Saturday, 25 September 2010

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge

This is the first time I have participated in PTI's blog hop challenge.  The task set by Nichole was:

"One of the most fun things about this hobby is the people you meet, whether in person or online, and the things you learn from them.  Now is your chance to show off any skills you might have learned from a fellow stamper, and perhaps even give them a little shout out to thank them for the inspiration they have provided.  Create a project using one of your favorite learned skills and perhaps after a little blog hopping, we will ALL learn some new tips and tricks and continue to pass on the love of this hobby!"

Well I found this quite hard!  The reason I say it was hard is that there are loads of people I can think of that I have learned from - so to pick one is really difficult and unfair on all the others!  It also made me think about how I found out about PTI.  This finished card was totally not what I planned to make at the start of the process, but as so often happens it evolved as I was making it.  It does, however, reflect various elements/tips/techniques that I have picked up along the way!

Stamps: PTI Background Basics: Retro, Hero Arts Bird Branch Alphabet
Cardstock/Paper: PTI Smokey Shadow, SU Whisper White
Ink: Versafine Black, Versamark
Tools/Accessories: PTI Harvest Gold satin ribbon, White filigree embossing powder, Clear embossing powder, Tattered Angels Glimmer Chips Frosty Memories, Self-adhesive gems from stash, black 3D foam pads (shock horror not SU Stampin Dimensionals - only cos they don't do them in black!)

As this is a square card I thought I would also enter it into A Passion for Papertrey's challenge: Hip to be Square. Additionally, it also meets the requirements of Embellish Magazine's latest colour and stamped background challenge. So this is a first for me - a card that fits 3 challenges!

And who are all those people that have inspired this card? 
  • Dawn Bibby, QVC UK: It's her fault (LOL!) that I got into paper crafting at all!
  • Susie Candlin's workshops at Coleman's Craft Warehouse: Don't use black embossing powder but stamp in black ink & use clear embossing powder (you avoid getting nasty unwanted black specks on your card)
  • Michelle Last: Getting a blog; Taking part in challenges
  • Kristina Werner: Colour Combos & Challenges; How to secure ribbon to a card by making a slit on the spine of the card; How to get good clear images from clear acrylic stamps by using Versamark before adding the ink you wish to stamp with
  • Dawn McVey: Colour Combos; How to tie bows/knots in ribbon; How to create stamped backgrounds with PTI stamps
  • Nichole Heady: PTI products & design elements in general
Merci beaucoup to you all!

A la prochaine!  Amitiés.



  1. Absolutely classy and elegant!

  2. Gorgeous. Love the contrasting ribbon on the black and white.

  3. Love the touch of yellow - very pretty!

  4. What a great card! Love your background stamping and the CAS layout!
    Thanks so much for joining us on A Passion for Papertrey (way to fit in all those challenges!)

  5. Beautiful ....... classy ........ lovely ....... your stamping is perfect!!! The HG satin is just the right touch!!!!

  6. Oh, classy is such a good word for this! What a lovely card! The elements are stunning!

  7. What an elegant the color scheme and the gold shimmer paper! That noel looks fab like that!

  8. How cool to use the stamped pattern for the letters! Cool!

  9. I am impressed that you have rememberd to thank so many people in creating this lovely card! Well done on both counts ! Margaret C

  10. Your card is beautiful! I love the CAS style you used!

  11. Beautiful! I love your stamped background and yellow ribbon!

  12. Very pretty, what a neat idea to showcase the letters.

  13. Such a pretty card!!!! I totally love the stamped background!!!

  14. Beautiful card, just love the elegance and the colours!

  15. Very pretty card. I love your color combination.

  16. What a great background to your lovely card. The using versamark before other ink sounds intriguing. How does it work?
    Carol x

  17. Hope you don't mind me stopping by your blog to tell you about Papercraft Star (just in case you don't already know!) We'd love to have you enter some of your inspired projects in our challenges there. We're also having a DT call soon and want to tell papercrafters like you about the call! There is still time to enter our PTI gift certificate drawing too!

  18. Totally fabulous Embellish challenge card!!

  19. Hi Nicole, fab to meet you yesterday hun, love this card.x

  20. Hi Nicole, lovely to meet you on Sunday, thanks for your company and your lovely swap. Hope to meet up again sometime.


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