Punch It!

So, ready for a new challenge?! After going dotty for the past fortnight, we wanna see you pack a punch! Well not the violent kind, we’re talking about the paper kind of punching of course! So c’mon, dig out those paper punches and see what you come up with! Don’t have a paper/border punch? Well we’ll let you off if you use a die-cut because it’s almost the same kinda thing….but everyone has a regular paper hole punch don’t they?! Could you use that creatively I wonder?!

I’ll confess that I went a little ‘punch crazy’ on my example – I couldn’t resist! So here’s my example with not one, not two, but three paper punches (can you spot them all?!)

I’ve a little bit of an addiction creating these kinda 3D, doily, fan things too! Just love the dimension they add to a card!


Card Deets
{There’s no one like You}
Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Friends ’til the End, Around and About Sentiments
Ink: Papertrey Ink: Pure Poppy
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: White, Hibiscus Burst
Patterned Paper: Papertrey Ink: Simple Valentine
Accessories: Martha Stewart Scalloped Border Punch/EK Success Embossed Scallop Punch/Corner Rounder/Papertrey Ink button, twine/Cuttlebug/Nestabilities

Now I’m gonna cover for my PTI partner in crime, Kate for this challenge. Kate is super duper busy at the moment, so she may pop by with a card later on in the week!

So that leaves you with an example from our featured stamper for September, Margaret! Here’s Margaret’s lovely autumnal take on the challenge:

“This card was a bit of a challenge for me as I don’t really use the many punches I have – most are a bit twee. However, despite the start of an Indian Summer here in Scotland, Autumn is very much on my mind, especially as the trees are on the cusp of turning – really, they are!

Remember how I love CASEing people ? Well, I saw a card by Erin Lincoln at Procrastination Station on the 19th of August where she uses the PTI Autumn Abundance set on Mat Stack 3 ( turns out she’d CASEd Nichole Heady, so if it’s good enough for those girls… !) I love it when you can multi-purpose stuff – another great feature of much of the PTI range !

I kinda had leaves tumbling over the card in my mind but I couldn’t really make that work as I felt the leaves were too “solid” both in texture and shape. I then came up with the wreath/frame idea, but needed to vary the leaves a bit so I puddled Glimmer Mists to make a variegated cardstock to punch the leaves from – I thought it would be nice to have the leaves curving. However, they needed more of a “grounding” and that’s where the Rubber Tapestry stamps came in, stamped in Kaleidacolour Autumn Leaves – you can just see them peeking behind the wreath. Yup, PTI works FABULOUSLY with other ranges of stamps – and it is allowed, folks !!

Oh, I also scored a border around the square card, just to contain it all.

The main image from PTI Autumn Abundance was stamped and coloured with Koh-I-Noor Pencils then I used Crackle Glaze to …erm…. crackle glaze it (??!) When that was dried, I rubbed Distress Tea-dye ink over to highlight the crackle. Doesn’t that sound a nice, calm creative process ? Want to hear the real monologue in my head from this morning ? Then pop on over to my blog – although, be warned, it ain’t pretty …”

So you ready to play along? Here are the deets:

*All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify

* 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, Sept 20th 2010 at 9.00am GMT

* A winner will be chosen at random to receive this stamp set!:

In addition to this, 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.

So go get punching! We can’t wait to see what you create!

Aimes, Kate & Margaret
xxx

Inspired by a Royal Hat!

This post is courtesy of our Featured Stamper for June, Chris!

No – its ok, you have come to the right place. Some people get inspired by glossy magazines with articles about beautiful rooms and great designs but me, I was inspired by Her Majesty! I was having my first caffeine fix on Saturday morning watching the TV when the Queen drove down The Mall on her way to the Trouping of the Colour and I thought “those colours on that hat go really well together”.

Lavender Moon, Spring Moss and Berry Sorbet are not colours I’d normally put together but I thought if they were good enought for a royal hat, surely they’d look ok on a card. I went with a round and a square card for this project using all Papertrey products in the corresponding colours.

I used the same colour ways for both cards using a mix of patterned papers and cardstock. I added in a hand cut label on the round one and a Spellbinders tag on the square. A few buttons and trim and they were done!

Supplies: Stamps – Round & Round, Autumn Abundance; Cardstock – Lavender Moon, Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet; Paper – Pretty Pastels, Bitty Dots, In Bloom, Bitty Box; Accessories – Butterfly die, Spellbinder labels, vintage buttons, ribbon, pearls.

I love to use Papertrey’s designer papers and recently split several pads with a friend in the US. So to share the paper love around I thought we could have a little challenge! Round cards are a favourite of mine and I could use some more inspiration – so how about you make a round card using at least one Papertrey Ink product and post it to the linky thingy below. You have 2 weeks to enter and we will draw a winner on Thursday 8th July! Entries are welcome from all corners of the world and the prize can be shipped anywhere!

Please do have a go – you could be the lucky recipient of these 30 sheets of Papertrey DPs!

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