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I am so excited to be the new Marketing girl here at HOTP! December has been so helpful in showing me the ropes and we wish her good luck on her new adventures and upcoming nuptials! She will be missed.

Wow, do I have a lot to learn about all the useful and cool products on the Paper Wishes site. Like the other day, we had a visit from Jenny with Clearsnap, the creators of ColorBox®. Do you know the difference between a pigment and dye ink…and what is best used where?

She explained it like this – mayonnaise. Yes, think mayonnaise. Mayonnaise and pigment ink are about the same consistency. Thick and rich, pigment ink sits on the top of the paper, so that’s why dry times are so slow. How many times have you smudged something because the ink wasn’t dry??? But it’s great for embossing!

Pigment Inks

Card Using Pigment Inks

Dye ink on the other hand, looks, feels and behaves more like water. They’re great for those last minute cards that you forgot to send and need to get in the mail today! The colors are clear and vibrant; they soak right into the project surface and dry in a snap.

Dye Ink

Card Using Dye Ink

And then you have what is called blended ink…one of my all-time favorites – ColorBox® Chalk. Tons of fun colors and they give you the best of both worlds: lush solid colors of pigment and the fast drying of dye inks. They definitely give my projects a more professional, artistic look and really make me look good!

Chalk Inks

Page Using Chalk Inks

One of their products I can’t wait to play around with on my scrapbooking and card projects are the Smooch® inks. What couldn’t you create with these pearlized pigmented gems, packaged in a cute nail polish bottle??? They work great on everything from paper, glass, cardstock, fabric, wood, clay and more! Or better yet inside of our Dazzles™.

Well, it time to get back to work, but I’d love to hear what you think about our products and project ideas and what you’re favorites please let me know…Leave your comments or just say hi!

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Jewelry Made Easy!

I love to make jewelry, and have been making holiday gifts and birthday presents for my mom and sisters for years now. The jewelry I was making then was based on beads and chains. I was first introduced to jewelry making with papercrafting supplies with the launch of our Easy Peasy jewelry making books ¬and boy was I hooked!

Vintage Easy Peasy

Pretty & Playful Easy Peasy

The original books came with art and coordinating overlays, so you can collage your jewelry pieces. This is a great look when used with the microscope slides (and the art pieces are designed to fit these versatile sizes!) Simply, sandwich the paper and overlay between two glass pieces, slip into the frame and WOW!

Vintage 1"x3" Slide

Pretty & Playful 1"x1" Slide

The Vintage has been so popular that we reprinted it but, it now has the art and overlay art layered in one paper image. The new style is much easier to work with the glass tiles. Simply, apply a thin layer of crystal lacquer to the back of the tile, place the tile over the cut-out paper art. Let dry, then seal the paper with more lacquer and attach the bail.

The glass tiles are so versatile! So, we wanted to do more and we brought in these beautiful crystals from our friends at Mark Richards, which really sparkle on the tiles! Ann used alcohol inks in most of these projects to color the background and give the crystals an added boost of color. You can also use StazOn® to get a metallic effect.

Large Circle Tile with Crystals

Rectangle Tile with Crystals

What have you done with your papercrafting supplies to make jewelry? Leave me a comment and let me know your ideas!

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Beyond Scrapbooking & Card Making

I love to scrapbook and make cards, but when it comes to birthdays and the holidays I am always looking for fun project ideas that I can make for gifts. Two of my best friends’ birthdays are this month so I have been looking for ideas then low and behold I found some great ideas right under my nose, in the Class in A Box Personal Shopper Kits!

The first project I did was a Felt Dahlia Broach that was shown in the March 2011 kit. This broach is so easy to make and look at the gorgeous results! It’s pretty simple really, it just takes some cutting and a little time. The kit comes with all the patterns you will need for the 3 petal sizes. You will need a hot glue gun to create each petal and then all you have to do is arrange them on the circle base (also a pattern in the kit).

Felt Broach

The next project I did was the Book Journal from the April 2011 kit. This is for my friend who is an avid reader and loves to collect books. I love going to her house because it’s like visiting a library, and I get a book review with each book I borrow! This book journal is round but the idea can be easily adapted to create a square or rectangular journal too. In the kit you’ll get all the art and papers you see here, which makes this so easy to put together!

Cover of Book Journal

Inside Pages of Book Journal

Inside Pages of Book Journal

Inside Pages of Book Journal

And guess what? You can order these past kits to make your own projects! Check out the Class In A Box site to see what else our wonderful designers have created.

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Sneak Peek on New Punches

We’ve been super busy putting together the Summer Paper Wishes Wrap, and I’m so excited because it’s packed full of 77 brand new tools and products for cardmakers and scrapbookers! And, although this won’t be in the mail until the first week in June, I just have to show you some of my favorite new goodies!

New Punch It Punches from Purple Cows
These versatile punches let you create intricate designs on paper, photos, plastic and even craft foam, perfect for cardmaking and scrapbooking! Punch and emboss borders and patterns easily with the clearly marked guides on every punch.

Spring Punch It

Summer Punch It

Autumn Punch It

Solstice Punch It

Winter Punch It

Check out Susan’s beautiful design, using the Summer Punch It! Doesn’t it look like a lot of detailed work? I talked with Susan and it’s super easy with the Punch It. All you do is cut a square of the adhesive sheet, punch the four corners (aligning the sheet each time) and then punch the four sides¬. She then peeled off the backing from one side of the adhesive, covered in glitter and then pulled the other side of the adhesive off and attached to the card front–how easy and beautiful!

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Susan used the double-sided adhesive sheets to add glitter but you could punch the edges of your background paper or the edge of your card front to create a border on your card and scrapbook pages. Or, back with a contrasting paper and create a custom card focal or scrapbook page embellishment.

I am so excited about these punches! They are available at today, so come check them out!

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Sneak Peek of Super Cool Technique

Teresa did something amazing! You may know her from this week’s Cardmaking Week of Webisodes. She has created a shadow effect by using Dazzles™ as a mask. How beautiful!

Card Front

Card Inside

Teresa used the Nature’s Watercolors Paper Pack, Enchanted Moments Scrapbooking Dazzles™ and the Smooch Spritz in Limolicious and Splash.

Nature's Watercolors Paper Pack

Enchanted Moments Scrapbooking Dazzles™

Limolicious Smooch Spritz

Splash Smooch Spritz


So, it’s actually pretty easy! Simply, place your Dazzles™ on a piece of cardstock and spritz with your choice of color. Make sure you have good coverage around the Dazzles™. Then peel the Dazzles™ off the cardstock and place on your Craft Sheet so you can wipe off the ink from the Dazzles™. Let your inked cardstock dry completely. Then, replace the Dazzles™ slightly offset from the masked image to create the shadow effect. Teresa then used the gold Jewel Dazzles™ to accent the Enchanted Dazzles™. Super easy and what an elegant look!

This technique would look beautiful with any of the silver or gold Dazzles™, too! Check out some of these examples that Ann has put together.

Silver Sympathy Dazzles™

Gold Fern Dazzles™

Although the black Dazzles™ have the most dramatic effect, these are simply gorgeous! (Oh, and here’s a sneak peek at 2 new Dazzles™ designs that will be available in September, silver Sympathy Dazzles™ and gold Ferns Dazzles™).

We are always looking for new techniques with our Dazzles™! Let us know if you have come up with something, because we’d love to share it with all our readers!

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Cardmaking WOW is coming up!

The Cardmaking Week of Webisodes (WOW) is right around the corner! It doesn’t actually start until Monday May, 16 but I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the goodies Teresa used to create the cards. And I wanted to share with you too!

We’ve decided to try something new for this Cardmaking Week of Webisodes, we’re pre-selling the bundles of cardmaking supplies Teresa has used to create her cards. This way you can play along with Paulette and Ann as they show all of Teresa’s wonderful creations!

Click on each of the images below to order the kit!

Monday: Amazing Folded Cardmaking

Tuesday: Artsy Collage for Cardmaking

Wednesday: Batik & Nature's Watercolors Cardmaking

Thursday: Jewel Cardmaking & 3-D Flowers

Friday: Enchanted & Serendipity Cardmaking

For those of you who don’t know, Teresa Welch is one of our fabulous designers! She used to be the VP here at Hot Off The Press and has since moved away, but she still works closely with us. She has created some of our most popular templates, like 15 Lovely Labels, 25 Hearts and Super Stars.

15 Lovely Labels Template

25 Hearts Template

Super Stars Template


She has also created some of our best selling CD’s and DVD’s. Her newest Teresa’s Amazing Folded Cards is featured in the upcoming Week of Webisodes, but it already has rave reviews! Some of my other favorites of Teresa’s are the Card Greetings & Sentiments CD and Teresa’s Card Sketches CD.

Amazing Folded Cards DVD

Card Sketches CD

Card Greetngs & Sentiments CD

Teresa is also responsible for the Cardmaking Week of Webisodes, Christmas Cardmaking Week of Webisodes (in August) and the First Look Week of Webisodes (in January). I know you’ll love her original designs and great techniques! So come play along!


Let us know what you think of Teresa’s products and webisodes! Leave us a comment!

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Mother’s Day Ideas

Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner I wanted to show you some really great projects that use our new Sew Sweet Dazzles™ and all sorts of fun sewing embellishments! These are great ideas for Mother’s Day cards and gifts!

Sew Sweet Card

card inside


I really love the border on the Sew Sweet Dazzles™ ; it’s amazing how much it pops when backed with paper, like LeNae did here. And these clothes Hanger Clips are so cute! They’re perfect for attaching a greeting.

wood buttons

Wood buttons

These wood buttons are so versatile! LeNae chalked them here but she used inkpads on the chipboard pieces below, there are so many ways to embellish these blank pieces, you could even use glitter .


Great Gift Idea–Stretched Canvas

Sew Sweet Canvas Collage

A collaged canvas is a great way to use your cardmaking and scrapbooking supplies for gift ideas. Simply ink or paint the canvas then decorate!

I love these Button and Still Sew Cute chipboard pieces from Maya Road. LeNae colored them with Aged Mahogany and Tumbled Glass Distress inks to get a great color that matches the Heritage Papers perfectly! The mini wooden spools are wrapped with Color Infusions thread to give them a touch of sparkle.

These are great ideas for mom, grandma or even your daughter (who may also be a mom).

Let me know what you’ve made for your Mom, leave a comment or upload an image!


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