Challenge: Christmas is coming!

Shock, horror – it’s nearly December! And you know what that means…. time to start making our Christmas cards! (Unless you’re super organised and have done it already… anyone?!)

So no surprises then that our new challenge is a Christmas one. At least by entering this challenge you’ll feel like at least you’ve started;)

I came up with two designs for this year’s cards and this week I’ll set about mass producing them. They have to be simple and flat! So here’s one of my designs:

Stamps: Snow Globe/Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Memento black/Pure Poppy/Aqua Mist
Card: White/Pure Poppy
Other: Snow Globe Die/Copic Markers

Over to Aimes:

Well I have to be super organised about Christmas this year as we’ve decided to move house this weekend – talk about crazy timing!

The shopping is done and almost wrapped, the family have been warned about our invasion into their homes for food and I’ve made all of my cards, including this one:

Stamps: Holiday Tree, Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, White Shimmer (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Versamark
Accessories: Detail White Embossing Powder (Stampendous)/Country Landscape Die (Memory Box)/Cuttlebug (ProvoCraft)/White Glitter (Doodlebug)

Super simple and super flat – just the way Royal Mail like ’em! *wink*

And here’s Caryn:

Yay – it’s CHRIIIIISSSSTTTTMMMAAAAAASS!  I could not be in a more festive mood – one of my trees went up last weekend, the christmas school fair is tomorrow and it’s freezing!  Bring on Santa!  I also turn the “BIG 4 0” next Friday and we’re having a big Christmas themed birthday bash – so looking forward to it – can’t beat a bit of fancy dress!!  Anyhoo, onto my project for this challenge.  I recently got the new pillow box die from PTI and have been busy making little boxes.  They make ideal packaging for gift cards, sweeties, jewellery etc – I just love em!!!

Christmas Pillow Boxes 020

Stamps: Fillable Frames 9
Card: My Mind’s Eye – Wonderful Winter, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Ink: Fresh Snow, Smokey Shadow.
Tools: Oval and scalloped oval punch (SU), Pillow Box die (PTI)

And now it’s over to you!

If you’re new to us then you can check out the challenge rules here. Entries close at 9am on Monday, December 10th when we will draw our winners. We offer one lucky stamper a $5 PTI gift certificate, we can’t wait to see your Christmassy creations!!

Kate, Aimes and Caryn xxx


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Our winners!

Before we draw the winners of our first challenge on our new-look blog we wanted to say a big thank you for all your super-sweet comments about the new blog – we love you guys!! We’re so glad you like it and are looking forward to playing along with lots of challenges.

So let’s get to it and find our who has won our PTI blog candy!

And the winner is…

Here are your random numbers:

6

Timestamp: 2012-10-30 09:05:23 UTC

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…..Maria.F! Congratulations Maria! please email us your postal address and we’ll send your goodies to you asap!

And now we also have our top 3 PTI Passionistas to announce. We loved looking at your creations and finally narrowed it down to these three beauties:

Margaret C

Margaret submitted several cards to the challenge but this was our favourite, we love her background stamping with those cute bird cages!

Suzy

Look at this beautiful vibrant card! We loved Suzi’s layout and especially those beautiful roses!

Banu

Banu created a very stylish card that uses the fabulous quaterfoil die that just jumped out at us. Don’t the colours work well against the black and white?!

Well done ladies! If you would like our new blinkie for your blog please email us at apassionforpapertrey@gmail.com

Don’t forget to check back later for our brand new challenge!

Kate, Aimes and Caryn xxx

Welcome!!!!

Hello and welcome to our new-look blog!!  If you have been following our previous blog you will know that we started out as a place to unite PTI fans here in the UK and Europe, but we have decided to go global!! Aimes, Caryn and I decided that it was time we had a change so welcome along to the new-look A Passion for Papertrey everyone!

So from now on, our challenges are open to all. You can find more about our challenge rules here but we should point out that we are not affiliated in any way to Papertrey Ink, and purchase all the prizes ourselves.

Now, have you got time for a little story?

Four years ago I was just getting into stamping, and found this small company called Papertrey Ink who, at that time, were releasing just one or two stamp sets a month. But then came the colours, the ribbon, the dies – all bound up in an exciting monthly release that I avidly followed. I was hooked!!

Around that time I joined a couple of online forums and started a blog, the result of which was that I ‘met’ Steph, we shared my love of Papertrey. We wanted somewhere where the UK and Europe fans could come together to share creations and take part in challenges – and so A Passion for Papertrey was born (along with an endorsement from Nichole Heady herself!)

Fast forward a year or so and unfortunately Steph had to step down from the blog (she is now running her own stamp company – go girl!) so I asked my lovely friend Aimes if she would step into Steph’s shoes. Aimes and I had met on a stamping forum and hit it off immediately.  Back then Aimes didn’t even have a blog (can you imagine) but I talked her into it!

Another fast forward in time and Aimes and I met Caryn, it didn’t take us long to decide that we needed her in our team…. she shared our love of stamping, PTI, Twilight and so much more! And here we are four years later! I count them as such dear friends  – we have so much fun when we meet up, and I feel very lucky to have them in my life.

Which brings me on to our first challenge!! Friends are such a special part of life and to celebrate this we would like you to make a Friendship card, or other papercrafting project. Remember you just need to include at least one PTI product on your creation to enter.

I decided to make a card for Aimes and Caryn, all three of us are clear about are favourite colours – Aimes is green, Caryn is red and I am aqua! Hence the colours of this blog by the way!

{Friend} All supplies Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Friends til the End, Trendy Tree Tops
Ink: Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate
Other: Trendy Tree Tops Dies

Over to Caryn….

Hello all and welcome back to our new look challenge blog for lovers of all things Papertrey Ink (and other things too of course!!).  I’m so excited to see the blog all refreshed and revamped and can’t thank Kate enough for all the work she’s put into it.  I can’t take ANY credit at all so well done Kate!!

This first {of the new look blog} challenge is so appropriate for us as we’ve become really good friends through our mutual love of PTI and papercrafting (and Twilight but that’s another story!!!).

{Thinking of You}
Stamps: In Bloom
Ink: Memento London Fog
Card: Stampers Select white
Other: Linen/Canvas impression plate, ProMarkers

Over to Aimes:

Oooh what a wonderful make-over! Like Caryn, I can’t take an ounce of credit for the fabulous new-look blog and I really do owe Kate one for doing such a great job! Thanks, Kate! 🙂

So on to my challenge card. I opted to ink up a sentiment to let a friend know how amazing they are:

{Girly you Rock!}
Stamps: Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Butterfly Die, Dark Chocolate Button, Cream Button Twine (Papertrey Ink)/Striped Washi Tape (MT Tapes)

I’ve got a thing for washi tape at the moment; I’m sure it’s just a phase but for now, everything gets covered in the stuff – including my die cuts! 🙂
And now it’s over to you! Check out the challenge rules here. Entries close at 9am on Monday, October 29th when we will draw our winners.

To celebrate our launch the randomly-drawn winner will receive this little bundle of PTI goodies:

Fly Away Stamp Set, Heart-2-Heart Stamp Set & die, Simply Chartreuse & Melon Berry Ribbons, Victorian Lace Border Die, Six Sheets of Distressed Dots papers and a selection of cardstock.

Finally, we had some problems with our email address so now have a new one – if you haven’t had a response from an email you sent to our old address we are very sorry, please email us at apassionforpapertrey@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Happy stamping everyone!

Kate, Aimes and Caryn xxx



A Winner! – Thank You challenge

Just popping to announce the winner of our last challenge and to showcase the top three as picked by us APFP girlies!

So without further ado, here is the random winner of the $5 PTI gift certificate…………….

Random number………………….. 5 which means SAM is our lucky winner.

Please email us your address and details Sam and we’ll send the GC deets out to you.

Now onto our Top 3 Passionistas.

First up happens to be our winner Sam!

We loved the simple style and bold use of white space – simple yet elegant – lovely colouring on those acorns too!

Secondly is Kirsty.

We loved how Kirsty stamped the butterflies onto bookprint and gave them life by layering them – stunning.

And last but not least is Camilla

The idea to use different panels of woodgrain gives this card a lovely weathered look and the sentiment across the bottom looks perfect.

Well done ladies – you are all Papertrey Passionistas!!

We are having a few issues with our blinkie at the moment so don’t despair if you can’t get the code to work properly for you at the moment – I know some have emailed us about it!  As part of our new-look blog design which is currently “under construction” the blinkie will be rewritten and as soon as it is ready we’ll have it available to all!

Pop back along later for our new challenge.

Bih hugs,

Caryn, Aimes and Kate xxx

Challenge: Thank You

Greetings all! Well you might have noticed a bit of a change here on A Passion for Papertrey, we’re undergoing a re-vamp – hooray! But while we’re in the process of that we’re not going to be looking quite as pretty for a while so please bear with us 🙂

Before we get going on another challenge I wanted to share a picture with you of a special night out us APFP girls had recently. What better than cocktails with lovely friends!

Left to right: Aimes, Kate & Caryn
We met up in Manchester for a night of cocktails and giggles!

So onto an all-new challenge. If there’s one type of card that I always run out of in my card stash it’s Thank You cards, are you the same? If so here’s your chance to replenish your stock because for this challenge we want you to create a Thank You card, or any other papercrafting project that says thanks!

Looking back through my Pinterest boards I came across a card by Maile Belles who had stamped a floral background with orange ink onto white cardstock, I was inspired to use the same idea and finished the card off with a simple sentiment and a bit of stitching.





Card Details:
Stamps: In Bloom/Think Big Favorites 2 (PTI)
Card: Stamper’s Select White/Aqua Mist (PTI)
Ink: Orange Zest(PTI)/Memento Black
Other: Corner Chomper/Stitching Floss/Copic Markers

Over to Caryn:

I seem to have opted for a flowery little number too!  It definitely has a touch of Springtime even though we’re very nearly into Autumn!!  I don’t often venture into mixing so many colours on one card (they tend to be one or two at the most) but I love seeing other cards made with this combo so thought I’d give it a try.

Recipe {Thank You}
Stamps: Flower Fusion 11, Iconic Images, A Little Argyle.
Card: Stampers Select White, Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, Ripe Avocado.
Ink: Spring Moss, Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz, Berry Sorbet.

Other: Line/Canvas impression plate, mat stack 4 die.




Here’s Aimes: 
I’m currently thinking I should have done all the work I said I’d do during the summer holidays! LOL! My body is in shock at the return to school after the summer holidays – I’ll be back soon with a card though! 🙂 




So fancy joining in the fun with us? One randomly drawn stamper will win a $5 PTI Gift Certificate!

Here are the details you’ll need to know to enter! 


* Enter as any times as you wish! All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify and can cater for as many different challenges as you please! (please state what is PTI as sometimes it’s hard for us to see…)
 

 * All entries must be newly created (well, new to Blogland anyways!). Please don’t link to old posts that might happen to fit the brief of the challenge!! Please leave a link back to this challenge on your entry too 🙂
 
 * To enter, use our inlinkz thingy at the bottom of this post. Please leave the correct URL for your entry post and not just your generic blog address! If you’re having problems then just leave a comment with a link to your post featuring the project on your blog or online gallery.
 * Worldwide entries are more than welcome to share the inspiration and can be in with a chance of being a Top 3 PTI Passionista, but unfortunately prizes can only be shipped within Europe! 
* Challenge closes on Monday, September 17th 2012 at 9.00am BST
 * As well as a randomly picked winner, we’ll select the top three creations we like the most and feature them on the Blog. The top three PTI Passionistas will have chance to display a Top 3 Passionista Blinkie on their own blog.!



Happy stamping!

Kate, Aimes & Caryn xxx

Our winners!

Thanks for checking in as we draw the winners for our latest challenge. Before we reveal our winners we have some big news for you – our challenges are now open worldwide!! This blog was started to bring together PTI fans from here in the UK and across Europe, but we have decided from now on to make our corner of the web a place where fans of PTI across the globe can come together to join our challenges and general love of all things PTI!

Up until now we have restricted our challenge prizes to Europe but from now on our prizes will, in the main, be PTI gift vouchers which can be claimed by anyone around the world. A big thumbs up!!

So, without further ado, let’s announce the winner to our latest challenge… and it is…

Here are your random numbers:

7

Timestamp: 2012-09-05 21:09:55 UTC
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Kirsty! Congratulations Kirsty. Please email apassionforpapertrey@yahoo.co.uk to for details on how to claim your PTI voucher.

We will be continuing our blinkie awards for our favourite three creations from each challenge – our top 3 PTI Passionistas, again open to stampers worldwide!

Here are our top three this time round:

Imke created such a pretty card that really caught our eye! We loved your layout – it’s a perfectly balanced design and how pretty are those colours!


 Micholla – Well Micholla didn’t settle at making one of this fabulous card – no, she made 6 in different colours! We loved your layout and background stamping!

Sam – well done on creating such an adorable scene! So many things to love about this card but our favourite is that super-cute felt tree!

A big congrats girls! If you would like to claim our blinkie for our blog please email us at apassionforpapertrey@yahoo.co.uk.

Don’t forget to check back later for a new challenge!

Kate, Aimes and Caryn xxx

Challenge: Congrats (Team GB!)

Hello!

Welcome to a shiny new challenge here on A Passion for Papertrey!

Us gals are in a very celebratory mood after a very successful Olympics – we don’t want it to end! We certainly feel very proud of Team GBs achievements so with this in mind, we’re asking you to create projects with a congrats theme this fortnight.

Now don’t worry, you don’t have to dedicate your card to Team GB if you aren’t a fan of the Olympics – just stick with the theme and use at least one PTI product to join in the fun 🙂

For my card I used a set that I haven’t inked up for ages. Happy Trails is such a sweet set, I should give it more inky love every now and again:

Let your dreams take flight

Card Deets
{let your dreams take flight}
Stamps: Happy Trails (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black, London Fog (Memento)
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Lemon Tart Bitty Box Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Lemon Tart Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Cuttlebug (Provocraft)/Copic Marker

I feel this card has a congrats theme even though the sentiment doesn’t literally say ‘Congrats’. I’m thinking of using this for an exam congrats or a card to celebrate the start of college/university. Oh those were the days *sigh*  LOL!

Over to Caryn:

Well this challenge made me want to reach for my Scattered Showers set – one of my all-time favourites.  This could be for a bridal shower or baby shower perhaps – or just a general congrats card!  The layout is actually from this weeks Retro Sketches challenge which you can see here.  The little fabric heart on the umbrella is actually cut from Aqua Mist grosgrain ribbon with the hearts border die – it cut surprisingly well!

 
Recipe: {Congratulations}

STAMPS: Scattered Showers.
INK: Aqua Mist, Ripe Avacado, Smokey Shadow.
DIES: Scattered Showers, Heart Border, Mat Stack 4, Canvas Impression Plate.
CARDSTOCK: Vintage Cream, Rustic Cream, Ripe Avacado, Green Tea Leaves pp.
OTHER: Ripe Avacado button, felt, Aqua Mist grosgrain ribbon.

Kate will be joining as soon as she has access to her crafty supplies! 🙂

So fancy joining in the fun with us? One randomly selected peep will win a $5 PTI Gift Certificate!


Here are the deets – check ’em out before you ink along with us! 🙂

* Enter as any times as you wish! All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify and can cater for as many different challenges as you please! (please state what is PTI as sometimes it’s hard for us to see…)
 

 * All entries must be newly created (well, new to Blogland anyways!). Please don’t link to old posts that might happen to fit the brief of the challenge!! Please leave a link back to this challenge on your entry too 🙂
 
 * To enter, use our inlinkz thingy at the bottom of this post. Please leave the correct URL for your entry post and not just your generic blog address! If you’re having problems then just leave a comment with a link to your post featuring the project on your blog or online gallery.
 * Worldwide entries are more than welcome to share the inspiration and can be in with a chance of being a Top 3 PTI Passionista, but unfortunately prizes can only be shipped within Europe! 
* Challenge closes on Monday, September 3rd 2012 at 9.00am BST
 * As well as a randomly picked winner, we’ll select the top three creations we like the most and feature them on the Blog. The top three PTI Passionistas will have chance to display a Top 3 Passionista Blinkie on their own blog.!

We can’t wait to see what you create!

Aimes, Caryn & Kate
xxx