Happy WCMD!


Can I get a “woo hoofor a day dedicated to this fabulous hobby of ours?! Not that we ever need an excuse to get inky, but it sure helps to have a reason to clear your schedule to play doesn’t it?! *wink*

I haven’t made anything yet today, but I hope by sharing this card I can solve the mystery of creating these shaped cards. Some of you have been asking how I make these and they’re so easy once you know how!

Firstly, create a basic card base. (I started with a 5×5 card blank) Then you need to pick what shape you’d like your card to be; as you know, I’m a fan of my Labels One Nesties.

Now here’s the most tricky part (and it’s not that tricky); when you use your die, just leave a bit of space at the top so it won’t cut through the fold at the top of your card base. Otherwise you’d just end up with two separate die cut shapes!

Run it through your die cutting machine. Now the top of your card base will be flat and not shaped but don’t panic! To create the front cut a full shape out of your desired cardstock (on this example it’s Scarlet Jewel) and attach it to the front!

Embellish as necessary and, Voila! Shaped card!

Hope that helps some of you who were wondering !

Wishing you all a very happy World Card Making Day and hoping you get time to get inky today!


Card Deets
{Thank You}
Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Background Basics: Text Style, Round and Round (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Lemon Tart, Spring Moss, Scarlet Jewel (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Scarlet Jewel, Stamper’s Select White
Accessories: Prima Flower/Glittery Brad/Cuttlebug/Nestabilities

Birthday Wishes….


Hope y’all had a fabby Bank Holiday (for those of us in the UK!) I can’t believe we actually had sunshine here in Sheffield LOL!

Just poppin‘ in today with a super simple card that probably took longer to make than you could possibly imagine:

The reason it took so long was not only the fiddly cutting of those leaves, but because I decided to try to make my own flower embellishment! If I do this again, I’ll definitely be wearing plastic gloves – yup, that ink tends to really stain your fingers LOL! However, on the plus side these flowers are pretty easy to make: simply die cut a few from white cardstock, cover in ink (or spritz with glimmer mist!), scrunch up, let them dry a little, then layer them! Voila! Pretty flower!


Card Deets
{Birthday Wishes}
Stamps: Papertrey Ink – Turning a New Leaf, Text Style, Round & Round
Ink: Versamark/Papertrey Ink – Spring Moss, Spring Rain/Memento Brown/Ranger Alcohol Ink
Cardstock: DCWV Blue/White from Stash/
Accessories: Cuttlebug/Cuttlebug Flower Die/Nestabilities/Clear Embossing Powder/Chalks/PTI Button

Challenge: Polka Dots!

Hello and welcome to another challenge here on A Passion for Papertrey! Today we have a special treat for you thanks to the generosity of the lovely Beverley who has so very sweetly donated a very special Papertrey Ink stamp set for us to offer as a prize. Do you recognise this set..:

…. if you don’t it is the 2010 ‘Round and Round’ PTI Anniversary set, which cannot be bought and is the prize for this fortnight’s challenge! Thank you so much Beverley!

And there are two good reasons for us to be offering this fabulous prize this week – the first is that Aimes and I are celebrating our first anniversary lol!!! It’s a year ago that Aimes joined A Passion for Papertrey, and I couldn’t ask for a more fabulous friend to be my partner in crime on the blog!

The second reason is to say thank you to all our wonderful readers and supporters – we are always overwhelmed with the response to our challenges and our posts. Thank you all for your support, and for sharing our passion for all things Papertrey!

So onto the challenge!! This time we’re going all dotty, and asking you to make a card or other papercrafting project that features polka dots… because we all love cute polka dots don’t we?! You could use your polka dot stamps, papers, ribbons, or if you don’t have any of those, come up with an original idea for incorporating them into your project!

I have to say I used a few dotty PTI products on my sample!….polka dot stamps, ribbon and papers!

Stamps” Baby Button Bits/Polka Dot Basics
Card: Stamper’s Select White/Pure Poppy/Aqua Mist
Paper: Bitty Dot Basics
Ink: Aqua Mist
Other: Copic Sketch Markers/Pure Poppy button/Pure Poppy Swiss Dots ribbon/Rik Rak die/Circle Nestabilities

Over to Aimes:
“OK, so I know you’re probably expecting me to break out my Polka Dots II set for this challenge, or maybe to use that sweet polka dot chair/couch from On My Couch but I wanted to incorporate polka dots a little less predictably for me this time…”

Card Deets
{Happy Anniversary}
Stamps: Daily Designs/Round & Round Ink: Pure poppy Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White/Kraft Paper: Beautiful Blooms DP Accessories: Fresh Snow Twill Ribbon/Martha Stewart Border Punch/Corner Rounder/White Gel Pen

And here’s Caryn as our featured stamper for August, goin‘ a little Polka Dot Crazy on this little number:

“I have used a Kraft card base and then layered up the panel with Rustic Cream card (embossed with Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder), Kraft coloured paper from Dotty Biscotti and then the top layer is a piece of Spring Moss card. Everything has been roughed up a bit with my new toy – my SU distresser thingy and then I’ve run the PTI distress ink (the lighter one!) around the edge of it all. The butterflies (Butterfly Dreams) and sentiment (from Everyday Classics) have been stamped in Raspberry Fizz and then it’s all finished off with a bit of Raspberry Fizz twill.

Here are all 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, Sept 6th 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.

We can’t wait to see what you come with – have fun!

Kate, Aimes and Caryn xxx

Inspired by a Royal Hat!

This post is courtesy of our Featured Stamper for June, Chris!

No – its ok, you have come to the right place. Some people get inspired by glossy magazines with articles about beautiful rooms and great designs but me, I was inspired by Her Majesty! I was having my first caffeine fix on Saturday morning watching the TV when the Queen drove down The Mall on her way to the Trouping of the Colour and I thought “those colours on that hat go really well together”.

Lavender Moon, Spring Moss and Berry Sorbet are not colours I’d normally put together but I thought if they were good enought for a royal hat, surely they’d look ok on a card. I went with a round and a square card for this project using all Papertrey products in the corresponding colours.

I used the same colour ways for both cards using a mix of patterned papers and cardstock. I added in a hand cut label on the round one and a Spellbinders tag on the square. A few buttons and trim and they were done!

Supplies: Stamps – Round & Round, Autumn Abundance; Cardstock – Lavender Moon, Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet; Paper – Pretty Pastels, Bitty Dots, In Bloom, Bitty Box; Accessories – Butterfly die, Spellbinder labels, vintage buttons, ribbon, pearls.

I love to use Papertrey’s designer papers and recently split several pads with a friend in the US. So to share the paper love around I thought we could have a little challenge! Round cards are a favourite of mine and I could use some more inspiration – so how about you make a round card using at least one Papertrey Ink product and post it to the linky thingy below. You have 2 weeks to enter and we will draw a winner on Thursday 8th July! Entries are welcome from all corners of the world and the prize can be shipped anywhere!

Please do have a go – you could be the lucky recipient of these 30 sheets of Papertrey DPs!

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Chaos, Cosy Chairs and Cats!


Hope your week’s going well so far…it’s not too early to start counting down to the weekend yet is it?!

It’s been a crazy first week back at work so far and today’s antics included the plasterboard ceiling caving in on me and a group of students! Don’t worry, no-one was injured and most importantly I saved my cup of tea (JOKE! Well kinda; the students were my priority but I’ll confess the tea came a close second LOL!)

So in between ceilings falling down on me, washing plasterboard dust outta my hair and being in the middle of the exam season, I’m not having much time to find to get inky at the moment. It’s a good job I’m still playing catch up from half term’s creative time 😀

Would you believe as much as I love my On My Couch set, this is the first time I’ve inked up that sweet little kitty?! Oh it looks so comfy on that chair – it definitely won’t be the last time he gets stamped though I feel he’ll always be a black cat because he reminds me so much of my old cat Jo-Jo who I grew up with *happy sigh*

Card Recipe
PTI Supplies
Stamps: On My Couch/On My Couch Additions/PTI Anniversary Set – Round & Round
Ink: Spring Moss/Memento Black
Card: Kraft/Stamper’s Select White/Spring Moss
Papers: Pure Poppy Bitty Dot Basics
Accessories: Promarkers/PTI Medium Scalloped Die/Cotton Thread/Pure Poppy Vintage Buttons/Fresh Snow Twill Ribbon

Here’s hoping the next few days are slightly less dramatic than today! Wish me luck!


P.S Don’t forget, if you find a spare bit of time you can still enter our current challenge this week – it ends next Monday *wink*!