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What I I Love to Use

I started stamping a little over 4 years ago, and I can't quite believe how hooked I've become. I used to poo-poo it, because it was too country-cutesy for me. Then, my sister started making cards and selling them, and I was pretty sure I could do that, too. I had already tried my hand at scrapbooking, so papercrafts weren't new to me. A friend invited me to a Stampin' Up party and I was completely fished in, and I love the idea of completing a project in a few minutes, rather than a couple of hours (and still being totally behind). Card making gives me more instant gratification.

So, since I started with SU, I have many of their materials--ink, paper, stamps. I still use them quite a bit. About a year and a half ago, I stumbled across a newer company, called Papertrey Ink. Instead of rubber stamps, they sell photopolymer (clear) stamps that cling to acrylic blocks. Fished in again! I can see exactly where I am stamping, which I love. It is a wonderful little company, and since joining the forum on their website, I realize I am not alone in this little hobby/obsession. PTI has recently added matching paper and ink, as well as patterned paper and so many other goodies. LOVE it! While I am not singlehandedly keeping them in business, it sure seems like it sometimes. Check them out here ----------------------------------------->

From here on out, Stampin' Up is referred to as SU, and Papertrey Ink is PTI.

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*I found out that Mother Teresa did not, in fact, say this, but I wish I know who did.