Challenge – Inspired by

Greetings and welcome to a new challenge! Are you ready to be inspired?!

As crafters we take our inspiration from many different sources – nature, packaging, clothing, fabric… the list is endless. So for this challenge we’re asking you to provide your own inspiration piece and make a card based upon it. Please add a picture or link to your inspiration piece with your entry.

I’ve been doing more sewing recently, and my fabric addiction is getting as bad as my stamping one! I love looking at beautiful fabrics, I can just never decided which ones to get!

I decided to base my card on a rather cool fabric I bought recently – I love this colour scheme (although like a lot of fabric I buy I still haven’t made anything from it yet!)IMG_1301

Inspired by the colour scheme I made a set of mini 3 x 3 Thank You notes:

Stamps: Round and Round (PTI) Ink: Hawai’in Shores, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy (PTI) Card: Hawai’in Shores, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Stamper’s Select White (PTI) Other: Sizzix border embossing folder (SU), Copic Markers Stamps: Round and Round (PTI)
Ink: Hawai’in Shores, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Card: Hawai’in Shores, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Stamper’s Select White (PTI)
Other: Sizzix border embossing folder (SU), Copic Markers

Over to Aimes:

My source of inspiration came as a surprise even to me for this challenge! I’ve been burning the candle at both ends and studying hard for a very cool (in a geek chic kinda way) psychology course and I was inspired by the PowerPoint template used for a certain lecture on memory:

InspirationPlease ignore the blurb and lecturer – or be inspired yourself and take up a course! LOL! Although the lecturer, Prof. Steve Joordens, is pretty inspirational, it’s the strip of colour on the slide that inspired my card *wink*:

happy happy birthday

Card Deets
Stamp: Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: White, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Orange Zest (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Over to Caryn:

Well my source of inspiration isn’t from one thing but from an entire event!  I was super-lucky to attend the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend and so was completely  immersed in sights, sounds and smells of every kind!  If that place doesn’t inspire you, NOTHING will.   One of the most enjoyable areas for me was spending time in the crafting tents in the Kidz field area.  The whole place is an explosion of colour and people dressed in all kinds of costumes just pop up everywhere (oh, and so did Chris Martin from Coldplay (just sayin’!!))


My card pays homage to the big Glastonbury sign that sits right at the top of the site.  The colours are bright and bold just like the whole festival!

inspired by Glastonbury

Stamps: Watercolour Wonder, Banner Builder
Ink: Hero Arts Neon Inks
Card: Stampers Select White
Tools: Modern Alphabet UC, Minim Hearts (Simon Says Stamp), Glossy Accents

There we are – now it’s over to you! We can’t wait to see your inspiration pictures and cards! Have a look here for all the challenge deets. The challenge closes at 9am on Monday July 15th and one randomly selected peep will win a $5 PTI gift certificate!

Kate, Aimes & Caryn


Our winners!

A big thank you to everyone who entered our last challenge – let’s get straight to it and draw our winner shall we?!

And the winner is…

Here are your random numbers:

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Congratulations Sharon! You’ve won yourself a lovely $5 PTI gift certificate! Please email us at and we’ll get your gift certificate sorted for you.

Do take a minute to have a look through all the fabulous entries to the challenge  – again it was tough to narrow it down to three for our Top 3 PTI Passionistas! Here are our final choices:

100_7154Maria F

We loved how Maria interpreted the circular theme with her die-cut circle but maintained the continuity of those fabulous vines! And a great layout to boot!

PTI+&+PFPGreta H

Greta was the only entrant who made a circular card! We love how she kept the circular theme going throughout the card and used very on-trend ombre for her focal colour scheme!

DSCN9867circles22Marlou McAlees

Wow, what a bright and fun card – great colours! We loved the layout of Marlou’s fabulous creation, and especially her use of die-cuts throughout!

Congrats ladies! Please feel free to grab our Top 3 blinkie for your blogs to blink with pride if you haven’t already got one!

Do check back later for a brand new challenge!!

Kate, Aimes & Caryn xxx






Hello! We’re very sorry for the delay in the next challenge here on A Passion for Papertrey.

Due to unforeseen circumstances we are not able to set the next challenge (and announce the winners of our last) until next week. We hope to welcome you back to a brand new challenge then – thank you for your understanding!


Kate, Aimes & Caryn xxx

Our winners!

Apologies for the delay in posting the winners to our last challenge, thanks for bearing with us!

So let’s find out who won the $5 PTI gift certificate shall we?!

And the winner is:

Here are your random numbers:

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….Sharon J. Congratulations Sharon! Please contact us at and we’ll arrange your prize for you!


On to our Top 3 PTI Passionistas..once again we had so many fabulous entries, and it was tough to narrow it done but these are the entries that really caught our eye:


We loved Kim’s use of colour behind her negative die-cut to make sure an uplifting and fresh card – this card just says Hawaii to me!!


Just look at all the effort JW put into her super-fun interactive rocket card! Great job JW! I can think of lots of kiddos who would love to receive this!


Lynn’s card jumped out at us because, quite simple, it’s beautiful! Soft colours, lovely use of patterns and a great layout..!(OK I wish I’d made it lol!)

Congrats ladies! Feel free to grab our code for a Top 3 blinkie if you haven’t done so already.

Thanks to everyone who played along, we hope you’ve already got your thinking caps on for our current challenge!

Kate, Aimes & Caryn xxx

Challenge: Negative die cut

Hello there everyone and welcome to another challenge here at A Passion For Papertrey.  One of the techniques we are all big fans of here is the use of negative die cuts or apertures on a card and with all the dies available out there there is so much you can do with this design feature.  You can layer patterned papers, vellum (as both Aimes and I did on our cards for the last challenge), stamped images etc or create frames within frames, add embellishments (buttons, gems and so on).  So let you creative juices get flowing and show some negativity (in a positive way!!!)

I made this card for Dad’s birthday which he celebrated last week.  I struggle so much with masculine cards so they often get put off and put off which then leaves me panicking at the last minute!!  One of my go-to masculine sets from PTI is Grunge Me.  I recently picked up the dies that pair with the Pretty Peonies anniversary set from last year and really love the retro feel of the font used on the “Happy” die.  I thought it made a good partnership with some of the designs in Grunge Me so I started with that and it went from there.


{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Grunge Me, Pretty Peonies
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Orange Zest, Versamark
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Enchanted Evening, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy
Tools: Pretty Peonies die collection, Take Three die, white filigree embossing powder

Over to Kate: : “A very dear family friend passed away last week and so I had a few sympathy cards to make. I was searching for inspiration and decided to use our challenge as a kick-start. I die-cut the butterfly and adhered some bitty dots paper to the rear of my cream mat. Those who know me know I’m not exactly a fan of purple but it definitely works for a sympathy card doesn’t it..”


With Sympathy:
Stamps: Round and Round
Card: Vintage Cream, Royal Velvet
Paper: 2008 Bitty Dots
Other: Argyle Impression Plate, Butterfly die, Purple Baker’s Twine,
Double-Ended Banners Die

Over to Aimes:

I created a frame for my negative card by using two dies. I simply ran the Mat Stack Die #4 on aqua mist cardstock, removed the die and then placed the Fillable Frames #7 die on the centre.

Happy Happy Happy Birthday

{Happy Happy Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Modern Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White, Aqua Mist, Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Mat Stack 4 Die, Fillable Frames 7 Die, Canvas and Linen Impression Plate, Yellow Button (Papertrey Ink)/Gold Foil (Glue Dots)/Grey Twine (Doodlebug)/Flower (Prima)/Pink Gems (Stash!)

I then simply added strips of super duper sticky tape to my frame and played with some gold foil that I purchased years ago. Funny how those old purchases have come full circle to be a supply I love again!

We’re looking forward to your fabulous creations! Remember: one randomly selected peep will win a $5 PTI gift certificate! The challenge ends at 9am GMT Monday April 8th. Full deets of our challenge rules can be found here.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Caryn, Kate and Aimes xxx

Our winners!

Hello all,

Thank you for all your fontabulous creations for our last challenge, so much wonderful inspiration on new ways to use our sentiment stamps!

Let’s see who are winners are shall we?!

And the winner of the PTI Gift Certificate is..

Here are your random numbers:


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Katie! Congratulations Katie! Please email us at and we’ll sort out your prize for you.

Now onto our lovely PTI Passionistas! Let’s have a look at who caught our eye…. well that was everyone but here are our top three:



Well how many times can you say hello in a card?! Suzanne managed quite a few in her fabulousl design and still managed to make the focal sentiment stand out!



Vannessa brilliantly combined sentiments of varying fonts and images in this fun birthday card! There’s a lot going on but she’s managed to make it work so well without it being too busy (wish I could do that!!)!



Well StephinOk’s card just leapt off the screen at us! We love her use of colour and sentiment placement in a brilliantly designed card!

Congrats ladies!! If you would like to grab your well-deserved blinkie have a look here :)

Check back later for a saucy new challenge!

Kate, Aimes & Caryn xxx



Our winners!

Dear all,

Thank you for all your fabulous entries to our Thank You challenge, I’m sure there were lots of very happy recipients of your lovely Thank You cards!

So let’s see who won shall we?!

And the winner of the $5 PTI gift certificate this time round is..

Here are your random numbers:

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…Margaret C! Congratulations! Please email us at and we’ll organise that prize for you!

And now here are our Top 3 PTI Passionistas!


IMG_1370Suzanne’s card caught our eye immediately! Simple yet beautiful, and be sure to enlarge the picture to see the texture of the die-cut flower and leaves!


Thanks+a+LatteBeth showed us how to use many layers on a card bit without it looking overdone, plus we loved her colour scheme!

Joyce MP1030726_editedHave a long look at this beauty! Joyce’s card is a real masterpiece… I hope whoever received it will treasure it!

Congrats ladies!! If you would like to grab your well-deserved blinkie have a look here 🙂

We’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new challenge!

Kate, Aimes and Caryn xxx