Join Us for World Cardmaking Day 2016!!!


The arrival of fall means that World Cardmaking Day is just around the corner, and this year it falls on Saturday, October 1st! In the past, we’ve done sketch challenges, but this year I thought we’d try something new.

Working at Paper Wishes, I’m thankful everyday for the love, support and creativity that comes directly from our Paper Wishers. You applaud and cheer our successes, and if we make a mistake, together we work to make it right (hey, no one’s perfect)! But above and beyond that, your creativity is practically infinite! You post pictures in our galleries, on Facebook and even mail us the amazing projects you create. You’ve created a wonderful community on the Paper Wishes Message Board where you connect and craft with boundless enthusiasm. You travel from out-of-state to attend our local Girlfriends Getaway just to create with us!

You choose Paper Wishes, and support Hot Off The Press products. And that’s the biggest (and most humbling) reward because truly, we’re here to inspire your creative spirit. When you buy our products, it means we’ve done our job.


Some of our girlfriends! ๐Ÿ™‚


So this year for World Cardmaking Day, I thought I’d challenge you all to create cards around a simple theme: Thankfulness.

While you could also be inspired by the season, this “thankfulness” theme can be interpreted any way you wish! Maybe it’s a fall-themed greeting card, but it could also be aย  “thank you” card! Or a special card created just for someone you’re thankful for. Whatever you decide, we want you to join us in creating a special Thankfulness card!


Click here to view!


Post your card(s) here in the comments, or post them to our Facebook WCMD event page! Our contest closes on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 8am PST so you have one week to express your creativity and show us what “thankfulness” means to you. I can’t wait to see!

Thank you all for being part of the Paper Wishes family!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


***PS*** The Paper Wishes Message Board will be hosting even more World Cardmaking Day funโ€”view the details here!!!

Stop by and register to join our Message Board community (it’s free!) for all kinds of cardmaking and scrapbooking fun! They’ll definitely keep you inspired with unique swaps, challenges and activities year round!

Once you’ve registered, check out Sam’s post on getting started: New To The Board? Start Here!


See those pink shirts? Say hello to some of the Paper Wishes Message Board!

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51 Responses to “Join Us for World Cardmaking Day 2016!!!”

  1. Patt J Pruett says:

    What a great time at Girlfriend’s Getaway 2016! I not only got to go again, but this year my niece flew in from Illinois to join me!! It was wonderful talking all the way from Boise to Canby! I always love the new ideas the team comes up with for us and all the fun, new items. I hope next year you include a Gellato project. I’m always unsure of how to use them, but I have them all!

    Thanks again for a wonderful day! You all are the best!


    • Michelle Gustafson says:

      Thanks for your comment, Pat! So glad you were able to attend along with your niece! I’m working on a follow up post to Girlfriends Getaway 2016 so there will be pictures soon! And I’ll pass your comment along about Gelatos too (I have the same issue with them, haha) but I know one great source of info is Sara Naumann’s “Mixed Media Made Easy” Computer DVD here: โ€” It has a whole chapter on Gelatos!

  2. Rhonda Swetlishoff says:

    Thank you Michelle and the Paper Wishes Team for adding links to the message board! I enjoy reading the blog and I have so much fun with all the chit chat, challenges and swaps on the message board. You’re awesome!!! HOTP/Paper Wishes are being so generous, with sponsoring world card making day here and on the message board!!! Paulette and Gail are always telling us to come play with us and we will! Have a great day!

    • Michelle Gustafson says:

      Thanks for your comment, Rhonda! So glad you’re enjoying the blog posts as well as all the fun over on the message board! Have a great day too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Nancy Sanders says:

    Thanks for linking everyone up for more fun on the a message Board and posting the photo from Girlfriends Getaway! Everyone come join the fun on the Message Board – it only takes a minute to sign up! And stick around after World Cardmaking Day – we have weekly and monthly challenges to keep you motivated!

  4. Sam Burnett says:

    Now I have to scrap THAT photo, Michelle, since it includes me and some of my pink-shirted friends from the message board! GG was so much fun last year, and we are already talking about another group visit next year.

    But first World Card Day! Paper Wishes ROCKS – love the “Thankfulness” theme; no matter what is going on, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for! Sure hope you get tons of entries Michelle!

    And we have all kinds of fun planned over on the message board. We LOVE to have new folks join AND hope you’ll come not just for WCD but that you become a regular there – no pressure, lots of fun all the time, and so many bonuses: new friends, new learning, new inspiration, and if that isn’t enough – we give away a Paper Wishes gift certificate every month to one lucky participant in the various challenges on the message board.

    • Michelle Gustafson says:

      I can email you the picture! Hope you ladies can all come visit us again sometime. You are SO awesome at managing things over on the message boardโ€”thanks for all you do for our message board members!

  5. Linda Musser says:

    Hi I just wanted to share my open stage card for Halloween I made for my grandson.

    • Michelle Gustafson says:

      Uhoh, it looks like your attachment didn’t come through. Maybe you can try uploading it again? I’d love to see your card! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Karen Hale, TX says:

    Thanks Michelle, Paper Wishes/HOTP for hosting WCD and featuring the PW Message Board. I’m one of those “pink” ladies in the above photo and what a fantastic, creative time did we have at Girlfriends Getaway last year. We’re already making plans for another trip. This years’ THANKFUL theme is so spot on and I hope the blog and our board get a tremendous response.
    Thanks again for your continued support of the board and your generosity.
    Happy Fall to everyone at Paper Wishes and HOTP.

  7. Glo says:

    I am so thankful for your company and all the creativity I’ve watched and learned from while recuperating from health issues I have been dealing with since 2007. Thank you so much. I love you guys.

    • Michelle Gustafson says:

      I’m sorry to hear you’ve had such a long recuperation, but so glad you’ve found Paper Wishes so inspiring in the meanwhile! Best wishes, Glo! Love, Paper Wishes

  8. Daria Sikorski says:

    I loved Girlfriend’s Getaway when I attended last year and I wish I could do it every year! So much fun and it was nice to meet everyone! I am one of the ladies in the Pink in the above picture!

    Thanks also for you wonderful product! And you papers just have so much depth to them that that is pretty much all I buy now!

    If I’m reading this right, I can post my card before Saturday?

    Thanks again,

  9. Daria Sikorski says:

    Okay, here is my entry. Hopefully I will have time to do more.
    Products used:
    1. White card stock, Hunkydory Miri sheets, Green Pow Glitter paper, and Nona’s Garden papers
    2. Janie’s Friends stamp set
    3. Spectrum Noir markers
    4. Green Pearl Dragonfly dazzle innies
    5. Paper Flowers paper tole
    6. Garden Windows cutting dies
    7. Sizzix Bubbly Framelits cutting dies
    8. Stamps of Life pilgrimboy2stamp stamp set

  10. Lee Calhoun says:

    Collection with Gift folder inspired by the mix ’em Fall Leaves Dazzles – see MBoard “Weekly Challenges – Oct week 1” thread for materials, individual photos.

  11. amina messad says:

    Hi Michelle and thank you for the challenge. I discovered Paper Wishes a couple of years ago, got a bunch of the gorgeous stamps the company makes and then did nothing with them.
    This is the first card making challenge I entered, and hopefully not the last. So here is my first entry ( I’m planning on making more ).
    Supplies used are :
    – Peacock feather small stamp.
    – Dark brown fluid chalk ink
    – Olive pastel fluid chalk ink
    – Spectrum Noir pen BT4 ( turquoise )
    – Spectrum Noir pen BT5 ( turquoise )
    – Steadtler marker from local craft store
    – Thank you stamp from Pebbles.
    – Sequins

  12. Judy says:

    Here’s my entry, inside and out.

    Items used:
    Design Tool Kit 2
    Blue Card stock
    Mix-em Flowers dazzles
    Pink flourishes foil
    Botanical Etchings paper pack
    Pink jewel dazzles
    Vintage Roses paper pack
    Thank You! stamp set

    The following are from Personal Shopper kits:
    Black and Silver Foil
    Pink and black flocked paper
    Blue patterned paper

  13. Lee Calhoun says:

    Use this one as my entry, Michelle –

    Mail flat, 3D thank you –
    PW: 10 Tags and Trims cutting dies, Cardmakers Earth Elements patterned paper, S-clip
    Sup: Baja Breeze and Elegant Eggplant CStk, hello you and little letter thinlets, hearts cutting dies, ribbon snippets and vanilla envelope.

  14. amina messad says:

    Good morning all,

    So here is another simple and clean card.

    – Butterflies stamp set
    – Stamp and Punch stamp set
    – Worn lipstick distress ink
    – Marmalade distress ink
    – Peacock feathers distress ink
    – Stazon jet black ink

  15. Tania Wilhelmi says:

    Hello, Michelle! I discovered Paper Wishes/Hot off the Press about 3-4 years ago and instantly became addicted to the company and it’s products. All of the staff are always so helpful and kind as well. I’ve truly been inspired since happening upon this wonderful company. Wish I would’ve made the discovery a long time ago!
    This is the first challenge I’ve ever entered. Here goes…

    Supplies used:

    Hot Off the Press products:
    – 60 Cards and Envelopes
    – Rich & Spicy Paper Pack
    – Suede Paper, turquoise and sienna
    – Hammered Gold Paper
    – Letterpress Ribbons
    – Teresa’s Pick-a-Pocket Template
    – Card Hardware Dazzles, copper
    – Copper Jewel Dazzles
    – Gold Greetings Dazzles

    Other supplies:
    – Timber Brown Stazon
    – Inka Gold, gold and old silver
    – Darice Steampunk embossing folder
    – Copper embossing powder, Clearsnap
    – Pioneer Photo glue stick

    Thanks for everything!

  16. Tania Wilhelmi says:

    I apologize but there is a correction to my supply list. The embossing folder is actually Fall Leaf by Darice, not Steampunk. Thanks!

  17. Karen Hale, TX says:

    Here’s my entry…supplies used:
    1. Wildflowers papers
    2. Wildflowers tag
    3. Iris Suede paper
    4. Layering Frames cutting die
    5. Silver Fairy Card Topper
    6. Purple Jewel Dazzles
    7. Greeting & Labels Stamps
    8. Botanical Frames Stamps
    9. White cardstock
    10. Foam squares
    11. Simply Susan ribbon

  18. amina messad says:

    Here is my third entry.
    – Victorian velvet distress ink
    – Broken china
    – Worn lipstick
    – Marmalade
    – Mowed lawn
    – Dusty concord
    – White embossing powder
    – Versamark ink
    – Serendipity stamp set
    – Stamp and Punch stamp set

  19. Peggy Litchfield says:

    Using a 6 1/2″ X 5″ card, I covered the front with black and white paper (source unknown) and edged it with silver thin line border dazzles. I Placed a 2″ strip of white and blue paper across the bottom and attached military metals cut from a computer printout. I placed silver thin line border dazzles on the edges. One inch from the top I placed a blue glitter ribbon and over that a Tool Kit #3 Exquisite label cut from silver linen paper with “so very Grateful” from Botanical Stamps on a black oval,embossed with WOW silver super fine embossing powder. The inside is a computer print of an American Flag with sentiment, Thank you for your service.

    • Michelle Gustafson says:

      Peggy, it looks like your attachments didn’t come through. Can you try posting your card images again, either here or on our Facebook page? Thanks! Michelle

  20. Peggy Litchfield says:

    Using a 4 /14″ X 5 1/2″ card I placed a Cuttlebug swirls embossed red paper for a background. Stamped a Janie’s Girls image and colored with Spectrum Noir pens. Attached buttons and Thank you stamp frmo same stamp set.

  21. Peggy Litchfield says:

    Using a Red Velvet border paper I covered 4 1/” X 5 1/2″ card. Added a Birds and Houses tan paper backed Dazzle. Colored the flowers and leaves with Spectrum Noir pens and used Thank you stamp from Janie’s Girls stamp set.

  22. Peggy Litchfield says:

    On a 5″ X 6 1/2″ brown card stock I cut an unknown Burgandy colored card stock with Bird, cage and butterfly to fit right half of the cover. I attached an acetate overlay from Cardmaker’s All Occasion Clear Overlay’s collection. Treated the overlay with Butterfly dazzles from gold “Bloom” Dazzles

  23. Naomi Williams says:

    Here is my entry for the World Card Making Blog Challenge.

    Materials used:

    PW: Song Birds Paper Pack
    Fuscia Fairy Metal Stencil from the Personal Shopper Stencil Kit of the Month Club for December 2015.
    Thank You! stamp set

    Non-PW- Delicata Bronz Burst Ink
    Dreamweaver metallic gold embossing paste

  24. Audre Gaer says:

    I used Flower Frenzy stamps and dies and pattern paper from Michaels for the flowers, Botanic Frames butterfly, background from Cardmakers Earth Palette, Thank You die from Diamond Press, white card stock from Michaels inked with Distress Ink, green cardstock from Michaels, Silver Jewel Dazzles colored with Spectrum Noir pink and blue markers.

  25. Audre Gaer says:

    Not really sure how to get the photo of my card to show up. If it shows up twice, please delete one.

    • Michelle Gustafson says:

      Hi Audre! Your photos didn’t show upโ€”can you try to post them again here or on our Facebook page if that’s easier? Thanks! Michelle

  26. amina messad says:

    Good morning,

    Here is my last card.
    – Four seasons stamp set
    – Gathered twigs distress ink
    – Versamark ink
    – Gold embossing powder
    – Blending Chalk
    – White card stock
    – Mustard car stock
    – Foam squares
    Again, thank you for this opportunity! I’m so glad I had the time to participate.

  27. Rhonda Swetlishoff says:

    Hi Michelle & Paper Wishes team. I was away enjoying the awesome autumn weather but I really wanted to play so I did a night shift ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s my entry. I used HOTP Finished in a Flash Halloween kit, HOTP Postcards acrylic stamp, StazOn Jet Black & Timber Brown ink, a ribbon from my stash, foam squares and CTMH In the month of November stamp.

  28. Rhonda Swetlishoff says:

    Here’s another entry. I used HOTP Chocolate paper pack, Brass Jewel Border Dazzles, 3-Pack Everyday Greetings Dazzles, Stolen Moments Die-Cuts and foam squares.

  29. Daria Sikorski says:

    So glad I was able to find some time to make another card! I enjoy these special days but they always seem to fall on my busiest week-ends. Products used:
    1. White card stock, Sunshine & Shadows PP
    2. Two Oval Doilies cutting dies
    3. Layering Flowers stamps
    4. Gold Crepe ribbon

  30. Linda Holt says:

    My entry was inspired by a card Gail demonstrated. I did make it my own, though.
    Supplies: Leafy Vine Embossing Folder; Ken Oliver color Burst (Crimson, yellow, apt halo green); Inka Gold applied with braver to embossed image; evergreen card stock; white card base stamped in burnt orange, yellow, bamboo and toffee chalk inks using Botanical Leaves clear stamps; gold metallic specialty paper embossed with Rose Corner embossing folder and die cut with Botalival Leaves cutting Die; gold stazon ink used to stamp Giving Thanks (non PW stamp). Inside not shown but includes another die cut evergreen card stock leaf with inlaid gold veins and So Very Grateful for you stamps from Botanical Leaves Stamp set stamped using Stazon Gold

  31. Karen Lacina says:

    My entry uses the wax paper-embossing folder technique from the Stamp Camp #2 DVD over the BlockWallah Owl stamp!! Love this technique!

    Materials Used:

    Shutter Card Template
    Natures WaterColors Paper Pack
    10 Tags and Trims cutting die set
    Brown Paper Twine
    Block Wallah Owl Stamp
    Color Box Fluid Chalk in Olive Pastel
    For the Guys Stamp Set
    Mix em’s Fall Leaves Dazzles

  32. Karen Lacina says:

    This entry is a Thank You card that I make over and over using my leftover strips of Paper Packs and Border Dazzles!

    Materials list:

    Grapefruit Paper Pack
    All Over Swirls Embossing Folder
    Gold Border Dazzles
    Gold Jewel Dazzles
    6 Layered Labels Die Cut Set
    Trail Blazers Ribbon Set

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