Hip to be Square!

Hey everyone, and welcome to another Passion for Papertrey challenge!

So are you feeling hip and cool this week? We hope so because we know what’s hip don’t we…. yep, being square! Ok, so we’re not asking you to stop being the trendy stamping ladies that we know you are (!) – but to come up with a card or project that features squares. You can be as innovative as you like, or, if you can’t come up with much, how about simply making a square card?!

I may have gone a bit overboard with the squares on my card – I’m not even sure how many there are on it! I used my Monogram Borders and Corners set which I haven’t used for years, and kept the design pretty simple:

Recipe:

Stamps – Borders & Corners Monogram Edition/Star Prints
Card – Stamper’s Select White/Aqua Mist
Ink – Memento black
Other – star punch(SU)/black pen

Over to Aimes
“OK, I’ll ‘fess up – I’m a bit of a geek so being square comes easy to me LOL! But geek is chic, right? So after squaring it up in my crafty corner, here’s what I’ve come up with:

Hope you can see my square elements! I’ve taken a little creative licence with my square card base courtesy of Chompy (my corner chomper) but there’s also squares on the bitty box basics DP too to make up for it *wink*

The clouds were created by using a negative die cut as a stencil and sponging Fresh Snow ink over it. I kinda like the effect! “

Card Deets
{Soaring by to say Hi}

Stamps: Everyday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)/Rich Cocoa (Memento)/Antique Linen (Distress Ink)
Card: Kraft,Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Spring Rain Bitty Box Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cloud Die, Spring Button Mix, Jute Ribbon Twine (Papertrey Ink)/Cuttlebug/Nestabilities

And as our featured stamper for September, here’s Margaret!

“So, squares, eh?? COME ON, PEOPLE !! This is an easy challenge! See if you can top my record number of 4 entries for a previous one !! I’ll start you off by having made 2 for my featured stamper position (OK, I was totally putting off doing my planning/marking…!)

This first card was so easy – it uses 4 images from Sign Language, inked in variegated blues on a folded ribbon background. You could so churn these out for that smug, handmade Christmas feeling, and there are enough images on Sign Language for this card to be your go-to quickie for any occasion.

Second card was a little more complex – only because I don’t have the new Framed set (my birthday is at the end of this month, if anyone wants to enable me !!) The images are from Masculine Motifs (just how versatile is this set !!) and the sentiment from Autumn Abundance. I dipped the edges of the panels in Versamark and then gold embossed them for definition. The border was drawn with a Versamark pen and gold embossed as well.

So folks, I throw you an additional challenge (no additional prize – I’m cheap !!) Could you make more than one entry for this challenge ? Remember, using a square card counts, square punch, heck, there are loads of Q+L (Quick and Lazy – my trademark ) ways to be a square!”

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, October 4th 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.

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

Kate, Aimes & Margaret xxx

Chippy Chip Chip!

Happy Bank Holiday Monday, Peeps! Y’all ready for a new challenge?! I hope so!

For this fortnight’s challenge we want you to think about using Chipboard. Chipboard comes in all sorts of forms, be it chipboard letters, shapes, shapes cut out from chipboard with a die cutting machine and even Grungeboard counts as Chipboard! Don’t have any chipboard?! Nonsense – just cut up a cereal box LOL!

For my example, I rooted through my stash for some ‘Chippy Chip Chip’ supplies and found some K&Co super sparkly letters that I’d been hoarding. No time like the present to de-hoard so I got busy:
Here’s Kate: “I really struggled with this challenge! I think my mojo had gone walkies yesterday when I sat down to make my sample, but eventually I had an idea that I was quite happy with!

Rummaging through my chipboard collection I came across these wee flowers which I thought would go pretty well with this stamp from Everyday Button Bits. I coloured them with my Copics, and added a pearl to their centres. How much am I loving that Dotty Biscotti paper?!”

Recipe (all Papertrey Ink unless stated)

Stamps: Everyday Button Bits
Ink: Colorbox Chalk
Card: Kraft/Aqua Mist/Stamper’ Select White
Papers: Dotty Biscotti
Other: Chipboard flowers (SU)/ric rak die/adhesive pearls (Hero Arts)

And here is the fabulous card by Marinette, our May Featured Stamper:

“On my chipboard I added dabber paint red and then glitter glue, I also added on my card 2 chipboard corners by Scenic route and American Crafts chipboard thickers Cupid”


Recipe

Stamps: Signature Greetings (PTI)
Card: Kraft
Papers: Be Loved (MME)
Other: Chipboard Maya Road/Chipboard Corner Scenic Route/Envelope Maya Road/Die Cuts Be Loved(MME)/Chipboard Thickers Cupid(American Crafts)

Fancy ‘chipping in’ and playing along – tee hee?! 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. 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 14th 2010 at 9.00am GMT

* A winner will be chosen at random to receive some PTI goodies! 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.

OK Peeps – root out that chipboard and get crafty!

Aimes, Kate and Marinette
xxx

Purple birthday

The friend who I made this card for absolutely ADORES anything purple. I can’t say I care that much for it on the whole but after making this card felt a bit more fond of it! I’m just loving these new pastel papers!

Recipe: (All Papertrey Ink)

Stamps – Everyday Button Bits
Ink – Spring Moss
Card – Plum Pudding/Stamper’s Select White
Paper – Pretty Pastels
Other – Plum Pudding and Lavender Moon buttons/Plum Pudding/Circle Nestabilities

Have you been jumping with excitement at all the announcements on Nichole’s blog to celebrate Papertrey’s third birthday?! The dies…. THE FELT??!!!! Oh my!! I’d better go and cut up my credit card right now!!

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for a brand new challenge, including some beautiful projects from Vanessa, our February Featured Stamper!

Kate x

Challenge: Nature!

Hello hello! It’s Kate here – yes I am still alive lol! I’m sorry for having been MIA for a while – I must say a HUGE thank you to dear dear Aimes for keeping our l’il old blog going while I was on holiday – thanks hun, what a star you are!

So it’s time for another challenge and this fortnight we’re going back to nature – we’d like you to come up with a nature inspired project. So it can be flowers, trees, leaves or anything that says ‘nature’ to you!

For my sample I used three of my newest PTI goodies – the yummy leaf papers and matching stamp set and Dawn McVey’s ‘Say it With Style’ sentiment set… this is going to be an absolute fave I can tell!


Recipe:
Stamps – Turning a New Leaf/Say it With Style
Card – Stamper’s Select White/Spring Moss
Paper – Turning a New Leaf
Ink – Spring Moss/Dark Chocolate
Ribbon/Button – Spring Moss

Over to Aimes: “Hmmm…nature….well I would love to say there’ s loads of it around me that I can relate to a PTI stamp set but that would be fibbing. So instead I turned to a stamp set that I hope will inspire nature to get a move on – I’m bored of winter now LOL!

This was created using a masking technique. The white border was simple; I simply used a white gel pen to draw around the nestability I used to cut out the Melon Berry panel.

Melon Berry is just one of those colours I tend to pass on so I really wanted to make it a feature on this card. I’m still not sure if I like it, but the recipient seemed to!”

I also decorated the inside of my card too, I’ve noticed that seems to be a trend around Blogland at the mo…”


Card Recipe
Stamps: Friends til the End
Ink: Dark Chocolate
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate/Melon Berry/Vintage Cream
Accessories: Cuttlebug/Nestabilities/Cream Vintage Buttons/Vintage Cream Satin Ribbon/Cream Ribbon Twine/White Gel Pen

And here is the fabulous sample from Dawn, this month’s Featured Stamper:


Card Recipe Stamps: Everyday Buton Bits/Giga Guidelines Cardstock: Plum Pudding/Sweet Blush/Dark Chocolate DSP: Guidelines Mediums: Old Olive/Lavender Lace (SU)/Versamark Embellishments: Plum Pudding Satin Ribbon/Square Brad/Buttons from Stash Tools: Paper Cutter and Scorer/Snail Adhesive/Nestabilities (Labels 1)

What could you win?

One Sheet of each design of the gorgeous DP – Simple Valentine (6 sheets in total)

2 Sheets of coordinating cardstock in the following colours (6 sheets in total):

One foot (30cm) of ribbon of the following:

One Raspberry Fizz Cube Ink Cube in the NEW FORMULA which is a total dream to work with. It’s a bit like a chalk ink and gives amazing coverage!


Now it’s over to you! Here are the challenge deets:

  • All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify
  • To enter, leave a link below to your post featuring the project on your blog or online gallery. (We’ve just started using My Linky – hopefully it will be ok but if there are any problems please leave us a comment! Click on the Mister Linky Pic below to try it out!)
  • Worldwide entries are more than welcome to share the inspiration, but unfortunately prizes can only be shipped within Europe!
  • Challenge closes on Monday 8th February 2010 at 9.00am GMT
  • A winner will be chosen at random to receive a collection of PTI goodies!

Have fun!

Kate, Aimes and Dawn xxx

BIrthday bash

Happy Monday! So another challenge has come around, and this time we want you to make a birthday card – we always need a stock of those right?!

I used the fabulous Everyday Buttons Bits for my card, which was made with my lovely stamping friend Jo in mind… Happy Birthday for yesterday Jo, hope you had a good one!


Recipe: (All Papertrey unless stated)

Stamps – Everyday Button Bits/Background Basics – Retro
Ink – Basic Black
Card – Kraft/Raspberry Fizz/Sweet Blush/Aqua Mist/Stamper’s Select White
Buttons – Aqua Mist/Sweet Blush/Raspberry Fizz
Ribbon – Raspberry Fizz
Other – white gel pen/sewing machine/Spellbinders Nestabilities and Tag dies/adhesive gems

And here’s Aimes’ – (apologies for the delay and poor pic everyone! This was made with what little PTI stash I could salvage from a box in our new home tonight! The sentiment on the faded star shows much better IRL – honest!):
Stamps – Star Prints
Ink – Pure Poppy/Ripe Avocado
Card – Stampers Select White/Ripe Avocado Bitty Dot Basics
Ribbon – Pure Poppy

To be in with a chance of winning the randomly drawn prize of a PTI goody bag we’d like you to make a Birthday Card using at least one Papertrey Ink product. Upload your card to your blog or online gallery and link back below before 9am on Monday, October 5th. We welcome entries from all corners of the globe but unfortunately we can only mail prizes within Europe.

Have fun!
Kate

1. Cathy
2. Antje
3. Clare
4. Linby
5. Margaret
6. Jan
7. Taheera
8. Lesley

Challenge 12 – Clean and Simple

Welcome to a new challenge….. this week we’re going back to basics with a Clean and Simple (CAS) theme!

Instead of me blathering on with a definition of CAS (although it’s pretty straight forward lol!) I thought I’d point anyone who’s interested in a detailed description towards the CAS challenges on Splitcoaststampers here – at the start of every challenge they define this look.

To be in with a chance of winning a goody bag of Papertrey Ink products (cardstock/papers/ribbon and buttons) we’d like you to make a CAS card using at least one PTI product.

Here’s my sample:


Recipe: (All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated)
Stamps – Everyday Button Bits Ink – New Leaf Card – Kraft/Stamper’s Select White/New Leaf Other – Vintage Buttons (Sweet Blush/Hibiscus/Raspberry Fizz/Lemon Tart/Spring Rain) Hibiscus Topnotch Twill/Scallop Edge Punch (SU)

And Aimes’ sample: (we didn’t compare notes by the way, they just turned out really similar…great minds think alike?!!)


Recipe: (All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated)
Stamps – Remember/Fancy Flourishes Ink – Pure Poppy/Ripe Avocado/Memento Black/Versamark Card – Hero Arts Blank Kraft Card/Vintage Cream/Pure Poppy/Ripe Avocado Bitty Dot Basics

You have until 9am BST on Monday, 7th September to enter by uploading your card to your blog or an online gallery then linking it below. Prizes are drawn randomly and can only be shipped within Europe.

Have fun!
Kate x

1. Laurel (An entry from the USA – Yay! Thanks for playing!)
2. Tina
3. Kim
4. Caryn
5. Vannessa
6. Vicki
7. Claire
8. Dana
9. Rustyhammer (sorry I don’t know your name aka Sharon!)
10. Lesley
11. Nina
12. Karin (Another adorable entry from the USA playing along for fun! Thanks!)
13. Jo
14. Dawn
15. Vanessa
16. Ann
17. Julie
18. Taheerah
19. Emma

Challenge 11 – Thank You Card

We have a new challenge for you today….very simple, we just want you to make a Thank You card.

Here’s mine….

Recipe: Stamps – In Bloom, Polka Dot Basics & Spiral Bouquet / Card – Hibiscus Burst, Spring Moss & Kraft / Ink – True Black, Ripe Avocado, Hibiscus Burst & Raspberry Fizz / Ribbon – Classic Grosgrain Spring Moss / Other – Martha Stewart Edge Punch

Kates:

Recipe: Stamps – Polka Dot Basics/Everyday Button Bits/Floral Frenzy
Ink – Dark Chocolate/Sweet Blush
Card – Kraft/Vintage Cream
Other – Vintage Cream satin ribbon/Sweet Blush buttons/adhesive pearls/sewing machine
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And the randomly drawn winner will receive….

PTI 6×6 Guide Lines Paper Pad

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To qualify for the prize (ship within Europe only – sorry!) your entries must contain at least 1 PTI product and be submitted by 09:00 am Monday 24th August 2009
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Hope you play along this week & can’t wait to see your cards!
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