Merry Christmas from Paper Wishes!!!

 

Merry Christmas Eve!

 

Traditionally, Christmas is when people slow down to take some time for themselves, to rejuvenate and enjoy their families. But here at Paper Wishes, things have barely slowed. In fact, they haven’t slowed. With a new catalog coming soon, preparations to be made for the Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show in January, and some other BIG plans in the works that I probably can’t reveal yet, everyone here (and most of all, Paulette) is going 110%.

For us, sharing the love of papercrafting, and striving to continually offer new, different and wonderful products is what drives us. It’s the passion that lies at the core of what we do every day. But despite the work, here is just some of the Christmas fun that we’ve had over the past month!

 

Our Christmas tree in the employee lunchroom!

Our Christmas tree in the employee lunchroom!

 

Debbie on our Design Team decorated with these oversize ornaments, and a couple great family photos!

Debbie on our Design Team decorated with these oversize ornaments, and a couple great family photos!

 

Kayla, our buyer, put this advent calendar project to good use! (And I got the last candy!!!)

Kayla, our buyer, put this advent calendar project to good use! (And I got the last candy!!!)

 

Bethany, our Personal Shopper Administrator, and myself at our Semi-Secret Santa gift exchange!

Bethany, our Personal Shopper Administrator & frequent partner in crime, and myself at our gift exchange!

 

Christmas cookies courtesy of Paulette and granddaughter Penelope!!!

Delicious Christmas cookies courtesy of Paulette and granddaughter Penelope!!!

 

We have squeezed some great times into a very busy month! I’d like to thank Paulette, and all my co-workers who have helped bring Christmas magic to Paper Wishes this year. And most importantly, I want to thank all of our Paper Wishers for the incredible creativity and kindness you’ve shown! You truly are the very best part of Paper Wishes!

 

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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What’s Your Paper Wish? Final Winner + A Prize For All!!!

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Happy Tuesday! Today we’re announcing the final winner of our What’s Your Paper Wish? Facebook video giveaway! To see who our final winner is, watch below!

 

 

Congratulations!

Rhonda Swetlishoff, you’re our winner!

Your “Paper Wish” for Hot Off The Press’ Truck O’ Goodies Cutting Dies, Wonderland Artful Card Kit & Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers will be granted!

Visit our Facebook page for Rhonda’s video!

 

Rhonda, thanks for participating and for uploading your great video! You are so festive and your video really brought a smile to my face! 🙂

So that’s it for our What’s Your Paper Wish? giveaway! I’d really like to thank everyone who jumped in and participated! We had so many great videos and comments, and I loved getting to meet so many Paper Wishers! Now—remember how we said that everyone who participates receives a prize? Just click on the link below!

 

Click here for your FREE prize!!!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

 

Michelle Gustafson

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What’s Your Paper Wish? Week 2 Winner Announced!!!

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It’s Tuesday again, and today we’re announcing the Week 2 Winner of our What’s Your Paper Wish? Facebook video giveaway!

Before revealing this week’s winner, I just want to tell you how fun it’s been to see your videos! It feels like I’m getting to meet some of our Paper Wishers, and seeing the enthusiasm and excitement, not just over the giveaway, but about papercrafting is really awesome! This creative passion is the common thread that runs through all of us, and it’s been really wonderful to watch your videos from all over the US and Canada! I’m hoping to meet even more of you during our final week, and I’d love to hear from our Paper Wishers in the UK, Australia and elsewhere!

To see our Week 2 Winner, watch the video below:

 

Congratulations!

Karen Phillips, you’re our winner!

Your Paper Wish for the Gelatos® Tropical Mixed Media Set & Pastel Chalk Set will be granted!

Visit our Facebook page for Karen’s video and details on how to enter!

 

Karen, we loved your video and all the projects you shared, and your deep appreciation for the Scor-Pal (it’s a favorite around here!) I’d also like to mention that Karen and I are not related. It seems we share the same maiden name—totally coincidental! There’s still one week left in our What’s Your Paper Wish? Facebook video giveaway, so visit us on Facebook and upload your video! It’s easy and you could have your Paper Wish granted! Plus, all who enter will win a prize!

I apologize for keeping this brief—we have less than 3 weeks until the January 2016 Paper Wishes® catalog comes out! So time for me to get back to work. I hope you’re all enjoying a wonderful holiday season! 🙂

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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What’s Your Paper Wish? Week 1 Winner Announced!

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Oh. my. gosh. I just logged into the Paper Wishes Blog for the first time in over two weeks and it feels GREAT!

As many of you might be (painfully) aware, we’ve been experiencing some web troubles resulting from a system upgrade. This has caused big problems for people with logging in and ordering, and we are deeply sorry for the inconvenience. It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks, but our web team has been hard at work and things are close to being back to normal—phew!

Our system issues also had me locked out of the blog, which has been driving me a bit crazy. But finally yesterday, our web guys repaired the blog and I’m back in business—woohoo! And it’s just in the nick of time because I have a winner to announce!

Today we’re announcing our first week’s winner in our What’s Your Paper Wish? Facebook video giveaway! Watch the video below:
 

 

Congratulations!

Ruth Mickelson, you’re our winner!

Your Paper Wish for a $50 Paper Wishes® gift certificate will be granted!

 

Visit our Facebook page for Ruth’s video and details on how to enter!

 

There are still two weeks of our giveaway left, so visit us on Facebook and upload your video! It’s easy and you could have your Paper Wish granted! Don’t forget, all who enter will win a prize! Be sure to stay tuned… Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be bringing you an inside look at Hot Off The Press’ newest papercraft collections (coming January 2nd!) and some great new project ideas! I hope you’re enjoying your holiday season, and thank you all again for the patience you’ve shown over the last two weeks!

It’s great to be back!

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Michelle Gustafson

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Michelle’s Top 5 Christmas Favorites of 2015!

 

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Christmas card season is finally here and to celebrate, I wanted to share my favorite Christmas cardmaking items of the year—with a project idea for each! I hope you’ll pick up some new ideas from this hearty dose of holiday cheer.

Click on any product image to learn more, and see additional project ideas! Click on any project to learn how it was created. And now through Sunday, use coupon code THX2015 to take 20% off the highest priced item in your order! Woohoo! I’m really not trying to be sales-y. I just want you to get your discount! 😀

 

Home for the Holidays Stamp Set
23 silicone stamps to create your very own wonderful Christmas scene! The card features Kreativ-Creme for perfect, dimensional snow drifts.

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9 Tiny Christmas Things + Shadows Cutting Dies

16 adorably festive cutting dies to create super cute card & gift tag accents!

Click here for info!

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Click here for instructions!

 

Hanging Ornaments Embossing Folder

LeNae recommends this folder for quickly whipping up a batch of Christmas cards!

 

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Click here for LeNae's tips!

Click here for LeNae’s tips!

 

Wonderland Artful Card Kit

7 papers, 69 die-cuts, 26 cut-outs and I can use this kit into next year to create lots of beautiful, handmade winter cards! The stamped background was created using Half & Half: Snowflakes Cutting Die & Stamp Set.

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Half & Half: Stockings Cutting Die & Stamp Set

14 stamps and 2 cutting dies to mix and match for adorable holiday focals and accents!

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So there you have them—my personal Top 5 Christmas favorites! I’m hoping I’ll be able to make a few cards this coming weekend because it seems once Thanksgiving is here, the days until Christmas will fly!

Do you have a favorite? Please share in the comments below! Now, let the Christmas cardmaking commence!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Paper Wishes Celebrates the Marine Corps’ 240th Birthday!

Semper Fi, Marine!”

This is a greeting you’ll hear among Marines each year on November 10th, the official birthday of the Marine Corps. On this day, retired Marine Mike Jarvey brings in bottles of sparkling cider to share with Paper Wishes employees so all may share in a toast. This is one of the most touching things I encountered during my first year with Paper Wishes, perhaps in part because my own grandfather also served as a Marine. While he is no longer here, I embrace this chance to reflect on him, not just as my grandfather, but also as part of the deeply loyal brotherhood known as Marines.

 

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Here are images from the card Mike Jarvey created to honor this special day:

 

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Thank you to Mike, and all the Marines out there, both past and present. Through your loyalty to the Marines and your service to this country, you’ve earned our nation’s sincere gratitude at many levels—among communities, families and individuals. So if you know someone who served in the Marines, today’s the day to tell them, “Semper Fi, Marine!”

 

Michelle Gustafson

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Paper Wishes Dogs Know How To Party!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Things are buzzing right along here at Paper Wishes. I’ve been busy this week testing new templates, double-checking samples of a brand new line of embellishments (coming in January!!!) and yesterday I even tried my hand at video work, filling in for our cameraman John, who is out on vacation. One thing about working at Paper Wishes is that you definitely acquire new skills along the way!

Needless to say, it’s been busy, but I just had to take a moment to share these photos with you! We had a little birthday party for Eva, our warehouse “assistant” who just turned 2. She got a (mostly) frosting-less cupcake, and just look at her poise and self-control!

 

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Eva balanced her cupcake until she was given the OK. I’ve never actually met a dog who could do this! Such talent!

 

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Happy Birthday, Eva! Thank you for giving us love, entertainment and a great excuse to eat cupcakes!

 

I hope this brings a smile to your face! I’ll be back later this week to share another amazing card with you! Thanks for stopping by! 😀

 

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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WCMD 2015 Sketch Challenge Winner!!!

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WOW!!! I’m just stunned, not only the number of entries we had, but also by the quality of your work! This is the biggest response we’ve ever had to a Paper Wishes Blog Sketch Challenge. Incredible job, ladies! I printed every single entry to share with the Paper Wishes team so they could see firsthand the creativity that poured forth! I asked my Paper Wishes coworkers to vote for their favorites, so here are your winners, as chosen by the in-house Paper Wishes family!

 

Ist Place ($25 Paper Wishes gift certificate)

Designed by Darlene Crosby

Designed by Darlene Crosby

Supplies Used: Painted Flowers Double-Sided Paper Pack, Off-White & Black 12×12 Cardstock, Botanical Frames Stamp Set, Versafine black inkpad, Copic pens, Spectrum Noir™ Blendable Pencils, Spectrum Noir™ blending solution, Starform Stickers (Gold #1241 Vine), 7/8″ lavender ribbon, 3/8″ purple ribbon, Zots™, clear adhesive tape, foam tape

I love that this card matches a new stamp with an older paper pack! And lovely, lovely coloring :-).

 

Runner Up ($15 Paper Wishes Gift Certificate)

Designed by Karen Lacina

Designed by Karen Lacina

Supplies Used: Dee’s Distinctively Dies (2 Candle and Pine Sprig sets), Red and Gold Holographic Ripple Specialty Papers, Christmas Cheer Ribbon Set, Cardmakers Personal Shopper Christmas Paper Book, 12X12 Classic Cardstock (kraft and natural), Gold Stickles™, Medium Zots™, Glue Stick, Paper Blossoms Paper Tool Kit, sheer red ribbon, Mini Foam Squares

This card has great texture going on, and Stickles™ on the edges of the candles is so striking!!!

 

Congratulations to you both! I will be emailing you each very soon to get your info so we can issue your prizes!

And a big thank you to everyone who participated in World Card Making Day—all of you made it a huge success! I’m so impressed with the gorgeous cards you posted, and I can’t wait to start planning for next year!

 

 

Michelle Gustafson

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Stamping How To: Paper-Pieced Lacy Things Card

This gorgeous card was designed by Susan Cobb, our lead in-house designer. In her instructions, she shows you how to create a flawless, paper-pieced stamped focal using Hot Off The Press’ Lacy Things stamp set. Stamping on patterned paper provides an extra rich look, and the butterfly also has dimension provided by foam tape placed between the layers. I love that she chose black ink too—what a striking contrast! Who says lace has to be white?! 😀

 

Just a little inspiration for World Card Making Day which is tomorrow, October 3rd! Click on the link to learn more about how you can win a Paper Wishes® gift certificate just by making a card!

 

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Susan’s Tip: Stamp the butterfly image on 3 different patterned papers, then cut out different portions of the butterfly from each paper. Foam tape the pieces together for a beautiful paper pieced effect.

 

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Instructions:

Front: Place your blank card with the fold on the left. Ink the outer 1/4″ of the card with black ink all the way around the card front. Cut 4 7/8”x6 3/8” Roses & Lace green border paper with the roses corner at the top left corner. Glue it centered. Stamp the lace border on Roses & Lace dark pink textured paper with black ink. Trim around the edges and foam tape it across the card, even with the bottom. Stamp the small swirl/lace image on the upper right corner of the card.

Stamp “WISHING YOU A Beautiful DAY” on Roses & Lace light green textured paper. Place the Design Tool Kit #7 Beveled Label centered over the words and trace the shape with a pencil. Remove the template and cut out the shape. Ink the edges and mat on dark pink textured paper with 1/16” borders. Glue on the card, 1/8” from the right side and 1 1/4″ from the bottom.

Stamp the large butterfly image twice on Roses & Lace pink textured paper, and once each on Roses & Lace dark pink and light green textured papers. Trim around one pink butterfly (cut off the antennae), even with the edges of the image. Cut out the center portion of the light green butterfly including the body. Foam tape it centered on the pink butterfly. Trim around the center of the dark pink butterfly with body and foam tape on the light green area as shown. Finally, trim around the center of the second pink butterfly (with body) and foam tape in place. Position the butterfly angled on the upper left side of the card, overlapping the words label as shown, to check for spacing. Use the pencil to mark the paper just above the head of the butterfly. Clean your large butterfly stamp. Cover the image, except for the antennae, with cellophane tape or sticky notes. Ink the stamp, quickly remove the tape or sticky notes, then stamp the antennae with the base on the pencil mark. Glue the paper-pieced butterfly on the card, aligned with the stamped antennae. Repeat the stamping and paper piecing process for the small butterfly image, using pink paper for the base, light green for the center, and dark pink for the bottom center. Position the small butterfly overlapping the upper right edge of the words label.

Use 1/8” wide green grosgrain ribbon to tie a bow. Zot™ the bow on the lower left edge of the words label. Embellish the stamped images, label, and background paper with Silver Jewel Dazzles™.

 

 

Beautiful! I hope this has you feeling as inspired as I do! Click the image below for all the details about our World Card Making Day Challenge! I wish you all a beautiful and creative weekend! 🙂

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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World Card Making Day Sketch Challenge!!!

 

We all have cards to make—birthdays, thank yous, holidays and the list goes on! Get a head start by joining us on Saturday, October 3rd for World Card Making Day (it’s practically another holiday around here)!

Come make cards with us to celebrate, and you could win a $15 or $25 gift certificate to Paper Wishes®! Check out the details below…

 

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You may start posting your submissions any time starting now through 8am PST Monday, October 5th. Winners will be announced later in the day. Post your entries here in the comments section, and enter as many times as you like! Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be sure to get them answered. Good luck and happy card making!!!

 

 

Michelle Gustafson

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