Papertrey & My Favorite Things

Welcome to Day 1 of Papertrey Ink’s 5th Anniversary celebration! I’m so excited to have been a Papertrey customer from their first year of opening. I absolutely love creating projects with Papertrey Ink products and have done so since I discovered them around 2007, which of course prompted me to start my blog. I loved the graphic design concepts that went into creating the stamps and the entire product line. So, above are a few of my most current favorite products. The woodgrain impression plate can be added to just about any project. I love how it adds subtle texture to any design, masculine or feminine. Background Basics: Text Style can also be added to just about any project, which is why it is also a favorite of mine. I really like the simple text design and how it can be combine with multiple patterns or left alone. It’s for sure a must-have in any stamper’s supply stash. Tiny Tags is such a fun and wonderful stamp set to have in your collection. The tags can be added to any project by creating a simple banner or adding a sentiment to a ribbon knot. There are a few ways to incorporate those tiny tags to those tiny areas, including cards, mini albums, and even layouts. The Banner Builder dies are so great because you can create a great display for any occasion. You can simply die cut the banner dies from patterned paper to include a fun element into a layout. Lastly, felt is such a great texture to add to paper craft projects to offset the monotony of paper. However, Simply Chartreuse felt is by far my favorite color. You can use it for leaves, flowers, banners, or just a focal point on all projects. The vibrant color combined with the texture really makes me smile and happy! 🙂 I hope you like my five favorite Papertrey products as well! They sure are a joy to work with and use in my designs.

Above 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 (and dies) are showcased with the Banner Builder dies and also felt. I made the felt rosette by hand and displayed the banner on some twine, hanging from safety pins. The background pattern design was stamped using Background Basics: Text Style and combined with Background Basics: Circles and Background Basics: Houndstooth. What I love most about Papertrey Ink is how their products can be used alone or combined together. The versatility and quality that are placed into the product design concepts are such a great value.

Although I’m the newbie on the Papertrey Ink design team, it has already been a wonderful experience. Quite a few memories have already developed since my short time on board from November 2011. One of the funny behind the scenes moments included a forum conversation with Jenn. She was informing me that she was working on making me “green.” When I read her message, I was a bit confused as to why she was trying to make me green, but went with it. She later explained that she was trying to change my forum administrative status to “green,” which allows other forum members to identify a design team member online. Even if briefly, it was a fun laugh. You just have to appreciate those times when a little cloudiness turns out to be a fun discovery.

I have really enjoyed my time on Papertrey Ink’s design team. Thanks so much for visiting today! The 5th Anniversary festivities have just begun, so don’t forget to check back on Nichole’s blog daily for updates!

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  • Deirdre - Love what you create Ashley – thanks for sharing your favourite five with us. Happy Birthday PTI!ReplyCancel

  • Cammie - While you may be the new kid on the team, you have already had a tremendous impact with your fabulous creations. I know many people were searching for these neat little pins after you posted this card. Thank you for the creative inspiration and beauty you bring into our lives.ReplyCancel

  • Becky P. - I was drawn to your blog before you became a designer for PT. Once they announced you were joining the DT, I was thrilled. I think it is so generous how you share your designing process and how you made each project. I have learned so much. I am looking forward to another year of learning and inspiration from you.ReplyCancel

  • Trell - I know I say the same things all the time, but I truly admire and respect what you do. I am so happy that I found you on YouTube last year. You make me look forward to Wednesdays! I was so thrilled when you made the PTI Design Team. I was so happy for you! When I saw the challenge for today, I didn’t even have to think about which designer I would want to make a project inspired by. I just hope what I come up with will do it justice! I cannot wait to see what you come up with for this release and I wish you a blessed and creative year!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy ten Hove - Congrats with the anniversary! Your chose project is really, really nice!! Love the colors you used and it just gives you a festive feeling instantly!!! Love it!!
    Hugs, WendyReplyCancel

  • Susan P - Hi Ashley! I just love your card creations! I have enjoyed following your blog over the past year. I also love your mini-books – you’ve inspired me to try a few of my own. 🙂 I’m so glad you’ve joined the Papertrey team – your creativity adds so much! Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Saveur - LOVEd this card when I first saw it …and still do its has so many make such gorgeous cards and projects!ReplyCancel

  • Toni Storie - What a lovely project! I’m excited for your continued contributions to the PTI design team.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen Chandler - This card is wonderful – I love all the clever details too! Thanks so much for your inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Tammie - Nice job Ashley!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly - I knew you would be a wonderful addition to the design team and you have not disappointed. Your creations are always lovely and your directions and videos are clear and concise. I personally need all the direction I can get, and you do a great job in that area. Sometimes I can fail to “get” how the easiest of techniques is done. Thanks for all your wonderful inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekka - Beautiful creation..I love those tags.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy H - Yes, I love this one as well. Your project made me fall in love with tiny tags! Love your work and can’t wait to see more:)ReplyCancel

  • Mirta Sanchez - Ashley, I am OBSESSED with PTI too! I fell in love with them when I came across Dawn McVey’s blog a little over a year now. They are truly a STAMPER’S dream-they totally get it! Somehow they anticipate the needs and wants of their fans-what kind of crystal ball do they have other there?!
    Anyway, lovelovelove your blog and am so inspired by your work!

  • Corrine Ann - Enjoy your card and project creations so much. Thanks for the inspiration and continued success to you.ReplyCancel

  • NancyW - I love the way you used the banner dies. Your card is so colorful and cheerful!
    Happy Anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Ashley, your beautiful cards and creations bring inspiration to me every week. I just love reading your posts! Thanks for sharing with us.ReplyCancel

  • Louise Spiden - Hi Ashley,
    Just wanted to pop in and thank you for all your inspiration. PTI has done well to snap you up! I’m more of a lurker but since it is PTI’s birthday I need to share the love 🙂 Keep those gorgeous cards coming!

  • Becky Green - Ashley!
    I LOVE the little tags!!!!!!!!! 🙂 & those little metal thingys too!!!!!!!! LOVE the way this looks!!!!!!!! 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying your time with Papertrey!!!!!!!!:)ReplyCancel

  • Troy Louise - Congrats on being part of the PTI team anniversary celebration. I love seeing all of your beautiful creations. Your card is so bright and fun. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Darda - Love this card! It inspired me right away. The tiny tags stamps/dies are in my top 5 favorites for sure! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment. You have so many good ideas and thanks for taking the time to share them with all of us PTI fans!ReplyCancel

  • Sheila Bacon - Truly love the woodgrain die…very versatile.ReplyCancel

  • Marlena M - So happy for you Ashley! I love this card; the garland is so fun and colorful. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Lic - Beautifully done, love the color combo.ReplyCancel

  • Susie Lessard - Ashley, I enjoyed every morsel of your post this morning. I’m so glad you were asked to be a designer with Papertrey Ink. Yours is one of the most professional looking blogs I’ve seen – I love it.

    I loved your favorite choices today. And, I too loved your card project, “My Oh My” it’s just darling. Thanks again Ashley. You’re a wonderful addition to the Papertrey team!

    Kindest regards,
    Susie LessardReplyCancel

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