There's a blog called A Passion for Papertrey. They are in the UK, and they really do have a passion for Papertrey. They're constantly posting great inspiration with Papertrey stamp sets as well as hosting challenges for like-minded people in their area. This time, they're offering up goodies for anyone worldwide! Of course, I had to put my hat in because they're offering up the Papertrey Anniversary Set. I didn't really discover Papertrey until this year, so I had no shot at the anniversary set. It would be so cool to win it. They are also giving away the Hodge Podge paper pad that contains lots of samples of their patterned papers that coordinate with their cardstock.
If you want your own chance, visit A Passion for Papertrey. I believe they'll have the post up until Sunday, August 9. I'm not sure what time that'll make it for those of us in the States, but there's plenty of time to enter! Good luck!
Well, Todd at Craft Edge has done it again. He recently released Sure Cuts A Lot version 2.0 and added a BUNCH of features that really should have been in Design Studio since the beginning. And Design Studio still doesn't have them. From what I've read there are still a few bugs, but Todd reacts very quickly to bugs, so I'm sure the program will be perfect very soon. Todd could give many companies a class on customer service -- he's just very accommodating. He added such great things as REAL grouping, layers, the ability to have more than one mat...those are the biggies, but I know he added more stuff too. The upgrade is $30 for a limited time, or $100 to purchase. If you bought SCAL since June 22, the upgrade is free. Upgrades are only available through Craft Edge, but I believe you can find a better price for the software at Cutters Creek. If you have a Cricut -- any size -- this software is well worth the price to expand what you can cut almost infinitely!
My Father-in-Law's birthday is coming up very soon. I'm pretty sure he doesn't follow my blog, so I'm pretty safe in posting this early. :-)
I used Papertrey Ripe Avocado for the card base and rounded the corners with my EK Success corner punches. I used my brand new EK Success Upper Crest border punch for the Ripe Avocado strip on the right. I also used my Distressed Stripes Cuttlebug folder to emboss the white strip. The patterned paper is from a K & Co Scrap Pad to Go. I stamped the Just Rite border in Dark Chocolate on white cardstock and used my circle Nesties to cut it out. I stamped the Just Rite sentiment with Versmark and used Stampendous Detail White embossing powder to heat emboss it. I used my circle punches (Fiskars and EK Success) to cut out the Ripe Avocado and Dark Chocolate layers of the sentiment. The ribbon is from American Crafts Brown Classics collection. The buttons are from Basic Grey, and the twine tied through the buttons is from Papertrey.
I hope he likes it. He's one of those rare people who actually saves my cards, which makes me feel pretty good. :-) Now....to pick a present, lol!
Here's a birthday card I made for a friend in one of the Yahoo groups of which I am a member.
As is usual lately, there's a lot of Papertrey. :-) I used Papertrey Kraft cardstock for the base, and Summer Sunrise and Vintage Cream for the circles. I got to use my new Labels 3 Nesties for the bottom layer of the focal point, using Nana's Kids polka-dotted cardstock. I stamped one bird from the Bird Watching set in Summer Sunrise ink from Papertrey, and the other is Ripe Avocado from Papertrey. The sentiment is in Dark Chocolate from Papertrey. I used Versamark with one of the stamp set elements to make a pattern for the background. The ribbon is from COD Wholesale, and the rhinestones are Recollections from Michaels.
I'm glad that my friend enjoyed receiving the card. :-)
OK yes, this is very late, but he did get them on time. I'm just not posting on time. And for that matter, I barely got them done on time, lol! But anyhoo...I was apparently in a heat-embossing mood for these. :-)
The first one is the one I made for my husband from the boys. It's Papertrey cardstock (Summer Sunrise) and Paper Company cardstock (the light blue). I used a Martha Stewart rotary cutter on the DCVW Nana's Kids polka-dotted paper. I used the Papertrey Star Prints stamp set as well as the Inkadinkado set, Jersey Alphabet. I stamped the "orange" stars in Versamark and used Stamp-n Stuff clear embossing powder to heat emboss. I also stamped a star with Versamark on the Summer Sunrise cardstock and heat embossed with Stampendous Detail Silver embossing powder. To punch out the star, I used the Fiskars Extra Large star punch.
The second card is the one I made for my husband from me. Again, I used Papertrey cardstock (Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream, and Spring Moss. I also used some of their Everyday Blessings patterned paper. I used the Papertrey Star Prints set again with Versamark and the clear embossing powder, and I punched the stars out with the Fiskars punch. I used Versamark again to stamp the Papertrey Fancy Flourishes set in the background. The ribbon is Ripe Avocado Saddle Stitch ribbon. I also added some magic mesh. The patterned paper was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.
Thanks for looking! Better late than never, right?