Challenge: Sweet, Sweet, Summertime

Hey Everyone!

Ready for a brand spanking new challenge here on A Passion for Papertrey? I hope so!

For the next fortnight we’re thinking of summertime. Whether it’s the colours you associate with summer, items associated with summer or anything else that reminds you of the sweet summertime, make a creation out of it and join in the fun!

For me, summer is the sweet long six-week holidays I get from work 🙂 We break up next Thursday and I can’t wait! When I was a kid the first week off would involve a trip to the sea-side and that’s what inspired my creation:


I went with a very graphic interpretation of the sea with those chevrons LOL! I’ll be off to the sea-side in Wales at some point in the holidays – you just can’t beat a paddle in the sea 🙂

Card Deets
{Hello}
All Papertrey Ink Supplies Unless Stated
Stamps: Background Basics: Chevron Strips, Modern Basics (Sentiment)
Ink: Hawaiian Shores/Tuxedo Black (Memento Ink)
Cardstock: Lemon Tart, Stamper’s Select White
Accessories: Orange Zest Vintage Buttons/Fine Line Black Pen (Letraset)/Chompy! (Corner Chomper – We R Memory Keepers)

Over to Kate: “Another CAS card from me – this time a bright invite to a summer party, I’m imagining a fun pool party except I don’t have a pool!”

Stamps: A Day at the Beach, Polka Dot Basics
Card: Stamper’s Select White, Hawai’in Shores
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Hawai’in Shores, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Raspberry Fizz ribbon, nestabilities

Over to Caryn:
Nothing says “Summer” to me more than Wimbledon – it kicks off the season for me and although my beloved Roger Federer didn’t do all that well this year I still managed to catch a few matches and enjoyed the tournament immensely. As a wee nod to my favourite sporting even of the year I have made a card using the strawberry die and stamp set (Fruit Fusion: Strawberry). With a touch of lace and the gingham at the bottom (reminds me of pots of jam and picnics!!) this card does make me feel jolly summery.

{Recipe}
Stamps: Fruit Fusion: Strawberry, Background Basics: Gingham, Turning a New Leaf and Round And Round.
Ink: Pure Poppy, Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet
Patterned Paper: Pink Patterns Collection (for the scalloped strip)
Other: Lace trim, Strawberry die, medium scalloped border die, red gingham ribbon.

So are we feeling the summertime vibe? I hope so! Now before you come and jump in the pool of creativity with us – check out what one randomly selected European Peep could win:


Yup this sweet mini set, Whale Wishes could be yours!

Here are those all important 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, July 25th 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 see what you come up with!

Aimes, Kate & Caryn
xxx

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Challenge: springing into spring!

Welcome to a new challenge here on A Passion for Papertrey! I bet you’re all as glad as me that the clocks have gone forward, the daffodils are brightening our gardens, and the weather is getting a bit warmer…spring is most definitely in the air!! And to celebrate we’re making this challenge a ‘spring’ challenge – think flowers, spring colours, Easter.. in fact anything that says spring to you!

Caryn has had to take a week off but Aimes, Claire – our Featured Stamper for April, and myself have got some springtime projects to share with you 🙂

For my card I used the Take Three Spring set, teamed with some vibrant colours. This was the first time I’ve used my Take Three die for the matching stamps… talk about making life easier!!


Recipe:
Stamps: Take Three Spring

Ink: Summer Sunrise/Raspberry Fizz/Memento black
Card: Stamper’s Select White
Other: Spring Moss ribbon/Take Three dies/Corner Chomper

Over to Aimes
“Finally! Spring is here! After a winter that seemed to last forever, I’m so grateful that spring has finally arrived. No more de-icing the car, no more freezing in the snow and no more having to wait to take pictures of my projects at the weekend due to running out of daylight hours in the working week: Hooray for spring!

But enough gushing over the joys of spring and onto my spring-themed project:


For my project I think I’ve accidentally skipped spring and pounced onto summer – eek! But if you imagine these flowers as yellow daffodils, then I think you’d get the impression of spring, right?!Okay, okay, I ‘fess up: I made these lil’ gift packages for two very special buddies of mine a while before we moved digs and I’m being naughty using them for this challenge. Hope you can forgive me and maybe gimme a li’l sympathy as all my inky supplies are still imprisoned in those darn cardboard boxes. Man, the day they’re released I’m gonna ink like I’ve never inked before! LOL!”

Project Deets
Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Daily Designs Sentiments – PTI
Ink: Rich Cocoa – Memento/Versamark/Fresh Snow – PTI
Cardstock: Kraft
Patterned Paper: Dotty Biscotti – PTI
Accessories: Raspberry Fizz & Hawaiian Shores Grosgrain Ribbon and Buttons, Beautiful Blooms Die, Tag Sale #1 Die, Twine – PTI/’Chompy’ – Corner Chomper/Cuttlebug

And here Claire’ fabulous project – made using Tags for Spring. How cute is that Easter basket?!


And this the fun mini set that one lucky, randomly-drawn winner will receive! –

Here are the challenge 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 (be aware that we’ve had a few niggles with it!). 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, April 18th 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.

Have fun!

Kate, Aimes, Caryn and Claire xxxx

Scrapalicious!

Ready for a new challenge?! Well we wanna see what you can do with your scraps. Yup, that’s right – you’ve been saving them forever, promising yourself that you’d use them for something and now is your chance. The moment to let those scraps shine! LOL!

Kate is off for a while dancing in Cuba. (No, seriously! She is! Lucky gal…hope she brings some sunshine and warmth back with her when she returns!) So that leaves Caryn, Bev and myself for this challenge.

I’ll confess that although I’m a messy crafter, I’m meticulously organised when it comes to scraps. I have card, patterned paper and ribbon all in separate bags divided by colour. I’ll scrimp and save the tiniest scraps of ribbon and that’s what I focused on for this challenge.

Ribbon can be tricky – it frays, you need long strips to tie the prettiest of bows with it, so what do you do with the little bits that you’re left over with? Well create your very own banner of course! I was inspired by the new PTI release and those banners in particular – *drool*


Card Deets
{It’s a Celebration}
Stamps: Fancy Flourishes, Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Antique Linen (Distress Ink)/Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock: Fine Linen (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Library Ledger Collection (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon Scraps, Jute Ribbon Twine

I love that you could take this idea and create custom banners for any occasion! Just think, polka dots, satin, bitty dots or whatever colours you fancy – the possibilities are endless!

Over to Caryn:
Firstly, can I just say I LOVED this challenge! I have a drawer overflowing with the tiniest little scraps of PTI “waste” (gasp – can I say that??) and found it SOO liberating to make a use of some of those abandoned little treasures! Other than the base card which is Rustic Cream all the other bits and bobs came out of the scrap drawer. I already had the stamped frame and scallop border in there so that was my starting point – everything else just fell into place and I am right chuffed with the end result!

Now over to our lovely November featured stamper, Bev:
Like many crafters I find it hard to throw away scraps! I often die cut more shapes than I need when making a project and the ones I don’t use end up in a box to use on a later project. Same goes for ribbon scraps, the little pieces after making a bow end up in the same box. I have to say it’s not very often I go to the box to see what’s in there! It’s usually when I am faced with a challenge like this one that I go to the box!

After perusing Nichole’s blog this morning the card she had made with the Hibiscus Burst & Scarlet Jewel colour combo jumped out at me as a fantastic colour combo and a combo I’d never attempted. I had a look in my now called ‘scrapilicious’ box and found these:

A while ago I was on a butterfly embellishment kick after seeing them on Dawn McVey’s blog! I’d die cut loads of butterflies in an array of colours. The pink one using the Butterfly Dreams stamps and die was one I’d made for a set of Christening cards I’d made for a friend.

I used Nichole’s card LO changing it slightly!

So have we tempted to you go rooting through your scraps?! I hope so! Remember that it doesn’t have to be a card you create for your own entry – any paper-crafting project will count! And just to tempt you a bit more, up for grabs this fortnight for one randomly picked participant is this super sweet Fillable Frames stamp set #4:

Ready to play along? Here are those all important 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, November 29th 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 don’t delay – root through your scraps today and turn something bland into something beautiful!

Aimes, Caryn and Bev
xxx

Thank You

Hey, it’s Aimes here – I’m still lurking around Blogland when I get the chance!

Whilst I’ve got a spare moment, I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you all for the really sweet comments/emails about my dad. For those of you who don’t know, my dad was rushed into hospital last week and will be staying there for a while until we can get him on to the road to recovery.

This means that inky time is very restricted for me, but boy, am I glad I now have not one, but two fabulous PTI partners in crime to cover for me now! (No pressure though, ladies *wink*)

So it’s not a new creation I’ve got today, but it’s one I’ve not shared here on the PTI blog and I feel it suits the occasion:Thank you to all of you for your support – it means so much! Keep on sending those positive vibes if you’ve got ’em!

Sorry I don’t have a new card for our fab CASE challenge; I’ve actually CASEd myself here after taking inspiration from this card of mine. If only I was on the PTI DT myself then I could use this as my example for our challenge LOL! A girl can always dream, right?! *sigh*

Aimes
x

Card Deets
{Thank You}

Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Round and Round (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Hint of Pesto (Versamagic)/Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Dotty Biscotti (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Seam Binding/Chompy (Corner Chomper)/Vintage button (Papertrey Ink)/Apron Lace Border Punch (Fiskars)

Awesomely Autumnal

After being all ‘squared out’ with out last challenge, I hope you’ve got enough mojo left for this fortnight’s challenge!

For this challenge we want you to be inspired by the season of Autumn. I myself will confess that autumn is my favourite time of the year – I adore the colours, wrapping up for walks in the bright sunshine, collecting conkers and of course, the yummy comfort food too!

But don’t restrict yourself to these things only – you can use holidays such as Halloween for your autumnal inspiration or anything else you can think of!

For my example I didn’t find inspiration from the wet and windy autumn that’s occurring outside my window right now, that’s NOT inspiring me at all! I instead, focused on the colours of autumn and the beautiful colours of autumnal leaves:



Card Deets
{Thank You}
All PTI Supplies Unless Stated
Stamps: Turning a New Leaf/Round and Round
Ink: Pure Poppy/Dark Chocolate
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate
Patterned Paper: Dotty Biscotti
Accessories: Fine Linen Grosgrain Ribbon/Jute Ribbon Twine/Autumn Mix Vintage Buttons/Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch

Over to Kate:

“While we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK, I’ve always thought it such a wonderful autumnal celebration so I took this opportunity to make a thankful card for a dear friend in America. It also meant I could use my fabulous new leaf dies!”

Recipe:
Stamps: Leaf Prints/Rustic Branches
Card: Kraft/Vintage Cream/Ripe Avocado/Terracotta Tile
Ink: Spring Moss/Ripe Avocado/Dark Chocolate/Memento Black
Ribbon: Ripe Avocado
Other: Leaf Dies/Distressing tool

And as our featured stamper for October , here’s Debby’s take on the challenge with not one, but two inspirational cards!

“Well autumn is definitely here. The days are darker, the weather grey …….. but leaves are crisp and crunchy and colours are rich and bright. I have two autumn themed cards today and first up is a Halloween one. Where I live Halloween is a big deal; the houses are decorated, everyone dresses up, all the neighbours participate and we have lots of visitors from dusk until late. It’s a lovely time of year with a great party atmosphere. This year I wanted to send a few Halloween greetings to my friends and neighbours. I used Halloween tags on this card. I wanted to keep the card bright and cheerful, so went with plenty of colour with just a touch of black to make the colours pop.

Here’s a close up where you can see a bit better the results of the swiss dot embossing folder on the white layer.

Next up is an autumn card of a different theme. As anyone knows who drops by my blog (www.limedoodle.blogspot.com) regularly – I do looove leaves! I cut out some leaves from possibly my favourite set – Turning a New Leaf and glittered them until they sparkled so beautifully. It reminds me of the frosts that we are just starting to get in the mornings.

I cut some harvest gold felt with a mat stack 1 die then added the leaves and sentiment with lots of dimensionals before finishing off with an aqua mist bow. Boy, the felt and layers add a lovely depth to the card.

I hope you enjoy this challenge as much as I have and make the most of all autumn has to offer before our attention is all too quickly diverted to the next big holiday on the calendar.”

So fancy playing along with us? Here are 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. 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, October 18th 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 how autumn inspires you!

Aimes, Kate & Debby
xxx

Happy WCMD!

HAPPY WORLD CARD MAKING DAY, PEEPS!

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!

Aimes
x

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

Sending Hugs

Happy Monday, peeps! I hope the weekend was a goody for ya! I can’t say we did anything special; sometimes those are the kinda weekends I like the best KWIM?!

Today I’m popping by to share some hugs with y’all…


This is another li’l card (what can I say, I’m hooked on them!) and measures a sweet 2.75 x 3.5 in size. My piccy doesn’t capture it, but that butterfly is absolutely smothered in Glossy Accents *grin*

I’m definitely a believer that a hug is good for you and cheers anyone up. Seeing as I’m definitely not a Monday person, I say, bring ’em on in both phsyical and card form! LOL!

*Hugs!*
Aimes
x

P.S If you’ve got a few inky moments free, why not play along with our ‘hip to be square’ challenge?

Card Deets {sending hugs}
Stamps: Butterfly Dreams, Friends til the End, Turning a New Leaf, Vintage Labels (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Versamark
Card: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: True Black Bitty Box Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug/Nestabilities/Corner Chomper/Detail Clear EP/Detail White EP/Promarkers/Glossy Accents