Swirly Christmas Tree Card With Inka-Gold

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to show you an easy-yet-awesome Christmas card, just to (gently) get those holiday wheels turning… Because eventually, Christmas WILL be here (sorry for the shocker!) I love most things kraft, but you could just as easily stencil onto different cardstock or patterned paper to get the look you want. This card was created by our wonderful LeNae, who used Hot Off The Press’ brand new Swirly Christmas Tree Stencil. Take a look!

 

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Merry Christmas Tree Card by LeNae Gerig

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Designer’s Tip: Cover card with red Family Ties paper and ink edges of 4¾”x6¼” kraft cardstock black. Secure the Swirly Christmas Tree stencil with stencil tape and apply Mowed Lawn ink using the stylus and pad (or a cosmetic wedge). Apply Gold Inka-Gold randomly over the tree. Place the star/swirl at the top of the tree and apply Inka-Gold. Outline the swirl with gold glitter glue and add dots of glitter glue to the tree. Stencil a portion of the swirl on top corners with ink and Inka-Gold.

 

Supplies:

  • Family Ties Paper Pack (link)
  • Swirly Christmas Tree Stencil (link)
  • Mowed Lawn Distress Ink Pad (link)
  • Gold Inka-Gold (link)
  • Stickles™ Gold Glitter Glue (link)
  • Kraft Cardstock (link)
  • Black Ink Pad (link)
  • Stylus Handle & Pads (link)
  • Stencil Tape (link)
  • Glue Stick (link)
  • 5”x6 1/2” blank white card (link)

 

I really, really like this stencil! It’s perfect for your Christmas cards, and stenciling is so darn easy! Just add your ink, embossing paste, Inka-Gold or anything else (I’m sure you have something!) and it’s ready for you to embellish. Or just add a greeting—whatever look you choose, the beautiful, ornate design makes a really special focal!

Watch the webisode and join Paulette and Gail as they show exactly how to create this beautiful look!

 

 

Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to check in later this week for an inside look at one of my favorite, favorite employee events—Hot Off The Press’ Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!

 

Michelle Gustafson

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Adorable Mini Gatefold Card Ideas!

 

Happy Wednesday to all our Paper Wishers!

Today I wanted to show you two incredible cards made with Hot Off The Press’ new Mini Gate Fold Cards Template! I’ve really enjoyed this particular template because the cards are pretty quick to make, so you can get right to all the creative fun of decorating and embellishing! The cards are 4″ square when closed for a super cute “mini” card. I love them! (I realize I say this about nearly everything, but it’s the truth—a girl could have a hundred “favorites” around here!)

This versatile template allows you to create 5 different gatefold focals—butterfly, label, heart, dragonfly and flower. There’s also a Christmas version with snowflake, ornament, gingerbread man, candy cane and Christmas tree options, as well as a Mini Envelope Template that creates coordinating 5″ square envelopes! Click each image for product details.

 

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Dragonfly Gatefold Card by Gail Booth

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Designer Tip: Follow the template instructions to trace, cut out and fold the dragonfly panels from cardstock, then swipe the dragonfly wings of the panels with VersaMark™. Dust with silver embossing powder and heat to melt. Cut out wings and mini dragonflies to emboss with silver and green glitter embossing powders as shown. Use Ultra Clear tape to attach the tabs to the back of the card base.

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Right away you notice Gail’s luxurious, silver-embossed dragonflies! After embossing her dragonflies silver, she simply repeated the embossing process to add green glitter embossing to the edges and the smaller, center wings. She also added Silver Baby Bling rhinestones for extra sparkle. Because a card can never sparkle too much! 😀

 

 

LOVE Card by Susan Cobb

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Designer’s Tip: To create the focal, cover the heart halves with ivory/tan swirls paper, trimming the edges even with the heart halves. Ink the edges of the heart halves with brown ink. Press out pieces #2 and #3 of the paper tole rose and layer with foam tape. With the card closed, center the rose on the heart, then glue only the left side of the rose to the left side of the heart. Color Tiny Words & Phrases Dazzles™  “LOVE” with brown ink and let dry. Place the word on the lower left portion of the card as shown.

Supplies:

  • Letterpress Double-Sided Paper Pack (link)
  • Letterpress 3-D Paper Tole (link)
  • Mini Gatefold Template (link)
  • Mini Envelope Template (link)
  • Tiny Words & Phrases, silver (link)
  • Thin Lines Border Dazzles™, gold (link)
  • Dark Brown Cardstock (link)
  • StazOn® Timber Brown ink pad (link)
  • Zots™ Adhesive Dots (link)
  • Foam Tape (link)
  • Fine tip black pen (link) or computer printer
  • Glue stick (link)
  • Font: American Typewriter

This version uses the heart focal shape, and coordinating Letterpress Paper Tole, which is a wonderful way to get a really extravagant look. Simply layer the numbered, die cut pieces with foam tape, and you’ll have a gorgeous, dimensional focal in just a couple minutes! It’s a really sweet card, and I could see creating some of these in advance so they’re ready to decorate as needed!

 

Click on the video to see Gail’s step-by-step instructions for creating Mini Gatefold cards!

 

 

I hope you’re having a great week, and be sure to come back soon for more inspiring cardmaking ideas and behind-the-scenes news!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Fall Catalog Project Favorites: Camo Truck Card

Hello everyone! Fall “Special Edition” Paper Wishes catalogs have started arriving in homes, but I wanted to give you a special, up-close look at one of my favorite projects (of the year, really)!

Debbie created this card using Truck O’ Goodies cutting dies from Hot Off The Press! Use these dies to create a cool, vintage pickup truck and lots of fun little seasonal accents to load into your truck—perfect for year round creating!

 

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Designed by Debbie Samples

 

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Amazing card, Debbie!

For this gorgeous, metallic camouflage look, Debbie die cut her truck and star from cardstock that she covered with IndigoBlu’s FlitterGlu, and then Yorkshire Dales Mega Flakes! This is an ingenious effect you could apply in lots of different ways for your masculine cards. The papers you see are from Hot Off The Press’ Trail Blazer Double-Sided Paper Pack.

 

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This set reminds me of an old, red Ford truck my dad had (I was probably 3 or 4 years old) and I can still remember how fun it seemed to sit in the back! The truck shape is timeless, and will be perfect for his birthday card in December, and probably a few Christmas cards too!

I hope you enjoy this very masculine card—it’s definitely a fun one, and we all love a little bit of adventure!

 

Thanks for stopping by! 😀


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.

 

Supplies:

 

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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EASY Resist Colorist Card From Sara Naumann!

 

I know many of you here in the US were not able to catch Sara’s appearance on the UK’s Create & Craft channel. I wasn’t either 🙁 .

But look what I found! Or rather, what found me! I bumped into Paulette yesterday, and in her hand was one of Sara’s cards shown on Create & Craft!  So we quickly had it photo-ed just so I could share it with you!

 

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I also got the scoop on how you can create this same look! Are you ready? Okay then, get out your favorite white crayon! That’s right.

Sara scribbled a humble white crayon over the flowers on her Colorist page to create the resist! She then dabbed some Distress Ink onto her craft sheet, spritzed it with a bit of water, and brayered it onto her page—simple as that! She matted her Colorist piece with Iris suede paper. This is a beautiful look that’s easy to replicate, and also easy to “riff on,” using different colors of inks, application methods and so on. Her Colorist sheet is from our Floral Garden for Colorists book.

 

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And while you have your brayer out, check out Sara’s Mixed Media Made Easy Computer DVD! Sara shows how to create endless mixed media effects using tons of different mediums you probably already have—embossing pastes, Gelatos®, Perfect Pearls™, Distress inks, Spectrum Noir™ and lots more! It’s like taking a Mixed Media class with Sara at home, and it’s perfect for anyone ready to dive in and start creating! You can click on Sara’s Mixed Media Made Easy Computer DVD to learn more.

 

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I hope you are all still excited for World Card Making Day which is this Saturday, October 3rd!! We’d like to invite everyone to make a card and post a photo of it in the comments section of our blog here, or on Facebook! We’re giving away two Paper Wishes gift certificates this year because it’s always so hard to choose! Don’t miss out—see our World Card Making Day Sketch Challenge for more info!

 

Michelle Gustafson

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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

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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Girlfriends Getaway Wrap Up + Photos!

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Well friends, I’m happy to report that this year’s Girlfriends Getaway was a fabulous success! We had 167 attendees joining us from near and far for a full day of creating with Paulette. Many participants chose to extend their card making and scrapbooking into Sunday as well, making for a very memorable weekend!

 

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Our girlfriends created a total of 6 projects led by Paulette, with Gail stepping in to share some of the fun!

 

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It was a wild and fun day filled with lots of freebies and giveaways! A delicious lunch was provided by Ebner’s Custom Meats, a family-owned, local establishment, and our girlfriends also enjoyed a build-your-own cheesecake station — a new addition at this year’s event!

 

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Hot Off The Press brings all their latest products to Girlfriends so participants can get “extras” of anything they love—without having to pay for shipping! There are also lots of bargains to be found, with tables for “Dollar & Under Items,” “Gently Used Stamps,” and even Dollar Dazzles™!

 

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Another highlight was the attendance of several Paper Wishes Message Board members. These women (wearing the pink shirts) create and communicate through our message boards, often daily, and finally were able to meet Paulette and each other in person! Very cool.

 

In addition to all the creativity, Girlfriends Getaway is also a family affair. Paulette’s husband, Mike, and son, Adam, were both there for Friday’s setup and to lend a hand on Saturday. This year Adam brought his massage chair, offering professional neck and arm massages.

 

Even little Penelope stopped by to help draw winners! Paulette shared with me that Penelope wanted to stay, even when presented with a “toy store” option—such star potential!

 

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If you couldn’t attend Girlfriends this year, you can still be a part of the fun with your very own Girlfriends Getaway 2015 Kit! As I mentioned before, Paulette really does spend all year scouting out the best new products specifically with Girlfriends Getaway in mind. She also discovers new ways to use some of our favorites, and she shares all of this in her Girlfriends Getaway Kit which also includes Paulette’s DVD with step by step video instructions!

 

Supplies are limited—get yours now!

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Overall, I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended (and helped with) this year’s event! It was such an amazing group of wonderfully creative people, and I’m already looking forward to next year!

 

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Michelle Gustafson

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Swirl Frame Embossed Card + Search Our Blog!

 

Happy Monday to you all, and I have a new card to show you…

 

But business first. The Paper Wishes Blog now has a search bar—look on the top right. HOORAY!!! Now you can search previous blog posts for cardmaking ideas, event info and whatever else you might be looking for. 🙂

 

Now onto the project. I actually made this quick birthday card at home for my mom! As many of you know, I have three daughters—ages 3, 2 and 9 months! Being able to make a card, even a simple one, is a miracle in and of itself! But when you work at Paper Wishes, you no longer have the luxury of buying cards!! 😉

 

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This card was pretty straightforward—the whale image was stamped and clear-embossed onto white cardstock, and then inked with Peacock Feathers Mini Distress Ink. I filled in the little heart with Red Stickles™ glitter glue.

Now obviously you could have “blinged out” this card a whole lot more, but a) time was a factor and b) I really just wanted the embossing to stand out! The Swirly Frame embossing folder is one of my favorites because it’s gorgeous and it frames any focal perfectly!

 

Swirl Frame Embossing Folder (Hot Off The Press)

 

I’ll be trying to bring you lots of cardmaking ideas in the near future because… we have less than 2 weeks until World Cardmaking Day! Yikes, how did that happen? So stay tuned, because we will soon be announcing details for our World Cardmaking Day Challenge!

I hope you all have a wonderful (and creative) week! Thanks for stopping by!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Serenity Scrapbooking Collection + Project Ideas for Fall Crafting!

 

Autumn is quickly approaching, and I can almost smell those pumpkin lattes!

With fall practically here, Hot Off The Press’ release of the Serenity Scrapbooking Collection is perfectly timed. The rich colors are perfect for autumn, and the motif works beautifully for feminine and masculine cards! The level of detail in the artwork gives this set an elegant, natural look.

Serenity also features some gorgeous, bird-themed items. I’ve loved birds since my college Ornithology class, so I’m definitely excited to bring a few feathered friends into my crafting! Just take a look…

 

 

Serenity Collection: Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers

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Serenity Dazzles™ Stickers

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Serenity Paper Tole

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Pretty Bird Small Stamps

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Birds On A Branch Embossing Folder

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Birds on a Branch Stencil

 

 

Now onto the best part—project ideas!

 

“Love” Center Step Card by LeNae Gerig

Designer’s Tip: The green leaves paper from the Serenity Paper Pack is among my favorites. Bright and cheery, it mixes well with any theme.

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Blessings Card by LeNae Gerig

Designer’s Tip: Place your card with the fold on the left and cover the front with Serenity green leaves paper. Tear the top and bottom edges of 3″ wide blue/green leaves paper and ink edges. Glue across the card center and ink your card edges. Assemble the Serenity Paper Tole label with bird using foam tape and glue to the card front. Zot™ leaves and flowers around the Paper Tole bird, as shown. Place Serenity Scrapbooking Dazzles™ leaves among the flowers, the greeting and border as shown. Embellish border with Copper Jewel Dazzles™.

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Thank you for visiting our blog—I hope you enjoyed these projects, and are feeling inspired to go forth and craft! Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

By the way—if you want matching die-cuts, snag a Nature’s Walk Artful Card Kit! It includes these 49 stunning die-cuts along with seven 8.5″x11″ papers and 25 cut-outs that perfectly coordinate with Serenity!

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To see the rest of Nature’s Walk, check out this previous post: Up Close Look: Nature’s Walk Artful Card Kit!

 

 

 

 

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Card Making Idea: Flower Inside/Out Die-Cut Card

 

Look at this card! Susan designed it using Hot Off The Press’ Inside/Out Flower Die-Cut Cards, and it’s a really wonderful example of just how easy these cards make it to unleash some serious creativity.

 

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Designed by Susan Cobb

 

Designer’s Tip: Cover the flower die-cuts with contrasting patterned papers, then embellish the flower center with several tiny Dazzles™ flowers. Use the Dazzles™ swirls to decorate the large flower frame.

 

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Instructions:

  1. Front: Fold the Inside/Out Flower Die-Cut card in half on the scored line. Now fold the left side of the front back (to the left), so the large flower shape extends on the right side. Cover the left side of the card front with Artful Watercolor striped paper. Trim the excess from the inside of the flower opening even with the card.
  2. Cover the large flower frame with Artful Watercolor purple/pink textured paper, trimming the edges even. Ink the edges with Plumeria ink as desired. Align the flower frame with the flower shape on the card front, just for placement. Add Artful Affirmations Dazzles™ swirls on the upper left and lower right edges of the flower frame, and trim the swirls even with the edges of the frame as shown. Foam tape the flower frame on the card front. Add Dazzles™ borders on the top and bottom edges of the striped paper. Place the large Dazzles™ butterfly on the teal portion of Artful Watercolor teal/green textured paper and trim evenly around the edges. Foam tape the body of the butterfly on the lower left edge of the frame.
  3. Inside: Cover the inside of the card with Artful Watercolor blue paper and ink the edges with Plumeria ink. Cut a 5” length of 1/8” wide teal grosgrain ribbon and glue it even with the right side of the card. Cover the medium sized solid flower die-cut with Artful Watercolor dark pink textured paper. Ink the edges with Plumeria ink. Place centered on the inside of the card, then close the card and adjust the petals so they are aligned with the flower opening from the front. Glue in place.
  4. Cover the small flower die-cut with the teal portion of the Artful Watercolor teal/green textured paper. Ink the edges with Plumeria ink. Foam tape centered on the dark pink flower. Place Dazzles™ tiny flowers clustered on the center of the small flower. Place “fly” on the bottom of the dark pink flower. Back the two small butterflies with Artful Watercolor purple or blue paper and glue near the dark pink flower as shown, making sure they don’t show from the front when the card is closed. Add “love more” and “worry less” near the lower left corner as shown.

 

Not only are these blank die-cut cards incredibly fun to work with and decorate, but they also make it easy to showcase some of your favorite papers! Susan used contrasting Artful Watercolor scrapbooking papers, and you can see five different, coordinating papers even with the card closed! It’s kind of amazing when you think about it! I thought this was such a beautiful card that I just had to share. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

PS – To see another project idea using Artful Watercolors papers, see our previous post here:

Artful Watercolor Card Making Project Using Triple Label Easel Template

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