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.
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.