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So many tips & tricks on 101 sites!

Have you had a chance to check out Paper Wishes 101 sites? Well if you haven’t had a chance…you are definitely missing out on LOTS of FREE techniques, tips and best of all inspiration!

Three different 101 sites to choose from – something for everyone:

Each month the designers come up with a different technique, trick or tip. They are usually simple and easy to follow along. This month in each section we are featured HOTP’s beautiful paper pack – Fresh Cut Blossoms.


Scrapbooking 101 -

Love & Happiness by LeNae Gerig < Click here to get complete instructions

Tip: Create banners for your page using strips of patterned paper and cutting an inverted “v” into one end, creating the “ribbon” look on your page.


 CardMaking 101

Get Well Soon By LeNae Gerig  < Click here to get complete instructions

Tip: Repurpose the used Fresh Cut Foil Tags & Labels backing sheet to create more labels from patterned paper.


 Stamping 101

Think of You By Ann Barba < Click here to get complete instructions

Tip: To make the greetings appear in your flower shapes, first stamp the greeting on scrap paper creating a mask. Trim around the greeting and place on cardstock. Then, stamp the large flower image over the mask. Remove the mask and stamp the greeting in the blank space. The Perfect Printing Pouch helps your embossed images stay crisp, and prevents stray embossing powder from sticking to other parts of your card.


I’ve found soo much information on each of these sites. From videos, simple tricks, Q&A, notes on the designers…the list just goes on and on. These sites are a great resource that everyone should dive into and bookmark them, as we update them each month.

Stamping 101 – you can find information about alcohol inks, watch past webisodes, stamping on other surfaces, a how to video on Masking  and SOOOOO much more. Click here to >

Cardmaking 101 – Basic techniques section you’ll find videos on the following: Covering the front of the card, Creating a focal, Card folds, Windows and Templates…plus so much more! Don’t forget to check out the Monthlly projects section. You’ll find plenty of beautiful projects.

Scrapbooking 101 - Scrapbooking Articles! < click here

The list goes on forever with sooo much useful information. You can spend hours discovering NEW ideas. You’ll find basic scrapbooking knowledge or just cruising the Project of the Month (gallery).

I found information on Back to School Scrapbooking , How to create a simple layout, direct to paper ink technique, and tips on photos….and on and on…


I do hope you find some (uninterrupted) time to check out the sites. These sites are FREE and best of all you can refer to them at any time!


So just remember….

~ A good friend shops for Scrapbook supplies with you…however A true friend HELPS you hide the stash when you get home. :)


Thanks for reading my little blog – Enjoy!

~ Cristina

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Halloween Treats…just for you!


Halloween is such a fun time of the year! From decorating the house, the front of the door, costumes figured out for the kids, baking cookies and YES…Crafting! Seems like a lot of us don’t have “extra” time to come up with all these neat little projects that we have floating in our heads. Well – I’ve found some solutions for YOU and me both!


This week we introduced Gail Booth, our newest designer – with our “Treat NO Tricks” Halloween Special Halloween! (click here to watch now)

Come watch Paulette & Gail unfold all the “goodies” they have in store for you!

We’ve also put together this fabulous Halloween Money Saver

Soooo many treats! All for $29.99



Here’s some other great Halloween items – not only time savers,

but super fun and cute!


Halloween Finish in a Flash™

Click on the picture for more information

Projects using this Finish In a Flash Halloween kit:

Click on picture for instructions


Click on picture for instructions




Halloween Papers & Die-Cuts


 project using Halloween Papers & Die cuts:


Halloween Scrapbooking Dazzles™

Click here for more information


A fun way to use the Scrapbooking Dazzles™




Halloween Papers with Dazzles™

Click here for more information

Using the Halloween Papers & Gothic Dazzles


There’s sooo much more!

Here’s a little tip – When I’m in a hurry and need to find things quickly, I go into the search field  on and type Halloween…(click here to see all the Halloween items on


Have a safe and fun Halloween! I can’t wait to put my little guy in his costume :)

Enjoy!  ~ Cristina






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Celebrate World Card Making Day!


To celebrate World Card Making Day, let’s make cards for our troops!

Operation Write Home’s  whole mission is to support our nation’s armed forces by sending them blank handmade greeting cards for the troops to send home.


To help get started we’ve put together an incredible money saver, (valued over $50.00). Click here to get started!

















Be sure to check out Paper Wishes Message Board – Lots of planning for Blog Hops and other fun activities! Please join the fun by becoming a Paper Wishes Message Board member – Click here to find out more.

You can also visit for more information on Operation Write home.

Thank you for reading my little blog :)

~ Cristina


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Hurry! Last chance….

Don’t miss out on the chance to save 15% Off the highest priced item on your order!

Offer is valid until September 29, 2012!!




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3 NEW Dies from Spellbinders – Come play with us!

Me and My girls – by Susan Cobb

NEW Spellbinders™ Majestic Dies!

Come watch Paulette & Ann discover all the “magic” with these Majestic Dies– featuring 3 sets of dies including Resplendent Rectangles, Exquisite Circles and Marvelous Squares! These dies are so intricately detailed – make one pass for a gorgeous die-cut shape!

Birthday Card – by Susan Cobb
using Exquisite Circles

Don’t forget to check out the Money Saver. Click on the Money saver down below for more information.

 Come play with us!…


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Celebrate with 15% Off!!

Kids are back to school, time for you to have fun! Paper Wishes will help you celebrate with 15% Off the highest priced item in your shopping cart!! YAHOO!! Valid until September 29th, 2012 – HAPPY MONDAY!!



















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2012 Collections by Hot off the Press

Fall season is just around the corner…most of you should have received your copy of the 2012 Fall Paper Wishes catalog. It arrived early September with lots of Goodies! This catalog brings NEW collections from Hot off the Press. Taking a lot of the guesswork of trying to find all the goodies for your crafting projects.

Some of the collections have been featured in our Weekly Webisodes such as Fresh Cut, and COLOR ME Double Dipped! You can always find past webisodes by going to click on the Webisode & Gallery Archive and search by name.  However I’ve made things a little easier by clicking on them below.



Color ME Double Dipped

(click here to watch)


Fresh Cut Collection

(click here to watch)


More Collections from Hot Off the Press


Winter’s Flannel featured in Teresa’s Christmas Cardmaking WOW  (click here to watch)




Christmas Lace - featured in Teresa’s Christmas Cardmaking WOW  (click here to watch)



Home Grown



Botanical Etchings


We hope you enjoy each collection! There’s definitely something for everyone in the 2012 Fall Paper Wishes Catalog!

Let me know what you think…and don’t forget to smile, because your Smile is the BEST accessory you can wear!

Thanks you reading my little blog  ~ Cristina

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Stamp Camp Week of Webisode – RECAP!

WOW, what a great week it was. I know I learned tons of new techniques, and so much inspiration. Thanks Paulette & Ann for all the great webisodes…I’m still trying to figure out what my favorite day was.


Day 1 – started with Teresa’s DVD  (Click here to view)

Teresa’s DVD has 130 cards, along with several techniques. Paulette & Ann just covered a few of them – such as Marbleizing technique using Smooch inks, chalk inks and spectrum noir pens, along with several embossing techniques. If you missed it, please click on the link and you’ll be in for a treat!

Money Saver  


Day 2 – Perfect Pearls (click here to view)

WOW, WOW, WOW – I’m amazed with the projects that were created using the Perfect Pearls. So many ways to use the powders! I know when I received the sets in my office we all oooooo’d and aaaaa’d about them. But I was “forced” to hand them over to the designers to create their magic! Well they never disappoint. 6 projects were shown, however Ann did several demos from basic use to little more difficult!

Money Saver:




Day 3 – Gelatos!

NO no no not the ice cream! But according to Ann, she loves them just the same! This day brought a little bit of a issue, as some of you might have notice – Early last week, Kayla our Inventory Control specialist let me know that there was a train derailment in California, which held up UPS, with some of our goods! With this came back ordering and some pricing issues. We are very sorry for all the confusion. Water brush will be back in stock in at the end of August and the missing Gelatos colors should be back in stock around August 13. We do apologize and if you’d like to receive an email when they are back in stock you can do so by click on the link, then entering your email address.

Water Brushes

Gelatos Colors Money Saver


Day 4 – Doodle Stampers & Monoprinting Technique! (click here to view)

Ann showed us all how you use the Doodler stampers, and gave us little tips and tricks. She also showed us how to do the Monoprinting technique along with all the fabulous projects that our designers created.  This was a fun day, with the new stampers and new techniques and all the ideas that come about when viewing all the projects.

 Money Saver:



Day 5 – Frantage!

I have to be honest; I think this was my favorite day! When crafting I don’t really use a lot of embossing powers, however after this day I changed my mind. I’m amazing with these powder as well as the MICA fragments. The projects that were created were simply beautiful. I hope you tune into this day and see the projects that were created and the demos Ann did. I know it will inspire you to create magic!

Money Saver

Super fun, and tons of new ideas, techniques and of course inspiration. I’m always impressed with all the projects that our Designers create.Thanks Ladies for all your hard work!! – Susan, Lodell, LeNea and Ann!

I’ve posted links to each day, however if you ever miss or need to go back and review a webisode, all of our webisodes are on the site for you to go back to. If you simply go to:   Click on the link: Webisode & Gallery Archive – it will be there waiting for you :)

When people ask you, “How did you get to be so creative”? Simply reply with a smile and say, “I ate paste as a child”.

Thanks for reading my little blog.

~ Cristina


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Beads, Glitter, Sparkle, Shine, Tinsel = Little Bottles!

Little bottles, is what I’ve named these little treasures! Oh the fun you are going to have using all these wonderful little packages! These little bottles, from Act-C™ come in a couple of sets. A glitter set and a Bead set each include 8 different colors. But here’s the beauty of them – each color comes in 3 little bottles, and NO set is EXACTLY the same …

(Glitter Set)

(Bead Set)

Ranging in colors from gold, pink, purple, black, white, blue…and on and on. I happened to pick up the yellow bead set to find that it contains little stars



Blue bead set, comes with 3 different sizes and shapes of beautiful blue beads…LOVE THEM!

Not only will you be able to add Sparkle and Tinsel to your projects, but you’ll also have added inspiration with the beads! Giving all your projects shimmering finishes!











NO these weren’t my favorite ones, because picking one color just isn’t an easy task! Believe me I tried, seem like as soon as I put one down…there was another color in a completely different size or shape and color of bead or glitter.

We found so many unique ways of using these little bottles however, I think we found one of the best ways to use them! Hot off the Press, Double Stick Dazzles™. A perfect combination – and so easy to use. I’ve listed some of the Double Stick Dazzles™., along with a couple of projects to give you some added inspiration!



You’ll have a total of 24 bottles in each collection! However each set can be purchased separately.  What do you think? Do you believe in love at first site? How will you use these little bottles?


Just remember…. Precious moments are like jewels, they add “glitter” to our lives!  Thank you for taking the time to read our little blog ~ Cristina





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Mini Books!!

Make it your own! Think outside of the box…Create a baby book, a custom journal, an array of wedding pictures or of a special event! Come on, you can do it!! Mini books are another way of creating something based on your personal choices of a special moment…or just for the fun of it.

The hardest part of creating a mini book is all the choices you have, choices are really unlimited…Color of paper, choice of embellishments, how many pages, your subject, the way you want to put it all together. First step…first start by picking your subject. Mine would be every easy, Emerson

In some of our newsletters, I’ve asked our designers to create a couple of mini books using items you normally would think to use. And of course, Ann & Susan being as creative as they are, came up with some pretty cool books!  It’s amazing what you can do with stencils, when you think outside of the box!



Click on the pictures to take to you to supply list and instructions



Click on the pictures to take to you to supply list and instructions


This mini book used – Build a Banner Template to create the shape….VERY CUTE!! Love the colors of the paper :)


We also carry a Mixed media kit, from our friends at Prima.  It’s another fun way of creating your own little book!(see what Susan came up with)


The album includes 6 double-sided printed cardstock sheets, 4 plain cardstock sheets, 4 plastic sleeves, 4 plain canvas sheets, 4 sheets of resist canvas, and 2 cardstock tags. You’ll also get kraft paper clocks and tickets, pretty brads, and chipboard elements to use to decorate the pages of your album. The cover and rings complete the album. Spritz the resist canvas for shimmery pages. You can stamp on the plain canvas sheets – the possibilities are unlimited! Use it for a special photo album that chronicles an event.

Some other little embellishments that might help you get started…

Words of Life Passwords – You’ll get 150 lightweight cardstock pieces that can be distressed, antiqued, colored, stamped over—your choice! Or simply glue them in place as is. The sentiments are perfect for many different events and occasions.

Pretty Canvas Brads!! 28 brads will add style to any project! You’ll love the pretty colors and clever design, one of my favorites!

Bright Monograms – Here are 259 oversized letters, numbers and thinga-ma-jigs, perfect for stylish scrapbook pages to start your journaling or anything to add fun to your projects!  Mix and match your fonts and letter sizes for maximum impact!

If you really put some thought into it…just about anything can be a fun embellishment. You can even use the embellishment as your focal point, such as a pair of tickets to an concert, Graduation tickets, a wedding invite, a napkin from your first date, a pressed rose…the list goes on and on…

Or on the flip side – just wing it! Because after all it can’t be wrong…when it’s yours.


Just remember –  “It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.” — Edward de Bono



On Another Note – I want to wish Ann Bernklau and her hubby to be, Felix best wishes on their wedding day. June 9th, 2012

In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting some of the fun projects that Ann created for her special day! I’m sure she will be beautiful, just like all her projects that she creates for Paper Wishes.  I couldn’t resist and gave you a little sneak peak of the invites Ann created…

Thanks for reading my little blog

~ Cristina

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