Day 3: Stamp Designer Showcase

By February 2, 2009The Inside Scoop

So, are you all enjoying yourselves?  You all have been so excited about our announcements so far!  It's so fun to be on the sidelines and see everyone having such a great time already!

Today I am thrilled to focus a bit on the team of stamp designers we have lined up for 2009.  Most of them will be familiar to you but there are a few new faces!
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Before I concentrate on each of them individually, I wanted to thank the existing designers for all they contributed to our company last year.  It has been so invigorating to see each of their unique styles and points of view shine through in their stamp designs.  Beyond that, their artwork has allowed us to diversify our product line and offer something for any stamper.  Each and every one of them is quick to complete any work that needs to be done and makes it so easy for me to coordinate the releases each month. They have truly been instrumental in our growth and we can't possibly express that enough!

Along with that, we are very proud to be releasing MORE stamp sets from all of our current designers this year!  And just as a small side note… you *may* want to be sure to visit each of their blogs today by clicking on their individual names. *wink*wink*
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Candice Candice Aguilar is someone I was first introduced to by my sister.  She is first and foremost a professionally trained graphic design and currently owns and operates her very own design firm, also referred to as Madra Design.  I will never forget the first peek I had at the portfolio that Candice presented to me when we had contacted her about our interest in her work. All of it instantly resignated with me and I really respected the precision and thought that went into each of her designs.  I just knew she would be a perfect fit!  And was I ever right!  Candice has adapted to the stamping industry seamlessly and some of her stamp sets, such as Honey Bees and Simply Stationery, have been our best sellers to date!  We look forward to the opportunity of working with her for another year!
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Melissa
Melissa Bickford and I have been friends for nearly eight years.  She is a fellow Mainer, growing up a mere 30-minutes from my hometown.  She has completely self taught herself the design programs that we work with, all the while keeping busy with her two children.  Her stylings are very simple and clean, with just a twist of whimsy.  She is a very thoughtful designer and really thinks through each image she adds to a stamp set and how it will work with the other images the set contains. This is especially true in both Men of Life and Women of Life.  I have already approved the sets she will be releasing throughout 2009, and all I can say is that you'll need to hang onto your hats, ladies!  It is amazing to see how much Melissa has developed as a designer in the past year, and you will really see that exemplified when each of her new sets are revealed.
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Lisa
Lisa Johnson has not only been wearing the hat of a stamp designer, but also as a member of our design team.  She does well balancing the two roles, and really in the end, I think it helps her to be in more tune with what the average stamper wants from a set.  Lisa works really hard to integrate as many images as possible in each set along with as much versatility as possible.  She is a huge fan of the complete collection of Marvy punches and often creates images that coordinate with them.  Lisa's style embraces the look of doodling with an element of sophistication, (especially apparent in Remember), which is really a style all her own.  I always love seeing the projects she ends up creating with her own stamp images, because it always serves as a learning experience as she visually represents the intention behind the set.
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Alli
Alli Miles is a breath of fresh air with her distinctive, stamper friendly designs.  I have gotten the opportunity to get to know her on a personal level this year, and really appreciate what a kind & thoughtful friend she is.  Her two small children keep her very busy at home along with the job she has as an online school teacher.  Alli is a self-taught graphic designer that has invested many hours learning the ins and outs of our programs.  She has told me in the past that she really gets inspired by things from the world around her, such as home decor, clothing and media.  This is very apparent with her work included in the background building set Shapes by Design.  We are SO excited about the sets Alli has been working on for us that will be revealed throughout 2009!
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Heather
Heather Nichols' style is really all her own and I usually like to refer to it as "modern rustic".  It tends to contain a lot of nuances found in folk art, but all with a clean modern twist.  The sets she has designed thus far have appealed to a wide variety of stampers because of this.  One of the things I admire most about Heather's work is her approach to the basics.  Many of her sets, such as Around & About Sentiments and Rustic Branches, look simple at first glance, but then when you actually start stamping with them its a different story.  Your creativity just starts going crazy with ALL of the things you can do with the images.  Heather has really helped bring the fun back into stamping for many people and the sets she has developed for 2009 are no different.
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Now for the NEW girls on the block!  The following women are SO talented and we are super excited about introducing them today in this capacity.  Please be sure to stop by to visit each of them and give them a warm welcome!
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Dawn
Dawn McVey is no stranger to many of you.  Her blog is one of the most popular stops for card makers on the web, and you obviously recognize her for her work on our very own design team this past year.  She has been working throughout 2008 refining her own skills within our design programs and developing her very own stamp sets!  She's been a very busy girl!  Her style is very modern, hip and trendy.  All three of these traits are found to be prominent in her stamp design work.  It is almost as if she takes things straight from your favorite fashions & home decor and interprets them directly into stamp design.  Just fabulous!  And I promise, you won't have to wait very long to see her very first set!  Congratulations, Dawn!  You did it, girl!
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Tiffany
I had the privilege of meeting Tiffany Pastor while on our cruise this past fall.  She works for Cruise & Crop, which is the agency that helped to coordinate everything for the event.  We ended up having a very animated conversation about our favorite graphic design program at the end of class one day, talking about how much we loved it.  A bit later on she communicated to me that she would be interested in actually dabbling in stamp design herself.  I had her submit a few things and REALLY liked what I saw!  I was just blown away!  And her look is SO different from anything else that we offer!  Flourishes and *grunge* are a repetitive theme in all of her work and the manner is which she combines the two is just stunning!  I can hardly wait to reveal to you some of the things she has worked on for later this year!  All I can say is, hold onto your hats!!!  And thanks for sharing your talents with us, Tiffany!
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Beth
Beth Silaika.  This woman is just amazing.  Six kids.  Amazing graphic design capabilities.  A fantastic stamper. A huge heart that holds nothing but kindness.  A sense of humor that has already had me laughing out loud a few times in front of my computer monitor.  She is definitely the COMPLETE Papertrey package when it comes to a stamp designer!!!  Some of you may already be familiar with her because of her work as a blog banner designer and other web graphic design.  She has SUCH a fabulous, fun style that I am just thrilled to be able to share with all of you through her stamps!  And since Beth is such an avid stamper, she is really able to *get inside your head* and make the images as versatile as possible.  You're just going to love this girl (that is if you don't already!) Welcome aboard, Beth!
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So, are you as excited as we are about all of the talent contained between these eight women?!?!?  To celebrate their achievements…

each of the artists are giving away their favorite Papertrey stamp set that they themselves designed!

The three new girls got in on the fun too by giving away their overall favorite!  It's so fun to see what each designer wrote about their set and why it has a special place in their heart!  It makes for good reading material!  Leave your words of encouragement & thanks with each of them for eight different chances to win! 

DO NOT post here for a chance to win big, just visit each of THEIR blogs to enter!

The winners of all the individual blog contests today (and in the future) will be listed on our special Anniversary Prize Page
after 12 noon EST, February 4th. You can always access this list through the NEW!
Anniversary Quick Link list to the upper left sidebar here.  A copy of
the list will also be updated daily in our customer forum.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more BIG news and even more ways to win!

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Join the discussion 42 Comments

  • 1
    Niki Estes says:

    Congratulations to all the new designers!! I can’t wait to see what you bring to Papertrey and I’m excited that we get more sets from the current designers, too!!

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    Geny Cassady says:

    Congrats to all of you!!! I am so excited to be working with Papertrey this coming year and using all of your stamp designs!!! The 2008 stamps really took my breath away! I created a special Papertrey Tribute post and project tonight just for all of the designers and you Nichole! I have loved working with you all!!! Thank you thank you for sharing your talent with the world!

  • 3
    kris arnold says:

    welcome

  • 4
    Debbie says:

    Congratulations to all of the winners yesterday and all of the designers 🙂 There are already too many stamps sets i love – i cant wait to see what 2009 has in store! 🙂

  • 5
    Monica says:

    CONGRATUALTIONS LADIES!!!!
    I’m looking fwd to seeing what you all bring to PTI for 2009!!!

    Best Wishes!
    Monica

  • 6

    Congrats to all the designers and congrats to PTI on two wonderful years. My store is also celebrating years this month. Woohoo!

  • 7
    Jennifer Bradley says:

    Congrats to all the designers – cannot wait to see what comes around this year!

    Tiffany could you add a setting to your blog to allow people who do not have blogs to post!?! Thank you – I would love to leave you a comment, but am not allowed at this time 🙁

  • 8
    CherylQuilts at SCS says:

    Congratulations to all! Nichole, you continue to have the most talented and wonderful team. This next year will be even better…and I can’t imagine any better!

  • 9
    Victoria says:

    Another amazing team for 2009 and so many awesome prizes!

    I wasn’t able to leave a post on Tiffany’s blog either because I don’t have a blog myself! This may be just the motivator I need to join the blogging world!

    Looking forward to Feb 14th…for many reasons!

  • 10
    melissa says:

    So excited to see the new designers sets! I had the same problem as the previous poster, I wasn’t able to comment on Tiffanys’s blog.
    Melissa

  • 11
    Deanna says:

    Congrats guys, can’t wait to see what everyone has been working on!

  • 12
    Patricia Garcia says:

    Congratulations PTI cant wait to see more!!!!

  • 13

    What a fantastic group of stamp designers! I’m so glad Alli is back with PTI this year, and I can’t wait to see what Bethie will come up with! Yay!!! Of course, long-time fan of Pine & Lisa’s, too, and I’m sure the other gals are equally fabulous. Here’s to another year of great stamps from PTI! Congrats, everyone!!!

  • 14
    Ian says:

    Hi Nichole

    Very pretty site.

    I am looking for white plastic Eggs I was wondering if you know where I could get hold of some.

    Regards Ian

  • 15
    Kathleen says:

    Nichole—what an exciting few weeks it has been already! Thanks for all the teasers and for the chances to win. I’ve already visited the blogs, but I had to say thanks to you for your generosity!! LOVE this company!

  • 16
    Yvette says:

    Congratulations to all the new designers!!

  • 17
    Aimee says:

    It’s nice to read about the designers behind the stamp sets! I’m still really excited about the announcement behind the “shopping bag!”

  • 18
    Sarah says:

    What a great new team!!!

    This is TOO MAJORLY EXCITING!!!

  • 19

    Wow! How fun! I am so excited to see the faces from the past, but also the new bright, shining faces! Congratulations, girls!

  • 20
    Kriss says:

    Wow Nichole, this is soooo cool! Congrats on your continuing success!

  • 21
    CrazyCurl says:

    NICHOLE….. there is one big omission here…. what about you??? What is your favorite set? Aren’t you still designing sets for 2009 too?

  • 22
    catherine says:

    Congratulations to everyone and can’t wait to see your designs 🙂

  • 23
    Amypcd K. says:

    Wow, I can’t believe the incredible amount of work everyone at Papertrey has been doing to get ready for this celebration. And yes, I also was wondering, Nichole, will you still be designing stamps? Please! All your designs and cards are so inspiring!
    Thanks for all the fun!

  • 24
    Karen Wegner says:

    I’m excited to see what new goodies and ideas you and the other designers will bring us this cheer. Thanks to all of you.

  • 25
    Jen says:

    THere is a problem on Tiffany Pastor’s blog. The comment box is only 1/2 or 1/3 the normal width which is odd but when you click Post you can’t see the word/code verification to type it in the box correctly. :o(

  • 26

    It’s so exciting to see new faces, BUT if anyone is monitoring these comments, I’ve tried repeatedly to comment on Tiffany’s blog & it won’t show but a portion of the comment & word verification boxes, thus I’m unable to leave a comment! ;-(

  • 27

    I have the same problem with Tiffany’s blog as Jen reported. I can only see 1/2 the box so I cannot see the word/code verification to type it. Bummer.

  • 28
    Leslie says:

    Happy Happy Anniversary!!

  • 29
    gina says:

    congratulations! I will look forward to seeing your new stamp sets! Love the card you made with rustic branches. I love this stamp set because you can use it for almost any occasion.

  • 30

    WOO HOO!! Great choices, Nichole! Can’t wait to see what these lovely ladies come up with! (is it the 15th YET??) 😉

  • 31
    stampylisa says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! I like this set as it works well with the scallop circles I am so addicted to!

  • 32
    stampylisa says:

    oops that was meant for Tiffany’s blog. you can post there, but it wants a typepad or other blog user profile name. took me a bit to figure out what that was!

  • 33
    Efrat K says:

    I’m sure you are going to be such a fantastic team!
    Thank you so much for the chances to win those adorable sets!!

  • 34
    Sharon D says:

    The other problem with Tiffany’s blog comments is that the option for Name/URL is not enabled, so those of us without blogs are unable to leave a comment. A quick scan down her list of comments (which is far fewer than on the other blogs) reveals that they are virtually all from fellow blogspot users, with a very few Open ID (Typepad, etc) users thrown in. I’m wondering if you couldn’t extend the period to comment on her blog, since so many of us were unable to today? Thanks!

  • 35
    Cindy H. says:

    I, too, had a problem posting on Tiffany Pastor’s blog. After struggling through posting in the narrow post box, I found that it does not invite all to post. I was not able to post because I do not have a blog, and do not have any of the IDs that are listed. Congratulations to Tiffany and I wish her all the best:) Sorry I could not post my comment to her blog.

  • 36
    Heather says:

    Congrats to all the winners so far! Congrats and a big hug to all the wonderful ladies who have designed for PTI for the last 2 years, too! I can hardly wait to see what 2009 will bring and am soo looking forward to more fun with you gals.

    je t’embrasse,
    Heather in Montreal

  • 37
    Amber says:

    Just want to say congratulations to all the designers. I can’t wait to see what everyone has up their sleeves. Thanks for the chance to win all these great products.

  • 38
    Cara says:

    I’m having the same problem with Tiffany Pastor’s blog. I only see half the comment box, which is okay until you have to verify the word in the box. Impossible and frustrating…Help?

  • 39
    Cara says:

    I am having the same problem with Tiffany’s blog. I only see half the screen on the word verification, so there’s no way I can post a comment.

  • 40
    Jennifer L. says:

    Another comment on Tiffany’s blog: it seems that you must have an account or profile in order to post a comment. Can’t just enter my name and email address. : (

  • 41
    Candian Prairie Girl says:

    Congrats to the new and returning designers!!!

  • 42
    Rachelle says:

    Congrats to the new designers. Unfortunately I missed the deadline for the prizes so I am unable to comment on thier blogs. I am so excited to see the new stamps and styles. 🙂

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