Catching up!

Hi everyone! It’s Kate here and my turn to apologise for not updating my side of our blog! Things have been so hectic recently but I’ve finally had time to sit down at my computer and post a few PTI cards on here:

A birthday card for a special friend who loves all things green and teapots – every time I use this set I fall in love with it again!

Recipe: (All Papertrey Ink, unless otherwise stated)

Stamps: Tea for Two/Vintage Labels
Card: Kraft/Vintage Cream
Paper – Pretty Pastels
Ink – Spring Moss/Antique Linen Distress Ink (Spellbinders)/Memento Black
Other – Labels One Dies (Spellbinder)/Sewing machine/Vintage Cream Buttons

Sadly I had to make a sympathy card for a friend recently:

Recipe: (All Papertrey Ink)

Stamps – With Sympathy/Mega Mixed Messages
Card – Vintage Cream/Plum Pudding
Ink – Ripe Avocado/Plum Pudding/True Black
Ribbon – Ripe Avocado

This week was my dear friend Emma’s birthday – a great chance to break out my new Enjoy the ride set – oh my this is SUPER cute!! I made her a matching notebook die cut with the Tabbed Mini Book Die. I love the colour combo of Hawai’in Shores and Melon Berry!

Recipe: (PTI unless stated)

Stamps: Enjoy the Ride/Fresh Alphabet/Polka Dot Basics/Journalling Lines
Card: Stamper’s Select White/Hawai’in Shores/Melon Berry
Ink: Hawai’in Shores/Melon Berry/True Black
Ribbon & Buttons: Melon Berry
Other: Felt/Cuttlebug Flower Dies/Copics/Enjoy the Ride Dies/Circle Nestabilites(Spellbinders)/Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

The card:

The notebook:

Thanks for looking today – we’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new challenge!!

Kate x

Featured Stamper Post: Tea for Two Treats!

I created this card and matching gift tag for today’s post which I hope you’ll like as I really enjoyed making it. I love the monochrome look, some stamps scream out for colour but these worked fantastically.

This is another favourite of mine, the “Tea for Two” stamp collection. These stamps are so classy, definitely the sort you can invite friend to “high tea” with!

Recipe: PTI “Tea for Two” stamp set, ink, Black/White card, Ribbons
Tools: Martha Stewart XL Punch, Nestabilities circle/scalloped circle dies, Stapler

Here is another set of projects I created for you to show just how versatile these stamps are. This time something a little different.

As you can probably tell, I am not one for too much colour. I like to pick a few tones and stick to them. I think getting the colour right is what can make an “OK” project, “great.” For me it’s all about the colour.

I adore the little shaker box and think it’d make the ideal “pick up” gesture for a friend a little under the weather. Or, perhaps for a friend who wasn’t able to make it for tea? The matching card has its own little pocket rather than an envelope which I co-ordinated using the same image.

Recipe: PTI “Tea for Two” stamp set, Bitty Box Basics 2008 (Spring Moss) cardstock, Brown ink, White card
Contents: Peppermint Tea Bag Sachets
Tools: Big Shot, Shaker Box XL Die, Nestabilities Circle Die

Thanks for looking!


It’s Tea Time!

Hi and Happy Monday everybody, this is Vanessa having the honour to post a project today!

I love tea. I always did – never drank any coffee before I was like 23 or so. Now I finally bought the adorable “Tea for Two” set and don’t know what took me so long! Couldn’t wait to ink it up and wanted to create something special. So I made this:

I sewed this tea cosy and made two tea pot appliqués, stamping the image onto the floral fabric, cutting it out and ironing one on each side of the cosy.

Then I tried to create matching teapots on paper for the bag and the card. To achieve this I used images from the “Turning a New Leaf” set and “Beautiful Blooms” set. The glassine bag contains my new favourite herbal tea, called “Happiness” (and it works!!).

That’s it. I hope you like my little set!

Have a great week everybody! And thanks again to Aimes and Kate, it’s so exciting to post here!

Vanessa xx


Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink, Patterned Paper: (2008 Bitty Dot Basics) Papertrey Ink, Glassine Bag: Emma’s Paperie, Stamps: (Tea for Two, Turning a New Leaf, Beautiful Blooms) Papertrey Ink, Fibers: ( Lemon Tart Luxe Satin Ribbon) Papertrey Ink, (twine) Craftshop, Accents: (Spring Moss Vintage Button) Papertrey Ink, Dies: (Scalloped Squares) Spellbinders, Tools: (Upper Crest Borderpunch) Fiskars

Tea for Two – Love at First Sight!

Hello Everyone!

As part of my introduction as December’s Featured Stamper I had to answer a few questions about my love of PTI and stamping, and one of them asked for a favourite colour combo. I mentioned a card I had recently done which featured Vintage Cream, Spring Moss, Melon Berry, Kraft and Plum Pudding, and I promised that although it sounded overwhelming that it really works! So I thought I had finally better share that card with you, and how it gave me inspiration to create a whole set of cards with the same themes and colours – something I’ve never done before! All of the cards featured Tea for Two, which I just completely fell for when I was using it!

So, here is the first card featuring that colour combo:See, I told you the combo works! As long as you keep the balance of the amount of colour and how it’s featured I think it’s quite possible to use 3, 4 or even 5 colours on one card successfully!

The background pattern was created with Giga Guidelines, with the medallions embossed with my matt clear embossing powder. I love this stuff! The Plum Pudding strip is again a scrap from a previous card, again showing that scraps are worth saving in my opinion, no matter how small!
Just one last design detail for this card before I move onto the others – I used two loops of ribbon but for interest I had one behind all the layers and one overlapping between layers. I think it adds a nice bit of interest!

I was so in love with this card when I made it that I even almost took it to work with me the next day so I could keep staring at it, lol! I didn’t though!

So, seeing as I loved the colour combo so much I decided to create a whole set of cards along the same lines. On some cards I added are Dark Chocolate as well, just to add a bit of contrast/difference. Here they all are:Don’t they all work so well together as a complimentary set?! I added some other sets into the mix as well, with Background Basics: Diamonds, Turning a New Leaf, Signature Greetings and Polka Dot Basics II (on the Twill Ribbon) all making an appearance! The rhinestones were all coloured with Copics to match the colour scheme, and you’ll see that my favourite Martha Stewart Punch was used a few times too!

I was going to create a Keeping Tabs gift box for all of these but I just couldn’t get my printer to play ball with my PTI cardstock! Next year will be a different story though – I’ve bought a Cricut Expression so I’ll be able to cut out the templates once they’ve been switched over .svg (or if I can figure out how to do it myself, lol).

So what do you think of all of these? Do you have a favourite? Can you even pick a favourite?! lol, I can’t, I love almost every detail of every one! I’ve definitely found a colour combo that I really love. I can’t wait for the reformulated Melon Berry ink – then it will match all the other Melon Berry elements even better!

I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank Kate and Aimes for allowing me to be December’s Featured Stamper. I’ve had a real blast, not only with the challenges and the posts, but also working with girls, it’s been a real pleasure! And to the rest of you I’d like to wish you all the very best for a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Taheerah xx

July resolution

I’ve made a resolution to use my older PTI sets more. I actually made this card a while ago when I first got the fab Tea For Two set and have barely touched it since, the newer sets have gone to the top of the pile and all the older ones are feeling neglected (sob!)…. so from now on I’m going to make the effort to dust them off and give them some lovin’ 😉 Well apart from today that is lol – I’ve just received some goodies from the latest release and my oh my…!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Kate x

(All Papertrey Ink unless stated)

Stamps – Tea for Two
Card/Papers – Kraft/Vintage Cream/Green Tea Leaves
Ink – Ocean Tides
Ribbon – Ocean Tides
Other – White and Cream Buttons/ Threading water punch (Fiskars)/Linen Thread (SU)

Challenge 6 – Recycle

Hi everyone and welcome to a new challenge! Today it’s all about recycling!

We want you to make a card that uses at least one recycled element on it – this could be a household item, ribbon or buttons from clothing, or maybe stamped images or scraps that didn’t get used up.

Here’s my card, all the elements were left over from other stamping projects – a strip of paper from these cards, and a stamped sentiment and heart that didn’t make the cut for previous cards! The ribbon came with a new top I bought – and it’s almost a perfect match for Raspberry Fizz, whoop!


Stamps: Guide Lines/Heartfelt Blessings/Heart Prints
Ink – Raspberry Fizz/Aqua Mist/Summer Sunrise
Card – Stamper’s Select White/Aqua Mist/Raspberry Fizz/kraft
Ribbon – Recycled
Other – Aqua Mist button/thread/square nestability/corner rounder punch

And Steph’s:

Recipe (all PTI unless otherwise stated):

Stamps – Tea For Tw0
Papers – Green Tea Leaves Collection & 2008 Bitty Dot Basics
Cardstock – Gold & Vintage Cream
Other – Zutter Corner Rounder, Encore Gold Inkpad & Twinnings Tea Packaging (recycled item)

And here’s what you can win:

– 1 sheet of every design from the following 6 x 6 paper packs: Everyday Blessings/Guide Lines/Chocolate Remix

– 1 A4 sheet of cardstock and 1 metre of ribbon in the following colours, to match the papers: Plum Pudding/Lavender Moon/Aqua Mist/Spring Moss/Vintage Cream/Dark Chocolate

To be entered into the random draw please leave a link to your card in the comments section below. At least one Papertrey product must be used. Prizes can only be shipped withing Europe.
You have until 9am, Monday May 18th to take part!

Good luck – can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Kate x

1. Aimes’ Entry
2. Vanessa’s Entry
3. Nina’s Entry
4. Jennie’s Entry
5. JanJ’s Entry
6. Dawn’s Entry
7. Chris’ Entry
8. Dana’s Entry
9. Emilia’s Entry
10. Dana’s Entry (no 2)
11. Ann’s Entry
12. Jeanette’s Entry