Saturday, 24 August 2013

Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire - Updated 26/08/13

Today is the annual Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire where challenges are set throughout the course of the day, check it out here!

I will be updating this post as each challenge is completed. Challenge completed!!!

Breakfast Bake and Take
This was a nice easy challenge to get started, choose a colour scheme and a sketch to make a nice quick card. I popped the stamped buttons up with foam pads, if I had more time I would have added thread to the middles as i'm not keen on threadless buttons! I added a sparkly panel and stamped the sentiment in co-ordinating ink.

Tea Staining Techniques
I always have tea stained cotton seam binding ribbon on hand as it is the most popular item in my Etsy store. I stamped the ribbon with berry sorbet and spring moss using the Stitches and Swirls stamp set, unfortunately it bled quite badly, I forgot that I usually stamp with Staz-On on ribbon :( I stamped the background and coloured it with promarkers, adding a pin and stamped tag. There should be pearls in the centres of the flowers, I've just realised I forgot them!

Rolled Dough Designs
So, this card was the hardest for me and it's not exactly my best :( I didn't have any paperclay as was suggested so I used fimo air. I rolled out the clay and laid fillable frames #4 die on the top and pressed lightly, I then removed the die and cut round the indentation with a craft knife, stamped the flowers in each corner and the word birthday in the middle, once dry it was given a couple of coats of gesso.

My intention was to rub pink paint over the whole label and then wipe it off leaving the paint in the indentations, that did NOT work! I have repainted this darn thing so many times and had to resort to painting all the details with some diluted raspberry fizz ink, yes, that's why the word looks wonky! I adhered it to my prepared panel using super tacky glue. The flowers and leaved were stamped then quickly water coloured.

Mixing Mists to Match
I knew I wanted a blue background but unfortunately do not own any Hawaiian shores cardstock, so I decided to spray my own! I mixed up a mist using Hawaiian shores and turquoise perfect pearls and sprayed this over Lace Bouquet that has been embossed with white embossing powder. I die cut the banner from Stitched Sentiments and stamped the sentiment with coordinating ink. In a couple of days I think i will go back to this card and add a frame of white stitching as I feel it needs that little extra something.

Sprinkle of Salt
I took my cues from the card that Nichole created for this challenge. I stamped with daydreamer (my favourite!) then added dot of PVA glue over every large stamped dot and covered it all with table salt and let it dry for 2 hours. Once dry I brushed off the salt and used water colours to each salted dot and left to dry, I then finished it off with a stamped sentiment from scrolling script and a doodled border. It was an interesting technique but a bit too messy for me!

Gallon: Quart: Pint
I used this card by Debbie Olson as a rough sketch of what I wanted to do. Fortunately I had already stamped and coloured the image so it was easy to put together. I used a gallon of red, a quart of green and a pint of yellow! Out of all the cards I have made for this challenge, this is my husband's favourite, but I think that's because he can be a glutton when it comes to strawberries!

Custom Accents from the Oven
This is my favourite as it came out just how I wanted! I die cut 2 large clouds from white shrink plastic, punched a hole near the top and shrunk it with my heat gun, painted it with glitter and let it dry overnight. I die cut a partial cloud from my glitter card panel then stitched it to the card base, along with a strip of turquoise vellum that had been stamped and embossed with my sentiment, I then die cut another cloud and embossed it with an embossing folder, I attached the clouds and a small silver star to each earring base and lightly adhered the finished earrings to the back of the cloud before adhering to my card base.

It needed an little extra something so I die cut another cloud from shrink plastic, shrank it and glued it near the top right. I love, love, love it! I don't want to give it away but I did make it with a special person in mind so I'll have to part with it soon.

Whipping Up Scent-sational Cards
This was a fun foray into scratch and sniff! I used to love scratch and sniff stickers as a child, the ones that stand out the most were the Garfield stickers that smelt of lasagne! I won't go into detail on the process as this video explains it all perfectly. I chose strawberry for mine and stamped extra strawberries for myself and my husband to try so we didn't ruin the card and we were both amazed that the process works so well! I can't wait to experiment with different scents.

Limited Ingredients Challenge
If you follow the link you will see the basic supplies that you were allowed to use for this challenge. I used the headline alphabet stamps and dies for the words and had to go through my card stash for card that resembled the colours required and added them as a simple stripe with a glitter stripe to finish it off.

Sugar Coated Embellishments
The final challenge was to create a glittered embellishment. I cut strips of coloured card and glued them to some plain paper, i then covered that with prisma glitter and die cut the word hello. I handcut a speech bubble and added faux stitching around the edges, i then stamped the word friend using the wonderful words set of stamps and popped up the word hello using foam dots. Once this was adhered to the card I used a hole punch on the striped scraps and added the 3 glittery dots.

*Phew* I am tired from all that creating, I have never, ever completed 10 cards in one weekend before (regular readers will know about my propensity to procrastinate) and I am not sure I will again for a little while, however, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and look forward to participating next year.

Please visit Nichole's blog to see all the other fantastic entries made by cardmakers all over the world!

Thanks for reading,


  1. Great job on both challenges. Love the use of the die-cut buttons.

  2. I LOVE those buttons! Lovely cards!

  3. Wow, you are doing great! I love the colors and the buttons on your first card and the pretty floral background on the second. And Lace Bouquet is one of my favorites for the resist technique...great choice to use with the mists! Can't wait to see what else you create for the upcoming challenges. :-)

  4. Beautiful cards! Your limited ingredient card is a real eye catcher!

  5. They all turned out fabulous! My favorite is the cloud card though - so creative!;)

  6. Awesome jobs on all the cards for SAF! LOVE your Hello Friend card! It caught my eye right away while I was browsing Nichole's blog. :)

  7. Fun cards! Congrats on finishing all ten challenges. :)


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