…who’s got the button?

This is not the most original of layouts using Everyday Button Bits by PTI but it’s cute so I went with it.

I just received my first PTI (Papertrey Ink) order last week (one of my brothers gave me a gift certificate for my birthday in December) and I’m afraid to say I’ll probably place another order in the not too distant future.  I’m loving the colour palette (I bought 6 colours of cardstock plus their white) but I have so much SU cardstock that I’m hoping I can hold off while I whittle down my significant stash.  Don’t know if I’d switch completely over to PTI but it is really nice cardstock.

I’ll show you the card and then do a little mini review of PTI…if you’re interested:

Sorry, the picture is a little dark.  I was in a hurry as this card was needed right away and I didn’t have much spare time for taking the picture.  I used buttons from PTI and MME Fine and Dandy patterned paper.  The cardstock is actually SU on this card and the ink was chalk ink…cat’s eye, I believe.

Okay, on to the review – remember, this is just my opinion:

Cardstock – excellent quality.  The white is very thick and great for colouring with Copics.  The coloured cardstock is thicker than SU and the shades that I bought are very nice.  They match the ribbon and buttons perfectly.

Stamps – I bought several sets but two are Christmas themed so I won’t be breaking them out any time soon.  So far I’ve used Everyday Button Bits and the quality of the stamps is great.   They stamped cleanly the first time and there are LOTS of excellent sentiments in this set.  I also bought two alphabets and another set of sentiments so other than the button bits you won’t be seeing too many PTI images on my blog unless I cave and place another order

Buttons – meh.  The colours do match their other products but I was a bit disappointed in how many broken buttons and “ugly” buttons that were in some of the bags.  I was especially disappointed with Hibiscus Burst.  There are a LOT of one particular button in the bag that are not my personal taste.   The buttons I see on PTI DT blogs are much nicer so they must either get the pick of the crop or they dig out the couple of gems in the bag.  Here’s a picture of the buttons I don’t like (hey, maybe YOU might like them…this is just my opinion):

Ribbon – seems very nice.  A bit pricey but matches the cardstock perfectly.  I’m looking forward to incorporating some fancy bows on my cards in the near future.

Shipping to Canada – I admit that I’ve griped about the shipping costs on SCS a few times but my order was large enough to get a $20 discount on the shipping so I paid $25 after the discount.  It was about the same shipping as I’d pay for a Stamping Up order once the discount was applied.  If you can wait to place an order big enough to get the discount or if you go in on an order with a friend to get the discount, the shipping is not as bad as it seems.  I definitely would not place a small order and pay the regular shipping charges though.

I didn’ t buy any dies or packaging so I can’t review those but I hope the information I provided might be of some use if you’re thinking about throwing some of your craft dollars PTI’s way.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my first Valentine of the season…