Category Archives: Papertrey Ink

Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

Hello … bonjour!  It’s so long since I played along at a Papertrey Blog Hop that I don’t even recall when it was.  When I saw this month’s bold, vibrant inspiration, it just settled in my mind and wouldn’t go away … so I just had to make a little something …

and here’s the wonderful inspiration …

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My card is one layer, stamped with floral/leaf images and a sentiment from Embellished Elegance, and inspired by the colours in the right hand picture.  It was fun playing with a colour palette that’s a bit outside my usual range … and as it was quick to make and all the ingredients were already out on my desk, I made a couple more in different colours …


These were stamped on white card panels … one was adhered flat to the base and the other was popped up on craft foam.  Spectrum Noir shimmer was added to the flowers on both, though as ever, it’s tricky to see!

I’m joining in at …

Papertrey March Blog Hop – Inspiration above

Addicted to Stamps & More – CAS

CAS-ual Fridays – No Dies Allowed

Hope your weekend has got off to a great start.  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


Papertrey Stamp-a-Faire 2015, SSS Wednesday 26/8, Seize The Birthday 27/8, Addicted to CAS #71, SSS Monday 31/8

Hello!  A quick post this morning before the doors close at Papertrey’s SAF … this is the last of my cards … it’s for the Threads Challenge … inspired by Laura’s loosey goosey thread nests!  Here’s my take …

PTI SAF 2015, SSSW 26-8, STB 27-8, ATCAS 71, SSSM 31-8I cut the Papertrey cover plate (Modern Cross Quilt) in watercolour paper, ombré washed it in Distress Inks, split it to draw the eye to sentiment (and to fit our standard 10 x 15 cm cards!) and adhered it flat to the card base.  The sentiment (from Reasons To Smile) was white heat embossed onto a black panel, I sandwiched the thread nest between it and the card base using foam tape, and finished with a scattering of bling.

I’m joining in at …

Papertrey SAF – Threads Challenge … use Laura’s loosey goosey thread nests

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes … my fifth and final entry

Seize The Birthday – No ‘Weather’ topping

Addicted to CAS – Blue

SSS Monday – Trio of Colours … mine are the watercolour Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire.

Finally, a picture of me (well, my pointing finger!) with my SAF cards, that I’m linking up for the Red Carpet Challenge

PTI SAF 2015 2It was such fun to spend even a little time being inspired by the team at Papertrey during SAF.  I made three cards … fewer than I’d hoped … but three more than last year … and I have ideas galore for more!  So I’m a happy little soul!  Hope you have reasons to be happy today!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Papertrey Stamp-a-Faire 2015, Uniko #24, SSS Wednesday 26/8, SSS Monday 31/8

Hello!  Popping in with the second of my cards for Papertrey’s Stamp-a-Faire … this time for the  Patterns challenge … use one of the DT’s go to patterns to create a card.  It was tough to decide whose to use, they’re all so gorgeous … after a few false starts plays, I eventually settled on Heather’s fabulous layout …

PTI SAF 2015, Uniko 24, SSSW 26-8, SSSM 31-8All the elements except the DP are from Papertrey.  I stamped the blooms (Daydreamer) onto a white card panel, die cut the ‘hugs’, adhered it in place, and added the supplementary sentiment underneath.  Some DP from my stash (yay, I used DP!) was trimmed into slender slices … one attached to the back of the panel and the second attached direct to the card base … and I popped the panel up on fun foam onto the base.   No bling … seems to me those flowers need to be the stars of the show!

I’m playing along at …

Papertrey SAF – Patterns Challenge … use a DT go to pattern (see below)

Uniko – Summer … no twist again, summery flowers instead!

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes … my fourth entry

SSS Monday – Trio of Colours … mine are the stamped colours yellow, canteloupe and sprout

There’s one more SAF card to go … and that’s for the morning.  I’ve not done my usual meandering around blogland tonight … but my bed’s been calling me for a while and I can ignore it no longer … so I’ll be doing a lot of wandering to catch up tomorrow!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Papertrey Stamp-a-Faire 2015, SSS Wednesday 26/8, Simply Create Too #93, AAA Cards #47

Hello!  As mentioned earlier, I’m back with the first of my cards for Papertrey’s Stamp-a-Faire …. this one’s for the bridal challenge … we’ve to create a wedding card using nothing but white supplies.  Here’s what I came up with …

PTI SAF 2015, SSSW 26-8, SCT 93, AAA 47I embossed a panel of white card with stripes (Darice EF), trimmed it to size and adhered it to the card base.  The sentiment, from Papertrey‘s Doodlie Do, was silver embossed (my neutral colour) on a slender strip of card, which was fixed over the join.  I cut Papertrey‘s Circle Scribbles from vellum in three sizes.  The largest one was trimmed down a little and it, plus the smallest one, were covered in Versamark and brushed with white Perfect Pearls … the middle was left plain.  The scribbles were then used as a guide for stamping the leaves (also Doodlie Do), which were embossed in white pearl.  I adhered the scribble layers to the sentiment strip, allowing the edges to float free, and finished off with some pearls on the bloom and leaves.    How about a look at the layers …

PTI SAF 2015, SSSW 26-8, SCT 93, AAA 47 DetailHere’s where my card is heading …

Papertrey SAF – Bridal Challenge … all white wedding card

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes … my third entry

Simply Create Too – It’s a Special Occasion … a wedding … yep!

AAA Cards – Spectacular Embossing … of both the heat and dry variety!

There’s more SAF to come, but that’s it for now … I’ll be back tomorrow with another little something.  Hope your weekend’s been wonderful … and that you had some time to be creative.    Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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Papertrey 8th Birthday Days 7-8, CAS-ual Fridays #136, Little Tangles #53, CAS(E) This Sketch #110

Back with my final two cards for Papertrey’s 8th Birthday … just squeezing in as the doors start to close!  Day 7‘s challenge is to use only metallics and neutrals …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 7, CTS 110Was a little mojo’d out by the time I got here (made this one last!) … so went back to find some inspiration in last year’s cards … and did a remake of this one, which in turn was a CASE of this one from Susan at Simplicity … I’d almost forgotten how much I love PTI‘s Dot Spot!   I stamped the largest and smallest dot circles in Versamark, and starting from the outer edge and working inwards I sprinkled gold, platinum and silver embossing powder over them, to create a kind of ombré metallic look.  Starting from the outside and working in meant I could tip the excess off without covering getting EP where I didn’t want it … ask me how I know!  The sentiment is made up of two PTI Global Greetings stamps (to get the same crisp font on both words), stamped in black Versafine and clear embossed.  Three gems finished it off.

In addition to PTI’s Day 7, this card is also heading to CAS(E) This Sketch … I landscaped it!


The last birthday challenge at PTI is for Day 8 and is to use blue ombré …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 8, CFC 136, LT 53I used Distress Inks to create an ombré wash on watercolour card and once it was dry, die cut it and some white watercolour card with PTI‘s Modern Cross Quilt Cover Plate and adhered the crosses into their respective places on the card base (there’s an ombré positive piece left to use on another card).  A standard base here is 10.5 x 15 cm (4 1/8 x 5 7/8 inches), a little longer than the Cover Plate … so I had some space to play with.  Rather than cutting the extra off, I did a Maile and sliced the white positive piece in two, leaving a gap for the sentiment.  I stamped the ‘sending’, popped the white up on foam tape over the crosses, die cut, sponged and clear embossed the ‘hugs’ and adhered it into place over the gap.  Done!

As well as at PTI Day 8, I’m also playing along at …

CAS-ual Fridays – Must Love Watercolour

Little Tangles – Watercolour


That’s my card making done for a while now (apart from my DT cards) … I’m looking forward to spending some time catching up with what everyone else has been doing … there’s a lot to be inspired by … I’ve seen my Feedly list!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

Papertrey 8th Birthday – Days 4 & 5, MFT Wednesday Sketch #215, CASology #133, Muse #104, SSS Work It Wednesday – January, Addicted To CAS #57

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends!  Got a couple more cards finished tonight for Papertrey’s 8th Birthday celebration (among others) … here’s the first, for Day 4, featuring a bouquet made with more than one stamp set …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 4, MFT Sketch 215, CASology 133, SSSWIW JanuaryI cut a circle in a white card panel using MFT‘s Circle Stax and used it to pencil a guide on the base card for my bouquet.  The blooms and leaves are from PTI‘s Daydreamer, Friendly Flowers and Filled With Joy … stamped and masked to create the posy.  I erased the pencil, added a strip of DP to the base and popped the circle panel up on foam tape to frame the flowers.  The sentiment’s from Clearly Besotted, heat embossed on vellum.  I trimmed and folded the vellum into a banner and just adhered it in place at each end, allowing the sentiment to float free across the circle.  The final touch was the addition of some tiny pearls to the flower centres.

As well as joining in at  Papertrey’s 8th Birthday Day 4 Challenge, I’m playing along at …

My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch (see below)

CASology – Love

SSS Work It Wednesday – New (first time Daydreamer has appeared here!)

ETA – At the suggestion of Barb (thanks, my friend!), I’m also linking up with Addicted to CAS – Mask (chosen by the lovely Harriet)



Day 5’s Papertrey Challenge is to make a card using a stamp set that hasn’t seen ink …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 5, Muse 104Another white panel, this time stamped in neutral tones with my never-before-used-on-a-card set, PTI‘s Tiny Triangles, and a sentiment from Sketched Shapes (well used).  The base card was masked and sponged before the stamped panel was popped up on foam tape over it.   Voila, easy peasy … if you don’t count the time it took to line up all those triangles!

In addition to linking up at PTI Day 5, I’m also joining in at Muse … inspired by the colours and graphic shapes on Michele‘s wonderful card (below).


I’ll be back tomorrow with my last couple of in-the-making cards … before the doors close for this year on Papertrey’s party … then I’m going to have fun catching up with what everyone’s been up to.  Hope you have had or are having a fabulous Saturday!  Thanks so much for coming by, your vists and comments are always a joy!   Anita 🙂

Papertrey 8th Birthday – Days 1-3, Runway Inspired #77, Seize The Birthday 12 Feb

I’ve been squeezing in a few ‘rushing-by-my-craft-desk’ evening marginal moments over the past week or so … very gradually putting together some cards for Papertrey’s 8th Birthday celebration (and other challenges that fit well).   Here are the ones that are ready for showing!  Day 1 … a colour and sketch recipe from a choice of eight of each …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 1, RIC 77  PTI8-color-inspiration-4         PTI8-sketch-inspiration-7

I stamped a card panel in four of the colours with PTI Ombré Builders and white heat embossed the sentiment from Filled With Joy.  The Tilth Flower is from Memory Box, cut at the Lake House … a number of the BABES have it, so don’t know whose I borrowed!  It was heat embossed in white before the petals were adhered flat to the card panel and the outline was fixed just in the middle so I could lift the edges to add some dimension.  I added a gem to the middle in the lightest yellow and popped the panel up on foam tape on the card base.

As well as linking this up to Day 1 at PTI, I’m also joining in with the Runway Inspired Challenge, where this amazing lined and floral confection is our inspiration.


Day 2’s challenge at Papertrey is to make a card inspired by Maile Belles.  I’m always blown away by Maile’s work … and love how she uses sentiments as a design element, slicing and splitting them to perfection!  Here’s my take, followed by a few of Maile’s beauties …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 2, STB 12-2              

I stamped the banner from PTI‘s Sketched Shapes in blue hues across a white card panel, silver embossed the happy over the top and sliced through it.  I added a black strip to the card base and popped the split panel up on foam tape over it.  The PTI Birthday die (again from the Lake House stash … thanks, BABES) was double silver embossed to give it a metallic look and was adhered in place over the split.  I added some black bling to finish off.  Looking at it now, it would’ve been better to have had the ‘happy’ either above or below the line … or have a very small one inside the slice (as Maile did) … oh well, isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing?   Rather like the masculine feel, though … hmmm?

As well as playing at PTI Day 2, I’m linking this card up at Seize The Birthday …  without the hearts/arrows optional topping.


Onto Day 3 at PTI, which is a matching gift bag and tag challenge … here’s my spring green and fresh white dinky (8cm x 5cm) little offering …

PTI 8th Birthday Day 3I don’t have a gift bag die (yet!) … so made this the old fashioned way … with a ruler, pencil and craft knife.  Once it was cut out, I white heat embossed the bottom edge of the front using PTI Ombré Builders, added a reinforcer to the top and adhered it together.  The tag (more Lake House stash, a Lawn Fawn one from Bev I think) was also stamped with Ombré Builders (look, it matches!) and I used a sentiment from PTI Sketched Shapes, masked off so I could do the two colour happies and the shadow stamped birthday.  The reinforcer isn’t a reinforcer … it’s a dot stamped over the hole!  A smidge of twine attaches the tag to the bag and ties the bag shut to keep the little goodies inside it out of sight of curious eyes!

8th-Anniversary-LogoIf you’ve made it this far … thank you … I know it was a bit of a marathon!  The time-eating monster that’s been in residence here is beginning to loosen his grip (at last!) … and that means I’ve been able to spend some nights catching up with and commenting on your fabulous creations … there’s still a little more gorgeousness to see!  Can’t say I’m quite there with emails yet, although I am trying (some would say very trying … ahem!) … and will be with you as soon as I can!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂