"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.

Caryn

Recipe
{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!”



Recipe:
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
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A new challenge!

Hello there! Thank you for joining us for another challenge! Before we go any further today we have just a bit of house-keeping for you – we’ve decided to change the day we start our challenges to a Tuesday. Our deadline will still be 9am on Monday morning (two weeks after the challenge has been set) with the winners being announced later that day. The new challenge will then be set on the following day.

OK, onto far more interesting business! For this challenge we’re planning parties!! Ok, you don’t actually have to plan a party (but if you do will you invite us!) – but we’d like to see what you can come up with when making an invite for a party. In fact in can be an invite to any event – wedding, christening etc – so long as it’s an invitation and it features at least one PTI product you can enter the challenge!

For my sample I made a pocket card, using some scrummy Hawai’in Shores card and ribbon, and the Green boutique papers. Here’s how it will be received:


And the recipient will pull out the card to reveal the invitation (which I will hand write on the white card).



Card recipe: (All PTI unless otherwise stated)

Stamps – Tags for Spring, Birthday Bash Sentimens
Ink – New Leaf
Card – Stamper’s Select White, Hawai’in Shore
Paper – Green Boutique
Ribbon – Hawai’in Shores Saddle Stitch
Dies – Ric-Rac, 1 3/4in circles
Other – Corner Chomper

Over to Aimes
“Hmmmm….invites…..well I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t really make invites. Contrary to what you may believe, I’m not the ‘Hostess with the Mostess’ (I leave that trait to both Caryn and Kate LOL!) but I do love being invited to a good shindig *wink*

So I tried something a little different. Still on my tag kick from our last challenge and a vellum kick from the previous PTI Make It Monday challenge, I combined both to come up with this invite:

Yup, it’s my party and everyone is invited! (But you’ll have to share this one invite, OK?! Ha!)

The addition of a layer of a vellum on the tag tones down the bold background stamping underneath slightly. You could also use your printer to print the party details directly on to your sheet of vellum and then die cut out after. The transparency of the vellum means you can die cut after printing to absolute perfection 🙂

Invite Deets
{it’s my party!}
Stamps: Damask Designs, Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)/Sentiment from Frame-It (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink)/Versamark/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, Vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Provocraft)/Raspberry Fizz Grosgrain Ribbon, Tag Sale #1 Die, Limitless Layers 1 3/4″ Collection Dies, Medium Scallop Border Die(Papertrey Ink)

With hindsight I’ve realised that I could have also put a vellum overlay on the back of the tag as an RSVP too. Well if I ever do host anything I’ll remember that tip for next time…”

And now to Caryn..

“Hey there folks and happy Tuesday. It’s happy for me as it’s half term here and that means no morning routine of getting the children to school -yay! I’m sure Aimes is with me there ;0).
Now, invitations. As much as I LOVE to entertain I too am a bit like Aimes and don’t really get round to the invitation sending part. I tend to go for group texts!!! However, I have decided that for my hubby’s 40th birthday in July (yes, I’m getting ahead of myself for once) I am going to do ACTUAL invites!! The card I’ve made here won’t be the finished design – it’ll be a bit more grown up (!) but this was the mood I was in when I made it so it’s a bit more childish! Actually, when I think about it this would suit my other half perfectly!


{Recipe}
Stamps: Everyday Classics (2008 anniversary set), Round and Round (2009 anniversary set), Banner Builder
Card: Simply Chartreuse, Stampers select white.
Paper: Beautiful Blooms
Ink: Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores and Simply Chartreuse
Accessories: Mat stack 4 die. Papermania gems.

As our featured stamper for February, here’s Imke’s fabulous invitation showing that you don’t have to think of just parties for an invite. This sweet card is a lovely way to invite a friend for a get-together!

And here is the fabulous prize up for grabs! This super cute mini PTI stamp set will go to a randomly drawn winner –

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 7th 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.

Kate, Aimes, Caryn & Imke
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Background Basics…

Ahhh! Christmas: the presents have been unwrapped, the turkey has been cooked (and a month’s worth remains in the fridge), and I’ve still got numb fingers from building lots of Lego toys with my nieces a nephews! Love it! I hope you’ve all had a happy Holiday
too!

Apologies for this challenge being posted later than usual: straight after Christmas I had a birthday to celebrate and a very snowy wedding to attend! I’m still recovering from the drinking, eating, celebrating and socialising (not necessarily in that order) that I can’t believe I’ve even managed to get my head around posting this challenge!

We know it’s still a super busy time of year so our challenge is pretty simple to join along with if you’re lucky enough to find a few spare, inky moments *wink* For this fortnight’s challenge we’d like to see how you use your background stamp sets on your projects. Don’t own a background set? Then get creative and make your own if you fancy it!

My example is actually the card I gave to my mum for her Birthday (celebrated on Boxing Day so it’s present galore all over again for us!)

Card Deets
{happy biRthDay}
Stamps: Birthday Bash Sentiments, Polka Dot Basics II
Ink: Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink)/London Fog (Memento)
Cardstock: White and Pink Shimmer Cardstock (Papetrey Ink)
Accessories: Fresh Snow Satin Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)/Chompy (Corner Rounder)/Ribbon (Scraps!)/Clear Gem (Hero Arts)

I do think Polka Dot Basics II is my most favourite background stamp set ever (don’t tell my other sets that though!) nothing like a few polka dots to add an element of fun to a project!

Over to Kate:

“A very Happy Christmas to you all! I hope everyone has had a happy and peaceful few days, and now the festivities have quietened down a bit maybe you’re even finding time to sneak into your craft room! My samples for this challenge are some Christmas cards I made a few weeks ago – I went for a slightly unusual Christmas colour (Hawai’in Shores) then like the card (and the speed with which it came together!) that I made a few more in other PTI colours:

Hawai’in Shores:


Ocean Tides:


Enchanted Evening:


Raspberry Fizz:


Recipe:

Stamps: Peaceful Poinsettia (background stamp)/2010 Holiday Tags
Ink: Fresh Snow/Versafine Black
Other: Adhesive Gems/Mat Stack 3 Die/White Grosgrain Ribbon

Over to Caryn:

“Hi there folks and a happy holiday season to you all. We have had another fantastic Christmas in our house and once again everyone is feeling very happy and a bit spoiled – me included! My card sample this week is, I’m sorry to say, ANOTHER Christmas card!! I know, probably the last thing you all want to see now but all I’ve made recently are Christmas cards, I can’t think about anything else at this time of year. This card features the Big and Bold Holiday Wishes and Background Basics: Christmas sets. I love that little peppermint background stamp! Now I promise my next challenge card won’t be a Christmas card – although I fully intend to make them throughout the year so there’s no panicking at the end as usual!!”


And as our featured stamper for December, here’s Aga:

“I love stamping custom backgrounds. It’s a quick and easy way to create your own patterned paper and it gives you an almost endless possibility to create something unique!

Here are my samples of background stamping: two cards I made using one stamp from Guide Lines set. The sentiment comes from Blooming Button Bits set. Both are super quick and easy to make!”



So what else could tempt you to play along with us this fortnight? Well how about a sweet little stamp set:
Yup, one randomly selected European peep could be the owner of this new Signature Series: Cupcake mini stamp set!

Ready to play along? I hope so! Here’s the 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 got a text based linky thing and not a piccy one at the moment!). 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, January 10th 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.

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

Aimes, Kate, Caryn & Aga
xxxx

Happy, Happy, Happy…

Saturday already! Can’t quite believe how quick the weeks are zooming by, is it really only 35 days until Christmas?!?! Eeek! I’ve only made one Christmas card so far……

So in typical Aimes style, I’ll be making Christmas cards on Christmas Eve no doubt. But I digress anyways as I’m sharing a Birthday card with you today and not a Christmas one!


A pretty bright colour combo for me but the recipient of this card was my niece who wouldn’t appreciate my preferred muted colour palette. Don’t tell anyone, but I actually enjoyed playing with such bright, fun colours; it certainly brightened me up!

Hope your weekend is super bright too, maybe just with the crafting if the weather where you are is anything like it is here in Sheffield today!

Oooh and if you’ve got some scraps to use up, then why not spend the perfect day crafting away with ’em for our current challenge *wink*

Right, I’m off to make a real start on some Christmas cards…..

Aimes
x

Card Deets

{Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy Birthday!}
Stamps: Birthday Bash Sentiments, Polka Dot Basics II (Papertrey Ink)/Ledger (Hero Arts)
Ink: Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)/Versamark/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Hawaiian Shores, Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Hibiscus Burst Grosgrain Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)/Bling (Hero Arts) /Chompy (Corner Chomper)

Scrapalicious!

Ready for a new challenge?! Well we wanna see what you can do with your scraps. Yup, that’s right – you’ve been saving them forever, promising yourself that you’d use them for something and now is your chance. The moment to let those scraps shine! LOL!

Kate is off for a while dancing in Cuba. (No, seriously! She is! Lucky gal…hope she brings some sunshine and warmth back with her when she returns!) So that leaves Caryn, Bev and myself for this challenge.

I’ll confess that although I’m a messy crafter, I’m meticulously organised when it comes to scraps. I have card, patterned paper and ribbon all in separate bags divided by colour. I’ll scrimp and save the tiniest scraps of ribbon and that’s what I focused on for this challenge.

Ribbon can be tricky – it frays, you need long strips to tie the prettiest of bows with it, so what do you do with the little bits that you’re left over with? Well create your very own banner of course! I was inspired by the new PTI release and those banners in particular – *drool*


Card Deets
{It’s a Celebration}
Stamps: Fancy Flourishes, Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Antique Linen (Distress Ink)/Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock: Fine Linen (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Library Ledger Collection (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon Scraps, Jute Ribbon Twine

I love that you could take this idea and create custom banners for any occasion! Just think, polka dots, satin, bitty dots or whatever colours you fancy – the possibilities are endless!

Over to Caryn:
Firstly, can I just say I LOVED this challenge! I have a drawer overflowing with the tiniest little scraps of PTI “waste” (gasp – can I say that??) and found it SOO liberating to make a use of some of those abandoned little treasures! Other than the base card which is Rustic Cream all the other bits and bobs came out of the scrap drawer. I already had the stamped frame and scallop border in there so that was my starting point – everything else just fell into place and I am right chuffed with the end result!

Now over to our lovely November featured stamper, Bev:
Like many crafters I find it hard to throw away scraps! I often die cut more shapes than I need when making a project and the ones I don’t use end up in a box to use on a later project. Same goes for ribbon scraps, the little pieces after making a bow end up in the same box. I have to say it’s not very often I go to the box to see what’s in there! It’s usually when I am faced with a challenge like this one that I go to the box!

After perusing Nichole’s blog this morning the card she had made with the Hibiscus Burst & Scarlet Jewel colour combo jumped out at me as a fantastic colour combo and a combo I’d never attempted. I had a look in my now called ‘scrapilicious’ box and found these:

A while ago I was on a butterfly embellishment kick after seeing them on Dawn McVey’s blog! I’d die cut loads of butterflies in an array of colours. The pink one using the Butterfly Dreams stamps and die was one I’d made for a set of Christening cards I’d made for a friend.

I used Nichole’s card LO changing it slightly!

So have we tempted to you go rooting through your scraps?! I hope so! Remember that it doesn’t have to be a card you create for your own entry – any paper-crafting project will count! And just to tempt you a bit more, up for grabs this fortnight for one randomly picked participant is this super sweet Fillable Frames stamp set #4:

Ready to play along? Here are those all important 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, November 29th 2010 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.

So don’t delay – root through your scraps today and turn something bland into something beautiful!

Aimes, Caryn and Bev
xxx