Challenge – Something Sweet!

Hey folks and welcome to a new challenge.  Its been a busy few weeks for us APFP girls so for this challenge we thought we deserved a little treat!  We all have a bit of a sweet tooth so with that in mind we want to see what “sugary, sweet, and tasty” creations you can come up with.  Don’t just think of cupcakes and ice-cream – it can mean fruits, pies, drinks, etc.  It might even be a colour or sentiment!  Let your imagination run free!

I was in the mood for a bit of water-colouring so pulled out my Inktense pencils and had a play with the Cupcake Collection stamp set.  A good dollop of Stickles, some pattern papers and a few sequins finish it off nicely!!



Over to Kate: ‘Nothing says summer birthday like an an ice-cream treat! I’m not entirely sure which flavours these scoops of ice cream but they I still think they look yummy!”


Stamps: Sweet as Can Be/Birthday Bash Sentiments Card: Kraft/White/Raspberry Fizz/Summer Sunrise/Hawai'in Shores Other: Ric-rac die/Sweet as Can Be die

Stamps: Sweet as Can Be/Birthday Bash Sentiments
Card: Kraft/White/Raspberry Fizz/Summer Sunrise/Hawai’in Shores
Ink: Kraft/Black
Other: Ric-rac die/Sweet as Can Be die/Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EP

Over to Aimes: Well I’m in the full swing of summer holiday mode so for my sweet treat I opted for a retro-favourite of mine:

Fab friend

{fab friend}
Stamps: Wonderful Word Additions (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark
Card: White, Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Blue Thickers (American Crafts)/Gems (Want2Scrap)/White Detail Embossing Powder (Stampendous)/Pink, Yellow and Orange Promarkers (Letraset)

Do you remember fab ice lollies? I loved them as a kid and I’m still partial to one now (I have to eat them the same way: peel the chocolate layer off first, then the cream layer and finally the ice layer.) 🙂

We can’t wait to see all the goodies you come up with for this challenge. Have a look here for all the challenge deets. The challenge closes at 9am on Monday August 26th and one randomly selected peep will win a $5 PTI gift certificate!  Just link up your offering with the tool thingy below!

Caryn Aimes and Kate xxx


Hello all.  Thank you to everyone who joined in our last challenge – a tricky one eh?  We loved the different ways you incorporated those embellishments – very creative.  Here is our randomly drawn winner.  (until Aimes shows me how to do it, I can’t show a picture but I used!!)

And the winner is Number 1 ………………… LAURIE!!  Pop us an email with your details and we’ll whizz your $5 gift certificate over to you.

Now on to the top 3 Passionistas.  Here’s who caught our eye….


GRETA – what a gorgeous use of vellum and background stamping.


LAURIE – we love little boxes and cute packaging – this is just the sweetest!

VICKYVICKI – Such a stunning colour combination and lovely layered stamping.

Thank you for entering our challenge ladies.  Please feel free to grab our blinkie from the tab at the top and don’t forget to pop back later for another “mouth-watering” challenge.


Caryn, Aimes and Kate xxx

Challenge – Use 3 embellishments


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

For this challenge we want to see you get busy with embellishments – three different embellishments to be precise. An embellishment is simply an item that’s added to provide interest to a design. Don’t worry, we’re not going to be strict on the definition of what counts as an embellishment and what doesn’t – but think of things like ribbon, pearls, gems, sequins, die-cuts, buttons etc…Oh, and don’t limit yourself to cards – any creative project will count!

You won’t be surprised to see that I opted to create a card for this challenge. I was a little daunted by three different embellishments but cheated thought a little bit outside the box and combined three embellishments to create one larger embellishment:

Happy BirthdaySo I used a stamped and die-cut star, a button, and some twine for my embellishments that when combined make a little star embellishment. Easy peasy and great for those of us that edge towards a clean and simple style of card making. *wink*

Over to Caryn…



Hmm, this one didn’t turn out to be as simple a task as I first thought!  I am actually pretty pleased with the result although it is a tad busier than my usual style!!  My embellishments are gems, pearls and ruffle ribbon!!  Very girly don’t you think???!

Our lovely Kate is very busy moving/unpacking boxes at the moment – we don’t envy her that task! But she’ll be back for the next challenge. 🙂

We hope you get a chance to join in and show us what you can do with embellishments. Have a look here for all the challenge deets. The challenge closes at 9am on Monday August 12th and one randomly selected peep will win a $5 PTI gift certificate!

Aimes & Caryn



Challenge – Birthday Celebrations!!

Hey – here we are with a brand, spanking new challenge and this time it’s easy-peasy!  One thing we girls here at APFP all have in common (amongst other things) is a deluge of birthdays in the month of July!!  I think I have 7 in my family alone!!  So, to help us out a little with the demand we thought we’d make this challenge a simple “Birthday” theme – anything goes as long as it is a card made to celebrate someones big day.

For my card I got out my favourite ink colours at the moment – shades of coral, peach and aqua.  I love the Mini Blooms set from PTI and although it can be a tad fiddly with all the little die-cuts – the overall effect is usually worth it.  I don’t know if it shows that well in the photo but I painted the raised die cuts with my clear Wink of Stella brush and it looks super sparkly in the light!!



Over to Kate: “Do you have a few basic card sketches that you fall back on when you’re really against the clock? This is one of mine – so I know it’s not going to win any prizes for design but it’s a trusted favourite when I need to make a card in a hurry!”

Stamps: Birthday Tags 2012/Background Basics: Heart Ink: Raspberry Fizz Card: Basic Black/White Other: Oval dies/Black grosgrain ribbon

Stamps: Birthday Tags 2012/Background Basics: Heart
Ink: Raspberry Fizz
Card: Basic Black/White
Other: Oval dies/Black grosgrain ribbon

Over to Aimes:

I challenged myself to play with some of my scraps for this challenge and created a little birthday scene:

balloon birthday

{Card Deets}
Card: Spring Rain, New Leaf (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Fine & Dandy True Blue 6×6 Collection (My Mind’s Eye)
Accessories: Jute Button Twine, Cloud Die (Papertrey Ink)/Staples (Office Supplies!)

It’s hard to see, but I also used my cloud die as a stencil and inked some subtle white clouds in the background 🙂

We hope you get a chance to join in and share your birthday creations. Have a look here for all the challenge deets. The challenge closes at 9am on Monday July 29th and one randomly selected peep will win a $5 PTI gift certificate!

See you soon,

Caryn, Aimes and Kate xxx

Our winners!

Just popping by to announce the winners of the last challenge, “Inspired by…”.  We loved the entries and loved seeing where all your inspiration comes from!

And so the winner of the $5 PTI gift certificate this time is ……………………………

NUMBER 6 which means Betty is our winner.  Please get in touch so we can email your prize over to you.

There was  a great selection of entries and after much deliberation here are our three passionistas:



Ruth’s card is just bursting with texture and colour yet still manages to capture a light and airy feel!



Lynn used Pinterest as her source of inspiration for this fabulously CAS card.



You NEED to check out the gorgeous bouquet that inspired this beauty from Gerdine!

Well done girls – feel free to grab out Papertrey Passionista blinkie from the tab at the top of the page.

And please check back later for our latest challenge!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Caryn, Kate and Aimes xxx

Challenge: Going round in Circles!

Welcome to a new challenge that may have you going round in circles…yup, that’s right, we wanna see the way you can work those circles on your creations.

For my project, I opted for simple die-cut circles and created my own kinda jigsaw with them.

Happy Birthday Circles

{Happy Birthday to You}
Card: White, Aqua Mist, Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Sentiment from Faux Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Glossy Accents (Ranger)/Circle Nestabiliy Die (Spellbinders)/Martha Stewart Heart Lace Border Punch/White Detail Embossing Powder (Stampendous)

I also couldn’t resist a good dollop of Glossy Accents on the heart for extra shine 🙂

Over to Caryn:

I pulled out a set I haven’t used in a gazillion years for this weeks challenge,  Background Basics: Medallions.  I love this two step background builder set – gives you lots of options for cool colour combos!! I am continuing my recent love of blues and greens this time round and paired the circles up with Rosie Posie – another favourite set of mine!!  The little sentiment is from Blooming Button Bits.


Stamps: Background Builder: Medallions, Rosie Posie, Blooming Button Bits.
Ink: Enchanted Evening (PTI), Tide Pool (HA) and Feild Greens (HA)
Card: Stampers Select White

Here’s Kate: “My card was inspired by some gorgeous turquoise and yellow fabric that I bought recently. I decided to keep it simple with just one circle!”

Stamps: Trendy Tree Tops Card: White, Hawai'in Shores, Harvest Gold Ink: Hawai'in Shores, Harvest Gold, Black

Stamps: Trendy Tree Tops
Card: White, Hawai’in Shores, Harvest Gold
Ink: Hawai’in Shores, Harvest Gold, Black

We really hope you can join in the circular fun with us! Have a look here for all the challenge deets. The challenge closes at 9am on Monday June 17th and one randomly selected peep will win a $5 PTI gift certificate!

Aimes, Caryn & Kate


Challenge: Inspired by Nature!

Hello peeps and welcome to a new challenge here at A Passion for Papertrey.  Welcome, and if you’re new to this blog then we are three crafty card makers who share a love of Papertey Ink – an American paper crafting company known for their unique stamp designs and co-ordinating colour products.  This blog offers fortnightly challenges with a different theme each time and all we ask is your entry should feature at least one Papertrey Ink product.  We will randomly draw a winner for each challenge and send that lucky person a $5 gift certificate for PTI!  Simples!

So this week we want to see your nature-inspired creations.  Now how easy could that be?  Nature could be flowers, butterflies (and other creepy crawlies!), leaves, animals etc,etc!

Here’s what we came up with:

Caryn:  One of my favourite colour combos of all time is Pure Poppy and Aqua Mist.  This gave me the starting point for my card and so I went for a set I haven’t used in a long time – it was long overdue a dusting off!  Althought I used Blooming Button Bits – I didn’t actually use any buttons!  I went for flower heads from Beautiful Blooms instead!!


{Have a Fabulous Day}
Stamps: Blooming Button Button Bits, Beautiful Blooms (PTI), Just Fabulous (Clearly Besotted)
Ink: Tide Pool (Hero Arts), Pure Poppy, True Black, Scarlet Jewel (PTI)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Pure Popy, Patterned Paper pack (Aqua Mist)
Washi tape (??), Wink of Stella Clear brush pen

Here’s Kate: “My home office is a conservatory that opens out onto my garden, and at the moment it’s so lovely to listen to the birds sing and see them in the garden. So I was totally inspired to make a card with birds on it! I needed to whip up a wedding card for a friend so I took the ‘tie the knot’ theme literally and gave the knot to my pair of love birds! (Apologies again for the poor image quality, my camera is still at the camera hospital so I’m using a very poor substitute!)

{Congratulations} Stamps: Happy Trails/Enjoy the Ride (PTI) Ink: Enchanted Evening/Versafine Black Card: Grey (SU), White (PTI) Other: Bakers Twine (American Crafts)

Stamps: Happy Trails/Enjoy the Ride (PTI)
Ink: Enchanted Evening/Versafine Black
Card: Grey (SU), White (PTI)
Other: Bakers Twine (American Crafts)

Aimes will be along in the next day or two to share her card as she’s currently snowed under with paperwork at school !

If you’re joining us for the first time please take a wee minute to read the blog guidelines and when you’re ready, share you fabulous work with us in the linky tool below!!  The challenge is open for the next two weeks and closes on 3rd June 2013.

Can’t wait to see how nature inspires you!

Hugs from

Caryn, Kate and Aimes xxx

Winner time – yay!

Hello folks, just popping in with details of the winner and top 3 passionistas for our last challenge – Stamp your own background.  It was a joy to visit all your blogs and see your creations, thank you so much to everyone that joined in.  I have checked your blogs and some of the comments have not been saved – I’m sorry if it didn’t appear – I can assure you we love to visit and leave some love but for some reason it’s not showing up on some of your blogs!!  We’ll make sure that is sorted next time around!!

Now, onto the randomly drawn winner:


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So our winner is Vicki!  Well, done hun.  Please get in touch and we’ll sort out your gift certificate for you.

Now onto our top 3 – a tough job as always!!

Micholla – what a fresh and clean looking card – we loved the pop of raspberry pink across the middle!




Christine wowed us with the slices of orange and lemon – it looks like the most refreshing drink ever!!  Fantastic!!




Vicki gave us inspiration with this fabulous men’s card – great layout and lovely colours too!




Well done ladies, feel free to grab the blinkie (see the top tabs) and wear it proudly on your blogs! Join us very soon for a new challenge.


Caryn, Aimes and Kate xxx

Challenge: Stamp your own background.

Hello, here we are with a brand new challenge to get your creative juices flowing and your fingers inky!!  This time around we want to see your stamped backgrounds please!  You can use any stamps you like (not just background stamps) but just make sure you feature a Papertrey Ink product somewhere on your card!  Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

As I was shuffling through my PTI sets I stopped on Rosie Posie and it occurred to me that I had never actually inked up the hexagon border stamps in that set!!  I thought I had better rectify that immediately and stamped two of the designs to give me a honeycomb pattern  I don’t know if the sun shining bright today or what but I was drawn to Summer Sunrise and Lemon Tart for my colours and came up with this design.  It totally looks like a honeycomb to me so I paired it with a somewhat appropriate sentiment from Build A Bug from Clearly Besotted Stamps!!

Hi Honey

{Hi Honey}
Stamps: Rosie Posie, Build a Bug (Clearly Besotted)
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, True Black.
Card: Stampers Select White.
Other: Adhesive gems.

Over to Aimes “I fancied challenging myself to not use a background set for this challenge and blew the dust off a set that I’ve hardly ever used: Studio Style

Happy Birthday Crafty Girl

{Card Deets}
Stamps: Studio Style (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Bubblegum (Hero Arts)/London Fog, Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Squeezed Lemon (Distress Ink)
Card: White, Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Grey Twine (Doodlebug)/Detail Clear Embossing Powder (Stampendous)

I used the buttons in the set to create my own kind of patterned paper.” 🙂

Over to Kate: “This challenge made me realise just how much I love stamping my own background! I went for a summery colour scheme to reflect the wonderful weather! I used my Background Basics: Retro set and found that I’d never ever used the stripes.. shock horror because they are cool!”

{Happy Birthday}Stamps: Make a Wish, Make a Wish Additions, Background Basics: RetroInk: Hawai'in Shores, Orange Zest, Raspberry Fizz, Basic BlackDies: Make a WishCard: Stampers Select White

{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Make a Wish, Make a Wish Additions, Background Basics: Retro
Ink: Hawai’in Shores, Orange Zest, Raspberry Fizz, Basic Black
Dies: Make a Wish
Card: Stampers Select White

So if you’re ready to get inky with some background stamping then please join in.  We love seeing all your fabulous creations.  The challenge is open to stampers worldwide and runs for two weeks until 9.00 am Monday 20th May 2013.


Caryn, Aimes and Kate xxx

Our winners!! – Celebrate Challenge

Wow – I think that was one of our busiest challenges  – you’re obviously all in the mood for celebration right now!!!  It was a tricky task to choose our top 3 and once again – I’m glad the winner is random as there’s NO WAY we’d have been able to pick just one!!!

So here is the randomly drawn winner for the Celebrate challenge….


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So that means that TRACEY McNEELY is our winner, yay!!  Let us know your details Tracey and we’ll get your gift certificate over to you in a jiffy!

Now to the Top 3 Passionistas.  It was so hard this time, the cards were all truly gorgeous and with such a wide variety of styles.  Here’s who caught our eye this time…



Joyce entered a few cards to this challenge but this one was our favourite over all – love the jaunty angles and patterned paper poking out!



Marlou’s lovely soft colours and clean design really stood out to us.




What a stunner this card is from Rachel – great hombre effect with the hearts border and the stitching add just the right amount of detail but still keep the card clean and simple.

So girls, if you’d like to proudly sport our winners badge on your blog then please feel free to grab the blinkie from the bar at the top.  And don’t forget to join us for our new challenge tomorrow!!

Bye for now,

Caryn, Kate and Aimes xxx