Challenge – Use 3 embellishments


Welcome to a shiny new challenge here on A Passion for Papertrey!

For this challenge we want to see you get busy with embellishments – three different embellishments to be precise. An embellishment is simply an item that’s added to provide interest to a design. Don’t worry, we’re not going to be strict on the definition of what counts as an embellishment and what doesn’t – but think of things like ribbon, pearls, gems, sequins, die-cuts, buttons etc…Oh, and don’t limit yourself to cards – any creative project will count!

You won’t be surprised to see that I opted to create a card for this challenge. I was a little daunted by three different embellishments but cheated thought a little bit outside the box and combined three embellishments to create one larger embellishment:

Happy BirthdaySo I used a stamped and die-cut star, a button, and some twine for my embellishments that when combined make a little star embellishment. Easy peasy and great for those of us that edge towards a clean and simple style of card making. *wink*

Over to Caryn…



Hmm, this one didn’t turn out to be as simple a task as I first thought!  I am actually pretty pleased with the result although it is a tad busier than my usual style!!  My embellishments are gems, pearls and ruffle ribbon!!  Very girly don’t you think???!

Our lovely Kate is very busy moving/unpacking boxes at the moment – we don’t envy her that task! But she’ll be back for the next challenge. 🙂

We hope you get a chance to join in and show us what you can do with embellishments. Have a look here for all the challenge deets. The challenge closes at 9am on Monday August 12th and one randomly selected peep will win a $5 PTI gift certificate!

Aimes & Caryn



Challenge: Going round in Circles!

Welcome to a new challenge that may have you going round in circles…yup, that’s right, we wanna see the way you can work those circles on your creations.

For my project, I opted for simple die-cut circles and created my own kinda jigsaw with them.

Happy Birthday Circles

{Happy Birthday to You}
Card: White, Aqua Mist, Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Sentiment from Faux Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Glossy Accents (Ranger)/Circle Nestabiliy Die (Spellbinders)/Martha Stewart Heart Lace Border Punch/White Detail Embossing Powder (Stampendous)

I also couldn’t resist a good dollop of Glossy Accents on the heart for extra shine 🙂

Over to Caryn:

I pulled out a set I haven’t used in a gazillion years for this weeks challenge,  Background Basics: Medallions.  I love this two step background builder set – gives you lots of options for cool colour combos!! I am continuing my recent love of blues and greens this time round and paired the circles up with Rosie Posie – another favourite set of mine!!  The little sentiment is from Blooming Button Bits.


Stamps: Background Builder: Medallions, Rosie Posie, Blooming Button Bits.
Ink: Enchanted Evening (PTI), Tide Pool (HA) and Feild Greens (HA)
Card: Stampers Select White

Here’s Kate: “My card was inspired by some gorgeous turquoise and yellow fabric that I bought recently. I decided to keep it simple with just one circle!”

Stamps: Trendy Tree Tops Card: White, Hawai'in Shores, Harvest Gold Ink: Hawai'in Shores, Harvest Gold, Black

Stamps: Trendy Tree Tops
Card: White, Hawai’in Shores, Harvest Gold
Ink: Hawai’in Shores, Harvest Gold, Black

We really hope you can join in the circular fun with us! Have a look here for all the challenge deets. The challenge closes at 9am on Monday June 17th and one randomly selected peep will win a $5 PTI gift certificate!

Aimes, Caryn & Kate


Colour Pop Challenge!

Hi all! Welcome to another challenge! We’ve got a classy one for you this time – we want you to make a card, or other paper-crafting project, using black, a white and a pop of colour…. very classy don’t you think?!

Now, looking at the cards we three A Passion for Papertrey girls have come up with (with no consultation!) you might think it has to be pink but it certainly doesn’t! You can use whatever colour you like!

I used a negative die cut for my card, I wanted to emboss the front of the card but I somehow managed to mis-place one of my Cuttlebug plates so had to leave it clean. Typically I found it straight after I’d adhered the main panel to the card!

Card details:
Stamps: Friends Til The End
Card: Stampers Select White/Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Bitty Dots 2009
Dies: Double Ended Banner/Love Lives Here
Other: Corner Chomper, adhesive gems, copic marker
Over to Caryn:
“I had a great time with this card – I had to try and make something whilst sharing my small desk with three of the children who had the laptop on it and their drinks, cupcakes , sticky fingers, yada, yada….
Anyhoo, this is what I managed to produce from beneath the rubble that was my desk when they finally departed!! I used the Beautiful Blooms II set that hasn’t seen daylight for some time and the new True Black ink – OMG it stamps so well!! My splash of colour is Raspberry Fizz – yum!”
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II, Say It With Style.
Card: Stampers Select, Bazzill Raven
Ink: True Black, Raspberry Fizz
Ribbon: Top Notch Twill (Raspberry Fizz)
Other: Mega Mat Stack 4 die.

Over to Aimes:
“Oooh I do love this design theory of contrasting a pop of colour against a black and white design. I’m normally a sucker for using red for this technique but I couldn’t resist trying out my new PTI Raspberry Fizz die ink:
Card Deets
{Hello Friend}
Stamps: Rosie Posie, Modern Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Raspberry Fizz Ink (Papertrey Ink)/London Fog, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: White and True Black (Papertrey Ink)

This super-flat and super simple card uses a simple masking technique and features stamps from Rosie Posie. The sentiment comes from my beloved Modern Basics :)”

Here’s what you could win! It’s the super-cute Heart-2-Heart set:

Here are the challenge deets:

* Enter as any times as you wish! All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify and can cater for as many different challenges as you please! (please state what is PTI as sometimes it’s hard for us to see…)

* All entries must be newly created (well, new to Blogland anyways!). Please don’t link to old posts that might happen to fit the brief of the challenge!! Please leave a link back to this challenge on your entry too 🙂

* 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, March 19th 2012 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 your creations!

Kate, Aimes & Caryn xxx