Featured Stamper!

Hey!

The skies are blue, the sun is out, it’s a bank holiday weekend and more importantly it’s the first of May which means it’s time to introduce our featured stamper for this month!

Just before we do however, we’d like to thank Dana for being our fabulous featured stamper for April – we loved your work (especially the plaid stamping – what a fab idea!)

So without further ado our featured stamper this month is….

Marinette!

We asked Marinette a few questions to get to know her a little better…

1)How did you get into papercrafting?

I started scrapbooking in September 2007, completely by chance! I was taking part in a forum dedicated to mothers and one of the member scrapbooked really beautifully and the more I saw her creations the more I wanted to begin this activity.

My debuts were not very simple but with a lot of help and research I finally did my first creations.

2)How long have you been stamping for?

Stamping is a very recent passion in my scrapbooking activity, it’s been a year since I stamped for the first time and to be honest before then stamps didn’t attract me very much.

It was visiting blogs that I made up my mind and from this moment there is always a stamp on my layouts or in my cards.

3)How did you get into PTI and why do you love it so much?

I discovered Papertrey Ink in November. I was visiting the blogs of my friends Ingrid Danvers and Hanneke van der Linde and, to be frank, I fell totally in love with Papertrey products, which are very unique of what we can find here in Europe.

4)What would you say is your stamping style?

I have no stamping style, but I love tearing my papers and I add quite often black pen lines!

5)Do you have a favourite PTI colour or colour combo that just makes you drool?

Very tough question, but I will answer their kraft paper.

6)If you had to choose just one PTI stamp set to keep, which one would it be and why?

Very tough question too, but I will answer « Signature Greetings », a Dawn Mc Vey’s stamp set, I love it, every single stamp is just fabulous!

7)Who is your PTI Idol?

Dawn Mc Vey because she has such a superb style, I love all her creations, they are so elegant and refined, she is so talented.

8)Where do you get your inspiration from?

From everywhere, but mainly from paper collections, I love combining colours, it inspires me very much.

9)What’s your stamping dream?

I have no stamping dream. Taking part in a DT doesn’t attract me that much, I rarely participate in challenges, I don’t like obligations. It depends on my needs and I would like always to be inspired, that inspiration could be present always, because without inspiration I know for sure that scrapbooking will be over for me…

10)Where can we go to check out more of your wonderful creations?

Exclusively on my blog
http://aucoeurdespages.blogspot.com

And you can find most of my creations on the gallery of the Swiss forum Scrapdeco:
http://www.scrapdeco.com/galerie/index.php?cat=11985

Thanks so much Marinette for letting us get to know you! I’m sure you’ll give Marinette a warm welcome and look forward to seeing what she creates!

Oooh and if you’ve got a spare moment this bank holiday weekend, there’s still time to check out our current challenge *wink*

Have a fabby weekend, peeps!

Aimes & Kate
xx

Our new Featured Stamper!

Happy April fool’s day!! Today we’re delighted to welcome on board a brand new Featured Stamper for the month ahead… so please meet Dana Fleckenstein, from Germany!

Dana has been a supporter of our blog for a long time and we’re thrilled that she’ll be sharing some of her wonderful creations with us for the month of May.

Let’s ask Dana a few questions to get to know her a bit more!

1)How did you get into papercrafting?

When I think back, it happened quite by accident! I’ve always had a thing for pretty paper, pens, notebooks etc. but it was as late as fall 2008 that I first took notice of “serious” papercrafting. I was browsing the web for ideas to dress up a travel diary that I wrote together with a friend on a road trip the year before. Actually, that diary still isn’t finished because something got in my way: card making 🙂

2)How long have you been stamping for?

I can’t believe it myself but that’s only one year so far. I bought my first stamps in November 2008 at a local shop but really got into stamping a few weeks later when I discovered Nichole Heady’s blog and all the wonderful PTI goodies.

3)How did you get into PTI and why do you love it so much?

In December 2008, we organized a Secret Santa swap at the office and I was surfing the web for a little gift idea to give to a colleague. Finally, I found a really cute template for a snow man soup gift tin at a blog – it was Nichole Heady’s and the rest is history 😉
What I love most about PTI is the mixture of so many things. In particular, I love the clean lines and modern look of their stamps and also how their products don’t pin you down on a certain style. I also like the idea of having co-ordinating supplies: paper, ink, ribbon, buttons… and now, even matching dies!

4)What would you say is your stamping style?

Oh, I’m not sure what my stamping style is or if there is already such a thing as a defined style. However, I like those of my cards most that I make with a certain recipient in mind. This also involves adjusting part of your stamping / card making to what the recipient would possibly love. What feels very comfortable for me, though, is a colorful clean & simple style.

5)Do you have a favourite PTI colour or colour combo that just makes you drool?

I love, LOVE everything turquoise, so, my favorite colours are Aqua Mist and the new Hawaiian Shores colour. As far as colour combos are concerned, I like to combine several neutrals like kraft, cream and chocolate with bright, cheery hues, e.g. Raspberry Fizz.

6)If you had to choose just one PTI stamp set to keep, which one would it be and why?

Wheww, that’s a tough question! Let’s see… either Damask Designs or Giga Guidelines! Both sets have larger stamps for focal points, hold the possibility for background stamping and include versatile sentiments (oh, and the fonts are fab, too!). Perfect for any occasion and style if you ask me!!

7)Who is your PTI Idol?

Another toughie! Narrowed down to three people, I’d say it’s

* Dawn McVey because of her fresh, modern card making style and her great eye for colour combos in general
* Betsy Veldman – her unique, inspiring way of mixing colors and patterns with a touch of vintage is just gorgeous
* Nichole Heady, whose clean and sophisticated card making style I simply adore

8)Where do you get your inspiration from?

Blogs of PTI’s design team and other papercrafters, online shops like Pottery Barn Teen and CAR Moebel, “real” store’s window designs, magazines, advertisement, t-shirts… Inspiration can be everywhere you look, you just need to recognize it as such!

9)What’s your stamping dream?

Are we talking BIG dreams? Well, almost every stamper’s dream is being recognized by a major papercrafting company and work on their design team, isn’t it? A dream that is a bit more realistic? PTI would release sentiment sets in languages other than English. With German as my mother tongue, I would love to see that happen! …and now the definitively doable dream: a separate room for crafting!

10)Where can we go to check out more of your wonderful creations?

I would love to welcome you at my little online home, http://www.dana-scraps.blogspot.com!

Thank you Dana, we can’t wait to see your PTI creations in the weeks ahead.

We also wanted to say a big thank you to Katie for joining us in March, we loved having you on board Katie!

Thanks for stopping by – wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend!!

Kate, Aimes and Dana xxx

Our February Featured Stamper!

I can’t believe it’s February 1st already – can you?!! With the turn in the month we get to introduce to you our brand new Featured Stamper, and this month I’m thrilled to introduce Vanessa Menhorn to you!!


Vanessa, from Germany, has been a long-time friend and supporter of our blog so we were delighted that she agreed to join us this month.

Here are a few questions she answered for us so we could get to know her a bit better!

1)How did you get into papercrafting?

I guess I started papercrafting when I was a child. When I was little I loved to do Origami, I tried to do some drawing and the usual crafting stuff like knitting or sewing or making pottery. But I got into cardmaking when I started stamping – less than a year ago. Now I am addicted!

2)How long have you been stamping for?

I have been stamping since March 2009

3)How did you get into PTI and why do you love it so much?

I accidentially found Nichole Heady`s blog and fell in love with the stamps immediately! I resisted for a while – I hadn`t bought anything from the US before and was a bit intimidated by the shipping costs, but once I started ordering them I couldn`t stop! They are versatile, beautiful and inspiring! And the paper, ribbons and buttons are perfect!

4)What would you say is your stamping style?

Most often I do simple/elegant stamping, but I like to use different or new techniques and that changes my style sometimes. And it depends on the recipient – e.g. I like to create cute things for kids.

5)Do you have a favourite PTI colour or colour combo that just makes
you drool?

It changes too often – I love to try new colour combos!

6)If you had to choose just one PTI stamp set to keep, which one
would it be and why?

I don`t like this question 🙂 Don`t want to imagine this! But ok, I`ll try. I would keep Damask Designs, because I can create Backgrounds with it, there are great sentiments and I can use the larger images for a focal element!

7)Who is your PTI Idol?

Nichole Heady. Her style is amazing, she never disappoints! But this whole Design Team is fabulous – I admire them all!

8)Where do you get your inspiration from?

Blogworld is the place to gather inspiration! And I love to flip through magazines (papercrafts related, fashion or home decor) to find elements or colours that inspire me.

9)What`s your stamping dream?

Being on a Design Team! And I wish I could earn my money with what I love doing best – stamping!

10)Where can we go to check out more of your wonderful creations?

You`ll find more of my work on my blog

Thanks so much for joining us Vanessa! We’re looking forward to seeing some of your fabulous work in the coming weeks!

Before I go – don’t forget to check out Nichole’s blog for the next 15 days as she counts us down to this months BIG release – it’s the third anniversary of Papertrey Ink and it looks like there are going to be some exciting things coming our way…. I can hardly wait!!

Thank for visiting us and enjoy the countdown!

Kate and Aimes xx

Featured Stamper!

Hey!

Firstly:

Happy New Year!

I hope 2010 brings you peace, happiness and joy! All it’s brought me so far is a hazy head from a few Singapore Slings too many (Man, I just ♥ that cocktail!) but I’m sure 2010 is gonna bring me more LOL!

So a new year, a new month, a new featured stamper for us – woo hoo! Thanks so much to Taheerah for being our fabulous first featured stamper! We loved your creations – my fave has to be the use of the Tea For Two set – what an amazing set of cards that so much work and heart went into making!

So who’s January’s Featured Stamper? Drumroll please….

We asked Dawn a few questions to get to know her a little better, though we already know she’s lovely as we met in person at the PTI make and take ;D!

1)How did you get into papercrafting?

I don’t remember! I’ve always been papercrafting in one way or another, I remember winning a drawing competition when I was about 5 or 6 at school and I’ve always made cards for my parents and other family members for birthdays and christmas, I guess its just grown from there ….

2)How long have you been stamping for?

I’ve only been stamping for a few years, I discovered Stampin Up first (am I allowed to say that?) and quickly became hooked, but then I found PTI …. and its taken over …. my bank balance

3)How did you get into PTI and why do you love it so much?

I don’t know how I discovered PTI, I think I was blog hopping and came across either Nichole Heady’s or Dawn McVey’s blogs. I resisted for a couple of months but the pull was too great. I love the colour combinations and the way that the papers, ribbons and buttons match. I also the new stamps (and a new colour) every month – its fab, its like a birthday surprise EVERY MONTH!

4)What would you say is your stamping style?

Eclectic! I don’t know, sometimes it depends on how much time I have! I love CAS (Clean and Simple) but at other times I love – to pile it all on, bows, brads, lots of layers ….

5)Do you have a favourite PTI colour or colour combo that just makes you drool?

Oooooh ……….colours………..my favourites are chocolate, raspberry fizz AND KRAFT who can live without KRAFT ?????

6)If you had to choose just one PTI stamp set to keep, which one would it be and why?

I don’t have many sets, although I aim to remedy that in 2010! My favourites from 2009 that I actually own are the button bits sets, they are so versatile. Of the sets I don’t own and I wish I’d bought,(and I probably will on my next order) because I think I’d use it a lot ‘Turning a New Leaf’ …. There are so many more that I wish I owned …


7)Who is your PTI Idol?

I HAVE TO CHOOSE! ….. Nichole Heady, Dawn McVey, Heather Nichols, Michelle Wooderson, Lisa Johnson … HOW DO YOU CHOOSE …. I love them all????

8)Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere…….. Mainly the WWW, The PTI forum and Splitcoaststampers, I just look up PTI there are some fantastic cards and projects on there, but I find myself making notes everywhere, even at the supermarket, or staring out the window during a meeting – yes I remember setting a colour challenge that way, I could see a unit across the way with red, yellow, grey, and black in their logo!!

9)What’s your stamping dream?

It was to be on a design team but I’m there now as of December 2009, so I guess the next one is to be published so I’d better send some cards in to some of the magazines ….

10)Where can we go to check out more of your wonderful creations?

my blog, http://auroradawn-ad.blogspot.com or my web page, http://www.auroracraft.co.uk

Thanks so much Dawn for being our January Featured Stamper! Here’s a couple of Dawn’s creations that really caught our eye though I really recommend that you pop across to Dawn’s blog for a good nosy:


I love, love, LOVE this notepad design! You can totally see the inspiration Dawn gets from Lisa Johnson (whose style I adore!) with the classy colour combo and added touch of bling!


Dawn totally rocks at the 3D items with this super cute Tucked Away template! I love the idea of using acetate – giving the recipient a sneaky peek at what’s inside!

Look out for more from Dawn in our challenges this month and her two dedicated blog posts here on the PTI blog!

Aimes (& Kate from L.A!)
xx

Featured Stamper!

Happy December! Crikey! December already and I’ve done zero prep for Christmas so far LOL!

I’m still recovering from the most wonderful weekend at Steph’s! Well I have no voice which shows how much chatting we all did LOL!

So a new month, a new (well kinda new) feature for our PTI blog! We’re really excited to be now featuring a guest stamper every month! Our guest stamper will be with us for the whole month and not only get to share their wonderful creations with us, but also take part in providing examples for our challenges that month!

So without further ado, our featured stamper for December is……

Taheerah!

We wanted to get to know Taheerah a little better so asked her a few questions, including some real toughies LOL!

  1. How did you get into papercrafting?

I’ve always been creative in one form or another but my creations with paper and card had never ventured into actual cardmaking itself! It came about quite by accident actually – I had some extra holidays in December last year that I had to take, and while I was at home I just happened to flick on to QVC and the next show just happened to be papercrafting! They were showing a Christmas Card kit and I thought it might be fun to create some of my own cards for last Christmas, so I bought the kit to try it out. Little did I know how hooked I would become on cardmaking and that it would lead me to finding a whole other world in stamping and PTI!

  1. How long have you been stamping for?

I’ve only been stamping since around February or March really. I always told myself I’d never get into stamping, lol! The cards with stamping that I’d seen just looked so uninspiring and too ‘homemade’ for my liking and I really wanted to create something that looked ‘professional’ and ‘finished’. I bought a couple of rubber stamp sets but still wasn’t properly inspired even though the designs were ‘nice’. Of course all that changed when I found PTI … !

  1. How did you get into PTI and why do you love it so much?

I was actually in search for the ‘perfect’ cream ink to stamp with. Just the right shade and coverage, even on darker cardstock. I initially was searching for the SU! Very Vanilla inkpad but that isn’t available in the UK, so I e-mailed some SU! Demos who lived abroad. One of them suggested PTI’s Vintage Cream so I went off to have a look! From there I joined the PTI Forum and started looking at Nichole’s blog. It was close to around the May Release so there was a lot of hubbub and excitement going on. I fell in love with some of the stamps and made my first purchase in June. The rest, as they say, is history!

Why do I love PTI so much? Gosh, there are so many reasons! The designs are just *perfect*, unique and contemporary but not too ‘modern’, not too ‘cutesy’ … just right. The quality is unsurpassed. Everything co-ordinates perfectly, making it easy to pull together a finished look. The DT are so inspiring and never cease to amaze me, and finally the Customer Service, feedback and incorporation of customer suggestions just make PTI in a league of their own!!

  1. What would you say is your stamping style?

Hmmm. I’m not sure I’ve been stamping long enough to have settled on a ‘signature’ stamping style yet. I’m still learning and playing so much and always trying to experiment with something new. I’d say that my style definitely isn’t CAS though! I don’t like to overcrowd my cards but I always like to keep challenging and pushing myself, so I like to include creating different patterns and splicing them together and then just adding finishing touches to give it that something ‘extra’. So maybe it’s ‘experimental’ without being too out there, and without being fussy, lol!

  1. Do you have a favourite PTI colour or colour combo that just makes you drool?

I love experimenting with different colour combos so I’m not sure I have a definite favourite yet! However a recent card I made had a colour scheme of Vintage Cream, Kraft, Spring Moss, Plum Pudding (with touches of some pink in the pattern) and Melon Berry and that one definitely left me drooling!! I know it sounds over-busy and possibly even garish, but you wait ‘til you see it!!

  1. If you had to choose just one PTI stamp set to keep, which one would it be and why?

Oh Gosh, how difficult is that?! Coming from someone who already owns *38* sets (and with no sign of that number staying still!) you’re almost asking the impossible!! I guess if I had to pick my absolute favourite/staple it would be Guide Lines II. I *love* making my own background patterns and this set really can do it all – masculine, feminine, complex, CAS, there are no limits!

  1. Who is your PTI Idol?

Of all the DT I have to say that Dawn McVey is my idol without a doubt. Her style is so modern, effortless and stunning, and her colour combos are genius and to-die-for! She’s definitely my inspiration! But of course I can’t go answering this without adding ‘Ms PTI’ herself – Nichole Heady. After all without her we wouldn’t even have PTI, and her style and ideas are just awe-inspiring!

  1. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Other than Nichole’s and the DT’s blogs I regularly check out the PTI Forum (especially around Blog Hop time!) where people post links to their blogs/galleries, and I also visit Splitcoaststampers on a regular basis and browse through the Gallery there, though I have to admit to only searching for PTI cards now!

  1. What’s your stamping dream?

My dream come true would be to have my cards published, ideally in ‘Cards’ magazine or ‘Papercrafting’, both of which are US publications. The ultimate dream of course would be to get onto a Design Team but I’d be more than happy with just the first one coming true – and that’s about a million times more likely to happen at least!!

  1. Where can we go to check out more of your wonderful creations?

You can check out my blog at http://littlemisst-papercraft.blogspot.com/ – comments make my day so I’d love it if you stopped by and left some love!

Thanks so much, Taheerah! Here’s just a couple of creations that really caught our eye when browsing Taheerah’s blog that we want to share here. Be sure to check out Taheerah’s blog for more!

Taheerah just proves with this card how well different PTI sets coordinate with each other. Her use of the Giga Guidelines makes a fabulous, bold dp!

Taheerah’s super fun Christmas card definitely shows the influence that Dawn McVey has on her cardmaking with the fun mix of colours and divine damask stocking!

Look out for more from Taheerah when upload our December challenges!

Aimes and Kate
x x

April Featured Stamper

Hi everyone – I hope you have enjoyed looking at the new releases, I think the tea pot set is going to be one of my faves!!

Today we’re delighted to introduce you to our first Featured Stamper – Suezie Howard from Suffolk, UK. Suezie contacted us to show us the fabulous mini album picured below made with the Garden of Life set. Her blog Nothin Says Lovin is full of fabulous Papertrey projects – be sure to check it out!!

Here are a few questions we asked Suezie:

– How long have you been stamping for?

I’ve been collecting stamps forever but only considered myself a stamper for past 2-3 years.

– When did you discover Papertrey?

I first discovered PTI when they were only a fledgling company while surfing the net and they only had a very small number of sets – one look was all it took!

– What is your favourite PTI set?

Little Lady (Vol 1 #5) is my favourite by far and the one I go back to again and again. The simplicity of the design – of all the designs actually – and the way they allow the stamper to add their own elements in colour and design when layering them up take them to another level beyond most other stamps.

– Who is your Papertrey stamping idol?!

I started following Lauren Meader long before she became a designer for PTI and I still do – she is such a creative lady and so inspiring she always makes me want to go grab a stamp set and start creating too!

– What is your papercrafting dream?

Now that I have achieved the dream of teaching crafts for my local college I want to move on to see my work published in a magazine somewhere.

Thanks Suezie! And here are a few samples of her fabulous work!

I love all the details on this mini album:

Look at this fabulous card Suezie made with the Little Lady set:

And my favourite – check out the fabulous background paper Suezie stamped with the Spiral Bouquet and Faux Ribbon set:


And finally make sure to check out her great tutorial on how to make sticky note holder stamped with the Little Lady set!

Thank you so much Suezie for being our April Featured Stamper – we’ve really enjoyed getting to know you and your work!

Thanks for visiting – we’ll be back soon!
Kate