Goodbye Pumpkins, Hello Turkeys!

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Halloween at Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes was another great success! We held our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and there were some really fun and creative entries as always!

Everyone voted for their top 5 favorites which were tallied up by Scott (aka The Fun Dude).

 

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We also had a surprise visit from our favorite trick or treater, Paulette’s granddaughter, Penelope!

 

Paulette & Penelope checking out the Fairy House Pumpkin!

 

Scott shared this year’s Top 5 Halloween Candies (#1 is Kit Kat, #2 is Reese’s, #3 is Smarties, #4 is Starbursts & #5 is Nerds) and then the contest winners were announced!

 

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1st Place: Gail Booth & The Google Pumpkin!

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2nd Place: Paulette & her Fairy House Pumpkin

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3rd Place: Kelcie from Graphics & the Carved Owl Pumpkin!

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4th Place: LeNae & her SCARY friend…

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And I was lucky enough to win 5th Place!

 

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Congrats & thank you to everyone who participated!

 

Afterwards, Penelope did a little reverse trick-or-treating, visiting each of us to share some candy! What a sweetie!

So now that we’ve all survived Halloween, it’s time to welcome November, and begin thinking about Thanksgiving. Have you seen this cute Thanksgiving Turkey stamp & cutting die set from Sizzix!? I just love potential for gorgeous layering, as well as the greeting, “Gobble until you wobble!” Too funny!

 

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Click here to learn more!

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Happy November!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Song Birds Collection + Bonus WNW Sneak Peek!

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Have you seen our beautiful Song Birds collection yet? In lovely shades of pink, blue and tan, this versatile collection includes 12″x12″ double-sided scrapbooking papers, Dazzles™ stickers, Foiled Fancies™ embossed die-cuts, and some of my favorite Foil Paper Tole ever! (Those birds are just so sweet!)

As usual, our Design Team has done some amazing things with this collection—just take a look! LeNae’s card below features Song Birds papers, plus Song Birds Foiled Fancies™! She’s sanded the Foiled Fancies™ and stamped them using our Fancy Patterns stamp set. What a gorgeous result!

 

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Click here for instructions!

 

The card below also features sanded Foiled Fancies™ with the addition of Song Birds Scrapbooking Dazzles™ stickers. Backing Dazzles™ is probably one of my favorite things—all you do is place the outline sticker onto your desired paper, and then cut next to the Dazzles™ edge for a fast, beautiful accent!

 

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Click here for instructions!

 

This collection is also perfect for creating stunning scrapbook pages. Here, LeNae has added Scrapbooking Dazzles™, and the nest with wreath embellishment is from Song Birds Foiled Paper Tole!

 

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Click here for instructions!

 

Click on any item below to learn more:

Song Birds Papers

Song Birds Papers

Song Birds Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers

Song Birds Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers

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Song Birds Foiled Fancies™

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Song Birds Foil Paper Tole

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Song Birds Ribbon Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey and while you’re here, here’s a bonus sneak peek at What’s NEW Wednesday! I’m super excited for our latest collection of 20 Never-Before-Seen Christmas Dazzles™! This set has all your favorite Christmas Dazzles™ in exclusive, brand new colors and finishes! Stock up on these for beautifully easy holiday cardmaking! Available starting this Wednesday for just $19.99!

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20 Never-Before-Seen Christmas Dazzles™

 

Also just in time for Christmas, What’s NEW Wednesday will also feature NEW 3D Shading Cling Rubber Stamps—just stamp your image in black, and then color for a realistic, dimensional look! 6 styles will be available Wednesday!

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Come back in two days to see these new items and more!

 

Have a wonderful day!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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SNEAK PREVIEW: What’s NEW This Coming Wednesday!

 

Add a whole bunch of cute to your Christmas cards this year with the latest card toppers from Hobby House. Each adorable sheet contains 6 beautifully colored illustrations just waiting for your next holiday project!

 

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North Pole Toppers from Hobby House

 

Each topper is already die cut, so all you do is pop it out and add it to your card! You could also mat the toppers, die cut them or do BOTH as Debbie’s done with her card above.

Debbie used one of our Design Team’s all-time favorite cutting die sets (some of the most versatile you’ll find or use ever)—8 Scallops & Circles cutting dies.

 

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8 Circles & Scallops cutting die set

 

 

Christmas Village Card Toppers by Hobby House

Christmas Village Card Toppers by Hobby House

 

You could also transform them into wonderful holiday snow globes as Debbie’s done above using Hot Off The Press’ Snowglobe cutting die set. And of course there’s a stamp set to match! 😉

 

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Snowglobe Cutting Die Set from Hot Off The Press

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Snowglobe Silicone Stamp Set from Hot Off The Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are all the new Christmas Card Topper designs we’ll be carrying starting Wednesday! Just look for them under “What’s NEW Wednesday” where you’ll find all our latest arrivals—they’re available everyday! 😀

 

 

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderfully creative day!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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SNEAK PREVIEW: Coming Up On What’s NEW Wednesday!

 

Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all been enjoying What’s NEW Wednesday! It’s been so exciting having brand new goodies to check out each week, so I thought I’d share just a few of my favorites that will be coming up this Wednesday (just two more days!)

 

 

First off is this super handy magnetic case from ArtBin! We know that it’s all too easy to cut yourself while using a craft knife or changing blades (once Susan even had to get stitches!) This case lets you have your tools handy and in place—while keeping your fingers safe. The bottom of the case is magnetic, keeping retractable pen knives, blade refills, pins & other metal items perfectly in place!

 

 

Another great find this week is the new Spectrum Noir™ Video Tutorial DVD from Crafter’s Companion! In addition to their alcohol markers, Spectrum Noir™ has recently released watercolor and glitter markers. This fun DVD shows you how to use them all! Blending, shading, watercolor effects and more—it’s all right here!

 

And while you still have your markers out…

 

You can also combat the symptoms of “Early Onset Holiday Stress Disorder” (yes, I made that up) by diving into one of these wonderful, brand new coloring books from our friends at Fox Chapel!

 

Chalk Style Holiday Coloring Book

Click here to buy!

 

I LOVE this coloring book! It features stunning artwork ready to color with your favorite markers or pencils (and plenty of samples for you to reference) plus there are quotes and areas for journaling! Use this book to document all your favorite 2016 holiday memories—colored by you!

 

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Sample Coloring Page

 

Here’s another unique one—Color Me A Quote features TONS of beloved quotes from Einstein to Shakespeare and from Hepburn to Bowie! They’re beautiful, fun-to-color designs! This would be a fabulous gift for anyone who enjoys coloring!

 

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Click here to buy!

 

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Sample Coloring Page

 

And lastly—who doesn’t love kittens!? If you’re a cat lover or know someone who is, pick up this coloring book that’s filled to the brim with adorable kittens in lots of sweet themes!

 

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Click here to buy!

 

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Sample Coloring Page

 

We are having so much fun finding the best new items for you every week! Come back in just 2 days to see these items and many more! Have you found any What’s NEW Wednesday favorites yet? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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Follow Up To Girlfriends Getaway 2016!

Ready for the girlfriends to arrive!

Girlfriends Getaway 2016 was AMAZING as always, and this year especially fun for me as I was able to attend and participate along with everyone else!

I came with my mom/crafting buddy, who actually took Paulette’s “Dough Art” class back when I was a mere toddler! As they say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” and we arrived ready to craft!

 

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I’ve never had the chance to take a class from Paulette before, and obviously I’ve been missing out. Not only were the projects amazing, but Paulette’s unique brand of “tough love” humor kept me both entertained and on task!

One of my favorite projects was this first little snowflake we created with Snowflakes Foiled Fancies™. The kit comes with everything you need to add it to a card or scrapbook page, but Mom & I opted to make matching ornaments. It was so fun embellishing these with Teal Jewel Dazzles™ stickers!

 

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I want a Christmas tree full of these!

 

In between projects, names were drawn from a basket to pick winners for the door prizes—a seemingly endless table of gift bags that were each PACKED with papers, stamps, cutting dies, markers & too many other goodies to list!

 

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Bring on gift bags!

 

Here we are working on what was easily the favorite project of the day—creating our own clocks! This was so fun to do and so EASY! I was a little worried when I saw the small bag of parts, but it was actually very simple to assemble and my beautiful, functioning customized clock now hangs on my wall at home!

 

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Covering our clocks with stunning Mystic Garden paper!

 

I’d also like to mention that the first batch of clocks we used were crafted by Mike Jarvey himself! And they SOLD OUT. Nicely done, Mike!

 

Look at their clocks! So fun!

 

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No one can resist the Dollar Table!

 

It was an amazing day, and if you weren’t able to be there, don’t worry!

We have put together a special Girlfriends Getaway 2016 Kit with DVD so you’ll be able to create all these projects & more, guided by Paulette herself!

 

2016 Girlfriends Getaway Kit! Click to learn more!

2016 Girlfriends Getaway Kit! Click to learn more!

 

We have also made our new Square & Round Creative Clock Kits available so you can create as many clocks as you’d like! The Clock Stencil is sold separately. I’ll definitely be picking up a couple more of these kits for Christmas gifts! And it sounds like I’d better hurry—Lori, our Personal Shopper Assistant, has already gotten eight of them. We are just a little excited about this! 😀

 

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Circle Creative Clock Kit—click here to learn more!

 

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Square Creative Clock Kit—click here to learn more!

 

Were you at Girlfriends Getaway? Tell us your favorite part! I had a blast getting to meet so many new people, and I’m already looking forward to next year! I want to thank everyone who attended, and made it such a fun day! You are ALL the best part of Paper Wishes!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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2016 World Card Making Day Winners!

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Congratulations to Linda & Daria who won our 2016 World Card Making Day Contest with these gorgeous cards! They definitely capture the spirit of Thankfulness and will each receive a gift certificate to Paper Wishes. As always, all your entries were submitted to the Paper Wishes staff yesterday who voted for their favorites. It was fun to see so many beautiful cards in so many different styles! You are truly a talented bunch!!

I also wanted to say congratulations to Judy Headrick who won the World Card Making Day Challenge over on our Message Board! Their challenge was to create an interactive or multi-fold Halloween card, and Judy knocked it out of the park with her Halloween Booklet Card:

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Judy will also receive a Paper Wishes gift certificate! So much creativity—nicely done, ladies!

A big THANK YOU to absolutely everyone who participated and made this contest a big success! Also, just a reminder that today is our first ever What’s NEW Wednesday! Click the image below to see everything new this week!

Happy Fall!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Something NEW for Wednesdays!

 

The rumors are true—there will be no October Paper Wishes catalog!

To bring you even more new products and ideas AND to make it easier for you to shop, Paper Wishes is  excited to announce we’ll be adding NEW items every week! Just look for:

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  • Every Wednesday, we’ll be adding fabulous & creative new items to our site for you to shop anytime!

 

  • Now, you don’t have to wait for a new catalog—just visit us every Wednesday to see the latest arrivals.

 

  • “What’s NEW Wednesday” kicks off on this coming Wednesday, October 5th so be sure to come back & join us in one week to discover what’s new including new cutting dies from Hot Off The Press, new Thanksgiving stamps and lots more!

 

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Just one of our new dies available on October 5th!

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Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you this coming Wednesday!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Sneak Peek! NEW Christmas Wonder Collection from Hot Off The Press

 

Well friends, here it is! Christmas Wonder is Hot Off The Press’  holiday collection for 2016, and I have to say, these designs really do inspire that feeling of holiday magic! Christmas Wonder features an elegant vintage poinsettia motif with a fun, modern touch—lots of golden, shimmering sparkles! This collection has something for everyone, no matter your crafting style, with coordinating papers, Dazzles™ stickers, embellishments & more.

Here’s a look at a few Christmas Wonder projects from our lovely & talented designer, Gail Booth!

 

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Joy Card from Gail Booth

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Get ready to fall in love with Christmas this year! With stunning double-sided papers, the shiniest, flashiest gold Dazzles™ you’ve ever seen & other coordinating items, your cards, pages, gift tags and more are sure to absolutely delight your friends and family. The Christmas Wonder Collection will be available September 3rd at PaperWishes.com! Don’t want to wait?

 

Join us for our webisode on Wednesday, August 31st to purchase Christmas Wonder early!

 

I hope you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look at Paper Wishes’ 2016 holiday collection from Hot Off The Press—Christmas Wonder! Mark your calendars & stop by next week to discover Christmas Wonder, along with fabulous, new projects from Teresa Welch! Have a great weekend!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

Christmas Wonder from Hot Off The Press

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Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Papers

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Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers

 

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5 Exciting Stencil Paste Ideas You’ve Got To Try!

Stenciling is incredibly fun! It might even be one of my favorite things about crafting! Stenciling has all the fun of painting, while also being quick and often foolproof. For many of us, inking our stencils is the go-to. But using a paste with your stencil lends texture and dimension that can really elevate the look of your project!

It’s very easy to use a wide variety of pastes with your stencils. Simply place your stencil where you’d like your design. You can use the whole stencil, or just part of the design (use stencil tape to hide the parts you aren’t using). I also recommend using stencil tape to secure your stencil in place to prevent shifting.

Then, simply spread a thin layer of paste across your stencil (go easy, you can always add more). Remove your stencil and wash it right away. Allow your image to dry completely. Congratulations—you’re going to love experimenting with all the fun looks you can achieve! Here are some of my favorite pastes for stenciling.

 

Asphalt Paste

Adds a dark, gritty texture that is perfect for urban themes, Halloween and more!

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By Debbie Samples

Learn more about Faber-Castell’s Asphalt Texture Paste here.

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Glass Bead Glitter Gel

This stuff is truly beautiful and amazing—I just had to show you a couple of examples. Perfect for Christmas card making, you can layer this sparkling gel over an inked design for colors with texture and sparkle!

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By Teresa Welch

 

You can also stencil it directly onto acetate for clear, glittery sparkle! Here, the acetate was placed over a self-adhesive mirror sheet for a double-dose of shine.

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By Ann Barba

Learn more about Faber-Castell’s Glass Bead Glitter Gel here.

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Pearlescent Embossing Paste

This pearly, glistening paste adds a little bit of magic to your projects! One of Teresa’s tips for this product? Tint your Pearlescent Paste with ink refills to customize your look!

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By LeNae Gerig

Learn more about Dreamweaver’s Pearlescent Embossing Paste here.

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Crackle Embossing Paste

This is a super fun one—a paste that gives this wonderful crackling effect! Gail added Crackle paste over a dried layer of black embossing paste.

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Learn more about Dreamweaver’s Crackle Embossing Paste here.

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Glossy Black Embossing Paste

We carry a variety of embossing pastes in black, white, silver, gold, and copper, but for an extra special look try Glossy Black Embossing Paste! It adds gorgeous, patent-leather shine that will definitely enhance your cards, scrapbook pages, art journals and more!

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By Gail Booth

Learn more about Dreamweaver’s Glossy Black Embossing Paste here.

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I hope you enjoyed this peek at just a few of the stenciling options available here at Paper Wishes! You’ll have the best result with these pastes by spreading them with a straight edge of some sort. You could use an old gift card, but here are a couple of other options:

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Palette Knives 3-Pack

Paste Spreader (Dreamweavers)

Paste Spreader (Dreamweavers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by our blog! Let me know if you try any of these ideas, and feel free to share your photos below. I hope you make it a point to have some fun playing with stencils soon. 😀

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

PS—Here are some of my favorite new Hot Off The Press stencils:

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Paper Wishes® Events: Girlfriends Getaway 2016!

 

Get out your cutting mats & clear your calendars!

Every year, papercrafters unite in Canby, OR to attend Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes’ Girlfriends Getaway. It’s an incredible all-day event filled with card making & scrapbooking, free giveaways, lunch and lots of laughs! Girlfriends Getaway 2016 will be held this year on Saturday, September 17th at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds.

Spaces are very limited so be sure to reserve your spot ASAP.

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Feel free to post any questions you may have in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them! See you in September! 😀

 

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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