Thursday, 1 August 2013

It's our {10th} BIRTHDAY !!

Here we are, very, very excited! 
This month we are celebrating 10 whole years since we started PaperArtsy !


We have LOTS planned for this month, and it all officially kicks off on Sunday as we welcome back this semester's Guest Designers for the final month of their blog contributions. Of course they have their amazing projects lined up, but....
...each designer is also doing a special birthday post on their final night using brand new rubber stamps, so we will have new stamps to release every week this month! On these special birthday posts the designer will have blog candy to give from their own blogs, and back here we will continue with our weekly challenges which will also have new stamps for prizes.
Plus....some of our past, and future guest designers are back to do special Birthday blog posts that we are squeezing into the schedule too!
From our signature designers, Lin and Jo we also have MORE NEW STAMPS this month too, so JOFY 16, JM23, JM24 will be released along with a lovely project from Jo herself.
Jo Firth-Young will be at the Craft Barn demo day this weekend, August 3rd, showcasing her BRAND NEW STAMPS. She will also be teaching with them at Birds in the Barn on August 18th, and Colemans Craft Warehouse on August 31st/ Sept 1st.


Lin Brown also has some new chipboard products and a new stamp set to share with you too ...good things come to those who wait!


Leandra will be releasing more new YouTube videos that will go up every Saturday, starting this weekend with another easy Fresco painted background idea.

On Sunday August 11th we are particularly looking forward to the Stamperama Stamping show  at Stevenage which will be a fantastic chance to catch up with many of you who visit that show. Lin Brown will be demoing with Leandra all day. It was at this very show, 10 years ago, that we first released 60 quarter-plate (A6) Ink and the Dog stamps. So expect some surprises there too!!
Out and about you can also see Leandra demoing this Saturday morning, August 3rd at Sugar and Spice Crafts, with Marion Emberson and the lovely Nina. The shop is part of the Barleylands Craft Village, near Billericay, Essex, and makes a lovely place to visit with so much to see and do there.

Monster Mondays are here! Every Monday in August, we have mystery birthday boxes available for you to buy from our website. Inside you will find products to the value of at least £50, £75 or £100 that you can purchase for £20, £30 or £40 respectively. The box sizes vary, as do the contents. They are all packed up ready to go, but we will only make them available to purchase on a Monday evening.

The birthday month will come to a perfect close with a very full week of amazing #3UP contributions from our enthusiastic Twitter and Facebook family. At the end of each semester we have a spare week and we use this to showcase the work of our PA blog followers. 

This time I think all the players were a bit surprised by how much they received in their #3UP goodie bags. When these people signed up they didn't realise it was our birthday month. Now they know, and have got stuff in their hot little paws to create with, so the pressure is on. It's all just a bit of fun, in the form of a challenge. I am really looking forward to seeing what they send in this month.

Looking ahead to September, we will be welcoming into the fold another 4 guest designers, we also will have 12 new paints to add to the Fresco range, AND of course, seasonal stamps and products in the lead up to shhhhhh Christmas. Plenty of time for all that malarkey, for now, I am still enjoying the gorgeous summer sun, lots of BBQ's, and a whole lot of birthday celebrating! Not only is PaperArtsy a whole 10, but our youngest, Hugo turned 13 last Sunday, it's my birthday this Saturday, and the following week, Miss Courtney will be 19, quickly followed by Miss Ella turning 17! WOW.

So, a huge thankyou to you, all our wonderful customers, stampers, painters, and crafty pups who have made the last 10 years so thoroughly enjoyable. We love what we do, but most of all, we love to share it with you. We have made and met so many wonderful friends across the globe doing what we enjoy most. If the next 10 are as good as the last 10, then we have a lot to look forward to!

Thank you, Mark and Leandra

PS up shortly is a blog post from Helen Chilton that has been rescheduled to tonight due to a technical hitch last night.





56 comments:

sam21ski said...

Happy Birthday and what a great way to start.

Loads of lovely stuff to look forward to - can't wait.

Sam xxx

Kaz Brown said...

Happy Birthday to everyone at Paperartsy, can't wait for the celebrations all month, those boxes sound very tempting!!! :)

Netty said...

huge congratulations to you and your family, a lot of hard work but you have achieved great results, Annette x

Helen said...

What a great post, Happy Birthday to Paperartsy and all the little (and not so little!) Paperartsies who celebrate this month. Congratulations on 10 years of fabulous products and wonderful inspiration. I like the sound of Monster Mondays.....

betjunroe said...

Congrats on 10 years! Happy Birthday to Paper Artsy and to you also Leandra! Love your blog and keep it coming! Bette

Gabrielle said...

Happy, happy birthday to PaperArtsy and all the PaperArtsy crew! It's a joy to use your products and be inspired by the incredible talent you have discovered. I've made some lifelong friends through you all, which I'm eternally thankful for! Cheers guys!

Lin said...

oh wow! what a happy post hope the next 10 years are even better than the last!!! can't wait for all the new goodies to be released!!! Happy birthday to all the paper artsy household!!!..monster Mondays eh??

Jacqui Chimes said...

Congratulations Leandra and Mark - have loved your stamps from very early on - hope you REALLY enjoy this anniversary xx

Zuzu's Blog said...

happy birhtday x :)

finnella03 said...

Happy birthday PA! We would be lost without you! And miss out on so much fun. Glad to see you let Mark do the ageing and stayed young & beautiful yourself!!! Thank you to all the PA family and the people who've worked with you, you are all great, especially Mark xxxx

massofhair said...

Only known about Paper Artsy products for around 5 years but have never been disappointed by their quality of product, their amazing customer service & their generosity of spirit.

One of the best companies out there who deserve their Fans & a fabulous 10th Anniversary month. Here's to the next ten years & beyond Leandra & Mark, huge congratulations!!! :-)

Deli-аrt said...

Happy Birthday!!!!! Love! Luck! and inspiration

Suzanne C said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Looking forward to the celebration!

Julie Ann Lee said...

Happy Birthday and so many thanks for all you do! Your products are just inspirational and it looks as if things are just about to get even better!!! I wouldn't have believed it possible! Wonderful, wonderful Paper Artsy!!! Thank you! Julie Ann Lee x

Michelle Webb said...

You look so sickenly good together you two! Have a great month, and all your hard work is paying off now. You two are both workaholics too, you are a force to be reckoned with together and PaperArtsy is a absolutely fab brand with quality as standard! Love ya to bits! Michelle xxxx ps Mark is too cool for school! :)

Emma Williams said...

Happy Birthday...looking forward to all the celebrations and can't wait to see all the PATWITS contributions! x

Emma Williams said...

Happy Birthday...looking forward to all the celebrations and can't wait to see all the PATWITS contributions! x

margaret said...

Congratulations you have done so well and are an amazing couple very pleased to know you!!!!!!

Craftyfield said...

Congratulations on your 10th Birthday Paper Artsy! You've done well so far may it continues...
The blog celebrations sound fantastic and I'm looking forward to them.

Carol Q said...

happy birthday guys. what a fabulous ten years too. I remember the beginning days and how great it was to see such different stamps appearing and look where things have got to now!! fabulous products and an international part of the stamping community.

Yours Artfully said...

Yikes, it's hard to believe that it's ten years since that first show at Stevenage. I remember the buzz you created at that show being the new kids on the block with such a cool new product launch.
You guys are the hardest working people ever and you so deserve the success that you've achieved and I am really excited to be sharing the excitement with you.

Lin x

Alison said...

Happy Birthday PaperArtsy!!! Looking forward to all the surprises & celebrations this month. Not long till Stamperama...can't wait!
Alison xxx

Glennis said...

congrats on your 10th anniversary - have a great celebration! I am looking forwrd to all the fun

Coco said...

Happy birthday Leandra and PaperArtsy !!! I'm really looking forward to seeing all these wonderful new stamps to come soon, and what some of the DT or guest DT ladies have done with them ! And thank you for all the good surprises this month LOL ! :) Coco xx

Kathi said...

Happy Birthday! So exciting about all the new stamps and Fresco paints.

I can't wait to see all the fabulous new U-Tube videos and DT projects!

August will be a fun month with Paper Artsy!

Anita Abercrombie said...

Sorry, I've been out!!
Happy, happy birthday to mt favourite suppliers!! You two are fabulous, long may you continue xxxx

Deborah said...
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Deborah said...

Happy Birthday Paper Artsy! Here's to the next 10 years....!
Deb xx

Gillian .... said...

Happy Birthday to the most hardworking and passionate couple I have ever met, you guys are truly "spesh", all your hard work and love for what you do has paid off.

Wishing you lots of success for the future. Thank you for allowing me the privilage of getting to know you and the "PA" family. Love that pic BTW:)

Let the birthday celebrations begin ... woop woop xx

Trish said...

Happy Birthday PaperArtsy, and Happy Birthday to all the individuals' up and coming birthdays - busy times! Sounds like busy times on the blog too - exciting stuff!

Paper Paradise said...

From day one you were 'different, innovative and special, unique in every way. Ten years on you are still inspiring us with your products, ideas and inspiration. You have both worked so very hard and deserve the success and exceptional name you have in the industry. Happy Tenth Birthday, love Sue and Paul xxx

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

Dear Leandra & Mark,
I remember being in NYC in 2004, visiting friends who had lost their son in the WTC. One day while I was there, I borrowed their computer to check emails and found an invitation for you to join the PA Design team. I was so completely stunned and surprised that you asked me. It was the first time someone ever validated my work as an artist and I'll never forget feeling over the moon at the idea of working with you.

You two were a DREAM to work with-always so kind and generous and encouraging. I was so grateful to have been able to have had that as my first experience as a working artist. It meant so much to have my designs included in your catalogue (I still have it!)and to be able to write tutorials that were being sent out with product around the world. I still am in awe that that ever happened.

So...on this Paper Artsy's 10th birthday, I want to wish you continued success and growth. No one deserves it more. Your products are the very best in quality and your business practices are always mindful of your integrity. It was a pleasure working with you both and being even a small part of the history of your company.

Big hugs!! Lelainia xo

Helen Anderson said...

Wishing you all a very Happy Birthday! Your products are fabulous, a real joy to work with.

Here's to the next 10 years guys! xx

ionabunny said...

Congrats on your 10th birthday. I am a fairly recent fan having only found you last year but love everything you do. I love the challenges and the PA family feeling. Thanks for great products, a great blog, just general fabness. Looking forward to all the planned events and monster monday sounds very interesting. Party on....

Darcy said...

What an amazing achievement, you should both be very,very proud of yourselves. Not just for creating first rate products but for being genuinely inspiring,welcoming and encouraging to your customers. It has been a huge privilege being a part of the team this year. Happy Anniversary, and here's to many more creative years. Huge hugs to you both
love from Bruce xoxoxo

isisimaginings.com said...

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you!!! The photo of you & Mark got me all emotional! We all love you lots & we're so grateful for all your hard work & creativity. It's going to be a great four weeks!

inkypinkycraft said...

Congratulations ! Xx hugs trace x

Kezzy said...

Wow Happy Birthday, oooo I can't wait for all the gorgeous new products. New stash this month and next and I can't wait to see the paints as I love them all lol. What a wonderful photo of you both, it's not just the success of what you bring us but also the partnership you both have. A family unit that all work together and still so much in Love. I can remember many years ago at the NEC, and I remember saying to my partner, wow they don't just have a super awesome products but they still look so much in love how wonderful is that :-). I think this was in 2007 and here you are, more awesome products and so happy still today, truly inspirational :-) Kezzy xxx

Kath said...

happy birthday Paperartsy...wishing you many more happy crafting years...hugs kath xxx

Joanie said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday!Here's to the next 10 years!!! Oh I so miss your retreats - Learnt so much from you and what fun we all had. Oh well at least we have your you tube videos.Take care

Joan x

Anonymous said...

My dear Leandra and Mark:
Couldn't let this occasion pass without a comment! Can't tell you how proud and flattered I am to be allowed to become part of your team once a year at V.S. -- you know very well how much I love spending time with you all there, and we do have such fun -- despite all the cramps and voice losses . . . and definitely not to forget all the gales of laughter bubbling up every once in a while.
You are such great Kiwis, and we all love you very much -- not to mention the fabulous products you continue to zoom onto the market -- they never fail to catch our breath and to empty our wallets (with joy and huge grins!).
Happy Birthday to P.A. -- long may you reign -- and a special H.B.'day to you, Leandra on Saturday.
Much warm love from Sally xoxoxoxoxo

Sara Sandberg said...

Happy Birthday and congratulations on the ongoing success of your fabulous company. That is a gorgeous photo of you both! :) x

Lottie said...

Wishing you all a very happy birthday - and did you imagine on your first tentative steps that soon you would be famous world wide.

What a fantastic business you have created - wishing you the very best in the future too.

xxx

butterfly said...

Happy, happy birthday - to PaperArtsy, to Hugo, Leandra, Courtney and Ella - good grief!! What a wonderful month it sounds... and OOOOHHH new paints!!
Alison x

Julie Steed said...

Happy Birthday, PaperArtsy! So glad you were 'born'. :)

craftimamma said...

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday to you all! What a wonderful month of celebrations for your lovely family and what a fab month for all PaperArtsy fans.

My first experience of your wonderful products and fabulous demonstrations was at the first Artisan show (now sadly discontinued :( ) and I was in awe of the art you were producing with such ease but you also earned my gratitude when I got a very embarrassing throat tickle, couldn't stop coughing ov er your explanations. I said I would have to go for a drink.......whereupon you kindly gave me a bottle of water so that I didn't have to miss anything! I could have watched you creating beautiful pieces all day and nothing much has changed .... each new design or product you bring us is still second to none so I know you will continue to go from strength to strength for many more years to come.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

humel said...

Hooray, hooray - happy birthday! I love August, it's my birthday month too (though, um, I'm a little older than 10...!) Looking forward to sharing as much of the fun with you as I can :)

Claire said...

Congratulations on you're 10th birthday!! I love PA products and hope there will be many more new releases to come! Well done on such an amazing and successful company - you should both be so proud of what you have achieved! Love Claire x

Karin said...

Happy 10th Birthday to all at Paperartsy, huge congratulations. You're a most wonderful company that have immense knowledge of your product and generously share all you know. Thank you.xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Happy Birthday to all of you! Sounds like you have some exciting things lined up for us. I must say I get a lot of pleasure from this blog and what you bring to us. I look forward to Sunday nights and seeing what the week is going to bring, and get tremendously inspired. You have all worked hard behind the scenes to give us a huge amount of help with the products we buy from you so we can get more from them, and you make it such fun. The Guest Designers have been completely awesome.


Lucy x

jan said...

Happy Birthday Paper Artsy and Birthday wishes to all of you in your family who are having their own special days this month.

It looks like there is going to be lots to look out for this month, so it very exciting.

I am looking forward to grabbing a goodie box for sure.

Hugs Jan xxx

Brenda Brown said...

Happy birthday and many happy returns, heres to the next ten (and more) years of fabulous products and inspiration.
Hugs Brenda xox

Siobhan Brignull said...

Happy Birthday to you all, loving the display of affection in the end photo. LOL.
Ten years is amazing I cant remember how long I've been crafting, buts it not quite that long, but I have my own craft shop as well now. :)

Looking back what makes me laugh is my first visit to Ally Pally with my sis in law and seeing your stand, I can vividly remember saying why would people want stamps like that, ROFL, hat and words now all eaten.
Much love and here is to the next 10
Siobhan xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Rebecca said...

Arrr that's lovely :) congrats & happy birthday to all keep up the good work
Happy craftin
Rebecca

Linda Cain said...

BRAVO you two! Soooooo happy for you over here!

~Linda

Neha Al said...

Many happy congratulations to you and your family, a million of birthday wishes to great on special day...

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