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I prefer to think of myself as eclectic! No one stamp company is going to satisfy my rampant urges for something different, lol! I belong to an SU monthly group, but I buy whatever tickles my fancy. There are a LOT of things from other companies (like Papermania in the UK) that I like, but don't have really easy access to. But I buy when I can get them. (I do ask my British mother in law to be my UK ship to for ebay purchases- the drawback being I only get over to retrieve them every 4-5 years) Maybe for my 60th birthday in January, she could ship my box of craft goodies to me???
I love the Marianne dies and the Nellie Snellen punch/emboss sets. And I have a good enough eye for color that I don't need everything given to me in entire lines of matching products. For me, creativity includes deciding for myself what goes with what.
I have accumulated stuff from just about everyone and every where. The predominant company in my inventory is SU, mostly because that was my first exposure to card making. I then ventured off to Papertrey because I LOVE their style of stamps. The quality of their stamps and paper is wonderful. My first order two years ago was a horrid experience, but I just adored the style so I tried again and have done okay. I keep looking for a company with something similar and better customer service, but find myself pulled back to Papertrey.
I am now buying a little from CTMH because their paper is fabulous and the quality of their stamps is great. I must say that I am not enamored with their sentiments.
I pretty much buy when something calls my name. I do prefer the clear stamps, or at least "non-wood"....and digital is calling to me.
I forgot to mention that I've bought a LOT of stamps from the buy/sell forums at greatly reduced prices. It's a great way to find out if you'll like a new company's style without making a major financial commitment.
And speaking of finances, I also make a concerted effort to purchase from companies that offer coupons and discounts and free shipping. That's one reason I've stopped shopping from most of the "catalog" DSA companies. You see a price listed that may seem a little pricey, but when you've added the tax and shipping it becomes outrageous! I rarely shop at Mike's or Jo's, but I do have a nearby Archivers that I frequent on occasion.
I do have a quite a lot of stuff from PTI. Their paper colors are exceptionally nice, and their "non-cute" sets are very versatile for me. I don't do cards in their signature style, but find I can mix them into what I do really nicely. I have not had any bad experiences with them myself so far. Hoping that will continue.
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I have stamps from many companies. I'm a die-hard Papertrey Ink fan and collector. I have many stamps from Whipper Stamper, Magenta, SU, Hero Arts, My Favorite Things, Stampendous, Eat Cake Graphics, Mostly Animals, All That Scraps and on an on.
Another Papertrey Ink fan here; I use their stamps and cardstock almost exclusively. And while I'm not a matchy-matchy type, I love the pattern packs they've been releasing. Also love their dies and impression plates.
For the posters who have shied away, I would definitely give PTI a try. Shipping times have greatly improved; and while the new website had some glitches for a couple of months, the problems have been solved. I love the new site and the ease of use. The design team is fantastic and I love their participation in the forum. I highly recommend PTI.
Linda (Fan Club Member) - Proud Air Force Mom
I started out as an SU! demo and still have tons of those stamps. As a runner up, I have a lot of PaperTrey--I love their clean and simple style. I also buy whatever appeals to me--some Hero Arts, Paper Smooches, Fawn Lawn.
What a great thread. I'm definitely an equal opportunity shopper. I stay away from wood mounted and I prefer acrylic. But, if the image really grabs me, I'll go with it. My favorite company is My Favorite Things. Every monthly release just grabs me - so many cool and cute things coming out. The price for both the products and shipping is really reasonable - and the customer service is tops.
I started out with SU and still use their inks and paper, but I am buying a lot less of their DP.
As far as the stamps go I buy what grabs me but when I find a company who's style I like I tend to get a lot. Right now that's the Greeting Farm, Riley & Company, My Favorite Things, and Hambo Stamps (just digital so far).
I have a lot of one-offs that I bought because I just liked them too.