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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 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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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 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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I am so excited to announce the launch of our newest sister site! 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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Sneak Peek of Super Cool Technique

Teresa did something amazing! You may know her from this week’s Cardmaking Week of Webisodes. She has created a shadow effect by using Dazzles™ as a mask. How beautiful!

Card Front

Card Inside

Teresa used the Nature’s Watercolors Paper Pack, Enchanted Moments Scrapbooking Dazzles™ and the Smooch Spritz in Limolicious and Splash.

Nature's Watercolors Paper Pack

Enchanted Moments Scrapbooking Dazzles™

Limolicious Smooch Spritz

Splash Smooch Spritz


So, it’s actually pretty easy! Simply, place your Dazzles™ on a piece of cardstock and spritz with your choice of color. Make sure you have good coverage around the Dazzles™. Then peel the Dazzles™ off the cardstock and place on your Craft Sheet so you can wipe off the ink from the Dazzles™. Let your inked cardstock dry completely. Then, replace the Dazzles™ slightly offset from the masked image to create the shadow effect. Teresa then used the gold Jewel Dazzles™ to accent the Enchanted Dazzles™. Super easy and what an elegant look!

This technique would look beautiful with any of the silver or gold Dazzles™, too! Check out some of these examples that Ann has put together.

Silver Sympathy Dazzles™

Gold Fern Dazzles™

Although the black Dazzles™ have the most dramatic effect, these are simply gorgeous! (Oh, and here’s a sneak peek at 2 new Dazzles™ designs that will be available in September, silver Sympathy Dazzles™ and gold Ferns Dazzles™).

We are always looking for new techniques with our Dazzles™! Let us know if you have come up with something, because we’d love to share it with all our readers!

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New Tools & Embellies!

The Summer Paper Wishes has been out only a few weeks now and I have to let you know of my favorite supplies for scrapbooking and cardmaking! The Smooch Spritz Inks I can’t resist the Smooch Spritz inks! The sprays offer great coverage, and they each have a glimmer that really adds to my scrapbook pages and cards! Use them with the Floral Circle Mask for scrapbook pages and the Fancy Border Masks for cards, like Susan did here.

Floral Circle Mask & Smooch Spritz

Fancy Borders Mask & Smooch Spritz

Chalk Pencils I love love love these new chalk pencils! You get the soft touch of chalk with the precision details of a pencil! They are perfect for page titles and journaling on scrapbook pages, then sentiments and pen details on cards. They also look great when used with the Butterfly Meadow template from Crafter’s Workshop (another one of my favs!) Simply color in the designs with your array of chalk colors! Check out the other 6”x6” templates for cardmaking and scrapbooking too!

Pearlescent Earthtone Chalk Pencils

Pearlescent Bright Chalk Pencils

Pearlescent Bright Chalk Pencils

Classic Bright Chalk Pencils

6"x6" butterfly Meadow Template

Glitter Ribbon
So, I absolutely cannot live without glitter ribbon! I use them as borders on scrapbook pages and cut them apart for focals on cards and albums. They are the perfect accent for all your papercrafts! I have a wide variety of all types of adhesive ribbon, but these glitter ones really give a nice sparkle to my scrapbooking and cardmaking projects!

What are your new favorite Paper Wishes items? I would love to hear, and pass it along to our other readers.

Cupcake Glitter Ribbon

Brocade Glitter Ribbon


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Cardmaking WOW is coming up!

The Cardmaking Week of Webisodes (WOW) is right around the corner! It doesn’t actually start until Monday May, 16 but I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the goodies Teresa used to create the cards. And I wanted to share with you too!

We’ve decided to try something new for this Cardmaking Week of Webisodes, we’re pre-selling the bundles of cardmaking supplies Teresa has used to create her cards. This way you can play along with Paulette and Ann as they show all of Teresa’s wonderful creations!

Click on each of the images below to order the kit!

Monday: Amazing Folded Cardmaking

Tuesday: Artsy Collage for Cardmaking

Wednesday: Batik & Nature's Watercolors Cardmaking

Thursday: Jewel Cardmaking & 3-D Flowers

Friday: Enchanted & Serendipity Cardmaking

For those of you who don’t know, Teresa Welch is one of our fabulous designers! She used to be the VP here at Hot Off The Press and has since moved away, but she still works closely with us. She has created some of our most popular templates, like 15 Lovely Labels, 25 Hearts and Super Stars.

15 Lovely Labels Template

25 Hearts Template

Super Stars Template


She has also created some of our best selling CD’s and DVD’s. Her newest Teresa’s Amazing Folded Cards is featured in the upcoming Week of Webisodes, but it already has rave reviews! Some of my other favorites of Teresa’s are the Card Greetings & Sentiments CD and Teresa’s Card Sketches CD.

Amazing Folded Cards DVD

Card Sketches CD

Card Greetngs & Sentiments CD

Teresa is also responsible for the Cardmaking Week of Webisodes, Christmas Cardmaking Week of Webisodes (in August) and the First Look Week of Webisodes (in January). I know you’ll love her original designs and great techniques! So come play along!


Let us know what you think of Teresa’s products and webisodes! Leave us a comment!

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Mother’s Day Ideas

Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner I wanted to show you some really great projects that use our new Sew Sweet Dazzles™ and all sorts of fun sewing embellishments! These are great ideas for Mother’s Day cards and gifts!

Sew Sweet Card

card inside


I really love the border on the Sew Sweet Dazzles™ ; it’s amazing how much it pops when backed with paper, like LeNae did here. And these clothes Hanger Clips are so cute! They’re perfect for attaching a greeting.

wood buttons

Wood buttons

These wood buttons are so versatile! LeNae chalked them here but she used inkpads on the chipboard pieces below, there are so many ways to embellish these blank pieces, you could even use glitter .


Great Gift Idea–Stretched Canvas

Sew Sweet Canvas Collage

A collaged canvas is a great way to use your cardmaking and scrapbooking supplies for gift ideas. Simply ink or paint the canvas then decorate!

I love these Button and Still Sew Cute chipboard pieces from Maya Road. LeNae colored them with Aged Mahogany and Tumbled Glass Distress inks to get a great color that matches the Heritage Papers perfectly! The mini wooden spools are wrapped with Color Infusions thread to give them a touch of sparkle.

These are great ideas for mom, grandma or even your daughter (who may also be a mom).

Let me know what you’ve made for your Mom, leave a comment or upload an image!


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