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