Cyber Monday is here!


Today as most of you know it is Cyber Monday. Most of us love the convenience of shopping at home without having to deal with all the inconvenience of “shopping” outside. There are plenty of reasons to shop online, most mine revolve around not wanting to take my kids with me, but for some its husbands, boyfriends, significant others…after reading the following I can totally understand why!

I received an email, from my dear friend Sam as her husband has just retired.  She sent it to me in hopes that her husband won’t try any of these himself. It made me actually laugh out Loud (LOL) I had share it, in celebration of CYBER MONDAY!



Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Samuel, are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras.

1) June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people’s carts when they weren’t looking.

2) July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in House wares to go off at 5-minute intervals. .

3) July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, ‘Code 3 in House wares. Get on it right away’. This caused the employee to leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and costing the company money.

4) August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway.

5) August 14: Moved a ‘CAUTION – WET FLOOR’ sign to a carpeted area.

6) August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children shoppers he’d invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department to which twenty children obliged.

7) August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, ‘Why can’t you people just leave me alone?’ EMTs were called.

8) September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.

9) September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.

10) October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the ‘Mission Impossible’ theme.

11) October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his ‘Madonna look’ by using different sizes of funnels.

12) October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled ‘PICK ME PICK ME!’

13) October 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed ‘OH NO! IT’S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!’

And last, but not least:

14) October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, ‘Hey! There’s no toilet paper in here.’ One of the clerks passed out.


Thanks again Sam for the email!

Happy Cyber Monday! Don’t forget to use your coupon today, as its the last day to get 20% off your highest priced item. Also, we just added Gift Giving Suggestions! Suggestions from our designers along with Paulette Jarvey! WOW, how great is that? Be sure to check out!

Enjoy Cristina



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Cristina’s Favs!

Cristina’s Favorite Picks!

With the holidays right around the corner – there are some items & some projects that have certainly caught my eye! Believe me it’s a hard thing to choose because there are sooo many wonderful things, but I do have my favorites…let’s get started.

Top Five Projects –

#5 Merci Card – Artful webisode

Stamping is one of my favorite activities because you can stamp on just about anything. I love the versatility of these Artful Collection stamps! Definitely one of my favorite stamps! On this card, I love the color combination along with how Susan has put it all together!


#4 Elegant Christmas Notes book webisode


What a fun project! The Elegant notes are a fun little product. Has given me ideas for using it as shown as the little book, on scrapbook pages or making cards from the notes! Whatever you decide to do – makes for great little starter pages!


#3 Snowflake greeting – Papier Tole II webisode


Love the colors and shiniest of the blue and silver Papier tole. Teresa did a marvelous job creating this beautiful, elegant card!


#2 Bangles webisode


WOW! This bangle is wonderful! I’m so attracted to the crystals. They usually stop me dead in my tracks. I know when I’m walking in the mall, and I walk by something shiny, I definitely have to stop and look! Well no different here. I was on maternity leave and all the projects from the webisodes were put in my office. Guess which one I picked up to oooooo and awwwww? LOL Yep you guess it! My number 2 pick!


#1 Paperblossoms webisode

I’m a flower at heart kinda of girl. When I first arrived here at HOTP/Paper Wishes, this was one of the first webisode that I worked on. Just fell in love with the technique and beauty of these flowers! My number # 1 pick is Paperblossoms.


Top 5 Products!

#5 Large Clear Pail

Endless possibilities! Used for many occasions–Easter, Halloween, Christmas, Mother’s Day…the list goes on and on. If you enter in the item number 750770 at, you’ll have many project samples!


#4 Smooch Ink!

A kiss of color! These inks are pearlized and come in a cute nail polish like bottle. Love that you can use these inks on paper, glass, cardstock, fabric, wood, clay and sooo much more! We have at least 10 different colors to chose from, I’m sure you’ll find something to inspire your creativity!



#3 The Enveloper

A must have for all card makers! Crafter’s Companion created this great tool, allowing you to create 9 different sizes of envelopes! Gives you the option to create standard size, mini and dimensional envelopes! Just a great tool to have in your collection!


#2 Black Letter Box Tray

Just love these little boxes! With over 20 compartments you’ll have soo much fun filling them up! Instead of pictures on the walls you can simply decorate these with words, pics, tags! Oh the options are endless!


#1 QuickStik

Definitely a must have for ALL crafters! You can use it to poke out, pick up, and place small items such as glitter, tape, crystals, flowers, beads, buttons, ribbons and more! There’s a detachable double-tipped poker for use on even the smallest objects. Twist the cap to expose the sticky tack to pick up small embellishments and place them on your scrapbook pages and cards with the poker for perfect placement every time!  

Don’t forget to use your 20% off coupon, ends Monday, November 28th! Also, Saturday November 26th is Small Business Saturday! Don’t forget to support your favorite Small business, including Paper Wishes!

~ Cristina

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Small Business Saturday, November 26th


First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. Now, here’s the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday, the day we support small businesses. On November 26, shop small at your favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. When we all shop small, it will be huge!

SBS helps small business owners create awareness and demand for their products and services during the important holiday shopping opener. It’s also a welcome show of support for small businesses eager to help lead the country out of its protracted recession. In fact, almost 3/4 of small business owners believe they will be the driving force behind a U.S. economic recovery, according to the FEDEX office Sign of the Times national small business survey.

Some things about Paper Wishes and small business. I learned today that we work to purchase from smaller manufactures. This way we can bring you products that you won’t see anywhere else.  Also because we believe that if you help the little companies, you help the economy in so many ways. You might think that Paper Wishes is a huge company just by all the things we do. In fact ,we are a small company; we just like to make sure our customers are well served. When I think of Paper Wishes, I get that whole fuzzy warm feeling! Not just because I work here but because Paulette really cares about all our customers and her employees. So the atmosphere around here is more like having a second family rather then just having a job!

So tell me your experience with small shops. Why do you love to shop smaller stores? What is it that brings you back to small business to purchase?

I know for me it’s about the overall experience as well as the product. If I know I can purchase the same item and get treated like a person rather than a “sale” why wouldn’t I go back to the smaller store to purchase? There are times I feel rushed or like nobody cares enough to come help at a larger store, especially around the holiday season.

We encourage you to shop local! Not only at our website but maybe a copy shop, coffee shop, craft shop, cameras shop and hobby shop! Just remember to shop Saturday, November 26th!

Have a greet weekend!

~ Cristina

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101 sites….on

Greetings! Hope everyone is having a wonderful week.

November, really? Are you already here? Where did the year go? I’m sure you have all asked yourself those questions, plenty of times! Well as the holidays approach, here at Paper Wishes/HOTP, we’d like to make things easier for you! There are plenty of tips, ideas, new products, inspirations, free classes for you to inspire you! But I’m all about making sure you have all the information that our site offers! The site has soooo many wonderful things that you may just have missed something.

If you scroll down to the bottom – you’ll find links to several sites. Some of you might already know about these; however I’d like to show you our 101 sites and why they are important to you!  So let’s get started…

Some of you might enjoy doing Scrapbooking but haven’t entered into the world of card making or stamping. Or vice versa, maybe you’re a card maker but not a scrapbooker! That describes me perfectly. Though I know how to stamp and make cards, I’ve never done a complete page. When I get to the Scrapbook 101 site, it gives me all the tips, tricks and basic instructions that I need. Starting with What is Scrapbooking, projects of the month, articles and free video instructions! I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s easier to see how things are done rather than reading about them.

Of course there is more! Basic Techniques using Chalks, inks, cutting, patterned papers and specialty papers.  Also gives you general information about photos, scrapbook supplies, how to build a page. Don’t forget there are two other 101 sites that have all the information for those crafts as well.

These sites are hidden treasures. I do encourage you to visit each site and poke around and see if there is something for you.  Also, leave us your thoughts and comments, or what you’d like to see on those sites! We are always striving to bring you the greatest in all that we do!

Have a wonderful week!

~ Cristina




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