With Thanksgiving being just 2 short weeks away, making a few invitations for that special holiday was on my priority list of things to do. My first thought was to pull out that wonderful scarecrow stamp I have had for years from Stampin’ Up! That stamp is much beloved by me, so when Fall arrives I am always in the mood to stamp with it. In addition, I recently purchased a gorgeous Mat Pad designed by the talented artist Tim Coffey. This paper pad shouts Fall with the earth tone papers and autumn designs. I paired the scarecrow stamp with the Tim Coffey paper and my newly purchased Mat Stack 3 die from Papertrey Ink to begin the card making process. By adding an accent of Martha Stewart twill tape along with some PTI button twine, the card was ready to complete. Some leaves were sitting on my desk that were left over from my last card project so I added just one for a little extra pizzaz. The card was finished fairly fast once the watercoloring was completed on the scarecrow. I am quite happy with the results and hope the recipient enjoys the card as well.
Now you may want to know why I titled this post, “something old, something new for Thanksgiving”. The reason is simple, the scarecrow image is from a stamp set that I purchased many years ago but the die shapes, sentiment and button twine are brand spankin’ new.
Yesterday was the day I received my first order from Papertrey Ink and I was so excited to open the box and check out all of the wonderful products wrapped inside. I may be slow to get on the bandwagon of the products offered at PTI, but procrastination was the only reason I waited until now and I’m certainly happy I finally jumped in with both feet. I believe PTI is mostly known for their great polymer stamp designs, and those are certainly something to shout about, but I was really excited to try out their wafer thin dies. That’s not to say I didn’t order a stamp set or two just to give them a whirl, but the dies were what my excitement was all about. I’m also anxious to try stamping on their Stampers Select white card stock. I have been searching for a good quality white card stock for quite sometime now and there have been numerous reviews raving about PTI’s card stock so I had to order a packet and check it out for myself. I haven’t tried it out yet, but intend to do so in the very near future and will post about my thoughts on this product at that point in time. I have used Stampin’ Up! card stock for years, but I just can’t justify paying the high shipping costs they now charge, so I’ve been on the hunt for a quality replacement. With Papertrey Ink’s policy of offering free shipping on orders over $60.00, it was as they say, “money in my pocket” and an offer I couldn’t refuse. Last, but not least, if you haven’t ordered from PTI in the past, you will be pleasantly surprised to see the extra care that is taken when packaging the order. My dies & stamps were wrapped in tissue paper and the card stock had corrugated sleeves on each end to keep the edges from being bent. If that wasn’t enough, there was a hand signed card thanking me for my order from the 3 owners, Nichole, Jane & Julie. Now don’t you want to do business with a company that actually cares about their customers? I certainly do and will be ordering again in the future from this fabuluous company.
So without further ado, I will say goodbye for today’s post and thank you all for visiting. May you have a blessed day and I hope to share another project with you in a day or two.
As always, below is a list of the supplies I used to put this card project together.
Scarecrow stamp retired from SU
Fillable Frames #10 (sentiment) – Papertrey Ink
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Various colors of LePlume markers from Marvy
Strathmore Watercolor paper
Dimensionals – SU
Copper embossing powder – SU
Twill tape from Martha Stewart
Mat Stack 3 dies – regular and Mega
Tim Coffey Designer Mat Pad – K&Company
Chocolate Chip Card Stock – SU
Alcohol inks (for leaf)
Glossy card stock (for leaf)
Leaf punch from Tonic Studios