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″.

 

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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!

 

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Another one of my favorites are these NEW Coloring Bookmarks!

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Seasons Coloring Bookmarks – 12 pack

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Floral Coloring Bookmarks – 12 pack

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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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Merry Christmas from Paper Wishes!!!

 

Merry Christmas Eve!

 

Traditionally, Christmas is when people slow down to take some time for themselves, to rejuvenate and enjoy their families. But here at Paper Wishes, things have barely slowed. In fact, they haven’t slowed. With a new catalog coming soon, preparations to be made for the Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show in January, and some other BIG plans in the works that I probably can’t reveal yet, everyone here (and most of all, Paulette) is going 110%.

For us, sharing the love of papercrafting, and striving to continually offer new, different and wonderful products is what drives us. It’s the passion that lies at the core of what we do every day. But despite the work, here is just some of the Christmas fun that we’ve had over the past month!

 

Our Christmas tree in the employee lunchroom!

Our Christmas tree in the employee lunchroom!

 

Debbie on our Design Team decorated with these oversize ornaments, and a couple great family photos!

Debbie on our Design Team decorated with these oversize ornaments, and a couple great family photos!

 

Kayla, our buyer, put this advent calendar project to good use! (And I got the last candy!!!)

Kayla, our buyer, put this advent calendar project to good use! (And I got the last candy!!!)

 

Bethany, our Personal Shopper Administrator, and myself at our Semi-Secret Santa gift exchange!

Bethany, our Personal Shopper Administrator & frequent partner in crime, and myself at our gift exchange!

 

Christmas cookies courtesy of Paulette and granddaughter Penelope!!!

Delicious Christmas cookies courtesy of Paulette and granddaughter Penelope!!!

 

We have squeezed some great times into a very busy month! I’d like to thank Paulette, and all my co-workers who have helped bring Christmas magic to Paper Wishes this year. And most importantly, I want to thank all of our Paper Wishers for the incredible creativity and kindness you’ve shown! You truly are the very best part of Paper Wishes!

 

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

 

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Michelle’s Top 5 Christmas Favorites of 2015!

 

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Christmas card season is finally here and to celebrate, I wanted to share my favorite Christmas cardmaking items of the year—with a project idea for each! I hope you’ll pick up some new ideas from this hearty dose of holiday cheer.

Click on any product image to learn more, and see additional project ideas! Click on any project to learn how it was created. And now through Sunday, use coupon code THX2015 to take 20% off the highest priced item in your order! Woohoo! I’m really not trying to be sales-y. I just want you to get your discount! 😀

 

Home for the Holidays Stamp Set
23 silicone stamps to create your very own wonderful Christmas scene! The card features Kreativ-Creme for perfect, dimensional snow drifts.

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9 Tiny Christmas Things + Shadows Cutting Dies

16 adorably festive cutting dies to create super cute card & gift tag accents!

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Click here for instructions!

 

Hanging Ornaments Embossing Folder

LeNae recommends this folder for quickly whipping up a batch of Christmas cards!

 

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Click here for info!

 

 

Click here for LeNae's tips!

Click here for LeNae’s tips!

 

Wonderland Artful Card Kit

7 papers, 69 die-cuts, 26 cut-outs and I can use this kit into next year to create lots of beautiful, handmade winter cards! The stamped background was created using Half & Half: Snowflakes Cutting Die & Stamp Set.

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Click here for instructions!

 

Half & Half: Stockings Cutting Die & Stamp Set

14 stamps and 2 cutting dies to mix and match for adorable holiday focals and accents!

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Click here for info!

 

 

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Click for instructions!

 

So there you have them—my personal Top 5 Christmas favorites! I’m hoping I’ll be able to make a few cards this coming weekend because it seems once Thanksgiving is here, the days until Christmas will fly!

Do you have a favorite? Please share in the comments below! Now, let the Christmas cardmaking commence!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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Behind the Scenes: Wintery Blossoms at Paper Wishes!

Okay, so I know it’s not actually winter yet. But I wanted to show you all the white camellia that blooms at Paper Wishes during November and December! No matter how cold it gets, this blossoming plant continues to provide some much-needed pollen for our local bees!

 

Walkway from the office to the warehouse and filming studio!

Walkway from Paper Wishes’ offices to the warehouse and filming studio

 

Look how much pollen this little guy gathered!

Look how much pollen this little guy gathered!

 

I think it’s wonderful to have such inspiring bits of nature right here at our workplace! Is nature knocking on your doorstep? I’d love to hear—share in the comments below!

 

Have a wonderfully inspired day!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

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Shhhh…. Here’s Your Fall Catalog Sneak Preview!!!

 

Well folks, your Fall 2015 Paper Wishes catalogs are in the mail, and this Saturday you’ll be able to see all the amazing new papers, stamps, cutting dies and so much more at PaperWishes.com! Now, I arguably have one of the best jobs here at Paper Wishes because I get to see all the new products and projects before they are even released. And after proofing this catalog, I already have my own personal wishlist that just keeps growing… (but that’s okay, it’s work-related)!

So, I thought you all might enjoy a little “early access” to some of the awesome craft supplies you’ll discover in your Fall 2015 Paper Wishes catalog!

 

Letterpress Scrapbooking Collection (page 9)

Designed by Gail Booth

Page designed by Gail Booth

The Letterpress Scrapbooking Collection from Hot Off The Press features coordinating papers, die-cuts, paper tole & ribbons in gorgeous autumn colors. In fact, we loved these Letterpress papers so much that a large-scale version now graces the walls of our conference room! Each panel is 12″x12″ and this really lets you see all the layers of artwork in these papers.

 

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Take a closer look—each letter features its own special layers of text and swirls… just incredible!

 

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Also look for our three other new scrapbooking collections: Wildflowers, Serenity and Winter’s Garden! Our graphic designers really outdid themselves on all of these collections, and for once, I honestly can’t pick a favorite!

 

NEW PRODUCT! Half & Half: Snowflakes Cutting Die & Stamp Set (back cover)

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Card designed by Susan Cobb

Half & Half: Snowflakes Cutting Die & Stamp Set from Hot Off The Press features coordinating stamps and cutting dies packaged together for perfect results. You’ll get two cutting dies, 12 matching stamps including accent and greeting stamps! Perfect for mixing, matching and layering! Our design team has found they prefer to die cut the shapes first, and then stamp with the matching design. Also look for Half & Half: Stockings Cutting Die & Stamp Set—the Christmas stocking designs are incredibly adorable (I cannot overstate this!!) and this was one of the first new items to show up on my wishlist!

 

Christmas Inside/Out Die-Cut Cards (page 2)

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(front view) Designed by LeNae Gerig

Card designed by LeNae Gerig

You might be familiar with Hot Off The Press’ “Everyday” Inside/Out Die-Cut Cards—Flower, Butterfly and Label. And now, we are SO excited to bring you three new designs just for the holidays—Inside/Out Snowflake, Poinsettia and Ornament die-cut cards! Each pack contains 4 cards, 4 envelopes, a project idea and lots of coordinating die-cuts to decorate and layer however you like! And just to make these cards even more fun, there’s also a Christmas Collection stamp set with designs to fit all of the Christmas Inside/Out Cards!

 

Too Cute To Spook Dazzles™ (page 73)

Designed by LeNae Gerig

Card designed by LeNae Gerig

 

These adorable Dazzles™ are a fun choice for fall and Halloween cards, goodie bag embellishments, party invitations and more! I can’t wait to add these Dazzles™ to my Halloween scrapbook pages this year! And if Christmas is more your thing, then get excited because there’s all kinds of new Christmas Dazzles™ in the Fall Paper Wishes®!

Overall, you’re going to find a great mix of fall, winter and holiday craft supplies, and as I said before, this is a just a tiny, tiny glimpse of what’s new! There are more new stamps, cutting dies, templates, embossing folders and much, much more! You’ll also be able to view over 100 new project ideas all here at Paper Wishes.com on Saturday (that means on Friday for VIPs)! See you then!

 

Michelle Gustafson

Paper Wishes Blog

 

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