Stunning Photo Mats from Designer Susan Cobb

Hello everyone!!! I’m glad you’re here. If the Paper Wishes Blog ever gets a little bit quiet, you can be sure we are working on our next catalog filled with all kinds of amazing new craft products, card ideas and scrapbook layouts! It’s coming in less than a month (the beginning of September), but I’ll be bringing you an early look at some of my new crafting favorites that are inside!

We are well overdue for some great papercrafting inspiration, so I thought I’d bring you the best of the best, and falling squarely in this realm are Susan Cobb’s incredible matted photos! These layouts are from past Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes monthly kits.

If you haven’t heard of our monthly scrapbooking kits, they are incredible! Each month we send you 24 gorgeous sheets of 12″x12″ scrapbooking papers (before anyone else sees them!), tons of embellishments AND new crafting supplies (stamps, embossing folders, etc.). So here’s a layout that Susan did using some papers designed exclusively for our monthly scrapbookers:

 

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Here’s the first page, close up:

 

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At first glance, you might almost think Susan inked her photo mat edges black, but no! She has matted her photos on black cardstock with 1/16″ borders to provide some great contrast against the soft-colored papers. She then double-matted her photos on coordinating papers, and finished them off with a final 1/16″ black cardstock mat. I just love how clean and defined everything looks!

 

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By consistently matting her black-matted photos on yellow, and then onto her different coordinating papers, it ties all of her photos together for a unified look that I love! She used Pink Jewel Dazzles™ to add the perfect amount of sparkle, and the pink hearts paper matting her upper photos? It’s been embossed with the hearts, and then lightly sanded—what a great way to add in texture! (And yes, the embossing folder was included in the kit!)

Here’s another one of Susan’s layouts, also from our monthly Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes kits. You might recognize the Artful Watercolor papers that she used. Monthly scrapbooking members get our newest papers before they are even released—another benefit to joining. In fact, most of us who work here at Paper Wishes are scrapbooking club members mainly for the papers! Yes, they are that good.

 

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So here’s her first page:

 

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Here Susan used the same black matting technique throughout to unify her look. On her photos, she used strips cut from Artful Watercolor striped paper to accent the bottom and side edges of her photos. This technique can also be used to fill the more “empty” spaces of a photo—try this next time instead of cropping!

She has also created her own artfully splattered paper to mat two of her images. You can try this out too! Just place a piece of watercolor paper and lightly brush one side with water. Then, use a toothbrush to pick up your colorant of choice (Susan used watercolor pencils) and run your thumb over the bristles to spatter your paper! You can do this with more than one color, and the colors will run together a bit more on the wet side of your paper. This technique goes great with the Artful Watercolor papers!

 

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Adding the eyelash fibers and paper blossoms to her photos adds even more interest, and the watercolor spattering is continued on the Gold Color Me™ tag embellishment. And all these embellishments (plus lots more!) come with every Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes kit. I love pages like this, and I have to thank Susan for creating them. I hope you all feel a bit more inspired, and take a little time out to create. Don’t be afraid to take these techniques to your cardmaking as well! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by.

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

PS – To check out other Personal Shopper Scrapbooking Classes projects and to learn more, click here!

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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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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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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

Inside of card

Inside of card

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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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 9

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Welcome to Day 9 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 the last week – all came from our Weekly Webisode over the years.   Soooo much inspiration and not just for the holidays!

In the theme of Gift Giving – Let’s see the goodies I found today!

Today’s projects come from Bangle BraceletsClick here to watch

Aired: October 19, 2011

When I first saw these bangles – I was amazed with the work that our designers put into them. They used crystal stickers, smooch inks, metallic inks, embossing inks, Dazzles™, stamps, glaze and the list goes on and on.

You can put just about anything on these bangles and personalized them as well. A great little gift – to make for someone or even yourself! Come check out a couple of my favorites but, I found it very hard to pick just two!

 

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Artful embossed bracelet
By: Susan Cobb

To see complete instructions for the Artful embossed bracelet, click here.

 

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Turquoise/silver stenciled bangle
By: Ann Bernklau

To see complete instructions for the Turquoise/silver stenciled bangle, click here.

 

Click here to see all projects from this webisode

I hope you enjoy today’s projects! Join me tomorrow for Day 10 Of 12 Days of Christmas :)

Also – Don’t forget to check out – Spirit of Giving – 7 Days of Surprise Savings with Paper Wishes®!! Click here to check out today’s savings!

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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Celebrate with 15% Off!!

Kids are back to school, time for you to have fun! Paper Wishes will help you celebrate with 15% Off the highest priced item in your shopping cart!! YAHOO!! Valid until September 29th, 2012 – HAPPY MONDAY!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas In July

How many of you start your holiday craft making early? Making cards, handmade one-of-a-kind items, wrapping paper and gift tags…all those wonderful things that make the holidays special and take time and care to create? I wish I could say I was way ahead of my craft projects, but the reality is, come November I will be looking for inspiration…and time…to make my handmade gifts, which I love to do.

Well, we here at Paper Wishes are trying to help both with the inspiration and savings for your Christmas crafting projects! We have to thank our Inventory Gal, Phyllis, as she has come up with tons of festive items for our Mom’s Warehouse Sale this week. There are amazing deals on everything from Holiday templates and paper to Dazzles™ and punches. I think it’s a great idea to start shopping now, while there are savings to be had, instead of later in the year when everything is full price!

Christmas Images Punch

Wreath Small Stamp

Poinsettia Silk Flowers

As for inspiration, have you ever checked out the Project Gallery section of the Paper Wishes site? If you go to the main page and click Project Gallery on the top red bar, it will take you to something very special…hundreds of project ideas that are totally searchable! If you search “Christmas” or “holiday”, a kazillion scrapbooking, card making, stamping and album ideas will pop up to inspire your creative spirit…as well as introduce you to new techniques. You can also search for non-holiday related items through the categories listed, so whatever the project, check here and you’re sure to be motivated! Not only do you get a great visual, you get full project instructions to know how to make it!

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Your gift recipients will be very impressed with you this year! Not only did you save big by shopping early, you made some pretty incredible projects after you got some Paper Wishes inspiration!

 

 

 

 

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CHA + New Papers

The office is fairly quiet with many people out of town at the summer Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show (CHA) in Chicago this week or on vacation. It’s kind of exciting that we’re unveiling 84 new Paper Wishes products at the show…everything from holiday offering of new papers, Dazzles™, Papier Tole and stamps to new templates, paper packs and the Color Me™ Silver papers we showcased during the Stamp Camp Week of Webisodes last week.

Since they’re so great, I just can’t wait…I wanted to share sneak peak at some of what’s to come with one of our new product lines “Steampunk” and one of our new paper packs for holiday scrapbooking and card making, “Vintage Christmas”. Both have coordinating Scrapbooking Dazzles™ and Papier Tole, so creating something special will be oh, so easy! These product will be available at the end of August!

Steampunk Paper Pack

Steampunk Page

Vintage Christmas Paper Pack

Vintage Christmas Card

Putting up a trade show booth can be cumbersome, so I thought it might be interesting to see a before and after of how it happens…

HOTP Booth Before

HOTP Booth After

It’s lots of work, but fun to see the industry react and get excited about new things!

I also wanted to share that we have a winner for the blog sign-up giveaway!  Sharon, from Colorado, will soon be receiving her very own CraftGeek Roll It! It’s a fun tool to use to create unique borders or even draw…and last week, it was in the Paper Wishes top ten! Customer’s are really liking this one…maybe because it’s fun for all ages! Enjoy, Sharon..when you get it, let us know what you think about it by posting a comment on the blog.

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