Hello…

Happy Weekend!

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend so far! We’ve got families to visit for Fathers’ Day but I’m quickly popping by here to say:

Hello

Hello!

I forget about the tiny stamps in some of my sets sometimes. This flower is from Around and About Sentiments – it’s tiny and so is the tag! Why not have a dig through some of your own older sets and see what you can rustle up? Who knows, it may even fit in well with our current challenge *wink wink*

Now I’ve just gotta find something nice to attach this tag to…:)

Aimes
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Tag Deets
{Hello}
Stamps: Around and About Sentiments, Friends ’til the End (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink)/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Fresh Snow Twill Ribbon, Rustic Cream Button Twine (Papertrey Ink)/Eyelet (We R Memory Keepers)/Gem (Hero Arts)/Promarkers (to colour twine and eyelet!)/Cuttlebug/Labels Eight (Nestabilities)

Summertime Vibes…

Phew! So I finally get some time to post something here on the blog – sorry it’s been so quiet recently; let’s just say this time of year is proving to be super busy!

I’m counting down to the summer holidays now I’m back at work for our final seven weeks (or 33 days to be exact *wink*) I can almost taste the summertime: the fresh, juicy strawberries, the ice-cream, the late night drinks during the light nights…bliss!

Here are a couple of cards I’ve not shared with you here that definitely make me think of summer:

Celebrate Your Day!

I’m not one to love Berry Sorbet as a colour but I think that could change if the sunshine sticks around. I’m loving this paired with white for that clean, fresh look (makes me think of watermelon – yummy!)

And finally, summer wouldn’t be summer without some heat so let’s turn it up with a hot, hot, HOT colour combo:

happy happy birthday

Well I’m in a summertime mood now – how about you?

Aimes
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Card Deets
{happy happy birthday}
Stamps: Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White, Orange Zest, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Detail White EP (Stampendous)/Pink Gem (Hero Arts)/Raspberry Fizz Grosgrain Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)

{Celebrate Your Day!}
Stamps: Friends ’til the End, Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)/ Versamark
Cardstock: Berry Sorbet, Stamper’s Select White, Vellum Cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Detail White EP (Stampendous)/Bling (Hero Arts)/White Gel Pen (Ranger)

Friend

Hello, hello!

Flying by today with a li’l card I haven’t shown on here yet:

FRiEnD

This was created for a past Make it Monday challenge from PTI. I love that each challenge focuses on a new technique (and that you could be in with the chance of winning a PTI stamp set each week too of course!)

Ooh and speaking of challenges, why not enter our current challenge? Maybe even combine it with a Make it Monday challenge to double your chances of winning some PTI goodies *wink*

You’ll have to forgive my lack of words and absence around Blogland today and for the next few weeks: we’re moving house and my guy has the huge task of training me to be organised lol! He’s a brave guy who’s not afraid of a challenge…..I think he’s stressing already and we’re yet to open a cupboard to pack up – ha!

Wishing the rest of you a fabulous, and stress-free week!

Aimes
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Sending Hugs

Happy Monday, peeps! I hope the weekend was a goody for ya! I can’t say we did anything special; sometimes those are the kinda weekends I like the best KWIM?!

Today I’m popping by to share some hugs with y’all…


This is another li’l card (what can I say, I’m hooked on them!) and measures a sweet 2.75 x 3.5 in size. My piccy doesn’t capture it, but that butterfly is absolutely smothered in Glossy Accents *grin*

I’m definitely a believer that a hug is good for you and cheers anyone up. Seeing as I’m definitely not a Monday person, I say, bring ’em on in both phsyical and card form! LOL!

*Hugs!*
Aimes
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P.S If you’ve got a few inky moments free, why not play along with our ‘hip to be square’ challenge?

Card Deets {sending hugs}
Stamps: Butterfly Dreams, Friends til the End, Turning a New Leaf, Vintage Labels (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Versamark
Card: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: True Black Bitty Box Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug/Nestabilities/Corner Chomper/Detail Clear EP/Detail White EP/Promarkers/Glossy Accents

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
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Normality…

…I’m nearly back to it!

I’m so sorry that I’ve been too busy to blog/create recently. As you may or may not know my family and I have had a couple of stressful weeks with my dad going in for major heart surgery. The good news is that although there were some scary times, he’s now home safe and sound. It’s a long recovery process but things are starting to get back to normal around here…

…so what does normal mean for me?! Well getting inky of course! So I’ve managed to create a card for our current challenge – big hugs and thanks to my PTI partner in crime, Kate for holding the fort whilst I was MIA!

I couldn’t resist indulging in some Hawaiian Shores for my summertime creation – I love it! I only wish the weather was more in the spirit of summer when I took this pic LOL!

That butterfly was cut using a PTI die and my Cuttlebug from a sheet of thin metal. It cut like buttah! The embossing was done after, and glossy accents proved a fab glue to fix it to the ribbon. I love how I can bend the wings into shape to add that extra dimension; I don’t think this will be the last metal butterfly you see from me *wink*

Card Recipe
PTI Supplies
Stamps: Friends ’til the End/Background Basics: Text Style
Ink: Hawaiian Shores/Spring Moss
Card: Hawaiian Shores/Stamper’s Select White/New Leaf
Papers: Green Boutique
Accessories: Metal Sheet/Cuttlebug/PTI Butterfly Die/Swiss Dot Embossing Folder/Hawaiian Shores Ribbon/EK Success Border Punch

So that’s my sample for our current challenge – I hope you can play along too! Oh and if you’re reading this very soon after me publishing it, there’s still a few hours to play along with Chris’ fantastic challenge in which you can win some fab PTI DPs!

Aimes
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Your Favourite Colour!!

Welcome to another Passion for Papertrey challenge! This time we’re going to ask a very simple question…. what’s your favourite colour?!!

And then of course make a card using your top choice – the colour doesn’t have to be a Papertrey Ink colour if you don’t have all the colours, but, as always, must include at least one PTI product 🙂

Anyone who knows me no doubt is aware of my obsession with all things Aqua and Turquoise so it was a toss up between Aqua Mist and Hawai’in Shores – Aqua Mist has always been my favourite colour but it got some serious competition when I received my Hawai’in Shores colour! Torn between the two I decided to go with the newest addition to my colour collection 🙂

Recipe:

Stamps: Asian Fusion/Polka Dot Basics/Mega Mixed Messages
Card – Hawai’in Shores/Stampers Select White/True Black
Ink – Hawai’in Shores/True Black
Other – Corner Chomper

Over to Aimes:
“Well I’m not gonna surprise any of ya! Anyone who knows me, knows that my all time favourite colour is green. Pretty much any shade of green will float my boat. Not that I don’t love any other colours, just that if I had to pick only one then without a doubt, it’d be green! So without further ado, here’s my example:”

Card Recipe
Stamps: Background Basics: Text Style/Turning a New Leaf/Friends ’til the End
Ink: Distress Ink Antique Linen/PTI Spring Moss
Card: Kraft/Vintage Cream
Papers: Bitty Box Basics/Turning a New Leaf
Accesories: EK Success Border Punch/Dark Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon/Sewing Machine/3D Foam Pads

As our featured stamper this month, Marinette couldn’t choose between her two favourtie colours: Red and Kraft! So she did what any other crafty peep would do and use both LOL!

Supplies:
PTI kraft and Pure Poppy, Ink Pure Poppy, tiny tag “Birthday Wishes” stamped with “Mega mixed Messages”, stamp PTI “Happy Birthday “Say it with style” , PTI “heart print” ink pure poppy, stamp PTI “delightful dahlia” ink pure poppy

Fancy playing 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. 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, May 31st 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.

Need more tempting? Look at what you could win for this fortnight’s challenge:

One sheet of each design from the Green Boutique pattern paper pad (6 sheets in total)

AND

A whole roll of grosgrain ribbon in the delicious Hawaiian Shores colour!

We can’t wait to see what your favourtie colour is!

Kate, Aimes and Marinette
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Challenge: Friends!

Hey!

Happy Monday (bank holiday Monday for us here today – woo hoo!) I hope y’all ready for a fun new challenge?!

For this fortnight’s challenge we want you to create something with a friend in mind…

For my example for this challenge, I won’t surprise anyone by saying I inked up my Friends ’til the End stamp set! Though I was determined to not use the flowers as I always do in that set and instead focus on the words:


I’m hoping that this could almost pass for a masculine card with those colours, though is it too slushy to send a guy a ‘friend’ card?

Card Recipe
Stamps: Friends ’til the End
Ink: Versamark/Dark Chocolate/Scarlet Jewel/Antique Linen Distres Ink
Cardstock: Kraft/Scarlet Jewel/Ripe Avocado
Accessories: Ripe Avocado Ribbon/Jute Ribbon Twine/Dark Chocolate Button/Cuttlebug/Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Over to Kate: “For my sample I reached for my beautiful In Bloom set, it’s just the most gorgeous set to colour and is going to a very special friend 🙂 I don’t think you can tell from the picture but the flower is super glittery!

Recipe:
Stamps – In Bloom
Card – Kraft/Aqua Mist
Ink – Memento Black
Other – Copic Sketch Markers/Glitter/EK Success border punch

And as our featured stamper this month, here’s Marinette’s fabulous take on the challenge:

Papers: Bazill kraft, papers Turning a new leaf by Papertrey Ink,
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Delightful Dahlia/Daily Designs/Tiny Tag “Friend” from Mixed Messages

So 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, May 17th 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.

So start thinking ‘friend’, Peeps and go get inky!

Aimes, Kate and Marinette

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Happy Easter!

Hey!

Happy Easter to those of you celebrating it! I’m not tucking into the chocolate eggs quite yet, though I’ll admit that I’ve got a nice supply of ’em to keep me going for a while (if I share that is LOL!)

Today I’m sharing a card and a technique that I am guilt of not using enough!

Firstly, here’s a card I made that was completely inspired by one of Nichole Heady’s creations:


Here’s Nichole’s original and super amazing creation I got my inspiration from. I love how simple yet effective this card is!

I noticed as I looked at my card next to hers, that not only is it clear that she has more talent in her pinky than I’ll ever aspire to have, but she’s added such a subtle finishing touch to her card that completely brings this simple card to life! She’s inked the edges!

I don’t own the Tea Dye Duo Vintage Ink so armed with some Antique Linen Distress Ink and a sponge I got inky and returned with a card that still doesn’t even come close to Nichole’s, but is slightly improved nevertheless!

Card Recipe
All PTI Supplies Unless Stated
Stamps: Friends ’til the End
Ink: Versamark (Antique Linen Distress Ink after re-touch!)
Cardstock: White Blank from stash/Kraft
Accessories: Detail White Embossing Powder/Promarkers/White Gel Pen

So next time something is looking a little flat (no, not literally!) on your creation, think about inking the edges!

Right then, think I’m gonna have to cave in and scoff some chocolate! If you’re not busy scoffing or doing anything else, there’s still time to enter our current challenge y’know

Aimes
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For Mum…

Hey!

So sorry I’ve been M.I.A recently, this week has been so busy! So busy that I’ve even been missing out on the PTI Countdown *gasp!* I need to catch up asap!

Fortunately my weekend has been a bit less busy, giving me just enough time to get some Mother’s Day cards made for today! In my typical style, I’m leaving things to the last minute!

So with it being Mothering Sunday here in the UK today, Chris and I will be visiting our mums with some yummy gifts and an accompanying handmade card. I decided to CASE a card I’d made previously but in my dippy state, forgot to post here! D’oh!

Here it is anyways – better late than never!

This card was totally inspired from this card by Maile Belles. I loved that bright colour combo, so cheerful!
Card Recipe
(All PTI Supplies)

Stamps: Friends ’til the End
Ink: Summer Sunrise/Raspberry Fizz
Cardstock: Vintage Cream/Raspberry Fizz
Accessories: Raspberry Fizz Grosgrain Ribbon/Pink Gems/Decorative Scissors
/3D Foam Pads

So for Chris’ Mother’s Day card, I decided to CASE myself!

(Apologies for poor lighting, that’ll teach me to try and take pics outta natural light!)

Shame I don’t have a bold ‘Mum’ stamp but I think my old stash of transfers did the job OK!

Card Recipe
(All PTI Supplies)
Stamps: Friends ’til the End
Ink: Summer Sunrise/Raspberry Fizz
Cardstock: Vintage Cream/Raspberry Fizz
Accessories: Raspberry Fizz Grosgrain Ribbon/Doodlebug Transfers/Decorative Scissors
/3D Foam Pads

For my own card for my mum, I went with a completely different kinda style. I really like to try and make cards that people will like, rather than just ones that I like!

(Again, apologies for poor lighting!)

This card is very ‘mum’ with the cute polka dots and sweet blush. She’s not a fan of green, but I couldn’t resist a splash of it to represent the grass for those wellies! Before you think it, no, I don’t own a gorgeous PTI Scalloped Border Die (yet!), but I did create this scalloped edge using a rectangular nestie twice and only cutting part way. You can’t see the join hidden behind the sentiment (sneaky eh?!) But still, I’ll be glad when I can just run a border die through my ‘bug’ to make life that bit easier!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Daily Designs/Daily Designs Sentiments
Ink: Sweet Blush/Spring Rain/Versamark
Card: Sweet Blush/Vintage Cream/Sweet Blush Bitty Dot Basics
Accessories: Cuttlebug/Nestabilities/Detail White EP/3D Foam Pads/Vintage Cream Satin Ribbon

Well I hope you’ve all had a fab weekend, it’s a double celebration for us. I’ve got not only my mum to celebrate but my brother’s birthday too! Yup, cue another masculine card to share with you very soon….!

Aimes
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