Challenge: Christmas is coming!

Shock, horror – it’s nearly December! And you know what that means…. time to start making our Christmas cards! (Unless you’re super organised and have done it already… anyone?!)

So no surprises then that our new challenge is a Christmas one. At least by entering this challenge you’ll feel like at least you’ve started;)

I came up with two designs for this year’s cards and this week I’ll set about mass producing them. They have to be simple and flat! So here’s one of my designs:

Stamps: Snow Globe/Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Memento black/Pure Poppy/Aqua Mist
Card: White/Pure Poppy
Other: Snow Globe Die/Copic Markers

Over to Aimes:

Well I have to be super organised about Christmas this year as we’ve decided to move house this weekend – talk about crazy timing!

The shopping is done and almost wrapped, the family have been warned about our invasion into their homes for food and I’ve made all of my cards, including this one:

Stamps: Holiday Tree, Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, White Shimmer (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Versamark
Accessories: Detail White Embossing Powder (Stampendous)/Country Landscape Die (Memory Box)/Cuttlebug (ProvoCraft)/White Glitter (Doodlebug)

Super simple and super flat – just the way Royal Mail like ’em! *wink*

And here’s Caryn:

Yay – it’s CHRIIIIISSSSTTTTMMMAAAAAASS!  I could not be in a more festive mood – one of my trees went up last weekend, the christmas school fair is tomorrow and it’s freezing!  Bring on Santa!  I also turn the “BIG 4 0” next Friday and we’re having a big Christmas themed birthday bash – so looking forward to it – can’t beat a bit of fancy dress!!  Anyhoo, onto my project for this challenge.  I recently got the new pillow box die from PTI and have been busy making little boxes.  They make ideal packaging for gift cards, sweeties, jewellery etc – I just love em!!!

Christmas Pillow Boxes 020

Stamps: Fillable Frames 9
Card: My Mind’s Eye – Wonderful Winter, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Ink: Fresh Snow, Smokey Shadow.
Tools: Oval and scalloped oval punch (SU), Pillow Box die (PTI)

And now it’s over to you!

If you’re new to us then you can check out the challenge rules here. Entries close at 9am on Monday, December 10th when we will draw our winners. We offer one lucky stamper a $5 PTI gift certificate, we can’t wait to see your Christmassy creations!!

Kate, Aimes and Caryn xxx


Polka Dot Snow

Hi!

I’m flying by (or should that be sliding along with today’s snow and ice!) to share a card with ya:

Happy Holidays

This card could pretty much qualify for our current challenge with it’s red and white combo. It’s also a pretty fitting card to share on here today considering the snow and ice we’ve had here in the heights of the Peak District! I love snow, but I sure don’t love driving in it!

Stay safe and warm wherever you are and while you’re at it, why not join in this challenge too? 🙂

Aimes
x

Card Deets
{Happy Holidays}
Stamps: Holiday Tree, Polka Dot Basics II, Holiday Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: London Fog, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Gems (Craft Supply)/Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Challenge: Christmas

Hello!

Welcome to a fabulous new challenge!

So if you didn’t guess from my hint in the last post, this fortnight we wanna see you craft with Christmas in mind (or any other type of holiday you have in mind for the season, e.g Hanukkah) Let’s face it, Christmas is only 39 days away and so it’s time to start whippin’ out the cards!

I started well this year; creating a couple of Christmas cards last month, but I’ll confess that I’ve hit a bit of a dry spell right now….but after creating a few different cards, I now know that my final design will feature the following elements:

Firstly, it has to be CAS! Not only to satisfy my CAS lovin’ side, but also for the convenience of mass production:
Card Deets
{Merry Christmas}
Stamps: Holiday Tree (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Fine Linen (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug (Provocraft)/Linen and Canvas Impression Plate, Pure Poppy Buttons (Papertrey Ink)/Promarkers/Gem (Craft Supply)

It has to have a good ol’ traditional colour combo. If red and green don’t sum up Christmas, I’ve no idea what colours do!

Card Deets
{Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year}

Stamps: Holiday Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)/Musical Background (Kaisercraft)
Ink: Versamark/Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White, Hunter’s Green (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Pure Poppy Saddle-Stitch Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)/Gems (Zva)/Promarker (to colour gem!)

…and finally, it has to be a design that uses my existing stash (no new crafty Christmas goodies for this gal this year – not that I’ve been a bad girl of course, just that my stampy budget had to be spend on a new tyre the other week!)

Card Deets
{Season’s Greetings}
Stamps: Holiday Signature Greetings, Background Basics: Chevron Stripes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)/Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Tickets from Daily Junque Collection (Pink Paislee)
Accessories: Shimmer Chalks (Dovecraft)/Gems (Zva)/Mat Stack 2 Die (Papertrey Ink)/Grand Calibur (Spellbinders)/Twine from Daily Junque Collection (Pink Paislee)

Those baubles have been cut from Mat Stack 2! When I saw the shape of it, I immediately thought of a bauble. The subtle one in the background is created by using the negative shape of the die-cut as a stencil with my chalks.

Over to Caryn:
I am super-in-love with this challenge – there is no other time of the year I love more than Christmas so making this card was no challenge for me at all!! I am looking forward to your entries more than any other time too – can’t wait to see your festive creations!

For our challenge I have cracked open and lavished some inky attention on my new Holiday Lights set as well as the Stylish Sentiments: Holidays set. I just adore both of them – think they’re both going to feature heavily in this years cards!
I LOVE Pure Poppy and for Christmas there just is NO OTHER COLOUR!! I have paired it this time with Hawaiian Shores and Raspberry Fizz – yum!

Here’s Kate: “Thank goodness for this challenge to get me kick-started into making some Christmas cards! I have to say it made me want to play with all my Christmas sets but for this card I decided on my Wreath for All Seasons set for a good old CAS card!”

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Wreath for All Seasons/Think Big Favourites 8
Card: Stamper’s Select White/Pure Poppy
Ink: Pure Poppy/Ripe Avocado/Basic Black
Other: Scallop Die/Ripe Avocado Twill

So now it’s your turn! Just to tempt you some more, up for grabs for one European-based peep is this li’l stamp set:




Here are our challenge deets:

* 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, November 28th 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 be inspired by your creations 🙂

Aimes, Kate & Caryn
xxx

Perfectly Pretty Pearls

Hi, Caryn here.

Firstly – sorry this is appearing a bit late – I’ve been suffering a wee bit with the lurgy over the last few days and thought we still had another week to run on our last challenge!! Oops! Luckily I was organised enough to have my card made so without further ado, here we are with our new challenge Pretty Pearls. As usual you can interpret this as you wish but we want to see you using pearls in some way on your creation (which must incorporate at least one Papertrey Ink product).

I am still in Christmas card-making mode at the moment so my card is another festive one! I used my beloved Peaceful Poinsettia set along with Big and Bold Holiday Wishes. The image and sentiment have been stamped in Versamark and then embossed in white filligree powder. I am loving this colour combo of Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist and Kraft – loads of my cards this year have used it! Caryn x

Recipe:
Stamps: Peaceful Poinsettia/Big and Bold Holiday Wishes
Ink: Versamark
Card: Kraft/ Aqua Mist/Pure Poppy/Spring Moss
Other: White Filligree embossong powder/Martha Stewart Edge punch/adhesive pearls and gem/Nestabilities: Lacy Circles and Standard Circles

Here’s Kate:
“My mum asked me to make some cards for her this Christmas and for two of the three designs I used the Wreath for All Seasons set, I can see this becoming one of my most-used PTI sets! The gaps in the wreath design just calls out for some pearly berries!”

Here’s a close up of the pearls:

I’d better make a start on my own cards now!

Recipe:
Stamps: Wreath for All Seasons/2010 Holiday Tags
Ink: Purely Pomegranite (SU), Versafine Black
Card: Vintage Cream/Purely Pomegranite (SU)
Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder/Purely Pomegranite ribbon (SU)/Adhesive Pearls/Rustic Twine/Mat Stack 4 die.

Over to Aimes
“OK. So I am in the middle of a huge panic. Breathe, Aimes. Breathe! It’s only 11 days until Christmas and I’m still making Christmas cards! *Argh!* Still, I like to tell myself it’s because I’m at my ‘most creative’ when I’m under more pressure – ha!

So here is my ‘pearly’ creation:


I’ve kinda cheated – hope you’ll forgive me. I know you’ve seen this card layout before (for the last challenge) and I’m using it again for my example for this challenge. I think the change of colours and the pearly touches certainly make it different from my other two….well it’s more girly anyways!”

Card Deets
{We Wish you a Merry Christmas}
Stamps: Holiday Signature Greetings, Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Spring Rain, Sweet Blush, White Shimmer Cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Snowflake Die (Provocraft)/Nestabilities/Fresh Snow Satin Ribbon and Spring Rain Button (Papertrey Ink)/Pearls (Hero Arts)/’Chompy‘ (Corner Chomper!)

As our featured stamper for December, here’s Aga’s fabulous take on the challenge:

“I’ve always been a fan of red berries on Christmas cards. There’s something so pretty about them. To create my card I used the leaves from the Blooming Button Bits set with white embossing powder and red pearls. Don’t they look cute together? I also added a baker’s twine, printed sentiment and a piece of red punched border.”


Ready to play along? Here are the deets:

Here are the 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, December 27th 2010 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.

So here’s what you can win – A Fillable Frames #6 stamp set.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Caryn, Kate, Aimes and Aga
xxxx

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas



OK Peeps! Ready for a new challenge?! Well we know how busy you all are around this time of year, so we’ve decided to keep this fortnight’s challenge super simple. All we wanna see is a creation with a holiday/Christmas theme. That’s right, if you haven’t already, it’s probably best you get a move on and create something for the holidays (and that includes any other religious celebrations such as Hanukkah too!) and we’re hoping this challenge with give some of us, (me!) a nudge in the right direction *wink*!

Now don’t restrict yourself to cards; anything goes for this challenge! Though I myself really needed to get a move on and actually make some cards before I can even begin to think of making anything else!

I like to keep things Clean and Simple (CAS) when it comes to Christmas cards. Not only is it my fave kinda style – it’s fab for the mad mass production. I just change the colours every so often to keep my mind from going numb from repetition 😀

So here’s the first frosty li’l number:

Card Deets
{We Wish you a Merry Christmas}
Stamps: Holiday Signature Greetings, Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: London Fog (Memento)/Versamark
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White, Spring Rain, White Shimmer Cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Snowflake Die (Provocraft)/Nestabilities/Lavender Moon Grosgrain Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)/Shimmer Chalks/Bling (Zva)/’Chompy‘ (Corner Chomper!)

And here’s one that uses a more traditional Christmas colour combo:

Card Deets
{‘Tis The Season}
Stamps: Holiday Signature Greetings, Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Fresh Snow,Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)/Versamark
Accessories: Glimmer Mist/Cuttlebug/Snowflake Die (Provocraft)/Nestabilities/Fine Linen Grosgrain Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)/Bling (Zva)/Promarker (To colour my clear bling!)/Chompy (Corner Chomper)

See what a difference simply changing the colours can make?! Now you can’t tell on the pics, but there’s lots of subtle shimmer going off, especially on that first card. Using PTI’s Shimmer Cardstock adds that extra bit of Christmas magic IMHO, and Glimmer Mists are fab for added extra shimmer if you haven’t got fancy cardstock to start with!”

Over to Caryn:

“I have gone for a clean and simple approach with this design – so I can easily mass-produce it!! The Tiny Treats: Christmas set means I can do loads of different versions of this without them all needing to be identical. I still have mountains of cards to do so anything that can reduce my workload is good in my book, lol. I adore using Kraft card at the moment and paired with one of my all-time favourite colour combos – Aqua Mist and Pure Poppy, I am pretty happy with the look. I added a teeny bit of my newest obsession, Pure Poppy baker’s twine and an Aqua Mist button to add a wee bit of extra interest and to ground the focal image.”

Here’s Kate:

“Like Caryn I inked up my new Tiny Treats Christmas set for my sample – this has to be one of the most adorable sets ever! I used one of my favourite Christmas colour combos – red, white and kraft – a perfect match for those cute candy canes!”


Recipe:

Stamps: Tiny Treats Christmas/Peaceful Poinsetta
Card: Stampers Select White/Kraft/Pure Poppy/Scarlet Jewel
Ink: Memento Black/Colorbox Chalk
Other: Circle Nestabilities/Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder/Mat Stack No 1 Die/Corner Chomper/Fine Linen Buttons/Copic Markers

Over to our fabulous featured stamper, Bev!

“Christmas has arrived early in the North East of England with lots and lots AND LOTS of SNOW! After being a bit ‘mojoless‘, the snow has certainly got me in the Christmas spirit! It’s a good job as planning, as always, hasn’t gone to plan when it comes to my Christmas cards! As always I still have tons to make! I needed some quick & easy cards that didn’t use too much of my precious PTI supplies and this is what I came up with.


These little cuties are only 7 cm X 10.5 cm which means you can get 4 out of one sheet of card stock! I used some precious Pure Poppy felt on these 4 but when I go full pelt to cranking these out I think I will just use Pure Poppy card stock!

It’s hard to see in the photo’s but I used some PTI Shimmer card stock & coloured the images with Copic Spica pens to add some sparkle. Some Pure Poppy Bakers Twine and some snowflakes finished them off!

I hope I have inspired you to create some mini Christmas cards!”

Need more tempting to get crafting for Christmas? Well one randomly selected peep will win this super sweet stamp set, fly away!

Here are the 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, December 13th 2010 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 you get in the Christmas spirit too!
Aimes, Caryn, Kate & Bev
xxxx

Challenge – Oh, Christmas Tree!

Hey everyone!

OK so we know that it’s a busy time for everyone at the mo, so we’ve tried to make this challenge one that’s so easy to play along with that you’ll probably do it without realising it LOL!!

For this challenge we want to see creations featuring a Christmas tree! For those of you who attended the most amazing weekend ever (Steph’s PTI Make and Take), this challenge is one you’ve already got a card for so feel free to enter it!

Here’s my take on the challenge featuring my fave lil’ tree of the moment:

Recipe: Stamps – Holiday Tree/Signature Christmas Ink – Spring Moss/Dark Chocolate/Pure Poppy Card – Stamper’s Select White/Aqua Mist/Pure Poppy/Rustic Snowflake DP Other – Nestabilities/Martha Stewart Border Punch/Pure Poppy Polka Dot Ribbon

Here’s Kate’s showing that you just can’t go wrong with a classic, elegant Christmas card:


Recipe: Stamps – Tree Trimming Trio/Background Basics – Text Style Card – Stamper’s Select White/Aqua Mist/Enchanted Evening Other – Epoxy Circle Stickers

“I’m in mass production mode at the moment!”

So are you ready to enter? Here’s the deets:

  • All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify
  • To enter, 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 14th December at 9.00am GMT
  • A winner will be chosen at random to receive a collection of PTI goodies!

So get your Christmas trees ready; we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Aimes and Kate
xx

1. Laure
2. Laurel
3. Lesley
4. Karin
5. Cathygel
6. Caryn

Blingin’, Baby!

Hi everyone and welcome to another challenge, it seems to have come around so quickly!

This time it’s all about the bling, baby! To join the challenge we want to see some bling on your cards – it can be any type of bling – gems, gliiter – so long as it sparkles, anything goes!!

The bling on my samples is quite subtle (so subtle I’m not sure you can even really notice it from the pictures lol!) – there are 3 rhinestones in the centre of the poinsietta, and the Flourishes are stamped in Versamark Dazzle Champagne ink which has a fabulous soft shimmer:

Recipe:
Stamps – Peaceful Poinsietta/fancy Flourishes/Signature Christmas
Card – Stamper’s Select White/Enchanted Evening/Brushed Silver
Ink – Versamark Dazzle/Versamagic – Night Sky/Versafine – Black
Other – Rhinestones/silver ribbon

And a close up:


Over to Aimes… “Here’s my attempt to bling up a Christmas Tree! Basically smothered it in Stickles and added some jewels coloured with my promarkers – BLINGIN!”


Recipe:
Stamps – Holiday Tree/Signature Christmas/Around and About Sentiments
Card – Stamper’s Select White/Dark Chocolate/Pure Poppy/Rustic Snowflakes DP
Ink – Spring Rain/Spring Moss/Fresh Snow/Dark Chocolate
Others – Pure Poppy Polka Dot Ribbon/Spring Moss Button/Jute Button Twine/Stickles Crystal Glitter/Clear Gems Coloured with Promarkers/Nestability/Cuttlebug/White Gel Pen
Here are the details:

  • All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify
  • To enter, 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 30th November 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 come up with!

Kate and Aimes xx

1. Katie
2. Dawn

Raspberry Suite Challenge

Just in time to enter Dawn’s current color challenge! (Cutting it fine again!)

I loved the look of this combo but struggled a bit putting it together.. anyway here’s how my card turned out in the end:


Recipe: (Papertrey unlesss otherwise stated)

Stamps – Vintage Labels/Rustic Snowflakes/Signature Christmas
Ink – Pure Poppy/Vintage Cream/Dark Chocolate
Card – Kraft/Vintage Cream/Aqua Mist/Dark Chocolate
Other – Aqua Mist ribbon/brown brads/Fiskars border punch/Labels One die/Cuttlebug embossing folder/adhesive pearls

Can you believe the Papertrey October sneak peeks have started already?! Some more Christmas sets by the look of it… have I got room for any more?! (Silly question lol!)

Have a good week and thanks as always for visiting!

Kate x