Follow Up To Girlfriends Getaway 2016!

Ready for the girlfriends to arrive!

Girlfriends Getaway 2016 was AMAZING as always, and this year especially fun for me as I was able to attend and participate along with everyone else!

I came with my mom/crafting buddy, who actually took Paulette’s “Dough Art” class back when I was a mere toddler! As they say, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” and we arrived ready to craft!


Mom and me!


I’ve never had the chance to take a class from Paulette before, and obviously I’ve been missing out. Not only were the projects amazing, but Paulette’s unique brand of “tough love” humor kept me both entertained and on task!

One of my favorite projects was this first little snowflake we created with Snowflakes Foiled Fancies™. The kit comes with everything you need to add it to a card or scrapbook page, but Mom & I opted to make matching ornaments. It was so fun embellishing these with Teal Jewel Dazzles™ stickers!


I want a Christmas tree full of these!

I want a Christmas tree full of these!


In between projects, names were drawn from a basket to pick winners for the door prizes—a seemingly endless table of gift bags that were each PACKED with papers, stamps, cutting dies, markers & too many other goodies to list!



Bring on gift bags!


Here we are working on what was easily the favorite project of the day—creating our own clocks! This was so fun to do and so EASY! I was a little worried when I saw the small bag of parts, but it was actually very simple to assemble and my beautiful, functioning customized clock now hangs on my wall at home!



Covering our clocks with stunning Mystic Garden paper!


I’d also like to mention that the first batch of clocks we used were crafted by Mike Jarvey himself! And they SOLD OUT. Nicely done, Mike!


Look at their clocks! So fun!



No one can resist the Dollar Table!


It was an amazing day, and if you weren’t able to be there, don’t worry!

We have put together a special Girlfriends Getaway 2016 Kit with DVD so you’ll be able to create all these projects & more, guided by Paulette herself!


2016 Girlfriends Getaway Kit! Click to learn more!

2016 Girlfriends Getaway Kit! Click to learn more!


We have also made our new Square & Round Creative Clock Kits available so you can create as many clocks as you’d like! The Clock Stencil is sold separately. I’ll definitely be picking up a couple more of these kits for Christmas gifts! And it sounds like I’d better hurry—Lori, our Personal Shopper Assistant, has already gotten eight of them. We are just a little excited about this! 😀













Circle Creative Clock Kit—click here to learn more!













Square Creative Clock Kit—click here to learn more!


Were you at Girlfriends Getaway? Tell us your favorite part! I had a blast getting to meet so many new people, and I’m already looking forward to next year! I want to thank everyone who attended, and made it such a fun day! You are ALL the best part of Paper Wishes!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


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8 responses to “Follow Up To Girlfriends Getaway 2016!”

  1. Sharon Perehudoff says:

    Wow ! Another great Girlfriends Getaway this year, will be looking forward in getting this kit in the near future. The clocks look so amazing, Wow ! will have to try them for sure.

    Paulette and paperwishes team you have done another wonderful job and do have to say love every thing that I have gotten through the years, very happy with every thing that I purchase so keep up the wonderful work you all do over there at Paperwishes.

  2. joann says:

    I live in Las Vegas, where are this Girlfriend Gatherings held? Would love to attend one.

    • Michelle Gustafson says:

      Hi Joann! Girlfriends Getaway is held in our hometown of Canby, OR. We would love to meet you at our next Girlfriends Getaway in 2017!

  3. Valerie Breingan says:

    Sometimes I wish I didn’t live in Florida, its SOOOO far away.I’ve never done a card making/scrapbook retreatretreatpeople that enjoy the same passion as my own.It looked AMAZING in the pics.Blessings ladies.

  4. Diane Lynne C. says:

    I’m not sure what I would enjoy more meeting Paulette and her staff while making some incredible projects or the shopping for bargains ! I’d probably would need another suitcase for my merchandise.

  5. Debbie says:

    Absolutely beautiful

  6. Natalie W says:

    Girlfriends Getaway was soooo much fun! My favorite project was to make the clock which hangs in my craft room now.

  7. Twylla says:

    As always Girlfriends Get Away was phenomenal. I look forward to it every year. Has the date for 2017 been set? I certainly don’t want to double book my calendar. Thanks.

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