Our 2016 National Scrapbooking Day Challenge Winner Is…

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Hello friends!

Our National Scrapbooking Day Challenge has ended, and we’ve gone over all the entries received here on the blog and on Facebook! There were quite a few entries even though our contest coincided with Mother’s Day weekend, but in the end, there can only be one winner.

The designer of the winning scrapbook page is… Linda Holt!!! 😀

Congratulations to Linda, and here’s a look at her page:

 

Designed by Linda Holt

 

Fabulous job, Linda! We loved the techniques that you used, plus your wonderful journaling truly embodies WHY we create scrapbook pages & albums! You’re the winner of a $50 gift certificate to Paper Wishes so hopefully you can put that toward something on your wish list. Watch your inbox for an email from us! 😀

Also a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our NSD Sketch Challenge! It’s always amazing to see both the creativity, and the real moments captured in your scrapbook pages, and it’s an honor that you share them with us! Keep on creating, and we’ll be right here to inspire!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Behind-the-Scenes: Paper Wishes’ Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

It’s official—spring has sprung! Thursday was our annual employee Easter Egg Hunt, and surprisingly we had clear skies (not typical for an Oregon Easter)!

 

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Our tulips came up just in time for some Easter fun!

 

 

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Paulette and others waiting for the hunt to start!

 

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Just joking around…

 

Nathan, our Warehouse Lead, used highly-trained Eva to sniff out hidden eggs!

 

Our AWESOME Sales Manager, Carol, and myself!

Our AWESOME Sales Manager, Carol, and myself!

 

Poor Paulette found only TWO eggs—thank goodness there’s a prize for that!

 

Two of our Graphic Designers, Kristen & Kelcie, getting their prizes from event emcee, Scott!

Two of our graphic designers, Kristen & Kelcie, getting their prizes from Paper Wishes “Fun Committee” Leader, Scott!

Partners in crime! Bethany, our Personal Shopper Kit administrator, and myself.

Partners in crime! Bethany, our Personal Shopper Kit Administrator, and myself.

 

Bethany hid little “Peter Rabbit” somewhere in the building for employees to find! The winner received a chocolate bunny.

 

I hope you all have your Easter cards finished because the big day is almost here! Next week I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite new Paper Wishes crafting finds, so stay tuned for that. Have a fabulous Easter weekend everyone!!!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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What’s Your Paper Wish? Final Winner + A Prize For All!!!

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Happy Tuesday! Today we’re announcing the final winner of our What’s Your Paper Wish? Facebook video giveaway! To see who our final winner is, watch below!

 

 

Congratulations!

Rhonda Swetlishoff, you’re our winner!

Your “Paper Wish” for Hot Off The Press’ Truck O’ Goodies Cutting Dies, Wonderland Artful Card Kit & Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers will be granted!

Visit our Facebook page for Rhonda’s video!

 

Rhonda, thanks for participating and for uploading your great video! You are so festive and your video really brought a smile to my face! 🙂

So that’s it for our What’s Your Paper Wish? giveaway! I’d really like to thank everyone who jumped in and participated! We had so many great videos and comments, and I loved getting to meet so many Paper Wishers! Now—remember how we said that everyone who participates receives a prize? Just click on the link below!

 

Click here for your FREE prize!!!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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What’s Your Paper Wish? Week 2 Winner Announced!!!

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It’s Tuesday again, and today we’re announcing the Week 2 Winner of our What’s Your Paper Wish? Facebook video giveaway!

Before revealing this week’s winner, I just want to tell you how fun it’s been to see your videos! It feels like I’m getting to meet some of our Paper Wishers, and seeing the enthusiasm and excitement, not just over the giveaway, but about papercrafting is really awesome! This creative passion is the common thread that runs through all of us, and it’s been really wonderful to watch your videos from all over the US and Canada! I’m hoping to meet even more of you during our final week, and I’d love to hear from our Paper Wishers in the UK, Australia and elsewhere!

To see our Week 2 Winner, watch the video below:

 

Congratulations!

Karen Phillips, you’re our winner!

Your Paper Wish for the Gelatos® Tropical Mixed Media Set & Pastel Chalk Set will be granted!

Visit our Facebook page for Karen’s video and details on how to enter!

 

Karen, we loved your video and all the projects you shared, and your deep appreciation for the Scor-Pal (it’s a favorite around here!) I’d also like to mention that Karen and I are not related. It seems we share the same maiden name—totally coincidental! There’s still one week left in our What’s Your Paper Wish? Facebook video giveaway, so visit us on Facebook and upload your video! It’s easy and you could have your Paper Wish granted! Plus, all who enter will win a prize!

I apologize for keeping this brief—we have less than 3 weeks until the January 2016 Paper Wishes® catalog comes out! So time for me to get back to work. I hope you’re all enjoying a wonderful holiday season! 🙂

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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What’s Your Paper Wish? Week 1 Winner Announced!

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Oh. my. gosh. I just logged into the Paper Wishes Blog for the first time in over two weeks and it feels GREAT!

As many of you might be (painfully) aware, we’ve been experiencing some web troubles resulting from a system upgrade. This has caused big problems for people with logging in and ordering, and we are deeply sorry for the inconvenience. It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks, but our web team has been hard at work and things are close to being back to normal—phew!

Our system issues also had me locked out of the blog, which has been driving me a bit crazy. But finally yesterday, our web guys repaired the blog and I’m back in business—woohoo! And it’s just in the nick of time because I have a winner to announce!

Today we’re announcing our first week’s winner in our What’s Your Paper Wish? Facebook video giveaway! Watch the video below:
 

 

Congratulations!

Ruth Mickelson, you’re our winner!

Your Paper Wish for a $50 Paper Wishes® gift certificate will be granted!

 

Visit our Facebook page for Ruth’s video and details on how to enter!

 

There are still two weeks of our giveaway left, so visit us on Facebook and upload your video! It’s easy and you could have your Paper Wish granted! Don’t forget, all who enter will win a prize! Be sure to stay tuned… Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be bringing you an inside look at Hot Off The Press’ newest papercraft collections (coming January 2nd!) and some great new project ideas! I hope you’re enjoying your holiday season, and thank you all again for the patience you’ve shown over the last two weeks!

It’s great to be back!

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Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Celebrating 10 Years of Webisodes: Q & A with Paulette

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It’s our birthday! To celebrate 10 amazing years of Paper Wishes Webisodes, we’ve created an extra special webisode this week, giving you a snapshot of all the wonderful ideas, techniques and laughs to come out of an incredible 710 webisodes (that’s over 500 hours!) Over the years, Paulette Jarvey has had several co-hosts, including Sara Naumann, Ann Barba, and current co-host Gail Booth. But Paulette has been there throughout, and last week I sat down with her to ask some of the questions I’ve had about our webisodes, and I thought I would share! 🙂

 

MG: How did the idea come up to create your webisodes? What was your initial goal for webisodes?

PJ: Webisodes came out of all the classes I’ve taught in the US, Canada, England and Australia. Hot Off The Press began as a craft book publisher, so teaching and showing how to make things is in our DNA. With the possibility of the growth via the internet (remember, this was 10 years ago), we thought that doing webisodes would be a natural extension of the teaching. We’re also great believers in sharing how to use products.

 

MG: On average, how many people currently view your webisodes?

PJ: 7,000-11,000 watch each show—multiply that number by 5 during a Week of Webisodes! What’s amazing is how many people watch previous webisodes—even those beginning ones!

 

MG: What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you on camera?

PJ: Probably the time Ann nearly sprayed me with Glimmer Mist sprays.

 

MG: Do you have a favorite webisode?

PJ: Not a specific webisode, but I am so very proud of Gail. She was happy to do the webisodes when she was hired. She had performed in some local plays, but she has grown and become so wonderful on the shows. Not only is she creative, but she enjoys sharing her creativity and she’s a delight to work with. She makes my job easier. I’m a fortunate woman!

 

MG: Has anything mildly disastrous ever occurred on a webisode? How did you deal with it?

PJ: The most disastrous thing was the coughing fit that happened to me when we were shooting Paper Wishes Live! I had to quickly exit the studio and wonderful Gail stepped in—flawlessly, I might add. At the time, it seemed not mildly disastrous, but really disastrous!

 

MG: If you could host a webisode with anyone famous, fictitious or real, who would it be and why?

PJ: I grew up reading Nancy Drew and she was an influence on me. She always knew what to do and most of the time it was a creative solution. So that’s it, Nancy and me!

 

MG: You’re stranded on an island with Gail, Ann and Sara… who is building the hut, who is decorating the hut, and who is making dinner? Assuming, of course, that you’ll be busy planning future webisodes…

PJ: Gail would engineer a way out off the island, Ann would clean and decorate the hut. Sara would find something creative to do with the items on the island. Yes, I’d be dreaming up new shows and coming up with new product ideas. Time on an island might also be the perfect chance to devote time toward new product development—that’s my full-time job.

 

MG: What is your webisode “dream location” if you could film anywhere?

PJ: On this rainy day, the tropics sound lovely.

 

MG: Does Mike (Jarvey) ever watch your webisodes? Does he offer “advice?”

PJ: Now that he is retired I wonder if he will watch. He offers advice on some things, but not the webisodes. Currently, we’re working on his suggestions to better show the holographic papers and our new Foiled Fancies™ (oops, I just gave away a new product line for 2016)!

 

MG: Are you planning to do anything different for future webisodes?

PJ: I personally read all the comments, so I’m always looking at what people want, and what they like or don’t like. My goal is to show new products and to creatively “marry” them with other things. Like Color Burst. It’s a great, fun product and we’ll be putting it with stamps, paper tole, flowers, templates and more in an upcoming webisode. We’re always on the look out for what’s new, and we’ll bring them to the shows!

 

MG: What’s the most important thing you have learned after filming over 700 webisodes?

PJ: Planning has become even more important. Sometimes we have filmed a webisode only to learn the manufacturer’s product won’t be here on time, and that’s frustrating for us and the viewers. If we plan far enough in advance, we can more easily make substitutions!

 

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I just want to say congratulations to Paulette and her team on 10 years of webisode success! It entails a lot of work, not just from Paulette and her co-hosts, but also from our cameraman John (who has absorbed an amazing amount of crafting knowledge), and our web team, who edit and maintain all the webisodes! It’s a big job, but underlying it all is a whole lot of continuing passion and creativity! Keep it up guys!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper  Wishes Blog

 

PS—Don’t miss the extra special webisode here! Notice anything different…? 😉

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Paper Wishes Celebrates the Marine Corps’ 240th Birthday!

Semper Fi, Marine!”

This is a greeting you’ll hear among Marines each year on November 10th, the official birthday of the Marine Corps. On this day, retired Marine Mike Jarvey brings in bottles of sparkling cider to share with Paper Wishes employees so all may share in a toast. This is one of the most touching things I encountered during my first year with Paper Wishes, perhaps in part because my own grandfather also served as a Marine. While he is no longer here, I embrace this chance to reflect on him, not just as my grandfather, but also as part of the deeply loyal brotherhood known as Marines.

 

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Here are images from the card Mike Jarvey created to honor this special day:

 

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Thank you to Mike, and all the Marines out there, both past and present. Through your loyalty to the Marines and your service to this country, you’ve earned our nation’s sincere gratitude at many levels—among communities, families and individuals. So if you know someone who served in the Marines, today’s the day to tell them, “Semper Fi, Marine!”

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Annual HOTP Pumpkin Carving Contest!!!

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Halloween has fully descended upon Hot Off The Press! Wednesday, Hot Off The Press employees submitted their entries for our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!!! We had ten entries this year, and a lot of very non-traditional looks! As usual, our prepresser Scott (aka The Fun Dude) coordinated the event and acted as MC, and pumpkins were graciously provided by the Jarveys! Scott would tell you that this was actually a Punkin Carving Contest, but my editor’s brain won’t let me accept this.

 

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Hot Off The Press employees gathered in the lobby Thursday morning to share some candy and more importantly, find out who won!

 

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Out of some really wonderful pumpkin creations, four winners emerged. First place went to Gail, and her awesome pumpkin clearly inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven.

 

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Second place was awarded to a very cute kitty pumpkin, created by Cristina in Marketing! Nice use of Hot Off The Press’ Rhapsody Paper Pack, by the way! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

 

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Third place went to Mike Jarvey for a fun and surprising disco pumpkin! Thanks, Mike—the whole office will be “Staying Alive” for the rest of the week (watch the video to see what I mean!)

 

 

 

And finally, our fourth place winner was Bethany, our Personal Shopper Administrator, with her tasteful and elegant Ron Burgundy pumpkin! They really make a lovely couple, don’t they?!

 

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“Stay classy, Paper Wishers!”

 

So there you have it! Congratulations to all of our winners who got their choice of coffee or ice cream gift cards, and thanks to everyone who participated. Thank you also to the Jarveys, and Scott, for making this event happen each year, no matter how busy we all are! These last few days were filled with even more creativity and excitement than normal, and I’m already looking forward to next year (and plotting how I can win!) I hope you all have a very fun, very safe and slightly spooky Halloween!!!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Paper Wishes Dogs Know How To Party!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Things are buzzing right along here at Paper Wishes. I’ve been busy this week testing new templates, double-checking samples of a brand new line of embellishments (coming in January!!!) and yesterday I even tried my hand at video work, filling in for our cameraman John, who is out on vacation. One thing about working at Paper Wishes is that you definitely acquire new skills along the way!

Needless to say, it’s been busy, but I just had to take a moment to share these photos with you! We had a little birthday party for Eva, our warehouse “assistant” who just turned 2. She got a (mostly) frosting-less cupcake, and just look at her poise and self-control!

 

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Eva balanced her cupcake until she was given the OK. I’ve never actually met a dog who could do this! Such talent!

 

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Happy Birthday, Eva! Thank you for giving us love, entertainment and a great excuse to eat cupcakes!

 

I hope this brings a smile to your face! I’ll be back later this week to share another amazing card with you! Thanks for stopping by! 😀

 

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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WCMD 2015 Sketch Challenge Winner!!!

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WOW!!! I’m just stunned, not only the number of entries we had, but also by the quality of your work! This is the biggest response we’ve ever had to a Paper Wishes Blog Sketch Challenge. Incredible job, ladies! I printed every single entry to share with the Paper Wishes team so they could see firsthand the creativity that poured forth! I asked my Paper Wishes coworkers to vote for their favorites, so here are your winners, as chosen by the in-house Paper Wishes family!

 

Ist Place ($25 Paper Wishes gift certificate)

Designed by Darlene Crosby

Designed by Darlene Crosby

Supplies Used: Painted Flowers Double-Sided Paper Pack, Off-White & Black 12×12 Cardstock, Botanical Frames Stamp Set, Versafine black inkpad, Copic pens, Spectrum Noir™ Blendable Pencils, Spectrum Noir™ blending solution, Starform Stickers (Gold #1241 Vine), 7/8″ lavender ribbon, 3/8″ purple ribbon, Zots™, clear adhesive tape, foam tape

I love that this card matches a new stamp with an older paper pack! And lovely, lovely coloring :-).

 

Runner Up ($15 Paper Wishes Gift Certificate)

Designed by Karen Lacina

Designed by Karen Lacina

Supplies Used: Dee’s Distinctively Dies (2 Candle and Pine Sprig sets), Red and Gold Holographic Ripple Specialty Papers, Christmas Cheer Ribbon Set, Cardmakers Personal Shopper Christmas Paper Book, 12X12 Classic Cardstock (kraft and natural), Gold Stickles™, Medium Zots™, Glue Stick, Paper Blossoms Paper Tool Kit, sheer red ribbon, Mini Foam Squares

This card has great texture going on, and Stickles™ on the edges of the candles is so striking!!!

 

Congratulations to you both! I will be emailing you each very soon to get your info so we can issue your prizes!

And a big thank you to everyone who participated in World Card Making Day—all of you made it a huge success! I’m so impressed with the gorgeous cards you posted, and I can’t wait to start planning for next year!

 

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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