Happy Anniversary, Mike and Paulette!

 

This last week, Paulette and her hubby Mike celebrated their anniversary. Most anniversaries are special, but theirs is just a little bit extra special.

Mike and Paulette met during Paulette’s first year of college. Mike, a young Marine, was out with two fellow Marines, all trying to meet girls (of course)! The three men serendipitously arrived at the dorm where Paulette was visiting with friends, and destiny took over. Paulette spent most of that evening talking with… not Mike. But by the end of the evening, Mike persevered, asking for (and receiving) Paulette’s phone number. It would only take him several weeks to muster the courage to actually call her!

But then destiny really did take over. After dating for six weeks, Mike (who would soon be deployed overseas) asked Paulette to marry him. To which she replied, “I’ll have to think about it!” And indeed, Paulette, 19 years old at the time, would marry Mike 6 weeks later.

 

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In Paulette’s office, a photo from the early days.

 

They would only be married for 6 weeks when Mike would be deployed overseas. Just before he left, Mike brought Paulette a vase and told her that she would be receiving something special. That next Saturday, and every Saturday that followed, Paulette received a single rose for her vase, a token of love from her husband nearly half a world away. Mike was first deployed in Japan, and would also be sent with the first wave of troops to arrive in Vietnam. They wrote back and forth daily, sent recorded tapes to each other, and no doubt missed each other dearly.

Mike returned to the US, and the first Christmas tree they shared as a married couple was decorated with the bows that had come from each of the roses. Paulette had saved them.

It was a chance encounter that easily could not have happened, but it did. Now each year on their anniversary, Mike sends Paulette a red rose for every year they’ve been married with one pink rose to begin the next year. What a guy!!

 

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Happy Anniversary, you two! It’s clear you share a love that is very, very special!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Pop-Up Box Card with Gold Shadow-Stamped Acetate!

Happy Wednesday! Here’s a gorgeous card that you might not have seen! Gail designed it for our Stamping 101 page—if you haven’t visited before, you should take a look. Stamping 101 features stamping basics, plus more advanced techniques, helpful hints, information on ink pads and of course, more projects!

Designed by Gail Booth

Designed by Gail Booth

 

Designer Tip: Stamping on acetate with Metallic StazOn® can be slippery, so use light pressure. I used a color printer to journal “Mom” on the back panel, but black would work fine, or you could write “Mom” with a burgundy colored marker.

Supplies:

Instructions:

1. Card base: Cut six 2½”x2½” and one 2½”x5½” Roses & Lace green lace papers. Use Gold StazOn® to stamp the lace border centered at the bottom of three square pieces and the one long piece, then mat all of the pieces on the large pink rose paper with 1/8” borders. Follow the die-cut pop-up box instructions to assemble the box with Ultra Tape, but don’t install the inner supports yet. Close the box and lay flat on your work surface. Glue the stamped matted pieces onto the bottom panels with the long piece on the back panel (the one without an upper scored flap), then the remaining pieces onto the upper flaps (these will flop downward when the box is opened).

2. Card front: Open the box with the flaps down and the long panel at the back. Cut four 2 5/8”x2 5/8” pink lace papers. Journal “Mom” in burgundy on the center right side of one piece. Stamp the lace border in gold centered at the bottom of three pieces and at the top of the “Mom” piece, placing the scalloped edge on the edge of the paper. Cut 1/16” around the scalloped edge of the stamped lace, then mat all of the pieces on burgundy lace paper with 1/16” borders. Punch holes along the straight edge of the stamped lace, 1/8” from each side, and two holes centered at each scalloped valley, as shown. Lace with 1/8” ivory grosgrain, tying a bow at the center of two pieces. Glue the stamped matted pieces onto the three folded down panels and the “Mom” piece on the back panel, with the lace on the outer edge of each panel, and the bows on the center panels, as shown.

3. Supports: Stamp the lace border in gold centered at the top of two 2¾”x1½” green lace papers. Cut 1/16” around the scalloped edge of the stamped lace, then glue the strips even with the bottom of the two inner supports. Ultra Tape the two supports in place, as shown on the pop-up box instructions, close to the top open edge of the box (the lace edges extend above the opening.

4. TECHNIQUE: Shadow Stamping on Acetate: Stamp “Thinking of You” and “Wishing You a Beautiful Day” in gold on the heat resistant acetate, then stamp the same images over the first ones again with Scarlet SurfaceZ ink, offsetting the image up and to the right a bit for a shadow effect. Let dry, then cut out the sentiments and Zot™ onto the front and back panels, as shown. Use the same technique to stamp several small flowers, butterflies, hearts and scrolls. Cut out around the edge of each stamped image.

5. Zot™ ¼” wide strips from the acetate that comes with the pop-up box onto the backs of the pieces and Zot™ the other end of the strips onto the backs of the supports, arranging the pieces as shown. Zot™ on a scroll on the back panel and two tiny butterflies on the front and back panels.

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This card is just stunning, and our Pop-Up Box Die-Cut Cards will deliver flawless results! I hope you’re feeling inspired and ready to do a little creating of your own! Thanks for stopping by. :)

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Paulette’s Birthday Surprise!

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 Happy Birthday, Paulette!!!

 

SURPRISE!!!

 

Monday was Paulette’s birthday and Sandy, our VP of Operations who you can see standing behind Paulette, organized a surprise celebration! Hot Off The Press employees hid in the lunchroom, ready to shout out a big, “SURPRISE!!!!” to a completely unsuspecting, wonderfully shocked Paulette.

 

Yep, the web team is ready to party!

Yep, the web team is ready to party!

 

 

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Of course—a handmade card, signed by all!

 

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Chocolate for all!

 

Sharing moments like these makes it feel like a true “Paper Wishes family.” Everyone enjoyed the large assortment of treats (thank you, Sandy)!  Happy Birthday, Paulette! Here’s to a fantastic year filled with new adventures and amazing memories!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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Here’s Your Chance—Win Tickets to the Scrapbook Expo in Santa Clara (Easy!)

 

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Hi everyone! Summer is truly flying by because we have less than a month until Hot Off The Press arrives at the Scrapbook Expo in Santa Clara, California. And because we want to see you all there, here’s your chance to win a FREE pair of tickets good for admission to this HUGE papercrafting event!

How do you enter? Two steps:

  • Comment at the bottom with your favorite Hot Off The Press product from our Summer Catalog and…
  • Subscribe to our blog (if you haven’t already) so I’ll have your email address if you’re chosen as the winner!

 

See? I said this would be easy! I’ll randomly choose a winner next week on Tuesday, July 21st. The winner will be announced on the blog and will be contacted by email. So go ahead—subscribe and tell me your favorite Hot Off The Press product! It could win you 2 free passes to some serious crafting fun. As always, feel free to post any questions you might have and I’ll get them answered! 😀

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Hey California! We’re Coming To You!

Hot Off The Press is hitting the road to join the Paper Crafting & Stamping Expo in Santa Clara, CA on August 7th & 8th! We’ll also be at the Ontario, CA show on October 23rd & 24th.  Come say hello to Paulette’s son, Adam (the one with the long beard)! You’ll see some incredible HOTP products in person plus there will be brilliant new project ideas as always!

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Pre-registration is now open to reserve your spot at Santa Clara show—click here for all the details!

 

Pre-register for the Ontario show starting August 31st! More information is available here.

 

Even more exciting? I’ve got tickets to both events that I’ll be giving away! Sign up here to be notified of new blog posts because soon I’ll be announcing how you can win free admission for you and a friend! So stay tuned—don’t miss out on this chance to renew your inspiration, learn new and wonderful techniques, and connect with other papercrafters who share our passion!

 

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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Paper Wishes Staff Easter Egg Hunt!

 

Every year Hot Off The Press/Paper Wishes holds an Easter Egg hunt for its employees! Here are some pictures of this year’s fun! It was a little cold out, but we were all happy it wasn’t raining!

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HOTP/Paper Wishes staff getting ready to hunt for eggs!

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I think I see the Easter Bunny!

The hunt is on!!!

The hunt is on!!!

Looking very carefully...

Looking very carefully…

Our Catalog Queen, Victoria found the difficult-to-find wooden bunny!

Our Catalog Queen, Victoria, found the “Starbucks” bunny!

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Mike and Paulette Jarvey enjoying the Easter fun!!!

Below are some of the employee comments that were shared:

“Thanks so much for the fun egg hunt! I didn’t have to hurt anyone this year so that was good.” – LeNae, Design Team

“I sacrificed fun for the team…cuz I’m like that. There were three calls that would have gone to voice mail and we don’t want that!” – Melissa, Customer Service

“THANK YOU it was fun!!” – Debbie, Design Team

 

So a big THANK YOU goes to Mike and Paulette Jarvey (and to our Fun Committee)! I feel lucky to work for a company that places such a high value on employee happiness and fun! Be sure to visit our blog next week for a new technique, a new project and more inspiration to fuel your creativity! Have a beautiful weekend, and I wish you all a Happy Easter!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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Spring Has Sprung at Paper Wishes!

Even though it’s only the beginning of March, it is apparent that spring has already descended upon Paper Wishes! Just take a look (click the picture to view in it’s full glory)…

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What a great place to work! I’ll be honest, I was actually searching for a fern fiddlehead because I thought there could be a nice tie-in with our brand new Hello Fern cutting dies that I showed you last week! But our landscapers seem to be incredibly efficient at removing any sort of “pesky new growth” so instead, we all win with a shot of these pretty flowers! You could almost say it’s a “Floral Frenzy” out there… Ha!

The Creative Keepsake Scrapbook Convention last weekend was a huge success, and we really loved getting to meet and exchange ideas with so many people! The booth nearly sold out a couple times, but was quickly restocked so everyone could go home with the crafting goodies they needed (or wanted, but you know how that goes…)!

What’s going on here at Paper Wishes? Well, I’m ready to declare that March Madness has arrived on Spring’s coattails because, personally, I’ve never been busier, and we’re getting ready to send out your new Spring 2015 Paper Wishes mini catalog next week – woohoo!

Paper Wishes Highlights:

  • Sale! It’s down to the final two days of our Black & White Sale! Select black and white items are 20% off – click here to shop now!
  • Webisode! This coming Tuesday, our webisode will feature Premium Metal Sheets. These add a really impressive touch to your projects! Click here to see the metal sheets and a project sneak preview! Also… the following week will be a WOW (Week of Webisodes) week, so stay tuned for a possible sneak preview sometime in the next week.
  • Monday Madness! This coming Monday will feature another Monday Madness flash sale. Our Madness Manager, as I will henceforth affectionately refer to her, wouldn’t reveal the sale items to me, so I’m sure it’s going to be something good!

And don’t forget Sunday begins Daylight Savings Time! I hope you’re blessed with a little bit of spring wherever you are, and if not, well just take in the above photo one more time (sorry, New York)! I also hope that you take a little time to get crafty!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Editor/Proofer

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New Catalog & New Products plus TONS of inspirations!

Paper Wishes® & Hot Off The Press have landed in sunny California!  It’s that time of the year where all the crafts’ manufacturers are showing their latest products at the Craft & Hobby Association Winter in sunny California.

With the release of the  NEW 2013 Winter Catalog we’ve included 413 NEW items! Sooo much to show and tell :)

Here are some highlights of products from Hot Off The Press! A little something for everyone!

Let’s begin with the Paper Collections!

We’ve introduced 4 new designs to freshen up your paper crafting including: Happy Days Double Sided, White Truffle, Penelope and Painted Flowers.

Happy Days Double-Sided Paper Pack (HOTP 4104191)White Truffle Paper Pack (HOTP 4104193)Penelope Paper Pack (HOTP 4104195)Painted Flowers Paper Pack (HOTP 4104196)

Along with each paper pack – we’ve designed beautifully coordinated products including Die Cuts, Papier Tole, Stamps and Dazzles™ plus soo much more! 

White Truffle & Painted Flowers Die-Cuts!

We hope you’ll love them as much as we do. They coordinate with existing lines: White Truffle and Painted Flowers

White Truffle Die-Cuts (HOTP 4103408)Painted Flowers Die-Cuts (HOTP 4103409)

 

 

 

New Papier Tole, adds all those final touches to all your cardmaking or scrapbook layouts. They’re so much fun to assemble, requires no cutting – just simply punch and attach! 

Showing: White Truffle 3-D Papier Tole, Painted Flowers 3-D Papier Tole, Happy Days 3-D Papier Tole, Stitched with Love 3-D Papier Tole (Foil) and Painted Flowers 3-D Papier Tole (Foil)

White Truffle 3-D Papier Tole (HOTP 4108035)22 Flowers 3-D Papier Tole (HOTP 4108038)Happy Days Papier ToleStitched With Love 3-D Foil Papier Tole (HOTP 4108048)Painted Flowers 3-D Foil Papier Tole (HOTP 4108049)

 

STAMPS !

How can we forget our lovely Paper Wishes® aficionados stampers, we have a lovely range that coordinates perfectly with papers, die-cuts, papier tole and the list goes on and on!

Happy Patterns Stamp (HOTP 4101105)Flowers Silhouettes Stamp (HOTP 4101107)Heart to Heart Greeting Stamp (HOTP 4101108)

Hello Stamp (HOTP 4101109)Cake Small Stamp (HOTP 4101110)Gifts Small Stamp (HOTP 4101111)Love and Heart Small Stamp (HOTP 4101112)You're My Type Small Stamp (HOTP 4101113)Hoot Hoot Small Stamp (HOTP 4101114)

Dazzles™

Do you Dream in Dazzles™?  If you haven’t…you might just do so now! As we’ve added sooo many new Dazzles™ goodies! New Dazzles™ ranging from the Cross Stitch, Borders, Mix ‘Ems and Scrapbooking Dazzles™, we are sure you’ll find something you just can’t live without!

Cross Stitch Dazzles Silver (HOTP 4102431)Cross Stitch Dazzles Gold (HOTP 4102430)Lacey Butterfly Silver Dazzles (HOTP 4102434)Lacy Butterfly White Dazzles (HOTP 4102435)540 Black Jewel Dazzles (HOTP 4102436)

 Silver Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102441)Red Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102438)Green Jewel Border DazzlesGold Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102440)Black Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102437)

Blue Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102442)Pink Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102443)Purple Jewel Border Dazzles (HOTP 4102444)Birds & Houses Brown Dazzles (HOTP 4102450)Mix 'Ems Cupcake Dazzles, 3-Color Pack (HOTP 4102445)

White Lacy Frames Scrapbook Dazzles (HOTP 4102814)Happy Thoughts Scrapbooking Dazzles (HOTP 4102815)

 

Artful Cards Kit

We haven’t forgotten how much you love the Artful Cards Kit! We’ve added two new kits, Lemonade Stand and Red Velvet.

Lemonade Stand Artful Card Kit (HOTP 4107266)Red Velvet Artful Card Kit (HOTP 4107267)

 

Color Me™! Toppers & New 12×12 Papers!

Another favorite is the Color Me™ Card Toppers, 3 brand new designs: Gold Hearts Cards Toppers, Gold Ferns Toppers and Gold Roses Card Toppers.

Color Me Gold Heart Card Toppers (HOTP 4107061)Color Me Ferns Card Toppers (HOTP 4107062)Color Me Gold Roses Card Toppers (HOTP 4107063)

NEW 12X12 Color Me™ range which is a must have in your craft stash: Chocolate Paper Pack, Hexagon Quilt, Chevrons, Floral, Pretty Tiles, Stripe and tag & borders.

Color Me Chocolate Sample Pack (HOTP 4104208)Color Me Chocolate Hexagon Quilt (HOTP 4120774)Color Me Chocolate Flowers/Floral (HOTP 4120776)Color Me Chocolate Tiles (HOTP 4120777)Color Me Chocolate Stripes (HOTP 4120778)Color Me Chocolate Tags & Bordes (HOTP 4120779)

 

 

Templates!

Do you love templates ? 4 new templates to add to your collection including: Teresa’s Iris Folding Template #1, Bodacious Blooms Template and the Design Tool Kits #3 and #4! Templates are so handy to have by your side when crafting!

Teresa's Iris Folding #1 Template (HOTP 4107398)Bodacious Blooms Template (HOTP 4107407)Design Tool Kit #3 (HOTP 4107409)Design Tool Kit #4 (HOTP 4107410)

 

NEW DVD by Teresa Welch, learn how to assemble fabulous cards with step by steps instructions. Featuring nearly 7 hours of videos plus 100 Moveable parts Cards!

 Teresa's Movable Parts DVD (HOTP 4101521)

 

 

New Products! Including 6×6 papers, plus NEW Cutting Dies!!

New Rosemary & Thyme 6×6 papers pack, perfect for quick rectangular or square cards, also for making tags or shaped motives using our templates.

Rosemary & Thyme 6X6 Paper Pack (HOTP 4104209)

 

Another New to Paper Wishes® comes NEW Cutting Dies! We’ve started off with 3 New Dies including:

Bodacious Blooms, Pair of Swirls and Woven Lattice! Intricately detailed dies and work with most die cutting machines!

Bodacious Blooms Cutting Dies (HOTP 4105303) Woven Lattice Dies (HOTP 4105302)

 

We’ve added a New Personal Shopper kit – Premier Cutting dies! – Click here for complete information :)

WOW! Love all the new products designs, colors and all of the above! Tell us what you love and just simply can’t live without.

A special thanks to Fabrizio Martellucci! Make sure you catch Fabrizio Martellucci, on his blogs, PaperMood,  featuring  products from Hot Off The Press!

Thanks for reading my little blog :)

~ Cristina

 

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12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes® – Day 7

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Welcome to Day 7 of 12 Days of Christmas with Paper Wishes®!

Thanks for joining me today, as I find “hidden” treasures from our Paper Wishes Webisodes.  Just in case you missed last week’s posts, here’s a link to our Weekly Webisode & Gallery Archive – click here.  All the projects featured from last week all came from our Weekly Webisode over the years.   Soooo much inspiration ~ not just for the holidays.

This week is all about last minute gift giving. I love it when I receive hand-made gifts. Albums, cards, framed pictures…all types of goodies.  I’d like to share some ideas for Gift Giving this week – as we get closer and closer to Christmas!

 

Today’s projects come from: Patina Vintaj Jewelry
Aired: August 14, 2012

Click here to watch this webisode.

 

Fern Necklace by Ann Barba

Click here for complete instructions:

 

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Making jewelry isn’t something that I normally like to create. However this webisode gave me some great tips & inspiration to create some pieces as a gift set.  I love the colors of the patina and the images on the metal embossing plates are wonderful!

Another option is this beautiful Reversible Butterfly necklace. One side is embossed other side is debossed. Very Cool! And if you watch the webisode, Ann goes over some pretty cool techniques.

Reversible Butterfly Necklace by Ann Barba

Click here for complete instructions:

 

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Another great gift idea, is Paper Wishes® Personal Shopper Kits!

Have you stopped by to check out our Personal Shopper kits? You’ll find one for just about everyone on your crafters list! Or remind your friends, husbands, and boyfriends that these make a great gift! Click here for more information or click down below.

And Coming Soon for 2013!!  New Premiere Cutting Die Monthly kit!!

Every month members will receive the premiere release of a NEW cutting die plus a newsletter full of tips, tricks and ideas for using the dies. It might be a simple die or as the first set, members will get 4 Bodacious Blooms dies. WOW! The cost is $19.99, includes shipping for USA & Canada. Cancel anytime! Come play with us!! For more information or to sign up for this monthly kit, please contact Debbie at dsamples@hotp.com

We hope you enjoy today’s projects! Join me tomorrow for Day 8 Of 12 Days of Christmas :)

Thanks for reading my little blog ~ Cristina

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