Challenge – Inspired by

Greetings and welcome to a new challenge! Are you ready to be inspired?!

As crafters we take our inspiration from many different sources – nature, packaging, clothing, fabric… the list is endless. So for this challenge we’re asking you to provide your own inspiration piece and make a card based upon it. Please add a picture or link to your inspiration piece with your entry.

I’ve been doing more sewing recently, and my fabric addiction is getting as bad as my stamping one! I love looking at beautiful fabrics, I can just never decided which ones to get!

I decided to base my card on a rather cool fabric I bought recently – I love this colour scheme (although like a lot of fabric I buy I still haven’t made anything from it yet!)IMG_1301

Inspired by the colour scheme I made a set of mini 3 x 3 Thank You notes:

Stamps: Round and Round (PTI) Ink: Hawai’in Shores, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy (PTI) Card: Hawai’in Shores, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Stamper’s Select White (PTI) Other: Sizzix border embossing folder (SU), Copic Markers Stamps: Round and Round (PTI)
Ink: Hawai’in Shores, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Card: Hawai’in Shores, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Stamper’s Select White (PTI)
Other: Sizzix border embossing folder (SU), Copic Markers

Over to Aimes:

My source of inspiration came as a surprise even to me for this challenge! I’ve been burning the candle at both ends and studying hard for a very cool (in a geek chic kinda way) psychology course and I was inspired by the PowerPoint template used for a certain lecture on memory:

InspirationPlease ignore the blurb and lecturer – or be inspired yourself and take up a course! LOL! Although the lecturer, Prof. Steve Joordens, is pretty inspirational, it’s the strip of colour on the slide that inspired my card *wink*:

happy happy birthday

Card Deets
Stamp: Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: White, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Orange Zest (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Over to Caryn:

Well my source of inspiration isn’t from one thing but from an entire event!  I was super-lucky to attend the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend and so was completely  immersed in sights, sounds and smells of every kind!  If that place doesn’t inspire you, NOTHING will.   One of the most enjoyable areas for me was spending time in the crafting tents in the Kidz field area.  The whole place is an explosion of colour and people dressed in all kinds of costumes just pop up everywhere (oh, and so did Chris Martin from Coldplay (just sayin’!!))

glasto

My card pays homage to the big Glastonbury sign that sits right at the top of the site.  The colours are bright and bold just like the whole festival!

inspired by Glastonbury

{HELLO}
Stamps: Watercolour Wonder, Banner Builder
Ink: Hero Arts Neon Inks
Card: Stampers Select White
Tools: Modern Alphabet UC, Minim Hearts (Simon Says Stamp), Glossy Accents

There we are – now it’s over to you! We can’t wait to see your inspiration pictures and cards! Have a look here for all the challenge deets. The challenge closes at 9am on Monday July 15th and one randomly selected peep will win a $5 PTI gift certificate!

Kate, Aimes & Caryn

Challenge: Fontabulous!!

Hello peeps and welcome to our latest challenge.  There is a big trend in the crafting world at the moment towards combining different fonts  – PTI have a few sets that do just that!  So this time we’d like to see you create something with more that one font please – there’s no limit to how many fonts you choose but there has to be more than one!

Welcome Baby

{Welcome Baby}
Stamps: Mega Mixed Messages, Little Princess, Round and Round anniversary set.
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush
Card: Stampers select white, Raspberry Fizz, RF paper pack.

Over to Aimes: I had mega plans to go through all of my PTI sets to mix ‘n’ match fonts, but then I realised that there’s just a single set that already does that for a specific occasion. Enter, Birthday Bash Sentiments. A cool and fun mix of fonts to celebrate birthdays and inked up just in time to celebrate my brother’s upcoming birthday:

Happy Birthday

{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: London Fog (Memento)/Buttercup (a muse)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink)

Now if fonts were edible, these fonts would be be in the form of a birthday cake – yummy! Just don’t go eating the candle now….! 😉

Over to Kate: “I’ve been without a heat gun for way too long (my last one had a melt down!) so when my brand new one arrived this week I had to use it asap! I loved this challenge, it really made me think about using more than one sentiment on a card, and, like Aimes PTI’s Birthday Bash Sentiments fitted the bill!”

Stamps: Birthday Bash SentimentsCard: Kraft, White/Simply ChartreuseInk: Simply Chartreuse, VersamarkOther: White EP, twine, Corner Chomper

Stamps: Birthday Bash Sentiments
Card: Kraft, White/Simply Chartreuse
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Versamark
Other: White EP, twine, Corner Chomper

Ready to have fun with fonts? We hope you can join us. Remember: one randomly selected peep will win a $5 PTI gift certificate! The challenge ends at 9am GMT Monday March 4th. Full deets of our challenge rules can be found here.

We can’t wait to see what font-astic creations you come up with!

Caryn, Aimes & Kate

xxx


Challenge : Sensational Silhouettes!!

Hello PI fans and welcome to a new challenge here on A Passion For Papertrey. I don’t know about you but I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by! One minute it was the middle of summer and now Christmas feels like it’s just around the corner!! Is it just me??

So as another fortnight goes by, we are at the start of the next one and our newest challenge – Sensational Silhouettes. Now don’t panic and think “I don’t own a PTI set with a silhouette in it”!! Think of flowers, leaves, solid shapes of any kind, dies, etc – all of those could be manipulated in some way to create a silhouette. Let your creative juices run free!!!

My (loose) interpretation of a silhouette is in the form of an aperture made using the Mat Stack 4 die. I cut the aperture from a panel of Simply Chartreuse and then ran it through my Big Shot using the woodgrain impression plate (LOVE!!). This was popped up with foam adhesive and I placed a panel of Pure Poppy underneath it. I am in love with the Stylish Sentiments: Holidays set and used one of the large greetings as my focal point which was stamped in Versamark and embossed with white filigree powder. To give it the country/folky feel (which I love SOO much for Christmas) I added a strip of gingham ribbon and die cut a couple of snowflakes from Kraft and Vintage Cream card using some Sizzlet dies.

{Recipe}

Stamps: Stylish Sentiments: Holidays
Paper: Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream, Kraft.
Ink: Versamark with White Filigree Embossing powder
Tools: Woodgrain Impression Plate, Mat stack 4 die, Sizzlit Snowflake dies, Big Shot
Other: Button (Pure Poppy), Gingham ribbon (John Lewis)

Over to Aimes:
“Hmmm well when I thought of silhouettes for this challenge I decided to play with a set that I haven’t played with nearly enough:

Card Deets
{A Bird…}
Stamps: Happy Trails (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Pure Poppy Grosgrain Ribbon, Happy Trails Bird Die, Text Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Cuttlebug/Gem (Stash!)

I’m ashamed to admit that Happy Trails is a set that I *had* to have and has hardly seen so much as an inkpad since being introduced to the rest of my stamps! Now I may be bending the rules slightly with that bird but I’m stickin’ to my guns and sayin’ it’s a silhouette: I’m not sure if the lined details mean it’s not one…

…oh well seeing as now I’m not sure if that bird counts as a silhouette, I have another card up my sleeve that I created a while back but haven’t shared here that definitely features a silhouette:

Card Deets
{Just Because}
Stamps: Iconic Images, Round and Round (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White, Spring Rain, Kraft, Orange Zest (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft)/Mat Stack 2 Die, Linen and Canvas Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Flower Paper Punch (X-Cut)/Pearl (Hero Arts)/Circle Nestabilities


Now I know for sure that this is a silhouette! 🙂

Sadly poor Kate is suffering from a trapped nerve problem this week (ouch) and has been unable to upload her card today. Hopefully she will be back on form later in the week and will share her creation with us then.


So what’s the prize up for grabs this time? The stunning Mehndi Medallion stamp set (lush!)

Now for the all important challenge guidelines:

* All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify (please state what is PTI as sometimes it’s hard to see :D)

* 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!!

* 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 31st 2011 at 9.00am GMT (oooohhhh!)

* 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 what you come up with!

Challenge: Sweet, Sweet, Summertime

Hey Everyone!

Ready for a brand spanking new challenge here on A Passion for Papertrey? I hope so!

For the next fortnight we’re thinking of summertime. Whether it’s the colours you associate with summer, items associated with summer or anything else that reminds you of the sweet summertime, make a creation out of it and join in the fun!

For me, summer is the sweet long six-week holidays I get from work 🙂 We break up next Thursday and I can’t wait! When I was a kid the first week off would involve a trip to the sea-side and that’s what inspired my creation:


I went with a very graphic interpretation of the sea with those chevrons LOL! I’ll be off to the sea-side in Wales at some point in the holidays – you just can’t beat a paddle in the sea 🙂

Card Deets
{Hello}
All Papertrey Ink Supplies Unless Stated
Stamps: Background Basics: Chevron Strips, Modern Basics (Sentiment)
Ink: Hawaiian Shores/Tuxedo Black (Memento Ink)
Cardstock: Lemon Tart, Stamper’s Select White
Accessories: Orange Zest Vintage Buttons/Fine Line Black Pen (Letraset)/Chompy! (Corner Chomper – We R Memory Keepers)

Over to Kate: “Another CAS card from me – this time a bright invite to a summer party, I’m imagining a fun pool party except I don’t have a pool!”

Stamps: A Day at the Beach, Polka Dot Basics
Card: Stamper’s Select White, Hawai’in Shores
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Hawai’in Shores, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Raspberry Fizz ribbon, nestabilities

Over to Caryn:
Nothing says “Summer” to me more than Wimbledon – it kicks off the season for me and although my beloved Roger Federer didn’t do all that well this year I still managed to catch a few matches and enjoyed the tournament immensely. As a wee nod to my favourite sporting even of the year I have made a card using the strawberry die and stamp set (Fruit Fusion: Strawberry). With a touch of lace and the gingham at the bottom (reminds me of pots of jam and picnics!!) this card does make me feel jolly summery.

{Recipe}
Stamps: Fruit Fusion: Strawberry, Background Basics: Gingham, Turning a New Leaf and Round And Round.
Ink: Pure Poppy, Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet
Patterned Paper: Pink Patterns Collection (for the scalloped strip)
Other: Lace trim, Strawberry die, medium scalloped border die, red gingham ribbon.

So are we feeling the summertime vibe? I hope so! Now before you come and jump in the pool of creativity with us – check out what one randomly selected European Peep could win:


Yup this sweet mini set, Whale Wishes could be yours!

Here are those all important deets:

* All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify (please state what is PTI as sometimes for us it’s hard to tell :D)

* 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, July 25th 2011 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 what you come up with!

Aimes, Kate & Caryn
xxx

Challenge – Inspired by a song!

Hello folks and welcome to a new challenge for all you PTI fans to play along with. It was lovely seeing all your sketch inspired cards last week and as always we were amazed by the variety of creations it produced.

Our Kate is sunning herself in Spain at the moment (not jealous at all – honest) so is unable to play along this week. Hope you’re enjoying yourself hunny!

So what are we challenging you to do for us this fortnight? Well we want to see your creations inspired by a song or piece of music. This doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation of a song and doesn’t have to have the title on the card – just share with us something that a favourite song or musical piece has inspired you to create. Once I got to thinking about this challenge and started looking at my PTI sets I couldn’t stop thinking of songs to create a card from!! I made two different ones in the end but I could have gone on and on.

Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend – Marylin Monroe

{Recipe:}
STAMPS: A Little Argyle, Round and Round.
CARD: Vintage cream, Aqua mist.
INK: Aqua mist, Enchanted Evening.
OTHER: Limitless Layers 1.75″ dies, gemstones

I Love Rock and Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

{Recipe:}
STAMPS: Grunge Me, Boy Basics: Rock On.
CARD: Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise.
INK: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile, Smokey grey..
OTHER: Guitar die, Glossy Accents

Over to Aimes
For this challenge I thought I’d struggle but actually the hardest part for me was narrowing down my song choice!

I really wanted to pay tribute to one of my favourite songs – Mr Jones by Counting Crows but time beat me once again….(if I ever get the time I’ll play along again this fortnight!) so I thought I’d stick with a super cheesy classic, ‘Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves’ (note: this is not an indication of what is in my music collection!)Card Deets
{Thank you for being so thoughtful}
Stamps: Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Blueberry Sky
Patterned Paper: Distressed Dots – Harvest Gold (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: White Twill Ribbon, White Vintage Button (Papertrey Ink)/Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

No literal interpretation here – just the title of the song inspiring my colour choices! This song makes me think of summer and beaches hence my sand, sea and sky colour combo. The good thing is that you can create a card based solely on the mood a song puts you in so the possibilities for getting inked up along to a song are endless!

Onto our featured stamper Jen,

The song that just kept coming to my mind and having so much meaning to me was a new one by Chris Tomlin (I LOVE his music!) called “Symphony”. Here are a few lines from the song (if you’d like to hear the song and see the entire lyrics, feel free to visit my blog):

Shining wonders, fields of splendor; how they sing Your symphony
The deepest oceans, rising mountains; how they sing Your symphony
Let the earth fear the Lord, and all the people of the world; stand in awe, stand in awe
In symphony with all created things, sing the song that we were made to sing
We stand in awe, we stand in awe
In the skies and in the oceans, everything that’s living, breathing
A symphony to You

I live in Kansas , in the United States and right now the fields are full of the splendor of God. I love, LOVE this time of year as the fields begin to grow, the trees are all turning green & flowers are blooming. The other day we were coming home from town and as we turned onto the road that leads to our small town, the fields were literally dancing (it is very windy here a lot!!). It was one of the most beautiful sights and I was very much in awe as I told my husband to slow down and just look! That is what this song says to me. The fields seemed to be dancing for the Lord and in that moment I was able to sing the praises of God and stand in awe. It’s amazing what a little wind and some tall grasses/crops can do for my soul! I also love when the wheat begins to turn golden. It is such a beautiful picture and another one that makes me sing a symphony of praise to the Lord. That is how this song inspired me to create this card


Supplies (all PTI unless noted)
Stamps: Spiral Bouquet, Background Basics: Sheet Music, Everyday Blessings
Paper: Rustic Cream, Smokey Shadow
Other: Vineyard Impression Plate, Labels 1 Nestabilities, Ribbon, Pop Dots, White Pearls, Copics, Crop-a-dile

So off you go and start going through your CD collection, iPod or vinyl (for you golden oldies out there – lol) and create something inspired!

Up for grabs this week is….

Signiature Series : Cupcake stamp set.


Here’s what you need to know:
* All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify (please state what is PTI as sometimes for us it’s hard to tell :D)

* To enter, use our inlinkz thingy at the bottom of this post (be aware that we’ve had a few niggles with it!). 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, May 30th 2011 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.

Looking forward to seeing all your fabulous sketch interpretations!
Caryn, Aimes, Kate & Jenxxxx

Celebrate today….

Celebrate today…

Celebrate Today
….because it’s the weekend!

Hope you all have a super weekend – shame it’s not a bank holiday (I was getting a little too used to having Fridays and Mondays off work!) I have nothing planned myself, but sometimes I think that’s the nicest kinda weekend to have 😀

If you’ve got nothing planned, why not check out our current challenge? *wink*

Aimes
x

Button Love…

Happy Sunday! Hope you’ve all had a great weekend so far…maybe even squeezed in a few fireworks and got your teeth stuck around some bonfire toffee….*wink*

I’m stopping by today with a card that I’ve been itching to share on here for ages! So without further ado, here it is:


Would you belive that I made this card about a month ago?! This was made for my very own gorgeous guy to celebrate our 10 year anniversary on October 14th. No, we’re not married but we count the years from that fateful night I made him ask me out he asked me out LOL!

This card certainly shows how much I love him so: I mean, who else could I create a card for using not only so many of my precious buttons, but my precious green buttons! Oh if only his favourite colour was Melon Berry: then I wouldn’t be feeling slightly anxious about just how many buttons I used on his card…

Wishing you a relaxing Sunday!

Aimes
x

Card Deets
{Live laugh Love}
Stamps: Text Style, Round and Round (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)/Versamark
Cardstock: Fresh Linen, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Mixed Green Vintage Buttons (Papertrey Ink)/Cuttlebug/Concentric Hearts Die