It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!!!

By September 9, 2009General

I'm more than just a little excited to kick off this months countdown week because we are focusing on the holidays!  Everyone's favorite paper crafting time of year!  Whether it be holiday cards or homemade Christmas gifts, there will be something for everyone as we share all the amazing things we have cooked up for you with this release!

I've been thinking a lot about how to present the
different sets to you this month.  After much consideration and conclusions about
WHAT the average customer would use holiday sets for, I've decided to
keep things a bit more simple.  Focusing on great, classic design
rather than fancy techniques.  Many of you are short on time,
especially during holiday preparations, and easy mass-producing is a

My goal is to provide you with many different options for quick & easy, inexpensive holiday projects that you can create in your own home.  Keeping it real and user-friendly.  I will be providing cutting measurements, supply lists & price break-downs for most projects to help you to plan your own shopping lists.  With it being September, NOW is the time to make the commitment to avoid last minute stress and create homemade expressions that really communicate how much you care!  Not to mention the money that can be saved too!

I hope you enjoy the presentations over the next five days and I look forward to hearing about how anything in particular may work into your holiday plans!


If this is your first time stopping by for a visit, you may be
wondering exactly what you have stumbled upon.  I am one of the
co-owners of Papertrey Ink, a stamp company featuring quality photopolymer stamps with a simple style and endless possibilities.

*We release new product on the 15th of every month.
*Beginning on the 10th, I begin my traditional "countdown", here on my blog.
*from the 10th-14th I will be featuring products that will be released on the 15th.  Think of this as a sneak peek of sorts.
*The countdown commences with a release party on our forum on the 14th beginning @ 10pm EST.  The excitement concludes at midnight EST that night when the new product goes live.
*If you see something you like, it will be available for sale on the 15th.

PLEASE NOTE!!!  There will be a contest here on my blog the night of the release party, so be sure to stop by again soon!

Enjoy the countdown!  All of us at Papertrey Ink hope to see you at the release party!


Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 33 Comments

  • 1
    Melissa McClary says:

    I can’t wait! I love the idea of simple for my Holiday cards….making 50 fussy cards isn’t for me.

  • 2
    Roxanne says:

    That sounds good to me! I know you won’t be sacraficing any of the wow, with the simple techniques and inexpensiveness. I’m ready – bring it on!! Can’t wait to see what you have in store.

  • 3

    Am dying to see what you have up your sleeve. I’m hoping it’s as amazing as last years release, Made of Snow. Fingers crossed.
    Hugs xx

  • 4
    Bonnie aka raduse says:

    Thank you for keeping it simple this month. From here on out, I’m busy making my Christmas gifts and finishing cards, so simple & I get along great!!

  • 5
    Jeanne says:

    KISS…Keep It Simple Sister. Music to my ears! I am so excited for the details of this release to begin. Nichole, I don’t know how you can create such excitement each month but you do! Kudos to all of your team putting this all together.

  • 6
    Toni Storie says:

    You are an absolute doll! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the reminder to get started now!

  • 7
    Jane says:

    if I see something I like!!??? The problem is that I like EVERYTHING I see!!! I can’t wait!!

  • 8
    ann says:

    Love the new picture of you too!

  • 9
    Marcie S. says:

    You are so dedicated to making sure your customers get the absolute best possible experience from Papertrey Ink. When I read your post about keeping things simple for Christmas I was thrilled!

  • 10
    Tina says:

    I love all these cards. Especially the first. You are one of my favs to watch. Your designs are so clean and simple. Can’t wait for the release.

  • 11

    Nichole, I look forward to the new creations you introduce each month plus the fatastic ideas you have to share. Thanks for the Nat King Cole video clip. Takes me back to the days when I was little…looking forward to Christmas! Thank-you and all the amazing women on your design team

  • 12
    Connie P says:

    NOOOOOOOOO!!! Not Christmas already!! 🙂

  • 13
    Connie F. says:

    Can’t wait to see all the new releases! Love that you are keeping it simple this month.

  • 14
    Penny says:

    Such a thoughtful plan Nichole! Thank you for keeping it simple 🙂 I always say I should start in September so I’m hoping to actually do it this year.

  • 15
    Sheena B says:

    Loving your strategy for this release!

  • 16
    Sharon says:

    Sometimes the simplest can be the mose elegant card of all! I enjoyed myself playing NKC while I perused your wonderful blog. Thanks for the treat!
    Sharon L

  • 17
    Lynn says:

    I like the Melon Berry and Spring Moss combo, very different, yet still festive. I can’t wait to see the new stamps. I am loving the two autumn sets I bought last month!

  • 18
    Nancy J says:

    I’m so very excited about the previews! I LOVE what I see so far!

    By the way, I quickly looked over your blog and don’t see where I can sign up to receive your updates via email. I depend on my email to keep me in touch with my favorite blogs… do you have Feedblitz or another program that I can sign up to receive email every time you post?

    Thanks so much!

  • 19
    Helen F. says:

    WOWOW! This sounds like it’s gonna be FUN! Can’t believe it’s Christmas time already…still making my Fall and Thanksgiving cards with my new beautiful Autumn stamps! Thanks for the Nat King Cole serenade while reading your post ;o)

  • 20
    Linda Beeson says:

    You have no idea how happy it made me today to come here and listen to that song! My totally favorite singer is Nat King Cole and mostly the Christmas music he does. It was so cool to watch the video of him singing. Of course I love your stamps too, that’s why I stopped by!

  • 21
    Brooke says:

    This is my favourite time of month and I don’t think that you could have made it sound anymore exciting!!!

    Christmas cards are what rekindled my crafting flame and I think that for people that are not creative at other times of the year, this is their time. So it really is a season for all.

  • 22
    Maripat says:

    Your holiday ideas are just wonderful. Thank you all for sharing your talents and keeping us inspired! I can’t wait to begin making holiday cards for the season!

  • 23
    Lynn Swanson says:

    Love them all. Thanks for the motivation to get started. THe stockings are great, simple and endearing.

  • 24
    Tina says:

    You are getting me so excited about this upcoming holiday season. I love all of these cards. I love stockings. We always saved ours for last. They were filled with fun things like candy and makeup. Fun, fun, fun!

  • 25
    Sheila says:

    Love all of your cards, they are beautiful!

  • 26
    Tina says:

    I absolutely love this Tree Trimming Trio. And, I adore all of the projects showcased today. Just Amazing! I now have some great ideas for the upcoming gift giving season. Thanks!!!

  • 27
    Linda says:

    Wow! If this is any indication as to what’s in store for this holiday season, we are all in for a treat! Just beautiful and so practical. Thank you.

  • 28

    Love the new pic of you BTW! Looking good sister! Love visiting, seeing projects and being inspired by your blog and all of your design teams blogs! What an honor it must be to be a part of such a talented, well-rounded team.

  • 29
    Vianna says:

    Nichole, is there a Sentiments set small enough to fit on the StampinUp word punch? If not, might something like this(very small sentiments for the top ten occasions) be considered? Thank you.

  • 30
    Tina says:

    I absolutely adore this vintage label set that coordinates with the Spellbinders Label 1. It is one of my favorite dies. The signature stamp set is just amazing. I am just loving your use of these stamps sets. And, just love the one layer cards. Thanks for sharing the price points as well. In these economic times, it’s nice to know that you can still create a beautiful handmade card without breaking the bank.

  • 31
    Shirley Lee says:

    I really enjoyed visiting all the sites of your designers with their wonderful ideas for Christmas gifts. I was so inspired. Can’t wait to copy a lot of them, too. Can’t believe the holidays are not that far away. By the way, love all your templates!
    Shirley L.
    Roseville, CA

  • 32
    Melinda Reeves says:

    I love every set! Thank you for showing so many pretty card ideas. As several of the other comments mention, it is easy to get lost in the complexity of the card. You remind us a card can be simple, very reasonable in cost and still be absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!

  • 33
    Tina says:

    I cannot wait for these stamp sets to be available. I absolutely love your Let It Snow card. The pure poppy snowflakes stamped on kraft just look incredible. Kraft cardstock is one of my favs to work with. Love it!

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