Featured Stamper!



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!)

Blooming basket

I hope no-one is tired of seeing Lauren Meader’s baskets (how could anyone be?!)… anyway, if you are then look away!

Recipe: (All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated)

Stamps – Beautiful Blooms
Ink – Spring Moss/Pure Poppy
Card – Vintage Cream/Pure Poppy
Other – sewing machine/Spring Moss buttons and saddle-stitch ribbon/red brads (SU) /Martha Stewart border punch

Has everyone been drooling over the pics of the Papertrey booth at the CHA show that the some of the PTI design team have been posting on their blogs…. how much do I wish I’d been there to meet Nichole, the design team, fellow PTI fans and to shop! If it’s on next year I’ll be there for sure – anyone care to join me lol?!

Kate xxx

From The Desk Of….Me!

I have had a little play with one of the Lauren Meader’s Timeless Templates for PTI – this one is called From The Desk Of….
Recipe (all PTI unless otherwise stated): Stamps – Floral Frenzy / Card – Raspberry Fizz, Stampers Select White & True Black / Papers – Black & White Basics / Ribbon – Twill Tape & Saddle Stitched Raspberry Fizz / Other – EK Success & SU! Punches, Prima Flowers & Vintage True Black Buttons
I also made some matching note-cards to go with it & had so much fun that I will definitely be trying out all of the Timeless Templates downloads I already have in the near future.
Thanks for stopping by, love Steph xxx