Hello and welcome to our new-look blog!!  If you have been following our previous blog you will know that we started out as a place to unite PTI fans here in the UK and Europe, but we have decided to go global!! Aimes, Caryn and I decided that it was time we had a change so welcome along to the new-look A Passion for Papertrey everyone!

So from now on, our challenges are open to all. You can find more about our challenge rules here but we should point out that we are not affiliated in any way to Papertrey Ink, and purchase all the prizes ourselves.

Now, have you got time for a little story?

Four years ago I was just getting into stamping, and found this small company called Papertrey Ink who, at that time, were releasing just one or two stamp sets a month. But then came the colours, the ribbon, the dies – all bound up in an exciting monthly release that I avidly followed. I was hooked!!

Around that time I joined a couple of online forums and started a blog, the result of which was that I ‘met’ Steph, we shared my love of Papertrey. We wanted somewhere where the UK and Europe fans could come together to share creations and take part in challenges – and so A Passion for Papertrey was born (along with an endorsement from Nichole Heady herself!)

Fast forward a year or so and unfortunately Steph had to step down from the blog (she is now running her own stamp company – go girl!) so I asked my lovely friend Aimes if she would step into Steph’s shoes. Aimes and I had met on a stamping forum and hit it off immediately.  Back then Aimes didn’t even have a blog (can you imagine) but I talked her into it!

Another fast forward in time and Aimes and I met Caryn, it didn’t take us long to decide that we needed her in our team…. she shared our love of stamping, PTI, Twilight and so much more! And here we are four years later! I count them as such dear friends  – we have so much fun when we meet up, and I feel very lucky to have them in my life.

Which brings me on to our first challenge!! Friends are such a special part of life and to celebrate this we would like you to make a Friendship card, or other papercrafting project. Remember you just need to include at least one PTI product on your creation to enter.

I decided to make a card for Aimes and Caryn, all three of us are clear about are favourite colours – Aimes is green, Caryn is red and I am aqua! Hence the colours of this blog by the way!

{Friend} All supplies Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Friends til the End, Trendy Tree Tops
Ink: Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate
Other: Trendy Tree Tops Dies

Over to Caryn….

Hello all and welcome back to our new look challenge blog for lovers of all things Papertrey Ink (and other things too of course!!).  I’m so excited to see the blog all refreshed and revamped and can’t thank Kate enough for all the work she’s put into it.  I can’t take ANY credit at all so well done Kate!!

This first {of the new look blog} challenge is so appropriate for us as we’ve become really good friends through our mutual love of PTI and papercrafting (and Twilight but that’s another story!!!).

{Thinking of You}
Stamps: In Bloom
Ink: Memento London Fog
Card: Stampers Select white
Other: Linen/Canvas impression plate, ProMarkers

Over to Aimes:

Oooh what a wonderful make-over! Like Caryn, I can’t take an ounce of credit for the fabulous new-look blog and I really do owe Kate one for doing such a great job! Thanks, Kate! 🙂

So on to my challenge card. I opted to ink up a sentiment to let a friend know how amazing they are:

{Girly you Rock!}
Stamps: Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Butterfly Die, Dark Chocolate Button, Cream Button Twine (Papertrey Ink)/Striped Washi Tape (MT Tapes)

I’ve got a thing for washi tape at the moment; I’m sure it’s just a phase but for now, everything gets covered in the stuff – including my die cuts! 🙂
And now it’s over to you! Check out the challenge rules here. Entries close at 9am on Monday, October 29th when we will draw our winners.

To celebrate our launch the randomly-drawn winner will receive this little bundle of PTI goodies:

Fly Away Stamp Set, Heart-2-Heart Stamp Set & die, Simply Chartreuse & Melon Berry Ribbons, Victorian Lace Border Die, Six Sheets of Distressed Dots papers and a selection of cardstock.

Finally, we had some problems with our email address so now have a new one – if you haven’t had a response from an email you sent to our old address we are very sorry, please email us at apassionforpapertrey@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Happy stamping everyone!

Kate, Aimes and Caryn xxx

Twilight Bloom

Here’s a project by our featured stamper for August, Cayrn!

This card is made using one of my favourite “go to when I fancy being artistic sets, In Bloom. I get so much therapy from colouring in these flowers. This time I have used my Aqua ProMarkers – LOVE them, so easy to blend and shade. I’ve used Twilight Blue (like the name girls?) and with a little Aquamarine blended in here and there too.

Of course it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t put bling on it so I went round the petals with my quickie glue pen and prisma glitter. The background layer on the card has been stamped in Enchanted Evening and Aqua Mist using Fancy Flourishes (another favourite) and I have also used Vintage labels on the mount too. Once I added it all on the card there wasn’t any room for a sentiment so this is a “whatever occasion” type card!


Challenge: Friends!


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!

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


Featured Stamper Post: In Beautiful Bloom…

These projects co-ordinate with the card that I created for this month’s Spring Clean Challenge. I created each individual item using the same stamp set, colours, papers etc

As you know this is my favourite PTI stamp set, “In Bloom” is so pretty I just love it.

So here we go:

This mini card has a matching pocket which has the same image on the inside. So, whether the card is in it or not, it will always look the same.

This one I love, so simple but lovely.

I love the simplicity of this card, it could be used for any occasion.

Once again, a sprinkling of colour, but just enough to catch your eye!

Recipe: PTI In Bloom Stamp set, Guidelines Paper Collection, Black Ink, Plum Pudding Ribbon/Buttons, White Card, Clear Adhesive Gems, Black Fine Liner, Raffia Ribbon
Tools: Ruler, Circle Punch

Well, that’s it! I really hope you’ve enjoyed my creations as much as I did creating them. If I’ve inspired you in any way then I’m happy.

Thank you to Kate and Aimes for giving me this wonderful chance :o)

Challenge: Spring Clean!


Happy Monday! Time for a new challenge!

With spring slowly creeping in, we want you to ‘spring clean’ your crafting stash and find all those goodies that you so needed at the time but haven’t actually found a use for….until now!

We wanna see what you’ve been hoarding and what you’ve found at the bottom of your stash, on your creations. Not only will you feel so good that you’ve justified that purchase by using it, but you’ll have created more room for more stash! Now that’s a win/win situation in my book LOL!

Whilst rooting through my stash I came across about a million eyelets and Gromlets along with my Crop-A-Dile Big Bite…oh I so had to have that when it first came out but I’ve hardly ever used it!

I also came across some really sparkly thread so challenged myself to use that too. I’d seen this card by Maile Belles that kick started my mojo to create this:

Behind that white button lies a large, red Gromlet and not a big Pure Poppy Button. I kinda like it and it beats using two buttons for the same effect!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Daily Designs Sentiments
Ink: Memento Black
Card: Stamper’s Select White/Kraft/Valentine DP
Accessories: Cuttlebug/Concentric Hearts Die/Crop-A-Dile II/Eyelets/Large Gromlet/DMC Jewel Thread/Lil’ Clippie/Fine Black Pen
/3D Foam Pads

Here’s Kate: ” A few years ago I went through a phase of buying lots of alpha stickers, but hardly ever use them so this challenge was a good time to rectify that! I stamped some of the funky dots from the new Dot Spot set in Aqua Mist, added the felt stickers and some Aqua Mist buttons, inked and stitched the edges et voila!”


Stamps – Dot Spot (PTI)
Card – Vintage Cream/Kraft (PTI)
Ink – Aqua Mist (PTI)/Antique Linen Distress Ink
Other – Sewing machine/Felt Alpha Stickers (American Crafts)/Aqua Mist buttons

As our featured stamper, Katie has been spring cleaning her own crafting stash and found some beautiful beads to use on her creation, providing us with this stunning card:

“I hope you like my card, I decided to use beads as they are something I’ve had for a while now, with every intention to use them, however I never did get around to it. I’ve kept the card simple with few colours using my favourite PTI set.”

How creative to make a butterfly from blooms and beads!

As well as some very pretty paper piecing too:

There’s nothing better than a true friend – Recipe
Spring Clean Item: Beads
Stamps: In Bloom
Card: Guide Lines DP
Other Products Used: Black Fine Liner, Craft Wire, Memento “Tuxedo Black” ink
Tools: Pliers, Ruler

Here are those all important 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, but unfortunately prizes can only be shipped within Europe!

* Challenge closes on Monday 22nd March 2010 at 9.00am GMT

* A winner will be chosen at random to receive a collection of PTI goodies!

We can’t wait to see what you dig up and use!

Aimes, Kate & Katie


Do you have any sets you’ve totally forgotten about but then stumbled upon and fallen in love with them again! My ‘In Bloom’ set had been hiding at the bottom of my pile of PTI sets, unused for ages, but as soon as I saw it I had to use it again! It’s so beautiful to colour and fitted the bill perfectly when my mum asked for a pretty, floral birthday card for a friend of hers:


Stamps: In Bloom (PTI)
Ink – Memento
Card – Stamper’s Select White/Sweet Blush
Other – Copic Sketch Markers/Cuttlebug embossing folder/adhesive pearls

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday… and don’t forget to stay tuned to this month’s PTI countdown over at Nichole’s blog!

Hugs Kate xx

Challenge 13: Cherished Colour


Firstly, sorry so much for the delay in posting this! I’m back at work now and still in the process of moving apartments – oh excuses, excuses I know, I’m just being a bad blogger aren’t I? LOL! I PROMISE to be more organised from this day forward – honest!

I was overwhelmed with the amount of entries and stunning CAS cards for the last challenge – you all really captured the CAS style so well!

Well I hope you’re all ready for the next challenge?! This week there’s no excuse for not playing along because this week we want you to create a card using your favourite colour. This challenge should get your mojo going if you can indulge in your fave colour to start with!

Firstly my fave colour without a doubt is green! Some say I like it because I can turn into a green-eyed monster at times but I say I like it because it’s fresh and fun just like PTI’s Leaf Green *drool*!

Here’s my example (ignore the chaos in the background – I’ll explain later!):

Recipe: (All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated)
Stamps – On My Couch
Card – Kraft/New Leaf/Pure Poppy/Enchanted Evening
Ink – Memento Black/Fresh Snow

Other – Enchanted Evening Satin Ribbon/Circle Nestability/Vellum/£10 LOL!

Here’s Kate’s – using her all-time favourite and beloved Aqua Mist 😉 (No surprises there then Kate LOL!)

Recipe: (All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated)
Stamps – In Bloom
Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black
Card – Kraft/Vintage Cream
Ribbon – Vintage Cream
Other – Copic Markers/sewing machine/adhesive pearls/Martha Stewart border punch/corner rounder punch

Now here’s the deets, the challenge ends at 9am BST on Monday 21st September. An entry will be randomly selected to win a selection of PTI Cardstock, Designer Paper and Ribbon (The prize can only be shipped within Europe – sorry!) To enter for a chance to win or just to share your creativity (entries worldwide are welcome for just fun!), simply leave a comment with a link to your entry via a blog post or online gallery. To qualify all entries must use at least one PTI product!

I can’t wait to see all your favourite colours – how many more green fans are there out there?


1. Lesley
2. Vicki
3. Antje
4. Tina
5. Linby
7. Vanessa
8. Laurel (from the USA – thanks for playing along!!)
9. Dana
10. Dawn
11. Ann
12. Nina
13. Chris
14. Chris (2nd Entry)
15. 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


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
And the randomly drawn winner will receive….

PTI 6×6 Guide Lines Paper Pad

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
Hope you play along this week & can’t wait to see your cards!

Dawn’s colours

My last minute entry for Dawn’s Colour Challenge, details and waffle are on my blog, I’m bushed so nighty night peeps!

Kate 🙂