March 20, 2011

How I Discovered Papertrey Ink

The March Papertrey INKers Challenge is to write about how we discovered Papertrey Ink and what products we first fell in love with.  Then to use those products for the Papertrey Make It Monday challenges and March Blog Hop this month.

Well, I started out this month with tons of creativity.  But in the last couple of weeks, I've lost it little by little, first by catching my husband's cold.  I had a milder version but it still took me out for a good three and a half days.  Then, just as I was gearing up again, I was hit by a horrible stomach flu from which I am still trying to recover after four days.  I am feeling much, much better or I wouldn't be writing this post, but I am still not feeling well enough to craft.  And with a short vacation trip to the Russian River when my daughter comes to visit during a school break this coming weekend, I know I won't be able to play in the Papertrey challenges this week or next.  So, I decided the least I could do is to talk about how I discovered Papertrey Ink.

A year and a half ago I was a happy scrapbooker.  Not interested in anything else crafty - especially making cards.  My sister had been making cards for several years and loved it.  I just wasn't interested, but I appreciated the work she put into her cards (I still keep them all).  I met monthly with several of my scrapbooking friends at a local scrapbook store.  After seeing several other scrapbookers bringing their Cricuts to the crops, I decided to take the plunge and buy one myself.  I can't remember exactly what happened but soon I was using my Cricut to make cards instead of scrapbooking.  But I needed sentiments and so I decided to look for stamps online.  Papertrey Ink was the one website that I kept coming back to.  In March 2010, I took the plunge and bought nine (yes, 9!) stamp sets.  One of which was Mega Mixed Messages, a versatile set of simple sentiments for almost any occasion.  Soon, I wasn't satisfied with just sentiments and my Cricut anymore and I was head-over-heels for stamping and card-making.  My Cricut mostly collects dust now but I pull it out every now and then for something special.

I've collected so many Papertrey stamp sets and have so many different sentiments to choose from now that I don't use Mega Mixed Messages any more.  Here is a set of cards I made a while ago using some of the sentiments:

Here's to hoping that my health and mojo is back fully soon!

Cardstock: PTI Kraft and Rustic White Teracotta
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey ?  Collection
Stamps: PTI Mega Mixed Messages, PTI Take Note
Ink: PTI Terracotta Tile
Other: PTI twill ribbon, Mat Stack 2 die, crystals from Michaels


  1. So sorry you've been sick but I'm glad you are on the healing side and you have a nice vacation planned with your daughter. That should get you back in the swing of things for April.

    The Basic Grey Motifica paper line is one of my all-time favorites. You did a great job taking advantage of the paper and accenting it beautifully.

  2. Hope you are feeling better Linda! I had the stomach thing last week! Yuck! Your cards are wonderful! I love the color contrast with the red! I really need to get that set. I have the original small set and do not use it much. I think I would get a lot out of the big one!



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