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’!!))

glasto

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

{HELLO}
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

Challenge: Fontabulous!!

Hello peeps and welcome to our latest challenge.  There is a big trend in the crafting world at the moment towards combining different fonts  – PTI have a few sets that do just that!  So this time we’d like to see you create something with more that one font please – there’s no limit to how many fonts you choose but there has to be more than one!

Welcome Baby

{Welcome Baby}
Stamps: Mega Mixed Messages, Little Princess, Round and Round anniversary set.
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush
Card: Stampers select white, Raspberry Fizz, RF paper pack.

Over to Aimes: I had mega plans to go through all of my PTI sets to mix ‘n’ match fonts, but then I realised that there’s just a single set that already does that for a specific occasion. Enter, Birthday Bash Sentiments. A cool and fun mix of fonts to celebrate birthdays and inked up just in time to celebrate my brother’s upcoming birthday:

Happy Birthday

{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: London Fog (Memento)/Buttercup (a muse)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink)

Now if fonts were edible, these fonts would be be in the form of a birthday cake – yummy! Just don’t go eating the candle now….! 😉

Over to Kate: “I’ve been without a heat gun for way too long (my last one had a melt down!) so when my brand new one arrived this week I had to use it asap! I loved this challenge, it really made me think about using more than one sentiment on a card, and, like Aimes PTI’s Birthday Bash Sentiments fitted the bill!”

Stamps: Birthday Bash SentimentsCard: Kraft, White/Simply ChartreuseInk: Simply Chartreuse, VersamarkOther: White EP, twine, Corner Chomper

Stamps: Birthday Bash Sentiments
Card: Kraft, White/Simply Chartreuse
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Versamark
Other: White EP, twine, Corner Chomper

Ready to have fun with fonts? We hope you can join us. Remember: one randomly selected peep will win a $5 PTI gift certificate! The challenge ends at 9am GMT Monday March 4th. Full deets of our challenge rules can be found here.

We can’t wait to see what font-astic creations you come up with!

Caryn, Aimes & Kate

xxx


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)

Deets
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!

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{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!”

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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

xxx


Lotsa Circles…

Well it’s a super sunny Saturday here today so I’m zooming by to share a card with you before heading out the door to make the most of this autumn sunshine (I love it but I need to wrap up warm!)

Happy Birthday

*Shhh!* don’t tell Kate or Caryn, but the Kraft strip features a non-PTI stamp but everything else is PTI!

In fact, I could enter this into our current challenge seeing as it’s featuring so many circles (Well, that is, if I were allowed to enter and keep the sweet stamp set that’s up for grabs and is currently sitting on my desk waiting for its destination to be announced!)

Could you be it’s destination? Get your thinking cap on this weekend if you’ve got any spare inky time and think about geometric shapes in your design. Who knows, it might just win you some more stamps for your stamping pleasure 🙂

Aimes
x

Card Deets
{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)/For the Love of Dots (Practicing Creativity)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Versamark
Cardstock: Soft Stone, Enchanted Evening, Kraft, Blueberry Sky, Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Enchanted Evening Satin Ribbon, Polka Dot Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)/Clear Gems (Zva)/Grand Calibur (Spellbinders)

Challenge: Mad for Tags!

Hi everyone and thank you for joining us for another challenge! This time we’re going mad for tags! Yep, we want you to make and tag and then incorporate it in a card or other papercrafting project. Remember, if you don’t have any tag dies or punches you can always cut one yourself!

This is the first of many Christmas cards I’m embarking on – amazing for me in September! I went straight for one of my favourite Christmas colour combos – red, cream and kraft, and used the super-cute Tiny Tags Christmas set. I’m so looking forward to getting a lot of mileage out of this set this year!


Recipe:
Stamps: Tiny Treats Christmas, Fillable Frames 9
Card: Kraft, Vintage Cream
Paper: 2008 Bitty Dot Basics
Ink: Memento black, Vintage Cream
Other: Fillable Frames 9 die, Pure Poppy button, twine, Corner Chomper, Copic markers

Over to Caryn…

As I am now in proper panic mode in the run up to the BIG day – virtually every card that I create from now until December 24th (yes, I am NEVER completely in control) will be a Christmas card of some description. This year I am not putting myself under pressure to make the usual 150 plus that I do every year. I’m not a fan of the mass production approach as I get bored too easily so it’s rare I make the same card twice. With that in mind I have set myself a target of 50 cards, all different for those people that I know will appreciate them. For those distant relatives and friends of the family that I don’t really “know” but nevertheless exchange cards with every year, there will be a card, just not a special hand-crafted one! I know that’s a bit naughty but I would rather put that time into making something for my dearest friends and family members who will feel that little bit more special knowing not every one got one!!



{Recipe}
Stamps: Big and Bold Holiday Wishes, Wreath for All Seasons.

Card: Rustic Cream, Kraft

Others: Bakers Twine (Pure Poppy), vintage button (Ripe avocado)grosgrain ribbon (SU!), gems (Papermania), woodgrain impression plate.

Over to Aimes:
For this tag-tastic challenge I adopted a miniature approach and found this the perfect opportunity to play with my tiny tags die and stamp set 🙂


Surprise, surprise – I actually used the other side of my linen and canvas impression plate *gasp!* I’m hoping that the plaid will give my card that guy feel as this was made with my nephew in mind who turns 12 soon. I assumed with the whole ‘HB 2 U’ sentiment it gives it that kinda cool edgy look *wink*

Card Recipe

{For You, Party, HB 2 U}

Stamps: Tiny Tags, Birthday Bash Sentiments

Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)

Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Bakers’ Twine, Linen and Canvas Impression Plate, Tiny Tags Die (Papertrey Ink)/Spellbinders Grand Calibur/Nestabilities

Ready to join in the fun? Here’s what you can win:

Flower Fusion 1 set

And here are the deets:

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

* 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!!

* 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, October 3rd 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.
Have fun!

Kate, Aimes & Caryn xxx

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Happy Happy Happy…

…Birthday…

Happy Birthday

To ME! 🙂

Yup, today I enter my final year of my twenties. Eeeek! Am I worried? Anxious? Sad? Nah! After all, I’ve been told that I act closer to my shoe size than I do my actual age and no doubt that will continue for many years to come!

I know you were probably expecting a green-themed card but hey – as a card maker I’m really hoping that this is the one occasion I don’t have to make a card for! This card is still one that makes me smile though as you can find it in the special issue of Paper Crafts: Card Creations 9!

I’m also super lucky to be born on the longest day of the year. So what are we doing here – let’s go make the most of those hours 🙂

Aimes
x

CHALLENGE: It’s Elementary!

Hello PTI fans and welcome to a new challenge over here at APFP. We’re talking EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE {and water}! Yes, we want to see you include something to do with one of the four elements earth, air, fire and water. This can be incorporated in any way and PTI have TONS of stamp sets and dies that could fit in with this theme – even just a sentiment could be used (as in my example!!).

You Rock (get it? ROCK!!)

Card recipe {You Rock}:
Stamps: Boy Basics: Rock On; Grunge Me, Fillable Frames#4.
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy, Versamark.
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Stampers select white.
Other: Saddle Stich ribbon, FF#4 die, Guitar die, staples.

I used an A2 card base of Smokey Shadow card and die cut the Fillable Frame #4 shape from white and stamped it in Smokey Shadow ink. The sentiment is from BB: Rock On and is stamped in Pure Poppy with one of the Grunge Me elements. The guitar from Boy Basics: Rock On was stamped again in Smokey Shadow with a little detail added with a red ProMarker. The card base was stamped with two other elements from Grunge Me to give a bit of interest to the background and a strip of red saddle stitch ribbon was placed across the card and stapled at one end (to emphasize the rocker theme!). The focal point was then popped on to the card to one side using foam pads.
Caryn x

Over to Kate: ” As I rummaged through my PTI stamps I stumbled upon my Scattered Showers set, I haven’t used it much recently and thought it fitted the bill for this challenge – water! Also very topical given the amount of rain we’ve had recently! I made a real effort to get away from my normal colour combos, although a touch of Aqua Mist has slipped in there!”

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Scattered Showers
Ink: Ripe Avocado/Memento Tuxedo Black
Card: Kraft/ Ripe Avocado/ Stamper’s Select White
Paper: 2008 & 2009 Bitty Dot Basics
Other: Corner Chomper/Ripe Avocado Twill/sewing machine/Tag Sale 2

Over to Aimes:

So which element did I go for? Well as a fiery redhead I had no choice to pick fire, right *wink*

I wanted to reflect my element mainly with my colour scheme but as luck would have it, I DID have a stamp that had a flame on it!

Card Deets
{HB 2 U}
Stamps: Around and About Sentiments, Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Pure Poppy, Melon Berry, Orange Zest, Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink)/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: True Black, Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Baker’s Twine (Papertrey Ink)/Crystal Stickles (Ranger)/Chompy! (Corner Chomper – We R Memory Keepers)

It’s a very graphic card with gradient stamping to reflect the look of flames. You might not see on the pic, but my flaming candles have added sparkle too 🙂

And now our lovely June featured stamper, Moe

Hi everyone!! I am so excited to be playing along with the Passion Ladies this month 🙂 I am an ELEMENTary teacher so I had to giggle at the play on words.

The element I’ve chosen is “air.” Maybe that’s because we’ve just finished studying matter in my grade two classroom and one of the favourite experiments was blowing bubbles outside 🙂 I was first thinking hot air balloons, but the Postmarks set has been sitting on my desk waiting to be inked up. It was like it was whispering “air mail” to me. THEN I thought it would make a fun birthday card for any dear friend who lived far away (shhhhh, you don’t know anyone like that do you?). I cut the rustic cream panel to the size I wanted to use, then took out some stamps and laid them down to get a feel for size and mix of fonts and images. Then I stamped using a light gray. After, I took the “urgent” stamp and stamped it a few times randomly…love that look. I added the sweet little Love Lives Here butterfly stamped with the coordinating image, added some fun distressed dots paper and, of course, my beloved berry sorbet ribbon. I picked a bold sentiment from Big Birthday Wishes and added some bling.

Now that I think of it, there’s a bit of irony with this card…our Canadian Postal workers are on strike right now (ugh!). They are on a rotating strike, though, so mail is moving, just a little more slower than before.

Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!!

So what can you win this time around?

A fabulous Fillable Frames#8 stamp set.

Here are the full 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. 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, June 27th 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.

Can’t wait to see your elementary creations!

Caryn, Kate, Aimes and Moe
xxxx