Monday, February 20, 2017

Papertrey 10-year Anniversary Challenges

It has been a walk down memory lane this month at Papertrey, and I've had a great time creating my way through the years.

The first day welcomed the design team for the coming year and invited us to look back and choose a favorite project.  It's so hard to choose a favorite, but one project that makes me smile several times a week is my checkbook cover.   I created it with my Rosie Posie set last year to match my planner.

The next day, we went back to 2007.   Really, that doesn't seem like very long ago!   I do not own one of the featured sets from that year, but I do have Turning a New Leaf, which, if I remember correctly, was an expansion of the leaves in Beautiful Blooms.   I loved the card featured that day by Taylor VanBruggen, so mine is a pretty close CASE of hers.  I love those colors!

As we moved along to 2008,  I chose to work with Bitty Baby Blessings.   I love this set and have used it a lot, but I've never thought to use the tiny images to create patterned paper.    I had to try to re-create Maile Belles' card.  

For 2009, I thought I was going to try Laurie Schmidlin's gorgeous black, white and gold card, but then I went to her blog and saw the one with the black and white with bold colors.  What a fun way to use those designs!  

2010 for sure was going to be Wreath for All Seasons.  This is such a sweet set.  I decided to go simple for these cards, but created several while I had the supplies out.  Here are three of them.

I'm pretty sure I have a lot of 2011 sets.  Funny, though, I don't have any of the featured sets for that year.  I loved Wanda Guess's "Pucker Up" card using Tremendous Treats: Valentine.  Since I do not have that set, I decided to make some mini-versions of her card with the Tiny Treats set.    These little 3" x 3" cards were fun to make!

For 2012, Betsy's Hello Sunshine card was begging for me to give it a try!  Here is my card:

For 2013, again I found that I didn't have any of the featured sets.  Go figure!  But I loved Dawn's card with the Amethyst Allure, Lilac Grace and Pure Poppy colors.  I am just not as bold as Dawn is, though -- she's the color queen.  I have a be a little more reserved, so I used my Friendly Flowers set with some purples (a combination of Stampin' Up and Papertrey colors) and Berry Sorbet to create my card.  

Could I choose any other set than Life is Beautiful for 2014?  It's such a beautiful set.  I was inspired by one of Nichole's cards for this one.  (Though, she actually did her awesome card with colored embossing powders.  Mine is just ink!)

I did not have Brushed Blooms to do my 2015 card, so I decided to use my new Beautiful Brushstrokes stamps and dies.   I was inspired by Laurie Schmidlin's card.   I wouldn't say I nailed this one -- and I'll probably go back and do something else to it -- but it's on its way.  :)

I'm pretty sure that today's 2016 card is just not going to happen -- not enough hours in the day.  But what a nice way to add some new cards into my stash!  

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