Oh So Thankful (And Black Friday Begins NOW!)

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Happy Thanksgiving from Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes!

 

It’s Thanksgiving week! In our hometown of Canby, Oregon, the crisp, cold weather has finally arrived, and it’s starting to really feel like the holidays (in fact I’ve already spotted a few Christmas lights)! While talking about plans for the upcoming holiday weekend, I asked some of the others here to share what they were feeling thankful for:

 

“I am thankful for the blessings that are my family, my friends and my home.”

LeNae Gerig, Design Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“As ever, I am thankful for my two amazing boys, Lance & Connor! Also very thankful for a kind and caring boyfriend (hi Ken!) and that I am able to live a creative life through work. A dream come true!”

Gail Booth, Webisodes & Design Team

 

 

 

 

 

mecards“I’m thankful for my family and friends, our good health and all of the wonderful memories we have shared.”

Michelle Gustafson, Paper Wishes Blog & Social Media

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Melissa, Customer Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m thankful for the Marine Corps. Without them my parents would not have met and I would not have been born. Without them I would not have met my husband. Semper Fi!”

Paulette Jarvey, Owner & President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here we are (at least most of us)! Guess what we’re thankful for?

 

YOU!

 

 

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You are the reason we do what we do here. Paper Wishes is a small, family-owned business, and as much as we love to inspire you and all of the Paper Wishers out there, it’s ultimately YOUR creativity that keeps us going! So thank you, and from all of us here at Hot Off The Press & Paper Wishes:

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to check out the What’s NEW Wednesday Sneak Peek below! Also, in addition to our Wednesday Webisode, there will be a BONUS Thanksgiving Webisode that airs on Thursday that will feature some amazing Christmas Baubles cutting dies! We will also have special deals each day this week so there’s lots going on! See you soon!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

What’s NEW Wednesday: Sneak Peek for November 23rd

Look what LeNae’s up to! We have fun, new holiday home decor that comes ready for you to embellish! Available Wednesday!

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WNW Sneak Peek + 5 Thanksgiving Card Ideas!

 

What’s NEW Wednesday: Sneak Peek for Wednesday, November 16th

As promised, here are some of the highlights of this week’s What’s NEW Wednesday arrivals! “Bauble” is of course, the UK term for ornament, and UK-based Tonic Studios has just released these beautiful, versatile bauble dies. I love the idea of creating handmade, die cut ornaments, and these allow you to create as many as you want!

Our in-house design team has used them in some wonderful ways, creating ornaments, cards and even a page! You’ll be able to see all of these ideas and more during our upcoming Thanksgiving Bonus Webisode that will be airing on Thanksgiving, November 24th!

 

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By LeNae Gerig

 

You’re going to love using these dies on all your holiday projects!

 

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And here’s a new way to add a big surprise to any wedding, birthday or thank you card using the Pop-Up Gift Box Cutting Die Set from We R Memory Keepers!

 

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By Susan Cobb

 

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These dies create a wondrous little gift box that pops out from your card inside, revealing a gift card, cash or other treat! I love this idea!!! Don’t miss these new items and more—available tomorrow on What’s NEW Wednesday.

Now as promised, here are five gorgeous cards that share this season’s message in five different ways.

LeNae’s “Many Thanks” card has been one of my favorites this season! She placed her Framed Leaves Dazzles™ on Double-Sided Adhesive, and then sprinkled with Crystal Microglitter. After burnishing the microglitter, she actually COLORED her her glitter with Spectrum Noir™ markers for the stunning, sparkling look below!

 

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Click here for LeNae’s instructions

 

Here’s another one I’ve been saving all year—Susan created this “So Very Grateful” card when we released our Botanical Leaves Stamps & Botanical Leaves Cutting Dies, and it’s a truly elegant look that would work especially well for a male recipient!

 

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Click here for Susan’s instructions

 

If you love embossing folders, and the dimension they create, check out Debbie’s “Thanks” card below! She used Hot Off The Press’ Thanks & Tree Embossing Folder, and inked the design with StazOn® Metallic Copper Ink! She then matted the pieces on Metallic Gold Specialty Paper and added Gold Jewel Dazzles™. What a quick way to get such a luxurious look!

 

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Click here for Debbie’s instructions

 

Our next card idea features a lovely wreath that Debbie created using Hot Off The Press’ Viney Wreath Stencil. She inked her wreath, flowers and bow using a variety of Distress inks; then layered the pieces with foam tape! The quote is from Zen Leaves Dazzles™ Stickers.

 

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Click here for Debbie’s instructions

 

Here’s another adorable card from Debbie, and she created this one just for the blog! This time her metallic look comes from Mirror Dazzles™ Sheets. These come in set of 10 different colors and are PERFECT for die cutting!

 

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Debbie also used some of my other favorites on this card—Hot Off The Press’ Truck O’ Goodies Cutting Dies; Birch Trees Stencil (for the background) and the patterned papers are from the Cider Artful Card Kit!

This week we’re also saying “Thank YOU!” with our Thanks & Giving Promotion—use promo code THX2016 to take 20% off the highest priced item in your order! Good through November 19th!

 

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Thanks again to everyone for being part of the Paper Wishes family! Have a wonderful week ahead!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

Don’t forget! Friday marks the end of Mom’s Warehouse Sale and the beginning of new 50/50 Fridays! Our new clearance section will feature 50 items at 50% off available for a whole week. New items every Friday!

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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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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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