An update…

By March 20, 2010General

Hello everyone, and happy Saturday!  I have been super busy getting caught up on my "before the 25th" duties.  This includes getting all of the box bands ready for printing & prepping the index labels. Finishing up all of the stamp designs for the May release!  Finalizing die designs for May too! I just put the finishing touches on everything, so I am finally ready to head out this morning…


on a little road trip.  This week is spring break for my kids, so we are going up to the Smoky Mountains to stay in a little cabin that we've rented.  We generally go over there every year during this school vacation week and it always proves to be tons of fun, not mention relaxing & rejuvenating.  I will return on Wednesday and I am hoping to bring you a video or two since I have completed my regularly scheduled "work" for next week.

I hope you all are perhaps beginning to see some warm spring-like weather like we are here in Tennessee.  Enjoy your weekend and I will plan on seeing you back here on Wednesday!


P.S. I've been seeing some beautiful work from our customers around the web.  I thought I would give a quick shout out to some of my favorites!  Hopefully one of these talented artists/bloggers inspire you to create something beautiful today!

Carol dot spot
Carol's Ink Spot

Jennifer Guide Lines
Jennifer Carter

Heather violets

Heather Pulvirenti

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Join the discussion 31 Comments

  • 1
    Tami Grandi says:

    oh you are so close to me- right down the road in Knoxville! Have a great time!

  • 2
    Cam says:

    I too live in Knoxville, and frequently hike in the mountains. Except for Sunday, you should have some great weather. But the mountains and the rain are so peaceful. I love the smell of the forest in the rain. Enjoy your time with your family. The mountains are the perfect place for rest and rejuvenation.

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    Lola Goldberg says:

    What a gorgeous photo of the mountains! I hope the week is everything you want it to be. Thank you again for all of the wonderful inspiration and products you provide for those of us who think that PTI and the entire design team are just fabulous.

  • 4
    Melissa Ladd says:

    Have a great vacation–it looks so beautiful! Those three projects are gorgeous!

  • 5
    Lin says:

    Ahhhhhh, what a lovely picture you shared! The Smokeys is one of my favorite places. Enjoy your time away!!

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    Carol R says:

    What a gorgeous picture of the Smoky Mountains. Much better then what I woke to this morning. How about 6° with at least a foot of snow on the ground. BUT the really reason I’m here is I am totally blown away by being featured on your blog!!! Thank you so much. It is your inspiration that gets the creative juices flowing to my fingers. You and all the wonderful designers you have. Thank you! At least I have warm fuzzies inside me now!

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    anne says:

    My goodness you have such a busy schedule. I sit here and enjoy all of your beautiful product and never give a thought as to what it takes to get them to us. You live two months ahead of us. Enjoy your well deserved vacation and don’t think about anything other than the beauty that God has surrounded you with.

  • 8
    Mariah says:

    Enjoy your vacation and relax! You deserve it!

  • 9
    Heather P. says:

    I hope you have a fabulous vacation, Nichole!! My hubby and I spent a week there back in 2004, such a gorgeous place… 🙂

    Thank you so much for posting my cards on your blog, what an awesome surprise to wake up to today!! 🙂

  • 10
    Sandy Ramirez says:

    Have a wonderful time away and please know you are so missed. I wake up every morning to see if you have posted today! The picture was so beautiful it made me long to be there 🙂 And you left us something to ponder – the cards are spectacular…..thank you Nichole!

  • 11
    Elizabeth S. says:

    Have a wonderful time with the family!! You so deserve it.

  • 12

    Thank you so much for featuring my card! That was such a fun surprise! Have a great vacation!

  • 13
    Jeanne says:

    Hope that you have a wonderfrul weekend with your family. I am certain that the early greens of the flora will peak through the leaves! Don’t you just love the encouragement of Spring being a new beginning!

  • 14
    ChrisTea says:

    Hmm – polka dot backgrounds also seem to the rage 😉 Enjoy your get-away! My parents have a cabin in the high desert north-east of L.A. We head up for weekends among the joshua trees and juniper bushes. But living on the coast, we go to enjoy ‘real’ weather, not escape it.

  • 15
    Amy Wanford says:

    Gorgeous creations! So lovely to see some familiar bloggers featured that I’m already a huge fan of!

  • 16
    Janelle says:

    Prayers for lots of relaxation and enjoyment for you and your family. Nothing like a mountain getaway to help a busy person breathe! Thanks for including a little inspiration in your post, too. 🙂

  • 17
    Angela W says:

    These are beautiful! Have an awesome trip!

  • 18
    Karen G says:

    What beautiful cards!! Love those card sets! Have a wonderful vacation! :>

  • 19
    Miriam Daniels says:

    Thanks for sharing. The mountain trip sounds so wonderful. Have fun and rest up. Cant wait to see what creative item you’ll have for us in May! 🙂

  • 20
    Kristina says:

    I’m beginning to wish I lived where you do! The views are breathtaking! I would be inspired everyday if I lived around that! Have fun on your MUCH DESERVED vacation. :0) Can’t wait until next month.

  • 21
    Jo Ann Shive says:

    Hi Nicole,
    Could you please do a video on the scallop dies? How do you keep them in place? I feel I have to tape everything down. Please help!!

  • 22

    Have a great time with your family! We all look forward to your return.

  • 23
    Mary Ann Huntington says:

    Renew your energy with all that fresh air! Be safe and have fun.

  • 24

    What a lovely place, Nichole!!! Enjoy your retreat 🙂 And these gals have done a great job with PTI stamps. TFS 🙂

  • 25
    Betty Benton says:

    Love that split rail fence in your picture. And all the card examples — beautiful!!

  • 26
    Lilian says:

    Gorgeous cards and will have to case them 🙂

    Have a enjoyable & restful trip! You are one busy busy lady and we don’t want you to burn yourself out.
    MAY???!!! You mean April’s ready? You know, you can start showing peaks already we won’t mind.. lol!!! 😀

  • 27
    Nola Taylor says:

    Have a fun and relaxing vacation. Thanks for showing the great card collections. I see one that my Senior group can do, and it will be such fun. Love getting new ideas.

  • 28
    Courtney says:

    I was in the smokies this weekend! I hope you don’t have the crazy idea to go hiking. It was great, but there is still snow!

  • 29
    diane mcvey says:

    Oh, I’m so jealous…I’m from East TN, and miss those mountains so much! But it’s great to kmow you and your precious family are going to be there, enjoying the beauty of the region. What a wonderful place! I hiked Mt. LeConte decades ago, in record-setting rainfall. What a weekend that was!! One I’ll never forget, but will also cherish (even though I got blisters the 1st day!) Thanks for all you do…PTI is my favorite stamp company in the world!!! 😀

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    Mary Ann Moore says:

    I can’t wait until May when I will be making an easy quick move to Tigard Oregon. beautiful country there. I was wondering have you ever tried fabric with any of your cards. I would think that for 3-d items that the glue would make them stiff enough
    I have never done paper crafting but am excited to learn once I get moved.
    I am always coloring with pencils, markers and crayons and I paint with Tri Chem Paints to.
    My idea of fabric is to give the work a more wider range of design I guess you could say or something design wise you can’t find with the paper
    But I would definately use the paper with it
    Mary Ann from Georgia

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