WNW Preview: Illustrator Markers Are Practically HERE!!!

NEW Illustrator Alcohol Markers from Spectrum Noir™ and Crafter’s Companion will be here on Wednesday, and if you ever needed something new to add to your wish list, this is it! I’ve been excited to give these a try so I snuck these samples from our buyer’s office (thanks, Bethany!) and ran off to give ’em a try! Below, I used the Earth Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Marker set in our Feathered Friends for Colorists Book:

 

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I also caught Gail giving them a try! Here, she’s using our Colorists Double-Sided Paper Pack (one of my faves) and Illustrator Hues & Tints sets!

 

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Gorgeous! These are pretty much the perfect marker. The brush tip allows you to seamlessly add color to larger areas, while the super fine tip lets you fill in those tiny, detailed spots that many of today’s coloring books have. And obviously they’re perfect for coloring in your stamped images as well.

 

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These are an amazing addition to your marker collection, and we especially love them for coloring the details of our stamped images! Just be sure to use a waterbased dye ink such a Memento™.

Also arriving this Wednesday is the Precision Press from We R Memory Keepers! For perfectly precise stamping, look no further…

 

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Precision Press from We R Memory Keepers

 

The Precision Press is absolutely perfect for some of the layered stamps sets you’ve seen like Hot Off The Press’ Layering Flowers Stamp Set. It ensures your stamped images will be precisely aligned for a flawless, professional results like this:

 

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Click here for LeNae’s instructions

 

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Click here for LeNae’s instructions

 

I love this stamp set so I’m excited to announce that Hot Off The Press has new layered stamps coming in January!! Paper Wishes has even gone to the effort of pinning down which ink colors layer the best and we’ve made them available to you in coordinated Cat’s Eye® Queue sets from Clearsnap®—and these sets are a Paper Wishes exclusive!

 

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I hope this splash of color has brightened your December! Don’t miss this chance to order Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Markers 2 days before they will be available anywhere else in the USA! They make a fabulous gift for any color or craft enthusiast (even yourself), especially paired with one of our Colorist Books! Get yours this Wednesday, December 7th—just visit What’s NEW Wednesday!

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Christmas Cardmaking Kickoff + WNW Sneak Preview

As I’ve done in years past, when Christmas comes around I like to round up some of my favorite holiday projects just to give you a little extra inspiration! But first, here’s your What’s NEW Wednesday preview:

I have a couple of finds that I’m super excited about! The first is We R Memory Keepers’ Mini Alphabet Punch Board! This board allows you to create unlimited letters & numbers from patterned paper, cardstock and more! The letters & numbers measure 1.5″x2.5″.

 

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Susan made this cute “Celebrate Banner” but it would also be fun to create a special Christmas or New Year’s banner… (I clearly have ‘holidays’ on the brain!) Honestly, this is such a great tool that I’m sure we’ll find all kinds of uses for it!

 

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Another one of my favorites are these NEW Coloring Bookmarks!

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Seasons Coloring Bookmarks – 12 pack

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Floral Coloring Bookmarks – 12 pack

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Home Coloring Bookmarks – 12 pack

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Each set (Floral, Home and Seasons) comes with 12 bookmarks for you to color and trust me, you’re going to want these once I spill the beans on what’s coming up next Wednesday (12/7).

 

If you’re a Spectrum Noir™ enthusiast, I have a treat for you!

 

Next Wednesday we’ll have the USA exclusive release of the NEW Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Markers as we’re making them available 2 days before anyone else!!! These markers were designed with illustrators and coloring addicts in mind, and they feature dual tips with brush and super fine nibs. This makes them perfect for linework and detailed coloring!

 

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We’ll have 8 different sets available, each with 6 pens! And all of them are designed to complement the Spectrum Noir™ family of markers. I can’t wait to get my hands on these!

 

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So there’s my big secret—you all know now! So be sure to come back on Wednesday for What’s NEW Wednesday, our new webisode, and stay tuned for our exclusive, early release of NEW Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Markers from Crafter’s Companion! Hooray!

This fall we released our Christmas Wonder Collection, and you might’ve seen my August post on this collection. Well, our design team has continued creating projects with this wonderful collection, so here are even more stunning card ideas.

 

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This first card is so gorgeous! The large wreath focal Susan created uses Hot Off The Press’ NEW Viney Wreath Stencil and NEW Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes. It’s such an elegant look! Gold Jewel Dazzles™ and Gold Jewel Border Dazzles™ add the finishing touches.

 

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Click here for Susan’s instructions

 

Here’s another gorgeous example from Susan, and this technique was taken right from one of the projects we made at Girlfriends Getaway! This magical Christmas version features an amazing, glittered background topped with shiny gold Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Dazzles™. This is a really special card that’s also fun to create!

 

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Click here for Susan’s instructions

 

Our next card is from LeNae, and while she too uses Christmas Wonder papers, she takes the look in a slightly different direction. Her rainbow snowflakes are wonderfully whimsical, and she also uses Hot Off The Press’ NEW Fancy Christmas Greetings stamp set! I love this adorable holiday look!

 

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Click here for LeNae’s instructions

 

Apparently this is the “Susan Show” today because our final card also comes from Susan. It features a luxurious, gold-embossed die-cut she made using Hot Off The Press’ Angel Cutting Die and WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Embossing Powder.

 

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Click here for Susan’s instructions

 

Christmas Wonder Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers are not just gorgeous—they’re versatile too, allowing you to create your favorite holiday look, and there’s still time to order yours for holiday cardmaking! And don’t forget—if you live nearby, we now feature FREE In-Store Pickup! Skip the shipping charge and skip the wait!

 

Take care!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes

 

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Oh So Thankful (And Black Friday Begins NOW!)

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Happy Thanksgiving from Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes!

 

It’s Thanksgiving week! In our hometown of Canby, Oregon, the crisp, cold weather has finally arrived, and it’s starting to really feel like the holidays (in fact I’ve already spotted a few Christmas lights)! While talking about plans for the upcoming holiday weekend, I asked some of the others here to share what they were feeling thankful for:

 

“I am thankful for the blessings that are my family, my friends and my home.”

LeNae Gerig, Design Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“As ever, I am thankful for my two amazing boys, Lance & Connor! Also very thankful for a kind and caring boyfriend (hi Ken!) and that I am able to live a creative life through work. A dream come true!”

Gail Booth, Webisodes & Design Team

 

 

 

 

 

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“I’m thankful for the Marine Corps. Without them my parents would not have met and I would not have been born. Without them I would not have met my husband. Semper Fi!”

Paulette Jarvey, Owner & President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here we are (at least most of us)! Guess what we’re thankful for?

 

YOU!

 

 

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You are the reason we do what we do here. Paper Wishes is a small, family-owned business, and as much as we love to inspire you and all of the Paper Wishers out there, it’s ultimately YOUR creativity that keeps us going! So thank you, and from all of us here at Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes:

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to check out the What’s NEW Wednesday Sneak Peek below! Also, in addition to our Wednesday Webisode, there will be a BONUS Thanksgiving Webisode that airs on Thursday that will feature some amazing Christmas Baubles cutting dies! We will also have special deals each day this week so there’s lots going on! See you soon!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

What’s NEW Wednesday: Sneak Peek for November 23rd

Look what LeNae’s up to! We have fun, new holiday home decor that comes ready for you to embellish! Available Wednesday!

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WNW Sneak Peek + 5 Thanksgiving Card Ideas!

 

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As promised, here are some of the highlights of this week’s What’s NEW Wednesday arrivals! “Bauble” is of course, the UK term for ornament, and UK-based Tonic Studios has just released these beautiful, versatile bauble dies. I love the idea of creating handmade, die cut ornaments, and these allow you to create as many as you want!

Our in-house design team has used them in some wonderful ways, creating ornaments, cards and even a page! You’ll be able to see all of these ideas and more during our upcoming Thanksgiving Bonus Webisode that will be airing on Thanksgiving, November 24th!

 

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By LeNae Gerig

 

You’re going to love using these dies on all your holiday projects!

 

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And here’s a new way to add a big surprise to any wedding, birthday or thank you card using the Pop-Up Gift Box Cutting Die Set from We R Memory Keepers!

 

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By Susan Cobb

 

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These dies create a wondrous little gift box that pops out from your card inside, revealing a gift card, cash or other treat! I love this idea!!! Don’t miss these new items and more—available tomorrow on What’s NEW Wednesday.

Now as promised, here are five gorgeous cards that share this season’s message in five different ways.

LeNae’s “Many Thanks” card has been one of my favorites this season! She placed her Framed Leaves Dazzles™ on Double-Sided Adhesive, and then sprinkled with Crystal Microglitter. After burnishing the microglitter, she actually COLORED her her glitter with Spectrum Noir™ markers for the stunning, sparkling look below!

 

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Click here for LeNae’s instructions

 

Here’s another one I’ve been saving all year—Susan created this “So Very Grateful” card when we released our Botanical Leaves Stamps & Botanical Leaves Cutting Dies, and it’s a truly elegant look that would work especially well for a male recipient!

 

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Click here for Susan’s instructions

 

If you love embossing folders, and the dimension they create, check out Debbie’s “Thanks” card below! She used Hot Off The Press’ Thanks & Tree Embossing Folder, and inked the design with StazOn® Metallic Copper Ink! She then matted the pieces on Metallic Gold Specialty Paper and added Gold Jewel Dazzles™. What a quick way to get such a luxurious look!

 

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Click here for Debbie’s instructions

 

Our next card idea features a lovely wreath that Debbie created using Hot Off The Press’ Viney Wreath Stencil. She inked her wreath, flowers and bow using a variety of Distress inks; then layered the pieces with foam tape! The quote is from Zen Leaves Dazzles™ Stickers.

 

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Click here for Debbie’s instructions

 

Here’s another adorable card from Debbie, and she created this one just for the blog! This time her metallic look comes from Mirror Dazzles™ Sheets. These come in set of 10 different colors and are PERFECT for die cutting!

 

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Debbie also used some of my other favorites on this card—Hot Off The Press’ Truck O’ Goodies Cutting Dies; Birch Trees Stencil (for the background) and the patterned papers are from the Cider Artful Card Kit!

This week we’re also saying “Thank YOU!” with our Thanks & Giving Promotion—use promo code THX2016 to take 20% off the highest priced item in your order! Good through November 19th!

 

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Thanks again to everyone for being part of the Paper Wishes family! Have a wonderful week ahead!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

Don’t forget! Friday marks the end of Mom’s Warehouse Sale and the beginning of new 50/50 Fridays! Our new clearance section will feature 50 items at 50% off available for a whole week. New items every Friday!

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Sneak Preview: What’s NEW Wednesday & Hunkydory WOW!

We have some amazing finds for you this coming Wednesday—especially if you’re a Hunkydory fan! Here are two new stamp sets from Hunkydory (below)—one for the holidays, and one for birthdays! I just love those fuzzy Christmas owls, and will look forward to using the birthday set year round!

 

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By LeNae Gerig

 

LeNae’s card also uses Hunkydory’s new Essential Book of Foiled Cardstock! There are two sets, masculine & feminine, and both are truly stunning!

 

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For The Men

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For The Ladies

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My final favorite actually comes in 9 different designs and they’re all pretty incredible! Hunkydory’s Stylish Silhouettes are finely detailed, laser cut designs ready for you to clip apart and add to any project! Here are a couple of my favorite sets:

 

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Stylish Silhouettes Christmas Cheer

 

Just take a look at Gail’s card, below! She’s used the Stylish Silhouettes shown above for her focal and greeting, and the inked edges create a such gorgeous, finished look!

 

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Gail’s card above also features Gold & Silver Mirri Die-Cuts—these are made exclusively for Paper Wishes! Just pop them out and they’re ready to add to your projects!

 

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All these items & more will be available this Wednesday!  Plus, it’s a Week of Webisodes featuring new project ideas every day starting on Saturday (today for VIPs!)—all featuring new holiday goodies from Hunkydory! There’s plenty of ideas and inspiration—so don’t miss a single day! Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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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!

 

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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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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 on any item below to learn more:

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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 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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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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