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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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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Song Birds Papers

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Song Birds Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers

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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 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

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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

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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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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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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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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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Join Us for World Cardmaking Day 2016!!!

 

The arrival of fall means that World Cardmaking Day is just around the corner, and this year it falls on Saturday, October 1st! In the past, we’ve done sketch challenges, but this year I thought we’d try something new.

Working at Paper Wishes, I’m thankful everyday for the love, support and creativity that comes directly from our Paper Wishers. You applaud and cheer our successes, and if we make a mistake, together we work to make it right (hey, no one’s perfect)! But above and beyond that, your creativity is practically infinite! You post pictures in our galleries, on Facebook and even mail us the amazing projects you create. You’ve created a wonderful community on the Paper Wishes Message Board where you connect and craft with boundless enthusiasm. You travel from out-of-state to attend our local Girlfriends Getaway just to create with us!

You choose Paper Wishes, and support Hot Off The Press products. And that’s the biggest (and most humbling) reward because truly, we’re here to inspire your creative spirit. When you buy our products, it means we’ve done our job.

 

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So this year for World Cardmaking Day, I thought I’d challenge you all to create cards around a simple theme: Thankfulness.

While you could also be inspired by the season, this “thankfulness” theme can be interpreted any way you wish! Maybe it’s a fall-themed greeting card, but it could also be a  “thank you” card! Or a special card created just for someone you’re thankful for. Whatever you decide, we want you to join us in creating a special Thankfulness card!

 

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Post your card(s) here in the comments, or post them to our Facebook WCMD event page! Our contest closes on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 8am PST so you have one week to express your creativity and show us what “thankfulness” means to you. I can’t wait to see!

Thank you all for being part of the Paper Wishes family!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

***PS*** The Paper Wishes Message Board will be hosting even more World Cardmaking Day fun—view the details here!!!

Stop by and register to join our Message Board community (it’s free!) for all kinds of cardmaking and scrapbooking fun! They’ll definitely keep you inspired with unique swaps, challenges and activities year round!

Once you’ve registered, check out Sam’s post on getting started: New To The Board? Start Here!

 

See those pink shirts? Say hello to some of the Paper Wishes Message Board!

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Paper Wishes Celebrates “Live Creative” Day!

September 14th is National Live Creative Day and we all know that creativity comes in many, many forms! The people who work at Paper Wishes are certainly a creative bunch, and their creativity is manifested in lots of ways beyond card making and papercrafting (although there’s lots of that too). I’d like to share with you some of the people I work with here at Paper Wishes, and the creative endeavors that they pursue!

LeNae is a member of our Design Team, and as of this September, she’s been at Paper Wishes for 22 years! She is all kinds of creative, and environmentally conscious as well. She felted an old wool sweater in hot water and sewed it into a very pretty tote bag!

 

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Meet Melissa from Customer Service! Her customer service skills are surpassed only by her fabulous sense of humor and possibly her horsemanship! Here she is riding while wearing what’s been dubbed as the “Hel-hat!” Melissa created this striking helmet/hat combo to protect herself from falls as well as sunburn! Very creative!

 

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Kelly is one of our wonderful, irreplaceable Warehouse Assistants, and she’s also an incredibly gifted quilter! Here are two of her latest projects—a couple of fall-themed mini quilts!

 

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Brittany is our new Editor/Proofer and she probably has one of the most decorated offices here! She has created lots of rustic-yet-glittery art for her walls—here she is with one of her favorite, colorful accents!

 

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You all know Gail from our webisodes, and she’s a true artist! Here are just two of the many drawings and illustrations she’s created.

 

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The Christmas Tree is from a series of drawings she created for her family, and “Disconnected” is an illustration that was published in Perceptions, a local art & poetry publication. Here’s a closeup!

 

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Next up is Cristina from Marketing! She uses her Silhouette Cameo to create amazing invitations, signs & more! Here’s one of her recent projects…

 

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Victoria, another longtime member of the Paper Wishes team, creates our Paper Wishes catalogs, Personal Shopper newsletters and lots more! An avid spinner and knitter, she hand knitted this shawl from silk & wool yarn she spun herself—wow!!

 

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And finally, here’s me! After photographing everybody else, I figured I’d better pony up with something too! Here are a couple of the cards I’ve had fun making recently!

 

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AND I plan on making even more cards at Girlfriends Getaway on Sept. 17th! This year I’ll get to be there, along with my mom, to get in on the fun and hopefully provide a little behind-the-scenes coverage!

This is a sold-out event, but you can still craft along with us by ordering the 2016 Girlfriends Getaway Kit! The kit comes with everything you need to create the same projects we will make at Girlfriends Getaway PLUS you get Paulette’s DVD that guides you through step by step! There is a limited number of kits and soon you’ll be able to sign up to be notified when the kit becomes available so stay tuned! 😀

What will we be making at Girlfriends Getaway this year? I’m glad you asked because I have one more creative item to share with you! Susan from our Design Team came up with this fabulous clock (yes, a real clock!) that everyone who attends Girlfriends Getaway (or orders the kit) will have a chance to make—take a look!

 

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I love this, and I can’t wait to create one at Girlfriends Getaway! I hope you enjoyed getting to meet some of the Paper Wishes team, and we hope that you will find a special way to celebrate National Live Creative Day! Let us know what you’ll be creating in the comments below—share a photo if you have one! We’d love to see!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Friday Freebie Download (We’re On A Roll!)

Happy Friday! We have another stunning quote for you to print from our Art Director, Kyla! What I love about this one (besides that fact it’s SO TRUE) is that it looks like what would result if you were to combine our Bohemian Dreams & Letterpress collections (see below)!

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Click here to download!

 

Now to prove my point! If you love the look of this quote, check out our papers and more, below!

Bohemian Dreams 12x12 Scrapbooking Papers

Bohemian Dreams 12×12 Scrapbooking Papers

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Letterpress 12×12 Scrapbooking Papers

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Bohemian Dreams Paper Tole

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Flowers & Lace Foiled Fancies™

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Here’s a card Susan created using Bohemian Dreams as well as the Layered Labels Design Tool Kit #10 Template:

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Click here for Susan’s instructions!

 

And for the Letterpress fans—an amazing scrapbook page from Gail:

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Click here for Gail’s instructions!

I just love the romance of this page! Thanks Kyla, for your inspiring art! Looks like I’m going to be up to my elbows in Bohemian Dreams this weekend!

How about you? Let us know what you’ll be creating in the comments below! And tell me your favorite—Bohemian Dreams? Or Letterpress?!

 

Have an incredible weekend!

 

Michelle Gustafson

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Paper Wishes’ Favorite Easter Card Ideas!

 

Just a couple weeks ago, my spring fever was feeling a bit premature. Yet somehow, Easter is now just a month away!

So now is the perfect time to start bringing the spirit of spring into your home, and into your crafting! Here are a couple fabulous Easter-themed projects using brand NEW Bunnies Dazzles™ stickers from Hot Off The Press! Click each project for supplies and instructions.

 

Hoppy Spring Card by Susan Cobb

This playful card has a fun springtime look that would be especially perfect for a little boy!

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Designer’s Tip: Place your Dazzles™ stickers onto layered label shapes for an easy, polished focal!

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Cardmaker’s™ Earth’s Palette Creative Pack

Layered Labels Design Tool Kit #10 Template

 

 

Tulip Fold Happy Spring Card by Teresa Welch

This card gives you a sneak peek at our NEW 2-Way Diamond cards! Teresa’s latest computer DVD shows how to make this card, or buy a whole pack of blank 2-Way Diamond Fold cards (available in March).

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Designer’s Note: Place your Dazzles™ onto NEW Dazzles™ Glitter Sheets for incredible sparkle and shine!

Roses & Lace Double-Sided Paper Pack

Bunnies Dazzles™ Stickers

Layered Labels Design Tool Kit #10 Template

Spectrum Noir™ Florals Blendable Pencils

 

 

Hoppy Spring! Tunnel Card by LeNae Gerig

This project is from the November’s Premiere Dazzles™ monthly kit. Click on the project to learn more about our HUGE selection of monthly craft kits!

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Designer’s Tip: Create the perfect Easter bunny by placing a Dazzles™ bunny onto white cardstock. Then cut next to the Dazzles™ edge. Chalk is the perfect way to add just a hint of color to the white rabbit!

Colorist Double-Sided Paper Pack

Tunnel Die-Cut Cards (3-pack)

Bunnies Dazzles™ Stickers

 

Don’t miss our new webisode this coming Wednesday for even more great Easter-themed projects using our gorgeous Easter Egg cutting dies (and order yours now to get them in plenty of time for Easter)! We hope you enjoy this week of ideas for creating delightful Easter and springtime projects! Please share your Easter and spring projects in the comments below. We love to see what you’re creating! 😀

 

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Steampunk Collection + Masculine Card Ideas!!!

 

Sometimes “pretty” comes easy, while “manly” remains a little more elusive. How do you make a pretty (or rather, manly) card for a man? Paper Wishes designers to the rescue! Below are some of my favorite masculine looks our incredible design team created using Hot Off The Press’ new Steampunk Collection!

Susan created the card below using Steampunk Foiled Fancies™ which are gold-foiled, deeply embossed die-cuts just waiting for your creative touch! Ink them, sand them, or add paint, markers and more for incredible effects. Susan colored her Foiled Fancies™ hot air balloon, gears and butterfly with Spectrum Noir™ markers. She then stamped black designs from the Fancy Patterns stamp set using Black StazOn® ink. Click on the project for details.

Click here for Susan's instructions!

Click here for Susan’s instructions!

 

Here’s a gorgeous card from Teresa who has embellished a Steampunk Foil Paper Tole “winged clock” with tiny, self-adhesive copper “nailheads.” She’s also used the Steampunk stamp set and Gold StazOn® ink for her card greeting! I just love this look, especially with that brown twill ribbon!

Click here for Teresa's instructions!

Click here for Teresa’s instructions!

 

On this version, Gail customized her Foiled Fancies™ by inking them with black StazOn®, and applying rubbing alcohol over the top for a pewter look. She then combined her Foiled Fancies™ with Steampunk Scrapbooking Dazzles™. She backed her Dazzles™ heart and gears with Mocha Suede specialty paper, then layered her pieces together with foam tape. Wonderful dimension!!

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Click for Gail’s instructions!

 

Steampunk is the perfect collection for creating masculine cards, with deep brown and golden tones, teal accents and “manly” motifs like gears, top hats and more. You’ll be able to make the perfect birthday card for your husband, son, father, brother or any other special guy!

 

I hope you have a love-filled Valentine’s Day! <3

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

Check out Hot Off The Press’ Steampunk Collection!

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