Spring 2016: Card Kits, Planners, Watercolors & Spring Cleaning!


Here at Paper Wishes, spring has officially sprung! Just as we’re seeing signs of new life outside, we have lots of fresh new items that debuted in the Early Spring 2016 Paper Wishes® Special Edition catalog (all available now at PaperWishes.com)! This catalog has a lot to get excited about, so here’s a peek at a few of my favorites (love my job)! 🙂


Rose Garden Foiled Die-Cut Topper Kit 

First I want to share something that’s both new and spectacularly gorgeous—the Rose Garden Foiled Topper Kit! Gail demo-ed this kit during her appearance on HSN and it completely sold out. If you didn’t get yours, here’s your chance! Supplies are limited.


A luxurious, foiled card topper kit in vivid fuchsia, lime and teal florals.

  • 160 stunning, gold-foiled die-cuts
  • 16  patterned papers (8.5″x11″)
  • 24 blank white cards (5″x6.5″) and 24 envelopes
  • idea sheet

Here are a couple of project ideas, although clearly you’ll have TONS of beautiful options to play with!


Some of the toppers are so large that they make a perfect shaped card! Designed by Debbie Samples.




You can layer the toppers, and yes—that beautiful, lacy paper is part of the set! Designed by Gail Booth.


Carpe Diem Planner Collection

Another favorite (especially among Paper Wishes employees) is the Carpe Diem Planner Collection from Simple Stories! Apparently, we all needed to get organized—but doing so also had to be fun and creative. The planner already comes with everything you need. Then, just choose coordinating Carpe Diem planner extras to customize it—take a look!



Carpe Diem Planner in Platinum


Carpe Diem Planner in Coral


Carpe Diem Planner in Black





Planner comes with foiled acetate insert; 12 monthly calendar pages; 12 monthly tabbed dividers; 72 weekly inserts; 7 decorative inserts; one A5 notepad tablet


Here are all the fun extras—with even more coming in April 2016!


Carpe Diem Magnetic Bookmarks


Carpe Diem Bits ‘N Pieces Die-Cuts


Carpe Diem Sticky Note Bookmark



Carpe Diem Pocket Inserts


Carpe Diem Calendar Stickers


















And one of our graphic designers, Kristen, had a fabulous idea—use the weekly pages as a journal! You can still plan ahead on the monthly calendar AND have a place to jot down those precious daily moments that we forget all too easily! Genius!


Stackable Caddy Organizer (Deflecto)

Embracing some much-needed organization, I also picked up one of these!

caddyMoms and grandmas, do you see this!? This caddy features three compartments with snapping lids to keep little fingers out! You can even turn the containers so the lid latches on the inside (close to the handle) keeping your “helpers” away from anything sharp, sticky or permanent. The lids are removable if this isn’t a concern for you, but you probably have a good sense of where I’m coming from… 😉 Another cool feature? You can stack multiple caddies and lock them together. This is a storage solution that I LOVE and it’s perfect to hold all your “basics.”


NEW Watercolor Basics

Another fun trend we are seeing lots of is watercolor. Personally, I love to paint. A simple watercolor background is an easy way to give your cards, pages and projects an extra layer of mixed-media-loveliness, so I’m very excited that PaperWishes.com now carries everything you’ll need to get started!


Tri-fold Watercolor Tin


No. 1 Watercolor Brush


9″x12″ Watercolor Pad










Watercolor Coloring Book

Here’s one of the pages from this incredible watercolor coloring book. I haven’t tried this book out yet, but it’s definitely on my wish list (along with this one).


So there you have just a few of my Spring Special Edition favorites! Post any comments or questions you might have below, and I’d love to hear—what were some of your favorites?

See you soon!


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)!



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




Paulette and others waiting for the hunt to start!


Still waiting...

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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Paper Wishes’ Favorite Easter Card Ideas!


Just a couple weeks ago, my spring fever was feeling a bit premature. Yet somehow, Easter is now just a month away!

So now is the perfect time to start bringing the spirit of spring into your home, and into your crafting! Here are a couple fabulous Easter-themed projects using brand NEW Bunnies Dazzlesâ„¢ stickers from Hot Off The Press! Click each project for supplies and instructions.


Hoppy Spring Card by Susan Cobb

This playful card has a fun springtime look that would be especially perfect for a little boy!

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Designer’s Tip: Place your Dazzlesâ„¢ stickers onto layered label shapes for an easy, polished focal!

• Bunnies Dazzles™ Stickers

• Cardmaker’sâ„¢ Earth’s Palette Creative Pack

• Layered Labels Design Tool Kit #10 Template



Tulip Fold Happy Spring Card by Teresa Welch

This card gives you a sneak peek at our NEW 2-Way Diamond cards! Teresa’s latest computer DVD shows how to make this card, or buy a whole pack of blank 2-Way Diamond Fold cards (available in March).

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Designer’s Note: Place your Dazzlesâ„¢ onto NEW Dazzlesâ„¢ Glitter Sheets for incredible sparkle and shine!

• Roses & Lace Double-Sided Paper Pack

• Bunnies Dazzles™ Stickers

• Layered Labels Design Tool Kit #10 Template

• Spectrum Noir™ Florals Blendable Pencils



Hoppy Spring! Tunnel Card by LeNae Gerig

This project is from the November’s Premiere Dazzlesâ„¢ monthly kit. Click on the project to learn more about our HUGE selection of monthly craft kits!

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Designer’s Tip: Create the perfect Easter bunny by placing a Dazzlesâ„¢ bunny onto white cardstock. Then cut next to the Dazzlesâ„¢ edge. Chalk is the perfect way to add just a hint of color to the white rabbit!

• Colorist Double-Sided Paper Pack

• Tunnel Die-Cut Cards (3-pack)

• Bunnies Dazzles™ Stickers


Don’t miss our new webisode this coming Wednesday for even more great Easter-themed projects using our gorgeous Easter Egg cutting dies (and order yours now to get them in plenty of time for Easter)! We hope you enjoy this week of ideas for creating delightful Easter and springtime projects! Please share your Easter and spring projects in the comments below. We love to see what you’re creating! 😀



Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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