Thursday 30 April 2009

All Boxed Up Quick Giveaway

The Images Folder is going to Bekka ( no. 33)
Thank you so much for all your lovely comments, they really cheered me up & I'm very happy so many of you wanted my humble creation - it really boosted my confidence - *HUGS* love Steph xxx
I've been busy with another one of Lauren Meader's Timeless Templates for PTI, this one's called All Boxed Up....

Recipe: (all PTI unless otherwise stated): Paper - Chocolate Remix / Card - Kraft, Dark Chocolate & Aqua Mist / Ribbon - Saddle Stitched & Topnotch Twill Aqua Mist / Other - JustRite Stamps, Spellbinder Nestabilities & SU! Edge Punch

I'm feeling a bit down today so thought I would cheer myself up by giving this away & because it's an image folder, I will include some stamped images by The Greeting Farm & Stamping Bella (16 in total)....

If you would like this little gift from me (will ship within Europe only - sorry!), please pop your name down & I'll randomly draw someone first thing tomorrow :)
Love Steph xxx

Monday 27 April 2009

From The Desk Of....Me!

I have had a little play with one of the Lauren Meader's Timeless Templates for PTI - this one is called From The Desk Of....
Recipe (all PTI unless otherwise stated): Stamps - Floral Frenzy / Card - Raspberry Fizz, Stampers Select White & True Black / Papers - Black & White Basics / Ribbon - Twill Tape & Saddle Stitched Raspberry Fizz / Other - EK Success & SU! Punches, Prima Flowers & Vintage True Black Buttons
I also made some matching note-cards to go with it & had so much fun that I will definitely be trying out all of the Timeless Templates downloads I already have in the near future.
Thanks for stopping by, love Steph xxx

Sunday 26 April 2009

Guide Lines trio

Hands up who thinks that Nichole Heady is one very smart cookie!! She never ceases to amaze me with her depth of ideas. Last release it was the Guide Lines Grid Cardstock - I mean, hello! What a corker!! I was veeery excited to receive some in my PTI parcel on Friday and am desparate to play, but before I do here are a few cards I made just before Easter with the Guide Lines 1 set:

I used the Guide Lines set to stamp a whole sheet of patterned paper with my current favourite colour combo - Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise and Aqua Mist. I then cut it up and used it on these three cards.


Stamps: Cards 1 and 2 - Guide Lines/Polka Dots Basics and Tags for Spring/Card 3 - Guide Lines/Out of the Box

Ink - Summer Sunrise/Aqua Mist/Raspberry Fizz/True Black

Cardstock - Summer Sunrise/Aqua Mist/Raspberry Fizz/Kraft/Stamper's Selec White

Ribbon - Raspberry Fizz Saddle Stich/Summer Sunrise Topnotch Twill
Other - Nestabilities/Black brads/Adhseive gem and pearls

Thanks for stopping by today and hoping everyone had a good weekend!

Kate x

Friday 24 April 2009

Little Lady Bug

Another quick card from me, that's the beauty of PTI stamp sets - you can whip something up in no time at all which comes in pretty handy!
Recipe: Stamps - Little Lady / Cardstock - Pure Poppy, Kraft & Stampers Select White / Ink - Pure Poppy & True Black / Ribbon - Swiss Dot Satin True Black
Have a fantastic weekend everyone & don't forget to join in with our current challenge if you have time!
Love Steph xxx

Monday 20 April 2009

Challenge 5: Friendship Card

Hope you all had a great weekend - are you ready for a new challenge? We would like you to make a 'Friendship Card', it doesn't have to be very specific - could be a birthday card for a friend etc.

Here's my example....

Recipe: Stamps - Friends 'Til The End / Paper - Friends 'Til The End & Guide Lines / Card - Lavender Moon & Plum Pudding / Ink - Fresh Snow & True Black / Ribbon - Saddle Stitched Plum Pudding / Button - Vintage Fresh Snow

And Kate's....


Stamps - Friends til the End

Ink - True Black/Summer Sunrise/Raspberry Fizz

Card - Stamper's Select White/Raspberry Fizz/Summer Sunrise

Paper - Bitty Dots - Aqua Mist and Summer Sunrise

Other - Copic Markers/Black button/True Black Gingham

And the randomly drawn winner will receive....

All in each of 15 PTI colours (Dark Chocolate, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Spring Rain, Ocean Tide, Aqua Mist, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, Raspberry Fizz & True Black)

  • Cardstock
  • 2008 Bitty Dots Basic Paper
  • 1/2 Metre Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon

Entries must contain at least 1 PTI product and although worldwide entries are welcome, prize can only be shipped within Europe (sorry!) You have until 9am Monday 4 May 2009 to take part :)

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Love Steph xxx

Joyce's Email Entry (isn't it stunning?):

1. Jan J's Entry

2. Toni's Entry

3. Emilia's Entry

4. Tina's Entry

5. Jeannette's Entry

6. Aimes' Entry

7. Vanessa's Entry

8. Ann's Entry

9. RustyHammer's Entry

10. Steph's Entry

11. Nina's Entry

12. Joyce's Entry (see above)

13. Nina's Entry


Thank you for all your entries into our 4th challenge, we loved looking at all the entries and we have a winner!

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-04-20 08:12:25 UTC

(Number drawn randomly by

The winner is Curlywhiskersandtwitchingnoses! Congratulations!! Please send your address to and we'll send out your prize!

You can see the winning card here

Don't forget to check back later for our next challenge!

Wednesday 15 April 2009

April Featured Stamper

Hi everyone - I hope you have enjoyed looking at the new releases, I think the tea pot set is going to be one of my faves!!

Today we're delighted to introduce you to our first Featured Stamper - Suezie Howard from Suffolk, UK. Suezie contacted us to show us the fabulous mini album picured below made with the Garden of Life set. Her blog Nothin Says Lovin is full of fabulous Papertrey projects - be sure to check it out!!

Here are a few questions we asked Suezie:

- How long have you been stamping for?

I've been collecting stamps forever but only considered myself a stamper for past 2-3 years.

- When did you discover Papertrey?

I first discovered PTI when they were only a fledgling company while surfing the net and they only had a very small number of sets - one look was all it took!

- What is your favourite PTI set?

Little Lady (Vol 1 #5) is my favourite by far and the one I go back to again and again. The simplicity of the design - of all the designs actually - and the way they allow the stamper to add their own elements in colour and design when layering them up take them to another level beyond most other stamps.

- Who is your Papertrey stamping idol?!

I started following Lauren Meader long before she became a designer for PTI and I still do - she is such a creative lady and so inspiring she always makes me want to go grab a stamp set and start creating too!

- What is your papercrafting dream?

Now that I have achieved the dream of teaching crafts for my local college I want to move on to see my work published in a magazine somewhere.

Thanks Suezie! And here are a few samples of her fabulous work!

I love all the details on this mini album:

Look at this fabulous card Suezie made with the Little Lady set:

And my favourite - check out the fabulous background paper Suezie stamped with the Spiral Bouquet and Faux Ribbon set:

And finally make sure to check out her great tutorial on how to make sticky note holder stamped with the Little Lady set!

Thank you so much Suezie for being our April Featured Stamper - we've really enjoyed getting to know you and your work!

Thanks for visiting - we'll be back soon!

Tuesday 14 April 2009

Quick Card

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter, I'm feeling a little bit guilty about my obscene chocolate consumption (so worth it though lol)
Here's a card I whipped up while the children were having an afternoon nap, which is becoming quite infrequent these days :(
Recipe (all PTI unless otherwise stated): Stamps - Mother / Paper - Everyday Blessings / Card - Aqua Mist & Spring Moss / Ink - Ocean Tide & True Black / Ribbon - Topnotch Twill Tape Ocean Tide / Other - Spellbinder Nestabilities
I am so excited about tomorrow's PTI releases, looks like the credit card will be taking (another) battering lol
Have a great day & thanks for visiting :)
Love Steph xxx

Saturday 11 April 2009

Happy Easter to all our readers!

Some more Easter cards using the wonderful Everyday blessings set - I LOVE this colour combo of Melon Berry, Ocean Tides and my favourite Kraft!

Wishing all our blog readers a very Happy Easter or Passover. Check back next week to meet the first of our Featured Stampers!!!

Kate x

(PTI unless stated)

Stamps - Everday Blessings/Tags for Spring (sentiment)/Polka dot basics (line of dots along bottom of outside two cards)
Ink - Melon Berry
Card - Stamper's Select White/Kraft/Melon Berry
Paper - Bitty Dots papers
Ribbon - Melon Berry topnotch twill
Other - Labels 4 dies (Spellbinders)/Adhesive pearls

Monday 6 April 2009

....and the prize goes to....

Thank you to everyone who joined in with Challenge 3 - A Monochromatic Card. As usual, all the entries were utterly delightful and I'm so glad that the winner is picked randomly!
. generated No. 4 - Emilia (in Finland!), you can see Emilia's beautiful card here
Emilia, could you email your full postal address to & I'll get your goodies shipped asap :)
Don't forget to join in with our latest challenge everyone - the more the merrier!
Love Steph xxx

April Countdown!

Have you seen the sneak peeks for this month's release yet?! I'm loving the look of them already!!

Kate x

Challenge 4 Scallops

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to a new challenge! Today it's all about scallops (no not the seafood kind!)

For this challenge we want to see some scallops on your cards - it could be a scallop edge from a punch, scalloped punches or nestabilities, scallops created by lining up circles etc.

Here's my sample:

Recipe: (All supplies PTI unless stated)

Stamps: With Sympathy/Fresh Alphabet
Ink: Dark Chocolate

Card: Dark Chocolate/Aqua Mist/Vintage Cream

Ribbon: Dark Chocolate

Other: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder/corner rounder punch (SU)/scallop edge punch (SU)/brown button/embroidery floss

And Steph's:

Recipe (all PTI unless otherwise stated): Stamps - Butterfly Kisses & Spiral Bouquet / Ink & Card - Dark Chocolate & Vintage Cream / Paper - Chocolate Remix / Ribbon - Classic Grosgrain Dark Chocolate / Other - Spellbinder Nestabilities

And here's the prize:

A selection a papers from the Men of Life paper pack and co-ordinating cardstock and ribbon:

-12 sheets of 8 x 8 papers (one of each desgin)
-1 sheet each of Pure Poppy,Spring Rain and Spring Moss cardstock
-1 metre each of Pure Poppy, Spring Moss and Spring Rain ribbon

Your card has to have at least one PTI product on it to qualify. Worldwide entries are welcome but we're afraid we can only ship the prize within Europe.

To enter leave a link to your project in the comments section below. You have until 9am on Monday 20th April 2009 to submit your entries.

Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

Kate xx

1. Sarah-Jane's Entry
2. Steph's Entry
3. Jeannette's Entry
4. Dana's Entry
5. Emilia's Entry
6. Caryn's Entry
7. Vanessa's Entry
8.Tina's Entry
9. Curlywhiskersandtwitchingnoses' Entry
10. Toni's Entry
11. Aimes' Entry

Saturday 4 April 2009

Easter blessings

I love designing a card and then re-making it in other colour-ways - that's when PTI's fab matchy card, ink and ribbons really come into their own! The only thing I did have to do to make each card truly match (cos I can't bear it if it doesn't lol!) was to colour some brads with my Copic markers - voila! Perfectly co-ordinated with PTI colours!

Unfortunately the picture doesn't show up all the stamped crosses very well but they're better IRL.

Colours used were Berry Sorbet, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Lavender Moon and Summer Sunrise.

Here's the Berry Sorbet version:

Thanks for visiting - I hope you have a great (and stampy!) weekend!

Kate x


Stamps - Everyday Blessings
Ink - Versafine black, Berry Sorbet, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Lavender Moon, Summer Sunrise.
Card - Berry Sorbet, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Lavender Moon, Summer Sunrise.
Ribbon - Berry Sorbet, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist, Lavender Moon, Summer Sunrise.
Other - brads, Copic markers, oval nestabilities, Cuttlebug embossing folder, cornder rounder punch

Friday 3 April 2009

I Heart PTI

I just can't stop using the 2008 Bitty Dot's Paper - it's so versatile, here's one of my favourite colour combo's....
Recipe (all PTI unless otherwise stated): Stamps - Heart Prints & Heart Print Sentiments / Paper - 2008 Bitty Dots / Card - Poppy Red & Stamper's Select White / Ink - True Black / Ribbon - Saddle Stitched True Black / Other - Martha Stewart Punch
Thanks for stopping by & have a lovely weekend :)
Love Steph xxx