Tuesday, 31 March 2009

PTI Addiction: A Warning

Okay, I've only known about Papertrey Ink since December 2008 so I have no idea how in 4 short months, this happened....

A Passion For Papertrey? Or An Obsession? YOU decide LOL

Steph xxx

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Easter Treats

I got some Easter Lollipops for the children's friends, but being a Crafter, I added ribbon, a tag & a matching card before sending them out lol....
....close up of the card....

Recipe (all PTI unless otherwise stated): Stamps - Tags For Spring & Mega Mixed Messages / Ink Pads & Card - Summer Sunrise & Lemon Tart / Paper - 2008 Bitty Dot Basics & Friends 'Til The End Collection / Ribbon - Lemon Tart Topnotch Twill Tape / Other - EK Success Punch & Spellbinder Nestibilities.

Thanks for looking & don't forget to join in our current challenge :)

Love Steph xxx

Thursday, 26 March 2009

shabby mother's day card

This is the card I made for my mum for Mother's Day - she's a historian so loves anything with a vintage feel. In an Antiques Market I found an Edwardian Mother's Day card which I gave to her along with this card, and a history book she wanted.

I stamped one of the individual damask stamps from Dawn McVey's fabulous Damask Designs set with Sweet Blush ink on Vintage Cream cardstock. I repeatedly stamped the XOs from the Heart Prints set for the horizontal layer, then stamped, punched out and layered some hearts from the same set.

Finally I distressed the edges, sponged on some Antique Linen Distress Ink, added some Sweet Blush Grosgrain ribbon, pom-poms, a button and pearls. Quite a different look from the one layer cards!

Thanks for visiting and don't forget our current challenge ;)

Kate x

All supplies Papertrey unless otherwise stated

Stamps - Heart Prints/Damask Designs
Ink - Sweet Blush/Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Card - Vintage Cream/Kraft/Sweet Blush
Other - Sweet Blush Grosgrain ribbon/adhesive pearls (Kaisercraft)/ pom-pom trim (Bazzill)/EK Success heart punches

Shared orders

Some visitors have contacted us about sharing Papertrey orders in order to save shipping costs and customs charges so we have decided to try to start a post where you can find fellow PTI fans who want to club together.

If you do want to find someone to share a Papertrey order with you are welcome to leave your contact details in the comments section below.

Please be aware that we cannot get involved with directly putting people in touch with each other or arranging orders, nor can we take any responsibility for individual arrangements including payment and shipping, but we do want to give readers of this blog an opportunity to find others who may be interested in sharing an order.

The comments section on this post is merely a place to find someone to share an order with and exchange personal contact details, further communication and arrangements must be carried out personally between yourselves. Please do not enter into any personal arrangements on this blog.

Thanks and happy stamping!

Kate x

Tuesday, 24 March 2009


I just wanted to say a big congratulations to the winners of this month's Guest Star Stamper, and in particular to Debbie, a friend of this blog, who won the Best Use of Previous Set..... CONGRATULATIONS Debbie, your project is fab! You can check it out here.

Kate x

Monday, 23 March 2009

Challenge 3 - A Monochromatic Card

If you're thinking 'Eh?' then join the club lol Kate has however kindly informed me that this means shades of any 1 colour (e.g. a bright pink & a pale pink) & a neutral (e.g. white, black, grey etc.)

So that's the challenge peeps & here's my example....

Recipe (all PTI): Stamps - Friends 'Til The End / Ink - Berry Sorbet / Card - Berry Sorbet & Stampers Select White / Paper - In the Pink / Ribbon - Saddle Stitched Berry Sorbet

And Kate's....

Recipe: Stamps - Warm Happiness / Ink - Pure Poppy / Card - Stamper's Select White & Pure Poppy / Paper - 2008 Bitty Dot Papers / Other - Scallop Edge Punch, SU Linen Thread & Vintage button
And the prize?....

  • 2 x A4 Berry Sorbet Card
  • 6 x 6x6 In The Pink Pattern Paper
  • 1 x Saddle Stitched Ribbon Berry Sorbet
  • 1 x Favor It Baby Clear Stamp Set (see here for closer look)

Your card has to have at least 1 PTI product on it to qualify (worldwide entries are welcome but we can only ship the prize within Europe - sorry!). You have until 9am on Monday 6th April 2009 to submit your entries so go on - you know you want to lol

Love Steph xxx

1. Jeannette's Entry

2. Caryn's Entry

3. Debbie's Entry

4. Emilia's Entry

5. Steph's Entry

6. Toni's Entry

7. Aimes' Entry

8. Tina's Entry

9. Vanessa's Entry

A winner!

We have a winner for our one-layer card challenge!

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-03-23 09:11:59 UTC

... how about that, number 1!! And that's Steph! (Not this blog's Steph incidentally!) Congratulations Steph, please email your postal address to apassionforpapertrey@yahoo.co.uk and I'll send you your Raspberry Fizz goodies.

You can see Steph's fab card here.

Thanks to everyone who joined in the challenge - I know it stretched you but that's the great thing about challenges isn't it? They can really take you outside of your comfort zone!!

Be sure to check back later for our next challenge!

Kate x

Saturday, 21 March 2009


Like Kate, I am a huge fan of the PTI Raspberry Fizz line - it's too delicious for words & you could win some Raspberry Fizz goodies just by entering our current challenge!
....close up of card....
The woven basket has been made using a Lauren Meader My Timeless Template for PTI
Recipe (all PTI unless otherwise stated): Stamps - Tags For Spring / Ink - Raspberry Fizz / Card - Raspberry Fizz, Kraft & Stampers Select White / Ribbon - Raspberry Fizz Swiss Dot, Raspberry Fizz Classic Grosgrain, SU! White Grosgrain & SU! Linen Thread / Tools - Martha Stewart Punch & Spellbinders Nestabilities
Thanks for looking & hope you're having a fantastic weekend!
Love Steph xxx

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Mission Impossible

What a slacker I've been! Thought it was high time I made a card for our current challenge!

I know 'technically' if you count the base this is 2 layers, however, being from the cardmaking school of 'more is more' this is as good as it's gonna get lol I could be cheeky & say the sentiment is an 'embellishment' Hmmm....this could be my last post if Kate decides to sack me....

Recipie (all PTI unless otherwise stated): Stamps - With Sympathy / Ink - Fresh Snow, Dark Chocolate & Vintage Cream / Card - Dark Chocolate, Vellum & Kraft / Other - SU! Linen Thread

Thanks to everyone who has joined in so far - the entries are all awesome!

Love Steph xxx

Friday, 13 March 2009

More Fizz!

Hello! Is everyone enjoying the countdown to March's release? Anyone see anything they like...or should I say NEED!!! I love the look of the new Hibiscus pink colour and the tulip set. Can't wait to see all the new sets in their full glory early Sunday morning!

Don't forget to enter our current challenge to win some Raspberry Fizz goodies - haven't forgotten what a scrumptious colour it is have you?? (and much more so in real life!!)

Stamps - Out of the box
Ink - Raspberry Fizz/True Black
Paper - Raspberry Fizz Mix
Card - SS White/True Black/Raspberry Fizz
Ribbon - True Black Gingham
Other - corner rounder punch/square Nestabilities/Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder/linen thread/paper flower/black brad

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy the release and we'll hopefully see you soon!

Kate x

Monday, 9 March 2009


Welcome to our second challenge! For this challenge we want you to create a card with.... wait for it..one layer! That's right a single layer card - something I rarely do lol! Even though I'm a lotsa-layers kinda girl when I started making some samples I found it so rewarding and refreshing and plan on making these type of cards more often! Another bonus - they're so quick to make!!

So want to know what you can win.....?

The lucky winner will receive a package of Raspberry Fizz heaven! To be precise:

-5 sheets of A4 Raspberry Fizz cardstock
-1 sheet of each design from the Raspberry Fizz Mix paper collection ( 12 8 x 8 sheets in total)
-1 metre each of Raspberry Fizz Grosgrain, Satin and Polka Dots ribbon

So here's what you do - make a single layer card using your Papertrey goodies. Embellishments (including ribbon and punched or die cut shapes) are allowed. When you've uploaded your creation to your blog or online gallery leave us a link in the comments section below. We will manually add your link to this post from your comments.

You have until 9am on Monday, March 23rd to enter when we'll randomly draw a winner, prizes will be shipped within Europe only.

Here are a few samples I made to give you a few ideas. (Steph, by the way, is currently sunning herself in Florida - or more likely being dragged by her DH and kiddos around Disneyworld lol! - and will be back next week)

For the first two cards I got back to some good old stamping - PTI stamps are just fabulous for this type of simple, clean looking card (but then they're good for any style don't ya think?!)

I used the stems and flowers from Green Thumb, and the butterfly from With Sympathy which I blinged up with Stickles.

Stamps - Green Thumb/With Sympathy
Ink - Melon Berry/Ripe Avocado/Sweet Blush/Lavender Moon/Plum Pudding
Ribbon - Ripe Avocad0
Other - stickles

I adore this Ripe Avocado colour, so used it again on this card. All the stamps on the front are from Beautiful Blooms. The flowers were stamped once on the card base then again on a separate piece of card - I cut these out and mounted them on top of the flowers on the card and added some stickles to their centres - layering the flowers really adds dimension to the card.

Here's a detail:

I used a scallop edge punch along the vertical side of the card and on the inside stamped a border using one of the solid borders from Recipe Box.

Stamps - Beautiful Blooms/Recipe Box
Ink - Ripe Avocado/Spring Rain/Lemon Tart/True Black
Ribbon - Spring Rain Gingham
Other - stickles/scallop edge punch

The next two are examples of using die-cuts and punched shapes:

I die-cut the stars from the fabulous Bitty Polka Dot Basics papers using star nestabilities, layered them up and added pearls to their centres. I created the black rectangle by using a long rectangle nestability as a stencil and drawing around its inside with a black pen. The three little dots underneath the sentiment are stamped with a teeny dot from the Polka Dot Basics set.

Stamps - Heartfelt Sentiments/Polka Dot Basics
Ink - True Black/Plum Pudding/Aqua Mist
Paper - 2008 Bitty Dot Basics
Ribbon - Aqua Mist Topnotch Twill
Other - black pen/nestabilities - long rectangle and stars/adhesive pearls/corner rounder punch

And finally - I know there are a lot of butterflies around at the moment but I just adore them and couldn't resist using my butterfly punch and some PTI papers to create my own montage. I used a square nestability to emboss the card front, then punched out the butterflies and adhered them using glue dots - I love this card!!

Papers - Raspberry Fizz Mix/Black and White Basics
Other -butterfly punch/square nestability/Cuttlebug

Good luck and have fun!


1. Steph's Entry
2. Yankee in England's Entry
3.Tina's Entry
4. Toni's Entry
5. Claire's Entry
6. Caryn's Entry
7. Jeanette's Entry
8. Emilia's Entry
9. Vannessa's Entry
10. Amy's Entry
11. Jennie's Entry

We have a winner!

A big thank you to everyone who joined in our first challenge - it's great to see so many fans of PTI!!

And we have a winner!....

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-03-09 09:10:28 UTC

(Using Random.org)

CONGRATULATIONS GINA!!! Please email your snail address to apassionforpapertrey@yahoo.co.uk and I'll get your prize in the mail to you.

You can see Gina's card here

Be sure to check back later on today for our next challenge!


Thursday, 5 March 2009

It's begun!

Hi everyone - just a reminder that the countdown to March's Papertrey release has begun today!! Whoop! Can you believe it came around so quickly? Head over to Nichole's blog every day until the 15th to find out what treats are coming our way this month!!

Kate x

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Fabulous Fizz

You might get tired of me mentioning how much I LOVE Papertrey's Raspberry Fizz colour but I'll keep on sayin it - I love it!

It really is the most cheerful and uplifting colour ever - seriously, if you're ever a bit down in the dumps go make something with it and I'll guarantee it's cheerfulness will filter through to you!

So here is a quick card using said Raspberry Fizz cardstock (embossed with the Cuttlebug heart folder), polka dots paper from the Raspberry Fizz paper pack, and the Heart Prints set.

And for those of you who also think you might develop a love affair with Rapberry Fizz stop by on Monday for our second challenge... *wink*

Thanks for visiting!


Stamps - Heart Prints/Heart Prints Sentiments
Ink - Raspberry Fizz
Card - Raspberry Fizz
Papers - Raspberry Fizz Mix
Ribbon - Raspberry Fizz Classic Grosgrain
Other - EK Success Large heart punch/ cuttlebug heart embossing folder/cuttlebug/crafter's tool kit/scalloped edge punch

Sunday, 1 March 2009

SDT challenge

It's the first of the month which means another challenge for the senior design team at PTI. This month the DT had to use pom poms (tiddly-poms..sorry!) in their projects - so go visit Heather, Mish, Lauren, Debbie, Lisa, and Becky to see what they all came up with. Dawn and Maggie are playing along too...

Also, for those of you who have qualified for the anniversary set there is a big reveal here! For further details on how you can qualify for next year's set visit this page.

I also wanted to say a big thank you to Becca from Graffiti Chicks who designed this blog and futhermore, designed it exactly how we envisaged it! She is hugely talented and fantastic to work with so thank you so much Becca!

Have a lovely relaxing Sunday everyone and we'll be back soon with more PTI projects (I have a good feeling that orders from the February release will be arriving this week - yay!)