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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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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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