Challenge – Inspired by

Greetings and welcome to a new challenge! Are you ready to be inspired?!

As crafters we take our inspiration from many different sources – nature, packaging, clothing, fabric… the list is endless. So for this challenge we’re asking you to provide your own inspiration piece and make a card based upon it. Please add a picture or link to your inspiration piece with your entry.

I’ve been doing more sewing recently, and my fabric addiction is getting as bad as my stamping one! I love looking at beautiful fabrics, I can just never decided which ones to get!

I decided to base my card on a rather cool fabric I bought recently – I love this colour scheme (although like a lot of fabric I buy I still haven’t made anything from it yet!)IMG_1301

Inspired by the colour scheme I made a set of mini 3 x 3 Thank You notes:

Stamps: Round and Round (PTI) Ink: Hawai’in Shores, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy (PTI) Card: Hawai’in Shores, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Stamper’s Select White (PTI) Other: Sizzix border embossing folder (SU), Copic Markers Stamps: Round and Round (PTI)
Ink: Hawai’in Shores, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Card: Hawai’in Shores, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, Stamper’s Select White (PTI)
Other: Sizzix border embossing folder (SU), Copic Markers

Over to Aimes:

My source of inspiration came as a surprise even to me for this challenge! I’ve been burning the candle at both ends and studying hard for a very cool (in a geek chic kinda way) psychology course and I was inspired by the PowerPoint template used for a certain lecture on memory:

InspirationPlease ignore the blurb and lecturer – or be inspired yourself and take up a course! LOL! Although the lecturer, Prof. Steve Joordens, is pretty inspirational, it’s the strip of colour on the slide that inspired my card *wink*:

happy happy birthday

Card Deets
Stamp: Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: White, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Orange Zest (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Over to Caryn:

Well my source of inspiration isn’t from one thing but from an entire event!  I was super-lucky to attend the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend and so was completely  immersed in sights, sounds and smells of every kind!  If that place doesn’t inspire you, NOTHING will.   One of the most enjoyable areas for me was spending time in the crafting tents in the Kidz field area.  The whole place is an explosion of colour and people dressed in all kinds of costumes just pop up everywhere (oh, and so did Chris Martin from Coldplay (just sayin’!!))

glasto

My card pays homage to the big Glastonbury sign that sits right at the top of the site.  The colours are bright and bold just like the whole festival!

inspired by Glastonbury

{HELLO}
Stamps: Watercolour Wonder, Banner Builder
Ink: Hero Arts Neon Inks
Card: Stampers Select White
Tools: Modern Alphabet UC, Minim Hearts (Simon Says Stamp), Glossy Accents

There we are – now it’s over to you! We can’t wait to see your inspiration pictures and cards! Have a look here for all the challenge deets. The challenge closes at 9am on Monday July 15th and one randomly selected peep will win a $5 PTI gift certificate!

Kate, Aimes & Caryn

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Our winners!

A big thank you to everyone who entered our last challenge – let’s get straight to it and draw our winner shall we?!

And the winner is…

Here are your random numbers:

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Timestamp: 2013-07-02 16:20:03 UTC

(Random.org)

 

Congratulations Sharon! You’ve won yourself a lovely $5 PTI gift certificate! Please email us at apassionforpapertrey@gmail.com and we’ll get your gift certificate sorted for you.

Do take a minute to have a look through all the fabulous entries to the challenge  – again it was tough to narrow it down to three for our Top 3 PTI Passionistas! Here are our final choices:

100_7154Maria F

We loved how Maria interpreted the circular theme with her die-cut circle but maintained the continuity of those fabulous vines! And a great layout to boot!

PTI+&+PFPGreta H

Greta was the only entrant who made a circular card! We love how she kept the circular theme going throughout the card and used very on-trend ombre for her focal colour scheme!

DSCN9867circles22Marlou McAlees

Wow, what a bright and fun card – great colours! We loved the layout of Marlou’s fabulous creation, and especially her use of die-cuts throughout!

Congrats ladies! Please feel free to grab our Top 3 blinkie for your blogs to blink with pride if you haven’t already got one!

Do check back later for a brand new challenge!!

Kate, Aimes & Caryn xxx

 

 

 

 
 

Apologies!

Hello! We’re very sorry for the delay in the next challenge here on A Passion for Papertrey.

Due to unforeseen circumstances we are not able to set the next challenge (and announce the winners of our last) until next week. We hope to welcome you back to a brand new challenge then – thank you for your understanding!

 

Kate, Aimes & Caryn xxx

Challenge: Going round in Circles!

Welcome to a new challenge that may have you going round in circles…yup, that’s right, we wanna see the way you can work those circles on your creations.

For my project, I opted for simple die-cut circles and created my own kinda jigsaw with them.

Happy Birthday Circles

{Happy Birthday to You}
Card: White, Aqua Mist, Soft Stone (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Sentiment from Faux Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Glossy Accents (Ranger)/Circle Nestabiliy Die (Spellbinders)/Martha Stewart Heart Lace Border Punch/White Detail Embossing Powder (Stampendous)

I also couldn’t resist a good dollop of Glossy Accents on the heart for extra shine 🙂

Over to Caryn:

I pulled out a set I haven’t used in a gazillion years for this weeks challenge,  Background Basics: Medallions.  I love this two step background builder set – gives you lots of options for cool colour combos!! I am continuing my recent love of blues and greens this time round and paired the circles up with Rosie Posie – another favourite set of mine!!  The little sentiment is from Blooming Button Bits.

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Stamps: Background Builder: Medallions, Rosie Posie, Blooming Button Bits.
Ink: Enchanted Evening (PTI), Tide Pool (HA) and Feild Greens (HA)
Card: Stampers Select White

Here’s Kate: “My card was inspired by some gorgeous turquoise and yellow fabric that I bought recently. I decided to keep it simple with just one circle!”

Stamps: Trendy Tree Tops Card: White, Hawai'in Shores, Harvest Gold Ink: Hawai'in Shores, Harvest Gold, Black

Stamps: Trendy Tree Tops
Card: White, Hawai’in Shores, Harvest Gold
Ink: Hawai’in Shores, Harvest Gold, Black

We really hope you can join in the circular fun with us! Have a look here for all the challenge deets. The challenge closes at 9am on Monday June 17th and one randomly selected peep will win a $5 PTI gift certificate!

Aimes, Caryn & Kate

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We have a Winner!

Hey!

Thanks so much to everyone who became one with nature for our Inspired by Nature Challenge. Unfortunately I was unable to join the fun for drowning under a mountain of paperwork. However, the good news is that I’ve tackled that mountain, and I’m back to reveal the winner and Top 3 PTI Passionistas for the challenge. 🙂

So without further ado, do your thing Mr Random.org!

WinnerOur randomly selected winner is Camilla! Congrats, Camilla, you’ve just bagged yourself a $5 PTI gift certificate. Please email us (see the contact tab at the top of the page) and we’ll get that gift certificate sorted for you.

We were overwhelmed by a whopping 18 entries for this challenge! So much inspiration on offer and we especially liked these three for our Top 3 PTI Passionistas.

TaraTara wowed us with this bright and cheerful bouquet of flowers. We loved the clever use of vellum for the jar!

SharonSharon stamped a beautiful, picturesque scene for her card – the dimensions she’s added really brings that bird to life!

AnniAnni had our jaws hitting our keyboards her painting skills creating a card that’s truly a work of art and heart!

Congrats ladies! Please feel free to grab our Top 3 blinkie for your blogs to blink with pride if you haven’t already got one!

Thank you once again to everyone who joined in the fun with us. We love to see your entries and we hope that you can tune in tomorrow for a brand new challenge! 🙂

Aimes, Caryn & Kate

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Challenge: Inspired by Nature!

Hello peeps and welcome to a new challenge here at A Passion for Papertrey.  Welcome, and if you’re new to this blog then we are three crafty card makers who share a love of Papertey Ink – an American paper crafting company known for their unique stamp designs and co-ordinating colour products.  This blog offers fortnightly challenges with a different theme each time and all we ask is your entry should feature at least one Papertrey Ink product.  We will randomly draw a winner for each challenge and send that lucky person a $5 gift certificate for PTI!  Simples!

So this week we want to see your nature-inspired creations.  Now how easy could that be?  Nature could be flowers, butterflies (and other creepy crawlies!), leaves, animals etc,etc!

Here’s what we came up with:

Caryn:  One of my favourite colour combos of all time is Pure Poppy and Aqua Mist.  This gave me the starting point for my card and so I went for a set I haven’t used in a long time – it was long overdue a dusting off!  Althought I used Blooming Button Bits – I didn’t actually use any buttons!  I went for flower heads from Beautiful Blooms instead!!

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{Have a Fabulous Day}
Stamps: Blooming Button Button Bits, Beautiful Blooms (PTI), Just Fabulous (Clearly Besotted)
Ink: Tide Pool (Hero Arts), Pure Poppy, True Black, Scarlet Jewel (PTI)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Pure Popy, Patterned Paper pack (Aqua Mist)
Other:
Washi tape (??), Wink of Stella Clear brush pen

Here’s Kate: “My home office is a conservatory that opens out onto my garden, and at the moment it’s so lovely to listen to the birds sing and see them in the garden. So I was totally inspired to make a card with birds on it! I needed to whip up a wedding card for a friend so I took the ‘tie the knot’ theme literally and gave the knot to my pair of love birds! (Apologies again for the poor image quality, my camera is still at the camera hospital so I’m using a very poor substitute!)

{Congratulations} Stamps: Happy Trails/Enjoy the Ride (PTI) Ink: Enchanted Evening/Versafine Black Card: Grey (SU), White (PTI) Other: Bakers Twine (American Crafts)

{Congratulations}
Stamps: Happy Trails/Enjoy the Ride (PTI)
Ink: Enchanted Evening/Versafine Black
Card: Grey (SU), White (PTI)
Other: Bakers Twine (American Crafts)

Aimes will be along in the next day or two to share her card as she’s currently snowed under with paperwork at school !

If you’re joining us for the first time please take a wee minute to read the blog guidelines and when you’re ready, share you fabulous work with us in the linky tool below!!  The challenge is open for the next two weeks and closes on 3rd June 2013.

Can’t wait to see how nature inspires you!

Hugs from

Caryn, Kate and Aimes xxx


Winner time – yay!

Hello folks, just popping in with details of the winner and top 3 passionistas for our last challenge – Stamp your own background.  It was a joy to visit all your blogs and see your creations, thank you so much to everyone that joined in.  I have checked your blogs and some of the comments have not been saved – I’m sorry if it didn’t appear – I can assure you we love to visit and leave some love but for some reason it’s not showing up on some of your blogs!!  We’ll make sure that is sorted next time around!!

Now, onto the randomly drawn winner:

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Random numbers generated May 21 2013 at 21:18:6 by http://www.psychicscience.org
Free educational resources for parapsychology and psychical research.

So our winner is Vicki!  Well, done hun.  Please get in touch and we’ll sort out your gift certificate for you.

Now onto our top 3 – a tough job as always!!

Micholla – what a fresh and clean looking card – we loved the pop of raspberry pink across the middle!

micholla

MICHOLLA

 

Christine wowed us with the slices of orange and lemon – it looks like the most refreshing drink ever!!  Fantastic!!

oranges

CHRISTINE

 

Vicki gave us inspiration with this fabulous men’s card – great layout and lovely colours too!

vicki

VICKI

 

Well done ladies, feel free to grab the blinkie (see the top tabs) and wear it proudly on your blogs! Join us very soon for a new challenge.

Hugs,

Caryn, Aimes and Kate xxx