Showing some love!

Last weekend I sat down to make my sample for our current challenge – rooting through my PTI stamps I came across my Green Thumb set which was sitting unloved at the bottom of the pile. So to rectify that I decided to make a few cards using it – I’ve been putting these on my blog but here they are all together!

So are there any sets that you need to show some love to?!

Kate x

Our star!!

Happy Saturday peeps!! Guess what….. we have a star in our midst!!!!

I’m SO excited to tell those of you who haven’t seen Nichole’s Guest Star Stamper post, that our very own Aimes has won one of this month’s categories!! I feel like a proud mum haha!! We all know how incredibly talented and creative she is so it really should come as no surprise… and it’s not the first time she’s won either!!! So a BIG congrats hun!!!!

This card was made for my lovely blogging buddy Caryn, and also is my very belated sample for our recent embossing challenge (what can I say… I was too busy sunning myself in California lol!)

Recipe:
(All Papertrey Ink)

Stamps – Say It With Style/Green Thumb/Background Basics: Text Style
Card – Ocean Tides
Ink – Versamar/Ocean Tides
Other – Black gingham ribbon/White Embossing powder

I love the effect of the white flowers embossed on the Ocean Tides background, which itself was stamped with the Background Basics: Text Style stamp. That has to be one of my favourite background sets!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Kate xx

Challenge

Welcome to our second challenge! For this challenge we want you to create a card with…. wait for it..one layer! That’s right a single layer card – something I rarely do lol! Even though I’m a lotsa-layers kinda girl when I started making some samples I found it so rewarding and refreshing and plan on making these type of cards more often! Another bonus – they’re so quick to make!!

So want to know what you can win…..?


The lucky winner will receive a package of Raspberry Fizz heaven! To be precise:

-5 sheets of A4 Raspberry Fizz cardstock
-1 sheet of each design from the Raspberry Fizz Mix paper collection ( 12 8 x 8 sheets in total)
-1 metre each of Raspberry Fizz Grosgrain, Satin and Polka Dots ribbon

So here’s what you do – make a single layer card using your Papertrey goodies. Embellishments (including ribbon and punched or die cut shapes) are allowed. When you’ve uploaded your creation to your blog or online gallery leave us a link in the comments section below. We will manually add your link to this post from your comments.

You have until 9am on Monday, March 23rd to enter when we’ll randomly draw a winner, prizes will be shipped within Europe only.

Here are a few samples I made to give you a few ideas. (Steph, by the way, is currently sunning herself in Florida – or more likely being dragged by her DH and kiddos around Disneyworld lol! – and will be back next week)

For the first two cards I got back to some good old stamping – PTI stamps are just fabulous for this type of simple, clean looking card (but then they’re good for any style don’t ya think?!)


I used the stems and flowers from Green Thumb, and the butterfly from With Sympathy which I blinged up with Stickles.

Recipe:
Stamps – Green Thumb/With Sympathy
Ink – Melon Berry/Ripe Avocado/Sweet Blush/Lavender Moon/Plum Pudding
Ribbon – Ripe Avocad0
Other – stickles


I adore this Ripe Avocado colour, so used it again on this card. All the stamps on the front are from Beautiful Blooms. The flowers were stamped once on the card base then again on a separate piece of card – I cut these out and mounted them on top of the flowers on the card and added some stickles to their centres – layering the flowers really adds dimension to the card.

Here’s a detail:

I used a scallop edge punch along the vertical side of the card and on the inside stamped a border using one of the solid borders from Recipe Box.

Recipe:
Stamps – Beautiful Blooms/Recipe Box
Ink – Ripe Avocado/Spring Rain/Lemon Tart/True Black
Ribbon – Spring Rain Gingham
Other – stickles/scallop edge punch

The next two are examples of using die-cuts and punched shapes:


I die-cut the stars from the fabulous Bitty Polka Dot Basics papers using star nestabilities, layered them up and added pearls to their centres. I created the black rectangle by using a long rectangle nestability as a stencil and drawing around its inside with a black pen. The three little dots underneath the sentiment are stamped with a teeny dot from the Polka Dot Basics set.

Recipe:
Stamps – Heartfelt Sentiments/Polka Dot Basics
Ink – True Black/Plum Pudding/Aqua Mist
Paper – 2008 Bitty Dot Basics
Ribbon – Aqua Mist Topnotch Twill
Other – black pen/nestabilities – long rectangle and stars/adhesive pearls/corner rounder punch


And finally – I know there are a lot of butterflies around at the moment but I just adore them and couldn’t resist using my butterfly punch and some PTI papers to create my own montage. I used a square nestability to emboss the card front, then punched out the butterflies and adhered them using glue dots – I love this card!!

Recipe:
Papers – Raspberry Fizz Mix/Black and White Basics
Other -butterfly punch/square nestability/Cuttlebug

Good luck and have fun!

Kate

1. Steph’s Entry
2. Yankee in England’s Entry
3.Tina’s Entry
4. Toni’s Entry
5. Claire’s Entry
6. Caryn’s Entry
7. Jeanette’s Entry
8. Emilia’s Entry
9. Vannessa’s Entry
10. Amy’s Entry
11. Jennie’s Entry