November 2011 Release Projects

I hope you all have enjoyed seeing all the previews of the November 2011 Papertrey Ink products. They are all available tonight, November 15 at midnight! Today, the design team is sharing the remainder of their projects using this month’s released products. Take your time, relax and enjoy browsing through all the projects and blogs because they are jammed packed with inspiration. I have about 7 cards to share today. I’ll explain some information about each project, then provide the supply list below each project, so you can easily see which products I’ve used. Some new or unavailable products are not linked, but will be specified near the supply list. Thanks so much for stopping by!

When Tiny Tags I was released, I had to own this set and immediately purchased it along with the coordinating dies. Tiny Tags II is no different. It offers a lot of more sentiments and what I like most are the familial relation names, such as “sister” like I used on this card. I usually add a tiny tag onto a ribbon knot, but for this card, I decided to make a few tags the focal points as a banner. I layered them on banner builder pennant and adhered them to twine with cool safety pins!

Instead of stamping sentiments on each tag, I embellished some with a button and another with a felt, rolled flower!

Did you see the sentiment? It’s one of the many sayings from Dawn’s Glory Be set. There are so many catchy phrases included in this set that are perfect to use on cards. I also stamped the new Background Basics: Circles set from Maile on the left border. They design is easy to align and repeat the pattern.

Additional Supplies: Tiny Tags II, Glory Be, Bermuda Bay ink, Safety pins


This card features a couple of new stamp sets. Willow is a great set you need in your stash for those moments we all hate to face, but all encounter. I coupled it with a sentiment from Think Big Favorites #10. I really like how large and empowering these phrases are. Alone, they make a statement.

I stamped the text background, then the willow tree stump, then added the willow die cut.

I also used some new ribbon – smokey shadow bitty dot satin! It’s so lovely! It’s nice to have this rich color in my collection now. It’s very elegant and striking.

Additional Supplies: Willow, Willow coordinating dies, Smokey Shadow Bitty Dot Satin ribbon


When I saw this set, I immediately thought about a birthday party! I wanted to create a favor, so of course I chose a Favor It Box die and then made a cupcake pick/topper! These are super easy to make and take your cupcake display to the next level.

In this photo, the cupcake is from Cupcakes Actually in Fairfax, VA. It is a chocolate cupcake with a chocolate ganache and a peanut butter topping (just underneath that ganache)! It was VERY moist, even days after sitting in the fridge!

After die cutting the box, I stamped the circles pattern using watermark ink. Then,  I die cut the circles, stamped the borders, patterns and sentiments. For the banner, I stamped it, hand cut it, then adhered it to the circle. To complete the favor box, I embellished each handle with a button and twine.

To coordinate the cupcake pick/topper, I die cut the circles and scalloped circle. I completed the same stamping as on the Favor It box.

To assemble, simply take a craft knife and cut two small slits in the center of the scalloped circle die cut (one on the top and and below it towards the bottom). Then, take a skewer and funnel it through the the scalloped circle. Next, layer the circle embellishment and adhere with foam adhesive.

Additional Supplies: Tag-its #10, Background Basics: Circles


The Winter Penguin set, designed by Heather, is so sweet! It makes me smile every time I see it. I chose to make a penguin-stamped embellishment for my card. I layered everything on the new Holiday Flourishes & Swirls patterned paper, Fillable Frames #1 die cut, and a circle. I just had to add the winter hat to the penguin to keep him cozy!

I also used the new Snowflakes impression plate. I love dry embossing. It adds just the added texture and pattern without being too overwhelming. A few clustered buttons, ribbon with a rusty old jingle bell and a tiny tag finishes this card off.

Additional Supplies: Winter Penguin, Winter Penguin coordinating dies, Snowflake impression plate, rusty bell


When I was designing some thank you cards for my friend, I was kicking myself I didn’t have Mehndi Medallion. Now, I’m so glad Mega Mehndi Medallion is released. I think the mehndi patterns and designs are so rich and striking. So, I simply heat embossed the pattern with black embossing powder. I finished off the invitation with a simple “You are Invited” sentiment.

Although this is a simple one-layer card, it is very graphic and effective for shipping and mass production. You can also alternate the sentiment and include so many other greetings, including gratitude and birthday celebrations!

Additional Supplies: Mega Mehndi Medallion


I had so much fun stamping this little number! First, I stamped the text background. Doesn’t it look like vintage book print?! Then, I stamped all the flowers and centers in various colors. I matted the cardstock on yellow, then the aqua mist card base.

For the last step, I needed a bold sentiment and immediately, I knew Think Big Favorites #10 would be a perfect. I stamped the sentiment using vintage cream ink on true blue cardstock. I cut a notch to create a pennant and secured it to the card front with foam adhesive – having off both edges of the card front. It’s okay if you need to ship it- use a larger envelope! 🙂

Additional Supplies: Flower Fusion #10, Think Big Favorites #10



For my last project, I created a party invitation. I love the new alpha block dies and thought about be dazzling them up with some glitter. So, I came up with this concept to host a cupcake birthday party where people would gather and decorate and eat various cupcakes. Sounds like fun, right?! With the cupcake trend lately, I thought this was a fun ideas! In this photo, the cupcakes are from Cupcakes Actually in Fairfax, VA. Please don’t worry, no cupcakes were hurt during the photographing of these projects! They were; however, eaten in the end! 🙂 They were very tasty too!

I usually go to Georgetown Cupcakes, but last Friday, they had a line down the block, so I decided to try one in the ‘burbs! I’m so glad I did! The chocolate cupcake above is a flourless and decadent! It takes like a brownie and McArthur ate it almost all! We were sharing them, but that one he gobbled up!

Anyway, I used Background Basics: Circles and stamped the pattern only on the top portion of the Holiday Flourishes & Swirls patterned paper. Then, I created the cupcake embellishment. I layered everything and cut a slit in the cupcake to tuck in the candle. To embellish the alphabet letters, I coated each one with adhesive, then glass glitter and let dry overnight. I adhered them to the card front with foam adhesive. Trim your foam adhesive into small squares to fit the letters! Last, I stamped the sentiment. Gotta love cupcake bling, it makes you want to sing – hence the music sheet holiday paper!

Additional Supplies: Birthdays By the Numbers, Background Basics: Circles, Holiday Flourishes & Swirls patterned paper

 Don’t forget to stop by the other designers’ blogs (if you haven’t already) to see what they created! I can’t wait to see too!

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Danielle Flanders
Dawn McVey
Debbie Olson
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Jessica Witty
Lisa Johnson
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
Michelle Wooderson

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  • Tracey McNeely - Ashley, welcome to the Papertrey Design team. I have been admiring your work and your blog for some time now and will continue to follow. Your projects this month are spectacular!ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraB - Your Mehndi card is amazing! I love the color combo and the simplicity.ReplyCancel

  • jeni allen - oh my word, girl!! it’s been TOO long! i was thinking about you today–and how much fun it was to see you at CHA–almost two years ago (how is it that long ago!?)! my baby will be one in two days and my crazy days have gotten a bit more crazy as of late! anyway, congrats on the PTI team…you rock girl! take care and now i’ll be here as oft as i can!! take care!!xoxooxReplyCancel

  • sandy - I love all your cards for this release. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • cards by cara - Love these! What kind of adhesive did you use to adhere the glass glitter? Welcome to the design team!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Trell - You rocked it! Love that penguin card!ReplyCancel

  • Gabby - WOWZA! Every one of the cards for today’s preview post is grand! I can’t resist writing my thoughts on each card … hope this long comment is okay. 🙂 The first with that amazing banner, knocked my socks off! It is all that! Stamping the wonderful Willow on newsprint is so well-suited for the stamp. The Tag-It’s paired with the favor box and the addition of the big buttons, is such a great little party favor, or packaging for a small gift. And how that scrumptious-looking, ganache covered, peanut butter layer cupcake sat in your fridge for a few days is beyond me! Hee! Your penguin card is so cute! I like the colors and the way you used so many different die cuts and stamps, as well as, the fab new impression plate. The Mehndi invitation looks great, black on kraft. The FF#10 stamped on newsprint is something I’ve done w/Mel’s other sets and I like the look! I like the Think Big sentiment, it looks perfect w/the bright-colored, solid flowers. Last but not least, your cupcake card, with all it’s glorious glitter is sweet. I like the bkgrd paper w/Maile’s stamped circles on the top portion, the layered cupcake on layers, the lovely, chunky, pink glass glitter on the number die cuts … super invite. Thanks so much for bringing such wonderful projects to the PTI table. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • JaniceM - Fabulous projects Ashley! I love your colour combinations and you made me sooo hungry for cupcakes. We have an awesome new cupcake bakery in Jacksonville called Good Golly Miss Holly. She has won Cupcake Wars twice and it was well deserved! Yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Noora - WOOOOOW!! looove all the card, especially the first one, the color combo is out of this world!ReplyCancel

  • Janet K - THese are so cute!!!!!!!!!!
    all with little cutie stuff!!!!!!!! so adorable! you really getting me into it!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Amrhein - Your projects are out of this world amazing Ashley!! Love every one of them!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - Amazing projects – I especially love the card with tiny tags and safety pins.ReplyCancel

  • Shaunery aka celticmystyc - First and foremost, you need to know you started my day this morning with a “punch” of inspiration when I opened your page. I am a quiet “stalker” of yours and receive so much joy, delight and creative ZING when I view your creations. Today was no exception. While I’m not an avid card maker, I have a deep appreciation for your creativity and artfulness. Your cards, techniques and designs ALWAYS crawl into the recesses of my mind to pop out when I least expect it. And while I’m not a personal recipient of these cards you create..I always feel like you created one just for me when I see your latest and greatest.
    Thank you for being you! Thank you for inspiring me and many others!ReplyCancel

  • jan m - WOW and WOW! All your looks are wonderful inspiration! To pick a favorite would be too hard, so I give a nod to your fab color combinations!ReplyCancel

  • pegg - Love seeing you design for PTI!! You definitely enable with all your beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy H. - Love your gorgeous cards!! I’m particularly fond of the penguin card. In fact, I ordered a couple of items you used in that card that I wasn’t planning on ordering because now I *need* them 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jill W. - I’m so bad about commenting and you certainly deserve more praise than I’ve been giving. I so enjoy your creations and today’s are beyond wonderful. I love the staging you have created to show them off…what wonderful eye candy! Your style is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Flor - You are super talented! Love all your projects. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Shea - Ashley, you bring card making to a whole new level. Your design and craftsmanship give me something to strive for. You can create so many different “style” cards but they all are perfection! Thank you for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • McArthur Newell - Those cupcakes were good too! LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Nerina - What a gorgeous post of inspiration Ashley! Congratulations on your first awesome month with PTI!! I love the way you’re able to turn your projects into something a bit more CAS and sophisticated – or darling and girly – and this post has lots to love!ReplyCancel

  • Nerina - What%20a%20gorgeous%20post%20of%20inspiration%20Ashley!%20Congratulations%20on%20your%20first%20awesome%20month%20with%20PTI!!%20I%20love%20the%20way%20you’re%20able%20to%20turn%20your%20projects%20into%20something%20a%20bit%20more%20CAS%20and%20sophisticated%20-%20or%20darling%20and%20girly%20-%20and%20this%20post%20has%20lots%20to%20love!ReplyCancel

  • Nerina - Ooops – I have no idea what happened there?!ReplyCancel

  • Kisha - Ashley, your cards/work is ALWAYS so amazing and inspiring. It inspires me to create out of the box, instead of always relying on purchased pattern paper to do the trick. Lovely work! Oh and thanks for the sweet treats that came along with your I want to bake:) Have a great week!ReplyCancel

  • Kisha - OH!! *embarrassed* I forgot to say Congrats!! What better person to serve on the PTI DT. You truly deserve it!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Saveur - STUNNING !The first card so super cute..they are all so much inspiration..thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Helen F. - OHHHH, Ashley! Each one of your projects here is absolutely STUNNING! Every card is just a gorgeous as the one before ~ and don’t even get me started on those cupcakes! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Julie Lacey - Your projects are gorgeous, Ashley!! You’re killing me with the cupcakes too! I just had a flashback to Georgetown Cupcakes and the line from hell! LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Conil - Wow! Just wow.ReplyCancel

  • Carol W - Thank you for this entertaining tour through your projects! Just lovely!! I’ve always admired your work and think you’re a wonderful addition to PTI’s design team.ReplyCancel

  • Dorothy C. - I want that chocolate cupcake! Seriously, all your cards are gorgeous. The Mehndi Medallion card is so beautiful in its simplicity.I’m always so inspired when I visit your blog.Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • janet Wilson - Wow, lovely projects :o)ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Darda - Wow! What a beautiful variety of projects. I especially love the first card! I use my tiny tag stamps/dies all the time. May have to add this set to my collection! tfsReplyCancel

  • Lynn Darda - Wow, what a variety of beautiful projects. I especially like the first card. I use my tiny tags all the time too. I may have to add this set to my collection. tfsReplyCancel

  • Kim Dalton - Love all of your cards! they are gorgeous!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Saby - j’adore toutes ces réalisations !!!
    c’est superbe !!! j’aime tout particulièrement la première carte !!

    Great ! I love this layouts !!! The firts card is one of my favorite !!!ReplyCancel

  • PrinzessinN - I love the “My oh my” card. It is so beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Papertrey & My Favorite Things » A New Design by Ashley Cannon Newell - […] pictured is my favorite Papertrey project since being on the design team. It uses just about all of my favorite products. The Tiny Tag stamps […]ReplyCancel

  • Papertrey & Project Favorites » A New Design blog - […] had such a fabulous time creating this card in November 2011. Not only was I over-the-moon excited about being on the design team, but I was actually creating […]ReplyCancel

  • Celebrating the Past, Present and Future: 2011 – Papertrey Ink - […] CLICK HERE to see more of this project from Ashley Newell. […]ReplyCancel

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