Celebrating the Past, Present and Future: 2009


2009 was a year full of memorable headline news…

In April of this exciting year British television viewers watched a middle-aged Scottish woman astonish a live audience (and difficult-to-impress judge Simon Cowell) with a rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" on Britain's Got Talent. Days later, YouTube users in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world wept for joy at Susan Boyle's storybook success of the simple woman with the bushy eyebrows and crystal-clear voice. 


The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurs over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.


The death of the "King of Pop", Michael Jackson, brings worldwide outpourings of grief. He is considered one of the most successful entertainers of all time. His career began in 1964 as the lead singer and youngest member of The Jackson 5. His 1982 album Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time.


It took Captain Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger less than five minutes to become a hero. On Jan. 15, Sullenberger saved the lives of all 155 passengers aboard the U.S. Airways Airbus A320 he was flying. After birds hit the engines of Flight 1549 less than two minutes after takeoff and the plane lost power, the former Air Force pilot cooly told passengers to "brace for impact" and landed the aircraft in the Hudson River.

Papertrey Ink expanded it's product design team that year as well, bringing lots of new energy and talent that all of the customers loved!


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Damask Designs makes creating your own damask patterns a breeze. You can either use the long strip stamps to create quick and easy background patterns or you can build your own patterns by utilizing the single stamps. Use them right side up or flip some of them upside down for even more possibilities!



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2009 Dawn

Dawn says, "Damask Designs holds a special place in my heart as it's the first stamp set I ever designed back in 2008.  It came out in the February Anniversary release in 2009 and I was soooo nervous and excited!  Many of you fell in love with the set and used it as much as I did!  I have always loved being able to create my own custom backgrounds and this set allows you to do just that.  With the addition of new tools over the years, like the MISTI, it makes it even easier to try out fun techniques with old and new sets alike!  I had a lot of fun adding a bit of an ombre flare to my beloved damask!  Come see!"

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Fruitful is beautiful & fruity set, originally designed to be used as a canning set yet also features many other uses that embrace the beauty of fruit. The separate stems and toppers for each of these uniquely styled fruits are separate images, allowing you to easily achieve realistic color schemes while stamping. If the canning attributes specifically appeal to you, be sure to check out the coordinating Fruitful Sentiments set that we have available for purchase separately!


Fruitful - Amber

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Fruitful - Betsy

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Fruitful - Dawn

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Fruitful - Heather

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Fruitful - Nichole

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2009 Stephanie

Stephanie says, "There is something about fruit that is so universal and timeless… there are so many different occasions you could use this set for. Its a must have for me!"

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Giga Guide Lines is a jumbo sized version of our originals, Guide Lines & Guide Lines Two, gives you creative freedom like you've never seen before! Use it alone to create backgrounds & focal points with ease or pair it up with the original scaled version of the set for even more options! With most of the images in this set measuring 1.5" in diameter, you can use many of them in conjunction with our popular Guide Lines Grid cardstock. The jumbo sized sentiments are a great addition to projects made with this set as well as paired with almost any other!


Giga Guidelines - Betsy

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Giga Guidelines - Cristina

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Giga Guidelines - Debbie

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Giga Guidelines - Nichole 2

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Giga Guidelines - Niki

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2009 Laurie

Laurie says, "Giga Guidelines is one of those sets that transcends time.  It was also the first set I ever owned that has more of a graphic feel and is probably more than a little responsible for my utter fascination with that style!  With their classically elegant look and larger size, the sentiments in this set are to this day still some of my favorites!"

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On My Couch is a quaint and quirky couch themed stamp set with so many creative possibilities! You can use the images individually or to create a scene. The line drawn couch allows you to color in your couch or paper piece it using your favorite patterned paper. You can also combine it with one of the solid couch images. Included are punny and warm sentiments that inspire friendship and encouragement. This set coordinates with the On My Couch Additions stamp set. So take a seat, relax and have fun stamping with On My Couch!


On My Couch - Betsy

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On My Couch - Debbie 2

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On My Couch - Debbie

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On My Couch - Heather

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On My Couch - Lisa

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On My Couch - Mish

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2009 Wanda

Wanda says, "This stamp set is very special because it is the first stamp set I purchased from Papertrey Ink! I made so many friendship cards using this set. It's perfect for paper piecing and looks cute with any color palette. "

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The Simple Valentine set only appears simple at first glance but offers endless possibilities for Valentine and love themed projects. With its simple classic design it will become a staple set that mixes and matches with so many other Valentine supplies that you may already own. Whether you need to create a heart background or find that perfect sweet little sentiment, this set has everything you need! 


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2009 Heather

Heather says, "Think the thing that I love about the Simple Valentine set is how it has so many great basics for creating Valentines and sending your love. The set is timeless in that way and I loved creating with it once again."

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Now it's time for the future of these sets, which is all up to YOU!

-Do you already own any of the five sets that were highlighted today? Time to dust them off and make an all new project using it!

-Don't own any of today's showcased sets? Draw inspiration from any of the projects highlighted in todays' post and adapt a Papertrey set that you already own.

-Share your new project with us in the Inlinkz list below and you will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate! Only one project entry per person please.

For an alternate/additional way to win, leave us a comment letting us know what your favorite 2009 Papertrey stamp set is and why. It can be one of the sets shown today, or you can check out the "Stamps by Release" section of our store HERE. We will randomly select a winner from the comments for an additional $25 gift certificate. 

-You have until 7am ET, February 21st to add your project and/or comment. Winners will be selected that morning and posted on a special "Celebrating the Past, Present & Future: Winners" post the next morning, 7am ET, February 22nd. We can't wait to see your projects!

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  • 1
    Isabel Z says:

    All these years later, I still love the coziness of the On My Couch stamp set. It hasn’t seen much love lately so I’m going to dust it off and create something after work today.

  • 2
    Lindsey L says:

    I own several sets from this year. I think 2009 is the year I really started buying. Damask Designs was my favorite…I’d never seen a set so beautiful and I thought it was so awesome since damask was all over home decor and fashion at the time as well.

  • 3
    Crisanne D. says:

    The 2009 release was stunning! I already owned and loved Guide Lines, so Giga Guidelines was a necessity! Damask Designs is gorgeous, and I still love using it!

  • 4
    Barb Kirkwood says:

    Oh how I loved the couches when I got them. They Made a great welcome to your home card. I loved picking out upholstery fabric and coordinating pillows. Much love for the couches!

  • 5
    Martha says:

    The Life Stamp Set is my favorite 2009 Papertrey stamp set, because I like the versatility of the images.

  • 6
    Imke Ludwig says:

    I think i have become a PTI customer in 2010 but my first or second stamps set was “On my Couch” and i still love it today. It is so versatile and thatΒ΄s what i like about Papertrey Ink.

  • 7

    I have most of these stamps … now to decide which to use .

  • 8
    Amanda says:

    Nope, can’t pick a favorite. Some of the sets released in 2009 are still my favorites. I love Tiny Treats: Valentine (and it’s future partner Tremendous), Giga Guidelines, Sign Language, Handwritten Notes, Damask Designs, Vintage Ornaments (love, love, love!)…nope, can’t pick something to love more than the others.

  • 9
    Allison T. says:

    I use simple valentine every year for Valentine’s Day projects!! I love it — it’s a classic for sure!

  • 10
    Liz mcallister says:

    Friends til the end is a fabulous set. Has been in my wishlist a long time!

  • 11
    Donna Phelan says:

    LOVE the Bird Watching and Add On sets! Fabulous!

  • 12
    Lisa V. says:

    I have Simple Valentine and it is a classic set you can use over and over. Love it!

  • 13
    annheidel says:

    It’s a toss-up between Home Made and Friends ‘Til the End. I adore the house-building images in the first and I have used the flowers in the second many many times. Fancy Flourishes is a great basic from 2009 and I also use that one frequently. So many great sets that year!

  • 14
    Heather says:

    I love Halloween Tags from 2009. I pull them out for the kids’ treat bags every year.

  • 15
    Carrie Crafts says:

    My favorite set from 2009 is Signature Greetings. I love the classy, yet heartfelt look of the handwritten/typography sentiments. I use them all the time!

  • 16
    Cyndie says:

    Oh gosh, there were so many basic essentials introduced in 2009 that it is hard to choose! I guess I would have to say Mega Mixed Messages has gotten the most use–they are perfect when a small squarish sentiment is needed. But I pull out my Turning A New Leaf and Fancy Flourishes sets all the time too!

  • 17
    Noelle says:

    I would have been temped to get all of these sets! The design talent in both stamps and cards seemed to have blossomed this year. I would have a hard time labeling the sets & cards as past.

  • 18
    Donna says:

    I love the guidelines stamps (especially fabulous for masculine cards.) But, DAMASK DESIGNS was da bomb! I used it over and over and over again. It is one of my all time favorite stamp sets. Still today, I pick it up for the pretty script sentiments.

  • 19

    such VERY cool Sets!! Thanks SO much for sharing!! πŸ˜€

  • 20
    Susan P says:

    My favorite stamp set from 2009 would have to be On My Couch. It is so unique! I love paper piecing the furniture and all the puny sentiments in it!

  • 21
    Donna Gourley says:

    I like the Simple Valentine set. It looks very versatile which makes it a good choice for me! Loved the projects highlighted with it today as well.

  • 22
    Sandy Dayhoff says:

    I have “On My Couch” and I still love it! You’re right – time to pull it out and dust it off!
    Loving these old sets brought to life again!

  • 23

    I don’t have a lot of fruit stamps, but these examples have really motivated me to see them differently. Great memories for that year too.

  • 24
    Sharri Reeves says:

    Tea For Two, Vintage Picnic Basket, Turning A New Lead, Guidelines, the list just goes on. Still love them all.

  • 25
    Holly Saveur says:

    I own a lot from this year..and just 1 set I can’t choose I have 4 favorit’s;
    Tea for Two
    On my couch
    Vintage Picnic set
    Tiny treats Valentine

  • 26
    Jeni says:

    My favorite set from 2009 has to be the Vintage Ornaments set. My Dad collected Vintage Ornaments & whenever I see this set, I am reminded of him.

    Turning a New Leaf is another one I really like though. I use this one a lot with my different floral sets.

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    Cindy O says:

    My favorite set from 2009 is Communique Sentiments – the best little all-occasion sentiment set ever! It was one of the first sets I bought when I began stamping, and it’s still one of my favorites from any year. Two more 2009 classics in my collection are Life and Turning a New Leaf.

  • 28
    Monika Davis says:

    Fantastic sets… I do not own any of these, but Damask Design would be my favorite pick. I have a number of other sets from 2009… one favorite of mine is Say it with Style. Sentiments don’t go out of style. πŸ™‚

  • 29
    Melissa S. says:

    I love the sets you highlighted today, and I even have most of them. I will be breaking them out for sure this week to participate in the card making challenge. Love On My Couch, Fruitful, and Damask Designs. I have the regular sized Guidelines set, but never got the Giga Guidelines. I always liked it though.

  • 30
    Shelly says:

    I’d have to say turning a new leaf is my fav. I love how the leaves can be used alone or paired with any flowers.

  • 31
    Diana K says:

    Though I only became a PTI customer in 2010, I do own some sets from 2009. My favourite one is Background Basics: Text Style II. I still enjoy and use it today!

  • 32
    Kathie B says:

    I’m so loving that Simple Valentine set. (In fact, I wish I had it now!). Such a wonderful variety of elements that can be used to create an even greater variety of Valentines…

  • 33

    Still not a customer yet, but I own and love Dawns Signature Greetings and Damask Design.

  • 34
    Rebecca B. from FL says:

    You picked all my favorites to highlight for today. I love Giga Guidelines and Damask Designs made me fall in love with Dawn’s work.

  • 35
    Vicki A says:

    I love the Simple Valentine set, not sure I have that one…time to go check. I am really enjoying seeing the past years stamp sets highlighted! Thank you.

  • 36
    jan metcalf says:

    Big and Bold Wishes is my one of my favorites because I reach for those sentiments still!

  • 37
    Jill says:

    Just added Life to my collection in January. I think it will become my go to set, it is so versatile. Hoping to play with On My Couch tonight after work.

    Loving the flashbacks. I feel like I was there along with you even though I didn’t find you until 2014

  • 38
    D.Ann C says:

    Damask designs is a fabulous set to add elegance and femininity to any project!

  • 39
    Julie C says:

    2009 was a good year! I love Vintage Picnic, Fancy Flourishes, Heavenly Medley, Autumn Abundance, Tiny Treats: Valentine, and all of Dawn’s Signature sets! Loving all of the flashbacks.

  • 40
    Adele Holcomb says:

    I like the look of the Giga Guidelines and can see how many ways it can be used. I didn’t discover PTI until later, so I’m enjoying seeing older sets and samples.

  • 41
    Rose Noelle says:

    Turning a new leaf is my favorite from 2009. The leaves go with any flower. I love the crisp solid impression.

  • 42
    Pat A. says:

    Damask Designs and Signature Christmas were my first stamps from PTI and I still use them all the time. They are timeless!

  • 43
    Ohhh Snap says:

    My favorite 2009 stamp set is On My Couch, one of the first PTI stamps I bought.

  • 44
    karen h says:

    Another great year for PTI stamps. It was difficult to pick my favorite as each month held 1 or 2 that I still love. I finally settled on With Sympathy. It is a timeless set with wonderful sentiments and images. The images can be used for so many cards.

  • 45
    Leanne S says:

    Love Damask & Giga designs. Wasn’t even aware of stamping then.

  • 46
    Joyce says:

    Oh my. This was a big year!
    I’m going to have to say Vintage Picnic first, then tea time, and of course the sympathy child and pet. No one likes those really, but really are somethings necessary.

  • 47
    Lisa G. says:

    For 2009, I think one of my favs was Turning a New Leaf.

  • 48
    Christine Nixon says:

    Of these sets, I like Giga Guidelunes. It looks like a great versatile set for any occasion.

  • 49
    Rosemary D says:

    One of my favorite sets from 2009 is Turning a New Leaf. Another beautiful and versatile set!

  • 50
    Judy Stiles says:

    On My Couch was a definite favorite of mine, and still is! Great stamp set for paper piecing!

  • 51
    Dana Kirby says:

    2009 was the year I placed my first order. I ordered the 2009 Christmas Tags set and some other supplies. It was instant love. I had never used clear stamps and now I would never use anything else!! With that first purchase PTI became my favorite stamp company.

  • 52
    Lisa G. says:

    Damask Love was one of my favorites.

  • 53
    betty lou says:

    I have Damask Designs and still use it when I need a great background! A beautiful set!

  • 54
    Mel H says:

    Damask Designs is still one of my PTI all-favorites.

  • 55
    AllysonA says:

    My favorite from 2009 would have to be Fancy Flourishes. I still use this stamp set quite a bit, but I used those stamps almost daily when I first bought it. Love those beautiful flourishes! My second favorite is Star Prints with all those fantastic patterns. I just love seeing all the fun design team projects, old and new!

  • 56
    Linda E (uncbballfan) says:

    Turning a New Leaf is my favorite set from 2009; it’s classic, timeless design can be used for many projects and it plays so well with others!

  • 57
    Michelle Michael says:

    I have On My Couch- one of my faves- works great for almost any occasion – especially men’s birthdays!

  • 58
    Natalie Winterstein says:

    Man! 2009 was a great year for PTI! I have many sets from 2009 and choosing a favorite is difficult. I really love Dawn’s Damask Design but I think On My Couch my be my favorite! I think Signature Christmas might have been one of my first purchases. It’s hard to remember! Lol.

  • 59
    Karen says:

    There were too many faves from this year, but the most used set (sadly) is With Sympathy. There are appropriate sentiments for almost any situation, and it’s the first set I reach for when I need a sympathy card in a hurry.

  • 60
    Beverly Perdue says:

    I have several stamp sets from 2009. One that I used a lot was the Blooming Button Bits. I loved using the buttons. I also love the Background Basics: Retro. I haven’t used it in quite a while. Need to pull it out and create some fun backgrounds. Should be really easy with the Misti!

  • 61
    Natasha says:

    2009 was a great year for PTI! I have so many favorites-
    Friends til the End- that daisy! Still such a gorgeous and classic image to use, love it as unfilled line art or coloured in with markers, watercolour, etc.
    Scattered Showers- This is my go-to set for bridal showers, definitely one of the best umbrella sets out there!
    Star Prints- I am obsessed with all things stars, and I love this set for masculine cards.
    Cupcake Collection- love this set when I’m in the mood for a food themed birthday card.
    Fruitful- I bring this set out often- the citrus image is my favorite. It’s nice to see this one featured today.

  • 62
    P. Johnson says:

    It is so fun looking back at the different years and seeing all the beautiful sets.

    Life is probably one of my very favorite sets. Love the clean and simple, to very elegant you can do with this set. And, Tree Trimmings is still one of my most loved Christmas sets. But there are so many great sets from that year. All the tag sets are wonderful and I still enjoy playing with those. The newer Polka Dot Basics, which I love and use them all.

    So many of the older sets have gone to the vault, so I would be hard pressed to get rid of anything for fear I would miss it too much and have to repurchase! If I did get rid of anything, it would have to be something that I just could not make work for me.:)

  • 63
    Maureen P says:

    I had both Damask Designs and Mega Guidelines…such classic designs. I had/have a huge crush on Dawn and am inspired by everything she creates.

  • 64

    As I was going through the 2009 release, I have a number of stamp sets from that year, making it hard to choose a favorite!! I really love the Signature Greetings and Signature Christmas stamp sets – Love the Handwriting and they feel timeless to me! I also really love the Button Bits stamp set and own the everyday button bits set – I have so many beautiful buttons and do not use them enough – This set makes it so easy! Any chance PTI will bring the Blooming Button Bits out of the vault? Please! πŸ™‚

  • 65
    Nancy M says:

    I made my first purchase in 2009 with Simple Valentine, so that set holds a special place in my heart.

  • 66
    Tara Prince says:

    Love these older sets!!

  • 67

    2009 saw the release of so many wonderful stamp sets including my absolute all time favourite of all… In Bloom. I have loved that set since the moment I saw it. I have used it dozens and dozens of times and will never ever grow tired of using it. Cheers.

  • 68
    Terri E. says:

    Love the giga guideline sets that came out along with Damask Designs was my favorite!!!

  • 69
    Emma S. says:

    I love GIga Guidelines, its perfect for everything, including backgrounds… I Love PTI!

  • 70
    Linda Lander says:

    I still treasure my Vintage Picnic set…and continue to use it. Always wished for the couch set, but never
    got it. Having so much fun with this release…thank you

  • 71
    Cindy Otto says:

    Looking through all the releases in 2009, I bought lots of these sets. My favorite is Vintage Picnic Baskets, but I have to mention another favorite. The “Home Made” set helped me achieve the cover of Take Ten magazine the Summer 2011 issue. Thank you PTI for your awesome creativity!

  • 72
    RedGem says:

    One of my favorite set from 2009 is definitely Signature Greetings. I use this set quite often. thank you for a look down memory lane.

  • 73
    Katie Skiff says:

    On my couch had to be my favorite set for the longest time!! It was so innovative then!!

  • 74
    Kristina says:

    I love On My Couch. It’s fun to see some of the projects from former DT members. So many memories! I’ve been with you guys from the beginning. Love how your style has evolved over the years. I remember when you used to have the “I want it all” button. Which I frequently used. Lol

  • 75
    Keri says:

    I first discovered PTI in 2011 and I think one of the first few stamp sets I ordered was Stocking Prints. I was new to stamping and Christmas was right around the corner. It was perfect for Christmas that year!

  • 76
    Vicki Smith says:

    Giga Guidelines is now on my wish list. Love it! It’s fun to see how our cardmaking styles have changed and for the better. Don’t have any of the 2009 release (yet)! Great job everyone.

  • 77
    Deb Hudson says:

    Its too hard to pick one favorite from this year! So I’m saying Turning a New Leaf, In Bloom, and Fancy Flourishes. I still use these. And I am enjoying this retrospective. Thank you for 10 wonderful years

  • 78
    Laraine R says:

    My favorites are the saying sets like Signature Christmas, mega mixed messages, Communique Sentiments & Signature Greetings. Also turning a new leaf! I still use these to this day.

  • 79
    Karen B. says:

    Fancy Flourishes is my favorite for 2009. I love that set. So glad you made dies to match later. I have them both! So nice!

  • 80
    Leigh Ann Baird says:

    Tough to choose a favorite for 2009 but I’ll say tree trimming trio– It’s still a go to set for quick Christmas cards.

  • 81
    Sue McRae says:

    It was hard to choose from this year but my faves are In Bloom, Background Basics Text, Spots & Dots and BB Retro.

  • 82
    Karen says:

    On the Couch is such a fun set. All of the sets are as relevant and timeless today as they were when they were introduced.

  • 83
    Linda Reilly says:

    My favorites are Scattered Showers with its perfectly shaped umbrellas and Fall Elegance with its beautiful pumpkins. .

  • 84
    Victoria h says:

    Damask design- love the pattern

  • 85
    Marianne M says:

    I purchased the Tree Trimming Trio stamps and dies just in this past year! Have used them and love the versatility for Christmas decor.

  • 86
    LindaM says:

    I’ve always loved On My Couch. It’s one of those stamp sets that work for so many different type of cards.

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    Annie D says:

    “In Bloom” takes the prize. I have admired it in a stamping book before ever learning why I did not see Papertrey Ink products at local craft stores! I am still hoping PI wi) bring back th “In Bloom” patterned paper which I think is gorgeous?? Pretty please?!

  • 88
    Sherrie M. says:

    My favorite sets from 2009 are Turning a New Leaf and Mega Mixed Messages. Both so versatile!

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    Sue in Grapevine says:

    I love Giga Guidelines. It is so easy to make a really cool card quickly with that set.

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    Dee says:

    I have several stamp sets from this year and there are some I still consider acquiring. The With Sympathy stamp set I’ve liked and have been tempted by.

  • 91
    Denise Bryant says:

    The Boo to You stamp set is a fave from 2009! I love creating fun cards and tags for Halloween, and this set has the cutest ghosts and pumpkins!

  • 92
    Carmela says:

    Love those little couches! Too cute. Also love the Simple Valentine set. All great sets and projects.

  • 93
    merryf says:

    My favorite set from 2009 is the $5 mini Communique Sentiments. I have used that constantly since it was released — love the font, and the size of those sentiments is perfect for just about any card!

  • 94
    GinaEgg says:

    2009 was the year I discovered PTI. Friends til the End is still one of my all-time favorite sets. Cards made with it make me smile *every time*. I can’t wait to craft with it later today!

  • 95
    Vicki Finger says:

    Although I had never heard of PTI in 2009, I happen to have a couple of sets from this year that I got on the FSOT Board including Giga Guidelines. My favorite that came out in 2009 is my Turning a New Leaf Stamp Set which was my first purchase after I found PTI in 2015. Still love it and it can be used in so many ways!

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    Mary-Anne V. says:

    Autumn Abundance is my favorite from this year’s release.

  • 97
    Donna K says:

    One of my earliest purchases was Day at the Beach. The images were so cute. I made so many cards with that set – reminds me maybe I should show it the light of day again. I think Tea for Two was that year too. That was definitely a great set for birthday cards for my tea loving friends.

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    DIANA L. says:

    On the couch was one of my favorites and still is I like the typewritten fonts that came with it and all the accessories to the furniture including the cat. This is just a super fun set and is so versatile. Thanks for making such wonderful and interesting stamp sets and dies.

  • 99
    Jayell says:

    I own a couple of these sets and haven’t used them in a while. I’d forgotten how much I loved them so time to use them again!

  • 100
    Noreen says:

    I love the Halloween Tags set from that year – it has such cute little images! The holiday designs are always my favorite.

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    Cheryl F. says:

    I use the Damask Designs stamp set more than I ever thought I would, it’s one of my favorites. It’s great for subtle backgrounds.

  • 102
    Greta H says:

    I have the original Guidelines set which I’ve never used, so will try to make something with it for this challenge–thanks for the inspiration! No doubt my favorite 2009 set–Turning a New Leaf! One of my most used PTI sets–love the stamps & dies!

  • 103
    Angela W says:

    On My Couch is my favorite set from 2009, along with it’s companion, On My Couch Additions. It’s also one of the few sets I own from 2009 which was purchased in 2016 when I found PTI. I think it’s perfect for so many reasons. It’s great for someone after surgery, “Rest Relax Recover” which is true and a fun play on words. It’s also great for a coffee house vibe with “Let’s get together.” I needed (yes, needed) the additions set, not only for the other furniture and sentiments, but for the cat that can sit on top of couch and chair.

  • 104
    Katherine says:

    Oh, I do love Giga Guidlines. It slipped through my fingers and wasn’t able to order that one before it was gone. It’s so versatile. That’s what I love a about PTI. I hope your designers always keep hold of that.

  • 105
    BeverlyBL says:

    Turning A New Leaf is still one of my very favorites. Tea for Two and Scattered Showers were my had to haves.

  • 106

    Still lovin’ the Damask Designs stamp set! An oldie but goldie for sure! Thanks for the fab inspiration and fun challenge!

  • 107
    Penelope Tucker says:

    I love Fancy Flourishes from 2009. It’s such a staple stamp set that can be used in so many ways.

  • 108
    Marianne says:

    One of the first sets that I bought a few years ago, was the Signature Christmas set. The sentiments in this set were unlike anything I owned at the time, and I still love the mixed font of these sentiments.

  • 109
    Cindyblizzard@aol.com says:

    Wow PTI really took off in 2009 with so many more choices every release it fun to be reminded of our dusty sets.

  • 110
    Becky M says:

    There are so many good ones from 2009 but I think Damask Designs is my favorite!

  • 111
    Kathy Mc says:

    From 2009 I’ll have to go with Turning A New Leaf as my favorite because it is so versatile, and I actually still own that one!

  • 112
    Kathy Krug says:

    It is hard to pick because the design team make them all look like must haves, but I have always loved Damask patterns so I choose that stamp set.

  • 113
    Rebecca F. says:

    On My Couch was one of the first sets I purchased and is still a favorite!

  • 114
    Nancy Wilcox says:

    My favorite from today is Damask. I think those stamps are timeless.

  • 115
    Anne B says:

    Love so many of the sets released in 2009 but as my favourite, I’m going to choose Mega Mixed Messages – still a staple today πŸ˜‰

  • 116
    Rachael Burdick says:

    There are so many classic stamp sets from 2009. I own so many, it’s hard to choose. The first set I bought was Signature Greetings and I still love it as much today as I did when I first bought it!

  • 117
    Linda R. says:

    I really like the test style stamp sets from 2009. They are so versatile!

  • 118
    Jan Pufall says:

    Great trip down memory lane. Great to see cards from some of the long gone design team members, too.

  • 119
    see mary stamp says:

    I have a very warm spot in my heart for Giga Guidelines because it joined my collection courtesy of one of the monthly PTI release drawings. 2009 – the year PTI obsession took over my life and my wallet – LOL! Of the 77 stamp sets released in 2009, 72 have made their way into my collection. Favorites include all of the Button Bits sets, Scattered Showers and the beginning of the Tiny Treats line-up! It’s so much fun revisiting all of these sets.

  • 120
    Connie G says:

    The on the couch sentiments and those darling images make me smile!

  • 121
    Lyn says:

    Vintage Picnic tops my list for sets released in 2009. I have used that little basket a lot and have a stack of them cut and stamped for my next project! Signature Greetings would be my favorite for sentiments – the font and size is perfect for my style.

  • 122
    LaFaunB says:

    Simple Valentine and Giga Guidelines are my 2009 favorites!!

  • 123
    Janet Sisk says:

    I don’t have any of your 2009 stamp sets, but I love the “In Bloom” set. What beautiful flowers! Thanks for a chance to win. πŸ˜€

  • 124
    Lorraine says:

    Love On My Couch, Life and Take Note! Hmm, not to mention Turning a New Leaf & Fancy Flourishes, lol.

  • 125
    Helen F. says:

    I have two sets from 2009. Love Fancy Flourishes for background designs and flower stems or butterfly trails.
    Fall Elegance is another set I still use today for Autumn cards with the pretty pumpkins, lovely leaves and scripty sentiments

  • 126
    Joan K says:

    I don’t have any of those sets, I tend to go the faster route and use pattern paper that resembles damask patterns. Very beautiful inspiration in all the cards. And thanks for the chance to win!

  • 127
    Cindy C says:

    Turning a New Leaf from 2009 is still one of my favorites. Very classic & timeless!

  • 128
    Jennifer T says:

    Love this year (my daughter birth year!) and absolutely love Damask Designs! Such lovely and gorgeous creations ladies!

  • 129
    Carol Blaisdell says:

    Damask designs–so rich and elegant!!

  • 130
    Annette says:

    I love the style of the Simple Valentine set. Anything you can use to create your own background works, really!

  • 131
    Mimi R says:

    I have the tiny treats valentines stamp set which I use over and over agin!

  • 132
    Lauren Yo. says:

    On the Couch stamp set was the first stamp set that opened my eyes to PTI. I love Tea for two & Damask Designs.

  • 133
    Julie Payne says:

    I own a couple from this year including the Everyday Buttons, Turning a New Leaf, and Blooming Buttons. I especially love all the sentiments with the buttons sets. Beautiful and useful.

  • 134

    I have Loss of a Pet stamp set and sadly I’ve had to use it a few times. It’s one of the few sets from PTI that I actually DON’T like to use!

  • 135
    Annette Snyder says:

    I simply cannot choose one. There are so many that I reach for again and again!! On my couch is definitely fun to build little scenes.

  • 136

    I do have some of time, can’t wait to give them new life! Happy Anniversary!

  • 137

    So many beautiful stamp sets released in 2009! Very difficult to make a choice. Really love the Damask Delight set. It is a timeless design and the inspiration cards are just awesome! Since I love heat embossing and creating beautiful backgrounds, Damask Delight is definitely my top favorite!

  • 138
    Sandy W, says:

    2009 was one of my favorite years for the PTI releases and I still have several sets on my wish list for that year! The favorite set that I did buy was Tea for Two. I love the little tea pots and use them often for get well cards or for little pocket cards with tea bags in them. Another reason is that there was a die for the teapot. Thanks!

  • 139
    Bev Karolak says:

    Too many to choose from, but I do love Damask Designs is a favourite of mine. I’ve loads of stamps/dies from this year! ?

  • 140
    Lori Cullen says:

    I love Tiny treats valentine, I used it last night for teacher treats. I also love vintage picnic set.

  • 141
    Debbie says:

    Fruitful is adorable… am so enjoying this continued trip down memory lane.

  • 142
    DGolly says:

    I had forgotten about so many of these stamp sets. Time to dust them off and remember how much I liked them.

  • 143
    Debs says:

    March 2009 Mega Mixed Messages Stamp Set is my favorite. If you have just one stamp set to take on the go…this is it.

  • 144
    Rema DeLeeuw says:

    Its hard to chose.I love all the ones that were showcased today!

  • 145
    Kristie H says:

    Love Giga Guidelines! Such a timeless set! I haven’t pulled it out in awhile and can’t wait to play with it again.

  • 146
    Teddra says:

    Fancy Flourishes is my favorite for 2009 due to its versatility. The images can be the focal point, an accent or a subtle background.

  • 147
    lainey says:

    It has to be Tiny Treats: Valentine – I’ve used that set a lot! I like it so much I want to get the Tremendous Treats: Valentine too!

  • 148
    Bobby says:

    The only set I have from this year is the background script.

  • 149
    linda c says:

    O how I love the Friendship Jar series! 7 years later and I still use this set often.

  • 150
    Sue LD says:

    My favorite from 2009 is Heavenly Medley

  • 151

    My 2009 fav is In Bloom stamp set.

  • 152
    Nazneen says:

    Wow.. Such lovely DT creations! So inspiring! All the stamps highlighted are just beautiful, so difficult to chose a favorite! But yet. i loved Giga guidelines the most πŸ™‚

  • 153
    JanetB says:

    Fruitful, On My Couch, and Simple Valentine are the sets that have really caught my eye, today. I didn’t find you until 2011, and missed the countdowns for this year, and those are what really get me going and buying. This has been a great inspiration.

  • 154
    Kris says:

    Definitely Fall Elegance is my favorite of 2009. I have beat the death out of that stamp set! My fondest memory is making table favors (little soap boxes) with this set for my daughters wedding.

  • 155
    Terri (Blindstamper) says:

    I love my Fancy Flourishes set. So easy to add a background, an accent or “fill” an empty spot.

  • 156
    AngelaP says:

    Definitely fancy flourishes…in fact it is on my wishlist and someday it will be a part of my stash!

  • 157
    Peggy S says:

    I love the Simple Valentine! Timeless and so versatile.

  • 158
    Sadie says:

    I still love using my Damask Designs. It’s a favorite standby. I’ve always loved the Fruitful set as well.

  • 159
    Jeanne H says:

    I love Damask Designs. Reminds me of my mom’s wallpaper in the dinigroom! Noticed the red hearts on the kraft cardstock. That’s a great idea!

  • 160
    MaryB says:

    Once again, I have 3 of the 5 sets shown. My favorite set for this year is Fancy Flourishes. I’m loving seeing all these projects!

  • 161
    Kelly says:

    I just used Simple Valentine within the last week. A favorite for sure!

  • 162
    Kathy W says:

    I love Giga Guidelines. I also have Bird Watching and Turning a New Leaf. So fun to revisit these stamp sets and see the projects.

  • 163
    Manda says:

    Such a wonderful review of 2009! My favourite set from then is Mega Mixed Messages because it’s such a fabulous set of sentiments in great fonts.

  • 164
    Jill Norwood says:

    It is hard to choose from all of the lovely sets that came out in 2009 but my #1 favorite is “Love Lives Here”!

    As I read through these wonderful posts it drives home how truly incredible the PTI designs are. Their elegance and timelessness is phenomenal. They truly do stand the test of time in their beauty and appeal. I remember being so happy when I found your company’s products for the first time. It was the first time I ever ordered a craft product on line and I have never regretted it and still own every set I have ever purchased. Thanks Nichole and all for all you do to make stamping classy and fun! πŸ™‚

  • 165
    Jill Norwood says:

    Oops…this was supposed to be on the 2010 post! πŸ™

  • 166
    PT says:

    If I had to choose just one, it would be the “Everyday Button Bits” stamp set. It makes adorable cards. Great for any occasion.

  • 167
    Sheri elmont says:

    When On My Couch came out I had to have it. I use it a lot. I even use the chair solid stamp as my ink swatch stamp. Looking forward to breaking it out again.

  • 168
    Betty N says:

    My favorite set from 2009 is Blooming Button Bits because it is so versatile, and gives me a chance to use some of my many buttons!

  • 169
    Deborah Rosenow says:

    On my couch is an all time favorite! I just love any of the miniature houses or home items.

  • 170

    I love Vintage Picnic and all of the Button Bits sets! I remember this was a big year in my purchases overall :)!

  • 171
    Linda C says:

    I love Turning a New Leaf. I don’t have set many from 2009 and they were probably bought later.

  • 172
    Jennifer Thompson says:

    I love On my Couch. It’s so whimsical. I’d love to see more sets like this in the future.

  • 173
    Nancy says:

    Yay I do have one of the sets Damask Designs and it hasn’t seen enough light of day, so you have definitely inspired me to pull it out and use it again.

  • 174
    Kelly G. says:

    Of the featured sets, I love the cards created from Giga Guidelines, though I wouldn’t have thought it just by looking at the stamps. On My Couch is adorable, too. The colors and papers Debbie Olson used are wonderful (I am missing the heyday of the scrapbooking stores looking at these older posts πŸ™ ).

  • 175
    Steffi H. says:

    The giga guide lines are so very versatile, but the damasks are such a classy.

  • 176
    LauraJane:) says:

    I have BOTH versions of Giga Guide Lines:))

  • 177
    L. Sunn says:

    I think 2009 was the year I dove head first into PTI. And of course I have never looked back. My favorite set from 09 is Fancy Flourishes. I think it is one of my most used sets to this day. I love it!

  • 178
    Sarosa says:

    I love the Damask Designs. It’s both elegant and very versatile. I love how full backgrounds or borders can be made with this set. It would definitely be well used if I owned it!

  • 179
    Judie Attard says:

    Damask Designs are too awesome! I love this set because it is so elegant! Thanks for the amazing inspiration!

  • 180
    Amy Cooley says:

    My favorite from 2009 is the Cupcake Collection stamp set.

  • 181

    I loved Damask Designs when it came out! It is still such a gorgeous set!

  • 182
    Jennifer says:

    I have to go with Damask Designs I think, if I had to choose!

  • 183
    Heather says:

    Love the Damask set and Giga Guidelines!

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    Karen Jones says:

    I am enjoying these blasts from the past, it sure shows a lot of talent! I like Damask Designs & Giga Guidelines, can’t pick just one!

  • 186
    pmm says:

    Love the puns of On My Couch & its Additions.

  • 187
    Janis in ID says:

    Love the Damask Designs!! Wonderful projects!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  • 188
    Keysha Sain says:

    On My Couch is definitely one of my favorites from 2009! That is such a fun set to play with. Every time I make someone a card using those stamps and dies they are amazed and love it so much!!! I love die cutting little chairs and couches out of different types of paper – vellum, textured cardstock, glitter cardstock etc.

  • 189
    Victoria Nelson says:

    Tea for Two was a favorite set for me released in 2009. I’m smitten with the different tea pots!

  • 190
    josiane says:

    I own 2 of the sets featured today – Damask Designs and Giga Guidelines. Other 2009 favorites are Big & Bold Wishes, Friends ‘Til the End, In Bloom, Everyday Button Bits, Polka Dot Basics II, but my absolute favorite 2009 set has to be Turning a New Leaf – which is so versatile and a classic.

    Happy 10th Anniversary!

  • 191
    Linda F says:

    I think my favourite from 2009 is In Bloom. I think it is just as fashionable now.

  • 192
    Melissa Friedrich says:

    Gigs Guidelines is my favorite, as I was just getting into this hobby it was easy to create beautiful cards with wow factor with this set!

  • 193

    My favourite 2009 stamp set is Damask Designs. It is classic and timeless. Turning a New Leaf comes a close second.

  • 194
    Stacy Jensen says:

    I love giga quidelines, it’s so versatile and clean.

  • 195
    Susan in AK says:

    I have both Giga Guidelines and On My Couch and use both sets quite regularly.

  • 196
    Paula e. says:

    Love, love love On the Couch! Have used it for countless get well/”recover soon” cards. I was SO excited when the matching dies were released, too!

  • 197
    Cindy says:

    Hands down, my favorite stamp set featured is Simple Valentine…going on my wish list, now!

  • 198

    Mega mixed messages! Love that set and it’s still a go to!

  • 199

    SQUEAL!! LOVING LOVING LOVING ALL the Inspiration and my FAVORITE sets are Tea For Two, Vintage Picnic Basket!

  • 200
    Becca Yahrling says:

    Simple Valentine … what an awesome heart set! Love everyone’s projects using it.

  • 201
    Marcy says:

    I fortunately have 4 out of the 5 sets shown today. I love the On the Couch, In Bloom, Friends ’till the End, and Guidelines Series. All such great sets!

  • 202
    Crystal M. says:

    My must have set for 2009 was the Take Note stamp set!! I absolutely had to have that set. Another one that I’ve always loved is On My Couch, but for whatever reason I haven’t bought it so I’ll be doing that very soon. πŸ˜‰

  • 203
    Leslie L. says:

    I own a handful of sets from 2009 even though I didn’t come in until 2012. My favorite and most used from this year is Star Prints. Similar to the Heart Prints for 2008 it is extremely versatile. The stars make male birthday cards a snap. Looking through all of the releases I have added two more sets from 2009 to my wish list.

  • 204
    Rita says:

    On My Couch is still a favorite set. I love paper piecing with the furniture. I had so much fun creating a bunch of new couches and chairs with some newer pattern papers. Now I have a whole stash ready for all kinds of cards.

  • 205
    Oliverw says:

    As soon as I realized Signature Greetings was from 2009 I knew that would be my favorite pick. Such beautiful handwriting. I’m starting to notice that I enjoy the sentiments more than the images!

  • 206
    Kristie H says:

    There are so many great stamp sets from 2009! Some of my favorites are Friends Til the End, In Bloom, all of the Button Bits sets, Communique Curves just off the top.

  • 207
    Jen shears says:

    Sammy sets I love!!! I used tiny treats valentine just this week!! Damask designs & on my couch are still ones I reach for!

  • 208
    Stephanie says:

    Damask Designs – so elegant

  • 209
    Miriam Prantner says:

    I love the On my Couch set, some great scenes from that set!

  • 210
    merryf says:

    So many classics were released in 2009! Turning a New Leaf has to be my all time floral favorite. I also still reach for Big & Bold Wishes, the absolutely necessary Communique $5 sentiment set, and Winter Swirls, which is in the Vault but is a perfect winter holiday/birthday/anytime set.

  • 211
    Cynthia Rose says:

    This was the year I bought my first 12 PTI stamps. They are still some of my favorites. I also discovered the blog (I was a bit slow πŸ™‚ and what a world it opened up!

  • 212
    Amy Klin says:

    Turning a New Leaf, such a classic, and great to have dies for! But also love Beyond Basic Borders, Take Note, and Holiday Tree.

  • 213
    Cindy G says:

    Wow, 2009 was a year of great stamp sets! I like all of the sets featured, plus Simply Stationery and the 3 button bit sets. So hard to pick a favorite.

  • 214
    Michelle Benoit says:

    The classic Scattered Showers is my favorite from 2009!

  • 215
    Bonnie W. (Cardm8kr63) says:

    I have two favorites from this year. Mega mixed messages because it was my first PTI set and Vintage Picnic.

  • 216
    Rita Wright says:

    My favorite set from 2009 is a sentiment set, Signature Christmas Greetings. I love how pretty and elegant the sentiments are.

  • 217
    StephH says:

    First Fruits is one of my favorite from 2008. Thesheaf if wheat and pineapple are classic images and the font so elegant. I love using this set fro autumn themed cards.

  • 218
    Cindy H. says:

    Love On My Couch! Great for creating scenes, as well as creating CAS cards.

  • 219
    Jacquie says:

    Take Note stamp set is still pulled out every year for personalizing notepad gifts!

  • 220
    Joni M says:

    My favorite from this year is Star Prints Stamp Set. This used to be my “go to” stamp set if I needed a quick card. I haven’t used it much lately… time to pull it out again!!!

  • 221
    Jackie L says:

    Although I didn’t discover PTI until 2012 some of my first sets included the Damask Designs and Giga Guidelines. After seeing today’s post I need to dusk them off.

  • 222
    Titta says:

    My favorite from 2009 is a tie between Tea For Two and Turning A New Leaf. Those tea pots are just adorable, and the leaves are a staple.

  • 223
    Karyn S says:

    Take Note and the Tags collections are my favorites from 2009. Both kinda self explanatory.

  • 224
    Dennisonka says:

    Since I didn’t know about PTI between the years of 2007 to 2010, I discovered these favorites in the years after their release. And of course, there are many favorites, so I just can’t pick one. Instead, I’ve listed the ones thst still make my heart happy: Tea for Two (and Tea for Two Additions from 2010), Damask Designs, Fancy Flourishes, and Turning a New Leaf. Love Papertrey and the great products and inspiration you regularly put up!

  • 225
    Barbara Martin says:

    My favorite from 2009 is Turning a New Leaf – still use it all the time! But there are many from this year that I love including Fancy Flourishes and Polka Dot Basics II.

  • 226
    Linda (LSN) says:

    Still love Gina Guidelines to this day! Such a classic set!


  • 227
    Lori Lehanne says:

    Bird Watching and Additions were by far my favorite sets of 2009.

  • 228
    Diana F says:

    The Fruitful stamp set is my favorite from 2009. I see so many uses for it from backgrounds to borders to using it on tags. I see it being especially useful for summer cards.

  • 229
    Cynthia Baldwin says:

    On My Couch is my favorite! So cute to create a cozy scene with these images!

  • 230

    My 2009 favorites are Button Bits! Everyday Button Bits is what drew me into PTI stamping in the first place.

  • 231
    Rebekah says:

    Today’s examples were fantastic! I can’t pick a favorite- I love “Simple Valentine” & “On My Couch”!

  • 232
    Tammy W says:

    On My Couch has always been one of my favorites! I love creating scenes.

  • 233
    super stick chick says:

    My favorite set is the Fruitful, so beautiful and so much creativity with this set. Love the DT examples too.

  • 234
    Janet W says:

    I had not yet discovered PTI in 2009, but I love many of the stamp sets released that year and have bought quite a few of them. Turning a New Leaf and Background Basics Text are great basics, but for me the star of the show for the year is Friends ‘Til the End!

  • 235
    ColleenK says:

    I added a link and it didn’t work so I redid it but do not know how to delete the first one!It is no. 102. well, I guess it doesn’t matter all that much, but just wanted to say sorry! Also, my favorite set this year is On My Couch!

  • 236
    Anne says:

    Really difficult to pick now but if I have to I will pick Vintage Picnic.

  • 237

    On my couch is just so cozy and cute! I love it.

  • 238
    beatrice W. says:

    On my couch is my favorite stamp set

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