Saturday, February 2, 2008
I can spill the beans, Part II
"Everyday is a Gift" and today is no exception! Nichole Heady and Papertrey Ink have extended an invitation to me that I am so honored to have received. I am joining the incredibly talented team there!
For fear of sounding too much like a brown nose, I am essentially the president of the Nichole Heady fan club. For years now, I have known her work immediately in the pages of Paper Crafts Magazine, and last spring, when one of her creations was featured on the same page as mine, a little part of me felt like I had really 'arrived' in the paper crafting arena. Corny, I know. I am not the kind of person who is star-struck, but meeting Nichole in Chicago last summer was such a thrill. When she, Julie and Jane started Papertrey Ink, I watched each month with baited breath and credit card in hand - each release spoke to my stamping soul!
Fast forward to several weeks ago, when I receive a very exciting email from Nichole, laying out plans to include me (ME?!) in Papertrey Ink! I was at the airport, picking up my husband from one of his many trips to Hong Kong, and was reading the email on my phone. It had been a long, tough trip in the solo parenting department, and it seemed like my boys had been struck with a case of cabin fever (and the airport was the perfect place to rid themselves of it!). So, in this frazzled state of mind, I went from elated to dejected, as I was ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE that Nichole had sent this amazing email to the wrong Jennifer! (Let's face it, there are a few of us out there. I tend to call it the 'Jen-neration'.)
I've never been so happy to be wrong!
So, if haven't seen it, February is going to be a VERY EXCITING month at Papertrey Ink. I love the direction that this company is going in, so come along for the ride!
The above card is one that I did in about 10 minutes the other night, about midnight. The set is Out On A Limb, one of the January releases for PTI. It is a gorgeous, multi-purpose set. The reason I did it so quickly is because I was having a creative craving, and needed a quick fix. I've been really busy this week, creating 200 bar mitzvah invitations that look like this:
I've blocked out some of the information, but you get the general idea. This folds onto itself to a 5" x 7" mailer, and has a pocket to hold the response card and envelope. As I mentioned before, I created these for some dear friends. The husband works in print marketing, so the creation process was very interesting on this job - it was very cool to be working with someone who 'gets' the process. Anyways, he sourced the paper, and we encountered some problems, so I actually received the paper last Saturday. My deadline was yesterday, so I was working on these pretty much non-stop. It was a VERY good feeling to accomplish this!
In short, that explains why I needed to create something quick and beautiful! While I don't mind assembly line card making, I certainly don't mind a break during the process.
I will have some other things to share with you, too, as soon as I get the green light. My Spellbinders work is already on the way to CHA and my Paper Salon assignments are close to being wrapped up. And of course, I will be sharing some fun Papertrey projects with you in the middle of the month!
Thanks for letting me share my excitement - it has been so hard keeping all this joy inside! Be well! ~ Jenn