Challenge: Be Inspired!

Ho, Ho, Ho! And welcome to a new (slightly later than planned!) challenge here on A Passion for Papertrey!

Please accept my biggest apologies for the delay in introducing our new challenge; it’s my (Aimes here), turn to host it and we’re in the process of moving house. Needless to say, chaos surrounds me and we have no Internet access until next Monday (how will I cope?!)

I’ll be back next week with the winners of our last challenge but for now, let’s focus on the new challenge shall we? So – with it being a super busy time of the year, we wanted to give you a challenge that’s super easy to play along with. Simply be inspired by the picture below and get creative! 🙂A CollectionPicture Source: A Creative Mint

I’ll share my project with you once we get our broadband set up in our new place this week, but for the meantime Hurrah for broadband! I can now share how this pic inspired my Christmas wrapping:

DeetsStamps: Holiday Tree (PTI)Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)Card: Vintage Cream (PTI)Accessories: Baker's Twine (PTI)/ Mini Peg, Parcel Paper (Craft Supply)

Stamps: Holiday Tree (PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Card: Vintage Cream (PTI)
Accessories: Baker’s Twine (PTI)/ Mini Peg, Parcel Paper (Craft Supply)

I was inspired by the twine, the peg and the kraft/red colour combo.

Now feast your eyes on what my gorgeous partners in PTI  crime whipped up for ya!

Over to Caryn:

I think Aimes must have been thinking of me when she picked the inspiration photo for this challenge because it couldn’t be more up my street!  I naturally went for a Christmas theme with my card and am happy to have another one ticked off my list!  I dusted off my Background Basics: Christmas set for the “Night Before Christmas” text and went to town with a few dies and some felt!


{25 December}
Stamps: Background basics: Christmas, Simple Alphabet
Cardstock: Kraft, Pure Poppy, Stampers Select White
Dies: Modern alphabet, Fillable Frames 9 die, Stitched Rectangles )Lil’ Inkers), Snowflake (Sizzix)
Ink:Ranger Distress Ink: Old paper
Other: Bakers Twine (PTI), felt, stickles.

Here’s Kate: “Well did you know we’ve had a big birthday here on the blog in the past week?! Our dear Caryn hit the big 4-0 last week so when I saw the inspiration photo I chuckled because I had already had the colour scheme in mind for her card. Happy Birthday Caryn!”


Stamps: Background Basics: Hearts/Birthday Bash Sentiments/Butterfly WIshes
Card: Vintage Cream/Pure poppy/Kraft
Ink: Pure Poppy/Memento black
Other: Pure Poppy buttons/Circle nestabilities/By the Number dies/Mat Stack 5 die

This is the final challenge of 2012 – we’ll be back in January 2013 to host more! If you’re new to us then you can check out the challenge rules here. We hope you can find time to play along with us seeing as we’ve extended the deadline to 9am GMT on December 31st 2012. Remember: we offer one randomly selected peep a $5 PTI GC for inking along with us so what are you waiting for?

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Aimes, Caryn & Kate


"Piece out, man"!!

Geddit? Piece, peace??? Ok, it’s tenuous but a link all the same to our lovely new challenge which is to use paper piecing in your project. I love to do paper piecing but it can be time-consuming. I have to say though the result is usually worth it and PTI have loads of fabulous sets that lend themselves beautifully to this technique.
For my sample I chose a set that hasn’t seen much love in a long time (hides head in shame). I love this cute little set though – it was among the first I bought. I have stamped it onto my favourite PTI paper too – the polka dot one from the Raspberry Fizz collection – yum. The sentiment is also from the Scattered Showers set.


{Wishing You Sunshine}
Stamps: Scattered Showers, Background Basics: Hearts (Papertrey Ink), Legder Stamp (Hero Arts)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) Versamark, Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Raspberry Fizz collection (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories:Raspberry Fizz twill ribbon/, Medium scallop border die (Papertrey Ink)

Over to Aimes:
Believe it or not, I don’t actually own that many PTI sets that scream out, “Paper-piece me, girly!” but it is a technique that I seriously love when I’ve got the patience to do it, and it’s a great way to use those diddy scraps you’ve been hoarding too *wink*

So after rooting through some of my sets, I came across the solid outline stamp of a butterfly from Butterfly Dreams; rooted through my Bitty Dots DP Scrap bag (yes, I am an organised, verging-on-OCD kinda gal when it comes to scraps!) and got busy:

As you can hopefully tell, I wasn’t happy with just a pinky, dotty butterfly: I wanted a shiny, super glittery butterfly instead. Cue a good dollop of the Glossy Accents and glitter for a blingin’ butterfly so bright it’d blind ya LOL!

Gotta love me some super-shiny-shimmery goodness 🙂

Card Deets
{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Butterfly Dreams, Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) Versamark
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Basic White 6×6 Pad (Basic Grey)/Hibiscus Burst Bitty Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Simply Chartreuse Felt, Eyelet Border Die, Simply Chartreuse Button (Papertrey Ink)/Cuttlebug/Circle Nestability (Spellbinders)/Glossy Accents (Ranger)/Prisma Glitter/Chompy (Corner Chomper – We R Memory Keepers)

Over to Kate: “The minute I thought about this challenge I reached for my On My Couch set, and paper pieced the sofa with one of the papers from Turning a New Leaf – then added some shading with a copic marker to make it add a bit of dimension. A simple, CAS card for a special friend!”

Stamps – On My Couch/On My Couch Additions
Ink – Memento black
Card – Vintage Cream/Dark Chocolate
Paper – Turning a New Leaf
Dies – Mat Stack 5/Ric-Rak

So what’s on offer this time round for all you lovely challengees?? It’s this……..

Fillable Frames #5 stamp set.

Here are the challenge deets:

* All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify (please state what is PTI as sometimes for us it’s hard to tell :D)

* To enter, use our inlinkz thingy at the bottom of this post (be aware that we’ve had a few niggles with it!). 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, March 21st 2011 at 9.00am GMT

* 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.

Caryn, Aimes and Kate

Challenge: Be My Valentine!


Happy Monday! Apologies for this challenge being posted later than I wanted – I’m in the midst of a stinkin‘ cold which took pleasure in taking over my weekend :o(

Enough sniffling and moaning from me though, are you ready for a new challenge?! I hope so because for this one we want you to get ‘loved-up’ and think ‘Valentine’s’ with your creations. Remember it doesn’t have to be restricted to a card and can be a little valentine treat for anyone! Don’t panic, it doesn’t have to be one huge slushfest on a card declaring your love for someone! If you’d rather, you could think about just featuring one aspect of Valentine’s (e.g Hearts) on your creation.

Well my example started with this one card…

..and by the end of my inky session, it turned into this!

These are a cute 3×3 inches in size – so sweet! I’m selling these at work to raise money for the British Heart Foundation – I’ve sold a few today! If some don’t sell, I can always sneak them into my guy’s packed lunch for the remainder of the year ;D

Here they are closer up:

Card Recipe

Stamps: Tiny Treats: Valentine/Polka Dot Basics II
Ink: Memento Black/Various PTI Inks!
Cardstock: Stampers Select White/Various PTI Colours!
Accessories: Promarkers/3D Foam Pads/Aqua Mist Vintage Button/Cream Button Twine/Fine Black Pen

Here’s Kate with her gorgeous example:

Stamps – Big and Bold Wishes
Card – Stamper’s Select White/Raspberry Fizz
Paper – Simple Valentine
Other – Black gingham ribbon/felt hearts and buttons(Martha Stewart)/EK Success border punch

..and as our featured stamper, Vanessa has provided us with TWO stunning examples!

I’m literally drooling with this scrumptious cupcake creation…

Supplies for the Cupcake card: Cardstock: (White, Raspberry Fizz ) PTI, Patterned Paper: (Pretty Pastels) PTI, Stamps: (Tiny Treats: Valentine, Baby Button Bits) PTI, Ink: (Black) Tsukineko, (Worn Lipstick) Ranger Industries, Fibers: (Raspberry Fizz Luxe Satin Ribbon) PTI, (Twine) Craft Shop, Accents: (Sweet Blush Vintage Button) PTI, (Heart Pearl) Hero Arts, Dies: (Labels 4) Spellbinders, Markers: Copic

…and then it’s topped off with this super sweet creation!

Supplies for the Pink/Kraft card: Cardstock: (Kraft, Berry Sorbet) PTI, Patterned Paper: (Pretty Pastels) PTI, Stamps: (Background Basics: Hearts) PTI, Ink: (Fresh Snow) PTI, (Watermark Ink) Versamark, Fibers: (Vintage Cream Luxe Satin Ribbon) PTI, Accents: (Heart Pearls) Hero Arts, Tools: (Border Punch) EK-Success, (Corner Chomper) Crop-A-Dile

Here are the deets:
  • All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify
  • To enter, use our Mister Linky at the bottom of this post. 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, but unfortunately prizes can only be shipped within Europe!
  • Challenge closes on Monday 22nd February 2010 at 9.00am GMT
  • A winner will be chosen at random to receive a collection of PTI goodies!

So getting thinking of some lovey, dovey creations and get inky! We can’t wait to see what creations you come up with!

Aimes, Kate & Vanessa