Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DT Day: Lori

Hi, IHP fans!  It's Lori with today's DT post.  I thought a thank you card would be appropriate today, as I can't thank Kate enough for having me as a part of the IHP family since the very start!


I stamped the "sending my thanks" sentiment from Avery Elle's Sending You set in gray pigment ink on a blue panel.  The paper airplane was stamped on a scrap of white paper using black ink and cut out, then adhered to the panel using a dimensional dot.  A trio of tiny hearts were stamped just above the airplane in red pigment ink.  The Sending You set is now sold out, but if you love the paper airplane theme, you could use the Air Mail set instead.  I edged the panel with a narrow strip of multicolored striped patterned paper, then added a blue strip.  The panel was adhered on an angle to a red card base.


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Sale coupon now 50% off!

We are really trying to clean things up and finish closing the store as soon as possible.  So in an effort to expedite this process we've increased the closing sale coupon to 50% off storewide.



PLEASE NOTE (because we've been asked this A LOT):  You will notice i {stick} papers is no longer available in the store.  I will be selling this product over at my store on Etsy since this is the only item exclusive to us.  That's good news since it is our best selling item and there's always a demand for it.  So you will still be able to purchase our best selling, exclusive tape there!


We've increased the discount to 50% as of today.  Use coupon code BYEIHP at checkout. Everything in the store is 50% off using this code. You receive the discount that is in place at the time of your order, even if the discount amount increases later on in the sale. We are down to less than 650 unique items in the store so hurry!

Due to the steep discounts, free shipping is not being offered any longer.  Shipping will be calculated at checkout.


Make sure you check in on our Facebook page, too!  

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Liquidation sale coupon increased!


PLEASE NOTE (because we've been asked this A LOT):  You will notice i {stick} papers is no longer available in the store.  I will be selling this product over at my store on Etsy since this is the only item exclusive to us.  That's good news since it is our best selling item and there's always a demand for it.  So you will still be able to purchase our best selling, exclusive tape there!

We've increased the discount to 40% as of today.  Use coupon code BYEIHP at checkout.  Everything in the store is 40% off using this code. As inventory dwindles, the amount of the coupon may change to help move things along.  You receive the discount that is in place at the time of your order, even if the discount amount increases later on in the sale. You will get the best selection early on, so don't wait.  If you wait, items will sell out!

Due to the steep discounts, free shipping is not being offered any longer.  Shipping will be calculated at checkout.


Make sure you check in on our Facebook page, too!  

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

DT Day: Sheri

Hello IHP fans!  It's Sheri here.  With Valentine's Day less than a month away I thought that I would share a fun kids project with you.


I created  3 1/2 x 3 1/2 Valentine Cards.  They are the perfect size to tuck in a childs lunch box or back pack.  They are easy enough for your child to make for their classmates for their classroom parties.



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Thanks so much for stopping By!  Have a wonderful day! 
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DT Day: Lindsay

Hello faithful i {heart} papers fans! Before I get to my card, I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed bringing you inspiration during my time with i {heart} papers.  The store closing was a huge shock for me personally, and to many other crafters as well.  Kate did such an amazing job of providing fabulous customer service and lightening fast shipping.  I certainly wish her all of the best in all that she does.  Thank you, Kate! My card is super clean and simple, using an ombre or gradient color scheme.  I chose the Backgrounds and Borders 1 stamp set from Wplus9, and stamped one of the patterns in a variety of blue inks from Hero Arts and Wplus9.
I stamped a simple sentiment, and added a few gems to finish it.  The store still has a plethora of sentiment stamps, as well as bling, and of course it's thirty percent off right now!  Go, and shop!
There you have it, a super clean and simple card.  Thanks for stopping by today, and I am sure we will see you around the crafty sphere!
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Friday, January 9, 2015

New year, new directions


Hello IHP fans!  This is probably the most important post I will make on this blog, so please read it carefully. It's going to be long and a little sappy, so you've been warned!

It's a new year and it's time for changes. It's with a heavy heart and teary eyes that I am posting to let you know I've decided to close the store. It's no surprise that we're in an evolving industry.  Many stores have closed before us - both online and retail giants like Archivers.  Paper Crafts Magazine just closed.  It's an ever changing industry and it's incredibly difficult to manage inventory expectations, trends, customer requests, increased overhead costs like postage and stay profitable and SANE.

A little background, if you care to indulge me.  If not, skip to the bottom to the sale image for the nitty gritty details.  :)

As you know, we moved into a new home over the past summer and our activity in dog rescue has increased exponentially.  Early last year I also was accepted into The Academy for Dog Trainers (the "standard for dog training excellence worldwide" and called "the Harvard of dog training") and have been pursuing my studies there.  It's a difficult and challenging program, based in science and on the science of animal learning (none of that "your dog is trying to dominate you" stuff).  When I graduate, I will be amongst the company of the best trainers in the world.  But, I need to graduate first.  And that will take a lot of time and work. And I know that ultimately, that is where my heart is. And that is where I need to focus my time and energy.

So that, coupled with declining sales, Facebook's algorithm tweaking making it harder to reach our customers and a whole laundry list of other reasons, I've decided that it is time to close.

Honestly, it's been quite a struggle to make this decision.  I'm not one to quit.  I'm one to pile lots of things on an overflowing plate and just balance it.  I am a multi-tasking queen.  But, I've learned that it doesn't have to be that way.  I recently re-listened to a favorite podcast of mine, Freakonomics and one specific episode called The Upside To Quitting.  (Find it here if you'd like to have a listen.)  It really helped me work through the idea that quitting is OK. It helped me realize that quitting something doesn't have to be bad - it can be the door to a new opportunity.  Economically speaking it is "sunk cost and opportunity cost. Sunk cost is about the past – it’s the time or money or sweat equity you’ve put into a job or relationship or a project, and which makes quitting hard. Opportunity cost is about the future. It means that for every hour or dollar you spend on one thing, you’re giving up the opportunity to spend that hour or dollar on something else – something that might make your life better. If only you weren’t so worried about the sunk cost. If only you could …. quit."

So I'm quitting, in the best sense of the word. I'm quitting to pursue a greater dream - a dream of helping save more dogs' lives by making them more adoptable, by helping ones with behavior issues that might otherwise cause them to be rehomed or euthanized and by helping people be happier with their canine companions, which makes the humans happier and healthier. (Did you know that petting a dog increases your oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine levels, which calm and relax both you and the dog, making you both healthier and happier?)

I'm a little sad right now because it is raw and new but I know there's a bright future ahead. It's just hard to close a door that has been open for so long. I'm incredibly thankful for so much.  I'm thankful for my design team members, both current and ones who came before them.  I'm thankful for my support staff (social media, newsletter, graphic designers, my husband, etc.) over the years but especially to Tracy and Lori, who have stuck with me since before day one. They're my confidants, my advisors and now, my friends.  I'm thankful for the independent company owners I've met along the way and supported as we mutually grew our businesses.  I'm thankful for the designers, Kimberly, Jannie and Tracy, who worked with me to launch their stamp lines.  I'm thankful for all the guest designers who shared their talents with us for a few months at a time.  And I'm thankful for the loyal customers I've gotten to know and a few that I count as good friends now.  And it is these relationships and friendships that I've made during this journey will last forever and that my friends, is better than any profit I would have ever made.

So yes, I'm quitting, but incredibly proud of the business I ran and the success we had.  I am proud of the exclusive stamp lines we launched and the opportunities new designers had.  I am proud of the amazing support and fundraising effort we accomplished together with so many other companies and customers and individuals to help support Katie Renz and her family during her cancer and in the aftermath of her death through Swimming For Katie.  I'm proud that I upheld the highest business ethics and refused to align with or carry certain products because I felt they stole other artists' work or were too heavily "inspired by" them.  I am proud of the service I provided to almost 5000 customers and the over 9000 orders that were filled (with less than a dozen mistakes filling them in total). So, there's a lot to be proud of.  And I'm certainly not the first small stamping company to close its doors and likely won't be the last. It's been happening like wildfire lately and things continue to change.

It's been a fun ride but it's time to get off.  I can do more good in the world by training and rescuing dogs than I can selling paper and stamps and ribbon!


So with that being said (thank you to those who indulged me and read it!), now for the nitty gritty.  Use coupon code BYEIHP at checkout.  Everything is 30% off using this code. As inventory dwindles, the amount of the coupon may change to help move things along.  You receive the discount that is in place at the time of your order, even if the discount amount increases later on in the sale. You will get the best selection early on, so don't wait.  If you wait, items will sell out!

Due to the steep discounts, free shipping is not being offered any longer.  Shipping will be calculated at checkout.

You will notice i {stick} papers is no longer available in the store.  I will be selling this product over at my store on Etsy since this is the only item exclusive to us.  That's good news since it is our best selling item and there's always a demand for it.  So you will still be able to purchase our best selling, exclusive tape there!

Gift certificates must be redeemed by Jan 31, 2015.  New gift certificates are no longer for sale.

And obviously, all sales are final.

Make sure you check in on our Facebook page!  We will be sharing news and updates as we go into the final days.


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

DT Day: Tracy


Hi IHP fans! It's Tracy bringing you a simple and cute wintery scene card you can make. I used Lawn Fawn's snow day paper paired with this little penguin.


To make my scene, I just layered the decorative paper, then my penguin, and lastly a wintery hill I cut out using Lawn Fawn's stitched hillside border die. I finished my card off with a snippet of coordinating paper from the pad, a wooden snowflake, and some twine from Hemptique.


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