I’m Dreaming of a {Red and White} Christmas Challenge!!

Ok, we know – our last challenge was also a “Holiday” based challenge but with Christmas just around the corner and a myriad of cards and gifts still to make we thought another Holiday-inspired challenge wouldn’t go amiss!

This time we’re putting a colour theme into the mix and are asking you to create a Christmas/Holiday card using red and white {or cream} as your main colours. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

For my card I automatically reached for my Stylish Sentiments:Holidays set. I love this set so much!! The base white card is stamped with snowflakes from the Tag Its #9 set in Pure Poppy and the flourish under the sentiment is from Big and Bold Holiday Wishes stamped in Versamark and then embossed in white filigree powder). I so love this colour combo :0)

Caryn xxx

Over to Kate: “I agree with Caryn, this colour combination is SO fabulous for Christmas! I came across my Rustic Snowflakes set, which sadly has been pushed to the bottom of my pile of PTI sets so grabbed my new Pure Poppy ink and gave it some inky love! It was a long wait for the first batch of new inks but they looking great so far!”

Card Recipe: (All supplies PTI)
Stamps: Rustic Snowflakes/Rustic Branches/Tiny Tags
Ink: Pure Poppy/Basic Black
Card: Vintage Cream/Pure Poppy
Other: Tiny Tags Die/Take Three Die/Pure Poppy Baker’s Twine

I’m afraid our poor Aimes is suffering from a badly injured ankle after a tumble playing football (rolls eyes!!) so she will be back soon with her sample when she’s able to move again!!

***Edited to add***

“I’m here *waves!* Yup, I may be on the sofa with one foot raised in some considerable pain but I’m here!

Not only am I here, but I’m also here with a red and white themed Christmas card for our super challenge:

Deck the Halls

Card Deets
Stamps: Stocking Prints (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Stocking Die, Bakers Twine (Papertrey Ink)/Felt (Craft Supply)/Cuttlebug

I decided to play with my Stocking Die for this challenge and added some texture to a very CAS card by cutting my stocking from felt.

Admittedly I did keep having the urge to add green to this combo but luckily Caryn and Kate are so right in thinking that red and white make a fab combo alone for a Christmas project. And anyways, I can also insert this into a green envie, right? *wink*

One lovely crafty person will win this….

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, December 12th 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.

‘Tis the Season

Well all good things come to an end don’t they? My bonus week off work due to the snow is over and I’m back at school. It’s funny how I’m now just moaning about the snow and ice when I was so excited about it when it gave me bonus inky sessions last week; it’s not so fun when you have to drive in it when it’s minus 18 degrees Celsius – eek!

So lemme try and warm things up a little with a Christmas card:

Tis the Season

I think this kinda feels warm. Is it vintage? Is it CAS? I’ve no idea! But it certainly warms me a little in this freezing weather!

Well it well and truly ‘tis the season and although I spent last weekend making so many Christmas cards, I’m yet to buy a single present! Don’t tell anyone though; everyone is under the impression that I’m organised. Little do they know that their gifts will probably be bought from a petrol station on Christmas Eve – Ha!

Right, I’m off to find me a pair of ice skates so I can get to work in style this week!


Card Deets
{Tis the Season}
Stamps: Stocking Prints (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Hint of Pesto (Versamagic)/Antique Linen (Distress Ink)/Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Sugar Plum (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Crochet Lace, Leaf Ribbon (Reasonable Ribbon)/Border Punch (EK Success)/Jute Ribbon Twine (Papertrey Ink)

Shhh! Secret Santa!


We’re into the full swing of the festive season now so I’m busy beyond belief! Apologies for my lack of posts recently!

Tonight I’m out for a few Christmas drinks with my work colleagues and as always there’s a secret Santa. This year we’ve decided to just buy any old gift and have a lucky dip rather than buying for someone specifically. Now I prefer to do the latter, but as some people ended up without gifts last year (due to the winter lurgy!) I guess this way everyone gets a guaranteed pressie!

So what a perfect opportunity to play with the secret Santa stamp out of PTI’s Stocking Prints! I think most of my colleagues will know that this gift is courtesy of me, but lucky for me I picked a nice gift. Don’t tell anyone, but it’s a scrummy cinnamon soap I picked up at market stall at Covent Garden last weekend! I normally like to buy something really silly but the I just know it’d be my luck for my boss to pick it and for me to be summoned to their office on Monday morning LOL!
I also decorated both the tissue paper and the ribbon using the sweet snowflakes from PTI’s Holiday Tree! I love, love, LOVE the effect of stamping onto ribbon – it takes a while but it’s totally worth it!
– Stocking Prints/Holiday Tree
– Spring Rain
– Stampers’ Select White/Spring Rain
Cuttlebug/Nestabilities/Vintage Cream Satin Ribbon/Martha Stewart Border Punch

Now then, would it be totally wrong if I picked this present outta the tub for myself…? LOL!

Right then, I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend! I’m off to start Christmas shopping – that’s right, START it! LOL!


P.S There’s still time to enter our current challenge – Oh Christmas Tree! Surely you’ve got a creation with a Christmas tree on it?! Especially those who attended Steph’s make and take! ;D

Challenge 17: Ho Ho Ho…!


Everyone ready for a new challenge? I hope so!

For this challenge we want you to think Christmas! It’s only 52 days away y’know – eeek! So this should be easy peasy for you stampers who are super organised (e.g Kate!) and a good kick up the bum to get the mojo going for highly unorganised cardmakers who have only made one Christmas card so far (e.g Me!) Plus, if you’ve had any recent orders from PTI I’ll guess that they may have contained some seasonal goodies that will fit into this challenge perfectly ;D!

Don’t feel the need to stick to cards; if you have something else crafty for Christmas hiding up your sleeve then feel free to enter it!

Here’s my sample:Recipe: Stamps – Stocking Prints Ink – Pure Poppy/Ripe Avocado/Distress Ink Antique Linen Card – Kraft/Pure Poppy Bitty Dot Basics/Vintage Cream/Ripe Avocado Other – Ripe Avocado Grosgrain Ribbon/Pure Poppy Button/Rustic Jute Ribbon Twine/Nestabilities/Rounded Corner Punch

I’m totally inspired by a vintage theme today, but I’m hoping to do a mix of cards as I do love a fab and funky colour combo too when it suits the right recipient!

Here’s Kate’s sample, proving that you just can’t go wrong with Pure Poppy and Kraft for Christmas:

Recipe: Stamps – Believe Ink – Fresh Snow/Memento black Card – Kraft/Pure Poppy/Stamper’s Select White Other – Martha Stewart Lattice punch/New Leaf buttons/Copic Sketch Markers/White Gel Pen

I promise we made our cards separately without any clue what the other was doing – just goes to show that this colour combo is VERY suitable for Christmas I guess LOL!

So here’s the deets:

  • All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify (using a Lauren Meader Template counts as a PTI product btw!)
  • To enter, leave a comment with a link to your post featuring the project on your blog
  • Worldwide entries are more than welcome to share the inspiration, but unfortunately prizes can only be shipped within Europe!
  • Challenge closes on Monday 16th November at 9.00am GMT
  • A winner will be chosen at random to receive a collection of PTI goodies!

Have fun! I can’t wait to be inspired by your entries to help kick my mojo into gear!


1. KatieJane
2. Laurel (from the USA, thanks so much for joining us!!)
3. Beverley
4. Laurel (2nd Entry!)
5. Laurel (3rd Entry!)
6. Mandy
7. Beverley
8. Chris
9. Chris (2nd Entry!)
10. Lesley
11. Cathy
12. Cathy (2nd Entry!)
13. Kirsty
14. Dana
15. Vicki
16. Dawn
17. Ann

My First…

…Christmas card!

Yup, today I made my first Christmas card of the season! Pretty amazing for me as I usually start making them mid-December! The thing that made me finally get crafting for Christmas is the PTI Blog Hop. This month it’s a Holiday Hop so everyone is sharing their creations for the Holiday season – I’m hoping to get a good dose of inspiration from this month’s hop!

For my part of the hop I made a Christmas card:
This card was made using the super fun Stocking Prints set. This is such a fun set that I could be tempted to make many more Christmas cards well before December approaches!

Now this card isn’t just a card…just pull out those candy canes and satsumas….


Yup it’s a Couch Surprise Card converted into a Stocking Surprise Card LOL! Had to fiddle a little with the original concept to get it to work for a stocking but it works! I have to say it made me giggle the way the sentiment worked with the idea – now that’s my kinda stocking exchange LOL! The fireplace is hand drawn, I’m hoping the glitter I applied to make the flames sparkle will avert your eyes from my drawing technique ;D

Card Recipe Stamps: Stocking Prints Card: Pure Poppy/Ripe Avocado/Vintage Cream/Kraft/Vellum from Stash Ink: Pure Poppy/Ripe Avocado/Distress Inks Antique Linen & Vintage Photo Accessories: Promarkers/Stickles Glitter in Red and Crystal/3D Foam Pads/£10 note LOL!

This card will be for my bro – I certainly don’t plan on making a load of ’em as I’d not only be poor but I’d have no time to go Christmas shopping! We always exchange some money and treat ourselves to something we really like. Put it this way, after we’ve both shopped for our family (7 nieces and nephews!) we’re too pooped to find a gift for each other!

I hope you all had a super weekend (and an extra hour for us in the UK!) I’ll be back soon as I’ve got the week off work and I’m hoping to get inky fingers – hurrah for half term!