Monday, 30 November 2009

Challenge winners

The busy holiday season must be upon us in full swing as we only had two entries to our last challenge! So we've decided to give the random draw a miss this time round and instead send both entrants, Katie and Dawn, a little PTI goodie bag each!

Please email your postal address to ladies and we'll send your wee prize to you asap.

Because of our busy weekend away our next challenge will be up a day late - so don't forget to check back tomorrow :)

Kate and Aimes xx

A PTI weekend!

Hello and Happy Monday everyone! We had such a wonderful weekend with Steph and Caryn at Steph's PTI Make and Take and can't believe it's over already! We all met at Steph's on Friday evening, and from the very first second got on like a house on fire!

Friday evening we all stayed up late putting the finishing touches to the packages for Steph's Papertrey Make and Take - here we are with Caryn doing some last minute stamping in Steph's AMAZING craft room!

Then Saturday morning came (after not much sleep lol!) and we were out the door early for some last minute food shopping for the afternoon, and on to the hall to prep for all our stamping guests!

There was 29 of us in total - here we all are raring to go!!

It was so fabulous to meet so many familiar faces from blogland!

Here's Claire:



Ally and Jeanette:

Kim (right) and our lovely friend Jo:

And finally here we are with Steph and our lovely friend Dawn - poor Dawn has been ill for several weeks so it was fabulous she could make it!

I'm sorry we weren't able to get pics of everyone but we were running around so much and just didn't get around to it! Steph and Caryn both have lots more pictures on their blogs too!

Steph had prepared some fabulous projects using Papertrey Ink products for the Make and Take - here's what we made:

The afternoon went way too quickly and sadly we had to say goodbye to everyone - thank you so much to everyone who came, especially those who made long journeys, hopefully you all enjoyed your afternoon and enjoyed playing with some PTI goodies!

On Saturday evening we had a girls night in - PJs, chocolate, champagne and chatting into the early hours!

On Sunday we were up early again to head to Bluewater for breakfast, a touch of shopping and .... NEW MOON!!! We are all HUGE Twilight fans having read the books very recently and had been bursting with excitement about it for weeks!

Here we are at breakfast:

(left to right: Aimes, Steph, Caryn and Kate)

Aimes and Kate

Aimes, Kate and Steph

Needless to say the film was amazing, and we all reverted to being hysterical teenage girls, (should have taken more tissues!)

Phew, what a wonderful weekend! Thank you so much to Steph for being such a wonderful host and for all your hard work and generosity, and to Caryn and all the wonderful ladies who came to the Make and Take!

Kate and Aimes xx

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Raspberry Suite #19!


I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend! Such a shame it flies by way too quickly for my liking - though I'm especially excited about next weekend! If you're wondering why, click here!

Today I decided to play along with Dawn McVey's Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge #19. Hard to believe we're on #19 already!
So these colours aren't the kind I'd stick together but that's what I like so much about these challenges! So I got thinking, and decided to use the picture of Dawn and Nicole posing beautifully in those gorgeous T-Shirts as my starting point:I hope you can tell where the T-Shirt is represented, otherwise I've gone wrong somewhere!

Still not sure about those buttons - they nagged me to be featured on this card but I'm not convinced they belong there! Well needless to say they're stuck down pretty firm so they're staying!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Fancy Flourishes, Friends 'til the End
Cardstock: Aqua Mist/Spring Moss Bitty Dot Basics/Stampers Select White
Ink: Spring Moss/Whispers Lovely Lilac/Raspberry Fizz/Aqua Mist/Dark Chocolate/Versamark
Accessories: Raspberry Fizz Polka Dot Ribbon (Reversed!)/Cuttlebug/Nestabilities/Detail Clear EP/PTI Buttons Holiday Mix

On more PTI news - Lauren Meader (who I adore - what a talented lady!) has decided to leave the PTI Senior Design Team! Though fear not, she's on a new adventure with her own store! I can't wait to see what PTI come up with in her place! Though Lauren could never be replaced, PTI always have such clever ideas up their sleeves so watch this space!

And finally, for all of you participating in the PTI ATC Christmas swap, you should have received an email by giving you the full deets! If you haven't received an email yet, please email us at so we can get back to ya!


Monday, 16 November 2009

Blingin', Baby!

Hi everyone and welcome to another challenge, it seems to have come around so quickly!

This time it's all about the bling, baby! To join the challenge we want to see some bling on your cards - it can be any type of bling - gems, gliiter - so long as it sparkles, anything goes!!

The bling on my samples is quite subtle (so subtle I'm not sure you can even really notice it from the pictures lol!) - there are 3 rhinestones in the centre of the poinsietta, and the Flourishes are stamped in Versamark Dazzle Champagne ink which has a fabulous soft shimmer:

Stamps - Peaceful Poinsietta/fancy Flourishes/Signature Christmas
Card - Stamper's Select White/Enchanted Evening/Brushed Silver
Ink - Versamark Dazzle/Versamagic - Night Sky/Versafine - Black
Other - Rhinestones/silver ribbon

And a close up:

Over to Aimes... "Here's my attempt to bling up a Christmas Tree! Basically smothered it in Stickles and added some jewels coloured with my promarkers - BLINGIN!"

Stamps - Holiday Tree/Signature Christmas/Around and About Sentiments
Card - Stamper's Select White/Dark Chocolate/Pure Poppy/Rustic Snowflakes DP
Ink - Spring Rain/Spring Moss/Fresh Snow/Dark Chocolate
Others - Pure Poppy Polka Dot Ribbon/Spring Moss Button/Jute Button Twine/Stickles Crystal Glitter/Clear Gems Coloured with Promarkers/Nestability/Cuttlebug/White Gel Pen

Here are the details:
  • All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify
  • To enter, 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 30th November at 9.00am GMT
  • A winner will be chosen at random to receive a collection of PTI goodies!
We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Kate and Aimes xx

1. Katie
2. Dawn

A winner!

Hi everyone! Thank you for all the entries for our last challenge - they were all fabulous!

But there's only one winner and this time it's:

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-11-16 22:01:36 UTC

...Dawn!! Congratulations hun! Your PTI goody bag will be in the post very soon!

Our next challenge will be up very soon too!!

Kate and Aimes x

Sunday, 8 November 2009


In order to recognise Remembrance Sunday, I decided to ink up my Remember stamp Set today. I always find Remembrance Sunday to be a mix of emotions for myself. On the one hand, I'm truly grateful and eternally thankful for the freedom we have, whilst at the same time so saddened at the price people have paid for it....I won't get all political but I do think it's such an important time to stop and appreciate what we have!

So without further ado, onto the card:
Wanted to keep the colours very patriotic today! You don't know how tempted I was to add a bit of Ripe Avocado into the mix - it would have looked gorgeous! Not for today though, another time for sure!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Remember
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Stampers Select White, Pure Poppy Bitty Dot Basics
Ink: Memento
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Pure Poppy Button, White Ribbon Twine, White Ribbon (stash), Pure Poppy Saddle Stitched Ribbon, Promarkers, White Gel Pen
, Glossy Accents, Rounded Corner Punch

I'd personally like to remember to thank YOU! Kate and I are truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community here, and truly value your support! I can't tell you how excited I am about getting the chance to meet some of you 'for real' at Steph's PTI Make and Take! Which reminds me - I must pop off to buy my train ticket! LOL!


Thursday, 5 November 2009

Christmas ATC swap

*****ATC Swap List Now Closed!*****

Edited to add: This swap is open to European and UK stampers, I'm sorry we can not cater for our other international friends

Hi everyone! Are you ready for another PTI ATC swap?? I hope so! (ATCs are small pieces of art work that measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2")

We're so grateful to our lovely lovely friend Dawn for offering to organise this swap - she's such a star!!!

So here are the details:

-The swap is Christmas themed, and all ATCs must use Papertrey Ink stamps. Products from other companies can be used for card, ribbon etc.

-You have until midnight GMT on Thursday, November 12th, 2009 to sign up for the swap

-Once we have names of everyone who wants to join in we will put up a post on how many swaps you will have to make. We will divide the swap into two groups if we need to - either way each participant will be making a maximum of 10 ATCs

-You will have until Thursday, December 3rd to send your swaps to Dawn. Once we've finalised the list we will give you Dawn's email for you to contact her for her postal address

-Anyone who is attending Steph's PTI Make and Take day on Saturday, November 28th is welcome to bring your swaps and give them to Dawn there

I hope that's everything! Please leave a comment below or send an email to if you have any queries.

We can't wait to start making some festive ATCs!

Love Kate and Aimes xx

1. Dawn (Obviously! LOL!)
2. Kate
3. Aimes
2. Katiejane
3. Vicki
4. Lesley
5. Sharon
6. Hanne
7. Emma
8. SueK
9. Ann
10. Anne
12. Beverley
13. Kirsty
14. Linda

Monday, 2 November 2009

Challenge 17: Ho Ho Ho...!


Everyone ready for a new challenge? I hope so!

For this challenge we want you to think Christmas! It's only 52 days away y'know - eeek! So this should be easy peasy for you stampers who are super organised (e.g Kate!) and a good kick up the bum to get the mojo going for highly unorganised cardmakers who have only made one Christmas card so far (e.g Me!) Plus, if you've had any recent orders from PTI I'll guess that they may have contained some seasonal goodies that will fit into this challenge perfectly ;D!

Don't feel the need to stick to cards; if you have something else crafty for Christmas hiding up your sleeve then feel free to enter it!

Here's my sample:Recipe: Stamps - Stocking Prints Ink - Pure Poppy/Ripe Avocado/Distress Ink Antique Linen Card - Kraft/Pure Poppy Bitty Dot Basics/Vintage Cream/Ripe Avocado Other - Ripe Avocado Grosgrain Ribbon/Pure Poppy Button/Rustic Jute Ribbon Twine/Nestabilities/Rounded Corner Punch

I'm totally inspired by a vintage theme today, but I'm hoping to do a mix of cards as I do love a fab and funky colour combo too when it suits the right recipient!

Here's Kate's sample, proving that you just can't go wrong with Pure Poppy and Kraft for Christmas:

Recipe: Stamps - Believe Ink - Fresh Snow/Memento black Card - Kraft/Pure Poppy/Stamper's Select White Other - Martha Stewart Lattice punch/New Leaf buttons/Copic Sketch Markers/White Gel Pen

I promise we made our cards separately without any clue what the other was doing - just goes to show that this colour combo is VERY suitable for Christmas I guess LOL!

So here's the deets:
  • All entries must contain at least one PTI product to qualify (using a Lauren Meader Template counts as a PTI product btw!)
  • To enter, leave a comment with a link to your post featuring the project on your blog
  • Worldwide entries are more than welcome to share the inspiration, but unfortunately prizes can only be shipped within Europe!
  • Challenge closes on Monday 16th November at 9.00am GMT
  • A winner will be chosen at random to receive a collection of PTI goodies!
Have fun! I can't wait to be inspired by your entries to help kick my mojo into gear!


1. KatieJane
2. Laurel (from the USA, thanks so much for joining us!!)
3. Beverley
4. Laurel (2nd Entry!)
5. Laurel (3rd Entry!)
6. Mandy
7. Beverley
8. Chris
9. Chris (2nd Entry!)
10. Lesley
11. Cathy
12. Cathy (2nd Entry!)
13. Kirsty
14. Dana
15. Vicki
16. Dawn
17. Ann

A winner!

Happy Monday everyone! Thank you so much for all the fabulous entries to our previous challenge - so much inspiration!!! And we have a winner -

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2009-11-02 09:56:57 UTC


... and the winner is Mandy! Congratulations Mandy! Please send your postal addy to and I'll put your PTI goody bag in the post to you!

Don't forget to check back this evening for another challenge!

Kate x