Christmas Cardmaking Kickoff + WNW Sneak Preview

As I’ve done in years past, when Christmas comes around I like to round up some of my favorite holiday projects just to give you a little extra inspiration! But first, here’s your What’s NEW Wednesday preview:

I have a couple of finds that I’m super excited about! The first is We R Memory Keepers’ Mini Alphabet Punch Board! This board allows you to create unlimited letters & numbers from patterned paper, cardstock and more! The letters & numbers measure 1.5″x2.5″.




Susan made this cute “Celebrate Banner” but it would also be fun to create a special Christmas or New Year’s banner… (I clearly have ‘holidays’ on the brain!) Honestly, this is such a great tool that I’m sure we’ll find all kinds of uses for it!




Another one of my favorites are these NEW Coloring Bookmarks!


Seasons Coloring Bookmarks – 12 pack


Floral Coloring Bookmarks – 12 pack


Home Coloring Bookmarks – 12 pack

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Each set (Floral, Home and Seasons) comes with 12 bookmarks for you to color and trust me, you’re going to want these once I spill the beans on what’s coming up next Wednesday (12/7).


If you’re a Spectrum Noir™ enthusiast, I have a treat for you!


Next Wednesday we’ll have the USA exclusive release of the NEW Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Markers as we’re making them available 2 days before anyone else!!! These markers were designed with illustrators and coloring addicts in mind, and they feature dual tips with brush and super fine nibs. This makes them perfect for linework and detailed coloring!


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We’ll have 8 different sets available, each with 6 pens! And all of them are designed to complement the Spectrum Noir™ family of markers. I can’t wait to get my hands on these!




So there’s my big secret—you all know now! So be sure to come back on Wednesday for What’s NEW Wednesday, our new webisode, and stay tuned for our exclusive, early release of NEW Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Markers from Crafter’s Companion! Hooray!

This fall we released our Christmas Wonder Collection, and you might’ve seen my August post on this collection. Well, our design team has continued creating projects with this wonderful collection, so here are even more stunning card ideas.




This first card is so gorgeous! The large wreath focal Susan created uses Hot Off The Press’ NEW Viney Wreath Stencil and NEW Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes. It’s such an elegant look! Gold Jewel Dazzles™ and Gold Jewel Border Dazzles™ add the finishing touches.



Click here for Susan’s instructions


Here’s another gorgeous example from Susan, and this technique was taken right from one of the projects we made at Girlfriends Getaway! This magical Christmas version features an amazing, glittered background topped with shiny gold Christmas Wonder Scrapbooking Dazzles™. This is a really special card that’s also fun to create!



Click here for Susan’s instructions


Our next card is from LeNae, and while she too uses Christmas Wonder papers, she takes the look in a slightly different direction. Her rainbow snowflakes are wonderfully whimsical, and she also uses Hot Off The Press’ NEW Fancy Christmas Greetings stamp set! I love this adorable holiday look!



Click here for LeNae’s instructions


Apparently this is the “Susan Show” today because our final card also comes from Susan. It features a luxurious, gold-embossed die-cut she made using Hot Off The Press’ Angel Cutting Die and WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Embossing Powder.



Click here for Susan’s instructions


Christmas Wonder Double-Sided Scrapbooking Papers are not just gorgeous—they’re versatile too, allowing you to create your favorite holiday look, and there’s still time to order yours for holiday cardmaking! And don’t forget—if you live nearby, we now feature FREE In-Store Pickup! Skip the shipping charge and skip the wait!


Take care!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes


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11 responses to “Christmas Cardmaking Kickoff + WNW Sneak Preview”

  1. Sharon Perehudoff says:

    Wow ! Can’t wait to get the NEW Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Markers they sure will be on my wish list for sure. Ladies you did a fantastic job on these cards, Wow ! Keep up the wonderful work you do at PaperWishes.

    Will be ordering again soon, but will be in Orlando Florida with my daughter and family,from Dec.1 and returning home Dec.12, really be a nice little holiday for all of us.

  2. Diane Lynne C. says:

    Wow, the New Spectrum Noir Markers look amazing. Does the We R Memory Keepers’ Mini Alphabet Punch cut felt? I need to create a “Merry Christmas” felt banner

    • Michelle Gustafson says:

      Hi Diane Lynne! I checked with Gail who used the Mini ABC Punchboard and she says that since it works like other punches and punch boards, it’s going to work best on paper and cardstock. Unfortunately, it might have a tough time cutting through felt. Let us know if you decide to try it! And yes, the Spectrum Illustrator Markers ARE amazing… I got to play with some earlier today! 😀

  3. Debbie says:

    Everything looks magnificent. Can’t wait for wednesday

  4. Valerie Breingan says:

    I’m super excited about the new markers but I’m really excited for the wonderful INSPIRATION.

    • Michelle Gustafson says:

      Me too, Valerie! I haven’t been posting as many projects lately—hopefully I can fix that! Oh, but I’ve gotten to play with the new Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Markers and they are AWESOME!!!

    • Michelle Gustafson says:

      This is the “Earth” set of Illustrator Markers that I used in one of our Colorist books!

  5. Cynthia S says:

    I have enjoyed all the Spectrum Noir products and I look forward to getting these new markers. In addition, I love the Christmas Wonder collection…it makes exquisite cards! Merry Christmas!

  6. Vicki Allred says:

    WOW! Michelle, what a “sneak peak”. So many wonderful products, ideas and caring in all
    facets of Paper Wishes. It feels almost like family every day of the week as there is
    something new going on EVERY day. You folks are all so appreciated, all through the year. I’m sure most of us go to other sites, however, speaking for myself, I wouldn’t
    think of not viewing all of the wonderful tips, products, and the recent pic of all of
    you up in Canby. I am truly blessed by Paper Wishes.

    Thanks again,

    • Michelle Gustafson says:

      Thanks so much, Vicki! It definitely feels like there is something new just about every day. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! ????

  7. Rosie says:

    Would like to buy the bookmarks. So much fun coloring them and giving as gifts.

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