Looking To The New Year!

Hello everyone, Christmas is over, but let’s keep celebrating to the New Year! I just love a new start, don’t you? On New Year’s Day I pack up all of the Christmas decorations and get my house back in order. I do this because I like to start the year at least attempting to be organized and because my teenager daughter is a New Year’s Baby (by a few days) and we like to celebrate her without a Christmas tree in the background.

One of my New Year’s traditions is to get a jump on making some handmade cards for upcoming celebrations, or just keeping in touch. The week between Christmas and New Years proves to be pretty quiet for our family so it’s a perfect time to get in a little crafting. Recently I discovered that if I cut one of our large Giant 8″x9″ Dazzles™ stickers into quarters that I can make a set of 4 cards! This also gave me the opportunity to use Earth Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Set, which I love, and because they are Spectrum Noir™ pens they blend beautifully. I filmed a speedy little video demonstrating how to cut, place and color these versatile Dazzles™ stickers.

I added Card Greeting Dazzles ™ Stickers to each card to create a nice variety.



Another New Year’s tradition for me is to buy a new calendar and family planner. Have you noticed how popular planners have become again? I like to think it’s because people are tired of scheduling events into their electronic devices. We want something tactile that the whole family can see at a glance. I also really like the planners that let me be creative by personalizing it with color and fun design. That’s why I’m so excited about the Be Happy Coloring Planner! Not only did I get to color the front and back covers, but each month I can color a new cover page. There are so many cute features to this planner too: Monthly and weekly calendar views with blank dates squares so you can start any time of the year. Also weekly sheets for those all important “to-do” lists and side bar areas for notes. I found the Brights Spectrum Noir ™ Pens worked well for coloring the Kraft paper cover and this set of 24 pens has such a wonderful array of colors! I like to add a little sparkle (who doesn’t) to my projects and the Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens were just the thing! The Sparkle pens are water based and will not blend or smudge your colored designs, they just add some WOW to your projects.

You can use colored pencils or even watercolors to color your planner!

Spectrum Noir™ Bright Set created a really vibrant cover!






After coloring with Spectrum Noir™ alcohol pens, I added clear glitter to the title and flowers using the Crystal Clear Sparkle pen.

Don’t for get to check out What’s New Wednesday and keep your eyes peeled for the New Winter 2017 Paper Wishes catalog arriving the first week in January (or if you are up late celebrating the New Year why not check it out online on December 31!). Next week I’ll have another new project for you, featuring Distress Crayon techniques. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!















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Hello From LeNae & The Design Studio

Hello everyone, this is my very first blog entry and I’m so excited to share all of the great things happening at Paper Wishes with you! My name is LeNae and I have been on the design team with Paper Wishes for 22 years (gasp!). During that time I have had the opportunity to learn lots of techniques for creating different styles of projects for the Paper Wishes Catalog, Webisodes, Personal Shoppers Monthly Kits and many other places you see Paper Wishes and Hot Off The Press products. It is my job to find new and innovative ways to use products for you.

Anyone who knows me understands that I love books, not just reading them, but filling them with endless notes, lists, thoughts and recipes. Several years ago I tried my hand at handmade books and I enjoyed it so much. However, it did take a fair amount of time just to gather the supplies. You can imagine how excited I was to find handmade book kits on our buyer, Bethany’s, desk. The Designed By Me Accordion Album and Blank Book are very easy to put together and everything is pre-cut! All you need to complete your book it a few basic supplies and some pretty paper for the front cover. Here’s what Susan did with the front cover, and I just love it!





Be sure to visit What’s New Wednesday to check out these amazing Handmade Book Kits!

I have great news to share! Our Winter 2017 Paper Wishes Catalog will be arriving in homes the first week of January! (you can see it all online on December 31, but you didn’t hear it from me). As a member of the Design Team I was able to play with these new goodies for several weeks and I can tell you there are so many amazing products! Each week I hope to bring you a new project featuring some can’t live without products. Here is a sneak peak at what you will find in the upcoming catalog.

more-than-coffee-cdThis card features, Hot Off The Press Timeless Treasures Paper Pack, Coffee Mugs Dazzles™ stickers and Lilac Lane’s Cotton Candy Embellishment Bottle. I love these Dazzles™ stickers, so fun to use on birthday cards. How cute to slip a coffee gift card inside and send to a friend!  The papers are so versatile and they feature brown polka dots, which are my favorite! These papers will be added to my personal stash for sure so remember to check these out in the New 2017 Winter Catalog.

Occasionally, I get questions about how to back Dazzles™ stickers with paper. I filmed a quick little video, at home on my kitchen counter when everyone was in bed and asleep. Just me and my dog Oscar. I hope it is helpful!

Do you like a good paper crafting contest? I sure do so we are launching a Facebook contest featuring this card. Just click here to check it out and you could win some fabulous prizes!



Well, that’s all for this week, my new friends. I will be checking back in soon with more news on everything Paper Wishes. Happy crafting!

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Feeling Festive + WNW Preview

Holidays have arrived at Hot Off The Press! We grabbed these adorable photo props and headed off to visit each department for a Christmas photo shoot!


Here is most of our Design Team, the amazing ladies who create all our cards & other projects (just missing Gail who was home sick!)



LeNae, Debbie & Susan from our Design Team


Blaire and Kristen work in Graphics and are responsible for creating all of that art on our gorgeous products from Hot Off The Press! Our Art Director Kyla was on vacation.



Blaire & Kristen from Graphics


Meet Betsy, who joined our team this year as our new Sales Assistant!



Betsy our Sales Assistant


Scott edits all our images and Victoria uses them to create the Paper Wishes catalog!



Scott & Victoria from Prepress




Bethany, Cristina & Michelle from Marketing!



Kurt & Victor from System Administration-humm, Kurt looks grumpy!



Some of our Christmas “elves” who pick, pack and ship your orders.


You can get your own adorable DIY (decorate-it-yourself) photo props, 4011617, to make all your holiday parties and photos extra festive!

Christmas Photo Props from Kaisercraft

Christmas Photo Props from Kaisercraft


Express your own holiday spirit while embellishing them, or customize to match your holiday theme! Everyone will want to get in on the photos, and you’ll be left with wonderful memories!

As always, What’s NEW Wednesday will be bringing you some new arrivals next week, and I’m excited to announce that we’ve brought in Adhesive Vinyl as well as Transfer Tape! The vinyl works with all cutting machines and Debbie has used it with digital download, 3001007, to create this lovely, vintage-style wall hanging!


Be sure to come back on Wednesday to see all of our New Arrivals! Thanks for stopping by!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog



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WNW Preview: Illustrator Markers Are Practically HERE!!!

NEW Illustrator Alcohol Markers from Spectrum Noir™ and Crafter’s Companion will be here on Wednesday, and if you ever needed something new to add to your wish list, this is it! I’ve been excited to give these a try so I snuck these samples from our buyer’s office (thanks, Bethany!) and ran off to give ’em a try! Below, I used the Earth Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Marker set in our Feathered Friends for Colorists Book:





I also caught Gail giving them a try! Here, she’s using our Colorists Double-Sided Paper Pack (one of my faves) and Illustrator Hues & Tints sets!






Gorgeous! These are pretty much the perfect marker. The brush tip allows you to seamlessly add color to larger areas, while the super fine tip lets you fill in those tiny, detailed spots that many of today’s coloring books have. And obviously they’re perfect for coloring in your stamped images as well.


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These are an amazing addition to your marker collection, and we especially love them for coloring the details of our stamped images! Just be sure to use a waterbased dye ink such a Memento™.

Also arriving this Wednesday is the Precision Press from We R Memory Keepers! For perfectly precise stamping, look no further…




Precision Press from We R Memory Keepers

Precision Press from We R Memory Keepers


The Precision Press is absolutely perfect for some of the layered stamps sets you’ve seen like Hot Off The Press’ Layering Flowers Stamp Set. It ensures your stamped images will be precisely aligned for a flawless, professional results like this:



Click here for LeNae’s instructions



Click here for LeNae’s instructions


I love this stamp set so I’m excited to announce that Hot Off The Press has new layered stamps coming in January!! Paper Wishes has even gone to the effort of pinning down which ink colors layer the best and we’ve made them available to you in coordinated Cat’s Eye® Queue sets from Clearsnap®—and these sets are a Paper Wishes exclusive!





I hope this splash of color has brightened your December! Don’t miss this chance to order Spectrum Noir™ Illustrator Markers 2 days before they will be available anywhere else in the USA! They make a fabulous gift for any color or craft enthusiast (even yourself), especially paired with one of our Colorist Books! Get yours this Wednesday, December 7th—just visit What’s NEW Wednesday!


Thanks for stopping by!


Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog


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