Follow Up To Girlfriends Getaway 2016!

Ready for the girlfriends to arrive!

Girlfriends Getaway 2016 was AMAZING as always, and this year especially fun for me as I was able to attend and participate along with everyone else!

I came with my mom/crafting buddy, who actually took Paulette’s “Dough Art” class back when I was a mere toddler! As they say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” and we arrived ready to craft!

 

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I’ve never had the chance to take a class from Paulette before, and obviously I’ve been missing out. Not only were the projects amazing, but Paulette’s unique brand of “tough love” humor kept me both entertained and on task!

One of my favorite projects was this first little snowflake we created with Snowflakes Foiled Fancies™. The kit comes with everything you need to add it to a card or scrapbook page, but Mom & I opted to make matching ornaments. It was so fun embellishing these with Teal Jewel Dazzles™ stickers!

 

I want a Christmas tree full of these!

I want a Christmas tree full of these!

 

In between projects, names were drawn from a basket to pick winners for the door prizes—a seemingly endless table of gift bags that were each PACKED with papers, stamps, cutting dies, markers & too many other goodies to list!

 

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Bring on gift bags!

 

Here we are working on what was easily the favorite project of the day—creating our own clocks! This was so fun to do and so EASY! I was a little worried when I saw the small bag of parts, but it was actually very simple to assemble and my beautiful, functioning customized clock now hangs on my wall at home!

 

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Covering our clocks with stunning Mystic Garden paper!

 

I’d also like to mention that the first batch of clocks we used were crafted by Mike Jarvey himself! And they SOLD OUT. Nicely done, Mike!

 

Look at their clocks! So fun!

 

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No one can resist the Dollar Table!

 

It was an amazing day, and if you weren’t able to be there, don’t worry!

We have put together a special Girlfriends Getaway 2016 Kit with DVD so you’ll be able to create all these projects & more, guided by Paulette herself!

 

2016 Girlfriends Getaway Kit! Click to learn more!

2016 Girlfriends Getaway Kit! Click to learn more!

 

We have also made our new Square & Round Creative Clock Kits available so you can create as many clocks as you’d like! The Clock Stencil is sold separately. I’ll definitely be picking up a couple more of these kits for Christmas gifts! And it sounds like I’d better hurry—Lori, our Personal Shopper Assistant, has already gotten eight of them. We are just a little excited about this! 😀

 

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Circle Creative Clock Kit—click here to learn more!

 

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Square Creative Clock Kit—click here to learn more!

 

Were you at Girlfriends Getaway? Tell us your favorite part! I had a blast getting to meet so many new people, and I’m already looking forward to next year! I want to thank everyone who attended, and made it such a fun day! You are ALL the best part of Paper Wishes!

 

Michelle Gustafson

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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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NEW January 2016 Stamp Sets from Hot Off The Press

 

Happy 2016!

I hope you are all ready for a great year to come—it’s going to be packed with tons of awesome project ideas, creative new techniques, and inspiring craft products (like our NEW Foiled Fancies™)! I can already tell I’m going to be a busy girl! Today I’m showing you four new stamp sets from Hot Off The Press, along with some of my favorite projects from the new catalog. These stamps sets are made of a clear, high-grade silicone that gives an incredibly detailed impression and won’t yellow.

 

Check out our stunning new stamp sets below, and click on any project for tips and more!

 

Mystic Garden

The Mystic Garden stamp set contains 17 enchanting stamps with focals, accents and greetings! Part of the Mystic Garden Collection which includes Mystic Garden Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers, Mystic Garden Paper Tole and Mystic Garden Foiled Fancies™.

 

Designed by Gail Booth

 

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Click for more info!

 

Steampunk

This Steampunk stamp set comes with 22 focal, accent and greeting stamps! Part of the Steampunk Collection which includes Steampunk Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers, Steampunk Foil Paper Tole, Steampunk Foiled Fancies™ and Steampunk Scrapbooking Dazzles™. Die-cuts are available in the Steampunk Artful Card Kit!

 

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Designed by Gail Booth

 

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Click for more info!

 

Floral Fantasy

This stamp set contains 13 harmonious stamps including focals, accents and a greeting! Part of the Floral Fantasy Collection which includes Floral Fantasy Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers, Floral Fantasy Foil Paper Tole, Floral Fantasy Foiled Fancies™ and Floral Fantasy Scrapbooking Dazzles™.

 

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Designed by Debbie Samples

 

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Click for more info!

 

Thank You!

This super fun Thank You! stamp set contains 28 designs (wow!) including greetings and accents! Used here with Colorists Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers and Florals for Colorists Paper Tole.

 

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Designed by Gail Booth

 

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I never get tired of seeing all the amazing cards our design team creates—they definitely have me feeling ready to start on a new stack of cards for 2016! What about you? Which stamp set is your favorite? Tell me in the comments below! I love to hear! 😀

 

Wishing you an amazing start to a brand new year!

 

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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Using Amazing Sticky Stencils with Gelatos!

Earlier this summer, I asked our in-house designers what were some of their favorite new craft products, and LeNae immediately declared, “Sticky Stencils!” So naturally I had to try them out for myself! I was so impressed that I just had to show you too, along with a technique that utilizes the wonderful “sticky” properties of these stencils!

Sticky stencils, as you might expect, are sticky on one side. Simply peel them off their backing sheet, and press onto your project (I like to press the center down first, and work outward). Once it’s in place, you’re ready to go, and because the entire stencil is sticky, you use a more watery medium for your stenciling without having to worry about it bleeding underneath. No taping down required! The “Beautiful” stencil is from the Beautiful Words Sticky Stencil Set (which I LOVE).

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For my stenciling, I just scribbled a bit of green Gelatos® onto my “craft sheet” (below). Then swirl in your Water Brush (or wet paintbrush) to make a paint!

 

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Just fill in your stencil and fear not!—your sticky stencil will keep your Gelatos paint from bleeding. Peel your stencil up to see the magic! Sticky stencils peel up perfectly, without harming your project. Then just wash them (I let mine air dry) and place them back onto the backing sheet—they’re still sticky!

You can see in my top picture, the wording it is still a little wet on the edges, but it dries quickly for that great watercolor look! Another neat thing about this technique is that once you’ve done your stenciling, you’ll probably have a little Gelatos® paint left over, and you can use it with your brush to carefully “connect” your lines where the stencil breaks up the image, allowing for a more continuous look! So fun, and especially great for word stencils like these!

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I’ve been having a blast playing with these sticky stencils—they make it easier than ever before to stencil a “beautiful” image! I truly consider them a miracle product and can’t wait to try them with other colorants. Paper Wishes® has lots of sticky stencils—click here to see them all. We even have sticky stencil sheets, so you can design your very own custom sticky stencils using your cutting dies, a craft knife or your Silhouette machine! Now I better quit “playing” and get back to work! Thanks for stopping by!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

PS — For even more Sticky Stencil fun & project ideas, watch the webisode here!

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Video Tutorial: Cardmaking Using Wildflowers Cutting Die With Sara Naumann

 

Hi everyone! It’s Friday and today’s my birthday!!! So to celebrate? I’m proofing the first pages of our upcoming Paper Wishes catalog! I know, I know… going a little wild here!

However, I just had to take a quick moment to share this video from Sara Naumann’s YouTube channel. Yesterday, Sara showed how to create a beautiful, mixed-media card using Hot Off The Press’ Wildflowers cutting die, along with Izinks and one of my favorite new products, Stick It adhesive sheets. Take a minute to watch—I just love how Sara doesn’t hesitate to dive right in and experiment with inks and paints and pigments of all sorts… so fun & inspiring!

 

 

You can check out Sara’s blog for Studio SN, here:

 

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I hope that watching this now has you racing for your craft table! Have a great weekend everyone, and I hope you all get the chance to do a little creating of your own! In parting, I’d like to share this quote that reminds me of myself today! 😀

 

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Cheers!

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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Vellum Magic Kit Update With Video Link

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I know many of you have purchased our incredible Vellum Magic Kit, but didn’t receive the video link! We’re sorry that this happened, but don’t worry! Here’s the video link—just click below!

 

Click here to view the Vellum Magic DVD.

 

Feel free to copy the link into you web browser at home—if you bookmark it, you will always be able to come back and watch the Vellum Magic video as many times as you like! This link will also be available on the Vellum Magic product page! And more good news—you will also find new Vellum Magic project ideas there as well!

So take a few minutes to watch the video. You’ll get to learn some of Paulette’s best vellum techniques and tips! Happy Friday! 😀

 

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Project Idea: How to Create the Easiest DIY Chalkboard Ever!

Sorry for not posting last Friday! It was a super busy day here at Paper Wishes, and we’ve been working hard on lots of new project ideas that will be coming soon! But I wanted to make sure you all saw this project from Paper Wishes’ latest Spring 2015 Mini Catalog because it’s very, very cool…

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What sets this chalkboard apart from others? You create it yourself! It’s sized to be covered with your favorite scrapbook papers and the chalkboard surface is added with this amazing new Chalkboard Marker, designed to create chalkboard surfaces on paper, wood and even terra cotta!

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You can then decorate your chalkboard surface. Obviously you could use “school” chalk, but if you’d like more impact, I would opt for these…

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LeNae’s Tip: These colorful, water-based chalk markers erase easily with a damp cloth – reuse the chalkboard and markers over and over!

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Paint the edges the Chalkboard frame with the black Chalkboard Marker and let dry. Apply a thin coat of Tacky Craft Glue to one side of the chalkboard frame and cover with Hopscotch green border paper (with the border along the top). After covering with paper, turn the frame over and use a craft pen knife to cut away the excess paper from the frame edges. Use the knife to poke through the paper covering the tiny hole near the bottom of the frame. Repeat for remaining sides. Use the sanding block to lightly sand the paper edges to remove any nicks and smooth the edges. Place lengths of Black Jewel Border Dazzles™ along the edges of the window opening. Place a large Red Jewel Dazzles™ on each corner.
  2. Use the Chalkboard Marker to apply black paint to one side of each square wood piece. Let dry and repeat. Let dry again and use the sanding block to lightly sand the surface of each board to remove any streaking. Cover the back of the boards with patterned paper. Apply Tacky Glue around the edges on the backside of each frame. Place the chalkboard side down and let dry.
  3. Hinges: To secure the 2 frames together at the top, turn the frames over and place the top of each end-to-end. Place the 2 tiny silver hinges overlapping each frame and secure with 8 tiny screws (included).
  4. Thread a length of Hopscotch red/white baker’s twine through the back of the frame front. Tie a loop or bow at one end of the twine on the front of the frame and thread the remaining twine through the back of the other frame. Tie a loop on the frame front with about 4” of twine between the frame to keep them in place.
  5. Use yellow dot ribbon to make a loopy bow. Use a length of red dot ribbon to make a bow and glue to the center of the yellow bow. Glue the bows the top left side of the frame front.
  6. Use the water-based chalk markers to decorate the chalkboard surfaces. You can reuse them for many occasions by wiping clean with a damp cloth.

Now, part of my due diligence requires testing these markers thoroughly, and I am happy to report that they work fantastic!! And not only on chalkboard surfaces, but also on your marketing manager’s magnet board. And her window. Sorry, Cristina!

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So if you are looking for an easy way to create your own chalkboard or chalkboard surfaces, I’d pick this DIY chalkboard, the Chalkboard Marker and some Neon Chalk Markers. They are a ridiculous amount of fun, and are so perfect for weddings, birthdays, menus or even for keeping your family on the same page (Ha! A girl can dream…).

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Using New Inka-Gold Wax Paste With Stencils

 

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Created by Susan Cobb

Happy Friday everyone and thanks for stopping by! Today marks the first day of spring and I am soooo ready for it! For me, spring is generally that time of year when I like to incorporate a bit of new-ness into my own life. Maybe we’re supposed to do that in January, but nope, not me. In January I’m still hibernating.

But then spring arrives, and I start feeling ready for something new. And preferably colorful. Something like these new Inka-Gold Wax Pastes!

Inka-Gold (Rose Quartz)

Inka-Gold (Rose Quartz)

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Inka-Gold (Green Yellow)

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Now, there is a little need-to-know background info I’d like to share about myself before we go on… Yes, I make cards. Yes, I can cobble together a scrapbook page. But my day job? I write, I edit, I proofread. I love to find errors. But a professional crafter I am not. So if I can be successful with this fun, colored paste, then you can too!

First off, I was quite impressed by the amount of paste you get! The jar is much bigger than I’d expected.

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I decided to test the product with our new Woven Lattice stencil. A normal human would probably want to use a mini squeegee or an old gift card to swipe this stuff across your stencil, but I’m a hands-on, don’t-make-me-wait sort of person. So I just used my fingers! The wax paste is a firmer paste, yet it applies over the stencil easily.

Disclaimer: As I said before – I’m not a professional at this. On my first attempt, I just went for it! I smeared a nice, big pearly glob of paste right across my stencil, and ended up with a pretty rough-looking design.

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Lesson learned. For my second try, I held my stencil in place just a bit more firmly (as my rebellious nature still wouldn’t allow me to just go get a piece of stencil tape). I also used a bit less paste than before, and the results were fantastic!

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One of the cool properties of this paste is that once it dries (and bonus – it’s a relatively quick-drying product!), you can use a paper towel or soft cloth to buff the surface for additional shine! Buffing seems to ever so slightly bring out the silvery pearl finish, and will also neaten any rough edges. Personally, I think it looks great either way. It just depends on the look you prefer.

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I buffed just the top of the stenciled image (above) to give you an idea. I’d also advise you to buff carefully so your project doesn’t pick up the color from the paper towel you buff with.

And for our grand finale, take a look below. This is the kind of incredible card you can create using Inka-Gold Wax Paste! Just click on the image for project supply list and instructions!

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Created by Susan Cobb

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Everyone (and especially Jenni Bowlin fans) will want to check out our Monday Madness Flash Sale on Monday, March 23rd! I just got a sneak peek at the items, and you’ll definitely want to “catch this bundle of crafting supplies before it flies away!”
  • Free class! Our webisode on Tuesday will show you a new way to create your own stamps at home! Yes, you read that right! Watch our webisode Tuesday to learn how! 

This weekend we’ll be taking our three girls (all under age three!) on the 3-hour drive to Grandma’s house, so cross your fingers for a calm and uneventful trip! Enjoy your spring weekend, and I hope you take the time to create something you love. Or at least like (because sometimes that’s just how it works out)! 😉

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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Not Your Normal Cards!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed World Card Making Day! We had some fun contests and challenges, and the fun hasn’t ended! Right now you can still join our October Card Making Contest that takes place on the Paper Wishes Message Board and this month the challenge is to design a card that is uniquely shaped or folded! So I went in search of a little inspiration for you all! Don’t forget to click on each image for supplies and instructions!

This first card was designed by Teresa Welch, who always has a new folded card up her sleeve. This one is simple to create and uses Hot Off The Press’ new Winter Wishes Artful Card Kit (ACK). The easel portion simply gets propped up behind the adorable die-cut embellishments on the inside of the card.

Easel Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Easel Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Here is another card Teresa designed using the same ACK, combined with Silver Ripple holographic paper and Silver Jewel Dazzles™ stickers. The front focal flap lifts upward, and the lower circle-covered section unfolds, revealing a pocket inside the card! So cool! The pocket is perfect for a gift card or family photo!

Front Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

Front Fold Card designed by Teresa Welch

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This Oval Swing Card was created using the Oval Swing Card template and the Gingerbread ACK. The thing I love about these templates is that you can easily create an unlimited number of moveable cards IN ANY COLOR. No more plain white cards! Although as Teresa shows us below, sometimes white is still the perfect choice.

Oval Swing Card designed by Teresa Welch

Oval Swing Card designed by Teresa Welch

This spooky, sparkly Halloween card was designed by Debbie Samples, and features a blank Center Step Card as its base. The blank Center Step cards have been pre-cut and even pre-folded for your convenience! Just dive right in and start decorating (my favorite part)! Debbie used Hot Off The Press’ Halloween Papers along with the Twisted Tree Cling Rubber Stamp and Spoonful of Midnight Embossing Powder & Elements from Stampendous to create this haunting look!

Center Step Card designed by Debbie Samples

Center Step Card designed by Debbie Samples

This card is not quite as seasonal as the others, but it’s a beautiful example of a Cascading Card and why not show a little love year-round?! The front pulls out accordion-style for display, and the folding panels give you lots of options for embellishing. This card was created with Hot Off The Press’ Red Velvet Paper Pack and Sweetie Pie Dazzles™, as well as the Paper Artist Love and 5 Hearts cutting die set.

Cascading Card designed by Teresa Welch

Cascading Card designed by Teresa Welch

And a final example of of a very cool Double-Fold Pop-Out Card! I love this card – the Butterfly Garden ACK papers are beautiful, and I love the symmetry of the pop-out section. Lots of visual impact here!

Double-Fold Pop-Out Card designed by Teresa Welch

Double-Fold Pop-Out Card designed by Teresa Welch

So – are you ready to learn the real reason behind my sudden folded-card fixation? Here at Paper Wishes, we have been working hard on a brand new DVD! Teresa’s Uniquely Folded Cards DVD has been scheduled for release in January! And trust me, it is packed with tons of projects that you are going to want to create, so mark your calendars and dust off your rulers!!!

Paper Wishes Highlights

  • Monday begins National Breast Cancer Week – a week near and dear to many of us. In fact, Paulette Jarvey, our founder and President is a breast cancer survivor. “I hope every woman will have an annual mammogram—it saved my life and might save yours,” she shares. To honor and support those who have had their lives affected by breast cancer, we have created a special promotion. Starting Monday, Paper Wishes will be offering a 20% discount on everything pink! This special offer will run through Sunday and what a great time to let those affected by breast cancer know that your thoughts are with them!
  • Our webisode this Tuesday will be featuring WOW! Ultra High Embossing Powders, and I am really excited for this one! WOW! Ultra High Embossing Powders do exactly what the name implies, creating an extra-thick layer of embossing that adds fantastic texture to your images. Embossing powders are just one of those things I get really excited about, so if you haven’t seen or used WOW! Ultra High powders yet, don’t miss this webisode!!
  • The Fall 2014 Paper Wishes Special Edition is out! Hopefully you received your copy and have had a chance to flip through, but you can also take a look at all the new products in our Virtual Catalog! Don’t miss out on all the fun Halloween projects featured in this catalog update!

Well, the fall rain has arrived here in Oregon, which is Nature’s way of telling me to grab a snack, watch a webisode and get inspired to create that next project! I hope you all have a great weekend, and make a little time to create something you love!

Michelle

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