Hi everyone, Leandra here
What can I say, where do I start. This year has been an utter joy and it's all because of you guys. We had our 10th birthday, and what a great way to celebrate the PaperArtsy brand with you guys. Thankyou!
The blog has evolved remarkably this year. Thanks wholly to Gillian and her wonderful administrative skills coordinating 12 beautifully talented Guest Designers, the PaperArtsy blog has been such a huge success and massive inspiration to people the world over; you the crafty people, you the amazing shops we supply, and a fantastic resource for those of you who are craft teachers looking for ways to share all things PaperArtsy. Thankyou!
The friendships that have developed online, off line, in classes, at shows, at PA tweet-ups, and via the end of semester PAtwit challenges has been fantastic. It is so fabulous to be one small part of a fully supportive, friendly and encouraging community. You are so good at welcoming new PAtwits to twitter or blog land, you all greet each other with such excitement and joy at the shows, and you all ask each other advice and offer support 24/7 be it leaking roofs, crazy weather, unwell pets, or the sad loss or ill heath of a loved one. Through thick and thin you guys are there for each other, and the crafting journey is just one part of the enjoyment we share together. Thankyou!
The participation in the weekly blog challenges has been fantastic to observe. You have no idea how important it is for our guest designers to get to see the impact of what YOU chose to make on the back of their posts. It is such a buzz for them to hear from you via the comments on each post, or with an evening chat on twitter. Thankyou!
And none of this would have been possible were it not for the wonderful products, stamps and ideas that our in house designers have brought to the table this year; Lynne Perrella, Jo Firth-Young, Lin Brown, Sara Naumann, Darcy Wilkinson have each created so many beautiful products. It has been an utter joy for Mark and I to work with you all and supplement your ideas with co-ordinating products. Thankyou!
I am very excited for 2014. We have brilliant new products to share with you and many of them will start to be featured in January by the first semester's guest designers. January is going to be all kinds of crazy as we get all the final details of these new products signed off. I wish I could say more, but I can't just yet! Our new guests are so excited behind the scenes and absolutely bursting to share their ideas with these products. They have such big boots to fill after our 2013 guests, but I know you will be awesome. Thankyou!
2014 also sees some more changes to the blog, but those will be revealed on Sunday night. Will are thrilled that Darcy is joining Gillian as an additional administrator to help coordinate the new features. Thankyou!
We have a couple more videos to share with you to round off this week before the new kids kick off the term on Sunday, here's a sneak peek of tomorrow's video...I know, I'm ending the year on purple!! And starting the new one on purple! So I invite you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new too!
Oh, and I almost forgot, the January sale starts tomorrow too, our annual way to thank you! The more you spend the more you save. Discounts of 10%, 20% and 30% will be automatically applied to your shopping basket SUBtotal once it exceed £50, £100 or £150 pounds. The subtotal is the value before VAT and freight are applied.
Our wish for you is that 2014 brings you happiness, good health, many new crafting friendships and much enjoyment!
From all of us here at PA HQ, a very happy New Year to one and all
Mark and Leandra, senior elves, and the munchkins x