Papertrey & Project Favorites

It’s Papertrey Ink’s 6th anniversary and festivities start today! See more details about today’s contest over on Nichole’s blog.

CONTEST– Each design team member selected their top SIX Papertrey projects of all time and these favorites are showcased on Nichole’s blog. Customers may pick one design team project to use as inspiration for their own project adding their link to an InLinkz list on Nichole’s blog.
PRIZE– One lucky winner will win their wish list (up to a $300 value)

It was pretty tough picking 6 projects because I have probably another 4 favorites. Instead of continuing to contemplate over which cards to pick, I just selected the following designs that jumped out at me and made me smile again. Mostly, I love these projects because of the products; they really help to make the designs come to life. So, I’ll start chronologically with cards from November 2011 when I first joined Papertrey Ink design team.

I 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 with so many great new products. I love combining lots of stamp sets when I can and this one of my favorite renditions of using that technique.

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

I created this mini card in December 2011 and stamped on patterned paper – another technique I love! I also discovered a new way of embellishing buttons…adding glitter to them! Want that true black impression? Using a stamp press or a stamp positioner keep re-stamping an image multiple times until you achieve the desired hue.

Additional Supplies: Tree Tops, Love & Marriage


Not too much long later, in February 2012, I was back at it and creating using doilies again. Since I could not decide whether to use die cuts or simply stamp directly on the patterned paper, I decided on combining the two to achieve a multi-dimensional effect. I think this card is so feminine and I love the bright colors combined with the neutral tones.

In May 2012, I was inspired by the country styled products to create something clean and fresh. With just a few strips of patterned paper and some background stamping, this card came together quickly. Perfect for a country newborn baby!

Speaking of babies, our design team had the opportunity of sharing a few births in the past year. It’s always a joy sharing new life experiences with one another. I enjoyed how Erin shared her pregnancy and baby gender party adventures with us. And it’s absolutely amazing to see how Cristina manages to take care of her newborn who does not like to nap and can still create the most amazing projects. And dear, sweet Dawn’s adventures as an aunt are ever-so-special. These are the types of moments that I treasure with our team. If it’s not new babies, its the life experiences we all share.


In April 2012, I created this simple layered card and loved it immediately. Sometimes, I’m challenged by making sure my sentiments can fit appropriately on the card front and this time it worked out! Gotta love when that happens. I love the stitching and textures of the glittered strawberries.


In July 2012, Shutterbug Special was released and my jaw dropped! Love it! I use it to send to some photography clients with the little pull-out photo and sentiment! For this card, I focused on the couple’s wedding colors and combined the vintage book print element with new vintage-inspired products. I think I stared at this card for a while.

Additional Supplies: Vintage Book Print | Shutterbug Special stamp set | Shutterbug Special die set | Epson Premium photo paper | Sewing Machine/Thread | The Sweet Life stamp set
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  • ~amy~ - …sigh…just love your style!!!! gorgeous cards!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Russell - I love everything you make, Ashley! It’s so fun to see which projects are YOUR favorites. I’m so glad you are part of this design team. Congrats on a great year at PTI and I’m wishing you many more. Hope you are feeling great after your surgery. God bless. : )ReplyCancel

  • Jana T. - Congrats Ashley, so glad you’ll be back for another year. Your work has always been an inspiration to me. I can’t wait to see what this year brings.ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Penner - Ashley, I just love all of your projects– you have such a great style! How fun to see your favourites, remember you posting them originally and think: “Oh, I remember seeing that card and loving it!”
    You are such a wonderful asset to the PTI DT!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Anne Perlmutter - Ashley, I always look forward to your release projects. Your colorful and clean designs appeal to my style.ReplyCancel

  • Becky P. - I am so glad you will be on the PTI design team again this year. When you did not post in January, I thought it might be a bad omen. I stalked your blog until I saw your update. I am glad you are healthy and giving off your creative energy once again.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Reynoso - So glad you’ll be back for another year! Love all your designs and am always looking back at them for ideas! Thanks for all your creativity!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Penir - Just a hearty congrats for being on the greatest design team. And a big thank you for inspiration each time I tune in!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Wilson - Love seeing your luscious projects again– so much inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Gosman - Well – I am certainly glad I do not have to pick a favorite because all of your designs are just wonderful and very inspirational.ReplyCancel

  • Diana K - Ashley, your Shutterbug Special just knocked me off my seat, again! I love the combo of colours you used and everything else about the card too.ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie L - Love your creations and I’m really glad you’ll be continuing with PTI. Looking forward to more inspirations from you. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Luanne Ford - I love all of your cards Ashley! I do have to say, that the first one had me buying Tiny Tags. I just fell in love with your wonderful banner. You’re amazing, thank you for all of your wonderful inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Jane - Thanks for the links for all that you used in each card! You work is uniquely YOU1 LOVE teh tags on the line..SOOO SWEET!
    Have HAPPY PTI 2013!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Jane - Thanks for the links for all items you used in each card! Your work is uniquely YOU! LOVE the tags on the line..SOOO SWEET!
    Have HAPPY PTI 2013!ReplyCancel

  • Nicki Lundeen - Your projects are beautiful. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S. - Your projects are so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Greta H - You are so talented! I never tire of seeing your work. The button tree is my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • see mary stamp - So much fun seeing these projects again. I love them all but my favorite is the Together Forever Mini Card.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi 3 - Love, love, love the first card. The tiny tags are my go to die cut. But what puts it over the edge is the hounds tooth pattern stamp. Makes me want to ink up.ReplyCancel

  • Diane H - Beautiful projects….I love everything you do!!!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Allen - Love the great bright and fun cards. They make me smile also. Thank you for all the projects you made for PTI this year.
    God bless,
    Peggy AllenReplyCancel

  • My Heart Is Always With You - […] today that this card will give you some wonderful inspiration.  This card was inspired by one of Ashley Canon Newell’s creations for Papertrey Ink.  Geri from Geri’s Paper Wishes was inspired by this card and […]ReplyCancel

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