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:

 

Stylish Silhouettes Beautiful Baubles

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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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By Gail Booth

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!

 

Paulette & Penelope checking out the Fairy House Pumpkin!

 

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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Click here for instructions!

 

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 here for instructions!

 

Click on any item below to learn more:

Song Birds Papers

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Song Birds Scrapbooking Dazzles™ Stickers

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Song Birds Foil Paper Tole

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Song Birds Ribbon Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: 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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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!

 

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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

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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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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