsor Ontario, Canada and from Ariana Fish from Wheeling, Illinois.  I was delighted that I had a chance to chat with Sue – as she expressed her gratitude for the webisodes, newsletters and all that we do. Theses were the smiles that made the day :) getting to know our customers and seeing their love for the craft

Paulette teaching

Working on the projects

Did I mention the prizes? During the year, Stan our Paper Wishes® buyer receives all kinds of goodies that companies send us for samples. We then turn around and give them as prizes! Debbie should be everyone’s best friend as she put them all together.  During the event, each hour 10-11 prizes were given out and if you didn’t win – your name was entered into the Grand Prize! We gave a total of 65 prizes. However, nobody walked away empty handed – because through out the day Paulette would announce – little things like, Do you love the Design tools??? Well you get to keep them!! :) Along with a metal stencil there were many little surprises like this the entire day that Paulette gave the attendees. Paulette loves her customers and loves to spoil them and it REALLY showed today!! We even got to sing Happy Birthday to attendee Krystal Snyder!!

Paulette one-on-one

Very pretty ladies!

Paulette spends just about the whole year planning the event and coming up with projects that everyone would love to discover. The whole company gets involved in planning, setting and breakdown – starting with Susan Cobb (our designer) who designed the projects that were shown, Debbie Samples sent out invites, got everyone registered, helped finding hotels, put together the sample sale, ordered lunch, put together all the fabulous prizes, plus so much more.

Here’s the list of all employees that helped set up, helped during the event, helped breaking down the event, or helped wherever was needed: Mike (Paulette’s Husband), Sandy (VP of Operation), Adam (Paulette’s son), Stan (Buyer), Linda (Warehouse manager), Kayla (Inventory), Kris (Warehouse Assistant), Hailie (Warehouse Assistant), Athena (Management Assist/Proofer), Kyla (Art Director), Steve O. (Web manager), Steve P. (Technology manager), Malia L. (Key accounts), Sharon (Kit Coordinator), Vera (Supreme packager), Mike Murphy (Warehouse Assistant), Jeweli (Warehouse Assistant), Corey Toews (Accounting) also Sarah (Sharon’s Daughter), Tom Juhala and Bruce.  A huge THANK-YOU goes out to all of them :) We ROCK!  

Adam at work – massages were available as needed! VERY SPOILED!

Debbie setting up the Sample Sale

With all our sore legs and tired fingers – it was worth the efforts & the smiles!! Thank you to all who attended – You made the day! See you all next year :) and if you’d like to attend next year – please contact Debbie Samples, at And the sooner the better!

And just remember – to “Craft” like nobody is watching!

Thanks for reading my little blog

~ Cristina

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Meet Gail Booth – Our Newest Hot Off The Press Designer

As Gail settles in here at Hot Off The Press…I wanted to get a chance to find out a little more about her. You might have seen Gail in our webisodes, as she is taking over for Ann Barba.

Q: How did you discover the “therapy” of crafting?

A: I come from a family of eight children, and I get my artistic and crafting abilities from both of my parents. With such a large family we had a limited budget, so I learned to entertain myself by making things out of whatever was handy. I’ve done scrapbooking with paper grocery bags (and I was quite pleased with the results), and I’ve made magic wands out of old flashlights that would make Harry Potter envious.


Q: What do you love creating the most?

A: In paper crafting my favorite projects are usually cards, and when I can I like to put a lot of time into the small details. I also love origami and kirigami techniques, plus I share that love with my oldest son, Lance. I developed a love for quilting from my Mom and my Grandmother, and I do hand quilting on cold winter evenings, in front of the television. I love to draw too, and I am pleased to say that my youngest son, Connor shares that passion.


Gail’s son – Lance

Gail’s son – Connor

Q: How do you gather your inspirations for your projects?

A: I find that my greatest artistic motivations come from nature, so I naturally love spending time camping (in a tent) with my two boys whenever I can.



Q: Tell us about the first day at HOTP?

A: My first day here left me a little dazed with loads of new information (“these are Dazzles, not stickers”), but my new friends here have made me feel like part of the family. My work here at Hot Off The Press has given me the greatest opportunity to use my artistic side. Being on the design team is a great privilege because I’m working with such a creative team. I learn something new from the other designers every day. I’m sure that my webisode presentations will get better over time, but for such a small person, Ann really left some big shoes to fill.

Q: What are some of the things that are excited about being part of HOTP?

A: I love getting a “sneak peek” at upcoming paper packs (wait until you see them!) and figuring new ways to use them. I also love experimenting with the new tools, just like my Dad taught me (thanks Dad).

Q: What are some of your “new” favorites?

A: Embossing powders are my favorite must have when working on cards. They add such a classy look. I’m really starting to get hooked on Thin Line Dazzles too, because it’s so quick to add highlights with them.

Q: What is one of your favorite little tips?
A: I like to cut out artwork from a patterned paper and layer right back on top of the same artwork with foam tape. It adds dimension easily and highlights those beautifully decorated papers

Q: When you aren’t crafing what are some things you like to do:

A: When I’m not restoring my historic home, I’m spending time with my two wonderfully talented boys. We love playing board games best, reading like maniacs, hiking and geo-caching too – it’s fun, look it up! My latest big thrill is singing karaoke, and I do that whenever I can get friends together. I had the good fortune to win an opportunity to sing on stage with a fantastic band at the Hollywood Theater in Portland a couple of years ago. It was the thrill of a lifetime for me, and I have pictures to prove it!

Gail performing on stage


Thanks for the opportunity to share, I guess it’s time for me to go “play” at work!



Thank you Gail for sharing! These are just a few of Gail’s beautiful projects. Please make sure you catch Paulette & Gail – each Wednesday, on our Weekly Webisodes!

Click here for instructions

click here for instructions

And just remember – Being creative is NOT a hobby, it is a way of life!

Thanks for reading my little blog :)

Happy Birthday to my oldest son, Antonio :)

~ Cristina –


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