OH, what a night!

By August 15, 2007General

It was so fun getting the opportunity to "meet" some of you on Splitcoast Stampers last night!  (One I was able to even get INTO the site @ 11:20!)  I was really overwhelmed at the number of people that LOVE Papertrey!  I had intended the thread to be a good question & answer session and have the opportunity to interact with all of you directly, but the thread ended up moving SO fast and there were SO many people, things didn’t work out quite as I had expected!  LOL!  So I thought I would open my blog up today for questions, especially if you had something you wanted to ask last night, but didn’t have the opportunity to ask.  I will edit the post frequently over the next few days.  I look forward to hearing from you!

In regards to our new products, a lot of the tins and bags went quickly last night.  Anyone that hasn’t placed an order yet, we are encouraging you to go ahead and backorder any of these items you may be interested in.  We will be able to re-stock them in just a few days, so it would not delay your order much at all.

Orders that were placed last night, along with those placed today most likely will not begin shipping out until tomorrow or Friday.  With the volume of orders received last night paired with what we are anticipating today, will make for a lot of work for Julie & Jane as they try get everything organized.  Thanks for your patience!

Well, gotta drive the kids to school!  I’ll be sure to check back in later!

ETA: I will file all of the answers to questions below…

PLEASE NOTE: Many of you have asked about the chances of particular types of sets appearing in the future.  I want you to know that have seen your suggestions, and have them formatted on alist for me to refer to later.  But I can’t possibly predict when/if we will be carrying those specific things.  I just create what I am inspired by!  Thanks for all the great ideas!  You’ve caused some wheels to start turning here! 

—>Kellie asked…Will you be doing a male/guy/boy themed set?  There isn’t anything planned for the next few months, but perhaps this winter!  Thanks for asking, because I can now start brainstorming ideas for images that would fall into that category!

—>Kellie asked…I love the Halloween set, but I don’t do any celebrating of this holiday. However, I love how you can make all the fun treats with it. Which brings me to my suggestion… can you make one of the Christmas sets (hoping you do more than one!) a set that can help us with our homemade Christmas goodies like the Halloween set?  I think this is a great idea, and I DON"T think you will be disappointed! *wink*

—> Kellie asked… Did I really see a place for you to be selling RIBBON soon? When??? It will probably be a few more months at the least, but yes, we will most likely be carrying ribbon in the future.

—> Melissa… I love your site and LOVE to view the InkPad. I know you only update it once a month, but is there any plan to add new samples of the previously released sets? Your design team comes up with such great stuff for the release, I’m sure they’ve gotten even more creative once they’ve had some time to play on their own.  It is a lot of work for Julie to just update the Ink Pad for our releases, so most likely you will not see any additions orther than during a debut.  I encourage you to tour any of our design team members blogs if you are looking for continued inspiration throughout the month.  Many of them even have an album you can select in their sidebar where you can view ALL of their Papertrey creations.

—> Nancy P…What inks do you recommend that work best with your stamps? I’ve heard chalk inks work well, but are there others that work well? Is there any inks you would not recommend using with your stamps? Thanks!!  You can refer to —> THIS <— post to see what my opinions are on the different inks available and their compatibility with our stamps.

—> Clara asked…I remember reading somewhere once (so specific, I know!) that the original business plan for Papertrey did not focus on stamps. So, that makes me wonder: What was the original focus? Have you decided to focus mainly on stamps now? If so, how has this affected your business plan?  The original focus was to create printed stationery & cards (our first batches are still available for sale on our website HERE).  If you take a look at them, most of the images have now been included in various stamp sets!  We are DEFINITLY focusing on stamps now.  As far as this effecting our business plan, it changed EVERYTHING.  We have a different area of focus now, stampers vs. fine stationery stores.  We are growing at such a rapid pace, we are continually creating a new "plan of attack" on how to handle the increasing volume of product we carry.  BUT we are having fun!  We’re in it for the long haul, and we have MANY exciting things to share in the coming year that are already underway!

—> Dawn asked…I’m curious about the scalloped scissors you used to make that adorable red birthday card. You mentioned in the supply list that they’re Stampin’ Up! Is that a discontinued product? Stampin’ Up!s scalloped scissors have been retired for some time now, I can’t even remember when I bought them.  But they are my FAV.  I’ve never found another pair like them and I hope that nothing ever happens to them!  They can’t be replaced at this point!

—> Doreen asked…I have the June newsletter but not July and August …did I miss out on them???Should I resign up?? Are they avaiable on the web site …like SCS????  You have missed absolutely nothing.  I am COMPLETELY to blame for the lack of newsletter lately.  We dod not have previous issues archived yet either.  With all three of my kids home this summer and the number of responsibilities I have had, getting the newsletter out has fallen by the wayside.  I promise there will be an August edition coming to your inbox soon!

—> Alana asked…On the Halloween set, speaking about the oval trick-or-treat stamp and the oval star, do these fit well in the scalloped oval dies? I’d love the get the new dies, but want to be sure they will work well with these types of stamps. The particular stamps you mentioned will work perfectly with the scalloped oval Nestabilities.

—> Janet asked…I shared my stamps with some friends, and we were using stazon black ink. They went a little crazy with the ink, and now my sentiments that we used look like black blobs! 🙁 I am thinking a spa may not do the trick, any ideas? I highly recommend Ultra Clean if you haven’t tried it already.  It will clean those stamps so that they look practically brand new!

—> Sharon asked…Where do you get your CD jewel to hold your stamp sets? I have been looking and cannot find any without a center post thingy.  I purchase mine from Wal-Mart all the time.  It is easy to pop the disc tray from the inside of the case.  I recommend starting at the spine and prying upward with a fingernail or screwdriver.  The disc tray may break while you are removing it, but you will be discarding it anyway, so it’s okay!

—> Donna asked…I just realized when placing my order the Spellbinders Wizard Embossing System (with the sandwich mat) is SOLD OUT. Does that mean you will not be re-stocking it?  We will having those back up and available for pre-order soon.  We had exstinguished the amount of sets that we had pre-ordered from Spellbinders and wanted to get a final okay from them that we could get more before we continued to take additional pre-orders.

—> Carol asked…How do you get your circles, etc. lined up so well, as on the pink Birthday Girl card? I’m not gonna lie, I just eyeball it.  I know, your probably rolling your eyes at me right now!  It’s not the first time.  I just have this really strange knack of getting things straight and symentrical easily.  Thank goodness I’m a stamper, because I don’t think that trait would come in handy in any other profession! *wink*  If you were to try it yourself, perhaps drawing some pencil lines first?

—> Sandy Kay asked…Can you put on the ordering website so that we can order the giga square as a backorder instead of "out of stock"?  I’m afraid we won’t be doing this.  The manufacturer of the punches is constantly out of stock, and we don’t feel comfortable taking backorders for something when it could be more than 30 days to get the product out to one of our customers.  We send an email out to all of those on our newsletter mailing list when the punches are re-stocked, so I would suggest just keeping your eye out for one of those.

—>Tracy asked…Do you forsee any Christian/Inspirational themed stamp sets showing up in the future?  We’ve had many requests for this, so you may very well see some in the future.

—> Tracy asked…I am a background addict, would you ever consider creating some simple yet elegant BG stamps?  Boy would I EVER love to design some of those (I’ve got many ideas!).  But alas, a few technicalities stand in our way.  The useable space on our stamp sheets is 3.5 x 5.5 inches, not big enough for a background stamp.  Well, just increase the sheet size you are thinking?  Huge increase in cost when doing so.  We would end up having to charge WAY too much for them if they were larger than that.  Even if you put aside the cost, there are also two other issues with the larger stamps. First problem, storage.  They would no longer fit in our signature jewel cases.  Second, our packaging.  They wouldn’t fit in our packaging either!  So until we are hit randomly with an earth-shattering, cost-effective solution, we most likely not be introducing any background stamps real soon!

—> Julie said…I don’t know about you, but it was definitely NOT fun getting the kids up and ready for school today. I bet your family loves and dreads the 15th of every month! 🙂  Oh my goodness, 5:30am came WAY too soon!  Especially since I didn’t hit my pillow until 1:30am last night!  Phew!

—> Jessica asked…I love your stamps and was hoping that in the future you might offer smaller sets priced lower for those of us on tight budgets!  We hear you loud and clear, and you are not the only one that feels that way.  I am trying REALLY hard as a designer to develop more one sheet sets ($15).  When I have a concept that has turned out so well, I hate to cut it short just because I want to keep it to one sheet and not start a second.  KWIM?  In the coming months you will see much more variety in the sizes of sets we have available!

—> Jessica asked… I’d also love to see a Borders and Corners sampler set containing each shape and size in one set. It’s a possibility, but it wouldn’t be able to contain all 4 sizes of all 5 shapes.  Not enough room.  Do you have any examples of exactly what you would want it to include?  It wouldn’t be able to contain more than 2 images representing each shape most likely.  What two sizes do you feel you are most interested in?

—> Keyser asked…I was wondering…I have found that my stamps get stuck together in the jewel cases when I close the case. So, I have been cutting the harder plastic sheet that you ship the stamps on and piecing them together to fit in the jewel cases to place in between the stamps.(Wow! Did that make sense?!?) Any thoughts on changing the shape of the shipping sheet to mimic the jewel case so we could recycle it inside? Unfortunately we cannot change the sheet that the stamps come on.  This sheet is used by the manufacturer and it is actually what the stamps are created on.  If were to make the sheets the same size as the jewel case, it would make the sheets smaller, therefore, less stamps!

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  • 1
    Peg Graham says:

    Nichole- I think you all did a fabulous job! I was excited to be able to order the Spooky Sweets Stamp Set and get to chat a little on SCS…even through all the craziness. I forgot to say;

    “Nichole has left the building!” though…
    hehehehe…big hugs for you!

    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Peg

  • 2
    Mary says:

    Wonderful inspirations—wonderful excitement you generate.
    You definitely know your craft and your audience. Congratulations!
    Question: Did you sew the stamped piece onto your frosted bag or is sewn than adhered? How do you sew on the top of a bag?

    Again, thank you! Love your things!

  • 3
    Kim says:

    I love all the new products! In fact I placed an order and then went back and had to do a second one because I had forgotten the Halloween set and decided I wanted more bags too! Can’t wait to get it all!
    I love Papertrey!

  • 4
    Kellie says:

    Boy, last night was just crazy! I couldn’t keep up. Here are my burning questions/suggestions:
    1- Will you be doing a male/guy/boy themed set?
    2- I love the Halloween set, but I don’t do any celebrating of this holiday. However, I love how you can make all the fun treats with it. Which brings me to my suggestion… can you make one of the Christmas sets (hoping you do more than one!) a set that can help us with our homemade Christmas goodies like the Halloween set?
    3- Did I really see a place for you to be selling RIBBON soon? When???

    Thanks for answering all these questions!! You rock! Thanks for finding all the packaging goodies for us, too. I’m so excited about gift giving now!
    Kellie

  • 5
    Beth says:

    Nichole – thanks for all the insight last night! The samples in the PTI gallery are amazing! I am so excited to get these sets – I couldn’t sleep last night – I dreamt of making OSW with your new flower set!

  • 6
    Karen S says:

    I forgot to say THANK YOU for being so kind and answering all of our questions and staying up so late to do so! I thought the release party was a fun idea and I enjoyed “talking” to you! I can’t wait to get my new stamps too!

  • 7
    Melissa says:

    Such a fun and frantic night last night! The release created quite a frenzy that kept me up later than I planned.

    I love your site and LOVE to view the InkPad. I know you only update it once a month, but is there any plan to add new samples of the previously released sets? Your design team comes up with such great stuff for the release, I’m sure they’ve gotten even more creative once they’ve had some time to play on their own.

    Thanks again!

  • 8
    Kristina Price says:

    I too stayed up like many others to try and follow the thread and then placed my order. I love your stamps. I also would like to see some sort of male set. Something that isn’t sports or car related. I look forward to Christmas and maybe a winter type set.

  • 9
    Nancy P. says:

    What inks do you recommend that work best with your stamps? I’ve heard chalk inks work well, but are there others that work well? Is there any inks you would not recommend using with your stamps? Thanks!!

  • 10
    Clara says:

    I have a question that I couldn’t ask last night! I remember reading somewhere once (so specific, I know!) that the original business plan for Papertrey did not focus on stamps. So, that makes me wonder:

    1) What was the original focus?
    2) Have you decided to focus mainly on stamps now?
    3) If so, how has this affected your business plan?

    And, I just wanted to take a moment to say how much I love all of your designs and truly appreciate your attention to your customers – it is so obvious that you really want us to be happy and care about what we want and think. I really appreciate that extra effort.

  • 11
    Aimee says:

    Thanks so much for the wonderful sets… I brokedown and order the halloween set. My son was born on halloween so I am a sucker for any cute sets….

  • 12
    Dawn says:

    I’m curious about the scalloped scissors you used to make that adorable red birthday card. You mentioned in the supply list that they’re Stampin’ Up! Is that a discontinued product? I’ve never seen them before, but love that look on your card!

    Thanks for answering our questions! Can’t wait till my first Papertrey order arrives!!

  • 13
    Doreen says:

    Hi Nicole love your sets and can’t wait for the christmas sets…I have the June newsletter but not July and August …did I miss out on them???Should I resign up?? Are they avaiable on the web site …like SCS????
    Hope Cristmas has Santa in them!
    Thanks for being so open to ideas and getting our input.
    PS would love to see velvet ribbon and cardstock to go with the sets!

  • 14
    Kristyn says:

    Good Morning, Nichole, Last night was wild.Thanks for working to sort through all the posts to find the questions.

    I have a couple questions:
    1. Any thanksgiving, fall leaves etc. set coming? You could really do THAT well, I know.
    2. Re: the christmas/winter sayings-my email has changed since I sent my suggestions in…I was wondering if that will be a problem with you reaching me if some were chosen? Just don’t want to miss anything *wink*
    3. Maybe a comment, maybe a question- will you have more than one theme to your Christmas set ie. not all Santa but hopefully some Christian themed stamps as well? Hope, Hope!

  • 15
    Alana says:

    Love the new releases! Like someone already mentioned, I don’t do a lot with celebrating Halloween…no matter how much I love this set! It really is calling my name. I’d like to know:

    1. Do you plan on releasing a set in similar style for Christmas as this Halloween one? I’d love to see more than just one Christmas set!

    2. On the Halloween set, speaking about the oval trick-or-treat stamp and the oval star, do these fit well in the scalloped oval dies? I’d love the get the new dies, but want to be sure they will work well with these types of stamps.

    3. Any plans to release a birthday (cupcakes!) or get well themed set?

    Love your creativity and inspiration!

  • 16
    Janet Douthit says:

    Nichole, thanks for a THRILLING night! I double dipped and made two orders 🙂 just couldn’t resist all of the cute stuff. Now onto the questions….

    I shared my stamps with some friends, and we were using stazon black ink. They went a little crazy with the ink, and now my sentiments that we used look like black blobs! 🙁 I am thinking a spa may not do the trick, any ideas?

    2. Have you considered a storage case for all of your beautiful sets? Or a storage piece for punches? I can’t figure out how your husband did the curtain rod thing.

    Thank you once again for hosting our crazy party last night! We LOVE YOU!

  • 17
    Sharon Romine says:

    Love your new releases!
    My question is on a different track however. Where do you get your CD jewel to hold your stamp sets? I have been looking and cannot find any without a center post thingy.

  • 18
    Melissa says:

    I can answer the CD jewel case question(because Nichole already answered that question for me!). Buy the jewel case with the CD center and then pop out the CD thing. She said the CD thing often breaks in the process, but you’re discarding it any way.

  • 19
    Donna Baker says:

    I totally enjoyed ‘chatting’ with you, even if it was just for a little while. You kept up real well with all the stamper craziness! I have a question…I just realized when placing my order the Spellbinders Wizard Embossing System (with the sandwich mat) is SOLD OUT. Does that mean you will not be re-stocking it? I didn’t get it last month because I was just going to wait until this month’s release to get it. I really want it, too! Thanks, Nichole – you TOTALLY ROCK my stamping world!!

  • 20
    Niki says:

    Love the new sets! I can’t wait for the ribbon. Any idea how long the velvet blossoms will be out of stock? I had the Air set in my cart, then my window closed and I lost them. Now they are sold out. Just wondering if I should backorder them or wait until next time. I can’t wait for the Christmas stamps next month! I’m hoping for some cute Santas. I would love to see a snowman set and a birthday set like was mentioned above.

  • 21
    lexi says:

    an awesome release as usual means great birthday presents for me! and the “party” was fun–i could barely keep up with the posts much less add my own! 🙂 lexi

  • 22
    Carol W says:

    Ditto to all of the above, and I’m wondering the same question a couple of others asked: How do you get your circles, etc. lined up so well, as on the pink Birthday Girl card?

  • 23
    Kimberly says:

    Nichole –
    I am hooked on your line of stamps! I love being able to support small businesses in America!

    I have an idea for a set …. I am a “tree” fanatic! Love them .. and I have found many great tree stamps. The only drawback is that you must design your artwork around the stamp. Since I have been using your sets with all of their versatility … I was thinking that if I had a “tree parts” set .. I would have much more flexibility. Left side of the trunk, right side of trunk as separate stamps so that I could build the tree as large as I wish … Various types of branches that could be used together or alone … and then various types of leaves/blossoms as separate stamps as well.
    Of course … an second addition set could be designed as well … a swing to hang from the tree … a small house for a tree house, bird house, birds … squirrel to stick it’s head out of the hole in the trunk, etc. etc. etc. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your creativity with us all and for providing such unique ideas and great products!

    Kimberly

  • 24
    Judi says:

    Nichole, That was my first “party”. What fun. I just wanted you to know as a brand new “unmounted” fan, I love your stamps! Nothing to cut, add, or worry about. You receive them, plunk them in the CD case and you’re off and stamping. Thank you so much for what you do. You seem to know what we all want and do your darndest to see that we get it! The tip sheets and samples are a great boon, especially to someone like me, I was born with a handicap, NO IMAGINATION!
    Great job, girl!!! Thanks again, a devoted fan of PaperTrey.

  • 25
    Liz says:

    Nichole- you did it again! what wonderful creations! I can’t wait to get these goodies into my hands.

    hooked on PaperTrey,
    Liz

  • 26
    Sandy Kay says:

    Can you put on the ordering website so that we can order the giga square as a backorder instead of “out of stock”? I am willing to wait – I just want to put my whole order in one. Any idea yet when you will reveal the winners of the Christmas words/verses ideas?
    THANKS!
    Sandy Kay

  • 27

    Nichole-

    Thank you kindly for taking the time to endure all the chaos on SCS last night.
    It was crazy fun!

    QUESTION:

    Do you forsee any Christian/Inspirational themed stamp sets showing up in the future?

    I use them in so many different aspects of my life I would love to see “your style” of this kind of stamp show up on PT.com.

    I did read that Little Lady was the #1 selling stamp set and to date is my favourite. Are there any plans for future “bug sets”?

    I am a background addict, would you ever consider creating some simple yet elegant BG stamps?

    Thanks again! I’m sure I will have many more questions come to mind later. I absolutely adore the new flowers…can’t wait to get my hands on them!

  • 28

    nichole – I don’t know about you, but it was definitely NOT fun getting the kids up and ready for school today. I bet your family loves and dreads the 15th of every month! 🙂

  • 29

    Hi, Nichole! I love your stamps and was hoping that in the future you might offer smaller sets priced lower for those of us on tight budgets!

    I’d also love to see a Borders and Corners sampler set containing each shape and size in one set.

    Looking forward to your Christmas release!

  • 30
    Tracy says:

    You hinted that you would be making a christmas set like the halloween one for treats….but will there be an avery lable compatible stamp like you did for the halloween set? I think that this is a BRILLIANT idea! I love the label compatibility!!! You are BRILLIANT!!!!

  • 31
    CherylQuilts says:

    Wow! Loved all the great questions…and your answers! I love Papertrey Ink and have just placed another order. I have not yet received the order I placed last week, but I’m assuming you are swamped and that it has not yet ordered. Thanks so much…I look forward to more wonderful stuf!!

  • 32

    Congrats on a rockin’ party, Nichole!!! Too bad I missed it 🙁 as I was at work. Anyways, I’m glad I was still able to order the 2 new stamp sets, at least!

    Would you perhaps consider releasing a catalog featuring your stamps and the beautiful work of your talented DT, including yourself, of course! *wink*

  • 33
    Keyser says:

    Hi! I was wondering…I have found that my stamps get stuck together in the jewel cases when I close the case. So, I have been cutting the harder plastic sheet that you ship the stamps on and piecing them together to fit in the jewel cases to place in between the stamps.(Wow! Did that make sense?!?) Any thoughts on changing the shape of the shipping sheet to mimic the jewel case so we could recycle it inside? Thanks – Keyser

  • 34
    tolemommy says:

    Great stamps, great everything! Something I’ve been wondering about…since some of us may not have all of the scalloped punches/dies, would it be possible in the future to get a set that has frames/borders for each size, ie some of each shape frame/border for the giga, some for the mega, etc.? Like a I know you couldn’t make sets using all of the franes. Maybe even a combo set like circle/oval, etc. Hope you’ll consider it!

  • 35
    Janis L Ussery says:

    Is Paper Trey Ink keeping track of our stamp purchases so we will know when we have earned a free set?

  • 36

    Another question…
    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of the stamp to match the Avery labels. Any chance of making a whole set of those? Or including some in more sets?

  • 37

    Another question…
    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of the stamp to match the Avery labels. Any chance of making a whole set of those? Or including some in more sets?

  • 38
    Candi P says:

    I have an idea (not sure if you will like it)
    I do not mind the $24.00 sets. I am so ready for school to start Mon so I can go back to work and order a big order from you next month, when I have some stamp money saved up (I only have BK) 🙁
    About more $15.00 sets. Could you maybe do Set I and Set II, that would give people to option of “adding” to your already existing sets. I know that SU does that with some. Like their “accessory” sets, etc. Then if you created “too many” to be a one sheet set, you could divide it into 2. Just a thought.

  • 39
    Tara says:

    I absolutely LOVE (with a capital L-O-V-E) the stamp that goes with the avery address label!! I would love to see a whole stamp set with just these, with all different varieties!! Any chance we might see that comin’ up? They are so fun to make for so many different occasions!! Or maybe at least some Christmasy ones!? 🙂
    **You are fabulous at what you do!…thanks for sharing your talent!! 🙂

  • 40

    Do you have any more news on the nestability dies and when you’ll receive them? I can’t wait to get mine to play with!!! 🙂

  • 41
    Donna says:

    I know that sunlight is really bad for red rubber stamps. I know that it can turn clear stamps yellow, but that that does not hurt their ability to stamp. Does sunlight cause any serious damage to clear stamps? Should we not be putting them in clear cases?

  • 42
    stampngokaren says:

    Any plans to make a birthday set? I would love to see a set with different parts to create cakes and/or cupcakes.

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