Anything But a Card Challenge!

Hi Papertrey fans, it’s Caryn here. Kate and Aimes have thrown me in at the deep end and have entrusted me with writing the post for our new challenge. Hopefully I won’t miss out anything important – don’t want to be sacked on my first week in the job, lol!!

So onto the challenge details. We want to see you create ANYTHING but a card. It could be a scrapbook page, a tag, gift packaging or any other creation you can think of – just not a card. All we ask is that you use at least one Papertrey Ink product in your design – simples!

When I found out what the challenge was going to be I decided I would create a gift to give my sister-in-law for my little nephew’s baptism. I’m not a fan of the generic baby gifts you can buy in jewellers shops (you know, those little trinket boxes and ornaments – not my thing at all) so I bought an inexpensive box frame from Ikea and thought I’d make a little picture for his new bedroom (they are moving house after Christmas). Aimes has kindly loaned me her Tiny Treats: Valentine stamp set and I thought the cute little images in that set would be perfect for a little 1 year old.

I used a base of Pure Poppy card and the dotty distressed paper from the Pretty Pastels collection and my EK Success star punch to make the stars (from Vintage Cream card). The images are coloured with ProMarkers and the letters (my nephews initials) are stamped in Pure Poppy using a Banana Frog alphabet set.

Over to Kate: “I love stationery sets so I decided to use one of Lauren Meader’s From The Desk Of’ Timeless Templates to make a set of notelets to have on my desk whenever I need to scribble a quick note. Excuse the picture – I will take a better one in daylight!


Stamps: Take Note/Mega Mixed Messages/Round & Round Anniversary Set
Card: Hawai’in Shores/Stampers Select White
Paper:Green Boutique
Ink: Hawai’in Shores/Versafine Black
Other: New Leaf ribbon/Circle Nestabilities

Over to Aimes:
“Well life is pretty hectic still, so I’m gonna ‘fess up that I’m featuring something for this challenge that I made the other week, but haven’t shared here yet; hope you can forgive me!

I just adore these treat boxes – I think I’m addicted! So cute, so sweet and oh so simple to create! Now that’s my kinda crafting when you can only squeeze in tiny amounts of inky therapy time!”
Treat Box Deets
{Thank You}
Stamps: Star Prints (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Black (Memento)/Antique Linen (Distress Ink)
Cardstock: Kraft, Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Dotty Biscotti (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug/Treat Box Die (Papertrey Ink)/Star Punch (SU!)/Raspberry Fizz Button (Papertrey Ink)/Fineline Pen

And here’s what our wonderfully talented Bev, our November Featured Stamper has created for us using some of the latest products:
For my ‘Anything but a Card’ project I decided to use some of my new PTI goodies. They are the Favour It 2 Box Die, The Limitless Layers Dies, Holiday jar Fillers and Holiday Tags 2010.

And so what can you win?

Some luscious Raspberry Fizz yumminess. 2 sheets of Raspberry Fizz cardstock, one sheet of each of the 12 designs in the Raspberry Fizz mix paper collection, 3 foot-long samples of Raspberry Fizz ribbon (Satin Dots, Satin and Twill) and a few Raspberry Fizz Buttons.

So here’s the serious bit!!

* All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify

* 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 15th 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 up with!

Kate, Aimes, Caryn & Bev

It’s written in the sky…


Happy Friday, Peeps!!! Can’t believe it’s Friday already! Where did this week disappear to?!

I’m sharing a card today that uses the same idea as my ‘Material Girl’ challenge example (There’s still time to enter that challenge y’know ;D)

Instead of a felt butterfly, I used the cute lil‘ plane from Tiny Treats: Valentine. Isn’t it sweet?! A fellow blogger liked my idea and took it a step further using this plane and I couldn’t resist trying it out myself!

The clouds in the background have been made by cutting a few Scalloped Oval Nesties and sponging Spring Rain ink around them. I’ve seen this done quite a bit recently and it beats having to cut precious DP covered in fluffy clouds! The best part is that as skies are pretty random, you can’t go too wrong on the placement of the clouds!

Card Recipe
(PTI Supplies)
Stamps: Around and About Sentiments/Tiny Treats: Valentine/Polka Dot Basics II
Ink: Spring Rain/Versamark/Memento Black
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White/Pure Poppy/Spring Rain
Accessories: Clear EP/Machiney/EK Success Border Punch Embossed Scallop/Corner Punch

I’m also starting to learn to love my sewing machine (aka Machiney). I think it’s gonna be a relationship full of ups and downs but for the meantime, he’s in my good books LOL!

And on another note, did you check out the new Papertrey release this month?! I’m seriously loving a lot of that release and I just know that there’s a couple of sets that are sure to be my go-to sets (especially for masculine cards!) We’d love to hear what you thought of it all!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


Challenge: Be My Valentine!


Happy Monday! Apologies for this challenge being posted later than I wanted – I’m in the midst of a stinkin‘ cold which took pleasure in taking over my weekend :o(

Enough sniffling and moaning from me though, are you ready for a new challenge?! I hope so because for this one we want you to get ‘loved-up’ and think ‘Valentine’s’ with your creations. Remember it doesn’t have to be restricted to a card and can be a little valentine treat for anyone! Don’t panic, it doesn’t have to be one huge slushfest on a card declaring your love for someone! If you’d rather, you could think about just featuring one aspect of Valentine’s (e.g Hearts) on your creation.

Well my example started with this one card…

..and by the end of my inky session, it turned into this!

These are a cute 3×3 inches in size – so sweet! I’m selling these at work to raise money for the British Heart Foundation – I’ve sold a few today! If some don’t sell, I can always sneak them into my guy’s packed lunch for the remainder of the year ;D

Here they are closer up:

Card Recipe

Stamps: Tiny Treats: Valentine/Polka Dot Basics II
Ink: Memento Black/Various PTI Inks!
Cardstock: Stampers Select White/Various PTI Colours!
Accessories: Promarkers/3D Foam Pads/Aqua Mist Vintage Button/Cream Button Twine/Fine Black Pen

Here’s Kate with her gorgeous example:

Stamps – Big and Bold Wishes
Card – Stamper’s Select White/Raspberry Fizz
Paper – Simple Valentine
Other – Black gingham ribbon/felt hearts and buttons(Martha Stewart)/EK Success border punch

..and as our featured stamper, Vanessa has provided us with TWO stunning examples!

I’m literally drooling with this scrumptious cupcake creation…

Supplies for the Cupcake card: Cardstock: (White, Raspberry Fizz ) PTI, Patterned Paper: (Pretty Pastels) PTI, Stamps: (Tiny Treats: Valentine, Baby Button Bits) PTI, Ink: (Black) Tsukineko, (Worn Lipstick) Ranger Industries, Fibers: (Raspberry Fizz Luxe Satin Ribbon) PTI, (Twine) Craft Shop, Accents: (Sweet Blush Vintage Button) PTI, (Heart Pearl) Hero Arts, Dies: (Labels 4) Spellbinders, Markers: Copic

…and then it’s topped off with this super sweet creation!

Supplies for the Pink/Kraft card: Cardstock: (Kraft, Berry Sorbet) PTI, Patterned Paper: (Pretty Pastels) PTI, Stamps: (Background Basics: Hearts) PTI, Ink: (Fresh Snow) PTI, (Watermark Ink) Versamark, Fibers: (Vintage Cream Luxe Satin Ribbon) PTI, Accents: (Heart Pearls) Hero Arts, Tools: (Border Punch) EK-Success, (Corner Chomper) Crop-A-Dile

Here are the deets:
  • All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify
  • To enter, use our Mister Linky 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, but unfortunately prizes can only be shipped within Europe!
  • Challenge closes on Monday 22nd February 2010 at 9.00am GMT
  • A winner will be chosen at random to receive a collection of PTI goodies!

So getting thinking of some lovey, dovey creations and get inky! We can’t wait to see what creations you come up with!

Aimes, Kate & Vanessa