Christmas In July

How many of you start your holiday craft making early? Making cards, handmade one-of-a-kind items, wrapping paper and gift tags…all those wonderful things that make the holidays special and take time and care to create? I wish I could say I was way ahead of my craft projects, but the reality is, come November I will be looking for inspiration…and time…to make my handmade gifts, which I love to do.

Well, we here at Paper Wishes are trying to help both with the inspiration and savings for your Christmas crafting projects! We have to thank our Inventory Gal, Phyllis, as she has come up with tons of festive items for our Mom’s Warehouse Sale this week. There are amazing deals on everything from Holiday templates and paper to Dazzles™ and punches. I think it’s a great idea to start shopping now, while there are savings to be had, instead of later in the year when everything is full price!

Christmas Images Punch

Wreath Small Stamp

Poinsettia Silk Flowers

As for inspiration, have you ever checked out the Project Gallery section of the Paper Wishes site? If you go to the main page and click Project Gallery on the top red bar, it will take you to something very special…hundreds of project ideas that are totally searchable! If you search “Christmas” or “holiday”, a kazillion scrapbooking, card making, stamping and album ideas will pop up to inspire your creative spirit…as well as introduce you to new techniques. You can also search for non-holiday related items through the categories listed, so whatever the project, check here and you’re sure to be motivated! Not only do you get a great visual, you get full project instructions to know how to make it!

Christmas Card

Inside Christmas Card

Your gift recipients will be very impressed with you this year! Not only did you save big by shopping early, you made some pretty incredible projects after you got some Paper Wishes inspiration!

 

 

 

 

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CHA + New Papers

The office is fairly quiet with many people out of town at the summer Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show (CHA) in Chicago this week or on vacation. It’s kind of exciting that we’re unveiling 84 new Paper Wishes products at the show…everything from holiday offering of new papers, Dazzles™, Papier Tole and stamps to new templates, paper packs and the Color Me™ Silver papers we showcased during the Stamp Camp Week of Webisodes last week.

Since they’re so great, I just can’t wait…I wanted to share sneak peak at some of what’s to come with one of our new product lines “Steampunk” and one of our new paper packs for holiday scrapbooking and card making, “Vintage Christmas”. Both have coordinating Scrapbooking Dazzles™ and Papier Tole, so creating something special will be oh, so easy! These product will be available at the end of August!

Steampunk Paper Pack

Steampunk Page

Vintage Christmas Paper Pack

Vintage Christmas Card

Putting up a trade show booth can be cumbersome, so I thought it might be interesting to see a before and after of how it happens…

HOTP Booth Before

HOTP Booth After

It’s lots of work, but fun to see the industry react and get excited about new things!

I also wanted to share that we have a winner for the blog sign-up giveaway!  Sharon, from Colorado, will soon be receiving her very own CraftGeek Roll It! It’s a fun tool to use to create unique borders or even draw…and last week, it was in the Paper Wishes top ten! Customer’s are really liking this one…maybe because it’s fun for all ages! Enjoy, Sharon..when you get it, let us know what you think about it by posting a comment on the blog.

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The Beauty of Embossing

I mentioned the upcoming *Stamp Camp* Week of Webisodes last week, and we’ve been so focused on getting everything ready, I still have “stamping” on the brain. That said, I wanted to share a cool technique that the design girls showed me this morning for a *Stamp Camp* project that looked super neat…I almost thought it was our Color Me™ papers at first glance.

Embossing…I have all the supplies tucked away at home, but don’t often get them out when stamping something, but I should because I really love the finished look of an embossed stamp -the texture and focus it gives the image. Ann, one of our talented designers, showed me a large stamped image she’d stamped with VersaMark™ ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder…a product we’ll debut during *Stamp Camp*. The swirls she created totally looked like something you’d see on Color Me™ papers, but she placed them exactly where she wanted them on her card. Perfect for an original design especially when she finished it with some Glimmer Mist! I wish I could show you the finished project, it’s gorgeous, but it’s for the webisode. Well okay, just for those that read the blog…I’ll give you a sneak peek…

Sneak Peek - Stamp Camp Card Project

Here are some designer tips when it comes to embossing:

• The combination of glue stick and heat gun can warp the paper, so do the majority of the embossing before the paper is glued to the project.
• For pretty and easy embossed paper or card edges, use the VersaMark™ ink pad directly to the edge of the surface and even the inside, then emboss for an eye-catching finished look.

Embossed Card Edge

On another note, you want to win the $85 worth of amazing stamp supplies, right?? Then don’t wait…we have a giveaway going right now! See the 6/24 post for details…your submission is due by 7/7!!!

Stamp happy!

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First Blog Giveaway!

Being the new girl, it’s pretty impressive to discover the amount of amazing and FREE content you can find on Paper Wishes.com. There is both inspiration and technique for your scrapbooking, card making and paper crafting projects. Wow!

Speaking of WOW, I now know around here that stands for Week of Webisodes. Webisodes are a great way to see Paulette, owner extraordinaire, and Ann, one of our fabulous designers as they demonstrate new products, techniques and project ideas with just a click of a button. Taking that one step further, the Week of Webisodes is a full week of these videos based on a theme.

I’ve been working hard getting the upcoming Week of Webisodes, *Stamp Camp* ready. Looking at new product, talking to the design team about new techniques and putting it all together so it’s ready for your viewing pleasure the week of July 11, 2011. Bonus! I just heard this year *Stamp Camp* airs 6 days instead of 5 – WOWEE!

Lucky you! In anticipation of *Stamp Camp* 2011, I put together an awesome giveaway of some of our favorite stamping supplies, PLUS some fab new products that we will be showcasing during the Week of Webisodes. Over $85 worth of cool stuff!!! All you need to do to enter the give-away is post an image of a project you’ve created using stamping supplies from Paper Wishes. We need your submission by Thursday July 7th. Winner will be drawn at random, Friday July 8, 2011.

Here’s a sneak peak at what you’ll win….notice the new Color Me™ Silver designs?????

Prize Package

Here’s a peek at a few projects that the design team created that inspired me to go home and play with my stamps and inks.

Color Me™ Happy Birthday Card

Cupcake Card

Stamp & Punch Birthday Card

Can’t wait to see your submissions…don’t forget to tell us why you like your design…. You successfully tried a new technique….Favorite new ink pads or stamps….Or you just like it!

Happy stamping!

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Hello!

I am so excited to be the new Marketing girl here at HOTP! December has been so helpful in showing me the ropes and we wish her good luck on her new adventures and upcoming nuptials! She will be missed.

Wow, do I have a lot to learn about all the useful and cool products on the Paper Wishes site. Like the other day, we had a visit from Jenny with Clearsnap, the creators of ColorBox®. Do you know the difference between a pigment and dye ink…and what is best used where?

She explained it like this – mayonnaise. Yes, think mayonnaise. Mayonnaise and pigment ink are about the same consistency. Thick and rich, pigment ink sits on the top of the paper, so that’s why dry times are so slow. How many times have you smudged something because the ink wasn’t dry??? But it’s great for embossing!

Pigment Inks

Card Using Pigment Inks

Dye ink on the other hand, looks, feels and behaves more like water. They’re great for those last minute cards that you forgot to send and need to get in the mail today! The colors are clear and vibrant; they soak right into the project surface and dry in a snap.

Dye Ink

Card Using Dye Ink

And then you have what is called blended ink…one of my all-time favorites – ColorBox® Chalk. Tons of fun colors and they give you the best of both worlds: lush solid colors of pigment and the fast drying of dye inks. They definitely give my projects a more professional, artistic look and really make me look good!

Chalk Inks

Page Using Chalk Inks

One of their products I can’t wait to play around with on my scrapbooking and card projects are the Smooch® inks. What couldn’t you create with these pearlized pigmented gems, packaged in a cute nail polish bottle??? They work great on everything from paper, glass, cardstock, fabric, wood, clay and more! Or better yet inside of our Dazzles™.

Well, it time to get back to work, but I’d love to hear what you think about our products and project ideas and what you’re favorites are..so please let me know…Leave your comments or just say hi!

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Premiere Papier Tole Personal Shopper Kit

I am so excited to announce our newest Personal Shopper Kit- Premiere Papier Tole! Now you can have the newest designs before anyone else on the planet! Papier Tole die-cut sheets are hugely popular for card making and scrapbooking projects, and they’re so easy to use! Our customers have been raving about the designs and the results!

Here are a few scrapbooking and card making projects using some of the Papier Tole sheets available on Paper Wishes. Look at how beautiful these 3-D embellishments are!

A Cuppa Papier Tole

Art Nouveau Foil Papier Tole

Playful Flower papier Tole

Victorian Roses Papier Tole

In the Premiere Papier Tole Personal Shopper kit you’ll receive TWO packs of Papier Tole sheets. The sheets may be foil Papier tole, pyramid Papier Tole or paper Papier tole. You’ll also receive coordinating papers and a full-color newsletter packed with card making and scrapbooking project ideas, plus, tips for using your new Papier Tole designs!

Premiere Papier Tole is every other month and the cost is $12.99, which includes shipping in the US and Canada. International members will receive a $2 shipping credit. Just for joining you’ll receive FREE 2 packs of foam squares. The first shipment is June 23.

Visit Premiere Papier Tole Personal Shopper to sign up today!

Here is a sneak peek of the 2 Papier Tole packs in the first kit:

Music & Roses Papier Tole

Artful Christmas Pyramid Papier Tole (sheet1)

Artful Christmas Pyramid Papier Tole (sheet 2)

Come join the fun! We’d love to have you as part of the Personal Shopper family!

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Disney

I love Disney! My first trip as a kid wasn’t until I was about 11 years old, which certainly isn’t old by any means, but I had been dreaming of going to Disneyworld for as long as I can remember! I can still remember that first entrance into the park, seeing Cinderella’s castle and Goofy…

My Mom has tons of great Disney pictures of us. Some day I’ll duplicate them and put them in their own special album, so my kids can see my trip to Disney. But, for now I live vicariously through LeNae (one of our fabulous designers) and her family’s adventures to the Magic Kingdom. She has done such a great job of documenting their Disney time, and with the help of our Disney Dazzles™, the scrapbooks have come together so nicely!

Here are a few precious pages LeNae has done using our Disney Scrapbooking Dazzles™.

Disney Princess Scrapbooking Dazzles™

Disney Magic Kingdom Scrapbooking Dazzles™

Disney Princess Scrapbooking Dazzles™

The Scrapbooking Dazzles™ come with 6 sheets of 12”x12” papers plus coordinating Dazzles™. There is Disney Princess and Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom Scrapbooking Dazzles™

Princess Scrapbooking Dazzles™

You can also get the smaller Disney Dazzles™ packs in Mickey Mouse and Princess. These come with die-cuts and fun greetings, plus 67-121 Dazzles™. These smaller packs are made to be card friendly, but I find the die-cuts and Dazzles™ look great on scrapbook pages, too!

Mickey Mouse Dazzles™

Princess Dazzles™

Leave me a comment and let me know about your Disney scrapbooking ideas!

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Sneak Peek on New Punches

We’ve been super busy putting together the Summer Paper Wishes Wrap, and I’m so excited because it’s packed full of 77 brand new tools and products for cardmakers and scrapbookers! And, although this won’t be in the mail until the first week in June, I just have to show you some of my favorite new goodies!

New Punch It Punches from Purple Cows
These versatile punches let you create intricate designs on paper, photos, plastic and even craft foam, perfect for cardmaking and scrapbooking! Punch and emboss borders and patterns easily with the clearly marked guides on every punch.

Spring Punch It

Summer Punch It

Autumn Punch It

Solstice Punch It

Winter Punch It

Check out Susan’s beautiful design, using the Summer Punch It! Doesn’t it look like a lot of detailed work? I talked with Susan and it’s super easy with the Punch It. All you do is cut a square of the adhesive sheet, punch the four corners (aligning the sheet each time) and then punch the four sides¬. She then peeled off the backing from one side of the adhesive, covered in glitter and then pulled the other side of the adhesive off and attached to the card front–how easy and beautiful!

click for instructions

Susan used the double-sided adhesive sheets to add glitter but you could punch the edges of your background paper or the edge of your card front to create a border on your card and scrapbook pages. Or, back with a contrasting paper and create a custom card focal or scrapbook page embellishment.

I am so excited about these punches! They are available at www.PaperWishes.com today, so come check them out!

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Color Me™ Techniques

I love the Color Me™ papers! Have you played with them yet? Here are a few basic techniques that work well for scrapbooking and cardmaking projects.

Here is an example of using inkpads straight on a scrapbooking project for all over color. Simply rub the inkpad onto the paper, and then use a paper towel to wipe the ink off the white areas. Using this method with the Distress Inks will leave you with a nice shadow effect near the raised areas, which really adds to the dimension on this scrapbook page! I love the shadow effect, but if you want to get even coverage with the distress inks LeNae recommends using a cosmetic sponge. And, don’t be afraid to mix and mediums! LeNae used markers to color in the border here and even some Stickles to create a glittery effect on the flowers.

Direct to paper inking

On this card Ann used the Brilliance ink pads which have a nice point so she could get color into each Color Me™ flower and leaf. This gives the design a dramatic effect against the white background, for a totally different look.

Detailed inking

Blending colors is super easy and look at the result! Ann used a cosmetic sponge with the Chalk Inks (link) to create a beautiful continuity here. She simply dabbed the sponge onto the ink pad and applied to the paper in a circular motion to blend each color seamlessly on the scrapbook page. I’ve been told that you don’t need a sponge with the Chalk inks, but Ann used it here to blend the colors with more precision. Watch the webisode to see Ann demonstrate this exact technique!

Using a sponge

We are coming up with new scrapbooking and cardmaking techniques with the Color Me™ all the time! There is just so much to do with these versatile papers! Leave me a comment and let me know what you have done with the Color Me™ papers!

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Cardmaking101.com is here!

I am so excited to announce the launch of our newest sister site Cardmaking101.com! This site is a great resource for people who are new to cardmaking and even those who are experienced and looking for some great cardmaking inspiration.

The site is full of cardmaking tips and techniques like how to create a focal, different card folds and window cards. There are also videos demonstrating cardmaking techniques like:

Covering The Card Front Video

Ideas for the Card Inside Video

The best thing about this new site is that it’s a great tool you can always fall back on, especially if you’re stuck on a card and need a little boost of creativity. There are great ideas for using templates on your cards, some that even the most experienced cardmaker may not know. Also, tips for greeting and sentiments and even good ideas for Christmas cardmaking!

We’re even covering the basics like:

Adhesives Video

Inks Video

Chalking Video

There will be a new card project every month, so check back regularly to see what we’re doing! And, please let me know what you think.

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