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National Scrapbooking Day

Have you heard? Saturday, May 3rd is National Scrapbooking Day!

We at Paper Wishes want you to have the right tools for this special day! So from April 28th thru May 4th you can take 15% off the highest price item in your cart!

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Make it a day that you gather with friends, and craft the day away! It’s the perfect day to get caught up on those projects you’ve been meaning to get to, or a great time to try a new technique!

To add to your fun you can connect with other crafters from all over by joining our Message board! We hope your National Scrapbooking Day is filled with fun, friends, and lots of creativity!

Happy crafting!

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WOW . . . Week of Webisodes!

Hey Crafters, you definitely don’t want to miss out on WOW ! What’s WOW you ask?

ONLY THE BEST WEEK EVER!

A whole Week Of Webisodes dedicated to showcasing new product, and exciting techniques and it’s happening April 28th through May 2nd!

If you haven’t seen Paper Wishes Weekly Webisode Gallery now is the time to get caught up on past episodes! Through our Webisodes we can share with you amazing techniques and projects that our designers have created, and we can pass on to you just how it was done! I’ll highlight a few of my favorites to get you started and then you can explore and find your favorite Webisodes!

Each card that you’ll see below is highlighted within it’s Webisode, and Paulette and Gail will show you just how the look is achieved.

1. You’ve used it before, but maybe not like this! Check out the Distress Paints webisode.

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2. This webisode will show you how magical  Crystal Micro Glitter can be!

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3. Why not take a new product out for a spin! Learn more about Shimmer Sheetz in this colorful webisode!

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I hope you enjoy some of my favorite Webisodes,

and I hope you find a few favorites of your own!

Make sure to join us for WOW starting April 28th through May 2nd, and Happy Crafting!

 

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HOTP Embossing Folders!

Good Day Crafters! At first glance you might think an embossing folder only has one function, to emboss. But thanks to our designers at HOTP, I have the pleasure of sharing with you multiple techniques using our HOTP Paper Artist Embossing Folders!!! First I have to tell you one of my favorite features about the Paper Artist Embossing Folders. I love that each one has a black image printed right onto the folder. It makes it so easy to see the design itself, and easier to find among all your folders. (Because if your like me you have to BUY THEM ALL!)

Let’s start with our whimsical HOTP Dandelion Embossing Folder. I love the way Lawrian embossed this image onto a transparency sheet and then sandpapered it to create this soft and delicate looking card.

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Instructions can be found here.

Here is a completely different look using the same HOTP Dandelion Embossing Folder.  I created this card by embossing onto Silver Linen Specialty Paper, and then coloring the image using Smooches™! I placed a delightful Fairy Dazzles™ on top of the embossed image to add some whimsy!

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Instructions can be found here.

Have you ever thought of using an embossing folder on a page? In this next sample LeNae shows us just how beautiful and easy it is to use Embossing Folders on a layout! She created the top background paper by repeatedly embossing kraft colored cardstock with HOTP Hearts & Dots Embossing Folder, and then inked it with black ink. You’ll also notice that she used the HOTP Dandelion Embossing Folder as a featured element for here page. After embossing the image she lightly applied white chalk for a subtle look.

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Instructions can be found here.

I’m so in love with this next technique Gail did using the HOTP Flower Corners Embossing Folder and Metallics Perfect Pearls™!  It’s amazing how brushing a little Perfect Pearls onto a raised image can create such an incredible WOW factor! She repeated the same technique on the inside, but chose to cut out the flower corner for a different look. So fun!

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Instructions can be found here.

Here’s a tone on tone look using the same HOTP Flower Corners Embossing Folder  and Distress Inks.  Using 4 colored papers from the Pretty Little Posies scrapbook double sided paper  I embossed each one with the Flower Corners Embossing Folder . Next each raised image was inked with a corresponding color in Distress inks. All that was left to do was cut out the images, and paper piece them back together! But this card could not be complete without first embellishing it with   one of HOTP’s newest additions to the family . . . Pretty Little Posies EMBELLIES™! (WARNING: Embellies™ can be highly addicting and should be used frequently for crafting purposes!)

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Instructions can be found here.

I’m glad I was able to share some fun and feature a few techniques using these incredible Embossing Folders, BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!  If you ACT NOW you can click on this link,  and see for yourself many more techniques using our Paper Artist Embossing Folders featured in one of our Weekly Webisodes!  So what are you waiting for . . . Go explore some Webisodes, and get crafting!

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Metal Technique!

Good day Crafters! It’s nice to see your smiling faces! Are you ready to add some WOW to you r cards and pages? Your going to love the impact, and shine you get with this next product!

Metal Leaf sheets are the perfect way to really make your projects shine! We have Variegated Green Metal Leaf Sheets, Variegated Red Metal Leaf Sheets, Copper Metal Leaf Sheets and even more metal leaf sets on the way!

The technique is simple and yields AMAZING results! You simply add the Palette Stamp & Stick Glue pad Kit Adhesive Solution to what ever tools or project your working on.

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Susan used the Lollipop Tree Cling Rubber Stamp to apply the adhesive solution to.

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Then place the Metal Sheets over the stamped area. For this sample Susan used Green Variegated Metal Leaf Sheets.

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Next you take the Scoochy Foam  and remove any excess metal leaf from the your project. The Smoochy Foam is a rough, long lasting foam and perfect for removing excess metal leaf or glitter from your stamped projects and artwork.

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And the results of this simple technique . . .

 Susan matted the tree using the Design Tool Kit#6, and used the Geometric Paper Pack to pull all the colors from the metal sheet together for a card that shines and shimmers!

The technique of metal leafing really does create one of a kind exquisite cards, and projects that would make excellent keepsakes or gifts.

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You can find instructions here

It’s not just for stamping though! Just look at these other looks Susan created using the same adhesive and metal sheets! Here Susan used the same process as above, but replaced the stamp with the Ring Doily 6″x6″ Crafting Stencil.

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You can find instructions here

For this last look,  Chalkboard Double Side Paper Pack Enchanted Moments Dazzles™,  Design Tool Kit#5, and Double Sided Adhesive sheets were used. Susan placed the Enchanted Moments Dazzles™ butterfly onto the adhesive sheets and then placed the metal sheet on top of that to create custom metal leafed butterflies for this dazzling card!

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You can find instructions here

What I love best about this technique is that because the metal sheets fall apart after the first use, each time you reuse them they create layers and textures and every project turn out a little different! Just think of all the projects you could use this technique on! Make sure to check out Metal Leafing webisode in our weekly webisode gallery  ! Happy Crafting!

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Shimmer Sheetz!

Hello there fellow crafters! I have an extremely exciting product to share with you today! We at Paper Wishes are in love with Shimmer Sheetz! What is a Shimmer Sheetz you say?  Well let me tell you! Shimmer Sheetz by Elizabeth Crafts come in iridescent shades of blue, purple and green on a 5”x12” Mylar sheet. Shimmer Sheetz are completely versatile and can be used for stamping, heat embossing and die-cutting machines. You’ll have tons of fun creating and discovering these wonderful gems plus they are perfect for mixed media projects, scrapbook pages, card making, home décor and so more much! I love the dimension and texture they add to a project!

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I can’t wait for you to see some of the amazing things you can do with this fun new product!!! Just look at this beautiful technique using HOTP Flower Corner embossing folder. Susan created this lovely look by embossing the Shimmer Sheetz, sanding them, and then cutting out the individual flowers to create a layered effect. For finishing touches she placed Silver Jewel Dazzles™ in the center of the flowers and added Silver Jewel Border Dazzles™ to the edges.

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You can find instructions here

You can also use Shimmer Sheetz to back Dazzles™! This scrapbook layout was created with HOTP Chalkboard Double Sided Scrapbook Paper Pack, and by layering HOTP Enchanted Moments Scrapbooking Dazzles™ onto Fire Opal Shimmer Sheetz. This highlights the Dazzles™ and gives them a magnificent iridescent quality. Gorgeous!

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You can find instructions here

This next card by LeNae is seriously a show stopper!!! It’s absolutely Stunning and would a card anyone would truly appreciate receiving. The flowers from HOTP Fresh Cut Stamp Set were stamped onto Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz sampler set. Next the flowers were then cut out, and the edges where curled by slightly heating them with a heat gun. They were layered on top of Shimmer Sheetz that had been embossed with HOTP Woven Lattice Embossing Folder.  If I received this card it would definitely be out on display for everyone to see!

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You can find instructions here

Are you ready for a Shimmering Sheetz color explosion? Shimmer Sheetz absolutely look unbelievably delightful on this next card! Gail used Shimmer Sheetz Iris Sampler Set, Dee’s Distinctively Hummingbird Cutting Die, and HOTP Grapefruit Double Sided Paper Pack to create this vibrant card. This card really sparkles and shines!

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You can find instructions here

Try exploring all the amazing techniques you can do with Shimmer Sheetz today!

For information on techniques like these and much more you can check out our webisode on Shimmer Sheetz located in our weekly webisode gallery!

Happy Crafting!

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Stamping Fun!

Good Day crafters! Stamping isa great way to craft, and the perfect tool for card making and scrapbooking. You can use stamps in such a variety of ways, and achieve amazing results. The best part about stamping is the ability to take  one stamp and create a variety of designs with the same stamp. For example, you could take a Hot Off The Press Butterfly stamp and create a soft pastel card using Versamark™ ink and chalks, or make a bold striking card using black ink and spectrum Noir “Brights” sets to color in those same butterflies. The possibilities are endless! WOW, what a fabulous set of tools stamps can be! As you can see, each stamp set comes with multiple stamps plus sweet sentiments…even the small stamps! Not only are they affordable, but they can be used over and over for many types of projects and occasions.

I’ll take you through some projects created by Gail Booth, Susan Cobb, LeNae Gerig, Teresa Welch and myself showing you several techniques with a few of Hot Off The Press Clear Acrylic Stamps! Here are all the stamps that I’ll be featuring – including Flower Small Stamp, Bee Happy Small Stamp Set, Dress Form Small Stamp Set and Janie’s Carousel Clear Acrylic Stamp Set.

Let’s start with Hot Off The Press Flower Small Stamp Have you ever thought of using a small stamp to fill up an entire 12×12 layout? With just one small stamp you can use several techniques to pull an entire layout together! This project, created by “yours truly” was made for Weekly Webisodes that airs each Wednesday on Paper Wishes.com. This webisode featured Hot Off The Press New 2014.

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I used a masking technique plus an embossing technique to create an elegant black and white scrapbooking page! With the masking technique, I created a one-of-a-kind elegant floral frame to capture the beautiful prom photo. Using the same flower image, I stamped the flower in a straight line with Versamark™ ink, then applied white embossing powder to create a unique border that finished the page beautifully.  Did you notice the “photo corners” on the picture? So simple and added that finishing touch simply by stamping and embossing!

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For complete instruction you can click here.

This elegant card created by Gail features, Hot Off The Press’  Dress Form Small Stamp

There are a couple of techniques on this fabulous card including stamping the same image multiple times and paper piecing your stamped images. Such an elegant card that any best friend would love to receive it.

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You make my world go round card, created by LeNae features Hot Off The Press’ Janie’s Carousel Stamp Set.  LeNae
combined Jewel Pearlescent Chalks along with Smooches inks to create a soft pastel look. Another fun technique LeNae featured was stamping, coloring and cutting parts of the stamped image out. Once you’ve done all that, simply apply your cut out parts and foam tape them to the tops of the images to create a 3-D effect.

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So many techniques on this card! I love it!! The inside of the card features stamping only half the image. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? But, look at the
results! I think inventive is the right way to describe how ingenious the technique is!

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As you can see, stamping can be completely versatile! You can used it for card making, however you can see in this fabulous Scrapbooking page created by Teresa Welch, it can also be used for scrapbook pages.  Using the same stamp as LeNae used Teresa
created this page by stamping onto Stolen Moments patterned papers. This beautiful scrapbooking page was featured during WOW (Week of Webisodes) First Look that aired Jan 2014. If you’d like to take a peek click here!
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And last but not least… Let’s take a look at this Bee Happy Small Stamp by Hot Off The Press! Down below I’ll show you a couple of projects that both used the Bee Happy Stamp, but again created two completely different looks along with more creative stamping techniques!

 I used Copper Zing Embossing power on the Bee’s back. I used a Versamark™ Pen to color in the area and then applied the embossing powder. The Bee has a “Zing” to it! I also stamped the Bee image onto vellum paper and cut them out to create a fun 3-D effect.

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 For complete instructions click here.

Cherish Yesterday Card created by Teresa, used almost the same technique as I did in the Bee Happy Card. Instead of applying embossing powder, she stamped the Bee onto patterned paper Chalkboard paper pack , and then stamped the image onto vellum, again creating the same 3-D effect. Just brilliant!

It’s amazing just how many different looks you can get with just one stamp! I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post, and I hope that I’ve inspired you with NEW stamping techniques or have inspired you to join the stamping fun! Try using one of these great techniques that we’ve shared, or create a new technique of your own!

PaperWishes.com is a great resource for craft project ideas, card making and scrapbooking techniques PLUS… all this information is FREE and can be accessed at any time! Be sure to check out the Paper Wishes Gallery where you’ll find over 1000 project ideas including card making, scrapbook pages, papers crafts and more! Enjoy, and happy stamping!

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Backstage Pass to HOTP Designers Studio!

Have you ever wondered what the studio space for Hot Off The Press in house Designers looks like?  Well here’s your chance to take a peek! I took a few behind the scenes photo’s so you can see where our designer’s come up with their fabulous ideas.   You get a  glimpse of the products we love to use carried by Paper Wishes!

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Let’s jump into our design studio, where our designers create fabulous samples to

kick start our Crafty Customers Creativity! (Wow, say that 5 times fast!)

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This is the shelving unit that holds all of our crafting goodies! We have everything you can think of at our disposal to spark our creativity!

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We have an ink pad tower that our wonderful Gail Booth put together for us. It’s filled with all the Chalk Inks and Distress Inks that we carry at Paper Wishes.

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 Of course we must have Encrusted Jewels in case we need to add bling and texture to our projects.

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We have all the delicious colors of the Spectrum Noir pen sets!

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If the power goes out and we are stuck during a storm….it’s okay….we have plenty of Stickles to keep us occupied.

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Would anyone like a Smooch?

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Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you that is an entire shelf of ribbon. It’s filled with ribbon sets that perfectly coordinate with all of our paper packs!

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Can you ever really have to many Dazzles™ . . . I think NOT!

Last but not least I have to share one of my favorite things about Hot Off The Press offices. We are a dog friendly office,

so at any given time during the day while working we get a little personal drop in at our desks from our adorable pooches!

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Lu loves to chew all things because he’s still going through a puppy phase. He really needs to learn how to let that go.

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Princess is the resident mellow dog. She floats from room to room saying “Hi”.

Of course while she’s there she’ll take a sneak peak in your garbage can just in case you threw away something of value . . . like a hot dog maybe!

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Beautiful Belle sticks closely by her owner Mike and never leaves his side. This is where she waits when Mike has to run out of the office. Bing an Australian Sheep dog and all, she feels it’s her duty to herd people out of the conference room after meetings conclude.

Please stay tuned to more behind the scenes postings because we have so much more to share! Have a happy Friday and get crafting!

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March Designers Challenge Winner

We are happy to announce this months Winner for the Paper Wishes® Designers Challenge in the message board!

Each month crafters are given a few challenges to go along with a sketch. This month for the Designer Challenge crafters were asked to use flowers and Jewel Border Dazzles™! We also challenged them this month to try using stamps to create an original background paper!

And the Winner is . . .

Karen Hale

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 Karen is a retired Office Manager and lives on the Texas Gulf Coast with her husband and 2 kitty babies. Since retiring Karen has become an avid paper craft-aholic.  She says if she has to choose one HOTP product to recommend, It would have to be the lovely paper packs and specialty papers. Karen also adds “The papers are a nice weight, in gorgeous colors and coordinated designs  which makes combining them in your projects a  breeze.  A big Thank You to all at HOTP for the continued inspiration and excellent customer service.”

We love your charming layered card Karen!

The colors are vibrant and you met the challenge with lot’s of creativity!

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You can join us for the next challenge on the Paper Wishes Message Board.  Simply click on the thread entitled Designer Challenge for that month and follow the instructions. Everyone is invited to play with us! These challenges are meant to be fun and inspire creativity!

Create a card or a scrapbook page, this way everyone can participate.
Winner will receive a $15.00 Paper Wishes® gift certificate.
You can enter more then once. What are you waiting for . . . start creating today!

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April Fools Day

Good afternoon crafters ! We here at Paper Wishes have a wonderful sense of humor, and would never pass on

the opportunity to participate in a good joke ! So please be sure to stop by and check out our April Fool’s clip

featured in our Hot Off The Press Embossing Folders Webisode!

Come meet our NEW Hosts! LOL ;-)

You’ll get a good laugh as well as some amazing techniques to use with Hot Off The Press’ New embossing folders!

Hope you have a happy, and mischievous April Fool’s Day!

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Easter Fun!

Crafter’s get ready because I’ve got some Easter Fun to share with you!  The holiday is fast approaching and it’s time to start thinking about what adorable cards, and gifts you could make with the perfect Easter products! We have an amazing bundle of products to kick start your Easter creativity!

Just look at this delightful card created by LeNae.

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It’s always fun to create charming one of a kind gifts to give for the holiday’s…especially ones that hold sweet treats like this Easter goodie box made by Debbie.

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Debbie also made this beautiful Baroque Cross card that captures all the colors of spring in a very elegant way.

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You can find lots of inspiring ideas by going Here to see our latest webisode on Easter Special.

Get going and create your own Easter fun today!

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